Jess Leigh Jewels: Live in wonder

When Jess Leigh of Jess Leigh Jewels asked me if I was interested in sharing her “Live in Wonder” photo campaign here I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I met Jess Leigh several years ago when she was just starting to make jewelry and sell it at the boutique she worked at. Since that time I’ve witnessed her wholesale bracelet orders flourish into a full fledged business. Enjoy the pictures and make sure to scroll down to learn about Jess Leigh’s inspiration for the campaign. 
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The concept for this collection and photoshoot was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When I started to imagine the aspects of the story that were most inspiring to me, a few points really stuck out. The tea party is by far one of the most memorable parts of the stories of Alice. I thought about this particular scene for a long time. I wondered if maybe the tea party was more of a turning point in the story and the participants; instead of being mad or crazy, were they just realizing their own strengths and personalities?

Expanding on that, when Alice arrived in Wonderland what if instead of being a scared, naive, and insecure girl, Alice- through her trials and adventures in Wonderland- started to find herself, her security in herself, and her personal confidence? That was my concept for the photoshoot, to capture the transformation of Alice while she found her true identity. 

In order to best communicate this I chose three models with different styles but similar looks. The start of the shoot is stiff and posed with all three models dressed in Alice’s signature colors: blue,cream, and white. As the shoot continues the models separate and layer on jewelry, take off layers of clothing, and then change wardrobe completely. The end of the shoot is the tea party with three completely different girls all laughing and enjoying themselves. They are finally themselves, completely. 

With the line, I was trying to create something I have never done before- something recreate-able. {Note: Jess Leigh’s pieces are usually made from vintage and repurposed jewelry so each piece is one of a kind.}  A body chain, that is a lot like a collar, represents the feeling of Alice’s self-imposed oppression. Several long pendant necklaces with feathers represent the flowers in the garden in Wonderland. A bib necklace with jewels and sparkles represents the Cheshire Cat’s winning grin. A smaller bib necklace with flowing rhinestone chains represents the wings of the Gryphon. A butterfly hand jewel represents the bread and butterflies, and a feather cuff to represent the flamingoes in the croquet game.
Of course, I still have a penchant for all things one of a kind and for repurposing antiques. I collected as many compacts and pill boxes as I could in the months prior to launching the line. I drilled small holes in each with a drill press and fashioned them into necklaces named “Open Me.” I made earrings from chandelier crystals with unique designs on every pair. I also made large cocktail rings from as many vintage buttons, brooches, and stampings as I could find.
It is my hope to inspire others with this collection, shoot, and story. I love the idea of seeing wonder in everything and want to pass this along.
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Look Fabulous for Fall: Make-Up Trends for the Season

Guest Blogger: Chriss Knight, NOLA Soci@lite, LLC

Good-bye humidity and frizzy hair…hello fall! It’s my favorite time of year because I love the cooler weather and rich colors that come with the season. I had the honor of rocking the runway as a make-up model for Estee Lauder, one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world, at a recent fall trend show at Macy’s. Not only was it an awesome experience to represent such a well-respected cosmetic company, but modeling for the show gave me a chance to learn about top make-up trends for fall from make-up expert, Estee Lauder Business Manager, Kelli Morgan. Of course, I couldn’t keep these great tips all to myself…so I am sharing them with Slow Southern Style, enjoy! 
What look must we rock for fall?
Kelli: Rich bold colors are must haves for fall, including a sultry retro look for eyes in shimmery shades of green, brown & midnight blue. For lips, think Marilyn Monroe: a classic red lip, dark & romantic. Nails are a must have edition with dark rich shades, like Estee Lauder’s purple velvet, blue blood & viper to name a few.

What colors should we add to our make-up pallet?
Kelli: deep purple, dark greens, gold & copper.

How can we transform our look from day to night?
Kelli: Daytime colors like taupe, beige and soft browns can easily be transformed into an evening look by simply adding a corresponding darker shade to the lid or crease, and don’t forget your red lips (“Forbidden Apple”, pictured below)

What is your favorite make-up tip?  
Kelli: Ending your completed look with a hint of shimmer to cheeks, it instantly brightens your look and gives you a healthy glow, day or night.

