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Located on Shinnecock Road in the coveted Estate Section of Quogue, the spectacular residence is reputed to be one of the last works by famed architect Stanford White. Commissioned by the Greeff textile family who’s business was known for fabrics in authentic 18th and 19th century American designs, including fabrics produced by special arrangement with the Henry Ford Museum. The current owners of the stately home commenced a 3 year renovation/restoration project after their purchase in 2010. Transforming the home back to its original state of opulence and grandeur was their goal while at the same time being conscious of creating a sense of functionality and warmth for today’s lifestyle. With no expense spared in the process, the home and 3.4 acres of landscape now includes modern amenities while retaining its original character. $9.875M WEB# 105509 Thomas Davis : 631.885.5739

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The magnificent “Normandy” estate on Lake Agawam is located along world renowned First Neck Lane. Drive through the impressive gates and the allée of trees to this magnificent country home sited on 5.56 acres with 400’ of waterfrontage. Now available for the first time for your enjoyment after the completion of a 15 month rejuvenation and renovation. The main house offers breathtaking water views from the entry foyer as do all of the principal rooms which are all styled for today’s living by renowned global designer/decorator Tony Ingrao. Grand and gorgeous living areas with beautiful and modern finishes open to gardens, the lake, and acres of manicured lawn restored by landscape architect Edmund Hollander. Five ensuite bedrooms include the deluxe waterfront master suite offering the ultimate in relaxation along with the master bath which includes dual vanities, soaking tub and large shower. The private balcony/terrace offers ultimate serenity with broad vistas of lawn, the lake and secret gardens. A separate staff wing with 2 bedrooms and bath is ideally located where there is plenty of room to expand the footprint and residence if desired. The separate guest cottage is a home unto its self with sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The expansive grounds include a pool house, waterfront pool with massive terraces and outdoor “living rooms”. The new sunken all-weather “deco-turf” tennis court is located out of view and convenient to other outdoor sporting areas. $32.5M WEB# 39603

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July Fourth in the Hamptons is the place to be. The unmatched beauty of its beaches and countryside is truly a treasure. Life-changing, I’m convinced. Spend time here, slow things down a little, and detach from your smart-phone. You’ll see what I mean. Of the many freedoms July Fourth represents, my favorite is freedom of the press. Let us not forget the importance and the ideas of a free nation, and how we reached where we are today. Freedom impacts our lives every day, and it’s worth protecting. This summer is special for Social Life Magazine, as we are celebrating 15 years in print. Where did the time go? I don’t know. What started out as a simple idea has evolved into the primary publication of the Hamptons. I remember the long nights my staff and I put in over all these years. Seeing how all the articles, covers and event photos come together to make an issue has made a deep impression on me. Working on this magazine has shaped thoughts and ideas in me, and has changed my life forever. I’m looking forward to another 15 years in print and all the experiences and memories to come. The most exciting social happening this weekend is Polo Hamptons. On Saturday, June 30, Rachel Zoe will host Polo Hamptons, a polo match and cocktail party in Bridgehampton. This will be the pinnacle event of the summer and I recommend attending. For more information and to buy tickets go to polohamptons.com This holiday weekend is a great time to relax and spend time with family and friends. This is the time to build life-long memories with people who mean the most to us, and with the new people who we meet. The Hamptons offers the perfect setting for celebrating life. This year’s July Fourth falls on a Wednesday, so why not extend your stay for the entire week. If you must work, why not do it remotely for a few days? If you’re wondering what you might do with so many days in the Hamptons, let me assure you July is the most socially active month of the summer, sometimes with multiple charity events happening in one night. And that doesn’t include the dinner parties, weddings, or private events. For some people, July Fourth marks the beginning of the summer. But not for me. For me, June was a great time to be in the Hamptons! Turn the pages in this issue of Social Life to see what you might have missed. Happy July Fourth!




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Do you ever marvel at nature’s perfection? I often do and find the Hamptons a great place to enjoy nature’s beauty. The naturalist John Burroughs wrote in his journal: “We talk of communing with Nature, but ’tis with ourselves we commune . . . Nature furnishes the conditions — the solitude — and the soul furnishes the entertainment.” I agree with this sentiment, that communing with nature centers us and provides us with a direct link to our soul. Taking a walk near the marshes, on the beach, or down a wooded path is incredibly uplifting. Feeling reenergized and centered by the natural world is the reason many of us have a second home or go on vacation. If the Earth does so much for us, what are we doing to protect it in return? If you use the beaches in the Hamptons, then shouldn’t you take care of this resource? Our perennial cover girl Beth Stern takes morning clean-up walks with her husband, Howard, along the beach. With a bag in hand, the duo pick up balloons, plastics, and harmful debris. This is a great activity to do with your loved ones. Educating your children to be protective of our environment and its wildlife is priceless. From boycotting plastic straws to making recycling a part of your home routine, there is a lot that you can do. Another great option is volunteering at one of the many shelters out East. It’s a great way to give back as well as help your children build character. Teaching those around you to make the world a better place is the definition of paying it forward. Oceana, Limpia, and Surfrider are wonderful foundations to become a part of today. Limpia will be holding an event in August to support local ocean preservation.  Have a fantastic weekend,

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WA T C H E S By Jonathan Valdez

A colorful watch does wonders for your wardrobe. A splash of color can add the perfect pop to any outfit for any occasion. Be daring this summer! Find these watches at London Jewelers, 2 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.329.3939

FRANCK MULLER Color Dreams 18k rose gold with leather strap $13,800

OMEGA Constellation Globemaster 18k rose gold and stainless steel $11,000

BULGARI Serpenti 18k rose gold with leather strap $7,400

ROGER DUBUIS Velvet Blue Automatic 18k white gold and diamonds with blue alligator strap Price upon request Social Life


J E W E L RY By Jonathan Valdez

The colors of the rainbow are a huge trend for summer 2018. You are sure to be the pot of gold at the end of these rainbow-inspired jewelry pieces that will keep you on trend and keep others asking, “Where did you get that?!”



18k yellow gold necklace with multicolored stones $2,730 London Jewelers 2 Main Street, East Hampton 631.329.3939

18k yellow gold necklace with multicolored stones $3,350 Gucci 725 Fifth Avenue 212.826.2600



Rock Candy Bracelet 18k yellow gold with multicolored stones $7,495 Ippolita 796 Madison Avenue 646.664.4240

18k yellow gold with moonstone and diamonds Price upon request Saks Fifth Avenue 225 Liberty Street, Manhattan 646.344.6300 Social Life



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These shops offer an array of items for any occasion. Whether it ’s a walk on the beach or an evening painting the Hamptons red, these three shops know how to cater to your needs.

BRANDY MELVILLE Brandy Melville is the shop to get super trendy casual looks this summer. This hip retailer sells trendy fashions and accessories aimed at the very coolest young women. You can find everything from a super cool tee-shirt to the perfect jean jacket at this swanky Hamptons spot. 50 Main Street, East Hampton

SET POINT TENNIS Are you ready to get sporty this summer? Then Set Point Tennis is for you! SPT offers a curated selection of top-of-the-line tennis racquets, sneakers, accessories, and apparel for men, women, and children by brands ranging from classic to fashion-forward. Racquet specialists can set you up with the latest racquets, strings, and grips to improve your play: inspiring and nurturing your inner champion. 47½ Main Street, East Hampton

ONE KINGS LANE Looking for an interior design fix? Look no farther than One Kings Lane. In a 19th-century former library, you can shop designer, vintage, and exclusive furnishings and receive complimentary design services from The Studio at One Kings Lane. Head to the chic shop for some inspiration and to get a perfect home item! 11 Jobs Lane, Southampton SocialLifeMagazine.com




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ttention men: packing for a sunny getaway can be stylish and fun. Want to look good at the next Hamptons soirée or at your own party, these items definitely have you covered.



This topper is a modern twist on the classic Panama hats for both men and women, designed by the luxury hat maker Gustavo Lerner. Lovingly handmade in Ecuador from the finest natural materials, each hat is unique to reflect your individual style and serve as stylish protection from the sun. $95, galpon.co

Whether you’re heading for a spontaneous city break or a longer stay at the beach, a well-made weekend bag should be the first item on your list. If you pack efficiently, you can easily carry all your essentials without resorting to a dreaded wheeled suitcase. This duffle bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. $250, endclothing.com

ORLEBAR BROWN SUNGLASSES Frankly speaking, faltering on your sunglasses selection has the potential to ruin an otherwise perfect look. If you want to change up your look, you can go for something bolder like a gold frame. $198, orlebarbrown.com

RALPH LAUREN SWIM SHORTS If you’re going to be hitting the beach or the pool this summer, you have to make sure you do it in style. And while being in great shape will definitely set you apart from the masses, your choice in swimwear will also play a factor in how good you look too. Not all swim shorts are created equal. $69, ralphlauren.com

DIGITAL SMILE DESIGN Make sure you pack a beautiful smile. Digital Smile Design (DSD) is revolutionizing the way cosmetic dentistry is being done. In DSD, the focus is on the artistic inclusion of a patient’s facial features, as well as the way they move, smile, and laugh, in order to give them the best-looking results possible. It’s all about taking a holistic look at a smile reconstruction and using “emotional dentistry,” where patients can test drive their smile on camera and in person and see what they will actually look like. The end goal is a beautiful smile that fits the person. Dr. Edward Alvarez is a member of Digital Smile Design (DSD) and is one of only a few DSD-certified dentists in New York City. nyclaserdentist.com Social Life


BOURBONRIDGE™ UNCURED SMOKED HAM Real ham, sliced fresh at your deli. Delicious, gluten-free and no preservatives, ever. Real Kentucky bourbon and smoke from retired bourbon barrel wood. NO NITRITE OR NITRATE ADDED. Except for the naturally occurring nitrates in celery powder and sea salt. © 2018 Boar’s Head Brand ®




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

FOR #DIVAMOMS SUMMER SKIN We all love to have fun in the sun but nothing can ruin a weekend in the Hamptons more than dry skin, acne, or a sunburn! As an accomplished, double board-certified, Ivy League-trained physician, Dr. Jacob D. Steiger, is now sharing his healthy facial “secrets” with consumers. Due to patient demand, Dr. Steiger created his own private Steiger Skin Care line, offering the most advanced anti-aging and preventative formulas on the market. A favorite? The Defense Balm. It acts as a 3-in-1 primer, sunscreen (SPF 50+) and BB cream. $43, drsteiger.com

YOU’RE A GEM In the summer, it’s all about embracing a light and carefree lifestyle. So, the last thing you want is some bulky jewelry weighing you down. That’s what’s so great about Lisa Jackson’s LJ CROSS signature line of fine jewelry. Her pieces exude luxe femininity, informal elegance, and soft modernism. And since the designs come in rose and white gold with champagne and white diamonds, pearls, and other precious stones, they still make a statement without being over the top. Earrings shown $700, ljcrossny.com

STATEMENT SUNGLASSES Leave it to stunning tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki to create sunglasses that are both fashionable and functional. The C. Wozniacki + OVVO Collection was created in collaboration with the 2018 Australian Open champion and current world No. 2 female tennis player, and features 11 silhouettes inspired by Wozniacki’s statement-making style. You get to choose from seven wearable styles, each available in three colors, and bold shapes like the striking butterfly frame. $335 to $375, ovvooptics.com

