Carolina Blue for The Carolinas

I lived in Charleston over ten years and throughout that time, watched several hurricanes clip us and dealt with what looked and felt lite catastrophic levels of flooding (we almost lost a car just parked on the street to a freakishly heavy overnight rainstorm!). Thankfully the water would always quickly recede, but I felt the panic each fall when hurricane season began, wondering if this would be “it”, waffling on weather to board up the shop or evacuate. When Hurricane Florence was barreling towards the East Coast Charleston collectively held it’s breath until we knew we were well out of harms way, but it was heartbreaking to see the way it raked the North Carolina Coast, reeking havoc on coastal cities like Wilmington and its surrounding beach towns and caused inland flooding in towns like New Bern, NC. The news loves to cover the storms relentlessly in the heat of the moment, but quickly loses interest in the aftermath. We did some research into organizations that were assisting heavily in the clean up efforts in North Carolina After Florence and consistently came back to Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Because you are able to earmark your donations for a particular relief effort, we have decided to donate $25 from the sale of each of our limited edition Carolina Blue Necklaces to their organization. This is a color that has been requested over and over again so we figured what better time to release it than now? You can shop them here.

We love you North Carolina! Get well soon.

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THANK YOU.

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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you not only for a wonderful year and gifting season and supporting a small and growing local business, but especially for supporting our campaign to raise money for the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund. This season we were able to raise $2,130 through the sale of our limited edition Charleston Rice Beads in Kelly Green. Thanks to all who gave or received these as gifts this season. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are excited for a new year and have lots of sweet things in store both at our shop and online.  And I am personally grateful for the support of every single one of our customers, near and far who appreciate what we are putting out there. See you in 2018! – Deirdre Zahl

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A Gift That Gives Back

I am excited to share that we are bringing back our popular Kelly Green Charleston Rice Beads for a limited time this season. $20 from the sale of each Charleston Rice Bead Necklace in Kelly Green and $10 from the sale of each Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet in Kelly Green will be donated to the new MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Children’s Hospital Campaign in Charleston, SC, thew new state of the art facility being built in Downtown Charleston. You can also visit their website and donate directly there and learn more about their mission and building project. Any one who has children in Charleston or has had the unfortunate experience of having to visit the MUSC Children’s Hospital, long or short term, knows what an incredible place it already is. But this new building and its facilities will continue to elevate the level of services they are able to provide to children around the country. We will be promoting this campaign in partnership with I Heart Radio and Y105 Charleston.

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Each necklace and bracelet comes in one of our Charleston Rice Bead bags with an insert card printed with a lovely illustration by local artist The Town Serif with a description of the partnership on the bag. This makes a great gift for any Charleston lover who also wants to contribute to the community. They will be available until Christmas or until we run out of inventory!

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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)

South Carolina Flood Victim’s Fund

You would have to be living under a rock to not know that this has been a terrible week for South Carolina. Rain storm upon rain storm pounded the state starting last Friday. I live in Charleston and my family and I self-evacuated, not wanting to witness the inevitable impassable roads, days without being able to go to the grocery store, and potentially event worse. We live in a neighborhood that floods at the drop of that hat and are required by law to carry flood insurance. We anticipated that this could become a full-fledged catastrophe, and it was for many. Although Charleston was indeed hit hard and many lost cars and dealt with water damage in their homes, it was actually upstate where the worst disaster unfolded. Dams broke, rivers overflowed and people escaped with only the clothes on their backs, if they were lucky. It was horrifying to watch and at the time seemed like it would not end. These are just a few photos of the type of destruction seen around the state of SC this past week and are still dealing with:

For Charleston, though scary, there was almost a comical element to the ridiculous amount of water in our city. We are always well prepared for floods here. This is a friend of ours, standing in front of our house after we asked him to check on it (our house is elevated above the flood water by the way):

Another friend on the Battery, holding a drink. Yes, Charleston residents can drink through anything! We are lucky we could laugh about it. For us Downtowners it was bad but it could have been much worse!

The American Red Cross is out in full force in the State of SC. If you would like to donate directly to the flood recovery efforts you can do so here. We are also going to donate $20 from the sale of every True Navy Charleston Rice Bead Necklace online and in store in the month of October to the same fund. Keep the SC affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers as residents recover from this disaster.