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Spring Beauty Trend: Brilliant Braids

March 12, 2013    |    By +
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Braided hair has been a huge trend in the last few years. Tired of the simplest of braids, fashionistas and designers alike have championed the newest and freshest hair looks by twisting hair in unthinkably amazing ways. All over the spring runways were unique looks inspired by the classic hair plait. Fishtails, the milkmaid... Read more »

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Phablets: what are they and why do I want one?

February 27, 2013    |    By +
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With the tech and gadget world evolving at a dizzying pace, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all the products and technology. But a new and quickly growing class of products is actually pretty easy to understand…although it’s not that easy to say. The “phablet” is a hybrid device that combines the utility... Read more »

Trend Alert: Black and White

February 25, 2013    |    By +
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Trend Alert: Black and White

One trend that we can’t wait to see more of in 2013 is Black and White geometric prints. Everything from decor to fashion will be covered in the most high-contrast color combination there is. In case you haven’t noticed, black and white patterns have been popping up all over the place from the costumes... Read more »

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Trend Alert: Indoor Play Tents!

February 22, 2013    |    By +
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One perk of being a kid is being able to create your own world where your thoughts and imagination can come to life. My hideaway when I was a kid was a fort that I made out of bed sheets and two desk chairs. I kept some snacks in there, my favorite dolls, a... Read more »

Teen Trend Alert: Seapunk

February 21, 2013    |    By +
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To those readers unaware, I am the Guru for all things “Teen” here at That means I spend a good portion of my time scouring the web to find the coolest blogs and inspiration for the newest and hippest stuff in youth culture. When I started seeing a variety of ’90s inspired iconography and... Read more »

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Toy Trend: The Katniss-ifcation of Toys!

February 15, 2013    |    By +
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  From the tens of thousands of new toys at the 2013 American International Toy Fair, you start to see some distinct trends. Toys like the upcoming REBELLE line from NERF and the AIR HUNTRESS bow from ZING TOYS are not only tapping into the Hunger Games mania, but the bigger picture idea that... Read more »

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Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald Green

January 24, 2013    |    By +
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Now it’s not just Dorothy, we all are going to the Emerald City in 2013. In case you haven’t heard, emerald green is officially the biggest color of the year according to Pantone. Since 1963, “The PANTONE® name known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to... Read more »

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What’s In? Mason Is In!

January 23, 2013    |    By +
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What’s In? Mason Is In!

The Gifts: Aladdin’s Spring 2013 Drinkware Line Up (available in stores April/May) The Scoop: Aladdin recently showcased some of the Spring 2013 products. The “Americana” trend is white hot and these beverage holders are kinda like the “comfort food” of drinkware. Here are two must-haves: The Original Insulated Mason Tumbler has such a retro,... Read more »

21st Century Tea Infusers

January 23, 2013    |    By +
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Few things are more enjoyable to me than sharing a cup of tea with a good friend when it’s cold outside. I fell in love with tea when I studied abroad in England, learned to love it even more when I taught English in China, and still love a simple cup of loose leaf... Read more »

Unbelievable Beauty Ingredients

January 15, 2013    |    By +
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As the beauty editor at, I spend a lot of time checking out the latest trends, fads, and collections to find the best gifts. And, every once in a while, I’m blown away by the ingredients in the hottest beauty products on the market. You are not going to believe what the “secret... Read more »

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.