Textile Love in Paia Town…

by Tania Ginoza on September 16, 2012 · 2 comments

I had one goal that I wanted to accomplish this past Saturday. I’m the silent auction chair for the American Heart Association’s Maui Go Red for Women Luncheon on November 17th.  This means I’ve been tasked with approaching our wonderful Maui retailers, restaurants, artists and activities vendors to request donations of auction items for our event that will tempt the ladies in attendance to open their wallets and get their shop on.

My goal was to canvas Paia to drop off letters explaining our event and to convey how much we would love and appreciate a donation.  I did accomplish my goal but also accomplished something else I didn’t intend.  I went a little textile crazy in Paia and filled my shopping bag with not one but several great printed pieces.

 

You see, I’m really not as much of a shopalohic as I used to be.  I’ve tried to turn over a frugal leaf and to appreciate what I already have on hand.  Since I’ve also taken up photography, I also like some of my spending money to go toward my very new, very expensive hobby so that really doesn’t leave much room to spend on clothing and home items.  Living in a small space also necessitates self-control in the shopping area.  So, I’ve been feeling quite proud of myself for not using shopping as a recreational activity any more.  I still keep my moniker MauiShopGirl as ShopGirl is about retail from an industry point of view and design. MauiShopGirl is really not so much a “look at what I bought” blog but more about sharing an appreciation for good design and interesting objects.

However, I couldn’t resist all the gorgeous prints in super soft fabric that I touched as I made my rounds in Paia this weekend.  Needless to say, I’m not allowed to do any more boutique shopping for awhile.  In the meantime, I’d like to share my Saturday finds with you…

Maui Girl & Co is known for their uber cute and functional bikinis designed by the owner, Debbie Kowalski Wilson.  But did you know her boutique is also stocked with fouta or Turkish style towels in bright stripes?  The flip side of this towel is covered in blue terry.  Maui Girl & Co also has one of the best selections on the island of tunics and flowy cover-ups. I resisted a tunic this time but left with a lovely multi-colored stripe towel.

Speaking of Turkish towels, I didn’t stop at just one.  Lilikoi Beauty had wonderful cotton Turkish towels with a classic look.  I chose the black and white striped version but they also had lavender, sherbet, raspberry, lime and a blue gray.  The towel I purchased is the beach candy basic made by turkish-t and it’s one of those items you immediately want in multiples.  Lilikoi is a beautiful boutique with a gorgeous selection of bath and beauty products, organic cotton robes/totes and distressed wood frames (very beach cottage chic in muted blues/pinks).

If you are a regular reader, you know how I feel about chevron prints.  You can imagine my excitement when I spotted this very soft chevron layering T with a flattering drape at Lululemon.  Lululemon is a Canadian active wear company but many of their pieces also work well for leisure.  This T will definitely see the coffee shop as much as it will see the spinning room.

One of my last stops was Nuage Bleu.  Nuage Bleu has been on my list of best boutiques for years.  This shop has an airy feel and one of the best merchandise assortments on the island for contemporary women’s wear, Linea Pelle bags and jewelry made on Maui.  It is nearly impossible to walk into Nuage Bleu without falling in love with one of their picks.  The batik scarf by Brightly Twisted had lovely grey purple tones I adore and the soft fabric fell perfectly no matter which way I wore it.  It will go perfectly with my closet full of solid tanks and Ts.

How was your Saturday?

If you would like to donate an item for the Go Red for Women silent auction, please send me an email at mauishopgirl@yahoo.com.

Interested in learning more about fouta towels?  The New York Times T Magazine blog posted a feature on the versatility and history of fouta linens this past summer.

 

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lisacng @ expandng.com September 17, 2012

Ah, the dangers of having to approach businesses about donating items … the temptation to buy. Hey, when pieces are this special and you LOVE them so much, I say buy buy buy. It’s those items that have little place in your life, that you hardly use, that are real wastes. Great prints, ShopGirl!

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Marilyn September 17, 2012

Tanya,
You make me want to visit all the boutiques in Paia. Even if one can’t buy it’s creative inspiration… So much color, ethnicity, the textiles so tempting, t-shirts and bath products make me want to get my products out there. I’d love to donate hand-painted tees and Amaryllis books to the event.

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