Hello, Summer Dresses! Live from The Rhode Show

Summer officially kicks off this week and so comes the season of weddings, showers, cocktail parties and fabulous fêtes. Though there are countless reasons to toast throughout the year, summer celebrations have a special je ne sais quoi. From this weekend’s Newport Flower Show opening night party to Newport Polo to even your weekly Sunday Funday shenanigans, I brought some of my favorite dresses for sum-sum-summertime to The Rhode Show.

From Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

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Karl Lagerfeld floral maxi

Bloom rose bodcon dress by Carlisle Collection

Bell sleeve lace trim dress by Few Moda from Off Saks

Floral maxi dress by Karl Lagerfeld (at right)

Medallion print stretch belted dress by Nautica

Love these looks and other pieces by retailers like Kate Spade, Tory Burch,  Theory, Lululemon, Nike and more? Mark your calendar for the upcoming July 4th Super Sale + Sidewalk Sale, Wed., July 4 – Sun., July 8. Also, the center will offer the Parking Made Easy Program to increase accessibility during the holiday weekend, which

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means more time for shopping, less time for parking! And don’t forget to join the VIP Shopper Club for special deals and exclusive offers!  

From Eliza J. available at Nordstrom

Gathered lace midi dress in cobalt (at left)

One shoulder sheath dress in hot pink with dramatic detail (FYI: this is an OMG dress on – total showstopper!)

 

From J. McLaughlin in Newport

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J. McLaughlin Julep Gate dress

Swing Cap Sleeve silk dress in Julep Gate

From Groove Newport

Tassel dress in turquoise for mom and in yellow for the little lady. Both by Masala Baby.

Groove Newport, the tween and adult partner boutique to The Groovy Gator, is located at 474 Thames Street in Newport.  

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by Few Moda from Off Saks at Wrentham

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Medallion print dress by Nautica at Wrentham

 

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June 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

All That Glitters! Head-Turning NYE Looks

Whether your holiday party season is still full steam ahead or you’re already thinking of your New Year’s Eve threads, I brought options, options, options to The Rhode Show recently that promise shimmer and shine.
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CLICK HERE to watch the clip!

Vintage sequin top by Stenay
Vintage sheer and sparkle dress by Claudine for Alyce Paris
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Vintage Whiting & Davis gold mesh bag with acrylic handle
Haarstick Jewelry tassel earrings & tassel bracelet
 
From Eliza J (Anthopologie, Nordstrom):
Sequin-embellished velvet dress
Sequin Fit n’ Flare Dress
 
From J. McLaughlin (Newport and nationwide):
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Cap sleeve James dress

 

 

 

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For these looks and more, follow me on Instagram at @newportstyle

December 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Haute Holiday Party Style

Holiday party season is in full swing! I shared some fabulous festive frocks and happening hostess gifts that will have you looking, and the hostess feeling, merry & bright on The Rhode Show (and I’m wearing J. McLaughlin’s Keaton Bell Sleeve Dress!):

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CLICK HERE to watch the clip!

You can find J. McLaughlin boutiques in Newport, Watch Hill, Providence and more than a dozen in Massachusetts, all 13_Jane_013-alt_3stocked with stunning holiday look ranging from simple to stunning. Here today:

The Felix Skirt featuring, a head-turning fringed pencil skirt.

The Joie Pant, super slim and stretchy metallic ankle length pants

The Keaton Bell Sleeve Dress, striking sheath dress featuring beautiful bell sleeves and figure framing princess seaming

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J. McLaughlin’s Felix Skirt

A metallic jacquard dress with bolero jacket from Sara Campbell, Newport 

From The Sail Loft, Newport: The Rocket Girl Dress by Gretchen Scott (now 50% off!)

From Sole Desire, Newport: The Riot bootie by Freebird by Steven

From Eliza J.: an off the shoulder knit dress, available at Nordstrom

From Talbots in Newport: The Tartan Terrier Sweater, as seen in InStyle Magazine

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The Tartan Terrier Sweater by Talbots

 

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Rocket Girl dress by Gretchen Scott from The Sail Loft

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Pattern Off the Shoulder A-Line Knit Dress by Eliza J.

For the hostess:

From Soap & Water, Newport: Nest Holiday Diffuser, Two’s Company Holiday Glow Candle, Archipelago Winter Frost Candle. From Athalia of Newport, Half-n-the Bag insulated wine totes:

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For these looks and more, follow me on Instagram at @newportstyle

 

December 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

On The Rhode Show: Fall Fashion – Splurge vs. Save

Knowing when to save and when to splurge is all about identifying styles that speak to you and your lifestyle. I brought some of my favorite finds to THE RHODE SHOW this week to show some stylish examples.

Continue Reading October 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Au Courant Returns: Fashion at the Fort This Friday

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This Friday, Au Courant returns to Newport!

The signature fundraiser for Child & Family, Au Courant is set to take the runway at historic Fort Adams in Newport. TV personality and celebrity stylist Derek Warburton, (he’s dressed Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, and Olivia Culpo, among others) will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Warburton himself was a homeless teen and has combined his love of fashion to benefit underprivileged and homeless women re-enter the workforce through New York’s Bottomless Closet organization. See his special message to Au Courant attendees HERE

White_Shorts_Photog_Yury_Yaroshenko_Hi_Res.jpgThrough the collaborative efforts of Child & Family and StyleWeek, Au Courant celebrates and promotes the extraordinary creative talents of the finest designers in the Northeast. Surrounded by history and with 180-degree views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, experience designer fashions in a major runway show. Al the while, guests will be supporting one of the oldest and largest social service providers in the state of Rhode Island. The funds raised at Au Courant help make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout the state, including the expansion of foster care. 

