Archive for August, 2012

Fall Shoe Preview!

Collecting a half dozen pairs of shoes for this morning’s Rhode Show gave me an exciting preview of some sassy shoes for great fall looks. I found (and featured) the Persia Tied Mary Jane dress shoes with metallic reptile-embossed leather at Rockport, which is also having an amazing sale right now. The style also comes in beet, all black, black with gold trim, nude and leopard, and all feature adidas adiPRENE® shock absorbing technology, so they’re 4” high but altogether comfortable ($140).

The Presia Zip Shootie by Rockport in leopard also promises to be one of the line’s most popular this season, and it’s easy to see why (also comes in black with gold trim):

There’s also a ton of edgy boots including the Tundra boot by Matt Bernson from Michael Hayes in Newport:

See these and a few more fall shoes on this morning’s Rhode Show!

August 30, 2012 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

StyleWeek Northeast is Here!

It’s a thrilling time in the capital city as StyleWeek Northeast unfolds on the top floors of the historic Biltmore, showcasing the fresh talent of more than 14 designers. Avant-garde to elegant, daring to drop-jaw, the excitement is palpable as over 100 looks grace the Alex and Ani Runway Room (the hotel’s renamed Grand Ballroom) every night, Aug. 26 through Aug. 31. Each evening opens with an Accessory Showcase featuring the talent of local artisans, jewelry makers and fab finds from local boutiques, plus a cocktail hour—all before the fashion frenzy begins—and most nights are fêted with a chic after-party. Check out photo from opening night in the ProJo by CLICKING HERE.

For more information, schedules and to buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

Top look by Jessica Abernethy, photo Newport Stylephile

August 27, 2012 at 8:52 am Leave a comment

Lovely Lilly Sale EXTENDED!

Lilly Pulitzer and Newport go together like peas and carrots, so what better way to build your LP wardrobe than when these timeless pieces are on super-sale! I scored a few great deals  and am anxiously awaiting my pink package to arrive on the doorstep.

There’s a range of inventory and sizes left, and Lilly is still offering free shipping. CLICK HERE to get started. Shop on, my friends!

August 25, 2012 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Now Boarding: Zink Steamship Bags

It’s no surprise I stopped in my tracks when I came face to face with the collection of Zink “Steamship” handbags at Skiffington’s in Portsmouth. The signature bold colors, clean lines, fine fabric, classic shape and craftsmanship—all completely covetable…

There’s a reason for the rich hues:  the company’s founder partnered with a small, artisan cooperative in Thailand that fashions the hand-woven indigos, natural-dyed greens (made from Mango bark and Cassia leaves), yellows (from Turmeric and Jack fruit wood),reds (from Sappan wood and Lac0, browns (from Coconut bark and Raintree),  grays (from Malayan olives) and black from Ebony wood. (it almost reads as a list of ingredients).

Priced in the same ballpark as similar luxury bags (the ones at Skiffington’s are $350 to $385, and on sale right now up to 30% off), Zink bags are a reminder that classic and casual aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.  

August 22, 2012 at 12:50 am 3 comments

Voyage: American-Made Nautical Goods

Nautical rope accessories have long been ubiquitous in Newport—belts, bracelets, key chains, dog leashes, trivets, placemats (try Scrimshanders for the latter two)—and new designs seems to pop up all the time. I found hand-crafted Voyage rope bracelets at Aqua on lower Thames, colorful pieces using premium marine rope. Manufactured in New England and launched in 2011, the bracelets (they also make belts, dog leashes and key fobs) have an inspiring story you can read about here. With a portion of Voyage profits donated to ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease charities, the line is fashionable and philanthropical all at once. Pieces range from $8-$68.

Voyage bracelets can be found at Aqua, located at 468 Thames Street in Newport.

August 20, 2012 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Transitional Looks for Summer into Fall

While many Rhode Islanders are looking to slow down the hands of time and squeeze in a few more beach days before summer’s end, the reality is fall is just around the corner. Shopping on the cusp of two seasons can be challenge, but here are some helpful tips and fabulous finds to make the most of your shopping dollar.

Soft, flowing blouses are light and airy (shown at top, Patterson J. Kinkaid Leena blouse with leather trim from Laura Jean) and go with just about everything.

Neutral-toned shoes (like Kate Middelton’s famed nude heels by London-made L.K. Bennett, which retail for $325) can be worn year-round, plus they lend the leg a long, lean look.

Bib necklaces, a must-have summer accessory, will continue to be in-demand this fall, so look for warm hues (like the Stella & Dot Olivia necklace, which we’re giving to one lucky reader this week—see the post below to enter).

Whether headed to a wedding, fundraiser or special event, trade uber-summery prints like eyelet and seersucker for bolder looks like the floor length dress by Lush from Sunya

The colorful and patterned (Python print jean by Big Star, $106 at Laura Jean) pants and jeans trend also continuing into fall—again, gravitate toward jewel tones like lapis (the Stilt Cigarette AG Jean in lapis, $159 at Laura Jean) and emerald, and if time and budget affords, one neutral (Charmer Skinny Jean by Sanctuary denim in oyster, $149 at Laura Jean)

I just brought all of these looks to The Rhode Show. Click the pic below to watch!

August 17, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Stunning Stella & Dot (and an awesome giveaway!)

I’d heard of the Stella & Dot jewelry line before but admittedly didn’t know too much about it, but when I spotted an eye-catching necklace multi-strand with chunky blue stones in the latest issue of Instyle, I took notice. Turns out, the collection of colorful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more features some really fun pieces—a ton that complement Newport style, and at affordable price points (a ton of pieces are under $50 and they also have sweet sales). Turns out it’s a celeb favorite too, with Katherine Heigl, Olivia Munn, Rashida Jones and Fergie all sporting Stella & Dot. Locally, the line is sold via trunk shows and direct through independent stylist Karen Sanderson.

To get to know the line, we’re giving away the hugely popular Olivia Bob necklace in coral as featured here ($118 value). To enter, simply like you to LIKE Karen’s Stella & Dot page on Facebook, and leave a comment here  (even just “Enter me!” will do!). Winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 19.

August 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 29 comments

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