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

Pound the Pavement and Make Room for RUN NEWPORT

imagesConfession: I bought running sneakers at Marshall’s last month. For someone who tries to log some running miles each week (or moderately jogging, depending on how you look at it), this is a cardinal sin. I even have friends in the athletic footwear industry, which makes the sin even more grave. The thing was, my old kicks were in bad shape and I didn’t have the time or patience to page through online sites and user reviews to find the best pair for my running style, my preferences and my budget. The pair I picked up will soon transition to regular ol’ sneakers because thankfully, Newport has it’s first 11081307_705991282842954_3374230758217163865_nstore officially  dedicated to performance wear and sneakers.

Run Newport opened today at Long Wharf Mall with an apropos 3-mile fun run led by Anchor Leg Coaching to celebrate. Brands carried by the shop include:

Brooks (footwear and apparel) #1 running shoe brand
Asics (footwear and apparel)
New Balance (footwear)
Saucony (footwear and apparel)
NorthFace (apparel)
Hoka One One (footwear)
Mizuno (footwear and apparel)
Owners Jessica Leporacci Stadel  and husband Adam Stadel, who many people have come to know as the dynamic duo behind Sole Desire in Newport’s Brick Market Place, are also looking to carry Moving Comfort sports bras, Garmin, Feetures, Nathan, CamelBak, Merrell, Keen and more. 11142418_730418930400189_8209933025108934967_n
“We are catering to runners and none runners,” says Jessica. “We will have a treadmill so customers can test out their shoes! We hope to be the go to spot for athletic footwear, apparel and accessories on the island. We will carry a broad spectrum of products for the serious marathon runner to the casual walker.”

Run Newport is located at 16 Long Wharf South (next to Edible Arrangements).
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May 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Angela Moore’s “Fashion through the Decades” Coming This Summer

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Tickets are now on sale for one of the stalwarts of the summer season, the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch. The theme of this year’s show will be “Fashion through the Decades,” celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Preservation Society. Each year, the talented team behind the locally based, globally loved lifestyle brand creates an exciting twist to keep the show fresh and new. This year, in addition to the one day exhibit in the salon of Rosecliff that is curated by the Preservation Society for that morning, there will be a selection of historic fashion from their archives (from 1945 forward) that will be worn by the models during the fashion show. Here’s the skinny:
The Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch
Thursday, July 9th
9:30am – 11:30am
548 Bellevue Avenue

The show will include fun resort fashions featuring new looks from Angela Moore, Manuel Canovas, Just Angela Moore fashion Show_5Madras and Jack Rogers. Plus, there will be selected historic fashions from the Preservation Society archives, dating from 1945 to the present, modeled on the runway by familiar TV and fashion personalities…something that has never been done before!

 Guests will also experience an exclusive one day only exhibit featuring fashion accessories and photographs from the Preservation Society’s collection.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Guests are invited to have their picture taken on the “Red Carpet” staircase of Rosecliff and then enjoy cocktails on the terrace, overlooking majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean, before proceeding to the ballroom for the seated Fashion Show and Brunch.

Tickets are $90 for Preservation Society members and $100 for non-members.

Your ticket includes:
~ “Fashion through the Decades” fashion showAngela Moore fashion Show_1
~ exclusive one-day fashion exhibit
~ a scrumptious champagne brunch
~ a $25 Angela Moore Gift Certificate
~ a ticket to tour The Elms

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets online, visit or call 401-847-1000 ext 140.

All proceeds will benefit the Preservation Society.Angela Moore fashion Show_3

April 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

All Cuffed Up: Ocean Meets Equine Style

3strapfeature_largeNewport is a place that celebrates the best of land and sea. It’s not uncommon, in fact, on a summer afternoon to be faced with the lovely dilemma of soaking up the sun with the sand between your toes or setting up a stellar tailgate at Glen Farm NauticalNeutralCuffsLEAD_largefor the Newport International Polo Series. Mack & Jane cuffs combine these two Aquidneck Island passions with their wide color-stripe leather bases crowned with equestrian or nautical themed gold- or silver- plated charms including horseshoes, hearts, bees, starfish and coins. Each bracelet in the equestrian and nautical collections is unique, come in a selection of distinctive colors and many have detailed wrap braid construction. All are secured by a stylish and sturdy magnetic clasp and average around $97.

As they say, it’s a small world, and I learned designer Jane Makransky grew up across the Potomac River from me in Silver Spring, Maryland (it’s a Beltway thing). Now based in Philadelphia, her designs are worn coast to coast— Mack & Jane cuffs were included in the 2014 Academy Awards and Emmy Awards gift bags. I’m loving my nautical theme cuff in black and tan featuring a delicate gold-plated starfish. It’s chic, striking and makes a subtle stylish statement. See the entire collection here:

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Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary  Mack & Jane cuff to review for quality and style.All opinions are independent and my own.

