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Warm and Cozy Plaid and Hunter Boots

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Hello Everyone,

Before the temperatures dipped and the snow started to fall full force, we got a chance to take some pictures outside. I’m loving the fact that I can layer more here than back in Hawaii. I’m loving the winter weather. I know it’s very cold but I can’t help but enjoy getting cozy, drinking some hot chocolate, keeping warm, and spending time with family and friends. There is something so beautiful about snow covered landscapes. I love the way the snow blankets the land like it’s preparing a big surprise for spring. I find it amazingly gorgeous.

 

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I don’t know what it is about winter weather but plaid flannels  come to mind. It’s warm and cozy and so comfortable. I decided to pair this shirt with corduroy pants, heated socks and my Hunter boots. They definitely kept me warm outside while I slushed around in the grass.

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Thank you so much for reading.

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XOXO,
Elle

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TOP forever21
SHIRT j. crew
PANTS j brand
SHOES hunter
BELT american eagle

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Layered Sparkle and Stripes

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an great Wednesday.

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This past week, we traveled up North to Michigan to spend time with family and friends. When we arrived, there was little snow on the ground and the air was chilly. I decided to play with layering for colder weather since I do not really have an opportunity to do that here in Hawaii. The focal piece of this outfit is definitely this striped skirt I purchased last year. It proved to be a great piece that’s simple and dressy. I continued the striped theme onto the turtle neck and layered a pull over on top to bring it all together. I added thick knit stockings to keep my legs warm from the chill and warmed up with my coat. I definitely do not know if I could get use to the cold but I love to layer.

Hope you have an great day. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,
Elle
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SHIRT forever21
SWEATER forever21
SKIRT j. crew
STOCKINGS worthington
SHOES dr. martens
BELT ann taylor
JEWELRY leslie danzis

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Red-Fresh: New Do, New Look, New Beginnings

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Happy Monday Everyone,

I hope you are thoroughly enjoying the start of 2015. A couple of months ago, I decided to change up my hair since I started to get bored with growing it out. If you know me, I have the tendency to change up my hair every couple of months or so but in the past year, I have felt the need to grow it out and give it some length, a very stark difference from shorter cuts that I adore. The one thing that I do when I do not feel like cutting my hair is, to give it some color just to keep it interesting. I find that changing your hair is one way to do a mini make over without spending large amount of mula.

I wanted ombre hair a while back but since my hair was sporting a shorter style a couple of years ago the hair style was not conducive for ombre. I’m also a huge fan of peek-a-boo color. I wanted one of the other and I just could not get settled on a hair coloring style that I liked. I did do some research on Pinterest to find different options. I worked proposed the ideas to my stylist, Karin from M. Matoi Studio in Kakaako, Honolulu. Karin has been my stylist for years and she always does an amazing job with my hair no matter what challenge I bring her way. And mind you, she has almost given me every hairstyle in the book.  It’s always good to find a stylist you can always trust and really know what styles would fit your hair. She proposed peek-a-boo in the front and a red ombre in the back. I love the results.

So what will be your new hairstyle for 2015? Let me know. If you have any questions fill free to comment or email.

 

XOXO,

Elle

 

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DRESS  h and m
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACE leslie danzis, elizabeth stone jewelry
HAIR Karin from M. Matoi Studio

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Naturally Nautical: Stripes and Summer

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Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you are having an amazing week. It’s almost the end of July and summer is half way over. Summer has got to be my favorite time of the year. It’s almost always sunny here, the summer heat definitely calls for some beach time and ice cream.

The moment I saw these shorts, they reminded me instantly about summer and the ocean.  Its nautical navy stripes paired with a woven white top and espadrilles make it a perfect outfit to keep cool during the summer months.

What’s your favorite summer time outfit?

Thank you again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,
Elle

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TOP old navy (old)
SHORTS j. crew outlet
SHOES deisel (old)
RINGS tide pool hawaii
BAG tribeca (old)

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Leopard in the Desert

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Amazing Saturday Everyone!

This is my second installment of my collaboration with Kris from KM2 Creative in Las Vegas. When we first discussed the collaboration, Kris mentioned doing the shoot at the dry lake bed. I really did not know what to expect but I figured I’d put together an outfit that really celebrates the unique desert features of the area.

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While out shopping in Las Vegas, I spotted (no pun intended) this gorgeous leopard print trousers, the unique rosette pattern definitely called out to me. Usually, leopard print is so bold that in the past I gravitated to only accessorize with it. But after falling in love with these pants, I could not help but step out of my comfort zone a little.

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The leopard print trousers was perfect for the shoot. It complimented the backdrop that we were working with perfectly. Because the print from the pants is bold, I decided to wear a simple white blouse  and nude pumps.

