Archive for January, 2010
This week’s Deals & Steals is all about bettering the mind, body and spirit. Let’s start with shopping for a cause: Alex & Ani is doing their part for Haitian relief by offering one of their signature expandable bangles, the Cornelian, at a discounted price of $18 (normally $28), with 100% of all profits donated to Project USA. Project USA, a private 509a foundation, was started by the creators of Alex and Ani to give back to the local and world community by providing offering aid to those who need it the most. With the money raised from the Cornelian Expandable Wire Bangle, Project USA will donate all profits to Doctors Without Borders to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. It features a Russian Gold or Russian Silver finish plated over a brass base and is adorned with a Cornelian stone. While we adore the Bowen’s Wharf location, this “Charity by Design” bangle is being offered exclusively online. Visit www.alexandani.com to get yours today.
Green Envy Eco-Boutique in Newport’s Brick Market Place is also stepping up to the cause. From February 1st through 14th, Green Envy will donate 10% of the proceeds of all fair trade items sold to Haiti Relief and Development through the American Red Cross. Fair trade items there include clothing, jewelry, accessories and house wares−and the majority of them are organic and eco-friendly as well. Help the earth, help mankind.
At both the Newport and Portsmouth Pink Pineapple locations, for every person who donates $5 or more at the shop or over the phone to the American Red Cross, the Pink Pineapple will add another piece of clothing to the shipment headed to those in need.
You can even get beautiful for a cause thanks to the ladies at Ki-Ra Salon. The beauty hot spot is hosting their annual Pay it Forward Food Drive now through February 13th (get glam for Valentine’s Day!) and will offer 30% off services over $25 and all products to clients who donate a bag of non-perishable food or unused personal hygiene products. Stock up on Aquage, Bilolage, Moroccan Oil, Nioxin, Redken for Men, flat irons, OPI nail polish, brushes, and more. Have you been thinking about a mid-winter beauty boost with highlights, extensions, keratin treatments or other services? Reward yourself by supporting a great cause! All donations are made to local food pantries and shelters.
Finally, downward dog at a discount at Newport’s Soma Yoga, where right now you can get 20% off on all class cards (and gift certificates). The zen-like studio is cozy and calming, promising to help you forget the frigid temps outside while you work up a sweat inside.
Alex & Ani, 1 Bowens Wharf, Newport, alexandani.com
Green Envy Eco-Boutique, 223 Goddard Row in Brick Market Place, Newport, (401) 619-1993, greenenvyshop.com
Pink Pineapple, 380 Thames Street, Newport (401) 849-8181; and 106 Clock Tower Road, Portsmouth, (401) 293-5490, pinkpineapplecashmere.com
Ki-Ra Salon, 6 West Marlborough Street Newport, (401) 847-5472, kirasalon.com
Soma Yoga, 2 Pond Avenue, Newport, (401) 846-7662, somayoganewport.com
When checking out the third and final installment of the William Heydt exhibit, Newportant People, last weekend at the Newport Art Museum (on display at the through April 4th), I couldn’t help but notice the common denominator of many of Heydt’s subjects is their expression of personal style. From a cacophony of color expressed through body art to the engaging confidence across the face of local author and Newport personality Muriel Barclay de Tolly, personal style is about more than just what you wear. Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Fortunately, Newport and Bristol Counties affords hundreds of outlets to express your personal style, whether it’s indulging the expert tailoring of Katie Brierley’s Isoude line at her Bellevue Avenue boutique or a donning a Mad Men-inspired vintage dress from Vintage to Vogue or Closet Revival on Broadway or a timeless Chanel jacket at a virtual steal at Wish on Thames Street. Embrace your personal style and challenge yourself to try something new, who knows what new favorite things you’ll find?
Raise you hand if your closet looks like this…
While many of us fantasize about having such a fabulous, organized closet, I venture to say the reality is a far cry from the above. The good news is we can be on our way to the closet of our dreams by taking the first step of pairing down out of date clothing and shoes, the pieces that never fit properly and those that haven’t been worn over the past year or so. Big Sisters of Rhode Island will be setting up at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina tomorrow, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donate your goods and pop in the hotel for a complimentary cup of Starbucks coffee (and giggle at those paying full price just across the street). You can also sample some of Pier 49’s creamy clam chowder while there.
