How to appear less dead on a Monday morning at work

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

How to appear less dead on a Monday morning at work

Do you remember the scene in the movie “Frozen” when Anna woke up from bed? Her hair is a mess and she’s drooling? Yeah, I can totally relate to her because that’s what I struggle with it the morning and I’m glad no one’s around to see how many times I hit the snooze button. I almost fell asleep while writing this post because that’s how much I hate mornings. If you like your Monday morning face, you’re probably from another planet or a Disney princess. Here is a routine I came up with to appear less dead on a Monday morning at work.

1. Wash your face with cold water
I know it’s hard on a cold morning but resist the urge to use hot water and splash cold water on your face. It’ll wake you right up and don’t forget to use a refreshing cleanser with mint or green tea.

2. Use an undereye brightener
I don’t need to tell anyone that I’m a night owl because the evidence is showing right under my eyes. I use Ole Henriksen’s banana bright eye cream which makes it possible for me to pretend I love coming to work on a Monday.

3. Put on your favorite podcast or a tv show
I don’t mean CNN unless you want a reason to be angry about something inane. Whatever it is that will put you in a good mood or a smile on your face. One of my favorite videos that always makes me laugh is Dumb Ways to Die by Metro.

4. Drink or eat something sweet and energizing
An overly cold iced tea usually does it for me in the mornings but I found this recipe for the banana chia seeds toast and I thought I would switch the butter for a sinful amount of nutella…..or just shove a spoonful of nutella in my mouth before I leave.

5. Use a face mist or a perfume 
As a final touch to my outfit before heading out to work, I like to spritz my favorite perfume or a face mist. Right now, I’m using Elizabeth Taylor’s white diamonds which is a classic scent that I love and this face mist has been my staple for a long time. It’s only 10 bucks and your coworkers will be wondering why you’re in such a good mood.


The beautiful necklace I’m obsessed with from Aurate NY

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

I think jewelry is an important part of your outfit and I don’t personally feel complete unless I put on my favorite ring or a necklace. I love jewelry that is timeless, modern and elegant. But for a lot of girls, jewelry is expensive and something we can only admire from shop windows. Then one day, I discover a company called Aurate NY on instagram. At first, I was impressed by their beautiful pictures and then I dug a little bit more about how they made their pieces. All of their pieces are hand-made to perfection and they only use the finest and ethically sourced gold materials. And it comes with a lifetime guarantee. How cool is that?!

beautiful necklace I'm obsessed with from aurate ny

I wanted to buy everything on their website to be honest but I’ll have to wait until I have a millionaire boyfriend (haha!) but I set my eyes on this particular short gold bar drop necklace. I was so excited when it arrived in a beautifully wrapped box a few weeks later and immediately put it on. The gold color is gorgeous and it can pretty much go with any outfit I choose to wear whether it’s casual or fancy.

beautiful necklace I'm obsessed with from aurate ny

Check out their amazing collection and follow them on instagram @auratenewyork for inspiration on how to style their lovely pieces. If you’re fan of minimalistic jewelry like I am, you’ll also be a fan of their brand!

10 summer essentials you can’t miss from shopbop sale

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

summer essentials from shopbopThere are a few things I look forward to in a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Shopbop sales. It’s almost summer time and I’m in the mood to prance around in pretty dresses and sandals. My favorite essentials for warmer months include stripe dresses, straw bags, trendy sunglasses and light airy bralettes.

Here is something you cannot miss right now at Shopbop. They’re giving you 20% off on everything under $500.00 and 25% off on orders $500.00 and above. The sale includes full priced and sale items. Go there fast and grab as many as you can before your favorite things get sold out! Use the code EVENT18 at the checkout.

