Archive for March, 2012
Brahmin’s extra large Frankie tote is one of those fun bags that begs the question: business or pleasure? With it’s clean lines and roomy inside it’s a great bag for the office but it’s sunny yellow color (also in nautical navy and crisp white) and webbed canvas and vachetta handles handles, it doesn’t take its self too seriously. Plus, it’s sheer size (14.5”h x 19w”) makes it an eye-catching travel or chic beach tote. Summer lovin’… ($295)
Brahmin, 22 Bowens Landing Newport, (401) 849-5990
Bold and bright, preppy or poppy, graphic prints are gracing fashion finds from head to toe this spring. Taking a cue from popular prints often found for interior spaces, this wonderfully whimsical trend arrives just in time for the warmer temperatures. Play up the prints with punchy, eye-catching shoes and accessories, or jump in with both feet with a top, bottom or fabulous dress. Here are some local finds I brought to The Rhode Show this morning:
This Eleanor wrap dress in pink mod by LaRoque (above) from the Pink Pineapple (with locations in Newport and Portsmouth) is fresh and flattering with a girly ruffled collar and comfortable adjustable fit. It’s a growing line available in just 40 boutiques in the country and we’re lucky to fine LaRoque in RI. ($178)
The Arabesque skirt by SugarLips (left), also from the Pink Pineapple, features subtle nautical blue stripes that gracefully bend and swoop along an asymmetrical hemline with dramatic draping along the side. Paired with a crisp white tank and gold thong flip flops, you’ll be ready for a day in Newport! ($65)
Bow-ties have always been a bastion of good style, but now more than ever they are center stage—and perhaps no one rocks one better than stylist to the stars Brad Goreski. With a charming bamboo print, this spiffy silk bowtie from J. McLaughlin in Newport can go take you from professional to party boy. ($45)
Let’s hear it for Lil’ Rhody-made Roeho clutches! Even if this bag wasn’t the creation of two young best friends and budding designers, which makes it all the more charming (support local artisans!), I’d still have the Isabella clutch (left) on my growing “must have” list. ($70). Ps: It should come as no surprise either, that this particular bag is inspired summers in Newport. Learn more about the company by clicking here.
A whimsical interpretation of the classic trench (which, by the way, is worth its weight in gold), this pink I. Madison weatherproof, A-line light coat is perfect for spring and a steal at $37, available at Wish Newport.
Boat shoes are the unofficial causal uniform in Newport, and these Seashore Two-Eye boat shoes by Sebago from Active Sole in Newport feature durable canvas uppers so they’re pretty and practical ($79).
The J. McLaughlin Aken tote is roomy enough for a laptop and just about everything else and flexible with soft nylon fabric and the leather straps with attractive, gold latch hardware. ($98)
Sienna Miller, Rachel Weisz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Whitney Port…celebs swear by the Newbury ankle bootie by Rag & Bone and it’s arrived in Newport at Michael Hayes. (See Rachel Bilson above in her Newburys paired with a nautical-striped top.) With a 3 ½” stacked heel, rounded toe, back zip closure and neutral Italian cotton canvas upper, it is perfectly paired with a skinny jean, well-fitted shorts and even flirty dresses this spring and into the summer. At $495, it’s definitely a spurge, so consider your CPW quotient–you know, Cost Per Wear. If they are something you’d see yourself wearing alot (and this style certainly lends itself to multi-use) that should be a consideration. If not, be inspired and source the look for less!