Thursday, March 29, 2012


I have long lashes. Blessing right? Well, yes, they are but I haven't really enjoyed them until recently.

Now if you know me or have read my blog you know that I have close to zero knowledge about any beauty products. I'm clueless. But this much I do know- lashes are supposed to be curled! (right?)

I've searched high and low for a mascara that could hold my lashes up and curled ALL day. I've tried higher-end brands like Dior and inexpensive finds from grocery stores. Nothing ever worked! Well, ladies and gentlemen, I finally found something!
Maybelline's "The Falsies" Volum' Express Mascara. I originally purchased it because the bottle was pretty (this is how I usually determine which beauty product to purchase) and inexpensive (around $8 depending where you buy it). Now, I buy it because it works!

Ok so obviously it doesn't look as dramatic as they advertise but the point is - it works! It stays on, holds the curl, gives some volume (the picture above is only one coat. I usually add several coats for more volume.), doesn't get clumpy - and it does these things ALL day! I'm in love.

Try it!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

fashion star [episode 3 favorites]

Do any of you watch Fashion Star? I'm really loving some of the designers. Here are my favorite pieces from this week's show:

Jersey Dress by Orly Shani: $295 available at Saks Fifth Avenue
I really like Orly, her style, and everything she has created for the show so far. I fell in love with this dress! She showed it in 3 different prints on the runway. The back has a low scoop and on the runway it was shown with pockets that had lining that matched the color of the waistband. I'm not sure why they removed the pockets because it really added to the look!

Striped Shorts by Nzimiro Oputa: $24.95 available at H&M 
Nzimiro specializes in menswear- that I love. I want my husband in all of it! I wish H&M was selling all 3 prints that were shown on the runway!

Cuffed Pleated Satin Shorts by Ross Bennett: $59 (available in  floral, pink, and green gingham) available at Macy's 
I'm so glad Ross finally made a sale! He's a Texas boy so of course I automatically love him. These shorts are perfect for spring (and summer)!

Fashion Star is on every Tuesday at 10/9c on NBC. Who's your favorite designer so far?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2010 mixtape [tierra studios]

I was surfing the web and came across an old blogpost of mine on the Tierra Studios website. It made me happy because this post was created at the start of my relationship with my husband. :) It also reminded me of songs that I love but haven't listened to in a while.

Anyway.. I thought I'd share it! Enjoy some tunes from 2010: Tierra Sessions Vol. 2, J-Ro

hawaii's shop a lea [spring fashion]

Last week was Ala Moana's 5th annual Shop a Lea event. Shop a Lea is a weeklong shopping and fashion celebration at the Ala Moana mall in Honolulu. It includes in-store events, special offers, hula shows, fashion shows, games, and more!

center stage @ Ala Moana

On Sunday, 3/25, I was lucky enough to snag a seat at the Spring Fashion Show featuring Splash Hawaii and Valerie Joseph. (I was so bummed I missed Michael Costello, Banana Republic, and Betsey Johnson!) To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by the show. The models seemed to all be one "type", which I guess is typical in fashion shows. I just expected a diverse showing of models since Hawaii has such a diverse culture. On top of that, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by the selection of clothes that the designers chose to showcase on the runway. There was nothing shown on the runway that really got my attention and would pull me into the store as a new buyer. I adore Valerie Joseph though! This show did not do her justice! And Splash has some of the cutest swimsuits! I just didn't see them on the runway.. (I should also note that I think my sense of fashion is quite different from most people in take that into account!) The DJ rocked the stage (anyone know who was DJing?!) and it was a lot of fun to watch!

Here are a few pictures from the show!

Splash Hawaii w/ sunnies from Sunglass Hut

because I obviously needed coffee :)

Valerie Joseph

...and here's some pics of me in my new QuikSilver dress that I won! Read about it here.

dress: quiksilver women's line, bag: michael kors, shoes: toms, bracelets: xxi and linzgutz
[all photos taken with my camera. excuse the poor lighting!]

Like what you see?
Shop Quiksilver

Monday, March 26, 2012

roaming with qsw [i won!]

