Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Neutral Tones

Fashion Week was a whirlwind as usual, but it was a lot of fun and my head is full of inspiration and ideas for Spring. I plan on taking some time to write up my thoughts, so expect that in a bit! Check out my instagram @zahra_sandberg for some snaps of the trip! 

One of the highlights of attending Fashion Week was definitely meeting so many of my blogger friends in real life, and of course getting to spend time with my best girlfriends who all happen to live in NYC. 

I was also interviewed by a news crew – they said they were doing a piece about emerging fashion designers – and they asked me how I liked all of these designers’ shows, and I just kept apologizing saying I hadn’t heard of them. It turns out it was actually a skit for Jimmy Kimmel Live, trying to catch people pretending to love designers that don’t exist. I just thank God I was honest!

For now, I will stick to sharing what I wore all week, which was just as important to me as actually attending the fashion shows. The week began with sweltering hot weather, so wearing most of my planned outfits was simply out of the question. I made the mistake of wearing my leather pants last year during fashion week when it was extremely hot, and after a day of that I vowed to never choose fashion over comfort again!

On that note, there were plenty of people wearing fall despite the heat, what I loved in particular- tons of leather, fur, and heavy knits. 

I decided to go with a basic whisper thin white cotton button-down and this adorable skirt from J.Crew. I knew I would be meeting my friends for the Charity Water Instameet at Central Park right after a full day of shows, so I needed to wear something I could walk around in all day (I did swap out the heels for some slightly more appropriate Converse Chucks though). 

More of my MBFW outfits to come the rest of this week…its great to be home!

Skirt: J.Crew (on Sale!) | Heels: Schutz | Wallet: Celine | Bag: Givenchy – Similar via Fashionphile | Top: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Gucci  | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: T+J Designs | 

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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!