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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

BAG
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

Review: Tieks by Gavrieli‎

Hi Everyone,

I have not done a review in a long time and I’ve been wanting to do a review on this particular pair of shoes for a while. Tieks Ballet Flats has been the talk of the shoe world. Oprah talked about it on her show, several bloggers have talked about it, and major bloggers wear them on their blog. I was curious so I bought my first pair about two years ago after reading about them and studying their website. I wanted to see what the hype was all about and if it really lived up to its reputation as a very comfortable and portable pair of shoes.

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While shopping for my first pair, I thought more about color, material, and pattern. I wanted a color that would go well with the rest of my wardrobe but I really did not want to pick up the basic black. When you first login to the Tieks website you find several categories: Featured, Prints, Patents, Classics, and The Vegan Collection. Figuring out which category to pick from took me a while.  I eventually choose a pair from the Classic Collection. I debated over a neutral pair versus a colored flat. I eventually choose the Cardinal Red.

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Details about the shoe:

Packaging: When it first arrived it came in a Tiek Blue Box wrapped with an elasticize band and a flower matching the shoe in the box. The packaging was pretty and instantly put a smile on my face. I felt like I was opening a present for my birthday. After opening the box the shoe comes folded with  drawstring bag for packing and storing (not pictured). In all honesty, I’ve only used this bag maybe twice when I needed to pack them for travel. The box also contains a care guide, a card for sharing Tieks on Instagram, a folded Tieks tote, and a personal note to you, the buyer.

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Fit: TTS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well without slipping in the heel area despite my narrow heel. If you are inbetween sizes, the recommendation is to size up. If after ordering Tieks you are not happy with the sizing, there is an easy return policy and customer service is helpful in helping you find the right size for you.

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Quality: The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather suede lining and the upper is  made of Italian leather. The leather upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole eventually darkens over time because of the oils in your skin. If this is not something you like you can prevent the discoloration with some insoles or ballet flat socks. I did not mind it.  It shows that I wear them often. I usually wiped them down with baby wipes and a cotton cloth. The outsole of the shoe is made of leather but attached to it is a rubber split sole that minimally scratches over time and wear. There is cushioning throughout the insole of the shoe which provided added comfort when worn and a cushion heel for days when you are on your feet and walking. I am constantly on my feet at work. The inside of the shoe does not have lining so the leather is raw except for the throat of the shoe where there is fabric lining. This is to lessen the wear of the shoe where your toes meet the leather. While this fabric is is unbroken the leather at the top of the throat will remain in good condition. Once this fabric breaks the leather will start to wear.

Comfort: After two years of owning my very first pair of shoes from Tieks, I would say it is extremely comfortable. It feel like your walking on pillows. I have never gotten any pain or blistering from wearing them. It has my been time and again my go to pair of flats. In an average week I wear then about 3 to 4 times.

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Price: $175.00-$295 is expensive but if you calculate price per wear and comfort I believe it is worth every penny. Tieks never go on sale and it is truly an investment shoe.

Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

Yes! It is the one pair of flats I will purchase again and again for the sheer fact that it lives up to the quality of the shoe and comfort and I’m saying that after two years of wearing them three to four times a week and traveling. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves flats and would like a pair that’s worth every penny.

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself or give it to someone it’s great gift to give yourself or someone who loves style and comfortable shoes.

Hope you are having an amazing weekend and that you chose Tieks as a gift, now or later. Take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

Secrets to Shopping for Christian Louboutin and Other Luxury Shoes

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I guess it’s about time I share my methods in acquiring the shoes that I have in my shoe collection. I’ve been an avid shoe collector since high school and I’m going to be candid with you about the things that I have learn throughout the years. I am one of those people that never shop outside of my means. Let’s keep this real, I do not make a ton of money to blog, the reality is this blog has been a work in progress and the market is flooded with people who have their own style and want to share it with the world. I have a REAL career and I have an affinity to wearing expensive shoes.  I know that this blog is called A Pair of Shoes for Everyday. I have a lot of shoes but I do not have a pair for every day of the year nor do I have room for them. The blog name alludes to the fact that I have pairs of shoes that are used a lot in my wardrobe and therefore they are worth the investment I put into them.

So how exactly do I go about purchasing these shoes. I make a shoe list of my favorite shoes styles on the runway that season. Next, I go through my shoe wardrobe first to find shoes that I already fit current trends.  I look for styles that will last a few seasons, have very classic silhouettes and fit my personal style for example spikes and industrial details.

I  visit stores and boutiques that carry the shoes that are on my wish list. I try on a few styles, checking for fit, noting the pitch, and the comfort of the shoe. This is important because you have to be relatively comfortable in the shoes that you are in. Some pairs of shoes no matter how sexy or gorgeous they maybe on other people may not be the pair for you.  Then the waiting game begins.

