Defining My Style + How I Curate My Dream Wardrobe

hermes-birkin-lgsTrue self-love comes from within, but a pair of Chanel cap-toe pumps can get me feelin’ myself too ~

 My style changes with my mood, sometimes androgynous, sometimes ultra glam, and sometimes feminine and polished. Sometimes I’m just ‘over it’, and those days call for yoga pants. All are equal bits and pieces of me.

The word ‘defining’ is too limiting, so why don’t we call it ‘expressing’ instead.

I love to express myself through my clothing. The way I see it, people judge others on what they see on the outside anyway, so I might as well tell my story how I want it. The right bag can have me exert a confident presence I only wish I really had – (I’m working on that). The right dress can make me look like I’m just floating on a high living my best life all day long. True self-love comes from within, but a pair of Chanel cap-toe pumps can get me feelin’ myself too ~

This past weekend I visited the Luxury Garage Sale pop-up shop at the adorable Aloha Bangtel. In case you aren’t familiar a Bangtel is a new hospitality concept that provides inspirational spaces to stay, play or party.

So of course, I had to play dress up with some pieces from Luxury Garage Sale. I love shopping at Luxury Garage Sale because they have such a great selection of designer clothes and accessories and really great pricing.

 What I do to curate my dream closet is make a note of pieces I’m obsessed with. Sometimes I’ll see something in a magazine or on a fashion blogger, and I’ll save the image on my phone. It may actually take me a while before I buy it, but by that time I’ve saved up and I know I really want it. That way I slowly build up my wardrobe to be full of gorgeous things that bring me joy – Mari Kondo herself would be proud.

Scroll down to see me model some of my favorite pieces from Luxury Garage sale, and see which one I bought! All pictures taken at the Aloha Bangtel.

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Hermes Bag, Red Valentino Dress, Valentino Rockstud Slingbacks, Roksanda Bag, Chanel Pumps, available at Luxury Garage Sale.

Self-Portrait Dress (black) – In my closest!

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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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