Posted on September 3, 2015

A Local’s Guide to Hawaii

I know I haven’t posted much this week, it’s been a tough few days for personal reasons, but blogging is my passion and I so appreciate everyone who stops by my blog and continues to give me so much love through social media. Today I thought I would share an article I contributed to on featuring ‘A Local’s Guide to Hawaii.’ Here are my personal Hawaii favorites on everything from shopping to beaches to restaurants. For a full list of picks, check out the article here.


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Emma Wo is the current reigning Miss Hawaii USA who recently placed in the Top 10 at Miss USA 2015 and a former Miss Hawaii Teen USA. She is a fashion blogger and owner of and has interned in the fashion closet at Vogue Magazine in New York City. A senior account executive at Bennet Group Public Relations, she represents clients in the areas of travel tourism and real estate.

1. Where can you find Hawaii’s best shopping?

I always love supporting our local boutiques and you can find tons of great things and pieces by Hawaii-based designers, too. Bamboo Sky, The Butik and Fighting Eel are a few that come to mind.

2. Where can you find the best beaches in Hawaii?

My favorite beach on Oahu is definitely Lanikai Beach. The water is crystal clear and amazing for snorkeling and kayaking. Two other favorites are Waimea Bay on the North Shore and Cromwells Beach in town — a hidden gem for locals.

3. What’s the best restaurant in Hawaii at the moment?

For fine dining, Alan Wong’s can’t be beat. They specialize in asian fusion cuisine and I highly recommend the ginger crusted onaga if you’re a fish lover like me. Other hot spots to try are The Pig & the Lady, Lucky Belly and MW Restaurant — don’t leave without trying their desserts!

4. Where can you find the best nighlife in Hawaii?

If you’re looking for great nightlife, I would recommend heading into Waikiki. The Modern Honolulu hotel has a great bar in the lobby called The Study, and a nightclub called Addiction that are popular on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Rumfire in The Sheraton Waikiki is another fun beachside bar to stop by.

5. What’s your favourite hotel/resort in Hawaii and why?

I recently stayed at The Modern Honolulu and had a fantastic time. It’s chic and perfect for it you want to stay just outside the hustle and bustle of central Waikiki.

6. Anything you would like to add?

Whenever anyone is visiting Hawaii for the first time, I always tell them to try authentic Hawaiian food. Some of the absolute best Hawaiian food can be found at Helena’s Hawaiian Food and Ono Hawaiian Foods.

Have an amazing week…XOXO

Emma Wo

Posted on September 1, 2015

Tied With a Bow


Top: Chicwish // Jeans: Seven for All Mankind // Heels: Sam Edelman (similar here)

I know it’s already Tuesday, but I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I was over on Maui for the weekend attending the Miss Maui USA and Teen USA pageant, and five gorgeous girls were crowned that are now going to compete in the Miss Hawaii USA and Teen USA pageant on November 22. My favorite part about pageants is easily the crowning moment because I just love seeing the girls’ reactions and the pure joy and excitement on their faces. I flew back to Oahu late Sunday night and when I woke up the next morning I was so sick and my throat was so sore it hurt to swallow. Sorry if that’s TMI but eek…it was hard to get out of bed all day! Since I couldn’t shoot any new outfits, here’s one from a while back that I never got a chance to post. Thanks for reading <3

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Posted on August 28, 2015

Pop of Red


Dress: (similar here) // Bag: Poupée de Papier c/o // Necklace: Charlotte Russe // Heels: F21

When I first laid my eyes on this bag, I saw that it came in nearly 10 different colors and I literally spent days mulling over which one I wanted to be mine. I finally decided on the red because I don’t have any other red bags, and I figured it would go with everything from stripes to solids. It wasn’t a shocker, either, that it’s called the “Lala Stunner” because it really is a stunner and the color is so vibrant I just love it. Check out the other colors and the whole Poupée de Papier collection here.

This weekend, I’m flying to Maui for the Miss Maui USA pageant and can’t wait. I can’t believe I have only a few months left of my reign so I’m trying to soak up every minute. I’ll be sure to post lots of photos and snaps from there, be sure to follow me on Snapchat ’emmawo’ to see what I’m up to.

