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It’s the season on new finds across Newport and among them is the aptly named Port & Paddock, a charming, little, nautical and equestrian inspired boutique store located at 400 Thames Street. I love a well curated shop–it takes the guess work out of trek through rack an racks. I spied a lovely mix of casual-meets-polished dresses, fabulous tops, skirts and fabulous accessories!
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Clove, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, honey, clove, nutmeg…it reads like ingredients for a creative contemporary dish only instead, it’s just some of the spectrum of spices used in Comme des Garçons parfums. The label, which roughly translated means “like the boys,” is the fragrance arm of the Tokyo-based fashion house known for unconventional conceptual style. It should come as no surprise then, that the distinct fragrances, which first launched in 1994 and expanded over the past 20 years, similarly take an avant-garde approach.
With a curated collection of U.S. retailers, I was pleased to learn this globally-lauded line just hit the shelves at Newport’s own Soap + Water on Bowen’s Wharf. These include the four Comme des Garçons premium lines: Wonderwood, Man (the only non-unisex scent), Amazing Green, Hinoki and Commes des Garcons 2 (retail for $131).
There are four selections from the Series 3 Incense line which is devoted to five scared places associated with global religions : Avignon (Catholic), Ouarzazate (Islam), Zagorsk (Orthodox Christianity), Jaisalmer (Hindu), and Kyoto (Buddhism and Shintoism). Retails for $95.
I sampled a number of the Commes des Garcons fragrances at Soap + Water and what really struck me is that they seem to be the “anti-perfume” perfume. That is, with notes incense, chamomile, vanilla, patchouli, rosewood and ambrette, there’s a palpable natural scent identified with each; they are not overpowering.
Packaging is everything, and these delights come in sleek, architecturally interesting bottles which almost pass for petite pieces of art. Sample the scents at Soap + Water Newport at 16 Bowen’s Wharf soon. Don’t live near by? Soap + Water is now a part of the Shoptiques community, which means you can be sitting in Greenpoint or Greenland and still enjoy the authentic shopping experience at this great shop. Here’s you’re boarding pass: http://www.shoptiques.com/boutiques/Soap-Water-Newport
Comme des Garcons at Soap + Water
This post was sponsored by Soap + Water Newport. As always, opinions expressed are my own.
The next few days ahead look like idyllic summer temperatures, just in time for the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival here in Newport (for details, click here). The just-wrapped America’s Cup World Series proved a lot of things, including Newport is a beloved locale for sailors– for conditions, environment and enthusiasm (ETNZ Skipper Dean Barker laughed saying Newport was one of few places where unsolicited sailing advice might come with your morning coffee); and that casual style, even in the blazing sun, can be poised and polished. Day in and day out of the ACWS, I took in bold colors and nautical stripes as far as the eye can see…
I spotted this coral printed scarf top by Fornash at Cabbage Rose in Newport that is perfect for a hot summer day (this weekend!) paired with crisp white shorts, linen pants or white jeans. With a comfortable while elegant drape, signature Fornash toggle gold chain neck, and exposed back, its sweet with a little bit of sass. Top costs $58, available in pink with white coral or blue with red coral.
Cabbage Rose is located at 493 Thames Street in Newport, next to O’Brien’s Pub. (401) 846-7006
From Manhattan to Main Street, fashionistas are in a frenzy for tops, bottoms, and dresses boasting unapologetic bold color. Boston-based designer Sara Campbell, recently marking the one-year anniversary of her Bellevue Avenue boutique, has never shied away from mixing eye-popping brights and crisp whites, and her Spring and Summer 2012 collections are no different.
The shop is ready for Newport’s social season with pieces ranging from “garden party” to glamorous, like the orange and pink striped dress above with an über-flattering origami waistline ($315)—bold and beautiful!
Sara Campbell is located at 115 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.
To know me is to know I love animals and animal rescue organizations like our local Potter League (its a miracle I only have one dog…though his size and weight is equivalent to like four medium size dogs…). So you can image how delighted I was when Alex and Ani recently debuted these paw print expandable wire bangles in Russian Gold and Russian Silver with 20% of the sales being donated to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals which supports, heals and finds caring homes for both dogs and cats. The bangle is $28 and available in stores and online. (Finally, a fashionable common-ground between ‘dog people’ and ‘cat people!’)
Also, if you like a bargain (and you should this time of year), you may want to take note of the December Bangle of the Month, a Sacred Dove expandable wire bangle which evokes the spirit of faith, grace and truth. Get $5 off the regular $28 price this month only both in stores and online.
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As it goes in Newport, a friend recently asked me if I had herd of George Guest, to which I confirmed I had not, but quickly followed up asking why perhaps I should have. Local entrepreneur George Keeler, an active climber and creative visionary, was just a junior at Lehigh when he conceptualized a backpack that merged his love of the outdoors with the necessity of a functional piece that could take him from mountaintop to Main Street. “The just wasn’t a bag out there that had a roll top closure that I could wear in both a college and urban setting,” he told me recently. So, rather than shrug his shoulders and strategize his next keg stand approach, he got to work, teaching himself how to sew and churning out a few prototypes. Long story short, he entered and won an entrepreneurship grant totaling $5,000 which launched the first George Guest collection (along with buddy turned business director Alexander Schultz).
The capital became the backing for George Guest, which officially launched in 2008 with meticulously crafted backpacks that are a welcomed departure from the ubiquitous nylon packs. Its since grown to include belts and bracelets. Made in the Dominican Republic and being added to retailers coast to coast, the bags cost $265, boast unexpected durability and like other carefully crafted goods, have an impressive longevity. To learn more or order a George Guest bag, visit www.GeorgeGuestUSA.com