And The Winner Is…

Last night Luke and I attended Pacific Edge Magazine’s Business Achievement Awards gala. Luke was a finalist in two categories including Young Professional of the Year (sorry ladies, he’s taken!) and I was a finalist in the Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year category. When the finalist list first came out I have to admit I was torn between being excited and a little jealous that Luke was in two categories. Just one of those reminders of how big of a sinner I am and how much giving into satan can ruin wonderful moments. Fortunately the repenting was quickly followed by sheer joy for both of us. Continue reading “And The Winner Is…”

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Happy Independence Day

The 4th of July is one of my busiest and longest work days. This year involved three Centerstage performances, five TV interviews, 17+ hours of work and 20 minutes of glorious fireworks all in one day. And that doesn’t include the three days of interviews, performances and events leading up to yesterday. Oh please don’t let that sound like complaining. I loved every minute of those 17 hours! Planning this event is a privilege and knowing that it is the center of 50,000+ people’s 4th of July tradition warms my heart. But I would do it for only one. I would do it to see the awestruck smile spread across just one face as the first firework explodes over our heads. Continue reading “Happy Independence Day”

Kī Hōʿalu – Honoring the Hawaiian Slack Key Tradition

If you have to wake up at 3 a.m. it might as well be to the beautiful voices of Pu`uloa, Kamakakēhau Fernandez and Lawrence Pau. Ala Moana Center is celebrating Mele Mei, a statewide celebration of Hawaiian music, with several exciting components and I spent the last week on morning shows with some of Hawaii’s very talented musicians promoting the events. Continue reading “Kī Hōʿalu – Honoring the Hawaiian Slack Key Tradition”

A Cut Above

Every year Ala Moana Center and Modern Luxury Hawaii host Passport to Luxury as part of Shop a Le`a. Luxury boutiques are paired with Hawaii’s top chefs and restaurants for an evening of shopping and glamour. Of course an event of this magnitude calls for a new dress. I actually had two to choose from – an emerald green shift dress from Nordstrom which I ended up wearing earlier this week on TV and a rose quartz lace beauty I found at Zara.

I absolutely fell in love with the Zara dress except for one minor detail. It has these weird sleeves which made me look like an angry frilled lizard flaring my neck out at people. I was on the verge of returning it when I decided to take a risk and just cut the sleeves off. Fortunately my hanai mom came to rescue and properly removed them. Needless to say, the dress was a cut above and we had an amazing time at the event. Here’s to another successful Passport to Luxury!

 

Nordstrom Gala 

Nordstrom Gala 

Nordstorm left no one wanting at their gala last night. From what appeared to be unending amounts of food and drinks to live mannequins and an interactive social media step and repeat, it was not surprising the event was sold out. Guests could feel good about their participation knowing that 100% of the ticket price went to supporting Aloha United Way.

The new space opens to the public on Friday, March 11 at 9:30am but guests can enjoy a complimentary Beauty Bash starting at 7:30am. See you there!

If you want a sneak peek of what the store looks like, read my post from yesterday: The New Nordstrom.

 

The New Nordstrom 

The New Nordstrom 

If you already loved the Nordstrom at Ala Moana Center then you’re in for a treat. Today at 6pm they close the doors on their space in the Mauka Wing and will open in their new Ewa Wing location on Friday, March 11 at 9:30am. The store will feature all of the things you’d expect from your favorite department store plus a few extras including phone charging stations and items from local designers. The women’s shoe department alone will satisfy the desires of any shopaholic. If you can pry yourself away long enough to peruse the cosmetics, ready-to-wear or activewear you won’t be disappointed.

In addition to apparel, accessories, cosmetics and home, the three level, 186,000 square-foot space features four eateries: the Hawaii-exclusive Gelato Bar, EbarHabitant and Ruscello. If you’re already pining for the old Marketplace Cafe, never fear. Many of the Marketplace favorites will be on the Ruscello menu including the tomato basil soup and several of the salads.

If you just can’t wait to see it for yourself, here’s a sneak peek from the media tour yesterday morning. Needless to say, the new Nordstrom is worth visiting.

 

Practically New

Practically New

Thursday was super busy. I’m talking wake up at 3 a.m. to be at the mall by 4:30 a.m. for TV interviews on two different stations, busy. This always happens when we have an event at work and this weekend was full of Chinese New Year festivities. Sometimes I stop and think about the things I get to do and I am so very thankful for where God has brought me. I never imagined I would be here and I am very excited to see what he has in store for me this year.

Whenever I have TV interviews I always want to buy a new outfit. However, with our upcoming international trip I am trying not to spend money shopping. I also didn’t really see anything I had to have so I decided to challenge myself with finding a new way to pair things already in my closet. You really can make an outfit look new just by mixing things up a bit. Give it a try! Grab a few of your go-to items you wear all the time and change how you pair them. You’d be surprised how different things can look.

I took a navy and black zebra print skirt I bought on clearance at Ann Taylor ages ago and combined it with my Zara faux suede overshirt, Cole Haan peep-toe booties and a black racerback tank. I actually loved the way it all came together! Unfortunately I was so busy that I didn’t have much of a chance for photos! Action shots will have to do. Warning, I think the majority of the photos are from Chinese New Year.

Get the Look:

To see another way to wear the Zara Overshirt, check out my Camera Ready post.