Archive for June, 2012

Hello, Sailors! America’s Cup World Series Inspired

It’s been nearly 30 years since America’s Cup 12 meters raced Newport’s waters, and it’s return this week, punctuated by sleek, 45-foot catamarans, has brought a palpable energy to the City-by-the-Sea. As the official kick-off unfolds today at Fort Adams (click here for concert details), the final stop in the AC World Series will be in full gear. With a Moët & Chandon champagne bar, Napa Valley Vintners wine lounge, Matunuck Oyster Bar’s heaven on a half shell, culinary gems from Julian’s, and Tallulah on Thames’ famed taco cart, the ACWS is a time to eat, drink and be merry!

Though it reigns supreme in Newport perhaps now more than ever, nautically-inspired fashion is a global trend, and with the ACWS and Tall Ships around the corner, it seems there’s no better time to  “drop anchor” on this timely trend. Check out these looks from J. Crew (many available at Newport’s J. Crew on the Harbor).

June 27, 2012 at 12:30 am Leave a comment

Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words

What is being dubbed Newport’s fashion event of the summer is coming this Saturday and fashionistas across the region are anxiously awaiting the chance to don their best duds the oceanside fete. Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words, unfolds at Ochre Court and will feature eight of New England’s top fashion designers, including Jonathan Joseph Peters, Avni Trviedi, Jessica Abernethy sending their head-turning Resort Collections looks down the runway. While sipping cocktail amid the backdrop of the sea, attendees will be able to see the looks up close and buy directly from the designers. The event, organized by the stellar team behind StyleWeek (Providence/Northeast and Miami), benefits Child & Family. “StyleWeek is thrilled to partner once again with Child & Family for Au Courant,” says StyleWeek founder (and all around amazing gal!) Rosanna Ortiz Sinel.  “Newport can expect to see progressive, creative and talented collections on the runway as well as have a personal experience with the designers who have so perfectly made StyleWeek what it is today. We are elated to share this experience with Newport, where art and culture is part of its foundation.”

Child & Family’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Keith Tavares, agrees, adding, “Whenever you put the City of Newport together with fashion and style in order to create a social event to benefit families in need, the outcome is bound to be a big success.” For tickets and information, call 401-848-4150 or visit

Local retailers are toasting the event by hosting Style Night Newport on Friday, June 29th (5-8pm) along Bellevue Avenue. Shoppers check in at International Tennis Hall of Fame for a map and get the 411 on special offers (many boutiques will be offering discounts/promotions and refreshments!). The Hotel Viking is the last stop on the fashion trek where shoppers can unwind with refreshments and enter to win Au Courant tickets. Click MORE below for a list of participating retailers and designers.

Photo, top left: Hilary B. Photography


June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am 1 comment

Newport Flower Show: A Fashionable Fete

The Newport Flower Show Opening Night Party, the ceremonial kick off to Newport’s robust social season, unfolds this Friday evening at Rosecliff. Traditionally the festive al fresco fête draws a spirited crowd dressed in their summertime finery—expect plenty of seersucker and Nantucket reds for him, Lilly Pulitzer (pictured above) and Milly for her, and plenty of head-turning looks in-between. This year’s theme: Salsa! A Celebration of Latin Cultures, should also tempt partygoers to don their most colorful and vibrant duds like this floral number from White House Black Market:

Bold colors like this Laundry by Shelli Segal ‘Monaco Sunset’ Pleated Halter Gown (find Shelli Segal at Michael Hayes):

And crisp whites like this Alexia Admor jacquard dress from Sunya (perfect for statement shoes and a fabulous fascinator!)

For more info on the Newport Flower Show and its events, CLICK HERE.

June 20, 2012 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

Beauty by Birchbox!

Behind every great beauty editor is a stash of awesomely enviable new finds, make-up, and skin and hair care samples which seemingly arrive by the pound on a weekly basis. Now, one innovative company wants to let you in on the next best beauty secret.

Birchbox is sweeping the country by storm, a new service where a perky pink box full of 4-5 curated, deluxe beauty samples arrives on your doorstep each month. Samples are tailored to the beauty profile you create, and can range from favorites like NARS illuminators and Deborah Lippmann polish removers to hair accessories and sweets.

I was first intrigued by Birchbox because some beauty brands can be pricey, and this is a great way to try something out before taking the plunge on a full size. I also love that sample sizes are perfect for traveling (you’ll appreciate this if you’ve ever left a hardly-used bottle of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer or an Aveda shampoo/conditioner set behind…). When my “summer-is-here” themed Birchbox arrived Friday, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside, and it was a lovely little lot:

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap (gold!)

