up and down, 'round and 'round

It's been quite a while since my last post.  I'm not really sure where to even begin how the last six months have gone.  It's definitely been an interesting year so far.  I was offered a celebrity endorsement, an opportunity to work with an up and coming island singer.  Incredibly exciting, and flattering that anyone would be interested in teaming up with me.  I was on cloud nine, feeling that all my dreams were about to come true.  To make a long story short, I met with her team, we went through the design process for a collaborative collection and went into production. Unfortunately, in the end it just didn't work out.  No hard feelings at all, all is great! The timing was just off, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and it just wasn't meant to be.  I definitely learned A LOT from the experience, and a whole lot about myself and where I see Nana'o in the future.  It was a major up and down for me, but I do treasure that experience.  I just feel that experience definitely pushed me into the right direction.  

I've given it a lot of thought and now I'm in the process of taking things to the next level.  I've always had the idea going 'round and 'round in my head that I want to make Nana'o my full time career focus.  However, I've only been putting in work half-time.  Basically I only put in the time when I wanted to, and put everything else first.  I realize that if I want this to be a full-time thing, I have to treat it as a full-time thing even if I don't have the full-time hours to put into it.  It is difficult making time after an 8 hour work day at a 9-5 job to go sit and work some more.  But really, the more time I put into this the more it will grow.  Something I've always known, but haven't taken full action for.  

I'm now working on restructuring my time spent on Nana'o and what my focuses need to be on.  I even put together a small team to help me get going, which by the way I am very thankful and blessed to have them.  It's time to make all my plans a reality.  I have so many ideas and things I've wanted to do over the past year, but have neglected to work on them.  Heritage of Aloha Festival is this weekend out in Santa Fe Springs - I've been putting in so many extra hours to get that going.  I'm pretty proud of myself with the time I've put into it.  After this weekend is over, all those plans and ideas are going into full effect.  So look out world, Nana'o is coming to get ya!  

California dreamin'

After a glorious, beautiful, and inspiring two weeks in paradise, I am feeling very refreshed and cleared my mind of all the stresses of a daily 9-5 and having a big show checked off a long list of to-do's.  It was a much needed and well deserved vacation.

Being back home and at work is a bit challenging, especially trying to adjust back to a regular schedule.  It's tough to focus on what I need to and should be doing now.  My mind is still partially on vacation mode.  Reminiscing about the crystal clear waters, ocean views, hospitality, and the simple carefree lifestyle of the islands.  Life is so much different here.  It's always hustle and bustle and no time to relax. I'm really missing that laid back lifestyle where if some thing goes wrong you just say, "ees okeh, ees alright." 

I've been thinking up some new ideas and plans for the rest of this year and trying to get a head start for next. There's  a lot I'd like to accomplish and I'm praying that I make it all happen.  I know it's a tease to say new things are coming soon! And then nothing happens haha, I know. It's been rough with scheduling and time, but just know that I want this enough and I    will  make it happen somehow, someway. Hopefully much sooner than later. So of course, fanny packs! I'm really working on making that happen. Figuring out a plan that won't drive me insane or to insomnia lol. I can at least guarantee that they will be available before the holidays, just don't know when that will be. So please stay tuned! And thanks so much for your time and patience ❤️

 Keep the kindness and good vibes flowing. 



Bora Bora 💙 #throwbackthursday

Bora Bora 💙 #throwbackthursday

News flash!

It's been a crazy few months for me.  Non-stop everything.  Work Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Dance Tues-Thurs 6-10pm and Sat 9am-1pm, and then working on Nana'o in between, any chance I get while trying to maintain somewhat of a social life.  This past weekend I put everything on hold.  I was a little uneasy about it at first, just knowing how much work I have to do.  But you know what?  It was a much needed, well deserved break.  I attended Coachella for the very first time.  I'd been wanting to go for years, and finally made it.  I had no idea what to expect.  It was the greatest experience of my life so far to be honest.  Good music, great people, and unforgettable times.  And good vibes all around.  Everyone was there for a good time.  No drama, and no cares in the world.  I felt like such a hippie, it was great, life was great.  I had a moment to myself where I just sat back, took in a deep breath of air and enjoyed the sounds and surroundings, the sunset and people. Everything and everyone was beautiful, and I appreciated everything.  Nothing in that moment could bring me down.  It's only been a few days since I've been home from the festival and I know this Coachella "high" won't last forever, but I hope to carry on the peace & love I experienced for as long as I can.  

