A Hawaii Style Blog

Natural Inspiration at McBryde Gardens

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A month ago we took a trip to Kauai.  Some of the first stops on the island was the Kauai Coffee company to check out their Fall blends of coffee. And go check out Glass Beach were the Sand is made out of pieces of glass that have been polished by the salt water.

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Our first day there on Kauai, we wanted to visit McBryde Gardens. Originally, part of the Sugar Plantation that my great grandfather worked on when he first arrived to the islands, McBryde today is a research institute for the study of endangered plants from all over  the world. It is home to the Breadfruit Institute and other plants that are being researched and cultivated to help with world hunger and to find cures for various diseases. Also, it is home to endangered plants that are being studied to save them from extinction.

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We had the opportunity to check out beautiful plants and explore the gardens.

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XOXO,

Michelle

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DRESS Fighting Eel (old)
SANDALS blue mountain (old)

 

Saturday under the Summer Sun

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Today was a nice day to take in Honolulu. The Best of Honolulu Festival at Honolulu Hale featured food, crafts and fun for the whole family.

Bao Boys Sweet and Tangy Garlic Chicken

Sweet Revenge Lilimansi Pie

Shaka Iced Tea

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I decided to keep it cool today with this romper that doubles as a babydoll dress. I love its hidden features and its roomy pockets. It came in handy as we walked around and visited the booths to see the food and wares from different vendors.

I’m currently obsessing over this Cult Gaia bag that was a blogger favorite last year. I love its design aesthetic and construction. It is a such a perfect classic Summer bag.

Thanks again for reading. Take care and blessings.

XOXO,

Elle

:Outfit:.
HAT forever 21
SUN GLASSES ralph lauren
ROMPER zara
SANDALS grey by saks 5th avenue
BAG cult gaia
JEWELRY handmade

Unapologetic

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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I know it seems I’ve dropped of the face of the Earth a few months ago and I should have left you a letter. The past couple of months have been life changing for me. I’ve been a true believer in the idea that everything has it’s time in our life. Our goals and our dreams have their moments in the sun. I’ve have two passions in life, Fashion and Academia. Sometimes one takes precedence over the other. These two things cannot exist together although I have tried to make it work. I have taken a step back from Fashion and really rethink my place in that space. As a kid, I dreamt of obtaining my Ph.D and recently I got accepted into the program that I applied to. It’s a dream come true and it’s going to take a lot of my time.

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So where does this blog go from here. I do not plan on leaving it entirely. I do believe it is still my creative space and I still do love fashion. I will try to post as often as I can and share more of me, my style and my lifestyle.

img_3020So I continue to invite you to walk with me through this journey of Fashion and Academia. I greatly appreciate those of you who have supported me through the years.

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XOXO,

Michelle

Taking a break in Bellbrae and Bells Beach

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Bellbrae is a quite town on the Great Ocean Road. It is known for their farm lands, wineries and a chocolatier.

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img_1618Our first full day in Australia, we got a chance to eat at Bowside Cafe and check out Bellbrae Art and Garden to check out their art and amazing local artists creations.
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img_1627-1img_1636img_1646-1Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery had a great selection of all things chocolate.

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Bellbrae Estates has beautiful fields of grapes.

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We also took in the cold beach air of Bells Beach in the South Ocean in the afternoon.

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
CARDIGAN gap outlet
JEANS gap
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road

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One of the highlights of our trip to Melbourne was the Great Ocean Road. Stretching 51 miles from Torquay all the way to Warnambool in Western Australia, it features historical towns, sightseeing, great food, and many activities along the way. A week is not enough to take in everything that the Great Ocean Road has to offer. My suggestion is to do it as a road trip and to stop along the way and enjoy as much as you can. The trip down the coast is beautiful so take your time. There is so much to do.aquino

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The Great Ocean Road was built was World War I Veterans coming back home from the War. It provided them with employment at the same time it allowed the smaller towns on the coastline to connect with others.  The road has many stops for sightseeing and learning about historical sites throughout the road.  One of our first stops was the city of Lorne. We got a chance to visit the Lorne pier and enjoy amazing food at the Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant.

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We also spent some time checking out the different beaches, lookouts, and ended our first day on the Great Ocean Road with the amazing Twelve Apostles. img_2199

On our second day, we checked  out the Split Point and Otway Light Houses and relax and chatted in a few cafes along the way.

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Thanks again for reading. Take care and have an amazing Thursday.

