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Bloomingdales April Fool's prank holds tasty reward for yogurt fans

April 1st, 2016


The real deal, Forty Carrots plain yogurt with blueberries and strawberry sauce. So yummy!

Bloomingdale's teased patrons with ads for a new Forty Carrots fragrance line based on customers favorite frozen yogurt flavors, including Original Tart, Chocolate, Coffee and Peanut Butter.

Copy that read, "Get your favorite frozen yogurt 24/7 with our creamy new fragrances that smell like your favorite flavors," appeared on social media, and in a New York Times ad as follows:

There are probably a lot of people out there who would want to wear these faux fragrances!

A lot of people would no doubt be interested in wearing those flavors, and to assuage any disappointment, the retailer is offering one free topping on your frozen yogurt when you visit any Forty Carrots restaurant, April 1 to 3, while supplies last. Just mention "April Fools."

Romantic notions from CHAI Studio

February 7th, 2014

love braceletsShop for locally made Love bracelets from Our Palm Tree, for Valentine's Day. — CHAI Studio photos

Chai Studio is offering the opportunity to shop for your loved one for Valentine's Day, at an in-store event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8, featuring the opportunity to enjoy espresso and sweet bites, create a signature love potion at the store's scent bar, meet local artisans and decorate an illuminated lantern.

The shop is at the Diamond Head end of Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard.
Call 536-4543.

bed w- canopySet the mood for romance with bedding of fine cotton and woven silks.perfume-oil

Make your own signature love potion with various perfume oils.


Make-A-Wish dream comes true at Macy's

December 10th, 2013


Precious received a congressional proclamation honoring her as Ms. Believe Hawaii on Macy's National Believe Day.Nadine Kam photos

In celebration of Macy’s National Believe Day, Dec. 6, one Ewa Beach girl's holiday wish has already come true.

Precious, a 14-year-old girl, wished for a princess moment and a motorized wheelchair to bring her the independence all teenagers crave. Make-A-Wish Hawaii, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases, and Macy's teamed up to grant her wish, complete with a mall parade as she debuted her wheelchair with the help of marines and community supporters.

Back at Macy's, where Precious delivered her Believe letter to Santa, she was crowned Ms. Believe Hawaii. Dozens of local wish kids also showed up to drop off the hundreds of letters they've collected in support of the annual campaign.

believe letters

Your letters to Santa will help Macy's reach its goal of raising $1 million to help Make-A-Wish continue its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening diseases.

During Macy’s 5th annual “Believe” campaign, the retailer is donating $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received.

Letters in stamped envelopes, addressed to "Santa at the North Pole" will be collected through Dec. 24. Look for the red Santa Mail letterbox in Macy's stores. In the Ala Moana store, it's at the top of the escalators on the fourth floor.

Make-A-Wish has been granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses since 1980, making over 226,000 wishes become a reality. On National Believe Day, Macy's grants wishes to children in every state where there is a Macy's store, which have ranged from the simplicity of a new laptop computer, to the odd, such as making the lights go out in San Francisco.

When it comes to travel, many wishers get their wish to go to Disneyland. Hawaii is the second favorite destination, with about 900 getting their wish to come here each year. Also locally, there are about 85 people waiting to have their wishes granted.

believe cookies

After the festivities, supporters of Make-A-Wish enjoyed milk and cookies.

Weekend deals: Shop local

November 29th, 2013

Kailua general

New store to open in Kailua

Kailua General Store + 3rd Ave Shore will open its doors at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 with free shave ice and popcorn, hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. kava tasting with music and more.

The store will specialize in old-fashioned classic toys, penny candy for keiki, local food items, The 96734 caps and tees, Mokulua Design succulents, fresh flowers, shave ice, and more.

The store is on Hamakua Marsh, 171-D Hamakua Drive. Look for the red muffler sign. Also, visit


Muumuu Heaven

While in Kailua, stop by Muumuu Heaven, which is hosting a Green Friday sale that extends through Dec. 1. All MH items will be 20 percent off, and there will be free gift wrapping.

Muumuu Heaven is at 767 Kailua Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 263-3366.


Roberta Oaks

Sorry you missed the mimosas this morning, but it's not too late to catch the rest of Black Friday's deals from the local designer who is offering 15 percent off storewide through 6 p.m., plus special deals like $25 rack items.

If you don't want to mess with downtown traffic, take 15 percent off online at with the discount code: ROBFS

Also, get 10 percent off storewide on Small Business Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Roberta Oaks boutique is at 19 N. Pauahi St.



No one likes those computer cookies that track our comings and goings online, but you'll love the cookies being offered at Sedona.

Just ask one of the store elves for a “Good Fortune” cookie, that when cracked open, will reveal a discount of 10 to 90 percent off your entire purchase of regular-priced, non-consignment merchandise.

The sale ends when the last cookie is eaten (one per customer while supplies last), but is anticipated to continue through Dec. 1.

Store hours this weekend are  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, celebrating small locally owned companies, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Sedona is in Ward Centre.


