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A Touch of Greece: Pleated Shoulders and Textured Pencil Skirt

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Hey All,

My schedule got busy again. On top of work and all the activities I participate in regularly, this past month was eventful with the addition of going back to school and welcoming my nephew. But nevertheless, with such a busy schedule, there was some time to do some blog shoots. Hopefully, I can still keep up. Wish me luck.

Last year, during Hawaii Fashion Week, I was perusing through the work of local designers and have been admiring the work of a few who fit my style esthetic. I recently had the opportunity to meet and check out the work of The Cut Collective. I’ve been loving their collections and have become a fan of their work.

When I saw this top at their showroom a couple of weeks ago, I really loved the pleated shoulders and was inspired to create an outfit that celebrated its Grecian feel. I paired it with a textured midi skirt and finished the outfit with some brass and gold accessories. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

 

 

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SHIRT allison izu
SKIRT h and m
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACE express (old)
BRACELET zara, j crew

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

Smile, Laugh, and Sparkle

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As of late, life has been bustling with projects that I haven’t found time to sit down and write a new blog post. After working on a DIY project, I wanted to take advantage of this sliver of quiet time to gather my thoughts. There is so much to share with you because so many things are happening all at the same time. I do want to let you know that there are lots of things in store for this blog and I cannot wait to reveal them in time.

When life gets a little busy, I always try to remind myself to take a moment to spend time with people who can make me laugh and smile. Until next time.

XOXO,
Elle

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SHIRT forever21
PANTS 7 for all mankind
SHOES christian louboutin (old)

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

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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

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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

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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

For the Love of Denim: Pencil Skirts and Light Sweaters

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

There is something completely nostalgic about denim skirts. Before I found the perfect pair of jeans, I found the perfect denim skirt.  It has become a staple in my wardrobe as long as I can remember. I have them in different cuts and washes. Recently, I have been looking for one in a high waisted pencil cut in dark wash and I have been eye-ing this one from Zara for a while now.  I could not help but get it when it went on sale in December. It is the perfect blend of feminine and tough. The classic pencil cut and the dark wash allow the skirt to be worn with many different pairings. I can not wait to find more ways to wear this skirt.

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What is one of your staple pieces that you cannot live without?

Thank you again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,
Elle

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TOP zara
SKIRTS zara
SHOES sam edelmen “lorissa” (old)
RINGS fork ring, stacking rings
BRACELETS gap, handmade bangle, flea market finds

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Adding Color To Your World

 

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Photo Credit: Adam Levine

While perusing articles to get ideas for creating outfits, I realized that color plays a very important role. It not only gives interest to an outfit but life as well. How does one work with color? Is there a right or wrong way? There are definitely many ways to add color to an outfit. I’m going to be honest with you, When I first started out, I kept it simple. A pop of color here and there mixed in with my basic black and neutral pieces. But after a while, that gets a little boring. One of my rules is if it happens in nature, it will look great in an outfit. I love to take snapshots of flowers and animals and the environment around me for inspirations. Often I find  great color combinations that are outfit worthy.

A step up from snapshots is using the color wheel. As an artist, the color wheel is an essential tool. So simple but full of information about colors. Some ways to create color stories in outfits is to work with these color combinations.

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Monochromatic: tint, tone and shade of just one color. Sticking to one color and its many variations creates an amazing outfit.  Ex.  Shades of Purples in one outfit.

Analogous: Using colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Ex. Red-Violent and Red

Complimentary Colors: Colors that belong on opposite end of the color wheel.  Ex: Blue and Orange

Split Complimentary: Using a color with the two colors on each side of its complimentary color. For example: Red with Yellow-Green and Blue-Green. They work well because Red and Green are complimentary.

Triad: Three colors equally spaced from each other on the color wheel.  For Example: Orange, Green, and Violet

Tetrad: A combination of four colors which are two sets of complimentary colors. For example: Orange and Blue with Red and Green

Hope this was helpful and try it out. What will be the colors of your next outfit?

XOXO,

Elle

Boston Adventure: Sporty, Comfy and Stylish

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Hello All,
Hope you are having a wonderful week. I’m in New England visiting and decided to take a day in Boston. I absolutely love the city, its history, its architecture as well as the cuisine of the place. While in Boston, I like to take in the sights of the city, walking the Freedom Trail as well as the historical houses and places throughout Downtown Boston. While taking in the sights, I like to dress comfortably. I decided to wear my Adidas sneakers by Stella McCarthy. It’s fairly comfortable for walking around the city as well as sporty enough to train in. I figured it was perfect to the activities of the day. Also, enjoy some shots of the city.

XOXO,
Elle

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DRESS AS TOP banana republic
PANTS old navy
SHOES adidas stella mccarthy
ACCESSORIES gorjana, 7 for all mankind, homecoming honolulu

Photo Credit:  Adam Levine

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Shape of My Heart

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Hello All,

Just wanted to stop by for a quick post.  I love prints that give an outfit personality. When I saw this top a couple of weeks ago, I gravitated to it because of the heart print polka dot like pattern, its simple and classic but with a definite twist. Hope you are having a great weekend.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP cynthia rowley
SKIRT armani exchange
SHOES christian louboutin
ACCESSORIES jcrew

Photo Credit: Adam Levine

Green Bows and Sunny Skies

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Hello Everyone,
The weather in Hawaii has been a little unstable. Sunny, Rainy, Humid, Hot, and Cold. You name it, we had it and yes, we even have snow, but that’s on another island. It’s been hard to shoot outside with the weather we have been having. This outfit was shot last week when there was some sun in the morning.

I absolutely love the bow details on this pair of pants and the green is just the right amount of color. I try to find a reason to wear them often. I have to admit though that the women’s version of these pants were a little long for me so I opted to get the crewcuts version.

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Hope you are having an amazing day!
XOXO,
Elle

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TOP banana republic outlet
CARDIGAN gap outlet
BOTTOM jcrew crewcuts
SHOES tory burch
BAG dooney & burke
ACCESSORIES jcrew, homecoming honolulu, gap & gorjana

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