April 2013

April 9, 2013

Sponsored Edition: Ahead of the Curves

New cosmetic technologies to freshen your look

Hawaii Plastic Surgery Associates

Things you hope will disappear if you just ignore them: Credit card offers. Telemarketers. Those annoying late night chat requests from the old college drinking cohort who found you on Facebook. Your muffin top.

Okay, so it turns out that stubborn belly bulge is sticking around. And no amount of those chest exercises you tried when you were 12 ever actually increased your bust. (Thanks for nothing, Judy Blume.)

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April 9, 2013

A Store to Settle

Noelani Studios opens retail store in Haleiwa

Noelani Studios

As the saying goes: when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or, better yet, build your own lemonade stand.

Case in point: When Noelani Love was told to vacate her North Shore studio (the property was in escrow), she decided to open her own retail store in the heart of Haleiwa town.

The new Noelani Studios - in the old Pizza Hut space... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 8, 2013

Suits Your Fancy

TOR designer launches new Citrine Swim line

Citrine Swim

Searching for the perfect swimsuit makes you feel like Goldilocks rummaging through the closets of three bears.

Too small: It's tiny enough to fit a five-year-old.
Too big: It's the swimsuit equivalent of "mommy jeans."
Just right: You haven't been able to find it... until now.

Meet your perfect fit courtesy of Citrine Swim, a brand new swim line dedicated to that happy medium between skimpy... Read more »

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 6, 2013

Weekend Picks - Saturday, April 6

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

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Buy and Cellar
The first Anthropologie piece designed by Lanikai Pot and Plant founder Mary Pat is now for sale. The Hawaiian Salt Cellar Set includes a 3 oz. stoneware cellar, sinamay bag and bamboo spoon. "I wanted to bring the sea to the salt in the pot," Pat explained. "I used a clay with little specks of fired clay in it... like the sands of Lanikai. The image that I etched onto the plaster is my perception of the ocean, then I handpainted it with three... Read more »

Posted on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 5, 2013

Sponsored Edition: Royal Affair

MDA's Spring Soirée at the Royal Hawaiian

MDA Hawaii's Spring Soiree

All in all, this month is off to a pretty fantastic start.

You've got not one, but two warehouse sales to hit. You (finally!) get to watch a brand-new episode of Mad Men. Then next week, you'll spend an evening savoring mouthwatering bites and luscious libations at an iconic Waikiki hotel.

Oh, that last... Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 5, 2013

Stay in Character

New comic-based T-shirts by Black Book

Black Book

Stop right there.

We don't want to alarm you, but your weekend style is in grave danger of being a real snoozefest. It's time to call in the super team of Black Book.

Founders Thomas Hwang and Maaki Shiroyama joined forces with local artist and student Jenna Nakai to create stylish, cartoon-like characters that are screen printed onto T-shirts by Ryan Ohisa of Status Designs. After a successful debut at Kawaii Kon last month, their newest series... Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 4, 2013

Weekend Picks - April 4, 2013

Six reasons to do something this weekend

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Buy and Large
Homecoming's massive warehouse sale returns with 50 to 75 percent off brands like Jeffrey Campbell, UNIF, Finders Keepers, Motel Rocks, Mink Pink and more - some for as low as $20. This time around, look for merchandise to be grouped by size and extra staff on hand to help customers. Our advice: go as early as possible (last time, a line had already formed by 10... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 3, 2013

Hair Today

J Salon and Winam Hair Studio settle into new locations

Now that spring is here and you're ready for a breath of fresh hair, we wanted to give you a heads up: two of Honolulu's top salons just moved. Below, a peek at their new digs and where you can find them. No need to wig out.

J Salon

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Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 2, 2013

Rad to the Bone

Bones & Feathers Collective's new spring/summer collection

Bones and Feathers Collective

Bones and Feathers Collective, we have a bone to pick with you. Your new spring/summer collection is just too awesome.

Did you seriously expect us to fall for bold, vintage-style pieces influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Great Gatsby, and the Art Deco movement of the early 1900s, like that gorgeous... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

April 1, 2013

Clutch Hit

Cory Labang's graphic new clutches

Cory Labang clutches

It may be April Fool's Day, but these new clutches by Cory Labang are no joke.

The Lanai designer known for crafting bright bags out of vintage Hawaiian fabric is expanding into bold, new territory: bags that showcase her own photography.

Labang's trick of the trade? Her trusty iPhone, which she used to snap shots of orchids, the ocean, even... Read more »

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


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About Lei Chic

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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