Archive for September, 2013
How fabulous is this Moyna beaded clutch I spotted at Monelle on Bowen’s Wharf this week?!? The clutch with Navy blue beads that contrast with gold beads in Newport’s recognizable NPT motif actually fits a bit more than your standard night out MILK necessities (Money, ID, Lip gloss and Keys naturally … thanks ML!). Cost: $170
Monelle, directly across from the Clarke Cooke House, is the sister shop to Chace N’ Lulu, right around the corner. What they have in common: totally covet-able (and pricey) pieces, many with a nautical flair from likes including Lilly Pulitzer, Susana Monaco, Elizabeth McKay, Kate Spade, J Band, Cortland Park, Sail to Sable, etc. If you want your personal monogram beaded clutch, Moyna can custom make those as well. They typically range from $50 to $190 depending on the size. CLICK HERE to visit Moyna’s custom order site.
If you’ve ever read the ingredients in your shampoos and conditioners, you may have found yourself turning to Google to find out what the heck that nine-syllable component is (and you can always check the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database). I’ve featured other organic or authentically natural hair care lines found locally here before, and I have a new discovery (it’s good to change up your brands from time to time). Meet Neuma, founded on the principals of beauty, health and sustainability.
I was first introduced to Neuma at JF3 Salon, whose owner, Joseph, seeks out emerging organic lines. With full ingredient disclosure (not hiding behind words like “fragrance”) and by partnering with suppliers who use renewable energy and support fair trade, Neuma is setting the bar high. I tried Neuma’s reNeu shampoo with neuMoisture conditioner—both are sulfate-free, color-extending formulas with UV Guard™ and don’t strip hair of its natural moisture and essential oils. You can mix and match from their Moisture, Volume, Styling, Renew and Repair specialties, and it’s totally vegan, so snaps for no animals being used in making this line. Plus, the infused essential oils makes it smell heavenly.
Like other better brands found at salons, Neuma costs significantly more than your drugstore brands, but you pay more for quality. Also, while it might cost more upfront, you really need just a dime size of the shampoo and conditioner for a good wash, so a little goes a long way.
I don’t want to face the music either, but summer is quickly slipping away. It might just be the best season (though my very unscientific poll shows fall as the locals’ favorite), but it can be brutal on your skin–hot summer sun, SPF, bronzers, salt or chlorinated water, etc. Just like a need for a good mani/pedi, it’s time to give your skin some love too with a good facial. The G.M. Collins Sea C Spa Facial at ArchBeauty ($125), noted for its antioxidant and rejuvenating properties is a powerful treatment that acts as a “damage eraser,” protects the skin from free radicals to inhibit premature skin aging and increase collagen synthesis to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Looking for a mild cleansing facial? The G.M. Collin Enzyme Facial ($80) also at ArchBeauty eliminates dead skin cells that clog pores, inhibit optimal product absorption and skin respiration, stimulate cell renewal and assist in controlling acne breakouts. (Yes, both of these feature G.M. Collin products–learn more about the line from a post I did HERE. In a nutshell, the line was founded in France, is derived from natural plant and marine extracts and are technologically developed to achieve visible results. They do not test on animals.)
The Age Erase Glycolactic facial at The Apothecary ($85) illuminates and re-energizes the skin, can even out skin tone, and help fade pigmentation. The use of the potent yet gentle bio active mask uses four fruit acids that will renew the complexion, reduce fine lines, improve skin tone, firmness and radiance.
The 43rd Annual Newport International Boat Show returns this week (Sept. 12-15) and while we love checking out some of the stunning luxury behemoths, wooden wonders and sleek sailboats, it’s a lot fun (…and more affordable) checking out the vendors and related events. I’m looking forward to a collaborative event on Sept. 14 at Newport Shipyard: Boats & Brands, featuring Sail to Sable, Cortland Park Cashmere, Wind & Waves and Harding Lane, which I featured on Newport Stylephile here. Shopping, sailing, styling–it’s all coming Saturday evening!
newportFILM’s last outdoor film screening of the summer, ‘Diner En Blanc,’ about the world-renowned secret pop-up white dinner parties that started in Paris 25 years ago, unfolds Thursday, Sept. 5 with two exciting options to experience.
6:00 – 7:00pm
Savor a “white” cocktail party wines by Jonathan Edwards Winery at Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Paradise Farmhouse with live music by brother-sister duo, Honey Hollow, followed by film screening
$30/person (buy tickets by CLICKING HERE)
– OR –
Sunset film screening only
$5/person suggested donation
In theme of the film, all-white attire is highly suggested, but not required. Also, director Jennifer Ash Rudick will be in attendance at the cocktail party and for a post-film Q&A.
BYO picnic or food available for purchase from Tallulah’s Taco Cart and Le Petit Gourmet.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/59918
Local fashionista and style blogger Mia Lupo attended StyleWeek this past Friday featuring designers Sarah Prost, Jess Abernethy and Jonathan Joseph Peters. Her blog, Penser Sourvent (which translated from French means “to think about often), is all about style finds, trends and Newport musings. Check out the amazing gallery of pieces from the StyleWeek Accessories Showcase by CLICKING HERE.
Mia describes the collection presented by Providence’s own Jess Abernethy as “retro-inspired resort wear,” noting Abernethy’s penchant for designs with graphic prints fashioned into classic silhouettes. Headscarves and dramatic makeup polished off each look:
For the finale, Jonathan Joseph Peters presented a collect Mia said was “funky and fresh.” The craftsmanship and detail manifested itself via thoughtful cascading ruffles, feminine necklines, sequin and studs,and surprising elements like intricate back detail:
Bravo to the incomparable Rosanna Ortiz Sinel and her StyleWeek Northeast team on another extraordinary showcase of regional talent!