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


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.


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.


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

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

Corsets & Cocktails: Jane Pickens Theater Presents Love & Friendship

love-and-friendship-chloesevigny-katebeckinsaleThe Place: Jane Pickens Theater in Newport is currently showing Love & Friendship, a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan. It stars Kate Beckinsdale and Chloë Sevigny, both wearing an enviable wardrobe throughout.

The Plot: Lady Susan Vernon is a scandalous and scheming socialite who is an expert at camouflaging her diminishing fortune. Destitute and dabbling in multiple dalliances, she assumes the role as matchmaker for her daughter Frederica–and herself. Hilarity ensues. 

The Skinny: Whether you’re a certified Janite or a casual appreciator of well-written, fast-paced satirical snark, you’ll enjoy this sassy charmer. 

love-friendship-prosecco-newport.JPGThe Bevvies: The Pickens is the only theater town serving up craft cocktails, so while you can opt for atrusty  Mojito or Dark n’ Stormy, consider one of their specials like the Pom Fresco (vodka, cucumber, pomegranate, Prosecco and fresh lemon), Jane Pickens (gin, Pimm’s, lavender and fresh lime), Gotham City (barrel aged Manhattan), Selma (tequila, habanero, cilantro, grapefruit and fresh lime) or the Sailor’s Cider (Newport’s own Thomas Tew Rum with cider). Me? I chose a simple split of Prosecco. Cheers!

Love & Friendship now playing through June 9. 




June 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm Leave a comment

Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch: Tickets Selling Fast!

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WPRI reporter Susan Hogan wearing a Taylor dress while Angela interviews WPRI news anchor Patrick Little, wearing an Angela Moore tie.

If you want to enjoy one of the staples of the summer social season, now is the time to make sure you have your Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch tickets in hand as the event sells out every year!
The Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch
Thursday, July 7th
9:30am – 11:30am
548 Bellevue Avenue

The show will include fun resort fashions featuring new looks from Angela Moore, Manuel Canovas, Just Madras and Jack Rogers. The doors will open at 9 a.m. Guests are invited to have their picture taken on the “Red Carpet” staircase of Rosecliff and then enjoy cocktails on the terrace, overlooking majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean, before proceeding to the ballroom for the seated Fashion Show and Brunch.

Tickets are $90 for Preservation Society members and $100 for non-members.

Your ticket includes:
~ “Seaside Sensations” fashion show
~ exclusive one-day fashion exhibit
~ a scrumptious champagne brunch
~ a $25 Angela Moore Gift Card
~ a guest pass to tour Rosecliff and the exhibition “Splendor at Sea”

To purchase tickets online, visit or call 401-847-1000 ext 140.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Preservation Society.

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Carolyn Van Petten, wearing a Claudia Nichole cashmere poncho


Returning model Karen Megley wearing a Claudia Nichole poncho, a Mellow World bag and Angela Moore jewelry. Karen’s daughter is also in the background outfitted by the Groovy Gator.


2014 Miss Rhode Island, Ivy Depew, on left, 2013 Miss Rhode Island, Jessica Marfeo, in center, Miss Rhode Island 2007, Ashley (Bickford) Karger on right, all wearing Barbara Gerwit maxi dresses. Peter Carrellas, Justin Goff and Gavin Megley are in the background along with Angela Moore.

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Carolyn Van Petten wearing Manuel Canovas Paris Swimwear and an Onigo hat.

May 29, 2016 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Scent-sational: Soap & Water Celebrates Nomaterra Debut

Nomaterra is ready to make it’s Newport debut…

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Interior Design Insider: Lou Lou’s Decor Nestles Well into Newport


Heads inevitably turn when a new storefront opens on Bellevue Avenue and it’s no wonder. Bellevue has been the toniest place to shop in town since ladies donned corsets, bustles and wide-brim hats. One of the newest shops to open its doors on the famed Casino Block, however, has a longtime following. Lou Lou’s Decor called Tiverton Four Corners and Portsmouth home for a combined 18 years. Now in its newest location, owner and interior designer Stacy Carlson dishes on what’s hot, what’s not, what makes our fair city so exceptional and how to refresh our living spaces to get “the Newport vibe.”

