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Personal Style session with Rebecca, one hot mama

Mom’s give so much, but often not to themselves. I love when I get to show gals how easy it is to roll of bed and still look great, with a few well considered wardrobe staples. If you saw my last post you’ll know I heart Olive Boutique in Kailua.¬†Few¬†places have it all under one roof, all I need to style a great outfit that is, so with little time Rebecca and I headed to Olive.

Rebecca has one hot body. Athletic, tan, and beachy blond hair to boot, it’s not hard to find pieces that flatter this woman. However there are few outfits we found particularly useful for her busy lifestyle that worked for Hawaii’s ever present warm weather, and her mainland travel needs too. Let me stress these are wardrobe making pieces, not just a one-time cute look. Everything for busy moms needs to be interchangeable, washable, and comfortable. What we chose met all our needs and more.

Most of what she tried on was less than $100. We walked out spending less than $600, which might seem like a lot. But we covered the basics for this season, updated her look, and got her in pieces she desperately needed.

Another successful personal shopping experience. What are your favorite fall staples? Would you sport these looks?

Olive & Oliver boutiques celebrate milestones

On Friday Ali McMahon of Olive Boutique and Parker Moosman of Oliver Men’s Shop celebrated major milestone achievements. Olive has now been making Kailua women stylish one outfit at a time over the past 5 years. Oliver is the sole Men’s shop in Kailua and already has a loyal following both in Hawaii and Japan after just one year of being open.

Olive took over the old Ali’i florist space on Kihapai when you could count all the independent boutiques in Kailua on one hand. Now it feels like a new shop is popping up every month. Kailua has always been a destination for locals and tourists alike, but mostly just for it’s famous white sandy beaches. Now its visitors are seeking out more than just a beach excursion, they’ve come to shop and eat too. Kailua has become more lively as a result, it’s a win win.

What really make Olive and Oliver special is the unique character of the shops, an enjoyable well curated experience carrying local, national, and international brands. Olive is the only place on Oahu stoking Tilvaro Designs, made by hand on the North Shore. Oliver was the first and only shop on Oahu to stock URSA major men’s products from Vermont. Casual and comfy, their shops often become a hangout for the effortlessly cool ladies and gents.

If you haven’t stepped inside their doors yet, what are you waiting for? Then again, these characters aren’t going anywhere. The shops have been embraced by their followers making their presence a standout in a sleepy beach town. We’re excited to see what the next five years will bring for our two favorite east-side shops.

Olive Boutique 43 Kihapai street, Kailua, Hawaii 96734. 808-263-9919. IHeartOlive.com

Oliver Men’s Shop 49 Kihapai street, Kailua, Hawaii 96734. 808-261-6587. OliverHawaii.com

Styling at Olive Boutique

Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with a friend Meagan at Olive Boutique in Kailua. Film editor Simon Holland is creating a short video showcasing what I do as a personal stylist. Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come.

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