Friction / Denim with Silk Layers

07.06.2015

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I wonder if there is any scientific proof that the world spins just a little faster on its axis during the weekends?
I mentioned to my husband last night when we returned from our weekend away that not only did the weekend zoom by it didn’t actually feel like a long weekend. Nonetheless it was a really beautiful three days spent with family, friends and hundreds of other Fourth of July revelers at the Ojai Valley Inn. We went bike riding around town, watched the parade, hung out by the pool and strolled the sprawling grounds surrounding the hotel, but again it went by so fast!

The weather has again taken a turn and layers have become necessary especially in the evenings. In the summer I like to take a long button down and wear it like a jacket like with this split back shirt from Topshop previously worn here, I also stay well accessorized with my adorable babies (human & canine) who have been coming along on my blog shoots lately. Have a great Monday and let’s hope the week goes by as fast as last weekend!

TOPSHOP LONG SHIRT (SIMILAR HERE)/ VINTAGE TOP (TRY THIS ONE)/ 7 FOR ALL MANKIND SHORTS/ FRENCH CONNECTION MULES/ DEUX LUXE FRINGE BAG/ F21 FEDORA/ VINTAGE NECK SCARF (IDENTICAL HERE)/ ROBYN RHODES CUFF C/O ROCKSBOX / SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES

Dexter Brown Photography

 

Brilliance

07.03.2015

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I am writing todays post from the idyllic Ojai Valley Inn. The town is fully prepared for Fourth of July festivities with Main street lined with chairs placed by their owners to reserve spots for the Independence Day parade and fire works. The view from my hotel room desk is of the sprawling golf green and the Topa Topa mountain range. At around 8:15 each night the sky above the mountain turns a brilliant pink and is lovingly called the “pink moment”. We first experienced it when we here last summer for a wedding almost perfectly timed during the toasting ceremony. Everything about this place is so perfect and we are so excited to spending the long weekend holiday here! This is the last of my fourth inspired outfits, but it will certainly not be the last time you see these awesome flared white jeans this summer! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please be safe, love Zia

J BRAND JEANS/ VINTAGE OMO NORMA KAMALI TOP (SIMILAR HERE AND CUTE OPTION HERE)/ REBECCA MINKOFF BAG (NOW ON SALE)/ GORJANA NECKLACE/ PRADA SUNGLASSES

Max Aria Photography

 

Illumination

07.01.2015

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Red, white and blue go so perfectly together, unfortunately any other time of year the combo can look a little too holiday specific. This shade of red combined with denim is subtle enough to not necessarily look like you are dressed for a Fourth event but enough so that if you were headed to a Independence Day BBQ it would certainly be appropriate. I’m off to start packing for my long weekend getaway, cant wait!! Hope you all have great plans and great outfits lined up for the loooooooong weekend!
xoxox Zia

PS to my Canadian readers Happy Canada Day I will be celebrating my homeland with you from afar!

FREE PEOPLE TOP (DIFFERENT COLOR HERE)/ KUT FROM THE KLOTH DENIM SKIRT/ ROCKPORT WEDGES/ DEUX LUX FRINGE BAG/ GORJANA C/O ROCKSBOX NECKLACE/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES C/0/ GORJANA CUFF

Max Aria Photography

 

Stars and Stripes and More Stripes

06.30.2015

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I am not so secretly in love with stripes so getting dressed for Fourth of July is never an issue for me.  When Luxury Fashion Website FarFetch asked me to create a Stars and Stripes inspiration board featuring items from their site I immediately accepted. I think, like myself, most people spend their Fourth outdoors whether its a BBQ, Picnic or Beach bonfire, so casual attire is definitely in order. My family and I are spending our weekend at a Luxury Resort in the Ojai Valley and that calls for the types of luxury items available at FarFetch (which of course comes with a luxury price tag) I hope the beautiful items on this board get you in the spirit of this Super Fun and Important National holiday no matter where you shop or spend the day! xo Zia

Top Row: PROENZA SCHOULER COBALT SWEATER/ MICHAEL KORS FLIP FLOPS/ SAINT LAURENT RED STRIPED TOP/ SACAI CHAIN NECKLACE

Middle Row: PHILIPP PLEIN STRIPED SHORTS/ VALENTINO DENIM CULOTTES/ CHINTI & PARKER STARS & STRIPES SWEATER/ SENSI STUDIO NAVY STRAW TOTE

