Archive for February, 2013

HCC's forever roses return for V-Day

February 13th, 2013

rosesHCC photo

Students in Honolulu Community College’s Sheet Metal and Plastics program are reintroducing their popular Valentine’s Day roses, crafted out of sheet metal and copper, that loved ones can keep forever.

The students have crafted sheet metal roses for several years, that always sell out, and this year are creating a limited number of the handmade roses from copper.

The roses will be available at HCC Building 17 from 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 until they are sold out. Past history has shown you'd better be there before noon.

The sheet-metal roses are $5, and the copper roses are $15. Funds raised will benefit the program. For more information, call 845-9237.


Also timed for Valentine's Day, Roberta Oaks' Love Sale continues through Feb. 14, with 10 percent off select bags and jewelry by Be Bliss, Elije and Salty Girl, and free gift with purchase of items from RO and Kai.

Online shoppers can use the code LOVERO to get the discount.

Shop 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The RO boutique is at 19 N. Pauahi St.

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NYFW: Day 7 roundup

February 13th, 2013


Day 7 views of New York Fashion Week, via Twitter:

Valentine's Day heart braid for girls

February 12th, 2013 photo

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, you can dress up your little one and show the world how you feel about love with this heart braid design by children's hair expert Cozy Friedman, as featured in "Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls' Hair."

What you’ll need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.

2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part. Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If hair is very long, end the braid about mid-ear; the ends will hang down the back.

5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.

6: Join the ends of the braids together in the center of head and secure with ponytail holder. Finish with a decorative clip.

There's a lot of braiding being shown on the New York runways for adults as well. Here are images from the Rodarte show:

braidsJohn Frieda photos

Added Feb. 13:

From the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2013 Collection preview:
Hair by Peter Gray for Moroccanoil

badgPhotos by David Webber for Moroccanoil



NWFW Fall-Winter 2013: Day 6

February 12th, 2013

Here are scenes from New York Fashion Week's Fall-Winter 2013 previews on my Storify page, as spotted on Twitter:

It's sunny backstage at Tory Burch.

Letarte scores second SI Swimsuit cover

February 11th, 2013


For the second time in the 13 years Letarte Swimwear has been included in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the Maui company has scored a cover. The brand created by Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross, and designed by Lisa, last made the cover in 2005. The 2013 edition of the swimsuit issue hits newsstands tomorrow, although you can view the images now at

Two's also a charm for model Kate Upton, who's been the cover girl for two years in a row. Last year, she appeared on the cover in a swimsuit by Maui-based Suit Yourself Bikinis by Kathleen Bruening.

This year, she appears in Letarte's sporty mesh side tie bikini bottom, sans top, but with a fur-trimmed parka in the unlikeliest of swimsuit venues, Antarctica.

It makes sense for Letarte, considering the sisters conduct their business cross-country. While Michele skis in Vermont every weekend, Lisa is surfing the Maui waves that inspire the line.

The suit Upton is wearing is part of a surf/kite capsule. The swimsuit issue always delivers a bump in sales for the local swimwear and jewelry companies included in the fashion spreads. Pre-orders for the $180 bikini are being taken at The matching top is a white mesh slide triangle style that ties at the neck and back.

Beauty spot: Wu's fall look from the NYFW runway

February 8th, 2013

Here's a peek at one of fall's makeup looks, as shown on the Jason Wu runway:


Sean Combs presents Instagram fashion show

February 8th, 2013

diddySean John photo

Sean Combs launched his latest men's collection with an Instagram Fashion Show, with images released beginning 10 a.m. this morning, Feb. 8.  Viewers will be invited to check out images from the latest collection at, with pieces only available at Macy’s.

The multi-media star claims the Instagram fashion presentation is the first in social media history. Although I'm sure smaller showcases have taken place—there have been many an Instagram art show for instance—he may very well be the most high-profile personality to make use of the service in such a timely way.

I think it's a great idea for a small company with no budget, but a bigger company can't discount the electricity and energy that comes from a physical display, even if it's just a walk-around presentation.

NYFW Day 2 via Storify

February 8th, 2013


Here's a look at Day 2 of New York Fashion Week as viewed by the Twitterverse, on my Storify page:

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