December 12th, 2012
Nadine Kam photos
Jewelry designer Sonya Monique, left, with Pam Lundquist and comedian/actor Tim Meadows. You might recognize him from "Saturday Night Live" and "Mean Girls."
The Spa at Trump hosted its annual Holiday Open House Dec. 11, offering guests a sampling of its spa menu through such mini services as a chair massage, makeup touch-ups, and more.
While waiting for appointment times made in advance, guests enjoyed cocktails and pupu including sushi, mini loco mocos and spring rolls from the Trump Waikiki Hotel's Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge, and browse jewelry designer Sonya Monique's unique line of earthy "Art to Adorn the Body."
She's inspired by organic materials, using objects ranging from feathers to wood, metal, gemstones and ocean discoveries to create look-at-me earrings and necklaces that she admits are sometimes "over-the-top," which makes each piece individually suited to the person who chooses it.
I'm showing some of the bolder tribal-style necklaces here, for women who enjoy making a head-turning entrance no matter where they go. But she was also featuring more subdued necklaces of dark shells trimmed down to urchin spine length and width, and polished smooth for chic city dressing. I thought the pieces were carved from horn, reminiscent of some of the jewelry by Marni.
You can find designs by Sonya Monique online at sonyamonique.com, or at Fighting Eel or the I AM. boutique at 1221 Kapiolani Boulevard.
Sonya Monique's "Coral Nemesis" necklace of rose coral and African brass, $425.
"Agate Queen" necklace of African copper and black-and-white agates, $525.
On display at the Spa at Trump were baskets of spa products packaged for holiday gift-giving, and playful stocking stuffers such as a line of Feeling Smitten Cupcake Bath Bombs and Bath Pops. They look so scrumptious that they come with a "do not eat" warning. This large "Birthday Cake" Cupcake Bath Bomb is $13.50.
Among the edibles offered up by the Trump Hotel Waikiki's Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge were mini loco mocos comprising wok-fried beef croquettes, capped by a perfect, jaunty quail egg, sunny side up.