Aloha Friday

Happy Aloha Friday Everyone!!

I've decided to go against my normal aversion to the aloha wear legacy.  With the rest of the world jumping on the Aloha print bandwagon, I find myself reconsidering my rebellion of it.  Fashion is about breaking boundaries and reinventing past styles into exciting new ways.  That being said, Hawaiian wear has def evolved over the years and its inspiration is now splashed on the runways of major designer brands.  While locally we cling to the more traditional fits & prints, I really look forward to future of aloha wear locally & worldwide.

I've scrapped the idea of a classic cotton button down aloha shirt for a more playful blouse in a modern digital fern print.  I love the crew collar, shirt tail back, & sexy side slit.  With the Hawaii heat, I thought it appropriate to pair with my new favorite high-waisted shorts.  It's so hard to find WHITE shorts.  Lastly, I'm OBSESSED with my new bag by Poverty Flats & new Dolce Vita shoes.  There are no words. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.  I do want to stress that this uber comfy cute outfit is how I want to dress all summer long...

Trinkets & Treasures….Here's a run down of my teeny tiny jewelry pieces.  Click photos for larger view. 

  • Quartz hoops, Labradorite bracelet, & Amazonite bracelet by Pure Joy Adornments (made in Hawaii).  
  • Feather Cuff by House of Harlow.
  • Watch by Casio - American Apparel. 
  • Midi ring & Duo Ring by Panacea Designs (made in Hawaii).  

My handbag is by Poverty Flats.  It comes with a clear removable pouch to keep your goodies nice & organized.  I JUST DIE over this bag.  Now how to keep my clumsy self from getting it dirty?!

Tropical Tee - Top Shop.  Cut off shorts - Bamboo Sky.  Shoes by Dolce Vita.  

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Lifestyle Stylin'

I've been a bit busy lately shooting editorials, look books, & product shots so it was nice to branch out into a lifestyle shoot.  I was contacted by the talented, Los Angeles based photographer, Natasha Lee.  Click here for her website.  Together we assembled a wonderful team:
Models - Annika B. & Katy G.
Hair + Makeup - Mahina Boersma 

We shot in Kailua & it was just magical.  Salt + Sun really does cure the soul.  I hope you enjoy this series.  I hope to work with all these ladies again soon.  

Dress by Gillia Hawaii.  Vest - House of Aria.  Drop Necklaces by Pure Joy Adornments.  Long Bead Necklace - Calypso St. Barth.  

Swimsuit by Estuaries NY.  Coverup & Necklace - Calypso St. Barth.  

Kaftan - Calypso St. Barth.  Earrings by Pure Joy Adornments.  

Jacket, Pants, & Necklaces - Calypso St. Barth.  Shirt - H&M.  Hat - Basique Threads. 

Scalloped Cami - Bamboo Sky.  Jewelry by Pure Joy Adornments.  Silk Pant - Calypso St. Barth.  Hat - House of Aria. 

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Love, Summer

It's that time…the suns out, the sand is calling, & my terribly pale skin is crying for a little attention.  Summer is here & I love it.  To welcome in my namesake season I decided to throw on my favorite bikini & hit the beach for much needed vitamin D.  I wanted to keep my outfit minimal…you don't need much on a perfect day!  Every girl should have a clean white boyfriend button down though; & if you love my swim suit…I DESIGNED IT (shameless self bragging).  Find them in my Shop :) 

I'm also really excited to show off my accessories today.  My outfit is so clean that I just had to try out the bracelet layering trend.  I started off with just a few (I know there are girls who can manage the million arm candy posts).  Seri Marea Jewelry sent me some pieces that are just so cutie-patootie.  See detail shots below.  I hope you are all enjoying the start of Summer as much as meeeee!


I'm normally not an "arm candy" type of gal but I couldn't help myself.  I really loved the flow of the bracelets I have today.  

I just ADORE my custom made initial friendship bracelet!!  Thank you Isobel…it's my new daily add-on.  Everyone click here for her Etsy shop!  She also hand crafted the fun chunky turquoise+pyrite bracelet.  Did I mention she's from DUBLIN?? 

