Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Glow With the Flow

Lei ChicYou’re hours into your solo sunning session when you really start to feel the heat. That cute guy you’ve been secretly crushing on suddenly appears, and instead of looking tan-tastic you resemble something that rolled in with the tide.

You frantically untangle your dred-ful saltwater do and blot at your oily, sun-shiny face. Now he’s steps away –- yikes! --- and all you have to cover up your least-flattering bikini is that absolutely flab-ulous old sundress that clings to all the wrong places.

You're two seconds from burying yourself in the sand, when you find a lifesaver -- a breezy new number you picked up by Gillia.

Lei Chic Designed by Hawaii’s Saori Santos and her Japan-based sister, Yuko Suzuki, Gillia’s vibrant rompers, dresses, and tunics are just arriving in stores on both sides of the Pacific. The first collection is chock full of colorful cover ups that easily take you from beachy days to sizzling nights.

Slip the sunny orange-and-yellow kimono sleeve romper over your swimsuit then swap your slippers for wedges and a statement cuff for chic lunch look. Lei Chic Bare your sun-kissed back in a beaded tunic paired with jeans for a flirty second date. Or, if a romantic dinner is on the menu, you’ll smolder in a shirred-front, dip dyed halter dress.

Most pieces are in rayon that’s light enough to stash in your beach bag 24/7. So you’ll always be ready for your own beauty and the beach.

Now that’s how to look hot without losing your cool.

Gillia is carried at Spiral Girl in Ala Moana Center and will soon be in Guava Shop in Haleiwa and Olive Boutique in Kailua. Take a look at the full collection now on Gillia’s website.

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 in Permalink

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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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