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2017 Shoe Additions

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Hey Everyone,

This year’s Shoe Collections Additions were well thought out and curated. As you all know, at the beginning of this year, I decided to stop shopping for clothes and to be mindful of what I purchase in the clothing department. With that said, in this year’s shoe shopping, I tried to stick with as many wishlist items for this year and past years as possible.   As a result, this year, I did not purchase any shoes that I did not feel was well made, I kept to my wish list for the most part, and I was good with sticking to my rule of never paying for price for shoes.  I will show you the shoes in order of purchase.

 

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Alexander Wang Studded Antonias in Clay and Black [EU 35]

I’ve been wanting this pair for years. It is one of Alexander Wang’s simplest styles and with the studded detail, they have a bit of edge and modern take on a simple sandal. This shoe was one my wish list a few years ago.

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Balenciaga Glove Sandal in White [EU 35]

I’ve been loving these shoes since 2013 and when Alexander Wang announced that he was leaving as Creative Director of the fashion house, I knew that this style would be harder and harder to find. I initially wanted a red or a black shoe but the color combinations were quick to sell out. In March, when I went into the boutique one of the Sales Associates told me that this style was going to be discontinued. Initially, I put the Aqua blue version on hold when it went on sale at the boutique and completely missed out on the pair because it quickly sold out. In May, while perusing MyTheresa.com, I found a white version in 35’s. It was not black or red but it is still a great color that I’ll be able to match with many  different pieces in my closet.

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Christian Louboutin Madame Menodo in Multi Color Print [EU 34.5]

I tried this pair on last year when it first came out in this color way. I tried it on a whim while talking to my Sales Associate at Neiman’s. It was just a fun day trying on shoes and I was not really thinking that I would like the pair. When I tried it on I instantly fell in love with the uniqueness of the pair and the details of the shoe. It is definitely a conversation starter and a stand out pair. I waited until the price of the shoe dropped to a reasonable price in Last Call before pulling the trigger.

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Sophia Webster Calico in Nude [EU 35]

I am a new fan of Sophia Webster shoes. Her designs are very avande garde and have a lot of personality. While other styles may not be for me, the Calico shoe is very reminiscent of my love for nature inspired shoes with its leather sculpted flowers. I love the dainty look of this shoe and its perfect for Spring, Summer, and weddings. I opted for a more neutral color for versatility and seasonal staying power.

 

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Valentino Rockstud Ballet Flats in Pink and Nude Trim [EU 35]

I have been a big fan of the Valentino Rockstud family for years. I know they come in different colors depending on the season. I found these new ballet flats in the ending of September and the beginning of October. The mauve color was closer to a neutral and the patent leather was said to be more durable than the matte leather versions. The shoe is still a little stiff and I realized that Valentinos run big to size. These 35’s fit more like a 35.5. I suggest sizing down for this particular style just because they run bigger and the toe box area is wider than normal. I have a quick fix for that and I’ll share it with you in an upcoming post.

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Chloe Kingsley Leather platform Sandal in Bordeaux [EU 35]

I have admired Chloe shoes for years but have never owned a pair of tried on a pair until I saw these Kingsley Leather Platforms. They are extremely comfortable and light. I also absolutely adore the bordeaux color of the pair.

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Saint Laurent Patent Leather Tribute Sandals in Cream [EU 34]

I must have tried on these shoes multiple times in the past five years and it has been on my wish list for the past six years. Because of my size and its popularity, it has been difficult for me to get this shoe. I wanted it in black, nude, or a textured color. When I saw these in pristine condition on TheRealReal.com for a very reasonable price within my price point, I decided to get it. I was thoroughly surprised by the preloved quality of this pair of shoes. The patent leather was still taut and not stretched out, the shoe was already resoled. After inspecting the shoe, there were no scuffs of marks. The emblem of the shoe was not rubbed off in the insole.

 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. What were some of your 2017 shoe additions. Let me know if in the comments below.

 

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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Allerton Garden: Stepping Into The Past

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We started the day with checking out Spouting Horn before heading into the Allerton Garden.  It was interesting to learn that the Plantation modified the landscape because of necessity.  The orginal Spouting Horn was destroyed by the plantation because of the ocean spray that it created for the plantation fields.

