Lei Chic - April 2009

Weekend Picks - April 30, 2009

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events.Art Me Up What: Check out local painting, photography, sculpture, glass and metal artwork at the Third Annual Hawaii Artist Exhibition. Hundreds of local artists entered the juried competition, and 27 were selected…

Fruity Call

Keeping your skin glowing means deploying the forces of nature for the job. Like one of these spa treatments that use all-natural ingredients such as passion fruit, coconut, lemons, blueberries, and papaya. You’ll be buffed, polished, massaged, slathered and wrapped…

Shells and the City

 Sometimes you’re a little bit country (bikini, sundress, rubber slippers). And other times, you’re straight up rock-and-roll (skinny jeans, sexy top, sky-high stilettos). But your limited closet space and even more limited budget insist you invest in accessories that work…

Sponsored Edition: Fit to Win

Every morning it’s the same routine: your closet vs. you. In your corner, a busy schedule and big dinners. In your closet, too-tight tops and pants that barely button. You need to get back into fighting shape. You can’t hide…

Garden of Eatin'

Your idea of gardening is picking fresh peppers and arugula from the stands at the farmers market every weekend. You draw the line at picking mangoes off your neighbor’s tree each summer. Not that you wouldn’t love to have your…

Weekend Picks - April 23, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Itsy Bitsy BikinisWhat: Stock up on swimwear at the Brazillian Show Room’s Sidewalk Sale/Bikini Fashion Show. Snag bikinis and clothing discounted up to 60 percent, enjoy pupu and Brazilian cocktails and check out…

Weekend Picks - April 23, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Itsy Bitsy BikinisWhat: Stock up on swimwear at the Brazillian Show Room’s Sidewalk Sale/Bikini Fashion Show. Snag bikinis and clothing discounted up to 60 percent, enjoy pupu and Brazilian cocktails and check out…

Knit Picks

  You don’t want to sound like a whiner, but yes, the evening temperature drop from 82 to 75 degrees does give you a bit of a chill (too bad if mainland friends don’t have such finely tuned internal thermometers).…

Merci Bamboo

It’s hard enough to make floors out of it. It’s soft enough to make super-fluffy towels. It’s durable enough to make cutting boards or salad bowls, but so ecofriendly you can feel good about throwing away disposable plates and utensils…

Play It Again

The truth is, curbside blue bins make recycling a lot less inconvenient. But you still have some green guilt for throwing away all the stuff that can’t go in them. Here’s where some of those items can get new life.…

Fortune Hunter

  Searching out new territory, tracking your targets, stalking the prey. Yes, shopping can feel a lot like hunting, even if you’re only on the prowl for an everyday handbag. And it’s even harder when fertile grounds like small independent…

Weekend Picks - April 16, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Here Today, Gone to MauiWhat: The Fashionista’s Market makes its Maui debut, with 50 to 80 percent off designer clothes and accessories. Take advantage of the complimentary beauty services, massages and martinis while…

Liquid Assets

  The good news: your tax return is (finally!) signed, sealed, and in the mail. The bad news: there’s no fat IRS refund check coming your way. So just say no to taxation without intoxication, and head to the hands-on…

Luck of the Draw

  Back in high school, your best subjects were daydreaming and doodling – aside from lunch, of course. Sounds like the resume of a Most Unlikely to Succeed ballot winner. But not in the case of local girl Christy Chung,…

You've Got Nail

Lots of good things last just a few days. The post-facial glow. The box of Girl Scout cookies. Your paycheck. And, sadly, your manicure. But pro surfer Emilia Perry is an expert in making short-lived fun – like riding waves…

Weekend Picks - April 9, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.The Reel DealWhat: Today is the last day to check out offerings from the Hawaii International Film Festival's 12th Annual Spring Showcase. We'll be watching: Ghajini, the hugely popular Hindi take on the…

Shell Game

As a kid, decorating Easter eggs brought out your inner Monet-in-training. You wielded the wax crayon and Paas kit like a pro, turning out multi-hued eggs at every dip. So you’d be, um, egg-static to find one of Volcano artist…

Photo Opportunity

A picture can spark a memory from the deepest corner of your mind. Too bad all your photos are stuffed in the deep, dusty corners of your hallway closet. Take the first step toward walking down memory lane by calling…

Word to the Mothers

You consider your weekly dose of Us Weekly and InTouch a great real-life reality check – who doesn’t feel better after reading Worst Bikini Bodies and Stars Without Makeup? But you know those Baby Bump Joy stories –  and their…

A Brief Encounter

  I see London, I see France… It was an embarrassing taunt in the schoolyard. But you’d be just as ashamed if anyone saw the boring beige undies you’re sporting these days. Unless you’re wearing lingerie from local girl Lornnie…

Weekend Picks - April 2, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Real Life RunwaysSo many local fashion shows are happening this weekend, it feels like Honolulu Fashion Week. Check out the latest looks at these shows:What: A fashion show of spring looks from local…

Concealed Carry

Somewhere between Junior’s 3 a.m. feeding and changing your shirt after the fourth spit-up incident of the day, your plans to hit the gym went bye-bye. Who wants to be seen in public with a six-month belly, six weeks postpartum,…