Weekend Workout: Health, Fitness, and Progress

 

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Hey everyone,

I hope you are having a great weekend so far.  I’ve been working on my schedule for  work, this blog, and setting aside time to work out.  Busy-ness always gets the best of us when it’s all about deadlines and meeting them on time and sometimes, we give up time set aside for our health to meet our goals.

 

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Recently, I’ve been trying to get back into a real fitness schedule, whether hitting the gym on a regular basis or finding time to go out running and enjoy the outside air.  I think it’s absolutely important to take the time to take care of our health and fitness. On top of finding a real workout schedule, I’ve also been spending more time cooking in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. Being healthy and getting fit is definitely “work in progress” for me.
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I’ve kind of broken my shopping diet by purchasing much needed updates in my workout wardrobe. I figured I needed a boost in motivating myself to go and work out.  I’ve really been loving the new work out collection from Forever 21; the color, the prints, and the styles have really been catching my eye. I think workout wear shouldn’t be boring at all. I really love outfits that look great but also function great. I like the fact that the pieces in the new collection function well for workouts but can also be worn with other outfits.  I can’t wait to style and incorporate these pieces into other outfits.

Thanks again for reading and share your thoughts.

XOXO,
Elle

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TOP forever 21
SPORTS BRA target (similar)
BOTTOM forever 21 (similar)
SOCKS forever 21
SHOES adidas

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Urban Safari: Jumpsuit Style

jumpsuitHello All,

Hope you are having a great saturday. I’ve been on the look out for a great fitting jumpsuit. It’s an item I have put on my wish list.  There’s something about them that’s utilitarian and makes you feel like you can conquer anything. I have yet to find one that’s perfect for my petite frame. It’s a one piece so it tends to fit certain body types and shapes and finding the right one with the right fit is a little bit of trail and error.

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While I wait to find “the one” I figured I’d create a faux jumpsuit look but pairing two items of the same fabric and color  to create the jumpsuit look without the jumpsuit sizing issue.  In addition, it’s  little bit more bathroom friendly.

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Have a great weekend and let me know what you think.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.
TOP h&m
BOTTOM h&m
SHOES kate spade
BELT bcbg
NECKLACE stella and dot

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

My 10 Essential Pieces Part 2: The Icing

Hello Everyone,

In my last post, I covered the basics pieces of my wardrobe. The pieces I mentioned build the foundation from which I to create outfits. I hope you found the list helpful.

This post looks at essential items that  add or finish an outfit.

6. Trusty Outerwear

Depending on the look you want to achieve, there are many options to layer over your basic pieces. Each type of outer wear has a distinct effect. A blazer, naturally dresses up anything from a tee to a shift dress. A jacket, preferably a leather jacket changes the look entirely, giving an outfit a bit of an edge while a cardigan tames an outfit and gives it a relax comfy look. My go to outerwear are cardigans and pullover sweaters. It keeps me lightly covered when needed and keeps me warm when it’s a little chilly here in Hawaii.

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Bamboo woven cardigan

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

7. Pumps

The pump is definitely a great shoe for every outfit and occasion. Every girl needs a pair of black and nude non platform pumps with an almond or rounded toe in the closet. They go with just about anything and they never go out of style.  These styles of pumps are more classic in their silhouette and tend to be closet mainstays. Shoes not only compliment the outfit but they should also be comfortable to wear. Some things to consider when shopping for pumps, consider the fit and the material of the shoes. Evaluate the pair’s length, pitch, heel height, width, padding, toe box area, arch support, and type of leather. If you want to get adventurous with pumps, try a red or an animal print pump to add some color and interest to outfits.

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Christian Louboutin  “Yoyo” open toe pumps. One of my favorite shoes. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

8. Sandals

Sandals are a must have for the closet. They are great throughout the year in tropical areas and for Spring and Summer months in northern areas. They are great for many outfits and ocassions.  When shopping for sandals, I gravitate towards sandals are black, brown, or nude. Some considerations that I have when shopping for a pair are leather quality, stitching, height, and style. I gravitate towards a styles that I am the most comfortable wearing.

