A Hawaii Style Blog

The Relevance of a Pacific Fashion Perspective

It’s been 8 months since my last blog. The truth of the matter is, there is less and less time put into doing fashion related things than I use to. Life changes, fashion changes, some twists here and some turns there. I am not gonna make promises. I have been in a long and winding hiatus from one of my first love so that I can forge forward with another love of mine, my culture and academia.

I use to shop but a few years ago, I decided to purge my closet and shop less. While I am nowhere near being a minimalist or knowing how to completely be a conscious shopper, I have decided to make more conscious choices about clothes in general.

I shop seldomly at fast fashion oriented shops and I support local designers in my area partly because I grew up with a mother and aunt who use to work for the fashion industry of Hawaii. The fashion industry of Hawaii, who at some point experienced the drawbacks of production because of globalization and cheap labor abroad.

A few years ago, I found that the fashion industry here started to pick up again after blogging for a few years. While the resurgence of the industry is slow, it is happening and our fashion perspective is valuable although we live in a small place in the middle of the Pacific rim. The perfect place for the fusion of styles but also the perfect place to celebrate resort wear all year round. We do not experience the seasons like the continents to our west and east but our clothing is a reflection of our way of life. We do not need to be New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London or Tokyo to be relevant. We are relevant because we EXIST.

So in celebration of the all the local brands that I love and support. Here is my list of my favorite Hawaii clothing brands that I love shopping and wearing. Peruse them, enjoy their perspective, and know that even in the small islands of the Pacific, our fashion perspective is relevant.

Dress: Ten Tomorrow
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Photo Credit: Angela Matian

Ten Tomorrow Modern Take on classics with a Twist. I love her asymmetric hemlines, pleats and tuxedo inspired details.

Alison Izu Basics amplified with unexpected details of pleats and color blocking. I love the ease and comfort of pairing these basics with a pair of jeans or a dressier skirt.

Rumi Murukami Asian inspired silhoettes, fabric texture and minimalist prints. I love how she integrates cultural perspective in her pieces.

Bevel Hawaii Found, salvaged, sustainable, and modern. I love how this woodworder and jewelry artist repurposes different woods into amazing beautiful jewelry.

M33Ms Modern, movable, and transformative. I love her take on modern design sterling silver jewelry with movable parts. I like the concept of interchangeability and structure and this designer creates jewelry that changes with your style and mood.

Fighting Eel & Ava Sky Town and country, from beach to work, from class to a picnic. These sister brands, speak to the lifestyle to people of Hawaii. I love how each piece can be worn anytime of the year at any event.

Keani Jewelry Abstract jewelry with Hawaii nature inspiration. I love how natural concepts are turned into sterling silver creations that are abstract.

Thank You for Reading. Take Care and Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

Sweaters & Interesting Details

Hawaii is experiencing a cold spell. I really love colder weather here. I get the opportunity to wear sweaters and get bundled up. I completely adore sweaters with unexpected details; bow prints, polka dots, stripes or distressed details.

I have been watching a show on Netflix called Meteor Garden. I’m completely inspired by the fashion of the characters and all the different sweaters they use. I love all the different details from hooks, to distressing, to patterns, and interesting color combinations.

I have had this sweater in my collection for a while I love its distressed and unraveled sides, the soft yarn used, and the slouchy look. I paired it with dressy jogger pants and an asymmetric shirt.

What kind of details you like on your sweaters?

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

P.S. My hair was braided by Tiffany from TBraids808Hawaii. Thank you for making my hair for amazing.

SWEATER forever21 (old)
T SHIRT all saints
PANTS uniqlo
SANDALS isabel marant “jeyka”
HAIR tbraids808hawaii

2019 Designer Shoe Wish List

2019 WishLIst

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time of the year again and I wanted to share with you my 2019 Designer shoe wishlist.  This year’s list is a lot smaller and shorter than in the past years and the reason for this is that I’ve decided to taper down my designer shoe shopping this year.

I am currently obsessed with Valentino Rockstud shoes. I like its elegant rock and roll vibe and the sparkle that they have when you walk it them. I’ve tried a few of the different versions of the Rockstuds and currently own two, the ballet flats and the strappy high heeled sandals.  Three pairs of Rockstud shoes are on my wishlist this year and I hope to find them for reasonable prices during mid-year and end of year sales. The three pairs that made the wishlist are the Strappy Rockstud Flats, the Rockstud Strappy Kitten Heel pumps and the Rockstud Pump.

Another shoes that have caught my eye is the Gianvito Rossi Plexi Pumps which have been receiving great reviews by many Youtubers and bloggers. I like the simplicity of this shoe and the illusion of a barely there look.

