White Tank Dress + Flowers For Dreams

First off, I’m hosting an event tomorrow at the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora along with a few of my favorite bloggers, and would love it if you could join us! The event is a day of fun in honor of moms, there will be entertainment, free gifts, style segments, and a fashion presentation. I will be sharing five cool ways to rock a scarf, and trust me they only look complicated. Other topics include, Quick and Easy Hair Styles, How TO DIY a tulle skirt, How To Add Edge To Your Style, and Easy Ways To Add Color To Your Wardrobe.

Ride free from Chicago using the shuttle code LoveZahra ($20 value) Advanced reservations are required, and can be made by calling (312)226-5466 or online via the Chicago Premium Outlets web site (link under Directions & Transportation/By Bus). The shuttle departs Union Station (southeast corner of Union and Canal) at 10 a.m., and leaves the center for its return trip to the city at 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!


On to today’s look – A few days ago I went to my first Kentucky Derby party, and it was so much fun. I had never been to one before, growing up in Northern California it wasn’t really a ‘thing’, but I obviously knew they existed and secretly, I always want to dress up like a Southern belle and just be fancy.

I searched high and low for a dress to compliment my big pink hat I bought, and I fell in love immediately with this white ruched tank dress. It is body-con but the tank straps keep it looking modern, and the ruching makes it okay to ditch the spanx – which is a good thing because it felt like a summer day in Chicago, with temps hitting the mid 80’s. My favorite kind of day!

I will definitely wear this dress over and over throughout the summer with flat sandals and a denim jacket or a blazer.

My bouquet was a gift from Flowers for Dreams, but it coordinated so well with this outfit I had to use it as an accessory. Flowers for Dreams is an awesome new shop where 1/4 of the net profit of each sale goes to charity – plus they do other cool stuff like have ‘free flower Friday’ and are just generally do-gooders, which I promote wholeheartedly. With Mother’s Day around the corner, this might be the perfect gift! If you think flowers are one of the few ways to express your gratitude to your mother, you could get some for your mama too, be it from your local florist or from sites delivering to places like Cairnlea, Australia (if your mom lives there that is)!

white-tank-dress White-ruched-tank-dress-express Flowers-for-dreamsDress: Express |Hat: Nordstrom | Bag: Givenchy | Shoes: Christian Louboutin – Similar Style and Similar Style (under $100)| Bouquet thanks to Flowers For Dreams (get Free delivery in Chicago and surrounding suburbs!) | Watch: Michele | Ring: David Yurman
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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!