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August is a great time to be in the Hamptons. Summer is at its peak and the time is perfect to relax at the beach, or spend a day by the pool. I suggest unplugging from the digital world and let your real life unfold instead of spending your time on social media. Wellness seems to be on everybody’s mind nowadays. Biking, yoga and getting exercise is at the forefront of my mind on the weekend. Spending time in the Hamptons and getting fit will make everything feel better. With many wellness spots scattered all over the Hamptons, it’s easy to find the perfect place to work out, meditate, cycle, or take a yoga class. As the summer continues, so do the charity events. Recently, the Southampton Hospital had its annual charity gala and I believe it is one of the most worthwhile causes. If you missed it, you can still contribute at southamptonhospital.org Summer is going by quickly, and it’s time to spend some long weekends in the Hamptons. Enjoy August!
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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Something about August always feels drenched in feeling. It’s that time of year when we are hyper aware of the season slowly slipping away, and we want to get everything we can out of it. There is something exciting about approaching a day like you might a flattened tube of toothpaste. Attempting to squeeze out the last remnants of summer’s balmy days brings a heightened awareness — something I believe truly helps one relish the moment. Have you planned out every inch of your August weeks? Will you revisit your favorite restaurants or recreate any particularly fun dinner parties? What were the most meaningful moments for you this summer? For me, family time is what I enjoy most. Having so many loved ones visit us Out East this summer was definitely the highlight. And spending time with our dogs and contributing to animal charities always make me feel so happy. Animal Hope and Wellness is one of my favorite animal charities in the country. In the Hamptons, I remind people to visit Last Chance Animal Rescue in Southampton as well as ARF in East Hampton. The work both of these organizations do year round for animals is important and they need our support. I hope your August is full of dusty orange sunsets and meaningful get-togethers. Warmly,
“August rushes by like desert rainfall, A flood of frenzied upheaval, Expected, But still catching me unprepared. Like a matchflame Bursting on the scene, Heat and haze of crimson sunsets. Like a dream Of moon and dark barely recalled, A moment, Shadows caught in a blink. Like a quick kiss; One wishes for more But it suddenly turns to leave, Dragging summer away.”
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This issue features the beautiful and multitalented actress, Sasha Pieterse. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate cover model for our August Health & Beauty issue than this dynamic star who is releasing her innovative cookbook, Sasha In Good Taste on October 8th 2019. It was such a pleasure to work closely with this evolving actress who gives an incredibly candid and exclusive interview; the story she shares revolves around her life and career in Hollywood, health issues, and personal experience with bullying. Sasha has an undeniable, effortless beauty, and her natural ability to relate to the camera is exquisitely unique. What is so unusual about this radiant star is her inner beauty: her incredible wisdom, insight on life, and understanding of controversial issues which most of us could only hope to obtain through life experience at twice her age. Needless to say, it is very unexpected, and quite admirable for her to have that type of acumen at the young age of 23. As always, I am grateful for having the opportunity to share with readers some of the most amazing and talented artists and reveal to you their private, most intimate, thoughts and feelings. Engage in kindness and compassion toward public figures as they sacrifice so much of their personal lives to entertain us! Enjoy your August!
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When you think summer, you think sunny and warm days but nighttime is when things truly sizzle. Be sure to have a cool watch that does justice to the temperature.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Stainless Steel with Leather Strap Price: $8,500 London Jewelers 744 Fifth Avenue 212.869.9284
Platinum with Leather Strap $30,600 Grand Seiko 510 Madison Avenue 212.355.3718
18k White Gold with Satin Strap $36,100 Breguet 699 Fifth Avenue 646.692.6469
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J E W E L RY By Jonathan Valdez
Each summer is unique and special, so make sure to choose a piece of jewelry that will always remind you of the amazing times you had Out East during summer 2019.
18k Rose Gold with Diamonds and Sapphires Price: $16,000 Chopard 709 Madison Avenue 212.223.2304
18k Rose Gold with Rock Crystal and Turquoise Price: $8,500 Vhernier 783 Madison Avenue 646.343.9551
18k Yellow Gold with Enamel Price: $9,600 David Webb 942 Madison Avenue 212.421.3030
Clip Earrings 18k Yellow Gold with Diamonds $9,800 London Jewelers 744 Fifth Avenue 212.869.9284 Social Life
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SHOPPING By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
LOVESHACKFANCY LoveShackFancy is a pastel dream located in a charming 1780s farmhouse. This is your go-to place for unique pieces ranging from custom sweaters to bags made in Morocco. This shop also offers up a number of photo moments perfect for Instagram. 117 Main Street, Sag Harbor
ALA VON AUERSPERG Ala Isham is opening her very first Hamptons shop this summer! Located at Havens in Sag Harbor, this pop-up shop will sell pieces from the brand’s super chic and fun spring/summer collection. Items include beautifully printed dresses, pants, and tops perfect for any summer occasion. 8 Main Street, Sag Harbor
ST. FRANK Looking to make your home feel a bit more like your favorite beach getaway? Look no farther than St. Frank. This shop is filled with ocean-inspired fabrics, beachy décor, and furniture. This hip spot will be open for shopping and daily inspiration at The Cottage in East Hampton from Memorial Day through the end of September. 78 Main Street, East Hampton Social Life
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THE HOT LYSST By Lyss Stern
Lyss Stern, the CEO and founder of DivaMoms.com — New York’s premier socializing network for moms and moms-to-be — shares her picks for Hamptons moms this month. Instagram @diva_moms
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SKINCARE 101 Get your summer read on with this new book called In Dirty Looks, by the renowned dermatologist and scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe. Dr. Bowe describes the science behind a healthy gut and clear skin and even has a 21-day program that will have you looking like a glowing goddess in no time.
OUTSTANDING OPTIONS Not sure what size to order online? The emerging direct-to-consumer brand Olga Pastyrnak will send you three different sizes of a dress so that you can find the right fit. Whether you need a dress for work or an event, this label is the one to watch. Prices range from $240 to $480, olgapastyrnak.com
GET YOUR GLOW ON Feeling pale? No problem! The Miami Gorgeous line will make you look like you spent hours in the sun for a bronzed look. All of the products are made in the USA and use the best quality ingredients, including argan oil, vitamin C, coconut oil, and more. It was developed by two moms formerly from NY with backgrounds in beauty and product development. The LaPlaya Glow self-tanning mousse is $18, miamigorgeous.com
SNAP HAPPY Have your photos printed on archival paper and framed in Artifact Uprising’s clean and elegant frames, in one of three finishes. The Colorado-based company also offers custom photo books, prints, frames, and gifts. Since the company is known for its premium quality papers, responsibly-sourced materials, and elevated design, it’s the perfect present for anyone. From $69, artifactuprising.com Social Life
FOR KIDS BETTER BEDROOM Crate & Kids wants to make your child’s room even better by combining sophistication with a comfortable family feel. Several eye-catching toys and furnishings will make any kid excited, including the gold circle wall shelf ($199) or the balloon animal bookend, or they could always go for the Everly leather tufted rocking chair. crateandbarrel.com
CUTE AND COZY Your kids will always be comfortable with Smash + Tess bestselling rompers and premium loungewear. The Jilly Bean Mini rompers start at size 3-6 months; the regular S+T styles go up to size 10-11. The Vancouver-designed clothing line is stylish, cozy, and made from sustainable rayon from bamboo and cotton blend. Your kids will never want to change again. $48-$58, smashtess.com
GAMECHANGER Transform a soft hooded sweatshirt for your child into a stuffed animal in just seconds with Cubcoats. You’ll never again forget your kid’s jacket or furry friend because you’ll need to remember to pack one thing instead of two. Also, kids can use them as pillows while traveling on planes, trains, and long car rides. Cubcoats are available in bear, fox, panda, puppy, tiger and kitty — and they even come in special characters such as Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Spiderman, and much more. $45 and available on cubcoats.com
BALANCED BABES Teach your little ones how to be present in the moment with Little Renegades mindful activity cards. Each deck comes with 40 two-sided cards with watercolor illustrations that are meant to teach young kids basic techniques like awareness, breathing, meditation, gratitude, and stretching. The collection can be easily incorporated into your kids’ morning or bedtime routines. $15.99, littlerenegades.com
YOU’RE ALL SET WITH WHAT TO BUY THIS MONTH, BUT HERE’S WHAT YOU S HOULD BE DOING.
You don’t have to travel too far to enjoy the new coastal Mediterranean hot spot called Blu Mar in Southampton. Blu Mar is owned by Zach Erdem of 75 Main fame.
Book a stay at Room at the Beach in Bridgehampton. It’s just two miles from the beach, and its cute maritime design will make you feel right at home. You can drop into a wellness class or grab a bike and ride to the Atlantic. Either way, it will be the most relaxing getaway.
Treat yourself to a spa day! Tenoverten — the nontoxic, cruelty-free nail salon — is at Serena & Lily through Labor Day. Customers can get a mani-pedi and shop their favorite nail accessories too.
R U N WAY By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
Chasing Butterflies The butterfly has flown back into style. This is a summer look that Mariah Carey would approve of. Butterflies in all shapes and sizes were a huge trend in the 1990s. Everyone from Mimi to Kirsten Dunst rocked the look by wearing everything from butterfly hair clips to butterfly printed dresses. Now designers from Zang Toi to Jasmine and Vivetta showed a modern take on the flirty and fun trend. Wear a colorful butterfly brooch on your shoulder for a subtle take on the look, or go for a butterfly-shaped top for a bold butterfly moment.
Naeem Khan, Summer 2019
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LILLY PULITZER LILLY PULITZER DESIGNS SHINE OF FUN, FROLICK & FLORALS By Blaire Bass No other fashion brand says summer sun and fun more than Lilly Pulitzer. Social Life fashion editors are obsessed this summer with the brand’s blue and beautiful designs. For 60 years, Lilly Pulitzer has been a favorite summer look in the Hamptons. With a heritage and aesthetic based on the Palm Beach resort lifestyle, the Lilly Pulitzer brand was originally created in the late 1950s and has epitomized resort wear ever since. lillypulitzer.com
JESSI MIDI DRESS $198 Check out the kimono flute sleeves. This super flattering midi-length dress takes feminine to a whole new level.
DONNA ROMPER $178 We just love the side bows. This simple get-up takes you from day pool party to evening soirée.
Jessi Midi Dress
KARLIE WRAP ROMPER $168 This dress skort is just adorable. You’ll feel instantly polished and put together, but super comfortable at the same time.
SOREN SKIRT SET $238 Sassy and stylish, this offthe-shoulder and ruffled high-waisted skirt is a showstopper.
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ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
Sweethearts Hearts went from cute to chic this summer! Hearts in all shapes and sizes turned up on the runways at the spring/summer 2019 shows. Go for the trend this summer and rock a pair of Stella McCartney Elyse heart derbys for an edgy take on the look. Or go for a frilly and sweet take on the trend and rock pink crystal Medusa heart earrings by Versace. Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day to wear your heart on your sleeve!
Chloé Brown and Gold Heart Glasses $325
Versace Pink Medusa Heart Pendant Earrings $795
Erdem, Summer 2019
Stella McCartney Black Heart Elyse Derbys $895
ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
Miu Miu Silver Heart and Lipstick Earrings $460
Marc Jacobs The Balloon Heart Gold Studs $150
Gucci Silver Heart Bracelet $295
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MARINA ST. BARTH HAMPTONS BEST KEPT SECRET FOR THE JET SET By Robyn Michele
arina St. Barth is a summer shop located upstairs from Pierre’s Restaurant in Bridgehampton. To reach the boutique, enter Pierre’s and look for the white curtain on your left. At Marina St. Barth, you’ll discover an eclectic collection of the finest designers from around the world, including Versace, Missoni, and Alexis. You’ll also find the Marina St. Barth ready-to-wear global brand. The Hamptons glamorous, best-dressed women have been shopping here for the past five years, and now their secret is yours. Seven days a week, Marina herself can be found creating one-ofa-kind fashion shows from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Pierre’s Restaurant. Grab a cappuccino or glass of wine at Pierre’s and come up to the boutique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m or call 917.951.0771 for a private appointment. You can also shop at Marina St. Barth in Gustavia, St. Bathélemy, where she owns her own boutique and curates the shows at the famous Nikki Beach and Bagatelle restaurant. You can discover Marina St. Barth’s elegant, bohemian chic looks just in time for August’s events, especially the white parties. This is the ideal place to find a perfect outfit, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories.
Born and raised in Paris, Marina studied international business and worked for Clarins Cosmetics. She speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. Her passion to travel the world took her to the Maldives, where her life literally flipped upside down in the 2004 tsunami. Her outlook on life changed drastically. She celebrated her survival and decided to pursue her dreams. She opened a boutique in St. Barth and traveled to glamorous destinations around the world: Bora Bora, Cuba, Bali, Egypt, Morocco, Maldives, Bahamas to name a few. Her creativity, keen eye for fashion, and knowing how to flatter a particular body type informed her work as a designer and savvy businesswoman. Marina has impeccable style and a free-spirited personality. Although she is a stylist for celebrities, she loves working with ordinary women from all cultures who want to look their best in an easy St. Barth style. Marina St. Barth marina-stbarth.com Pierre’s Restaurant – The Upstairs 2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton Social Life
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THE MALE BAG By Anthony Michael Respected and impressive — that’s the essence of being august. Want to feel august this August? Partake in these indulgences.
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There are hundreds of castles in Europe, but few have made the successful transition to five star resort. Ashford Castle, a historic 800-year old fortress in western Ireland, did just that 80 years ago and ever since has played host to royalty, presidents, and celebrities. For years, Ashford Castle has landed on the Best of the World lists for luxury lodgings, and, with a $100 million renovation under its belt, this behemoth has decided to celebrate its octogenarian anniversary of luxury lodging with a special hotel experience for its guests. And, let’s face it — getting to Ireland is only as difficult as getting to Montauk on a Friday in August.
Here’s what you get: • A two-night stay in one of the castle’s beautifully furbished Corrib rooms • Dinner for two in the George V dining room, featuring a period menu with a modern accent, using locally grown produce • A one-hour hawk walk at the Ireland School of Falconry • An hour-long horseback riding lesson for two The princely sum? $2,215 pp/night.
Mizzen + Main mizzenandmain.com Mizzen + Main did it! (And by “it” we mean innovated performance fabric menswear.) Invoking the sturdiness of a sailboat’s mast, Mizzen + Main’s insanely comfortable shirts are designed for motion. With a hoard of crisp traditional looks, these togs are stretchy and feature lightweight, flexing fabric with superior quick-dry properties. A perfect option for, say, a visit to a castle. ($125) Social Life
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BEAUTY By Jeanette Zinno
Natural Beauty for the Sunny Season Go minimal with your beauty routine this August and opt for luxe all-natural, non-toxic beauty brands that will keep skin dewy and makeup fresh, all with zero chemicals.
LASH OUT Keep makeup simple with a few strokes of Milk Makeup’s KUSH high volume mascara. The formula has hemp-derived cannabis seed oil and pure pigments for a clump-free, black finish. Made with unique thickening heartshaped fibers that lock onto lashes for longlasting volume, length, and curl. Sephora, $24 AFTER SUN Calling all rose lovers with dry or UV-overexposed skin. After a full day in the sun, the Kypris Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 roses beauty oil will give your parched summer skin the hydration it needs. Made with natural botanicals for rose-petal-soft skin and a sun-kissed glow. Nordstrom, $230 SHIMMER A highlighter for summer is a must; and one made with gold is even better. Jao Brand’s SunGleam Illuminator is infused with 24k gold for a healthy golden glow. It can be applied to the face and body directly or mixed into other products. jaobrand.com, $88 SKIN QUENCHER If your summertime skincare goal is to achieve natural-looking radiant skin, then Juice Beauty’s Prebiotix hydrating gel moisturizer is an essential. Lock in moisturize with its lightweight formula with antioxidant-rich, organic ingredients and prebiotic ingredients to help balance the microbiome. Neiman Marcus, $52
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Ultra-luxury Spas Around the World
acao, a special administrative region of China with a unique culture, is a bustling city filled with history, museums, architecture, gambling casinos, gastronomy, and, of course, luxury spas.
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SPA Macao is known for its daring architecture and endless masterpieces, including the Morpheus, a hotel and spa where innovation meets luxury, designed by the legendary architect Zaha Hadid. Experience the Morpheus Spa’s two-floor retreat that includes your own personal spa butler who will greet and guide you through the wellness sanctuary. Before your treatment, indulge in the wet spa facilities, including a massive vitality pool, Finnish sauna, and steam room. Popular treatments include the Morpheus Awakening, a spa package designed to encourage better sleep, with a foot ritual, marma body and facial massage, nasal-oil application, and a gemstone ritual. HISTORY Macao is home to UNESCO World Heritage sites with cultural significance and many monuments of stunning architecture that are not to be missed. Must-see sites include those that reflect Macau’s past as a Portuguese colony: Ruins of St. Paul’s; the pastel buildings of Senado Square; the European-style of Dom Pedro V Theatre; and St. Dominic’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Macao. CULTURE Despite its small size, Macao boasts over a dozen distinctive museums, with famous exhibitions shuffling in and out of the area. Visit the Macao Museum to learn about the history and culture of the city. Macao’s Museum of Art showcases five floors of Chinese SocialLifeMagazine.com
paintings, ceramics, and calligraphy. Discover the social, economic, and cultural importance of wine at the Wine Museum, or celebrate Macao’s historic connection to the sea at the Maritime Museum. DINING With 19 Michelin-starred restaurants and many more Michelinrecognized food trucks, Macao is a city that is known for its gastronomy scene. A few must-try Michelin restaurants are The Eight, Mizumi, The Tasting Room, and The Golden Peacock. Try a traditional Chinese hot pot dinner at Lotus Palace in The Parisian hotel, or if you’re hoping for something more casual, try a few of the local hot spots, such as La Famiglia Restaurant, Sei Kee Café, Restaurante Local, Lord Stow’s Bakery, and Henri’s Galley. ACCOMMODATIONS You can’t go wrong with staying at Hotel Okura, a 5-star luxury resort with a blend of modern comfort and traditional gentility, providing a distinctly Japanese interpretation of world-class hospitality for guests. Travellers at Hotel Okura can choose from opulent suites, including the Imperial Suite that overlooks a marvelous view of the city from the Zen garden-inspired terrace. Guests can also lounge on the Okura’s Grand Resort Deck or enjoy the world’s longest sky-top river ride and the world’s largest wave pool. Overall, the hotel was founded on the principle that it must consistently offer the best accommodations, cuisine, and service, and Hotel Okura does just that.
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BEAUTIFUL HAIR FROM KITCHEN INGREDIENTS By L. A. Dawson
L.A. Dawson is the author of articles, self-help books, and novels. She is also an inspirational speaker and resides in New Jersey with four happy canine friends. @authorladawson | authorladawson.com | liveandheal.com
o you suffer from shedding hair, breakage, or hair loss? Do you prefer hair and skincare products that are pure and chemical-free? This do-it-yourself hair mask fits the bill. Store-bought products never addressed my hair needs, so I went to my kitchen and began experimenting with natural ingredients. I asked friends who were dedicated to using only natural hair products what they loved. And I did an ingredient search. After lots of combinations and raw eggs getting scrambled on my head from washing the mixture with hot water, I finally had a list of ingredients that worked.
Simple Natural Hair Mask 1 raw egg 1 tbsp. raw organic honey 1 tbsp. organic olive oil 1 tbsp. organic coconut oil L.A. Dawson, Photography by Linda Stark
Simply put all the ingredients into a small blender. Double the mixture if it doesn’t cover the blades, otherwise it will not mix properly. Blend on high until it is a light yellow color. Wash your hair first and squeeze out excess water. Massage the egg mask through your hair until you use all of it. Cover your head with plastic wrap for at least twenty minutes. I found if I had more time the results were better. My average time was one hour. Rinse the hair mask thoroughly with cool water so that the eggs do not scramble! Shampoo your hair with a basic non-conditioning shampoo two to three times. Condition your hair as you normally would after shampooing. Basically, this is a protein hair mask made from natural ingredients. To make it pure, use organic ingredients. After your first
application, you can expect a lot less shedding and breakage. Typically, the mask can be used once a month. In the beginning, if the shedding is more problematic, two times a month is okay, but only for a few months. Too much protein can exacerbate the shedding and breakage that you are trying to fix with the mask.
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DR . ARASH AKHAVAN AN APPROACH ABOVE REPROACH By Jacob Puck
nown for diligent attention to detail and exceptional client relationships, Dr. Arash Akhavan is the founder of Manhattan’s famed Dermatology & Laser Group and in short time has become a legend of cosmetic medicine in the New York City area. As summer winds down, and people head back to the city, back to real life, and back to (ugh) reality, Social Life Magazine wanted the skinny on what separates the good from the great in the area of cosmetic surgery. One thing we hear often is that patients who want realistic and lasting results really should consider a cornucopia of possible treatments. It’s true. Too often the practitioner takes a singular approach to treatment — over-reliance on one cosmetic procedure modality, whether injectables, surgery, lasers, or something else. This mistake can be due to the physician’s inexperience, or the physician’s and/or patient’s poor sense of aesthetics. Also, in many cases, due to the high cost of many devices and products used in cosmetic procedures, some practitioners may not have the devices and products necessary for providing a complete, natural-appearing aesthetic solution for their patients. Tell us about your solution. The solution to this problem is our trademarked STL Method, which stresses the importance of approaching every cosmetic concern with an effort to smooth and tighten the skin and underlying structures, and lift treated areas against gravity. To smooth-tightenlift the face, neck, or body we use a variety of techniques depending on a patient’s individual needs and the area being treated. For example, in one area, we may use a combination of lasers, injections, and creams; in another area, we may use ultrasound and radio frequency-based devices, threads, and growth factor injections. We have set recommendations that over a decade of experience have proven effective in specific cases, and we would love to discuss them with you. Let’s focus on the face — when summer’s over that’s where a lot of people want to make some improvement. Our goal for the face and neck is to smooth away fine lines, tighten the skin to make deep folds less apparent, and to lift the skin to
reveal the beauty of the normal contours of the jaw bone, chin, and cheeks. We do this by: • erasing sun damage and building collagen and elastic tissue in the superficial skin; • building collagen in a deeper layer of connective tissue called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), producing a skin-tightening effect; • restoring volume to areas where it has been lost; and • lifting the skin against the muscles and bones beneath. What does this involve? First of all, everyone is different, but it’s possible that some combo may include a combination of fractional resurfacing lasers with or without microneedling, PRP injections, and Botox for muscleinduced wrinkles; generating broad swaths of new collagen across both the superficial skin layer and deeper collagen layers; and lifting the sagging tissue back into place. Social Life
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Dr. Arash Akhavan and Alyssa DiBenedetto
So, what’s involved in smoothing? The superficial skin is managed through a combination of fractional resurfacing lasers with or without microneedling, PRP injections, and Botox for muscle-induced wrinkles, all paired together with a good at-home skincare regimen that includes regular use of sunscreen, antioxidants, and skin brightening creams. Let’s keep going — how about tightening? To tighten the skin, we need to generate broad swaths of new collagen across both the superficial skin layer and deeper collagen layers. These deep layers of collagen are too deep to get to through the surface using lasers or microneedles. The way to get to these deeper layers is by using radio frequency or ultrasound wavelengths of energy. In our office we use both. The heat that is generated in the deeper skin safely stimulates collagen production uniformly over broad areas of skin, effectively shrinking skin that has been stretched out through aging and returning it closer to its natural size. And last but not least, lifting? As we age, the skin and subcutaneous fat loses its firm attachment to the underlying facial muscles and bones and starts to sag with SocialLifeMagazine.com
gravity. A key part of facial and neck rejuvenation is lifting the sagging tissue back into place. This can be achieved by a combination of replacing lost volume in the deep fat and muscle layers with fillers and rebuilding the collagen in the deep attachment of the skin to underlying tissue through use of ultrasound technology. Further lifting can be achieved by use of biocompatible and absorbable PDO (polydioxanone) threads that stimulate collagen production; the threads themselves are degraded by the body over the course of six months without any scarring. It sounds like it can be complicated. That thinking is a barrier for many people, but most people find their procedures to be very manageable. People just need to take the first step and get a consult!
