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Deals & Steals

On Saturday (9/26) Green Envy Eco-Boutique in Newport’s Brick Market Place presents a Revel Seven Jeans and Oceans Stone Jewelry trunk show. The secret to Revel Seven’s soft denim is the organic vegetable dyes, salts, and minerals that give the denim a worn, vintage look without using toxic compounds like potassium permanganate and chemical bleaches. Handcrafted Oceans Stone Jewelry is a celebration of local splendor  made with pebbles found along Newport’s shoreline. The trunk show is from 1pm to 7pm and with the purchase of any Revel Seven or Oceans Stone item you will receive 10% off everything else you purchase from Green Envy that day.

Just a few storefronts away, Sole Desire is offering 50% off shoes marked with a red dot– if you buy a second pair, it’s 60% off that pair. There’s a healthy selection of sale shoes and fall arrivals so there’s no excuse not to stock up.

Down on Bowen’s Wharf and up on Bellevue Avenue, both location of Michael Hayes is having a fabulous sale with 50% to 75% off hundreds of top of the line brands for men and women. From casual duds to more formal frocks, new markdowns are added to the sale daily.

Green Envy Eco-Boutique, 223 Goddard Row, Newport, (401) 619-1993

Sole Desire, 131 Swinburne Row, Newport, (401) 846-0067

Michael Hayes, 202-204 Bellevue Avenue and (401) 846-8390, and 19 Bowen’s Wharf, (401) 849-1888, both in  Newport,

September 24, 2009 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Reds, Whites and You

Today we celebrate the autumnal equinox and what better way to welcome the fall than surrounded by the crème de la crème of the culinary world and fine wines from around the globe? The 4th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival kicks off Friday (Sept. 25th) welcoming a weekend of non-stop gourmet indulgence. Highlights include:

Grand Tastings on Saturday (9/26) and Sunday (9/27) featuring more than 150 wine samples from more than 150 producers, food samples from nearly two dozen restaurants and caterers and live cooking demonstrations

• Celebrity Chef Demonstrations featuring Chef Jacques Pépin, Chef Joanne Weir, Chef David Burke and other culinary experts, plus an appearance by Ray Isle, Wine Editor of Food & Wine magazine and a special wine presentation by “Dr. Vino” Tyler Colman

• Sunday Jazz Brunch on the terrace of Marble House

• “A Vintage Evening at The Breakers” Gala Celebration featuring a collectible wine auction with auction services provided by Christie’s (NYC)

If you just want to get into the spirit of things without the festival, visit The Wine Cellar directly across from the Hotel Viking. The cozy, specialty wine shop features high quality, small production, hand crafted wines carefully chosen by the owners for each distinct palate. Or, pay a visit to Newport County’s trio of wine producers: Newport Vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards, or Sakonnet Vineyards. Cheers!

The Wine Cellar, 24 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, (401) 619-3966

September 22, 2009 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Feelin’ Haute Haute Haute

Fashionistas take note: The September Issue, a documentary on the glamour, the power, and passion behind Vogue magazine and its seemingly immortal editrix Anna Wintour, opens this Friday (September 18th) at Newport’s Jane Pickens Theater in Washington Square. It’s not the first time the high fashion pub has been at the Pickens. In 2005, Vogue sponsored the opening night screening of “Seamless,” a documentary following the struggle of talented but underfunded emerging designers, at the Newport International Film Festival. Designer Doo Ri Chung, a subject in the film (and today at the helm of her prospering Doo.Ri line, just shown last night at New York City’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park), and Vogue publisher Tom Florio mingled at the after party in Newport’s historic Colony House.

While the ins and outs of Vogue’s most anticipated issue are relegated to the Big Apple, Newport welcomed its own haute couture studio this summer, Isoude, which captured’s attention in June. Designed by the FIT and RISD-educated Katie Brierley, Isoude’s collections include elegant cocktail dresses, formal gowns, skirts, tops and more, all meticulously crafted of the most luxurious fabrics. Each piece seems to invoke a modern aesthetic but timeless styling, which is why the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology included a piece from the line in their newly minted Fashion & Politics exhibit. But you don’t have to traipse to NYC to see the best of Isoude, simple visit the Bellevue Avenue studio (142 Bellevue Avenue, Newport).

September 17, 2009 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Don’t Miss the Boat

This week (from Thursday, Sept. 17 through the 20th) the annual extravaganza that is the Newport Boat ShowBannister’s WharfBowen’s Wharf, the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and the Newport Yachting Center, all of which are accessible by land or by free water taxis service.  In addition to the array of sail and power boats, the largest in-water show in the Northeast features a ton of exhibitors and handful of seminars helpful to boat owners and those looking for the right vessel to suit their lifestyle. comes to town taking over the a host of waterfront facilities including Oldport Marine, parts of and

