Thursday, February 22, 2018

Denim Dress & Accessories ... Lots and Lots of Accessories

facing forward

If it's possible to own anymore accessories than I already do, I doubt it, than I will need a closet instead of a jewelry box. It's a love I shared with my belated Memére and therefore, I have a lot of pride in my collection. I collect jewelry and accessories from all over the world and locally at thrift stores. This past summer began my collection of amber necklaces which I find an excuse to wear at all cost. Though, very heavy, they are lovely and hold memories from my trip to Morocco.

My bracelet collection has grown over the past few years. Though I can't wear them at work. Anytime I start typing they have to come off. Never-the-less, a promise has been made to wear them as much as possible on the weekends to make up for it. My favorites are the gold bangles my grandmother bought me in India and my personal compilation of wooden bangles.

My denim dress was a Clear the Rack find from Nordstrom Rack. I can't wait to wear it in the summer but for now I've been wearing it with booties. I'm on the hunt for a long hoodie to wear under it, since it's been averaging 35* this past week. Best part? Pockets!

Looking at wooden bangles

walking, looking at shoes


looking away

blowing kisses

Denim Dress - Robert Rodriguez (more sizes, more sizes) // Velvet Booties - 14th & Union (similar,
similar) // Amber Necklaces - Marrakesh, Morocco // Boho Necklace - Chicos (old, gift
from my dad!, similar) // Gold Bracelets (gift from my Memére from India, similar) //
Wooden Bangles - thrifted (similar)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahina Boutique Jumpsuit & Velvet Cardigan

For those who had it, I hope you had an amazing three day weekend. Mine consisted of getting caught up. On sleep, laundry, Olympics and exercising. Guys, there was so much laundry it was coming creeping out of my closet. 

This outfit is a whole lot of comfy and fun. Super easy to throw on and you can wear this jumper with almost anything. It's by far one of the best purchases from my Hawaiian excursion. I've always been a sucker for wide leg pants. The fact that this pair comes with a top was a "take my money" moment. Again, this is from my favorite little boutique in Hawaii but I did buy it in Kailua and not the one in Halewei. 

My cardigan is not from a vintage shop or even my darling Memére's closet. It's from Zulily! I saw it, my eyes bugged out, I bought it. It's a staple in my wardrobe because it's velvet (my fave) and boho. It reminds my of one of my old art professor's pieces. I was drooling over it back then too. 

Shoes were a steal from Nordstrom Rack. They're Rack brand, 14th & Union. They have great basics with a fashionable twist on them. They're not only comfortable but they pretty much go with anything. I've walked a lot of blocks in these heels and they don't hurt. I recommend socks with them though. 

Earrings are also from Mahina! 

Jumpsuit - Mahina (similar, similar) // Velvet Cardigan - Zulily (similar) //
Velvet Bootie - 14th & Union (Nordstrom Rack, similar, similar) // Earrings - Mahina (similar)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Valentine's Day Red Pleated Top & Joggers

Valentine's Day front

On Valentine's Day, we wear red!

What a strange year I've had. This is the first Valentine's Day that didn't have me in a panic. It could be because Galentine's Day (02/13) was celebrated with 2 hours of bowling, fries and some of the most influential women in Seattle. It could be because meditation has been incorporated into my mornings before work. However, it's more than likely because it was just another Wednesday. I would say that "nothing important happened today" but that's not true. Our country's in heart aches today by another mass attack in Florida. At a school, no less.

Valentine's Day is very much a cookie cutter holiday for me. If there was a family and children in my life on a daily basis, I envision it would be filled with sweet little cards of love. In the corporate world, it's a bit different. Instead it's filled with Zara red pleated shoulder tops and black joggers with pumps.

In light of yesterday, I do want to wish everyone a peace, love and happiness for the month of February. Though half way through, this month is home to Black History Month and American Heart Month and we should celebrate and educate accordingly.

Happy Belated Valentine's Day, all!

Valentine's Day front pony tail

Valentine's Day side

Front Smiles

Earring Close up

Red Pleated Top - Zara (similar) // Black Joggers - Trouvé // Black
Leather Pumps - Nine West // Double Pearl Pendant Necklace - Stella & Dot //
Statement Earrings (similar)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hunter Green Dress and Floral Booties

facing forward in dress, vest and booties

smiling forward, dress, vest, booties

Side - dress, vest, booties

hair shot - dress, vest, booties

looking out the window - dress, vest, booties

Hello, gems. I don't know how I survived my first week back after my vacation. It seemed like the weekend would never get here but here we are and it feel so good to kick back. While I was on my trip, I rare sat down unless I was lounging at the beach. Even then I would get up and swim every 20 minutes or so. Being outside in the sunshine did a number on my health for the week. I'm so thankful for being blessed enough to even take a trip, never the less soak up that Vitamin D.