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Golden Gladiator Sandal by Grey Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

9. Statement Accessories

A great belt, a printed scarf, a statement necklace or a ring are great pieces that add to an outfit. Accessories can be obtained at any price point.  I gravitate towards accessories that help to finish and refine the look of an outfit. I also look at its pairing power, quality, and maintenance as well as price per wear. While accessories are often trendy and seasonal, I gravitate towards accessories that have long shelf life and will be great additions to my existing wardrobe.

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Express Brass Bib necklace. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

10. Black Handbag

A black handbag is a must have for any wardrobe. It can be obtained at any price point but somethings to consider when  when shopping for a black handbag is high quality, logo free, subtle hardware and a clean structure. It should be an item that will stand the test of time and a bag that can go with many outfits and shoe pairings. In addition, your bag should fit the needs of your lifestyle and activity. I gravitate towards bags that hold items are roomy and hold everything I need.

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Michael Kors 

Photo credit: Glenn Andaya Photo

Accessories are like the icing on a cake. They add to the wardrobe by adding flavor and finish. I hope this post and the last was helpful. Please like this post and let me know with a comment. Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

My 10 Essential Pieces Part 1: The Cake

This year, I’ve been more deliberate in my choosing of pieces to add to my wardrobe. It was a calculated decision on my part to be more conscious of what I add and take away from my existing wardrobe.

In honesty, I’ve been in a bit of a lull, a fashion writer’s block, if you want to call it that. Don’t get me wrong. I know what works for me and what cuts fit me better than most, what colors are complimentary, what pairings to put together but I’ve been stuck, like we all are sometimes. I’ve stared at my closet full of clothes and thought to myself, I have nothing to wear. I’ve looked at my pairs of shoes but feel like I don’t have the right type of shoes to go with this outfit or that.

For the past month or so, I’ve been soul searching in the fashion sense. Trying to figure out how to work with my wardrobe, trying to find the science and math behind outfit pairings so that I could maximize my wardrobe without forfeiting my translation of current trends, styles, my fashion perspective and more importantly, me. The most important part of the equation in fashion is the individual. It is ultimately the person and not the clothes that make the outfit not the other way around. Fashion is surprisingly very autobiographical, like our lives, it is distinct to us and our needs.

With that in mind, I can not help but revisit the Ten Most Essential Pieces. Everyone has their own version of the list, why not, we all have our absolute go to pieces. Nevertheless, what you chose is definitely a reflection of your personal style, profession, lifestyle, and geographic location.

This post and the next will talk about the ten items that are the most essential in building my outfits. Much like a cake, outfits work with a great base. Once the base is set then its time accessorize.

THE BASE-IC PIECES

1. T-Shirts

They come in all shapes, sizes, prices, cuts and prints and out of the many pieces in my closet it is the most versatile. It is great for layering and great by itself. It can be dressed up or down and definitely goes with everything and it is the most reasonable to obtain. They come as inexpensive at $4 or as expensive at $100. I personally like the inexpensive ones, they work just the same and sometimes their quality is much better. I select my tees by their texture and feel. I personally like softer knit fabrics. On top of finding t-shirts that are softer, I also like t-shirts that have details that add personality to an outfit like pleats, drape, or combined with other fabrics. Another thing you need to about t-shirts, they are very easy to modify according to your needs.

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Allison Izu grecian draped tee. One of my personal favorites to pair and accessorize.

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

2. A Great Pair of Jeans

A great pair of jeans is a definite closet staple.  Through the years, I have tried on different styles, cuts, fabrics, and brands.  Finding a great pair is sometimes a challenge but when you do find the one and it fits just right, it’s like love, it’s meant to be. While denim cuts are trendy, I’ve come to rely on the one cut that flatters my body the most. When I find a pair of jeans that fits really well, I do what most people do in that situation, I buy several pairs of the same cut and brand of jeans, sometimes in different washes. I also make sure to have one pair in a darker wash for dressier outfits.

