Monday, May 14, 2012

Birds of a Leather

Lei Chic Bird 1: Whoa, what are you so angry about? You're blasting tweets all the way across the canyon.

Bird 2: There's a giant pig down below that says my style stinks. Thick brows are so last season. Red is definitely not your color. I tried to play it cool, but he's totally ruffling my feathers.

Bird 1: Put the exploding crate down and take a beak at this feather-inspired jewelry by Badkitty Hawaii. Self-taught designer Nicole Yamashiro hand-cuts delicate shapes out of colorful, textured leather she brings back from Japan. Then, she layers the pieces to create eye-catching earrings, or strings them on gold-filled and silver chains for fluttering bracelets and necklaces.

Throw on a single turquoise blue feather necklace for a pop of color, or wear the soft gray and textured cream feather earrings for a subtle, yet stylish look. Either way, you'll score major style points.

Lei Chic Bird 2: I love the way she accents them with tiny sterling silver nuggets for a touch of elegance. Finally, I can slingshot the smirk right off that hog's face!

Bird 1: And since all the leather feather designs in her Etsy shop cost no more than $20, you can afford to peck up more than one.

So get ready to take your look to a whole new level.

This line is a total game-changer.

Badkitty Hawaii's leather feather jewelry, $18 to $20, available on Etsy.

Posted on Monday, May 14, 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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