November 2013

November 20, 2013

Party Planning 101: Food for Thought

Easy holiday dinner tricks and recipes that really wow

Holiday Dinner Tricks

Your grandma's pumpkin pecan pie is the stuff of legend. But considering how long it'll take you to make it (Nana's a stickler when it comes to homemade crusts), we suggest tucking some quick tricks up your sleeve for the rest of your holiday dinner.

Enter Ryan Loo, Executive Chef at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, and his arsenal of tips and recipes to add a stunning, professional touch to any holiday feast.
... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 19, 2013

Party Planning 101: Turn the Table

Easy, affordable holiday decorating tips to dress up your table

Holiday Decorating Tips

Dressing up your table for a holiday dinner party is kind of like brushing your hair in the morning. You may or may not get around to it. (Some days you're just really, really busy.)

Which is why we're bringing it up now...

See, we want your soiree to have major "wow" factor and that means not letting those key details fall by the wayside. So we turned to Stuart Kotake, Associate Director... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 18, 2013

Patch Perfect

Celebrate fall with these seasonal pumpkin drinks

Cafe Central's Pumpkin Spice Latte

Halloween may be a distant memory. Pumpkin, however, is not.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, eateries around town are still paying homage to the old gourd. From milkshakes to beer, we sipped our way through several pumpkin drink specials. Check out our roundup and reviews below, then click over to Read more »

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 15, 2013

Next of Skin (Sponsored)

Win every new item in Essence of Beauty's bath and body line

Essence of Beauty

Think about it.

You wouldn't dare wear the same outfit every day, or even the same makeup (daily routine aside, you'll still mix in a colored liner or bold lip every now and then). So why, oh why, do you insist on sticking with one "signature" fragrance?

That makes absolutely no scents.

Here's what does: exploring Essence of Beauty's luxe new bath and body products in... Read more »

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 15, 2013

The Awed Couple

First look: MB+FE, Matt Bruening Fighting Eel collaboration

Matt Bruening for Fighting Eel

We witnessed a major, ground-breaking event this week. Bonds were forged. History was made. We don't think we'll ever view the world the same way again.

Neither would you after a glimpse of MB+FE, Fighting Eel's upcoming collaboration with designer Matt Bruening and the first collaboration ever in its 10-year history.

Consider it an inevitable labor of love between longtime friends and... Read more »

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 14, 2013

Weekend Picks - November 14, 2013

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events

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One Rack Mind
Nordstom Rack's new store in Ward Village Shops officially opened its doors this morning. We spotted the same discounted name brand offerings as the old location, a larger men's selection downstairs and great beauty gift sets for holiday, though, sadly, not much in home goods. The 45,000-square-foot space also has fewer cash registers, opting for more merchandise and green-shirted employees to conduct mobile checkouts throughout the store (though you need to find one carrying the proper device). Other bonuses include... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 13, 2013

After Haul (Sponsored)

How to shop Waikele Premium Outlets After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

Waikele Premium Outlets

You're making your list. Checking it twice.

Gonna find out
-- how the heck you're gonna afford gifts for everyone this year.

... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 13, 2013

Hour to the People

Honolulu Night Market to host early bird warehouse trunk show

Honolulu Night Market

They, the people of Honolulu Night Market... order to form a more perfect shopping experience,
...offer sweet discounts,
...reward the early birds and the blessings of unique, affordable holiday gifts to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish a special warehouse-wide trunk show at Honolulu Night Market.

(Well, at least for one night. We'll see what... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 12, 2013

Night Life

Lei Chic presents Handmade Life at Honolulu Night Market

Handmade Life Hawaii

Lei Chic: Hey, Handmade Life! What's it been, a year and a half since we last saw each other? What have you been up to over in Kailua-Kona?

... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

November 8, 2013

Quick and Flirty

Easy day-to-night holiday makeup tips from NARS Cosmetics

NARS Cosmetics

If only we had a celebrity makeup artist on call to help us look amazing at every holiday party this season. Sadly, we don't. (Blame a severe shortage of money and time.)

So we did the next best thing. When we heard NARS Cosmetics' lead international stylist Janice Daoud would be in town next weekend for Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Show, we called her up to discuss holiday makeup tips.

With her crazy jet-setting schedule, Daoud... Read more »

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 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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