Happy Halloween From Charleston!

Happy Halloween from Charleston, SC (where it is a balmy 80 degrees out – seriously, I am ready for some real fall weather!). Today is the last day to play “Guess The Number of Candy Corn” in the champagne glass (below). The closest (or exact) guess wins a $100 gift card to Candy Shop Vintage that can be used online and in store. If more than one person guesses the correct number then they both get a gift card! Comment on this blog post with your best guess and your email address! Winner is announced tomorrow.

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This year my daughter Daphne asked me to dress as a rainbow unicorn with her. I figure that the number of years she wants to wear matching costumes are going to be limited so I should jump on board. It is pretty cute wearing a matching costume with her (although she shed some of her unicorn accessories for a pony ride in the park because it was just so hot!).

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And for some adult treats, don’t forget to check our our One-of-a-Kind Vintage section where we’ve just added some fresh vintage treats!
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A Revolutionary Evening

In the spirit of Halloween I thought I’d share a few photos of the Annual Red Party I attended at The Old City Jail in Charleston last Friday evening.

This was a fundraiser for The American College of the Building Arts, also housed in the historic jail. Every year, their party has a different theme and this years was The French Revolution – Anarchy in Charleston!  I went as Marie Antoinette. The fabulous wig was from a local Charleston costume shop and everything else was vintage, including the fox shrug that I wore at my wedding in New York City seven years ago:

The party decor was done by Courtney Bishop Interior Design, and the purple hued lighting illuminating the Old Jail made for a surreal atmosphere.  I especially loved the long tables and large candelabras she used, but my very favorite detail was the cookie and cake bar courtesy of Sugar bakeshop:

Some friends and I posed for an eerie group photo that looks like we are plotting war over high tea:

The remainder of the evening was spent on the dance floor bumping wigs with the other guests under a tend adorned with decadent chandeliers suspended over a black and white tiled dance floor.  Vivre La Revolution! (And thank you to Jess James for letting us use her tickets – we missed you this year!)

 

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! This happened when my friend Jess James and I showed up at brunch wearing the exact same pants on Saturday. We decided to recreate the little “twinsies” emoticon in the middle of downtown Charleston:

Also, I attended the annual Red Party at The American College of The Building Arts.  This would be my second Gatsby themed event in the last two months, but this one I went for a more of a wintery flapper look, with the fox fur shrug I wore in my wedding, a black wig and a custom headpiece designed by Jan a milliner and owner  of AMuse, a little gem of a shop in Wilmington, NC:

My friend Lindsay lent me one of her fabulous CHANEL cocktail rings for the occasion as seen in this flapper selfie with my friend Stella.  It was my truly my glass slipper, because just before the clock struck midnight, a prince appeared while we were out downtown after the party and even took a photo with Lindsay and I!

Bill Murray was such a gentleman and I was a bit persistent about getting this shot (he looks so thrilled) so THANK YOU BILL!  You made our night : )  The Red Party is an Annual event and a fundraiser for The College, housed in an old jail in downtown Charleston.  It is one of the best events of the year, and always just before Halloween, so keep it on your Charleston radar for Fall 2014!

Get Your Gatsby On

In the spirit of Halloween and getting dressed up I thought I’d share a few photos of The Great Gatsby Gala I attended last month in Wilmington, NC – another charming Southern coastal town where Dawson’s Creek was filmed.  My friend Jess James hosts the fab Gala at Wilmington’s Historic Downtown City Club every September.  This is my second year in attendance and it was even better than the first!  Here’s a shot of myself and the hostess at the entrance hiding behind our 1920’s perfume fans (Image via Style Girl):

I decided to don a black flapper wig for the party for a change and I have to say, I think it totally worked with the lighter outfit and my genuine 1920’s jewelry and black sparkly purse.  Short hair is so liberating – I just wish my curls would tolerate it in real life.  My outfit itself was also vintage – probably 80’s but very 20’s in feel.  I got it at one of my favorite Wilmington vintage spots – A Second Time Around.  Shoes from Zara:

This year, I had a date for the evening, my husband John (last year it was just a girl’s night out).  I helped him pick out his outfit and we had a great dinner and pre-dinner cocktails (& coffee, much needed after a long drive!) at a Wilmington gem Manna – with hands down the BEST mixologist in the area!

It was one of those perfect Southern fall evenings, with just a hint of chill in the air.  The light was beautiful and Jess did a fantastic job bedecking The City Club.  All of the guests really got into the 1920’s spirit and came dressed to the nines.  I love a theme party where people really respect the theme – it makes it so much more fun!

Jess even had some models she styled walking around looking the part, like this perfect Daisy, played by Adrienne who is wearing a handmade headpiece from Amuse Artisanal Finery, another great local Wilmington shop.  (Image via Style Girl):

If you need more inspiration, check out Jess’s full gallery of photos from the Wilmington Gatsby Gala here.  And if you live in the Charleston Area and need to scratch your own Gatsby itch, get tickets to The Annual Red Party at The American College of The Building Arts – a great fundraiser and a fabulous party on Friday, October 25th – guess what this year’s theme is?