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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!


Ode to Hawaii: Hawaii Girls in the National Spotlight (Part 1)

June 2, 2010
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Like how we like to claim Barack Obama as our own, it’s natural for every town, city, or country, to feel kinship and pride of any of their countrymen or women achieving great success. Hawaii is no different. Indeed, the obstacles appear far greater as Hawaii is an island in the Pacific Ocean, the 50th state of the USA, and culturally diverse where stereotypes and generalities can emerge. Yet, professional athletes, actors, models, businesspeople, musicians, and scores of others have reached national and international success. I want to celebrate it. I also want to share the paradise I live in. And nothing seems more appropriate than to celebrate Maui girl, model (she is also the face of Billabong, too), and surfer Tori Praver, who has a featured photo spread in this month’s Marie Claire magazine. The layout captures the ethereal, yet active energy of our lifestyle; the fashion what we should all aspire to. And thanks to Marie Claire for setting an example of authenticity from the inside out. Now, that’s style.

-Stephanie

Photographed by Matt Jones; Styled by Isabel Dupre in Alexander Wang, Burberry, Mango and others.


Starting a tradition…showcasing the merchants of Queens’ Marketplace, Big Island Style

January 21, 2010
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When it is your first experience, you celebrate it: your first car, your first date, your first job, and all the emotions attached of experiencing something new for the first time. It’s momentous. Like a cover page of a chapter, it marks a defining milestone.

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With that said, welcome to the first fashion show at the Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa, Hawaii on the Big Island! I had the pleasure of attending the Queens’ Marketplace’s first fashion show to witness a first-rate production where the hearts and soul of all participants emerged as the stars of the show and fueled their desire to leave “no stone unturned.” Focus International, a modeling agency and producer of the fashion show, in conjunction with Queens’ Marketplace, one of the shopping centers located on the resort property that includes the Hilton Waikoloa and Marriott hotels, collaborated to produce an hour-long, first, fashion show showcasing 18 retailers, like Blue Ginger, Island Pearls, Hawaiian Quilt Collections and Island Gourmet, to just name a few. Throw in a local dance troupe; a local Hawaiian chanter and hula dancers; a “Michael Jackson” impersonator; a local harpist; a singer/musician, who during the day is a dentist in town; skillful guys operating the elaborate sound system and stage; 60 exotic models and precocious kids from Focus International working in Hawaii, nationally, and internationally; props; different, artistic themes displayed for each retailer’s product; two hosts; and of course,  a warm, balmy night set on the Big Island of Hawaii; and you have more than a “fashion” show, but live entertainment to keep you tapping to the beat and being captured by the creativity.

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A local dancer performing Tahitian with Martin, one of the top models.

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The segment is for retailer Island Pearls showcasing its Tahitian pearl jewelry.

This fashion show was not an easy task. It easily could have bordered on cheesy as the “fashion” ran the gamut from hair accessories, Hawaiian quilts, dive wear, Tahitian pearls, Hawaiian and surf wear. A fine line existed between being a “mall fashion show” and something more polished. But Focus International succeeded. It was pure entertainment and they nailed it. It’s a show that also could be taken anywhere: Honolulu, on the mainland, and internationally, because the audience would appreciate the integration of the Hawaiian culture, music, exotic models, and jubilant spirit of the children.

Featuring a segment for retailer Local Lizard & Friends and using a gecko theme.

From the opening, the show drew you in with horns blowing, beautiful chanting, hula dancing, flowers, and a sprinkling of anticipation of what was to come. My other favorite segments included the modeling by men, women, and children, combined with the Tahitian, hip hop, and jazz dancing by the local dance troupe Kealakehe Dance team. No one provided any reason to leave because all were so talented. If Queens’ Marketplace and Focus International continue to have a yearly fashion show of its merchants, I believe it can be one of the biggest events that both the locals and the tourists can look forward to as well as  a great opportunity to spotlight products from its retailers!

Segment from retailer Quiksilver. Not just bikinis and boardshorts.

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Segment featuring the retailer Claire’s showcasing accessories.

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The models for this segment all dressed in jeans and a white top, to showcase sunglasses from retailer Sunglass Hut.

Segment featuring bikinis from retailer Quiksilver.

The models dressed in black to showcase the retailer Pacific Nature’s jewelry (coral red here).

Models showing fashions from Savvy Butik.

Segment featuring quilts from the retailer Hawaiian Quilt Collections.

And of course, dancing with “Michael Jackson!

The participating merchants in the show included Blue Ginger, Local Motion, Blue Wilderness Dive Shop, Sunglass Hut, Reyn’s, Island Gourmet, Island Pearls, Giggles, Hawaiian Quilt Collections, Genesis Gallery Hawaii, Quiksilver, Perfumania, Lids, Exclusive Designs, Claire’s, Pacific Nature Jewelry, Local Lizard & Friends, and Savvy Butik.

-STEPHANIE
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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!!!)


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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    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.