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Baby, You’re a Firework…

ImageSometimes in the dead of winter you need a little sparkle, and tonight’s fireworks display over Newport Harbor at 6:30pm might just be the best way to kick off a holiday weekend (and Newport Winter Festival). The weather peeps are calling for clear skies (but there’s a rain date for tomorrow at the same time, just in case). There’s some excellent viewing points–perhaps over dinner at The Mooring, craft cocktails on the top floor of Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, happy hour at Celtica, or the divine Vanderbilt Grace, which will welcome guests and residents to watch fireworks from the hotel’s rooftop which offers an amazing vantage point. The cost is $8 per person and that includes hot chocolate and a cozy blanket. Even better, why not toast the night with a some bubbly???


February 15, 2013 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

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

Kiss This…

Seeing as though most local restaurants have recovered from the 2-ft. snowfall, all should be business as usual by Valentine’s Day this Thursday. Whether you plan on spending the evening making googly eyes across the table with a loved one or painting the town red with a group of good friends, start the evening with a complimentary tasting of sparkling wines at the Newport Wine Cellar from 4-6pm to find the perfect bottle to start off the evening.


How apropos is this strapless chiffon dress (a.k.a. the Marianne dress) by Erin Fetherston with a shirred bodice, fluttery skirt and exposed zip back all in a flirty lipstick print spotted at Kristina Richards? (It’s also perfect for the Potter League’s Have a Heart fundraiser tomorrow night at the Hotel Viking or newportFILM’s “For the Love of Film, Marilyn’s Hollywood” Benefit on Feb. 23!)


erin F kiss dress

…Or how about getting in touch with your animal instincts with these 4″ leopard-print heels by Jessica Simpson on sale at Sole Desire? (Was $85, now $63.75!)

Jessica Simpson pumps
Stackable bangles from Sequin in Newport:
sequin bangles
Get just the right seductive shade with Smashbox colors from ArchBeauty:
Erin Fetherston dress, second from top: Chelsea Lauren/ Getty Images

February 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

ImageWe hope everyone in the Northeast is hunkered in as “Nemo” blasts its snowy wrath upon us. It might be a long haul, so I’m sharing this favorite Irish Coffee recipe (I suppose I still have Ireland on my mind) to keep you toasty warm as the temperature drops. If you start going a little stir-crazy, some Newport hotspots that will be happy to make you a warm cocktail (or three) this afternoon include The Mooring, Fastnet Pub, Brick Alley Pub opening at 4pm), The Fifth Element (open at 5pm) Gas Lamp Grille,  Clarke Cooke House and more. Visit What’s Up Newp for a complete, live-time update of restaurant/bar openings and closings.  

RECIPE (serves  4)

Image4 tbsp. good-quality Irish whiskey (I prefer Jameson as I had my fair share in County Cork last week)
8 tsp. sugar  (I use substantially less in my cup, like 1 tsp., if any)
1/3 cup freshly brewed coffee, preferably strong French roast
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks if desired)

Place 1 tbsp. of whiskey and 2 teaspoons sugar in each of 4 warm Irish coffee or 8-ounce heat-proof glasses. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour enough hot coffee into each glass to fill it about three-quarters full.

Hold a tablespoon (with the back of the spoon facing you) over the coffee in one cup, and ladle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the whipped cream over the spoon so that it gently falls into the coffee. Adding the cream this way will help it float on top of the coffee instead of sinking immediately to the bottom. Repeat to make 3 more servings. Serve immediately.

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February 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Emerald Isle Style

Dublin Marked on Map

Apologies for the hiatus! During the past three weeks or so, I’ve traveled 5,994 miles by air, 1962 miles by road, 530 miles by rail, and 165 miles by bus … so it’s been a bit busy. A large chunk of that time was spent in Ireland, where I traipsed around Dublin, Cork and briefly, Kerry. I‘d been to the Emerald Isle before, but never to Newport’s sister alluring city of Kinsale. Like the City-by-the-Sea, it’s an extraordinary place full of extraordinary people with cobblestone streets, amazing restaurants, welcoming accommodations and fresh, salty air.

It’s easy to see why Ireland’s unofficial mantra is Céad Míle Fáilta hundred thousand welcomes. From cab the-gathering-logo1-300x216drivers to pint pour-ers and everyone in-between, it may just be the friendliest country in the world. There’s also a hundred thousand reasons to experience Ireland, and if you (are lucky enough) to boast Irish American heritage or simply appreciate Irish interests, 2013 is the year of The Gathering. Described as “a spectacular, year-long celebration of all things Irish,” The Gathering invites those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants to come home and discover from whence you came. Find out more by clicking here.