Arash Akhavan, M.D., F.A.A.D. The Dermatology & Laser Group dermatologyandlasergroup.com 200 West 57th Street, Suite 510 212.444.8204
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American Institute of Plastic J Plasma technology with gynecomastia Surgeons. “One of the most procedures to provide a tighter and more important aspects of my defined chest. To achieve the best in body practice is our focus on contouring, a combination of techniques are patient satisfaction. As a customized for each patient. Dr. Greenberg perfectionist, I constantly advises that “Neograft is the most advanced strive for the best and most method of hair transplantation available natural results suitable for right now because it allows us to take out each patient.” Dr. Greenberg’s individual hair follicles and transplant state-of-the-art 24 Hour Rapid them without incisions or scarring. There Recovery Breast Augmentation is minimal discomfort and downtime and System has patients back to normal many times we couple the procedure with activities quickly with less swelling, a series of PRP therapy sessions to stimulate bruising and pain. With his ultra-modern the hair follicle with growth factors for approach to breast augmentation surgery, more dramatic results.” ummer is “The eyelids are often the telling sign of here but there is still time to enhance more than 95% of patients can raise their arms above their heads immediately a person's age,” states Dr. Greenberg. your appearance and wear the following surgery. Breast Lift surgery “With some very tailored and advanced summer clothes and bathing suits you are procedures, we can create a more youthful admiring. By creating a highly individualized can be performed with or without an implant depending on the desired fullness. look for our patients, and offer treatments plan to meet each patient’s specific needs Breast lifts are performed by re-sculpting with reduced downtime.” One of the most and aesthetic goals, Celebrity Cosmetic the breasts and removing the excess or successful ways to create that youthful Surgeon, Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg stretched out skin which has allowed the appearance is through eyelid surgery performs a variety of both surgical and breast to droop. The size of the breast known as blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty non-surgical procedures for women and does not change after a breast lift but is a cosmetic procedure performed to men to address concerns of the breasts, remove the fat and extra skin from upper abdomen, arms, thighs and face with little the surgery will provide a perkier and and lower eyelids. Dr. Greenberg uses to no downtime. Surgical procedures such more youthful appearance. In addition to breast procedures, body state-of-the-art technology and lasers to as Breast Augmentation, with or without contouring and enhancement procedures correct droopy upper lids and puffy bags a Breast Lift, Male Breast Reduction, below the eyes. Dr. Greenberg customizes Abdominoplasty, Liposuction, Rhinoplasty, such as liposuction with or without a tummy tuck, provide a flatter and sculpted each surgery to meet the patient’s goals, Face Lifts, Mini-Face Lifts, Eyelid Lifts and can include treatment of the lower abdomen. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg may and all of the latest injectables are used eyelids, the upper eyelids, or both. This include his high-tech Plasma Lipo to to achieve the look you desire. procedure involves only small incisions Renowned for utilizing the most advanced achieve a tighter result. Liposuction of the thighs many times is combined with that are easily concealed, giving patients a techniques with a bespoke approach, Cellulaze to get rid of cellulite and provide natural-looking and rejuvenated appearance. Dr. Greenberg has become something of a legend. In addition to performing One of the most important aspects of my practice is our focus thousands of procedures over the past 25 years, he is an author, currently on patient satisfaction. As a perfectionist, I constantly strive for completing his follow up beauty book to the best and most natural results suitable for each patient. A Little Nip, A Little Tuck as well as the creator of his own skin care trio Cosmetic sculpted, sexy legs. Non-surgical options Some patients want to refresh more than Surgeon in a Jar™ and his newest product including Coolsculpting and the just the area around their eyes. Face lift Plastic Surgeon’s Ultimate Scar Gel™. revolutionary Emsculpt will provide an surgery helps patients look rested and Dr. Greenberg has appeared on ABC's enhanced refinement of the abdominal rejuvenated, and can correct and tighten Good morning America, CBS, Fox News, muscles, buttocks, arms and thighs while both the skin and deeper muscular layers NBC, News12 Long Island and Bravo as removing small pockets of fat resistant of the face. This procedure improves the well as in national magazines and to diet and exercise. “It is often times visible signs of aging by removing excess newspapers such as Harper's Bazaar, the proper mix of these procedures that fat, tightening muscles, and removing Cosmopolitan, More, Elle, The New York ensures a successful improvement in your extra sagging skin from the face and neck. Times, Newsday and The Post's Page Six. appearance” states Dr. Greenberg. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg performs face He also hosts the only cosmetic surgery lifts alone or in conjunction with eyelid Dr. Greenberg reports that “cosmetic radio shows in New York. Nip Tuck surgery, laser surgery or other cosmetic Saturdays with Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg surgical procedures for men, almost procedures. Dr. Greenberg strives for a unheard of in past generations, are swiftly airs every Saturday at noon on 77WABC gaining in popularity. In the past, cosmetic natural look with all face lift surgeries (wabcradio.com), his show Nip Tuck performed at his accredited surgical Saturday Nights airs every Saturday night surgery procedures were primarily for at 10 pm on KJOY 98.3 FM and his Nip Tuck women. However, with the great advances facilities from Manhattan to the Hamptons. For patients who want to smooth wrinkles, and opportunities for men of all ages to Tips are featured daily on Party 105.3 FM. tighten sagging muscles, and achieve achieve the physique they have always Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg was recently imagined, more of our patients are seeking a more youthful appearance, but are recognized as one of the 10 Best Plastic male procedures.” Dr. Greenberg can help not ready for a more invasive surgery, Surgeons for patient satisfaction by the you achieve a tighter abdomen, reduce the Dr. Greenberg’s Plasma Mini-Lift might be the right choice. Undergoing a fatty pockets on your chest, restore your Greenberg Plasma Mini-Lift involves own natural hair, and much more. Male many of the same steps as a face lift, breast over development (gynecomastia) but uses smaller incisions and often, affects 40 – 60% of all men and the cause endoscopic technology, which consists is often unknown. Dr. Greenberg has of small, camera-controlled surgical tools extensive experience in male breast combined with his plasma technology to reduction and treats his patients with tighten and rejuvenate the skin. sensitivity while customizing a procedure tailored to fit each unique physique. The opportunity to experience a lifted Dr. Greenberg many times combines his look without a surgical procedure is available
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through non-surgical options such as Silhouette Instalift™ known as a thread lift. This procedure provides a support structure to gently lift and reposition the tissue into a more vertical and youthful position with minimal downtime and bruising. Dr. Greenberg performs thread lifts as a bridge between face lift procedures and injectable treatments. “The number of injectable options available ensures the most natural results” states Dr. Greenberg. Dermal fillers are effective in reducing lines and wrinkles, restoring lost volume and re-establishing the facial contour many times with immediate results. While exciting wrinkle Dr. Greenberg’s beauty bible reducers such as Botox , Dysport , Xeomin and the #newtox Jeuveau are quick and effective methods to reduce or eliminate frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet. ®
Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg is a New Beauty Top Doctor and Expert Injector, has been voted and nominated Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Best Plastic Surgery Group, Best Botox Practice and Best Skincare by the LI Press for the past five years. Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery has been voted Best Laser Center and Best Day Spa by LIWeddings.com and Best Cosmetic & Laser Treatments by Dan’s Papers Best of The Best for the past 6 years. Join Dr. Greenberg for a private and complimentary consultation at his Southampton, Manhattan or Woodbury location. Call 631.287.4999 or visit greenbergcosmeticsurgery.com Southampton • 631.287.4999 365 County Road 39A, Suite 7 Woodbury • 516.364.4200 160 Crossways Park Drive Manhattan • 212.319.4999 45 E 72nd Street, Suite 1C Boca Raton • 561.237.5302 1599 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 3
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DR . STEPHEN T. GREENBERG AS CLOSE TO PERFECTION AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE By Blaire Bass
tephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., the famed celebrity cosmetic surgeon, is something of a legend: In addition to being an author, radio personality, and formulator of his own skincare line, including his newest Plastic Surgeon’s Ultimate Scar Gel, he has performed thousands of procedures. His experience has led him to evolve and advance techniques to achieve specialized results with virtually zero downtime. It is no surprise that he is often called upon as the expert on all things beauty. Social Life Magazine wanted to know what makes Dr. Greenberg tick. You are renowned in your discipline. What sets you apart from others? One of the most important aspects of my practice is my focus on patient experience. I was recently named one of 10 Best Plastic Surgeons for Patient Satisfaction by the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons. That’s a very high standard to achieve. A lot of expectation management must go into that. I am very candid and upfront with my patients and am very specific when I present a patient with their personal and customized plan. It is important for my patients to have as much information as possible, and to have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their goals prior to surgery. What are the hottest trends in cosmetic surgery right now? The most common request I receive is for breast procedures, specifically my Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation. There are many SocialLifeMagazine.com
new implant options that allow me to provide customizable augmentations to match a patient’s anatomy. I carefully select the materials that I use and am proud to report that textured implants are not on my list. Is liposuction still popular? Liposuction procedures are a close second to breast procedures. I combine lipo with other surgical procedures. With my Plasma Lipo technique, I achieve greater fat removal and better skin retraction. I combine Cellulaze with thigh lipo, to reduce the dimpling effect of cellulite. One of the hottest trends where I yield the most amazing results is by combining lipo with a tummy tuck and fat transfer to the buttocks, lips, face, and even hands. Has the age range of your patients changed at all? Dramatically. Patients seeking facelifts and eyelid lifts are younger than ever before. Due to the demanding schedules of today’s lifestyle, my Mini-Lift has become a favorite of women and men in their 40s and 50s. I am also seeing younger men and women for injectables and fillers in their 30s to delay the signs of aging later on.
Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a nationally renowned double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery. He is the medical director of state-of-the-art centers for plastic surgery from Manhattan to the Hamptons. He ensures that patients who travel from across the globe as well as across town have the complete Greenberg experience. For more information or to schedule your personal consultation, call 631.287.4999, or visit greenbergcosmeticsurgery.com
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SKINTOLOGY MEDSPA MANHATTAN THE BEST IN BEAUTY & BEYOND By Blaire Bass
estled within a gorgeous space in Midtown Manhattan is the jewel of all med spas: Skintology MedSpa Manhattan. With a focus on promoting health and well-being, Skintology MedSpa uses a comprehensive and personalized approach to both minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures. The field of aesthetic medicine and surgery can be overwhelming for people, so the spa’s philosophy is to educate and provide clients with tools and resources to guide smart decision-making in areas that concern appearance, age, and sexual wellness. Social Life sat down with Skintology’s business owner, the board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Walden, to learn more about her magical med spa: It’s been said that looking great these days is a lot easier than it was just ten years ago. How have things changed and what are people doing differently? New procedures, lifestyle choices, and new at-home skincare products have helped patients be more informed. Minimally invasive and nonsurgical treatments that can yield good results with little to no downtime have also added to increased accessibility of cosmetic procedures, making it easier to look your best. Botox, dermal fillers, noninvasive fat reduction, laser hair removal, and other beauty treatments have become popular over the years. Many of our patients flock to our medical-grade skincare products, such as ZO Skin Health or SkinCeuticals to help overcome concerns such as discoloration or acne scarring. What are some popular procedures? Non-invasive body sculpting treatments are very popular now. CoolSculpting is a fat reduction procedure which works through a process known as cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells under the skin, which enables your body to naturally process and eliminate those cells to give a slimmer look. An alternative to CoolSculpting is SculpSure, which uses heat to target and melt small pockets of stubborn fat in just 25 minutes! SocialLifeMagazine.com
Dr. Jennifer Walden, Photography by Maria Vullo, Gown by Celestino Couture
Are there any new beauty techniques or procedures that we should know about? At Skintology, we offer so many modern and innovative options. The Vampire Facial has grown extremely popular in recent years and involves microneedling and PRP (platelet rich plasma) to expedite healing for glowing results. We also offer radiofrequency microneedling (Vivace) which can help with pigment and texture. Any tips to help us get a great derrière? Sculptra is an alternative to a surgical version of the Brazilian buttock lift. This dermal filler can be injected into the buttocks to build volume and to create a full and more round appearance.
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SHE GASPED WHEN SHE LEARNED THAT HER OWN FAT IS A RICH SOURCE OF STEM CELLS! By Stephen Roman, M.D. Founder, RegeneSpine, Regenerative Spine & Joint Institute
“What?! My own fat contains stem cells??!! I had NO IDEA . . .” words of a patient
That’s right! Liposuction is no longer just a cosmetic procedure, you can look better and feel better too! We all want to lose fat, but as we age, our metabolism may prevent us from getting that ideal look we want. In addition, sometimes a pesky joint pain can take us out of commission, preventing us from working out. You Can Have A Cosmetic Liposculpting Procedure at the Same Time as A Regenerative Joint Procedure! I am a board-certified expert in regenerative medicine and have been practicing for over 15 years. We developed the RegeneSculpt technique after patients repeatedly asked if we could do a cosmetic
liposuction procedure AT THE SAME time as their regenerative joint procedure. Talk about the ultimate win/win! One visit to help you feel sexier, more attractive, and more confident, while at the same time, helping you gain the mobility to get back to golf or tennis and to actively play with your kids or grand kids! Your friends will ask, “How do you do it?”
You can LOOK better and FEEL better after one procedure! A question I am often asked is, “What are the advantages of getting a regenerative or cellular joint treatment, instead of an old-fashioned steroid injection?” I’d like to invite you to a webinar that I’ve put together to answer this question. To view this informative video, please visit: Hamptons.RegeneSculpt.com. Take action now! You can even watch this brief 10-minute, but potentially life-changing video at the beach! YOUR FAT CONTAINS VERY VALUABLE CELLS, don’t waste them! You can utilize the innate healing ability of your own cells to treat your joints and put you on the path to a more active lifestyle.
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SUPPLEMENTS By Kristy Rao
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hile it is entirely possible to get most nutrients from a balanced diet, the standard American diet is seriously low in several important ones. It can be difficult to get adequate levels through food alone. As a holistic nutritionist, I know the most common nutrient deficiencies include omega-3, magnesium, and vitamin D. Even a person whose diet is replete with fruit and vegetables can be nutrient-deficient. Certain genetic variances hinder proper absorption. Persons with digestive issues, especially IBS and celiac disease, are at risk for a variety of nutritional deficiencies. Medications, including the birth control pill, can deplete you of certain vitamins. And missing out on a key nutrient is easier than you may think. For example, few foods are rich in the important element iodine. Eating sources of it only occasionally risks iodine deficiency. Also, soil depletion diminishes nutrients in modern fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind also that we have increased nutrient needs at different times in our life cycle. I RECOMMEND SUPPLEMENTS, AND BELOW ARE THINGS TO CONSIDER. Consult your doctor or nutrition practitioner to determine your supplement needs. A doctor who runs the right DNA and blood tests and also has a nutritionist or health coach on staff is your best bet. Opt for medical grade or third party certified. Common third party testing certifications include ConsumerLab.com, NSF International, Informed-Choice, and US Pharmacopeia (USP). Some brands’ contents do not match their labeling or are inadequately potent. For example, some prenatal vitamins do not contain enough iodine. Please read labels carefully or have your doctor or nutritionist do this for you. Order directly from a trusted company’s website. Amazon, for example, has some sellers that don’t have proper warehouse conditions. SocialLifeMagazine.com
The window is only about a year for probiotics, liquids, and oils. Be particularly careful with these. Pay attention to the ingredients and labels. Read “other ingredients” at the bottom. Avoid ones with fillers, sugar, and artificial ingredients. To avoid toxic heavy metals and PCBs, look for oil from smaller fish such as sardines and anchovies. Natural supplements usually list food sources or are labeled 100% plant- or animal-based. Supplements that are not natural or organic may list vitamins and minerals that are, in fact, fake. Don’t go overboard. More is not better. Water-soluble vitamins (B vitamins and vitamin C) are excreted through urine; therefore, less likely to cause adverse reactions. However, taking more than 1,000 mg at a time can cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Fat-soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, and K) aren’t excreted through your urine. Too much poses more of a risk, sometimes serious. Follow the directions. Take the recommended dose and follow instructions about taking with or without food. If a probiotic label suggests refrigeration, do so. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. What works for Kim Kardashian, may not work for you. For example, those with a sensitive stomach may want to take time-released probiotics instead of the standard kind. Proper storage trumps the expiration date. Expired vitamins or supplements are unlikely to cause harm. Although less potent, they could still be effective if they have been stored properly. Supplements cannot take the place of the synergistic, naturally occurring health benefits from real foods that are rich in nutrients. However, high quality supplements can fill in the gaps and definitely optimize your health. kristyraohealth.com
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LUMINA VENTURING TO IMPROVE INTERNAL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY By Jacob Puck
n 2018, Lumina, a Manhattan-based web design and software development firm, was ranked among the nation’s top 20 by CIOReview, the leading publication in the field. “Lumina leaves no stone unturned when it comes to addressing the needs of customers and helping them achieve success,” wrote CIOReview. “With its capability anchored on effectively tackling the challenges prevalent in the digital landscape, the company is at the forefront of building secure and scalable customer software that complements a beautiful and functional web design.” In addition to the CIOReview praise, Lumina has been racking up one commendation after another. On Yelp, the company is ranked No. 1 in customer software reviews as well as web design and development services. Liron has a rating of 93 in comparably.com’s CEO rating, putting him in the top 5% of CEOs running similarly sized companies in the United States. Finally, Lumina is a member of the Forbes New York Business Council. What does it take to become as well known and well regarded as Lumina in a space that continues to be saturated with one startup after another? First of all, can you explain what you and your team do? Our web design and development team is one of the most unique in New York City. We’ve made our mark in the development of software, apps, websites, and various other tools that have become ingrained in what makes New York City a center for diverse technological solutions and people. So, it’s design and development? It’s actually so much more than that. While we are known for exceptional quality, innovations, and transformation, what truly sets us apart is our customer service. I think that’s reflected in much of what you have read about us, and it’s very true. Let’s get technical. There are a lot of do-it-yourself services out there for web design right now. How is what you do different? First of all, we’re not just talking about web sites. They are important, but today businesses want and need an integrated approach to their solution. It’s about combining all the elements of technology
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that you might have in a company into one coherent journey, both internally and from a customer standpoint. Today’s world is driven by data and analytics, and making that available and usable is key. And, by the way, you may want an app as well, and that all needs to be integrated. At the end of the day, you don’t want to have to change anything about your daily work for information to be available to you or your customer. It does sound a little complicated, but we’re following. Let’s say you get a customer who has some old web and app tools or nothing at all. Where do you start with that customer? We start with learning about the business needs, the issues the Social Life
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F E AT U R E S JEAN SHAFIROFF
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Through her innate generosity and concern for humanity, Jean Shafiroff found her life’s calling: philanthropy. For years she has been a powerful leader, putting her boundless energy behind worthy charitable organizations both local and international, and today is at the pinnacle of New York’s philanthropic circles. “I feel very lucky to be able to do the charity work that I do,” she says. “I think that it’s a great blessing to be in the position that I’m in. I’m very fortunate that I can help others.” Jean sits on the boards of multiple foundations, chairs numerous events, and donates to many causes with which she is not directly involved. “When it comes to giving, Jean Shafiroff leads the pack,” says Elsie McCabe Thompson, the president of the New York City Mission Society, an organization with which Shafiroff has long been actively involved. A humanitarian and author hailed as New York’s “First Lady of Philanthropy” by both Hello and Hola! magazines and several other publications, Jean is a fixture at charity galas in
both Manhattan and the Hamptons, where she has homes. A fashion lover known for her iconic sense of style, she often appears on best-dressed lists. Last year Look Online named her to its international best-dressed list; others on that list included Anna Wintour and Meghan Markle. “I was in good company!” Jean says with a laugh. Jean earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, and worked in both public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street, and her business acumen is in high demand among charitable organizations. She also holds a BS in physical therapy from Columbia University. This summer, she chaired galas for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and the Ellen Hermanson Foundation. In August, Jean and her husband, Martin, were the honorees at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st annual Summer Party, which she has chaired three times in past years. Jean has been instrumental in raising large sums of money for the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. “Healthcare is very im-
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portant, and supporting the local hospital is probably the most important thing to do in the Hamptons. It would be difficult to live in a community without a good hospital,” she says. Equally important for her is the fact that the hospital serves the entire community. “That fact is key. Just like any other community, we have people who are not wealthy. They need to have service, and I love that the hospital never turns anyone away. It’s a hospital for everyone.” Jean recently joined the board of the Southampton Hospital Association, her eighth board appointment. She serves on a wide variety of charity boards, including the New York City Mission Society, the French Heritage Society, The Jewish Board, and the Couture Council of the Museum at F.I.T. A prolific host, she entertains frequently in her homes. Recently she was listed by The Salonniere as one of 2019’s top 100 American party givers. Every weekend throughout the summer, her Southampton house is filled with guests. “A summer home is to be shared and enjoyed by loved ones and
friends.” She also holds events at her homes for the causes she is passionate about, among them this year were soirées for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the New York City Mission Society, and Surgeons of Hope. “I like people. I’m a people person,” she says, and she is happy to have them if they’re making the effort to learn about a charity. As the summer winds to a close, Jean hopes for a tiny bit of downtime in August, and is looking forward to spending a bit more time in Southampton. But there is little rest for this dynamo, and she’s gearing up for a busy fall, chairing or co-chairing galas for the New York Women’s Foundation, the French Heritage Society, and Surgeons of Hope. Others are in the works. “The philanthropy I do is definitely year-round.” Surgeons of Hope will honor the actor Diego Luna at its fall gala, and the organization’s mission of providing free heart surgery to children in developing countries is especially intriguing to Jean. “They do wonderful work, and save so many lives,” she says, adding that she visited their facility in Nicaragua when
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she was in that country. “The children never would have received the surgery if these top heart surgeons hadn’t traveled to the country.” Jean emphasized Surgeons of Hope in our discussion because she has become interested in global philanthropy. “I have traveled to many countries, including Cambodia, Nicaragua, Colombia, and China. In these and other countries I have seen enormous poverty and hardship. It is hard to view this and do nothing,” she explains. She has long supported organizations that provide assistance worldwide, including the Cherie Blair Foundation, which creates economic opportunities for women. “The Cherie Blair Foundation helps women around the world to get jobs, in places like India and elsewhere, and it’s growing rapidly. I’m very impressed.” Last December Jean traveled to London to support Walking with the Wounded, a charity that helps UK military veterans, and of which Prince Harry is a patron. “It was very exciting to meet Prince Harry. I think the royal family are great role models, and they do so much for people in the United Kingdom and internationally, and they really use that platform to do good.” Jean’s two daughters have followed in their mom’s footsteps. Her youngest daughter, an animal rights advocate and philanthropist, formed the charity Global Strays, which helps animal rescue groups in developing nations. “It’s a wonderful charity that is absolutely making a difference,” says Jean, who is on the board. In her book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, Jean shares advice for anyone who wants to become involved in philanthropy regardless of financial status. “I believe we can all be philanthropists. Those who have very
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few financial resources can give time and knowledge.” Those who do have resources, Jean feels, have an obligation to help the underserved. “To do nothing is to waste a lifetime.” Another book is in the works. “Writing a book requires a great deal of research, time to formulate ideas, and then time to write. It is not a simple process to write; however, I am glad that I wrote my first book.”