BEAUTIFUL BUMP If you’re expecting this summer, being cute and comfortable is key. But who wants to choose between cheap, boring basics that will barely last through your pregnancy and paying high prices for a designer maternity pieces? The brand new online maternity boutique Mia Tango is about to change the way you shop for pregnancy and post-baby clothing. The website features a curated set of  maternity clothing from the best boutique designers around the world that you can buy either new or slightly used (only by one other mom) with a completely transparent and easy  trade-in  program:  send back  within nine months for 30 percent cash back or 40 percent credit! The 1-2-3 Trimester Maternity Shirt Set is perfect for embracing your growing bump. miatango.com

BAG TO BRAG ABOUT How many times have you thought your purse would be perfect if it just had a different strap or an extra pocket? That’s why Thirty-One Gifts created a collection of  purses that offer endless combinations, using a purse base in various colors, along with changeable flaps that zip on and straps to change the look easily. Start with a base purse — one of two styles (modern or classic) — in your color choice. Then choose a  zip-on flap. Finally, choose a  strap  (either crossbody or shoulder). You can create several looks from one basic purse. Price for the bag, flap, and strap is $80. You can also add on extra flaps or straps for $18 and $12, mythirtyone.com Social Life





Looking for a fun way to bond with your family? Then you have to order Serenflipity. It’s an amazing deck of 30 adventure cards that create real connections and make it fun and easy for individuals, couples, and families to leave their comfort zones. Fans describe it as cards against humanity that make you feel good — and kids love it. It could lead to adventures like buying an ice cream for the person behind you in line at the Candy Kitchen to letting Chef Ambrose decide what you eat at Estia. $12.95, amazon.com

Unfortunately, you’re going to get those rainy days in the summer. But that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop. Under The Weather sports pods were created to keep you comfortable and dry no matter what Mother Nature has in store. The tent pops up and folds down in seconds and comes packed in a backpack carry bag. It’s also water and wind resistant and treated with UPF 50 for protection from harmful rays of the sun. You have no excuse to not stay outside! $70 to $200, undertheweatherpods.com

CUTE SUIT There are some styles you can only get away with in the summer. But that’s why we love them so much, right? A favorite is the Little Me Anchor Boys’ swim trunks. They feature the classic anchor design that’s perfect for a day at the beach. Not to mention, the comfy elastic waist makes them easy to get on, and they have sun protection with UPF 50+, so you can feel good about your purchase. $25, littleme.com

DRESSED TO TRAVEL IN STYLE When you head out East with a baby, the last thing you want to deal with is clunky gear. That’s where eco-friendly baby gear company Nuna comes in. They have a line of products that blends gallery-worthy looks with the reality of having kids. The SENA aire travel crib, for example, opens in seconds and provides 360° of ventilation, making it easy to turn any room into your baby’s room. And the pipa lite car seat makes getting to the Hamptons a cinch: it weighs than every infant car seat: only 5.3 lbs. SENA $299.95, car seat $350, nuna.eu





Harbor Bistro in East Hampton made its debut to the Hamptons dining scene in 2006 and has since been established as a local mainstay. Along with beautiful views of the marina, you get delicious American fare, with hints of Asian, Mediterranean, and South American flavors, anchored by a classic French backbone. Think Mongolian BBQ ribs with sambal-ginger hoisin glaze. Yum!

Get that classic Hamptons experience by booking a weekend at Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club & Resort. Built in 1928, the property oozes historic charm with all of the modern luxury amenities like plush bedding, scenic water views, two outdoor heated pools, saunas, tennis courts, a spa, children’s playground, and complimentary paddleboards.

Pamper yourself a little this summer. With the only indoor ocean-fed seawater pool in the U.S., this summer Gurney’s Hotel and Spa, Montauk, will offer the 50-minute “After Sun Ritual,” complete with an aloe gel wrap, moisturizing face mask, and lavender oil scalp massage.



R U N WAY By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

A Case of the Blues Dusty blue is anything but dusty. There is something so fresh about this color and it gives off a cool French-girl sexiness vibe. This is one of those trends that will set you apart from your other fashion friends this summer. Go bold as seen in the Marni collection and rock a head-to-toe light blue look. Or for an elegant evening out on the town, wear a delicate pale blue dress as seen at Versace. This is one of those unique trends that is really fit for anyone.

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ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

Shimmering Silver Are you ready to sparkle bright this summer? Spring 2018 runway dresses, accessories, and jewelry were awash in silver. Fashion girls and bloggers are all over this trend, taking the look to the streets of New York City and Paris. Perhaps inspired by technology and the future, this trend shimmers on sequined-drenched jackets, poetic silver heels, and metallic bags. Go bold and rock a complete silver look from head to toe. Or dabble in the trend and go for a bold pair of silver earrings.

Gucci Silver ‘Blind for Love’ Ring $235

Alighieri SSENSE Exclusive Silver Leone 2.0 Earrings $325

Jimmy Choo Silver Mirrored Romy Heels $675

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Pearls Before Swine Silver Thorn Choker $690 MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Silver Bow Shoulder Bag $790 Saint Laurent Silver Platform Candy Boots $1,195

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s worn out as the adjective “glamorous” may be, it’s an entirely apt way to describe The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Situated on the edge of the vibrant French Quarter, this historic hotel is the perfect place to experience the vitality of New Orleans, while also providing a refined urban retreat. Located on Canal Street, this beacon of Beaux Arts architecture is a star among New Orleans luxury hotels. Set within the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, the hotel retains the grace and history of an antebellum mansion. Entering the hotel, you immediately feel as though you are transported back in time. Carved wood paneling and 18th-century French art decorate the lobby along with an extraordinary vase of flowers. You can completely immerse yourself in the culture of the city without ever leaving this grand hotel. Local traditions blossom in the courtyard, which hosts special events with the crawfish concierge, snowball sommelier, and oyster butler. The local experience doesn’t stop there. Head down to the spa and its great therapists who are equipped to perform more than 100 treatments, including indigenous therapies such as the VooDoo Ritual and Southern Ceremony. The spa features 22 treatments rooms, a café, a fitness center, and a charming boutique. The cornerstones of New Orleans culture are also celebrated at the hotel’s restaurants. The Davenport Lounge features live music and locally inspired cocktails, and the farm-to-table M Bistro draws from the region for both inspiration and ingredients. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is the perfect place to go, relax, and calmly get introduced to new experiences all while drenched in luxury. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans ritzcarlton.com Social Life




Eubi eubiofficial.com

Eubi swimwear gets our vote for the most fun trunks of 2018 (and perhaps for the hottest models, too!). From melons to bananas to flamingos to polka dots, Eubi helps you send a message that you’re just not going to take anything too seriously when you’re at the beach . . . except looking great. $58


Pangea pangeaman.com Nothing is hotter than Pangea this summer, and this localboy-makes-good swimwear company gets high marks for outstanding designs. From exotic in the Hamptons, to camo in the colorful Caribbean (or farther), the Peyote Collection’s Real de Cortece will be an eye catcher (maybe more . . .) As they say, Pangea isn’t what you pack for a trip, it’s what you pack for a journey. $98

Olivers All Over Short oliversapparel.com You might be at the beach. Or you might be competing in the local Tough Mudder. This incredibly versatile 21st-century short is designed for performance. From the way it stretches to the way it repels water, it’s perfect for, well, everything. It’s also flattering to everything that matters. Bottoms up! $68

Ron Dorff rondorff.com

The haute couture of the bunch, Ron Dorff is definitely cut for the guy who is cut up. If you can pull it off, go with the marathon swim shorts (featuring iconic short legs for an enhanced silhouette.) If the ’70s feel too free-wheeling, skip a decade and get the 1986 tee-shirt. After all, it was a great year to “Save Ferris.” Shorts, $150; shirt, $100

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year ago, the celebrity stylist Angelo David was on the beach in Aruba. “I watched women come out of the ocean and try to comb through their hair with paddle brushes,” he said. He felt pained by watching people destroy their hair as they yanked rigid brushes through knots, tearing ends, and destroying roots. “That was the moment I came up with my idea for a big beach brush,” he said. After returning to New York City, Angelo partnered with Jacob Guttman, the founder and CEO of Creative Pro Hair Tools. “He makes my Angelo David mix-bristle paddle brushes. I told him about my idea for a beach brush, and we decided to collaborate,” he said. The innovative minds worked together on creating an all-purpose tool that detangles safely and promotes hair health and growth. After one year of development, they launched The Flex Brush this past spring. “It’s the most forgiving brush on the market today. Once you have it in your hands, you’ll understand why it’s so different from a traditional brush. It’s a game changer,” Angelo said.

Designed for both wet and dry hair, the brush bends to follow the contours of your head, massaging your scalp and stimulating the production of natural oils. Its vents allow heat to pass through, so blow drying won’t damage it. Coated in all-natural rubber, the handle is comfortable and easy to grip. The versatile brush works for hair that is curly, fine, delicate or thick. It’s also a perfect match for people who have wigs, hair extensions, or a sensitive scalp. Many parents love using the brush for detangling children’s hair, as well. A perfect companion to The Flex Brush is The Flex Detangle Spray, a revolutionary leave-in conditioner that increases flexibility to decrease damage during styling and detangling. “You spray it on your hair when you get out of the shower, pool, or ocean. It doesn’t have to be part of the system, but it’s a great add-on,” Angelo said. A few months before The Flex Brush was introduced to the market, Angelo visited the same place in Aruba where he had come up with the idea for the brush. “My wife said to me, ‘You first talked about the brush on this beach, and a year later we are on the same beach and you’re about to launch the product at the Jacobs Javits Center,’ ” Angelo recalled. Angelo had frequented the Javits Center’s International Beauty Show many times before, but this was the first time he attended as a participant. “It was great to see how my peers in the beauty industry embraced the product and were wowed by it. Someone would come by the booth and buy a brush, and then they would come back with their friends to buy it,” Angelo said. This has been busy year for the entrepreneur. In addition to The Flex Brush, Angelo has recently relaunched his Hair Detox line. “We are relaunching it with a new formula and three different approaches to it,” he said. The Hair Detox line was first created by Angelo after being asked by his clients what vitamins they should take for their hair. Social Life



To help answer the question, he designed a doctor-formulated herbal supplement for both men and women. The daily capsules are perfect for people wanting to maintain healthy hair as well as for those experiencing hair loss. “Forty-five percent of women have a hair thinning problem,” Angelo said. He recently appeared in a hidden camera exposé story on New York salons that claim to help people with hair loss and hair thinning issues. Angelo David Salon was the only salon that successfully met the client’s needs. As soon as you enter Angelo’s salon on Madison Avenue, you get the sense that you are in the presence of a visionary in the beauty industry. Placed in the center of the space is Angelo’s couture hair boutique, a huge wall that showcases many samples of high-end hair pieces. Angelo is unafraid to place a woman’s dreams and concerns for her hair out in the wide open. “It’s no longer taboo to talk about hair, wigs, and extensions. It’s part of red carpets, movies, theater, and everyday wear,” he said. The couture hair boutique is an interactive experience for clients. “It lets them touch and feel the hair. Take it off the shelf. They say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know this existed. Wow, this is what celebrities do,’ ” Angelo said. It also offers inspiration for how you can alter your hairstyle instantly. “Women don’t want to wait a year to change their look. We’ve become a society of how do we get what we want now. I give them that experience on every level,” Angelo said. “Let’s say you want a bang, but you don’t want to cut your hair. You can choose a clip-on bang from the hair boutique wall. Then we color, SocialLifeMagazine.com

highlight, and trim it for a custom-blended match. We attach your bang, and there you go.” Angelo David has earned a reputation as the “Vera Wang of hair couture.” “Women want the best of the best and that’s what I sell,” he said. He has found a niche within the wig-making industry, which is experiencing a resurgence. The salon is a magnet for discerning clients who seek glamorous and fully-customized wigs, couture hair extensions, hairpieces, toppers, clip-ins, ponytails, fillers, and bangs. It is also sought after by women who are suffering from thinning hair and hair loss. Every week, Angelo offers his clients transformations that change their lives. All the pieces are made of 100% human hair and are designed on-site by wig tailors to match each client’s hair texture, type, and color. “The wig tailors can customize and alter hair just for you,” Angelo said. Looking back on his rich and textured career, Angelo said, “I’m a veteran in the industry with prestigious clientele and a salon on Madison Avenue. I’ve become an expert in haircare because I live and breathe it every day. I am always looking for new ideas and I love being a pioneer in what I do.” Angelo David angelodavid.com 420 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor 646.741.3624 w You can purchase The Flex Brush at theflexbrush.com

