May 2012

May 8, 2012

Interior Motive

Lei ChicIt's late. You're sprawled in front of the TV, channel surfing until something on HGTV catches your eye. Four designers raid a candy store, then transform bare white rooms into dreamy works of confection.


If only you could get one of those designers to salvage your slightly-less-cool cell block white room with Wal-Mart picnic table and floral couch your Mom no longer wanted.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 7, 2012

Mom's the Word

She spent nine months ballooning to epic proportions, with an achy back and swollen feet. Then came painful hours in the hospital room, juggling contractions and a hyperventilating husband. After that, she served years of hard labor as a cook, maid, chauffeur, doctor and bank teller.

Your job? Not so hard in comparison. Just get her a Mother's Day gift that shows you owe her. Big time. Here are 11 ideas to help you get started.


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Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 5, 2012

Weekend Picks - Saturday, May 5, 2012

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Double the Pleasure
First Friday may be over, but the fun continues with two different trunk shows in East Oahu. First, stop by Riches, Kahala Mall for Jana Lam's newest hand-screened bags. Then head over to Drift Boutique for Read more »

Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 4, 2012

Short Sell

Lei Chic Wearing Roxy was fine, until you got a job. After that, being mistaken for a high school student got old fast.

You're tired of taking all your clothes to the tailor. Or scouring the racks just to realize all the extra-smalls and smalls already sold out. Not like you were crazy about those "old lady" clothes anyway.

Lynn Sakutori knows exactly how you feel. Satori, her line of expertly-fitted silk dresses and work-ready separates, quickly became a local favorite when... Read more »

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 4, 2012

Sponsored Edition: The Gift of Fab

Lei ChicScrambled eggs and burnt toast. A ceramic mug. Flowers picked fresh from her garden. A hug.

You love your Mom. But when it comes to celebrating her special day, your track record isn't the greatest.

Make 2012 the year you actually get it right with a fabulous gift from Royal Hawaiian Center.

You'll have Mother's Day in the bag when you surprise her with Furla's new Candy bag. This line of satchels comes in a rainbow of fun colors - pops of neon yellow and tangerine will brighten her day, while... Read more »

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 3, 2012

Weekend Picks - May 3, 2012

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To the Maxx
You've seen the commercials. Now, T.J.Maxx's first Hawaii location is finally open. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the 35,000-square foot store (that is, if you're not already there).

1. As soon as you enter, turn right and hit up the special "Runway" department, exclusive to the Ward store. We're not allowed to mention designer names, but let's just say we spotted a pair of red soled shoes among the many high-end items. Don't forget to look across... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 2, 2012

Sew Sweet

Lei Chic You're up to speed with the latest style trends. But when it comes to tech gadgets, you avoid the fast lane.

You're a firm believer that your cell phone should be used to actually call people. And Four Square was a game you played at recess when you were six.

So when you finally broke down and got an iPad, well, you felt part of your soul die. Just a little.

Soften the blow with One Shabby Chick's iPad covers. Amber Carrillo layers a typewriter applique over whimsical, patterned fabrics, then lines the edges with black thread. The... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 1, 2012

Most Wanted - April 2012

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Thirty days hath September, April, June and -- uh-oh.

We know there is no April 31st. But unlike sands through the hourglass, we accidentally miscounted the days of our lives.

So here's our Most Wanted list for April, delivered to you at the top of May. We're a day late and, after going through our picks, a few dollars short.

But when it comes to great style, we don't mind being fashionably late.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 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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