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Business owners in Newport will agree: it’s a tough go out there. So when shops like Cosmetic Cosmos celebrate 10 successful years of bringing the beauty to the City-by-the-Sea, it’s something to cheer. Tomorrow, the Thames Street shop fêtes the fantastic feat by offering complimentary makeovers from 12-5 p.m. featuring their custom cosmetics. It’s the perfect excuse to get a glammed up for a Thursday night out on the town (if you haven’t heard, a new national survey shows Thursday has replaced Saturday as the most popular night to go out).
While there, check out their Green Tea Sun Protection line made with aloe, alpha lipoic acid, vitamins a and e, and green tea extract. The nutrient rich ingredients work to nourish and protect skin while wrinkle reducing peptides battle fine lines and prevent new ones from forming. Owner Sherry Brice embraces the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics and works with the Melanoma Foundation of New England. “I want people to be aware of the dangers of even brief exposure to the sun this time of year,” she says. Green Tea SPF 30+ is available in a moisturizing formula with peptides and an oil-free spray version.
With less than a week ‘til All Hallow’s Eve, the race is on to fashion a fun costume for the festivities, most of which are scheduled to take place this coming Saturday night (see below for the 411 on Newport bashes). There’s a ton of places to get some costume inspiration, starting with the colorful wigs, make-up, Red Cherry lashes and accessories spotted at Cosmetic Cosmos (and a whole new shipment arrived today!). The best part is the skilled make-up artists down there take the how-to out of the equation by getting you as glamorous or ghoulish as you like (and anyone who’s ever wrestled with eyelash glue will tell you, it’s a pleasure to have someone else do the heavy lifting). Call 842-0666 to make an appointment~
Of course, funky frocks can be found at Closet Revival (fab vintage finds — Mad Men, anyone? Betty Draper would make a beautiful costume!) and don’t forget the Salvation Army shop at 76 Broadway for bargain basement duds. I found my costume last year at Wish, which must have brought me some luck when I won the costume contest at Christie’s! And for fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby or just your average Joe and Jane Roarin’ 20s, Vintage to Vogue, fresh off their move from Broadway to Lower Thames, reports a ton of 20s flapper-style dresses (a la Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad, pictured at left) in stock, plus accessories including long cigarette holders, vintage jewelery and feather-festooned headpieces. For the guys, don a 20s, 30s or 40s-inspired hat, and Vintage to Vogue has a handful of costumes for little ones.
Saturday’s Halloween Parties (all are 21+)
Ultimate Halloween Bash at Belcourt Castle: 7:30pm-midnight. Dancing, costume contest, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres plus beer, wine and a signature cocktail (cash bar for all else). $95, CLICK HERE to buy tickets.
Devil’s Night Out at Christie’s: 8pm-1am. Open bar and buffet from 8pm until 12am, DJ, dancing and costume contest. $30 for 41°North members, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Call 847-5400.
The Undertaker’s Ball: 7pm-midnight at the Newport Elks Lodge, live music by Dave Tessier & Spider #3, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, belly dancing by Sabrina and costume contest. $25, www.halloweeninnewport.com/Ball.html
Rock ‘n Roll Halloween Party: 9pm-1am. Electric Frankenstein, The Skinny Millionaires, and The Ones at The Dockside, $20 cover, tickets available in advance at Water Bros., 23 Memorial Blvd. or call 846-7873.
Halloween Party Booze Cruise: Music by DJ Butch, cruise the dark waters of Narragansett, $25 per person, tickets at Bowen’s Landing, 849-3575.
Looks like everyone survived the “snowpocalypse” that arrived yesterday! With round-the-clock plowing and some old-fashioned elbow grease, a majority of the retail areas around Bristol and Newport counties will be opening at regular times.
Snow or no snow, Kristina Richards Studio in Newport’s Washington Square kicks off a big sale today featuring JBrand and other denim for $50, cashmere for $75, Vix Swimwear for $50 (hello, Florida-bound), Free People for $25 and other stylish finds marked down to a mere $20, $30 and $40. This means you’ll be finding some of the hottest lines at up to 75% off! Sale starts today and lasts through Monday.
The Linen Shop is hosting their White Sale, where crisp white linens including sheet sets, pillows and shams, bath sets and towels are marked down significantly.
