Halloween Happenings

Halloween is coming and we are hosting our annual “Count The Candy Corn Contest”. The jar below at our Charleston shop is filled with a certain number of candy corns. Take a guess how many in the comments below (or on our Instagram post) and the closest or on-the-money guess wins a $100 gift card to Candy Shop Vintage (valid online or in store). Winner will be announced on Halloween!

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Here’s a close up of the jar. (HINT: it is probably more than you think!)

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Also, we recently decorated the Charleston store windows for Halloween. I found this great, vintage style Palm Reader sign that flickers on and off in a creepy way. An unanticipated side effect of our window display has been people coming into the shop and asking for… actual palm readings!

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So, to remedy their disappointment I  figured – why not? We should offer some pre-Halloween Palm Readings in the store! So, we’ve decided to put together a fun Halloween kick-off cocktail party next Thursday, October 25th at Candy Shop Vintage in Downtown Charleston. We will have Halloween cocktails and treats, draw a discount and free palm readings by Angie of the psychic chakra spa from 6-8PM. Space is limited so RSVP if you want to come to contact@candyshopvintage.com with your name so we can add you to the guest list!

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Also, if you live or are traveling anywhere in the New York area this fall – particularly before Halloween, consider checking out The Great Jack-O’Lantern Blaze, an event put on in Historic Hudson Valley where I happened to grow up. It is an interactive display of THOUSANDS of carved Jack O’Lanterns, assembled together in surreal sculptures – everything from national landmarks to animals to a full graveyard (this is headless horseman country after all…). If you are coming from the city you can easily hop on the Metro North train to get up there (although you do have to buy tickets in advance here and they sell out quickly). It is kid friendly (i.e. not too scary) but thoroughly enjoyable and frankly incredible for adults.

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My favorite part was definitely the tunnel of celestial pumpkins you walk through on your way into the park, all with flashing or changing lights inside. Truly magical!

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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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La Habana

Havana, Cuba (or La Habana in the vernacular) has been on my bucket list for a long time as I am fascinated in equal parts by its political history and its time-capsule-esque character. Traveling even further south in August, perhaps not always on my bucket list… but the way our schedules worked this summer, last month turned out to be the perfect time for my husband and I to finally explore Havana as a nice last hurrah of summer.  After our Thrift Store Adventure down the Florida coast, we parked a car full of antiques at the Ft. Lauderdale airport and flew off to Cuba. It wasn’t an impulsive trip – there was research and planning involved and after seeing my friend Grace’s incredible trip (you can read her really helpful Cuba Travel Guide here) I was inspired to finally pull the trigger on ours.

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Even so, I felt a little out of my depth and also per Grace’s recommendation worked closely with the organization Cuba Educational Travel to execute our first Cuba adventure. After what we learned on this trip, I would totally feel confident winging it more next time and planning things more independently, but this gave us psychological security with the big details – like securing our visas (more on that here), arranging our accommodations, and coordinating all of our transportation. But more than that, through them we saw a side of Havana I don’t think we would have seen otherwise – and got a more local, and in depth perspective on the city via our fantastic guide who was with us nearly the whole time and helping our trip to run smoothly. We actually started referring to him as “the fixer” as he seemed to possess an innate ability to get cabs (the old cars are always breaking down) procure cigars and secure dinner reservations. It is important to remember, however, that it was and still is a communist country. Therefore Cubans are all on a government wage – less that $20 American Dollars a month. The US Government has also not allowed trade between our two countries since 1960, which has to a large degree economically paralyzed a country whose proximity to the United States could otherwise be a huge economic and trade advantage. It also means the vintage American cars that Havana is so famous for are quite literally stuck in the 50s and 60s, because they are built and rebuilt over again as a result of the lack of new automobile inventory and parts. This definitely contributes to the romantic perception of Havana and its famous aesthetic,  but is also disheartening because it represents both a desperation and a resourcefulness that is characteristic of day to day life there.  All to say, remember that this is far from an affluent country and you will feel silly and disappointed if you are looking for a polished and glamorous experience, But, what you get is far more interesting and beautiful.

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Our first stop was at La Plaza de la Revolución, the one of the largest city squares anywhere, where most of Cuba’s political rallies take place and from which the various government ministries are run. The contrast of the colorful American vintage cars with bleak architecture the many-stories-high Fidel Castro and Che Guevara sculptures is striking. This was our sweet guide who was absolutely incredible, and even if he was sick of us after four days of non-stop hanging out, never showed it.

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Also an important stop is the Museo de la Revolución which is, as it sounds – a museum of the Revolution. In the old presidential palace, the building is dramatic and beautiful and the narrative of the exhibits give an interesting window into the story Castro’s revolution.

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So much of the architecture and interiors you see are breathtaking and have this air of faded grandeur. Some of the washed out, Caribbean colors actually reminded me of historic Charleston. But, as mentioned – August – sooooooo hot. Especially because exploring old Havana on foot is the most interesting and fun way to do it, I would suggest going in a cooler month. Charleston summers only had me somewhat prepared to handle the Havana summer heat.

