7 Pieces I Broke My Budget for at Madewell’s Store Opening at Ala Moana

More than likely, if I’m not at my desk, I’m (probably) at Madewell.
Madewell Hawaii store
Photo: Stacey Makiya


Buddy the Elf
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Remember that scene from Elf when Buddy was super excited that Santa was coming? That was my level of excitement when I heard one of my favorite brands was landing here. “Madewell’s coming, Madewell’s coming,” I shouted to the office.


At a party, one of my sisters-in-law asked me where I got my outfit from, and I said, Madewell. She said, “Yeah, it looks like it’s made well.” Shocked and shook, I explained to her what Madewell is. It’s a Mainland chain boutique (sister to J.Crew) that carries a mix of preppy, polished basics, everyday denims for all body types and funky-fun, seasonal pieces.


The Madewell in Ala Moana opened one week ago. The space is darling, charming and brimming with the brand’s signature pieces and of-the-moment collections, including swimsuits. I’ve been there twice already. And, while I want everything I see, there were some pieces that stole my heart—and cash.


Madewell Ala Moana
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Clockwise from top:

  1. I love thick-framed sunglasses. They add edge. And the Moody Tort print takes it to next-level badassery. (Belgrave sunglasses, $65.)

  2. I usually only wear tennies on my morning jog, but when I spotted these sneaks, I had to try them on. Good thing I did, their soft and light-as-air fit sold me. (Spotted calf-hair and suede sneakers, $98.)

  3. The Dorset lightweight blazer is perfect for Hawai‘i’s weather and it travels easily from professional to pau hana. ($168.)

  4. I love a good piece of jewelry that has rainbow swag. (Semiprecious stone baguette ring, $28.)

  5. I’m a mom, so mom-jean styles fit me like a glove. The classic straight jeans in petite (for my height, not my weight) is jus’ riiiite! Side note: most of their denims come in regular, petite and long. ($125.)

  6. Snakeskin print is wild but add pops of crayon colors, and it’s magical. (Transport camera bag. $148.)

  7. Soft bandannas are one of my go-to accessories to zhuzsh up a denim-and-tee look or add more sss-sexiness to a snakeskin purse. ($15.)