The Power Pout- Fuchsia is the New Red

One of my favorite pieces to write about, PINK LIPSTICK.  This reminds me so much of college days- Theater class.  Part of an icebreaker was to go around the room describing our fellow classmates in three words.  When it was about me, an undergrad named Jack had said “Honey?!…Uhhh, long black hair, dangly earrings and pink lips.”   Statement lipstick back in the day was too bold and daring.  But whaddayah know, nothing changed.  In style or not, I still wear pink lipstick up until today. 😉

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And I’m so happy  that in the fashion world, statement lips aren’t going anywhere this season. More specifically, fuchsia pink.

Fresher than red, fuchsia is a mix of naughty and nice- cool and luxurious, trendy but still ladylike.  It’s the perfect alternative to the classic red lips especially during spring and summer.

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First time trying out this show-stopper look?  See below for tips on how to wear it right:

*Make sure you’ve exfoliated your lips so that they’re smooth and soft.
*Keep it simple. Choose base makeup that’s subtle but defined enough so the bright pink shade doesn’t wash you out. Yes, you can still wear eye makeup, but go easy on your eyeshadow choice.
*If you have cooler skin, select a lipstick one with blue undertones. and if you have warm undertones, opt for something more orange or red-based.
*For a longer-lasting effect, pat a bit of concealer or foundation over your lips to anchor the color.
*Apply one coat of color, then blot with a tissue, and apply a second coat. This helps absorbs any moisture in the lipstick so that the color looks bolder. The second coat helps the color stay on longer.

Need ideas? My personal collection of pink lipsticks are below:

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Love,

Honey

View from the Top- Mariners Ridge

Sunday morning, rain is falling…kind of.

Beautiful Hawaii nei was a bit cloudy this past weekend, but a few of us amigas took advantage of witnessing one of nature’s wonderful works of art.

After some motivational push that encouraged me to finally get out there and literally, take a hike, I did it. We did it.  My first hike after almost ten years-the last being at the Honouliuli Preserve, an academic requirement for my Environmental Science course at the time to help grow some of Hawaii’s endangered plants.

Where to, you ask.  The easy, breezy, and beautiful MARINER’S RIDGE in luscious Hawaii Kai.  A fairly simple hike for all ages, that even island girly girls like me can handle.  The hike begins at the end of Kaluanai Road, there is plenty of street parking.  There is a No Tresspassing sign at the beginning of the trail, but it’s alright for you to bypass that.  The trail 1.5 miles each way, but seems longer for those who haven’t hiked in years, especially with the increasing inclines  (ahem, like me).  Most of the trail is shaded, at some spots you just want to stay and feel the cold gust of wind.  You can stop and rest in between, as there are a lot of viewpoints.

The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking.  You see a stretch of the island’s Windward side, from Waimanalo to Kailua.  You can also catch a glimpse of Koko Head Crater, the Olomana Peaks, and Chinaman’s Hat in the distance.

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”
— Dag Hammarskjold

Very well worth it.  Some of our photos below:

Love,
Honey

Dance of the Pink Peplum Fairy & the Newly Crowned Queens

Woke up this morning and felt the after effect of running around in heels for almost 12 hours straight.  Both of my legs are cramping.  Nothing new, though, just another day in the world of pageants and fashion shows.

Wearing a pink peplum dress and 5-inch pumps, surrounded by beautiful little princesses, on-the-go all day and all night- I felt like a (worn-out) Sugar Plum Fairy welcoming everyone to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Of course, minus the wings and the fancy, graceful ballet choreography to Tchaikovsky’s classic celesta piece.  Not to mention, my newly painted nails were peeling AND makeup smeared by the end of the evening.

All the months and months of preparation comes down to this one night.  And in the end it always, always is a splendid feeling to see my girls onstage, so brave and so elegant.  Once the lights turn off, the music starts playing, and the first contestant take their first walk and the audience are at awe, we know that all of it was worth it.

