Cocktail Hour With The Deans April 29th

I am excited to be collaborating with two of Charleston’s veteran hostesses (among other things) – The Deans of The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits - to host a pre-Mother’s Day book signing on Tuesday, April 29th from 4-6PM.  The Deans will be teaching a mini version of one of their famed classes in a picturesque location in Downtown Charleston.  Come glean some knowledge form the Deans about throwing a last minute soirée as they teach a mini version of one of their famed classes, pick up a signed copy of their new book and shop Mother’s Day jewelry specials. Tickets are available for $15/person you can buy them here – space is limited!

And speaking of Charleston, love this simple and chic look that is just perfect for Spring from Style Within Reach today with our vintage gold Charleston Rice Beads:

Welcome Spring & The Azalea Festival

I just got back from a brief visit to one of my other favorite Southern cities, Wilmington, NC.  I’ve written and posted a lot about Wilmington on my blog because my friend Jess James lives there and I visit her regularly – she’s my home away from home! Like Charleston, Wilmington is a charming, historic coastal city.  I also work with a great retailer in Lumina Station, out near Wrightsville Beach called Ziabird that carries my jewelry Collection – be sure to pay them a visit if you are ever there. Lynn’s store is a wonderful selection of jewelry accessories and chic coastal attire.

On this trip I also had the pleasure of attending Wilmington’s Annual Azalea Festival Garden Party.  The city, seemed like a living breathing advertisement for all things horticultural. Every flower on every bush and tree and in every garden was blooming to perfection, this was just on my walk to get coffee the first morning I was there:

A friend of Jess’s generously gave us her spare Garden Party tickets.  We went to her house to pick them up – a house that had hosted, some previous evening, the “Azalea Belles.” The stunning home was bedecked in flower arrangements as well, even a couple in the shape of gowns.  Not sure exactly how the “Belles” are selected, but they are ambassadors of sorts for the city of Wilmington. I was actually told by a woman whose daughter was a Belle this year that it was so much work, it felt like “being the mother of a bride.”

This is Dan, the charming and dapper owner of the British Taxi.  He owns a fleet of London Black Cabs that he rents out for special events and promotions.  He was nice enough to have one of his drivers chauffeur us around all afternoon, a good thing, since Garden parties and day drinking seem inextricably linked. David Beckham sat in our very same taxi just a few weeks earlier, not an unpleasant thought as we rode around : )

The Azalea Festival Garden Party itself was in a large field with bars set up on the outskirts and a BBQ tent for lunch under the live oaks.  The sun was pretty intense and I instantly regretted not wearing a huge hat like (seemingly) ever single other person there. I did made a makeshift hairpiece out of a silk flower and vintage brooch at the last minute.   They served some nice cocktails called “Azaleas” with a mix of juice and champagne, the perfect afternoon-nap inducing tonic…

My “headpiece,” above.  And below, I liked this girl’s look – kind of a “Garden Party Nymph” – with a simple flower crown:

Couldn’t resist a photo up with some other Charleston imports, a group of Citadel cadets.  Their uniforms always remind my of Marc Jacob’s great military inspired coats from the early 2000′s, do you think that was their inspiration?  Ha, just kidding.

All-in-all and extraordinarily fun and pretty much perfect afternoon. Azaleas, black taxis, hats and BBQ – and an after party on this surely-over-capacity dock!

Thanks for the ride British Taxi and for the hospitality Jess James!  I thought this photo below kind of summed up the vibe of the whole afternoon and is a perfect note to end on.  Spring is definitely here.



Simple and Chic, Trunk Shows and Cocktail Classes

Ever since we launched our Charleston Rice Beads, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind that shows no signs of slowing down, especially not with the TSC Summit coming to town at the end of this month.  I’ve been loving how everyone’s been styling their Charleston Rice Beads and sharing via instagram and their blogs – keep em’ coming!  I probably need a hashtag of sorts – for now we are working with #chsricebeads if you want to share yours.  One of my favorite bloggers and people Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach The Glitter Guide kept it clean and chic with a single gold bracelet for her Spring Essentials post on her blog this week:

