Layers of Lace

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an amazing Wednesday. I’m playing with lace today. The key to layering lace prints is similar to that of layering patterns. I gravitate towards lace pieces that have similar patterns and I keep both lace pieces neutral. Because lace is delicate, I accessorize with multiple strands of pearls and a bit of sparkle. This outfit is perfect for brunch or a dinner with the family.

Thank you again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP forever 21
SKIRT forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACES unknown
BRACELETS j crew, unknown

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

White Shirts are Easy

 

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Hello Everyone,

White shirts make the world go round. I have a ton of them in my closet, in different fabrics, cuts, and fits. I found this easy pullover from Rumi Murikami’s Summer Collection last month at the Made in Hawaii festival and I’ve already worn in several times. It’s an easy piece that goes with everything. I can dress it up or dress it down and the cut is perfect for those extra warm Hawaiian afternoons. I paired this shirt with a set of DIY necklaces and a pair of patented red ballet flats to give it a polished tribal look. How do you wear your white shirts? Let me know.

XOXO,

Elle

P.S. The Cut Collective is having a trunk show this weekend, Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11 AM-4PM. Check out the amazing collections of Allison Izu, Rumi Murakami, and Ten Tomorrow.

 

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT rumi murikami
PANTS gap(old)
SHOES zara
NECKLACES diy

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

A Touch of Greece: Pleated Shoulders and Textured Pencil Skirt

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Hey All,

My schedule got busy again. On top of work and all the activities I participate in regularly, this past month was eventful with the addition of going back to school and welcoming my nephew. But nevertheless, with such a busy schedule, there was some time to do some blog shoots. Hopefully, I can still keep up. Wish me luck.

Last year, during Hawaii Fashion Week, I was perusing through the work of local designers and have been admiring the work of a few who fit my style esthetic. I recently had the opportunity to meet and check out the work of The Cut Collective. I’ve been loving their collections and have become a fan of their work.

When I saw this top at their showroom a couple of weeks ago, I really loved the pleated shoulders and was inspired to create an outfit that celebrated its Grecian feel. I paired it with a textured midi skirt and finished the outfit with some brass and gold accessories. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT allison izu
SKIRT h and m
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACE express (old)
BRACELET zara, j crew

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Naturally Nautical: Stripes and Summer

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Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you are having an amazing week. It’s almost the end of July and summer is half way over. Summer has got to be my favorite time of the year. It’s almost always sunny here, the summer heat definitely calls for some beach time and ice cream.

The moment I saw these shorts, they reminded me instantly about summer and the ocean.  Its nautical navy stripes paired with a woven white top and espadrilles make it a perfect outfit to keep cool during the summer months.

What’s your favorite summer time outfit?

Thank you again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,
Elle

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.:Outfit:.

TOP old navy (old)
SHORTS j. crew outlet
SHOES deisel (old)
RINGS tide pool hawaii
BAG tribeca (old)

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Leopard in the Desert

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Amazing Saturday Everyone!

This is my second installment of my collaboration with Kris from KM2 Creative in Las Vegas. When we first discussed the collaboration, Kris mentioned doing the shoot at the dry lake bed. I really did not know what to expect but I figured I’d put together an outfit that really celebrates the unique desert features of the area.

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While out shopping in Las Vegas, I spotted (no pun intended) this gorgeous leopard print trousers, the unique rosette pattern definitely called out to me. Usually, leopard print is so bold that in the past I gravitated to only accessorize with it. But after falling in love with these pants, I could not help but step out of my comfort zone a little.

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The leopard print trousers was perfect for the shoot. It complimented the backdrop that we were working with perfectly. Because the print from the pants is bold, I decided to wear a simple white blouse  and nude pumps.

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XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP zara
PANTS zara
SHOES nine west
BRACELET zara
CLUTCH tjmaxx find

PHOTO CREDIT:  Kris Mayeshiro. For more of Kris’s Work Check Out  KM2 Creative

Good Friends, Great Times: Lace and Pleats

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Hello All,

This past Spring break, I flew up to Las Vegas to celebrate my best friend’s wedding as well as spend some time with great friends. While visiting, I got a chance to do a photo shoot with my good friend Kris from KM2 Creative. It was so much fun shooting on location as well as learning so much about fashion photography. I have to say, I’m super proud of him for following his dreams as a artist. He is truly an inspiration.

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While on my mini vacation in Las Vegas. I like to shop at places that we do not have in Hawaii.  One of my favorite places to frequent is Zara. I love their selection of pieces. They are always on trend and runway inspired. When I first saw this skirt on their website, I instantly fell in love with the colors of the lace. I loved it more when I saw the skirt in person at their Las Vegas store. It is a such a beautiful piece that I wanted to really highlight the skirt in this outfit by choosing pieces that were more subtle.

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 Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think and leave me a comment below.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP zara
SKIRT zara
SHOES nine west
BRACELET zara

PHOTO CREDIT:  Kris Mayeshiro. For more of Kris’s Work Check Out  KM2 Creative

Summer Lace & Retro Pearls

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Hey Everyone,

Nothing reminds me of summer more than cream and lace. When I first saw this blouse from J. Crew, I absolutely adored the puffy lace sleeves and the airy cotton bodice,  perfect for the warm summer days and nights in Hawaii. I foresee this blouse becoming a definite summer wardrobe staple. I cannot wait to pair it with shorts for a more casual look or dress it up a bit with a high waist pencil skirt.

 

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I added retro inspired pieces like the pearl and pyramid bangles and the pearl leaf necklace to dress it up a bit. I love the creamy look of the gold paired with the pearls in each of these pieces,  the gold is subtle and not overpowering so it dresses up this casual outfit.

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Thank you once again for reading.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP j crew
PANTS old navy
SHOES tory burch “reva’
BRACELETS j crew
NECKLACE tj maxx
BAG london fog

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Summer Time: Banyans and Bananas

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to an amazing weekend. Lately, I’ve gone back to drawing again, mostly drawing up designs for stuff I want to make with my sewing machine. I’ve been thinking of maybe doing some DIY posts but I’m not really sure yet. I need your help with making that decision so let me know in the comments if you would like to see that go up on this blog.

It’s been very humid lately with temperatures in the 90’s. Summer is definitely approaching. It’s summer days like this when I feel like throwing on a graphic tee (just like this banana design from J. Crew), a pair of shorts, and some gladiator sandals. This is my summer time uniform just because it’s so easy and effortless.

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I hope you have a great weekend. Have some fun in the sun.

XOXO,
Elle

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.:Outfit:.

TOP jcrew
SHORTS forever21
BAG diy clutch
SANDALS gray by saks fifth avenue

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Dressed Up: Pearls and Taffeta

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Hello All,

I hope you are having a wonderful week. While on  a short hiatus on the blog, I attended a formal event at the Neal Blaisedell Concert Hall. I really did not have a lot of time to shop for a gown so I decided on putting together an outfit of items from my closet.

This is what I was able to put together. I found an ivory lace top that had a high collar and paired it with a maxi taffeta skirt that I quickly put together. I finished the simple outfit with multiple strands of pearls.  The lace, taffeta, and pearls pairing created a very dressed up look. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

.:Outfit:.

TOP forever21
SKIRT diy taffeta skirt
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACES 5 strands of pearls from the flea market

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine