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Newport Flower Show 2015: American Beauty, Timeless Style

John Corbett

John Corbett photo

Two decades in, the Newport Flower Show continues to grow and wow visitors with extraordinary arrangements, exquisite entries and the fabulous Gardeners Marketplace (in addition to the events, party, demos and more). This year’s “American Beauty, Timeless Style” theme celebrated the rose that bears the “American Beauty” name which was cultivated by the original owner of the famed “summer cottage” in the late 1800s. Displays, meanwhile, honored timeless style, including that of Newport’s most legendary bride and style icon, Jacqueline Kennedy. (The Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch will continue the theme with “Fashion Through the Decades” on July 9)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show, The Preservation Society of Newport County commissioned mother/daughter artists Cecy and Marilyn Jones to design and hand-paint a limited edition Newport Flower Show silk scarf ($150.00, 10% off for Preservation Society members), available at the Newport Mansions stores and

Newport Flower Show 7


Good dog!



Newport Museum of History Brick Market Museum Store display


Newport Museum of History Brick Market Museum Store display


Between two Jacquelines... (nautical rope dress: Talbots)

Between two Jacquelines…
(nautical rope dress: Talbots)

John Corbett photo

John Corbett photo

The Preservation Society of Newport County invites all City of Newport residents and their families to enjoy all regularly scheduled tours of the Newport Mansions for free in 2015 in homage of the Society’s 70th anniversary.

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June 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Etcetera Spring Collection Pop-Up in Newport Through Tuesday










From now through Tuesday, the Etcetera Clothing Spring Collection Trunk Show is being presented at 78 Thames Street by Mary Haite, a name Newporters will recognize as the former proprietress of American Beauty on Memorial Boulevard. Etcetera is known as a contemporary women’s fashion line that is directly sold to clients. Typically marketed to professional women, women with a demanding social calendar and the woman on the go, I knew the line had some great pieces, but generally speaking, I had a preconceived notion that Etcetera has a more conservative appeal (after all, their pieces are often spotted on news anchors, hosts, PR executives on talk shows and more). That hunch went right out the window when I saw the cheetah print coat, one shoulder tops and exposed zipper detailing. “The spring collection is beautifully detailed with a nod to ‘Mad Men’ dressing,” is how Haite describes it. “Fresh, witty feminine style with sexy iconic sheaths, nautical seaside classics, bo ld and beautiful color paired with lots of white, and lush vibrant prints.” Haite says the Etcetera woman is 20+, loves fashion and has a need for chic, standout clothing.

There are some great dresses and lovely separates that when paired together give the illusion of a dress, but for more casual duds, the line has provides “color capsules,” which is similar to when ladies fashion magazines show how you can turn 7 different pieces for 14 distinct looks. The price p oint is relatively high ($100+), but not more than what you would fine for better clothing in Newport’s boutiques, plus, the quality is there, with most pieces including a lining, detailed tailoring and support and structure. “The collection is consistently flattering and glamorous,” says Haite, and worth seeing.

The pop up shop is stocked with samples through Tuesday Feb 16th. Appointments suggested (especially if you’re looking for a late evening time) but walk-ins are welcome too. Call 256-2594/662-2420 or email for an appointment or if you have questions. Visit to see more.

February 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

Holiday Pop-Up

Newporter Mary Haite, most recently known for her very much missed American Beauty boutique, has returned to her fashion roots representing Etcetera, a luxury clothing trunk show line for women. Haite has enjoyed a solid Etcetera customer base for five years but is widening the line’s availability by opening a pop-up shop next week at 78 Thames Street (former home to Gifted, before that, Rue de France – hey, this is how most directions are offered in Newport!). The high-end direct clothing sales approach is a nationwide trend seen with many upscale brands, and Haite said Etcetera’s appeal is in the line’s look and fit. “The are flattering pieces shaped for women—everything is seamed and darted,” she explains. “They’re the type pieces that when you wear them, women ask ‘Where did you get that?’”

Haite says the majority of her clients prefer to book an appointment so they can have a one-on-one (or small group) private shopping experience, though she plans on having the pop-up’s doors open to the public roughly 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. for the shop’s10-day run. Shoppers then order whatever they like and pieces are shipped to them directly. We’ll update readers on the exact days Etcetera will be open. (Appointments can be made via Mary at 256-2594).

Tomorrow we’ll be featuring another holiday season pop-up shop. Stay tuned…

November 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

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