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Father’s Day Fashion Finds

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and for many, gifting dear ‘ol dad is a top priority in addition to sharing a fun-filled day to fête the big guy. With summer ahead, there’s a host of great gifts available around Newport that he’ll love and get great use out of whether on land or sea. The above picture is a smattering of fashionable finds from J. McLaughlin including their classic carry-all sail cloth duffle tote ($225), a distressed cotton belt with a skull and crossbones print ($45), a silk jacquard fabric belt ($55), and a pair of silk jacquard dopp kits (perfect for traveling dads, $68).

Think Alex and Ani owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian only creates for women? Think again. The Miracle Necklace, a Father’s Day exclusive, features a medal of St. Christopher for protection paired with the Italian Horn that the company calls “a powerful amulet representing luck.” The original price is $98 but it’s on sale for $78 (online only, so if you need to ship a gift, done and done).

I also think the Newport Shipyard custom Thomas Bates 1-1/2″ reversible nylon strap belt from Newport Shipyard Outfitters ($24) is a fun find, and uniquely Newport–kind of apropos as Father’s Day is wedged in between the J Class Regatta this week and Bacardi Newport Sailing Week coming next week. And if dad is a denim dude, Laura Jean is offering 10% off purchases for pop now through June 19.

June 17, 2011 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

Beneficial Bangles

I just wrote about Alex and Ani last week, but today I’m putting the eco-conscious jewelry line back in the spotlight as the team behind the original expandable bangle and bangle bar has debuted a black obsidian bangle to support relief efforts in Japan. This bangle has been specifically designed to support relief of the recent disasters in Japan utilizing Alex and Ani’s Charity By Design process. With charms promoting healing protection and peace, the piece is available in a Russian Gold or Russian Silver finish, and is adorned with a black obsidian stone which is said help to ward off negative energy and keep thoughts positive. Together, Alex and Ani and Spreehive, Rhode Island’s local answer to Groupon, will be donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of the Obsidian Bangles to the Red Cross. In lieu of the regular $38 price, the bangle is just $19. Purchase through and either pick up at Alex and Ani retail stores, including Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf locations, or order through the website if you do not live near any of the four retail stores.

The special offer is available for the next few days. Click here for information and to order.

Alex and Ani made headlines this week when it was announced the Rhode Island-based company will sponsor the Harbor Stage at Fort Adams State Park at the Newport Folk Festival on July 30-31 and at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6-7. It’s the first time in the history of the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival one corporation will be a sponsor at both events.

March 24, 2011 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Top O’ the Bangles to Ya!

If you’re a regular Stylephile reader, you’re no stranger to Alex and Ani, the celebrity-loved collection by owner, designer and Rhode Island native Carolyn Rafaelian. Alex and Ani was born out of Carolyn’s ethos to create eco-friendly pieces that enlighten the mind and empower the spirit—and pieces that are just plain fun and whimsical (read my anniversary post about the Newport Alex and Ani by clicking here).

Tomorrow is Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and if you haven’t been, it’s the City’s unofficial coming out party, a time when whether or not Mother Nature agrees, we toast Newport’s Irish heritage (and our own, as the case may be) while looking toward the promise of spring. There’s a ton of festive swag to commemorate the celebration, but I’d love to sport some of the great Alex and Ani bangles above—a great four leaf clover, pot of gold, horse shoe or Good Luck charm on their signature expandable bangles. (I’m partial to the Russian Gold, but they also come in Russian silver.) Plus they’re inexpensive, starting at $21, and you can progressively add more to create a fabulous collection of stackables. I wonder if any of Alex and Ani’s celeb fans, like Christy Turlington, Katherine McPhee, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Ashlee Simpson (and Real Housewives Bethenny Frankel, Taylor Armstrong and Teresa Giudice) have any of these specific pieces to bring them a little lock of the Irish??? Happy shopping!

Alex and Ani is at One Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, (401) 849-3002

March 11, 2011 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Happy Anniversary, Alex and Ani!

How did the year fly by so fast? We’re toasting the fabulous Alex and Ani on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf who is celebrating their first year on Newport’s style scene. The much-loved collection by owner, designer and Rhode Island native Carolyn Rafaelian centers around eco-friendly pieces that enlighten the mind and empower the spirit.  The innovative “expandable element” is the cornerstone of Alex and Ani designs. In lieu of a traditional clasp, wire bracelets, rings, expandable chain necklaces and hoop earrings include a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable and able to be customized to fit. Even better, the affordable bangles are as stunning as they are diverse which may be why celebs including Taylor Swift, Eva Mendez, Oprah, Courtney Cox, Renee Zellewegger, Cameron Diaz, Gweneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Sandra Bullock have been known to sport them.

Since landing on our shores, Alex and Ani has become a beloved part of the Newport community, contributing to local causes and worthy organizations. In fabulous style, Alex and Ani is sharing this milestone with their customers by offering 10% off the entire store now through Sunday, so there’s no better time to “bangle up.”

Alex and Ani is located at One Bowen’s Wharf in Newport.

June 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Bangles and Baubles Beckon on Bowen’s

One of the newest additions on Newport’s shopping scene is Alex and Ani, a hip jewelry store featuring precious metal pieces at every price point.

Owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian, who named the shop after her first two daughters, takes an eco-friendly approach, ensuring each piece is manufactured in the U.S. and often re-uses and recycles exiting elements to craft fashionable, affordable designs. “Every design is created to reflect the inner beauty of all who wear an Alex and Ani piece,” is a part of Rafaelian’s philosophy. The innovative “expandable element” is the cornerstone of Alex and Ani designs. In lieu of a traditional clasp, wire bracelets, rings, expandable chain necklaces and hoop earrings include a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable and able to be customized to fit. Many of the pendants, bracelets and more feature delicate designs from inspiring spiritual symbols like crosses, cherubs and ankhs to more lighthearted ones including hearts, animals, fleur-de-lis and zodiac signs. They’re alluring and intriguing, and have been noticed in the pages of Marie Claire, Lucky, In Style, Glamour and Nylon magazines.

The addition of Alex and Ani to Bowen’s Wharf is a welcome one, nestled among the clothing, beauty and artisan shops in addition to an array of eateries. Stop in to find the piece that best suits your unique taste!

Alex and Ani, 1 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, (401) 849-3002,

October 5, 2009 at 11:40 am 2 comments

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