March 2009

March 16, 2009

Smooth Operator

You’ve tried it all: shaving, Nair-ing, even super-pricey laser treatments.

And you’re still faced with a hairy situation every few weeks.

Try calling Leah Nacion, owner of The Waxing Company, which opens tomorrow.

Whether you want a plain old regulation bikini wax or a full Brazilian with a heart-shaped landing strip adorned with Swarovski crystal, Nacion delivers. (The crystals, by the way, are a sort of temporary tattoo that are applied in any shape and last up to three weeks.)

Her new salon is a mini-oasis in McCully Shopping Center, with... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 12, 2009

Weekend Picks - March 12, 2009

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

Wine and Dine
What: Taste hundreds of wines from around the world and nibble on pupus from Vino, Sansei, Ruth's Chris and Hukilau Cafe at Executive Vineyards, a fundraiser for the Shidler College of Business at UH.
When: Tonight, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Read more »

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 11, 2009

Grin And Beer It

There’s a big brew-ha-ha tonight.

Haven’t heard?

It’s the weekly House of Brews beer tasting that happens at Bar 35 every Wednesday at 6 p.m. You’ll taste eight beers, and get expert insight from beer guru Andy Baker, who runs and is co-owner of Hawai‘i Nui brewery.


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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 10, 2009

Lighten Up

You still swear you saw John Mayer in the club last year. Too bad you spent a mini-eternity fumbling for your phone in your dark, messy purse and missed the chance to get photographic evidence.

And, yes, you’re still mad about that Chanel lipgloss you thought was safely put back in the side pocket.

Maybe your next It Bag should be as functional as it is fashionable − like one of the lighted purses from Solas Fashion. 

Clutches, shoulder... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 9, 2009

Motion Pictures

Surfing the North Shore when the waves get overhead is a real rush – so you’ve heard. Getting barreled at Pipeline is, for you, just a pipe dream.

Which is what makes the photos taken by North Shore photographer Clark Little so mesmerizing. His snaps capture fleeting moments inside waves as they’re just cresting, when the sun sparkles through, or as the sand is getting sucked up into the rising water.

Unlike other Hawai‘i-nature photographs of landscapes or ocean-and-beach scenes, Little’s photos let you actually see, and vicariously experience, sights you... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 6, 2009

Bite On The Money Wines for $4, cocktails for $5 – after work drink prices always make you smile. But ponying up $15 for a plate of soggy crab cakes at the bar makes the hour a lot less happy.

Point taken.

Try one of these happy hours where the deals on eats are as good or better than the drink specials.

Morton’s Steakhouse
During Power Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. every day, nearly everything on the bar menu is only $6. The best are the smaller versions of dinner menu faves, like mini crabcakes, mini iceberg wedge salads, mini... Read more »

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 5, 2009

Weekend Picks - March 5, 2009

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

Rock Solid Deals
The monthly shopping party Rock Shop comes back as a First Friday happy hour with all local vendors, an area to swap and trade with others, and Ginger Mango Rumtinis for $6.
When:... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 4, 2009

Bread Winner

Your diet resolution for counting carbs barely lasted a month − and practically made you a bread case when it comes to baked goods.

So you’ll want to be first in line at the new Fendu Boulangerie, opening today in Manoa Marketplace.

Owned by Niel Koep, the former executive pastry chef at Four Seasons Lana‘i, the bakery will offer a menu of pastries, desserts, sandwiches on fresh-baked... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 3, 2009

Garden Variety

How does your garden grow?

Wilted, brown and dying?

Maybe it’s time to turn over a new leaf when it comes to houseplants. The Living Vase from local outdoor-décor designers 1st Look Exteriors will help.

Filled with locally grown foliage, the vases are overflowing with greenery. Leaves and stems burst from the top and fill out the sides of the pot too – through openings made just to allow the plants to grow in full 3-D effect.

The vases are mini versions of 1st Look’s living walls, which are like large-scale murals of live plants, all... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

March 2, 2009

Best Case Scenario

It’s back to the Monday grind this morning – but after a long weekend of working overtime to finish projects on deadline, it might as well be a Wednesday.

Avoiding the pinkslip party (one soiree you’d rather not be invited to) means you’re working all the time – and toting your laptop everywhere.

But your laptop bag is a case study for the office drab look. Try one of these cool carriers instead:

Super-sleek InCase products are... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 2, 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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