A Hawaii Style Blog

Encapsulate: Style is Creativity

I started the year cleaning out my old closet. I sifted through all the clothes, created piles and kept the clothes that I felt were keepers in January. I also promised myself that I would do less clothes shopping and use what I have in my closet. I also set a goal to not shop for clothes for the first four months of this year. On my birthday, I took a step back and realized that I could possible go without shopping for the rest of the year. I cannot remember the last time I bought clothes. Honestly, it feels liberating to not shop for clothes for a while.

I have this belief that to have style, one works with the items they already have and it should be a set of items carefully curated by them. I also feel that pieces in one’s closet should have multiple purpose and can be styled in many ways.  Style is creativity. That’s where someone’s personality shines. I’m hoping to work towards that in the coming months.

These past couple of months, I have been missing in action on my blog but I’m working a few things at the moment. So stay tuned….

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

Shoe of the Month: Alexander Wang ‘Antonia’ Sandals

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Hi Everyone,

I decided to start something new on the blog. Each month I’d like to feature and review pairs of shoes. I have done reviews before  this time I’m going to try to do them on a monthly basis

Details about the shoe: 

Packaging: 5/5

 Shipped in brown shipping box with tissue paper padding to prevent shoe box damage. Shoebox is sturdy cardboard with black on black printing. Alexander Wang printed tissue paper covers the shoe. Tissue paper is  used to stuff the shoes so that the straps on the ankle and the toe box area keep their shape.

Fit:  4/5

STS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well. The ankle straps have an adjustable buckle.  If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing up because these run small.

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Quality: 4/5 

The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather sole and suede body. It is stamped with Vero Cuoio at the bottom of the size stamp. The shoes uses Italian sizing but they are not made in Italy. Actually if you flip the strap for your toes it says Made in China. The suede upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole is black which is easy to clean and will not darken over time with the oils in your skin.  The outsole of the shoe is made of  black leather. Overtime this will wear so rubberize outsoles will need to be added on. Also I recommends spraying some waterproofing protectant on these to protect them from water/moisture damage.

Comfort: 5/5

My first pair is Orange and orange is not a easy color to pair. I have worn them several times and the curve of the arch actually fits the curve of my feet so they do not ache after a few hours of wearing. The height of the heel is about 3 inches and they are fairly comfortable to walk in.

Price: Depends on when and where you guys these.  I bought mines at Bloomingdales and at the Alexander Wang website. The original price of the shoe is runs about $475 full price. But I have found them for more reasonable prices. Seasonal colors and styles go on sale at the end of the season.

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Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

The style is definitely classic and wearable for various occasions. I suggest investing in a nuetral pair without embellishments because you may get more wear out of them. It is a pair of sandals that I would purchase again. Yes, because I have. The silhouette is classic and many brands carry similar styles so if this one does not suit your price point then there are similar ones out there for you.

I hope this helps you decide if this is a sandal for you . If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself it would be a great addition to your collection as it is a versatile shoe.

antonia6Have a great Tuesday, take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

P.S. I shared an unboxing video. Check it out on Youtube!

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Of Dreams and Celebrations

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This year marks the fifth anniversary of this blog. Five  years of hard work and dedication and even if the successes are far and few between, this has been the creative outlet for my dreams. I have loved fashion all my life and this blog has been the space where I allow my dreams to take flight.

When I was younger I adored Dr. Suess books and always loved the messages woven in his words. One quote sticks out to me:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”

When I started this blog five years ago, I made a conscious choice to finally work on my dreams after letting others brings my dreams down. This is my dreams materialize and even though this blog is not where I would like it to be.  This is my blog, a work in progress, an attempt to follow the path I always wanted to carve myself. I tried and gave it my best and it is worth every moment I’ve put to it.

For those of you, who have followed along in my journey and have been supportive of my dreams. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for being great friends and for helping me slowly realize this dream.

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Thank you always for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

TSHIRT t and j design
CARDIGAN old navy (old)
SKIRT j crew
SHOES alexander wang  (old) (similar)
BAG rebecca minkoff
NECKLACE j crew (old) (similar)

Romantic: Lace and Satin

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The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. It’s definitely almost Spring here in the tropics. And we all know what that means, love, love is definitely in the air. It’s a time of renewing promises, renewing goals, and renewing commitments. Nature is doing this and so are people.

