Merry Christmas To You: An AMAZING Giveaway

Soooo… Right about now you are probably scrambling to buy other people’s Christmas gifts and finding all kinds of things you want to buy for yourself. Well, problem solved. My friend Chassity of Look.Linger.Love. is hosting an Ultimate Holiday Giveaway TODAY (and she is not kidding around with over $6,000 in prizes and there will be only ONE lucky winner!). You heard that right. Our Pop The Bubbly Necklace is among the many insanely wonderful prizes some lucky winner will get. Full rundown below. You can enter by hopping on over to her website and following the instructions in her post – hurry, giveaway ends today!

Original face painting by Sally King Benedict.
$200 gift card to Troubadour.
Champagne necklace from Candy Shop Vintage.
Diamond bar necklace from Jane Pope Jewelry.
Bakers Dozen package from Callies Biscuits.
Necklace from Twine & Twig.
$250 gift card for Hampden Clothing.
$300 gift card to Marysia Swim.
Greetabl package from Greetabl.
Mens shirt from Ledbury.
Swing from Swurfer.
Fish scarf from Kate Design.
Build a bike from Affordable.
Satchel from Alesya Bags.
Goldbug cuff from Croghans.
White cocotte from Staub.
1 night stay at Zero George.
Customize a gift set at RMS Beauty.
$400 gift card to Celadon.
10 candles from Rewind.
Framed beach print from Teil Duncan.
Framed floral print from Lulie Wallace.

 

New Beginnings

I woke up to find a very lovely write up on my shop in Charleston on Lavin Label.  Monica and her talented photographer Kelli Boyd visited Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street a couple of weeks ago with Annie Reeves. The Birthday boy (our large, black standard poodle) was on his best behavior that day and got to pose with me.  For a mini tour of the shop, check our Lavin Label today!

At the moment I feel pretty overwhelmed with life.  My three year old daughter Daphne just got her tonsils out and is home from camp recovering. I am working on my Holiday Collection (stay tuned it is amazing!). We have also decided to put out house in Charleston on the market. We have lived in it seven years and pretty much all of our memories of Charleston so far center around this house. When we moved to our neighborhood, affectionately known as “The West Side” it was a quiet, quirky neighborhood with a lot of diversity and very few businesses. There were a lot of empty lots and run down houses and in the past seven years as Charleston has rapidly grown, we’ve seen restaurants, coffee shops and newly built homes crop up on what feels like an almost monthly basis.  My husband and I have put a lot of energy, money and love into updating and decorating our home and we feel, as a creative endeavor, we have done as much as we wanted and would like to move on to a new project and with the market so good, it is a good time to sell.  So, I thought I’d share some photos of our current home. We will likely move in November and, fingers crossed, if everything works out, be living in Wagener Terrace, a quaint and quiet neighborhood on the northern end of the Peninsula above Hampton Park. I have mixed feelings about leaving this home behind but has a creative person I love the idea of starting fresh too. Our Fishburne Street house was a place with a lot of firsts – first dogs, first child and even where I started Candy Shop Vintage (in this room, actually, now our guest room):

And, our big green couch in our living room was my first “grown-up” couch purchase (not just a fold out or something from a thrift store) and it is definitely coming with us:

One of my favorite spots in the house is right in between the living room and dining room where you can see our two fireplaces back to back.  Sally Benedict made a pair of amazing, symmetrical works on paper that hand above each one:

And our dining room kind of doubled as a library where we have kept a lot of our books, and of course like every Southern house, has a bar.

We didn’t really have room for a “play room” exactly but with the help of some fun accessories from Land of Nod and some chalkboard paint I kind of converted our breakfast nook into Daphne’s mini play room:

I think what I will miss most is probably our classic Charleston porch. It’s so nice to sit out there in the afternoons and evenings in the early spring and late summer when it is not so hot out.  The porch swing was one of our first additions to the house:

A lot of our friends and family were surprised we were moving because it does, in some sense, feel like our house is done and our neighborhood is in a good place. But personally, I am really excited about our new project, just a little farther uptown that I will share when things are a little farther along : )

