Archive for October, 2011

Pretty, Pretty Polish for Fall

It’s here. It’s actually been here for a few weeks, but if you’ve been denying the fact that we’re in the throes of autumn up ‘til now, the jig is up. It is downright chilly. It’s time to embrace new colors from head to toe, including for nails. There are some amazing shades and collections being offered through various lines.

ArchBeauty has some beautiful bold hues from butter LONDON, famous for their high fashion, non-toxic nail lacquers with names like All Hail the Queen, Cheeky Chops and Come to Bed Red. Oh, and their Horse Power Nail Fertilizer includes “Horsetail,” a nutrient-rich herb high in silica, which helps to grow and strengthen nails while acting as a glossy clear coat.

Over at The Apothecary, RGB is the nail line of choice and with good reason: it’s chip-resistant, chemical free, cruelty free and made in the USA. It’s a celebrity favorite— Diane Kruger, Zoë Saldana, Lea Michele, Emma Watson, Jessica Alba, Sophia Bush and Michelle Williams have all been seen sporting RGB and Allure magazine just chose RGB as a favorite eco-friendly nail polish line.

At Green Envy Eco-Boutique in Brick Market Place, where owner Rachel’s entire product offering share an environmentally conscious approach, nail care is no different. Karma Organic Nail Polishes and soy-based, biodegradable, odorless Nail Polish Remover are refreshingly safe and the polish has a nice array of shades.

None of the three of these lines contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP (it’s all of the fashion without any of the funk!) and retail under $20.

October 28, 2011 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

Action! Fall Fashion on the Silver Screen Highlighted in RI Style Magazine

Challenge: Pair local looks from Rhode Island boutiques with the fashion found in this fall’s film line up.

When my editor in Portland assigned the piece back in July, I quickly started researching  fall movies with eye-catching wardrobes. After all, as the opener says, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Kate Winslet in Titanic—in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, the fashion has been as memorable (and in some cases, iconic) as the movie itself. You can get a better look at the issue by liking its Facebook page here, or picking it up on  newsstands, but here’s the abridged version:

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo A metallic jacquard bustier dress by Tibi from ZuZu’s Petals (Cranston & Providence)

Footloose I’m sure the remake is great, but for this one I channeled the original, choosing a bold, one shoulder Amber dress by Kara Janx from Chace N’Lulu, Newport (ps:  now through Sunday, all dresses are 30% off at Chace N’ Lulu!)

Higher Ground For film adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs’ autobiography, I picked an Aryn K. studded sleeve Ikat maxi dress from Queen of Hearts (Providence)

I Don’t Know How She Does It So it wasn’t exactly the blockbuster the studio was hoping for, but for the mommy-meets-mogul character, it’s all about this ruffled shirt dress with a sexy slit from White House Black Market (Cranston)

Wanderlust For this power couple meets flower power pic, the clear choice was global tunics from Rib & Rhein, Newport

October 26, 2011 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

Movin’ on Up! The Apothecary to Open on Memorial Boulevard

Beloved beauty boutique and skin spa The Apothecary is moving from its current Broadway location to new digs on Memorial Boulevard tomorrow and bringing all the pampering products and adding new lines loyalists have grown to love since they first opened their doors five years ago.

The new location, welcoming customers tomorrow, (and literally “on up” the hill) will feature an expanded retail floor stocked with Murad SkinCare, Mario Badescu, Coola Organic Sunscreen, St. Tropez sunless tanners, Tocca, Blue Q zipper pouches, tunics, travel bags from Cinda B, Voluspa candles, Ren Skincare, OJON, Stila Cosmetics, Natural Lip Scrubs, RGB Nails, MD Skincare, and of course, tons of BareMinerals foundations, eye colors, brushes.  

There will also be more treatment rooms for waxing, tanning, facials, and more fabulous services. Like The Apothecary on Facebook for updates on new lines, monthly specials and more.  

The new location of The Apothecary is 39 Memorial Boulevard in Newport (former home to American Beauty) and parking is available in the back of the building.

October 24, 2011 at 8:40 am 1 comment

All Dressed Up and So Many Places Go: Halloween Bashes & Where to Get Your Garb

A lot of people are asking where they should get their Monster Mash on  in Newport for the 21 and over set, so see below for all the Halloween bash info. Note: the fun kicks off this Saturday. In the meantime, if you’re looking for original costume ideas, there’s some great spots around town you can scour including Closet Revival, Vintage to Vogue, St. Paul’s Thrift Shop (clothing can be found in the back), Diva on Thames Street, and the Salvation Army (at 76 Broadway in Newport). Have a great costume idea? Share it in the comment section below!

10/22 The International Special Events Society (ISES) is having their annual Halloween Bash at the Hotel Viking this Saturday starting at 7:30pm. (This is the party that was held at Belcourt Castle in years past—next Saturday, 10/29, owner Harle Tinney is hosting her own party at the castle). Entertainment at the ISES Viking bash is brought to you by live band Brother to Brother and DJ Groove, plus costume contests. Tickets are $70 (through Friday, $80 at the door) and includes food stations and two drink tickets (cash bar after you go through both tickets). For more info, click here.

10/27 Christie’s GOSSIP Thursdays is bringing the Halloween on October 27 at 10pm with a costume contest and giveaways hosted by DJ Andy Morris spinning Euro-pop dance hits. Bonus: Free Parking at 41 North, no cover and $7 martinis. Click here for info.

10/28 Jamaica’s own Mighty Diamonds will play the Halloween Party at the Pelham on Friday. Tickets are $12 and being sold at  Water Brothers on Memorial Blvd. Get ‘em quick because the event is expected to sell out. 

