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Perchance boutique at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel-Chicago served as the chic setting for the Chicago book signing of Tinsley Mortimer’s “Southern Charm.” For those not familiar with Ms. Mortimer, she was a New York PYT gal about town on the social circuit who’s adventures were chronicled by Socialiterank(RIP), Park Ave peerage and Page Six, who captured the eye of uber photog Patrick McMullan. Ms. Mortimer parlayed her fame to help raise money for charity, fashion collaborations as well as a television show.

Hosted by Sasha Adler, Julie Latsko, Morgan Waller and Jaime Weil, Chicago’s PYTs came to the book signing at Perchance impeccably dressed while enjoying delicious Hypnotiq Harmonie specialty cocktails The Southern Charm (Hypnotiq Harmonie + Champagne) or Minty Julep (Hypnotiq Harmonie and St. Germain.  Ms. Mortimer, who is originally from Virginia, noted it was her first time in Chicago;  she stayed at Public Hotel and enjoyed the Pump room. Guests in attendance included: Alexis Nido Russo, Patricia Shulte, Lauren Gold, Ryan Beshel, Azzeza Desai wearing one of her Atelier Azza pieces, Cueatrice Scott,  Mel Muoio, Laura Modica, and many more.

“Southern Charm” the debut novel by Tinsley Mortimer,  provides a delicious peek into Minty Davenport’s world of society, fashion, and big-city fame.

Minty Davenport has always dreamed of skyscrapers, yellow cabs, and a life like Eloise’s in New York City. So upon graduation from college, she bids adieu to Charleston and makes a beeline for the Big Apple. Almost instantly, she finds herself at an event being photographed for Women’s Wear Daily, and her career as a New York society “It Girl” is launched. As Minty navigates the ironclad customs of New York society, a blossoming love life, and a job working for a ruthless and powerful publicist, she finds that the rules a southern belle lives by—being nice to everyone, accentuating her femininity, and minding her manners—don’t necessarily guarantee success in Manhattan. She may indeed be accumulating new friends and opportunities along with boldfaced mentions and a very eligible bachelor boyfriend, but someone is plotting her very public downfall. When Minty gets to the top of the social ladder, she must decide if the glamorous life she thought she wanted is really everything she hoped it would be.

Tinsley Mortimer’s insider observations about New York’s elite are deliciously witty, and the heart of her book is that of an irresistibly lovable young woman who is on the brink of finding her dream.


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