So when it comes to fall, think rich and sophisticated. Now that you are armed with these great make-up tips, I hope you’re inspired to embrace the change of season with a fresh new look to compliment your fall wardrobe!
Chriss is owner of NOLA Soci@lite, LCC. She organizes and promotes local events, and serves as emcee for various fundraisers and galas around town. Chriss is also the face behind the Twitter and Facebook pages of several New Orleans businesses.
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Guest Post: Slow Travel

I’ve never traveled by train before, so when Amy Powe offered to write this post about her experience travelling from New Orleans to Chicago, I was excited to live vicariously through her.- Christy

Text by Amy Powe

As the population of those who embrace slow food,  slow design (local and sustainable!), and slow money (yes it’s a thing), continues to grow it’s hard not to be curious about what’s next.  In The South we have a reputation of never been in too big of a hurry about anything but, are we ready for slow travel?

Recently, I traveled with my family of four to Chicago aboard the infamous City of New Orleans.  The train station is much closer to us than the airport.  Parking, easy, surface lot, five dollars a day. The scene at the train station is interesting. There is an eclectic and eccentric crowd of all ages, shapes and sizes in all manner of dress.  Honestly when is not the case in New Orleans?

As there are no security checks other than a sign that reads “We’re All In This Together” with interior shot of the train, there is no need to arrive any earlier than 45 minutes prior to departure.  We have an easy departure time of 1:45 in the afternoon. First class (aka sleeper car ticket holders) board first. You are allowed two bags and can bring on liquids and food.  My daughter and I share a deluxe sleeper car complete with (albeit small) sink, toilet and shower.  We made our travel plans last minute, so there was not a sleeper car available for my husband and son, so they bunk in a sleeper car roomette.  The roomette does not have nearly the amount of room as the deluxe model, or a private bath.

Inside our sleeper cars, we are greeted by our train hostess Kenya.  She provides us with bottled water and 4 pillows.  She explains that once the conductor makes his announcement we are free to move about the cabin.   She also takes our dinner reservation, asks what time we would like beds turned down and what time we would like a wake-up call.
The sight seeing car has lots of seating and tables to keep travelers busy on their journey.   There is much card playing, reading, crossword puzzle and suduko action.  I never did get a clear answer as to whether or not wi-fi is available but, there didn’t seem to be much of a demand from my fellow passengers.  There is a bar and snack bar downstairs.  I would skip the snack bar next time and pack sandwiches from La Boulangerie before leaving town.  The hot items are “cooked” via microwave and that is scary for me because I don’t own one and it definitely isn’t in the theme of slow!  However, the Coronas were exactly right and there was a fair variety of beers and wine.  Fast forward to dinner.  The dinner menu was pretty bleak however, the local special was barbeque ribs.  Actual non-microwaved food.  My husband and kids loved it.  I assembled a salad and vegetables from the menu.  The retro of it all made for a very charming  atmosphere.  Once back in the room, the beds were made and it reminded of bit of a micro version of my Cabra dorm room at Loyola.  The curtains were drawn back as the sun slowly disappeared from the sky.  It was a lovely thing to have nothing to do than watch the sunset.

Sleeping on the train is very doable, but if you are a light sleeper you may want to medicate or take ear plugs.  The train does continue to make stops during the night and the horn continues to blow as it approaches crossings.  But, if you’re like my daughter you will sleep through the night and then some.

A basic breakfast is served morning before our 9 am arrival in Chicago.  We arrive a few minutes ahead of schedule and make our way off the train and onto the platform. Chicago’s train station is much more advanced than the New Orleans train station.  A cart picks us up, and wisks the four of us and luggage with urgency through the crowd at the station.  The driver makes a stop at the rental car office (a brief pause for paperwork) and promptly drops us off to our rental car.  Back to the fast lane.  

