Lei Chic - May 2008

Lover and a Fighter

Parents want the best for you, so they nag that your clothes should be respectable like so-and-so’s, your job secure like such-and-such’s, and your boyfriend, well…someone else. Novelist Mingmei Yip rose to her parents’ challenges, graduating from the Sorbonne, studying…

Weekend Picks - May 29, 2008

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.State of Bliss What: Hawai‘i native Bliss Lau returns home to host a trunk show of her upcoming fall collection of leather handbags and belts. Trunk show shoppers get 10 percent off, or…

Sponsored Edition: Cook Up A Party

It’s an unshakeable party truth: no matter how many tables and chairs you put on the lanai – or even if you put the entire bar out there – everyone always ends up back in the kitchen. Take the hint.…

Mochi in the City

Every time Auntie returns from Hilo , you salivate waiting for her Two Ladies Kitchen omiyage – soft, chewy mochi wrapped around a tart strawberry dipped in smoky azuki bean paste. But now that higher inter-island fares have her sticking…

Name Dropping

Remember the necklace Carrie thought she lost when she was in Paris with the Russian? It wasn’t really about jewelry, you know – it was symbolic of her lost identity after moving to France just for him. Once she discovered…

Beauty and the Beach

Three-day weekend! Don’t wind up beached without these sand and surf essentials. Level Head You can’t padlock your beach tote to keep your keys, cellphone and iPod safe when you’re in the water. But the Podillow beach pillow lets you…

Weekend Picks - May 22, 2008

 Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events. TONIGHTShe’s Gotta Have ItWhat: The first monthly Gotta Have It sale at Alliway in Ward Warehouse, every last Thursday of the month. Free pupus and drinks, plus discounts on just about everything…

Jewel Intentions

Jewelry can be a lot like jeans, or slippers: you wear your favorites nearly every day, with everything. You can’t help it. Your Noelani necklace goes perfectly with both T-shirts and dresses, and you find few occasions when those silver…

Near Bliss

There was that one day you tried to have it all. But calling in “sick” to work, the sunrise-to-sunset beach session, and eating everything on the dessert tray only resulted in a reprimand, a mean sunburn, and extra thigh weight,…

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Waiting to Ex-kale

Queen of the Castle (that’s you), meet King of Vegetables. Kale, a satisfying earthy-tasting cabbage, is packed with antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin K, C, and lutein. It’s in season practically year-round, and Waianae’s Ma‘o Farms grows a handful of organic varieties…

Full Steam Ahead

Day three of no trades and lingering vog, and you’re so over that sticky, sweaty feeling.  Make the best of the situation and head to the brand new Spa Pure at the chic, marine-themed Wyland Waikiki hotel for their Ganban…

Things That Make You Go Woof

He’s been at your side all winter long, so it’s time to reward your furry friend with one of these chic treats. Dog Days of Summer Fun Enroll Russell-the-Ridgeback in animal trainer Tammy Goodreau’s day camp, where he’ll get to…

Get The Picture

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then to see lovely things everywhere all you need to do is fine-tune your perspective.  So try viewing life through the lens of Kenn Briner, a Maui photographer who challenges viewers…

Constant Saving

Between your luxury retail connection, the bartender who’s taken a shine to you, and that barista who super-sizes your coffee for free, it’s easy to live the mantra never pay retail – on land, anyway. But spending hours online checking…

Weekend Picks - May 15, 2008

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events. Hope FloatsWhat: Leading up to the Memorial Day Lantern Floating ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu Hale hosts an exhibit of 25 lantern floating photos taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer…

Hit the Sack

You’re not psychic, but something tells you one day there’ll be no more plastic grocery bags -- that prospect has already come true in San Francisco, and Maui and Honolulu county councils are considering a similar bag ban. But whenever…

Frame of Reference

Like the earrings you bought for your first job interview, or the bracelet you splurged on during your last vacation, nearly every piece in your jewelry collection is tagged with a special memory. The new Gallery jewelry line from Kailua…

Pretty Cheap

Little by little, your mean case of mainland envy is disappearing (along with excuses to fly to LA and shop). Nordstrom, Design Within Reach, and J. Crew are already open, with True Religion, Target and Victoria’s Secret on the way.…

Something Borrowed, Something New

These days, everything old is becoming fashionably new again (but not the Bedazzler, no matter what anyone says). Just ask Deb Mascia of Mu‘umu‘u Heaven, who brought tutu’s mu‘umu‘us into the 21st century by sewing them into stylish tops, dresses…

Weekend Picks - May 8, 2008

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events. Mom’s The WordWhat: You still haven’t found a worthy Mother’s Day offering for mom, have you? Better get on it.When: The next two daysDetails: Some last minute suggestions from our file of…

Put Your Kanu Where Your Mouth Is

Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to witness the signing up of Lei Chic to the Kanu Hawai‘i community. This ceremony will cement an island-style, online social networking relationship centered on creating a more tolerant and sustainable vision…

Easy As 1, 2, Lychee

Your name isn’t Mister Sun Cho Lee, but it is May, which means you’re about to get plenty…lychee. When you get plenty lychee, why not give to me? From May through September (give or take) share the fruits of the…