Love Zahra + Blow Bar + Special Offer

Having long and thick hair can be both a blessing and a curse – my long-haired sisters out there know how big of a pain blow-drying can be! For thick or thin hair though, there is nothing that makes hair look better than a perfectly executed blow out. That’s precisely why there is such a huge increase in finishing salons, where the services are blow drying, styling, and quick conditioning treatments.  The problem is they have always been in the city, and it just isn’t convenient if you are a suburbanite like me! Until now. Enter: Blow Bar.

I first saw the store while visiting the Arboretum in South Barrington, where I take Adam for his haircuts. I immediately squealed for joy and told Tom that I couldn’t wait to try out the place. I reached out to the store founder, Bree, and she was so sweet and fun to work with for this post. I chose the Classic Martini style, which is a traditional big bouncy blow dry. Stylist Jacia washed, pinned, and blow dried my hair. You can add on a scalp massage to your service too, something I highly recommend.

After my blow out, I surprised Tom with a date night – I didn’t want to let this great style go to waste!

Blow Bar is offering Love Zahra readers $5 off any service (blow outs are $35, braids and dry styling start at $15), just mention Love Zahra! Definitely let me know about your experience if you do stop by!

Also – Blow Bar is looking for talented stylists to join their team, they are busier than ever despite just opening their doors. Contact Bree at Blow Bar for more!

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Jacia getting started on my mop head Pin_Curls

Pretty barrel curls


The after…


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Outfit details: Coat: Club Monaco | Jeans: JBrand  (on sale!)| Blouse: Rebecca Taylor – Similar Style |Blazer: Theory – Similar Style |  Shoes: Tory Burch | Necklace: T+J Designs | Earrings: Style By Stories | Watch: Michael Kors

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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!