Style Story: It all started with a Vintage Lavender Dress

Photography: Ethan Gaskill
Styling: Jess James
Wardrobe: Style Girl Vintage
Makeup: Tess Wheatley Cash
Hair: Elizabeth Peterson at Blush
Model: Hannah Johnston

It all started with a muted lilac dress in bloom with the palest pink roses. It has the demure charm of a 1930’s dress – from the midi length to the pleated peplum and the delicate, romantic print.

When I gave her a new home inside the lavender walls of the Style Girl Vintage showroom, I sent a photo to Photographer Ethan Gaskill letting him know I may have found the dress to inspire the collaborative shoot we had alluded to the last time we saw each other at the Oliver holiday party.

We knew we wanted to feature model Hannah Johnston, who has worked with Ethan countless times and had recently reached out to me about working together.

With Hannah’s Old Hollywood beauty, we knew we wanted a retro influence but at the same time, a timeless sensibility with cinematic drama.

Mid-way through shooting the lavender dress, the sky opened up and we dashed for cover in the showroom to prepare for Hannah’s second look – a look inspired by a 60’s inspired VOGUE shoot featuring one of our favorite models, Lara Stone. I dressed Hannah in a pale ice blue cashmere twinset (the ultimate sweater girl) with a sexy Valentino gray pencil skirt, my Nana’s pillbox hat and a silver mink stole. Makeup artist Tess Cash of Meraki Beauty gave her a smoky, dramatic cat eye (always my favorite!) and a nude pout while Hair Stylist Elizabeth Peterson (Blush) dialed in the Hollywood Starlet with soft cascading curls, part Veronica Lake, part Bardot.

Hannah brought along her friend Anna, who was visiting from out-of-town. Anna came bare-faced and casual, prepared to tag along for the day. Before long, Ethan and I encouraged her to try a few things on and soon enough, we convinced her to make her modeling debut. We loved the contrast of her undone beauty, but wanted to add a quirky element so I made a run to A Second Time Around to borrow some vintage gold eyeglasses.

Poised with our umbrellas and staring out at the warm globes inside Kilwin’s ice cream shop behind sheets of rain, we made a run for Joel’s vintage 1985 Mercedes. For our finale shot, we took refuge at one of our favorite vintage landmarks, Hughes Bros. Tires. Steamy windows, wet fur, girlie giggles with a little magic in between ensued. Take a look. And, please make your appointment to shop Style Girl Vintage with me soon.

Hope to see you tonight at A Second Time Around and at the Oliver sale this weekend! xo



Vintage floral lavender dress for Sale at Style Girl Vintage
Vintage fur for sale at Francine’s Castle & Cottage Antiques


Vintage Guess jeans in bordeaux color (size 25/26),
pink silk blouse (sold), cropped print blazer (S/M) and gold coin belt
all for sale at Style Girl Vintage
Vintage gold glasses, A Second Time Around

Cashmere twinset, pillbox hat
Gray mink stole (sold)
for sale at Style Girl Vintage










ASTA “Goodbye to Downtown”
Send-Off Party / MEGA Sale
@ A Second Time Around
(143 North Front Street)

A Second Time Around is moving (NOT closing) to a new location:
3518 Wrightsville Avenue – in April. But tonight, we are saying
“Goodbye” to their legendary Front Street location and celebrating
with a blow-out sale and festivities.

It’s time to put on your ‪‎vintage‬ party frock!
(Sequin jacket, lace hostess skirt and turban,
all for sale at A Second Time Around)



$25 for as much vintage clothing as you can fit in a bag!

If visiting A Second Time Around is kind of like your CHEERS
(come on, it’s cheaper than therapy!) or you have yet to come,
the time is NOW!

* 60% off all men’s & women’s vintage clothing,
accessories & jewelry (over $20)
* 50% off vintage fur
* BAG SALE – Fill your bag of vintage for only $25!

See you there. Joel is taking Woody’s place.
Cocktails will be served by Astral Cocktails!






New Year Soiree
at Style Girl Vintage

Selecting the lucky winner of a $100 SGV gift certificate:
Milliner Jan Wutkowski!

In honor of my friend Patricia Kusek’s run for Commissioner
(Click HERE to like her Facebook page), guests enjoyed:

* 16% off entire showroom (in honor of 2016)
* 30% off all purple clothing & accessories
* Method + Standard purple-hued craft cocktail
by Joel Finsel of Astral Cocktails
(in honor of Pat’s signature color)
* Chair Massages by Andrea of Wholesome Journey
* Bakla-Vavoom by Kathy Rayle

To see more photos of the event,
Click HERE.

Save the Date:
Next SGV Event is Friday February 12th
Valentine’s Day party!
More details coming soon.





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Who is Jess James & What does she do?


SHOP New Style Girl Vintage
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Photography: Harry Taylor
(click below)



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