January 30, 2012

Neighbors Are Mean

Saturday I was photographing a few of my vintage pieces in the hallway, where I photograph them every weekend, and I was being super quite and I even waited until 10:30 to do it. I made no noise...but some how my downstairs neighbor heard me..then proceeded to curse me out through his door way calling me some pretty nasty names, which honestly, scared the shit out of me.

I called my landlord and she said she couldn't do anything about it but she was going to have someone call him and say she's gotten complaints about him. He has been doing this for a few weeks now to all of my neighbors (yelling at them because they've been too loud...ironic isn't it?). Anyway, before this month I had never seen him and I assumed he was a new resident, but she told me no one new had moved in this past year...which is strange.

Needless to say, I'm a little scared to go out in my hallway to take pictures for my shop now. What a crappy way to start my weekend. Sigh. Right so, I didn't really want to stay home alone all day (well Lena was there...but cats aren't very protective) so Kawtar and I went out and did some shopping which helped a lot. Who doesn't love retail therapy?

Outfit Details: 
 Shirt: Thrifted
Shorts: Target
Knit Tights: HUE
OTK Boots: Baking SOTA Aerosoles
Blazer: Vintage
Dooney and Bourke Purse: Vintage 
Belt: Vintage
Bracelets: Moroccan, Vintage, Thrifted Target
Necklace: Thrifted

Sorry for the downer post... I thought I'd end things in a lighter note: CAT GIF! You can see how much Lena doesn't want to take pictures of me here.

So, I'm faced with a little dilemma now - do I continue to take pictures of my vintage stuff in the hall or do I move it into my house?

Home VS Hall

I really liked the drastic shadows lighting in the hallway gave the clothes and the vintage wallpaper but sometimes its kind of hard to see the detailing in the clothes and it was especially hard to photograph clothes. At home I will have privacy but then I'm left with a boring white background - and the lighting isn't that great. Help!


January 29, 2012

Etsy Meet 'N Greet

Yesterday was Etsy's Chicago Meet N Greet at Vecco Studio. Most of the time it's pretty difficult for me to walk up to people and start a conversation (startling- I know), especially if its a large room of people that I don't know, but it's much easier when you automatically have something in common to break the ice. Everyone at the event had an Etsy shop! With that launching conversations the room was soon full of chatter and laughter. Its really nice to be able to have a network that you can ask for advice or help from. Each person had completely different strategies that they shared and compared. It was really interesting to see other peoples insight on what you're doing with your shop verses what they're doing and what has been working for them. 

We were able to talk to Etsy admins about our concerns with the website, what has been working for us and what hasn't. It was really nice to be able to voice our opinions face-to-face as oppose to just an email and a possible response a few days (weeks) later. I only got to speak to Morgan and Kimm, but both were very cool and really interested in what we had to say.

the cute sisters from Bunny's Trunk Show

My favorites!

Vecco Studio, is an innovative studio that incorporates a spray dying technique on carpets allowing you to set your own design in an inexpensive and creative way. What a great location for the event! They even had demos and allowed us to test it!

Finished product!

There were drinks and treats provided that kept everyone happy for the few hours we were there. I think we ended up staying far past the time the event was scheduled for...so after a couple more drinks we headed out to dinner.

Outfit Details:
Tribal Silk Shirt: Marshalls
Rust Cardigan: Target
Pleated Dress: Forever21
Sweater Knit Tights: Hue (I LOVE them!)
OTK Boots: Baking Sota Aerosoles
Bracelets: Vintage, Thrifted (target), from Morocco
Pillbox Hat : Zzouzi Hats
Leather Braided Belt: Vintage

Too many drinks later we called it a night..oh and what a night it was! I can't believe how much fun I had, thank you ladies! 

Some of the cool shop owners I met are:

Make sure you visit their shops - they all have such an amazing selection of Vintage and handmade pieces!

January 25, 2012

Valentine's Day Baby Headbands

Last week I made a few baby headbands for Lillie's 1st birthday a gift and they were a hit! One of Emilia's friends ordered some for Valentine's day, so I've been busy as a bee looking for soft headbands in Valentine's Day colors (hard to find!!!) and making these cute themed headbands. I also made some for an old friend of mine, Ashley, who just had a baby girl! I guess I never thought that cute headbands for children would be so difficult to find, but I guess they're all the same lace headband with a bow!

Anyway, I've been super tired recently because I've been trying to exhaust the boys I nanny by running around the park with them but its really been just exhausting me. I'll post more this weekend. I'm going to an Etsy run event on Friday so I'll be sure to take lots of pictures of that!

Happy hump day everyone! The weekend can not get here fast enough.


January 23, 2012

Zzouzi Vintage at The Vintage Bazaar

Zzouzi Vintage is excited to announce that we will be apart of The Vintage Bazaar's February Show: Dank Haus! This will be our first Vintage Bazaar show and we can not be more excited! We can not wait to be a part of such a fun event...not to mention we get to spend a whole weekend with some of our favorite people!


