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Namaste in the Neighborhood at The Attwater


Summer officially starts on Wednesday, and there’s no better place to savor the season of sun and fun, sailing and celebrating, and the spoils of the sea than here in Newport. While it’s the best time of year to relax and unwind, social schedules do indeed get hectic, so setting apart some time to be mindful, thankful and appreciate life in the moment and all the beauty that surrounds us here on Aquidneck Island is imperative. 

I was reminded of how blissful if feels after yoga recently when I was able to practice with trees swaying in the breeze overhead and fluffy white cloud sauntering across the sky on the back deck of The Attwater. The boutique hotel on Liberty Street (steps from the Newport Art Museum) is known for its chic coastal meets contemporary interior design, the deck is spacious and secluded, and though just a stone’s throw from Bellevue Avenue, you’d never know you’re in the heart of Historic Hill.


Getting our “om” on…

On the third Thursday of each month, The Attwater opens its doors to the community for yoga from 6pm – 7pm, followed by an hour-long pop-up shop featuring  local makers in The Attwater Café. Not very flexible? Yoga is a challenge for you? No worries – that’s why yoga is always called a “practice,” and besides, The Attwater’s Vinyasa-style yoga classes are taught by the AWESOME Emily Moyer (pictured at top) from Newport’s Community Yoga Center for WellnessNewport’s Community Yoga Center for Wellness, who walks you through each pose with gentle encouragement.

Cost: $20 per class for hotel and community guests. Classes are limited to 8 participants, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or can be paid in cash to Emily upon arrival. Enjoy your post-yogaIMG_8606 bliss with a complimentary seasonal smoothie made by The Attwater team. Guests are asked to bring their own yoga mat, but the instructor will have a few extra on hand as well. 

The monthly public class dates and pop-up partners are: 

The weekly yoga series will continue through September 29. Namaste.

PS: I posted some fun pics from the inaugural yoga session at The Attwater on my Instastories at @newportstyle!

June 11, 2017 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

New Faces, New Places: Meet Port & Paddock

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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!






Follow Port & Paddock on Facebook and on Instagram at @portandpaddock (and while you’re at it, follow @newportstyle)

May 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Comme des Garçons Parfums: Simply Scentsational


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.

Comme-des-Garcons-2-ManWith 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:

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Comme des Garcons at Soap + Water



This post was sponsored by Soap + Water Newport. As always, opinions expressed are my own.

July 22, 2015 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

Crazy for Coral

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

July 5, 2012 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

Memorial Day Must-Haves from The Rhode Show

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer here in the Ocean State and spending time with family and friends is what the weekend is all about. Whether gathering at a backyard barbeque or clinking champagne on the stern of the ship, dressing the part is half the fun. These fun finds—almost all under $100—will allow you to be cute, casual and comfortable with class!

Some of the favorite footwear of style icon Jackie O, Jack Rogers have been “the” summer shoe to slip on since 1960. ($105) The gold trim sandals would complement the flag print, Barbara Gerwit knit dress ($104) from Island Outfitters, Newport

The Smathers & Branson custom Newport needlepoint belt is a nod to the Newport Bridge, the Dark n’ Stormy, and the America’s Cup 12 meter yachts ($165.) BYOB? No problem. Swill in style with this Smathers & Branson Jolly Roger flask. $65, both from Island Outfitters, Newport

Bright, bold bangles with graphic and nautical motifs set the tone for serious style, and turn heads with a whimsical toggle necklace or don a cocktail ring (at left). $19-$40, Jason & Co., Newport

Light and lovely, this Barbara Gerwit whale print tunic (at top)  is perfectly paired with crisp white jeans or linen pants. $69.50, Island Pursuit, Newport

Fashion is fit to be tied in the Melly M nautical rope shorts. Pair with a white oxford and roll up sleeves for a preppy look or keep is casual with a navy or white tank (at left). $132, Island Pursuit, Newport

Keep Clam and Sail On…it just about wraps up summer in Newport (at right). $29.50, Island Pursuit, Newport

It’s all about the super wedge (4.5”!!!) the summer and the Jessica Simpson Amande in patent pink is too precious to pass up! $69.99, Sole Desire, Newport

The crochet trend continues with the Steve Madden Manngo wrapped platform and wedge heel. $75, Sole Desire, Newport

May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am 1 comment

Simply Stunning, Sara Campbell!

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.

May 7, 2012 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

For the Four-Legged Fanatics: Paws for a Cause

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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December 14, 2011 at 1:34 am Leave a comment

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