Friday, June 3, 2011

The Gift of Fab

Lei ChicYou’re a student of fashion and you’ve been working hard on your unofficial coursework.

LogicThis will actually save me money because it’s better to buy one great top than 15 cheap ones that fall apart.

MathIf I strap on those Chloe wedges once a week, and twice on weekends, the price is really only $10 a wear.

PhilosophyIf the bag is in the car trunk and the credit card bill isn’t due for weeks, did I really buy anything at all?

You’ve amassed the wardrobe of a model student but flunked attempts to ease your shoppers’ guilt.

It’s time to start a new study in Philanthropy.

Lei ChicPhilanthropy by Madison & Co. just quietly reopened in Kailua. The spot on Hoolai Street is a new location, but the boutique still features owner Nikki Watanabe’s signature selection of fun finds for your closet and kitchen. Choose from colorful Audrey tops and sexy, draped back mini dresses by Maui’s Haute Rock Couture or pick up cabernet-infused sea salts and whimsical Hawaiian-print aprons handmade on Molokai.

Watanabe’s passion is not just for fashion. Her unique Craft Conscience Couture parties combine shopping with charitable donations. Book a private event at the store, and for as little as $20 a person, guests will receive refreshments, learn a fun craft such as making cute earrings or knitting adorable scarves, then shop. Madison & Co will donate 25 percent of sales to a non-profit of your choice.

So it's simple to make the style grade without having to make excuses.

And that's easy giving.

Philanthropy by Madison & Co. is open on 45 Hoolai St. in Kailua, Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Waipio location at 94-1235 Ka Uka Blvd. (next to Costco) is open Tues. – Sat, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2011 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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