Beauty Battle

So this is my FIRST EVER beauty post.  I'd like to classify myself as "low maintenance" when it comes to beauty & makeup BUT the truth may be that I know absolutely nothing on either topic haha :(  Luckily, I just experienced a facial from Neiman Marcus (Honolulu) in their new Dior Facial Room.  The treatment was one-hour of complete relaxation & bliss…not to mention informational.  I walked away with 2 products that have changed my life.  This is what inspired my beauty post! 

I wanted to do a blog that featured my daily skincare + makeup routine.  I don't have the best skin or makeup tips but this is just what I do on the regular.  I'm also a true believer in natural beauty & if you do your makeup right, it will look like you're not wearing any!  (Girl's Night Out makeup not included haha this is strictly on the day-to-day side).  Anyway, I strive to keep my look simple, fresh, clean, and natural.  Please don't judge too harshly…I have included before/after photos that have no filters, no photoshop, no nothing….EEK! I'm so nervous to post this but here goes: 

Skincare Regimen

  1. Cleanse with Clinique Liquid Soap - My mom is a Clinique woman so I grew up with it my whole life.  I love the simplicity of the brand & it's affordable prices too! 
  2. Tone with Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 - #2 is for Combination Dry skin which is totally me.  You'll see where I have dry patches on my face :( 
  3. Whiten + Brighten with Dior Snow White Reveal - This is my new ESSENTIAL.  This lightweight cream minimizes pores/wrinkles & works to even out skin tone.  I have major hyper-pigmentation so hopefully this helps whiten those pesky freckles & redness.  It's also a light moisturizer that leaves skin matte (say no to greasiness)!! 
  4. Moisturize with Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream (for all skin types) - Call me crazy but I use a heavy duty wrinkle-reducing cream.  Collagen stops being produced around age 25 so I'm starting my prevention EARLY :) 
                                        Before Makeup

                                        Before Makeup

                                          After Makeup     

                                          After Makeup     

Makeup Regimen 

  1. Sunscreen + Foundation with Dior Snow UV Protection BB Creme - This is the ULTIMATE product.  I used to use foundation or powder but this is ALL I NEED.  It's UV protectant + flawless coverage.  It makes my skin sleek, smooth, & slightly dewy.  If you like matte coverage, you may still need powder but if not…GET THIS NEOW. 
  2. Bronzer with Benefit Cosmetics' Hoola Bronzer - Just for cheeks & jawline…Gotta contour…or whatever you experts call it.
  3. Blush with Illamasqua Powder Blush in Tremble - I'm a rosy cheek kinda gal but to keep it subtle I stay on the soft matte side of things. 
  4. Brows with Anatasia's Brow Wiz in Caramel - Everyone tells me I have full brows that don't really need filling in but I like the precision look when I do…Vanity…It's a thing :P 

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed my beauty post! For more tips, tricks, & and overall lifestyle posts please visit my friend Lauren's blog at www.thefigsheart.com.  I def tune into her for the latest beauty trends & inspiration for healthy snacks.  

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Summer Time Essentials

Sun's out and this season has a ton of HOT things I want to brag about!!  

To all my Nordstrom Hawaii shoppers: Come down June 6th for a special event featuring SHE+LO Handbags! Please click the link to shop or preview their ultra chic line and get excited that it will be available HERE!  Meet the owners Laura Darrah & Shila Nazarian; Laura is actually a local Kailua girl :) They have so many options to choose from & it was a hard decision on picking JUST one but I chose this beautiful mint satchel.  It's perforated leather, size, & slouchy coolness just sold me instantly.  I'll be back to buy something in a basic black in June though.  

Another designer I had the pleasure of meeting recently is the amazing Amanda Watkins, designer and owner of A. Wattz Dezigns!  I've always been in love with her rings - the simplicity & versatility of them to stack make me want a gazillion…BUT I got to play with more than rings today!  I paired her brilliantly colored necklaces with her dainty bracelets &, of course, rings to accessorize like CRAZY.  I love the pop of colors, mix+match-ablity, and endless summer vibe. Visit her website or retailers for even more styles!

Lastly, I wanted to plug another Ten Tomorrow dress.  We all know I'm obsessed with anything white.  It's the only color that makes me look like I have color haha.  Anyway, the fit & style is easy, breezy, BEAUTIFUL.  Besides that, it's a special limited edition version of my "Stacey" dress because of the peek-a-boo trim running along the front.  Limited quantity in stock so buy it while you can!! 

Happy Summer!

"Stacey" Limited Edition Dress by Ten Tomorrow.  "Silver Lining" Satchel by She+Lo.  All jewelry by A. Wattz.  Sandals - Forever 21.

Nails by Michele Lee 808-585-8000 (by appointment only) I have gel + Swarovski crystals!! Luxuriousness at it's best. See more on my IG @summerstylehi 

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Different Day = Different Girl

Everyone always asks me to describe my style and my response changes every time.  I can't help it!  I'm eclectic and my style depends on my mood.  This blog entry is in honor of my many style sides with a side of little shameless self-promotion.  Haha... I'm using pieces from my Spring/Summer Collection for my clothing brand, Ten Tomorrow. All these styles are available on my website :) Shop AWAY! 

If clothes could speak, this is what they would say about my style...

