Winter Skin Saviors: Local Experts Weigh In


Let’s start with the good news: it’s been unseasonably warm up until about now. But let’s face it: December is less than 10 days away. It will be cold soon enough and eventually, your skin will react to the fluctuating outdoor freeze meets fireside swelter. Here are some seasonal skin remedies from local expects to get you through the deep freeze.

1. Image Skincare Vital C Mask from The Apothecary. The team at The Apothecary can barely keep this baby in stock! Using gentle enzymes to exfoliate dead skin cells while adding minerals and essential anti-oxidants to improve your skin’s overall health, you will look like a light has been turned on under your skin and feel super are Escentuals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Creamhydrated after this mask treatment. Use as a manual exfoliator to increase cell turnover rate without any abrasion or leave on as a masque to refresh and revitalize. $32

2. Bare Escentuals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. The Apothecary’s co-owner Jenni Graham personally recommends this product for people with drier skin who like luminous, glowing finishes and a “natural” look. “It makes your skin appear younger. Even if you don’t feel as confident at first because of the light coverage, I promise you will get compliments if applied correctly!” This mineral-based cream combines the best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer to provide increased skin hydration after just one week. $29 (9 shades)

The Apothecary is currently running a special and offering deluxe samples of both these products the month of November while supplies last.

3. Whish Body Oil from ArchBeauty. “Not only does this oil leave your skin silky smooth, it also has clinically proven peptides to calm inflamed skin while increasing skin luminance.” Arch beauty founder Sara Ross says she personally slathers this oil on her apres shower then towls off. “This will keep the itchy body skin away,” she says. Three Whishes Body Oil is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Paraben free, sulfate free, DEA & TEA free, petrochemical free, phthalate GM Collin Diamond Cream (2)free. Tested on us, not animals–all natural with organic ingredients. Leaping Bunny Certified

4. GM Collin Diamond Cream from ArchBeauty is a luxurious anti-aging cream formulated to help rejuvenate skin’s look with pure and effective ingredients and cutting edge technology. “It’s s dominating our industry right now; its every where in the press. Formulated with a synergy of precious diamond powder, diamond peptides and unique snow algae to help increase the skin’s radiance. “It is made from crush diamonds this will sculpt and hydrate your skin and
BlockIsland_REVITALIZINGNIGHTCREAMCrp (2)protect it from the elements,” explains Ross, who point out this is to be used exclusively as a day cream.

NOTE: ArchBeauty will be moving to 333 Valley Road, Middletown in January! Congrats, ladies!

5. Block Island Organics Night Cream: I’ve been using this cream for about month and I love it! Packed with antioxidants like vitamin C (offers anti-aging benefits) and vitamin E (protects against the effects of sun exposure), this organic and natural cream nourishes skin. Organic ingredients like cocoa butter, rosehip, avocado, aloe vera, jojoba and more nourishes and moisturizes, plus its non-greasy and suitable for all skin types. (Personally, I love that its 100% cruelty-free as this is a vegan formula and never tested on animals.) Also, you won’t find any nasty parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, dyes or artificial fragrances in this fabulous cream. Even better? Here’s a special offer: Use code THANKS30 srating on Thanksgiving through 12/1 to receive 30% off the regular price of $29.99. (Free shipping on al orders over $50).

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November 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Style Find: Alaina Marie Bait Bag Clutch

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Stylish AND sustainable (win-win!), I spotted the super cute Alaina Maria bait bag clutch at Island Outfitters and it’s officially on my holiday wish list. Handmade in Maine and inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag (and constructed from the same marine-grade material) the clutches are colorful, convenient and durable. Though you can find them at places like J. Crew and Anthropologie, you’ll make a greater community impact by buying them local at Island Outfitters (and if you get/sign up for their e-newsletters, you’ll likely see a discount promo, like 20% off, come across sooner or later!)

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November 18, 2015 at 8:14 am 2 comments

FRIDAY: Glammy Hour Before Happy Hour at Angela Moore

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November 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Currently Coveting on The Daily Basics

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There are countless reasons why fall is the favorite season of so many. Crisp breezes, apple picking in the orchard and hot cider (with just a splash of spiced rum) are just a few seasonal temptations. So are my new style finds that invite you to embrace the warmth of the season. You’ll find five of my favorite fall must haves right now (like the blanket scarf below) on The Daily Basics CLICK HERE!

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November 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Newporters Grace “The Salonniere 100” List

207Last month, I received a delightful surprise in my inbox: an email from Cindy Young Vanhoutte, an editor at The Salonniere. The editorial team at the site, which is dedicated exclusively to the art of party hosting, reached out in pursuit of nominations for extraordinary local party hostess for “The Salonniere 100” list. Specifically, the team asked “more than 1,000 of the cognoscenti across all 50 states for the names of the party hosts in their city who entertain with unparalleled skill and grace.”