If you live in Charleston and are here this week/weekend, there are two excellent trunk shows happening. The first is CCH Collection which offers GREAT fashion forward yet still timeless basics (I own and LOVE the polka dot dress pictured below and wore it at my Charleston Luncheon) They are here this Friday and Saturday:

The second is eternally chic swimwear by Marysia – not just for ladies, but for bumbys as well.  Meet her and try on her gorgeous suits this Thursday evening in Downtown Charleston at Everything But Water in the shops at Charleston Place:

Finally, I had the opportunity to meet with the Suzanne Pollak of The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits over coffee yesterday and we hatched a plan to do a fabulous pre-Mother’s Day event together, a cocktail class of sorts…so stay tuned! Their new book, an all-encompassing guide to entertaining comes out April 15th and I got a sneak peek! It’s just perfect.

Charleston Happenings This Week and This Spring

If I haven’t overdosed you on Charleston yet, this might be the straw that breaks the camels back.  That said, it is nice to have a feeling of pride in where you live.  If you live here this first bit of info. is for you. Tomorrow night, myself and two other stellar vintage hunters are hosting an evening we’ve coined “The Thrill of The Hunt” details below – this event is open to the public you do not need to RSVP but you may want to to receive a gift bag:

Next month I will attend The Southern C Summit, a creative conference of sorts I attended last year.  It was a great opportunity for networking, inspiring discussion and meeting some of the faces behind the little squares of activity I follow on Instagram.  The face that this year’s conference is in Charleston is just great – I can practically roll out of bed!  Check out The Glitter Guide editor Caitlin’s post on the conference today and also her packing essentials, you may spy some Charleston Rice Beads (all images via theglitterguide):

Finally, that same week on Thursday, May 1, our Charleston Retailer and friend Stacy Smallwood of HAMPDEN/JAMES is hosting a fabulous Runway event for Tibi at The Charleston Library Society.  You don’t want to miss this and tickets will go quickly so buy them here:

Candy Shop Vintage is InStyle This April

No really! It is IN InStyle!  Do you know how cool it is to open such a recognized magazine see something you designed?  Pretty amazing!

This is a first for one of my Candy Shop Collection designs to actually be featured in a national magazine. I met with there amazingly stylish and lovely Accessories Director Leah last year to show her my Collection. It means so much to me that such a big publication would support a new line and designer. And it was named as one of the top 10 essentials to these 31 looks. So thank you InStyle!  The Classic White Space Age Bangle is styled seven different ways, here are just a few.

This Week in Charleston

This week is Charleston Fashion Week and I had the pleasure of attending as Cator Spark’s guest last night.  Cator is editor-in-chief of The Manual and was also one of the Fashion panel judges.  We got to ride in style in a nifty van, which is good since they served a lot of champagne at the shows.

I met Cator at his lovely downtown Charleston house before the show and was pretty obsessed with his oyster shell doorknocker:

We met up with this crew, including two friends visiting from Wilmington Jess and Juliana:

Ayoka Lucas, stylist and MC /general Queen B of Charleston Fashion Week was nice enough to wear some of our brand new Charleston Rice Beads which looked great on her!  Love how she layered them:

One of the highlights of the whole show was the student show from The Art Institute of Charleston.  It was very creative with a lot of Lowcountry “touches” including an array of hand made seagrass accessories, my personal favorite:

And I turned on my computer this AM to this lovely post by Chassity Evans of Look. Linger. Love. wearing some of our Charleston Rice Bead bracelets (shot by the talented Gray Benko):

If you live in Charleston and are attending Charleston Fashion Week any other nights, be sure to tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #cfwstyle for a chance to win our gold Charleston Rice Bead necklace, modeled here by Charleston Shop Curator’s Andrea Serrano who has some cute street style pics from last night on her blog:

Finally, next week my friend Sidney Wagner who owns an amazing interiors shop and design business in Mt. Pleasant called The Eclectic is hosting myself and Lauren Lail of Library Vintage for a workshop where we will all be sharing some tips and trick for vintage hunting.  If you live in Charleston, consider joining us.  The first 25 people to RSVP get a gift bag!


