Archive for February, 2011

One on One with Project Runway Winner and Rhode Island-Bound Seth Aaron Henderson

Fans of Project Runway watched designer Seth Aaron Henderson, a punk-rock-meets-glam-meets-goth garment guru, sew up top honors during Season 7 of the immensely popular reality TV competition in The Battle for Bryant Park. As New York Fashion Week kick off in the Big Apple tomorrow, Henderson has his sights set Lil’ Rhody, as he’ll join Season 8 runner-up Mondo Guerra for an insider’s look behind the scenes of Project Runway at the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, February 16 (8-11 p.m., ticket information below).

I chatted with the delightfully candid Seth Aaron from his Portland, Oregon, studio in advance of his URI appearance, and it seems the future is nothing but bright for the burgeoning designer.

Reflecting on your Project Runway experience, do you feel the show accurately depicted who you are, and how has post-Project Runway life been?

It was totally real. It was a lot of work, a lot of stress, and you do that 7 days a week, on like 3 or 4 hours sleep. Not everyone can operate on just that little amount of sleep, and people can start to get cranky but it was all real. … I get emails from all over the world—France, Germany, China, Japan—every single country, and it’s really cool. I do get recognized, and I look at is as my job. I signed up for it. You can’t runway and hide, that’s why I love these events (URI). I love meeting like 2000 new people…I’d rather be with them then like 50 in a room I already know. I like randomness, I don’t like staging or scripting. I’ll do an interview on TV or something and they’ll be like, ‘Here’s the questions,’ before and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to know!’

Some of the challenges seem limiting, especially when you have to stay within set parameters that can require using specific materials. Do you feel you were able to stay true to your aesthetic? (click MORE to read after the jump) (more…)

February 9, 2011 at 11:35 am 1 comment

Restaurants Redeux

It’s true; Brick Alley Pub is closed…for a whole week. I know; for a lot of people, a week without BAP’s burgers, stellar salad bar and super service is hard to fathom. Never fear, the iconic Thames Street eatery will be back in service, post-face lift, by this weekend (Feb. 12th). In the meantime, it’s time to get your cedar-plank salmon, bamboo basket, and pad Thai on before Salvation Café goes on a 6-week hiatus for renovations. In years past, the eclectic Broadway hot spot has closed for mid-winter spruce up for a short respite—never quite this long. I stopped by Friday night (when it was jumping!) and got the skinny–it seems some minor construction is in the works in addition to some design changes, so I can’t wait to see what Salvation brings. Right now the Café is serving a special Snow Days Menu featuring Marseilles Bouillabaisse, a spicy tomato lobster broth with mussels, shrimp, salmon and garlic croutons, plus a handful of specialty cocktails (has anyone tried their Nor’Easter: Old Crow Bourbon with ginger beer, lime juice and maple syrup??) CLICK HERE for a preview on their special 4-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu before their close the doors through the end of March, and don’t forget your jug of Salvation’s signature sangria.

Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport, 849-6334,

Salvation Cafe, 40 Broadway Newport, 847-2620,

February 7, 2011 at 11:34 am 1 comment

Deals & Steals: Ice, Ice Baby Edition

Despite the frozen tundra that is Newport County right now, huge sales can be found all over. The fashionable fivesome at Clock Tower SquareThe Pink Pineapple, Stalise, The Groovy Gator and Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie, and Lou Lou’s Décor—all have great markdowns. Stalise has 20% off marked down winter pieces, and you can couch surf Pink Pineapple sales online by clicking here. Lover’s take note: Deborah Winthrop has a cool selection of hot hot hot underthings for Valentine’s Day!

In Newport, retailers are pushing winter fashion out the door (and we still have at least 8 more weeks of chilly temps) for pennies. Michael Hayes on Bellevue Avenue and on Bowen’s Wharf has women’s clothing an ADDITIONAL 20% off already marked down winter duds (50-75% off already), and the upstairs men’s boutique has suits, sport shirts, jackets, outerwear and more for 30-75% off. Michael Hayes for Kids on Bellevue is taking a cue and offering the same additional 20% off clearance. Karol Richardson’s  annual Warehouse Sale is happening now through Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) with designer duds 50-90% off (including $10 bargain bins). Pictured here, Catimini kids dress and ensemble, one of the many lines at Michael Hayes Kids.

