November 2011

November 23, 2011

Weekend Picks - November 23, 2011

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A Plate Escape
If you can't handle the heat, stay away from the kitchen with Side Street Inn's all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day buffet featuring turkey, braised short ribs, oysters alongside the signature fried rice, pork chops, and pumpkin crunch ice cream.
When: Tomorrow, seatings are from 4 - 9 p.m. Read more »

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November 23, 2011

Sponsored Edition: Match of the Day

Lei ChicYou wish he was a fashion “do”. Your guy is usually a “do over” with a long list of unfortunate looks.

Outfit 1 - The onesie – A khaki T-shirt and khaki shorts that match goo goo much.
Outfit 2 - The hobo -- He calls the worn shirts and jeans comfy casual. Frayed not.
Outfit 3 - The high schooler – His c/o 1997 jacket is in a class all its own, in a bad way.

You’d love to dress the problem without the “why are you treating me like a child” fight.Read more »

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November 22, 2011

Sponsored Edition: Presents and Accounted For

Sure, Santa does it. But without the full staff of elves and bearded helpers to assist with that ever-growing gift list, you’re facing a 25 craze of Christmas.

Here’s a little comfort and joy – we’ve rounded up some stylish options for everyone on your “nice” list (and even a few for the naughty).

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They’ll be sipping pretty with Hawaiian-print glasses in nature-inspired hues.
$6 each at Read more »

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November 22, 2011

Recipe for Distress

Lei Chic It was set to be the perfect holiday party. Now four hours into Thursday morning, you’re the one who feels like a turkey.

One still-frozen main dish, two plastered-to-the-counter pie crusts, a batch of boiled-over cranberries, and three “I need to relax” glasses of wine later, you’re ready to give the whole thing the bird.

You need a wingman, or two or three, to avoid tanking this giving day. Here are a few hotlines and websites ready to help keep you from getting burned. All hours are... Read more »

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November 19, 2011

Weekend Picks - Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lei ChicShop
Eeling Them In
Fighting Eel is the first to strike in the new retail space on Kailua Road. The fashion favorite's new boutique is open today with many of the same chic clothing designers, local jewelry lines, and of course FE’s signature sleek, sexy styles.
When: Hours are Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: 629 Kailua Rd. #130.
Details: Call 808.738.9301 for more... Read more »

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November 18, 2011

Thread and Butter

Basique Threads opens at Ward Warehouse

Lei Chic Commander: Soldier, your style is getting soft.

Those cheap stockings had a mile-long run in under 10 minutes. Your trendy push-up tops look sloppy. And your neon prints are so loud, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!


Commander: We’re sending you back to Basique training at Basique Threads boutique.

The store is scheduled to open at 1000 hours Monday in Ward Warehouse. Owner Laurie Oda drew on her experience in Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, and... Read more »

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November 17, 2011

Weekend Picks - November 17, 2011

Lei ChicShop
Out With the Gold, In With the Blues
Gift yourself with two special one-day only holiday shows by two local designers. Tonight denim dynamo Allison Izu unveils her first collection in two years (which you got a preview of at our pop-up boutique in September) with eats and drinks at the new Rakuen Lounge. True to form, the petites designer is cutting down her prices 30 percent for the event.
Then this weekend,... Read more »

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November 16, 2011

Raw and Order

Lei ChicYou fall for it every time.

The moment overnight temperatures dip below 70 your cool summer styles get the boot. Now you’re sweatering like crazy, dreaming of a cocktail while you run around town to meet your fired-up boss’s daily demands.

You need some downtime in a place that’s totally chill.

Rakuen Lounge opens this afternoon on Bethel Street. The former physical therapy office is now an urban hangout with a wrap-around bar, bar-height tables, and a completely raw-and-sushi menu.
... Read more »

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November 14, 2011

Open Store Policy

Lei Chic Attention shoppers in my closet.

As flattered as I am that all my besties think I'm a girl's best lend, the doors are closing in 30 minutes. Make your selections and head toward check out so I can finally get some sleep.

I am not open at 6 a.m. for emergency breakfast looks and please, please note my 10-day return policy (by the way, if anyone sees my still-missing Misa earrings, Cory Labang... Read more »

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November 13, 2011


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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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