March 3rd, 2015 / posted by paularath

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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.

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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.

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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


February 11th, 2015 / posted by paularath
An organic approach to styling.

An organic approach to styling.               Photo by Therese Wahl


Therese Wahl, right, styles model Zoe Curtis, along with hair and makeup artist Pia Sundquist. Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Therese Wahl, right, styles model Zoe Curtis, along with assistant Heather Curtis.  Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Sometimes a seemingly small story can grow into something spectacular. This is one of those stories.

I had interviewed professional stylist Therese Wahl, who lives on the North Shore, for a story I freelanced for Hawaii Business magazine. My story addressed the subject: What is appropriate Honolulu business attire in the year 2015?

I was really impressed with what Therese had to say on the subject and wanted to know more about her. In addition, I have long believed that people in Hawaii don’t really understand what it means to be a wardrobe stylist. So I thought it would be interesting to write a “My Job” column about Therese and her 25-year career in wardrobe styling. The Hawaii Business editor, Steve Petranik, agreed.

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Photo by Therese Wahl


The Malaekahana driftwood evolves into a character in the story as Therese performs her styling magic. Photo by Kaveh Kardan.

The Malaekahana driftwood evolves into a character in the story as Therese performs her styling magic. Photo by Kaveh Kardan.

After the interview, Therese and I began talking about visuals for the story. She wanted to create an actual styling scenario on a beach somewhere. (A North Shore girl’s approach.)

She chose one of my favorite swimming beaches, just off Malaekahana Park. This is also the beach where I found my beloved adopted cat, Eleele, who was starving to death all alone  in the park’s hau patch.

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Photo by Therese Wahl


Therese adds the final touches to  model Zoe Curtis.

Therese adds the final touches to model Zoe Curtis. The props are all Therese’s.   Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Therese has a deep background in styling. She has worked in New York City, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Among her national clients are Delta Airlines, Target, Coors, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Budweiser, to name a few. In Hawaii she has styled for Ala Moana magazine and the Royal Hawaiian Center’s magazine, “R.” She also did a lot of work for Hawaii Fashion Month and Honolulu Fashion Week. In addition, she has private clients for whom she does wardrobing and even helps them clean out their closets.

To see more images of Therese’s work, go to: www. or Instagram @Theresewahlstyling or email: or

Three of the photos shown here are simply iPad shots taken by Therese. Three others are shots taken by fashion photographer Kaveh Kardan, who actually appears in the photos for the magazine. The magazine’s photos will include Therese in the frame, working her magic with the model, Zoe Curtis, and Kaveh in his role as a fashion photographer. Therese loves to work with hair and makeup artist Pia Sundquist, a model from Sweden who now lives on the North Shore and has been doing hair and makeup for 25 years. Find her at

Therese prefers to use local designers whenever possible. In these photos, gowns are by Kini & Dinko (that’s Kini Zamora of “Project Runway” fame), jewelry from Nordstrom and Macy’s and Fascinators by Chapel hat store in Ala Moana Center, with a few tweaks and additions by Therese.

I can just imagine what the images in the magazine will look like. I hope they saved plenty of space for photos! You can see the final result in the March issue of Hawaii Business.

Therese’s goal: “I want my images to be inspiring.” Goal achieved.

- Paula Rath

January 31st, 2015 / posted by paularath
Rust-dyeing fabric

Rust-dyeing fabric with an old chain from George Woollard’s yard.

Jerry and I are hanging a new art show today at the Louis Pohl Gallery on Bethel Street, across from JJ Dolan’s.

Please come to our opening on

First Friday, February 6

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Louis Pohl Gallery, 1142 Bethel Street

We would love to see you there.

Jerry’s theme is “Windows” and he has done some beautiful watercolors and oils of windows in New Mexico, Europe and his imagination. Here are a few:


Watercolor by Jerry Mayfield

Watercolor by Jerry Mayfield


New Mexico adobe with window

New Mexico adobe with window

Mysterious woman in window by Jerry Mayfield.

Mysterious woman in window by Jerry Mayfield.

My newest paintings are created entirely with fabric – there’s no paint on them. I just completed last night (yup – the day before we hang – just a little procrastination) a fun work called “Waimea: Jump!”

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summer days jumping off the rock at Waimea Bay. Our family had a beach home on Papailoa Road on the North Shore and we would often go to the bay with our friends the Patys and jump off the rock into the ocean over and over and over again. Here’s the painting:

"Waimea: Jump!" by Paula Rath

“Waimea: Jump!” by Paula Rath

People often ask how I create these fabric paintings. I have in the past shared my indigo process with my readers. Today I’ll share the way I get rust on fabrics.

It’s simple, really, but totally organic and therefore completely unpredictable.

First, I seek out rusty detritus from construction sites (with permission, of course) or friends’ back yards. For example,  one day I spotted a huge rusty chain at artist George Woollard’s home in Palolo. He gave it to me! Above, at the top of this blog, you can see that I have wrapped some cotton around the chain and sort of woven it into the chain to try to get the rust to transfer.

