October 2012

October 31, 2012

Hand-picked must-haves by the Lei Chic team

Editors' Picks: October 2012

In just a few hours, we'll be transported to a magical world filled with pirates, goblins and superheroes.

But right now, we're all about time travel. Not only are we going back through our favorite shopping finds for the month, we're also revisiting Halloweens past for some costume inspiration.

We can only stand looking at sexy "fill in the blanks" for so long.

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Style Description: Classic, clean lines à la Kate Middleton with a... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 30, 2012

Last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Quick Change

Photos courtesy: Disney/Pixar, Reuters, DreamWorks Pictures

These past few days have been pretty hair-raising.

There was the tsunami warning complete with road closures and mandatory evacuations, and now, a super storm is terrorizing... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 29, 2012

Where to find our Lei Chic Pop-Up Boutique 2012 designers

Shop to It

You spotted it from across the room. Instantly, sparks flew, and after a wild night together, you were left wanting more.

Don't worry. All the lines at our Lei Chic Mercedes-Benz Pop-Up Boutique are still available for your shopping pleasure. Below, we rounded up a list of their current stockists and websites.

Because we don't believe in one-night brands.

Apparel and Swim

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 22, 2012

CaraMiya adds apparel to swim line

Stroke of Genius

Great news. You no longer have to wait 30 minutes to swim after you eat.

In fact, you can pretty much do anything after eating. Like shopping. Or even swimming, then shopping. Oh, snap.

Which means you'll be just fine diving into CaraMiya's brand new apparel line right after devouring her collection of incredibly chic swimsuits.

CaraMiya Davies-Reid made a splash back in 2010, offering up boned bandeaus with contrast piping, convertible triangle tops that can... Read more »

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 19, 2012

Estuaries' retro-inspired swim line

In Haute Water

Is it just us or are we in the 1960s, brainstorming our latest ad campaign while chain smoking and drinking cocktails before noon?

Just us, huh?

Hey, don't judge. You'll go Mad too once you see Estuaries' debut collection of swimsuits and coverups with slightly retro yet super sexy silhouettes.

The line is helmed by Zhu Ru and Layla Chen, sisters who grew up in Honolulu and now live in New York City. Their mission: to create classic, functional pieces that can be worn in and out of the water for a seamless blend of beach culture and city life.

Hit the beach... Read more »

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 17, 2012

Mango Luxe's rich jewelry line

Luxe Be A Lady

You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Too bad you're more of a mango person.

Actually, that's a very good thing...

Administer a shot of style to your jewelry collection with Mango Luxe's stunning selection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all made by a certified doctor (of architecture).

Designer Amber Abinsay started making jewelry in college, inspired by her love of gold and gemstones, while getting her doctorate degree at University of Hawaii's School of Architecture. Each piece reflects Abinsay's careful attention to... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 16, 2012

One night only! Let's get this party started...

Lei Chic Pop-Up Boutique 2012

Lei Chic Mercedes-Benz Pop-Up Boutique is back! Once again, we're transforming Mercedes-Benz's showroom into a whirlwind of local fashion, jewelry, swimwear and more. You'll be able to meet and shop local designers that are either just emerging or very limited (none sell their products in more than four boutiques on Oahu), plus take advantage of special discounts and exclusive pieces. Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu is also giving away an iPad to one lucky shopper! There is one big difference from last year: our boutique will be open for one night only, so clear your calendar and get ready to shop. This is one pop-up you won't want to miss!

When: Friday, October 26, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Mercedes-Benz... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 16, 2012

Roberta Oaks' Japanese floral Aloha shirts

Business is Blooming

Japan. The motherland of some really amazing things.

Sushi. Sake. Really scary movies (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift still gives you nightmares.)

And incredibly well-fitted men's Aloha shirts.

We should probably explain that one...

See, Roberta Oaks' latest wave of Aloha shirts just hit the floor, and this time, they're made out of incredibly soft cotton by way of Japan in fun, eye-catching floral prints.

... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 15, 2012

Tricked Up Treats

Lei Chic October 31. A treat for the kids--cool costumes, staying up past bedtime and loads of candy. You just get tricked off-- traffic, free-loading, pillowcase-toting high school trick-or-treaters and bedtime battles over candy.

You'd give your last mini m&m for a place that offers Halloween fun for the kids and a little something for adults (sexy kitty get up NOT required).

Enter Ward Centers' Fangtastic Fest -- a four-hour Halloween spectacular featuring more costumes, pumpkin carving and giveaways than you can stuff into a giant plastic pumpkin tote. Let's break it down.

... Read more »

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

October 15, 2012

Social A-Flair

Imi Jewelry launches holiday Confetti collection

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As Pippa Middleton would say, confetti is absolutely essential when throwing a proper party.

Okay, we don't know if she'd actually say that. But really, the only downside to getting showered by tiny bits of fun is picking them off the floor the next morning.

Consider this the perfect solution.

Introducing Imi Jewelry's new holiday Confetti collection -... Read more »

Posted on Monday, October 15, 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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