Archive for March, 2013

Beauty Spot: Go green beyond St. Paddy's day

March 11th, 2013

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The partnership of Sephora and Pantone is a no-brainer. With Pantone already setting the tone for color in everything from fashion to cars to the home, the color we wear on our faces is a logical step. Last year, Sephora + Pantone Universe launched a Color of the Year collection built around Tangerine Tango. This year, it's Emerald's turn.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says the rationale for the soothing, life-affirming green is because, “Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation," which she notes is important in today’s complex world.

The color also evokes power and possibility, two things women should feel when they wear makeup. For those who fear the bold green, it's possible to wear just a suggestion of color with eye liner, or go bold with a switch from a gray or violet smoky eye, to one utilizing Emerald and Crown Blue, a navy color.

The collection is available a la carte, or go green with the Color of the Year Collection ($68), that includes:
1 Color Grid Eye Shadow Block in BIONIC
1 Color Code Prismatic Shadow
1 Color Cube Lid Liner Stain
1 Lightspeed Glitter Dust
1 Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner
1 Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

At any rate, this also means easily avoiding getting pinched on St. Patrick's Day.

Sephora + Pantone Universe "Bionic"  Color Grid Shadow Block, $26.

Sephora +Pantone Universe Graphic Lift Liquid Eyeliner, $17.

Hawaii inspiration for Yummy Dress

March 10th, 2013

margeauxAmy Davis illustration
Margeaux in a Maui Girl bikini, Ki-ele and Q-pot. jewelry, with Happy Haleiwa shopping bag and Sanuk footwear.

I have styled my fair share of magazine pictorials, but a lunch meetup with former isle resident, Paper fashion illustrator, musician, actress, and, well, all-around artiste Amy Davis led to a first, a Hawaii collaboration for her new fashion + food blog, Yummy Dress.

I write about fashion + food, so we're simpatico, though she wasn't working the food angle when we formally met a few years ago when she was back in town as a guest artist for Le Sportsac, for whom she'd created four prints over two years.

This time around, she was back in town from Santa Fe, with longtime partner in art and life, Jon Moritsugu, before heading on to the Chicago Underground Film Festival for the March 8 world premiere of their new film, "Pig Death Machine." The dynamic duo also picked up the fest's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Of course, Hawaii is full of yummy clothes, so when it came to dressing Margeaux, I suggested a few Hawaii brands and was happy to see some of them on Margeaux. Of course the best part about dressing an illustration, there was no running around picking up and droppig off merchandise, and no heavy lifting. Love it!

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Amy Davis and Jon Mortisugu at Taste Table, when Margeaux was still a line drawing and vision in Amy's head.

paperamyA trio of Amy's Style Fiends from Paper magazine.

Kahala Mall help shoppers unlock the key to spring style

March 10th, 2013

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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.

kahala lineThe lineup.

kahala keysThe keys, attached to passports directing shoppers to stores offering discounts of 20 to 30 percent.

kahala candyInside the VIP Lounge, a candy bar offered sweet treats in spring trend colors.

kahalabA 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.


kahala keyAfter the event, the key can become a fashion statement, as Morgan Childs, founder of Moana Events, demonstrates.


Win with Ross

March 10th, 2013

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Maui manager Misty was in town to help with the grand opening of Ross Dress for Less's new King Street store on March 8. She was handing out free shopping bags to all, while supplies lasted.

Two new Ross Dress for Less stores opened their doors March 8 at the Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa, and in Honolulu, where Longs used to be in Moiliili.

True to form, at the Honolulu store it seemed everyone's uncle and auntie was already there shopping by the time I got there at midday. It's as if there's nothing to do in Honolulu except charge the next big retail opening. It's funny how people try to save $—prices at Ross are regularly 20 to 60 percent off department store prices—by spending $! But, if you were going to shop for a new spring wardrobe, baby luau gift, housewares or luggage, etc., anyway, it all makes sense.

It was crazy trying to get in, when the parking lot was jammed with people arriving, and people leaving with their purchases.

Inside, I spotted a lot of men gathered around the watch counter, and people congregated around the specialty foods and housewares aisles. There were also plenty of women shopping for new shoes and handbags. Just as at other Ross stores, there are luggage, infant, kids, beauty and accessories departments as well. No doubt some of the assortment has been spurred by new competition that has entered the market since the company opened its last store here, and more competition makes consumers the winners.

Spring trend items were abundant, and in coming weeks, Ross will be launching a Shoe Madness promotion, giving shoppers the opportunity to win a $100 gift card each week for four weeks.

As a warm-up act, Ross is sending me a $25 gift card and want one of Hawaii's fashion tribe to go shopping with $25, which goes a lot further at Ross than most other stores! (If you're reading from somewhere else, sorry but this contest is for Hawaii readers only.)

