New Blog Series – Ask Zahra

I answer a lot of fashion related questions from readers and personal friends, so I thought I would start a new series here called “Ask Zahra” where you can ask me anything and I will answer it for you! 

Today’s question is something I’m sure a lot of girls can relate to! 

Q: I really want a Rebecca Minkoff cross body bag because I am going to a lot of concerts this summer and I want my hands free, however I have big boobs and I feel like the strap settles on my chest in a weird way. Is there any other type of low-maintenance style bag I could use as an alternative? 

 -Sana, New York

A: Hi Sana, first I’d suggest trying a cross-body bag that has a strap that is thin, less than 2 inches wide. Also try wearing it with a couple of layers of clothing, like a tank and a vest or light cardigan so that the strap isn’t so prominent. If you still feel uncomfortable, skip the cross-body style altogether and try a backpack (a super hot trend right now) or a bucket style bag that is easily worn over one shoulder. Check out my picks below for some inspiration!

1. Loeffler Randall – I’d suggest this bag not only because Saint Laurent and Prada have a similar style I’m in love with that is exponentially more expensive, but because it is such a cute statement piece in a bag. Fringe was huge on the runways, but at the same time I think this style isn’t too trendy where it will ever go out of style. 

2. Aimee Kestenberg – I’ve recently been introduced to the Aussie designer who brings a unique sense of cool and wearable edge, something I’m always on the lookout for. 

3. Fossil – I love the thin straps on this bag, it reminds me of this lust-worthy bag for a fraction of the price. It comes in a few colors and just has a very minimalist chic vibe. 

4. Banana Republic – I wrote about this bag once before, way back in March in this post, but it is now on sale so even more reason to pick it up!

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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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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.*
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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!