July 30, 2014

Stella & Dot Best Sellers

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One of the best quotes from the Movie Steel Magnolias is "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." How true is that! And from statement necklaces to fashionable totes our friends at Stella & Dot has got you covered! Take a peek at all their best sellers and pick up some new summer bling today.

July 19, 2014

Crochet Shorts

Top: Zara | Shorts: Patty's Closet
Sandals: Chinese Laundry
Sunnies: Nordstrom

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July 17, 2014

Jonathan Mizukami Formerly of The French Laundry to Helm the Kitchen at Vintage Cave Honolulu

Vintage Cave Honolulu announces Jonathan Mizukami as new executive chef to helm the “Kitchen Studio.”  After Chris Kajioka wraps up his last day at Vintage Cave on July 31, Jonathan Mizukami will assume the post from August 2, to establish his inaugural menu that will demonstrate his impeccable technique and years of cultivated experience.  From that day, Vintage Cave Honolulu will temporarily close as a fresh degustation menu is developed, reopening its doors in mid-August.

Maui-born Jonathan Mizukami started his career working for Roy Yamaguchi at Roy’s Nicolina on Maui before graduating from culinary school and moving to Oahu to work at Alan Wong’s Restaurant.  Pursuing his dreams, Mizukami found his way to Napa Valley where, for the next ten years, he worked his way up to the position of sous chef under Thomas Keller at the famed The French Laundry, a three star Michelin restaurant known for its American cuisine inspired by the French countryside.  He was also fortunate to work for a few months under the legendary Ferran Adria during El Bulli’s final year in Rosas, Spain.  Other stages that have peppered his career include Per Se (New York), Alinea (Chicago), The Fat Duck (Berkshire), Gordon Ramsay (London), and Petrus—now called Marcus (London).  His style will embody regional sourcing, molecular gastronomy, and classic French technique, bringing forth a series of spectacular tasting menus unparalleled in Hawaii. 

“We are blessed to bring Jonathan Mizukami back home to Hawaii to share his vast knowledge of fine gastronomy.  I have had the pleasure of working with him at Alan Wong’s when he was just beginning his career, and I am thrilled to see how his style has evolved after working with a number of culinary icons,” shares Charles Yoshida, General Manager.
Vintage Cave Honolulu is also hoping to soon announce a legendary chef in Japan who will assume the position of sushi kaiseki chef in the soon-to-open sushi salon, the location formerly occupied by the Investors’ Club.  The counter will seat six patrons, while six tables will accommodate another 12 guests in pairs.  The space is currently under renovation and its opening date is also slated for mid-August 2014. 

For more information about Vintage Cave Honolulu, please call (808) 441-1744 or visit the website at www.vintagecave.com.

July 12, 2014

Koi Honolulu

We recently had the privilege of attending the grand opening of Koi Honolulu, formerly Koi Boutique, in the Royal Hawaiian Center.  Koi Honolulu expanded its locally-owned trendy, high-end boutique and now includes new brands such as Chan Luu, Philipp Plen, Orlebar Brown, Orobianco, Siwy, and Victoria Beckham. 

Some of the merchandise they carry includes denim, suits, graphic T-shirts, knitwear, party attire, swimwear, and accessories for both men and women.  They also have a few collaborative products with brands such as Hydrogen and Cruciani. 

Cruciani Hibiscus Bracelets
Made in Italy and available only in Hawaii

Their interactive fashion show featured some of their trendy clothing and accessories.

Koi Honolulu also carries lifestyle items such as candles, cosmetics, soaps, and home fragrances. 

Santa Maria Novella Soap

Santa Maria Novella Wax Tablets

These lovely scented rose tablets, which also come in a lavender scent, can be used for your closets, drawers, or as an air freshener.

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Koi Honolulu
2201 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-6888

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July 3, 2014

Review: Styletini: Shake Up Your Style, Stir Up Your Confidence

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If you love fashion, you will love Styletini!  It covers just about all the basics you need to know about style and looking your best!

Here are some highlights of what the books covers:
  • Knowing your body type and what works best for you
  • Having essentials (basic &statement pieces) in your closet so you always have something to wear
  • Organizing your closet 
  • Pinpointing when to splurge
  • Learning the importance of accessorizing
  • Dressing yourself for special occasions
  • Pampering yourself
The chapters that cover the essentials and what to wear for special occasions also provide recommendations by age (20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s) and body type.  Also included are website references of the sources the author loves.  She shares why she loves them and provides recommendations of what to look for when visiting each site. It's a great book to keep as a reference!

About the Author:
Ashley Martini, styling consultant and founding member of Martini Fashions, LLC, discreetly assists both men and women in unearthing and exhibiting their inner beauty through style, fashion and the top trends. A business graduate of Lynn University, she specialized in fashion marketing and merchandising. She also completed her master’s degree in business with a focus on international business, and studied abroad in the world’s fashion capital, Paris, with a concentration in fashion styling and trend forecasting. She worked as a styling intern with Jennifer Lopez’s fashion company Sweetface/JustSweet/JLO, and earned numerous fashion awards.

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