April 2009


April 17, 2009

Fortune Hunter

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Searching out new territory, tracking your targets, stalking the prey. Yes, shopping can feel a lot like hunting, even if you’re only on the prowl for an everyday handbag.

And it’s even harder when fertile grounds like small independent boutiques seem to be closing up every day.

Which is why it’s such good news that the tiny MisFortune boutique at Ward Centre just reopened yesterday. It has new owners and new inventory, but the name and the idea are the same.

Only as big as a... Read more »

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April 16, 2009

Weekend Picks - April 16, 2009

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

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April 15, 2009

Liquid Assets

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The good news: your tax return is (finally!) signed, sealed, and in the mail.

The bad news: there’s no fat IRS refund check coming your way.

So just say no to taxation without intoxication, and head to the... Read more »

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April 14, 2009

Luck of the Draw

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Back in high school, your best subjects were daydreaming and doodling – aside from lunch, of course. Sounds like the resume of a Most Unlikely to Succeed ballot winner.

But not in the case of local girl Christy Chung, whose free-form line drawings developed into her ccdoodle collection of tees, tanks and dresses.

 

The garments themselves couldn’t be simpler – soft cotton, solid colors – but they work as a canvas for her graphic sketches. Each... Read more »

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April 13, 2009

You've Got Nail

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Lots of good things last just a few days. The post-facial glow. The box of Girl Scout cookies. Your paycheck.

And, sadly, your manicure.

But pro surfer Emilia Perry is an expert in making short-lived fun – like riding waves – last longer. She also knows how to make a perfect manicure last for weeks – at the North Shore’s Atlantis Salon, Perry is the only manicurist on the island who does Minx Nails, a new polish alternative that heat bonds a super-thin film of color to your nails.

It comes in the standard reds, pinks and mauves, but you can... Read more »

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()


April 9, 2009

Weekend Picks - April 9, 2009

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

The Reel Deal
What: Today is the last day to check out offerings from the Hawaii International Film Festival's 12th Annual Spring... Read more »

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April 8, 2009

Shell Game

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As a kid, decorating Easter eggs brought out your inner Monet-in-training. You wielded the wax crayon and Paas kit like a pro, turning out multi-hued eggs at every dip.

So you’d be, um, egg-static to find one of Volcano artist Dania Zempel’s eggshell artworks in your basket this Sunday.

With large-sized goose, emu and ostrich eggs as her canvas, Zempel creates intricately filigreed designs that deserve display case treatment. Each shell is drained and bleached before Zempel gets to work with a high-power dentist’s drill. She’ll etch intricate patterns, or cut out lacy... Read more »

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April 7, 2009

Photo Opportunity

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A picture can spark a memory from the deepest corner of your mind. Too bad all your photos are stuffed in the deep, dusty corners of your hallway closet.

Take the first step toward walking down memory lane by calling Lisa Detol, a super-organized photo album expert who can swoop in and turn all those boxes of photos and mementos into coffee-table worthy albums.

Whether you have a shoebox full of old photos, or a laptop filled with jpegs, Detol can transform your unorganized heap into a traditional-style or digitally printed photo album or scrapbook. If you’re a DIY type, she can... Read more »

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April 6, 2009

Word to the Mothers

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You consider your weekly dose of Us Weekly and InTouch a great real-life reality check – who doesn’t feel better after reading Worst Bikini Bodies and Stars Without Makeup?

But you know those Baby Bump Joy stories –  and their sequels, Bikini Body 5 Weeks After Baby –  are as unreliable as Brangelina breakup rumors.

For the real gossip on motherhood, you’ve gotta go to the ‘net. Blogger Heather Armstrong, author of the hugely popular personal blog Dooce, tells all in her new book “It Sucked And Then I... Read more »

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()


April 3, 2009

A Brief Encounter

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I see London, I see France…

It was an embarrassing taunt in the schoolyard. But you’d be just as ashamed if anyone saw the boring beige undies you’re sporting these days.

Unless you’re wearing lingerie from local girl Lornnie Louie’s collection. A Kaiser grad who’s designed for Calvin Klein in New York, Louie’s collection of silky, feminine intimates has only been available in New York and LA – until now.

Tonight,... Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009 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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