As many of you may or may not know, my life has gone through a remarkable change in the last year and a half. And my hair has definitely been a reflection of this transformation/metamorphosis. It went from being long and blonde with blunt cut bangs to being long and purple (way before Nicole Richie made it famous, may I add) with those same blunt cut bangs. Super fun and fairly normal, but at this point, my life was beginning to go through a major shift and as I evolved, so did my hair style. My philosophy has always been, "Go Big or Go Home", and my attitude towards fashion & beauty has been right in line with that. I showed up to my hair appointment last September and told my stylist, Dayna Okuma Mau, "cut it all off". Surprise!!! Needless to say, we compromised on an asymmetrical bob. Baby steps (more for her than for me. Sorry Dayna.). Six weeks later and after the initial shock had dissipated, we cut it ALL off. Absolute freedom!!!! It's as if I was finally letting go of the past and looking forward to the future. Since then, we've had so much fun with color and cutting it shorter and shorter and shorter (presently it's a silver grey mohawk that is sadly growing out. Stay tuned for September! Sorry again Dayna). It's been fun for the two of us to use my head as "a canvas for creativity", but I've since learned to alert her about my ever changing and drastic wants & hair needs BEFORE my appointment (not everyone loves extremes as much as I do). Each time, though, she graciously obliges and each time I walk out of the salon feeling refreshed, renewed, and in awe of her amazing talent and skill. Dayna is definitely a master of her trade and a fellow fashionista. So, in honor of all of her greatness, I bring you the STYLE PROFILE of the incomparable DAYNA OKUMA MAU.
Dayna's Look: Black Zara Tunic, Black Leggings, Black & Gold Feather Belt (Zara), Gold Marc Jacobs Watch, Marc Jacobs Bangle, Kate Spade Bracelet, Jennifer Zeunner LOVE Necklace, 14th & Union Black Strappy Wedges
What best describes your personal style?
Urban & Edgy with a little girly flair
I could probably answer this myself, but what's your preference: Vintage, Street Style, Designer, or Homemade?
Street Style, most def. (Just as I thought.)
So does the music you listen to influence your fashion aesthetic?
Yes!!! I will forever love Eve & Tupac, and you'll see hints of urban, street style in what I wear.
(Love that she answered yes to this. Up until this point, it was straight up nos from everyone.)
Current Style Icons?
Nicole Richie, Laura Govan, Jennifer Meyer
I love (& envy) that you are always for traveling for work and for play. What can I always find in your suitcase?
My 3 Barrel Waver (makes sense she's a stylist), Gold Embellished Scarf, Mint YSL Clutch, and my Gold Watch (like myself, her faithful oldie.)
LA or NY fashion?
OMG, NY!!! I love that there is a good mix of street and high fashion there.
(Side note: She'll be traveling to the "Big Apple" in September to style the current Miss Hawaii for the Miss America Pageant. A job that she has been doing for the past 6 years. Yes, people, she's THAT good!!!)
What should every girl have in her wardrobe?
A bright cardigan & gold hoops.
Favorite fashion & beauty brands?
Redken for beauty (she's a Certified Redken Educator. Again, she's super awesome!), Vince for apparel, & Jennifer Zeunner for accessories
I know you love to shop just as much as I do. Who's your favorite shopping partner & where do like to shop?
Shaina Nakahara (her B.F.F & no hestitation to the answer there)!!!! We love Zara, Nordstrom, H&M, Barney's, & J. Crew.
And finally, what are the five items in your closet that you simply could not live without?
My Chunky Wedges, Oversized Tunics, Leggings, Liquid Liner, & my Gold Marc Jacobs Watch.
I love Dayna for the person she is inside and out and the beauty that she creates around her. She's an awesome stylist and it would be wrong of me to not share her with the rest of the world. Contact her @ #(808) 306-8727 /firstname.lastname@example.org.---Tatum