Aloha & Arrivederci

Aloha! To say it’s “been a while” would be an understatement. It’s been a lonnnnng while since I’ve written a post on Artistry By Adele. I started this blog as a way to escape my day-to-day and have a creative outlet I could look forward to. I was working in a job that wasn’t a right fit for me, I was living in the suburbs in a city I grew up in and desperately needed a break from, and this blog gave me a place I could explore my thoughts and future plans.

Fast forward FOUR whole years and life is quite different. My husband and I quit our jobs, sold our house, got rid of most of our belongings, and left our comfortable lives for a new adventure in Hawaii. Since moving we started a business, met new people, tried new things, explored our island, and have traveled to new and exciting places.

Photo Cred: Miriam Sermonne Photographie 


Sometimes life is hard this far away from friends and family. We miss out on major family events and all the little things we’d love to be around for…like our nieces and nephews growing up in the blink of an eye. We miss graduations and sometimes weddings or other functions we would love to attend. But all in all, this was the best decision we ever made. We’ve had more fun and excitement in these years than I could have imagined. We’ve met amazing people who have changed our lives in this short time and I really believe that we’ve changed lives with the women’s fitness/lifestyle program we started on Oahu. We will always wish we could be near the people who mean the most to us, but living a life you aren’t happy in is never the answer if you have the chance to change it. No matter if we stay here forever, or if we move back to the mainland at some point, I believe I’ll look back on these times as some of the happiest of my life. If you told me four years ago that I would be living on an island, doing headstands on a paddle board in the ocean for fun, I definitely wouldn’t have believed you. 

Photo Cred: Yoga Kai Paddle Hawaii


Since my last blog post all that time ago, I’ve often thought about coming back to this community. I’ve thought about what I would blog about….fitness (my professional life), nutrition and vegetarian cooking (one of my passions since I cut meat and dairy out of my life when we moved here) or just about life in Hawaii. I guess I was so consumed with enjoying my life here that I never found (or took) the time to sit down and write about it.


But here I am, all this time later, missing my blog, missing the community and really missing photography. I’m still loving life on this beautiful island, but my passion for travel and photography was re-sparked with a few major trips we’ve taken since our move. Last year we visited New York twice, we spent a month traveling around Europe in Italy, Norway, Spain & Iceland and this summer, we’re heading back there again! This time with a week on the Greek Islands and a week in Sardinia, Italy. While researching our trip, and looking back at my old photos, I realized I NEED TO START BLOGGING AGAIN!

So here goes nothing! I’ve created a new blog, Aloha and Arrivederci where I plan to share my travel stories and photos, as well as the best moments of my life here on Oahu. If you’re interested, go check it out and follow for blog posts via email. You can also check out some of my favorite photos on my new travel instagram account, @alohaandarrivederci

Photo of The Week

I took this photo on our hike in Point Reyes on Christmas Day. 

Pretty in Pink

As you all saw in my Tutu post, I made these tutus for my nieces, Haeli and Riley for Christmas. I also had decorative shirts made with their names embroidered and matching flower hair clips with rhinestones. Can you tell how much I like dressing them up?  We celebrated early this year and I couldn’t wait to put the girls in their new outfits. So we threw on their new clothes and went outside to snap a few photos. The girls were moving so fast that it was really difficult to get them in the right light for a good shot but I think they still turned out pretty cute. I plan on editing all of these photos in Photoshop soon but I couldn’t wait to post them in the meantime. Maybe I’ll do a before and after post once I’ve edited them. I’d love to take out some of the shadows, but I haven’t quite learned how to use Photoshop so it might take me a while!

I tried to take the tutu off of one of the girls because she was stepping on it, but she quickly stopped in her tracks, turned around and put her hand out for the tutu. She clearly wanted it back on because as I tied it around her again she stayed still waiting for me.

You can click on each image to get a closer look. Aren’t they adorable?

If you like the personalized  shirts you can order them from Kenyon Kreations. Check out her facebook here!

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Tutu?

My best friend found this awesome video tutorial on how to make tutus without any sewing. She has a 2 1/2 year old niece who loves dress up and wanted to make her a tutu for Christmas so I decided to join in the fun! I have twin nieces who are 14 months and would look adorable in their own homemade tutus. These were so easy (and inexpensive)  I couldn’t believe it. I made one that was ivory, pale pink, and pale green with a green satin ribbon and one that was ivory, pale pink, and periwinkle with a light blue satin ribbon. The tutus  I have photographed here are the green one I made and the one my friend made as well. Hers was so fun! It was blue, pink, purple, and white. What little girl wouldn’t LOVE to have one of these to play with? I plan on making these for every little girl I know! You can click on each image to get a better view!

Hopefully I can take some photos of the girls wearing them this weekend for next week’s blog post! Stay tuned :)

You can watch the tutorial here but all you need is tulle, scissors, ribbon and a ruler!

A Day in The City

Last weekend I went to the bay area to visit a few friends. Saturday morning Brittany and I rode BART into the city for a day of photos and fun. We went to the farmer’s market and perused around the inside of the Ferry building for a few hours. There was delicious food everywhere and we had so much fun tasting samples and taking photos. The mushrooms were my favorite, I wanted to buy them all but didn’t have enough hands to carry everything! I can’t wait to visit again.

My Attempt At Bokeh

I love the idea of Bokeh with Christmas lights so I decided to play around a little to see what I could come up with. The shapes were the hardest for me because my house is SO dark, especially at night, which means all you can see are the lights and not the background or the tree at all. Even though those photos turned out a little strange, I still had fun getting my crafts out and creating them! At the bottom there are some photos of my best friends dog, Sydney.  My friend’s soon to be mother in law also bought her Christmas ornaments this year that look exactly like Sydney and her other dog Bailey so I just had to snap a few photos. I included them because there is a little light bokeh in the background. You can click on each image to get a closer look.

What have you done with Bokeh?

Lighting and Portraits

I have told you all before that I have taken a few basic photography classes to learn a little more about my camera and the art of photography. For some reason, lighting has always been the most difficult aspect of photography for me. I was really excited to take the lighting class to hopefully improve in that area and I think it really helped, although I have a long way to go to call myself “good” at lighting or photography. Here are a few photos I took for class (and a couple at the bottom that I took after class while trying to use what I learned). Tell me what you think! You can click on each image to make them larger.

Holiday Cheer

Here are some of my favorite things about the Holiday season!

Soy Egg Nog. So delicious!

Snowflakes

Blue and Silver ornaments. This way I can decorate for Hanukkah and Christmas at the same time.

My absolute favorite- making sugar cookies! My next post is going to be all about this!

What’s Not to Like?

This is Sake and the below photo is his sister Miso.

They are my adorable little (actually, they’re kind of giant) kitties. We got them when they were tiny little kittens of only 8 weeks old and they have grown into giant-monster-jungle-cats and they hunt anything that moves. But they’re pretty cute, aren’t they?

Miso plays fetch and does flips when she runs to pick up whatever you’ve thrown. She especially loves playing with bottle caps and brings them right back to you and meows until you throw it again.

It might make me a crazy cat lady, but I love these little guys like they are my children. If you don’t like cats, I say you’re crazy. What’s not to like?

Farewell to Fall

I took these photos on Thanksgiving in my parent’s neighborhood to try to capture the end of fall. I will be sad to see these amazing colors go as we head into winter!