Category Archives: sale

Holiday dresses to whet your desire

Don’t blow the bank and let yourself be overwhelmed by holiday dress shopping. Even if you can’t drop by our Style Exchange tomorrow at R/D in Honolulu, here are some options we’re offering.

Not exactly what you had in mind? Let us know and we’ll offer personalized suggestions. We have a great collection of holiday worthy attire, let us help you find the perfect outfit keeping you looking your best.

Shop my Style Exchange Saturday Dec. 14th

Back by popular demand, I’m throwing another style exchange this Saturday. Avoid parking at the malls, and find unique one-of-a-kind pieces and looks just for you. Looking for something special? I’ve got loads of vintage and fancy party dresses perfect for this festive season. Got something specific in mind? Let me know and I’ll make sure to have it for you.
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How to shop the new Nordstrom Rack in Honolulu

It’s no secret that some of my best finds happen at Nordstrom’s the Rack, specifically the Rack on Oahu. Great designer and bridge merchandise at a deal coupled with Nordstrom’s great customer service, it’s been a win win for me over the years. But for many the Rack is a huge warehouse chock full of overwhelming choices. And just because you found it at the Rack doesn’t always make it a bargain. Here’s how to make sure you strike it right when shopping at the new Honolulu Rack at Ward.

My Favorite buys at the Rack:

  1. Designer lingerie by brands Chantelle, Natori, Wacoal, Hanky Panky, and commando.
  2. Designer jeans by brands J Brand, Hudson, Paige, Habitual, Mother, and Current Elliot.
  3. Jersey blazers by Gibson.
  4. Layering basics including tees from James Perse, Vince, and Soprano.
  5. Shoes of all kinds including Haviana slippers.

The Layout: First things first, the new Rack is now 2 huge floors in the new building across from T.J.Maxx. Main floor is Men’s, top floor is for Women. When entering from the parking garage, the first thing you’ll see is the huge accessories department, lingerie, sunglasses, and home to your left. Then you’ll be bombarded with plenty of rounds of juniors, ladies and then women’s wear with a nice little pad of designer. I was a bit disappointed with their selection of designer, as the gals were really pumping up my expectations before the new store opened. Beyond the dressing rooms, and another large pad of accessories including handbags and body, you’ll find yourself immersed in shoes. It feels a bit more claustrophobic than before, with the aisles longer and taller, and at an angle. Designer shoes are separated like before, but now boots are also sectioned off which is nice.

The tag is your clue: The Rack has buyers that select merchandise directly from suppliers much like the main line Nordstrom does. Sometimes it’s from the same collection, but perhaps a different style. Things that come directly to the Rack can be much of the same that you’d find in their main line stores, but at 30-50% off retail. The real savings come from pieces that were originally meant for the main line stores and either got reduced and didn’t sell, or were customer returns after the merchandise already left the floors. These tags are marked differently, and usually have a red sticker, and usually go directly to the clearance racks.

Amazing savings. Look for tags like these, meaning they came from the full line store first, with further reductions.

Amazing savings. Look for tags like these, meaning they came from the full line store first, with further reductions.

New Designer Pad: The day I stopped in to the Rack the designer pad had racks of Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Trina Turk, Vince, Nanette Lepore, Kate Spade, Burberry London, Eileen Fisher, Element, Diane Von Furstenburg (DVF), Tory Burch and I’m more. These racks had some basics, but mostly wild prints or strange cuts that you can understand why they were leftovers. The main exception to this rule is Vince. Though this last visit the rack was loaded with sweaters that unless you were hopping a plane to snow, you couldn’t imagine wearing in the tropics.

Start with Clearance: Always a sucker for the best bargain, I start my search at the clearance racks. They are fairly organized, sorted by size and sometimes by section from the main store. My favorite finds are usually in the Indy, t.b.d., savvy rounders. On my recent haunt I found a Tibi silk top that normally runs $225 for $36, Coach platforms for a mere $34 (normally also $225), and a pair of current elliot cutoff denim shorts for $22, normally $156. I also found a perfect cropped 3/4 vince tee for $39 and a knit Rag & Bone blazer for $159, they run at $495. Now unless you need these things, it’s not really a bargain. But these are all great deals, and ones I plan on getting a lot of use from.

Some things to remember when shopping at the Rack:

  1. Shopping early in the day the racks are tidier, and often less busy before lunch time.
  2. Always check for quality. Sometimes seams don’t line up straight, you don’t want a crooked seam on your butt, so double check.
  3. There’s a 15 item limit when trying on, so be strategic with what you chose to try on with what. Dana is often working when I shop, and she helps make the process smoothly for me and my clients.
  4. Some shoes are re-soled if they were previously worn by a customer. These are often the best deals and often up to 85% off retail. I’ve spotted Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Feragamo. And they will be in the regular shoe section, not designer, so take a second look.
  5. Alterations can be done on the spot at the rack, and their seamstresses are just as good as their full line counterparts. Salva and I are on a first name basis.
  6. If you don’t feel like waiting to check out in line, look for any team member in the green shirt, and they can check you out if paying with credit or debit card.
  7. You have 30 days to return unworn merchandise. Though I find even if you pass the 30 days, they graciously take back your items for a full refund with proof of payment.

Nordstrom Rack 1170 Auahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814; 808.589.2060

It’s a party for your feet

On sale now at j.crew

On sale now at j.crew, $189.99 plus 30% off.

Celebrate your summer worthy toes while you still can. Glitter + Gold and a comfortable low wedge like this one is perfect for walking, dancing, whatever. What a concept.

Warning, you won’t go unnoticed in these beauties no matter how hard you try. Keep the rest of your look low-key to avoid like a cast member from Jersey Shore.

