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What 5 Summer Trends Must You Try?

~~Inspired by Hawaii Living~~
  1. Natural Skincare~

Here in Hawaii, heavy makeup is out in favor of fresh and natural sun-kissed faces.  The breezes of the islands are rich with floral aromas and we want the products on our bathroom counter to be much of the same.

There are tons of local artisans who make small batch beauty products, favoring pure and simple skin-saving ingredients instead of chemicals.  For instance, Indigo Elixirs, founded by herbalist Deanna Rose, is committed to using only sustainable and wildcrafted botanicals that heal and deeply moisturize. She makes her products in the Manoa Valley, surrounded by lush and no doubt inspiring agriculture. How romantic!  I love her ‘Mocha Rose Lip & Cheek Stain’, an all-in-one color concoction that smells divine and deposits the perfect amount of blendable color to give a gorgeous glow!

*Side note, she also makes a ‘Hot Chocolate Mint Massage Bar’ that I’ve legit almost eaten on several occasions because it smells so-oo delicious!

To cleanse, I love Honua’s ‘Pa’akai Hawaiian Salt Cleansing Cream’.  If you have sensitive skin like me, this stuff is a dream!  It may come as no surprise that the ocean was traditionally used to cleanse, both physically and spiritually.  This facial purifier heals with Hawaiian sea salt and regenerates your skin cells with antioxidant-rich hibiscus without drying and stripping your skin. The wild-harvested seaweed extract has soothing anti-inflammatory properties and accelerates the skin’s natural renewal process. PLUS-and perhaps most enticing for me-it smells alluringly lovely, of rose petals in a tropical garden.

Most of these products are so pure, you could eat them!..(Although as tempting as that may be, maaaybeee don’t?  Just a thought.  Though you may not like the taste of rose hip seed oil, the point is: your skin does!)  So, ditch the dirt and go for the good stuff! You deserve it.

  1.  Layering Necklaces~

We’ve all seen the posts of hot girls on the beach, dressed to the nines, and you think “is that necessary?”  Well, in my honest opinion, no. But there are easy ways to look stylish without all the effort.  Necklaces are sexy!  And super easy to layer.  So adorn those décolletés ladies and give some attention to that oft overlooked body part.  

To take these adornments a step further, Noelani Love has created gorgeous pieces by carefully selecting healing semi-precious gemstones and crystals that target chakra energy.  Try out her “I Speak My Truth” tanzanite choker style necklace, which is said to activate your throat chakra, enhancing clear communication. Now, who couldn’t use that?!  

Featured above:
Jyoti Earrings of tanzanite and crystal quartz
Truth Necklace of tanzanite
Jiva Necklace of tanzanite, moonstone and turquoise
Bhakti Necklace of kyanite, aquamarine, tanzanite and silverite.

  1.  Espadrilles~

These lightweight, natural fiber shoes are SUPS! Comfy.  Whether you are walking the streets of the east village, taking the pup for a stroll, or chilling beach-side, these are the shoes that will complete your summer look without killing your cute little feet :)  A favorite: Tory Burch’s Grenada espadrille.  Choose flats or wedges, either way, these are still the most comfortable styles in my shoe wardrobe.

  1.  Hair Turbans~

Messy hair, don’t care!  Nowadays there are so many gorgeous printed hair accessories to decorate your tresses.  Why not reach for a bright color that brings out your eyes, while also giving yourself an extra day to not wash your hair?  Did that sound lazy? Good. Because I am. I mean, sometimes. We all are, right?


So many styles to choose from!

I love the Maaji brand’s colorful and oh-so reversible Beach Turbans.  Those two Colombian sister-designers really know how to do that whole print-on-print thang.  I can’t get enough of these hairbands, especially since the tradewinds in Hawaii don’t allow for any effort of hair-styling to work for more than 30 minutes.


