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May 5, 2008

Change Of A Dress

Who says your crazy jam-packed calendar is only Monday through Friday? Last Saturday you squeezed in a surf in the morning, shopped for and showed up at a baby luau in the afternoon, then headed straight out to meet friends for dinner.

Sandy shorts on the couch fit right in with the kids at the afternoon party. But that bikini-top-as-bra at dinner wasn’t your classiest moment. The entire day was a wardrobe malfunction.

Dressing for the occasion – or all three – is a lot simpler with dresses that go with both slippers and strappy sandals from local designer Roberta... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Cool and the Gang 1988. Left, right, left. In walk the popular girls (you’re in front, duh!): sky-high bangs (love the hairspray), Gotcha Pro tees with sleeves rolled up (showoffs), new JimmyZ velcro shorts (score!). The vision of high school cool. Sigh.

Today you can still be in, just by wearing classic designs that fit you, not the era. Start by joining the ranks of Social Propaganda, a Hilo design collective founded by four friends – one is Hawaii native and well-known model Leilani Bishop --  who aim to spread cool throughout remote islands and... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Romancing The Stones They say business and pleasure don’t mix, they muddle.

Who are “they” anyway?

Not one-time accountant turned Big Island jewelry designer Heather Anne Nelson, who has combined her love of numbers with a new love of jewels and in just one year formed a successful business.

Now, instead of hunched over a calculator she can be found tucked away two rows deep in the Kailua-Kona Village Market, under a simple tarp and surrounded by stones. Lots of stones: swirling turquoise and earth-tone Chrysocolla, sky blue Amazonia, www.leichic.comRead more »

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May 4, 2008

Pretty On The Inside

There’s a reason you wear T-shirts with everything – your favorite ones make you feel cozier and more comfortable than anything else in your wardrobe.

But when’s the last time you put on a T-shirt that made you feel good on the inside? 

The cute tops and T’s from new clothing line Maui Thing will.

Launched last August by a collective of graphic artists, every piece in the line carries an uplifting and positive message of peace, health, environmental awareness and local pride. A yellow smiley www.leichic.comRead more »

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May 4, 2008

On The Down Low

Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

Instead of wearing the latest slinky Fighting Eel dress and your new Manolos to the next holiday party, you have a secret dream: The party transforms into a new kind of soiree—one where comfortable is chic, and your warm and cozy college sweats are the hit of the night.

But what if it were possible to look stylish and be comfy underneath it all, with no one the wiser?

Pualani’s new low-rider thong will put you in the spirit, and they guarantee it’s the most comfortable thong you’ll ever wear. Read more »

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May 3, 2008

Bikini Line

The trades are back. The sun’s been out for three days running. And you’re stoked to suit up in your stretched and faded Rox—


You’ve been swimming and paddling and surfing in the same old suit you bought off the sale rack more than a year ago. It’s definitely time to upgrade.

A new collection of Hula-la suits arrives in stores this month with new colors, prints and cuts. The Hawaii-designed swimwear is cut to accommodate active beach activities – but is cute enough to simply lounge by the pool too. Buy tops and Read more »

Posted on Saturday, May 3, 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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