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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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Deco + Dogs at The Deco Ball – Photos from Bella Rose
THE DECO BALL at Wrightsville Manor Presented by Kusek Financial Group Event Producer : Jess James Event Planning: Gather Events NC Photography: Bella Rose Photography This enchanted event, my sixth annual event inspired by the joie de vivre, design & decadence of the Jazz Age era, came to life October 13th. When my friend Helen asked what my favorite moment was from The Deco Ball, two things came to mind: the arrival of the puppies from Animal Avengers (our charity partner) AND the moment artist Michael J. Kowalski of Ice Sensations unveiled his masterpiece Deco Ball ice sculpture! For me,...
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The Deco Ball
from the producers of The Original Great Gatsby Gala THE DECO BALL Presented by Kusek Financial Group Hosted by Jess James   Thursday October 13, 2016 VIP: 6pm-7pm Event: 7pm-10pm @ Wrightsville Manor 1952 Allens Lane (behind Lumina Station) TICKETS – Click HERE! TICKETS: $60 (7pm arrival) VIP TICKETS: $100 (6-7pm pre-event party * Only 40 VIP tickets available / reserved seating * Romantic elegant picnic dining in secluded garden during “The Magic Hour” * Complimentary Method + Standard cocktails by Astral Craft Cocktails& bubbly * Live Entertainment – Jazz Singer Nnenne Terzian + Burlesque Dancer performance From the producers...
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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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David Bowie Blues – A Fashion Legacy + Throwback Prom
In this month’s Rolling Stone, writer David Fricke calls David Bowie’s new album Blackstar “one of the most aggressively experimental records the singer has ever made.” Now that we’ve lost this star who shined so bright two days after his 69th birthday (also the release date for his new album), fans are united in tears listening to his parting words: “Something happened on the day he died/Spirit rose a meter, then stepped aside,” Bowie sings with what sounds like ‘numbed grace.’ “Somebody else took his place and bravely cried: I’m a blackstar.” While the world grappled with saying “goodbye” to...
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Top 5 Netflix Binge Crushes of 2015
Now that we are a week into 2016, how many times have you made the number five into a six? Hands up. I’m guilty. High-five, sister. Speaking of guilty, I thought I’d start off 2016 NOT with a list of highlights from 2015 or Top 10 New Year’s resolutions, but instead a look back at my guilty pleasure – swooning over my favorite guys to binge watch on Netflix. Having pulled the plug on cable before Don Draper took his last drag, I’ve been binge watching Netflix series after series all year long. I adore Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries set...
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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...
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Shopping in Wilmington will Never be the Same – WHS Launch!
Announcing Wilmington High Street – book your very own customized shopping tour with host / personal shopper Jess James and a chauffeur with The British Taxi Photo: Bella Rose Photography Since the time I started writing the FASHION FIX, I began receiving emails from folks from Charleston or Columbia (who attended one of my Style Swap events) who had become intrigued by Wilmington through my designer and shop profiles, and coverage from the events I hosted or attended. “Wilmington looks so much fun! My friends and I have decided to take a weekend trip. Can you tell me where we...
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Movers + Shakers debut with Hallelu + Win a WHS Shopping Tour
So excited & honored to be featured as the first in a series Hallelu Boutique recently launched called MOVERS & SHAKERS highlighting “girl boss” entrepreneurs. I interviewed Catherine 10 years ago for my Style Girl column in the Star-News shortly after I moved here and she opened her amazing boutique at Wrightsville Beach. We became fast friends and it’s been such a fun journey growing together. Now, the tables are turned. Since our interview and photo shoot in October, Catherine has also featured Hannah Milojevich, owner & head stylist at Beauty Bar Boutique (and little known fact, one of my...
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Cue the popcorn. Countdown to Cucalorus: What to Watch
Throwback Cucalorus-themed photo shoot produced for the FASHION FIX with Photographer Melissa Hebert / Styled by Jess James featuring Style Girl Vintage (More from shoot below) I know there are folks living in Wilmington who have never attended a single film or event (boo, hiss!) at Cucalorus, the annual film festival held in Downtown Wilmington and heading into its 21st year THIS week: November 11-15. Considering Cucalorus was dubbed “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker Magazine, it’s high time you get with the program my friends (if you haven’t already). There is a full schedule...
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