Make it Rain & A Giveaway!
As a native Californian, it took me a while to learn how to comfortably live in the cold climates that I relocated to in my adult life. Where I grew up, 40 degrees would probably be the coldest winter day for us.  The obvious trick to staying warm and comfortable, even when it is 20 below, is to layer, layer, layer! Which is great because I love creating looks where I layer different colors and prints together, I think it is an art form- but easy to learn how to do. I’ll do a post one day about how the color wheel changed my perspective on everything fashion and interior design related- once I understood the basics, it was really like a lightbulb went off in my head!

Also remember that not all wool or cashmere is created equal. Investing in great quality sweaters and cardigans is key. I have some wool sweaters from Banana Republic and J.Crew that I bought when I first started working, and they still look great! I’ve now grown to love enjoying every season, even the dreariest winter days. After the snowstorm is some great snowmobile weather, after all!

About the look – I think of gingham and plaid as a neutral when it comes to pairing with other prints. Like this one below, even though it is bright I like how it contrasts with the cardigan and the tights. I’d wear this same look with skinny jeans. Wellies are a definite must have for fall/winter in my opinion. Another big plus for the Wellies is you save your heels from wear and tear while you drive – so necessary.

I guess I was subconsciously thinking of the movie Magic Mike when coming up with a blog post title – hehe. I have yet to see it despite the horrible reviews, and it recently became available on demand and is constantly being promoted. I just think it will be one of those ‘so bad that it’s good’ movies like Fast and the Furious II or John Tucker Must Die. Bad movies are definitely one of my guilty pleasures!

Jacket Club Monaco (old) similar in an olive hue and similar on sale at Old Navy/Skirt Ann Taylor (last seen here and on sale now!) Tights Target/ Shirt J.crew (old) similar and similar/Cardigan via Marshalls similar/Boots Hunter/Jewelry Necklace J.crew (old), Bracelets Target (on clearance!), Watch Michael Kors
Also, just a heads up – Nordstrom is having it’s half-yearly sale for women and kids starting November 1st! Double-points for Nordstrom rewards members too. Have fun shopping!

Last but not least, I am giving away my precious ticket for the Gilt Warehouse Sale in Chicago! I unfortunately can’t attend because I forgot it was Eid (Muslim religious holiday), so I thought I should share the love with you instead!
All you have to do is like my facebook page, follow me on GFC and/or Bloglovin’, and leave comment below! If you’ve already done everything, thanks! Much appreciated! The ticket is an e-ticket that you would need to print, so if you win I will contact you and send you the ticket! I will announce the winner by Thursday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. Central!

Here is the link for some details – hope you win!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

  • You look adorable Zahra!
    and thanks for the heads up on the sale at Nordstrom!!

    xo Ally

  • You have a really great blog! I love this whole look from head to toe! So glad to have stumbled upon your blog! you have really great style! now following 🙂


  • adorable look! Yes, I’m from California and when it drops below 50, I feel like it’s terribly cold! haha…I’m such a wimp.

    • Hahah I know! It took me a while to get used to the cold but now I love it!


  • Sam

    Hi Zahra, I like how inventive and fun your look is, I wish I took more courage into print and colour mixing, thanks for the inspiration. love the stripes-tights-and boots combo!

  • Thank you Sam! I wasn’t as adventurous until I tried out a few pairings and found which colors I really loved!

  • Great Post.. I’m the opposite, I moved from -20 degrees to 40 degrees and I must say that I miss my winter gear:( I totally agree with you about the colour wheel…makes such a big diff once you get it!

    • So true about the wheel – there used to be a show on hgtv where a girl would use the color wheel to help design rooms and I seriously loved it because it broke it down so simply! Also, there are probably a lot of Chicagoans that wish they lived in your climate!

  • Amazing post!! Amazing outfit!!
    If you want, we can follow each other!! Let me know!


  • WOW Zahra I like your shiny Wellies and Tights, you look so adorable, I always wear my Wellies when it rains, I hate getting my Tights splashed and my feet wet.

  • Nav

    Love the colors!

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