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October 4, 2018; 7 pm New York City venue TBD Carrie Brudner is partnering with Social Life to present the First Annual Fitness NY Awards, a special event to honor leaders in the many facets of the fitness industry. The event will be on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 7 pm. Details about an exclusive hotel venue will be announced later. The event will begin with a red carpet, step & repeat, and press for the A-list winners and sponsors. A cocktail party will be followed by an awards ceremony to honor the best of the best in the fitness industry. Wilhelmina models will present awards to the recipients. The event will be promoted by a NY PR firm. For sponsorship opportunities and more information contact Carrie Brudner: carriebrudner@gmail.com

Ilana Kugel

Ruth Zukerman

Tracy Anderson Koral Activewear

Carlos Leon

Anna Kaiser

Joey Gonzalez

Wilhelmina Models, Fitness Division

WINNERS Marcus Antebi Juice Press

Best Nutrition Brand

Ilana Kugel Koral Activewear

Best Activewear Brand

Joey Gonzalez Barry’s Boot Camp

Fitness Innovator

Anna Kaiser AKT

Top Female Celebrity Trainer

Carlos Leon Belleon Body

Top Male Celebrity Trainer

Topher DesPrés Wilhelmina Models, Fitness Division Fitness Visionary

Ruth Zukerman Flywheel Sports

Best Spin Workout

Jennifer Bandier Bandier Best Fitness Store

Lori Leibovich Health Magazine

Women’s Magazine of the Year

Greg Emmanuel Men’s Journal

Men’s Magazine of the Year






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BEAUTY By Jeanette Zinno

Fit-cation As summer vibes officially set in, keep your summer bod in check with a fit-cation in the Hamptons and these summer fitness essentials.

SHIELD SKIN La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion with SPF 30 will shield your skin from the damaging effects of exposure to the sun’s rays, while increasing firmness and moisture. The emulsion yields an improvement to skin’s natural glow and boosts skin hydration while minimizing irritation. Neiman Marcus, $525

HEADPHONE UPGRADE Put the world on mute with these Sony wireless noise-cancelling headphones. Whether you’re in the boxing ring or on the beach, the digital noise-canceling cuts out ambient noise so you can hear more of the detail in every track. sony.com, $180

YOGA ALL DAY Yoga Club is a monthly subscription box that delivers stylist-curated athleisure directly to your door. Whether you’re practicing on the mat, at the gym, or on the beach, you’ll look the part with a chic activewear outfit from brands like Teeki, Onzie, and Manduka. yogaclub.com, $89

HYDRATE From surfing to morning yoga practice, this 24-ounce HyrdoFlask is just the right size for staying hydrated before, during, and after your workout. The best part is that it will keep your water refreshingly ice cold for up to 24 hours. hydroflask.com, $35

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Summer Fitness Classes & Pop-Ups Fhitting Room

Sag Harbor Fhitting Room, the high intensity training (HIT) boutique fitness studio, will be popping-up in the Hamptons this summer at the Sag Harbor Gym. The intense workout class combines the energy and contagious culture of a killer group fitness class with the personal attention of an intimate personal training session. Each 50-minute class delivers a full-body workout, starting with a warm-up, followed by strength training and functional movements, high intensity interval circuits, and then ends with a FHIX (functional high intensity mix). Open July 7 through September 1; 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, fhittingroom.com

Ketanga Fitness Retreats

North Fork Ketanga Fitness Retreats organizes unique escapes around the world that combine fitness, adventure, and relaxation. Their next series of retreats will be held on the North Fork throughout the summer, like “Box Wine,” which takes boxing class outside of the ring and into wine country, incorporating a weekend of boxing, wine tasting, and bonfires. Guests of all levels can join Ketanga and Coach Nikki Campbell of Work Train Fight for one to two daily workouts, including boxing in the middle of vineyards, private wine tastings, and beginner salsa lessons just for fun around the bonfire. ketangafitness.com


Bridgehampton Exhale Bridgehampton has undergone a massive renovation, elevating the exhale environment to a modern and premium design aesthetic, and the interior has a fresh and airy feel with lots of natural light. The studio will be hosting two sets of exciting outdoor classes this summer. “Yoga in the Vines” will be held at Wölffer Estate Vineyard on July 21 and August 25, at 5 pm ($40 per class). Exhale will also partner with Paddle Diva on July 12 and August 23, from 10 to 11:30 ($150 per class). These 90-minute excursions include a paddle-boarding adventure with your favorite core fusion


moves mixed in, all on the water. The studio is open year-round; 2415 Main Street, exhalespa.com

305 Fitness

Southampton Nikki Beach has partnered with OREYA in Southampton to bring New Yorkers a little taste of the French Riviera as they host the brand’s pop-up this summer from June 29 to July 4. Inspired by Nikki Beach’s renowned  “barefoot luxury” vibe, the pop-up will play host to a mix of daytime and evening events, including its famous Rosé Saturdays and Amazing Sundays. Fitness junkies will enjoy daily 10 am sweat sessions hosted by 305 Fitness, a non-stop dance cardio workout, featuring sports drills, conditioning exercises, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with a live DJ. oreya.com

New York Pilates

Montauk New York Pilates is bringing its contemporary, downtown-girlapproved class to its studio in Montauk. Pilates reformer classes will be available in New York Pilates’ stunning and newly expanded Montauk studio, which has a first-floor retail space and an expanded private section. NYP’s Montauk space is a chic, Zen-like studio with fresh white walls, contemporary reformers, and loads of natural light bringing the ethereal, relaxed Hamptons vibe indoors. Open until September; 649 Montauk Highway, newyorkpilates.com

Physique 57

Bridgehampton It doesn’t matter if you’re new to barre classes or you’re looking for a different studio with more challenging instructors: Physique 57 in the Hamptons is the perfect fit. With classes from beginner to advanced levels and everything in between, the Physique 57 method will meet you where you are. Every move and minute of choreography, repetition, muscle movement, and expert instruction counts, even at the smallest levels. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, its exercise programs will change your body. Open through August; 264 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, physique57.com

SOOTHE IN THE HAMPTONS After any of these fitness classes you’re going to need a massage. Take advantage of Soothe, the on-demand massage service that comes right to you with just a few clicks on your phone, whether you’re at home, a hotel, or even the beach. Soothe aims to help anyone relax, anytime, and anywhere by helping you book a five-star massage in as little as an hour. soothe.com





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


hen your world is spinning too fast and staying on the wheel becomes impossible . . . jump off! It’s simplicity at its best, yet somehow we forget to go back to basics. Whatever rents space in our brains is our responsibility, and only we can do the housecleaning. One of the many ways to seek serenity is to clean house. The chatter in our heads is irritating and over-thinking can be exhausting. Perhaps at these moments, the word escape may cross your mind. Vacations are amazing to re-energize our bodies and brains, but sometimes they become just another place with a different wheel. Good stress creates the same chaos in our bodies as bad stress does. Seeking peace is a personal journey. Some achieve it from facials, massages, or quiet candlelit rooms with soft music. Others achieve it from walking in a forest, hugging a tree, or smudging to remove negative energy. Whatever attracts you is the right way. Nature is my playground and the place where solace awaits. Listening to birdsong calms me. Watching squirrels jumping from tree to tree quiets me and makes me happy at the same time. But I never would have known these things had I not taken a walk in the woods under a particularly stressful time. A bit of experimenting and research can guide us to what resonates and promises at least a few moments of solitude that can quiet the mind. Power nappers do this by grabbing a quick 20-minute nap in the middle of the day to recharge. What a great gift it is to nod off at will; but that is difficult for me, so I choose to spend a few days at a spa.

Sanivan Holistic Spa and Retreat in Hurleyville, New York, is a hidden gem in the Catskills. This lovely place will quiet and recharge a busy mind. It gave me the serenity I sought and fed my body and spirit simultaneously. The owners Saniye and Ivan create a peaceful and informative atmosphere to recharge a tired soul. Organic and vegan food is offered and much of the produce is locally grown. Unused rails that have been repurposed into walking paths are around the corner. A brand-new art center also offers weekly ballroom dancing. Coming back to the daily grind refreshed, absolutely reflects in the work we do, the people with whom we interact, and our reactions to situations. However, jumping off involves trusting that we will find our parachute on the way down. If making choices and having to do research add to your chaos, perhaps some visualization could help. Imagine your parachute. Trust your instincts to guide you. Is it bright and colorful like your personality or is it monochromatic with calming neutral colors? Then perhaps imagine jumping out of pandemonium into perfect safety. Land in a lush green garden where people great you with warm tea and kindness. Utopia doesn’t exist, but we can create a perfect calmness in our lives with a bit of tenacity. Things have a way of working out even if different from what we had imagined. Letting things fall into place without the control we try to impose upon our lives may just open the doors to greater growth and evolution.

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STEM CELL THERAPY SPINE AND JOINT PAIN By Jacob Puck used to restore balance in the injured tissue by utilizing the human body’s ability to heal itself. Surgery just can’t recreate what the body can do naturally. Where do the stem cells come from? Everything is natural and of your own biological material.


f you’re an active person over 40, chances are you and your friends have commiserated about pain in your joints and back. And, it’s very likely the conversation has turned to “arthritis.” It’s a dreaded topic because it is a discussion about your discomfort doing outdoor activities you’ve always enjoyed with such ease in the past ­— golfing, running, biking, playing tennis, etc. Most people believe the only resolution to their pain problems is major surgery. But, according to Dr. Tim Canty, a New York-based doctor, there is a new, less invasive solution that could treat your discomfort and get you back to doing those hobbies you really enjoy sooner than you thought possible. After training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Canty founded the Comprehensive Spine and Pain Center of New York. Dr. Canty believes patients who suffer from different types of joint pain and injury-induced pain, specifically in their knees, choose to opt out of treatment altogether because invasive surgeries may provide only temporary relief or are only minimally effective. Others are turned off by long recovery times and horror stories about botched surgeries. According to Dr. Canty there is good news: an exciting alternative to surgery that utilizes the body’s own healing power. “Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment, and, from my perspective, it is the most progressive approach because it’s effective, safe, and quick, and it addresses all the factors related to pain.” Social Life recently caught up with Dr. Canty to learn more about the science of stem cell therapy, its efficacy, and who might be a good candidate for its pain-relieving methods. Stem cell therapy is still a relatively new concept for many people. What is it and how does it work? Stem cell therapy can treat joint and spine-related pain with a simple 30-minute procedure, and in most cases eliminate the need for surgery altogether. Essentially, stem cells from the patient are