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We started with the tour bus down to the Allerton Garden. Once a part of Queen Emma’s properties, it was later sold to the Allertons from Chicago. The garden was made for entertaining and to capture the natural landscape. The Allerton’s collected different plants from all over the world. Eventually, they moved into the research and preservation of plants that they found in their travels.  The Gardens is a celebration of art and flora from throughout world. In many ways, it also portrays the architectural genius of the Allertons. Each garden is considered a room. One can only imagine how it was when it was first created. Many of the gardens are preserved in their original state as much as possible.

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I love the organic state of the gardens and the dichotomy of natural and structural creations. The statues collect most and mildew that give them character. The Venus statues from the Chicago gardens looked remarkable. img_4562

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The garden is filled with many different sculptures. Some of them with movement, sound, and rhythm. The one above, plays with water levels and the illusion of movement. The bamboo forest below created a space of relaxation and the sound of the rustling of bamboo made natural melodies with the rustling of the wind.

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This scalloped water fountain plays with movement and rhythm. The scallops of the fountain worked with the movement of the water. The sculptures of mermaids on both ends mimic the look of the palms surrounding the fountain.

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img_4687-1img_4652If these trees look familiar, they were featured in the Jurassic Park movies. There towering branches and their beautiful above ground roots make them larger than life.img_4666I chose to wear a fun denim skirt for this adventure from RocknRemix by Char Glover. I am completely in love with this skirt. It’s perfect to dress down with a tank and sandals and to dress up with a dressy blouse and a nice pair of statement pumps.

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After our tour we headed down to Savage Shrimp to get a taste of the locally grown shrimp. img_4709img_4705

And then we went to Fresh Shave to get a little bit of dessert. We got  pineapple and a pumpkin flavored shaved ice and got a chance to look at some Kauai made items from artisans in a near by showroom.

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In the evening, we got a chance to go to Hamura’s Saimin to tastes one of Kauai’s oldest and most popular saimin shops. I love coming to visit this place whenever we are in town. It has that small town flair and the people are always super friendly.

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Thanks again for reading. I hope you enjoyed these last few posts about our trip to Kauai. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

:Outfit:.

SHIRT j crew
SKIRT rocknremix
SANDALS blue mountain

Unboxing Favorite Finds and YouTube

A few weeks ago… I decided to attempt a YouTube video unboxing and sharing a few of my favorite finds this month. Enjoy this and let me know what you think.

Take a view and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Ocean Adventure & the Forbidden Island

Most of my life I’ve seen the cascading mountains and cliffs of the Na Pali Coastline on TV but nothing compares to seeing it’s beauty in person.

We woke up early to get ready for a boat trip to see the coastline and to snorkel off the coast of Niihau, the Forbidden Island. It was two things I had listed on my bucket list.

The views were amazing. We even got a chance to see Dolphins and Whales on the trip out to Niihau.

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It was also my first time snorkeling in deep water. I was thrown by the depth of he ocean. We got a chance to see Niihau up close. Niihau is owned by the Robinson Family and in order to go there, one must be invited. From the boat, the beaches were pristine and beautiful. We got close enough to snorkel the reef and to check out the animal and plant life on the reef and enjoy nature’s beauty.

Thanks again for Reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

SHIRT j crew
SHORT billabong

Chasing Waterfalls

Kauai is known for its breathtaking mountains and beautiful waterfalls. On our trip we had several opportunities to check out waterfalls throughout the island. We started our day with light kayaking and a short hike to see a waterfall.

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img_4404Our tour guide talked to us about the different plants on the way up to the waterfalls. img_4412Wauke Leaf (Paper Mulberry Leaf)img_4428

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SHORT o neil
TABIS walmart

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,
Michelle

Where the Sunflowers Grow

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For years, We have planned to go and check out the sunflower fields. This past weekend, we made it a point to check them out in bloom in the Waialua. They stood tall against the backdrop of a very clear and blue sky. They were amazingly beautiful. img_5151

It was nice to take in some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful yellow blooms. We could spot them on the road while driving to the Sunflower fields.

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sunflower3.jpgThe sunflowers were from the size of our palms to the size of our heads.
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sunflower4.jpgThe weather here has cooled down to the low seventies but Summer dresses are still appropriate for the days. I decided to wear a dress out on your day in the country.

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Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the Sunflowers as much as me.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS old navy
CARDIGAN old navy
SANDALS sanuks
BAG cult gaia
BELT muse
EARRINGS bevel hawaii

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Saturday under the Summer Sun

bestof2Hello Everyone,

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.

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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

 

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