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

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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October’s Featured Retailer: The Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip Charleston opened late this spring with a frosé infused party on the second store of their newly renovated bi-level store at 345 King Street, a fabulous fête that was featured in Town & Country. Bringing New England flair to King Street, his retail brand collective founded by two girls who know what it is like to launch their own start-up fashion brands (Ellsworth and Ivey and Beau & Ro respectively) and the retail struggles that can entail. The Skinny Dip concept launched in Nantucket and decided to move south and add a location at the split level retail space on King Street. We have been selling our jewelry with them since they opened, first in their “Local Vibes” section upstairs and now downstairs – and they are killing it! I chatted with owner and co-founder Sara Rossi (pictured below, left with business partner Taylor Ivey) for a bit more behind the scenes look at our featured October retail partner:
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Skinny Dip was born somewhat organically as a way to showcase your own brand (Beau & Ro). Can you elaborate on that? 
My business partner Taylor and I were each designers before we opened The Skinny Dip, I own Beau & Ro Bag Company and she owns Ellsworth & Ivey.  I grew up vacationing each summer on the island, and the way that little girls dream about their Nantucket weddings, that’s how I had dreamt about opening a store on the island. Two years ago we decided to take the leap and open a retail space together, but when we found the perfect space on the docks it was 2,000 square feet and far too big for just our brands. Our solution was to invite brands from other innovative designers who you can’t find on Nantucket. It turned into an incredibly unique and collaborative collective style  boutique with an ongoing events calendar and a strong focus on story telling and educating consumers on the brands, the designers and inspiration behind each company in the store.

 

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Skinny Dip Owner & Co-Founder Sara Rossi in front of her Bo & Reau display on the first floor of their Charleston store.

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The first floor of Skinny Dip Charleston located at 345 King Street.

What inspired you to choose Charleston once Nantucket became a successful platform? 
There were the obvious reasons including strong tourism, wealthy locals and a great college town. We also heard from a lot of our brands in our Nantucket store that there was a need for a retail experience like ours on King Street. When we found the 2-floor Boone’s Bar location it just felt right. We saw the potential for a unique, experiential retail environment with a wine and coffee bar, outdoor space and lots of Instagramable moments. We have been overwhelmed with the local support from customers and local brands and businesses who have reached out to collaborate and work with us, all reinforcing that Charleston was the right choice!

 

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Upstairs and the “Local Vibes” section at Skinny Dip in Charleston (345 King Street).

Do you find it hard to juggle managing a product centric brand and a retail centric brand? 
Not as hard as you would think. I really re-focused Beau & Ro once we opened The Skinny Dip to be very synergistic with the store and The Skinny Dip customer. I design a lot of the collection specifically for the Nantucket and Charleston markets. At the end of the day both businesses hinge on creativity, collaboration and being scrappy!

 

What are some of your favorite brands/products that have come through Skinny Dip?
Candy Shop Vintage, obviously!… I am very lucky to not only get introduced to amazing emerging and established brands but also the designers and founders behind these brands. We just got a bunch of new fall brands in for fall in Charleston! I am currently obsessing over Birdies, a new slipper brand out of San Fransisco that has rubber soles so they can be worn outside. Unemployed Denim is the definition of cool, the designer takes vintage denim and adorns it with patches. I just bought myself one of her vintage denim jackets with angel wings on the back.

 

What is your favorite thing about Nantucket that Charleston doesn’t have? 
Charleston and Nantucket are actually surprisingly similar — great restaurants, beautiful beaches, cobblestones, historic preservation, strong female business owners to name a few. One thing that Nantucket has that is completely unique to the island is it’s isolation. Being 30 miles out to sea, it is never an easy task to make it to island, so people always arrive with a sense of gratitude and happiness. Whether you’re pulling into town on ferry past all the boats in the harbor, or walking through the cutest airport in the world (that’s not official, but I would bet on it) it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.

 

What is your favorite thing about Charleston that Nantucket doesn’t have? 
Chicken and waffles (just kidding, sort of). I love the permanence of Charleston. When I first started spending time in Charleston this past spring I described it as  “Nantucket in real life, aka with an apple store”.  It has so much of the charm of summering on Nantucket, but we all get to enjoy it year round!