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XOXO,

Elle

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TOP zara
PANTS zara
SHOES nine west
BRACELET zara
CLUTCH tjmaxx find

PHOTO CREDIT:  Kris Mayeshiro. For more of Kris’s Work Check Out  KM2 Creative

Good Friends, Great Times: Lace and Pleats

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Hello All,

This past Spring break, I flew up to Las Vegas to celebrate my best friend’s wedding as well as spend some time with great friends. While visiting, I got a chance to do a photo shoot with my good friend Kris from KM2 Creative. It was so much fun shooting on location as well as learning so much about fashion photography. I have to say, I’m super proud of him for following his dreams as a artist. He is truly an inspiration.

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While on my mini vacation in Las Vegas. I like to shop at places that we do not have in Hawaii.  One of my favorite places to frequent is Zara. I love their selection of pieces. They are always on trend and runway inspired. When I first saw this skirt on their website, I instantly fell in love with the colors of the lace. I loved it more when I saw the skirt in person at their Las Vegas store. It is a such a beautiful piece that I wanted to really highlight the skirt in this outfit by choosing pieces that were more subtle.

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 Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think and leave me a comment below.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP zara
SKIRT zara
SHOES nine west
BRACELET zara

PHOTO CREDIT:  Kris Mayeshiro. For more of Kris’s Work Check Out  KM2 Creative

Summer Lace & Retro Pearls

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Hey Everyone,

Nothing reminds me of summer more than cream and lace. When I first saw this blouse from J. Crew, I absolutely adored the puffy lace sleeves and the airy cotton bodice,  perfect for the warm summer days and nights in Hawaii. I foresee this blouse becoming a definite summer wardrobe staple. I cannot wait to pair it with shorts for a more casual look or dress it up a bit with a high waist pencil skirt.

 

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I added retro inspired pieces like the pearl and pyramid bangles and the pearl leaf necklace to dress it up a bit. I love the creamy look of the gold paired with the pearls in each of these pieces,  the gold is subtle and not overpowering so it dresses up this casual outfit.

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Thank you once again for reading.

XOXO,
Elle

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TOP j crew
PANTS old navy
SHOES tory burch “reva’
BRACELETS j crew
NECKLACE tj maxx
BAG london fog

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Dressed Up: Pearls and Taffeta

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Hello All,

I hope you are having a wonderful week. While on  a short hiatus on the blog, I attended a formal event at the Neal Blaisedell Concert Hall. I really did not have a lot of time to shop for a gown so I decided on putting together an outfit of items from my closet.

This is what I was able to put together. I found an ivory lace top that had a high collar and paired it with a maxi taffeta skirt that I quickly put together. I finished the simple outfit with multiple strands of pearls.  The lace, taffeta, and pearls pairing created a very dressed up look. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

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TOP forever21
SKIRT diy taffeta skirt
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACES 5 strands of pearls from the flea market

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Leopard and Floral

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Hey All,

I’m back from my short hiatus. April and May were really busy months for me but I’m glad to inform you that while I was away, I was working on a couple of projects that I can not wait to share with you.

I’ve seen leopard with floral combined before but I have not gotten myself into putting that combination together for an outfit. When I saw this blouse a couple of months ago, I instantly fell in love with the pop of neon peaking through the darker colors of the shirt. I wanted to pair it with shoes that was neutral but accented the print on the shirt. I decided the leopard and floral pairing was worth a shot. What do you think? Let me know.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

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SHIRT j crew
PANTS 7 for all mankind
SHOES saint laurent
BELT ann taylor

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Spring Confidence: Silver Spoon Jewelry and Mockingbirds and Hummingbirds

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Hey Everyone,

Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you are having a great week. Spring is around the corner and I cannot wait  for Spring blooms and the beautiful sounds of birds in the morning.

I have always been fascinated with bird patterns and motifs. I love how birds can go where ever they please with a flap of their wings or have beautiful feather coats with colorings that can inspire outfits. Birds are delicate, strong, beautiful, and bold.  A bird that strikes my interest is the mockingbird, the master of imitation and languages, it often represents learning through experience, curiousity, intelligence, and confidence. They remind me of the women in my family who have traveled the world to learn and teach and the conversations I had with my great grand aunts who lived in foreign lands at the dinner table when I was little. The beautiful silverware they gathered from different parts of the globe telling me of their great travels.

When Silver Spoon Jewelry approached me about doing a blog post and I had the opportunity to choose a piece that I connected  with the first thing that caught my eye was this beautiful hummingbird piece that’s new to their line, it reminded me of mockingbirds. It’s vintage appeal, it reminds me of my great aunts stories that inspired me as a child visiting at the family house in Caaoacan in the Philippines. Like mockingbirds, hummingbirds have many talents that allow them to be resilient as well as achieve great feats despite their small size.

To celebrate the women in your family, whether they are your aunt, mother, sister, cousin, or any special woman in your life, Silver Spoon Jewelry is offering free shipping on all orders using the promo code  ShoesForEveryday2014 until the end of April just in time for Mother’s day.

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

XOXO,
Elle

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DRESS forever21
SCARF forever21 (old)
SHOES kate spade
BROOCH silver spoon jewelry use promo code: ShoesForEveryday2014 until the end of April
RINGS cinnamon girl, tiffany and company
BAG london fog

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

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