On Sunday June 1, 2014, 5 people, including your blogger, participated as Team HI CLASS in the Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival. What an awesome experience. During this past year I have become interested in running and have participated in a number of different races. Nothing major or all that serious yet but I am slowly becoming more experienced. It is easy for races to quickly become an addiction as there is always such an amazing energy created by being part of such events. Being surrounded by people with drive, passion and commitment to their health is inspiring and encourages me to continue on my journey to greater health.
I attended the 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam for the first time. All I knew to expect was a lot of SPAM. It was exciting to see that there were 20 restaurants and several food trucks participating in this year’s event and celebrating something that is an essential element of living in Hawaii, SPAM. It was a revelation to see what creative and spam-tastic dishes they were serving. There were over 60 SPAM inspired dishes served. Definitely something for everyone to indulge in.
The SPAM Jam started around 4pm and Kalakaua Ave. was already filling with people at 3:30pm. There was this great energy with people dressed in their SPAM gear.
Last night (March 21, 2014), I had the pleasure of attending an event, Passport to Luxury, at Ala Moana Center, hosted by Modern Luxury Magazine, along with several incredible sponsors. This event was a great opportunity to experience the luxury shops and their products.
For a fashion loving attendee like myself, it was very tempting to touch and try everything I saw! All attendees were given a passport that gave them access to small bites and a beverage at the various stores that participated. My group of ladies and I wanted to go to all of the stores, but the intoxicating aroma of leather from wallets and purses, to the colors and memorizing height of the beautifully crafted heels and the sparkles of watches and accessories kept us in a few stores much longer than we anticipated.
We were gracefully invited into Dior, where we had the opportunity to roam through the store. Servers all dressed in black presented us with champagne and macaroons. Not a bad way to start out our evening. I do not think that there is anything better than white shelves that artfully display the finest items.
Next we made our way to Michael Kors. The colorful faces of their watches really caught my eye. Their popular rose gold band is paired with an electric blue face, which is definitely an item that should be added to my accessories collection. The staff was incredibly friendly and so were the guests. A lovely lady approached me about my red blazer I was wearing. She was shocked when I told her it was a great find from H&M in Singapore. She also shared a wonderful tip with me about this antique button cover that she had at the top of her perfectly tailored white button down. I wish I had taken a picture, now as I reflect on it.
We also visited Salvatore Ferragamo. There was a great energy from the group of people as well as from the two ladies serving drinks. Again, my collection of shoes could greatly benefit from a couple of these! As I am part Italian, this luxury Italian brand speaks to me on many levels, levels that have a couple zero's behind it!
The expert in prints and the wrap dress, DVF - Diane Von Furstenberg was a must on the list of shops. Tucked away near Neiman Marcus, the store has so much personality with the bold prints and colors of the clothing, I didn't want to leave! But when they finally pried me away from the window, I left feeling a little bit more inspired.
The pièce de résistance was when we walked into Jimmy Choo! A girl's dream comes true when she puts on a pair of Jimmy Choos. My feet are still thanking me for bringing them in such close proximity with the revered shoe that some women can't live without! Talk about a work of art. Look at these beauties I was wearing - the Red and Navy Woven Fabric and Patent Pointy Toe Pumps!
The night was fantastic and there were many other great moments. I love fashion because it can create, change or enhance my mood, while also allowing me to transform from graduate student to PR professional with many looks in between! Hope everyone who attended also left feeling a little more inspired!