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I’ve watched the growth of the Newport International Polo Series over the past decade. The crowds have grown larger, the tailgates more elaborate, the enclosure more extravagant and the personal style more celebrated. The best thing about the style at polo is that it’s as laid-back or as “la-ti-da” as you wish–just leave any pretension at the gate. I’ve donned everything from my most comfy white skinny jeans and a casual tunic with flats to whimsical over-sized hats with a favorite Lilly shift.
The key, no matter what you’re wearing, is to don smart shoes. For one, you’re standing most of the day. Second: hello? Stomping divots is a bonafide tradition at polo — flip flops simply wont get the job done (tip: make sure what you’re stomping is a divot…). Lastly, you’re on a grass field — plan accordingly (I’ve seen spike heels sink into that grass quicker than a glamour gal’s ego).
That’s why I was psyched to partner with Rockport for a fun polo-infused collaboration. I was challenged to create my perfect look for “A Day at the Match with Rockport.” It was a warm summer say so my philosophy was tow fold: keep it simple. less is more. The look from head to toe: whimsy Madagascar raffia sun hat in lime green, 100% cotton Dobby V-neck fit & flare dress from the Gap in white, natural woven belt and Rockport’s Garden Court Perf T-Strap wedge in Valigia plaid. Oh, and with a little baby in the picture, I had about five whole minutes to pull it all together. The built-in ADIPRENE® by adidas sport technology helped provide shock-absorbing heel cushioning throughout the day while the 2.75 in. added a feminine lift mines too much height. Without further ado, voila!
(The true test of these sandals was on Sunday when I literally wore them to an early morning mass, pushing the stroller, all the way until 11pm. Literally. It was one of those go-go-go days.)
There’s an amazing end-of-season sale happening right now at Rockport’s Newport location at 240 Thames Street but if you covet some kicks from the fall collection, and you might very well do so, here’s a 20% off in-store coupon — just in time for September shopping sprees (click on the pic and print out or if there are any issues, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also, the Newport International Polo Series continues through the end of September. Click here for a match schedule and ticket options and get your tailgating on!
Gilt Groupe …Rue La La … ideeli … Beyond the Rack … flash sale sites are one of today’s best ways to get the hottest deals on designer duds and accessories, but you can wait along time for the perfect must-haves. Recently debuted Bellevue Collection however, based right here in the City-by-the-Sea and named for the toniest address in town, is hosting twice weekly flash sales with a fine tuned eye to Newport style.
Here’s how it works:
Auctions are held every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. (EST) on Bellevue Collections’ Facebook page. Pictures, descriptions, quantities and prices of the accessories up are posted on the Facebook page. To bid on the item, comment on the picture with “SOLD” and your email address. Bellevue Collection then sends successful bidders an email via Google checkout and payment is due within 24 hours (payment is done via Google checkout only). The company ships your blingtastic baubles within 24 hours of payment received, and shipping is always FREE! (Starfish bangles above, $14/each)
Tips: Be sure you ‘like’ Bellevue Collection Facebook page. Log on a few minutes before 8pm on flash sale nights (Mon. and Wed.). If you see something you love, enter your SOLD quickly, as quantities are limited. Lastly, when friends and family are “oohing and ahhing” over your fab pieces, keep those rock bottom prices your little secret.
Bold and bright, preppy or poppy, graphic prints are gracing fashion finds from head to toe this spring. Taking a cue from popular prints often found for interior spaces, this wonderfully whimsical trend arrives just in time for the warmer temperatures. Play up the prints with punchy, eye-catching shoes and accessories, or jump in with both feet with a top, bottom or fabulous dress. Here are some local finds I brought to The Rhode Show this morning:
This Eleanor wrap dress in pink mod by LaRoque (above) from the Pink Pineapple (with locations in Newport and Portsmouth) is fresh and flattering with a girly ruffled collar and comfortable adjustable fit. It’s a growing line available in just 40 boutiques in the country and we’re lucky to fine LaRoque in RI. ($178)
The Arabesque skirt by SugarLips (left), also from the Pink Pineapple, features subtle nautical blue stripes that gracefully bend and swoop along an asymmetrical hemline with dramatic draping along the side. Paired with a crisp white tank and gold thong flip flops, you’ll be ready for a day in Newport! ($65)
Bow-ties have always been a bastion of good style, but now more than ever they are center stage—and perhaps no one rocks one better than stylist to the stars Brad Goreski. With a charming bamboo print, this spiffy silk bowtie from J. McLaughlin in Newport can go take you from professional to party boy. ($45)
Let’s hear it for Lil’ Rhody-made Roeho clutches! Even if this bag wasn’t the creation of two young best friends and budding designers, which makes it all the more charming (support local artisans!), I’d still have the Isabella clutch (left) on my growing “must have” list. ($70). Ps: It should come as no surprise either, that this particular bag is inspired summers in Newport. Learn more about the company by clicking here.