Waiting for rust to work the magic.

Waiting for rust to work the magic on an old bar-b-q grill.

I spray the fabric with a mixture of water and white vinegar and try to keep it damp until I get the rust shade I want. Sometimes I spray for days, sometimes it all happens in a matter of hours.

Soem recent rust dyeing that was less than successful.

Some recent rust dyeing that was less than successful.

Often the detritus I use doesn’t really work well as a dye. You can’t tell until you try. Those fabrics just get a smattering of dye, or a very light color. But it’s okay because I use those for the lighter areas of the painting.

A beautiful result!

A beautiful result!

Sometimes I luck out with a perfect, dense piece of rust that gives me a gorgeous color and print.

I’ve been doing this rust- and indigo-dyeing for quite a few years now. I think I’m ready to move on to something else. Other natural dyes – and their deep, mysterious, unpredictable hues – are beckoning.

See you at First Friday!

- Paula Rath


January 22nd, 2015 / posted by paularath

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When choosing a personal trainer, the ultimate question is: Does the trainer work for you? Are you making progress toward your goals? Are you motivated? Are you looking and feeling better? Do you look forward to your sessions or are they yet another chore?

Well, it may take a while for you to figure out if all this is working.

While it’s difficult for a non-medical person to determine whether a personal trainer is qualified, there is one thing you can check out: professional certifications.

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The field of fitness has a surprising number of letters in its alphabet soup. Trainers can be certified by dozens of organizations. However, all certifications are not created equal. Some require nothing more than a high school diploma and CPR certification, while others demand science degrees and stringent exams and annual re-certification exams. Some forms of exercise offer a weekend of training for which participants earn a certificate; others require years of training and hours of interning before those letters can come after their names.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) generally is accepted as the gold standard for fitness certifications. ACSM exams require formal training in exercise science, physiology, kinesiology or physical education.

Other respected credentials are issued by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) American Council on Exercise (ACE)  and Aerobics & Fitness Association of America(AFAA). 

American College of Sports Medicine

Regardless of your age or health history, it’s important to ask a trainer if he or she has current CPR certification.

Insurance is another issue. A health club generally carries insurance for any training done on site. An independent trainer must self-insure. In either case, ask before you sign on.

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If the trainer seems to offer the same advice and workout plan to several people, beware. A trainer should never offer cookie-cutter recommendations.

Also watch out for trainers who push nutritional supplements. Many of these are pyramid schemes or money-makers for the club or trainer and they may actually be detrimental to your personal health.

Bottom line: Do your homework before trusting someone else to help you take care of your body. And remember, you are paying for the trainer’s time, so make it all about you. This is not a narcissistic attitude, it’s just a practical and fair approach.

- Paula Rath




January 20th, 2015 / posted by paularath

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We’re just three weeks into the new year, but, sadly, a lot of folks have already given up on their resolve to get fit.

Sometimes we set goals that are too optimistic, and ultimately demoralizing. Sometimes we overdo it and get injured – and discouraged – right away. Soemtimes we make our workouts so humdrum that we get bored and lose all motivation.

Who can help? Well, a personal trainer may be the answer. A good trainer is an expert in the field of fitness. He or she spends years in school, in sports and in the gym learning what makes an effective exercise program.

But how do you find the trainer who can help you achieve your desired level of fitness? The ideal way is to ask a close friend who has similar goals to yours and has had great results with a trainer. Otherwise it’s a good idea to talk to a fitness consultant at your gym to help you find the trainer who will best suit you and your needs.

If you have specific health concerns, such as low back pain, a history of orthopedic injuries, heart disease or diabetes, find out which trainer has experience with these issues.

Glynis Ramirez is among Honolulu's  experienced and trusted personal trainer.

Glynis Ramirez is among Honolulu’s experienced and trusted personal trainers. She works at The Honolulu Club.

The relationship between trainer and client is an intimate one. You’re dealing with sensitive issues of body perception, weight, nutrition and exercise.

An extensive interview is recommended. It’s also helpful to watch the trainer working with someone in the gym. Do you want your body to look like the trainer’s other clients’? Or do they look like a Schwarzenegger when you would rather look like Pitt? What do you want to emphasize: cardio, balance or strength?

Listening is a key quality in a trainer. If the trainer is more interested in telling you what he or she knows than in listening to your needs and goals, that’s a red flag.

If you have a health history that might affect your workouts, discuss it up front. Ask the trainer to contact your doctor or physical therapist for guidance and recommendations. If you’re just beginning an exercise program, it’s important to get clearance from  your doctor.

Ask the trainer about their personal experiences. If they have sustained injuries similar to yours, and have lived with the pain, they may have more compassion and understanding.

Professional certifications can tell you a lot about a personal trainer’s level of expertise. Tomorrow we’ll address some of the certifications to ask for, as well as some things to watch out for when choosing a personal trainer.

- Paula Rath