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Decorate with Flowers in Southern Style

While I’ve always loved a lush, almost garishly colorful front yard I’m seriously lacking in gardening skills. Patricia Hall of Serenata Flowers shows us how to brighten up your home with flowers. And no, they aren’t the plastic ones that my grandma has in her front yard. I’m not making that up. -Christy

Flowers grow abundantly in the South, and they are expressions of love for nature’s beauty and the home. Fresh flowers from a garden or landscape are beautiful anywhere, but flower ordering makes them available for entertaining or enjoying any time of the year.

A cut bouquet brings an air of elegance and distinction to a southern home that is unequalled. A welcoming home in New Orleans, Savannah or Charleston always includes a variety of flowers in treasured vases for friends and family to enjoy. Favorites include Fuji mums, gerbera daisies and freesia to create an abundance of color that distinguishes the rooms of a gracious hostess. The bright whiteness of the freesia flower creates a distinct contrast with the colors in an arrangement. Following in the southern tradition that reflects a preference for sweetness, freesia fits beautifully as an accent in any bouquet. Hydrangeas are typically very showy plants that are remarkably beautiful in the pastel colors that complement a home’s décor.

Orchids and lilies add elegance to a room

Orchids provide gorgeous blooms in many shades that range from white to pink that extends to deep purple, breathtaking as an indoor arrangement. They are available all year round as fresh flowers, and they hold up very well for table arrangements. A few stems of lilies make an excellent accompaniment with their stately shape and appearance in a tall crystal vase. Such an arrangement on a table in the foyer welcomes friends and family with an unmistakable aura of southern hospitality.

Lilies are an especially good choice for several reasons. The long bloom time makes them a durable flower to consider for an arrangement, and the beauty and elegance they add are second only to their delightful fragrance. While lilies may cost a little more than some flowers, their extraordinary beauty and long-lasting quality make them a favorite in many homes.

A southern tradition of sweetness and beauty

A hallmark of a traditional southern home, true of New Orleans and other southern cities, is the abundant display of vibrant colors in flower bouquets. Likely coming from a tradition that encouraged the cultivation of gardens, southern families still enjoy the fragrance of flowers in the home. With so many activities available today that compete for time and attention, many families now choose a reliable service for fresh flowers delivered on a regular basis. Seasonal flower arrangements provide a delicate touch of color to any room, especially when they accent the chosen shades in the décor.

The dining room is frequently the heart of the home, and it is an ideal location for a flower bouquet set in a deep cut-glass bowl. White tapers add immensely to the elegance of the display, bringing a sense of warm and welcome to the room. Many flowers in the south exude a delicate, sweet aroma, and it is a lovely scent to have wafting around the room. Roses brim with color and aroma, and they are the classic flower to use in almost any arrangement. Small sprigs of Confederate jasmine add a light scent of the old south that is delicate and sweet.

The southern expression “beauty is as beauty does” sums up the importance of always displaying flowers in the home. They silently represent the love of beauty and the important role that it plays in the functioning of a gracious, southern home.

About the Author

Patricia Hall works part-time for an online florist in the uk and loves to surround herself with flowers at any given point of time. Even in her free time she loves to involve herself with everything flora and fauna.
'To me there is nothing more beautiful and global as the language of flowers - it is the easiest to understand all around the world in the same way. That is one reason why I truly admire flowers for what they represent in some ways - unity of all mankind!'
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Southern Gent: Dressing Well With Kenny Rubenstein

This post is the second in a four part series. Each Thursday in April Kenny Rubenstein, General Manager of Rubensteins, will dole out simple ways to spruce up your wardrobe. The men’s only store is celebrating it’s 88th year in business this month, and we couldn’t be more pleased to help them celebrate. Please see the first post here.

Accessories make the look- image c/o VK Nagrani

What’s a good way to update pieces that you already own to make them feel fresh? 

    Buy a new tie. I always buy two ties for each suit/sportcoat because I never know how I might feel on a certain day.  Bright or dark, bold or subtle, patterned or solid.  I have days where I put a suit on with the same shirt and tie and I think, “This again?”  I pick out a new tie and presto! I feel reborn.

