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Posted on February 27, 2015

True Blue

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Dress: Elizabeth and James (on sale in maroon here and very similar here) / Necklace: J. Crew (similar on sale here) / Bracelets: J. Crew and Bauble Bar / Heels: Tory Burch (similar here) / Bag: Louis Vuitton (here)

Happy Friday! Today I’m featuring a daytime look perfect for lunching with friends paired with an easier-than-it-looks bubble braid. For daytime you will almost ALWAYS find me carrying a huge tote bag because I somehow need so much stuff on the daily! I always have touch up makeup, wallet, two phones and an iPad (personal and work), healthy snacks (so I don’t end up eating junk on the go), a cardigan (I’m always cold) and sometimes my work laptop too (I work from home, which sometimes means working from coffee shops, and sometimes my car…haha!). This weekend will hopefully be filled with some much needed beach time, plus a Kings of Leon concert on Sunday. What do you all have planned? XOXO

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Posted on February 24, 2015

Everyday Makeup Musts

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Since I have two older sisters, my obsession with makeup started from a really young age. Add to that the fact that I get my makeup done a couple times a week for pageant appearances and modeling, I’m always trying to pick up beauty and makeup tips anywhere I can get them! I’m not a pro by any means, but just wanted to share what’s in my daily makeup rotation right now (listed from L-R). I’d love to hear your tips too, let me know your favorite products in the comments.

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer — I got a sample of this recently and I immediately moved it into my daily routine. I love that it goes on smooth, and it’s the perfect shade for my light skin.

2. Kat Von D Ink Liner — Best liquid liner I’ve ever used. I’ve tried both this one and the cult-favorite tattoo liner, but I feel like this one gives me more control over my line, and a blacker black if that makes any sense.

3. Urban Decay Vice3 Palette — My mom got me this one for Christmas and while I love my Naked palettes to pieces, I like the versatility of this one because it’s the best of both worlds — pretty neutrals with pops of color when I want it.

4. NYX Eyeshadow Base — Whenever I need my makeup to stay on all day long, I prep my lids with this eyeshadow base. I recommend getting it in white so you can do a matte look (pearl makes your lids pretty glittery) and your eyeshadow will pop.

5. MAC Lipstick in Mehr — This is my go-to lip color for everyday. It’s mostly nude with a little pink. Seen in my Instagram photo below: IMG_5497

6. Anastasia Dipbrow — Thank you to the eyebrow gods for this amazing product! I use the soft brown color with the angled Anastasia eyebrow brush and make it darker on the ends than in the middle.

7. NYX Concealers and Foundation — This stuff is GOOD. I always recommend going two shades lighter (I use porcelain) for your highlight color under eyes, forehead, down the nose and a dot on the chin. I always use the green if I have any red spots or blemishes. For foundation, I’ve been using this HD foundation when I do my own makeup for shoots or appearances when I’ll take a lot of photos. Used in the photo I took last week, below:

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8. Arbonne Makeup Primer – Arbonne is one of my pageant sponsors, so it was my first time being introduced to this line. And it was love at first application. It has the same texture as the Smashbox HD primer and makes your makeup go on silky smooth. Also used in the photo above!

9. Buxom Mascara — So the cool thing about this mascara is you can choose your applicator brush based on what look you want. I use ‘full and fabulous’ and it’s awesome.

10. Hourglass Blush and Highlighter — The blush shade I use is in ‘Dim Infusion’ and highlighter in ‘Etherial Light.’ This stuff is so good, I’ve already hit the pan on this blush after just a few months!

11. Urban Decay Loose Powder — This is a great loose powder, but I’ll be honest, I’m on the hunt for a powder I can take with me on the go for touch ups that won’t get all over my purse. Any recommendations, let me know!

12. Flutter Lashes in Kelsey – I love these lashes because I can get almost 20 uses out of them if I take care of them (cleaning the glue off, etc.). The band is a little thick, but I’ve learned to love it because that’s what makes them so durable. Favorite styles are Kelsey and Arielle. For pageants I use Kamilla, but take note that these are pretty out there for everyday use!

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Posted on February 23, 2015

Monday Flair

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Top: Olivaceous (similar here) / Jeans: MiH (here) / Sunnies: Kate Spade (here) / Clutch (similar here) / Cuff: F21 (similar here)

Is anyone else over the moon that flared jeans are making a comeback? While I love my skinnies, I’ve always thought that flares are the most flattering and slimming cut there ever was. I can’t get enough. I paired them with an easy striped top and studded clutch to keep the look contemporary. I highly recommend this particular pair too, they are the perfect length to wear with platforms.