10/29 On Saturday, Christie’s throws the party once again. Haunted Halloween includes DJ Mike at the helm, a “dress to kill” contest, “devilishly delicious feast,” a fun photo booth and ghoulish party past midnight. Party starts at 9am, cover charge $20. Stop by in person to RSVP or call Christie’s at 401-847-5400.

10/29 Newport Storm’s annual “Halloween in Newport” event takes places on Saturday starting at 4:30pm. Think of it as trick or treating for adults, only the treat is beer. Participants include Fastnet, Mudville, The Rhino Bar, The  Pelham East, Gaslamp Bar and Grill, and the Newport Blues Café. Visit the event’s Facebook page for details by clicking here.

10/29 Get your “Boo” on Bellevue at Redwood Library’s “Elegant and Eerie Costume Party” on Saturday from 8pm “’til the witching hour,” with dancing a la DJ Butch, costume contests, light fall fare and cocktails. Tickets are $75 each, for more information or to purchase tickets, please call (401) 847-0295 x. 101

10/31 The Big Big Halloween Bash unfolds on the REAL Halloween, Monday Oct.31. A Butch Taylor production (he’ll be spinning all night), enjoy live music with The Ravers, costume contests (for best, worst and most interesting costumes) and guaranteed partying. Doors open at 9pm, cover is $20. Visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here.

Plenty of watering holes around town are welcoming costumed revelers the weekend before Halloween as well (like The Pier–$200 Best Costume prize!), so check to see if your favorite  has plans.

October 19, 2011 at 8:46 am 1 comment

Let Alex and Ani’s Bangle of the Month Chart Your Course

I spotted Alex and Ani’s bangle of the month when I stopped by the Bowen’s Wharf bangle boutique last week and stopped in my tracks. It’s a favorite among my friends and a lot of Newporters as the compass is synonymous with the nautical lifestyle, and now, it’s on sale. Normally $38, the bangle is $33 this month, and represents unity, balance and prosperity. One of the oldest navigational tools in history, the compass can also act as a metaphor, helping one to chart their own life’s course.

Alex and Ani is located at One Bowen’s Wharf in Newport (401) 849-3002. Offer available in stores, online and good through October 31. While supplies last.

October 18, 2011 at 7:00 am 1 comment

The Look: Fresh Faced for Fall

Seasonal changes mean more than just flipping the closet, it’s also about changing the color palette. Sara Schlieff-Ross of ArchBeauty in Newport knows this more than anyone, and has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the newest beauty products and terrific trends. She says the season is all about liquid liner and lushes lashes with just a hint of bare shimmer on the lid. “What I love about this trend is that  it opens the door for bright and bold lip colors…which always dress you up!” she says. Here are some of her picks to get the look (without breaking the bank):

L’oreal Voluminous carbon black mascara. “It doesn’t clump and makes any lash look full and thick,” Sara says. Available at local drugstores for about $6

Urban Decay liquid liner.  “What I love about this is all their amazing different colors. From purples to greens, it can spice up any look,” she explains. Another tip: Remember the eyelid look this season is a bare shimmer color, and liquid liners create so many different looks. “They’re super easy to use and they last without running.” Available at local drugstores for about $7-$8

Photo finish Lid Primer by Smashbox. “It’s a lid primer that you can use alone with a liquid liner and a touch of mascara, that is my current day look,” Sara says. “I love it; it’s quick, easy and looks put together. I could not be happier that this trend is following me in the fall!”
Available at ArchBeauty for $20

NARS lipstick, shade: Funny Face. Sara’s “must have lipstick color” can be worn year round it and adds a pop to any look. “I have to warn you,” she cautions, “You will be noticed when walking into a room.” This is the signature lip color featured in J. Crew’s fall catalog, and Sara says another benefit is it works with most lip glosses. “Such a bonus considering most women have a handful in their pocketbooks.”, Sephora and select department stores, $24

ArchBeauty Skin Care Salon & Boutique is located at 18 Memorial Blvd. West, Newport (401) 619-5885,  

October 14, 2011 at 9:12 am 1 comment

Philip Sawyer Sets Up Shop in Newport

This summer, one of Providence’s most praised designers opened a lovely boutique gallery on Spring Street, but unlike many shops that open during Newport’s busiest season, Philip Sawyer plans on making Newport a fashionable pied-à-terre of sorts.Our boutique gallery is open year round, and hopefully for many years, as we love Newport, and especially our new clients here,” says Anh Vu Sawyer, also an author.

She and husband Philip, who teaches Fine Sewing Techniques, and Pattern Making & Design at Rhode Island School of Design, design and produce their pieces from their studio in Providence. With a shared passion for healthy, natural living, the two use sustainable materials including linen, silk, cotton and wool, and strive for a zero-waste approach.

 “Our clothes, for both men and women, have actually been well-loved for Philip’s exquisite and timeless designs and fine craftsmanship,” says Anh. “We make our clothes one garment at a time, and offer custom fitting services to our clients, who prefer a perfect fit and have their choices of colors, fabrics and ideas that uniquely represent them.”

The two consider their Newport studio a gallery, and invite folks to visit their “sweet labor of love and collaboration between wonderful artist and designer friends.” They have watched their designs grace the runways at StyleWeek Providence and some of their design peers they support at the gallery studio, from other designers to artists, are quite recognized, with awards from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Say Anh, “Some have sold their designs at Barney’s, Fred SegalMOMA and Collette in Paris!”

Phillip Sawyer & Friends is located at 233 Spring Street (between Franklin Street and Memorial Boulevard) in Newport.

October 12, 2011 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

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