Everlane Choose What You Pay Summer Event

Choose What You Pay Summer Event

If you’ve been following me this year, you know that I have so much love for Everlane as of late. As I’ve gotten older, I realized the importance of keeping a good rotation of basics and Everlane definitely helps with that. They currently have their Choose What You Pay Summer Event; Everlane overproduces certain products and during this event, you choose from 3 different prices! I bought two things from the sale and sharing a few other items I would buy:

What I Bought

The Modern Loafer in Sand – Been eyeing a pair of nude/sand loafers to wear for traveling and these look amazing! I see myself wearing it everywhere from Tokyo to Paris to New York I can’t wait for this to arrive (and hopefully they arrive before my upcoming trip)!

The High Rise Skinny Jeans in Washed Black – I love their jeans and wanted to add this pair to my collection. I love, love high waisted jeans right now and these are such a great price!

Runner Ups

If I had all the money in the world, I would have added these to my cart:

The Boss Boot in Taupe – Can’t say no to a good pair of boots and I love this taupe color! Too bad my size is out of stock or otherwise, I would have bought it!

The Boss Mule in Black – I was so close to purchasing these but there weren’t that many of the loafers left so I bought the loafers instead. I might purchase these if I end up selling a pair of boots! Note: when I make big purchases, I try to sell something that I don’t wear anymore to cut down on my possessions (or in this case, cancel it out)

The Oversized Fleece Crew in Stone – I lowkey love crew sweatshirts for casual days at home or errands around the neighborhood (I honestly have a lot of sweatshirts at the moment that it might be overkill with this…. maybe).

The Japanese GoWeave Notch Shirtdress in Olive – What a perfect summer dress! A little bit out of my price point but maybe I’ll be able to purchase it over the summer!

The Clean Silk Short-Sleeve Square Shirt in Pale Yellow – A perfect silk shirt in a beautiful pale yellow color to wear during summer with either jeans, a skirt, or some shorts!

I hope you enjoyed my round-up for Everlane! Shop my picks below and let me know if you bought anything!

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Minted Weddings

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Minted Weddings Save the Date

Disclosure: I collaborated with Minted Weddings for this post in exchange for product. All opinions are of my own.

Minted Weddings

My very first wedding post! Oh, how I have been so ready to finally sit down and write a post about wedding planning! Charles proposed to me last year on October 2, 2018 in Paris. Since then, it’s been a blissful period of just figuring out the logistics of our wedding. Most of our family and friends are in California BUT we do have a very large handful of friends in Hawaii. We finally settled on having our wedding in Hawaii.

We have been looking at venues on the island online but none didn’t scream at us as “the one” until we came across our venue that we just booked! The process was long: we contacted our venue in February and we finally booked it earlier this month!

Now that booking the venue is out of the way, we finally get to start wedding planning! First things first are the Save the Dates. We wanted to make sure that our guests from out of town will be able to make it (it’ll be a destination wedding for a lot of our family and friends from the Mainland). We previously used Minted to create online Engagement Party invites and it was so easy I knew I had to use Minted for our Save the Date.

About Minted

If you don’t know what Minted is, it’s a website and marketplace where you can create invitations, find fine art to fit your style, and gifts for your loved ones. The designs on their website are from independent artists and designers from all over the world. They create a space for these artists and designers to sell their products and build their business which I think is amazing!

Minted also has a dedicated “Minted Weddings” that I briefly browsed before booking our venue to get an idea on how I wanted my Save the Date to look like. Charles typically likes to give me creative control with things such as our wedding but we are going with a “modern & minimalist” theme.

When we booked our venue, I immediately started creating the Save the Date through Minted Weddings so that our guest can have a heads up and plan accordingly. Although it may seem overwhelming, picking a design is pretty easy! You can filter the Save the Dates by style, color, price, etc. From rustic to botanical to bohemian, there are different styles for different couples. Charles and I wanted to go for a modern and minimalist design and checked “Modern” and “Simple & Minimalist” to narrow down our choices. I didn’t want our photos on our Save the Dates and I found a few designs that met that. Here are a few runner ups:

I Adore You by Phrosne Ras

Funky Names by Phrosne Ras

Minimal Romance by Playground Prints

Booked by Mere Paper

We ended up choosing A Few Words by Susan Brown in the 4.25″ x 6″ size.

