Archive for July, 2013

Newport Folk Festival Fashion

While at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend (another one to go down in music history), I met the Street Style photographer for Teen Vogue magazine. She and I agreed there were some amazing expressions of individual style here in Newport. Denim jumpers, over-sized hats, bell bottoms, caftans, rompers and lace up leather shoes were some of the signature pieces. Here are some looks I snapped capturing  a moment:













July 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm 10 comments

Just What the Yogini Ordered


Studies have shown that there is a direct link between what people wear to workout and how they perform. It’s no wonder: when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you’re more inclined to do your best. Whether you’re kickboxing or downward dogging, performance wear that wicks moisture while being comfortable is key.

ImageI’m loving the yoga clothing and gear by Kira Grace recently introduced at Potter & Co. in Newport. The line of tops, tanks, pants, capris, leggings and jackets are designed and tested by yoginis for yoginis.  The line was created to “lift your spirit at the touch, feel or at a glance.”

With creative cut-outs and a whimsical twist on traditional design, the line is equally fashionable and functional. I’m not sure if Kira Grace is included in the sale, but right now through July 28, Potter & Co. is having a mid-summer clearance sale, so you can pick up some fabulous workout apparel, swimsuits, flips flops and more at a great price.

Potter & Co. is located at 172 Thames Street in Newport.


July 24, 2013 at 8:15 am 2 comments

Lost & Found: The Newport Coordinate Bracelet


How great are these bracelets engraved with Newport’s exact coordinates from Pink Pineapple? They’re the perfect accessory to show off your hometown pride, your favorite place to visit, somewhere special in your heart, the site of a memorable girls’ getaway, where you fell in love, were engaged or tied the knot. (By the way…if you want one, act fast –they’re selling like hotcakes!) Available in both brass or sterling, $40.

Pink Pineapple has locations on Thames Street in Newport and Clock Tower Square in Portsmouth.

July 22, 2013 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

How Jackie O Stays Cool

ImageThe continuing heat makes me wish I were cooling off on the Amalfi Coast just like Jackie Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill seen here. That’s all. 

Photo by Benno Graziani, 1962

July 20, 2013 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Rhode Trip: Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards


I’ve been writing about New England vineyards for various magazines for nearly 10 years, so when  Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton went on the market a few years ago, I (along with many others, I’m sure) was hopeful that the stunning 170-acre property would remain a vineyard. When news broke in May that Carolyn Rafaelian, president of Rhode Island’s own Alex & Ani, had bought the property, there was a collective sigh of relief. If her purchase and admirable restoration of Newport’s Belcourt is any indication, rest assured the vineyard is in good hands (with dozens of expanding bangles of course).


I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the new Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards where there’s a palpable excitement in the air. Though there have been a few changes to the property already, including the addition of a sizable event tent that offers views of grapevines, pastures and the peaceful Sakonnet River, there are also big plans to improve the property with a re-purposed space for meetings/gatherings, an expanded cafe and more events, like the 2013 Little Compton Antiques Festival (Aug. 3).IMG_1670

Already wine production has climbed to over 30,000 cases annually and longtime winemaker Elaine Bernier continues to oversee the production of the vineyard’s Vinifera varietals including Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc as well as Vidal Blanc, a French-American hybrid and my personal favorite made by the winery.

The cafe is being run by Russell Morin Fine Catering, and I have to say when I had lunch there, it was outstanding. A cool breeze coming off the Sakonnet River, grapevines as far as the eye can see, and a wine flight that offered up all the differing varietals combined for a feast for the senses.

Grilled Atlantic Tuna on a locavore salad

Grilled Atlantic Tuna on a locavore salad

One fabulous way to experience the vineyard is by gathering up some good friends and heading to their Summer Concert Series, held on most Thursday nights (CLICK HERE for a schedule).


Here’s an inside look at it all…Cheers!


July 17, 2013 at 7:54 am 9 comments

Air Supply

TEMPTU_GTL-Airpods-RevGetting your makeup professionally done is always a treat, so when I sat down with artist Ashley Rose Onges at JF3 Salon recently, I was even more excited as she has perfected the art of airbrush makeup.

