Archive for May, 2011
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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!
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.
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…