Jet Set Chic- How To Travel In Style

Okay, okay….

I know what you are thinking… “Miss Honey, you should be fired for not posting any fashion-related topics, why do you even bother to call this blogosphere of yours ‘Honey’s Closet’?”

Sorry, sorry….

My life is currently is a huge transition right now (and when I say huge, I mean immense, massive, colossal…) Vast changes are undertaking, but let’s sit and talk about it over delicious mocha fraps another day.

Anywho, a couple days ago, the lover and I have confirmed a fantastic trip planned with the family in late September. An autumn trip in the west coast- SoCal and LV, here we come 😉

Upon receiving our flight confirmation, first thing that came to mind is, “What am I going to wear?” It’s a common question among fashionistas who wants to look fabulous but still feel comfortable sitting for hours until the plane reaches its final destination. Not to mention preflight- the wait for TSA, stopovers, and post flight- the long walk (and wait) to baggage claim followed by another ride in a taxi cab to the hotel. Ugh.

But not to worry, ladies. You can look glamorous even on the go!

Just like my previous post, Lazy Chic Fashion, the secret is to look effortless, but stylish.

Travel Wardrobe Essentials:

1. JEGGINGS-  The look and protection of jeans, at the comfort of leggings, jeggings are the perfect bottoms to wear mid-air. Come on, do you REALLY want to wear shorts on a chair a million of people have sat on?!
2. BOYFRIEND TEE-  Perfect for layering, a loose tee can be worn by itself or under a sweater or jacket (see #3)
3. CARDIGAN SWEATER-  The perfect medium between a thick heavy coat and a long sleeve tee, cardigans are warm enough for an overnight flight, and still easy to remove through security.
4. BOOTS-  Great for traveling, choose a pair that’s comfortable and have a full inside zipper for convenience at airport security.
5. SUNGLASSES–  While traveling, keep makeup to minimum, and conceal tired peepers with large sunglasses from check-in through boarding.
6. OVERSIZED SCARF–  A dresser upper accessory, your scarf can also act as your blanket, and hey, when folded enough, even a pillow!
7. CLASSIC DUFFEL–  Holds all your basics, while looking clean and polished. Don’t forget all types of identification- State ID, passport, driver’s license. Always have a backup just in case.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”– Jawaharial Nehru

Bon Voyage!


a tribute to my mother

August first marks a very important date that neither my sisters, my brother or I could ever forget. August first was our mother’s birthday.  A woman whom we all loved very much, my mother was beautiful and fashionable, but she was as alluring as she was tragic.

My mother had fair skin, jet black hair and almond eyes.  As a little girl growing up i remember her black and white polka dot dress that she wore that would make every head in a room to turn to look at her…

Polka dot prints represents femininity, sensuality and confidence (think the ity-bitsy-teeny-weeny polka dot bikini ), and to me, my mother has characteristics of all of the above.

I remember thinking that when I grew up I wanted to have that effect on people.  The kind of effect that would just immobilize people because of your presence…

My mother’s polka dot dress was something that i wish i kept after her death, my mother wearing that dress was the most vivid memory I’ve ever had that I wanted to be fashionable, beautiful and alluring, just like her.

In Spring  2009, the fashion industry saw a comeback of the polka dot prints, and boy was I excited to get my hands on some of those dresses.  Hawaii, unfortunately is almost a year behind in the world of fashion, so I didn’t see the polka dot prints appearing in stores here until the Spring of this year.   Jason Wu, Emmanuel Ungaro and Dolce and Gabbana kept some polka dot prints in their Fall 2010 RTW Collection.

For Spring Resort 2011 we see a strong presence of polka dot prints in various garment pieces such as leggings, pants, skirts, dresses and tops, and even shoes accessories.  Georgio Armani , Miu Miu and Moschino feature feminine and whimsical polka dots in their collections.

As a tribute to my mother, I have collected some polka dot apparel and shoes to add to Honey’s Closet.

Rest In Peace, Mama….



The Return of the Goddesses

Fall 2010’s most alluring trend include the elegant, ethereal and fantastical draping designs seen on the runways this season.  Designers who have played the draping card this fall season and emphasized the classic Grecian trend while keeping their personal touch includes Alexander Wang, Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Gwen Stefani (L.A.M.B), J. Mendel, Oscar De la Renta, Costelo Tagliapietra (my personal favorite collection) and of course, Narciso Rodriguez– the king of all draping techniques, the brilliant and incredible Zeus of all modern Greek-Goddess inspired fashion.

In addition to an elegant, Greek-Goddess appearance and quality, draping can also enhance volume and texture.  The Grecian formula for figure flattery ensures  sensuality while masking insecurities (Vogue).

With endless holiday dinners and parties during the fall and winter season, wearing a beautifully draped garment can make you look and feel like a goddess.  The draping trend can be found in various styles, from tops, to skirts to cocktail dresses.  

The great thing about draped pieces is that you can mix and match and STILL look magical.

You can wear a draped top with a pair of skinny jeans or a draped skirt with a ruffle top to even out the volume.

Drapes, interesting knots and a flowy silhouette can make any woman feel enchanting, fabulous and chic.

In honor of the beautiful goddesses Aphrodite and Athena, I visited Express at Ala Moana Shopping Center and purchased a black knotted mini skirt to add to Honey’s Closet.

Have a great night everyone!



Sexy Revamped Fifties

For Fall 2010 we see a comeback of the curvaceous era of the 1950s, with bustiers, body hugging pencil skirts emphasizing the sultry hourglass silhouette.

Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall 2010 Collection features a revamped 1950s fashion in this ohhh-so-sexy ensemble.

With a little bit of online window shopping, I was able to find bits and pieces to make this runway look honey’s way (right).

Coming soon to Honey’s Closet:

Stud Floral Cup Corset

Ponte Knit High-Waist Belted Skirt

Pink Duchess Tamia Bootie