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Origami and Gemstones

Lately, I’ve been inspired to play with the pieces that are in my closet and use them in unexpected ways. This top was a end of summer purchase that is perfect year round.

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The blouse reminds me of origami that  you can fold  and transform it into something beautiful. It’s a versatile piece that can be thrown over a shift dress, a pair of pants or skirt. I like that it’s great for layering for cooler weather but perfect for spring and the summer.

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I like the way it looks backwards with the high neckline and the cinch at the waist to create a structured kimono look over a gemstone colored skirt.

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Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP rumi murakami
SKIRT h & m
SHOES christian louboutin “simple”
RINGS  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

Honolulu Fashion Week in Review

Honolulu Fashion Week this year was November 10-12, 2016. We went to check out the shows on Friday, November 11. This year Avela sponsored a giveaway featuring their hand engraved Moroccan Purses. The Ali and Gadea of Avela are super amazing (Thank You ladies for the amazing purse, it will be in many of my future blog posts). I had the opportunity of winning their giveaway. The purse is perfect for a dinner dates and a great piece to highten any outfit. Please check out their online shop at  Avela they have a great selection of coverups, kimonos, and straw bags perfect for spending time at the beach or relaxing and hanging out with friends.

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We went to check out the shows for the day, we got a chance to check out Local Lux which features Malia Jones, Allison Izu, Summer Shiigi of Ten Tomorrow, Ari South and Kojo Coutour. Malia Jones sports wear and swim suit spoke to the surfer girl at heart. Her style esthetic definitely speaks to Active Island Wear. I thoroughtly enjoyed the Sixties inspired silhoettes of Allison Izu’s Collection. Loved that they are layer friendly and work appropriate. Summer Shiigi’s collection spoke to comfort and year round wearability. I completely adored the etheral silhoettes of Ari South. It was romantic and dreamy. Kojo Coutour was inspiring and show stopping with dramatic lines, fits and lengths that flatter every curve of the body.

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We also got a chance to check out the Live Aloha fashion show were the highlight of the show were the reimagining  of traditional Hawaii fashion cuts to transforming Hawaiian prints into new translations. Manuhealii, Manaola, ‘Iolani, and Noa Noa created modern versions of old favorites like the revamping of the Paniolo Shirt, creating latticed necklines and ruffled off  the shoulder shifts reminiscent of muumuus of the mid 1990’s.

In between shows, I got a chance to chat with the designers of the Collective, Allison Izu and Summer Shiigi.

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And of course, chat and laugh with Kini Zamora of Project Runway fame. Also check out Reach the Runway, a program that allows students to shadow and learning about different aspects of the runway. As an Art Advocate and an Educator, I highly encourage you to refer a student interested in various Fashion jobs as well as support the cause by helping the program out. Please check out their website at Reach The Runway.

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I also got a chance to check out the Fashion Marketplace and check out pieces from Keani, MYTENYC, and others.

We even made it to the recap video of November 11, 2016 here: November 11, 2016 Recap

Check it out and let me know what you think.

It was an amazing weekend support my favorite designers and getting to know new ones. Until next fashion week. Please leave a comment or like and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Preparing for Honolulu Fashion Week

The past few months has been a blur for many Honolulu Fashion Week participants. From preparing looks to the runway, model selections, marketing and advertising, photo spreads, it is by far the busiest month in Hawaii for fashion. This year the list of designers, stylists and fashionistas are both local and international with the likes of Marissa Webb and Younhee Park to Project Runway Finalists Kini Zamora and Ari South to local designers like Allison Izu and Summer Shiigi of Tentomorrow.

About a week ago, I had a chance to interview Summer Shiigi as she prepares for her runway show for Honolulu Fashion Week. Our interview took place at The Collective  at Ward Warehouse.

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The Collective is made of Summer and her design partner and mentor Allison Izu.

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In our chat, Summer mentioned that she designs with her customer in mind. Her background in retail, merchandising, e-commerce and styling informs the decisions she’s made for her line.  The wearability and comfort of her pieces speak to women on the go and a woman who wants to feel good in the clothes that she is in. The line reflects an eclectic style where a person can find a piece that works with their wardrobe.

Summer’s inspiration for her  Fall/Winter collection snow covered mountains. Translating ideas of Winter Wonderland for Hawaii weather. Because Hawaii is sunny all year round, Summer uses colors and textures in her line  that are layer friendly. It is Hawaiian sun meeting  metropolitan city Life.  The results are pieces that work from day to night for Hawaii and the continent.

