The Journal

  • A Fabulous Fashion, Art & Jewelry Event at Jessica Hagan Fine Art + Design

    Looking for some chic new threads for our favorite season?  Join Jessica Hagan Fine Art + Design this Friday and Saturday in their presentation of Newport’s Chic Boutique by Marilyn Mainelli showcasing the Summer 2015 collection of W BY WORTH.  Enjoy refreshments and personal shopping with Marilyn while surrounded by incredible fine art and sparkling jewelry… We cannot think of a better way to prepare for Summer!

    Opening Reception, Friday, April 17th, 4-7 p.m.

     Saturday, April 18th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Personal Shopping continues with Marilyn Mainelli by appointment Sunday, April 19th through Friday, April 24th by emailing or by chance at 72 Webster Street, Newport!

    For more information contact Marilyn Mainelli at or 973-452-9505 or call Jessica Hagan Fine Art + Design at 401-835-7682.

    Jessica Hagan Fine Art + Design, 9A Bridge Street, Newport, RI 02840

  • SPECIAL: Relax and Revive at Vanderbilt Grace
    Photo courtesy: Vanderbilt Grace
    Photo courtesy: Vanderbilt Grace

    We’re not sure about you, but we could use a little R&R over here. Between the shoveling, days off from school, and work, doesn’t a massage sound good right about now? Okay, surely you don’t need convincing so OBJ is here to tell you that the Vanderbilt Grace is offering a Daylight Savings Spa Event exclusively this Sunday, March 8. You can rest and enjoy being pampered with an uplifting or relaxing massage for $95 per person (regularly $110/$125) and let’s just say you’ll be even more thankful for that extra hour of sunlight in your day.

    You’d better call and make your reservation – team OBJ is filling their spots pretty quickly.

    Vanderbilt Grace, 41 Mary Street, Newport

  • Winter White at the Newport Art Museum, Friday February 27th

    Showcase your best white looks at the Midwinter White Party and have a chance at winning a prize for best costume!  If you’re looking for cozy winter white inspiration, look no further.  We have chosen some inspirational images to get you in the mood.  If you’re still not inspired visit the Newport Art Museum to shop a pop-up shop on site, or pop into some of our favorite OBJ merchants like Michael Hayes, Chace N’Lulu, or RIB & RHEIN for fabulous clothing and accessories including shoes and boots!

    Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Russell Morin Fine Catering and a wintery white dessert bar by Stoneacre Pantry will help to lure guests and patrons in from the chill.  Follow Newport Art Museum for breaking news on prizes and party happenings on Instagram @NewportArtMuseum.  Members can purchase tickets for a mere $20, and non-members for an inexpensive $50 per guest.

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  • Have Fun in the Snow – 5 Things to Do Around Newport

    Living in New England means snow is a regular thing around here these days. While we’ve heard many people complain about it, here at OBJ embrace it! There really are so many fun things to do in Newport during a snowstorm, seriously! With more snow in the forecast, here’s are top picks. We hope to see you out and about!

    Walking through the Point neighborhood in the snow give a peak into history.
    Walking through the Point neighborhood in the snow gives a peek into history.
    1. Snowshoe at Norman Bird Sanctuary – With 325 acres of scenery and seven miles of beautiful hiking trails, Norman Bird Sanctuary has trails for people of all abilities. Make sure to check in at the Welcome Center (adults: $6, children 3 – 12: $3, members and children under 3 are free).
    2. Cozy up to a fire – What’s better than to warm up by the fire on a cold winter’s day? Several restaurants around Newport have the perfect spot to watch the snow fall and enjoy a glass of champagne. Our favorite fireplaces include the Clarke Cooke House, Forty 1 North, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, and the White Horse Tavern.
    3. Cross country ski on the Sakonnet Greenway – Aquidneck Land Trust maintains many trails in Portsmouth and Middletown for public use, and one thing we love about it is that we can bring the pooch along, too! Download their trail maps and then head out for some exercise.
    4. Sledding at Fort Adams – A favorite pastime of many kids (ahem, and adults) the sledding at Fort Adams is the best in Newport. You’d better get there early, as it certainly isn’t a secret!
    5. Walking through the Point – While we love strolling through downtown and Bellevue Avenue in the snow, we also like to take the road less-traveled. Park your car at the Rhumbline on Bridge Street and explore the Point neighborhood. With its gas lanterns and historic houses, it gives you a one-of-a-kind peek into days gone by.


  • The Annual Denim Sale at Laura Jean Denim!

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    Laura Jean Denim is holding their annual denim sale starting Friday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 8. Fashion labels such as AG Adriano Goldschmied, Hudson, and J Brand will be marked down to $50, $100, or $150. The annual sale will also include discounts on cashmere sweaters, cold weather accessories, jewelry and more.

    “The annual denim sale is a great kickoff to celebrating Laura Jean Denim’s 10th anniversary,” says owner Laura Flynn. “If you’ve ever been to the denim sale before, you will come back every year to get the best deals.”  Flynn adds that there will be “an abundant number of jeans available in a variety of sizes and styles.”

    Throughout the weekend, shoppers will receive a free gift with their purchase, while supplies last. Shoppers will also be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate to the store. The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 9.

    On Saturday afternoon, the store is partnering with The Power of Juice, a local start-up, to offer customers complimentary, hand-crafted juices. The chef and owner, Brigid A. Sawyer, will be making the fresh, vitamin-packed beverages from 12-3 p.m.

    Laura Jean Denim is specialty store dedicated to helping customers find the perfect pair of premium denim. Located in Newport, R.I., only a few steps away from the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Bellevue Avenue. Parking is available on Bellevue Avenue, William Street, and in the Bellevue Gardens Plaza.

  • Valentine’s Day Picks – $50 and under!

    If you’ve been following along, over the past week we’ve given you some amazing Valentine’s Day gift ideas from #OldBeachJournalApproved stores. Maybe we’re love struck, or maybe it’s because there are just so many great finds in shops right now, but either way we just can’t help ourselves! Most of these items are $50 and under so scoop them up while you can.


    1. Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil, $27; 2. Paddywax Mixology French Gimlet found at Newport Historical Society, $25.95; Margot|Lorient Block Print Pajama Set found at Monelle, on sale for $80 (don’t forget their big winter sale and the 40% off one full-priced item coupon in our current issue that ends Feb 28th!).
    1. Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil, $27; 2. Paddywax Mixology French Gimlet candle found at Newport Historical Society, $25.95; Margot|Lorient Block Print Pajama Set found at Monelle, on sale for $80 (don’t forget their big winter sale and the 40% off one full-priced item coupon in our current issue that ends Feb 28th!).
    1. The Valentine's Collection at Pink Pineapple, on sale for $28 each or $80 for all 4; Lemon and Line Stack, $30 and up; Wristlet/Crossbody Bags found at Michael Hayes, $42 ($48 with monogram).
    1. The Valentine’s Collection at Pink Pineapple, on sale for $28 each or $80 for all 4; Lemon and Line Stack, $30 each and up; Wristlet/Crossbody Bags found at Michael Hayes, $42 ($48 with monogram).
    Seashell Blooms handmade from Seashells in Bloom, $9 per stem and up.
    Seashell Flower Stems handmade from Seashells in Bloom, $9 per stem and up.



