May 2013

May 31, 2013

State of Sundress

Roberta Oaks releases fun, flirty summer dresses

Roberta Oaks summer dresses

Dear Mrs. Draper,

We love your fashionable take on beachwear. That mini dress and floppy hat? Gorge.... Read more »

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May 30, 2013

Weekend Picks - May 30, 2013

Six reasons to do something this weekend

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May Days
Hawaiian May!, a new annual event targeting Japanese tourism and fashion, makes its debut this weekend. Paris Hilton and several Japanese models are scheduled to appear. Tonight's kick-off, a food summit on the edge of Waikiki, is free and open to the public and features more than 20 local food trucks, live music, and a fashion panel. Plus, check out Hawaii Fashion Incubator's pop-up shop featuring 14 local designers and interactive DIYs, like a... Read more »

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May 29, 2013

Domestic Bliss

Stand Up Eight relaunches as local, handcrafted furniture store

Stand Up Eight


Wanted: Style-savvy homeowners and renters willing to forego big box stores and give unique, carefully curated furniture and accessories with backstories a good home.

... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 28, 2013

A Fresh Perspective

Skincare secrets from Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman

Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman in Hawaii

We were carefree once. Then we learned the cold, hard truth: being a natural beauty does not come naturally. So, when Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman flew in to headline Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Show this weekend, we jumped at the chance to interview him... Read more »

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May 25, 2013

Weekend Picks - Saturday, May 25, 2013

Late adds to Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events

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Twinkle Shows
Watch London's Royal Ballet reimagine Lewis Carroll's whimsical characters through dance, music, and stunning theatrical effects in a screening of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the latest film in Doris Duke Theatre's Ballet in Cinema series.
When: Tomorrow at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Where: Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St.
Details: $25 general admission, $20 museum members.... Read more »

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May 24, 2013

That's Mar Like It

Exclusive first look: Issa de' mar's new swimsuit cover-ups

Issa de' mar

How to make your Memorial Day super memorable: start the party at midnight.

That's when local swim line Issa de' mar kicks off its debut fashion show with a full lineup of stylish bikinis, cover-ups and dresses (the latter two are so new, they rolled off the plane and straight to our ocean-side photoshoot to be snapped for the first time ever).

Consider this a sampling of what you'll see at zero hour: flirty shrugs, dramatic... Read more »

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May 23, 2013

Weekend Picks - May 23, 2013

Six reasons to do something this weekend

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Kid Loves
Celebrate the launch of Little Gillia, Gillia's new keiki collection (we previewed it here), with a fashion show, matching mommy-and-me giveaways, a live DJ, champagne and desserts by Sweet... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 22, 2013

Title Waves

Local bookstores pick their top summer reads

Fun Summer Reading Picks

Much like your wardrobe, your bookshelf needs updating (Fifty Shades of Gray was so last season). Don't worry, we've got you covered with top summer picks from our favorite local bookstores. Get ready for some serious page burners.... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 21, 2013

Have a Kao

Kao Pao Shu bags arrive at Riches Kahala

Kao Pao Shu bags

Mom is (almost) always right. You just don't always listen.

Eat your vegetables. Stop picking or it won't heal. Wear your seatbelt. Actually, following that last one is easy thanks to Kao Pao Shu's unique, handmade bags just into Riches Kahala.

Technically, these beauties aren't made of actual seatbelts, though their linings - rows of thick, black nylon webbing - look just as tough. Helmed by Sarajevo-born, Santa Monica-based... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 20, 2013

Just Say Noe

Pre-order NOE Undergarments' debut lingerie collection

Noe Undergarments
Photos courtesy: NOE Undergarments

Did you see Jennifer Morrison reveal nearly everything at last night's Billboard Music Awards? Whether you loved or hated her "dress," you... Read more »

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


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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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