Archive for October, 2013
I was shocked—shocked, I tell you—when I spotted this stunning booty in the window of Helly Hansen on Newport’s Thames Street. THIS is a Sperry shoe?! Perched on a Sperry pedestal?! In fact it is. The brand has expanded well beyond the ubiquitous boat shoe in recent years, and these kicks are downright radical compared to what Sperry fans have become accustomed. The booty pictured at left, the Marlow, is a Chelsea-style boot in premium suede with gold detail in the elastic on the side (for comfort) and trim. The Harlow Wedge is also super stylish, almost a sleek, chic women’s version of the famous men’s desert boot. At Sole Desire I saw the women’s Falcon rainboot, which totally look like they fit in for strolling the English countryside. Dual buckle detailing frames a quilted shaft, while contrasting micro-fleece linings keep feet warm and dry. Sole Desire also had Sperry’s Sable Waterproof boot, a classic equestrian-style boot with a uniquely Sperry spin a la signature nautical hardware, interior grosgrain ribbon tab pulls and Wave-Siping™ on the outsoles for extra traction. Seam-sealed waterproof premium leather makes them durable for most weather conditions. Inventory at these shops changes weekly, so stop by and see what’s sailed in for fall.
There’s a buzz over at Newport-born, globally adored Farmaesthetics! The company’s Midnight Honey Body Buzz is featured in the November issue of SHAPE magazine (love SHAPE!). Midnight Honey Body Buzz is a luscious at-home treatment by that utilizes whole grains, organic oils and pure honey to create a rich, round, softly-scented body experience. Honey is complex in its therapeutic benefits to soften skin while being wildly engaging to the senses. This herbal combination creates a body buff to remove dry, rough skin, while wrapping you in velvet, supple warmth, yielding a depth of relaxation rarely achieved in at-home treatments. Plus, it’s great for foot treatments, like an at-home pedicure.
Best of all,
To celebrate SHAPE’S coverage, we’ve partnered with Farmaesthetics for a Newport Stylephile reader to with a luscious Midnight Honey Body Buzz Gift Set. To enter, leave a comment below and LIKE the Farmaesthetics Facebook page (click here). Please leave a way to get in touch with you if you win, either an email or Twitter handle. Entries accepted through 11:59pm Friday, October 25. Good Luck!
Directions for your at-home spa body treatment: Pre-mix cornmeal scrub mixture: mix 2 tablespoons Honey Dust Body Scrub with 1 tablespoon Midnight Honey Bath & Body Oil (measurements in approx. amounts). Apply in shower in circular motion for full body exfoliation (do not worry, cornmeal grains will not clog the drain…). Rinse thoroughly. Towel dry. Apply 1 tablespoon Midnight Honey Oil to body to wrap the skin in velvety warm moisture that will fully rehydrate & restore suppleness to the whole body complexion.
Ingredients: Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil: soy oil*, honey absolute, vitamin e (2 fl oz glass bottle with pump). Honey Dust Body Scrub: finely ground yellow cornmeal & honey powder (4 oz glass jar). Product available in Scrub Set only. Not sold individually. (*certified organic ingredient). Honey is unlike any other ingredient in nature and has yet to be synthesized in a chemistry lab. Richly round, darkly-scented Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil is an inspired preparation—true, elegant and complex in its ability to deeply condition the skin while restoring suppleness and unleashing the senses. Use for massage or in the bath or shower. Apply after bathing when body is still damp to wrap the skin in rich, warm moisture, or use in combination with Honey Dust Body Scrub. Mix Honey Dust Body Scrub with Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil for a therapeutic, richly emollient, full body exfoliation.
Let’s just say when it comes to my crafting skills, Martha Stewart isn’t losing any sleep. In other words, I hit up a Michael’s just 2-3 times a year, and from time to time I whip out the glue gun, but I’m not launching an Esty site any time soon. That being said, every now and then I run across something in a store and think, ‘I can do that.’
