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Spiffy and Spooktacular

Sink your teeth into Halloween costume inspiration with fabulous finds at some of Newport’s best re-sale shops. In a city full of students, socialites and better dressed bourgeoisie, some of the most fashionable and eclectic frocks are surrendered at these chic treasure troves:

Wish Newport’s newest consignment boutique featuring everything from couture gowns to premium denim at a total steal. Let Lisa or Courteney help you navigate through the Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Burberry and Givenchy garments until you find the perfect ensemble. All the best names, none of the pretension. Wish, 664 Thames Street (lower Thames), 401-848-0202. (Open Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun.12-4, or by appointment). http://www.wishnewport.com

Closet Revival Nestled in the heart of Broadway’s hip shops, salons and restaurants, Closet Revival is Newport’s longest running consignment shop with everything from vintage swimsuits to men’s zoot suits. Plenty of shoes and accessories including blast-from-the-past beaded gowns. Closet Revival, 30 Broadway, 401-845-0592

Vintage to Vogue Fabulous flapper? Sultry starlet? This cozy shop across from City Hall carries vintage clothing and jewelry from the Art Deco era as well as high-end designer pieces and some finds for children. Vintage to Vogue, 70 Broadway, 401-845-2223‎.

October 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

Totally Ahhh-some

This time of year, the journey to Newport is about as captivating as the City-by-the-Sea itself. Leaf-peepers are relishing this year’s extraordinary foliage, with treetops painted in crimson red, burnt orange and sun-kissed yellow hues. But Mother Nature isn’t the only one celebrating the autumn’s spirit.

The Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island rolled out their Fall 2009 Harvest Treatments. They had our attention at four simple words: warm cider body scrub. The crème de la crème of this seasonal specials is the Harvest Ritual. Here’s how the spa describes it:

Your journey begins with an autumn leaf clove scented foot soak accompanied by our signature harvest tea. Under the warm cascade of our Vichy shower, you will experience a sense of balance of the mind and spirit during a warm cider body scrub. You will then be transported to a warm, orange-scented cocoon where you will receive an exfoliating pumpkin facial to brighten up dry dull skin. Your journey continues with a Harvest Moon massage the incorporates harvest-scented eye pillows and mulling spiced essential oils incorporating long, flowing strokes that release tension and stress. Your journey is now complete. You are ready to face the swirling leaves of life.

This all-complete treatment lasts three hours and costs $265. Other seasonal (and less costly) treatments in the Harvest Moon Massage (50 minutes /$125), the Pumpkin Facial (50 minutes /$125), a Pomegranate & Fig Manicure (50 minutes/$55) and finally, the Autumn Leaf Padicure (80 minutes /$80). Think this kind of pampering is geared toward Hyatt guests? Think again. Locals are always welcome, and at the Stillwater, rewarded: the spa offers a 20% locals discount Monday through Thursday, and follwing any 50 min. spa treatment, guests have full use of the pool,  sauna rooms, and fitness center.

October 27, 2009 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

This Weekend: Annual Lower Thames Street Stroll

In a toast to autumn’s arrival, Lower Thames Street comes alive this Saturday and Sunday with music and entertainment, dining deals, and discounts at more than a dozen unique shops and galleries. The heart of Newport’s working waterfront, Lower Thames Street is also home to five marinas, historic properties, museums and bed and breakfasts. Below is a list of some of the deals and steals not to miss during this weekend’s much anticipated stroll:

Thames Glass Glassblowing Studio & Gallery (668 Thames Street): Watch glassblowing or make your own hand blown glass ornament.  Mention the stroll and get $10 off a $50 purchase of hand blown glass vases, ornaments and more. Open M-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5.

Frazzleberries (475 Thames Street) Celebrating 13 years in business, the country store with housewares, candles, custom signs and nautical knickknacks is offering storewide savings of 13% off.

Patagonia on Thames (468 Thames Street) Mention the stroll and get 15% off purchases $100+ and 20% off purchases $250+, on full price, current retail products (discount excludes items already on sale). Open Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5.

All Fired Up Pottery (452 & 662 Thames Street) Watch pottery being made, enjoy a cup of hot cider and take 10% off your entire purchase.

Gioni Originals (452 Thames Street) Check out the artist onsite creating original works from vintage and contemporary Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, and take 10% off store-wide.

Erica Zap (477 Thames Street) Cider and refreshments all weekend at the  shop of contemporary, eclectic and ethnic finds. 15% off giftware and handbags (excludes sale items).

echo of the dreamer seahorse bracelet

echo of the dreamer seahorse bracelet

Down Under Jewelry (479 Thames Street) Find homemade seasonal treats and savings at this jewelry store that carries famed lines including Alexis Bittar, Echo and the Dreamer, Me & Ro, Wendy Mink and more. Mention the stroll and receive 20% off your entire purchase (excludes sale items). Open Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5.

