Erin Balsa

Give Mother Earth a Hand

Celebrate Earth Day at local events or make a planet-friendly art project.

Fort Wetherill. Photo courtesy of Aimee Falso.Clean land, water and air are essential to our long-term use and enjoyment of the planet. Recycle everything from envelopes to electronics, trade your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and never leave home without reusable shopping totes. There are countless ways to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22: Whether you repurpose an old sink…

Horse Around at Newport Polo

Whether it’s players on ponies galloping to a goal or spectators showing off their designer duds, nothing’s more of a scene than summer polo.

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In the Know

Get the insider 411 on informal tours, quiet beaches and off-menu cocktails. 1. The nice folks at Charlestown’s Behan Family Farm are always happy to give informal (and delicious) tours to those curious to learn how an aquaculture farm operates. behanfamilyfarms.com 2. Don’t get stuck in Newport-bound traffic: Take the lesser-used Route 24 instead of 95. 3. For a unique…

Faces of Hope

Three locals talk about falling on tough times and overcoming homelessness.

In 2014, there were 4,067 homeless individuals living in Rhode Island according to the annual report from the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. Homelessness has declined two years in a row in the state, and this is due to an increased fulfillment of supportive housing. The two main reasons for the prevalence of homelessness are lack of income and…

Protecting Our Past

Dedicated volunteers find and preserve Rhode Island’s many historic cemeteries.

Evelyn Wheeler, seventy-five, is quick with a handheld GPS device and a weedwacker. The Narragansett resident serves as one of the commissioners for the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries, whose mission is to study the location, condition and inventory of historical burial grounds. “There are more than 3,500 documented cemeteries in Rhode Island,” says the volunteer, adding that…

New Year, New Hair

Love your locks in 2015 with a new style at Alex Anthony Curl and Blowout Bar.

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Eye for Design: Yacht Designer Ally Maloney

The Warren-based designer shares her nautical knowhow.

At just twenty-five years old, Ally Maloney is doing big things. As owner of Maloney Interiors, a yacht and residential design firm, the fresh-faced designer has already stamped her name on a list of impressive renovation projects, including luxurious motor yachts and super yachts. With an arsenal of technical knowledge and a keen aesthetic vision, Maloney operates at full speed….

StyleWeek Northeast: August 2014: Bound by the Crown Couture, Julie Kontos and NoMy Style

The third night of runway shows dazzled the crowd with sweet swimsuits, futuristic military wear and plus size designs.

StyleWeek Northeast is happening August 24-29. Don't forget to get your tickets. Bound by the Crown Couture by Chances R Designs Bound by the Crown Couture is an adorable children’s line by veteran women’s wear designer Toni Lyn Spaziano of Chances R Designs and Bravo celeb Susanna Paliotta. The show opened with several eye-catching swimsuits featuring classic black nylon accented…

Q-and-A with Fashion Designer Nick Pini

StyleWeek Northeast is happening August 24-29. We sat down with one of the designers, Nick Pini, who is showcasing his line on Friday, Aug. 29.

StyleWeek Northeast is happening August 24-29. Don't forget to get your tickets. We sat down with one of the designers, Nick Pini, who is showcasing his line on Friday, Aug. 29. Rhode Island Monthly will be reporting on the runway each night, so come back to our blog every day next week for StyleWeek fashion reports and photos. Describe your…

Eye for Design: Living Newport

A stylish new coffee table book reflects on gracious coastal life in the City by the Sea.

Author Bettie Bearden Pardee, a former contributing editor at Bon Appetit and longtime Newport resident and observer, takes us inside some of the City by the Sea’s most exclusive residences in her recently released fourth book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style. Tell me about your new book. Newport has become synonymous with a civilized, cultured, tasteful lifestyle…and residents for whom privacy…