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Unlock Greek Key Arm Candy at Sequin

Loving these new Greek key bracelets from Sequin in Newport! Bright, bold, and virtually indestructible, these eye-catching arm candies come in baby blue (favorite!), royal blue, hot pink, orange, green, white, silver, gold, royal blue, neon yellow, lime—15 fabulous colors in all, retailing for $25 each. Sequin’s work has been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country, In Style, Lucky, and Elle, and designers/sisters Kim and Linda Renk have lent their skills to globally-adored lines including Badgley Mischka, Ralph Lauren, J. Mendel, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.

We’re lucky to have a trio of Sequin locations here in Newport* (in addition to the Palm Beach and Chicago boutiques):

119 Bellevue Ave., (401) 619-5713
182 Bellevue Ave., (401) 619-5685
474 Thames St., (401) 619-0015

*Please note: you may want to call ahead if you plan to visit as hours may be limited this time of year.

Photo courtesy Sequin

March 27, 2012 at 9:41 am 1 comment

Your On-Island Black Friday Guide 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! For many, after the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, it’s time to plot the Black Friday strategy for the best savings. Buy local, and don’t forget to support Small Business Saturday (and register your AmEx in advance to get a $25 credit on your next statement when you buy at a participating store. Click link for details). But I know this isn’t your first Black Friday rodeo. Let’s do this:

ACTIVE SOLE: The store’s Mystery Discount Tree holiday promotion, kicks off. Customers are invited to choose an ornament from the tree inside the store and inside is their discount.

ALEX AND ANI: 15% off  all day on Black Friday (doors open at 8am. FYI: 25% off at the Chapel View store in Cranston 8am-11am only, 15% off the rest of the day)

THE APOTHECARY: Black Friday and Saturday, doors open at 9am, swag bags with mini radiances and mini foundations for the first 20 shoppers. 15-75% off your favorite brands. Special promos: • Purchase $100 of Bare Minerals and receive a complimentary full size flawless definition mascara (value $18) • Purchase $100 of MD Skincare products and receive a weeks worth of the retail peel (value $20) • Purchase $50 of Mario Badescu products and receive the perfect travel bag w/3 mini products (value $30) • $100 gift cards for only $85 (only 15 available) • $50 gift cards for only $35 (only 15 available) • $10 brow shaping all day

ANCHOR BEND GLASS: Black Friday through Dec. 24, 9th Annual Holiday sale, up to 50% off handblown glass

BELLEVUE BEAUTY WALK: Click here to access and print a 15% off coupon to be used on any full price item on Black Friday only

DEBORAH WINTHROP LINGERIE: 20% off all sleepwear, select bras and panties

GAP: Everything in the store 60% off through Nov. 27

GOSSIP (locations in Newport and Wickford): Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday, take advantage of bonus giveaways including a ($32 value) scarf with $100 purchase, a ($98 value) Jae Basilio sweater with $200 purchase, and a Free People sweater with $300 purchase (limit one per customer, offers cannot be combined or used with othe offers or store credit, while supplies last)

GREEN ENVY: Online promotion: 20% off your total order with coupon code “ethical” at Coupon valid from Black Friday through Monday, Nov. 28th (also, the in-store sale rack is stocked with deals, lots of pieces 50% off)

GROOVY GATOR: Black Friday 20% off storewide

ISLAND OUTFITTERS: 20%-70% off storewide including Vineyard Vines, Maui Jim and for the first time ever, Holebrook

ISLAND SURF & SPORT: Black Friday, 20% off all clothing, 10% off surf boards, wetsuits, goggles and bikes

JASON & CO.: From Black Friday through Dec. 4th, everything in the store is 25%-50% off (excluding Pandora Jewelry)

KAROL RICHARDSON: Holiday Trunk Show Black Friday through Sunday (limited inventory)

KI-RA SALON: Black Friday and Saturday only, with every $100 gift card you buy, receive $15 in KiRa Cash towards your next service (this offer can not exceed $300 and can be used thru Dec. 30). Also, 30% off all retail $15 or more.

