8.12.2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box. August.

happy birthday, POPSUGAR Must Have! august marks POPSUGAR Must Have's fifth year of curating fun and exciting lifestyle boxes delivered right to your door. creator, lisa sugar, gathered all of her favorite products and brands to create this special birthday box.

in case you're not familiar with POPSUGAR's Must Have Box, it is a monthly subscription box filled with full-sized beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. for $39.95, you get 6-7 premium items plus a special item thrown in once in a while.

to celebrate their birthday, POPSUGAR Must have is hosting weekly giveaways throughout the month of august to current subscribers and those who sign up during the month of august. the grand prize for the final week of august includes one year of must have! subscribe now so you don't miss out!

here's what was in august's box:

2. first aid beauty 5-in-1 bouncy mask 
3. dogeared friendship bracelet with open heart
4. meri meri gold glitter candles
5. fringe studio free spirit journal
6. goodie girl cookies chocolate chunk

special extra:
7. shoptiques.com $25 gift card

who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?

cheers!

first aid beauty is one of my favorite brands...great for sensitive skin.

you can check out my unboxing on periscope @ oomph if you have the app.
otherwise you can watch it here.

do you subscribe to any subscription boxes?
if so, which ones?

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join POPSUGAR Must Have now and get the Must Have box for $39.95.

through the month of august take $10 off your first month with code: PARTY

see my june Must Have Box here.
see my october unboxing here.
see my july unboxing here.
see my june Must Have box here.
see my august Must Have box here.
see my november Must Have box here.

see my december Must Have box here.

7.21.2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box. June.

june's POPSUGAR Must Have Box has to be one of my favorites to date. with all the aloha in this box, i felt like this box was curated just for me! i can't wait to sport my new aloha hat and pouch at the beach.

in case you're not familiar with POPSUGAR's Must Have Box, it is a monthly subscription box filled with full-sized beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. for $39.95, you get 6-7 premium items plus a special item thrown in once in a while.

here's what was in june's box:

1. aloha collection mid size ocean coco palms pouch
2. captain blankenship mermaid sea salt hair spray 
3. the seven husbands of evelyn hugo novel by taylor jenkins reid
6. meri meri blue and white party straws

special extra:
8. starbucks frapuccino chilled coffee drink

you can check out my unboxing on periscope @ oomph if you have the app.
otherwise you can watch it here.


with every box there is a theme. this summer-time box was all about relaxing at the beach with a good read...drink in hand.

those who know me know this aloha hat is all me!

do you subscribe to any subscription boxes?
if so, which ones?

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join POPSUGAR Must Have now and get the Must Have box for $39.95.

take $5 off your first month with code: SHOP5

see my october unboxing here.
see my july unboxing here.
see my june Must Have box here.
see my august Must Have box here.
see my november Must Have box here.

see my december Must Have box here.

7.20.2017

[oomph] eats. harbor restaurant at pier 38.

while i love trying new places, i also have my favorites. a restaurant/bar makes my favorites list for either its amazing view, service, or food/drinks. secondary to that is its location, parking, and cleanliness. harbor restaurant at pier 38 hits the mark in almost all of the above. it's close to work, has a beautiful view of the harbor, the food is great, we always have great service, its location outside of downtown/waikiki means it's less crowded, and there's lots of parking.

dinner seating starts at 5pm, but you can arrive earlier to have drinks at the bar. they have a beautiful view of the sunset, although they tend to close the blinds during that time. however, they do reopen them in time to see a nice afterglow.  

post sunset view over the harbor...the afterglow.

appetizers: prime rib bites and potato crisps & dip.

brand new and clean interior. love the high ceilings and open feel.

favorite drink: the sunset
(house infused cherry vodka, malibu pineapple rum, chambord, sweet & sour)

salmon salad

you can even bring your own bottle of wine, no corkage fee.

dessert: tiramisu


harbor restaurant at pier 38
1129 n. nimitz highway
honolulu, hi 96817

6.02.2017

an [oomph] review. eshakti. 02

[i received one dress for purposes of review; opinions good or bad are 100% mine.]

in case you aren't familiar with eshakti, it is an online clothing retailer that provides fit and style customization. this is a great option for those who are shorter or taller than average, have a longer or shorter torso, or anything else that makes you special! for me, it's my height. everything is too long for my 5'-2" frame. you can also purchase standard sizes without any customization.


every item starts with a base, like this palm print maxi dress below. i loved the tropical print but felt it would be overwhelming for my height as a maxi dress. so...some customization was in order. i took the length to just above my knees and shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length. i also entered all of my measurements to get a more customized fit.


the result is below.


the dress turned out exactly as i ordered. the new length and shorter sleeves make the dress more wearable. it is also lined, so it has a nice weight to it, and the pockets are an added bonus!

