BloggersMag (b|m) team is very excited to introduce you to our City Blogger, Style Blogger, Zahra Sandberg of Love Zahra. Zahra is a smart, talented, and amazing design and style blogger from Chicago, Illinois. With a love for A-line skirts and statement jewelry, Zahra talks to us about her inspirations, her celeb style crushes (yes, she has more than one!), and most importantly, some very coveted style tips. (You’re welcome!)
I am Zahra Sandberg
Chicago, IL (USA)
BM: what do you blog about?
ZS: I am a Style blogger [and] I blog about my interest in fashion and interior design. I post outfit ideas and interior design projects. As I am a budding stylist and interior designer, I occasionally spotlight my work for clients as well.
BM: Why did you start blogging, what was your inspiration?
ZS: Most of my friends and family don’t share my love for fashion and design. My friends are gorgeous and dress impossibly well, but they would rather discuss politics and current events than what they are wearing. Also, my full-time job (other than blogging, which also tends to be full-time) is in Business Development in the Manufacturing Industry. I found I needed a place to channel my creativity and share my love of style with other like-minded individuals, and that is how the blog was born!
BM: What has the experience been like for you?
ZS: It has been such a great experience so far, there is something magical about a group of people who are truly passionate about their blogs and take time out to do it. It really does take a lot of time and effort without a whole lot of ROI (return on investment). Bloggers don’t get paid a lot, if any at all, so it is really empowering and reassuring to know that they are doing it out of love.
BM: When did you start blogging?
ZS: Technically I started in 2010, that is when I made my “about me” page. Then I got pregnant…and it took another two years before I came back full force in the summer of 2012.
BM: Who is your Celeb Style Crush, why?
ZS: Miranda Kerr is currently on the top of my list. She has an effortless style that is classic and feminine. I switch between her and Olivia Palermo often for the top spot.
BM: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
ZS: Easy, the ability to be in more than one place at once – so I can be at work, home with my husband and baby, and blogging at the same time.
BM: What is your closet staple?
ZS: An A-line skirt paired with a silk blouse and a pair of sky-high heels is my idea of the perfect outfit.
BM: What is your favorite beauty product?
ZS: I have so many! If I had to pick one, I’d say my recent discovery of an orange hued makeup primer. It really makes my skin look fresh even when I’ve had little sleep. Orange primer is great for darker skin tones.
Be confident in yourself and it will shine through no matter what you are wearing!
BM: If you were stuck on an island and you had to keep three things with you, what would you have and why?
ZS: If it is material things only, I’d say my iPad (hopefully this island has a 4G network), my yoga mat to keep myself balanced and centered, and my Nikon D3100 camera to document the experience so I could blog about it later! I’ve really gotten into photography since I started blogging. I love capturing candid moments!
BM: Could you kindly share your favorite fashion and style tips?
- Find a silhouette that you love, that flatters you best, and repeat it in different colors and materials and you will never run out of outfit ideas. For example, I love a blazer, skinny jeans and a t-shirt – I can dress it up by wearing a printed blazer, leather leggings, and bright high heels, or dress it down with a boyfriend blazer with distressed denim and flats.
- Don’t buy things just because of the brand name. A friend of mine who is a big wig in marketing for a huge corporation told me some insider secrets about how prices are determined by some top brands. Check for quality of the material, the fit, and fabric before spending double or more on a bag or shoes.
- Take pictures of yourself! You will notice the colors that compliment you best and more importantly, what doesn’t work for you. One of my styling clients told me she did it and realized her outfit really needed a statement necklace. She was very hesitant to take pictures at first, but now she thanks me!
- Most important – be confident in yourself and it will shine through no matter what you are wearing!
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