Archive for May, 2012
I love weddings—going to weddings, being in weddings (I have the dozen or so dresses to prove it!), planning weddings, shopping for weddings, and reading about weddings. I write for a number of wedding magazines and have often joked with editors, photographers and those in the biz that it’s some sort of freakish gene we have to tolerate love the wedding industry.
Andrea Sperl must have the same gene since she opened the doors to her new boutique Andria Bird Bride, a month ago in Newport. It’s been a long time since Newport has had a wedding dress shop and the young, entrepreneurial Sperl handpicked each dress available, all by independent bridal designers whose gowns are handmade in the U.S. Designers include Chaviano Couture (at top), Lindee Daniel, Whitney Deal, Ariel Jennifer Taub (left) and Winifred Bean and range between $1,200-6,000 (not including lower-priced tea-length dresses—perfect for a end of the night going-away dress or comfortable reception dress).
Andria Bird will be welcoming some of the designers for trunk shows (this means sales!) starting with Winifred Bean for a week in July. The shop also exclusively carries accessories (like the French lace veiled mask at right) from the Andria Bird line in addition to custom-order accessories (rhinestone-detailed belts, hair accessories, etc.). Keep posted on trunk shows and other in-store events on the Andria Bird Facebook page.
Andria Bird Bride is located at 225 Spring street (at the corner of Franklin Street). Appointments are booking fast, so call to reserve a time. Spring hours are Tuesday through Thursday 5-8, Friday 2-8, Saturday and Sunday 11-6.
As Jack Rogers loyalists know, the brand has been a consummate favorite of the fashionably unfussy for more than half a decade. It’s most famous style icon was unequivocally Jackie O, who embraced the shoe’s simple whipstitch design and quality workmanship. (There’s a long standing debate if she wore Jack Rogers or Stephen Bonanno, some say both, and each have similarities). When I caught “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years: Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (curated by Hamish Bowles, who was in Newport last summer), there was a fabulous photograph of Jackie in Palm Beach sporting Jack Rogers style shoes in a 1962 photo (the above photo was also taken in the early 60s), and many more shots caught her in the fabulous footwear through the years. Regardless of the debate, the Navajo style sandal is timeless and enduring.
Incidentally, The Met recently recognized Jack Rogers’ heritage by initiating the brand into the permanent collection of its prestigious Costume Institute.
Available locally at Angela Moore, Chace N’Lulu and Island Outfitters.
Tons of shops around Newport are toasting the unofficial start of summer with a sale so you can stock up on seasonal must-haves just in time.
Kristina Richards Studio has marked 30-75% off select pieces from brands like Shoshanna, Sam Edelman, Seven for All Mankind, Milly and more.
Get 20%, 30% or 40% off at Banana Republic.
At Chico’s, get 40% off shorts, tees, crops and tanks.
Boardshorts and bikinis (and they’re so cute—I checked ‘em out!) are 15% off at Potter & Co. (full priced).
The just-opened White House Black Market is giving out in-store coupons for $20 off any purchase of $80 or more.
Gap: in-stores and online at Gap.com, save up to 40% off select styles with tees, tanks and kids shorts as low as $10, kids swim from $12, regular shorts from $25, khakis 20% off and more.
Stalise: Up to 70% off spring and summer merchandise, plus $10, $20, $30 markdown racks.
Amelie Michel French tablecloth warehouse sale in Middletown (in the old Modern Furniture building).
Click here to see some great sales from national retailers.
Did we miss you? If you’re having a Memorial Day sale, email email@example.com
Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Nicole Ritchie, SJP…they’re among the many celebs who been been known to rock the ballerina bun—a “bad hair day’s” best friend. Whether worn loose and lovely for an ethereal look, or tight and sleek for a polished coif, the look is much easier than you might think. Sally Beauty Supply’s Mesh Chignon is just $3.69 and gives hair buns the volume that is usually only achieved with a professional touch. Essentially you pull your hair in a ponytail, pull the pony through the mesh chignon (a.k.a. the doughnut), spread hair evenly around, secure with a clear elastic, tuck in ends, and voila! (A perfect style for a week ahead of rainy days…) There are some great, easy-to-follow tutorials on YouTube like this one inspired by a Lauren Conrad ‘do, or a messy Sarah Jessica Parker-esque bun like this created with just an elastic, some bobby pins, a dab of hairspray and some backcombing (she’s a regular mane MacGyver!)…easy!
Long, luscious lashes are always alluring, but applying mascara everyday isn’t always your first choice. Another way to get the look? Eyelash tinting. Not knowing about the nitty-gritty of the process, I turned to Jenni at The Apothecary who told me tinting would temporarily thicken lashes, give the appearance of added length, and lasts 4-6 weeks.
Somewhat skeptical of seeing much of a difference from my already dark lashes, I was soon convinced to try the process at The Apothecary, which lasted about 20 minutes, and quickly became a believer. The result was darkened lashes with a subtle dramatic effect—a fun and flirty beauty treatment for just $20 (add mascara for added volume and glamour)!
The Apothecary is located at 39 Memorial Blvd. in Newport.