Behind the Scenes from our Gatsby Gala Photo Shoot at
The City Club on Labor Day 

The 2nd Annual Great Gatsby Gala is now less than two weeks away. Are you ready to get your Gatsby on? I gathered up a group of my favorite friends and models for a Gatsby-inspired photo shoot at The City Club with Simon Vincent Arnold returning as Gatsby and Natalyn Wallin as our Daisy, Damien Buchanan as Tom Buchanan (natch), Damien’s sister Mairin as Jordan and manna’s Ian Murray as Nick Carraway.
Wesley Keeton and Paula Lemme at Rockin Roller Salon perfected the flapper pin curls while Photographer Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography captured the iconic Robert Redford Gatsby photo with Simon by the 1932 Reo provided by Great Gatsby Gala presenting sponsor Ben Swaim of
If you think our shoot is simply the “bee’s knees,” please share! Hope it inspires you to get your Gatsby on this weekend. And if you need a head start, check out the Gatsby rack I curated at A Second Time Around. Make sure to secure the finishing touches with Gatsby sponsors  Precious Gems & Jewelry (at The Ivy Cottage),  aMuseLilies & LaceCape Fear Formal Wear and Front Street Optometric Care. 

“It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 



Car (1932 Reo) provided by Ben Swaim of
Oleg Cassini red and black beaded tunic, size small $65
Black Tie Oleg Cassini 100% silk black beaded dress, size 4 $58
Black and white rhinestone Art Deco earrings $22
Black turban $22 with rhinestone brooch $22
White and black rhinestone necklace worn as bracelet $38
All from A Second Time Around
Vintage mesh bag $65  + Sterling Art Deco ring $90 from aMuse
Cameo brooch & Silver shield bracelet from Precious Gems


Scala white beaded drop waist gown, size small $195 from A Second Time Around
Beaded headpiece (price upon request)  and white feather boa $75 from aMuse
120” fresh water Baroque pearls $295 (Gatsby Raffle Prize)
14 karat yellow gold pearl and diamond crescent moon pin $395
Floral cameo free form earrings $75
Vintage platinum diamond and emerald shield ring $3,995
All from Precious Gems

 Ian, Simon & Damien:
Tuxes provided by Cape Fear Formal Wear


Pants, Shirt & bowtie from Cape Fear Formal Wear
Vintage vest from A Second Time Around
Custom made straw fedora $105 from aMuse
Ernest Hemmingway tortoiseshell glasses $179 from Front Street Optometric Care
Chartreuse crochet pleated dress $71
Authentic 1920’s beaded turquoise knotted necklace $70
Velvet turban with feather brooch handmade by Milliner Jan Wutkowski $150
Victorian gold necklace with purple stones and feather accent $97
Floral necklace as bracelet with blue stone accents $90
All from aMuse
Vintage black opera length gloves from A Second Time Around
Hamilton gold watch with diamond chips $45 from Precious Gems




Off-white gloves from A Second Time Around
Vintage gold compact from Precious Gems
Caviar rhinestone cat-eye sunglasses $518 from Front Street Optometric Care
Ray Ban glasses $209  from Front Street Optometric Care


Jonathan Cate glasses $150 from Front Street Optometric Care
Kay Kipps New York vintage one shoulder gown with ostrich feather sash $125 (Sold!)
+ Vintage off-white gloves from A Second Time Around
14 karat rose gold vintage Hamilton watch with ruby & diamonds $2,250 +
Barclay gold filled with purple stone earrings $24 from Precious Gems
Vintage gold fringe brooch with pink stones $45
Vintage gold necklace with colored stones $150
Vintage gold chain cap $150 all from aMuse




Vintage t-strap heels and sequin clutch from A Second Time Around

Vintage purple cape dress, size small from $45 A Second Time Around
Rhinestone chandelier earrings $135,
Art Deco Ring $90, Vintage coin holder $65 from aMuse
Rhinestone bracelets from Precious Gems
Black Tie Oleg Cassini 100% silk black beaded dress, size 4 $58
and vintage opera length black gloves from A Second Time Around
Hand-dyed fringe necklace $30 from aMuse
Vintage platinum diamond and emerald shield ring $3,995
Rhinestone necklace as bracelet and
Black stone marcasite earrings from Precious Gems
Shoes and headpiece stylist’s own






This Thursday in the wee hours of the morning , I joined WECT’s Lindsay Curtin
on WECT and FOX for five style segments on what to wear to the Great Gatsby Gala, my
experience as a first-time Set Costumer on We’re the Millers and what to expect at the next
Fall Fashion Preview October 11th. We hope to make it a monthly visit so stay tuned!


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Click on image above to purchase your tickets
for Focus on the Coast Magazine’s GNO



@The City Club
Thursday, September 20th

WHAT: Jess James along with Ben Swaim’s and The City Club present Wilmington’s second annual Great Gatsby Gala inspired by the Great American Novel, forthcoming remake of the film (directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan) and the joie de vivre of the Jazz Age glamourized by Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. This style-conscious event includes:

* Themed 1920‘s rooms (Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, anyone?) and Photo Booth with Bella Rose Photography.

*  Models in 1920’s-inspired finery from aMuse, A Second Time Around, Precious Gems & Jewelry, Lilies & Lace and Cape Fear Formalwear. Hair + Makeup by The Rockin Roller Salon

* Delicious food, Prohibition era cocktails, live 1920’s music in the garden and Jimmy Nations’ Victrola inside.

* Jazz Age inspired shopping with A Second Time Around, Lilies & Lace + Precious Gems & Jewelry!  Exclusive giveaways, “best dressed” contest and Roaring Twenties reverie.

As the City Club’s only event open to the public, The City Club will be offering an exclusive discount (80% discount!) for membership sign-up the night of the event only, as well as the “code word” into the Gatsby speakeasy featuring a highly-anticipated burlesque show.
Thursday, September 20th from 7pm-10pm.

The City Club at de Rosset / 23 South 2nd Street in Downtown Wilmington

Tickets are $40 and include heavy hors d’eoeuvres and two complimentary drinks. Tickets are on sale NOW at $50 at the door.

The first 50 guests to purchase tickets online are registered to win
a free City Club Membership Sign-Up ($1,500 value!)

To watch the Video from last year’s GREAT GATSBY GALA
produced by The Three Divas, Click HERE.



If you purchase your ticket to the GREAT GATSBY GALA
+ “Like” The Charm School Dropout on Facebook
before Wednesday at 5pm, you are in the running to WIN
a 12 x 18 “Midcentury Modern Marilyn” in a repurposed wood frame
from The Charm School Dropout


Best Dressed (Man) Prize:
Ray Ban Clubmaster 49 Sunglasses with tortoise frame and gray/green lenses
from Port City Eye Associates Value: $236


Charity Raffle Prize for Kids Making It:
Long strand of freshwater pearls $295 from Precious Gems

Charity Raffle Prize for Kids Making It:
Vintage tie-clip with diamond accent $195 from  Precious Gems



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