Monday, April 21, 2014

HNL Night Market - April 19, 2014

It has surely been a while since I've attended a Honolulu Night Market, an event held monthly in the Kakaako area of downtown Honolulu.  I managed to make my way there this month, however, to see what there was to see.  As usual, there were lots of great local food trucks that represented an array of diverse foods, both sweet and savory.  Entertainment was also in abundance, with live musical performances, and a fashion show in the lineup.  But being the shopaholic I am, I of course had to check out the Pinch of Salt featuring local vendors that had clothes & accessories, artwork, and other nifty things for sale.  I did end up picking something out while browsing through these vendors, that I'll share either in a future post here, or on my Instagram account.  Below are some photos I took while attending Honolulu Night Market.  All photos taken by me, aside from the one taken by Ericka Bueno (the one I'm in).  =]

Too bad someone smudged the chalkboard. Haha.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mani(c) Monday - April 14, 2014

It is absolutely pitiful how this will only be the second nail post I'm putting up this year thus far.  So it's a bit needless to say, that I need to take and post my nail photos at least once a week, which is how often I change my color anyway.  Nonetheless, the color I'm wearing in this post is Dulce De Leche by OPI, a gorgeous nude pink shade, that shows up a bit mauve and tan in different lighting.  I can't say enough how glad I am that this shade is in my nail polish collection, and it has quickly become among my absolute favorites, that I know I can wear anytime throughout the year.  Calling it "the ideal pink-toned nude nail polish" seems very fitting, and I really believe that it would look flattering on any skin tone.  Springtime is here, and I need to start busting out my colorful shades, to keep from boring you with all my neutral polishes.  I'd love to know what polishes you all are currently wearing, so let me know down in the comments.  All photos taken by me.  =]

Dulce De Leche by OPI

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Louis Vuitton Totally MM Damier Ebene - First Impressions + Pictures

As some of you may know, I got a new bag recently.  The bag I got was the Louis Vuitton Totally MM in Damier Ebene...and even though I filmed an unboxing video where I was thoroughly excited about it, I ended up exchanging this bag.  However, I did snap a few photos of it while it was in my possession, which you can see down below.  I had the bag for a total of 3 days before I went in and exchanged it, to which I tried it on numerous times in varied ways.  Aside from trying the bag on, I also tested to see how the things I usually carry around looked and fit into the bag.  I even wore the bag out for an entire day completely filled with the things I would normally carry (shhh...don't tell Louis Vuitton).  In my honest opinion, I find the bag to be incredibly practical, and is definitely ideal for an everyday bag.  That being said, here is my breakdown list of things I liked and disliked about the bag:

Things that I liked about the bag:
-It is finally available in Damier Ebene (which means treated dark leather details that won't patina or show age and dirt).
-It is the perfect sized tote for my height (I'm about 5'5").
-Ample room inside, with added pockets on the outside.
-The gorgeous red lining, which makes it easier to find things, and looks really chic as a contrast to the outside of the bag.
-There is a zipper that closes the large compartment of the bag completely shut.
-The hardware on the straps allow for the straps to fall flat against the bag (not just stiff and straight up).

Things that I disliked about the bag:
-The one I got was made in the U.S.A. (and so were all of the other 6 the store had available at the time).
-Even though all of my things fit into it comfortably, I hoped it would have more room so that I wouldn't have to puzzle my things in to fit nicely (there was no GM or larger option available for this bag).
-There was a gap at both ends of the zipper, which allowed you to see the red lining from the interior.
-It gave me a "mommy bag"/diaper bag vibe, that people I asked seemed to agree with...which I have absolutely nothing against, it just didn't seem enough like "me."
-The leather pull tabs at each end of the zipper will eventually begin to curl up (which I happened to notice occurring with people who own the Monogram Canvas or Damier Azur version of the bag).

All in all, the factors about the bag that I disliked were enough to cause me to change my mind, even though I was absolutely infatuated with it at first.  There were no concerns or issues in exchanging the bag, although I did spend a good hour or so at the Louis Vuitton store figuring out which one I wanted to get instead.  The "made in France" factor played a big part in deciding, since I was set on getting one that was French made.  I ultimately found one that I am surely in love with, and have no regrets towards it thus far.

So I bet you're wondering what bag I decided on in place of the Totally MM in Damier Ebene...well, you are gonna have to wait and see me talk about it in my much belated March Favorites video, that you can see (here) once I've uploaded it.  Although, if you follow me on Instagram (@thestyleminded), it's possible you might have already seen the pictures I posted featuring it.  Below is the embedded unboxing video of the Totally MM in Damier Ebene, as well as the few photos I took before exchanging it.  All photos taken by me.  =]

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mani(c) Monday - February 10, 2014 (Late Post)

Hey all!  It is already February, and this is the first nail post I am putting up.  Needless to say, I have beyond neglected to post these on a regular basis.  I am so bad at being a blogger that posts consistently, especially since I devised an actual schedule that I aimed to stick to.  Honestly, I feel bad that I haven't been posting, even though I have loads of content just sitting in folders on my desktop, just waiting to be edited and seen by the world.

