Inspired by Colours.

It’s that time of the year again when Kari becomes a busy bee and lets her creative juices flow.  What does that mean you ask?  Well, it means our next season’s collection is now in the works.

What’s that?  Sneak peeks?  Well, that will come in the upcoming weeks.  Patience, my dear friends.

But while that process is processing, let’s play a little game called ‘Guess which colours are going to be featured in our very own Zuka collections for the Fall/Winter.’

After checking out Pantone’s colour forecast for 2014, I’ve gathered some pictures from Pinterest to give you an idea of what my personal predictions are for next season’s collections.

I saw lots of greens, and bold, warm colours mixed with strong neutrals.  What are your guesses as to which colours Kari have chosen for Fall/Winter?





31. May 2013 by Zuka
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Tom Hussey

I was recently exposed to Tom Hussey’s photography through facebook and immediately fell in love with his ‘Reflections’ series and thought I’d share.  There’s something absolutely thought provoking about this particular series that just touches you on a whole new level.

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You can check the rest of his photographer at his website here:

25. May 2013 by Zuka
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La Vie En Rose.

This piece was from quite a few years ago.  This is a personalized necklace that yours truly made and semi designed. It was based off of one of Zuka’s original designs.  I feel a bit of pride wearing this piece as it’s one of a kind and I helped create it, not just in production but design as well. <3


17. May 2013 by Zuka
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Met Ball 2013.

The Met Ball 2013 happened just a couple of nights ago and I’m still blown away by the gorgeous outfits!  Here are a couple of my favourites from Vogue’s catalogue.


Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy


Ashley Greene in Marchesa


Doutzen Kroes in Theyskens


Heidi Klum in Marchesa

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Kate Beckinsale in Alberta Ferretti

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Leslie Mann in J Mendel

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Iiya Kebede in Alberta Ferretti

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Nina Dobrev in Monique Ihullier


Rooney Mara in Givenchy

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Taylor Swift in J Mendel


Uma Thurman in Zac Posen


Last, but not least…my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE of the night…

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Sarah Jessica Parker in a Giles Deacon dress and a headpiece by Philip Treacy

10. May 2013 by Zuka
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The Great Gatsby.

Who else is stoked for the opening of the Great Gatsby?!  I know I am. And to prepare myself, I’ve decided to watch, hunt and research every bit of Gatsby I can get a hold of.  I think Vogue did the best with insider information on the Great Gatsby thus far.  It might have something to do with the fashion illustrations. ;)


For those of you who haven’t seen Vogue UK and american Vogue in the last couple of months, I’ve gathered my favourite reveals and previews of the designs from the movie.

First up are the fashion illustrations from the mind of Miuccia Prada.

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And more recently…the fashion spread in the american Vogue.






Last but not least… to tie all this amazing Gatsby-ness together….Zuka’s own Gatsby Girl Collection!!




03. May 2013 by Zuka
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Happy Birthday to Darren!!

Today is our CFO’s birthday!!


Darren Staten Headshot

27. April 2013 by Zuka
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The Definition of Beauty

Recently, my facebook feed as been blasted with this new Dove campaign.  It was later criticized by a blogger, Jazz, and her post went viral as well.

Now when I watched the Dove campaign, I had the same irking feeling Jazz did.  I actually had to force myself to watch it, because for some odd reason, it wasn’t inspiring to me.  I had no idea why until I read her post.  She pretty much points out that the women who were primarily featured were mostly caucasian, thin, blonde and young.

Oh, Dove.

You know, I have a love/hate relationship with their campaigns.  They have their positives, and then they have their negatives.

I think the ones that irked me the most was the check the box ones.  You remember them, right?  In case you didn’t….here are some examples:

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With these ads, I’m not sure what Dove is asking of me.  Is it merely to provoke me to discuss the topic of beauty?  Or are they asking me to choose one of the above?  The one with the “Ugly spots or Beauty spots”, strikes me as an obvious.  I would check “Beauty spots” in a heartbeat, but what of the others?  If you asked me to choose or that it has to be one or the other, I’d be incredibly offended.

With Dove campaigns, I feel consistently wary.  On one hand, I feel this could be a real inspiring campaign and has been…to a specific market.  On the other, I feel as if in its attempt to be inclusive, it has been incredibly exclusive in its definition of beauty.

What do you think?

19. April 2013 by Zuka
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I’ll Cover You

Last week, I had to pleasure of seeing Rent at the Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto.

For those who don’t know me, I am madly in love with this musical and this was the first time seeing it on an intimate stage.  So you can imagine how excited I was.

Overall the show was good.  It was funny because the parts I expected to cringe at were the parts I enjoyed the most.