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F E AT U R E S The press plays an important role in spreading news about philanthropy and the people involved in it, Jean believes. “I think it encourages other people,” she notes. She has gotten involved with certain causes by reading about them, including, years ago, about the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Now, she has embraced social media as a way to get her message out, particularly Instagram, where she has over 170,000 followers. “I think that it’s a wonderful platform to promote philanthropy and also to encourage people.” About a year ago, she got serious about it and hired a consultant to help her manage her online presence. She also uses the platform to promote her interest in fashion, which helps to make her posts fun and eye-catching. “I am on the Couture Council board and try to help promote the work of our designers, particularly some younger, lesser-known designers. You will often see Jean wearing Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Victor dE Souza, Malan Breton, and B Michael, among others. Jean collects high fashion ball gowns that she hopes to donate to a museum — someday, as she still very much enjoys the experience of wearing these creations. She is currently in the process of archiving her gown collection with a company called Clio Archivists, the brainchild of two fashion industry insiders, one from Vogue and one who teaches fashion history at F.I.T. What drives her? “I live a good life and have been fortunate to have resources available to me. I believe we are not put on this earth to work with the intention of only giving to ourselves. When we share our resources, we come closer to understanding the meaning of life. With this in mind I remain committed and motivated to move forward with my work in philanthropy.”
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F E AT U R E S PETER AND ABBIE MOLONEY
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PETER & ABBIE MOLONEY THE NEW FAMILY IN THE WHITE HOUSE By Patrick Shannon Photography Don Fitzgibbon
Yes, since the early 1900s, Long Island has had its own spectacular “White House Farm.” It is located at 344 Middle Road in Bayport. This White House is filled with its own unique history, thriving and surviving through highs and lows, from when it was first built before 1880 to today. Let’s take a tour. The current owners are Peter and Abbie Moloney. Peter and his brother, Daniel, are owners of Moloney Family Funeral Homes, Inc. This Long Island–based company is one of the leading and most innovative organizations in the industry. The journey that connected Peter and Abbie to the White House in Bayport is fascinating. Here are a few, abridged, stops along the way. The original house at 344 Middle Road was built by Captain Henry Richmond and his wife. Caroline, as a country home, which they named “Maplewood.” Their permanent residence was in Philadelphia. Captain Henry was born in 1836 in Taunton, Masschusetts, and was a descendant of the Colonial New England Richmond family. His 1894 obituary in the New
York Sun reported that he and his father ventured to California as gold rush ’49ers. Later, Henry became a prominent shipping merchant in trade with China. In 1900, six years after the captain’s death, the Patchogue Advance reported: “No place in the village of Bayport attracts more traveling public than the beautiful country home of Mrs. C. Richmond…everything about the place seems to possess an inviting air.” Mrs. Richmond died sometime after 1900 and the property of more than 10 acres was sold to John J. Ascher, a prominent Manhattan real estate broker. Ascher completely renovated the house beyond recognition, and renamed the property “White House Farm.” During the 1920s, under Ascher, the estate bore two signs, “Restaurant & Grill” and “Over Night Guests.” The house served as a rest stop for New York socialites as they travelled to vacation homes and resorts in the Hamptons. In the 1940s, the property was subdivided. Today’s White House sits on Middle Road, on an acre and a quarter of land. Social Life
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the street and in front of the house. Time had taken a serious toll on the house and property. It certainly had lost its curbside appeal. Inspired by fate, or fantasy, they investigated. What they saw was shocking. A grand home with the classic bones and features from the 1880s still in place, but completely obscured and unappreciated. Peter is a life-long Long Islander who was raised in Ronkonkoma with his brother, Daniel. Abbie is from Arkansas. Her dad was in real estate and construction. She noted that growing up, she moved often, collecting more addresses than favorite CDs. For 15 years, Peter and Abbie enjoyed a comfortable ranch-style home in Patchogue, where they were raising their four children. Their next moves, they thought, were a vacation home and to downsize as the kids start moving off to college. Peter and Abbie have vivid memories of that night’s dinner, but not of what they ate or drank. Their conversation showed their clear appreciation of real estate and what they imagined for White House Farm. And, the price of the house was attractive. “Could there really be something here?” they wondered. As they ate and talked, they had flashes of vision that took them to thoughts of “Could we? Should we?” However, after a good night’s sleep, the magic was gone. “Why would we want to take on such a monumental task,” they agreed. Nevermind. They turned their attention to some things they wanted to do in their own home. But as they did, the whisper of White House Farm became a roar. “What if we did everything we want to do to the house in Bayport?” The rest, yes, is history. Peter and Abbie closed on White House Farm in late 2015 and moved in on November 3, 2016. What they accomplished in a year was nothing less than remarkable. In the mid-1960s, the new owner, Michael Signorelli, a wellknown talent and international personality, took over White House Farm. “Maestro,” as he was known professionally and locally, was an Italian-style tenor. During his career, he was the lead tenor with the Chicago Opera Company, and later, a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for 14 years. He and his wife, Jeanne, loved Bayport and were warmly welcomed by the community. While here, he founded the Lyric Opera Company of Long Island. In October of 2004, the Maestro died, but Mrs. Signorelli and her daughter continued to live in the house for more than a decade and continued to teach aspiring singers the bel-canto style of music the Maestro had perfected. When the Moloneys bought the house, there were twelve pianos inside! One late-afternoon in the early fall of 2015, the Moloneys were on their way to dinner and took note of a “For Sale” sign outside a property they had never noticed before. White House Farm was well hidden by high, unkept bushes close to SocialLifeMagazine.com
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First, they agreed on what they wanted to do to their new home. It was a grand classic structure, and they pledged to keep it as such. At the same time, they wanted to make it look modern, elegantly clutter-free inside and out, environmentally friendly, and high tech. Part of this pledge included keeping everything they could from the 1880s and early 1900s. The hardwood floors are original as are the wall and window moldings, built-in cabinetry, mantles, and fireplaces. The dining room’s original ceiling is covered in intricate coffered molding and leather decorated with tooled patterns, and the room’s bookcases are from France and date to the Gilded Age. The workmanship that went into the White House is artisanry that has long been lost but will be forever treasured. Peter and Abbie were their own team to restore and renovate 5,400 square feet of living space, which included six fireplaces, plus a resort-like patio, pool, and formal backyard and grounds. Sure, they hired a top architect, Al Sutton, from AM Sutton Associates, and a construction consultant, Tom Kraebel, to help with planning and technical details. However, the general contractor was Peter, and the design visionary was Abbie. Peter looked over everything, from having the power and utility
lines buried to the installation of underground wells to ensure there would be no flooding from rain and water run-off. One important feature of the house is something that would be noticeable only if it were wrong. The outside walls’ side shingles are set at 10-inch reveals. Customary in the 1920s, but different from the 6-inch or 8-inch reveals used today. In fact, getting the material to make the shingles properly required a search that took Peter to a Canadian source. And, to get the work done on time, he hired and scheduled a separate crew of independent carpenters. Abbie’s natural design and decorating sense brought everything together with an elegant flow and symmetry. From furniture and accent pieces to lights and colors, a unique individual style makes everyone feel comfortable in a formal home. Their art is interesting and uplifting, and the collection now features several paintings by their eldest daughter, Paige. Abbie also does all the design and decorating for the Moloney Family Funeral Homes business. James “Jim” Metzger, the founder and chairman of Whitmore Insurance, knew Peter’s dad and has been doing business with Peter and the Moloney Funeral Homes for more Social Life
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than 20 years. Jim commented, “What Peter and Abbie accomplished in less than a year with their new home is simply amazing, but I’m not surprised. I’ve been privileged to work with the Moloney family for a very long time and have seen them grow their business from two funeral homes to seven, and uniquely introduce new services and solutions to the industry on Long Island. They are smart, know how to make a plan, work hard, and execute.” Soon after moving into their White House, the Moloneys made their home available to the community and causerelated events. Peter is on the board of the Long Island Community Hospital, and one of his first events brought together the management and board of the hospital so they could get to know one another better. The Moloneys have also staged other gatherings for the Heritage Society and the Bayport community, with more on the horizon. Looking at the Moloneys’ White House now, one can hear an echo from 1900… “No place in the village of Bayport attracts more traveling public than this beautiful country home… everything about the place seems to possess an inviting air.” SocialLifeMagazine.com
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HALF HOLLOW HILLS VS. AUTISM ONE GOAL . . . ONE DREAM By Mike Virgintino
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s a high school freshman, Drew Quinto had a lot on his mind. Different classes, new teachers, mingling with old friends, meeting new acquaintances, and playing lacrosse. Yet, he always made time to focus on Corey, his older brother, who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). April is Autism Awareness Month. During that month in 2012, Drew started a nonprofit foundation — Hills vs. Autism — to celebrate Corey, whom he considers a role model and hero. “Growing up with an older brother who struggled with a developmental disability,” recalled Drew, “truly opened my eyes and made me realize that there was a need for socialization programs in the community for children and young adults with ASD.” ASD is a developmental brain disorder caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and sometimes repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT Drew’s commitment to “One Goal . . .One Dream” to help make a difference for kids and young adults with autism immediately was embraced by his parents, Allison and Paul, along with the Half Hollow Hills Central School District in Dix Hills, Long Island. The district and the high school administration are committed to excellence, community, education, athletics, and charity. “Drew reflected on the socialization void within the community and decided to start the foundation that would allow us to underwrite grants and fund appropriate programs for children and young adults with ASD,” said Allison. “My husband and I are firm believers in paying it forward, and we have taught our sons the importance of giving back to our community.” One of the most successful fund-raising initiatives is the annual Hills vs. Autism lacrosse tournament. As many as 20 Long Island teams participate each July in the day-long event that is capped by the alumni game between the Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds and Social Life
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the Half Hollow Hills West Colts. Players, coaches, referees, organizers, and fans braved excessive heat and storms to participate in this year’s tournament. Athletes pledged donations and each player also contributed $30 to participate in the program. Jerseys and shirts were provided by the Hills East alumni association, and about 50 referees donated their time to officiate the games. The program has raised more than half a million dollars.
SUPPORT FROM A LACROSSE BENEFACTOR James C. Metzger, a Hills East alumnus and a three-sport awardwinning player during the 1970s, was invited to participate in this year’s program. Metzger is the founder and CEO of The Whitmore Group, a Garden City–based insurance brokerage firm. He supports high school lacrosse programs across Long Island, including the Hills East program, leadership awards for the Nassau County championship games, and most valuable player awards for the Long Island championship games. Metzger also has been instrumental in bringing the state lacrosse championships to Long Island. The 2020, 2021, and 2022 games will be played at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. During halftime of the game between Thunderbirds and Colts alumni, Metzger presented the Colts’ Christian Mulé with the first annual James C. Metzger Mark of Excellence Alumni Cup. The award was established to honor outstanding accomplishments on and off the lacrosse field by a Half Hollow Hills East or Half Hollow Hills West player. Future awards will be presented at the alumni game as part of the Hills vs. Autism program. Mulé scored 105 points as a junior, 103 points as a senior, and 331 for his high school career. He set district records that included breaking Metzger’s scoring record for points in a season (102 points in 1977), which had stood for more than 40 years. Mulé has committed to play lacrosse at Duke University.
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DOING GREAT THINGS “I didn’t know back in 2012 what an impact the foundation would make,” said Drew. “I feel truly blessed to be able to fund grants and celebrate all individuals and make a positive change in their lives. Corey has taught me that anything is possible and any goal is achievable. He is a source of inspiration and I am so proud of all his accomplishments.” Corey, by the way, has exceeded every stereotype associated with autism. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a 4.0 grade average, lives on his own in Manhattan, takes care of his personal needs, has a driver’s license, and balances his checkbook. None of this is a surprise to anyone who knows Corey. The quote that appears with his graduation picture in the Hills East yearbook is “Don’t tell me I can’t do it, don’t tell me it can’t be done.” Corey lives his life by these words and he has taught his brother and many others the true meaning of perseverance. u Learn more about Hills vs. Autism at hillsvsautism.org. James C. Metzger Outstanding Player Award Winners
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James C. Metzger with Sal Pascarella (Saint Joseph’s University), Nick DiPietro (Syracuse University), Matt Garziano (SUNY Albany), Sean Lulley (University of Pennsylvania), and Drew Martin (United States Air Force Academy)
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ANA OLIVEIRA JEAN SHAFIROFF INTERVIEWS THEPRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE NEW YORK WOMEN ’ S FOUNDATION By Jean Shafiroff
I’ve been involved with The New York Women’s Foundation for a long time. Tell our readers what makes it so special. The New York Women’s Foundation is a home for people’s contributions, time, strength, and hopes for the future. The foundation was founded by pioneering women of wealth who believed that coming together with others from all backgrounds and means to give and take action would yield powerful results. And they were right. Over thirty-two years we have awarded $88 million to some 400 grantee partner organizations in New York City and beyond. More than 80 percent of the organizations we have funded are still thriving. We look to community leaders for the best solutions to the challenges their communities face. They have the best insight. What we bring is investment in their organizations, as well as in the leaders themselves, because, at the end of the day, we are investing in people. We are true to our founding ideals, thanks to the generosity and partnership of women like you — and men as well of course! We have the honor of working with passionate supporters to create a vibrant future for all women in New York City and in doing so, we create a better city for all of us.
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he New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization in New York City that works to bring economic security, end gender-based violence, and provide health access and reproductive justice to all women and girls. The New York Women’s Foundation creates an equitable and just future for women and families by uniting a cross-cultural alliance that ignites action and invests in bold, community-led solutions across the city of New York. It was established in 1987 and co-founded by Gloria W. Milliken and Helen LaKelly Hunt. Below is my interview with Ana Oliveira, who has been the president and CEO of NYWF since 2006.
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I know the foundation works on many aspects of women’s lives, but one central issue is economic opportunity. Tell us more about that facet of the work. In New York City, one in four women and girls is living in poverty. Yet, less than seven percent of philanthropic funding from foundations goes to issues specific to women and girls. Implementing meaningful change in the lives of under-invested women and families involves building pathways to economic security and transforming systems and policies to be economically just. We invest in organizations and programs that increase job opportunities and paths to business ownership; fight for equal pay and family-friendly workplace laws; strengthen access to quality childcare; and address barriers to employment, such as housing insecurity, a history of incarceration, and inadequate healthcare. The foundation also invests in new-economy approaches, such as worker co-ops, community land ownership, and public banking. SocialLifeMagazine.com
Our experience has shown us that when we invest in our grantee partners as agents of change, we multiply the effect of women’s financial gains, boost local economic growth, strengthen families, and create thriving communities. Tell us about the Radical Generosity Dinner coming up this fall. Save the date! Our Radical Generosity Dinner will take place on Monday, October 7th at The Essex House on Central Park South. Jean, we thank you for co-chairing this dinner once again. This year, we are honoring the widely acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, for his life’s work challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America and helping the incarcerated and condemned. Guests will have a special opportunity to see the veteran journalist Bill Moyers engage Bryan in a dialogue about justice and mass incarceration. Honoring Bryan is timely for us. In late 2018, the foundation launched its Justice Fund and Initiative. As part of this work,
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ABOUT JEAN SHAFIROFF Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, humanitarian, activist, and author of the book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give, is a volunteer leader of several charitable causes. She serves on the boards of eight charities: Southampton Hospital Association, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council, Jewish Board, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board, Global Strays, and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation. In addition, Jean is an ambassador for the American Humane Society and an ambassador for the Southampton Shelter. She is a New York Women’s Foundation Board alumna who remains very active with the foundation and women’s issues. Jean and her family reside in Manhattan and Southampton.
ABOUT ANA OLIVEIRA Ana Oliveira is the president and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. Since 2006, Ana has steered the increase of the foundation’s grant making from $1.7M to $11M. Ana serves as a commissioner for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, sits on the Independent Commission to Study Criminal Justice Reform in NYC, and is on the board of Philanthropy New York. Ana has held key roles as a CEO of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, VP of Programs at Osborne Association, and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Substance Abuse Clinic. Ana earned her M.A. in medical anthropology and a Ph.D. (honorable) from the New School for Social Research. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and resides in Manhattan.
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we have invited other foundations and individual donors to join forces with us. Our grant making is focused on efforts that significantly decrease the involvement of women, families, and communities in all phases and aspects of the justice system, with a particular focus on closing Rikers Island, while simultaneously investing in incarceration alternatives that promote justice, safety, and overall well-being. Your readers might want to tune into HBO’s feature-length documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality to learn more about the critical work that Bryan is doing in confronting our nation’s history of racial inequality. Readers interested in attending the dinner and supporting the foundation can call 212.245.6570 ext. 21 or visit nywf.org/event/radical-generosity-dinner.
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WAS YOUR JULY FOURTH WEEKEND AS BUSY AS THE CATERER ROBBINS WOLFE EVENTEURS’? By Blaire Bass
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ow many parties did you attend on July Fourth weekend? Chances are, with Robbins Wolfe having catered 10 events that weekend, you likely attended at least one of theirs! For more than 30 years, the popular saying has been: “If you follow the Robbins Wolfe trucks, you’re going to the best parties in the Hamptons!” Three events highlighted Robbins Wolfe’s list of 10! On Friday night was Southampton Fresh Air Home’s annual American picnic for over 500 guests. Families frolicked at a private estate on Meadow Lane, complete with carnival games and a tennis court filled with dining tables for all to enjoy the hearty barbecue fare. The evening was capped off with spectacular Grucci fireworks at dusk! On Saturday, in the village on South Main Street, the Southampton History Museum’s annual Halsey House gala celebrated its 120th anniversary. Under a beautiful tent, the Robbins Wolfe team served (and tended bar. Did someone say, “Whispering Angel”?!) delicious hors d’oeuvres, including endive petals with lobster and truffle grilled cheese sandwiches, among other tasty treats, to the 400 guests. Down the street, Dr. Andrew Jacono and Jessica Wasmuth hosted a backyard celebration for more than 40 guests, honoring the graduation of Dr. Jacono’s most recent fellowship student, Dr. Sean Alemi. Two past graduates at the party were Dr. Joseph Rousso and Dr. Joseph Russell. Dr. Jacono is a philanthropist and plastic surgeon to the stars as well as the author of the currently published The Park Avenue Face. Robbins Wolfe served grilled lobsters, fried chicken, and skirt steak. Oh my! #justaddguests #lovingthecamera #wecaterparties #robbinswolfe robbinswolfe.com
Carolyn and Dr. Sean Alemi at Dr. Jacono’s
Dr. Andrew Jacono and Jessica Wasmuth
Christopher Robbins with the Jacono clan: AJ, Tallulah and Gavin
SOUTHAMPTON ANIMAL SHELTER HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL UNCONDITIONAL LOVE BENEFIT July 20, 2019 1. Jean Shafiroff 2. Beth Stern 3. Gregory Dryer Kim Renk Dryer 4. Beau Hulse Rory Diamond Talen Hurd Clifton Knight 5. Dede Moan Terry Moan 6. Jean Shafiroff Aimee Sadler Greg D’Elia 7. Lisa Crawford 8. Randi Schatz 9. Jesse Smith Kingsley Crawford Kate McEntee James Marzigliano 10. Antonella Bertello 11. Leesa Rowland All images thanks to Patrick McMullan Rob Rich / SocietyAllure.com
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HAMPTONS BEACH PARTIES By R. Couri Hay with Photography by Patrick McMullan
SAILOR BRINKLEY-COOK, HALSTON, GOD’S LOVE, SAGE, LOVE BALL, RACE OF HOPE, & EAST HAMPTON TV, ART, & FILM FESTIVAL Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Have you missed Quentin Tarantino, who brought us Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. Well, he’s back! His ninth blockbuster is inspired by the 1969 killing of Sharon Tate by Charles Manson. The evocative film paints a perfect picture of the era and co-stars Brad Pitt, who goes topless on a roof and confessed: “I’m one of those people you hate because of genetics.” His co-star Leonardo DiCaprio said: “Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me. I don’t know if people are staring because they Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, recognize me or because they think I’m Leonardo DiCaprio @ Once Upon A Time in Hollywood a weirdo.” Margot Robbie, the female lead explained, “If I have to get into a bikini, then I eat carrot sticks for three days.” The flick also features Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Place your Oscar bets on Tarantino & company.
Fashion Week originator Fern Mallis hosted a screening as part of the center’s documentary series. southamptonsartcenter.org. Tcheng knows his fashion history, having also made Dior and I and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. I’m trying to convince Tcheng to do the life of Charles James to finish this trilogy because their lives were wickedly intertwined. The film traces the rise and fall, via cocaine and AIDS, of Roy Halston Frowick and his career from farm boy to making Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink pill box hat and fashion fame to his friendships with Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, and me. If you are interested in fashion’s larger-thanlife characters, you’ll enjoy this movie, which includes footage of Halston being driven in his Rolls Royce during his final days in San Francisco. I concur with the Los Angeles Times’ critic Kimber Myers, who wrote: “Like Halston’s bias-cut designs, Tcheng’s documentary only skims the surface of his life, but boy, does it look great doing it.” Bravo!