  • W by Worth Spring 2015 Trunk Show

    Even though we still have some snow on the ground, we have to look forward to our favorite seasons of green grass and daffodils. One sure way to buzz about the coming season is to attend the W by Worth Spring 2015 Collection Trunk Show presented by Marilyn Mainelli at Jessica Hagan Fine Art + Design on Bridge Street in Newport.  Appointments are available.  Please see dates and times below, as well as a second location after the event at JHFAD.

    Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15 from 10 o’clock am until 4 o’clock pm at Jessica Hagan Fine Art + Design, 9a Bridge Street, Newport.

    Monday, February 16 – Thursday, February 19 by appointment at 72 Webster Street, Newport.

    For appointment or more information please call Marilyn Mainelli at 973-452-9505 or email at MMainelli(at)WbyWorth(dot)com

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  • Luxe Picks for Your Love (Or Yourself..!)

    No one treats your love like you…whether that means you are buying for your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, or yourself*.  We are lucky to have an extra special collection of well curated stores in Newport that can cater to our luxury whims – without crossing any bridges or waiting impatiently for a box to arrive.  At this calendar crossroads, mid-February, I still want to enrobe myself in fur and step it up with gold jewelry that takes the place of the sunshine.  And who doesn’t love a safari moment – in the house or with gear to help you forage for goods at Re or Sea Salt Interieurs while on vintage safari.  Seize the day and get out there to snap up these incredible pieces from some of our favorite #OldBeachJournalApproved stores!

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    Fur vest by Yves Salomon, similar styles available at RIB & RHEIN (now 50% off during their limited time only Annual Designer Sale!); Gold Commodore bracelet and gold Wide Bamboo ring available at J. H. Breakell; fur boot by Moncler available at RIB & RHEIN (also 50% off!!!); Barbour International jacket available at Royal Male; Leopard platter available at Spring Fever; white fox mittens by Glamourpuss available at Chace N’ Lulu (don’t forget their big winter sale and the 40% off one full-priced item coupon in our current issue that ends Feb 28th!).



  • Out-of-the-Gift Box Ideas – Valentine’s Day!

    It’s definitely not too late to take advantage of our very special packages that we featured in the Late Fall & Winter 2014-15 issue of Old Beach Journal!  These packages would certainly make your loved one happy, some of these even include a +1 so you will not miss out on the adventure, too!

    The Friday Night Respite at Castle Hill, featuring the incredibly luxurious treatment rooms by Farmaesthetics, are sure to delight.  Even though the grass may not be green (or you may not be able to see it under a blanket of snow), Castle Hill is one of the coziest spots on the island with an incredible view.  Fireplaces roaring in the lobby and comfort food on the menu, take advantage of this “staycation”.  To book call 401-849-3800.  Details of cost, included treatments, meals, and more below.

    The Downtown Getaway at Vanderbilt Grace is yet another incredible “staycation” package put together exclusively for Old Beach Journal readers.  Spend an evening dining at Muse, swimming in their indoor pool, and receiving a relaxing treatment in their serene spa.  We cannot imagine a better way to spend an evening in Newport!  If you opt to save your dining credit for brunch, the Vanderbilt Grace is centrally located within an easy walk to most of Newport’s fabulous restaurants like the Clarke Cooke House or 22 Bowen’s.  Call 401-846-6200 to book.  Details listed below!

    Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tour.   Visit the Bird’s Eye View website to choose from one of their inspiring packages, or contact them to create your own.  Don’t forget to mention the Old Beach Journal discount which also includes a video of the tour!

    Although the salty sea may be a little chilly, we all love to plan for warmer weather.  Getting on the water in Newport has never been easier or more flexible than with a membership to the Freedom Boat Club.  Access to a fleet of motorboats and sailboats ranging from 21 to 29 feet is the incredible perk of this package.  A luxurious gift that keeps on giving for a loved one or yourself, this is money well spent and certain to be enjoyed.  We all need a little motivation to get through these next few months… Call 401-626-1292 for more information about membership fees, or visit

    There is nothing like a useful and thoughtful gift such as the Ultimate Training Package at Train with Jane Pilates.  Jane Beezer’s well-rounded training and coaching skills, as well as her intimate studio of Stott Pilates reformers, makes for the perfect winter-into-spring plan to get you or your loved one in shape for the coming beach and boat season.  Jane is offering a six-week package that builds resistance, flexibility and overall health.  See details below and call 401-846-1172 for more information.

    Flowers of the Month from Chaves’ Gardens is the fastest way to bring spring and summer into the house without flying to another latitude.  Reminding your partner, best friend, or parent of how much you love them on a monthly basis starts at $34.95!  What an incredible gift for anyone in your life who needs a little reminder of sunshine and love (this includes you, too, dear reader!).  Call 401-846-0623 and mention the Old Beach Journal special to one of the floral experts at Chaves’ Gardens (reopening Feb 7th, just in time for Cupid’s holiday!).

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    Thank you to all of the merchants who took the time to assemble special deals and experiences for our Old Beach Journal readers.  If you are interested in more specials (or are a retailer that would like to offer a special OBJ deal!) please email us at Style(at)OldBeachJournal(dot)com.  We would love to hear from you – Happy Valentine’s Day!  Spring is coming!

  • It’s Not Too Late for Your Visit to The RIB & RHEIN Annual Designer Sale!

    If you haven’t been – make a point to visit the only 50% off sale at RIB & RHEIN!  We aren’t sure when this sale is going to end, so we encourage you to run down there and grab what you want and need to stay warm and prepare for warm weather!  Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter items are on sale – including accessories and SHOES for Men & Women!

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  • Valentine’s Day Picks from Team OBJ

    Fabulous choices from some of our favorite #OldBeachJournalApproved shops!  ASHA by ADM Zodiac pendants (shown in various sizes) available at Monelle at Bowen’s Wharf (*HINT! Grab a Late Fall & Winter 2014-15 Old Beach Journal and receive 40% off of one item at Monelle or sister store, Chace N’ Lulu, both located on Bowen’s Wharf and open 7 days a week!); Rigaud Candle available at Papers on Bellevue Ave; Cashmere scarf available at Toci on Franklin Street; Farmaesthetics “Cinnamon Girl” available at Farmaesthetics on Bellevue or; Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch available at RIB & RHEIN on William Street (*HINT! Shop at RIB & RHEIN now while their 50% off Designer Sale continues!)

    Images courtesy of Asha, Rigaud, Toci, Farmaesthetics, and Lulu Guinness.  Picks made by Donna M. Kelly and Heidi Brueggeman.

  • What’s In Store: Chace N’ Lulu and Monelle
    Photo courtesy: Chace N' Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Chace N’ Lulu

    Here at OBJ, we are obsessed with all things fur. Add cashmere to that list and you’ve got the perfect pieces to cozy up to your favorite Newport fireplace during these cold months. That’s why when we heard that Chace N’ Lulu and Monelle are having an amazing sale on their winter pieces, we had to go check them out on Bowen’s Wharf before settling in next to the fireplace at the Clarke Cooke House. Check out the Monelle website for more great finds.

    And, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the latest Old Beach Journal for a 40 percent off discount at Chace N’ Lulu and Monelle inside (expires March 1)! You’re welcome.

