dress: like a man

That’s my little bro below…can you see the family resemblance? When he & some friends came to visit, we explored the Mission District–just 15 mins from where I live. There was definitely not a shortage of photo-ops and pretty things. This is a must-visit spot if you’re planning a trip to San Fran, want to find fabulous food, and like to take pictures along the way.
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Thanks to my model men, for their fashion debut on the blog!

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DIY: turn your hip belt into a waist belt

I know the big thing in the blogging world is to tie a knot with your belt around your waist…but sometimes I want a clean, tucked away belt, cinched around my waist. No loose ends!

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Ok so I’ve never seen a tutorial about this, but then again I’m pretty new to the blogger-sphere world…

This is something I did a few years ago, when I was tired of have a wagging-loose-end of a belt hanging behind me. I have a few belts with enough holes to fit around my hips/jeans, but since I have wide hips and a small waist, I couldn’t use the belts interchangeably without doing the knot-tie thing. So here’s what I did…

Supplies:

  • a belt! preferable genuine leather, but not required
  • an “ouchless” elastic hair tie (I use the GOODY brand from Walmart), clear (or black)
  • a tack or nail (something sharp & pointy)
  • a marker

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Directions:

  1. Put the belt around the smallest part of your waist.
  2. Hold the spot where you’d imagine the hole to go through (I left a little extra room for layering!)
  3. Mark the back with a marker/sharpie (I used a metallic one, it show’s up better on dark colored leather)
  4. From the backside, press the tack firmly
  5. Push through to the other side, twisting the pin and expanding the hole
  6. Force the belt hook through the newly formed hole (it’ll be tight at first, but the more you use it, the looser it’ll get)
  7. Now for securing that loose belt end! Take your clear elastic hair tie and STRETCH it! You think it’ll break but it won’t. Then put it on the end of your belt.
  8. Now double it, so that it is tightly secured around your belt end.
  9. Pull it down, almost all the way to the other end of the belt.
  10. Secure the loose end by putting it through the elastic!belt

Hope this was helpful!

hugs, hanalei

dress: for foggy days & catching crabs

I’ll just say it–the Niners lost, and I’m pretty sad about it…

I am still in So Cal (southern California), soaking up the hot HOT sun. Right before we left the bay area, we stopped at China Beach to catch some dinner (crabs). What usually happens is that I watch my husband do all the work, and all he asks is that I document every crab he catches…deal!

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But what does a girl wear on a foggy day, to a rainy beach, in a chilly town? I will be the first to admit that I often choose comfort over style…but I must say, this fuchsia North Face jacket is the perfect combo.

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Like I said, not so glamorous, but I was *hella comfy (*Nor Cal lingo). Whether or not you like to eat crabs ( they’re yummy & don’t taste fishy like fishies!), catching them, er, watching someone catch them by the ocean is a peaceful experience, mostly because of the roar and crashing of the waves.

Important: don’t forget to wear your scrunchy backpack from 7th grade. Can’t bring a purse crabbing, sorry.

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