    Add a colorful pocket square to your coat! This works whether you are wearing a tie with the coat or not. It adds a fresh look to what you have been seeing on yourself day after day.

    Buy a new pair of Shoes. Try a shoe like the new brown suede Dacio from Donald Pliner.  You may have a brown slipon, but this one is a rich suede and has a blue contrast stitch. While it isn’t a bold shoe, it has a great new eye appeal that everyone will notice. 

    The secret to freshing up your wardrobe is to pick an item that has that little something extra.   Whether it’s orange trim on the pocket square, a hint of pink in the tie, or a unique texture to a shoe.   Of course you could do what I do- buy a fun pair of socks from V.K. Nagrani or Overdafut.  Any outfit will look fresh when you sport a new pair of colorful, patterned socks.
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    Campus style, what’s yours?

    This post was written by Rachel Gulotta.
      Can a college campus have a specific style? On campus tours prospective college girls, maybe even some guys, pay attention to the buildings, curriculum details, and members of the opposite sex. Most girls, when not comparing the cuteness level of every boy they pass to those of other schools, are actually paying attention to what the college ladies are sporting to class. Davidson College is a small liberal arts college just north of Charlotte–– by geographical definition it’s a Southern school. I expected Lilly Pulitzer, cowboy boots, lots of blond hair, and Polo. I visited the campus for the first time as a sophomore in high school. It was a beautiful summer day to see such a mesmerizing campus; I was hooked when I saw a swing hanging lightly from the branch of a water oak. The only thing I didn’t see much of that day were the students–– the campus’ personality, lifeblood, and style.

    Since my freshman year I’ve developed a personal sense of style that is a resulting combination of my time spent abroad in France and my more recent addiction to fashion/food blogs. My family back home in New Iberia has owned a store since the late-nineteenth century. What was once a closet-sized shoe repair store grew into a western wear/work clothes megastore. My uncles are keeping up the family tradition, and they help to keep my boot collection interesting.
    Davidson is a rigorous school and students tend to spend one too many all-nighters in the basement of our library. They emerge bleary eyed from the morning sun usually wearing the famous Nike short/white tee combo, or if it’s cold the more appropriate legging/Ugg/white tee with a vest combo.  Both outfits seem to be mainstays on college campuses these days. I like to think that if you put on athletic shorts but have absolutely no thought of running, frolicking, pole vaulting, etc. then a cute dress or some jeans are a better route. Although Davidson is a Southern school, we have lots of New Englanders and Californians who like to sport some interesting outfits. The Northerners love the novelty of almost year-round hot weather, so they try to make spring and summer last as long as possible by wearing shorts. Who says you can’t change the weather with some cute gladiator sandals? The west coasters love the sun already, but what they have yet to experience are the seasons. So they get really excited for scarves and snow. I fall into the latter category (I have a not so guilty drawer filled with Roy G. Biv coordinated scarves, can’t get enough).
    Rachel and her best friend, Whitney
    Being one of so few from Louisiana I got to introduce all kinds of new things to this place. Mardi Gras Perlis polos, King Cakes, the concept of Mardi Gras and why it exists, Cajun expressions, alligator leather belts (Did you know that the tannery in Lafayette has a Christmas sale every year? It’s worth it!), FleurtyGirl tees that say things like, “Neutral Ground Side,” and gumbo. They love the gumbo. I’m still convincing a few friends that it’s a praline and not a pray-line. That’s what we call confession.
    Davidson has been a great place for me to experiment with personal style, what works and what doesn’t. North Carolina is also an interesting mixture of beach, mountain, and city style because they have it all. Davidson is a town of around 7,000, and when the 1,800 students are around this town bustles. We have an adorable Main Street filled with restaurants, a coffee shop, multiple bike shops, a gnome museum (the guy who designed the roaming gnome is from Davidson), a boutique called Monkee’s, and an art gallery/classroom. North Carolina is filled with eco-friendly agricultural and fashion options, which means that there are plenty of local food and boutiques waiting to be discovered. Asheville is one of my favorite cities to visit for both reasons. Tupelo Honey’s biscuits are worth the two-hour drive.  
    The crossroads between New Iberia and Davidson is one of good times and the kind of sweet southern stillness you can find in the mountains of North Carolina or the Cajun country bayous of Southwestern Louisiana. Davidson College’s campus is filled with tulips and green worms amidst the red brick buildings and towering Corinthian columns these days. The ladies and gents who walk the halls of Chambers building everyday may not have a definitive groupthink style, but it’s a good place to let your personal flair shine or blend into the scenery as it were. If you’re a campus-dweller, do you fit in or do you stand out?    
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    Southern Gent: Dressing Well With Kenny Rubenstein

