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Ooh, ooh! Bonjour, Le Cou!


I admit: I thought it quite serendipitous when the founders of Le Cou reached out to me a few months ago. It was the heart of winter and though I’ve always liked a casual but finished look for “casual Fridays” (jeans at the office is always a treat), the look could be bulky and uncomfortable if not executed correctly. The Oxford has to be slim cut and well pressed, the sweater has to to have the perfect neckline and the button down’s arms better be just the right length to cuff over the sweater. Having that fashionable trifecta at the read on a Friday morning would boil down to a stoke of dumb luck. I was reminded of the ubiquitous Peter Pan collar of my grammar school uniform jumper. It seemed so easy back then.

Enter: the dickey. 

Le Cou, an up and coming line, has re-introduceed the dickey as a beautiful, practical and chic wardrobe basic. The dickey has been identified as an emerging trend, recently covered by The Ce11XOmUUAEG59e.jpgHuffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, Elle, and Bloomberg Business. Currently, Le Cou is the only fashion-forward women’s apparel company dedicated exclusively to this category.

“The idea for the Le Cou Dickey came from our love of layering and crisp collars, coupled with the drawbacks of the bulk, bunching and overheating that often come with layered looks,” says Jessica Wingate, who co-founded Le Cou with partner Elizabeth Azen Andia. “The Le Cou Dickey is a true wardrobe hack. No waiting to find something to go with it, or until you lose 10 lbs. Our dickeys add polish to your look, maximize the wardrobe you already own, and are designed to fit the body you have right now.”

Here’s how it works:


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As Le Cou’s founders Jessica and Elizabeth point out, the delightful dickies make total sense in a destination like Newport where the weather is synonymous with layering to create preppy and polished but unpretentious looks. 

Today, Le Cou has design four distinct collections (The Wakefield, Olympia, Uma and Miette) in three editions. See them all by CLICKING HERE. 

Want one of your very own? Get 15% off your first purchase when you sign up for Le Cou News by CLICKING HERE.

Even better? 

We’re doing a giveaway with Le Cou over on my Instagram at @Newportstyle. CLICK HERE for more!


For more on Le Cou, visit

March 31, 2016 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

THURSDAY: A Night to Remember

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This Thursday, the Newport community will come together in the spirit of generosity for A Night to Remember. Funds raised from this “celebration of creativity” fashion show will directly help alleviate costs of the Rogers High School prom. 

From 6pm to 8pm, guest will enjoy complimentary champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks in addition to  heavy hors d’oeuvres from Blackstone Caterers as they take in one of a kind formal and semi-formal dresses by Providence-based designer and StyleWeek alumna Maria Del Carmen Mercado, decked-out denim created and modeled by Rogers students (paired with New England Harbor Club tops), elegant fashions and accessories from local boutiques worn by local “celebrity” models, and duct-tape dresses designed by Rogers High School alumna Haley Pires.

Making the evening even more special, Rogers High School’s cosmetology students will assist with hair and make-up to give the models their finished look, student musicians will fill the galleries with youthful sound and culinary students will present appetizers and desserts they’ve prepared specially for the evening.

And yours truly will be assisting with emcee duties.

12798846_1655403241393402_3158441466485170700_nAgain, all proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Rogers 2016 prom fund and will ensure that a greater number of students can attend this year’s prom because it will be more affordable. 

Speaking of affordable TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE STILL AVAILABLE and start under $30. (Seriously that’s less than 2 glasses of Coppola ‘Sofia’ Chardonnay at Forty 1 North.) CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

The basics: Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: Newport Art Museum , 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Ticket and event info:

This event it sponsored by Newport This Week, Jen Carter Photography and Blackstone Caterers.


March 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Oh, Brow! Archbeauty Debuts New Space

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Growth is good, especially for the team at Archbeauty Skincare Salon & Brow Boutique, which moved from it’s cozy Newport cottage to  an expanded location on Middletown’s Valley Road. The signature sparkling chandeliers remain, as does Archbeauty’s trusted arsenal of trained estheticians and brow sculpting experts who continue to provide the sara roo archbeauty middltown ri 1award winning anti-aging facials (voted Best of Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine) and full-body waxing services, along with skin and make-up consultations. The expanded retail space features a bevy of little shiny things, as I like to call the treasures within make-up lines like Smashbox and Lipstick Queen, all in addition to the pharmaceutical-grade skincare products. 

Owner Sara Ross, with more two decades of esthetician experience, oversees the salon and boutique from top to bottom. Repeatedly lsrecognized as a leader in her field, Ross constantly has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest trends and skin health research. 

Experience ArchBeauty for yourself at 333 Valley Road in Middletown and stay on the salon’s happenings on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @Archbeauty

…and follow all of Newport’s  style happening at Twitter & Instagram: @newportstyle and on Facebook.

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March 19, 2016 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Travel Tuesday: Rhode Trip to The Darius, Block Island

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It’s officially March, which in Newport signals the start of the end of winter. Sure, it’s entirely possible we’ll get a foot of snow before the season’s official end, but March is when the whole city becomes riddled with shamrocks and the promise of spring isn’t far behind. With this in mind, it’s time to let ourselves start thinking about summer jaunts.

Darius 3On my last trip to Block Island, I visited The Darius, hands down the hippest BnB in all of New Shoreham. Renovated by sisters Christy and Becca, two Philly girls who traded Center City for island life, the property was named after Captain Darius B. Dodge who made and sold medical elixirs there during the 1800s. The style-eyed sisters transformed the tired inn into an Apartment Therapy-style retreat with 6 rooms and 5 pet friendly suites, each with its own creative furnishings and cozy appeal (and AC!).

Like many innkeepers on The Block, the girls have been busy during the quieter season. This fall they renovated all the suite kitchenettes with updated cabinets, butcher block counters, and fresh backsplashes with floating shelves. 

“And our big ongoing project is a small addition onto our dinning/kitchen area whichDarius 6 will include a ton of windows and a small deck that will open up into the backyard. This will be a HUGE improvement for our breakfast seating but also be a larger space for propel who want to hang out before or after checkout, store their bags, etc.” they tell me. Plus, all accommodations include happy hour, beach chairs/towels, TV, WIFI, grill access, and exceptional service plus a delectable hot healthy breakfast. Some offer ocean views and private porches and all have access to the quaint backyard which is known to be the setting of a few fabulous albeit impromptu parties. (If that’s not convincing, their enviable Tripadvisor ratings should be.)

Steps from the Old Harbor Ferry Landing, The Darius is open May-October with low off-season rates before June 21 and after September 15. Follow them on Instagram at @Dariusblockisland (and me at @newportstyle)

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A druggist by trade, this is Capt. Darius Dodge’s logbook from the late 1800s

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Old house, new look

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Repurposing at its finest

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Christy and Becca- the visionaries behind The Darius

Top and bottom photo s courtsey The Darius. All other images Newport Stylephile. Photos must be used with permission. 


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