A Mad Fantasy Tea Party

This past Monday we had a spring tea party to launch our new Fantasy Garden Collection, a vintage inspired capsule collection and collaboration with New York based jewelry company Ciner. I don’t know if it is the recent release of Beauty & The Beast, spring in general, or the fanciful nature of this new collection but I have had a tea party craving for awhile now. Talented Charleston-based illustrator Daniel Velasco did our invites and we purchased teacups that doubled as party favors for all the guests and turned Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street into a tea room for the afternoon.

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Thanks to Ooh events, we were able to squeeze in seating for 18 people down the length of the store. We served Charleston grown tea from The Charleston Tea Plantation in three flavors – Charleston Breakfast, Peach and Earl Grey. Frampton’s Flowers provided some beautiful fresh ranunculus for us in shades of pale pink.

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Out tiered tea towers were brimming with homemade goodies from local bakeries and caterers – Hamby’s, Sugar bakeshop and scones from Wildflour:

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And one of the best details were the beautiful, hand painted unicorn macaroons from Mercantile & Mash:

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The centerpiece of our new collection, The Unicorn Fantasy Necklace:

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Our floral selfie wall was also a lot of fun:

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As were the unicorn horn party hats from Meri Meri party:

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I only slept about two hours the night before but still had a blast:

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Thanks to all who came and contributed to a magical afternoon in Charleston!

Holiday Events and Trunk Shows

Our trees at Candy Shop On Cannon are already trimmed and we have a few Holiday events and trunk shows lined up over the next few weeks. Of course you can catch us at our Charleston store at 9 Cannon Street Tuesday-Saturdays 10AM-5PM but we will also be at these fun events and trunk shows:

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The Holiday Sip ‘N Shop

Shop local businesses and enjoy specials at local restaurants in Cannonborough/Elliotborough in Downtown Charleston.

When: Neighborhood wide shopping event from 5-8PM on Friday, December 2

Where: Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street and participating Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood businesses in Downtown Charleston, SC.

 

The Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market

Holiday market and fundraiser for the Junior League of Columbia, SC.

When: 9AM-5PM starting Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4 

Where: Cantey and Goodman Buildings at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201.

 

The Gibbes Museum Holiday Trunk Show

The Gibbes Museum holiday trunk show. Shop from a variety of curated local vendors after their Wednesday evening program.

When: 6-8PM on Wednesday, December 14

Where: The Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC

 

Gwynn’s Holiday Trunk Show

Holiday Trunk show at Gwynn’s in Mt. Pleasant with our Charleston Rice Beads, Candy Shop Collection jewelry and vintage jewelry as well as other featured local vendors.

When: 10AM-7PM on Saturday, December 17th and 12-5PM on Sunday, December 18th

Where: Gwynn’s at 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC.

 

Holiday Sip & Shop in Charleston December 2

This is a test of your imagination… As I sit her trying not to turn the air conditioning on in my shop I am starting to assemble my Christmas card list and planning our our December events. How is it still 80 degrees in November? Luckily, Mary Mac of Print Charleston designed me the MOST festive little holiday cards this year to get us in the spirit even if we are a far cry from having snow.  In less than a month my shop in Charleston and all the neighborhood stores in Cannonborough-Elliotborough will be hosting a sip & shop the evening of Friday, December 2 from 5-8PM. Each shop and location will have its own festivities going on and our hope is that you will stroll from one to the next – so save the date!

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Here at Candy Shop On Cannon we’ll have a complimentary braid bar with the braid style of your choice. We’ll also be offering up free gift wrapping, snacks and festive holiday libations. Olivia even did a little test run of one of her braiding techniques on Rachel, our production manager. More details to follow later this month!

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Cafè Collection Brunch

Earlier this week, I hosted a French themed brunch at our shop in Charleston to launch our brand new Cafè Collection which is now available both on our website and in our store. This tongue-in-cheek French inspired collection deserved a sweet, French brunch to celebrate its launch. Nothing quite takes the edge off of Monday morning like Rosé champagne and French Pastries!

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Cafè Frambroise, a wonderful French bakery in Charleston even had these darling Eiffel Tower shaped cookies:

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We gave our guests each a Charleston Girl Tote bag which are now available on our website and make a great gift:

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And we showcased our new collection, poodles, perfume bottles and pastries. What more do you need at a French brunch?

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I love the creative community in Charleston. We have such a talented, sweet group of women here who are all so supportive of each other. It really means a lot to be able to toast with so many of the bloggers we work with, as well as our friends and shop neighbors!

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And I loved seeing everyone rocking their Candy Shop Vintage jewels!

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Whisky sours were served even though it was 10:30AM, this is Charleston after all!

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Could not have pulled all this together without the help from my great team – Annie Reeves (pictured below) and Rachel Reeves (who could not make it to the brunch but is joining us full time next month!). They are not related by the way, just coincidentally have the same last name!

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Cheers and thank you to al the ladies who attended and made our brunch so special!