The last pair of shoes that’s on my wish list is the Alexandre Birman Clarita Sandals which are simple and classic with a bit of whimsy. I like the tie ankle look.

I’ll be on the look out for these pairs of shoes for much more reasonable prices in neutrals or red. I think they will fit my wardrobe perfectly. What is on your shoe wishlist for 2019? Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Osaka Castle

Hello Everyone,

This is my last installment of my trip to Japan. Our last day was spent visiting Osaka Castle and taking in the city.

Osaka Castle was busy the day went. There were a lot of people from all over the world trying to take a glimpse of the view of the city from atop the castle. We meandered through the floors of the Castle reading the history and looking at all the amazing artifacts. If you have a chance to go I have a few recommendations for you:

  1. Go early
  2. The ride to take you to the Castle entrance is not worth purchasing. The walk is amazing and it highlights all the different buildings that were used.
  3. Walk through the different exhibits on each floor. It will be faster than taking the elevator.
  4. Other people can be pushy to see the sight at the top but be cordial. The space is narrow but it’s a beautiful sight of the city.
  5. The cost to see the castle and the ride to the top is only a few dollars so enjoy it. It takes about half a day with the lines so take your time and do not rush.

Because it was New Year’s the shrine near the Castle was also busy with people waiting in line to see the shrine. There were performances and other events going on in and around the castle.

Thanks again for reading. Stay tuned for my Travel capsule and trip recommendations. Take care.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:OUTFIT:.
JACKET uniqlo 
SHIRT all saints
PANTS gap
SHOES adidas

Starting the Year in Osaka

It was nice and peaceful on New Year’s Day in Osaka. We got in from Hiroshima just in time to ring in the new year quitely hanging out and eating at a restaurant the night before.

New Year’s in Japan is quiet unlike the fire work shows in the neighborhoods of Hawaii. Japan’s shrines and temples are open for people to go and visit from midnight and well into the day. We spent some time to get some desserts at a cafe before we took some time to go into the city to see the festivities.

Thanks again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:OUTFIT:.
JACKET uniqlo
SHIRT all saints
PANTS gap
SHOES adidas

Exploring Osaka

On Sunday before New Years, I spent a morning strolling through Osaka. Downtown was so peaceful and serene. It was nice to be awake exploring the city before everyone got up. I spent some time alone in the big city and met up with my friends afterward. We headed to Kuromon Market for the Pre-New Year preparations.

The market was filled with shoppers and tourists. Businesses were preparing for the New Years.

In the middle of the market, we got a chance sit down and eat at a Sushi restaurant.

In the afternoon, we went over to the Osaka Aquarium in Kaiyukan.

Thanks Again for reading. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

JACKET uniqlo
CARDIGAN gap
SHIRT alexander wang by uniqlo
DRESS uniqlo
SHOES aldo
BAG steve madden

Hiroshima on New Year’s Eve

I have only read about Hiroshima in history books. It is a place of serenity, growth and beauty. It was the perfect place to end the year, to understand and reflect about the old year and welcome the new year. We took an early Shinkansen to Hiroshima and arrived earlier than expected.

From the train station to the sites we took a bus that took us to the first stopped. We walked to one of the first sites which was the Hiroshima Castle. We also got a chance to speak to someone from Hiroshima who spoke to us about some of the history of the castle. We also got a chance speak to others who were checking out the sites with us.

We went on a day when some of the sites were closed for New Year’s holiday but it was still great to see some of the historical sites. At the Castle, we met a family who spoke to us about Miyajima Island and recommended for use to check it out since the island.

One of the stops to the walking tour was being able to see the Hiroshima Dome. It is a testament to the impact of war and nuclear weapons.

The Motoyasu Bridge was one of the bridges that survived the nuclear bombing and leads to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Park, Museum, and Children’s Peace Monument.

Later on in the day we headed to Miyajima Island and we had the opportunity to check out the Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate and shrine. During new year’s eve, they were food vendors and many people going to the shrines.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. This was a peaceful and quiet New Year’s Eve. It was amazing to see another part of the world celebrate New Year’s in a different way minus large crowds, fireworks, and merry making. This new year’s eve in Japan was full of reflection and thought. 

 

XOXO,

Michelle

 

.:Outfit:.

JACKET kirne zabete for target
STRIPED SHIRT forever 21
PANTS gap
SHOES aldo
BAG steve madden

New Year, New Directions

Happy New Year’s Everyone! I hope you are starting the new year with love ones, having lots of laughter, joy, peace and love. I wanted to wish you endless happiness and adventure in the coming year. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you of your support throughout the years.

