Grimy Girls

Sisters of the Black Moon are like the grimy versions of the sisters from Charmed. They are ultimate grimy of the grimiest with their Erykah Badu headwraps and nomadic wiliness. I dream about these women in my sleep. Ultimate girl crush. And I love the photography work done by Alexandra Valenti; she is a genius!

There’s just something about dark hair and light skin (not pale skin, mind you) that I find spell-binding. A Snow White complex, perhaps? Don’t worry; I’ll never forsake my tan au naturale.

This chick and her cheekbones are my favorite. She’s frickin’ gorgeous. She makes everything she wears look absolutely amazing.

A stunning portrait of my second fave. I love how her youthfulness is framed by her haunting cloud of hair.

Inspires me to swath my body in raw, textured cloth and crochet pieces and realize that I don’t need to spend a gazillion dollars to look this fantastic. I think I would do them a disservice by calling this boho-or-hippie chic. It’s just raw, natural, Mother Earth at its finest. It’s grimy glamour.

PS. Their Ebay store is to do die for.


Katy Perry, Reggae-Style

Listened to 98.5 regularly while cruising the Maui highways. Their local stations always tip us off to the best mixes. And they’ve somehow managed to make me like Katy Perry! Unheard of.


Nice to meet you! I’ve been shying away from posting my mug on my blog for the longest time, but the moment has arrived to come out of hiding! And what better place to do that while I’m in paradise? Went to Maui for my youngest aunt’s wedding and for some much needed R&R. We spent 9 days at the Aston Maui Lu and I took up the challenge of being able to pack 9 days’ worth of clothing for 2 people in one suitcase which resulted in setting aside one day for laundry (1st pic). I’ve actually been traveling to Hawaii since I was a little girl –family, y’know– but I was seeing the island through different lenses. Everywhere I went, I wished I had packed more so I can use the tropical backdrop for impromptu photo shoots. If you noticed, I used a scarf both as a slouchy, one-shoulder top and as a wrap skirt –fun stuff, riiight? I love the challenge of packing minimally and coming up with creative ways to use them. Then I uploaded the pics and attacked them with online photo editing tools. Can you tell I dig the retro look?

Anyway, hope to do more of these! I’m currently working on my publication and am excited for the photo shoot coming up!! Look for the publication’s website/blog for the behind-the-scenes pics!

1: Guest laundry at the Aston Maui Lu/ 2: The Aston Maui Lu/ 3: At Ono Gelato in Paia/ 4: My beloved bling catching rays in the crook of a tree in Paia Bay/ 5: Playing with my necklace, coral and dried flowers at Baldwin Park/ 6: My R&R tools while reading on the beach at Baldwin Park/ 7: This hula chick I brought home from an ABC Store at Front Street in Lahaina/ 8: Strolling at the Lavendar Farms in Kula/ 9: Bird cage at Lavendar Farms/ 10: Portrait at the Sacred Garden in Makawao


Jon Benet re-visited. Put the campaign on blast here.

Prints Forever

Been MIA because I’ve switched to a four 10-hour day work week so I can study on Fridays for my license exam; diggin’ the 3-day weekends (especially this past Memorial Day weekend when we also had Monday off!) but exhausted just the same. I’ve begun working on the publication project I’ve been dreaming about since a year ago, so when ever I have time, I’m sending emails, researching, scheduling appointments and brainstorming for the publication.

I recently read this article comparing design online magazine with their print counterparts. It generated quite a bit of feedback about the credibility of e-zines, technology and the joys of holding a print magazine as compared to the convenience and economical value of an online version. As I’m in the process of developing a cover for the first issue, I’m thinking more and more about how to stay true to my voice. After inundating myself with so many glossy and high tech magazines and blogs, I hate to admit their influence over my creative endeavors. I long for the days of simple cut ‘n’ paste techniques. I’m still trying to understand the appeal of that style.

Above are images from the inside of No Mag zine, lifted from GPPR’s blog. It’s like being greeted by an old friend. I’ve even looked back to my old zine for inspiration and to ground myself in a more humble and modest creative piece. I pay a lot of attention to the Power of Print campaign, especially this particular ad suggesting that the increase in magazine readership can be attributed to the engagement print magazine provides.

As I was thinking about that today at work instead of…working, I take that theory a step further and suggest that the engagement the campaign is referring to is an appeal to our senses…

…the sight of the physical magazine;

…the smell of the magazine whether it’s of the paper or of the perfume samples inserted between the pages;

…the touch of the magazine, it’s smooth glossy surface or rough textured ones;

…the sound of the pages turning;

…only taste is missing…unless you lick the pages. ­čśë

The concept of touch is really interesting to me in this context as I ponder how I would print the publication. The type of paper used really contributes a lot to the vibe of the magazine. In the case of my publication, I’m hoping to convey groundedness and authenticity as readers flip through. I spent some time looking for newsprint, like the pages of No Mag. I’m also considering the benefits of full color versus black and white. I want readers to take the publication seriously yet still be set apart from glossies. Hmmm, it’s definitely a work in progress, one that I absolutely love.

Look At Me Now

She makes the song sound good.

Thumbs up for Rockabilly Busta┬áRhymes-rappin’ haole┬ásista! This is what I call having fun.

Acid Trip

I love fashion as self-expression because it really reflects how I feel that day. If you look over my past few posts, I flipped from boho┬áhippie mama to this tripped out space cadet –all those colors!! I’ve never been one for bold colors; maybe it’s all the blogs I’ve been reading that have inspired my inner Rainbow Brite to come out and play. I’d always sworn that I would stay true to my hippie, neutral-colors-loving self, but now even my hippie accessories are trending towards the hyper-colored.

Jane from Sea of Shoes created the above collage to spotlight a pair of Jen Kao┬áacid marble turbo alien stompers. Total eye candy for a few reasons: 1) I would never wear these because the practical, down-to-earth side of me refuses to suffer at the hands of fashion (but I will gladly swoon over them!); 2) the “acid marble” looks like a collage itself and 3) look at all the colors!!!

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