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

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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.

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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.

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

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

Springspiration: Welcome to Resort Season

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Just in time for a lightly fallen snow, you’ll start to see the most unlikely of looks: holiday/cruise/resort wear. Yes, as local meteorologists use words like “blustery” and “accumulation,” some shops are being stocked with light linens, perky prints and peep-toe wedges. But not everyone is off to “winter” as a verb in Palm Beach or jetting off with bikinis and beach bags to the BVIs

That being said, resort collections typically are a peek into upcoming spring trends and if J. McLaughlin is any indicator, the outlook is promising. Nautically-inspired separates,  soft shades and preppy polished pieces pepper the collection.

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Not quite ready for spring break planning and thinking more about the here and now? J. McL’s fabulous winter sale is on now (online and in stores, including the Newport shop) with styles 40% to 60% off.  

January 13, 2016 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

This Evening: Sip & Shop!

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Come sip “champys” and shop on The Upper Deck at OceanCliff this evening. What better way to beat the heat than with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne & specialty cocktails on Ocean Drive? This event is free and open to the public. See you there!

July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words

What is being dubbed Newport’s fashion event of the summer is coming this Saturday and fashionistas across the region are anxiously awaiting the chance to don their best duds the oceanside fete. Au Courant: An Evening Too Marvelous for Words, unfolds at Ochre Court and will feature eight of New England’s top fashion designers, including Jonathan Joseph Peters, Avni Trviedi, Jessica Abernethy sending their head-turning Resort Collections looks down the runway. While sipping cocktail amid the backdrop of the sea, attendees will be able to see the looks up close and buy directly from the designers. The event, organized by the stellar team behind StyleWeek (Providence/Northeast and Miami), benefits Child & Family. “StyleWeek is thrilled to partner once again with Child & Family for Au Courant,” says StyleWeek founder (and all around amazing gal!) Rosanna Ortiz Sinel.  “Newport can expect to see progressive, creative and talented collections on the runway as well as have a personal experience with the designers who have so perfectly made StyleWeek what it is today. We are elated to share this experience with Newport, where art and culture is part of its foundation.”

Child & Family’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Keith Tavares, agrees, adding, “Whenever you put the City of Newport together with fashion and style in order to create a social event to benefit families in need, the outcome is bound to be a big success.” For tickets and information, call 401-848-4150 or visit www.childandfamilyri.com.

Local retailers are toasting the event by hosting Style Night Newport on Friday, June 29th (5-8pm) along Bellevue Avenue. Shoppers check in at International Tennis Hall of Fame for a map and get the 411 on special offers (many boutiques will be offering discounts/promotions and refreshments!). The Hotel Viking is the last stop on the fashion trek where shoppers can unwind with refreshments and enter to win Au Courant tickets. Click MORE below for a list of participating retailers and designers.

Photo, top left: Hilary B. Photography

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June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am 1 comment

Frugal Fashionistas Unite!

This is an amazing time of year for frugal fashionistas as many weeks of winter lie ahead (well, winter has been subjective so far, if you consider there hasn’t even been need for a heavy coat this weekend…) and prices are being slashed left and right to make room for spring merchandise. I popped into J. McLaughin to check out their sale (you’ll find up to 75% off a nice selection of pieces) and while there, a watched a customer  spent less than $250 on more than $700 woth of merchandise! The best part is, a lot of J. McL offers timeless patterns  and lightweight but durable fabrics, rendering them wearable throughout the year. That means your CPW (cost per wear, fasionistas) will be off the charts! Though a decidedly winter look, you can channel your inner Rachel Zoe with their totally fauxbulous “fur” vest. Paired with strech pants, riding pants or a skinny jean, it’s a fun (but cruelty-free!) piece. Also loving the new arrival of printed Aken totes (seen in the above illustration)—a carry all that is a J. McL staple and is roomy enough for a laptop and just about everything else (tip: the shop will be happy to have it sent out and monogrammed for you for just an additional $20). The nylon fabric is long-lasting and the leather straps boast attractive, gold latch hardware (and feet, to help the bag stand and stay sturdy).

Check out this and more SUPER SALES at Rib & Rhein, Wish, Potter & Co., Chace n’LuLu, Karol Richardson, and more!

Illustration at top by PVE Design for J. McLaughlin

January 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Bellevue Avenue Sidewalk Sale and Helly Hansen Promises Weekend Bargains

There’s a lot of excitement building for the Bellevue Avenue Sidewalk Sale, which kicks off tomorrow and lasts through the weekend. More than two dozen retailers, galleries and restaurants/eateries along Bellevue (including the Audrain Building) in addition to William Street and Bellevue Gardens businesses will be participating—keep an eye out for the balloons at the entrances welcoming you in. Look for familiar favorites offering great discounts (The Linen Shop, Talbots, Angela Moore, The Tennis Store, Michael Hayes, Wish, William Vareika Fine Arts and more) and new names as well (Mimi’s for Kids, Sara Campbell, Venetucci Home, Calvet Paris 1937)–and those are just a few. Running a little low on energy? Pop into Annie’s, Le Petit Gourmet, the Hotel Viking or It’s My Party for shopping sustenance.

