Friday, May 11, 2012

Bangle for Your Buck

Lei Chic Everyone says you're a real doll. But the moment your perfect sister walks in, they skipper right over you.

So what if she's got her PhD, worked as an astronaut and is now running for president? (All in four-inch stilettoes, of course.) She still won't let you crash at her Malibu beach house, drive her pink convertible, or raid her designer closet. You're this close to showing her what a bratz she's being.

Whoa. Don't do anything plastic.

First, take a deep breath. Now look at Kiki Beach, a new jewelry line by ki-ele designer Marylea Conrad.

Lei ChicLike ki-ele, Kiki Beach is feminine and beachy-chic with delicate touches of pearls, shells and charms. The big difference? Every piece in the collection costs less than $25.

So you can actually afford to stack your wrists with multiple silver bangles accented with puka shells and tumbled recycled glass. Or layer a long, gold non-tarnish wishing bone charm and turquoise bead necklace with a playful peace charm and cone shell necklace. Throw on a pair of recycled blue-clear glass hoop earrings and you'll have an effortless, refreshing look without raiding the piggy bank.

The Honolulu designer created Kiki Beach - a play on both her daughter's nickname and Oahu's famous south shore - to provide budget-friendly accessories without sacrificing style.

So you don't have to have, say, be a princess, to buy beautiful, elegant jewelry that even your bombshell of a sister would be envious of.

Talk about raising the bar(bie).

Kiki Beach by ki-ele, available at Town & Country Surf in Windward Mall, Pearlridge Center and International Marketplace in Waikiki. Photo Courtesy: Smile Passion by Giji Galang.

Posted on Friday, May 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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