Catching My Star

Inspired by Perry Como’s Catch a Falling Star, here is my version, a short love note dedicated to my shining star….

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Take a little star and put it in your pocket

Never let it get away

So when that starless one taps you on your shoulder

Give that star to him

and never let him go….

In life, all you need is that one star to light up your world,

and his

❤ Honey

*image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net “Stars In the Night Sky” by aopsan

#GoRed – National Wear Red Day

Friday Feb. 6th is National Wear Red Day.

Support the fight against heart disease by wearing red on the first Friday of February.  1 of 3 women die of cardiovascular causes, however, through research, education and a lifestyle changes, 80% of these events can be prevented.  The American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke can be preventable.

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According to goredforwomen.org over a decade ago since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, they have made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women.

Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
More than one-third has lost weight.
More than 50% have increased their exercise.
6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

(source – www.goredforwomen.org)

Through social medias such as Twitter and Instagram you can join the movement by posting a photo of yourself in red, using the #GOREDSELFIE hashtag.

Will be posting mines later, but I wanted to share my usual net-a-porter finds.  Love these RED pieces!

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1. VICTORIA BECKHAM Cutout silk and wool-blend crepe dress
2. ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner – Crimson & Clover
3. CHALAYAN Plant crepe peplum top
4. LA PERLA Eclipse triangle bikini
5. DELFINA DELETTREZ 9-karat gold, pearl and enamel earring
6. LANVIN Leather pumps
7. BURBERRY BEAUTY Nail Polish – 300 Military Red
8. J.W.ANDERSON Twisted leather clutch

What do you say darlings?  Time to bring out those LRDs (little red dresses for the ladies) & red shirts (gentlemen).  How will you #GoRed?

 


Honey

Date Night LBD

Oh, the classic, timeless LITTLE BLACK DRESS.

It is a wardrobe essential that is elegant, sexy, and versatile all at the same time.  I love wearing it.  I also love the color black, which makes it even more than a necessity to have in my closet.  I have a ton of lbd’s, but of course, I am always on the lookout for more.  

A dress I am currently in love with is a fit and flare plunge dress from Daily Look.  The A-line silhouette compliment both a curvy and curve-less figure. The empire waistline and plunge neckline accentuate the busts for those who, like me, needs the most. 😉  The mini-dress style elongate the legs.  With the perfect stilettos and accessories, this seductive LBD will make you feel like all eyes are on you.

For your next Date Night (or ladies night out) pair your LBD with heels and a clutch in Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala.

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1.  LOST CONTROL FIT AND FLARE DRESS By Keepsake
2.  GILBERTA HEELS By Schutz
3.  FOLDOVER CLUTCH
4.  FIVE STATION NECKLACE By House of Harlow 1960

Love this dress? See more of DailyLook’s Little Black Dress Collection.

On Instagram follow them @dailylook, #dailylook.

I was so impressed with DL, that I signed up for their ELITE program, a three-month FREE TRIAL of their monthly box of hand-picked fashion items.  Will share with you later the process of the program, and how fabulous it is.  I receive my first box on Feb. 16th, so I’m definitely excited to see what’s in it!

Enjoy your date night ladies, I am sure you will look lovely!

Honey

Comfort Soup for the (Cold) Soul — Arroz Caldo

Today I had the (unpleasant) experience of feeling under the weather. Stuffy nose, sore, itchy throat, pounding headache and constant sneezing. Ughhhhhh. Fortunately, this happens very rarely as I like to believe I have one of the best immune systems. When the sickness comes around I also like to deny that it’s there. I’m admitting it now because, sigh, I’m getting older. (Yes, another ughhhhhhhh!)

Growing up in a Filipino family, my mother always made arroz caldo to soothe our sickness.

What exactly is arroz caldo? It is a type of congee (rice porridge) that originated from the Chinese, but officially named by the Spaniards as “Arroz Caldo” since the Filipino natives had a hard time pronouncing Chinese terminology. Anyway, mama’s arroz caldo was easy to digest, keeping our tummy warm from the cold was the best medicine. Psychologically that must also be another reason why I hated and denied being sick because it made me miss her even more. Arroz Caldo was the closest thing to her being by my side again. I never learned her recipe, so as an adult, whenever I would get sick I’d seek the best arroz caldo in the island. So far, Thelma’s Restaurant in Waipahu is the most comforting.

Tonight, I was brave enough to make my own. (Recipe below)

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 HONEY’S ARROZ CALDO

(Serves 4-5)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 tbsp Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves (peeled and minced)
1/2 cup Onion (minced)
1/4 cup Root Ginger (peeled and minced)
1 lb Chicken (cut or shredded – you can add more if you’d like)
1 cup Jasmine Rice (uncooked)
2 tbsp Fish Sauce (I used Patis)
7 cups Water
2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

4-5 Boiled Eggs (depending on how many you’re serving)
1/4 cup chopped Scallions (green onions)
3 Lemons (sliced) or lemon juice

HOW TO COOK:

In a big pot, sauté garlic, onion, and ginger in oil. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, add fish sauce and continue to cook for a few more minutes. Add rice, until lightly browned, then add water and bouillon cubes, and bring to a boil. Make sure to remove scum from rice that floats to the surface of the pot. Lower heat, continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender and rice is thickened and cooked. Serve immediately, as it tastes better hot. Garnish on top with sliced boiled egg, green onions and a hint of lemon or lemon juice.

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Surprisingly, it turned out not-so-bad. Although I hope this comforts you in your not-so-good days as it did for me tonight.

 

Honey

Red Knot Hawaii Untied

C.S. Wo & Sons Ltd., Hawaii’s largest furniture conglomerate is opening a new division, Red Knot, catering to the millennial generation.  With a younger market in mind, C.S. Wo & Sons ties an additional string to their current furniture operations, which include C.S Wo Gallery, HomeWorld, SlumberWorld and Ashley Furniture Homestores.  Introducing a new concept that offers well-designed home furnishing and accessories at affordable prices–Red Knot reflect the millennial’s love of self-expression, creativity and individuality.  

Vibrant upholstery, sleek lines, and rustic and vintage casual vignettes flow smoothly from one style to another.

Walking into the store, you feel the upbeat (and very urban) energy of the brand, from the pumping music, industrial interiors (the brick and sand-board walls, concrete floors and low light fixtures gives it a lofty feel), grafitti wall, to their enthusiastic team members, or home furnishing consultants.  The team members will encourage you to roam freely in the showroom all the while being available for assistance.  A clipboard with grid papers/notepad allows you to sketch or take notes on your favorite pieces. You even get a free pen and measuring tape for visiting the store!  I hear they also have the coolest store manager ever 😉

Grand Opening:  Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Some pics below:

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Red Knot is definitely not your typical furniture store.  Design-savvy, inexpensive, fun— go and see for yourself.

Visit any of our two locations at Pearlridge and Honolulu

98-107 Kamehameha Hwy.
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
808.485.3460

702 S Beretania St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
808.543.5360

 

To preview collections, you can also drop by our website www.redknothawaii.com

Follow us on instagram @redknothawaii #redknothawaii

Come & visit Red Knot’s Team Leader/Boss Lady- yours truly, Miss Honey.

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The Pizza Corner

Love pizza? Love poke?  I do.

Then how about a poke pizza??!!! A wha-at?!!!

Just what is a POKE PIZZA, Miss Honey? A poke pizza (pronounced POH-keh, not POH-kay, or POH-ki, and definitely not poke) is an exotic fusion of Hawaii’s favorite pupu (appetizer) and yes, pizza.

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I fell in love at first sight– It was also, by far, the most delicious thing I have ever tasted since Roy’s Melting Souffle.  The blend of unique flavors just fit perfectly together.  The fresh ahi, tomatoes, furukake seasoning, the tasty “no-grease-no-oil” dough, and I absolutely love the fact that it has no cheese.  (Cheese is my least favorite part of pizza!)

Just where in the world did we come across this piece of heaven?  The Pizza Corner.

