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All Washed Up: Meet Soap & Water


To say Newport has a long history with bath and body products is a wild understatement. Caswell-Massey, America’s original purveyor of luxury personal care products and accessories, was founded here by Dr. William Hunter in 1752, originally as Dr. Hunter’s Apothecary. I edited a magazine piece years ago that if I recall, identified the current location of Starbucks at 212 Thames Street (I’ll have to check now!) as the original Caswell Massey shop.

soap and water 1So when Soap & Water opened earlier this year on Bowen’s Wharf, the bath and body shop, whether intentional or not, continued a centuries-old legacy in the City by the Sea. The charming shop, which welcomes shoppers with a light, soothing scent (in lieu of overpowering fragrance which can happen far too easily), presents a modern, clean interior design and beloved brands including Tocca (fragrance and candles), Crabtree & Evelyn, Molton Brown (shower gels, hand washes, lotions, mens grooming), Sedafrance (candles, mists, diffusers, liquid hand soaps and bar soap) and specifically for men, Jack Black, Recipe for Men, Musgo Real, and coming full circle, Caswell Massey.

Additional fab finds include candles, perfumes, colognes, luxury waffle robes, rich towels, cover-ups, gifts,  and home accessories. Visit the shop at 16 Bowen’s Wharf or follow them on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

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LOVE the Sea Salt Candle as the perfect little gift.  It's a hand-poured candle made of  salts naturally derived from sea water.

LOVE the Sea Salt Candle as the perfect little gift. It’s a hand-poured candle made of salts naturally derived from sea water.


For little ones...

For little ones…

From the upstairs loft...

From the upstairs loft…


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September 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

Labor Day of Love: Merci Beaucoup, Saint James

St James boatneck topI’ve featured the classic striped boat neck top, also known as a French sailor shirt or Brenton stripes, on Newport Stylephile in the past (here and here are just some examples). Fashion icons including Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Newport’s own Jackie O boatneck-jackie-ohave sported the timeless stripes, and as we transition from summer into fall, this ever ageless style is one to embrace.

The SAINT-JAMES Company has been touting the look since 1889, perhaps even being credited with “inventing” it. Established in Lower Normandy in the commune of

Bridgitte Bardot

Bridgitte Bardot

Saint-James, the style was originally intended for deep sea fishermen, then adopted by known seafarers, and amateur yachtsmen. The “genuine pure new knitted woolen Breton seaman’s sweater” was originally pure wool and it soon became a global phenomenon. Today, there are SAINT JAMES boutiques found in Paris, Nice, Le Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo, Strasbourg, Lyon, Granville, Biarritz, Tokyo and more, but you don’t need a passport to find the century-old brand.

Island Pursuit on lower Thames Street carries select SAINT JAMES autumn collection pieces for men and women including sweaters coats jackets, tops, dresses, and accessories like scarves, tops, belts, totes and umbrellas. SAINT JAMES is known for top quality and longevity and are priced on par with upscale brands (a women’s long-sleeve top, for example, typically starts around $89, scarves around $40). But with coupon code: NEWPORTSTYLE, get 20% of your entire purchase. The fine print: 20% off applies to in-store and online purchases from now until November 1st. Offer is only valid on regular price items and cannot be combined with any other offer. When shopping online, get free shipping on all orders over $100.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Coco Chanel, ca. 1917

Coco Chanel, ca. 1917

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SAINT JAMES, Autumn 2014

This post has been sponsored by Island Pursuit. All opinions expressed are independent and my own. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

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