Archive for August, 2011

In a Fashion Forward State of Mind

It’s seemingly impossible to not be in a fashion state of mind these days, what with StyleWeek Providence unfolding at PPAC in the Capital City this week, New York Fashion Week around the corner, the new fall lines making their way to shop shelves and the promise of soft sweaters and gentle layering in the not too distant future (but hopefully not too soon…). No thanks to Mean Irene, no StyleWeek shows on Monday night for me, but photographer Todd Lee captured the runway styles of designers Maria Del Carmen Mercado, Samuel Vartan, Kara Wickman, and Denise Hajjar, and posted images on his Tumblr, check it out here.

This year, local retailers are joining the ever-growing movement of Fashion Night Out, an ever growing after-hours global shopping extravaganza from Manhattan to Milan that is a registered trademark event taking place this year on September 8, 2011. Locally, J.McLaughlin is toasting Fashion Night Out (6pm—11pm) with an evening of fashion, cocktails and complimentary gifts. Similar fetes will be found at official FNO retailers throughout Southern New England. And, Brahmin’s official Fashion Night Out Tote is available at the Brahmin shop on Bannister’s Wharf. It’s $50, comes in three different styles, is limited edition (seriously, it usually sells out), and a portion of the proceeds benefit the New York City AIDS Fund.

Mark your calendar!!!

August 31, 2011 at 8:25 am 1 comment

Labels for Less Opens in Middletown

Is that Lilly Pulitzer? On clearance? It was instead, Ann Taylor, but it was equally lovely and a bargain at $10. I found this little dirt cheap gem at the newly opened Labels for Less in Middletown (next to Custom House Coffee on Aquidneck Avenue). The shop (formerly known at Sportswear, etc.)  relocated from Portsmouth and has some great staples (khakis for him, comfy sweats, t-shirts, jeans) from brands including Ralph Lauren, J. Jill, Eddie Bauer, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Woolrich and more.

Considering the forecast, the women’s water resistant New Englander Rain Jacket by Charles River (at right) might come in handy for just $49.99 (x-small—3XL), and it comes in toddler and youth sizes as well for $29.99.

Loved the men’s flat front (thank God!) Ralph Lauren Polo Chino in khaki, stone and navy (sz. 34-42) for just $28 and the men’s Woolrich 3x dry cotton dobby long-sleeve shirt (water repellent, quick dry, stain resistant…virtually indestructible) for $29.99. Prices are already low, and right now you’ll find steeper discounts as part of the end of summer clearance!

Labels for Less is located at 796 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. “Like” their Facebook page for updates on sales and new inventory.

August 25, 2011 at 8:40 am 1 comment

StyleWeek Providence Returns, Kicks Off with Go Red Challenge benefiting American Heart Association

For the first time ever, StyleWeek Providence is opening its doors to the public offering tickets to shows and events August 26-September 3rd (click here for a full schedule). But it all kicks off with one powerful event this Friday evening: The Go Red StyleWeek Challenge benefiting American Heart Association, which raises awareness and funds for the fight against heart disease in women.

The theme of this season’s challenge is “Little Hearts. Big Love.” The runway show features female survivors between the ages of 8 and 13 outfitted in original ensembles custom created by StyleWeek and inspired by the survivors personalities. “It’s been wonderful for our team and all the designers to work with the adult and young survivors,” says Rosanna Ortiz Sinel, founder and president of StyleWeek. “This experience has moved and changed all of us.”

“Little Hearts. Big Love.,” will take place at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$150 and can be purchased by clicking here. For more information on this event and the entire StyleWeek schedule, visit or “like” the StyleWeek page on Facebook.

Pictured above, designer Jonathan Joseph Peters at this winter’s sold out Go Red StyleWeek Challenge. Photo by Anibal Melo Photography,

August 23, 2011 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

Toasting Jackie O’s Newport at Forty 1° North

This summer, luxury boutique hotel Forty 1° North introduced creative packaging to showcase not only their accommodations, but unique Newport experiences. One of the most eye-catching? The Jackie O Package. The experience pays homage to the former First Lady, who began summering in Newport as a teenager at Hammersmith Farm, the waterfront estate of her stepfather Hugh Auchincloss, and loved the City-by-the-Sea long after her 1953 wedding to the dashing junior senator John F. Kennedy at St. Mary’s Church.

