Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Shells and the City

www.leichic.com Sometimes you’re a little bit country (bikini, sundress, rubber slippers). And other times, you’re straight up rock-and-roll (skinny jeans, sexy top, sky-high stilettos).

But your limited closet space and even more limited budget insist you invest in accessories that work for both.

Thank goodness for La ‘akea, the beachy-chic jewelry line designed by local girl Natasha Briley, that offers the best of both worlds.

As former owner of the ultra-stylish MisFortune boutique, Briley is no stranger to high fashion. But just because she can rattle off designers at the drop of a hat doesn't mean that she's strictly a city girl.

In fact, it’s Briley’s beachfront home on the North Shore, where she handcrafts each piece, that offers her inspiration. Her pieces combine sterling silver and wire-wrapped gold hardware with organic, island elements such as stones, pearls and shells.

Take for instance the metallic-dipped shell pendant necklaces or the wire-wrapped hoop earrings adorned with semi-precious stones.

Like all her pieces, both are just as perfect for a weekend at the beach as they are for a night on the town.

Proving that sometimes it’s okay to be a two timer.

La‘akea jewelry is available boutiques all over the state including at  Split Obsession, Shasa Emporium, and Valerie Joseph on Oahu; and on the Big Island at Ginger and Koi and Persimmon.

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 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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