 

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The outoor patio upstairs at Skinny Dip Charleston where you can take a shopping break and enjoy a glass a frosé.

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Rudis Caffe e Vino located on the second floor of Skinny Dip Charleston.

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Myself, artist Sam Malpass and Sara Rossi at the party for Sam when she completed the octopus mural upstairs.

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Skinny Dip owners and founders Sara and Taylor celebrating the opening of the Charleston location.

Skinny Dip has quickly become more than just a retail space. You can find our Candy Shop Vintage jewelry on the first floor, grab a snack or glass of frosé at Rudi’s Cafe E Vino on the second floor of the store or pop by for any of the free events happening weekly at the store. Definitely save the date for the next Girls night out that I will be DJing as #CANDYCAT on Thursday, October 27th featuring a Sail to Sable Trunk show, a manicure bar by Mylk and hair braiding by The Dry Bar Charleston.

Vintage Pop Up at The Restoration

One of my favorite places to grab coffee in Charleston is the The Restoration Hotel in Downtown Charleston. They have a perfect little coffee bar called Rise downstairs, right next to their signature boutique, The Port Mercantile.

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The Port Mercantile is filled with all kinds of southern and southern inspired goodness – cookbooks, jewelry, Krewe sunglasses, chic beach bags and of course our Charleston Rice Beads.

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All month long, in addition to our Charleston Rice Beads, we have curated a beautiful selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.

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The thirteen piece collection, hand picked to compliment your fall wardrobe, will be available at The Port Mercantile through the end of September. They are located at 75 Wentworth Street, just off King.

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If you live here or are just visiting, make sure to stop in and see it! In addition to Rise, The Restoration’s rooftop restaurant, The Watch also has one of the best views in the area of Downtown Charleston and a great place to grab a cocktail after work.

25 for 25: Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief and get 25% OFF

Like you I have been devastated to watch Hurricane Harvey ravage Houston and the surrounding areas. Living in a coastal state and having experienced some severe flooding in Charleston, this hits very close to home. I cannot imagine what these people are going through – and what they face in the coming months. I’ve donated to the Red Cross and encourage you to do the same (below there are a list of suggested nonprofits). If you email us your donation receipt in the amount of $25 or more to shopgirl@candyshopvintage.com any time in the next four days, we will send you a discount code for 25% off any order on candyshopvintage.com, now or in the near future. Codes will go out on Tuesday, September 4th, the day this offer ends and will be valid for one year so you can use it now or save it.

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In addition to the The American Red Cross here is a comprehensive article outlining the different nonprofits that are offering assistance in the wake of the hurricane.

Candy Shop Vintage Goes to Market

We just settled in at America’s Mart in Atlanta. This biannual market is a wholesale market where we offer our line to retailers around the country. If you are in Atlanta for market, you can find our booth in the Boutique section, building three on floor 4 Booth 204 where we are showcasing new colors and styles for Fall 2017!

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Today’s The Day

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Today’s the day! Join me and the other Cannonborough/Elliotborough shop owners in Downtown Charleston for our annual sidewalk sale. Starting at the opening bell (10 AM for us) we will be offering discounts on discontinued Candy Shop Vintage/Charleston Rice Bead colors and styles and our popular $5 vintage table is making a return this year as well. Get there early for the best picks and if you aren’t local, feel free to check out our sample sale online.

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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!

Some Bunny To Love

This weekend is Easter and this cake has been a long standing tradition in my house – both growing up and since I became an actual adult to make a coconut bunny cake. It was the first dessert I brought to the first Easter brunch we were invited to in Charleston. Even in the South amongst the stiff competition of easter puddings and the fruit trifles, this cake became a major topic of conversation. Something about it makes me and everyone who sees it just… happy. My cousins used to spend every Easter at our house and after tearing through our Easter baskets and several pounds of candy, this was the sugar high we looked forward to after Easter brunch just as we were coming down from our Peeps. I think the recipe was torn from some early 80s magazine and though I now have it memorized, I remember the way it was stapled to an index card in my Mom’s recipe box, We were fiercely loyal to the bunny cake – not so much for its flavor (although it is pretty good) but for its look, its texture and its comforting consistency of presentation year after year. The acid green coconut “grass,” the jelly bean eyes, the chocolate chip trim… My Mom would store it in what she referred to as the “cold closet” after it was prepared and the cream cheese frosting had a great chill to it when you finally dug in to it. It was even good as leftovers a couple days later with a cold glass of milk. It is remarkably easy to make… and of course, fun.

