Archive for April, 2013

No Drybar? No Problem.


If you haven’t heard of or ever been to a Drybar, here’s the skinny: Drybar is a “blow dry bar.” No cuts. No color. Just blowouts for only $40. Locations can be found throughout NYC, California, and around major metropolitan areas including Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, etc. Even stylist/designer/reality TV star Rachel Zoe has opened her chic version in the Big Apple called DreamDry, and Gwenyth Paltrow is reportedly looking for some market share with her Brentwood-based Babaii Blow Dry Studio (with hairstylist David Babaii and trainer Tracy Anderson).

So, no, there isn’t a Drybar, DreamDry, or Babaii headed for Newport, but there is JF3 Salon at Celebeautique. Launched by owner Joseph Farias, the Blowout Club membership from May 1 to October 1 includes a shampoo, conditioning treatment with scalp massage and blowouts 4-times a month, plus 20% off all services (with stylist Ashley). The Club costs $80 month (with a 3-month commitment required, and it’s ‘use it or lose it,’ no carrying over). Think of all the weddings, showers, nights on the town, plus parties and social engagements you have coming up this season…at what breaks down to $20 a blowout, I think even Suze Orman would approve!

For more information, call (401) 847-7377 or stop by the salon at 34 Memorial Boulevard (near Sardella’s). Visit JF3 on Facebook here.

April 29, 2013 at 9:36 am 11 comments

Boston Strong


Jake’s Life is Good store (part of the Music Box/Helly Hansen trio) on Newport’s Thames Street is proud to be supporting the One Fund to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon attack on April 15, 2013. One-hundred percent of the proceeds of the ImageBoston Love t-shirt, available in mens and womens, will be donated to the fund. The front simply reads “Boston” and the back reads “Nothing is Stronger Than Love.” Ain’t that the truth~

T’s are available at 164 Thames Street or online by CLICKING HERE.

Also, if you’re looking to spend a little time in Beantown, will be donating all of their profits from the sales of their favorite Boston hotels to the One Fund. As Jetsetter says, “So book a trip and root for the home team.” Details can be found by CLICKING HERE


April 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Get Your Stretch On

ImageI popped into Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie on Thames Street last week where I was immediately intrigued by a line I never heard of before: Tees by Tina. It’s a misleading (and albeit somewhat cheesy) name, because the pieces really aren’t t-shirts, not at all. They’re fitted ¾ length tops, flattering tanks, and amazingly comfortable fitted dresses with Imagestreamlined silhouettes. All sizes are “one size fits most” (a term which always make me giggle a bit) and are a celeb favorite as seen on Stacy Keibler, Malin Ackerman and Julie Benz. It’s also a favorite of expectant mommies due to its stretchy fabric and pieces have been featured in Vogue (paired with an elegant, floor length skirt) and Glamour magazines.

Deb Winthrop had in these nautical striped ¾ length tops as worn by Bethenny Frankel, Maria Menudos and Kourtney Kardashian as well as this blue bandage dress as seen on Jennie Garth in US Weekly at left (priced at $89). Dresses can be worn on their own or if you’d rather not be bare legged, especially as it’s still a bit cool out, they can be paired with leggings or skinny jeans (length is easily adjusted).

The Portsmouth location at Clock Tower Square also carries tanks, dresses and tops from Tees by Tina.



April 22, 2013 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

The New Daisy Buchanan

ImageThe Great Gatsby has long been on the required reading lists of American students, and  for those (like me) who are intrigued by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of lust and luxury, the 1974 film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow is a classic. Rosecliff in Newport, where much of the shooting was done, continues to lure affluent visitors curious of the lavish Gatsbian lifestyle, and today’s discerning traveler can experience the modern Gatsby getaway here in the City-by-the-Sea .


Robert Redford as Gatsby at Rosecliff

Next month, the highly anticipated re-interpretation of the tale as directed by Baz Luhrmann will debut starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the ever fashionable Daisy Buchanan, and Toby Maguire as storyteller Nick Carraway. Much has been made about the fashion, and as seen from the May 2013 cover of Vogue above, there is much to celebrate. Mulligan’s Daisy had more than 40 outfits in the movie, most by Prada, and for this celebratory Vogue shoot (by Mario Testino, naturally), she dons Chanel Haute Couture, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen.
ImageCostumes from the film (as envisioned by the movie’s costume designer, Catherine Martin) are currently on display in London, and leading brands are tipping their hat to the jaw-dropping, jazz-age designs. With much of DiCaprio’s ensembles created by Brooks Brothers (which is mentioned throughout Fitzgerald’s writings), the classic menswear clothier has fashioned a limited-edition collection to mark the movie.

At Rosecliff, you can see pieces that highlight 20th century fashion and the way designers marketed changing styles and silhouettes to American consumers. The 11 dresses on exhibit by Chanel, Givenchy and Halston, among others, are among the finest garments in the PSNC’s collection.

Among the highlights is a 1925 evening gown by Callot Soeurs of Paris.  With its straight Imagesilhouette, the dress epitomizes the style of the period. The increasing popularity of automobiles and dance crazes like the jitterbug and Charleston demanded shorter hemlines and ushered in a new trend for the 1920s. Stiff corsetting and layers, girdles and bras that flattened out the figure were in.

