Archive for April, 2010

Friday Night = Jazz and Moonlight

The sun is bright, the breeze is warm and you’re itching to enjoy the elements. If you haven’t been yet, the fresh re-design at The Chanler’s bar area, outside the lauded Spiced Pear Restaurant, offers comfy seating areas for 1-2 up to small parties. But before you think an evening here will break the bank, check out the new bar menu, which features $9 appetizers, including savory gourmet grilled pizzas, a fabulous risotto and more. Looking for something a little more hearty? Enjoy a three-course dinner for $23 between 5pm-6pm. Even better, Friday night means Fireside Jazz, featuring Dick Lupino and his band, and sip $0.25 martinis (limit two per person) with an order from the lunch or all-day menu — your choice of a classic, dirty, apple, cosmo or the Spiced Pear martini (which I can personally vouch for).  The terrace will be open for the season soon, so stay tuned!

See the All Day and Appetizer menus after the jump….


April 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

ELLE DECOR Editor Comes to Newport

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mitchell Owens, Editor at Large at ELLE DÉCOR magazine, who will be delivering the final presentation at the Newport Symposium this Wednesday. He absolutely gushed about Newport,  using words like “ravishing,”  “extraordinary,” and “stunning,” which should make us walk a little taller today and be grateful for being a part of this community — whether you live here or make it a point to come back often. Mitch is just one of a handful of notables that are scheduled to be in Newport for events this summer (more on that later). For now, here’s a portion of our Q & A:

What will you be covering in your Newport Symposium lecture?

What I’m going to be talking about is, and it’ so funny I had to come up with a title before I really thought of the specifics, but it’s going to be Riding High, Optimistic Chic American Interior Design in the 20th Century. We’re talking mainly between 1925 and1963; American designers who, at that time, we define as “front row decorating.” Rooms then were designed for people who wanted them published, for people who tho ught of themselves as stylish. There are a handful of d es igners, but I’ve limited myself to eight — I only have 45 minutes so I have to control myself! I have to leave a few out because I have to focus on a rip-roaring lecture of designers during that period that exemplified and reflected American optimism and design — beautiful settings for beautiful people. I’ll be talking about Ruby Ross Wood, George Stacey, William Haines and some names that I am hoping will not be as familiar, like Hobe Erwin. He was the set director for movies like the original Little Women [1933, starring Katherine Hepburn] and Gone With the Wind. He was a prominent New York decorator. I haven’t been able to find many of his interiors, but I did find three. I think I approach the talk in three sections: East Coast, Chicago and West Coast.


April 27, 2010 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Fashion in Bloom at Blithewold

The fashions of the women of Blithewold will come alive in the special exhibit Fashion in Bloom at the famed Bristol mansion, gardens and arboretum. Period dresses, hats, and accessories will adorn the upper-level rooms and the exhibit space outside of Marjorie’s bedroom. Fashion in Bloom will also celebrate style through works in paper and fabric in a juried exhibit April 25 – May 23 (opening reception for the exhibit is Sunday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m). Click here for more information.

April 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Earth Day Edition: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Be Green Sale

Like many moms with little ones, Alison Murphy looked around one day and was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff she had acquired since her year-and-a-half old daughter, Avery, was born. Beautiful but unworn clothing, strollers, a crib, and the toys, oh, the toys … it was easy to feel cramped in her two-bedroom condominium in Newport. She brought Avery’s gently used items that she had simply outgrown or had duplicates of to a weekend-long consignment sale in Boston, priced it, dropped it off, and two weeks later, received a check for $400. Taking a cue from the win-win experience, Alison teamed up with her sister-in-law, Meredith Brown, to create Be Green Kids Consignments, a seasonal consignment event, holding their first sale at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall in Middletown, May 13-16.

The project was a no-brainer for the event planner, who is currently adding area consignors to the growing roster of area families participating in the Be Green sale. Consignors register at (there is a $10 registration fee), gather the items they want to sell, enter the items into Be Green’s on-line ticketing system (consignors decide what price to sell the item for), then they drop the items off at the FOP hall, which will be set up like a retail store, on May 12thBe Green and a team of volunteers will do all the on-site selling. “Consignors receive 60% of their proceeds, but they can volunteer and increase their percentage to 75%,” Murphy explains. Any unsold items that consignors chose to donate will be given to Child & Family Services.

