Lei Chic - September 2010

Weekend Picks - September 30, 2010

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events. Home Slice What: It’s Kanu Hawai‘i’s Eat Local Challenge week. If you’re fresh out of ideas for how to cook those local turnips, let vegan macrobiotic chef Leslie Ashburn guide you through…

Pretty Pretty, Bang Bang

First date countown: You’ve shaved, showered and hydrated every inch of your skin. You’ve painted your nails, lightly spritzed yourself with perfume and selected an outfit that straddles the “I’m hot but don’t need to flaunt it” line perfectly. And…

Stop, Chop and Roll

An Ironman you are not – until the triathlon consists of shop, lunch, and nap, that is. And sadly, an Iron Chef you most decidedly also are not. Rice and the occasional frozen dinner just about max out your occasional…

Show Some Skin

Lately, you’ve been totally loving the snakeskin look. You’ve got the cute snakeskin clutch and the sassy snakeskin heels. You were even contemplating a snakeskin dress — until you looked in the mirror and realized it’s not even necessary, your…

Sugar, Spice and Everything Ice

Looking back on summer, you have to admit, it’s just not the same now that you’re an adult. Those carefree days of kicking it with your friends, replaced by even longer days in the office. Those marathon sunbathing sessions, replaced…

Weekend Picks - September 23, 2010

A Little Italy What: Hit up the Cinema Italiano in Hawai‘i opening night gala for the premiere of Bascilicata Coast to Coast, tasty bubbly and heavy Italian hors d'oeurves. Then swing back over the next few days to check out…

Defining Lines

Admit it. Buying from local designers isn’t always a noble act. You weren’t thinking about fueling the state’s economy when you slipped on that last Fighting Eel dress. And it wasn't exactly on your mind when you stocked up on…

A-Muse Yourself

You’re headed to Kailua for a little sweet escape — brunch at one of your favorite little local eateries. But just as you hit the spot that you had planned to hit your spot, you realize you’ve made a serious…

Sponsored Edition: Make Honolulu Your PLAYground

When it comes to scoring a deal, you don’t play around. You’ve been known to elbow your fellow shoppers at blowout sales, camp overnight for the newest gadgets, and you’re even starting to see symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Coupon-clipping Disorder).…

Traffic Jams

With school back in session, the crowded roads filled with commuting students have really added to your drive time. Instead of gripping your steering wheel in a fit of road rage, play these driving-themed jams to help you through the…

I Heart Hawaii: Andy South

We love cheering on Hawai‘i's Andy South on Project Runway, as he breezes through the design challenges and shows the world his career is headed anywhere but south. (And we don't care what Michael Kors said about his Jackie O.…

Weekend Picks - September 16, 2010

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events.Derby Does Dallas What: Cheer on the local ladies of Pacific Roller Derby’s All-Star team as they take on the Dallas Derby Devils. Bring beach chairs or blankets to sit on, and get…

Sass Act

Your Inner Diva: [sigh] I have absolutely nothing to wear.   You: What do you mean? We’ve got a whole closetful of clothes here.   Your Inner Diva: [sniff] Yes, but I’ve worn everything at least once already. And you…

Clothes on the Nose

ABC store. Tacky T-shirt shop. ABC store. Crocs store. Another ABC store? You’re cruising down Kalakaua and the lineup isn’t looking so good — the last four blocks have been a serious shopping lull. Instead of bailing, drop into First…

Up All Night

Joslyn Basilio from Salon Blanc, shares a few easy, step-by-step instructions on how to transition your work hair into an effortlessly stylish updo. {youtube}2X3TEhrhtHk{/youtube} It’s 5:45 pm. The report you’re furiously pounding away at was due at five and you’re…

The Purse-suit of Happiness

You’ve been hunting for a new handbag for weeks now, but finding the perfect purse is turning out to be a total pain in the sass. Right color, wrong size. Right size, wrong shape. Hideous altogether; repeat. Instead of shouldering…

Weekend Picks - September 9, 2010

Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events.Book ‘Em, DannoWhat: Catch the world premiere of the new Hawaii Five-O at Sunset on the Beach. Score a spot on the sand early, grab some local grinds, and then watch as stars…

Sponsored Edition: Shop To It

As a savvy shopper-in-the-know, you've already got the scoop on the big Fashion's Night Out extravaganza happening at Ala Moana Center tomorrow night. Special sales, runway shows and gift-with-purchases galore – you are so there. But with 80-plus in-store events…

Just Blow With It

Salon Blanc owner, Alan Vuong, walks us through how to give yourself a salon quality blow-out at home ... {youtube}QlIDnlfHENo{/youtube} Last night you walked out of the salon feeling like a million bucks. Your perfectly blown-out tresses bouncing effortlessly off…

Video Test

Lately, returning to the salon depends less on how grown out your roots are, and more on whether your hair can stand any more chemicals. Forget ravishing; mostly your hair just looks ravaged. The flat-irony of the whole thing is…

Sponsored Edition: Shop It Like It's Hot

You’ll totally admit it – your happy place is Ala Moana Center. But recently, your trips haven't been the retail therapy they should be. You’ve been so busy with running errands that you haven’t had time to shop. We mean,…

Some Like It Haute

Two steps out the door and you realize you’ve made a serious sartorial mistake. Sure, it looked like a lovely afternoon from your comfy temperature-controlled bedroom. But you’re only halfway to the car and the scorching island sun has already…

Tees for Two

You’re an hour into exploring the new Fighting Eel flagship store and your boyfriend looks downright miserable. But you’ve still got at least a dozen more things you want to try on and you haven’t even hit the accessories yet.…