Look for lanterns and carolers? Now that’s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! Also, every Saturday this month, Bannisters Wharf will be hosting events including a tree lighting, chorus groups, a pooch parade, visits by Santa and more. Remember: show your Wharf shops receipt and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at the Cooke House, unless of course you’re a dude that takes part in “Shop & Shot” men’s night on Mon. Dec. 23. Take a shot at the Cooke House, on the house, with your Bannister’s Wharf receipt (stores open until 8pm that night).
Meanwhile, more than 75 merchants throughout Newport will keep their businesses open until at least 8pm on Thursdays leading up to Christmas (Dec. 5th, 12th & 19th). Enjoy entertainment in various locations on all three nights, plus Viking Tours will provide free trolley service to shuttle shoppers to various parts of the city to shop and dine. Don’t forget the free parking throughout the city, including the Newport Harbor Hotel parking lot.
Throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ll be shining the local shopping spotlight on fabulous local finds in and around Newport that may just be the perfect gift for that impossible shop for person. Today I am kicking off the season by highlighting something I wouldn’t mind finding under my own tree…an Irish sweater. Here’s the thing: the Irish sweater has come a long way. As a second generation Irish girl, I’ve been wrapped in these sometimes itchy, always cream-colored winter staples since a wee lass, but today’s Irish sweaters can be pure luxe.
Around town you’ll find some great Irish sweaters at Ireland Calls (naturally), Potter & Co., Chace N’ Lulu and Monelle. Some of these shops carry the line Fisherman Out of Ireland, which in full disclosure, I have a soft spot for because they’re made in Donegal, Ireland, where one of my grandparents are from. But here’s the thing: Fisherman Out of Ireland makes some awesome sweaters, wraps, hats and accessories. Because the pieces are fine quality, they’re not inexpensive, but they’re the kind of pieces that last for ages and are classic additions to your wardrobe. Here’s a Fisherman Out of Ireland knit hat from Monelle (across from Clarke Cooke House):
Oh, and did you know you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at the Clarke Cooke House with a receipt that shows you shopped at a Bannster’s Wharf shop? Tell me that doesn’t sweeten the local shopping deal?! I’m also loving this Irish sweater cape from Potter & Co.:
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take time to be grateful for everyone and everything that surrounds you. Of course, by Black Friday, you might be ready to shake yourself from that turkey tryptophan coma and get a leg up on Christmas shopping. We’re so fortunate on Aquidneck Island to have so many unique shops that you can find just about everything you need. Below you’ll find some fabulous local deals. Remember, “shop local” is more than just a slogan; it’s about supporting the local economy and ergo, local community at large. So, without further adieu…
Gossip will be offering a FREE gift with any purchase this Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Spend $50 or more and get a $38 free hat! Spend $200 or more and receive the sweater just featured in People Magazine, with a suggested retail of $148 for FREE (while supplies last). Both Gossip Newport and Gossip Wickford will be open these three days. Traveling over the holiday and can’t make it in? Purchase a gift card in any amount over the phone or online www.shopgossip.com and they will hold your free gift for you.
The Bee’s Knees: 15% off this holiday outfit and everything else in the store!
A & C Outfitters Newport: For every $50 spent, receive a $10 gift card.
Express: 50% off every single thing through Friday, Nov. 29 at 12pm.
The Apothecary: Family & Friends Sale Nov. 29-30. Gift card specials: Brazilian Bikini Waxing Gift Card- Reg. $55 Card Special $35! / Microderm Abrasion Facial Gift Card- Reg. $125 Card Special $75! / Deep Cleansing Facial Gift Card- Reg. $85 Card Special $55! / Airbrush Tanning Gift Card- Reg. $38 Card Special $25! / Lip and Brow Wax Gift Card- Reg $24 Card Special $15! *purchase limit 3 specials per category. ALSO at The Apothecary,15% to 75% off these brands: bareMinerals, Stila Cometics, theBalm, Julie Hewitt, Murad Skincare, Mario Badescu, Bare Minerals Skincare, MD Formulations, REN Skincare, Tocca Beauty, St. Tropez, AMAZING GIFT with PURCHASE on all of The Apothecary’s skincare brands! ($75 purchase required to receive free gift.)
