Kiss & Tell – A Fashion Must!

Pucker up ladies, one of Spring 2014’s biggest trend is making its mark.  It is all about the lips! Smacked on the runway from designers such as (my favorite) Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, Saint Laurent, and Giles- the lip prints are all over dresses, skirts, blouses, accessories, and even shoes.

Keep a look-out for this trend, as this is the time when it’s actually fashionable to kiss and tell 😉

Here are some of my current loves:::

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1.  Diane von Furstenberg “Jera” Dress

2.  Vivetta Bibi Lips Tank Top

3.  Jennifer Loiselle Lip Drop Earrings

4.  Alice + Olivia Karsyn Kiss N Tell Sweater

5.  Holly Fullton Lipstick Skirt

6.  Markus Lupfer Lips Sweater

7.  Kate Spade New York Seanna Oversized Sunglasses

8.  Marc Jacobs Lip Print Bangle

9.  Betsey Johnson Crystal Red Lips Watch

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

A million kisses,
Honey

House of Versace – An Unauthorized Bioepic

One couldn’t agree more that Donatella Versace’s fascinating life as one of world’s most renowned designer is also one of the more dramatic ones…. so dramatic that it can be made into a movie.  Lifetime had the same thoughts as tonight, the network will be featuring an unauthorized biography film, House of Versace, starring Gina Gershon as Donatella.

Photo Credit Jan Thjis / Lifetime
Photo Credit Jan Thjis / Lifetime

The film, directed by Sara Sugarman, is based off of Deborah Ball’s book of the same title, covering Gianni Versace’s glamorous empire – it’s fall, and rise after his death.  Ball conducted more than 220 interviews, which included Donatella and her brother Santo.

There has been a lot of buzz about how this bioepic might just be the greatest Lifetime movie ever made.  Following Donatella’s drug addiction and rehab stints, the film will also show how she fought her demons to return and  rekindle the Versace brand stronger than before.

Unfortunately, the real House of Versace is distancing itself from from the movie.  A statement made to Women’s Wear Daily:

Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace… Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.

Oh no, makes you want to watch it more, doesn’t it?  I can’t say anything, as I have yet to watch it, although from seeing promotional photos, on a physical level Gina Gershon has Donatella  spot-on!

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Photo Credit Jan Thjis

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gina Gershon reveals how she transformed into Donatella.  From the makeup, the shoes, to her voice and mannerisms.  I found it very interesting that they actually have never met, and that Gershon preferred it that way.

At a certain point, I didn’t want to [meet her]. If I had met her before I probably wouldn’t have done it because you feel very protective over people. Although I feel like it’s ultimately a very flattering portrayal of her. I only have super respect for her.

 

“House of Versace” premieres tonight, Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

Will you be tuning in?

Love,
Honey

Chopstick, Wine…. & Paris!!!!

Tonight, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend one of the most amazing events I have ever experienced, thanks to my sister, Natalie….

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce produced their 12th annual “Chopsticks and Wine” event at the Hawaii Convention Center entitled “Ooh La La…” a petite Paris, featuring Hawaii culinary delights and unlimited wine 😉 

More photos later, but here is an idea of my outfit for the evening.  Stripes & red- very Parisienne!

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Photo Credit:::

Dress from Dorothy Perkins

Red Pumps by Casadei

Cross-body bag by Marc Jacobs

 

Bonne nuit,

Honey

The Fierce Factor….Leopard Print Fashion

For those who know me, you know that I am very much in love with leopard print.  So I am thrilled to be writing a post about this trend that seems to be revived almost every season.  Yes, borrowing from the big cat is the trend again  this season!  Of course, my darlings, I am referring to Autumn/Winter 2013, as Hawaii is still in between summer and fall (even though the rest of the fashion world has already moved on to spring of next year) 😉

Anyway, the leopard print is revived, prominent in designer’s collections such as Giambattista Valli, Roland Mourett, DKNY, Burberry and Diane Von Furstenberg.

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The print has been adjusted in different patterns, sizes and colors to be larger, smaller, more whimsical and more dramatic.

