Social Encore: Women’s weekend ahead
BY Jermel-Lynn Quillopo / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Round up all your girlfriends this weekend for a girls day out. A weekend full of crafts, beauty and fashion is coming to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall with the 13th annual Hawai’i Woman Expo.
At the expo, you’ll find more than 100 booths. There will be tons of entertainment on stage, such as the “Celebrities and Their Pets Fashion Show,” supporting Fur-Angel Foundation; “BURN’N LOVE,” a Waikiki act starring Leo Days singing some of your all-time favorite Elvis hits; and Storybook Entertainment Characters for the kids.
13TH ANNUAL HAWAI’I WOMAN EXPO
» Where: Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
There are also tons of giveaways that are up for grabs at the expo. You can be eligible to win a Bernina sewing machines (six will be given away during the expo), a Waikiki staycation (seven available), or a “Tea Luncheons for 7” from A Cup of Tea in Kailua (seven available). You could also win a Vacations Hawaii Vegas trip.
Making its debut at this year’s expo is an online boutique called Dolkii run by sisters Shaiyanne Dar and Yasmin Dar Fasi. The idea of Dolkii started with Yasmin as a high school project and was later transformed into an online fashion blog by her sister. The two revisited the idea and brought it to life this year with a goal to create an online shop for the free-spirited girl in all of us.
The name Dolkii comes from a percussion instrument called a dholki. It’s an instrument that is featured prominently during celebrations in Pakistani and Indian weddings. Fasi was inspired by the name after a trip to Pakistan for her cousin’s wedding.
“To me, the word Dolkii is more of a symbol of celebrating the modern bohemian,” said Fasi. “Our vision of a Dolkii girl is smart, creative, confident, young at heart, with a wild and free attitude that draws the most positive energies. She’s a go-getter and a dream-chaser.”
The career backgrounds of the two women is a combination that complements the business. Fasi’s background is in television and social media. She started her television career with KITV as a morning traffic anchor and social media reporter. Fasi has always been willing to share a part of her world with others through social media and through her personal online blog. A graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles, Dar’s background in fashion has been with several corporate brands like Lucky Brand Jeans, True Religion Brand Jeans and Diesel Jeans in New York City. She has extensive experience managing merchandise analyst teams and as a eCommerce Buyer & Merchandiser.
The two sisters run the business together even though they are thousands of miles apart. Though Dar is in California and Fasi is in Hawaii, allocating responsibilities comes easy to the duo. Dar handles the technical, merchandising and strategic pieces of the business, while Fasi handles manages majority of Dolkii’s operations and marketing.
The collaborations with local photographers and stylists in California, Hawaii and New York will have you rethink the style of bohemian. Their instagram profile uses the backdrops such as Hawaii’s beautiful ocean and New York’s rugged concrete streets and combines them with different styles that show Dolkii’s fashion versatility.
The sisters admit that they personally have different styles. However, their styles are fused together with their cute clothes at Dolkii. Fasi says that she tends to go more for cleaner lines and solid colors but has made great additions to her closet, thanks to her sister.
“I think its from my years in TV news that I tend to stay away from too many prints,” she said. “but now that I’ve been working with Shaiyanne my wardrobe has definitely expanded.”
For Dar her wardrobe is full with her favorite brand Free People.
“A lot of my style inspiration and resulting outfits are pulled straight from their catalogs,” said Dar. “A very free spirited, bohemian, care free vibe. I love oversized silhouettes paired with chunky accessories, a simple top knot hair style and ankle booties…and black, you can never have enough black in your wardrobe.”
The online boutique’s inventory is constantly evolving and allows both sisters to illustrate every single piece in their collection, styled from head to toe and ready to wear. Have you seen their beach throws? They are adorable! The vibrant colors and hues will have all eyes on you at the beach. The great thing about Dolkii’s featured throws is that is also gives back to the community. A portion of the proceeds from each Dolkii beach throw helps benefit Project Hawaii, a non-profit organization that helps enhance the lives of Hawaii’s homeless children.
At this weekend’s expo, Dolkii will exclusively debut it’s fresh new fall collection. You’ll want to head down to grab some great fashion pieces from Dolkii, because everything in their pop-up show will be on sale.
For more information about the expo, visit the Hawaiian Woman Expo website.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.