Archive for April, 2014
I love creative spaces where you kind of feel like you just want to send for your things and move in. That’s the vibe at Egg + Dart, a new gallery meets home boutique in the heart of downtown Newport on America’s Cup Avenue. The collaborative space by designer Kristen Coates and artist Chris Wyllie is a refreshing addition to the Bowen’s and Bannister’s wharves area, offering original pieces by Wyllie (which I learned you can pay for in installments) and an array of art, gifts, linens, knickknacks and books curated by Coates. I bought an indulgent little treat: Etta + Billie Lavender Body Scrub, a exfoliating and softening bar that is a blend of sea salt, organic cocoa butter, fair trade shea butter and lavender essential oil ($10). Follow the inviting bushels of flowers and open doors and let yourself immerse in the creativity of this chic space…
I feel like it’s happened to most Newporters at one time or another: you need a certain gift and you know the perfect pace to get it, so when you go the day before the event, you’re unpleasantly surprised to find that said store isn’t there any longer. I found myself in that very situation when I headed down to Brick Market Place last month to get a Christening gift, and therefore, the scramble for the perfect gift began.
A frantic phone call to a friend resolved the crisis when she suggested popping by Mimi’s for Kids on Mill Street. I had been there before, and of course- why hadn’t I thought of that?
Stocked with fun children’s clothing, books and playthings, I asked Mimi for her suggestions when she led me to an adorable block-shaped bank with space for the child’s name, birth date, Christening date and location, plus the parents’ and godparents’ names (see left). It also came with a pen to personalize all the information, and it was less than $20.00. Here’s where the small business shopping touch came in: not only did Mimi direct me to some great gift choices, but when I decided on the Christening bank, she wrapped it so beautifully that in made quite an impression. See last image below. I also recently spotted some beautiful children’s jewelry, including crosses and religious items, at Platinum House in Newport.
Mimi’s for Kids, located at 15 Mill street near the intersection of Bellevue Avenue, caterers to children from newborn to 10 years old.
If you’ve read this blog before, you already know I’m a fan of locally-owned, globally known Farmaesthetics. And a fan of a nice afternoon or evening at Castle Hill. So when the sustainable skincare line made with organically grown herbs, flowers, oils and grains collaborated with Ocean Drive’s luxury Relais & Chateau for a Pop-Up Farmaesthetics Treatment Boutique at Castle Hill, it was a sign it’s time for some springtime skincare pampering.
Two rooms in the historic Agassiz Mansion have been transformed into a haven of peace and relaxation, curated by Farmaesthetics. I headed out to experience a 60 minute facial this past Friday, warmly greeted by the Castle Hill reception staff and shown to the second floor of the mansion. With the fireplace aglow and wingback chairs to get comfortable in, I was already relaxing.
Farmaesthetics esthetician Michele greeted me and showed me in to the sunlit treatment room, where the lemonade-hued walls, white wood trim and extraordinary view with a panorama of the Newport Pell Bridge, it felt like being on a completely unplugged retreat.* *Cell phone promptly turned off.
Tucked into a warm, fine linen-covered treatment table, the customized facial starts with a deep cleanse followed by exfoliation, steam, massage, masque and hydration. The approach is designed to address, maintain or correct your specific skin texture and tone, using hand infused oils and powerful herbal antioxidants. Each facial includes acupressure and tension-relieving arm, hand, neck and scalp massage using aromatic oils and fragrant herbs to enhance the experience and boost results. Extend your blissful escape with a saltwater and essential oil soak in the claw foot tub pre- or post-treatment (a little summertime teaser). Other treatments include therapeutic massage and acupressure treatments for the face, head and neck ranging from $65-$190 with appointments available between 9am-6pm daily (available to guests and non-guests). Find your bliss and book a treatment now through Memorial Day. Call (401) 849-3800.
Who wears short-shorts? Doris Duke did, apparently, in her 50s no less, and her enviable, seemingly endless gams likely looked amazing in the sequin red, black and white harlequin-patten pair in the new exhibit at the late heiress’ Rough Point mansion. No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke, opening Thursday (April 10) is the second fashion-focused exhibit at the Bellevue Avenue mansion in recent years. I was grateful to get a sneak peek of all the amazing pieces over the weekend and they are as diverse as the designers.
“She was ahead of her times in many ways, including fashion,” explained curator Kristen Costa, who revealed Miss Duke’s 5’10” model-esque frame was so lithe it was challenging finding mannequins trim enough to fit some of the clothing. “Doris Duke realized fashion was something to have fun with.”
Each of the nearly 40 pieces in the collection are a peek into the socialite-cum-philanthropist’s global point of view. A stunning button-up, kimono-style gown in metallic green, purple, gold and silver opens the exhibit making quite an impression. Pieces highlighted in this gallery include an embroidered Balenciaga bolero caplet, billowy striped harem pants (a nod to Miss Duke’s travels to the Middle East, as are the Taj of India flats), a Givenchy Nouvelle Boutique (ready to wear line) leather snakeskin-print jacket with denim sleeves, Leslie Hamel studded jeans (worn at Rough Point in Miss Duke through her last years there), a yellow sequin Bill Blass jacket with black trim (and iconic BB detail) and a completely covet-able floor-length sequin Valentino skirt—in leopard print.
Complete ensembles and accessories are the heart of the second gallery. The amazing staff at the Newport Restoration Foundation, the non-profit Miss Duke founded which operates the home, was aflutter over an over-the-top outfit that was one of the last to be displayed. The metallic gold body suit, complete with a black tulle-like completely sheer over “cost” embellished with silver and gold is a site to behold. The piece would certainly give a Lady Gaga run for her money.
Other stunning pieces include a colorful Saint Laurent Rive Gauche outfit, a black gown with gold studs Ms. Duke to the Costume Exhibition Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1981, a woolen red coat Kate Middleton would be a perfect fit for today, an emerald green tunic with matching cigarette pants made from Italian silk by Irene Galitzine and an iridescent Halston pant suit. (Miss Duke loved that ensemble so much she also had one made in black. She was front row fixture at Halston shows alongside other fashion icons of the day including Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Martha Graham and D. D. Ryan—an editor at Harper’s Bazaar.)
That’s just a snapshot. See the exhibit for yourself to truly experience a global fashion collection worn by one of Newport’s, and the world’s, most intriguing women.
No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke, opens at Rough Point April 10 and continues through Nov. 9, 2014. For more details, CLICK HERE.
A UN climate impact report, released yesterday, functionally said the planet is in “deep trouble.” Air and water pollution, deforestation, overfishing—it’s just some of what contributes to Earth’s issues. The good news is that it’s not too late to make changes in our lifestyle, including what we wear and how we accessorize, that reflect positive, conscious decisions. I’ve featured pieces, including the coveted Catalina necklace, from Faire Collection here on Newport Stylephile and on my style segments for The Rhode Show before as this chic, sustainable accessories line designed in New York and handcrafted by artisans in Ecuador, Vietnam, Peru, Swaziland practices what it preaches. Artisan workshops around the world have been established to hand craft scarves, bracelets and statement necklaces, providing them with a steady source of income so the artisans can financially plan for their future.
I’m so excited to announce a giveaway of a Havana bracelet from Faire Collection! (left) The bracelet, in the sold out navy blue, was handcrafted using dyed woven leather and intricately wrapped gold colored metal wire. These unique bracelets can be worn alone, or stacked together for a layered look, while being on-trend and socially impactful. They retail for $29.00.
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