Race of Hope
It’s always scary to look at myself (yes, yours truly) on the big screen. But there I was, throughout the French film director Frédéric Tcheng’s gorgeously shot documentary about the designer Halston. The interesting part is that he used vintage footage by Anton Petrich of me from when I was 19 to two years ago. Parts of the footage show me interviewing Halston and his hero/enemy, and my mentor, the haute couturier Charles James. Watching myself age on camera is not my idea of a good time, but the film itself is an authentic, if superficial, look at the man whom I once called my lover. I’ll leave the story of my teenage affair with Halston for my memoir. I saw the film at the Southampton Arts Center where the founding board member Simone Levinson and the NY
Jack Brinkley-Cook, Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Christie Brinkley in the Hamptons
Christie Brinkley’s children Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook and Jack Paris Brinkley-Cook were the Grand Marshals of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s fourth annual 5k Race of Hope in Southampton on August 4. This fun walk/run was sanctioned by the USA Track and Field and drew a glamorous crowd. Supporters included Karen LeFrak, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Leonard and Judy Lauder, and Sharon Bush. hopeofdepression.org.
East Hampton TV, Art, & Film Festival The inaugural East Hampton TV, Art & Film Festival at Guild Hall Zoe Remmel, Eugenia Bullock and Janna Bullock @ Guild Hall
attracted 1,000 people over two days to see top tier art and films. The festival showcased productions from Canada, Germany, Angel Zhang and Spain, Austria, France, Xiangdong Chen @ Guild Hall and the U.S. Winners included Orange is the New Black star Rebecca Knox’s Cavity and Janel Tanna who won a Best Actress Award for her film Intervention, about the Nicole Noonan and Conseulo Vanderbilt Costin opioid crisis. @Guild Hall Guests including Zoe, EuBest Actress Janel Tanna @ Guild Hall genia, and Janna Bullock; Libbie Mugrabi; Richie Rich; Concert Pianist Micah McLaurin, and and Lauren Huff checked out the work Alvaro Delboy @ Guild Hall of the critically acclaimed painters. Marcus Jansen, whose film Examine and Report: Marcus Jansen, about his life as a veteran and painter, won Best Art TV Pilot Documentary. marcusjansen.com Robert Cenedella showed new paintings and his documentary Art Bastard, which was produced by Chris Concannon, who was there to accept the award for Best Art Documentary. rcenedellagallery.com Also honored was the gallerist Angel Zhang, whose Upper East Side gallery, Stride Arts, presented paintings and porcelains by the Chinese artist Xiangdong Chen. stridearts. com Susan J. Barron’s art show Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD was shown alongside her film of the same name. susanjbarron.com CSI and Jessica Jones star Anthoula Susan J. Barron, Robert Cenedella Katsimatides was the night’s MC, and the @ Guild Hall host, Tatum Peacock, interviewed the artists on the red-carpet, including the concert pianist Mica McLaurin, who opened the festival with a recital. The singer/songwriter Rebecca Rose, who was on American Idol, also performed. Robert Rizzo, the founder of the festival, announced that the 11th NYC International Film Festival will be held from March 23 to 27, 2020. Submissions should go to the attention of the jury president, R. Couri Hay. ehtvf.com SocialLifeMagazine.com
Hamptons Tea Dance
I first met the LGBTQ icon Edie Windsor, whose Supreme Court case legalized gay marriage, when she was honored at the hoot and holler that is always the fun Hamptons Tea Dance at the Nova’s Ark Project. Although Edie has gone to heaven, her spirt was very much alive at the dance that benefits SAGE, which provides Jean Shafiroff and Congresswoman Rebecca Seawright supportive services and consumer re@ Hamptons Tea Dance sources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. This was the 27th anniversary of the tea and, as in previous years, the field was adorned with a 50-foot segment of the mile-long rainbow flag created by Gilbert Baker for Stonewall 25 in NY to mark the 25th anniversary of the gay civil rights movement. In 1994, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the mile-long flag as the world’s largest flag. Inspiring! This summer’s tea was recognized as a World Pride Event. DJ Frankie Sharp kept Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright (NY), the philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, and hundreds of others too colorful to mention on the dance floor. There was a wild and wonderful performance by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10’s Yuhua Hamasaki. The delicious drinks were curated by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Polaner, and Montauk Brewing Co. hamptonsteadance.org
God’s Love We Deliver
Another Pride event was the Midsummer Night Drinks party at the Samuel Parrish house, in Southampton. The 19th edition of this benefit raised money for God’s Love We Deliver, which prepares nutritious meals for people with HIV/ AIDS and other severe illnesses. In the mix were Margaret Russell, Vicente Wolf, Richard Mishaan, and the organization’s David Ludwigson. At the end of the party guests received a gift of Chuck’s famous brownies, baked by God’s Love We Deliver’s baker for over 28 years, Chuck the Baker; the night raised $300,000. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and MAC’s John Dempsey will be honored at the organization’s not to be missed fall benefit, The Golden Heart Awards, on October 21, in NYC. glwd.org Margaret Russell @ Midsummer Night Drinks
The Love Ball
Char DeFrancesco and Marc Jacobs @ Love Ball
Susanne Bartsch, the iconic downtown party giver, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) threw a fanny basher dubbed Love Ball III at Gotham Hall, with lighting by the brilliant artist Bentley Meeker. The benefit blended high fashion and celebrities and highlighted ballroom culture, while helping raise money for the CFDA-Vogue HIV/ AIDS Fund. The ball’s MC was the Tony- and Grammy-winning actor Billy Porter, who sang his new song “Love Yourself.” Performers were judged by a group that included the beloved designer Marc Jacobs and
Susanne Bartsch @ Love Ball
his husband, Char Defrancesco; Mary J. Blige; David and Phillipe Blond; Nicky Hilton-Rothschild; Kevin Aviance; and Dita Von Teese. The Harlem fashion legend Dapper Dan presented the trophies to Roger Superstar, Orlando, Yasmine Petty, Invertebrate, Charlene, and Extravagance. In the mix were Jason Wu, Amanda Lepore, David Barton, Fernando Garcia, Christian Siriano, Janet Mock, Jonathan Adler, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), Linda Fargo, Simon Doonan, Simon Huck, Stan Herman, Steven Klein, and Timo Weiland. The ball was made possible by support from MAC Cosmetics, Lyft, and SKYY Vodka. In 1989 and 1991, Susanne presented Love Ball I and II at Roseland and raised over $2.5 million for programs to benefit those affected by HIV/ Nicky Hilton Rothschild AIDS. The @ Love Ball C F DA , founded in 1962, is a non-profit association representing 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. The after-party was held at the Boom Boom Room in the Standard Hotel, which is the most glamorous nightclub in NYC. cfda.com
Dita Von Teese @ Love Ball
Roger Padilha, R. Couri Hay, and Oliver Dillion @ Love Ball
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MISS SOCIET Y By Missy Hargraves
A longtime Hamptonite, Missy Hargraves is a writer, model, actress, producer, and animal activist. She also performs animal search and rescue operations in disaster situations. As an actress, Missy works in television, film, and theater. missyhargraves.com
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ACRIA AND LOVE HEALS
Donna Karan and the founder of Wings Over Haiti, Jonathan Nash Glynn, welcomed 400 guests to the East Hampton Airport for this charity’s third annual benefit. Wings Over Haiti, which was created in response to the 2010 devastating earthquake, builds schools for children in Haiti. The $65,000 raised at the event will facilitate the opening of a second school this fall, which will serve hundreds of impoverished children. Coco Myers of Folioeast curated the artwork for the silent auction, which featured over 80 artists.
ACRIA held a luncheon at The Times Square Edition hotel to celebrate the Love Heals Center for Youth & Families. ACRIA, a leading international organization in HIV/AIDS research, education, and prevention, partners with Love Heals, the largest provider of science-based sexual health education and leadership skills for New York City youth. The ACRIA advisory board members Isabel Rattazzi and Deborah Hughes hosted guests, including Lady Liliana Cavendish, Muriel Brandolini, Andrea Franchini, Nan Bush, Sandra Brant, and Grazia D’Annunzio. Social Life
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HAMPTONS FASHION WEEK LIFE’S A BEACH COLLECTIONSIZZLES By Dee Rivera
ridgehampton came alive with style on Sunday, July 21, during the 1st annual Hamptons Fashion Week. The sizzling live event welcomed over 350 guests in 105 degree weather including press, bloggers, and VIP attendees at the Bridgehampton Museum. Sponsors included Pura Vida Vitamins, The Experience Auto Group, HighOnLove Products, Fedora Lounge of Long Island, Beach House Catering Events, Poppin Patties, Beauty Pearl Care, Blow Bar Bridgehampton, Cuetara, Samsung Mobile USA, Cloud Water CBD, Uptime Energy Drinks, Rodney Strong Vineyards Rosé, Hamptons Coffee Company [iced], and FOCO Coconut Water kept attendees hydrated under the scorching sun as everyone took shade under white umbrellas, trees, and tents to stay cool. DCG Media Group produced and hosted an industry meet and greet with The Life’s a Beach Collection, a live installation with the celebrity designer Cesar Galindo at 3 p.m. Social-New York models wore colorful, flowy resort wear by Cesar Galindo and Kimora Lee Collection against the backdrop of Ferrari and Maserati cars. Beauty Trends included a cool fish-tail braid created by Fedora Lounge at Blow Bar in Bridgehampton and The Bronzed Sun-kissed Glow on the Go look created by The New York Makeup Academy. SocialLifeMagazine.com
Fashionistas sipped, strolled, and shopped luxe brands, such as Get Buzzn, Michelle May New York, Dottie Bean Bags, Pura Vida Vitamins, KVO Collection, J. Hilburn, Neelah Cashmere Scarves, Bobby Roache Eyewear, and Monat Hair Care. Guests Shopped the Runway in exclusive pop-up boutiques from Crescala Showroom, Cesar Galindo and Kimora Lee Collection. As an extra bonus VIP ticketholders received a customized tailored shirt by BookATailor (valued at $60), a vegan manicure by GLH Nails, white wine and rosé all day from Rodney Strong Wines, samplings of appetizers by Beach House Caterers and Poppin Patties. Swag bags sponsored by Pura Vida Vitamins, HighonLove, BeachPearlCare, Bling Jewelry, Get Buzzin, and Monat. Dee Rivera, the founder of Hamptons Fashion Week, said, “I’m just happy that the local community embraced Hamptons Fashion Week under such intense weather and really had a great time. I was overwhelmed by the support. This special day was a unique, fun, and all-encompassing opportunity to raise funds for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, and to share with residents the fashion and beauty trends from the runways and bring Fashion Week to life in the East End.” See you next summer 2020!!!!
THE SCENE By Chanel Korby
Chanel Korby was born and raised in New York City on the Upper West Side, the West Village, and the Upper East Side. She is a sales and marketing professional who has worked in Fortune 500 companies. She appeared on NBC’s Open House and in national/ international publications such as The Real Deal, Real Estate Weekly, and Epoch Times. She volunteers for New York Cares and Health Advocates for Older People (HAFOP). Follow The Scene on Instagram #thescenenyc — New York Network for Philanthropy
Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space to break new ground. The organization’s founder and National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the company. His vision of social equity, cultural Ballet Hispánico Board of Directors identity, and quality arts education for all drives BALLET HISPÁNICO’S the organization’s programs. CARNAVAL GALA Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in neighborBallet Hispánico’s annual Carnaval gala is a celebration of hoods across the country by providing access to arts education. the impactful voices of the Latino world, an exciting and fitting way to showcase the resilience and unparalleled vision of Ballet Hispánico one of America’s cultural gems. Attended by more than 350 ballethispanico.org of New York’s most influential civic leaders, philanthropists, and artists, the evening was filled with live Latin music and thrilling performances by the Ballet Hispánico company and students of the School of Dance. This year’s event included live music by Los Hacheros and a company performance choreographed by Val Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars. Chmerkovskiy is a two-time world Latin dance champion and a 14-time U.S. national Latin dance Ballet Hispánico Company with Kate Lear and Eduardo Vilaro champion. Social Life
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The legendary Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar hosted a literary star-studded book release party for Allen Salkin and Aaron Short. Dishes featured some of the restaurant’s authentic Russian delicacies and cocktails. In their new book The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated, the veteran journalists Salkin and Short have written an objective, nonpartisan oral history devoid of anonymous sources.
The actress and philanthropist Leesa Rowland was a special guest at the second annual Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch at The Maidstone Hotel, East Hampton. As a philanthropist and animal rights activist, as well the founder and president of Animal Ashram, Leesa Rowland is one of the top East End influencers. This event was a benefit for Bideawee, one of the first no-kill animal rescue centers in America, with a focus on its Westhampton rescue center.
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The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, founded by Andy Sabin, turned 30 at a gala co-chaired by Susan & David Rockefeller; Carole Crist, the former first lady of Florida; and Liev Schreiber. Guests included Crypto currency wizard Brock Pierce, the investor Steve Cohen, John Paulson, Libbie Mugrabi, and Cassandra Seidenfeld. Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs catered the fun event with yummy grill stations from cod to steak. Honorees included Dr. Demian Chapman, Trammel Crow, and Greg Manocherian. sofo.org
The actor Matt Dillon; the artists Ross Bleckner, Bryan Hunt, Eric Fischl, and April Gornik; Janna Bullock; Tatiana & Campion Platt; and the co-chairs Preston Phillips & Debbie Bancroft attended Parrish’s Midsummer Party honoring Louise & Leonard Riggio, which raised over $1M. Speakers included Maya Lin, who created the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in DC; and the museum’s director, Terrie Sultan. This year’s after party drew many bright young things, including the Late Night party chair, Larry Milstein. parrishart.org
The restaurateur Abraham Merchant opened Savanna Rooftop, an open-air lounge on top of the Z Hotel in LIC. The hot spot features 180 degree views of the Manhattan skyline. The lush décor is inspired by the savannas of Africa and includes brightly colored murals created by the Brooklyn artist N. Carlos J. In the mix: actors/models Tatum Peacock, Anthoula Katsimatides, Jeff Lima, and Janel Tanna, who sipped cocktails created by Chad Dutkowski and enjoyed small plates by the chef Antelmo Ambrosio. savannarooftop.com
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RACHEL’S RADAR SUMMER NECESSITIES By Rachel Heller
ummer is a time when you don’t need much — only a few great items and a beach. Here are some of my must-haves. Hair care is key says my only trusted colorist, Abby Haliti. A few other essential hair-care tips are to cut back on heat styling, limit sun and chlorine exposure (wet your hair before jumping in the pool), use moisturizing products to keep hair healthy (Davines/MOMO is amazing for dehydrated hair), and get a trim. Also, wear a hat if you’re going to be exposed to the sun all day, but also be mindful that this can accelerate heat/sweat, which is why you should still always use a sunscreen to help protect your hair. SocialLifeMagazine.com
I like my beach hats to be so big they flop over my head! Neutral colors make packing much easier because mostly everything will match. I would definitely check out Cabana in Southampton. Julie, the owner, is really great at merchandising. Two brands that I love are Lolo and Filuhats (from Italy). I would get something crochet. How about a bikini, which will last a lifetime, never stretching too much. I love the brands that Moda Operandi carries. A crochet dress works great from a boat to a restaurant with a little slide or mule. My personality comes out in my accessories. My travel jewelry comes from Erwin Pearl, available online, in some airports, around the U.S., and at Rockefeller Center. I love the price points and the variety of finds. I am currently wearing their huggy earrings, which are reversible. How cool. From day to night I just switch sides for two different looks. They also have amazing chains I can layer. When I travel in the summer, I always bring along the perfect wedge heel since they can be almost as comfortable as sneakers, depending on the height and make. I always look for cork material and have had luck with Jimmy Choo and Soludos brands. Large bags. I fill bags with more in summer than in winter (sunblock, bikini, sunglasses, etc.) so I need a bag that can handle me from day to night. Some of my favorites are from Caterina Bertini. These summer bags can fit more than the average shoulder bags. They also look very Chanel-esque but for much less. I am also loving all-white bags paired with cool straps. The essential summer jean for me is a white wide leg. I found my perfect pair at Zara and bought three pairs. This summer, brand names are not all that it takes to get my attention. I like whatever makes me feel summer fresh. Having a clean white T-shirt by the dozen is always a must, and I love the ATM brand I love vintage anything. My Gucci sunglasses are unique and make any outfit that much cooler. Vianel. I love anything bespoke because it is chic. This brand’s design is minimal, which I also really like. I can keep something for years without getting bored. This brand makes phone cases, Juul holders, portable battery chargers, and little everything holders that are just fantastic. vianelnewyork.com
RICHARD DEMATO THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF ART
The art world is global and the international consensus about what is quality art has allowed us to more than double our gallery sales in the first six months of 2019! We’re excited about plans and commitments through 2022. Art is meant to improve your life, enables you to see more in its daily appreciation, in different ways each time. I personally never look at art as an investment in anything other than my personal growth and pleasure. It speaks to me and is an extension of my experiences and emotions. My best advice is to acquire only art that you love, as it moves you forward! Please take the time to visit the RJD Gallery and experience the masterful artwork of our very talented artists,” said Richard.
lease join Richard Demato, and his internationally acclaimed group of artists at the premiere of MIRRORS OF DESIRE, curated by MAGO, on Saturday, August 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The RJD Gallery is proud to be a leader in exhibiting magical realism, a literary and art genre that combines realistic narrative and naturalistic technique with surreal elements of dream and fantasy. This exhibition includes works by Mary Jane Ansell, Mihaela Atomei, Juan Béjar, Kris Lewis, Katie O’Hagan, Harmonia Rosales, Jorge Santos, Margo Selski, and Armando Valero — and other gallery artists. Selected works from the RJD Gallery Private Collection of American Masters, including those by Jamie Wyeth, Bo Bartlett, and Andrea Kowch, will also be available for purchase. RJD Gallery, 2385 Main Street, Bridgehampton rjdgallery.com | @rjdgallery | 631.725.1161 Social Life
Richard Demato Photography by Marsin Mogielski
Andrea Kowch , The Feast, acrylic on canvas, 60 in. x 84 in.
ike Frank Baum creating The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a landscape of lovable characters, Richard Demato has created his brainchild, the RJD Gallery, a landscape for magical realist works of art, in the heart of Bridgehampton. The gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on magical realism, narrative portraiture, and urban landscape. It exhibits international, representational artists with a concentration on realism, photorealistic portraiture, surrealism, and figurative art. Drawings, paintings, and sculptures of emerging artists as well as American master painters represented in the RJD Private Collection present a contemporary vision of our world. There are many layers to this down-to-earth gallerist, whom you can often catch strolling down the streets of Sag Harbor in vintage rock tee-shirts and colorful sneakers. Richard graduated from the University of California at Irvine, and worked toward a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry. In 1980, he moved to NYC, and business opportunities enabled Richard to establish a 30-year career in the textile industry, where he opened and operated what became a global textile and manufacturing business. He traveled extensively throughout the world, and acquired a vast collection of art and collectibles, as well as priceless experiences on his journeys. His firm was extremely active with a myriad of charities, including the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), AIDS LA and NYC, Fountain House NYC, Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation, UJA-Federation, and it funded research in breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s. In 2002, he left the textile business and moved to Sag Harbor, and he joined the board of The Retreat, a non-profit that provides shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse. At the end of 2009, he opened RJD Gallery to raise awareness and cultivate donors for The Retreat (retreatinc.org), and he spent more than 14 years on its board. Richard is an honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and is very thankful for the support of the gallery’s collectors, which allows the RJD Gallery to endow nonprofit causes. Richard currently resides in a historic whaling-captain’s home in the center of Sag Harbor. The house was originally built in 1790, and updated in 1833, and is an example of his lifelong passion for developing properties, including a private island. “I’m thankful to be surrounded by many sensitive creative souls, both artists and collectors, who appreciate that we support, nurture, and empower our exclusive artists.
THE WATERMILL CENTER GALA
By R. Couri Hay The avant-garde director Robert Wilson greeted guests at Tabula Rasa, the 26th annual Watermill Center summer benefit and auction, honoring the philanthropist Katharine Rayner and the artist Carrie Mae Weems. The not-ever-to-bemissed Happening featured over 25 art installations and performances by nearly 100 artists from 30 countries. Funds raised support the center’s education and artist residency programs. The night was presented by Van Cleef & Arpels. More about this inspiring night to come in my Labor Day column. watermillcenter.org
1. Katharine Rayner Bob Wilson Carrie Mae Weems 2. Cameron Welch Josh Reams 3. Simon De Pury Isabella Rossellini 4. Nicole Nadeau Victoria de Lesseps Luann de Lesseps 5. Julia Blanchard Tripoli Patterson Emma Blanchard 6. Jennifer Esposito 7. Peter Marino Christopher Makos 8. Jacquelyn Jablonski 9. Yung Jake 10. Jamee Gregory 11. R. Couri Hay Libbie Mugrabi
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GEORGES BERGÈS THE NEW ART WORLD VISIONARY OF SOHO By George Wayne
stute art world insiders are increasingly taking note of the young, pioneering gallerist Georges Bergès, who is single-handedly restoring art gallery resonance to Soho not seen since the days of Leo Castelli and Mary Boone in the late 1980s and early ’90s The artists represented by Georges Bergès Gallery (GBG) are drawing interest from the likes of Edgar Bronfman Jr, who recently had a private viewing of the work of Jill Krutick. GBG openings draw collectors like Christopher Rothko (son of Mark Rothko) and Idehen Aruede, the CFO of the Whitney Museum. From October 3 through November 10, the gallery will have its splashiest and most important show in its five-year history. Three Mile Harbor Road will feature Abstract Expressionist works by Nicolas Carone (1910-2010) and Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and the collaboration painting by both, from 1954. “This was a rare collaboration where these two dynamic artists did this one work together,” the art dealer explains. One piece from this series Psychomachia II is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. Psychomachia III be in the gallery’s fall show. Nicolas Carone, Sacred Abandonment, 1957, oil on linen, 63 in. x 74 in.
Nicolas Carone, Psychomachia III, 1958, oil on canvas, 72 in. x 79 3/8 in.
