By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
At Kahala Mall's "Unlock Your Style" event, Tyson Joines was emcee and stylist for models Michelle Baillie, left, and Janna Fong. Michelle is in a caftan from 33 Butterflies, and Janna's dress is from Ralph Lauren for Macy's. Michelle's necklace is from Cinnamon Girl.
Kahala Mall launched its spring season March 9 during its “Unlock Your Style” event that had shoppers lining up earlyat the mall's Center Court to recieve one of 250 keys that made them eligible for shopping deals and discounts, prizes and access to a VIP lounge for consultations with stylists and makeup pros, and a candy bar featuring sweets in spring colors.
Anyone in the mall could watch breezy 20-minute Trend Sessions at Center Court, during which fashion professionals shared the latest in hair and makeup, and ways to incorporate the season’s trends into one’s wardrobe.
Although many people think of getting dressed up as an arduous endeavor, it was great for people to see how easy it is to transform a look from casual to dressy in a mere 5 minutes.
While there, I ran into stylist Allie Lee, who I haven't seen in ages. Checking out my mini Tory Burch Amanda crossbody bag in teal, she goes, "I guess we both got the memo," referring to her own mini crossbody bag. Most people can't believe how we can cram life's essentials into those small bags, but I'd rather have a small bag that allows me to travel light and forces me to empty it at the end of the day, than a giant tote that becomes a museum for ancient artifacts.
The keys, attached to passports directing shoppers to stores offering discounts of 20 to 30 percent.
Inside the VIP Lounge, a candy bar offered sweet treats in spring trend colors.
A model in a season's basic striped dress shows how the look goes from casual, to dressy below, by swapping the denim jacket for a vivid yellow blazer from Macy's. The belt goes over the jacket, and an orange satchel adds another pop of spring color. One of four style transformations by Brie Thalmann and Stacey Makiya, including two more below.
After the event, the key can become a fashion statement, as Morgan Childs, founder of Moana Events, demonstrates.
A swimsuit doesn't have to be restricted to the beach. Go from beach to cafe with this transformation, adding a cropped pant, sweater and chunky jewelry in spring colors, and swapping a beach tote for a casual clutch.
These floral shorts from Adore can also be dressed down, for running errands, above, or dressed up for a casual date by swapping a low-key blouse for a more feminine one. The peachy Michael Stars blouse below is from Ohelo Road, where I headed as soon as the demo was over because I'm looking for a blouse in that color to go with a green/orange/red floral sequined skirt from Haute Hippie. Only a large was in stock.
Among the special events that day was a trunk show featuring Namibian bracelets and Ghana cloth bags from The Base Project.
It was my first time visiting the 33 Butterflies boutique.