To&From: Your Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Are you having trouble figuring our what to get yourself this Valentine’s Day?  If not, then you definitely don’t need to familiarize yourself with this impeccably curated gift guide, To&From.  Imagine all your favorite bloggers putting all their favorite things in one place.  Yup.  And up right now is the Valentine’s Day edition:

On page 70 you’ll find the perfectly nude and pink selection of items from favorite blogger/designer/mom/queen of everything, Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme.  We were honored that she selected our European Resin Earrings as part of her gift guide.  We think they fit right in with all her beautiful selections.  Happy browsing!

Vintage Inspired Photo Shoot

One week from today, we will be shooting our vintage inspired collection (arriving this spring) in New York with the talented Keiron O’connor.  We are truly honored to be working with him, he’s shot everyone from Lady Gaga to Alexa Chung. Over the past few weeks we’ve been working closely with him to put together some inspiration for the shoot.  Here’s a little snapshot of what’s to come…  enjoy!

Fashionably Late

Every girl needs this t-shirt because, well, it just says it all.  As styled by Jess James along with a Candy Shop Vintage bracelet made by Trifari:

Sweets and Treats

Perusing Pinterest and getting inspired for Valentine’s Day! Check out these wonderful homemade sweets:

You can follow me on Pinterest here.  And for a different kind of treat, be sure to visit our New In Store section, as we add new vintage pieces weekly:

Coming Soon! Our Vintage Inspired Jewelry Collection

For the past four years Candy Shop Vintage has been a purveyor of high quality, whimsical and stylish vintage jewelry, or “paste” as your grandmother might like to call it. We have enjoyed hunting it down, collecting it and selling it to appreciative new owners. One of the reasons we love vintage jewelry is that at one time, it was almost all made here in America.  These pieces, often signed by each design house, are collector’s items passed down from generation to generation, retaining their rich finishes with hardly a stone out of place due to their uncompromising quality.  Costume jewelry was not only a huge industry and a part of America’s fashion heritage, but it was also an art form. Two of my favorite brands that I collect and sell over and over again, Monet and Trifari, did all of their manufacturing here in America:

It has been our dream to “revive” this tradition of beautiful and thoughtfully designed American made costume jewelry.  So, for the past year and a half, as the owner and founder of Candy Shop Vintage, I’ve been traveling and hunting down the best factories, the most talented model makers and refining a debut collection of designs that I believe capture the fun, elegant and glamourous spirit of the CSV brand.  After many months of work, research and agonizing over details, we are in the final stages of production on our very first jewelry collection, all made here in the U.S.A.  Here are just a few snapshots of the process:

And a tiny peek of some of our designs for the first Vintage Inspired Collection to debut early Spring 2013.  Our ten piece collection will be sold online here at candyshopvintage.com and be available to select retailers nationwide.  We will always continue to carry a wonderful and varied selection of vintage jewelry through our website and at our private trunk shows and events, but look forward to offering you “the new vintage” our  very own Candy Shop Vintage Collection.

– Deirdre Zahl, Candy Shop Vintage Owner & Designer

Our Featured Piece

Every few weeks this year we are going to feature one of our vintage pieces and offer a little background on its origin and the designer to help you brush up on your own vintage jewelry knowledge. Our current vintage piece is a gorgeous “rustic chic” necklace made by Carol Dauplaise:

Carol Dauplaise was a jewelry designer who worked for the famed Miriam Haskell for almost two decades. In the late 1970’s she left to start her own label and produced jewelry under her own name as well as under the label “Dauplaise II,” a more affordable, lower tier line.

This particular necklace was part of a series of wood jewelry the designer made in the late 1970’s under the more sought-after Dauplaise label.  This necklace is signed on its vintage clasp and has the distinctive Dauplaise gold metal disc beads placed in between the wooden disks.  It’s long serpentine design makes it wonderfully chic but also slightly rustic and the quality is excellent.  This is a true collector’s item and a wonderful piece to add to your jewelry collection or even just to admire!

Candy Shop Vintage on Vanity Fair Agenda

Well, 2012 was a wonderful year for Candy Shop Vintage… we launched our new website, sold some fabulous vintage treasures, completed the design of a vintage-inspired collection of jewelry (deets coming very soon!) and as the icing on the already sweet cake, were recently featured on Vanity Fair Agenda:

So, needless to say we are very excited about 2013! We’ll be adding some new vintage pieces to the website shortly as well as making a special announcement, but in the meantime don’t forget to shop our sale going on through Monday, January 7… 30% OFF when you enter code SWEETJAN13 at checkout.