White Out: Our Summer Breastplate Necklace

With summer on the way it seems like the right time to start thinking about incorporating white back into our wardrobes. White in the summer – especially in the South – is a no-brainer. While I love the vintagey opal stones I chose for our Breastplate Necklace we also thought it would look great for summer set with milky, white glass stones. I showed this to Grace Atwood, the girl behind my online style/DIY and all things fun blog, The Stripe and she fell in love. Grace was kind enough to post about our recent New York trunk show so I gave her one of my new, white Breastplate necklaces as a thank you I love how she incorporated it into her whimsical Cinco de Mayo look:

And if you check out her full post on The Stripe you’ll see that she also has a new recommendation for a delicious sounding West Village taco spot to go with it. And what’s better than an outdoor taco spot when the weather warms up? Our breastplate necklace, now available in white, will also be available soon in turquoise for summer wear:

Thank You Southern Living!

Thank you to Southern Living and Stephanie Granada for including me in this feature on the 50 Best Dressed Southerners. It really is an honor, there are some snazzy folks in the South! And as some of you know, Charleston is not my native land. Moving here nearly eight years ago from New York I wondered if I would have to relegate all my black clothes to boxes under the bed. Friends teased me that I would soon have a closet full of Lilly Pullitzer (I have one dress) and the long summer season here threatened to render 2/3 of my wardrobe null and void. But as I’ve eased into life in Charleston, I’ve also eased into my new 2.0 style. Lighter layers, slightly more feminine, but still a love for some edgy details (like my strappy Jerome Rousseau boots from HAMPDEN Clothing).  Read the full piece here.  

Photo by Paige Winn, taken February, 2015 in Charleston, SC

A Vintage Trunk Show Curated by Garden & Gun

I am excited to announce I’ve collaborated with Garden & Gun Magazine to curate a special, online trunk show of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. We’ve selected pieces that had an interesting history, were collected in the South or emulated the magazine’s deep appreciation of Southern sport and culture.

All pieces are available for purchase online on candyshopvintage.com through February 28th.  You can read more about the collaboration and learn about upcoming Candy Shop Vintage trunk shows on their blog today. Enjoy!

 

Charleston Rice Beads: How To Wear It Series, Video 1

Since stumbling across my vintage Charleston Rice Beads several years ago, I realized the fun of such a long necklace (5′ exactly!) is that you can wear them so many different ways. They are easy to wrap and easy to layer and look great alone or in multiples.  I asked Charleston-based blogger Annie Reeves to share her favorite way to style hers to kick off a little video series we are starting.  She is wearing our long, shiny silver Charleston Rice Beads and long Shiny Gold Charleston Rice Beads.

Charleston Rice Beads: How to Wear it With Annie Reeves from Candy Shop Vintage on Vimeo.

Annie likes to wear them layered, close to her neck under a collared shirt. A little goes along way, this way two necklaces looks like several and keeps her pulled together, professional look consistent.

Blog Love

This week we were featured on Megan Runion’s blog, “For All Things Lovely“…and how lovely it was! Megan is a fellow South Carolinian with delicately feminine style. She styled the Shiny Gold Charleston Rice Bead Necklace by knotting it together with her own pearls, and we are really digging this look. The two long strands are the perfect match. Thanks for the share, Megan!

To see more of her style, check out forallthingslovely.com and her Instagram: @meganrunionmcr

2014 Round Up 2014

2014 has absolutely flown by for me.  Hard to believe that it was only earlier this year we launched our Charleston Rice Beads.  Since launch we have sold over 8,000 feet of necklaces and bracelets – more than half the length of the Ravenel Bridge! I feel so fortunate to have a growing business (one I started in the guest room of our house) and it is an exciting time as I continue to expand the Candy Shop Vintage line and to work with so many talented people to make it happen.  Here are some of the highlights of my year:

Debuting the Charleston Rice Bead collection to a fabulous group of ladies at a Charleston-themed lunch I hosted at The George Gallery in March:

Seeing the Candy Shop Vintage Space Age Bangle featured in the April 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine:

Hosting a trunk show and book signing with The Deans of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits Suzanne’s beautiful Downtown Charleston home.