And of course, I made notes of Irish style, which was perhaps best displayed around Dublin’s Trinity College, Temple Bar (which was hosting an amazing TradFest event, part of The Gathering festivities) and fashionable Grafton Street areas. Trends included peplum dresses and tops:Image

Fabulous faux lashes and extensions (get lash extensions locally at Wavelengths, Invidia, KiRa, RaNEW and more): Image

And platform, studded footwear EVERYWHERE– on heels, flats, boots, and shooties (the last of which is very popular paired with everything from skinny jeans to dresses). I guess it’s a global trend because I featured it on Newport Stylephile just two weeks ago in THIS POST. Here’s some shoes I snapped in Dublin:






February 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm 2 comments

First Lady Fashion


The Inauguration and all of its surrounding activities is Washington’s Oscars. Who’s wear who and who wears it best will take up much of the coverage today and tonight with First Lady Michelle Obama in the spotlight of it all. FLOTUS unforgettably donned a silk chiffon creation by Jason Wu for the circuit of inaugural balls she and the newly minted president attended in 2009, and rumors are swirling about what she will wear tonight. Though she reportedly has whittled it down from 20 to two choices, even the designers don’t know what will be the final choice until she reveals “the one” this evening (not to fear, Tim Gunn is on the case).

Of course, Newport is best known for its ties to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Here she is in a gown at the Metropolitan Opera in 1965 (with Met General Manager Rudolf Bing) that she also wore in Newport.ImageShe wore this silk gown, designed by Oleg Cassini, to a dinner hosted by at The Breakers for the America’s Cup in 1962. (both images, credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

ImageThe an exhibit at Smithsonian, The First Ladies, features more than two dozen gowns from the the museum’s almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, including pieces worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. To explore pieces in the collection, click here.

January 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm 1 comment

Golden Globes Glamour: Make-Up How Tos

This year’s Golden Globe makeup trends range from natural beauty to statement shades. Recreate some of the best looks with the talented teams at Newport’s Apothecary, ArchBeauty, Cosmetic Cosmos and more. Here’s some popular looks complete with how-to guides just one click away!

ImageHourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera (lips). For a whole look step-by-step, CLICK HERE

ImageBoth Elizabeth Arden: Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Single in Sky (lids), Beautiful Color Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Midnight (top and bottom lash line). For a step-by-step, CLICK HERE

Image(All by Laura Mercier) Caviar Eye Liner in Black (lids and under eye), Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony applied with Flat Eye Liner Brush (lash line), Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold (inner rim of the eye), Faux Lash Mascara (multiple coats, top lashes),Lip Pencil in Hazelnut and in Praline with Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Angelic, Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 in Almond, Secret Camouflage #3 (cover-up), Crème Cheek Colour in Blaze and Bonne Mine Palette (to highlight and bronze), Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, Mineral Illuminating Powder and Secret Brightening Powder (to set). For a step-by-step, CLICK HERE

Image(All by Colorscience, available at ArchBeauty in Newport): Skin Bronzing Face Primer SPF 20 (primer), Sheer Crème Foundation (foundation), Pressed mineral powder and shimmer bronzer (to set), Loose Mineral Eye Colore in Black Matte and Smoke Matte, Loose Mineral Eye Color in Silver Shimmer, Teal shadow, White shimmer shadow on the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. For a step-by-step, CLICK HERE

ImageBy Dior and L’Oreal. For a Step-by-step, CLICK HERE

January 17, 2013 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Tell Me About It, Stud


Studded pieces are popping up just about everywhere it seems! From fashionable frocks to sky-high heels, haute handbags to outrageous accessories, the look is as edgy as it is eye catching. Wish on William Street has some amazing Sam Edelman studded heels (unless they sold already!) and Kristina Richards, who has long carried fun studded pieces, has some drool-worthy handbags sporting the trend including a peach envelope clutch (locations in Newport and East Greenwich). Black House White Market on Long Wharf has had an amazing studded ponte pencil skirt in winter white in the window with soft gold and silver studs in an art-deco-inspired pattern. Even discounters like TJ Maxx has some studded finds including an oversized black tote I spotted last week. Here’s some studded eye candy: 




January 15, 2013 at 10:37 am 3 comments

The Scoop on Scarves

My good friend SCD has mastered the art of the scarf, or pashmina as it might be. She has options in nearly every color picked up everywhere from Newport shops to Italian street corners. Mastering how to tie a scarf can be tricky, and so often we know on way and stick to it. I was pleasantly surprised when a friend showed me this quick video—from Chico’s, of all places— on how to tie different shaped scarves in different ways (I’m not sold on the “vest” quite yet). Check it out!

January 9, 2013 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Embracing the lifestyle–the look, the flavor, the style–of Newport, Rhode Island!

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