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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

Something Old, Something New: Putting it All Together

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My photographer and I wanted to try something new by doing a night time shoot. Let me know how it turned out. One of the hardships with night time shoots is always lighting. I think he did a good job with what little light we had available.

I have recently examine my closet and realized that my closet is a mixture of pieces that I have collected over the years; pieces from college that I try too keep in good condition, hand me down pieces, pieces I have found on Ebay, discounted and outlet items, some vintage and thrifted acquisitions and new pieces. Despite where I have found most of the pieces from my closet, one thing remains the same, they all fit my style. It’s not as incohesive as described above, there is definitely a running style thread that makes all the pieces in my closet fit together.

This outfit is just that, a hodge podge of different items that just fit together.  From my pairs of Christian Louboutin heels to vintage items liked this polka dot skirt which was a great find from Barrio Vintage, a local vintage shop, to the cropped short sleeve sweater from the  Peter Pilotto for Target collection and the glue that ties them to together, is a classic white button down shirt that can be worn with anything.

One quote that sticks out to me from one of my favorite designers as a child, Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashion fades, Style is Eternal.” Stay Stylish Ladies and Gentlemen.

XOXO,

Elle

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SHIRT forever21
SWEATER peter pilotto for target
SKIRT barrio vintage
SHOES christian louboutin (old)

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

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

Vintage Appeal: Damask Print and Pearls

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I gravitate towards classic silhouettes with unexpected fabrics and prints. When I first saw this shift dress, I instantly fell in love with the bold damask print. I love it’s vintage appeal and charm. I definitely could not wait to pair it with strands of pearls and silver accents.

Thank you again for reading. Take care and blessings.

XOXO,
Elle

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DRESS everly
SHOES bcbgeneration (old)
RINGS silverspoonjewelry, unbranded
NECKLACE forever21 (old)
BRACELETS handmade by me

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

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

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

Thank Yous and My 2014 Wish List

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This made it to my wish list last year and it makes it again this year. It’s extremely hard to find  a red one in my size since many colors from Balenciaga is seasonal. Last week I found another option but we will see what the year brings.

I tried these at Nordstrom the other week and my calves do not seem to fit in this boot. I’m hoping to add it sometime in the future and perhaps stretch the boot to fit my calves better.

My All Time Favorite Bag. It is makes it on my wishlist again this year.

Kate Spade had a version of this but I really like the look of this cross body and work appropriate style. It’s classic, durable, and a great price.

I love high quality vintage items. I’ve been looking for one of these for a while, not to find it in the right color at the right price point.

I absolutely adore the layers of metal feathers. It is an amazing statement piece that I would love to have in my collection one day. It is also another wishlist item that is making it back on the list this year.

This piece is dainty and rugged at the same time. I love the balance of sparkle and spikes.
Last but not the least, a Celine Micro Luggage in a neutral color. It is a classic that I would like to have in my collection of handbags.

Hello All,
I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am a little early with next year’s wish list but I figured I will post it before I review this year’s wish list.  I am truly very grateful for an extremely amazing year for myself as well as this blog. I definitely would not have done this blog without everyone who has stopped by and read, left comments, and gave me advice. I have a couple of special Thank Yous I would love to send out. I want to thank Kelly from Alterations Needed  for giving me the most valuable advice about branding and blogging. Without her, I do not think I would have taken the step to own my own domain. I also want to thank Ashley from One Fine Day for all the blog advice and support. Many many thank yous also go out to Taryn Reid  Photography, Glenn Andaya Photo, and Adam Levine, my current photographer and marketing consultant for all their wonderful photography. I have truly learned so much from each of you. In addition, I want to thank everyone who has read this blog and took the time to share your lives with me through comments or even emails. Without you this blog would not be where it is today.  2013 was definite a year of surprises and big steps and I truly cannot wait to make more new friends in the blogging world. Thank you for a great 2013 and I’m hoping for an even better 2014.

I’ve definitely learned to appreciate Lists. I found this cool new strategy called Bullet Journals and it takes lists to a different level. I am using it at the moment to organize myself and to be as efficient as possible.  Last year, I created a Wish List of Luxury Fashion Items that I really wanted to add to my wardrobe. This year I am going to do the same. I have a few repeats and deletions from last year but again I am going to say that lists help people realize their goals and I’m going to see if it will work again this year.

What’s on your wishlist for 2014?

XOXO,
Elle

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