Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Girl Power

Lei ChicYou try to be eco-conscious, but lately your attempts to be green have gone a little grey.

You have tons of eco-totes, but they rarely leave the house (your memory seems to be the only thing biodegrading). You would be a fan of pedal power if you didn't run out of gas every time you went bicycling. And when it comes to electricity, your busy schedule keeps you burning the midnight oil.

Lei ChicConserve enough energy to check out Handmade Life. Designer Erin Powers scours her hometown of Kailua-Kona for unwanted materials, then transforms them into covetable, eye-catching accessories.

Take her zipper pouches, which Powers makes by fusing together plastic shopping bags (spot your favorite store's logo peeking through the layers). Or consider a stylish hip sling for your trips to the farmers market. Recycled T-shirts, Kona coffee sacks and used denim are pieced together for a sturdy double-sided bag that's guaranteed to clean up your weekend look.

Note your progress with nature-inspired cards and prints featuring intricate ink drawings in vivid pops of color. Wide-eyed owls and parrots from a nearby sanctuary are preserved on linen card stock.

Powers even stalks her neighborhood grocery stores for discarded Y. Hata rice bags, which pop up in bi-fold wallets and totes with re-useful labels like "No Washing Necessary."

Talk about being resourceful.

Because a great find is a terrible thing to waste.

Handmade Life is available online or in Kailua-Kona at Pueo Boutique, 75-5695 Alii Dr., (808) 326-2055; Ginger & Koi, 75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., (808) 329-6100; and Kailani Surf Co., 75-5719 Alii Dr., (808) 326-1500.

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 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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