Archive for November, 2011

Isoude Says “I Do” to New Wedding Collection

Acclaimed Newport-based fashion designer Kate Brierley has won rave reviews for her Isoude collections featuring exquisitely tailored pieces crafted with some of the richest fabrics sourced around the globe, and the designer’s newly-introduced Wedding Collection is no exception. I had the opportunity to get up close with the intimate collection at the Bellevue Avenue studio recently, and its clearly designed with the sophisticated bride in mind. “Everything I do seems to come from a very organic place,” says Kate, who recently tied the knot herself. With each dress, the designer noted an ideal milieu it would complement, from a swanky affair at The Breakers, Newport’s grande dame of the mansions, to a simple ceremony by the sea.

Layers of silk Georgette festooned with crystal beading hand-sewn in Italy, ivory silk-gazar, imported silk satin face organza, silk wool—one stunning fabric after another graced each distinct piece. “To me this is quintessential Newport,” remarked Kate about one gown she described as “very Grace Kelly” made of extremely fine double face satin organza,  demi-box pleats at the drop waist and jaw-dropping crystal straps. “I want to bring to back to the body,” she says about the various silhouettes.

Dresses can be customized with detailed belts, and Kate was showing some looks with stunning headpieces by acclaimed milliner Satya Twena.  

Simple and modern meets Old Hollywood throughout the must see collection, inspiring any discerning bride say, “I do.”

Isoude designer Kate Brierley attending to every detail

Isoude is located at 142 Bellevue Avenue in  Newport.

Photo Credit: Fashion New England

November 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Charlize Theron Getting Glam on Ocean Drive

Rumors quickly swirled a few months ago that OSCAR winning screen siren Charlize Theron was in Newport for a photo shoot. Indeed the South African stunner was in the City-by-the-Sea, albeit for just a few hours, and was shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. While the crew shot for the recently released December of issue of Vogue in both Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, the winning cover shot is from right here in Newport. Click the link below for a behind the scenes look at the shoot: 

Charlize Theron in Newport VIDEO

November 26, 2011 at 11:15 am 1 comment

Your On-Island Black Friday Guide 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! For many, after the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, it’s time to plot the Black Friday strategy for the best savings. Buy local, and don’t forget to support Small Business Saturday (and register your AmEx in advance to get a $25 credit on your next statement when you buy at a participating store. Click link for details). But I know this isn’t your first Black Friday rodeo. Let’s do this:

ACTIVE SOLE: The store’s Mystery Discount Tree holiday promotion, kicks off. Customers are invited to choose an ornament from the tree inside the store and inside is their discount.

ALEX AND ANI: 15% off  all day on Black Friday (doors open at 8am. FYI: 25% off at the Chapel View store in Cranston 8am-11am only, 15% off the rest of the day)

THE APOTHECARY: Black Friday and Saturday, doors open at 9am, swag bags with mini radiances and mini foundations for the first 20 shoppers. 15-75% off your favorite brands. Special promos: • Purchase $100 of Bare Minerals and receive a complimentary full size flawless definition mascara (value $18) • Purchase $100 of MD Skincare products and receive a weeks worth of the retail peel (value $20) • Purchase $50 of Mario Badescu products and receive the perfect travel bag w/3 mini products (value $30) • $100 gift cards for only $85 (only 15 available) • $50 gift cards for only $35 (only 15 available) • $10 brow shaping all day

ANCHOR BEND GLASS: Black Friday through Dec. 24, 9th Annual Holiday sale, up to 50% off handblown glass

BELLEVUE BEAUTY WALK: Click here to access and print a 15% off coupon to be used on any full price item on Black Friday only

DEBORAH WINTHROP LINGERIE: 20% off all sleepwear, select bras and panties

GAP: Everything in the store 60% off through Nov. 27

GOSSIP (locations in Newport and Wickford): Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday, take advantage of bonus giveaways including a ($32 value) scarf with $100 purchase, a ($98 value) Jae Basilio sweater with $200 purchase, and a Free People sweater with $300 purchase (limit one per customer, offers cannot be combined or used with othe offers or store credit, while supplies last)

