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Wheels Up, Green Envy!


Eight years ago, I met Rachel Lessne at her newly-opened shop, Green Envy. She was fresh out of University of Rhode Island and eager to share her passion for eco-friendly, sustainable and fair trade products—clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, décor and housewares. The eco-boutique was nestled into the shops at Brick Market Place, where it stayed until it outgrew the space, moving to Franklin Street.

Over the years, Rachel has won seemingly every regional small business award (14 to date, but who’s counting) including being recognized by the State of Rhode Island. Now, it’s time to start a new chapter.12963558_1050839094976353_315444767511710792_n

In an effort to work more closely with the national and international fair trade artisans
Rachel has featured in the shop over the years, Green Envy will move full time to She’ll be collecting international stamps in her passport along the way. The shop will also travel throughout Rhode Island and New England to exhibit at fairs and festivals. Rachel will also continue to share her message and knowledge of “green” business and entrepreneurship as a public speaker at universities.

Shop Rachel’s global finds at and follow her adventures on Instagram at @greenenvyshop

Currently, until April 30th, everything in the store is 50% off (including displays and fixtures), so be sure to stop by~


April 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Hello, Lover! Rib & Rhein’s Newest Addition…

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As local fashion fans know, Rib & Rhein opened in Newport in 2008, but this past summer, owners Erin and Thomas Ribeiro ceremoniously cut the ribbon to their new second floor for a combined 4000 sq. ft. of luxury retail space. Among other gems, the additions include the “Shoe Lovers Salon,” with each pair chosen specifically for the discerning Newport shopper.

Years ago, I wrote a story on Newport for Daily Candy describing the shop as a place where “Tribeca and St. Barths collide,” and it still rings true. Featured designers for men and women at Rib & Rhein include Marc Jacobs, Psycho Bunny, Etro, ISSA, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria Beckham, Turnbull & Asser, and more. The couple say they plan to add even more coveted lines including Prada, Isabel Marant, Marni, Givenchy, Tom Ford Beauty, YSL beauty, Gucci, Versace, Christopher Kane, The Row, St. Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Victor & Rolf, D Squared, Christian Louboutin, and Hermes. The boutique is located at 86 William Street in Newport.

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Rib and Rhein pic collage

October 1, 2013 at 8:51 am 1 comment

Welcome Fall at Sara Campbell with a $50 Gift Certificate


September 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

In a Clutch


How fabulous is this Moyna beaded clutch I spotted at Monelle on Bowen’s Wharf this week?!? The clutch with Navy blue beads that contrast with gold beads in Newport’s recognizable NPT motif actually fits a bit more than your standard night out MILK necessities (Money, ID, Lip gloss and Keys naturally … thanks ML!). Cost: $170

Monelle, directly across from the Clarke Cooke House, is the sister shop to Chace N’ Lulu, right around the corner. What they have in common: totally covet-able (and pricey) pieces, many with a nautical flair from likes including Lilly Pulitzer, Susana Monaco, Elizabeth McKay, Kate Spade, J Band, Cortland Park, Sail to Sable, etc. If you want your personal monogram beaded clutch, Moyna can custom make those as well. They typically range from $50 to $190 depending on the size. CLICK HERE to visit Moyna’s custom order site.

September 20, 2013 at 9:26 am 1 comment

Best Tressed

ImageIf you’ve ever read the ingredients in your shampoos and conditioners, you may have found yourself turning to Google to find out what the heck that nine-syllable component is (and you can always check the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database). I’ve featured other organic or authentically natural hair care lines found locally here before, and I have a new discovery (it’s good to change up your brands from time to time). Meet Neuma, founded on the principals of beauty, health and sustainability.

I was first introduced to Neuma at JF3 Salon, whose owner, Joseph, seeks out emerging organic lines. With full ingredient disclosure (not hiding behind words like “fragrance”) and by partnering with suppliers who use renewable energy and support fair trade, Neuma is setting the bar high. I tried Neuma’s reNeu shampoo with neuMoisture conditioner—both are sulfate-free, color-extending formulas with UV Guard™ and don’t strip hair of its natural moisture and essential oils. You can mix and match from their Moisture, Volume, Styling, Renew and Repair specialties, and it’s totally vegan, so snaps for no animals being used in making this line. Plus, the infused essential oils makes it smell heavenly.