There are different sizes to fit your needs and budgets such as a simple postcard (sans envelope), classic 5″ x 7″ size, or even a magnet. Currently, there are 6 different combinations to choose from and we chose the white background with black lettering. You can choose to foil the letters for an extra cost. We decided to keep it simple with just the black lettering. There is an option for sharp corners or more rounded corners and we kept it with the sharp corners. Another customizable option you can do with your Save the Dates is whether or not you want a flat card with a message/photo in the back or fold-over card with either blank inside (for you to write inside) or prewritten with a message; the fold-over cards are for an extra cost. We went with a flat card since it was only Save the Dates and we wanted to keep it super simple. As you can imagine, the options and styles are endless!

There are different options for the type of paper you would like your invites to be printed on. We went with the Signature stock and I was surprised at the quality of the Save the Dates when we received them! With options such as Recycled with FSC-certified paper, Doublethick, and Pearlescent, each type of paper may come with additional cost to fit your budget needs!

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Save the Date card with matching recipient addressing and the artist’s mark on the back

One of my favorite parts about Minted was that they offer the option of supporting the artist by having a mark printed on the back. As a creative myself, I love supporting artists whenever I can and chose to get the artist’s name printed. It was quite subtle (as you can see from the photo) and because we didn’t have anything printed on the back, it was perfect!

Now comes the fun part: personalizing the Save the Dates. I kept it true to the original design minus not capitalizing our names (I love the look of lowercase letters for aesthetic purposes) and keeping the details all capitalized in contrast. If you chose to have a message or photo on the back of the card or the inside of the card if you’re ordering fold-over, this is the part where you customize it to your liking! Because ours was blank, I didn’t get the chance to explore this option.

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Signature Stock is high quality

For the envelopes, this took some time for one reason and this reason was actually worth it in my opinion: free recipient addressing! You can customize the font and sometimes, they have matching recipient addressing for your Save the Dates which I love. Take note that “All-Script” recipient address designs require being hand canceled at the Post Office so it will incur a surcharge at the USPS to send it so be prepared for that (I wasn’t aware until making the Save the Dates). My handwriting isn’t the best and I didn’t want to pay a calligrapher to address the envelopes (at least for the Save the Dates) so Minted offering free recipient addressing is such a treat! The reason why it took some time during this step was that it took a while to gather all of the addresses! Good thing is that it saves it for you on your account so you refer back to it for other invites!

We opted out of the option of having a return address printed on the back of the envelope as it costs quite a bit to get printed on the envelope. We plan to use sticky labels for it instead.

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(Deal has ended) If you’re still on the fence about the designs, you can order up to 10 free samples (these aren’t personalized) with the code: 10FREESAMPLES. If you are already set with your design, you can get 25% off your Save the Dates with the code: ENGAGED25 which ends June 3, 2019!

Overall, I would absolutely use Minted Weddings again as it was so easy to create Save the Dates! It fits any brides’ and grooms’ style and with so many customizable options, you are sure to make something that is aligned with your aesthetics. I imagine all the other products (not just the Minted Weddings products) would be just as easy!

Thank you Minted Weddings for working with me! Have you used Minted before?

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Friday Favorites: Brands I Love

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Wearing Ajaie Alaie Anda Dress and Kayu Carrie Bag

Disclaimer: Kayu sent me the Carrie bag. As always, opinions are of my own. 

Friday Favorites: Brands I Love

The older I get, the more I pay attention to where my money goes and which brands I want to fully get behind. I’m not here to say that I completely shop sustainable and ethical (I do, sometimes shop at Zara, although more mindfully than in the past), but if budget permits, I lean towards brands such as Kayu and Ajaie Alaie.

Kayu sent over this Carrie bag and instantly fell in love. If you’ve been following me for awhile, I have the quite the love for all things circle bags and this bag was no exception. Even better than how cute the bag is, is the fact that they pay their artisans who handcrafted their bags a fair, living wage while also ensuring they work in a clean and safe environment. They also use eco friendly materials and I love when brands do  what they can to limit their carbon footprint. With summer approaching, nothing better than adding a bag to your collection for your vacation needs that is also kind to our environment. There are so many cute bags right now, I highly recommend checking out their collection! Shop here.

