Monday, December 8, 2008

Sweet Child of Mine

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It was an instant love affair between you and that online kids’ clothing store. The price was right, the clothes were cute and the shop made you feel secure (it even said so on the “checkout” button).

Then you clicked to pay. And the dream of a $10 tiny top turned to a $387.92 shipping nightmare.

This year, try one of these on-island alternatives.

Deck Out the Halls
Want your kiddo pint-sized and cracking wise? Then try a droll drool bib from Koko Bean Kids, which feature classics like the “boob man” onesie.

If the keiki on your list has more highbrow taste, check out styles from Moopiland kids. Designed by a Honolulu husband and wife team, they’re one of a kind and include adorable extras like little purses in Moopiland’s signature bright patterns.

Green at Christmas isn’t reserved for the Grinch. For the eco-friendly tot, Organic Keiki has beautiful designs, printed with organic ink that is sure to not irritate baby.

Jingle Belles
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Encourage some hero worship with matching mommy-and-me necklaces from Adoré Hawai‘i. They’re chic enough for you to wear to work, but tough enough for your little lady’s playground antics.

Longing for a mini-me? Local fashion lines Fighting Eel and Mu‘uMu‘u Heaven make versions of their designer dresses into delicate duds for your little one. Consider it fashion training wheels for your diva.

Silent Bright
You know your little one is a genius, despite that dirt-eating incident. Encourage your little drummer boy’s inner maestro at Keiki Crescendo music school.

If you’ve got a little chatterbox, let her talk to her heart’s content at Little Ambassadors language school. It’s fun, full-immersion learning in Chinese, Japanese or Spanish. Added bonus: you won’t be able to understand her when she begs for a pony.

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 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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