1- What inspired you to open in Newport? Newport is a thriving, busy, energetic city and we are so thrilled to have moved our store from Portsmouth to Newport. We re-located to Newport because we felt that Bellevue Avenue was the perfect location for both our retail and design presence.  Our roots were based in Tiverton where we had opened our first store in 1998 in the Four Corners area. This was a wonderful location and as a recently married couple trying out the retail experience we couldn’t have been luckier than to open in Tiverton. We made many life long friendships with our loyal customers from our store there and although it became too challenging to maintain a year round presence, it will always hold special fondness in our hearts. As a result, many of our clients are from Tiverton, Little Compton (where my husband and I and three kids live) and Westport. We had 12 amazing years in Tiverton Four Corners, 6 great years in Portsmouth with the camaraderie of the other Clock Tower Square stores and we now are thrilled for the many years ahead on Bellevue. The move to Newport was a little easier knowing that our base clientele actually spends more time in Newport than Portsmouth and the majority of those that live on Aquidneck Island easily find their way to the wonderful shops on Bellevue.IMG_4030

2- How would you describe Newport’s “design vibe?” A combination of coastal meets chic– that is the design vibe we are going for at any rate. Not overly dripping in coastal themes but refined and complimenting the beautiful landscape that is Newport. Our clients enjoy simple elegance like that you would envision with a beautiful linen drapery trimmed with a sharp pop of contrasting color, maybe in navy, mango or chocolate. Our clients are looking for a pulled together finished product and that is what we love to deliver. We were so thrilled and grateful to have been welcomed to our new location with a fantastic holiday season. One of our most popular items has been gorgeous room diffusers and candles in a Beach House scent. These are housed in beautiful aqua seeded glass and is a cherished gift.


3-Are there any design trends we should be looking for in the coming year? The Pantone colors for 2016 are very soft pale colors. I think this will translate into other design trends. Quiet, neutral tones are classic ​and easy on the eye.  Keeping these neutral tones as the base in your rooms will allow for a soft palette that you can expand on with subtle pops of color..

4- What advice would you give to someone looking to refresh their interior? Start with de-cluttering.  We all end up with more noise in ​our living space than intended. A simple purge can go a long way.  But there are many other things we can do to give a refreshing look to our interiors:

  • Wallpaper a focal wall in one of your rooms. There are so many amazing wallpapers and adding texture and pattern will really give your room an updated feel.
  • Change out your lamp shades.  Simply updating a tired lampshade can ​go along ways to brightening up your space.
  • Window treatments. Many home owners enjoy a gorgeous view and are afraid to block or interfere with their view with window treatments. However, properly installed they simply frame your view. Window treatments add that finishing detail that really completes your space.
  • Fancy up your powder room. They are wonderful small rooms that you can really have fun with. Many times that are one of the few rooms that your guests really see. An interesting ​chandelier mirror, or paint color can make all the difference.
  • Prioritize. Typically we can’t do all of our rooms at once. Pick which one you really want to focus on and go to town! You will be so thrilled with the transformation that it will spur you to move on to the next room.


Visit Lou Lou’s Decor at 202 Bellevue Avenue, online at or follow them on Facebook.


January 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm 1 comment

How to Wear a Blanket Scarf by Bourbon & Boots

I don’t have any conclusive evidence, but I’d venture to say that the blanket scarf may just have been the most popular stocking stuffer this Christmas. (Let’s just say I was standing in a TSA security line over the holidays with more than one outfit twin, right down to the tartan pattern.) Plaid, plush and perfectly positioned to be a fashion accessory and a functional winter warming layer, the blanket scarf isn’t going anywhere soon.

