Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 |
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Today was such a great day! I got to accomplish so many things on my “to-do” list….lots of grocery shopping plus I even got these cool magnet strips which I am going to paste on my workdesk to hold my pliers. I am so excited about the fact that this little magnet strip will make my life so much simpler when designing my pieces. I’ll take a picture and post it when I’ve finally attached the magnets and it’s all in working order
Aukai and I got to have some fun bath time when we got home, he splashed and splashed and laughed and played. He loves to splash during his ‘au ‘au and he giggles unabashedly and it brings so much joy to my heart. I love how he is amused by the slightest things in life because it is all so new to him. He is truly a joy. He was my little helper while we shopped today and I pushed him along in the shopping cart. He wouldn’t sit facing me in the little child chair (you know the one with the seat facing the driver) so I stood him up in the cart with all the other groceries and he stood at the head of the cart blabbing in baby talk, saying hi to everyone in passing. It was sooo adorable!!
So then we came home and I got to go to Juliana’s yoga class with Lori and Sabrina (yay for carpooling!) while Marie and Gracie watched Aukai. Marie’s second daughter, Quinn, is one month older than Aukai and is just learning how to walk. Maybe Aukai got some pointers from Quinn… Yoga was so relaxing and I made some very positive wishes for my future and stretched my own personal body limits. I am really enjoying the headstands we do and am starting to get creative with my inversion, by doing splits and twists with my legs in the air!
So when I came home from yoga and I checked my email…I had the most interesting anonymous email from a jewelry customer of mine. She passed along a website which was almost an exact replica of mine, with a similar name, and uncanny resemblances to my jewelry designs. I could not believe it. She told me she just wanted to inform me that someone had copied me. At first I was incredibly frustrated and angry that someone had gone through my site so meticulously and copied so many things. I can’t even begin to explain the similarities between our sites. Even the triptych on the front page was done in Adobe Flash Player, with jewelry images and island landscapes. The fonts were the same. The pictures are taken exactly the same (on green leaves), and the pieces even have names. The bio is written exactly the same as mine but with a few different words. Like when you were told not to plagiarize a paper in highschool so you changed a few words here and there. And the designs were very similar styles to mine, with maybe a pearl here instead of there. And some of the pieces are even pieces from my collection 2 years ago which aren’t posted on my current site. And here’s the kicker folks, I know this woman. We are acquaintances through a mutual friend. And she is sweet and cute and friendly to me. So what am I to do? Do I get mad? Do I get angry? Do I send her nasty emails?
No. I have to sit back and be thankful that someone has so much faith in my business that they think they can copy me and be successful at it as well. She is essentially trying to live through me and it scares me and it boggles my mind… but I just have to live with it. And I’ll continue to evolve. And be original. And keep coming up with new designs. And be faithful to my customers. And grateful to them as well for sticking by my side. So thank you everyone for supporting me in my quest to design beautiful, unique handcrafted jewelry for the ambitious, exotic woman who does have a flair for fashion and chooses to express herself because we KNOW we are all beautiful women.
Aukai and Sophi at the beach
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Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 |
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Here are my pictures from the Night Market event at Aloha Tower!! This event is held once a month and is super fun! the fashion show was sick and the models rocked it. Not to mention the wonderful DJ Miss Kitty and fashion show coordinaor Miss Ann’e Au. The models had these beautiful iridescent blue cat scratches across their cheeks and of course a few of them were sporting Noelani Designs jewels!
the gorgeous models Lani, Aatiya, Eri and more
I just made this necklace today!
Juliana helped me make the necklace on the left. It is gorgeous, made of coral, onyx, 14k goldfill chain, and a large mother of pearl bird! The necklace is stunning and very original. It took us about an hour to complete but we love it! My friend Juliana is truly amazing and I’m so glad to have her help! She is Brasilera and also a wonderful yoga instructor. If you ever want to take her class, she teaches on M, W, TH at the Wailua Community Center at 5:15 for only $5. It’s AMAZING!
Eri in coral hoop earrings
And then of course there is the gorgeous Eri in the coral hoop earrings that are huge and stylin! Eri and I met two years ago at a Fighting Eel fashion show and we reconnected tonight. Small world! She rocked the stage! And the earrings are huge I know, I know but I needed them to have some stage presence. I am also making them in a smaller size that will be available on the site soon… They will be called “Eri” of course since she was the first one to wear them!
I also got to see my friend Maki, who was wearing the same “Lehua” earrings as me!
Maki and I in Lehua earrings
What a good night! I love seeing girls feeling beautiful in my designs!
