Love Zahra + Rebecca Minkoff + Summer Festival Style

Music has always played a big part in my life, and I often look back at my memories as if they were a soundtrack. I was never a huge New Kids On The Block fan because my older brother thought they were lame, and since he was eons cooler than me – I had to hold the same opinion, of course.

For me, it all began with Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, whose ‘Vision of Love’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ tropes were imitated endlessly by my girlfriends and I while we sat on the jungle gym at the playground (i.e. Annd IIII-EEE-III Will ALLL-Ways Love Youuuuuu), until we convinced ourselves we actually sounded pretty good. Bollywood music would be carry us through the long road trips with my four siblings – mom and dad would hum along to the Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi oldies and we would entertain ourselves during this pre-iPad era by playing the ‘ABC animal game’ and ‘Slug Bug’ and even by doing math problems. Side note: We were nerds.

Sitting in my room with Tupac on the discman (and other favorites like Snoop, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie, and Bone Thugs N’ Harmony) was one of the only ways my angsty pre-teen self could get away and have some alone time – which was a rarity in my big family. I would flip through the cd insert (probably bought through BMG or Columbia house with one of those buy one get 25 free deals/scams) and read and memorize all of the lyrics to every song. I recall a bus trip to camp in sixth grade where the entire class sang ‘Nuthin’ But a G Thang’ in sync – much to our teacher’s dismay. Then I think it was in Jr. High when ‘Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ 90’s grunge rock sparked my love of Rock N’ Roll and ultimately set me on a journey to discover and love bands like The Beatles, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin.

In high school, when we were finally able to drive and control our own music selections, we blasted out our speakers to Sublime, and the politically and socially charged Korn and Rage Against The Machine.  I then moved to a neighborhood with a lot of fellow South Asian kids, and thus my love for Bhangra Music began, as it went hand in hand with my newfound love of partying. College brought me back to the old school, I recall sitting in coffee shops with cigarette smoke wafting in the air along with hipster favorites like The Smiths, The Cure, and Belle and Sebastian. When it came to college house parties, I imagine my girls and I dancing and laughing and the dj playing Jay-Z, P.Diddy, 50 Cent, Sean Paul, Nelly, Shakira, and Beyonce.

Lollapalooza reminds me of dating my husband, and going to Grant Park every year to see the hottest bands live always brings me right back to one of my favorite periods of my life. There is something magical about the combination of a bunch of people outside on a hot summer’s night watching their favorite band play live. The artist is at their most raw and vulnerable, their true talents are on display while they play instruments and sing without being able to rely on any post-production editing. The effect is hypnotic, and the mob of fans join together in one big Kumbaya sesh, where everyone loves everyone and the world is a much happier place.

Shakespeare summed it best when he said ‘If music be the food of love, play on.’

Here’s what I wore to Lollapalooza this year, with many thanks to Rebecca Minkoff. Photos by: @quoteAbhi

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Look 1: Dress: Thanks to: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Everlane | Jacket: Zadig and Voltaire – Similar Style | Bag: Thanks to: Patricia Nash Designs (sold out) – Similar Style | Sunnies: Celine | Watch: Thanks to Jord | Bracelets: Nordstrom | Necklace: Rocksbox – Get your free trial using code LoveZahraxoxo at checkout!)

Look 2: Jacket and Skirt: Thanks to Rebecca Minkoff | Sandals: Thanks to Sole Society | Bag: Chanel – Similar Style|  Necklace , Ring , Bracelet Thanks to Kendra Scott | Sunnies: D&G | Watch: Michele 

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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!