Blue Meets Blue + Love Zahra

This past weekend Tom was out of town and it was just Adam and I, and we spent the weekend getting ready for our new arrival. We did a bit of organizing, decorating, and even laying in bed imagining how our lives are going to change in a few weeks. Adam was curious just how long it was going to be before the new baby would be able to play video games with him, and he promised to teach her all the tricks he has learned.

Thats when it hit me hardest – side note: being pregnant and thinking about the world can be a dangerous combination – I thought why was I born so lucky to be able to do all of this with my son and soon to be daughter, when there are so many moms around the world who don’t have the privilege? In particular, the refugees who are struggling to survive and need our help the most. I’m not even going to start about the recent executive order…except to say I’m beyond ashamed.

Today’s post is more than just my regular outfit post. I partnered with Blue Meets Blue in the past, (see previous post here) a Chicago-based fashion company employing refugee women. They have several collections, ranging from casual to elegant, and accessories, there is something for everyone.  I knew I was going to be doing a maternity shoot (that full post with coming very soon!) with an amazing creative team, and I made sure to wear my gorgeous skirt by Blue Meets Blue for one of the looks. Lupita, Stylist at @Abbybellacouture even informed me how intricate the process is to create even one of the flowers that is embellishing this skirt, which made me love it even more.

This is one easy way to support some of the most deserving people, by giving them an opportunity to use their talents and work with dignity in America and support themselves and their families. Be sure to check out Blue Meets Blue and support its mission to help women who are refugees here in America, and do some guilt-free shopping while you’re at it!

Photo Credit: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys  Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Skirt: Thanks to Blue Meets Blue (email for custom colors) Shoes: Aquazzura 
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  • Slightly terrified because I just hit publish on a new YouTube video where I am completely makeup free (and possibly too close up - nose hair close 😬) reviewing the new clean skincare line @oneoceanbeauty that I have been testing for the past 8 weeks. I thought about not posting the video because watching it brought out a lot of my insecurities - about aging and wrinkles, my asymmetrical face, my unfortunate eyebrows - but I decided to do it because I love seeing other women who are confident and comfortable in their own makeup free skin and I want to be that too! 🙌🏾 #cleanskincare #cleanbeauty #skincareroutine 
Link to watch:
https://youtu.be/YMlSG9VDlAk
  • When at least one of us is looking at the camera, it’s a win 🙌🏾 Also, I’m holding the rocks she collected for her - lol - We are staying cozy  inside today, carving pumpkins and watching movies ~ a Sunday well spent 💕 what are you all up to? #mommyandme #pumpkinpatch #fallthings
  • #flashbackfriday Scrolling through my iCloud and came across this family picture shot by @jorellegates. Two thoughts: 1) I can’t believe how teeny my babies are And 2) we need to take more family pictures! Do you guys get professional family pics done? If yes, how often? With Adam we did it every season but now we can’t seem to get our act together ~ even for someone who takes pictures constantly I can’t seem to do it 😔 #fambam #momswithcameras
  • Thinking about what my next YouTube video should be? I’m thinking of organizing my kitchen/pantry/junk drawer (for some good old organization porn) - or a Fall outfit look book featuring only stuff I already own (restyled) and the only new stuff would be thrifted? Which would you want to see first?? Let me know! #tgif #styleinspo
  • Sophie’s face whenever I try to take her picture - either that or she’s running away 😑 Today we took a spontaneous trip to the pumpkin farm ~ I got my fill of apple cider donuts - which is the real reason why I love to go tbh - but the real question is which are your fave, glazed or cinnamon/sugar??? #momswithcameras #pumpkinpatch
  • Last nights look for a little soirée with the @urbandecaycosmetics team! What could be better than a night of makeup and pizza??? I’ll wait... #udallnighter #chicagoblogger #makeupparty
  • Smiling because a new YouTube video is now live on my channel! Sharing how I meal prepped this week’s lunch - it is a really easy beef stew recipe - (it’s also a really good veggie stew if you don’t eat meat!) Hope you guys enjoy! Also hooray for wool hat weather! 🙌🏾 #newvideo #youtube #mealprep
  • #flashbackfriday to a preppy Zahra in college (when I worked at Hollister 🙃) and polo shirts were life - also my parents had that plaid couch for a decade and that treadmill was NEVER used. Lastly, thick eyebrows weren’t cool yet FYI. #TGIF #goodtimes
  • A peek inside my ‘creative mess’ aka my office where I finally finished editing a new YouTube video  it’s a quick (under 5 minute) makeup tutorial using a lot of new @ctilburymakeup I recently picked up (and btw absolutely LOVE)- for a really fresh ‘enhanced natural’ face. Hope you enjoy!

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