What I Wore: Zadig et Voltaire Opening Party

From my first visit to the latest Oak st. boutique, Zadig et Voltaire, I felt right at home. I’m more than just a Francophile – sure I love my Chanel and definitely love Macarons – but on a deeper level I’ve always felt what I imagine French women to be – a bit rebellious, a smidge hippie, and a little Brigitte Bardot bombshell. 

Warning: I am going to get a little real here. 

It might be because I am in a moody mood, or maybe because I just watched Private Parts and empathized with Howard Stern trying to be himself on the radio the whole time the corporate execs were trying to censor him. A lot of people email me with really sweet words and compliments about my blog,  outfits, or even my physical appearance  – and that I definitely do appreciate, but it is still really strange to me, because growing up I was always given such different messages. I definitely do not have the perfect life, and I have many insecurities.

Growing up, I was  always told I was ‘too dark’ to be considered pretty and I was even told not to play outside, not to swim, just to avoid getting any darker. Because, I mean, who would want to marry me if I got any darker, right? In a world where we seem to believe everyone is equal, the reality is there is still a lot of racism and shade-ism.

Since I loved swimming so much, I used to sneak out to the public pool with friends, only to be caught later- my chlorine-bloodshot eyes a dead giveaway. Later in life, I’d sneak out at night to go to parties to get attention from boys – who by the way – definitely didn’t deserve it!
It took years, but as soon as I had my son, I had this complete revelation – and all of the sudden I realized just how amazing I was – and I clearly saw how ignorant and completely wrong the people who influenced me were, I felt liberated! I created this beautiful human life that I believe is perfect in every way, and I only wish he feels the same about himself as he becomes a man.

So the lesson today is – love yourselves. Why not make someone feel special today. You never know what they might be toiling with inside. Enjoy life!

Have a great weekend!

Jacket: All Saints | Clutch: Zadig et Voltaire | Skirt: Vince Camuto also here in Navy | Heels:  Nordstrom | Bag: Alexander Wang

Here’s what I wore to celebrate the opening of the new Zadig et Voltaire on Oak St. in Chicago. Hair by Annalisa at Entourage Hair Salon in Elmhurst.

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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!