April 2013

April 30, 2013

Bright as a Feather

Kauai Feather Creations' colorful accessories

Kauai Feather Creations

We hate to break it to you, but Coachella's been over for more than a week. So why are you still clicking through photo after stylish photo of Almost Famous celebs sporting maxis, oversized sunnies, sweet flower garlands, and more feathers than a bird sanctuary?
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April 29, 2013

Runway Success

Highlights from UH-Manoa's senior fashion show

Dreamboat by Jenna Sato
Photos by Tommy Shih

Explorer's Log: The search for up-and-coming designers has taken a fruitful turn. Our latest expedition - to the front row of University of Hawaii at Manoa's Apparel Product Design & Merchandising Program's senior fashion show - yielded impressive discoveries. Here, our favorites... Read more »

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 27, 2013

Weekend Picks - Saturday, April 27, 2013

Late adds to Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events

Eden in Love

For Giving
Local businesses are pitching in to help those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Monday through Friday is Boston Tribute Week at Eden in Love. Thirteen yellow-and-blue outfits inspired by the Boston Marathon (like the ones above) and six-packs of Buca di Beppo's mini cannolis ($15) will be on sale. Proceeds will help send Hawaii care packages to Boston-area first responders.
  • On... Read more »

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April 26, 2013

Buy (Mo)no Means

Mono home and office goods store opens in McCully

Mono Hawaii

It's Friday! In just a few hours, you can finally ditch the office and revel in the two glorious days that is your weekend.

Though maybe you wouldn't be so keen to leave work if your office didn't look so... lifeless. (Hey, even Milton Waddams knew the importance of a pop... Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 25, 2013

Weekend Picks - April 25, 2013

Six reasons to do something this weekend

Lei Chic Attend
In the Spa Light
Celebrate SpaHalekulani's 10th anniversary with an open house of guided tours and demos for new and signature spa services - think foot massages, hydrating oxygen facials, hair and makeup. Enjoy champagne and pupu while browsing luxe skin and bath products by Ola Botanicals and Epicuren, plus score free samples and gift certificates while supplies last.
When: Tomorrow, 5-9 p.m. with a historical tour and sunset plant walk... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 24, 2013

Double Takes

Fashion Plate pop-up boutique at Hifi Coop and Cookspace

Fashion Plate Pop-Up

Congratulations, you made it into the office today! We weren't sure you could drag yourself out of bed, what with the sky falling down and all.

Just make sure you do the same this Sunday for Fashion Plate, the first-ever joint pop-up boutique between Hifi Coop and newly-opened Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 23, 2013

Bootie Call

Love+Monsters' handmade keiki booties


Your little man has countless needs. The latest: slipping his precious piggly wigglies into some seriously adorable handmade booties.

Time to scoot over to Baby Awearness for the debut of Love+Monsters, a line of soft, colorful keiki shoes by Kalihi designer Richie Calizar, inspired by her own 20-month-old "monster."

The University of Hawaii graduate crafts each pair by hand, stitching together vintage fabrics in playful print and color... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 22, 2013

In the Clear

Beauty picks from a jet-setting cosmetics CEO

Carisa Janes' beauty picks

Your overflowing drawers of half-used beauty products are pretty telling. They say your constant search for the holy grails of skincare and makeup has you going cents-less.

Spare your wallet, and your sanity, by consulting the professionals for on-the-glow picks. Today, we asked Hourglass Cosmetics CEO Carisa Janes to reveal the top five products she can't leave home without (she literally dug through her purse and showed us).
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Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 20, 2013

Weekend Picks - Saturday, April 20, 2013

Late adds to Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events

Lei Chic Eat
Home Plate
In honor of Earth Day, Spalding House Cafe is serving up a prix fixe menu showcasing local ingredients. Dishes include eggplant and goat cheese napoleon with Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, Waialua asparagus soup, meatloaf with Big Island grass-fed beef and roasted garlic Okinawan sweet potato mash, and La Gelateria gelato or sorbetto with a lemon cookie from The Cookie Lady Hawaii.
When: Tomorrow, noon-2 p.m.
Where: Spalding House Cafe, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr.
Details: $25 per person, plus tax... Read more »

Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 19, 2013

Load to Joy

Happy Town Hawaii debuts recycled canvas totes

Happy Town Hawaii totes

Monday is Earth Day. So, you should probably get it a present.

Something eco-friendly, practical, and so adorable, you'll want to keep it for yourself - like a recycled canvas tote by Happy Town Hawaii.

For owner Tamar Wong, the progression from celebratory wine totes to regular, everyday totes was, well, tote-ally natural. New styles just uploaded to Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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