Inspiration: Blues

I’m getting back in to the swing of things after spending a little over a week with my family in California for my grandma’s funeral. It turned out to be a great experience seeing so many family members and reminiscing about old times and all of the great memories we had with her. I really wanted to visit my childhood home where I lived from pre-school to 8th grade, but time didn’t allow for it. It was the longest we lived anywhere, after that we moved around every couple of years so I don’t really have many lasting memories of those homes.I just want to see what it looks like now, and maybe if the owners are nice, check out the inside too. Deep down I am such a sap, and I love a good nostalgia session! One of these days, I am going to make it happen!

Side note – I used to think moving around so much was a bad thing, but now I feel like it not only made me able to adapt easily to any new social or work environment I was put in, but it also gave me a different perspective on people and life that I now appreciate so much. I think everyone should either travel a whole lot, or move around growing up so they can also appreciate the diversity of people and ideas across the country and around the world.

It was so incredibly hot during my trip to Sacramento, I kept thinking of summer dressing – even though it still feels like early Spring here in Chicago (seriously why?!) – but I think maybe if I put out those positive summer vibes in to the universe, it will actually come around. Just maybe?

A few things on my list at the moment: easy breezy tunics like this denim style (that comes in a few different colors), an updated version of my favorite aviator style sunglasses, a  bag in an unexpected hue like this bright blue bucket style, a dainty necklace with a sweet moon and star detail, a leather watch, and these flat sandals that lace up and give the heel some support – which is so key for comfort, for anyone who does a lot of walking around.

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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!