Archive for May, 2011

Mimi’s For Kids Opens in Newport

Warning: you may experience too-cute overload when you check out the new Mimi’s For Kids in Newport. Stocked with adorable clothing for boys and girls from mostly made in the USA designers, every corner of the shop showcases one piece cuter than the next. Brands include LizzyLoo Designs, Maine by Sheabella, Shatsu, Maisey May Designs and more for infants, toddlers and little ones up to size 6x. In addition to clothing and swimsuits, you’ll find gifts, accessories and toys. Mimi Lonski, the shop’s owner, is a grandmother with great taste who has an eye for chic kid style.

Mimi’s For Kids is located at 154 Mill Street in Newport, can be found on Facebook by clicking here, or you can contact Mimi’s at 401-619-1130.

May 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm 4 comments

Deals & Steals: Memorial Day Edition

Seriously, there is so much editorial I’d like to focus on but the SALES this weekend are unbelievable!  

I personally checked out Kristina Richards sale with 25%-75% off amazing, in-season pieces. Case in point, a summery Shoshanna eyelet dress priced at $330 for just $125 (fab-u-lous) and some Milly dresses for under $100! The Washington Square boutique has some insane deals, including T-bags, Bailey 44, AKA New York, Rock and Republic and a ton more. I’ll be honest—I had a preview and it’s worth checking out.

Designer Elise Fargnoli of Francesca Joy is having a sale on her custom Newport tote (seen above), regularly priced $140 and $160, at 25% off. See the line by clicking here.

Stop by the Newport Mansions Stores (like the great one on Bannister’s Wharf) and get 20% off your purchases online or in person. Sale runs from May 28-30.

Bellevue Beauty Walk is hosting their famous JoJos Bling Sale starting this Saturday…stop by to “bling” in the summer with great deals. Buy 2 of the same style earring and get the third pair free. If you can’t stop by the shop, they are taking orders by phone/ email (401-845-0800,

Okay, let’s head out to Portsmouth’s Clock Tower Square…Lou Lou’s Decor is celebrating  Memorial Day with a sale now through Monday with  20% off storewide  (in stock items only). We’re talking 60% off original prices, plus $10 and $20 tables. Deborah Winthrop is toasting the last week of May with markdowns including select bras 40%-60% off, select panties 50%-60% off, select lingerie, pajamas robes and nightgowns up to 75% off. Look for 30% off all full priced lingerie, pj’s and robes, including Hanky Panky, Fleur’t, Arianne, Miss Elaine (pictured at left), Kay Anna, Mary Green and more. Pink Pineapple tweeted they are having a sale where you can expect 3 pieces for $100 normally priced at $68-$168.

Online, Ralph Lauren is marking the holiday weekend with an online only sale- 25% off select already reduced styles, click here to check it out. And J. Crew Factory online is offering up to 50% off select styles and free shipping on all J.Crew Factory items on online orders only.

May 27, 2011 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Martin & Ricci Makes Rhode Island Debut!

Last night, the official Martin & Ricci Designs launch was fêted at Forty 1 North, unveiling a stunning, affordable jewelry line with refreshing style. Blingtastic cocktail rings with shimmering Austrian crystals and cubic zirconia; thin, stackable bangles and thick, detailed bracelets; architectural rings; and eye-catching earrings and necklaces featuring the line’s signature sassy “spikes” in gold, silver and a gunmetal shade caused quite a stir. The chic event also featured an installation from StyleWeek, Project Runway and Providence-based designer, Jonathan Joseph Peters.

Designed in Rhode Island, the new contemporary line is currently making its way to local boutiques and making a splash at trunk shows throughout Southern New England (stay updated on Martin & Ricci events by liking their Facebok page). You can already find pieces at JW Graham in Wickford, Flaunt Boutique in Smithfield, Kudeta in Boston, Purple Cow in Wakefield, and Orange Hanger in Arlington, Mass.                                                                                                              

Make a mental note about this line, because I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot more about it … Cheers, Martin & Ricci!

May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Smashbox Makes a Splash in Newport

When Sara Schlieff-Ross of Archbeauty Skin Care Salon & Boutique told me her charming Memorial Boulevard beauty hotspot was adding world-renowned make-up line Smashbox to their already powerhouse product lines, I was thrilled. Best known as a studio-inspired line, celebrating its 15th year, is best known for illuminating essentials, long-wearing products and weightless foundations that leave nothing but a photo-fabulous, flawless finish. (And Smashbox is cruelty-free, so its never tested on animals.)

Archbeauty has a number of Smashbox essentials including Photo Finish Foundation Primer made with vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea that is said to help “reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.” It was named one of Marie Claire’s 25 Products That Will Change Your Life, and an InStyle Best Beauty Buy.

Since Newport has only had about 12 hours of sun over the past week, I picked up one of Smashbox’s fab bronzing products. Fusion Soft Lights is a light, shimmering powder with five shades that blend together for a natural glow. The beauty boutique also had the equally tempting Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, a anti-aging powder with 48 minerals, 11 amino acids, a powerful peptide, and one more ingredient–pure gold. There’s also the “O” products like O-Glow, a clear cheek gel they call an intuitive blush made with Goji Berry-C Complex that reacts with your skin’s chemistry to create a natural glowing blush.

