Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Discovering Honolulu's Street Art Scene with Perrier

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Perrier via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Perrier.
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While on vacation on the island of Oahu with my husband, we visited Kakaako, Honoulu’s warehouse district. Why did we visit Kakaako? Well there’s an amazing street art scene happening there, which reminds me of what used to be 5 Pointz in New York (read about it here). Beautiful colorful murals stand ever so slightly tucked away from the white sandy beaches of Waikiki and juxtaposed with palm trees. I love this whole idea of urban meets surf city. This, for us, was also a different way to see the city and to really soak in what the island has to offer. Sadly, a new initiative has these warehouse buildings set for demolition in order to build high-rise condo buildings.  However, the city of Honolulu is working with the developers to try to keep the art alive. I hope Kakaako doesn’t go the way of 5 Pointz.

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Top: Peter Pilotto for Target | Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Sandals: Jeffrey Campbell | Hat: Get Salty
Sunglasses: c/o Lacoste 

all pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

This is why I love Perrier’s new limited edition cans and bottles! They are keeping street art alive with new limited edition cans and bottles featuring different designs from 3 street artists, Sasu (Japan), Kobra (Brazil), and JonOne (NY/Paris). Perrier is bringing recognition to street artists and their art. Many see street art as just graffiti, but street art, when done the right way like in Kakaako and 5 Pointz, is about the art and building a community. Which is what Honolulu artist Jasper Wong sought out when he created his initiative to revitalize Kakaako in 2011 and created an artist group called POW!WOW! These artists from all over the world, they come out every February to paint new murals on the walls of these warehouses. I hope that Perrier’s limited edition bottles will bring awareness to the importance of street art in revitalization of a community. Here’s to keeping street art alive with every sip!

Go pick up your bottle today at your local drug and grocery store!

This post is sponsored by Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in celebration of its new limited Street Art® edition. This limited edition packaging is a collaboration between Perrier and three of the world’s influential street artists: JonOne, Sasu and Kobra. To see the full line of collectible designs and learn more about this exciting debut, visit www.SocietePerrier.com/StreetArtbyPerrier  and join the conversation with #StreetArtByPerrier

Monday, November 10, 2014

Favorite Holiday Looks with Tagspire

I've teamed up with Tagspire to help you get a head start on your Holiday party outfit planning. Tagspire is a brand new unique social commerce website that helps you monetize your photos. This is another way for us fashion bloggers to not only make money but to help YOU (our beloved readers) find what you like on our sites easier and faster! The tagging system will allow us to tag our own unique photos with multiple websites, which then directs you, the reader, to the website of the item to purchase. The poster of the picture will make commission off of every sale they make from their tagged photos. Much like how Pinterest works, Tagspire users can follow other users and their boards, which adds that unique social shopping experience to it. With the Holiday season quickly approaching Tagspire can help find the looks that our readers want and also help with their Holiday shopping. Us bloggers can now create unique shopping post for the holiday season since Tagspire has us covered in all categories from fashion to beauty to home to travel.

The Holiday season for me is a time to glam it up. From fierce make-up to metallics. It's the time of the season you get to have fun with materials that you don't really wear much during the year (aka sequins!).

Formal Holiday Party

The Dress. Go glam for a formal party. I love playing with volume. If you go for a tulle skirt dress make sure it has a grown up twist like a deep neckline and back, like this Alice + Olivia dress. Black is always in season, but for the holidays play with something that has a hint of metallic in it.

The Shoes. If you do a black dress go bold with a metallic shoe. Play with different colors. I love this berry red color from Gianvito Rossi. Metallic shoes will make the whole look pop and give it that festive Holiday vibe.

The Clutch. When doing a statement piece like the dress and shoes go for simple handbags that have a interesting structure detail like this ASOS clutch. It's sleek but still interesting.

The Accessories. Keep all accessories clean and simple. Try a modern take on pearls like this Kate Spade bangle. Play with layering rings to make a understated statement.

