Archive for August, 2012

Beauty spot: Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C

August 29th, 2012

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Carine Roitfeld, former editrix of Vogue Paris, elevated the smoky eye to an art form, and now she's making her signature style accessible beyond the magazine pages, with a M·A·C collaboration of chic eyeshadows, dramatic Kohl Power eye pencil, black Fluidline, two mascaras, and more. It'll hit the boutiques Sept. 6. Check out some of the collection below:

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crjungleCarine Roitfeld  "Jungle Camouflage" full-face kit.

>> Jungle Camouflage
Contains four eyeshadows: "Dew Soft" creamy beige (veluxe pearl), “CamO” muted gray taupe (satin),  "Bad Lieutenant" blackened deep brown (matte), and "Carbon Intense" black (matte), with "Bootcamp Bronze soft, sheer chestnut Cremeblend blush. The cost is $44.

>> Desert Camouflage
Contains four eyeshadows: "Sahara Dust" light neutral beige (satin),  "Cactus Thorn" mid-tone brown bronze (frost), "Desert" shimmering warm taupe (satin), and "Carbon Intense" black (matte), with "Sand Storm" soft, sheer warm caramel Cremeblend blush. The cost is $44.

To help balance and enhance the look:

CarineRoitfeld-Lipstick-TropicalMist-72"Tropical Mist" sheer translucent nude lipstick, $16.

CarineRoitfeld-KohlPowerEyePencil-Feline-72"Feline" Kohl Power eye pencil, $15.


"Blacktrack" Fluidline eye liner, $15.

"Zoomfast" Black Lash mascara, $16.

Spa for a Cause

August 28th, 2012

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Juliet Lighter, center, founder of Women Speaking Out, with Aren Delacruz and Karina Migotti in the courtyard behind Q Laser and Fashionista's Market, where guests at "Spa for a Cause" could relax over drinks, and pupu from M Nightclub.

Juliet Lighter's non-profit Women Speaking Out organization hosted its inaugural "Spa for a Cause"  fundraiser on Aug. 26 at Fashionista's Market and Q Laser on Bethel Street.

Through the intimate spa party, the former Miss Hawaii USA aimed to help raise the awareness of domestic violence, while allowing guests to indulge in a day of pampering. For a $15o donation, guests could enjoy spa services, cocktails, pupu, dessert, music, shopping, and go home with a gift box of product samples from Sephora Waikiki.

At Q Laser Center, guests could choose one elite service from a menu that included a 30-minute massage, laser hair removal, laser rejuvenation, teeth whitening, and chiropractic adjustment. It was a good opportunity to check out some of the services offered at Q Laser. I, for one, am a big chicken, so I wanted to know exactly how hot that laser gets before trying that collagen-boosting treatment.

qlaserOne of the guests gets a laser rejuvenation treatment. The goal is to have a forehead more like Bugsy's, at right below, than the pug at left. The humorous comparison greets visitors to Q Laser Center.qdog

From there, women could move on to Fashionista's Market next door to enjoy a dessert bar with treats from The Mixer, Cake Envy and Candies Cupcakes, as well as a 20-minute neck and shoulder chair massage, hair blowout, and nail color change or nail art from The Nailery, then shop the FM racks with a 10 percent discount.

Funds raised will go toward funding WSO's educational programs focused on reaching women about domestic violence, and to adopt a local women's shelter for the holidays. Lighter, a survivor of domestic violence, created WSO in 2007 to help create social change, but said she's also in the process of rebranding her organization, saying that while she had been focused on education and empowerment for younger women, she has realized such help is needed at all ages.

For Mother's Day, she hosted a similar spa event involving Bath & Body Work and Victoria's Secret for women of the Ewa Beach Domestic Violence Shelter, and said, "We take these things for granted, but some of these women had never had a massage. They were literally in tears and we all left crying. It just made me realize I need to be doing more in the community."

Her aim is to adopt a different women's shelter annually.

For more information on Women Speaking Out, visit
Q Laser Center is at 1183 Bethel St. Call 524-1237. Fashionista's Market is at 1185 Bethel St.

qLighter with Q Laser Center's (and Rakuen's, and Fashionista's Market's) Anita Clemente.

qadjustAnother guests gets an adjustment from Cy Hirota.

qmassageAnita Clemente gets a well-deserved back and neck massage from Sierra Keylin.

qfmStylist Crystal Pancipanci, left, was offering shopping assistance at Fashionista's Market, with founder Alyssa Fung, center, and Moani Hara. The dessert bar was a good place to be! (more…)

Goodwill goes GLAM! opens with fashion shows

August 24th, 2012

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Showing up in support of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii CEO and president Laura Robertson Smith, left, and the organization's fundraiser, were Ginny Tiu, Hawaii's First Lady Dr. Nancie Caraway, Vicky Cayetano and Ben Cayetano. Caraway is the Honorary Chair of Goodwill Goes GLAM!

Goodwill supporters turned out Aug. 23 for the inaugural "Goodwill Goes GLAM!" gala dinner, pair of fashion shows and VIP pre-sale shopping from the more than 50,000 items for men, women and children that will be available all weekend long.