GREEN ENVY: Online promotion: 20% off your total order with coupon code “ethical” at Coupon valid from Black Friday through Monday, Nov. 28th (also, the in-store sale rack is stocked with deals, lots of pieces 50% off)

GROOVY GATOR: Black Friday 20% off storewide

ISLAND OUTFITTERS: 20%-70% off storewide including Vineyard Vines, Maui Jim and for the first time ever, Holebrook

ISLAND SURF & SPORT: Black Friday, 20% off all clothing, 10% off surf boards, wetsuits, goggles and bikes

JASON & CO.: From Black Friday through Dec. 4th, everything in the store is 25%-50% off (excluding Pandora Jewelry)

KAROL RICHARDSON: Holiday Trunk Show Black Friday through Sunday (limited inventory)

KI-RA SALON: Black Friday and Saturday only, with every $100 gift card you buy, receive $15 in KiRa Cash towards your next service (this offer can not exceed $300 and can be used thru Dec. 30). Also, 30% off all retail $15 or more.

KRISTINA RICHARDS: Clearance sale continues through Sunday, discounts up to 75% off

OUR ISLAND APPAREL (online): Buy two t-shirts, get one free on Black Friday. Visit

PINK PINEAPPLE: Cashmere blowout sale starts Black Friday and goes through Monday. Also, the shop is doing buy one get one (a.k.a. bogo) 50% off promos all weekend—Friday, all full price clothing is bogo; Saturday, all home goods are bogo, Sunday, all jewelry bogo; and Monday, the entire store is bogo.

POTTER & CO.: On Black Friday and Saturday, for every purchase of $100 or more receive $10 gift certificate, at $150 a $15 gift certificate, at $200 a $20 gift certificate.  On Black Friday from 8am- 10am, Potter will double the free gift certificates. Specials and items marked on sale both days, and receive a reusable tote bag from The North Face with any purchase of $100 or more

RANEW SALON: Buy 2 get 1 free on ALL products and 20% off all gift cards through Saturday

SEQUIN: It’s Pink Friday at all three locations! Take 30% off your entire purchase 9am-noon, and 20% off your entire purchase from noon to close (offers exclude bangles and are only valid in person the day of November 25). At 119 Bellevue location, you’ll also find 40% off all Badgley Mischka handbags and swimwear, and all Lily Holt shoes priced at just $59.

SOLE DESIRE: 20% off everything in the store (non-sale items) from 7am-12pm

STALISE:  30% off storewide on Black Friday

TEAM ONE NEWPORT: Spend $100 and receive a $10 coupon, spend $200 and receive a $20 coupon (good towards a future purchase). Select items up to 40% off.  

WISH: 20% off purchases on Black Friday (opening at 9am)

Be sure to check back as I’m bound to add even more stores before Friday.

Are you a local retailer and want your sale to be included? Send me an email at

November 23, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

EXCLUSIVE: The Andover Shop Pops Up in Newport

When I heard The Andover Shop was expanding to Newport recently, I did a double-take. “THE Andover Shop?!” I exclaimed. It’s true. Legendary menswear maestro Charlie Davidson opened the original shop (in Andover, Mass.) in 1948, then one in Cambridge, and there have been locations in Palm Beach and other spots in Boston. Now, Newport (through the end of the year, that is).  

Davidson has had a summer home here in Newport since the 70s, and daughter Casey moved here with her husband Larry Farley in September. “We were talking to Charlie about his business and he mentioned he had some inventory he’d like to sell at discount,” says Casey. “He wanted to move out the old to make way for newer things.” So, she and Larry conceptualized a pop-up shop and moved quickly to secure the correct permits and location at 99 Spring Street. “It is The Andover Shops first pop up although the store has a long history of doing trunk shows around the country,” adds Casey.