Also, the 22nd Annual Newport Winter Festival begins on Friday and lasts for 10 fun-filled days. (First timers should check out my article that explains it all in the Jan. 17 edition of the Hartford Courant- click here to check it out.) Many area retailers are offering a Newport Winter Festival discount, usually from 15% to 20%, with a festival button including Cosmetic Cosmos, Bailey T’s, Beach Party, The Black Dog, Brahmin, Frazzleberries, Jason & Co., Karma, Laura Jean, Pan Handler’s, Wag Nation and more. (Click here for a full listing of button discounts.)
Event highlights this weekend include Friday evening’s Beatlemania concert, Saturday’s 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off, a city-wide Scavenger Hunt (believe it or not, very competitive and a great way to get to know the city), and by nightfall, the comedy show at the Hotel Viking featuring Comedy Central darlings Tony V. and Jimmy Dunn. For the first time ever, Newport International Polo will be hosting a match on Middletown’s Second Beach (Sat. and Sun., free). What to wear to an oceanside polo match? Dress for function more than fashion. You would think it goes without saying, but no heels (spotted a handful of ladies with heels or heeled boots at the Polar Bear Plunge– it wasn’t working). And at some point during the festival, check out the WINEterfest Wine Tasting & Outside Ice Wine Bar at Newport Vineyards, where you’ll find taste various vineyard vintages as well as cheeses, chocolates and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. For those who don’t have the luxury of jetting off to warmer temps right now, you can get a taste of island living at Sunday night’s Tropical Drink Contest at the Gas Lamp Grille.
Parents should make it a point to bring their little ones to Saturday’s Toe Jam Puppet Band concert and/or Sunday and Monday’s Children’s Fair at the Newport Marriott. The Stylephile will be highlighting events throughout the festival, but you should head to the Newport & Bristol Counties Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (33 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport) for a brochure with all the events or check out the day-by-day calendar at www.NewportWinterFestival.com.
This weekend also kicks off the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and the American athletes will be sporting some fashionable duds for the opening ceremony by Ralph Lauren (the shawl cardigan and opening ceremonies knit hat are must-haves). Tune in to NBC-10 for all the snowboarding, skiing, ice skating and winter games you can handle (set your DVRs now so you don’t miss a beat while at the Newport Winter Festival).
For a lot of revelers, there’s no place in the world they would rather ring in 2010 than right here in Newport and Bristol Counties. While some prefer to be cuddled up with a loved one watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (especially tempting in the current frigid temperatures), others look to tear up the dance floor at one of many area hotspots. For the ladies, getting glam on New Year’s and making an entrance is a must do, and a sequin dress or flashy top, metallic camisole or cashmere comfort, all make great options. And don’t forget some killer kicks! Check out some of these shops for an inspiring New Year’s look:
CK Bradley, 28 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Chace N’ Lulu, 57 Americas Cup Ave, Newport
Châtelaine, 251 Thames Street Landing, Bristol
Gossip, 391 Thames Street, Newport
Karol Richardson, 24 Washington Square, Newport
Kristina Richards Studio, 13 Touro Street, Newport
Laura Jean, 198 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Michael Hayes 204 Bellevue Avenue and 19 Bowens Wharf, Newport
Pink Pineapple, 380 Thames Street, Newport and 106 Clock Tower Road, Portsmouth
Stalise, 105 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth
Swoon, 474 Thames Street, Newport
Tropical Gangsters, 375 Thames Street, Newport
Wish, 664 Thames Street, Newport
Ooh Ooh Shoes, 127 Swinburne Row in Brick Market Place, Newport
Sole Desire, 131 Swinburne Row in Brick Market Place, Newport
The Apothecary, 6 Broadway, Newport
Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street, Newport
Prep Cosmetics, 182 Thames Street, Newport
Happy New Year!
The Newport Stylephile would like to thank all the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving in the American Armed Forces- and so do a host of area businesses. The Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Defense Economic Planning Commission (along with other area chambers) created the Rhode Island Salutes Military Family Discount Program featuring restaurants, retailers, lodging, services and attractions across the state. Just a few local favorites offering military discounts include Brick Alley Pub, Canfield House, Bangkok City Thai Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s and shops like Annabelle, Arnold Art, Bellevue Wine and Spirits, Cosmetic Cosmos, Frazzleberries, Island Sports, One Stop Building Supplies, Rib & Rhein, Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie and much more.
Simply click here for a list of year-round discounts!