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

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

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!

Love,
Honey

Miss Hawaii Princess Pageants 2012

And Miss Honey is a busy bee, again and again….

Susan Page Modeling will be producing the 4th Annual Miss Hawaii Princess on Saturday, May 26th at the Leeward Community College Theater. Just like the Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii Pageant this past March, the pageant will also be under the direction of one of my favorite people in the world, Ms. Marybeth Jenkins… as well as yours truly, which explains the buzzing honey bee.

There are three age divisions:
Miss Hawaii Preteen Princess 2012 (ages 9-11 years old, 12 delegates)
Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2012 (ages 12-14 years old, 7 delegates)
Miss Hawaii Teen Princess 2012 (ages 15-18 years old, 6 delegates)

A total of twenty five delegates will be judged in Fitnesswear/Swimwear, Talent/Spokesmodel, Evening Gown and Interview phases of competition. Three of these beautiful young women will be crowned the queen in their respected age groups. The very impressive panel of judges includes an international hula dancer, an actor and fashion magnate, a stylist, author, and model/actress.

Performances during the pageant include Pas Des Deux Hawaii (Owned and Directed by Disney Imagineer’s Wendy Gilbert), the current Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Beauty 2012 Sheera Tamura, the newly crowned Ms. Armed Forces Hawaii 2012 Jennifer Glass, and the reigning Miss Hawaii Princesses themselves- Miss Hawaii Preteen Princess 2011 Tamlyn Sasaki, Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2011 Atheena Arasoo, and Miss Hawaii Teen Princess 2011 Gwendolyn Kenwright.  The current Princesses will also be delivering their farewell speeches before they crown their successors.

Former titleholders will be making a special appearance at the pageant- the beautiful Jasmine Graffis, the first Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2009, and her successor, the alluring Elisabeth Levine, Miss Hawaii Jr. Teen Princess 2010.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to take these two beautiful young women under my wings, and I am SO very proud of what they have accomplished.

In the middle of all the stress, and the hard work put into producing and directing a pageant, every speck of energy into making this event successful is worth it.  The second we see the girls onstage, and feel the excitement of the parents, friends, and family members supporting the contestants, we forget it all.  We forget the madness…the infuriating little details and silly hoops we had to jump through to put this thing together.  The contestants just shine onstage!

That is why I love pageants.  Pageants are positive, life changing experiences for young women.  It’s empowering to know that beauty is not skin deep, that you can wear a dress and a crown…and still make a difference…even if you’re wearing 5 inch heels.

Tickets are $25 Pre-Sale Price per person, children 4 years and under are free.

For more information on attending the pageant, visit www.susanpagemodeling.com
Or email us at misshawaiiprincess@aol.com.

Hope to see you there!

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

Locks of Youth- Secrets to Luscious Hair

“The hair is the richest ornament of women.”
-Martin Luther

In the beauty scheme of things, it’s difficult to underestimate the importance of hair.  Healthy hair indicates well-being and youth.  For women, hair is an important sign of beauty and age.

People who have it, treasure it.  People who don’t, grieve the loss of it.  Hair is sexy.  We want it to look fabulous, at all times.  If it doesn’t we don’t feel good.  At least, I don’t….

I was blessed with thick, jet-black hair- a physical attribute my beautiful late mother passed down to me and my sisters, and my brother.  She constantly reminded me never to dye my hair, because all of the chemicals will destroy the growth, strength and natural shine and texture of it.  I believed her, but I what I didn’t learn until later in my life (now) is that there are several factors that affect hair growth.

Among the factors that affect hair’s growth are hormonal changes caused by aging, emotional stress, change of diet, iron deficiencies, and hereditary tendency toward hair loss.  Add to these hot irons, color treatments, and overstyling, and hair is overwhelmed from all sides.   At this time in my life, I am highly concerned about the effects of growing old, not having enough vitamins, and dwelling a very anti-stress-free lifestyle has on my hair.  I am lucky enough not to worry about hereditary hair loss.

I have had a lot of great compliments about my hair.  It’s the single characteristic that I am delighted to be vain about, therefore when the day finally comes when my hair starts falling, thinning, and going gray, I will be in misery.

Still blooming in my mid-twenties, I make it a point to maintain my locks of youth.

The secret to long, lush, youthful hair?   Allow me.

DIET
Hair is made up of proteins and nutrients, and can be malnourished just like our bodies if improperly fed.  My normal diet includes fish, eggs, yogurt, apples, grapes, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, and cabbage.  If you are a meat eater, include lean meat and poultry.

SLEEP
Sufficient rest is important for our bodies, our health, and our hair.  Lack of sleep can affect our bodies’ chemical balance disturbing our hair growth.  I make sure I sleep a total of 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.  When my workload gets in the way of my slumber, I make sure my body catches up on lost sleep and rest when I can.

STRESS
Stress, worry and depression have an adverse effect on hair growth and can lead to premature hair loss.  Reducing stress can help fight against hair loss, allowing your growing hair to flourish.  When I am stressed out, I meditate or do yoga.  I also pick up a book, write, make jewelry or sew.

EXERCISE
Daily exercise improves circulation throughout your body, including your scalp, which can result in faster hair growth.  Thick hair springs from a healthy, clean scalp.  Proper exercise plays an important role in supplying oxygen needed to promote hair growth rate and length.

HAIR CARE
Ah, yes, the puzzling question on how often to wash hair.  Wash, wash, and wash your hair- preferably once a day.  While shampooing, massaging, conditioning, oiling, gently combing and brushing your hair can help to promote your maximum hair growth rate and length as well.  My no-longer-little-secret::: I leave my conditioner on at least 5 minutes.

WARNING!  Following Miss Honey’s advice will result to undeniably smoother, shinier, voluminous hair.

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! 😉

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

Love Being a Girl!

March 3rd marked an annual celebration for girls- Hina Matsuri, a Japanese tradition also known as Girl’s Day. A little history for ya:: upon birth, Japanese girls would be given beautiful dolls dressed in kimonos, complete with fans and musical instruments. Young girls would display their dolls, and take them down before March 3, when […]