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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

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


June 25, 2012 at 7:29 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

Deals & Steals: Mid-Summer Edition

Okay, on Planet Retail it’s the end of summer, even if we just turned our calendars over to August, but the truth is, we’re still a full eight weeks away from the autumn equinox. So, what does that mean to pedestrian, fashion forward deal seekers like ourselves? Bargains. All around town.  From the well-heeled to tiny tikes, discounts are a plenty, so let’s get started….

Isoude on Bellevue Avenue is having a rare, 30% discount on the spring Ready to Wear Collection. The 2010 collection, by Jamestown-based designer Katie Brierley, is marked by soft, feminine silhouettes, luxe fabrics and gentles hues, all promising timeless appeal. Find jackets, cocktail dress, blouses and pants marked down.

Closer to the Tennis Hall of Fame, Laura Jean Denim’s summer sale rack is growing by the day with AG, JBrand, Chip & Pepper, Joe’s Jeans, Hudson’s and many others; sizes 24-32, all under $100.

Down on Thames Street, ‘lil fashionistas can get their fill at the Groovy Gator, where all summer merchandise is marked down 20-50%.

For casual duds, today is the last day of the massive Life is Good Warehouse Sale at the Newport Harbor Hotel (til 10 p.m.) which has a ton of long and short sleeve t-shirts, flannel lounge pants and comfortable staples for men, women and children.

And up in Portsmouth, Stalise has tons of summer dress, pants, jeans and tops marked 30% off, like that silk Beth Bowley dress I spotted last week that can be worn all-year long.

August 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

StyleWeek Providence Showcases Local and National Talent

Much to the delight of Ocean State fashionistas and beyond, the inaugural StyleWeek Providence kicked off this past weekend welcoming seven days of designer shows, installations and après-show soireés hosted at chic venues throughout the capital city. Highlighting the work of 16 designers, StyleWeek is drawing hundreds of buyers, stylists, fashion writers, fellow designers and fans since Sunday’s opening night shows which featured a collection by Karan Sabag paired with shoes by Goka Design as well as Selah D’or by Boston-based David Chum (who grew up in nearby Fall River, Massachusetts). Goka’s Brazilian-born designer, Alessandra Gold, now operates from both her Rhode Island and Miami-based offices and studios, and was known in Newport for a boutique she opened on Thames Street (her shoes are still carried locally at Laura Jean on Bellevue Avenue).  CLICK HERE to see images from Sabag and Chum; photos of collections will be added as StyleWeek continues.  Photos by Susan Duca.

Runway shows thus far have included collections from Providence-based and Queen of Hearts proprietress Karen Beebe (CLICK HERE to see Karen on The Rhode Show), Boston’s own Sam Mendoza, Sarah Prost and MadeMOIselle Boston. Coming up will be collections by RISD-grad Kelly Eident (whose I’m Your Present line has been donned by celebrities such as Katy Perry); Samuel Vartan; David Yoo for

Designer Jonathan Joseph Peters

Andrea Valentini (another RISD alum); luxury menswear by Jeff Lahens; as seen on Lifetime’s Project Runway’s season seven Maya Luz; Boston native Michael De Paulo; Providence-based Jessica Abernethy and for the much-anticipated finale, the “Ingenue” runway show by Woonsocket native Jonathan Joseph Peters, best known for his appearance of the most recent season of Project Runway. Other events throughout the week include an outdoor concert at Hotel Providence with jazz darlings Sit Down Baby! on June 9th at 5:30 p.m., the Waterplace Park Concert Series featuring Fanfarlo on June 11th at 7:30 p.m., and an all-day arts festival running the entire length of Westminster Street on Saturday, June 12th.

Learn more about all the designers at

June 9, 2010 at 8:23 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: Sweet Savings

Retailers are taking the guesswork out of Valentine’s Day gifting with great deals across Newport and Bristol Counties. And it’s just as important to treat yourself with something special, which is nearly impossible to avoid if you stop by Rib & Rhein. One of Newport’s chicest shops, Rib & Rhein’s global collection is currently stocked with Scottish cashmere sweaters and English dress shirts for men and women, European sports jackets for men, warm winter coats, model fabric short and long t-shirts for women, colorful wraps and kaftans from India, Asian dresses, plus jewelery and home accessories from both India and Africa. There’s a good batch of items already marked down, but now through Valentine’s Day, mention “Cupid” and receive an additional 20% off your total purchase!

J.H. Breakell on Newport’s Spring Street is in the midst of their Annual Winter Sale, where now through February 10th, you’ll save 20% on all original design jewelry in sterling silver and 14k gold.

Laura Jean on Bellevue Avenue welcomes back her $50 table covered with all brands of premium denim. Sale starts Friday at 11 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 4 p.m. Find other bargains on  for men and women on tops, shoes, belts and more at deals up to 75% off. It’s a great weekend to pop by as the store will be hosting a trunk show featuring custom made jewelry by Newport’s Jessica Hagan. (If you haven’t had a chance, visit her studio at 226 Bellevue Avenue in the Audrain Building.)

Middletown’s beloved Beach House is giving all their shoppers a Valentine to remember offe ring 20% off store-wide through February 15th! Stop by the Design Studio next door where furnishings will be marked down 25%.

