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One on One with Sips & Style’s Jill Marinelli

kJOn Wednesday, April 26, personal stylist Jill Marinelli and beauty expert Kirsten Brusse bringSips & Style, their fashion, beauty and skin care event to our neck of the woods. With a passion that lives at the intersection of personal development and image, Jill screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-5-04-46-pm-400x110(pictured at top, right) helps women find beauty in the bodies they inhabit as well as the clothes that will reflect that beauty.  Clients call the experience “life-changing, exhilarating, and uplifting.” I sat down with Jill to get a sneak peek at what to expect and to chat about upcoming summer trends:  

Sips & Style has earned a reputation for being a fun girls’ night out, but also a helpful session for women of all ages. Why do you think it’s been such a hit in Providence?

I love this event because it’s casual and relaxed – it has always felt like we are just hanging out with our girlfriends, sharing our secrets. And we are! We give it to our audiences straight – we’ll tell you our favorites for the season, what’s worth a splurge (or not!), and where to find it.

And now you’re headed to our area?

Yes! We are now in our 6th season and so excited to have expanded into Newport. Newport Vineyards is hosting us in their gorgeous new space, and we have also partnered with one of the City by the Sea’s best boutiques, Pink Pineapple, who will be providing some of our fabulous giveaways!

It’s safe to say Newporters are excited for the warmer weather. What are some trends you see headed our way this summer?

Schutz beaded sandalPom poms, tassels, beads, and stones!  The more colorful, the better.  The trend is colorful and playful; almost childlike, which is why I recommend wearing it in small doses.  A necklace here, a top there, but not head to toe whimsy. These sandals are a perfect visual example of this trend.


Also, off the shoulder and “cold shoulder” tops are huge and everywhere this summer Vineyard Vinesand I’m seeing a lot of patchwork denim and “step-hem” denim (shorter in front, longer in back).


Here’s the Sips & Style scoop:

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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And if you’re booked on April 26, the Providence event will take place Thursday, April 27 at Gasbarro’s Wines.

jill marinelli.jpgJill is a personal stylist and style correspondent for CBS Providence’s The Rhode Show. Focusing on body image, the power of personal style, and social science research, she teaches her audiences and clients how to look great, project confidence, and ultimately change their lives through their look.

 She has created workshops for organizations including Lifespan, Swarovski, Fidelity, General Growth Properties and the Bryant University Women’s Summit. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Psychology Today, Lucky, CBS Providence’s The Rhode Show and FOX Boston’s Morning News, among others. Jill has styled the wardrobe for NBC’s The Biggest Loser finalist Elizabeth Ruiz, Alex and Ani print ads, Rhode Island Monthly and more.


April 18, 2017 at 8:01 am 2 comments

5 Fantastic “Wear Right Now” Pieces from J. McLaughlin (including my favorite) – And All On Sale


I knew it as soon as I saw it: the Betts Dress from J. McLaughlin would be the perfect winter staple. Classic A-line silhouette, knee-length and long sleeved—it was altogether elegant but with an eye-catching vegan leather collar and gold buttons complemented by sleek  side welt pockets. It’s so very Claire Underwood. I wore it on this

episode of The Rhode Show and featured it on this episode. And the reason there’s not a link to the dress on this post is because it’s not even available online any longer. There’s some good news for Newport locals though- there are a few left in various sizes at the Newport J. McLaughlin on Bellevue, and marked nearly 50% off at $109.)

So the Winter Sale at JMcL is in full swing with 50% off hundreds of pieces. Four of my other favs right now:

The Elm Skirt ( pictured a top)is a textured jacquard pencil skirt with rich pattern of red, black and gray on winter white. Flattering and fabulous, the skirt is a statement piece that pairs best with a simple solid (likely already in your wardrobe) and is built to last. Originally $189, now $89.90.


Lila Wrap Dress


Not even DVF knew when she invented the wrap dress, the style would be one of the most enduring in women’s fashion. The Lila Wrap Dress in Pop Arcadia (this one: black and off-white) features a v-neckline with point collar, ¾ length sleeves, self-tie belt in reverse color pattern, and most of all, is made from J. McLaughlin’s signature (and super comfy) Catalina Cloth. Though part of the fall collection, this can easily be worn any time of year. Was $225, now $109.90.

