I recently attended a private book signing party for Tinsley Mortimer’s debut novel SOUTHERN CHARM at Fashion Island’s Neiman Marcus. Nothing beats being surrounded by Chanel and Jimmy Choo, a sparkly candy buffet by The Hollywood Candy Girls, and specialty cocktails created with HPNOTIQ Harmonie Liqueur. You know, a typical Thursday night for this girl!
Neiman Marcus created a really beautiful event. Stepping off the escalator and behind a velvet rope lay an gorgeous space divided by pink and purple with white couches, stunning flowers, and a couple of hot bartenders. We sipped on “Minty Juleps” and ogled over the fashions while we waited for Tinsley Mortimer to arrive.
Tinsley Mortimer is a beauty ambassador for designer Christian Dior, a handbag and clothing designer, as well as a former reality TV star. She is frequently seen on both the party and charity circuits in New York and is considered one of the most photographed socialites. She can now add author to her resume.
Southern Charm is loosely based on Mortimer’s own life. She has said that “there is a lot of me in Minty for sure” and used her experiences in New York as the inspiration for her book. From her book - Minty Davenport has always dreamed of skyscrapers, yellow cabs, and a life like Elosie’s in New York City. So upon graduation from college, she bids adieu to Charleston and makes a beeline for the Big Apple. When Minty gets to the top of the social ladder, she must decide if the glamourous life she thought she wanted is really everything she hoped it would be.
When I finish the current trilogy I’m reading, I’m definitely digging into Southern Charm. Reviews have called it a great beach read and Carson Kressley praised it for being “sweet, sassy and with a kick.” I’m seeing a beach day in my immediate future!
Be it a blog, magazine, or a book – what are you reading this summer?