A whimsical interpretation of the classic trench (which, by the way, is worth its weight in gold), this pink I. Madison weatherproof, A-line light coat is perfect for spring and a steal at $37, available at Wish Newport.
Boat shoes are the unofficial causal uniform in Newport, and these Seashore Two-Eye boat shoes by Sebago from Active Sole in Newport feature durable canvas uppers so they’re pretty and practical ($79).
The J. McLaughlin Aken tote is roomy enough for a laptop and just about everything else and flexible with soft nylon fabric and the leather straps with attractive, gold latch hardware. ($98)
What a glorious Indian summer weekend Newport and much of the East Coast is enjoying! Even though fingers are crossed the perfect weather lasts, fall is around the corner, and some amazing pieces I’m finding around town makes the season transition exciting. Erin and Thomas Ribeiro at Rib & Rhein are ecstatic about welcoming exclusive London-based luxury design-driven menswear line D.S.Dundee. The designer is known for using the best fabrics—corduroy, Aran knits, tartan—on classic pieces. It’s not inexpensive, but D.S.Dundee produces the kind of investment pieces that will be timeless. “It’s just simply fabulous and we have it before it gets really huge,” Thomas tells me. If you’re going by the William Street shop, check out the ticket pocket jacket in the window—its fine!
Rib & Rhein is located at 86 William Street in Newport, (401) 619-5767
The 2nd annual Newport WineFest, unfolding this weekend has already created quite a buzz (no pun intended) with fabulous events and amazing talent including Chef Tiffani Faison (first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef All-Stars,” private chef for Will and Jada Smith), Chef Dave Martin (also first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef”) and Chef Todd Winer (worked with Charlie Palmer, Bobby Flay, and Todd English). But the rumors have been swirling most recently about Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer joining the bill to tout her own line, Ramona Pinot Grigio (which we featured in this post when we interviewed the multi-business mogul and fashion aficionado in March).
Ramona emailed me personally yesterday and today and is looking forward to her Newport weekend. She’ll be pouring her pinot at Friday evening’s Newport UnCorked event, Saturday evening’s Grand Tasting Session II, and the Celebrity Chefs & Prosecco Brunch.
She’s also be appearing on August 19 at Pier Liquors in Narragansett, (29 Pier Market Place, from 4-6pm) and on August 20 at Vicker’s Liquors in Newport (274 Bellevue Avenue in the Bellevue Plaza, from 4-5pm). Turtle time!
By now, Newporters and beyond have taken to Alex and Ani, which will take center stage this summer as you’ll be able to buy your Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival tickets at the Bowen’s Wharf shop, but I’m head over heels for the July featured bangle. The 3-D crab bangle, says Alex and Ani, will remind you to trust your instincts and seek alternative routes to reach your goals. I also love it because the crab is often associated with Maryland, where I lived for years.
Best of all, the expandable bangle is $5 off the original $28 price, so it’s just $23, but this month only. The bangle is available in Russian Gold and Russian Silver while supplies last. Planning on doing a little more shopping at Alex and Ani boutiques or online? CLICK HERE for a $5 off your total purchase (restrictions apply).
Though New Peeps Week officially wrapped Friday, there’s more new spaces and places in and around Newport I’ll feature in the coming days and weeks. Today, we welcome Teddy, the New York boutique with a trio of locations (Manhattan’s Upper West Side in addition to Cobble Hill and Park Slope in Brooklyn) that has made it’s first foray out of the boroughs with it’s new Newport locale.
The cozy boutique on Lower Thames is stocked with comfortable cotton dresses ($55+), tops ($28+) and bottoms ($38+) and shelves lined with great jewelry ($24+) and accessories (scarves, hats, etc.). Best of all, they are a lot of sweet brands like Ark & Co., BB Dakota, Plum and Tulle. The vibe? Light, bright comfortable pieces that evoke an effortless, whimsical style.
Teddy is located at 424 Thames Street at the corner of Young Street, and is open daily.