weekend wardrobe: hello yellow

yellow Well my little brother moved up here for a long summer internship in Silicon Valley, and I’m so excited to have him close by! He’s working for a big company, and thus needed to update his wardrobe. H&M is usually good for well-fitting + currently-styled business attire at a bargain, so that’s where we headed…

yellow2We took the bus to Union Square, and when we got off at O’Farrell + Powell, I realized there were TWO H&M stores (that were not there before I left for China) right in front of me! Turns out they opened up the MEN’s section in a small store, across from the original one. Smarty!

yellow3Anyway, my brother was in that store for HOURS, trying on dress shirts, skinny ties, suit coats, etc. In between vetoing wrinkly linen slacks and arguing over which shade of blue was more “professional looking”, I ran across the street and found this yummy, sunny yellow skirt. There is just not enough yellow in my closet, I realized! That is my go-to summer color, so I decided to start stocking up. I opted for one size bigger because my normal size was a little too tight on the booty. I’m a married woman now… can’t have none o’ dat!

What is your go to summer color??

hugs, hanalei

weekend wardrobe

Last weekend, I went on a mini backpacking trip to Castle Rock Park. After being an avid runner for about 15 years, I finally broke down and purchased a cold weather sports sweater. I never needed one in So Cal, but how did I survive all those winters in Utah without one? OH yeah, I just didn’t run. Well Costco has a way of getting you to buy more than you went in for, like this turquoise sports jacket (only $20!) and the blue sports shirt (only $10!), below. So now I finally have decent exercise clothing that isn’t 100% cotton (that fabric stains and can get so HOT).

IMG_5285For climbing, I threw on some shorts and that easy-breezy sports tee:


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Having athletic clothing makes SUCH a difference, ladies and gents. Make sure your closet is well stocked for your summer outdoor adventures.

dress: April showers bring May flowers


It’s not April yet, or even May, but I’m already over the rain. Luckily, after a rainy week in the city, the weekend was all clear blue skies and sunny weather.



I’ve tried on dozens of flower print pants over the fast few years. Each time, the jean was NOT a good fit. I am rather picky when it comes to pants, and hate cheap denim/ill fitting jeans. But when I was in So Cal last, I found these stretchy jeggings and thought…let’s just try them on. Bingo! They were the comfiest I’d tried on yet, and they fit like a glove. Plus, they were only $16! So far I’ve worn them with a black top (not my favorite combo) and a light grey one (better). But the first time I wore them, I think I got it right: light blue pinstriped button-up.

IMG_5211 (can you see the little turtle stamp on my hand? I went to the Science Academy…those take forever to wash off…)

These pants can be tricky to dress right. What kind of top would you pair with them?

hugs, hanalei.

weekend wardrobe

When I’m at home, I lounge around in sweats…like BIG sweats. Our house is always so chilly. But we had many-a-errand to run this Saturday, so I had to change. This was my weekend wardrobe:

IMG_4846We went thrift shopping at salvation army, but came up empty handed…although I was tempted to buy this old TV, gut out the screen and turn it into the retro-est fish tank you’ve ever seen. But at $400 it wasn’t really priced-t0-sell.

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Recently Updated18Let me tell you a few things about this skirt, 1. it’s not a skirt, originally it was a dress. 2. I cut the top off because it was cheap fabric and was coming unthreaded 3. I got it on the sale rack at Charlotte Russe (ps I never shop there so I got lucky my first time in the store in years). 4. It came with a mini skirt underneath…and I mean MINI! I don’t rep the mini-skirt look, so I went to Joanns and bought me some pink stretchy fabric, and sewed in a longer one.

Now I can wear this skirt with anything–dress it up with a neutral-shaded blouse or dress it down with a T-shirt. Either way, it was $10 well spent on a dress skirt.

PS. I have some before pictures of what it looked like…let me know if you want to see them and I’ll post them later.

hugs, hanalei.