May 2012

May 31, 2012

Weekend Picks - May 31, 2012

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Don't Miss(oni) Out
Missoni and Havaianas are back with a second colorful collaboration. The pattern-filled, eco-friendly footwear isn't supposed to go on sale until June, but select pairs have already made their way online. Just get your credit card out now - the first collection sold out in less than 24 hours.
Where: Available at Nordstrom, Read more »

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 30, 2012

Most Wanted - May 2012

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The Fashion Police is issuing an all-points bulletin for the Lei Chic team. This crew is notorious for crimes of fashion. Its latest violation: overshopping.

For the past four weeks, undercover detectives have followed its members from store to store. Surveillance photos show them casing window displays and chatting up sales clerks before moving in for the big bill.

If you know the whereabouts of any of these individuals, contact the Fashion Police immediately.

Warning: Suspects may be charmed and dangerous.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 29, 2012

All in the Wrist

Lei Chic Ah, summer.

You'd give anything to be lounging on the beach; icy, blended cocktail in one hand, trashy beach read in the other.

Instead, you're stuck in a freezing office, with a stack of mind-numbing reports and a cold cup of coffee.

Sun of a...

Whoa, brighten up. We've got just the thing - a.wattz's new summer bracelets, an array of fun, colorful pieces by designer, and former Bead It! instructor, Amanda Watkins.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 29, 2012

Cover Stories

Lei Chic Playing tour guide never works to your advantage.

"To your left is uh, hmm, what ridge was that again?"

Sure, you know most of the scenic spots - but you're hit or mostly miss when it comes to the correct names (we won't even mention pronunciation). And the moment anyone asks you for the history, the answer is usually "I think it's because of King Kamehameha."

Your out-of-town friends called. They want their money back.

It's time to rediscover the unique culture of the islands. Let... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 26, 2012

Weekend Picks - Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lei Chic Watch
State Secrets
Get insider tips that even kamaaina might not know about when you watch two Hawaii-centric episodes of Park Secrets, a show that veers off the beaten path to uncover amazing foods and adventures. "Hidden Beaches" explores Kauai's lesser-known coasts, while "Hidden Hawaii" hops from a secret Oahu surf spot to a Maui rainforest and ends at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
When: Monday, 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Where:... Read more »

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May 25, 2012

Cleaning tips from Simply Organized

Order Up

Lei Chic Uh-oh. Your girlfriends are debating where to hold their Bachelorette marathon viewing party, and they're all looking at you. Quick, which excuse haven't you used yet?

I've got out-of-town guests. I'm in the middle of renovations. The fumigator's coming. I forgot to pay the electric bill.

You refuse to tell them your slob story - one look at your disaster of an apartment and they'll be forced to nominate you for the next episode of Hoarders.

Quit messing around. Here are five easy... Read more »

Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 24, 2012

Weekend Picks - May 24, 2012

Lei Chic Watch
Hot Stuff
Be the first to see the new summer capsule collection by Matt Bruening and Wonderland Denim's Jess Shedlock at Local Motion Surf into Summer's official after party and fashion show. Roam Hawaii and Acacia Swimwear also showcase hot new looks.
When: Sunday, 10 p.m.
Where: M (formerly The Standard), 500 Ala Moana Blvd.
Details:... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 23, 2012

Shirt Sighted

Lei Chic We see it all too often. A perfectly good T-shirt is carelessly tossed aside - stuffed into a dirty rag bag, left to rot in a donation box or, in worst case scenarios, abandoned in the trash.

You can prevent this from happening. Over the years, adoption has become an increasingly popular form of wardrobe building. If you can find room in your closet to help a tee in need, contact ili designs.

Designer (and incoming UH law student) Kaili Akina rescues old T-shirts and scrap fabric, and repurposes them into colorful, eye-catching accessories.... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 22, 2012

Show of Face

Lei Chic A celebrity glam squad? Sure, you've got one.

Your department store makeup kit, a flat iron and the latest issue of InStyle are all you need for an award-winning look. Riiight.

Now's your chance to consult a real A-list expert. Kate Somerville, a skincare specialist whose client list includes some of Hollywood's top celebrities, spotlights her secrets to glowy, red carpet skin.

And while you won't end up looking like Jessica Alba, here's hoping you come pretty darn close.

1) Fill your diet... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 21, 2012

Fit to a Tee

Lei Chic You refuse to be that mom.

You know - the one who color coordinates everyone's outfits on family vacations, buys matching Aloha wear for family reunions and, come Christmas time, organizes photo shoots with - wait for it - identical reindeer sweaters.

As if you would be caught dead in a reindeer sweater.

Lucky for you, there's a much cooler way to show just how close-knit your family is.

Introducing Life is Swell - organic, surf-inspired apparel for men, women and keiki. Owner Vanessa Fowler... Read more »

Posted on Monday, May 21, 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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