Archive for September, 2011

Banana Republic’s 2011 Fall Campaign: “The Good Life”

Banana Republic  has just unveiled their 2011 Fall Campaign entitled, “The Good Life,” calling it a toast to the rich autumnal season “that illustrates a life well lived.” They sent me some great images fresh off the shoot (under the artful eye of by world-renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh) at Medlock Ames Winery in Healdsburg, California. As you can see here and on store racks, the collection highlights the simple pleasures of fall- a crisp white shirt, warm camel hues, classic tartan prints and polished and cozy tweeds.

I appreciate how BR stylist Lori Goldstein anchored the looks for this campaign with utilitarian classics; staple pieces that will endure though the season and many of which you may already have a version of in your closet.

A fashionable friend of mine and longtime Banana loyalist and luxe cardholder, sent me this great link to a fabulous spread in Lucky Magazine showcasing a month of head-to-toe looks from 13 Banana pieces, many of which you probably have or have something similar. Mind you, this chic chica plans her looks out a month in advance (me? Forget 30 days, I’m lucky for 30 minutes in advance…) but it’s a resourceful little chart of inspiration. CLICK HERE for the spread.  Enjoy!

September 29, 2011 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

Cuff ‘Em: Equestrian Inspired Style

When I finally stopped by Skid Row on Christie’s Landing recently, just a stone’s throw from Forty 1° North, I couldn’t believe what great things come in this small package of a shop. There’s a little bit of everything: soft cotton tops, colorful denim, imported Italian shoes and boots, bags and accessories, including pieces Twenty8Twelve by Sienna Miller, Winter Kate by Nicole Richie, UGG (suede handbags), and Seaton. Through it all, I made a mad dash when I spotted the above equestrian–inspired Rebecca Ray Snaffle Bit Bracelet.

Crafted by hand, the design features harness-grade and an eye-catching polished brass snaffle bit for $70. Skid Row owner Lisa Skiffington, an accomplished equestrian who travels to select horse shows like last month’s Hampton Classic, told me she sold out of this great cuff but has restocked and it’s on my wish list, especially with all the equestrian–inspired pieces popping up this season (pony not required).

As she’s on the road quite a bit and not sure if Skid Row will stay open through the fall or head off to warmer breezes until they are the constant and not an anomaly (like this week), give the shop a ring at (561) 670-7186. (Shop will be open today and tomorrow at 12pm; its the last shop on the left at Christie’s Landing). Giddy up!

September 27, 2011 at 7:50 am 2 comments

Deals & Steals: First Day of Fall Edition

Autumn is officially here, so it’s time to stock up on seasonal favorites! Let’s get started:

  • It’s the Newport GAP’s 1 year anniversary at the Long Wharf location, and to celebrate, the shop (which includes Baby GAP) is having an additional 40% off of kids and baby sale today, and an additional 50% off all sale (adult, kids and baby) on Saturday. Smartphone users: Don’t forget to scan the QR Code at the register—you never know what you’ll get. I scored an extra 30% off a sale item last week for super savings.
  • Banana Republic has some amazing markdowns for men and women up to 50% off. There’s a lot of great fall basics mixed in with fun finds at the Newport location.
  • Cottage & Garden, the eclectic garden-shop-meets-antique-emporium on Bridge Street, is having a books sale today and tomorrow with 20-50% off select titles.
  • Deborah Winthrop Lingerie has a ton of new fall pieces in, plus a nice selection of markdowns (clip the ad in Newport This Week for 20% off one non-sale item).   
  • Labels for Less in Middletown, which always has steep discounts on major-label pieces, just got in some Columbia fleeces for kids 6 months-size 8 for just $14.99. Also great deals on men’s Woolrich Shirts, Lands End long sleeve tees, Land End ladies jeans and pieces by Pendelton.

September 23, 2011 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Kendra Phillip: Local Talent Shines

Rhode Island is home to some of the best designers and artisans around, and there’s nothing more inspiring about this little state’s young but big talent. Longtime friends turned business partners, Kendra Pariseault and Phillip Sowa, merged their design skills to launch Kendra Phillip, a line of carefully crafted jewelry using traditional manufacturing techniques and vintage patterns.