But with all that extra fabric, there’s a few ways to wrap n’ roll this little number. Fortunately, the folks at the style savvy Southern-sassy site Boots & Bourbon breaks it down:

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  1. Basic Loop

Hold the fabric by the corners and fold into a loose triangle. Wrap around your neck, letting the point of the triangle serve as a centerpiece. Tuck in the edges. Adjust front of scarf to lay flat.

Best worn with: The oversized white button-up shirt or a simple tee.

  1. Below the Belt:


Start with a loose triangle fold. Center the shawl on the back of your neck then wrap forward over your shoulders. Hold the edges firmly with one hand, while you slide a thin belt behind you and buckle the scarf into place.

Best worn with: A simple dress or a long top with skinny jeans or leggings.

  1. The Long-Line Look

Loosely roll the scarf up into one long piece. Pop your collar and tuck the scarf underneath. Let it hang low and add long lines to your ensemble.

Best worn with: A collared jacket that falls at the waist or a long peacoat.

  1. Knot Your Regular Tie


Loosely roll the scarf lengthwise. Center it behind your neck, then loosely wrap around once. Bring the ends around to the front of your neck and secure them in a loose knot.

Best worn with: Something dressy-casual like a shirtdress or a skirt and top.

How-to written by Melissa Tucker

You’ll find these super soft accessories around Newport or shop all scarves from Bourbon & Boots by CLICKING HERE. Maybe it’s from my many years spent living below the Mason Dixon (or from being a member of The Bourbon Club at Old Glory in Georgetown which requires experiencing the over 80 varieties on site in one year) but I love this site. They had me at the Thelma & Louise whiskey glasses. 


And things like this:


Have a good one, y’all!

(Content and images that originally appeared on Bourbon & Boots reprinted with permission.)

January 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Currently Coveting on The Daily Basics

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There are countless reasons why fall is the favorite season of so many. Crisp breezes, apple picking in the orchard and hot cider (with just a splash of spiced rum) are just a few seasonal temptations. So are my new style finds that invite you to embrace the warmth of the season. You’ll find five of my favorite fall must haves right now (like the blanket scarf below) on The Daily Basics CLICK HERE!

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November 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Good Karma: Meet Sequin’s New Must-Have Collection

Sequin jewelry colo karmaI celebrated the arrival of Sequin stores here in Newport since day one; not only because their designs are stunning, creative, contemporary yet vintage-inspired and cost-effective, but because the trio of local shops add beauty to our streetscapes. Also, founders Kim and Linda Renk, along with Creative Director Tara Malkovich, are an inspiration. They’ve supported



many charities via their designs including a cause close to my heart, animals in need. Just some of the beneficiaries of their generosity include our own Potter League for Animals, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center and other animal rescues near and far.

Most recently, I discovered their stunning Color Karma Collection which features colored stones “that represent qualities and moods that we all experience or strive for.” Featuring versatile and vibrant semi-precious stones along with charms cast with original Sequin illustrations, these bracelets are an effortless wardrobe staple.

I’ve been wearing “Happy,” a set of four semi-precious beaded stretch bracelets in turquoise (one in pearl) with crystal accents and a seashell charm; “Balanced,” a set of four in green with crystal accents (one in pearl) and an abstracted Earth charm; and “Sincere,” a set of four in cobalt blue (one in pearl) with crystal accents and a starry sky charm. They’re interchangeable, stackable and go from the boardroom to a beach party to a night on the town:

sequin collage(Above: wearing “Sincere” at Au Courant)

Sure you can get Sequin at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdales, as well as select specialty boutiques nationwide, but they’re right here in Newport at all three shops (two on Bellevue, one on Thames). 

sequin jewelry balanced set color karmaTo discover all the sets and their meanings behind each one, CLICK HERE.

Find Sequin shops at 474 Thames Street, 182 Bellevue Avenue, and 119 Bellevue Avenue. A great time to check out the collection is at this weekend’s Bellevue Avenue Sidewalk Sale, Aug. 7, 8 & 9, 2015


Disclosure: I was given these Sequin sets gratis to experience and review. As always, opinions expressed are independent and my own.