5G615htpP77VjDoEhjipm25mSjaeJz3juZztcXnp6G4Naturally, Newport’s Bettie Bearden Pardee came to mind in an instant—she literally wrote the book on entertaining (actually, she wrote five). Accomplished author (read about her latest gem, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, HERE), admired tastemaker, seasoned lecturer and treasured friend, Bettie graciously shares her hostessing handiwork and offers and insider’s guide to extraordinary events and interiors on her blog, Private Newport, in between book signings, entertaining, writing, gardening and traveling. So it was time to pop the proverbial champagne when we recently learned Bettie made “The List.”

“We’re delighted and not at all surprised that Bettie earned a spot on The Salonniere 100,” reflected Carla McDonald, The Salonniere’s founder and editor in chief. “She’s the epitome of grace, warmth and creativity when entertaining. And with a surname like Pardee, you know she was destined to be a great hostess.”

Joining Bettie on the list is well-known party-giver Cornelia Guest, American fashion designer Lela Rose and President and First Lady Obama.

“I don’t believe I’ve been on a list amongst President and First Lady Obama ever before!” Bettie told me. “Entertaining has been a way of life for me for as long as I can remember. In my family, growing up Southern wasbbp all about entertaining; if we weren’t planning a party we were enjoying memories of the last one or looking for an
excuse for the next. I am so honored to be included in The Salonniere 100.”

Pamela Fielder and David Ford, the Newport couple best known for their stunning home Miramar which was recently featured in THIS Wall Street Journal piece, also made the list.

THIS fabulous feature on Bettie was published on The Salonniere this past summer.


November 3, 2015 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

Style Find: Luca + Danni


Rhode Island’s own Luca + Danni, a rapidly expanding jewelry line, is a nod to the state’s past as the leading jewelry manufacturer in the country. Other lines, like Alex and Ani and Loren Hope, along with Luca + Danni, are helping steer the Ocean State back in the right direction.

lucadanni_1Fred Magnanimi, an investment banker by trade, left the Big Apple to return to Rhode Island and his family’s jewelry manufacturing business and launched Luca + Danni just over a year ago. The line is a tribute to his brother Danny, who lost his battle with Leukemia. Danny’s dream was to create a unique line of handcrafted, American-made jewelry that inspired others through the journey of life. Fueled by Danny’s passion and a burning desire to carry forth his vision, Luca + Danni was born.

Named after Fred’s two young children, Luca + Danni reminds us that through love, inspiration, and passion, we should all boldly embrace the journey of life.

Recently, the company launched a breast cancer awareness line in which 20% of the proceeds from the collection’s specified bracelets and necklaces are proudly donated to the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

Today, Luca + Danni is available in Newport at the Brick Market: Museum and Shop in addition to more than 700 retailers in the US and Canada.

Top photo: at Sarah’s Patio at Bouchard, Newport. For more images like this, follow @newportstyle on Instagram.


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Brick Market: Museum and Shop



October 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Go, Cat, Go: Sebago Knows Blue Suede Shoes

IMG_5453_SMALLI learned Sebago shoes were a lot more than extraordinary boat shoes earlier this summer when I worked with a photographer who was scouting locations around Newport that embodied the company’s “life well crafted” philosophy. IYRS was a natural fit (see pics fro the campaign here) as just like the classic wooden boats both built and restored at the lauded school, the heartbeat of Sebagos are their fine craftsmanship.

SBG_Desktop_LWC_Gallery_huttonThis fall, Sebago introduced the Hutton line. The collection takes a design nod from the boys but is distinctly feminine with its delicate-features-meets-solid-durability. The collection includes the Chukka Boot, Cap Toe Shoe and Smoking Flat.  All lovely, but I fell for the Chukka Boot and its warm blue hue (also available in dark brown and taupe). Handcrafted and artistic mix of natural leather and suede, the boot features ample cushioning but lightweight construction. As described, it’s heirloom inspiration and heel treatment are refined rustic at its best. The stacked heel with subtle lift  is in sync with the trending bootie, pairing well with straight leg denim and dresses.

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In my recent feature for, the digital lifestyle and design magazine, I featured the Sebago Chukkaa as a whimsical addition to a classic “jeans and Oxford” outfit. Read “Fall Fashion For Moms: Short on Time, Big on Style” by clicking here.

Read more about the history of this Maine-born company that today can be found in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Shop Sebago at Team One in Newport or online here.

See more pics by following on Instagram: @newportstyle

Top and bottom pic: Susan Duca

October 17, 2015 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

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