Congratulations to our Newly Crowned Queens:

Tiny Miss Hawaii Princess 2013- Kanani Golden
Little Miss Hawaii Princess 2013- Alexis Akina
Junior Miss Hawaii Princess 2013- Leyna Viertel

Our Runner Ups:
Tiny Miss Hawaii Princess Division:
1st Runner Up- Kylie Vincent (Miss Kailua)
2nd Runner Up- Paige Hanzawa (Miss Aina Haina)
3rd Runner Up- Meilin Baldonado (Miss Central Oahu)

Little Miss Hawaii Princess Division
1st Runner Up- Kalani Mae Beals (Miss Waimalu)
2nd Runner Up- Jia Micol Garcia (Miss Kihei)
3rd Runner Up- Anela Borras (Miss Windward)

Junior Miss Hawaii Princess Division
1st Runner Up- Ivy Tyler (Miss Honolulu)
2nd Runner Up- Mia Alexander (Miss Wahiawa)
3rd Runner Up- Aira Rafael (Miss West Oahu)

Thank you to our 27 ravishing contestants, their wonderful parents, sponsors, family and friends, and everyone in attendance for making this pageant a great success!  Shawn Torres-Akiyama, you are so awesome and oh-so-fabulous, I enjoyed working with you!  My protégées Jasmine Graffis and Natalie Luz, thank you for your assistance. Trilogy Martial Arts, Mahalo Desi Minel and your team for your continued support!  Amber Stone, you are the best Emcee EVER! Our judges, Lorena Takushi, Valerie Schmidt, Junior Mandrial, Joel Gaspar and Liz Kiehm thank you so very much for making the difficult decision for us.  To my pageant queens who performed and made a special appearance,  Shayna Raymond, Jackie Taylor, Brielle Sadorra, and Patricia Morta, thank you- stay beautiful and keep up being a good role model to your peers.

Pageant Photos coming soon, just a couple of my personal ones below:

Standing on an empty stage at the Leeward Community College Theater, before the madness.
My new Junior Miss Hawaii Princess 2013, the ever so beautiful Leyna Viertel.

Love,
Honey

Crowning Glory- Little Princesses

Susan Page Modeling will be holding its fourth annual Little Miss Hawaii Princess and Junior Miss Hawaii Princess, and very first annual Tiny Miss Hawaii Princess Pageants on Saturday, September 1st 2012 at Leeward Community College.  There are 27 beautiful little princesses vying for the titles in three different age divisions, ages 4 to 9 years old.

Tiny Miss, Little Miss, and Junior Miss Hawaii Princess Contestants 2013

Pageants are remarkable experiences for little girls, and this is not the dreadful “tots and tiaras” pageants that you imagine them to be.  The girls learn confidence, poise, and grace. They are taught to be polite, to follow directions, to befriend and respect each other, just like how princesses should be.

The finalists have gone through a fun training workshop with Pageant Instructor and Director, one of the most amazing people I know, Ms. Shawn Torres-Akiyama.  They also had their professional pageant photos taken by one of Hawaii’s top fashion photographer, Adam Jung. Photographer Damien Bujecker will be in attendance to capture the pageant event on September 1st. This group is by far, my favorite group of little princesses I have had the opportunity to work with.

The finalists will be judged in 3 major categories- Fashion Modeling, Hawaiiana Beauty, Evening Gown, and an additional Overall Personality category.  Other Awards include Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic, Miss Supermodel, Miss Fashionista, Miss Hawaiiana Beauty, Miss Popularity and People’s Choice Award.  The judging panel includes five professionals in Hawaii’s medical, fashion, beauty, art and pageant industries. The show will be emceed by the beautiful Miss Amber Stone.

Breathtaking performances by current titleholders of Susan Page Modeling’s sister pageants will also be featured- Shayna Raymond (Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2012), Shardenei Luning (Miss Hawaii Preteen Princess 2012) and Jackie Taylor (Miss Hawaii Teen Beauty 2012). Taylor Kiehm, a promising young talent will also grace us with her captivating jazz and hula numbers.  Last year’s Queens, Brielle Sadorra, Junior Miss Hawaii Princess 2012 and Patricia Morta, Little Miss Hawaii Princess 2012 will be passing their titles to the 2013 winners.

This pageant have the largest group and the most beautiful princesses. Its definitely not one to miss!

Tickets are at $25.00 per person Pre-sale price, and $30.00 at the door. Visit www.susanpagemodeling.com or call (808) 955-2271 to order tickets.

Who will wear the crown?

Love,
Honey

My mother’s daughter….

I am my mother’s daughter…
I am her legacy.
I am my mother’s mirror.

I hope that in heaven, she feels the love reflecting from me…my sisters, and my brother.