Cabbage Rose (493 Thames Street) Tops, bottoms, dresses, Paul Frank t’s, denim by Dollhouse, shoes and accessories—take an extra 10% off all merchandise, including sale items.

Island Pursuit (364 Thames Street) Nautically-inspired frocks for and men and women reduced for the fall sale! Open Sun.-Thurs., 10-6, Fri. and Sat.10-9.

Tropical Gangsters (375 Thames Street) Funky fashion and accessories for women offered with a 15% off stroll discount Open Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-6.

NRF Museum Store (415 Thames Street)You may not be an heiress but you can own something inspired by one here. 10% off regularly priced merchandise.

International Yacht Restoration School (449 Thames Street) The legacy of


Shipwrights in training at IYRS

Shipwrights in training at IYRS

shipbuilding past and future lives at IYRS. Receive 20% off merchandise at the Visitor Center, open from 10-5.

Revel in family friendly entertainment and events for all ages all weekend, not to mention a host of savory dining deals at some of the best restaurants in the City-by-the-Sea. For a full (printer -friendly) line up, click here.

October 21, 2009 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Deal & Steal

Posh Italian sailing and crew wear company Murphy & Nye set up shop on Bowen’s Wharf last year much to the delight of discerning sailors and enthusiasts alike. Sporty but chic pieces for men and women include knitwear, jackets, trousers, tops, shoes and accessories. delight of discerning sailors and enthusiasts alike. This week, the outpost of fashion and function has slashed everything to 60% off. Not to worry, this is not a “going out of business sale,” but rather, an attempt to make more room for inventory, before heavier winter gear moves in.


The company was born in Chicago back in1933 as quality sailmakers and in the 1970s was sold to today’s Italian owners who added a dash of European tailoring for a more flattering cut. Fabrics are treated and dyed with special processing techniques designed to recreate sailing fabrics of old, and cutting edge materials keep wearers warm on the water or off.

PS: Stayed tuned this week for an exciting Newport shopping event!!!

October 19, 2009 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Shop Shot: Jason & Co.

Sterling silver fancy-cut canary cubic Zirconia square pendant by Crislu, 18″

Sterling silver fancy-cut canary cubic Zirconia square pendant by Crislu

What: Home accessories, elegant tableware, unique finds, ladies accessories and more surrounded by cases and cases of sparkling jewelry!

Where: 207 Goddard Row, Brick Market Place

A treasure trove of beautiful things, Jason & Co. is perfect place to treat yourself or a loved one. Coveted lines include: Cape Cod Jewelry (a host of bracelets and charms); shimmering sterling silver necklaces and rings with a boatload of bling from Crislu; Pandora charms; gold and silver jewelry beads for necklaces, charms and bracelets by Trollbeads; dazzling gemstone jewelry by Krementz; Howard Miller clocks; exquisite tableware and platters by Wilton Armetale; coastal-inspired entertaining accessories including wine bottle-stoppers and napkin rings by Hans Turnwald; and artisan pieces hand picked by the owner.

Jason & Co., 207 Goddard Row, Brick Market Place, (401) 841-9900

October 14, 2009 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Last Minute Deal & Steal

The Islesboro

The Islesboro

Bellevue boutique CK Bradley just reduced a selection of already on-sale dresses to $99 THRU TUESDAY in honor of the holiday weekend. Dresses include the Bombardino (originally $375) in silk and a variety of colors, the Aurora (originally $319) and the Islamorada (originally$348), both in 100% silk twill and über-flattering, and the Islesboro (seen above; originally $308) made of incredibly comfy stretch cotton sateen, among a number of silk wrap dresses, soft halters and other charmingly preppy designs.

October 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Be a Philanthropic Fashionista

You think you know how to shop? Newport boasts its fair share of the well-heeled, but one of its all-time chicest residents was famed tobacco

Dior Cocktail Dress, ca 1950

Dior Cocktail Dress, ca 1950

heiress Doris Duke (1912 – 1993), who’s covetable closet at her Rough Point Estate on Bellevue Avenue included everything from French couture to American prêt-à-porter. A sneak peek of just a fraction of Duke’s designer duds, including luxe pieces by Pucci, Halston and Dior, are on display now through Nov. 7 in the one-of-a-kind exhibit, Shop Like an Heiress: Buying Fashion in the 20th Century. Honoring Duke’s humanitarian and community spirit, Rough Point is collecting winter clothing for donations TONIGHT for Newport’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

In the last Newport Gallery Night at Rough Point, operated by the not-for-profit Newport Resroration Foundation, warm up with a glass of cider, view fine art, and make a difference to Newport families in need. The cost is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For questions contact Liz@newportrestoration.org or (401) 846-4152.

October 8, 2009 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

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