Party Ready Gift Ideas & 14K Gold Rice Bead Earrings

Candy Shop Vintage has all of our best elves working already filling orders for this holiday season, so much so we haven’t even begun our own holiday shopping. So, we thought we’d put together some fun, party-ready suggestions for gift giving this year to get us motivated to get through our own list this year, including our brand new Charleston Rice Bead stud earrings we cast in solid, 14K gold as party of a collaboration with Garden&Gun this season. Quantities are limited you do not want to mis out on these! I wear mine every. Single. Day.

1. How gorgeous is this metallic tassel bucket bag from Very Fine South via And it comes in several yummy colors!  2. The new cookbook from one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, The NoMad ($59.46) as a bonus it has a cocktail recipe book featuring their signature craft cocktails conveniently tucked inside the back – two for one! 3. Our Toasting Set – Champagne bottle necklace and earrings  ($125) is perfect for the party lover in your life 4. This Rewined Wine Under The Tree Magnum ($40) candle made here in Charleston is our go-to holiday scent that will last longer than your holiday party does! 5. Gold plated everything! Loving this gold plated corkscrew from Society Social ($14.99) – a great hostess gift or perfect to pull out at one of your own parties 6. Pets frequently get forgotten about during the holiday season. As evidenced by the fact our poodle currently needs a haircut so badly that I used my daughter’s barrettes to keep his hair out of his eyes yesterday. Digging this festive made-to-order glitter dog collar ($18.42) by DelaheyandCo 7. These Loeffler Randall tassel heels from Hampden Clothing ($395). Oh wait, how did an item from my wish list get on here? 8. Our 14K Rice Bead Studs are just perfection ($225) – an extra special gift for someone who loves Candy Shop Vintage and Charleston!

Perfect Pairings… Save The Date for November 28th

My sister-in-law Cate West Zahl and I have more in common than just a last name. With a similar and often complimentary aesthetic we have been chatting for awhile about doing some type of collaboration in the design world. Cate is a hugely talented painter whose soothing, sophisticated abstracts will instantly upgrade any interior.

She works out of a light-filled studio in Downtown Charlottesville, VA and occasionally from her favorite New England coastal spots she visits with her family in Nantucket and Long Island. Not surprising since her work, while not exclusively coastal, invokes a landscapes and layers of intersecting planes and colors which, as she describes, “leads to a process of making choices of what to put in, and what to erase so that only the necessary components are left on the surface.” Isn’t this studio just perfect?

And our work was recently featured side by side in Glitter Guide editor Caitlin’s November edit:

So we’ve decided to come together this November in Charleston on Small Business Saturday for an exclusive show of her paintings inspired by my new Celebrate Collection:

If you are in Charleston on Small Business Saturday (November 28) from 2-6PM please join Cate and I us for a few hours of shopping, sipping and snacking and peruse Cate’s beautiful work at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street! And, as a special treat, we will also have fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco on hand doing LIVE PORTRAITS for $35 each all day on the 28th from 11AM – 5PM. Click here to reserve your spot now with Daniel (he booked up fast last time!). 

– Deirdre Zahl (Owner & Designer at Candy Shop Vintage)

Shaken Not Stirred: Our NEW Celebrate Collection

Our complete Fall/Winter 2015 Celebrate Collection is now online and available! A sweet variety of party ready jewelry to help you toast the upcoming holiday season. And great as gifts, too! We shot our lookbook last week with talented Amanda Greeley with our go to model Adrienne (who I just love because of how expressive she is) and Dannon Collard doing makeup.  I have lived in Charleston eight years now and I am constantly impressed with how accessible all the talented, creative people are here are and how easy it is to come together and collaborate. Loved working with all of these ladies!

The “Celebrate” Collection is based around the ingredients to my favorite cocktail – The French 75. In addition to The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet (a highlight of the collection) you can also buy all the charms separately as earrings and pendants. The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet is available now for pre-order and will ship in approximately ten days:

Also new is our convertible brooch pendant necklace that can be work two ways:

As well as our festive multi-strand Charleston Rice Bead Bib Necklace and Triple Strand Earrings:

So go ahead, get started early on your celebration!