Weekend in Newport, RI (and one-piece swimsuits in petite sizing!)

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Modcloth madras dress xxs (& these bra covers), Ann taylor sandals sz 5,
Gucci sunnies, KJP bracelet xs + pearl cuff (bendable for small wrists), vintage bag

Even though Newport, RI is just a hop and a skip away from Boston, Nick and I have rarely visited! (save for bachelorettes and the Newport folk festival, which I associate with the one weekend each year when Nick comes home from camping looking and smelling like a wet dog) It’s our goal to explore more locally in New England, so we recently drove down for a weekend getaway and to see some friends!

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The area must’ve been at peak hydrangea season. I had my camera out and mouth agape at literally every turn. I mean, how spectacular are these ombré ones!? I inadvertently matched in my summery madras plaid dress, which got quite a few compliments. It’s probably my favorite find yet from Modcloth – it’s adjustable at the shoulder straps, at the back tie, and is made in a very comfortable and lightweight 100% cotton with lining. I hope some of you were able to pick it up back when I first Instagram’ed it!

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outfit from this blog post

For dinner and drinks, our local friends pointed us to the popular lawn of white chairs at Castle Hill Inn. This was actually one of the venues we considered for our wedding. Ultimately it was nixed as we had no personal connection to the area, but what a gorgeous, relaxing spot to catch the sunset by the water!

The next morning we hit up the 3.5 mile coastal Cliff Walk, lined by the larger-than-life, historical summer mansions circa the Gilded age. As a kid living in the south, I was awed by the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, so would love to tour their “modest” 70-room summer cottage the next time we visit Newport again. I think the Cliff Walk would be a little boring to walk all the way since you can’t see much of the mansions, but it makes for a fantastic run with the changing terrains and ocean breeze (do go earlier before the crowds hit)!

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Lemon swimsuit by iamkhatu sz XS petite (yes, petite!! also love this 2-piece),
Baublebar fringe earrings (love!) c/o, Gucci sunglasses

We then headed to one of the few nearby beaches to catch some vitamin D. As early birds, we were able to avoid the typically pricey parking and had the beach mostly to ourselves! My swimsuit is part of my talented friend Khatu’s collection on Etsy. She designs, patterns, and sews each one of these as a working mom. As a fit-tester, I’ve seen firsthand just how much work goes into each handmade garment! Her swimsuits in either petite or regular sizing have a full lining, adjustable straps or ties, and a cutout slot if you want to insert bust padding (she sells these cups separately, as well). If you have a little one, you’ll also have to check out the “mommy and me” options that are too cute for words!

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Brunch at Corner Cafe afterward was the perfect end to this morning. Their omelette with shrimp, avocado, and bacon was just chock-full of good stuff.

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Soludos wedges sz 5 (more sizes), AoS shorts sz 23 (similar shorts that run smaller),
Halogen ruffle top xxsp (runs big; 100% cotton can be shrunken), picnic bag

There’s about 3 to 4 wineries in the area which become a mecca for bachelorette parties on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons (single guys, take note). We went to Greenvale Vineyards on a Sunday and it was pleasantly peaceful! Sure it doesn’t compare to Napa, but not bad for being in this region. They had a tasting of their 8 wines (mostly summery whites) for $12, and a live band in the afternoon.

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We can’t wait to go back to this darling city soon, and would love any recommendations on spots to hit up next!

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  1. Newport is such a quaint town. Just loved it when we visit a few years ago. There's the Newport Creamery that have this diner vibes with great tasting home made ice cream. If you're into tennis, the International Tennis Museum is right there and the famous grass courts!

    Posted 7.31.17 Reply
  2. That swimsuit is so cute, I'll have to check out your friend's shop and it is so flattering on you! My sister just moved to Newport to go to grad school. I visit her in a few weeks but last december my bf and I stayed at the Viking in Newport right around christmas time and it was so lovely! I love Newport!

    Posted 7.30.17 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Some restaurants that I frequent in Newport are Perro Salado, Brick Alley, or Pour Judgement.

    Posted 7.29.17 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Whatttt okay not sure how Winner Winner didn't come up in my search (we're trying to eat healthy but exceptions WILL be made for good friend chicken and tots)!! Thank you for both of these tips!

    Posted 7.29.17 Reply
  5. Lynna wrote:

    Love your outfit<3
    It looks super fashionable! xx

    Posted 7.27.17 Reply
  6. I have yet to make it anywhere on the East Coast, and this REALLY makes me want to go! Beautiful.

    xo, Katie
    Willow and White

    Posted 7.26.17 Reply
  7. So beautiful place and so amazing shooting. Love your checked dress!!! Kisses from Italy,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    Posted 7.26.17 Reply
  8. Those hydrangeas are amazing! We love trips to Newport too. So close yet feels like we travelled far with all the mansions hehe. You have to try Winner Winner – they have the most delicious fried chicken with salt and rosemary. I love their tater tots and is still dreaming about their orange blossom honey butter. I think you'll like their interior decors too 🙂 Oh and the membership for the Newport mansions is awesome. $80 for 2 for the year and you can go to all of the mansions whenever you like!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Ooo, thank you for the recommendation! Will definitely check them out. And what a gorgeous spot to have a rehearsal dinner : )

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Hi Dottie – thanks! It's from Hermes, I had the store shorten it for me. I've found similar bets at Talbots, and you can usually get your belts shortened by any good cobbler.

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  11. This modcloth dress is super cute!


    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Love this post! You're making me homesick. I live in San Diego but grew up in RI. Castle Hill is great. My brother had his rehearsal dinner there. Next time try Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton. It's a beautiful spot. 🙂

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  13. Mizeats wrote:

    You look gorgeous in these outfits that perfectly complement the gorgeous backdrops, Jean! Such a beautiful place!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  14. Jeany Roge wrote:

    Amazing pictures and so in love with all your summer outfits!
    xx, Jeany from http://www.vogueetvoyage.com

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  15. Love the hydrangeas! Everything is so picturesque!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  16. Deasy wrote:

    I really like the multicolor dress! It's so fun and fresh! And wow, those hydrangeas are SOO pretty!


    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  17. Love that plaid dress, so pretty!♥


    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  18. That lemon print suit is gorgeous on you! And such a fun print!

    Style by Joules

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  19. I love the beige belt with gold buckle that you are wearing with the jean shorts. The length is perfect. Where did you get it?

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  20. You look so pretty!
    That dress is dreamy!
    xo. Kari


    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  21. Enn Franco wrote:

    That dress! It is so cute and lovely!


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  22. All these looks are so pretty, love your lemon print suit.


    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  23. That dress is so cute!

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  25. Wonderful photos Jean! It sounds like you had such a lovely time in Newport! What a gorgeous place, those hydrangeas look absolutely breathtaking! Wow!!

    I hope you have a lovely Monday,

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  26. Meghan wrote:

    Oh my god I am obsessed with that plaid dress and I must have it in my closet! So cute!!!

    Meghan | beyondbasicblog.com

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  27. In love with all the fantastic vacation looks!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  28. Loving the outfits and swimsuit! Loving the hydrangeas in full bloom as well!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  29. My Gosh, those hydrangeas! They're so beautiful!

    I love the lemon swimsuit you're wearing. Interesting cut between a bikini and a one-piece!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 7.23.17 Reply
  30. In love with the lemon swimsuit!! And you have the cutest earrings 🙂


    Posted 7.23.17 Reply

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