Destiny

04.15.2014

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I’m a little surprised by how much I love the midi-skirt trend. As I’ve mentioned in past posts not all of them are appropriate for everyday wear, but the ones that don’t quite look prom-night-ready are perfect for the day to night transition. This skirt from ASOS (now on major sale) I have worn to meet a client and then with the removal of the blazer voila ready for cocktails with my guy… and needless to say it’s so much cuter than slacks!

CROPPED JACKET: THRIFTED/ TANK: AQUA (SIMILAR)/ SKIRT: ASOS (ON SALE)/ BAG: MARC BY MARC JACOBS/ HEELS: CHARLES DAVID/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN/ BANGLES: LILY PULITZER, VINTAGE, BAUBLEBAR

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

Paradigm

04.10.2014

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Something old, something new….and a major pop of blue, sorry nothing borrowed! My mom, who was in town last week to save me from the madness, brought me this great striped peplum top (from her fave designer Ralph Lauren) The Trina Turk skirt I have had so long it probably qualifies as vintage and the Rebecca Minkoff bag I treated myself to for booking my second job this year! It’s a mishmash of eras and patterns and colors but somehow together it works, and I love it when that happens…wishing you all a fun-filled, sunny spring weekend! xx

STRIPED PEPLUM: LAUREN RALPH LAUREN/ SKIRT: TRINA TURK/ BELT: J CREW/ HEELS: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: COACH

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

The Wilderness

04.07.2014
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Somehow I made it through…this weekend was impossibly jam packed and crazy but sooooo much fun: Lucky FABB conference, filmed a movie role and had a blog photo shoot! Back to the real world for a few weeks but then I embark on a dream adventure, details to come! This amazing floral denim jacket has been in my possession for years, it was another fortuitous find from the same vintage clothing store in Vancouver where I found this beauty. The jacket is vintage Kenzo and the Japanese designer recently made a huge comeback. The print on it is so remarkably beautiful, although not easy to pair up with other items, I love the way it looks with this simple black dress and color block heels.

FLORAL JACKET: KENZO (VINTAGE)/ DRESS (WORN AS SKIRT): C/O FORELYSE.COM/ HEELS: TOPSHOP (SIMILAR)/ BELT: J CREW/ BAG: MONSERRAT DE LUCCA (SIMILAR)

Photos by Steve Gibbs

Sublime

04.04.14

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As you read this I will be in attendance at the Lucky FABB West blogger conference in Beverly Hills. I am so excited to have the opportunity to mingle with some of my fellow bloggers and hopefully learn more about this growing industry. With any luck there will be many interesting photo opportunities and I can share my experience with you on Instagram and Facebook…if only I could decide what to wear! Have a wonderful weekend, xxx

CARDIGAN: A.P.C./ CAMISOLE: VINTAGE/ SKIRT: BB DAKOTA C/O LE TOTE/ HEELS: SHOEMINT (SIMILAR) / BAG: COACH/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY/ EARRINGS: ILY COUTURE (ON SALE)

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

Parallels

04.01.2014

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I have never met a stripe I didn’t like I have always said. I like them horizontal, vertical, wide, thin I like them all! Stripes are fun, modern and interesting and they add a little Parisian flair to any outfit. Mixing patterns is another trend I love, although it’s not really clear in the photos the skirt is a fine gingham pattern. The top which has stripes of alternating widths combined with the gingham makes for a really unique and chic outfit… perfect for a trip to the French bakery!

STRIPED TOP: C/O LE TOTE/ DENIM JACKET: PAPER, DENIM & CLOTH/ SKIRT: AMERICAN APPAREL/ HEELS: SHOEMINT/ TOTE: MARC BY MARC JACOBS/ SUNNIES: MADEWELL/ CUFF: TIFFANY & CO

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

Blind Spot

03.27.2014

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CARDIGAN: MADEWELL/ POLKA DOT BLOUSE: MARC BY MARC JACOBS (SIMILAR)/ VEGAN LEATHER SHORTS: ZARA (SIMILAR)/ PUMPS: TOPSHOP/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN

I’m going to be honest and say that I inadvertently published this post before I had a chance to write something interesting, so I’m going to take it as a sign that maybe I don’t always have worthwhile things to print…
I hope your first week of spring has been lovely and thanks for visiting, it means the world to me!

