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Wanderlust in Style

13 Apr

So a big life update is definitely in order on this blog, including temporarily moving from Honolulu, Hawaii to Napa, CA!! I promise I’ll get to that soon, but in the mean time I wanted to share some new-new over at Hibiskiss Clothing.

As you probably know by now, I started my graphic t-shirt line back in August of last year. I have had so much fun designing new pieces, ordering samples, designing graphics and printing them all in Hawaii. Each piece is unique, as they’re all hand printed, which I really wanted to do to 1) support the local economy in Hawaii and 2) bring the shop small aspect really into perspective. I’m a one-woman business and I teamed up with a family business who have been printing in Hawaii for twenty years.

My newest two pieces are really inspired by travel, my wanderlust, and continuing our classic style of cozy, comfortable, high quality pieces in fitted and fashionable shapes. No boxy, heavy, unisex white tees here.

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Sea la Vie is my take on C’est la Vie, that’s life, or for those that dream of the ocean, the beach, the water, sea la vie. For those that believe that water is life, that live for the ocean, the Bay, even just that little peek of creek nearby. Sea la Vie! The striped tee is SO soft, like pajama soft, with a slightly longer torso, and depending on how you want to size it either fitted, or a little boyish oversized. I like wearing a small when I’m wanting a fitted look, or a medium for oversized with my skinny jeans, or even a large for a slouchy look and leggings. The francophile in me just wants to eat macarons, book a trip to the French Riviera, C’est la Vie.

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Let’s Get Away is the perfect travel sweatshirt. A little oversized, semi-cropped, ready to pair with white jeans as Spring starts to warm up, and then over shorts as summer nights get a little cooler. It has a terry-fabric feel, so I throw mine over my bathing suit post-beach to warm up. It has a vintage wash look that is super on trend right now, especially with athleisure.

 

I hope you love our new looks as much as I do and will head over to our shop www.HibiskissClothing.com and check out all our pieces. Just for my readers, use code everydaytorunway to receive 15% off your order. And yes, we ship to Canada!

MZWallace Says Aloha

25 Nov

I’ve had my eye on MZ Wallace and their line of fashionable, function-able bags for a few years now. In fact, back when I lived in New York, my office was only a few blocks from theirs! MZ Wallace is one of those brands where you could own a full collection of styles from A-Z under one designer. Now, not many labels can offer that. I’m talking mini sequin backpack, glossy maroon work purse, to lightweight nylon totes perfect for traveling. It makes sense that Designer and Co-Owner Monica shares on their site, “We began the company 15 years ago with the goal of designing lightweight, fashionable bags. Constructed with custom developed nylons and Italian leathers, the collection is designed with the idea that function and style can, and should coexist.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes there’s that ultra-cute purse, but the straps are too short, or too thin and dig into your shoulder, or that backpack with leather straps that are not too chic when mixed with summer and armpits (hey, I’m just being honest)!
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Recently, Lucy, Designer and Co-owner, flew all the way to our tiny island in the Pacific to launch their first store-within-a-store at our new Bloomingdale’s at the Ala Moana Center. The MZ Wallace space within the store has a prime location, displaying their most popular and newest styles, and basically almost sold out of styles opening weekend!

I was lucky enough to attend a little brunch at Scratch Kitchen & Bakeshop with Lucy, and Sarah, from MZ Wallace, as well as a few local creatives. Laura, from Sequins at Breakfast, another Hawaii transplant, hosted our brunch and was as sweet as I hoped she would be from her blog! We noshed on chilaquiles, brussels sprouts, talked Hawaii and New York and learned a lot about the history of MZ Wallace. I couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday with fashion and food!
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I picked out the Large Metro Tote in Black for a classic everyday bag that I swear to you, has not left my shoulder all week. The ultra-light material doesn’t weigh my shoulder down like most oversized bags. It also has compartments inside to organize my wallet, phone, keys so I don’t have to go fishing for them in the large bag. Inside, there are three detachable mini bags, perfect for traveling, but also Lucy showed me that the entire bag itself can fit in the largest mini bag for ultimate portability. I’m such a fan of the nylon material, especially with the wet weather we’ve been having here on island. And, the leather trim gives it a luxe look. Can you tell by my gushing it’s my dream bag?
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Photo credit: Cait Schlabach Photography
Well, after seeing a few of MZ Wallace’s other bags: um, hello FRINGE BACKPACK? Le swoon. I know I’ll be back at the new Bloomingdale’s shopping again soon, or hey, Christmas is coming, right?

Heating up for L*SPACE

16 Nov

Wellllll, blogging world, it’s been awhile, and I’ve missed you. So here, I’m back! I’ve been recently having some new experiences (like launching a clothing line, Hibiskiss Clothing!), and tried some new out of control products I’ve been dying to share, and visited a few must-see places. So it was time to get back over here and share a little…

So in case you’re not following me on Instagram, I’m still based in Honolulu, but I recently was in New York City for a long trip to visit family. As if perfect timing, I was invited to the Spring preview for bikini brand, L*SPACE while I was in town. I’ve been an ultra-fan of the brand for a few years now, from their boho crochet bikini backs, the paisley patterned rompers, to the ultra-chic cutouts in their fashionable but functional suits.

