Archive for December, 2014

More Last-Minute Christmas Finds: Pamper Her at Soap + Water


Three more shopping days til Christmas–stay calm. If you’ve been watching any of the news coverage about “last minute shopping” or “panic shopping,” you’d be led to believe that a great many of those last minute shoppers are men…and that’s probably the case. (But anyone can find themselves in a last-minute sprint to get those few remaining friends and family the perfect little something.) Soap + Water in Newport has a ton of treats from stocking stuffers to treasured finds to pamper ones you care about, but especially ladies who, like so many, always put so many others first and forget to pamper themselves.

img-thingWhile fragrance can be challenging to gift some one with because scents are a personal preference, sets like Meet the Girls by TOCCA are fabulous because they offer a little bit of everything. The 10 .15 oz sprays, which come in a beautiful tin, “embrace every aspect of femininity,”with each boasting a girly name: Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Giuletta, Colette, Bianca, Violette, Liliana, Margaux, Simone.

NEST Fragrances for body, bath and home set the luxury bar high with a cult-like following for their reed diffusers, liquid soap, body wash, body cream, and Body & Soul Eau De Toilette Spray.

Build Your Own: at Soap + Water you can build your own gift for that someone special. Include some:

Molton BrownSoap + Water is the only place you can get the London-based bath, body & beauty goods. soapwater2

Pretty You London Slippers–Cheerio to another fabulous London brand  (The men’s version? “Ugly Me” slippers, naturally)

PJ Harlow Women’s LoungewearDesigned for women by women, made in the USA and on Oprah Winfrey’s 2013 Great Gifts list. Need we say more?

Crabtree & Evelyn--this line’s local loyalists will remember when Newport had it’s own Crabtree & Evelyn storefront until it closed a few years ago. Today, Soap + Water carries some of Crabtree’s most popular collections, including Jojoba Oil and Gardeners divine (and famously lauded) 60 Second Fix for Hands  and more.

Nautical-themed throws and pillows (perfect for a snuggly night in)

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Soap + Water Newport is located on Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

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December 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Seven Days Til Santa: Last Minute Gift Finds From Chateau & Bungalow


With just seven days until Christmas, some might be feeling the last minute pressure to find the perfect something. Luckily, Newport is home to so many charming, one-of-a-kind shops. Among them, Chateau & Bungalow on Thames Street. Stocked with unique finds, Chateau & Bunglow offers a well-edited array of offerings–the only problem is you might find it difficult to not shop for yourself!

Here are some gift suggestions from owner Sarah O’Neill Fernandez:

For the Hostess

For the Hostess: Orange and Gold Lacquer Cocktail Napkin Holder ($25) and Scalamandre Zebras for Caspari Cocktail Napkins ($5)

For Teacher

For Teacher: Penguin Classic Novels ($20-$25)

For Mom

For Mom: Turkish Cotton Throw Blanket ($84)

For Dad

For Dad: HS Leather iPad Cover ($80) and Save Water Drink Beer Plaque ($10)

For Boyfriend

For Boyfriend: History of Surfing ($50)

For the BFF

For the BFF: Design Your Own Charm Necklace (From $30)

A peek inside the shop:




Chateau & Bungalow is located at 80 Thames Street, which is situated before crossing over Marlborough Street. Though parking is not provided, you can usually find a spot right on the street. 401-619-1966

December 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

An Afternoon with Bettie Bearden Pardee, Author of Living Newport: Houses, People, Style


This summer, I was honored to receive an advance copy of Bettie Bearden Pardee’s Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, the third release from the accomplished hostess, community leader and former contributing editor to Bon Appetit.

I eagerly paged through the chapters, which “showcases both the heirs of the old guard who contribute a contemporary Nesbitt-Bettie_Pardee_portrait-IMG_3614continuity to traditional Newport and the ‘new’ Newport social set, all of whom bring a vibrant energy to their life here year-round.” More simply, the pages are like peering through the windows of some of Newport’s most legendary homes including Oakwood, Clingstone, The Ledges and arguably the most famed, Hammersmith Farm, known as the “summer White House” during the Kennedy administration. (Considering the number of journalists I have worked with who have unsuccessfully hoped to cover, feature or visit Hammersmith during their stay in Newport, I know what a coup it for Living Newport to feature the home.)

Just last month, following the official release of Living Newport, I was delighted to be invited by Bettie to join her at her Bellevue Avenue home, “Parterre,” for tea and conversation. Amiable and elegant, the author and former host/creative producer of the PBS series The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House, shares an indisputable enthusiasm for the City-by-the-Sea. Knowing readers have a keen curiosity in how private Newport entertains, decorates, celebrates, gardens and dresses, Bettie showcases 17 properties in Living Newport alongside lively personal anecdotes. As one might expect, the book is aesthetically beautiful and exceptionally intriguing—a perfect Christmas or holiday gift. Suffice to say I came to Bettie’s for a casual interview and left with a new friend!

Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, with 224 pages and 188 four-color photographs, is available for $65.00 at Preservation society of Newport County shops ( located at The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms and on Bannister’s Wharf in downtown Newport) and online at

Take a peek inside the book with the images below or by CLICKING HERE.

Follow Bettie on her blog by CLICKING HERE.

Hammersmith Farm

Hammersmith Farm

Hammersmith Farm

Hammersmith Farm

An Enticing Day on Narragansett Bay Bay

An Enticing Day on Narragansett Bay

Romantic Oakwood p.164.165



The Ledges p.100-101

The Ledges

Living Newport: People, Houses, Style by Bettie Bearden Pardee
© 2014,published by Glitterati Incorporated
Photos: Sandy Nesbitt & Mick Hales





December 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Santa, Baby!

Regular readers might have noticed a brief hiatus in Newport Stylephile posts. That’s because Santa came early and I had one of these:


Here she is:


Thank you for your patience. Regular posts will resume soon!

Top: Newport Baby sign from Frazzleberries / Baby Stylephile (!) photo by Ludwig Photography.

December 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm 2 comments

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