KRISTINA RICHARDS: Clearance sale continues through Sunday, discounts up to 75% off

OUR ISLAND APPAREL (online): Buy two t-shirts, get one free on Black Friday. Visit

PINK PINEAPPLE: Cashmere blowout sale starts Black Friday and goes through Monday. Also, the shop is doing buy one get one (a.k.a. bogo) 50% off promos all weekend—Friday, all full price clothing is bogo; Saturday, all home goods are bogo, Sunday, all jewelry bogo; and Monday, the entire store is bogo.

POTTER & CO.: On Black Friday and Saturday, for every purchase of $100 or more receive $10 gift certificate, at $150 a $15 gift certificate, at $200 a $20 gift certificate.  On Black Friday from 8am- 10am, Potter will double the free gift certificates. Specials and items marked on sale both days, and receive a reusable tote bag from The North Face with any purchase of $100 or more

RANEW SALON: Buy 2 get 1 free on ALL products and 20% off all gift cards through Saturday

SEQUIN: It’s Pink Friday at all three locations! Take 30% off your entire purchase 9am-noon, and 20% off your entire purchase from noon to close (offers exclude bangles and are only valid in person the day of November 25). At 119 Bellevue location, you’ll also find 40% off all Badgley Mischka handbags and swimwear, and all Lily Holt shoes priced at just $59.

SOLE DESIRE: 20% off everything in the store (non-sale items) from 7am-12pm

STALISE:  30% off storewide on Black Friday

TEAM ONE NEWPORT: Spend $100 and receive a $10 coupon, spend $200 and receive a $20 coupon (good towards a future purchase). Select items up to 40% off.  

WISH: 20% off purchases on Black Friday (opening at 9am)

Be sure to check back as I’m bound to add even more stores before Friday.

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November 23, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Badgley Mischka is Back in Newport!

Well, mostly back. As back as it can be without it’s own separate space. The ballgowns, cocktail dresses and caftans that defined Badgley Mischka’s Bellevue Avenue pop-up shop and made a fashionable splash last summer (in the space that is now home to the Sara Campbell boutique) can now be found at 119 Bellevue Avenue, a concept shop also featuring Sequin jewelry design and accessories, and the Palm-Beach-Meets-Newport duo Boo Gemes and Lily Holt.

The shop is carrying a select number of the designers’ Mark + James line, a more youthful, contemporary collection, in addition to jaw-dropping evening gows, cocktail dresses, caftans, swimwear and the newly arrived Badgley Mischka footwear.

Pictured above, Rumer Willis for Badgley Mischka

June 29, 2011 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Lilly Pulitzer for Rent??? You Got It – And 150 Reasons to Give it a Try

Rent the Runway, arguably fashion’s best kept secret, just added more than a half dozen Lilly Pulitzer dresses to their roster of drool-worthy designers. If you haven’t heard, is an online designer rental destination where you can rent looks by Herve Leger, Badgley Mischka, Diane Von Furstenberg, Vera Wang and tons more for a fraction of what you would buy it in stores. Browse by style, occasion, price or even ring up one of their on-call stylists and tell them what you’re looking for, what kind of function you’re going to, what your preferences are, and they’ll steer you in the right direction.

Lilly is one of those lines that never really goes out of style. It’s perennially preppy look might lend itself to buying more than renting, especially if you live, summer or travel to Newport, Palm Beach, the Hamptons or other resort areas. In fact, here in Newport, I just recently spotted some beautiful Lilly Pulitzer pieces at Island Outfitters on Lower Thames and Angela Moore on Bellevue Avenue.

But if Lilly is a little out of your standard Cynthia Steffe LBD comfort zone and you’re just hoping to land the look for a specific event or weekend respite, Rent the Runway might be the way to go. I think RTR’s best value is for your black tie events, when you can rent something fabulous like an Angel Sanchez gown that normally retails for $3,000 for $350. Now, $350 is still a nice chunk of change, but if you’re looking to make an unforgettable entrance and make a splash in designer duds you may never otherwise be able to afford, here’s your chance.

