May 2008


May 5, 2008

Belly Up

www.leichic.com You’ve got a thirst for knowledge – liquid knowledge housed in glass. Yummy cocktails, wine, beer, even occasional fruit juice knowledge (as a chaser) is a must, and when it’s free, you’ve really got to know about it. But an open bar in Honolulu? Not even.

Here to prove you wrong (and teach you a thing or two in the process) is the new Honolulu edition of Myopenbar.com, providing a weekly listing of free drink events. Originally created by two Brooklynites, the site has been getting New Yorkers smashed since 2005, but you owe your Honolulu hangover to writer Christa Wittmier, who... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Wine Flight

www.leichic.com Rules? They’re only fun when you break them. Clubs? They’ve got too many rules. You want to do as you please—fly outer island one day, return on a boat the next—and the only thing you’ve joined lately is your friends out for a glass of wine at Formaggio.

The Hawaiian Wine Club just might make you reconsider that position.

Every month they hand select two hard-to-get premium wines from boutique wineries across the globe, award members 100 Hawaiian Airlines miles per... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Mean Girls

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Girl, you’ve got A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E. In a good way, of course. You work the runway of your life with a confident walk, disdain for petty complaints, and freedom to say and do whatever delights you—convention be damned.

That’s why we know you’ll be fired up about the recently arrived, not-here-for-long 2006 vintage of Bitch, a South Australian red wine made of 100-percent Grenache sourced from Barossa vines that are anywhere from 40 to 60 years old. It’s a grape winemakers say is a bitch to grow, but when as well produced as this one, oozes a delightful, earthy wine... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Got Your Number

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You know you can’t judge a book by its cover. And after that awful bottle of Yellow Daisy (or whatever it was called) Chardonnay, you now know you can’t choose a wine by its label.

Dawn Gomes has found a new way to judge wine: by its number. Her new wine shop, Wine By Numbers, opens today in Waipio. On offer are a whole slew of unusual and hard-to-get wines from small and boutique wineries (you won’t find anything that’s stocked next door at Costco), all of them carrying a numerical rating based on how sweet or dry they are. Gomes tastes every wine she sells and assigns it... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Thrill of the Taste

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You’re not the kind to go on about “low tannins” or “earthy nose” when it comes to wine. But you have, once or twice, bought a wine based solely on the Wine Spectator rating.

Next time, choose something you’ve tasted for yourself – and actually like.

There are plenty of chances. Nearly every night of the week a local wine shop is hosting a free tasting. Here’s the rundown, starting tonight:

Tuesdays
Step through the charming courtyard into the wood crate-lined walls of the boutique wine shop... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Selective Beering

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You’ve always been a serial monogamist – with drinks made from grapes. Yet suddenly you’ve developed a wandering eye (the warmer weather may have something to do with it) – and you’re now lusting after cold, frothy brews.

Raise a glass to The Wine Stop, which despite its name is a beverage boutique known for a rotating selection of world beers. Join their specialty Beer Club and for just 15 greenbacks a month you’ll receive a sampling of six 12-ounce beers – plus a five percent discount off two or more subsequent six packs.

Owner and sommelier Kim... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Under Cover Lover

www.leichic.com It doesn’t matter if no one else sees them.

Part of the pleasure of sliding into bed is pulling up a duvet cover that perfectly matches your personality and your décor. After all, you worked hard mixing that custom eggplant-hued paint for your walls so that your perfectly mismatched set of Indonesian end tables would pop.

The trouble? You’ve been to Neiman’s and two Liberty House’s (er…Macy’s), but no one buys Calvin Klein anymore and the mass-produced Island-style fabrics are on every auntie’s pune`e.

Instead, sit in bed—that’s... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Tiny Baubles

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You’ve never been an early person—you know, the kind who gets up at five to exercise before work and makes vacation plans a year in advance. But all that rushing around has also made you mistress of the last-minute style solution.

That’s why you know it’s not too late to decorate the tree you only recently bought, and with ornaments so original no one will remember that your living room was bare for most of December.

All it takes is a quick afternoon trip to Haleiwa’s North Shore Glass, an open-air studio where you can watch husband and wife artists Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Pure Fabrication

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The fabric of your life shouldn’t be a stained and faded poly-blend. And that’s doubly true if it’s also the fabric of your favorite lanai chaise, where you read the morning paper and wind down with a sunset cocktail.

But when your outdoor furniture has to stand up to a rainy winter and lots of entertaining, standard vinyl seat cushions can leave you flat.

Kahala’s Patti Wager can help bring the comfort of your indoor furniture to your lanai. Wager designs and makes custom cushions and covers that stand up to even the most extreme wear and tear. Call her to... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Smell Wonder

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The best thing about leaving Hawai‘i is coming back – and it’s never more true than the moment you step off the airplane and smell the sweet scent of flowers wafting from a nearby lei stand or planter. Ahh. Home sweet home.

To keep the house you call home smelling just as sweet, Alora Ambiance diffusers bring a virtual Hawaii garden into any room. 

Alora owner Annie Gibbons-Hope formulates many of the scents at her four-acre property in Palolo, drawing inspiration from the expanse of trees and flowers growing around her. Isola, the most tropical-smelling fragrance (the... Read more »

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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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