Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Accessory to the Sublime

Shopping every day is risky business for your wallet.

Take the jewelry aisle where danger lurks from every bangle. Every display has you ringing to your defense and even though you need another pair of earrings like two holes in your head it’s difficult to escape the right to pair charms.

Don’t put yourself at wrist by shopping blindly. To help you find inspiration the Lei Chic team to dug deep (into our overflowing accessory drawers) for an inside look at our favorite pieces.

 


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Christi

Accessories Style: Wrap bracelet fanatic and pendant earring addict with a side of stack ringism.
Biggest Challenge: Mixing in necklaces that make a statement without saying I’m an old-school rapper.
Lei Chic Gilt is my guilty pleasure and this was my most recent buy. Belissima’s blue drop earrings fit right in to my orange-and-blue obsession. And since they’re molded from Italian rhodoid (a plastic made in Europe) I don’t almost knock myself every time I suddenly turn my head (you know what I mean).
$25 for Gilt Groupe members on a wait list or check out the lime green and shell versions for $45.

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These Alex and Ani bracelets are my absolute favorite, everyday bracelets. They’re perfect for layering (with all my wrap bracelets!), completely adjustable, recycled from refinery scraps, and most importantly they don’t clank on the desk when I’m typing all day long.
$38 for a set of three on Alex and Ani’s website.
Lei Chic I’m all about big earrings and Laakea’s Sunburst earrings have become the go-to pair for me. The brushed gold is subdued while the sharp angles of the sweeping design give the simple-yet-stylish set a real edge.
The earrings are sold out everywhere we checked. Laakea is making more for reorders. Contact laakeadesigns@yahoo.com.
Lei Chic Stacey

Accessories Style: Colorphile with a penchant for eye-popping necklaces and bold bangles.
Biggest Challenge: No pierced ears.
Lei Chic I got my go-to necklace a few years ago from J. Crew on-the-Island. Its hardcore (and heavy!) chains and faux diamonds mixes edgy and elegance. Slip on this statement piece and you don’t need any other accessories.
Lei Chic This necklace is simple but personal. Dilan is my daughter’s name and I had Tiffany of Bamboo Sky vertical pendant instead of the usual horizontal for my own style.
Custom name necklaces from Bamboo Sky start at $59 for up to five letters.
Lei Chic Not only is the lobster claw adorable and perfectly seasoned for spring and summer looks, the bright green band of this boy’s accessory is rubber and fits my small wrists just right.
J. Crew on-the-island, $10.50.
Lei Chic Brie

Accessories Style: Vintage-finish metal maniac who loves her studs – stud earrings that is - and quirky, delicate necklaces and bracelets.
Biggest Challenge: Tracking down her trail of discarded accessories at the end of the day.
Lei Chic This J.Crew bracelet is the perfect blend of edgy and cute. From the top its peachy-pink pyramid studs give off a sweet vibe, but turn it to the side and bam! You get hit with an unexpected shock of electric pink enamel.
$29.50, J. Crew on-the-Island, Ala Moana Center, 808-949-5252.
Lei Chic Laser cut from lightweight acrylic this whimsical little Decoylab brooch reminds me of '50s Bakelite jewelry and is a fun nod to spring 2012's huge retro trend.
$13, Sugarcane Shop, 1137 11th Ave. #101. Owl and leaf brooches are in stock right now. Other styles will be reordered soon. 808-739-2263.
Lei Chic I find myself reaching for these rings a lot. I love that the deer is a little offbeat - statementy but not in an overly flashy way.

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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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