I just bought this cute little stripe dress! It goes perfectly with my straw bag with my rainbow keychain (It’s sold out unfortunately but you can get this ice cream one here!) and the Herschel Supply Co purse to put all my makeup in. I don’t have time for regular bras during hot months so eberjey bralettes are my preferred choice. I also have my eyes on this beautiful Native Gem necklace to add a bit of elegance to my outfits. Leopard print candle? Only Charlotte Olympia can make me splurge on one!

Let’s talk about shoes for a second. These flowery Tory Burch shoes are so pretty that I can stare at them forever. But what’s better than putting in my shopping cart with 20% off?! Don’t forget to put on a pair of chic sunnies if you’re planning to go to the beach girls! My go-to sunglasses are Le Specs because they’re so affordable and looks amazing on my face. Oh and it’s nice to read something good for your body like “Eat Beautiful“.

So there you have it! Get thee to the shopbop sale because it ends on April 14th!

3 stylish Tobi Pieces I can’t live without

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

I’m kind of a sentimental person and my closet is full of items that I can’t seem to say good-bye to. Everytime I’m tempted to Marie Kondo my apartment, my closet will be the one I purposely ignore and I’ll happily let it overflow. But I make sure that when I add additional items to my growing collection, they are pieces that I’ll wear more than once.

Last weekend, I got three lovely pieces from Tobi that I’m obsessed with. First of all, rompers are one of my favorite things to wear. Half of my closet is just rompers in a variety of colors and prints. This black polka dot romper, in particular, has caught my eye and the bell sleeves bring the 70’s vibe. I paired it with my white sneakers and couldn’t stop swinging my sleeves around. It’s a perfect little romper that any girl would look cute in.

Another piece I love is the lace white skirt that can go from day to night easily. Lace is a classic trend that never goes out of style and I felt very feminine when I paired it with my favorite grey sweater. Plus the material is thick enough that it’s not see through!

And I wore this super cool sweater with lace-up sides to the beach because the material is thin enough to be comfortable and it’s definitely going to be something I can’t wait to wear again.

Tobi has so many affordable and stylish pieces for any girl who wants to look cute on a budget and it’s my go to place for finding pieces I don’t mind adding to my overflowing closet.

10 beautiful things I’m buying from Shopbop’s sale

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

It’s easy to find things you like on shopbop because everything is so beautiful. That’s why one of the first things I do every morning is to check what’s new on their site. Here are 10 beautiful things I’m buying from Shopbop’s sale.

With a code EOTS17, you can get up to 25% off full items including sale! Hurry though because it’s only for three days and ends on September 29, 2017.

1) Rhode Resort Jagger Wrap Dress 2) Kenneth Jay Lane Pear Shape Y Necklace 3) Le Specs Paradox Sunglasses 4) Marc Jacobs Roxy Watch 5) Lizzie Fortunato Zip Pouch  6) Cosabella Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra  7) Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie Thong 8) Jonathan Adler Hand Ring Holder 9) Marc Jacobs Wavy Spots Bandeau Scarf 10) Aquazzura It’s You Pumps

Why I love this Keepsake Wide Awake Dress

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Why I love this keepsake wide awake dressI used to be an impulsive shopper but now I’ve become savvy enough to buy less with better quality. My closet is still overflowing with a bunch of clothes I’m saving for……uh, special occasions like dates and fancy parties. The problem is I keep buying clothes for dressy events and not for everyday wear. So I’ve decided to buy clothes that can be versatile enough for a trip to the grocery store and for the after work party at a fancy lounge. And no, this dress is definitely not for the grocery store trip. Let me tell you why I love this Keepsake wide awake dress and why I bought it as soon as it I saw it.

1)  It’s navy. I have enough black in my closet so it’s a welcome addition.

2) Sheer lace and ruffles! If you saw my post yesterday, you’ll know why.

3) The cute factor. This dress is just screaming for compliments from random strangers.

4) I know I’m not going to get bored easily in this dress. I mean look at those sleeves!

5) The cure for date night woes. You know when you’re spending 2 hours before a date deciding what to wear? Every girl wants to choose something that is classy and pretty and this dress is the answer.

