Sunday, July 31, 2011

Aloha Style: Flying Solo

top:: {Target}
belt:: {TJ Maxx}
skirt: {vintage, Wishfulness }
coral ring:: {Charlotte Russe}
white ring:: {American Eagle... a million years ago}
nail polish:: {turquoise and caicos by Essie}
sandals:: {American Eagle}

A solo weekend means...

... eating alone (but at least I got to eat grilled cheese and tomato soup!)

... spending the day in my studio packaging orders (I love my Moo stickers!) 

... making a mess in the kitchen and not having to clean it up right away. ( Mmm... banana bread.)

... lots of TV watching ( I think I've seen almost every episode of Criminal Minds. SUCH a good show.)

... being excited for Sunday because a) we've been trying out a really great new church and b) I get to actually get dressed and see people! 

I always miss Chris when he's gone and I can't wait to see him tomorrow, but I have to admit that I enjoy some alone time every now and then. If only for the not doing dishes right away thing. ;)

What's your favorite thing to do when you get some alone time?

PS. Rocking the glasses this weekend since I've been wearing my contacts two months longer than I'm supposed to. Hit my face on the mirror while putting makeup on this morning. Feel free to chuckle at my expense. 


Friday, July 29, 2011

Links I Love... & Proof that I Have a New Color Obsession.

hello. It's me. Ringing in the weekend with a few things around the web that caught my eye this week. And it's pretty apparent that my new color obsession is mint green . Don't worry coral, I still love you. 

{uno} Check out this awesome nail tutorial on The Dainty Squid.

{dos} StudioKahn on etsy. Beautiful ceramic pieces that you break to use. Geeenius. 

{next} This article by Auston Kleon titled "How to Steal like an Artist and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me". So much good stuff in that article. If you're in any sort of creative biz, it's a must read.  

{finally} This painting by Kristen of k.f.d. designs. This girl can paint and she has been an inspiration to me since I started reading her blog almost two years ago. 

Hope you guys have a great weekend! Chris is away for a few days and I have no plans so it will honestly be a pretty boring weekend. But this is probably one of the longest times we'll be apart for literally years, so I'm not complaining. More on that new development next week. Let's just say I'm thankful God knows what's up with our future, because we always seem to be guessing wrong!

Got any fun links to share from your web surfing this week?


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Aloha From a Sponsor: Emily Katherine Designs

Today's featured sponsor is very near and dear to my heart. Emily is a close friend from college! We filmed ridiculous music videos, made up silly nicknames for each other and suffered through long Spanish classes together. She is incredibly sweet, hilarious and oh-so-creative! Emily and her husband, Jake run Emily Katherine Designs where you can find beautiful jewelry that is perfect for adding some girly sparkle to your day! I love that you could wear their designs in a wedding dress or jeans and a white tee! 

Say 'aloha' to Emily (and Jake!)

Hi Emily! Could you tell Aisle to Aloha readers a little bit about yourself and your shop? 

1. Hello there! I'm Emily. My husband, Jake, and I own Emily Katherine Designs, an online shop of high quality, handcrafted beaded jewelry. I personally have been designing and making jewelry for about twelve years. After my husband and I got married, he helped me fulfill my dream of turning my love of making jewelry into a business. Our shop includes beaded bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and a whole bridal collection. Check out our newly redesigned blog for updates, giveaways, and more fun stuff! 

Emily Katherine Designs is a joint effort with your hubby, Jake. What are the best and most challenging things about working alongside your husband?

2. Yes, our business is a joint effort. I absolutely LOVE working with my husband on this business. We are a good pair because, well, he is my best friend, but our skills also compliment each other very well. He is very business savvy and does most of the technical work on the website, while I am more artsy. My husband is also a great support for me and is always encouraging me in my work. The most challenging thing about working with my husband is...hmmm...that his hands are too big to help me make the jewelry :)

Where do you draw inspiration for your jewelry?

3. The biggest inspiration for the jewelry itself are the amazing people in my life. Most of our jewelry is named after people that I love and are designed to match their personality. We have a blog segment called "Behind the Bracelet" that focuses on the people behind our jewelry. 

What is your favorite color and what do you think it says about your personality?

4. My favorite color would have to be purple. Or bright pink. I did my wedding in both of these colors. I think it says that I am bright and girly! As far as our jewelry, I especially love to use metallic colors, like the pearls in the Holly bracelet. 

Ok, don't they have some gorgeous pieces? My favorites are definitely their bracelets! Emily even created a bracelet inspired by ME! Check that one out here. 

Want more of Emily and Jake? 

Check out their blog here!

Find them on twitter!

Fan them on Facebook! 

They have graciously offered a whopping 20% off your purchase with the code ALOHA20 at checkout!  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An Attempt to Be More "Others-Centered."

The past week or two, I have been thinking about the article I mentioned a few months ago, about being an others-centered blogger. I love writing about our adventures here in Hawaii and I have lots of fun posting outfits {that hopefully inspire you!}, but it's also been on my heart to develop some ideas for ways to help my readers, connect with them {you!} better, and also promote some of my favorite hard-working creatives. So here are a few things I've come up with.

{one} I've been blogging for over two years and have run a handmade biz for almost a year. I am still learning and in so many ways, I feel like a total newb. But, I have learned so much in that time and I want to share what I've learned with you. So, I'll be writing a blog series called {What I've Learned}
 (real original title, right?) I'm going to cover topics like blogging, handmade biz, inspiration, packaging and photography. Let me reiterate that I consider myself far from an expert and I'm a bit hesitant to even do this series, for fear that I would be perceived as considering myself one. But I threw out the idea on my Facebook page this weekend, and got some great feedback, so I'm going for it. I'm also considering having some guest posts on things I know little about like... organization. :)

Look for the first {What I've Learned} post next week! 

{two} I love introducing you to my sponsors each week, and I hope that you enjoy finding new shops and handmade businesses to get to know! But as I surf the web, I find myself daily discovering shops that I'd love to share with you. In order to make more room in my posting schedule for sharing new shops with you, and give myself more time for writing those posts, I am going to change things up a little bit with my sponsorship. 

From now on, I'll be offering feature posts for the large ads only. Small size sponsors will get an ad spot on the sidebar and will be mentioned in a monthly group post instead of a feature post. This will allow me to bring in shops that I've found every now and then and bless them with an unsolicited feature. 

{three} I want to get to know YOU better! I do my best to visit your blogs and reply to your comments, but I know there are still many of you who lurk in the shadows, or who I have just not had to chance to get to know. So I created a survey to get to know you better. Even if you have never commented before, I would really love to hear from you. I promise to visit your blog if you leave me a link! All questions are optional.

I have also included a few questions about your likes/dislikes about my blog. Obviously, I write this blog for Chris and me, but I also like to see what you enjoy reading. So let me know what you think!
Click here to take the survey! 
**Survey closed! Thanks for participating!**

Pssst... If you don't have a blog link, please leave your email so I can respond! Mahaloo!

{By the way, I had a really awesome survey created in Google Docs, but it would not show up in live form no matter what. So instead, you have this boring looking survey. Oh well.}

So those are three major changes I am making to strive towards becoming a more others- centered blogger. I'm constantly learning as I go, and it certainly is a fun journey!

What are some ways you strive or would like to work towards being an others-centered blogger?


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Studio to Home: Jamie's Colorful Collage

I just about squealed when Jamie sent me these photos of her Aisle to Aloha Studio paintings in her craft/guest room. Most of the time, I only get to imagine my artwork in the space it was intended for, so when I really get to see it 'living' in a room, I get pretty darn excited. 

Jamie is a photographer and her husband is a writer. She first commissioned the mustard yellow 12x12 Click-Click and then later got the idea from her mother-in-law to have me paint a red 12x12 Write On to incorporate her husband's love for writing. The Tweet-Tweet and Wishin' add more color and whimsy to the space. 

Here you can see Jamie's color inspiration, drawn from the gorgeous handmade quilt and pillows on the guest bed. 

Thanks for letting me feature your space, Jamie! 

Got some Aisle to Aloha Studio artwork you want to show off? 

Send your best photos to aisletoaloha {at} gmail {dot} come and I'll be happy to feature your space too!

Want a colorful collage like Jamie's? Have fun shopping, friend! 


Monday, July 25, 2011

Aloha Style:: I Like to Ride My Bicycle.

fedora:: {Old Navy}
fedora band:: {headband from Forever21}
ring:: {Charlotte Russe}
nail polish:: {chinchilly by Essie}
white tee:: {Old Navy}
belt:: {Forever21}
denim cutoffs:: {American Eagle}
slippers:: {Reef}

Some things:: 

I love bike rides with Chris. 

I'm thankful that Chris spent an hour fixing and cleaning up my bike this weekend. 

I'm obsessed with my new gray nails-- chincilly by Essie. 

I realize this outfit is pretty boring but I love the basic casualness of a white tee and denim cutoffs.

Um, that's about it. 


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inspire Me Monday: Mint

I am loving mint green/blue these days. Just looking at the color makes my mouth tingle. Here are few of my favorite mint picks this week. 

Clockwise from right. 

{one} This bedroom is so elegant and refreshing. I can't decide if I love the sunburst mirror or gold morroccan poofs the best. Hm, I think the poofs. Mint and gold is seriously a genius combination. 

{two} I have been five minutes from buying this Raina bag from Fabric and Handle for about 3 weeks now. I love that you can adjust the handle lengths! 

{three} Lace and mint? Another perfect combo! Loving this ShopRuche Merissa top. 

{four} Friendship bracelets are all the rage lately and this one by minco on etsy is so gorgeous. It's fancied up with some silver chain and would look beautiful layered with a few other pieces of minna's delicate jewelry. 

Also, I'm craving some mint for my nails lately. Macy's was sold out of this Turquoise and Caicos shade by Essie when I went to buy it the other day but I'm determined to go back to snag it soon! 

Anyone want a mojito?


Friday, July 22, 2011

Let Me Know When Your Flight Gets In...

Since Chris has been home, we've been doing a lot of playing around the island. And one of the reasons I bought my DSLR in March was so that I'd be able to capture at least some of the beauty of these islands we are blessed to live on for just a short time. We are constantly reminded of God's might and glory as we watch waves crash on the beach and stare at the mountains that shoot straight up from the sea. 

So, I've been busy snapping away as we've been cruisin' around. Before I hop off for the weekend, I thought I'd leave you with some of the photos I've taken recently. 

Makapu'u Point/ Tidepools

Sandy's Beach 

Spitting Cave

Chinaman's Hat

Got your tickets yet? Let me know when your flight gets in, I'll be sure to meet you at the airport with a lei! ;) 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Aloha From a Sponsor: Moxie Mandie

Today's featured sponsor is Mandie from Moxie Mandie! Her shop is filled to the brim with richly colored goodies-- from pillow covers, burp cloths, clutches, and even yards of fabric! I had such a hard time choosing what to feature on today's post, so be sure to go check out her shop and see what else this creative girl's got to offer! Without further ado, here's Mandie! 

Aloha Mandie! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your shop?

Hi! I'm Mandie from moxiemandie. I love fabric, my hubby, our camera, and movies. Not necessarily in that order. I opened my shop last October with a few zippered pouches, and it's evolved to a little shop full of accessories for you, baby, and home. I love mixing old & new to create unique options that you won't find anywhere else. Thrifted fabric is my favorite- I LOVE giving new life to something that's been set aside. :)

Where do you do most of your creating? Studio? Dining room table? Living room couch?

