Seashore to Sidewalk

It's been a LONG time since I took some R&R at the beach...Sometimes you don't realize how much you've missed something until you've got it back right?? A little sunshine, sand, and sea has got me feeling all the feels. I decided to wake up early and beat the crowd at my favorite little not-so-secret beach.  To be honest, I'm not feeling very beach-bod ready so I decided to wear the cutest sundress from  It's an adorable tent dress with little laser cut outs AND POCKETS! The wanna-be sexy girl inside me LOVES the deep v-neck too. 

So after a sweet morning at the beach...We decided to take a stroll around city.  I didn't want to wander in a dress that was wet so I did pulled a diva-moment and had an outfit change.  I tried to find a contrast outfit that went from beach bunny to street style in the same day :) Mission accomplished?

How cool are my new shoes?! I've been literally telling EVERYONE to buy them.  Um...they are on super sale at Nordstrom Rack (just saying).  Elastic instead of laces?? Yes. They are by Louise et Cie - a brand under Vince Camuto at Nordstrom! I love how affordable they are. I'm kind of a shoe-hoarder. 

Also, before you ask me where my sunglasses are from - they are from a random shop in may or may not be some knockoff but DON'T JUDGE ME! I really like them!!! I call them "Creeper Glasses" cuz they are mirrored. You can't tell who I'm looking at haha.  PS Did you notice in the last picture we caught the reflection of my BF? He's so good....taking a million pictures to get 3 good ones. :) 

Ok but this shirt dress.  It's a shirt AND a dress! I decided to wear it as a tunic but on a serious work day, I can't wait to layer it with a blazer or sweater as a dress!! I like that the sleeve length is very office-appropriate and the fabric is stretch. 

Teri Buttoned Up Shirt Dress by Tobi, $56.  Ankle Skinny Jean by 7 For All Mankind, $169.  Necklace by Ginger 13 (only available in-store).  Shoes by Louise et Cie - Nordstrom Rack, $60 (only available in-store). 

Sunday Morning

Now that I've opened a retail store, mornings off have become something sacred.  I've come to value those days where I don't need an alarm and I can enjoy a late breakfast/brunch! Most of my days off consist of staying in PJs all day and cleaning my always-messy apartment but yesterday I took some time to get dressed up and get out.  I don't know why but I associate Sundays with a preppy breezy kind of vibe...Anyway, here is a snippet of my Sunday Morning adventure. 

I've been on this kind of minimalistic jewelry kick lately and this is my new favorite brand - Green Tea Leaves. The designer Tiffany Lee is an architect by day and a jewelry designer by night.  She even did a round of cat-inspired rings for a special event.  Notice how the middle ring I'm wearing looks like kitty ears?! How cute?? Everything she does is by hand.  If you don't know about her, now you do :) 

Not sure if you noticed but I have really broad shoulders so this high/sharp neckline is my favorite silhouette. Visit for all your affordable shopping needs!  Lastly, this mustard yellow is my favorite color! I couldn't help but think my outfit today was perfect for Sunday Brunch vibes. 

See below for outfit details and links!

Outfit Details: Loren Cardigan by Allison Izu, $98.  On The Fence Romper by TOBI, $58. Saddle 23 Bag by Coach, $395. All Jewelry by Green Tea Leaves, prices starting at $10. 

So this is where me and the BF ended up eating our hearts out.  Welcome to Kaimana Farm Cafe!! They have the cutest little set up and their food is AMAZING. They have a little deli so each entree comes with your choice of a side salad...and there's a million delicious choices! I got the Salmon Benedict and Chad had the Pork Belly Benedict. The hollandaise sauce is pure magic. Um..and they have fresh Yuzu Iced Tea. I DIE.  They have so many other specials too...I can't wait to go back and try a skillet. 

Forever 21 x Me

Can I still be 21?! Haha....Ok, I wish!! I know I can't stay 21 forever but I can still SHOP Forever 21!! Come on ladies....a gal will always need that place for trendy but affordable clothes.  I know I may not be a 20-something year old any longer but that's why I decided to blog a stylish career appropriate outfit.  Forever 21 in Ala Moana has yet again found a new home.  They are now upstairs in a smaller space but don't worry - they still have all your favorite departments like Men's, Shoes, & even a new Denim shop!

While the store is currently filled with the 70's boho chic trend, I was pleased to find that they still had a number of more timeless, effortless pieces.  I LOVE my stripes and I couldn't pass up the chance to pair a stripes on stripes outfit for a little monochromatic fun.  My outfit details are below but it's important to note that Top + Pant + Shoes + Bag = LESS than $60!!

If you can't find the time to shop the store - find these looks or similar ones at

Here's the new Forever 21 store! It's new home is on the 3rd floor of the new Ewa Wing across from Banana Republic and next to the Sunglass Hut.  I def miss their 2-story location but I'm glad they are still here and a part of the main mall!!

I kinda loved they have a denim shop. Finally, affordable denim in different styles! I almost bought a pair of white shredded boyfriend jeans...Maybe I need to go back?! I can't stop thinking about them. 

Blouse / Cropped Trouser / Shoulder Bag-Clutch / Peep-toe Mules - Forever 21 Ala Moana
Sunglasses - Linda Farrow x Erdem
Earrings - A. Wattz Dezigns

Commercial Me This...

I find that every time life takes me away from my styling business, a job or project always comes my way to remind me of my first love.  I've been so focused on creating my newest collection for Ten Tomorrow, that when Howard Hughes' Ward Centers contacted me to style their Sunday Brunch article, I realized I had almost forgot that I even had a life outside of design.  

This was such a fun relaxing promotion to work on.  While I love the pressure and creativity of editorial styling, I think there's a joy and lightness of commercial styling that will always have a place in my heart.  I got to work with such an amazing team.  Check out the full article on my press page here

I don't know about you, but I'm addicted to that Sunday morning feeling...and what better way to celebrate my favorite day of the week but with an adorable brunch shoot?! It's like this project was made for me.  Ward hosts a Sunday brunch monthly and it features food/drinks from different local vendors each time!  I wanted to capture the different sides of a Sunday feeling from that breezy carefree notion to the mimosa sipping luxuriousness.  I hope you enjoy the looks from the project as much as I did.  

Wardrobe styled by me and all provided by stores located in Ward Village Shops.
Article by Yushing Ting.
Photography by Bodie Collins.
Page Design by Nikki Thommes.
Models - Charly M., Haylee K., Robert C. 

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  I def tune into her for the latest beauty trends & inspiration for healthy snacks.  

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