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Posted on August 26, 2015

Bold + Bright


Top: BCBG // Skirt: H&M // Clutch: Samudra // Sunnies: ASOS // Wedges: F21 // Earrings: Charming Charlie

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! I wore a really similar look to this one in Monday’s post but I never posted the details, so here goes. I was wandering around H&M last week and found some really fun, colorful skirts that I thought would be perfect for the end of summer. I loved this yummy chartreuse color and decided to keep it bold and bright with my Samudra clutch. I even thought this look would be cute paired with a black blazer but honestly it was so hot this day that the thought of putting any more clothes on was unbearable.

I got an email from a reader recently about sharing more fitness tips on my blog, so I’m planning to do just that this week. While I’m no expert, I love reading your emails and always want to be listening to readers and what you want to read so please let me know if there are any other kinds of posts you want to see on here. Have a great day!

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Posted on August 25, 2015

12 Makeup Products I Can’t Live Without


Over the years, I’ve probable sampled and used well over a hundred makeup products, some of which BLEW MY MIND and some of which I wanted to throw straight in the trash. This month, my sister got me majorly hooked on YouTube beauty videos this month that have been eating up a lot of my time, but the major benefit is that I’ve learned about a ton of drugstore products that are not only amazing but a fraction of the cost of department store brands or Sephora. I also love that I can get an idea of what people are loving and hating so I don’t have to waste time or money on products that are just okay. First, a disclaimer that I use well over 12 products to get ready (even for a natural makeup look!), but if for some reason I was traveling or limited to only a few things, these would be the ones I’d pack. Here they are listed in order or application:

1. Arbonne Makeup Primer

I’ve mentioned this product before, but I just love the consistency. It feels and goes on similar to the Smashbox primer and really helps to minimize pores.

2. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y245

When it’s a little cooler outside I love using a BB cream, but during the summer I switch it up so I don’t look to oily. I used to use the old Make Up For Ever HD foundation before it was reformulated, and just bought my first bottle of the Ultra HD version. I find that the consistency is a little more liquid-ey so you need more product, but overall same flawless finish.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair (on sale!)

Honorable mention for drugstore concealers goes to Maybelline Fit Me concealer, but I went with the age rewind because it’s a thinner consistency so it doesn’t get cakey on your face, especially in the summer months. The applicator is a foam ball (I honestly have no better way to describe this) so it’s not the most hygienic, but what’s inside is amazing. I use this to highlight under by eyes, down the center of my nose, chin, and forehead, then blend out with my beauty blender, and set with powder.

4. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium

I love this because it’s a light pressed powder perfect for setting my foundation and concealer, but it has just a touch of shimmer for that luminescent look. I touch up with this throughout the day too and it doesn’t give me cake face (no one wants cake face!).

5. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Bronzer

I love this bronzer. It’s great for contour since it’s matte with no shimmer. They don’t sell this color anymore, but it’s very similar to their milk chocolate soleil bronzer.

6. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (on sale!)

I’ve talked about this drugstore blush before but it’s overdue for another shoutout. You can get it for about $6 and because it’s a baked product, it’s so highly pigmented that you only need to tap your brush a couple of times and swipe it on your cheeks. GORGEOUS. I’ve been meaning to order ‘Dolce Pink’ so I think that will be my next purchase.

7. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip Highlighter in Vegas Strip

This product says its a bronzer but I’ll agree to disagree. It’s the prettiest highlighter and makes you look absolutely radiant if you just apply a little on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, just above your eyebrows and a little down the center of your nose.

8. ColourPop Eyeshadow in Nillionaire

These are so good. Tons of colors, super pigmented, really affordable.

9. Anastasia Dipbrow in Soft Brown

Super creamy and glides on to make perfect, defined brows. Holy grail brow product for me.

10. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black

I recently got eyelash extensions (thanks to Kimmie at Kimmie Jacob!) so I haven’t been using mascara on my top lashes, but this one has a skinny applicator brush and is perfect for bottom lashes.

11. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Solow

I thank the makeup gods for liquid lipstick every single day because it makes my life so easy! These are a very liquid-like consistency (much more so than their Kat Von D or Stila counterparts) so you need to work quickly, but they do not go anywhere all day. Favorite shades are Solow, 1st Base, and Donut, and I like mixing Midi to my other shades to mellow out the color a bit. Best of all these are $6 each!

12. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

I swear it’s been the hottest summer in years here in Hawaii. I can’t even open my sliding doors without feeling like I need another shower. Tatcha’s beauty papers are made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flake and absorb my excess oil like a champ. They are paper vs. that filmy texture you get in most other blotting sheets so they don’t disturb your makeup whatsoever.

Emma Wo

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