Because we are our mother’s children.
We are her legacy.

Happy Birthday, Mama.  We all love you very much.

Born on August 1st, our mother would have turned 50 years old today, although she would always be no older than thirty-six in our memories.

Our mother was the most beautiful woman I know-

flawless fair skin, lustrous jet-black hair, dark almond shaped eyes.  Growing up I remember she would walk into a room and everyone would just turn to look at her.

I remembered thinking someday I wanted to have that effect on people. The kind of effect that would just immobilize people because of your presence.

Our mother was as beautiful inside as she was outside- always thinking the good in others, trusting them and loving them so unconditionally even though her heart broke into tiny little pieces doing so.  She was alluring, as she was tragic.

Our mother watches us from heaven.  We feel her presence in our daily lives.  I am her eldest daughter, and I made a promise to her.  My siblings- they know in my own way I am going to keep this promise.  Every year, on the first of August, on our mother’s birthday, I remember this promise and how close I am to fulfilling this.

Mothers Daughter

Because I am my mother’s daughter.

“All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Love,
Honey

What’s New, Kittycat?

One of the most anticipated films of this year, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy- The Dark Knight Rises stars Anne Hathaway in Hollywood’s most coveted role as Catwoman.

If I were DC villain or heroine (whichever you take her to be), I would definitely want to be Catwoman.

She is fierce, intriguing, hella sexy, and kicks ass. Have we not forgotten that on top that of she also has nine lives? Ohhh, and that catsuit…. I’d kill to wear that catsuit.

Photo Courtesy of The Sun

“So it’s such a pinch-me moment. And the fact that I am Catwoman in Chris Nolan’s Gotham to Christian Bale’s Batman is unbelievably cool. You know, she’s totally independent. And let’s face it, she’s badass.” – Anne Hathaway

My take on a fashion editorial inspired from the feline fatale herself…

Makeup is dark gray eyeshadow, with liquid liner and mascara, finished with a bright red lipstick.  Any ensemble with black leather will make you look meowgorgeous and reveal your inner super villain.

The Dark Knight Rises will be released on July 20th.


What will you be wearing?

Love,
Honey

Miss Hawaii Princess Pageants 2012

And Miss Honey is a busy bee, again and again….

Susan Page Modeling will be producing the 4th Annual Miss Hawaii Princess on Saturday, May 26th at the Leeward Community College Theater. Just like the Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii Pageant this past March, the pageant will also be under the direction of one of my favorite people in the world, Ms. Marybeth Jenkins… as well as yours truly, which explains the buzzing honey bee.

There are three age divisions:
Miss Hawaii Preteen Princess 2012 (ages 9-11 years old, 12 delegates)
Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2012 (ages 12-14 years old, 7 delegates)
Miss Hawaii Teen Princess 2012 (ages 15-18 years old, 6 delegates)

A total of twenty five delegates will be judged in Fitnesswear/Swimwear, Talent/Spokesmodel, Evening Gown and Interview phases of competition. Three of these beautiful young women will be crowned the queen in their respected age groups. The very impressive panel of judges includes an international hula dancer, an actor and fashion magnate, a stylist, author, and model/actress.

Performances during the pageant include Pas Des Deux Hawaii (Owned and Directed by Disney Imagineer’s Wendy Gilbert), the current Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Beauty 2012 Sheera Tamura, the newly crowned Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii 2012 Jennifer Glass, and the reigning Miss Hawaii Princesses themselves- Miss Hawaii Preteen Princess 2011 Tamlyn Sasaki, Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2011 Atheena Arasoo, and Miss Hawaii Teen Princess 2011 Gwendolyn Kenwright.  The current Princesses will also be delivering their farewell speeches before they crown their successors.

Former titleholders will be making a special appearance at the pageant- the beautiful Jasmine Graffis, the first Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2009, and her successor, the alluring Elisabeth Levine, Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2010.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to take these two beautiful young women under my wings, and I am SO very proud of what they have accomplished.

In the middle of all the stress, and the hard work put into producing and directing a pageant, every speck of energy into making this event successful is worth it.  The second we see the girls onstage, and feel the excitement of the parents, friends, and family members supporting the contestants, we forget it all.  We forget the madness…the infuriating little details and silly hoops we had to jump through to put this thing together.  The contestants just shine onstage!