Yesterday, the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue debuted a breathtaking series of elaborate windows in homage of the film, and an art-deco inspired line toasting all things Gatsby.


Also, as Gatsby fever starts taking hold, Vanderbilt Grace is offering a “Grace Gatsby package” featuring a 2-night stay, 2 Newport Mansion Passports (more here), sunset sail for two, a champagne breakfast for 2 each morning, a Vintage Vanderbilt five course dinner (modeled on a Vanderbilt family menu from 1912) for 2 with wine pairings, and a welcome gift.  Rates start at $1,110 per couple and the package is available from April 25 to September 30, 2013.


Top to bottom: film still courtesy Warner Bros.; image by Marion Testino/Vogue;  last image by dress by Miu Miu,image by Marion Testino/Vogue.

April 18, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

YAROK & Roll


I’ve written about the Cosmetics Database before, the online tool where you can enter almost any product and learn everything you want to know about what ingredients are in your hair and beauty goods. It’s like Google for glamazons. For most people it’s an eye-opener, and the more you learn, the more promo_peopleyou might lean toward using natural-based products (and be wary, “natural” is one of the most over-used, misguiding beauty buzzwords out there).  Just like clean diets, nobody’s perfect (even Gwyneth, despite what she might muse about on Goop), but the best we can to is strive to be better. That’s why when Rachel Lessene from Green Envy Eco-Boutique in Newport put me in touch with the makers of new organic hair care line she is carrying called YAROK, I was grateful.

Here’s the scoop: Each YAROK formula is a powerful blend of melissa_herborganic and all-natural botanicals that are consciously sourced and responsibly harvested. YAROK uses primarily “certified organic” ingredients. Very few hair care companies can say that every one of their products meet 100% of all vegan requirements. Even fewer can claim that their entire hair care line is free of alcohol, paraben, sulfates and cruelty to animals, and that they work beautifully, too. YAROK can say all of the above .

I tried the Feed Your Volume shampoo and conditioner, leave-in conditioner spray and hair spray. As soon as you open the shampoo and conditioner the fresh, eucalyptus/lemony scent hits you (it’s the lemon balm in action). They both contain aromatic blends of organic and all natural herbs, flowers, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. The leave in conditioner helps prevent damage from heat styling (blow drying, flat/curling irons), and finally, the hair spray (which also smells lemony fresh) locks in hold while being super light, i.e. you can brush or comb through it with no issue for a mid-afternoon tress touch-up. The verdict: for fresh luscious locks without harsh dangerous chemicals, YAROK is for you.

YAROK products at Green Envy Eco-Boutique on Franklin Street range from $12-$27 and are also available at Green Envy online by CLICKING HERE.


April 11, 2013 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Remembering Lilly Pulitzer

Designer and socialite Lilly Pulitzer passed away yesterday at 81, leaving being legions of fashion loyalists. Influencing generations of women and introducing countless others to the world of pink, green and preppy styling, Pulizer’s iconic prints are remain a constant in Newport as much as they are in Palm Beach, the Hamptons and other coastal enclaves across the globe. It’s no surprise Newporters adored Pulitzer’s simple shift dresses and classic silhouettes. A W magazine piece revealed a retailer once told the designer she needed to create a fall line, so which she reportedly replied: “Oh, but you don’t understand, it’s always summer somewhere.”

ImageSee below for a Newport Stylephile posted originally published April 27, 2012.

April Showers Bring Lilly Flowers

Lilly Pulitzer will never go out of style, but in Newport and Palm Beach, perhaps more than anywhere else, it’s a brand that’s embraced, synonymous with our City-by-the-Sea living. Launched by Lilly when she was just 21, the line of simple silhouetted colorful dresses was lovely, and though refreshingly vibrant, it wasn’t until Lilly’s schoolmate, a budding fashion icon by the name of Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed wearing a Lilly that the brand skyrocketed to national recognition.

Though still pumping out simple, classic (read: covetable) sheaths, Lilly’s entered the 21st century with much have accessories including smartphone covers, tablet covers and a stationary suite I plan to let bloom in my office this spring .

There’s also a full line of entertaining accessories like  durable plates, napkins, koozies (at top) and wine glass tags (cheers!), tumblers and serving pieces (acrylic and melamine, respectively, for practical outdoor use), most all of which can be found at Chace N’Lulu and online). ‘They’re just perfect for languishing on Second Beach on a sun-soaked summer day, or on a picnic cruise through Newport Harbor. Clink, clink!

Color images from the divine Preppy Princess; black & white image of Lilly Pulitzer from

April 8, 2013 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

Tuesday Throwback: JFK and Jackie Hit the Links in Newport


Even if the temperature has been yo-yoing quite a bit, the sun been shining and I know plenty of people chomping at the bit to hit the links (i.e. Master’s fever). Whether you fantasize about the coveted green jacket being bestowed on you at Augusta or simply play best ball with a frosty beverage at every hole, get your golf style inspiration from this classic image of Jackie and JFK on  a putting green at the Newport Country Club on Sept. 14, 1963 (you can see the NCC blue and red pin flag in the color pic below.) Also in the photo is Washington Post senior editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Tony. Note Jackie’s stylish yellow cigarette pants, cream sweater over a navy blue polo, and hat. Check out the video below as well.

Jackie O_JFK_ golf Newport

April 2, 2013 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

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