9/28/17

more neon, more life


hey y'all

my obsession with neon continues.
here's a few more signs i've encountered over the past few weeks.

working on a few posts for the blog, so hopefully can give you guys new content very very soon.

xx
zahara

8/25/17

how to spot a fake chanel


hi guys.
i wanted to write something different for a change.
i recently came across some fake chanel bags 
and have done a lot of research on how to distinguish a fake chanel from a real one.

disclaimer: i don't support the counterfeit business. 
i think it's awful how widely popular it has become 
and how easy it is to replicate the signatures of other brands.
however, i found these fakes in thrift shops for very cheap and they're all pretty realistic knockoffs. 
i wanted to add them to my closet as well as learn more about them.

these bags are "super fakes" and look very realistic at first glance. 
i don't have a real chanel for comparison but i think the differences are easy to describe verbally. 


this was my first chanel find. 
it looks pretty fake just by looking at it. 
maybe chanel has made a bag in this lime green color but it just screams knockoff to me.

1. LEATHER
the bag isn't real leather, which is the biggest warning sign. 
authentic chanel bags are usually lambskin leather or have a "caviar" finish. 


this was my second find. 
it's a smaller size and looks pretty realistic from afar.

2. STITCHING
however, real chanel bag straps don't have stitching and this one has.
The leather should be folded with no stitching visible. 


3. INTERIOR COLOR
the interior color also gives information on the authenticity.
if the bag has a red interior, it should be burgundy instead of bright red. 
this bag has a pretty realistic color compared to some other fakes i've seen.


4. AUTHENTICITY CARD
this fake chanel came with an authenticity card.
it's pretty realistic looking and thick like a credit card. 
if the card is bendable then it's not real. 
it also should not have a "holographic" effect.


5. SERIAL NUMBER
every real chanel has it's own serial number sticker. 
but even the fakes have stickers. 
the serial number should be between 6-8 digits, depending on when the chanel was manufactured. 
if the sticker has more than 8 digits, it's fake. 


6. HARDWARE
the screws can tell you if the bag is authentic. 
these screws don't match with the ones chanel uses.
also, chanel should be on the left side of the lock, and paris on the right. 
on the fake ones the words are on the opposite side. 


my third "chanel" is the boy bag.
i'm pretty sure this bag is leather which makes it feel authentic.


7. CC-LOGO
the cc-logo on the authentic chanels is rounded.
the fake ones have sharp edges.
the right C should overlap on the top of the left C.
also the overall look of the lock should usually tell you the authenticity. 

anyways, i hope this post was helpful.
if you have any questions or anything to add, feel free to comment below. 

have a great weekend.
xx
zahara

8/2/17

everyday we lit


hi guys.

happy august! 

my obsession with neon lights continues.

1&3. Public hotel
2. W Hotel in Times Square

I want to do a Q&A but I need some questions from you guys. 
So please comment down below any questions, thoughts, poems, songs, you want. 
If I don't get any comments from you, I'll just come up with the questions myself :)

xoxo
zahara



7/16/17

glossier review


hi guys.

i recently ordered from glossier.
i wanted to first try out the balm dotcom products.
i was so impressed by the packaging and the products that i wanted to share my thoughts with you. 


so i ordered three balms: birthday, coconut, and cherry. 
they all smell AMAZING.
(if you saw my last beauty post, you know i am obsessed with scented products.) 
but i didn't expect them to look so good on the lips.
birthday (smells like birthday cake) and coconut (!!!) are both untinted but have a shimmer to them.
cherry has the most beautiful hint of red to it without being overpowering. 

plus, these balms are multi-use.
they can be used on lips, cuticles, and dry skin.


the packaging:
cutest packaging ever. 
my products came in a pink pouch with tons of cute stickers.
the pouch will definitely be used to hold my other makeup.
also, the boxes for the balms are so nice i don't want to throw them away. 


glossier:
i am a new fan of this brand. 
my first experience was good and all their products seem to celebrate natural beauty
 instead of "hardcore" makeup.
i don't wear foundation and i love a dewy, fresh face. 
so i will definitely try more products in the future. 
plus, they're all cruelty free (no bunnies hurt in the process. yay). 

check them out and tell me what you think! 

xx
zahara







7/11/17

oops



hi guys.

issa megapost. 

i ran into some technical issues and had to delete all my posts from 2010-2014. 
I wanted to revamp my blog but this wasn't part of my plan.
so sad to lose so many memories on my blog.

But here's some throwback pics that got deleted.
Mostly from NYC but a few pics from London in the mix, too.

sorry again. technology is a gift and a curse. 

much love.
xx
zahara 



7/9/17

summer beauty essentials


hi guys.
wanted to share my 4 beauty essentials for summer.

This color correct cream is perfect for evening out skin tone but feeling like you have no makeup on! 
I don't wear foundation at all but this product gives me a lightweight alternative to foundation if I want some coverage.
It has SPF30 so it also protects you from the sun. 
I am obsessed with coconut scent and this spray is perfect.
I spray it all over my body before I go out and I smell like coconuts all day. 
Makes me feel like I'm at a beach in the Bahamas when I'm actually stuck in NYC.
(also check out their other scents!)
This product is one of my favs because it smells so good and looks so pretty. 
The oil is perfect for calming down frizzy hair or giving skin a hydrating boost.
This product smells so good too. 
I think I have a obsession with scents...help.
But it's super easy to apply and doesn't leave that white sunscreen mark on your skin.
(the link is to coconut scent, which I don't have yet but will get ASAP)

Hope you enjoyed these favorite beauty items. 
Let me know if you've tried any of these and how you liked them! 

xx
zahara






7/8/17

island vibes playlist


hey y'all. 
here's a mini playlist to give you some major island vibes.
enjoy

xx
zahara






7/4/17

july


hi guys.

can you believe we're already halfway through 2017?
crazy. 

here's me posing in front of Flatiron Building. 
We had a random photoshoot with my friend and blocked some pedestrian traffic. 
But i like how the pics turned out. 

I'm off to celebrate the 4th of July! 
much love! 

xx
zahara

ps. 
Shirt - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - Gucci
Bag - YSL




6/29/17

new project


hi guys.

I wanted to share my new exciting project with you.
I designed a collection of pillows and scarves using my photos for VIDA.
I love the outcome! 
I wanted to design something I would use in my own apartment.

You can check the whole collection HERE ! 

much love.
zahara

ps. sorry for the bad image quality. I took screenshots and they came out blurry. 

6/23/17

glad midsommar


Happy midsummer to all my Scandinavian people (and everyone else)!

xx
zahara

1. 230 Fifth Rooftop
2. Gansevoort Hotel Meatpacking 

6/2/17

summer + bday



Hi guys! 

It's finally feeling a lot like summer! 
Also, my bday is today. 
The big 25. 
Can't believe it. I still feel 16 sometimes. 

Looking forward to new adventures, new people, and new memories. 
Summer '17. 
Let's do this. 

xx
zahara


5/10/17

seen in soho



Here's a few pics from soho.
cool buildings, street art, people. 
love the area.

xx
zahara