There's a lot going on this weekend and next week. My schedule was thrown into a frenzy when I got back. Which is great, I love being busy. However, making time for myself has been harder than I expected. More specially, working out. I will get these though.

Do you recognize the dress or the vest? or the shoes?? Haha! These are all items I've owned for the past year that I threw together. My earrings are from my favorite boutique in Hawaii, Mahina. Here's a post with my dress, a post with my vest and a post with my floral booties!

Dress - Zulily (similar, similar) // Leather Vest - Thrifted (similar) // Floral Booties -
Mia (similar) // Gold Line Earrings - Mahina Boutique (similar, similar)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

5 Ways to Live Like a Local in Oahu, Hawaii

Though not a Hawaiian local permanently, my heart is always with the land and the people who resign on the islands.  For some reason my obsession with the tropical climate, surfer style and Aloha vibes came on strongly when I was in my teens. Back when everyone wore puka shells and JT had ramen hair. My first trip was for a High School Band competition. It took two years of hoarding my allowance money, baby sitting savings and football concession stand raising. I remember the trip well enough to tell you: I didn't listen to our chaperones, stuck to the tourist attractions and I was burnt to a crisp by day 2. Above all, I remember paradise.

My third trip was a treat. I stayed with my college roommate's Auntie and Uncle in Honolulu and we coasted through the entire island. This is when the magic of the island found me. More specifically in the North Shore. It's like the North Shore owns a part of my spirit. It greeted me like an old friend as we scoured through the rain forest, through the mountains and back in the sea. This is where I found my true Aloha Vibe.

Many of my friends have asked me to create an excel doc of the "best of the best" for their trips. However, I'll be frank, I don't travel when I go to Hawaii. I live. It's my most active and zen self. Though I will probably not give you a doc, I will tell you how to start living like a local in the North Shore.

1. Get an Airbnb - If you stay in a resort, that's the vacation you're going to get. "Gourmet" Hawaii food, pool time and manmade reef lagoons to keep you from the tides. Nothing wrong with that! However, when you airbnb you get the full local experience. Definitely get an airbnb with a kitchen stove top. This past stay, we stayed in Laie which is just outside the pipeline. The perfect location. Next to a walkable beach, Foodland and (most importantly) surfer watching! It's only 30 minutes from Hale'iwa, which is my favorite place to shop, get coffee and shaved ice.

2. HIKE - It's your vacation. However, when you're on a tropical island and you have an entire ocean in front of you and an entire mountain range behind you, wouldn't you want a taste of both worlds? North Shore has some incredible hikes that range from easy to very very advanced (like carrying a sleeping bag and a machete). Personally, I'm a fan of intermediate hikes midday and easy in the morning. A great hike for those who don't mind a bit of a climb for a view is the Ehukai Trail. Once you get to the top, you have the option to keep going or climb back. Be careful if you continue on, the trails are longer than referenced on websites but a gorgeous stroll through the forest.

3) Eat - Oh you hearrrrd me! If you're hiking like a local, you're burning enough to eat enough. I have a few favorite spots on the North Shore and in Kailua (post in queue) but I want to talk about my food strategy first because I think it's important -- Make 3/4 of your meals and dine the rest of the time. I suggest this because Hawaii is expensive for locals. Plus, why would you want to leave the beach to get food only to come back? We packed lunch 3/4 of the days on our trip because we were either hiking or laying out. Mornings we made breakfast at the airbnb and then often ate dinner out.

4) Ask - Locals aren't going to tell you their secrets spots on the island. That's just not how it works in Hawaii and that's okay because you have to remember it's not your home. However, definitely ask a local where to get the best _____. I've asked for sorbet, beer, shrimp trucks, smoothie shops, coffee houses, paddle board rentals and even tourist attractions. "Is Diamond Head worth it?" No shame in asking, almost everyone is super friendly and will tell you what they think.

5) Give Gratitude - I love vacation, who doesn't right? Everyone loves kicking back and being free from life, jobs, responsibilities, etc. When I'm on the Island, I greet the water every morning and say goodnight in the evening. Many locals know what they have and don't take their home for granted. So, I do the same. I thank the trees for shade on my hikes. I thank the forest for giving birds a place to sing peaceful songs while I wander. I give blessings to any scenic view I can walk to and always thank the sun for it's vitamin D after a long day of soaking it in. When I leave, I always thank the Island for my retreat and detox from my everyday life. It makes me appreciate my time so much more.

Aloha, friends.