At J.McLaughlin, the first fifteen people in the store on Friday will receive a $50 gift card.
Bellevue Beauty Walk: Take 30% any one full price item (but you have to use a coupon distributed via their customer newsletter or via BBW’s Facebook page (I don’t know why…)
Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency: Get $25 in Stillwater cash when you buy $100 Stillwater Spa gift certificates from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
Kristina Richards Studio: Nov. 29-30: 30% off storewide; Dec. 1-24: 25% off storewide.
Sole Desire:Opening at 7 am! From 7-noon, 20% off all merchandise–and the first 5 customers in the morning will get 40% off! *some exclusions may apply
Island Pursuit will be open 10am-6pm on Black Friday and will have store-wide savings of 20-50% off!
The Linen Shop: 20% off all in-stock regular priced items and complimentary gift wrap.
Cabbage Rose: Cabbage Rose will be having a 30% off sale on all dresses, sweaters, coats and jackets.
Island Outfitters: everything 20% off storewide, 30% Pink Pineapple loafers and 40% off cashmere; Black Friday weekend only!
Portobello Jewelers: 15% all inventory Nov. 29-Dec. 9
Sea Star Collection: Tea Light holders, 25% off. Also, on the night of the Shopping Stroll (details coming Monday) anything in the store with a mermaid on it will be 20% off.
Farmaesthetics: At the flagship shop on Bellevue, 15% off your entire purchase Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday (travel sizes excluded)
Picklee on Spring: On Black Friday- spend $100, get $25 0ff; spend $200, get $50 off; spend $400, get $100 off
Express: 50% off every single thing in the store through Friday at noon.
Thames Glass Seconds Sale: Starts on Black Friday, continues through Dec. 8. Choose from “second quality” hand blown glass at a substantial discount.
The Knotty Dog (Bristol): Spend $30 (and give them your e-mail address )and you can select a beautiful $12 pashmina …while supplies last.
Some online must-sees:
ouR Island Apparel: Site-wide sale until December 12th. Some items are up to 50% off (all apparel is pRInted in Newport).
Andrea Valentini: Now through Dec. 24, enter code GIFT in-store or online and get 20% off your gift purchase.
Big Jack Rogers Sale- up to 50% off: http://www.jackrogersusa.com/collections/sale
Dobbin clothing- 30% off sitewide with code THANKS30 from Friday to Monday.
Vanderbilt Grace | Newport, Rhode Island / The Cyber Monday Deal includes: • A 10% bonus added to any gift certificate value purchased on Cyber Monday / • If a guest purchases a $100 gift certificate, the value will be $110 / • There is no limit on the dollar value of the gift certificate and no expiration date / • These gift certificates can be used towards accommodations, meals, spa treatments, etc.
And here’s how you can get some extra cash on Small Business Saturday: Register your eligible American Express® Card and get a $10 statement credit when you make a purchase of $10 or more at a qualifying small business location on Nov 30. Registration is limited. See Offer Terms for full details.
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE UPDATING THIS LIST THROUGH FRIDAY.
Anyone else have an overflowing makeup bag but typically only uses the same few products? Makeup seems to just easily accumulate, maybe because it actually takes a while to get to the bottom of that eyeshadow pot or tube of lip gloss. Maybe you save that mascara just in the case of lash emergency, or that Clinique collection you scored during bonus time that doesn’t have a single shade you’d normally wear. Then there’s the products you were seduced into buying at a glimmering makeup counter (I don’t know what happened the last time I was at Henri Bendel…I went in for one NARS lipstick and left with that seductive black and white striped tote full of God knows what).