Ironically, the leopard print also almost becomes neutral, that you can pair it with everything.  If used sensibly, the print also makes a striking accent to any ensemble.  Next to black and white, leopard print ranks third in my wardrobe essentials.  Below are my current fashion cravings, wish I could afford them! 😉

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I also wish Hawaii allowed Bengal cats, because I would definitely have one right now!

<3,
Honey

Marc Jacobs’ Honey

I received an email from Nordstrom this morning introducing a new fragrance by Marc Jacobs, named Honey. I remember coming across an article from WWD a few months ago (maybe May) about this, and I was so excited about it because of the name 😉 of course it became less of a priority, so I forgot about it until today.

Long story short, for those who haven’t been updated, the whimsical and vibrant fragrance Honey by Marc Jacobs was officially launched exclusively at Sephora in July, then Bloomingdales in August, followed by the rest of other department stores in September, thus explaining Nordstrom’s announcement.

It looks so bright and fun! Just looking at the bottle makes you feel happy & good inside.

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“Honey by MARC JACOBS is a sunny delicious floral – energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth. The fragrance energizes with the freshness of green pear brightened with a splash of fruity punch and juicy mandarin. At the heart of the fragrance is orange blossom, a note of sparkling femininity that mingles with nectars of honeysuckle and peach. Honey, vanilla, and smooth woods dry down to a warm, golden base.” -marcjacobs.com

I looked through YouTube for a commercial of the fragrance, and I have to say, it was the cheesiest, cutest commercial I’ve watched in a while. Seriously, you judge for yourself…

Too cute!!! The song “We Go Well Together” by Goldheart suits it perfectly! I especially love the screenshot below:

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Nordstrom is selling the fragrance for $52 (1.7 oz) and $92 (3.4 oz)

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I may stop by Nordstrom to check it out. Although I am usually a fan of muskier and sweeter fragrance, rather than the floral and fresh scent, I just might give it a try and have date with Honey.

Love,
(the real) Honey 😉

Next Stop: Bali

Bohemian Princess’ new collection features exquisite ethnic necklaces from Bali, Indonesia. Handcrafted by local artisans, each piece is so beautiful, it will make you feel like you traveled there.

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An international tourist destination, Bali is rich in scenery, food, culture and history.

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Who’s up for a trip? 😉

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust


Honey

Breaking up with stress….

Aloha world,

Yes, it’s me, Honey, and I am alive and breathing fabulously, thank you 😉
Life has been very busy, as usual. My last post was almost 3 months ago (yikes!), and I know, I know, I always say I would post more, and from now on, I’ll try.

In between fashion shows, pageants, jewelry design, and over-stressing- I’ve been going 100 miles and hour, never stopping. That’s why, darlings, I have not been able to sit and blog.

I thought I did things more than enough to not stress about them, but I feel almost always flustered, and that’s not good, because it ages me AND it makes me feel crappy. I lose sleep, wake up with circles under my eyes, break out, have stomach cramps, and headaches, ughhhh. Stress is like a bad boyfriend- the kind that keeps you up all night wondering what he’ll do this time to disappoint you and make you cry. Yup…what a crappy, crappy feeling. This not-so-good feeling turns you into a monster, “the bitch” and it makes you the bad person in the relationship. The only way to make this feeling go away is to end it once and for all. So I will…

….because I decided to break up with the one thing that’s overtaking my life….stress.

Proof below:::

Dear stress,

Let’s break up.

Love,
Honey

😉

Alright, now just like after a break up, and you start on a clean slate. Out with the old, and in with the new.

…regardless of who, or what you’re breaking up with…the best advice is below::::

Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together. ~Liz Taylor

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Another great idea would be list the things you want in your new lover. For a stress-free attitude, I’ve compiled some wonderful quotes to remember, to help relax my mind. Hope this helps you as well, darlings!

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. ~John De Paola

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. ~Natalie Goldberg

Give your stress wings and let it fly away. ~Terri Guillemets

There is more to life than increasing its speed. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. ~Ray Bradbury

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it. ~Brian Tracy

Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering. ~Ida Scott Taylor

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. ~Kurt Vonnegut

Now, just breathe…..and…

Relax

 

😉


Honey

Bohemian Princess

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.” – Emerson

It’s official!  My new business venture has been launched.  Introducing, ladies and gentlemen, BOHEMIAN PRINCESS, Handmade Jewelry and Accessories by Honey Aubrey.

