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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...
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Summer Trend Checklist / Ladies of Landfall Fashion Show
Posing with the lovely models from Landfall’s Great Oaks Women’s Club I styled at my trend presentation / fashion show last week I was honored when one of my styling clients Gayle Van Velsor (soon-to-be Great Oaks President) invited me to present to the women of Landfall’s Great Oaks Club. I hadn’t curated a trend presentation and fashion show for the ladies of Landfall since 2011 when Sharon Novak was president. This time around, Sharon had the chance to experience the show as one of my models instead of running the show. I styled each of the models in looks...
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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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NOT your neighbor’s Holiday Portraits + Black Friday STEALS
Vintage-inspired Holiday Portrait styled by James + Dunne featuring client Lisa Sledzik and husband Dave Photography: Ethan Gaskill Before we get into the best Black Friday deals and steals, I wanted to share a response to last week’s Fashion Fix from Realtor Lisa Sledzik: “I just read your Fashion Fix, and I may have a bit of a wild hair. I was going to skip Christmas cards (yes!) this year as my kids are older (24 and 18), and the younger one is in Denver for school. Then I saw your holiday card photo shoot ad and thought maybe that...
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Sneak Peek at Local Fashion inspired by Art + TGIF! xo
Model Kelly Tada wearing a look from Lula Balou inspired by a piece of art from the State of the Art exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum for the Fall Fashion Preview Art: Susan Harris / Photography + Edit: Ethan Gaskill Hope your Friday is going better than mine! Wanted to give you a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on with Photographer Ethan Gaskill and Hannah, Amber, Ramsey and Maari at Beauty Bar and our gorgeous models Lauren and Kelly leading up to the 7th annual Fall Fashion Preview presented by Wilmington Dermatology Center. Before the big event...
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Talking drop-dead sexy vintage that makes you feel like a woman
Mary Beth Paulson of House of Landor vintage Photo: Walter Magazine Shortly after being approached about opening a retail shop for her interior design business in December 2013, Mary Beth Paulson laid in bed thinking, “What do I love most? What do I really want to do?” As much as she had a knack for interiors, she couldn’t help cheating on Eames chairs with cocktail dresses and embellished caftans. “Finding vintage, wearing it, feeling the fabric and seeing my friends in special vintage pieces I find really makes me happiest.” Mary Beth clarified that the kind of vintage she seeks...
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Style Girl shares one of her favorite secret vintage haunts
One of my favorite vintage haunts on Castle Street I’m going to let you in on a secret. Some of you may already be in-the-know but I have a feeling quite a few of my lovely readers have yet to discover Francine’s Castle & Cottage Antiques on Castle Street. I found my way into Francine and her husband Jim’s first shop on Castle Street shortly after I moved to Wilmington nine years ago. I recognized right away that we shared a common bond – a nostalgia and love for treasures from the past. Francine inside her shop, Castle & Cottage...
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Triple Threat Art Show Style + Secret Hidden Talents Revealed
Featured artist Sullivan Anlyan last night at the Triple Threat art opening at Annex TRIPLE THREAT Art Opening at Annex I recently re-read David Bowie’s Proust questionnaire in Vanity Fair circa 2009 via Brain Pickings, Joel’s “favorite newsletter after the Fashion Fix.” His answers, at the same time cheeky and profound, shed light on his greatest fear – “converting kilometers to miles” – and his greatest regret, “never wearing bellbottoms.” But his answer that made me laugh out loud was his response to, “What is the quality you most like in a woman?” To this, David Bowie replied, “The ability...
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Layer Necklaces with Mima tomorrow for your own Statement Look
Mima Trunk Show this Saturday at Ziabird I first discovered “Mima” at Ziabird at Lumina Station when I was selecting jewelry for actress Elizabeth Mitchell’s (Lost, Revolution) cover shoot last year for Brink Magazine. The editor wanted her to have a cool, effortless look and the long, languid Mima gold strands set the tone perfectly with her crisp white blouse. I layered orange carnelian gemstones and leather with a nod to the bohemian countered with an edgy, gold dagger necklace. Ziabird owner Lynn Manock, who is hosting a special Mima trunk show tomorrow (Saturday June 14), says she first met...
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What to Wear: Garden Party Style in Bloom – Hashtag to Win!
With the promise of azalea’s first bloom, Wilmington prepares for its 67th Annual Azalea Festival, which kicks off next week on April 9. In a flurry of pomp and circumstance and endless social engagements, the fashion focus is not necessarily on the queen and belles alone. The Azalea Festival also signifies one of Wilmington’s signature fashion events of the year – the Garden Party. Each year I’ve attended the official party or the after-parties, I have always opted for vintage so this beautiful belle (above) from the early 20’s is the epitome of Garden Party panache in my mind. The...
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