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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Layered Crop

The other day we were out running errands and we made a pit stop at the farmer's market, so of course I asked Tom to snap a few pictures of me. Now that I am cooking more often, I love experimenting with recipes and creating my own version out of whatever is in season. Tonight for dinner I baked garlic chicken and made a side dish of red quinoa with kale, zucchini, red bell pepper, tomato, yellow hot pepper, garlic, and black beans. I sauteed the kale with diced onions, garlic, and olive oil and added everything else diced raw. It was a hit, even though Adam sort of just pushed the quinoa around his plate - that is to be expected for a while I suppose!

 About the look - I've worn this crop top from Zara so many times this summer, it truly is a great piece to add to any wardrobe. I styled it here with a pencil skirt, and another time with boyfriend jean shorts and pointed toe flats. Here I've layered it with a light white button down and jeans for a casual look, and of course I've got my new 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Pashli' Satchel from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

A great white button down shirt is always a good idea in my opinion - I think I have about 5 of them myself! Joes Jeans has my absolute favorite skinny jeans to date. Seriously - try them! They have the best curve-hugging stretch. I put them above my previous favorites - JBrand and Paige denim.

What is your favorite denim brand?

Outfit details: Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim | Crop top: Zara | Jeans: Joes Jeans (on Sale!) | Button Down: Forever 21 | Shoes: Zara | Necklace: J.Crew | Sunnies: Gucci

Monday, July 21, 2014

Love Zahra + Heritage S

When Heritage S, a multi label boutique based in Texas, sent me these beautiful outfits, I couldn't wait to play dress up for the blog and also wear them in real life at some upcoming Eid events. 

The boutique carries a variety of designer clothing that the owner, Sharmeen Niazi (@sharmeen_n), hand picks during her travels abroad. The fabrics are of the highest quality, both of the outfits I am wearing are silk or silk blends, and the embroidery and embellishments are exquisite. 

You can still order and receive your outfit in time for Eid by contacting Sharmeen either through her Facebook page, or emailing her directly at If you describe what you are looking for, she can send you pictures of items she has in stock, and she can customize your order to your specifics. 

I love the neckline on the green dress, it has a clasp behind the neck and looks like a statement necklace. I only added a watch and small stud earrings so as not to over accessorize. My clutch has my name monogrammed in Arabic - also from Heritage S!

The second dress has the prettiest birds and flowers embroidered into the front. I paired with black leggings and large stud earrings. I like how elegant and simple the shirt appears to be at first, but when you really look at it you see just how luxurious the fabric and embroidery is. 

Check out Heritage S for more - happy shopping! 

Friday, July 18, 2014


I'm hosting an Iftar party at my house today and couldn't be more excited. I want to keep up with the traditions I grew up with, which included having fun Iftar parties every weekend during Ramadan. Now that I've got my own family, I want to do the same - but I want it to be more my style than the way my parents did it. It is really hard to establish a new set of traditions that blend the American and the Muslim parts of me together. My friend and fellow blogger Tahsin came up with this cute idea that I am going to do next year for sure! 

Follow me on instagram @zahra_sandberg to see pics from the party later!

About the look - after white, blush is my next favorite color to wear in summer. I love this blush Strapless Jumpsuit as an alternative to a cocktail dress. It runs a little big in the bust so you may need to get that taken in, or just order a size down.

Don't forget to check out Nordstrom for the Anniversary Sale starting today for everyone! Check this post to see my favorites!

Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Topshop | Sandals: Steve Madden | Necklace: Thanks to Maurices | 

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