What about rods, plates, pins — all those items doctors have been using for years? In special injury cases those materials are sometimes necessary. Because this has been the norm, people are more likely to undergo surgery for pain. But in most cases, putting those objects in our bodies can be avoided with stem cells. Stem cell therapy catalyzes natural healing and repair. We’ve had great success with many orthopedic conditions, injuries, and musculoskeletal diseases that formerly required the types of items you mentioned. What is one of the most common procedures you perform? I would say about 50 percent of my patients come in for treatment of knee pain due to arthritis and injuries. People have been told they need knee replacements or arthroscopies. The stem cell therapy is incredibly successful for the knees because it focuses on healing the specific tissue causing the discomfort in order to organically restore your knee instead of replacing it altogether. Are there any side effects? As with any procedure, some patients may experience side effects. Among the most common are swelling and soreness near the injection site along with joint and muscle stiffness, though the latter dissipates as your body heals. What are the upsides? This is a non-surgical method of treating chronic pain, so it offers reduced downtime and peace of mind through a simple procedure. Most people are active within a day or two, and then playing tennis or golfing within days or a couple of weeks. That is never the case with conventional surgery. Comprehensive Spine and Pain Center Tim Canty, M.D. 295 Madison Avenue (and other locations) 917.524.7246 nyspinepaincenter.com Social Life



FOURTH OF JULY ABSOLUTES! By Stacey Griffith Sharing the holiday with others is a great way to celebrate America’s birthday. Here are some tips for a small summer BBQ for the middle of the week. Select your guests carefully. Keep the list to under 10 so that planning your party doesn’t become overwhelming. Go to Round Swamp Farm for all of your salads, veggies, fruit, and desserts. If you don’t want to grill, you can find lots of pre-cooked chicken options. This is literally a one stop shop for everything healthy and not healthy, everything for adults and for kids. The good news is that much of what the store sells is home grown and homemade, so you know that you are getting quality food, made with love, which I think means fewer calories (not a proven fact). Citerella has fantastic meats, fowl, drinks, and Fourth of July-themed cookies: Warning: the cookie boxes by the checkout are not full. The four you see are the four you get, so make sure to grab enough for everyone.   Pre-mix a signature cocktail and serve that to your guests instead of having a million different options. (e.g. rum punch with watermelon, triple sec with pineapple). Bai water has 10 flavors to add to sparkling water to give the bubbles some special flavor.    One of the funnest things to do is play Ellen Degeneres’s Heads Up! on your iphone. Set up your two teams, choose your genre, and have hours of entertainment.

Stacey Griffith


o here we are again, the Fourth of July coming up in a few days. Remember last year when you decided not to do anything much, maybe just go to a movie somewhere in the Hamptons? Well let me tell you, this year we are not going down that road. Come and start the day with me at SoulCycle in Bridgehampton. I believe in staying active on the holiday, always finding time to move, do paddle boarding, swim in a pool, or do an early morning run. It is crucial to stay in motion during the week of festivities. SocialLifeMagazine.com

If you have the space, have a cornhole toss. Game sets are available at K-Mart and Amazon. How about good ol’ fashioned croquet. I think this is a long lost enjoyable thing to do. Rule: if the ball goes into the pool, you have to dive in with your clothes on to get it!   Be sure to hydrate (H2O) all day long on the Fourth, especially if you plan on drinking alcohol. Please don’t set off your own fireworks. Leave them to the Fire Department in Sag Harbor and enjoy the spectacle from the bridge!




DR. FOX IS A PREMIER COSMETIC DENTIST IN THE UNITED STATES. DR. FOX HAS TRANSFORMED THE SMILE OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST KNOWN PUBLIC FIGURES. Dr. Fox is the ONLY doctor in New York City teaching cosmetic dentistry who has served on the faculty of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the NYU School of Dentistry, was an Officer of Harvard University, and served on a tech board of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fox is the author of Dentistry in the 21st Century, a Patient's Guide to Dentistry, and is the founder of Enamelon,

Inc., which developed products to strengthen tooth enamel.

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nna Avaliani, M.D., is an award-winning laser expert on Park Avenue. Her laser center features the latest non-invasive lasers to address any facial or body concern. Physicians; celebrities from the worlds of fashion, sports, entertainment; and finance executives come to Dr. Avaliani for her exceptional experience, artistry, and attention to detail. These attributes combined with her warm and caring personality have brought many referrals. This year Dr. Avaliani received the Elite SculpSure of North America award for providing best patient results, best patient experiences, and the most treatments performed in the United States and Canada combined — more than 3,000 since 2016. Her state-of-the-art suite is one of only a few recipients of the prestigious Cynosure of Excellence Award. She has also been named a RealSelf Top 100 doctor for her outstanding contributions to patient education and excellence in care. Dr. Avaliani provides the full spectrum of advanced noninvasive procedures that she considers to have evidence-based results. In future issues, we’ll cover her skin-tightening and skin-rejuvenation procedures. In this issue, we’re covering SculpSure and CoolSculpting, two different technologies to permanently eliminate fat. Dr. Avaliani’s extensive research on fat reduction treatments led her to choose SculpSure as her preferred technology. She says it does much more than destroy fat cells. It can tighten skin and improve cellulite as well as treat never-before-treatable areas such as inner knees or a back hump. And she says SocialLifeMagazine.com

she has never had uneven results. Hers is the only NYC practice with two SculpSure machines to treat multiple areas or multiple patients at the same time, with little to no discomfort during the procedure, and zero downtime immediately after. Two treatments per area, four to six weeks apart, is the norm. Dr. Avaliani has the newest SculpSure applicator for removing under-chin fat. Other applicators work on the abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, bra rolls, under-butt rolls, knee-fat pads, and more. SculpSure is now “a total body-contouring device,” says Dr. Avaliani. Two SculpSure machines allow Dr. Avaliani to double the body area being treated in one 25-minute session or to treat a couple or two friends at the same time. Dr. Avaliani also has the 2018 model of CoolSculpting technology, with all five applicators. Some patients specifically ask for this familiar technology, and Dr. Avaliani likes to be responsive to what patients want. The bonus is a trifecta: two SculpSure machines plus the CoolSculpting machine at the same time. Both technologies allow extra creativity in how she handles different body types, body parts, and fat density. Three machines equal a win, win, win. As a trained, dual board-certified physician, Dr. Avaliani is highly competent to perform a proper physical exam, and her aesthetic vision for a patient’s body is key to a treatment design. “I have experienced judgment about the technology and applicators I use, the correct settings, and the number of recommended treatments. A machine is only a tool. What’s critical is my mastery of that tool and my medical expertise, which ultimately determine the best outcomes for my patients.” It’s important to know that neither SculpSure nor CoolSculpting is a substitute for proper weight loss. These technologies are for removing stubborn fat that remains even after proper dieting and exercise. It’s important to have realistic expectations. Being truthful about what any cosmetic procedure can achieve for a particular person is a hallmark of Dr. Avaliani’s practice.

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TRIM FOR THE SUMMER By Josey Greenwell

2. Stay Active Socialize. Mingle. Walk Around. Try not to plant yourself in one spot for the whole gathering. You won’t necessarily burn off the calories you consumed, but moving keeps you busy and keeps your eating to a minimum. A healthy distraction you could call it.

3. Ease Up On the Mixers When grabbing your cocktail for the day, or cocktails if you are like me, shoot for the least amount of mixer. I love a good margarita on a cool summer day, but the sugary mix that delivers the sweet taste we all crave packs in extra unwanted calories. See if there’s a “skinny” option available for your choice of drink, which their usually is.

4. Bring A Dish This is key to keeping on track throughout the event and, honestly, the best option because you not only get to bring what you are craving, but you also get to make it the healthiest way possible. Aim for a green type of dish full of nutrients, or if you are bringing something to be grilled, try the leanest choice of meat possible.

5. Fit In Your Workout Prior Josey Greenwell


ne of the best ways to enjoy this season is gathering with your closest family and friends for an outside brunch or early evening cookout. With these many summertime outings, though, come many summertime eatings, and we all know how quick that plate of BBQ will disappear. Here are some quick and easy ways to make sure that your summer body stays on point, while still getting to enjoy the best part of the year.

1. Portion Control Careful with overdoing the starchy carbs. Try to fill your plate with vegetables combined with a good source of protein. Don’t be afraid to go after what you really want, but keep your plate balanced from the start.

Last but certainly not least, hit your workout before the gathering! This will not only wake you up so you can start your day fresh and in the best mood, but will keep you “burning” throughout the day because you boosted your metabolism earlier. When you hit that line of food, you will be able to digest easier. Hopefully you replenished your muscles with a good protein and restored your depleted glycogen levels. You will have way more energy and thus a better time at the event. So go enjoy that summer sunshine and be the life of the party! Keep these five tips in the back of your mind, and I promise you will not only have an amazing summer, but you’ll also feel just as good as you look.

Josey Greenwell @joseygreenwell Social Life

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Company Class

A parade of houseguests can mean endless meals. Mix in hosting an in-home yoga or Pilates class for you and your guests with experts like those from my studio, Erika Bloom Pilates. Connect with each other while restoring your body. You’ll be a happier, healthier host, and your guests will feel their stay was a luxurious mini-retreat.

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ummer arrives and we venture out to the Hamptons to shed the stress of the city and connect to nature, our friends, and families. This can be a healing and balancing time. Sun, salt water, rest, and relaxation abound. Then the Fourth of July hits and along with it come barbecues and rosé. We often find ourselves slipping away from balance. Without the routine of the city, we stray from our patterns that keep us committed to health and wellness. A little consciousness and some easy summer swaps can be the secret to enjoying summer while still supporting your best self. Try these simple swaps to stay fit, healthy, and gorgeous all summer long.

All-Day Rosé


Infused Waters

It’s lovely to savor a nice Hamptons summer rosé with friends, but too much can sabotage our balance. Alcohol disrupts sleep, adds empty calories, taxes our liver, and throws off our biome and hormones. Keep it balanced by creating indulgent and delicious infused waters to sip on. Start with sparkling or still water. Choose mint, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, or ginger. Add slices of lemon, orange, watermelon, strawberries, or raspberries. Let it sit in the fridge for anywhere from an hour to two days. You can even pour it into a wine glass or add a splash of rosé to keep sipping through the party without exceeding a healthy limit.

Lazing By the Pool


A Healing Ocean Swim

Downtime is part of equilibrium and so there’s peace found from time resting at home. Balance it by getting into the natural waters of the ocean. Swimming in salt water gets your blood moving and oxygen flowing while providing healing benefits. Ocean water is high in sodium, chloride, magnesium, sulphate, and calcium. You’ll be surrounding your skin and cleansing your airways with these beneficial minerals. They will also be absorbed into your system through your skin, resulting in increased calm and immunity.


Organic Multi-Creams

Prevent sun damage with sunscreen. But many sunscreens are filled with toxins or leave skin not looking its best. Try an organic, healing cream that doubles as a sunscreen. I love Josh Rosebrook nutrient day cream, which we sell at my studio in Water Mill. It provides broad spectrum SPF while creating healthy, clear, wrinkle-free skin with amazing ingredients like anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, fatty acids, and phytonutrients. Another great option is Pratima Beauty Neem Rose Face sunscreen, available at Botanica Bazaar in Amagansett.

Bug Bites



Bug bites ruin an evening on the patio and your strapless look for the next day. Keep bugs away naturally while still smelling divine by using organic essential oils. Mosquitos and ticks are deterred by peppermint, lavender, thyme, oregano, and geranium.

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Morning Meditation

Having a moment each day to reflect and check in is essential to staying healthy both mentally and physically. Ensure this time for yourself by establishing a daily meditation practice. It can be a point of balance no matter what you have going on in your day or how late you were out the night before. Use it to create a consciousness towards making choices that support your overall wellness.

