Year in Review, Hello, 2015 and Love for Swifty

In the holidaze leading up to New Year’s day, I stumbled across this lovely postcard (above) from Cape Fear Antiques. It’s the only shop of interest I can easily walk to from my house so every so often I take a peek at their jewelry cases, carefully taking in each bejeweled brooch, antique belt buckle and clip-on earrings you could find in Betty Draper’s jewelry box, always in search of an elusive deco trinket. I most recently discovered a 1920’s era bracelet with gold deco detailing. The only clue of its origin – a mysterious “C High School” printed in gold on top of a mother of pearl disc – only added to its appeal. On the shelf below, I noticed a box of vintage postcards. Flipping through them, my mom and I read some of the more entertaining and cryptic messages aloud. This one immediately caught my fancy. It’s postmarked circa 1909 from Wilmington, NC.

The Victorian cherubs remind me of Joel’s mom Becky, who always has an enviable stash of Edwardian and Victorian stationary and cards among their at-home vintage bookstore. I purchased it and photographed it with plans to send to each of you, dear readers.

Since this is a time of reflection, I thought I’d take a look back.

In 2014, Joel attained his graduate degree with honors. Dakota made her runway debut and was a featured model in Artist Clair Hartmann’s art opening. While maintaining Gatsby Gal status, I finally made it to the Jazz Age Lawn Party in New York City – not once but twice last summer. And, the icing on the cake? Aunt Jess proudly became the apple of nephew Emerson’s eye during his first visit to Wilmington. (I’m up there with Elsa. Wink.) Shortly before the New Year, we painted our house lavender. It is said Leonardo da Vinci believed meditating in a lavender or purple-colored light could bring good fortune. That’s more Joel’s realm than mine, but alas my fingers are crossed.

With the coming year, I am hoping to focus a little less on events and more on writing and styling. But have no fear – the bi-annual Fashion Preview (sponsored by Wilmington Dermatology Center) will return along with the 5th annual Great Gatsby Gala (sponsored by Kusek Financial Group) – only Gatsby’s got some new digs! Stay tuned – Details coming soon.

I have had some amazing one-on-one experiences with my styling clients this year and look forward to cultivating and celebrating their evolving personal style along with some new faces. I was also very happy and excited to reunite on a business front with one of my best friends Shannon Dunne. In the last few months, we rekindled James + Dunne Styling with vintage-inspired portraits photographed by the young and talented Ethan Gaskill, also a new blessing in my life this past year.

I hope you will consider our team for a creative take on your Facebook profile, ad campaign, Valentine’s Day portrait or just an editorial style fantasy we can help bring to life!

And most importantly, I hope this year you are able to let your inner radiance shine,
set intentions and realize a dream or two one day at a time.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship
and supporting Style Girl LLC / Fashion Fix.
Wishing you only the very best!


Photo: Late Afternoon


Ringing in the New Year with the Dunne family
Photo: Amelia Hutchins

To see more from our NYE,
Click HERE.





You just got to watch this. Trust me.
If you weren’t a Taylor Swift fan before, I’m pretty sure you will be now.
(Click below)


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















Try Karon’s brand-new Pound Rockout on Saturday mornings.
Here I am (bottom, in my Movmt trainers) trying out a sample class.
So much fun!


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