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.
.: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)
The shoe that goes with anything and everything even a pair of joggers and a simple tee. This shoe does it all except rack up mileage at the gym or run marathons. It is perfect for just about every outfit you can think off and its a must have for every girl’s closet. A perfect pair should last you years made with leather which mold to your feet. Always invest in a good pair of black pumps. They go with everything.
2. Ballet Flats
For all the days, heels just do not cut it. It is your feet’s life saver. Ballet flats are another pair you just cannot live without. It’s your all around, go anywhere shoe. If you get the right pair, they will walk miles with you. My personal favorites are Tieks and Rothy’s.
3. Flat Sandals
This pair is a must when your toes need some time in the sun and ballet flats are too constricting. They are perfect compliment to a pair of shorts, a summer dress, or a skirt. I personally like gladiator sandals but there are other styles out there that might be best suited for your feet.
4. Wedge Sandals
A little bit of height goes a long way. This pair will support you without stressing your arches. For the days when stilettoes are no fun, wedges are a great alternative. They come in dressier and more casual pairs.
5. Strappy Heels
Definitely dressy and versatile. They are a great pair for time when you want to show off your toes. I usually go with a neutral pair that you can use use for any outfit in the summer and the spring and if you are lucky even in the fall if you live in warmer weather like me.
Whether it is walking around town, running errands or running a marathon to cross off your bucket list. This is a must for any wardrobe. They are versatile and utilitarian and great for packing in your suitcase for your travel adventures. Depending on your lifestyle, choose one that best suits you. I usually purchase running shoes or cross trainers.
7. Flip Flops
Whether its for lounging around at the pool or taking in some sun at the beach or in your backyard. Flip flops are a must have pair to slip in and slip out of. Living near beaches, I have a pair in the car. My personal favorite are from Reef’s, they are long lasting and comfortable.
8. Rain Boots
They do not just prevent the rain from tickling your toes, they can slush around in the snow if needed as long as you have thick socks.
Leather, all weather, high or low, boots are a must for fall and the winter. Depending on how much time you spend outside and the kind of weather you live in. The ones I own are purely for fashionable uses and for when I travel. I personally like Dr. Marten’s, I have a few pairs. They last long, they are stitched well and they are made of leather that olds to your legs and feet.
These are my must have pairs of shoes, what pairs made your list? Take care and thanks for reading.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
P.S. My hair was braided by Tiffany from TBraids808Hawaii. Thank you for making my hair for amazing.
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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.
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:
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.
Walk through the different exhibits on each floor. It will be faster than taking the elevator.
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.
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.
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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.
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