Archive for December, 2012

Down on the Farm


Made with organically grown herbs, flowers, oils and grains, its no surprise Farmaesthetics is the skincare line of choice at luxury spas across the globe. Newport is lucky enough to be home to it’s flagship store on Bellevue Avenue, where you can sniff and sample all the sustainable goodness from cleansers and exfoliants to serums, soaps and salves.

If you’re still looking for that special something for friends and family to unwrap, Farmaesthetics’ gift sets are ideal because everything they create is hypo-allergenic, non-irritating and dermatological tested (not animal tested). Neatly packaged and super cute, sets include the “Hot Toddy for the Body” (exfoliate & moisturize), “Winter Greens” (Remedy Reserve Mask, Aetheric Bath & Body Oil,Vapor Bath Elixir and a handmade organic soap), “Facial to Go” (cleanser, exfoliate and lavender milk), “On the Go Travel Set” (eye makeup remover & treatment oil, aloe mist, nourishing lavender milk, lavender rub, and softening salve—all less than an ounce to guarantee easy airport check-through). And of course you can build your own set, or simply wrap one great find, like the new heavenly Dreaming Oil, an inhalation oil that you place a drop of in your hands, rub them together, then inhale to relax (Farmaesthetics calls it “a lullaby in a bottle for grown-ups”).

The challenge this time of year? To buy these skin-loving treasures without a “one for me, one for you” approach! 

Farmaesthethics is located at 144 Bellevue Avenue, Newport and products are also carried locally at Green Envy Eco-Boutique located at 8 Franklin Street, just off Thames, in Newport.

rainwater soaps

farmaesthetics winter greens

December 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Hip Code


It’s crunch time—Christmas is less than a week away, so if you’re making a list and checking it twice—and find you have a bit more shopping to do, it’s time to hit the town. For those who love big things that come in small packages, check out Style Newport. Ever since Karen King opened the Thames Street nautical jewelry boutique, her colorful signal flag pieces have become some of the most recognizable around town and beyond. Signal flags represent both letters and numbers and are used to send messages from boat to boat, and the iconic patterns can be worn to “spell” out a message or code, be your initials, or someone else’s initials with sterling, gold and enamel flag charms. The shop now carries necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, cufflinks, glassware, fun finds for little ones and even your four-legged friends.

 Style Newport is located at 302 Thames Street,



December 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice


Somewhere in between searching for that perfect something and stressing about shipping everything to arrive by Christmas morning, you might want to make time to unwind with a festive libation at Vanderbilt Grace. The elegant bar at critically-acclaimed Muse has concocted a holiday cocktail menu that’s as delightful as it is delectable. Just some of the jingle bell bevvies:

Naughty or Nice Martini (pictured above, and fabulous!)

Sky Vodka, Peppermint Schnaps, White Chocolate Godiva, splash of Milk, Shaken Well, On the Rocks or Straight up


Stoli Bluberry, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Served on the Rocks

Grinch’s Stolen Spritzer

 Stoli Pomegranik, Triple Sec, Green Apple Puree, Splash of Pineapple Juice, Shaken Well and Finished with Dooryard Apple Cider

Vanderbilt Grace was just featured on Conde Nast Traveler online as one of nine hotels in the world that will “Make Holiday Shopping Easier,” for travelers highlighting a shopping package where you can shop at some local gems with moi–too fun! Check it out by CLICKING HERE.




December 18, 2012 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Modern Family’s Julie Bowen calls Newport “Fantasyland” in Boston Common

Boston Common Julie Bowen_cover

From the article:


That Bowen places such importance on family isn’t hard to believe when you consider her childhood: loving parents, two close sisters, safe neighborhood. She grew up just outside of Baltimore, where her parents still live, hamming it up with her sisters in backyard productions. At 14, she followed her older sister, Molly, to St. George’s School, an idyllic boarding school campus set among the Gilded Age mansions that dot the landscape of Newport, Rhode Island.

“Talk about fantasyland,” says Bowen. “I had someone ask me if I went to Hogwarts. It basically is Hogwarts. It’s so beautiful.”

Bowen sees the seaside towns in South Rhode Island as a picture of quaint New England life. “I really loved the tiny towns like Little Compton and Narragansett, and the feeling that, once upon a time, all those places truly relied on the ocean for food, commerce, everything,” she says. “There is a lot of New England that is tough and weather beaten, but it’s functional, and—to me—that makes it more beautiful.”

Though she didn’t explore it as often as the towns surrounding St. George’s, she and her friends made special trips into Boston. “My first trip to Boston was Oktoberfest and it was so much fun. I’m sure that’s because someone gave me beer,” she says. “I really wasn’t a degenerate, I promise.” Her other visits, which included traditional tourist activities like Head of the Charles, were more Roman Holiday than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Read the article in its entirety by CLICKING HERE
Boston Common Julie Bowen
Photos: Darren Tieste; Dress: Dior “Giselle,” $11,500; Heels: Casadei $1,950

December 13, 2012 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Teacher’s Pet

Sure, a scented candle or gift card does the trick, but why not make your lot of teacher’s gifts (or stocking stuffers!) a lot more fabulous? Check out these finds from Archbeauty on Newport’s Memorial Boulevard:


Butter London nail polish (individual bottles, trios, or sets with matching Lippy gloss)

Smashbox Studio Pop for Eyes set

The Smashbox Studio Pop for Eyes set comes in a reusable tin filled with must-haves for holiday-ready eyes!


Tokyo Milk Small Pocket Mirror- they’re little, handy pieces of art!

December 11, 2012 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

All That Glitters: Holiday Party Finds as Seen on The Rhode Show


With a calendar full of holiday happenings from the office Christmas party to the annual neighborhood bash, there’s no better time to sparkle. Whether clad in subtle shine or unleashing your inner glitter goddess, there are plenty of outstanding options from local Newport shops. I brought these pieces to The Rhode Show on WPRI yesterday which promise to bring a little bling to the party. (Watch the clip HERE or click the image at the bottom of the post.)

gold-coast-touchstone-crystal-earringsFrom Sara Campbell:

Metallic tweed ruffle neck dress, $298

Taffeta plaid wrap jacket, $398

Sparkle knit “magic” dress, $250

Metallic solid shiny top, $215

Pebble wristlet, $34J McLaughlin Verona dress

Sparkle starfish dangling earrings (above, similar), $34

From J. McLaughlin:

Sequin paisley mini (shown at top), $265

Verona embellished sleeveless dress (shown at right), $268

From Toci:

Cashmere cable knit sweater by Qi

EDB2153CFrom Sole Desire:

Madden Girl “Jenna” t-strap platform heel with gold detail (similar shown left), $49.99

Madden Girl “Jacobz” glitter oxfords, $45.00



Unleash your inner glitter goddess

December 7, 2012 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

It’s Angela Moore’s Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


Enjoy the designer’s signature line of clothing and accessories, in addition to lovely lines brought over from the Bellevue Avenue boutique, at up to 80% off! Make that list and check it twice!!!

December 4, 2012 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

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