Fashion’s Night Out {in Hawaii}

Hawaii_Fashion_WeekWhat better time to jump start my blog than during Fall Fashion Week!? While I wish I were writing this blog post from my New York City hotel room after a long day/night of prancing around in the latest trends from all the fabulous designers showing at #NYFW, I’m not. Alas, I’m sitting on my bed in my pink terry cloth robe, in my humble home in Manoa, waiting for my DiGiorno Pizza (it’s not delivery!) to finish baking. But I’m lead to believe that the majority of women out there can probably relate.

Alright, so I’m not in NYC, but I still made an effort to pay ode to Anna Wintour by celebrating Fashion’s Night Out at Ala Moana Center. After my short stint at the mall for a bit of fashionable fun I really went wild and picked up a DiGiorno Pizza from the grocery store. OH. THE. JOY. If only my local grocery store looked more like this:

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The stage is set for a weekend of fashion shows!

Fashion’s Night Out (#FNO) is an internationally recognized fashion event, so it was only natural for Ala Moana Center to incorporate #FNO into it’s own Fashion Week event: The Fall Fashion Event (#TFFE12). I hit the mall just in time to check out the fashion show at Neiman Marcus…

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Please excuse the blurry images. Now you know what it feels like to live life with -7.00 vision –> that’s me everyday.

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Weeeeerrrrkkk it GURRRLLLL!

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Strike a POSE!

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Hawaii Fashion Fiends fiending for more…

I also made some time to oogle the special edition Yayoi Kusama collection at Louis Vuitton (click, but come back!).

The good people at Ala Moana Center have oodles of fashionable events and promotions planned through September 9, so make sure you fashion fiends throw on your favorite outfit and head over to the mall with your girlfriends! Plus, don’t miss celebrity stylist Bobby Thomas tonight at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 6 p.m. And not to mention the ONLY men’s wear fashion show featuring fall looks from Reyn Spooner at 5 p.m. TONIGHT at Center Stage.

Aloha.

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Every Girl Deserves A Pearl

Every girl deserves a pearl…or perhaps more than just A pearl!

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Oh, you know, just a handful of Tahitian pearls.

What the hell am I doing with a handful of Tahitian pearls? That’s for me to know and you to find out – keep reading!

My brother’s best friend and consequently my unofficial third brother, recently got his hands on some AMAZING Tahitian pearls and handmade jewelry thanks to his beautiful Tahitian girlfriend, Kahaia Howard. So when Teva offered to show me some of the goods, I obviously almost peed my pants with excitement. The thought of having dozens of Tahitian pearls and sparkling jewelry right in front of my face was fashiOrgasmic to say the least.

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100 Tahitian Pearls in my hands.

The interesting thing about Tahitian pearls and even other types of pearls is that they’re not really “hot fashion items” or even trendy for that matter. Think about it, when was the last time you saw an editorial spread in a national fashion magazine featuring pearls? I’ll give 10 more seconds to think about it ———-. Answers below please! Pearls may not be the focal point in cutting edge fashion trends, but they’re definitely fashionable. And they’re DEFINITELY a necessary classic staple in every woman’s jewelry collection. Oh, and you can buy fakie strands of pearls at Forever 21, which actually contradicts my point about them not being trendy (we all know Forever 21 goes to great lengths to mass produce the hottest trends). And one last thing, you can’t talk about Hawaii fashion without talking about Tahitian pearls. Ok, I’m done with that whole soapbox.

Anyhow, Teva had quite a few loose pearls, which are all for sale by the way, as well as these two pieces of Tahitian Pearl Perfection:

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DYING for this necklace.

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100 PEARLS.

My lucky mom will be unwrapping the gold chain with pearls on Christmas. And I can write that because she was sitting right there when I forced kindly encouraged my dad to buy it for her!

Had my boyfriend not just gifted me a pair of Tahitian Pearl studs for my birthday, I would have had to snag a pair of these bad boys from Teva:

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You know you want a pair.

BTW, if any of you are interested in a pair of stud earrings for a really great price (starting at $150), shoot me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get you in touch with Teva. Or perhaps you’re interested in the strand of 100 Tahitian pearls…

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Doubled Up!

I know, I know, you’ve already seen that one, but I love it so much I wanted to share it again! Ain’t no shame ;) In addition to the goods above, Kahaia has a bunch more handmade jewelry:

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Nothing says Hawaii fashion like some pearl and slipper earrings!

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I love how these bracelets are so dainty and so pink :)

If you like what you see here, then I highly suggest you take a look at more of Kahaia’s Sea Treasures on Facebook, Tumblr or Etsy. Kahaia’s driving force behind her jewelry making is to show that pearls aren’t just meant for older woman or more elegant occasions – they can be for any woman in right environment.

I absolutely agree with Kahaia.

Every Girl Deserves a Pearl {or maybe a strand of them}.

Don’t you agree?

Aloha.

Nordstrom Hawaii Holiday Shopping Party

First things first: I’m ALIVE! I know I went M.I.A for a minute there. I’m like a gypsy blogger – or maybe not, but it sounds cool. Moving right along…

Despite having been alive and in control of all of my senses and decision making abilities, I didn’t participate in Black Friday. There, I said it – I DIDN’T participate in Black Friday. To be honest, the last time I joined the Black Friday madness was my senior year of college when I was in Vegas with my friends. I vaguely recall spending my Thanksgiving evening forcing my way through hoards of super-sale-seeking psychos people at the premium outlets (aka torture). After that horrible evening, I swore off Black Friday – I’m a fashion fiend, NOT a shopaholic (I hear you doubting me. Don’t doubt me and my ability to say ‘no’ to Tory, Marc, Michael, Steven, Valentino and Tom). Now, on to my point. I don’t do Black Friday because it’s too chaotic, but I DID do Nordstrom Hawaii Holiday Shopping Party this Sunday! And quite honestly, I’d die a happy woman and perhaps let myself be called a shopaholic (keyword: perhaps) if every shopping experience I had was as AMAZING as the Nordstrom Holiday Shopping Party.

