Love Zahra + Blake Valentine + Blogger Nation

Wrapped up one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while and feeling pretty content at the moment. Saturday evening ‘date night’ consisted of a sashimi dinner and a movie, and Sunday we had brunch at my favorite place and then took Adam for a visit to the Pumpkin farm. His favorite part was absolutely the pig races, but feeding the giraffes were a close second. My favorite, besides watching Adam have a total blast, was strolling through the farmer’s market looking at all of the pumpkin, apple, corn, and spiced goodies for sale. When there is just a little bite of cold in the air, there is nothing more divine than drinking a hot apple cider with a side of Apple cider donut.

Fall in Chicago is pretty unpredictable, weather wise, so a blazer is always my go to – my favorite is a slightly oversized or ‘boyfriend’ fit. Matched with skinnies, I opt for a comfy flat shoe. My most recent obsession in terms of denim has been the high waisted levi’s cigarette leg jean – think ‘mom’ jeans – but if I were wearing those I’d pair with a heel, lest I look like I’ve been swallowed up whole by my outfit.

To compliment any outfit the perfect accessory is necessary to look completely put together, and as of late I’ve ditched most of my statement necklaces in exchange for all things dainty. Stackable bracelets and light-as-air geometric shaped earrings and necklaces are my jam now. Today’s jewelry is by Blake Valentine, this week’s Blogger Nation pick – previously styled here.

Blake Valentine has a unique selection of boho-chic jewelry – all at an amazing price point (these earrings are $30!). Because buying trendy jewelry really shouldn’t be that hard of a decision…

Check out any of the looks below in greater detail by clicking on the link below the blogger. Hope your week is superb!





Beaded Ladder Drop Necklace
Delicate Arrow Cuff
Delicate Crossover Cuff
Threader Earring-Number 7 

Outfit Details: Jacket: J.Crew Collection – Similar Style (under $100) | Shirt: J.Crew (Similar Style – on sale!)| Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Everlane | Bag: GivenchySimilar Style (at $150) | Watch: Michele | Sunnies: Celine

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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!