Like other better brands found at salons, Neuma costs significantly more than your drugstore brands, but you pay more for quality. Also, while it might cost more upfront, you really need just a dime size of the shampoo and conditioner for a good wash, so a little goes a long way.

September 16, 2013 at 12:12 am 6 comments

Sailing, Shopping and Styling

The 43rd Annual Newport International Boat Show returns this week (Sept. 12-15) and while we love checking out some of the stunning luxury behemoths, wooden wonders and sleek sailboats, it’s a lot fun (…and more affordable) checking out the vendors and related events. I’m looking forward to a collaborative event on Sept. 14 at Newport Shipyard: Boats & Brands, featuring Sail to Sable, Cortland Park Cashmere, Wind & Waves and Harding Lane, which I featured on Newport Stylephile here. Shopping, sailing, styling–it’s all coming Saturday evening!


September 9, 2013 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Break the Rules: Here’s Your Chance to Wear White After Labor Day


newportFILM’s last outdoor film screening of the summer, ‘Diner En Blanc,’ about the world-renowned secret pop-up white dinner parties that started in Paris 25 years ago, unfolds  Thursday, Sept. 5 with two exciting options to experience.
6:00 – 7:00pm
Savor a “white” cocktail party wines by Jonathan Edwards Winery at Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Paradise Farmhouse with live music by brother-sister duo, Honey Hollow, followed by film screening
$30/person (buy tickets by CLICKING HERE)

– OR –

Sunset film screening only
$5/person suggested donation

In theme of the film, all-white attire is highly suggested, but not required. Also, director Jennifer Ash Rudick will be in attendance at the cocktail party and for a post-film Q&A.

BYO picnic or food available for purchase from Tallulah’s Taco Cart and Le Petit Gourmet.

Watch the trailer:

September 4, 2013 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Brahmin & Pandora Sales!

It’s Brahmin Tent Sale time! Today through Sunday, Brahmin’s Fairhaven, MA outlet pops up a huge tent filled with handbags up to 75% off. I checked it out last year and there were some amazing bags, and equally entertaining to see ladies with stacks of handbags hanging from their arms! (The outlet is located at 77 Alden Rd., Fairhaven, MA, 02719. Sale hours are today and tomorrow 9-6, Sunday Sept. 16 10-5pm.)

Closer to home, Jason & Co. on Thames Street is having a Pandora event today through Sunday. Receive a Pandora clasp bracelet (a $65 value) with your purchase of $100 or more of Pandora jewelry. Jason & Co. is located at 182 Thames Street. 

September 14, 2012 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Blazers of Glory

As the sun begins to set just a little bit earlier and the mornings grow increasingly cooler, hints of fall are evident throughout Newport, and while the blue blazer (for him and her) is stylish here any time of year, right now it’s just about ideal. Styled with rolled up sleeves to show just a swathe of sassy lining, buttoned up for a more conservative take or combined with layers, it’s the perfect polished go-to. I spotted some excellent blazers, in blue as well as other colors and patterns, for him at The Narragansett and Michael Hayes, for her at J. Crew and for both at Closet Revival, Banana Republic (below) and Brooks Brothers Country Club store.

September 11, 2012 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

Stuck in the Middle…

Even though the calendar says there are more than two weeks of summer ahead, this past holiday weekend marked the unofficial end of Newport’s busiest season. It leaves fashionistas in a style limbo of sorts—crisp, white linen pants seem a thing of the past but the cowl neck sweaters and woolen tights are still tucked neatly in storage.

Don’t despair—knee-high boot time is near. Until then, summer dresses with jewel tone color palates can enjoy an extended shelf life when layered with a cardigan and lighter tops can be paired with darker denim. Also look to transition with accessories. Cross-body bags are a huge fall trend, channeling the structured styles of decades ago. I’ve spotted plenty in Newport’s boutiques (like J. McLaughlin and some gently used designer bags at Wish) as well as at the local TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. (The cross-body above is from J. Crew.)

STYLEPHILE READERS: Apologies for the delayed post–there were a few technical issues over the weekend!

Alexa Chung, Emma Stone and Kristen Bell sporting crossbody bags. (Credit: Pictured top left: J. McLaughlin Sloane crossbody bag, originally $228, on sale right now for $69.90. CLICK HERE.)

September 5, 2012 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

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