Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday Morning Rain is Falling...

Happy 2nd week of Advent!

Lately, I've been experimenting with creating "looks" on Polyvore. Sure it's fun to put together collages of beauty products--but so much more interesting to create looks for island ladies who want to build off of our everyday (or in this case weekend) norms. With that said, I present to you my Sunday morning getup:



Sunday Morning by Suka&Spice

I confess...I don't wear a puletaha to church every Sunday morning. More accurately, I like to reserve it for times where I'm forced to (okay, kidding), or am experiencing warmer weather. If I were to rock this every weekend, you'd probably find me sporting some thermal underwear and leg warmers underneath. It's too cold for that business here. What do you think of adding a little shine and glitz to your puletaha/puletasi?

29 comments:

lostfob said...

honestly puletaha's aren't my thing, however this ensemble you'd put together is really nice, i love that nail polish and those sandals are soooo cute, i cant see myself wearing that this winter unless frost-bitten toes are the in thing now lol.

ok so i went off the beaten track there, so i think its nice to see the old spruced up a bit you know?

fantastic said...

@lostfob: actually i think my post was misleading. i love the puletaha! i have a habit of wanting one in every fabric/pattern..but it's far too cold to wear them here for the majority of the year :( the sandals are PiperLime..cute ya?

Actually, you can tell this isn't even a puletaha...definitely a puletasi. But that has more to do with the fact that there's such a lack of island wear to be found online! (unless you consider island wear Hilo Hattie!)

oh, and the nails. i think i would have liked Senorita Rosalita by OPI better (more mauve with a gold sheen), but it appears to be a brighter fuschia in the bottle.

Geez...why don't I just write a chapter for each post? haha

Ninz said...

I take it puletaha's won't be on your register this year? haha

I definitely think a return to simple accesorising is the key to reviving the puletaha. Too long has it been hidden behind the overpowering (yet matching colour)shoes/bag/lipstick and enough gold jewelry that would put MR T to shame.

Love that you have matched the basic rules of fashion to this outfit (eg matching bag and shoes) I think it really brings the puletaha into becoming a possible contender for a Sunday outfit. Such a relief for women like me who put a tupenu under everything to get the Tongan 'tick' of approval.

One thing..Puletaha's unfortunately do not come in the perceived 'one size fits all' so word from the wise..get a tailor. Or check out MENA who have really revamped the
classic 'puletasi/puletaha' to be more flattering to the island figure.

fantastic said...

@ninz: i am LOVING the dialogue ;) omg..and can we just talk about MENA for a second? i couldn't be more jealous of you having access to all those great designs down there. on that note, i feel like you really have to try on MENA to get a good fit. the sizes don't all seem to run the same.

i was tempted to add a woven clutch or something to the puletaha...and the coconut earrings. but i think those are best left to accesorize other outfits that are not so outwardly polynesian. a zanotti bag and trendy shoes take the look from dull to fab, imo.

ninz, i'm so with you on the tupenu under everything. but after a long look at some old pictures of mom, i realized that she used to do the same thing--even when all of her friends were trying to pull the western look. so i guess i got it from my mama ;)

i wish i had a good tailor up here. for now, it's the woman that birthed me. HAHA! or the vietnamese woman that she's convinced to copy the pattern of all of our old ones...that poor lady..

fantastic said...

maybe dull wasn't the word...more like...typical.

lostfob said...

*mate he kata@hilo hattie's*
oh lord, how that became the face for aloha wear/poly wear i'd never know.

but no, your post is not misleading at all, i'm just saying puletaha's are for some girls and not for me lol, it just shouts to the world how many tiers of fat rolls i have lol. i loooooove those sandals, and i looooove piperlime, i came across it in an ad in instyle mag i guess....

am i wrong thinking that puletaha's no matter how much we tongans take and twist every which knot and slip is always going to scream samoan? lol. just me i guess lol

Ninz said...

Yeahhh let's talk MENA darl.. I totally agree on having to do the 'trying on' part - also a fashion must! MENA is probably the only line that you could see 85% of the clothes on yourself, in a practical -my bust will be accommodated and hips will make it- kinda way.

Just a thought stemming from this conversation maybe the key is not drowning yourself in 'island couture' head to toe but takin a bit of this and that and incorporating it into a practical wardrobe.

Recently I have seen alot of fabrics cut into more urban/chic styles - a sheath dress/empire line dresses and more recently shirt dresses.
Admittedly most of these fabrics bear colours probably visible from Mars however I think they bring a welcoming change to a drab winter wardrobe. There's stilll hope for the Vietnamese Tailor darl :)

Ninz said...
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fantastic said...

@ninz: What do you think of TAV? Do you consider her styles to be in the running with MENA?

eseta polka dots said...

I love puletahas!! They rock! I usually wear mine when I go and tou'a and the faikavas. Well, used to... I wear mine with my coconut purse, and a kiekie of course :)I also have a gold puletaha (all one solid color), and I wear gold earrings with them. Not the dangling ones, but round, big, and flat ones. I always wear heels with my puletahas. I wish I could wear them more often, but I don't go to church, so I don't really have any special occasions to wear them to :(

eseta polka dots said...

By the way.. That's a nice ensemble you've put together. And that's a cool site... polyvore, is it?

fantastic said...

@eseta: yes, polyvore. if you decide to start an account, friend me! (if you can do that?)

all gold, eh? i'd love to see a picture! did you make it or have it made? you should definitely check out the MENA ones that ninz mentioned, if you want to find some really updated styles. i love them! of course it's a little more difficult for us out here, but they'll custom-make, and i have the contact info of a girl i worked with out of NZ. let me know if you'd like the info passed on..

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