Join us in Charleston one week from today for a sweet Galentines Cocktail’s & Pop up at Cynthia Rowley in Downtown Charleston (located at 178 King Street). We’ll be there with plenty of fresh vintage, serving up sweets, drinks and Cynthia Rowley will be offering 20% OFF all in store purchases all evening. The first 20 guest receive Candy Shop Vintage X Cynthia Rowley gift bags. Please email us directly at email@example.com as we must have your name to attend. Space is limited.
Here are just a few of her spring styles we are drooling over that would be perfect for a girls night out or a Valentine’s date:
Thanks to Country Living’s December issue this year (and how fun is that cover?), our French 75 Cocktail Bracelet is getting a celebratory boost this month. This bracelet was inspired by a Martini charm necklace once sold at auction as part of famous socialite Bunny Mellon’s estate. I thought it was so enchanting and charming, that I’d create my own “Cocktail Bracelet” featuring the ingredients to my favorite, vintage champagne cocktail – The French 75. My friend Ashley highlighted it on her blog a few years back (where you can also find the recipe) and the bracelet has continued to build in popularity since.
Because it is a bit labor intensive to make, the price point is higher. We assemble the bracelet chain, clasp and tag ourselves and have it individually plated along with the four gold charms. After plating, the charms are attached to the bracelet along with the lemon, sugar cube and the tiny bottle of gin. The sugar cube is actually handmade from polymer clay rolled in glitter and the gin bottle is hand cast resin. I designed the gin bottle labels myself but because they don’t die cut labels that small, we cut them out by hand with an exacto blade, apply them to the gin bottle charm, and voila! We also have a Mint Julep version here. Because of the labor involved, we have a limited number of these available, so if you want one for yourself or someone else this Christmas, better snap it up now. And if you miss the boat, you can always make French 75s at home – they make a great New Year’s Eve cocktail!
Two weeks ago we launched our Fall/Winter Candy Shop Collection pieces, along with some fab one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are going quickly! Because we were pressed for time, we shot the Lookbook in my house in Charleston and around town. I worked in collaboration with my friend Stacy’s new store on King Street, Small by Hampden. Hampden Clothing, her main retail store is one of my favorite stores in Charleston (and maybe anywhere) but sometimes the price point can be intimidating. Small, just a few doors north of Hampden at 324 King Street is a scaled down version of Hampden that is refreshingly intimate and more affordable but just as hip. We pulled some fab pieces from her (the hot pink Ulla Johnson dress being amongst my favorites) to pair with our holiday jewelry and worked with Jesse Volk, one of our talented, go-to photographers. Here are some of our favorites – enjoy!
YOU CAN VIEW THE FULL LOOKBOOK HERE and SHOP THE NEW COLLECTION HERE
A few weeks ago I got this lovely invitation from my friend Jackie of Leapfrog PR to the opening of the new Lake store on King Street in Charleston. Lake Pajamas is a wonderful nostalgic-feeling pajama brand. As the name suggests, their pajamas feel and look like something you should wear sitting on a dock sipping coffee in the morning on vacation. I was personally thrilled about this because 1) it is always exciting when a new, local retail store opens, especially one backed by a small, relatively new women-run business (the owners are from Savannah, GA) and 2) who doesn’t love a slumber party?
Like any good slumber party, there were cocktails, games and of course pajamas! I was never as one for beer pong, but I can definitely get down with Prosecco Pong.
There was even a Tarot Card reader, taking questions from all the guests…
And these AMAZING vintage fortune fish, which really brought up wonderful, childhood birthday party memories.
The interior of their shop is both beautiful and soothing. Designed my my insanely talented friend Olivia Brock it feels just as much like a place you want to lounge in as a place you want to shop. And there were plenty of elegant touches, like a custom, hand painted Nine Fair Backgammon board.
Such a fun night! Congratulations to the LAKE ladies on a successful opening and adding another beautiful, local shop to the Charleston retail scene!
Before you sign off for 24 hours of food coma later this week, we thought we’d give you our lesson plan for the next few days. That is Birthday the poodle, sitting politely for a treat, one of his greatest (and only tricks). And in case you couldn’t tell by the fact he looks like a cardboard cutout, black dogs are hard to photograph! Nevertheless, in his honor we will be having another Black Friday special this year.
Begins: Midnight Thursday, November 22nd
Ends: Midnight Friday, November 23rd
Sale: Buy One Get One 50% OFF on ANY of our Charleston Rice Beads – yup, this includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets & rings. The 50% will automatically be deducted at checkout off of your lower priced item. NO CODE NEEDED.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:
Begins: 10AM Saturday, November 24th
Ends: 5PM Saturday, November 24th
Sale: This is an IN STORE ONLY sale at our Charleston, SC retail store. Take 20% OFF any in store purchase all day at Candy Shop On Cannon (9 Cannon Street) and enjoy sips and sweets while you shop.
Begins: Midnight Sunday, November 25th
Ends: Midnight Monday, November 26th
Sale: 20% OFF Site Wide with code MONDAYFUNDAY
Halloween is coming and we are hosting our annual “Count The Candy Corn Contest”. The jar below at our Charleston shop is filled with a certain number of candy corns. Take a guess how many in the comments below (or on our Instagram post) and the closest or on-the-money guess wins a $100 gift card to Candy Shop Vintage (valid online or in store). Winner will be announced on Halloween!
Here’s a close up of the jar. (HINT: it is probably more than you think!)
Also, we recently decorated the Charleston store windows for Halloween. I found this great, vintage style Palm Reader sign that flickers on and off in a creepy way. An unanticipated side effect of our window display has been people coming into the shop and asking for… actual palm readings!
