Vintage Eye Candy – the bee’s knees from Charleston + Richmond, VA

Selfie from 1929 at The Bolling Haxall House in Richmond, VA

Hello, my lovelies!

This week I am bringing you some vintage eye candy from the Jazz Age Preservation Ball Joel and I attended in Richmond, VA and the Fashion Flashback opening at The Charleston Museum I recently attended with some of my favorite vintage-loving gals.

I hope you have a chance to take a step back in time sometime soon.
Like Gatsby says, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”




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Trish McEvoy International Artist

Are you headed to Wilmington’s swanky Founders Gala this Saturday? I know some of the best makeup artists in town are booked solid so if you are on the hunt for some help getting glam, you’re in luck! One of my dear friends is the Regional Director for Trish McEvoy Cosmetics and they are sending one of their top international artists to Wilmington this weekend. If you are interested in getting a spot with Craig on Saturday, email me at And, you don’t have to be going to the gala to snag an appointment. Ideal situation is one house with several friends getting ready together. Cost is 3 Trish McEvoy product purchases (lipsticks start at $30).



@ The Bolling Haxall House
Richmond, VA


Art Deco Society of Virginia Founder & President Olivia Lloyd

The Art Deco Society of Virginia hosted the 3rd annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball Saturday January 17th at the beautiful Bolling Haxall House in downtown Richmond, VA. This year’s beneficiary was Bells for Peace and the Belgian Friendship Building, which resides on Virginia Union University’s campus. Originally known as the Belgium Pavilion, this structure was built by world renowned Belgian architect Henry Van de Velde for the 1939 New York World’s Fair.


Happy to have another opportunity to wear this authentic 1930’s dress from Adored Vintage.




Things certainly heated up at the silent auction tables by the end of the night!


It was a close call, but happy to report I came home with this 1930’s Bakelite necklace.




Some serious Oliver Twists were cutting the rug on the dance floor!


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@ The Charleston Museum
Charleston, SC

Susannah Dellinger and Jess James


The Charleston Museum hosted a kick-off party January 12th for their new exhibit FASHION FLASHBACK 1920s -1960s: Five Decades of Style that Changed America. Vintage loving guests arrived decked out in their favorite era. I naturally gravitated to my favorite deco decade but decided to move forward into the 1930’s when my friend Gay Adair suggested I wear a vintage dress of hers I fell in love with a few years back when she wore it to the Heart Ball. For a nod to the Jazz Age, I donned a crimson turban with a vintage crescent moon pin from A Second Time Around.

At the event, I picked up a vintage tie with the coolest print (pirate ships covered in flowers!) for Joel from Julie Wheat’s Cavortress vintage collection. I also had fun dressing my friend Stella in a Stop Staring vintage inspired green dress for a Mad Men vibe. I originally packed my vintage Christian Dior feathered pillbox hat for her to wear. Hells bells, we realized it was too small and there was no time for hot rollers! Stella grabbed the printed scarf inside the hat and we both agreed it was the perfect piece de resistance. Viola!

We met two of my favorite blondes there. Susannah turned heads all night in her 1980’s white and silver sequin dress formerly owned by her mama. Now, that’s a top notch hand-me-down! Deirdre opted for a late 60’s silver lame maxi dress with an Oh-Angelina-slit up the front (the slit became a tad more scandalous on the Uber ride to the museum).

Then, we met up with Charleston man-about-town Chelsie at Halls Chophouse who decided he went for a take on Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1950s. Cheers to Fashion Flashback! xo

L: The Charleston Museum’s Shelby Duff looking just darling wearing a dress formerly owned by her grandmother.
R: A closer look at Susannah’s mom’s fabulous vintage sequin dress


Julie Wheat in her vintage glory with her Cavortress collection


L: Gorgeous green velvet 1930’s gown in the exhibit
R: Love her 1950’s flare complete with an authentic poodle skirt!


Deirdre and Stella admire the accessories case within the exhibit


Jess, Stella and Susannah
(Photo via Post and Courier)


No fashion night in Charleston is complete without a Chelsie Ravenell appearance

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Jess James, Brownie Harris, Cindy Vach

Photographer Brownie Harris opened his 45 Year Retrospective Exhibit on Fourth Friday (last week) at CFCC’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery. If you missed the opening, no worries! The exhibition runs through March 13 with a Fourth Friday closing reception on February 27 from 6-9pm. Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs Noon-5pm and Fridays Noon-3:30pm.


Couldn’t resist posing with Brownie’s portrait of John F. Kennedy Jr. taken when JFK Jr. was 28 years old. Photo: Christine Poppe White


Brownie (with wife Christine) says, “Get here!”





Uncommonly cool vintage-inspired portraits
with a touch of whimsy and overall editorial feeling.
Timeless photos for Facebook profiles, holidays (Valentine’s Day
is right around the corner), birthday gifts, engagement photos, etc.

Styled by Jess James + Shannon Dunne
[James + Dunne Styling]
Ethan Gaskill Photography










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