Anyways, this time around I'm wearing My Private Jet by OPI, a deep cocoa brown shade with holographic glitter running through it.  This shade has been available for a while now, and has been a favorite to many, although I have seen posts on other blogs showing how the formulation of it has changed.  Regardless, I find it to be a very flattering shade on my nails, and I'm glad I got it.  Being that spring is nearing, I'm gonna attempt to bring out my more colorful polishes, even though I'm not hugely fond of them.  I'd like to know what shades of nail polish you all are loving at the moment, so let me know down in the comments.  All photos taken by me.  =]

My Private Jet by OPI

Friday, January 17, 2014

Golden Globes Red Carpet Recap + My Best & Worst Dressed Picks

As some of you may know, it's that time of year again, and by that I mean award season.  Personally, I highly anticipate seeing the celebs get all glammed up to walk down the red carpet decked out in some of the most amazing designers.  That being said, award (red carpet) season has officially begun with the Golden Globe awards that were held this past Sunday (January 12th).  As expected, the red carpet at the Golden Globes included a selection of amazingly dressed individuals, some that were generally pleasing, and some that had too much wrong going on.  Below are my picks for the best and worst dressed attendees, as well as some that were just perfectly "nice," or as I like to call them "notable mentions."  I do NOT own or take credit for ANY of the photos shown (taken from varied news sources).  =]

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Walking in New Shoes

I think it's safe to say that we all make it a point to set goals and areas for improvement as we embark on a new year...and consequently 99.9% of the time our plans and good intentions fall through the cracks.  Now I know it's a bit presumptuous for me to mention, but I'm gonna try damn hard to ensure that none, and I sincerely mean NONE of the goals I set for the year go unnoticed or pushed aside.  That being said, I wanted to take some time to revamp this blog.  I'll be changing things up a bit in terms of general appearance, and referring back to the posting schedule I had devised (which can be seen here), to be consistent in putting out a variety of content that I am passionate about expressing.  It pains me that putting posts up on this blog has been something that I have failed to accomplish on a frequent basis, especially when I thoroughly enjoy writing and putting together these posts.  I want to be more actively engaged in taking my ideas, and putting them out there for you all to see, rather than have them remain in my thoughts.  This blog, as I mentioned once or twice before, is an outlet of my expression, and I wish to be as expressive as I can with what I put out there.

On another note, there a few posts that I intended to post a while back, though somehow ended up on the back burner and are pretty irrelevant at this point in time, since they refer to things either no longer available, or just out of season.  Even though they may no longer be prevalent in things on a current scale, I will start the year off by sharing those with you all.  These posts include photos of the looks from the FirstLady The Movement fashion show I helped to produce and style, which took place during their 4th annual expo in July.  Another post consists of the items I picked up from the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection, that launched in September.  Finally, I wanted to share with you all my review of the Alexander Wang Rocco bag, to which I also filmed a corresponding video to accompany it on my YouTube channel that will be uploaded at the same time I get that post up.  Expect to see these much belated posts go up, along with other aesthetic changes to this blog over the course of the next week or so...I promise.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the title of this post, I based it off the song "New Shoes (Postcard)" by Beyonce (that I have embedded at the bottom of this post).  It's kind of an older song, and let's just say it was one of the stand out songs that graced my MySpace page back in the day.  Looking at it generally, it's a break up song...not to say it's any representation as to how my relationship with my boyfriend is going.  We're doing just fine, if anyone cares to know.  Anyway, the message I take away from the song is that you shouldn't let people restrict you from accomplishing anything in life, and that you're far better off ridding your life of toxic people who ultimately cause you to be unhappy.  I find it fitting that starting off a new year is like slipping on a pair of new shoes, ones that can take you anywhere you want to go, depending on whether or not you decide to take the right path.  The shoes I'm wearing in the picture above are new by the way...they're by Cole Haan, and I scored a great deal on them at the Saks 5th Avenue Outlet (Off 5th) after Christmas sale.  Now that I've gone on rambling long enough, I'll shut up and get to work on all those posts I mentioned.  Hope you all have had a spectacular holiday season, and are starting off the new year on the right foot.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013 Haul

Hope you all have been having an exceptionally stellar holiday season.  For the few years that I've had my YouTube channel, I've always told myself that I would stray away from filming and/or posting things I got for Christmas.  However, I somehow felt inclined to do so this year, so I did.  Along with this post, there is a video I filmed on my YouTube Channel (click here to view) where I generally go over the things I got.  There may be more in depth reviews to come on specific things in the future.  As I get older, the more grateful I am for the fact that I still get gifts at Christmastime from people, although I'm convinced I'm far too old to still be getting them.  Please don't feel offended or think that I'm bragging by sharing these things with you all.  I would be very delighted if you all shared some things you got for Christmas down in the comments, or something you particularly enjoyed this holiday season.  Also, let me know if you're interested in me doing a review on any of the items I got.  All photos taken by me.  =]

Le Pliage Large Tote in Slate by Longchamp

 Silver Stainless Steel Watch by Emporio Armani

 Bracelet by Isabel Marant pour H&M

 Fragrances I got for Christmas: Fame Black Fluid by Lady Gaga, Our Moment by One Direction, The Beat by Burberry

 Nintendo 3DS XL in Blue + Games: Pokemon X, Super Mario 3D Land

Sigmax Face Brushes by Sigma