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Printed Trousers from Zara

Photo credit: Km2Creative 

3. The Pencil Skirt

So classic and goes with anything, it is my absolute favorite type of skirt. It’s slimming and sometimes curve hugging. It can be dressed down for an easy breezy day of errands, dressed up for a fancy dinner or a night out with the girls and still work for high powered business meetings. They come in different fabrics, prints, textures, lengths and sometimes heights.  The basic black pencil skirt is a must for your wardrobe. When looking for a basic black pencil skirt, look for quality fabrics and stitching as well as light lining. Because the shape is so classic, I find pencil skirts in season appropriate prints and fabrics to add to my existing wardrobe.

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Zara Floral Pencil Skirt paired with an Old Navy Sleeveless Button Down Shirt

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

4. The Button down

My ultimate blouse of choice, is the button down shirt. It is a closet staple that has never gone out of style and it is definitely a wardrobe workhorse. While a white button done  is a wardrobe must, through the years, I’ve added different colors, prints, and sleeve lengths to the collection that I rotate throughout the year.  The button down is an easy pairing piece. It can be layered under or over another piece. It can top a pair of shorts, a skirt, a pair of jeans, slacks, and even a pair of overalls or a jumpsuit. Longer ones can be worn as a short dress or a cover up for a day at the beach.

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J Crew Polka Dot Button Down paired with a Floral Pencil Skirt from Ann Taylor. One of my favorite mixed print pairings. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

5. Shift Dress

Another great basic is the shift dress. The slimming cut is flattering for many body types. I love that can be dressed up in so many different ways. A simple floppy hat can make it lunch date appropriate, a blazer can make it seriously business, a little bit of sparkle and pearls can make a great outfit for dinner dates. A shift dress in basic black is perfect for that go to Little Black Dress.
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J Crew Shift Dress in Polka Dot Print accessorized with a bow belt from Ann Taylor. 

Photo credit: Taryn Reid Photography

These basics have been  my absolute go to items for years. They are reliable, timeless, and lasting. I hope you enjoyed this post. I know I have enjoyed writing it. Let me know what you think. Take care and thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things: Golden Coins and Trapeze Dress

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Hey All,

Happy Saturday to everyone. It’s definitely a hot and humid Summer. I thought that in the beginning of Summer I’d have more time to do more blog posts but life has been busy. I’m just hoping that I’ll get back into the swing of things once I get everything organized and check off my list.

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One of my favorite go to outfits for running around and doing errands are trapeze dresses and sandals. They are so easy to just throw on and accessorize. I have a few that I have been rotating during the summer to keep cool during these hotter months.

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I am really hoping to get back into the swing of things in a week or two but until then, thanks again for reading and take care.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS Ava Sky
SUNGLASSES vogue
SHOES grey by saks 5th avenue
NECKLACE tj maxx find
BRACELETS j crew

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Crispy White Summer

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Hey all,

Happy Tuesday to everyone. Warmer summer weather is definitely here. It’s been so humid out that wearing layers and jeans is out of the question. I’ve been keeping cool with lighter airy fabrics that make this humid weather more bearable. During the summer months, I live in dresses and sandals to keep cool and comfortable during warmer weather.

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Lately, I’ve really been loving this white apron dress that I picked up last summer from Rumi Murakami, a local designer here in Hawaii. I love the crispy white fabric and the deconstructed lines of this dress. It’s the perfect dress to battle the warm summer months.

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And the perfect pair of mainstay sandals are a great pair of gladiator sandals.