Tori Richard,  and Kahala Sportswear


To ease your holiday shopping, kamaaina companies Tori Richard and Kahala Sportswear are offering free shipping (international orders not eligible) through Dec. 2, for those who shop or At either site, enter the code: GOBBLE13 at checkout.

In addition, those who spend $150 or more online with Kahala Sportswear will receive a free K-1936 cap featuring a distressed K-1936 logo patch and "Kahala" logo embroidery in the back. One size fits all, with color subject to availability.

Those who spend $250 or more online with Tori Richard will also receive a free logo cap. Also one size fits all, with color subject to availability.


Jams World

Jams World is hosting Black Friday at the Surf Line Hawaii Factory Outlet for two days, Nov. 29 and 30. Shoppers will find deals such as men's shirts from $10, select dresses at $25 or two for $40, separates from $10, T-shirts from $3, logo sweatshirts at $5, and accessories from $1.

The sale runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The outlet is at 1451 Kalani St. Call 847-5985.

Holiday with Fashionista's Market

November 29th, 2013


YogurStory was home to a Fashionista's Market pop-up Nov. 23. Deals continue on Black Friday.Nadine Kam photos

Fashionista's Market hosted a Haute Holiday event Nov. 23 at YogurStory as a prelude to Black Friday events.

The pop-up shop offered a much calmer way to shop for clothing, notebooks, candles and scents for the home, and jewelry from Stella & Dot.

Before or after shopping, guests could relax upstairs with a chair massage by a therapist from Shiatsu Therapists of Hawaii, and enjoy a treatment at the Rodan+Fields Facial Bar.

Shopping deals continue at the downtown store until 6 p.m. today, with 25 percent off all merchandise in the store, save for local designer lines.

There will also be prize giveaways, a free mini dress with a purchase of $125 or more, and a gift certificate sale. Purchase $100 in gift certificates, and get a bonus $20 gift certificate.


A display of FM wares.


FM's Alyssa Fung, right, and stylist Crystal Pancipanci made sure guests were pampered.


Shoppers could learn more about Rodan+Fields dermatology line.

Ross moves into new location at Pearlridge

November 13th, 2013


The newly open Ross Dress for Less store at Pearlridge Center, Uptown, is dressed for the holidays. Nutcracker figures start at $12.99, Santas from $14.99, and gift stockings run from about $7.99 to $9.99.Nadine Kam photos

Holiday shoppers looking for the Ross Dress for Less store at Pearlridge Center last weekend were a little confused when they looked in the usual location to find it gone.

The store has a new location Uptown, where bargain hunters will still be able to find clothing, accessories and housewares at 20 to 60 percent off department store prices. The store is in the site that formerly housed Borders Books & Records. Enter through an elevator in the parking lot between Uptown and Downtown, or from the mall.

If you're on a tight budget, it's a good place to pick up holiday decor, toys for the kids and clothing for the family. I found holiday dresses in the $14.99 to $24.99 price range, and with the recent spate of cold, rainy weather—it was crazy driving through white-out conditions!—many shoppers were in the outerwear section, searching for something warm, whether for here or their winter travels.

To celebrate the new store, and just in time for the holidays, Ross is sending me a $25 gift card and wants one of Hawaii's fashion tribe to go shopping with $25, which goes a lot further at Ross than most other stores! (If you're reading from somewhere else, sorry but this contest is for Hawaii readers only.)

Just add a comment to let me know if you're interested in winning a $25 gift card and I'll add your name to a drawing and pull the winner at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Good luck!


Angel sculptures in silver and gold.


A glint of metal can also be found in apparel, such as this sequined designer shift, and jewelry pieces for the holidays.



Lace is another of the fall trends.


A "Toyland" section is stocked with playthings for little ones.



More ornaments and decorative items for the holidays.

Contact lens hazzards the real scare of Halloween

October 29th, 2013

Costume contact lenses look like fun to wear and can be the finishing touch for any costume, but the FDA and Florida-based Eye & Wellness Center said the evening's temporary fun could lead to long-term problems.

It is against the law to purchase or sell contact lenses without a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist. While the illegal purchase of colored-contacts occurs year-round, the amount heightens around Halloween when people want to create a unique eye-color for their costume.

The center's Dr. Edward Kondrot, an ophthalmologist and board-certified physician said, "The problem is that people are unaware that contacts that are not prescribed by an eye doctor are likely to cause damaging effects on your eyes.

“Poor quality plastic releases bisphenol-A and phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors and they can interfere with sexual development. These lenses can lead to cuts, sores, corneal abrasions, ulcers and possibly blindness.”

Here are a few health risks that can occur from over-the-counter contacts:

>> Dyes: Unusual colors in the contacts can be toxic to your eyes, causing serious, sometimes irreversible damage.
>> Poor fit: Contact lenses that don’t fit correctly can lead to a lack of moisture in your eyes and cause ulcerations.
>> Lack of sanitation: Over-the-counter lenses are illegal and not regulated by the FDA. Your risk of contracting a bacterial infection increases with poorly manufactured contacts.

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