NL&L Courier 27th Edition: October 2022

The first annual “It’s Better to be Bad” Ball

Conjuring up the creepy, the gala will transform the event space of @topofpelham into a den of delicious debauchery for Newporters ready to cut loose and throw caution, and their dignity, to the wind.

Bring your baddest self for an evening of liberating libations and purging pretensions. This is a high style, bring bail money kind of affair, kids. Get the Uber on speed dial cause momma ain’t coming to save you from this one.

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Deborah Goodrich Royce does it all; Hotelier, Actress, Author

A first glance there is nothing about Deborah Goodrich Royce that would belie the colorful and varied tapestry she has woven from her life’s experiences.

As an owner–along with her husband–of one of the country’s most famed seaside resorts, Rhode Island’s “Ocean House” her normal day is already full.  Today she breezes through the lobby in a light blue and white sundress casually greeting staff and club members prior to sitting down for our interview.  Perhaps most noticeable as we take our seats in the Veuve Clicquot “Secret Garden,” is her utter lack of pretention and a sense that she has the world-her world-perfectly under control. Read more…

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NL&L Courier 27th Edition: October 2022

NL&L Courier 27th Edition: October 2022

Conjuring up the creepy, the gala will transform the event space of @topofpelham into a den of delicious debauchery for Newporters ready to cut loose and throw caution, and their dignity, to the wind. Bring your baddest self for an evening of...

Behind the scenes with Lord Julian Fellowes

Behind the scenes with Lord Julian Fellowes

Lord Fellowes engaged in conversation with Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe and Steven Feinberg of Rhode Island Film prior to the SOLD OUT talk at The Breakers Great Hall July 26th 2022 From the Preservation Society of...



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It is an absolute honor and pleasure to work with Christon of Newport Living & Lifestyles. Her charismatic, charming nature blends beautifully with her professional, witty, and colorful interviews. She brings out the best in everyone while educating the people of Newport, supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses, and bringing the community together. 

NL&L is Newport RI’s premiere video blog. The Vlog gives you the inside scoop on local businesses and area events. What caught my eye most was Christon’s lively, humorous and entertaining interview style; she’s just so very charismatic! If you want to know what’s really going on behind the scene: art, area small businesses, restaurants, organizations, or who and what is attending or supporting charity fundraisers, Newport Living & Lifestyles has the inside track.

Christon and the NL&L video blog have been nothing but extraordinary to work with. She always brings great energy and positivity to each subject she deals with. I have worked with her on numerous occasions and look forward to doing more creative concepts. NL&L is what Newport is all about! 

Newport Living & Lifestyles, and Christon, have been so much fun to work with over the past few years and learn about other exciting businesses in our great area. Christon brings laughter, skill, and a great eye for directing with her on location and maybe some tequila 🙂 Helly Hansen has certainly benefitted from partnering with NL&L in recent years, and I look forward to the next adventure. 

I loved working with Christon on Newport Living & Lifestyles. It was fun, and my clients loved seeing me get exposure for the work that I do. Though it was an ugly sweater segment, I received a ton of responses, views, and shares from people who saw the show. This is marketing you just can’t pay for! Christon drove the whole show. She made it so comfortable for me, which made it easy for me to be a success. It was great not to have to sell myself for once in 30 years! People still comment on my segment! Great new and unique idea. I can see this show being picked up by a network very soon. Keep up the good work!

I originally met Christon from Newport Living & Lifestyles as a guest at my spa; she approached me about featuring the bodhi spa in her lifestyle blog. We offer a unique spa experience in Newport, RI and being only 2 years old when we knew we needed to add to our brand and presence to stay relevant. I appreciated Christon’s willingness to adapt to our needs as a new business and work with me on my business presentation. While it’s easy to feel out of your comfort zone while being interviewed, I felt completely at ease with her big smile beaming back at me as she guided me through her thoughtful questions. Newport is the loving home to many small businesses and offers opportunities for unique lifelong experiences that may get overlooked with the wealth of choices available. The Newport Living & Lifestyles platform is a wonderful way of sharing some hidden and not-so-hidden gems in our beautiful city by the sea.  

Newport Living & Lifestyles is a new and fun way to get the word out about your business! Christon is wonderful to work with, and even though being on camera can be nerve-racking, she is a pro and made me feel really comfortable. I am excited to support her mission and this new exciting platform. Newport is full of amazing things to do and see, and Newport Living & Lifestyles is a wonderful way to stay informed. 

