Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Small Talk
Big isn’t always better. Not when it comes to jeans or bar tabs, and certainly not when it comes to swimwear.

Turns out, an itsy-bitsy boutique is just the place to buy that teeny-weeny bikini. So head over to the cozy little Hula-La shop at the Royal Hawaiian hotel that the Kailua-based swimwear label opened just last week.

It stocks all of designer Erika Ireland’s bikinis -- including the styles worn by Britney Spears and seen in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. Pick out a cover up to go with your frilly pink floral suit or graphic Asian-inspired print – there are tunics, boy shorts and beach pants in Hula-la’s signature crochet fabric. Pull it all together in the cute little corner fitting room – dressed up to look like a perfect pink-and-white beach cabana.

It’s everything you need for the beach or pool, all in a space the size of a large bedroom.

We always knew good things came in small packages.

Hula-la boutique, inside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 808.931.7097, open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the whole collection online at

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 in Permalink

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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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