So, to remedy their disappointment I figured – why not? We should offer some pre-Halloween Palm Readings in the store! So, we’ve decided to put together a fun Halloween kick-off cocktail party next Thursday, October 25th at Candy Shop Vintage in Downtown Charleston. We will have Halloween cocktails and treats, draw a discount and free palm readings by Angie of the psychic chakra spa from 6-8PM. Space is limited so RSVP if you want to come to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name so we can add you to the guest list!
Also, if you live or are traveling anywhere in the New York area this fall – particularly before Halloween, consider checking out The Great Jack-O’Lantern Blaze, an event put on in Historic Hudson Valley where I happened to grow up. It is an interactive display of THOUSANDS of carved Jack O’Lanterns, assembled together in surreal sculptures – everything from national landmarks to animals to a full graveyard (this is headless horseman country after all…). If you are coming from the city you can easily hop on the Metro North train to get up there (although you do have to buy tickets in advance here and they sell out quickly). It is kid friendly (i.e. not too scary) but thoroughly enjoyable and frankly incredible for adults.
My favorite part was definitely the tunnel of celestial pumpkins you walk through on your way into the park, all with flashing or changing lights inside. Truly magical!
While I am over here patiently waiting for the weather to get cooler, I wanted to share a few good books that you should add to your fall reading list for when it is eventually possible to curl up by a fire. The first is sort of a shameless plug, but for a fantastic book. My friend Ingrid Fetell Lee just released her new book, Joyful, on the aesthetics of joy. A book ten years in the making and highlighted in her recent Ted Talk, she explores the connection between our surroundings, visuals and our feelings of joy. You can also follow along on her blog The Aesthetics of Joy. I would say, the timing of this book release could not be better – we all need a little extra joy these days, and it will truly change the way you look at the world.
The second book, The Devil in The White City is a little more in keeping with Halloween month. It is currently being adapted into a movie (with Leonardo Dicaprio as the lead) and follows the story of Daniel H. Burnham, the chief architect of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, America’s first true serial killer. It is a study in dark and light – the hope, impossible achievement and ingenuity that went into building the famous fair (where the Ferris Wheel was first invented) contrasted with the details around Dr. Henry H. Holmes victimization of those who found themselves crossing paths with him. I could. Not. Put it down. My life basically got put on hold for a week while I read it, I can’t believe it took me this long to even discover it (it was released in 2005.)
Below are some actual historical photos of the fair. “The White City” was a city built specially for the fair in less than two years, by tireless crews working around the clock. It was designed by a committee of famous architects and all torn down when the fair was over. Every building was stylistically different, but all were painted white for a unifying and dramatic effect.
And the first Ferris Wheel, considered America’s answer to the Eiffel Tower (debuted at the French World’s Fair several years earlier).
Being a shop girl myself, I thought it was high time to explore this little novel written by Steve Martin (the actor) At times it can feel a little dated (Land lines! Answering machines!), but in a charming way. Mainly it is a quick bit brilliant read – both a love story and a tribute to the growth we experience in romantic relationships, even when they don’t work out. It was already made also into a movie (with Claire Danes and Steve Martin playing the leads) five years after it’s release in 2005. The movie popped into my head a couple of weeks ago and I realized I’d never actually gone back and read the book. Both are fantastic!
Hope you add some or all of these to your must read list this fall! And feel free to leave any further book suggestions in the comments.
I lived in Charleston over ten years and throughout that time, watched several hurricanes clip us and dealt with what looked and felt lite catastrophic levels of flooding (we almost lost a car just parked on the street to a freakishly heavy overnight rainstorm!). Thankfully the water would always quickly recede, but I felt the panic each fall when hurricane season began, wondering if this would be “it”, waffling on weather to board up the shop or evacuate. When Hurricane Florence was barreling towards the East Coast Charleston collectively held it’s breath until we knew we were well out of harms way, but it was heartbreaking to see the way it raked the North Carolina Coast, reeking havoc on coastal cities like Wilmington and its surrounding beach towns and caused inland flooding in towns like New Bern, NC. The news loves to cover the storms relentlessly in the heat of the moment, but quickly loses interest in the aftermath. We did some research into organizations that were assisting heavily in the clean up efforts in North Carolina After Florence and consistently came back to Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Because you are able to earmark your donations for a particular relief effort, we have decided to donate $25 from the sale of each of our limited edition Carolina Blue Necklaces to their organization. This is a color that has been requested over and over again so we figured what better time to release it than now? You can shop them here.
We love you North Carolina! Get well soon.
Charleston is famous for its color palate – pinks, yellows, greens, blues, violet, there is even an official paint color called Charleston Green. But if you spend some time in Downtown Charleston, you will also come to appreciate the neutral palate in between the bright rainbow palette. One of my favorite buildings Downtown is City Hall on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. It is all marble, stucco and wrought iron but not a splash of color to be seen. The marble staircase cascades down on each side of the entrance and the Spoleto kick-off party is held here every season. The blacks and greys are like a soothing palate cleanser in Downtown Charleston.
Another favorite is one of the houses on the Battery, down towards White Point Gardens with these curved, elegant iron balconies and painted in a clean, crisp slate gray. Blacks and greys are this as much a part of the Charleston architectural landscape as pinks and yellows, but not appreciated nearly as often.
So this season we are also offering our Charleston Rice Beads in the same, elegant slate grey found on some of the more stately, Downtown Charleston buildings:
And of course, as we do every fall and winter, you can also purchase them in lacquered Midnight (Black). How beautiful is this old, painted garden door Downtown?
For a pop of color, and by popular demand we decided to introduce a festive shade of red. While bright red usually feels much more New England to me, it does jump out at you like on this great front door on Queen Street. So you can purchase your Cranberry Red Charleston Rice Beads here, now until the end of the fall/winter season.
And how about this festive combination of red, grey and gold together? Bring on the fall and the holidays!