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Where the Sunflowers Grow

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For years, We have planned to go and check out the sunflower fields. This past weekend, we made it a point to check them out in bloom in the Waialua. They stood tall against the backdrop of a very clear and blue sky. They were amazingly beautiful. img_5151

It was nice to take in some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful yellow blooms. We could spot them on the road while driving to the Sunflower fields.

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sunflower3.jpgThe sunflowers were from the size of our palms to the size of our heads.
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sunflower4.jpgThe weather here has cooled down to the low seventies but Summer dresses are still appropriate for the days. I decided to wear a dress out on your day in the country.

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Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the Sunflowers as much as me.

XOXO,

Elle

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DRESS old navy
CARDIGAN old navy
SANDALS sanuks
BAG cult gaia
BELT muse
EARRINGS bevel hawaii

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Encapsulate: Starting Out

 

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The picture above is about 6 months old. A lot can happen in six months. It feels like life happened in fast forward. A new adventure started, so many goals came into fruition, new perspectives and a lot of changes. I’ll be sharing some of them with you in the next couple of posts.

While life was happening, my wardrobe for the past six months can be described as simplified. I’m so use to working with a closet full of clothes and I’m finding myself working with the few clothes I packed for the big move. No, I’m not  going anywhere different, just a few life changes, a new chapter and  a new apartment with very little space.

Space is definitely an issue, especially in Hawaii. It’s a small island with limited space and not a whole lot of room for houses and apartments. This got me thinking about Capsule Wardrobes and their utilitarian minimalism. I’ve been drawn to them lately and Pinterest is helping me figure it out somehow. I like the idea that less means more style.

It is said that the average women’s wardrobe about a hundred years ago consisted of about 35 pieces, 35 quality investment pieces. The advent of mass production and cheaper materials led to changes in our access to clothing and our wardrobes became larger and more cluttered. We live in such a surplus world that we never really think we can do so much with so little.  Surprisingly, I thought that 35 pieces was such a small amount until I started to see what I could do with it. It is simple math really, it’s something we learned in grade school, it’s all about combinations and permutations.

The French know it as the 5 piece wardrobe,  we call it the Capsule Wardrobe, some people want the feeling of a simplified life, others want to declutter and reorganize, while others want it to be packable for a journey.  Whatever the reason, it’s definitely something to consider.

Everyone is going to have their own reason. I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a long time, but the most important thing is to begin somewhere. Caroline from Un-Fancy did it in 2014.  I don’t want to re-invent the wheel so just click on the link above and you can check out her blog. Other bloggers have done it or are doing it. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon. I’m here just to share my story and my journey. I hope you join me.

So where do you begin exactly? First things first, don’t feel like you have to go through your whole closet and start donating everything you own. It’s not feasible, this is  a process that you just can’t jump into and go cold turkey, your just trying to live a clutter-free life filled with style so take your time and work through the process.

I CHALLENGE YOU to take this journey with me. Try it out and see where we all end up. We all need support groups and friends to help us along the way, why not do it together and create a space to share. I just want for you and me to help each other learn how to work with our wardrobes and live a stylish clutter free life.

I’ve starting this blog feature to hear from you and to share ideas as we go through this process.  I hope you join me in this journey.

XOXO,

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.:Outfit:.
TOP forever 21
BOTTOM forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin
JEWELRY jcrew

Of Polka dots and Cardigans

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an amazing weekend spent with your family and friends. Recently, the weather in Hawaii is a bit cooler than usual.  It is times like this that I bring out the light sweaters and cardigans. They are my absolute favorite laying piece. I have several colors of lights sweaters and cardigans that are good to pair with pieces in my closet that are more neutral.

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For this outfit, I started with a black and white base and added a pop of orange-red. I love to add brighter colors to black and white outfits.

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Thanks again for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT j crew outlet
CARDIGAN papaya clothing
SKIRT forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin

Saturday Nostalgia

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They say that the person you are today is a reflection of who you were in the past, just better.  I have to admit the things that I pick out for my closet now definite reflect certain memorable items from my childhood.

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I’ve always loved beaded jewelry. I think the first beaded piece of jewelry I owned was given to me by my mother. It was a bracelet made of red seads with black dots at the very tip of each bead. They were strung up on a wax linen string. I adored it as a child. Today, I pick out beaded jewelry that I love to wear over and over again with different outfits. I love their earthy character.

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Besides beaded jewelry, I’ve always loved the feel of a great pair of jeans. I must have been in the 5th grade when I learned that a great pair was essential. I adore this biker style black pair of jeans. I love the textured knees.

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What are items in your closet take you back to your childhood? Let me know. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT allison izu
PANTS forever 21
SHOES coach
RINGS m33ms jewelry, silver spoon jewelry, tiffany and co., cinnamon girl

Cobalt Blue

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Hey everyone!

