Pop-Up Pajama Party

What is more fun that a sleepover?  I have so many great memories of sleepovers with my girlfriends from when I was in middle and high school.  It really becomes a lost art when you are an adult. Nevertheless, chic pajamas are appropriate at every age.  I have been loving my Tink & Tiger floral coverup/shirt for both the beach and lounging around. So, I am excited to be hosting a Tink & Tiger Pop-Up pajama party at Candy Shop On Cannon, our flagship retail showroom at 9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston:

We’ll be having an evening of rosé, popcorn and other pajama-party-appropriate treats while you peruse and shop Amanda’s collection.  And if you can’t make it on Thursday, July 16th we’ll have all her pieces available in the store during regular retail hours through July 19th

Rhode Island Round Up 2015

We got back from vacation in Rhode Island last week and I am suffering a little bit from what is probably the post vacation blues. As some of you know, much of the Candy Shop Vintage jewelry is produced in Rhode Island.  It also happens to be one of my favorite areas of New England and for such a small state has so much to offer – beach, city life, seafood, natural beauty… the list goes on. I even did an extensive mini-guide to Rhode Island on this blog last year, so I am going to try not to repeat myself too much as we discovered a few more local gems this summer. I started my trip this year attending an old friend’s wedding in East Hampton and happily found I could make my way over to Rhode Island easily via the Montauk Ferry to the The Block Island Ferry. Each ride was less than an hour and though we experienced some rain and choppy seas en route, it was a beautiful way to travel, even on a grey day and afforded me an opportunity to mediate on the traumatic events of the previous week in Charleston from afar.

For the first week we rented a house via Airbnb that is on a beautiful salt water river called the Narrow River, technically in North Kingstown but bordering the coastal sea town Narragansett. My daughter Daphne had her own little beach to play on just steps from our house… The water in Rhode Island is coooold unlike the bath-seawater on the South Carolina coast in the summer. Almost too cold for my taste but very refreshing!

We were also a short car ride to the Narragansett town beach (which is absolutely beautiful), as well as a hop skip and jump away from a walk along the Naragasett sea wall that runs along the rocky part of the coast and is considered one of the best “free attractions” in Rhode Island.

We ate dinner at one night at The Coast Guard House Restaurant which flanks the sea wall. When you are sitting inside, surrounding by windows on all sides, you feel a bit like you are on a ship.  Great sea food and amazing view.

My husband took this hilarious photo of me “working” on the new deck outside the restaurant where you can relax in Adirondack chairs and take in the view on the rocks just above sea level. This was a great addition to the restaurant since last summer and a quieter option than the sometimes rowdy local bar on the roof.  For the record, I was only booking our hotel in Providence for the end of the week, I do know how to shut down on vacation, even though it can be difficult : )

Probably one of the best new spots we discovered on this trip was the Matunuck Oyster Bar. For the life of me, I do not know how we missed this in the three years we came prior but it is hands down the best seafood in Rhode Island.  They do not take reservations so you can often expect to wait 45 minutes to an hour to be seated, but it is absolutely worth it. The local oysters were perfection and I had some amazing grilled tuna entree both nights we ate there.  You can sit outside or in and the restaurant sits on a quaint little cove where I imagine they gather most of their fish from. They bill themselves as “Pond to Table.”

After a week on the river, we spent the weekend in Watch Hill, a town I covered extensively in my post last year. One of its most charming features it it’s Flying Horse Carousel a classic, brass-ring-grabbing ride that happens to be the oldest in the country. Our daughter Daphne was simply too young to ride last year but this year could not get enough. Starting at $1 a ride you could literally spend all day there until you have to bribe you child to move on with ice cream!

Our last night in Watch Hill we went with our hosts to The Ocean House, a beautifully restored hotel above the center of town. I visited The Ocean House in high school and danced in its then dilapidated basement bar. The Ocean House 2.0, lovingly restored and brought back to its glory days by a local businessman is simply perfect. I cannot imagine a better spot to enjoy a glass of wine or lobster roll on the entire East Coast!

We ended our trip in Providence, R.I. staying at our favorite Providence Hotel, The Dean. This hip, easy hotel is centrally located and has some great features, like old school gated elevators, a lobby coffee shop and two bars and a restaurant on the ground floor. It is extremely comfortable, quiet and very well priced. They also provide valet parking if you have a car with you though you can easily walk (or Uber) to much of the city from where it is located. My white Charleston Rice Beads were the perfect go-to accessory for exploring Rhode Island this year!