Tiffany Peay earrings

In Tiverton, find select handmade beaded jewelry featuring colored gold and candy-colored gem stones by nationally-recognized jeweler Tiffany Peay marked at 25% off February 10th through 14th. This doesn’t happen often, so it’s worth checking out her Tiverton Four Corners studio. Special sale hours: Feb. 10-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 14 12 p.m. through 5 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, Stalise, in Portsmouth’s Clock Tower Square, is hosting Mary Ann and Martha designs, a unique collection of sterling silver or 14k gold fill jewelry, each individually designed and crafted, adorned with crystals, vintage lucite and an array of semi-precious stones. Get inspired with the new season looks with Stalise’s selection of brand new spring merchandise–mention you’re a Facebook friend and receive 10% off new arrivals-one day only!

February 5, 2010 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Last Minute NYE Looks

For a lot of revelers, there’s no place in the world they would rather ring in 2010 than right here in Newport and Bristol Counties. While some prefer to be cuddled up with a loved one watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (especially tempting in the current frigid temperatures), others look to tear up the dance floor at one of many area hotspots. For the ladies, getting glam on New Year’s and making an entrance is a must do, and a sequin dress or flashy top, metallic camisole or cashmere comfort, all make great options. And don’t forget some killer kicks! Check out some of these shops for an inspiring New Year’s look:


CK Bradley, 28 Bellevue Avenue, Newport  

Chace N’ Lulu, 57 Americas Cup Ave, Newport

Châtelaine, 251 Thames Street Landing, Bristol

Gossip, 391 Thames Street, Newport

Karol Richardson, 24 Washington Square, Newport

Kristina Richards Studio, 13 Touro Street, Newport

Laura Jean, 198 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Michael Hayes 204 Bellevue Avenue and 19 Bowens Wharf, Newport

Pink Pineapple, 380 Thames Street, Newport and 106 Clock Tower Road, Portsmouth

Stalise, 105 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth

Swoon, 474 Thames Street, Newport

Tropical Gangsters, 375 Thames Street, Newport

Wish, 664 Thames Street, Newport


Ooh Ooh Shoes, 127 Swinburne Row in Brick Market Place, Newport

Sole Desire, 131 Swinburne Row in Brick Market Place, Newport


The Apothecary, 6 Broadway, Newport

Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street, Newport

Prep Cosmetics, 182 Thames Street, Newport

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2009 at 11:49 am 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

Weekend Trunk Show and Deal & Steal

22Laura Jean Denim presents GOKA’s fall collection of shoes and boots in an all-day trunk show tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bellevue Avenue boutique. The sexy footwear, designed by Brazilian native 32turned Rhode Island resident Alessandra Gold, is best known for an innovative, artful look, which explains why they’re often seen sashaying down the catwalk.

Meanwhile, all designer denim for men and women at Laura Jean will be offered at a 15% discount during the show.  The varied selection accommodates most body types and ages including low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise, skinny, straight, boot and flair styles. Just some of the lines Laura Jean carries includes: Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, James Jeans, AG, Kasil, Paige Premium Denim, Cambrio and Citizens of Humanity. Grab those wellies and happy shopping!

Laura Jean is located at 198 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Call 401-849-5326 or visit for information.

November 13, 2009 at 11:54 am 2 comments

Rainy Day Deals & Steals

The silver lining of a rainy day? No guilt in abandoning the beach for bargains! Plenty of local shops are starting their summer sales now to make room for fall arrivals. Start with a jolt of caffeine from Café Bellevue (111 Bellevue Avenue), a hidden java gem known for good service, better coffee and fair prices (give in to that urge for fresh pastry—it’s worth every calorie!). Just about a block away, designer denim hotspot Laura Jean just launched a Hudson Jeans promotion. With a purchase of any pair of hot Hollywood-worthy Hudsons, get a pair of the brand’s classic Reilly 5-pocket flair jeans for half-off (Reilly original price: $165, Now: $82.50; while supplies last).

Down on Thames Street, Banana Republic (124 Thames Street) is hosting a Warm Up to Summer event, offering an additional 25% off all your full-priced purchases from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (you’ll have to say you saw the offer on Andrea’s NewportStylephile blog!). While perusing the racks, Ki-ra Salon will be on-hand to give mini massages, samples and make-up touch ups. Note: this offer is only available at the Newport location.

Nearby, Brooks Brothers Country Club store (139 Swinburne Row ) is

Dapper in Brooks Brothers seersucker

Dapper in Brooks Brothers seersucker

offering up to 60% off selected items including light men’s sweaters, women’s sweaters, women’s dresses (super cute!) and perennial Newport classic: SEERSUCKER! Perfect for that summer wedding or a night out wandering Bowen’s Wharf, this light, ubiquitous look has been hot in Newport since the turn of the century for men and today is embraced by women as well.

Finally, Newport’s J. Crew on the Harbor (45 Long Wharf Mall) has already slashed prices on select items, but through tomorrow (July 22), just mention the code EXTRA20 at check out for an additional 20% off sale items!

Check back here for more Deals & Steals as summer rolls on….

July 21, 2009 at 11:33 am 1 comment

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