Love Zahra + Ma Belle Avenue

I recently discovered the newly opened boutique in Hinsdale, called Ma Belle Avenue, and I was so impressed with the store. It is tucked upstairs with a nondescript storefront (they haven’t yet put up the official sign) but the place is full of uniquely wonderful pieces, from clothing to jewelry and hats, as well as kids clothes. There are even home goods like specialty candles. So when I had the opportunity to partner with the boutique, I jumped at the chance, especially because I get to include Adam in my shoot. Side note: we almost couldn’t make it happen because we had a temper tantrum right before the shoot, but with the help of a little bribery to play video games later, he managed to pull it together, and he did a great job in the end I think!

The clothes at Ma Belle Avenue are all designed and manufactured in Lithuania, and once you see it you can immediately notice the high quality of the fabrics and the originality of the designs. If you want something that nobody else is wearing, you will find it there. Even for basics, like this long sleeved tee I’m wearing, which is super soft, there are special details like the buttons down the back and on the neckline. There are also a lot of dresses that would be perfect to wear to work or a semi-formal event like a wedding, and there is a nice selection of knits, this one long cardigan sweater is actually on my list right now.

You can visit Ma Belle Avenue at 50 S Washington Street, Hinsdale (second floor). Also see more of their current inventory on their facebook page.  Happy shopping!

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A peek inside the store:


A few outtakes:


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First time back to my hometown to see my parents since Thanksgiving 2019. The kids have been so excited to see their Nanababa and Nano! The last video is what I was really missing tho…
My new favorite place in the house is definitely the sitting room off my bedroom. (See the before in my Reels) I worked with @thehavenly to turn this into my dream space. Now what used to be a pass through, is where I love to sit down after a shower and put on lotion or comb my hair, or even just curl up and read a book or listen to a guided meditation. Just a cozy and pretty space that feels intentional 💕 #havenlyambassador #interiordesign
I glow ‘cause I know what my worth is…who can name that song?? (every mom probably knows)
Thanks for all the love on my last post ❤️ I’m nursing a vulnerability hangover because I am actually a pretty private person (believe it or not) but every time I do get in my feelings and share it I end up connecting with so many of you and that makes it worth it. I know I am inspiring women to be unapologetic and to live their truth by doing so myself. That’s not a flex, enough of you dm me on the daily for me to say it with confidence. So with that- Lets go 2022! Hope this year keeps you feeling rested, hydrated, and living your best life! Also sorry and yes I’m definitely bothered by that rug flipped over in the back
Life is weird. For 2022 I’m thinking about how much I’ve personally grown. From this 21 year old girl getting married to someone I barely knew way too fast (my first marriage- also divorced within a year). That experience made me learn so much about standing up for what I wanted. Then for many years I thought I knew who I was, and soon I realized that wasn’t it either. I evolved. I struggled with my faith, particularly in 2020 when I felt attacked for my non mainstream views about Islam - interfaith marriage, LGBTQ, etc. Because of that, I lost a lot of supporters and tbh- sadly lost some friends. But I also figured out, with the sage advice from papa Shah, that there are as many opinions in the world as there are people - so me trying to change peoples opinions was pretty futile. Rather than bearing hostility to those who don’t think like me, I realized I should have empathy, and give people room to grow and learn. So I can say with sincerity that I’m finally good - with life and God and everything - and I’m proud of baby girl in this pic ❤️ Cheers to more growth and happiness next year!
You’re the best, I don’t care what everyone else says ❤️