Saturday, August 30, 2008

Yes Please!

Top, $55

Dress, $20

Jacket, $75

Skirt, $62

Let's thank Yes Style for allowing us to now be able to capture the "Asian girl" look with their slouchy classics and damn good prices. And there's lotsss to choose from, so make sure you have time to browse through their clothes and accessories, and don't forget to check out the men's section!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Guess Who?

PAYLESS, that's who!

My hunt for a new shoe took me to Payless. As you can see, you shouldn't underestimate them! (Though this pair is designed by alice + olivia.)

I had an amazingly comfortable pair of gladiators from Payless circa 2004 (not to brag or anything...) that I got for a meager $10. I wore them to death for 2+ years. Soon after, I replaced them with BCBG ones for $40ish from Nordstrom Rack and those bitches broke in a couple of months.

Still Loving It & Kinda Loathing That

It feels weird to say I still love it even though it's not technically fall.

Know what I mean??

And I am on a hunt for some bad ass flat sandals. I have to walk to school, so flats are a must, and it's freaking hot, so ventilation is another must. And it's always hot here in Hawai'i, so I'm forever in flat sandals!

No strappy, gladiator shenanigans please. Every girl on campus is wearing a pair. So far, I've considered flower painted wooden clogs and those brown drugstores sandals with the nubby insoles.

Anyone got some suggestions that come in size five and are reasonably priced?

Oh, and as you can see I totally have time to blog and do messy Photoshop collages. Must be that only two days of school schedule I (geniusly) put together this semester.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Wanna Bow Tie

I was on the hunt for a cheap bow tie today, but Macy's doesn't even carry them and Sears only had a tacky black clip on (aka an attached bra strap).

My shopping trip wasn't all bad though. I got a little boy's leather belt at Sears and a rubber spatula from Williams Sonoma.

Boy's belts are the perfect length for cinching at the waist because you don't have to worry about all that extra belt flapping around. And those rubber spatulas rock because they're easy to clean! Next up for the kitchen is a new rice cooker that doesn't make the rice stick to the pot (they do exist, my mom owns one).

My favorite new inspiration picture via Foto Decadent

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Rudi Gernreich vs. Alexander McQueen

Rudi Gernreich Topless Swimsuit (circa 1964) | Alexander McQueen Spring 2009

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Beyond Sushi

Sometimes I love grocery shopping more than I love shopping for clothes.

Today was one of those days. Lately, all the stores I go into at Ala Moana Shopping Center either bore me with their selection and quality (Forever 21) or are way out of my price range (gray Phillip Lim zippered cardigan I want you!)

The only place I got excited at was Shirokiya. My body got so confused in there because I wasn't hungry, but all of a sudden I wanted to buy sushi bentos, salted salmon bellies and nishime. I wandered through the aisles touching the goodies and getting weird looks from the chefs because I walked by a million times. Then when I was heading home I saw that the new Japanese grocery store, Nijiya Market, finally opened! More excitement for me and more confusion for my belly!

Here's the damage, click on the links to learn more:

1. Japanese Baumkuchen Coffee Cake: Soft, rich and sweet. I couldn't stop myself from taking a bite (or five) before taking a picture. (Nijiya)
2. Hello Panda treats: I used to love these little guys when I was little! There are pandas printed on these chocolate filled crackers. (Shirokiya)
3. Umeboshi Chazuke: Chazuke is one my favorite foods! Make some rice, add hot green tea and then your seasonings. This is also really good when you're sick because the rice is easy to eat and the green tea is good for you. (Nijiya)
4. Lychee Sake- I love lychee martinis, so I was eager to try this out. This sake is a wee bit too sweet, but still good. (Nijiya)
5. Tofu: Simple and delicious. Just add shoyu. (Nijiya)
6. Warabe Mochi w/ Cocoa Powder: Super smooth and delicate. Best mochi I've had in awhile, I think I'm gonna go back and get the kinako flavor. (Shirokiya)

Now I'm gonna stuff my face and watch the Olympics.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Primary, Again

Came across these by pure coincidence.
Too bad they're too big for my wee feet.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I dislike them and try to avoid them.
If I didn't live on the 15th floor, I'd take the stairs just to avoid my creepy manager.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thanks For Stopping By Obama

You are a brave man for body surfing at Sandy's - a place where the waves break fast and hard at the shore and where I almost thought I was gonna wash up dead on the beach without my top (I didn't).

You did it pretty damn good too. And you've been gone for how long? Geez, what can't you do?

Friday, August 15, 2008


Brian Lichtenberg's Bathroom via The (amazing!!) Selby

I love primary colors together.

I once wanted to paint my kitchen red, living room yellow, bathrooms blue, and have the other walls stark white. I change my mind all the time though, so I think I would be better off with dark wood floors and super white walls.

