ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
From the HIP
Poptimistic is all about the '80s — and on trend for 2010. This pop-art hot pink collection from Victoria's Secret is inspired by styles, colors and textures from the 2010 runway collections. Even the packaging is all-out '80s. Check out the cassette tape lip palette and the four sleek "credit card" gloss palettes, each offering six different shades with pop. The flavors are candy-inspired to satisfy a sweet tooth. These neon lip shades will make you want to pull together your ponytail, dust off your Police records and re-watch John Hughes films.
Sold at Victoria's Secret in Ala Moana Center and online at www.victoriassecret.com for $7 to $20.
— Paula Rath
Local artist Joey Zager, who runs JoZo! Prints, doesn't have a store or a studio. He's one of a growing number of artists who come out on First Friday to sell art on the street. You can find him with his custom-designed, hand-screened, socially and environmentally conscious bags, clothing and accessories at the Shop, Bop & Grind mini-block party on Chaplain Lane every First Friday.
"JoZo! Prints is about striking the audience with a positive outlook on life," Zager said. "I feel like an active participant in the quest for harmonious civilization. Essentially, I want to help improve communication between individuals by stimulating their minds."
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— Tracy Chan, http://Honolulu.Metromix.com
PURGE THE RIGHT WAY
Ready to clean out that closet and carport for a fresh start in 2010? Here are a few suggestions from Goodwill Industries when it comes to donations:
• Wash or dry-clean clothing prior to donating.
• Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items.
• Include all pieces and parts of children's games and toys.
• Don't leave items unattended outside a collection center.
• Don't donate broken or dirty items.
• Don't give items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards.
— Mike Gordon
SALES & BARGAINS
• Do you have clothes in your closet that have never been worn, with the tags still attached? If the answer is yes, it may be time to de-clutter your closet. It isn't always easy to get started, but you can do it. Picture an organized closet featuring clothes that you can fit into today; if you haven't worn it in two years, it's time to let go. Update your style and resolve to get organized in 2010.
• Sell your unwanted clothing (with or without tags), shoes, belts, jewelry, designer bags and other accessories to a clothing consignment shop. Some shops offer you store credit — or cash, which could be very useful to pay off some of your holiday bills.
• Get to know the different consignment shops in your area. Stores may offer different pricing policies, but most shop owners ask that you make an appointment to bring in your items for review. Remember to wash and iron the clothing if you want to earn the highest price for your gently used garments.
Some consignment-store favorites you should visit:
• Nini's Boutique, 1154 Koko Head Ave. 739-2500.
• The Clothes Chick, 2013 South King St. and 415-B Kapahulu Ave.; 942-2442.
• Stylus Honolulu, 2615 South King St.; 951-4500.
• Pzazz, 3057 Wai'alae Ave., Suite C; 732-5900, www.pzazzhawaii.com.
• Catherine's Closet Vintage Boutique, 2733 E. Mānoa Road, Suite 204; 988-0044.
• If you're planning a trip to Hilo, check out Hana Hou, Michele Zane-Faridi's shop — where you'll find vintage shirts, sexy, flowy dresses, jewelry, handbags and more. When you walk in, a clean, crisp aroma will distract you, in a good way. Koke'e Aroma Mist, made by Mālie ("Mah-lee-ay") Organics, smells like a sweet maile lei, and I had to have it — a $30 impulse purchase I don't regret. The scent comes from Kaua'i's rainforest, Kōke'e, and a percentage of Mālie's sales goes to the Koke'e Resource Conservation Society. Hana Hou, 164 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo; 808-935-4555. For more information about Mālie Organics, or to buy online, go to www.maliekauai.com.
— Amanda Stevens
A CREATIVE RESOLUTION
If you've made the same hit-the-gym-and-lose-weight resolutions every year, you might want to look into other options. Like starting off the new year with an artistic bang by supporting the arts. By becoming a member at The Contemporary Museum, you're not only getting a year's worth of cutting-edge art exhibitions, you're also helping fund art classes for children and free exhibits for the public. Having showcased street artists like Shepard Fairey and the local prodigy Aaron Martin, creator of Angry Woebots, the Contemporary Museum has been supportive of alternative art. The museum's current exhibit features gifts donated by artists such as Masami Teraoka, Tadashi Sato and David Bates, in many media. Visit the Contemporary Museum, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive. To learn more about its membership programs, call 526-1322 or go to www.tcmhi.org.
— Lacy Matsumoto