Denim Tunic Dress

First off, I’m so pumped by the support I’m getting after I shared a life update with my Instagram followers. I posted a pic doing an open mic at the Laugh Factory, because…(drumroll) I recently decided to try out stand-up comedy. At first I was scared to share with anyone because I was worried about being judged. Then I got over it. I mean, my New Year’s resolution was to ‘be my authentic self’ – and so I decided, why not?! If I am terrible and not funny and get booed off stage so often that I end up quitting altogether, at least I’ll have a fun story to tell when I’m 80.

 I’m currently taking a class at Second City and also doing open mic’s weekly. I was really encouraged to give it a shot after I met a hilarious and super cool Chicago comic named Sabeen. Now I’m glad I did share publicly because I feel even more motivated to continue to do and share more about it. I’m still doing everything else I do around here, blogging about personal style, beauty and life in general, but now I’m just going to have to also make time for my newest endeavor. Stay tuned for more on that!

On to the look: I’m always attracted to outfits that look effortless and comfortable as well as chic. I just don’t have the time nor patience to be uncomfortable no matter how cute the look is.  A simple denim tunic is the perfect casual piece for every woman – wear year round as a top over pants or as a dress. I find myself reaching for this dress so often especially since it is so warm out. Seriously loving a Fall that feels like Summer!

Also – this weekend is the last weekend the Takashi Murakami exhibition is open and I’m still not sure if I will be able to catch it, but I am trying! It is a constant struggle for me to make time for the myriad of things I love. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t into so many things – life would be much simpler! Be sure to check it out if you are in Chicago – have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by ~
xx

denim-tunic-dress-jjill jjill-denim-dress-chloe-bag jjill-denim-tunic-dress jjill-tunic-dress-denimDress: thanks to J.Jill (take $50 off your $150 purchase with code SEPT50!)| Shoes: thanks to Banana Republic (exact available in one size) – here is a similar style | Necklace | Bag | Scarf

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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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