Bottom Row: JULIANA ROMANNO HIGH WAIST RED SHORTS/ RAG & BONE DENIM SKIRT/ SALVATORE FERRAGAMO FLATS/ M MISSONI RED SKIRT/ FRAME DENIM WHITE SKINNIES

 

 

Discernment

06.29.2015

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In anticipation of our upcoming long weekend getaway and because it really is one of my favorite holidays, I will be doing a series of Fourth of July inspired posts this week.  Still on trend with a little bohemian flair and red and blue hinting at the patriotic holiday, I would wear this outfit to a pre-fourth cocktail outing or dinner. I’m heading up to Ojai Valley (which is about 1.5 hours northwest of LA) with my family for a four day weekend. We are staying at my beloved Ojai Valley Inn, joining a bunch of friends to celebrate this fun holiday hanging by the pool, hiking, eating and watching on site fireworks. I would love to hear how you are all spending your Fourth of July weekend!Thanks for reading! kisses Z

OLD NAVY JEANS/ EVERLY TOP (OLD, MAJOR SPLURGE HERE OR SAVE HERE)/ FREE PEOPLE HAT/ STEVE MADDEN HEELS/ DEUX LUX BAG/ ROCKSBOX BANGLES (USE CODE HUNTERCOLLECTORXOXO FOR YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE)/ RAYBAN SUNGLASSES

Max Aria Photography

 

Prerogative

06.26.2015

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I wore these pants on the shoot I did in homage to my city (see here). After those photos went up I received several messages from readers asking for details so I decided to do a full post. I first saw these bohemian beauties on a mannequin as I was walking out of Nordstrom at the Americana.  I was with my boy and we were half way to the department where they were carried when I changed my mind and walked away. I kept thinking about them and got lucky and found them on line (funny side note my son recognized them the first time I wore them). They are now since sold out but Nordstrom has several other similar printed palazzos in stock, they are very well priced and perfect for the weekend which is once again upon us! Have a wonderful weekend and check back next week for my Fourth of July Weekend Picks! xoxo Zia

TOPSHOP CAMISOLE/ NORDSTROM PALAZZO PANTS (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE)/ FREE PEOPLE HAT/ JOY GRYSON BAG/ ZARA TASSEL BELT/ SAM EDELMAN SANDALS/ GORJANA BAR NECKLACE/ ROCKSBOX BLACK STONE CUFF/ SILVANO APPAREL SUNGLASSES

Dexter Brown Photography

 

Exhibition

06.24.2015

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I find myself so drawn to my garden every morning, it can sometimes make it difficult to work from home. My little boy has an amazing tomato and herb garden growing which he runs out to every morning to check on, I however am more interested in succulents these days. We have converted a large part of our yard into a native rock garden which is of course far more environmentally friendly than grass and we also had a succulent wall built outside our kitchen window and I never get enough of how cool all these little plants are! I now, as of this morning, have plans to incorporate more of the desert plants into the “tropical” side of the property. Todays outfit has a bit of botanist on safari vibe to it which compelled me to discuss my gardening hobby, granted I don’t look this put together when I’m working in my garden but I can assure you there are always hats, shorts and sandals involved! Check out my Instagram feed for occasional snaps of my every evolving garden oasis! Thanks for reading… xo Z

MARC BY MARC JACOBS TOP (OLD, TRY THIS ONE)/ ARITZIA SHORTS (SIMILAR HERE & HERE)/ PIPERLIME TRENCH (GOOD ONE HERE)/ SHOEDAZZLE SANDALS/ NINE WEST HAT/ COACH BAG/ STELLA MCCARTNEY SUNGLASSES

Dexter Brown Photography

 

Definition

06.22.2015

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What a wickedly awesome weekend, capped off with a spectacular concert by Underworld at my favorite place in the city, The Hollywood Bowl. Celebrating Summer Solstice and Father’s Day, listening to music under the stars with good wine and great friends it really doesn’t get any better! So much fun, but I am so tired this morning…I feel I now have found my summer groove (fashionably speaking of course) with shorts and short skirts on rotation adding off-shoulder tops and gladiator sandals, that are made for walking, I believe I have found my summer 2015 uniform! What are your summer trend obsessions this year? I hope your Monday morning is treating you well so far and Happy Summer, officially! xoxo Zia

TOPSHOP TOP VIA NORDTROM/ MADEWELL SKIRT (SIMILAR HERE)/ MARC BY MARC JACBOS BAG/ MARC BY MARC JACOBS SUNGLASSES/ SAM EDELMAN SANDALS/ GORJANA BAR NECKLACE & CUFF

Dexter Brown Photography