“I’m with Her” – Patricia Kusek for County Commissioner “If you put your name on a ballot, you’re either one of two things – insane or courageous.” I can personally attest that my dear friend Patricia Kusek, who is in the throes of running for County Commissioner, is certainly the latter. Since we became friends at an entrepreneurial women’s group meeting five years ago, I’ve often turned to Pat as a mentor. She has graciously offered advice on evolving my business or standing my ground, a shoulder to cry on, or even where to find high-end consignment at amazing prices (Hint, The Real Real). I was so proud when I first saw her in her new element holding up the…

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THE DECO BALL at Wrightsville Manor Presented by Kusek Financial Group Event Producer : Jess James Event Planning: Gather Events NC Photography: Bella Rose Photography This enchanted event, my sixth annual event inspired by the joie de vivre, design & decadence of the Jazz Age era, came to life October 13th. When my friend Helen asked what my favorite moment was from The Deco Ball, two things came to mind: the arrival of the puppies from Animal Avengers (our charity partner) AND the moment artist Michael J. Kowalski of Ice…

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from the producers of The Original Great Gatsby Gala THE DECO BALL Presented by Kusek Financial Group Hosted by Jess James   Thursday October 13, 2016 VIP: 6pm-7pm Event: 7pm-10pm @ Wrightsville Manor 1952 Allens Lane (behind Lumina Station) TICKETS – Click HERE! TICKETS: $60 (7pm arrival) VIP TICKETS: $100 (6-7pm pre-event party * Only 40 VIP tickets available / reserved seating * Romantic elegant picnic dining in secluded garden during “The Magic Hour” * Complimentary Method + Standard cocktails by Astral Craft Cocktails& bubbly * Live Entertainment – Jazz…

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Presenting — THE DECO BALL Photo Shoot at Wrightsville Manor Photography: Bella Rose Photography Producer / Wardrobe Styling: Jess James Hair: Beauty Bar Boutique Makeup: Tess Wheatley of Meraki Beauty Event Decor: Legare Simpson of A Ribbon Runs Through It Furniture / Props: Relic Vintage Rentals Industrial Lighting by Brad Benton at Seaglass Salvage Market Models: Lauren Pietrzykowski and Gracie Cole The Deco Ball is coming to Wilmington! Thursday October 13th at Wrightsville Manor (Graphic Art by Kristen Martinez)   There’s a guy named Matthew about to come for a…

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SCARF STYLE: 5 ways to transform a silk scarf So many times when I am wearing one of my silk scarves tied as a turban, women insist I share with them where I bought my turban. Pssst, I’ll let you in on a “trick” – it’s just a scarf! I have a gorgeous collection of vintage silk scarves for sale right now at Style Girl Vintage. If you make an appointment to shop (910.538.5657), I will give you a hands-on tutorial on 5 different ways to rock it! I am…

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Joel behind the bar at The Astral Plane in Philadelphia “Hi, how are you? It’s so nice to see you.” No, that isn’t quite right. “Hhhhiiiii, how are yooouuuu? It is soOo nice to see you!” When you arrive at the Astral Plane, Reed’s greeting is the band and the spotlight of your arrival. Still, words on a page fail to express the true impact of the proprietor’s welcome. Consider this: you walk into a restaurant and your first encounter is typically with a young hostess, who, after smilig and…

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My rose gold raw emerald custom designed ring by Jewelry Designer Melissa Tyson You know when you meet someone for the first time and you just instinctively like them? I mean, genuinely LIKE them as in wanting them to be a part of your girl tribe, like STAT. That’s how it is when you meet local metalsmith and jewelry designer Melissa Tyson. With her warm, inviting smile, quick laugh, vivacious curly dark mane and one of her raw, sculptural rings on her well-manicured fingers, you’ll quickly find that Melissa is…

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