Chelsea Johns
Chelsea Johns

Name? Chelsea Johns

Age? 24

Where do you live? Waialua, North Shore

What do you do? Content director at Free Surf Magazine

What are you wearing? Banana Republic shoes, dress from Valerie Joseph and hand-me-down belt from my mom!

Describe your style? Whatever is cheap or free! I’m the queen of hand-me-downs from my sister, mom, friends. Sad but true. I like funky styles, sexy back dresses and comfy materials. I have a lot of “good basics.”

Favorite jeans? Grass Jeans

What’s always in your purse? A bunch of junk

Favorite nightclub? Indigo and all of Chinatown

Dream vacation? Tahiti, Morocco and Belize

Fashion item that you really want? Really expensive shoes. Manolo Blahniks, maybe

How long does it take you to get ready? 10 minutes, tops

Location of this photo? Skyline at the Hanohano Room

Makiko Braxton
Makiko Braxton

Name? Makiko Braxton

Age? 26

Where do you live? Manoa

What do you do? Tax person

What are you wearing? A|X top and Victoria’s Secret shorts

Describe your style? Pretty and classy

Favorite places to shop? Ala Moana

Favorite jeans? Skinny jeans

Favorite places to eat? Thai restaurants

What’s always in your purse? Lip balm and wallet

Beauty product you can’t live without? Mascara

Favorite nightclub? The W

Dream vacation? Africa

Fashion item you really want? More shoes

How long does it take you to get ready? 30 minutes

Favorite beach? Kailua

Location of this photo? French Connection Trunk Show at Valerie Joseph Ward


Benihana For Beginners

Everyone knows Benihana, right? It’s the original Japanese-style teppanyaki restaurant. The founder, Rocky Aoki, is credited with bringing this style of eating to the U.S. and then some. Besides shrimp, steak, lobster, chicken, scallop, crab legs, garlic fried rice and more cooked right in front of you, you get a serious show. Benihana chefs are masters of what Benihana calls “eatertainment,” so you get not only an amazingly delicious meal (butter and shoyu are used together for a perfect creamy and salty flavor, and a ginger sauce and a mustard sauce are used for dipping each bite), but you also get an onion volcano! If you can’t envision what an onion volcano looks like, you’ll just have to see it to believe it. If you haven’t tried Benihana yet, you need to go. You’ll want to eat there every night. Or at least a couple of nights a week, which SMART admits to doing recently. In fact, just writing about it right now makes us start thinking about shrimp being magically flipped onto our plate ...

Benihana of Tokyo Hilton Hawaiian Village 2005 Kalia Road 955-5955

French Connection at Valerie Joseph

Where can you get French Connection in Hawaii? At Valerie Joseph! Last week, the Valerie Joseph Ward store hosted an exclusive French Connection trunk show to preview Spring/Summer ‘08 pieces as well as shop the Spring ‘08 collection. The fabulous fashion event also featured champagne, desserts, prize giveaways and music from DJ Paul Brandon. French Connection Spring ‘08 features bright colors and bold prints. Halter tie-neck tops, cute V-neck dresses, cinched-bottom shorts and embroidery-detailed tanks make up just some of the collection. French Connection is super wearable and fashion-forward at the same time. And, there is a wide variety of pieces—everyone is sure to find something that’s a must-have. Valerie Joseph will continue to host more trunk shows, so if you didn’t make it to the last one, come to the next one!


Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain Sephora $24

Remember those lipsticks that came in green or blue or yellow and were supposed to “adapt” to your coloring when you applied them? They were sort of like mood rings, but in lipstick form. With Stila’s new Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain, the same idea applies. Cherry Crush (which works on lips and cheeks) reacts to your pH levels and creates a unique and personalized color just for you. The bonus: It’s scented like a freshly picked cherry, and also contains cherry and pomegranate extracts to give you antioxidant protection, as well as vitamins A, C and E to provide moisture and even more antioxidants. And it’s basically two products in one, since you can use it as a blush and a lip color. How can you lose?


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