Online ‘Idol’ auditions
The first online auditions for "American Idol" are open. Hopeful pop stars have the chance to submit an audition video at MySpace through Oct. 6. The entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs that include Bill Withers’ "Ain’t No Sunshine," Keith Urban’s "Kiss a Girl" and Barry Manilow’s "Copacabana." Go to www.myspace.com/americanidol.
Show us your Bieber fever
It’s been called the Flip and Switch, the Flow, or the Twitch, but by any name Justin Bieber’s hairstyle has come to define the teen pop sensation, who will perform at Blaisdell Arena Oct. 8 and 9. If you’re rocking Bieber’s ‘do, sideswept bangs and all, send us a photo and we may publish it as part of our Bieber Fever coverage.
E-mail photo and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New wedding wire bag available at 2 locations
Anteprima/Wirebag has launched a new wedding wire bag, "Nozze," due to popular demand. The bag, available in limited edition in Hawaii and Guam, was previously sold exclusively at JTB Hawaii.
The release coincides with the Italian Film Festival. "Nozze" means "wedding" in Italian, and with its bridal pearl accents and translucent sparkle, is perfect for fall’s mothers-of-the-brides and bridal guests. It’s big enough to fit such party necessities such as a camera, wallet and cell phone. The bags sell for $355.
Anteprima/Wirebag’s two locations are in the Royal Hawaiian Center, Building B, Level 1 (924-0808) and Ala Moana Center’s mall level, Nordstrom Wing (983-3886).
Mall celebrates filmfest with all things Italian
Kahala Mall has partnered with the Italian Film Festival to create a showcase of Italian wares, which opens at 5:30 p.m. today on the rooftop above Kahala Theatre .
Through Sunday, the focus will be on all things Italian at Kahala Mall stores , including Riches Kahala, which is showing Roberto Mantellassi handcrafted leather and python handbags, belts and bracelets; and Adore, which is showing Damiani’s handmade footwear.
Pick up Presto Prosecco Brut at Whole Foods Market, and stop by Barnes & Noble Booksellers if you’re inspired to cook Italian with cookbooks like "Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking" by Mario Batali and Mark Ladner.
Car lovers can get a closeup look at the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo 10 coupe on display near Center Court through Sunday, courtesy of JN Exotics. The car can reach a top speed of 178 miles per hour.
Foot massage, spa help banish holiday stress
Heading into holiday season increases the need for stress relief, and two sites have opened to help shoppers maintain their sense of balance:
Kailua Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage: Owner Kymberlee Harris practiced traditional lomilomi and hot stone therapy until she discovered barefoot massage, using overhead bars that offer balance and position while applying deep compression effleurage strokes with her feet. She said, "Ashiatsu was always one of the top most requested treatments at Canyon Ranch (where she worked two years), so I had to bring it here." Prices range from $70 for a one-hour session to $100 for 90 minutes at 330 Uluniu St., Kailua. Call 888-6454 or visit KailuaAshiatsu.com.
Laka Spa: Eiko Kim opened this spa because she missed some of the courtesies and treatments available in her native Japan. In addition to massages and facials, you’ll find reflexology and scalp massages. Prices are $115 for a 75-minute cocoa and grapeseed anti-aging facial or $95 for an hourlong custom massage. The spa is upstairs at 320 Ward Ave. Call 397-5252.
Sephora puts tools to work on great skin
"Tool Time" isn’t an invitation to home improvement, but to improving your complexion via a three-day facial event with Bliss and Clarisonic at Sephora.
Events tomorrow through Saturday, will feature Bliss’ ‘Pore’-fector Gadget Kit and Clarisonic’s sonic skin-care brush and Opal sonic infusion tool, billed as a "fine line eraser."
The ‘Pore’-fector uses a sonic skin-care tool to power-wash pores and massage treatments (such as serums and moisturizers) onto the skin.
The events run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Ala Moana Sephora, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pearlridge.
Bliss and Clarisonic representatives will offer free 25-minute facials and attendees will receive a gift with any purchase. Call for an appointment at 944-9797 (Ala Moana) and 487-0660 (Pearlridge).
With every Pink Clarisonic purchase, Clarisonic will make a donation to help fund the fight against breast cancer.
Click to win for tote bag
Tech-savvy types might want to follow Charlotte Russe on Twitter or visit the retailer’s Facebook page at http://ow.ly/2DH6h to be part of its viral campaign to win a tote bag and full outfits from its fall "Fleur Fatigue" and "Vintage Treasure " collections.
To enter, follow @CharlotteRusse at Twitter.com, use the #charlotterusse hashtag and Tweet a photo of yourself in your must-have Charlotte Russe look, then get your BFFs to view and retweet your photo. The five photos with the most views at the end of the contest Tuesday will win.
Experts talk weddings
Kahala Hotel & Resort is hosting "Wedding 101" on Sunday, sharing the how-tos of wedding planning with brides-to-be.
Admission is free for the event running from 8 a.m. to noon, but reservations are being taken at 739-8715.
Among those sharing their expertise are wedding planner Laura Lewis of Parasol Events; Evan Morita of Florist Grand; Naomi Lee of Les Saisons, specializing in couture linen; and photographer Eugene Kam.
A question-and-answer session will follow.