The End Of An Era

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s been quite an adventure hasn’t it? From our modest beginnings just outside Osake Sushi Bar and Lounge in 2006, to Ward, to Waikiki, to Kapahulu and on-line, all amidst some very big, personal moments in my life... marriage and two children, I’d have to say the past decade for me has been a huge and unexpected accomplishment. 

As I reflect on the bounty of your support throughout the years, I’m brought to my knees by humbled gratitude. My success as an entrepreneur and style influencer is solely because each and everyone of you supported and believed in me. Truly, the measure my success is most genuinely defined by the friendships I’ve made because of Bamboo Sky. No matter how casual or how significant, please know that every single interaction with you was like a high for me. 

My heart overflowed knowing...
how happy you were with your new outfit for the weekend, 
how stoked you were to finally have found us, 
how I got you overcome your “fear” of rompers (LOL), 
how you would buy the entire outfit straight out of the look book, 
how excited you were to find treasures in our sale rack,
how you hung out with us long after your purchase because you felt so at home,
or when you would proudly tag us on your social media,
when you twirled around in front of our mirror, because you knew how damn good you looked,
when you would share how amazing your experience was with one of my shopgirls. 

And basically just watching your life grow along side mine. All these little moments were the joy and light inspiring me to continue on. As if you were a part of my family, I felt honored that you trusted us with your fashion woes. And because I treasure our friendship so much, I want to share some news with you. 

Recently, I’ve grown exhausted. As you may well know, it literally takes a village to raise children. Well, same goes for running a small business and I’ve got both on my plate. Juggling between the demands of running a business to my extremely high standards of anal-ness and trying to be the world’s best super mom has taken a toll on my mind, body and soul. I was stretched so thin that I began not enjoying my work. It became a chore and occasionally a burden. When I came to realize these feelings it scared me. I never, ever experienced these feelings about Bamboo Sky.  In fact, Bamboo Sky has been the foundation for so many positive things in my life. How can the business that brings me so much joy, at the same time be casting a shadowing over my life? This, topped off by the sudden passing of my beloved Vinny last month brought me to a momentary place of sadness, questioning my path in life. How much longer can I portray the YOUNG fashionable business owner before the YOUNGER generations realize I’m actually old? Lol. But all jokes aside. How can I achieve a renewed sense of self? How can I find the mental energy to persevere? What will make me happy and at the same time be healthy for my family? How do I restart my engine? 

Ultimately, after long talks with my family and closest friends, I’ve decided to lessen the load and close the retail side of Bamboo Sky. I need to refocus on a life that will be more balanced and in line with a future that will continue to nurture my creative, entrepreneurial spirit, but allow me to be less bombarded with the overwhelming stress of running a retail store. Believe me, this decision did not come easy and making this official announcement is bittersweet. 

However, this is not the series finale, let’s just call it the season finale. I have a new shopping experience in the works that will allow me to continue my passion in this industry on a smaller, more manageable scale while I pursue a new career. In addition to this new business plan, I will continue bamboosky.com editing it down to a curation of only the best selling brands and my ultimate favorites- the irresistible must haves. 

Bamboo Sky will close it’s doors at the end of November 2017. Starting November 1st, everything will be on “close out” sale:  50% off current season collections, $5 bins, $20 bins.... Everything must go. On-line shoppers enter code ENDOFANERA50 at check out for 50% off your purchase.

Most (not all) fixtures will be sold off too. Yep! Been fawning over our glass jewelry boxes? Love lounging on our white couch? Need a cool clothing rack for your seasonal favorites? Stop in and scoop up some pretty cute furnishings. I’ll be doing a separate blog post for fixtures and furnishing so you can see what’s up for grabs. (Cash only for these items)

Again, it has been the greatest pleasure getting to know all of you and watching your lives grow along with mine. Please don’t be a stranger, stay in touch and feel free to DM me @bamboosky or on my personal Instagram @accordingto_t where I will slowly reveal what I’ll be doing in the near future. Closing out with just a tiniest glimpse of some of the most meaningful moments the past decade has brought.  I tried finding more old photos of the first store and of the original shop girls but I assume that because it was during the PRE smart phone days, I must have ACTUAL photos stored away in boxes. 

