Ablaze

08.22.2014

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Although the week went fast and my workload was light I can’t tell you how glad I am the weekend is upon us! So far living through a remodel has been ok but I’m sure eating takeout every night will get old really soon, we’re just trying really hard to focus on the final outcome. To keep things simple during this upheaval I will be dressing in easy pieces like this romper that I can wear to take the dog for a walk, run errands and with the switch from flat sandals to some heeled booties go out to dinner! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend! xo Zia

DENIM JACKET: LEVIS/ ROMPER: MADEWELL(OLD, SIMILAR)/ BRALETTE: FREE PEOPLE/ NECKLACE: PIPERLIME/BOOTIES: STEVE MADDEN (SIMILAR)/BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN

Photos by Steven M Gibbs


Vibrations

08.20.2014

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I have to be honest that up until a couple of years ago I had never heard the term “Canadian Tuxedo” Maybe it’s because I’m totally out of touch or perhaps it’s because we Canadians don’t actually use it? Regardless of what you call it, I love the look of denim on denim. You can dress it up, rock it out ~ it’s such a versatile look that you probably could put on a bow tie and get away with it!
Our remodel is fully underway and the house is rumbling, shaking and vibrating as the walls come down…I hope your week is going is going much more smoothly!

DENIM SHIRT: TOPSHOP/ JEANS: JOE’S JEANS/ CLUTCH: AMERICAN APPAREL/ HEELS: SCHUTZ/ NECKLACE: J CREW (SIMILAR)/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY

Photos by Steven M Gibbs


Wanderlust

08.18.2014

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I do a fair amount of travelling and I feel that I may just be the worst packer ever! Having returned last night from a week in British Columbia it became evident to me that I always bring way too much “fancy’ stuff (that’s what my son calls it) and not enough of what I end up wearing daily: a pair of great fitting comfortable jeans, cut off shorts, t-shirts with a jacket and of course a hat because there is so much more walking going on and one must protect themselves from the sun. I guess what it comes down to is basics are the key to making travel chic and easy! So glad to be home, xx Zia

SEERSUCKER BLAZER: THEORY/ SILK T-SHIRT: JOIE/ CUT-OFF SHORTS: MISS SIXTY (SIMILAR)/ PANAMA HAT: URBAN OUTFITTERS/ PEEP TOE SHOES: BOUTIQUE 9/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN/ CUFF: SOLE SOCIETY

Photos by Steven M Gibbs


Splendid

08.15.2014

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I wore this outfit last Sunday night to celebrate my 12th wedding anniversary, it gets a bit chilly at night in LA so it gave me an excuse to throw on this buttery leather jacket which was courtesy of my sweet man. My husband and I spent the evening together watching the closing night of Once the Musical and feasting on the best Italian food in LA, it was a perfect night!
Today I am writing from the quaint yet gorgeous city of Victoria BC. My brother’s new house overlooks the ocean and is spitting distance from the most romantic little cove. My mom is also here with us and our weekend plans consist of quality time together combined with fresh seafood and time on that stunning beach. Food, family and sunsets = perfect weekend! Thanks for coming by, xx Zia

LEATHER JACKET: DVF/ TANK: CLAUDE MONTANA (FROM MY ARCHIVES)/ BRALETTE: FREE PEOPLE/ SKIRT: ESHAKTI/ HEELS: SCHUTZ/ CHAINS: BAUBLEBAR (SIMILAR)/ SUNNIES: PRADA

Photos by Steven M Gibbs


Lush

08.13.2014

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I LOVE stripes in all colors, sizes and directions. I found this skirt at Banana Republic on the ridiculously cheap sale rack. It was big but I took it to my brilliant tailor and had it taken in, well worth the effort I would say!
I write this today from a grey and drizzly Vancouver BC, I love this city so very much but I am reminded of why I left so many years ago; it has nothing to do with the city or the weather, that I adore, its about all the things that happened here. It’s not as dramatic as it may sound but enough so that I know I made the right decision to not come back for several years. I hope your skies are sunny wherever you are visiting from! xo Zia

CROPPED SHIRT: ELIZABETH & JAMES (SIMILAR)/ STRIPED SKIRT: BANANA REPUBLIC/ HEELS: SCHUTZ (SIMILAR)/ BAG: COACH/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY/ CHAINS: BAUBLEBAR

Photos by Steven M Gibbs


Everywhere

08.11.2014

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Lots of stuff going on in my mad, mad world…spent the weekend dismantling my house for the remodel that is finally supposed to start this week (keeping our fingers crossed the permits finally get approved) We celebrated my ridiculously young looking father-in-law’s 65th birthday with lots of family and lots of cake. It was also our 12th wedding anniversary; my sweet husband took me to my favorite restaurant in LA, Osteria Mozza, and we took in the last night of Once the Musical, it was a perfect evening out with the best guy ever! And if that wasn’t enough I’m taking a quick trip out of the country tomorrow ~ more on that later in the week.
Keeping with my theme of digging deep into my closet for long forgotten clothes, I found this Peter Pan collared Topshop blouse and wide leg jeans that I love! Although it’s been a skinny jean world for so long I do wear these on occasion, unfortunately they really have to be worn with heels which you don’t always want to do when wearing jeans..but they sure do make the legs look extra long!

WIDE LEG JEANS: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND (SIMILAR)/ TOP: TOPSHOP (SIMILAR)/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ HAT: FREE PEOPLE/ HEELS: ZARA/ CUFF: ANTHROPOLOGIE/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN

Photos by Nora Sakal


Rush

08.07.2014

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After a night of insomnia and then oversleeping, I blindly reached into my closet and came up with this outfit in a rush to get dressed . I deemed it blog worthy after receiving multiple compliments on it from clients and co-workers to that sweet girl at the Coffee Bean (I hope you came to visit the blog) …the ensemble also fits into my theme for the month “Already in My Closet” as all the items I am wearing have been in my wardrobe for quite some time. We all have gems deep in the back of our closets that probably just need a little dusting off!

FUSCHIA BLOUSE: FRENCH CONNECTION (OLD, SIMILAR HERE)/ SKIRT: MARC BY MARC JACOBS (LAST SEEN HERE)/ HEELS: BOUTIQUE 9/ BAG: COACH/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY/ CUFF: HAUTELOOK

Photos by Nora Sakal


Surface

08.05.2014

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We are getting ready to remodel our home, just (im)patiently waiting for permits…so there is a lot of packing, digging and a little downsizing going on. With all this digging around I’ve been coming across so much great clothing; some items haven’t been seen in such a long time that they almost seem new again. It gave me the idea to do a month of “already in my closet” posts which will hopefully keep me from doing any more shopping before fall hits (we’ll see how long I last) I’m starting with this beautiful Anna Sui lace skirt that I bought while in college, yes I spent way too much money while on a student budget, but I am soooo happy I did!

SKIRT: ANNA SUI (SO OLD)/ DENIM SHIRT: MADEWELL/ BRALETTE: FREE PEOPLE/ HEELS: STEVE MADDEN/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ EARRINGS: KENDRA SCOTT

Photos by Michael A Voelker