Archive for January, 2014

Round and Round: The Sperry Anchor Infinity Scarf

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It might still be a few months before you’re dropping anchor in Newport Harbor, but to remind your self you’re never too far from the sea, check out the newest accessory by Sperry. The Anchor infinity scarf spotted at Sole Desire is super soft as it’s made of double-layer anchor-print cotton jersey and can be worn in double or triple wrap length. (It also comes in peach, gray and red). From beach to business to the boardroom, this nautical accessory is a sweet reminder that for some people, salt water flows through their veins. The scarf retails for $30.00  but at Newport’s Sole Desire, where there are some insane sales right now, it’s 10% off.

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January 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm 4 comments

Ice, Ice, Baby: Behind the Crystal Curtains at Swarovski Headquarters

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It’s true—here in the littlest state in the country resides the North American headquarters for the world’s leading crystal maker. Swarovski, which crafts crystal jewelry and couture, home decor, chandeliers, figurines and loose crystal elements, is based in Cranston and I was delighted to spend an afternoon at their home base to learn about the company’s legendary past—and exciting future. While the brand conjures up images of IMG_0239pure luxury, Swarovski also takes an approachable, “everyday” point of view. As I was told, the product line has been designed to be worn “from ball gowns to boating.” So when the company was looking for the ideal brand ambassador to represent the Swarovski lifestyle, there was one clear choice: Miranda Kerr. Model, mother and fresh faced fashionista, Kerr is featured in the new spring campaign and I saw some amazing behind the scenes footage from the shoot which included a song composed exclusively for Swarovski by Pharrell Williams. It’s clear Kerr continues the legacy of a brand that since its founding in 1895, has collaborated with Coco Chanel and Christian Dior among other lead designers. To put their versatility in perspective, consider this: Swarovski crystals can be found on some of the most iconic pop culture pieces, including Judy Garland’s red ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz to Michael Jackson’s glove. Swarovski has an on-site retail shop for employees and guests where I spotted the “Slake” wrap bracelet glittering with Jet Hematite crystals on black microfiber which has become one of my favorite wear-with-anything pieces:

IMG_0581 Want to know where you can find Swarovski locally, click here for the boutique finder http://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/boutiquefinder or shop online (with a great post-holiday sale going on right now) by clicking here. Here’s a few more images from inside the crystal doors of Swarovski: IMG_0259

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Thank you Swarovski for having me as your guest!

January 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm 10 comments

Do the Hustle: 70s Style Revisited

ImageOver the Christmas holidays, I was able to hit the theater to catch American Hustle, the story of con man Irving Rosenfeld  who became entangled in a world where mafia rule and political ambition intersect. Newly minted Golden Globe winner Amy Adams, who plays and Rosenfeld’s partner Sydney Prosser, has a vintage wardrobe that is nothing short of enviable, and it doesn’t stop there. Her locks embrace iconic 70s styling embracing everything from cascading pageant waves to tight curls, not to mention Jennifer Lawrence’s bouffant up-do (and that’s just the ladies–Christian Bale plays Rosenfeld, who’s insane comb-over has a story line all it’s own).

ImageCostume designer Michael Wilkinson pulled slinky dresses with plunging necklines, original vintage Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses, head-turning Halston blouses, Gucci bags and must-have oversized vintage Christian Dior sunglasses.

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Head to toe: Dior sunglasses, Halston dress, Gucci bag. Groovy.

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For Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Rosalyn, sports a memorable Retro Glam Updo as seen above. Here’s a how to from the team at Salon Capri on Newbury Street in Boston, where the majority of American Hustle was filmed (playing the part of Philadelphia)

1.          Apply a coat of  Kerastase Fibre Architect* to entire hair to start. Next, create a deep angled side part

2.          Curl entire head using a 1″ curling iron or flat iron, in 1″sections. Be sure to keep all curls tight and intact. Use hairspray to lock in the curls.

3.          Separate hair into 2 sections front to back. Spray another coat of hairspray for hold.

4.          Take a small portion of the front of the hair and apply another coat of Kerastase Fibre Architect* to smooth hair and minimize flyaways. This will create the swoop ‘bangs’ in the front.

5.          Take 2″ sections of hair and backcomb (tease) until desired volume. Take each section, twist & pin on the top of the head using bobby pins.

6.          Continue teasing, twisting and pinning each section until all hair is pinned up. Finish with another coat of hairspray for hold. (*Kerastase Fibre Architect is a strengthening serum conceals split ends and gives hair the sheen and softness. If you favor another similar product, go for it.)

ImageImitating some of these looks is absolutely doable as local consignment shops like Wish, Epoch and Closet Revival, plus those in Providence like Second Chance Around on Thayer. For example, I has spotted this amazing gold jumpsuit at Wish not too long ago that screamed “70s chic.” Half the fun is finding both authentic and vintage inspired pieces that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Happy hunting~

photos: Annapurna Productions LLC/Columbia Pictures

January 13, 2014 at 9:48 am 10 comments

Boots Made for Walking…In This Mess

Anyone else feel like they’ve been floating in a vortex of seemingly endless Saturdays? For those lucky enough to be coming off an extended holiday stretch, welcome back to reality. It’s a challenging adjustment to say the least. The new year came in with a blast–an arctic blast, and while the streets of Newport are navigable, the great melt is underway with slushy sidewalks and watery routes just about everywhere. Rather than muck up your favorite shoes, it’s time to count on some trusty boots. But even Jackie O knew that fashion and function don’t have to be mutually exclusive:

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Darling, it’s snowed! Grab your top hat and my muff and we’ll stroll!

Personally, I love my Hunter Wellies in traditional green. They’re versatile and virtually indestructible (average $140):

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Which haven’t changed much in decades and are fit for a princess:

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But I’ve been crushing on Sorel boots lately that I spotted at Sole Desire in Newport (average $140):

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Note: Seam-sealed waterproof construction (with faux-fur cuff)

And these North Face Jozie Purna Pull-up Boots (waterproof, average: $140). Similar styles at Sole Desire:

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For him, this is the Sperry Men’s Adventure Duck Boot I found at Sole Desire. It’s waterproof, has stain resistant leather, thermal insulated lining and  Wave-Siping™ technology which offers wet/dry traction with non-marking lugged rubber outsoles (perfect for boats). Best part? They’re only $100:

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So I brought them on The Rhode Show recently and host Meaghan Mooney equally adored them, along with some great dry-weather Frye Boots picks:

January 6, 2014 at 9:10 am 12 comments


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