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I hope you are having a great Saturday. I’m loving the clear blue skies we have been having lately.

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I’m currently loving blues. I am really loving the richness of the color and the peacefulness it exudes. One of the pieces from my closet that I’ve been pairing for different outfits is this cobalt blue pencil skirt. For this outfit, I paired it with a striped button down, a nude pair of shoes, and a little bit of bling.

Let me know what you think. Take care and thanks for reading.

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT h and m
SKIRT j. crew
SHOES michael kors
NECKLACE elizabeth stone jewelry

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Anniversaries, Bows, Pearls, and Audrey

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Hello Everyone,

This past weekend marked the 3rd year anniversary of A Pair of Shoes For Everyday. This blog has taught me so much in the past couple of years about myself, my personal style as well as blogging. I am truly grateful for all the support that all of you have given me. I want to say THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to share with you my dreams. This blog would not be possible without all of you.

bows and pearlsTo the all the individuals who have helped me along the way (my friends, my family, my readers, my followers, the people who have sponsored this blog, my photographer and guest photographers, and the blogging community) thank you for your constant support and love. I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to work with all of you and be inspired by you. I do not know where this blog will take me in the coming year, all I know is that I cannot wait for this blogging year to be AMAZING.

bows and pearlsI wanted to celebrate the blog’s anniversary with an inspired look by one of my favorite style icons, Audrey Hepburn.  A classic a-line dress, a simple but elegant strand of pearls and a simple pair of red pumps that speaks to the timelessness of great style.

I hope your week will be amazing.

With thankfulness and love,

Elle

 

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DRESS kate spade
SHOES bcbg generation
NECKLACES tj maxx find

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

New Year’s Day: Pearls, Fringe and 20’s Twist

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I’m completely amazed by how quickly 2014 passed. This year felt like a great big juggling act between school, work, and this blog. I learned so much about myself, time management, and my goals. I have to admit 2014 was a big year for this blog. It received some cool sponsorships, amazing collaborations, and it would not have been possible without you. You (my friends, my family, and my readers) have made this blog and I greatly appreciate your time, support, and encouragement. Thank you as well for giving be an opportunity to express myself. I hope you had an amazing 2014 and wish that you have an unforgettable 2015 filled with happiness, peace, and joy. Cheers!

XOXO,
Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
SKIRT fringe dress
SHOES christian louboutin
BAG tjmaxx find

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Tulle and Tee Shirts

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Hey All,

There is something completely whimsical about tulle skirts. I love the airiness and flow of the fabric. I adore the fact that they can be worn casual or formal depending on the pairing. The tulle skirt I am wearing in this picture took me a year to make. It’s not because it was hard to make. It took a year because I put it off while I made different styles of tulle skirts in between. This was the first tulle skirt I attempted to make but I made it a little little different from the others. I took it apart several times before I settled on hand pleating each layer and then finishing it.

Today, I decided to wear my tulle skirt with my favorite simple fitted tee, it reminds me of a ballerina’s outfit, simple and romantic.  I decided to pull it all together with an obi belt and a pair of nude pumps to lengthen my frame.

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT j crew factory
SKIRT diy tulle skirt
SHOES michael kors
BELT ada collection

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Sweater Weather: Leopard Spots and Biker Details

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My absolute favorite time of the year is sweater weather in Hawaii. It’s just enough cool to wear light jackets and sweaters. I have a preference for light sweaters and layering. The cool thing about sweater weather here is that its still sunny with a bit of chill in the wind.

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Leopard is back this Fall and Winter and it’s more feminine than ever. I found this sweater a year and a half ago. I love the leopard print on the yoke. It has enough leopard to keep the sweater interesting but not over powering. I used it to layer over a basic white shirt and a pair of biker detailed pants.

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How do you wear your sweaters?  Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

.:Outfit:.

SWEATER forever 21 (old)
SHIRT forever 21 (old)
PANTS forever 21
SHOES michael kors (old)
RING silver spoon jewelry

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Blue and Brass: Ocean Blue Midi with Brass Details

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Hey All,

I hope you had an amazing couple of weeks. School and work is tapering down for me and I’m looking forward to a long awaited trip. Before I step into the cold winters of the mid-west, I’m going to enjoy the next couple of weeks of cool days and sunny skies.

Shades of blue are in this season and when I saw this midi skirt it reminded me of the cool ocean blues that surround Hawaii.  I choose this brass necklace to compliment the brass studs in the shoes. I love how the gold tone of the brass brings out the richness of the blue.

 

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Thanks again to reading. How do you wear your blues? Let me know. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT rumi murakami
SKIRT h and m
SHOES coach
NECKLACE stella and dot
RINGS tiffany co, m33ms designs, silver spoon jewelry, random rings

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

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