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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Closet Confessions returns! Vintage Chanel for less? For REAL
The first time I debuted a Closet Confessions video was three years ago when I interviewed my 92-year-old Nana dressed in one of her favorite yellow Butte Knit suits (Click HERE to watch). So many people to this day ask where my love for fashion stems from. My mom, who never put much emphasis on her personal style, will be the first to admit it skipped a generation whereas my Nana cherished her special pieces in her (seven!) closets decades after she could zipper herself into them. After my Nana passed away, with my extended closet-in-the-kitchen already brimming at the...
Meet the Models for Saturday’s Fall Fashion Preview + Social Chic
We are appraoching my first-ever event on a Saturday night this weekend. I’m ready for a party. How about it, Wilmington? This will be our third Fall Fashion Preview presented by Wilmington Dermatology Center at Blue Hand Home and we have a few new moves in store. Most importantly, this is a community-based event that brings together women (and men! We even have our first male model this year) of all ages to empower creative expression and to prove you really can “make (the trends) work” for at any age. Wondering who you will see on the runway this time?...
SG *FASHION FIX* Fashion Designer Casey Crespo shares style tip from One Tree Hill
    Fashion Designer Casey Crespo in her leggings with mesh detail.Photo: Jess James   Meet Casey Crespo, one of Wilmington’s fashion designers who will be featured at the March 7th Spring Fashion Preview event (Get Your Ticket Today!) famous for her sexy and amazingly comfortable leggings. Formerly a seamstress on One Tree Hill, read our interview below to see her latest design (a dress!) and find out one of Casey’s favorite style tricks she learned from her time on the show dressing the likes of Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols. ff:When did you first learn to sew? “When I was 11, my mom picked up...
SG *FASHION FIX* – Social Chic: Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Wilmington?
          Getting ready for the hospital’s annual Founders Gala last weekend in a vintage red suede dress,  clutch from Candy Shop Vintage. Hair & Makeup by Emily Wetzel  of Seagrass Salon   Whoever says there is nothing to do in Wilmington can bite their tongue.  Post-holidays can be a bit blah but by late January, the events season is in full swing elevating the dinner-and-back-home-again crowd into full fledged socialites. For a peek at last weekend’s adventures in Wilmywood (which included some creative outfit changes), see the Social Chic albums below. Enjoy the freedom that comes along with the freakin’ weekend. Hope...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – 2012 Magic Moments: Looking Back Before Moving Ahead
      It’s been an incredibly difficult past few weeks losing our precious dog Buster and now my beloved Nana.  I have not yet embraced moving forward into 2013 so I thought I might get inspired by first taking a look back at some of 2012′s more magical moments. Here’s hoping for brighter days. Thank you for your prayers and comforting words. xo, Jess   One of my favorite portraits of Nana from the 1940′s         2nd Annual Great Gatsby Gala     Held at The City Club  and presented this year by this night of Jazz Age...
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*FASHION FIX* – The Anti-Holiday Photo Shoot + Social Chic from Beanie + Cecil
          Luke, Sadie & Tully Dunne in our Wes Anders0n-inspired Holiday Photo Shoot   Whenever this time of year rolls around, moms across the country inevitably start fretting over their latest holiday family photo to include in this year’s batch of Christmas cards. Surely, her husband and brood understand that this year’s photo simply must rival last year’s and the year before – not to mention her best friend’s.   It’s been ages since my sister and I stood in front of the fireplace with our stockings hung with care for our holiday snapshot and even longer since we sat together in a...
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FASHION FIX – Shop with Style Girl+Candy Shop Vintage TODAY at the Holiday Flea
            Deirdre just arrived in town from Charleston and we are gearing up for our Candy Shop Vintage / Style Girl Collection trunk show today from 3-9pm at The Brooklyn Arts Center Holiday Flea.   If you are in search of a one-of-a-kind holiday gift for your BFF, your boo or (ahem, yourself!), we will have vintage treasures (clothing, jewelry and accessories) that you won’t want to miss.   I will be back at the BAC on Saturday from 10am-5pm on my own. To see a full list of participating vendors, click HERE.   Since it’s Friday and you’re in...
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SG *FASHION FIX* – Win a Merewif Necklace + Best Dressed Audrey & Disco Queens
              Wilmington-based Jewelry Designer Savannah Watson wearing a variety of pieces from her newly-launched jewelry collection, Merewif I first met Savannah via Facebook. A Wilmington native with an emerging career in fashion, she was contemplating making the move back home from LA, and looking for advice. We all know the catch to living in Wilmington. It’s a beautiful place to live, but a hard place to make a living.   Several months later, we met at one of my Fashion Preview events. Savannah happened to be in town and decided to get a firsthand look at the Wilmington fashion community. Currently employed...
SG *FASHION FIX* – Social Chic: Somewhere over the Rainbow in Charleston
          John and Deirdre Zahl as the Tin Man and Glinda The Good Witch Photo: Jess James  After years of hearing about Charleston’s annual glamorous Red Party benefiting the American College of The Building Arts, I had the pleasure of actually attending last Thursday October 25th at The Old Charleston Jail.   With Wilmington’s Gay Adair on my air in head-to-toe emerald green, we followed the yellow brick road through the dungeon-like hallway to the magical canopy under the stars where we found revelers in ravishing red or Wizard of Oz-themed attire, this year’s sub-theme.   Although there really is no place like...
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