Vaseline + Love Zahra + Whats In My #NYFW Bag?

Growing up I can’t recall a time that we ever ran out of Vaseline. Mom used to buy the jumbo tubs from Costco, and there was one in every bedroom and bathroom in the house. With my super dry skin, it was the only thing that kept my lips from getting chapped and also kept my elbows and knees from getting ashy #browngirlproblems…

I remember one of my first instagram posts ever – back in the day when instagram was mostly ‘instant’- it was a pic of the then newly released teeny tiny versions of the original Vaseline tub, set next to a small bottle of Essie nail polish for a size reference. Side note: I wanted to share that original picture but after spending an exorbitant amount of time scrolling through my feed, I realized I had actually deleted it.

So you can only imagine my excitement when I received the newly released Vaseline Lip Tins, as well as an adorable chocolate cake in the shape of a lip tin – ha! To be honest I’m not actually sure which I was more excited about, the cake or the Vaseline, but that’s besides the point :). By far my favorite fragrance of all is the Rosy Lips, which smells of rose, vanilla, and red berry which as a combination is just incredible. The Aloe is really light and fresh, and the Cocoa Butter is rich and creamy.

The size of the tin is perfect to slip into a small clutch or a makeup bag, and it is easier to apply from the tin than the mini tub, since you can fit more than just the tip of your finger in at once.

The verdict: It is the same super hydrating product that I grew up with, but the new tins make them a lot more versatile and easy to carry, oh and they look super cute on the ‘gram. Always a plus.

You can get yourself a tin (or four) at any Target stores.

Scroll down to find out what are my must-haves in my bag during New York Fashion Week!

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  1. Makeup remover wipes or Baby wipes– I love to keep these on hand in case I need to freshen up my makeup, or to wipe my hands, or even coffee spills on my clothes (a regular occurrence).
  2. Extra phone battery – Pretty self-explanatory for the social media inclined – I never leave home without extra battery power unless I know I’m going to be in close proximity to my a) home or b) car.
  3. Sustenance – My mom always taught me a woman always needs to be prepared, and her purse should have everything she needs in it. Mom also always had a huge purse which was basically a grocery store, pharmacy, and bank in one. I’m not quite at her level, but I do like to have a granola bar (or a Madagascar Vanilla Almond Bar in this case) in case I get hungry between shows and don’t have time to stop for a bit, and of course some Altoids for minty fresh breath.
  4. Moisturizer – for Lips, obviously I’m bringing my new Vaseline Rosy Lip Tin, and of course I had to bring the personalized one because I want to show my Fashion Week friends how cool I am, obvi.
  5. Makeup bag essentials – I never leave without my Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder, my Physicians Formula bronzer, a brush, and a couple of lipsticks and lip glosses in different shades – a nude and a dark usually. I also toss in some dental floss, a mini lint roller, a few hair ties, my phone chargers kept organized in a cord holder, and some safety pins just in case.

Be sure to follow me on snap starting tomorrow for behind the scenes at NYFW ~




Army Green and Moto Jeans

Sometimes when the sun’s out I like to pretend it isn’t winter, and ditch my winter coat in exchange for a canvas jacket. Of course I have to add a just-in-case layer, like this cozy waffle sweater tied around my waist. I wore this over the weekend for a casual day with family.

At the moment I’m making all of my final arrangements for NYFW, and there is so much planning involved it is incredible. Every season I debate whether I should go or not, and this one was no exception. The shows, of course, are all available to view online almost immediately (if not immediately), and running across New York City in the bitter cold isn’t my ideal situation, so I often think I could be more productive reviewing the shows from the comfort of my own home (in my pajamas). But there’s something else that I get from actually being in the city and seeing the runway shows up close and also checking out the amazing street style – and that is a whole lot of inspiration. Plus I get an excuse to dress up as much as I really want to every day!

I can’t wait to see what this trip has in store – be sure to follow me on snap to see what I’m up to! striped-turtleneck-parka dl1961-instasculpt dl1961-jeans-senso-booties olive-green-parka parka-layered-winter-styleJeans: Thanks to DL1961 | Jacket: Urban Outfitters – sold out but here is a style I love | Sweater: Banana Republic – Similar Style (less than $30) | Shoes: SensoSimilar Style (less than $100) and Similar Style (less than $40) | Turtleneck: Monki | Bag: Alexander Wang | Rings: Rocksbox (for a free trial use code lovezahraxoxo at checkout!)

Camel Bodysuit and Wide Leg Pants

A beautiful departure from my skinny jeans uniform as of late  – this pair of extra wide leg pants is my new favorite style. With its belted bow waist, it could very well surpass an Herve Leger bandage body-con dress in terms of the sexiness factor,  but way more elegant and demure. It is important to note the hem isn’t dragging across the floor- which is a good thing because had it been, it would have very quickly been covered in a combination of snow, salt, and dirt. The new length is what we might have jokingly referred to as ‘floods’ or ‘high-waters’ as kids, but I’ve come to appreciate this style and how it flatters the figure. As a reference point, I’m 5’7″ and I am wearing these with a 3.5″ heel, so if you are more petite, just wear a higher heel, preferably a platform, flat-form, or sandal. Also, I kid you not – I bought about 8 new bodysuits in a variety of shapes and colors- they are just so easy and cute under trousers, skirts, and jeans – if you haven’t – you must try!

This weekend we are taking it easy for the most part except for a Super Bowl celebration with the family. I live for easy weekends like these- they seem to be few and far between these days…

Thanks for visiting as usual and happy Friday!

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Pants: Finders Keepers | Bodysuit: Missguided (note: this is a jersey material and not very thick so be sure to wear a bra that matches your skin tone – lighter or black or it will definitely show through) | Shoes: Stuart WeitzmanSimilar Style (less than $150!) | Bag: GivenchySimilar Style  | Earrings & Bangle bracelet – Rocksbox (get your free one-month trial with code lovezahraxoxo!)