Spring Dresses with Tommy Bahama
The weather is actually warming up a bit around here (50 degrees yesterday what??) and I’ve completely stopped buying any more coats and heavy sweaters in exchange for more Spring time items. A dress is one busy mom’s go to staple item I like to stock up on in every color, and when it is chilly I just throw on a light jacket or sweater and I’m all set.  One of my favorite places to get high quality and classic pieces is Tommy Bahama. I’ve collaborated with them quite a few times as you may have noticed if you are a regular here, and I’ve been able to get a ton of wear out of everything I have. For me that is so important in choosing what I shop for, if I can’t get a ton of wear out of it, I don’t even bother getting it.
You also may have noticed I try to avoid shopping all of the big fast fashion houses, because I strive to be a conscious consumer, I know that if I get a $5 dress, someone somewhere else is taking a hit. At first the thought of never shopping at Zara again was so scary I didn’t even want to say it out loud, but to be real, it has been so easy – and I end up saving a lot of money which allows me to buy great quality pieces from brands I love and respect.
About my look – the midi dress I’m wearing has a cute neckline with a racerback style. I love the peephole in the back of the neck, and the versatile olive color. I paired with the coziest of all sweater jackets and a pair of boots because it isn’t quite warm enough yet to go without. Take a look at Tommy Bahama’s dress collection – they are currently having a 20% off promotion, until February 21st!
Collaborating with my favorite bloggers again for this one! Click on the links below to check out details about any of the looks.
Thanks for visiting as always xx

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Maternity Photo Series

Hi guys! I’m so excited to finally share my maternity series pictures with you! The team I worked with (tagged below) was an amazing and inspiring group of women. Each are incredibly successful and talented in their own fields, photography, makeup artistry, hair, styling, everything- but on top of that they were all so humble and chill like true girl bosses should be.

The inspiration behind this series was to celebrate the beauty of being pregnant. Pregnancy can be so draining, emotionally and physically. It can also be hard to feel happy or beautiful with all of the changes going on in your body, gaining so much weight, and let’s not forget the lack of sleep. Taking the time to take pictures and document this period in life is so important, I think I have like two pictures being pregnant with Adam so I always advise moms-to-be to do it because later in life you will really appreciate it .

It was really fun to also incorporate my culture into the looks, by wearing traditional Pakistani clothing, two of the looks are actually borrowed from my family members, because I wanted to give a nod to my Sindhi heritage. (The hat I’m wearing is a typical traditional Sindhi hat.) Overall, having a day of pampering, getting glam, wearing gorgeous clothes, and shooting in an incredible location – what could be better?? For your own maternity shoot with this team, contact Skaiste Vingilys photography!

Photo credits: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys  Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Custom gown (look 1) @StyleMeCouture

For a peek behind the scenes watch this video:

Photo Credit: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys  Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Custom gown (look 1) @StyleMeCouture

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Photo Credit: Stylist @abbybellacouture Make up @veerubiomakeup Hair @marfy27 Videographer @cbixx Photographer @skaiste_vingilys Jewelry @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Custom gown (look 1) @StyleMeCouture

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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