August 2013

August 30, 2013

Farewell to Summer

Lei Chic's favorite end-of-summer picnic spots on Oahu

Moanalua Gardens

Summer, I get it. You're leaving. You're throwing away all 59 days of us to go off and "discover yourself." Does it matter that I'm not ready? That I think we can work this out? That I'm willing to salvage a relationship that's made me happy for as far back as I can remember (like May)? You swooped in with your sunshine, beach barbecues and Fourth of July, and I fell. I fell hard. All I'm asking for is one last fling before... Read more »

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August 29, 2013

Weekend Picks - August 29, 2013

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

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Wino Takes All
Lei Chic is giving away two tickets to YWine, a wine tasting benefit for YWCA of Oahu. You and a guest could spend a relaxing Friday evening enjoying eight types of wines, appetizers from Cafe Julia, live music, giveaways and more in YWCA Laniakea's picturesque courtyard. Wine experts, including Cafe Julia owner Emerson Ribao, will be on hand to discuss the wines, their origins and pairings.
When: Tomorrow, 5-7 p.m.
Where: YWCA Laniakea, 1040 Richards St.
... Read more »

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August 28, 2013

Shop, Drop and Scroll

ShopSuey: local shopping app for stores, sales and events


Girl: Doc, I don't feel so hot. My feet feel tingly, my wallet's numb, and everything in my closet just gives me the chills.

Doctor: Hmm. Looks like you've got a severe case of antishopportunitis.

Girl: (gasps) Is it serious?

Doctor: It can be. Fortunately, we caught it in its early stages. What you need is an emergency shot - er, I mean... Read more »

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August 27, 2013

Tees and Thank You

Roam Hawaii's fall tanks and baseball raglan tees

Roam Hawaii
From left: Raggamuffin tank, $35, and Get Lost baseball slub raglan tee, $40.

Welcome back to Major Chic Baseball! We're in the Fall Championship; winner heads to the World Style Series. It's a tied game, bottom of the ninth and Roam Hawaii's up to bat.

These next players are total rookies to the team. In fact, they just... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 26, 2013

Rock-a-Buy Baby

Hiilani: A Baby Story's stylish baby products

Hiilani: A Baby Story
From left: drawstring bags, $25 for set of 2, minky baby blanket, $50, cotton burpee, $14.

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a busy woman who gave birth to two adorable babies. No, she didn't have twins. Cheri Kurata-Kimura welcomed a daughter on one hand and a baby product business on the other.

... Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 23, 2013

Islands in the Gleam

Long Lost Jewelry found at SoHa Living

Long Lost Jewelry
Long Lost Charm Bracelet, $98

Dear Diary,

I'm lost, stranded in a sea of jewelry. Desperately searching for those life-saving, er, save-for-life pieces. Oh, how I wish someone could throw me a new line!

Wait, what's that in the distance? Something shiny has baubled its way into SoHa Living. It appears... Read more »

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 22, 2013

Weekend Picks - August 22, 2013

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

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Vive La Fancy
H&M's stunning fall Paris Show collection, which debuted at the retailer's first-ever runway show at Paris Fashion Week in February, is now available to shop online. Click through a neutral mix of tailored military jackets, delicate beaded dresses, sleek leather pants and lush, textured accessories.
Details: Click here to shop.

Flea the Scene
Art & Flea... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 21, 2013

Learning Curves

Back-to-school looks inspired by your favorite TV characters

Back-to-School Fashion
From left: Pretty Little Liars' Hanna Marin, Glee's Rachel Berry and Teen Wolf's Allison Argent.
Photos: ABC Family, FOX, MTV.

Good afternoon, class! My name is Ms. Chic and welcome to SAT Prep, where we'll be covering all sorts of Stylish Accessories and... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 20, 2013

Think Inside the Box

DIY tutorial: How to make your own shadow box

Shadow Box DIY

Precious moments? Your life is full of them. Your brain, on the other hand... not so much. Try as you might, details from, say, your high school graduation or that amazing summer in Italy are fading faster than your overpriced, name-brand yoga pants.

Sure, you've got framed portraits sprinkled here and there, and photos stashed in a drawer. But for something front, center, and even more memorable, we suggest a shadow box. Thanks to Pictures Plus, we learned that... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 19, 2013

Clean of Hearts

Locally made Pualani Soap makes Etsy debut

Pualani Soap

Today on "As the Shower Turns"...

Body wash: (Barges into the bathroom) What's going on here? I've been waiting for you all day, and now I catch you in the shower with (sputters) ... a bar?!

Girl: Hey, that bar has a name and it's Pualani Soap. We met at the Made in Hawaii Festival and it was love at first lather.

Body wash: How could... Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 19, 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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