July 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

Angela Moore’s Six Summer Must Haves

This Thursday, the Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch returns to Newport for a morning of style and summer fun. In advance of the big day (CLICK HERE for what to expect and how to get tickets!), Angela has shared with Newport Stylephile some summer must-haves for the season:
1. The Beaded Bag – “The new collection of beaded bags by Moyna can take you from casual to dressy with one accessory! From a ladies brunch to a night on a the town, these bags breathe new life into a casual look and stand out for a more dressier look–a must have for any summer weekend in Newport. These bags are also sold in Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom but now we can get it right on this island!”moyna
2. The 7 Way Scarf – “These Kokomo toppers are so functional and fun to wear. In pretty chiffon  prints, this look is floaty, flirty and fun! They can be worn long or short, to the side or off the shoulder, or even wrapped like a scarf. It’s lightweight and easy to pack if you’re going away for the weekend and quickly dresses up your summer look of white jeans and a tank.
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3. An Amazing Tunic – “When it comes to tunics, we have options that are nearly endless: bright colored tunics, white tunics, embellished tunics, short tunics, long tunics, and, of course, embroidered tunics. With styles from Barbara Gerwit and Escapada Living, these classic tunics, with their beautiful details, remain a favorite for Newport living.”
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4. Dresses – “Taylor party dresses are perfect for a day at polo or dinner at the Clarke Cooke House.  Pretty and perfectly feminine, these party dresses will make you feel like the belle of the ball!
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 5. Sensational Sandals – “Sailboats, starfish, sand dollars….oh my! We’ve got nautical looks that will make your feet look pretty! Not into the sea? We’ve got bows and bling to take your casual look into a dressier look, all without heels! Want to wear heels, but afraid you’ll break a foot on the cobblestone? Wedge slides are the sandals we love for a taller, leaner look.”
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  6. A Ticket to the Angela Moore Fashion Show! – “Now you have the outfit, so what better place to show it off than the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch at Rosecliff? On Thursday, July 9th, step on the red carpet and feel like a movie star as you take in the scenery: the beautiful terrace overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, the exclusive exhibit highlighting 70 years of fashion curated for the show by the Preservation Society, plus see the fashions on stage where Newport style stars will model iconic fashion styles as well as modern day Newport fashions. You may even bump into a Jackie O look alike!”
For more info on this Thursday’s Show & Champagne Breakfast, click here.

July 7, 2015 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

La-la-loving Lululemon in Newport

lululemon newport pop up shop 4I had heard about Lululemon, like many folks, for quite a while before I found myself actually inside one of these fitness-meets-hipness outposts. The technical wear for yoga, running, tennis, working out, and as the company says, “most other sweaty pursuits,” is known for attractive designs and snug, performance fits. I wandered into their Soho shop when I had left a running top behind in Newport and was sold on the well-reviewed Swiftly Tech long sleeve top, so I made it my own and left with it in the lululemon newport pop up shop 6ubiquitous red reusable shopping-turned-lunch bag emblazoned with inspirational adages.

Today, “Luluheads,” as the devout followers of the brand are called, can be found around the world, and now, local Luluheads will be delighted to learn of the Lululemon Newport Pop Up Shop on William Street (in the space formerly occupied by Wish, which moved to lower Thames).

It hardly has the feel of a pop-up shop as there is a nice amount of diverse pieces for men and women stocked all around the contemporary, coastal-designed space. Though intended to be seasonal, Lululemon fits seamlessly into Newport’s retail and recreational community. It’s placed directly next door to Newport Power Yoga’s Studio B, the donation based class space offering gentle yoga (great for kids, beginners or anyone…20% of monthly profits going to a local charity), and steps away from bustling Bellevue Avenue. So I  am sure I speak for many Newporters when I say I hope the shop gets comfortable and sticks around a while

Check out the Lululemon Newport Pop Up Shop at 106 William Street and follow them on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

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lululemon newport pop up shop 5Photos all Newport Stylephile. Use with permission.

June 11, 2015 at 11:03 pm 1 comment

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