The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet

Thanks to Country Living’s December issue this year (and how fun is that cover?), our French 75 Cocktail Bracelet is getting a celebratory boost this month. This bracelet was inspired by a Martini charm necklace once sold at auction as part of famous socialite Bunny Mellon’s estate. I thought it was so enchanting and charming, that I’d create my own “Cocktail Bracelet” featuring the ingredients to my favorite, vintage champagne cocktail – The French 75. My friend Ashley highlighted it on her blog a few years back (where you can also find the recipe) and the bracelet has continued to build in popularity since. 01

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Because it is a bit labor intensive to make, the price point is higher. We assemble the bracelet chain, clasp and tag ourselves and have it individually plated along with the four gold charms. After plating, the charms are attached to the bracelet along with the lemon, sugar cube and the tiny bottle of gin. The sugar cube is actually handmade from polymer clay rolled in glitter and the gin bottle is hand cast resin. I designed the gin bottle labels myself but because they don’t die cut labels that small, we cut them out by hand with an exacto blade, apply them to the gin bottle charm, and voila!  We also have a Mint Julep version here. Because of the labor involved, we have a limited number of these available, so if you want one for yourself or someone else this Christmas, better snap it up now. And if you miss the boat, you can always make French 75s at home – they make a great New Year’s Eve cocktail!

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Fall/Winter Lookbook

Two weeks ago we launched our Fall/Winter Candy Shop Collection pieces, along with some fab one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are going quickly! Because we were pressed for time, we shot the Lookbook in my house in Charleston and around town. I worked in collaboration with my friend Stacy’s new store on King Street, Small by Hampden. Hampden Clothing, her main retail store is one of my favorite stores in Charleston (and maybe anywhere) but sometimes the price point can be intimidating. Small, just a few doors north of Hampden at 324 King Street is a scaled down version of Hampden that is refreshingly intimate and more affordable but just as hip. We pulled some fab pieces from her (the hot pink Ulla Johnson dress being amongst my favorites) to pair with our holiday jewelry and worked with Jesse Volk, one of our talented, go-to photographers. Here are some of our favorites – enjoy!

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YOU CAN VIEW THE FULL LOOKBOOK HERE and SHOP THE NEW COLLECTION HERE

Charleston Neutrals: Fall 2018 Inspiration

Charleston is famous for its color palate – pinks, yellows, greens, blues, violet, there is even an official paint color called Charleston Green. But if you spend some time in Downtown Charleston, you will also come to appreciate the neutral palate in between the bright rainbow palette. One of my favorite buildings Downtown is City Hall on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. It is all marble, stucco and wrought iron but not a splash of color to be seen. The marble staircase cascades down on each side of the entrance and the Spoleto kick-off party is held here every season. The blacks and greys are like a soothing palate cleanser in Downtown Charleston.

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Another favorite is one of the houses on the Battery, down towards White Point Gardens with these curved, elegant iron balconies and painted in a clean, crisp slate gray. Blacks and greys are this as much a part of the Charleston architectural landscape as pinks and yellows, but not appreciated nearly as often.

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So this season we are also offering our Charleston Rice Beads in the same, elegant slate grey found on some of the more stately, Downtown Charleston buildings:

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And of course, as we do every fall and winter, you can also purchase them in lacquered Midnight (Black). How beautiful is this old, painted garden door Downtown?

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For a pop of color, and by popular demand we decided to introduce a festive shade of red. While bright red usually feels much more New England to me, it does jump out at you like on this great front door on Queen Street. So you can purchase your Cranberry Red Charleston Rice Beads here, now until the end of the fall/winter season.

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And how about this festive combination of red, grey and gold together? Bring on the fall and the holidays!

