Gifts for Mom

Happy May, everyone!

One of my favorite celebrations this month is Mother’s Day, which is less than a couple of weeks away.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th.  Of course we have to spoil her because she is supermom and every amazing thing about you, you most definitely got it from your mama! 😉  If you are not sure what to get her yet, don’t worry too much as Miss Honey have some wonderful gift ideas that will sure to wow mother dearest.

Here are some of my faves:

GiftsForMom

Pandora Vintage Allure Gift Set –  An exclusive, dazzling set with silver drop earrings and matching necklace will sparkle mom’s heart and any room she’ll walk into while wearing this striking jewelry set from Pandora.

Fraas Lightweight Solid Scarf – A wardrobe staple that can be worn for all seasons.  The pastel color is perfect for spring and summer and can take any of mom’s outfit up a notch!  For fashionista moms, let her know this one’s made in Italy 🙂

Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About– Ms. LaBelle, the original Lady Marmalade songstress, superstar singer and bestselling cookbook author recently came out with her desserts/baking book!  This will definitely have mom singing and you wishing for more, more, more pies please.

LipSense Lipstick– Say goodbye to smudged lipsticks, lipstick on cups, clothes or even on your loved ones! As a loyal user of LipSense, I can definitely say it what all the wonderful things everyone say it is!  Mom needs lipstick that will stay all-day and LipSense will give her that.  She can pick from a whole range of color and gloss styles, from glassy to matte.  For my fellow island girls, please contact my dear friend Lila Uyeno, or order online through LipSense Distributor #277486.

Kate Spade Flower Metro Watch– For no-nonsense moms that don’t want anything too fancy, but they deserve it, this rose gold watch etched with a single blossom will surely catch her attention. Simple but special enough to wear every day and/or on special occasions.

S’ip by S’well Insulated Water Bottle in Pineapple Bliss – This stainless steel water bottle use ThermaSwell to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.  It will keep mom well-hydrated for all of the multitasking that she have to do.

Godiva Sweet Dreams Deluxe Chocolate Gift Box – The perfect indulgence for a chocoholic queen who is as sweet as what she eats.   Pamper her with this gift set that includes two boxes of chocolate, cosmetic bag and a satin pillowcase.

Nest Fragrances White Camellia Reed Diffuser A breathtaking scent of fresh camellia, wisteria and Indonesian jasmine with notes of white tea and amber will fill mom’s home with luxurious and memorable fragrance.

Minnie Rose Cashmere Slippers – For the low-maintenance mom who wants comfort around the house.  These cashmere slippers speak for themselves with a “Cool Mom” embroidery.

Tory Burch Block-T Brogue Tote– This sleek leather tote is ideal for any tasks that must be done whether it is for quick errands or a weekend away.  It features a distinct perforated trim and can easily hold a full-day’s essentials.  It also includes a removable zip pouch for smaller items.

Hope I inspired you a little.  As most of us can agree on, mother knows best, and she deserves the best.  To our angel mother in Heaven, you know if you were here I would get you anything you ever wanted.  To everyone else, have fun shopping for mom! The price shouldn’t matter, the most important thing is the thought and effort you put in it 🙂

**For more ideas, SHOP Mother’s Day Gifts here.**

Love,
Honey

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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

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Good morning my darlings!

As most of us know, Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away (Sunday, May 13).  An annual celebration to recognize beautiful mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and mother-figures, Mother’s Day is one of the most special days of the year.  It’s  a time to give Mom a break, take her out to lunch, have some bonding time, and just remind her that despite of the little arguments here and there, she is irreplaceable, and you are blessed with her presence.  Of course, it’s a nice time to give her a thoughtful gift as well.

If you don’t have the slightest idea what to get mom this year, here are some cute finds I saw online that just might touch mom’s heart.

Mother's Day Gifts

1. PERFUME- No. 5 by Chanel a classic, glamorous scent she’ll love

2. SCENTED CANDLES and/or CANDLEHOLDER Amber Lilies Flower Decorative Tealight Candle Holder moms can add an amber glow of candlelight in any home

3. JEWELRY- Sterling Silver Circle “Mother” Graffiti Pendant gives her wardrobe a little sparkle, while reminding her how special she is

4. HOME SPA TREATMENT- Green Tea Zen Calming Spa Bath and Body Set Gift Basket a calming Zen inspired spa set to help relieve mom’s stress

5. WALL ART/FRAME- Umbra Huddle 11-Opening Wall Frame capture and share the memories

6. COOK BOOK-  The French Laundry Cookbook encourage mom to increase her culinary experience…

7. COSMETICS- YSL Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick so she’ll always look and feel pretty

8. CASES/COVERS- Kate Spade Kindle Touch Case Cover for the tech moms, cases for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, etc….