Angela Moore on Bellevue Avenue has 80% off selected styles, and a few shops down, J. McLaughlin has a 70% off and more section–plus, both shops have their new resort collections in, so if you’re jetting off on a mid-wonter respite, you’ll want to pop into both. Downon Lower Thames, Erica Zap on hosting a 40% sale on winter items, but they may close by 4 p.m. today in advance of the Super Bowl!

Beauty bargains include Ki-Ra Salon’s Pay it Forward sale because it comes to a close on Feb. 12. At The Apothecary, buy $100 worth of any Tocca product you’ll receive a complimentary Tocca moisturizing bodywash that can double as a luxurious bubble bath. Jenni and the girls are also gearing up for next Saturday’s Valentine’s Day Event—more on that this week!

ArchBeauty on Memorial Boulevard has a great February Refresh Deal—the beauty team paired with Julie Basil Pierce Massage Studio on Bellevue and Newport Pilates for this winter package: Receive a one hour enzyme facial with Sara (ArchBeauty), one hour exfoliating/hydrating massage (at Julie’s massage studio), a one hour Reiki & Reflexology treatment with Reiki Master Julia, and a one hour one-on-one private session with Newport Pilates, all packaged at $200.

February 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

Why, yes! Those ARE Baby Blue Patent Leather Manolos….

I realized when I stopped by Karma this weekend, the cozy consignment boutique on Newport’s Washington Square, that the shop is functionally the fantasy closet so many fashionistas dream of. Prada, Dior, Fendi, Nina Ricci, Kate Spade, Nicole Miller, Carmen Marc Valvo, Chanel—they’re all here, neatly hung, clearly displayed or perfectly laid out. Rows of shoes line the shelves, fabulous handbags call your name and endless accessories make playing “dress up” all the more tempting. With an eye for high end fashion and vintage treasures, owners (and twins) Judy and Joy Catuogno have stocked the shop with upscale designer duds at a fraction of the usual cost–but it’s more than that. The stunning red vintage Christian Dior wool military coat is just as chic today as it was when it made its debut more than two decades ago. From a sequin Nicole Miller sassy shirt dress to a woolen knit, long-sleeve Tibi dress, a vintage Oleg Cassini-like pink dupioni silk dress (much like a few Jackie O once wore; the former First Lady favored both Cassini’s couture and ready-to-wear collections) from a private estate collection, to a tailored silk kimono-style knee length dress, there’s a range to fit each diverse taste. Plus the shoes (oh, the shoes!), the amazing accessories like classic opera gloves and chunky pendant necklaces …. and there’s coffee and scones across the street? Like I said, fantasy closet…

Karma, 13 Touro Street, Newport, 846-0940, (site under construction! We’ll let you know when it’s up and running~)

February 3, 2011 at 10:57 am 6 comments

Baby, You’re a Firework!

Pop princess Katy Perry has partnered with nail color powerhouse OPI to present Shattered, a four color collection available at Ki-Ra Salon in Newport ($9.50 each).Inspired by the “teenage dream’s” song titles on her most recent album, the shimmery shades are as follows (shown left to right in image below):

Last Friday Night (bold blue glitter, like Perry’s hair, seen above)

Not Like The Movies (shimmery silver)

The One That Got Away (metallic raspberry)

Teenage Dream (super shiny pink glitter)

The Black Shatter top coat (shown far right) creates the crackled look when applied over any of the other shades once it has dried. Right, so “shattered” nails may not be your best bet for your next board meeting, it’s a fun, adventurous look when out and about.

Insiders tip: Beauty bloggers are reporting that application of the shatter coat can bit a bit tricky as it’s all about mastering  perfect timing to get it just right. My suggestion? Lean back and let the Ki-Ra girls treat you to a mani/pedi for optimum shattered style.

Ki-Ra Salon is located at 6 West Marlborough Street in Newport, 847-KIRA (5472)

February 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

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