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  • atypicalLIVING 12:00 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ala Moana’s Thanks GETTING Day Event 


    Let’s face it, Ala Moana has the most stores, so they’ll be getting the craziest Black Friday action out of all the retailers on the island. So, to ramp up the anticipation of that, they’re calling it “Thanks Getting” Day, featuring a cheat sheet of all the Black Friday sales, FREE valet parking (with coupon), free bottled water throughout the mall, free gift wrap and package check, and free coffee to a lucky 1000 shoppers. This goes on all day Friday, but definitely get there early for the best deals.

    To print out the coupons for the valet parking and the cheat sheet, click here.

  • atypicalLIVING 10:45 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Tim Gunn at Ala Moana 

    This Saturday, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn will be hosting a special fashion show featuring the latest styles from Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York, and Lucky Brand Jeans.  He’ll also be sharing his tips on how to make it work for fall.

    Also, with a qualifying purchase of $150 or more from Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York, or Lucky Brand Jeans, you’ll receive a special goodie bag with gifts, including the new fragrances from Kate Spade new York and Juicy Couture. Plus, you also get to be photographed with Tim on the runway.

    This all goes down this Saturday at 1pm at Centerstage. For more info, check out http://www.alamoana.com

  • atypicalLIVING 7:45 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fashion Night Out 

    Ala Moana Center presents another installment of Fashion’s Night Out.

    Fashion events at Ala Moana have always been staples of new looks and great taste, but this Night Out adds a little something.  Sure, you have the trunk sows, the cocktail receptions, the runway shows, and the always awesome “gift with purchase.” But, the dope part about this event is the wardrobe donations.

    Dress For Success Honolulu is an organization that takes gently used suits and career staples and helps out those less fortunate to get to where they need to go.

    Along with that, there’s a fashion tote involved that one can receive when turning in $75 in receipts.

    This all goes down this Friday night at 5pm at Ala Moana Center. For more info, check out http://www.alamoanacenter.com

  • atypicalLIVING 6:53 am on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Shop a Lea this week at Ala Moana 

    Ala Moana’s annual Spring shopping event is back for 2010.  Shop a Lea is a week long shopping extravaganza, incorporating the shops at Ala Moana and exclusive in-store events and offers.  Special “shopping serenade” concerts, Runway shows at Centerstage and in-store happenings pepper the non-stop shopping.

    If last year was any indication, the shopping deals should be insane.  This starts today and goes on until the 28th.

    To get the full list of everything that’s going on, check out the Shop a Lea website.

  • atypicalLIVING 5:18 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Ala Moana Center Keepsake Postcard and Stamp 

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    Did you know Ala Moana Center turned 50 this year?

    Yeah, me neither.

    But, to correspond with the celebration that’s been going on and will continue to go on for the rest of the month, you can scoop up this free postcard commemorating the occasion. For a $1, you can even get the postcard with the appropriate postage cancellation stamp.

    This Friday, the Post Office will be rocking the stamps from 4-6pm on Centerstage. They’ll stamp anything with the appropriate First Class postage with the cancellation stamp, even some past due bills. But, you probably wouldn’t want to do that.

    For more info on the 50th Anniversary celebrations, check out the Ala Moana website.

  • atypicalLIVING 6:33 am on August 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    NEW! Prototype – Ala Moana 


    Got a chance to swing by the newest retailer at Ala Moana, Prototype.

    The shop is clean, with a very crisp aesthetic, all the way down to the custom speaker enclosures.

    They still got the same dope stuff you’d expect from the Prototype crew, including some new shirts. If you get a chance, try and find the dope looking PRIDE x PType logo tee. Yeah, you read that right.

    They just opened up in the Nordstrom wing, next to Club Monaco (which is pretty clutch because I dig Club Monaco stuff). SO, swing by and tell Gav and Chris, “hello!”

    For more, check out the inspire creativity blog.

  • atypicalLIVING 6:05 am on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Split Obsession: now open at Ala Moana 


    The East Side’s most impressive fashion & toy boutique is invading town.

    Split Obsession, the purveyor of all things fashionable and vinyl, has just launched their latest endeavor in the heart of town at Ala Moana Shopping Center.

    The same vibe and the same great stuff that you expect from Bruce and Erica is now in a slightly more convenient location for the masses to get to.

    But, don’t just take my word for it, check out this article and video from KITV4 News.

    Check out split obsession’s new location in the heart of Ala Moana, street level, ocean side, next to Goma-Tei, Champs Sports, Game Stop, and Assaggio.

    For more, check out Split Obsession.

  • atypicalLIVING 7:46 am on March 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aeron Chair, Ala Moana, , Design Within Reach, , , Williams-Sonoma   

    atypicalLIVING covers… the Nordstrom wing of Ala Moana 


    So, if you were paying attention last week, we noted that Ala Moana was launching a weke-long shopping event called “Shop A Lea” culminating in the grand opening of the newest anchor store of Ala Moana: Nordstrom.

