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July 1, 2008

If It Floats Your Tote

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You’ve felt the guilt pangs before – like when you drop a hondo on a new bag and wonder if maybe there are more worthwhile causes than your arm candy addiction.

The new line of SooZou bags by local designer Pia Kuhlemann will take the wind out of your buyer’s remorse – they’re as socially conscious as they are chic. The rope-handled, nautical-styled totes are made from reused sails, and are hand-sewn by Kalihi Valley Housing Project residents. Kuhlemann bought sewing machines, set up a workspace and hired the seamstresses through a women’s development... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()


June 30, 2008

Going Native

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From teasing monkeys at the zoo to trying to touch the whale at the Bishop Museum, field trips were great because they were a trip – the education part you merely tolerated.

Today though, doing something cool and actually learning something new is the fun part. So next vacation, take visiting family or friends on one of Warren Costa’s personalized Big Island tours. But don’t think “tour,” which is the type of experience Costa works hard to set his company apart from.

Instead think a fun, off-the-beaten-path excursion with just you, yours, and Hilo-native... Read more »

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()


June 27, 2008

Apothetique Now

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Beauty Math 101:

One $150 haircut (blowdry costs extra)

+

a spa pedicure (foot scrub for an additional fee)

÷

50-minute facial (12 minutes spent alone waiting for the mask to soak in)

=

150355012.66666 moments of disappointment from not getting what you... Read more »

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()


June 26, 2008

Weekend Picks - June 26, 2008

www.leichic.comLei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Jean Therapy

What: Last minute Fashionista’s Market clearance on all premium denim, and cheap cocktails - $3 mimosas all afternoon. Shop for jeans from Frankie B., True Religion and other brands, and take an additional 10 percent off your entire purchase. Plus, get a sneak peek at the new items to be offered at the upcoming July 20 sale (no buying, just looking!). Spend $200 to get one-hour-early VIP admission to the next sale for first dibs on everything the Fashionistas just scored on... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()


June 25, 2008

Movin' On Up

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So many lessons your parents tried to teach you just never stuck – don’t stay out late, watch your mouth, and wait until marriage to name a few. Luckily one important message got through – it’s always good to share.

Kailua girl Shanon Jenkins Schubert took this instruction to heart in her newly re-opened and expanded Kailua Movement Studio – a shared movement space that offers... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()


June 24, 2008

Affair Of The Tart

www.leichic.com In the quest for a guilt-free way to satisfy your ice cream cravings, frozen yogurt has topped your list for years. And while your friends on the mainland can't stop raving about the too-good-to-be-true, low-cal and low-fat, sweet/tart frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, fro yo hasn't reached the same phenom status here in the islands.

But that doesn't mean the frozen yogurt evolution hasn't hit our shores. It has –  if you know where to look.

There are at least three spots around O‘ahu to get your fix of the strangely addicting frozen yogurt that actually tastes like yogurt, with all the tang... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 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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