Friday, September 18, 2015

SPRING 2016 AAU Fashion Show Review

The day is slowly winding down and coming to an end, and I just completed a project I am really proud of. It's my first fashion journalism type of article that I've ever really done and though I was quite nervous about it at first, I really enjoyed the process overall. There's something so exhilarating about throwing yourself into what you are so incredibly passionate about. The things that seemed daunting or dreadful, like Mondays or school, turn into this unbridled, excitement-filled pursuit.

Since New York Fashion Week just ended, and I've been on WAY too long of a hiatus on here, I wanted to share with you my first fashion article like the proud Mama I am haha.

Enjoy :D




Love,
Kikue

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Waisted Ties

No, not waisted ties with people or relationships, 
but shown off that hidden figure with ties around the waist! ;)

[You can watch the Outfit Video HERE}
| WAISTED TIES |
BUTTON DOWN⟶ Old Navy (Similar http://bit.ly/1OdvNEO )
TANK⟶ Cecico brand from Necessary Clothing 
CAMI UNDER TANK⟶ Costco 
JEANS⟶ The Rockstar Skinnies from Old Navy http://oldnvy.me/1OlVyUi
NECKLACE⟶ Ali Express http://bit.ly/1fSOOSy
BAG⟶ Dooney & Bourke brand, handed down from my mom http://ebay.to/1Gs8OQL
SHOES⟶ Calvin Klein brand from Macys 

I really liked this location while I was shooting because of the sunset, but I guess we took a bit too long to switch off between shooting her outfit and mine because after we ended up shooting my photos, security came lol. He was nice enough to let me finish filming my outfit for the video, but we only had about 5-10mins to #GTFO of there hahaha. 


Love,

Kikue

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Floral Feels | Graffiti Hunting

{Photos by Kristin Sao}
| FLORAL FEELS |
DRESS⟶ Aryeh brand from Global Village Hawaii
ANORAK JACKET⟶ Forever 21 
NECKLACE⟶ Ali Express (Not the same seller, but the same necklace http://bit.ly/1RFUP5y )
SHOES⟶ Bamboo brand from the LA Fashion District
BAG⟶ Dooney & Bourke handed down from my mom http://ebay.to/1Gs8OQL

This was a really fun shoot that I got to do with my friend and former co-worker, also named Kristin (spelt differently of course, but the same awesome name lol). 
This was our second go-around of pulling together an all day shoot {here's the first shoot}, that consisted of photos and a video. We knew what to expect and we were much more prepared for it. 

THAT, and we had a much easier time going on an adventure looking for different places to shoot around town because we were more familiar with that area lol. This shoot was probably my favorite though, because I'm such a sucker for graffiti. The mural that I'm standing in front of is actually done by my talented, high school classmate {IG}@bothersome. Every year PowWow Hawaii always goes around Kaka'ako and does sick murals all over different buildings. 
{Photos taken by me}
This shoot gave me a perfect excuse to bring back an old past time of mine{graffiti hunting}.
   Graffiti is actually one of my favorite forms of art, besides fashion. To me, graffiti is urban, dynamic, alluring and mysterious. The different styles, techniques, and the struggles they have to overcome to even create their work, are some of the things that really draw me to street art. Some pieces are commissioned, and some aren't. Sometimes they're there, and the next day they're not. It's a game of chance when you catch a glimpse of a mural or even a small piece. You tend to appreciate it more when it's time at a location is fleeting. Its what makes it special to me.

{Photo taken by me. Spotted on a pole while walking through SF's Japantown}
Whether it's exploring Hawaii's downtown, or walking through San Francisco's downtown on my way to school, spotting graffiti is like my sort of "stop-to-smell-the-roses" type of moment. I enjoy the surprise of an unexpected piece of art in the midst of a concrete jungle, and stop to appreciate it…
because it might be the last time I see it again 😉
Don't forget to take yours!

Love,
Kikue

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SUMMER INSPIRED LOOK BOOK | Day to Night



Here are more summer inspired looks, but this time it's ranging from day to night time looks. I did this video a bit different than my last look book video. I made this into a talk through video explaining why I choose the pieces in each outfit and also give some tips and tricks throughout. I hope you guys enjoy! Don't forget to give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed watching and please subscribe for more! Thank you so much guys!