Collaborating with some very talented ladies on our first wedding lookbook featuring both vintage jewelry and the Charleston Rice Beads. My friend Evelyn, of Evelyn’s Alterations and Design, designed and handmade the bride and bridesmaid dresses, Paige Winn did the photography, Bailey Bial styled hair, Flowershop provided the lovely blooms and hair and makeup was done by Amanda Rose and Bailey Bial:

In June, I went up north for a factory visit (and little vacation). We spent a lot of time in Rhode Island, one of my favorite states. Even though it is a small, it is fun to explore. Check out my mini-guide guide to Rhode Island for more.  This was Daphne’s third visit and she loved it!

In August, my husband John and I were featured on southernliving.com as part of a Southern Style feature. We hardly consider ourselves amongst most stylish in Charleston, but Gray Benko made us look our best:

In September, we all sadly said goodbye to style icon Joan Rivers. I recounted and remembered with gratitude swapping necklaces with her on her 80th birthday:

We also shot our A Charleston Afternoon lookbook featuring some of the hottest spots around town (Leon’s Oyster Shop, Sugar Bakeshop, mac & murphy, and The George Gallery), and the Charleston Rice Beads. I have been wanting to do this for awhile, sharing some of my favorite local spots with our clients inside and outside of Charleston and I loved how it turned out:

For the first time this year, I helped designed our first non-jewelry items. The Candy Shop Vintage x Lettermade collaboration – three unique sets of embroidered linen cocktail napkins. I loved working with the talented owner of Lettermade, Malia Dreyer on them.

Ending the year with the launch of my new Far East Collection was fantastic. These Asian-inspired pieces are based on a much loved 1970’s vintage runway necklace I own, and include the Breastplate Statement Necklace, the Crescent Necklace, and the Lu Tassel Earrings in a few different colors, as well as the delicate Lu Necklace which, like the earrings, features the Chinese symbol for prosperity. I debuted the Collection at a trunk show at HAMPDEN clothing, one of the Charleston Area Candy Shop Vintage retailers and best boutiques in Charleston.  Stacy, the owner (below) has a fabulous eye and curates a cutting edge collection of designers, keeping Charleston fashion forward.

Blogger and DJ, Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, flew to Charleston especially for the event, and wowed us all with her DJ skills.  I gifted Jane some of her own Charleston Rice Beads as a thank you and later spotted them on her bog paired with this amazing vintage tweed top – they have never looked so glam!

I also took the Collection to Gwynn’s for a pre-Christmas Trunk Show – where select Far East inspired pieces are still available.

And on a personal note, we added to our family with the adoption of a furry friend, Birthday the poodle (named by my daughter).  Can you spot him in our Christmas card?

I was even gifted an ornament this Christmas by the lovely ladies of Croghan’s. She is what I imagine his future girlfriend will look like – ooh lala!

THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support of Candy Shop Vintage. It has been such a huge year and never would have happened without loyal friends and customers, old and new. So excited to see what 2015 has in store, Happy New Year!

– Deirdre Zahl (designer & owner, Candy Shop Vintage)

Enter the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway

In honor of the holiday season we are hosting the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway! Starting today, if you follow the instructions at the bottom of this post, you can enter to win the following set of lucky elephant goodness… a gift to yourself or someone else!

One of our Elephants on Parade necklaces along with a pair of our Lucky Elephant Earrings AND a set of 4 of our Pink Elephant Cocktail Napkins from our recent collaboration with Lettermade. A total value of over $200. Can’t you just imagine a few of our lucky elephants around your neck this season? The Elephants on Parade necklace by Candy Shop Vintage has been one of our most popular pieces in the Candy Shop Vintage Collection to date!

It was  was most recently featured on Mary Summer’s Blog, So Then They Say with a chic, pared down layered look, perfect for winter.

So to enter the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest runs through midnight this Sunday, December 13th.  Winner will be announced on our blog and Instagram as well as notified be email next Monday, December 14th. Best of luck!!

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Lovely Jane

I was so thrilled to have Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes in Charleston a a couple weeks ago for my trunk show at HAMPDEN CLOTHING.  I normally hassle my husband (JAZ) to DJ all my events and he is great but to have a fellow vintage lover AND stylish lady DJ to mix things up was just too perfect.  I gave her some Charleston Rice Beads as a souvenir to take back to Dallas and she styled them with this enviable vintage tweed jacket and layers of vintage gold jewelry on her blog last week.  This look is simply perfection – trophy wife meets young city girl combined with 80’s supermodel!

To see more visit her blog, all images via seaofshoes.com.