Daphne and I had to take a photo in front of their painted wall.  She was a great little traveler, although after a week away she informed us she was ready to “go back to my home” in Charleston.

If you have some time to kill on an afternoon in Providence, this local cafe The Duck and Bunny is one of my absolute favorites.  It has a glamorous, intimate interior as well as a charming outdoor garden where you can just as easily have tea and cupcakes as you can a pre-dinner drink.

My husband and I also wanted to try our one of the true, local Italian gems that Providence has to offer that we’ve neglected on previous visits. Driving by Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen in a former 1920′s speakeasy, their neon sign caught my eye.  We had a great dinner there – you cannot get more local than this place.  In fact we might have been the only non Italian-Americans in there. Also, did I mention the entire interior is done in shades of pink? Enough said.

We also spent an afternoon at the RISD Museum on Benefit Street which has an incredibly well-rounded, world class art collection, from Egyptian artifacts to Matisse to neons (my personal favorite) by Alejandro Diaz (below) and Dan Flavin. Sadly, their student exhibit was closed for the summer as I would have really liked to see that work. Fun fact: legendary costume jewelry Kenneth J. Lane is a RISD graduate.

We spent one afternoon with Daphne at her own version of a museum, The Providence Zoo. She had her face painted (very artistically I thought!) as a tiger and had fun growling at everyone we passed. The Providence Zoo is a perfect size for toddlers but I wouldn’t say it has an overwhelming number of exhibits.  We were in and out in under two hours, including a farm themed petting zoo. I noticed on our way out there were swan shaped paddle boats available for rent (!!!) in a nearby park – a must add to the list for next year!

We also managed to explore the quaint town of Bristol R.I. one afternoon, a short 30 minute drive from Providence.  Everything was decked and ready for their famous, annual July 4th Parade, which from the looks of the preparations is pretty spectacular. We did not have nearly enough time to spend their on our last afternoon, but we were so taken with it we were thinking of renting our vacation house there next summer…

Our last night in Providence or #PVD as it is hashtagged we got a babysitter and walked around downtown. As much as I should walk more in Charleston, I just don’t.  Walking is such an amazing way to appreciate a city, and you often find things you would not otherwise notice when you are driving, like this fantastic mural in the downtown Providence former “Jewelry District.”

We were even able to watch the sunset from one (possibly the only one) of Providence’s rooftop bars and it was a perfect note to end on.

Limited Edition Charleston Rice Beads & Happenings

A new Charleston Rice Bead Necklace in a 5′ length is now available online.  This is a limited edition piece for summer and we will be contributing $10 from the sale of every necklace online to The Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.  They are available here.

Also, if you are looking for things to do in Charleston this week, consider visiting The George Gallery tonight night for Imagining Eliza, a group show featuring ten artists.

Per my friend MK who helped organize the fundraiser:

Eliza  Pinkney was queen bee of Charleston back in the late 1700s and is responsible for introducing indigo farming to South Carolina. She was the first woman inducted into the South Carolina Women’s Business Hall of Fame and was generally just a total bad-ass. Her over 200 year old sack-back gown, thought to have been worn to the court of King George II, was given to the Charleston Museum in the 1940s and is in desperate need of restoration. Though we have her dress, no portraits of Eliza survived the Revolutionary War—we have no clue what she looked like! With this in mind, we’ve asked ten all-star artists from across the South and beyond to paint their own versions of an Eliza Pinckney portrait, inspired by her history and legacy. Proceeds from the sale of these works will go towards Eliza’s dress’s restoration. 

Then, this Wednesday I am SO excited that my good friend Sally Benedict whose beautiful ladies hang in my shop in Charleston is launching her new stationary line in collaboration with my fav Charleston paper shop, also on Cannon Street, Mac & Murphy you do not want to miss this:

If you are local, our Summer White Charleston Rice Beads are also available at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street – you can pick to wear to either of these fun evening events!


Some Thoughts On Charleston

I moved to Charleston seven years ago from New York City. While it was never a exactly a sleepy southern city, I have witnessed its explosive growth and development, particularly in the last three years. Charleston has grown rapidly and been put on the map, over and over again, as one of the best, most beautiful destinations in the country and a world class culinary mecca. There has been a feeling of palpable excitement in the air as Charleston accelerates into its unknown but exciting future.

