It’s another rainy day in Charleston.  Honestly, this has been one of the rainiest summers we’ve had here yet!  Really longing for fall and a little bit of consistent sunshine!  So on a more colorful note, our Charleston Rice Beads will be available in coral online very soon!  They’ll also be debuting in person on Thursday evening at The Pitt Street Stroll where I’ll be hosting a trunk show from 5-8PM at Out of Hand, an adorable little shop in Mt. Pleasant’s Old Village (fun fact: The Notebook was filmed just a couple doors down at The Pitt Street Pharmacy).  Here’s a peek at the new color:

Also, Malia Dreyer (of Lettermade, an online store that sells beautiful, hand-embroidered and monogrammed linens like the one shown below) and I are collaborating on several linen cocktail napkin designs that will be launching later this fall in both our online shops. SO excited about this – the designs we’ve come up with are adorable!

This past weekend I turned 34.  This was the sad state of my living room the morning after.  I was going to have a pool party at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club but the weather just would’t cooperate.  There is something so nice and intimate about having a house party though, so it wasn’t a total wash.  We definitely don’t do it enough and everyone had a great time.  It inspired me to start planning a fall dinner party – not sure if I can top this one though!

Also, in the current issue of Garden&Gun you’ll notice that some of my friend’s gorgeous luxury travel bags from Chief Trunk are featured in the Weekend Getaway story.  I did a post on The Chief and and interview with the founder awhile back, you can read it here. A great story of a vintage-inspired, American brand.

Just wanted to share a snapshot I love that I think really captures my daughter Daphne.  This was taken at her Montessori school where she is working on a classic Montessori exercise, transferring tiny things from one dish to another.  I think this is going to prepare her really well for interning for me in just a few years.

And a Chinese proverb I snapped on the sign in front of the Unitarian Church on lower King Street the night of my birthday.  A good reminder that we don’t always have to be rushing things or moving at the speed of light, just moving forward.

A Note from Annie Reeves: My Charleston Favorites

Al little note from Annie Reeves, recent Charleston transplant and blogger. Annie took over our @candyshopvintage instagram last week and posted some serious Charleston eye candy. Now, she’s sharing her recap on our blog. Enjoy!

I had the best time taking over the Candy Shop Vintage Instagram last week, and I hope you enjoyed following me around my favorite city!! I started off at The Daily (above), which is a brand new coffee, juice, wine, beer, sandwich, and MORE shop that Butcher & Bee (another personal fave) opened on King Street. The interior is beautiful, and the iced coffee is fantastic.

As you can tell from my own Instagram (@anniereeves), I love, love, love Charleston window boxes. South of Broad Street is the best place to wander around and look for these picturesque homes, and time spent there is truly never wasted!

90% of the walks I take involve a stop at this next spot. A few blocks down from Waterfront Park, this little dock boasts views of Ravenel Bridge, sailboats in the water, and Fort Sumter. Usually pretty isolated compared to the Waterfront Park dock, I like to sit here and listen to music or decompress from a long day:

The food at Xiao Bao Biscuit is incredible unique and flavorful – a must-try in Charleston! As you can see, one of my favorite ways to wear my Charleston Rice Beads is around my wrist wrapped into a chunky bracelet. Here, I’m wearing the vintage gold, rose gold, and vintage silver for one FUN combo:

My mornings must begin with coffee, and this new spot, Collective, on George Street serves a delicious almond latte. Other favorites include Christophe’s Iced French Press, Black Tap Coffee’s Brown Sugar Latte, and Normandy Farms Bakery’s Cold Brew Coffee – all near King Street!

One of Charleston’s best joints: Dell’z Uptown. This vegan/vegetarian (and now pescatarian!) restaurant serves food that both meat-eaters and vegetarians can agree on. Notable items on the menu include black bean hummus, spicy garden tacos, and the jazzy pizza. And, most importantly, goddess dressing:

Sometimes I forget that I actually live at the beach now. Charleston has so much to offer on its own, and the addition of beautiful surrounding beaches is really the cherry on top.

Sullivan’s Island is a personal favorite, but you can’t really go wrong with sand and salt water, can you?

My number one place to take a Charleston visitor: Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oysters.

This new spot in an old automotive shop on King serves up delicious oysters and amazing fried chicken. The atmosphere, soft serve ice cream and killer chargrilled oysters are sure to make you a regular.