Coming back to work was not easy at all.  Dance almost killed me.  Nana'o has been a little rough to jump back into.  But I'm here now.  And oh yeah, one thing, one huge thing has helped get me to jump back into reality.  About 2 months ago I applied for the Spring Patchwork Show in Santa Ana and they've accepted my application!  I'll be a vendor at my first major craft show next month!  So now I've really gotta get back to it and crank out some new merchandise.  

I've been bit by the Coachella bug, so please don't mind if my new things are influenced by a bit of peace, love and happiness. Haha.  Until next time... 


Josh and I enjoying our last day at Coachella  

Josh and I enjoying our last day at Coachella  

<3 June


Spring is here!  Hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful California sunshine!  I know it's April and I've promised lots of new things for this month.  It's getting there.  Unfortunately I won't be able to release the fanny packs until later this month. Juggling between a full time job 5 days a week, dancing 3 days a week, designing and preparing costumes for our Tahiti performances, and working on Nana'o has totally kicked my butt.  I've had my days where I just wanted to give up on everything just to have a moment to be bored.  I haven't felt that feeling of boredom in who knows how long.  Oh yeah and there's that other thing called sleep - I can't remember the last time I went to bed at a decent hour and woke up feeling refreshed and rested.  But you know what?  I am not giving up.  I will continue to do what I need to do to make this dream a reality.  I know it will all be worth it in the end.  Anticipate a late April release of the new products and some old items to be restocked.  These items will for sure be ready for 25: Happy To Be Alive.  For first picks, come and attend :)  Hope to see you there! 

a night in the islands.

If you're free this Saturday night, come see an amazing show!  And don't forget to visit the Nana'o booth too :)

happy new year.

I'd like to start off with wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Yes, I know, it's January 16th.  Let's just say I've had a rough beginning to my 2015 so far.  I started off the new year with a nasty cough and cold - completely limiting my time, urge, and strength to create anything new. My work at my day time job has been piling up from my sick days off, and we have another Te Varua Ori show coming up, meaning more practices and later nights.  But no worries!  I'm feeling much better, I'm beginning to make a dent in my work at work, but I'm still trying to adjust to the crazy practice schedule.  I know things will work out, I just know it.  

I've also gotten back into a creative groove.  Tons of new ideas bouncing around in my head!  Now I've just got to figure out when and how to make them all happen.  

New Year's Resolution No. 1: Better Time Management

I've got quite a bit more resolutions to make happen this year, but for now time is definitely what I need to manage.  I promise to be more consistent with updates, posts, and new listings.  It'll be a struggle at first, but it will happen.  In the mean time, check out what's currently in stock in the shop.  

Cheers to the New Year!


<3  June

grand opening.

I'd like to start off by saying THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support at this past weekend's INSIDE event and In-house competition over at the Te Varua Ori dance studio.  It was such a successful start for Nana'o.  It was so great to meet everyone and to hear everyone's feedback on my designs.  I feel so blessed to have had such a positive experience.

Now you're all probably wondering when the online shop will open up.  Don't you worry, I am working on it!  I was hoping to open sooner than later, but I may have to push back the opening for a couple of weeks.  Possibly a re-grand opening for the New Year, with all new and improved designs!  


In less than 4 days I will be opening my line of handbags and accessories.  It definitely hasn't been easy to start up.  For almost 6 months now I've been juggling between a full-time job, keeping up with dance class, everyday life, and working on starting up a new business.  I've dabbled in many other businesses in the past, but this one - it's one I've truly taken the time to develop and plan.  It's my baby, and I hope it thrives!   Thank you to everyone who has supported me through all this, I really appreciate it and love you all!