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Foxxy at The Fashion Festival Bali 2013

August 31st, 2013


Design by FOXXY, from Jakarta, during The Fashion Festival Bali 2013.Photos by Nadine Kam

BALI, INDONESIA — I wasn't planning on doing any work while in Bali, but as fate would have it, my trip coincided with The Fashion Festival Bali 2013, an inaugural fashion week here.

It's fairly impressive for a first-time event, featuring about a dozen designers from Indonesia, Australia and Singapore, held over five days at the Stones Hotel in the beach resort are of Legian.

It's primarily a retail event so we could shop the collections immediately after the show. I picked up a fantastic leather and silk chiffon dress for about $210 from Australia's Shakuhachi. I saw the boutique while shopping in Seminyak, but I didn't go in because: (1) there is a mile of shops there so shopping fatigue sets in fairly quickly, and (2) it was across the street. You risk your life every time you cross the street here.

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I didn't arrive intending to buy anything in Bali, thinking it would be similar to what we already have in Hawaii, but I found some pieces from Liberty of Jakarta, with a designer who studied in Paris and has a McQueen sensibility, and Harmoni, in Ubud, which creates some interesting assymmetrical pieces in lightweight cotton.


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Salon owner Rob Peetoom takes his bow following his makeup and hair presentation.

I was able to attend the penultimate evening of shows on Aug. 30, which featured a hair and makeup presentation by Rob Peetoom, and fashion shows by FOXXY of Jakarta, and BARE, from Australia.

FOXXY's colorful, playful collection can be characterized as the Betsey Johnson of Indonesia, with its frilly skirts and youthful sass. In the retail room prior to the show, a teenager attending with her mother exclaimed, upon pulling one of FOXXY's pink beaded jackets off the rack, "You mean we can buy this now?"


Designs by FOXXY.


The way they wore: Fashion Festival Bali 2013

August 31st, 2013

BALI, INDONESIA — Fashionistas attending the inaugural The Fashion Festival Bali 2013 the evening of Aug. 30, when the lineup included a hair and makeup show by Rob Peetoom, and fashion shows by Foxxy, from Jakarta, and BARE, from Australia.

Events took place at The Stones Hotel in Legian, a beach resort area comparable to Waikiki.









The photographers.

Dropping in on the John Hardy compound in Bali

August 27th, 2013


One of the employees at John Hardy in Bali, arranges pieces in one of the bamboo and glass jewelry cases.Nadine Kam photos

BALI, INDONESIA — I feel so lucky and privileged to have been able to visit the John Hardy compound outside Ubud, where I traveled with designer Amos Kotomori. We were able to observe the entire jewelry-making process, from illustration to wax carving, to seeing the cast silver pieces in unpolished state, and the final pieces on display in a sustainable bamboo showroom. (It's not easy walking on bamboo tubes. I felt like I needed monkey toes to prevent myself from rolling off.)

When I see the finished jewelry gleaming in the showcases at Neiman Marcus, of course I can see the work that goes into them, and intellectually, I know that someone made these pieces by hand. But actually seeing the painstaking work of individual links being made and ropes of it being woven by hand gave me an even greater appreciation for the company's jewelry.

How I came to visit the John Hardy compound in Mambai, Bali, started with owner/creative director Guy Bedarida's visit to NM in fall of 2011. I interviewed him and he showed me a book featuring a photo of the factory compound, set up to evoke a Balinese warung, or household with a small shop out front, each with its own specialty to share with neighbors.

We also talked about the idea of the village and how he feeds his all his employees, now numbering 700, lunch every day, along with guests. I was taken by the idea and how it makes so much sense to keep employees happy, and how American companies would do well to follow his example.

At the time, he invited me to come to Bali, but I didn't know when I'd be able to make it there, and I'm glad I was able to visit. I enjoyed every minute of the experience.

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Wax models for a bracelet and ring, with a block of wax shown against a background of illustrations that carvers were working from, as below:


Looks like a Naga (dragon) collection piece in the works, like one of the examples below:

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Sri Utami shows a wax model work in progress that will be used to create a silver stapler that may become one of many John Hardy lifestyle products.


Villa Bodhi manager Made Sukadana crosses the pond surrounding the manufacturing shop on stepping stones. Not wishing to fall into the water, I took a route through the grass, where one could also fall into the water if not careful. Round-topped stepping stones lining the pathways throughout the property make it necessary to wear flats when visiting the compound. It's quite a workout.

