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    BLACKOUT

    Jumpsuit: Rules of Etiquette / Clutch: Michael Kors / Heels: Schutz / Necklaces: J. Crew & Bauble Bar

    What’s not to love about jumpsuits? They’re chic, comfortable, and super easy to throw on without a whole lot of matching to do (especially when they come in my favorite color…black!). I paired mine with metallic gold lace-up booties, layered necklaces and a clutch to go out to a few New Year’s parties. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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    GO FOR GOLD

    Top: Joie / Shorts and Heels: F21, heels here / Necklace and Bangle: Bauble Bar

    Happy New Year everyone! My NYE began with a few family parties, then we went out to a Speakeasy-themed party in Waikiki. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately, so I kept it to just one glass of champagne and we headed home around 12:15! I decided to go for gold in my New Year’s Eve look this year, rocking these sequin F21 shorts and metallic gold pumps for a fun an easy look. I bought these pumps with NYE in mind, but I’m actually pretty excited to wear them all year long — I can already picture them toned down with jeans and a slouchy T-shirt or dressed up with any little black dress. Wishing you all a fabulous start to 2014.

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    BEACH DAY

    Bikini top: Acacia Swimwear / Shorts: Minkpink

    For a lifelong Hawaii resident, I don’t go to the beach nearly enough. Add that to my list of New Year’s resolutions! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas) and wishing you a Happy New Year.

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    BLACK & WHITE

    Top: BCBG / Sunnies: Ray Ban / Bag: Louis Vuitton / Jeans: Current/Elliot / Heels: Sam Edelman

    There’s nothing quite like the classic combination of black and white — but I had to give it a fun twist, of course, with my mirrored blue Ray Bans. My parents gave me this lovely BCBG top for Christmas and I absolutely love it because it will go with everything — colored jeans, printed shorts, neon bags, you name it. What did you all get for Christmas? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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    CHRISTMAS 2013

    Twas a great Christmas this year, with lots of family time, amazing food, and awesome presents. Plus, I don’t have work today so I got to stay up late last night decorating my gingerbread house and watching Love Actually. A perfect Christmas. How did you celebrate this year?

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    BEHIND THE SCENES: THE ALOHA BABE X TIFFANY & CO.

    Tiffany & Co. is one of the few places that still makes me feel like a kid in a candy store each time I walk through its pretty silver doors. So you can imagine how excited I was when they told me they had a Christmas present for me this year. When I went to pick it up they let me try on their new Atlas collection, a sophisticated line of necklaces, pendants, earrings, bangles and rings in a variety of metals including 18K yellow, rose or white gold and sterling silver with diamonds. I was sad when I had to take off the jewelry, but so grateful that I was gifted with a deliciously chic Atlas bar bracelet all wrapped up in their iconic Tiffany Blue Box. But don’t take my word for it, view the whole collection for yourself here. These are a few of the behind the scenes photos, and I’ll be sure to post a few more later this week. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

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    WEEKEND PHOTO DIARY

    I guess I’m playing it a little bit fast and loose with the title “weekend photo diary” here. What I really mean is: here’s everything I ate this weekend, plus a few pictures of the beach. For our Friday night date night, Holden and I tried a new Honolulu restaurant called MW Restaurant and it was amazing. I highly recommend it if you live in the area. Hope you’re all enjoying the holidaze.

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    TEAL STEAL

    Jumpsuit: Audrey / Heels: Jeffrey Campbell / Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Jewelry: Express

    One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to dress up for all of the festive parties. And while traditional holiday attire calls for red, green, and metallics, I tend to think that all jewel tones are fair holiday game, like this teal jumpsuit. I had two holiday parties this weekend, a date night with my man, some last minute Christmas shopping, and lots and lots of watching the TV show Scandal. Here’s hoping I’ll finally get my life back when I run out of episodes of that show! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

     

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    GOWNING AROUND

    Just a couple of photos from the “Kamaaina Christmas” event I attended last Saturday. Any time I get to break out my favorite Alexander McQueen gown, I’m pretty much in heaven. Today’s technically the weekend for me since my company is having spa day tomorrow at a local hotel. Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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    NAILED IT

    Budgeting — there’s a word I despise. For years I used to go to the salon to get my nails done every few weeks, but I’ve made so many trips there I’d probably faint if I added up all the money I’ve spent keeping my nails looking stylish. So about a year ago I made the decision to majorly cut down on my guilty pleasures (ombré hair, eyelash extensions and eyebrow waxing only!) and do my nails myself. Part of the strategy was to get a gel nail kit (I use the Sephora OPI kit) and buy polish only when it’s on sale. I recently picked up these Sally Hansen nail strips for about $6 and decided to give it a try. This was so easy for me, and I am the least artistic person I know…ask anyone. Start with clean, filed nails and follow the steps below.

    1. Open package and choose french nail strips that best fit each of your nails.

    2. Peel protective film from the top of first strip, and protective layer from the back of the strip.

    3. Place the sticky side of the strip on your nail, adhere the strip with the flat side of the cuticle pusher.

    4. Bend the strip over your nail and use the rough side of the file to gently remove.

    5. Add glitter to tips if desired, then repeat all steps with clear strips. I decided to just put a layer of gel top coat and put it under my LED light for 1 minute. I always find that putting a layer of gel on top makes my manicure last 3x longer.

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