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SG *FASHION FIX* – Style Girl's Christmas Diary: Preparing for Goodbye
    Meet Sky, my dad’s new dog, a rescue lab from Wilmington   There’s just something about the holidays. Being surrounded by your family, there’s always a touch of nostalgia, maybe a bit of family drama that dies hard, and inevitably a reckoning of one’s true self.  As I write this, I’m in my pajamas (my cashmere sweats from A Second Time Around that I seem to live in these days), no makeup, no shower (TMI?) on my in-laws couch listening to Bob Dylan in between laughs and tears. Our holiday adventure started off with the best kind of holiday gift. After my parents lost their beloved 11-year-old...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – How to Channel Your Inner Superhero in Style!
              Caped crusader Roxanne Turpen of Amazing Capes seeks contributors for her Kickstarter campaign with a promise to save the world through the power of imagination one cape at a time. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” This philosphy is evident in Roxanne Turpen’s passion project, Amazing Capes. Roxanne, a former Wilmington resident now based in Asheville, is a talented photographer, graphic artist, ethereal free spirit along with the saving grace behind my website (www.stylegirljessjames.com) – making it “pretty” week after week. While she has the spirit of a vagabond, her commitment to...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – Win a Merewif Necklace + Best Dressed Audrey & Disco Queens
              Wilmington-based Jewelry Designer Savannah Watson wearing a variety of pieces from her newly-launched jewelry collection, Merewif I first met Savannah via Facebook. A Wilmington native with an emerging career in fashion, she was contemplating making the move back home from LA, and looking for advice. We all know the catch to living in Wilmington. It’s a beautiful place to live, but a hard place to make a living.   Several months later, we met at one of my Fashion Preview events. Savannah happened to be in town and decided to get a firsthand look at the Wilmington fashion community. Currently employed...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – Win a Merewif Necklace + Best Dressed Audrey & Disco Queens
              Wilmington-based Jewelry Designer Savannah Watson wearing a variety of pieces from her newly-launched jewelry collection, Merewif I first met Savannah via Facebook. A Wilmington native with an emerging career in fashion, she was contemplating making the move back home from LA, and looking for advice. We all know the catch to living in Wilmington. It’s a beautiful place to live, but a hard place to make a living.   Several months later, we met at one of my Fashion Preview events. Savannah happened to be in town and decided to get a firsthand look at the Wilmington fashion community. Currently employed...
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*FASHION FIX* Because You Look Like You Give a Damn: 3 Essentials for 007 Style
      Daniel Craig as James Bond in the latest 007 film, Skyfall   For 50 years, men have wanted to be him and women have wanted to be with him. Who is this master of seduction?   Bond, James Bond. (you know I had to do that. It’s a requirement for writing any Bond-themed piece.)   With the release of the franchise’s 23rd 007 film “Skyfall” hitting released last week, it’s time to take another look at what makes 007 so alluring. Besides his coolness under pressure, fancy toys, bravado and of course the Bond bombshells, it’s Bond’s enduring style that continues to make...
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*FASHION FIX* – Win Cucalorus Tickets with #cucalorusmonsterstyle + Doggie Style
      Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley with Cucalorus’ Leigh Voli at Style Girl’s MAD MEN Event sponsored by Land Rover   Cucalorus, Wilmington’s beloved film festival heading into its 18th year, has arrived! You’ve got some big decisions ahead of you this weekend. Not only must you decide which films to see and parties to attend, but what will you wear?    If you are in the mood to channel a “Cucalorus Monster” you may want to take Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley’s advice, “As long as you feel awkward, you’ve dressed properly.” Cucalorus’ Social Media Maven Leigh Voli suggests sequins, silk, capes, feathers, leather, lace or the unofficial outfit...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – Social Chic: Somewhere over the Rainbow in Charleston
          John and Deirdre Zahl as the Tin Man and Glinda The Good Witch Photo: Jess James  After years of hearing about Charleston’s annual glamorous Red Party benefiting the American College of The Building Arts, I had the pleasure of actually attending last Thursday October 25th at The Old Charleston Jail.   With Wilmington’s Gay Adair on my air in head-to-toe emerald green, we followed the yellow brick road through the dungeon-like hallway to the magical canopy under the stars where we found revelers in ravishing red or Wizard of Oz-themed attire, this year’s sub-theme.   Although there really is no place like...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – 3, 2, 1…Glamour Shots REVEALED!
              Glamour Shots Contest Winner Legare Teynor I bet you have been waiting with bated breath to see the results of our Glamour Session with FASHION FIX Glamour Shots winner Legare, Teynor, righhhhhht? Oh, you already forgot about the contest? Well, let me refresh your memory…     Legare last saw the flashbulbs from a “professional” photographer (along with this rad leather jacket) at her local mall in 1994. As the winner of the FASHION FIX “Glamour Shots” contest with 75 votes, Legare received a Photo Session (1.5 hours) with Photographer Eric von Bargen: $500, Wardrobe Styling with Jess James: $300, Hair Color + Highlights/Cut/Style...
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*FASHION FIX* – Fall Trends Checklist from the Fall Fashion Preview + Video
            With my favorite dermatologist Dr. Rosalyn George of Wilmington Dermatology Center at last Thursday’s Fall Fashion Preview  (both wearing Beanie + Cecil) As we prepare fashion, beauty and skincare season trends and tips for the bi-annual FASHION FIX Preview events, Dr. Rosalyn George’s contribution holds new meaning for me since I was one of her patients diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer only a few short months ago. Even though I try my best to keep my fair skin out of the sun and wear my SPF 15 moisturizer religiously, there is still past damage that cannot be reversed. Luckily, I...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – 5 questions for a Jewelry Designer you can meet tomorrow!
                New Emily Claire fringed shield bracelet Jewelry Designer Claire Jacobs  is bringing to her Trunk Show at Ziabird this Saturday   As I was making my rounds pulling clothes for the Fall Fashion Preview, I came across a Parisian-based clothing line Lauren Vidal at Ziabird at Lumina Station, that immediately struck my fancy. Each piece has clean lines, feminine silhouettes but with exquisite details like the leather trim on the poncho (which I discovered first on my hair stylist Cheryl Kent) or the sheer black overlay over the knit tank dress. Trying on my favorite Lauren Vidal pieces...
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