Partnerships: as a writer who has covered extraordinary happenings for magazines, newspapers, websites and television while also having a mind for marketing and PR, I see so many missed opportunities for perceivable unrelated businesses to work together and create a new idea, concept or experience that ultimately has the potential to boost their bottom line.
When I heard about the new partnership promotion between Newport’s own Castle Hill Inn and New York City-based luxury lingerie retailer Journelle, my first thought was: genius! The “Journelle Getaway” is a shopping and travel package that merges a timeless collection of lingerie, curated by Journelle, with a stay at this timeless Newport resort.
The experience includes a private lingerie appointment and fitting at the Atelier at Journelle in New York City (guests receive 15% off their purchase during their atelier fitting). Sip champagne and tea while shopping a selection of both basics and high-fashion pieces, tailored to guests’ personal requests, waiting upon arrival. (For those who cannot make it to the Atelier in New York, Journelle will be offering 15% off online purchases at www.Journelle.com.)
Then, indulge in a two-night stay at Castle Hill Inn and enjoy a champagne upon arrival, complimentary gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea daily, a three-course dinner for two (gratuity included) and two tickets to any Preservation Society mansion. Guests may opt to stay in the historic and widely-praised Turret Suite offering panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Castle Hill Lighthouse, or a private Beach Cottage or Beach House, located just steps away from the sand. Rates start at $800 (tax not included). The package is available through December 31, 2014 and can be found online here. To peruse Journelle’s Inspired By Castle Hill Lookbook, CLICK HERE.
The eyes on the world will be on the most fashionable red carpet of the year tonight as celebutants and living legends attend the 86th Academy Awards. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the most fashionable locales in Newport, Muse at Vanderbilt Grace, has debuted a special craft cocktail menu toasting five of the Best Picture nominees. I headed over to the beautiful baby blue bar at Muse this week along with nationally-recognized lifestyle blogger Cynthia from TheDailyBasics.com to sample some of the luscious libations.
The “Newport Hustle,” a play on American Hustle, sang to me as it is comprised of 1 mint sprig, 1 lemon slice, 1 orange slice, 1 cucumber wheel, half a strawberry (that totally counts as my daily fruit and veggie intake, right?) which is all muddled together with a ½ oz. of lemon juice, 2 oz. of Pimms and ½ oz. of Grand Marnier. Next, the concoction is shaken, poured over ice and capped with 3oz. of ginger beer.
Cynthia paid homage to her family members stationed in Texas by sampling the “Dallas Fashion Club,” a sassy combination of muddled jalapenos and orange, and house-made chipotle barbeque bitters mixed with 2 oz. whiskey served in a rocks glass and garnished with jalapenos and cilantro. Hee-haw!
Other cocktails include the “Captain Morgan Phillips”: 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan, ½ oz. Grand Marnier, and 2 oz. pineapple juice served in a Collins glass and garnished with wedges of lemon and lime.
Finally, there’s the “Zero Gravity”: 2 oz. Absolute, 1 oz. peach liquor and 2 oz. of orange juice shaken and strained into a martini glass with grenadine on the bottom and topped with Blue Curacao.
Toast the Oscars at Vanderbilt Grace with one of these whimsical cocktails ($14), served after 7pm.
Meanwhile, over at The Chanler, the bar at The Spiced Pear is also feteing the Oscars with a special libation. The “Cliff Walk” Wolf includes 1 oz. Absolut Pear Vodka, ½ oz. Chambord, 1 oz. Absolut Razberi and ¾ oz. of cranberry juice that’s shaken with ice then strained into a martini glass.
If you want to weigh in on red carpet fashion during Oscar arrivals, I’ll be Tweeting (@newportstyle) with other style bloggers with hashtag #oscarfash14 from 7-8pm.
