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Mary Ann

    Fashion: Lirika Matoshi

    March 27, 2018

    We have to take a moment to be in complete awe of Lirika Matoshi and her collection of embellished fishnets, stockings, and socks. From the celestial sky down to the elements of our planet, Lirika draws inspiration from the outdoors and re-imagines it in her pieces. We love the high details and how her pieces adds a touch of chic art into any outfit.

    All of her pieces are handmade, btw. That’s wild because no two are exactly the same. We love that. Check out a few our other favorite pieces below, and if you’d like to purchase a pair or two, go ahead to Lirika’s ETSY shop. Let us know if you have your eyes on anything!

    Photo Credit: Lirika Matoshi

    Fashion: NooWorks

    March 15, 2018

    If you’ve been keeping up with our Instagram, you would know that I’m having a love affair with NooWorks and my Magic Cheetah Jumpsuit. I got to preview their lookbook for their upcoming collection, and I’m excited to share a few favorites. 

    Nooworks specializes in making socially and ethically conscious clothing. All production is made in California with shops in SF and LA. The brand has a unique and creative edge because they partner with different artists for each season to create pieces that cannot be replicated anywhere else. For this collection, they paired with ceramicist Lorein Stern and graphic designer, The Good Twin.

    Nooworks is also women owned and women ran. I got a chance to visit the SF shop, and I loved the vibes they set in store. The staff were friendly and welcoming; it was nice to have friendly conversations and just hang out while shopping.

    The clothing itself is incredibly comfortable and I’ve never felt as confident in a jumpsuit like I do with my magic cheetah. The pieces are bold, but I believe that’s what Nooworks is going for: be bold, feel proud, and remember…you are effin’ badass.


    Fashion: Ulla Johnson FW ’18

    March 14, 2018

    Ulla Johnson’s aesthetic is something I’ve loved and admired for some time. To celebrate her brand’s 20th anniversary, her Fall Fashion Week show in New York paid homage to her personal style and the early beginnings of her line.  

    The collection was rich in deep tones, velvets, laces, pinstripes, and sparkle. I love how she called her collection a “Meditation on Trousers” serving as a reminder of how women wearing pants in business (and in Congress!) was still frowned upon even through the 90s. Her collection was a means to focus on the struggles and achievement of women. She balances the delicate feminine touches that her designs are known for with strong fabrics, silhouettes, and oversized wide leg pant suits. With so much going on in the world especially for women and women of color, Ulla wanted to put joy with the designs, cuts, and colors of this collection. My favorite pieces? The disco dance party vibes from the off the shoulder overside dress and jumpsuit.

    Check out the rest of our favorites below. Let us know if anything caught your eye too.

    Photo Credits: Vogue

    Fashion: Lively

    March 10, 2018

    Here at Style Approximately, we wanted to put focus on the brands that we can fully get behind and support. Ever since I came across Lively, I knew there was something special about their products and their brand. Not only are their pieces beautiful and wearable, but their mission is something we truly believe in.

    Lively aims to create a movement that breaks the typical ideas of what is sexy. They blur the lines of lingerie, activewear, and swimsuit to create products that are sexy, comfortable, and actually wearable.  They call it Leisurée. Lively believes that confidence is a beautiful and sexy thing; their pieces are merely the bridge between the person and their own confidence. Their goal is to empower women to live their best selves in clothing they truly feel good in right down to their skivvies. Self-love is real with Lively.

    I’ve purchased a few things already, and I’m waiting patiently for it to come in the mail. The tank one piece swimsuit below was a piece I’ve been pining over for about a month until I made the jump to purchase. It’s a gorgeous piece and I knew I had to have it after seeing the Bando girls wear it in Hawaii. The swimsuit is a classic striped piece that screams summer time at the beach. It’s rare to find something so classic nowadays. I’m also convinced that vertical stripes are going to be seen everywhere this summer.

    I also purchased the Confidence Starts Here tee which was released to coincide with International Women’s Day. This tee serves as a reminder to myself to be confident in who I am and what I represent. 100% of the profits from this tee will be donated to Support The Girls.

    One more thing! Lively is such an awesome brand, and wanted to help spread their movement. They’ve given us a discount code for our amazing readers. Use code: AMB-styleapproximately to receive $10 off a purchase! Let us know what items you’re eyeing to purchase with the code!


    Oahu Guide Part 4: Kailua

    March 7, 2018

    I love Kailua. It was so nice to spend a few days away from the hustle of Honolulu and take some time to slow down. We were about a 4 minute walk to the beach, and we took a lot of time just to enjoy the moments of quiet and relaxation. Everything is very centralized with grocery stores and shops within a mile to two-mile bike ride. There a few things that Will and I love to do when we travel: go to local coffee shops, spend time in bookstores, find a record store, and go to the Farmer’s Market. We definitely did all of that and more in Kailua.

    We went to Chadlou’s Coffee a lot while we were staying there. It’s a comfy spot nestled between local clothing shop BettyxJoe as well as stand alone Olive and Oliver boutiques. I spent a lot of time browsing through the shops because they were all so well-curated and fun to be in. I enjoyed the vibes and chatting with the people who work there.

    I also made it my mission to stop by Aloha Beach Club and get Will an Aloha print shirt that is made in-house. Their shop is super cool supporting local gear and up and coming brands like Crap Eyewear. They also house The Local, a shaved ice joint that uses fresh fruit juice and syrups. It was so delicious and refreshing. We sat outside the shop with our shaved ice while watching the bustle from Boots & Kimos.

    And, right outside of Kailua, in the neighboring city of Kane’ohe, is the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens. It felt like a dream going through the gardens…and it’s completely free! Unfortunately, we were pressed for time and couldn’t stay very long. I’m making sure that I have a picnic in the gardens next time I’m in Oahu.