Solar Eclipse Sale

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware of the solar eclipse arcing over the US this coming Monday. A friend of mine posted this article, half in jest and half seriously of what not to do during a solar eclipse. Interesting that they have always been considered negative omens.  Let’s hope that is not the case! SO, starting now, until 3PM on Monday you can take 20% OFF any order on our website with the code MOONPIE (because who doesn’t love a Moon Pie?!) in honor of Solar Eclipse weekend. My daughter doesn’t even have school Monday – it really is a national holiday. And buying some jewelry hardly counts as a big decision, right?

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High Tea at Sketch in London

Earlier this summer we traveled through France and England with our daughter Daphne for the first time. One of my favorite things to do with Daphne is go to tea. We don’t really have a proper tea room where you can go have a mother daughter tea in Charleston so it is always a fun thing to do an explore when we travel. We have been to the Plaza in New York for the Eloise Tea and of course to a Disney Princess Tea but I have been wanting to do the afternoon tea at Sketch gallery London for a long time, which is basically a millennial pink palace covered in whimsical, tongue in cheek sketches by artist David Shrigley. I booked us for two – and hers was actually the children’s tea option which includes a free teddy bear with a pink Sketch sweater on (they surprised her with that at the end). The Mayfair flower show was also happening when we were there, so both the exterior and the interior of the gallery were covered in botanicals and flowers – it was pretty amazing and felt a bit like we were walking into an enchanted forest.

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(Daphne had a very loose tooth that she was excited about and hoping it might come out during tea. It didn’t.)

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This is right outside the entrance to the main rooms where they offer tea and was a temporary exhibit for the flower show. All those roses were real!

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The entrance to the Sketch gallery is magical…

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And the pink interior with its upholstered scalloped chairs is to die for. As good as, if not better than in photos!

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The inlaid marble herringbone floors were my favorite:

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Daphne was very happy!

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I especially love their custom china – that says funny little things like “Ghosts” and “Dreams” and even “Forget about it” at the bottom of your tea cup.

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The tea carts layered with different infusions of tea were also pretty magical:

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And Daphne was thrilled to get her Sketch bear at the end.

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It was a wonderful experience – and very kid friendly for age 5 and up. You can book online here, up to one month in advance.

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Join Me at The Champagne Society

This month on Friday, August 11th I am excited to be on a panel in Charleston for a new, monthly Mom’s night out, the first edition of The Champagne Society. The evening, hosted  will be an honest conversation between my friend and life coach Gervase Kolmos and two of my favorite fellow Charleston moms and business owners – Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty and Andrea Serrano (aka The Charleston Shop Curator).  All three of these ladies are extremely loving Moms and creative entrepreneurs and we are looking forward to a fun and informative discussion about making it all work (and maybe even sometimes not!) and the lessons we’ve learned.  More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page and tickets can be directly purchased here. Hope to see you there!

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Me & my little human, Daphne.

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Jessica of Bare Beauty with her sweet daughter.

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Andrea, Charleston Shop Curator with her adorable boys.

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Candy Shop Vintage Goes to Market

We just settled in at America’s Mart in Atlanta. This biannual market is a wholesale market where we offer our line to retailers around the country. If you are in Atlanta for market, you can find our booth in the Boutique section, building three on floor 4 Booth 204 where we are showcasing new colors and styles for Fall 2017!

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Today’s The Day

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Today’s the day! Join me and the other Cannonborough/Elliotborough shop owners in Downtown Charleston for our annual sidewalk sale. Starting at the opening bell (10 AM for us) we will be offering discounts on discontinued Candy Shop Vintage/Charleston Rice Bead colors and styles and our popular $5 vintage table is making a return this year as well. Get there early for the best picks and if you aren’t local, feel free to check out our sample sale online.

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The Madonna Inn: A Vintage Inspired Retreat

For our tenth anniversary, my husband and I decided to take a trip to the west coast. We have a lot of friends in Los Angeles, but also I have been wanting to check out this totally crazy hotel that was recently featured on BuzzFeed called The Madonna Inn. We spent a few really fun days in LA catching up with friends and checking out the best LA spots like LACMA below (featured in an earlier post) and then rented a car (ironically we were given a pick up truck – they must have seen we were from SC!) and drove North up the Coast to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

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The drive from LA is absolutely beautiful, and doing it at the end of the day watching the sun set over the mountains was especially peaceful. You can read about the full history of the Inn here, but the short version is that it was built in 1958 (possibly one of my favorite eras in design) by a highway contractor named Alex Madonna and his wife Phyllis as a retreat marking the halfway point in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With Alex’s construction knowledge and his wife’s quirky and fanciful design sense they created a quirky, fabulous and unforgettable retreat.

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And when I say unforgettable, I mean that literally. Every single room is different – each has a different theme and its own unique features (you can see them all here). We stayed in two of the dozens of rooms (one each night) and both of them had glitter wallpaper which seemed to be a common thread in many of the room designs. There was a heavy handed use of pink – their trademark ice buckets are cotton candy pink and a bottle of their house champagne was waiting for us when we arrived.

