Torrid

09.12.2014

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I really do hate talking about the weather, so I apologize, but when its this hot (102 degrees) its all I can think about! This extreme heat influences everything I do: my thoughts, my movement, my appetite and of course the way I dress…cool breezy layers if one must get dressed up or short shorts and spaghetti strap tanks if I can just lounge about. More visits to showrooms on our agenda this weekend as our remodel continues and a blogger brunch with ladies from SoCal Blogger Society check out my Instagram for more on that. Happiest of Fridays to you, xxx Zia

LEATHER JACKET: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG/ RED SHIRT: MADEWELL (SIMILAR)/ SKIRT: ASOS (SOLD OUT SIMILAR HERE)/ CLUTCH: REBECCA MINKOFF/ HEELS: CHARLES DAVID/ SUNNIES: TORY BURCH

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

 

Harmony

09.10.2014

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Although it’s not done in a conscious effort, I’ve always been a “non-conformist”…
I don’t like getting my nails done at a salon, I prefer to do them myself. I find it uncomfortable and can’t help but think of all the things I’d rather be doing! I do not like Macarons. Artificial coloring aside, sure I think they’re pretty but there are so many better dessert options!!! Peonies are not my favorite flower. I prefer something more sleek and modern such as a Gladiola, Cala Lily or Gerber. I don’t listen to pop music. Nope, sorry, not a fan of Katy or Beyoncé… and all this football mania? Absolutely 100% not interested, I could, however, be coerced into watching a tennis match or surf contest (my photog Steve is going to kill me for saying that, he’s a football coach!) …all this said I think my non-conformity also comes out in my style: I don’t want what everyone else has. If everyone is wearing it I think it loses it’s cool factor, one of the reasons I don’t shop at stores that have 100 of the same item and also why I really like vintage. I don’t claim to be the great originator of new style but I try to do things a bit differently. I have been of this mind set since childhood and my mother will absolutely attest to this: I refused to wear dresses and hated pink. I hope these little tidbits give you some insight about me and the method to my style madness! Thanks for dropping by, xx Zia

PLAID SHIRT: GAP (SIMILAR HERE)/ COATED MINI: MADEWELL (SOLD OUT SIMILAR HERE)/ BOOTIES: NORDSTROM/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN/ CHOKER: BAUBLEBAR/LIPS: MAC REBEL

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

 

Inferno

09.08.2014

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September is always the hottest month of the year in Los Angeles, it was a huge challenge to incorporate my new ankle booties into an outfit. When everyone else seems to be snuggling up in their new fall finds we are dealing with sweltering heat. I guess I didn’t focus on it much before, maybe it’s because I have a school age child or perhaps its being a blogger but I am so much more aware of this major extension of summer…it’s certainly not the worst thing in the world to be dealing with but I am pining for a change in wardrobe, I’m even bored with dressing my son in shorts and t-shirts!

BLAZER: F21 (THRIFTED)/ STRIPED TANK: SPLENDID (SIMILAR HERE)/ JEANS: PAIGE DENIM/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ BOOTIES: NORDSTROM/ SUNNIES: PRADA

Photos by Michael A Voelker

 

Radiance

09.04.2014

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TOP: FOREVER 21 (THRIFTED)/ CULOTTES:  KATAYONE ADELI (SIMILAR HERE)/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ HEELS: SCHUTZ/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN/ BANGLES: BAUBLEBAR, VINTAGE

There is something to be said about classic simplicity, I think this is the shortest list I’ve had to make of the items I’m wearing since the advent of this blog: pants, top, shoes bag… These menswear inspired pants are a bit tricky; although I love how chic culottes look they are tough to pull off when you’re under six feet tall, high heels are definitely in order with these pants and I added a flirty lace top to offset the masculine feel of them. Thanks for dropping by, xo Zia

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

 

Coast

09.02.2014

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My first blog post went up in July of last year but I clearly needed a couple of months to get into my groove. September was the month I really felt was the beginning of my blogging “career” so today I celebrate the first anniversary of The Hunter Collector. I’m extremely proud of my achievements and love not only the process of blogging but also the community that surrounds it…thank you for being an integral part of it all!

Big love, Zia

ROMPER: MADEWELL (SIMILAR)/ STRIPED TOP: ZARA/ HEELS: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SCARF: VINTAGE VERA/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

 

Mischief

08.29.2014

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Well I think I nailed it with my final “already in my closet” outfit for the month: jacket, top, bag all from the deepest recesses of my closet and the skirt came all the way out from the “archives” I know far too well how easy it is to wear something brand new and feel great but it really takes some ingenuity to make old clothes feel fresh and relevant. I look forward to mixing some of my new fall items with more of my saved treasures in the coming months…major heat wave here in LA so fall seems a long way away. Have a wonderful last summer long weekend, love Zia

PS There are tons of amazing Labor Day Weekend Sales I highly recommend checking out Sole Society’s 70% off sale

BLAZER: ELIE TAHARI/ TOP: UNKNOWN BOUGHT IN LITTLE TOKYO IN LA (SIMILAR HERE)/ SKIRT: MORGAN DE TOI (BOUGHT IN PARIS AGES AGO)/ HEELS: SOLE SOCIETY/ BAG: THRIFTED NO LABEL (SIMILAR)/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

Obsession

08.27.2014

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Well I guess there is no point in living in denial, so I will fully admit right here and now that I have an obsession with stripes! There it is it, I said it, feels so good to have that out in the open!

STRIPED TOP:ZARA / SKIRT:RHYME (ON CRAZY SALE) / BELT: J. CREW/ JACKET: LEVI’S/ HAT: MICHAEL STARS/ BAG: TORY BURCH/ HEELS: STEVE MADDEN/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN

Photos by Steven M Gibbs


 

Travel Diary Pt II: Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

08.24.2014

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THIS GORGEOUS ISLAND CITY IS COVERED WITH STUNNING FLOWER BEDS LIKE THIS

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MY LITTLE TREE HUGGER

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CANADIAN GEESE… OF COURSE!

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ATTACK OF THE GIANT SEA WEED MONSTER

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 CANADIAN ABORIGINAL ART

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ENJOYING MY EASY TO PACK SAND CLOUD TOWEL (c/o) ON GONZALES BEACH

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PERFECT SUNSET AT THE COVE BY MY BROTHER’S HOME

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THE SKIES CLEARED JUST IN TIME TO SAY GOODBYE