According to Bergès, Both Carone and Pollock believed in psychic energy as a link between the artist and his work. Pollock saw a painting Carone was working on and asked if it was finished. When Carone told him that it wasn’t, that it was an exercise, Pollock picked up a brush and said, “Well, then let’s exercise.” “That for me,” Bergès bubbles, “was that amazing moment of synergistic spontaneity. That, together with their close friendship and shared experiences and ideals, gave birth to this rarest of collaborations, and this piece will be unveiled for the very first time at GBG.” The last time Nick Carone saw Jackson Pollock alive was two months before the fateful night of August 11, 1956. This was the night that Jackson Pollock was to literally lose his head after driving drunk, stoked on gin, and ended up with his green Oldsmobile convertible wrapped around a birch tree less than a mile from his studio and home at 830 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton. It has been said that Pollock saw a house on Three Mile Harbor Road, also in East Hampton, that he urged Nick Carone and his family to move to, so that both men could be in close proximity to each other. The Three Mile Harbor Road exhibition will be fascinating visual testament to the relationship and kinetic connection between these two artists. This show will be one of the most anticipated art whirl moments of the fall art season, a show clearly staged to coincide with Pollockmania this September, when his purported but unauthenticated last painting before his death, Red, Black, and Silver, goes up for auction at Phillips de Pury & Company. Georges Bergès Gallery 462 West Broadway bergesgallery.com Social Life
BRIDGEHAMPTON’S CULTURAL JEWEL DON’T SKIP THE BRIDGEHAMPTON MUSEUM THIS SUMMER By Cecilia Bloom
historical and cultural hub for Bridgehampton and other towns and hamlets in the Hamptons, the Bridgehampton Museum fosters appreciation for the community’s history, oral history, and cultural traditions of Eastern Long Island. Through its educational lectures, exhibits, concerts, tours, and special events, the museum welcomes both Bridgehampton residents and visitors to partake in activities that celebrate the area’s rich cultural heritage. The museum’s archives offer scholarly researchers as well as the general public access to historical photos, documents, maps, and works of art that offer insight into the community’s history. The Bridgehampton Historical Society, doing business as the Bridgehampton Museum, is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1956. It currently owns and occupies two acres on Main Street, and the property includes two contemporary barns, the Strong Wheelwright Shop (ca. 1870), the Bridgehampton Jail (1907), an outhouse (ca. 1890), and the William Corwith House (ca. 1825 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The museum is the steward for the 1840 Nathaniel Rogers House, and, in collaboration with the Town of Southampton, has embarked on a major restoration of that house (also listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The museum’s new home will be in this home once restoration has been completed.
Some of the resources that the museum offers for academic research include: • • • • •
Over 1,300 historical photographs covering everything from circus parades to car races. More than 800 books on United States, New York, Long Island history and genealogy. Over 300 historic books and bibles, with many of the bibles containing important genealogical information. Close to 1,000 decorative arts objects and household items dating from the 18th through 20th century. Over 1,500 billheads and receipts relating to life on the East End of Long Island, with a special focus on Bridgehampton. Over 100 ledgers, diaries, and daybooks dating from 1730 to the early part of the 20th century, including the records of the Hand Brothers Farm and the Hallock & Pierson Insurance Agency. A collection of more than 300 letters that deal with everyday life on Long Island, with a particular focus on the lives of members of the Corwith family. A collection of more than 2,100 pieces of clothing and textiles dating mostly from the late 19th to early 20th century.
So don’t miss the Bridgehampton Museum this summer! And check out its website for a list of fun as well as educational events. Bridgehampton Museum bhmuseum.org SocialLifeMagazine.com
LUCILLE KHORNAK PHOTOGRAPHER EXTRAORDINAIRE Who is Lucille Khornak? I’m someone who makes people laugh. I’m someone who makes people cry! What can I say? I am a master in the art of photography! Depending on where you may have seen or heard of me, you might know Lucille Khornak the model, the artist, the published author (with three books to my credit), the gallery owner (Bridgehampton), the producer, the TV personality, and, of course, the portrait specialist.
“Give a gift of love, a gift of meaning!” Lucille Khornak Photography and Art Gallery 2400 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton 888.858.1827 lucillekhornak.com
An iconic one at that. What makes photography so special for you? I am an artist. I command the power of photography to document authenticity of who we are at any given moment. I have an expert eye for detail, thanks to my years of work in advertising. I bring this experience to my clients. Iconic figures photographed by me include Andy Warhol, Joan Rivers, and Karl Lagerfeld. I am the artist and my clients are the art. Clients should relax and enjoy an experience filled with soulful, whimsical, and energetic moments. I started out as a model, so I know how to bring out the beauty in each of my subjects. Based in New York and the Hamptons, I photograph many of my clients inside and outside their homes as well as on the beach and at other nearby locations. I also travel often! Whether throughout the tri-state area, across the country, or around the world, clients can reserve my services for sessions year-round. What special or essential services should people inquire about? I have an amazing team of experts at my studio in New York. Together we design really powerful wall displays for home or office, bespoke book designs, holiday cards, and legacy projects. When is the best time to book a session? Now! From infancy through your years as a grandparent, photography is the greatest investment. Social Life
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MARK BARON REPRESENTING THE BEST OF SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE ESTATE SECTION By Jacob Puck
t’s likely that no real estate professional has been as busy as respond: “It’s a total no-brainer: For the buyer who wants exMark Baron, who this year joined Saunders & Associates in quisite luxury at a fair price, 72 Foster Crossing is the crème the Hamptons. de la crème.” “It’s certainly one of the best business decisions that I’ve Baron said the listing is so attractive because it’s so rare: Set ever made,” said Baron, who is laser focused on ensuring his on two pristine acres in Southampton Village, the 2002-built clients are put above everything else. “The world of real estate traditional offers an expansive 7,445 square feet of living space has changed dramatically. In my opinion, Saunders & Associ(exclusive of the lower level) for an attractive $19,995,000. ates has not only kept pace, but has raised the bar for excep“It’s unheard of,” says Baron. “People are telling me that, tional experiences, mainly because of Saunders’ extended team while they love the modern aesthetic, they yearn for the of marketers and the ethics of the leaders.” warmth, grandeur, and even nostalgia of a “It’s a total no-brainer: As summer heats up, Social Life wanted classic, shingled, traditional estate. If that’s to know what was on Baron’s mind — and the case, this is a crown jewel.” For the buyer who wants on his list of must-see properties. Indeed, 72 Foster Crossing is the epitoexquisite luxury at a fair price, “Aw, come on . . . you must have a me of elegance. Exceptionally tasteful and 72 Foster Crossing more challenging question for me than constructed with the finest materials and is the crème de la crème.” that,” joked Baron, who was very quick to craftsmanship, it is luxurious and refined. Social Life
Professionally designed by the published decorator Markham Roberts and featured in House Beautiful, the home is all about first and last impressions. A columned front porch leads to a soaring double-height foyer that is the preamble to three arched doorways opening to principal rooms. There’s a classic library paneled in dark wood, with a fireplace and custom built-in shelving and cabinetry; a formal dining room, which features a fireplace and pocket doors; and a gracious living room with a fireplace and deeply coffered ceiling. A butler’s pantry with marble countertops and a wine cooler lies between the dining room and spacious eat-in kitchen that features two islands with honey-colored marble countertops (one with seating), and appliances by Viking Professional and Sub-Zero. A huge wraparound porch off the first floor is the perfect place to gather and entertain, with multiple columned spaces for seating and dining areas. From the foyer a graceful staircase ascends to the second SocialLifeMagazine.com
floor, which has six en-suite bedrooms. A large reading room is a special bonus delight. Outdoors, the pool and pool house are in a sunken area situated apart from the yard, and beautifully landscaped. The pool house features a full bath, wet bar, seating areas, and indoor and outdoor showers. A traditional bocce court has lights. Stone patios and a lovely allée of trees complement it all. According to Baron, “This truly extraordinary home seamlessly integrates classic luxury and fine taste with all the amenities for twenty-first century living.” Mark Baron Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker as Mark J. Baron Saunders & Associates o: 631.237.3919 c: 631.800.1125 firstname.lastname@example.org Bridgehampton Office 2287 Montauk Highway
SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE NOË BROWN IS A TRUE MODERN-DAY RENAISSANCE WOMAN By Blaire Bass
s Oprah Winfrey has eloquently said, “I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” And that is exactly what local Hamptons resident Noë Brown lives by. Having grown up on the islands of French Polynesia and Maui, Hawaii, and now living in the Hamptons, Noë is drawn to the water, nature, and all things zen and peaceful. She completed three master’s degrees, in counseling psychology, holistic psychology, and business marketing, in California and Massachusetts. She loves dancing, and the outdoors, especially hiking, rock climbing, and stand-up paddle boarding. She also enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. Her interests are wide and varied. She loves helping others also and is known for her experience in fundraising. Those skills come in handy as she currently is on the board of directors of the Southampton Cultural Center. Take a peek at what keeps her busy these days:
MERMAID FOR YOU mermaidforyou.com Check out her fun online marketplace for all things mermaidinspired. Mermaid For You is designed for beach and ocean lovers, mermaids at heart, sun-kissed goddesses who love to frolic and play in the waves, bronzing their tail off. You will find apparel, accessories, and home décor items, ideal for gifts to yourself or other fellow mercreatures. As Noë says, “Stay mermazing!” She is also the only U.S. retailer of the Tags Sandals brand, made in Mexico.
NEST SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON luxelifehamptons.com
NOË ROSÉ noerose.com (coming soon) Another boutique for women’s clothing, curating only items in shades of pink and rose gold, is in construction. To add to her boutique, a signature wine is in the making. The Hamptons never has enough of new rosés to sip and sizzle at summer soirées. A play on her name, Noë Rosé sounds a bit like “no way José,” which inevitably will become an easy-to-remember name to stand out from the plethora of names in the crowded rosé wine market. Social Life editors can’t wait to try it! Social Life
Photography by Patrick Donaghy
In Hawaii Noë started learning about real estate while she ran a private practice as a mental health therapist. She then started working closely with agents, leading their marketing platforms. When she moved to the Hamptons from Maui, she was already well seasoned in real estate and started at Nest Seekers International. She is passionate about finding buyers their perfect luxury nests, sellers their best profit, and investors the most beneficial value on their returns. And nothing gives her more joy than what she does in real estate. She uses her experience and foresight to proactively address every aspect of a transaction. Her loyalty is to her clients and her clients only. Contact her at email@example.com. Check out her blog at shineonhamptons.com
RISING STARS: BROKERS IN THE HAMPTOS JONATHAN DAVIS NEST SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL By Blaire Bass
onathan Davis is finally at the right place, at exactly the right time. A month ago, he became the newest face of the Nest Seekers International Bridgehampton office, joining a group of young entrepreneurs who are each chasing their own dreams, inside and out of real estate. He had already learned from one of the top brokers in the Hamptons, his father, Tim Davis, and he was ready to branch out. “It was a cool experience working with my dad and I learned a lot from him. I have been on my own now going on four years. I just turned 30 years old. The move to Nest Seekers was a long-term alignment. I couldn’t be more excited.” The seed was planted as a child, Davis said, spending afternoons in his father’s Southampton office, where he was surrounded by real estate professionals. After graduating from Lynn University in 2012, with a passion for business, he entered the real estate industry and is SocialLifeMagazine.com
now setting himself apart. “My father always leads with honesty and integrity with clients, and he’s who I model myself after,” he said. “He leads with his integrity, and when you lead with that, it gives you credibility for years and years, so I think that’s what you have to start with: holding yourself accountable, doing the work, and showing up. I’m outgoing and personable, so when I deal with clients, I have enthusiasm and passion behind it.” Nest Seekers International Jonathan Davis Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 2415 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton c/ 631.680.4742 | firstname.lastname@example.org
JONATHAN DAVIS IS ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD AT TWO PROPERTIES SOON TO ENTER THE MARKET, DESCRIBED BELOW. 1051 SAGG MAIN STREET, SAGAPONACK This is a 6,000-square-foot, six-bedroom cottage surrounded by farm field views and outfitted with grand living spaces — including a library, media room, and dining room — just two minutes from local farm stands and Sagg Main Beach. “Selling a home is like selling a piece of art. This piece of land was a blank canvas for the owners, designing every inch of the house along with the furniture. The combination of being positioned on the reserve just steps away to the ocean makes it truly a unique offering that someone will appreciate.”
1663 MAJORS PATH, TOWD POINT, SOUTHAMPTON Also within walking distance to the beach, this private oasis has an open floor plan, an eat-in kitchen, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, media room, and separate accommodations spread throughout. There are two bedrooms on the main floor, a master suite upstairs and one on the lower level, and a stand-alone accessory structure on the 1.1-acre property. “The biggest takeaways are the structures,” Davis said. “The accessory structure is fully built out. Complete with a fireplace, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room. The main house has three bedrooms and a separate one-bedroom apartment on the lower level. There is room for the entire family and guests. Towd Point Beach is a mile down the road, along with the Country Deli for morning egg sandwiches.”
Nest Seekers International Jonathan Davis Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 2415 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton c/ 631.680.4742 | email@example.com SocialLifeMagazine.com
A Lifton-Green Masterpiece... Gary R. DePersia Licensed A s sociate Real E s t ate Broker m 516.38 0.0538 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Mill. Informed by an aesthetic that reaches across centuries while embracing the best of whatâ€™s new, a magnificent estate south of the highway in Water Mill by renowned Hampton builders/developers Lifton-Green commands 4.25 +/- manicured acres of expansive lawn, flowering gardens and specimen trees joining the area elite in a most prestigious setting. Looking west over 34 acres of contiguous reserve, the estate offers timeless splendor as gracious elegance combines with stunning architectural details and cutting-edge technology within a nearly 13,000 SF residence on three levels of living space. The home is lent a measure of gravitas outside by its handsome shingled style with gabled roof as well as within by the masterful, yet measured finishes executed to perfection by David Scott Interiors. A double height paneled foyer welcomes all over Carlisle old growth floors to find the sophisticated living room with fireplace, bound to be the focal point of evening soirees. The expansive state of the art kitchen with adjacent informal living room and fireplace is more than adequate to service the formal dining room, augmented by a large butlerâ€™ pantry. An intimate library with custom oak paneled walls and warmed by its own fireplace forms that perfect segue into the main floor master wing where days will begin and end within a dramatic sleeping chamber under a 15â€™ domed ceiling that looks out though a curved window wall to the spectacular grounds. Completing the feeling of opulence are his and her bathrooms with radiant heat, nearby a pair of outfitted closets and finally access from the master wing to a covered porch.
...13,000 SF, 8+ Bedroom Estate on 4.25 Acres Upstairs the featured guest suite reigns over 3 additional bedrooms, all with baths ensuite. Completing the second floor is unfinished space above the 1,100 SF heated 3 car garage that could accommodate bedroom, sitting room and bath. Both main and rear staircases join a whole house elevator reaching down to the 4,300+ SF finished lower level that includes 3 bedrooms, optional screening room with adjacent wet bar, dedicated space for a personal gym, custom wine cellar, cedar closet, powder room and access to the outside. Additional amenities include a Lutron lighting system, wiring for A/V throughout, 3 sets of washer & dryers, Waterworks tile and plumbing fixtures, soft close pocket doors and powder rooms conveniently found on either side of the residence. Common rooms open to covered and uncovered porches that play host to a built-in kitchen as well as ample areas to relax or enjoy alfresco dining. Views abound to the park-like grounds created by Michael Derrig framing the 72â€™ X 18â€™ pool with spa, two-sided cabana, offering kitchen, changing room and bathroom connected by a shaded patio. The sunken, full size Har-Tru tennis court is set within a sea of lawn forming a verdant canvas upon which rests the entire estate. Lifton-Green, David Scott Interiors & Landscape Details, a magnificent collaboration of build, design and landscaping enriched by western sunset views over an expansive reserve awaits your personal tour today. Exclusive. $17.95M WEB#346593
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MOST EXCLUSIVE LISTINGS IN THE HAMPTONS OCEANFRONT, TENNIS COURT, FIVE BEDROOMS, OH MY! By Blaire Bass
ary DePersia’s name has become synonymous with the best in Hamptons real estate. From Southampton to Montauk and from Sagaponack to Shelter Island, Gary has participated in over $3 billion of real estate transactions since 1995. With hundreds of his exclusive listings sold and closed, as well as matching hundreds of his own buyers and renters with the right properties, Gary’s more than 23 years in Hamptons luxury real estate has generated benchmark sales. You may have heard people refer to him in real estate circles as the “go-to man.” 204 DUNE ROAD, QUOGUE $11.95M You remember the feeling. You’re on holiday on the coast of some Caribbean isle or at a cliffside European town overlooking the Mediterranean. Each morning when your head leaves the pillow you know you’re on vacation as the sunrise illuminates broad expanses of water dotted with boats and vistas of other shores. Much closer to home you can recreate that feeling each and every day when you own this 5-bedroom, 7-bath retreat poised along 100+ feet of pristine Quogue beachfront with sweeping vistas over both the Atlantic Ocean and Shinnecock Bay. Masterfully built for exacting owners, this beautiful 6,000 SF+/- modern retreat features an open floor plan so that those cooking in the state-of-the-art Euro-inspired kitchen can see all the activity past the dining area into the great room and out to the deck scanning the ocean. Peace and tranquility can be found in the separate den with fireplace overlooking the Har-Tru tennis court out to the bay. An expansive master wing includes luxurious bath with steam shower, generous walk-in closet, and views to the Atlantic through a wall of doors leading to the oceanview deck. Four additional bedrooms are spread throughout the lower level that includes a media room and nearby pool bath that will function as an integrated cabana. A twocar garage with another that was transformed into a gym complete the lower level. Outside 360° ocean and bay vistas abound from expansive patios surrounding the large heated Gunite pool with separate spa. A wooden walkway leads you over the dune, past a pair of benches, to 100+ feet of pristine sandy beach that seems to stretch endlessly in each direction. Head over to Dockers for cocktails or into Quogue for dinner,
both so close. But on clear evenings, eat early as you might want to get back for some of the most beautiful sunsets anywhere, as the sun seems to disappear over the bay, leaving the horizon a purplish haze. Best of all, you won’t need a passport, a pat-down, or a plane ticket. Just get in your car and head East. When you get there, you’ll know . . . and remember. Corcoran Gary DePersia Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker email@example.com | myhamptonhomes.com | 516.380.0538 Social Life
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FRANK & DAWN BODENCHAK BEST IN HAMPTONS REAL ESTATE By Cecilia Bloom
hen it comes to new construction, perhaps no other brokers sell more than Frank and Dawn Bodenchak of Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are involved in all aspects of real estate — traditional homes, land, renovations, new houses — and we bring exceptional value to the table representing new construction,” explains Frank. The Bodenchaks truly enjoy creating value. “New construction gives us the opportunity to help clients on all sides of the transaction — finding land, evaluating the plot plan and house design, relaying market trends, and helping create the most desirable product for a property,” says Dawn. “We are especially proud of our newest exclusive at 1 Southampton Hills Court,” Frank adds. It’s an exceptional modern new construction on an estate-sized, 2-acre parcel in Southampton. The property is unique, in that it sits proudly on a knoll next to over 100 acres of reserve for privacy. Yet it also sits at the entrance to one of the most beautiful, quiet cul-de-sacs in Southampton North, where each house is prettier than the next, with a beautiful manicured and exclusive feel to the neighborhood.” And it’s near the border of Water Mill and Sag Harbor, for convenience to all. 1 Southampton Hills offers nearly 9,000 square feet of interior space and some of the most spectacular architectural and designer detail you will find in any listing under $5 million. “The house offers a really special two-story living room with a glass wall — framed in steel — for phenomenal views of the deep back yard. A two-story foyer, which incorporates the entire upstairs hallway, features free floating stairs and glass railings, and is a show stopper. Not to be missed, the entire span of the dining room is framed by plate glass windows and a 9-foot high pivot door — all overlooking
a 20-seat white marble firepit for after-dinner summer parties, or simply ambiance, bringing outdoor features indoors. The house is also extremely functional and practical, featuring two master bedroom suites (first and second floors), gym with a bath that could serve as an eighth bedroom if desired, two laundries, pool house, covered porch, various living rooms, family rooms, theater, and play room. It is the complete package, offering everything any family could ever want. And it’s a quality build. You can’t mention the home without mentioning its builder and designer team, Steve and Theresa Salamone of Barsalin Building and Design. “Very few builders have the repeat business that Steve and Theresa have. They are known for quality, honesty, and integrity,” says Frank. Accustomed to building $9M+ South-of-the-Highway homes, they have brought their high-end design eye and building skills and applied it to North-of-the-Highway properties, where buyers can get so much more value for $5M and under. And buyers certainly do with 1 Southampton Hills Court, listed exclusively through Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,695,000 just this month. Sotheby’s International Realty | bodenchakteam.com Dawn Bodenchak Licensed Real Estate Salesperson firstname.lastname@example.org | 646.382.4055 Frank Bodenchak Licensed Real Estate Salesperson email@example.com | 917.968.9020 Social Life
MICHELLE MADONNA DESIGN ETERNALLY ELEGANT By Blaire Bass
uxury. Sanctuary. Escape. These three words best describe water always provides a calming effect in the landscape. Michelle Madonna Design. As a busy professional in New Madonna uses David Austin garden roses to express luxury. York City, Michelle can relate to her clients’ needs and wants, in“They’re opulent,” she says, “fragrant and sophisticated.” The calm cluding comfort, downtime, and getting away from it all. of lavender inspires sanctuary and serenity. And nothing says esBut how does Madonna deliver luxury, sanctuary, and escape in cape from the city like the contrast of ornamental grasses. But don’t classic or modern landscapes and what materials limit materials to just plantings. Sculptures and best express sumptuousness, spa, and hideaway? installations, particularly in modern landscapes, Luxury. Sanctuary. Escape. Both a classic Hamptons garden hedge will set you apart. While Madonna puts a lot of These three words best describe thought into planting design, she also believes in pruned to perfection and a modern section of Michelle Madonna Design. wildflowers can create the feel of sanctuary. creating outdoor spaces that are rich in comfort. Water brings the notion of spa into play and Madonna uses luxury outdoor furniture lines is typically an element in Madonna’s designs. There are many ways like Gloster and Dedon to create sitting areas for relaxation. to bring water to the landscape, including framing nearby natural water views or incorporating a pool or water feature. It’s vital in Michelle Madonna Design the Hamptons as the ocean is such an integral part of the area and madonnadesign.com SocialLifeMagazine.com
THE HAMPTONS POOL AN EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL OASIS By Thomas Day Lee
Sweet dreams are made of this: Stuart Andrews recommends pools as balms for the soul, such as the soothing sounds of serenity provided by the waterfall in the infinity-edge pool above or a serene, secluded “garden pool” seen at right.
he quintessential Hamptons summer lifestyle is outdoor living with a focus, for many, on poolside living. The pool and the area around it are used as “outdoor rooms,” the seamless flow between interior and exterior. If you’re considering designing and building a pool or renovating an older existing pool, you’ve got a daunting project ahead. With that in mind, Social Life sought out an expert to bring us up to speed on what’s involved in creating a special pool. We asked Stuart Andrews, the owner of Shinnecock Pools in Southampton, for his take on what makes a great pool and what he sees as his client’s chief concerns. Andrews — who has been building and caring for luxury pools in the Hamptons for more than 20 years — was forthright and even philosophical. “For many of my clients, building an amazing pool is often how they want to proclaim their success. If you’re a corporate CEO, work on Wall Street, or are in charge of a hedge fund,
you spend your days creating something that’s invisible and intangible to most people, and no one can see what you’ve made,” says Andrews. “For many successful people, creating an amazing pool is a metaphor for what they’ve achieved. And they truly are works of art. A lot of people choose to express themselves through the artistry of a pool.” Andrews, who has built and maintains some of the most dazzling pools on the East End, humbly offers that he is more of a facilitator than anything else. “My job is to listen and listen carefully to their ideas and hopes and then bring my client’s vision to reality. And that reality reveals their personal passions intensely. No two of my pools are the same; they’re like snowflakes!” he added. Even though he’s built pools costing seven figures, he prefers to focus on the intangible when discussing them, “I like to quote the author Joan Didion, who wrote; ‘A pool... is a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over Social Life
the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful and is, as such, infinitely soothing...’ Isn’t that wonderfully put? Think about it. Water is the essence of life. Your pool offers so much. Quality time with your kids. Or imagine that skinny-dipping moment when you’re alone with your partner, late at night. It’s connecting your soul and body in a basic element, water. When immersed at the perfect temperature, with low-level lighting on a starry night, you achieve a Zen state of mind,” says Andrews. “Having a pool can be critical to your well-being,” he insists. “It’s not always about getting into your pool but knowing that it’s there for you at any time, that you can look forward to that moment after a hard day at work, to have time to yourself to be at peace, surrounded by the liquid perfection that exists in your backyard. It’s a source of calm, comfort and belonging,” he adds. That’s never more true than on a Friday afternoon SocialLifeMagazine.com
when harried New Yorkers are chomping at the bit to get out of the city, away from their office and out to the Hamptons. “Many times the very first thing they do when they get to their house is to get out of their clothes and into their pool,” says Andrews. “And my job is to ensure that their experience, that split second of relief, is absolutely perfect. However, for people to drift into a meditative state when they get into their pool, everything must be flawless. The tile must be immaculate. The water condition must be just right. The temperature must be perfect,” he cautions. “That’s where I come in. That’s my job and frankly, my passion,” he emphasizes. Stuart Andrews is indeed the caretaker of the oasis.
