As mentally distressing as it is to see those numbers go up each year, birthday weekends like I just experienced make me appreciate all that I have. We started the weekend out with dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant and watched several episode of House of Cards. Saturday my husband took me to AOC for one of the best meals we have ever had and Sunday I was scrubbed rubbed and pampered at my favorite Korean spa. I woke up this morning feeling so happy and relaxed and completely ready to get this next year of my life going!
I’m not one to concern myself too much with the “color of the year” thing but this year with the color being such a classic I’m finding that I already have several items in the color and this skirt I snatched up at Nordstrom’s last sale (it’s no longer available but I did find one on the F21 website that’s a real steal) I have a lot of really cool things happening on the blog this week so please check back soon! xx Zia
So many reasons to celebrate this weekend starting with my birthday tomorrow… but more importantly House of Cards is back! (I absolutely love how depraved that show is) I may not get dressed up to sit on my sofa to watch HofC but my love is taking me for a special dinner tomorrow night so there will be reason to wear this fabulous Vivienne Westwood pencil skirt that is yes intentionally bunched up at the hem! On a side note Stella decided it was high time to make an appearance on the blog so there she is as mesmerized by those shoes as I am! Happy Weekend everyone! xo Zia
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD PENCIL SKIRT (SIMILAR)/ ARDEN B CAMISOLE (OLD SIMILAR HERE)/ KOOKAI FAUX FUR TRIMMED CARDIGAN (LOVE THIS)/ JUSTFAB HEELS/ BOTKIER BAG/ KAREN WALKER SUNGLASSES/ BAUBLEBAR NECKLACE AND BANGLE
I recently was forced to reorganize my wardrobe to accommodate a new shoe closet my husband installed in our room. We don’t currently have the space for a walk-in closet, that’s part of phase two of our remodel, but in the meantime I have to work with a fairly large albeit standard closet. I find it hard to locate items in this type of closet and therefore lose track of a lot of my things. When I do spend the time exploring my drawers, racks and shelves I find things I have completely forgotten about and it feels like I have acquired something new. This sheer Vivienne Tam dress that I have worn as a skirt has been around forever (although I have not seen it in ages) The windowpane print which is so hot right now just needed some bright orange heels and chunky sweater to feel completely brand new!
Spring is heading directly toward us and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s not so much a weather issue for me since here in CA we have it pretty easy, but it’s a matter of having longer days to get more done! I think one of the worst days of the year for me is when we turn our clocks back and lose an hour, soon enough we get to enjoy those long spring days again and switching up the wardrobe is always fun too!
Did you watch the Oscars last night? Since the Academy Awards tend to fall right around my birthday I usually have a combined celebration and although I had a few friends over last night we didn’t pay much attention to the ceremony I felt it was a bit lack luster this year. Margot Robbie definitely gets my best dressed vote, what are your thoughts? Happy Monday everyone! Zia
MARC BY MARC JACOBS SKIRT/ H&M JACKET (SIMILAR)/ DKNY TURTLENECK (ALSO SEEN HERE & HERE)/ TROUVE BOOTIES (SIMILAR)/ IIIBeCa BY JOY GRYSON BAG/ VINTAGE BELT/ STELLA McCartney SUNGLASSES
I bought this vintage leather coat on my first trip to Paris many years ago. It was at Les Galleries Lafayette, I recall being in the fitting room and a little dog from the room next to mine had crawled under the door into my space and watched while I changed. I love when items of clothing have a good story attached to them whether it’s how you acquired it or something wonderful that happened while you were wearing it. When I rummage through my archives of collected wares it’s akin to going through a photo album for me, remembering the times I had worn it before.
Don’t you love that the week is just beginning but its Tuesday already? I hope you all had a great long weekend, I took a break from my usual blogging schedule to focus on myself and also attend the kick off for the Vanity Fair Social Club. The VFSC is in conjunction with the Oscars and is a week of bloggers and other influencers mingling over cocktails, music and panels of professionals in the industry (follow along on Instagram and Twitter to get a peek inside) Still dealing with unpredictable weather here in Southern CA one day its sizzling hot and the next its cloudy and cool and that changes over the course of the day. I’ve mostly been sticking to light layers like this paper thin oversized turtleneck and blazer, that way I’m always prepared for whatever comes my way!
I am not a traditionalist by nature. I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m not big on holidays in general with Valentine’s probably my least favorite (a little contrived for my taste) with so much love in my life why designate only one day to celebrate it? My husband does however enjoy celebrating so off to dinner we go tomorrow night and I will not protest. I wore this jumpsuit at the Xmas cocktail party we had but feel it is just as appropriate for a non-traditional Valentine’s day dinner as well. I hope your weekend is full of love… and chocolate, champagne and maybe a pair of hot new shoes, xoxox Zia
Often times the hardest part of my day is getting dressed in the morning (although it’s usually making lunches and getting my little guy to school in the morning) there are those days when I have no inspiration, nothing looks good or feels good. Years ago I started using the same approach to getting dressed as I do to creating a character for an audition or role and that is: start with the shoes! I start with the shoes and make my way up. I truly believe shoes can make or break an outfit and certainly effects how you walk, stand and ultimately feel. In todays outfit it was all about feeling stable in low heeled ankle boots, they are not prohibitive in what I am able to accomplish in a day and that’s a good thing when there is soooo much to do!
BURBERRY TRENCH COAT/ ZARA JEANS (OLD SIMILAR HERE)/ JOIE SWEATER (SIMILAR)/ GAP SCARF/ SOLE SOCIETY BOOTIES (SIMILAR HERE)/ RAYBAN SUNGLASSES/ NORDSTROM FEDORA