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Cast silver pieces from the Naga collection await polishing.


A wax model of a Bamboo collection cuff, in green, is shown with a finished cuff at top right.


The same level of attention and precision goes into the smallest beads.


Polishing a flex cuff from the Dot collection.


Hammering silver and gold that go into the Palu collection, with an example of the finished pieces below:


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Andrew McCarthy advises conference goers to hit the road

August 27th, 2013

mccarthyWith Andrew McCarthy at the HTA Conference at Hawai'i Convention Center. — Toby Tamaye photo

I was really intrigued by Andrew McCarthy's keynote address at the Hawaii Tourism Authority's 2013 Hawaii Tourism Conference, on Aug. 22.

The sometime actor and travel writer talked about the illuminating experience of solo travel. It's not a unique idea, but it's still unusual in that most people choose to travel in the company of others, and his talk resonated with me because it is a subject I've thought about constantly over the years. I have done some solo traveling myself, and found it true that it opens your mind and spirit to whatever may come and what people may come your way.

I have met some true characters on the road and feel richer for the experience. In New Mexico, I went riding up a mountain with a couple of Indians I met at Taos Pueblo, who chanted all the way. We stopped to eat piñion off the permafrost and after our trek through the wilderness, we ended up in an all-white cowboy bar where 6-foot men wore belt buckles nearly a foot across. Heads turned when we walked in, and as an Asian girl in the company of two brown skins, I thought we we're going to get run out of the place for sure, but it was all simpatico.

As McCarthy said in my interview with him—at —the world is much more welcoming than it seems in the media, and if people would just go out and experience other places and cultures firsthand, the world would be a better, safer place.

On another trip to Arizona, I visited one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the United States, Old Oraibi on top of Third Mesa in Navajo County, founded in 1100 A.D. I was told not to take anyone's picture there in the Hopi village because they are a traditional, private people and consider any invasion of privacy to be rude.

While making my way to the top of the mesa, I saw a couple of German tourists peering into windows of the homes and taking pictures, which is akin to having someone walk into our yards and taking pictures. An old woman came out of one of the homes and chased them away.

I was just an innocent bystander but when she saw me being respectful she invited me to one of their ceremonies, which are typically closed to the outside world.

It was around Christmas or new year so there was a big family celebration and they invited me into their home for a potluck meal, and I got to see one of their kachinas, or spirits, come to life.

He was there to scare bad-behaved children. I was standing outside with some of the kids, and we saw him scratching and pounding at the door like a big bad wolf, so when he turned his head our way, we ran away!

Since the death of my husband Christopher Neil in April, solo travel is more likely to become my norm. Although I do like the company of others, as a writer I may be more accustomed to solitary pursuits than most people and don't mind it. So I look forward to more adventures on my trip to Bali, some of which I will share here.

Beauty Spot: W Salon expands with Nail Lounge, facial rooms

August 27th, 2013


The staff at W Salon at Ala Moana Center gathered for picture-taking following a lion dance performance.Nadine Kam photos

W Salon recently expanded its space to 1,600 from 1,200 square feet on the mauka side of Ala Moana Center, adding a room for manicures and pedicures, and two rooms to provide facials and, later, massages.

To celebrate, president and general manager Wendy Do and creative director Thi Nguyen hosted a grand reopening celebration Aug. 15 that included complimentary TIGI blowouts and makeup touch-ups, Yon-Ka, Shu Uemura and Kerastase demos, and a mini hair fashion show with styles ranging from the romantic to avant garde.

The length of the Nail Lounge makes the space seem much larger than the extra 400 square feet, and it is staffed by certified Cal­Gel and Gio­Gel technicians using products and polishes by OPI, Zoya and China Glaze.

The facialists will be using products from SkinCeuticals, Obagi and Dermalogica.

There was also lots to eat, with Andrew Le offering springrolls and pho French dip sandwiches so delicious I couldn't put it down, not even while sitting for a gel nail manicure!

For information and reservations, call 943-2700.


Creative director Thi Nguyen watches the lion dance.


Theatrical hair is part of the salon's repertoire.


Courtney Coleman in a softer 'do.


The new Nail Lounge for manis and pedis.