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Summer likes to work with modern and vintage style esthetics. Taking classic styles and adding a modern twist. Button up shirts are reimagined with panels of chiffon, a tuxedo shirt is revamped with softer flowing fabric, and a asymmetric top gets a ruffled trim.

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When asked about her style icons, Summer named a few of  Hollywood’s most iconic fashionistas with the likes  Carry Bradshaw, Olivia Palermo, Victoria Beckham, and Audrey Hepburn to name a few. She looks to them as inspirations for her style and it informs her line of clothing.

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Summer’s line is named TenTomorrow. She stated in our interview that 10 a.m. in the morning and 10 p.m. at night are times when she feels the most productive. Tomorrow alludes to promising future. And her future is definitely promising, you can now find her collection at Nordstrom Hawaii. Her dream of owning her own shop  a few years back has come to fruition and she believes it is with the help of  and support of Hawaii’s people.

This year’s Honolulu Fashion Week started week was Friday to Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center is featuring Runway Shows throughout the three days as well as a Marketplace to check out local designers. If you did not get a chance to go check it out, you can find details at  Honolulu Fashion Week website. You can also catch Summer’s designs on the Local Lux Runway Show.

Thanks again for reading. I’ll be doing more features on the blog about Honolulu Fashion Week so stay tuned.

XOXO,

Michelle

Stripes: The Bold Staple

 

 

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Stripes was a patterned cloth that was religiously shunned for years because of its “barred” resemblance. During the Crusades, the Carmelite Monks wore bold brown and white stripes to symbolize their connection with Elijah but rather than being celebrated for their work, the monks were shunned for their bold striped cloth and fought discrimination for years until the collective finally traded their stripes threads from plainer clothes. The print was often found among the untouchables of medieval times. Later, the patterned fabric that was the symbol of prisoners, jesters and the outcastes became iconic when monarchs popularized it in boating outings.  Today, stripes are a staple in wardrobes.

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I like the look of stripes mix and matched. For this outfit, I played with different shades of blue and different stripes to create a nautical look. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
TOP zara
SKIRT j crew
SHOES christian louboutin yoyo
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

Metallic and Print

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Hello All,

In the next few posts, I wanted to highlight a few of Hawaii’s Fashion Professionals in celebration of Honolulu Fashion Month.  Every November, Hawaii’s top designers, stylists and fashionistas gather to celebrate the talented people who make Hawaii Fashion what it is today. Please tune into my blog and read up on the amazing people who put Hawaii Fashion on the map.

Metallics are in this Fall. This shirt is from Ari South a locale designer who inspires a lot of Hawaii youth to reach for their dreams.  She’s one of Hawaii’s contestants who became a finalist on Project Runway. To highlight the shirt, I choose a subtle rose gold skirt and kept the shoes neutral.

 

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Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think with a like or a comment.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
SHIRT ari south
SKIRT forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings

Fall Hues

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I love the colors of Fall, the chill in the air, the taste of pumpkin flavored everything. I miss the Northeast. I really wanted to go this year to pick apples, watch the leaves turn into beautiful oranges, yellows, and reds but that will be reserve for another time. It’s still very warm here, I miss when Hawaii weather got so chilly that when you went out into the morning you could see the condensation of your breath in the air when you spoke.

To celebrate Fall colors, I decided to wear what the Pantone Color Institute designated as the Fall 2016 colors. I love this color palette.

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Thanks once again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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CAMISOLE  j crew
SKIRT h & m old
SHOES vintage marc jacobs
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

Lighthouses, Fashion, and Pinstripes

pinstripes5pinstripesI saw this lighthouse on one of the photos a friend of mine shot and instantly fell in love. There is something so serene and peaceful about lighthouses.  On our last trip to New Hampshire, one of the things that I wanted to cross off my Bucket List was to see a lighthouse in Maine. The really cool thing about lighthouses is that in daylight, at night  and in hazy fog, it beckons people home and leads their way.

Fashion has been a beacon for me throughout the years. It is the one constant that inspires me to keep dreaming but at the same time it keeps me grounded on the idea that change is inevitable and that to succeed in the business of Fashion you have to be willing to stand your ground when it comes to style and go with the flow when it comes to trends.