Wear Many Hats

Photography: Allison Williams Clothing: Mignonette Bridal Hairpieces: Zzouzi Hats Jewelry: Due Sorelle and Moira K. Lime Makeup by Angie Nguyen Styling by Shanti Gomez

Photo by Lew Arceo, Dress by Mignonette Bridal, Hat: Zzouzi Hats

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

When I first made this hat it was solely for Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week. I had no idea the versatility the hat would have from bridal photo shoots, to being worn down a run way. It's amazing how something one creates can be interpreted and used in so many different ways.


January 22, 2012

Pattern Mixing

Outfit Details:
Skirt: H&M Basic 
Shirt: X Generation - Audrey
Tights & OTK Socks: HUE
Bracelets: Vintage & Gift from Spain
Camel Earrings: Piedmont Boutique
Boots: Baking Sota by Aerosoles
Lipstick: Chili by Mac

I've always been afraid of pattern mixing for fear of not matching...and well, just looking like a nut, but I thought I'd give it a go. I bought the skirt and shirt while in San Fransisco last weekend and the combination seemed too perfect to pass up! I've wanted this skirt from H&M for a while but they've always sold out of my size so I just ended up getting a size down and it works fine.

Today was Lillie's birthday party! She turned one! I can't believe its been a whole year since she was born. Lillie is the daughter of Emilia, the owner of Mr. and Mrs. DIGZ. I worked for Emilia at the boutique during the end of her pregnancy and into the following few months and watched Lillie growing up! I can not believe she's already a year old. I remember the day she was born and how little she was. 

Lillie's delicious cake

She LOVED her cake!

The adorable birthday girl!

I made her some really cute hair accessories but I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of them. I ended up having to make my own wrapping paper because all of ours was in storage (not very well thought out). I used a stamp, tissue paper, and some paint. Its really too bad when a 1 year old doesn't appreciate the effort of handmade wrapping paper, hahah.


January 20, 2012

Woody from Toy Story Inspired Outfits

Woody from toystory

woody toy story

Pleated chiffon dress, €40
By Malene Birger chunky knit cardigan, $130
Heel boots, 449 SEK
Lilac jewelry
Jennifer Meyer Jewelry diamond jewelry, $825
Supertrash wool hat, €60

Today, the boys I nanny and I watched the first Toy Story movie and I really dug Woody's outfit - from the cowhide print vest to the cowboy boots. I love western styled clothes so I wanted to create two outfits inspired by Woody from Toy Story.



January 19, 2012

Saying Goodbye

Outfit Details: 
Dress: H&M Basic (only $18!)
Cardigan: H&M 
Giraffe Scarf: Vintage
Tights: HUE
Boots:  Baking Sota by Aerosoles
Earrings: Handmade - from Mr. & Mrs. DIGZ
Lipstick: MAC Russian Red

This was my last day in San Fran with Amy. We had lunch at this nice coffee shop by her house and went to an Asian bakery which had this amazing egg pastry (I don't remember what it was called). You'll notice that my hands are in my sleeves for a lot of the pictures, thats because I was foolish enough to think that it was a little bit chilly in San Fran...oh how wrong I was. Chicago today is a teeth chattering -5 degrees. Hooray for home. Super tired today from working for over 13 hours so I wont write much.

I'm planning on starting a DIY once a week for different things. You are totally welcome to email suggestions on what you'd like to learn how to do! I'm pretty well rounded, so it can be anything from fashion, hats, accessories, to hair, make-up or beauty. Email me at Zzouzi@gmail.com if you have any ideas!


January 18, 2012


On Sunday Amy and I went to Japantown after some quick thrifting at the Mission. We found some pretty neat pieces while shopping, but most were out of my vintage budget and the pieces that weren't were nothing to fuss about. It's always hard to find good pieces in a city since so much is picked through, though there are quite a few places in Chicago where you can find some great vintage pieces.

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Anthropologie 
Shirt: Marshalls
Cardigan: Target
Leather Bomber Jacket: Unsure?
Boots:  Baking Sota by Aerosoles
 Bracelets: Vintage, Forever21, Gift from Spain
Purse: Dooney and Bourke 

We headed to Japantown afterwards for lunch and some yummy treats. We had some really good Japanese ramen that really warmed us up after our windy walk there. I was really excited to try it since the closest thing I've had was the pathetic, 25 cent sad excuse for a college meal, ramen. It was really delicious!

Afterwards Amy and I took an obnoxious amount of pictures at PickaPicka, a Japanese style photo booth store. It was so much fun! After taking the pictures (which I was totally unprepared for) you were given 3 minutes to add decoration, boarders, and text to them. It was quite stressful actually since we were on a timer and I am super indecisive. One of the photo booths enlarged eyes so it made my eyes look a Disney character.

Check out how large the photobooth made my eyes!

Siigh. Why do vacations have to end?