February Happenings

It’s almost the end of the longest month of the year. Anyone else have the January doldrums? I think next year I need to plan a getaway for the second half of January just to pass the time! So next month, in just two weeks we are excited to welcomeburlesque performer Evelyn DeVere to our Charleston shop, Candy Shop On Cannon to debut her brand new line of lingerie. Who knows a woman’s body better than a burlesque performer? She has been making her own costumes for years, as well as doing all my and many other people’s complicated vintage alterations. Join is for cocktails Friday February 12th by RSVPing for her exclusive preview or come by the trunk show during opening hours on Saturday, February 13th to pick something out to wear on Valentine’s Day:

This Week in Charleston

This week is Charleston Fashion Week and I had the pleasure of attending as Cator Spark’s guest last night.  Cator is editor-in-chief of The Manual and was also one of the Fashion panel judges.  We got to ride in style in a nifty van, which is good since they served a lot of champagne at the shows.

I met Cator at his lovely downtown Charleston house before the show and was pretty obsessed with his oyster shell doorknocker:

We met up with this crew, including two friends visiting from Wilmington Jess and Juliana:

Ayoka Lucas, stylist and MC /general Queen B of Charleston Fashion Week was nice enough to wear some of our brand new Charleston Rice Beads which looked great on her!  Love how she layered them:

One of the highlights of the whole show was the student show from The Art Institute of Charleston.  It was very creative with a lot of Lowcountry “touches” including an array of hand made seagrass accessories, my personal favorite:

And I turned on my computer this AM to this lovely post by Chassity Evans of Look. Linger. Love. wearing some of our Charleston Rice Bead bracelets (shot by the talented Gray Benko):

If you live in Charleston and are attending Charleston Fashion Week any other nights, be sure to tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #cfwstyle for a chance to win our gold Charleston Rice Bead necklace, modeled here by Charleston Shop Curator’s Andrea Serrano who has some cute street style pics from last night on her blog:

Finally, next week my friend Sidney Wagner who owns an amazing interiors shop and design business in Mt. Pleasant called The Eclectic is hosting myself and Lauren Lail of Library Vintage for a workshop where we will all be sharing some tips and trick for vintage hunting.  If you live in Charleston, consider joining us.  The first 25 people to RSVP get a gift bag!


A Charleston Luncheon (& Trivia Answers)

What are the key ingredients to a good party?  Turns out, BBQ, a little bit of day drinking, some awesome ladies and a little Ryan Gosling.  Last Thursday, I threw a launch party for my brand new collection of Charleston Rice Beads, a revival of a vintage bead chain inspired by the port city (and my current home) Charleston, SC.  I invited some of my favorite (and most creative) ladies in Charleston.  While it may appear so, this is hardly your typical “ladies who lunch” crowd.  Filling out our table at The George Gallery  in downtown Charleston were entrepreneurs, interior designers, bloggers, editors, writers, store owners – women (and fellow Charleston dwellers) who inspire me daily.

Everyone got their own little sample from my new collection as well as the opportunity to fill our my tongue-in-cheek Charleston Trivia quiz that I posted Friday.  If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll get all ten answers…

I spelled out CHARLESTON in gold letter balloons that made a wonderful backdrop to the luncheon in the airy and modern George Gallery.  On the menu was serve yourself BBQ from one of Charleston’s best spots – Home Team – with key lime pie and banana pudding for dessert.  I also accented the bar and tables with CIN CIN Vintage’s great prints and cocktail napkins inscribed “Champage is Always The Answer.” (Isn’t it though?)

And of course, front and center was the jewelry itself, a small pop-up of all of our Charleston Rice Beads currently on offer in shades of silver, gold and even a bright turquoise.  The necklaces are 5′ in length and can be doubled and even tripled plus look great layered together.  And our Charleston Rice Bead bracelets are only $28 and a perfect way to begin your own collection:

The signature cocktail of the afternoon was a vodka and St. Germain cocktail over crushed ice and topped with fresh lime and a splash of champagne.  I served it up in these adorable kraft coffee cups with fun, striped straws along with some rosé Champagne from the boys of Wine Awesomeness:

Me putting on my “party face” (above) in some of my Charleston Rice Beads and Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty doing a little shopping with Elizabeth Gumb of Well Coiffed Closet (below):

