March 2009

March 31, 2009

Project Runway 
When fashion designers unveil their collections in New York or Paris, it’s a weeklong affair of parties, celebrities and paparazzi − just to see a lot of clothes no one can wear in real life anyway.

But when Hawai‘i-based designers show their latest collections – as many of them are doing this week – it’s easy to imagine yourself in their outfits.

Starting tonight, 11 local fashion designers will show their newest collections during the four-night Ready to Wear Fashion Week at... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 30, 2009

Out To Lunch 

A sure sign of spring: new lunch spots popping up all over the place. Time to try something fresh at one of these three new places.

Mix Café
A new downtown location of the popular but tiny Chinatown eatery opens today with a modified menu of more sandwiches and salads, and less pasta. Paninis... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 26, 2009

Weekend Picks - March 26, 2009

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events.

Pop Art Party
What: Make an Andy Warhol inspired photo of yourself at Art After Dark at the Honolulu Academy of Art. Pop into the photo booth hosted by Apple, and they'll email you a digital, four-tile, pop-art-colored pic with your face. More ways to get into the 15 Seconds of Fame theme:... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 25, 2009

Construction Zone 

You’ve read too many magazine articles to count about changing up your look without shopping – you know, the ones that tell you “it’s all about accessorizing” or how to create new looks just by “shopping your closet.”

But the truth is, it’s not that easy to get excited about new outfits when they aren’t really new.

So you might be surprised at how much you can do with one of your old T-shirts. In about 30 minutes of simple cutting and stitching, you can... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 24, 2009

Deal With It

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So, here’s the deal: you’re not really shopping much these days, unless you find a serious bargain.

Before you head out into the shopping wilds, though, check out these sites for discounts at local stores and restaurants.

Find printable coupons for everything from combo meals at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers to auto repair, dry cleaning, and pet grooming at Not every offer on the site is a real bargain, so you’ll have to spend a little time... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 23, 2009

Face Time

You’ve tried at-home facials. You spent $90 on beauty counter products and several hours carefully timing the scrub, mask and rinse steps. It saved you money, but cost you results.

To really bring the spa experience home, call Tracy Puliti, an esthetician and former model who makes house calls. She specializes in facials and arrives at your place ready to set up a complete mini-spa. No rearranging meetings, leaving work early or sacrificing precious weekend beach time to squeeze in a facial – she’s available evenings during the week.

Puliti’s menu is a... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 20, 2009

Challah Back, Girl 

You’ve been brown bagging your lunch to save dough, but your homemade sandwiches aren’t exactly upper crust.

Head to This Is It Bakery and Deli on Cooke Street to try the fresh-baked challah bread (pronounced holla), which is only available on Fridays.

The dense egg bread is rolled... Read more »

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 19, 2009

Weekend Picks - March 19, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Surf, Sand and Salt
What: Trunk show/fashion show of the summer collection from Salt Swimwear, the celeb-favorite, LA-based line. Meet designer Layla Pakzad and get discounts and early order privileges, plus cocktails and pupus.
When: Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where:... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 18, 2009

Lunch Break 

You just got the memo. Friday lunch meeting. Conference room. On the agenda: budget forecasts, project updates, and soggy sandwiches from the downstairs deli.

Sounds like an opportunity to exceed the boss’s expectations. Call Isle Concierge and have them deliver a gourmet lunch for your whole group.

... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 17, 2009

Dressed to Chill

It was love at first sight: cute, easygoing, fun during the day, and dressed up well for nights out too.

Yep, that silk dress was your BFF for a solid few weeks. Until you got hit with the dry cleaning bill.

Introduce yourself to the new spring dresses from Calypso, a line created on the Caribbean island of St. Barts by designer Christiane Celle.

The silk dresses, tops and accessories work perfectly on this island too. They come in vivid colors and have details like pleats and seaming... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()


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About Lei Chic

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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