The sound tech could’ve used a little work.  There were a lot of times when the actors would be hitting high notes, but it hurt to listen because the sound would be blasted.  It was a real shame because Jacqueline Martin (Joanne) did an amazing job with singing, but it hurt listening to her during her high notes because of how loud her mic was.  On the other hand, Shruti Kothari (Mimi) had me cringing throughout the show, regardless of the mic.

Usually my least favourite character is Maureen, mostly because of her “Over the Moon” number, but Brittany Scott did such a great job, I actually enjoyed the song.  She was by far my favourite in the show, both in vocals and acting.  She had me anticipating when she’d come back on stage. The chemistry between Scott and Martin was dynamic.  They were the most convincing couple on the stage.

I must give a shootout to the ensemble, especially Ann Paula Bautista (Mrs. Jefferson, Ensemble) and Mark Willet (Mr. Jefferson, Ensemble).  They were outstanding.  Bautisa’s got an amazing set of vocals.

I think the ensemble is probably harder to do than the main roles.  You play many roles and don’t have as much momentum as the main characters to build your multiple character’s personalities.  Willet does this beautifully.  He stands out from the ensemble due to his commitment to his roles.

Despite a major flaw in the sound, I enjoyed the show.  The LOT is a small theatre so you can see everything.  It’s definitely a different experience from broadway.

14. April 2013 by Zuka
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Lights. Camera. Pose.

A couple of weeks ago we shot our new Spring/Summer Collections!!  Check out some of the photos that were produced with our very talented model, Una and amazing photographer, Dan Poh!

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07. April 2013 by Zuka
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Weekend at the Movies

Happy Good Friday, everyone.

Tis going to be a good weekend.  After a hectic week of no sleep and in honour of landing an audition on my own sans the help of an agent, I decided to rewind, relax, and celebrate and remind myself why I love acting by watching some of my long forgotten favourite movies.  (Don’t you just love my run on sentence? ;p)

Here’s my ambitious list of movies to squeeze in this weekend!  Most of these I haven’t watched in a long time and already the first one has made me shed countless tears.

First up: Joy Luck Club:  This is the story of 4 Chinese women who immigrated to San Francisco, each with their own heartbreaking and tragic stories in hopes of raising their 4 daughters to become strong, happy women.

A Walk To Remember: Classic romantic movie.  The outcast daughter of a Reverend and popular Landon Carter slowly become friends and something more.

The Breakfast Club: 5 Teens from different cliques come together during weekend detention.

Sabrina: Audrey Hepburn.  Need I say more?  Daughter of a chauffeur falls in love with the wealthy sons of her father’s employer.

Princess Bride:  Story of how a young girl falls in love with her farm boy but believes him to be dead and is soon to be wed to an evil prince.

Pretty Woman:  A prostitute and a rich business man falls in love! The movie that put Julia Roberts on the map.  ”Do you remember me?  I was in here yesterday.  You wouldn’t wait on me?  You work on commission right?  Big mistake.  Big.  Huge.”  Love this one.  I loved the reference to this movie Roberts made in Valentine’s Day.

Step Mom:  Another Julia Roberts movie.  The mother of two and her ex-husband’s new fiance can’t get along and their two kids get caught in the middle.

A Little Princess:  A little girl loses her father in the war and becomes a servant at her school.

Pride and Prejudice:  Need I say more?  Any version will do really.  <3

The Importance of Being Ernest:  Absolutely ridiculous wit. My favourite play written by my favourite author, Oscar Wilde.  I’d marry him if he wasn’t dead and gay.

Memoirs of a Geisha: A young Japanese girl is taken away to be trained to become a geisha.

Chocolat: A French woman and her daughter’s ways upset a quiet, reserved town.

An Education:  A witty, young girl gets swept up in the world of a wealthy man and the experiences he offers her.  This is a great cautionary tale of young women who think marrying a wealthy man is all she needs and wants.

Life is Beautiful: A Jewish man attempts to protect and keep his family together when the Germans occupy Italy.  I first watched this when I was 8 and had no idea that there even were such things as world wars and didn’t quite understand the entire film. But even then, this film touched my heart.  I had to search years before actually finding out what the title was.  Google wasn’t as friendly back then.

Silver Linings Playbook: Okay, so this one isn’t exactly long forgotten, but I really loved it when I watched it at TIFF.  After spending four years in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife with the help of an widowed amateur dancer.

Ever After:  A cinderella story.  It’s a beautiful romance with amazing costumes and a brilliant cast.

If you care to, let me know of your favourite films!!  I’m always open to a great movie.

29. March 2013 by Zuka
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