LIVING LIFE WITH PASSION AND STYLE™

My Examiner.com post: Stretching your style dollars when you lose your job

July 21, 2010
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Please check out my Examiner.com post here.  Thanks!

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SM LIFESTYLE’S FOCUS: CARISSA MOORE

September 28, 2009
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My blog post on Carissa was previously published in the Honolulu Advertiser’s blog. COMING SOON: Some rockin’ cool people… Keep reading.

Check out surfer girl champ Carissa again here.

-Stephanie

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TUMMY TUCK WITHOUT THE KNIFE…NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF UNDERGARMENTS

September 28, 2009
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See my post and photos on the Examiner.com here.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Chung

-Stephanie


Gorgeous Michelle!! Red is Power

September 28, 2009
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I love this red Michael Kors silk suit on Michelle. She looks great in this straight skirt and tailored top, as opposed to the boxy, pleated salmon colored suit I was disappointed with and blogged about here. Gorgeous! Red is power!!

-Stephanie


RESORT STYLE 101: LIVING LARGE AT THE HILTON WAIKOLOA ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII

September 22, 2009
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Check out my post on the Examiner.com with a photo slideshow of touring the Hilton Waikoloa.

-Stephanie

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Call 9-1-1: Oscar De La Renta’s 2010 Spring Runway Show has left me breathless

September 16, 2009
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Everyone has a heart stopping moment when they just revel in beauty. Maybe it may be a painting to you, or a play in a game, or the story of a book. You escape for one brief moment. There are so many things to find beautiful if we look for it. However, Oscar De La Renta produced 53 looks for New York Fashion Week where the only words I could only say were “OMG” over and over with each look. It’s like partaking in a decadent meal and your senses take over. His style is absolutely breathtaking! The fabrics were lush and the designs exquisite. Ahhh, I want every one of them.  See for yourself and escape into the moment.

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See the full collection and larger photos here.


KITE SURFING AROUND HAWAII

September 15, 2009
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I am learning to kite surf and it is not easy. I have bruises and scrapes, but I am not complaining!! In the process, I not only learn a new and fun sport, but I feed off a new challenge. Learning takes me out of my comfort zone. And like an infant learning to walk, I also go through an awkward stage looking like a fool but you have to keep trying, keep practicing, especially if you want to get better and feel more comfortable. And I have, but of course, I still need to practice!! Many people on the beach are so encouraging and my frustrations can mount when you are depending on mother nature to have wind!! No wind; no kiting practice. Oh well, patience is another lesson to be learned. Practice and repetition are my keys; others may be more naturally inclined so they may not need it. Whatever it is, I do not want to stop learning new things. Anyway, I want to share with you some photos of  kiting spots around Hawaii and some very talented kiters as well!!

MOKULEIA BEACH (North Shore, Oahu)

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MAUI (KITE BEACH)

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BIG ISLAND (A-BAY, K-BAY, SOUTH POINT!)

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DIAMOND HEAD (OAHU)

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Diamond Head with a bigger swell..

AND THE KITER STUDENT AT MOKES….

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Photo Credit: Phil Fineman (great kiter!!!)


It has been 8 years…

September 11, 2009
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We all remember the day, 9/11, and what we were doing at that very moment. It is indelible. And 8 years have passed and we cannot help but think of the families today.

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MICHELLE OBAMA AT THE PRESIDENT’S HEALTH CARE SPEECH: Michelle, what happened?

September 9, 2009
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Dear Michelle,

You are always impeccably dressed and so very stylish. However, I so disliked your salmon colored suit you chose for President Obama’s health care speech before a  joint session of Congress. It looked matronly. I especially disliked the large pleats!! Neither did I like the color. It was too weak a color for you. You should have opted for a straight skirt instead of the full pleats. The pleats only seemed to emphasize your bottom half. Maybe if the color was red, or purple, or electric blue, it may have made a difference because the shape of the suit was so strong so the color should be as strong as well. Exude your power as you usually do! Back to the drawing board. Maybe fall will bring some great outfits. I am looking forward to seeing those as fall is one of the most beautiful seasons on the East Coast.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Matsumoto

Examiner.com, Honolulu Women’s Style Examiner

Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii Fashion Forum fashion blogger

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OBAMA’S SCHOOL SPEECH: A LESSON FOR ALL “…YOU MAKE YOUR OWN FUTURE…”

September 9, 2009
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The words and the tone of Obama’s school speech to high school students at Arlington, Virginia should sanitize any acrimony we usually hear from both sides of the political spectrum, and regardless of where you are in support of Obama, his text yesterday provided inspiration and hope and encouragement to young people, who may probably hear too little of that these days. No one tires of hearing positive encouragement. I volunteered at a local, public elementary school where the attentions of the teacher were stretched and the students may not be stimulated enough. Yet, one should never stop learning. I just want to pull some text excerpts from the President’s speech from the perspective of the beauty of the words, the tone, the lyrical construction, and the inspiring message it conveyed. There are no excuses. Pure accountability on yourself. Stop complaining. Suck it up and start doing something.

TEXT EXCERPTS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA:

“BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE CAN HAVE THE MOST DEDICATED TEACHERS, THE MOST SUPPORTIVE PARENTS, AND THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD-AND NONE OF IT WILL MATTER UNLESS ALL OF YOU FULFILL YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES. UNLESS YOU SHOW UP TO THOSE SCHOOLS; PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE TEACHERS; LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND OTHER ADULTS;  AND PUT IN THE HARD WORK IT TAKES TO SUCCEED.”

“EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU HAS SOMETHING YOU’RE GOOD AT. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER. AND YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO YOURSELF TO DISCOVER WHAT THAT IS. THAT’S THE OPPORTUNITY AN EDUCATION CAN PROVIDE.”

“BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF YOUR LIFE-WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, WHERE YOU COME FROM,HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE, WHAT YOU’VE GOT GOING ON AT HOME-THAT’S NO EXCUSE FOR NEGLECTING YOUR HOMEWORK OR HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE.  THAT’S NO EXCUSE FOR TALKING BACK TO YOUR TEACHER, OR CUTTING CLASS, OR DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL. THAT’S NO EXCUSE FOR NOT TRYING.

WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW DOESN’T HAVE TO DETERMINE WHERE YOU END UP. NO ONE’S WRITTEN YOUR DESTINY FOR YOU. HERE IN AMERICA, YOU WRITE YOUR OWN DESTINY. YOU MAKE YOUR OWN FUTURE.”

“But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try. That’s OK.”

“No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It is the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.  It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust-a parent, a grandparent, or teacher; a coach or counselor- and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals. And even when you are struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you-don’t ever give up on yourself.

YEAH! Pumped? Fan the fire. And don’t stop.

-Stephanie

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    DEFY FEAR™ Be open to change. Take risks. Revel in adventure and new experiences. Travel. Read. Engage your senses. Learn from your mistakes, your successes, and from the wisdom of others. Unravel a puzzle. Create and use your imagination. Be active. Find the positives. Keep it fun. Be EXTRAORDINARY. Love. Live the good life. Enjoy the ride. - I AM. Copyright 2009 by Stephanie Matsumoto STYLE. All rights reserved.