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!

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.

Skinny Dipping in Charleston

It’s rare these days that a new retail store opens on King Street in Downtown Charleston that isn’t a national chain, so when I heard about Skinny Dip: The Charleston Edition, a collective retail concept that already found its sea legs after launching successfully in Nantucket I was immediately intrigued. And after drinks with one of the founders and designer behind accessory line Beau and Ro – Sara Rossi – I was totally thrilled to be invited to be a part of it. The brand collective shop represents both emerging and established designers from around the country in one, chic space – brands like Society Social, whose beautiful furniture makes the upstairs “local vibes” section feel both homey and luxurious, Ellsworth and Ivey, founding partner Taylor Ivey’s lifestyle brand, and Kiel James Patrick to name a few.

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The second floor of Skinny Dip Charleston’s King Street retail space bedecked with furniture from Society Social.

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Founders Sarah Rossi and Taylor Ivey – how cute are they?!

Plenty of Charleston based designers and brands will also be represented – you can find our Charleston Rice Beads upstairs as well as Lauren Lail’s beautiful vintage inspired line Library, colorful tunics and dressed by Escapada, even Shep from Bravo’s Southern Charm’s quirky line Shep Gear and many more. You can even relax and have a glass of wine in their upstairs bar run by Rudi’s – a satellite location from their Old Village wine shop in Mt. Pleasant.

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Artist Meredith Hanson hand paints a mural of Rainbow Row in Skinny Dip Charleston at the hard hat opening.

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The official opening party is this Friday, April 7th where I am also DJing but the store is open for shopping as of Tuesday, April 4th. There are so many goodies in there you definitely want to be one of the first to check it out. Congrats to the Skinny Dip team for all of their hard work and looking forward to celebrating on Friday!

Treat Yourself this Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day…one of those sometimes amorphous holidays that prompts relationship questions – do you give a gift? Do you get a gift? In eighth grade when we were in that phase of “going out” and then “breaking up” (often in the same afternoon) I had my first Valentine’s Day ever with a “steady” boyfriend. I was so excited I went to CVS and bought him one of those gigantic chocolate Hershey kisses. I couldn’t wait to give it to him and when we found each other by the lockers in the morning, I gave it to him and in return he gave me… a card. Needless today, I think our relationship lasted a total of three or four days. So if you want to skip the drama and hint dropping and just go out and get a little something for yourself, I’ve rounded ten of my favorite Valentine’s Day treats:

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1. If you cocktail this pink ombre glass Oh Joy for Target Shaker will make you smile

2. Fashion (and critter) friendly fur from BURU White Label

3. The perfect tassel, big, bold yet lightweight ruby red earrings from Hart Studio

4. The worlds most whimsical chocolates from Maggie Louise Confections

5. Our special edition Charleston Rice Bead stud earrings in 14K gold at GG Mercantile & Co

6. The most darling cast iron pot of all time from le creuset

7. Our vintage inspired perfect pink poodle pendant

8. The I Heart Charleston (and who doesn’t?) necklace specially made for us by Gunner & Lux

9. We are about to start carrying these amazing vintage inspired wristlet bags (all made in the U.S.A.) from Sarara Couture in our shop, but you can snag one here in the meantime.

10. The perfect set of Valentine’s Day cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma.

Cheers to Charleston Holiday Giveaway

Cheers to Charleston Holiday Giveaway with Escapada Living, Candy Shop Vintage and Candlefish

Cheers to Charleston Holiday Giveaway

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with two of our sweetest retail partners, Candlefish and Escapada Living for a Holiday Giveaway featuring over $600 of prizes. You can enter to win gift cards from all three of our stores in addition to products from the brass candle (pictured), set of our Charleston Rice Beads in Coral (pictured) and Escapada Living Clutch (also pictured). The contest runs through midnight on December 23. Enter here and let us finish your holiday shopping for you!

Better together: Charleston Holiday Gift Sets

If you are looking for that perfect Charleston gift this holiday season, look no further. We’ve compiled some of our favorite local items in gift sets. Ordered together, our four gift sets can also be customized with an add on gift note. And the best part? They come gift wrapped so you can send straight to the recipient without so much as having to curl a ribbon! But hurry up, as quantities are limited (available online only)…

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Charleston Cocktail Napkins Gift Set $85

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Color Charleston Gift Set $40

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The Charleston Academy Gift Set $95

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Set of Charleston Guest Towels $65

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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Cafè Collection Brunch

Earlier this week, I hosted a French themed brunch at our shop in Charleston to launch our brand new Cafè Collection which is now available both on our website and in our store. This tongue-in-cheek French inspired collection deserved a sweet, French brunch to celebrate its launch. Nothing quite takes the edge off of Monday morning like Rosé champagne and French Pastries!

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Cafè Frambroise, a wonderful French bakery in Charleston even had these darling Eiffel Tower shaped cookies:

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We gave our guests each a Charleston Girl Tote bag which are now available on our website and make a great gift:

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And we showcased our new collection, poodles, perfume bottles and pastries. What more do you need at a French brunch?

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I love the creative community in Charleston. We have such a talented, sweet group of women here who are all so supportive of each other. It really means a lot to be able to toast with so many of the bloggers we work with, as well as our friends and shop neighbors!

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And I loved seeing everyone rocking their Candy Shop Vintage jewels!

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Whisky sours were served even though it was 10:30AM, this is Charleston after all!

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Could not have pulled all this together without the help from my great team – Annie Reeves (pictured below) and Rachel Reeves (who could not make it to the brunch but is joining us full time next month!). They are not related by the way, just coincidentally have the same last name!

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Cheers and thank you to al the ladies who attended and made our brunch so special!

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New Website & The Café Collection

It’s been a little while since things around here got a digital upgrade – but it was time! For fall, candyshopvintage.com has a brand new look, a brand new collection AND we even brought back vintage online! We are very proud of our new website, new photos and new designs. Special thanks to our team who helped make this happen and The Dewberry Hotel  (where we photographed a good part of our look book) for being just the chicest, most perfect addition to Charleston’s hotel scene, when can we move in?

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Hermine, Labor Day Sale & Charleston Rice Bead Rings

Here in Charleston we are bracing for tropical storm Hermine as we go into Labor Day weekend. We closed our 9 Cannon Street Shop Today out of caution… It can be hard to get around here once these types of extreme storms blow through (unless you’ve got a boat!). But, weather permitting, we will reopen tomorrow (Saturday) at 10AM!

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Our Labor Day Weekend Sale Kicked off today, so if you are stuck at home as I am with spotty internet access you can still participate! All of our Spring and Summer Charleston Rice Bead Colors are on sale so if you want to purchase any of the remaining, available Spring/Summer colors at 25% OFF you can use code ENDOFSUMMER at checkout to get your discount:

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And if you haven’t already, check out our new Charleston Rice Bead Rings. Available in all of our metallic finishes (AND coming soon in gunmetal!) they are stackable AND sized. We carry sizes 5-8 and if you don’t know your ring size offhand, hold up one of your existing rings to this size chart on your screen for reference. Photo taken at The Dewberry Hotel, who was kind enough to let us shoot part of our Fall Lookbook there. Can’t wait to share it soon!

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