The Sandbucket List: Summer’s Must-Dos!

bio picIt’s Independence Day—the quintessential “green light” that summer is in full swing. Its also an ideal time to make your Sandbucket List–a list of things on your summer wish list that the season would simply feel complete without. Don’t wake up the Tuesday following Labor Day weekend only to regret all the things you didn’t make time for during the short but glorious weeks of summer. I’m sharing eight of mine below, in no particular order. (What’s on your Sandbucket List? Comment below!)

Block Island. A lot of people have this on the proverbial Sand Bucket List but only a fraction actually get there. Pick a weekend the forecast looks good, spend the extra dough to depart/return Newport for convenience sake, and enjoy those mudslides on the Block.


Taken from the dock at Rose Island…

Stay at the Rose Island Lighthouse. I’ve been venturing out on a Rose Island getaway with friends in what has now become an annual tradition. Grilling, cocktailing and countless s’mores and laughs around the bonfire all while in the middle of Narragansett Bay? Doesn’t get much better than that. (READ MY STORY HERE)

Clarke Cooke House sushi. The sushi guys are only at The Candy Store for a few short months. Grab a stool at the sushi bar or the pair that face the wharf. Enjoy with a saketini.


The perfect combo of #3 and #4: champagne at The Candy Store…

Sip champagne at Sarah’s Patio in between Bouchard’s and The Revolving Door. This itty bitty space is big on charm and just begs for catching up with a girlfriend or an apéritif to date night.

Island hopping for dinner. Take the ferry to Jamestown. Have dinner at Simpatico or Jamestown Fish. Ferry home. Fabulous, right?

ACK or Vineyard escape. It’s hard to leave Newport in the summer but Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are lovely little trips. They are also spectacular in September and October! CLICK HERE to read my recent Nantucket travel feature for New England Golf & Leisure magazine.

SUP: A few years ago, Jackie Lane from Pulse Fitness took me out at the crack of standup-paddleboarddawn at Third Beach for a standup paddleboard workout (READ IT HERE). Even though she kicked my butt, watching the fish swim underfoot, the serenity of cutting through the calm water, the intermittent sets of soft sand sprints (ok, not those)—it was such a blast. Must do again.

Beach yoga. I admire regularly practicing yogis. While I love yoga, making/finding time to go can be a challenge. But I’ve always wanted to do yoga on the beach—to be surrounded by the salt air and serenaded by the crashing waves. I’m already a leg up as I attended a Saturday morning class (8:30am) by Innerlight Yoga at First Beach and it was an amazing way to unplug and start the day. (CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON BEACH YOGA)

There’s plenty more, including going to The Shack by Tallulah on Jamestown, a Thursday night concert at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards preceded by a stop at Evelyn’s, Newport Polo…but one thing at a time. Make your Sandbucket List today!

July 4, 2015 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Social Calendar: OceanCliff’s Seaside Sip n’ Shop

oceancliff sip and show 2015In what in now a bonafide summer tradition, OceanCliff is hosting their Seaside Sip n’ Shop featuring local boutiques and artisans at day’s end on Wednesday, July 1. Clothing, accessories, jewelry, home decor and finds for your four-legged friend, enjoy it all while sipping some bubbly through the sunset.

June 30, 2015 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Fab Finds for Summer Entertaining featuring Chateau & Bungalow

Whether you’re hosting the backyard BBQ, headed to a posh picnic or packing your tote for day cruise around Newport Harbor, do it in style. Sarah O’Neill Fernandez, owner of Chateau & Bungalow on Thames Street, shares some  of her favorites in the shop for the season of entertaining ahead:

ish and Shell Candles, $10-$34 What Happens on Board Stays on Board Stripe Cocktail Napkins, $14 Whale Bottle Opener, $10 Newport Roadie Cups, $24

What Happens on Board Stays on Board Stripe Cocktail Napkins, $14
Whale Bottle Opener, $10
Newport Roadie Cups, $24


Rattan Bottle Coaster, $13 Anchor Place Cards, $7

Fish and Shell Candles, $10-$34

Fish and Shell Candles, $10-$34

Rattan Napkin Ring, $4 Wave Napkin, $8 Ceramic Enamel-Look Tableware, $10-$16

Rattan Napkin Ring, $4
Wave Napkin, $8
Ceramic Enamel-Look Tableware, $10-$16

See more of Chateau & Bungalow’s treasures at 80 Thames Street or click here. The shop will also be one of many vendor’s at OceanCliff’s Seaside Sip ‘n Shop on July 1–more on that Monday!

June 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

Newport Flower Show 2015: American Beauty, Timeless Style

John Corbett

John Corbett photo

Two decades in, the Newport Flower Show continues to grow and wow visitors with extraordinary arrangements, exquisite entries and the fabulous Gardeners Marketplace (in addition to the events, party, demos and more). This year’s “American Beauty, Timeless Style” theme celebrated the rose that bears the “American Beauty” name which was cultivated by the original owner of the famed “summer cottage” in the late 1800s. Displays, meanwhile, honored timeless style, including that of Newport’s most legendary bride and style icon, Jacqueline Kennedy. (The Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch will continue the theme with “Fashion Through the Decades” on July 9)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show, The Preservation Society of Newport County commissioned mother/daughter artists Cecy and Marilyn Jones to design and hand-paint a limited edition Newport Flower Show silk scarf ($150.00, 10% off for Preservation Society members), available at the Newport Mansions stores and

Newport Flower Show 7


Good dog!



