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Be Mine


Oh, the “Be Mine,” is referring to the fab finds at bargain prices I’ll want to be mine at the Kristina Richards sale, which begins today. What did you think I meant??

Oh, yes. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: MLK Weekend Edition

With Monday’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Newporters are looking forward to the 3-day weekend which may include sledding, ice skating on Lily Pond or at the Skating Center, or toasting our winter wonderland with a piping hot Irish Coffee (would love to know YOUR favorite Irish Coffee around town). Fresh of the Christmas holiday rush, area retailers are anxious to move inventory to make room for spring (oh, doesn’t spring sound fabulous right now?) Here’s the scoop:

Wish (‎664 Thames Street) is slashing prices with 20%, 30% and 50% of select styles, and they have a ton of labels to tout: Marc Jacobs, DVF, Burberry, Free People, Prada, and Coach as well as designer denim as low as $25! Sale is today through Sunday…

The Linen Shop (196 Bellevue Avenue): There’s just something about starting off the new year with fresh linens…and here’s great news. THE ENTIRE SHOP is 20% off and there’s a special sale table with goods marked down up to 70%. If you’ve never been, you should stop by there, just to take in the history of it’s location and get a sense of what fine linens are all about. Owner Meg McGuire is always a gracious host and knows just about everything there is to know about bath and linen lines. Here you’ll find pieces by Abyss, Matouk, Yves Delorme and more.

Michael Hayes (202 Bellevue Avenue and 19 Bowen’s Wharf) Designer Sale is in full swing with, and I love this, 20% off already marked down clearance goods.

Cottage & Garden (9 Bridge Street) is putting all topiaries on sale tomorrow (Saturday), so here’s your chance to welcome a little living, breathing freshness to your home.

Banana Republic in Washington Square (124 Thames Street) has a lot of great items on sale. Let me just tell you—I stopped in last night just to see if there might be a piece for me to wear this coming Monday in The Rhode Show (I’ll be dishing on my Golden Globes best dressed and hot messes!) and was torn between two great dresses. I bring them both to the register (including the one pictured here). The silk v-neck drape dress in grey was originally $150, had been marked down to $129, then $109, then $79, then $54.99. THEN I spot a sign—items are AN ADDITIONAL 40% off—hello, my new $32.99 dress. Oh, and the little black number I was mulling over too? $150 to $109 to $59.99 to hanging in my closet for $35.99!!!

If you’re looking to get gorg, Ki-Ra Salon (6 West Marlborough Street) is celebrating their annual Pay It Forward Sale—bring in a bag of non-perishables or personal hygiene products and receive 30% off all services (over $15) and all retail products (some restrictions apply), now through February 12…

Mommies take note: Infant Interiors (8 Freebody Street, # 1) by lovely cover girl Roselle McConnell is having their Once in a Blue Moon sale with 30%-50% off floor models including bedding, dressers, lamps, chandeliers, Moses baskets (love to give Moses baskets as gifts!), window treatments, rugs and art, now through Jan. 31.

A little something for the men (and women), The Narragansett on Bowen’s Wharf (3 Bowen’s Wharf) is hosting their annual Winter Clearance Sale…my husband picked up some great Polo Ralph Lauren pieces there during their last sale. Includes 50-70% off on Paul & Shark, Geiger, Viyella, Rainforest, Max Mara, Faconnable and more. (Polo Ralph Lauren sweater pictured may not be available)

Happy shopping!

January 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

We’ll deal with Black Friday next week, but right now, retailers are warming up with some great sales in advance of next week’s Thanksgiving.

Kristina Richards Studio’s Clearance Sale starts today and will run through Nov. 27, but I’d advise going sooner rather than later to get the biggest steals on the major markdowns. The sale, offering 75% off includes select Alice & Olivia, T-Bags, AKA New York, Seven, Free People, Milly, Shoshanna, Hudson, JBrand, Black Halo, Corey Lynn Calter, Beth Bowley and more. Newport location only. Kristina Richards Studio, 17 Touro Street, Newport, 848-5284.

My biggest problem with the sale at Jason & Co. starting tomorrow? It will be hard to keep others in mind when it’s so easy to buy buy buy for yourself!!! This Brick Market gem, pun intended, is offering 20-50% off storewide on pieces by Echo of the Dreamer, Cape Cod Jewelry, Kabana, Amy Khan Russell, Ayala Bar, Anna Beck, Tommy Bahama watches, Silver Seasons, KumKum and more (Pandora excluded). Jason & Co., 207 Goddard Row in Brick Market Place, Newport, 841-9900.

