Monday, April 11, 2011

French Collection

Lei ChicYou’ve always been more Coco Chanel than Tommy Hilfiger – spritzing Coco Mademoiselle, and not Tommy Girl as you leave the house each day. And your Starbucks order? Always a café au lait and croissant, not a cup of joe and muffin to go. And while our pals are going gaga over the newest Marc Jacobs It bag, you’re eyeing the classic Hermes.

But flying world class isn’t easy on a coach budget (and we’re not just talking handbags).

How to look tres chic on the tres cheap?

Morgan Lane Tanner’s new line of jewelry channels her personal passion for the glamour of the 1940s and 50s into jewelry that’s purely vintage vogue.

A costume designer at Punahou School, Tanner has a long experience creating historic fashions for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. In her necklaces and earrings, she transforms sketches from 1940s fashion publications into glossy charms for a look of retro elegance. The black-and-white drawings are mounted on light balsa wood, layered against textured prints, and finished off with aged brass and copper chains for a truly timeless feel.

For a more modern design, there are pendants of hammered silver and sea glass or coral set against the vibrant patterns of exotic Japanese washi paper. Tanner can create custom pieces to fit your signature style, all for less than $50.

Meaning you can wear a classic couture look without waving bon voyage to your budget.

Check out Morgan Lane Turner’s jewelry at her etsy shop or contact her at

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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