My schedule has been pretty hectic lately with Miss Hawaii USA appearances in full force, work, and holiday events with my friends and family. But I’m not complaining — I thrive off of being busy and on the go, as long as I prepare ahead of time. I like having my whole week mapped out (I use my Erin Condren planner to do this since I’m a visual person) including full outfits that I plan to wear including jewelry and shoes so I can just grab and go. This makes even my most busy days a little more stress free. I wore this outfit to a radio interview I had on Monday and I have a feeling it will be in steady rotation for me this year since it works for both day and night. Hope you’re all having a lovely day!
Since I’m back in pageant mode this year, I thought I would start off my holiday gift guides with a special pageant girl edition. If you know a pageant girl or date a pageant girl (or just want to treat yourself) chances are they will like these gifts as much as I do. Most of the gifts speak for themselves, but a little bit about my must haves…
These mink Flutter falsies are my absolute favorite. I have about 5 different pairs and while the price may seem a little high as compared to drugstore brands, I can get more than 10 uses out of them as long as I don’t use any mascara on them, clean the glue off after every use and store them in their box when not wearing them. My other fave is style Kelsey. So worth it. Unless you’re blessed with naturally golden skin, I think every pageant girl needs this St. Tropez self tanner. I highly recommend buying the tanning mitt with it too for a perfectly even tan and no streaks.
A mirrored iPhone case is a must for reapplying lipstick or pinning your crown in place on the go. Sometimes there are no mirrors around, but if it’s on your phone you can be sure you’ll have one whenever, wherever. Also, this clipless curling iron is amazing for creating beachy waves and lots of volume. More gift guides to come this week so be sure to check back!
There was a time in college that buying a new outfit to wear for a night out with friends was my weekly routine. I didn’t love every piece, but before I knew it, I had enough clothes in my closet to stock a small boutique. Anyone else have this problem? I remember rifling through piles of clothes saying “I have nothing to wear,” which is now both embarrassing and ridiculous. I’ve since made it my goal to choose pieces that I’ll wear often and for years to come rather than buying into every trend. Like this jacket. It’s classic and structured and effortlessly takes me from the office to drinks and anything in between. #closetcleanse
Here are some photos from my Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas. Vegas is known for being a city that never sleeps, with lively nightlife, yard-long drinks and slot machines everywhere you turn. But those who know me know I don’t really drink and I’m a hopeless gambler…so what did I do? Turns out Vegas is the place to be for Black Friday (insane deals and stores are open long hours), to eat delicious food (Bouchon for Thanksgiving dinner and a 16-flavor blind ice cream taste test at RM Seafood were highlights) plus they have gorgeous spas (my sister and I spent a whole afternoon getting facials and relaxing). We also went to see Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil and it had some of the best dancing I’ve ever seen…not to mention good music. AND to celebrate the MJ-inspired occasion I wore my Sam Edelman gold sequin jacket…obviously. When in Vegas! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend. Braids by my sister Liza!
I mentioned in a previous post that I was busy preparing to compete in the Miss Hawaii USA pageant, so now I’m pretty excited to share a few photos of the moment that made all of the bottles of San Tropez spray tan, thousands of rhinestones, hundreds of Quest bars, two-a-day workouts, and moments of hangriness worthwhile. As with any dream, accomplishing it wasn’t easy, but it was so rewarding — and I’m just getting started! Next up for me will be appearances, community events, and other fun opportunities, followed by competing in the Miss USA pageant come next summer. (If you want to read about my health and fitness tips, click here.) But for now I’m off to stuff my face with cupcakes! Just kidding…kind of.
Photos: Dale Mills x Hawaii Island Photography
The holidays are my absolute favorite time of the year. Maybe it’s because of the amazing holiday parties or maybe it’s because it’s totally acceptable to wear a fully sequined dress this time of year. Either way, I’m breaking out my jewel toned dresses and festive jewelry in preparation. This Thanksgiving my family is headed to Vegas which is a dream come true for someone just coming off a three month diet (me!). Expect lots of outfit and food posts coming your way soon…
Dress: keepsake (click here) / Shoes: Forever 21 / Jewels: J. Crew & Bauble Bar
I’m back! I didn’t plan to take such a long break from blogging, but my life got a little hectic with work, moving into a new apartment, and pageant prep (I’m running for Miss Hawaii USA on Nov. 23). The good thing is my closet is brimming with all kinds of outfit newness that I’m more than excited to share.
Fall in Hawaii means it’s still 80 degrees and sunny, but despite the warm weather I still like to add a touch of holiday style to my outfits. In this case I chose lace, paired with chunky jewels and my favorite neutral suede shoes. Check back this week for more blog posts!
I’m loving the cozy sweaters on the rack for early Spring, but in Hawaii the sweaters-jeans-and-cute-boots just doesn’t make as much sense as I’d like. So I’ve made it my mission to keep sweaters in the mix by pairing them with fun shorts and cutout booties. Hope you all had a nice long weekend!
Dress: Fighting Eel / Bag: Chloé / Heels: Zara / Bracelets: J. Crew, House of Harlow & Bauble Bar
You know when you find a song you love and listen to it on repeat every day until it eventually goes out of style? I have a feeling a similar king of thing is going down with me and this dress. There’s just not much you can’t wear it to, or with — chunky jewelry, maybe a bright bag for a pop of color or even with tights on colder nights. Special thanks to my boyfriend for the dress! Hope you all have a nice long weekend — mine will be filled with friends, farmers markets, and hopefully seeing American Hustle (finally!).
Awards season is finally here and I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure I enjoy the red carpet portion of award shows much more than the shows themselves. There’s something about the anticipation of seeing what my favorite actors and actresses will wear, the unexpected pleasant surprise gowns, and the ‘what was she wearing’ gowns too. Here are my favorites…what were yours?