"By Kat DeLeon"

...By Kat DeLeon


Valerie Joseph Boutique at Hawaii Wine and Food event at Ko olina

I had a great time this past Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Grand Tasting, Beachside Barbecue and Fashion Fusion event at Paradise Cove which was part of the Hawaii Wine and Food event at Ko olina.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a runway model for the Valerie Joseph Boutique fashion show.  I believe this was my third time working on one of Valerie’s shows, and had a wonderful time as always.  It is such a pleasure to be part of a show that is well thought out and skillfully executed.

The Valerie Joseph Fashion Consultants really pulled it off by styling each model in a look that really suited each of us.  I felt so fab on the catwalk in a luxurious piece that works well as a beach cover up or a lovely summer dress.  As a self-proclaimed mini-model I definitely don’t fit the description of a runway model, however, there is nothing like sashaying down the catwalk, it is both nerve racking and truly exhilarating all at the same time, and I just love it!  Valerie knows her demographic and understands that real women, real consumers, are not all 5’-10”.  She really takes that into account by selecting great models that people can relate to, women see the garments on the models and can actually picture themselves wearing these beautiful clothes.

I was equally impressed by the hair and makeup team from the Paul Mitchell School Honolulu that was able to get 21 models ready to go in only 2 hours!!!  They had a great system going and worked so well together.  I was delighted and impressed by the passion, skill, and professionalism of these students.  I truly wish them all great success and I am looking forward to the possibility of working with many of them in the near future.

While the fashion show itself was held on the grounds of Paradise Cove, the superb Spa Director and dear friend, Ms. Robin Desha, of the Ihilani Salon and Spa graciously permitted us to utilize the private bridal suite as our hair and makeup base camp.  On-site that day to make sure all was well was the fun and fabulous Spa Supervisor, Jamie Higashihara.  Jamie and Robin are two of my BFF’s and I was so happy that Jamie was on-site that day and that we had the opportunity to catch up.

The Valerie Joseph Boutique offers an amazing, always updated selection of stylish dresses, separates and accessories.  This is a place that really does have something for every girl or woman of all ages and budgets.  I love this boutique for its selection, quality, and positive sales staff.

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