Lei Chic - March 2009

Project Runway

  When fashion designers unveil their collections in New York or Paris, it’s a weeklong affair of parties, celebrities and paparazzi − just to see a lot of clothes no one can wear in real life anyway. But when Hawai‘i-based…

Out To Lunch

  A sure sign of spring: new lunch spots popping up all over the place. Time to try something fresh at one of these three new places. Mix Café A new downtown location of the popular but tiny Chinatown eatery…

Weekend Picks - March 26, 2009

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events.Pop Art PartyWhat: Make an Andy Warhol inspired photo of yourself at Art After Dark at the Honolulu Academy of Art. Pop into the photo booth hosted by Apple, and they'll email you…

Construction Zone

  You’ve read too many magazine articles to count about changing up your look without shopping – you know, the ones that tell you “it’s all about accessorizing” or how to create new looks just by “shopping your closet.” But…

Deal With It

So, here’s the deal: you’re not really shopping much these days, unless you find a serious bargain. Before you head out into the shopping wilds, though, check out these sites for discounts at local stores and restaurants. Find printable coupons…

Face Time

You’ve tried at-home facials. You spent $90 on beauty counter products and several hours carefully timing the scrub, mask and rinse steps. It saved you money, but cost you results. To really bring the spa experience home, call Tracy Puliti,…

Challah Back, Girl

  You’ve been brown bagging your lunch to save dough, but your homemade sandwiches aren’t exactly upper crust. Head to This Is It Bakery and Deli on Cooke Street to try the fresh-baked challah bread (pronounced holla), which is only…

Weekend Picks - March 19, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Surf, Sand and SaltWhat: Trunk show/fashion show of the summer collection from Salt Swimwear, the celeb-favorite, LA-based line. Meet designer Layla Pakzad and get discounts and early order privileges, plus cocktails and pupus.…

Lunch Break

  You just got the memo. Friday lunch meeting. Conference room. On the agenda: budget forecasts, project updates, and soggy sandwiches from the downstairs deli. Sounds like an opportunity to exceed the boss’s expectations. Call Isle Concierge and have them…

Dressed to Chill

It was love at first sight: cute, easygoing, fun during the day, and dressed up well for nights out too. Yep, that silk dress was your BFF for a solid few weeks. Until you got hit with the dry cleaning…

Smooth Operator

You’ve tried it all: shaving, Nair-ing, even super-pricey laser treatments. And you’re still faced with a hairy situation every few weeks. Try calling Leah Nacion, owner of The Waxing Company, which opens tomorrow. Whether you want a plain old regulation…

Weekend Picks - March 12, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Wine and DineWhat: Taste hundreds of wines from around the world and nibble on pupus from Vino, Sansei, Ruth's Chris and Hukilau Cafe at Executive Vineyards, a fundraiser for the Shidler College of…

Grin And Beer It

There’s a big brew-ha-ha tonight. Haven’t heard? It’s the weekly House of Brews beer tasting that happens at Bar 35 every Wednesday at 6 p.m. You’ll taste eight beers, and get expert insight from beer guru Andy Baker, who runs…

Lighten Up

You still swear you saw John Mayer in the club last year. Too bad you spent a mini-eternity fumbling for your phone in your dark, messy purse and missed the chance to get photographic evidence. And, yes, you’re still mad…

Motion Pictures

Surfing the North Shore when the waves get overhead is a real rush – so you’ve heard. Getting barreled at Pipeline is, for you, just a pipe dream. Which is what makes the photos taken by North Shore photographer Clark…

Bite On The Money

 Wines for $4, cocktails for $5 – after work drink prices always make you smile. But ponying up $15 for a plate of soggy crab cakes at the bar makes the hour a lot less happy. Point taken. Try one…

Weekend Picks - March 5, 2009

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.Rock Solid DealsWhat: The monthly shopping party Rock Shop comes back as a First Friday happy hour with all local vendors, an area to swap and trade with others, and Ginger Mango Rumtinis…

Bread Winner

Your diet resolution for counting carbs barely lasted a month − and practically made you a bread case when it comes to baked goods. So you’ll want to be first in line at the new Fendu Boulangerie, opening today in…

Garden Variety

How does your garden grow? Wilted, brown and dying? Maybe it’s time to turn over a new leaf when it comes to houseplants. The Living Vase from local outdoor-décor designers 1st Look Exteriors will help. Filled with locally grown foliage,…

Best Case Scenario

It’s back to the Monday grind this morning – but after a long weekend of working overtime to finish projects on deadline, it might as well be a Wednesday. Avoiding the pinkslip party (one soiree you’d rather not be invited…