    Photo courtesy: Chace N' Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Chace N’ Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Monelle/Chace N' Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Monelle/Chace N’ Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Chace N' Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Chace N’ Lulu
    Photo courtesy: Monelle
    Photo courtesy: Monelle

    The unbelievable annual designer sale at RIB & RHEIN is happening NOW!  50% off of the ENTIRE store – this includes incredible brands such as Marc Jacobs, Moncler, Yves Salomon, Lulu Guinness, Maison Kitsune, and several more!  Did we mention this event only happens ONCE A YEAR?

    RIB & RHEIN, 86 William Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840    –  Men’s and Women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and bespoke services.

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  • Chateau & Bungalow Private Sale – TONIGHT! 20% off!

    Join Chateau & Bungalow Owner Sarah Fernandez in an evening of holiday cheer, sparkle, and discounts!  Sarah will offer 20% off of her store’s collection (some exclusions apply) – plus jewelry by Heidi Brueggeman offering her special “friends & family” discount.  Please contact Sarah via to RSVP or for more information on how you could host your own private shopping night with friends and family.

    PS Don’t forget to check out THE ANNEX, the exciting back room filled with designer consignments including shoes, bags, and clothing!

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  • This Week’s Holiday Events: Shopping, Strolling, and Tree Lighting

    Even though the cold weather is (sort of) here, our shops, restaurants, and organizations keep us busy this time of year! And, when we’re busy, that also means that time flies by and we find ourselves running out of time before Christmas which, by the way, is just three weeks away. THREE WEEKS!But don’t stress out too much. With these events (and many more in the coming weeks), you’ll have your Christmas list checked off in no time.

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  • What’s in Store: Holiday 2014, Chace N’ Lulu and Monelle on Bowen’s Wharf

    In Newport we are lucky to have so much wonderful shopping.  Now that the warmer weather crowds have settled down, shopping at destinations like Bowen’s Wharf have gotten that much easier.  Whether you’re treating yourself or buying gifts for your loved ones, shopping local is a movement we at Old Beach Journal believe is of the utmost importance.  These small businesses support our local economies, and in turn we need to support them, especially in the “off season”.

    Just days away from the annual tree lighting at Bowen’s Wharf makes popping down to the wharfs that much more festive – the 44 foot spruce is already up and being decorated!  While you’re down there have a look at some of the colorful, luxe, and fab finds at Chace N’ Lulu, Monelle, and Michael Hayes.  Here’s a peek at what’s in store!

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    There’s no shortage of great accessories at Nell’s stores, Chace N’ Lulu and Monelle, both located on Bowen’s Wharf. Choose from a great selection of Newport charm jewelry, colorful and sparkly stones or a well-styled wallet by Annabel Ingall.
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    From chic beaded tassel necklaces to children’s clothing, Chace N’ Lulu has everything you need to complete your buying for that stylish friend.
  • Holiday Sip & Shop Event at OceanCliff


    The OBJ team can’t be more excited to sip on signature cocktails and start our holiday shopping at OceanCliff on Wednesday! These exclusive evenings have always taken place as a summer kick-off and we can’t wait to see what they have planned for this time around.

    The evening starts at 4pm in the OceanCliff Ballroom where you will have the opportunity to shop from our favorite local designers and shop owners, including Angela Moore, Chateau & Bungalow, Artwork by Ellen Rohlfing, Fjall cashmere, Three Islands, Pink Pineapple, Crisloid, and jewelry from our fearless leader, Heidi Brueggeman. 

    Other featured vendors include Island Outfitters, Groovy Gator, Stella & Dot, Haarstick, J. McLaughlin, Feel Handbags, Schoenbucher Designs/Recycled Shells, and Stina Sayre.

    There is still time to join this event! Admission is free. Email and visit the event on Facebook to learn more.

  • Experience Newport’s Finest Restaurants with Taste of Newport
    A redesigned Taste of Newport will take place this weekend.
    A redesigned Taste of Newport will take place this weekend.

    Newport Restaurant Week continues through this weekend and ends Sunday with Child & Family’s 31st Annual Taste of Newport. This year’s event will be returning to its roots at the Hotel Viking and boasts a redesign which allows guests to choose from two different distinct dining experiences, The Taste Experience, and the Dine Experience. It’s a culinary experience and collaboration with over 50 of Newport County’s finest restaurants and their award winning chefs.

    If you’ve been to the Taste of Newport in previous years, you will enjoy the event as you have always known it with their “Taste” option. Mingle with your favorite chefs and friends for an extended cocktail party. Try a new restaurant’s flavors as the traditional Taste format entices with some delightful surprises. Tasting stations, both savory and sweet, will be presented by some of the most talented chefs, restaurants, and caterers from across Newport County that will amuse your palette. Bid on the array of silent auction items from over 100 local businesses (totaling over $30,000) and connect with friends and our culinary community.  Taste is $125 per person from 5pm – 8pm.

    Take your Taste experience to the next level with the “Dine” experience, an elegant seated dining adventure. Eight of the areas acclaimed chefs will collaborate to produce an original four course chefs’ dining experience, paired with wines. Learn about their creative processes and the collaboration between food and wine from local experts. A live auction featuring a select number of special items will be held during the dinner. Elegant wines, tableside service, and unique culinary insights celebrate the spirit of Taste this year. Dine is a continuation of Taste beginning at 7:45pm and is $225 per person.

    There’s still time to purchase tickets! To learn more, visit the Child & Family website.

  • Trunk Show Thursday & Friday at Re in North Kingstown!

    Join the lovely ladies at Re in North Kingstown for a fun shopping event this Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13.  Along with their ever-revolving collection of perfectly curated vintage and antique furniture and home décor, Heidi, Laura & Maureen are offering a special look at two fabulous local designers.

    Fjall, an incredible luxury Italian cashmere clothing line designed in Jamestown rivaling The Row and Celine, will be on hand showing their exclusive new designs for Fall & Winter 2014-15 consisting of thick marled cashmere turtlenecks, pearl-embellished sweaters, and tailored cashmere pants to complete a head to toe look.  Huxter, a Watch Hill, Rhode Island designed collection of Men’s and Women’s clothing and accessories made in America (most of it locally made in RI and Mass), will be displaying and featuring their special pieces currently only available online (their seasonal store locations are shuttered for the winter in Watch Hill).  As a bonus to all of this style, phenomenal designer accessories and shoes will be available at up to 75% off from brands like Louis Vuitton, Brunello Cuccinelli, Chanel, and Prada.

    This is a not-to-be-missed (#oldbeachjournalapproved!) shopping event!  Re is located at 7512 Post Road in North Kingstown, RI.  Hours for the event are Nov 12 & 13 from 11 am until 6 pm.  For more information call 401-667-5996.

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  • Newport Restaurant Week: November 7 – 16


    The countdown is on for the much-anticipated Newport Restaurant Week! Established by Discover Newport, this bi-annual event (in spring and fall) starts this Friday, November 6th and encourages locals and visitors to experience the vast culinary talent in our City-by-the-Sea at an affordable price: three-course prix-fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $35. It extends over two weekends and ends on November 17th and, with over 50 restaurants participating, you have tons of options.

    What we really like is that restaurateurs often create menus that celebrate seasonal ingredients and promote local food and wine purveyors. Many of them also offer vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives for those of us with food allergies or special dietary requirements.

    Check out menu highlights from some of our favorites (okay, now we’re hungry):

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  • Island Overstock Sale This Weekend!