I hope you’re all having an amazing Monday! I’m still recovering from a busy weekend of Miss Hawaii appearances. For one of the events, I had the chance to be a personal shopper for high school girls in need who were looking for a prom dress. At the dress drive, we picked out gowns, shoes, accessories, makeup, you name it and they were able to take it home for free. The girls were all so sweet and I can’t wait to see photos of their proms. Thank you to The Bella Project for having me! For more photos from my pageant adventures, be sure to follow my official Miss Hawaii Instagram @MissHIUSA.

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Posted on February 18, 2015

Fringe Benefits

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Top: Cameo (here) / Skirt & Bag: H&M (old, similar bag here) / Necklace: Bauble Bar (here) / Shoes: F21

Say hello to my new favorite top. I knew the minute I saw it that it had to be mine, and when I wore it out this week I wanted to stray away from what I would typically style it with (skinny jeans and a clean, structured bag) and go a little edgier. I love that fringe is back in and I’m planning to take full advantage of it this season.

I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! Short weeks fly by since I have to cram all of my work into Tuesday through Friday. I’ve had a couple of exciting photo shoots this week and I’m excited to share the final product when it comes out in a couple of months. I’m also finalizing a few trips coming up in March to NYC for a photo shoot and April to Tokyo once again to model in the Tokyo Girls Award fashion show and seriously can’t wait for that. Happy Wednesday…XOXO

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Posted on February 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day 2015

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Dress: Susana Monaco c/o The Butik / Clutch: Kenall (similar here) / Heels: Zara (sold out, similar here and here) / Earrings: From a random store in Tokyo (similar here)

Did you all have a nice Valentine’s Day? Mine was busy and hectic but perfect. I started off my day with a modeling job, followed by a Miss Hawaii USA appearance at the Chinese New Year parade (follow me on my official Miss Hawaii USA Instagram @misshiusa for more pictures and videos), followed by a date night with Holden. Even though I had every intention of buying a Valentine’s dress way ahead of time, I still found myself picking one up approximately 1 hour before our dinner reservations and literally styling my outfit as we were walking out the door. I skipped the traditional red or pink dress and went with an unexpected bright purple. Since the dress itself was a simple silhouette, I paired it with my favorite caged heels and the metallic clutch my parents bought me in Buenos Aires. I have the day off tomorrow for President’s day so if you need me you can find me at the beach…XOXO

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Posted on February 12, 2015

Lace on Lace

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Romper: J.O.A. (here) / Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Flats: Tory Burch (here, and a pink version here)

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be more complicated than a romper and flats. I’ve professed my love for jumpsuits before, and I feel equally as strong about rompers. And since it’s been hot in Hawaii, I’ve been wearing rompers on repeat and I have a feeling this one will last me well into Summer. Since I deal with fickle Hawaii weather on the daily and often have multiple different meetings in a day (business and pageant meetings), the number one thing I look for in my clothes is versatility. Paired with a sweater and boots this romper would be perfect for meetings and errands during the day, but it could be easily switched up with heels and a clutch at night. Hope you’re all having a nice Thursday!

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Posted on February 10, 2015

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas: Part II

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Dress is available in limited sizes, so here are a few similar styles here, here, and here

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Here’s some last minute outfit inspiration in case you don’t haven’t already decided on your outfit for the night. Even though I won’t be shopping for a new outfit from head to toe, I like getting a little something special as a gift for myself on Valentine’s Day like a new lipstick or perfume so I’m pretty sure I’ll pick up one of the above tomorrow. Anyone have any exciting plans for Valentine’s this year? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing people’s creative ideas.

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Posted on February 9, 2015

Birthday Love

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Top: Topshop (here) / Skirt c/o The Butik (similar here) / Sandals: Sam Edelman (similar here) / Bag: Burberry / Sunnies: Kate Spade (here) / Bracelet: Kiele c/0 (here)

This weekend my family kept the celebration going for my mom and sister’s birthday with brunch at my favorite new brunch spot Koko Head Cafe. And as if we didn’t pig out enough at brunch, we went to the Punahou Carnival afterward to eat some more (side note: please remind me to go to the gym this week). The carnival is my alma mater’s biggest event of the year with rides and games and live music etc., but my main reason for hitting up the carnival is for the malasadas. I posted one on my Instagram, but basically it’s like a hot fried donut covered in sugar. If you haven’t tried one, you need to ASAP. Hope you all had a nice weekend! XOXO

P.S.Did any of you watch The Grammys last night? My favorite performances were Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Rihanna’s FourFiveSeconds.

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