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

It’s a Wrap! The Dress for All Seasons

Happy Friday the 13th darlings!

A very not-so unlucky shopping confession…

I went to Banana Republic at Waikele Outlet this past weekend “just to look”. The plan of “just looking” however, didn’t go too well since they were having a tremendous sale of up to 70% off regular prices.

After browsing for almost an hour and pinching myself to remind the shopaholic in me not to give in to her impulse buying, she left the store buying two dresses at a third of the price of one.  I’ll let you comprehend that for a moment 🙂

OK, seriously, I ended up buying two beautiful high quality dresses from Banana Republic for $27, which at retail price would have been three times that, per dress. They were on sale plus an additional 40% off. Yes, whatadeal it is.

One of the dresses I fell in love with- a wrap dress inspired by Diane von Furstenberg. Since I do not have the kind of budget to splurge on a DVF garment (which can run to several hundred $$), I was delighted to find a similar style to add to Honey’s Closet at 10 percent of the cost.

Why the wrap dress, you might ask.  Well…

Just like the LBD, the wrap dress is a classic and wardrobe basic all women should have.  Diane von Furstenberg first introduced the wrap dress in 1972 and has since become timeless fashion.  It is flattering and can be worn by women of all ages, in various occasions, at different times of the year. It is the dress for all seasons.

You can use the wrap dress for work and play, depending on shoes and accessories included in the ensemble. Pair it with a pair of stunning red heels, chandelier earrings and a clutch, and wala!- you’re ready for date night with Prince Charming. Dress it down with gladiator sandals, a crossbody bag, floppy hat and oversized sunglasses, and you are set for a cruise in the Mediterranean.

Some tips on choosing the perfect wrap dress:

*PETITES: Neutral wrap dress that ends mid-thigh to make your legs look longer.
*TALL, CURVY FIGURES: Fitted dress with shorter hem to emphasize curves and height.
*SLENDER/BOYISH: Bright colors, or dresses with small prints and deep V neckline to soften figure
*TOP HEAVY: 3/4 to long sleeve dresses for the appearance of slimmer arms. Bright colors and knee length hem emphasize hip and thighs.
*WIDE HIPS: Dress with A-line silhouette focus on waist and hides hips.

This wraps up another shopaholic confession + fashion lesson for ya 😉

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