Archive for July, 2009
PREP (182 Thames Street), the delightful beauty boutique in the heart of downtown Newport, offers local shoppers a delicious deal: Buy one Lip Slip ® by Sara Happ and get a coveted Lip Scrub free ($24 value). Lip Slip, a colorless luxe balm infused with sweet almond, jojoba and macadamia nut oils, is said to offer the glossiest hydration imaginable. The balm is at its best when applied after exfoliating with a peppermint, cocoa, vanilla bean or cinnamon sugar Lip Scrub.
PREP opened its stylish and sophisticated doors in spring 2008 in a sometimes overlooked but inviting space overlooking bustling Thames Street (look for the signature pink Prep sign across from Brooks Brothers, next to Busker’s and above The Humidor Smoke Shop). Once inside, you’ll discover sleek white cabinets with wooden countertops littered with glittering glosses, beauteous blushes and shimmering shadows, all anchored by a large antique oak library card catalogue showcasing even more brands. In front of the floor to ceiling windows hangs a charming petal chandelier— frankly, Prep is every girl’s dream vanity.
In addition to Sara Happ, high-end brands include Kiehl’s, Becca, Alison Raffaele (including natural, paraben free, environmentally friendly products), Julie Hewitt, Stila, Girlactik Beauty (and their famous eye glazes), Napoleon Perdis, Paul & Joe, Tracy Stern Salon Tea, Becker Eshaya fragrances, Bryce organic and paraben free skin care and Coola sun and skin care. Come play and get gorgeous at Prep!
Bellevue Avenue and Newport fashionistas welcome upscale women’s designer Nina McLemore, who opened her third store behind her New York and Washington D.C. eponymously-named boutiques this week. Best known for colorful, versatile jackets made of distinctive European fabrics in natural fibers or fine Asian silks, her impeccably tailored pieces are designed “for smart, confident women on the go.” For those reasons, powerful, accomplished women, including Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton, are drawn to the brand. Considered a “pop-up store,” an emerging trend in the fashion biz where temporary stores embrace a gallery-like feel or semi-permanent trunk show aesthetic, Nina isn’t sure how long she’ll be in Newport, but the Mississippi native is excited to be part of our retail community. “Women need clothing that are beautiful but can also travel well,” she says, surrounded by her highly-lauded collection. Continuing the more than a century-old tradition of fine clothiers along Bellevue Avenue, retail neighbors have welcomed the shop into their fold. In her signature red glasses, Nina greeted shoppers on opening day and looks ahead with a positive attitude. Of course, a challenge isn’t anything new to Nina, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1997. The Nina McLemore collection, which also includes blouses, pants and skirts, range from sizes 0 – 16 (including petites) while price points vary from $125 to $1100.
For just one month, the Potter League for Animals, Newport County’s private, non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals, will take over an available retail space at 13 Touro Street on Newport’s Washington Square (next to Banana Republic) to offer amazing sample jewelry at a fraction of the regular cost. Detailed enamel bracelets, contemporary necklaces, kitschy pins and playful earrings, all by Sequin, are regularly sold at major retailers including Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom. Here in the City-by-the-Sea, the coveted pieces are being sold at 50-80% off retail prices. Seen on InStyle.com and considered one of the hottest affordable accessory brands, Sequin’s designs range from bold and colorful to chic and sleek. The sale, affectionately dubbed “Critter Glitter,” will donate 100% of proceeds to the Capital Campaign for the Potter League’s new animal care and education center. The temporary shop will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through mid-August.
The silver lining of a rainy day? No guilt in abandoning the beach for bargains! Plenty of local shops are starting their summer sales now to make room for fall arrivals. Start with a jolt of caffeine from Café Bellevue (111 Bellevue Avenue), a hidden java gem known for good service, better coffee and fair prices (give in to that urge for fresh pastry—it’s worth every calorie!). Just about a block away, designer denim hotspot Laura Jean just launched a Hudson Jeans promotion. With a purchase of any pair of hot Hollywood-worthy Hudsons, get a pair of the brand’s classic Reilly 5-pocket flair jeans for half-off (Reilly original price: $165, Now: $82.50; while supplies last).
Down on Thames Street, Banana Republic (124 Thames Street) is hosting a Warm Up to Summer event, offering an additional 25% off all your full-priced purchases from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (you’ll have to say you saw the offer on Andrea’s NewportStylephile blog!). While perusing the racks, Ki-ra Salon will be on-hand to give mini massages, samples and make-up touch ups. Note: this offer is only available at the Newport location.