The Make-up. For a formal night time event breakout the deep red lipstick. You want a lipcolor that has more of darker undertones, like hues of blues and purples, that give it a more deep rich color. Do golden smokey eyes to elegantly match your metallic pieces.

Casual Dinner Party

The Outfit. Informal dinner parties are really when you get to break out the fun sequin tops. Keep the look sophisticated by adding black wax coated jeans. These jeans will give it a ultra cool vibe.

The Shoes. Have fun with printed pumps. A leopard print pump like these Steve Madden pumps can show off your wild side.

The Bag. You can use your favorite everyday little handbag or add in colors like this burgundy color bag from Charles & Keith.

The Make-up. You know me...I love a good cat eye. My go to liquid eyeliner is Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in black. It's easy to use, allows you to play with the thickness of the line, and the brush doesn't split! Play with a fun cat eye paired with a red lip. This red lip color can be bolder and brighter since it's an informal occasion. Plus, it will brighten up the face against the black eyeliner.

The Office Party

The Dress. Navigating the office party dress code can be tricky. You don't want to be under dress but then you don't want to be that girl. You can play it safe with a LBD (little black dress) paired up with fierce accessories. Or you can step it up a notch with something a little shimmery, it is the Holiday's after all. Just be mindful of the cut and length. Go for something more traditional like a pencil skirt or shift dress. This Dorthy Perkins dress is perfect for an office party setting because it's classically cut and it has just enough shimmer to it. When looking for an office party dress either go for dark tones or when doing something light go for Champagne notes.

The Shoes. Pumps, every office girls favorite pair of shoes. They are perfect to have around in your closet for a everyday look, as well as a night time look. Pair your little black pump with your dress.

The Bag. Whether you do a LBD or something in champagne make your accessories pop. Add in a colorful bag like this cobalt blue suede bag from Karen Millen. This blue will make a nice juxtaposition against the champagne color.

The Accessories. Play off the color of your handbag. If doing a blue handbag do a blue earring, like these Kate Spade small square earrings. This will help tie the whole look together. Add a sleek rose gold watch to compliment the dress.

The Make-Up. Since it's an office party keep the make-up minimal. Do neutral eyes, you can even do a smokey eye with brown tones. You can use palettes like Urban Decay's Naked 2. Stay away from fire engine red lipstick. Play with light shades of pinks. Look for something that has a hint of shimmer in it like the Laura Mercier in Rosewater.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

BRB On An Island


Witchery longline bikini top, $61 / Birkenstock strappy flat sandals / Wildfox cotton tote bag / Federica Moretti baseball cap hat, $56 / J.Crew j crew glasses / OneTeaspoon, $86

I will be on a 12 hour flight to Oahu, HI tomorrow! I will be away for a week but don't tune out just yet. Look for Monday's post to see my favorite Holiday looks for different occasions with Tagspire! 

Stay up-to-date on my travels on my Instagram and Twitter!

See you all when I get back! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND WEEK!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to Wear Altuzarra for Target {PART 2}

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This embroidered heron dress was on the top of my must have list for the Altuzarra for Target collection. The embroidery added a very luxe appeal to the dress, plus who doesn't love a good vest dress. When I first tried on this dress my main concern was the deep v-neckline. It was to plunging and exposing to wear to work with nothing under it. Since it is fall anyway adding a simple black long tee gives it the boob coverage that you'll need for a daytime look and the added warmth with the plummeting temperatures. To continue with the luxe feel add a statement bag and coat. An easy up-do like a low chignon will give it a day time glam look. This look is perfect to take from work to night time events. I ended up wearing this look to work and then my husband's art show afterwards.

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Dress: Altuzarra for Target | Coat: Calvin Klein | Shirt: Gap | Shoes: Zara | Bag: c/o Ann Taylor (similar style here)

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I got lots of compliments on this dress. Mostly people couldn't believe it was from the Target designer line as it as such an expensive look. 