This year I developed an addiction for Emi-Jay and Twistband hair ties, the soft elastics that are known for not damaging your locks, preventing the dreaded ‘hair dent,’ and the fun, funky patterns they come in (actually got my first Twistband in a Birchbox— love it!). I even wrote about them here.
I bought a whole bunch of these bands at the Pink Pineapple this summer and even though they were a good deal, I knew I could make them for significantly less, so I started seeking out elastic suppliers. I discovered Sunshine Shoppe Supply (sunshineshoppesupply.com) online. Holy Toledo– they have so many great elastic patterns from chevrons to solids to seasonal prints. I reached out to the company’s owner because I know Newport Stylephile readers would love this DIY project! I mean, if I can make these hair ties, anyone can. The size you’ll want for hairties or headbands is 5/8″ elastic. That’s right–you can also use the elastic to make comfy headbands that are especially great for running and working out. I had seen a how to make hair ties tutorial on YouTube, so I got the basics down, but once the package arrived and I opened it to find all these fabulous patterns I got started right away-measuring be damned! I totally eyeballed the length needed for each band (and ended up using the card the elastics were spooled around as my measuring tool to make the size consistent). OMG it’s easy, and it’s just a fraction of the price compared to what you’d find in stores. If you like a nice soft pony without dents or if your kid does, these are perfect, plus it’s a fun crafting project that requires no glue guns and basically no tools– just a pair scissors. Click the Sunshine Shoppe Supply image below and you’ll be redirected to the site where you can see the seemingly endless accessory projects you can make! AND, A SPECIAL OFFER FOR NEWPORT STYLEPHILE READERS! ENTER NEWPORT10 for 10% off YOUR PURCHASES (You can also follow Sunshine Shoppe on Facebook by clicking here.)
GIVEAWAY: I’ll be giving away TWO SETS of 6 BANDS in the patterns seen below, plus a special “fall” themed band. To enter, simply leave a comment below AND include a way to reach you should you win (email, Twitter handle, etc.). Entry open today through 11:59pm on Sat. Oct. 26th. GOOD LUCK!
*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary products to independently review this company. All opinions are my own.
It’s Sidewalk Sale time in town! As seen above Chace N’ Lulu has steals up to 90% off! also, Michael Hayes right next door on Bowen’s Wharf is also moving the merch with pieces marked up to 75% off. Right around the corner, The Narragansett, home to tons of Ralph Lauren, Paul and Shark, Three Dots and more, will have items marked up to 70% off. Beach House in Middletown is marking their 20th anniversary with 20% off store-wide, Karol Richardson in Washington Square is offering 25% off select full-price items. Happy savings!!
When you live in a place as beautiful as Newport, “staycations” are an easy sell. Appreciating the best the City by the Sea has to offer is a treasure, and one of the best places to feel far away—while still in the same zip code—is by staying at the Rose Island Lighthouse. I’ve pitched the “stay in a lighthouse” story idea to media for years, but never actually stayed there until a year ago. Since then, it’s turned into a late summer tradition with a fabulous group of friends.
There are a few options—you can stay for a night, a weekend or a full week, the latter of which requires you be the official lighthouse keeper and perform related keeper chores, much like the keepers did a century ago. Alas, we’ve opted for single night stays, though if you saw the amount of coolers and provisions we collectively brought, you’d think we were moving in for the month. We didn’t exactly “rough it.” Veuve, bold reds, crisp whites, Dark n’ Stormies, steaks, sliders, summer salads, s’mores…it’s called “glamping,” if you haven’t heard the term, and it’s like camping, only with the creature comforts of home (like plumbing…and gourmet eats). By day, explore the 18-acre island, full of one-of-a-kind views. By night, fire up the grill, and bring some firewood for a bonfire. Take in the twinkling Newport skyline in the distance, the glow of Fort Adams and the slowly moving lights of boats passing by. Whether you stay in the lighthouse itself (restored to a 1912 appearance), in the Fog Horn building (the best digs on the island, in my opinion, perched upon the rocks next to the lighthouse) or in the newly restored Barracks building (huge), it’s sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget.