Archive for October, 2012

Five Fun & Feminine DIY Halloween Costumes

There are a ton of Halloween parties on the calendar Saturday night in Newport so why not dress up to get in the spirit with a easy, fun costume?

1. Suzy Bishop in Wes Anderson’s film “Moonrise Kingdom,” shot here in Newport: Pink dress, Peter Pan collar, white knee socks, binoculars, small vintage suitcase.

2. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Black dress, statement necklace, sparkly brooch for hair chignon, cigarette holder.

3. Betty, Joan, or Peggy from Mad Men: Go to Closet Revival on Broadway- they can make this happen in a snap! Consider a headpiece as well! The same concept works for a 4. Stepford Wife costume- a great group costume!

5. Rosie the Riveter: Blue oxford shirt, jeans, red handkerchief, red lipstick, small wrench.

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October 26, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Style Find: Nicole Miller Artelier

Nicole Miller has long been a staple of many a fashionista’s wardrobe, so when I recently spotted a head-turning dress from her new Artelier collection here in Newport (in the window of Michael Hayes on Bowen’s Wharf), it stopped me in my tracks. The collection falls under the “sportswear” label but that description is a bit of misnomer as a number of the pieces are positively “night on the town,” as exhibited in this form-fitting sheath dress with leather panel construction (retails for a time-to-save-your-pennies $540). An homage to the art found throughout her Big Apple stomping grounds and her passion for design, Artelier is worth checking out (or Pinning!)

October 24, 2012 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

Cashmere From Around the Globe at Toci

If you haven’t strolled along Franklin Street lately, you’ll find some new, relocated and simply charming shops like Andrea Bird Bride, Duris Studios jewelry, the Newport Spice Company, Carroll Michael & Co., Green Envy Eco-Boutique, and its newest addition, Toci.

Located at 18 Franklin, Toci is features fine cashmere for him, her and home with a casual sophistication. Everything is the kind of piece that makes you just sigh when you run your hand over it. There’s Italian cashmere throws and decorative cashmere pillows by Rani Arabella (like the ‘Love’ pillow at left), hand loomed cashmere sweaters by California-based Casmari made from imported yarn from Scotland, accessories by William Lockie (also Scottish), pieces by Raffi, Kokun and more.

Toci is located at 18 Franklin Street in Newport. Follow Toci on Facebook here.

October 22, 2012 at 9:02 am 1 comment

Sail into Nautical Style for Fall

Nautical and preppy style is synonymous with summertime, but here in the Ocean State, it’s a look that’s in vogue the whole year through. This morning we set sail on a fall fashion journey with pieces that are both wonderful and weather ready. Today’s collection is all from Island Outfitters in Newport with additional locations in Watch Hill, Connecticut, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Graphic prints continue to trend and this 100% cotton, double breasted Lotta cardigan for women by Holebrook features an anchor pattern and side pockets. $158

Snuggly off-white sweaters pair perfectly with bold trousers, cords, or skirts, like this pearl knitted Holebrooke sweater for women with a round neck and neat endings with a slightly longer fit with embroidery over left hip. $158

Lilly Pulitzer might be the quintessential summer label but the designer knows a thing or two about fall fabulousity, as proven with the ponte jacquard Jonah dress (pictured at top) with elbow length sleeves and yoke neckline. $168

Another Lilly classic, the Elsa top (at right) is flowy and phenomenal. With a hue inspired by the sea and smocking at the neck, the 100% silk top is stunning. $138. 

Red, white and blue still rules as seen with the Holebrook t-neck sweater for men considered a Scandinavian classic that graces with age (top left). $210

The Holebrook men’s heavy knit Frode sweater with a shawl collar has wooden buttons and flat knitted elbow patches and label on left shoulder is ideal for a casual day in a classic fisherman’s style.

Carry a constant reminder of the spoils of summer with Lemon & Lime bracelets handcrafted in Newport. Pick a bright, bold color combo to remind you of sunnier days when flurries are in the forecast. $25

October 18, 2012 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

Fall is Here, Cheers!

This time of year, some people head out for pumpkin picking, other people head out for pumpkin cocktail picking (me: the latter). I just tried the new house-made Pumpkin-infused vodka martini at Christie’s and it’s delicious (see above)! It’s not too sweet, with the pumpkin flavor is savory but subtle and the overall flavor balanced out by a dash of nutmeg. The presentation is lovely with a cinnamon stick topping it off.

A few more on the must-try list: the frozen Pumpkin Mudslide at Brick Alley Pub, which owner Matt Plumb tells me is fabulous, and for beer lovers, Brick’s Pumpkin Sugar Daddy, which is a pink of Shipyard Pumpkin Head Ale with a cinnamon sugar rim in a frosted glass served with a shot of Stoli Salted Karamel on the side. For a bit more elegant environs, sample the the fall-inspired apple cocktails at Muse at Vanderbilt Grace. Have you tried any local seasonal favorites? If so, leave a comment of share on our Facebook page!

Pumpkin Sugar Daddy: Stoli Salted Karamel, Shipyard Pumpkin Head Ale with a cinnamon sugar rim in a frosted pint glass.

October 13, 2012 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Fashionably Challenged? Make It Work, with Tim Gunn

Do you solemnly swear to practice good fashion, and nothing but good fashion, so help you God? Raise your right hand, because style guru Tim Gunn’s new Fashion Bible is your new go-to source for all things fashion fabulouscity! Known as the headmaster with a heart on Project Runway and on his spinoff program, Tim Gunn’s Guide To Style, the former Parsons faculty member is a bona fide author.

Instead of adopting his Project Runway advice to “make it work,” in the Fashion Bible he challenges readers to take a good, long look at their wardrobe and decide what really makes them shine. In between the pages of sage advice on everything from tackling trends to flattering your figure, Gunn offers antidotes of the evolution of fashion and how some of our wardrobe staples came to be.

The fashion industry’s glitterati has widely praised Gunn’s work, including Boston Common Magazine’s current cover girl, Diane von Furstenberg, who said of this just released book: “Tim Gunn is fun and chatty, but most of all he is incredibly knowledgeable and informed!”

Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible can be ordered at Island Books in Middletown AND the newly opened Island Books located at 135 Spring Street in Newport. (Check out pics of the charming new space on Island Books’ Facebook page by clicking here.)

October 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm 1 comment

Beauty Find: G.M. Collin

If you’ve ever picked up an Us Weekly with a “Stars Without Makeup” feature, you’ll see that most people, even seemingly flawless celebrities, live with imperfect skin. And while advertisements might preach “easy, breezy”  skin care, it take a lot more than pop songs and potions to achieve a flawless complexion, especially if you have sensitive  skin (like my 100% Irish). Just a few days in, I am loving G.M. Collin’s brand new launch: Rosa Sea Gel-Cream, specifically designed for sensitive or reactive skin. A fragrance-free formula, the  cream was created to visibly reduce skin redness, and smooth and enhance skin tone uniformity, which will be especially needed as the colder months sneak up on New England and forced heat become commonplace.

With ingredients derived from natural plant and marine extracts (and not tested on animals), G.M. Collin uses the latest technology to develop innovative skin care products. The line is available at Archbeauty in Newport and includes anti-aging skin care, complexes, serums, sun protection and more. Like any skin care product, it’s all about finding the right product for you.

Archbeauty is located at 18 Memorial Blvd. in Newport.

October 5, 2012 at 8:05 am 1 comment

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