I was psyched when I heard the theme of this Saturday night’s newportFILM fundraiser (aptly renamed by the organization a “friend-raiser”): Warhol. The father of the pop art movement, Andy Warhol was considered a multimedia genius. When I was in the artist’s native Pittsburgh, I visited the lauded Andy Warhol Museum where tons of paintings, prints, sculptures, and film clips are found throughout. And I twirled in the famed Silver Clouds room, an ethereal space punctuated by floating mylar balloons. Warhol’s New York City studio, The Factory, was legendary. Regulars included Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Edie Sedgwick, designer Betsy Johnson, Truman Capote and more glitterati from the early 60s through the late 70s. Being one of the most exciting times in American fashion, your look for newportFILM’s event, which calls for Warhol-era attire, has no shortage of inspiration:
Get Warhol-chic at CLOSET REVIVAL (30 Broadway, Newport) which is offering 15% off, and WISH (106 William, Newport) which is offering 20% off (or ask to donate your discount to newportFILM).
Looking to accessorize an ensemble already in your closet? Think: beanies, turbans, scarves, over-sized sunnies, jumpsuits and rompers…Google “Studio 54″ to get the idea.
Get glammed up with hair & makeup, call for special Friend-Raiser rates:
NATURAL CREATIONS (540 Thames, Newport // (401) 841-0798)
THE APOTHECARY (39 Memorial, Newport // (401) 324-6253)
SALON INSTYLE33 (33 Marlborough, Newport // (401) 619-3373)
More info on the event: newportFILM’s 3rd Annual Winter Friend-Raiser: WARHOL
Saturday, March 1 at Christie’s, 14 Perry Mill Wharf, Newport, 7 – 11PM
Cocktails, Passed Hors D’oeuvres, Silent Auction, Raffles, “Screen Test” Flip Book Booth (sponsored by SeaMist MedSpa), DJ & Dancing
Tickets: $75/person. Purchase tickets at www.newportFILM.com
I first featured Jude Connally on Stylephile last August. Flirty, fun, functional—the line has immediate appeal. Anchored by bold colors and chic graphic patterns that live in a space somewhere between classic and contemporary, it would be easy to assume Jude Connally is exclusively a summer line, but so many of the silhouettes, including long- and three-quarter length sleeve dresses and tops, can be perfectly paired with tights and boots for a refreshing mid-winter look.
In the past few weeks, I’ve put my new Jude Connally dress, the “Babe” dress with a lattice pattern in green and nay blue, to the test. When you have something in your wardrobe that is so versatile it can be worn to brunch at Zeldas, work meetings, a Providence Restaurant Week dinner and an appearance on The Rhode Show, you know you have a winner. (Just think of the CPW: cost per wear!) Pieces range from $158-$208. Select Jude Connally pieces available at Michael Hayes. To see the entire collection or purchase direct, visit http://judeconnally.com.
We might be ready to raise the winter white flag, but this season is taking no prisoners. So while the cold temperature and seemingly endless snowstorms have their way, we may as well look fabulous as events like the Newport Winter Festival remind us that every snowy cloud has a silver lining! Here’s some winter survival fashion finds that might some in handy as you head to the Ice bar at Polar Pineapples and other festive happenings! Here’s what I brought to The Rhode Show this morning (segment clip will be posted later today). Also, I’m wearing designer Jude Connally, a New Jersey based-designer whose piece are available at Michael Hayes and are made in the USA!
From Potter & Co. (all winter piece are 30% off)
Women’s Aconcagua Puffer Vest by The North Face
The Bowie trapper hat by Pistil features a shiny, quilted shell with insulation while faux fur warms your ears and forehead. Fun, contrast-colored, braided tassels can be tied together or left loose. The crown is lined in quilted satin.
The Pistil Athena scarf is long, lean and super soft. Acrylic yarns have a subtle sheen, and the fringed tassels are exceptionally lengthy.
The Flirt Skinny Yoga Tight (Wildcat) by Kira Grace features extra-long length with an inseam that allows it to flow over the heel, low-rise waistband with body contouring details for a smooth fit, comfortable compression and moisture-wicking fabric with 4-way stretch.
