Archive for February, 2013

More of Hawaii in print

February 22nd, 2013


Hawaii made a strong showing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but we're also represented in other publications.

Lucky magazine's February issue includes a feature on Oahu as a "Shopper's Paradise." Featured are a number of downtown boutiques—Fighting Eel, Owens & Co., Community, and Barrio Vintage—plus the fashionable Collins & 8th on Pensacola, Rebecca Beach at the Kahala Hotel, and Aloha Rag on Kapiolani Boulevard, plus So'Mace Lifestyle, and venturing beyond Honolulu to Olive and Muumuu Heaven in Kailua, and Guava Shop in Haleiwa.

Some of the downtown boutiques missing were Roberta Oaks, and La Muse, where I picked up this nifty Joomi Lim spike bracelet.


And Vanity Fair's March issue includes a photo of former Hawaii resident, actor Jason Momoa, in a photo retrospective of "Bruce Weber's Adventures in Hollywood." Beautiful black and whites demonstrate why Bruce Weber is Bruce Weber.



Beauty spot: Orogold a Waikiki hit

February 19th, 2013

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A display inside the new Orogold store at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Ten months after opening its first outpost in the Outrigger Reef Hotel in Waikiki, Orogold has opened its second boutique, this time at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, celebrating with a grand opening that took place Feb. 15. And come April, the company will be opening at a location on Front Street in Lahaina, Maui.

That's pretty fast, but understandable in a place where excessive sun and the need for skincare go hand in hand, and there are countless tourists willing to try something new. In this case, creams and serums infused with 24K gold, with prices expectedly on the high end.

Gold has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are said improve circulation and speed up healing, though its skincare benefits are inconclusive. Any skin improvement is more likely to come from the various cream and serum formulations. For a little more information on gold as skincare, check out this article from Truth in Aging:

orogoldThe gold orb is the Vitamin C Mask from Orogold's 24K Vitamin C line formulated with vitamins C, E and A, as well as tangerine fruit extract and flecks of gold.

oromaskA 24K gold mask.

oroThe room is done up in gleaming, polished white.

oroorbThe copper-colored containers are from the 24K DMAE line.

oroprodAlso represented here are masks from the 24K Brightening (silver tone), 24K Collagen & Caviar (lime) and 24K Oil Control (blue) product lines.

ororoomOne of two demonstration rooms.

orotreatmentSome of the products that can be sample in the treatment room.

orocandyFerrero Rocher candies served during the store's grand opening mimicked the shape and color of some of the containers.

Beauty Event celebrates spring season

February 19th, 2013

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The Beauty Event is back, starting Feb. 21 and continuing through March 3 at Neiman Marcus. During the event, sample new skin treatments and fragrances, and enjoy makeovers utilizing the latest colors and products.

Those who spend $125 or more on cosmetics or fragrances during this event, in stores or onlin, will receive a bright-colored spring tote filled with beauty samples, at one per customer, while supplies last.

Those with a NM or Bergdorf Goodman credit card can enjoy double InCircle points online through the 21st, at 11:59 p.m. CT, and in stores through the 21st. The bonus points may not be combined with other InCircle point offers and points cannot be earned on prior purchases, sales tax, shipping or gift packaging.

Search for 'Prom Style Star' is on

February 18th, 2013

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Hey teens, your best prom tip could make you the next Prom Style Star.

Beauty expert Cassandra Bankson has teamed up with Davids Bridal in the search that will lead to 10 winners of an "Ultimate Prom Package," and one grand prize winner of $10,000.

The Ultimate Prom Package comprises a prom dress and accessories from David's Bridal, a tuxedo rental for your date from Men's Wearhouse, a $250 Visa gift card good for use toward hair, nails and makeup, and your video featured at

The contest involves making a prom tip video and uploading it to YouTube, completing the submission form and then copying and pasting the URL of the video at where you can also find more details about the contest.

Your video could be about anything from beauty to planning the perfect prom night. Some ideas:
How to feel confident at prom
Favorite prom hairstyles
Essential beauty products for prom
Sources for prom inspirations (i.e. celebrities, style experts, magazines, websites, videos)

The video should be less than 5 minutes long, include David's Bridal in the title and a link to in the description.

March 3 is the deadline and the grand prize winner will be revealed on April 29.

A look back at SI swimsuit issue's humble beginnings

February 15th, 2013

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Ariel Meredith was photographed for Sports Illustrated 2013 Swimsuit Issue's online edition, in Seville, Spain, in a swimsuit by Sarah Bolz of Maui's Kai ulu Swimwear.

In today's paper, I wrote a brief story about Maui-based Letarte Swimwear's history with the Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, going back 13 years.

