Archive for December, 2011
If you caught The Rhode Show this morning, you would have seen three show-stopping looks for New Year’s Eve guaranteed to turn heads. Whether gathering with a gaggle of girlfriends, sipping champagne by the fire with a loved one or dancing the night away with a couple hundred new friends, a little eye-catching sparkle (or a lot) kicks it up a notch. (Photos shown below supplied by the designers.)
Charlotte donned a sequin party dress by Boston-based designer Sara Campbell that juxtaposes a simple silhouette with va-va-va-voom sparkle. Located locally at the Bellevue Avenue boutique and online for $258 (also available in blue and green). (Charlotte McGregor is represented by Donahue Models.)
Lauren looked fabulously British in Jack Wills, courtesy of the 100% silk embellished Reily Dress with its art deco design and petticoat layers. $339 and located at Jack Wills Newport, online, and worldwide.
Stacie stunned in this golden sequin Derora Dress by BB Dakota from Cabbage Rose on Newport’s lower Thames Street. Best of all, it retails for $125 (also available in silver) and is on sale for 50% off! (Stacie Waleyko is represented by The Beauty Within/TBW Model Management)
On moi is the wool Bijoux sheath in navy by Banana Republic (bought in Newport). Retails for $165, was marked down to $84.99, oh but wait, was an additional 40% off the clearance price, making it $50.99.
More on where to wear this glittery garb soon!
HERE’S THE CLIP: The Rhode Show: Bring on the Bling for New Year’s Eve!
The mad dash is officially on, and while many shoppers have long finished their list and checked it twice, just as many are searching for the certain something for that someone special. For the sophisticated social sipper, check out the Daines & Hathaway Cup Set (1 oz.) for $85 (shown below). Made in England, think of these travelers, secured in tan bridle leather, as a civilized alternative than swilling spirits from the flask (the two go hand in hand). Wanna kick it up a notch? The Daines & Hathaway Triple Bar Set includes three individual stainless steel flasks and cups all housed in a cozy, croc-printed leather zip-around case—perfect for a picnic overlooking Narragansett Bay or while aboard a yacht overlooking Newport (for $305, shown at top). Both of these libation lovelies are available at Royal Male on Spring Street (and online by clicking here). The shop, best known for upscale European apparel (Barbour, Dubarry, Le Chameau) is also stocked with classic gifts for him including billfolds, note cases, stud boxes and watch rolls.
We’re closing in on the number of shopping days left before Christmas, and I don’t want to make any sweeping gender generalizations here (men!), but if you’re still looking for a stylish gift for a lady friend, check out these snazzy driving loafers. Designed by Newport’s own Stacie Hall, owner of the Pink Pineapple and mastermind behind her own clothing and accessory lines, these women’s loafers are as pretty as they are practical. Similar styles are made by Gucci (avg. $575) and Tod’s (avg. $495), but unless you’re looking to spend hundreds and hundreds of smackaroos, these are a sweet deal at just $118.
Hardware choices include a classic gold or bamboo horsebit across the top and available colors include: pale orange, orange, navy, black, brown, beige, purple, light pink, cobalt blue and light blue. (Reliable sources say a mens version may be in the works!) Available at Island Outfitters on Newport’s lower Thames Street and online here.
I was out and about recently when I stopped by Down Under Jewelry on Lower Thames Street. It’s easy to equate a jewelry shop with big spending, and Down Under has its fair share of pricey pieces, but I’ve always found extraordinary affordable treasures there. Sure the popular pieces by Alexis Bittar, Chan Luu, and echo of the dreamer often seen on A-list celebs including Cameron Diaz, Kerry Washington, Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Aniston are drool worthy, but check out these crystal pave cocktail rings for just $22 (each). With sparkly versions in navy, copper and silver, and a stretchy band, Secret Santas don’t have to worry about getting the size right!
Down Under Jewelry is located at 479 Thames Street in Newport, www.downunderjewelry.com
To know me is to know I love animals and animal rescue organizations like our local Potter League (its a miracle I only have one dog…though his size and weight is equivalent to like four medium size dogs…). So you can image how delighted I was when Alex and Ani recently debuted these paw print expandable wire bangles in Russian Gold and Russian Silver with 20% of the sales being donated to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals which supports, heals and finds caring homes for both dogs and cats. The bangle is $28 and available in stores and online. (Finally, a fashionable common-ground between ‘dog people’ and ‘cat people!’)
Also, if you like a bargain (and you should this time of year), you may want to take note of the December Bangle of the Month, a Sacred Dove expandable wire bangle which evokes the spirit of faith, grace and truth. Get $5 off the regular $28 price this month only both in stores and online.
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As it goes in Newport, a friend recently asked me if I had herd of George Guest, to which I confirmed I had not, but quickly followed up asking why perhaps I should have. Local entrepreneur George Keeler, an active climber and creative visionary, was just a junior at Lehigh when he conceptualized a backpack that merged his love of the outdoors with the necessity of a functional piece that could take him from mountaintop to Main Street. “The just wasn’t a bag out there that had a roll top closure that I could wear in both a college and urban setting,” he told me recently. So, rather than shrug his shoulders and strategize his next keg stand approach, he got to work, teaching himself how to sew and churning out a few prototypes. Long story short, he entered and won an entrepreneurship grant totaling $5,000 which launched the first George Guest collection (along with buddy turned business director Alexander Schultz).
The capital became the backing for George Guest, which officially launched in 2008 with meticulously crafted backpacks that are a welcomed departure from the ubiquitous nylon packs. Its since grown to include belts and bracelets. Made in the Dominican Republic and being added to retailers coast to coast, the bags cost $265, boast unexpected durability and like other carefully crafted goods, have an impressive longevity. To learn more or order a George Guest bag, visit www.GeorgeGuestUSA.com