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New Year’s Eve: Newport Style…Party, Play or Stay & Play


Ring in the New Year in Newport in style!


The bar will be open serving drinks from 7pm-1am (high end scotch & shots not included)
Food served 7-10pm
DJ Maddog playing party hits
New Year’s Eve Champagne Toast
Party Favors
$110 (includes gratuity)

Join Forty 1 North in the Gallery for an evening of casual glamour, champagne toasts and dancing.
This year’s event will feature:
Premium Bar & Champagne Bar featuring Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Domaine Chandon Available for Purchase.
Complimentary Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight
Complimentary Post Midnight Viennese Dessert Table & Coffee
Live performance by DJ Andy Morris
Live viewing of Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Recommended Attire: Casually Glamorous
Tickets: $35
Those Guys NPT will be playing on the main floor
Video DJ Mike D upstairs.
$20/person in advance, $25 New Year’s Eve
Offering a $30 & $40 three course dinner that night as well
Reservations, questions, or to pre-purchase tickets, 401-845-9300

New Year’s Celebration
$25 tickets in advance / $35 at the door
•    2 drink tickets
•    Hors d’oeuvres
•    Live music & dancing
•    Party favors
•    Champagne toast

MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR: 9:30pm-12:30am, Balloon drop at midnight, t-shirt, champagne, favors, $25/person

THE WHARF PUB: Live music by the Brian Scott Duo from 9pm to close, Complimentary champagne toast at midnight, no cover (3 course dinner menu available)

The Gala on Goat Island
Enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at 7pm, dinner at 8:30pm in the Grand Ballroom
Music by Total Soul, professional photographer, cash bar, international coffee and desserts, midnight champagne toast, $99 per person. Room rates available.
401-851-3301, For more info go to:

TALLULAH ON THAMES: Four-Course Chef Tasting Menu w/ Wine Pairing, $75/person (includes glass of sparkling wine)

RHUMBLINE: 4-course pre-fixe dinner, $65/person

@ THE DECK: $35/person; order one entree and get unlimited apps and sides

THE SAFARI ROOM: 4-course dinner with wine pairing and champagne toast at midnight, $75/person

WHITE HORSE TAVERN: 7 course menu for $100/person (in addition to a limited dinner menu)

New Year’s Eve Package: Ring in 2014 in style! Enjoy a gourmet dinner in One Bellevue Restaurant with a champagne toast at midnight and live music in the lounge. Relax with a treatment in SpaTerre, or walk to the waterfront and savor the sights and sounds of Newport.
Package includes:
Overnight accommodations
Dinner for two in One Bellevue at 9PM (earlier seating also available)
Complimentary parking
Breakfast for two on New Year’s Day
All taxes and gratuities
Available December 31, 2013 only. Rates starting at $465.
For more info go to

New Year’s Package: Available for check in on 12/30 only (2 night min)
“For the first time this year, Castle Hill Inn will ring in the New Year channeling the glitz and glamour of the 1950’s, paying tribute to one of the hotels famed Hollywood guests- Grace Kelly”
Two night stay at the Castle Hill Inn
Breakfast and afternoon tea
Champagne upon arrival
Dancing classes for High Society New Year’s Eve celebration
New Year’s Eve dinner with Champagne toast (gratuity included)
$150 dining credit within Newport Restaurant Group
Sunday Brunch on 1/01/14 ($100 credit and gratuity)
Late check out on 1/01/14
Rates start at $613 per night
For more info go to:

Toast the midnight bells at Vanderbilt Grace with a New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration on December 31st. For $175 per person, guests will enjoy a 5-course dinner at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright from 6:00 p.m. that includes admission to the New Year’s Eve festivities. The evening will feature champagne and oysters in The Conservatory starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Jazz Party at 9:00 p.m. in the Champagne Room with the Dick Lupino Band. Guests may also purchase tickets to the Jazz Party separately for $50 per person that includes canapés and a glass of champagne.  

