Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Flair Lady

Ladyslider's surf, travel pop-up shop opens in Waikiki

Ladyslider at specialme
Photos by Tara Michie

It might have been the four-day work week last week. Or maybe you're just lazy. Whatever the reason, this week is totally draaagging.

Time to slide in a little fun at Ladyslider's pop-up shop, opening tonight in Waikiki.

You might recognize Tara Michie's work from the collaboration of droolworthy pouches she released with Samudra last year. Now, the Haleiwa photographer/blogger is taking over part of the beachy new boutique, specialme, to install her very own pop-up shop, a reflection of Ladyslider's wandering, surf-infused lifestyle.

Samudra x Ladyslider Inside, you'll find a vibrant selection of personal pieces, like those pouches, including (our favorite, shown right) City of Lights, a view of the softly-lit Eiffel Tower and a carousel Michie shot in Paris last summer; relaxed tanks screenprinted with "Cold Coconut" and "Hot Lau Lau" signs snapped roadside in Waiahole; a series of beach and travel scenes nested in custom reclaimed wood frames - think a tiny crab scooped from the sand in Waipio Valley or a glassy ocean swim in Tahiti.

Then there are items Michie holds near and dear: beachy, bohemian Hinu Jewelry by Samudra's Jennifer Binney, flattering yet functional (and locally-designed) Issa de' mar bikinis, stylish Australian Muther of All Things wetsuits, even silky Florida-based Sun Bum sunscreen.

It's like traveling the world in one simple stop.

Nothing like a midweek excursion to lighten the brood.

Opens tonight at 6:30 p.m. at specialme, 2113 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 202, (808) 926-5232, and runs through May 15.

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 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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