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Wilmington’s 1st Gatsby Lawn Party – TICKETS!
As a follow-up to the 4th annual Great Gatsby Gala, Jess James along with Kusek Financial Group, are hosting Wilmington’s first Gatsby Lawn Party on the beautiful lawn of Paula Corbett’s home. Don your garden party finest, grab your picnic basket, blanket + boater and join us for food, friends & frivolity as we travel back in time to the 1920s with a leisurely yet glamorous afternoon on the lawn under the live oaks & overlooking the Intracoastal.  And, don’t forget your dancing shoes! THE BEE’S KNEESThis enchanted event, inspired by the Jazz Age Lawn Party and a nod to...
Spring Fashion Preview 2015 / MAD MEN Finale Party
Wilmington Dermatology Center + Jess James present8th annual SPRING FASHION PREVIEWWednesday April 22 7pm  NEW Location: Bakery 105, Downtown Wilmington TICKETS – CLICK HERE! featuring: Jess James / “FASHION FIX” along with Wilmington Dermatology Center are hosting the highly anticipated bi-annual Spring Fashion Preview event with a high-style Mid-Century inspired “Mad Men” event, in honor of the show’s finale season (which debuts April 5). The Spring Preview features the latest trends for spring at any age with a nod to the late 60’s, the current setting for the last season of MAD MEN. Each must-have look will be modeled on...
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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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Jazz Age Lawn Party Virgin No More! Best Dressed Photos
Photo: Vogue Brasil   TIME TRAVEL: Jazz Age Lawn Party Virgin No More!   Ever since I started hosting the Great Gatsby Gala at The City Club four years ago, I longed to don my 20’s finery to lounge and frolic in the grass (with my St. Germain cocktail in hand) at The Jazz Age Lawn Party held twice a year (June and August) on Governor’s Island. Hosted by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra and selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a...
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Last Night's Party! Tibi Fashion Show in Charleston + more
Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage and Jess James in front of the Charleston Library Society in anticipation of Hampden Clothing’s Tibi Fashion Show Hampden Clothing and Tibi designer Amy Smilovic hosted a fashion show featuring tibi’s Pre-Fall collection at the Charleston Library Society during The Southern C Summit to a sold-out crowd last night. Less than an hour before the show, word was out that featured guest Leandra (aka: Man Repeller) was not able to make it out of NYC after all. No worries! The fashion set turned out in tibi, including fashion designers and bloggers in town for...
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Last Night’s Party! Tibi Fashion Show in Charleston + more
Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage and Jess James in front of the Charleston Library Society in anticipation of Hampden Clothing’s Tibi Fashion Show Hampden Clothing and Tibi designer Amy Smilovic hosted a fashion show featuring tibi’s Pre-Fall collection at the Charleston Library Society during The Southern C Summit to a sold-out crowd last night. Less than an hour before the show, word was out that featured guest Leandra (aka: Man Repeller) was not able to make it out of NYC after all. No worries! The fashion set turned out in tibi, including fashion designers and bloggers in town for...
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Style Profile with my BFF – From Sartorialist to Simplifying in South Korea
Portrait of Helen Howell Priest in Downtown Raleigh Photo by Jess James You may recognize Helen as one of Island Passage’s golden Calendar Girls from year’s past. Perhaps you spotted her daydreaming while walking to her apartment downtown (she never had a driver’s license while living here). Hell, there’s a really good chance she pinched your baby’s cheeks or cooed over your bulldog’s overbite. Even though she has not called Wilmington home for the past six years, chances are if you met Helen, you wouldn’t soon forget her innocent spirit, girlish laugh or genuine kindheartedness. She was one of my...
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Style Transformation: from Metro to Mountain Man
The first time I met Thomas at one of my Mad Men events, he was wearing a perfectly tailored suit with slicked hair and enough swagger to give Don Draper a run for his money. Naturally, he took home the prize for “Best Dressed” that night. Since then, we’ve worked together on a Focus on the Coast fashion shoot and as my very first male model at the most recent Fall Fashion Preview event. He’s apparently not only style-conscious but brave, too! As someone who obviously likes to dress to impress, I have to admit I was more than a...
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Time for some new britches at Charleston's Pretend Store
STATE founder and designer Adrienne Antonson Seeing designer Adrienne Antonson’s collection STATE for the first time at Charleston Fashion Week in March 2012, you instinctively knew you were seeing something different. Between the garments’ raw beauty, sustainability and utilitarian aesthetic paired with Adrienne’s luminosity, “IT” was happening and she just just seemed so damn cool. I met Adrienne in passing that week through mutual friends but heard from her a few months later asking if she could send one of my photos she loved from her show’s finale for a piece in DailyCandy. Naturally I was flattered and secretly pleased...
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Time for some new britches at Charleston’s Pretend Store
STATE founder and designer Adrienne Antonson Seeing designer Adrienne Antonson’s collection STATE for the first time at Charleston Fashion Week in March 2012, you instinctively knew you were seeing something different. Between the garments’ raw beauty, sustainability and utilitarian aesthetic paired with Adrienne’s luminosity, “IT” was happening and she just just seemed so damn cool. I met Adrienne in passing that week through mutual friends but heard from her a few months later asking if she could send one of my photos she loved from her show’s finale for a piece in DailyCandy. Naturally I was flattered and secretly pleased...
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