    Twice a year goodies are collected from shops and designers all over our fair island to manifest the infamous Island Overstock sale!  Like snowflakes, each sale is different, comprised of jewelry, accessories, clothing, home décor, personal items, haberdashery, shoes, and many fabulous pieces on markdown as low as 75% off of retail.  The best part is that when we participate in such an extravaganza we are still shopping LOCAL!

    The sale will be held this at the Elks’ Lodge on the corner of Bellevue Ave and Pelham Streets in Newport this week and weekend beginning on Friday, November 7th from 11 am – 7 pm.  Hours on Saturday, November 8th are 10 am – 6 pm, and the sale concludes on Sunday, November 9th from 10 am – 2 pm.

    Each sale features a giveaway for attendees, this time the Newport Historical Museum & Shop has donated a lovely collection of items from Paddywax (see photo).  Past vendors at Island Overstock sales have included: Hooley USA, Three Islands, Laura Jean Denim, Stalise, Team One Newport, Mandarine, and many more local destinations and designers.

    For more information contact Island Overstock at or call 401-835-6679.  New vendors are always welcome, too!

  • Newport Happenings this Halloween Weekend
    Celebrate Halloween in the Boom Boom Room!
    Celebrate Halloween in the Boom Boom Room!

    The one thing that we at OBJ love is fall weather and all the festivities that go along with it. And this Halloween weekend, we have a jam-packed calendar! From costumes and mustaches to family activities and food events, below is your guide to what’s happening.

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  • Fall Festivals: Outdoor Arts & Antiques Fair
    The Third annual Harvest Fair - Outdoor Arts will take place at Cory Farms.
    The Third annual Harvest Fair – Outdoor Arts will take place at Cory Farms.

    This weekend marks the Third Annual Harvest Fair – Arts & Antiques Show at Cory Farms Past & Presents. On Saturday, October 18th from 10am – 5:30pm, local artisans will be displaying their wares on the lawn and Cory Farms will feature unique items from their store and antiques annex. An additional antiques store on the Cory Farms property will also be showcasing their finest.

    Local artisans will be featured at this weekend's event.
    Local artisans will be featured at this weekend’s event.
    Shop for fall decor at this weekend's event.
    Shop for fall decor at this weekend’s event.

    Shop for Fall Decor and, of course, it’s never too early to begin your holiday shopping!

    The weather is looking to be beautiful for this weekend and this will be a great opportunity to get outside and shop local. See you there: 3124/3140 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For more information, call either of the stores: 401-683-3124/401-824-6518.

  • Eating In Season: Acorn Squash Ravioli

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    Right now in Rhode Island, acorn squash is in season and can be found at our farmer’s markets and farm stands. I’ve been getting it through my CSA with Simmons Organic Farm for a few weeks now. Make sure to choose one that is heavy for its size with dark-green, hard skin. And, one of the nice things is that you don’t have to worry about using it right away –it can be stored on the counter for up to a month.

    You can often find recipes for acorn squash that’s been roasted or pureed for soup. This recipe combines a little bit of both, creating a delicious, light dinner for four people.

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  • Shop: Bowen’s Wharf Sidewalk Sale This Weekend
    Photo courtesy: Bowen's Wharf Company.
    Photo courtesy: Bowen’s Wharf Company.

    Now that the cooler weather is here in Newport it’s time to venture downtown to the waterfront and explore this lovely city that we live in. And, in case you need a reason, here’s the perfect one – it’s the Annual Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale at Bowen’s Wharf this weekend.

    Participating stores include: Michael Hayes, Chace N’ Lulu, Destination: Chocolate, Newport Scrimshanders, Primavera, The Narragansett, and Alex & Ani.

    OBJ heard that not only does Michael Hayes have men’s sport coats at 20% off, but outerwear as well (score something before the cold weather is here). The Narragansett will also have outerwear, including Ralph Lauren, at 40-70% off and over at Primavera, you can find outdoor rugs and other merchandise at 50-75% off! At Chace N’ Lulu they’ll have some top designer clothing on sale, including Milly, Michael Stars, Susana Monaco, and Citizens of Humanity.

    The Narragansett will have outerwear on sale this weekend. Photo courtesy: Bowen's Wharf Company.
    The Narragansett will have outerwear on sale this weekend. Photo courtesy: Bowen’s Wharf Company.

    We’ll be scoping out the deals on the waterfront this weekend – see you on Bowen’s Wharf!

  • The Rib & Rhein Fashion Party, this Saturday, September 20th

    We at Old Beach Journal are so thrilled to be invited to participate in this weekend’s fantastic Fashion Party at Rib & Rhein, this Saturday, September 20th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm!  Celebrate Fashion “Month” with Erin and Thomas and invited designers such as Newport’s own Haarstick, bold gold jewelry by Katie Whittemore.  Also featuring trunk shows by Biscusblue by Anne Baker and Isabel Tonelli Handbags.  Plus super-chic hair and makeup by OBJ favorite Frank Antonio!

    Please RSVP to: events(at)RIBandRHEIN(dot)com  {written out to prevent spam, thank you!} or by calling 401.619.5767, extension 4.  The event is by invitation only, and as an Old Beach Journal reader – you are cordially INVITED!  Please join all of us in celebration!  Rib & Rhein is located at 86 William Street, Newport, in a lovely historic three-floor building where many stylish and fun treasures are available for purchase – including lots and lots of SHOES.


  • The Museum of Yachting’s 35th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta
    Panarai is the title sponsor of the 35th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo courtesy: IYRS.
    Panarai is the title sponsor of the 35th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta. Photo courtesy: IYRS.

    There may be a bit of traffic in Newport Harbor this Labor Day weekend. No, President Obama isn’t arriving to Newport by boat, but rather 51 yachts will race in the Museum of Yachting’s 35th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai with on-the-water regatta support provided by event partner, Sail Newport.

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  • Fabulously Chic: newportFILM’s “Dior and I”
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    Over 900 people attended the recent newportFILM event.

     Last week over 900 people spread their picnics out on the lawn of Doris Duke’s Rough Point home for newportFILM’s “Dior and I” screening. It was the perfect evening, complete with chic picnics and colorful ensembles as the crowd sat under the stars for one of the last newportFILM outdoor events of the season.

    For the first time, and in the spirit of the iconic Dior, newportFILM hosted a “Chicest Picnic” contest. Fabulous al fresco dining displays were judged in three categories: Most Decadently Dior, Most Classically Chic, and Most Fabulously Floral.

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  • “Dior and I” with newportFILM

    As summer begins to wind down, it is nice to savor the shorter days by taking advantage of every single outdoor event Newport has to offer.  Few are consistently better than the outdoor films shown by newportFILM.  What an asset it is for us to have such an incredible organization in our little seaside town!

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    This Thursday, August 21st at Doris Duke’s Rough Point (on the lawn overlooking the jagged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean!!), newportFILM presents “Dior and I”.  An incredibly chic event can only be made more impressive by their “Chicest Picnic” contest happening before the film!  Awards will be announced and include gift certificates to places such as Chateau & Bungalow!  Check out for more information (see below for more details on the film and location).


    Thursday, August 21

    Presented by Kirby Perkins Construction.  Event Sponsored by Libby Kirwin Real Estate.  In partnership with Newport Restoration Foundation.

