Leopard Print, it’s a problem.

When I was helping out at The Huffington Post Weddings section as a “fashion commentator” [ha] while they were live blogging about The Kardashian’s Wedding Special, I made special notice of how much leopard print everyone was wearing.  “It’s like they’ll get sick and die if they don’t wear leopard print.”  However, let’s be honest… this is like the pot calling the kettle black.  I have some how acquired a collection of leopard print dresses (formal and casual in different color combos), tights, stockings, earrings, sweaters, jumpsuits and rings. [what’s wrong with me lol] It didn’t dawn on me that I had a real problem until I looked through my Instagram photos and realized that for every 5 photos of myself I was wearing something leopard print in at least 1 of them. [insert addiction here]  However I’m going to embrace this addiction head on like a happy alcoholic, and next in my collection I’m adding shoes…

Senso "DELILAH" pony hair heel

SAM EDELMAN Ria Leopard Boots
CESARE PACIOTTI heel

A father’s inspiration.

I know this is a fashion blog, and a behind the scenes of my clothing line, but I have very loyal readers so I hope you will appreciate a more personal [and rare] look inside my life as not just a designer but a person… 

I have a home video that someone sent me of my father, and in the last 10 seconds of the video he laughs… the sound of my father’s laugh makes me feel as close to him as I possibly can.  Sometimes I play that last ten seconds on repeat until I feel I’ve had my fill.  One year ago today my father passed away, it was probably the worst day, and the worst few months of my life, and it probably always will be.  But one thing that keeps my heart warm now that Feb. has rolled around once more is the knowledge that I was so lucky to have such an amazing person enter my life.  My father was a musician, and artist among other things, but first and foremost he was a dad.  He adopted me when I was just 6 years old, and taught me how to be a strong, honest, and independent woman.  It’s because of him that I am so determined, I love so deeply, I’m so stubborn in my convictions, and always strive to remain true to myself.  What a lucky daughter I am to be so inspired by my father and to have been for so long and not even realize it.  Hopefully I can inspire someone else just as much some day…

With all my heart. ONIKAI*