The only property on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk and most luxurious of the hotels in this quaint town, The Chanler boasts twenty rooms that are each completely different and incredible. Guests and locals alike can enjoy the intimate Spiced Pear restaurant, which features floor to ceiling windows providing breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and unbeatable service. Rhode Island native Executive Chef Thomas Duffy frequently changes the Contemporary American menu, using the freshest, local and organic ingredients in season.
Ring in The New Year with The Chanler, the first mansion built on the famed Cliff Walk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and just announced as the only property in Newport in Travel + Leisure’s  500 World’s Best Hotels.
Spend NYE in a luxurious room and enjoy:
-Special 5-course tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Tom Duffy at the famed Spiced Pear restaurant
-Champagne toast
-All the NYE paraphernalia you could imagine: hats, horns, the works!
The 5-course dinner is $95 per person

Available Tuesday, December 31, 2013
$245.00 (plus $14.95 hotel tax)
Our New Year’s Overnight Package includes your choice of any available rooms including our suites, waterfront rooms and romantic fireplace rooms. You will receive a generous $100 dinner allowance to Dewolf Tavern.* A bottle of sparkling champagne and Lindor Chocolates will be delivered to your room upon check-in. Also included is a $20 allowance toward breakfast for two also at Dewolf Tavern. Check-out extended to noon.
*Dinner reservations at Dewolf Tavern are required. Please call 401-254-2005.

December 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

printHow cute is this creation from designer/print maker Samantha Morris? Merry, merry to you and yours!

December 25, 2013 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

My Faire Lady: Sustainable Styling for Santa

the faire collection

The  first came time I across sustainable statement necklaces from Faire Collection at Green Envy Eco-Boutique, I loved them so much I featured one on a style segment on The Rhode Show.

A leading fair trade artisan jewelry line, Faire Collection (formerly The Andean Collection) accessories are designed in New York and handcrafted by artisans in Ecuador. I wore the aboveCatalina_necklace_Faire_Collection Catalina necklace when Christmas shopping in downtown Newport this past Saturday afternoon. It’s made of tagua and pambil seeds, and sustainably harvested wood. One of the things I like the most about the line, besides being viable and helping third-world artisans with every purchase, is that most pieces can be worn during any season. The Catalina, for example, pairs perfectly with a simple tank in the summer or adds a pop of color when paired with a crisp white tunic.

Green Envy Eco-Boutique, located at 8 Franklin Street in Newport, carries select Faire Collection pieces. To see and shop the entire collection, or get a Faire Collection e-gift card (they make great last minute gifts), CLICK HERE.

Disclosure: Faire Collection provided be with a sample Catalina necklace to experience the texture and quality of the brand.

December 23, 2013 at 11:14 am 1 comment

All That Glitters…

g. caseI’m glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks that with all the great sales this time of year, it’s hard not to pick up a little something for yourself. Whether you’re shopping for someone special, need to make a wish list, or if you deserve a little bauble for not making the naughty list this year, you might want to stop by Jason & Co. on Thames Street. Last night, my girlfriends and I pretty much  finished our Christmas shopping. With pieces starting as low as $12, there’s something shimmery for every budget. And the 50% off island in the middle of the store has some amazing ‘inspired-by’ pieces that have Tory Burch, Cartier, Judith Ripka and Van Cleef & Arpels similar designs. Without further adieu:

h. bracelets

a. Tory burch

c. necklace

d. rings

f. teardrop earrings

e. enamel bangles

b. rings

i. moreThis photo is poor quality but I had to show these awesome”nail” bracelets!

Jason & Co. is located at 182 Thames Street, across from Brooks Brothers.

December 19, 2013 at 10:26 am 6 comments

Santa Baby! Check Out These Chic Stocking Stuffers

Unless you’re in the tax bracket that takes the “Lexus December to Remember Sales Event” seriously, you probably have a budget to keep ion mind as you Christmas shop. That’s why I’ve highlighted some fab affordable stocking stuffers you can find in Newport that I think any gift getter would be happy to unwrap.

Signal flag and message mugs, $12, Style Newport (custom mugs, 4 for $55).

Signal flag and message mugs, $12, Style Newport (custom mugs, 4 for $55).