The Uptown Girl

She's sophisticated.  A lady.  Polished and prepared.

Blazer - Nordstrom.  Silk Shift Dress by Ten Tomorrow.  Belt - Express.  Necklace - Top Shop. 

The Weekend Tom Boy

Borrowing elements from the boys - Clean, crisp, and comfy. 

Hi-Lo Button Up Top by Ten Tomorrow.

Walk Short by Ten Tomorrow

Shoes by Mamut. 

Sunnies - Roberta Oaks. 

 

The Coachella Chick

She's casual cool. Beach town hippie.  Flirty. 

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Coverup by UNIF.  Romper by Ten Tomorrow.  Shoes by Jeffery Campbell.  Necklace by Ginger13.  Sunnies - Roberta Oaks

The Fitness Freak

She moves.  Active. Working hard to work it out.

Jacket - H&M.  Reversible Swim Top by Cassandra Rull.  Trousers by Ten Tomorrow.  Shoes by United Nude.  

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Trends with Neiman Marcus

This season Neiman Marcus Hawaii has invited me to participate in an exciting Blogger Event that starts TODAY! Three local bloggers (including myself) were invited into Neiman Marcus's CUSP department to style 3 mannequins based on their upcoming Spring/Summer trends
1. The New Bohemian
2. Spice Market Colors
3. Mix Don't Match 

Please...oh please...stop by to check out how I interpreted the trends and styled CUSP pieces into my own mannequin display!  You can vote for your favorite blogger (maybe me??? haha) and enter to win a $500 GIFT CARD to Neiman Marcus!!  Voting will continue from today until THIS Saturday March 21st.  

On Saturday March 21st Neiman Marcus will host a live presentation with all of us bloggers chatting about our inspiration and personal style.  There will be refreshments so ladies, tempt your BF's and BFF's to stop by while you get free makeovers with Laura Mercier Cosmetics!  

Below is an inside scoop on all the styles I used to create my looks...you know, in case you want to grab them before they are gone!  Thank you everyone for the support!!!! Hope to see you at the event on Saturday!! XOXO

 

THE NEW BOHEMIAN

 

 

SPICE MARKET COLORS

 

 

MIX DON'T MATCH

Click any available item to purchase online with Neiman Marcus! (Some styles may only be available in-store).

The New Bohemian - Knit Cardigan by Joie, Fringe Tank by CUSP, Wideleg Trousers by Theory, Sandals by Stuart Weitzman.  

Spice Market Colors - Textured sweater by Theory, Cropped pant by Rebecca Taylor, Fringe bag by Proenza Schouler, Heels by Chloe.  

Mix Don't Match - Blazer by Rag & Bone, Tank by 3.1 Philip Lim, Skirt by Opening Ceremony, Clutch by Proenza Schouler, Heels by Balenciaga.  

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Back to My Roots

Well hello there stranger!  It's been epically long since my last post and I apologize.  I've been traveling and trying to launch my latest SS15 collection for Ten Tomorrow.  Anyway, I'll be trying to update more with outfit posts but until then…here are a few projects I was lucky to collaborate on! 

Natalie Fong, NY photographer extraordinaire, contacted me to play on not one, but TWO, editorial photo shoots.  Here's a few snapshots of the first one…We focused on naked natural beauty, sunlight, and simple wardrobe. It was a last minute shoot for me so all I could pull were pieces from the deep recess of my own closet.  Despite that, I think we created some magic!  It was nice to get to style again….I almost forgot what got me started in this local industry in the first place :) 

I hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for our 2nd shoot…it's EVEN BETTER (it features my line haha)

Photographer - Natalie Fong
Model - Nalani (Wilhelmina)
HMUA - Mariah Melanie
Stylist - Summer Shiigi + Natalie Fong

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Waikiki Wanderlust

Sundays are for wandering.  Today I spent the better part of my morning wandering good ol' Waikiki.  It was an amazingly beautiful day & I got to thinking about how lucky I am to have this weather in November.  My friends from the East Coast are currently escaping the cold here & it's been nice to play tourist for a couple days.  I suppose this blog is in honor of resort season…resort-wear, resort-stays, resort-everything! 

My brand new romper is part of Florencia Arias newest resort collection.  I got a sneak peek at the line and it's GORGEOUS.  I had the hardest time deciding between the rompers & the maxi dresses….I may have to get both sooner or later.  I accented it with my favorite Ginger 13 necklace. (Shameless plug : I will be selling my clothing line in her boutique downtown for Black Friday! Come visit us!)

Lastly, my dependable tote (that fits EVERYTHING), is an extra exclusive piece found locally in either the Shoreline Hotel, or the Coconut Waikiki Hotel.  Both boutique properties are part of the Joie de Vivre hotels.  The tote is made out of 100% recycled cotton & designed + dyed all here in Hawaii!  It's a collaboration between Joie de Vivre Hotels & Happy Town Hawaii.  I'm happy to be toting around eco-friendly fashion.  

PS How adorable is this coconut that we found?  I needed it to be in my shot.  A kind gentleman later came to pick it up telling us he wants to attempt to plant it!  

Romper by Florencia Arias.  Necklace by Ginger 13.  Eco-friendly tote available at either Joie de Vivre Waikiki Hotels. 

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