Black and Blue

Today’s look is what I wore to a baby shower the other day. It was actually a semi-formal event where most people wore traditional Indian/Pakistani clothes, but somehow I missed that memo! I decided to pair one of my favorite pieces, my Sophia Reyes silk tunic with my J.Crew minnie pants and Zara lace up heels.  I think it worked, what do you think?

Outfit Details: 

Blouse: Thanks to  Sophia Reyes (30% off your purchase with code LoveZahra!)

Pants: J.Crew | Heels: Zara | Rings: Tissh| Watch: Michele |Bangle: Gift

Necklace: Thanks to Arthur and Livingston

Lips: MAC Rebel combined with MAC Candy Yum Yum
Clutch: H&M

So the other day I was having a rough day, first off – the dry cleaners lost my 19 item order for over 3 weeks and they had the nerve to tell me that I had already picked it up, therefore denying all responsibility of their own. That same day, I went to Dunkin Donuts and ordered a latte, only because I wanted a veggie egg white flatbread otherwise I would have gone to Starbucks, but I digress, so I ordered my vanilla latte, and what I got was a french vanilla coffee with a little steamed milk on top! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my lattes and no flavored coffee is going to pass for it – no way! 

Then later when I picked up Adam, he wouldn’t get in the car and he made me chase him and was being a complete 2 1/2 year old, and I ended up falling and ripping my favorite jeans. As if that weren’t enough, my contrarian of a child was pushing my limits the entire evening. If I said no, he said yes. 

As I was feeling annoyed, angry, frustated, etc. I was flipping through instagram, when I read this quote from @iamglor from the blog ‘The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for’. That really hit home, especially when I attended a lovely baby shower the next day for a couple who went through a long process to adopt in order to be blessed with a child, and were over the moon happy with the new addition to their lives. 

The next day, I took Adam to the zoo and had a blast watching him squeal with delight while he saw all of his favorite animals, monkeys, penguins, lions, guinea pigs – up close and personal. I felt so much gratitude for what I had, I told myself I would try to always remember that feeling. 

Oh, and the dry cleaners ended up finding my order the following day – of course!



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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 💕
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