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THE BRENNAN HAGEN TEAM — EAST END INSIDERS FIVE GENERATIONS OF HAMPTONS REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE By Blair Bass
Eric Hagen, Sarah Hagen Doud, Dawn Brennan Hagen
ith more than 25 years of experience in Hamptons real estate, it’s all in the family for the Brennan Hagen team at Saunders & Associates. The team members are Dawn Brennan Hagen (mother), Eric Hagen (Dawn’s son), and Sarah Hagen Doud (Dawn’s daughter). They are fifth generation Hamptonites, with deep roots in the real estate community. The family brings a valuable local historical perspective because they come from a long line of landowners, builders, investors, developers, and real estate agents. Fun fact: Dawn’s great grandfather was a Bridgehampton potato farmer and landowner at the turn of the century, and Dawn’s mother helped co-found the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
The team’s personal and professional collective real estate experience includes construction, property, and land development. They’re known for strong local business relationships and excellent problemsolving skills in negotiating real estate deals. In fact, Dawn’s business motto is “No hurdle is too high.” Clients and customers value the Brennan Hagen Team’s historical perspective, community ties, and expansive understanding of the buying, selling, and — when applicable — the building process. The team has the know-how and connections to help their clients and customers be successful. Aside from real estate, the team also enjoys the equestrian and culinary worlds as well as family time locally raising their kids and grandkids as the next generation. Social Life
MAGNIFICENT MODERN — ONE BLOCK TO OCEAN 110 GIBSON LANE, SAGAPONACK $16, 900,000
This recently completed new construction in the heart of Sagaponack South is a block to the ocean. The magnificent modern home, designed by James Merrell, overlooks horse fields and reserve. Situated on approximately 2.8+/- acres, the home has fiveplus en-suite bedrooms and six and a half baths in the main house with a connected barn-style living space. Spacious, open interiors are flooded with light from expansive windows and glass doors that capture the sublime views. The property features two pools: one 60-foot outdoors and another 50-foot in the spa-like lower-level solarium illuminated by a row of overhead skylights. The lowerlevel pool room is white marble and the bath off this room is Dolomiti marble. Natural materials are used extensively throughout SocialLifeMagazine.com
this superb home. The extraordinary first floor master-suite wing features a den, dressing room, and Thassos marble bathroom. The upstairs bathrooms are of Ming marble. Indiana limestone, 1.5 inches thick, is used for the entry and foyer flooring. It also tops the built-ins, the hearths, a desk, powder room vanity, and benches in the foyer. The same limestone, 2 inches thick and cut to order, forms the pavers, pool terraces, and outdoor porches. Countertops are leather-finished granite, with waterfall counters and island in the custom eat-in kitchen. The lower level of the main house connects directly to the barnstyle living area, where there are two-plus en-suite bedrooms and living area, providing privacy for guests. The residence can easily be expanded to seven en-suite bedrooms with room for tennis. Outdoors, relax on the patios, dine alfresco, or enjoy the gardens and Gunite outdoor pool with the soothing sounds of the sea.
180 DEGREE WATERFRONT VIEWS OF MECOX BAY, X-ZONE WITH DOCK AND POOL 124 BRENNANS MOOR, WATER MILL $12,999,999
This home was the location for the photo shoot of Christie Brinkley’s July Fourth cover story in Social Life Magazine.
In a coveted estate section on Mecox Bay is this beautiful, renovated in 2019, 8,000+/- square-foot, custom-built, waterfront home offering expansive water views with breathtaking sunsets, a private dock, and a waterside heated Gunite pool. Enjoy one-of-akind views from the waterfront balconies from this exquisite sixbedroom home, all en-suite, with seven and a half baths. Upon entering, a soaring foyer welcomes you to numerous light-filled living areas: a two-story living room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace flows to a bright great room also with a fireplace and water views. In the spacious, state-of-the-art eat-in kitchen are a marbletopped island with seating, sunny breakfast area, top-grade stainless steel appliances, and French doors inviting you to the grounds. A waterside multi-season screened porch is especially delightful. Start and end your day in the master suite with big water views, a private balcony, and a luxurious waterside master bath. Additional bedrooms and baths are all beautifully finished, immaculate, and full of light. An attached pool house provides a kitchenette and sauna. Just minutes to ocean beaches by boat or car. Saunders & Associates 2287 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton The Brennan Hagen Team Sarah Hagen Doud Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 631.745.2127 | firstname.lastname@example.org SocialLifeMagazine.com
his is wedding season, and the transition from single to married includes life-changing moments and extensive planning. This celebration of love
has sparked Social Life Magazine to create our exclusive Wedding Hamptons section. With a direct focus on wedding editorial, wedding photos, and wedding advertising. We hope our Wedding Section will help future brides and grooms and their families as they plan for that special day and honeymoon. Congratulations to engaged couples. May you have a beautiful and memorable wedding day and a lifetime of happiness.
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By Blaire Bass
nce upon a time, there was a location surrounded by water — Mecox Bay, Sam’s Creek, and the Atlantic Ocean — where beautiful weddings and events took place . . . Voila, Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club is not a fairy tale. You can really host your party at this picturesque Hamptons venue. With breathtaking ocean views along 1,200 feet of private beach, the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club offers an unparalleled setting for weddings, benefit galas, corporate events, and much more. Indulge yourself in the delicious menu creations by our exclusive caterer, Robbins Wolfe Premier, while taking in the SocialLifeMagazine.com
magnificent sunset. End your unforgettable night on the beach, sitting around a roaring bonfire with s’mores and cocktails in hand. Whether you’re looking for a clambake or ballroom-style event, this swanky club is a one-of-a-kind find in the Hamptons.
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THE ONLY WAY TO TENT IN THE HAMPTONS SPERRY TENTS TURNS SAILCLOTH INTO GLITZ & GLAMOUR By Blaire Bass
n early spring 2006, Steve Clarke “Sperry Tents’ durable sailcloth is ivory — not all production crews, which total up took a road trip to Marion, Massa- stark white, breathable, crisp, translucent to sun- to 60 during the summer. In more rechusetts, to meet with the tent makers light, and also translucent to event lighting at cent years, Brittany Gold and Donny Tim and Matt Sperry. Steve wanted Dodd were recruited to help with pronight, producing the trademark #sperryglow.” to learn more about their tent makduction and managing the office. STEVE CLARKE ing because he was impressed by the The Sperry team’s attention to dequality and craftsmanship of Sperry tents as well as their innovatail and emphasis on customer service are key reasons why Sperry tive and classic design. Soon after, Steve took a leap of faith and Tents Hamptons has become the go-to company for weddings and founded Sperry Tents Hamptons, a distribution company for Sperprivate events in the Hamptons. ry Tents in New England. Sperry Tents Hamptons quickly grew, and Steve found the need Is there really that much of a difference among tent-rental to expand his staff. Diane Valentine was brought on eight years companies? ago to help with sales and customer service, specializing in events Yes! There is a huge quality difference among rental tents, and it’s on the North Fork, which is where she calls home. A few years important to know exactly what you are choosing before you sign later, Noah Saxton joined the team to manage the warehouse and on the dotted line and your event photographer shows up. Social Life
Are Sperry Tent canopies crafted from genuine sailcloth? The Sperry family designed and built the first-ever sailcloth tent. Why sailcloth? Because the Sperry Tents founder, Steve Sperry, was a sailmaker, and when he decided to make a party tent one day, he used the materials he had on hand in his sail loft in Marion, Massachusetts. A man of many talents, he also made the new tent’s wooden support poles, using the sawmill on his coastal property. To this day, he still mills each and every Sperry center pole himself (in his seventies!). What’s so great about sailcloth? Standard-frame tents — the kind you see at festivals or trade shows — typically have vinyl canopies and aluminum frames. Even other tent rental companies’ supposed sailcloth tent is still made from thin vinyl. Unlike vinyl, which has a telltale sheen, chemical scent, and the potential for imperfect, factory-made seams, Sperry Tents’ durable sailcloth is ivory — not stark white, breathable, crisp, translucent to sunlight, and also translucent to event lighting at night, producing the trademark #sperryglow. Why are Sperry Tents more expensive than other tent options? Because each one is handmade by the crew at Sperry Fabric Architecture, a small company in coastal Massachusetts, led by the company president, Matt Sperry. SFA’s dedicated craftspeople are all local and specially trained. Its warehouse is not a warehouse at all, but a solar-fed, environmentally friendly post-and-beam barn. SFA’s small-batch output means a higher priced tent with superior details and aesthetics. Sperry Tents Hamptons 631.725.2422 sperrytentshamptons.com SocialLifeMagazine.com
DECCO BY PARTY UP PRODUCTIONS TURNING EVENT DREAMS INTO REALITY By Cecilia Bloom
Founders, Jason and Quinn Bencivenga
rom corporate to social events both large and small, Decco by Party Up Productions, plans and executes events like you’ve never seen before. With their skilled and talented team and over 15 years of experience, they are simply the best. Decco by Party Up Productions, turns your ideas into reality, making your event a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As an all-inclusive production company, they handle everything. From custom fabrication, rentals, and decor to lighting, DJs, and entertainment, Decco by Party Up guarantees that your guests will be impressed. The company shares a passion for creativity as well as for the joy in giving back to the community. As an event production company, Decco by Party Up has the opportunity to simultaneously do both. Decco by Party Up staff also devote their time and services to a
wide range of charitable organizations and help to raise awareness of the causes of these organizations. Some examples are below. • • • •
Make-A-Wish Foundation — Make-A-Wish Suffolk County Bouquet of Wishes gala The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center — SOFO’s 30th anniversary gala benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society — MWOY Finale 2019 The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation — The Hamptons Happening
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Decco by Party Up Productions tops the charts in event production and gives back.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL FOODIE HEAVEN & HISTORIC SITES By R. Couri Hay
R. Couri Hay is the travel editor and society columnist for this magazine. Couri began his career at Andy Warhol’s Interview and he wrote for Town & Country and People. Couri also appears on CNN, PBS, FOX and VH1 commenting on Hollywood. He lives in NYC and Southampton and is the CEO of his own PR firm.
Israel as part of the Celebrity Chef Birthright adventure organized by the chef guru Herb Karlitz, who co-founded Harlem Eat Up with Marcus Sameluesson. I tagged along with culinary luminaries, including Ruth Reichl and the chefs Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons, Jenn Louis, Jonathan Waxman, Marc Murphy, Eden Grinsphan, and Leah Cohen, so, of course, we dived into Tel Aviv’s vibrant food scene, from street markets
The Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv
CELEBRITY CHEF BIRTHRIGHT Tel Aviv is a thriving, pulsing city, embracing the oldest traditions of Israeli culture, plus all the trappings of a modern metropolis, from nightlife to tech startups to outdoor activities and the arts, in a spectacular Mediterranean Sea setting. After having spent time here, I can say that while Jerusalem may be the holy city, Tel Aviv is the holy grail for food lovers. I was in
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to five-star restaurants. Amid all the noshing, I made time to see the sights, including museums, ancient ruins, area wineries, a tiny Arab village, the old town of Acre, and some of Tel Aviv’s celebrated Bauhaus architecture.
were a big hit with our chef entourage. The Barbuto and Jams restaurateur Jonathan Waxman enthused about our visit saying, “The markets in Israel are full of beautiful fresh produce, spices, baked goods, and more.”
THE WHITE CITY
THE SABICH SANDWICH REIGNS
This year is a terrific time to visit Tel Aviv, as 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German school founded by Walter Gropius, and the city is awash in the architectural style. Tel Aviv is home to the world’s largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings, with around 4,000 of the whitewashed structures known as the “White City,” part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rich Bauhaus presence all over the city is due to the influx of German-Jewish architects and designers who trained under Gropius and immigrated to Israel as Nazism arose in their home country. The functional, cost-effective, clean-line style was perfectly suited to house the growing refugee population. Many buildings fell into disrepair over the years, but remained largely intact, and now they are enjoying a renaissance.
The goodies on display at the Carmel Market had us salivating, so a street food excursion was the obvious next step. We tried Israel’s most common fast foods: falafel, shawarma, schnitzel, and the bourekas. The latter is a type of baked pastry filled with potatoes, cheese, or mushrooms. The sabich, a big, tasty pita sandwich stuffed with fried eggplant, hardboiled eggs, and more, is the best thing I’ve eaten in decades and was akin to eating a hamburger for the first time, except there is no meat. The sabich is not to be missed!
CARMEL MARKET TOUR — ATMOSPHERE & FOOD We took a trip to the largest market in Tel Aviv, the Carmel Market, or Shuk HaCaramel in Hebrew. Everything is sold here, from clothes to spices to fruit to electronics. Established in 1920, the Carmel is hugely popular with locals and tourists, and is always busy, especially on Thursdays and Fridays, when people prepare for their sabbath meals. Naturally, the markets SocialLifeMagazine.com
DAN HOTEL TEL AVIV I stayed in the Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv’s grande dame and the city’s first luxury hotel, which over the years has been home to heads of state, artists, and celebrities like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Sharon Stone. The beachfront location, overlooking the Mediterranean, is central and perfect for exploring the city, as many of the best attractions, as well as shopping and nightlife, are within easy walking distance. Nearby is the hip area Neve Tzedek, which dates from 1887 and was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient port of Jaffa. Picturesque and village-like, its narrow streets and restored buildings are abloom with boutiques, galleries, and craft shops.
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JAFFA — REDISCOVERED A walk along the seafront promenade from the Dan will bring you to Jaffa, an ancient harbor whose bobbing fishing boats, romantic labyrinthine stone alleys, nightlife, and colorful flea market has long attracted artists and musicians. It is a lovely area to stroll and explore. The rest of the world has finally caught up with the artists, and Jaffa is suddenly sprouting luxury hotels in reformulated spaces. Just opened in the last year are the Setai Tel Aviv in a former Ottoman prison; The Jaffa, designed by John Pawson; and the Drisco, which is actually a revival of an original hotel that had been closed since 1940. In recent years Jaffa has also seen a gastronomic renaissance, with celebrity chefs opening restaurants, bakeries, and innovative hybrids like Beit Kandinof, a combination contemporary arts center and restaurant/bar.
CASTEL WINERY & THE JUDEAN HILLS QUARTET We took a trip to the Judean Hills Quartet, a group of four wineries that have joined forces to establish the region as a serious center for winemaking. Wine has been made here since before Christ, and now these four — Domaine du Castel, Flam Winery, Sphera, and Tzora Vineyards — have become known for producing some of Israel’s finest wines. We visSabich Sandwich
ited the family-owned Castel winery, which was founded in the 1970s, and now produces around 100,000 bottles per year, most of which are exported. Perhaps the most famous winery in Israel, Domaine du Castel offers guided tasting tours, with cheeses homemade at a nearby kibbutz.
LUNCH AT MAJDA IN EIN RAFA Ein Rafa is a village of about 1,200 people not far from either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, and it is unusual in Israel for a co-existence project in which the local Arab schoolchildren share joint activities and games with nearby Jewish schoolchildren. The town is also famous for Majda, a renowned restaurant whose owners are the married couple Yaakov Barhum, a Muslim, and Michal Baranes, a Jew. We had a delicious lunch at Majda, which is famous for its one-of-a-kind fusion cuisine, colorful décor and rooftop views. The restaurant caught on after it was featured on the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown television show. The menu features dishes such as shrimp falafel, but the star of the show was — again — the sabich, that heavenly Israeli eggplant sandwich. Majda’s version includes hardboiled eggs, tangy amba, Israeli salad, tahini, and parsley, all wrapped in pita bread. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
DINNER AT HASALON Back in Tel Aviv, our culinary troop got to try out dinner at HaSalon, the brainchild of Eyal Shani, one of Israel’s top chefs and the judge on Master Chef Israel. This place is highly unusual in that it is open only two nights a week, and the menu changes each time. There are two seatings on each of those two evenings, with the earlier one in a more traditional format, with dishes served as classical music plays in the background. For the second seating, the music is much louder, the menu service is more innovative — it has been described as performance art — and a DJ starts spinning. “The first seating is dinner, the second seating is a party,” the chef has said. HaSalon, which translates to “the living room” in English, has just opened a branch in NYC, at the Skyline Hotel in Midtown, serving three nights per week: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
DINNER AT MASHYA Mashya, located inside the Mendeli Street Hotel in Tel Aviv, showcases the talented young chef Yossi Shitrit, who melds Moroccan and Middle Eastern flavors for something unique. Shitrit is famous for his innovative use of spices — he serves a bread with a mix of 18 — and for bringing a lightness to classic dishes. Social Life
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Standouts are the red tuna sashimi with wheat salad, coriander, olives, and orange; and shrimp with raw spinach, mushrooms, and corn foam.
Night Walkers. Artisans practice medieval crafts in the reconstructed market area, and you can traverse a Templar tunnel that connects the fortress to the beach. Remarkably well preserved and restored, this fortress was discovered only in 1990.
AKKO, THE KINGDOM OF KNIGHTS We took a trip to Akko — known as “Acre” in English — an ancient coastal city in Northeast Israel known for its wellpreserved Old City walls. The city sits on a natural harbor of Haifa Bay, with a population consisting of Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Behais, and it is the holiest city of the Bahais faith. The Old City — within the walls — dates back thousands of years and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Akko is beautiful, with the feel of Dubrovnik, and the charming city is filled with narrow streets. It has a terrific market famous for handmade sweets and arguably the best hummus in all of Israel. Top Chef’s Gail Simmons said, “Sweets in the Akko market feature the vibrant colors and the exotic flavors of Israel, including layers of pâté de fruit and marshmallows. The Kingdom of Knights is a restored archeological site dating back to the Crusades. Filled with castle-like arched stone rooms, it makes you feel like you’re in an episode of Game of Thrones without the SocialLifeMagazine.com
SARONA MARKET We took a tour of Sarona Market, a one-stop shop for gourmet food stores. Tel Aviv’s newest and largest gourmet food emporium is a 90,000 square-foot indoor temple devoted to all things culinary — think of it as Tel Aviv’s version of Chelsea Market. Established in 2017 and set in a former Templar colony compound, it contains many shops and eateries, including outlets of some of Israel’s most famous institutions. You’ll find hummus from Abu Hassan in Jaffa and delectable cheeses from Jerusalem’s Basher Fromagerie. If you’re craving otherthan-Israeli cuisine, you’re all set here as there are bites from around the world, from ramen noodles to waffles to Asian buns. Right outside the market, dozens of vendors have set up shop, so you can munch on your snacks while browsing books, clothing, and crafts, or relax in one of the grassy areas interspersed throughout the area.
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DINNER AT L28 CULINARY PLATFORM We had an edgy meal at L28 Culinary Platform. What’s that? Yes, it is a restaurant, and it’s also a hybrid, acting as an accelerator for chef entrepreneurs, and an incubator for creating innovative techniques in Israeli cuisine. If L28 sounds like something new, its location gives a clue — it lies at the heart of Tel Aviv’s booming startup sector. Up-and-coming chefs are given six-month residencies, and the platform provides a full kitchen staff, an experienced restaurant manager, and mentoring by top restaurateurs. The chefs get to create new dishes and develop relationships in the industry. The platform was founded by StartUp Nation Central, a nonprofit organization that serves as a gateway for Israeli innovation. So, yes, it’s a culinary platform, but don’t be put off by the new-fangled format. You can make a reservation and have an elegant meal prepared by a chef who will soon be running one of Israel’s newest dining hot spots. Return visits are a treat for diners because the menu changes every six months.
Buffett in Tel Aviv
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DAN GOURMET COOKING EXPERIENCE With so many fabulous markets all over Israel bursting with fresh ingredients, a cooking class is a fun experience — and you can recreate what you’ve learned at home. We visited the Dan Gourmet Culinary Institute, one of Tel Aviv’s leading cooking schools, to meet the students and sample their work. Their classes offer step-by-step instructions for a wide range of classic dishes and the many influences used in Israeli cooking, from Moroccan to Eastern European. At our meal, we had a Moroccan dish called chraime, which is fish in tomato sauce, plus couscous, kreplach (a type of Jewish dumpling), noodle kugel, and yes, even chopped liver. It was like eating at Bubby’s table, with more vibrant flavors.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of the city’s biggest attractions, drawing over one million visitors in 2018. The museum has its own stellar collection of painting and sculpture masterpieces, including top works by the important Impressionists, Old Masters, and contemporary artists, as well as photography and video. On the main building’s first floor alone, you’ll see pieces from the permanent collection by Renoir, Degas, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Chagall.