Be a dancing queen.

Mother’s Day Special Package

We love our moms. We honor our moms this Sunday (May 12) with Mother’s Day. But how will you show your gratitude to her for all the years of wiping up your snot and other things only a mom can do with love.

Sometimes the best gift isn’t a “thing” at all. Right now with every styling consult purchased for Mom, I’m offering a free hour for you. So for $175 I’m offering 2 hours of my styling services (either at home or out shopping) plus an extra hour for you!

Maybe she just needs a little help figuring what to wear with what, or how to modernize her look, whatever it is I can help. Because we love Mom, and she doesn’t have to know you got something out of this too! Offer good through May 31, 2013.

My mother and me.

My mother and me.

Bargain Find: Denim at UNIQLO

Finding a pair of dark wash denim with a universally flattering skinny/straight leg is actually harder than you might think.

So when I was in NYC last month checking out the massive UNIQLO store I was stunned to find these nice jeans at this crazy low price: Just $9.90. I scored a pair for my mom and myself. After several wears, it’s held up and totally worth sharing with you.


Note, the UNIQLO’s online stie is limited in it’s size offerings when I checked, but I’m hoping they will be stocked soon.

Shopping: NYC

Shopping in New York City is not the same as shopping in any other US city. Coming from the west coast and Hawaii, it’s nearly shocking at the lack of customer service I’ve yet to experience at the vast number of stores I’ve already shopped at on this trip.

Exterior of Jeffrey in the Meatpacking district.

Some things to keep in mind when shopping in New York:

  1. You need to have a lot of $$$. 50 bucks magically vanishes from your wallet when you walk out the door.
  2. Have no expectation that anyone will help you, even at the big name stores. However at a boutique store in the meatpacking district a store Jeffrey blew my mind with such nice sales staff. In fact I was instantly humored when this guy asked if we could be boyfriend/girlfriend. New Yorkers were never accused of being timid.
  3. You need endurance, lots of it. Keep snacks like almonds and water in your purse.
  4. Other shoppers may have enjoyed a few cocktails at brunch before hand.
  5. Just like you, New Yorkers love a good bargain. Find the sales rack near the back wall, there are always a few gems hidden in there, though digging is required.
  6. Don’t be shocked at the checkout line, add 10% sales tax before you swipe your card. If you’re buying something big, have them ship it to your home address if you live in a state with cheaper sales tax.
  7. If you need another size in anything, say your prayers, it’s probably sold out. Fashionistas know a good thing when they see it. Act fast when you find something you like.
  8. Sales people act like they’re doing you a favor by ringing your stuff up. When they say they close at 8:30 pm, they really mean lights off, drawers closed at 8:30 pm. Though this was the case at Bloomingdales we did find a nice lady who helped scour the racks in the dark for any other pair of pants by the same maker as the ones I wanted to buy but were missing a tag. We were there, lights turning off, and she was the only one that would help us! We even had to leave through the employee exit. I couldn’t believe that they didn’t make sure all shoppers left before drawers started closing. This is unheard of at Nordstrom.
  9. True for street fairs: If you have to ask the price, it’s not set. Bargaining is necessary. If you don’t like a price, say so. And if you think it’s too much, walk away. Next time you walk by they may just be ready to sell it to you for the price you were willing to pay.
  10. Style doesn’t have to be expensive. Case in point: I purchased  $10 pair of earrings at a street market. Three different sales staff at super uber expensive Jeffrey commented on how much they liked them. Flattery or not, it was nice.
  11. NYC is a great place to find large bargain shopping stores like Loehmann’s & Century21. However the secret is out, so expect huge crowds and shared dressing rooms. Prepare by dressing in base layers that you can easily slip something over what you’re wearing to avoid exposing your skivvies to total strangers.
  12. Don’t put your purse down, or leave it in the dressing room, ever. This goes for everywhere, not just NY.
  13. In order to get what you want, you must be adamant and push back. Or you might just have to leave empty-handed.

So if you don’t LOVE to shop, shopping in the heart of NYC might be just too much. Enter the scene with caution. I love it here, and love shopping here, but it takes a true shopping junkie like me to deal with all the craziness shopping here entails. Look for more shopping tidbits and photos to come soon.

Hello Makana

Good friends of mine just launched a new venture – Connecting friends and family from afar with created-in-Hawaii products. It’s certainly worth checking out and sharing with your extended ohana. Even better, they’re offering a discount through Oct 4!

Makana is a subscription service that delivers a monthly “care-package” of select products created in Hawaii.  We work closely with local artists, community producers, entrepreneurs and family-owned enterprises to share the best of Hawaii.  Anyone, anywhere can join Makana or share it as a gift to others.  Makana subscribers receive a monthly delivery in the mail:

  • 3-5 items/products created-in-Hawaii
  • foods/snacks, health/beauty, novelty, small commissioned artworks, music/media
  • chosen by us for uniqueness, creativity, authenticity, quality of production

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You too can help get Makana off-the-ground. Here are three ways you can do so:

You get something too. A special discount on 6-month and 12-month subscriptions (First shipment in mid-October), good through 11:59pm HST, October 4, 2012.

Gift some early holiday aloha or remind your college student of home. The “Friends & Family” discount may be applied to multiple subscription purchases.

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter & Instagram @hellomakana, Pinterest (hellomakana) and read the latest on our blog.  Share the Friends & Family discount with your networks, use the hashtag #hellomakana.

Pua’s Glam Open House: Photo Gallery preview

Lots of fabulous outfits and more for your pleasure. Join us this Sunday, September 9th from 2-5pm for a very GLAM open house. Contact me for more info and prices ( or use the RSVP form below. Thanks for shopping!

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