Eid with Sania Maskatiya + Love Zahra

Happy Eid to everyone who celebrates! This Eid has been extra special because now I have family here with me to celebrate with after years of being on my own in the Midwest. I’ve also made some amazing friends since moving to Chicago, and we had the opportunity to hang out during Ramadan which makes it so much more fun! Last night I attended a beautiful Chand Raat (eve of Eid) party where we got to shop some fabulous designer fashion in a private exhibition, and then mingle with friends and get our hands painted with henna, and of course eat traditional Pakistani food and dessert- there was even a gola ganda (shaved ice) station! It was the first time I had one since I was maybe 10? So good.
I had originally planned to wear this dress by designer Sania Maskatiya for the day of Eid, but I couldn’t wait and wore it last night instead. If you haven’t checked out Sania Maskatiya’s online shop, you must – it is filled with everything from casual contemporary pieces, to formal and traditional, all shoppable online! 
Before I left for the party, I asked the hubs to take a few pictures of me – see the whole outfit in detail below!
Some of my other Sania Maskatiya favorites are: 123
Scroll all the way down for a few snaps from the party!

I spy a curious puppy!
Dress: Thanks to Sania Maskatiya

Just a few favorites from the evening:
This beautiful floral entryway! 

 Heavenly dessert table!
Shaved Ice with a cherry on top!
 Coconut macarons that required a selfie

 Adorable favors 
Hope you have a wonderful Eid! Thanks for stopping by!

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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!