Newport Living & Lifestyles is a unique platform to inform clients, friends, and potential customers, to learn and understand your business and how it can affect your way of life. As an Interior Designer, TurnKey Design shared and showed our life-changing living spaces through Newport Living & Lifestyles – Come, Join and Enjoy your new life! 

I loved working with Christon Gibson from Newport Living & Lifestyles on a gift giveaway during the holidays last year! She has her finger on the pulse of what is happening here in Newport and brought her unique panache and energy to promoting my store “SWANKY Newport” with a lively and entertaining video-cast specifically created with my products, as the stars of the show!! 

I truly enjoyed working with Christon! I was really nervous about filming our segment. She totally put me at ease and walked me through the whole experience. 

Christon and I met through a mutual close friend. When I heard her tell me that she wanted to highlight a doggie day with dog-friendly businesses as the topic, I was completely on board. Newport Pedicab is the premier pedicab company in Newport. We specialize in amazing and memorable tours. I always keep up with Newport Living & Lifestyles, and at Newport Pedicab, dogs always ride free! It was such a pleasure working with Christon! Bringing herself and Gambit around town was a pleasure! Being featured on Newport Living & Lifestyles has been a highlight of the season. We share a mutual love for Newport, and we truly appreciate her shedding light on the city we love.

Working with Christon of Newport Living & Lifestyles was a wonderful experience! She really captured Lucky Dog Resort’s essence and what a joy it is to be surrounded by dogs every day. We really felt supported and guided through the process, which was fun, easy, and collaborative.”

Working with Christon was a delight when I helped with the editing of her Travel Tuesdays video segment of Newport Living & Lifestyles. She was outstandingly helpful with providing all the digital materials and resources I needed to deliver the final products. Keeping projects on task is a breeze because she makes sure she is accessible for questions and feedback along the way.

Christon is a true professional when it comes to her courteous, communicative, and attentive manner while also maintaining an easy-going and friendly approach in all aspects of her business – from interviews to behind the scenes projects. I would welcome future projects with Christon!

Hiring Christon of Newport Living and Lifestyles to produce a promotional video for the Kent Washington Association REALTORS, a Rhode Island non-profit real estate organization, was one of the best decisions we made. Her wit and vivacious energy, combined with her expert knowledge delivered us the perfect marketing tool we were aiming for. Christon is a reliable and dedicated professional. I guarantee, she will not disappoint!

NL&L delivers interesting content and unique facts. Christon is a total professional; delightful to work with, knowledgeable and always 100% prepared for her interview. Be in the know with NL&L

Christon is such an amazing and inspiring person to work with! Newport Living and Lifestyles is the chicest way to market your business. She is also a true professional and very hardworking! I believe that almost every business on Aquidneck Island would benefit by Christon’s marketing skills; she has a natural talent for attracting positive results!!!

It was such a pleasurable experience working with Christon Gibson from Newport Living & Lifestyles. She showed up everyday offering such great ideas and her charisma was infectious. She didn’t hesitate when we asked her if she would fly to Naples with our team and document a marketing and fundraising event that Bimini-me was involved with. Through this experience she has become a trusty colleague and a friend. Christon is a “go -getter”, she has a strong work ethic and she’s a connector. I would recommend Christon to anyone!

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The Kia Ora Cosmic Ball hosted by Newport Polo

The Ball of all Balls 

The Newport Polo Gala never ever let’s you down. It truly is the ball of all balls. The energy is always there and the evening sweeps you away with views, romance, laughter and dancing. The attendees eyes are all a sparkle with sincerity, good will  and cheer. This year Jeffrey Osborne took the people in hand, table by table and shared his microphone with enthusiastic song. The guests were so titulated that the Auctioneer had trouble reigning in the crowd from their enjoyment, but fundraise he did!