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Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 |
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My sister can sing like Ariel, from the Little Mermaid. She and I used to sing together when we were little. Apparently, we used to dance around my grandmother’s house and Emilia (pronounced Emma-lia) would say, “Noe, you dance and I’ll sing.” That’s what my Uncle Merv says anyway. Oh the carefree days of childhood…but who said those days are over? I’m 25 and just this evening my girlfriends and I had one of those sessions…and it was lovely! It reminded me of when I was a little girl and Emilia and I would play dress-up with mom’s old dress up clothes. It was all play, so we could learn how to grow up and be the people we are today. Here is a pic of Lia and little man on her visit at Christmastime.
Well it started off an odd day for me today. First we woke up a little earlier than usual. Chris is in Cali on a water polo trip so Aukai and I were home alone. We played in bed for a while then I woke up thinking that I’d better find my phone b/c I didn’t plug it in last night as I usually do. Long story short I couldn’t find my phone for about 5 hours, which drove me crazy. I felt so disconnected from the world but at the same time was mad at myself for thinking that I was “disconnected” from the world without my phone. I mean, hello, everything is still here right in front of my eyes. The grass, my shoes, the sky, my bike, my lettuce in the garden. It’s still here but why do I need my phone? So I tried to just enjoy the time of not having my phone on me and being “disconnected” from the “world” that wasn’t in front of me. Interesting concept if you think about it. Sometimes I’m so stuck on another planet that I’m not even enjoying what’s right in front of me…my little man! So we learned how to spin in a circle on the floor sitting down. I taught Aukai how and even spun him with my hands slowly. He laughed and smiled his cute little smile. At lunch time about an hour later, when I was cutting up veggies, he did it all by himself just to try it. Then he looked up at me and smiled!! So I cheered him on by clapping for him, saying, “Yay for Aukai!!” and his smile grew even longer.
Then I found my phone! I left it on the ground my Grandma’s house and the rain had poured on it just 20 minutes before so it was out of commission. LIke, “I’ve lived a happy life but now it’s my time…” So I pulled out my extra one. Thank goodness our friend works at the cell phone store! I Lost ALL my Numbers!!!! except for 5. and i had a lot of numbers. i found them online on my service provider’s website and when i was just about to text my friend, she showed up at my house in distress!!! her car broke down and she needed help and was having a BAD day for other reasons. I said it sounded like bad karma to me and maybe she should do something nice for someone else.
Anyway it all ended up good we went to yoga, sushi, music and then back to mi casa with our other friend Jenna where we had the little girl dance-off! And we figured out how to use PhotoBooth on my Mac finally!
The girls and I sang and danced as if we were little girls OMG it was so much fun!! And now I’m exhausted and must get some rest. good night folks!
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I’m finally starting a blog! I’d been thinking about doing it as a new year resolution, but got a bit of a late start. Better late than never! With two full time jobs ( jewelry designer and mommy) I hardly have time to journal my thoughts anymore. And since I’m always on the puter, it only makes sense to get with the digital world (even though I’ve been kicking and screaming the whole way) and journal through blogging. Sooo I’m finally doing it! I’m a blogger! This way I won’t feel out of touch with everyone and you all can get to know my deep dark secrets… Ha, as if!
Well I finally picked my blog layout and I’m going to make a goal of including a least one picture per blog so I have selected two of my favorite most recent pics. The first one is of my one year old son, Aukai, in our garden next to our very first sunflower. He later tried to pick it and bent it over, however, we have more coming…and they are TALL- almost as tall as me in fact. I’m 5’8″ so I’m excited to see the flowers when they open up. The sunflowers grew “on accident.” My friend Wai was eating sunflower seeds and threw one of them in the garden and it sprouted!
So back to my pictures…the second one is from last night and I’m very excited about it. It’s of myself and Stephanie Pratt from MTV’s reality show “The Hills” –you know the one with Lauren Conrad. Well my girlfriend Jamie invited me to go to a BBQ last night on the set of the show and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to introduce some celebrities to Noelani Designs. And of course Stephanie fell in love with the Malia Necklace!! I brought it in my purse and it matched her teal-accented outfit perfectly. I don’t watch the show so I don’t how she looks on screen, but she’s so gorgeous in real life. And she is also a sweetheart. She is starting her own handbag line, which was interesting for me to discuss with a fellow designer. But she has manufacturers…meaning she is going big. Maybe one day my line will be that big where I’ll need a “production line”….one day…just one day at a time for now.
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