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Style Profile with Meadowlark + Grand Opening Party this Friday
Kendall Hurt, owner of the new Meadowlark Shop at The Forum (wearing Stella Carakasi rayon gaucho pants) There’s a lots of talk about “tweeting” in the world right now but there’s a new bird in town that I know you’re going to like. Join me this Friday evening from 6-9pm at the grand opening celebration of the beautiful Meadowlark Shop at The Forum. But first, get to know Kendall Hurt, the woman who makes Meadowlark sing: ff: What is the story behind your shop name, Meadowlark? “The Meadowlark name is inspired by my mother. We were very, very close. She...
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Jess James + Co. Grand Opening Holiday Soiree Photos
Jess James + Co. GRAND OPENING / HOLIDAY SOIREE Jess James + Co. (at 511 Castle Street) is the new home for Style Girl Vintage and HM Antique Books & Prints. Shop one-of-a-kind new arrivals, holiday gifts for her & him + more! Thank you so much to my friends & family for making the grand opening night (December 9th) at Jess James + Co. such a special one.   THANK YOU:   Thank you to Dan Thorpe and his team at Thorpe for Landscapes prepping the backyard for the party. Tess Wheatley Cash of Meraki Beauty for doing my...
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Talking Politics with Patricia Kusek + More Deco Ball Photos
“I’m with Her” – Patricia Kusek for County Commissioner “If you put your name on a ballot, you’re either one of two things – insane or courageous.” I can personally attest that my dear friend Patricia Kusek, who is in the throes of running for County Commissioner, is certainly the latter. Since we became friends at an entrepreneurial women’s group meeting five years ago, I’ve often turned to Pat as a mentor. She has graciously offered advice on evolving my business or standing my ground, a shoulder to cry on, or even where to find high-end consignment at amazing prices...
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Hurricane Matthew Edition: Deco Ball Fashion Editorial
Presenting — THE DECO BALL Photo Shoot at Wrightsville Manor Photography: Bella Rose Photography Producer / Wardrobe Styling: Jess James Hair: Beauty Bar Boutique Makeup: Tess Wheatley of Meraki Beauty Event Decor: Legare Simpson of A Ribbon Runs Through It Furniture / Props: Relic Vintage Rentals Industrial Lighting by Brad Benton at Seaglass Salvage Market Models: Lauren Pietrzykowski and Gracie Cole The Deco Ball is coming to Wilmington! Thursday October 13th at Wrightsville Manor (Graphic Art by Kristen Martinez)   There’s a guy named Matthew about to come for a visit. Ya hear? Till he rings your bell, thought I’d...
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Co-designing a new ring & friendship with Melissa Tyson
My rose gold raw emerald custom designed ring by Jewelry Designer Melissa Tyson You know when you meet someone for the first time and you just instinctively like them? I mean, genuinely LIKE them as in wanting them to be a part of your girl tribe, like STAT. That’s how it is when you meet local metalsmith and jewelry designer Melissa Tyson. With her warm, inviting smile, quick laugh, vivacious curly dark mane and one of her raw, sculptural rings on her well-manicured fingers, you’ll quickly find that Melissa is just as friendly and effervescent as she is talented. Having...
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London Calling! Travel Diary from my birthday in England
My dad sent me this photo while I was in London. My 82-year-old English mum said, “How did you already get on one of the double decker buses?!” I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago in London, at my home away from home. Till this day, I can still say studying abroad was one of the three best decisions I have ever made. It was a transformative experience at such a formative age. It challenged me to step outside my comfort zone, to let go of FOMO (“fear of missing out”), embrace adventure and the unknown and to harness...
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Looking back at That 70’s (Gucci) Show from Swinging London
Model Caroline Simpson takes a graceful spill while modeling on roller skates at That 70’s (FASHION) Show presented by Simply Noelle & produced by Jess James May 12th at Scooters Roller Rink Shannon Dunne, Amy Hammond, Jess James, Carly Forman, Kirsten Gravely   It’s exactly one week past the fashion show I’ve been envisioning the past five months – That 70‘s (FASHION) Show inspired by Gucci S/S 2016. I spent the next few days returning clothing from the show, organizing the pre-show choas left in the wake of Shannon and I’s marathon styling session and back-to-back closet consults with new...
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That 70’s (FASHION) Show
That 70’s (FASHION) Show   Inspired by Gucci S/S 2016 TICKETS: $25 in advance – Click HERE!    WHEN: Thursday May 12th 6-9pm WHERE: Scooter’s Roller Rink (341 Shipyard Boulevard) “That 70’s (FASHION) Show” is a concept fashion show inspired by the GUCCI S/S 2016 collection, which celebrates vintage, creative styling with a particular focus on the 1970’s. Presented by: Simply Noelle Produced + Hosted by: Jess James Styled by: James + Dunne Styling Jess James + Shannon DunneHair + Makeup: Beauty Bar Boutique Shopping: Pop-Up market before + after fashion show STORES: Aqua Fedora Beanie + Cecil Bloke. Front...
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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...
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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...
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