Monday, October 6, 2008

The Look For Less

Last week’s big financial bill might save the economy, but it won’t rescue your fashion budget. So in order to fill up your tank and your closet you’re going to have to look for creative ways to save.

Good thing Buddha Boutique just opened Saturday in the heart of Lihue, where co-owner Chantel Hammond offers a price range for every recession-nista. The shop is stocked with bargains from $14 to $25, as well as name brands and plenty of Hawai‘i designers like Roberta Oaks, Fighting Eel, and Indah. She’s also brought in handmade one-of-a-kind designs like those by Machine Machine and Akane.

And to rescue Kaua‘i girls from a limited island selection of mostly cheap or overpriced accessories, there are plenty of trendy, high-quality handbags tagged at a mere $30 to $60, and a wealth of jewelry, belts, and sunglasses all in one convenient location at a cost that won’t put your balance to the red.

Which means you can still keep up with fashion, but at sustainable prices.

Talk about a bailout.

Buddha Boutique , 2973 Umi Street, Lihue, Kaua‘i; 808.245.3838. Grand opening celebration on October 18.

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 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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