    Located at Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport

    5:00 – 7:30PM
    Enjoy live music by YellowRed + Explore Rough Point’s current exhibit No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke, and for this night only, additional Doris Duke pieces designed by Dior
    $5 to view exhibit

    7:45PM (sunset)
    Film, followed by post-film Q&A with director Frederic Tcheng
    $5 suggested donation for film

    Suggested Donation for film: $5
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    – Free bike valet courtesy of Bike Newport, tune ups for a small charge
    – Tallulah on Thames taco cart, Le Petit Gourmet & Boru Noodle Bar will be on-site selling food
    – Picnics welcome
    – Cash Bar on-site

    Rain Venue: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street, Newport

    “That Simons pulls off his show (not a spoiler for design followers) is an achievement. That this narrative is intense and entertaining to audiences — even those unfamiliar with the fashion world — is Tcheng’s considerable accomplishment.”
    – Indiewire

    Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.

  • What’s in Store: Rib & Rhein, Early August

    One of the best shopping enclaves in Newport is not so obvious; discreetly positioned on William Street (off of Bellevue Avenue) in an historic building, Rib & Rhein offers a well-curated collection of clothing for stylish locals and visitors alike.  Upon entering one feels immediately like you are shopping in someone’s perfectly decorated home with an edgy, colorful twist.  Owners Erin and Thomas Ribeiro have created a two-floor shopping destination for men and women, complete with vintage accessories, lounges, and of course, a mini-bar en route to the men’s dressing area.

    Hard to find labels are hard enough to track down, much less in tiny Rhode Island.  Rib & Rhien carries incredible selections from the Alabama line Billy Reid, timeless pieces from Etro, stylish seasonal looks by Moncler, hip fashion-blogger favorite ACNE from Sweden, shoes and accessories from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Olympia, as well as home accessories by interior designer Kelly Wearstler (for a complete list check out their site at, call 401.619.7575, or visit 86 William Street, Newport).  Do not hesitate to contact Erin, Thomas, or any of their incredible team members; the specialty of the day is always service.  Going out of their way for clients is one of the many elements that sets Rib & Rhein apart from city stores.  Shopping with a boutique experience combined with high luxury and attention to detail (and style!) is a truly unique experience found only in a handful of stores in the world – just one  more incredible merchant keeping standards high, and personal, in Newport.

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    Fabulous men’s accessories punctuate the upstairs lounge (left). Incredible swim trunks and curated men’s clothing is available on both levels of Rib & Rhein (right).
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    Jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane (an annual Newport guest) and Etro add bold, timeless pieces to looks from day to night (left). Leaving no stone unturned, Rib & Rhein also offers men’s formalwear (right).
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    Level two offers and incredible selection of ladies shoes in the “Shoe Lover Salon” – everything from Stuart Weitzman classics to Castaner espadrilles from Spain. Have a gander at the collection of slippers (loafers) for the change of seasons – leopards and owls adorn at least two pair upstairs!



  • Support Newport County’s Boys & Girls Clubs August 14th & 15th in Style…

    There is no better way to celebrate summer in Newport than attending benefits to support our incredible community.  Even though summer and the “season” is coming to a close, we have saved one of the finest and most unique events for last.

    Join the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County for the 35th Annual Gala Affair, a two-night event titled “Newport Nights” beginning Thursday, August 14th at Newport Shipyard.  Several super yachts will be on display and open for perusing with signature cocktails at the BGC’s “Newport Nights” Super Yacht Hop starting at 6:30 in the evening.  One thing we have in Newport is beautiful views, and the view of and from the Newport Shipyard in the evening is one most are not privy to enjoy, especially aboard an incredible yacht!

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    An aerial view of Newport Shipyard, site of Thursday evening’s Super Yacht Hop to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. Image by Billy Black.

    Friday, August 15th promises to be another elegant evening at Rosecliff Mansion starting at 7 o’clock in the evening with a cocktail reception.  The main event of the evening will be a VIP Dinner and Dance Party with music by infamous NYC and St. Tropez – Nikki Beach DJ Jared Dietch.

    DJ Jared Dietch of Nikki Beach, St. Tropez and NYC will be the music authority at the BGC’s events beginning Thursday, August 14th at Newport Shipyard. Image copyright Jared Dietch.

    Both Thursday and Friday’s events will be punctuated by fashion reviews by sponsors Rib & Rhein and Angela Moore as well as a photography exhibit by Nick Mele and live and silent auctions to benefit the BGC.  Be sure to don your dancing shoes on Friday evening along with your suggested “Casual Chic Attire” for both evenings.  (*Wondering what to wear?  Visit our OBJ Merchants Rib & Rhein on William Street or Angela Moore on Bellvue!)  Tickets for the event include both nights and can be purchased by calling the BGC at 401-239-8464, emailing, or visiting their website

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  • All Hail the Tomato: Get them while they’re ripe (plus recipe!)

    Fresh Garden Tomatoes

    If there’s one thing that captures summer it’s fresh, ripe tomatoes. Whether you’re slicing, roasting, or popping them in your mouth whole, these vegetables – er, fruits – are perhaps some of the most versatile. And not to mention, there are so many different varieties available here in Rhode Island!

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  • 3 Must-Attend Events Before July Ends

    The one thing that we can count on here in Newport is all of the great events that take place in the summer months. Below are some of the end-of-July events to check out before the month is over.

    Newport Antiques Show

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  • The Newport Antiques Show, an Event Designed to Inspire

    This year’s Newport Antiques Show, held annually by The Newport Historical Society, promises, as always, to be an inspiring and incredible collection of dealers.  The curated collection of exhibitors invited to participate do not hesitate to bring their finest to Newport every summer to benefit the host as well as The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

    In addition to items available from notable vendors that you can purchase and take home, the Historical Society has teamed up with the Rhode Island Historical Society to create an exhibit titled “50 Objects that Shaped Rhode Island History”.  Pieces from the collection will be on display at this weekend’s antiques show as well as other locations throughout the state (visit for more information).

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    Join us in celebrating The Newport Antiques Show this weekend beginning with the Gala Preview Party, Thursday, July 24th at 6 o’clock in the evening at St. George’s School.  If you are unable to attend the party, the show will be ongoing from Friday through Sunday, July 25-27 at St. George’s located on Purgatory Road in Middletown.  Please visit or call 401-846-2669 for more information about the event.

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    Circa 1980, “The Newport Bridge” sign was donated to The Newport Historical Society in 1992 by the Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority.


    Images courtesy of The Newport Historical Society and The Rhode Island Historical Society.

  • Chic Shopping & More with The Safari Room at OceanCliff

    The second annual Shopping Soiree hosted generously by The Newport Experience will be held this Wednesday, July 23rd from 5 – 8 pm at The Safari Room at OceanCliff.  Cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be passed enhancing the already incredible view from the deck overlooking the Bay.  The weather promises to be spectacular, and the vendor selections even better.  Please RSVP to Kristen(at)newportexperience(dot)com, or just pop by and enjoy the shopping and the view!

    newport sunset at the safari room at oceancliff

    This year the event will feature vendors including: Chateau & Bungalow, a home décor collection located on Upper Thames Street; Huxter, a men’s and women’s clothing company of veritable classics with a timeless interpretation; Fjall, an unparalleled cashmere line designed right next door Jamestown with luxury components sourced from all over the globe; Haarstick, a bold and uber creative line of jewelry designed and made in Rhode Island; Three Islands, a Rhode Island based company creating colorful batik print pieces in Bali in classics like men’s blazers, women’s tunic dresses and more; J McLaughlin presenting colorful and versatile classic dresses, tunics, men’s clothing and great accessories; Glamourpuss NYC, the name says it all and this collection of clothing and accessories only amplifies the glamourous version of gypset style to another level; Groovy Gator, a children’s clothing and accessories line complete with pink, green, and texture galore; Newport Sunglass Shop, featuring our favorite shades perfect for a gorgeous sunset at OceanCliff; Ellen Rohlfing, a summer-inspired watercolor and acrylic artist displaying her one of a kind mini-works of art; Lemon & Line, a new addition to Thames Street with fun rope bracelets including specially designed pieces to benefit local organizations; Stella & Dot, a fun line of jewelry with great seasonless pieces; Heidi Brueggeman, a Newport-based jewelry designer since 2003 featuring colorful gemstones and a mix of curated vintage jewelry.