Before reading any further, you should know everything in the store is 50% off original prices. That means, classic tweed sport coats made in the USA exclusively for The Andover Shop of fabric from Scotland and Ireland, suits (mostly summer weight wool), trousers made from whip cord, thin and wide whale corduroy, gabardine wool, seersucker, madras and cavalry twill, a few overcoats, scarves, belts and bathing suits. “We have wildly colored cotton shorts, hosiery, silk and wool neck ties and bow ties, a range of sweaters, although most are cotton as we’ve sold out of the wool ones,” says Casey. “And we have beautiful shirts. Our dress shirts are like those you might see at Brooks Brothers but we also have more casual plaid and striped shirts in fun, non traditional colors and some cotton golf shirts. Though limited on sizes, Casey says the shop will try and accommodate all shoppers. The outlet also gets new things in from the two Andover Shops on a regular basis. “We encourage men who appreciate fine clothes to set aside some time and come in to try on as much as possible. I can pretty much guarantee they’ll find something to love.”

Of course, there’s one longtime colorful character loved in Newport who has long touted the talented tailor…click MORE below to find out. In the meantime, The Andover Shop Outlet at 99 Spring Street in Newport is open daily, 10:30am to 6pm. (more…)

November 21, 2011 at 9:29 am 1 comment

Two Days of Fashionable Finds

As retailers prepare for Black Friday, some favorites are getting a head start. Because so many folks travel over the holiday, Pink Pineapple will start their Black Friday Sale early and for one evening only. Today (Thursday, Nov. 17), from 4-8pm, Pink Pineapple will be offering ALL cashmere styles 25%-75% off at their Clock Tower Square location in Portsmouth only. Shoppers must mention Black Friday Pricing as this is an unposted sale. I’ll have more on their special promotions next weekend in a special Black Friday post.

On Bellevue Avenue, Laura Jean is hosting a “Bi-Coastal Inspired” trunk show tomorrow featuring jewelry from acclaimed California designer (and Newport native), Elizabeth Sayles and wines from Napa Valley boutique winery, Trifecta. Sayles’ line of reworked antique jewelry, called Harlow, is a favorite among celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, January Jones and Portia de Rossi and she is the official jeweler for Chelsea Lately, The Ellen Show, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Monk and House. Her jewelry can be found at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, along with small boutiques across the country and tomorrow, at Laura Jean. Check out her work by clicking here.  To enjoy a day of premium denim, boots, one-of-a-kind jewelry and small batch Cabernet Sauvignon, pop by Laura Jean tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 18) from 12-6pm at 198 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

Local fashionistas should be sure to check out StyleNight Out presented by Providence Monthly taking place tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 18) from 6-10pm throughout the Capital City. Designers on-site, trunk shows, installations, discounts (whoot! whoot!) and more, and it’s free and open to the public. Click here for details!

November 17, 2011 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

Nautical by Nature: Sweet Maddie’s Chart-Topping Creations

Newport-based photographer Madeline Polss, whose work has been featured in everything from local to national magazines (like, Elle!) traded landlubbing for a life on the sea nearly a year ago. But even from far off ports, the creative shutterbug has expanded her Sweet Maddie’s line of Rhode Island nautical chart pendants, earring and cufflinks, and has recently expanded to super-cute key rings, wine charms and more pendants. Stylephile originally introduced Sweet Maddie’s here, and its so exciting to see Madeline handcrafting pieces aboard the Saralane for exotic (and much more tropical) locales.

Locally, Frazzleberries on Thames Street, Most Naturally in Narragansett and Block Island Trading Company on Block Island all carry the line, but from afar, check out Sweet Maddie’s Esty site by clicking here.

November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm 1 comment

Dressed to Thrill

Check out this leather shift dress by Newport’s own Kate Brierley, one of Isoude’s many head-tuning pieces seen recently in the studio’s Bellevue Avenue window. It’s not the first of its kind conceptually—there are vintage leather dresses relatively easily to find online, particularly by Gucci which has designed floor and knee length renditions, but Isoude’s admired craftsmanship sets this one apart. It doesn’t come cheap at $2,304, but even if you have champagne taste on a Bud Light budget, you can do a little window shopping at least next time it appears in the window. To see more of Isoude’s exquisite collections, click here.

November 10, 2011 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

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