I love pieces you can wear the whole year through. They’re more practical and offer much more bang for the buck. Stripes and Newport go together like peas and carrots (viva la Forrest and Jen-nay!). The Campus Sweater in wide stripes of taupe and off white is as perfect for now as it will be on a crisp summer night. Was $198, now $89.90.

The Casey Dress in Mayan Paisley (below) is brilliantly designed to be super flattering. The top half features an angular pattern that skews to the smallest part of the natural waist, while the bottom half sports an art deco-esque pattern that is timeless. Another piece made with JMcL’s Catalina Cloth (and with hidden pockets), this dress is a traveler’s dream. Was $225, now $109.90.


J. McLaughlin in Newport is located at 180 Bellevue Avenue. Happy shopping!

January 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Horsing Around with Rockport at Polo

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I’ve watched the growth of the Newport International Polo Series over the past decade. The crowds have grown larger, the tailgates more elaborate, the enclosure more extravagant and the personal style more celebrated. The best thing about the style at polo is that it’s as laid-back or as “la-ti-da” as you wish–just leave any pretension at the gate. I’ve donned everything from my most comfy white skinny jeans and a casual tunic with flats to whimsical over-sized hats with a favorite Lilly shift.

The key, no matter what you’re wearing, is to don smart shoes. For one, you’re standing most of the day. Second: hello? Stomping divots is a bonafide tradition at polo — flip flops simply wont get the job done (tip: make sure what you’re stomping is a divot…). Lastly, you’re on a grass field — plan accordingly (I’ve seen spike heels sink into that grass quicker than a glamour gal’s ego).

rockport wedgeThat’s why I was psyched to partner with Rockport for a fun polo-infused collaboration. I was challenged to create my perfect look for “A Day at the Match with Rockport.” It was a warm summer say so my philosophy was tow fold: keep it simple. less is more. The look from head to toe: whimsy Madagascar raffia sun hat in lime green, 100% cotton Dobby V-neck fit & flare dress from the Gap in white, natural woven belt and Rockport’s Garden Court Perf T-Strap wedge in Valigia plaid. Oh, and with a little baby in the picture, I had about five whole minutes to pull it all together. The built-in ADIPRENE® by adidas sport technology helped provide shock-absorbing heel cushioning throughout the day while the 2.75 in. added a feminine lift mines too much height. Without further ado, voila! polo

(The true test of these sandals was on Sunday when I literally wore them to an early morning mass, pushing the stroller, all the way until 11pm. Literally. It was one of those go-go-go days.)

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There’s an amazing end-of-season sale happening right now at Rockport’s Newport location at 240 Thames Street but if you covet some kicks from the fall collection, and you might very well do so, here’s a 20% off in-store coupon — just in time for September shopping sprees (click on the pic and print out or if there are any issues, email me directly at

Also, the Newport International Polo Series continues through the end of September. Click here for a match schedule and ticket options and get your tailgating on!

#MyDailyAdventure #PoweredByRockport

rockport couponDisclosure: I was provided a pair of Rockport shoes “solely” for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

August 14, 2015 at 9:33 am 1 comment

#PoweredByHeels: Rockport’s Total Motion Collection Rocks


Chilly mornings, fall festivals, warm sweaters: it’s officially time to trade in those light summer kicks for fabulous winter shoes and boots. Like a lot of working women, it’s not uncommon for me to be in heels from 7am to 7pm; even longer if there’s an apres work event, organizational rockport_Total_motion_2meeting or impromptu gathering with the girls. For an event at the State House last week, I literally drove to Providence in one pair of heels, did the switch in the car for a more formal pair, and after an hour in those, knew they’d be headed for the consignment pile as soon as I got home.  (And don’t get me started on my days in DC when it was commonplace to rock the power suit with sneakers on the metro and change at the office–I could never succumb to that fashion disaster.)

