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Weekend Picks - July 12, 2012


Lei Chic Taste
Bitters Sweet Symphony
Helping a local business get off the ground has never been tastier, thanks to Bitter, Sweet and Savory, a special tasting at Prima. Enjoy seven hand-crafted bitters-driven mini cocktails by Hawaii Bitters Company co-founders and bartenders, Kyle Reutner and Mike Prasad, paired with seven flavors of Manoa Chocolate and five small plates by Prima.
When: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Prima, 108 Hekili St., Suite 107.
Details: $15 for Greenhouse, Yelp and MXLGY members, $20 general. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Lei Chic Shop
Sale Away
Score seriously stylish savings during Koi Boutique's spring/summer clearance sale, including 20 percent off Chan Luu apparel and select Siwy denim (like the floral shorts, seen right) and 30 percent off bags by UGG, Thursday Friday and MK Totem.
When: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily through the end of the month.
Where: Koi Boutique, Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave.
Details: Enjoy one hour of free parking with validation, then $1 per hour for up to three hours.

Sugar, Ice and Everything Nice
If you've ever wanted to learn how to make your own ice cream (how does fresh strawberry and lilikoi ice cream, lemon sorbet and rich chocolate gelato sound?), now's your chance. But you have to act fast; at last check, only one spot remained for Saturday's "You Scream for Ice Cream" class at Kapiolani Community College, and three spots for next week's class.
When: This Saturday or next Saturday, July 21, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Kapiolani Community College, Ohelo 203.
Details: $70. Click here to download a registration form or call (808) 734-9211.

Lei Chic Shop
The Insider
Technically, Nordstrom's huge anniversary sale doesn't start until next Friday. But a Fashion Rewards credit or debit account grants you access to discounted fall merchandise right now. Browse the lookbook and, if you see anything you like, sign up to start shopping online or enter special sale sections, already curtained off in every department in store, including men's, children's and beauty.
Where: Nordstrom, Ala Moana Center, or online.

Perk Up
Recharge your afternoon with a free Tall Starbucks Refreshers. The coffee chain's new line of drinks features green coffee extract and fruit juices, shaken with real fruit, in Cool Lime with mint and cucumber and Very Berry Hibiscus.
When: Tomorrow, noon-3 p.m.
Where: All Starbucks locations.
Details: Limit 1 per person while supplies last.

Lei Chic Read
Buy the Book
If you're looking for a fun summer read, pick up The Next Best Thing by New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner. The novel follows a young woman navigating the twists and turns of Hollywood to create a TV sitcom inspired by her relationship with her grandmother. We suspect the story itself, as told by the writer who penned In Her Shoes and the short-lived ABC Family series State of Georgia, is also somewhat autobiographical.
Details: $16.19 on Amazon, $12.99 on Kindle.
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