Barbecue Binge


Local Seasonal Veggies

The Hamptons offers a wealth of delicious, healthy, local food. Hit the organic farm stands to stock up on colorful veggies. Lay them on the grill or just serve them raw, julienned with a little lemon and olive oil for a special, tasty, healing meal. Try Green Thumb in Water Mill, EECO in East Hampton, or Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett for the best locally farmed organic produce.

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YOUR TEETH AND FACIAL AGING By Jacob Puck So, it sounds like it may give the appearance of premature aging, which no one in the Hamptons is rooting for. Exactly.

Dr. Ramin Tabib


rs. Ramin Tabib and Elisa Mello, who together make up the renowned Mello & Tabib NYC Smile Design dental practice, are setting a new standard not only for cosmetic dentistry but also for helping patients understand how conservative changes to tooth structure can shave years off overall appearance. In fact, says Dr. Tabib, men and women increasingly turn to fillers, volumizers, and invasive procedures when the flaws they’re trying to correct can actually be improved — or could have been avoided altogether — by addressing an underlying cause: what’s occurring within the mouth. With all the energy around nipping, tucking, and injecting these days, Social Life wanted to get the 411 from Dr. Tabib about how your journey to a younger appearance may begin with some oral attention. When you think about your current patients, what’s trending right now in terms of why they seek you out? We’re seeing a lot more bites that are collapsing at a very young age. And, I know your next question will naturally be, “What does that mean?” You’re right. That sounds pretty serious. It’s a situation where a patient has pretty much ground down their teeth, due to stress, poor sleep, diet complications that cause acid that’s harmful to the teeth, eating disorders, or other situations. This all leads to a loss of tooth structure. Clenching is another harmful and destructive habit. With clenching you are essentially squeezing teeth into new positions. The problem is that it’s up to the teeth to help keep the jaw in place. When teeth are no longer able to do that, many people start to look older and the lower third of their face gets essentially crunched in without the support of healthy teeth. Facial muscles get exhausted. It’s like holding a weight on your face and not being able to let go. SocialLifeMagazine.com

It seems like this would be fairly easy to diagnose. Interestingly, when some people go to cosmetic surgeons for antiaging treatments to fix facial lines, folds, and  wrinkles, they look for fillers, which is fine and nothing wrong with that, but the real solution, ultimately, may be to rebuild the teeth that have been broken down and, by extension, a proper jawline. You’d be surprised by the reaction we get when we are able to quickly show them what they would look like and how their face would appear if their grounddown teeth were rebuilt and lengthened to proper size and how it lifts the face instantly. They immediately see the difference and also how facial lines can be drastically diminished. What does treatment look like? Put simply, we add a layer on top of what was lost. Basically we veneer the biting surfaces of the back teeth with no preparation or minimal preparation of the teeth. This can be done very conservatively and have a major impact on your appearance and your overall dental health. Re-establishing where your bite should be can help you aesthetically as well as make you feel much better, because your jaw muscles aren’t overworked, stressed, and pulling on your skin. This sounds like a completely different way of looking not just at cosmetic dentistry, but cosmetics in general. It really is, and you really need to see it to understand it. It’s very eye-opening for our patients. They really are shocked by how we can make their face look younger! One of the things that differentiates your practice is your high degree of customer focus. We’ve heard it again and again. What is it about your model that gets you these accolades? First of all, it’s great to hear that. The truth is, it’s something that we pride ourselves on. We run a small, intimate, boutique practice that doesn’t have the same overhead as some of the huge practices that must fill quotas to be profitable. We don’t ever want to feel like we need to overproduce. We always want to remain small, intimate, and patient-focused. nycsmiledesign.com 8 East 84th Street 212.452.3344 info@nycsmiledesign.com



A CONVERSATION WITH DR . STEPHEN T. GREENBERG TRENDS & TRIUMPHS IN SUMMER BEAUTIFICATION By Cecilia Boon Dr. Greenberg takes great pride in helping his patients achieve the most natural-looking results possible. Through many years of experience, and his drive for perfection, he has continually been named Best Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon on Long Island and New York. Dr. Greenberg has performed thousands of surgical procedures, along with his dedicated surgical staff, and he combines this expert surgical precision with an upscale, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing environment to ensure the highest quality of care throughout the surgical experience. Together with the board-certified physician Jeremy Nikfarjam, M.D., Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery offers state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical solutions for your every beauty concern. Social Life sat down with Dr. Greenberg to learn more about current trends in cosmetic surgery:

Dr. Stephen Greenberg


r. Stephen T. Greenberg is an Ivy-League-trained, double board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Greenberg received his college and medical degrees with highest distinction from George Washington University. He then completed his surgical training at the prestigious New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. He further trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Greenberg is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He is also an active member of the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Nassau County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

It’s been said that looking great these days is a lot easier than just ten years ago. How have things changed and what are people doing differently? We recognize the need for patients to return to their normal activities quickly, so we utilize the most cutting-edge technology to provide rapid-recovery procedures such as breast augmentation and breast lifts with minimal swelling and bruising and almost no downtime. Modern technology combined with our advanced techniques enable us to ensure excellent natural results as well as a faster recovery time. What continues to be the most common procedure? Breast augmentation is the most common procedure, which many times is combined with other procedures, such as liposuction and a tummy tuck. We are also seeing a rise in male breast procedures such as gynecomastia to remove excess fat and glandular tissue from the male chest. Procedures for men are becoming more popular, including liposuction, hair restoration, rhinoplasty, injections, and med-spa treatments. Are there any new beauty techniques or procedures that we should know about? My practice is unique in that we perform a mini-lift with J-Plasma for facial rejuvenation. This groundbreaking fusion of technologies removes unwanted fat while tightening skin. Social Life



Results are immediate and improve over time. Mini lifts are performed to restore a youthful look. In general, a mini lift will re-establish facial harmony by lifting sagging cheeks, helping to eliminate jowls, and removing the redundant skin and fat from the neck. Utilizing the J-Plasma technology, we can help tighten the skin around numerous regions of the face for a youthful complexion. Additionally, J-Plasma can address a variety of aging skin flaws, including wrinkles and fine lines, scarring, dark spots, uneven texture, and dull tone.

“My practice is unique in that we perform a mini-lift with J-Plasma for facial rejuvenation. This groundbreaking fusion of technology removes unwanted fat while tightening skin. Results are immediate and improve over time.”

Swimsuit weather is finally upon us; what are you hearing from your patients? Our patients love our rapid-recovery body contouring and breast procedures. A “Greenberg modern mommy makeover” is a highly individualized plan created to meet each patient’s specific needs and aesthetic goals. Our “Greenberg modern mommy makeover” can consist of both surgical and non-surgical procedures to address concerns of the breasts, abdomen, arms, and thighs. We perform surgical procedures such as breast augmentations, with or without breast lifts, abdominoplasty, liposuction, Cellfina or Cellulaze for stubborn cellulite as well as surgical and non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation with minimal downtime and recovery. In addition to these body contouring and enhancement procedures, both surgical/non-surgical facial treatment options such as injectables and/or laser procedures can be added to the customized plan for a complete and polished look.

What are some other non-surgical treatments that can prime the fountain of youth? We offer a fleet of cutting-edge lasers and high-tech devices to ensure a rejuvenated and more youthful look. Treatments such as Ultherapy have been gaining popularity to help lift and tighten the neck, chin, and brow as well as remove lines and wrinkles on the chest. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive solution that quickly freezes away fat, achieving noticeable results just in time for beach season. VelaShape is a non-surgical body contouring treatment used to treat cellulite when diet and exercise are not effective. Physician-injected options include Botox Cosmetic, Restylane, and Juvederm for deeper lines as well as the game-changing injection Kybella to reduce submental fullness, a.k.a. a double chin. With a few treatments, Kybella can melt away the fat under the jawline and tighten the skin, creating a slimmer and more sculpted jawline. SocialLifeMagazine.com

Do you get asked to recreate the look of certain celebrities? Anyone in particular? As a celebrity plastic surgeon, I am accustomed to celebrity patients with very specific and sometimes unusual requests. I have also been asked by a non-celebrity patient to look exactly like Kim Kardashian from rhinoplasty to lip injections and fillers to Brazilian butt lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, thigh lift, and liposuction. The most requested rhinoplasty has been to create Meghan Markle’s nose. Contact Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your complimentary surgical or injection consultation today. Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery 365 County Road, 39A, Southampton greenbergcosmeticsurgery.com 631.287.4999

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THE ART OF DOING GOOD By Anthony Michael


efying expectations is the high bar that Dr. Keith Durante Over the years, Dr. Durante has trekked so many times for the sets for the professional and personal dimensions of his life. silverbacks that locals think he’s a veterinarian, and the gorillas He is a highly trained, board-certified general surgeon, with over 25 have actually gotten to know him, too. years’ experience in general and micro-vascular surgeries. He has His trips to Uganda also gave Dr. Durante the opportunity to parlayed his exceptional skill and expertise into a different medical get to know the local culture and start to develop a plan to have discipline: helping the who’s who of New York manage their hair as much impact as possible on those in the area with the greatest loss through cutting-edge therapies. need, particularly the mountain Pygmies. It didn’t take him long to “I love my work, and I love helping people. So, for single-hair understand where the energy and resources needed to be directed. He started an offshoot organization: Project Liz — the Mountransplantation, who better to get it right than someone who’s used tain Pygmy Project. Its mission is to assist the nomadic, marginalto working on the smallest of spider veins?” offers Dr. Durante. It’s the love of helping people that is the philanized, voiceless mountain Pygmies and provide them “It is in giving that with basic economic stability. thropic yin to Dr. Durante’s medical yang. Unlike “They are exceptional artisans, so we opened a many, Dr. Durante’s work is beyond inspired. After we truly receive.” thrift store through which they can sell their own his daughter Elizabeth, an aspiring doctor, was tragicrafts, and have the opportunity to farm,” says Dr. Durante, adding cally killed in a car accident on her way to a humanitarian mission in Uganda, Dr. Durante made it his mission to understand the that they are even trying to attend local schools. Additionally, Dr. Durante has helped found The Project Liz work of Liz and eventually travelled to Uganda himself. From that trip, Project Liz was born. School for the Arts, through which children are learning how to make sculptures in honor of some of the famous gorillas of the “I felt it was my obligation to continue the work she had startarea. Many of the sculptures are now at the local hospital, hotels, ed,” says Dr. Durante. When he began the work in rural Uganda, and elsewhere. he built a clinic from generous donations in Liz’s honor. Yet the clinic wasn’t comparable to a hospital. It wasn’t equipped to treat “My daughter Elizabeth sowed the seeds for me to continue the work that she had started, and the meaning that it brings to very sick children let alone perform surgery. He knew that a child my life is immeasurable,” says Dr. Durante. “It is in giving that would die if a serious emergency presented. we truly receive.” In the town of Bwindi, near the Virunga Mountain Range, Dr. Durante discovered a hospital that needed a surgeon, and he quickKeith R. Durante, M.D., F.A.C.S. ly found it to be a new home. “I started going as often as I could, 521 Park Avenue, Manhattan because it was there I realized that I could perform surgeries and serve the community the best,” he says. Dr. Durante also believes 786 Montauk Highway, West Islip drkeithdurante.com it was no coincidence that the silverback gorillas he had studied @drkeithdurante in college made their home there, too. “Funny how things circle 631.620.2020 back,” he says. SocialLifeMagazine.com