April 24, 2015 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

Totally Wooed by Noodle & Boo

gift_newborn_starter_detail-600x356There’s a reason why so many people cherish the opportunity to hold and nuzzle a baby. Their sweet scent is hypnotizing and their soft, supple skin is perfect. The thing is, for some little ones, that new skin can be ultra-sensitive, which is what prompted Christine Burger, a mother of three, to launch Noodle & Boo, a natural, holistic skin care line. Derived from natural resources and certified organic (when available) each exclusive formula was developed to nourish, replenish and protect especially delicate and sensitive skin. Here’s the scoop at a glance:

  • Bisphenol-A (BPA) free
  • Made in the USA
  • FDA-approved
  • Packaging is recyclable
  • Products are nontoxic, biodegradable and developed with sustainable, plant-based ingredients

french_milled_baby_soap_detailEvery formula is hypoallergenic, clinically-tested, and pediatrician-tested (but is not tested on animals and does not have animal testing conducted on its behalf.

Soap and Water Newport on Bowen’s Wharf is the only local retailer to carry this celeb-mama loving line (Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes Jennifer Garner, Marcia Cross, Brooke Shields, Denise Richards and Britney Spears reportedly pamper their little ones in Noodle & Boo). The Super Soft Lotion, Ultimate Ointment, and Baby Balm are all available at Soap and Water and for a natural scent throughout the home, there’s the Reed Diffuser. I haven’t tried Noodle & Boo from Soap and Water just yet but I plan to ASAP. This week’s spring temperatures plus Newport Daffodillion festivities make it the perfect time to visit the shop on Bowen’s Wharf and try all the new spring arrivals! Will report back with a Noodle & Boo review!

This post was sponsored by Soap + Water Newport located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport. All opinions expressed are independent and my own.

April 14, 2015 at 12:26 am Leave a comment

Scent-sation! The World’s First Celebrity Fragrance Comes to Newport

10645312_444106879089061_1621561285833734189_nWhen a brand has enjoyed staying power since 1612, it’s hard to argue its success. Santa Maria Novella, a fragrance crafted from one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, traces its origins to Florence, Italy. It’s said that the actual mixing of herbs and flowers for fragrance there has been tradition since the 13th century. As the story goes, none other than C10419977_319244291575321_60949301558820202_natherine de’ Medici, who, before she went on to become queen of France by marrying King Henry II, traveled with her personal perfume-maker from Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in tow. Her signature scent is the inspiration for Acqua di Colonia Santa Maria Novella for women, a citrus-based cologne.

“Acqua della Regina” (Water of the Queen) evolved to become commercialized as a cologne. To this day, the scent, which combines the provocative citrus and bergamot with subtle white flowers and deeply exotic spices, is still hand-formulated in Florence and is available at Santa Maria Novella stores in esteemed U.S. locales including Bal Harbour, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, outside Washington DC and now, via Soap & Water on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf, in the City by the Sea. The brand also crafts bath and body products,and home fragrances in addition to the touted fragrances–all with the same or similar methods to the way it was done in the 15th century. Want to take a quick, two minute trip to Florence’s famed Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella? Let’s go:

Experience Acuqa DiColonia for both women and men at Soap + Water, Newport located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport.Acqua di colonia 1_560x560This post was sponsored by Soap + Water Newport located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport. All opinions expressed are independent and my own.

March 30, 2015 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Man, Oh, Man! Marc Allen Clothiers Headed to Bellevue Avenue

LightBlueLinenSuitOn this first day of spring (no matter what it looks like outside), let’s celebrate the arrival of new shops blooming in the City by the Sea. One of Providence’s most lauded men clothiers is spreading his wings and opening a showroom on our most fashionable avenue, naturally. Marc Allen will open his eponymous shop at 142 Bellevue Avenue. “With clean lines and a contemporary feel, the Newport shop will offer the well-heeled gentleman the finest in men’s luxury off-the-rack clothing and sportswear with brands exclusively sold in Rhode Island by Marc Allen, as well as M.A. by Marc Allen, Marc’s proprietary clothing line,” states the official press release.

With his finger on the pulse of men’s fashion trends, Marc shared the following three tips for the season ahead. (Now all we need are the warmer climes.)SummerSuit

1. Expect the unexpected in terms of shades and textures of your favorite colors. Our Newport store will feature new blends of wool, silk and linen, such as Ice Gaberdine that hold much better in the warmer months. The type of cotton that these are made of is designed to withstand wrinkling and is woven in the same manner as a pair of wool gab pants…Thus, giving them a smoother feel than your classic twill you’d find in a typical chino.

In terms of color, every guy knows how to wear blue, but this year, we’ll see shades that provide diversity in the color without being overpowering…Some Postal blue, royal and even shades of baby blue.

2. Look for soft linings and a natural elegance. This year, we’re adding Sartoria Partenopea, an Italian brand that features a softer shoulder and linings. A typical sport coat has a bigger constructed shoulder pad, this particular pad is made of extremely soft cotton and hand molded to give a very easy feeling. These elements are the perfect sophisticated yet un-constructed look that will bridge formal and casual looks.

 3. This summer, cuff your shorts to make you look taller, leaner, and more polished. Shorts aren’t just cut off, but we’re making a lot of shorts to have a cuff at the bottom, gives them a bit more weight to have them hang straight. Shorts that are actually balanced to your size enables them to be more symmetrical and gives you that lean look most men are trying to achieve.

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Marc Allen in Newport will be located at 142 Bellevue Avenue.

March 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

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