Monday, June 13, 2011

handmade monday: bel kai designs

Bel Kai Designs is a handmade company based out of Long Beach, California that makes beautiful jewelry with intricate and colorful details. There isn't a piece in this shop that I wouldn't love and wear often. Every design is beautifully made and unique. 

I'm so glad Whitney reached out to me, as I have fallen in love with this company! They have even worked with one of my favorite music artists, JJ Heller, to create a couple of necklaces with some of her lyrics. 

I have this one, which you'll see in an upcoming outfit post. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from Bel Kai Designs. 


Let's get to know Whitney a little bit better, shall we?

What inspires your designs? 
Can I say everything?  I am inspired by LIFE!, nature, artists & designers, verses & poems that personally speak to me.  I love the challenge of a customer coming to me with a particular situation in their life or an organization that wants a special piece to represent their cause – the ideas and passion of others inspires me!  A lot of times, designs come from something I want to make for myself…maybe to complement a new outfit or with a verse/poem that is speaking personally to me – I’ll make it for myself and wear it a bit and then I’ll add it to the shop.

What is your favorite color//color scheme? 
This won’t sound very original, because it seems this is the scheme to adore lately, but it’s all about turquoise and mustard yellow for me.  Turquoise has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember.  I think mainly because I love turquoise stones…there are so many different variations of turquoise…from green to bright teal…it looks great with so many other colors.

What is the best part about running your handmade business? 
This is hard to narrow down!  I think I’d have to say that it’s the combination of being able to make money, doing something that I truly love, love – while working around the schedule of my family.  I know…that was sneaky…I realize that’s really three things!  It is an amazing opportunity to be able to spend quality time with my boys since they aren’t in school full time yet, and squeezing in work during naptimes and bedtimes.  It’s something I never take for granted.  As they say, you can’t get this time back and it goes so fast – and I feel like I’ve been mostly present during these little years and I’m so thankful for that.


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  1. aww these necklaces are soo fun and cute and colorfuL!

  2. These pieces are gorgeous, and Whitney seems so great! What a terrific feature!

  3. in love with the necklaces... i wish i could make things like that! i love the designer too, she seems fun :D <3


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