I’ve often felt this is almost a ridiculously idyllic place to live, so beautiful some days that it’s almost as if nothing bad could ever happen in a place this nice. I feel lucky to live here, lucky to own a home here, fortunate to have launched a business here doing what I love. I’ve enjoyed Charleston’s hospitality, tasted its amazing food again and again and have tried to give and show the same to our friends and family who visit. When I travel other places, telling people I live in Charleston has often felt like disclosing that I am actually related to someone famous. It gets a visceral, universally positive response – everyone either loves Charleston or has heard that it is amazing and wants to go as soon as possible.

But last week all of that temporarily came to a grinding halt. Our community known for its openness, ease and hospitality was struck, suddenly, violently and seemingly out of nowhere. In spite of all the worse stereotypes of the South, they are not often uttered about Charleston, even though there is room for improvement in the city’s diversity and race relations. But something much worse than any one could have conjured up in their wildest, darkest imagination happened.  It did not seem real last week, and it hardly seems real now. 

image via gilshulergraphicdesign.com

My husband is an Episcopal Priest at Grace Church in downtown Charleston. When we heard this happened in a church, no less, the blow was especially painful, especially close to home. We had just shared a church service the Sunday prior with the neighboring A.M.E. Church and heard their spirited pastor deliver a message about the power of one to do great good. We consider our church, as many do, one of the safest places to be and one where racial divides do not exist – a sanctuary. A place where you would never have to worry about someone flying off the handle, becoming violent, or doing the impossible – killing.

Nearly a week into this crisis, however, a second story has begun to unfold. It is one so beautiful that it even trumps the cultural renaissance and staggering growth Charleston has been experiencing as of late. The love and peace that has flowed and flowed through Charleston and out of this crisis is overwhelming.  Every few hours for days after this terrible event I have read a new story that has brought me to tears -  particularly the forgiveness of the victim’s families. “We welcomed you Wednesday into our bible study,” said the Felicia Sanders, the mother of the youngest victim, “Tywanza was my hero, but as we said in Bible study, we enjoyed you but may God have mercy on you.”  The aid funds for the families were set up quickly and efficiently (learn how to contribute here), the church bells rung in unison from every church in the city and beyond this past Sunday morning at 10AM, and the diverse “unity chain” across the Ravanel Bridge brought thousands of residents out to stand for peace. Prior to this crisis, there was a sense that all this was possible here, but a there was lack of urgency and understanding on how and when to begin to implement it. 

I think about one of my favorite movies – the Grinch that stole Christmas – of a dark, despicable, damaged character who came down from the mountain to destroy a community. He was so sure he would rob them of their obscene happiness he was actually gleeful in his pursuit of destruction.  And when he got there, even his interactions with the sweetest and youngest of them didn’t deter him from his mission. But what he finds when he looks down the mountain – after he has taken seemingly everything from them – is that where he expects there to be anger and despair, he instead sees love and hope.  He hears their bells ringing and voices singing and sees their hands clasped in unity. This is our Charleston community right now. As the Mayor of Charleston observed, “if that young man thought he was going to divide this country… he miserably failed.” Now more than ever, I feel lucky to be a Charleston, S.C. resident.


Father’s Day Love

When my friend Morgan of BURU – a fabulous online clothing boutique for fashion forward mammas – asked me to share a little about my husband for Father’s Day for her online magazine, I couldn’t help but think back to this adorable photo shoot we did with Gray Benko last year. These photos really captured the essence of my husband John and daughter Daphne’s silly and loving relationship.  In honor of Father’s Day I shared a little more about Daphne’s special Daddy as well put together a great little Father’s Day gift guide for all the moms out there… Head on over to the BURU blog today and check it out! 

And thanks again to Gray for these photos we will treasure forever – they really captured a special moment in time and the very brief moment our poodle, Birthday, was actually small!

We Have A Winner & Our Next Trunk Show

First things first… I arrived at work yesterday to find a yellow crane swinging perilously close to my brand new awning. This is all part of the ongoing Cannon Street beautification project by the Charleston Parks department who are making the sidewalks on Cannon street wider and more pedestrian-friendly. They are also adding bike racks and other much needed improvements and I am all for it. But I didn’t get a heads up on the exact day/time this would land on my doorstep, so unfortunately I’ve had to suddenly close shop for two days until completion and will reopen this Thursday June 4 at 11AM.

