Most Wanted - March 2012



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At first, you were just trying to score brownie points or earn a badge for supporting the next generation. Now, your love of Girl Scout cookies has turned into a full-blown obsession. A glimpse of a green uniform and you Tagalong. Those pop-up shops outside the supermarket cost you a Thin Mint. Your friends are starting to think you're a few crumbs short of a cookie.

You need a distraction. The Lei Chic team has come up with nine drool-worthy (and calorie-free!) picks that will have you all Savannah Smiles.
 

Lei Chic Terri
Style Profile: Classic, clean lines a la Kate Middleton with a pop of Rachel Zoe. Constant quest for the perfect fitted jacket and heels.
Lei Chic Morning Glass Coffee & Cafe is my new lunchtime obsession and this pressed sandwich is my favorite item on the menu. Don't be fooled by its small size - those juicy Hamakua mushrooms, sweet onions and gooey Gruyere on crisp bread will blow you away. I can see why HONOLULU Magazine picked Morning Glass for its "Best Of" issue.
Gruyere, onion and Hamakua mushroom sandwich, $7.50 at Morning Glass Coffee & Cafe, 2955 E. Manoa Rd.
Lei Chic All the comfort of my grade school skorts, but way chicer with soft, swingy layers. I plan on wearing mine with a fitted cotton tee and blazer during the day, and a corset top and chunky necklace at night.
Line & Dot tiered shorts, $68 at The Butik, 1067 Kapiolani Blvd # A3, (808) 593-4484.
Lei Chic This convertible clutch in bronze faux python caught my eye as soon as I walked through the door, the detachable Chanel-like chain strap pulled me to the register, and the recent markdown sealed the deal.
Big Buddha Mina purse, $38.99 on sale at LMS Boutique, 2909 Lowrey Ave., (808) 988-4575.

Lei Chic Christi
Style Profile: Wants Michael Kors, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Phillip Lim to live in her closet (even though some of them have already come out) - Accessories addict with an urban tilt.
Lei Chic Something about Panacea's spiky cool jewelry just gets me every time. My new fave is this ear cuff with mixed metal chains and a jasper spear encased in a bullet shell that Kaylin debuted at Art & Flea last week. I actually took off the Panacea's porcupine hoops I was wearing at the time to don this moment I picked it up!
$50, not currently in stores. Facebook Panacea for more information and shop online for 15 percent off Panacea jewelry until the end of the month.
Lei Chic Beauty sample delivery week is huge here; boxes of lipsticks, glosses, shadows, perfumes, all pour in for us to try out for Lei Chic and HONOLULU Shops Waikiki. In the last big round I snapped up this overnight cream and have been digging it ever since for its super rich, lightly scented formula that sinks in immediately so I'm not leaving greasy streaks all over the house.
bliss the youth as we know it, $79 exclusively at Sephora.
Lei Chic Once in awhile I can be convinced to get out of my strappy stiletto/wedge/peep toe platform cycle - if it's something as preppy cute as this Cole Haan oxford heel. The classic detailing of this unexpected pump gets an added boost with the promise of all day comfort. NIKE Air technology is stashed in the sole.
'Air Lucinda' Oxford Pump, $298 on Cole Haan online.

Lei Chic Stacey
Style Profile: If Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade had a love child (okay, Simon Doonan can come along) - Preppy casual with a color explosion.
Lei Chic Okay, so if you have happy hobbit feet like me, then you're in luck. I squeezed my size 5 foot into a size 3 DVF espadrille! Did I forget to mention it's from her kids capsule collection? I wanted the apple-green heart ones, but so did my daughter, so I resentfully gave in and got black.
DVF babyGap espadrilles, $40 at Gap stores and Gap.com.
Lei Chic I'm not a girly-girl but the neon pops and off-beat side buckle of this floral pump is a secret garden of style.
Tabitha Simmons Gaia flower pump, $995.00 on TabithaSimmons.com.
Lei Chic From the invention of the Swiffer to a new surf move developed by an autistic surfer, I can only "imagine" how awesomely insane this book is.
"Imagine How Creativity Works" by Jonah Lehrer, $15.59 on Amazon.com.

Lei Chic Brie
Style: If Marc Jacobs married Zooey Deschanel - Feminine fashion-forward silhouettes with a vintage spin.
Lei Chic I geeked out over this iPhone Case last week while in Waikiki and had to stop myself from buying it in every color. The boutique also carries versions in equally cute lip and logo prints.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Light Hearted iPhone Case, $38 at DFS Galleria Waikiki, (808) 931-2700
Lei Chic I'm a huge fan of Club Monaco's clean-lined separates and am excited for the launch of its brand new online shop, which makes its debut at the end of this month (this week!)
Get early access to the new online store through Club Monaco on Facebook before it goes live on www.clubmonaco.com.
Lei Chic This website is a great source for fun, affordable artwork. It has a nice array of typography and graphic style prints themed around both cheeky and cheery phrases.
Visit www.keepcalmgallery.com.

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