Archive for June, 2013

Two events. Two Causes. Too Amazing.

ImageTwo events celebrating women unfold in Newport TONIGHT, June 27, 2013. The first is Give & Glam at Belle Mer, an evening of beauty, fashion, cocktails and shopping. From 7-10pm, mix and mingle with other like-minded beauty mavens, peruse things that bling and climb aboard The Fashion Truck, straight from Boston and stacked with clothing, fab jewelry, accessories, and more. You can do it all while knowing you did a little philanthropy as $5 from each ticket goes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The event is almost sold out but limited tickets are still available ($35 with a $2.92 fee) and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.

The other is the screening of the groundbreaking film Girl Risingat the Casino Theater. It tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls around the world, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Watch the trailer here:

 Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. There will be a cocktail party and StyleWeek designer silent auction from 6-7pm (a precursor to this Friday’s Au Courant—get the scoop here) prior to the 7pm screening followed by an after party from 8:30-10pm. The event benefits newportFILM and Child & Family. Tickets are $40. For more, CLICK HERE.

June 26, 2013 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Preppy to a Point

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How unbelievably adorable are these needlepoint cuffs by York Design Company? Handmade by designer Laura DiLibero, she says her goal “is to make life a little more fun by designing personalized accessories that can be worn anywhere.” These new needlepoint cuffs can be personalized with a monogram, Greek letters or any combination you choose. The two samples above, one of which include my favorite coastal city (hint: its not the one Taylor Swift is calling home this summer…) is being carried by Three Islands on William Street. For more creations by York Design Company, CLICK HERE.

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June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Here Comes the Brid(al) Trunk Show

Getting ready to say “I do?” Head to Andria Bird Bride at the corner of Spring and Franklin Streets this weekend for a Winifred Bean trunk show! Winifred Bean is a wedding dress line of classic, vintage silhouettes designed for the modern stylish bride. All Winifred Bean gowns will be 10% off during the show, and all Andria Bird accessories will be 15% off. (Her jeweled ribbon belts, veils and hair pins are amazing!) ImageImage by www.loveisabigdeal.com

June 21, 2013 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Picture Pages, Picture Pages, Lots of Fun with Picture Pages…

Local shops are filled with bright colors, whimsical patterns and of course, nautical flair. Let’s jump right in!Image

At Three Islands

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Milly for Banana Republic

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At Angela Moore

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At La Maison de Coco

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At J. Crew on the Harbor

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Banana Republic

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At CVS

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Lolo bags at Angela Moore

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J. Crew on the Harbor

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Two Bees cashmere at Angela Moore

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And of course to end the day, “The Excel,” from Clarke Cooke House: Keel Vodka, muddled cucumber and orange slice with sparkling soda

June 19, 2013 at 10:52 am 1 comment

I’m Bringin’ Sassy Bax…Yeah!

ImageI was at a fashion event recently where a model strutted down the runway looking fabulous in a floor-length, flowing, strapless, silk chiffon gown. She was glowing, and that’s what was most important, but she also had a critical fashion faux pas: VPL (visible panty line, for those not in the know). It was unfortunate because VPL is completely avoidable and runway lighting is notoriously unforgiving. The dress kept bunching on the back of the model, so instead of a smooth silhouette, her underthings were creating a distraction.

Shaper Tank

Shaper Tank

Everyone has “le whoops” moments, but this time of year, when lightweight fabrics are commonplace (especially for formal occasions like weddings and showers), meet you new best friend: Sassybax. This line of seamless shapewear was developed for real bodies in 2004 by Amanda Horan Kennedy. It’s debut piece was a seamless bra inspired by control top pantyhose. And let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room—yes, Sassybax is like Spanx; like the friemy of Spanx. The pieces, however, have unique designs and benefits. Click here to explore more of each facet of the line: body shapers, bras, panties, legwear, and apparelSassybax is available in Newport and Portsmouth at Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie stores and directly online at www.sassybax.com. I have not tried Sassybax just yet to compare it to other shapewear lines, but am looking forward to it!

June 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm 2 comments

Milly, Milly, Fresh & Frilly

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I have long had an affinity for Milly, which you may already know as I interviewed designer Michelle Smith (read it here) on the eve of her New York Fashion Week show. Why my admiration? Smith’s designs epitomize femininity with bold colors, smart silhouettes and  timeless style (read: not trendy, but enduring). As I’ve noted before, it’s no wonder ImageGwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé clad themselves in Milly.

But there’s a price to pay for quality and craftsmanship, which is why a Milly dress might run $275-$550 (unless you score it on sale—like I have at one of the Kristina Richards blowouts). That’s why I’m psyched about the new Milly/Banana Republic collaboration. The limited-edition Milly for Banana Republic Collection — inspired by summertime in the Hamptons (or Newport, if you ask me…) — features over 60 pieces for men and women including maxi-dresses, cocktail dresses, tops, skirts, scarves, handbags, totes, clutches and accessories. Womens clothing ranges from $45 – $165 and if you subscribe to BR’s e-blasts, then you likely receive a coupon/discount offer at least once a week for added savings.

So, if you’ve been wondering why the BR windows at the corner of Thames and Touro Streets have been so colorful lately, consider yourself officially in the know.

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June 14, 2013 at 7:57 am 2 comments

Sew Fabulous! Au Courant Returns

ImageIt’s always a treat when the stars of StyleWeek head to the City-by-the-Sea—especially for an extraordinary cause” Child & Family. On Friday, June 28, 2013 from 6-11 p.m., StyleWeek returns to Ochre Court with a runway show featuring debut pieces (read: wearable art) by:

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Jess Abernethy

World of JAS

Susan Troy

Chances R Designs

Yellow Clover

Luke Aaron

Attendees will also have the exclusive opportunity to discuss fashion trends with and purchase one-of-a-kind designs. A live and silent auction includes enviable experiences like lunch with the lovable dandy doyenne of fashion himself, Tim Gunn.

Enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, killer ocean views and fabulous fashionable friends. Tickets start at $100 and can be bought by clicking here.

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June 11, 2013 at 12:18 am 1 comment

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