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March 21, 2011 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

BREAKING: Sara Campbell is coming to Newport!

“It’s official!” exclaimed designer Sara Campbell from her studio space in Boston’s South End this week, confirming she’ll be opening a store at 117 Bellevue Avenue in late March/early April. The elegant space at the corner of Newport’s toniest address and Prospect Hill Street spent last summer housing a Badgley Mischka pop-up shop. Last spring, the design duo of Mark Badgley and James Mischka told me they were delighted to be in Newport for the season, especially since they expected business at their Palm Beach store might suffer from construction on Worth Avenue, but had no long-term guarantees for the 02840.

“I fell in love with the space as soon as I saw it,” Sara said, conceding she functionally checked in daily to see if the Badgley boys would be renewing their lease. When they didn’t, she signed on to be Newport newest designer boutique right away. The eponymously named shop joining her stores in Boston’s Beacon Hill and the South End, Concord, Wellesley, and Nantucket, Mass. “I’m really excited!” she said with a joyous laugh.

Sara describes her mostly all made in the U.S.A. line as modern with a retro influence, colorful, contemporary and lively with a mix of formal and casual pieces. “It’s ageless in spirit,” she describes. “Sassy little numbers for summer too.” Silk and stretch cotton is used amply throughout and the price point she says is in an affordable range from $100-$350.

A Massachusetts native who spent considerable years in California, Sara calls Newport “the new frontier” of her thriving business. The designer is married to a sailor, which no doubt made Newport an even more attractive endeavor, and she also has her hands full raising two teen daughters. Sara said she simply can’t wait to be up and running in Newport and greatly looks forward to becoming a part of the community and supporting local causes as philanthropy is a vital part of brand’s ethos. View her collections by clicking here.

Welcome, Sara!

February 17, 2011 at 9:45 am 10 comments

Talking Golden Globes Hits and Misses on The Rhode Show

Last night I was busy taking notes on Golden Globe fashion hits and misses for this morning’s Rhode Show on WPRI/FOX Providence (in between catching the football score, of course). Overall, there was a ton of great gowns, oodles of color and crystals, and polished hair and makeup on the ladies of the red carpet. It was hard to choose the very best; but here’s what I profiled on the show. (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SEGMENT).


Eva Longoria in Zac Posen Simply elegant, hugged her petite frame in all the right places, had a bit of a daring décolletage but it was balanced by sweet cap sleeves, hair and makeup was subtle to let the dress do the talking…I call this the ‘Tony Parker, I hope she was worth it, honey, because you ain’t never having it this good again!’ dress…

Amy Adams in Marchesa I’m calling her my Golden Globes dark horse because I’m not expecting to see a ton of “best dressed” press on her today, but her rich blue one-shoulder gown featured laser-cut detail from the shoulder to the hip. It was a lot of dress but she complemented it perfectly with loose, upswept locks and natural makeup (read how her makeup artist, Molly Stern, created the look here). Bonus points to this new mother who chose the perfect gown to flatter her incredibly shrinking figure. 

January Jones in Versace You could practically hear jaws drop when the Mad Men starlet exited her limousine in her smokin’ hot, strategically placed Versace number crafted from long fringe and finished with a polished coif and Chanel red lips. I’m not quite sure she’s a Rhodes Scholar or anything, but she sure knows how to make heads turn in a sea of gorgeousness.

Dianna Agron in J. Mendel Nude, taupe, beige and pale pastels were aplenty on the red carpet last night, but this Gleek did it best in my opinion. Her soft, half-pulled buttery blonde ‘do was reminiscent of Old Hollywood, channeling Veronica Lake—a lovely look and total package.

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta Glee’s resident drama queen might be relatively new to red carpet events but she works it like a pro and didn’t disappoint last night. In a girly pink, one-shoulder Oscar  boasting an asymmetrical ruffle cascading over layers of dress.

