Archive for November, 2009


pictured here: Pink Pineapple's ruffle cardigan

Starting in Portsmouth’s Clock Tower Square….

All-season, soft and sophisticated, cashmere has stood the test of fashion time. The Pink Pineapple will be showcasing their renowned cashmere sweater collection at prices up to 75% off at their Portsmouth location only Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 27-29) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Stylephile is already a fan of the collection, created by Stacie Browning Hall, and loves it even more when it’s on sale (especially with all those holiday soireés filling up the calendar!).This year’s collection includes a wide range of fashionable options ranging from traditional cable-knits to sleek, modern styles including their fabulously comfortable cashmere dresses. The 5th Annual Warehouse Sale will also feature madras skirts for $20, madras dresses for $30 and tons of Pink Pineapple’s glam-tastic accessories for just $5 and $10.

The stylish Stalise boutique is having a Friends and Family Sale (if you’re a Stylephile reader, you’re a friend!) offering 20% off store-wide Friday only.

Coco Bonbons cotton/wool blend girl’s coat

The Groovy Gator celebrates Black Friday with 20% to 50% off boys and girls clothing (newborn to size 16), including Blabla, Maggie in the Middle, Coco Bonbons, Melissa and Doug and more. Tons of toys, accessories and more all part of the sale lasting Friday through Sunday.

Just a few storefronts down, Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie kicks off a 2-Day Sale starting Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) with 20% off all sleepwear and 15% off all bras and panties (and yes, that includes the coveted collection of  Hanky Panky’s). Saturday, Nov. 28 (10 a.m. to 5  p.m.) offers 15% off all sleepwear and 10% off all bras and panties.

In Newport, Tropical Gangsters kicks of their 30 For 30 sale on Friday commemorating 30 years in business with 30% off store-wide. Trendy dresses, tops, jeans, accessories and shoes can be found at this Thames Street boutique.

Red Engine jeans at Gossip

Did you hear the Gossip? Just a few shops down from Tropical Gangsters, Gossip is offering a FREE $118 sweater with any purchase of $200 or more, a free gift with any purchase, and 50% off daily specials. The deal was a hit at Gossip’s “flagship” shop in wonderful Wickford Village last year, and Janelle has  extended the offer to the Thames Street shop too. Gossip carries designer duds from Free People, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson and Red Engine in addition to fabulous dresses and accessories.

Wish consignment boutique on Lower Thames is celebrating Black Friday with 10% off all purchases, and for every $50 spent, shoppers are entered into a raffle to win a gift basket including a Wish gift certificate- also, extended hours on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Narragansett on Bowen’s Wharf, purveyor of fine lines including Paul & Shark, Polo Ralph Lauren, Max Mara, Gant and Geiger, is offering a Buy One, Get the Second Half Off deal (second item must be of equal or lower


Banana Republic at the corner of Washington Square and Thames Street is opening at their normal time (10 a.m.) but offering buy one, get one free cashmere sweaters for men and women in addition to in-store promotions. They’re staying open an extra hour, ’til 7 p.m., as well.

Glassware from Marie-Luise

Also on Bowen’s Wharf, handmade glass bowls, vases, dishes, ornaments, sculpture, jewelry and more by recognized American and international artists are marked 30% off at Marie-Luise, one of Newport’s shops that proves good things come in small packages.

Up on Bellevue Avenue, The Linen Shop, offering everything from bedding to tabletop accessories to better bath goods (like luxe soaps and candles),  is 20% to 50% off store-wide now through Christmas Eve. Get there sooner rather than later for the best deals.

Next door, Laura Jean Denim is offering 10% off to all Stylephile readers!

On nearby William Street, ultra-chic Rib & Rhein is offering 10% off all boutique purchases and 20% off all men’s outerwear jackets and blazers on Black Friday.

Also on Bellevue, CK Bradley takes the day off on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday is offering 30% off store-wide (except jewelry).

In Bristol, newly merged with the Newport County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, there’s also noteworthy savings. Check out the Black Friday early bird special at Striper Moon where from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. , take 20% off all North Face.

Brides-to-be must catch the exclusive one-day, 3-hour sample sale at the soon to be relocated Edna Mae’s at 30 Bradford Street in Bristol. In partnership with Newport Wedding Magazine, the bridal millinery is featuring 50% to 75% off bridal tiaras, combs, veils and silk shoes; 50% off all wraps and silk pashminas, bridal garters, hankies, ring pillows, silk and beaded bags. Brides MUST RSVP to owner Jamie at to secure an appointment (all sales final, cash preferred).

Buying local is more than just supporting friends and neighbors, it’s about putting dollars back into the community. Earlier in the year, TIME magazine published this article explaining the beneficial cycle of buying local and why it is more important than ever. Set a plan, shop early, stay late. Happy shopping!

November 25, 2009 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

New to Newport (sorta): The Finer Consigner

There’s already a Middletown location, but The Finer Consigner is opening their second shop in downtown Newport Friday, Nov. 27th (very appropriate as it is the biggest shopping day of the year)  featuring pre-owned fine furnishings, household accessories, decorative accents, a wide array of estate jewelry and a few select clothing items. Among the threads you’ll find top of the line men’s suits by Pendleton starting at just $99.

Re-inventing the space that once was the Everyday Gourmet, The Finer Consigner is welcome addition to the Thames Street shops with nearby neighbors including Wish and Thames Street Glass. With inventory changing almost daily (one of the beauties of resale shops), The Finer Consigner is the perfect place to visit before attempting a recession-friendly redecoration, to find an affordable accent, or bring an authentic piece of Newport home with you. Check out the ever changing treasures at The Finer Consigner at 677 Thames Street or at their original Middletown location at 72 East Main Road (across from Christmas Tree Shops).