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ocial Life recently visited with Dr. Martin Fox at his Cornea and Refractive Surgery Practice of New York. In light of recent media attention on LASIK, we wanted to speak to one of the nation’s elite refractive surgeons about its safety and efficacy. We also discussed innovations like iDesign custom LASIK and the breakthrough KAMRA corneal inlay for the elimination of reading glasses. Dr. Fox — one of “America’s Top Doctors” in Castle Connelly’s physicians’ directory for 10 years running — was enthusiastic to share. LASIK has been around for years. What’s new? Recently we’ve seen major breakthroughs, making LASIK significantly safer than ever before. Advanced lasers and targeting software can customize treatment with up to 500% more accuracy using iDesign custom LASIK. This means dramatically reduced side effects and an elevated degree of accuracy, predictability, and safety. What about patients who’ve had laser surgery in the past and now have vision issues? Less than 2% of patients have issues after LASIK and most are correctable with iDesign treatments. Older patients can present years after LASIK with acquired reading difficulty. The KAMRA corneal inlay can address such reading vision issues. Both are game changers. What sets you apart from other doctors offering LASIK? All LASIK surgeons are not the same. I focus solely on corneal and refractive surgery. My patients appreciate the experience and advanced technologies that I offer. I was instrumental in the introduction of LASIK to the U.S. in 1997. Thirty thousand LASIK procedures later (3,000 on the iDesign system), I wake up every SocialLifeMagazine.com

day wanting to contribute to the evolution of LASIK by creating refinements and introducing innovations. Many centers offer discounts to attract LASIK patients. What do you think of the discounters? You tell me . . . would you gamble your eye health on a discounted procedure? Discounts suggest a red flag, possibly indicating inferior technologies, inexperienced surgeons or a bait and switch. Consumers need to know not all LASIK is the same. Is everyone a candidate for LASIK? Most people are, yet it’s critical to assess prospective candidates carefully. Persons with conditions such as dry eyes . . . sorry Jennifer Aniston . . . and higher out-of-range prescriptions are not good candidates. But alternatives exist and a qualified practitioner can recommend options. How safe is LASIK? No medical procedure is 100% risk-free. LASIK’s safety has been well documented in more than 7,000 studies, including those conducted by the FDA and Department of Defense. LASIK patient outcomes are 98% successful when patients trust their eyes to skilled practitioners. Complications arise from inexperience, poor technology, or suboptimal practices. Select a top surgeon; it makes a difference. I am always searching for my reading glasses. What’s your fix for that? The KAMRA corneal inlay! Since 2015, we’ve treated over 200 patients in NY. They love that it is a safe, effective, and reversible alternative to the age-related need for reading glasses (presbyopia). Combined with iDesign LASIK, it corrects both near and far vision. Learn more about this revolutionary technology on laserfox.com. Dr. Fox was featured in our Memorial Day issue (see the online version). The August 10 issue will take a deeper dive into KAMRA. The Corinthian laserfox.com 345 East 37th Street 212.838.1053 w Meet Dr. Fox on August 4 at Social Life’s Healthy Guru

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DENTAL WHITENING THE BLACK AND WHITE By Jacob Puck soda can roughen up and break the outer layer of the tooth, which increases the surface area of your smooth enamel, so that the next time you eat or drink something like pizza, coffee, tea, or red wine, your teeth now absorb more of it making them more yellow with each bite or sip of the staining food.


any of us want instant gratification when it comes to teeth whitening, whether it’s a dramatic shift in our smile or just a bit of a touch up. Thanks to many innovations and some decent products, both can be achieved in a matter of hours or days. The problem is, there is no shortage of products on the market, and it’s often challenging to determine what’s legit and what’s not. We recently asked Dr. Jacquie Smiles, renowned for being at the forefront of many of those innovations, her opinion on what works, what doesn’t, and what you really need to know about whitening. Whether we’re on the internet, watching TV, or surfing social media, we see many different dental whitening products: gels, strips, toothpaste, and now even a new trendy charcoal. It’s confusing. That’s so true. Cutting through all the noise can be daunting for the do-it-yourself folks. So, let’s bite off the charcoal products. Do they really work? Yes and no, because there are a couple of things people really need to know. Charcoal, when rubbed on the teeth gives a quick misconception-perception because the contrast is black against white. So, keep in mind the true color of your teeth when using, because the charcoal can make them look whiter than they actually are. More important, it roughens the tooth, causing more food and drinks with color in them to penetrate the surface. Why is this troubling? Consistent use of abrasive substances like charcoal and/or baking SocialLifeMagazine.com

So, what is your expert advice? I would use them sparingly. Instead, try to stick with a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel, which bubbles out bacteria from the crevices of your enamel in a healthier way. Think of it like this: sometimes you want your pots and pans to be really, really clean, so you use a scouring pad. This is a good approach for the occasional cleaning, but your pots would be ruined if you scrubbed them every day. Can you tell us what enamel is and what it has to do with whitening? Think of your teeth this way: they have three layers. Pulp is the innermost layer. This is soft tissue that it is filled with nerves and a blood supply. Pulp gives a tooth life. Dentin is the middle layer. This yellowish, bony layer contains tubules that communicate with the nerves in the pulp. Enamel is the outermost layer. It is the hardest, whitest, least porous layer. When enamel wears away, the dentin is exposed, causing tooth sensitivity and revealing a yellow tinge. Stay tuned for the July 20 issue of Social Life. You’ll learn how to restore your enamel and get whiter teeth in a healthier way — from Dr. Smiles. Check out more from Dr. Smiles and whitening on the go. Dr. Jacquie Smiles drjacquiesmiles.com drsmiles.com 212.972.3522 516.921.6010



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RACHEL ZOE By Devorah Rose Photography By Brian Bowen Smith

The first time I became aware of Rachel Zoe was when I saw a picture of Nicole Richie on the red carpet and I was amazed. Richie had somehow seamlessly transformed from ubiquitous reality star who spit out stinging one-liners into what looked like a 1930s starlet. Ritchie’s style had evolved into a casual understated elegance, and I soon found out that Rachel Zoe was the woman behind that transformation. She has dressed more celebrities in her multi-decade career than have walked through the doors of CAA  or WME. Rachel’s journey includes books and television shows, but has grown into something more. She now owns a fashion house (Rachel Zoe Collection), is a media power player (The Zoe Report), and is a luxury subscription purveyor (Box of Style). Rachel Zoe is a unique source of all things style and glamour. I think what everyone wants to know is how Rachel sees and feels about style. “I am a firm believer that style can change your life because it really is a way of expressing yourself without having to ever speak. It’s the first thing people see. I’m not saying you need to be in a ball gown at 8 am, but give yourself a little bit of extra something, whether it’s a little concealer under your eyes, a cheek pinch, or a bit of lipstick. I think that ultimately these things make you feel better about yourself and


so you put a stronger self out there.” She pauses, takes a deep breath, and continues: “I think the outside informs the inside, and your inner  confidence clearly informs  what you project to the rest of the world. To have style you don’t have to be wealthy or famous. In this day and age we have access to style, fashion, accessories, and beauty at any price point. I find many times that people on the most limited budgets have the best style because it forces them to be more creative. I believe putting your absolute best self out there is transformative in every way. I think it really makes you look at yourself differently and feel differently. What matters most is how you feel.” Style is Rachel’s life, not just a career And how does it feel to appear to have it all — being your own boss, having a strong marriage, and two adorable children to boot? She laughs and confesses, “I never feel like I have it all figured out. Being a working mom is by far the hardest challenge I’ve ever faced in my life. I constantly feel as though I’m in a tug of war. I wish I could say I meditate and do yoga and all that, but I don’t. It’s daily mayhem of work and parenting, work and mommy-ing. I feel like the love I get from my kids is my me time. It’s not relaxing. I’ve never been more tired in my life.”

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Many of Rachel Zoe’s hours are spent poring over her collection and growing her fashion line. “The women who inspire me are very much the women who are buying my clothes. The women who have always inspired me are strong, courageous, confident women that are never doing one thing in their life.” But what is at the core of her line? The soul behind her life’s work? “The intention behind my collection is to dress women for the everyday moments and those extraordinary moments. Some of our retailers tell us that the mom will come in with the daughter and the grandma, and they will all leave with an outfit. When that happens it’s a dream moment for me,” she says. Not many marriages survive running a business together, but Rachel and her husband, Rodger Berman, have been coCEOs since 2009. “We just celebrated our twenty-seventh anniversary and twenty years of marriage. We both have this theory that if your relationship is right, it actually should be the easiest part of your life. Everything else in our life is hard — the challenges of growing a business, having employees, raising children. He and I are actually the easy part. At this point we’ve been together for more than half our lives, so it’s just how we exist. But we still can bicker. There are times we are Lucy and Ricky and other times we are The Notebook couple. We exist with each other and don’t know how to do it any other way. No one knows me better in this world.” But does romance still fit into the equation after so many years? And if so how does this duo keep their love life going? “Rodger is better at it than I. What’s most important, but also challenging is reminding ourselves to go on date-nights as well as go away for a few nights without the children once in a while.” A place that Rachel and Rodger have created many memories is the Hamptons. In fact when I ask Rachel what she is doing when she feels happiest she says, “I’m in the Hamptons or St Barths wearing a caftan on the beach and Rodger

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is drinking rosé, about to pour me a glass, and the kids are running around playing in the sand. I grew up going to the Hamptons every summer since I was born. That’s where Rodger and I got engaged, and where Skyler and Kaius both went into the ocean for the first time. I’ve also celebrated almost every birthday and anniversary in the Hamptons since both are just before Labor Day.” Thinking about the Hamptons, Rachel says, “There was this great moment on the beach last summer with friends of ours. We met at the beach at noon and all the sudden it was six o’clock. And we were all there with our kids, who were running around. It’s one of those magical summer moments, and your kids are at their happiest because they are running around in a giant sand box.” With memories old and new, it’s hard to pick favorites, but Rachel talks about how much she enjoyed having her father’s 80th birthday at The Palm in the Hamptons last summer. “The Hamptons is the place that means family to me. I told my family I was pregnant with my first child at Nick and Toni’s, and I got engaged at the dock at East Hampton Point, which is now Moby’s. And the memories go on and on.” Although most think of Rachel as a style mogul, she is more than meets the eye. Rachel is a mother with a rich family life and a love for the Hamptons. As she continues to grow her fashion empire alongside her husband, she confesses that there is one thing they need to do: “We have to remind ourselves to shut off when we are not at work.” Controlling her boundless creativity is definitely something we hope Rachel Zoe never attempts! 

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DR . ANDREW JACONO GIFTED HANDS, GILDED HEART ONE ON ONE WITH THE CELEBRITY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON AND SOUTHAMPTON RESIDENT By Blaire Blass After 17 years in private practice, the Park Avenue facial plastic surgeon Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S., is at the top of his game. A world-renowned pioneer in the field of facial plastic surgery, this 47-year-old father of four manages to see over 100 patients weekly, while also finding time to present clinical research, showcase his surgical techniques in front of peer audiences around the world, and author a new consumer book. We sat down with this ruggedly handsome surgical rock star (at the Village Cheese Shoppe in Southampton — his favorite iced coffee destination) to catch up on the latest in flawless, undetectable procedures and treatments; his new NYC office; his upcoming consumer book; and the heart of his medical practice, his philanthropy, which focuses on providing probono surgery to children born with facial deformities. Why did you decide to become a facial plastic surgeon? My desire to become a facial plastic surgeon was solidified in grade school. There was a girl on my bus route who was born with a cleft lip and palate deformity. She looked different from everyone else and, unfortunately, whenever she spoke, the air and words escaped through her nose. Kids teased her and were cruel, and nobody would sit next to her on the bus, so I decided that I would sit by her. She was a very sweet girl and did not deserve this treatment. I felt bad for her and wished I could help. I also remember being acutely aware, at this young age, of how people were judging her by her looks — it seemed unfair to me. There was so much more to her than her cleft lip and palate. But then she had plastic surgery and returned to school with her face repaired, and suddenly, we all saw her face instead of her deformity. Kids immediately treated her differently — fair or not, this was the reality. I was relieved and happy for her, but also intrigued. The face could be changed, and that could change someone’s life! This seemed to me to be a formidable power, and I remember thinking that I wanted to do that. I wanted to fix people’s faces. I wanted to change their lives. SocialLifeMagazine.com

Tell us about your philanthropy work with children? I’m fortunate that my medical practice makes it possible to fulfill my childhood dream of changing the lives of children all over the world. I work with numerous charity organizations aimed at helping children with limited medical and financial resources receive surgeries. The majority of my medical missions have been to South and Central America and Southeast Asia to perform pro-bono plastic surgery on children born with facial deformities, including cleft lip and palate, microtia [underdeveloped ear], and facial vascular tumors. To date, I have completed surgery on more than 500 children during 20 plus surgical missions over the past 13 years. There is no better feeling than being able to give a child a new face and smile — it’s indescribable.