  1.  The Statement Earring~

Meet your new go-to summer accessory.  Summer is the time to be bold, adventurous and have fun with your style! One of the easiest ways to do this for the risk-averse among us, is to try out a new pair of big, bodacious earrings. There are so many pretty styles from Noelani Hawaii I can’t pick just one, but I especially love the ‘Ligia XL’ hand-woven gold wire hoop earrings:

and the chalcedony teardrop ‘Krystie’ Earrings:

I think they say, “Hey, I’m confident and like to have fun.”  What do yours say?  I mean, they’re called a statement earring for a reason :)  Another perk!.. these are lightweight, which is a quality of all of Noelani’s earrings...love!  I can’t speak for you, so try it yourself. You just might feel a little more beautiful than you already do.

This guest blog post was written by Heather Riedel, Noelani Hawaii jewelry manager.  Thank you for reading this!

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Gem Guide

Amazonite | Amethyst |  Apatite  |  Aquamarine  |  Chalcedony  |  Chrysoprase  |  Citrine  |  Druzy  |  Fluorite  |  Freshwater Pearl  |  Garnet  |  Iolite  |  Kyanite  |  Labradorite  |  Lapis Lazuli  |  Lemon Quartz  |  Moonstone  |  Mother of Pearl  |  Opal  |  Peridot  |  Pink Opal  |  Puka Shells  |  Pyrite  |  Quartz  |  Rose Quartz  |  Rhodochrosite  |  Ruby  |  Sunstone  |  Tanzanite  |  Topaz  |  Tourmaline  |  Turquoise



  • agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy,
  • harmonizes the yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe
  • metaphysically, agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence


  • heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras to enhance loving communication
  • Assists in manifesting universal love
  • Soothes emotional trauma
  • Alleviates worry and fear


  • symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom
  • using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings and love of the divine
  • helps overcome fears and cravings, as well as relieve headaches
  • can also be used as a dream stone and to help insomnia by placing the stone under your pillow while sleeping
  • this powerful protective stone can transmute negative energy into loving energy and enhance intuitive guidance



  • aids in manifestation
  • can help deepen meditation as well as raise kundalini energy
  • aids in communication and self expression, leading to knowledge of truth through the throat chakra


  • reduces stress and quiets the mind
  • a stone of courage, it is believed to counteract dark forces
  • sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance
  • clears the throat chakra and encourages service to humanity
  • encourages responsibility for oneself and promotes self-expression


  • a powerful cleansing stone that absorbs negative energy in order to balance the body, mind and spirit
  • transforms melancholy into joy
  • eases self-doubt
  • facilitates inward self-reflection
  • creates harmony


  • stimulates self-acceptance, forgiveness and compassion
  • said to enhance fertility
  • promotes relaxation, deep meditative states and peaceful sleep
  • stimulates creativity
  • energizes the sacral and heart chakras


  • powerful cleanser and regenerator
  • warming, energizing and highly creative stone
  • absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy
  • stone of abundance, teaching us how to manifest and attract wealth, prosperity and  success
  • soothes group/family discord
  • raises self-esteem and self-confidence, helping to develop a positive attitude
  • enhances concentration
  • helps overcome depression and fear
  • promotes inner calm so wisdom can emerge


  • encourages clarity of mind
  • stimulates the rising of Kundalini energy to the crown chakra
  • balances the chakras
  • amplifies the energy of the surrounding stones


  • powerful mineral that helps ground your energy and improve focus
  • absorbs negative energies within the environment
  • helps heal infections and disorders within the body


Freshwater Pearl

  • symbol of love and purity
  • promotes truth and loyalty


  • balances the root chakra
  • stimulates passion and creativity
  • promotes courage needed to overcome challenges or situations of crisis
  • improves self-confidence
  • works to heal blood-related diseases

Green Onyx

  • physically, onyx is beneficial for teeth, bones, bone marrow, the feet, and blood disorders.
  • a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel
  • provides support and relief in times of exceptional stress and confusion
  • can be used to heal old grief and suffering


  • activates the third eye, enhancing visualization and intuitive insight
  • aids in understanding
  • helps you express your true self
  • creates harmony in relationships


  • a "dream stone" that when placed on the forehead can bring insightful dreams and emotional release
  • a symbol of purity and serenity
  • much revered in the East, it is associated with increasing love in the heart chakra 
  • releases negative emotions



