A Hawaii Style Blog

Category: Lookbook

Native Threads & Woven Arts

Ever since I came back from a trip to the Philippines, I have been wanting to find clothing brands that take traditional methods and translate them to wearable everyday clothing for the Modern Filipina. 

I have been following Ant Hill Fabric for several months now. I love the fact that they are community based and sustainable organization that support local artisans in the Philippines. I enjoy the way they utilize woven components in their pieces.

In October, I picked up a few pieces from them and I have been loving the opportunity to wear native fabric from artisans from the Philippines.

One of the pieces that I adore from their current collection is this Bughaw blouse that feature the Katarines Stripe weave from Bangeud, Abra. I like how each piece is from upcycled materials, support local weavers, it supports slow fashion as well as shares and gives value to Philippine indigenous arts. As an Filipino Academic and a fashion enthusiast, knowing that Filipino Indigenous Fashion is finding a niche in our world is amazing.

I paired the top with a pair of dark denim jeans and my Rothy’s flats and a pair of Narra wood hoop earrings. For the most part this outfit is utilizing sustainable and slow fashion brands. I will be sharing more of the pieces I bought from Ant Hill and other Filipino clothing lines in the upcoming months. Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
SHIRT ant hill fabric
JEANS gap
SHOES rothy’s
EARRINGS bevel hawaii hoop earring in narra (narra wood is national wood of the Philippines)

Easy Days

Last post I said that I am celebrating where I am to keep it real with you. February has been a productive month for me. Reading and writing a lot for graduate school and taking the time to get healthy again.

In the beginning of my blog and up until my long blog hiatus, I use to put a lot of thought in the clothes that I put up on my blog. I love to dress up but in all honesty, dressing up everyday does not always work for Hawaii weather. It’s warm here and while more famous bloggers in Hawaii wear surfer clothing, wear bathing suits and summer dresses. That is simply not my style. On days when I am out and about to read, write and study, my favorite outfit is a denim bottom and a soft cotton top and a tote in hand to carry my books. In Hawaii, flip flops seem to go with everything. Jo Koy said it best that Hawaii people love to wear flip flops or slippers.

To be honest, on a daily basis being comfortable is important in our weather. Like in a previous post, we have our own perspective, it does not necessarily fit the perspective of the rest of the world but it is ours. Who ever said that Fashion has rules anyway. Fashion is what you make of it, how you create outfits with what you have and how you carry yourself. You’re style is your style, no one else’s.

What is favorite outfit? Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

Adding the Old with the New

The first few days of the New Year was spent catching up with friends. Finally got to try Fish Honolulu in Kakaako. I went to have lunch with an old friend visiting from graduate school.

Fried Oysters for Appetizers
Fish Tacos and a Salad for Lunch

I tried the fried oysters, fish tacos, and a salad. The food was flavourful and fresh.

I have several New Year’s Goals this year. As part of my New Year’s Goal I’m trying to wear different items from my closet this year and really work with what I have in there. Another goal, is to celebrate life regardless of where I am. I know that recently, I have not been posting because I’ve gained some weight but I’m working on being more healthy and fit. Nevertheless, until I get to my goal, I will celebrate where I am. There a lot to look forward to this year as well as accomplish.

For this lunch date with my friend, I wore an old piece from Fighting Eel and my favorite pants from Uniqlo on repeat. I paired it with a simple sandal from Isabel Marant and a JW Anderson Pierce bag, it’s been my go to piece lately.

I know we are at the end of January but I hope to share more with you this year. What goals do you have this year? Please share them with me. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

SHIRT fighting eel
PANTS uniqlo
SHOES isabel marant “jeyka”
BAG jwandersen “pierce”

Driving Through Saint Thomas

Our next stop was Saint Thomas, we decided to get to shore and book a tour with the local guides there. Sometimes on cruises, it is much more cost efficient to do this just because certain shore excursions will cost more depending on the destination. We decided to do a driving tour of the small island in a taxi that reminded me of jeepneys in the Philippines. The guide took us to the scenic lookouts through the the Island and the few land marks there.

 

Overlooking Magen Bay Beach atop Top of The Mountain Look out

We passed by Blackbeard’s castle heading to the Top of the Mountain Lookout that overlooked Magen Bay Beach. You can see several nearby islands from the lookout. 

Our last stop by Magen Bay Beach which cost $5 per person to stay and enjoy the Sun. We took decided to pass on the beach and head back to the boat. The whole excursion with the guide was about 45-60 minutes because of the different lookouts that we stopped at. In all honestly, the island is extremely small and there is not of lot of things to do there.

A few tips to keep in mind on Cruises. Shore excursions are great if there is a lot of do on the island but it is also expensive if you go with those planned by the ship. It is possible to book excursions right off the boat just make sure to do a little research before hand and check on what is available at the site. I was a little surprised by the cost to stay at the beach but then again, I live in Hawaii and it is the same for some of the high traffic locations like Hanauma Bay on Oahu. But in the Caribbean, many of these islands main source of income is tourism so that most beach will have an entrance free. One of the benefits of going with the ships shore excursions is that you might not have to wait in long lines but they are a lot more expensive, sometimes 3-4 times more expensive than if you booked the excursions yourself.

Thanks again for reading. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

Stopping in Puerto Rico

In December, we went on a cruise with family to the Eastern Caribbean. Our first stop was Puerto Rico and we were out to see for two days before arriving. We ported in Puerto Rico in the late afternoon. We got a chance to walk around old San Juan. A lot of places were closed because of the holidays but we got a chance to do a walking tour and take in a few sights before sundown.The part of the city that we got a chance to tour was full of colorful buildings, houses, and cool Spanish Style architecture with cobblestone streets.

Convento Y Casa de Salud de las Siervas

La Fortaleza

San Juan Bautista Cathedral

Hotel Del Convento

For this trip, I packed a lot of comfortable basics that I could dress up and down depending on the day and activity. One of the most versatile pieces that I brought on this trip are these pair of joggers from Uniqlo that I picked up last year as a fun purchase. I like the fact that I can throw on a tee shirt and sneakers and go for an adventure or I can throw on a nice blouse and heels and some nice accessories for a night out on the town or date night.

I really enjoyed our short stay in Puerto Rico. I would not mind going back for an extended stay. Thanks again for reading. Let me know what you think. 

XOXO,

Elle 

T SHIRT old navy
PANTS uniqlo
SHOES adidas

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

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

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

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