Both from the Bonnet Shores area of Narragansett, Kendra Phillip fuses the experience Kendra earned working for David Yurman in New York and the new skills she’s learning while earning her master’s degree in jewelry and metalsmithing in Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Phillip’s family has been in the jewelry manufacturinguring business for generations. Together, the two launched their signature initial pendant (originally designed by Phillip for his sister’s bridal party gifts). Since then, the locally manufactured line has grown to include more necklaces, bracelets and must-have cuffs.

Price points range from $68-98. and the line is currently available locally in Newport at  Jason & Co. and Kristina Richards and throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts at these locations. Follow Kendra Phillip on Facebook by clicking here.

September 21, 2011 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Celebrate in Style with Empire Delicious

In 2007, interior designer and author Leslie Banker launched a daily design and lifestyle blog sharing her project and ideas with the world as she documented the decoration of her new house in Jamestown. Empire Delicious,” was christened, a name that came to Leslie years and years ago. “I liked the sound of it, the idea of adding delicious details, delicious fun to your house and life,” she told me.

Recently, she’s taken her creativity to a new level, launching a product line of the same name. Leslie turned to local talent, including Dan Wood of DWRI Letterpress in Providence for all the letterpress offerings and Newport–based Lakuna Design in Newport for graphic design, logos and more. “The prints are by Rhode Island artist Jane McNally Wright and exclusively sold through Empire Delicious,” says Leslie. “The Dinobite bottle opener was made by Rhode Island artist Peter Diepenbrock.” She produced and designed (working with Lakuna and DWRI Letterpress) the cocktail kit, ribbon box, invites, coasters, gift tags.

If you didn’t have a reason to celebrate already, this line makes for a good excuse to do it in style…

September 19, 2011 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

Newport Boat Show Bling

 

 

 

 

 

The Newport International Boat Show kicks off today, running through Sunday,and even if you don’t know the difference between starboard and stern, the show promises a good time as vendors showcase some of the best nautical clothing and accessories around (oh yeah, and boats, hundreds of ’em).

Newport’s own Style Newport, which serves clients around the world, is unveiling some new additions  at the show. The “Love” ring (top left), available in both gold vermeil ($275) and sterling silver ($250), features four nautical flags spelling out l-o-v-e, while the Shackle Ring (at left),  designed in collaboration with Kevin Duris of Duris Studios on Franklin Street, has a shackle clasp front with delicate rope detailing.

I’m also loving the sailing rope bracelet (at top, right) with a brummel hook closure made of solid brass and in a variety of finishes (single rope, $100; wrap around rope, $115). The design is exclusive to Style Newport and looks great on men and women.

Also look for great gear by Henri Lloyd, comfy threads by Life is Good, awesome recycled sailcloth totes and accessories, and tons more! Oh, and I wrote this last year, but as a reminder ladies—flats or wedges at the show, ladies. Pulling your heels out from between the deck boards is not a good look. And as you’ll be asked to go barefoot on those million dollar boats, you might want to check when you had your last pedicure. You’ll thank me later…

Photo at right by Maaike Bernstrom

September 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

New Vineyard Vines Murrays Hit Shelves While Newport Takes Center Stage with Fall Arrivals

Over the years, Vineyard Vines loyalists have come to love the growing brand (and that irresistible ubiquitous pink whale), and Newporters can take pride in the fall catalog which was inspired by and partially shot here in the City-by-the-Sea (featuring some fabulous local faces–click here for a behind the scenes look!). One of the releases getting a lot of attention is the new rendition of VV’s classic Murray shirt, a versatile classic button down for him. New versions include the Canfield Check Murray shirt, the Beach Stone Gingham Murray, and the D’wolf Murray (pictured left), all 100% cotton and retail at Newport’s Island Outfitters for $145. Other VV shirts with a Newport flair: the Bellevue Check Whale Shirt, the Doris Duke Collegiate Shirt,  the Bouchard Inn Plaid Collegiate Shirt and the aforementioned Canfield Check Taylor Shirt.

For women, new pieces include a host of pieces like skirts and tops with names that might sound familiar: the aptly named striped Portsmouth hoodie, the Thames Street argyle sweater, the Belcourt sweater, and the Beacon Rock tweed cardigan (pictured at top). All of a sudden, welcoming fall doesn’t seem so traumatic…

Striped Portsmouth Hoody

Cliffside Cardigan

and this non-Newport related but totally covetable make-up bag…

September 13, 2011 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

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