Archive for February, 2015

Jai Ho! Bollywood is Headed to Newport

Bollywood POSTER no logos_0newportFILM is already marking their fourth year (where does the time go?) of bringing meaningful documentary films to the community, for free or for an affordable ticket cost. To celebrate the occasion and raise funds to continue the much loved program, the nonprofit’s annual “friend-raiser” unfolds next Saturday night. Grab your gold bangles and be prepared to go “Bollywood!” (See details on tickets, time, etc. below)

“Bollywood” inspired attire encouraged. That means bright colors, henna, and all things India…

Here’s a few easy ideas to channel your inner New Delhi knockout.

1. Gold, gold and more gold. Bangles up the arms (use your Alex and Ani’s liberally), gold scarves, gold chandelier code-no-59-500x500earrings, gold head jewelry, gold nose ring/chain…

2. Bright and beautiful: dress in shades of fuchsia, yellow and orange.

3. Drape a bright and/or shimmery scarf over your ensemble.

Get more ideas on the newportFILM Pinterest page.

Shop local to get Bollywood-chic!
CLOSET REVIVAL (30 Broadway, Newport) – 15% off
MAISON DNA (64 Spring, Newport) – Lots of great pieces priced from $20-$50
CHATEAU & BUNGLAOW (80 Thames, Newport) – 20% off
WISH (106 Williams, Newport) – 20% off

Get glam with hair, makeup, lashes & flash tattoos! Call for special Friend-Raiser rates at…
THE APOTHECARY (39 Memorial, Newport / 401-324-6253)
RANEW SALON (580 Thames, Newport / 401-619-4848)


March 7, 2015, 7 – 11 p.m. Christie’s,14 Perry Mill Wharf, Newport

Tickets: $75 and include beer, wine, vodka cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, DJ and dancing.


February 28, 2015 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Market Shopping List: Milk, Eggs, Organic Skin Care…

Sometimes you find fabulous things in the most unlikely places….


A few months ago, I was shopping at A Market in Newport and noticed Acure Skin Care was on sale. Curious about the organic skin care line, I picked up the Brightening Facial Scrub, a gentle exfoliator made with organic sea kelp, French green clay and organic lemon peel. Organic Chlorella Growth Factor (protects collagen and elastin fibers) and Argan Stem Cells help stimulate new cell growth while providing a deep cleansing, brightening experience. The exfoliating scrub is the perfect natural alternative to those plastic micro beads found in so many mass market products that are harmful to the environment and can transport the chemicals to marine life.

I also picked up the Oil Control Facial Moisturizer with lilac stem cells and chlorella growth factor featuring an easily absorbed blend of organic botanicals that improves texture and tone while minimizing fine lines.

Both score tremendously well on the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep Cosmetics Database” which is basically towelettesa Google search of personal care products to see which are clean or loaded with chemicals and toxins. Both were clean, light, refreshing and effective—and a little went a long way.

Pleased with the line, I had to try the Acure Unscented Cleansing Towelettes for face and body with Argan Oil. The handy little all-natural biodegradable towelettes are ideal for traveling. They’re easy to stash, effective and the perfect quick refresher (recycled airplane air wreaks havoc on the skin).

The best to way to get the most bang for your buck is to get a free A Market Rewards Card because every dollar spent is equal to one point and every dollar spent on A-Market brand supplements is equal to two points. Members receive a $25 reward towards future purchases for every 500 points earned. THIS MARCH 20 IS A DOUBLE REWARDS DAY, so if you’re looking to try a new all natural line, here’s your best chance.

February 23, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Take Two: The Octopus Chair

fabric-swatch-canvas-turf-lores-xxWhen my husband’s grandmother gave us an early 1900s Cogswell chair she no longer wanted, there was no question it deserved the royal treatment. It was in impeccable condition, had a classic shape, was super comfortable and most importantly, had come from someone we love. It’s tired fabric was the only thing holding it back. Knowing nothing about how much fabric would be needed to reupholster it, I brought the chair to Bill at Patriot Upholstery in Portsmouth who had come highly recommended (even though from the outside his shop looks like it specializes in car and truck upholstery).

Reupholstering is a serious commitment. If you’re going to spend a few Benjamins on reinventing a piece, you better make sure 1. It’s in excellent condition, and 2. you choose a fabric pattern you are good with “from this day forward,” because for what you’ll pay, you’ll be together forever. Told I needed 5-6 yards, I headed to a local fabric store but sadly, no one assisted me (which in my experience was a pattern there — no pun intended), so I helped myself to some of the swatch books. I searched for something that evoked “Coastal Living” sans your typical ships, shells, lighthouses or starfish. The fabric I liked best was a jaw-dropping $75 a yard (at six yards we’d be looking at $450…and that’s before the upholstery costs!). I noted the maker and shelved the project. Months later, I was motivated and after some research (i.e. Google search), learned you can order large scale fabric swatches at little to no cost, so I was able to see more clearly exactly how the pattern would look on the chair, not to mention experience the feel and quality of the fabric. By the time I pulled the trigger, the fabric I chose had been marked down considerably — around 60%.

I dropped the chair and the fabric off at Patriot Upholstery. Here’s the result:





Bill took it upon himself to cover the arms and the bottom section of the chair in a divine navy blue and trim both sections with the fabric, which I think came out amazing. also He restored the wood on the arms and legs. I asked him to save any extra fabric so I could perhaps make a throw pillow. Instead, he made three of them featuring a different sea creature on each. The Octopus Chair now has a new century to add to it’s history–along with a new look.

Patriot Upholstery is located at 2580 East Main Road in Portsmouth, across from Clements Market. Special thanks to Bess Walker of Walker Interiors who kindly took my call and answered my questions about what kind of fabric I would need for this project.

February 3, 2015 at 9:33 am 1 comment

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