Fashion, Technology, & Garance Dore


A wrist-worn selfie taking camera won this year’s Intel Smart Clothing contest, proving that wearable technology is no longer a far out concept but one that is here to stay. It also proves that “generation me” is an accurate description of the generation- the winning entry being a selfie camera and all. We got a taste of some of the latest in wearable tech at the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Fashion Forward” event celebrating innovations in fashion, and honoring blogger Garance Dore with the Fashion Inspiration Award for her contributions to both fashion and design.  At the one night only fashion exhibition, some of the latest innovative trends were showcased including extremely intricate couture 3d printed accessories like the hat and turban pictured above, by London based renown Milliner Gabriela Ligenza, and the “Galaxy Dress” by CuteCircuit, which is composed entirely of full color pixels and swarovski crystals. Other notable pieces included a fiber-optic heartbeat dress, a dress wired up so that you can receive a text activated “hug” – so those you love can send more than a virtual hug.

After the award ceremony and a beautiful dance sequence presented by some extremely talented Chicago high school students, Nicole and I set to explore the Museum since we knew there were a few open exhibits. We were trapped in the mirror maze for longer than I had wanted, and when we finally found our way out, I couldn’t stop loudly expressing my excitement. As I am exclaiming away, Garance was hanging out right outside with the directors of both the Museum and her PR Firm. I was mortified, assuming she would now think of me as unrefined, or even worse – uncool. However, If she did think so, she definitely didn’t show it.

Meeting with Garance only made me love her more, and I subsequently spent hours browsing her blog and her design shop. She’s one of those rare people who are in real life exactly how they seem to be on social media – in her case unpretentious and kind, with that covetable French charm.

We spent the rest of the evening exploring even more fun rooms, like the man made tornado, and the ‘silhouette’ room, where we printed our own silhouette from a photograph into nylon in just minutes. It is so funny how when you live somewhere you can easily forget to visit all of the landmarks that tourists visiting never dare miss. I now have plans to bring Adam back to the Museum of Science and Industry next week!

The hat in the above picture with the 3d printed writing, has an entire poem on it. The poem is by John Tessimond, called Day Dream:

One day people will touch

and talk perhaps easily.

And loving be natural as breathing

and warm as sunlight.

And people will untie themselves.

as string is unknotted.

Unfold and yawn and stretch

and spread their fingers.

Unfurl, uncurl like seaweed

returned to the sea.

And work will be simple

and swift as a seagull flying.

And play will be casual

and quiet as a seagull setting.

And the clocks will stop.

and no one will wonder

or care or notice.

And people will smile

without reason.

Even in winter.

even in the rain.

 …and with that, have a great week!

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  • In case you guys have been wondering what’s going on with me, I’m sharing it all today on the Of Woman Nature podcast! (Available wherever you get podcasts) Talking about my plans for 2019, my journey to living a more conscious lifestyle, and discussing why I quit Fashion blogging. I love listening to podcasts because I feel like I get to know people on such a deeper level - and so I’m honored that @thedemureist gave me the opportunity to share my story. Please take a listen! Image is from the sublime @sarahraskeyfineart studio ❤️
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  • Meant to post this sooner but I was too busy ‘weekending’ whoops! (sorry not sorry 🙈)To make Monday a little sweeter, @shopkynah is offering a special for you guys - use my code Zahra10 for 10% off your order! I just LOVE their vibe and their commitment to sustainable fashion.  #styleinspo #indianfashion #pakistanstreetstyle
  • This morning on @thejamtvshow ~ we discuss mom stuff like - should you discipline other people’s kids? And should parents have a dress code? in regards to a Tennessee law proposed to enforce a dress code for parents dropping off their kids (because apparently they were too scantily clad) watch the full segment by clicking the link in my profile - Also why do we look like grown up teletubbies? 🌈
  • Stay cozy friends 💕 some words that have been inspiring me lately (particularly interesting for the soul searchers like me out there): “If there is nothing new under the sun, at least the sun itself is always new, always re-creating itself out of its own inexhaustible fire.” Michael Sims, Apollo’s Fire
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  • Here’s the thing. I used to hella *envy* the stay at home moms - for Adam’s first 4 years of life I worked full-time and found it very frustrating- I was stuck in a cubicle (away from my baby from 7am-6pm) I would come home exhausted and get dinner going and have very little time to spend with him before he went to bed - and one day I just thought - what the hell am I doing? I finally quit my job - after realizing we could cut out a lot of stuff (mostly my shopping) and live without my income. But I  quickly realized the other side is just as difficult, if not more. Babies don’t allow for a water cooler break, smoke break - or even a bathroom break if we’re being real. Sometimes I find myself wishing I had time to do all of the stuff that I want to do in life (as if my kids are the ones keeping me from being the next Oprah) but I realize that kids are only kids for a short time, and I’m going to be old for (hopefully) a long time - so I should really just relish this time ❤️ here’s a pic of me makeup free to shake up our ultra filtered IG world! #nofilter #momsofinstagram #wordsofwisdom #tgif
  • Staying warm inside by playing around with acrylics today - inspired by @barij and her beautiful floral art 🌸 (I obviously don’t know how to paint - don’t judge haha) also listening to a beautiful audiobook about Nur Jehan (by Ruby Lal) In the kitchen so the kids wouldn’t realize what I’m doing and want to join in but alas I can’t get away with anything - swipe to see what happened when I gave Sophia some markers and paper and snacks to keep her busy 😂 see my painting progress on stories... #snowday #momswithcameras #artsy
  • I’ve been slacking this year! To be long-winded but very honest... I have been feeling a little uninspired, maybe I would call it burnout, about my blog and my place in this ever growing world of ‘influence’. When I started style blogging wayyy back in 2012 I wanted to see people who looked like me in fashion and media - and I also wanted to write and share my personal experiences - at the time there was only ONE brown girl blogger I knew of - @asmaqp - she was literally the only ONE! There were a few beauty YouTubers but that was it. but just let that fact sink in for a minute...yeah so
Im SO grateful the space is way more diverse now and I’ve always encouraged every poc friend I had to start a blog too. I guess I am questioning my end goal in all of this...sometimes I cringe at the crap I see on IG (promoting materialism, blind consumerism, unrealistic body and beauty standards) and that itself makes me want to either quit completely OR create content to combat it. And sometimes creating content for the sake of creating content  and making every lunch, dinner, vacation, into a photo shoot can be such a BORE and I just want to go back to when I could live life without making it look cute - because real life is NOT that cute. The thing that keeps me here is wanting to be creative and get better at photography and also connect with people - I LOVE when someone follows me and sends a legit message to me - because then I know they aren’t just a bot that will unfollow me in a few weeks but a real freaking PERSON. I’ve made countless real friends here and I’ve seen real world disruption for the better start here and I’m sort of still a dreamer at heart so I hope I can create something worthwhile. If you are still reading you are a superstar in my mind - and I guess this conversation will be continued as I discover more! ❤️ (pic is one of the shots that didn’t make the cut from my collab with @vasanticosmetics )

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