street style: meg carter

When your kids are growing up, you tend to become close to other parents with kids around the same age as yours.  Lucky for me Meg Carter had a son the same age as my son Mason, and we instantly became great friends.

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After a family vacation in 2003, Meg’s son brought home a hermit crab and named him Fred – little did she know this would kick start her business!  When Fred grew out of his shell, Meg could not part with the unique shell.  Her dad drilled a hole into the shell so she could string it on a pearl necklace.  After numerous compliments on this necklace, the inspiration for Meg Carter Designs was born.

Twelve years later, Meg’s jewelry is in stores around the world, and is probably better traveled than Meg herself!  Using shells and an island-inspired theme, it is no surprise that one of the first stores to carry her line was the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda.  Staying true to her initial theme, earlier this year she visited the U.S. Virgin Islands and loved her trip so much she wanted to find a place to carry her jewelry.

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Customers come into Kiskadee all the time looking for jewelry that is made locally, and I never hesitate to tell them about Meg.  Meg always comments on how she “loves working with the creative and interesting women who own independent specialty retail boutiques in Alexandria, and all over the world!”

Trust me, I love getting to know the entrepreneurial women who start these businesses.  In particular, I think you will enjoy getting to know Meg – she is pretty spectacular!

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How do you spend your time?  A little bit of the time: designing jewelry and traveling to the fabulous resorts that carry my line. More of the time: the day-to-day stuff that comes with running a small business.
How long have you lived in Alexandria:  25 years
What would surprise people about you?  I was a math major.
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower?  Hmmm…how about making babies stop crying.
Favorite cocktail:  Hendricks gin in the winter, rosé in the summer
Last book read or movie seen:  Circling the Sun about Beryl Markham, an ok book about a fascinating woman.
Guilty Pleasure:  Bacon
Facebook or Instagram?  Both in moderation
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee?  Wine

Define your style in three words or less:  timeless, easy elegance
The go-to piece in your wardrobe:  Stuart Weitzman blue suede boots
Favorite trend ever:  No stockings
Favorite current trend:  Long chain necklaces
Beauty product you can’t live without:  Fresh sugar lip balm
Favorite fragrance:  In winter, Chanel No. 5, in summer, Calypso Mimosa
Heels or flats?  Flats for day, heels at night

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Favorite room in your home:  Kitchen
Antiques, modern, or a mix?  High-low mix!
Last item bought for your home:  Tufted ottoman in a Quadrille animal print
Next planned purchase:  A new perennial bed this spring
Favorite way to entertain:  Dinner parties
Clutter-free or well-lived in?  My studio and desk are a mess, but the rest of the house is pretty well curated.
Wallpaper: yes, totally modern or no, so dated: I have a Pinterest board called “wallpaper better than chocolate”

Your go-to work-out:  John’s cycle class at Old Town Sport and Health.  Thanks to Tracey LaViolette for introducing me to it!
Most fun way to exercise:  Skiing

Favorite spot in Alexandria:  Old Town in a snowstorm
Last purchase in Alexandria:  A beach cover up at Kiskadee
Best date night spot:  Landini Brothers
Favorite charity:  My late friend, neighbor, and fellow book club member Betty Wright’s “Wright to Read”
Favorite annual Alexandria event:  The Historic Garden Week House Tour in Old Town.  And it’s going to be a really good one this year!

Photo Credit: Sarah Marcella Photography

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