Archive for July, 2012
In homage of the ongoing London 2012 Olympic Games, check out this Psycho Bunny tote bag, expertly crafted in the U.S. from all natural canvas and featuring the U.S. and British flags (quite apropos!) from Rib & Rhein in Newport. Psycho Bunny by Robert Godley was founded in 2005, starting simply with a collection of handmade neckties and growing into a line known for meticulous quality, traditional craftsmanship an fine fabrics Rib & Rhein carries a number of pieces from the collection, including the ties, men’s shirts and polos and this fabulous, fun tote, which retails there for $49.
There’s a kinship among those who savor New England summers; a shared desire to slow the hands of time during the season all the while enjoying the simpler spoils of summer: soft serve from a humble ice cream stand, chilled white wine at sunset and soft fabrics on sun-kissed skin. Mahi Gold celebrates this passion for coastal living. The decidedly unfussy line by Becky & Mike Gorman is inspired by summers on Cape Cod, embracing simple silhouettes and pleasing color palates.
I was recently at Island Pursuit on Thames Street and spotted some totally covetable Mahi Gold pieces including a simple shift dress, tank dress, maxi and skirts (man made with organic cotton)—all with a subtle signal flag pattern. There were also pieces for him—tee’s, swimsuits and more.
Gotta love this about Mahi Gold too: Born on the beach. Made in the U.S.A.
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Olympic excitement is at a fever pitch as the games are just days away—maybe that explains the growing trend of Union Jack accessories (check out this bureau my friend Dani at Seaside Shelter created!) and “Keep Calm and Carry On” interpretations (like the “Keep Cam and Sail On” tee from Island Pursuit I brought on The Rhode Show dubbed a Memorial Day must-have).
Check out this London Vibe bracelet($50) from Newport’s own Angela Moore complete with Union Jacks, Beefeaters and other British icons in royal reds, glowing golds and natty navy. (Matching beaded necklace, $100.)
And these great Alex and Ani bangles from the RI-company’s Team USA Collection (oh, and they’re made in the USA–please take note, Ralph Lauren…):
There will also be lots of fun fashion at the games, including USA’s opening ceremony Ralph Lauren uniforms, Team Great Britain’s Stella McCartney-designed duds, and these eye-catching USA team uniforms.
Check out these limited edition Tidvatten flip flops created exclusively by Tretorn as a collaboration with the legendary Newport Folk Festival, July 28-29, 2012. The soft rubberized ($30) thong commemorates the sold out shows with a nautical and musical pattern. The company also created a limited edition rubber boot “perfect for muddy festival fields,” (below). The Folk Fest Skerry ($70) features a nautically and musically patterned microfleece lining.
They both are available on Tretorn.com.
Just a few weeks ago I discovered designer Tracy Negoshain, a former Saks Fifth Avenue merchandiser who, despite working surrounded by designer collections daily, had champagne taste on a Bud Light budget. It wasn’t uncommon for her find pieces at discounters like Target and K-Mart, make a few minor tweaks, add some amazing accessories and fashion an enviable look.
Knowing there were tens of thousands of women with the same love of designer looks without designer price tags, she was inspired to start her own line, and I was delighted to see Tracy Negoshain’s most recent collection included in the recent Angela Moore Fashion Show. Most dresses range from $110-$125 (with great sales on her web site!), including the Kyle One-Shoulder Ruffle Maxi pictured above and the Brynly Braided Shift Dress below. You can also shop by print, so if you find the perfect pattern, you can explore which silhouettes it comes in. With a whimsical selection of anchor, rope, sailboats and starfish designs, Tracy Negoshain is perfect for Newport!
So sayeth The Beatles…
Sand dollars, starfish and the ubiquitous anchor—they’re all popular coastal motifs celebrated with pieces of jewelry from bracelets to earrings to pendants and more. Most are altogether covetable, but I’m loving this refreshing octopus necklace and lil’ octopus earrings from Adornment in Newport’s Brick Market Place. The whimsical 14k gold and diamond necklace ($699) and shiny sterling silver earrings ($199) are sweet and both have a delightful design. So cute!!
Adornment is located at 213 Goddard Row in Newport.
How sweet is this seersucker headband? It’s the handiwork of Royal Anchor, a new Rhode Island-based accessories company founded by two fashion forward moms, Jessica Fontes and Andrea Carlotto. Their debut line of nautically- inspired accessories for girls (they have five between them, so they know a thing or two about ribbons and bows…) merge fashion and function. Each bow barrette has a fun, nautical name. With preppy color combos and affordable prices points (bow barrettes around $7, headbands around $12), I have to hope Royal Anchor debuts a similar line for grown ups!
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