Walking into fishcake is like walking into a wonderland with creative furnishings and space accessories as far as the eye can see, topped off with a generous dollop of vintage and art. It was one of those spots that I needed to look at each deliciously designed detail.


The light filled interior is modeled after a fishcake factory with a fun industrial feel. The display fixtures are surely the inspiration of many a DIY. Unique items for the home, both handmade and vintage, tempted my wallet (which has been sealed shut for the holiday season, in an effort to…dramatic drum roll please, fast from shopping).


The Dressing A Dress art exhibit is a feast for fashion and textile obsessed eyes. I coveted this gown made from 200 swatches of textile archives by Kauai artist Louda Larrain in celebration of Hawaii Fashion month.


Body Works…sculptures by Jinja Kim were a treat for those who favor black and white in their space, also for Hawaii Fashion Month.


I wanted everything from canvas bottle bags to a vintage in-tray to the perfect small space coffee table set but this quirky piece for the animal lover (real heads ain’t my thang) was my favorite.

fishcake is easily at the top of my spots to visit on Oahu. They don’t just shine at retail, their services are also available for your commercial and residential design needs.

Visit fishcake online here or on facebook or their awesome instagram.

fishcake is located at 307C Kamani Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dressing A Dress is available for viewing until December 30, 2014. Body Works concludes on November 30, 2014.

Made in Maui County Festival

One of the things I adore about Maui is the creative energy and love of farming. Maui is home to many artists, makers and growers. This weekend, 130 of these local businesses will offer their wares at the first Made in Maui County Festival. Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the festival was modeled after the popular Made in Hawaii event. The event strives to showcase and promote locally made products and will be open to the public from 8 to 4:30 on Saturday, November 8th, at the MACC.


I’m excited for the opportunity to meet the artisans behind BoxEleven (handmade women’s apparel and accessories), Aloha Letterpress (custom designed stationery printed on an antique press) and Kalapaki Girl Dezigns (women’s contemporary apparel made from vintage fabric on Molokai). I will also be visiting familiar friendly faces like Libby Behn of Maui Island Love (handmade tote bags) and Roxanne Tiffin of Kula Fields (products made from local produce by our favorite home farm box delivery service). The Festival will feature products made with love for your closet, tabletop and kitchen.

In the first year of MauiShopGirl, I successfully completed a challenge to purchase my entire holiday gift list from local makers. If you’d like to do the same this year, Made in Maui is the perfect event to kick off your holiday shopping. The full list of vendors is here.

As for me, I’ll be browsing for gifts and searching for product lines to feature on MauiShopGirl in future posts. I hope to see you there!

Tiny House Nation

FYI TV launched Tiny House Nation in July. Each weekly episode is an hour long and showcases a different family’s transition to and design of a newly built Tiny Home under 300 square feet. Other homes in the small space/tiny home category are also shown as mini-features. Tiny House Nation is not a detailed DIY presentation of the tiny home building and planning process. Nor does it explore legal challenges an owner may encounter in different states. The show does provide an expedited and summarized glimpse into tiny living focusing on the clever use of space and multi-purpose pieces. Whether we live in a tiny home, an apartment or have a room that is multi-purpose, we can all learn a tiny thing or two from Tiny House Nation.

Tiny House Nation

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Don’t you hate it when people say (or write) “I die”? Me too. Yes Rachel Zoe, I’m talking to you. However, when I stumbled upon the Spring Summer 2014 line by Upstate, those are the exact words that ran through my head as my jaw dropped to the floor.

Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka founded Upstate out of Brooklyn in 2010 based on a mutual love of making things. They were inspired by the Japanese textile art of shibori. Shibori is the binding, pleating, wrapping or stitching of fabric prior to dying to create patterns, both simple and elaborate.


I’ve always loved a jacket that get its bones from the traditional kimono or happi. Although the kimono inspired cardigan or jacket has been a hot trend the past few summers at all price points, it is by no means a new shape. The soft flowing shape is a classic. Designers in Hawaii, Asia and beyond have created pieces inspired by the kimono or happi for decades. My own wardrobe includes jackets from Winter Kate as well as vintage happi from Japan. Another favorite is a cropped army trench by Atsuro Tayama with kimono like sleeves purchased on a trip to Hong Kong a decade ago.

The hand dyed creations by Upstate are tempting long-term additions to my collection. Their unique pieces can be worn over a casual day outfit, as a touch of boho flair for a night out or as luxurious lounge wear. I covet the kimono jacket on the bottom left but would welcome any item from their offerings which range from sarongs to elegant jumpsuits.


Upstate also wants to dress your home. Linens and throw pillows in their shibori patterns are an easy way to add interest and a touch of art to your space. They also make slouchy totes and envelope clutch bags.

All images via Upstate.

365 Grateful

Today is my birthday and for the first time in my adulthood, I am unequivocally alone and single. My relationship status on its own is not pivotal, however that combined with a transformed perception toward life, love and the future is. In the past few years I ended an increasingly tumultuous relationship, simplified my lifestyle and set goals that exceed my prior beliefs of what is possible. I see opportunity and freedom in my solitude. I am free to look inward, grow and change without compromise. Part of the simplifying process is feeling and expressing gratitude for what we already have. If we do not appreciate what is already present, it is easy to lose focus on what is ultimately important. Living simply with gratitude is key to living intently. Until we live with intention, it is easy to merely coast through life or stray from what we value.

To celebrate this birthday, I am embarking on a year long project, a daily practice of gratitude and reflection. Instagram is my favorite social media platform and I will be sharing an image each day with a note of appreciation. Some days will be deep and soulful while others may just be a pretty little or silly thing that caught my eye or made me smile. As I searched for gratitude projects online I stumbled upon 365 Grateful. Hailey Bartholomew, a filmmaker and photographer in Australia did just that in 2008 after meeting with a life coach who advised her the secret to happiness is reflection and gratitude. Self-reflection and gratitude can lead us down a positive path. On the flip side, those who do not reflect and appreciate their present are more likely to engage in poor life decisions as a result of their discontent. Hailey found the simple act of daily gratitude improved her marriage, spirituality and health.

I’ll be posting with the hashtags #mauishopgirl365 and #365Grateful. Please feel free to join me (and tag me) at any time. Your 365 can start on whatever day you wish. You can also follow my daily gratitude posting on Instagram – MauiShopGirl.

To read more about Hailey’s 365 project and film, visit 365 Grateful.

If you would like to embark on 365 days of gratitude but Instagram is not your thing, here are a few other options:

  • A gratitude journal
  • A daily tweet or facebook status update
  • A scrapbook or sketch pad
  • Chalkboard or white board on your desk or in your kitchen
  • An email to a loved one or group of friends
  • A phone app
  • Jot your daily gratitude down on a small slip of paper to fill a mason or cookie jar.
  • On origami or craft paper to be displayed

Also feel free to share what you are feeling grateful for today in the comments below.

Video via 365 Grateful on YouTube.