Resting Brunch Face: Where To Go & Show Yours This Weekend

Most weekends, my brunch goal is to try a brand-y new spot. I don't always succeed (Note to self: write upcoming post about my classic fallback favs in the Ocean State for brunching so hard. Or, maybe not, because then I'll really NEVER get a flippin' table.), but last weekend? Jackpot!

We drove over to Tiverton and the Boat House. Nicole was actually raving to me about it this summer. Didn't make it there back then, but September can be equally as nice, a few degrees cooler but without the mad crazy crowds that seem to flock to every single waterfront eatery in RI during June, July, and August. So, if you haven't talked to Nicole or been on Open Table lately (People on there are also apparently #obsessed with the Boat House. Or so it says on the home page of the BH's site.), you might not be aware of how incredible it truly is there. 

Yeah, the water views, of the Sakonnet, are marvelous. But so are the food and drink. We thoroughly enjoyed our coffee too. (Some places have divine brunch food and inconsistent or lousy java. A serious prob if, like so many, including myself, you live for that am coffee fix.) The cocktail menu was pretty tempting. And our food was straightforward yummy. We had two egg-tastic dishes, but seafood lovers take note. Everything was served pretty quickly and with a smile too. (Cranky waiters, along with mean peeps in general, suck.)

Now, if I had to go back and change anything, I would've sat on their side patio, where most of the crowd was situated. I don't have any pics (Hey, even I have my limits...WINK!), but strongly suggest requesting that area of the restaurant, which has a roof/overhang, if you go on a sunny (mild) morning or afternoon some weekend this fall. Otherwise, sit inside and drink Grapefruit Martinis while uploading Insta Stories of your meal and those views.

Ciao for Now,

Patty J

 

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of PattyJ.com

Sweater Season: Meet The RI Designer Who's Relaunched Her Famous Line

Today on Patty J, get to know Elana Carello and her namesake line of knits...

A Few Things About Me

  • Born/raised in Cranston
  • Graduated from RISD with BFA in Apparel Design
  • Moved to NYC and lived and worked there as a fashion designer for over 20 years (Returned to Cranston in 2007)
  • Traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia during my years as a designer (Florence is my favorite European city. Paris is my favorite city in which to shop.)

My first line, also called Elana Carello, lasted ten years, from ’92 - ‘02. I was in every major department store and 650 active specialty stores around the country. Sept 11 put us out of business. (Many people don’t realize what a hit the fashion industry took.) My sweaters were on many TV shows and in films: The First Wives Club (Photo above.), The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Kathie Lee Gifford’s Christmas Special, Oprah, and others.

I re-booted my Elana Carello line in 2014. (New styles for Fall/Winter 2016 above.) Mindy Kaling wore three of my sweaters in her Hulu show, The Mindy Project. I sell to specialty stores around the country and in my online shop, elanacarellosweaters.com.

On October 8, I am participating in the RISD Alumni Sale on Benefit Street from 10AM-5PM. I will have the lowest prices of the season at that show. One day only, 40-50% off.

Some Of My Favorite RI Places

  • I am a stickler for fit, so I worked hard to find a good tailor. I have my clothes (and my family's) tailored at Dry Cleaning & Alterations by Fayth.
  • I get my nails done by the welcoming staff at Perfect Nails.
  • My favorite places to go for dinner are Julian’s in Providence and L’Osteria in Cranston.
  • My daughter and I love to sketch at the RISD Museum and shop in the RISD Works Store. You can usually find my sweaters there.
  • I love to get breakfast at the English Muffin in Johnston.
  • My daughter and I try to go to Cable Car Cinema once or twice a month - Did you know you can eat your lunch sitting on one of the couches, while watching a movie? 
  • I shop for unique gifts at Simple Pleasures in Providence. It’s pricey, but everything in it is irresistible.

*Want 15% Off Your Online Order Of Elana's Sweaters? Use The Code Patty J*

 

Photo Credits: Photo of Mindy Kaling from her Instagram. All others courtesy of Elana Carello.
 

My RI Life: The Bloggers Behind "Stylish Mama Meets Organized Chica"

We are two Latinas from New England who blog for Stylish Mama Meets Organized Chica. We have been best friends for several years. When we started to share our passions and goals in life, we both realized we had the same dream of becoming bloggers. What started off as a mere thought turned into a reality back in 2013. Topics we blog about vary, but we usually lean towards local businesses in the New England area, fashion, makeup, organization, and food. We try to make our blog realistic for our readers and consider ourselves just regular girls who love to have fun. Life is all about balance, so when it comes to blogging we have fun with it. 

Here is a little bit more about us and where we love to spend time in Rhode Island.

