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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

 

 

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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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

Subtle and Elegant: Lace Dress

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having an great start to your week. I’m loving the sun shiny skies in Hawaii coupled with the chill of the winter wind. It’s great weather, definitely the best of both worlds.

I wore this dress a couple of months ago for a special photo shoot with Vivid Foto in downtown Honolulu. Several pictures were taken in front of the red brick walls near the Irish pubs. This part of downtown reminds me so much of the North East especially Boston.

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I absolutely adore this lace floral dress. I love the organic look of the lace overlay and the way the edges border the dress. I keep the shoes and accessories simple because I really wanted to emphasize the subtle details of the dress.

 

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

XOXO,
Elle

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.:Outfit:.

DRESS forever21
SHOES zara
JEWELRY elizabeth stone jewelry

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

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

.:Outfit:.

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

Fade to Gray: Gray Stripes and Violet Highlights

 

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Happy Saturday Everyone,

The weather here is getting chilly especially for Hawaii standards. It is definitely my favorite time of year because I have the opportunity to layer, something I do not have a chance to do the rest of the year.

Gray is big this season and I wanted to create an outfit using different shades of gray. I found this dress from Florencia Arias, a local designer, and I instantly fell in love with the cut and the subtle stripes of gray. I like to mix pieces that have structure to pieces that are more organic so naturally, I chose this open cardigan for its shape and added a pop of color with this scarf.

 

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Thank you so much for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

 

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DRESS florencia arias
SWEATER gap
SHOES zara
RINGS silver spoon jewelry, cinnamon girl, m33ms, tiffany and co.

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

.:Outfit:.

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

.:Outfit:.

TOP zara
SKIRT zara
SHOES nine west
BRACELET zara

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

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

 

 

.:Outfit:.

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

PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Levine

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