Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Make a Scene

Lei Chic You live in paradise. Too bad you don't see it very much.

Your apartment has a breathtaking view of... another apartment. Your daily commute features freeway and gridlock. Then there's your cubicle, which overlooks sweeping vistas of your not-so-attractive co-worker. Who likes to pick his nose when (he thinks) no one else is looking.

Ooh. Definitely nothing scenic about that.

Time to gain a new perspective with Salty Wear's iPhone 4 and 4S cases. Designer Ramon Vrielink snaps dazzling photos of island life, like Lanikai's Mokulua Islands, the hull of a canoe facing the ocean, or a honu swimming lazily off Hanauma Bay.

He digitally recolors each shot for a unique, slightly nostalgic feel, then transfers it onto a scratch-resistant sheet of coated aluminum set in clear or black hard-shell plastic. The result: a stunning, glossy panorama you can call up at any time.

Lei ChicIf a lifeguard tower or dew-tipped hibiscus isn't your thing, send Vrielink your own 1500x800 pixel image and he'll make you a custom iPhone cover in about a week.

Prices start at $30, so you can afford to set your sights on more than one case.

Changing your point of view has never been so easy.

If only you could say the same for your co-worker.

Salty Wear iPhone cases, available online or at Island Treasures Art Gallery, 602 Kailua Rd #103, (808) 261-8131. Visit Salty Wear's Facebook page to track the latest designs or request a custom cover.

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 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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