Monday, August 6, 2012

Whim Pickings

19th and Whimsy's sweet, colorful designs

Lei Chic You hate to admit it, but when it comes to style, you've lost your way.

You thought you could navigate summer's hottest trends, but you took a wrong turn at the leopard-print caftans, blew right past the dip-dyed hair and now, you're just circling the same color block.

Sounds like you need directions to 19th and Whimsy.

Consider this local line your guide to all things stylish. Designer Lauren Hayashibara takes classic cuts, like a fitted, short-sleeved mini jersey dress with scoop neckline, and adds modern details, like a sherbert print and waist-cinching twist. The result: flattering, on-trend pieces that will serve as wardrobe staples for seasons to come.

Start off in an organic cotton sateen fit-and-flare dress with surplice neckline, floral-inspired print and lace sash; pair it with a colored cami or bandeau for brunch with the girls. Then look for a shimmery bronze open-weave raglan sweater that can be worn casually off the shoulder on cool summer nights. You'll eventually reach the retro-style sweetheart strapless top with bow detail and mint print, perfect for nights on the town.
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Speaking of prints, Hayashibara designs them all herself; a technique she picked up while working for a lingerie company in Los Angeles. For her current collection, the University of Hawaii graduate drew inspiration from all things summer - wildflowers, the ocean and, our favorite, ice cream.

With looks this sweet, you really can't miss.

In a line that will put you on the fashion map.

$45-$145, 19th and Whimsy, available at Basique Threads, Ward Warehouse; LMS Boutique, 2909 Lowrey Ave.; Pineapple County, 342 Lewers St.; and on Etsy.

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 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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