This weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to scene-stealing Charlotte with Farfetch. We were visiting North Carolina to celebrate the 20th anniversary of luxury clothing boutique Capitol. If you’ve never been, this is a must-see store. Designed by Perry Poole, Capitol houses heavy-hitters like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, and Balenciaga. And its signature attribute; a growing green wall created by famed French botanist Patrick Blanc. Capitol is like the yummiest most shiniest candy shop you’ve ever been to. Every color and sparkle comes direct from gorgeous designer garments and accessories.
The elevator up to Poole Shop, Capitol’s high-end sister store, is filled with framed women in couture. Poole’s racks are replete with contemporary and emerging designers such as Étoile by Isabel Marant, Self-Portrait, Ulla Johnson, and Veronica Beard. I couldn’t help but get my hands on a MadeWorn Grateful Dead Army Jacket. I am definitely a sucker for all things rock-n-roll! Layered with my pink jeans and Saint Laurent heart quilted Lou Bag, I quickly styled this piece with gusto. Behind me you’ll see Capitol’s famed view. The lighting was absolutely epic and deserving of a photoshoot.
After our tour through Capitol, the Farfetch team set off to South Carolina for a trip to North Corner Haven. With my babes Cristian and Lauren in tow, we hopped on a private bus for our next adventure. The farm was just an hour away, and beautiful to boot. A larger-than-life teepee stood to our right, while at the center of the land was a stunning farmhouse. The loveliest table took up a few several feet, surrounded by dozens of rugs and large decorative pillows. Assorted blooms also covered the tables in charming glass vases. There was a flower crown tent and a Volkswagen photo booth, not to mention fabulous partygoers and an embroidery station.
Our little trip to the farm was a much needed escape from New York City. The weather was impeccable, the hor d’oeuvres were divine and the company was just superb! Farfetch gathered a great group of influencers to team up with, for this activation. We all huddled for a group shot by the Little Blue Photo Bus, but ran off shortly to pet a baby goat. Sadly, she didn’t have a name, but I was thinking Billy would be a good one for this kid. Billy the Kid (see what I did there?) was well behaved and let me hold her for a whole five-minutes. I later made a visit to the rest of her family, who were tucked away behind some fencing, then drove off for skeet shooting.
I still cannot believe I fired a shotgun in heels. The feeling was both awesome and thrilling. On my first try, I managed to shoot the clay target without even realizing it (watch my Instagram ‘Charlotte’ highlight for the live action). This activity is something I totally recommend! What’s more is, you are sure to feel like a badass when you’re done. When I got back, I decided to embrace my inner farm-girl for a photoshoot channeling a vintage 90’s Drew Barrymore.
From cradling a kid (baby goat) to devouring the most delicious oysters, my afternoon on the farm was one for the books. But before I could call it a night, the evening commenced after an incredible dinner of the best Southern dishes, with live tunes from a really cool band. Ice cream sandwiches were served to partygoers, as we all danced the night away. And just at the magic hour, my best babes and I captured a few very Abercrombie shots. I really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and introduction to The Carolinas. The Farfetch and Capitol teams were brilliant in producing such an unforgettable two days. Here’s a big THANK YOU to everyone who made this trip possible. North Carolina, I am coming back for more!
Photography by Kris Fulk