Perfect Pairing – Kuleana and Keiki Kruisers

A part of Paradisus is The Kuleana Collection. This collection celebrates the natural beauty of island life, while reminding us of our responsibility to preserve and protect these gifts for tomorrow.  It is our commitment to honor “Na hulu manu o Hawai’i” (The precious things of Hawai’i)

So it was particularly special when I discovered Keiki Kruisers .  This is a line of children’s ti-shirts with delightful drawings of a Pua (flower), a Pe’a (starfish), an Opihi (mollusk) and others designs that are also part of the Kuleana Collection. What could be more appropriate than to celebrate our children while honoring them with the same commitment.  And what a perfect Mother and Child gift for Mother’s Day or a New Baby.

Keiki Kruisers is designed by Lyda Liu of Waimea, Hawaii and is a Mom inspired clothing company. This active wear line is appropriate for all parts of a kid’s fun life, beach, school, playtime, indoor time. Her line can be found on-line

Meet Kelli Martines and her daughter Leila as they play together, Leila in her Pe’a T-shirt and Kelli with her double Pe’a Paradisus Charms necklace.

Jalyn Tani Lang, Personal Style Consultant

Meet one of our retailers.  Jay doesn’t have a store front but manages to show and recommend our pieces to her clients.  This is her story..

I love Paradisus jewelry, which gives me a deep emotional connection to Hawaii, where I grew up. I respond to the strong designs and appreciate the handcrafted quality. I love that the jewelry can be worn with casual wear and formal wear. My sister wore the Paradisus pikake necklace and matching earrings with a formal gown to Barack Obama’s inauguration ball. I can dress up a casual summer sundress by putting on my Paradisus coral necklace with monsterra pendant. My kalo pin adds interest and focus to a simple sweater. People stop me and want to rip my monsterra cuff bracelet off my wrist, they love it so much.

I am a personal style consultant in the Bay Area where I help both men and women attain a versatile, coordinated wardrobe that is current without being trendy, stylish without being flashy. If you have no time, no interest, or no clue, let me help you figure out what to wear and how to make it work.

I start with a closet audit to edit and purge clothes and create combinations with a fresh eye from what survives. Once we know the missing pieces, the next step is a personalized shopping trip to build a dream wardrobe where things fit, styles flatter, and you look thinner. You save time and money, stay within your budget, and forgo those expensive fashion mistakes that looked great in the store but just sulked in your closet.

I also offer two other stress reducing services. I help reduce the anxiety of packing for travel, making sure your carryon is filled with the appropriate, the accessories, and the necessaries.  And Special events need not be fashion crises because I help with finding the perfect outfit, along with coordinating shoes, jewelry, and handbag.

Check out my website for more details about my services, as well as seasonal tips, newsletter articles, and my blog, Fashion Currents:

Jalyn’s Ten Easy Steps to Looking Your Best
  1. Don’t become a fashion victim. Update your wardrobe to be current without being trendy.
  2. A sale item begs two questions: would I pay full price and what will I wear with it?
  3. Always have impeccable shoes and handbags. They can make or break an outfit.
  4. Think about cost per wearing. Clothes you wear often deserve to be investment pieces. Spend less on evening wear.
  5. Mantra: I will strive for quality over quantity.
  6. A good foundation for any outfit starts with bras that fit and flatter and underpants that don’t show.
  7. Seek the perfect fit. Looser clothes that skim and contour your body are more slimming than tight clothes.
  8. Choose dark neutrals as the backbone of your core wardrobe.
  9. Dress for your body type and your age. Just because it looks fabulous on the runway doesn’t mean you should own it.
  10. Be confident because you’ve paid attention to these easy steps, and you look your best!

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

Pearls are classic and always fashionable with jeans or that black dress or with your muumuu.  We have added our special Paradisus Monstera and Woven Makaloa Clasps to fresh water  and shell pearls.  Single strand chokers, double strand bracelets and longer than opera necklaces are affordably priced and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit

To all of you…from Akemi and Linda, Happy New Year…We are looking forward to 2011, the year of the Rabbit or Hare.

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year to catch your breath and calm your nerves.  It is a time for negotiation.  To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children.   Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

Metal is the element for the 2011 Rabbit and what is more appropriate than silver.

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Retiring the Lauhala Collection

Lauhala CuffWhen we began designing our Paradisus jewelry line, the traditional weave done with the native Hala Pandanus leaf was one of our first inspirations.  The weave created a soft geometric pattern which was perfect for the “repousse” hammered technique used by the artisans.  Just like the real Lauhala mats and hats where each pattern is a little different, so it is with each bracelet, bangle, and earring set.  No two are alike.

It is with  reservation that we have decided to retire the Lauhala Collection.  To view the entire collection, go to the website <>.  There are pieces still available at Nohea Gallery, Riches in Kahala and at Palm Palm on the island of Kauai. This group will not be re-ordered.