A Glitter Guide to Oahu

24 Mar

A few months ago, some of the lovely ladies of Glitter Guide popped over to Oahu on their trip through the Pacific. We met up at one of my favorite new gems in Kaka’ako: Paiko botanical boutique and Brue Bar. I mean, a gorgeous floral shop, DIY stop, and delicious coffee all in the most chic white space. Basically it’s my dream decor and I was so excited to share with my new friends from the East Coast, and of course, the Glitter Guide readers…

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Paiko carries the most gorgeous local flowers, like proteas, in case you’re a grab and go type of person. But the most fun aspect in my eyes, is the DIY succulent bar. Choose your base: from terrariums to a hanging glass planter, to wooden boxes, crates, a pot, the works. Then fill with mulch and dirt, pick your plant or plants, and then add some flair. Anything from colorful sand, figurines, rocks, bright blue, green, pink, basically anything you can dream, they have.

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After we made our succulent pot, we went to the other side of the store for Brue Bar. The second location for Brue, and just as delicious as the original. Their homemade chai latte, cappuccino, and cold brew coffee are absolutely worth a try.

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One of my favorite parts about the neighborhood, and as I’ve previously posted, is the graffiti art and murals from Pow Wow Hawaii. We walked around a bit to see the last of the 2014 art before it was redone this year. This wall below is now a completely different, and gorgeous neon piece seen in this post.

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If you need a post-caffeine food fix, Cocina next door to Paiko is your gourmet mexican stop. Patas Bravas, pineapple chicken green chile tacos, amazing street corn, it’s all so, so good.

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Read more about my favorite Oahu spots over on Glitter Guide here and let me know if you have any favorites I forgot to share!

St. Patrick’s Day Snack: Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Tzatziki

9 Mar

As I’ve previously mentioned, growing up my family went all out on Holidays. I especially remember the green banana milkshakes and pot of gold shaped pancakes each St. Patrick’s Day. Well, now that I’ve grown up and my mom won’t be making me a weekday breakfast shake, we decided this past weekend to try a festive, healthy, but more sophisticated treat to share next week. Given that you may not have all the ingredients at hand I thought I’d share this recipe a bit early but let’s be real, this delicious snack would be amazing year round, not just on the day of the Irish. Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Tzatziki

Zucchini Spinach Feta Fritters with Garlic Tzatziki Sauce (adapted from here)

For the sauce, I put it all directly into my food processor, but any blender should work:

  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic (it was too strong for us, next time I would do half a clove- 1 clove)
  • 1/2 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dill

Garlic TzatzikiGarlic Tzatziki Sauce

For the fritters:

  • 2 medium zucchini, grated
  • 3 handfuls baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup minced fresh herbs (recipe suggested dill, mint, and oregano- we used dried oregano)
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup all purpose Bob’s gluten free flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for frying

I mixed all ingredients in a big bowl. The most important thing is to dry your zucchini, ours was a little too wet still, or I’d use less egg.


1. Place the grated zucchini in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt to draw out the liquid and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, wring all of the liquid out using your hands and set aside. (We used a salad spinner to get out some liquid too).

2. In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, spinach, feta, herbs, eggs, scallions, and garlic. Stir to mix well. Then, sprinkle in the flour and baking powder, a bit at a time, until it all is incorporated and holding together.

3. Heat a small layer of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Drop a small spoons-worth of mixture into the oil. After about 30 seconds, flatten it by pressing down gently with a spatula. Pan fry for about 3 minutes, and then flip to fry the other side for an additional 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Serve warm with the Garlic Tzatziki.

Zucchini Fritter Mix  Zucchini Fritters Zucchini Spinach Fritters with Garlic Tzatziki

It’s almost like a healthy latka. I love zucchini and can’t get enough of it, so I really enjoyed this recipe. If you’re not gluten free or celiac, feel free to use regular flour. But I love that the sauce is a greek yogurt base and you’re getting in your vegetables too. I would serve this as a small appetizer bite or as a side with a dinner too. If you make these please share on instagram with the hashtag #lilikoiloeats. I’d love to see how they come out! Enjoy.

What I’m Wearing: My Boho Go-To

23 Feb

As soon as I heard that Maya Hayuk was one of the artists for Pow Wow Hawaii I couldn’t wait till the unveiling of what I hoped to be another gorgeous, dripping, neon wall of beauty. After seeing her work on both Bowery St in New York, and Wynwood in Miami, I was so excited for Honolulu to have a piece of her too. Kaka’ako, where Pow Wow Hawaii was held, is slowly becoming my go-to work area. I love Paiko (a DIY succulent bar, coffee shop, and “botanical boutique”) right near all the murals. It’s been the perfect spot to grab a coffee, sit outside, then stroll the murals.

One of my fail safe outfits is a maxi skirt and either crop top or smaller top. It’s easy to throw on and look put together while still feeling comfortable. For those days when I’ll be running around outside in the heat but then have meetings or errands in A/C it’s the best balance of cute and cool. Many days I can leave my house at 7:30 am and not be home till 7:30-8 pm and while the backseat of my car looks like a shoe salon (a girl needs options) I can’t keep my entire closet with me. My maxi skirt collection has definitely tripled since moving here. Throw on a floppy hat, maybe add some fringe, and you can be right out of a Free People catalogue…

Boho : Everyday to Runway

H&M Hat/ Vintage Gucci Choker/ American Apparel Crop top (that I happen to own in three colors)/ Anthropologie Skirt/ Coach Tote/ Tiffany & Co Atlas Bracelet (℅)/ hidden flatforms from Nordstrom Rack that I love because they give me a 4″ boost while feeling like squishy pillows on my feet

Boho Chic : Everyday to Runway Graffiti : Everyday to Runway Pow Wow Hawaii : Everyday to Runway

And there you have it, a skirt that feels like cozying up in your favorite blanket, while still being cute enough that I had two girls stop and ask me if it was a current buy.