9. COFFEE MUG- Wonder Woman Ceramic Travel Mug  because highly energized moms are always saving the world, there’s no better way to say it.

10. TOTE BAG- Michael Kors Jet Set Top Zip Tote Handbag for moms who are always on the go

For more ideas, Shop Mother’s Day Gifts


For you lucky boys and gals who still are able to spend this precious day with your mother, don’t make excuses and do what you can to make it happen.  Mothers are only around for so long, and even though I myself haven’t had the luxury to take my mother out to lunch, or buy her a Mother’s Day gift for 13 years now, I was blessed to have encountered mother figures in my life to celebrate this day with.

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

Keep calm and have an Oreo Cupcake

To help endure this dreary weather, I decided to make cupcakes in celebration of Oreo’s 100th Birthday.  With the help of two of the coolest teens you’ll ever meet, we were able to create a batch of delicious Oreo Cupcakes.

Below is a basic recipe for Oreo Cupcakes, Miss Honey’s version.  I deviated from the original Death by Oreo Cupcake Recipe, just a little bit.  The cupcake itself, as you will see,  is overloaded with oreo cookies.  Instead of making an oreo-filled frosting I decided to go with  plain vanilla frosting as it evens out the taste so you can enjoy the oreos and the cupcake bite by bite!  I hope you love them as much as we did.

Here ya go::

Oreo Cupcakes Recipe

Estimated Cooking Time & Preparation Time:  About 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 package Oreo Cookies, regular size
1 package Mini Oreo Cookies, for decoration (optional)
1 package yellow cake mix (mix according to directions on box)
16 oz vanilla frosting
cupcake liners

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Mix packaged cake mix according to directions (do not bake).
3.) Line cupcake tins with liner, place one regular size Oreo cookie in each liner.
4.) Take 1/2 of the remaining cookies, break into pieces and add to cake mix.
5.) Fill the cupcake tins
6.) Bake for 18-20 minutes
7.) Cool cupcakes and decorate using remaining regular sized Oreos (cut 1/4) or mini Oreos.

Hungry? Now  it’s your turn to make some 😉

“Cupcakes make people happy.”

Love,
Honey

New Year’s Traditions All Around the World

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.

– Oprah Winfrey

People around the world, pessimists and optimists alike usher in the new year in distinctive ways. Whether its to bring in great luck, or to simply just forget memories of the ending year, the New Year signifies a new beginning, and new opportunities.

Here are some interesting ways New Year’s Eve is celebrated in different countries:

JAPAN- Bonenkai or “forget-the-year parties” are held to say goodbye to all worries, misunderstandings, grudges and all other problems of the previous year, and prepare for a new beginning. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, an attempt to dismiss the 108 types of human weaknesses.

SPAIN & PORTUGAL– When the clocks strikes 12, it is a tradition to quickly consume 12 grapes, one grape for each stroke of  the clock, signifying good luck for each month of the coming year.

ITALY- Red underwear is worn, supposedly bringing love and luck in the New Year. Lentil stew is also eaten when the bell strikes at midnight- one spoonful per toll of the bell.

GREECE- A special New Year cake is baked by all the members of the family, called the St. Basil’s cake. A silver or gold coin is buried in the dough and baked. The cake is distributed to everyone and whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake is said to be especially lucky during the coming year.

PHILIPPINES- Round shapes symbolize prosperity for the coming year as they represent coins. Round fruits are displayed on the dining table during New Year’s Eve, and clothing with circular patterns such as polka dots are also worn. To scare off evil spirits, people also blow on “torotots” (plastic horns), bang pots and pans, and of course, lighting firecrackers and fireworks is a tradition.

DENMARK- Danes collect old dishes throughout the year and then throw them at the front doors of friends and families. The more broken dishes you have to clean means the more friends you have.

It’s still 10:30pm here in Hawaii, and we still have an hour and half til midnight. Most of you may have already rung in the new year, but regardless of where you are in the world, what traditions you practice, may you have a fabulous, and very Happy 2012!

Love,
Honey

New Years inspiration…?

For 2012 I decided not to have a list of new years resolutions. I have attempted too many times and these resolution have either a)failed b)became irrelevant or c)abandoned. Some examples of my resolutions in the past included: exercise at least half an hour a day, improve my sewing skills, decrease chocolate intake- they were […]