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The Wonderful World of Warhol

WARHOL POSTER 16.5x12 w logosI was psyched when I heard the theme of this Saturday night’s newportFILM fundraiser (aptly renamed by the organization a “friend-raiser”): Warhol. The father of the pop art movement, Andy Warhol was considered a multimedia genius. When I was in the artist’s native Pittsburgh, I visited the lauded Andy Warhol Museum where tons of paintings, prints, sculptures, and film clips are found throughout. And I twirled in the famed Silver Clouds room, an ethereal space punctuated by floating mylar balloons. Warhol’s New York City studio, The Factory, was legendary. Regulars included Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Edie Sedgwick, designer Betsy Johnson, Truman Capote and more glitterati from the early 60s through the late 70s. Being one of the most exciting times in American fashion, your look for newportFILM’s event, which calls for Warhol-era attire, has no shortage of inspiration:

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Bianca Jagger (in Halston) & Mick Jagger

Bianca Jagger (in Halston) & Mick Jagger

Edie Sedgwick with Any Warhol (from

Edie Sedgwick with Any Warhol (from

Get Warhol-chic at CLOSET REVIVAL (30 Broadway, Newport) which is offering 15% off, and WISH (106 William, Newport) which is offering 20% off (or ask to donate your discount to newportFILM).

Looking to accessorize an ensemble already in your closet? Think: beanies, turbans, scarves, over-sized sunnies, jumpsuits and rompers…Google “Studio 54” to get the idea.

Get glammed up with hair & makeup, call for special Friend-Raiser rates:
NATURAL CREATIONS (540 Thames, Newport // (401) 841-0798)
THE APOTHECARY (39 Memorial, Newport // (401) 324-6253)
SALON INSTYLE33 (33 Marlborough, Newport // (401) 619-3373)

More info on the event: newportFILM’s 3rd Annual Winter Friend-Raiser: WARHOL

Saturday, March 1 at Christie’s, 14 Perry Mill Wharf, Newport, 7 – 11PM

Cocktails, Passed Hors D’oeuvres, Silent Auction, Raffles, “Screen Test” Flip Book Booth (sponsored by SeaMist MedSpa), DJ & Dancing

Tickets: $75/person. Purchase tickets at

February 26, 2014 at 9:31 am 2 comments

Destination Style: Kinsale, Ireland

Today we welcome guest blogger, fashionable friend and fellow Francophile Priscilla Pilon of Weekend in Paris who recently returned from Ireland where she visited, among other Irish enclaves, Newport’s sister city, Kinsale. Though she experienced amazing restaurants, rich culture and history, plus warm (and legendary) Irish hospitality, she also made some time to visit some of my favorite Kinsale shopping sites and discovered a few of her own. With Newport Irish History Month kicking off next week, it’s the perfect time to feature Priscilla’s adventures! Take it away, Priscilla!

Double Take: Twin Cities Design Styles – Irish, Nautical and Trendy

I was delighted to be sent on a mission by, the place where all the hotel bookings sites are put into one place, to check out hotels, food, wine and shopping in Newport’s twin city, Kinsale, Ireland. This historic fishing port is considered one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of the Emerald Isle.

My style adventure began at the charming yet modern Acton’s Hotel where the rooms were a mix of cool blue nautical colors with neutral accents. It set the tone for this international waterfront shopping jaunt. Both Newport and Kinsale share a love of all things Irish,Image nautical and trendy.  Here are a few of my finds in this charming harbor town:

Authentic Irish Linens: Granny’s Bottom Drawer specializes in embroidered linen pillows, baby bibs and Christening robes, pajamas for men and women, blouses, lined skirts and tops. They also feature cotton and linen placemats, napkins, tablecloths and runners. Irish knit throws, scarves, sweaters, and capes are the most stylish items they carry. The owners of Granny’s sources their stock from local Irish vendors.

ImageGlass: Cocktails are back in vogue, serving them in beautiful crystal makes magic. Kinsale Glassworks has a shop in the heart of the town with a workroom in the back where you can witness the craftsmen cutting the crystal into perfect receptacles. Oh so Mad Men!

Shopping and Weekend Bags: Hamish, Hawkin & Co Interiors and ImageCollectables sells Europe’s most unique city and shopping bags called The O Bag, designed by Emanuele Magenta, and made in Italy by Fullspot. These colorful bags are lightweight, and come with a choice of interchangeable handles in high quality leather, faux leather and rope. Cool accessories include inner zip-up canvas bags, woolen and fur trims (faux fox and faux mink) which dress up the simple designs.

Print, laminate Orla Kiely overnight bags are also sold at Hamish Hawkin. These practical but adorable weekenders fit everything you will need for a short trip to someplace fun!  Choose from retro olive, modern Imagedusk or classic black.