Newport Museum of History Brick Market Museum Store display


Newport Museum of History Brick Market Museum Store display


Between two Jacquelines... (nautical rope dress: Talbots)

Between two Jacquelines…
(nautical rope dress: Talbots)

John Corbett photo

John Corbett photo

The Preservation Society of Newport County invites all City of Newport residents and their families to enjoy all regularly scheduled tours of the Newport Mansions for free in 2015 in homage of the Society’s 70th anniversary.

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June 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

La-la-loving Lululemon in Newport

lululemon newport pop up shop 4I had heard about Lululemon, like many folks, for quite a while before I found myself actually inside one of these fitness-meets-hipness outposts. The technical wear for yoga, running, tennis, working out, and as the company says, “most other sweaty pursuits,” is known for attractive designs and snug, performance fits. I wandered into their Soho shop when I had left a running top behind in Newport and was sold on the well-reviewed Swiftly Tech long sleeve top, so I made it my own and left with it in the lululemon newport pop up shop 6ubiquitous red reusable shopping-turned-lunch bag emblazoned with inspirational adages.

Today, “Luluheads,” as the devout followers of the brand are called, can be found around the world, and now, local Luluheads will be delighted to learn of the Lululemon Newport Pop Up Shop on William Street (in the space formerly occupied by Wish, which moved to lower Thames).

It hardly has the feel of a pop-up shop as there is a nice amount of diverse pieces for men and women stocked all around the contemporary, coastal-designed space. Though intended to be seasonal, Lululemon fits seamlessly into Newport’s retail and recreational community. It’s placed directly next door to Newport Power Yoga’s Studio B, the donation based class space offering gentle yoga (great for kids, beginners or anyone…20% of monthly profits going to a local charity), and steps away from bustling Bellevue Avenue. So I  am sure I speak for many Newporters when I say I hope the shop gets comfortable and sticks around a while

Check out the Lululemon Newport Pop Up Shop at 106 William Street and follow them on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

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lululemon newport pop up shop 5Photos all Newport Stylephile. Use with permission.

June 11, 2015 at 11:03 pm 1 comment

Au Courant 2015: The Hottest Ticket in Town

Golden Age of HollywoodIn 2007, family services provider Child & Family asked how they could merge fashion and philanthropy, unveiling Ophelia’s Wardrobe, an upscale designer sale with music and cocktails, all for a good cause. The event has morphed into Au Courant, what many call the biggest fashion event of the season and the best $125 ticket in town.

This year the event falls on the night of Friday, June 26, and through the collaborative efforts of Child & Family and img_2363StyleWeek Northeast, Au Courant will showcase extraordinary creative talents of six of the finest designers in the region. It all unfolds to ultimately make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout Rhode Island.

I’m delighted to serve on the event committee for this year’s Au Courant which will kick off with a lavish cocktail party catered by Pranzi Catering & Events that includes an open bar, specialty bars and hors d’oeuvres. There’s also an amazing live and silent auction (we’re talking extraordinary experiences, like the lunch with Tim Gunn I let slip through my fingers!). Guests will then be called to the runway tent and be treated to an awe-inspiring runway show by:

Jonathan Joseph Peters / Jessica Abernathy / Artiss Akarra / Antwan Byrd / Robert Merton / Amy Stetkiewicz

Apres fashion fun: more cocktails, music and dancing–plus shopping designer fashion. Most importantly, the entire elegant evening benefits Child & Family, the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.

Fashion, philanthropy, fabulous fashion, fine wine? Sure sounds like the hottest ticket in town to me~

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June 1, 2015 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Bienvenue à Newport, L’OCCITANE en Provence

Loccitane-Cherry-Blossom-Hand-Cream-Lotion8In the south of France in 1976, Olivier Baussan began to distill rosemary essential oil to sell in the local markets of Provence. Using an old soap factory, he revived the traditional art of Marseille soap-making and unknowingly launched a global brand. Fifteen years later, Baussan’s first L’OCCITANE boutique opened in Paris on Rue Vavin.Today, there are shops in more than 90 countries and this weekend, L’OCCITANE en Provence opens on Newport’s Long Wharf.

The shop carries multiple L’OCCITANE-crafted collections for men and women including skin care, fragrance, bath and body, haircare and gifts made with natural botanicals including their Signature Shea Butter Hand Cream and Immortelle anti-aging skincare products.Though it would be fabulous to jet off to Paris on a whim, right now most of us  will have to settle for exploring this store and celebrating it’s charming storefront, signature red tiled floor, wrought iron and raw wood furniture,and signature  yellow, orange and blue colors.

Visit L’OCCITANE en Provence  on Long Wharf today! Au revoir!

May 22, 2015 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

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