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August 14, 2008

Weekend Picks - August 14, 2008

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

Bourbon on Beretania
The Honolulu Art Academy is transformed into New Orleans with Cajun food, jazz music and decorative Spanish moss for Showcase 2008, the fundraiser benefitting the Academy's youth education programs. The restaurant lineup includes Buzz's Steakhouse, 12th Avenue Grill, and a rare appearance by Cajun chef Kevin Tate , formerly of Kevin's Two Boots, Heaven on Earth Spa Cafe and now a KCC... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 13, 2008

The Constant Traveler

The best thing about traveling to the mainland? (Hint: It’s not smog or weather). It’s the shopping. A six-hour plane ride has never been too far to go for a hot new look, until the economic climate became as cold as a San Francisco summer.

Put away that Need Clothes, Will Travel sign and let wandering fashionista Jessica O’Neill shop for you. Every month she scours the L.A. fashion district for clothes and Manhattan for jewelry and handbags, then brings her goods back to Honolulu for sale.

At Jessica’s Traveling Boutique you can scout new styles by designers like Collective... Read more »

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August 12, 2008

Waste Not, Want Not

www.leichic.comYou never judge books by their covers (well, maybe fashion magazines). And never a person by their shoes (except a man you might date). But one place appearances always matter is gifts, and your well-intentioned, recycled magazine wrapping paper just isn’t cutting it anymore.

So stock up on a suite of Waste Not Paper note cards, wrapping paper and gift bags. Adorned with clean yet vibrant prints and patterns, including letterpress designs, they’re also crafted with the environment in mind, minimizing unnecessary waste and cost. Their printers recycle ink-waste, the paper mills are... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 11, 2008

For Goodness Sake

Behind every good man is a great woman. And behind every great woman is a big secret.

Take flawless, doll-like geisha. Sure, they had many tricks up their sleeves, but it wasn’t until a savvy soul discovered that old-time Japanese sake makers had baby-soft, young-looking skin on their hands and arms that geisha began bathing in sake to keep their own skin silky smooth and lily-white.

Now you can add a little geisha beauty to your life (after all, you’ve already got the book and Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 8, 2008

It's Reigning Deals

Your personal fairy tale:  forget the pumpkin – and the ball. You’re on a worldwide shopping spree buying up the latest runway looks from every top designer. And then you do it again every season.

It’s no fairy tale for sisters Azzura and Yanna Alliata, Italian princesses who live part of the year in Hawai‘i. Their closets are brimming with designer duds from vacations and shopping trips all over the globe.

This summer they started selling off some of the pieces they no longer wore, and offered some of the proceeds to charity. Their periodic sales proved... Read more »

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

August 7, 2008

Weekend Picks - August 7, 2008


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

In Good Taste
Bring your own bottle to Vino’s Beaujolais tasting, and learn how to appreciate this especially food-friendly wine. Your bottle choice has to be minimum $20 and wrapped or bagged... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2008 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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