Next I wanted to announce the winner of our recent giveaway, a pair of new teardrop Charleston Rice Bead Earrings that are not yet for sale. I loved all the entries, they were chic creative and adorable. But in conversing with my assistant we determined the ultimate winner to be Paige Johnson, who creatively printed out some “paper” Charleston Rice Beads to share since she does not yet have her own.  Congrats Paige! Please email us your mailing address at contact@candyshopvintage.com.

A couple other of my favorite giveaway entries are below. I’ll be doing another summer giveaway soon so please be sure to follow us on Instagram @candyshopvintage for a heads up!

Finally, we are excited to be having a Candy Shop Vintage trunk show at Fleur Boutique in Raleigh, NC this week.  Our trunk show will be up for three days total during store hours and feature our new Candy Shop Collection pieces, our Charleston Rice Beads, and even some one-of-a-kind vintage pieces – please stop by if you live in the area!


*NEW* Charleston Rice Bead Earring Giveaway

I am gearing up for a fun, Spoleto-filled weekend in Charleston and just got my first samples of our new, Charleston Rice Bead teardrop earrings, not yet available online.  I thought I’d give one of the first pairs away (below, in shiny gold).  All you have to do to qualify to enter is to share a photo of you wearing yours or even just a picture of your Charleston Rice Beads on their own on instagram using the hashtag #lovemycharlestonricebeads and you will be entered to win. Make sure to tag @candyshopvintage in your photo or caption so I can see it.

You can also email me your photo to contact@candyshopvintage.com if you don’t use Instagram or you have a private account.  Ends at midnight, Sunday.  Happy weekend!

Sharing The Love: Summer Hostess Gifts

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and the kick-off to summer – otherwise known as houseguest season. Being a host is hard – but being hosted can be even harder. Whether you’re visiting a friend out at the beach for the day, tagging along for an afternoon barbecue, or crashing with someone for an entire weekend, being someone’s guest can often be navigating some very murky waters of etiquette.  How early do you arrive? How late do you leave? When do you pick up the check? Some of those things just take experience and good intuition but one thing is for sure – the worst houseguest can be forgiven – even invited back – if they bring a great gift:

1. DINNER GUEST: These sweet macaroon trinket boxes, at $12 they are less than a good bottle of wine and will last longer.

2. OVERNIGHT GUEST: A turquoise Charleston Rice Bead bracelet is an affordable token of affection with a great story behind it. Leave it behind on your pillow with a thank you note or even order one online after you leave and ship it directly to your hostess with a Candygram.

3. WEEKEND GUEST: These embroidered pink elephant cocktail napkins along with a bottle of your favorite spirit are the perfect contribution to your farewell round of cocktails with your hostess.

4. WEEKLONG GUEST: Being a guest for more than a weekend means one thing – your host is a veteran. Contribute something that can become a permanent fixture in their home and that can be put to use like these whimsical Charleston linen guests towels. 100% heirloom linen and 100% washable.

5. FOR THE LITTLE ONES: Until we have Charleston Rice Beads for kids, you can grab one of these adorable Color Charleston books at Candy Shop On Cannon for just $12 whimsically illustrated by my talented friend Mary Mac and hand bound with red thread.  Also available on her website.

6. LOANER VACATION HOUSE: When someone loans you their house – whether for a week or even just a night –  it’s appropriate to spoil them a bit with something special that only they can enjoy, like our Crescent Necklace – new for summer – in Pool Blue. It’s still just a drop in the bucket compared to the money you would have spent on rent or a hotel. And don’t forget to make the beds before you leave.

Brilliant Brazilliance

Every now and then you stumble upon an interior so perfect you want to cry. My friend Andrea of The Glam Pad recently alerted me to this fabulous retreat decorated by Leigh Olive Mowry of Olive Interiors. Could you die?

The drama of the back wall is amplified by the classic Brazilliance Wallpaper, a perfect compliment to the immaculate black and white marble floor and pops of hot pink and gold. Also, I love how they didn’t try to hide the ventilation system and instead made it stand out in a glossy black – it almost looks like it is part of the architecture:

Last year I wallpapered a mobile room divider in my office with Brazilliance from Society Social so I could be sure to take it with me when I moved and we had fun using it as a backdrop in our Holiday shoot with the pink tree I bought when my daughter was born. What says holidays in the South better than hot pink and green?

Even the outdoor details of this Olive Interiors retreat are pretty much to die for.  To see more, hop on over to Andrea’s fabulous blog, one of my absolute favs! You’re welcome.