we shop style.

[i was compensated by POPSUGAR to write this post about ShopStyle; all opinions come straight from the heart.]

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in my ShopStyle lay down, i'm surrounded by all the things i love in my wardrobe that complement my laid-back lifestyle. on the weekends (and sometimes even at work!), you'll find me in plaids, checks, and flannels paired with a great-fitting pair of jeans or cutoffs. lightweight surplus jackets and vests are great layering pieces for that occasional chilly day. a killer pair of shoes,
a fun bag, and the essential fedora are the finishing
touches to my outfits. and, i never, never leave home
without my aviators and iphone.

here's the details:
ray-ban arista aviator sunglasses in green/gold (buy)
gilly hicks red/black flannel shirt (similar)
j.crew pink gingham classic button-down shirt (buy)
patty's closet black leather accent flannel shirt
aldo fur bag (similar)
persunmall blue loafers
american eagle camouflage jacket (similar)
kangol fedora hat
DIY levi's denim cutoffs
lulu's red elsi heels
pacsun bullhead skinny denim
pacsun bullhead dark denim jeggings (buy)
old navy surplus vest (similar)
go jane red studded plaid shirt
gifted statement necklace

check out the latest ShopStyle commercial.
see more ShopStyle lay downs here.

(everlane "we shop style" tee c/o popsugar;
patty's closet striped skirt; victoria's secret leopard shoes)


east vs west [coast] style. girls' night out.

with the holidays comes lots of get-togethers. one of mine is always a christmas night out with the girls. this week, the ladies and i are rocking outfits that we might wear for a night out with our besties. all are provided by Lulu's.

visit the ladies for more details on their outfits.

Jackie / Living After Midnite / New York
Meaghan / District Sparkle / D.C.
Tracy / TheRightShoes / New York

Ashley / Golden Divine / California
Ashley / Pursuit of Shoes / California
Becks / oomph. / Hawaii

many people festively wear red during christmas, but i opted for green. i have been loving the idea of monochromatic outfits. by pairing two similar shades of green, this outfit shows just how easy it is to pull off. in addition, party attire doesn't always mean dresses, as some of us have shown here. pant suits and pencil skirts work well because they are classic and versatile. after the holidays you can break up the separates and work them into your office wardrobe.
(top & skirt c/o Lulu's; Lulu's shoes (buy))

in case you missed it:


an oxblood pencil skirt.

the color maroon or burgundy never appealed to me...
until it was called oxblood. there's just a coolness
in saying oxblood, don't you think?

wearing an oxblood pencil skirt from Patty's Closet
paired with leopard, of course.

(skirt c/o Patty's Closet Mililani (order by phone 808-625-6441);
JustFab bag; BCBG shoes)


love hate.

thinking about things i have a love-hate relationship with...
i love junk food, but hate the added fat grams
and calories i'm putting into my body.
i love how i feel after exercising,
i just hate getting started.
i'm trying to love my post-minis body,
but still hate those troubled areas.

i love comfortable outfits like these, but hate that
i don't have enough to get me thru the week.
top and skirt are from Patty's Closet, which i love...

what are some things you have a love-hate relationship with?

(tee & skirt c/o Patty's Closet (order 808-235-2924); aldo bag)


east vs west [coast] style. holiday party.

the ladies and i are thrilled to be back with a special holiday edition of the east vs. west [coast] style collaboration. over the next four weeks we will be sporting some fabulous pieces that will hopefully provide some inspiration for what you wear to all of your parties and get-togethers this holiday season.
we're kicking off this series wearing dresses from The Stylist LA, a designer dress borrowing service. rent a dress from The Stylist LA for a fraction of the retail price, look fabulous at your event, then return the dress within seven days. it's that simple. you never have to wear the same dress twice.
have you ever used a rental service?

don't forget to visit the ladies.