I recently participated in Brooke Dombroski's ROAM with QSW Instagram contest. Brooke posted a photo everyday for six days and it was our job to mimic her photo each day in a creative way that represented Hawaii life.

Brooke announced the winners this past Sunday at the QSW (QuikSilver Women's line) trunk show held at Local Motion in Ala Moana. There were seven winners. One for each day and a grand prize winner who won a photo shoot with  Brooklyn Hawaii styled by QSW!

While I did not win the grand prize, I did win the prize for Day 4! I don't think I've ever won a contest so I was super excited!

Here are a few pictures from the event. (all stolen because I was too distracted to remember to take any! :( )

The seven winners! [via Contrast Magazine]

[via Tiare Thomas]

[via Brooklyn Hawaii]
QSW Trunk Show @ Local Motion [via Photo Ops Hawaii]
waiting for winners to be announced! [via Photo Ops Hawaii]
Prizes were different for each category, but here's what I won!:

I won the Day 4: Coastal Vehicle category and was rewarded with this beautiful QSW dress!
cute little nautical details that I adore!

my 'coastal vehicle' entry from day 4 that got me the win! i love this picture of Jared and I :) THANK YOU Marina!!

Purchase the Marina Helms Dress here.

The event was so much fun and I can't wait until the next one! :) Thank you to everyone who participated and a big thanks to BROOKLYN HAWAII and QUIKSILVER!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

etsy [favorites]

I'm obsessed with Etsy. Like I check-my-favorite-shops-everyday kind of obsessed...

My most recent favorites are...

Linzgutz by Lindsey Gutierrez. I don't remember how I came across Linzgutz, but once I did, I fell in love. She's taken the current trend of chunky chains and made it her own. I currently own 3 of her bracelets and they are perfect pieces for my wardrobe. Besides her stylish pieces, Lindsey is a pleasure to work with. She communicates with her customers in a way that makes you feel like you're her friend - not just another customer.

This was the start of my love affair! gorgeous!

Next on my Linzgutz wish list is...

Turquoise w/ Black & Gold by Linzgutz: $25

Check out the Lingutz Etsy shop at

Spike the Punch! Just about every fashion blogger has talked about them. And why wouldn't they? Their jewelry is so unique and so... gorgeous! Their necklaces are on everyone's wish list (including mine) and are very hard to come by. I haven't been lucky enough to snag one yet but I'm hoping my lucky day is coming soon! When a new item is posted at the Spike the Punch Etsy shop it's sold out almost immediately. So if you're interested, check often!

Momentus NY. If you're looking for timeless classics and want to shop within your budget - here's a good pick. Every piece that I own from Momentus NY is beautiful, high quality, and can be worn everyday. (I'm currently wearing their gold knot stud earrings!) Check them out:

mini gold love knot stud earrings: $20.00

i want this locket next!

I could keep going but I'll stop here for now... happy shopping! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


[via the little aslam]

I stumbled upon this today and thought it was worth sharing. Think about it.


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good christian what?!

Ok y'all.. before I start off, I want to say that I am by no means a perfect Christian and I have a looooong ways to go on my walk with faith. I just had to voice my opinion about this because I haven't heard nearly enough (if any) outrage about it.

For those of you who don't know - ABC is airing a new show on Sundays called GCB. GCB is based off of a book titled Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin.

I have never watched an episode of GCB, nor do I want to. I can't judge the series by it's content since I haven't actually watched but isn't that an issue in itself? So many people are so turned off by the title that they aren't giving the show a chance.
I'm so surprised at ABC's choice to run this show. With that title. Well actually I'm not surprised at all I guess. Disappointed would be a better word. I guess with Desperate Housewives (which I'm not a fan of either) ending, ABC was looking for a replacement.
With Jersey Shore, Real Housewives and other trash TV shows airing on cable, it'd be nice if network television stayed at least a little classy. What kind of message are we sending to society? To kids?

Now don't get me wrong--- I WATCH TV. I'm also a 20-something year old adult. When I was younger, there were things like Full House, Family Matters, and Step By Step airing during primetime TV.

I'm not saying that it's a bad show (I haven't watched). I'm not saying that other people shouldn't watch it (it's a free country). I am saying that I'm really disappointed in what's acceptable in today's society.

What do you think?