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February 9, 2009

For The Smell Of It

Things you love to catch a whiff of: the neighbor’s plumeria tree in full bloom, fluffy towels fresh out of the dryer, cupcakes in the oven.

Things you don’t: department store spritzers armed with Eau de Britney Spears or Paris Hilton.

Teresa Blackwell at the Four Season Lana‘i Manele Bay takes that all into consideration during the new custom fragrance blending sessions at the hotel.

It starts with a three-page questionnaire about your favorite seasons, flowers and fruits, as well as the type of music you like and your astrological... Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 9, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 6, 2009

Frock and Roll

www.leichic.comYou’ve been there before. Two hours shopping, and still nothing you like. The dresses are too long (or short), the fabric isn’t soft, the color washes you out.

If only you could just make exactly what you wanted.

That’s what 21-year-old Cassandra Rull did. She had always altered her clothes to better fit her own style, but a little more than a year ago she began making pieces from scratch. Proud of her DIY creations, she posted pictures of her clothes – fun, casual cotton jersey dresses that mixed colors, fabrics and patterns... Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 6, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 5, 2009

Weekend Picks - February 5, 2009

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

A Sweetheart Eel
The first look at Fighting Eel’s new spring collection at a one-time trunk show. Check out the Warhol-inspired banana print, plus other pieces from the collection designers Lan Chung and Rona Bennett describe as “Pop Art meets Spring Goddess.” Buy any of the items you like on the spot.
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Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 4, 2009

Veg Allegiance Are you what you eat?

Better hope not.

That would leave you pale, soft and puffy from all those malassadas.

Clean up your act and head over to Hale, the brand new organic, vegan, macrobiotic restaurant that just... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

February 3, 2009

Thorny Issue

A rose is a rose is a rose.

Except when it isn’t.

And the thorn in most bouquets of a dozen long-stemmed red ones is that they don’t last more than a week in a vase.

So much for symbolizing everlasting love.

But the blooms from Bella Rosa on Kalakaua Avenue are a different breed. Grown in the mountain highlands of Ecuador, the higher altitude near the equator gives the flowers thicker stems and makes them especially long-lasting.

Bella Rosa’s flowers arrive at the store within 24 hours of being cut. The shop has dozens of colors, from... Read more »

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

February 2, 2009

Cocoa Loco

You aced the holiday gift test – found that perfect, thoughtful, useful, fun gift for your sweetie. And now, you’re fresh out of original gift ideas for V Day.

So stick with the old stand-by: chocolate. It’s easy. And these unique chocolates will give your Valentine something to choc about.

Hawai‘i Chocolate
Everything tastes better when it... Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 2, 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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