The Candy Shop Vintage Holiday Lookbook is now live, chock full of new goodies and great gift ideas:
Like the brand new Charleston Rice Bead Earring, the perfect little everyday stud:
Our new Far East Collection, a capsule collection of Asian inspired jewelry is now available online. The centerpiece of the collection, The Breastplate Necklace (shown below in Midnight Blue) is set with faux opal cabochons made of glass that has flecks of gold foil within them for a beautiful, dimensional look. As soon as I found these stones I couldn’t wait to incorporate them into this collection. They are just magical to look at! The Breastplate necklace was inspired by a vintage runway piece from the 1970′s that I purchased several years back. The original piece has Asian motifs on it, but I felt adding stones was more interesting for a contemporary look and to give each piece a splash of color. They have all been plated in a rich, slightly “antiqued” 14K gold finish for an old world look.
I also did a series of single Crescent Necklaces (above right) set with the same stones that are more discreet for ever day wear. And to compliment the two pieces are three styles of the Lu Tassel Earring (below) each with a silk tassel and featuring the Chinese “Lu” in the center, which means “prosperity.”
I wore the entire set in Amethyst to the launch of this Collection at our HAMPDEN Clothing trunk show just a couple weeks back. I am thrilled with how they turned out. They are especially festive for all the pre-holiday parties cropping up this time of year. See the entire Collection and shop it here.
I was so thrilled to have Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes in Charleston a a couple weeks ago for my trunk show at HAMPDEN CLOTHING. I normally hassle my husband (JAZ) to DJ all my events and he is great but to have a fellow vintage lover AND stylish lady DJ to mix things up was just too perfect. I gave her some Charleston Rice Beads as a souvenir to take back to Dallas and she styled them with this enviable vintage tweed jacket and layers of vintage gold jewelry on her blog last week. This look is simply perfection – trophy wife meets young city girl combined with 80′s supermodel!
To see more visit her blog, all images via seaofshoes.com.
I am thrilled to announce that our collaboration with Lettermade on three different sets of linen cocktail napkins, are now available on our website. Available online in sets of six ($56 per set) exclusively through Candy Shop Vintage & Lettermade these whimsical embroidered cocktail napkins are brought to you by two designers with a love of vintage and an appreciation of old-world quality combined with modern aesthetics.
The designs include a Charleston Cocktail Napkin with a vintage-style bike complete with a flower basket, napkins embroidered with “I Left My Heart In Charleston”, and finally a circle of Pink Elephants, an ode to our popular Elephants On Parade Necklace. Any of the designs are sure to make entertaining in your home a little more fun and they make great gifts in Charleston and beyond.
Last night I hosted a really great Candy Shop Vintage Trunk Show at HAMPDEN Clothing on King Street in Downtown Charleston. Stacy, the owner of HAMPDEN and I came together to plan the party which included Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes as out guest DJ. She did a FABULOUS job – she even brought records! Everyone loved the music and it created the perfect atmosphere for shopping and socializing.
In part the trunk show was to launch my new “Far East Collection” which will be available online starting next week.
I had a great time showing everyone the designs and even talking a little jewelry making with the girls from Croghan’s, a family owned jewelry store up the street from HAMPDEN.
Our cocktail napkins, a collaboration with Lettermade were a huge hit and will also be available online starting next Monday.
It was so fun seeing both new and old friends, familiar and unfamiliar faces and Squeeze On Site did a great job keeping everyone’s drinks topped up.
Thanks to Jane for such great music, to Stacy and HAMPDEN for having me and to Clay Austin, our photographer who captured the evening so nicely.
You can check out the rest of the photos on the Candy Shop Vintage Facebook Page!
I am thrilled to be hosting my first trunk show with HAMPDEN Clothing in Charleston, this Thursday November 6 from 6-8PM at their flagship 314 King Street store. HAMPDEN is one of my favorite boutiques in Charleston and has been carrying pieces from my Candy Shop Collection of original designs since the beginning. We even have special guest Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes coming all the way from Dallas to DJ the event.
There will be one-of-a-kind vintage pieces available as well as our Candy Shop Collection, including pieces from our brand new Far East Collection which I am just thrilled with. Here’s a little peek at those new styles:
and a glimpse at some of the vintage gems I will be bringing along:
So grateful to Jane for agreeing to be our girl behind the turntables for the evening – we need more female DJ’s in Charleston! Last year, she was photographed for the Coveteur wearing our Elephants On Parade Necklace – just gorgeous! i just love her style and her appreciation of vintage.
If you noticed these chocolate bar save-the-dates on our instagram but did not receieve one, don’t worry – this event is open to the public! We just sent out a few to get the sugar buzz going but everyone is welcome so come join me and HAMPDEN clothing for a great party Thursday evening in Charleston!
In the spirit of Halloween I thought I’d share a few photos of the Annual Red Party I attended at The Old City Jail in Charleston last Friday evening.
This was a fundraiser for The American College of the Building Arts, also housed in the historic jail. Every year, their party has a different theme and this years was The French Revolution – Anarchy in Charleston! I went as Marie Antoinette. The fabulous wig was from a local Charleston costume shop and everything else was vintage, including the fox shrug that I wore at my wedding in New York City seven years ago:
The party decor was done by Courtney Bishop Interior Design, and the purple hued lighting illuminating the Old Jail made for a surreal atmosphere. I especially loved the long tables and large candelabras she used, but my very favorite detail was the cookie and cake bar courtesy of Sugar bakeshop:
Some friends and I posed for an eerie group photo that looks like we are plotting war over high tea:
The remainder of the evening was spent on the dance floor bumping wigs with the other guests under a tend adorned with decadent chandeliers suspended over a black and white tiled dance floor. Vivre La Revolution! (And thank you to Jess James for letting us use her tickets – we missed you this year!)
Also, another cause to celebrate is this sneak peek at my collaboration with Lettermade. There will be a few different designs, but this might be my favorite. Coming this November!
Do you have some cities on your list you’d like to visit that you haven’t gotten around to traveling to yet? Or do you have some city pride you’d love to share with friends and family? I know I’ve found myself (on multiple occasions) scurrying around Downtown Charleston trying to throw together the “best of ” the city via non-perishable food, souvenirs and other quintessentially Charleston things into one big gift. Usually by the time I make it to the post office with my Box O’ Charleston I’ve spent $150 and have another $50 that needs to be spent on shipping and I am exhausted. Enter Batch, a subscription service that offers wonderful, hand curated boxes that are the “best of” American cities. Based in the Southeast, you can subscribe monthly or do a one-time box order. Below is a sampling of one of their Nashville boxes:
Guess what October is? Charleston! Of course our Charleston Rice Beads will be along for the ride. It’s not too late to subscribe either, as it doesn’t go out until later this month. I’m actually shipping these to Nashville this afternoon to be included in the Charleston Box this month.
And every box has a theme. These boxes are an affordable way to experience the “local flavor” of different cities on an affordable monthly basis (from $29.95) or on a one time basis (from $85). Check them all out here.