Located in beautiful Ko’Olina, facing Aulani Resorts, this local eatery is not one to miss!  In April 2014, they won the International Pizza Competition as the Poke Pizza offered something unique and original.  The pizzeria mainly caters to the tourists of the resort offering New York Style traditional flavors such as cheese, meat and veggie, and their renowned garlic-knots, however they have captured the attention of the locals with their poke and kailua pork pizzas.

They also have cannoli.  Yes, I fell in love again.

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Just when I thought I could not fall in love deeper, their amazing owner Frank Mento made a stop on our table, genuinely thanked us for dropping by and chatted a bit about pizza, Italian family life, Hawaii, and beer. He gave us their one-of-a-kind Cinnayum to-go, on the house!!!

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As expected, this place is a must-visit!!! and a must-eat-at!!! and a must-eat-poke-pizza-at!!!

Visit their website, www.pizzacornerhawaii.com for their full menu.  If you are staying at any of the Ko’Olina Resorts, they will deliver it to ya, and if you plan on eating in, don’t forget to BYOB!!!

I am not kidding, I am off to pick up another poke pizza. Aloha!!!

Honey

And she returns again…

Why hello my darlings….

Sorry for the AWOL stint I committed again,…. 😦  I do miss you all so much!!!  My last post was in November, yikes!  That makes it seven months of not blogging here…

Although I was highly active on instagram, (and sometimes FB), it is not the same is blogging.  Blogging let me have my spill-my-heart-out moments that doesn’t limit the amount of characters that I use, require a photo for an explanation, or create unwanted drama on social media.

What have I been doing in the past seven months, hmmmm. Let’s see:::

-Designing jewelry, attending craft fairs, selling jewelry

-Designing & decorating homes through my newfound career in home furnishing

-Went on a family trip to Las Vegas (for the first time in my life I experienced the heavenly taste of a Kronut!)

-Playing MyVegas (received comp rooms and free food at The Mirage, MGM, and The Bellagio at our said trip)

-Some blogging with The Glamorous Home (and I emphasize on “some”)

-Couponing (A little extreme—I had to control myself as this “hobby” was getting out of hand)

-Reading self-help books, mostly about improving brain capacity, and the bestselling “How to Make Friends and Influence People” given by my boss (awesome read, BTW)

-Learning how to develop an App (one day, I am going to develop one, not sure what it is yet, but of course you will be the first to hear about it 😉 )

 

I could go on and on, but it will not include “updating my personal blog honeyaubrey.com” for the past seven months.

I know, I feel terrible.  But yep, I am back… & here’s one of my “I’m currently blogging pics” (previously posted on instagram) to prove it ::::

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I pinky promise to the moon and the stars.

Honey

 

 

 

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

I think in life we get so wrapped up in everyday moments and our own little problems that we forget that there are others who are going through much more horrible things.

This past week I have been focused on three weekends of back-to-back craft fairs for Bohemian Princess, I have been heedless of what has been going on around me.  I have a two-week break since my next fair, and today, I was finally able to catch up with the world.  I am just heartbroken with the news of Typhoon Haiyan that occurred in the country where the rest of my family calls home.

With 1200 confirmed deaths, and the toll rising to even the possibility of 10,000 people losing their lives from one of Mother Nature’s random acts of destruction….

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It’s one of those times I wish I was superwoman and had the ability to save all of those in need.  Knowing that there was no way I could have, I also know there is a way that I can do something about it…

For the next fairs, Bohemian Princess will be donating 20% of its profit towards Fashion With A Mission’s Philippine Relief fund.  The collected funds will be sent to assist everyone affected by the devastation.

 

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Bohemian Princess will be in attendance in the following fairs:

Hawaii United Okinawa Association Winter Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov. 30th 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 1st 9:00am – 2:00pm
Hawaii Okinawan Center

Mililani Town Association Holiday Craft & Gift Fair
Saturday, Dec. 7th
9:00am – 2:00pm
Mililani Recreation Center

Season’s Best Aiea Craft & Gift Fair
Saturday, Dec. 14th
8:00am – 2:00pm
Aiea Elementary School

Hope to see you then, and MAHALO in advance for your support and love!


Honey