With boats on the brain, today’s Stylephile takes a look at Newport’s

Anchor Totes by Re-Sails

Anchor Totes by Re-Sails

own Re-Sails, a shop you’ll find on lower Thames Street featuring their own line of bags, apparel and accessories fashioned from old, retired or recycled sails (there’s a second location in Annapolis, Maryland). With signature sail features, including zig zag stitching and sail numbers, this veritable “green” outfitter keeps fashion and function on the forefront. Jackets, vests and bags are waterproof, made with resin-coated Dacron sailcloth (or laminated Kevlar/Mylar) and urethane-coated nylon, which has an added benefit; the nylon contains UV sunscreen which keeps the fabric from fading or degrading in the sun. As sails are the lifeblood of ocean-crossing racers, its durability inspires the company’s lifetime guarantee (save for normal wear and tear). Learn more at:

Re-Sails, 400 Thames Street, Newport, (401) 849-8622

September 15, 2009 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Ah, fall. It seems like as soon as September was underway, New England decided to jump right in with unabashed gusto. While it’s always sad to see summer close, the reinvigorated fashions of fall seem to make everything right with the world. Inspired by the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker, the Stylephile has scoped out some of the best mid-calf, knee-high and at/over the knee fall boots around town.

Starting on Thames Street, Sole Desire is carrying the latest covetable designs by Steve Madden, Born and the veritable American boot purveyor, Frye (making boots since 1863, making The Frye Company is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States). Sole Desire also stocks this fall’s must-have boot, the Steve Madden “Mantel.”

Steve Madden Mantel boot

Steve Madden Mantel boot

Just a few stops down on Swinburne Row, Ooh Ooh Shoes! boasts a small but distinguished boot selection as well (though it is entirely too easy to get distracted by their amazing collection of Badgley Mischka cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns).

Men and women who already know the quality of the Rockport brand will enjoy the selection of boots at the location at the corner of Thames and Mill Streets. All leather and known for comfort and dependability, the Rockport offerings are worth checking out.

Sole Desire, 131 Swinburne Row, Newport, (401) 846-0067

Ooh Ooh Shoes! 127 Swinburne Row, Newport, (401) 847-4900,

Rockport, 240 Thames Street, Newport, (401) 849-9666,

September 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm 1 comment

Shop Shot: Wag Nation

What: A boutique for cats and dogs featuring four-legged fashions, collars and leashes, posh beds, toys and the best foods for Fido

Where: 92 William Street, Newport

With an assortment of delicious gourmet dog treats, foods, collars, leashes, cat and dog toys, canine couture, furnishings and gifts, Wag Nation is a bright and cheerful shop that allows owner to spoils their most loyal companions. Preppy pups are drawn to the Smathers & Branson needlepoint collars while tougher doggies are better suited to leather collars bearing skulls and crossbones. You can also find adorable life jackets to outfit the nautical pooch! Thursday, September 10th from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m,doggy fashion show at Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate showcasing haute fashions for dogs and their owners. Visitors can learn about pet adoption and more from the Potter League for Animals and will have an opportunity to tour an exhibit of Doris Duke’s couture collection Shop Like an Heiress: Buying Fashion in the 20th Century on display inside the mansion. Treats will be provided for both dogs and humans. Guests are welcome to bring well behaved dogs to the event but all canine visitors must be on a leash. Admission is $5 for adults; children (12 and under) and dogs are free. For more details about the event, visit Tickets are sold at the door, but RSVPs are requested at or 401-846-4152. (Rain date is Thursday, September 17.)

September 9, 2009 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Deals & Steals

Labor Day may bid adieu to summer but to the savvy shopper it means three things: sales, sales sales! This week’s deals and steals brings us to Portsmouth for a fabulous sidewalk sale on Friday and Saturday only at fashionable Clock Tower Square. Select soft and snuggly pajamas to sexy underthings at Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie are marked at 60% off. Expect markdowns on some of the best bras from Wacoal, jammies from Bedhead, bras and panties from Chantelle and more.

Nearby, the Groovy Gator, catering to pint-sized fashionistas, has colorful finds for infants to tweens marked at 50% off. While most markdowns are summer pieces, anyone around kids can tell you season-specific is wasted on young ones; they like what they like, and adorable cotton tees and soft shorts and skirts are perfect indoor gear. (Plus, you can stock up for that mid-winter escape down south.)

Stalise, and upscale boutique for women with a refreshing collection of cocktail and casual dresses, tops, slacks and designer denim, has slashed prices, marking all summer merchandise at 75% off! The Stylephile got a preview and can confirm there’s a nice array of sizes and selection.

Also at Clock Tower Square, the über-adorable Pink Pineapple (with a sister location in Newport) has a ton of markdowns on cocktail dresses, tops and skirts by Shoshanna, Milly, Helen Wang, MM Couture and more– some at more than 50% off, and there’s a $20 rack too (cash and check only for the latter). Looking ahead to fall, the Pineapple is offering buy 1 get 1  half-off on all cashmere … mention this site and receive 20% off any single NON-SALE ITEM through Labor Day.

Finally, back in Newport, swanky chic boutique Kristina Richards begins their annual sale event TODAY with pieces from Shoshanna, J Brand, T-Bags, Ella Moss, Alice & Olivia, True Religion, Free People and more marked down 25% to 50%. The sale lasts through Monday. Happy shopping (and saving)!

September 3, 2009 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

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