Archive for August, 2009
The impending foul weather courtesy of Tropical Storm Danny may curb plans for sunning yourself this unofficial last weekend of summer, but neither rain nor wind can keep a good shopper down. As the show must go on, the Newport Arts Festival at the Newport Yachting Center takes place Saturday, Aug. 29th from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m featuring the work of more than 50 diverse artisans from across the country. Weaving through the intriguing marketplace to the live sounds of everything from flamenco to folk, a variety of mediums including wearable art, jewelry, wood and glass work, paintings, photography, pottery and more inspire unique, one-of-a-kind looks. Even better, a portion of proceeds from the festival benefit Looking Upwards, a Middletown-based organization supporting people with developmental disabilities. Admission is just $3 for adults, children under 12 are free. (Saturday evening’s special waterfront performance featuring Avi & Celia and Twist of Fate, beginning at 7 p.m., is $20/$16 advance.)
While appreciating handmade beauty, check out the Newport Potter’s Guild across the street at 302 Thames featuring pottery, decorative sculpture and clay jewelry from local, regional and international artists. Take your time in the studio and gallery space where you can learn about the people behind each magnificent piece.
Ladies aren’t the only ones who like a good bargain, and any sharp dressed Newport County man knows Island Outfitters on lower Thames Street stocks some of the best lines for men (as well as and women and a small collection of children’s wear). Right now, men’s short-sleeve shirts by Tommy Bahama are buy one, get the second 50% off. Same offer for select men’s shorts, and ladies Lacoste polo shirts. (Not on sale but a hot commodity is the new 12 Metre Collection including pieces from Vineyard Vines, Atlantis, and Island Outfitters.)
Across the way, EVERYTHING at Patagonia on Thames Street is marked at 30%, 50% or 70% off– everything from activewear to yoga pants to fleece to backpacks. The store is small but the deals are big- looks like making way for fall product is our gain. Seldom you will see a sale from this environmentally-conscious brand so things will move quick. Finders keepers…
This just in to Stylephile: Recently featured Bellevue Beauty Walk is having a sale on their selection of must-have JoJo earrings. The Swarovski crystal sparklers (set on sterling silver posts) are being offered at 3 pairs for $45 of the small bling and 3 for $60 of big bling. Sale is this FRIDAY and SATURDAY only. Happy shopping!
What: An open, airy surf shop with a great selection of boards and accessories, a small but distinctive collection of apparel, an array of duffles, totes and oversized travel bags from Newport’s own Re-Sails and a cozy coffee bar for java addicts.
Where: 1 Casino Terrace, Newport (just off Bellevue Avenue)
Thankfully, the only thing Hurricane Bill left behind when he brushed by the New England coast this weekend was slightly cooler temps and an amazing show of jaw-dropping waves, which inspire today’s shop shot. This boardroom is just about the only one you want to be summoned to. Gleaming wood floors, colorful displays, and funky finds make The Boardroom a great place to just relax, explore and soak up coastal living. A collection of vibrant beach cruisers are more like mobile artwork than they are bicycles while plenty of gear and apparel from Hooley keep surfers and landlubbers alike in fashion. There’s a relatively small but well chosen offering of ladieswear which currently includes sales on bathing suits, hats and comfortable dresses; expect more fall pieces to make an appearance soon. Plenty of great pieces for men, too. Surf’s up!
Even though it feels like summer just arrived, Newport County retailers are prepping for fall arrivals by slashing prices on summer fashion. The good news is that autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd, and even better, Newport locals can vouch for the fact that we’re often blessed with idyllic temperatures well into October, so summer duds are wearable for many more weeks.
Stylephile’s first deal can be found at Green Envy in Brick Market Place. The eco-friendly boutique, which offers dresses, skirts, tops for men and women, jewelry, and accessories, is having a Bathing Suit Blowout Sale that includes all styles of eco-friendly designer bikinis and swimsuits, some one-of-a-kind or limited edition, marked 30% off.