Just let me know if you're interested in winning a $25 gift card and I'll add your name to a drawing and pull the winner on St. Patrick's Day.

The new stores are at:

>> Laulani Village Shopping Center, 91-1085 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, 808.685.0966
>> 2220 S. King S., Honolulu, 808.941.1033

Hours are:
9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays
9 a.m.  to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
9:30 a.m.  to 9:30 p.m. Sundays

rossskirtKim Delos Santos shows a lace skirt priced at $12.99. Lace is one of the trends for spring 2013.

toteA designer handbags section rivals that of another recent entry to the discount retail market.

rossgreenMore handbags in variations of spring's green/blue trend.

rosshatsShoppers try on hats. (Easter's around the corner for those in need of spring bonnets.)

rossjewelryCollar-style and clear necklaces in the jewelry counter at the front of the Honolulu store.

rossgirlsColorful dresses for little girls.

rossinfantInfant blankets.

rossstripeStripes are another spring trend. Parked next to the rack is one woman's full cart.

rosscolorWedges in spring colors. The strappy orange pair on the right are $18.99.

rossbeautyBeauty products are also very reasonably priced.

Order at the checkout counter.

Vivienne Westwood boutique opens in Waikiki

March 7th, 2013

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Vivienne Westwood Waikiki store manager Stacie Dickinson in Anglomania line spring collection floral pant ($576) and top ($376), with Melissa shoe ($206), shown in detail below.

By Nadine Kam

March 6 marked the grand opening of the Vivienne Westwood boutique at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki.

During an early morning store blessing, someone asked me if the designer is still alive.

Yes quite! In fact, the grand dame of British punk is still making waves, most recently with the showing of her Autumn/Winter 2013-'14 "Climate Revolution" collection. The designer doesn't mince words when she says the culture wars are "no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious."

The redheaded provocateur rose to prominence as the designer for Malcolm McLaren's King's Road. It started as Let it Rock in the '70s, before becoming more famously known as 'SEX'. Their mashup of clothing, music and rebellion shaped the rising 1970s British punk scene and image of McLaren's band, the Sex Pistols.

I am so, so happy the boutique is here. I've been obsessed with British designers for decades, because of that whole dichotomy between punk and impeccable Savile Row tailoring, and of course, the taste for the theatrical as exhibited by Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. I guess now it's because they helped me feel normal in my attraction to both ends of the fashion spectrum. (I'm also obsessed with the Italians for their sense of color and familial heritage.)

Given Westwood's penchant to shock and the drama of her runway shows, it was so surprising to find the clothing in the boutique to be so beautiful and wearable! Items start at about $300 for shorts and $400 for tops, with T-shirts from $112.

Anne and Ed Schultz, with partners in Guam, brought the boutique to Honolulu, after opening in Guam and finding a welcome audience of both residents and visitors.

Anne said she believed Westwood's style, "With gorgeous products that are so wearable, whether all together or by incorporating single pieces into your wardrobe, would translate well in Hawaii."

Many of the designs carried at the boutique are casual, and can be dressed up or down. They're also high quality, made in London and Italy.

Anne said, "It's a wonderful season to present to Hawaii because of all the bright colors and floral patterns."

Available at the boutique are the Anglomania and Red Label collections, along with mens, footwear and accessories collections.

vwshoeThe Melissa shoe, $206, topped with a pretty pink bow.

vwBoutique owners Ed and Cathy Schultz.

vwnecklaceOne of Vivienne Westwood's signature Orb necklaces.

vwbeltThe Orb detail shows up on items from belts and scarves, and small leather goods, to handbag hardware.

vwloafersPatent skull loafers, $346

vwmensMen's apparel.

vwknuckleCandy-colored knuckle dusters.

vwpiratePirate boots, $1,002.

vwmaikoMaiko Nakano shows one of her favorite pieces in the store, a Red Label heart sweater, $570, or jumper if you're a Brit. (more…)

Pretty in pink on Girls Day

March 5th, 2013

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Guests at the Kahala Hotel Veranda's Girls Day Tea showed up in their Sunday best.

By Nadine Kam

It was all about the young and fashionable set when the Kahala Hotel's Veranda hosted a Girls Day Tea and informal fashion show featuring designs from its keiki boutique L'ill Nell's, styled by Cora Spearman, creator of Coradorables. True to her diva style, she delivered a picture-perfect finale, with all the girl models dressed in hot pink wigs and frothy tutus that had some of them twirling like prima ballerina.

Little girls in the crowd came dressed to impress, causing one adult to remark, "I feel so shame, kids today dress better than I do."

Guests were greeted by a buffet of tea sandwiches and sweets, lots of sweets, so much so that the children in the audience were bouncing off the walls, and it took a while to corral some of them for a group photo. In between shots they were running around, dancing, and yes, fighting when one of the girls popped in front of the others for a diva-like turn front and center, was called out and duly outcast, before the swirling began again seconds later.

