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Video: Where I Shop DESIGNER Clothes For Less

Having a fabulous closet full of designer clothing just got a lot easier.

Watch the video and use my code for 50% OFF!

Link to the website for 50% off your first order:

https://www.materialworld.co/invite/ZAHRAS997/mbox/

Discount Code: ZAHRAS997

Link to get $25 credit towards your first trade-in

https://www.materialworld.co/invite/ZAHRAS997/trade-in/


Material World Stylists custom curate boxes with pre-owned designer clothing, all at 90% off retail pricing. Saving money and helping the environment – I think that justifies a little retail therapy!

I discovered Material World last year while scrolling through the ‘gram and fell in love with the concept. My biggest issue with resale shopping is the hassle. With two babies now, I don’t have time to sift through racks and try on clothes in stores for hours. Even though many resale shops have an online presence nowadays, it still takes a lot of time to go through the inventory and examine pictures for any defects. Then comes the sizing which can be vastly different between brands, especially when we are talking about European sizing which is like a reality check to some American brands with their ‘vanity sizing’ (quadruple zero?! Just stop).

So the idea of having a stylist pick out clothes for me based on my sizing and preferences sounded like a great idea. They also have a trade-in service so I planned to sell back some of my clothes that aren’t getting worn much – (which is basically most of my closet).

I took a chance and signed up for my first box, which is $39, but you can deduct that amount from any thing you choose to purchase from the box. After filling out a form with my sizing, brand preferences, social media handles (assuming they will be getting a feel for my style) and what type of pieces I am interested in getting, I waited patiently for my first box to arrive. My stylist nailed it and I ended up purchasing 3 out of the 5 pieces – and the two I didn’t get were really hard to let go.

I did a little insta story trying on the stuff I got, and I got so many messages from people asking about the company – so I reached out to them to see if they were interested in partnering with me and giving my followers a discount, and they were!

So if you want to try out the service, use my link & code for 50% off:

Link: https://www.materialworld.co/invite/ZAHRAS997/mbox/

Code: ZAHRAS997

Link for $25 credit towards your first trade in:

https://www.materialworld.co/invite/ZAHRAS997/trade-in/

Watch the video to see what I ordered in preparation for an upcoming vacation somewhere far far away from this cold!

The Body Foundation I mentioned in the vide is DermaBlend Leg and Body Cover – I have it in Bronze and Dark and I mix the two.

 

 

 

 

Video: How To Start A Natural Skincare Routine + Art of Pure

This year I’m switching to a natural skincare routine – using products  that are both effective AND good for me.

A few weeks ago, Art of Pure held a pop-up shop at CH/LL Chicago, and I was so excited to attend. There were beauty products to play with, followed by my choice of meditation or yoga workshop – basically my ideal Saturday morning. I would also get the chance to meet boss babe, entrepreneur mama, and Art of Pure founder, Monika Joshi. But then life happened, and unfortunately I had to miss out. However, one of my resolutions this year is to be more proactive, so I decided to reach out to see if she would be willing to meet with me, and to my delight, she agreed!

Starting a natural skincare routine isn’t easy. There are lots of products marketed as ‘natural’ that aren’t really, and there are also ingredients that read like they could be toxic chemicals, when in fact that is just the scientific term being used for something natural.

Which is precisely why I was thrilled to meet with Joshi. Art of Pure is a one stop shop, a thoughtfully curated selection of high-performing natural skin care and beauty products. Natural products have come a long way. It used to be a trade off, you either used stuff that was good for you, or stuff that actually worked. Now the problem isn’t finding a natural skincare product, but deciphering the labels and choosing one.  Art of Pure can help narrow down that list for you.

In this video, I ask Monika to share some of her personal favorite skincare products, and also her advice for a day time and night time skincare routine. I even get personal and ask her advice for any aspiring entrepreneurs out there looking to quit their job and follow their passion like she did. (I’m obsessed with her answer to that question, btw.) After our meeting, I left with a few samples of most of the products we talk about, and I’ve already started using them and I really love them.

According to Monika, there isn’t only one ‘right’ way, but the most important thing about your skincare routine is to keep it up. To see results, it is important to have a ritual, and to stay consistent with it.

Day Time:

  1. Cleanse skin twice using an oil-based cleanser. Massage cleanser into skin, and remove with towel.
  2. Apply Serum
  3. Use Toner
  4. Moisturize (note: If serum is oil-based, you can skip this step unless you feel you need more moisture)

Night Time:

  1. Like Day Time, cleanse skin twice using an oil based cleanser, massaging into skin and wiping with towel. Try opting for a different cleanser for the second time.
  2. Apply Serum
  3. Use Toner
  4. Apply Oil blend
  5. Moisturize using a slightly heavier moisturizer or a balm into skin.

Check out the video to learn more and please don’t forget to like and subscribe to my channel! All of the products mentioned can be found at ArtofPure.com.

Sophia’s Nursery Reveal – Watercolor Whimsy

Sophia’s sweet little nursery is finally complete! The theme of the room is ‘watercolor whimsy’ – because of the botanical watercolor tapestry and because I just like the word ‘whimsy’.

Side note: People either love or hate that word – it’s very controversial. Tom definitely hates it, especially when i make the ‘whimsy’ sound like ‘h-wimsy’. (I do it on purpose…hehe)

Watch the video to get a virtual tour, then scroll down for more pictures and links!

11 months in and we are finally done. I started this whole room design with an impulse thrift buy, the chair and the side table. I loved that pink velvet chair and the brass side table with the branch detail on the legs. I knew I was going to be using the color pink, but I didn’t want to go overboard – I still wanted the room to look sophisticated enough for her to grow into.

As much as I wanted to go out and buy a new crib and changing table, I had Adam’s old one that was in perfect condition at home so I had to check myself.

Adam always slept in our bed with us , so his crib was basically brand new. Even though I wanted a new one, I couldn’t justify the wasteful spending. I tried selling it but wasn’t getting any offers anywhere near what it was valued at. After stewing over it for a bit, I just rolled up my sleeves and painted it into a soft grey color. The finished product works even better than I thought it would!

Once I knew I had a palette of pink, grey, and gold – I started to look for wall paper that would incorporate a few more colors. I wanted a fun print, but something that wasn’t too baby-ish. I tried many wallpaper samples but didn’t find one I really wanted. Then I found this amazing tapestry and instantly fell in love. Also, we are looking to move in the near future, so this will work well as we can bring it along with us. We took it to Home Depot and matched it with some paint we used to brighten up the walls in the room – which were originally a warm cream color – see here.

I knew I wanted a daybed to make the room even more functional. I love to nurse laying down, especially in the beginning when I was still recovering from my c-section. This daybed has a trundle bed too and really comes in handy when we have family visiting from out of town. I plan on using this as Sophia’s toddler bed in the future when she outgrows the crib.

And finally I made a little corner reading nook where I have shelves that are low enough so Sophia can reach for her favorite book. Next to it is a basket I use to store all of her toys. She always bolts for that basket as soon as she gets in the room. I guess that means she loves her new room!
What do you think??
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Shop the room:

Tapestry (on sale!)

Crib (Exact available in white)

Chalk Paint (I used to paint crib and changing table) in Selznick Grey

Mirror

Daybed

Bedding

Brass Reading Lamp

Floor Lamp

Rug

Rocking Horse

Ceramic Flowers

Bunny Wall Decor

Half Dot Garland

Bookshelves

Chair and side table: Thrifted

Toy Basket, Small Lamp on Changing Table, Pillow on Daybed, Pillow in Crib: HomeGoods