Date Night: Ruffles

This weekend we had a little staycation in Chicago which was just what I needed after so many months of feeling sick and just overall not myself. Thanks to grandparents who graciously take the entire weekend to sit, we had the chance to do it. We took in a Cubs game (they won!), slept in late and ordered breakfast in bed, spent some time doing our own thing – I did a spa day and he went to meet friends and watch a game at a sports bar, and then we met up for dinner and a comedy show. It is so easy to get wrapped up in every day stuff to forget to make time for your significant other – but man, is it important.

Adam was having so much fun that every time we face timed he was too occupied to really want to talk to us. We decided that is much better than having him be sad at home missing us, even though I admit I had a tinge of sadness that my baby is growing up too fast.

For dinner one night I wore my new ruffled blouse, paired with a culotte jumpsuit and block heels. This season I am loving all of the feminine blouses that I’m seeing – ruffles, tie-neck, pleated, or classic with pockets. I like to invest in great blouses that I can wear with a skirt or trousers for more formal occasions like work or events, and again dressed down with jeans for the weekend. I wanted to dress up but a preggo girl still needs to be comfortable! (Just a note – this blouse fits true to size, but if you have a long torso you may want to size up one size.)

Thanks for visiting as always xx
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Top: Thanks to Nordstrom: Shop more Ruffled Options |  Jumpsuit: Thanks to Tobi: Shop more Jumpsuits | Shoes: Zara (old) –Similar Style | Bag: ChanelSimilar Style |Earrings: Thanks to Kendra Scott 

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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!