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, 49 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, (401) 847-9000, thenewport-hotel.com
The Stylephile was delighted to discover hot heels by Poetic License at Newport’s Sole Desire in Brick Market Place. Designed in the U.K., Poetic License is known to merge edgy, English fashion with contemporary cosmopolitan style. Taking a cue from coveted French designer Christian Louboutin’s signature red soles, Poetic License shoes feature bright pink soles and as a relief to ladies everywhere, offer a cushioned footbed. While flats and pumps are part of the collection, the company is best known for flashy, platform designs with a high fashion feel—expect to be asked about them. The Poetic License price point varies from around $80 to $140. Even better, the selection at Sole Desire we spotted are currently on sale.
Sole Desire, 131 Swinburne Row at Brick Market Place, Newport, (401) 846-0067
***Holiday Delight design by Poetic Justice, shown at top, available at Sole Desire and are also available in black and raspberry.
With the weather outside warming up in the next few days (ok, well, 40s is January’s idea of “warming up”), the sales are hotter than ever at a handful of Newport and Bristol County retailers.
TONIGHT, Banana Republic toasts their new denim line and showcases spring arrivals at their New Blues Styling Event beginning at 5 p.m. Shoppers will receive 25% off $100 or more (BRC customers get 30% off $100 or more). Get a tiny taste of the promise of Spring at this event.
Tory Burch, Tibi and Vineyard Vines are just some of the lines you’ll find on the sale rack at Michael Hayes both at the Bellevue Avenue and Bowen’s Wharf locations. Men can expect Canali sports jackets, Hickey Freeman suits, Robert Talbott dress shirts, and Vineyard Vines sportswear marked at 30%, 50% or 75% off. Ladies will find embroidered tunics and kaftans by Jeannie McQueeny, Tory Burch outwear, DKNY sportswear, pieces by Missoni and more also at 30% – 75% off. Sale includes children’s wear at Michael Hayes for Kids next door to the Bellevue location.
Bundle up at a bargain with Patagonia and North Face coats and vests at Bristol’s Striper Moon where you’ll find 30% – 50% off store-wide. Other discounted brands include Free People, 525 America, Vineyard Vines, Lacoste, Blundstone footwear, Mountain Khaki, Citizens of Humanity and more. The sale is first come, first serve and starts today.
Finally, The Narragansett on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf is hosting their Annual Winter Clearance Sale featuring 50% – 75% off Paul & Shark, Polo Ralph Lauren, Geiger, Viyella, Rainforest, Max Mara and more.
Banana Republic, 124 Thames Street, Newport, (401) 848-2440, bananarepublic.com
Michael Hayes, 202 and 204 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, (401) 846-8390, michaelhayesnewport.com
Striper Moon, 11 State Street, Bristol, (401) 253-5499, stripermoonbristol.com
The Narragansett, 3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, (401) 847-0303
Where: 435 Thames Street, Newport
Why: Working for one of the biggest pet food distributors in New England for four years, Susan Forfa gained the know-how of the best pet products working with more than 500 independent pet retail business owners. Inspired to have a shop of her own, Susan opened On The Dog Walk just a couple of months ago. The precious pet boutique carries holistic food, treats, quality toys, clothes and collars (including customized Newport collars and clothing) and leashes for cats and dogs. Helping Susan run the show is her pooch Duncan, a lhasalier; and Kitty, a calico cat. The trio hosts Yappy Hour every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (though it really lasts all day). The shop is celebrating their grand opening with a 15% discount store-wide throughout the month of January.
On the Dog Walk, 435 Thames Street, Newport, (401) 846-0686, onthedogwalk.com
Need to breath a little life into your routine? Organizing IDs, credit cards, your Fare Rewards card, Brick Alley Pub Loyalty Rewards card and your Prep frequent buyer card is easy and chic thanks to the cheerily-colored leather accessory collection by Baekgaard. For 50 years, the Baekgaard brand has been synonymous with quality craftsmanship and inventive design. Wallets, handbags and travel accessories are the foundation of company, merging convenience, practicality and style. The Mole Hole, located in Newport’s Long Wharf Mall (just down from J. Crew and next to Only in Rhode Island), has a collection of Baekgaard accessories marked at 50% off– just look in the case toward the back of the cozy shop. We’re particularly fond of this leather passport case!
The Mole Hole, 21A Long Wharf Mall, Newport, (401) 846-4415, themoleholeofnewport.com