January 2013

January 31, 2013

Lei Chic's guide to First Friday

Weekend Pick - January 31, 2013

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(L-R) Mango Luxe at FM Boutique, Beer Cheese cupcake at Let Them Eat Cupcakes, Justin Park at Manifest.


Who: FM Boutique, 1185 Bethel St.
What: Mango Luxe trunk show with wine, light nibbles and free gift with purchase.
When: 6-9 p.m.

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January 30, 2013

Best Served Cool

Wings Hawaii's whimsical decal dishware

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Artichoke plate, $35.

Michelle Obama. Wise, wise woman.

Really knows her way around a show-stopping outfit. Also, completely obsessed with plates and... Read more »

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January 29, 2013

The Finished Lines

Soft zigzag prints highlight Gaya's spring collection

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Putting together a stylish ensemble is a lot like walking a tightrope - it's all about balance. As in: balance a casual outfit with a striking statement necklace or a monochromatic look with different textures.

Or, in the case of Gaya's new collection, a strong zigzag print with soft, muted colors.

For spring, the North Shore-based resort line helmed by owner Lula Leao and designer (and fiance) Monika Reimann ventures into graphic territory with bold lines and sharp... Read more »

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January 28, 2013

A Total Heartfaker

Lei Chic's Valentine's Day Guy Gift Giveaway

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Whew. Last night's storms were pretty intense. Extreme downpours. Heavy ponding. Horribly flat hair. Good thing you received all those flash flood warnings via television, radio and text message. A girl's gotta be prepared.

Speaking of red alerts, you've got little more than two weeks until Valentine's Day (oh snap, you totally forgot). So this morning, we're... Read more »

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January 26, 2013

Late adds to Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events

Weekend Picks - Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Bon Appetit
Learn how to cook French fare at Brasserie Du Vin's demo and tasting event. Chef Marco Elder will demonstrate a few lunchtime classics: croque monsieur (a.k.a. the ultimate ham and cheese sandwich), ratatouille, and strawberry souffle with chocolate ganache. The best part: you get to sample all the dishes yourself.
When: Monday at 6 p.m.
Where: Brasserie Du Vin, 1115 Bethel St.
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January 25, 2013

Piper Dreams

Petal & Piper's new foldover clutches

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It's time we had a serious talk - about pipers.

If they're wearing bright coats and playing catchy tunes, just back away slowly.

If they're covered in super cute fabric and accented with colorful zippers, well then. That's another story entirely.

Follow along as we explore Petal & Piper's new foldover clutches, available exclusively at Read more »

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 24, 2013

Six reasons to do something this weekend

Weekend Picks - January 24, 2013

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Shell Out
Be the first to view ki-ele's Aloha Hawaii 2013 spring/summer collection at Nordstrom this weekend. Peruse 24k gold- and silver-dipped shell jewelry pieces, shown left, and one-of-a-kind beach-inspired items, all new and exclusive to the store. Expect more newness to come - the local line celebrates its 5th anniversary this year and a Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 23, 2013

Mix and Munch

Goodbyn's colorful, customizable lunch sets

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Left to right: Snacks, $7.80, Insulated Lunch Bag, $27.80, Bynto, $16.80, Bottle, $6.80, all by Goodbyn.

Lunch containers have come a long way since the days of brown paper sacks and plastic baggies. Unfortunately, the Care Bears and Smurfs tins of your heyday are now totally old school and your little one needs something awesome to flash in the cafeteria.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 22, 2013

Rest Foot Forward

Express reflexology sessions at Moana Lani Boutique

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You and your feet aren't exactly on speaking terms. You're really more on screaming terms.

As in your feet tend to scream at you when squeezed into sky-high, circulation-squeezing stilettos for hours on end. Which, naturally, happens pretty darn often.

Bottom line: you're not in the healthiest of relationships and, well, you probably need to see a therapist...

Introducing Moana Lani Boutique, an express spa-slash-retail hybrid with licensed... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 19, 2013

Late adds to Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events

Weekend Picks - Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Pig Out
The Pig and the Lady takes over Taste's kitchen tonight with Noodle Bar. Offerings include slow-cooked pork belly and rice noodles in a beef and pork broth and a crispy banh mi filled with char siu, pickled vegetables and a poached egg. Make room for some special guests - Szechuan barbecue ribs from Kiba Cafe's Neil Hong and Meyer lemon and pandan tarts from pastry chef Alison Yokouchi.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.-midnight.
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Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2013 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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