So I only had my iPhone on me at the preview, but here are a few sneak peeks of the line launching in February…

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Criss cross tops, bow top bikinis, tasseled pareos lined the windowsill with tropical themes. It had me feeling like I was back in Hawaii already! I fell in love with this one piece, a way to show a little skin while still having a bit of coverage for paddleboarding days, or maybe after a few too many Holiday meals.

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The Chloe wrap top, and crochet bottoms are two classics that never go out of style. Next season L*SPACE is also launching sun hats and handmade sandals in partnership with Cocobelle. Adorable snake sandals, wrapping up the leg, and beaded made in Italy and Bali.

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Ok, how cute is this neon and white criss-cross one piece? H-O-T.

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These reversible ‘kinis are the perfect bang for your buck. And can you even with this denim fabric? Too cute.

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This ultra-chic romper is the ultimate beach to street happy hour look. Especially for our winter months in Hawaii, the long sleeves are clutch for the chilly breeze.

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At the preview, we were treated to a Kérastase braid bar, and this insane knotted look was out of control cool. I literally was stopped on the street post-event TWICE. If only I could recreate it….

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If you’re in the market for a bikini this Spring, make sure you check out L*SPACE’s website and other sites their brand is sold. You won’t regret it!

On Maui: Letarte

17 Apr

Our last stop of the day when we were in Paia, Maui was Letarte. Oh man, oh man was it a temptation of my credit card. I’ve been a fan of the Letarte brand for awhile now but actually seeing and feeling the pieces in person, wow, I’ve fallen more in love. These luxe looks are perfect for the elevated beachy girl. Letarte is the epitome of cool girl chic, with boho prints, bright colors in sleek designs, with the neon tassel necklace and fringe bag to match. It’s a one stop shop for an entire wardrobe overhaul, and believe me, if there was one store to do it, this would be mine. LETARTE SWIMWEAR

Sisters Lisa and Michele Letarte debuted their line in Maui but it has since grown to have stores in Manhattan, Greenwich, CT, Southern California, plus speciality retail stores. The ladies at the Maui boutique were so knowledgeable about the brand itself that I was given an insider view to the creative process, and especially loved hearing about how Lisa designs her prints, such as the skull & butterfly combo below.

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Walking into the store I felt like I stepped into a super chic surf house. A home-y vibe, with bright colors, flowy fabrics, and yes, a few surfboards. Attached on the side of the store was also an art gallery with her husband’s work. What a talented duo! What I loved most about the store was the organization by color. I know what colors work best with my skin tone and prefer to shop by shade, so it was a cinch to go directly for the pieces I was interested in.

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Luxe colorful cashmere of my dreams! LETARTE FALL LETARTE FRINGE BAG LETARTE JEWELRY LETARTE ORANGES LETARTE PRINT

The unique print designed by Lisa. LETARTE SHARK CLUTCH

I’ve been stalking this bag for months. LETARTE TASSELSLETARTE BAG

If you couldn’t tell, this store is literally my heaven. And the best news is, they’re opening a shop on Oahu at the Royal Hawaiian Center soon. Oh, so dangerous, but I’m so excited! Check out their website if there’s a shop near you, or of course, you can always shop online…. get those credit cards ready, you’ll need it.

On Maui: Sophie Grace Maui

15 Apr

It was rainy the day we were in Paia so instead of a beach day, we were very productive shopping around town. I’ve followed Sophie Grace Maui’s instagram for over a year now and couldn’t wait to pop in when I was finally in town. Jamie, the owner, is also a “sister,” we both were members of the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta in college. Different schools, but it was such a fun connection we made online. Her photos on instagram are absolutely gorgeous and I was excited to see the store in person!

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Epitomized in her hours sign, this is a true beachy brand, 10 am-ish to 6-ish. Luckily we caught them during their open hours and were able to marvel at all the color, druzy, sparkles, and the DIY bars. I love making my own jewelry and I wish I had more time to take part in her Bangle Bar. Most of the pieces are elevated chic with a laid back twist. Druzy shells with beaded chains, gold cowrie with colorful rope, and lots of shark tooth and shell pieces. I would absolutely wear those cowrie bracelets 24/7, and for the rest of the jewelry, layer over a swimsuit during the day, and pair with a kimono and heels at night, the perfect transitional piece.

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If you’re in Paia, or in Wailea make sure you stop in and check out all their handmade pieces. If you are eager to shop, check out her website SophieGraceMaui.com or Instagram @SophieGraceMaui. I’m obsessed with the white and gold druzy pieces that she most recently posted online. I can’t wait to return and snag some of her gorgeous jewelry!