In case you missed it, here are some of the top Lei Chic stories we published this month

Best of Lei Chic: April 2014

Our new editor

After freelancing for HONOLULU for more than a year, Natalie Schack came onboard as the editor of Lei Chic this month—and we couldn't be happier. We love her fresh sense of style and cute, retro finds, including kimonos, mini notebooks and a bike basket. She also let us spy inside her purse. Sign up for the Lei Chic newsletter at to get her quippy stories sent to your inbox daily.

New stationery shop opens

We've been obsessed with Miemiko Atelier since we featured the local stationery company in our 2010 Best of Honolulu issue. Now, we're thrilled to see owner Cari Nakanishi set up shop permanently in Ward Centre. Stop by any day of the week to find specially chosen pens, adorable pouches and, of course, letterpress designs.

Sealove Hawaii's vantique

It's a van and a boutique, all rolled into one! Owner Cortney Thomas stocks everything from local swimwear line Paradiso Hawaii to Australian apparel company Three of Something, as well as beach quilts, hair accessories and jewelry, and roams the island's beaches looking for shoppers. Forget what they said about getting into vans with strangers—the candy in this one is too good to pass up. The Sealove vantique can also be booked for private functions.

The Hive co-working space

The former Maya Bella boutique transformed into a members-only co-working space, called The Hive, for cross-industry idea pollination in Kailua. But fans of Maya Bella aren't losing out—the boutique is now a "roaming runway" with pop-up events, the next of which takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on May 31.