10 best things to buy in July

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

10 best things to buy in July

Sometimes when I look at my calendar, I feel appalled that it’s already July. There are so many projects I have on my hands and so many tasks and so many emails, and errands to run…life can become kind of a blur when you’re busy. Thankfully, it’s summer and I’m enjoying some free time while taking lots of naps and shopping in between. Speaking of shopping, it’s a good time to update your look with some bright accessories and a bold colored printed dress. One of my favorite things to buy in the summer is a cool piece of eye-catching jewelry and Maha Lozi wild things ring definitely caught my eye. It’s also hard for me to find a print that I like to wear, so I was delighted to discover the Yumi Kim dress that strikes the right balance.

And I couldn’t ignore an awesome underwater camera I found on ASOS that brings a smile to my face! Add in the scary looking but so-worth-it face mask and a hat for the beach outings, my summer shopping feels as productive as my work day.

Here are the 10 best things to buy in July!

Shop the collage below:

    1. Instagram Famous book   2. Vacay Straw Sequin Hat  3. Charcoal face mask  4. Underwater Camera  5. Loeffler Randall Eryn City Sandals   6. Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses   7. Maha Lozi Wild Things Ring  9. Rebecca Minkoff Molly Metro Walle,9. MISA Sayeh Pom Pom Bag Charm 10. Yumi Kim Caught In the Midi Wrap Dress

The Perfect Summer Coat

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

The Perfect Summer CoatHawaii’s weather can act like a psycho ex-boyfriend who changes his mind every five seconds so figuring out what to wear can be challenging. Yes, it’s warm year round here but it’ll rain in about 10 seconds, trust me. So I need a light coat…not jacket, not a sweater, just something light enough for me to wear outside and be in a comfortable body temperature. Then I found the perfect summer coat from Aritzia and thank heavens, it comes in black as well! You can layer it as a robe, long sweater or a dress…I do love a multi-tasking piece of cloth. Yes, the price is a bit steep but think of how effortlessly poetic you will look while strolling down the cobblestone street somewhere in Venice looking up at the stars.

Spring Fever: The White Edition

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

I have a thing…more like an addiction really to white dresses and you’ll rarely see me wear them outside because I like to buy them and admire them safely in my closet. Nah, just kidding! I do wear them to fancy events or dates and then regret it when I inevitably ruin it by spilling something on them. I’m the kind of girl that’s not afraid to drop $400 on a dress without blinking an eye but $20.00 for a moisturizer? Pffffff……. My apartment is filled with expensive clothes and drugstore makeup. Welcome to my life!

Would you be surprised if I tell you that I bought all these from Shopbop?! Yep, I’ll starve happily for this month and it’s all worth it. Besides, how could I not help myself when shopbop is having an amazing sale right now when you take up to 25% off?! Go ahead and get yourself a little something before they all sold out courtesy of moi!

P.S. Can you guess which one of these dresses I will wear first?! It’s this one. The rest of the lovelies are: Zimmermann Divinity Wheel Frill TopBlack Halo Jeanette Sheath Dress, Self Portrait Lace Frill Midi Dress. Don’t miss this sale and use the code EVENT17 to get up to 25% off!

Shopbop to the rescue

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Shopbop is hands down my favorite shopping destination to find clothes for all types of occassion and there’s always something I have my eyes on. Right now, I’m obsessed with anything white and romantic. Delicate necklaces, leather clutches, print heels and off-the-shoulder looks. Shopbop doesn’t disappoint! Here are some of my favorite finds and guess what?! You can get up to 25% off with the code GOBIG17.Shopbop sale 2017Get out your wallets! 1) Cloverpost Ink Choker Necklace 2) MM6 Anniversary Clutch 3) Le Specs Caliente Sunglasses 4) Schutz Lisana Wrap Sandals  5) Choupette book.

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Honolulu, HI
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