Monday, December 20, 2010

It's a Wrap

364 days a year you love your fashionista friend.  She helps you dress for dates, keeps you from committing major fashion blunders and always knows the coolest, local up-and-coming designers. But on Christmas, well, she’s downright hard to impress.

Our gift to you? It’s an open-early—filled with tips on gifts for the trendsetters and scene stealers in your life.

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Leave it to the Fighting Eel girls to make a knockout holiday dress. Made from ultra-soft Modal cotton, this Red Tux tube dress is sure to be at the top of every fashionista’s wish list. Versatile and easy-to-wear, it’s the perfect show-stopper for the ultimate party hopper. Available at the Fighting Eel Flagship Store, 1133 Bethel St., Chinatown, 808.524.1472.

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Dream Weaver
Impress your gals with a little shine under the tree courtesy of Misa Jewelry. The local designer’s new Lauhala Collection translates the traditional practice of weaving Hala tree leaves into edgy, modern designs. The bold Lauhala Statement Necklace in sterling silver or 14K gold is sure to twinkle all season long. Available online at

Lei ChicHoliday Mixer
Mix and match prints were a huge trend on spring's runways and macinhemachine’s new line of Hemajang tanks has the look down to a tee. We love the Single tank, which plays two feminine vintage prints against a utilitarian gray pocket. It’s just the gift to cause a stir. Available at Work it Out, 4-1312 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, 808.822.2292. Similar styles available at

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In the Clutch
Help your style savvy friends to end 2010 with a bang with a cool little clutch from local designer Cory Labang. Made from vintage fabrics, the bags are handsewn, and feature metallic frames and dainty kisslock closures. Available via Cory Labang's Facebook page here.

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Grease monkey meets glam in Roberta Oaks’ line of chunky statement jewelry. Made from repurposed chains and vintage car emblems, the pieces are one-of-a-kind. Go full throttle with the Delta necklace, which pairs a chunky gold chain with dainty white beads and a urban-cool Delta emblem. Available at The Roberta Oaks Showroom, 19 North Pauahi St., Chinatown and online here.

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The Bottom Line
For stylish stocking stuffers, snag a few pairs of Gypsy undies from local designer Kate Ruggiero's newly available
Wild Heart collection. Part naughty (cheeky low-rise cuts), part nice (comfy wide waistbands) the seamless hipsters are handmade from an ultra-soft nylon lycra and feature flirty floral and tie-dye prints. Available at or

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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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