  • opens the throat chakra, encouraging self-expression and communication
  • excellent for meditation; amplifies high frequency energies
  • cuts through ignorance, fear and blockages
  • boosts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety


  • connects you to your higher consciousness
  • brings light to the wearer and blocks negative energy
  • stimulates intuition
  • balances fears and insecurities
  • strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe
  • a stone of transformation and useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance
  • a highly mystical and protective stone

 Lapiz Lazuli

  • opens the third eye
  • balances the throat chakra
  • stimulates enlightenment and enhances psychic abilities
  • releases stress and brings serenity and peace
  • protective stone, blocking you from negative energy
  • encourages self-expression and speaking your truth

 Lemon Quartz

  • meditation with lemon quartz will enhance focus on your goals with a clear, bright outlook to manifest your future as you wish it to be
  • a good luck stone, it helps usher in opportunities for abundance
  • helps curb diet-related cravings


  • balances the hormonal cycle
  • soothes and stabilizes the emotions
  • promotes intuition and helps develop clairvoyance
  • balances the sacral and solar plexus chakras
  • brings about good fortune and passionate love

Mother of pearl

  • attracts fortune and happiness
  • symbolizes purity, integrity and grace


  • enhances cosmic consciousness
  • induces psychic and mystical visions
  • reflective, karmic stone, teaching you that what you put out comes back
  • helps you realize your full potential
  • stimulates creativity


  • promotes grace and serenity
  • brings about forgiveness of oneself and dissolves feelings of self-blame
  • enhances prosperity in all areas of life
  • gently releases anger

Pink opal

  • said to aid in cleansing and activating the root and sacral chakras
  • creates a feeling of being centered

Puka shells

  • originates from cone snail shells in the ocean  
  • In the Hawaiian tradition, the wearing of puka shells was thought to ensure a peaceful and safe voyage, especially for sailors on a long journey


  • excellent energy shield, blocking out negative energy
  • a positive stone, facilitating tapping into abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas
  • improves memory
  • boasts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety and frustration


  • raises the vibration and amplifies energy
  • enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose

Rose Quartz

  • a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace
  • activates the heart chakra
  • purifies and opens the heart and helps to attract love
  • enhances positive affirmations


  • helps to attract soul mates
  • clears the solar plexus chakra
  • helps you to face the truth with loving awareness
  • encourages a positive attitude
  • enhances dream states and creativity
  • can lift depressed moods and bring light into your life


  • stimulates the heart chakra
  • encourages you to "follow your bliss" and passion for life
  • promotes dynamic leadership
  • attracts sexual activity
  • creates a positive and courageous mentality
  • encourages transformation and removal of negative energy


  • Sometimes called mystic sapphire, this stone is typically a sapphire which is heat treated to give it a coating to make it shiny.  
  • They are said to facilitate peace and balance within the physical, mental and spiritual energies of the body
  • Sapphires, in all their beauty, have been highly regarded and sought after throughout history, and associated with kings, emperors and Greek gods.


  • clears all the chakras
  • a joyful stone which brings in light and energy, allowing the true self to shine through happily
  • encourages optimism and enthusiasm
  • acts as an anti-depressant, lifting dark moods and bringing in the regenerative power of the sun


  • activates the throat chakra for clear communication and expression
  • promotes compassion
  • calms an overactive mind
  • brings a peaceful understanding of one's own heart


Tiger's Eye

  • a protective stone, bringing out integrity and promoting clarity of intention
  • alleviates depression
  • helps to mend personal issues of psychiatric dis-ease, a feeling of unworthiness and self-criticism
  • increases low-sex drive


  • a soothing stone that heals and energizes
  • promotes truth and forgiveness
  • helps you to find your true path
  • stimulates self-confidence



  • cleanses, purifies and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration
  • grounds spiritual energy
  • clears and balances all the chakras
  • attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity
  • balances male/female energy in the body


  • serves as a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm
  • brings about good fortune
  • symbolizes friendship
  • can increase growth and muscular strength, as well as detoxify the body
  • said to balance all the chakras