Composition

05.22.2015

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I believe I mentioned recently that my gym unexpectedly closed up shop right around the holidays and it has given me a great excuse not to work out for five months. I’m extremely lucky to have my moms genetics (and I’m going to give some credit to being a vegetarian my entire adult life) I am able to stay slim without working out regularly so it has never occurred to me to wear body shaping undergarments. When Vedette Bodywear sent me a few of their bodysuits I totally changed my mind! I am by no means a “curvy” girl but these suits somehow make it happen! Vedette Shapewear would like to give one of their gorgeous body shaping items to a Hunter Collector reader. To enter please follow Vedette on their Facebook page and leave a comment below to let me know you have entered! This Contest Ends 12:00 AM PST Tuesday May 26th. Have a great Memorial Day weekend and eat whatever you want because you may be the lucky winner of one of these suits! xoxo Zia

VEDETTE SHAPEWEAR BODYSUIT C/O/ MARC BY MARC JACOBS SHORTS (SIMILAR FOR A STEAL)/ BB DAKOTA BLAZER (SIMILAR HERE)/ STEVE MADDEN HEELS/ REBECCA MINKOFF BAG/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES C/O/ GORJANA NECKLACE c/o ROCKSBOX (USE CODE HUNTERCOLLECTORXOXO FOR YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE)

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Discovery

05.20.2015

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We have been having the wackiest weather this spring! It was in the 90s a few weeks ago and I thought we’d be enjoying the warms temps through the end of September then it got cold and gloomy again and its actually been raining (thank goodness). I thought I wasn’t going to get any use out these boots after buying them so late in the season but I was wrong, I have been wearing them everywhere, everyday… gotta love a good wedge! So this outfit is typical of what I wear when I don’t know what to expect in terms of weather: light layers, a hat and a yearning to wear shorts!

Thanks for visiting!!!

xo Zia

My favorite sale of the year starts today, it’s the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! Here are the details:

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale on Men, Women & Kids styles, while supplies last through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
•Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Handbags & Accessories): Up to 40% OFF Handbags, Jewelry, Watches & Home: Up to 40% OFF Handbags, Jewelry, Watches & Home at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
•Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Women’s Active & Swim): Up to 40% OFF Active, Swim and Lingerie: Up to 40% OFF Active, Swim and Lingerie styles from Zella, Nike & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
•Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Women’s Shoes): New Markdowns on top Women’s Shoe Brands: New Women’s Shoes Markdowns from Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, Ivanka Trump & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
•Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Kids’ Shoes): New Markdowns on top Kids’ Shoes Brands: New Kids’ Shoes Markdowns from favorite brands like Crocs, MICHAEL Michael Kors & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
•Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Men’s Shoes): New Markdowns on top Men’s Shoe Brands: New Men’s Shoes Markdowns from Cole Haan, Bruno Magli, Nike & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

PIPERLIME TRENCH (SIMILAR HERE)/ ABERCROMBIE SHORTS/ J. CREW PLAID SHIRT (SIMILAR HERE)/ 14TH & UNION BOOTS (NO LONGER AVAILABLE SIMILAR HERE)/ REBECCA MINKOFF BAG (VERY CLOSE HERE)/ NINE WEST HAT/ GORJANA NECKLACE/

Dexter Brown Photography

 

Canon Camera Kit/ Kate Spade Giveaway

Check out this amazing giveaway I’m involved in!  You can enter to win a Canon Rebel Kit that includes the camera, 2 lenses, camera bag and other accessories. In addition to that, the winner will also receive a Kate Spade handbag as well as a Kate Spade necklace. The good news is that it’s open to international contestants! But the international winner will be responsible for her own shipping and custom fees.  Good Luck and remember the more bloggers you follow, the more chances to win you will have!

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Inspirational

05.18.2015

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Back to the grind after a whimsical weekend of foreign films and butterflies! Following a late night of hosting the Croatian film festival on Saturday, my husband and I took our little guy and his friend to the Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum yesterday. We knew going in our insect obsessed boy would be coming home with a new family member and we are now the proud owners of a Desert Millipede…a fascinating little creature. We did a little tour through the Butterfly Pavilion, hundreds of butterflies of all varieties all around; its quite magical to have all these lovely colorful creatures flying past or even landing on you. Of course my thoughts wandered to fashion and I couldn’t help but imagine dress fabrics made from the amazing prints and patterns these butterflies are adorned with, this skirt reminds me of some of what I saw yesterday. A perfect example of life imitating art, those butterflies really are little works of genius!

