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Fast Fashion Mothership, aka H&M, arrives in Hawaii

Yes it happened and the best of Honolulu showed up to embrace H&M’s arrival in the paradise state. Just in time for our craving of Spring fashions.

I popped in after work Thursday on its opening day for a peak that ended up lasting nearly 2 hours. There’s only so many lines I’m willing to wait in, and the dressing room wasn’t one of them. I showed up in a solid black body con dress so I could thrown on anything I really wanted to try on with ease. I recommend doing the same if you attempt a visit anytime this week.

I was most anxious to see what their higher end line included. I am already well stocked in fresh tanks & great cottons I rely on H&M for, but what I really wanted are their select trendy better-made pieces. With this they did not disappoint. I scored a sweet off the shoulder navy tencel dress for under $60. My other favorites were a voluminous skirt in blush ($60), a chiffon green print maxi a la Rachel Zoe ($70), a silky halter bodysuit ($10), and fabulous strapless black & cream printed dress ($70) reminiscent of something Balenciaga or Oscar de la Renta might have sent down the runway.

By the time I arrived late last night, the collections were dramatically picked over. Some of it was just the sheer number of things being taken to the fitting room, not necessarily sold. No $5 pineapple tank top, the items from Miranda Kerr’s collection that were sold out online were already scooped, and the opening offers aren’t worth mentioning except for the $4 linen-like shorts.

H&M is a well oiled machine, and there were no shortage of helpers eager to tidy up as the chaos swept in. There were even cleaners sweeping the floor, polishing mirrors, dusting etc. while people selected items from the adjacent rack. I expect the store to be massively replenished daily, so plan to check frequently for fresh finds. Turnover and fresh items are the key-stone to fast fashion. One note, many of the spring styles I had eyed online were no where to be found, hopefully those will make their way here soon.

Parking was a cinch, and FREE for the first 3 hours with validation, a huge plus! A quick ride in the elevator and I was on the ground floor around the corner from the main entrance.

I’ve been anxious for H&M to arrive in my home state ever since discovering the retailer in Paris in 2000. Can’t say I was expecting more, just happy it’s finally here.


Inspired to be French

A little French style inspiration

Who doesn’t love the French and their “je ne sais pas” sense of style?  More than just for the fashion, food, and of course tax-free wine, my mother is in search of a house to buy and live out the rest of her life in the south of France near Bordeaux.

It’s a fantasy many have, I mean it sounds pretty sweet. Riding a bicyclette avec un baguette & mon chien! My mother is realizing her dream. Does she speak French? Un petit peu! But if you play the part it doesn’t matter right?

So in honor of my mom taking off tomorrow here’s a little French inspired outfit I’d be wearing if I were to join her. Stripes of course, a flirty leather skirt, and these Charlotte Olympia flats I’m obsessed with. Hope this inspires you too.

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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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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Bargain find: Costa Blanca striped swing top

It’s hot still pretty much everywhere, but the fall fashion season has already begun. And now is the time to find the good buys before they sell out. One awesome deal I spotted was at Olive Boutique in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. The owner Ali McMahon carries a chic array of pieces you want to wear all the time, including this swing top by Costa Blanca. At just $59 it’s not in the cheap “fast fashion” category, but actually a really nice well made piece you’ll get to wear for a few seasons, not just one or two wears. Don’t delay, make it over to Olive and score yourself a piece you can wear with shorts, leggin’s, skinny jeans, or even a pencil skirt. Extremely versatile in a chic oh so French, yet oh so American kind of way. Oui Oui?

Olive Boutique, 43 Kihapai St, 808-263-9919. iheartolive.com, Check out what’s new on Olive’s Facebook page too.

Hallelujah it’s Summer!

It’s now post Memorial day weekend, and we find ourselves officially in summer mode. For me summer is just as much about reminiscing about the years when I actually enjoyed a “summer break” and the reality of actually having the occasion to wear easy breezy dresses, glitzy sandals whilst dining al fresca.

Here’s my version of summer …

What does summer mean to you?

Personal Shopper: DVF at Ala Moana

Show’s you who’s been paying attention! I had no idea my all-time-favorite designer Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) opened a stand-alone shop at Ala Moana last year! She even came out for the grand opening event!

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The other day as I was perusing the mall, I found a sign announcing it’s location … and I nearly screamed! It was a dress by DVF that I even chose to wear on my 30th birthday! It’s located on the second level right between Dior and Neiman Marcus. That space was the former Valentino shop long ago (back when I was in high school!) and also the former Baccarat boutique. I hope DVF can outlast the bad juju this corner seems predisposed to.

Once inside, the gals behind the desk were super friendly. Turns out they were also former Nordstrom employees. Kristen, the assistant manager, tagged along with me as I walked the open and airy white space caressing all the Fall 2012 pieces I’d not been privy to seeing before. Don’t get me wrong, Neiman’s & Nordy’s carries a nice chunk of the DVF line, but seeing it all in one space was a total thrill. Shoes, scarves, bags, her iconic wrap dress and even a ping-pong set were all contained in this super chic spot. I’m already planning for my return visit.

“Be irresistible!”

-Diane von Fürstenberg