So how do you keep cool during the warm summer months? Let me know. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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DRESS rumi murakami
SUNGLASSES vogue
SHOES grey by saks 5th avenue

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Vintage Gingham

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Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well. Summer is almost here and I have been very busy finishing up  work. I definitely welcome the summer months.  I just adore the opportunity in enjoying the beach, barbecue with friends, and just enjoying the nature of Hawaii. Summer brings back a lot of nostalgia for me especially because of all the great times spent with friends.

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A print that’s very current this season and is a summer mainstay is gingham. I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite prints to wear on its own and to mismatch.  I found this gingham romper at Barrio Vintage in Downtown Honolulu. I love the fact that this romper looks so much like a dress that it’s hard to notice that it is a romper. One thing I like about  vintage shopping is that most vintage pieces have the tendency to run smaller, so they are very petite friendly.

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So what is your favorite summer piece in your wardrobe? Comment below and Let me know.

XOXO,

Elle

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DRESS purchased at barrio vintage
BAG tribeca
NECKLACE j. crew
SHOES lanvin

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Bolder Shoulders: Assymetric Tunic and Trouser Jeans

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Hello All,

Happy Saturday to everyone. I’ve been so busy lately with school and work that I’ve been on a short break from the blog. I needed some time to get things done and work my schedule out. The end of the school year is always so hectic.

I’ve really been loving all the Spring trends this year and I could not help be bring out all of my old favorites. In honestly, when I saw the one shoulder trend on the runway, I was very ecstatic. I love asymmetric tops and I have been keeping this blouse for years waiting for the trend to come back into play.

boldshoulder3 boldshoulder2 boldshoulder4Here, I paired it with my wide legged trousers and ultra wedge platforms. A great outfit to go see the sunset. Thanks again for reading. I’m very glad to be back on the blog.

XOXO,

Elle

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TUNIC purchased at eden in love
PANTS banana republic outlet
BAG tribeca
RINGS random rings found at cinnamon girl boutique, a. wattz dezigns
SHOES lanvin

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Seventies Flare: Wide Leg Trousers and Bow Collar Blouse

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I am completely loving Spring’s throwback to the 70’s. The wide legged pants, the high necklines and platform shoes.  The feeling of nostalgia is welcomed without the color combinations from the 70’s.

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But it all honesty, the 70’s never left fashion, it just stepped out of the fashion limelight. At least that is how I see it. 70’s style has been around here and there, spotted in several reincarnations as jumpsuits, coordinates, blouses, and wide legged pants through the years.

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For this look, I did not look very far, I actually decided to shop my closet and see if the 70’s trend already existed in it and low and behold this outfit came together.

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It is an outfit of items I added into my closet from many seasons past. The trouser look from 2011, a bow collar blouse from two years ago and a basic cardigan I adore. Not to mention, a pair of ultra wedge platforms picked up on sale a while back.

A style or trend that is classic never really leaves, it sort of lingers until it takes the fashion stage again. So a tip I would like to share with you is, before running to the mall to get the latest trend this season, check out your closet and find items you already love that embody the trend.

How are you translating the 70’s trend this season? Tell me what you think. Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

 

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SHIRT purchased at eden in love
CARDIGAN gap outlet
PANTS banana republic outlet
BAG tribeca
RINGS random rings found at cinnamon girl boutique, a. wattz dezigns
SHOES lanvin

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Concrete Jungle: Military Green and Nuetrals

 

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It’s been sunny lately with a bit of chill. Warm days and cooler nights, definitely Spring weather. It’s time to bring out warm weather pieces.

I wore this outfit touring through the new murals that went up in the Kakaako Area. I love looking at the different murals and looking for inspiration.

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I love the effortless pairing of cream and black and I decided to add on a military green anorak for a little bit of color without taking away from the neutral vibe.

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I kept the the whole outfit very casual and softened the look with closed toe heeled sandals. I can not get enough of this pair.

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Thanks again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

 

.:Outfit:.
SHIRT h & m
SKIRT old navy
VEST forever 21
NECKLACE j. crew
SHOES kate spade saturday

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo