January 2013

January 18, 2013

Flight of Fancies

Estrela Designs lands exclusively at Muumuu Heaven

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Ladies, welcome to Styleopolis. The local time is 24:07.

Please remain seated until the fashionable belt sign is turned off. As we taxi the runway, turn your attention to Estrela Designs, one of the stunning new jewelry lines available at this destination.

The line is piloted by Kailua resident Kristin Ahlgren. The 39-year-old Kalaheo High School graduate worked as a flight attendant in San Diego until she and her husband moved back to Hawaii to raise a family.

... Read more »

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January 17, 2013

Six reasons to do something this weekend

Weekend Picks - January 17, 2013

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Oh My Posh
Sip mimosas while scoring major deals on Posh Pua swimwear at a special trunk show. The entire 2013 collection will be 20 percent off this Saturday, including the popular Lena crochet top in Orchid ($48, shown left), plus score 50 percent off anything in the 2012 collection.
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: San... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 16, 2013

Second Base

The Base Project expands into colorful woven bags

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There are the things we covet. Then there's the next best thing.

We'd love to snap up our favorite runway couture looks. Instead, we scour the racks at discount stores, outlets and sample sales (nothing wrong with that - we also love a great deal.)

So, in lieu of our dream safari, we turn to The Base Project for a taste of Africa.

Be prepared to make two stops. In addition to its original hand-carved PVC pipe bracelets from Namibia, the organization is... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 15, 2013

Beauty School: Golden Globes Edition

Jessica Alba and Emily Blunt's Golden Globes makeup revealed

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There were so many memorable moments from Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, you still can't stop talking about them.

Like every time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the stage (those two should host every awards show) or when President Clinton introduced a film about a fellow former president. And what about Jodie Fosters' enthusiastic yet befuddled acceptance speech or Tommy... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 14, 2013

Dreamy in a Bottle

Decorative bottles from Lanikai Home & Style

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Your crazy college days taught you all about the hazards of hitting the bottle. Today, we want to teach you about the benefits.

So take out your books and turn to Lanikai Home & Style's latest home accessory: fun painted glass bottles that can be used as vases or decorations.

Look closely, and you'll realize these are the same bottles you... Read more »

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 12, 2013

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

Weekend Picks - Saturday, January 12, 2013

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Crawl Along
Hit four Honolulu eateries in one night while socializing with fellow foodies during Dishcrawl After Dark. The catch: the restaurants remain a mystery until you step through the door (hint: they'll all be within walking distance). Once inside, you'll meet the chef and/or owner and enjoy a sampler chosen especially for the crawl. Read about past Dishcrawls here.
... Read more »

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January 11, 2013

Set and Match

Ava Sky's comfy new bikini sets

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Bikini sets: Tie Back (left) and Halter (right), $28 each.

All star athletes know the importance of a good uniform.

Serena Williams and her fashion forward dresses. John Daly and his Read more »

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 10, 2013

Seven reasons to do something this weekend

Weekend Picks - January 10, 2013

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Photo by David Croxford.

Bye the Seastar
The bad news - Seastar 8.4.23 closes in five days (owner Nana Fujise says the Waikiki boutique was always meant to be a short-term pop-up experience). The good news -... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 9, 2013

Editor's Picks: January 2013

Stylish New Year's Resolutions from the Lei Chic team

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, your track record is pretty hit or miss.

Hit: finally getting your Mary Poppins purse under control. Miss: sneaking that second slice of cheesecake at dessert (and let's face it, you're not sorry).

This year, why not make a fashion resolution instead? Read through our picks, then share your own in the comments below. Because, even if you don't keep it, the fun is in the trying.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 8, 2013

Bright on the Money

HuMn wallets land in Honolulu

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Your 2013 New Year's Resolutions include:

#1: Get organized.
#2: Tackle your overstuffed behemoth of a wallet/purse.
#3: Battle ID theft.

Okay, that last one might not actually be on your list, but go with it. Because we found something to help you conquer all three at the same time...

Meet the HuMn wallet: two metallic plates held together by a durable elastic strap. Just tuck your credit cards between the plates, stick some cash on one... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 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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