Waiting-for-the-Runway-Show_0.jpgThe evening also features a designer sale where attendees have the exclusive opportunity to discuss fashion trends with and purchase one-of-a-kind fashions directly from the featured designers. Tables of accessories, handbags and clothing showcase a variety of one-of-a kind collections. Guests leave the event thrilled to add beautiful and unique pieces to their wardrobe, while benefiting Child & Family.

 

Details: Friday, July 14th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

Tickets: Start at $125 (for details, CLICK HERE

 

July 11, 2017 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration in Newport

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On Saturday, June 17, Newport was graced with a one of kind event celebrating famed fashion designer, Pierre Cardin. The 94-year-old impresario personally curated a collection of more than 80 pieces showcasing his 70-year career that graced the runway at The Breakers, the famed “summer cottage” of the Vanderbilt family—a legendary venue for a legendary talent. Regrettably, Monsieur Cardin was not well enough to make the trip, but the show went on and his nephew, Rodrigo Basilicati, and his head of haute couture, Maryse Gaspard, were on hand to share M. Cardin’s best wishes to the audience of 250.

Pierre Cardin Newport 2I was able to spend the afternoon with Rodrigo and Maryse as well as Matthew Gonder, the headliner at Cardin’s Maxim’s restaurant in Paris and the event’s emcee. Also joining us was Richard Raczynski and Dominique Raczynski from the House of Cardin (like Maryse, the couple have been with the designer for decades). We discussed Cardin’s prolific career, his broad spectrum of design inspiration (everything from vintage cars to the moon landing to science and technology has motivated him) and his penchant for always creating on his terms. Cardin took orders from nobody it seems, and while eschewing design trends and even sometimes considered a wild card (he had the audacity to introduce a ready to wear collection in 1959 as he felt designer clothes should be more accessible), the industry that once criticized him eventually honored designer with many prestigious award, chief among them the trio of Golden Thimbles (fashion’s answer to the Academy Awards).

As we walked through the leave-behind exhibit at Rosecliff, “Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Pierre Cardin Newport 6Innovation,” I learned more about the designer, who was the son of Italian immigrants and raised in St. Etienne, France. By 17, he was a tailor and moved to Paris. Soon he became an assistant to none other than Christian Dior and after three years, launched his own line. Earlier in his career he made costumes for Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film la Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), and later in his career created his own theater in Paris, l’Espace (and eventually, bought Maxim’s). The exhibit, a celebration of Cardin’s bold, avant-garde and forward thinking approach, features 42 pieces including 1960s space-age looks from the Cosmocorps collection, unisex jumpsuits created for the 1972 Olympics, and the technologically advanced Cardine dress, made of thermo-formed fabric that was worn by Lauren Bacall in 1968. It will be on display at Rosecliff through the end of the year.

We were lucky enough to be connected by phone to Cardin, who expressed his deep regret for not being able to attend the Newport gala. Our small gathering of media then engaged in a question and answer session which led to thoughtful discussion on the exhibit, the show, and Cardin’s legacy. Without further ado, here’s a smattering of images from the event: 

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Photos: JP Yim/Getty Images for the Preservation Society of Newport County

June 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Namaste in the Neighborhood at The Attwater

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Summer officially starts on Wednesday, and there’s no better place to savor the season of sun and fun, sailing and celebrating, and the spoils of the sea than here in Newport. While it’s the best time of year to relax and unwind, social schedules do indeed get hectic, so setting apart some time to be mindful, thankful and appreciate life in the moment and all the beauty that surrounds us here on Aquidneck Island is imperative. 

I was reminded of how blissful if feels after yoga recently when I was able to practice with trees swaying in the breeze overhead and fluffy white cloud sauntering across the sky on the back deck of The Attwater. The boutique hotel on Liberty Street (steps from the Newport Art Museum) is known for its chic coastal meets contemporary interior design, the deck is spacious and secluded, and though just a stone’s throw from Bellevue Avenue, you’d never know you’re in the heart of Historic Hill.

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Getting our “om” on…

On the third Thursday of each month, The Attwater opens its doors to the community for yoga from 6pm – 7pm, followed by an hour-long pop-up shop featuring  local makers in The Attwater Café. Not very flexible? Yoga is a challenge for you? No worries – that’s why yoga is always called a “practice,” and besides, The Attwater’s Vinyasa-style yoga classes are taught by the AWESOME Emily Moyer (pictured at top) from Newport’s Community Yoga Center for WellnessNewport’s Community Yoga Center for Wellness, who walks you through each pose with gentle encouragement.

Cost: $20 per class for hotel and community guests. Classes are limited to 8 participants, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or can be paid in cash to Emily upon arrival. Enjoy your post-yogaIMG_8606 bliss with a complimentary seasonal smoothie made by The Attwater team. Guests are asked to bring their own yoga mat, but the instructor will have a few extra on hand as well. 

The monthly public class dates and pop-up partners are: 

The weekly yoga series will continue through September 29. Namaste.

PS: I posted some fun pics from the inaugural yoga session at The Attwater on my Instastories at @newportstyle!

June 11, 2017 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

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