Readers, I want to let you know about a new email magazine I write for called Lei Chic, which just launched a week ago today:

It covers Fashion, Beauty, Home, Fitness, Food/Drink and other stylish topics, publishing one short article a day via email, and it is FREE to subscribe! Lei Chic tells you about new places to shop, party, eat, and cool services and events to discover – not just in Chinatown and Kaimuki, but all over the state, on land and online. It’s what your friends will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today. Lei Chic is delivered Monday through Friday with a personal recommendation on something stylish in Hawai`i worth knowing about.

This is also a great way for those planning a visit to Hawai`i, or Hawai`i people now living on the mainland, to find out what’s new and cool to do in the Islands–what people living here actually talk about and attend.

Please log on to learn more and to subscribe – It’s FREE!

Here’s one of my articles from last week so you can see what great content and ideas you can expect:

Romancing The Stones
November 27, 2007

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 one year formed a successful business.

Now, instead of hunched over a calculator she can be found tucked away two rows deep in the Kailua-Kona Village Market, under a simple tarp and surrounded by stones.

Lots of stones: swirling turquoise and earth-tone Chrysocolla, sky blue Amazonia, espresso-tinged smoky quartz and many, many more.

There she crafts deceptively strong cluster rings, countless styles of silver and gold-filled earrings, and devises her newest creation: curving wire-wrapped necklaces punctuated by small beads.

Her delicate yet vibrant pieces stand out even in a crowded market, making it well worth a trip to Kona to find unique necklaces and earrings not available online. Though if you order from the web, your chosen lariat or drop earrings will arrive at your home in comforting 100% recycled, wheat-colored boxes, decorated with Heather’s own colored paper designs.

But Oahuans, there’s no need to fret. “They” say Heather might be relocating to the North Shore in the coming year.

That is, if the numbers add up.

On sale Wednesdays-Sundays at the Kona Village Market, Ali’i Drive & Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona, Big Island. Also available online at