STYLE GIRL “FASHION FIX” – Handmade for the Holidays


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Mood Swings Lost & Found necklace $65
made from vintage eye glass lenses

Three years ago as I was perusing all the creatively reimagined pillows, recycled found object pendants and dazzling jewelry boxes at La La Land’s former shop in the Old Wilmington City Market (Lisa’s handmade gifts are now for sale at Ziabird), I picked up a postcard for the Raleigh-based event, The Handmade Market. I was instantly smitten with their punchy aesthetic and cheeky slogan:

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This past weekend, I finally got to go. Shannon and I just so happened to be in town to do some wardrobe editing and shopping for a new Raleigh-based James + Dunne client. Just as we were setting off, I got a message from Kitty Kinnin, 100.7 The River’s uber-popular morning radio host, insisting that since we were going to be in town, we had to stop by The Handmade Market. You don’t have to tell me twice!

Click HERE to see the Style Girl video from The Handmade Market:

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Now that the holidays are approaching, more and more people are thinking not only of shopping local (subscribe to the 3/50 project!), but they are seeking out meaningful, one-of-a-kind gifts. Nothing says heartfelt like handmade.  ssd river braceletWilmington fiber artist Louise Giordano says, “Despite the recession, I’m happy to report that I’ve had my best month yet at Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts in the Cotton Exchange, where 20 local artists in pottery, fiber art, jewelry, gourd art, baskets, wood, and more show and sell their work.”

Photo: SSD Jewelry by Melissa Lowery’s sterling and copper bracelet $58 with filigree flower and hand-punched quote by A.A. Milne:  “Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.”

More favorite finds from The Handmade Market:

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Top Left: Ergane necklace made with vintage Belgium stamps and Swarovski crystals $45

Top Right: Heirloom origami star ornament $7
Bottom Left: Pell Mell Press “Hello, Deer” cards – set of 6 $11.99
Bottom Right: Mood Swings half-moon shaped collage pendant $58

Check out these Handmade Havens for your

Holiday Shopping:

1) aMuse – Handmade headpieces and head-turning hats
from Milliner Jan Wutkowski
2) Edge of Urge – A collection of inspired and handmade offerings from independent designers, including owner and designer Jessie Williams
3) Ziabird – A boutique dedicated exclusively to independent designers and heavenly hand-crafted gifts.
4) Blue Moon Gift Shops O
ver 100 retail spaces all under one roof with local, regional and national artisans, retailers and craftsmen.
5) and of course, Etsy!


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definition: no-tie scarves that are a must-have for the holiday season
– declared by OPRAH!

Juliana is modeling a two-toned hand-dyed silk infinity scarf ($43)
made by Jan Wutkowski with a vintage Kramer necklace/earring set ($115)
available at aMuse

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4213 Princess Place Drive

Holiday Shopping
for a good cause


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Sambuca,downtown’s favorite organic apothecary, is giving away a FREE organic Cranberry Martini Facial. Pampering at its finest!

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A winner will be drawn from Sambuca’s Facebook page over the next 2 weeks.
To join Sambuca on Facebook today, click


Cucalorus: Nov 11-15

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Cucalorus, named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine, is celebrating its 15th anniversary as an international film festival. Cucalorus provides a forum where film becomes a player in the social and political arena and offers a new voice for the South. Over 10,000 tickets were sold in 2008 and over 130 films will screen this week –
and talk about perfect weather to hit the theater!

If you don’t see anything else this week,
here’s two films you won’t want to miss:


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Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireese “Precious” Jones is a teenage African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses Precious emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read or write. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain, Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

PRECIOUS was an Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Festival.

LOOK FOR: Lenny Kravitz & Mariah Carey (de-glittered)
WANNA GO?: Friday, November 13, 4:15 PM- 6:15 PM
@ Lumina Theater

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets


timerWhat if a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate? In this alternate version of present day Los Angeles, a revolutionary device called the TiMER fulfills this fantasy. For a reasonable installation fee and moderate monthly charges, a TiMER implanted in the wrist will accurately display the numbers of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the wearer’s date with destiny. Sounds awesome, right? Not if you’re Oona O’Leary (EMMA CAULFIELD, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). She faces the rare dilemma of a blank timer. Staring down the barrel of thirty and tired of waiting for her would-be partner, Oona breaks her own rules and falls for Mikey (JOHN PATRICK AMEDORI, Gossip Girl), a charming and much younger supermarket clerk with a countdown of four months. Only when Oona ignores the ticking clock can she finally experience the exhilarating and unpredictable thing called love.