    True to it’s mainland couterpart, this Nordstrom is huge, complete with a live piano player, an XBOX 360 in the men’s dressing room and countless items for the fashinistas to go nuts over.  Of course, the selection inside of Nordstrom definitely did not appeal to us (considering the clientele they’re trying to reach).  So, we decided to explore the rest of the wing.

    Since Metropark isn’t slated to open until May, we really struggled to find things to do in this new section.  If you’re a guy and your girl brings you along to this section of the mall, here’s a primer on things you can enjoy in the meantime.


    The first stop was Williams-Sonoma.  Of course, the kitchen gadgets are dope and, for some reason, Lofa went on a question spree asking about kitchen towels.  Don’t ask, you just had to be there.  Anyway, I dunno if it was the store remodel or because the store is in a bigger spot, but we defnitely felt the lack of food found in the store.
    Kinda disturbing.  But, to make up for it, we found this:


    Creme Brulee Torch? Butane powered?  Word.

    After another couple of stores where we wadered aorund, we happened upon Design Within Reach.  It’s there that we found the ultimate…



    The Aeron Chair. The ultimate in high-end pimp office accesories.  Remember, save your money and go buy Lofa this chair (because I’m not gonna pony up the cash for this one).  In black.  Size C.  Or you could buy his plane fare and accommodations to ComicCon.  They’re around the same price.


    So, to review: if you’re a guy, outside of the XBOX 360 in the dressing room, Design Within Reach and, perhaps, Williams-Sonoma, you’re best bet is to have an iPod, DS, or PSP handy, because the girl will go nuts.  The dope girls stuff outnumbers the dope guys stuff by at least 3 to 1 here.  It goes down to 2 to 1 if you’re the type to rock the hella trendy metrosexual type gear.  There’s a couple stores full of that, plus the Nordstrom “urban” section is full of that steez (Ed Hardy, expensive denim, and tight fitting shirts).

    That number will change once Metropark opens up, but still… not enough.

    This one was designed or the female fashionista with money to burn.  And it’ll look like it will stay that way.  Guys, stick with the corner of the mall that has BR/Footlocker/T&C/GAP/AE in it or the opposite side of the mall that has the Apple Store/Shirokiya/A&F/PacSun/Blue Hawaii in it.

    But, I suggest giving it a couple of months… wait for all the shops to open up and revisit.  There’s heavy money invested in this, and so far, it looks like it might pay off… if the right people come to it.

  • atypicalLIVING 7:33 am on March 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Fashionista’s Market Two-Day Event 


    Fashionista’s Market is going Prime Time with their first event of the year.

    Two days worth of fashion excitement is in store for all the fashionistas out there. Night one is subtitled Ultimate Girl’s Night Out. This night features the traditional Fashionista’s Market designer sample sale and boutique shopping (this time, featuring discounts of 50%-80% throughout the event).  The night gets better with Free Bacardi cocktails and Asti mini champagne splits all night long, as well as free hair blowouts, makeovers, nail art stations and massages.  There’s also independent clothing and jewelry designers as well as a live DJ keeping things moving.  Presale tickets for Ultimate Girls Nigh Out go for $25 & $35, while it’s going to cost you $30-$40 at the door.  This one is a strictly 21+ event, so you budding fashionistas are going to have to wait until the following morning.

    The following morning will be the traditional Fashionista’s Market shopping extravaganza, with the same killer 50-80% off all items.  This one is $10 at the door and open to fashionistas of all ages.

    The event is slated to feature merch from Tokidoki, Harajuku Lovers, Ed Hardy, Frankie B, Jully Kang, Frenzil, Drifter, Scrapbook & more.  Each day’s event will feature new merchandise, so check in both days to see what’s available.

    Both events will be going down at the Ala Moana Hotel Ballroom.  Friday night’s event runs from 6pm-10pm, while the Saturday soiree runs 9am-1pm.  A portion of the proceeds from both days will benefit Chicks with Checks.

    For more information and to buy presale tickets for the Friday night event, check out the Fashionista’s Market website.

  • atypicalLIVING 7:44 am on March 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Shop*a*lea this week at Ala Moana 


    Today starts the biggest shopping event that’s ever been seen in the history of Ala Moana.  The event, which runs today until next Sunday, will feature demonstrations and personal appearances by fashion gurus and celebrity chefs, as well as giveaway aplenty throughout the next week.

    The crown jewel of the event is the grand opening of Nordstrom (aka that huge structre they’ve been building on Kapiolani) and a slew of other stores.  I’m perosnally stoked that they’ve decided to bring in a Metropark to liven up the shopping atmosphere at Ala Moana.  It’s still shopping inside of a mall, but it’ll be a lot more lively.

    The list of events can be found here.

    For more information on the event, check out the shop*a*lea website.

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