Potter & Co. wants you to warm up for winter with their Bella’s Birthday Sale, offering 20% off all gloves and mittens, honoring their four-legged furry mascot. Pop in on Saturday for “pupcakes” to toast the birthday girl. (Dog owners will get 20% off hats as well, which for anyone who knows, will come is super-handy for those early morning, eye-opening walks…) Potter & Co.,172 Thames Street, Newport, 847-0392.

Laura Jean Denim is offering a Buy 1, Get Second Pair 25% off today through Sunday with looks for men and women. Bring a friend and share the discount or stock up for yourself (or buy on for you and a holiday gift for a loved one…). Laura Jean Denim, 198 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, 849-5326.

For the musician, or budding musician, Mama’s Boy Music in Middletown is offering 25% off select guitars and amplifiers…think of all the open mic nights you can hit after a few lessons! Mama’s Boy Music, 510 E. Main Rd # 6-7, Middletown, 847-1788.

A ton of Newporters mark Anchor Bend Glassworks Holiday Sale on the calendar long before the flip the page to November because their exceptional hand-blown glass ornaments, sculpture, tableware, jewelry and more make perfect gifts for just about everyone one your list—espeically that ‘Good Lord, what the heck am I going to get ______ list?!’ Fill in boss, neighbor, random Secret Santa from work you would never even know their name if you didn’t pick it out of a manila envelope… Sale starts next Wednesday, Nov. 24 and lasts through Christmas Eve with bargains up to 75% off. Take special note of their iconic Christmas Tree and wave detailed ornaments. Anchor Bend Glassworks, 6 Franklin Street, Newport, 849-0698.

Pictured top, Milly dress; ring by Amy Khan, Anchor Bend Glassworks Christmas trees.

November 19, 2010 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: Come Snow or High Water Edition

Looks like everyone survived the “snowpocalypse” that arrived yesterday! With round-the-clock plowing and some old-fashioned elbow grease, a majority of the retail areas around Bristol and Newport counties will be opening at regular times.

Snow or no snow, Kristina Richards Studio in Newport’s Washington Square kicks off a big sale today featuring JBrand and other denim for $50, cashmere for $75, Vix Swimwear for $50 (hello, Florida-bound), Free People for $25 and other stylish finds marked down to a mere $20, $30 and $40. This means you’ll be finding some of the hottest lines at up to 75% off! Sale starts today and lasts through Monday.

The Linen Shop is hosting their White Sale, where crisp white linens including sheet sets, pillows and shams, bath sets and towels are marked down significantly.

Also, the 22nd Annual Newport Winter Festival begins on Friday and lasts for 10 fun-filled days. (First timers should check out my article that explains it all in the Jan. 17 edition of the Hartford Courant- click here to check it out.) Many area retailers are offering a Newport Winter Festival discount, usually from 15% to 20%, with a festival button including Cosmetic Cosmos, Bailey T’s, Beach Party, The Black Dog, Brahmin, Frazzleberries, Jason & Co., Karma, Laura Jean, Pan Handler’s, Wag Nation and more. (Click here for a full listing of button discounts.)

Event highlights this weekend include Friday evening’s Beatlemania concert, Saturday’s 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off, a city-wide Scavenger Hunt (believe it or not, very competitive and a great way to get to know the city), and by nightfall, the comedy show at the Hotel Viking featuring Comedy Central darlings Tony V. and Jimmy Dunn. For the first time ever, Newport International Polo will be hosting a match on Middletown’s Second Beach (Sat. and Sun., free). What to wear to an oceanside polo match? Dress for function more than fashion. You would think it goes without saying, but no heels (spotted a handful of ladies with heels or heeled boots at the Polar Bear Plunge– it wasn’t working). And at some point during the festival, check out the WINEterfest Wine Tasting & Outside Ice Wine Bar at Newport Vineyards, where you’ll find taste various vineyard vintages as well as cheeses, chocolates and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. For those who don’t have the luxury of jetting off to warmer temps right now, you can get a taste of island living at Sunday night’s Tropical Drink Contest at the Gas Lamp Grille.