Quilted Burberry jacket in white
Irish wool cap
Embellished cardigan by J. Crew
Elizabeth McKay blouse
The women’s Aliana Lace Up Boot features footbed cushioning that conforms to the shape of the foot for a personalized fit (faux fur)
The women’s Lorraine II Lite Lace Up Boot features ADIPRENE by adidas sport technology cushioning and Hydro-Shield waterproofing construction that keeps the feet dry and comfortable (faux fur)
The mens Trailbreaker Alpine Waterproof Duck Boot are waterproof, constructed with full grain durable leather uppers that are stylish and easy to clean, a padded tongue and collar to help prevent blisters, and Strobel Construction® for forefoot flexibility and a personalized fit.
There is no shortage of outstanding inns with fine dining throughout New England, but the White Barn Inn is the only AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five Star restaurant north of New York City. Nestled in the coastal enclave of Kennebunk, Maine, the legendary property makes for the perfect escape from Newport, Boston and beyond. Less than three hours from Newport, the White Barn Inn has an intimate connection to the City-by-the-Sea: Vanderbilt Grace is considered its sister property. The inn’s Executive Chef, Jonathan Cartwright, one of the most celebrated chefs in New England, also creates and oversees the menu at Muse at Vanderbilt Grace.
In the mood for a weekend getaway, I headed north to experience the White Barn. Like Newport, Kennebunkport might shine brightest in the warmer months, but this time of year, there’s a serene calm that permeates the village. Much like Newport’s Ocean Drive, Kennebunkport’s Ocean Avenue weaves around the rocky coast and offers an up close glimpse to stunning “more is more” homes. And like Newport’s presidential connections, Kennebunkport has its own famous first family: the Bush compound, where George H.W. and Barbara spend much of the year.
The White Barn Inn is less than a mile from Kennebunkport’s iconic Dock Square and close to the Lower Village. Constructed from a boarding house on the site that dates back to the early 1800s, the White Barn Inn evokes bucolic charm but with unmistakable Relais & Château luxury. (To give you an idea, Newport’s Castle Hill is also a Relais & Château property). With a blend of rooms, suites and private guest cottages located inside a private gated compound on the Kennebunk River, you’ll find diverse lodging options. The elegantly appointed junior suite I stayed in, awash in hues of soft blues and crisp white, included a gas-burning fireplace, queen- size down-topped bed, large flat-screen TV, comfortable lounges, and an oversized granite and marble bathroom stocked with Molton Brown bath products, Jacuzzi tub (opposite the fireplace) and separate walk-in rain shower.
Despite White Barn Inn’s luxury accommodations, the Inn is most recognized for its dining, making most gourmands bucket list. Housed in a 19th century barn and appointed with its signature floor to ceiling picture windows, the décor embraces it’s rustic surroundings with warm wood walls and ceilings and authentic antiques celebrating the region’s heritage. Whether dining in the main restaurant which offers a legendary prix-fixe, four-course chef’s tasting menu, or the Bistro, the menus both reflect flavors of New England and coastal Maine as well as landlubbers’ favorites. (CLICK HERE to learn more about the Bocuse d’Or Foundation Dinner on 2/20 featuring a collaboration between Chef Kristen Kish, Winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 10 and Chef Cartwright.) Our server, Angela, was extraordinary and helped us sort through the many decadent choices. She also helped us decide on a fabulous wine: MollyDooker Cabernet, an Australian wine known for the MollyDooker shake—a hearty tussle given to the bottle before pouring to shake up the nitrogen the winery infuses during the winemaking process in place of sulfites. Back the Main House, sherry and port wines are available 24/7 in self-serve decanters, so an after dinner drink by the fire might be the perfect nightcap.
If your ideal getaway includes some pampering, the spa at the White Barn Inn offers a full menu of services, and coffee, tea and light bites are at the ready in the living room. Breakfast, as expected, was perfection with a “hot” menu featuring eggs, French Toast, omelets and more as well as pastry, cereal, and parfaits. Assistant Innkeeper Albert Black and the staff at the White Barn Inn can help guests find anything they may need to make the story more comfortable (though I can’t imagine what might be missing). For more information on the White Barn Inn, visit www.whitebarninn.com
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary room night at the White Barn Inn for purposes of this independent review. All opinions are my own.