April 20th, 2015 / posted by paularath
Vested Interest 2015 African fabric

An African fabric detail of a Vested Interest jacket.      Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Kent of Vested Interest

Just in time for Mother’s Day shopping, a hui of artists and crafters is putting on a private show – and you’re invited.


Hosted by Al & Trudy Wong

Saturday, May 2

1 – 4 p.m.

Call Elizabeth Kent at 352-2776 for more information, address and directions. 

Hand dyed scarves are among Vested Interest's best sellers.

Hand dyed scarves are among Vested Interest’s best sellers.

The artists represent a fabulous array of possibilities for gifts for Mom , your BFF or yourself.

Bev Creamer – Bev’s Beads

Doreeen Decasa – Photos & Support Bears

Elizabeth Kent – Vested Interest

Helen Lee – Box Purses by Helen

Linda Letta – Mixed Media Art and Cards

Tonia Moreno – Glass Art

Wanda Wong – Wong Number

A contemporary Japanese textile in fabulous fashion-forward colors.

A contemporary Japanese textile in fabulous fashion-forward colors.

A WOW little jacket from Elizabeth Kent

A WOW little jacket from Elizabeth Kent

Fabric detail

Fabric detail

Beautiful embroidered shawl for spring

Beautiful embroidered shawl for spring

- Paula Rath

April 14th, 2015 / posted by paularath
A few samples of notebooks to make and take.

A few samples of notebooks to make and take.

I have a “thing” for small notebooks I can carry in my handbag or tote. As a writer, I am always ready to jot down thoughts, ideas and various things I want to remember.

A handmade notebook is particularly special, as one can personalize it to generate a little tug at the heart each time you open it up.

CHAI Studio is offering a workshop this Sunday that enables the participants to make three little notebooks of their own.

Artist Linda Strong will teach you how to select paper, bind the books, and wood block print designs of your choosing. All materials will be provided.

DATE:     Sunday, April 19

TIME:     11 a.m.

PLACE:    CHAI Studio at Ward Warehouse (Diamond Head end, across from the back of Menchie’s)

Reservations are required. Call 536-4543 or visit shop.chai-studio.com.

Wouldn’t a handmade notebook be a lovely Mother’s Day gift…especially if a few loving notes are scribbled into the pages…

- Paula Rath


March 17th, 2015 / posted by paularath
Emma Wo

Emma Wo                                             Photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus will celebrate spring this week with a special styling event in the CUSP Department on Level One. That’s the department with all the denim, as well as many cool and emerging designers.

The store recruited three Honolulu fashion bloggers – Emma Wo, Lindsey Higa and Summer Shiigi – to style a suite of three mannequins.

How fun is that assignment?

Each mannequin will represent one of NM’s Spring 2015 trends:

  • Mix, Don’t Match (making a mix of prints work for you)
  • Spice Market (rich, yummy colors inspired by the markets of Marrakesh and Istanbul)
  • The New Bohemian (layering distressed denim, flowing fabrics and beaucoup accessories)
Lindsey Higa

Lindsey Higa

Customers can visit CUSP from today through Saturday, March 21, and vote for their favorite blogger and suite of mannequins.

On Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m., you can stop by CUSP for a fashion chat with the bloggers as they present their looks. The winning blogger and a winning customer will receive a $500 Neiman Marcus gift card.

Voting will be pau at 2 p.m. Saturday, when light refreshments and an on-site DJ will be offered, along with complementary makeovers by Laura Mercier makeup artists.

- Paula Rath

Summer Shiigi

Summer Shiigi


March 9th, 2015 / posted by paularath
Photo courtesy Anne Namba

Photo courtesy Anne Namba

The popular Junior League of Hawaii (JHL) fundraiser, Sacs in the City, has been re-imagined this year.

It is now called  JLH-LUXE and will feature a fashion show of Anne Namba’s Spring 2015 collection. In addition, there will be a special luncheon, silent auction of designer fashion and luxury merchandise for sale.

It is sponsored by Bank of Hawaii.

JLH has a long history of outstanding (and fun!) fundraisers that raise an amazing amount of money for local charities.

At JLH-LUXE, the organization will announce $30,000 in grants awarded to local not for profit organizations from their Community Investment Fund.

A Furla bag that will be sold at JLH-LUXE

A Furla bag that will be sold at JLH-LUXE


Date: Saturday, March 14

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

Cost: Table of 10 starts at $1,500 and individual tickets are $135.


Score a DVF handbag at JLH-LUXE.

Score a DVF handbag at JLH-LUXE.

KHON 2 news anchors Kathy Muneno and Justin Cruz will emcee the program.

Funds raised from the event will support JLH’s community programs such as My Story and volunteer development.

For information and reservations, call (808) 538-8883, email luxe@jlhnl.org or go to www.juniorleagueofhonolulu.org/luxe.

- Paula Rath


March 3rd, 2015 / posted by paularath

Muse IX Spring 1

Here’s some great fashion news!

For those of us – and we are legion – who have been missing our beloved Chelsea boutique and Muse IX Designs jewelry – the two have partnered to present a Pop-Up Boutique this week for three days only.

Ronen Chen's Spring 2015 collection will be featured at the Pop-Up.

Ronen Chen’s Spring 2015 collection will be featured at the Pop-Up.

Here are the essentials:

March 5, 6 and 7

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (or until everything is sold)

Thomas Square Center

846 South Hotel Street, Suite 200

It’s across Hotel Street from Straub’s ER. Park on the street in front of Thomas Square Center or in Straub’s parking lot for a small fee. There are a few spaces in the Thomas Square Center Building in case your parking karma is totally on.

Every Muse IX Design is unique and one-of-a-kind.

Every Muse IX Design is unique and one-of-a-kind.

Naomi Loewe of Chelsea is bringing back some of her popular staples (think Clara Sun Moon pants), as well as new designers from Europe and Israel (think Italian knit blouses from Seduzione and dresses and tops from Israeli designer Ronen Chen). In addition, there will be Mesmerize pants, dresses by Ina and crazy, fun tops and dresses from Alembika.

One-of-a-kind shibori and kasuri blouses will add to the international array of offerings.

A spectacular lariat from Muse IX.

A spectacular lariat from Muse IX.

Muse IX Spring 4

Lynda Caris, the designer behind Muse IX, took a 14-month hiatus and now she’s back – big time – weaving her magic into beautiful new necklaces and earrings. Every piece is lovingly hand made in her jewel of a studio.

Muse IX Spring 5

Every lariat has a different color scheme and mood.

Lynda just returned form the Tucson Gem Show, where she found a treasure trove of gem stones, findings and pearls.

You will find, woven into her magical creations, baroque, cultured and Keshi pearls, French wire and pyrite, gem stones of all colors and shapes, vermeil and 14k gold.

This is a trunk show you won’t want to miss.

- Paula Rath