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The Relevance of a Pacific Fashion Perspective

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.

Dress: Ten Tomorrow
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Photo Credit: Angela Matian

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.

XOXO,

Elle

Sweaters & Interesting Details

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.

XOXO,

Michelle

P.S. My hair was braided by Tiffany from TBraids808Hawaii. Thank you for making my hair for amazing.

SWEATER forever21 (old)
T SHIRT all saints
PANTS uniqlo
SANDALS isabel marant “jeyka”
HAIR tbraids808hawaii

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

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

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

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

Lately



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Lately, I’ve been posting outfits more often on Instagram apart from my blog posts. I’m not into contests but I found this more of a challenge to force me to wear my clothes and be a little creative with what I have in the closet.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Fighting Eel for as long as I can remember. My introduction to the brand was Alex the owner of Second Skin when it was at Ward Warehouse. Alex had great fashion sense and choice. I got to know him and the brands he carried and one of them happened to have been Fighting Eel. I love the modern cut of the dresses and tops and the idea that two local designers were doing what they loved and getting attention from famous people for it. I was amazed. I loved their vision for the brand, the fact that each piece could be worn anywhere depending on each wearers personality. I liked the fact that the brand gave me a sense of local identity without trying to fit into flower print island fashion which was not my style.

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As I attempt to complete 30 days of Fighting Eel, I want to remember the guy who introduced me to the brand. Despite the fact that we lost him a few years back, the contest reminds me of our conversations and the friendship built on Fighting Eel.

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XOXO,

Elle

Summer Time: Banyans and Bananas

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to an amazing weekend. Lately, I’ve gone back to drawing again, mostly drawing up designs for stuff I want to make with my sewing machine. I’ve been thinking of maybe doing some DIY posts but I’m not really sure yet. I need your help with making that decision so let me know in the comments if you would like to see that go up on this blog.

It’s been very humid lately with temperatures in the 90’s. Summer is definitely approaching. It’s summer days like this when I feel like throwing on a graphic tee (just like this banana design from J. Crew), a pair of shorts, and some gladiator sandals. This is my summer time uniform just because it’s so easy and effortless.

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I hope you have a great weekend. Have some fun in the sun.

XOXO,
Elle

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.:Outfit:.

TOP jcrew
SHORTS forever21
BAG diy clutch
SANDALS gray by saks fifth avenue

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Pretty in Pink: Sparkle, Pearls and Pink Tulle

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having an amazing week. The week is almost over and the day of love, hearts and passion is just around the corner.

I had a talk with my aunt the other day about my childhood dreams and she reminded that before I even started school, she remembers me loving to dress up to put on fashion shows or practicing pirouette and plié movements in ballet performances on the staircase landing of my grandmother’s house. She knew back then that I had always loved fashion and the arts. It is a dream that has never gone away. She reminded me that my first love was always and is always with me today and that it’s never really to late to follow my dreams. Perhaps the true meaning of love is just that, to follow what makes our soul the happiest and our dreams within reach.

As the holiday of love, humanity, passion, care, and romantic gestures comes, perhaps the one thing we forget is that the person who started it in history followed his dream of sharing love with people. We often forget that the holiday is far more than gestures of love with a significant other, shapes of hearts, candy, and flowers but rather gestures of love to human kind and to follow our passions despite judgement.

To celebrate my love for the arts and to remind me that my dreams are just within reach, is a tulle skirt, pearls and some sparkle. Perfect for an evening to celebrate dreams, wishes, and hopes.

Thank you again reading. I hope you have an amazing weekend full of joy and happiness. And don’t forget dreams are always within reach.

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XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP ann taylor
SKIRT space46boutique
SHOES Christian louboutin “yoyo”
BAG proenza schouler ps1
NECKLACES forever21, oiajules

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Where All the Flowers Bloom: Floral Skirt and Polka Dot Shirt

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

While going to the grocery store the other day, I was completely inspired by the beautiful orange flowers on this wall. They reminded of spring and summer weather and a floral skirt I bought last year that is vibrant and so full of life. I could not wait to go home and play with different pairings for the skirt. After some thought, I decided to pair if with a polka dot button down that accents the magenta and orange orchid design. It was a little rainy today, and the floral design reminded me that spring is just around the corner.
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Thank you again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

TOP j crew
SKIRTS ann taylor
SHOES  yoyo by christian louboutin
RINGS fork ring, random stacking rings, tiffany and co.
BRACELETS bracelets with a message

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Let’s Chill: Sweatshirts and Jeans

IMG_6094Hawaii’s winter weather is nothing like the one you find on the continent. Snow only covers our highest mountains for a short period of time. This winter has been wet and windy and definitely unpredictable. The temperatures have dropped to the low 60’s and mid 50’s here.  “Cold” for Hawaii standards if you ask me. When the weather drops, it’s definitely time to bring out the sweaters and the sweatshirts.  Recently, sweatshirts and jeans have been my uniform for the “colder” weather in Hawaii.  It keeps me warm, cozy, and comfortable on chilly days. I like to pair mine with jeans that have interesting textures and prints and keep it interesting by layering necklaces over them.Sweatshirts

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So what’s your colder weather uniform? Let me know.

Thank you again for reading. Take care and have a great Monday.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

SWEATSHIRT old navy
PANTS j brand
SHOES christian louboutin (old)
RINGS silver spoon jewelry, unbranded
BRACELETS handmade by me
NECKLACE forever21, leslie danzis

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Downtown Adventure: Modern Mod Dress and Simple Crossbody

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you are having a great week. This past weekend, I celebrated the two year anniversary of A Pair of Shoes for Everyday. It’s been a great year of learning and growing but I could not help but celebrate the small successes.

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To celebrate this little blog that can, we decided for a Downtown Honolulu adventure. For several years, Downtown Honolulu has gone through major transformations, there are so many cool places to eat and lounge as well as shop. We decided to checkout a new location for Marukame Udon and Tempura before checking out the different boutiques.  I like the atmosphere and character of downtown; the different architectural styles, the red bricked buildings, the patches of cobble stone walkways, the older buildings of China Town intermingled with soaring skyscrapers and the small welcoming gardens for people taking a break.  Everyone is always coming or going but on holidays, it is quite peaceful.

After lunch, we walked down the street to check out the boutiques that have sprung up near the landmark Hawaii Theatre. On days like this, I like to pop into Fighting Eel to see their latest line, check the stock  of Jeffrey Campbell shoes at Homecoming Boutique, new artful accessories at Ginger13 or stop by Let Them Eat Cupcakes to pick up my favorite flavors. Today however, I decided to check out Barrio Vintage to peruse their selection of vintage finds and check out Cake Envy for their amazing cheesecakes.

Recently, my go to purse is this cream Tribeca Hudson Street Crossbody. I’m rarely ever interested in handbags or bags for that matter but I picked this up a couple of months ago to make it easier to carry all the essentials. It was the bag of choice as I ran out the door for our downtown adventure.  It’s so easy to pair with anything, perfect for days you want your hands to be free, and great for shopping and running errands.

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What’s your bag of choice?

Thank you again for reading. Take care and Enjoy the rest of your week.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

DRESS bamboo sky
SHOES jeffrey campbell
BAG tribeca hudson street crossbody by joy gryson

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

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