Parents should make it a point to bring their little ones to Saturday’s Toe Jam Puppet Band concert and/or Sunday and Monday’s Children’s Fair at the Newport Marriott. The Stylephile will be highlighting events throughout the festival, but you should head to the Newport & Bristol Counties Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (33 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport) for a brochure with all the events or check out the day-by-day calendar at

This weekend also kicks off the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and the American athletes will be sporting some fashionable duds for the opening ceremony by Ralph Lauren (the shawl cardigan and opening ceremonies knit hat are must-haves). Tune in to NBC-10 for all the snowboarding, skiing, ice skating and winter games you can handle (set your DVRs now so you don’t miss a beat while at the Newport Winter Festival).

February 11, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: Winter Warm-up Edition

With the weather outside warming up in the next few days (ok, well, 40s is January’s idea of “warming up”), the sales are hotter than ever at a handful of Newport and Bristol County retailers.

TONIGHT, Banana Republic toasts their new denim line and showcases spring arrivals at their New Blues Styling Event beginning at 5 p.m. Shoppers will receive 25% off $100 or more (BRC customers get 30% off $100 or more). Get a tiny taste of the promise of Spring at this event.

Tory Burch, Tibi and Vineyard Vines are just some of the lines you’ll find on the sale rack at Michael Hayes both at the Bellevue Avenue and Bowen’s Wharf locations. Men can expect Canali sports jackets, Hickey Freeman suits, Robert Talbott dress shirts, and Vineyard Vines sportswear marked at 30%, 50% or 75% off. Ladies will find embroidered tunics and kaftans by Jeannie McQueeny, Tory Burch outwear, DKNY sportswear, pieces by Missoni and more also at 30% – 75% off. Sale includes children’s wear at Michael Hayes for Kids next door to the Bellevue location.

Bundle up at a bargain with Patagonia and North Face coats and vests at Bristol’s Striper Moon where you’ll find 30% – 50% off store-wide. Other discounted brands include Free People, 525 America, Vineyard Vines, Lacoste, Blundstone footwear, Mountain Khaki, Citizens of Humanity and more. The sale is first come, first serve and starts today.

Finally, The Narragansett on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf is hosting their Annual Winter Clearance Sale featuring 50% – 75% off Paul & Shark,  Polo Ralph Lauren, Geiger, Viyella, Rainforest, Max Mara and more.

Happy Shopping!

Banana Republic, 124 Thames Street, Newport, (401) 848-2440,

Michael Hayes, 202 and 204 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, (401) 846-8390,

Striper Moon, 11 State Street, Bristol, (401) 253-5499,

The Narragansett, 3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, (401) 847-0303

January 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment


pictured here: Pink Pineapple's ruffle cardigan

Starting in Portsmouth’s Clock Tower Square….

All-season, soft and sophisticated, cashmere has stood the test of fashion time. The Pink Pineapple will be showcasing their renowned cashmere sweater collection at prices up to 75% off at their Portsmouth location only Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 27-29) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Stylephile is already a fan of the collection, created by Stacie Browning Hall, and loves it even more when it’s on sale (especially with all those holiday soireés filling up the calendar!).This year’s collection includes a wide range of fashionable options ranging from traditional cable-knits to sleek, modern styles including their fabulously comfortable cashmere dresses. The 5th Annual Warehouse Sale will also feature madras skirts for $20, madras dresses for $30 and tons of Pink Pineapple’s glam-tastic accessories for just $5 and $10.

The stylish Stalise boutique is having a Friends and Family Sale (if you’re a Stylephile reader, you’re a friend!) offering 20% off store-wide Friday only.

Coco Bonbons cotton/wool blend girl’s coat

The Groovy Gator celebrates Black Friday with 20% to 50% off boys and girls clothing (newborn to size 16), including Blabla, Maggie in the Middle, Coco Bonbons, Melissa and Doug and more. Tons of toys, accessories and more all part of the sale lasting Friday through Sunday.

Just a few storefronts down, Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie kicks off a 2-Day Sale starting Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) with 20% off all sleepwear and 15% off all bras and panties (and yes, that includes the coveted collection of  Hanky Panky’s). Saturday, Nov. 28 (10 a.m. to 5  p.m.) offers 15% off all sleepwear and 10% off all bras and panties.

In Newport, Tropical Gangsters kicks of their 30 For 30 sale on Friday commemorating 30 years in business with 30% off store-wide. Trendy dresses, tops, jeans, accessories and shoes can be found at this Thames Street boutique.

Red Engine jeans at Gossip

Did you hear the Gossip? Just a few shops down from Tropical Gangsters, Gossip is offering a FREE $118 sweater with any purchase of $200 or more, a free gift with any purchase, and 50% off daily specials. The deal was a hit at Gossip’s “flagship” shop in wonderful Wickford Village last year, and Janelle has  extended the offer to the Thames Street shop too. Gossip carries designer duds from Free People, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson and Red Engine in addition to fabulous dresses and accessories.