Organized Chica


I’m a family oriented Latin girl all the way. My culture is a big part of who I am. I’m that girl that didn’t try her first P&J sandwich until my senior year in high school. I’m constantly looking at how I can plan, simplify and organize anything. It’s an addiction I have. I can’t seem to turn that feature off in my head. Which is why you will always find me at The Container Store, drooling over their merchandise and planning my next project. Besides organization, I have a passion for all types of things that allows me to express my creativity, such as photography and makeup.  

I love visiting Newport, RI every minute I can and enjoy walking on the rocks at Ocean Drive or visiting the Newport Mansions, each one has its own story which I find so very intriguing. My husband and I are vineyard lovers and Newport Vineyards is one of our favorite spots to go to and grab a bottle of their Great White and just relax.   

Now a girl has to eat, I love ordering Colombian Empanadas or Chorizo for breakfast at Caprichos Antioqueños in Pawtucket.  This bakery just transports me back home with all their delicious Colombian treats. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I need to have a donut from PVDonuts. They surprise us with new flavors all the time, but my favorite is their S’mores donut and Monkey Bread. For lunch, I could have a toasted Cheese & Steak sandwich from Fellini. I order mine with no cheese and trust me you do not need it at all. The steak is so flavorful and the sweet caramelized onions just melt in your mouth. Now let’s talk fancy dinner, Siena hands down is my favorite on the Hill. Their drinks are on point and their dinner menu is exceptional, Pollo Piccata and Manzo di Giuseppe will make you want to lick your plates clean.

Stylish Mama  


I'm a Bostonian at heart who fell in love with Rhode Island after working in this state for over ten years. My family, especially my husband and daughter, play such a strong role in my life. After them is my love of the arts, traveling, shopping, and FOOD!!  

I am such a foodie. So I apologize if you are not, as I am going to ramble on about food now...(disclosure if you are dieting). On mornings I don’t have to rush into work, you can find me grabbing a chai tea and a currant & caraway scone from Olga’s  Cup and Saucer in Providence. I work near Olga's and Rue Bis, so I often will stop in both for lunch. Rue Bis has this amazing chopped salad. It's loaded with toppings, including chickpeas, mangos, avocado, and feta cheese. When I am in the mood for Latin food, I will travel out of my way to go to a Venezuelan place called La Arepa in Pawtucket. I always order the same thing, a beef pabellon arepa, which is a corn cake stuffed with shredded beef, black beans, cheese and avocado. I at times crave curry and recently found Bee's Thai Cuisine on Ives from food photos Patty J actually posted. (Thanks Patty!) For dinner I enjoy going to "The Hill" for Italian, but my new favorite spot is dinner at Al Forno, on South Main. Al Forno has many beautiful dishes, I recommend the fried calamari pizza and dirty steak. Dirty Steak is not on the menu, but ask your server, you will not regret it. It’s a real life changer and please leave room for their apple tart. I heard about this on the Food Network, and it did not disappoint.  

I love how RI offers many boutiques and shops, whether its Pawtuxet Village in Cranston or Thayer Street and downtown Providence. I love the convenience of shopping at Garden City on lunch break. I frequently visit J.Crew, Loft, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and Crate and Barrel. A hobby of mine is to dabble in home decorating and often am told that I missed my calling when it comes to making a house feel like a home. For this reason, you will always find me looking for little treasures in and around small boutiques. Love unique pieces!  

Places We Both Love


We love the steak at Nami. Yes, we said a Japanese restaurant on Federal Hill…totally ironic…but believe us, order their NY steak. For sweets we love Pastiche, the fruit tart makes you feel like you were enjoying dessert in Paris. They also offer great cappuccinos and hot cider. And our go to for drinks is margaritas at Tortilla Flats on Hope Street. One top shelf margarita is all you need…trust!

For a place a little out of the city that has authentic Italian food, try Trattoria Romana in Lincoln. Dishes we love include Chicken Parm, Fruitti Di Mare, and Steak.

We frequent Wayland Square, which offers a lot of small local shops along with some big names like Alex and Ani and West Elm. We love that West Elm is featuring many local RI artists too.  Such a fun place to look around and shop!

And our favorite little consignment/boutique is Togs on Brook Street in Providence. The owner always puts cute things in her window, which lure us in. We have found several items at a great price. They offer both women's and men’s clothing, along with shoes and accessories.

Follow us in around New England and all the places we love by reading our blog: https://stylishmamameetsorganizedchica.blogspot.com/
Feel free to leave a comment on what you might like to see us post.

We are also on Instagram @stylishmeetsorganized, there you can take a daily peek into our lives or check us out at Pinterest and Facebook

 

Photo Credits: Photos provided by Stylish Mama Meets Organized Chica; additional ones of Olga's, Caprichos, Newport, Pawtuxet Village, and Garden City Center provided by PattyJ.com.