Lei Chic - May 2008

The Missing Link

Sometimes you like to get down and dirty—with the `aina, that is. But indoors you want to stay as far from soiled flooring as possible (we don’t even want to know what mutations live on the common bar floor). You…

Purse-onal Space

L.C.: Aloha, my name is L.C., and I’m a purseoholic. Group: Aloha L.C. L.C.: I use a different bag every day. I tried going without on weekends—hoping to cut down. But then, last Saturday I changed my purse five times…

Beach Bling

You’ve always been a little jealous of your auntie’s calabash of shining glass fishing floats. But to score your own prized bowlful you’d have to spend the next 30 years combing the sand at dawn. Forget the wait (and the…

Charmed, I'm Sure

The year is off to an excellent start—knock on wood. Not that you’re superstitious or anything. But you know there’s more beneath a surface appearance, and simple chance can lift life from good to stunning. Husband and wife team Fran…

Back to Nature

The lush outdoor island environment inspires a lot of what you wear – from natural fiber fabrics to stylized flower and plant graphic prints. And while you’ve long ago outgrown your rhinestone plumeria earrings, your grown-up bling could still go…

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Family Jewels

When you were little, you used to love raiding your mom’s closet and jewelry box to play dress up. No matter that her sunglasses, purses and shoes were comically oversized – when you walked past the mirror all you saw…

Lady of the Rings

The bunny has abandoned his basket (if only those chocolate eggs didn’t go directly from mouth to thighs), south-shore surf is beginning to rise, and the stronger sun has you trading jeans and wraps for short skirts once again. Yes,…

Out of Your Shell

Now that no one’s watching to see if you’re naughty or nice, you can let down your hair and start being impulsive. Start with something harmless, like a spur-of-the-moment purchase from Noelani Designs. Choose a large, watery-green turquoise drop pendant…

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Just In Case

These days you’re “i”-ing everything. Your iPod is hooked up to iTunes, synced with your iPhone and backed up on iMac, when you’re not organizing your iLife, on the computer at least. With all this delicate technology surrounding you, it’s…

Pulling Weeds

Five events worth waiting for (in no particular order): -Your first kiss -Your first real kiss -Finding a boyfriend without PPS (Peter Pan Syndrome) -Finding a perfect pair of jeans and -The grand reopening of Seaweed Boutique. It’s true, Lauren…

Wearin' of the Green

With you, green is always in fashion – not just today. You and your eco-aware friends are always shopping for the latest in sustainable, environmentally friendly clothing. Lucky for you the one-year-old Big Island clothing brand The Organik is bringing…

Cool and the Gang

 1988. Left, right, left. In walk the popular girls (you’re in front, duh!): sky-high bangs (love the hairspray), Gotcha Pro tees with sleeves rolled up (showoffs), new JimmyZ velcro shorts (score!). The vision of high school cool. Sigh. Today you…

Change Of A Dress

Who says your crazy jam-packed calendar is only Monday through Friday? Last Saturday you squeezed in a surf in the morning, shopped for and showed up at a baby luau in the afternoon, then headed straight out to meet friends…

Romancing The Stones

They say business and pleasure don’t mix, they muddle. Who are “they” anyway? Not one-time accountant turned Big Island jewelry designer Heather Anne Nelson, who has combined her love of numbers with a new love of jewels and in just…

On The Down Low

Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. Instead of wearing the latest slinky Fighting Eel dress and your new Manolos to the next holiday party, you have a secret dream: The party transforms into a new kind of soiree—one where comfortable…

Pretty On The Inside

There’s a reason you wear T-shirts with everything – your favorite ones make you feel cozier and more comfortable than anything else in your wardrobe. But when’s the last time you put on a T-shirt that made you feel good…

Bikini Line

The trades are back. The sun’s been out for three days running. And you’re stoked to suit up in your stretched and faded Rox— Wait. You’ve been swimming and paddling and surfing in the same old suit you bought off…

Cultural Threads

Out in the shopping wilds, the search for the perfect last minute gift is matched only by the quest for a line of stylish T-shirts, especially if the guys on your list still have burning question marks beside their names.…