LOVE

For the first time on the blog, I am wearing my very own My Creation sweater from Zadig & Voltaire in Chicago. To learn more about how to order your own custom cashmere sweater, watch this video i made a while back. I chose the word LOVE, because of the universal and timeless message it holds. I’ve also recently discovered AG Jeans, and I absolutely love how they fit (these are my go-to currently)- so when I found these amazing coated denim pants in this deep oxblood color, I had to have them. If you want the look of leather pants, but you want to change the color from your standard black, these are definitely the way to go.

It was a cold, wet, and seriously dreary day when we pulled up to a local restaurant to shoot this outfit this past weekend. I think that is pretty much the meaning of true love – going out in freezing weather to take pictures of your wife for her blog in front of ‘The Beef Shack’, when you have no interest in photography nor fashion, and you would much rather be on the couch watching football.

A friend of mine shared this article recently on Facebook, and it echoes this sentiment. Love isn’t only about date nights and sweet talk, it is about grit. Being able to give a little more than what is fair when needed, letting go of your ego for the sake of your mutual happiness, and remembering to really be present, even during the mundane.

Even though as adults we tend to forget this, having a small child is a constant reminder to me that all we really want as humans is to love and be loved. Adam will tell me whenever he needs a hug or kiss, or when he wants to smell my hair – something he has been doing ever since I can remember – and afterwards he always smiles and says ‘thank you mommy!’ which is right about when my heart melts.

Now if we could all be so self-aware as my three-almost-four-year-old, and actually ask for the things we need to feel loved, I think the world would be a much better place. Or even more eloquently put:

“Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost” – Khalil Gibran

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Club_Monaco_Zadig_VoltaireCoat: Thanks to Club Monaco | Sweater: Thanks to Zadig & Voltaire | Pants: AG (on Sale!) | Booties: Cole Haan – Current version | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs – Similar Style | Jacket: Ella Moss | Earrings: Gift | Bracelet: T+J Designs

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Layered and Neutral

For the longest time I’ve been completely obsessed with Kanye West. Besides Tupac, I think Kanye is my all time favorite artist. Actually we have a lot in common, more than maybe even our differences. Just a quick example, we have both lived through a terrible accident which in turn put us on a different path in life. His accident gave birth to the track – Through The Wire, which besides being an awesome song, also kick started his career as an artist rather than producer.

My accident gave birth to this blog, which is only just slightly less popular than Kanye at the moment :). Also coincidentally (or not?) the weekend I had my near-death snowmobile injury, I was listening to nothing but his new album at the time, 808’s and heartbreak, on my iPod. I don’t remember the accident at all, but I do remember being completely lost in the music while I was sledding, hovering over the powder-like snow up north in Minocqua, Wisconsin.

I never really cared much for the controversies surrounding Kanye. Big deal if he got a little tipsy and  took the stage when Taylor Swift was receiving her award, to say it should have been Beyonce. In my opinion, that whole event made Swift even more popular, so he kind of did her a favor. I do love Taylor Swift too though.

My obsession with Kanye has only intensified over the years, and only recently has increased exponentially. So when I googled him on a whim, I read this article which had me furiously nodding my head yes! in total agreement, and this article that made me even more intrigued by him.

What I love the most is his fearlessness to say and do what he feels is right. We live in a day and age where too few people are deciding for too many, just what is okay and not okay to think, say and do. How about giving us all a chance to come to our own conclusions? I think we are all more than capable.

I don’t share this with many people, but I do love to write and sometimes I write poetry. If I could rap it I would, though I’d probably sound like Iggy Azalea so I just don’t even try it. I do love Iggy too though, even if I might giggle just a little every time I hear her rap.

So this year I am taking my cues from my favorite Chicagoan, and I will attempt to share a bit more of my personal experiences and opinions with you all here on the blog. I love to hear your feedback so please feel free to email me at zahra@lovezahra.com any time.

I am also working on a secret project that I just can NOT WAIT to share one day soon…stay tuned for that!

Today’s look has a simple and elegant neutral palette, it is so easy to pull together and always makes you look like you tried much harder than you did! I love a great style shortcut, don’t you?

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Gilt_Boots Monochromatic_Club_MonacoCoat: Club Monaco (no longer available) -but Here is one I want right now  | Jeans: HM | Top:  JCP | Blazer: Banana Republic | Boots: Thanks to Gilt.com | Necklaces: Thanks to Baubles & Gems | Na Hoku Jewelers | Thanks to Stella and Bow | Watch: Michele  | Bag: Alexander Wang | Sunnies: Dolce Gabbana 

Black and Blue

Today’s outfit is an easy look that I’ve replicated at least twice last week in different ways – blue jeans, black top, printed/colored heel. The heel and accessories make the statement and everything else is kept neutral.

If you want to try changing up your regular everyday jeans, try a distressed style or go for a Flare leg. You won’t believe how much of a boss I felt like wearing my flare leg jeans plus a coat with a fur collar – I could have been starring in the movie ‘American Hustle’ I felt so cool.

On another note – one of my personal goals this year is to make time for reading. Confession: I haven’t read a book since Adam was born. To be fair, I’ve half-read quite a few books, and I am working on about 5 on my kindle now, but I am looking to just read a full book and get lost in the pages and in my imagination. Any suggestions, please share!

Waffleneck_Turtleneck_Ripped_JeansStatement_necklace_Flare_JeansRipped_jeansFlare_Jeans_Statement_NecklaceLeopard_HeelsLook 1:  Jeans:  Joes Jeans | Sweater: Banana Republic | Bag: Tory Burch | Shoes: BCBGParis |

Look 2: Jeans: Express – Similar Style | Top: H&M basics – Similar Style | Necklace: Nordstrom | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini – Similar Style