A Charleston Luncheon (& Trivia Answers)

What are the key ingredients to a good party?  Turns out, BBQ, a little bit of day drinking, some awesome ladies and a little Ryan Gosling.  Last Thursday, I threw a launch party for my brand new collection of Charleston Rice Beads, a revival of a vintage bead chain inspired by the port city (and my current home) Charleston, SC.  I invited some of my favorite (and most creative) ladies in Charleston.  While it may appear so, this is hardly your typical “ladies who lunch” crowd.  Filling out our table at The George Gallery  in downtown Charleston were entrepreneurs, interior designers, bloggers, editors, writers, store owners – women (and fellow Charleston dwellers) who inspire me daily.

Everyone got their own little sample from my new collection as well as the opportunity to fill our my tongue-in-cheek Charleston Trivia quiz that I posted Friday.  If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll get all ten answers…

I spelled out CHARLESTON in gold letter balloons that made a wonderful backdrop to the luncheon in the airy and modern George Gallery.  On the menu was serve yourself BBQ from one of Charleston’s best spots – Home Team – with key lime pie and banana pudding for dessert.  I also accented the bar and tables with CIN CIN Vintage’s great prints and cocktail napkins inscribed “Champage is Always The Answer.” (Isn’t it though?)

And of course, front and center was the jewelry itself, a small pop-up of all of our Charleston Rice Beads currently on offer in shades of silver, gold and even a bright turquoise.  The necklaces are 5′ in length and can be doubled and even tripled plus look great layered together.  And our Charleston Rice Bead bracelets are only $28 and a perfect way to begin your own collection:

The signature cocktail of the afternoon was a vodka and St. Germain cocktail over crushed ice and topped with fresh lime and a splash of champagne.  I served it up in these adorable kraft coffee cups with fun, striped straws along with some rosé Champagne from the boys of Wine Awesomeness:

Me putting on my “party face” (above) in some of my Charleston Rice Beads and Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty doing a little shopping with Elizabeth Gumb of Well Coiffed Closet (below):

These are some of the first ladies I met in Charleston and my closest friends, Martina Radic a practicing psychologist in Charleston, Harper Poe of Proud Mary and Stella French who currently works for AirBnB and Charleston gal about town:

Stylist Ayoka Lucas, taking a break from her pre-Charleston Fashion Week prep chats with Harper just after I give everyone the lowdown on how to fill out their trivia questions:

I had the opportunity to make a small presentation on the collection and of course announce all the trivia winners. Lunchtime trivia was the perfect activity to keep things moving along and also fun and interesting, plus one lucky guest even got to take home Ryan Gosling.

And of course these girls always look wonderful – Hanna Seabrook (gadabout), Chassity Evans (Look. Linger. Love)  and Olivia Mitchell Block (Lacquered Life). They have three of the best blogs around.

Big thanks to Clay Austin for capturing the luncheon magic, to the George Gallery and Anne Siegfried for lettings us throw a party in her fab space and Ryan for being so courteous with the ladies.

Want to see more luncheon photos?  Head over to our Candy Shop Vintage Facebook Page.  As for our Charleston Trivia Quiz from our previous post, here are the answers: 1) 1920′s  2)  Mark Sanford  3)  Stephen Colbert   4)  The Notebook  5)  2007  6)  Garden & Gun  7) (d) cocaine  8) Sean Brock of HUSK and McCrady’s  9) Gold Bug Island  10) Bill Murray

A Bit of Charleston Trivia

If you’re bored this weekend and think you know (or what to learn) a little about my home city Charleston, SC, take a stab at our Charleston Trivia quiz below.  Ten questions that are sure to get your Southern creative juices flowing. Answers to be posted on Monday.  Lovely Charleston balloon illustration via asubtlerevelry.

Spring Fashion in Charleston + Candy Shop Vintage

It’s Spring in Charleston (even if the rest of the country is getting slammed with Polar Vortex V) and the March issue of Charleston Magazine is on stands and is all about spring fashion.  I was honored to be included in the issue amongst talented designers like Christina Jervey, Annie Van Harlington, Lindsey Carter of Troubadour and media favorites like Cator Sparks of The Manual and Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love just to name a few.  There is even a great feature on the beautiful Charleston home and family of Lauren Lail (Library Vintage) in the same issue.  Definitely pick up a copy for a peek inside of Charleston’s fashion/design community.  It is a special place I am fortunate enough to live in!