July 26, 2015

Aspire Eyewear

Disclosure:  The eyewear below was received free of charge for review purposes. 

Aspire Eyewear, a new brand from ClearVision Optical, offers eyewear frames that are lighter, thinner, and stronger than anything previously launched in this market.  The SDN-4 material, proprietary to the brand, offers shape memory, is heat resistant, and will not fade in UV exposure.

The philosophy behind the brand is based on the question: “Who Do You Aspire To Be?”  They offer styles for both men and women and each of the frames and temple designs in the collection are detachable, which allows you to personalize your eyewear.  Shown here is the Incognito in brown fade.

Suggested retail pricing for the brand ranges from $249.99-$289.99.
For more information, visit Aspire Eyewear here.

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July 24, 2015

Whish Soda Fountain Collection

Disclosure:  The samples below were received free of charge for review purposes.

Whish recently launched its exclusive Soda Fountain Collection to celebrate the 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  The bubbly Bath & Body Gel ($15) and super-hydrating Body Butter ($12) come in soda pop flavors such as Black Cherry, Ginger Melon, Key Lime and Orange Cream.  We received samples of the four body butter scents and they all smell great and have a light scent.  It's a lightweight lotion that doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky.  

The Whish Soda Fountain Collection is available in 16 ounce pump bottles now through August 2nd, exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and Nordstrom.com.

July 23, 2015

Origami Owl Custom Jewelry

Disclosure: The jewelry pieces below were received free of charge for review purposes.

Origami Owl has a lovely collection of customized jewelry.  From lockets to necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, they have it all and the choices are endless.  We both ended up choosing the hexagon bracelet with cute additions from the core line.  Each item has a special meaning to them, as shown below.

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July 22, 2015


Disclosure: The tunic and maxi below were received free of charge for review purposes.

LuLaRoe brings fashion, comfort and affordability together with unique pieces that include kimonos, tunics, leggings, maxi skirts, pencil skirts, and t-shirt dresses.  Shown here are pieces from their Maxi and Irma collections.

These yogaband leggings come in a variety of prints and are so soft and comfortable.

Melissa is a fashion onsultant for LuLaRoe and holds pop-up boutiques in homes, craft fairs, and other events on Oahu.  See more of Melissa’s LuLaRoe collection on Facebook and Instagram.

July 21, 2015

Longhi’s Ala Moana Commemorates 12 Years on Oahu with New Menu Items, Including Signature Creations

One of Hawaii’s most notable Italian restaurants unveils over 20 new dishes

Longhi’s Ala Moana turns twelve this year, and to celebrate, the restaurant recently launched refreshed breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, replete with new dishes.  The Italian eatery—known for its family recipes steeped in tradition—has over 20 new plates, some of which were specials that customers requested to be offered regularly, while others are completely brand new to appeal to a wider dining audience.

The lunch and dinner menus have been enhanced with the addition of the Grilled Maui Romaine Salad ($9) with maple-cured bacon, gorgonzola, and a balsamic reduction; Fresh Grilled Wild Salmon and Asparagus ($34) with a Maui basil goat cheese pesto; Lobster Risotto ($24 for lunch, $30 for dinner); Shrimp Risotto ($24 for lunch, $30 for dinner); as well as a few sides, including the Sicilian Cauliflower ($8) rolled in breadcrumbs, Italian seasonings, and parmesan before being bathed in butter, browned garlic, capers, hot chili peppers, and Italian parsley; Mushroom Risotto ($8); and garlic butter-sautéed Button Mushrooms ($9).

