Summer Trunk Show by the Sea
The classic “American summer” has so many iterations, and this past week I was fortunate to spend time in another one of the quintessential American vacation destinations. Newport, Rhode Island has been on my list of places to visit for a while now, and this year The Curated Look was invited to spend time in this charming seaside town for the first annual Gypsia soiree and trunk show.
The soiree was a beautiful event. Gypsia’s founder has exquisite taste, so she created a cozy atmosphere complete with artful textiles, chic hammocks, picture perfect nooks and even an Insta-worth vintage woody vignette. Gypsia Home’s curation of home goods from around the world was a great match for The Curated Look’s handmade, fair trade jewelry collection. Shopping both collections in a summer day in Newport: a perfect recipe for an afternoon of summer fun.
The show was a success, and Gypsia’s guest definitely loved it as much as I did. All the gorgeous ladies had so much fun choosing their favorite textiles, pillows and kids clothes by Gypsia as well as the handmade filigree statement earrings by Kitik Jewelry. I loved connecting with fellow jewelry lovers and introducing the Kitik Summer collection to new fans. I could not have enjoyed it more.
After the show, I took a few days to recharge and explore. Newport is gorgeously situated on a rocky peninsula, and even a short, casual drive is a feast for the senses. Gorgeous greens and icy blues are abundant, and hydrangeas in every corner adorn the colonial homes like colorful pom-poms.
Well-known for its mansions and mansion tours, Newport is rich with history as well as beautiful architecture. Its also a place for boardwalk summer fun, lobster rolls and lazy days. I especially loved seeing sun-kissed children frolicking in town on their own, the way their parents must have done before them.
Newport is very low key, very much about the locals. It’s also about time-tested local haunts. My sweet host made sure we hit all the spots, including doing one of the famous Mansion Tours. I picked Marble House, and was not disappointed.
Marble House is a Gilded Age Mansion built by architect William Morris Hunt for Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt. It is one of the first examples of Beaux-arts architecture in the US. The impressive interiors were designed by Jules Allard and Sons of Paris, and were inspired by the palace Versailles.
We also took many drives, and ate at our fair share of local spots. I was very impressed with all the great seafood and sushi options in town. My favorite spot for dinner was the Castle Hill Inn, where I had the best lobster roll with a view. Yum!
Even with limited time, I was able to see so many beautiful spots and cliffs and beaches, including taking a mini hike down Cliff Walk, a national recreation trail that borders the rocky shoreline. Very, very beautiful. And just like that, the trip ends, but not with a self-promise to return for more lobster and sunsets.
Thanks for reading and following! Xoxo Gaby
(P.S. Do you want to host a trunk show in your hometown? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set it up!)