Handmade coasters/cocktail napkins in Lilly Pulitzer prints, $19.95, Green Envy Eco-Boutique

Handmade coasters/cocktail napkins in Lilly Pulitzer prints, $19.95, Green Envy Eco-Boutique

Local wine, pictured here- Newport Vineyards, typiclly starting at $13

Local wine (pictured here- Newport Vineyards), starting around $13

Smashbox lip gloss set, 5 glosses at a $95 value for $24!, at Archbeauty

Smashbox lip gloss set, 5 glosses at a $95 value for $24!, at Archbeauty

Men's funky socks and accessories, Sole Desire

Men’s funky socks and accessories, Sole Desire

Provencal-style olive oil from France, and other fab foodstuffs, from la Petit Gourmet

Provencal-style olive oil from France, and other fab foodstuffs, from la Petit Gourmet

for the java addict, local coffee and accessories from Empire Tea + Coffee (pic: Empire)

For the java addict, local coffee and accessories from Empire Tea + Coffee (pic: Empire)

T-shirts and hoodies from Water Brothers (pic: Water bros)

T-shirts and hoodies from Water Brothers (pic: Water Bros.)

Newport ri gift signHandcrafted wooden signs, Frazzleberries

Handcrafted wooden signs, Frazzleberries
Nautical Jewelry, Jason & Co.

Nautical Jewelry, Jason & Co.

Philosophy products, starting at $10, The Apothecary

Philosophy products, starting at $10, The Apothecary

Handcrafted sea salt soap made right here in Newport, RI, Shore Soap Co.

Handcrafted sea salt soap made right here in Newport, RI, Shore Soap Co.

Deep Lavender Rub, Farmaesthetics’ herbal ode to Vick's VapoRub, 1.5 oz.  jar, $25

Deep Lavender Rub, Farmaesthetics’ herbal ode to Vick’s VapoRub, 1.5 oz. jar, $25

December 16, 2013 at 10:04 am 4 comments

For the Impossible to Shop For…

“They have like, vintage Chanel, Gucci; you know–good stuff!” is all my friend TS had to say to me last week to get my attention. They were talking about Epoch, a new vintage shop located in the front right space at Newport’s Armory Antiques Marketplace (aka “the Armory”) on Thames Street. I paid a visit soon after and found some awesome gems in this small shop including a vintage Diane Von Furstenburg dress, classic Hermes scarf and a vintage Zippo lighter from an America’s Cup race (a little pricy as these lighters are collector’s items). It’s not uncommon to be totally stumped as to what to give to some friends and family for Christmas, and The Armory has some unexpected one-of-a-kind finds. Check it out:


Epoch carries pieces of The Jacqueline Kennedy Collection, a jewelry collection of renderings of her favorite pieces.


Vintage America’s Cup Zippo

Hermes scarf

Hermes scarf

Whether to play on the turn table or for some awesome art, who wouldn't love vintage vinyl from The Boss?

Whether to play on the turn table or for some awesome art, who wouldn’t love vintage vinyl from The Boss?

Awesome accessories

Awesome accessories

And from around The Armory:






December 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

Stay Calm and SALE on!

What shopper whose made a list and checked it twice doesn’t want a great gift at a bargain price??? Two great sale events and a stroll round out the weekend. Here’s the scoop:

ImageSome finds from the Angela Moore sale:

ImageImageImageAlso kicking off tonight is Critter Glitter at the Potter League. Here’s the deal: you know Sequin, the awesome jewelry and accessory Imageshops on Bellevue Avenue and Thames Street?? At the Potter League, you can purchase with a purpose–all Sequin pieces at great prices. I think what is so great, besides the major discounts and the fact that 100% OF THE SALES BENEFIT THE SHELTER, is that there’s literally something for every lady—little girly girls, trendy gals and the sophisticated woman. So instead of trekking to Nordstrom or Henri Bendel, you just have to pop up to Middletown! Opening Night Sale, December 6 (Friday) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Showroom Hours: December 7 – 15 from 10am-5pm (except December 11, from 10am-7pm.

Then on Saturday, enjoy the Franklin Street Stroll, where merchants will have their doors open, refreshments flowing and a jolly good time:


December 6, 2013 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

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