“There is no better feeling than being able to give a child a new face and smile — it’s indescribable.”

Your new Manhattan office is stunning! How did you go about creating the space? When the doors to my new Park Avenue aesthetic surgery center opened this past November, it literally opened the doors to a whole new level of luxury for my discerning clientele. I want patients to feel at home during their visits, which is why it is a home with aesthetic services that I created, not a medical office with reminders of home. My clientele is used to total luxury, so I spared little in creating a completely custom environment that caters to their every need. I’m an art lover, so I chose pieces from artists such as Damien Hirst and Fabio Modica, and then interspersed the art with personal photographs from my international mission work with children and charity mountain climbs. The functional aspects of the office include three patient exam rooms, two operating rooms, a large patient recovery area, and a separate VIP entrance and waiting area. We have an AAAASF*-certified surgical facility, providing the highest level of surgical care, along with local or twilight anesthesia, instead of general, to reduce surgical risk. Beyond the most advanced, customized procedures, my team is on hand to provide patients with concierge services, such as arranging restaurant reservations, car service, and post-procedure beauty services, as requested. You’re known for your advanced approaches to non-surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. What’s the latest and greatest? I am predominantly a facelift specialist and pioneer of the M.A.D.E. (Minimal Access Deep Plane Extended) facelift, which gives superior, longer lasting results (10 to 12 years) with fewer complications. I discovered that by combining the

optimal features of the deep plane facelift and those of the short-scar minimal access cranial suspension lift, the output was a more significant vertical motion of the mid-face and jawline with a more natural-looking result. The incisions are completely hidden, which is important to my female patients who are athletic and often wear their hair in ponytails, and my male patients who wear short haircuts or shave their heads because of hair loss. One of the common failings of a superficial facelift is that the neck is undertreated or the neck starts to hang a few years after surgery. By modifying the traditional deep plane method, I can not only create greater neck rejuvenation that lasts longer, but also minimize the need for additional tucks. Right now, a big innovation in facial plastic surgery is the ultrasonic rhinoplasty, a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed with local or twilight anesthesia. The new device that makes the procedure possible, Piezotome, vibrates at an ultra-high frequency to shape bone and cartilage, but doesn’t hurt soft tissue, so there is very little bleeding associated, making the recovery time about a week. How can one ensure they find a qualified surgeon for their procedures? For an aesthetic facial procedure, you should select a boardcertified facial plastic surgeon with impressive before and after results. Do your research and ask to see at least 30 to 40 sets of befores and afters. Those who specialize in a particular procedure will be happy to show you as many befores and afters as you have time to see. Digital morphing using 3D technology is an important tool when talking to prospective doctors about your goals, as it will create a digital image of your ‘after’ result. Social Life



Anesthesia — what do we need to know? Anesthesia is something else to discuss when consulting with a doctor and today there are three options: general, twilight, and local anaesthesia. Many patients are concerned about having a general anaesthetic for an elective surgical procedure, and I agree with their concern, so I do not perform general anaesthesia for facelifting surgery. I perform 70 percent of procedures under twilight anesthesia and the other 30 percent under local anesthesia, with just injections to numb the face like would be done at the dentist. For those who do not want to be awake for their surgery, twilight anaesthesia uses medication to put you in a deep sleep where you do not hear, see, or feel any of the surgery, and you wake up feeling well rested. Anyone who has had a colonoscopy has experienced twilight anesthesia. When is the right time to trade fillers for a facelift? I believe in using injectables as a means by which to stave off a facelift, but in a metered fashion. As we age our facial skin becomes more lax, requiring an increasing amount of injectable material to lift what is dropping. The results are the dreaded overfilled caricature-esque faces we see on television and on the streets. This is when tightening is needed to reposition what has fallen. Interestingly, patients don’t realize that a less invasive facelift is likely to be less expensive versus non-invasive treatments in the long run. A decade of injectables and lasers can often cost two to three times that of surgery. There is no perfect age or perfect time to undergo a minimally invasive surgical facelift. It simply depends on how much improvement you are looking for given the associated downtime and costs. I regularly perform facelifts on patients in their forties who want to look ten years their junior for personal or professional reasons. Others wait until they are in their sixties and even seventies. It is a very personal journey. Remember, the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is not to look like you’ve had plastic surgery, but only like a younger, SocialLifeMagazine.com

more well-rested version of yourself. And today, more than ever, this can be achieved. What can you tell us about the book you’re currently writing? My new book, The Park Avenue Face, which is slated for release in the spring of 2019, will reveal how to achieve flawless, undetectable plastic surgery by analyzing a trend unique to the United States — a distinct difference between conceptions of beauty on the West Coast versus the East Coast. Through this, the reader will learn how to define and achieve a natural look (from topical treatments to surgical approaches), the single most important component of the Park Avenue face, while understanding how to recognize and avoid overly enhanced features seen on many Hollywood stars. The goal is to achieve a face that reflects the person they have always been, and the person they strive to be, not a cartoon, or a caricature, or someone they don’t recognize in the mirror. * American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities



BEN LAWSON THE MESSAGE BEHIND 13 REASONS WHY By Christine Montanti Photography by Mark Veltman Australian TV and film actor Ben Lawson is no stranger to portraying controversial characters on American network television. Known for his dynamic roles as a double agent on the ABC series Designated Survivor, and as the boyfriend of a transgender attorney (played by real life transgender actress Laverne Cox) on the CBS political drama Doubt, Lawson appreciates playing thought-provoking characters who encourage honest conversations. This busy Hollywood actor shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon! Currently, Lawson is starring in the second season of Netflix’s critically acclaimed teen drama series 13 Reasons Why, while he continues to be involved in back to back network TV projects. The former star of the Australian soap opera Neighbours plays baseball coach Rick on the Netflix mystery series; it revolves around high school student Hannah Baker, portrayed by Australian actress, Katherine Langford, who records thirteen cassette tapes to reveal the reasons she commits suicide. When questioned about the controversy surrounding the show’s graphic depiction of suicide and rape Lawson explains, “As uncomfortable as the viewers may feel about the show’s content, audiences should not be blind to the heartbreaking issues teenagers are confronted with on a daily basis in high schools and colleges.” Lawson gives an inside look at what viewers can expect in the second season of the devastating drama series. “In the first season we just heard Hannah’s narrative, in the second season we realize that every person that received one of those tapes has their own story, and the truth is going to get a little murkier! “Is there just one truth or is there a little bit more to it?” This season speaks to what we see happening in colleges and schools around America, and there is a heart wrenching truth to it. For teenagers in general, this is a very difficult time in their lives.” As for the character that Lawson portrays on the Netflix series, he explains, “Coach Rick is very much about protecting himself and the school. For any one of his players to be accused or indicted would be a tragedy because he really just needs his team to win, and that is really all he is about. It’s not like Rick has any personal love for his players; he is simply using them for his own gains. Although Coach Rick believes it was a horrible thing that happened

to Hannah, he feels she did it to herself and that was on her. Rick wants his players to get on with their lives without wanting to acknowledge the reality of the systemic problem that is happening in the school.” It’s no surprise that 13 Reasons Why has sparked debates on many controversial issues involving rape, suicide, and bullying. Some critics claim it’s an honest approach to opening up conversations about these issues, others, including mental health experts, say the show is just interested in the shock value and is dangerous storytelling at best. They believe portraying Hannah as the heroine is glorifying suicide. The Los Angeles based actor comments Social Life



on all of the controversy and the important conversations that the show’s content yields. “What the show has done successfully is it has started a lot of conversations that teenagers in general are reluctant to talk about, things that are troubling. It is a very difficult time in their lives. I think what the show is doing is stating to adults, parents, teachers and friends, as uncomfortable as this is, hey look, let’s not be blind to this! The show is always going to come under fire for various criticisms, and everyone is going to view it differently. I think on the whole, the show is reaching out and starting very important conversations.” In response to the criticism the show has received, 13 Reasons Why creator Brian Yorkey has said that “Silence is the real killer!” “Brian is right!” Lawson admits. “I haven’t heard that quote before but that is a great one! I think that the human condition is prone to suffering in silence. Even as adults, it’s hard when we face these problems in life. It is really hard to reach out. What the show and Brian are saying is “that those of us who are still growing and trying to figure this out, please don’t do this alone!” We all know how hard that this time in our life is. We as adults have all gone through it and the moment you reach out, things start to get better.” A role that previously opened up meaningful conversations for which Lawson has said he is appreciative is when he played the boyfriend of a transgender attorney in the CBS series Doubt. “This was something new, and something I haven’t done before,” Lawson confesses. “As any actor wants to grow and do something different, this role was such a gift. Take away the transgender aspect of it. The lawyer himself was fantastic. He was so sharp, and the story was very well written. Then you had this other side of him; he was falling in love with this transgender woman, and then he had to deal with how he wanted to make that relationship public. It was a great storyline.” As for what it was like working with real life transgender actress Laverne Cox, Lawson reveals, “Laverne is so sweet and really helpful, and we became good friends on that show.” The Hollywood actor’s next project will be shooting a pilot for ABC’s False Profits where he plays Jake Amato, the “good looking” building manager of TJ Maxx. Lawson describes the character he portrays on the comedic soap: “Jake is a widow and a single dad. He starts falling for the character played by Bellamy Young. Bellamy’s character is the antagonist, and she is putting all of her savings into a pyramid scam because she is trying to start a new life. These two meet, and I think as the season goes forward, we will see what happens with them. Although the show is a drama it is very, very funny!” As the interview concludes the Australian native describes what his experience has been like on 13 Reasons Why. “As an SocialLifeMagazine.com

actor you just want to do something that means something to someone. God knows I have been doing this for a long time, and most of the stuff that I have done has been pure entertainment. That’s great, and that’s very important as well. It is what appealed to me about being an actor when I was just eight years old. But, to be involved in something that is actually changing the way we think and talk about things and our awareness . . . that’s a gift and a real blessing!”

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ay Schneiderman, who’s in his third year as Southampton town supervisor, is a consensus builder who wants to preserve the social and geographical beauty that makes Southampton special. His long history of service in the Hamptons has rendered him a favorite politician (and human being) among the residents of the East. Having grown up in this famous part of Long Island, he intimately understands the need to balance economic and cultural diversity. Anyone who lives in or has visited the Hamptons knows firsthand that the differences are huge — from summertime denizens on Gin Lane’s multimillion-dollar row to the fishermen, landscapers, gardeners, and nurses whose local roots and commitment to the town keep it thriving. It’s crystal clear that there’s tremendous economic disparity. But, the desire to make Southampton a better place for everyone is

a major driver for Jay. He gets up every day with the passion to overcome this challenge.

