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

Look Familiar? Sebago, Newport and Life Well Crafted

Sebago_2Last summer, I had the pleasure of organizing a full day in Newport for a location scout on assignment for Sebago, the footwear company best known for mens and womens upscale boating and deck shoes as well as dress shoes. Our day was spent looking at photo locations here in the City by the Sea that embodied Sebago’s 2015 campaign entitled “Life Well Crafted.” The campaign concept celebrates Sebago’s history of craftsmanship with purpose, which dates back to the shoe’s origins in Maine in the mid 40s.

I knew IRYS’s waterfront campus would be an idyllic setting with Restoration Hall’s open space for shipwrights in training and the inspiring treasure trove of nautical finds in the workspace dedicated to Coronet. These spaces will look familiar as will the shot from coronet newport ri

Castle Hill’s Chalet Suite (last).

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March 13, 2015 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

Jai Ho! Bollywood is Headed to Newport

Bollywood POSTER no logos_0newportFILM is already marking their fourth year (where does the time go?) of bringing meaningful documentary films to the community, for free or for an affordable ticket cost. To celebrate the occasion and raise funds to continue the much loved program, the nonprofit’s annual “friend-raiser” unfolds next Saturday night. Grab your gold bangles and be prepared to go “Bollywood!” (See details on tickets, time, etc. below)

“Bollywood” inspired attire encouraged. That means bright colors, henna, and all things India…

Here’s a few easy ideas to channel your inner New Delhi knockout.

1. Gold, gold and more gold. Bangles up the arms (use your Alex and Ani’s liberally), gold scarves, gold chandelier code-no-59-500x500earrings, gold head jewelry, gold nose ring/chain…

2. Bright and beautiful: dress in shades of fuchsia, yellow and orange.

3. Drape a bright and/or shimmery scarf over your ensemble.

Get more ideas on the newportFILM Pinterest page.

Shop local to get Bollywood-chic!
CLOSET REVIVAL (30 Broadway, Newport) – 15% off
MAISON DNA (64 Spring, Newport) – Lots of great pieces priced from $20-$50
CHATEAU & BUNGLAOW (80 Thames, Newport) – 20% off
WISH (106 Williams, Newport) – 20% off

Get glam with hair, makeup, lashes & flash tattoos! Call for special Friend-Raiser rates at…
THE APOTHECARY (39 Memorial, Newport / 401-324-6253)
RANEW SALON (580 Thames, Newport / 401-619-4848)

Details:

March 7, 2015, 7 – 11 p.m. Christie’s,14 Perry Mill Wharf, Newport

Tickets: $75 and include beer, wine, vodka cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, DJ and dancing.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BUY TICKETS.

February 28, 2015 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Market Shopping List: Milk, Eggs, Organic Skin Care…

Sometimes you find fabulous things in the most unlikely places….

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A few months ago, I was shopping at A Market in Newport and noticed Acure Skin Care was on sale. Curious about the organic skin care line, I picked up the Brightening Facial Scrub, a gentle exfoliator made with organic sea kelp, French green clay and organic lemon peel. Organic Chlorella Growth Factor (protects collagen and elastin fibers) and Argan Stem Cells help stimulate new cell growth while providing a deep cleansing, brightening experience. The exfoliating scrub is the perfect natural alternative to those plastic micro beads found in so many mass market products that are harmful to the environment and can transport the chemicals to marine life.

I also picked up the Oil Control Facial Moisturizer with lilac stem cells and chlorella growth factor featuring an easily absorbed blend of organic botanicals that improves texture and tone while minimizing fine lines.

Both score tremendously well on the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep Cosmetics Database” which is basically towelettesa Google search of personal care products to see which are clean or loaded with chemicals and toxins. Both were clean, light, refreshing and effective—and a little went a long way.

Pleased with the line, I had to try the Acure Unscented Cleansing Towelettes for face and body with Argan Oil. The handy little all-natural biodegradable towelettes are ideal for traveling. They’re easy to stash, effective and the perfect quick refresher (recycled airplane air wreaks havoc on the skin).

The best to way to get the most bang for your buck is to get a free A Market Rewards Card because every dollar spent is equal to one point and every dollar spent on A-Market brand supplements is equal to two points. Members receive a $25 reward towards future purchases for every 500 points earned. THIS MARCH 20 IS A DOUBLE REWARDS DAY, so if you’re looking to try a new all natural line, here’s your best chance.

February 23, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Take Two: The Octopus Chair

fabric-swatch-canvas-turf-lores-xxWhen my husband’s grandmother gave us an early 1900s Cogswell chair she no longer wanted, there was no question it deserved the royal treatment. It was in impeccable condition, had a classic shape, was super comfortable and most importantly, had come from someone we love. It’s tired fabric was the only thing holding it back. Knowing nothing about how much fabric would be needed to reupholster it, I brought the chair to Bill at Patriot Upholstery in Portsmouth who had come highly recommended (even though from the outside his shop looks like it specializes in car and truck upholstery).

Reupholstering is a serious commitment. If you’re going to spend a few Benjamins on reinventing a piece, you better make sure 1. It’s in excellent condition, and 2. you choose a fabric pattern you are good with “from this day forward,” because for what you’ll pay, you’ll be together forever. Told I needed 5-6 yards, I headed to a local fabric store but sadly, no one assisted me (which in my experience was a pattern there — no pun intended), so I helped myself to some of the swatch books. I searched for something that evoked “Coastal Living” sans your typical ships, shells, lighthouses or starfish. The fabric I liked best was a jaw-dropping $75 a yard (at six yards we’d be looking at $450…and that’s before the upholstery costs!). I noted the maker and shelved the project. Months later, I was motivated and after some research (i.e. Google search), learned you can order large scale fabric swatches at little to no cost, so I was able to see more clearly exactly how the pattern would look on the chair, not to mention experience the feel and quality of the fabric. By the time I pulled the trigger, the fabric I chose had been marked down considerably — around 60%.

I dropped the chair and the fabric off at Patriot Upholstery. Here’s the result:

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Bill took it upon himself to cover the arms and the bottom section of the chair in a divine navy blue and trim both sections with the fabric, which I think came out amazing. also He restored the wood on the arms and legs. I asked him to save any extra fabric so I could perhaps make a throw pillow. Instead, he made three of them featuring a different sea creature on each. The Octopus Chair now has a new century to add to it’s history–along with a new look.

Patriot Upholstery is located at 2580 East Main Road in Portsmouth, across from Clements Market. http://www.patriotupholstery.com. Special thanks to Bess Walker of Walker Interiors who kindly took my call and answered my questions about what kind of fabric I would need for this project.

February 3, 2015 at 9:33 am 1 comment

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