Monday, June 2, 2014

Mani(c) Monday - June 2, 2014

Oh hey there.  My has it been seemingly forever since I've posted anything on my blog...especially a nail post.  Well, I'm not gonna bore you with a lame ramble of excuses as to why I haven't been consistently posting, so on to the post.  This time around I'm wearing Coat Azure by Essie, a gorgeous mid toned sky blue shade with subtle silver shimmer running through it.  Coat Azure happens to be one of my absolute favorite blue shades in my nail polish collection, and I find it very ideal to wear now since we are approaching summer time.  It's been a while since I've strayed away from the neutral nail polishes and went for something a bit bright, so here are one of those rare instances.  Hoping to go for more bright colors in weeks to come, but we shall see.  I've yet to paint my nails white, but I'm a bit hesitant to do that, even though I own a white polish (Alpine Snow by OPI).  Let me know if you think I should paint my nails white next.  All photos taken by me.  =]

Coat Azure by Essie

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Louis Vuitton Ala Moana Reopening

This is definitely a much belated post, as I attended this occasion a few weeks ago, but I also recently visited the newly renovated Louis Vuitton at Ala Moana Center to make a small purchase for my birthday...which I'll discuss a bit more in an upcoming post.  I only bought something small, so don't get too excited for a reveal.

From what I was told, the renovation that took place at the Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center was one that spanned a total of 2 years.  Having been to this store on several occasions over the past couple of years, it didn't occur to me until recent months that a renovation was taking place.  They managed to keep the store fully functioning and as open to walk around as possible, while parts of the store were closed off from entry, and modifications took place.  I knew that majority of the work being done dealt with the staircase, since access to it was no longer permitted, and the elevators were the only way to travel to and from floors.

All in all, the renovation was completed, and the grand reopening of the Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center took place on April 19, 2014.  I wasn't there for all the festivities I was told happened first thing in the morning of the reopening, but I was able to make it there by that afternoon.  By then, it was much less chaotic, and seemed like just an ordinary day in the store.  I took the time to stroll along, and see the store in its entirety.  Sure enough, the staircase was the highlight of the renovation, as it went from being made of glass to a wooden staircase, one that featured tremendous detail consisting of what looked like metal facets that ran along the walls around it in a wavy texture.  

I was particularly fixated on getting something whilst there that day, but the specific items I inquired about were unavailable.  Part of the reason for wanting to get something that day, was because I noticed that some people coming out of the store held special Louis Vuitton shopping bags that I suspected were made for the reopening.  Unfortunately, the things I was after weren't available to purchase at the time, and I was in no position to spontaneously buy another bag, just because I wanted the special shopping bag. 
Even so, upon returning a couple weeks later, I made a purchase, and my amazing SA (sales associate) was able to get my item placed into one of their few remaining special bags from the reopening.  Pictures of the item I ended up getting, and pictures of the special shopping bag will all be featured in a blog post and unboxing video fairly soon.  Below are pictures from the reopening of the Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center, all of which were taken by me, aside from the one I'm in (of course).  =]

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spam Jam 2014

'Twas yet another fun filled weekend for me.  There always seems to be tons of things to do every weekend here, and I'm now realizing I want to document my experiences at these events as I experience them.  There was a bit of debate as to what I was gonna be doing this past weekend, being that a few different options were presented to me.  Ultimately, I ended up attending the 12th annual Spam Jam held in Waikiki with my sister, Reisha, and my cousin, Rowena.  This event was a fantastic representation of Hawaii's love of Spam, and consisted of many great food establishments that had their own booths.  Many of these food vendors sold a combination of regular items from their menu, along with dishes specially created for the event.  There was quite a range of food to try, so we had to be a bit selective as to where we spent our money.  The food we did end up getting, however, were a Spam pizza, Spam lettuce wraps & fried noodles from PF Chang, and the Kanak Attack (consisting of a loco moco, with Spam fried rice, and Spam katsu) from Duke's Canoe Club.  Spam desserts were also in the mix at the Spam Jam, but we passed on those, although the Spam sundae did sound enticing.  I would probably attend this event again, as it was a delicious time, but I need to make a mental note to wear a crossbody bag instead of my Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, so I can have a better "hands free" experience.  Below are pictures of the various sights from that night, most of which were taken by me, aside the ones I'm in (of course).  =]

Spam Jam poster I saw in the lobby of the parking garage where we parked.

Overview of the event...there were definitely lots of people in attendance.

A few of the booths present at the Spam Jam.  I unfortunately passed on taking photos with the Spam wave (the line was ridiculous).

I think these were supposed to be characters from a children's story book, but we just wanted to take pictures with them.

Spam pizza.