    Cocktails & Shopping Event at OceanCliff

    Images courtesy of The Newport Experience.

  • A Retreat to Remember – Eat, Play, Run

    When the weather turns warm in New England I often have a recurring fantasy of attending an “Adult Summer Camp”.  Rather than a musty cabin in Maine my personal fantasy leans more towards luxurious accommodations, great meals and amazing conversation. Well lucky for me, this became reality when I attended the “Eat, Play, Run Retreat” at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

    Farmhouse at Norman Bird Sanctuary

    Upon entering the recently renovated Farmhouse with its gorgeous wide wood floors situated on 325+ acres overlooking Newport’s 3rd Beach I knew this location may even surpass the one in my dreams. After being shown our well-appointed room overlooking the sanctuary, the charming staff led us to a yoga and meditation session led by the amazing Jen Myers of Innerlight Yoga. The evening was capped off with an incredible meal around a large farmhouse table expertly prepared by chef Jessica Gorman.  Getting to know our fellow “campers” while engaged in unforgettable conversation, we imbibed a little red wine and adjusted to an “unplugged” weekend.

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     Saturday morning started easily with a lovely breakfast before our 5K run that trailed us along the beach.  Smoothies and another stretch were waiting for us back in the studio while we relished in the elegance of our experience.  Saturday afternoon and evening were open for exploration; a time to encourage us to experience the sanctuary on our own.  There is nothing like the ease of the Paradise Farmhouse weekend that lulls you to sleep – even before nine on a Saturday night!

    Sunday morning we enjoyed more fare and conversation with our fellow guests before a guided hike to Hanging Rock.  At lunch we reflected on our weekend escape; one of the most relaxing aspects was enjoying the fact that this is in our backyard.  The ability to continually discover and revive our perspective of our island home is unparalleled in most places.   We thank the Norman Bird Sanctuary for a lovely and inspiring weekend we will not soon forget – in imagery and Style of Life.

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    Delicious little Birds Nest Mousse treats for dessert!


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    The pastoral view stretches from stone walls to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Written by Ellen Rohlfing & Tom Beaton, Photography by Ellen Rohlfing

  • Eleutheromaniacs

    Eleutheromania (n.) – the intense desire for freedom

    The Founding Fathers and their contemporaries were clearly compelled by their eleutheromania to disengage from British rule (and taxes).  Can you imagine such passion to ignite a war that had the potential to backfire and consume an entire society?  Fortunately in the US circa 2014 we do not have to fight for our rights the way they did in the late 1700s.

    If I can speak for the OBJ Team, I can assuredly say that we are beyond thankful for the moves those men (and women) made, creeping around our colonial New England cities, planning the ultimate revolt.  We are also thankful for those citizens who continue to volunteer to defend not only our rights but human rights around the world.

    Although the Old Beach Journal is meant to inspire and invoke a Style of Life that is, to say the least, colorful and light, we are ultimately exercising our First Amendment rights.  To me there is no better way to celebrate our independence by launching our first issue of Old Beach Journal!

    Thank you to all of the supporters of OBJ – family, friends, merchants, and residents.  Happy 4th of July!  #oldbeachjournalapproved

    A very special thank you to RMR who continues to inspire me, and whom I become more like every single day.  There is no one else who’s footsteps I would rather follow… 

  • A Colorful Journey to a Bygone Era: The 2014 Newport Flower Show

    With the theme Journey: Grand Vistas, the 19th annual Newport Flower Show was held this past weekend at the Preservation Society’s beautiful Rosecliff mansion. The exhibits invited visitors to travel back to a time when the trip was as splendid as the destination with garden railways, horticulture entries, floral designs, photography, and children’s programs, all set on the picturesque oceanfront terrace and lawn and throughout the beautiful reception rooms of Rosecliff.

    Oceanside Boutiques features local merchants: Seashells in Bloom (left) and Angela Moore (right).
    Oceanside Boutiques features local merchants: Seashells in Bloom (left) and Angela Moore (right).

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  • Not Just Produce: Aquidneck Growers’ Market

    We are so lucky that Aquidneck Island is home to many farms and fresh, local food. Twice per week, more than 25 vendors open at Aquidneck Growers’ Market to offer just-picked produce, meat, cheese, eggs, seafood, and plants for our community. Small artisans also sell their locally-produced goodies.

    Families stroll Aquidneck Island Growers' Market while others picnic.
    Families stroll Aquidneck Island Growers’ Market while others picnic.

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  • Funding Arts Education: Newport’s 30th Annual Secret Garden Tour

    This weekend, meander through the private gardens of Newport during the 2014 Secret Garden Tour. Gracious hosts open their private properties to the public, with flowers in full bloom for Spring. Each garden is meticulously maintained and offers beautiful colors as well as stunning landscape design. The walking tour is self-guided, and offers a peek into some of the most prestigious properties of Newport.

    Window boxes filled with color.
    Window boxes filled with color on Poplar Street.
    Unique Euphorbia grows in a garden on 3rd Street (left). Visitors stop to view a garden on Washington Street (right).
    Unique Euphorbia grows in a garden on 3rd Street (left). Visitors stop to view a garden on Washington Street (right).
    Roses are in full bloom on a quaint entrance on 3rd Street.
    Roses are in full bloom on a quaint entrance on 3rd Street.


    Window boxes on 2nd Street (left). Chives blooming on Washington Street (right).
    Window boxes on 2nd Street (left). Chives blooming on Washington Street (right).

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  • Run, Don’t Walk to the Pre-Summer Sale at Chateau & Bungalow

    Chateau & Bungalow Pre-Summer Sale

    It’s no secret that we live for style here at Old Beach Journal, and the only thing we love more than amazing design is amazing design on sale! Enter Chateau & Bungalow‘s pre-summer sale going on now through June 7th. Spend $75 and save 20% or spend $150 and save 25% (special orders included). With summer staples in the form of tunics, tablecloths, and bedding from Roberta Roller Rabbit, amazing lamps to spruce up your home from Dana Gibson and Jonathan Adler, gorgeous (and customizable) pottery by Jill Rosenwald, loads of vintage silver, garden decor, and so much more, we suggest you run, bike, or bust out your best parallel parking moves as soon as possible. Knock off all of the wedding, birthday, graduation, and baby gifts on your list now, and spend more time with your toes in the sand and a cocktail in your hand once summer arrives!

