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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Elegance.

Today's post is especially special to me since I get to feature two designer friends of mine.  Ericka Bueno of Mixe Medium (click here for website) came to me with her ultra cool handmade jewelry and I instantly knew how I wanted to blog it.  She's got a real edge to her designs and while they can be viewed as gritty, ornate, and even bohemian, I wanted to showcase her pieces in my own way.  

I paired her with designs from Rumi Murakami's (click here for website) upcoming Spring/Summer '15 collection.  Her classic white button down is what I call my "Editor Shirt".  I feel like I'm channeling the eternal elegance of Vogue Editor - Anna Wintour.   The culotte is just perfect.  Length - perfect, fit - flawless, style - timeless.  

This is one of those outfits that make me feel beautiful, smart, and sexy.  

I hope you enjoy my combination of the statement jewelry and classic clothes.  It was my way to play with two opposing styles in one look.  It's about balance and simplicity.  

RIGHT: I layered two necklaces for this open collar look.  There is something so sexy about devouring the decollate with these ornate necklaces dripping in silver.  LEFT:  I am totally a top-button kinda gal.  To jazz up the bare neckline I threw on this statement piece with draped chains.  Did you notice the sick hand-chain too?  I think I could wear this every day...

Classic Button Down + Culotte by Rumi Murakami.  Jewelry by Mixe Medium.  Heels by Michael Kors.  

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Crossing Bridges

This blog is just to show off some of the shopping I did when I was in NYC.  I spent a whole day shopping the Lower East Side boutiques, including my FAVORITE - Pixie Market!!  I scored an adorable scalloped striped crop top AND these incredible cat-eye sunnies (ok lets be real, I bought a lot more than 2 things haha…shh).  I decided to pair the cropped tee with my Zara high waisted trousers for a more casual chic look.  I recently had a debate with a close friend if we were approaching an age in which crop tops are inappropriate.  I hope this blog entry strongly states that we can still maintain elegance and style WITH a crop top.  I may not be a young "20-something" year old who will brazenly shows off toned abs in the crop top + shredded shorts combo, but I will compose my crop tops in a fashionable & modern manner.  So there! 

I love the mini scallop detail on the stripes.  Did I mention this top was on sale for only $20?? :)  Oh and these sunnies, with their clear rims, are so fun! 

I kept my accessories to a minimum (as usual).  My initial necklace is now a daily staple. The earrings I love for their sparkle & edge.  

I also got a new lipstick color!  Chanel's La Diva.  It's my new go-to pink.  Pucker up...

Top & Sunnies - Pixie Market.  Pant - Zara.  Initial Necklace - Fighting Eel.  Earrings - gifted.  Wedges by Melissa.

Pictures by Cassie Louie

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NY Fashion Week - Front Row to Back Stage

Part II of my adventure during NYFW.  I'm loving the chilled weather in the city, it's the perfect excuse to show off my unused lightweight trench from Nasty Gal.  I've been holding on to this baby for months!  My dress is another design from my line Ten Tomorrow :P (shameless plug haha).  I brought a reminder of home with me, a shark's tooth necklace by Misha Hawaii.  

My first show of the day is the Fashion Shenzhen runway show featuring 3 talented designers out of China.  

  • Ellassay - Modern and sleek looks.  The designs are clean and have fresh and unique silhouettes.  I love the simplicity of the mainly black and white pallet.  This collection is the most wearable of the 3 (for me at least) and I'm def adding all these pieces to my wish list. 
  • Lizzy - Couture gowns.  The next line is a series of gorgeous evening wear pieces.  Some were bedazzled with crystals on sheer mesh while others were beautifully draped lace.
  • Haiping Xie - Asian-inspired artistry.  Something about this collection captures my inner ceativity.  The designs are bold and speak like wearable art.  I adored the hair and makeup concept as it completed the full transformation of each model.  The fierce inspiration of the dragon printed on the whimsical flowing fabric is strong and beautifully feminine.  One day I hope my inspiration can reflect this passionately in my own designs.  

I complete my day by spending an afternoon shadowing the renowned fashion show producer Lynne O'neill.  It is an amazing experience to see her coordinate and execute the Vivienne Tam show.  I am able to witness the tech rehearsal, run-through, and finally the actual show.  Lynne is just the sweetest woman who can truly command a room.  I'm so enthralled at the opportunity to learn from her and will take back my knowledge and apply it to my own work locally.  

Outfit Photos by Geremy Campos

Ellassay SS2015

Ellassay SS2015

Ellassay SS2015

Lizzy SS2015

Lizzy SS2015

Lizzy SS2015

Haiping Xie SS2015

Haiping Xie SS2015

Haiping Xie SS2015

Haiping Xie SS2015

Haiping Xie SS2015

Swag bags for the front row guests.

Lynne O'neill providing instructions to the models on runway etiquette, walk, and timing.  

There is always time for work and play...

Vivienne Tam being interviewed pre-show.  She is so calm and composed! 

Thank you Lynne for the amazing afternoon.  I can't wait to see you again in Hawaii :) SHAKAS 

Photo by Tommy Shih 

Light Weight Coat by Lush - Nasty Gal.  Faux Leather Tank Dress by Ten Tomorrow.  Shark's Tooth Neckalce by Misha Hawaii.  Heels - Top Shop.  Black Button Down by Ten Tomorrow.  

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NY Fashion Week - Back in the City

Tis that time of year again…Fashion Week in New York City; & I'm back baby.  It's exhilarating to be back in the city in the middle of the fashion whirlwind.  I love being in a place where the industry is vibrant, strong, and thriving.  Now that I'm starting my own brand, the whole experience has taken on new meaning.  I could ramble on for days but I'll save you the torture haha.  Here are some snap shots of my trip.  

For more details on my experience, check out my article for Lei Chic (click here)

Enjoy!

I couldn't resist sporting my own brand on the streets of NY!  Ten Tomorrow has crossed the ocean :) I paired my faux leather skirt with the hottest fabric trend right now…PLAID.  I picked a sheer plaid to help with the lingering summer heat.  

Killer show by Marc and Estel.  They totally rock the runway in casual knits, sweaters, denim, and leather in such a haute way.  I loved their energy!  The brand concept as a whole really shines through their show. 

Carmen Marc Valvo is one of my FAVORITE designers.  I love his modern-retro vibe and the truly elegant style he flaunts down the runway.  His sheer paneling this season is so beautifully done in subtle-sexy kind of way.  I also ADORED his hair concept.  He had a silver streak run through each model's hair.  

I closed out my first day of shows with Crown by Colin King.  Hands down, the MOST fun show EVER.  The styles were modern, edgy, and innovative.  I thoroughly enjoyed the playful nature of the whole atmosphere.  Sometimes runway shows can be so serious that it was a relief to watch a designer really express the joy of it all.  

Well this is just a recap of one very jam-packed day.  More pictures/adventures coming soon...

Outfit Details: Top - Urban Outfitters.  Necklace - Gift.  Faux Leather Skirt by Ten Tomorrow (web-store coming soon!).  Heels - Top Shop.  

Pictures taken by me
(*Except Carmen Marc Valvo shots from thefashionspot.com)

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