These are some of the first ladies I met in Charleston and my closest friends, Martina Radic a practicing psychologist in Charleston, Harper Poe of Proud Mary and Stella French who currently works for AirBnB and Charleston gal about town:

Stylist Ayoka Lucas, taking a break from her pre-Charleston Fashion Week prep chats with Harper just after I give everyone the lowdown on how to fill out their trivia questions:

I had the opportunity to make a small presentation on the collection and of course announce all the trivia winners. Lunchtime trivia was the perfect activity to keep things moving along and also fun and interesting, plus one lucky guest even got to take home Ryan Gosling.

And of course these girls always look wonderful – Hanna Seabrook (gadabout), Chassity Evans (Look. Linger. Love)  and Olivia Mitchell Block (Lacquered Life). They have three of the best blogs around.

Big thanks to Clay Austin for capturing the luncheon magic, to the George Gallery and Anne Siegfried for lettings us throw a party in her fab space and Ryan for being so courteous with the ladies.

Want to see more luncheon photos?  Head over to our Candy Shop Vintage Facebook Page.  As for our Charleston Trivia Quiz from our previous post, here are the answers: 1) 1920’s  2)  Mark Sanford  3)  Stephen Colbert   4)  The Notebook  5)  2007  6)  Garden & Gun  7) (d) cocaine  8) Sean Brock of HUSK and McCrady’s  9) Gold Bug Island  10) Bill Murray

Spring Fashion in Charleston + Candy Shop Vintage

It’s Spring in Charleston (even if the rest of the country is getting slammed with Polar Vortex V) and the March issue of Charleston Magazine is on stands and is all about spring fashion.  I was honored to be included in the issue amongst talented designers like Christina Jervey, Annie Van Harlington, Lindsey Carter of Troubadour and media favorites like Cator Sparks of The Manual and Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love just to name a few.  There is even a great feature on the beautiful Charleston home and family of Lauren Lail (Library Vintage) in the same issue.  Definitely pick up a copy for a peek inside of Charleston’s fashion/design community.  It is a special place I am fortunate enough to live in!

Charleston Fashion Week 2013

I’ve lived in Charleston five and a half years now and have watched Charleston Fashion Week expand from somewhat of a grassroots, homegrown fashion gathering to a full-fledged, nationally recognized event. An event, which this year, caught the attention of many reputable media outlets, CNN and The Huffington Post included.  Though it’s hard to imagine slim fitting clothes and Southern food going hand in hand, somehow there is something in the culture and energy in this city right now that is bolstering a blooming Southern fashion crowd, as well as attracting names from bigger fashion weeks (Fern Mallis) and designers from larger cities (Janie Bryant & Cynthia Rowley to name a couple).  I was sad to miss being here in person for this year’s CFW, but monitored its progress extremely closely via instagram from a very cold NYC, not without a few pangs of homesickness.  Most amazing this year, though, was Siobhan Murphy, a friend and former office mate who started conceiveing of her first collection back in our Broad Street studio.  To see her tutu-making evolve into Clockwork Orange cum Ralph Lauren-esque amazingness and hit the CFW runway was really impressive! Her collection was so STUNNING, she’s already received a shout-out from Garden & Gun.  (Hats made by Julia Pagan).

We did manage to sneak some Candy Shop Vintage into CFW, who better to rock our Collection than the Charleston Fashion Week Queen (and brainchild) Ayoka Lucas, pictured below with Fern Mallis in our gold Dragonfly Earrings (photo credit Hunter Boone):

Menswear had it’s first big year at Charleston Fashion Week as well, with the sweet and extremely talented Afriyie Poku, a crowd favorite winning for Emerging Designer (pictured below, photo credit Micah Mackenzie):

And over at the Charleston Library Society, menswear was having another Charleston moment in the perfectly preppy Southern gentleman style of K. Copper Ray of Social Primer:

Apparently, it was one of the highlights of the week. So, having missed all this, it was more than perfect to see Siobhan on the tail end of her major week who brought the sweetest belated birthday gift to my daughter Daphne, a mini couture tutu! Daphne was enchanted by it… and who wouldn’t be?  A tutu makes everything more fun!