That is why I love pageants.  Pageants are positive, life changing experiences for young women.  It’s empowering to know that beauty is not skin deep, that you can wear a dress and a crown…and still make a difference…even if you’re wearing 5 inch heels.

Tickets are $25 Pre-Sale Price per person, children 4 years and under are free.

For more information on attending the pageant, visit www.susanpagemodeling.com
Or email us at misshawaiiprincess@aol.com.

Hope to see you there!

Love,
Honey

Superfoods for Superhair

Aloha everyone!

After my post “Locks of Youth- Secret to Luscious Hair” I have had numerous inquiries on what hair products I use on a daily basis.

Nothing fancy, really.  Just Head & Shoulders (2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner), and Herbal Essence (Volumizing Conditioner).

Here’s a secret for ya: Using the right shampoo and conditioner alone does not give us the luxurious locks we crave.  Our diet plays an important factor, as a memorable saying goes, “You are what you eat,”… the health of your hair depends a lot on the food you consume.  Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs balanced doses of protein, vitamins, minerals, and oils to grow.

Here are ten Superfoods for Superfabhair. 

EGGS

Eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find. They contain lots of biotin (which helps strengthen hair and nails) and vitamins B5, B12, and D.   In addition eggs also contains sulfur, a tress-boosting mineral.

SALMON

Salmon is filled with protein, iron and omega-3 fatty acids, a high-quality protein source that is loaded with Vitamin B-6 and B-12, which produces red blood cells to carry oxygen to follicles.  A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can result to a dry scalp and dull hair.

AVOCADO

Avocados contain lots essential fats and are a great source of biotin, which is key to growing healthy hair. Biotin helps hair grow thicker, stronger, and longer.  You can even apply avocado directly on to your hair as a hair mask, adding body and shine to your hair.

CARROTS

Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, which aid in having healthy scalp and shiny hair, and not to mention good vision 😉 If shiny, well-conditioned hair is what you want, you need to have a healthy scalp, so keep munching on those carrots.

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil contains essential Vitamin E.  In addition, the polyphenols in olive oil help control inflammation which can damage hair follicles as we get older.  Like avocado, you can also apply olive oil directly on your hair, especially in winter or on humid days.  Combing on a tablespoon of olive oil can tame frizzy hair and help moisturize your mane.

FLAX SEED

Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  They also contain lignans- plant-derived chemicals that act as antioxidants.  Flaxseed help prevent hair loss and boost hair strength.

DARK GREEN VEGETABLES

Dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli provides iron and calcium, as well as Vitamins A and C.  Your body uses these minerals and vitamins to produce sebum, an oily secretion from your hair follicles, which naturally conditions your hair and promotes hair growth.


WALNUTS

Walnuts provide zinc and fatty acids. Walnuts have alpha-linolenic acid, an omega 3 fatty acid that help condition and moisturize your hair.

BEANS 

Beans are another example super food for healthy hair. Beans provide good amounts of protein for hair growth, as well as iron, zinc and biotin. A deficiency in biotin can result in dry, brittle hair.

YOGURT

Yogurt contain calcium, a mineral that is vital in the role of hair growth.  It contains whey and casein, both excellent high quality protein sources necessary for a healthy scalp and hair.  For better results, opt for unsweetened Greek yogurt instead of the sweet,colorful yogurts.
Next time you visit the store, try adding these items on your shopping cart.  Your chances of having healthy, shiny, luscious locks may be as close as your nearest supermarket 😉
Love,

Honey

Locks of Youth- Secrets to Luscious Hair

“The hair is the richest ornament of women.”
-Martin Luther

In the beauty scheme of things, it’s difficult to underestimate the importance of hair.  Healthy hair indicates well-being and youth.  For women, hair is an important sign of beauty and age.

People who have it, treasure it.  People who don’t, grieve the loss of it.  Hair is sexy.  We want it to look fabulous, at all times.  If it doesn’t we don’t feel good.  At least, I don’t….

I was blessed with thick, jet-black hair- a physical attribute my beautiful late mother passed down to me and my sisters, and my brother.  She constantly reminded me never to dye my hair, because all of the chemicals will destroy the growth, strength and natural shine and texture of it.  I believed her, but I what I didn’t learn until later in my life (now) is that there are several factors that affect hair growth.

