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July 3, 2008

Weekend Picks - July 3, 2008

www.leichic.comLei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Explosive Deals
There’s a sale just about everywhere you look this weekend.
Fighting Eel has 20 percent off everything at their Chinatown store.
Pacific Home has 10 percent off the whole store and some pieces are down to $99.
The Butik has 15 percent off the whole store.Read more »

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

July 2, 2008

Squeaky Green

You scrub. And mop. And spray, wipe and swiff to keep your place sparkling. But many of the detergents that keep your house clean can dirty the environment with toxic chemicals and pollutants. 

Leave it to a Hawai‘i company to find a way to make cleaning products, well, cleaner.

Hawaiian Soap Factory products, made right here on O‘ahu, are non-toxic, biodegradable and contain no marine pollutants. But they're also industrial-strength - many of Hawai‘i’s hotels, restaurants and other businesses use them every day.

The company has been making commercial-grade soaps and... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

July 1, 2008

If It Floats Your Tote

You’ve felt the guilt pangs before – like when you drop a hondo on a new bag and wonder if maybe there are more worthwhile causes than your arm candy addiction.

The new line of SooZou bags by local designer Pia Kuhlemann will take the wind out of your buyer’s remorse – they’re as socially conscious as they are chic. The rope-handled, nautical-styled totes are made from reused sails, and are hand-sewn by Kalihi Valley Housing Project residents. Kuhlemann bought sewing machines, set up a workspace and hired the seamstresses through a women’s development... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 30, 2008

Going Native

From teasing monkeys at the zoo to trying to touch the whale at the Bishop Museum, field trips were great because they were a trip – the education part you merely tolerated.

Today though, doing something cool and actually learning something new is the fun part. So next vacation, take visiting family or friends on one of Warren Costa’s personalized Big Island tours. But don’t think “tour,” which is the type of experience Costa works hard to set his company apart from.

Instead think a fun, off-the-beaten-path excursion with just you, yours, and Hilo-native... Read more »

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 27, 2008

Apothetique Now


Beauty Math 101:

One $150 haircut (blowdry costs extra)


a spa pedicure (foot scrub for an additional fee)


50-minute facial (12 minutes spent alone waiting for the mask to soak in)


150355012.66666 moments of disappointment from not getting what you... Read more »

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

June 26, 2008

Weekend Picks - June 26, 2008

www.leichic.comLei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Jean Therapy

What: Last minute Fashionista’s Market clearance on all premium denim, and cheap cocktails - $3 mimosas all afternoon. Shop for jeans from Frankie B., True Religion and other brands, and take an additional 10 percent off your entire purchase. Plus, get a sneak peek at the new items to be offered at the upcoming July 20 sale (no buying, just looking!). Spend $200 to get one-hour-early VIP admission to the next sale for first dibs on everything the Fashionistas just scored on... Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 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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