All proceeds from the auction will support The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, to help Rhode Island kids meet their most basic needs, and keep music and the arts in Rhode Island schools.  Inspired by the profound impact music had on his family, Grammy-nominated R&B legend Jeffrey Osborne established his namesake foundation in 2012 and has raised over $1.5 million dollars to date in RI.  The foundation’s activities support its community partners, including St. Mary’s Home for Children & Family Services, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Button HoleRhode Island Philharmonic Music School, the Met School, and the Amos House, Rhode Island’s largest Soup Kitchen.  For more information, visit

Photos Captured by @Cocoanco , David Santarpia, Sue Metzger, Gina Manoni and Christon Gibson


Island Moving Company Summer Soiree

The 2022 ARTSCAPES Summer Soiree fundraiser event benefiting Island Moving Company – Newport’s Contemporary Dance Co was an unbelievably beautiful experience. Every turn a memorable site to behold. The performers prancing in every garden landscape at “The Bellevue House”. The front stage lounge seating for Randal and guests was the crowning moment which led to lots of laughs, dancing and a personal Chinese Dragon Dance performance.

A Special Thanks to Randal Poirier, ChFC, Financial Planner and his foundation “Doing Well by Doing Good” for participating as an important sponsor to IMC and their efforts to bring the arts and performances to Newport and supporting youth to carry on the arts in our community

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Behind the scenes with Lord Julian Fellowes

Lord Fellowes engaged in conversation with Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe and Steven Feinberg of Rhode Island Film

prior to the SOLD OUT talk at The Breakers Great Hall July 26th 2022

From the Preservation Society of Newport

Julian Fellowes, the Oscar and Emmy winning writer, director, producer, novelist and actor who created “The Gilded Age” and “Downton Abbey.” Julian Fellowes has had an extensive and distinguished career in film, television, publishing and the dramatic arts. He received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002 for “Gosford Park,” his first produced film, and he is the creator, sole writer and executive producer of the worldwide hit series, “Downton Abbey,” which received 69 Emmy Award nominations, winning 15, over its six seasons. He also received a Golden Globe Award and special BAFTA Award for “Downton Abbey.” The “Downton Abbey” movie written and produced by Fellowes was released in 2019. Most recently, the feature film “Downton Abbey: A New Era” written and produced by Fellowes was released in Spring 2022.

His other work includes “Separate Lies” for which he received the National Board of Review Directorial Debut Award, “From Time to Time” which he wrote and directed which won Best Picture at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival and Best Picture at the Fiuggi Family Festival in Rome, “The Young Victoria,” “Vanity Fair,” his Emmy Award-winning “Little Lord Fauntleroy,” and the BAFTA nominated “The Prince and The Pauper;” and three novels – “Belgravia,” “Snobs,” and “Past Imperfect” – that were Sunday Times Best Sellers. He is responsible for the “book” of the Broadway musicals “Mary Poppins” and “School of Rock – The Musical” for which he received a Tony nomination. In January 2011, he was given a peerage and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford. T

he Preservation Society extends our sincere thanks to Lord Fellowes for his willingness and generosity to share this wonderful evening with us at The Breakers.

For information on sponsorships or donations to the Preservation Society, please reach out to Sarah Iwanski, Director of Development, at

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2022 Yappy Hour at The Waves

Wow! This year’s Yappy Hour broke records for attendance and fundraising for the 20-year event. Guests gathered at ‘The Waves’ on Ledge Road where they met animals available for adoption at the Potter League and supported the organization’s work by joining in for a ‘Paw Raise’ to support the Nuala Pell Animal Care Fund.
The Nuala Pell Animal Care Fund ensures that homeless animals receive everything from basic care to treatment for serious medical issues. Thanks to these generous donors the thousands of animals that walk through our doors every day will continue to receive veterinary care, surgery, extensive rehabilitation, and life-saving medications often required before they can be placed in a loving home.
We cannot thank our generous hosts, Marc Lewinstein, Xana O’Neil, and the guest of honor Maalouf, who opened their home to fellow animal lovers enough. Their generosity, love and kindness for the Potter League and our animals is immensely appreciated.
We would also like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Randal W. Poirier, ChFC, Financial Planner of Independence Financial Partners, our board of directors, our “Party Animals” committee, our volunteers & staff, and our in-kind sponsors Peak Event Services, Glorious Affairs Boutique Catering and Event Design, Wild Season Florals, Photography by Jessica Pohl, Lainey Dionne (musician), and Perfection Valet Parking for never-ending support and kindness.
We hope that you all had an incredible evening as we did. We were so grateful to be able to gather and see so many of our generous and wonderful friends. Thank you so much for making Yappy Hour a howling success!
P.S. More photos from Jessica Pohl to come!