Our Gatsby models in the gardens at the 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala at The City Club of Wilmington last Thursday evening Photo: Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate.” – Jordan Baker Let’s just say Jordan would have enjoyed last week’s 4th annual Great Gatsby Gala. Word must have gotten out that Gatsby was having another one of his epic parties! At Jess James’ 4th annual Great Gatsby Gala presented by Pat Kusek of Kusek Financial Group at The City Club, guests enjoyed delicious food, Prohibition era cocktails, 1920‘s live music in the garden and in the mansion with Chanteuse Nnenne Terzian and The Justin Lacy Swingtet and the chance to become…

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Pat Kusek Financial Group presents the 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala hosted by Jess James at The City Club inspired by the Great American Novel and the joie de vivre of the Jazz Age glamourized by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Get ready for some Roaring 20’s reverie! As the City Club’s only event open to the public, there will be an exclusive discount (80% discount!) for membership sign-up on the night of the event only. “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate.”  – Jordan Baker THE BEE’S KNEES: * Delicious…

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Pat Kusek behind the scenes at our Gatsby photo shoot Photo: Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography While I was in New York in late August attending my second Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, my friend and Gatsby Gala sponsor Pat Kusek of Kusek Financial Group was making heads turn at the 26th Annual Great Gatsby Gala in Charlotte. I guess you can say we are hitting up the Gatsby circuit up and down the coast. Turns out Pat took home the prize for 2nd place in their…

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The CARE Project’s Special Guest & Project Runway Season 12 Finalist Justin LeBlanc / Photo: courtesy of Curtis Brown   For the fourth year, Audiologist Johnnie Sexton is bringing back The CARE Project Gala Fundraiser in celebration of hearing Saturday September 20th at Union Station in Downtown Wilmington. For the third year running, James + Dunne will be greeting guests on the red carpet. One of the guests we are most looking forward to seeing that evening is the CARE Project’s Special Guest, Fashion Designer Justin LeBlanc. If you can…

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Surprise! There’s a bride in here. Preparing for my best friend Melissa’s “Engagement Party” otherwise known as the #secretwedding Photo: Brother-in-law’s wife Amber Finsel of JFAB Photography Joel and I are nearing our 10 year wedding anniversary in less than two weeks. On that special day under the weeping willows, my best friend Melissa as part of our bridal party, gamely attempted to toast us while choking back her free-flowing tears. She is by far my longest standing friend, the daughter of my mom’s high school best friend Brenda (whom…

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About to board the ferry in Brooklyn to Governor’s Island for the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party last weekend! When I realized that my childhood best friend was hosting her engagement party in Pennsylvania only one week from the Jazz Age Lawn Party‘s second installment in August on Governor’s Island off of New York City, I just knew I had to go (again! – see my coverage in June here) After some sweet talking to Joel and presenting him with some snazzy vintage spectators to wear, I “dragged” him…

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Bill McIlwain and his bandana collection. Photo: Star-News Going through old files on my computer trying to find traces of communication with my dear friend Bill McIlwain, who passed away at 88 this week, I came across a document titled, “Fashion Fix Testimonials” with a quote from Bill that made me smile as I thought of him with his tie-dye bandana and twinkle in his eye. “An especially good “Fix” today — solid information, interesting events to attend, good-looking wife of a good reporter (disclosure: fairly certain this was a…

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