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A Vintage Guide to Palm Beach

Outside of Charleston one of my favorite coastal cities in the South is Palm Beach. I have been visiting Palm Beach regularly each year to catch up with my best friend who practices equine medicine there during the winter. Each time I visit, I find a new special place – a cocktail bar, a vintage clothing shop or a great pizza spot. Like Charleston, parts of historic Palm Beach are immaculately groomed and picture perfect. But it also has its funky local gems – particularly in West Palm Beach and especially when it comes to vintage shopping. All in all, it is a great mix – a small but growing city with history, elegance and whimsy. Worth Avenue is one of the most famous streets for shopping in America and there are no shortage of beautifully restored hotels to visit, dine at, have a cocktail or stay awhile. So, on a recent trip for a Junior League Holiday Market, I decided to also shoot my own vintage guide to Palm Beach and share some of my favorite spots for shopping, drinking and eating – all with their own vintage charm.

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It was a lot of fun working with Erica J. Photography who was very patient with my obsessive location scouting, and especially Palm Beach Vintage who loaned me some fabulous outfits and accessories (all of which are available on 1st Dibs) that paired well with each spot we chose. And of course, the jewelry can almost all be found on candyshopvintage.com so most of our vintage guide is shoppable!

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Vintage polka-dot two piece 90’s Carolyne Roehm from Palm Beach Vintage, Palm Beach Sunnies from us, Vintage Born To Shop Brooch, Vintage Floral Earrings and Vintage Buckle Bangle all Candy Shop Vintage

Where to Stay

The Colony Hotel on Hammon Avenue is one of the coolest vintage spots anywhere. It is quintessentially Palm Beach with bright pops of color on the inside and soothing coastal pink on the outside and just steps from Worth Avenue. It was built in 1947 and recently redesigned by Carleton Varney who helms Dorthy Draper & Co.

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It is an explosion of pattern and color and each room – even the hallways – have their own floor to floor color schemes. There isn’t a corner or room of the hotel that isn’t covered Varney’s unique, whimsical touch.

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Vintage 80’s Philippe Venet Paris Shift Dress from Palm Beach Vintage with a gold Candy Shop Vintage Poodle Pendant and Charleston Rice Beads in Cinnamon,

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A Fabulous 80s Judith Lieber Bag from Palm Beach Vintage paired with our French 75 Cocktail Bracelet.

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Vintage Pink and Green Ombré Chiffon Gown and hot pink Christian Louboutin mules from Palm Beach Vintage. Vintage Cocktail Ring, Vintage Kenneth J. Lane Bow Earrings and Unicorn Fantasy Necklace from Candy Shop Vintage.

Other historic hotels in Palm Beach to explore are:

The Breakers – A larger scale, grand luxury historic hotel founded in the late 1800’s that is more a full scale resort than just a place to stay. It is right on the ocean and you can visit their spa, dine and drink without leaving the property. The most well known and dramatic hotel on Palm Beach Island and home to HMF, a great cocktail bar and lounge.

The Brazilian Court – A luxury hotel opened in the 1920s with a Mediterranean design. On site restaurant, Cafe Boulud and James Bead nominee helmed by famous French Chef Daniel Bouloud.

The Chesterfield – Also located in close proximity to Worth Avenue, it was originally designed as a European Bed & breakfast and has grown into an intimate luxury hotel registered with the Palm Beach Preservation foundation as a historic landmark. Also home to the chic and delicious Leopard Lounge and Restaurant.

Vintage Shopping

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The Church Mouse just off of Worth Avenue is kind of the ultimate church resale shop. Staffed with volunteers the proceeds from the store go to outreach programs for Bethesda by the Sea, an Episcopal Church in Palm Beach. This is not your average second hand store, it is over 4,000 square feet and packed to the brim with an ever rotating designer clothes and accessories, china, art work, furniture and more. Open seasonally.

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Just a few blocks from The Church Mouse is C. Orrico the official Lilly Pulitzer outpost of Palm beach and nested in the back of C. Orrico you will now find a shop within a shop – House of Lavande – a treasure trove of vintage and vintage-inspired jewels. And when I say treasure trove, I mean drawer and drawers and more drawers so carve out some time before visiting these two gems.

Stroll down Worth Avenue, just a short walk from C. Orrico and it looks like every shop is having a contest for who has the best awning. Most of the luxury boutiques can be found on Worth as well.

