Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Day Time Photoshoot in Kaka'ako

Bonjour, mes lecteurs belles!
It has only been a brief time since my last post which I am most proud of.  The days are still oh-so-very humid & hot but it doesn't stop me from my weekly sessions at hot yoga.  I finally got back into yoga and promised to commit to it this time.  Not only did it help me lose a couple pounds in the past month, it also helps me release all the stress from the week in a healthy and spiritual manner.  Not to mention that I want to fulfill my lifelong dream of being able to do the splits.  Wish me luck, guys!

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

I had the privilege of another photoshoot this year with my two bros, Julio & Eric.  It's always fun to shoot with these two because I feel like we have a lot in common.  Julio and I are crazy cat humans and would do anything to save all the homeless kittles right meow.  Eric and I share similar interests in Anime and video gaming (although the degree of obsessions differ). Let's just say that we both have Filipino blood in us.

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

We decided our shoot to be in Kaka'ako in an area called "Pow Wow Hawaii" where you can find street art everywhere.  It really makes for some great backgrounds.  It was unintentional how my outfit seemed to go well with these walls.  I tried to wear more colors other than black and white for this shoot.

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

But then again, I can never seem to stray away from my dual-chrome of black and white everythang.  You'd be surprised that this whole outfit--minus the pencil shirt--is from Forever 21.  

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

These days, I find it difficult to pick out anything from there but whenever I do find something, I never question the quality nor price of them.  

Photo by Eric Baranda

And conveniently . . . a black and white wall!

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

I've always found smoke to be very mesmerizing how it clouds up and trails out in little cotton trickles.  Don't worry! There was absolutely no nicotine involved in this.  I've never even smoked a cigarette in my life.  I wonder if that's surprising to everyone who knew me during my rocker/visual-kei days . . .

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

This isn't me but I just had to share this amazing capture that Julio got of his car.

Photo by Julio Uyesugi featuring my new car, Luna

Speaking of cars, I traded in my old Lexus IS for this beau!  You can barely see the car in this but it's a Mazda Sport GT and I love it.  I named her Luna after my cat that passed away just 3 years ago.  I believe that this is the reincarnation of her.  No judging.  And I apologize for the terrible photoshop cover of my license plate.

Photo by Eric Baranda

A near sunset shot by Eric.  I might as well have titled this post as Monica & the cars in her life.  


Photo by Eric Baranda

The shoot was never ending as we decided to get dinner at Kaka'ako Kitchen.  The chicken was really yummy.  I can't wait for our future shoots whenever that may be.  A big "thank you" to my bros for coming out to do this shoot for me so I can have something to post on my blog. 8)

Photo by Eric Baranda

Bonus derp shot. :B

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Monsieur Julio Uyesugi: Facebook


Monsieur Eric Baranda: Facebook

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Closet: Dusting it off

This post is so ridiculously overdue.  Before writing this post, I checked back and found that my last "My Closet" was back in 2013!  After working for a company that provides you uniforms, I not only had my days off to dress up but I somehow got to the point of losing motivation to be fashionable.  

And within these last 2 years, I only managed to snap the following few photos. . . with different hairstyles.

Dior's 2014 Summer Collection by Raf Simmons.  The button down dress was the most flattering dress I've ever worn.  Raf is a total jealous when it comes to manipulating a woman's figure.

In beginning of 2014, I had probably my 3rd cup of coffee in my life.  This was jut so I could stay awake through a work training and I have to say that I fell in love with it.  I drank it on the daily and got to the point where I relied on it to keep my day going.  Hence the reason why I bought this shirt.
I've slowly cut down to one coffee and week because I've always hated the idea of being overly addicted to ANYTHING.

I also found my love for circular shaped sunglasses. 

So, here I am wondering when I had a Samsung and especially that case!  It most have been a short-lived period with that phone (iPhone forever!).  I bought this top after taking this picture and could not bring myself to wear it in public yet.  I NEED NICE ABS!

One of my good friends established his own brand and I was able to get my hands on one of his works that I really love!  It's surprisingly difficult to find a plain romper anywhere.  I love this romper because it's so comfy and free!  The back of the romper is super cute but I had forgotten to take a picture of it at the time.

I take a lot of my photos now in dressing rooms haha
Here's me in my Vivienne Westwood dress and my favorite Dior clutch. Oh, and long hair.

Pleather leggings with the infamous cross strap bra top.  Super comfy outfit!

Trying to explore more of the color palette . . .


Here are my pleather leggings again and a scarf to pair with my outfit because it was a bit chillier during the beginning of this year.

