December 2012


December 18, 2012

Leather Soul returns to Downtown Honolulu

Fair Leather Friends

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Good news! One of your childhood friends just moved back into town.

Okay, when we say childhood friend, we really mean Leather Soul. But admit it, when the original downtown location closed in 2007 to focus on its growing Waikiki business, you cried. Just a little.

Well, as of 10 this morning, Leather Soul downtown is back and you're going to want to pay it a visit. Its newly-renovated home on Merchant Street is stunning with high ceilings, original crown... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 17, 2012

Bought to Light

Fabulous finds from Makkuro Makkuro and A Pinch of Salt

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It happened again. You managed to pry a bleary eye open this morning with one thought running through your mind. What the heck happened in the past 48 hours?

Yep. It was another one of those whirlwind weekends. You probably don't even remember stopping by Makkuro Makkuro and A Pinch of Salt in Kakaako. Lucky for you, we were also there. Feel free to examine a few snapshots from both events and discover where you can find those items now.

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Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 15, 2012

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

Weekend Picks - Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Shop
Body Blowout
What:
San Lorenzo Bikinis is hosting its annual blowout sale in Haleiwa. Snag tops and bottoms for as low as $10, bikini sets for $20, and up to 80 percent off select items throughout the store. Plus, shop new arrivals by B. Swim, OndadeMar, Indah, Havaianas, Tiare Hawaii, and L*Space.
When: Today and tomorrow, 10... Read more »

Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 14, 2012

Lei Chic's holiday stocking stuffers gift guide

Happy Haulidays 2012: Stock(ing) Exchange

You know that moment when someone you least expect hands you a gift? Say, a friend-of-a-friend, a second cousin twice removed, your dentist. And all you can do is cough, look around, briefly consider whether your remaining four breath mints could pass as a gift, then slink away like the Grinch who stole Christmas.

Awwwkward.

Prevent that from ever happening again by consulting our holiday stocking stuffers guide. These gifts are so versatile, you can hand them out to co-workers, Christmas party hosts, loved ones, heck, even vague acquaintances, with pride.

Santa would be so proud.

Click through the gallery for details on each item. For more gift ideas, view our holiday Read more »

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 13, 2012

10 reasons to do something this weekend

Weekend Picks - December 13, 2012

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Photo courtesy: Honolulu Night Market

Shop
Night and Day
What:
Kakaako will be busy this weekend with two major events, Honolulu Night Market and A Pinch of Salt for the Holidays. Both offer great shopping opportunities in a beautiful, refurbished warehouse with local designers and retailers (Andy South and LMS... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 12, 2012

Lei Chic's holiday gift guide for men

Happy Haulidays 2012: Man's Best Trend

It's 12/12/12.

The day something astronomical happens; something so profoundly mind-blowing, it will change reality as you know it.

More specifically, today's the day you unearth amazing gifts for all those impossibly-hard-to-shop-for men in your life, courtesy of our expertly-culled gift guide. So go ahead. Click through to the gallery and inspect each item. We'll tell you who it's for and where you can find it.

Because "I thought the world was gonna end" is a terrible excuse for not having the perfect present.

For more gift ideas, view our holiday Editor's Picks and... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 12, 2012

Men's holiday looks from Royal Hawaiian Center

Sponsored Edition: Men of Wore

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1: Shirt, Da Kine. Watch, Ranger Sports. 2: Shirt, sweater, pants, Royal Hawaiian Golf Shop. Sunglasses, watch, bracelet, Ranger Sports. 3: Tank, Da Kine. Watch, Ranger Sports.

Men.

If left to their own devices, most would throw on an old T-shirt - that may or may not have been washed and may or may not have holes in it - and equally... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 11, 2012

Lei Chic's holiday gift guide for women

Happy Haulidays 2012: What Women Want

Today, we want to confirm what you've suspected all along: you're psychic. Psychic in the sense that, when it comes to presents, you know what your friends and family need before they do.

Okay, even if you don't have that power, you can totally fake it using our handy guides. After all, when it comes to being gifted, you've got a reputation to uphold.

{Click through the gallery for details on each item. View our holiday Editors' Picks here and gift ideas for men and Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 10, 2012

Hand-picked gifts under Lei Chic's Christmas tree

Editors' Picks: December 2012

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Here in the Lei Chic office, we're in full-on Christmas mode (check out our cheesy Christmas card)!

Stacey brought in the perfect tree, Brie's decorating it with handmade ornaments, Christi's compiling a holiday playlist on Pandora and Terri's handing out freshly-baked gingerbread cookies.

Also, there are presents everywhere. Not only are we hosting our own gift exchange today; we're actually rolling out gift guides all week long. So go... Read more »

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()


December 8, 2012

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

Weekend Picks - Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Sweet Dreams
What:
Satisfy your sugar cravings at Kakaako Kalikimaka, a holiday bake sale and brownie contest featuring nearly 20 of Honolulu's sweetest vendors, including Fairycakes (dessert bentos, shown left), Petit Suisse Crepes, Wow Wow Waffles, 3 Bites or Less and more. Plus, enjoy a free screening of Elf, live music by Manao Company, and a special... Read more »

Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2012 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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