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Vintage tassel purse from Candy Shop Vintage

But I did stumble upon this funky, high end boutique called KIOSK I have never seen before that had a great mix of unique clothes and accessories – some vintage, some new.

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And the most incredible spot on Worth has to be Betteridge Jewelers a fine jewelry store with estate jewelry to make your head spin. My sapphire engagement ring is actually from their Connecticut store and I have received endless compliments on it over the years.

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On your way off the Island, don’t forget to hit Classic Collections of Palm Beach – an upscale designer consignment shop with all of the gowns, bags, shoes and jewels you can imagine. Not for the faint of heart (or wallet). From there, it is fun to head to West Palm Beach to shop some funkier spots, first stops being on Northwood Road.

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You can pop in for a coffee at Harold’s Coffee Lounge which has a truly excellent ice coffee to fuel more of your vintage shopping adventures.

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80’s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dress from Palm Beach Vintage, Iris Apfel Brooch from our Sweet Finds section and Half Moon Clutch from Beau & Ro

Which you will definitely need to take in everything at Diane’s Boutique (below) an adorable vintage shop filled to the brim with colorful goodies. The owner, Diane McKinnie is so nice, it is like shopping in your best friend’s closet. And though most things don’t have price tags, she is sure to give you a good deal when you are ready to check out.

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Just up the street is the Palm Beach chic furniture mecca Circa Who. Don’t worry, they sell online but it is much more fun to meander around their warehouse in person. They recently added a second room with other vendors, including some great vintage clothing dealers.

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1960’s Mod LaJeunesse Handbag from Palm Beach Vintage.

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1970’s Oscar De La Renta Cotton Voile Dress and Yves St. Laurent 80s Suede belt both from Palm Beach Vintage. The Reeves Doorknocker Earring in Green Opal from Candy Shop Vintage.

And don’t miss Northwood Antiques and Design across the way, with curated vintage furniture and art. About a fifteen minute drive away is another road in West Palm Beach famous for antiques and vintage shopping – Dixie Highway – also the home of Palm Beach Vintage. Louise, the lovely and chic owner of Palm Beach Vintage has had her vintage boutique there for decades – and at one point even had a location in New York.

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She is now nestled on Dixie Highway in her flagship store amongst other fantastic antiques and vintage shops like D. Brett Benson an incredible vintage and estate jewelry shop and Palm Beach Regency, another over the top Palm Beach Chic vintage furniture dealer. These are don’t miss spots, but Palm Beach Vintage was the first and main attraction for me with its immaculately curated and ethereal selection of clothing and accessories.

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Just playing a little dress up in this 1970s Frank Usher Cocktail Dress.

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And this subtle 1970s Main Street Leopard Print Rain Coat paired with some Vintage Glitter Resin Bangles and Palm Beach Sunnies from Candy Shop Vintage.

Where to Eat & Drink

An afternoon can easily spent on Dixie Highway alone, all you have to do is park and walk up and down to hit all the shops, one after the other, along the way. But when it is time for a bite to eat, their is an equally fun vintage style diner to be found just up the road from Palm Beach Vintage. It has a wonderful retro vibe complete with astro turf and all. My friend MK of Seeline Vintage sent me there on my first trip to Palm Beach and it did not disappoint. There is even outdoor seating – great for brunch or lunch!

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Vintage Christian LaCroix Sequined Floral Skirt from Palm Beach Vintage paired with our Charleston Rice Beads in Gunmetal and a One-of-A-Kind Black Resin Bangle.

Other places to eat and drink in Palm Beach:

Palm Beach Grill – Contemporary dining with an old school, moody loungey feel. You literally cannot order a bad thing off the menu here, especially not the cedar plank salmon, the shoe string fries or the Key Lime pie which is (almost) the best I have ever had.

Pizza Al Fresco – Venture down an alley off Worth Avenue and find a twinkly old world European style courtyard with al fresco dining. The pizza hits the spot after a long flight or drive.