    Morris, Elkin, and Sam Rubenstein. Image c/o Rubensteins

    Ladies sit this one out- Thursdays in April are dedicated to the gentleman. 

    We live in a time when most everyone rushes to the mall, battles for a parking spot, settles for a shirt that fits “good enough”, waits in endless cash register lines, then wonders where the joy in shopping went.Rubensteins is the antithesis of that. Celebrating it’s 88th anniversary this month, Rubensteins is a men’s only store with a department store selection and a boutique service feel. Complimentary valet parking, expert alterations, and impeccable customer service have helped keep them in business since 1924.  And what better way for Slow Southern Style to celebrate than with a very special guest column from General Manager Kenny Rubenstein? Each Thursday in April he’ll serve up some stellar style advice for the modern, Southern gentleman.

    When cleaning out your closet, which items are worth holding on to and which ones are okay to toss?   

    Excluding jeans, anything with holes, fraying or stains is out.  Otherwise, look around you, and not just at your friends or office mates. Walk down Magazine Street, or Canal Street in the French Quarter. Be observant of what are people wearing. Read fashion magazines and blogs.  Get informed. Or just shop with professional associates at Rubensteins. We will come clean out your closet for free.

    What about trends? When should men indulge in them, and when should they stay clear?

    Read magazines and again, keep informed. The salesman at Rubensteins know what is lasting fashion.  We may buy a quick trend, but we will let you know it is now only.

    Best piece of advice for a man that is trying to get out of a style rut?

      Trust an experienced sales associate or a fashion inclined friend.  Sometimes it is hard to step out in something new. Just because it looks good on someone else, does not mean it will look good on you, but at the same time just because you look best in blue or have always worn cuffs, does not mean the green or plain bottoms won’t look good.  A good salesperson cares about the next sale they will make to you.  They want you to look good so you can be a walking ad.   When someone says to you, “Wow, you look great!”  you can say, “Yes I love it.  Rick at Rubensteins suggested it!”   Find a great store and a true salesperson.  You armed with knowledge gleamed from friends and magazines, and a salesman who is honest and straightforward is all you need to get out of that rut, and into STYLE.

      A Jazz Fest worthy shirt. Image c/o Rubensteins

      Come back next Thursday for more style tips, and some fun stories from Rubensteins history vault.

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      Meagan Ginter of 1980 Boudoir has a great trunk show and networking event this Saturday in Covington, LA. Stop in if you are in the area for food, music, and styling by local designers. – Christy

      Following New Orleans’ Fashion Week, downtown Covington will get a dose of fashion
      fun this Saturday, March 31st from 11am-4pm, at Fielding Art Gallery.
      “FREE STYLE,” a Trunk Show and Fashion Networking Event, will turn the space into a
      boutique shop for the day. The show will feature the works of local Northshore designers,
      including vintage clothing and accessories from 1980 boudoir, costumes and ready wear
      pieces by Trapped in Time Designs, and hand-made jewelry by These Aren’t Your
      Grandmother’s Pearls and Covington’s own, The Factory Bead Shop.
      Admission is free and patrons can enjoy being styled by professional make-up artists,
      photographers and stylists. A great excuse for ladies of all ages to come and play dress up,
      this event also showcases free food and dessert from local chefs, as well as fashion
      models, music and other activities.
      The gallery will also be open Friday evening, during Covington’s Block Party, for a
      sneak peek of the show.
      All local fashion lovers, models, photographers and designers are encouraged to attend.
      Anyone is invited to drop off their business cards, during the event, at the networking

      For more information, contact:
      Saturday, March 31st, 11am-4pm, Fielding Gallery, 525 E. Boston Street, Covington, LA

      Flyer and text by Meagan Ginter

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      Why The Hell Letterpress?

