Holiday & Post-Holiday

It’s my favorite time of year – the Holidays!  Time with family and friends sharing meals and giving gifts.  We love classic holiday looks that stand the test of time and give us styling flexibility.  Here we take our silk strapless dress styled two ways: Holiday and Post-Holiday…

Silk Black Strapless Dress – $140

Holiday:  Silk Black Strapless Dress, Gold Bangles, Gold and Pearl Necklace, Black Pumps

Silk Black Strapless Dress – $140

Post-Holiday: Silk Black Strapless Dress, Crochet Sweater, Club Monaco Aviators, Gold Bangles, Gold Clutch, Nude Kors Sandals

from Hawaii with love,

It’s a SALE!

Recently, I delivered a whole crop of new designs to the Hifi Coop boutique at Ward Center and that meant it was time to mark down limited inventory designs from seasons past.  There are limited sizes available, so please swing by to get the best selection.  Hifi Coop’s hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10am – 2pm.

Hifi sale on UMEE designs!

Hifi sale on UMEE designs!

from Hawaii with love,

Styling Fun

Our classic strapless silk dress is one of our favorite foundation pieces.  Earlier this summer we put together several looks using this dress to inspire you!

In this post, the ‘shell’ strapless dress is styled for a simple and classy bride and a contemporary weekend look.

UMEE Shell Strapless Dress – Bridal Look

The black organza sash transforms the dress.

UMEE Strapless Dress – Weekend Look

The same dress with fun accessories creates a weekend look to love.

Once again, Mahalo again to Joe Chilton from WE Media Services for capturing these looks for us!

from Hawaii with love,

Community

In the last few years, Chinatown in downtown Honolulu has welcomed boutique after boutique.  When I worked downtown colleagues and I were forced to run into Macy’s for a last minute office birthday gift or emergency outfit.  Now, there are lots of cute boutiques stocking unique gift items and fashionable designs transforming Chinatown into a shopping destination.  The newest kid on the block is Community, located at Mark’s Garage.

Community located at Mark's Garage

Community carries several UMEE designs including our much loved Sweet Pikake Dress in a oh-so-of-the-season pastel hue!

Sweet Pikake UMEE Dress - $220

Sweet Pikake UMEE Dress – $220

For all you lucky people who work downtown during this boutique boom, swing by Community.  For those of you not as lucky, you can join me on First Friday’s or for pre-downtown dinner shopping! :)

from Hawaii with love,

Angels of Reality Club Hawaii: Amelie’s First Sample

Inspecting your first samples is always a major moment of truth for a designer.  It’s when all the design elements come together to create a single design.  This spring, I had the pleasure of working with Amelie to launch her fashion career all in front of a camera for the French reality TV show, Angels of Reality.  Over the course of the show, my team and I helped her design and develop her infant boy label’s first sample, complete with brand name and logo!  In this episode, she reviews her first sample and has a photo shoot in preparation for marketing her label.  If you don’t want to watch the entire episode, you can skip to 6:30 and 10:27 for the scenes with Amelie.  Big mahalo to Jenna Clark from Creatix Photography for working with us on this fun project!

Amelie really impressed me with her design, and it’s no surprise that it’s adorable given that her brand is inspired by her precious baby Hugo!  J’adore! It’s a bit hard to see the design in the video, so here are a few images for your viewing pleasure…

Baby H.

Baby H. First Sample

 

Baby H. First Sample (back of tee)

Baby H. First Sample (back of tee)

Baby H. First Sample (back of trousers)

Baby H. First Sample (back of trousers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may be a bit difficult for me to follow Amelie’s fashion path, but I expect some cool things in her future!

from Hawaii with love,

Island Girl

Living in Waikiki is great.  Travel to a nice restaurant is as complicated as a short walk, the beaches in the area are superb (albeit superbly busy), and it’s filled with happy people!

Island Girl Nail Color at ABC Stores in Waikiki

Island Girl Nail Color at ABC Stores in Waikiki

Waikiki is also the land of ABC Stores.  I have to admit, I’m a fan of ABC Stores… its where I go to satisfy my late night dark chocolate cravings, grab a bottled water before a day at the beach, and buy fun nail color.  Huh?  Yep, that’s right!  The Island Girl cosmetic line, which I’ve only seen at ABC Stores, has super cute colors for $2.99 each.  Use a high quality base and top coat brand and it’s worth a shot to try some of their fun colors…

from Hawaii with love,