Among the factors that affect hair’s growth are hormonal changes caused by aging, emotional stress, change of diet, iron deficiencies, and hereditary tendency toward hair loss.  Add to these hot irons, color treatments, and overstyling, and hair is overwhelmed from all sides.   At this time in my life, I am highly concerned about the effects of growing old, not having enough vitamins, and dwelling a very anti-stress-free lifestyle has on my hair.  I am lucky enough not to worry about hereditary hair loss.

I have had a lot of great compliments about my hair.  It’s the single characteristic that I am delighted to be vain about, therefore when the day finally comes when my hair starts falling, thinning, and going gray, I will be in misery.

Still blooming in my mid-twenties, I make it a point to maintain my locks of youth.

The secret to long, lush, youthful hair?   Allow me.

DIET
Hair is made up of proteins and nutrients, and can be malnourished just like our bodies if improperly fed.  My normal diet includes fish, eggs, yogurt, apples, grapes, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, and cabbage.  If you are a meat eater, include lean meat and poultry.

SLEEP
Sufficient rest is important for our bodies, our health, and our hair.  Lack of sleep can affect our bodies’ chemical balance disturbing our hair growth.  I make sure I sleep a total of 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.  When my workload gets in the way of my slumber, I make sure my body catches up on lost sleep and rest when I can.

STRESS
Stress, worry and depression have an adverse effect on hair growth and can lead to premature hair loss.  Reducing stress can help fight against hair loss, allowing your growing hair to flourish.  When I am stressed out, I meditate or do yoga.  I also pick up a book, write, make jewelry or sew.

EXERCISE
Daily exercise improves circulation throughout your body, including your scalp, which can result in faster hair growth.  Thick hair springs from a healthy, clean scalp.  Proper exercise plays an important role in supplying oxygen needed to promote hair growth rate and length.

HAIR CARE
Ah, yes, the puzzling question on how often to wash hair.  Wash, wash, and wash your hair- preferably once a day.  While shampooing, massaging, conditioning, oiling, gently combing and brushing your hair can help to promote your maximum hair growth rate and length as well.  My no-longer-little-secret::: I leave my conditioner on at least 5 minutes.

WARNING!  Following Miss Honey’s advice will result to undeniably smoother, shinier, voluminous hair.

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! 😉

Love,
Honey

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Mahalo to the beautiful and inspiring Hiba, (Cloud of Lace) who took a minute to designate me my very first WordPress nomination, or any nomination in this blogesphere EVER, The Versatile Blogger Award.

Cloudoflace is about everything and anything marvelous- from art, to fashion, to recipes….”little treasures” as she calls them.  Reading her blog is just refreshing.  So of course, I was delighted to find out she feels the same about mines.  Again, as we say here in Hawaii, Mahalo Nui Loa, Hiba!

Here are 15 wonderful bloggers/blogs that I have truly enjoyed reading, and would like to share them with you by  nominating them for the Most Versatile Blogger Award.

Cloud of Lace

The Occasional Affair

Rasta Teacher

Rebecca The Red

Dodging Commas

Leather and Lace

Live, Learn and Pass it on!

MLM Worldwide

Hazel Frames

Revolutionary Beauty

We Heart Vintage

Humaira Beauty

The Merry Life

Hepburn Loves Givenchy

Style City

And finally, here are 7 Things About Me that I would like to share…

1.  I love love love love Starbucks, especially mocha frap and hot mocha with 3x shot on busy days.  I’m a proud Starbuholic, and a chocoholic.

2. I’m very flexible. I owe it all to yoga pilates that I’m so busy to do nowadays.

3. My hair is jet black, thanks to my beautiful Filipina mother who had always told me to never color my hair.

4.  I prefer Asian cuisine to just about any other type of food- Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai…

5.  I have five siblings who I love so much – Natalie, Ersa, Neil, Sally, & Dessa.

6.  I heart Korean dramas, especially romantic comedy, and the lessons behind them.  I truly believe in undying love and devotion, that through any trials and tribulations, love conquers all.

7.  In April 2010, I launched Fashion With a Mission, a non-profit organization focusing on providing clothes to orphaned children throughout the globe. The organization is still on its beginning stages, however, I hope to fully establish Fashion with a Mission and encourage fashionistas that “we can make a difference, one trend, one style at a time”.

Love,
Honey