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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Sunrise with My Summertime Favorites

I know I live in the land of eternal good weather but August usually marks the end of Summertime.  To celebrate another season of sunshine & playing, I decided to blog a few of my favorite new summertime essentials.  

Ok so…my new obsessions are:
1. Sand Cloud Towel - A comfy new way to enjoy lounging! It's so awesome…Ch-ch-check them out. 
2. Serene Sky Boutique's Turquoise Earrings - Gold plated vintage brass with turquoise! Simple, sleek, & perfect for any style.  So many other goodies at Serene Sky btw….if you're an accessory addict (like me), then shop away with their affordable styles!
3. The Pebble Watch - a smart watch that can hook up to iPhones or Androids & send all your notifications straight to your wrist.  SWEET FREEDOM, I'm no longer tied to checking my phone every 62 seconds.  I got mine at Best Buy! 
4. LSpace Swimsuit - Well a girl needs a new suit each season right?  I might be getting out of the tropically print stuffs & headed toward more modern (maybe even sexy?) swimwear!  Black always seems more chic & I love the back design on the top. 

Anyway, get out there before it's too late & fit in those adventures; I know I'm trying!

Genius. Duh….a towel + a pillow.  YES PLEASE!  How cute is this nifty little thing?! I seriously leave it in my car & tote it with me everywhere.  The pillow is removable so you have a towel &/or sarong on hand.  Don't forget to support & get your own Sand Cloud towel on their Kickstarter video (CLICK HERE)

I'm not a techie but I sure do LOVE my Pebble watch.  Text, call, & phone notifications straight to my wrist!  It's water resistant, has a ton of apps, & is my new best friend haha.  It even tells me how far & fast I run (on the rare occasion I work out).  

New earrings!! One, I love anything turquoise.  Two…get EXCITED & stay tuned to my IG for a giveaway opportunity! There's something delightful about the simplicity in these earrings & they are my new go-to daily accessory. 

Towel by Sand Cloud.  Knit Hoodie - H&M.  Swimsuit Top by LSpace.  Swimsuit bottom by San Lorenzo.  Earrings by Silk Purse, Sows Ear - Serene Sky Boutique.  Initial Necklace - Fighting Eel.  Watch by Pebble.  Sandals - Aldo.  

Photographer : Cassie Louie

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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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