June 2011

June 21, 2011

No Prints Charming

Lei ChicWanted: Hawaii woman desperately seeking her urban edge.

Me: Worldly city slicker who’ll trade candlelight dinners and long walks down the beach for a dark nightclub, hip new restaurant, and anything with surprise turns.

You: Minimalist, quirky, with just enough unusual details to get my heart off-beating.

Sundresses, flippy skirts, and beaded sandals need not apply.

Stop the presses.... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 20, 2011

A Plate Escape

Lei ChicAn office happy hour sounded like a good idea until people started dishing out demands.

One guy doesn’t do raw fish. Your boss is “gluten free.” And that girl you spotted scarfing down a plate of charcuterie at SALT Kitchen last week STILL insists she’s a vegetarian.

You tried so hard to plate-cate everyone that you really need a drink.

Fortunately a favorite lunch spot is now ready to serve every... Read more »

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 18, 2011

Weekend Picks - Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lei ChicMelt
Taste of Aloha
Uncle Clay's all-natural shave ice is on the house at the House of Pure Aloha's grand opening. Enjoy a lion dance, shave ice eating contest (can you feel the brain freeze?), and sample HOPA's delish strawberry, creamy waialua milk chocolate, kona coffee, lychee, and li hing flavors for free.
When: Today. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: House of Pure... Read more »

Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 17, 2011

Fruits of Their Labor

Lei ChicThe spring drought that left your cash flow at dangerously low levels is over. Forecasters are predicting better days ahead and you’re hoping for a bumper crop of new items in your wardrobe.

No more “real” Fendis from that seedy guy at the swap meet. And digging through discount racks week after week? That was the pits.

Leaf those days behind you with a lush new bag by Guava.

Kahuku grads Liz Lerner and Kai Cost have offered bikinis and easy beach wear in... Read more »

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 16, 2011

Weekend Picks - June 16, 2011

Lei ChicSavor
Tasty Licks
Feast on pipikaula and poke by Yama's Fish Market in front of the flying fingers of ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. Tonight's the first of five summer concerts at the Waikiki Aquarium. Next up on the outdoor stage are Olomana, Amy Hanaialii, Na Palapalai with Mailani, and the Brothers Cazimero.
When: Tonight and every other Thursday through August 11. Doors open at 5 p.m., the concert begins at 7 p.m. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 13, 2011

The Pop Ten List

Lei Chic The Daily Rind
Because salads just don't go well with beer, Pork Grinds Hawaii ($4) gives the guilty pleasure island flavors such as furikake, kim chee, char siu and sinus-clearing lava bbq.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 11, 2011

Weekend Picks - Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lei Chic Volunteer
Wade In, Help Out
Grab the sunblock, get outside and help restore native plants and taro in the Heeia Wetlands. The planting will not only boost agriculture but will stop runoff from pouring in and polluting Kaneohe Bay.
When: Today, 8:30 a.m. - noon
Where: Heeia, off of Kamehameha Hwy. past King Intermediate, on a dirt road. It’s best to just check Read more »

Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 9, 2011

Weekend Picks - June 9, 2011

Lei Chic Eat
Dash to Dine
You flipped over the slow-cooked flavor of their gourmet Big Island beef burgers. But you'll need to speed up for a shot at EAT Catering & Cafe's intimate dinner. The special five-course EATnPrivate event is limited to the first 10 lucky diners to sign up. We're already getting a rush from Chef David Passanisi's one-night-only menu (revealed this morning) which includes crispy skin weke with a banana blossom, fresh water chestnut and hearts of... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 8, 2011

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Lei ChicThe paycheck is in the mail, but once again you’ve already prespent your earnings. Dinner at Nobus, a new Passchal handbag, and that recent online shopping spree left you in chard times. Now you’re trying to quench your champagne tastes on a box wine (and we don’t even mean the good brands) budget.

There’s no need to give up the viner things in life. Almost every day of the week, you can pour over Hawaii’s wine shops’ selections... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 7, 2011

Frost Bites

Lei ChicThe tradewinds have died down and things are really heating up – your house, your car, and the hair plastered to your sweaty forehead.

You’re thirsting for an icy treat. But the only thing less appealing than the pre-packaged, processed bars stocked in the supermarket freezer is the frigid reception from the sullen girl working the cash register.

Chill out with the new, all-natural shave ice by a familiar East Oahu favorite.

Clayton “Uncle Clay” Chang opened his House of Pure Aloha just a few doors down... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 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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