Another Hawaii company that made it into the issue was Maui Girl, and the online version also featured swimsuits from another Maui-based company, Kai ulu Swimwear.

spainMaui Girl suit by Debbie Wilson, modeled by Ariel Meredith and shot in Seville, Spain, by Alex Cayley. The company's swimsuits were featured in four magazine spreads, four full pages and six suits were presented in a collage format. With online presence as well, 28 of the company's swimsuits were featured.

chinaMaui Girl suit modeled by Jessica Gomes and shot by Derek Kettela in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Many of the suits are already available at

The annual issue has grown into a $1 billion enterprise according to Business Insider, but the issue had humble roots.

Our sports editor, Paul Arnett, happened to have purchased the original 1964 Swimsuit Issue for $10 in the 1990s. (Original price: .25 cents). I saw one site listing its value today as $175, though of course that's dependent on availability and one's desire to own it.

It's pretty rare that a sports and fashion writer have a meeting of minds. Most times, he's making fun of me because I never know the names of the Superbowl teams, except when I can't help but pick it up through osmosis. Generally, I try to avoid all talk of football and pretend to know nothing of the game, though I went to every game of my high school alma mater, and followed the UH team when I was there, as well.

I was much more enthusiastic when he brought in the original swimsuit issue. Sports Illustrated was born in 1954, and the "Swimsuit Issue" started 10 years later, on Jan. 20, 1964. It was really just a six-page fashion spread, with a few water-oriented stories on snorkel and dive spots, but the cover—of Babette March in a white bikini—was definitely not your typical Sports Illustrated cover.

The look was also more girl next door, vs. the bombshell look look of today's models. It was all quite tame and wholesome.

According to Business Insider, the supplement was started by then-editor Andre Laguerre to increase readership during the winter lull between popular sports seasons. With a hit on their hands, Jule Campbell was chosen as SI's first swimsuit editor, taking the helm from 1965 to 1996.

Since becoming a stand-alone issue in 1997, the magazine has become "one of Time Inc.’s biggest revenue drivers over the years, bringing in more than $1 billion," according to Forbes.

The empire encompasses online editions, videos, calendars, and a swimwear website,

In contrast to the original swimsuit spread, which fits in its entirety here: (The magazine is now in ab archival cover, and I don't think Paul would let me handle it again.)





Living in a virtual world ... byebye material girls

February 14th, 2013

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As part of New York Fashion Week,  SiriusXM hosted "Town Hall with Kenneth Cole,” with SiriusXM Fashion Insiders host Fern Mallis, who was instrumental in starting NYFW, interviewing Cole about his return to the runway and the importance of social media.

The most interesting part of the brief interview was when he said, “What’s interesting now is that we don’t consume the product by buying it in the stores. I mean, one percent do, maybe. 100 percent view it [and] consume it, by shooting it, by posting it, by pinning it, by blogging it, by tweeting it, by retweeting it, and today it is being consumed everywhere in these unique and interesting ways. And they define themselves by it … there’s Pinterest, Instagram and all of these social platforms.”

I've been doing this for at least a decade. If I can't possess an item I find beautiful, I'd save a photo of it as a reminder. Before, I would have to save the images in folders on my computer desktop, but now Pinterest makes it easy to collect photos and create storyboards. For retailers, it's a great marketing and advertising tool as the public spreads word of their love and affection for a brand.

But in the long-term, I wonder what happens to the retail business model when everyone does make consumption virtual. The economy is questionable, unemployment is still high. It's conceivable that the cash-strapped won't need to make purchases if they can enjoy items vicariously via Pinterest. It can be unexpectedly satisfying, because let's face it, even if we buy coveted items, chances are we tire of it in three months or even before the credit card bill arrives.

If so, retailers might one day find themselves in the same boat as the record, book and newspaper industry, trying to stay afloat in a world where increasingly, life is being led online.

Or, maybe it really is the 1 percent that props up the industry, and its just the 99 percent of us who have to use our imaginations. It sort of works in the way it really couldn't for food and housing.

You can view his show here:

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NYFW 2013 fall-winter previews come to a close

February 14th, 2013


Here are scenes from the final official day of New York Fashion Week's fall-winter 2013 previews, as reflected on Twitter:

Sweet treat for Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2013


Let Them Eat Cupcakes is giving out free passes to see the film "Beautiful Creatures," for anyone who stops in and says "Beautiful Creatures" when they purchase a cupcake today for their sweetheart, or BFF, or whatever.

The offer is good while tickets or supplies last. You might want to check out @LTEatCupcakes to see if there are any left.


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