These are a few of my favorite things…

Christmas shopping in the islands isn’t always easy. I avoid Black Friday like the plague and opt for local craft markets or sales a few weeks after. Once I finish my shopping for my loved ones, I typically like to indulge in some new artwork or accessories. Here’s a little peek at what I picked up throughout the week.

Last weekend, I visited the Sunshine People Market at Salt in Kakaako. Artists like Heather Almeda and Kris Hawaii sold some unique pieces.

I bought these two 8×8’s by Almeda. I liked the imagery and it matched the tropical pink artwork in my bedroom.

The market also had crafty vendors like Love and Monsters, best known for her colorful rainbow coasters.

This little air plant wasn’t something I bought, but it was a gift from one of my company’s consultants. I loved that he gave something nice to add to our desks instead of the usual cookies or sweets. It’s a healthier and aesthetically pleasing gift option for fellow coworkers and friends. If you don’t feel like making these yourself, simply head over to Paiko or your local plant shop and grab an air plant.

When I feel like shopping for myself, I usually retreat to Anthropologie at Ala Moana. The inventory changes often enough that I’m still always amused by the trinkets and stationary they have there. They are also tucked away on the top floor of the mall so it’s not so crowded all the time. I picked up a little pom pom bookmark for funsies. Who doesn’t love pom poms?

Lastly, Lucky Brand had a 50% off everything sale. I’ve been hatless for quite some time. I found a sturdy, neutral hat to add to my wardrobe.

Like the scarf I used as the background? Find it at Eden in Love.

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