Archive for February, 2013

OBSESSED: Twistbands!

ImageA few months ago, my BirchBox introduced me to Twistband, and my ponys haven’t been the same since. Twistband and Emi-Jay both make (pretty much the same) soft elastic hair ties that have amazing stretch, are snag-free and never leave the dreaded ponytail bump. There’s also a headband line made from the same material.

ImageSince they come in a ton of colors, metallics and patterns (like chevon and glitter!) they’ve also become a fashion statement, spotted on the wrists of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston. They’re slim, sleek and I have to confess, addictive. I just bought a new patch of Pink Pineapple (they make their own) and I’ve spotted them at Bellevue Beauty Walk.

Even though they’re inexpensive (ex. $9.99 for 10) and come in different quantities, they probably cost about three cents to make. AND, in an ironic “twist” of fate, Tori Johnson just featured a great promotion with Emi-Jay on today’s Deals & Steals on Good Morning America. Today only, enter promo code GMA on THIS EMI-JAY page and get 12 Emi-Jay hair ties and 2 headbands for $18 (normally $36).

You can also find these hot bands on Esty (like 14 band for $17 HERE), or even make your own with simple supplies from Michael’s crafts stores. CLICK HERE for an easy how-to video. Get your twist on!

February 28, 2013 at 10:20 am 3 comments

Oscars 2013 Fashion Wrap Up…

Let’s just jump right into it…who was your best dressed? Leave a comment below! Here’s some of my favorites:


Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta


Jessica Chastain in custom Armani Privé

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Halle Berry in Versace

Halle Berry in Versace

Charlize Theron in Dior

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

February 25, 2013 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

Newport Goes Hollywood Tonight…

Michelle Williams at the Oscars 2012

The grande dame of award show season unfolds tonight with fans as excited for who wears what and which picture takes top honors. Your favorite place to watch may be from the comfort of your own home, but if you want to change things up a bit, there’s some fun happening around town celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night.

Vanderbilt Grace is celebrating the 85th Academy Awards with an Oscar-themed evening that will be held inside MUSE by Jonathan Cartwright. The evening will begin at 7pm and feature Oscar-themed cocktails, Gold popcorn, Oscar trivia and cookies in the shape of the Oscar statuette. The cocktails taking center stage include:

Les “Not So” Misérables: Vodka, Chambord, Pineapple Juice, Champagne, $15 929678-penelope-cruz

The Life of “Hot Apple” Pi: Hot Apple Cider Tuaca, $12

Tarantino Unchained: Malibu Rum, Captain Morgan’s, Ginger Ale, Cranberry Juice, $14

Honest Abe: Pama Liquor, Stoli Blueberry Vodka, Cranberry Juice, $12

Zero “Dirty” Thirty Martini: Grey Goose Martini with Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives, $15

Call 401-846-6200 to make reservations.

At the Jane Pickens Theater, enjoy the 3rd Annual Red Carpet Gala featuring a LIVE telecast of both the Oscar’s Red Carpet Live pre-show and the 85th Academy Awards.  Watch as the movie stars arrive at and check out the stellar fashion statements and lively commentary. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and champagne, wine and beer from the cash bar. The telecast segues into the 85th Academy Awards at 8:30pm and coffee and dessert will be served shortly thereafter. Tickets are $35.


February 24, 2013 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Wanna Get Away?


Even the heartiest New Englander groans at forecasts that include word like “arctic” and “frigid,” and with more than 30″ of fallen snow in Newport this season, a mid-winter getaway is sounding just about heavenly. No fashion line is more bright and sunny than Lilly Pulitzer, and the following sneak peek at the Spring 2013 collection will inspire warm thoughts for the promise of spring. Pieces from the collection will be arriving at Island Outfitters soon, and with JetBlue’s new daily service to sunny Florida from T.F. Green, you can have that piña colada with the sand between your toes in a snap!


February 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Baby, You’re a Firework…

ImageSometimes in the dead of winter you need a little sparkle, and tonight’s fireworks display over Newport Harbor at 6:30pm might just be the best way to kick off a holiday weekend (and Newport Winter Festival). The weather peeps are calling for clear skies (but there’s a rain date for tomorrow at the same time, just in case). There’s some excellent viewing points–perhaps over dinner at The Mooring, craft cocktails on the top floor of Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, happy hour at Celtica, or the divine Vanderbilt Grace, which will welcome guests and residents to watch fireworks from the hotel’s rooftop which offers an amazing vantage point. The cost is $8 per person and that includes hot chocolate and a cozy blanket. Even better, why not toast the night with a some bubbly???


February 15, 2013 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

Be Mine


Oh, the “Be Mine,” is referring to the fab finds at bargain prices I’ll want to be mine at the Kristina Richards sale, which begins today. What did you think I meant??

Oh, yes. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Kiss This…

Seeing as though most local restaurants have recovered from the 2-ft. snowfall, all should be business as usual by Valentine’s Day this Thursday. Whether you plan on spending the evening making googly eyes across the table with a loved one or painting the town red with a group of good friends, start the evening with a complimentary tasting of sparkling wines at the Newport Wine Cellar from 4-6pm to find the perfect bottle to start off the evening.


How apropos is this strapless chiffon dress (a.k.a. the Marianne dress) by Erin Fetherston with a shirred bodice, fluttery skirt and exposed zip back all in a flirty lipstick print spotted at Kristina Richards? (It’s also perfect for the Potter League’s Have a Heart fundraiser tomorrow night at the Hotel Viking or newportFILM’s “For the Love of Film, Marilyn’s Hollywood” Benefit on Feb. 23!)


erin F kiss dress

…Or how about getting in touch with your animal instincts with these 4″ leopard-print heels by Jessica Simpson on sale at Sole Desire? (Was $85, now $63.75!)

Jessica Simpson pumps
Stackable bangles from Sequin in Newport:
sequin bangles
Get just the right seductive shade with Smashbox colors from ArchBeauty:
Erin Fetherston dress, second from top: Chelsea Lauren/ Getty Images

February 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

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