Thursday, May 29, 2014

Black as Night

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Tobi romper, Coach bag, Aldo flats

My favorite time of day to take photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5 is dusk. Face the setting or just-set sun and the lighting is just right. In fact I daresay when it comes to dusk, best to grab the S5 over the DSLR. My boyfriend and I spent all of yesterday driving around Oahu, mostly exploring the North Shore. We hung out at Wailea Beach and did a couple shoots before looking for food. We ended up at Hale'iwa Dock which is where we shot this look right after we watched the beautiful sunset. Unfortunately we didn't have time to see the turtles at Turtle Beach or get any of the famous Matsumoto Shaved Ice but we will next year, we hope!

I love this romper I just got from Tobi! It is made so perfectly and the lace is just the best thing ever, wouldn't you say? It was really a great chic look but still comfy and easy going.

Happy Thursday!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Road Trip!

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Abercrombie and Fitch Bailey dress and kimono, Steve Madden booties, Oia Jules necklace, Lulus hat, Pour La Victoire bag

Many of the readers of my blog that I've run into have told me that they thought I lived in San Franicisco! Not so much actually, as I live about an hour away. I do love the city though and have been trying to make a point of seeing the entire bay area and all of it's wonderful tourist attractions, getaways and 5 star eateries. Each mini road trip is an adventure! 

And what better way to check out it all out than in a breezy, summer outfit from Abercrombie and Fitch? They have some of the best casual summer dresses. They are light and soft and I love that most of them are nipped at the waist but flair out for a universally flattering look. 

Seriously though, the wind was insane here! I had to hold onto my hat for fear of it flying off into the ocean, over 200 feet below me! As crazy as it might be, this really was my first time visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, and I'm so happy I did. It was really fun and the view was so nice! We were lucky to have beautiful weather as well.

Aloha from Hawaii!
Winners of the Spring Look Giveaway will be announced soon!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Simple is Sweet

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Simple is sweet is my motto :) Clean white with dashes of wine, gold and black. Would make a beautiful color scheme for an office don't you think? 

I recently stumbled upon MissGuided and am completely blown away by their adorable, perfect little dresses collection that all seem to be perfectly made for the average sized woman (like myself at 5'4"). Sexy, sweet, casual, conservative, trendy, you name it, with 45 pages to choose from, they probably have it.

Quick update about Hawaii: First two days were pouring rain so we went shopping, ate some Yummy food and saw XMEN: Days of Future Past! Seriously my new favorite movie!! Third day (yesterday) the weather finally cleared up and we got to shoot, swim in the ocean and get a bit of a tan. Tried acai bowls for the first time, and they are ah-mazing. I really love our hotel, the Royal Hawaiian, though my boyfriend keeps complaining that the bathroom is too small. :P Plus there was a spider in our room. But the closet is big, I like the bed and the provided bathroom necessities. There is a flat screen TV, the wifi is great and there are a ton of power outlets. What's not to love? Oh yeah and the building is PINK! What's not to love about that?

Now how great did my Samsung capture this moment?
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Midnight Mission

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Faviana Dress Style 7362 in Royal, Size 0, Clutch, Necklace, Heels

This stunning Faviana dress really swept me away the first time I laid eyes on it, in part because one of my favorite colors has always been royal blue. I love the lace detail around the bottom and the sweetheart neckline. I felt like it was only proper to shoot it in the equally stunning San Francisco City Hall before attending an evening party. The weather was divine, the drive into the city was cake and the tourists were so scarce it felt like the entire 4th floor was reserved. I ended up feeling as royal as this royal blue dress :) 

If you ever find yourself on the hunt for the perfect black tie dressFaviana is one of your best bets. They have so many dresses to choose from. Whether you are the guest of the wedding, birthday girl, prom date, or just simply attending a grand party, you will definitely find what you are looking for. Their material quality is sublime and the cut of their dresses is so flattering. You can't tell but this dress is even double-lined, meaning there are 3 layers of material for an extra smooth look. 

But did you know the key to really have a dress that looks like it was made for you is to get a top of the line dress like those offered at Faviana, tailored? I get so many dresses hemmed and the shoulder straps shortened. It's a special trick that everyone should know and it isn't expensive either :)

Happy Friday all! 
Off to Hawaii tomorrow morning! 
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Let's Get Down to Business

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BCBGMaxAzria blazer [similar] Vinnue blouse TopShop denim Forever 21 bag [similar] Bebe heels

Another look shot with my Samsung Galaxy S5! The quality is just crazy, can you believe these are all taken on my phone? (Perhaps you can on the closer shots) Anyways I decided to go for a fun business sort of look. I mean you could definitely wear this to the office. The yellow touches really add the fun aspect. I had a couple ladies walking by trying to figure out if the yellow part of the shoes were really part of the pants. They ended up really loving the Bebe heels :) (Also I just got a mani + pedi in prep for Hawaii  after shooting this look so please don't judge me here! I've been trying to keep my nails polish free to let them breathe.)

I still haven't heard from a couple of the Nordstrom Rack giveaway winners@Carbear783 and @Jepartage please send over your mailing info! 

Also I wanted to announce the winner of Ohvola too! Congrats to Fany Ayanomori :) You will be contacted soon. Last but not least don't forget to enter this giveaway: http://www.hapatime.com/2014/05/spring-look-giveaway.html which ends tomorrow night.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lulu*s White Hot American Summer: A Memorial Day Sale!!

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When I think of Memorial Day, I think of fun and relaxation. Of course it is a time to honor those who have served our country. It is a day when friends and family get together and have BBQ's while enjoying the (usually) great weather. As a family we used to go camping in the Santa Cruz mountains every Memorial Day weekend. We all grew out of that but it is still nice to get together! 

As you might have guessed, Lulu*s is having a really fab Memorial Day sale starting May 23rd but they want to give you guys early access to shop their 30% off sale with code WHITEHOTVIP! Their stuff sells out SO fast so I would jump on this great deal! Every time I shop Lulu*s, I somehow end up with a trillion things in my basket and you all know that is just impossible!

By the way, I had so much fun setting up this picnic photo shoot and it was even better eating all the delicious food and riding bikes with my boo after! 

Happy shopping all!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ornamental

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Bebe Lace Ponte Midi Dress (sold out) [Similar: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5], Steve Madden heels [similar]

If these pictures look different from my other posts, that is because they were taken with my brand new Samsung Galaxy S5! Our DSLR SD card was full and it seemed like the next best option as we strolled around the beautiful San Francisco City Hall, scouting out our next shoot. Turns out the S5 captured the stunning details of the shoot so much better than I had expected! Now that I know the quality of my phone photos are so nice, I can easily grab great shots anywhere without having to lug around our heavy DSLR! Oh and did you know the Galaxy S5 is waterproof up to 30 minutes and 3 feet down? This means I'll be getting some awesome water shots in Hawaii!

The thing about this dress is that it hugs me just right and emphasizes only the best curves. I wish it was still available but I got it about a month ago and you know how Bebe stock goes fast! I've linked to some similar lace midi dresses above so hopefully that helps!

Happy Tuesday!
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