This is the outfit I wore for my 2nd anni with mah bay bay.  Probably the first Bebe dress I've ever bought and I love it!  This dress always reminds me of the great service I got that day.  The salesperson literally recommended me the whole store and worked with me patiently for almost an hour!  Being a salesperson myself, I was blown away.

And that concludes this edition of "My Closet".  Writing this blog really has inspired me to get back into dressing up and recording all my outfits throughout to the year.  You only live once . . . why not live it fashionably?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Corn Flake Chicken Katsu for DAYS!

It has been excruciatingly hot in Hawaii.  It is said to be the hottest summer in Hawaii in a long time and I am definitely feeling a great amount of fatigue as I type this blog sweating in my apartment.  Whilst living in Japan, the one thing I hated was summer.  Merciless . .  humid . . . summer.  I thought that was the only brownie point that Hawaii had was that it was never scorching hot and if the sun felt hot, at least there were trade winds.


This is such a good opportunity to think of happy thoughts and to go back through #foodporn pictures.

It was possibly 3-4 months ago and a real #latepost but I wanted to share a new restaurant that opened up this year that I really enjoyed.  We decided to stop in for lunch since it was a bit cheaper so we could try out different dishes. 

Nothing like noon-time alcohol.  Me enjoying my Rijo Raba: grey goose, ginger beer & fresh mint served in a beautiful copper mug

Rice Rocket which is basically a lychee martini

Service is great here which is to be expected from a higher-scale Japanese restaurant.  Our appetizer for the day was this Rijo Sunset roll.  The vinegar rice was made to perfection and the fish was really fresh! That's a big plus for me!

My boyfriend got the Open-Faced Crab & Tuna Sashimi BLT.  I really loved the crab dynamite on top italian bread idea.  Fancy and very contemporary.  

Corn Flake Jidori Chicken Katsu.  I have to say that I loved this dish so much that when we dined a second time, I ordered the same thing.  The texture of the katsu was so amazing!  The outside was nice and cripsy with the next layer being a little chewy and at the end you get that nice juicy chicken texture.  

Every time I do these blogs, I always end up torturing myself trying to reminisce the taste of everything.   I very much recommend this restaurant and as I've mentioned, I did visited a couple times after because I just had to have more.  

Location: 66 Queen Street, Honolulu, HI   96813
For reservations: reservations@rijohawaii.com

Alright, time to make myself a nice cold drink.  Hope everyone's surviving the summer better than I am!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lash Worth

Last year, I found a new addiction saves me from looking totally like a boy in the morning and also saves me time from getting ready in the morning.  A growing addiction for many girls these days--eyelash extensions has become a part of my monthly routine.  

When I heard about the idea of adding false lashes one-by-one to each lash every month, I thought it was a pointless procedure.  A total waste of money.  But then again, the feelings were mutual for gel nails; until I actually got them done and realized how important pampering yourself could make one feel more beautiful.

Overly anticipating the day, I had forgotten to take a before picture of my lashes.  It was a long process of consultation and application of eyelashes.  When I looked at the mirror afterward, I have to say that I was beyond happy.  Yes, I had stopped applying on falsies for a while but I did have withdrawals.  Seeing a full and long set of lashes and them actually appearing NATURAL, I thought to myself that I would work hard to maintain them.

So, two salons later, I am currently frequenting at La Pure with the lovely and talented Mami-san.  The relashing occurs every 3 weeks for an hour session.  It's not as bad as it sounds.  I fall asleep throughout most of it.

This is probably the best before picture I have in storage.  When I got my eyelash perm, it gave a natural curl but it really can't compare to having my lashes elongated and delicately fluttering naturally upwards.

Now, I can spend my days off without makeup (except for my eyebrows :P) and I have no need for eyelash curlers or mascaras!  Along with that, I rarely wear any eye make-up because I feel that it will defeat the natural-look.

For those who are skeptical of how great it is to have eyelash extensions, take it from me--the girl who hates to put on make-up every day and rarely has time to get her nails done.  Owning the I-woke-up-like-this-look and having all my clients at work ask me what mascara I use to get my eyelashes long . . . I MAKE THE TIME GURL!  

If you're a reader from Hawaii, I would definitely recommend going to Mami-san at La Pure:

La Pure Eyelash Extension
1441 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Contact: (808) 924-8422

For my readers from all over the world, eyelash extension has become so popular lately that I'm sure that you will be able to Google a salon nearby.  The main thing I would look out for is to make sure they're using the top quality eyelashes to avoid damages to your real eyelashes.  And I cannot stress enough to go ahead and rely on the reviews.  Read through them carefully and make the best judgement because eyelashes are so precious.  You wouldn't want just anyone messing with them.  

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