Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Plastic Dreams

Plexiglass jewelry by B. D'Angelo

Lei Chic Your relationship with plastic? Kind of hit-or-miss.

Hit: new plastic designer shoes that make your feet look amazing, purchased during a whirlwind late night online shopping spree.

Miss: tiny plastic card that funded said shopping spree then charged in with a bank account-draining bill.

You bagged the idea of ever using plastic again... until now.

Introducing B. D'Angelo's new plastic bracelets, available now at Fighting Eel. Designer Marissa Beatrice started working with plexiglass while studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Now, she hand cuts each strip in her Mililani studio, then sands, drills and forms them into sleek, eye-catching bangles and cuffs.

Feel free to reuse the bangles with a variety of looks; their slim shapes, available in shiny black, translucent white or matte grey with delicate chain details, are super versatile and add an edge to any outfit.

Lei Chic Petite ladies will appreciate B. D'Angelo's thin cuffs accented with a single chain (no surgery needed here, the plastic is molded to fit smaller wrists), while bolder tastes will find inspiration in wide, solid black cuffs.

That's not all. Beatrice recently spent some time in California and returned with an expanded vision for her line. So keep an eye out for new designs later this year, like bold statement pieces and delicate, stackable jewelry hand-carved from wax.

Because you know what they say. Plastic makes perfect.

$76-$82, B. D'Angelo Jewelry available at Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St. or by emailing info@bdangelo.com. For more information, visit B. D'Angelo on Facebook.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 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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