Cheers to new beginnings!
Xoxo,
T

And since I'm going down memory lane, I also love witnessing the evolution of Bamboo Sky through the perspective of my look books.  The other part of my job that gave me ultimate life was creating a lifestyle and vibe through visual display.  My vision could not have been possible with out the hardworking team(s) both on camera and behind the scenes. All of whom I admire so  much as colleagues, friends and family.

Models: Kakyo Tamaki, Kristen Kerch, Alyson Kintscher, Marlie Hinshaw, Bj Jiyarom, Kori Pilago, and Sophie Wilson.

Photographers: Harold Julian, Paula Kim, Courtney Mau and Samantha Feyen

MU & Hair: Mariah Melanie, Jamie Keiko, Eriel Valera, Kecia Littman

How to Polo

We crave any excuse to dress to the nines, so naturally, when we were invited to participate as a vendor in this year's Hawaii Invitational of Polo, we gratefully obliged. This elite equestrian event strives to celebrate the history of the polo sport in Hawaii while fundraising to support the program's primary initiatives:

  • Establish an equine retirement program for polo ponies.
  • Develop Hawaii's at-risk youth through horsemanship clinics.
  • Bridge the international polo community by showcasing the world class sport in Hawaii.

Over the years, the Hawaii Invitational of Polo has flourished into a luxury event attracting top name sponsors like The Kahala Resort and Hotel, Cartier and Ferrari, to name a few. This Saturday, Sept 16th, the Waimanalo Polo Fields will be filled with Honolulu's most notable attendees, dressed to impress. If you plan to join this weekend's, one-of-a-kind, upscale event, come in your best country couture with a 'more is more' mentality!

Cue, Bamboo Sky....

Of course, any opportunity to style, makes us do a happy dance so we've enthusiastically curated a few looks that resonate with the affluent ambience signature of world class polo. Think romantic polka dots, dramatic ruffles, tailored silhouettes and the embodiment of all equestrian sports....HATS!!!

Grab your tickets here to join in on the fun! Watch high-octane polo matches played by professional polo athletes from around the world, shop our exclusive event deals as well as other top notch vendors, enjoy the beer garden & food trucks and stay for the after party concert! See you this Saturday and #dontforgetyourhat!

Diner En Blanc Honolulu 2017

The party of the season, Diner En Blanc Honolulu 2017 is upon us. This highly anticipated soiree is an elegant DIY picnic style dinner that demands nothing but the best from it's savvy attendees. While it is an event that involves much thought and prep into what you will bring to eat and how you will present it, the detail of utmost importance remains to be the fashion.  Throwing out the rule "No white after Labor Day", Diner en Blanc strictly requires an all-white ensemble that goes against the norms of fall fashion. For some, it will be the only time you will ever need a white dress, slacks or shoes, but rest assure, this stylish affair will suddenly have you craving more white in your life. 

We've curated a few foundational looks from which to build your all-white look.  Keeping in mind that white is an investment, we wanted to showcase both head turning, one-time wear pieces as well as coordinates that can be integrated into your current wardrobe. And of course, we encourage you to go the extra mile with accessories. Whether it's a DIY masquerade visage, fancy statement baubles, or a dramatic head piece, more is more when it comes Diner En Blanc!

  • Tiffany wears our Nova Sky Talulah Mesh Blouse $54 with our (past season, sold out) Doheny Trousers.
  • Shauna wears our The Jetset Diaries La Isla Maxi Dress. Originally $289, on sale for $130. Last one size S.
  • Shauna wears our Lost + Wander Mari Wrap Dress $98
  • Shauna wears our Style Stalker Kalani Dress $179
  • Tiffany wears our The Jetset Diaries Korana Mini $190
  • Tiffany wears our NBD Bryant Bodysuit $119 with our Nova Sky Off Duty Skirt. Originally $44, on sale for $20!
  • Shauna wears our Nova Sky Misa Kimono Duster $66 over ourand (sold out) Doheny Trouser.
  • Tiffany wears our Indah Diego Top $144 with our Indah Electric Pant $110 (last one size XS)
     

For more guidance and inspiration on how to style your white party look, here's a video of last year's Dinner En Blanc Honolulu.

Valentine's Slay

How to make that boy yours (or make him wish he was). We've pulled together romantic and flirty looks to help you slaaayyy this Valentine's Day. Don't need a man? That's still no reason for you to be wearing scrubs. Step out with your girls and look damn cute doing so! Whether you're ferociously in love or confidently single, you'll need a 'fit that will have everyone's hearts melting!

