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May 5, 2008

Down to Earth

10 ways to green-up your life on Earth Day (and every day) – the day we remember we’re not the only ones living on an island – our planet is one, too.

1 – Bottled Water Be Gone
700 years. That’s a plastic water bottle’s landfill life. Add the energy used to ship it to our islands – home to some of the world’s best tasting, cleanest, non-fluoridated tap water – and it’s a no-brainer to switch to Sigg Reusable Water bottles, made from sturdy aluminum with a non-leaching plastic liner (unlike No. 7 Nalgenes), in 144... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Lei it on Thick

www.leichic.comWhat? Forgot it was May Day tomorrow? No more flowers at your house? Neighbors raided your plumeria trees? Oh, but need to make lei still yet?

Search around your yard (or your neighbor’s – but be better and ask first) for these unusual, oldie-but-goodie lei making materials. Then grab your needle and get to work.

Hair Will Do
No, not your hair, but Pele’s hair, also called hinahina or Spanish moss. Be sure to leave some where it hangs, and take enough to braid or double twist, and knot together.

French Braid
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May 5, 2008

Green Move-ment

It’s not quite New Year’s, but you’re already working on a 2008 green resolution. Plastic grocery bags have been replaced by reusable ones, gifts are wrapped in magazine paper, and that gas-guzzling SUV? Now it’s a hybrid, baby.

You thought you were ahead until you found out you had to move.

But just one phone call and soon full-service, licensed and insured Malama Moving Company arrives to pack up your “keeps” in free recycled boxes, and whisks them away in a biodiesel-powered truck.

They deliver your “donate” pile to Honolulu’s The Green House, where... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Girl Friday

You survived the holiday rush – barely. The midnight run to the self-ship machine at the post office, furious online shopping between meetings, and the Christmas morning pit-stop at Safeway made you resolve to be more organized in 2008.

Step one: outsource some of those chores and errands to Windward Go Girls, a new personal assistant service run by sisters Maria Sedillo and Nita Sasser.

Call them for help with any kind of errand or concierge-type task, from grocery shopping to hitting the bank and post office to giving you a ride to and from the airport. They’ll even pick up or deliver... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Booked Up

Your thighs aren’t the only thing that’s gotten jiggly lately. That diet of gossip blogs and fashion magazines – with the occasional romance novel – has your mind turning to mush, too.

Isn’t it time you traded in the trashy tabloids for more grown-up reading material? Spice up your life between the covers with a little help from these two bookish sites.

Like a Netflix for books, Paperspine lets you create a list of books you want to read, and prioritize them in the order you want them shipped. Your books are mailed to you... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Face Facts

Your makeup drawer is filled with products you use only once a year -- body glitter’s turn was last week’s New Year’s Eve party -- and others you’ll probably never use again. There’s the concealer that doesn’t match your tan, leftover lipstick from that unfortunate grunge phase, and shades of eyeshadow you’d dare don only for an 80s party.  It’s a special episode of What Not to Wear waiting to happen.

Maybe it’s time to break up with some of that makeup.

Kailua ’s Wendy Robin, a former Hollywood makeup artist who’s done... Read more »

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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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