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May 13, 2008

Pretty Cheap

www.leichic.comLittle by little, your mean case of mainland envy is disappearing (along with excuses to fly to LA and shop). Nordstrom, Design Within Reach, and J. Crew are already open, with True Religion, Target and Victoria’s Secret on the way.

Here’s one more reason to ditch your green-eyed monster – Steve and Barry’s just-opened Waikele location. Long known for casual men’s clothes, today they’re celebrated for... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 9, 2008

Something Borrowed, Something New

www.leichic.comThese days, everything old is becoming fashionably new again (but not the Bedazzler, no matter what anyone says).

Just ask Deb Mascia of Mu‘umu‘u Heaven, who brought tutu’s mu‘umu‘us into the 21st century by sewing them into stylish tops, dresses and skirts. But vintage isn’t just for clothes anymore – Mascia recently launched a home furnishings line in collaboration with surf photographer Clark Little and retailer Pacific Home.

The first piece in the Heavenly Home collection is a reclaimed and refurbished sofa... Read more »

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 8, 2008

Weekend Picks - May 8, 2008

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

Mom’s The Word
What: You still haven’t found a worthy Mother’s Day offering for mom, have you? Better get on it.
When: The next two days
Details: Some last minute suggestions from our file of favorites: Locally made, all-natural soaps, a year’s supply of coffee, Read more »

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 7, 2008

Put Your Kanu Where Your Mouth Is

www.leichic.comLadies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to witness the signing up of Lei Chic to the Kanu Hawai‘i community.

This ceremony will cement an island-style, online social networking relationship centered on creating a more tolerant and sustainable vision of Hawai‘i, committing to 100 percent doable personal change, and then leading by example.

Lei Chic, will you commit to at least one challenging personal commitment, such as recycling as much as possible, driving at a respectable distance behind the car in front of you, using a reusable mug instead of paper cups and a... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 6, 2008

Easy As 1, 2, Lychee

www.leichic.comYour name isn’t Mister Sun Cho Lee, but it is May, which means you’re about to get plenty…lychee. When you get plenty lychee, why not give to me?

From May through September (give or take) share the fruits of the season with your friends, and we’re not talking just dropping bags off at the door. Make a batch of these divine lychee martinis—the best we’ve tasted—because now the recipe is yours, (unless you’re under 21—then we no give to you).

The All Lychee Martini
Serves One

- 1 ½ shots of... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 in Permalink | Comments ()

May 5, 2008

Gifted Kids

No more boring stuffed animals or fad-toy-of-the-year for the kids on your list. Try these four ideas for something a little more special.

For the Clothes Horse…
Whether your keiki is a shy ‘opihi, a rambunctious pele kane, or your dearest pu‘uwai, Big Island clothier Keiki Kruisers has Hawai‘i-inspired, bright-colored animal onesies, rompers and tees to make them stand out, even as they roam free. Online at

For the... Read more »

Posted on Monday, May 5, 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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