Weekend Picks – December 20, 2012

Five reasons to do something this weekend

Lei Chic

Watch Your BLΛQ
Be the first to view Matt Bruening's holiday 2013 collection at a special fashion show tomorrow night. BLΛQ (pronounced "black") is a play on the "end of the world" and new beginnings. Expect fewer prints this time around; Bruening utilizes mostly solid colors – black, white and nude with a punch of blush and camo – and keeps the focus on texture, juxtaposing jersey, wovens, silk and chiffon for a luxe, refined feel. Everything will be available for sale after the show, with prices ranging from $30-$170, cash only. Most of the pieces will be one of a kind; Bruening is not planning on selling this collection in stores.
When: Tomorrow, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., 3rd Floor.
Details: $20 per ticket, includes entrance to Christa Wittmier’s "Last Ever" party with live music from electro-pop duo The Knocks and proceeds going to local art collective Pow Wow Hawaii. Click here to buy tickets.

Fashionably Late
Admit it. You procrastinated and now you've got just five days to get all your Christmas shopping done. Your best bet? Head to Royal Hawaiian Center, where you'll be able to shop from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Which means you can pick up last-minute stocking stuffers literally at the last minute and no one will be the wiser.
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Where: Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave.
Details: Get one hour of free parking with validation, then pay just $1 per hour for the next three hours. Details here.

Gift of Fab
Shop The Butik's Holiday Pop-Up with new arrivals and holiday sales from Florencia Arias, Khush Hawaii, Pure Joy Adornments, Padma and Pickles, Genuine Guava and Imi Jewelry. Plus, enjoy a fashion show styled by Summer Shiigi, refreshments and the chance to win one of 40 gift boxes stuffed with accessories and gift cards, no purchase necessary.
When: Saturday, 4-7 p.m. Fashion show at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The courtyard outside The Butik, 1067 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite A-3. (Free parking in the lot off Kamakee St.)
Details: Get 15 percent off your entire purchase in store. Bring in at least one canned good for Hawaii Foodbank and get an additional 15 percent off.

Lei Chic Drink
Beer in Mind
Aloha Beer Company is celebrating the launch of its first retail bottled product, Aloha Lager, with an "End of the World" party. Enjoy a special menu, live music by Amanda Frazier and The Boys, Analog and DJ G Spot, and $2 bottles of Aloha Lager.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. (or, you know, until the world ends).
Where: Aloha Beer Company, 580 N. Nimitz Hwy.
Details: Free admission. Click here for details. Aloha Lager six-packs are available at Costco, Don Quijote, Whole Foods Market, KTA Superstores and more.

Wild and Flea
Head down to Art & Flea tonight to pick up unique gifts from more than 60 local vendors and feel free to partake in the holiday festivities. Get your photo taken with Santa, enter the ugly holiday sweater contest or eggnog and cookie challenge, and flash this month's flyer to score a buy one, get one free drink deal at Fresh Cafe. Plus, stop by Collins & 8th's booth to donate a new or gently used coat to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
When: Tonight, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St.
Details: $3 entrance fee. Wear an ugly holiday sweater and get in for $2. Full details here.