Nearby, Brooks Brothers Country Club store (139 Swinburne Row ) is
offering up to 60% off selected items including light men’s sweaters, women’s sweaters, women’s dresses (super cute!) and perennial Newport classic: SEERSUCKER! Perfect for that summer wedding or a night out wandering Bowen’s Wharf, this light, ubiquitous look has been hot in Newport since the turn of the century for men and today is embraced by women as well.
Finally, Newport’s J. Crew on the Harbor (45 Long Wharf Mall) has already slashed prices on select items, but through tomorrow (July 22), just mention the code EXTRA20 at check out for an additional 20% off sale items!
Check back here for more Deals & Steals as summer rolls on….
Fresh off a fashion show inspired by St. Tropez’s Le Club 55 on Pampelonne Beach, super-chic couple Erin and Thomas Ribeiro of William Street’s Rib & Rhein boutique (86 William Street, Newport) unveiled their latest global finds including bejeweled tops in a cast of brilliant hues, super-skinny jeans and body-hugging natural fiber tanks. As the sun cast its last golden light on the Hotel Viking’s seasonal Top of Newport bar, models strutted their stuff donning Rib & Rhein merchandise from head to toe. With remarkable hair and make-up by Frank Antonio Salon (22 Bellevue Avenue….owner Frank Barbosa jets off to Morocco this fall to beautify the cast of Sex & The City, including fashion icon SJP as Carrie Bradshaw, for their much-anticipated sequel…), the gals looked stunning as they mingled among admirers. “We want to present our contemporary vision of classic Newport that is appealing to all ages,” says Erin, who accomplished the goal by pairing ethnic pieces like Indian kaftans with traditional English/American attire.
In a toast to Newport’s off season, I defined Rib & Rhein as “Tribeca and St. Barths collide” in a February edition of Daily Candy; and it’s true. Warm colors, natural light and east-meets-west eclectic home accents make shoppers feel right at home (or in their dream loft). In a city a bit more skewed to women in terms of fashionable offerings, the boutique offers a small but distinguished collection of menswear, including luxe European linen shirts, which is no surprise considering owner Thomas Ribeiro is arguably Newport’s best dressed man. Spare some time to peruse this en vogue bazaar-like boutique; you won’t regret it.
Celebrating its 26th year, the Black Ships Festival descends on Newport July 16-19 bringing with it a host of entertaining events and festivities—many of which are free and open to the public. In between the shops at Brick Market Place you’ll find Japanese tea tastings at Tea on Thames, sushi demonstrations at Sushi-Go, sumo wrestlers meet and greets, and ninja, anime, samurai sword, stick fighting, painting, calligraphy and martial art demonstrations. Amid all of the activity at Brick Market, check out one of the best shopping sites in Newport, more than 4 acres in fact, of one-of-a-kind shops. While the Thames Street side of Brick Market Place has ample visibility, the back row, Goddard Row, hosts a string of less discovered shopping gems including: Green Envy, an eco-friendly boutique with fair trade clothing, accessories and gifts; Jason & Co., a must-see shop known for the coveted Pandora and Trollbeads jewelry, exquisite coastal accents and home accessories; Portobello Jewelers collection of estate, antique and contemporary stunners; Gelissimo’s sootless candles and other unconventional finds, all made in the U.S.A. Check out these and the rest of the Black Ships events for an international experience right here in the City-by-the-Sea.
The Apothecary, Broadway’s official “get gorgeous” outpost, welcomes Mario Badescu Skin Care specialist Vicki Caira on Friday July 17th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vicki will be doing mini facials and skin consultations using Mario Badescu brand cleansers, exfoliants and more. For over 40 years, Mario Badescu has been the go-to source for beautiful skin, acne and rosacea treatments, cleansers, astringents, moisturizers, serums and eye creams, and customers who buy two or more Mario products can expect a free facial and complimentary gift. The Apothecary is also well known as the go-to shop for all things bareMinerals and other better beauty brands. Owner Jenni Graham has stocked the shop with fun finds from her global adventures including summer tunics and fun accessories. Graham hasn’t forgotten to boys either— plenty of fabulous treatments and shaving salves line the shelves. A full menu of spa treatments is available and Graham books bridal wedding services as well. The beauty boutique has recently expanded their hours on Thursdays, now open until 8 p.m., for both retail and aesthetic services.
Book your min-facial and consult by calling The Apothecary (6 Broadway) at 401-324-6253.