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Those last two photos are the interior and exterior of the Ambos Mundos Hotel where Earnest Hemingway famously wrote part of For Whom The Bell Tolls. You can stay there and you an also tour the room he had. We actually stayed in local accommodations, which I highly recommend called a “Casa particular” which is a private home owned by a Cuban family who rent out rooms – like a bed and breakfast. It was in Vedado, a suburb of Havana that was not very touristy but still had a lot of color and character. And in that neighborhood, through our guide we were able to tour a beautiful and privately owned Mansion from the 1920s which was pretty jawdropping.

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Though a bit gritty, another major highlight was going out to the beach one afternoon in Tarará, a gated resort town with crystal blue water. We were definitely the only non-Cubans there and you can drink mojitos on the beach in actual glasses and watch people swim-dance to really loud Cuban rap music that was being played by a DJ on the beach. Kind of heaven!

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Music is everywhere and radiating from everything. We even took salsa lessons. A single salsa lesson will really only prove to you how little rhythm you actually have, but also give you enough of a desire to learn more. Against the advice of our guide, we went to the touristy Buena Vista Social Club. It was fun but I suspect a much better version of a this type of  thing is The Tropicana Club, which is more like a dinner club with elaborate performances and music. We started to get anxious towards the end of our trip that we did not have enough cash so we were afraid to splurge on this. You cannot. Get more. American Dollars. Anywhere in Cuba. You can’t use American credit cards and will have no access to your American accounts. There are no exceptions to this so I recommend bring more in cash than you even think you’ll need.

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Two final spots I would not miss were also where we had our two best meals. One was at La Guarida, a restaurant on one of the upper floors of an old, shelled out building. You walk up these marble stairs into this quaint romantic restaurant that was featured in the movie Like Water for Chocolate. The food was really, really good (for real, because we did not find that to be the case in general) and the view of the street from our balcony seats was incredible. There is also a fantastic bar on the roof that overlooks the city that you can have a drink at without even going to the restaurant. But the best part is (though there is no photo to prove it since we were tech free on this trip) we sat next to Donald Glover who was eating at the next table! Apparently in Havana to film a video with Rihanna, kind of magical as Atlanta is one of my favorite shows.

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The second spot was less of a restaurant and more of a mixed use space that evolved throughout the evening. Fabrica de Arte Cubano (or The Cuban Art Factory) is an old factory building (run by the Cuban government) that consists of multiple bars and restaurants as well as areas to eat, drink and dance. It houses a number of rotating contemporary Cuban art shows. You can go for a drink, then dinner and spend all night there into the early morning. Havana really does not sleep.

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We were only in Cuba four days and really mostly in Havana, but somehow it felt like time slowed down. I think this had something to do with not using our phones (another great reason to travel there – you will truly unplug!). If I could end with a few thoughts and suggestions about traveling to Cuba they are as follows:

– Bring plenty of American cash. Then bring even more.

– Cubans do not have direct access to things we take for granted – toothpaste, toiletries, make-up, even socks and underwear. Bring extra toiletries with you and leave them with your hosts or whomever wants them. Bring host/hostess gifts if you go to someone’s house. Anything you can offer will be much appreciated. 

– Tip often and well. The tourist economy is essential to Cuba and it has definitely been negatively impacted in recent years. Plan for this in the amount of cash you bring.

– While not an affluent country it is incredibly safe. You can walk on any street at any hour of the night and feel totally secure!

– Stay local – the Casa particulars are a wonderful experience, often nicer than hotels and help support Cuban families.

– The tap water is not safe to drink, but also don’t worry too much about getting sick. We were absolutely fine, we just stuck to bottled water and ate everything that was served to us.

– Dance and don’t feel silly. The sheer amount of music and dancing makes you realize no one is looking at you, no one cares, everyone is just enjoying themselves

– Hop in a cab and go to the beach – they are beautiful! It is worth the ride!

– Turn you phone off! Even if you can get service here and there, why do you need it? If ever there was a place to disconnect and be in the moment, this is it. 

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Florida Thrift Store Adventures

If you don’t follow @palmbechthrifters (Ambie Hay) on Instagram, you are definitely missing out. And if you don’t live in South Florida it can be painful to scroll by all the treasures they find in your Instagram feed from several states away, knowing that even if you could figure out how to get the amazing vintage rattan dining table they posted for $50 home from West Palm Beach, it would likely be gone by the time you even tried. So, when my husband and I recently planned a vacation to Cuba (flying out of Fort Lauderdale), we decided to drive down the coast from Charleston and hit up some of their famed Florida thrift shops along the way. We certainly didn’t hit every one on the list and we opted not to rent a U-Haul as the expense of a round trip Uhaul trip was steep and we don’t actually *need* that much more stuff, but, in hindsight I might need a do-over. Having no truck might have been a mistake. Anyway, sharing some highlights of the trip and our favorite stops along the way:

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VERO BEACH

Vero Beach was ur first stop on the way down the coast. If you are looking for a couch, the Indian River Habitat Restore  had the most impressive inventory fabulous, floral Florida couches I have ever seen. There was also an amazing old Florida breakfast spot called Kountry Kitchen With Love that was the perfect place to fuel up for shopping. It had one of the best slices of Key Lime and Coconut Cream Pie I have ever had! (pictured below).