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I’ve always adored the look of these yellow flowers sprinkled on the ground in Febraury in Hawaii. They always seems to put a smile on my face, it reminds me that nature is getting the air ready for love.

While Febraury marks the last month of winter and is often a time to celebrate love, one of my favorite combinations for a dinner night out with the love of my life is satin and lace. This Spring’s collections  celebrate sheer fabrics and layers with lace and chiffon.

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In this outfit, I played with satin and lace layers for a romantic date night outfit using the concept of undergarments as outerwear. Here, I layered a satin camisole underneath this lace shell and paired it with a lacey A-line skirt. This look can be achieve by layering undergarments underneath or over tops.

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.:Outfit:.

CAMISOLE papaya (old)
SHELL guess jeans outlet (old)
SKIRT forever21 (similar here)
SHOES christian louboutin (old)
BAG tribeca (old)
EARRINGS t and j designs

2017 Shoe Wishlist

Hello All,

Sharing with you my 2017 Shoe Wishlist. Some of these are making it back from a few years ago and some are new pairs that I’d love to add to my shoe closet.  These styles have been mainstays in a few of these designer collections but I’ve been eyeing these for a while.

I’m completely in love with two pairs of shoes from Valentino, the Rockstud pumps and sandals. I love the elegant twist on the rock vibe. I’ve always loved spikes and I just love the juxtaposition of an elegant shoe with very masculine details.

I have two pairs of sandals on my wish list. The first is the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals.  I love the minimalist look of this shoe. The second is the Saint Laurent’s Tribute. It’s been on my wish list for the longest time. I’ve tried both pairs a few times and have been in love with their comfort.

I’ve recently been into two pairs of Manolo Blahnik pumps, the ever so popular BB Pumps and the iconic Hangisi.  I’ve always loved pumps and both of these are classic styles that are collection worthy. It also helps that the Hangisi was popularized by Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe obsession.

Last but not the list is the Gucci Marmont . I love it’s its chunky heel and loafer look. It reminds me a lot of vintage shoes because of its classic cut.

Thank you again for reading. What on your shoe wish list?

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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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

.:Outfit:.

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)

Wanderlust: Cruising Through Central America

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A few weeks ago we got an opportunity to take a break and spend time with family. Our first stop was Florida and a visit to the campus of University of Miami. versailles1

On our first night there, we got a chance to taste the Cuban food from Versaille Restuarant in Miami.

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Our first stop in Central America was Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras, were we got a chance to swim with dolphins. And a quick stop in Belize where we drifted down Rio Grande. Both places were full of eco-tours.

dolphinencounterroatan2roatan6roatan8.:Outfit:. BIKINI TOP gap (similar here) BIKINI BOTTOM (similar here) COVERUP asos FLIPFLOPS old navy (2 pack here)

We cruised up to Cozumel for some fun in the sun and a cooking class on Mexican food and learned strategies and recipes to bring back home.

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carribean.:Outfit:. TOP avasky SHORTS old navy SANDALS blue mountain (similar here )

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And finished the trip with a visit to the Mayan ruins.

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.:Outfit:.DRESS ava sky (similar here) SANDALS grey by saks 5th avenue (similar here)

Hope you enjoyed  these snap shots of the Western Carribbean.

XOXO,

Elle

A New Chapter Begins…

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing New Year’s Eve and you had an opportunity to spend it people that you care about and love. A New Year always promises a clean slate and the promise of a new beginning full of opportunities. I personally cannot wait to get this year started on the blog.

I’ve officially spent the first couple of days of the new year cleaning out my old room. So many nostalgic memories come with cleaning out an old space. I wanted to start the year right with a clean slate. Some pieces will be thrown away, others will be donated and sold and a few pieces will find a new home at our apartment.

As the New Year begins, its nice to set some goals as resolutions often fall on the wayside. Here’s a few of mine.

  1. Enjoy Life. 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.
  2. Be Healthy.  Focusing on eating right and healthy, taking time to exercise, as well as overall well being.
  3. Creativity is Key. Creating and being creative has been an integral part of my life and work ethnic. I would like to put more effort in creating a better creative space for myself.

Let’s have an amazing year full of gratefulness, laughter, family and friends. Put great effort into making 2017 the best year ever for you and for me.  Cheers!

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS forever21 (love this one and this one)
SHOES  christian louboutin (similar here)
BAG tj maxx find (similar 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

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

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