      Contributed by Bourbon and Boots

      If you’ve opened a magazine, cruised the Internet, or visited your local gift shop lately, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of letterpress prints being touted as the “next big thing” in home decor.  I’ve certainly noticed.  Rather than simply think about how cute these prints would look in my guest hall powder room, I started to analyze the artwork and the design concepts being played out in the prints.

      They were…sparse.
      They were also well balanced, textually based, and visually stimulating thanks to the use of color; but they were sparse nonetheless.

      And then it kicked in: WHY did this very minimalist design make me so darn happy? Why did this print look so familiar? Why is every woman from here to Tuscaloosa snatching these prints up and plastering them all over their homes?

      Naturally, I did a little research.  It turns out that this isn’t the first lap around the block for these humble letterpress prints, nor is it the first time that Southern ladies have adorned the walls of their homes with textually based posters.

      During the Civil War, letterpress prints were an affordable, fashionable, and patriotic way to decorate the home. A new kind of printing press that allowed the paper to be quickly rolled through and stamped with ink was being employed by Southern printers to produce books and pamphlets in a quick and cheap way. This was a drastic change from normalcy, since most informational materials were imported from Northern states. For the first time in history, Southerners had a way to let their ideas set sail into the world around them.

      Both the North and the South used propaganda to rally support for their respective causes.  Southern printers crafted a physical embodiment for the ideas that unified the culture of the region by inexpensively reproducing books, newspapers, and bold faced posters known as “broadsides.” These broadsides were sparsely decorated, textually based posters that communicated propaganda, announcements, and advertisements.  Since the broadsides would be posted in town squares and street corners, the text had to be relatively large. The printers would use arrangements of metal or wooden blocks to set up a message and would use basic design concepts to ensure that the message was visually pleasing.


      As the war raged on, the South began to run out of printing supplies. The inks and papers that were commonly used to print became entangled in Union Naval blockades.  Southern print shops began to print on wallpaper, potato sacks, and old rags. Scarcity of supplies meant that the printing of books became nearly impossible. The Union recognized the threat posed by Southerners armed with the power of word, as demonstrated by General Sherman systematically smashing the printing presses of the cities he invaded.  Even printing the shortest of pamphlets proved extremely difficult for the South.

      However, the printing of broadsides lived on. They showcased the resourcefulness of entire communities.  Southerners began to recycle old bank ledgers and other used paper products, which were collected by the publishers to re-use to create new prints. People began to purchase these broadsides, initially intended only as ephemeral community announcements, to decorate their homes.  These disposable announcements weren’t just about the design.  They were about the IDEAS and principles behind the designs and the pride that communities took in standing united in the face of adversity.

      Now, printers such as Old Try and Roll & Tumble Press are bringing back these old-fashioned printing techniques. The answer to my “why prints?” question seems to be answered by recognizing the nostalgia and tradition that typeset prints pass on. In rough economic times, these prints are once again a testament to the resourcefulness of communities, the power of ideas — and the time tested fact that Southern Women have damn good taste in home decor.

      Kelsey Winchester is a freelance writer and artist from Little Rock, Arkansas.  She graduated from the University of Arkansas where she solidified her artistic voice and grew to fervently appreciate her Southern heritage.  After a brief but very enlightening stint in law school, Kelsey now spends most of her time examining the Southern spririt (through both art and writing) and in the occasional baking of the best bourbon-pecan pie you’ve ever had in your life.  Bourbon and Boots is a southern store that tells the stories and sells the stuff that make our region great!

