Sunday, July 28, 2013


The first cabinet with the t-racks in the picture are about 8 ft. tall, 5 ft wide, and 23" deep.

The second cabinet is about 6 3/4 ft. tall, 7 ft. wide, and 24 3/4" deep.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sets @ Coachella 2013

Every year, I can't wait to browse the web for everyone's favorite Coachella looks. 

This past spring has got me hooked on matching tops and bottoms, so it was a no-brainer to re-post these faves from the Buttons & Bows Blog 



Saturday, March 23, 2013


I've been pondering that age-old blondes really have more fun? Did Marilyn live it up more than Audrey? Does Rosalie have less cares than Alice? Not only have I been pondering, I have been so tempted to take that step over to the..ahem...light side. Would changing my hair color change how I feel; change my perspective on life; or how others treat me?

Thankfully, websites like make it possible for one to take the virtual leap, before heading over to the salon, paying hundreds of dollars, then hating the outcome. It's as easy as uploading a picture of yourself making a few clicks, and voila! You can see yourself as a potential spunky blonde, a spicy ginger, or a mysterious raven-hair.

But that's just it.

Are blondes the life of the party?

Are red-heads sassy?

Are brunettes really dark and lovely?

What does our hair-story say about us?

I have naturally curly, medium-brown (I think) hair. I know that when I straighten my hair, I definitely look like a different person (no joke, its like my whole face changes) and I guess sometimes I do feel like a different person. Maybe a little more free from tangles. Maybe a little more windswept as the breeze moves easily through my straight locks.

I went through a punky pink ombre stage, however short-lived. It was fun to have candy-colored hair, but now I'm recalling not feeling quite like myself. I'm still discovering who I am, but elegance is one thing I want to be, and I didn't feel like flamingo pink supported that quality. Then again, we have Katie Perry who is elegant and rainbow-headed simultaneously.... [sigh] I digress.

I have yet to trade my brunette tresses for blonde ones. But the curiosity is getting to me. I know that deep down my heart and soul and mind are what makes me me, but I can't help but wonder if transforming my hair could somehow, even in the smallest way, transform me.

I'm interested to hear your insights and experiences!

Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow,

Danielle Cason

*all photos courtesy of

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Favorite Foods as of Today

 I'm always craving some kind of food. I'm the kind of person who can't do routines, I need to eat something different everyday. Living in Hawaii you get plenty of options of what to eat, there's no dominant "type" of food here. Hawaii is an amazing place to explore and enjoy foods from all over the world.
Here are a few things I’ve been craving recently…

If you need a quick, cheap fix, CP Shrimp Wonton Soup with Noodles is seriously the best microwavable wonton soup I’ve ever had. It’s very filling and has a yummy broth.

The healthy part about the soup is also made with no preservatives and the shrimp used is raised in eco-friendly farms. The soup can be found at Costco in Hawaii (I hope more places carry this soon).

Here’s a drink I love, and it’s really good for you, sick or not. Its called Govinda’s Ginger Rush. It’s like ginger lemonade… with a dash of cayenne pepper.

The drink blends the sourness of lemon with that signature “bite” of ginger taste, finished off with a slightly spicy sting. It helps to alleviate cold symptoms and aids digestion while giving you an energy boost.

Delicious, sugary sweet dried strawberries are done right by Ann’s House of Nuts brand. It's the PERFECT sweet dried strawberry. It’s like biting into a strawberry coated with sugar, but with a gummy, chewy texture. Simply delicious for your sweet tooth!

Out of all the options of li hing covered fruit, Aloha Gourmet Li Hing Fuji Apples are simply amazing. Dried apples dusted with li hing powder are savory and also quite sweet. The mellow taste of the fuji apples makes the li hing powder a perfect accent taste without adding unnecessary sourness.

 Hope y'all can try it and enjoy it as much as I do!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott Collaboration

Mary Katrantzou and the creative director of Current/Elliot, Serge Azria, have collaborated to release a S/S 2013 collection filled with fun prints and casual looks. First, let me describe the different styles of the two brands: 
Mary Katrantzou is famous for her use of prints, that are intricate yet elegant.

Current/Elliot is well-known for their denim staples, and causal-wear style.

The two have teamed up to present a collection that has a casual yet classy but still creatively unique kind of feel.

Current/Elliot transfers these prints on their denim pieces, creating a chic look on durable denim. The color palette consists mainly of hues of blues, reds, and whites, with occasional pops of color, added to give depth to the graphics.

 Currency and stamps inspired Katrantzou's prints for this collaboration.