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Hermine, Labor Day Sale & Charleston Rice Bead Rings

Here in Charleston we are bracing for tropical storm Hermine as we go into Labor Day weekend. We closed our 9 Cannon Street Shop Today out of caution… It can be hard to get around here once these types of extreme storms blow through (unless you’ve got a boat!). But, weather permitting, we will reopen tomorrow (Saturday) at 10AM!

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Our Labor Day Weekend Sale Kicked off today, so if you are stuck at home as I am with spotty internet access you can still participate! All of our Spring and Summer Charleston Rice Bead Colors are on sale so if you want to purchase any of the remaining, available Spring/Summer colors at 25% OFF you can use code ENDOFSUMMER at checkout to get your discount:

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And if you haven’t already, check out our new Charleston Rice Bead Rings. Available in all of our metallic finishes (AND coming soon in gunmetal!) they are stackable AND sized. We carry sizes 5-8 and if you don’t know your ring size offhand, hold up one of your existing rings to this size chart on your screen for reference. Photo taken at The Dewberry Hotel, who was kind enough to let us shoot part of our Fall Lookbook there. Can’t wait to share it soon!

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Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale & Sample Sale!

Tomorrow, our Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood in Charleston where our Candy Shop Vintage shop is located is having a neighborhood wide sidewalk sale featuring discounts and specials at all the neighborhood shops:
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We’ll be hosting our first sample sale at the store with tables of discounted jewels out in front of the shop. If you don’t live here, not to worry! Add us on Snapchat and shop remotely:

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Happy hunting!

The Only Whisky Sour Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Last summer I had a trunk show in Florida on a Saturday afternoon hosted by my mother-in-law Mary Zahl. She made a bunch of really yummy southern-style appetizers (since we had just had our jewelry featured in Southern Living) and decided to serve whisky sours, since it is sort of a vintage cocktail. I had never actually had one before. I mentally categorized them as having gone the way of baked Alasksas and flaming desserts – food and drinks that were only found on the pages of long forgotten, dog-eared cookbooks and out of print magazines. You don’t see them around much which is really a shame because they are SO good! I’ve also noticed that both men and women enjoy them – nothing about them is too girly and yet they are sweet, sour and delicious. And the trunk show guests that day agreed, they were definitely shopping with a strong buzz. This particular recipe is incredibly simple and easy to mix up in a pitcher to leave out for guests to serve themselves – we now serve these at all of our events and I get asked for the recipe constantly. When it involves frozen limeade concentrate, you simply can’t go wrong. Just don’t forget the Maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish! Recipe below for the June edition of #cocktailsoncannon.

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Cocktails On Cannon: Serve Yourself Whisky Sours

1 large can frozen limeade concentrate – thawed slightly and undiluted
 1 (limeade can) fresh squeezed lemon juice
 1 (limeade can) simple syrup
 1+ (limeade can) bourbon or whiskey to taste
1/2 (limeade can) of water to taste
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Serve with maraschino cherry, preferably with a stem, over ice, and with a slice of orange in a vintage glass. Makes about 1/2 gallon.

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

This is my favorite type of citrus juicer for squeezing lemons It works well, is powerful and enables you to squeeze all the juice out while separating the seeds so it is surprisingly easy to make your own fresh lemon juice. Of course, you can also buy it pre-packaged, its just a nice addition if you have the time.

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Adding a little bit of water to dilute it was my only adjustment to the original recipe. I found they were a little syrupy otherwise. The other option it to put extra ice in the pitcher and if you leave at room temperature, the melting ice will slowly dilute it a bit. Either way you don’t need more than 2/3 a cup or so (or half a limeade can) of water and be sure to serve over plenty of ice.

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First Ever Candy Shop Vintage Sample Sale

In less than two weeks, there will be neighborhood-wide Cannonborough/Elliotborough sidewalk sale in Charleston where will be hosting our first ever SAMPLE SALE. We’ll have a table full of $5 vintage jewelry as well as a table of discontinued Candy Shop Vintage designs, samples and more. We’ll be serving One Hope Champagne and homemade Whisky Sours all day so come join us from 10AM-5PM:

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If you don’t live in Charleston we’ll be snapping all the sample sale goodies starting at 10AM, so add us and follow along, user name candyshpvintage and it there is anything you’d like to purchase you can snapchat us with your email address and we’ll send you an invoice.  See you there!

Vintage At The Restoration Hotel

Last Thursday marked the launch of a collaboration I did along with Seeline Vintage with the The Restoration Hotel and their boutique, The Port Mercantile at 75 Wentworth Street in Downtown Charleston. The Port is located adjacent to the lobby of their beautiful hotel, but far from a typical hotel gift shop, it is a well curated trove of unique designer items including many Southern brands. They approached my friend MK Quinlan of Seeline to do a month-long pop-up shop but wanted to accent her great vintage clothing collection with some jewels and accessories – so that is where I came in. Not to mention, it is always fun to get to work with friends.