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      Guest Post: Cavortress

      I’m out at sea this week, so while I’m cruisin’ around Mexico I’ve got several lovely ladies taking the blogging reins for me. Let them know how much you like their posts by leaving words of wisdom in the comments. See y’all when I get back and sadly no, my pasty white self won’t be bringing back a tan.

      My name is Julie Wheat and I am the owner, founder, and designer at Cavortress that was recently featured in Slow Southern Style’s last guest post, by Katie Kozar Thompson featuring a wedding dress I that designed and created for her.  When Christy offered to have me do a guest post for January, I was totally excited  to share more about Cavortress with SSSreaders.  In fact, Mrs. Kozar Thompson’s dress was our first ( and pssst….we want another bride but we can only handle one a year!).

      Cavortress is a Charleston, SC based company known for designing swim and resort wear known for offering ‘conspicuous classics perfect for fun the in the sun’.  This is our first year manufacturing our products that will be available at Hampden Clothing, which has been named by both Town & Country and Coastal Living as one of the top shopping destinations in the South.  Cavortress can also be found at the well known Southern chain Monkee’s , and on our website and at Austin’s SXSW event in March.  Our swim and resort wear features prints that I designed and fabric and hardware imported from Italy.  Not to mention, and all of our products are made in the United States.  Cavortress swim and resort designs are inspired by the number of requests we received from or vintage clothing clients over the years for vintage swimwear.

      Excerpt from Cavortress vintage campaign ‘Sugar and Spice’ featured at 2011 SXSW’s STYLE X event. Photoraphy: Cyle Suesz.

      More than a decade later, Cavortress vintage has expanded to sell clothing to a number of private clients including Charleston Magazine’s Style Director and brains behind Charleston Fashion Week, Ayoka Lucas; runway coach and former model (for Armani, Vivienne Westwood, and Clairol) Michelle Wood who was

      recently seen on MTV’s True Life, as well as a number of radio and television personalities and musicians including second time Grammy nominee Spencer Chamberlain of Tampa’s Underoath and his girlfriend for their attendance at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

      Our vintage fashions are also available at a number of independent boutiques in the South (including House of Sage and Rogue Wave Surfshop) throughout the South where we carefully curate monthly ‘mini-collections’ based on the boutique’s clientele. The Cavortress ‘Great American Vintage Collection’ will be
      shown at SXSW’s second STYLE X event in Austin, TX March 15 and 16 along side of our swim and resort collection. Shoppers can expect to find hand knits, silks, woven wools, cottons, plaids, leathers, as well as strong American brands like DKNY, Pendleton, and Levi’s, including some that don’t exist anymore like Campus Casuals, I. Magnin, and Bleeker Street. Fashions featured in the Cavortress ‘Great American Vintage Collection’ have been plucked from thrift shops, auctions, and private collections across the country from Sioux City to Palm Beach, Honolulu to Salt Lake, Huntsville to Galveston, and San Francisco to Buffalo. This year vintage jewelry will be included. The 2012 advertising campaign for the ‘Great American Vintage Collection’ is being photographed this month with Tout Talent’s Madeline Cimone. 

      In addition to designing swim/resort wear and placing vintage fashions, I most recently worked with TBA Productions and Seamless Pictures on the full length feature horror film, III, as a producer, wardrobe designer/supervisor , and as the effects assistant. Principal filming wrapped in December and the movie is currently in post production. The III team is excited about entertaining purchase offers from a number of studios and distributors. Being new to the film industry, it was thrilling to read a script, meet the actors, and make decisions about how to curate the character looks, not to mention figuring out how to
      manufacture practical effects for an impalement, human gutting, and amputation. III unearthed totally new applications of my talents that I look forward to using again soon!

      Cavortress working on special effects for Robert Dough, lead actor in III who will also appear in HBO’s East Bound and Down this February.

      It has been fabulous to grow as a part of the Southern fashion community in a number of capacities and Cavortress is excited about the future. We hope to meet y’all soon!

      Cavortress and quality control manager/husband at Bonnaroo 2011.


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