Events to delight any shopaholic
Here is a calendar of major Shop a Le'a events. Note that events are free with the exception of select functions that require an invitation or a paid ticket benefiting a charity. Events are subject to change. For updates, visit www.ShopaLea.com:
» Tuesday: "Celebration of Luxury" with more than two-dozen luxury boutiques offering trunk shows and drawings. Enter a drawing at the boutiques that day to win a $5,000 shopping spree, lunch at Mariposa and limousine service for transporting your couture shopping finds.
» Wednesday: Nordstrom grand-opening fete to benefit Bishop Museum, Hawaii Theatre Center and HUGS. The highlight is a tented, full-scale runway fashion show featuring American and European designer collections, including Tory Burch, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Roberto Cavalli. Tickets are nearly sold out at $150; call 723-1879.
» Thursday: VIP Preview Shopping Night & Fundraiser.
» Friday: Ala Moana Center Retail Expansion opens at 9:30 a.m. with 16 new stores and grand-opening specials. Also, see Nordstrom.
» Wednesday: "America's Sassiest Lifestyle Guru" and US Weekly television personality Steve Kemble offers home and entertainment tips at 2 p.m.
» March 7: Kemble returns to present three style makeovers at 2 p.m.
» March 8: Oscar Blandi demonstration presented by Sephora from 2 to 2:30 p.m. M.A.C Cosmetics will also make a 6 p.m. presentation.
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» March 6: Beauty and rejuvenation seminars, 2 p.m. Repeats same time March 9.
» Tuesday: David Winters presents spring/summer makeup collections from noon to 5 p.m.
» Daily (except March 8): 10 a.m. yoga session at CenterStage
» March 8: Athletic wear "function" show, 10 a.m. at CenterStage
» March 14: "Honolululemon Luau" grand-opening party, 6 to 8 p.m., featuring music by Makana, hula and aerialist performances, catered pupus, drinks and more; all ages welcome. RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Monday: "What's Hot & What's New in Cosmetics" seminar and product demonstration. Dior National Makeup Artist Thuy Pham appears from 1 to 5 p.m.
» Tuesday: Cooking demonstration with pastry chef Mark Okumura
» Wednesday: Women's fashion show featuring Fresh Produce
» March 6: Men's fashion show featuring Kahala
» March 7 and 8: Women's fashion shows
» March 9: Juniors and young men's fashion show
» Monday: Armani Collezioni Men's Made-to-Measure event offers fabrics from Armani, available for custom suits. In Men's Suits, Level Three, through March 9. Also, view the Emilio Pucci limited-edition "Moire"-print scarf available for $60 in Fashion Accessories, Level One.
» Tuesday: 29 Cosmetics launch. See story above. Also, register to win a $750 wardrobe from M Missoni at Sport Shop, Level Two.
» Tuesday: Dolce & Gabbana boutique launch with spring 2008 designs and informal modeling, noon to 2 p.m., Designer Sportswear, Level Two. Modeling also from noon to 3 p.m. March 8.
» Tuesday: Gown Trunk Show featuring creations by Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang and more, with informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m., Dress Collections, Level Two. Informal fashion presentation also at 3 p.m. March 8.
» Thursday: Christian Louboutin trunk show during store hours, Shoe Salon, Level One. Continues through March 9.
» March 7: Meet David Lin, showing rare jade jewelry in a trunk show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jewels Salon, Level One. Repeats March 8.
» March 7: Cosmetics Tailgate Party tailgate party from 7:30 until the store opens at 9:30 a.m. Learn about new products and trends while enjoying complimentary consultations and demonstrations. Free. RSVP at (866) 667-3911.
» March 7: Dior's Thuy Pham and David Winters will share the latest Dior products from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Repeats March 8.
» March 7: Hollywood's "mane" man Oscar Blandi and his team dish tips and tricks during individual styling sessions from 1 to 6 p.m. Call 944-9797. Repeats noon to 6 p.m. March 8.
» March 8: Oscar Blandi demonstration on CenterStage, 2 to 2:30 p.m.
» March 7: Fashion show featuring swimwear, lingerie and ready-to-wear lines at 4 p.m.
Swooping in to shop?
Those traveling from the neighbor islands to participate in Shop a Le'a events will find easy accommodations via ResortQuest event packages.
The packages start with a two-night Kama'aina Suite Package with accommodations at the ResortQuest Waikiki Sunset in a one-bedroom deluxe Ocean View Suite at $358, accommodating up to five people.
On the high end, the "Stay and Shop a Le'a" package includes five nights' accommodations at the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Tower in a two-bedroom deluxe oceanfront suite with a $100 Ala Moana Center gift card, tickets for two to the VIP Preview Shopping Night (hotel reservations must include a Thursday evening stay to participate in this event), a commemorative Shop a Le'a cosmetic bag with free beauty samples, Premiere Passport with exclusive discounts at more than 30 retailers centerwide, complimentary round-trip shuttle passes for two between Waikiki and the shopping center, and more, at $2,975. The suite accommodates up to six people.
For more packages and details, visit www.ResortQuestHawaii.com Call (800) 321-2558 from Hawaii and request the "Shop and Stay a Le'a" package to reserve. Some restrictions could apply.