Unlike traditional foundations that can settle into creases and pores, airbrush foundation sits on top of the skin creating a naturally radiant “soft-focus” glow and flawless finish. Ashley uses the TEMPTU system (a favorite of pro artists for fashion shoots, red carpet events, at New York Fashion Week and more) which has developed a “SILKsphere” formula that delivers full coverage in just a few minutes. With airbrush application, you’ll use an average of 75% less makeup while maintaining a natural look, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. (Read TEMPTU’s blog for celebs and makeup artists who love it.) Airbrush technology offers the  flexibility to create any kind of coverage that you want—from a dewy daytime look to bright, dramatic pops of color.

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Airbrush application at JF3 is $75. Mention this Newport Stylephile post and receive 20% off. Call the salon for details at (401) 847-7377.

Ashley uses Youngblood mineral makeup at JF3 to complement the airbrush application. It’s non-comedogenic, doesn’t contain artificial color, fragrance, mineral oil or chemical dyes, is lead- and talc-free and is not tested on animals. She used the line to complete the look for eyes and lips. A helpful tip she passed along was the importance of good makeup brushes, which you can use to create the perfect “cat-eye” (stop struggling with liquid liners!). Don’t wait for a special occasion to treat yourself to getting your makeup done. Even for a night or day on the town, date night or girls day (and night!) out, you deserve to get glam once in a while!

Ashley, an aesthetician and nail thearpist, also does facials and waxing– something to keep in mind during these sweltering days when your skin may logonot feel it’s best thanks to heat, sunscreens and long days. For more on JF3 Salon services, CLICK HERE.

JF3 is located at 34 Memorial Blvd. West in Newport (next to Sardella’s). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and specials!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary airbrush application to experience and review the TEMPTU line.

July 15, 2013 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

This Evening: Sip & Shop!


Come sip “champys” and shop on The Upper Deck at OceanCliff this evening. What better way to beat the heat than with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne & specialty cocktails on Ocean Drive? This event is free and open to the public. See you there!

July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

It’s the Most Colorful Time of the Year!


I love the smell of champagne in the morning…

Ladies Day at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships returns this Thursday and though tickets are sold out, you can still relish in the pink and green ‘preppiness! Pop by Angela Moore’s boutique (190 Bellevue Avenue, just outside the THOF) for the after party from noon to 5pm the same day for more shopping, champagne, tasty treats, raffles and informal modeling (and after 4pm there will be an ATP World Tour stars autograph signing). Check out looks by Manuel Canovas, Just Madras, Jack Rogers, Dizzy Lizzie, Echo and of course, Angela Moore.

I’ll have pics here on Stylephile soon after the show as well as on Facebook. ( and Twitter (@newportSTYLE / Stay tuned!

PS: Tune into The Rhode Show at 9am on WPRI channel 12 TUESDAY, JULY  9 for a fashion show preview!

July 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm 2 comments

Red, White & Beautiful

America’s First Resort, (that’s Newport, if you weren’t  aware), knows a thing or two about patriotic displays.Here’s how local shops are feting the fourth.




Alex & Ani


Francesca’s Collections


Arnold Art




Potter & Co.


Brooks Brothers Country Club Store


Brooks Brothers Country Club Store


July 4, 2013 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

New Shop on Bowen’s Makes Waves


Bowen’s Wharf has a new addition: A&C Outfitter. The shop carries pieces for outdoor enthusiasts from Atlantis and Cloudveil as well as a selection of apparel, footwear and accessories from brands like Collared Greens, HIHO, Blu Kicks, Ryder, Lemon & Line, Kaenon, Dakini, Sail to Sable, Ocean Racing and Marblehead Greens. AC Newport OUtfitter

While in the store, I learned more about Atlantis, performance gear made for sailors, by sailors. According to the company, pro sailors are “the guys and girls you want on your boat because they embody the perfect combination of no-bull competence and great humor. They are funny as hell and they will drink you under the table and still be up before the birds, getting the boat ready to race.

Cloudveil, made for landlubbers, consists of baselayers, midlayers and outerlayers for men and women. Think: fleece, hats, gloves, etc.

Though small (the second floor offers additional space), A&C Outfitter offers a nice blend of performance gear and casual wear (like tunics for women by HIHO- inspired by life in the Caribbean and regatta swag like super soft t-shirts toting Antigua Race Week). Photography from the ever-awesome Billy Black can be found throughout the store, adding to the already nautical atmosphere. Mark your calendar for the Patsy Kane trunk show July 19, 6-8pm.

A & C Outfitter Newport is located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf. Follow them on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.




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July 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Embracing the lifestyle–the look, the flavor, the style–of Newport, Rhode Island!

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