As I was editing these pictures I realized why I liked this dress from H&M so much. The simple structured tunic shape, when belted, looks sort of futuristic and a bit ‘star trek’ chic. I liked the dress without the belt too, and will have to style it that way for a future blog post – note to self. 

I kept accessories simple with my BCBG wedges and a few layered bracelets and dainty necklaces. In the summer, this is probably the easiest way for me to keep cool and still look put together.

Dress:  H&M   Sunnies: Gucci   Wedges: BCBG
Necklaces: Na Hoku Jewelers & Target Ring: K. Amato
Watch: Michael Kors Bracelets: Charming Charlie

Photography: Bold Minimalist blogger Aisha Faridi

People often complain to me about various things and then remark on how I seem to be really laid back as if nothing bothers me, ever. (It is a trait that sometimes backfires because people might view me as a pushover and feel they can get away with treating me rudely. I don’t really do anything to prove them otherwise, like tell them off or anything, simply out of principle – and because I’m a big believer in Karma.)

Besides growing up with four other siblings, which in itself will humble even the brattiest of all kids, I think my professional life in sales has really helped keep me from ever getting too high or low on any one thing. In sales you can never really ‘make it’ and get comfortable- it’s more like a constant ‘what have you done for me lately?’ So inevitably you learn life isn’t about getting to the proverbial other side, but it is in fact, as my girl Miley puts it, the climb. 

Don’t get me wrong, I can get really happy and excited, and often am – especially when doing stuff with my boys, my girls, or my blog – but I truly believe that it is a waste of time to stress out or get upset about things you have no control over. Just remind yourself of all the blessings you do have in your life and maybe even think about people who don’t have what you do, and that might just cheer you up. 

Didn’t think you were going to get a lecture today, did you? 

Well, I like to mix it up here once in a while!

I’m going to be wrapped up in some Fourth of July fun for the next few days so I will be announcing the Capwell + Co. jewelry giveaway winner on Monday! That gives you more time to enter if you haven’t already. Good luck! 

Follow me on IG @Zahra_Sandberg to see what we are up to for America’s birthday!

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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!