Buyers, meanwhile, can find everything from strollers, high-chairs, bouncy seats, car seats and activity centers to upscale clothing, toys, books and more at up to 70% off retail prices. Be Green is also hosting a “Due & New VIP Shopping Event” Friday evening, May 14th, open to parents expecting their first child or new parents with a child under one year of age. “We are really trying to make this is a special event,” she says, adding that attendance will be limited and guests will receive a goody bag and be eligible for door prizes throughout the night.

For more information about Be Green Kids Consignments or to register as a consignor, please visit:

April 22, 2010 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Going Au Natural with BRYCE

It’s common to see shoppers in the grocery store aisle, eyes intent a product’s nutritional information, educating themselves and making decisions on what to put in their body. But have you ever inspected the ingredients of your beauty and personal care products? Octyl Stearate? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? Triclosan? Ugh. Recently learning more about some of the misinformation, dangers and mislabeling that runs rampant throughout the cosmetic industry thanks to organizations like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, I was delighted to discover Rhode Island-made Bryce Organic Skin Care for sale at Green Envy in Brick Market Place and used at the The Spa at the Newport Marriott.

BRYCE products are 100% natural, made from organic whole fruit and vegetable pureés, and are devoid of chemicals and artificial ingredients. The exfoliating scrubs, vitamin-rich and antioxidant masques, facial peels, soaps and body mists are all paraben-free– something to applaud,  considering 99% of all beauty, cosmetic and personal care products contain a form of parabens. Creator Adrian Bryce Dior, who bases the line out of Providence, is committed to using premium ingredients and will be introducing new products in the near future.

I’m still loving the invigorating scents of the Mediterranean Pomegranate,  California Meyer Lemon, Rhode Island Pumpkin Enzyme and Hawaiian Coconut exfoliating facial scrubs I found at Green Envy, but am looking forward to exploring other other products, including New Zealand Kiwifruit Exfoliating Polishing Scrub & Vitamin C Masque and the New York Finger Lakes Grape Restoring Facial Peel (if you’ve never tried grape-based skin care, you’re missing out; the clean scent and refreshing results are heavenly).

Green Envy is located in Newport’s Brick Market Place at 223 Goddard Row, Newport, (401) 619-1993,, The Spa at the Newport Marriott is located at 25 America’s Cup Avenue, (401) 849-1000,

Learn more about BRYCE Organic Skin Care by visiting

April 19, 2010 at 7:38 am 4 comments

Strike a Pose

Venerable Boston-based photography team Person + Killian proudly opened a second satellite location in Newport’s historic Travers Building this month, catering to Newport’s thriving wedding market. The dynamic duo of Jill Person and Laurén Killian grew up in greater Boston, earned degrees in photography, and met early in their careers working for the same photography company. After the shutterbugs paired up, the two opened a studio in Boston’s Back Bay and ever since, have earned an enviable reputation throughout the wedding industry. With increased inquiries from brides-to-be based in New York and southern Connecticut planning a destination wedding in Newport, the team took the plunge to open their doors here in the City-by-the-Sea.

“There’s a reason so many couples choose Newport as the place to be for their wedding,” says Laurén. “Its rich history and architectural landmarks coupled with the area’s natural beauty provide the perfect backdrop for special occasions and for creating great memories.”

Potential clients will initially meet at the intimate satellite studio to review their plans, and can then tour the city and visit sites that will become an integral part of their day. “It’s all about location,” says Jill.  “For a photographer, shooting in Newport is like living a dream.  There are so many fabulous estates, a great downtown and of course, an eye popping waterfront with so many beautiful marinas.”

These go-to gals are excited to be a part of Newport, our wedding industry and the business community. “Opening an office in Newport is unbelievably exciting,” says Laurén. “Now, its Newport here we come!”

The Newport studio is located at 174 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 313. View some of Person + Killian Photography’s work  on their blog at

April 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm 2 comments

Oh, Sole Fine!

Pandering to many a woman’s greatest weakness, Newport’s newest shoe boutique, Tropical Gangstilettos, opened its doors Saturday much to the delight of well-pedicured footwear fans locally and those visiting the City-by-the-Sea. The cozy, lavender-hued shop, brought to you by super chic owners of the neighboring and venerable Tropical Gangsters, Yehjong Son and Steve Cundy, adopts the same philosophy found in the fashions next door: hip styles at affordable prices. We could gush about the cool kicks, but we’ll let the pics speak for themselves…

Tropical Gangstilettos is located at 375 Thames Street. Follow the Tropical gang on Twitter at

April 12, 2010 at 9:41 am 2 comments

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