Preppy fashionistas can stock up on our favorite little alligator-emblazoned threads at Island Pursuit on Thames Street, where all ladies Lacoste, including classic cotton pique polos (based on designer Rene Lacoste’s original design from 1933), tanks and more, are 30% off. Casual bags by luxury leather goods line Longchamp have all been marked down as well.
Nearby Sunya, a cozy Thames Street boutique known for fabulous dresses, skirts, tops, a few shoes and accessories including hats and handbags, has set up three bargain-busting racks filled with gorgeous designer duds including dresses by Betsey Johnson (including the dainty dress pictured here- love it!), Helen Wang and more, marked at 30%, 40% or 50% off!
Lastly, the highly-anticipated Angela Moore Sample Sale begins today at company headquarters located at 2 Corporate Place in Middletown. Find fabulous discounts on Angela Moore jewelry and one of a kind samples. Ornaments, dresses, sarongs, flip flops, candles and jewelry are all heavily discounted too! Sale runs today through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.pm. Insider’s tip: do your best to get there before the weekend. While the inventory is plentiful, lines are longer on Saturday!
Looking for an excuse to don your favorite Kentucky Derby-style hat just one more time this season? This Thursday, August 20th is the perfect opportunity as the International Tennis Hall of Fame Champion’s Cup presents an unbeatable Ladies Day Package. The $55 ticket includes 1 VIP box seat, a darling pair of sandals from Talbots, a glass of wine from Stonington, Connecticut’s Jonathan Edwards Winery (booth is on-site at the tournament), a voucher for two for a free tasting at the Jonathan Edwards Winery, and $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at the Tennis Hall of Fame Store.
When not sipping chardonnay, shopping, perusing the (air-conditioned!) museum or admiring your new kicks, check out Hall of Famers Jim Courier, Mats Wilander and defending Champion Pat Cash battle it out with Todd Martin, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors for $150,000 in prize money. If you’re looking to lunch, the both the La Forge Casino Restaurant, serving lunch and dinner, and Annie’s restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch, are conveniently located on the Hall of Fame Bellevue block.
The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting. –Vincent Van Gogh
One of Newport’s favorite summer events returns this weekend as Newport Art Museum presents Wet Paint 2009. On Saturday, August 15th, artists scatter about Newport County, canvas in hand, to capture the inspiring milieus only Aquidneck Island and our environs can offer. The “still wet” artworks are due back at the museum by 3 p.m., when staff and volunteers scramble to tag and hang all masterpieces. A preview reception and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., open to the public, allows appreciators to take in the spoils of local talent and bid on works, while the recession-friendly ticket price (members $10; non-members $15) supports Newport Art Museum’s educational programs, exhibitions, and public events.
Bidding resumes on Sunday, August 16th from noon to 3:00 pm, all leading up to the grand finale when selected works from the silent auction are plucked for the coveted spotlight of the live auction hosted by the vivacious Mike Corcoran (bidding amounts begin at the last amount on the bid sheet). There’s nothing quite like the connection one feels to local art, and for visitors, what better way to commemorate time spent in the City-by-the-Sea?
While tens of thousands of visitors flock to Newport to feast their eyes upon the famed “summer cottages” of America’s wealthiest industrial barons, many hope to take a piece of history home with them. The Newport Mansions Stores satisfies even the most discerning shopper’s taste proffering a wide variety of gifts, books, decorative accessories, jewelry, gardening items, historic reproductions and even charming finds for little ones. Savvy shoppers, however, mark their calendars for the few and far between sales like the one that takes place this Friday and Saturday at the stores’ Third Street warehouse where you’ll find 50% to 75% off retail prices. Tasteful treasures for yourself or thoughtful gifts for others “inspired by 250 years of European and American craftsmanship,” pepper the museum-like stores that “capture the timeless elegance and romance of some of America’s greatest houses.” Proceeds benefit the Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization that restores, preserves and protects the 11 properties that represent the best of Newport County’s architectural heritage.
Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15
Preservation Society of Newport County warehouse
215 Third Street, Newport
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.