Introducing Blue Meets Blue + Winter Scarf Giveaway

Happy New Year! 2016 was one hell of a year, to put it mildly, but even with all of the crazy I still feel incredibly blessed with everything that I have around me. The fact that I can complain about 2016 from the safety of my home, with my family around me, puts me in a much better condition than many people around the world. One of the things that always nags at me is my desire to help change the world somehow. I know it sounds like a lofty goal – but if everyone did something, no matter how small – I believe we could make a real difference. Several months ago I had the pleasure of meeting someone who is definitely making a difference, Blue Meets Blue founder Shahd Alasaly . Once I learned about the company, I knew I wanted to collaborate.

 Blue Meets Blue stands for endless freedom and connectedness, as free and connected as the blue of the ocean meeting the blue of the sky.The current refugee crisis is actually the biggest it has ever been since WWII, a statistic that Blue Meets Blue wants to change – specifically by employing female refugees here in Chicago.

I often think about the horrible conditions that refugees must have faced, being forced to leave the only home they know and forced to relocate to a foreign land where they may not know the language or customs. They don’t want a handout, they just want to live in dignity and without fear. Sometimes its a matter of just having a job opportunity so that they can provide for their family that makes all the difference in their lives. The women making the clothes at Blue Meets Blue are doing just that, becoming financially independent by using their skills to create beautiful pieces of clothing.

Today’s scarf is one of the coziest pieces I own. I wear it constantly. Half of the fabric is a super-soft faux fur, which sits right on your neck and chest, and the rest is a warm but much thinner fabric that lays flat across your body so when you zip up your coat, it looks streamlined and sophisticated. Blue Meets Blue is giving away one scarf of your choice to a lucky reader! Head over to my Instagram page for details on how to enter- I promise it is super easy.

Wishing you the best this year!

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Coat: Thanks to Club Monaco (old) Similar Style| Scarf: Thanks to Blue Meets Blue | Shoes: Rag & Bone – Similar Style | Pants: Topshop Maternity (old) – Similar Non-maternity Style | Bag: Stella McCartney |

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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!