Honorable Mentions

Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé Oddly enough, this dress grew on me the longer she spent on the red carpet. Sure, the poufy sleeves were tres Dynasty and the fit around her waistline was imperfect, but the down-to-there back made it decidedly modern. Her stylist, the famed Rachel Zoe, is all over this number as retro-influence permeates Zoe’s looks.

Olivia Wilde in Marchesa Once again she was first on the red carpet and made a splash with this huge, blinged out ballgown. I just didn’t feel her casual hair and cat-eye makeup were well suited for such a glamorous look. Her gold, crystal-encrusted Louboutins, however, were breathtaking.

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein Collection You could tell this was Calvin from a mile away: simple, timeless, classic. It fit her perfectly. Shout out to Emma Stone as well who also rocked Calvin. Both blondes wore peach/pink hues.

Piper Perabo in Oscar de la Renta Who knew the Coyote Ugly star could look so sophisticated? The black, tank top neckline was festooned with a simple black bow at the shoulder while the sculptured skirt was feminine and flouncy.

Jane Krakowski in Badgley Mischka Even if she wasn’t on the cusp of her third trimester, the 30 Rock funny girl gets two thumbs up for this exquisite Badgley Mischka in cornflower blue. Even better, her polished but loose flowing tresses and glowing makeup finished the look of to perfection.


January 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm 5 comments

Stylephile Top 10 of 2010

As the year comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on not only personal highlights, but the people, places and events that have influenced the community that shapes us. The list below is a compilation of posts reflecting what has both shaped the fabric of Newport and its surrounding communities, in no particular order, that we’ve covered:

Runway ReDeux

When the internationally-acclaimed couturier duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka chose the corner of Prospect Hill Street and Bellevue Avenue as the site of just their third eponymously-named boutique, people took notice. The duo told me in an interview in early June that the pop up shop would indeed be seasonal, but also a good litmus test of the market here in Newport for a possible return.

Rhode Trips

It was just too much fun appearing on The Rhode Show many an early morning this year to chat about some of the best Newport has to offer. From getting the look for less and putting together celeb-inspired looks for our jazz and folk festivals, to getting All Dressed Up and accessorizing up and down, to more recently toasting the holiday season with segments on gift ideas by land and by sea, Christmas in Newport and Last Minute Gift Finds in Newport, The Rhode Show crew is simply the best.

‘Tis Himself

“In the flesh?!” was my reaction when I was told Vogue’s European editor at large, Hamish Bowles, was coming to Newport. Truth is, events featuring style authorities of this magnitude can be, while interesting, less than engaging—there can be the sense they’ve delivered the lecture a million times before and can do it with their eyes closed. Mr. Bowles was anything but. With quirky quips on his costume-loving childhood to insightful commentary on the evolution of style and fashion throughout the modern era, Bowles was as charming as he was dapper.

Tasty Delights

When Tallulah on Thames opened just in time for spring’s Newport Restaurant Week, fine dining fans were ecstatic over the new addition to Newport’s Lower Thames Street. Winning rave reviews from press and adding a chic upstairs lounge with small plates, the hot spot has won over local gastronomes. Just a stone’ throw away, many Newporters were delighted to see the return of The Pier, a venerable hot spot that had, in more recent history, seen a few reincarnations, few with any staying power. This time around, with new owners, live music and a renovated outdoor bar and patio, the spot seems to have gained significant traction.

Welcome…Come in, Stay a While…

It started in the spring when Newport’s own Angela Moore moved her flagship shop from the northern section of Bellevue Avenue to the Casino Block. (The shop also brought in a fresh crop of lines, including Kara Janx, Milly, Julie Brown, Three Islands, Melly M, Manuel Canovas, Lilla P and more). Classic American clothier J. McLaughlin opened a few doors down by June, followed by Badgley Mischka and the Palm-Beach-Meets-Newport trio of Boo Gemes, Lily Holt, and Sequin, all at 119 Bellevue. Eye-brow guru Sara Schlieff-Ross also opened the doors to ArchBeauty SkinCare Salon & Boutique on Memorial Boulevard, just steps from the corner of William Street and Bellevue which, it seems, is shaping up to be an entirely revitalized shopping corridor in Newport.