XOXO,

Michelle

:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
JEANS gap
SHOES tieks
JACKET kirna zabete for Target

 

Spending time in Geelong & Bellarine

img_2361We spent a few days in Geelong and Bellarine to check out a few restaurants, galleries and museums. cider3cider2cider4First on our list was the Flying Brick Cider Company. The restaurant has amazing food.  img_2334img_2335img_2344-1We also got a chance to check out the Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong. Here’s a few pictures from our time there.

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Thank you again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
DRESS  j crew
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

A Day in Torquay

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Just west of Melbourne is the small town of Torquay.  It is known for being the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and its known for surf spots that are famous in the region.

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While in town, we checked out the beaches and cafes and got a chance to visit the Australian Surf Museum.

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
SWEATER  old navy
PANTS  gap
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

Wanderlust: Taking in Melbourne

Two weeks ago we went on an Australian Adventure. The next few blog posts will be about our trip. There was so much to take in and I did not feel that one blog post will do the trip justice. So in the next couple of days, I be sharing highlights from the trip. This first post is going to highlight  the city of Melbourne.

The weather was chilly when we got there but the sun was warm.  We spent a day in the city visiting a few art galleries.

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.:Outfit:.

SHIRT DRESS j crew
SWEATER  gap outlet
PANTS  gap
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

img_1847img_1868img_1862.jpgimg_1777img_1844.jpgimg_1870We also got a chance to walk the city and take in some of its beautiful architecture.  The highlight of our day was seeing the city at the Eureka Tower Sky Deck 88  which is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

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Thanks so much for reading. I hope you like a few of the snapshots we took of the city.

XOXO,

Elle

Encapsulate: Style is Creativity

I started the year cleaning out my old closet. I sifted through all the clothes, created piles and kept the clothes that I felt were keepers in January. I also promised myself that I would do less clothes shopping and use what I have in my closet. I also set a goal to not shop for clothes for the first four months of this year. On my birthday, I took a step back and realized that I could possible go without shopping for the rest of the year. I cannot remember the last time I bought clothes. Honestly, it feels liberating to not shop for clothes for a while.

I have this belief that to have style, one works with the items they already have and it should be a set of items carefully curated by them. I also feel that pieces in one’s closet should have multiple purpose and can be styled in many ways.  Style is creativity. That’s where someone’s personality shines. I’m hoping to work towards that in the coming months.

These past couple of months, I have been missing in action on my blog but I’m working a few things at the moment. So stay tuned….

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

Shoe of the Month: Alexander Wang ‘Antonia’ Sandals

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Hi Everyone,

I decided to start something new on the blog. Each month I’d like to feature and review pairs of shoes. I have done reviews before  this time I’m going to try to do them on a monthly basis

Details about the shoe: 

Packaging: 5/5

 Shipped in brown shipping box with tissue paper padding to prevent shoe box damage. Shoebox is sturdy cardboard with black on black printing. Alexander Wang printed tissue paper covers the shoe. Tissue paper is  used to stuff the shoes so that the straps on the ankle and the toe box area keep their shape.

Fit:  4/5

STS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well. The ankle straps have an adjustable buckle.  If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing up because these run small.

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Quality: 4/5 

The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather sole and suede body. It is stamped with Vero Cuoio at the bottom of the size stamp. The shoes uses Italian sizing but they are not made in Italy. Actually if you flip the strap for your toes it says Made in China. The suede upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole is black which is easy to clean and will not darken over time with the oils in your skin.  The outsole of the shoe is made of  black leather. Overtime this will wear so rubberize outsoles will need to be added on. Also I recommends spraying some waterproofing protectant on these to protect them from water/moisture damage.

Comfort: 5/5

My first pair is Orange and orange is not a easy color to pair. I have worn them several times and the curve of the arch actually fits the curve of my feet so they do not ache after a few hours of wearing. The height of the heel is about 3 inches and they are fairly comfortable to walk in.

Price: Depends on when and where you guys these.  I bought mines at Bloomingdales and at the Alexander Wang website. The original price of the shoe is runs about $475 full price. But I have found them for more reasonable prices. Seasonal colors and styles go on sale at the end of the season.

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Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

The style is definitely classic and wearable for various occasions. I suggest investing in a nuetral pair without embellishments because you may get more wear out of them. It is a pair of sandals that I would purchase again. Yes, because I have. The silhouette is classic and many brands carry similar styles so if this one does not suit your price point then there are similar ones out there for you.

I hope this helps you decide if this is a sandal for you . If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself it would be a great addition to your collection as it is a versatile shoe.

antonia6Have a great Tuesday, take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

P.S. I shared an unboxing video. Check it out on Youtube!

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