This morning I overheard Adam giggling in his sleep and my heart simply melted. I felt so grateful and thankful for everything I had at that very moment. If you follow me on instagram @zahra_sandberg you know I occasionally share my moments of frustration with the world, I know that life has its ups and downs – no one is immune to that-  I think the key to happiness is to always remember the things that you are grateful for.  I know Thanksgiving has come and gone, but here’s a list of unlikely things to be thankful for that I created a while back, I think it is always a good reminder…hope you enjoy!

Child-bearing hips… you won’t fall over when pregnant

Earning a low-income…pay less taxes, and also more money = more problems

Not being famous/popular on twitter…being normal and living life without the scrutiny of the masses…i.e. gain weight and no one cares

Having no kids…”me time” is invaluable and you can travel without anxiety

Having lots of kids…(some might not think this is unlikely but people who have a lot of kids can relate) one day having a lot of people who literally owe you their existence 

Having no friends…more time for your spouse/kids/mother who brought you in to existence 

About the look: The holiday season is the perfect time to break out everything shiny and sparkly. I found this Ann Taylor sweater at Woodfield Mall on Black Friday and fell in love. It will be worn for many a holiday party…

Check out more of my embellished favorites below! xx

Ann_Taylor_Embellished_Sweater_Chanel_Boy_bag ann_taylor_embellished_sweater Ann_Taylor_Sweater_Jcrew_Mini_Chanel_Boy_BagSweater: Ann Taylor | Blouse: J.Crew| Pants: J.Crew | Heels: Maiden Lane (no longer available) – Similar Style | Watch: Michele | Bag: Chanel – Similar Style| Lips: Mac Ruby Woo with Mac More to Love Liner|

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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!