This blogs focus has been fashion in the past 7 years and while fashion brings me joy, I have been thinking a lot about it in the past year. Last year, I wanted to work on not shopping for most of the year and I have been very good. I shopped less. I do want to share with you outfits and shoes that I enjoy wearing. I have set the goal of carefully curating my closet to downsize and to fine tune my style. At the same time, I would like to share more of my creativity with you with more styling posts and things I learn along the way and maybe I can also share with you a little bit of history and culture, another passion I hold dear to me. I have decided to do new things this year.

Gratefulness. Taking the time to be grateful for the things we already have and the things that matter: family, great friends, and the little things in between.  In the fashion sense, I wanna to be grateful for the items I already have in my closet and how to best utilize them in their capacity.

Culture, History & Creativity. Creating and being creative has been an integral part of my life. I would like to put more effort in this aspect of my life this year and transferring this creativity in the way I style my clothes. A lot of pieces  in my closet have potential and I would like to use each piece well.

Health and Fitness. Focusing on eating right and  being healthy, taking time to exercise, and  learn to cook good food.

2019 is promising. Make it a great one. Cheers!

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

JACKET kirne zabete for target
STRIPED SHIRT forever 21
PANTS gap
SHOES aldo
BAG steve madden

200 Versions of Me

This is my 200th post in this blog that I have come to for the past six years. I have always said it was my outlet from my life. My go to place, my sanctuary. Fashion has always been my sanctuary, my creative space to express who I am. I always day dreamed about outfits and colors and how to translate what I see in my head onto the fabrics of my clothes. In another life, I wanted to be a fashion designer, every girl dreams about doing something amazingly creative when they are younger, I have always felt the creative spirit and its expression has always been in the way I dress, what I choose to be when I step out the door for that day. My style has always been eclectic and whimsical  and completely me. I always chose a different path than the one chosen by others. That was the original plan for this blog. To show the style that was completely me. I am slowly finding that again. Along the way, I forgot that my style was my style. I am not trying to be anyone else but me. I’m sure others have opinions. But I realized that those who normally have strong opinions about you generally do not know who you are at all. They judge a facade that they think they know.

Success lies in knowing yourself, your style, your way, essentially your path. Sometimes we venture out of our own paths in search for something else for ourselves only to eventually find our way back to our original route. This year has been another journey back to my original trajectory. In school, I have always loved and adored my culture, as a child my greatest influence in fashion and taste is my mother and my family, I love what I love because of them.

I know this blog is not what it use to be when I first began. At one point, it was cool to be a fashion blogger and I wanted to somehow break through in that niche. Now everyone and their mother  is  blogger and overnight sensation blogging is a thing of the past and fashion has been blah lately, at least for myself.

So to celebrate 200 posts of blogging, I will be posting my shoe collection everyday for the next year. What’s a blog about shoes, without truly posting, the shoes that make the outfits.

For now I leave you with some of my favorite outfits from the years, I have been blogging. They are oldies but goodies.

Thanks again for reading. Please enjoy these pictures they have been my favorites.

XOXO,

Michelle

Cool, Light, & Throwbacks

I am a child of the 80’s. A kid who grew up latchkey and dreaming.  I grew up on PBS educational shows, afternoon cartoons, fruits and butter sugar sandwiches.

I looked forward to Jem and the Holograms. The music made me want to sing, the fashion made me want to draw. I finally saw the updated Hollywood take on a childhood favorite. I was disappointed because it was not what I was accustomed to but I get it. My version of Jem was full of adventure, fashion, and it was not so much the fame that made me interested, it was her character, her true self, and most of all, the shows talked about charity, family, and belief is self. The movie had all of that but I was taken a back by the update.  The movie needed more time, more character development and to stay true to its 80’s roots. For me,  Jem was epic, it was a story that allowed dreams to flourish— colored hair, fashion, and changing the world. That was Jem, for my childhood self, she was inspiring.

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Speaking of fashion, I have been shopping my closet and building my basics capsule. I found this light knit sweater dress from my closet clean out last week and thought that it was perfect to pair with an open front light summer cardigan.  I like knit dresses for easy dressy mornings.

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I paired it with some espadrilles I picked up years ago from Diesel. I love how the raffia is brought all the way to the ankle of the sandal. It’s a great mix of leather and raffia. I added a pop of color with some gradient tassle earrings which I’m currently obssessing over.

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS forever21 (old)
CARDIGAN  old navy
SANDALS diesel (old)
EARRINGS forever 21

 

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