Lately, I've really been into home decor and dreaming about owning a cottage in Diamond Head. It ain't gonna happen, but I'd like to think someday it will.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wishful Thinking

Here's a picture of my Japanese perm. Not the best picture (excuse the damaged ends and my growing out color) because they got flattened as I slept, but you get the idea- it's just natural wavy goodness.

Oooh, and today's my 21st birthday and I'm not gonna lie, I'm mostly excited about the fact that I can now buy organic alcohol while I pick up bread and hummus at my favorite co-op. Haha.

So who's gonna be my sugar daddy (or mommy) and shower me with these gifts? :)

1. Complex Geometries White Hooded Dress My ideal garment- comfortable and fun.
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Siamese Fish Dress I love Phillip!
3. Mustache Hook Of course I would add this! :)
4. LEMONSTORY by Kimenna Dress I've been lusting madly over this dress for months.
5. Cri De Coeur Kate Sandal Cute flat sandal aaand it's vegan? F*ck yeah!
6. Motivational Prints by OrangeBeautiful Just what I need to get me through the day.
7. Bliss Lau Diamond Dress All the cool kids are doing it.
8. Ashley Watson Junco Bag Roomy, stylish, and perfectly worn in. Although it's still leather (sorry cows!), it's at least made from vintage leather jackets.

If I get some good pictures of the festivities, I'll be back to post them. Have a glorious Monday folks!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

8 is Great

I briefly mentioned numerology and the number 8 in my shopping rant, and on this auspicious eight filled day I thought I'd share the wealth.

I'm sort of a numerology freak. My life path is 8 and I see number 8's everywhere. Yeah, it's crazy.

Ok, now for the good stuff. Get a piece of paper than can fit in your wallet, write a number eight on it, and then put it in your wallet. This should either bring you unexpected money, improve your financial well being, and/or help you win the jackpot. I haven't hit the jackpot yet, but I have been pretty financially secure and my brother said it's helped him.

Read more about it here. And for more numbers, check this book out.

May the numbers align for you! :)

Sidenote: I permed my hair! My bestest friend works at a Japanese hair salon, so she did it for free (I love you!). She did it in the Japanese style with natural curls - I am in love with it!

Photo: Olivander @ Flickr

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Alexander Wang Diffusion Line & Shoes

Alexander Wang will be launching a diffusion and shoe line in spring 2009!

Both lines seem like they're gonna be classic Alexander Wang styles - loose, worn in tops and tough shoes.

Yeah, get excited.

Oh, and Erin will no longer be his stylist, he's got a new guy, Alastair McKimm.

via WWD

Nice Head

Erin Wasson's got a thing for them, no?

Photos: W Magazine, Dan Martensen, The Selby

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sshhh, Free Magazines lets you see and zoom into full pages of mags you don't want to buy or read in the store, but would read if they're free online.
They have Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire, even Vogue.

This is so cool it should be illegal. Wait, is this illegal??

Revisited Movies + The Black Issue

I forgot how much I loved both of these beautiful movies as a kid. If you haven't seen them, do so, they're definitely among my favorites.

And I finalllly got my arse to Borders and got the Black Issue. I haven't fully read it yet, but from what I did see, I'm a little disappointed with the content, but the editorials make up for it, although I would've liked more creativity. It also would've been nice to see only black women in the ads and more throughout the entire mag, but I guess that's just too far fetched for the advertisers. Sigh, one day it'll happen.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Next Generation

If you're making a big deal out of Tavi being 12 then you'll probably being making a big deal out of this wee one too.

Adie is FOUR and she posts her polaroids and thoughts on her blog with the help of her mom who has an equally awesome photo blog.

If I could choose, I would want to stay four and be in preschool forever. And not just for the naps, but because of how honest they are, their fresh perspective on life, and their carefree attitude. They also have so much energy for such little bodies. I was at the dentist the other day and this boy wearing bright blue rainboots was running around and another girl was standing on a chair belting out the alphabet. I wanna run and sing at the top of my lungs while wearing blue rainboots. But what's stopping me (and everyone else) from doing it? We've been told to sit still, use our inside voice, and to dress practically.

I'm at least thankful that my mom has always let me pick my own clothes out, even if I put together outfits as seen in the first pic.

I don't really know what I'm trying to get at, but lately I've just been feeling weird about life and wish I could return to simpler times when I didn't have to worry about life and didn't have so many preconceived notions about everything. All this thinking may have to do with me turning 21 soon and trying to make sense of it. Because what is a birthday? Another year, another day... What is age? I feel like I've been 21 since high school. I feel like those mean old mommys that judge everyone and tell you how to live your life. I feel like a helpless toddler that's only goal is to bother you and make you laugh. I feel like a hermit that likes to stay home and not talk to people.

I guess it's all how you look at it...