August 20, 2010

BelindaBilly Fashion Fridays Interview!

Here is a snip it of the interview I had with designer Belindabilly on Thursday.

What’s the best way to make an outfit unique? Accessories - which is the topic of today's Fashion Friday. Let’s start at the top with hats!

Sarah Azzouzi, the proprietor behind Zzouzi Hats has been concocting creative headwear since she started studying in the fashion department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She focuses her energy on high end hat-making, but also creates dozens of dazzling hair clips, headbands, and fascinators for the more faint at heart. I sat down with the milliner on Thursday to learn more about her business and her designs. Here are some highlights from our conversation:

BPC: So, what made you first decide to get into headwear?
SA: While attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago I took a variety of different Fashion classes, and I realized I liked sculptural hands on fashion, so it was suggested to me that I try a Millinery course. When I first took it, I was a bit unsure, but I fell in love with the process, and I've been doing it ever since. When I told my mom what I wanted to focus on a while later, she laughed because she always used to put me in hats and I hated them; I guess that's just irony for you.

You can read more of the interview at Belinda's blog.

Also remember to sign up for the Zzouzi Giveaway! 

August 18, 2010

Give away!

Zzouzi Hats is hosting a give away!

All you have to do to enter is to follow Zzouzi Hats on Facebook and share the contest with others, then comment informing me that you did!

Once you do, you're entered! It's as simple as that! The deadline to enter is until next Wednesday - so you have an entire week, and I will announce the winner on Friday the 27th.

The prize is this lovely grey satin headband with glass beading detailing.

Good Luck <3


Last Saturday my friend Lisa invited me to tag along in a photoshoot that she was doing for her new small business, Archives Chicago. Our model was Jamie Lynn Henderson, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a contestant Bravo's TV show Work of Art.

The heat index was over 100 degrees and Jamie was such a good sport about everything! She even changed in Lisa's car. I know I was dying.

A lot of people don't realise the true potential in vintage clothing, raise the hem, add some new accessories, and modern pumps and you've got yourself a trendy look!

Here are some photos from the shoot - dresses available on sale on the Archives' website and the headbands are available through this blog.

August 13, 2010

I've joined bloglovin'

Hi all! Hope everyone has been doing well to stay cool and avoiding the high heat. I've forgotten to take my sunglasses with me to work all week so I've had to deal with the blazing sun every day. Anyway! Today is Friday- that means I have the whole weekend to work on hats, blogs, photo shoots and more!

Well first off...
Follow my blog with bloglovin'

Or if you're not following me already on blogspot make sure that you scroll down and follow my blog! By clicking follow, it'll ensure that you get the latest on whats going on with Zzouzi Hats and probably a bit more ;)

Though, I'm not quite sure what the "more" is!

Upcoming events this week: has one Zzouzi item for sale right now! Go look me up!

Photo shoot tomorrow with Archives's Lisa Burback and THIS lovely lady as our model.

Zzouzi Hats website due to be finished so soon! I can't wait for you guys to see it Amy Amok did an amazing job!

Anyway - a friend of mine just posted some pictures of some work I did during my last semester at SAIC, and there should be a blog post about that soon.

August 9, 2010

Colleen's Wedding

Last weekend I attended my friend Colleen and Josh's wedding. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. It was outdoors in, in an opening in the woods. as we entered we were given bug spray and bubbles. We sat on logs as they retold the story of how they met, and how Josh's romantic proposal and surprised was thwarted by Colleen's focus on her art followed by their vows.

We went to the reception which was in a beautiful old church that has recently turned into a hall for parties. The dj played a mix of classic wedding music along with a few choice songs that reminded us of some funny college memories.

Anyway - pictures speak a lot better than words, so here are a few:

Here are some close ups of the veil I made Colleen:

The entire wedding was so beautiful, needless to say I was a tearful mess.

August 7, 2010

The Big News

About two weeks ago I got an e-mail from a representative at Sears. More specifically she was the Local Marketplace Acquisitions Manager. She wanted me to be a part of Sear Online Local Marketplace.

"..We are rolling out a program where the products from local retailers will be listed on, and customers will be able to purchase on and then choose to either pickup from the retailer’s location, or have items delivered to their home. One of the product categories that we are focused on is accessories, and making Zzouzi Hats an ideal partner for the release."

My automatic reaction - This had to be fake, right? Wrong. It is totally 100% real. So real that I am signing contracts and things on Monday.

Sears is trying to expand their company by incorporating local designers, a delivery service, and much more. The company's website gets over 3 million viewers a day (more than I could ever hope to get in a lifetime!) and this will allow Zzouzi Hats to be put on the market.

I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful opportunity and I will let you guys know as soon as I get my stuff up on their website!