How would you wear the vest dress for the fall?  

Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY: Fall Mason Jar Decorations

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My husband and I have a lot of extra vintage mason jars saved in a bin from our wedding. After viewing some fall decorations on Pinterest I thought it would be nice putting some of the mason jars to use, as well as make our apt more fall like. A lot of the DIY projects included modge podging leaves to mason jars which look quite beautiful but I knew I didn't want to ruin my mason jars. So I took a easier route and filled up some jars with scented pine cones and some with fake leaves from Michael's. Simple but effective.

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What You'll Need:
- Fake pine cones or acorns
- Fake fall leaves and flowers
- Mason Jars

All you need to do is line the jars you want with leaves. You don't need glue or modge podge to hold them in place. The leaves will be fine folded into the jar. You can place fake tea light candles in them to hold the leaves in place.

These decorations are not only perfect for making your home feel more like fall but also would be perfect center pieces for your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dinner.

Would you give making these a try?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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My husband and I threw a small Halloween Dinner Party this past weekend since he was going to be away on business and miss Halloween this year. It was a night of treats, boo-ze, and cackles. A lot of the decor came from Michael's and ideas from pinterest. We even had fun and created our own menu with clever names like: Toes in Bandages (mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls), Shredded Mummy (pulled pork), and Monster Holes (doughnuts). To say I love party planning (Holiday Parties) would be a understatement. I just wish we had a bigger apartment to throw New Years Eve. One year....

I hope everyone has a SPOOKtacular Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Must Haves

I'm so excited to share my fall essentials with you all today! My blogger friend Simone of Fashion Runs the World put together a fun blogger collaboration where a couple of us are sharing our fall must haves! Check out my list of not only fashion related fall must haves but beauty products as well!

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1. Fall Perfume. It's time to switch out the flowery summer sents for more muskier ones. The one I'm really digging this season is the Elizabeth and James White. This sent has a light musk smell to it. It's feminine, but not overly sweet.

2. Dark Lips. I'm a sucker for reds every time of year but especially during the fall/winter months. Red lips are just so classic and look great paired up with all black looks. Burgundy and plums are also my favorites for the fall. Some of my favorite colors are: M.A.C Ruby Woo, NARS Train Bleu, and NO 7 Lip Crayon in Berry. These are in constant rotation.

3. Fall Nail Polish Colors. Much like lipsticks fall nail polish is all about the deep dark colors: burgundy and shades of greys. Every season has it colors, spring and summer is all about the lights and brights while fall is about the burgundy and deep rich colors and winter you have the holidays so its the dark greens, reds, and even metallics like golds and silvers. My favorite fall colors this season are Essie Recessionista, L'Oreal Greycian Goddess, and Prevail NYC Doll.

4. Statement Bootie. Every woman needs a statement shoe no matter what season it is. Fall is the season of boots and there is nothing like a statement boot. This can range from prints to colors or something funky like my Schutz booties. I found these at Burlington for $50! These statement boots can make a impact when pulled together with simple fall look like a turtle neck dress or jeans and tee.

5. Wide Brim Hats. I'm a sucker for hats. I have a ever growing wide brim hat collection. My two new additions are from Urban Outfitters and Aldo. I just love how they top off a look. Plus there is something so classically fall about them.

6. Plaid Scarf. This season it;s really all about the plaid scarves. I found my infinity scarf from Aldo but definitely digging the ones from Target that a lot of people have been rocking. I love you don't need to spend a lot on this trend since it could be found everywhere!

7. Graphic Sweaters. It seems like I have a growing graphic sweater collection. I love that they jazz up a weekend look or can be worn for a casual Friday in the office. Pair it with a blazer, skinny jeans, and heels for a daytime look at the office. I can't get enough of both of my Artizia and Aerospastle sweater.

Don't forget to check out Katie from Lucy & Camilla, Diane from Style Context and Simone from Fashion Runs the World for their fall picks! 

What is on your fall must have list?