Lei Chic - May 2008

Gifted Kids

No more boring stuffed animals or fad-toy-of-the-year for the kids on your list. Try these four ideas for something a little more special. For the Clothes Horse… Whether your keiki is a shy ‘opihi, a rambunctious pele kane, or your…

Give It Away Now

Need a reason to donate? Try three: ▪ You’re place is so cluttered it looks like a landfill. ▪ You peeked, and there’s no room to put your new Christmas gifts. ▪ Green is the new black, but giving the…

Valentine Tips

It’s Valentines Day. Are you: a. Bursting with anticipation for the romantic evening you’ve spent weeks planning? b. Having a panic attack because you put off doing anything until today? c. Moping because you have no plans at all? Before…

Tropical Aisle

Planning your dream wedding? Making it perfect can become a nightmare of details. For your altar ego, a few tips: Planning Make your plans for the big day with un-bridaled creativity. Start by hitting up this weekend’s Wedding Expo at…

Down to Earth

10 ways to green-up your life on Earth Day (and every day) – the day we remember we’re not the only ones living on an island – our planet is one, too. 1 – Bottled Water Be Gone 700 years.…

Lei It On Thick

What? Forgot it was May Day tomorrow? No more flowers at your house? Neighbors raided your plumeria trees? Oh, but need to make lei still yet?

Green Move-ment

It’s not quite New Year’s, but you’re already working on a 2008 green resolution. Plastic grocery bags have been replaced by reusable ones, gifts are wrapped in magazine paper, and that gas-guzzling SUV? Now it’s a hybrid, baby. You thought…

Girl Friday

You survived the holiday rush – barely. The midnight run to the self-ship machine at the post office, furious online shopping between meetings, and the Christmas morning pit-stop at Safeway made you resolve to be more organized in 2008. Step…

Booked Up

Your thighs aren’t the only thing that’s gotten jiggly lately. That diet of gossip blogs and fashion magazines – with the occasional romance novel – has your mind turning to mush, too. Isn’t it time you traded in the trashy…

Face Facts

Your makeup drawer is filled with products you use only once a year -- body glitter’s turn was last week’s New Year’s Eve party -- and others you’ll probably never use again. There’s the concealer that doesn’t match your tan,…

Almost Famous

Some quick experiences are indisputably unsatisfying (just think about it), but most events that last just a few minutes are undeniably good—like short commutes or five-minute ab workouts. But bad or good, who turns down three seconds of fame, even…

Speaking in Tongues

You’re pretty clever. You toss out aloha, mahalo, and pau hana with ease. But just when you think you’re on it, someone asks: “Pehea oe?” And you have to respond, pehea what? Maybe it’s time you learned a little more…

Shut-Eye on the Red-Eye

Los Angeles : 5 hours. Las Vegas : 6 hours. Sydney : 11 bone-crunching hours. Getting on a plane might be the one time Lucky You Live Hawaii doesn’t hold.   Cramped in coach, your chances of catching any z’s…

Trash Talking

You’re trying to be more eco-aware. You’ve got a very cool reusable grocery bag, and you’re eating organic. But those bottles and cans and newspapers? Admit it: you have better things to do on weekends than stand in line at…

Check Magnet

When it comes to giving back, somehow you always say yes. Help organize that fundraiser? Absolutely. Pitch in on volunteer day?  Done. Write a check for a worthy cause? No problem. Here’s another easy yes for you: Ever feel like…

Answering Machine

As a kid, when you wanted the answer, you asked mom or dad. Now, you search Google. But Google has its shortcomings. You aren’t always at a computer. Your answer could be on page 8 of the results. The power…

Soap Stars

Handmade, all-natural Hawai‘i soaps are a smart twist to the old-standby gift— they’re decorative and useful, and come in personalities as varied as your friends.   For the Nature Lover Malie’s newest fragrance, Koke‘e, infuses their well-known luxurious cream soap…

Sweet: 0, Spicy: 35

You don’t need a Magic 8 Ball to tell you that getting to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl is beyond your New Year’s budget. Instead, signs point to watching the UH Warriors play Georgia from a comfy sofa in…

Get Fresh

Even though you resolved to eat better in 2008, so far the only vegetables in your diet have been on Veggie-Lover pizza. And it’s been weeks since you roused yourself out of bed on Saturday morning to get to the…

Virtual Veggies

What happens when a native Hawaiian family meets in a house, decides to open an online market, and works together, without having their lives taped? It’s not the Real World, it’s a virtual farmer’s market. Fresh From the Farm’s online…

Through the Grapevine

There’s no shortage of unanswered questions this season (like where you’ll end up when the clock strikes 12). So take comfort that two lingering 2007 riddles have been deciphered: The Superferry is once again charging the waves, and on January…

Without Reservation

T minus 10 days till V-Day, and you’ve just started thinking about it. The swish places are already booked. Ala Wong’s, La Mer, Chef Mavro – all full. Even neighborhood-y 12th Avenue Grill has stopped taking reservations for February 14.…

To A Tea

We’re wimps when it comes to cold weather. More than a few days of soggy rain, gusty trades and daytime highs below 80, and we’re bundled up in hoodies, wearing socks and trading icy drinks for mugs of hot tea…

Hot Chocolate

Most people’s private dream of paradise includes palm trees, a luminous blue sea and pristine beaches. Okay, so we’re already there. What to do now? Raid the garden and start creating your own Eden. Master chocolatier Melanie Boudar took her…