NACHALAT BINYAMIN MARKET Here’s another can’t-miss market, but this one isn’t for food; it’s for arts and crafts and well worth a visit. Twice a week, the pedestrian-only Nachalat Binyamin Street turns into an open-air market for local artists, and there’s an official vetting process requiring that all crafts must be handmade. There’s no junk here! It’s the place to find that thing you never knew you needed, with a wide range of ceramics, toys, jewelry, household goods like wooden cutting boards, hand-painted dinnerware, and much more. The market is in one of the city’s oldest districts, chock-a-block with Bauhaus architecture, and perfect Social Life
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Chef Ido Zarmi, Jonathan Waxman, Marc Murphy, Nancy Silverton in Tel Aviv. | Jenn Louis, Amanda Freitag, Herb Karlitz in Tel Aviv
for a stroll when you’re finished shopping. And don’t worry: If you do get hungry, it’s adjacent to the Carmel Market.
DINNER AT CLARO Dinner at Claro, a farm-to-table restaurant run by Ran Shmueli, one of Israel’s most beloved chefs, is a must. One of Tel Aviv’s finest dining spots, Claro has a warm, inviting atmosphere and a menu strong on influences from around the Mediterranean, including France, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, and Israel. Located in the historic Sarona complex, this dinner was one of the highlights of our Israel visit. The James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathan Waxman declared that the meal at Claro reflects the field-to-table culture espoused by Alice Waters. In fact, this was Waxman’s first visit to Israel, and he concluded that the use of fresh ingredients is the key to Israel’s vibrant food scene. “I’ve been happy to see that wherever we’ve gone, the kibbutz lifestyle of harvesting, working together, cooking, and breaking bread together is alive and well,” he said. karlitz.com SocialLifeMagazine.com
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MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY By Jacob Puck
apalua. The very name conjures mystery, adventure, and, above all, luxury. Literally translated to “arms embracing the sea,” Kapalua is a small but exceptionally exclusive area at the northwestern tip of Maui. Long a destination for those seeking solace and privacy, Kapalua is more recently known as the home of one of the most select brands in hospitality and residential offerings: Montage. Set along the picturesque waters of Namalu Bay, Montage Kapalua Bay is simply exquisite with its attention to genuine island hospitality and authentic culture. Situated on 24 acres of pure tropical paradise, the property is emblematic of everyone’s vision of Hawaii and the legendary destination’s sense of balance and harmony. For a brief stay, you’ll be treated to extreme comfort with all-suite accommodations, inspired cuisine, watersports, and an award-winning Hawaii-inspired spa. Protected by an offshore coral reef, Kapalua Bay is resplendent with colorful fish and other sea life, a fact that makes it one of the island’s most prized swimming and snorkeling spots. A community unto itself, Kapalua features two world-class golf courses, a general store, hiking, walking and biking trails, and much, much more. A feature we love is the many packages tailored to an abundance of experiences. A favorite? The Grand Memories Package (because you should always go big). Here’s the skinny: when you confirm five nights or more in one of the Grand Residences: You receive a $750 resort credit and are treated to the finest accommodations with the closest proximity to the ocean. These exclusive homes feature upgraded furniture and amenities, private underground parking, and an expansive lanai. With five nights or more, you’ll have ample opportunity to indulge
in the resort’s unrivaled cuisine. A can’t-miss is Cane & Canoe, which offers the freshest catches and top-quality meats reflecting the best of land, sea, and local farms. This gem celebrates Hawaii’s diverse cultural influences while showcasing creative, modern cuisine. For relaxation, you simply must indulge in Spa Montage’s Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. A Hawaiian-style massage with rhythmic strokes and flowing forearm movements emulates waves of the Pacific. Hot pohaku (stones) are used for a deeper relaxation of the entire body. This one is manna even for those who swear exclusively by deep tissue.
THE RESIDENCES For a fortunate few, Hawaii inspires an all-in decision, and Montage makes it possible to do so with peace of mind. Montage Residences Kapalua Bay launched in July 2014 with 84 luxury residences. Since then, the community has continued to shatter records and set the standard for residential sales on Maui as one of the highest-selling on the island. Given the demand, Montage Kapalua Bay recently released new real estate inventory in the form of a limited collection of three-bedroom oceanfront residences, ranging from $2.7 to $3.8 million. Located in the heart of Montage Kapalua Bay, each fully furnished residence offers expansive interior and exterior living space, providing one of the last opportunities to own an oceanfront home of this size on Maui. Montage Residences Kapalua Bay makes it possible for you and your family to experience the best of both worlds: generous, island-style living in a world-class resort community and all the comforts of home. montageresidenceskapaluabay.com montagehotels.com/kapaluabay Social Life
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EUROPEAN VACATION FOUR PREMIER DESTINATIONS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER By Norah Bradford
ummer is a great time to travel to one of the many jet-set destinations throughout Europe. Europe’s top Luxury hotels are synonymous with Old World grandeur, impeccable service, and glamorous amenities. Here are the top European luxury trips to take this season for magnificent natural scenery and grand cultural history.
Hôtel Le Meurice Paris, France dorchestercollection.com/ en/paris/le-meurice Le Meurice, located at the doorstep of the Tuileries Gardens, has been welcoming distinguished guests for almost 200 years, and today its Versailles-style grandeur still attracts dignified travelers. Le Meurice has played host to the British monarchy, was a technological innovator as the first hotel with telephones in Paris, and served as a design leader (Philippe Starck oversaw renovations early in the 21st century). The executive chef Joceyln Herland joined the property in 2017, the same year that Cedric Grolet won the accolade of world’s best pastry chef.
Beau-Rivage Geneva, Switzerland beau-rivage.ch Located in the heart of Geneva, close to the United Nations’ Palais des Nations, Beau-Rivage Genève offers panoramic views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. Opened in 1865, Beau-Rivage is one of Geneva’s landmark luxury hotels, and its 70 rooms and 25 suites with their remarkable style ensure that you have a unique experience in the heart of this global city. Under the supervision of the chef Dominique Gauthier, the hotel restaurant Le Chat-Botté scores 18 out of 20 in the influential Gault-Millau guide and has one Michelin star.
Villa Mangiacane Florence, Tuscany, Italy mangiacane.com Villa Mangiacane, a magnificent 15th-century property built by the Machiavelli family and bearing the hand of the Renaissance master Michelangelo, invites you to fall in love with the Tuscan architecture, nature, culture, and epicurean offerings. The majestic estate offers the possibility to rent a private villa; the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding celebration, luxury family gathering, or corporate retreat. Nestled in the winemaking region of Chianti Classico and overlooking the city of Florence, Villa Mangiacane is set within 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves.
Corinthia London London, England corinthia.com/ en/hotels/london Corinthia London combines grandeur, heritage, and a contemporary style with a modern touch. In the heart of London, and minutes from the West End and River Thames, the hotel is within walking distance of Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, the Southbank Centre, and the London Eye. Corinthia London recently partnered with the celebrity aesthetic doctor Barbara Sturm; six new specialist facials, products from Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics, available at the hotel’s award-winning spa ESPA Life. Corinthia London is also a dining destination, courtesy of Tom Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. The Crystal Moon Lounge offers an idyllic atmosphere for afternoon tea. Wines by Domaines Ott can be enjoyed alfresco in the beautiful Garden Lounge.
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MAYAKOBA LUXURY ON THE MEXICAN RIVIERA By Sloane Peterson
e can all agree: Although nearly over, the summer of 2019 will have been all too short. Le sigh. It’s best to just bite the bullet and face, head-on, your next big project: planning winter travel. Yes, luxury accommodations supersede all other priorities. But, if proximity and a vast selection of options weigh heavy on the top of your must-have list, this winter’s can’t-miss destination is the Mexican Riviera and its premier locale, Mayakoba. With four meaningfully placed luxury hotels — Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba, and Rosewood Mayakoba — the vast resort is defined by distinct personalities and amenities that all perfectly complement one another. While it would require a special issue of Social Life to provide a comprehensive overview of the endless reasons to visit Mayakoba, we’ll err on the side of brevity. Herewith are our top five reasons to visit. (Note: I don’t golf, so I won’t talk about it here, but Mayakoba has one heck of a course.)
THE SUITES AT ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA Stay here. Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, the 129 suites offer private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, and exceptional in-room design and detail. As is the tradition with any Rosewood, everything is in the details, like 1) arriving at your suite by boat; 2) upon arrival, your personal butler preparing you a craft tequila cocktail; and 3) the burning of an unforgettably intoxicating essential oil of myrrh and orange with every night’s turn-down — trust me, you won’t ever get that scent out of your senses . . . and that’s a good thing.
THE RAINFOREST HYDROTHERMAL SPA AT BANYAN TREE SPA You have to experience it to believe it. Luxuriate and detox in the hamam (Turkish bath). Immerse yourself in different experience-showers. Relax in the warm sauna. Then cool down with a brisk rubdown from the ice fountain, followed by restorative acupressure jets in the vitality pool and waterfall. Eau my god. Social Life
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CASA AMATE AT ANDAZ MAYAKOBA There is no shortage of restaurant options at Mayakoba, but if you have to choose just one (don’t!), Casa Amate is a best bet. Open exclusively for dinner and serving diverse Latin American cuisine, Casa Amate has a unique and sophisticated residential concept designed to resemble the home of an eclectic traveler passionate about Latin culture. The restaurant is built around a courtyard overlooking the resort’s surrounding lagoon with a special amate wild fig tree, which gives the venue its name. Each intimate room is specifically designed as one would find in a house, including a bar studio, library, living room, and dining room. Try the local catch.
THE BEACH AT THE FAIRMONT While all of Mayakoba has easy access to beaches, the best bet goes to Fairmont. Secluded alongside one of the world’s most extensive reefs, this white sand oasis is pure heaven. Mayakoba is distinctive for being a carefully maintained ecosystem of dunes, mangroves, and freshwater lagoons, home to a myriad of indigenous species of fish, birds, and mammals, and providing endless opportunities for unforgettable activities.
LA CEIBA GARDEN & KITCHEN AT ROSEWOOD I admit it: I’m kinda private, and the thought of eating with more than a dozen strangers made me anxious. La Ceiba, however, was an experience like no other. This communal event for 18 in a 20,000-square-foot outdoor dining area spotlighted traditional Mayan cooking techniques through an interactive, fine-dining concept. SocialLifeMagazine.com
Guests partook in cooking demonstrations, tastings, and even foraging for their own produce. A garden mixologist guided us on what garden herbs and spices would enhance our cocktails to pair with dishes such as the coffeeancho, pepper-cured, prime ribeye and pickled beet salad with tomatillos. Divine.
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LE BARTHÉLEMY HOTEL & SPA A MAGICAL OASIS IN THE FRENCH WEST INDIES By Kristin Sluyk
chic island escape infused with French influ- Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa ence, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, set on a white sand beach in Grand Cul-de-Sac, is the epitome of luxury. Carefully designed with the island of St. Barts as its muse, the hotel invites the ocean into each of its elegantly appointed 44 rooms and suites, holistic spa oasis — in partnership with La Mer — and oceanfront dining venues. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, the boutique property offers an array of activities for everyone. Go snorkeling in the Nature Reserve, home to 45 species of coral, 165 species of fish, and seven friendly sea turtles; glide over the lagoon in a glass bottom kayak; do a private oceanfront yoga flow; and enjoy cocktails, live music, and a whimsical sea breeze at the rooftop bar Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Book yourself in the bi-level La Plage Suite, the most coveted room on the property, a haven of Villa Living Room Coconut Infused Ceviche relaxation with walk-out access to the beach. Or @lindsaypaigestein book one of the two even more exclusive twostory oceanfront villas, equipped with six en-suite bedrooms, a 55-foot infinity pool, outdoor rain showers, and butler-style service. With local fishermen bringing fresh seafood daily, there’s no shortage of delectable French and island-inspired cuisine at Le Barthélemy. One choice is Aux Amis, a restaurant headed up by the chef William Girard; another is Aux Amis Plage, a casual beach restaurant where guests can dine with their toes in the sand. (Don’t miss the island favorite mahi mahi coconut-infused ceviche, topped with fresh herbs and peanuts.) Fresh cocktails, juices, and cappuccinos are Michelin-starred chef Jean-Denis Rieubland, of Royal Champagne available all day at Le Bar, Le Turquoise, and the Coffee Corner. Hotel & Spa, to cook up some delicious French-inspired dishes Inhale, exhale, and enter Le Spa, a sanctuary of holistic wellwith the hotel’ s chef William Girard. ness flooded with natural light and soothing essential oils misted Le Barthélemy has an exclusive offer, FALL IN LE BARTH, throughout the air. Take a dip in the hot and cold hydrotherapy for travel between October 28 and November 20. Guests receive a pools to relax and reinvigorate your body and soul; revive sunrental car to explore the island throughout their stay, a complimenkissed skin with a La Mer Miracle Broth facial, and bask in the eutary mini-bar set, private roundtrip transfers to and from the hocalyptus hammam and wood-lined sauna while sipping exotic teas. tel, and a complimentary wellness experience at Le Spa, with rates Leave in a total state of bliss. starting a 720 euros per night. Just in time for the festival and autumn season, from November 6 through 10, travelers can awaken their taste buds at the island’s lebarthelemyhotel.com | email@example.com | @lebarthelemy sixth annual Gourmet Festival. Le Barthélemy will be hosting the 844.553.2278 | +590 590 77 48 48 Social Life
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HALF MOON RESORT STEPPING INTO HISTORIC & CELEBRATED LUXURY IN JAMAICA By Winter Fairchild
ith 65 years of storied history, Half Moon is a destination as idyllic as it is iconic. There are many reasons to visit Jamaica — majestic waterfalls; secluded white sand beaches and transparent turquoise waters; and a rich, celebrated culture — but it is Half Moon that is the crown jewel of the exquisite island country. Tucked into the rolling hills of Montego Bay, the illustrious Half Moon is a beachfront oasis that is a destination in and of itself. The resort spans a vast yet secluded 400 acres of lush vegetation and golden sand beaches. It was designed to reflect the tropical environment and is in perfect harmony with the island’s natural beauty. Enter the grand lobby and you’ll instantly find yourself following in the footsteps of royalty, political dignitaries, and international celebrities. Throughout the decades, Half Moon has welcomed members of the British royal family, the Clintons, and John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy. The latter penned a last will and testament at the resort. Impressive to even the most sophisticated traveler, the lobby boasts white marble floors and a contemporary design that blends seamlessly with Old World luxury. The same sensibility echoes throughout the rest of the resort, which is currently undergoing a reimagined expansion, set to be unveiled later this year. Upon completion, Half Moon will welcome 57 new guest rooms and suites, three new dining destinations, and an adults-only swimming pool, among other additions. Stay at the Rose Hall Villas, regardless of when you visit. Featuring 28 units in four-, five-, six-, and seven-bedroom configurations, these villas are perfect for friends and family. Each spacious villa includes a SocialLifeMagazine.com
living room, dining room, outdoor space, and its own private pool, all in addition to a personal butler, housekeeper, and chef. Take indulgence one step further at Fern Tree Spa, the resort’s award-winning spa and the Caribbean’s largest. With a focus on indigenous ingredients, the spa is a sanctuary for the soul and senses. Explore the meditation labyrinth, tranquil gardens, or Fern Tree Falls before your treatment, which can be taken in the spa’s overwater cabanas for absolute relaxation. Treatments incorporate healing techniques from around the world and embody local tradition, such as the Jamaican Bush Bath, where you can soak in fresh herbs, roots, leaves, and fruits. Wrap up your spa day at Ital Café, the resort’s newest dining venue whose menu offers all-vegan dishes and coldpressed drinks. All throughout the resort are opportunities to pamper yourself, but it is at Half Moon Equestrian Centre where you’ll have a once-ina-lifetime experience. Known for rehoming injured and abandoned horses, the Equestrian Center provides guests with a range of educational and immersive adventures. One of these experiences, Turf & Surf, includes a ride across the property (turf) before slipping off the saddle and swimming in the Caribbean Sea with your horse (surf). Exclusive, thrilling, and unforgettable experiences are just part of what Half Moon gets right. Having established itself as the epitome of what sophisticated travelers have sought since 1954, Half Moon to this day remains the quintessential Jamaican getaway. Half Moon Resort halfmoon.com
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FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAUI A DREAM COME TO LIFE By Devorah Rose
e’ve all come across the postcard GIF of a tangerine sun, rippling cerulean waves, and beckoning palm trees. This specific idea of paradise proliferates on media platforms when days are dreary. That idyllic image comes to life at the Four Seasons Maui. This manicured tropical paradise boasts on-site access to some of the island’s best beaches, has incredible restaurants, a brilliant spa, and meaningful cultural activities to truly sweep you away and renew your soul. First, I have a confession to make. I’ve been dreaming about the Four Seasons Maui for a long time. While visiting the island for my husband’s birthday years ago, we made a reservation at Spago and the lobster Hong Kong style kept us coming back two more nights. Luckily all the restaurants on the Four Seasons property serve food this delicious, and I was incredibly surprised that the
breakfast hostess on the second day of our stay already knew us by name — that was definitely a first. We got to know one of our waiters during several long lunches and were impressed by his love of the island and the Four Seasons culture. He told us how working at the company has allowed him to travel and see the world, or, as he put it, “live his best life.” Enthusiasm and joy are definitely themes at the illustrious hotel that creates so many special cultural activities. Wendy Tuivaioge, warmly referred to as Aunt Wendy, is the hotel’s cultural ambassador. I got a glimpse of Wendy in action on Lei Day. The abundance and variety of stunning handmade leis were truly inspired. Guests had the opportunity to learn how leis are made and their history. Guests can roam among display tables of old photographs, paintings, historical information, and demonstrations. This thoughtful exhibit allowed Social Life
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me to move beyond the lei as just a beautiful to do. One can actually get lost enjoying the This manicured tropical paradise item and truly connect with its meaning and boasts on-site access to one of the day. That said, overlooking the spa is not adplace in Hawaiian culture. Creating meaning island’s best beaches, has incred- visable. After enjoying the Celestial Black Diis something the Four Seasons Maui excels amond facial, I was floored by my magically ible restaurants, a brilliant spa, and in. The hotel offers special cultural activities smooth and sparkly reflection. My husband, meaningful cultural activities to truly who doesn’t notice changes in hair color, acduring couples season (September through sweep you away and renew your soul. November), such as classes in making poke tually noted my new shine. I’ve been trying or traditional flower crowns (lei po’o) and to find a facial that compares ever since! an under-the-stars story-talk by the sailing navigator Kala Baybayan Whether you need a rejuvenating facial, a next-level gastronomic Tanaka (a guest favorite). The hotel’s Kids for All Seasons camp also journey, a cultural connection to Hawaii, or you just want to live the focuses on programming built around cultural activities. postcard idyllic life, look no farther than the Four Seasons Maui. A favorite part of my stay was visiting the many local vendors, whose beautiful pop-ups expanded my view of local art, jewelry, and Four Seasons Resort Maui clothing. Wherever I walked there was eye candy and so many things fourseasons.com/maui SocialLifeMagazine.com
A SOUTH FORK IN THE ROAD SOCIAL LIFE WINES, DINES, AND SLUMBERS IN BRIDGEHAMPTON, WATERMILL AND BEYOND By Karen Holly Berliner
ridgehampton and A Room at the Beach Water Mill are two of the 16 unincorporated hamlets in the town of Southampton (the town also includes seven incorporated villages, including the Village of Southampton). Featuring fine restaurants helmed by talented chefs, upscale boutiques, wineries, and some of the most beautiful horse farms in the region, this is a great destination that caters to all sorts of interests. A newly imagined boutique motel, A Room at the Beach, two miles from some of the most desirable beaches in the region, opened this season in Bridgehampton. Lucy Swift Weber and Charles Lemonides, an entrepreneurial couple with a shared passion for travel, meticulously decorated their 10-bedroom motel with first edition midcentury design accented with sourced antiques, flea market finds, and original works of art. The bathrooms are state of the art, with stone tiles and rainfall showers. The two suites have spa tubs and heated floors. Each room includes a little private garden brimming with the blossoms of the season, accessible via a door through the shower. Room amenities include Frette linens and robes, full-sized Malin & Goetz toiletries, and personal Nespresso machines, gourmet minibars stocked with Casa Dragones tequila, and treats from L&W Market. An expansive garden offers serenity and beauty. Here, guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and sauna, the expansive deck, and the outdoor common areas equipped with Weber grills. Serena and Lily bicycles, on-site yoga classes, aromatherapy, and beach passes are available. The hotel’s one and a half acres can accommodate dinner parties, yoga retreats, outdoor weddings, and reunions. Social Life
Almond restaurant proprietor Eric Lemonides, with Lee Felty
Almond restaurant is a longstanding French bistro with the chef Jason Weiner at the helm. Over time, he has established a strong and steady commitment to using locally farmed products and produce in support of the community. This year, this iconic dining spot has relocated to a new space offering a dining room that seats 120, and some sidewalk tables. Weiner brings back some of Almond’s signature favorites: steamed black mussels with shallots, white wine, and parsley; steak frites with classic sauces; and the popular and satisfying macaroni and cheese. The plats du jour return as well: rack of lamb, bouillabaisse, and a roasted catch of the day. SocialLifeMagazine.com
Another favorite is Pierre’s, a French bistro specializing in local seafood, emphasizing fresh locally grown ingredients, resulting in a constantly shifting, seasonally-inspired menu. The bouillabaisse Marseillaise is brimming with seafood poached in broth seasoned with aromatic saffron. The two-pound Maine lobster fricassee is flambéd with cognac and tarragon. The paella Valencia is featured on Saturdays. It’s stocked with shrimp, sea scallops, mussels, clams, chorizo, chicken, peas, and Spanish saffron. Finish your meal with a caramelized apple tart made with puff pastry and topped with vanilla ice cream. The coffee icecream topped with espresso and whipped cream is just perfect.
Another great dining choice is Bistro Eté, whose chef is Arie. His menus are inspired by his Cypriot heritage, formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and years working under the Michelin-recognized chef Philippe Da Silva in Provence. Bistro Eté offers classic dishes such as escargot, striped bass with champagne truffle sauce, along with signatures such duck wings confit with curry coleslaw, house barbeque jerk, and roasted local Brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds and tahini. Chef Arie’s vegan and vegetarian dishes are tasty options as well.