Stay tuned for the second half of the list…

December 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm 2 comments

Hometown Holidays: Purchase with a Purpose

Today’s Hometown Holidays gift idea is for all the ladies who love to shine. Now through this weekend, the Potter League for Animals is hosting Critter Glitter, featuring Sequin fashion jewelry as seen in Nordstrom and the ever so chic Henri Bendel in New York City (and worn by Oprah on the cover of the August 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine as well as the cast of Gossip Girl, all the time). So I JUST came from the set up shop on the Potter League’s second floor, and they’re not messing around. They have a TON of Sequin marked 30-70% off retail, plus they have a $10 table too—perfect for little gifts for that someone sweet you just want to say thank you to this season. They had great oversized earring for $20, $25+, statement necklaces, chunky cuffs and bangles, bangles, bangles. Oh, and did I mention they have a table of Badgley Mischka jewelry for 50% off?! I think what is so great about the pieces they have, besides the major discounts and the fact that 100% OF THE SALES BENEFIT THE SHELTER, is that there’s literally something for every demo—little girly girls, trendy gals and the sophisticated women.

The sale will run through Sunday, December 12, so check it out sooner rather than later. May I suggest tomorrow night, perhaps after the Bellevue Avenue/William Street Stroll, at it is the Critter Glitter Girls Night Out with free admission, refreshments and surprises.

The Potter League for Animals is located at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown and Critter Glitter, through Sunday, December 12th is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

New Names Make Newport Debut

Four new names to Newport hosted a swanky Grand Opening party on Friday night with more than 250 fashionable revelers sipping champagne and Grey Goose cocktails while ogling the dapper duds and big, bold bling. Thanks to Badgley Mischka, Boo Gemes, Lily Holt and sisters Kim and Linda Renk of Sequin, Bellevue was buzzing, and it was a fabulous scene that even 8 weeks ago, seemed hard to imagine.

Shops that had been a part of Newport’s retail landscape for decades, including Karen Vaughan (11 years), Carroll Michael & Co. (33 years) and Baccari’s Barber Shop (65 years), closed or relocated by the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010, with owners citing both personal and financial reasons. While the commercial vacancies seemed to be a grim economic indicator, more than half a dozen new retailers have opened for business, invigorating Newport’s legendary shopping stretch.

We thought it [Bellevue Avenue] was the only place that made sense,” says Mark Badgley, who opened Badgley Mischka with partner James Mischka last month. The shop, at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Prospect Hill Street, is the internationally-acclaimed designer duo’s third retail location (their line is currently carried at upscale department stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue).

While filling these high profile vacancies has relieved landlords, occupancy length, for some of these retailers, may only be temporary. Lily Holt, Sequin, Boo Gemes and Badgley Mischka are, at least for now, “pop-up,” shops, stores that occupy a retail space only for a short amount of time. Pop-ups have become a global trend, and though commercial owners may prefer long term leases, the pop-up is a quick way for a brand to generate buzz and capitalize on a seasonal market, thereby making a positive economic impact by leasing a space that may otherwise have sat empty. The pop-up phenomenon emerged about six years ago and the idea quickly picked up steam, most especially during the recession which created vacant storefronts across the country. Major retailers including Gap, Target and Nike have used pop-ups to test new markets, introduce new lines and launch campaigns. “My business is very much a small specialty store business,” says clothing designer Boo Gemes, who shows collections around the country and has family in Newport County. “I do a lot of trunk shows and I have a following with a lot of people that summer in Newport.” Gemes says the pop-up concept is an effective way to capitalize on building her brand and reaching clients during the height of Newport’s busiest season. “Certainly for me, for all of us, a place like Newport is great because you have a higher-end client base.” Pointing out neighbor Badgley Mischka and across the street, Isoude, “I feel like we’re going to be a real complement to one another.”