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MK is pregnant, and chicly managed to camouflage her growing bump in one of her gorgeous vintage gowns while I opted for one of her vintage cocktail dresses – a floral, Emanual Ungaro wrap dress I purchased from her while we were setting up our shop. Shopping while you are trying to make money is always one of the pitfalls of pop-up shops! We had a small launch party last Thursday but the curated vintage collection of clothing and jewelry will be up until the end of the month if you can get there fast enough! Even the first night, our one-of-a-kind pieces were flying out the door…

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We both tried to select vintage pieces that complimented the earthy, rich tones of the store as well as spoke to the season… think spring garden cocktails, summer evening dinner parties and weekend jaunts…

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A crown jewel of my collection for the port was the chunky, gold Egyptian Revival cuff pictured below. Designed by Elizabeth Taylor for AVON in the early 1990’s it looked like it had never been worn and was in it’s original packaging when it came into my possession. It lasted a mere 24 hours, but at least I have this photo to remember it by… (sniff, sniff…)

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I also worked with century old jewelry house CINER in New York to re-manufacture some one-of-a-kind vintage designs from their archives for this curated collection. All of their manufacturing is still done in house in the center of Manhattan and they were able to quickly turn around some incredible pieces pulled from their archives that emulate the season – from under-the-sea fantasy pieces like this dolphin cuff to the elegant rhinestone butterfly choker. If you are in Charleston are able to make it by The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel this month, do not miss out on this special collection!

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We loved seeing all our friends join us at the opening for whisky sours and pimento cheese crackers. Lindsay Fleege (pictured below) did a fabulous job with her firm Gray & Co. promoting our event! Lindsay used to do PR for CHANEL in New York and her own jewelry collection is seriously incredible.

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The sweetest grandaughter/grandmother duo in town to celebrate my good friend Cator’s wedding…

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Interior Designer Sidney Wagner peruses the vintage racks

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Lindsay & Ellie of Gray & Co. PR

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Our most stylish customers…

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Helping Anne Elkins of The George Gallery find some statement earrings

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Vintage shopping is the prefect girls night out activity!

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Thanks to all who came out! It was so much fun. Be sure to visit before we pack up shop on May 31st!

Your May Cocktail: All Grown Ups Are Pirates

If I peek my head out the front door of my shop at 9 Cannon and look right, I am staring at The Ordinary, hands down my favorite restaurant in Charleston. Housed in an old bank building, it is a high end seafood hall with a particular bent towards oysters, that exists in that wonderful place where fine dining intersects with every day (or at least sometimes weekly) eating. It squarely faces the point Cannon Street intersects with King which gives you the feeling that the second you leave my shop it is drawing you in like some kind of gigantic, oyster-filled magnet. I have tried most of the menu – every type of oyster, the fresh and slightly spicy tuna poke, the irresistible crab toast (with hot sauce) the Tuesday night lobster roll, the off-the-menu flounder ceviche… I have yet to have even a dish there that wasn’t completely amazing. But what’s also special about The Ordinary and what attracts the regulars as much as it does those making a pilgrimage from other cities, is their wonderful cocktail menu. The Ordinary bar is known for its rum-based cocktails like special daiquiris made with aged rum or their most popular rum drink, the “Call Me Old Fashioned.”

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I, however, had been stuck “White Lady” rut – the gin cocktail I’d been ordering there since it opened that was once on the menu then cruelly whisked away.  I’d been on a campaign to bring it back as I am not a big rum drinker – but Lane Becker, their bar czar (pictured below), promised me that this cocktail will be your (and my) “gateway rum cocktail.” Lane came to The Ordinary from McCradys, another fine dining destination in Charleston well-known for its well stocked bar. Lane honed his craft there before moving over to The Ordinary, lucky for us, and is now just half a block away from Candy Shop On Cannon.

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Lane’s cocktail of choice for this post: the summery All Grown Ups Are Pirates – a cocktail you can make at home (he gave us the recipe) but it might be easier to just sidle up to the bar at the Ordinary and whisper that code name – “All Grown Ups Are Pirates”  and try his version, especially since his homemade pineapple infused rum took 10 days to “set.”

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All Grown Ups Are Pirates

2 oz. House Pineapple Rum (Barbancourt 8 year base)

1/2 oz. Petite Canne Cane Syrup

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/6 oz. Fernet Branca

1 oz. Egg White

Shake without ice for 30 seconds, then shake with ice for 15 seconds. Strain onto fresh ice and drink quickly. Garnish with a slice of lime, Luxardo cherry and mint.

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The cocktail was light and almost creamy without being heavy (which I attribute to the egg whites). With all the ice and served in a high ball and especially with the mint garnish it was refreshing and summery. It didn’t taste strong, but after a few sips, midday and prior to lunch I felt ready to go take a nap in a hammock under a palm tree. Really it’s the perfect summer cocktail – you can certainly try All Grown Ups at Pirates at home, but I bet it will taste the best at The Ordinary Bar with a side of a dozen oysters. Thanks Lane & thanks to Clay Austin for the photos!

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