Manna Restaurant in Water Mill has a courtyard terrace for al fresco dining, and on Sundays there is live music. The celebrated chef Marco Barrila features a multi-regional array of traditional, rustic dishes that shift seasonally, with an emphasis on local farm-to-table produce, as well as imported Italian products. Two of the menu’s signature dishes are char-grilled octopus with chimichurri, and truffled veal chops.
The Garden at Water Mill is now open, with expansive outdoor seating and a menu designed for sharing and group dining. The menu here features American summer fare entrees, such chicken, rib eye, and barbeque plates. Other dishes have international touches, such as crudos and some pastas. The Garden has inventive cocktails and an extensive wine list. An intimate, 60seat dining room opens to an expansive garden complete with lawn games, private dining alcoves, and space for family-style lobster bakes. The Garden hosts a pop-up series this summer with acclaimed chefs. Check the pop-up schedule on the Garden’s website, and be sure to make reservations well in advance!
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Let me inspire you! BY ANDREA CORREALE It’s August in the Hamptons, and, as always, it’s a scorcher. For most, it also happens to be the last hurrah and the perfect excuse to let one’s hair down, throw caution to the wind, and imbibe in something sweet…and saucy. Of course by that we mean a bit of booze! Behold the Frosé! This exquisitely simple mashup of the classic frozen cocktail and Rose wine, everyone’s favorite summer sip, doesn’t pack a massive punch, but it is fairly addictive. On top of that, it’s also one of the most attractive beverages one can serve at a seasonal fete. Here’s a tip: for optimal impact, be sure to choose just the right glassware and never forget a garnish. First thing’s first: you need to chill out (and make sorbet, that is). But, don’t freak out: sorbet is easy to make. All you need is an ice cream machine. I suggest you start with the basic Cuisinart and advance from there. Enjoy! ANDREA CORREALE, ENTERTAINING EXPERT, FOUNDER & CEO OF ELEGANT AFFAIRS
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Frosé Sorbet Makes 2 quar ts INGREDIENTS: 4 cups watermelon juice (puree with no seeds) 2 cups Whispering Angel Rosé wine 1 cup granulated sugar Optional: Mint leaves and watermelon wedge for garnish INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Heat up the Rosé wine and sugar in a small pot over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. 2. Remove the pot from the flame as soon as the sugar dissolves. 3. Combine watermelon juice and wine mixture in a mixing bowl. 4. Pop in fridge and chill 4-8 hours. 5. Once chilled, pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. Garnish and serve. Pro tip: Looking for ooohs and ahs? Instead of serving Frosé as a frozen cocktail, I like to sweeten it a bit and mix with sweet watermelon and serve it after dinner as a digestif and or dessert. Delish! Social Life
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THE NEXT WAVE OF THE PINK WINE BOOM WILL BE LED BY MAISON MARCEL By George Wayne
his is not a whisper to you, dear Whispering Angel; it’s more like a roar. Yes, Whispering Angel, you’ve had a long and wellearned run. And you were indeed the first to launch the rosé phenomenon. But you are now officially yesterday‘s rosé — passé. Your notes are flat and your nectar is stale. And your pink patina cannot match the perfect pedigree of the next wave of rosé which is being led by the rosé of the moment — Maison Marcel. The French-born Albert Dahan is the mastermind behind the next big thing in the rosé wine and spirits industry. This is a smooth and savory and elegant rosé. It’s deliciously fruity but it’s greatest precision is the fact that Maison Marcel is the only semi-dry rosé currently produced in Provence. Yes, it’s stellar appellation, with grapes from the finest vintners of Provence. A rosé so fine that even Dionysus must be thirsting for a flute on Mount Olympus.
Below is an interview with Albert Dahan. Talk about your Maison Marcel rosé and what makes it unique and special? The brand was born from the love story between my grandmother and my grandfather Marcel. He was working at a winery when he met her and after their first date picnic decided to create a blend to win her over. The idea of Maison Marcel was born then. Be different, take risks and do everything from a place of love! How would you describe the notes of the Marcel rosé? Marcel is a semi-dry rosé with notes of peach, lychee, and elderflower. It comes off as very fruit-forward and finishes off like a dry rosé. One leading wine critic has described it as “The Sauvignon Blanc of Rosé.” Every celebrity, it seems, now has their own rosé brand. Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Nicole Miller to name three! Have you tried their rosé product and, if so, what do you think? Rosé is the new vodka and all those you mentioned taste pretty much the same. There is no distinctive taste there. I am definitely not impressed by any of those celebrity rosés. For me, the appeal of the Marcel rosé is the fact it’s bright and crispy. After a few sips I feel transported to a quaint seafood shack along Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, quaffing your pink wine over a bountiful spread of langoustines and calamari! That is the perfect compliment! SocialLifeMagazine.com
What would you consider the perfect pairing for the Marcel rosé? Sharp cheeses, Asian food, and paired with gourmet pizza is an equally perfect notion. That and chocolate cake! Would you consider it a travesty to use Marcel as the base of a specialty concocted beach cocktail? Of course not. That is why being a semi-dry wine, meaning with some residual sugar, makes it perfect to use as a base for cocktails. My favorite Marcel mix is called “A Bigger Splash,” which is 3/4 Marcel, 1/4 grapefruit juice, topped with a dash of St-Germain and a basil leaf.
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VIRTUAL VINTAGES By Sharon Roth
t’s August — time to go wine touring! No need to jump on a plane, however, if you can’t bring yourself to leave your favorite beach haunts to wrestle with the fun and glamour of airport TSA. Local Hamptons vino shops carry a healthy (or not, depending on the quantity of wine consumed) variety of selections from around the world. And to go even further beyond in choices, there is always online. It is 2019 after all . . . welcome to the wine connoisseur of the digital age! “One of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry is direct to consumer online sales,” say the industry experts of Grape Habitat, a growing online wine concierge for unique global selections, offering some known name-brand labels along with many unusual emerging finds where great value is to be had . . . along with ability to suitably impress even the most jaded guests with your inside knowledge. “With access to better pricing, an almost unmatched selection, and the sheer convenience of ordering from home, the appeal is obvious,” they note. In addition, adds Grape Habitat, there is growing demand for authentic wines that are true to the styles and traditions of the regions that they are from. In other words, people like backstories. So let’s start with the West Coast: With its youthful, upbeat style and notes of robust cherries with a thread of oak spice, Grape Habitat’s 2016 Raptor Ridge is crafted in an exceptional winery that was founded in a former sheep barn in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The husband and wife proprietors, Scott and Annie Shull, have been fashioning hand-crafted, exceptionally made Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs for decades, consistently earning high ratings and twice earning the title of Winery of the Year from Wine & Spirits magazine. Now let’s cross the Atlantic and head to the Chablis region of northern Burgundy. With its 8,880 acres of vineyards, this area offers several varieties of the pure, 100 percent Chardonnay that many don’t realize is Chablis wine. To say the town — and region — is picturesque is a vast understatement: its gabled homes, slate roofs, courtyards, and cafes covered in vines rising on either side of the River Serein (the river is actually what allows the vines to flourish as they do) make the entire area a magical step back in time. How about Tuscany? The story of the Tenuta dell’Ornellaia winery is well known and reads like a movie. In 1982, Lodovico Antinori used a substantial inheritance to plant Bordeaux varietals on a scrubby patch of Tuscan coastline, hoping to compete with his
older brother, who earlier had established a nearby estate. While the property has since seen its share of intrigue and ownership changes, today it is honored as a Tuscan icon, with its flagship bottles coveted by major collectors and fetching eye-watering prices at auction. The winery’s much-heralded 2015 Le Serre Nuove, crafted from the younger vines on the estate, receives the same careful expertise and attention as its more flamboyantly priced big brothers, and at a fraction of the cost, explains Grape Habitat. But not by sacrificing quality; this spectacular wine consistently earns both consumer raves and mid-90s points. Yes, these destinations should be on everyone’s bucket list. But if you can’t make it this summer (I for one am not leaving my beach blanket), you can still toast to summer, sunsets, and wine with carefully selected vino from these spectacular regions. Happy August to all!!
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T-BAR SOUTHAMPTON HARMONIOUS HAMPTONS DINING IN STYLE By ElizaBeth Taylor
amptons in the summer is the ideal place to kick back and relax. After a long day of surfing in Montauk or playing tennis in Bridgehampton, the last thing on your mind is heading home to a hot kitchen to cook dinner in your home away from home. T-Bar Southampton, a steakhouse and lounge is the perfect way to top off your picture-perfect day. The luxurious sister restaurant to T-Bar on the UES has returned for another glorious season. The stylish venue offers sophisticated cuisine to make your holiday weekends complete and your summer vacation unforgettable. Guests can indulge in divine dishes in the elegant space that exudes the casual, cool comfort that only the Hamptons can offer. The legendary restaurateur Tony Fortuna; his partner, Derek Axelrod; and the executive chefs Ben Zwicker and Segundo Pelaez have combined their skills to create the T-Bar’s fabulous menu and inviting ambiance. T-Bar Southampton has brought NYC’s classic menu items Out East, and has added some new and inventive plates. Diners can begin their meal with the flavorful zucchini carpaccio made with goat cheese, capers, basil, and mint; or enjoy the classic guacamole to split with the table. The restaurant also brings a new vision to a classic kale salad by adding seasonal apples, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and a drizzle of tangy chili-lime vinaigrette. Other delectable appetizers are the popular seared Spanish octopus, yellowfin tuna tartar, and Vietnamese shrimp roll. The menu boasts numerous entrées of American classics, including the signature crusted tuna served with soy, wasabi rémoulade, and seaweed salad; and the chicken Milanese served with chopped salad and lemon. Additionally, a meal at T-Bar Southampton would not be complete without ordering from the steak bar. The impressively exquisite range of certified Black Angus cuts of beef includes Black Angus porterhouse for two served with your choice of Béarnaise sauce or sauce au poivre. Cap the evening off with irresistible desserts like the must-try banana parfait mille-feuille, with coconut and caramel sauce or the decadent strawberry sundae made with shortcake, meringue, brandy, and cream.
For those looking for libations, the stunning outdoor terrace and garden is a perfect place to indulge on warm summer evenings. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, along with assorted cocktails. Truly, T-Bar Southampton is a perfect place to make your summer a happy memory for a lifetime. T-Bar Southampton 268 Elm Street, Southampton Social Life
FOOD & WINE
THE LADY & THE LEGEND ANN COLGIN’S ART IN A BOTTLE By Winter Fairchild
nn Colgin is a vintner and the founder of Colgin Cellars, in St. Helena, California.
Describe your background — How did you get started in the wine industry? My first passion was actually art, which inspired my foray into the wine industry. I grew up in Waco, Texas, and was fortunate enough to go to boarding school in Dallas where I took my first art history class and was immediately hooked. I majored in art history at Vanderbilt University and then studied at Sotheby’s in London. While in London, I attended my first formal wine tasting and I discovered a new passion. A few years later, while continuing a career in the auction world, I created my own handcrafted red wine under the Colgin label in Napa Valley, using inspirations from many of the incredible Bordeaux blends I was able to enjoy during my time in London. Now, over 25 years later, our incredible winemaking team continues to create Cabernet Sauvignon–based wines and Syrah that emphasize perfume, minerality, and freshness while celebrating the luscious fruit of Napa Valley. Each wine celebrates one of our distinctive hillside vineyards. Do think your background in art informed your approach to winemaking? We take a handcrafted approach to making all of our wines, allowing nature to shine through all aspects of the winemaking process to showcase every aspect our various hillside terroirs have to offer. Like a great work of art, a truly exceptional wine has the power to evoke emotion and create lasting memories. What’s next for Colgin Cellars? Our goal has always been to introduce people around the world to the wines of Napa Valley while being good stewards of the land and continuing to give back to our community. Looking to the future of Napa Valley means acknowledging and nurturing the next generation of winemakers while enjoying every moment of the process and, of course, enjoying incredible wines! We engaged in a partnership with LVMH in 2017 with an eye toward the future of Colgin Cellars. LVMH has given us the opportunity to work with a small group of wineries operating at the SocialLifeMagazine.com
Ann Colgin at the Colgin Estate in St. Helena, California
highest levels in the industry. We are part of their Vins d’Exception portfolio, which includes Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem and Clos des Lambrays. What is a fall entrée-and-wine pairing that you enjoy serving? Our chef, Brandon Benelli, makes a delicious Portuguese marinated quail with chickpeas and spinach that pairs beautifully with the 2007 Colgin IX Estate red wine. Where is your favorite place to spend time in the Hamptons? My husband, Joe Wender, and I are very fortunate to have dear friends with a fantastic home in Water Mill. They host a bring-yourbest-bottle wine dinner with a theme, and this year it was vintages that end in 9, including rare wines from the 1949 Bordeaux vintage. colgincellars.com
H H H H H PEOPLE FOR YOUR
SUMMER 2019 LITTLE BLACK BOOK By Norah Bradford
ach summer among the throng of visitors and residents who mingle in the Hamptons are the personalities you need to meet who not only help make the Hamptons the special place it is but also bring something unique to it.
OWNER OF THE SOUTHAMPTON INN
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & SOCIAL ETIQUETTE EXPERT
Dede Gotthelf bought idyllic Southampton Inn in 1998. After the economic downturn in 2008, Dede took on the role as manager and has since transformed the inn into Southampton’s premier family-friendly, affordable, hospitality and event year-round venue. Dede is on the boards of the Southampton Historical Museum and Pianofest of the Hamptons. She generously donates the inn’s meeting and event rooms, and Claude’s Restaurant to the Southampton Animal Shelter, Children’s Orchestra Society, and Strings and Things. Dede has also supported the Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton Arts Center, local churches and synagogues, Hope for Depression Research Foundation, local media and press groups. southamptoninn.com
Maryanne Parker has been teaching the timeless practice of etiquette in the boardroom, ballroom, and classroom for nearly a decade. She is the founder of Manor of Manners, an etiquette consulting business that provides its clients with the confidence, skills, self-awareness, and knowledge that will help equip them to reach their professional and personal goals, using proven methods for easy learning. Maryanne is also a bestselling author of two No. 1 international bestselling books, The Sharpest Soft Skill (about business etiquette) and Posh Overnight (about social etiquette). Maryanne has shared her etiquette advice on more than 35 TV shows during the past 24 months, including NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, as well as being featured in several major publications. manorofmanners.com
AUTHOR & JOURNALIST
Allen Salkin, along with his co-author, Aaron Short, have released their new book, The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated. Salkin and Short have written an objective, nonpartisan oral history devoid of anonymous sources. The book shows that Trump had carefully planned his bid for the presidency since he launched what many considered to be a joke candidacy in 1999. Allen Salkin was a reporter for the New York Times and the New York Post for over two decades, and he covered Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. He has reported on media and culture for Vanity Fair, the Washington Post and New York Magazine. Allen currently lives in Los Angeles. allensalkin.com
Kevin Nicholas is more than your average magician. He is known as a mentalist, a modern mentalist. Since the age of thirteen, Kevin has been developing his astounding skills. By the time he was fifteen, Kevin already was an international award-winning mentalist, and on his way to dazzling audiences around the world with his illusions. Kevin’s dedication to his craft has brought him throughout the world to perform his own brand of magic known as Modern Mentalism. Kevin’s illusions will stun and amaze even the most skeptical. One trick and you’ll be hooked on the Modern Mentalist. modernmentalist.com
L.O.V.E.R. By Winter Fairchild Do you think sex is still a taboo subject to explore? I don’t think it’s necessarily taboo, but I do think there are aspects of the subject that most people aren’t comfortable sharing publicly. What was the most rewarding aspect of your journey? Considering the subject matter, the fact that my husband and children are so incredibly proud and supportive, that means everything to me. Having people I admire and respect behind the play to bring it this far is icing on the cake. What can we look forward to next? L.O.V.E.R. the TV series . . . fingers crossed!
ocial Life Magazine caught up with creative force Lois Robbins to hear all about her one-woman play L.O.V.E.R. This tour de force will have its official opening in Manhattan on September 8, at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, and close November 2.
Photography by Gian Andrea Di Stefano
Do you enjoy performing or writing more? How does one feel different from the other? I love writing. To discover it at this point in my life has been incredibly rewarding. I feel like I’ve made a new friend. Being able to perform my own work is exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. I can’t say I enjoy one more than the other. At this point, I just feel grateful to be able to do both. Was it hard to delve into such personal material? I honestly feel like it wasn’t an option for me. I needed to dive in and be my most authentic self. It was time. I’ve always been a very private person, always putting my best game face forward. I was ready to get personal. It feels liberating. Is the show autobiographical or semi-autobiographical? It’s about 80 percent autobiographical and 20 percent imagination or borrowed from friends, from whom I got clearance to share their stories. As I say in the play, ‘All names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.’ SocialLifeMagazine.com
BOSS MOM A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JAYMA CARDOSO By Inna DeSilva While Yayma works long days providing the denizens of the Hamptons with the coolest music and dining venue, she balances work with being a mom to John Jr, who will turn five this year. Jayma tells us that she is lucky that her ex, John J. Zidziunas, a successful litigator, is an actively involved parent in John Jr’s life.
We asked Jayma to tell us what a typical Wednesday looks like for her. 7 a.m. — Wake up with my son and play with him for an hour. Have breakfast at Naturally Good. It’s near my new wellness business, The Sanctuary. 9 a.m. — Drop off my son at camp, and go to Taryn Toomey’s The Class at The Sanctuary. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Answer calls and stop by the hotel to check on staff and deal with anything that needs to be done. 1:30 p.m. — Have lunch: buy fresh fish at Gosman’s and cook it at home. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Spend time with my son swimming. He just loves to be in the pool for hours. 5:30 p.m. — Head back to Surf Lodge to say hello to the many locals who come to see Nancy Atlas play. After so many years I am still amazed by her talent. 8 p.m. — Eat dinner at Surf Lodge.
ocial Life caught up with the uber busy Jayma Cardoso, the owner of perennially hip The Surf Lodge in Montauk. This year, Jayma officially opened The Sanctuary, a wellness venue, also in Montauk. The Sanctuary offers many studio classes, exercise clothing, and beauty products. It also offers interesting panels. For example, on August 1 The Sanctuary hosted a panel of five to discuss cannabis and wellness.
10 p.m. — My eyes are ready to close. Another long but beautiful day in Montauk. The Surf Lodge: thesurflodge.com The Sanctuary: 716 Montauk Highway, Suite 3, Montauk Social Life
LEGAL LIABILITIES OF HIRING DOMESTIC HELP
Photography by Don Fitzgibbon
By Helen Guarino “Domestic workers” are people who work in another person’s home. Their jobs can include caring for children or a sick or elderly person, housekeeping chores, and other domestic duties performed in the employers’ homes People who hire domestic help, whether a housekeeper, a caregiver or a nanny, are often unaware of the legal liabilities and requirements that an employer faces. For example, in New York State, anyone who employs domestic help must: • Pay at least minimum wage and, where applicable, pay overtime* • Provide at least one day of rest per week • Pay on a weekly basis • Provide at least 3 days off after 1 year of work • Pay unemployment • Pay worker’s compensation • Provide the worker written documentation with notification of hourly wage and all deductions. • * 1½ times the basic rate of pay after 40 hours of work or if a live-in after 44 hours of work per week Anyone who has not been properly paid or has been victimized as a result of non-compliance with these regulations has the right to file a complaint with the appropriate regulatory agency, regardless of his or her residency status. Therefore, an undocumented worker will have the right to file a complaint, although they will need work authorization before receiving unemployment benefits. It should be noted that these requirements do not apply to workers employed on a casual basis, such as part-time babysitters in the home of their employers, or relatives of persons for whom they offer care. In addition, there is a separate section in the New York State Human Rights Law, section 296-b, which prohibits certain unlawful discriminatory practices relating to “domestic workers.” That statute states that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to engage in unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and unwelcome harassment based on gender, race, religion or national origin, where such harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an SocialLifeMagazine.com
individual’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. Anyone who hires a domestic worker must realize they are assuming the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as any other employer, and that non-compliance can create significant, and potentially expensive, legal and financial liabilities.
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DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW
By Bennett Marcus
By Bennett Marcus
MUSEUM SHOWS & COLLECTORS Marcus Jansen began his art career 20 years ago. His work is in collections worldwide, including those at Guild Hall in East Hampton, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Moscow Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum, the National Taiwan Museum, and the Housatonic Museum of Art. Like his contemporaries Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Banksy, he started out selling his paintings on Prince Street. One of his first works was sold to the Carlito’s Way actor John Ortiz, who was in the neighborhood shooting a film with Julian Schnabel. “He bought one of my first paintings when I set up on the street in SoHo,” Jansen recalls.
DOCUMENTARY HAMPTONS DÉBUT The Emmy-winning filmmaker John Scoular, a friend of Jansen’s, made the documentary Marcus Jansen: Examine and Report. It had its NY premiere at the East Hampton TV, Art & Film Festival at Guild Hall, where it won one of the top prizes.
PHILANTHROPY Jansen is active in the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which helps support veterans with PTSD, low-income children, housing, and environmental issues. The Marcus Jansen Foundation Fund helps nonprofits provide exposure to culture for underprivileged families and communities.
Nancy Chemtob, known as one of New York’s top family law practitioners, has high-profile clients who include Tory Burch, Annette Lauer, Bobby Flay, and Star Jones. Nancy leads a firm of over a dozen lawyers with offices on Madison Avenue and in East Hampton. She has also developed a reputation as the go-to lawyer for samesex couples seeking divorce and child custody. As different types of families have become more prevalent, Chemtob has broken new ground in marriage law, even changing laws in cases where there had been no precedents.
SAME-SEX DIVORCE Chemtob handled New York’s first-ever same-sex divorce case that recognized out-of-state divorce for a same-sex couple who had married in Massachusetts. In a 2017 first-of-its-kind case, Chemtob fought to win shared custody of an unmarried same-sex couple’s adopted son for her client, Kelly Gunn. The case, Gunn v Hamilton, was the subject of a 14-page New Yorker article.
EVOLVING FAMILY LAW Now, Chemtob is finding that these rapidly evolving definitions of what constitutes a family have affected divorce and custody cases for everyone, including those of heterosexual couples. “Transgender and same-sex couples marrying, not being married, surrogacy, who’s the parent, all of these had been issues for same-sex couples,” Chemtob says, “and now the law is also shifting for couples that are not same-sex.”
PHILANTHROPY NEW SHOWS Up next is an exhibition in Paris from September 7 through October 12, at Galerie DANYSZ and a traveling museum show that will launch at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida and then travel to university museums around the country. marcusjansen.com SocialLifeMagazine.com
Nancy is also on the board of the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes transcendental meditation. Chemtob introduced Katie Couric at the organization’s recent event in the Hamptons. She is also an ABT trustee and the founder of Friends of Newborns at Mount Sinai Hospital. cmfb.com
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Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.
Published on Aug 15, 2019
Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.