WANNA GO?: Sunday, November 15th, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
@ Lumina Theater

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets

@ Sole Searching

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Get a jump on your Holiday Shopping

AND find a little something for yourself, too!
We’ll have sales on accessories, shoes and boots so don’t be blue.

So, grab a group of girlfriends and
join us for wine and cheese,

We’d love to see there, and of course you can shop until you please!

25% OFF on Shoes & Boots
15% OFF on Accessories & Apparel

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Friday 13th @Lumina Station
5pm to 8pm

Holiday Trunk Show

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WHO: Jess and Shannon from James + Dunne Styling
WHAT: Holiday Trunk Show:
LBDs, suede, faux fur, metallic,
luxe accessories and conversation pieces
WHERE: Bangz Hair Salon & Spa
1203 43rd Street
WHEN: Friday 11/20 + Tues 11/24
(11am – 3pm)
WHY: Looking for a head-turning look for the holidays?
James + Dunne will have their edited and inspired collection
on hand – designer and vintage pieces at recession-proof prices

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Calling all STYLE SWAP Guests in Wilmington, Charleston and Raleigh:
Please email me a photo of yourself wearing your favorite score
from Style Swap!


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Favorite local Caffe Phoenix bartender (full disclosure: and Jess James’s husband) Joel Finsel recently published a book, Cocktails & Conversations.

This collection of 36 short stories is based on his three years spent tending bar at one of Philadelphia’s treasured and most eccentric restaurants, the Astral Plane. For the DIY bartenders, this book also includes Spirited Essays and Award-winning Cocktail Recipes as well as a glimpse of life behind the bar. Recognized as one of Playboy’s Top 10 Mixologists in 2009, Philadelphia’s “Rising Star” Mixologist and winner of the Philadelphia Cocktail Classic, Joel’s original cocktail recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Style Magazine. Joel has been published locally in the Wilmington Star-News, Focus on the Coast and Wilmington Magazine.

Pick up the book locally for $16.95 at Old Books on Front, Pomegranate Books and Two Sisters Bookery.

You can also purchase Joel’s book online
by clicking HERE.


November 17
Trish McEvoy’s “Gorgeous Red” Launch Party
Social Wine Bar

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WHAT: The launch party for Trish McEvoy’s “Gorgeous Red” lip color will feature DJ Spaced Invaders, food and drink specials and door prizes. Lipstick consolations will be provided, showing how anyone can rock the red.
WHERE: Social Wine Bar
WHEN: November 17
WHY: It will first be introduced in South Carolina in the Charleston market in support of World Aids Day December 1st. The lip color will be available starting Nov 13 at Gwynn’s and Saks. For the very first time, a portion ($3.50) of the lip color’s retail value ($22) will go directly to Lowcountry Aids Services.

“Over the years I have observed many men of great talent and beauty battle and, in many cases, triumph over this terrible disease, spiritually if not physically. I have seen makeup serve as a healer in more ways than one and my donation of the proceeds from my new Gorgeous Red Lip Color is a literal and figurative symbol of the fight against AIDS. ” – Trish

November 19
Novel Opening Party

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WHAT: Lauren Lail’s Library: Archives of Fashion and designer Jane Pope’s Balboa and Jane Pope Jewelry collections are pleased to announce the opening of their temporary boutique, Novel.  For a limited time (Nov 16 – Dec 20), this design collaborative will bring on-trend vintage finds and peerless jewelry to downtown Charleston.

Novel’s first artist collaboration will be held at their Opening Party, Thursday, November 19th.  Expect to see artwork from Kristen Moran & Daniel McSweeney of Margo Kaufman Gallery.

438 King Street (the former Nancy Koltes space)
WHEN: Nov 19th – Store hours are from 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

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