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January 13, 2009

Consign Of The Times 

You’ve been shopping the post-holiday sales and clearing room in your closet for all the new booty. So what to do with all those clothes you only wore twice and probably won’t put on again?

Don’t just give it all away. Get cash or trade for some new threads at these consignment boutiques around the island.

Nini’s Boutique Exchange
Just two months old, Nini’s has assembled walls full of nearly new tops and dresses from J.Crew, Banana Republic, BCBG Max... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 12, 2009

Blast From The Past 

Say “vintage shopping” and you get visions of dank, musty old stores full of yesteryear’s castoffs − where finding anything good takes hours of digging.

That couldn’t be farther from the scene at the new Cloth boutique, which just opened Saturday.

Owner Micah Iaukea has done all the heavy sorting already, hunting down classic and funky dresses, tops and housewares to fill the shelves in her sleek charcoal and white space. She knows all the best estate sales, thrift stores and other... Read more »

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 9, 2009

Crepe Expectations

Perfectly thin, cool European style, and a sweet disposition – sounds like one you’d love to hate.

But it’s hard not to fall for the creations at Crepes No Ka Oi, the new creperie and café in Kailua.

Owners Chris and Rosario Tarvyd finally opened the cafe after their crepe stand became a runaway hit at fairs and festivals around the island. The duo, whose first date was... Read more »

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 8, 2009

Weekend Picks - January 8, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

The King of All Meals
What: A menu of Elvis’s favorite foods, accompanied by Elvis tunes and movies, all in honor of what would have been the King’s 74th birthday. Chow down on a fried banana, bacon and peanut butter sandwich, meatloaf and grits, and sweet potato pie.
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: MAC 24-7 at the Hilton Waikiki/Prince Kuhio, 2500 Kuhio Avenue, Waikiki
Details: Call... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 7, 2009

Chef Tells

Resolved to save money by eating in more often? Or to eat healthy in 2009? Do both with this recipe from Chai Chaowasaree, from his new “Island Bistro Cookbook.”

Lettuce Wraps with Stir-Fried Ground Beef
Serves 4

2  T. vegetable oil
1 T. shallot, chopped
1 T. garlic, chopped
1 T. ginger, chopped
1 ½ lbs. ground beef or ground chiken
1  c. fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1  c. onions, sliced
1 T. sesame seed oil
2 ½... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Permalink | Comments ()

January 6, 2009

Brews Worthy

The buzz is building for January 20 - the inauguration of a smooth character from Hawai‘i whose heritage also includes Indonesia and Kenya.

But the above-average joe we’re talking about is actually a new coffee, blended as a tribute to the new president.

 Kona Joe Coffee on the Big Island created the Barack O Blend with beans grown in Hawai‘i, Sumatra, and Kenya.

It... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 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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