C2My love of creating earrings had finally led me do something wonderful and challenging.  Something to share with the world, and to call my own.

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My official logo was created by one of the most talented artists I know, Louie Patlingrao.  You can visit his website at www.loubrication.com.  Thank you x a million for such an amazing, amazing job! Hugs & kisses darling.

Bohemian Princess features one-of-a-kind handmade earrings and jewelry, created with love and aloha here in Hawaii Nei.  After a few days of pondering, I came up with the name and the slogan, “Be Free. Be Fashionable.”  Designs are inspired by the creative and passionate culture of the Bohemians- (drop and dangle earrings).  Of course, minus the dwelling of an unconventional lifestyle, but rather with a touch of elegance and grace (use of pearls, glass beads and crystals), hence Bohemian Princess.

These past month and a half, I have created over one hundred pairs of earrings.  They are separated in four different collections- Luxe, Princess, Earth and Ocean.  The earrings are girl names inspired by the collection.  For example, in the Princess collection, there’s Jasmine and Anastasia.  In the Ocean collection, there’s Lana (Hawaiian name meaning calm as still waters) and Morgan (Celtic name meaning for bright sea).

Here’s a preview:

Website is officially launched today, and online shop is live.

www.bohemianprincessfashion.com

You can also Like & Shop Bohemian Princess on Facebook

For any of my darling WordPress bloggers who would love to help me promote Bohemian Princess, I would absolutely appreciate it, and will send a free pair of earrings your way. Mahalo!!!

Love,
Honey

Peacocks & Paper Cranes

These past three weeks of my free time I had spent creating beautiful accessories with special meaning and symbolism.

Earrings and pens made from beautiful and vibrant Tibetan peacock feathers symbolizing beauty, grace, enlightenment, protection, renewal and good luck…

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Inspired by my lucky peacock decor that hangs in my living room, I wanted to share the goodness I feel when I see it…The vibrant hues lifts up any spirit, and encourage a promising tomorrow.

I have also learned to fashion paper crane earrings created from high-quality origami yuzen paper. Various beads, gemstones and pearls are incorporated into the paper crane to create unique earrings- none of the designs are the same.

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Tsuru, or paper crane is a symbol of hope, peace, happiness, loyalty, good health and yes, good luck. Legend has it is you make fold 1000 paper cranes, and you get to make a wish.

My wish in this lifetime, is to sell one thousand paper crane earrings.

Pens and earrings will be posted for sale on my Etsy within the next few days. Hope you like them! They make perfect Mother’s Day Gifts 😉

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AE Project Live Your Life

I am very blessed that in my profession, not only am I able to meet a lot of different people, but I also have the opportunity to see them grow, and make a difference in their lives. Some I work with for a short while, while some end up having a special place in my heart. They learn from me, but I learn from them even more. They, in their own way, inspire me to do better.

Seeing them strive for their dreams, to make them come true- whether it be for modeling, or acting, or pageants….they keep me motivated to keep doing what I’m doing with passion.

Particularly, one of my favorite girls in this industry- Elisabeth Levine, or as we call her Lizzy.

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At sixteen years old, Lizzy is one of the most beautiful girls you’ll meet. She is not just pretty on the outside- she is smart, has a good head on her shoulders, and is so full of life. Lizzy will light up any room she walks in without even trying. She also has wonderful parents that supports her 101% in anything she sets her heart to.

Right now, Lizzy is a finalist for American Eagle’s Project Live Your Life.  American Eagle Outfitters is currently on a search for new faces for their upcoming campaign.

Lizzy is currently leading in the Bright & Bold Category.  Not so come off as a saleswoman, but PLEASE VOTE FOR LIZZY.

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Sharing this with you all is a way of showing my support and my love for this amazing young woman.  I am a big fan of Lizzy- I think she is a great example of what girls should be at this age and this generation. She said she wants to make us very proud, but we already are 😉

One day, Lizzy Levine is going to take this world by storm, just wait and see.

Love,
Miss Honey