Archbeauty is located at 18 Memorial Blvd. West (401-619-5885) and is the only place you can get Smashbox in Newport, and Erin and Sara are more than happy to give you a walk through the line.

May 24, 2011 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

Vanderbilt Grace in Newport: Chic Style in the City-by-the-Sea

With a few weeks under their well-designed belt, the historic Vanderbilt Grace Hotel in downtown Newport is operating at full swing and ready for summer. There are still plans to transform the current restaurant, Monty’s, into Muse, a fine dining experience under the guidance of the acclaimed Chef Jonathan Cartwright, best known for orchestrating the success of  the lauded White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine.

The hotel, built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909, still has 33 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, and that killer rooftop deck. Though I had been there before, I never knew the hotel had such a lovely spa area, with some great lines. For facials, including the Alpha-Vitale naturally resurfacing facial, the spa uses Yon Ka of Paris. West Coast-based Lather, an all natural line, is used for seasonal body scrubs (spring: lemongrass and bamboo) as well as Mommy-to-Be Massage Oil with monoi and blue tansy. Estheticians will incorporate a Musclease product for deep tissue and hair treatment as well. For manicures, the spa uses Spa Rituals, a vegan nail care line with sassy contemporary shades.  

I’ll be sure to update readers when Muse opens, but in the meantime, stop by to see the stunning hotel.

May 21, 2011 at 11:58 am 5 comments

Tiffany & Co. in Newport

Hold up. I was walking down Thames Street this week when that unmistakable robin-egg blue caught my eye and I stopped cold, then hurried into the Sunglass Hut. There they were—more than a dozen pairs of fabulous Tiffany & Co. sunglasses, shiny and ready for summer. The shop has everything from cat eye, butterfly, rectangular and rimless Tiffany & Co.  sunnies with details including Austrian crystal, the Return to Tiffany insignia, and more stunning details. Then there’s the Tiffany & Co. key collection inspired sunglasses too, with model designs inspired by keys from the Tiffany Archives that opened doors to private manors and trunks filled with precious heirlooms.

As with most all things Tiffany & Co., they don’t come cheap. Most of the selection I checked out were $300+, but as also with Tiffany & Co., they’re excellent quality, with 100% UV protection and anti-glare coating.

And yes, they all come in a beautiful, robin-egg blue box…

May 19, 2011 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

One on One with Designer Amy Smilovic of Tibi

Although Tibi’s flagship store is located on Wooster Street in New York City’s Soho neighborhood, the line has an effervescent appeal that complements the Newport lifestyle. When I learned designer Amy Smilovic (left) grew up on a small island off the coast of Georgia, it made sense that Tibi seems right at home in the City-by-the-Sea (where she hopes to visit). So I interviewed the designer of this much loved line, and here’s what Amy had to say: 

How would you describe the Tibi aesthetic? Tibi has been going through a transformation for the past few seasons. We’re working with new silhouettes and fabrications, while remaining true to certain aspects of the brand: undeniable-pops of color, a mix of masculine and feminine and effortless dressing.  The Tibi girl (or woman) is someone who wants to have fun. Clothing, of course, serves a very basic function, but beyond that it’s about feeling great in what you wear. 

 What inspires your design in general, and what is the inspiration behind your Spring/Summer 2011 collection? For me, inspiration can come from anywhere—much of the time it’s travel. When I started the line in Hong Kong, I was inspired by the juxtaposition of all the Balinese artisans, locals and the ex-pats. Other past collections have stemmed from trips to Palm Beach, Russia, Paris—anywhere. It’s not just travel though; I’m constantly flipping through books, looking at photography, drawings, paintings and watching old films. 

Tibi is well known for feminine silhouettes, bright colors, rich prints—pieces that make women look beautiful. Would you describe your work as a celebration of the female form? I love that idea—to celebrate the female form, but I don’t necessarily approach designing that way. When I hear that phrase, I think of some someone like Oscar de la Renta. I focus on making Tibi chic, feminine and wearable with a hint of coolness and edge. 

Olivia Palermo (pictured above) is the face for Tibi’s new ad campaign—clearly she’s beautiful and possesses a keen sense of personal style; how do you feel she personifies the Tibi brand? I love the way Olivia embraces personal style–she really mixes and matches brands, always has amazing accessories and understands fit and proportion so well.  That’s the way I think a lot of our customers approach dressing, mixing Tibi pieces in with their closet classics and feeling great about the way they look.    

What can we find you wearing on a comfortable, relaxed Saturday afternoon? I have a pair of Tibi pants from our last Resort collection, they’re cropped jersey, a loose fit with suede cuffs and waistband. They’re deliciously comfortable but still look put-together.  Those and a cropped, loose knit sweater or ¾ sleeve boatneck tee.

Images courtesy of Tibi

May 17, 2011 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

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