Lei Chic’s Greatest Hits of July

In case you missed some, here’s a look at a few of our favorite stories from this month, from Iratik’s latest jewelry line to Hawaii Calligraphy.

A new, fierce jewelry line

Krystle Ganotisi’s punk-meets-priestess jewelry line Iratik got a whole lot edgier: This summer, she released her psychedelic graphic clutches and the Wild Child collection, complete with pewter talon charms, mystic crystals and bronze shark tooth pendants. Look for her upcoming line of muscle tees, which have a distressed rock 'n' roll vibe and tribal typography, set to go on sale on her website this week.


Hawaii Calligraphy launches

We love Kelsey Nishi’s too-cute jewelry line Padma and Pickles, almost as much as we love her new creative endeavor, Hawaii Calligraphy. Launched this month, her full-service calligraphic studio has a variety of styles for invitations, art and business cards. See another side of her work at the new Eden in Love, where Nishi will be decorating the store’s walls with her flourishes.


Flower crown DIY tips

The summer accessory that’s in style year after year? Fresh blooms (The New York Times agrees). We caught up with the team at floral design studio Passion Roots for some DIY tips on how to craft a crown or headpiece from Island blossoms. If you get lazy, you can always cheat and order one from them or other local designers such as Floral Designs by Makane.


Stand-up paddle boarding tip review

We’re always looking for ways to exercise without feeling like we’re exercising. This month’s Fitness Friday found us at Magic Island testing out Paddle Core Fitness, a 2009 Best of Honolulu winner for Best Stand-Up Paddling Lessons. It was a real workout, but more than that—it was a blast. We even got our web team, editor and entire fashion team to join in on our weekly workout.