November 23, 2009 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Bienvenue Le Petit Gourmet!

Grand Opening Celebration today! Come one, come all and sample treats for your holiday and everyday!

The Newport Wine Cellar’s David and Maria Glade eagerly announce the perfect pairing for their already admired wine shop: a specialty food and artisanal cheese headquarters right next door. Le Petit Gourmet will offer a wide variety of imported and domestic artisanal cheeses, high quality dry goods, cured meats and olives, fresh breads, and simple prepared meals to-go, in addition to some hard to find regional specialties from all wine growing regions—all things from earth and vine. “We want to provide excellent quality and value—great food and wine at reasonable prices in a friendly and educational environment,” say the couple, who have already mastered the art of stocking lesser-known varietals.

A welcome addition to Historic Hill, directly across from the Hotel Viking, Le Petit Gourmet will have complimentary weekly tastings, wine classes on Wednesdays, monthly cheese dinners, wine and cheese of the month club, and an introduction to some new adventures in food and wine.

“Our philosophy is to keep it simple, affordable and fun, so just come in and chat with us,” say the Glades. “Relax, it’s just food and wine—you are supposed to enjoy yourself!”

Newport Wine Cellar & Le Petit Gourmet is located at 24-26 Bellevue Avenue and is open 11:30-7pm daily; 12pm-5 on Sunday. There is available parking in the rear of the building.

November 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

Deals & Steals

Turquoise, blue topaz and sterling silver ring by echo of the dreamer

Black Friday comes early to Newport County with sales rolling in left and right. Today, we’re gushing about Jason & Co.’s store-wide sale with nearly everything (except Pandora) marked 20%- 50% off. The backbone of the Brick Market boutique, tucked among the string of shops on Goddard (the back) row, is jewelry from better known brands including echo of the dreamer, Kabana, Kum Kum, Ayala Bar, Michael Michaud, Mary Frances and Cape Cod Jewelry.

Stylephile showcased Jason & Co. in October- click here to learn more, or better yet, stop by and see this best kept secret for yourself.

On Bellevue Avenue, Michael Hayes is hosting an intriguing sale  this Friday, Saturday and Sunday only…here’s the deal: shop ’til you drop and discover your myster discount- 20%, 30% or 40% off- at the register.

And don’t forget today and tomorrow are the last two days of the Angela Moore Sample Sale in Middletown!

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

Micheal Hayes, 204 Bellevue Avenue, (401) 846-3090 and 19 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, (401) 849-1888

November 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: Angela Moore Sample Sale Starts Today

It’s that time of year to stock up on those coveted colored beads a la Angela Moore! Score up 50% off hand painted jewelry collections, ornaments, ties, dresses and more at the designer’s semi-annual sample sale. Sale runs Tuesday, November 17th thru Friday, Nov. 20th from 10am -5pm, and Saturday, November 21st from 10am-2pm at Moore’s corporate office in Middletown at Two Corporate Place. (Call 849-1900 ext. 1 with any questions)

November 17, 2009 at 11:39 am 1 comment

Stars in our Backyard: Handbag Couturier Marcela Calvet

Capucine“I was born in the beautiful and stylish city of Buenos Aires, but because I had the great fortune of having traveled since childhood, I consider myself a citizen of the world,” says renowned designer Marcela Calvet. “I spend most of the year here in Newport, a city that I find so charming for so many reasons.” The designer’s eponymously named handbag label is well-established in the luxury goods coterie, sold exclusively at her Newport showroom, her Buenos Aires atelier and online on her web site.

Calvet is much more concerned about quality than she is quantity. “Our collections are produced in limited-editions for two reasons: 1) to maintain the exclusivity of our  label and designs; and 2) because our  handbags are hand-made,” she explains. ” The latter requires a great level of expert artisanship and precision, making it a time consuming endeavor.”

The designer fashioned her first creation at age nine and hasn’t looked back since. “I do not think one becomes a designer but rather you are born one. Possessing a keen eye for color, texture, a sense of aesthetics and style, are the main attributes of a designer.” But why handbags? Calvet claims where the handbag was once “merely the complement to couture ensemble,” today is the centerpiece. Inspired by beauty found in nature, in a song, a painting, a poem, a child’s smile, in love and in life, Calvet eschews trends and embraces her creative spirit. While the world may know her, Newport County is proud to call Calvet our own.

Bags shown here: above, left: Capucine / at right: Corinne; both from Calvet’s most recent collection entitled Ariege.

View the collection online at or in person by private appointment in her Bellevue Avenue showroom by calling: 401-207-5309.

November 17, 2009 at 11:13 am 6 comments

Weekend Trunk Show and Deal & Steal

22Laura Jean Denim presents GOKA’s fall collection of shoes and boots in an all-day trunk show tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bellevue Avenue boutique. The sexy footwear, designed by Brazilian native 32turned Rhode Island resident Alessandra Gold, is best known for an innovative, artful look, which explains why they’re often seen sashaying down the catwalk.

Meanwhile, all designer denim for men and women at Laura Jean will be offered at a 15% discount during the show.  The varied selection accommodates most body types and ages including low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise, skinny, straight, boot and flair styles. Just some of the lines Laura Jean carries includes: Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, James Jeans, AG, Kasil, Paige Premium Denim, Cambrio and Citizens of Humanity. Grab those wellies and happy shopping!

Laura Jean is located at 198 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Call 401-849-5326 or visit for information.

November 13, 2009 at 11:54 am 2 comments

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