Want to start the celebrating on Sidewalk Sale eve? Toast the arrival of J. McLaughlin’s sailboat to Newport Harbor by attending tonight’s Sip & Save at the Bellevue Avenue shop. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can sip cocktails, meet the boat’s skipper Ryan Finn and take advantage of some sweet markdowns. 15% of all proceeds will benefit Newport Hospital.

Also, this weekend is the annual Helly Hansen Warehouse Sale in Newport. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight, save up to 75% on footwear, foul weather gear, snowboarding jackets, snow sports gear, boating attire, base layer and H/H’s signature fleece for men, women and children. This year the sale moves to the Newport Yachting Center in the heart of downtown.

And if you’re a lucky ticket holder for the Wynton Marsalis concert Friday night, don’t forget the Newport Jazz Festival Opening Night Cocktail Party on the Horseshoe Piazza at the International Tennis Hall of Fame from 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Enjoy great music, food and drink before the big show. Tennis Hall of Fame Members: $40;
Non-Members: $50. Party includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Call (401) 324-4072 for tickets. 

August 4, 2011 at 8:32 am 1 comment

Get Your Stroll On

The sun’s scheduled to be stunning, the shops are ready to shine and Newport is open for business. Tomorrow’s Spring Stroll, taking place along Bellevue Avenue and William Street, welcomes the season with grand openings, in-store promotions, refreshments and nibbles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lisa Sarro Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Wish, the much-loved upscale consignment boutique, says the brand new William Street location is stunning and stocked with designer duds and fabulous shoes. Marcela Calvet’s eponymous luxe handbag boutique will officially open its doors at 59 Bellevue (here’s the story I broke on her arrival), and while you’re down in that end of the neighborhood, be sure to stop in the gourmet trio of La Maison de Coco, Le Petit Gourmet and the Newport Wine Cellar.

On the opposite end of Bellevue, but sure to pop by Sequin and the newly opened Sara Campbell (I got the scoop first on her foray into Newport-here’s the skinny), Twig, and across Memorial Boulevard, the shops on the Casino Block are ready to rock. Papers and Lulubelle’s will be welcoming strollers, as will J. McLaughlin, which is hosting a Sip & Shop event to benefit the American Cancer Society (15% of your purchase will be donated to the ACS). Denim doyenne Laura Jean will be serving refreshments and offering free chair massages by massage therapist Julie Basil Pierce, and The Linen Shop has a great sale and fresh linens for spring.

Head down William Street where you’ll find the aforementioned Wish, plus It’s My Party Bake Shoppe and the fabulous Rib & Rhein. At Wag Nation, your fashionable four-legged friends will be doted over and as I suspect, showered with treats. Look for the balloons for shops participating in the stroll.

April 8, 2011 at 8:41 am 2 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

Canines & Couture: A Howling Good Time

Fashionistas and fabulous Fidos will come together this Wednesday, September 15 to strut down the runway is some of fall’s hottest looks. Against the backdrop of Doris Duke’s majestic Rough Point estate overlooking the sea, dogs will be outfitted in glamorous looks from Wag Nation and their owners will don ensembles from local designers and boutiques including Angela Moore, J.McLaughlin, Michael Hayes, and Rib & Rhein, all in the name of fun, fashion and philanthropy. The setting in more than apropos as the late billionairess was an animal lover, often traveling from home to home with her entourage of four-legged friends. “Ruff Point,” as it could be called this Wednesday, was said to be home to more than a dozen dogs during Duke’s days at the home.

The Fashion Show of Canine Couture at Rough Point, presented by Wag Nation, benefits the Newport Restoration Foundation, which owns and operates the home in addition to other Duke properties, and the Potter League for Animals in Middletown. “Pawsitively” precious celebrity guest Schmitty the Weather Dog, accompanied by her pal ABC News weatherman Ron Trotta, will be the star celebupup on hand- alert the puparazzi!

Admission is $7, children under 5 are free, and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Treats and refreshments for pooches and their human companions will be served and visitors can take in the 2010 exhibit, Doris Duke’s Extraordinary Vision (humans only in the house).

For more information, email Liz@NewportRestoration.org,  call 401-846-4152, or CLICK HERE.

Photos by Meghan Sepe

September 13, 2010 at 2:11 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.”

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July 5, 2010 at 10:17 am 3 comments

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