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

Happy 30th Birthday, Susan Page Modeling!

Hawaii’s leading talent training and development center will be celebrating its 30th Birthday in April!

Three decades of scouting, developing and placing well-trained models and talent in local, national, and international projects, Susan Page Modeling is without a doubt THE best modeling school and talent center not only in Hawaii, but in all of the Pacific Region.

I’m so proud to be with this company, over six and almost seven years of glamour and madness 😉

To commemorate the big three-O, Susan Page Modeling will be having a Charity Event entitled “Queen of Hearts” on Sunday, April 28th at the Manoa Grand Ballroom. Lead by SPM’s very own Shawn Torres-Akiyama and Krystal Wright, this fun-filled, red-carpet brunch buffet will include a fashion show featuring SPM models in today’s hottest trends from top local retailers: T&C Surf Designs, Cinnamon Girl, Valerie Joseph and Brandy Melville; vendors in the beauty and fashion industries will be in attendance and a silent auction! Of course, I, on behalf of Fashion With A Mission will be there, helping direct the fashion show 😉 My first set of handmade feather earrings will be sold at the vendor booths.

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This Charity Event will is a benefit to Child and Family Service of Hawaii. Since 1889 CFS has been supporting more than 15,000 individuals each year through more than 30 social service programs throughout the islands. Child and Family Service serves children, teens, families, and our elderly, and is dedicated to the mission of strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will support Child & Family Service’s domestic abuse shelter in Leeward, Oahu.

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Visit their website at www.childandfamilyservice.org

Queen of Hearts is a fabulous way to celebrate Mother’s Day early this year! A wonderful event with a great cause, this is a special tribute to Mothers, Daughters, Tutus, Aunties, Sisters and supporting Husbands, Dads and Brothers!

Tickets Prices
$30 for adults (11 years old +, includes Brunch Buffet)
$20 for kids (4 – 10 years old, includes Brunch Buffet)
4 years are under are free (+ $10 if interested in Brunch Buffet)

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.susanpagemodeling.com
Click on ANNIVERSARY link.

Hope to see you there!

Love,
Honey

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