Shoe seasons are quarterly and shoe sales are bi-annual. Sales tend to be from June to August and from November to December. It’s important to get to know associates at the boutiques in your area and establish a rapport with them. These associates will give you a heads up on what styles will go on sale at the end of the season and when special events happen in store. Retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other luxury retail stores have the tendency to have sales during this time. And stores tend to drop prices the later you go, always fight the need to purchase at the beginning of the sale as prices drop often. If you wait long enough and if the shoe is still there, prices will drop to a price point that is easier on the pocketbook. I have found several pairs of shoes what went well over a $1000 and bought them for a fifth of that price but you have to be willing to wait it out.

Sometimes, I check online discount websites: The Outnet, Barney’s Warehouse, Off Saks 5th Avenue, etc. I also scour Ebay and consignment shops (The Real Real, Yoogi’s Closet, etc.)  on the styles that I would like to add to my collection. Always ask the seller questions and read up on the shoe brands and authenticity. There are great people out there who have created resources that you can use to figure out authenticity or ask about authenticity. I personally use the Purse Blog Purse Forum . When in doubt always find a second opinion, there are authentication places out there that can help you authenticate a shoe for a small fee. The great thing about shopping with consignment shops, they have an authenticity expert in house that check the items they sell.  silklace4a

On top of researching and doing some ground work, I also have a separate account for shoe purchases. The real goal is to get the shoe you want for a price that is reasonable for your budget. I always set a price point for shoes that I want to purchase. Truthfully,  I’ve have only bought one pair of designer shoes full price and they were for my wedding day. I do not shop for shoes impulsively, it’s too big of an investment and designer shoes will always go on sale or can always be found for less than market value if your are willing to wait.

Thanks so much for making it through this long blog post. I wanted to make sure I gave you enough tips on how to shop for luxury shoes. If you have any questions or additional tips please feel free to comment and let me know.

XOXO,

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

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

Origami and Gemstones

Lately, I’ve been inspired to play with the pieces that are in my closet and use them in unexpected ways. This top was a end of summer purchase that is perfect year round.

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The blouse reminds me of origami that  you can fold  and transform it into something beautiful. It’s a versatile piece that can be thrown over a shift dress, a pair of pants or skirt. I like that it’s great for layering for cooler weather but perfect for spring and the summer.

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I like the way it looks backwards with the high neckline and the cinch at the waist to create a structured kimono look over a gemstone colored skirt.

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Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP rumi murakami
SKIRT h & m
SHOES christian louboutin “simple”
RINGS  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

Honolulu Fashion Week in Review

Honolulu Fashion Week this year was November 10-12, 2016. We went to check out the shows on Friday, November 11. This year Avela sponsored a giveaway featuring their hand engraved Moroccan Purses. The Ali and Gadea of Avela are super amazing (Thank You ladies for the amazing purse, it will be in many of my future blog posts). I had the opportunity of winning their giveaway. The purse is perfect for a dinner dates and a great piece to highten any outfit. Please check out their online shop at  Avela they have a great selection of coverups, kimonos, and straw bags perfect for spending time at the beach or relaxing and hanging out with friends.

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We went to check out the shows for the day, we got a chance to check out Local Lux which features Malia Jones, Allison Izu, Summer Shiigi of Ten Tomorrow, Ari South and Kojo Coutour. Malia Jones sports wear and swim suit spoke to the surfer girl at heart. Her style esthetic definitely speaks to Active Island Wear. I thoroughtly enjoyed the Sixties inspired silhoettes of Allison Izu’s Collection. Loved that they are layer friendly and work appropriate. Summer Shiigi’s collection spoke to comfort and year round wearability. I completely adored the etheral silhoettes of Ari South. It was romantic and dreamy. Kojo Coutour was inspiring and show stopping with dramatic lines, fits and lengths that flatter every curve of the body.

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We also got a chance to check out the Live Aloha fashion show were the highlight of the show were the reimagining  of traditional Hawaii fashion cuts to transforming Hawaiian prints into new translations. Manuhealii, Manaola, ‘Iolani, and Noa Noa created modern versions of old favorites like the revamping of the Paniolo Shirt, creating latticed necklines and ruffled off  the shoulder shifts reminiscent of muumuus of the mid 1990’s.

In between shows, I got a chance to chat with the designers of the Collective, Allison Izu and Summer Shiigi.

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And of course, chat and laugh with Kini Zamora of Project Runway fame. Also check out Reach the Runway, a program that allows students to shadow and learning about different aspects of the runway. As an Art Advocate and an Educator, I highly encourage you to refer a student interested in various Fashion jobs as well as support the cause by helping the program out. Please check out their website at Reach The Runway.

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I also got a chance to check out the Fashion Marketplace and check out pieces from Keani, MYTENYC, and others.

We even made it to the recap video of November 11, 2016 here: November 11, 2016 Recap

Check it out and let me know what you think.

