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April 27, 2009

Garden of Eatin'

Your idea of gardening is picking fresh peppers and arugula from the stands at the farmers market every weekend. You draw the line at picking mangoes off your neighbor’s tree each summer.

Not that you wouldn’t love to have your own mini-crop of tomatoes and herbs. But you’re short on yard space and know-how.

It’s time to order a little bloom service. Call Foodscapes Hawai‘i and ask for the “Gardener-in-Chief” Fran Butera, who can create a custom kitchen garden for you, filled with any combination of vegetables, herbs, spices, and edible flowers... Read more »

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April 23, 2009

Weekend Picks - April 23, 2009
Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

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April 23, 2009

Weekend Picks - April 23, 2009
Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

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April 22, 2009

Knit Picks 

You don’t want to sound like a whiner, but yes, the evening temperature drop from 82 to 75 degrees does give you a bit of a chill (too bad if mainland friends don’t have such finely tuned internal thermometers).

And lately, finding the perfect outerwear has you sputtering. Pashminas have been out for a few seasons now, and the ratty old hoodie you’ve been dragging around is ready to retire.

What you need is a cute cardi or tunic from the Stacia Eco Knit collection. The T-shirt weight sweaters... Read more »

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April 21, 2009

Merci Bamboo

It’s hard enough to make floors out of it. It’s soft enough to make super-fluffy towels. It’s durable enough to make cutting boards or salad bowls, but so ecofriendly you can feel good about throwing away disposable plates and utensils made from it.

You can even eat it as a vegetable in stir-frys.

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April 20, 2009

Play It Again

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The truth is, curbside blue bins make recycling a lot less inconvenient. But you still have some green guilt for throwing away all the stuff that can’t go in them. Here’s where some of those items can get new life.

Cell Phones
You love your new iPhone, but all those goodbye Motos are mounting up in a desk drawer. Take them all, chargers and other accessories included, to any Verizon Wireless store. Instead of ending up in a landfill, they could end up in the hands of someone who truly needs a lifeline through the company’s... Read more »

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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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