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I am not sure if “romantic” is precisely the word I would use to describe the first room we stayed in – Carin – it was more like a spectacular pink palace or a ride at Disneyworld, in a good way. There was literally a huge gold cherub hanging from the lofted ceiling – this is the room frequently used as the bridal or honeymoon suite.
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This is the full view of the glitter wallpaper – I think this was one of the original 1950s features so the Madonnas gave the glitter wallpaper industry some big business.
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Every nook and cranny of the bathroom was consistent with the room’s theme – I especially loved the sort of damask pink and white ceramic sinks (where do you begin to source something like that?!):

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We ate at the Inn’s trademark restaurant, The Gold Rush Steak House, the exterior of which is lit with rainbow lights at night and the interior filled with winding, pink tufted leather banquettes and thick, floral pink hued carpet. They gave pink balloons to us and anyone celebrating something (which turned out to be a good portion of the restaurant) and (not pictured) was a dance floor and a live band which really made you feel as thought you had stepped back in time and had sort of a Dirty Dancing vibe (remember that mountain resort?).

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The food was all really good – classics like a baked potato wrapped in foil and filet mignon. But my absolute favorite thing was their trademark pink champagne cake, which is one of their many fabulous cakes you can buy to-go in their bakery which also caters weddings and events. I mean how amazing would it be to have the Champagne Cake as your wedding cake?

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After dinner, we had a drink in The Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge and I ordered this drink called “The Pink Cloud” which is basically how you feel when you are staying at the Madonna Inn. Oh, and it’s made with half and half… Their cocktail menu was pretty great, full of vintage favorites.

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The next morning we woke up to this pretty view from our balcony. We ventured over to the stables and took a trail ride which went up the mountain next to the inn

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Basically the whole Inn looks like a gigantic, ornate cake. It is sort of “Swiss chalet meets Boogie Nights meets The Parent Trap” in its aesthetic and time period.

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It was actually really nice to be back on a horse. I rode for years and I really miss it. The horses were all named after famous singers like Johnny (Cash) and June (Carter).

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And their pool and Spa, a more recent edition to the retreat, was the perfect place to cool off and relax after a trail ride:

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Our second room “Merry” was similar to the first room but a little bit smaller and less pink.  It was kind of like being inside of a bottle of champagne…

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I love their logo/coat of arms featured on everything from their wine to their ice bucket to their golf carts. And there were just touches of pink everywhere you looked – even the lamp posts were pink!

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But the thing I most wish I could have taken on the plane was the Champagne Cake. I will be dreaming about it until our next visit because for some reason, I don’t think I can easily recreate this at home:

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These are all my own photos, it was hard to even edit them down but I highly recommend just googling “The Madonna Inn” you will not be disappointed. Really, it was a magical step back in time – to a time and place that I didn’t even know existed! Madonna Inn loyalists, like a gentleman who joined us at the bar one night, go back again and again, staying in different rooms each time. They have their favorite cocktails and collect their signature, colored wine glasses and seemed to have been bitten by the insatiable need to experience the magic over and over again. It must be something in that champagne cake, but visiting definitely makes you want to come back for more!

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Save The Date Saturday, June 17th

Save the date for our next Sidewalk Sale and sample sale at Candy Shop Vintage. Saturday, June 17th we will be having a neighborhood wide sale at Candy Shop Vintage, Mac & Murphy, the new Cannonborough Collective, Gregory Blake Sams Events, Open Door Shop, Indigo & Cotton, Sugar bakeshop and J. Stark. This event was a huge success last year and offered deals from all of our shops you will not find any other time of year. Plus, the roving Sugar bakeshop popsicle cart will be making stops at all of our locations. At Candy Shop Vintage we will be having a sample sale and like last year will offer a $5, $10 and $20 table of goods. So save the date for neighborhood fun and sweet deals!

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Double Unicorn Giveaway

To celebrate special Mom’s everywhere we are collaborating with Ciner and giving away TWO of our Fantasy Unicorn cuff bracelets – one for you and one for a Mom/or Mom friend. You do NOT have to be a Mom to enter but the person you tag does. All you have to do to enter is tag your Mom or a friend you admire who is a Mom in the comments on this Instagram Post and tell them why they are special. For extra credit, enter a second comment with your email address and join our mailing lists. Winner will be drawn at random from the comments. Contest ends this Saturday (before Mother’s Day) at 4PM EST. You must have an Instagram account to comment (so we can contact you) and you must be following @candyshopvintage and @cinerny at the time of the contest to qualify to win.

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A Mad Fantasy Tea Party

This past Monday we had a spring tea party to launch our new Fantasy Garden Collection, a vintage inspired capsule collection and collaboration with New York based jewelry company Ciner. I don’t know if it is the recent release of Beauty & The Beast, spring in general, or the fanciful nature of this new collection but I have had a tea party craving for awhile now. Talented Charleston-based illustrator Daniel Velasco did our invites and we purchased teacups that doubled as party favors for all the guests and turned Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street into a tea room for the afternoon.

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Thanks to Ooh events, we were able to squeeze in seating for 18 people down the length of the store. We served Charleston grown tea from The Charleston Tea Plantation in three flavors – Charleston Breakfast, Peach and Earl Grey. Frampton’s Flowers provided some beautiful fresh ranunculus for us in shades of pale pink.

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Out tiered tea towers were brimming with homemade goodies from local bakeries and caterers – Hamby’s, Sugar bakeshop and scones from Wildflour:

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And one of the best details were the beautiful, hand painted unicorn macaroons from Mercantile & Mash:

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The centerpiece of our new collection, The Unicorn Fantasy Necklace:

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Our floral selfie wall was also a lot of fun:

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As were the unicorn horn party hats from Meri Meri party:

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I only slept about two hours the night before but still had a blast:

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Thanks to all who came and contributed to a magical afternoon in Charleston!