THE FLIRT

You're no doubt a spunky minx who's likely to kiss and tell, but that's ok because what's a love story without the fun and games?

Forever flirty in our Flynn Skye Alyssa Crop Top and Winston White Lucca Shorts.  Perfectly accessorized with our horn necklace from locally designed and made jewelry line Beach Comber Hawaii, everything about this look is ultra girly. 

Dress up your denim with our Sarah Crochet Top.  We love how the soft pink color plays with the light bleached wash of our One Teaspoon Sea Salt Bandits and the sweet cropped bell sleeve design is perfect for a casual Valentine's lunch date. 

Nothing's flirtier than fringe.  The way it teasingly swishes to and fro! The exact reason we're obsessed with the Darla Skirt. It's only available in store and guess what? it's on sale for 20 bucks!!! Equally flirty is our Flynn Skye Everyday Top. The wrap crop design boasts an ever so playful pink floral pattern and romantic 3/4 puff sleeves. Topped off with our Rizzoli Espadrille by Jeffrey Campbell and appropriately pink Lack Of Color Stardust Hat!


THE ROMANTIC

This is your night! All eyes on you because you're down for butterflies in the stomach and flower bouquets on the daily.

Because sometimes you just want to feel undeniably pretty and for those moments, there's our For Love & Lemons Mon Cheri Mini. Gorgeous lace perfection with crochet trim bodice and devilishly low plunging neckline, this dress is made for turning heads.  Sweetly paired with our dramatic pearl earrings and blush colored Sancia bucket bag. (Both available in store only)

A little cold shoulder action to set the mood! Our Winslet Top is not only a stunningly stylish choice for Valentine's Day, it's also on major sale! Only $20 and we have a couple left. Keep it classic with our satin finish Tuxedo Shorts (in store only) and statement drape chain necklace.

On Valentine's Day, there's no such thing as too many ruffles. Our sweet little Chloe Slip Dress (available in store only) features asymmetrical waterfall ruffles throughout.  Sure, it gorgeous as is, but it's ultra romantic layered over our Flynn Skye Alex Top.  Slip on your favorite stiletto sandals and layers of delicate necklace to finish off this look!


THE SMITTEN KITTEN

This kitty has been bitten by the love bug and she's out to keep her man, solely dressing to impress the apple of her eye.

High light your best assets in our silky Basic Instinct Wrap Dress.  It' so effortlessly gorgeous all you need are some kick ass accessories.  Try our Jenny Bird statement cuffs (available in store only), Sancia Babylon Tooth Bag and Lack of Color Jethro Hat.

You're sure to keep his attention in our Dahlia Set. The skirt fits on the high waist and is unlined, but features a built in full coverage panty letting just enough leg peek through. Layered under our Dakota Vegan Moto Jacket (in store only), this outfit is guaranteed to win him over.


THE BAE

When you just want to have a night of mischief with your friends. You don't need a man and aren't looking for one, but will never turn down a free drink from cutie over at the bar.

A body hugging dress, our Vixen Dress is ultra sexy featuring a separate cage bustier bralette layer. The contrast tones are bold just like your confidence. Add some edge to this look with our One Teaspoon Sea Salt Rock N Roller Jacket and a bad ass Frasier Sterling choker.

When in doubt, grab your favorite pair of denim and sex it up with a silky lace cami. Our most coveted jean of the moment is the Amuse Society Coastline Flares. The perfect high waist cut with cropped flare hem is incredibly sexy with a skinny stiletto sandal.  Finish off your look with trusty black essentials, like our Lack Of Color Lolita Vintage Ribbon Hat and Sancia Babylon Tooth Bag (both in store only)


THE WIFEY

You got your man and are confidently in love because he tells you everyday how beautiful you are. You've been through thick and thin and he finds you sexy no matter what you wear.

Look boss AF in one of our favorite pieces ever! The Flynn Skye High Waist Pant is the perfect go-to trouser for any occasion. For Valentine's day our Ziggy Top makes it a little more romantic and a lot more chic! Take it to the next level with a statement necklace and clutch.

An elegant choice, for a girl who knows that good style doesn't always have to be sexy.  A delicate pearl embellished open knit sweater, our Paris Jumper is timeless!  It looks fabulous with jeans and but we took it up notch with the shorts from our Martini Satin Set and added playful texture with our beaded Gallery Clutch (in store only)