A fan of the salon's brought dozens of puakenikeni, which was placed on shelves between bottles of nail enamel on display.


Seeing red thanks to the salon's color bar.

Wendy Do was rightfully proud to introduce her creative team.


Thi with a delivery of congratulatory flowers.


Sandwiches too good to put down, from The Pig & the Lady's Andrew Le, with springrolls below.


JamsWorld hosts warehouse sale extravaganza

August 23rd, 2013


Who doesn't love a sale starting at $1!

Fall trends 2013 at Neiman Marcus

August 21st, 2013

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At Neiman Marcus's Fall Trend Show, Justine Godfrey wears an upscale version of fall's Rocker Chic look mixed with a touch of Lace Noir.Nadine Kam photos

Neiman Marcus hosted two trend shows Aug. 14 and 21, highlighting such major fall trends as the purple reign of "Violet Femmes," "Lace Noir" for day and night, new neutrals of red and brown, the "Animal Magnetism" of spots and stripes, and the leather dressing of "Rocker Chic."

Shoppers could munch on matching themed donuts from Jerron Roberts of Pop Pop Donuts, and get fashion readings from intuitive counselor Patiey Tompkins.


This look on Kate Schuette mixes all the major trends: animal, rocker and a dash of purple.Sean Morris photo


Adviana Jacang finishes a helping of Pop Pop Donuts with a mix of milk and white chocolate-striped glazes to fit the  "Animal Magnetism" trend for fall.

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Happy customers.


Intuitive counselor Patiey Tompkins gave fashion readings.

Lace is one of the fall trends, and this lacey leather cut-out dress was one of my favorites of pieces shown. —

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I also thought this retro 1960s-style A-line dress with bell sleeves was really cute.


More rocker chic on Courtney Arndt.


Men can also wear the Rocker Chic look. — Nadine Kam photos


A motorcycle print fit the "Boys Town" trend welcoming a touch of tomboy and haberdashery for women.


Scaled-down handbags in mini dimensions deliver major impact, such as clutches intended to be hugged close to the body, like a Teddy bear.

A few more details in photos from Neiman Marcus:


Alexander McQueen Armadillo leopard-print calf-hair wedge pump, $995.

alexis bittar 4 Santa Fe Deco LG zebra marcasite & stone pave frame wire $225

Alexis Bittar zebra earrings, $225.


The pointed toe is also back, this one by Valentino, $975.

Hard-working honey bees to the rescue

August 16th, 2013


Aug. 17 is National Honey Bee Day and Lanikai Bath & Body is celebrating it by offering a free Hawaiian Honey Handmade soap with every online purchase, or print out the coupon in their online newsletter and hand it over to the store's Soap Fairy at check out. Sign up for the newsletter here: or visit the store's Facebook page for a link.



LUSH Honey Trap lip balm is just one of the brand's honey products calling attention to the plight of the honey bee.

ALSO, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Honey­Love are teaming up to celebrate National Honeybee Day Saturday, with in-store educational events at its boutiques nationwide, including the Ala Moana Center store, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Since 2006, up to 50 percent of honeybee colonies have collapsed nationwide. Colony Collapse Disorder is catastrophic, not only for nature’s hardest little workers, but for humans as well. Bees pollinate 80 percent of the world’s plants. LUSH uses honey in many products, such as the Honey Bee Bath Bomb and Honey Waffle Soap, for its moisturizing and antiseptic properties.

Beekeepers worldwide — from Paris and London to Manhattan — recognize the advantage of pesticide-free city living and have begun to keep bees on the rooftops of hotels, apartment buildings, and in public parks and community gardens.

Even if you can’t stop by a LUSH store Saturday, you can still participate online to win a year’s membership to HoneyLove and a selection of honey-based LUSH products. To participate in the contest on Instagram and Twitter, snap a picture reflecting the impact of bees on your life, and tag it @iheartbees on Twitter or @honeyloveorg on Instagram, and @lushcosmetics, along with the hashtag #yaybees. Visit, or call 941-7400.



Honey is not the only bee product beneficial to humans. Burt’s Bees, which originated in Maine as a beeswax candle making operation, became known for cosmetics using natural ingredients such as honey and royal jelly produced by bees to nourish their queens.

In honor of bees, start and end the day by treating yourself to Radiance Day Cream ($18), a moisturizer formulated with royal jelly to help nourish the skin.

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