This collaboration is priced up to a few hundred dollars, which is actually more affordable than other Katrantzou pieces. These pieces were made to be durable enough for everyday wear, yet delicate enough to give a sophisticated look.

Have a good week!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Would Dorothy be Dorothy....?

"If the cut of the costume indicated intellect and talent, then the color indicated temper and heart." 
-Thomas Carlyle

Mila Kunis, James Franco, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz
in Oz The Great and Powerful.
Costume Designer: Gary Jones
Last night my husband took me out for a perfect date night at my favorite hole-in-the wall Italian restaurant and then on to see Disney's colorful new debut, Oz The Great and Powerful.

About 20 minutes into the movie, I started to get a little worried. Maybe my expectations were too high, the beautiful graphics, the star-studded cast, the classic story...but the plot seemed to be falling a little flat (for the record, the movie picks up, and it's a hit that I highly recommend). However, this is not a movie review, this is in fact, a costume review. For I know that I can watch the worst of worst movies, but if the costumes are interesting, accurate, or intricate, the overall experience will prove satisfying for me (i.e.: Snow White and The Huntsman, thank you Charlize for wearing real beetle wings). "Oz" get's a 10/10 in costume design from this girl. I couldn't stop staring at Rachel Weisz as she simultaneously manipulated and sparkled; or doe-eyed Mila Kunis, looking wickedly chic. And don't get me started on Michelle Williams, who traded her sultry Marilyn Monroe wardrobe for angelic, glittery, and downright good gowns as she embodies the essence of Glinda.

And let's here it for the boys and James Franco looked positively debonair as he pulled rabbits out of his hats and weaseled his way behind that curtain (but "pay no attention")...

Charlize Theron in Snow White and The Huntsman
Costume Designer: Coleen Atwood
As a former wardrobe stylist, I have a small idea of how a good costume can transform the same person into many different characters. I often wonder that without the right clothes, would a character really be who they're intended to be?

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran
*Oscar Winner!*
Would Carrie Bradshaw be Carrie without the Manolos?

If you caught any glimpse of the Oscars or the Golden Globes this past January and February, you already know that 2012 was a great year for costumes in movies and television, and you can anticipate seeing more of that in 2013.
Samantha Barker as Eponine in Les Miserables
Costume Designer: Paco Delgado
Hats off to costume designers who spend hours researching, hunting, sewing, and fitting just to prepare an actor to bring this character to life. They are the behind-the-scenes heroes of your favorite on-screen characters, dressing them to perfection in order to captivate audiences and make them believe the story unfolding before their very eyes.

Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby
Costume Designer: Catherine Martin

The clothes may not make the man, but perhaps the costume makes the character.

Still don't believe me?

Two words: Ruby Slippers.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hi, Tea.

Good morning all,

I know I am usually the Saturday evening blogger, however, last night I was hit with a stomach ailment that sent me straight to bed without dessert and without blogging. So here I am, Sunday morning, still ailing, skipping church and throwing you all for a loop.

I think one finds success in writing what they know and what they love. To me, one of life's simple sweet pleasures is a nice cup of tea. Now add to that a cutesy, over-the-top, antiquey ambiance, and some of my best girlfriends dressed in florals, lace, and anything with ruffles and my tea experience becomes nothing short of a gift from Heaven.

Photo: Danielle Cason

Now, I am uncertain if it was the release of Tim Burton's feast-for-our-eyes Alice in Wonderland in 2010, or the love of all-things-vintage that doesn't seem to stop gaining momentum, or if its merely the fault of Pinterest: but the British are coming and tea, tea parties, tea houses, and high tea are here to stay (I hope!).
Photo: Amber Schoniwitz of SCHYNE 

Why am I making such a campaign for tea? Because it makes your life better and more fun. 

So there.

Tea has many health benefits which include fighting a wide array of cancers and other diseases, hydrating your body, and assisting you in weight-loss goals. You can learn about other great benefits here:

Tea cups and tea party themes can make the most humdrum event way.too.cute. Baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, book name it. Its easy to find some great antique tea sets at your local thrift store and a box of tea samplers is super cheap! Bake some muffins or cupcakes and you could host a quaint little gathering for less than $20!

Photo: Amber Schoniwitz of SCHYNE 

If you are willing to take a risk and substitute your Starbucks coffee shop chatting date with a morning get-together at a tea house you may just find yourself feeling more elegant, more peaceful, and you will probably find a million dollars under the table and your life will be perfect forever. Ok, maybe not that last part, but it may be perfect for a moment and the scones will be good.
Photo: Danielle Cason
I suggest that next weekend, you put on a great outfit (or purchase one from Milieu!), call a friend, and raise your tea cup (and your pinkie!) to fancy, to vintage, to health, to elegance, to culture, to God, to friends, to fun, to life, to you! 

