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March 3, 2009

Garden Variety

How does your garden grow?

Wilted, brown and dying?

Maybe it’s time to turn over a new leaf when it comes to houseplants. The Living Vase from local outdoor-décor designers 1st Look Exteriors will help.

Filled with locally grown foliage, the vases are overflowing with greenery. Leaves and stems burst from the top and fill out the sides of the pot too – through openings made just to allow the plants to grow in full 3-D effect.

The vases are mini versions of 1st Look’s living walls, which are like large-scale murals of live plants, all... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 2, 2009

Best Case Scenario

It’s back to the Monday grind this morning – but after a long weekend of working overtime to finish projects on deadline, it might as well be a Wednesday.

Avoiding the pinkslip party (one soiree you’d rather not be invited to) means you’re working all the time – and toting your laptop everywhere.

But your laptop bag is a case study for the office drab look. Try one of these cool carriers instead:

Super-sleek InCase products are... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 26, 2009

Weekend Picks - February 26, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Bellini of the Ball
Free bellini cocktails, special discounts on jewelry from the 1940s and 50s and other vintage finds at the new Cloth Vintage shop's Friday Finale event called Baubles, Brooches and Bellinis.
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Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 25, 2009

Join The Scrub

Your search for the fountain of youth has taken you to Whole Foods for a strict regimen of green tea and salmon and to Neiman Marcus for top-of-the-line night creams.

But maybe you’ve been looking in all the wrong places.

Try a trip to a Korean sauna. It’s a secret guarded as closely as the special family kimchee recipe, and it’s the key to soft, dewy skin. Regular sweat-and-scrub sessions reveal baby-smooth skin, and can get rid of sluggishness after a long week at work or a hard weekend of partying.

Head to Aloha Sauna and Spa to sweat out... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 24, 2009

The Big Easy

You want to kick it up a notch this Mardi Gras. But you’re no Emeril in the kitchen.

Susan and Dillard Faulk, owners of the island’s only Cajun/Creole restaurant, A Taste of the Bayou on Kapahulu Avenue, offer this easy take on the New Orleans staple, red beans and rice. Add shrimp or chicken if you like and − bam! – it’s a fast meal.

A Taste of the Bayou’s Red Beans and Rice
Serves 8 -10

1 lb red beans (not kidney beans)
2-1/2 cups onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup celery,... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 23, 2009

Totally Spa-some

It’s only Monday, and you’re already feeling like you need to get away. But a vacay is clearly out of the question these days.

Instead, head to the Sullivan Estate Spa on the North Shore. The multi-million-dollar estate overlooking Pupukea has long been available as a retreat, but it recently started offering day spa bookings.

There’s a two person minimum to make treatment appointments, but when you reserve your time, you’re actually reserving the entire estate – no other guests will be booked, giving you total privacy.

... Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

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About Lei Chic

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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