Habitat ReStore 4580 N US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32967

Kountry Kitchen With Love  1749 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32960

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Best Key Lime pie ever

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About an hours drive South of Vero Bech Stuart was a treasure trove of vintage furniture spots. We found a gorgeous wool rug (not small) several lamps and an occasional table. We were not, on this trip, shopping for much in the way of jewelry or clothes but there are definitely treasures of that variety found at some of these stops as well.

Human Society – Treasure Coast 1099 NW 21st Street, Stuart, FL

Treasure Coast Hospice Shop 2160 Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL

Bloom Again Consignment 137 SE Monterey Rd. Stuart, FL

Habitat for Humanity Restore 2555 SE Bonita Street Stuart, FL

House of Hope 2525 SE Federal Hwy Stuart, FL

And, just outside West Palm Beach in the JUPITER/TEQUESTA area, there were a few final stops that are worth adding to your list:

Our Sister’s Place 580 U.S. 1, Tequesta, FL

Pennies for Heaven 400 Seabrook Rd, Tequesta, FL

Habitat For Humanity of Palm Beach County Thrift Store 1635 N Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33469

Goodwill 1280 W Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL 33458

 

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There were a number of other places we had planned on stopping at in West Palm (World Thrift, Habitat Restore) but by then we were officially out of space in our car and it was time to check in at our hotel in Palm Beach, a vintage treasure in it’s own right, The Colony Hotel. With floating pink swans and bikes to rent for a leisurely tour around the Island, it was the perfect bookend to a full day of treasure hunting. Likely, there will be a sequel to this adventure because my best friend just purchased a new house outside of Palm Beach…unfurnished!

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Candy Shop Vintage X Beckett

Shop girl is a term I hear thrown a lot in retail. “I’m a shop girl. I need a shop girl. I just want my own shop! As someone who did not initially set out to own a brick an mortar shop I have been both overwhelmed by how hard it can be but sometimes pleasantly surprised about how wonderful it can be. Wonderful, because it puts you in the fabric of a community in a more personal way, hard because it can be hard to connect socially with other retailers you admire, and even find time for your friends and social life. That said, while Charleston may be home to so many national retail chains these days, some great locally owned shops are very much holding their own and thriving. One of them is Beckett Boutique – a sophisticated women’s boutique right in the middle of King Street, with a soothing feminine and sophisticated color palate.

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When they asked me to shoot some photos for their blog I was flattered and thrilled. And when I went to pull some outfits for our shoot, I found it hard to narrow down. I also loved how much they appreciated my whimsical aesthetic and ended up finding that some of our accessories from Candy Shop On Cannon as well as my jewelry designs fit in perfectly with the Beckett collection. And who doesn’t love a good French 75?

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So was born a fun little shoot in downtown Charleston, featuring some of their new arrivals like this fab ruffled seersucker skirt) paired with our new Rosé Statement Earrings and one of Susan Alexandra’s Watermelon Totes. You might even get a preview of some Candy Shop Vintage gems that are coming soon!

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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

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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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.

You are My Candy Girl

When my friend Jackie of Leapfrog PR asked me if I would be interested in creating a “Candy Shop Vintage Candy Bar” for our friend Morgan of BURU’s (a fab, mom friendly store and clothing line) West Coast brunch, I jumped at the chance. What could be more fun than coming together with her cool mama tribe and sharing the Candy Shop Vintage love? Turns out, LA is very candy friendly. I found these fabulous acrylic letters that spelled out CANDY from Teak & Lace and spent an entire morning at Jack’s Wholesale Toy and Candy Warehouse which is really worth a trip if you need a few lollipops (or several hundred pounds of them).

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It took us almost two hours to fill all the letters and set up the bar, but the effect was pretty magical! We let all the Moms fill their custom bags to bring candy home to their little ones at the end of lunch. And we also treated them with our Rose Gold Charleston Rice Beads.

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I really enjoyed the afternoon, connecting with West Coast Moms who were juggling jobs and kids and school pick-ups and managed to squeeze in some time to attend Morgan’s lovely launch. Sometimes you can feel alone as an entrepreneur trying to juggle business with motherhood and family life, it was nice to connect with other mom’s doing the same.

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Thank you to Jackie and Morgan for having me & big congrats to BURU (& her family) for four fabulous years in business! See more photos of the luncheon on Guest of a Guest.

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