Love,
Kikue
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WEARING IN THE VIDEO

| LOOK ONE | FLORAL FEELS |
DRESS Aryeh brand from Global Village Hawaii
ANORAK JACKET Forever 21 
NECKLACE Ali Express (Not the same seller, but the same necklace http://bit.ly/1RFUP5y )
SHOES Bamboo brand from the LA Fashion District
BAG Dooney & Bourke handed down from my mom http://ebay.to/1Gs8OQL

| LOOK TWO | WAISTED TIES |
BUTTON DOWN Old Navy (Similar http://bit.ly/1OdvNEO )
TANK Cecico brand from Necessary Clothing 
CAMI UNDER TANK Costco 
JEANS The Rockstar Skinnies from Old Navy http://oldnvy.me/1OlVyUi
NECKLACE Ali Express http://bit.ly/1fSOOSy
BAG Dooney & Bourke brand, handed down from my mom http://ebay.to/1Gs8OQL
SHOES Calvin Klein brand from Macys 

| LOOK THREE | WHITE HOT SUMMER NIGHTS |
BUTTON DOWN Audrey 3+1 brand from House of Aria
SKORT Rehab brand from Homecoming Honolulu
NECKLACE House of Aria (Similar http://bit.ly/1KcGCWT )
SHOES Charlotte Russe (Similar http://bit.ly/1Ia4htD and http://bit.ly/1JoyRdH )
BAG Old Navy 

| MAKEUP |
FOUNDATION Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in "You're A Natural" http://seph.me/1SekT2C
CONCEALER Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Neutralizer"  http://amzn.to/1L4ndc7
CONCEALER Mixed with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20 http://bit.ly/1TIzQN0
CONTOURAnastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette http://seph.me/1Hs1qFE
BRONZER Too Faced "Chocolate Soleil" http://seph.me/1K0dX7t
CHEEKS Illamasqua Blush in  "Lover" http://bit.ly/1UM34vS
BROWS Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in "Taupe" http://seph.me/1L4nWtL
EYES LID Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in "Amethyst" as a base color http://seph.me/1L4o0K9
EYES Urban Decay Naked Palette (first edition) http://seph.me/1HAxvhK
EYES LID MAC Reflects Glitter in "Antique Gold" http://bit.ly/1JVpPdC  
LINER MAC Liquid Last Liner in "Point Black" http://bit.ly/1UM56fA
LASHES Sephora brand "Mink" http://seph.me/1HSYY1w

LOOKS 1 & 2
LIPS NYX Lip Liner in "Natural" http://bit.ly/1OduZzP

LOOK 3
LIPS Sephora Creamy Lip Stain in "01 Always Red" http://seph.me/1LhgbCz
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CREDITS
FILMEDKristin Sao
EDITED Krystyn Nakamura

MUSIC
TEP-NO Ft. LIZ KELLERMAN"It's Alright" (NIGHTMRE Remix)
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Love,
Kikue

Friday, July 10, 2015

As it Comes to an End

 Photos by Moriah Nakada

This was the last outfit that I threw together to end the spring 2015 semester (more like the only thing that I could throw together since I packed and shipped home some of the clothes and shoes I didn't think I would need.). Several friends and I went to the AAU graduation fashion show after my last, and final, class. It was just the thing I needed to officially end the school year. Surprisingly the only thing that was a major stress that week was packing, not my finals (thank God! haha).

Rumor has it that the first year of your college career is always the hardest. As this wasn't my first year at college, this was, however, my first completed year at AAU; away from home, my family, and a lot of the resources that I've come to rely on so much. I have learned so much from this first year and am so grateful for the opportunities and experiences that this has brought me. It opened my eyes and my heart to realize I am exactly where I should be in life, and why I first fell in love with fashion.

I hope everyone has an awesome summer! (More exciting things happening… go check out my YouTube channel for more recent updates! LoveKikueVideos)

Love,
Kikue