Summer Trench and My First 10K

Today’s look is a classic lightweight trench and jeans pairing. For the summer, I love a lightweight long jacket or sweater over a tank – its easy and breezy and looks so chic yet understated. This trench and tank is from H&M and a serious bargain but it looks much more expensive doesn’t it? I don’t think there is anything I love more than finding an amazing deal! (Scroll all the way down for outfit details…)

So this past weekend I ran my first 10k, which may not seem like a lot, but for me it was huge. See I’ve never really been a runner, and when I do run I tap out around 3 miles-ish. So when we decided to run a 10k with people from work, I thought it was a good time to test my mettle. I thought my ego and my competitiveness would surely make up for my lack of fitness and help me cross that finish line. I did a mud race a while back and I was able to survive that on adrenaline alone, so why would this one be any different, right? Wrong.
I was advised not to start too fast so as not to wear myself out too soon, so I kept a jogging pace.   It was pretty hot out, and I was getting tired fast – I struggled with the fact that there was a grandma and a 7 year old passing me. The thought even crossed my mind (more than once) to just start walking, after all no one would know or care if I did. Finally I decided to go mind over matter and instead focused on the thought of my husband and baby waiting for me at the finish line – and it really worked! It was actually enjoyable running on such a gorgeous day after such an unbearably long winter. I started to think positive and I made it to the finish line! And while my family wasn’t there, (they were at the wrong finish line) I was still so proud of being able to say I came in 506th place out of 593 runners! When I joked about losing the race, a friend told me that the real losers were the ones at home in bed who didn’t want to try. #Truth
 I’m constantly being taught the lesson that limitations in your life often come from your own mind – what you think you are able to do is what you end up doing. So the key is to dream big – have a great week!

Oh, and if you haven’t seen my father’s day gift ideas segment I did yesterday for NBC, you can check it out HERE.

My cheerleaders!

Outfit details: Shoes: Nike | Capris: Zella | Tank: Zella | Sports Bra: Thanks to Athleta | Sunglasses: Prada
First outfit details: Jeans: JBrand Similar Style on sale for $80! | Jacket: H&M Similar Style | Tank: H&M Concious Collection | Shoes: Christian Louboutin Similar Style (On Sale!) | Bag: Reed Krakoff | Necklace: Bloomingdales | Sunglasses: Prada

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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!