The package includes:   

 • a “Jackie O’s Rosé” specialty cocktail upon arrival

  • accommodations in a premium water view or city view guest room

 • a guided champagne harbor tour of Newport aboard Forty 1° North’s private launch (don’t forget a fashionable headscarf!)

  • equestrian activities or polo lessons (for two) arranged by the hotel (From the time she was a child, Jacqueline was an award-winning equestrienne; a love she passed along to her children.)

 •  a pair of iconic oversized black sunglasses

The package is being offered until October 1st, 2011, and while it’s certainly not inexpensive ($715/night for weeknight stays, $940/night on weekends, plus taxes*), is does sound like a fun girls weekend getaway…

*rates based on double occupancy. For more Forty 1° North packages, click here.

Top image, courtsey STAFF/AFP/Getty Images

August 22, 2011 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

Ramona Singer to Bring Turtle Time to Newport WineFest and Beyond!

The 2nd annual Newport WineFest, unfolding this weekend has already created quite a  buzz (no pun intended) with fabulous events and amazing talent including Chef Tiffani Faison (first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef All-Stars,”  private chef for Will and Jada Smith), Chef Dave Martin (also first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef”) and Chef Todd Winer (worked with Charlie Palmer, Bobby Flay, and Todd English). But the rumors have been swirling most recently about Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer joining the bill to tout her own line, Ramona Pinot Grigio (which we featured in this post when we interviewed the multi-business mogul and fashion aficionado in March).

Ramona emailed me personally yesterday and today and is looking forward to her Newport weekend. She’ll be pouring her pinot at Friday evening’s Newport UnCorked event, Saturday evening’s Grand Tasting Session II, and the Celebrity Chefs & Prosecco Brunch.  

She’s also be appearing on August 19 at Pier Liquors in Narragansett, (29 Pier Market Place, from 4-6pm) and  on August 20 at Vicker’s Liquors in Newport (274 Bellevue Avenue in the Bellevue Plaza, from 4-5pm). Turtle time!

For a schedule, event, chef and ticket information about Newport WineFest, click here.

August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

If the Shoe Fits … Fab Footwear Invades Kristina Richards Studio

This summer, Kristina Richards reconfigured her Washington Square boutique to accommodate a very fabulous addition among the amazing dresses, tops, bottoms, denim, handbags, belts and accessories—shoes! Proving good things come in small packages, Kristina Richards Studio has added some favorite names in footwear, from fabulous flats to wonderful wedges, sky-high stilettos to badass bootsSome of the lines include:

Sam Edelman (pictured at bottom,$59-$130)

Dolce Vita (pictured here, $100-$150)

Boutique 9 ($100-$150)

Charles David ($150-$225)

Mark & James by Badgley Mischka ($200-$250)

Pour La Victoire ($200-$300)

Cynthia Vincent ($290)

And while the sad reality is that summer will soon give way to the spoils of fall, the only that that may ease that truth is the new boot arrivals including lust-worthy pairs by Cynthia Vincent  ($350-$450) and Loeffler Randall ($400-$600), and that’s just a start. Recently, the shop also set up their online boutique, so dressing from head to toe from the comfort of home is just a click away: Best of all, you can sho by piece or by style (check out Newport Love!)

August 16, 2011 at 8:37 am 1 comment

The Coco Chanel of Bedding: Celso de Lemos at The Linen Shop

The windows and displays at Meg McGuire’s Linen Shop in Newport are always outstanding, but her newest line by Celso de Lemos takes the cake. “The Coco Chanel of Bedding,” is how McGuire describes the luxury linen line which

by Celso de Lemos

is meticulously crafted by Master Textile Artisans in Portugal. Celso de Lemos is exclusive to The Linen Shop; it’s the only retailer in New England to carry the gorgeous collection which is available in standard Queen, King and California King (and of course, custom sizing). Egyptian cotton, pure 100% natural linen, even cashmere is found throughout the collection‘s sheet sets, duvets and coverlets in contrasting hues. Celso de Lemos also adopts a sustainable approach when it comes to the line’s production.

While there, check out the signature Newport throw pillow (including the one Andre Agassi signed–see below!), bath and table linens, accessories, and fun finds.

The Linen Shop is located at 196 Bellevue Avenue on Newport’s historic Casino Block, (401) 846-0225. Follow the shop on Facebook, and now, on Twitter.

August 12, 2011 at 8:38 am 2 comments

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