Hats: Hattitude is the name of County Cork’s best shop for ladies’ bespoke hats, fascinators and headwear. Celestine McCoy is the milliner extraordinaire who will take you through the shapes and styles that suit you best. She will also assist you in matching colors and feathers for your special day. Why don’t we ladies wear more hats in Newport? If Hattitude was in Newport, I bet we would!

ImageBeach Décor: Our two cities love a shop where we can find beach themed accessories for our homes. Kinsale has a lovely shop called Cronins that carries one-of-a-kind objets d’art, gifts and housewares, perfect for seaside homes. Watercolor prints, wooden sailboats, rustic drift wood signs and seashell candles just some of the goodies to be found at Cronins.

To learn more about Kinsale, visit and when in town, be sure to download the free Kinsale app, which I found super helpful while in town:

February 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm 6 comments

Around Town in Jude Connally

ImageI first featured Jude Connally on Stylephile last August. Flirty, fun, functional—the line has immediate appeal. Anchored by bold colors and chic graphic patterns that live in a space somewhere between classic and contemporary, it would be easy to assume Jude ImageConnally is exclusively a summer line, but so many of the silhouettes, including long- and three-quarter length sleeve dresses and tops, can be perfectly paired with tights and boots for a refreshing mid-winter look.

In the past few weeks, I’ve put my new Jude Connally dress, the “Babe” dress with a lattice pattern in green and nay blue, to the test. When you have something in your wardrobe that is so versatile it can be worn to brunch at Zeldas, work meetings, a Providence Restaurant Week dinner and an appearance on The Rhode Show, you know you have a winner. (Just think of the CPW: cost per wear!) Pieces range from $158-$208. Select Jude Connally pieces available at Michael Hayes. To see the entire collection or purchase direct, visit

Be sure to see Jude’s latest releases by following on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

ImageImageDisclosure: For purposes of this unbiased review, I received a sample from Jude Connally. All opinions expressed are my own.

February 18, 2014 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

Things You’ll “Love, Actually” from The Rhode Show


We might be ready to raise the winter white flag, but this season is taking no prisoners. So while the cold temperature and seemingly endless snowstorms have their way, we may as well look fabulous as events like the Newport Winter Festival remind us that every snowy cloud has a silver lining! Here’s some winter survival fashion finds that might some in handy as you head to the Ice bar at Polar Pineapples and other festive happenings! Here’s what I brought to The Rhode Show this morning (segment clip will be posted later today). Also, I’m wearing designer Jude Connally, a New Jersey based-designer whose piece are available at Michael Hayes and are made in the USA!

 From Potter & Co. (all winter piece are 30% off)

Women’s Aconcagua Puffer Vest by The North Face

elizabeth_mckayThe Bowie trapper hat by Pistil features a shiny, quilted shell with insulation while faux fur warms your ears and forehead. Fun, contrast-colored, braided tassels can be tied together or left loose. The crown is lined in quilted satin.

The Pistil Athena scarf is long, lean and super soft. Acrylic yarns have a subtle sheen, and the fringed tassels are exceptionally lengthy.

The Flirt Skinny Yoga Tight (Wildcat) by Kira Grace features extra-long length with an inseam that allows it to flow over the heel, low-rise waistband with body contouring details for a smooth fit, comfortable compression and moisture-wicking fabric with 4-way stretch.

From Wish

Quilted Burberry jacket in white

Irish wool cap

Embellished cardigan by J. Crew

Elizabeth McKay blouse

From Rockportthe north face

The women’s Aliana Lace Up Boot features footbed cushioning that conforms to the shape of the foot for a personalized fit (faux fur)

The women’s Lorraine II Lite Lace Up Boot features ADIPRENE by adidas sport technology cushioning and Hydro-Shield waterproofing construction that keeps the feet dry and comfortable (faux fur)

The mens Trailbreaker Alpine Waterproof Duck Boot are waterproof, constructed with full grain durable leather uppers that are stylish and easy to clean, a padded tongue and collar to help prevent blisters, and Strobel Construction® for forefoot flexibility and a personalized fit.

February 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Rhode Trip: The White Barn Inn, Kennebunk, Maine

ImageThere is no shortage of outstanding inns with fine dining throughout New England, but the White Barn Inn is the only AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five Star restaurant north of New York City. Nestled in the coastal enclave of Kennebunk, Maine, the legendary property makes for the perfect escape from Newport, Boston and beyond. Less than three hours from Newport, the WhiteImage Barn Inn has an intimate connection to the City-by-the-Sea: Vanderbilt Grace is considered its sister property. The inn’s Executive Chef, Jonathan Cartwright, one of the most celebrated chefs in New England, also creates and oversees the menu at Muse at Vanderbilt Grace.

