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Active Sole in Newport Has a Leg Up on Summer Style

Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic ode to the must-have stiletto, “Hello, lover!” has become part of the footwear aficionado’s vernacular, which would explain why the phrase slipped out when I set my eyes on these beauties at Active Sole on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf. The leather Lauren by Ralph Lauren, “Fantara” sandal, with its sexy ankle strap and straw-wrapped, natural-hued platform, boasting a 4.7″ heel, is positively, drool-worthy (also available in all black). There were also some gorgeous Ralph Lauren flats, and for the more casual day on the town, I loved the totally preppy madras and crisp white Lacoste sneaks, which were also in both pink and black slip-ons. For an easy, breezy, nearly indestructible shoe, check out the selection of OKA b. (at right) slides and sandals. They’re 100% recyclable, waterproof, made in the USA and priced under $40, plus they each have massage beads embedded on the soles for added comfort.

Oh wait, you think I forgot about the boys? Of course not. How could I when I saw the positively kick-ass Sebago Docksides, high-top boat shoes that owner Stephen Coyne described as the lovechild between the classic Converse high top and unapologetic Doc Marten. Although they look totally sweet, don’t be fooled. These babies feature a slip-resistant sole that helps maintain solid footing whether on deck or land (pictured here in “firecracker red”). These, plus the great Puma gear, Levi’s (the coveted Made & Crafted line), Roar clothing and forthcoming Bensimon pieces will complete the men’s wardrobe.

Stay tuned for more info on a fabulous event Active Sole is planning for next month!

Active Sole is located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport.

May 11, 2011 at 8:44 am 1 comment

It’s a “Mad” Mad World…

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Newport Winter Festival, grown ups may want to make note of tonight’s Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring (reservations required, 401-846-2260) and the 11th Annual Martini Contest at Newport Grand.

Funny how a drink holds a certain panache, a signature swagger. The Cosmo clearly has the fictional Carrie Bradshaw and her gaggle of galpals to tank for making the ubiquitous pink potion the official cocktail of Girls Night Out, and while the martini has never really gone out of style, we have Mad Men’s Don and Betty Draper to thank for it’s soaring popularity. (Frankly, Betty is being blamed, in the best of ways, for a lot of trends recently, including full, flirty skirts paired with belted waists, and coifed, flipped ‘dos. Wanna get the Portsmouth’s own Cynthia Bogart of TheDailyBasics.com got the fashion scoop from Janie Bryant, the costume designer behind Mad Men. CLICK HERE to read the story).

I must confess, I have Christie’s to thank for reuniting me with the legendary libation. Five dollar martinis seven days a week? It’s no wonder I finally broke down. Their gateway martini was the bevy of fresh and fruity concoctions, but one evening the bartender convinced me to try a standard, shaken not stirred, Beefeater gin martini with a twist, and it was lovely.

They continue to make a great martini, and I adore a Fifth Element gin martini,  and espresso renditions from Asterisk, the Clarke Cooke House and the Brick Alley Pub. But we’ll have to wait to tonight to see who Newport thinks does it best…

Mad Men photo courtesy AMC, Sex and the City photo courtesy HBO

February 23, 2011 at 9:48 am 2 comments


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