I showed up at Nordstrom at 5:50 pm for the 6 pm event and this long line of excited shopaholics were already eagerly waiting for the doors to heaven Nordstrom to open.

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Behold - the calmest, longest line I

These shoppers were not of the Black Friday breed – these shoppers were nicely, patiently waiting in line (sans pepper spray). There were no elbow bumps, no profane slurs being shared between strangers and no tents, chairs or coolers! Compared to the horror stories I’ve heard about Black Friday, this line was heavenly. Oh, not to mention the complimentary water and welcoming smiles being served up by Nordstrom employees and caterers.

Once the Nordstrom angels opened the big, shiny, golden doors, the lines flowed in and were happily greeted by two lines of smiling and clapping Nordstrom employees. Yes, there was an applause for us!

Ok fine, my video sucks. But I was so taken back by the rounds of applause, I hardly had time to think about the orientation of my iPhone camera! Forgive me, please?

At the end of the applause, we were pleasantly greeted by glasses of champagne, beer (gotta keep the husbands happy), and sinfully delicious choices of tray passed pupus.

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Delightfully delicious Chinese Chicken Salad!

As I enjoyed the my complimentary libations and drool-worthy pupu, I watched happily as shoppers floated around the store sipping champagne and enjoying the live Christmas music. This my friends and fiends is how SHOPPING SHOULD BE! Perhaps my request is a tad unrealistic, as most department stores surely can’t list Champagne and Sushi on the daily expense reports, but by golly (I just said ‘by golly’ and I’m ok with it), it’d be fantastic if they could!

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Nothing like shiny floors and Christmas Decor!

Let’s not forget the cute “red carpet” photo opp they had for shoppers to enjoy:

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So what did I buy? I wish I could tell you, but they’re gifts for my family and they read this blog (I hope), so my lips are sealed. I can say however that if I were a shopaholic who couldn’t control herself, I’d have happily handed over my Nordstrom card for these sparkly cheetah print Toms:

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Toms CLEARLY knows a thing or two about fashion!

And this AMAZEBALLS Valentino handbag:

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Are there even words to describe how I feel about this Valentino piece of amazingness?

Alas, neither item was purchased because I’m not a shopaholic, right? Regardless of what was and was NOT purchased, I still had a holly-jolly time with my fashion fiend friends.

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Fun times with some fellow fiends!

A special thanks to Nordstrom for hosting another awesome event!

Aloha.

Diane von Furstenberg Now Open at Ala Moana

Diane von Furstenberg is now open at Ala Moana. In case you’re wondering what that means, it basically means this:

I’m going to need a 2nd job to financially support the onslaught of NEEDS that DVF at Ala Moana is sure to induce. The onslaught begins with a few DVF items I LOVE:

#1: This wow-she’s-totally-pulling-off-a-long-sleeve-printed-dress-good-for-her dress.

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GIVE ME THIS, NOW! (image: dvf.com)

#2: And this, I’m-mixing-prints-and-I-look-AMAZING-doing-it dress.

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NEED. (image: dvf.com)

#3: This her-purse-is-leopard-and-I’m-jealous purse.

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JUST STOP IT. STOP IT NOW. I'M DYING. (image: dvf.com)

#4: This It-doesn’t-matter-where-I’m-going-so-long-this-is-my-carryon luggage.

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SPEECHLESS. (image: dvf.com)

#5: These omg-did-you-see-that-girl’s-shoes wedges.

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GIVE.THESE.TO.ME.NOW! (image: dvf.com)

Anyone else considering a 2nd job? Or am I the only crazy one in this town?

Aloha.

Hawaii Fashion Event: Fashionista’s Market 6.2 Anniversary

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Are you wondering why I’ve posted this photo of a storefront that looks like an old western film? Well, what if I told you this storefront was the entrance to a fashion haven in Hawaii? Would you believe me? YOU DANG WELL BETTER – because it IS!

Calling all Oahu based fashion fiends! You MUST mark your calendars for this Friday, Oct. 7th because Fashionista’s Marketplace/ FM Boutique is celebrating it’s 6.2 Anniversary and YOU (yes, YOU) won’t want to miss it! Why 6.2 you ask? Well, that’s a good question and Fashionista’s Marketplace has a perfectly good answer: They’re celebrating 6 years of being in Hawaii as Fashionista’s Market and 2 years as being a storefront, aka Fashionista’s Market Boutique.

The lovely ladies of Fashionista’s Market will not only be offering 15% off the entire store, they’ll also be serving up delicious bites to eat and wine to those in attendance. Let this be a fair warning: alcohol + shopping = danger (I assume you already knew that). Shop and drink at your own risk! Might I also add that they’ll be giving 3 lucky fiends $100, $200 and $300 shopping sprees. Here’s a little flavor-flave (yes, I just used the term flavor-flave) of what they have to offer:

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Not only is this cute, but it's also ideal for fat days or when you're headed to a brunch buffet. (image: facebook.com/fashionistasmarket)

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Forget the LBD, give me this LBBM - Long Black Backless Maxi! (image: facebook.com/fashionistasmarket)

I’m sure many of you fiends already know all about Fashionista’s Market, but for those of you how don’t, it’s basically an amazing boutique with tons of affordable and UUBER fashionable clothing (as shown above). Which brings me back to my original point: YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Fashionista’s Market 6.2 Anniversary Party
1185 Bethel Street
Friday Oct. 7, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
*hosted pupus and wine from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
See you there!