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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

:Outfit:.

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

 

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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

 

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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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

All Lined Up

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Hello Everyone,

I’ve been unearthing pieces from my old closet lately. I adore this dress mainly because it plays with stripes in unexpected ways.  I love the contrast of thin and thick stripes throughout the dress breaking the monotony.

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I’m completely adoring this quilted Love bag from Rebecca Minkoff. It’s been the bag of choice lately. It’s a perfect bag for causal outfits and it nicely pairs with dressier outfits. It’s a great all around bag.

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Thanks again for reading. Take care, have an amazing day and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

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DRESS eden in love (another cute one here and here)
SHOES kate spade saturday (old) (similar here and here)
BAG rebecca minkoff love ( chevron version here)

Holi-daze and New Year’s Cheers!

 

 

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The year is winding down with family and friends coming home, family gatherings, lots of food and drinks, and time to reflect on another amazing year of life. Whether this year was a challenge for you or an amazing one, take time to reflect and grow.  It is officially two days until the end of the year, let us all start the new year with goals not resolutions.  But regardless of what you plan do as the year ends, always remember to keep your love ones close, enjoy every moment with them, and to celebrate life.  Let’s take the last few days to celebrate renewal, hope, and inspiration in 2017.

So pick out an outfit that will like you shine. Wear fringe, a flattering LBD, a lacy top, something velvet or a bottom with sparkling sequins and welcome the new year with some fireworks.

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TOPS zara fringe & lace tanks similar here unbranded  beaded satin cami 

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SKIRTS forever 21 & banana republic (old)  similar here

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PANTS seven for all mankind (old) similar here

But whatever you choose always  bring out a pair of shoes that will let you stand out in the crowd.

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SHOES:  gianvito rossi and christian louboutin (pigalle follies (similar here), tobaggon, simple pump (black version here))

And add some accessories that make you sparkle.

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ACCESSORIES

HAIRPINS
purchased at a craft store

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avela jamila purse

NECKLACES
j crew crystal necklace
leslie danzis tear drop crystal drop necklace
aloha stadium market ribbon and pearl necklace  

EARRINGS
t & j designs double pearl studs on sale now!
j crew crystal earrings similar here
j crew crystal leaf earrings (old)

Thanks again for reading and for all your support throughout all these years. Have an AMAZING and HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

Cheers,
Michelle

Passing Through The New South Shore Market

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A couple of weeks ago I went to check out South Shore Market. It’s a space that’s celebrates the local boutiques and brands in Hawaii with an organic and industrial space. I completely adored the hanging light bulbs and the vertical garden.

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The space allows to sitting and chatting and enjoying the space with beautiful lighting and local favorite stores like Eden in Love.

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Even an interactive mural to snap fun photos with.

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I decided to pass through and walk through all the cool shops that promot local designers and small businesses. If you haven’t walked through yet take the time to stroll through and enjoy the space.

Thanks again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
TOP zara
PANTS 7 for all mankind
SHOES  christian louboutin
SUNNIES cole haan
BAG barney’s of new york

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