  • Treasure Hunting in Brimfield

    brimfield vintage stamps

    For the true treasure hunter, there is no greater place to search than the Brimfield Antique Show. Three times each year (May, July, and September–check for exact dates) a one-mile stretch of Route 20 in the small town of Brimfield, Massachusetts transforms from sleepy country fields to the biggest antiques show in the country for six days at a time with shoppers, designers, and editors scouring for the best pieces to be had. Whether you are looking for a vintage Coca-Cola can or a mahogany dining room set, you can find just about anything you can imagine at Brimfield and a whole lot more. And with this gem of a show being held a mere two hours from Newport (the May 2014 show runs May 13-18), it’s well worth the trip. But here’s what you need to know:

    brimfield child size bistro furniture

    1. You cannot do the entire show in a day. That is not to say you shouldn’t make it a day trip, but expect that you will only see a portion of what the show has to offer, and if you are going to make it a day trip leave as early as possible so that you can make it as long of a day as you can.

    brimfield vintage glassware

    2. The show is made up of various fields that are run by different management. Some of the fields are only open one day, while others are open all six days. There is plenty to see on any given day, but if you are looking for a certain vendor, make sure you attend on a day that the field they are in is open.

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    3. Admission varies from one field to the next. Many of them are free, but some do charge.

    4. Bring a cart, wagon, stroller or anything else that will help you transport your purchases as it can be back-breaking work to get your treasures back to the car and a waste of time to have to do frequent trips to the car after each purchase.

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    5. Know your prices. Brimfield isn’t known as being the cheapest antique show. Vendors know they are drawing many customers who can pay the price so it’s important to know what the items you seek are worth on the market. Of course, you should haggle no matter what! Every price is negotiable so never pay full price. The later in the week you go, the better your chances for getting a good deal because vendors don’t want to pack up all that stuff. And remember that cash is king. You will get a better price if you are paying cash, although many vendors do accept credit cards nowadays.

    For more details and dates, go to

    All images by Sarah Fernandez.

  • Refreshing & Delicious Accessories
    Lamps, Blue & White Canton Tray, and Leopard pillow all Dana Gibson – available at Chateau & Bungalow, 80 Thames Street, Newport. Embroidered cocktail napkins by August Morgan.

     Signs are everywhere that Spring has Sprung on the island: The Pearl Patio has been partially open, Dockwise has meandered it’s way up the coast with summer rides, and colorful scooters are dotting parking lots all over town.  Now that you have your guest room in order it is time to start working your way into your public rooms.  Adding a splash of color or whimsy will really help you get into the mood even if we cannot wear our sandals quite yet.

    Chateau & Bungalow, 80 Thames Street, Newport RI

    August Morgan embroidered linens and home accessories.

  • Preparing for Summer: The Guest Room

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    Everyone should spend at least one night in their guest room.  Not to mention if you live in coastal New England, or any coast for that matter, guests are inevitable.  Before you hunker down for the night, here is an OBJ Approved guide to help you tweak your accommodations!

    1. Scented Candle or Diffuser in Citrus Scent
    2. Alarm Clock
    3. Luggage Rack
    4. Fresh Flowers or Plant
    5. Tissues
    6. Waste Basket
    7. Plenty of Towels and Facecloths
    8. Reading Lamp
    9. Current Magazines
    10. Faux Mini-Bar with Bottled Water & Snacks
    11. Hangers and Shelf or Drawer Space
    12. Luxe Toiletries

  • 007 – Shipwrecked Never Dies: Sail Newport’s Annual Fun-raiser

    007 shipwrecked 2014 sail newport old beach journalEvery spring, Sail Newport’s Shipwrecked fundraiser launches the sailing season with a spirited kick-off party. “007 – Shipwrecked Never Dies,” a James Bond- themed costume event will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 7 P.M. until Midnight at the Hood Sailmakers loft, 23 Johnny Cake Hill Road, Middletown, RI.

    Tickets to the event include live music by “Decades by Dezyne,” cocktails, a silent auction with artwork, jewelry, travel packages, entertainment and unique experiences.  007 Shipwrecked Never Dies is presented by Fidelity Investments and sponsored by Hood Sailmakers, Mt. Gay Rum, Heineken and Rentals Unlimited.

    Costs of tickets are $70 for Sail Newport members, $85 for non-members, a discounted “boat load” of ten tickets is available for $650 and a shuttle bus departing downtown Newport and returning is available for a cost of $10 each. Proceeds benefit Sail Newport’s public sailing programs for all ages. For more information and for tickets visit:,  call (401) 846-1983, or email

    Text and image courtesy of Sail Newport.

  • Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour this Sunday, April 27

    neighborhoods of newport house tour 2014-1We love even number years, not because we’re superstitious, but because it means that St. Michael’s Country Day School is holding its semi-annual Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour. And while previous tours of recent years have been truly impressive, this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is also certain not to disappoint. Six notable homes built between 1750 and 2004 in Newport and Middletown will be on display. This year’s tour includes Ossory House (George Champlin Mason, 1867), Hillside (Peabody & Stearns, 1882-1883), Isaac Bell House (McKim, Mead & White, 1883), Commodore William Edgar House (McKim, Mead & White, 1886), Bellevue House (Ogden Codman, Jr., 1910), and Wind Shadows (Ron DiMauro, 2004). Not only is the architecture stunning, but many of these homes also have significant landscaping, including Hillside which features over 100,000 daffodils on its 2.5 acre property.

    Topping off this year’s tour is the recently renovated 18th century Paradise Farmhouse at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, which will also play host to a cocktail reception and book signing with internationally renowned interior designer, Barclay Butera. Butera, who hails from Newport Beach, CA, has an impressive client list which includes celebrities such as Renee Zellweger and Sharon Stone, and he has just released his second book, Getaways and Retreats.

    Tickets for the Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour can be purchased online and are $60. Or get a group of four friends together to take advantage of the group rate of $50. Those wishing to pay cash or check can also purchase tickets at select local retailers including Chateau & Bungalow (Butera’s new book as well as his first book, Living on the Coast, are also available for sale). A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.

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    All images courtesy of the Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour.

    Written by Sarah Fernandez

  • Vintage Safari: Destination Armory Antiques

    There’s no secret in knowing that Vintage Safari could be listed as one of my favorite exploits.  Fortunately in Newport we have Armory Antiques on Thames Street, open seven days a week at 10 am, loaded and displayed for prime hunting.  Here are a few of my favorite finds from this week’s saunter.

    Armory Antiques, 365 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840

    Collectible and Scan-designed adorable glass lion with box (that might rival the cuteness of the grr!).
    Perfect, enormous, incredible statement sailfish!
    Anchor your maritime memoirs with these vintage brass bookends.
    A bouquet of yellow Ticonderoga’s or pink peonies would be equally chic in this local (Conanicut Yacht Club!!) silverplate sailing trophy dated 1897 won by “Cats Paw” (add your own polish). The vintage Castor Oil bottle only makes me think of The Little Rascals.
    I am unfamiliar with the blurry blue mark on the bottom of these porcelain cups & saucers, but there’s no denying the color and design makes them priceless in my book!
  • Windmist Farm, Jamestown

    Several reasons compel us to escape across our bridge to the other side in Jamestown: hiking at Beavertail, Slice of Heaven’s flourless chocolate cake, Didi Sudyam’s lovely gallery to mention a few.  Now we will add one more reason to relax and take the first exit off of the Pell Bridge.  Windmist Farm is not only incredibly easy to find (for those of us Aquidneck Islanders who are a bit mystified by navigating Conanicut Island), it offers an incredible selection of meats and eggs generated from this very place located at 71 Weeden Lane.  “healthy and homegrown meats selling from the farm” is their tagline, and at least one Old Beach Journal staff member continues her loyalty to their offerings and schedule.

