Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Purse-ons of Interest

Those May rainstorms have blown out to sea and it’s time for some real spring cleaning – in your purse.

To toss: your emergency umbrella, scarf, and spare cardigan.
To pack: your emergency bikini, an extra tank top, and a spare set of barely-there sandals.

Longer days and balmy evenings mean you’re ready for some breezy living. Do it with one of these toteworthy bags we found for every moment of your endless summer nights.

Lei Chic Float Your Tote
For: Beach Days

Orchidlan’s cheery yellow-striped canvas bag is perfect for days that seem to sail by. Not only is it big enough to stash your beach towel, water, and trashy chick-lit book, former Honolulu resident Lan Nguyen adds a pocket and swivel hook to keep your keys and other valuables from sinking in this seemingly bottomless bag.
The $115 anchor tote is made to order. E-mail info.orchidlan@gmail.com.



Lei Chic Whirl Traveler
For: Shopping with the Girls

Slide on an exotic pop of color direct from the Moroccan coast, with Mushmina’s gypsy sack in hand-dyed gauze. Former Peace Corps volunteer Heather O’Neill and her artisan sister Katie launched the line to create jobs for women in the North African country. Along with this irresistible shoulder bag, Mushmina just delivered its sleek wood-framed clutches, and slouchy hobos to Hawaii.
The gypsy sack is $98 at Guava Shop, 66-165 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa. Mushmina’s clutches are around $90 at Genius Outfitters, 346 Lewers St. Check out the entire collection on Mushimina’s website.


Lei ChicWetness Protection Program
For: Keeping your bags bikini-proof
You love jumping into the surf, but dealing with the sopping suit afterwards can be a beach. Tiare Hawaii’s cute bikini bag is lined in nylon so you can stash your wet togs safely.
Tiare Hawaii's $20 bikini bag is in stock at Pueo Boutique in Kailua-Kona's Banyan Court Mall. A new shipment is coming soon to other stores. For details, e-mail janetiarehawaii@aol.com.




Lei ChicHaute Secure
For: Sunset Dinners

You’ll look like a Bond girl, but feel like 007 himself with Stewart/Stand’s sleek clutch. The bag is made from woven strips of stainless steel, which feel surprisingly like silk and block any would-be identity thieves from scanning information from your credit cards inside.
Stewart/Stand’s bags and wallets are available in Hawaii exclusively at Riches Hawaii, Kahala Mall. Take a look at the entire collection on Stewart/Stand’s website.


Lei ChicCall of the Styled
For: Weekend Trips

Sometimes you just want to go a little wild. Lanai artisan Cory Labang’s roomy satchel is just right for carrying on with its graphic black-and-white exterior and rich red trim. Labang creates her bags out of vintage dresses and hardware. And you won’t need to worry about banging up your summer bangles when they’re stowed in pockets lined with repurposed quilted fabric.
The satchel is $156 at Therapy, Kahala Mall.

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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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