Marilyn Monroe on Chanel No 5

I like Brad Pitt as much as the next girl, but this new (old?) Chanel No 5 campaign with Marilyn Monroe seems much more enticing to me.

Marilyn Monroe Chanel

I mean, tell me you don’t want to go to bed tonight wearing only Chanel No 5 after watching this:

Daily Style: Two Tone Leather Notebook


Even though I jot most of my notes down in my iPhone, I still can’t resist a notebook. There’s something therapeutic about the process of putting ink to paper… I can’t explain it but it’s a form of meditation for me.

Pair that with my obsession with pretty paper and I’m pretty much incapable of passing by any notebook without adding it to my collection. Especially if it’s a two-tone leather beauty like this one from Made from genuine goat skin leather, this snap close notebook measures 7″ x 9 1/4″ and comes with a spiral insert of gold-gilded premium paper.

The turquoise/lime combination is my favorite but this notebook also comes in orange/pink and red/white color combinations online at


Jacquie Aiche Pave Diamond Ring


I’m obsessed with Instagram. I’m constantly perusing my feed to see what my family and friends are up to, catch up on celebrity news and (most days) find inspiration to get my butt out the door and go for a run.

Occasionally, I come across something like this Jacquie Aiche 14K Pave Diamond Brick Multi Hammered Waif Ring that sweeps me off my feet and keeps me up at night.


Jacquie Aiche is a Los Angeles based jewelry designer of Egyptian and American Indian descent that creates unique and beautiful pieces influenced by her heritage. I’m kind of infatuated with every piece in her collection, but I’m especially drawn to her rings.

This Jacquie Aiche 14K Pave Diamond Brick Multi Hammered Waif Ring is a gorgeous stack of the popular Hammered Waif Ring secured with a pave diamond brick to create a dainty yet bold, intricate piece of art.

Check out the entire collection at


Race Review: The Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon 2013


I’m so happy to finally have completed the half marathon portion of The Kauai Marathon 2013.

I wanted to run it back in 2010 when I first came back to Kauai but work got in the way of my training schedule. And then 2011 came and went, so by 2012 I was bound and determined to make this race happen.

I trained hard last year and ended up with an overuse injury that kept me from racing. FINALLY here we are in 2013 and it’s done. Longest item on my to-do list ever.


It was still dark when we set off from the start in Poipu. There were approximately 1,400 runners so there wasn’t a need for a wave start. People were casually milling about and quietly chatting with friends as we waited for the start. The race organizers did a nice job of lighting the starting area and making sure there were adequate port-a-potties.


As I expected, the Kauai Marathon course was super hilly but not as intense as I had psyched myself up for it to be. My daily run on Puu road near my house in Kalaheo is hilly so I’m accustomed to running hills. What I wasn’t prepared for is the nearly three mile down hill stretch from about miles 8-11 through Omao. That section of the course proved more difficult than I thought. I mean, how hard can it be to run down hill? Hard. Especially on tired legs.


The most surprising thing I found on this course was the lack of spectators. I was expecting there to be more people cheering on the sidelines, but they weren’t there.

I did have my own Kalapaki Joe’s cheering section as I came up on Mile 12 (thanks, girls!) and I saw a few of my friends along the way but overall there weren’t many spectators.

Thankfully the weather wasn’t too hot. I actually got rained on pretty good near the tree tunnel and had to wring out my tank and skirt after the rain stopped. I finished the race in 2:19:04, just two minutes before the winner of the full marathon, Tyler McCandless, crossed the finish. Yeah, the perks of being a total slow poke? You can only get faster from here.

Overall it was a beautiful day and a fun race that I’ll definitely run again next year.

Daily Style: Katie Diamond Esme Ring



Sometimes a simple accessory is all I need to feel special, even if I’m having a bad hair day or still wearing workout clothes 3 hours after my workout.

These 14 karat gold gemstone Esme rings by Katie Diamond Jewelry are gorgeous and edgy with just enough flash to get me through a “bleh” kind of day.

Katie Diamond Jewelry Esme Rings are available online at