PS- I’m strategically attempting to keep myself far, far away from the newly opened Ala Moana Anthropologie. I know the second I walk into that store my credit card will be handed to the sales associate. I am not familiar with the term “window shopping….”

Best in Beauty: Bare Minerals

20 Feb

For ladies living in the hot weather, humid ridden climates, listen up: Bare Minerals will be your beauty lifesaver… Well, let’s be real, it doesn’t have to be hot or humid to still bow down to the beauty of Bare Minerals. But, if you do happen to be an island girl like me, prepare to hand over that credit card.

When I lived in New York I worked in an office, had multiple meetings a day, had clients coming through our office. We were expected to always look presentable, plus, I loved getting dressed for work. I would wear a full face of makeup, even down to the eye shadow and eye liner, every day. As soon as I moved to Hawaii however, I would put on my liquid foundation and precisely 3.5 seconds after I walked out the door, my skin felt heavy, thick and well, looked pretty melted. I gave up makeup for awhile but you know, date nights, meetings, coffee dates, you need a little somethin’ somethin’ to wake up your face. Enter Bare Minerals.

Best in Beauty, Bare Minerals

I know I’ve talked about using the brand before, but now I’ve become a bit of a devotee, and hoping to expand my collection. In the mean time, I have my go-to’s and continue to replace them any time they get even slightly low. Here are my best of the bests:

Best in Beauty- Bare Minerals

Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Fairly Light: this was my first Bare Minerals product I’ve tried and I’m now on my third container. Using their brush it’s so easy to get ready, just a little shake, swirl, tap and apply and I’m done. I’m not one for taking a lot time to get ready (I swear, ask my boyfriend) so this is a great way to look put together without looking cake-y. When I’m going somewhere formal or I know I’ll be in photographs I’ll also apply the primer and mineral veil which helps lock in the makeup so it doesn’t slip off and gives almost a photoshop finish to your photos. I wore this combination of primer, foundation, and mineral veil on my brother’s wedding day and I am really happy on how great my makeup looks in photos.

IMG_3480Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face

Up next, Faux Tan Face and Ready Bronzer in the Skinny Dip: Faux tan face is a like all hands on deck buy it. Living in the sun 365 days a year I get color on my body even if I’m not laying out at the beach. But I wear sunscreen every single day and hide under a hat as much as possible (no cancer, no wrinkles, please). So my face is naturally paler than my body. A little goes a long way, like a nickel is all you need for your whole face. I put it on before bed and wake up with a sun-touched glow, no streaks, no orange. For more day to day, I love the bronzer powder to apply on my cheekbones, temples and nose. It brightens up my face a bit and still looks natural when paired with the original foundation. Jack pot.

Bare Minerals- Well Rested

Last, is my newest Bare Minerals acquisition and a sparkly, brightening must-have, the Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener: I’ve seen a lot of posts on this product on social media so I figured it was time for me to try it out. I love the easy click bottom pen of this creamy solution. I put it on top of my makeup on Valentine’s Day on my cheekbones, inner eyes, brown brown, and cupid’s bow and I loved the dewy without being shiny effect. I felt like I was glowing, a la J.Lo. Also, it definitely gives a little flicker when you put it near your eyes, perfect for a post-work day touch up pre- happy hour!

Ok, now who’s ready to go shopping? I’m really looking forward to trying the complexion rescue, their lash domination, and their Marvelous Moxie lip colors next. But for now, I’ll keep my face Bare with what I’ve got.

Favorite Foods: Lemon Ricotta Basil Brown Rice Pasta

19 Feb

On weeknights I’m always looking for something flavorful but super easy to cook. Since I found out I have Celiac I mainly stick to fresh, non-packaged food to ensure I don’t have to worry about hidden ingredients or cross-contamination. Many packaged foods may not contain wheat or gluten in the food, but it could be manufactured in a wheat facility and share equipment and in turn I could end up getting symptoms of being “glutened.”

The one exception is pasta. I cannot give up my pasta, hey, I’m Italian! After much trial and error I finally found an amazing brown rice spaghetti by Tinkyada. It has odd requirements like boiling for 17 minutes, and running over cold water post-cook, but it tastes amazing, and that’s all I need. I saw a recipe online that sounded fresh and delicious while still having the creamy decadence wanted when you indulgence in pasta.

So here goes my gluten-free brown rice spaghetti with lemon ricotta basil sauce…

Lemon Basil Ricotta Pasta

You’ll need:

– 1 pound pasta
– 2 cups ricotta cheese
– 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
– 2 tsp olive oil, good quality please
– One Lemon, juice and zest
– Salt & Pepper to taste (I use Salty Wahine Hawaiian salt)
– 1/2 cup basil leaves, I use a kitchen scissor to slice thinly

Cook pasta per package instructions.

In a heat safe bowl that fits over the top of the pot, mix together the two cheeses, olive oil, lemon juice, some of the zest (save some for on top), salt & pepper. When the pasta has two minutes remaining on the timer, place the mix in the bowl over the pot and slowly stir the ricotta mixture. The heat from the pasta water will “loosen” the sauce and heat it slightly. The pasta will heat the sauce so don’t let it get too hot.

Drain the pasta, add the sauce and top with basil. And enjoy, hopefully with a large glass of wine!

Lemon Ricotta Basil  Pasta

Recipe from The Kitchn 

Hope you enjoyed my first recipe post, and I can’t wait to share more in the future either home cooked or around Oahu!