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Also, proof that I am not lying when I say I have been making this forever, this is me at age 7 or 8:

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What you need (for the cake):

  • A box of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • two 9″ round baking pans
  • two bags of sweetened coconut divided into three bowls
  • jelly beans
  • Twizzlers pull and peel
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips

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After baking two 9″ chocolate cakes (and banging them loose from the pan – Daphne’s favorite part) keep one fully intact for the “head,” then, cut the second cake in three pieces, the “bowtie” that is the middle part of the circle and the two “ears” that make up the negative space once you cut out the bowtie.

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All four pieces should then be carefully transferred onto a separate tray or platter. If it is not done perfectly, it is not a big deal because it all gets covered in icing.

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What you need (for the icing):

  • stick of butter
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 box of confectioners sugar
  • vanilla extract

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We always made it with cream cheese frosting (ingredients listed above, basic recipe can be found here). It seems to go best with the flavor of the coconut and chocolate once completed. The entire head, ears and bowtie should be covered in frosting. Then, take the white coconut first and cover all the frosting in a layer of white coconut. Once a layer of white coconut has been added, pink coconut should be used to fill in the ears and bowtie. (This should be made in advance in a separate bowl using red food coloring). Once sprinkled inside the ears and bowtie, use the chocolate chips (evenly spaced) to outline the pink areas:

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The most fun part is the last step… sprinkling the “grass” – the dyed green coconut – around the giant bunny head:

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And our finished bunny!

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Good enough to eat… Happy Easter!

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The New Fantasy Garden Collection

I am so excited to finally announce our collaboration with 125 year old jewelry company CINER and the Spring collection we have designed together, The Fantasy Garden.

Because CINER has been around for so long (over a century!) I became used to seeing their name and mark on one-of-a-kind vintage pieces I collected, like these fabulous giraffe earrings. The quality of their pieces is always unparalleled. Through a friend visiting Charleston, I came to find out that CINER was still manufacturing and producing their beautiful line out of their New York City showroom and factory. So, I flew up from Charleston, SC for a meeting with CINER V.P. Kris Ciulla and owner Pat Ciner to learn more. Needless to say, we all had a lot in common and it was absolutely magical to see their showroom and production facility where so many of my favorite vintage pieces had been born. We decided to come together to produce our own capsule collection with me pulling designs from their archives and refashioning them into a modern, whimsical collection with a candy colored color palate. And so our collaborative collection, The Fantasy Garden was born:

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The Fantasy Garden Collection is available exclusively through our website, our store and cinerny.com.

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On my two visits up there I say down with Pat and Kris and curated this collection of pieces which is a combination of Southern, botanical themes, one of their classic Ciner bees and an element of fantasy – the unicorn (based on a vintage brooch they once produced):

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Ciner has remained in the same family for all 125 their business as been operating. Pat Ciner, left, the third generation of the Ciner family, remains at the helm of the business which is celebrating its 125th year in 2017. It was such a pleasure working with Pat and her team:

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Their showroom is filled with beautiful pieces, new and old – a virtual treasure trove of costume jewelry complete with vintage advertisements dating back to the 40’s and 50’s.

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Behind their showroom is a full manufacturing facility with jewelry artisans who paint enamel, cast, and set stones by hand.

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Below, a member of the Ciner team dedicated to polishing pieces during production works on a design.

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We are thrilled with how the collection turned out! You can see it and shop it here. The wonderful combination of southern botanical influences and elements of fanciful creatures. All behind-the-scenes photography by Lydia Hudgens.