I paired my new finds with some old Jewel Mint bracelets…I've been sitting on these for YEARS, never wearing them because I just couldn't find the inspiration to layer…UNTIL TODAY. 

I def get why everyone stacks the bracelets though…It's addicting.  It's an easy way to kick up the cool-factor. 

Boyfriend Button Down - Gap.  "Veronica Swimsuit" - Summer Style Shop.  Turquoise + Pyrite bracelet & Initial Friendship Bracelet by Seri Marea Jewelry.  Cross Link Bracelet & Spiked Bracelet - Jewel Mint.  Sunnies - Roberta Oaks. 

Photographer - Andrew Tran : Thanks for making me look good in a swimsuit :D Whoo hop…you nailed it. 

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Crazy Cat Lady

Two consistent jokes in my life are:
1. I am an old lady inside + out
2. I am the epitome of a crazy cat lady.  

Obviously to anyone who follows me on IG, (@summerstylehi) I'm DEF a crazy cat lady.  So this is a blog dedicated to my love for kitties AND as a reminder for myself to dress up for fun.  Please take note of the cat-eye sunglasses, cat-eye makeup, "MEOOW" shirt, and leopard print shoes.  Oh yes…I went there….crazy cat lady = me.  Maybe I'm one you'll find socially acceptable? Or at least….fashionable?  

I decided to shoot at a playground since I'm rediscovering my inner child.  I also chose to bare all in a flirty & oh-so-fitted outfit.  I've worked out & dieted the week before this blog…just being honest!  I do have to admit, I am really feelin' the illusion of curves with this awesome pencil skirt; tight might be working for me!  My favorite thing by far is MY SHOES.  I wear them ALL the time now & I can't get over it.  I'm always on the run & they keep me trendy while comfy.  Lastly, did you see the green eyeliner? Fun right?! Since I usually keep my makeup to a minimum, a pop of color is exactly how I want to spice it up.  Well, I hope you like this entry…I put a lot of thought into it since I've been a bit MIA.  

Mew…mew..mew =^..^=

Sunnies & Rings- Nordstrom.  Crop top + Skirt - H&M.  Necklace - Forever 21.  Shoes - Aldo.  

Special Thanks to:
Makeup + Photographer - Isabella Hashimoto

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Fashion Math with Honolulu SHOPS Mag

Another season means another issue of Honolulu SHOPS Magazine!!! I got to freelance on a fun 90's inspired article.  Sooooo cool. I really liked channeling my inner Cher from Clueless.  Check out my article!  Spring issue on stands NEOW. Get it while it's haute.  


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She Stands Alone

I'm beyond late on posting these pictures but…they are here. FINALLY.  Former local boy Geoff Mau, now a transplant in SF, invited me to style an editorial shoot while he was home on vacation.  Of course I'd jump at the chance to work with someone who's diverse portfolio reads like a culmination of all my favorite fashion mags.  (Click here for his website).

Geoff wanted to go for a moodier shoot with a strong woman in a hazy grey world.  I'm currently OBSESSED with white so we found a way to incorporate both ideas into one amazing shoot.  This was my first experience working with Jordann Aguon (hair and makeup) and Jodi (model).  I think we make a good team right?  

I paired up with local designer Mari Nakamura once more for the perfect mix of hard edge fashion & femininity.  I love her use of faux leather, mesh, & chiffon.  We completed the look with some heavy metal accessories, including mirrored glasses that I  MADE MYSELF (shameless bragging haha).  I hope you all appreciate the work that went into this shoot :) We battled wind, rain, & VERY sharp rocks; not to mention hiking to our location carrying ALL WHITE apparel.  PHEW. For a fun BTS video, shot by Orrin (photographer assistant), please visit my IG @summerstylehi.  

For full album of the shoot see my portfolio page here.

Ok enough talk! Go on…let the pictures speak for me. 

Photographer - Geoff Mau
Hair & Makeup Artist - Jordann Aguon
Model - Jodi M.
Designer - Mari Nakamura
Assistant - Orrin Haloa

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