Archive for March, 2014
Apologies for the blogging hiatus–I’ve had a number of writing assignments on the docket! Since my last post, spring officially sprung, but it’s not quite time to bust out the open toe shoes and spaghetti strap sundresses. So on Friday, I headed to The Rhode Show to talk about transitional wardrobe pieces that will take us from unseasonable chills to warm spring thrills.
From Laura Jean Denim in Newport:
J Brand JAKE low-rise slim boyfriend jeans in white, $180
Hudson NICO mid-rise super skinny jeans in soft teal, $154
Hudson HARKIN crop jean, super skinny with cuff, $176
AG Jeans STILT cigarette jeans $168
AG Jeans, THE PRIMA mid-rise cigarette jeans, $168
360 CASHMERE Life’s a beach gray cashmere short sleeve sweater, $310
MAGASHONI stitched sweater in sunkissed, $278
Black iolite and peach quartz necklace by local artisan Susan Tyler $200
BELLA DAHL shirt in aquamist, $134
360 CASHMERE Sybil sweater in tangerine, $253
ALTERNATIVE Everydaybuttonup in lemon $69
Man’s STONE ROSE gray/purple gimgham button-down, $154
From Pink Pineapple:
ESLEY green and blue blazer, $78
Pink Pineapple cashmere nautical stripe dress, $289
Pink Pineapple cashmere green anchor sweater, $268
Pink Pineapple cashmere blue poncho, $220
Pink Pineapple cashmere HOLY SHIP sweater, $160
Striped boatneck “Je T’aime” sequin pullover, $55.65
Here’s the clip of host Michaela Johnson and I having fun looking at spring finds: http://wpri.com/2014/03/21/fashion-tips-for-the-new-season
Partnerships: as a writer who has covered extraordinary happenings for magazines, newspapers, websites and television while also having a mind for marketing and PR, I see so many missed opportunities for perceivable unrelated businesses to work together and create a new idea, concept or experience that ultimately has the potential to boost their bottom line.
When I heard about the new partnership promotion between Newport’s own Castle Hill Inn and New York City-based luxury lingerie retailer Journelle, my first thought was: genius! The “Journelle Getaway” is a shopping and travel package that merges a timeless collection of lingerie, curated by Journelle, with a stay at this timeless Newport resort.
The experience includes a private lingerie appointment and fitting at the Atelier at Journelle in New York City (guests receive 15% off their purchase during their atelier fitting). Sip champagne and tea while shopping a selection of both basics and high-fashion pieces, tailored to guests’ personal requests, waiting upon arrival. (For those who cannot make it to the Atelier in New York, Journelle will be offering 15% off online purchases at www.Journelle.com.)
Then, indulge in a two-night stay at Castle Hill Inn and enjoy a champagne upon arrival, complimentary gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea daily, a three-course dinner for two (gratuity included) and two tickets to any Preservation Society mansion. Guests may opt to stay in the historic and widely-praised Turret Suite offering panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Castle Hill Lighthouse, or a private Beach Cottage or Beach House, located just steps away from the sand. Rates start at $800 (tax not included). The package is available through December 31, 2014 and can be found online here. To peruse Journelle’s Inspired By Castle Hill Lookbook, CLICK HERE.
The eyes on the world will be on the most fashionable red carpet of the year tonight as celebutants and living legends attend the 86th Academy Awards. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the most fashionable locales in Newport, Muse at Vanderbilt Grace, has debuted a special craft cocktail menu toasting five of the Best Picture nominees. I headed over to the beautiful baby blue bar at Muse this week along with nationally-recognized lifestyle blogger Cynthia from TheDailyBasics.com to sample some of the luscious libations.
The “Newport Hustle,” a play on American Hustle, sang to me as it is comprised of 1 mint sprig, 1 lemon slice, 1 orange slice, 1 cucumber wheel, half a strawberry (that totally counts as my daily fruit and veggie intake, right?) which is all muddled together with a ½ oz. of lemon juice, 2 oz. of Pimms and ½ oz. of Grand Marnier. Next, the concoction is shaken, poured over ice and capped with 3oz. of ginger beer.
Cynthia paid homage to her family members stationed in Texas by sampling the “Dallas Fashion Club,” a sassy combination of muddled jalapenos and orange, and house-made chipotle barbeque bitters mixed with 2 oz. whiskey served in a rocks glass and garnished with jalapenos and cilantro. Hee-haw!
Other cocktails include the “Captain Morgan Phillips”: 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan, ½ oz. Grand Marnier, and 2 oz. pineapple juice served in a Collins glass and garnished with wedges of lemon and lime.
Finally, there’s the “Zero Gravity”: 2 oz. Absolute, 1 oz. peach liquor and 2 oz. of orange juice shaken and strained into a martini glass with grenadine on the bottom and topped with Blue Curacao.
Toast the Oscars at Vanderbilt Grace with one of these whimsical cocktails ($14), served after 7pm.
Meanwhile, over at The Chanler, the bar at The Spiced Pear is also feteing the Oscars with a special libation. The “Cliff Walk” Wolf includes 1 oz. Absolut Pear Vodka, ½ oz. Chambord, 1 oz. Absolut Razberi and ¾ oz. of cranberry juice that’s shaken with ice then strained into a martini glass.
If you want to weigh in on red carpet fashion during Oscar arrivals, I’ll be Tweeting (@newportstyle) with other style bloggers with hashtag #oscarfash14 from 7-8pm.