H&M SHIRT (SIMILAR HERE)/ MARC BY MARC JACOBS SKIRT (SIMILAR HERE)/ F21 FEDORA/ REBECCA MINKOFF BAG (NO LONGER AVAILABLE SIMILAR HERE)/ DOLCE VITA HEELS/ C/O ROCKSBOX NECKLACE & BANGLES/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES (USE CODE SILVANO15 FOR 15$ DISCOUNT)

Max Aria Photography

 

Apparition

05.15.2015

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I walked out of the house in this outfit feeling like I should be strolling around the French Riviera alas I was just heading to dinner in Hollywood. Perhaps its the actor in me but sometimes your clothes can transport you, or least your imagination, to a different place or time. I think this fantasy that I create with my outfits contributes to my love for vintage and couture, if I had the budget or reason to wear it…This weekend I do have a reason and opportunity to wear a gorgeous couture gown designed by Project Runway finalist Gordana Gelhausen. I am once again hosting Kino Croatia which is the Croatian film festival here in Los Angeles held at the historical Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Along with screening an award winning film there will be a little fashion presentation showcasing Goga by Gordana couture gowns. Please follow along on Instagram to see what I’ll be wearing and any of my LA locals that have a love for foreign cinema come on by there are still tickets available! Have a great weekend my friends, xoxo Zia

J. CREW STRIPE TOP (SIMILAR HERE)/ ZARA SHORTS (AVAILABLE IN STORE, SIMILAR HERE)/ VINTAGE VERA SCARF/ G-STAR JACKET (BORROWED FROM MY HUSBAND)/ REBECCA MINKOFF BAG (LARGER VERSION HERE)/ LUXURY REBEL WEDGES (GREAT PAIR HERE)/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES C/O

Max Aria Photography

Transformation

05.13.2015

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Making changes in ones life is never easy particularly if its a change that can effect your entire way of life. I am currently making decisions that could do just that. It’s daunting & stressful but it’s also exciting, I have never been one to fear the unknown too much and have a tendency to jump feet first into a new opportunity (hence the advent of this blog). When I was 22 I left my family and homeland to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles, just me and my giant Rottweiler driving the 5 freeway from Vancouver to LA. When I look back on how crazy/brave I was it reminds me of what I’m made of and that no matter what I do I’ll be just fine! This free-spirited attitude that I embody is reflected in this outfit: carefree and content and ready for anything life brings me…I love that the kimono is such a huge trend this summer although I already had one in my wardrobe (seen in this post from last summer) I couldn’t resist snatching up this fringed one at Nordstrom Rack…another free-spirited move I suppose! xx Zia

ZARA JEANS (SIMILAR HERE & HERE)/ TOPSHOP CAMISOLE/ NOSTALGIA VIA NORDSTROM RACK KIMONO (SOLD OUT SIMILAR)/ DOLCE VITA HEELS/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES/ MONSERAT DE LUCA BAG (OLD)/ ABS SNAKE CUFF

Max Aria Photography

 

Motivate

05.11.2015

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I had such a wonderful Mother’s Day with my boys; They let me sleep in late while they made breakfast, we opened presents (so unnecessary;) and later we went for a bike ride around lake Hollywood, it was absolutely perfect!
My not so secret love for shorts has once again reared its head, I believe this is the third in a row and there will most certainly be many more to come! Summer is almost here and with all that bare skin showing I need to get motivated to start exercising, I’ve been lagging since my gym closed down four months ago and I have yet to join a new one. Frankly, I would rather ride my bike with my family or hike the beautiful trails we are so fortunate to have within five minutes of our house, the perfect activity for shaping up the legs for all the shorts I’ll be wearing! thanks for dropping by, xo Zia

FRANKIE B DENIM JACKET (OLD, SIMILAR ON SALE)/ H&M TOP (AVAILABLE IN STORE SIMILAR ONLINE HERE)/ ANN TAYLOR LOFT SHORTS/ REBECCA MINKOFF BAG/ MUI MUI WEDGES (OLD, SIMILAR)/ C/O ROCKSBOX CUFF AND NECKLACE/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES C/O USE CODE SILVANO15 FOR $15 DISCOUNT

Max Aria Photography

 

Nurture

05.08.2015

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I hope everyone has wonderful plans for Mother’s Day this weekend whether you are a mother or are celebrating the amazing woman that raised you! My mom was in town last week so this Sunday is all about me! I’m just hoping for some time with my boys and a little brunch where I can wear these fabulous heels that I picked up at the end of Piperlime’s closing sale (which I am heartbroken over) Have a lovely weekend my friends! xo Zia

JONES NEW YORK SWEATER (GIFTED BY MY MOM)/ VINTAGE SHORTS (SIMILAR)/ F21 BLAZER (IDENTICAL HERE)/ DOLCE VITA HEELS / ZARA TOTE (REALLY CLOSE HERE)/ PRADA SUNGLASSES/ JEWELRY BY ROCKSBOX C/O

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