Better Late: A Summer Story with Thacker NYC

floral-dress-summer-thackernycBut for real, I’m making some changes- in life – better late than never is my motto!

Well hello there friend! Welcome! I’ve got a few life updates to share with ya today! This post was hard to type, and that is not because I have some crazy long acrylic nails on right now – even though I do (seriously how do you girls do it?). But for real, I’m making some changes- better late than never is my motto!

Anyway, for the past five years since starting this blog I’ve had so many amazing experiences: from going to runway shows at NYFW to being a ‘Fashion Expert’ (side note: what IS that even?) on TV, being featured in magazines I only dreamt of being in, to attending countless Industry events where I met and befriended some of the most creative, talented, passionate people in the world.

But lately (for like the past two years or more actually), I’ve gotten a little a lot jaded. All the content I was seeing was the same, which was actually really boring to me. Not throwing shade I swear, I get it because to be successful in this game you can’t be ‘off brand’ and sometimes that means losing your true voice and unique personality.  I’ve been declining almost every ad or sponsor opportunity because I felt like I was being trapped to keep my content a certain way to please the brands I work with.

I started on my journey to find that spark I started this blog with, and just slowly started making changes without caring what the result would be. I stopped shopping at Zara and any other place I know has unethical labor practices, which also coincidentally is a turn off to many big brands (guilty, much?). And lastly, I started writing more open and honest blog posts and videos sharing my struggles with everything from religion to colorism. I told myself I’d take these next couple of years while Sophia is still a baby and explore and find what I really love to do and focus on that.

 I really love connecting with people, sharing life experiences. I also really love having fun making videos. And, I love making people laugh. So what I’ve decided I’m going to do is…(Drumroll…) Make funny videos! Yes you read that right. I’m too old and busy to be roaming around bars in Chicago doing open mic comedy shows, so I’m going to post them here. I’ve got some in the works and I already have some collaborations planned!

I tell you guys – once you decide to do something the universe makes it happen! I hope you stick with me in this new chapter of Love Zahra – and don’t you worry there will still be plenty of fashion and beauty because – your girl still gotta look fly! I mean…obviously!

Like today’s look, in this pretty and perfect-for-summer dress by Thacker NYC that has the cutest arm peeking out detail. Or my bright new bag that is the perfect orange sherbet creamsicle hue, something I also love to eat in the summer.

Thank you so much for visiting  – I love you – bye!

xx

Z
thacker-floral-tie-sleevethacker-nycthacker-nyc-dressDress + Bag thanks to Thacker NYC | Shoes: Sigerson Morrison (avail in black) – Similar Style

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  • Probably the tidiest part of my house right now...ngl 
In addition to fixing all the things that shouldn’t have even been broken, I’m also currently working on a few fun design projects - my powder bathroom remodel and my attic - soon to be dream walk-in closet ~ check my ‘home’ highlights for that as I’ll be posting a lot more soon, including drawings, swatches and all of that fun stuff! 
Side note: my shoes are mostly still in boxes that’s really why I keep wearing these same old flip flops! 😂
  • Monday’s after a trip are the absolute Monday-est...😫 Tonight’s plan is to unwind with a bath and my newest favorite @greenenvee collagen gel mask - it has hyaluronic acid and aloe, and it is really cooling and hydrating - which has been SO great in this heat. I’ve been using this masque in conjunction with their collagen serum for over a month and I’m already seeing results - reduced fine lines and more radiant skin. Check out @greenenvee for these products. They have a boutique in Geneva for all my local babes!
I’ve been testing a lot of new products this year and I’m going to share my skincare routine with all of my favorites very soon - stay tuned! And thank you to @greenenvee for sending me these lovely products to test. (please know I will only talk about the products I truly love and highly recommend.) #cleanbeauty #bathtime
  • I left my laptop AND dslr camera at home and only brought ONE pair of shoes with me (flip flops!😱) for a weekend at the lake ~ I honestly don’t know who I am anymore - but...I like who I’m becoming💕 hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! My swimsuit is @zimmermann and pants are thrifted #lakelife
  • Today’s look, wearing my new (to me) high waist vintage mom jeans that fit like a *glove* - swipe to see the 🍑 it’s so cute. Now off to see @kosexyhair_ to give this mop of hair some much needed tlc, color and finally a 💇🏾!
  • Yesterday I shared over my stories a recent bullying incident I had (still on stories now for a little while) and I am SO glad I did. What started as someone dm’ing me about Islam and nazar, ended up in a long hateful message criticizing everything from me being a housewife down to my makeup choices. I’m also a huge narcissist because I post pictures of myself, my family, and my home on my Instagram, and I should expect to get nazar (evil eye). Well here’s a selfie in response to that! And btw I’m going to keep posting pictures of myself because I’m ALLOWED to take up space in this world how ever I choose to. I wanted to ignore the message completely but the person was borderline stalking so I had to do something (and yes she is blocked and reported). The outpouring of support, encouragement, and love from all of you really meant the world to me. One person messaged me about how this type of behavior really stems from the patriarchy and as long as we as women are divided, we will never rise. We as women need to change this and instead of tearing each other down, actually be kind and gracious to each other because we are ALL in this together ❤️
  • A peek into my master bath since I still have those pretty roses from my solo trip to the French Market 🌸 I did a little shelf styling which I think makes the room so much cozier ~ I am focusing on the big design projects in the house now so everything I used to style the shelf (and the shelf itself) is stuff I already had, but I think it works - at least for now! #masterbathroom #onyxcountertop
  • Love him despite his terrible taste in hats 🙃 More Fourth of July partying today with family and old friends thanks to the amazing hosts Renee & Jason! (Tagged my suit, my shorts are Levi’s - thrifted)
  • Remember when a popsicle and sunshine was all we needed to be happy? Taking notes from baby girl this weekend...
  • Chlorine filled hair ✔️wet swimsuit ✔️no makeup ✔️sunburn ✔️
Yup! our #fourthofjuly celebration is going according to plan! hope you all got the day off and doing something fun today 🇺🇸🎇

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