Archive for July, 2013
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:
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.
I’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.
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.
Photo by Benno Graziani, 1962
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).
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.
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!
Getting 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.
Here’s how it works:
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 not feel it’s best thanks to heat, sunscreens and long days. For more on JF3 Salon services, CLICK HERE.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary airbrush application to experience and review the TEMPTU line.
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!