HMF at The Breakers – Sort of the living room of The Breakers, this open air, Mad Men style bar and dining room offers cocktails and light bites to eat. The waitresses dress in black cocktail dresses and pearls – how chic.

The Leopard Lounge & Restaurant – Mirrored walls, leopard print, woven fans, marbled ceilings and great cocktails. Plus a live lounge singer – need I say more? I am sure the food is good too, but does it even matter?

Cafe 155 at The Colony Hotel – A bright, happy grab and go breakfast and lunch spot inside The Colony Hotel (though you can enter from the street). Take you food to go or sit under the Palms and the grand columns in front of the hotel.

Cafe Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel – A restaurant by famous french chef Daniel Boulud. I have only had a drink here but have heard their brunch and dinner here is amazing.

The Polo Bar & Restaurant at The Colony Hotel – A throwback and an ode to the local Polo scene in Palm Beach (& Wellington). Not to be confused with The Polo Bar in New York, this decidedly more old school restaurant and bar offers poolside dining at The Colony, live music late at night and sit down dining inside. Decorated with palms and polo players with pillars painted to look like martini glasses – this is a true hidden gem of Palm Beach.

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Thanks to Erica for the beautiful photos and helping me put this together and to Palm Beach Vintage for her true Southern hospitality. Hope you visit some of these magical spots next time you are there. xo

THE BEST SUGAR COOKIES EVER

I have been meaning to share this recipe for a long time and with Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought it was a perfect time to spread the love. These are, quite simply the best sugar cookies you will ever eat. I used to have bad associations with sugar cookies… you know the buttery stale kind you get in a red plaid tin at Christmas or the ones that are passed out with apple juice in elementary school? The worst. I will almost always take a chocolate chip cookie over a sugar cookie, but…

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…when I friend of mine shared this family recipe with me I was a total convert. My daughter Daphne and I have made these at least half a dozen times and she is only four. Baking is one of our favorite mommy daughter activities, and even though these taste gourmet they are incredibly easy to make. You can also make the dough far in advance and freeze it and just pop it out when you are ready to make your next round of cookies.

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For the dough:

SIFT: 3 cups of flour + 1 teaspoon of baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon of salt

CREAM: 1 cup of butter + 3/4 cup of sugar + 3 tablespoons of milk + 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla + 1 egg

Refrigerate for an hour or freeze and thaw before ready to use. Roll out and cut, bake for 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature before frosting.

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1 box of powdered sugar + 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract + 1/4 cup of milk until desired consistency. Food coloring and decoration as needed.

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The best part… taste testing. We really have to make these in small batches, otherwise we just inhale them. And PS, my pink Charleston Rice Beads will be available for pre-order online next week!

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Happy Election Day!

It’s Election Day! I may have put my “I Voted” sticker on crooked but at least I voted! While it’s a day of mixed emotions, it is so important to get out and vote/ Wearing our Charleston Rice Beads (three necklaces wrapped as bracelets) in patriotic colors to celebrate today!

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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!

Shaken Not Stirred: Our NEW Celebrate Collection

Our complete Fall/Winter 2015 Celebrate Collection is now online and available! A sweet variety of party ready jewelry to help you toast the upcoming holiday season. And great as gifts, too! We shot our lookbook last week with talented Amanda Greeley with our go to model Adrienne (who I just love because of how expressive she is) and Dannon Collard doing makeup.  I have lived in Charleston eight years now and I am constantly impressed with how accessible all the talented, creative people are here are and how easy it is to come together and collaborate. Loved working with all of these ladies!

The “Celebrate” Collection is based around the ingredients to my favorite cocktail – The French 75. In addition to The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet (a highlight of the collection) you can also buy all the charms separately as earrings and pendants. The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet is available now for pre-order and will ship in approximately ten days:

Also new is our convertible brooch pendant necklace that can be work two ways:

As well as our festive multi-strand Charleston Rice Bead Bib Necklace and Triple Strand Earrings:

So go ahead, get started early on your celebration!

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.