A Second Time Around
Meet Simply Noelle + That 70’s (FASHION) Show is ON!
Illustration / Graphic Art: Kristen Martinez Inspired by Gucci S/S 2016 Photo: Bella Rose Photography Styling: Jess James Wardrobe: Style Girl Vintage   While Shannon and I were pulling looks together for That 70’s (FASHION) show (THIS Thursday May 12th at Scooter’s Roller Rink) – I had the chance to find out a little more on the success story behind our presenting sponsor’s brand: Simply Noelle. Simply Noelle is a wholesale / fashion brand with sales that continue to double every year – and they are based right here in Wilmington. Read my interview with Simply Noelle designer Jody Dilley...
Gucci Inspired Style Story + That 70’s (FASHION) Show
Photo: Bella Rose Photography Styling: Jess James Wardrobe: Style Girl Vintage As soon as I saw designer Alessandro Michele’s Spring/Summer collection for GUCCI, I was mesmerized by the lace, lurex knits, brocade, satin bomber jackets, geek chic accessories and an overall celebration of VINTAGE all wrapped up in a grosgrain bow. FINALLY, something in this what-comes-around-goes-around carousel ride called FASHION to be excited about (again). The quirky, eclectic styling, lush textures and 70’s disco darling meets sexy librarian had me hooked. One day after a particularly inspiring Gucci gush session with my friend Marthe, I had an idea. Instead of...
Garden Party Panache 2016: Who Wore it Best on the Green Carpet
It all begins with the hat at the Azalea Festival Garden PartyAlisa Coble, Cate Piech, Kristie Pate Another Azalea Festival Garden Party has come and gone. And, soon the azalea petals will fall. Before we spring ahead, I thought we’d take one last look at scenes from Friday’s “green carpet” coverage at Airlie Gardens. We started our day getting glam with Trish McEvoy artists at my friend Lisa Sledzik’s beautiful home. When the last lovely lady in our group was ready, we helped my friend Susannah, who is a Regional Director for Trish McEvoy and based in Charleston, get ready...
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...
A Second Time Around says “Goodbye” to Downtown Wilmington
Meredith McCahan, owner of A Second Time Around Whenever I pass the colorful sale racks brimming with vintage in front of A Second Time Around at 143 North Front Street, I start to smile. I make my way through the glass door. The bell chimes and I hear a familiar voice greeting me. I see the top of head and an enthusiastic hand waving behind another pile of vintage, and I immediately feel the familar wave of anticipation before the thrill of the hunt begins. For someone who loves vintage as much as I do, walking through the doors of...
My favorite silver necklace gets a makeover with Lumina Gem
Old + New version of my silver statement necklace One of my favorite pieces of costume jewelry I own is a large modern silver statement necklace I found at A Second Time Around about four years ago. It transforms any basic shift dress and adds a little edge to a look that may be a tad too demure. People have stopped me on the street in New York City, Charleston and San Francisco to compliment this unique piece. One of my jewelry designer friends even toyed with the idea of re-creating it for her own line. I thought of this...
Who’s that Girl? Lady Mary – as a Blonde! + Gatsby Lawn Party TIME
Who’s That Girl? Could it be — Lady Mary as a blonde?! (Michelle Dockery filming Good Behavior in Downtown Wilmington) Photo: Jess James There is someting to the whole The SECRET philosophy – setting an intention and going confidently in that direction. The crazy thing is, if you continue to visualize “it” happening, a lot of times the universe actually does provide. On October 4th, I posted on Facebook that I had a dream that Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary of Downton Abbey who is in Wilmington filming a pilot) was relaxing on a blanket at the Gatsby Lawn Party. Shortly...
Fashion Editorial: What to Wear to the 1st Gatsby Lawn Party
Gatsby Lawn Party Fashion Editorial Photo: Bella Rose / Styling: Jess James Hair + Makeup: Beauty Bar Boutique As I write this into the wee hours of the morning, I can hear the rythmn of the rain streaming from the drainpipe now that I’ve finally given my new Netflix obsession Hell on Wheels a break (for now). I have a feeling we might all be indulging in a Netflix marathon (I recommend Peaky Blinders, Hell on Wheels & Longmire – in that order!) with Hurricane Joaquin beating a path to the coast. Rain for days and whipping wind? I say,...
Finding GATSBY on BHI + The White Party at SGV this Thursday
Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald vibes on the Bald Head Island Ferry headed to The Shoals Club GATSBY AFFAIR Just as Gatsby has yet to woo Daisy, this gal hasn’t tired of Gatsby’s parties quite yet. Sadly, the Jazz Age Lawn Party’s 10 year anniversary in NYC lost out to our Southern road trip adventures this summer, but we did have the pleasure of attending the Shoals Club’s GATSBY AFFAIR on Bald Head Island over Labor Day weekend. Come along with Joel and I as we relive our date night in 1925. The time travel started on the ferry to Bald...
Fashion Editorial: Mad for MAD MEN Style / SFP 2015 is Wed!
Randy Aldridge as DON DRAPER Clothing: Bloke. Furniture + Props: Decades of Decor Styling: Jess James Photo: Ben Minor It’s about that time for a little Spring Fashion Preview action. Heading into its 8th year, this bi-annual event presented by Wilmington Dermatology Center and hosted by yours truly, is a tad later this season since I decided to combine it with the MAD MEN party, an event I’ve been hosting each year since season one in Wilmington and one season in Charleston. To watch a video from the “We Miss MAD MEN” event produced by Blueberry Creative in 2011, Click...
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