Connected

09.29.2014

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Transitioning from summer into fall when living in a warm weather climate like Southern California can be a challenge. Combining pastels from my summer wardrobe and adding a light sweater (like this one from J Crew that I bought in three colors during their sale last month) and topping it off with a leather jacket (faux of course) give you the best of both seasons. I obviously love the look of skirts and boots and my absolute favorite thing to wear in cooler temperatures are ankle booties which I will wear come Autumn no matter how warm it is!

SWEATER: J. CREW/ SKIRT: FRENCH CONNECTION (LAST SEEN HERE)/JACKET: SHEINSIDE/ BOOTIES: VIA SPIGA (SIMILAR HERE)/ NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR/ CLUTCH: MONSERRAT DE LUCA/ SUNNIES: STELLA MCCARTNEY

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

 

Pristine

09.26.2014

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I am a very neat and tidy person and to be clear I’m not good at cleaning but I must have my home in perfect order (ok with the exception of the huge pile of clothes in the bedroom) We are wrapping up week six of our remodel and it’s killing me to not have an orderly and visually pleasing, if not perfect, house! All I can do is stare into the construction zone and use my imagination of what is to come. My husband who is a set decorator is very much a part of the décor in the home and we both cant wait to have a clean slate and redecorate the whole house! In the meantime my focus is on trying to keep myself looking neat and tidy while living in this chaos…have a great weekend, much love xo Zia

SWEATSHIRT: EVERLANE/ SKIRT: BCBG (SIMILAR)/ DENIM JACKET: FRANKIE B/ BOOTIES: DOLCE VITA/ BAG: ZARA/ HAT: FREE PEOPLE (SIMILAR)

Photos by Steven M Gibbs (who always make me laugh)

 

Attribute

09.23.2014

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I love the look of leather: it’s tough, sexy, the ultimate in cool girl attire but the guilt I feel wearing the real thing is overwhelming! The quality of vegan leather today is so amazing that there really is no need to sacrifice a living being to look chic. I know what you’re thinking “aren’t those real leather shoes on your feet and tote in your hand?” Yes they are real leather and I can’t excuse it but I am doing my best; I haven’t eaten meat in 20 years, I opt for faux leather when I can and absolutely refuse to wear real fur… it’s kind of like environmentalism: I try to recycle everything I can, walk whenever possible and fill my yard with drought tolerant plants but inevitably we leave our carbon footprint somewhere…baby steps do lead somewhere, thanks for dropping by!

SKIRT: ZARA/ BLOUSE: WINTER KATE (SIMILAR HERE)/ DENIM JACKET: LEVI’S/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNGLASSES: RAYBAN/ HEELS: BOUTIQUE 9

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

 

Bliss

09.22.2014

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Finally, on the last full day of summer LA acquiesced to the fall season and gave me reason to pull on a sweater! I’m sure I’ll be peeling it off later in the day but it was nice to step out into slightly chilly temps this morning to walk my son to school. Ordinarily I would wear tights with a skirt this short but its not quite that cool out yet, I did however wear it out in lower heeled boots, y’know to keep it classy! Have a lovely Monday, xo Zia

SWEATER: J. CREW/ PLAID SKIRT: ALICE & OLIVIA/ SHIRT: EQUIPMENT/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ BOOTIES: NORDSTROM/ SUNGLASSES: STELLA MCCARTNEY

Photos by Steven M Gibbs

 

Organic

09.19.2014

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Could there possibly be a more perfect pairing than leather and lace? How about brightly colored Vegan leather and Lace? Throw on a classic crème colored silk blouse and you are set for just about anything, which is exactly what you want for the weekend…I hope you have a wonderful couple of days off, I for one cant wait for this week to be over, xoxo Z

VEGAN LEATHER JACKET: ZARA (OLD, SIMILAR HERE)/ SILK BLOUSE: H&M (SIMILAR HERE)/ LACE SKIRT: ASOS/ HEELS: SCHUTZ/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: PRADA/ CHAINS: BAUBLEBAR

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

 

Simmer

09.16.2014

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I grabbed this cap while on vacation in Canada to wear on those horrible hair days and running around doing errands (I honestly can’t remember where its from there is no label) I certainly had no intention of wearing it in a fashionable manner, I’m not a fan of the sporty look, but it has such a great shape and tweedy texture that it made me a baseball cap convert! It’s perfect for keeping the sun off my face while I get stuff done… aka Shop! Happy Wednesday to you all, xoZ

STRIPED T-SHIRT: JOE FRESH/ FAUX LEATHER SHORTS: ZARA (SIMILAR)/ BAG: TORY BURCH (SIMILAR)/ BOOTIES: NORDSTROM/ PENDANT: MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FROM MY SON/ SUNNIES: RAYBAN

Photos Shannon Cottrell

 

Le Jardin

09.15.2014

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It seems the only opportunity we have to get to movies these days is when our seven year old demands to see the latest animal themed film to be released. With the heat we have been experiencing here in Los Angeles we didn’t hesitate to escape to a cool air conditioned theater to check out tear jerker Dolphin Tale 2. My son loved it, my husband hated it and I was just happy to be out of the dusty heat of our mid-remodel house!
I had a great time with the girls of The SoCal Blogger Society yesterday! Over mimosas and a three course family style brunch, I met and bonded with several local bloggers. I was really hoping to post more photos from the brunch on Instagram but we were all so hot and sticky none of us were feeling particularly camera ready. I do recommend you check out the site (here) and you may just find some other blogs to follow…xox Zia

SKIRT: ASOS (ON MAJOR SALE)/ TOP: MADE for Macys/ HEELS: BOUTIQUE 9 (SIMILAR HERE)/ BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF/ SUNNIES: RAY BAN/ EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR/ CUFF: NORDSTROM

Photos by Shannon Cottrell

 

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