Cut Out Maxi Dress

Heading out early for a weekend at the lake so today will be an extra short post. I’m on a major maxi dress kick lately, not surprisingly due to the heat wave that we are enjoying at the moment. This one is great with the back cut out detail, and side slit. I’d wear it by itself or paired with a camo jacket for a little layering, I’m going to be wearing this again and again this summer – and bonus – it is on sale!

This weekend I’m also doing the unthinkable – I’m leaving my laptop at home! I’m going to take a little social media break, except snapchat of course, which should be easy because where we go there isn’t a great connection anyway. I will be sharing all of my looks and weekend adventures here next week though, so stay tuned!

If you are planning on doing a little shopping this weekend – be sure to check out these sales:

Nordstrom half-yearly sale

Neiman Marcus 40% off designer sale

Ella Moss 25% off with code HELLOSUMMER

Anthropologie extra 30% off Sale

Sole Society  up to 50% off select items

Target 30% off home and apparel
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Dress: Alternative (on sale under $35!) | Jacket: Press | Sandals: Thanks to Sole Society | Bag: Marc Jacobs | Sunnies: Westward Leaning via Ditto (get your free trial with code LOVEZAHRA)

Neutrals + Fringe

This week has been such a dream since temps have been hitting over 80 degrees consistently daily. I’m not sure if it is my Pakistani heritage, or the fact that I grew up in Sacramento, but I’m just made for hot weather. Not in the way that everyone likes pleasantly warm weather, I mean for me, the hotter it gets – the better. I become happier, nicer, and just a better human being in the heat.

When I was younger I’d get in trouble for being out in the sun so long because I get so tan and that was a bad thing in my culture where girls were prized to be ‘fair and lovely’ (*sigh* colorism for South Asians…a lasting effect of British Imperialism). I never subscribed to that line of thinking thanks to my American upbringing and gaggle of girlfriends who worshipped tanning, the same ones I’d always used to sneak out to the pool with – my chlorine bloodshot eyes and fresh tan giving me away every time.  So bringing us back to today, with this heat wave in Chicago, of course I’ve been spending every moment outside possible.

Wearing white not only reflects heat and keeps you cool, which makes sense why it is pretty much a standard color for summer, but it also looks really great with a tan. I like to pair white with either more white, or with other neutral tones in lightweight fabrics, like this fringed sweater and my new favorite espadrille shoes. I plan on packing these for our Memorial Day weekend trip to the lake, ugh I’m so excited – only two days left before sun, boats, and barbecue!

The sunglasses I’m wearing are from and their Endless Eyewear program – which you need to check out if you love sunglasses. You pay $24 monthly for an endless rotation of sunglasses, including all high end designer brands like Ray-Ban, Prada, and Dolce Gabbana to name a few.  They also have a fun feature where you can upload a picture of yourself and try on sunglasses to see how they will look before you order. Use my code: LoveZahra for a free trial month!

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Shoes: Thanks to Sole Society | Pants: AG Jeans | Top: Thanks to J.Jill (on sale now plus an additional 30% off!) | Sunnies: Westward Leaning – via Ditto – Endless Eyewear – (get a free trial month using my code LOVEZAHRA) |

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Travel Style: Racerback Maxi + Sneakers

This week I’ve got travel on my mind, as we are planning a trip for the long weekend ahead. When we take short road trips, I always like to wear a maxi dress because it is really comfortable and still makes me look and feel a little more put together than wearing equally comfy sweats or yoga pants. All maxi dresses are not created equal, some fabrics wrinkle the minute you sit in them, and the one I’m wearing in this post is really great. I like to add a scarf because it can add a little warmth and even serve as a pillow if I want to take a nap along the way. My favorite is a lightweight scarf in a really soft material, in the same color family as the rest of the outfit. If you read this blog regularly, you know that monochromatic schemes are always my go-to. Now that I’m an adult I don’t toss my stuff in random shopping bags or book bags anymore, instead I love to carry a chic weekender bag like this one from Sole Society – that is just big enough to carry a few outfits, swimsuits, makeup, and toiletries. To finish it off a hat is always a good idea, especially when you don’t have time to fuss with your hair.

Adam decided not only to be in the shoot today, but he even took charge and took some of the photos! Will be sharing his photos on snapchat Have a great week! xx
travel-style-maxi-dress racerback-maxi-dress-adidas-stan-smithadidas-stan-smith-superstars travel-style-maxi-dress-scarf Dress: Alternative clothing  (less than $30!)- available in multiple colors (i’m wearing a size small) | Shoes: Adidas | Necklace: Robyn Rhodes | Sunnies: Kate Spade – Similar Style | Hat: Saks (sold out) Love this one and this one (Under $20) | Bag: Thanks to Sole Society | Scarf: Gap (out of stock) Similar Style |

Adam’s jacket: Zara | Shoes: Adidas | Shorts: sold out

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