looking at the original dress and my dress...what do you think? would you take advantage of a customization service like this? let me know in the comments!

in case you missed it:

6.01.2017

memorial day weekend in photos.

hope everyone enjoyed the long memorial day weekend if you had it. with schools out, we've been busy with graduation season, so this long weekend was much needed to recoup and relax.


to start off the weekend, i met up with long time blog friend, laura! we've been online friends and pen pals since 2010, and when she said she was coming to hawaii, i knew we'd have to meet. we met for dinner at piggy smalls and chatted about anything and everything while enjoying yummy food and drinks.

lap cheong crusted opah.
'milk & honey'
laura (formerly of the blog of worldy delights) and ben started a great new blog about mid-west living. keep up with them here:


view from the hawaii convention center

went to watch my niece's dance competition at the hawaii convention center. on the first night, she took GOLD for her solo dance. after, we had soodubu (soft tofu soup) at one of my favorite places, cho dang.

sunday was a chill day at home. it was hot, and foxy couldn't wait to swim. here she is waiting ever so patiently.


of course, on memorial day we took flowers to the graveyard. this particular cemetery is located near the beautiful ko'olau mountains where it is always lush and green. it poured while we were there, but we took that as a blessing.

the veteran memorial cemetery lined with american flags.

post-cemetery, we fueled up (japanese food from maruki tei) before partaking in some memorial day shopping.

we ended the weekend at the beach house...check out the mangoes!!

the absolute best part about a three-day weekend?
the four-day work week that follows!

1.11.2017

[oomph] eats. Cafe Lani Hawaii.

during the holidays, i tried several new eateries in town. on this day, we went to Cafe Lani. i had no idea what to expect here, except that [my friend told me] they had all-you-can-eat bread for $4.99. we arrived around 5pm on a weekday and were seated immediately. 

walking into the restaurant is like walking into someone's home. the interior is white based with wooden accents, fun wall prints, couch-like pillows, and oversized lamps. the open floor plan allows you to see the chefs and bakers at work. we were greeted soon after and had excellent service throughout our dinner.


they are known for their unlimited bread for $4.99 with any entree. if you purchase a combo meal, like we did, the unlimited bread is included. this is a meal in itself! it's not just plain bread and butter...there are six different kinds on my plate, plus more that we didn't even get to try + 4 dipping sauces. they come around with a huge tray of breads. you can pick and choose what you want, but our waitress gave us one of everything to try. we were full before our meal arrived!


i ordered the chicken gratin set, $25; chicken gratin with gravy, french onion soup (or clam chowder), salad, and mini Lani pizza. the salad and french onion soup were really good. the gratin was decent, although i really couldn't eat much more at this point. i tasted a couple bites and packed the rest to take home. i took a bite of the cheese pizza, which was ok, but i also packed that to go. (mini-he appreciated that in the morning for breakfast.)

love the decor.
blueberry soda (with grey goose vodka).


my friend ordered the fedelini porcini cream sauce set, $25; porcini cream pasta + the same items as my combo. the pasta was really good. they also had a dessert menu with lots of yummy looking parfaits, but we were so full. next time!

after the fact, i read a lot of mixed reviews...probably more negative than good...complaining about the wait time, the slow service, the all you can eat bread scam, the prices, etc. we had a great experience, and i look forward to trying other things on their menu.


do you like to try new restaurants?
where have you been lately?

1.07.2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box. December.

december's POPSUGAR Must Have Box did not disappoint. still in the spirit of the holidays, entertaining and/or attending parties, this box provided some fun tools to do just that. little dishes that could be used on the vanity or on the bar cart were my favorites in this box.

in case you're not familiar with POPSUGAR's Must Have Box, it is a monthly subscription box filled with full-sized beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. for $39.95, you get 6-7 premium items plus a special item thrown in once in a while.

here's what was in december's box:

1 & 2. odeme catchall + ring dish
3. baublebar snowfall pendant
5. mane message date night bobby pins
6. sister's gourmet baker's dozen chocolate chip cookie mix



this winky lux lip velour in bunny is a cranberry color...perfect for the holidays. i love these little dishes, too! perfect for storing pretty little things like tiny earrings and other jewelry.


keeping my locks shiny with dessange top coat serum. it smells so good!


this cookie mix also makes a great hostess gift if needed. shown here with my favorite mug from POPSUGAR's october box.


do you subscribe to any subscription boxes?
if so, which ones?

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join POPSUGAR Must Have now and get the Must Have box for $39.95 or the MINI Must Have for only $18.95!

take $5 off your first month with code: SHOP5

see my october unboxing here.
see my july unboxing here.
see my june Must Have box here.
see my august Must Have box here.
see my november Must Have box here.
see my december Must Have box here.



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