Island Sole

[I know I promised Japanese Beauty reviews, and don’t worry!  Those are coming!  I want to do them right though–when I take pictures the easy way, with my iPad camera, things tend to come out grainy and blurry.  Darn that iPad2 camera.  😦  I’m working on it!]

So the first thing I bought when I came home was a new pair of slippers.  For those of you from Hawaii, you totally understand.  For everyone else–slippers or sandals are a must-have when living in Hawaii!  I barely wear shoes here, only when I’m running.

My pair of Reefs were hanging on for dear life, so I strolled on to Island Sole at Ala Moana (Yelp!  You can read my review there).  I got top-notch customer service and I walked around with the most beautiful pair of Olukai slippers EVER.

And yes.  They were $100.

Olukai Haiku Elua Sandals

YES a hundred dollars.  B also wears slippers everyday, but he thinks its a bit too much.  I totally disagree!  If these are going to become my primary footwear, I think it’s totally worth it.  I further justify my (perhaps extravagant purchase) as being totally acceptable by these facts:

  • They have an orthopedic footbed.  Which means arch support.  These babies make my feet happier then anything I’ve ever worn before.  I am in love!
  • They are also made of handstitched leather.  I think they are beautiful.
  • Buy Local!  Island Sole is a local company with great products and great service.  It makes me very happy to buy stuff from them.

If you’re ever at any of the major malls on Oahu (Ala Moana, Pearlridge, or Kahala Mall), stop by Island Sole!  You can’t miss the really cute Nene goose logo they have.  They’ve got all kinds of slippers for all walks of island life.

Finally Home!

Ahhhh it feels SO. GOOD. to be home.  :]

Pic I took of Koi at Glover Garden, Nagasaki

The last two weeks have been vacation for me, so here’s what we did:

– Went to a bunch of major Japanese cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka.
– Ate the (in)famous sulfur hard boiled eggs at Hakone
– Went to a Sumo Tournament!
– Went to the Osaka Aquarium.  No whale shark. 😦
– Saw Geisha.  Or rather, saw Maiko walking to their next appointments.
– Visited TEMPLES upon TEMPLES upon TEMPLES.
– Ate sashimi at Tsukiji Fish Market
– Ate a bunch of Green Tea “soft cream” cones
– Shopped.  :]

The Japanese have a very different beauty regiment then we do in the US.  It’s extremely focused on preventing sun damage.  It’s WONDERFUL.  The Japanese make the best sunscreen ever!  Look out for a bunch of Japanese Beauty Product reviews, haha.

Oh,Hawaii, I’ve missed you.

Aloha Beer

Haha, it’s “Made with Aloha from the Aloha State.”

Courtesy of Honolulu Magazine

Honolulu Magazine, one of my faaaaaaavorite local publications, sends out this weekly email called the “Biting Commentary.”  It’s really neat, it features  the next big things in the Hawaii Culinary Cuisine, Reviews, etc. etc. etc.

One of the Commentaries they did had a feature about some of the new and upcoming beers that are brewed in Hawaii!  Check it out if you want something interesting to read.

I’ll definitely be looking out for Aloha Beer.  I like the label!  I did a quick google search and their website wasn’t up (as of 5/10/2012) but it looks like Sam Choy’s will be serving their brew in house.  I’m looking forward to it.

Switch2Health: Pedometer/ Pedometer Watch

I’m all for exercising, and I realize that the big payoff is having a healthy mind and body!  But wouldn’t it be great if say…after a week’s worth of jogging, you got…an iTunes gift card?  Or a Sports Authority one?  or maybe Hope Depot, if that’s your thing?

Well, that actually happens if you own a Switch2Health pedometer or pedometer watch!

I know, I can’t believe it either.  I first saw this in Self or Shape Magazine.  One of those.  It’s pretty neat, I think.  MAN I should have bought one before I left for Japan–we walk EVERYWHERE here.  I would have racked up enough to buy a new pair of running shoes!

This is the pedometer watch, the S2H Replay:

S2H Replay ($28)

and this is the regular pedometer, the S2H Step:

S2H Step ($28)

I’d totally recommend going to their respective sites to see the rules, it looks like there are different award rates for each device?  I want to say…the Step gives you a code after 10,000 steps but the Replay gives you a code for an hour of activity.  Interesting.

So what do you think?  I want to say the Step is more for me, then I can wear it all day and running afterwards (and earn gift cards!).  For most people, I’d say the Replay is more useful because it doubles as a watch.  I plan on buying a wrist heart-rate monitor…so I think I’d feel a bit funny wearing two watches.  Haha.  :]

  

Ke$ha – Goodbye (aka Pretty Acoustic Song with No Autotune)

So…the first time I ever heard this song, I was flat-out SURPRISED.

It’s Ke-Dollar-Sign-Ha.  (That’s probably my favorite Glee line ever.)

This is her real voice.  No auto-tune, no weird lyrics, just…her.  It’s one of my favorite songs at the moment.  Give it a try!  I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised, also.  Her regular stuff can be fun but I wish she sang like this more often.