So when I was invited to try out a pair of new Rockport Total Motion heels, I jumped at the chance. Newport may have one of the most unforgiving streetscapes for heels. In the course of a short lunch walk, I can easily traipse over asphalt, brick, stone pavers, wooden dock, and of course, cobblestone. Designed with technology (which I’ve featured before here), the highly shock-absorbent cushioning protects the heel at impact. In these shimmery, 3″ tall Total Motion Pointy Toe heels (above and left), your step is comfortably supported by a heavenly layer of retention foam and foam-backed lining. The result: easy, comfortable, day into night heels. While I’m not about to drop down to do a set of mountain-climbers in them like this gal, I could if I wanted to:

Rockport’s Total Motion collection includes boots, heels, booties, ballet flats, wedges, driving mocs and more.  Rockport wants to know what keeps you energized and on the move, so they’ve launch a fun #PoweredbyHeels campaign. Follow Rockport and share your photo with tags #PoweredByHeels #Sweeps or upload a photo to their gallery for your chance to win a pair of Total Motion Shoes each Friday, or the Grand Prize of a spa vacation in Miami!  Click the word shoe below for details!

shoe-copyDisclosure: Rockport provided me with a sample of Total Motion Pointy Toe Pumps for purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are independent and my own.

October 21, 2014 at 1:36 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

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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.

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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

US OPEN STYLE: Interview with Ginny Hilfiger on Designing for FILA


This summer, during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at the International Tennis Hall of Fame here in Newport, I had the opportunity to chat with designer Ginny Hilfiger. Yes, she has designed for her famed brother’s company but those years are just a part of more than two decades in the fashion industry. So it made perfect sense when FILA tennis approached Ginny to spearhead the evolution of the line’s signature Heritage Collection, which you’re seeing on the courts of the US Open this week. Here’s what she told me about the “old meets new” collection.

When did you debut the Heritage Collection for FILA?

It was the French Open this year. Jelena Jankovic got voted the Best Dressed in the dress I designed. And then my next collection is this one, the US Open, and each season I am doing more and more.

What has been you inspiration for this collection?

It’s all derived from the archives of FILA and the Björn Borg days and Monica Seles and all the archives. I actually established a trim code—like signature trims and hardwares, when I first started at FILA and I used those throughout the garments to have consistency in the modern heritage. So basically my thing isXWLBnb8G9D modern heritage for FILA and taking the vintage from the archives and making it modern with my new detail code…the blue and white classic FILA; the striped ribbon. It’s all these little trims and threading that throughout and the red, white and blue. And I came out with a different way of doing the logo. So it’s taking the old but making it new with the fabrics, functional fabrics and modern silhouettes using FILA inspiration.

What has been the player reaction to the line?

We sold out of the French Open line!

How has your experience been thus far working with FILA?

Great! I love FILA. I love the people. It’s a great brand and there’s so much history. I’ve been all over the world for FILA. I was just in Sao Paulo…and designed a capsule for them. I was in China and got to see what they are doing there, Korea, Germany. … I designed a really nice Heritage line for China and a lot of the people are tagging on to it. It’s all based with the same DNA though. So it’ still using the signature detail but in a subtle way … and I love the CEO of the company, Gene Yoon; he’s such a young at heart kind of guy, so supportive to the whole thing I’m doing, and Jon Epstein in New York who’s the president – just a lot of really good people. It makes you positive and motivated.

See Ginny’s collections more new arrivals by FILA here:

August 27, 2014 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

Endless Summer: Shopping & Sales Island Pursuit

photo 4bIf I had my way, I’d pump the brakes on summertime and extend my favorite season by another month or two, but since that isn’t in the cards, it’s best to focus on the spoils of the months ahead: idyllic late summer temperatures, a quieter vibe, and amazing seasonal sales!

I stopped into Island Pursuit over the weekend and seeing awesome TOMS shoes 30% off (including tiny and youth sizes), tons of mens shorts and swimwear on sale including a huge selection of Southern Tide, and womens classic long sleeve and three-quarter sleeve St. James tops made fall’s eminent arrival exciting. I never realized how may unique lines Island Pursuit carries. Sure, there’s well known favorites like Sperry, Vans, Barbara Gerwit, Henri Lloyd, Tommy Bahama and Quiksilver, but there are fresh, emerging lines like: johnnie-o,  bags and totes by Lindsey Tia (see the anchor tote at top!), Kuhl, Tracy Negoshian, Frocket, The Belted Cow, Spartina 449, Bugatchi and more.  I’ll be featuring some of these in the coming weeks, but in the mean time, take a virtual look at what’s in the Newport store (there’s also Island Pursuit shops in Sarasota, FL, Sanibel FL and Chatham MA).

Shopping online?Use coupon code NEWPORTSTYLE for 20% of your entire purchase and don’t forget: free shipping on all orders over $100!

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This post has been sponsored by Island Pursuit. All opinions expressed are independent and my own.

August 25, 2014 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

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