Winter Lookbook

Winter is arguably one of the easiest seasons to look stylish. One fabulous coat will get you through most days without giving the rest of your look a second thought. A faux-fur stole will add a touch of luxe to a maxi dress, and look just as great with a pair of distressed gray/black jeans.

This season I am layering whisper-thin dresses with chunky knits, wearing head-to-toe white or shades of gray, and adding bold statement necklaces, faux fur, and maxi dresses in to my wardrobe.

Special thanks to Amna of Faces by Amna for Hair and Makeup, and Jorelle Gates Photography for shooting this with me despite the freezing cold & snowy weather!


Club_Monaco_Reyna_Coat_AG_Jeans_JCrew Jcrew_Zip_SweaterAnthropologie_Stole_WinterChanel_Boy_Winter_WhiteBella_Colletta_Rock_Wrap_NecklaceOutfit Details:

Look #1: Faux Fur Stole: Anthropologie |Coat: Thanks to Club Monaco (last season) – Similar Style |Printed Maxi Dress: Ella Moss |Heels: Isabel Marant – Similar Style  | Bag: Givenchy |

Look #2: Top w/zippers: J.Crew |Jeans: Anthropologie |Coat: Club Monaco |Heels: Isabel Marant – Similar Style | Bag: Givenchy |Necklace: Bella Colletta

Look #3: Dress: Zara (last season) – Similar Style | Cable-Knit Sweater: J.Crew |Heels: Christian LouboutinSimilar Style |Necklace: Bella Colletta | Bag: Chanel – Similar Style

Holiday Style with ShopLately

I always get excited once the temps dip to officially freezing, because to this California girl, it means I get to really enjoy some of my favorite things: spiced coffees, cozy fires, faux fur, cable knits, holiday parties, gift shopping, fancy decorating, and indulgent eating. Of course we had winter in California and people still had holiday parties, but there is something completely special about being in a festive decorated home, sipping something hot, with a roaring fire on when it is bone-chilling cold outside. As much as people like to complain about Chicago weather, I think a lot of people secretly love to hate it. Read more about how I like to celebrate the holiday season here.

Today I’ve teamed up with ShopLately, along with some of my favorite fashion bloggers – to present a little fashion inspiration for the season! We are all wearing pieces from ShopLately, styling them for any type of holiday soiree you may be attending. As you can see here, holiday style does not mean you can only wear red or green and head-to-toe sequins. Each of us put our own personal spin on the styles we chose, and I just love how each look is so unique!

ShopLately is a marketplace where a variety of designers and brands are showcased. Every Monday you will find new arrivals, and every Wednesday you will find a sale event. They also have an “insider program” for $9.00/year to get free shipping on all items! Here is a link to where you can sign up:

To check out any of the other looks close-up, go visit these other blogs!

Below L-R Lisa of Stilettos and Diaper Bags, Me, Stephanie of The Naked Canvas, Peggy of Hallways are my Runways, Johanna of 101 Things I Love, Tabitha of Defining Tabitha, and Kaitlyn of Sisters Marie.


Photo Credit: Holiday_ShoplatelyBlog_Holiday_ShopLatelyHoliday_Blogger_ShopLately

Blog_Holiday Blogger_HolidayShoplately_bloggersShoplately_Dress_All_Saints_JacketGivenchy_Bag_Leopard_BootsShoplately_Dress_Gilt_BootsMy look: Dress: ShopLately | Sweater: J.Crew |Belt: H&M | Jacket: All Saints – Similar Style (under $100) | Boots: Gilt | Bag: Givenchy  | Bracelets: Ann Taylor, Lia Sophia | Rings: David Yurman, Vince Camuto |

More about my look: I chose this cute leopard dress, (only $40!) which is a great piece to have, holiday or not, because it can be worn year-round with pretty much anything (over jeans, under a pencil skirt, with a cardigan, all by itself, etc.) I layered it here with my go-to cable knit sweater because I love the contrast of both the fabric textures and colors. To keep the look festive and not too casual, I belted the sweater – which is a trick I use a lot to define my waist in clothes. I have more of a pear-shape so if I wear a loose sweater and skirt I can look a little frumpy. Last I added the cropped leather jacket – it is super warm and I like how the cropped fit still shows off some of my sweater. Kaitlyn and I both had the same idea with these gorgeous tall boots by Ava & Aiden (on sale for $149!) which are part of the exclusive collection for

TGIF! Have a great weekend ~ + Love Zahra #NewCarFace

As a blogger I get a lot of emails to participate in various promotional campaigns, and most of the time I have to pass because I just don’t have the time or it isn’t really something I am excited about. When I heard about this offer from, I thought oh yeah! Who wouldn’t want to hear about this!?

So if you’ve got a second to possibly get your car loan paid off, or even an immediate family member’s – is having a contest and you could easily win! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself with your new car (anything new or used that was purchased after 2012) and share the pic on social media with hashtag #newcarface, tagging @carsdotcom when you do!

Scroll down for a special car story from my childhood, along with my “new car face” pic as an example! newcarfaceShareImage[1]
Note: This post has been sponsored by All views expressed are my own.


Mom and me with “The Green Frog” during our road trip

While I was growing up my dad drove a bright green Toyota Corolla hatchback, a car that he had owned since college. He also drove us across country in that car when we moved from the East Coast to California when I was just two years old. My dad, always the adventurer, decided to stop at every major attraction point along the way during that cross-country trek, making the trip twice as long as it should have been – much to my mother’s dismay – we would later hear my mother complain about that trip often. She was taking care of all of us crazy kids and subsequently getting migraines, while dad enjoyed himself, oblivious to her suffering. My dad loved that car, and we all hated it, and all five of us kids jokingly referred to it as “The Green Frog”.

Dad never wanted to get rid of “The Green Frog”, despite our constant pleas. Now that I am an adult I totally understand why – no car payment! Then one day fate would change everything. Some thief would steal my dad’s car right out of his work parking lot, proceed in to a high-speed chase with the police that was captured as a top story on the 5 O’Clock news, and ultimately crash in to a guard rail – leaving the car totaled and beyond repair. That day “The Green Frog” was no more. We were ecstatic.

I remember how excited I was when we started our search for a new car, visiting the dealerships with all of the rows of shiny cars with the new car smell, loaded with all of the latest technology of the day – like power windows and cd players. We decided on a brand new Toyota Camry, and we left the dealership with huge smiles on our faces, making promises to each other that unlike with “The Green Frog”, this car we would keep washed, waxed, and vacuumed at all times, and that we would never eat snacks in it. Our promises may have been short-lived, but the memory of getting that new car will always stick with me. wants you to show them your #newcarface, for a chance to get your entire car loan paid off – up to $25,000!

To enter the contest, all you have to do is the following:

Take a picture of yourself with your new car, share that pic on social media (Facebook, instagram, or twitter) with the hashtag #newcarface, and also tagging @carsdotcom. That’s it!

Here’s mine – with Adam and our new car!


Good luck!

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You can only submit one entry during the promotional period, which ends 1/2/15 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Prize Value up to $25K

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