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!
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.
By the way, I am IN LOVE with my new Picnic Pocket PJ’s shown in this photo, they are so chic and comfortable and also happen to look great with our Holiday Merlot Statement Earrings.
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!