July 5, 2010 at 10:17 am 3 comments

Welcome, New Neighbors!

We’ve been fielding emails left and right on who all the new names are in the city, so by popular demand, here’s the skinny…

By beauty maven Sara Schlieff-Ross, an esthetician for more than 15 years, ArchBeauty SkinCare Salon & Boutique has opened on Newport’s Memorial Boulevard, offering a diverse assortment of services including facials and waxing treatments for men and women. Oh, and did we mention the brow bar? Fabulous! Sara will create perfectly-shaped brows that frame your face and she can tint them to complement your skin tone. Find Butter London natural nail polish as well as Alchimie Forever, G.M. Collin, Colorescience and Skinceuticals skin care there in addition to the cutest selection of organic baby clothing by Newport’s own Simply Chickie by Gwen Design, tote bags made from re-purposed spinnakers by locally-owned Leslie, and make-up bags by Australian designer Apple & Bee. ArchBeauty, 18 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 619-5885,

Longtime friends and designers Boo Gemes, Lily Holt and Sequin have set up a pop-up shop at 119 Bellevue Avenue (the former home of Angela Moore who has moved to 190 Bellevue) for a chic collaboration of fashion and style. Boo Gemes is best-known for timeless lifestyle clothing for women from cashmere sweaters to colorful tunics to silk separates. Much-loved Palm Beach shoe designer Lily Holt has brought her bling-tastic collection of sandals and stilettos, all handcrafted in Argentina, to Newport. Joining them are sisters Kim and Linda Renk with their jewelry line, Sequin, a collection that is no stranger to Newport. Through the years, the generous sisters and animal lovers have donated their covetable enamel bracelets to raise money for the Potter League. Kim is a longtime resident of Newport and Jamestown and this time, she brings Sequin (the number one supplier of costume jewelry for Henri Bendel) to Newport in two different capacities. It’s a Sequin two-fer with pieces found at the collaborative shop with Lily and Boo, and another with an all-Sequin shop at 474 Thames Street. The Lower Thames location is Sequin’s second to open this year following the Palm Beach boutique in January (and when not opening new shops, Kim designs jewelry with Badgley Mischka, J. Mendel, Douglas Hannant as well as for Target and Kohl’s). Sequin’s collection is priced from $30-$700. Boo Gemes, Lily Holt, and Sequin, all located at 119 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 619-5713.

Design Newport brings interior design back to this part of Bellevue Avenue as owner Stella Martin has a keen eye for classic pieces. Inside the cozy shop is a collection of great antiques, home accents and the guidance of Stella to help outfit the home. Note: Beautiful pooch/Design Newport mascot, Maxwell , a lovable Airedale, not for sale….Design Newport, 121 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, 802-279-0684,

Phyllis Satin, owner of Twig, has had multiple retail locations of her original shop, WAVE, across Newport until it closed last year. With their flagship store based in New Haven, Connecticut, Satin had almost thrown in the towel on a Newport location, but when Karen Vaughan closed, she saw an opportunity. “Twig, a branch of WAVE,” which opened last month, is one of those shops you take your time in because there’s much to see, fun quotes to read and unique finds around every corner. There’s also a lot of pieces with natural elements in the shop, hence the name, Twig. Satin has dubbed this part of town “NoBe,” for North Bellevue; we’ll see if it sticks… Twig, a branch of WAVE, 146 Bellevue Avenue, 619-1004.

Not exactly a new name in Newport, but fine jeweler Three Golden Apples has opened a second location on Bowen’s Wharf much to the delight of upscale jewelry lovers. They’re located at 39 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 846-9931,

We reported on Badgley Mischka’s launch last week and J. McLaughlin’s arrival in May. Oh, and ps: We just got word of another new neighbor moving into Newport any day now…stay tuned….

June 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm 4 comments

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