Heels & Picks: Shopping with SuperCW
BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser
I love cool mini dresses. If they’re cut well, I can wear a bra; show me one with a cutout at the waist and you’ll have me hook, line and sinker.
So when I checked in with my friend and fellow Honolulu Pulse blogger Christa “SuperCW” Wittmier (she wears many hats, but more on that later) to see if she wanted to meet me at Ala Moana Center to try on some dresses, I knew we’d end up leaving with some serious booty. And not just our own.
Christa has been a fixture on the Honolulu scene, so I’ve known her for a few years. It started with her covering my band, The Throwdowns, in 2009. I’ve always liked her infectious energy, she knows everyone, and she’s always in the middle of what’s happening. Her catch phrase is, “Get Excited. It’s Exciting.” It pretty much sums her up. Along with writing “SuperCity” for the Pulse, Christa is also senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii, executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii and is a DJ, too.
I could never keep up with her schedule. I’m too much of a part-time Kailua cottage kid, happily pedaling my beach cruiser with a puppy in the basket.
Before Christa even walked into Bebe on Saturday, July 13, a wave of energy surged through the store. That’s just her.
Picking up a white and turquoise mini dress with black mesh details off the rack, she greeted me with an excited, “This dress is SO YOU!!!”
Part of Christa’s charm is that she champions everyone else and is always shouting out and working with up and comers, tirelessly building the scene. She truly has Honolulu’s back.
We caught up on each other’s lives while we pulled clothes. Events, albums, love life, whether anybody is hearing the tick of a biological clock (although I’m pretty sure that noise is just a kick drum) — all of it was on the fashion floor for discussion. Our clothing haul began to take shape, with dresses in orange and pink hues for her, dresses in white, hot pink and turquoise for me.
A couple of cool tops and some killer jeans with a turquoise and pink feather print were added into the mix. Damn I loved those jeans. We both chose a black leather jacket. You can’t take the badass out of a girl, you know.
“What are you girls shopping for today?” she asked with a big, non-fake smile. You always have to appreciate the non-fake smile.
“We both write for the Pulse,” I replied. “I’m doing a fashion and music blog and Christa is doing a DJ set opening for Toro Y Moi at The Republik on Tuesday night and needs an outfit.”
“Wait, did you DJ at Ginza on Wednesday night? I LOVED your set!” Ashley exclaimed, now completely starstruck.
When you put two women in a dressing room together, it turns into what looks like a girlie slumber party in no time. Dresses everywhere, heels flying through the air, chicks hanging around chatting in panties while waiting for other sizes to be brought to the room. Christa and I are both fairly silly, so we got right into having some serious fun.
“These are perfect!” Christa exclaimed as she rocked the tallest wedge heels I have ever seen (and she looked smokin’ hot, too). “I can’t do stilettos, but these are training heels!”
I tried on a white embellished shoulder sequin dress.
“You look like a rock-n-roll angel!” she said.
“I would trash this dress onstage in about half of a song,” I replied with a laugh.
Next, Christa tried on a black strapless leatherette bandage dress.
“Wow! That looks incredible! You have to get that for Toro Y Moi,” I told her.
I chose the Jacquard hot pink cheetah dress, while Christa picked up that incredibly hot bandage dress and a lovely coral-colored, tiered dress for a DJ gig she had at the Moana Surfrider’s new brunch event on Sunday, July 14. Having seen photos from the event on Instagram, I can tell you she looked stunning and the dress totally worked.
“My friends are not going to believe these outfits,” she said at Bebe on Saturday. “I actually look like a girl.”
As we gathered the pieces we were going to purchase, some workout gear caught my eye. Cute tops with pink cheetah print detail? Bebe, what are you trying to do to me?
While Christa bought her items, I flipped through the Bebe catalogue, which features photos of models in workout gear looking decidedly glamorous — in full makeup. Now, I’m guilty of wearing red lipstick at the gym (motivation sometimes manifests itself in lipstick colors), but I laughed out loud picturing bombshells like these, flipping their hair on the treadmills as they run (completely sweat free, of course).
But we are real girls, in the real world. Christa and I wiped the Waikiki sweat off of our brows, tried to manage our bags and not drop our phones, thanked Ashley the sales rep and headed off to Longhi’s for a glass of wine and a little carbicide.
Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.