Lulu Organics Lavender & Clay Sage Hair Powder

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (already used Sat. night- 2 thumbs up!)

Twistband Hair Tie (perfect for the gym)

Plus you can go to to learn more about what’s in that month’s box and watch how-to interviews and more. Birchbox offers both monthly and yearly subscriptions: $10 a month or $110 for a yearly membership (free shipping). Members can earn reward points for rating the samples, purchasing full-size products and referring friends. 

There’s a also Birchbox for men! I was lucky enough to receive a sample box which contained:

Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap

Billy Jealousy Liquid sand Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

Costume National Cologne sample

Richer Poorer trouser socks

For about the price of a pair of Venti lattes, what a great way to try new fab finds! Learn more about Birchbox by clicking here.

Birchbox provided me with a sample men’s and women’s box. Opinions expressed are my own.

June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am 2 comments

Fashion for the Fairways

The CVS Caremark Charity Classic at Barrington’s Rhode Island Country Club is just days away, and while your golf game might need some improvement, your style can easily be on par. I brought some fun pieces for him and her to The Rhode Show yesterday for those who like to hit the links! Comfort and performance are key. Juxtapose solid, moisture-wicking performance tops with bold Bermuda shorts, sassy skorts, and light eye-popping pants.

For him:

Robert Redd knit shirts are made from soft Peruvian Pima cotton. The Doering features flap pocket, four button placket, supported fabric collar and open sleeve, and is “specifically designed for the gentleman looking to hone his practice and cultivate a sporting maneuver.

Puma men’s golf apparel from the Fall/Winter 2012 collections. Look for superstar Rickie Fowler to be sporting these pieces at the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the historic Olympic Club in San Francisco starting today.

Castaway Clothing classic embroidered shorts feature  100% prewashed cotton canvas with chic motifs, a flat front, classic fit, slash pockets, 9” inseam and is machine washable.

For her:

Melissa Madden’s “Melly M” is known for eye-catching whimsical patterns and a comfortable flattering fit, which make the line perfect for the greens (pieces provided by Angela Moore)

The Signature Skort features side seam pockets, back zip, back welt pocket, is fully lined and is PGA Regulation Length.

The Naples Pant features a front zip, knife pockets, a boot leg, medium rise and 28″ inseam.

The Short Shorts are a medium rise with 5″ inseam, feature a front zip, comfortable waistband, front knife pockets and 1/2″ side slits.

The Madison Scoop Boat Neck top is sophisticated enough for a night on the town, yet simple enough for a round of 18.

Watch The Rhode show clip here:

Fashion on the fairways:

June 15, 2012 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

Bubbly, bareMinerals and Baubles!

Wine, make-up, skin care, jewelry—it’s a Ladies Night Out this Friday at The Apothecary to commemorate six sassy years in business. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, while shopping for great deals and meeting with good friends. Get 20% off all bareMinerals, and 15% off celebrity favorite skin care Murad and Mario Badescu purchases (between 6-8pm only), plus enjoy gifts with purchase on Murad and Mario Badescu. Also, local jewelry designer Katie Whittemore, who crafts one of a kind statement pieces made from vintage materials including bold pins and pendants, glass beads and unique treasures, will be hosting a trunk show! (6-8pm, all specials and promotions are while supplies last).

June 13, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

What’s SUP?

Shortly after Friday’s sunrise, I found myself en route to Middletown’s Third Beach to meet Jackie Lane from Pulse Personal Fitness Studio. She invited me to try stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. Locally, you’ll see men and women stand-up paddleboarding at all area beaches, around the island in competitions, even across Newport Harbor. Last summer, legendary big wave surfer, SUP enthusiast and all around waterman (also known for being rather easy on the eyes), Laird Hamlton, paddleboarded in Newport to promote a new PUMA/Laird board, a limited-edition carbon fiber stand-up paddleboard and the sport (watch it here).

Quiet and beautiful as the sun slowly rose, casting a brilliant light on the water and illuminating the bobbing moored sailboats, we set out. Even though Jackie wore her Roxy Kassia Meador spring wetsuit and I donned a bikini and board shorts, we stayed almost completely dry as we glided across the water. Before getting too comfortable though, she went through her part on-board/part on-shore workout: a heart-pumping, challenging series of squats, burpees, planks, sprints and more offered in Pulse’s SUPFit sessions. The whole experience is equal parts workout and wonderment. CLICK HERE to learn more about SUPFit and Pulse’s summer class sessions.

Jacki in action!

June 11, 2012 at 12:43 am 1 comment

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