Ah, Girl World. So glad I was never part of it, choosing instead to observe from a safe distance while doing my own thing.

Boys were given equal opportunity in the show, showing up in crisp aloha shirts by Coradorables and grownup-quality knits from Masala Baby.

The event also marked the launch of HI Tea Shop's Keiki Haute Tea for Coradorables, a fruity caffeine-free blend of lilikoi, mango, orange and marigold in green Rooibos.

For those of us merely enjoying the show and setting, it was a pleasant and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. I do enjoy being a girl!

corafamilyEvent coordinator and Coradorables creator Cora Spearman with her family, hubby Chris Chang and daughter Izzabelle.

corachocoRaspberry truffle pops were among the sweet treats awaiting kids of all ages.

coramochiThere was also pink mochi to mark Girls Day.

corafinaleA very pink finale with wigs and candy colored crinoline pettiskirts.

coramodel1Kiyomi liked her Coradorables dress so much, she danced her way around the Veranda.

coradorablesDozens of Coradorables dresses and separates are available at the Kahala's L'ill Nell's boutique, which opened last fall to make it convenient for vacationing parents to shop for resort apparel for their kids.

coramodels2Two more Hawaii-style looks from Coradorables.

coramoreMore styles reflecting Cora's vision.

coraswimKiyomi in a Juicy Couture swimsuit, with mom Tracie Asayama.

corajuicyThis Juicy Couture swimsuit was so adorable, but the model was actually having a meltdown. Which I don't really understand. When you're a kid, life is all fun, new and carefree. I never had meltdowns or threw tantrums until I became an adult.

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Brandon Maxwell in a Masala Baby ensemble.

corakidWatching the show was Chloe with mom Thea Schwartz Johnson. Chloe is in her own Twills and Twigs jumpsuit with leopard flats. Mom is in Trina Turk. (more…)

Kahala Mall handing out keys to unlock your style

March 5th, 2013

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Kahala Mall will be starting the spring season by giving away special keys that will unlock exclusive prizes and offers throughout the mall during the “Unlock Your Style” event beginning at noon Saturday.

The keys will be distributed to the first 250 fashionistas arriving at Center Court beginning at noon. Keyholders will be able to unlock deals, gain access to a VIP lounge, and have the chance to win more than 30 prizes at a giveaway event at 3 p.m. at Center Court.

The tech savvy can also win prizes before the event officially starts by participating in the Instagram contest #UnlockStyle. Take a photo of anything you consider Spring Style, use the hashtag #UnlockStyle and tag photos of your favorite Kahala mall purchase, your outfit, accessory, color trend ... anything on trend this spring. The more photos you tag, the better your chances are of winning. Kahala Mall will announce the winners on March 7 via Instagram.

It's a continuing joke that I can't remember my Instagram password (for those who have tried to be my friend on Foursquare, I'm not being snobby but I can't remember that password either). Looks like I'd better figure it all out fast!

On that day, the public is also welcome to attend 20-minute Trend Sessions at Center Court between 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., during which fashion professionals from M.A.C., Honolulu magazine, Marsha Nadalin Salon and Spa, and local stylist Tyson Joines and others will share the latest in hair and makeup, and ways to incorporate the season’s trends into one’s wardrobe. Audience members will be able to win prizes and consult with stylists for individualized wardrobe tips.
While there, enter to win a roundtrip for two to the West Coast on Hawaiian Airlines. In addition, those who spend $75 or more at any store, restaurant or theater at Kahala Mall will receive quadruple HawaiianMiles, four miles for every dollar spent that day.

Visit for more information.

Urban Decay's 'Great and Powerful' witches collection

March 4th, 2013

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By Nadine Kam

Coinciding with the opening of the film, “Oz: The Great and Powerful” tomorrow, Urban Decay has come up with two beautiful limited-edition eye palettes inspired by the witches in the Disney film.

While the company named the palettes after Glinda, played by Michelle Williams in the film, and Theodora, played by Mila Kunis, fans have already been referring to the palettes as being for the good girl, and the bad girl, respectively.

Urban Decay refers to the Theodora palette of muted browns and greens as being for the “fiery, strong-willed and spell-binding” woman, while the Glinda palette of glittery silver and gold, with touches of pink, peach and violet as being for the “graceful, fearless and bewitching.”

The palettes are $49 each at Macy’s and Sephora, though those embracing their inner saint and sinner might want to pick up both.

I could have used the Glinda palette when "Wicked" was in town. My friends and I regretted not sparkling for the event, and the Glinda palette delivers. The silver and gold is really too much for most occasions, but just the thing when you want to stand out from the crowd.


Urban Decay OZ Palette - Glinda - Group Shot

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Urban Decay Theodora

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