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Artist Dorothy Faison gets “Beached!” with Honolulu’s Fresh Chamber

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Honolulu’s Fresh Chamber brought the salon concept back last night to Studio 909, with “beached!” featuring the music of American composer Amy Beach and the work of Hawaii artist Dorothy Faison.

It was a rare and exquisite Honolulu experience, as if you were transported to 1880 in Paris. Over 80 people showed up to experience an intimate gathering of music, art, conversation and food!

“We’re going for more of a salon atmosphere than a concert atmosphere,” said Wellington, a violinist with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra.

Exquisite performances, delicious bites prepared by Fumiko Wellington, and supported by volunteers in love with presenting fresh concepts in Honolulu. If you missed it, this is what I witnessed.

Excerpt from Honolulu Pulse about Dorothy Faison:

“Faison’s most recent work of note is the fictional “Lawnboat Historical Society,” a whimsical account of an era in which boats transported grass lawns across the ocean to Hawaii. She has created a website, paintings and “historical” documents and artifacts as part of her chronicle. For this event, she will be creating a “wrap” around the performance area, decorated with motifs from her “lawnboat” series.”

Listen to Noe Tanigawa’s HPR interview.

Artist Dorothy Faison prepares installation for Beached.

Performances by mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover, a University of Hawaii-Manoa voice professor and symphony musicians Ignace Jang on violin, violist Colin Belisle, cellist Joanna Morrison-Pernela and UH piano professor Thomas Yee.

Location: Studio 909, Hawaii Musicians Union building, 909 Kapiolani Blvd.

You’re invited: Pua’s Glam Open House

I’ve been a collector of fabulous things since college. A bona-fide professional shopper, I’ve amassed a pretty good selection of jewelry, clothes, house wares and art from all over. It’s come time for me to part with a major chunk of these goods. This is my solution.Join me this Sunday afternoon for a fashionable wares sale. Email me for the exact location

Sunday, September 9, 2012
2 pm – 5 pm

“When life throws your curve balls, throw a party!” -Pua

For sale this weekend, just $35

Lots of fabulous bargains abound, including this one. Gold Sea Shells necklace, $35. Deals for multiple purchases too … Whatever your budget, I’ll work with you. AND I can even create unique looks tailored for you. Let me know if there’s anything you’re looking for … and if you’ll be joining us!

Keep Summer in the Air

Candles by Diptyque are a new obsession of mine, thanks to a recent introduction at Cielo Home.

Love the Gardenia scent, but I also have the Freesia. It keeps summer here just a wee bit longer, as the weather turns to fall.

The candles aren’t cheap at $60, but the claim is it’s just $1 an hour because they last 60 hours. And you’ll get to burn every last drop of wax, so nothing’s wasted.

I’ve barely made a dent in mine after several evening sessions, so I’ll keep you posted if the claim is indeed true.

How to style in the heat

Summer heat can be lovely. But not when it also melts your makeup off your face, makes your hair stick to your scalp, and creates heat rash where you just don’t need it!

Get yourself a Vornado fan to stay looking chic and keeping cool while getting ready in the heat to face the day.

Point the fan on your body in one direction, and another in the opposite way. I promise you will at least momentarily feel cool, especially after a cold shower.

And every moment without beads of sweat bursting out is a good thing.

Sweat can be good, but keep it off me while I blow dry my hair!

Sublte Glitz, Gold & Shimmer at Your Fingertips

We just arrived at Spring, but I’m already gearing up for summer. Before the UVs come out in full force (or come out at all), be kind to your skin all the while giving your skin a jump start. Get glowing, without resorting to a fake ‘n bake session.
A stellar favorite, the NARS Orgasm blush powder, with flecks of gold, peach, and pink, can now be found in the NARS Orgasm Illuminator.
Wear it under foundation, as a highlighter, or all over the face and decollete for a little shimmer, sparkle, and pop! The perfect dull skin eliminator, it’s simple to apply, sheer enough to shamelessly apply daily, and totally sexy.
A little goes a long way, which might help to offset the sting of the $29 price tag. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Nordstrom is pushing the “try before you buy.” So make a stop and get your sample.
I heart stuff that makes me feel & look pretty, and this most certainly does both!

Stay dry singing in the rain

You know you want to, dance in the rain that is.

Investing in a real umbrella that can handle Portland’s erratic weather, including windy rain sheets, is essential in my book. By golly let’s save our gorgeous coats from some rain. I think I’ve found the perfect marriage of durable and light with this one pictured by ShedRain. I love my printed J.Crew pop-outs, but they’re all broken and too heavy to cart daily for the “just in case” thundershowers. Get it from me at Nordstrom.

Countdown to Christmas

With just 12 days left until Christmas, who haven’t you crossed off your list?

Over the next few days I’ll share with you my favorites for the folks on your gift giving list.

For the new addition to any family, under $50, Jonathan Adler’s night light. I’d like to wake up in the middle of the night to this cute little giraffe.

Banish winter skin

Sometimes you just have to primp and prime your skin to keep it aglow through all the harsh winter months. Here are a few of my favorites to add to your daily routine to get you feeling smooth and nourished. The secret? Vitamin E. I use these products and am totally convinced in their healing properties. Try for yourself and you’ll become a believer.

Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub
Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Balm
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil