Morimoto Waikiki

Thursday, February 26, 2015


If you are a Food Network fan you are a Chef Morimoto fan by default. Naturally, when my mom suggested we have dinner at Morimoto Waikiki in Honolulu, I jumped at the chance to eat at this Iron Chef's restaurant. 

I hate to say it, because I do like Chef Morimoto's TV personality, but I was not impressed. Overall, it seemed as though he was trying too hard to make eclectic food combinations. My dad was completely flabbergasted when he got his pork gyoza with tomato sauce and bacon cream foam. The BF and I shared the whole fish for dinner, and I think I would have liked it had it been seasoned properly. Unfortunately, lack of salt leads to a lack in taste. I'm pleased to say, however, that Morimoto's sushi did not disappoint - it was absolutely delicious. I was also lucky enough to end the dinner on a high note with some tasty sorbets. The BF and I were particularly taken by the aloe one. 

The restaurant itself is stunning and I would certainly visit again if only to have a sushi role and aloe sorbet for dessert. 



*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.

Tuesday 2.24

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blouse: J. Crew, Turtleneck: J. Crew, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Ferragamo, Clutch: Old Navy



*Photographs taken by the BF.

Tori Richard

Monday, February 23, 2015


Tori Richard, not to be confused with Tory Burch, is a Honolulu designer that I stumbled upon while in Hawaii. Whenever I travel somewhere different I try to purchase locally designed items. Luckily, Hawaii is a treasure trove of unique pieces. 

My first local find was designer Tori Richard - who has a store front in the hotel we stayed at in Honolulu, the Kahala Resort. Her clothing, and prints, remind me of Lily Pulitzer's designs. What I like best about Tori Richard's items is that the prints are modern and Hawaiian inspired. I particularly gravitated towards the clothes with the palm frond print. 

Tori Richard also sells classic Hawaiian men's shirts. Because the label sells men's clothing, every member of my family was able to get something. For my purchase I bought a dark colored blouse, with a Hawaiian style print, that I can wear in both summer and winter - I've already worn it once

I was so impressed with Tori Richard's styles that I immediately looked up the website after visiting the store front. It's lucky that I did because they have many more items online than they do in store. For my next purchase, I have my eyes on the Tiki Palm Gabbie dress and I plan on buying it during my next credit card billing cycle. 



*Collage created by Gabriela Monsanto.

Moon River

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dress: c/o Boohoo.com, Necklace: Express, Bag: Chanel, Shoes: J. Crew

I was asked by Boohoo.com to style a dress after a classic fashion icon I admire. I immediately thought of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I had watched that movie when I was younger, and I just revisited it over the Christmas holiday. 

I loved it. 

Everything about it is fabulous - the outfits, the music & Mr. Yunioshi in particular. 

What's so wonderful about Audrey Hepburn's style as Holly Golightly is that it's both classic and eclectic. Holly is often spotted throughout the film wearing a little black dress with gorgeous statement jewelry. When I laid eyes on the fringe dress above, an image of Holly came to mind. I could picture her wearing this dress with a cocktail in hand (how she spends about 90 percent of the movie) hosting a great soiree in her chic NYC apartment. 

I had a lot of fun taking these photos, as I've never styled an outfit with a specific person in mind. I have to say, I think the pictures are pretty convincing. All I need to do is lose 40 pounds and people can start calling me Ms. Golightly. 



*Photographs taken by the BF.

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The reason why I'm so fascinated with World War Two is because none of it makes any sense. You could be an english teacher one day, in the case of Captain Miller from Saving Private Ryan, and a sergeant the next. When you read about the tactics the military employed it's hard to comprehend that these men didn't train for combat their entire lives. 

The other surreal aspect of World War Two is the scale of death that was experienced by both military personnel and civilians. Thousands of lives were taken on a daily basis. The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial pays tribute to this fact in a really powerful way. Many military personnel that survived the Pearl Harbor attack have their remains laid to rest at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial after they pass. The memorial pays tribute to those that died in 1941 as well as those whose remains were buried there decades later. Although the site memorializes a horrible moment in America's history, it's also incredibly beautiful. I'm very grateful that I got the chance to visit the site in person. 



*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto. 

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