Wish consignment boutique on Lower Thames is celebrating Black Friday with 10% off all purchases, and for every $50 spent, shoppers are entered into a raffle to win a gift basket including a Wish gift certificate- also, extended hours on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Narragansett on Bowen’s Wharf, purveyor of fine lines including Paul & Shark, Polo Ralph Lauren, Max Mara, Gant and Geiger, is offering a Buy One, Get the Second Half Off deal (second item must be of equal or lower


Banana Republic at the corner of Washington Square and Thames Street is opening at their normal time (10 a.m.) but offering buy one, get one free cashmere sweaters for men and women in addition to in-store promotions. They’re staying open an extra hour, ’til 7 p.m., as well.

Glassware from Marie-Luise

Also on Bowen’s Wharf, handmade glass bowls, vases, dishes, ornaments, sculpture, jewelry and more by recognized American and international artists are marked 30% off at Marie-Luise, one of Newport’s shops that proves good things come in small packages.

Up on Bellevue Avenue, The Linen Shop, offering everything from bedding to tabletop accessories to better bath goods (like luxe soaps and candles),  is 20% to 50% off store-wide now through Christmas Eve. Get there sooner rather than later for the best deals.

Next door, Laura Jean Denim is offering 10% off to all Stylephile readers!

On nearby William Street, ultra-chic Rib & Rhein is offering 10% off all boutique purchases and 20% off all men’s outerwear jackets and blazers on Black Friday.

Also on Bellevue, CK Bradley takes the day off on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday is offering 30% off store-wide (except jewelry).

In Bristol, newly merged with the Newport County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, there’s also noteworthy savings. Check out the Black Friday early bird special at Striper Moon where from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. , take 20% off all North Face.

Brides-to-be must catch the exclusive one-day, 3-hour sample sale at the soon to be relocated Edna Mae’s at 30 Bradford Street in Bristol. In partnership with Newport Wedding Magazine, the bridal millinery is featuring 50% to 75% off bridal tiaras, combs, veils and silk shoes; 50% off all wraps and silk pashminas, bridal garters, hankies, ring pillows, silk and beaded bags. Brides MUST RSVP to owner Jamie at to secure an appointment (all sales final, cash preferred).

Buying local is more than just supporting friends and neighbors, it’s about putting dollars back into the community. Earlier in the year, TIME magazine published this article explaining the beneficial cycle of buying local and why it is more important than ever. Set a plan, shop early, stay late. Happy shopping!

November 25, 2009 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Deals & Steals

Labor Day may bid adieu to summer but to the savvy shopper it means three things: sales, sales sales! This week’s deals and steals brings us to Portsmouth for a fabulous sidewalk sale on Friday and Saturday only at fashionable Clock Tower Square. Select soft and snuggly pajamas to sexy underthings at Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie are marked at 60% off. Expect markdowns on some of the best bras from Wacoal, jammies from Bedhead, bras and panties from Chantelle and more.

Nearby, the Groovy Gator, catering to pint-sized fashionistas, has colorful finds for infants to tweens marked at 50% off. While most markdowns are summer pieces, anyone around kids can tell you season-specific is wasted on young ones; they like what they like, and adorable cotton tees and soft shorts and skirts are perfect indoor gear. (Plus, you can stock up for that mid-winter escape down south.)

Stalise, and upscale boutique for women with a refreshing collection of cocktail and casual dresses, tops, slacks and designer denim, has slashed prices, marking all summer merchandise at 75% off! The Stylephile got a preview and can confirm there’s a nice array of sizes and selection.

Also at Clock Tower Square, the über-adorable Pink Pineapple (with a sister location in Newport) has a ton of markdowns on cocktail dresses, tops and skirts by Shoshanna, Milly, Helen Wang, MM Couture and more– some at more than 50% off, and there’s a $20 rack too (cash and check only for the latter). Looking ahead to fall, the Pineapple is offering buy 1 get 1  half-off on all cashmere … mention this site and receive 20% off any single NON-SALE ITEM through Labor Day.

Finally, back in Newport, swanky chic boutique Kristina Richards begins their annual sale event TODAY with pieces from Shoshanna, J Brand, T-Bags, Ella Moss, Alice & Olivia, True Religion, Free People and more marked down 25% to 50%. The sale lasts through Monday. Happy shopping (and saving)!

September 3, 2009 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

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