Jackie / Living After Midnite / New York
Meaghan / District Sparkle / D.C.
Tracy / TheRightShoes / New York

Ashley / Golden Divine / California
Ashley / Pursuit of Shoes / California
Becks / oomph. / Hawaii

i chose the Clarence dress because of its stand-out graphic print. the material is thick and heavy enough that it falls nicely and keeps its shape.
(Parker 'Clarence' Dress - $65 to borrow; Lulu's shoes (buy))


flannel and fur.

flannel and fur for an early morning breakfast a few weeks ago.
i love flannels, period. but throw on some studs or [faux] leather trims, and i won't be able to resist.
and a couple announcements...
in case you missed it, the totally awesome thanksgiving giveaway is happening now. enter to win a $300 amazon gift card or
$300 cash (via paypal).
east vs west [coast] style is back with a special holiday edition. stay tuned for its launch tomorrow.
 can you believe black friday is next week already?
(Patty's Closet top; frankie b skirt; aldo bag; 
sole society skylar boots c/o; firmoo glasses)
shop the look:


totally awesome thanksgiving GIVEAWAY.

are you ready for a totally awesome giveaway?
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the elbow patch jacket.

i went crazy for elbow patches last year, and i still love them. even better when they are on a classic tweed jacket. this jacket from Patty's Closet [Windward Mall] is a great alternative...it looks like tweed but isn't tweed, making it do-able for the warmer temps we have here.

over the weekend, my friend and i hosted a small holiday shopping event with a few vendors...thirty-one bags, [oomph.], anuhea designs, island keepsakes & island sea salts. there was chocolate and cheese fondue among other things, and an avon beauty bar with tons of samples to try. after the event, we hung out for wine tasting and an amazing steak dinner.

asparagus wrapped with ham...so yummy! 
wine tasting.
some of the vendors.
what i wore...
just part of our amazing spread... 
(jacket c/o Patty's Closet; pacsun denim (coupons here!);
JustFab bag & boots c/o)

shop the look:


shredded sweater + liquid leggings.

outfit photos were slim pickings...as you'll see below, foxy brown would not leave me alone. i was mad at the time since i was rushing to shoot in between the rain, but it's funny looking back at the pictures. foxy brown was totally taunting me...
that b!tch! haha.

on to this sweater which is all kinds of awesome. it's not shredded, but shredded sounded better than its official name, back hole knit. what i thought would be black and white turned out to be a softer, really pretty black and cream. and what i thought would be way too oversized turned out to be a perfect fit. i'm wearing it with liquid leggings which i've wanted for a while. they are a little big, so the look isn't smooth like leathahhh...but i still like them. both are from Persun.
(here's a better look at the boots i'm wearing.)

what's your biggest obstacle when taking pictures?

(sweater (buy) & leggings (buy) c/o Persun; JustFab boots c/o)


rainy season.

happy veteran's day to all who served and serve today.

a few years ago, my office swapped veteran's day for black friday, so i'm stuck at the office today. it's ok, though, i like quiet days at the office. this weekend was rainy, windy, and cold...yay! i can finally break out the scarves and make use of all of my sweaters.

how did you spend the day?

(Lulu's sweater c/o; pacsun denim; gucci bag; Libi & Lola necklace c/o)


it's snowing.

just kidding. it's only rain.
i used to be obsessed with victoria's secret's pink line. can't tell you how many pairs of sweatpants and hoodies i own. i loved getting the catalogs in the mail, browsing them, wanting everything i saw. then they opened a store here, and it kind of lost its appeal. you know, wanting what you can't have. or maybe my lifestyle changed...i acquired responsibilities and realized i couldn't live in track suits, haha.
in any case, i still love the stuff and pop into the store every once in a while. but instead of buying lounge wear, i opt for sporty pieces that can double up as casual weekend wear or workout clothes...like this super thin and comfy tee.

on another note, i finally watched my very first episode of gossip girl. i'm not sure why it never appealed to me before, but it's been popping up on my netflix queue recently. i got thru a few episodes last night and think it's something i could definitely get into.

is there anyone else out there who has not seen the show?!

(pink shirt; guess denim; enzo angiolini shoes; harvey bag)

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