In the mood for a weekend getaway, I headed north to experience the White Barn. Like Newport, Kennebunkport might shine brightest in the warmer months, but this time of year, there’s a serene calm that permeates the village. Much like Newport’s Ocean Drive, Kennebunkport’s Ocean Avenue weaves around the rocky coast and offers an up close glimpse to stunning “more is more” homes. And like Newport’s presidential connections, Kennebunkport has its own famous first family: the Bush compound, where George H.W. and Barbara spend much of the year.

The White Barn Inn is less than a mile from Kennebunkport’s iconic Dock Square and close to the Lower Village. Constructed from Imagea boarding house on the site that dates back to the early 1800s, the White Barn Inn evokes bucolic charm but with unmistakable Relais & Château luxury. (To give you an idea, Newport’s Castle Hill is also a Relais & Château property). With a blend of rooms, suites and private guest cottages located inside a private gated compound on the Kennebunk River, you’ll find diverse lodging options. The elegantly appointed junior suite I stayed in, awash in hues of soft blues and crisp white, included a gas-burning fireplace, queen- size down-topped bed, large flat-screen TV, comfortable lounges, and an oversized granite and marble bathroom stocked with Molton Brown bath products, Jacuzzi tub (opposite the fireplace) and separate walk-in rain shower.

Despite White Barn Inn’s luxury accommodations, the Inn is most recognized for its dining, making most gourmands bucket list. Housed in a 19th century barn and appointed with its signature floor to ceiling picture windows, the décor embraces it’s rustic surroundings with warm wood walls and ceilings and authentic antiques celebrating the region’s heritage. Whether dining in the main restaurant which offers a legendary prix-fixe, four-course chef’s tasting menu, or the Bistro, the menus both reflect flavors of New England and coastal Maine as well as landlubbers’ favorites. (CLICK HERE to learn more about the BocuseImage d’Or Foundation Dinner on 2/20 featuring a collaboration between Chef Kristen Kish, Winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 10 and Chef Cartwright.) Our server, Angela, was extraordinary and helped us sort through the many decadent choices. She also helped us decide on a fabulous wine: MollyDooker Cabernet, an Australian wine known for the MollyDooker shake—a hearty tussle given to the bottle before pouring to shake up the nitrogen the winery infuses during the winemaking process in place of sulfites. Back the Main House, sherry and port wines are available 24/7 in self-serve decanters, so an after dinner drink by the fire might be the perfect nightcap.

If your ideal getaway includes some pampering, the spa at the White Barn Inn offers a full menu of services, and coffee, tea and light bites are at the ready in the living room. Breakfast, as expected, was perfection with a “hot” menu featuring eggs, French Toast, omelets and more as well as pastry, cereal, and parfaits. Assistant Innkeeper Albert Black and the staff at the White Barn Inn can help guests find anything they may need to make the story more comfortable (though I can’t imagine what might be missing). For more information on the White Barn Inn, visit



Shopping finds in Kennebunkport

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary room night at the White Barn Inn for purposes of this independent review. All opinions are my own.

February 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm 3 comments

AG Jeans: Fit to Be Fab

ImageFinding the perfect pair of jeans is like discovering a pearl shucking oysters–it’s a rare find, a precious gift, and you know right away you need to hang onto it. When it comes to denim, there’s a million brands out there, and a million different body types, so what’s gold for one might be disastrous for another. One brand I’ve come to love is Adriano Goldschmied, best known as “AG,” which I’ve written about previosly. In fact, a pair I bought at Laura Jean Denim Shop about eight years ago had maintained their fit but the hem, after years of just skimming the ground as they were tailored specifically for wearing with heels, had  become frayed enough to need addressing. Last month I took them to A Mano Tailoring in Newport to make the ‘ol AGs “flat-friendly” jeans–it’s like having a whole new pair.

I asked Laura Jean about the new AGs she has in her Bellevue Shop. “We have a lot of styles of AGs to chose from to assure a great fitting pair for most body types,” Laura said. “We have leg openings from the absolute legging to a boot cut, and many different rises. custom alteration service to insure the perfect fit.” She also says that most of the AGs are cut higher than the standard 7.5″ rise, which allows for a comfortable, confident wear. Here’s a look at some fall 2013 pieces :


On him: The Matchbox/On her: The Legging


The Middi


On her: The Stilt / On him: The Matchbox

And Spring 2014 pieces:



Other AG styles at Laura Jean Denim Shop include the Stilt (Cigarette Leg), Middi (Mid Rise Legging), Prima (Mid Rise Cigarette), Harlow (Patch Pocket Zip), Legging Ankle (Super Skinny Ankle), Absolute Legging (Extreme Skinny – coated), Tomboy (Relaxed Straight Leg), Olivia (Skinny Boot Cut), Angel (Bootcut), Alexa (Mid Rise Slim Boot), Aubrey (Skinny Straight), Ballad (Slim Boot), Jessie (Curvy Boot Cut), Legging (Super Skinny Fit). The average cost of AGs run about $174.00 but range from $159.00-$215.00.

February 2, 2014 at 10:20 am 2 comments

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