Love Zahra + Gigi New York + Blogger Nation

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This week I’m thrilled we are partnering with Gigi New York to feature their newest tassel clutch. As you can see it comes in a variety of colors, and it is made of high-quality leather. Ever since I was a kid and saw my friend had monogrammed bath towels in her bathroom, I’ve loved the idea of monogramming. It just feels so luxurious when something is personalized just for you. Gigi New York has a huge selection of premium quality pieces that can be personalized, including luggage, handbags, and accessories. They even have a collaboration going with one of my favorite bloggers, With Love From Kat. Her line is great for gift giving so definitely check it out.

About the look, I’ve only recently come to the realization that I like wearing black. I’ve always felt like it washed me out, like how someone with pale skin might feel about wearing white. Over time through my fashion evolution I have found some of my favorite statement looks are when I’m wearing black. To make it interesting I always mix and match textures when going all black, also a trick that instantly makes clothes look way more expensive.

Side note: I’ve always been attracted to the strong and silent types, case in point, my husband. I suppose it’s because it is a nice contrast to myself (sort of weak and extremely chatty). Along the color spectrum I would define him as black – and myself as maybe a fuchsia.  Just as how an all black ensemble exudes a powerful vibe like no other color can – black, by definition is literally a color without a hue or color. (Stay with me guys, I promise I have a point) With black the absence of color is due to the fact that it is purely and completely absorbed by light. Just as the best things in life don’t try to get attention, they just do.

Ok back to the look – I’m going a bit 70’s boho today with my floppy hat, tie neck blouse, and high-waist jeans. To achieve the highest contrast, I’m pairing with my new Gigi New York monogrammed tassel clutch in Bone. The clutch is a stand alone beauty, It is made of high quality embossed Python Leather, and  it is the perfect size for an evening out and also the perfect size and shape to toss in a tote bag for use the next morning. I’ve also got my eye on this bag which I think is the perfect shape and color for Fall…

In case you aren’t already aware of what Blogger Nation is, I’ve partnered with 5 fabulous bloggers from across the country, and each season we search for our favorite things and then collaborate with the brands to show you how we would style them. Check out more pictures of any of the above looks by clicking on the link below the blogger, and stay tuned for our next feature next week!
bcbg-floppy-fedora-black-zara-denim black-jeans-tie-neck-blouse gigi-new-york-clutch-black-ripped-jeans- gigi-new-york-clutch-zadig-et-voltaire-jacket gigi-new-york-clutchClutch: Thanks to Gigi New York | Blazer: Zadig & Voltaire  (no longer available) Similar Style | Jeans: Zara | Heels: Stuart Weitzman – Similar Style under $100 | Blouse: Express – Similar Style| Hat: BCBG – Similar Style | Ring and bracelets: Rocksbox (Get your free one-month trial using offer code Lovezahraxoxo) | Lips: Mac Rebel

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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!