Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rack Your Brain


Lei Chic You’re a sharp gal. You graduated tops in your class, aced the MENSA entrance exam, and are on the CEO track at work.

But a coworker’s casual comment about your “ironic” librarian outfit (those saddle shoes were not meant ironically) has made you seriously question your style IQ.

Looks like you need some additional schooling— in the fashion department.

The boho vibe of Waikiki boutique Genius Outfitters has the perfect kind of offbeat sophistication you need to show ‘em you do have fashion sense.

Owned by the folks that brought you Pineapple County, the shop's first floor shelves are stocked with affordable staples like flirty tiered chiffon tanks and silky drop-waist tops in pretty pastels. The navy caftan-style shirt with tuxedo pleats says serious, and seriously cool. Snag a pair of the gray leather patchwork wedges to dress up your pencil skirts, and a few of the pointy power heels. At less than $75 a pop, you can spring for both the black and the fuschia.

The second floor of this refurbished residential space houses weekend gear, like original tees and beachwear, vintage fabric bags, and funky terry cloth backpacks.

But where this boutique really makes the grade is on the third floor at the Genius Lounge, a sake bar serving up over 50 varieties, plus signature cocktails like house-made sangria and a full menu of nibbles around $10 each. You can get anything from tuna tartare to mini filet mignon with wasabi or loco moco deep fried and served with a demi glace.

Getting your drink on after rethinking your entire wardrobe?
Now that’s pour genius.

Genius Outfitters, 346 Lewers Street, Waikiki. For more info call 808.922.2822 or visit the website at www.geniusoutfitters.com. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Genius Lounge is open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.  

 

 

Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in Permalink

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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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