Consolidation: it’s why I love this time year when holiday sets make their debut. Sets are easy to travel with and let you try out a shade you’ve been considering without have to buy a full-size. Stila’s colorful new Holiday collection, available at The Apothecary in Newport, features winsome palettes, creamy liners and shiny glosses inspired by vintage artistry. Lip glazes, Eye & Cheek Palettes, eyeliner sets, shadow sets, brush sets–they simplify your collection AND make great gifts since they’re not shade specific. Sets start at $16.
Let’s toast to the fabulous tradition of Beaujolais Nouveau! At the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of November each year, wine drinkers around the world pop open the annual release of this French wine. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., not long after the wine’s grapes have been harvested (see video below for the whole story in less than 90 seconds). I learned of this fun tradition when my editor assigned me the story and I followed perpetually-dapper, bow-tie aficionado Bob Burke, owner of Providence’s well now French culinary hotspot Pot au Feu. Then friend of ours began having an annual Beaujolais party, and I’ve marked the occasion ever since. Named for the region the grapes are grown, the Beaujolais province of France, the wine is, quite frankly, cheap. The best known brand is by Georges Duboeuf, and in my opinion, usually tastes less than stellar (only slightly improved with use of an aerator), but the festive and secretive nature of the release is trés fun.
Local Newport shops carrying the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau include Bridge Liquors, Vicker’s Liquors, Fifth Ward Liquor and Island Wine & Spirits.
As the country prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there are numerous movies, documentaries and prime-time specials airing (click here for local listings) as well as newspaper and magazines around the world. (Writers from across the pond visited Newport and Hyannis as early as August to put together their pieces.) Newport will always be synonymous with the 35th President and First Lady, and while people tend to know the details of their wedding at St. Mary’s Church and reception at Hammersmith Farm, much less is known about their engagement.
What we do know is that JFK, then a junior senator from Massachusetts, asked for her hand in marriage with a custom designed engagement ring by legendary Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on June 24, 1953– just three and a half months before they would exchange vows. The ring featured a crossover design boasting a 2.84 carat emerald and a 2.88 carat diamond with baguette cut diamond accents. Since the couple spent much time in Newport as the Bouvier family summered here, I spoke to a Van Cleef & Arpels representative in Paris to learn more about where JFK bought the bauble. She confirmed that there was not a Van Cleef & Arpels in Boston or Newport at the time, and her best educated guess was that it was purchased on Fifth Avenue in New York City (the store is still there). Later, Jackie had her engagement ring redesigned replacing the baguettes with marquis and round diamonds, but after JFK’s death, she had the ring jewelry reset in the original design JFK had chosen for her.
All that being said, the Van Cleef & Arpels luxury brand endures. I’ve always adored the iconic Alhambra motif by the house, a style they launched in 1968 featured four rounded details somewhat similar to a four-leaf clover–and I’m not the only one. Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Alba, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all been spotted in Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra pieces. Here’s the difference: they have the $10,000+ to sport these gems. I don’t happen to have thousands of extra dollars to do so. That’s why I was delighted to discover Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra-inspired earrings and necklaces of varying lengths at Jason & Co. on Thames Street in Newport ranging from $35 to $75. Let me show you:
Jason & Co. inspired version, $35.00
Who doesn’t love getting the look for less? Visit Jason & Co. at 182 Thames Street and follow them on Facebook by clicking here.
Fabulously British retailer Jack Wills arrived in Newport in 2011 but there are some big changes underway. The preppy shop boasting British heritage-inspired goods for the university crowd has now become a pop-up store for the brand with discounted prices. That means that everything from sweatshirts and comfy casuals to tweed blazers and outerwear are a fraction of the original price, typically 30% to 60% off. The Newport shop has some great discounted finds for men, women, teens and tweens. Get updates from the Newport location by following them on Twitter at @JWNewport and follow me while you’re at it at @newportSTYLE. Check out this fun Jack Wills fall fashion video and holiday pics below: