Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Off the Chain

Lei ChicCropped, cuffed skinny jeans are in. Wearing them in acid wash with a matching jacket put you on the out. Feather earrings are in. But apparently, trying them with your newly feathered bangs was definitely out.

You know all too well it’s a fine line between fashion diva and disaster. Strike that delicate balance with necklaces by Abby Eaton.

The mother of three began creating her jewelry to sell alongside cookies as fundraisers for her teenaged daughters’ athletic events. Now she uses found materials for her elegant pieces.

Tiny, colorful feathers shed by a neighbor’s exotic pet birds, shells, and sea urchin spines are dangled from dainty, gold-filled or sterling silver chains. And forget clunky clasps, Eaton handcrafts swooping little hooks to finish each off.

Lei ChicEven her bolder looks carry an airy elegance. Eaton hand carves koa veneer from her brother, a koa supplier for custom guitar makers, into feather shapes for a statement necklace that won’t weigh you down. She also adds her light touch to hammered quartz and other minerals.

Just what you need to put your best look forward, without losing grace.

Abby Eaton jewelry is exclusively sold at Sand People, Kailua. 767 Kailua Rd., #767.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 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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