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Ajaie Alaie is a brand that I’ve been following for quite sometime and finally took the plunge and ordered this beautiful dress (not only do I love circle bags, but I love polka dots as well!). Ajaie Alaie recently introduced a new concept that I’m down for: Made-to-Order pieces. In order to curb waste, they only produce what is ordered! You won’t get your pieces as quickly as “fast fashion” brands, but rest assured, you are supporting a brand that is aware of their impact on the environment! Bonus, they package their dresses in reusable mesh bags that you can use as produce bags!

Friday Favorites is a new way for me to share what I am into at the moment and these two brands are pretty high on my list! Also, mahalo, Kayu for sending over this beautiful bag! Can’t wait to use it more this summer!

What are your favorite eco friendly brands?

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AUrate Fine Jewelry

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AUrate Solid Square Necklace in 14K Solid  Yellow Gold (also wearing Brooklyn Bridge Ring in Yellow Gold with my engagement ring)

Disclosure: AUrate sent me these products in exchange for a post. All opinions are of my own.

AUrate Fine Jewelry

Ever since Charles had proposed to me on October 2nd last year, I have been building my jewelry collection since. I wanted to build up from my engagement ring to make my entire collection more cohesive. I mean, my ring is supposed to be forever, right? So why not choose jewelry from here on out that works well with it. For personal preference, I prefer that each piece can be worn with any other piece in my jewelry collection. Luckily for me, Charles ended up proposing to me with a beautiful yellow gold engagement ring which meant I can choose any yellow gold jewelry my heart’s desires (and I love yellow gold jewelry).

AUrate is a jewelry company set to create high quality jewelry pieces with fair pricing. Each piece is an original design and I love how the pieces I ordered were made-to-order. Also, each piece is made in New York City and I love getting behind brands who are small and local. Knowing that the brand has transparency by being aware of how their products are produced is such a great brand to get behind.

Solid Square Necklace

I’ve been in search for a simple, dainty, and high quality necklace that I could personalize. When I found AUrate and came across their Solid Square Necklace, I knew I had to get it. I prefer choosing solid gold pieces as humidity tends to tarnish a lot of my gold plated or filled jewelry. Choosing what to engrave was easy (engraving is optional by the way but I wanted to make it personal). I chose to engrave “ckc” to stand for “Charles, Kat, and Curry”. These two have been my rock through all of my obstacles throughout the years and with them with me always while wearing it, is a reminder that I can do anything when I have these two.

Brooklyn Bridge Ring

I am wearing the Brooklyn Bridge stacked with my engagement ring in the photo and considering it to be one of my many wedding bands! As with my necklace, I got it in solid yellow gold. It nicely hugs my oval diamond in a very subtle way which I like. It also comes in a diamond version with 5 diamonds. If you buy it as a set (both the Brooklyn Bridge Ring with and Diamond Brooklyn Bridge Ring), you get a discount! It looks super lovely stacked and I may have to add the Diamond Brooklyn Bridge Ring to my jewelry collection.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for another post listing more pieces I want to add to my jewelry collection from AUrate! Have you purchased jewelry from them before?

 

Links to Shop:

Solid Square Necklace

Brooklyn Bridge Ring

Diamond Brooklyn Bridge Ring

Brooklyn Bridge Ring Set

 

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Japan on Film – Autumn

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Japan on Film – Autumn

Cherry blossom season during the spring would have to be one of my favorite seasons to visit Japan but autumn is a really close second. The trees come alive during the fall with sprinkles of yellow, red, and orange blanketing the city of Tokyo. The crisp, cold air and the smell of udon and curry permeates your surroundings inviting you inside the small hole-in-the-wall shops to keep warm; fall in Tokyo gives me the cozy feeling that I otherwise wouldn’t get in Hawaii (I mean, it’s literally 80 degrees all year round).

So when Charles and I had the pleasure of visiting Tokyo early December of last year, I was ecstatic to be around cold weather and indulge in noodles. But most importantly, to capture autumn in film which I haven’t done thus far. I know with summer around the corner (how is it almost May already?), I hope these photos give you a nice, cozy feeling and a little something to look forward to after the hot, summer months.

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Wander Hour - Film Japan

Wander Hour - Film Japan

Wander Hour - Film Japan

Wander Hour - Film Japan

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Next up: San Francisco on Film! Have a great week friends!

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