The ambitious Goodwill GLAM! Sale event officially opened at 10 a.m. this morning, Aug. 24, and will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 26, with $4 admission. A three-day $25 Fast Pass allows for bypassing entry lines, use of the Red Carpet Lounge and expedited checkout. Sales will benefit Goodwill Industries of Hawaii's community programs.

Last night's fashion show opened with an encore of “Goodwill Goes Green,” a collection of re-purposed designs created by 2012 University of Hawaii fashion graduates with materials gathered from Goodwill. This was followed by “The Elements of Goodwill,” which drew on the talents of five local stylists — Reise Kochi, Crystal Pancipanci, Rene Rodriguez and the duo of Kyle Kagamida and Allison Lee, who used Goodwill apparel and accessories to piece together eight ensembles each, based on the respective elements of earth, wind, fire and water.

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goodvalValerie Joseph's Valerie Ragaza-Miao, with husband Joseph, ended the evening with a lot of great finds, including this Banana Republic jacket. Her dress was like Carrie Bradshaw's!

goodwillkaStylist Kyle Kagamida, gearing up to dress celebs for the primetime Emmys next month, returned home for the event, reuniting with fellow stylist and blogger Allison Lee to present the "Water" segment of the "Elements of Goodwill" fashion show.

goodwill2Casting director Margaret Doversola picked up a jacket for her mom, while her daugher Lane found this Vera Bradley backpack with matching wallet for $12. At retail, the coin purse sells for more than that!

goodwillshoesShoes, shoes and more shoes! Designer shoes are in a glass counter area that requires pulling a number to be served.

goodwill3Jill Kuramoto found her pair of shoes, from Elie Tahari. She's with Goodwill's Laura Robertson Smith, and Goodwill public relations and communications manager Amanda Stevens.

goodwillglassesMakeup artist Lorena Takushi picked up this pair of sunglasses.

goodwillbridalShopping for wedding gowns.

Spin Valerie Joseph's 'Wheel of Fashion'

August 23rd, 2012


Valerie Joseph is inviting all to stop by the Ala Moana Center boutique  to donate $5 to Community Helping Schools, and spin the boutique's "Wheel of Fashion" to win discounts of up to 40 percent off, plus the opportunity to win a free dress.

Spin the wheel through Sept. 22, when the boutique will be presenting its 5th annual “Fresh Fashion Rocks” benefit at the M Nightclub at Waterfront Plaza, also benefiting Community Helping Schools, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping public schools obtain supplies and services that aren't included in school budgets.

“Fresh Fashion Rocks” will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., with a fashion show, dessert bar by Hokulani Bakery, silent auction, music and dance performances, and more. Tickets are $20, available at the boutique.

Call 942-5258 for more information.

Art and fashion merge at HiSAM

August 22nd, 2012

young3Nadine Kam photos
This wall-size painting (it's larger than it appears here) by John Young sold for $25,000 over the weekend.

The weekend marked a celebration of the arts as C.S. Wo & Sons hosted the opening of a retrospective of the work of the artist John Young, celebrating the late artist's 60-year career.

He was a prolific artist whose dozens of images of children and horses resonate today, and many of his calligraphic drawings, bearing his unmistakable bold brush strokes, are available for sale at the event, starting at about $3,500.

The exhibition will continue at the 702 S. Beretania St. store from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September.

young1John Young's daughter, artist Debbie Young greeted well-wishers at C.S. Wo Aug. 17. Many thanks to another artist, Doug Ing, who loaned me his camera for these shots when my camera battery died!

The next day I headed to the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), where 2Couture's Eric Chandler and Takeo, with Dr. Caroline Hee, presented "A Celebration of Artist Hon Chew Hee," the unveiling of the artist's "King Kamehameha I Uniting the Hawaiian Island Kingdom," as part of the museum's newly open Sculpture Garden.

Hee was Caroline's father and he created the enamel-on-steel mural in 1976, at a time when the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts was looking for permanent works for public spaces, that would withstand the elements.

The colors and exuberance of the late artist proved to be an inspiration for Takeo, for whom a fashion show of five gown ensembles marked his comeback following his hospitalization and open heart surgery last spring, which had left him in a coma.

He now wants to leave his mark as an artist and has set ambitious new goals for himself.

And HiSAM's new Sculpture Garden area proves to be a beautiful new site for fashion shows, and I hope more designers will be able to use it. Right now, the cost of the garden rental in conjunction with another space is $1,000. You can learn more and file a request here:

tartHon Chew Hee's "King Kamehameha I Uniting the Hawaiian Island Kingdom" is a centerpiece of HiSAM's Sculpture Garden.

tcarolineDr. Caroline Hee with Gov. Neil Abercrombie in front of a detail of her father Hon Chew Hee's work.

tFrom left, Ron Amemiya, Takeo, Caroline Hee, Julian Lee and Eric Chandler.

tmodelsTakeo's models from left, Emma Wo, Pono Fernandez, Meshelle Hirashima, Brianna Acosta and Crystal Bell.

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