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

Dress Code

03.24.14

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I pulled these menswear inspired shorts out of my archives a few months ago to wear to an audition and when I saw Victoria Beckham wearing a similar pair from her latest collection I knew I had to keep them out for the season. I am a huge fan of shorts at any length and these ones are long enough to look professional without wearing tights. It’s hard to see in the photos but there is a strip of sequins down the length of the leg that give the shorts an unexpected pop of girly-ness, I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of shorts this length in the coming months.

BLAZER: ZARA/ BLOUSE: c/o LE TOTE/ PINSTRIPE BERMUDA SHORTS: JOE (SIMILAR)/ HEELS: SOLE SOCIETY/ CUFF: JEWELMINT/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

Voila!

03.21.2014
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If I were the kind of person who would fill out one of those 25 things you don’t know about me questionnaires, the first thing I would list is that I have a profound knowledge of four languages (I don’t say fluent anymore with two of them only due to lack of usage) My favorite of the four without question is French, which I studied in my native Canada all through school. French is such a fluid, pleasant sounding language. I especially love the terms of endearment; Mon Cheri, Mon Chaton and how they say love: Je t’aime, Je t’adore… it actually sounds like love and on this adorable sweater I think it looks like love. While we are on the topic of love, I am entered in the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed Challenge and if you feel inclined to give your love to some of my looks you can do so here and I would love you for it!

SWEATER: NORDSTROM/ STRIPED SHIRT: J.CREW/ VEGAN LEATHER SHORTS: LC FOR KOHLS (SIMILAR)/ RED PUMPS: SOLE SOCIETY/ CLUTCH: THRIFTED/ SUNNIES: COACH/ BANGLES: BAUBLE BAR, JEWLEMINT

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

The Groove

03.19.2014

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A little mash-up of prints and textures to remedy the mid week blahs…We all made it through the winter without getting sick but today I’m tenaciously fighting off a cold, no time to be sick! Hoping you are all happy and well, thanks for visiting, xx Zia

BROCADE BLAZER: c/o LE TOTE/ STRIPED CROP TOP: ZARA (SNIPPED BY ME)/ FLORAL PRINT PANTS: MADEWELL (SIMILAR)/ PUMPS: TOPSHOP/ BAG: MONSERAT DE LUCCA (SIMILAR)/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN WAYFARER

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

Skin Deep

03.17.2016

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Nothing like sleeping late and relaxing on the weekend to make your skin look flawless…well, that and a little help from an amazing product! I have been receiving many compliments on my skin lately as well as inquiries as to what products I use. The truth is I’m always switching it up; I use drug store products, high end serums, oils, lotions… I’ve tried it all and the one thing I remain faithful to is Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair. I truly believe in the healing power of sleep (I personally need at least nine hours a night) and combine that with something that is designed to work while you’re sleeping you can’t go wrong. I really notice a difference in my skin when I use the Night Repair, so there you have it, my secret to great skin! I’m also going to let you in on a little tool to maximize the gift Macy’s is offering right now with purchase of any $35 Estee Lauder purchase. If you follow this link it will help you select your free products in advance so you’re choosing the right items for your skin type and coloring. I always hold out for the gift with purchase, this one comes in a super cute Lilly Pulitzer designed bag, it gives you an opportunity to try out new products and who doesn’t love free stuff??

CARDIGAN: MADEWELL/ PLAID SHIRT: AQUA FOR BLOOMINGDALES/ SKIRT: JUICY DENIM (OLD, SIMILAR HERE)/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN/ HEELS: DOLCE VITA/ CUFF: JEWELMINT/ BAG: COACH

Photos by Shannon Cottrell