It was an amazing weekend support my favorite designers and getting to know new ones. Until next fashion week. Please leave a comment or like and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Preparing for Honolulu Fashion Week

The past few months has been a blur for many Honolulu Fashion Week participants. From preparing looks to the runway, model selections, marketing and advertising, photo spreads, it is by far the busiest month in Hawaii for fashion. This year the list of designers, stylists and fashionistas are both local and international with the likes of Marissa Webb and Younhee Park to Project Runway Finalists Kini Zamora and Ari South to local designers like Allison Izu and Summer Shiigi of Tentomorrow.

About a week ago, I had a chance to interview Summer Shiigi as she prepares for her runway show for Honolulu Fashion Week. Our interview took place at The Collective  at Ward Warehouse.

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The Collective is made of Summer and her design partner and mentor Allison Izu.

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In our chat, Summer mentioned that she designs with her customer in mind. Her background in retail, merchandising, e-commerce and styling informs the decisions she’s made for her line.  The wearability and comfort of her pieces speak to women on the go and a woman who wants to feel good in the clothes that she is in. The line reflects an eclectic style where a person can find a piece that works with their wardrobe.

Summer’s inspiration for her  Fall/Winter collection snow covered mountains. Translating ideas of Winter Wonderland for Hawaii weather. Because Hawaii is sunny all year round, Summer uses colors and textures in her line  that are layer friendly. It is Hawaiian sun meeting  metropolitan city Life.  The results are pieces that work from day to night for Hawaii and the continent.

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Summer likes to work with modern and vintage style esthetics. Taking classic styles and adding a modern twist. Button up shirts are reimagined with panels of chiffon, a tuxedo shirt is revamped with softer flowing fabric, and a asymmetric top gets a ruffled trim.

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When asked about her style icons, Summer named a few of  Hollywood’s most iconic fashionistas with the likes  Carry Bradshaw, Olivia Palermo, Victoria Beckham, and Audrey Hepburn to name a few. She looks to them as inspirations for her style and it informs her line of clothing.

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Summer’s line is named TenTomorrow. She stated in our interview that 10 a.m. in the morning and 10 p.m. at night are times when she feels the most productive. Tomorrow alludes to promising future. And her future is definitely promising, you can now find her collection at Nordstrom Hawaii. Her dream of owning her own shop  a few years back has come to fruition and she believes it is with the help of  and support of Hawaii’s people.

This year’s Honolulu Fashion Week started week was Friday to Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center is featuring Runway Shows throughout the three days as well as a Marketplace to check out local designers. If you did not get a chance to go check it out, you can find details at  Honolulu Fashion Week website. You can also catch Summer’s designs on the Local Lux Runway Show.

Thanks again for reading. I’ll be doing more features on the blog about Honolulu Fashion Week so stay tuned.

XOXO,

Michelle

Stripes: The Bold Staple

 

 

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Stripes was a patterned cloth that was religiously shunned for years because of its “barred” resemblance. During the Crusades, the Carmelite Monks wore bold brown and white stripes to symbolize their connection with Elijah but rather than being celebrated for their work, the monks were shunned for their bold striped cloth and fought discrimination for years until the collective finally traded their stripes threads from plainer clothes. The print was often found among the untouchables of medieval times. Later, the patterned fabric that was the symbol of prisoners, jesters and the outcastes became iconic when monarchs popularized it in boating outings.  Today, stripes are a staple in wardrobes.

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I like the look of stripes mix and matched. For this outfit, I played with different shades of blue and different stripes to create a nautical look. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP zara
SKIRT j crew
SHOES christian louboutin yoyo
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

Metallic and Print

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Hello All,

In the next few posts, I wanted to highlight a few of Hawaii’s Fashion Professionals in celebration of Honolulu Fashion Month.  Every November, Hawaii’s top designers, stylists and fashionistas gather to celebrate the talented people who make Hawaii Fashion what it is today. Please tune into my blog and read up on the amazing people who put Hawaii Fashion on the map.

Metallics are in this Fall. This shirt is from Ari South a locale designer who inspires a lot of Hawaii youth to reach for their dreams.  She’s one of Hawaii’s contestants who became a finalist on Project Runway. To highlight the shirt, I choose a subtle rose gold skirt and kept the shoes neutral.

 

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Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think with a like or a comment.

XOXO,

Elle

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SHIRT ari south
SKIRT forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings

Fall Hues

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I love the colors of Fall, the chill in the air, the taste of pumpkin flavored everything. I miss the Northeast. I really wanted to go this year to pick apples, watch the leaves turn into beautiful oranges, yellows, and reds but that will be reserve for another time. It’s still very warm here, I miss when Hawaii weather got so chilly that when you went out into the morning you could see the condensation of your breath in the air when you spoke.

To celebrate Fall colors, I decided to wear what the Pantone Color Institute designated as the Fall 2016 colors. I love this color palette.

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Thanks once again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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CAMISOLE  j crew
SKIRT h & m old
SHOES vintage marc jacobs
RINGS m33ms single acrobat ring,  me plain stacking rings
BRACELET me

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