This article is part of our East Bay Bloggers series. Where bloggers dish on their passions, and why they continue to share them.
The Blog: Newport Stylephile
Creator: Andrea McHugh
About: Living your best Newport life
Based In: Newport
Like many folks who visit Newport, Andrea felt and immediate connection with the City by the Sea. Back in 2001 she was visiting from Washington DC with her then boyfriend, now husband, for his grandmother’s 80th birthday. Unexpectedly they made Newport their home six months later, and she fell in love with everything that embodied the Newport lifestyle: swimming for hours at Second Beach, sipping a sunset cocktail, riding a scooter along Ocean Drive, supporting community programs and nonprofits, sailing on a 12-meter yacht that won the America’s Cup and, of course, dressing in the Newport style.
Andrea was so enamored with the style that she launched Newport Stylephile in 2009. It’s a lifestyle blog covering everything from where to shop and what’s on trend to where to sip on that sunset cocktail (or how to make that cocktail at home). It’s her way of connecting with the many people who can’t get enough of that Newport vibe.
She’s also regularly contributed to this very magazine, its sister publications and The Rhode Show since starting her blog. On air she showcases many of her finds from local shops like current looks and trends. Andrea makes attaining the Newport look easy breezy. “It’s crisp white pants paired with a French boat neck top boasting navy nautical stripes,” she says. “It’s sipping a Dark n’ Stormy on a hot summer day overlooking the sea… It’s embracing the salt water spray that dots your ensemble from an afternoon sail spent perched on the bow of a boat and asking, ‘Is there anywhere else in the world I’d rather be?’ (The answer, of course, is no.)”