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Oh, Mussel Tree! Oh, Mussel Tree!

Rhode Island retired schoolteacher Dale Munsill hand collects mussel shells to create these beautiful Christmas trees.

Dale Munsill was walking along the beach one day when she picked up a mussel shell. The retired Charlestown schoolteacher thought to herself that it had a similar triangular shape to a pinecone. “I thought, why not make a tree out of it?” she says. “I’ve been making things my whole life.” She began collecting mussel shells, first Prince Edward…

Shop Local, Shop Happy

Skip the extended sales this week and check out local holiday markets for gifts for everyone on your list.

Pre-Black Friday. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Cyber Week. Last chance. Sale extended. Sheesh. I think I’ll pass on all the scary holiday sales for some real “last chance” gifts, made one-of-a-kind by local artisans and sold in a stress-free market atmosphere. There might be lots of people around, but I can (almost) guarantee you won’t be battling the masses to…

Envelop me in Blue Suede

Visit this chic shop in Warren tonight for cocktails, chocolaty treats and more accessories than you’re jewelry box can stand.

If you’ve checked out our Holidays gift guide that comes free with our November issue (on newsstands now!) you probably noticed in the “Little Luxuries” section a glorious beaded Botticelli black bag from Blue Suede in Warren. I'd never visited the shop before, which opened right around this time last year, and so I decided to take a short but…

Creative Costumes for a Cause at the Runway Earth Fashion Show

Rhode Island artists and designers created Halloween costumes out of recycled and reused materials that will be auctioned off Oct. 27 at The Roots Café to benefit Groundwork Providence.

Last year, my husband created a homemade Halloween costume that he thought would be the most creative anyone had ever seen. He bought a yellow hardhat with a light attached to the top. He found a pair of old jeans and a red T-shirt and he took them outside and drove over them with his Ford Escape. He burned coal…

Shopping List

June! My summer dresses and shoes are all still buried away in the back of my closet. I haven’t been able to find my favorite pair of sunglasses. Secretly, I know what all of this means, and it does not mean I will be sifting through my closet. It’s time for a shopping spree. Two places in Providence I’m dying…

Eating + Drinking in Charleston

Just got back from a killer trip to Charleston, SC (Southwest now flies there, so it’s a reasonable getaway — though, sadly, no non-stop flights). The purpose of our trip was three-fold: R&R (the beaches are gorgeous and not crowded in May), family (namely one adorable little niece) and F-O-O-D. The white-hot food — and drink — scene in Charleston…

Spin Me Right Round…Like a Record, Baby

I bought my first record player (yes, people still use those) for $5 about four years ago from the now-defunct Rocky Hill Flea Market. I wasn’t expecting it to work, but after jerry-rigging it to plug into an old guitar amp, I was pleasantly surprised. Since then, my record collection has gone from a couple of Rolling Stones albums to…

How Many Bottles of Beer on the Wall?

A couple of weeks ago I went on a road trip through Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine. I visited four beer breweries while I was there: Portsmouth Brewery, Magic Hat, Vermont Pub & Brewery and Sea Dog (Every stop was worth it, if you’re so inclined to make the trip yourself.) Of course, I had a few…

T-shirts for a Cause

When it comes to shirts, I’m more of a polo or button-down kind of guy, but two new T-shirts created for the nonprofit Longitude have caught my eye. With two unfamiliar faces on them, the objective of these shirts (made by RI Threads) is to spread awareness and earn funding for Longitude’s Educate Ghana and Uncaste India programs. The lighter…

Snap Them Up: Post-Auction Steals

I just checked in with Gerri Walters at Special Olympics Rhode Island to see how they fared in their annual telethon this past Sunday. It’s a fantastic fundraiser, and they had some amazing donations this year, everything from VIP tickets to last night’s game to LASIK surgery to front-porch seats — plus refreshments and parking — at the Bristol Fourth…