Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Leather and Grace

Lei Chic You’ve never had a problem coming out of your shell.

No one’s ever accused you of clamming up about any topic and, let’s face it, you can be downright shellfish about sharing the spotlight. So finding just the right look for your outspoken style without resorting to spikes and metal cuffs can leave you a little crabby.

Enter Nina Kuna.

The New York-trained photographer has been turning out her nature-inspired jewelry from her Makawao home since 2008. But just in the last few weeks, she’s added dramatic leather strips to her signature precious metal-plated shells.

Lei Chic You’ll go wild for delicate gold-dipped cowries paired with shoulder-sweeping leather tassels. Dainty rhodium-plated puka shells go striking strung on deerskin leather strands that can be wrapped around the waist or looped around the neckline.

Every piece goes perfectly with Kuna's classic pieces such as her shell bangles in 18K yellow gold, rose gold, and rhodium-plate, sea urchin, starfish, or opihi designs.

It looks like you've finally met your fashion mix-and-match.

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See Nina Kuna's entire collection on her website .  Enter code LeiChic for a 20 percent discount through October 26.

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 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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