Exclusive to the lunch menu are two new sandwiches—the Grilled Organic Chicken and Avocado Sandwich ($15) with caramelized onions, arugula, cilantro, and local vine-ripened tomatoes, and the Open Faced Prime Bleu Cheese Burger ($17.50) with seven ounces of ground prime beef over garlic toast and topped with gorgonzola, sautéed mushrooms, and a demi-glace.
The upgraded dinner menu features the welcomed additions of two appetizers—Spicy Penn Cove Mussels ($16) steamed in dry Marsala wine, and Portobello Spinach Cannelloni ($9) baked with four Italian cheeses and topped with a creamy pesto.  Additional dinner entrees include Fresh Hawaiian Fish (market price) prepared Torino style with organic Hawaiian macadamia nut breadcrumbs or steamed, with house lobster stock and fresh shiitake; Petite Filet with Mushroom Risotto ($36) accented by demi-glace; a 3½ pound Crab Stuffed Grilled Lobster (market price) featuring blue lump crab and organic macadamia nut breadcrumbs; Surf-n-Turf ($69) with a 1¼ pound live Maine lobster and a petite Filet Longhi with fresh basil butter; Longhi’s Quintessential Lobster Macaroni and Cheese ($32); Clam Risotto ($27), Home Fried Potatoes ($6), and Gnocchi Florentine ($9) with spinach, local tomatoes, garlic, Maui basil, and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Two additions to the breakfast menu that will be featured throughout the day include a Tiramisu Pancake ($16)—three pancakes layered with an espresso rum mascarpone and drizzled with chocolate sauce—and an Italian Loco Moco ($18 for breakfast and lunch) which will feature a Prime Beef patty on mushroom risotto dressed with a peppercorn demi-glace and topped with a fried egg.  The dinner rendition of that dish will replace the meatball with a five-ounce filet mignon and go for $36.
"This is going to be a year of exciting change for our family," says owner Charlie Longhi.  "We will be welcoming in a new wing of Ala Moana Center, along with residents immediately adjacent to our restaurant.  We are thrilled to present these new dishes to demonstrate our commitment to be a part of the neighborhood’s evolution, and to stick around for at least another twelve years."
Longhi’s Ala Moana is open for breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on weekends.  Lunch hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.  Dinner is served from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. every night of the week.  For more information and reservations, call (808) 947-9899 or visit www.longhis.com.

About Longhi’s Ala Moana
Establishing Longhi’s in Lahaina, Maui in 1976, founder Bob Longhi envisioned an Italian restaurant that would seamlessly integrate his cherished family recipes with impeccable service in a charming, open-air veranda.  His Front Street eatery attracted patrons from all over the world, including an esteemed roster of celebrity clientele.  In 2003, his son Charlie Longhi helped to spread the iconic restaurant to Oahu, where Longhi’s Ala Moana continued to serve authentic dishes with exceptional ingredients, supporting local farming and fishing while importing some of Italy’s finest.  Today, sons Charlie and Peter continue to carry on his legacy, cultivating popular breakfast dishes such as Grand Marnier French Toast and Lobster Benedict; embracing signature lunch and dinner plates as the Potato Crusted Crab Cakes, Spaghetti alle Vongole, Lobster Longhi, Ahi Torino, Opakapaka Veronique, Filet Longhi, Lobster Canneloni, and Carmel Knowledge; and crafting new, innovative dishes that express the culinary artistry associated with the Longhi’s name.  Paying proper homage to the cuisine is an impressive selection of wines from around the world, earning the restaurant some of Wine Spectator’s finest awards.  Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  For reservations, call (808) 947-9899.  For more information, visit the website at www.longhis.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

July 18, 2015

Amia Shapewear Active Band Waist Trainer

Disclosure: The waist trainer below was received free of charge for review purposes.

This is the first time I’ve tried a band waist trainer and it’s pretty amazing.  I had a hard time putting it on at first and thought it would be uncomfortable, but once I got it on, it was great.  The first thing I noticed was that it improved my posture.

The Amia Shapewear Active Band Waist Trainer is designed to be worn while working out and helps to slim inches from your waist while you wear it.  Some benefits of using a waist trainer include maintaining good form to stabilize and strengthen your core target muscles, preventing back strain, and helping to mold your midsection into an hourglass shape.

It is recommended that this particular garment be worn three to four times per week, up to 60 minutes or less each time.  It comes in blue or black and can also be worn like a corset under other clothing.  I also like to wear it around the house while I’m doing my cleaning.  It runs on the small side so you may want to order one size up.

For more information, visit Hourglass Angel.

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July 14, 2015

Larae Boutique

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It's always great to hear of another fashion boutique here in Hawaii.  Larae Boutique is on online boutique that offers a variety of women's clothing and accessories.  Check them out here.  For those of you here on Oahu, items are also available for pick up.

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