The Magical World of Ghibli

Our next Japan trip is only three months away.   As we plan to revisit the magical world of Ghibli, it inspired me to create a quick post to share with you some of my most favorite quotes from Hayao Miyazaki’s creative masterpieces.

 

Not but not least, wise words from the legendary man himself…

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Sharing with you a shot outside of Studio Ghibli Museum on our last visit to Tokyo in 2018.  Luckily, we were able to book tickets in advance through JTB USA. Can’t wait to go back!

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Hello MMXX!!!

In just a couple of days, we will be ringing in 2020!  What a grand celebration as Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 marks the first day of a new decade, the 20th year of the 21st century and the 20th year of the 3rd millennium!  Not to mention that 2020 is also a leap year!  For ladies wanting to propose to the love of your life, you can do so this year as do the Irish  😉

Most of us go through thoughts of New Years resolutions.  Whether it’s a new diet, fitness program, hobby or personal development, beginning the new year starting fresh always seems like the best time to do so. Sometimes we follow them, most times we break them.

The past few years I have quit on the NY resolutions as I have learned to just be grateful for every single day.  The one thing though, that I consistently have to do is to learn something new.  Never stop learning.  Every day I want to learn something new.  It doesn’t matter about what it is, or who it’s about.  It may or may not even be relevant to my life at the moment, because for all I know it might be useful for something later.  My mind is reminding me every day to “learn something, Honey.”  Growth and continuous education keeps me motivated.  Learning allows the mind to be knowledgeable but still curious, and always wanting more…

Here’s some inspirational quotes to encourage you this upcoming year to go beyond what you know.

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  • “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates
  • “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” – Aristotle
  • “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford
  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “If you are not willing to learn no one can help you. If you are determined to learn no one can stop you.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius
  • Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley
  • “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  • “When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein

BTW, fun fact I just learned: for those of us born in the 80’s, did you know we would have already experienced living in  four decades (80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s) going into a fifth and we have yet to reach the age of 40?!  That is amazingly mind-boggling when you think about it.

Wishing you a wiser and fabulous, Happy New Year!!!

Love,
Honey

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:

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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

If the shoe fits…

I hope everyone is having a fabulous 2016 so far!  We’re almost going into February and with how fast January has come and is going (just two more days!), is proof that THE DAY will be here in no time.

August 7th is — 191 DAYS AWAY.  (27 weeks, 2 DAYS)

So I haven’t found THE dress, and I haven’t found THE shoes.  Correction.  I haven’t found the dress because I haven’t found THE shoes. (Well, I did, like five months ago, but Nordstrom, ended up “not having it in-stock” as they advertised on their website, so I placed an order only to have it cancelled, but that’s a story for another day.)  Thank you, Nordstrom for breaking my heart and providing the ultimate customer disservice.  I still love you though, I know I will find something better.

I know what you’re thinking.  Why shoes first, silly?  Shouldn’t it be the dress?  For those who absolutely know me, you understand how important shoes are to me. Wonderful shoes take you to wonderful places.  Shoes carry the wearer, and you deserve the most beautiful pair to reflect the most exquisite person you are and the magnificent adventure heading your way.  So once I find the shoe that fits, then I’ll say seriously shop for the dress.

I wanted to share some of the most alluring bridal shoes I came across, they are all so breathtaking in their own ways.

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  1.  Ariel by Betsey Johnson, features a dust of dazzling crystals and Betsey’s signature blue sole, height: 4″
  2. Charm by Kate Spade– shine bright, bowtiful!  Dance the night away in these sparkly slingbacks featuring a sweet bow detail. Height: 4″
  3. Beloved by Christian Loubotin– definitely loved with intricate design, featuring floral laser cut half d’orsay. Height: 3 9/10″
  4. Saskia by Benjamin Adams London– turn heads in these stunning heels featuring Austrian crystals. Height: 4″
  5. Vivien 85 by Jimmy Choo– beautiful satin sandals finished with a sophisticated feather bow makes you feel like an angel bride. Height: 3.3″
  6. Karen by Nina– Satin peep-toes featuring a crystal ankle strap with adjustable bow.  Height: 4″ heel & 1/2″ platform
  7. Narke by Menbur– beads, crystals and lacy fabric embellished on peep-toe lustrous satin. Height: 5″ heel & 1″ platform
  8. Reesie by I.N.C- T-strap open-toe heels with all-over rhinestones and bow accent.  Height: 3 9/10″
  9. Poetry II by Badgley Mischka– satin pointed-toe, featuring gorgeous crystal embellishment on heel. Height: 4″

Aren’t they all sooooo astonishing?  Which is your favorite?

 

Love,
Honey

I Said Yes…

Two weeks ago, on Juy 23rd, Brons asked me the most important question I have been asked in my whole life.

My answer was YES.  Absolutely, undoubtedly yes.  There was no reason not to.

He is my everything, and being together for over nine years prove just that.

So yes, we are getting married.  Yes, we are going to start a family.  And yes, we are looking at growing old and wrinkly together…..

In exactly ONE YEAR, we will be saying our vows.  Here’s a toast to August 7th, 2016, the beginning of our forever….

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This photo was taken at this year’s Hawaii Bridal Expo at the Blaisdell Center the night after we got engaged.

Bronson,

Here’s to eternity of hugs and kisses, random inside jokes, unforgettable moments with amazing friends, lazy Fridays and date nights. You are my dashing prince who swept me off my feet and just like Superman took me up, up and away in this crazy beautiful world. I love you today, tomorrow and forevermore.


Honey

FREE Paper Crane Earrings

Happy 5th Birthday, Fashion With A Mission! 

Let’s celebrate this milestone by sharing a little bit of love, hope and luck! FWM is partnering with Bohemian Princess in spreading goodness (and of course loveliness), through a pair of beautiful paper crane earrings.

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Each crane is 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.

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. 

For the month of April 2015, as part of Fashion With A Mission’s 5th year anniversary, 500 paper cranes are available at absolutely no price (FREE). Just pay for shipping, flat rate of $3. Bohemian Princess and Fashion With A Mission wants to share hope and peace that the paper cranes represent.

*Due to the handcrafted nature of the earrings, please allow up to two weeks for shipping & delivery. Earrings you receive will be randomly selected. *

Visit www.bohemianprincessfashion.com and use code FWM2015 at Checkout.

 

Honey

 

Catching My Star

Inspired by Perry Como’s Catch a Falling Star, here is my version, a short love note dedicated to my shining star….

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Take a little star and put it in your pocket

Never let it get away

So when that starless one taps you on your shoulder

Give that star to him

and never let him go….

In life, all you need is that one star to light up your world,

and his

❤ Honey

*image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net “Stars In the Night Sky” by aopsan

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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Love & Happiness

Are you happy?

Happiness is a choice.  Choose it.  It’s not hard.

Just live life as if everything is magnificent, a miracle.  Look beyond the imperfections, the teeny things that don’t matter because there’s bigger more important things that do.  Enjoy, seize and love every moment. In reality it’s not really what you have that makes you happy… or who or where you are, or what you’re doing….It’s what you think. If you’re in a miserable place but you think beautiful, happy thoughts, then you’re happy.  Believe that if you think it, it will be.  So if you want to be happy, there is no other way but to be.

And love?

Don’t go looking for it.  Because it will find you. I promise.

Love yourself first.  Love the world and the people around you, and everything will fall into place.

The person you are meant to be with- he/she will come around.  The secret is to know that the this person, they’re already a part of you.  And when that one day come, you will know. 

So don’t worry…be happy.

Honey Aubrey Millon