I’ve found this statement (spotted outside one of my go-to brunch spots, Edmud’s Oast) to be true more than ever now that I call Charleston home:

Whether it’s wandering around the Battery, lying on the beach, or enjoying happy hour with new friends, the good times seem to happen when I’m more concerned with the people I’m with, the things I’m seeing and the food I’m tasting than anything else. If you haven’t been before, I encourage you to head over to Charleston for a visit – I’m always available as a tour guide 😉  – Annie

Instagram Takeover

This week I have a special “guest instagrammer,” Charleston-based blogger Annie Reeves.  The first time I met her she was rocking her Charleston Rice Beads from Hampden Clothing and we hit it off immediately.  She is relatively new to Charleston but her instagram feed is pure Charleston eye-candy and she always seems to discover the new hotspots before they are even on my radar.  So, I’ve asked her to spend the week sharing some of her favorite Charleston places on the @candyshopvintage instagram and at the end of the week we’ll give you the mini-guide and rundown.  Enjoy!

The Queen of the Overstatement: A Tribute to Joan Rivers

Just a little more than a year ago I sat nervously at the bar at The David Burke Townhouse on the Upper East Side in New York City enjoying a cocktail after one of my first Bloomingdales Trunk shows. It almost seemed like fate that less than ten feet away sat Joan Rivers, celebrating her 80th birthday with a modest sized group of girlfriends.  After I’d nearly finished my drink, I was sufficiently relaxed enough to finally (nervously) amble over to her party and say hello. I’d never met her in person, but being a vintage jewelry collector, I’ve collected and sold pieces from the Joan Rivers jewelry line for years and was quietly working up the courage to tell her what an admirer I was. I’ve dusted off her designs at flea markets, come upon them amongst vast estate collections and found gems here and there while trolling ebay – they are always excellently crafted and timelessly whimsical. In interviewing factories to produce my own designs, nearly every place I approached on the East Coast said “Joan Rivers is one of our biggest clients.”  I’d heard this so many times I wondered if she wasn’t keeping the entirety of the American Costume jewelry manufacturing industry in business. While most people know her as the Queen of Comedy, she also leaves behind this legacy as a hugely successful costume jewelry designer. Her bold jewelry, much like her, is tough to ignore and always over-the-top.

As I approached her table wearing my own, hot pink bold Kissing Scarab Earrings I’d barely found my voice to start forming the words “Happy Birthday” when she shrieked at me “OH MY GAWD I LOVE YOUR EARRINGS!”  This instantly put me at ease and with that one, introductory phrase I felt I’d already had the fullest in-person experience of Joan Rivers one could possibly hope for.  Before I knew it, I was pulling out jewelry from my traveling box of samples to show her and her table of girlfriends.  As she exclaimed over my Egyptian designs, I offered to give her one of the Egyptian Collar Necklaces as a birthday gift. She simply would not accept it unless I, in turn, took her necklace (the one she was wearing and had by then removed from her neck) in trade.  By the time I left the restaurant we’d swapped for good – I walked out with my Joan Rivers original (above) and somewhere in her massive jewelry collection sits the Candy Shop Vintage necklace she wore at her 80th birthday dinner.

When I got back from that trip to New York my husband and I rented “A Piece of Work” a wonderful and somewhat surprising documentary about Joan Rivers, from her early days on Johnny Carson to her life and career today. The documentary gives you a glimpse into a softer side of her, one you don’t see on stage or on TV as well as outlines some of the grave disappointment (even tragedy) she has suffered personally and professionally.

This ad from the popular 1990’s “Got Milk” campaign, is just everything Joan, style-wise, in a nutshell. The leopard print, the small dog, the big jewelry and the regal posture all with a hint of self-deprecation:

One of the more tender moments of “A Piece of Work” follows along on her annual Thanksgiving in New York City, where she hosts (at a huge, gaudy ornate dining room table) all her friends who have no where else to go on the holiday.  And when they are finished eating, she gets in her limo and literally delivers meals – in person – to various shut-ins and elderly Manhattan residents.  She swoops in, cracks jokes with them and serves them Thanksgiving dinner. Like most great comedians, her unflinching observations of life’s darker side are raw, but injected with the right dose of hilarity – the laughter enables her to cope with real pain.

“A Piece of Work” closely tracks her career ups and downs and hints at her recent television comeback. I think she would have been pleased that her life ended on such a high note, leaving everyone wanting more because even at 81, her death seems premature, as if she were just getting warmed up.

A Charleston Afternoon

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Labor Day Weekend! By the looks of the traffic headed out of town this afternoon as my family and I returned from North Carolina, it looked like a lot of people may have spent Labor Day weekend in Charleston!  Fittingly, our new lookbook A Charleston Afternoon is now live on the website, featuring two friends hitting up some of my favorite neighborhood spots, like Leon’s Oyster Shop, The George Gallery, Mac & Murphy and Sugar bakeshop.  Check out the photos here and shop our Charleston Rice Beads here, many of which are now back in stock!