I currently sew in our living room. We have a spare room, but my fabric is usually strewn all over it, so I tend to drag my table in front of the tv most evenings and get some work done while watching tv. 

Everyone has those inspiration funks. How do you get out of a funk?

When I get into a funk, I usually let myself walk away from my fabrics and machine and take a breather for a day or two. If that doesn't get the juices rolling, I head over to Anthro or World Market to look at their pretty linens and after bringing something new home with me, I get to creating. ;)

What's your favorite color and what do you think that says about your personality?

I don't feel that I have a favorite color, but I've noticed that most of the fabrics I reach for are blue, yellow, and green. I'm not quite sure what that says about me, but those are the colors you'll find in my home usually, too! 

Want more of MoxieMandie? 

Go say "aloha" over on her blog! 

Become a fan on Facebook! 

Chat with her on twitter! 

Take 10% off your MoxieMandie purchase with the code AISLE2ALOHA through July!

Got a New Bob. A Haircut, Not a Boyfriend.

 It's been months since I've looved my hair. The past few hair cuts have been eh, nice. I couldn't exactly put my finger on what was wrong, but after two "eh" cuts from the same stylist, I decided to switch it up and go to a new salon. 

And I loooove my hair. 

Also, love my new-to-me vintage skirt.  Seriously amazing colors and patterns on this thang. 

(My first vintage purchase (!!) from Wishfulness shop on Etsy)

Chris told me to show off my rings. And this is what I did. I'm a bit ridiculous. 

navy cardigan:: {uh, no idea}
white tee:: {Old Navy}
belt:: {TJ Maxx}
skirt:: {vintage}
sandals:: {Old Navy}
turquoise ring: {gift from Chris}
coral ring:: {Charlotte Russe}

Let's talk hair cuts. Am I the only one who has to dress cute to go get a hair cut? And do my makeup all nice? I'm all like "I've got to show my new girl that I'm cute and stylish, so she'll give me a cute and stylish cut! Otherwise, she'll probably assume I'm a bum and give me a boring- girl haircut" No one wants a boring-girl cut. 

You do it too, don't you? 

Also, I kind of hate sitting in that chair with my hair all slicked back and my face exposed, forced to stare at my face for an hour. I find it so awkward. So that's why I have to have rockin' makeup. 

If you're in the market for a sweet new bob, check out my Photos to Show My Hairstylist board on Pinterest. I show it to my hairstylist every time I get my hairs cut. My favorites are the first and last pins. 


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Two Years, Tree Roots & Glittery Spoons

Two years ago on Sunday, Chris and I flew into Honolulu International Airport for the very first time. It's been an amazing adventure and I can't believe that it's coming to an end soon. To celebrate our time here, we drove up to the Haleiwa Arts Festival on the North Shore. 

I was too busy taking in all the beautiful artistry to take any pictures, but I did get a photo of these awesome tree roots as we walked down to the beach. How's that for good documentation? ;)

necklace:: {c/o Elegant Girl Art}
top:: {Town & Country Surf Shop}
skirt:: {Forever21}
sandals:: {American Eagle}

Speaking of amazing artists, I received my Aloha Girl spoon necklace in the mail! Erin, of Elegant Girl Art featured me in her Girls 2 Watch series a few weeks ago and created this necklace inspired by yours truly. I am seriously in love with it and wear it all the time now. She's got lots more glittery necklaces, earrings and rings in her shop, you definitely need to check it out! 

PS. Got my hair cut on Monday. It's super cute and I'm finally happy with it for the first time in months! Pictures coming soon, of course! 

PPS. I have officially stopped taking custom orders as we wait to see when we are moving off island. But there are still lots of pretty paintings in the shop and I'll be adding more ready to ship paintings up until we have to pack out. So go shopping, lovelies! 

Linking up with Lindsey's What I Wore Wednesday!