Archive for May, 2013

Sara Campbell Sets the Tone for Summer


Since settling into Newport just two years ago, the Sara Campbell shop has earned a loyal following, and it’s no surprise why. Smart silhouettes, detailed craftsmanship, timeless appeal— it’s no wonder this Boston-based designer has made a name for herself. Though not inexpensive (dresses can range from around $178-$445, tops $118 and up, etc.) her pieces are the kind you’ll have for ages. Sara has two teenage daughters, so it makes sense her pieces transcend age. Pictured here are just some her new spring and summer designs. The yellow dress up top I simply adore–just add a yellow pillbox hat and you could see Jackie O in it, but at the same time, it’s thoroughly modern.

Pop into the Newport boutique at 115 Bellevue Avenue if you haven’t since it reopened in April, or visit to view recent collections. Locations also in Boston, Nantucket, throughout MA, CT and more. CLICK HERE for more. Follow the Newport boutique on Facebook for events, new arrivals and more!



MemorialDayAbove photo courtesy the Sara Campbell blog

May 29, 2013 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Obsessed: Sperry Tuckerfish Thong Sandal

ImageFlip flops are like socks: over the years, you tend to acquire quite a few pairs–good quality ones, old favorites, and cheapies, like the ones you buy for a $1 when you get a fresh pedicure and forgot to BYO flippies. They’re also like socks because it’s not uncommon for one of the pair to go missing. How? The question is never answered, but it does give us an excuse to invest in a new pair.

As I was walking past Helly Hansen last week, I stopped in my tracks after spotting the Women’s Tuckerfish Thong Sandal by Sperry in the window. Classic braided nautical rope detail with Wave Siping™ technology that provides ultimate wet/dry traction make it the perfect pair to wear to a lobster bake, out sailing, to the beach, or bumming around town. The Sperry Women’s Tuckerfish Thong Sandal retails for $50 and rope colors come in black, white (as shown), navy, red, neon green, neon blue and neon salmon. (BTW: this is a new shoe, and it seems to cost $50 across the board, even online at Zappos, Peltz, Polyvore, etc., so if you’re going to pick them up, buy local.)

May 22, 2013 at 11:41 am 8 comments

Island Overstock Starts TODAY!

designallBack in March we told you about Island Overstock, a shopping event coming to the Hotel Viking featuring “overstock” items from local boutiques (a concept I always thought would be successful in Newport but never had the time to organize!)

The sale is HERE, kicking off today and running through the weekend (hours below). How does more than 2,300 pieces from Sea Star Collection, Laura Jean, Groovy Gator, Nankeen, Hooley USA, The Linen Shop, and The Apothecary Newport, French Source, Tyler Arment, Mandarine, Old Harbor Outfitters Newport, Blue Hydrangea, Midnight Sun, and Therapy sound all at 50% to 70% off retail?!?!?  Find brands like True Religion, Diesel, Frye, Missoni, Hartford, CP shade, XCVI, Lysse, Flora Bella and more!

At Hotel Viking in the America’s Cup ballroom located at 1 Bellevue Avenue in  Newport. Hours:

Friday: 2 to 8 p.m.

 Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free.


May 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Today’s New Store Spotlight: Chez Shell

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Chez Shell is a cute little shop on lower Thames Street just past the Admiral Fitzroy Inn. Ladies will love the maxi dresses, tops, skirts, tunics, sandals, bags and jewelry. Pieces in the shop seem hand selected for Newport days and night, with most showing bright colors or nautical flair. Lots of anchors, coral patterns, nautical stripes and rope details, starfish—everything for which Newport style is known.

Chez Shell is located at  408 Thames Street in Newport. Visit them on Facebook by clicking here.

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May 17, 2013 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Today’s New Store Spotlight: Shore Soap Co.

ImageAs soon as you walk into Shore Soap Co. on lower Thames Street, you get an immediate sense of clean, simple and natural elements all around. The cozy shop is crisply decorated, all with detailed woodwork crafted by hand by owners (and to-be-wed) Jake Kopper and Stephanie Wilcox (see the before and afters here), two lovely folks who greet everyone with a smile. All of their soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions, body butters and more Imageare handmade onsite without chemicals.

Shore Soap Co. specializes in making sea salt soaps “that extract toxins from your body, while leaving your skin with a polished, moisturized feel.” While it’s always important to pamper yourself, the whole line makes for great gifts because of their natural ingredients AND the charming packaging. The contemporary typeface with a cute whale wrapper complements the super-cute soap names: Catching Waves, Captain’s Cocktail, Cottage Clothesline, Dune Grass, Endless Summer, Mermaid Kisses, Salty Mariner, Surfer’s Sunrise…these are just a few.

Labels can be customized and orders can be placed online at Visit Shore Soap Co. at 424 Thames Street in Newport. (Follow them on Facebook or Twitter)



May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Today’s New Store Spotlight: Picklee on Spring


This cozy shop caddy-corner from famed St. Mary’s Church on Spring Street in instantly inviting with mint-green trimmed windows and fun furniture finds inside. Mother-daughter duo Jordan Crompton and Lisa Kasap share a passion for finding tired pieces—tables, chairs, mirrors, chests, buffets, mirrors—that just need that dose of TLC to make them the star of the room. The super-DIYers recycle and reinvent constantly, sourcing finds everywhere from garage sales to roadside rejects to antique shops and flea markets.  

ImageThe shop on Spring Street was the companion step to Jordan’s popular design blog,, where she takes found trash to make it treasure. “People don’t realize, you don’t need a million dollars to have a dream house,”Jordan told me for a feature I did on her home for the May issue of The Bay magazine (click here to read and see inside Jordan’s home). You can also find chic pillows, lighting, artwork and home décor accessories inside the shop.

They duo are hosting a workshop, “The Art of Furniture Painting: 101”on May 23. To see more pieces or shop online, visit 



May 15, 2013 at 9:21 am 7 comments

Today’s New Store Spotlight: Three Islands


Today’s new shop: Three Islands on William Street!

Ladies who make it a point to enjoy the annual Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Breakfast at the International Tennis Hall of Fame are likely familiar with the colorful line for men, women and children. (For info on this year’s Alex and Ani Ladies Day featuring the Angela Moore Fashion Show, CLICK HERE.)

Named for the “three islands” founders Phil Barney and Justin Goff adore: their native Rhode Island, Bali, and New Zealand’s South Island, the Newport shop is the second in the state, the original located in Watch Hill (maybe new neighbor Taylor Swift will stop by???). Three Islands pieces can also be found in boutiques across the county.

Women will love the light weight cotton tunics and dresses, while men enjoy long and short sleeve shirts as well as whimsy boxers in bold prints—all made from traditional hand-stamped Balinese batik. The shop is also stocked with great accessories including totes, clutches and jewelry. “The Three Islands lifestyle encourages endless days in the sand and surf that last long past sunset,” they believe, so we think they’ll fit in to Newport just fine.

Three Islands is located at 108 William Street in Newport (next to Wish).


May 14, 2013 at 9:28 am 1 comment

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