A Twist of Fate

 I’ve been wanting to style these Sole Society pumps for a while now and I just love them! I’ve seen them look great with an all black or all white outfit, or even with boyfriend jeans and a blazer. 

Outfit Details:  Blazer: Urban Outfitters Similar (On Sale!)    Top: J.Crew   Denim: Rich & Skinny  Shoes:  Sole Society  Jewelry: Necklace H&M, Bracelets Charming Charlie, Ring Kohls  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban  Watch: Michele 
This week really flew by! Adam was sick and Tom and I decided to split our days home watching him – daycare has a rule that he can’t be sick for at least 24 hours before returning, so it looks like I’m going to be splitting my day tomorrow as well. So I go in the morning and we switch over lunch. It works better than staying home a whole day because I feel like you don’t get as far behind in your workload. Last year we took so many days off for sick days, we didn’t have any left to go on vacation! 

 Though we needed to have that time off, I can’t help but think what our vacation would’ve been like if we had the opportunity to take one. I love going on a vacation, and I don’t think I’m the only one who shares this passion for vacations. They are the best. Quality time with the family, making new memories, and visiting and staying in fantastic places like the Nizuc luxury Cancun Resort is all part of the fun. If I could, I would take every vacation in places like this. It is my kind of resort and I know that we would all have so much fun there. Don’t get me wrong, we have a great time wherever we go, but some holidays are better than others. I just hope we get the opportunity to go on any type of vacation soon.

There was a time when I was the only one in my family living in Chicago – everyone else was still in California. But now both of my brother’s have moved here with their families! I’m so happy because I absolutely love Chicago but I missed my family so much. I even made my husband promise me before we got married that we’d visit my family a couple of times every year. But now I’ve decided (after my recent trip)I will only fly with Adam if it is absolutely necessary – like for a tropical vacation. 🙂

I am such a believer that everything happens for a reason and it is all a part of a greater plan. Both of my siblings moved here for completely different reasons and jobs. It was such a twist of fate that brought my family here, but I am oh-so grateful. I’m especially looking forward to all of our babies growing up together!

Have a great weekend! 

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!