Spam lettuce wraps from PF Chang.

The Kanak Attack from Duke's Canoe Club.

Rowena with food from PF Chang.

Arial view of the event from the Royal Hawaiian Center's bridge.

Monday, April 28, 2014


I'm back with a new outfit post.  Don't all cheer at once.  It's the first one in absolutely forever, I know.  This time around, I'm getting a bit sporty for spring.  In this outfit, I paired the black printed tank top I got from the Peter Pilotto for Target collection (that came out a few months ago) tucked into one of my favorite pair of shorts that I own, the rust colored cut off shorts by Rag & Bone.  I belted it with a black leather belt with geometric silver buckle by Ralph Lauren, which matched the silver buckles on the black leather ankle boots I wore by Zara.  The accessories followed suit, and reflected the same black and silver color scheme, aside from the white embossed leather cap I wore by American Apparel.  I'm really liking the sporty look for spring, a trend I feel actually goes well with my wardrobe.  Spring and summer aren't my favorite seasons in terms of trends and wardrobing, but I'm growing fond of the ones that are out right now, and I'm making them suitable for my comfort level and existing personal style.  Below are a few shots of the outfit and the accessory details, that you can also see on my Lookbook here (follow me please).  All photos taken by Taylor.  =]

Outfit Details: Black printed racerback tank by Peter Pilotto for Target // Rust colored cut off shorts by Rag & Bone // Black leather belt with silver buckle by Ralph Lauren // White embossed leather cap by American Apparel.  See other photos for accessory details.

Round mirrored lens sunglasses by Forever 21.

Stainless steel simple rings by L'mond // Silver stainless steel small link watch by Emporio Armani // Black leather and silver hardware name plate bracelet by Marc by Marc Jacobs // Black and silver hinged lizard embossed bangle by Saks 5th Avenue.

Silver buckled black leather ankle boots by Zara.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Art & Flea: Love for Wes

I can't recall if I've ever put up a post on here about Art & Flea...but oh well, here's one.  I used to make it a point to attend all of the Art & Flea events that are held monthly, but I managed to miss a couple recently, for whatever reason.  Even so, I was able to attend the most recent one that was held on April 24, 2014.  The theme for this one, as there is a theme each time, was "Love for Wes," a commemoration of the director and screenwriter Wes Anderson.  The warehouses where the event was held were appropriately adorned with decor reflecting the theme, and people surely dressed the part as well.  I would have dressed to fit the theme, since I am someone who typically likes to dress accordingly for an occasion, but I seriously didn't have anything that would remotely fit the bill.  All in all, I had a good time at this event, as I typically do.  Although I wasn't able to take a photo booth picture, which I usually do at these events, mainly because I was too impatient to wait in the long line for time for sure.  Below are photos I took while at the event (and one of something I bought while there), that I will take time to caption later, but feel free to ask me in the comments if you have any questions about them.  All photos taken by me, aside from the one I'm in (of course).  =]

Monday, April 21, 2014

HNL Night Market - April 19, 2014

It has surely been a while since I've attended a Honolulu Night Market, an event held monthly in the Kakaako area of downtown Honolulu.  I managed to make my way there this month, however, to see what there was to see.  As usual, there were lots of great local food trucks that represented an array of diverse foods, both sweet and savory.  Entertainment was also in abundance, with live musical performances, and a fashion show in the lineup.  But being the shopaholic I am, I of course had to check out the Pinch of Salt featuring local vendors that had clothes & accessories, artwork, and other nifty things for sale.  I did end up picking something out while browsing through these vendors, that I'll share either in a future post here, or on my Instagram account.  Below are some photos I took while attending Honolulu Night Market.  All photos taken by me, aside from the one taken by Ericka Bueno (the one I'm in).  =]

Too bad someone smudged the chalkboard. Haha.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mani(c) Monday - April 14, 2014

It is absolutely pitiful how this will only be the second nail post I'm putting up this year thus far.  So it's a bit needless to say, that I need to take and post my nail photos at least once a week, which is how often I change my color anyway.  Nonetheless, the color I'm wearing in this post is Dulce De Leche by OPI, a gorgeous nude pink shade, that shows up a bit mauve and tan in different lighting.  I can't say enough how glad I am that this shade is in my nail polish collection, and it has quickly become among my absolute favorites, that I know I can wear anytime throughout the year.  Calling it "the ideal pink-toned nude nail polish" seems very fitting, and I really believe that it would look flattering on any skin tone.  Springtime is here, and I need to start busting out my colorful shades, to keep from boring you with all my neutral polishes.  I'd love to know what polishes you all are currently wearing, so let me know down in the comments.  All photos taken by me.  =]

Dulce De Leche by OPI