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pinstripes3Pinstripes have been a staple for fashion since 1890s with it’s start in boating clothing. It then made its way into Baseball uniforms in 1907 and then into suiting material in the 1920’s with the iconic Zoot suits. Pinstripes are a style that has been tested by time and trends. This fall, the runways celebrate this iconic print in wide legged suiting silhouettes. I translated this style with a shirt dress that I recently picked up.

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Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think with a like or a comment.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS ava sky dolce
SHOES tory burch reva
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

Waikiki Shopping with Nordstrom Rack

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Photo Credit: APairOfShoesForEveryday

Hey Everyone,

This past week was a busy time for work as well as for the blog. I’m excited to share with you the news that Nordstrom Rack has opened up their new store in the heart of Waikiki’s shopping district.  I’ve been a Nordstrom Rack shopper for years especially after college when they first opened their Ward store. It is the one place I go to for my favorite designer brands for discounted prices.

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Tuesday last week, I attended the private shopping event and got a chance to check out the store at the Waikiki Trade Center. In true Nordstrom Rack style, there was a great selection  clothing, shoes, beauty products, accessories, and housewares.

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I went to check out the handbags and the designer shoe sections for wishlist items. I was excited to find a Love Crossbody by Rebecca Minkoff that I have been eyeing for a couple of years now and a pom pom charm that’s on trend at the moment. You’ll be seeing these on blog soon.

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I also tried on several sunnies and designer watches that caught my eye.

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Ultimately, I spent the night helping my husband select a few items to add to his wardrobe.

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After the Tuesday event. We decided to check out the store again on Labor Day.

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I hope you get a chance to check out the store the next time you are in Waikiki and let me know what you find.

XOXO,

Michelle

Photos Courtesy of Nordstrom Rack unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own.

Nordstrom Rack is located at :

Waikiki Trade Center
2255 Kuhio Ave. Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96815

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SUNGLASSES cole haan
TOP jcrew
BOTTOM Old Navy
SHOES m. gemi
RINGS  m33ms designs
BAG dooney and burke

 

Shoe Tips: Learning Your Shoe Anatomy

We’re examining shoes today. We often go through life not knowing the one outfit accessory that covers our feet, the foundation of our outfits. Today, we are going to take a closer look at shoes.

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Shoes can be divided into two major areas: the upper, the part that covers the foot and the outsole or outersole, the section that touches the ground (As seen in the figure below.)

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Most shoes have similar parts depending on the style. The upper part of the shoe consist of two sections, the vamp which is the section of the shoe that covers the front of the foot and extends to the middle of the shoe. Within the vamp area is the toe cap, the area nearest the tip of the shoe and the throat, the area of the shoe before the toe cap.  The quarter is the back portion of the upper, it covers the back of the shoe and extends to the middle of the upper meeting the vamp. The top edge of the shoe is called a topline. At the heel of the upper is the counter, it is usually a firm piece that strengthens the heel area of the shoe and helps it to maintain its shape.

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Where the upper and the outsole meet at the heel is called a seat. This is often more prominent in high heeled shoes. It is where your heel rests. The heel is the part of the shoe that raises the heel. The part of the heel that faces forward is called the heel breast and is located opposite the arch, curvature of the sole. The bottom of the heel is often called a top heel or top piece, most people know it as a heel tip or heel head. This is the piece of the heel that comes in contact with the ground. The pitch, is the height of the heel and often helps to determine the comfort level and walkability of a pair of high heels.

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The sole of the shoe is the area between the upper and the outsole. It consists of the waist which has two parts the in-step the front of the sole and the arch  which is supported by the shank which is a piece of metal that helps to support the middle area of the shoe.Outsole

In the inside of the shoe is the shoe lining which covers all of the vamp and the quarter of the shoe. It helps to create comfort as well as increase the durability of the shoe. Insole or the sock of the shoe is the layer that covers the sole of the shoe and often hides extra padding and provides added comfort while hiding the sole of the shoe. Also in the inside of the shoe under the vamp is the toe box.

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By knowing all the components of the shoe, it will help you understand how to shop for shoes as well as converse with your cobbler. I hope you learned a lot about your shoes and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

Off The Shoulder

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Summer days calls for lots of breathable cotton and off the shoulder tops. I’ve been spending some time just enjoying the outdoors and breathing in fresh air and enjoying summer flower in bloom.

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I paired this blue pin striped off the shoulder top with a comfortable pair of jeans and some neutral accessories.

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Thanks and  take care.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
SUNGLASSES cole haan
TOP zara
BOTTOM Old Navy
SHOES dr scholl’s
BAG tribeca
LIPS colourpop

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