SG *FASHION FIX* – Social Chic: Rate the "Best Dressed" at last Saturday's gala!
red carpet bw






The Care Project red carpet hosts James + Dunne greet
Artist Wendy Kowalski on stilts at The Cameron Art Museum


Shannon and I spent last Saturday night getting glamorous and hosting the red carpet at The Care Project’s 2nd Annual Extravaganza. Produced by Dr. Johnnie Sexton, CARE Project Founder and Executive Director and co-hosted by WECT’s Frances Weller, the event raised over $35,000 for emotional counseling and support services for families in eastern North Carolina with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“We do what we do in hopes that the children who are born deaf have an equal opportunity at happiness and success in life…and that starts with helping their parents move forward on their emotional journey.”

Held at The Cameron Art Museum, the celebratory tone of the evening was set with Carnivale artists on stilts, glow-in-the-dark hoola hoops and juggling gypsies who prefer knives to balls. Guests enjoyed delicious delicacies from Pine Valley Market and Cafe Johnnie and live music from The Tigger Clarkson Band.

Besides the host crew (“Frances Weller was certainly one of my top picks and you and Shannon were stunning!”), Johnnie shared his picks for the evening’s “Best Dressed:”


1.  Sonda Joffe
2. Ashley Teachey
3. Kelly Starbuck
4. Robin Hosley
5. Torri Winstead 
6. Gina Bell
7. Wylene Booth McDonald


Weigh in on your own favorites on!







The Care Project founder & event producer Johnnie Sexton with Wylene Booth McDonald and Durwood Sykes
L: Event coordinator Photographer Kelly Starbuck perfection in a LBD accessorized
with an adorned ribbon made by artist Jessica Grindstaff R: Sonia Taylor barely
surviving her first night in her Costume National heels, but she sure did look beautiful!


Carnivale Entertainers

Red Carpet Ravishing!
Sonia Taylor, Shannon Dunne, Kelly Starbuck, Jess James, Leilani Balaban
L: One of J+D’s picks for best dressed Sonda Jaffe accessorized with her Chanel chandeliers.

R: Jaffe with Gina Bell and Torri Winstead of Torri/Bell

Models wearing clothing from Torri/Bell. Hair + Makeup by Bangz
L: Blondes have more fun: Blush owner Elisha Wendt

with Makeup Artist Tess Wheatley
R: Frank and Linwood, owners of Bangz


L: Mary Wright with her grandaughter
R: Playing with knifes


Lovely couple Torri & Mike Winstead enjoy drinks on the patio.


Fashion & Costume Designer Lucille Bruno with her father

Hanging with Mayor Saffo and his elegant wife, Renee Saffo

Looks like Wylene is the winning bidder!

Patio hang.


Anna Eubank and Caroline Roberts
It was all about the captoe for J+D last Saturday night….

Leigh Moose of Side Yard Studios &
Ty Parker of Bliss Creative Photography







2nd Location —  NOW at Tickled Pink in Lumina Station!



For more style-related events and details, visit FASHION FIX Events Calendar.



Everyone needs a fashionable friend who knows the best places to shop. Looking for the insider scoop on the most sought-after deals? 


Once a week (FASHION FRIDAYS), get your fashion fix with Style Girl’s style tips, style on the street + more!


Please forward on to your oh-so-fashionable friends.




Copyright © 2011 Style Girl Jess James, All rights reserved.


Share this post:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • RSS
No comments Posted on: September 19, 2012
Leave a comment


X Close

Join The Fashion Fix Newsletter

Everyone needs a fashionable friend for insight on style secrets, emerging designers and exclusive deals. Every Friday, get email updates on the latest Fashion Fix from Jess James.

No Thanks. Visit Website >