Charleston Rice Beads for a Good Cause

For the month of April, Candy Shop Vintage is proud to be supporting one of our favorite non-profits: LEARN Horse Rescue. For each Charleston Rice Bead necklace in turquoise purchased on, we will donate $5 to LEARN.

This organization rescues, rehabilitates, and retrains horses with the ultimate goal of finding them the perfect home. There were over 200,000 unwanted horses in the United States at last count, and rescue facilities only have the capacity for about 33,000. At LEARN, horses are trained to realize their full potential and recover from any sort of abuse or neglect they had in the past and once again become happy and healthy.

I grew up riding whenever I could and am probably going to be dusting off my old riding boots again soon, so join me in supporting this cause by purchasing a Charleston Rice Bead necklace in one of our most popular colors! xo

Save the Date for a New York Trunk Show On April 18th

I am very excited to be returning to New York next month for a short visit. My friend Patty Tobin who I met doing trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s last year has her own beautiful line of fine fashion jewelry made with semiprecious stones, will be hosting me for a for a Candy Shop Vintage trunk show at her beautiful flagship store in Chelsea on Saturday, April the 18th.

I’ll be bringing a selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, my own designs and of course Charleston Rice Beads.  This is the first time I have offered them in New York City, bringing a little bit of Charleston back to my home state.  And, speaking of taste I will be shipping up some of my favorite Southern goodies for guests to sample at the event.  Be sure to save the date!  Details below.

A Weekend in Fairyland

This past Saturday was my daughter Daphne’s third birthday. This most recent Christmas, when I asked her what she wanted from Santa she simply said “wings” so I thought it was only fitting that we have a fairy themed birthday. It seemed like a magical choice, and a little girl’s birthday should be magical. The party was held at Camp Perri, a whimsical little play garden in the quaint Old Village in Mt. Pleasant. The owner, Perri Stilp has an amazing imagination and will really run with any theme. Her creative touches and fairy-themed-craft projects made the party! Daphne lit up the second she walked in and could hardly contain her excitement waiting for her guests.

I got cupcakes from our favorite bakery in Charleston, Sugar bakeshop.  They were pretty much perfect, and topped with candy flowers:

All the girls got to accessorize with wings, wands and jewelry, while the boys got little felt Robin Hood hats I found on Etsy…

Perri even put mushrooms and “grass” in the window!

The excitement was palpable…

Even the pencils and markers for coloring in fairy and elf pictures were housed in woodland-themed containers (what???!!!)

I think the favorite activity was making the little fairy and gnome gardens out of succulents, “magic” stones, and tiny figurines. Every child got to take one home – there is nothing quite like playing in the dirt!

At the end of the afternoon, the cupcakes were appropriately served on tree stumps:

I love this photo, this adorable guest kept his hat on the whole time!

Everyone went home happy (even the parents who came and joined us up the street for lunch during the drop off birthday party!). Best part? No cleanup! Thank you Camp Perri for such a magical day!