Archive for May, 2014

To The Maxi


Maxi dresses: friend or foe? Sometimes I see women looking amazing in them. Other times maxis look like ill-fitting nightgowns. That might be why I only took the maxi dress plunge last year, and I only have two to my name. I thought they would be ideal for lazy Sunday Fundays and/or post-beach relaxing, and they are, but the key is to find maxis that equally fit and flatter. That is, what might be ideal for one may not be for the other. I’m loving the new interpretation of the maxi above that I spotted recently at J. Crew on the Harbor at Long Wharf ($148.00). Styled with a casual fedora, shades and a simple flat or flip flop, this no-frills linen chevron maxi could easily make your summer favorites list,

This Calvin Klein maxi I picked up last summer features a ruched side with medium-wide modern stripe and simple scoop neck. Image

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so because I continue to see it everywhere. Everywhere. Downtown, nights on the town, church–even at an upscale event (note to self: wear sparingly this year). I also picked up one very similar to this Calvin Klein maxi.

ImageThe diagonal stripes add to the fluidity of the look as does the varying widths and colors of the stripes.

I’m not sure there’s an exact formula to making the maxi work, but here’s some tips I’ve learned along the way:

All necklines are not created equal. V-necks tend to elongate and are a friend to all, especially the vertically challenged. If your shoulders are your favorite assent, embrace spaghetti straps; if not, look for scoop necklines, v-necks or halters.

“Voluminous” should only be used as a shampoo adjective. Too much fabric is easy to get lost in.

Shorty get low. Long lengths equal lean illusions. A maxi’s hem is supposed to hit right around the ankle, unless your maxi has a mullet hemline (short in the front, long in the back), a look I just don’t think works in most cases, except Teen Vogue fashion editorials.

Less is more. Pair with a great pair of flats or small wedges. Save your sky high heels for a skirt or skinny jean/capri.

Show a little skin. If you’re so bold, the newest maxis to debut this season feature cut-outs (mostly at the waist). As this is likely to accentuate your leanest point, work it.

Be bold. Bright colors, whimsical patterns and color blocks are (typically) your friend.

Work it. Before you take the plunge, try the maxi on before you buy. Each one fits differently, and ultimately it may not be a trend you choose to embrace.


May 29, 2014 at 12:52 am 2 comments

The Newport by Mahi Gold

ImageA while back, I featured Cape Cod-born clothing line Mahi Gold here on Newport Stylephile. It was a new launch and Island Pursuit on Thames Street carried (and continues to) the line which features monochromatic signal flag-inspired patterns on most of its pieces.

The Newport print dress is a new addition to the collection this season, named affectionately after our City by the Sea. I’ve never worn Mahi Gold so unlike some other lines I’ve featured here, I can’t attest to fit, long-term functionality, wear, or quality of the line, but it’s a cute piece! From co-founder Becky Gorman Voelkel:

ImagePhoto: Mahi Gold

May 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Practicing Safe…Sun with Block Island Organics

ImageThere’s a palpable energy in the air the temperatures in Newport have flirted with near beach weather. This past Sunday, it was delightful I actually needed sunscreen to work in the garden, and I reached for something new. If you’re someone who likes to know a bit about what ingredients go in and on your body, turn over your standard bottle or can of sunscreen. There’s not a lot of things you can pronounce. And if you really want to know what it all means, plug you product name into the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, where you can see where it rates in terms of dangerous ingredients.

ImageSo I tried for the first time ever Block Island Organics natural mineral based sunscreen for face and body. Lightweight, water resistant and non-comedogenic, the sunscreen is instantly absorbing as you rub it on your skin and is safe for sensitive skin. I’ve tried Ava Anderson Non-Toxic sunscreen before and to be honest, the consistency was very think, almost like toothpaste, and as much as I tried, it still left heavy white streaks on my skin.

Block Island Organics was founded by brother and sister team Lauren and Will Bernuth. Lauren is also the founder of Koru Eco Spa on Block Island. The fabulous spa is where she helped formulate this awesome brand which is committed to ingredient safety, which is proven with a glowing rating on the EWG Skin Deep scale.

Products, which include sunscreen, sunburn relief and baby block, ranges from $21.99 to $29.99, but you can receive a 20% discount starting today through next Wednesday, May 21, 2104, by using promo code: andream

Learn more about Block Island Organics by clicking here. Practice safe sun!

*I was given a sample of Block Island Organics for purposes of this review. As always, opinions are my own.

May 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Fabulous Finds for Mother’s Day on The Rhode Show


Sure a spa gift certificate or bouquet of flowers would bring a smile to mom’s face. But why not make this Sunday a Mother’s Day to remember by literally giving something “outside the box.” I pulled some fabulous finds for The Rhode Show, nearly all from Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf, plus an equally pretty but practical piece for the digital mom on the go!Image

From Soap + Water

Plush luxury waffle robe by Chortex

La Source body wash and lotion by Crabtree & Evelyn, $24

Robin’s Egg Soaps by Gianna Rose Atelier

From Egg + Dart

Fresh flowers in silver vase

ImageJournal by Sugar Paper, $16

Yves Saint Laurent Style coffee table book, $55

Darling: The Art of Being a Woman niche magazine

(free gift wrap with artfully hand crafted wrapping paper)

From Primavera

Sarcastic mug from Santa Barbara Design Studio, $14

Let’s Get This Party started wine tote, $9.95

Mom pearl necklace, $42 / Grandma silver heart necklace, $42 / Mom gold heart necklace, $58; all by Dogeared

Meaningful anchor bracelet by Tiffany Jazelle

Scallop shell platter by Mud Pie

From Michael HayesImage

Large and small faux stingray bags by Sorial, $148 – $248

Cotton scarves by Banaris, $65


By Andrea Valentini

Rock Candy Bump Collection “Midtown” 13″ Laptop Sleeve in peppermint, $39.95

Watch the clip by clicking the image at the top of this post!

May 10, 2014 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

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