Top Picks:

My favorite place in the world to sip tea: Alice's Tea Cup

My favorite place on O'ahu to clink tea cups: The Veranda at the Kahala Resort

The tea experience I've yet to have but that is definitely on my wish list: Tea at 1024

“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” 
 Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Danielle Cason

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gemstone Basics

When it comes to making jewelry and finding gems, I’m the pickiest person ever. I’m constantly on the hunt for well-cut, perfect beads to use. No matter what type of jewelry you like, gemstones are graded based on the 4C’s (Cut, Color, Carat, Clarity). The grade a gemstone gets determines their value and is a good estimate on how much you can expect to pay for them.

The International Gem Society offers some insight on how the 4C’s determine the grading of gemstones:

Cut- Cut is the consideration of work given into making the gemstone and the overall appearance, based on factors like shape, symmetry, faceting, polish, and shine.

Color- Color is described by three factors: Hue (purple, red, etc.), Saturation (strong or faint), and Tone (light to dark). Gemstones are usually graded high for pure hues and rich color, but diamonds are graded on levels of transparency. A consistent color throughout the stone is preferred by fine jewelry makers.

Carat- Stones are weighed in carats. Larger stones are unusual to find, but are not always practical to wear as jewelry. Carats are important to consider when factoring in cost for gemstones.

Clarity- Clarity is the graded according to the number of inclusions a gemstone has, meaning anything that will block the passage of light through the stone. Inclusions are minerals, fractures, or hollow areas in the stone. The more transparent the stones, the better the clarity.

Chart of the 4 C's by International Gemmological Institute

Gemstones are then given a grade based on the quality of the stones and the 4C’s. Yelena Jenkins better clarifies this information in her post “Gemstone Ratings.” They range from a scale of AAA-D:

AAA-A- Gemstones given an AAA-A rating are good quality; they are cut with good transparency and few inclusions. AA is top quality and AAA is considered near perfect.

B- B-graded gems have small inclusions, and color isn’t as rich, but the stone is still transparent and used as smaller gemstones for jewelry.

Emerald, B grade

C- C-graded stones are duller and not sparkly to the eye. It has visible inclusions and areas that are non-transparent. C stones are commonly made into chips and use for pave designs.

Emerald, C grade

D- D-grade gemstones are non-transparent and are used as cabochons and rock-like pieces. They have little clarity and commonly have inclusions.

Emerald, D grade

Gemstone grading is more intricate, but these are just basics you can use as information to consider. Grading is especially important to consider when making an expensive gemstone purchase, but your personal preference of jewels should not be based on their grade and value alone. Whether it be raw gemstone clusters or micro-faceted jewels, your taste and style is the most important part to consider when shopping for jewelry. If you like it, go for it! Have a good week!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Currently what you wear no longer signifies the crowd you belong to, the music you listen to, or the fashion icons you follow.  What was once old will become new again.  The unwashed, unkept look of the late 80's-90's grunge has been tweaked.  Greasy hair is now ironed with loose curls, rock concert t's dressed up with tailored blazers and Doc Martens spiced with painted flowers and maxi skirts.

Camoflauge now reworked into a classic wardrobe ironically no longer only sported by the homeless, the hunter or the farm worker.  You island cats know what I mean.  I now find that the local thrift shops know I'm coming to find these camo digs and mark up the prices ridiculously.

Distressed beat up shorts are not only for the hottie 20 somethings.  Old distressed levis preferably mens for its high waisted appeal and 100% cotton distressing are worn mid to high waisted with Doc Marten's, or leather ankle boots with tights or leggings, fancy ankle socks and loose muscle t's for a vintage casual appeal.  This reworked grunge look is one of my favorites.

And finally, slouch hats or baggy beanies what ever you want to call them, the raddest fashion find that actually has never gone out of style.  You know that 3rd day when you need to wash your hair....Perfect.  Seriously I kinda hide my semi-oily mess under a beret, slouch hat, fedora what ever.  I'm being real....

I see reworked grunge fashion as comfy, loose, casual and sexy.  Not over the top glam, but everyday casual.  You can seriously spruce up your 12 inch rise jean shorts or your husbands old Levis straight leg jeans, grab his busted up leather belt too.  Surprise yourself and give it a try.

Support Hawaii's own ART and FLEA, and myself CHIEF for FRESH CAFE'S 90'S GRUNGE PARTY.

Check out over 60 local vendors and their tribute to art, music, and GRUNGE fashion.

February 28th at FRESH CAFE 5-10 pm.  831 QUEEN STREET

See you there XOXO,