    Grass fed beef, pastured pork, and eggs from happy chickens are always available.  Seasonally they have selections ranging from chicken to apple cider.  Grab your EZ Pass and buzz over to Windmist Farm, open Fridays 3 – 6 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm; Sundays 11 am – 4 pm. or call 401-423-9767.  Windmist Farm is one of the myriad of reasons we love Life & Style in Rhode Island.

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    A sure sign spring has sprung. Two of our greeters at Windmist Farm were these adorable wandering lambs (not shown: a few corgis and a lovely border collie).
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    Display of “funny eggs of the week”.
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    OBJ Art Director Ellen Rohlfing shopping for grass fed beef at Windmist Farm.
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    So generous and understanding, the farm offers free boxes to transport your purchases! (They clearly understand the “bridge mentality” we all seem to share…)

    Heidi Brueggeman, 24 March 2014

  • Anxiously Awaiting Check-in at The Grand Budapest Hotel

    *Update* The Grand Budapest Hotel will open on Aquidneck Island at Jane Pickens on 4/4/14!  (We have made a paper chain to countdown the days…)

    We have all been waiting with baited breath for the arrival of Wes Anderson’s next uber-styled film.  This past weekend found me in a bit of a quandary over where to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel.  ‘02840’ typed into Fandango brought up the closest location…New York City.  I decided to wait until it opens on-island; that exact date still seems a bit obscure.  Until then, here are some fun tidbits to ignite further intrigue in the process that is the Wes Anderson Brand.

    • The Brooklyn-based artist and good friend of Wes’, Hugo Guinness, was a collaborator on the concept for the film.
    • The movie was filmed in a very small German town on the Czech-Polish border called Goerlitz.  The fictional European town where TGBH is located is called “Zubrowka”.
    • The Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech Republic was the inspiration for the faux-tel, TGBH.
    • Wes scouted the location for the soundstage himself.  The set was designed in an old department store formerly known as Goerlitzer Warenhaus.
    • To inspire the design for the set Wes and his team sourced Photocrom images from the Library of Congress from 1895-1910.

    – Heidi Brueggeman

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel, a Wes Anderson film…opening on Aquidneck Island soon-ish we hope.
  • Fireside Chats: The Coziest Spots Around Town

    The green leaves of daffodils have been sighted and will soon give way to punchy yellow blooms, but that doesn’t mean the coastal New England chill will be gone entirely.  There is still time to enjoy all of the warmest places in Newport.

    cooke house fireplace
    When the Clarke Cooke House battens down the hatches in the off season they also light the fires. Downstairs in the Candy Store, a lovely stove is ignited amidst winter wicker. Upstairs in The Grille, a normally bustling corner of the dining room becomes the most sought after spot to hunker down for socializing Winter in Newport style.
    The Clarke Cooke House, Bannister’s Wharf, Newport
    The oldest continuously working tavern in the US, The White Horse Tavern, is home to at least two enormous colonial fireplaces. Elect to dine fireside in the main floor dining room, or cozy up in the bar area for a truly unique Newport experience.
    White Horse Tavern, 26 Marlborough Street, Newport


    The Chanler at Cliff Walk not only has incredible views in the summer, the boutique hotel also envelops visitors in warmth all winter and spring. Until the covered stone patio reopens, do not hesitate to enjoy the fireside seating in the bar area. The Chanler offers one of the most well-stocked top shelf bars in Newport with wine selections to match.
    The Chanler at Cliffwalk, 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport
    Vanderbilt Grace Muse
    Not only is The Vanderbilt Grace a stately and luxurious asset in Newport, the hotel is wonderfully welcoming with accessible five-star amenities. Muse by Jonathan Cartwright is the centerpiece of fine dining with a myriad of fresh seasonal ingredients comprising every offering. Dine fireside in the main dining room for a graceful experience you will want to repeat year-round.
    The Vanderbilt Grace, 41 Mary Street, Newport
    Vanderbilt Grace Christies Lounge
    Beyond the Muse dining room at The Vanderbilt Grace, there are other cozy fireside nooks to enjoy cocktails while lounging in style.
    The Vanderbilt Grace, 41 Mary Street, Newport
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    The location of the fireplace in The Mooring is part of the original building that was the original New York Yacht Club boathouse. Serving specialties from land and sea, The Mooring offers panoramic water views in nautically inspired dining rooms.
    The Mooring, One Sayers Wharf, Newport
    Although known for chic waterside libations during our warmer months, 41 North is four season ready with a cluster of friendly lounges. Relax in the secluded Library (shown) while engaging in billiards or casually cluster around one of the other two fireplaces in the main public area preceding the central circular bar.
    41 North, 351 Thames Street, Newport

    Photo credit: Ellen Rohlfing

  • Correspondence for Men, The Art of Handwriting: Part III

    Terrapin stationers indian bike old beach journalWhat man wouldn’t want to correspond with these incredible Indian Motorcycle cards from Terrapin Stationers?  Who could go wrong with cool motif cards at a mere $22 for six heavyweight cards with your choice of envelope liner (personally I am fond of the red bandana…).

    Maybe consider including a few stamps as well since the USPS has gotten on board with some well designed self-stick art recently.  The Harry Potter collection as well as the Modern Art in America set are great choices to complement the well-chosen stationary.


  • Correspondence, The Art of Handwriting: Part Deux

    Connor NYC octopus cards 1 It’s no secret that I enjoy a good correspondence card.  The card-sans-fold is my favorite of all the stationary options.  The act of turning the page feels like it should be reserved to reveal a punch line or to add pomp and circumstance to a holiday presentation.  Therefore we press on with the flat cards for casual mail.

    Personalized options with a monogram or bold-lettered complete spelling of one’s name are always lovely choices as a gift to oneself or a close friend.  Truthfully, choosing the right color, font, and cardstock can be an undertaking without proper guidance or knowledge of the gift recipient.  When looking for a stationary themed gift, a nice correspondence card with a motif is a brilliant choice.  I would adore these perfect hand-stamped bronze octopus cards from Connor NYC (see photo).

    If you decide to venture ahead with the option of choosing personalization for yourself or next of kin, I urge you to consult with Newport stationary and invitation expert, Judy Carroll at Papers.  Her extensive knowledge of endless options will help you conquer customization without anxiety.  After all, your design choices will speak volumes even without your addressee’s knowledge of graphology.

  • The Art of Handwriting

    letter horizontalHow important it feels to keep handwriting alive amidst much discussion on whether or not schools should be teaching cursive and epic consumption of tech devices.  Cursive is a flowing expression that allows the pen wielding artist the ability to open (or close) their subconscious mind on paper.  The handwritten word is communicative creativity.

    Graphology, or handwriting analysis, has only been documented as a study for the last 400 years although the Chinese had been convinced brushstrokes revealed hints about someone’s character for centuries earlier.  Psychology as a science took the analysis of shapes and strokes in writing to another level in modern western culture.  With over 2,000 works written on graphology and several thousand certified graphologists accessibility to the concept of analysis is attainable at any level.This week we will explore fun reasons to keep your feather inked and your penmanship sharp.