Spring in Rhode Island is FINALLY here, and I don't know about you, but once it hits 60 degrees, I'm in shorts and a tank top, just waiting for the first beach day, or night, in Newport. Coming out of winter hibernation can be hard, but this guide to springtime in Rhode Island will get you ready. I'm here to answer some of life's big questions, like what to wear. what to eat, where to go, and how to ball on a budget.
What To Wear/Spring Must Have's
This year I turn the BIG 2-5, and my biggest concern is skin care. I spent years using tanning beds (my biggest regret), and I know that I've already done a significant amount of damage to my skin. In an attempt to keep my skin looking young, I've been trying every skin care regimen possible, and praying to skin Gods. Here's what I've found most helpful so far: GlamGlow YouthMud, Dr. Jart face masks, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask, and First Aid Beauty line, which can all be found at Sephora.
Of course, I now get a Glistening Goddesses Level 4 Express Spray Tan once a week to keep a healthy glow - without the damage of tanning beds!
If you're ballin' on a budget, check out:
I do most of my shopping online and always find the best deals on Lulus.com for quality clothes and shoes at a great price. The best part about Lulu's is that the offer 10% off for signing up, and 15% off coupons with every order. I get the majority of my shoes on Lulu's for under $30, check out some the images below, including my blue shoes.
I know you've seen it all over your newsfeed and wondered if it's worth trying, and I say YES - it is! Over the past few months of using Poshmark, I've made about $800 selling my lightly used clothes. I've also bought a Kate Spade beach tote, and Steve Madden sandals for a great price. Download the app and use code PIOWE for a $10 credit.
4) The Boutique at Magnolia
One of my new favorite places to shop in Rhode Island is The Boutique in Cranston. The Boutique carries everything from Loren Hope to John Medeiros jewelry and just released their new spring collection, which is perfect for work or a weekend out.
Now on to the important things...food and restaurants:
1) Nick's on Broadway
I know you've seen Nick's all over your Instagram feed, but I'm a faithful Julian's brunch-goer, so this was a big step for me. Don't let the one hour wait time scare you away because you can order any of their signature cocktails while you wait. I was blown away by the bar because of their use of mixology, fresh ingredients, and their ability to pair different ingredients to make delicious cocktails. The home fries were by far the best I've ever had, and for some dessert (because everyone should have dessert with every meal, including breakfast) I had the grilled muffin which was phenomenal.
2) Dolce Vita on Federal Hill
Once the warm weather hits, I love any opportunity for an outdoor brunch. One of my favorite brunch spots is Caffe Dolce Vita on Federal Hill. Whether you eat inside or outside, make sure to order the Mimosa Pitcher (Why have a glass when you can have a pitcher?), the lox, and their French toast. During the spring and summer months, Dolce Vita opens up their outdoor seating and it's fun to people watch while you brunch.
Spring is really just the pregame for Summer, so I hope this helps you make the most of the kick off of the warmer weather in Rhode Island!
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Photo Credits: Nick's exterior photo by Ashley Farney; Caffe Dolce Vita exterior photo courtesy of the PattyJDotCom Instagram. Photo of Magnolia logo courtesy of their Instagram. All other photos courtesy of Lindsay.