POLITICAL PATH After earning his bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Ithaca College and a master of arts in education from the State University of New York at Cortland, Jay taught science, mathematics, and music at various East End schools. He also managed his family’s hotel business in Montauk, and later formed a resort property management company. But Jay is no stranger to politics. He went on to serve two terms as the supervisor of East Hampton Town and served six two-year terms in the Suffolk County Legislature. He is credited with many accomplishments, including the widening of County Road 39 in Southampton, initiating Suffolk County Social Life



“I love the Hamptons waterways — the ocean beaches, the marshes, and bays. Driving over the Ponquogue Bridge and seeing the clammers and the sparkling waters below gives me a sense of peace. But more than anything else, what I love most about the Hamptons are the people.” Ruben and Jay Schneiderman

public bus service on Sundays, preserving thousands of acres of open space and farmland, and never raising general fund property taxes in 18 consecutive years of elected office.

CONSENSUS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING Jay believes in the power of the people. His role doesn’t only open the door to meeting celebrity politicians like Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg, it also affords him the opportunity to drive real change in the community. He’s proactive in bringing residents into the dialogue to get a sense of where the community stands on important issues. He insists, “It’s their town, their future.” His team leverages an outreach program that actively aims to cultivate a strong sense of community. It solicits feedback on key challenges the community faces like reinforcing the local economy, preserving historic buildings, maintaining clean water, and preserving the charms of the small town way.

GROWING UP HAMPTONS Having lived most of his life in Montauk, where his family owns (and now leases) a hotel called the Breakers, he now calls Southampton home. A proud father, his daughter and son (Magdalena and Ruben), whom he affectionately calls “goodlooking” and “smart,” are named after his parents. His parents grew up during the Great Depression, and Jay says, “It taught SocialLifeMagazine.com

them to prepare for hard times,” and he accredits them for his skills in managing budgets. Both East Hampton and Southampton Town achieved AAA credit ratings, the highest available, under Jay’s leadership. There must be something in the Hamptons water, as both Jay and his sister, Helen Ficalora, have put their marks on the map. She is the pioneer of the alphabet charm craze. It’s hard to miss seeing celebrities and Hamptonites adorning themselves with her signature circular jewelry charms with initials stamped on them. Her pieces are sold all over, including right here in Bridgehampton as well as Manhattan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT JAY . . . . . . has a passion for music. You may have seen him jamming on the drums with reggae and fusion bands at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. . . . Jay is the only individual in NY State to have been elected supervisor of two different towns.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE HAMPTONS “I love the Hamptons waterways — the ocean beaches, the marshes, and bays. Driving over the Ponquogue Bridge and seeing the clammers and the sparkling waters below gives me a sense of peace. But more than anything else, what I love most about the Hamptons are the people.”

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ean Shafiroff, the ambassador-at-large and honorary board member of Southampton Animal Shelter interviews Clif Knight, the co-president of Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates the Southampton Animal Shelter, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare. The shelter is located in Red Creek Park, Hampton Bays. In 2010, the Shelter’s operations were privatized by a group of concerned citizens. At that time, the Town of Southampton was going to close the shelter due to budgetary reasons. Southampton Animal Shelter provides a safe haven for stray, abandoned, surrendered and homeless animals from the local area. In addition, it takes in animals from overcrowded shelters in NYC and a number of states. This includes animals from puppy mills and disaster ravaged areas nationwide. In 2017 the shelter took in rescue animals from hurricane disaster areas, including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. SASF relies on individual donors, foundations, grants and corporations for its continued support. In 2017, SASF established the Southampton Animal Shelter Endowment Fund to ensure long-term sustainability. It also established the Southampton Animal Shelter Strategic Capital Fund for major projects.



Katie McEntee and Elizabeth Shafiroff, Junior Committee Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 8th Annual Unconditional Love Gala

What makes the Southampton Animal Shelter special? The staff is wonderful. Everyone works well together as a group and provides the necessary medical assistance, and training and behavioral work. Kennel attendants, volunteers, administrative workers and adoption personnel all strive for excellence in all areas. The result is superior care for the animals. We have a 96% adoption rate. What locations does the Shelter serve? The Southampton Shelter serves the entire Southampton Township. This includes all seven villages and all 18 hamlets.

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What else differentiates the Southampton Shelter from other shelters? We accept all animals regardless of their condition, age, special needs, or medical state. No animal is ever turned away. Southampton Animal Shelter is unique in this respect. We are a “no kill” shelter. As co-president, along with Beau Hulse, what are your future goals for the shelter? One of our major objectives is to make sure that the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation becomes recognized for its outstanding work. It deserves to be known as one of the premier 501(c)3 philanthropic organizations on the East End — along with the Southampton Fresh Air Home, Parrish Art SocialLifeMagazine.com

Museum, Rodgers Memorial Library and Southampton Hospital. The history of the Southampton Animal Shelter is a truly heartwarming story. The shelter has a great record of success in animal welfare. We need the community to be more aware of the great work we do. We are in the process of making this happen. What are the major challenges facing the shelter? First and foremost, we need to build a strong and experienced board with a diversity of talent. We are now in the process of recruiting A-list talent. This is critical. Second, we must expand our donor base. We are methodically putting structure, resources and tools in place to accomplish this. How can individuals on the East End support the Southampton Animal Shelter? Anyone who wants to learn more about the Shelter can visit our website: southamptonanimalshelter.com. Individuals are welcome to come to the shelter for a tour. There are many different ways to become involved and help out. We encourage individuals to volunteer and support our fundraising events. Clif, can you tell our readers what future fundraising events are on the calendar for the shelter? This summer the most significant and exciting event is our 2018 Unconditional Love Gala, which will take place on



Saturday, July 21, at a beautiful waterfront estate in Southampton. As you well know, this is a massively important fundraiser for the shelter. Jean, you are most familiar with our galas. You have chaired this event five times — and you were honored by the shelter at last year’s gala. This year we are pleased to announce that Greg D’Elia will serve as the event chairman. Given Greg’s following in the media and his vision for the evening, it’s surely going to be great party. Jean, we are also very pleased to have you serve as the honorary chair of the event.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE GALA 2018 JULY 21 Join The Southampton Animal Shelter for the 9th Annual Unconditional Love Gala, held at a magnificent Southampton estate. For information about the event and tickets, visit southamptonanimalshelter.com

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Jean Shafiroff, Daisy, and Clif Knight

ABOUT CLIF KNIGHT Clifton “Clif ” Knight is the co-president of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, a privatized shelter serving the Township of Southampton. Clif is a corporate attorney. He and his wife, Raya, share their time between New York City and Southampton. Clif has extensive corporate, legal and board experience in many areas. He and Raya are both actively involved in a number of local philanthropies, as well as education-based projects at several major universities in his home state of North Carolina. SocialLifeMagazine.com

ABOUT JEAN SHAFIROFF Jean Shafiroff, a 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. The NY Women’s Foundation, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council, Jewish Board, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board, Global Strays, and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club Charitable Foundation. In addition, Jean is an ambassador for the American Humane Society and the ambassador for the Southampton Shelter. Jean is married to Martin D. Shafiroff, an investments advisor. Together they have two daughters. Jean and her family reside in Manhattan and Southampton.















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Spend an unforgettable evening at the 7th annual St. Barth Hamptons gala in Bridgehampton, hosted by Christie Brinkley. Dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Lee Kalt in a beautiful white tent, set among lush emerald fields where modern elegance meets Old World glamour. Indulge in gourmet tastings while glasses overflow with Champagne. One night only. The pinnacle of every New Yorker’s summer social calendar. stbarthhamptons.com

BAY STREET THEATER 27TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALA Saturday, July 7; at 5:30 pm Wharf, Sag Harbor Celebrate! Party! Dance! Come rock the dock for the last time! Due to planned renovations, this will be the final gala on the wharf. The evening begins with cocktails and a presentation in the theater. A one-hour show with performances and presentations by leading stars of Broadway (Past celebrities have included Julie Andrews, Alec Baldwin, Jason Alexander, Alan Alda, Nathan Lane, Billy Joel, and more). Following the show are cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, live auction, special entertainment, dancing, and more. baystreet.org

FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE HAMPTONS SUMMER GALA Friday, July 13; from 7 to 11 pm Ocean Bleu at Westhampton Bath & Tennis 231 Dune Road, Westhampton The annual summer gala offers hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner along with music and a designer auction to benefit the league, which helps families in need in Suffolk County. fsl-li.org

PARRISH MUSEUM MIDSUMMER PARTY Saturday, July 14; from 6:30 to 10 pm 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill The highlight of the Hamptons summer social season, this annual event brings together over 500 artists, philanthropists, business leaders, and art world guests in support of the Parrish and will honor the Parrish trustee Chad Leat and the artist Keith Sonnier. parrishart.org

WILD NIGHT FOR WILDLIFE Saturday, July 14; from 6 to 10 pm Quogue Wildlife Refuge 3 Old Country Road, Quogue This 12th annual event will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The funds provide a major portion of the

refuge’s operating budget. The event will feature substantial hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, wine from Martha Clara Vineyards, live music, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet the resident animals up close! A private VIP reception will be held at 6 pm for those contributing $750 or more per person. quoguewildliferefuge.org

THE 14TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS HAPPENING SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION Saturday, July 14; from 6:30 to 11 pm 900 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton The mission of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is to eradicate cancer by funding collaborative cross-institutional research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients, which is particularly crucial for children and seniors battling cancer. waxmancancer.org

DR. STEPHEN T. GREENBERG’S COSMETIC SURGERY SEMINAR Saturday, July 28; from 9:30 to 11 am. The Southampton Inn 91 Hill Street, Southampton Learn about cosmetic surgery, non-invasive, and medspa procedures. Complimentary breakfast buffet, great raffle prizes and gift bags. RSVP by July 21: greenbergcosmeticsurgery.com or 631.287.4999

AN EVENING OF ENCHANTMENT SUMMER GALA Saturday, July 28; from 6:30 to 11 pm Topping Rose House One Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton This special evening benefits The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, The Ellen Hermanson Breast Centers at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Ellen’s Well. Cuisine will be by Chef Jean-Georges, dancing and live auction with Nick Dawes. ellenhermanson.org or 212.840.0916 Social Life




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 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






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The Dodge Award recognizes distinguished individuals who epitomize the Dodge family’s 165-year-old tradition of humanitarian service. On Wednesday, June 6, New York City’s YMCA honored Michael R. Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the 108th mayor of New York City; and Sandra E. O’Connor, the chief regulatory affairs officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., at the 44th annual Dodge Award dinner, hosted at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event raised $1.65 million, which will be used to strengthen the YMCA’s influence in the city, especially in the Bronx. More than 500 community and business leaders, and supporters of New York City’s YMCA gathered to celebrate the recipients of the Dodge Award. “Mike and Sandie are both brilliant, driven, generous, and innovative. We are thrilled to bestow our annual Dodge Award to these two groundbreaking leaders who exemplify and embrace the Dodge family’s tradition of service,” said Sharon Greenberger, the

president and CEO of New York City’s YMCA. “This year’s dinner celebrated the YMCA’s expanding services in the Bronx, where we are breaking ground on two new branches this year, to open in 2020. We are excited to build new buildings, push our boundaries, and serve new communities now and for years to come.” There was also a special performance by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, which set the tone for a night to remember. ABOUT NEW YORK CITY’S YMCA New York City’s YMCA is open to all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, the Y today serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at its 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. New York City’s YMCA ymcanyc.org Social Life


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s Saturday, June 16, shifted from sunny heat to evening respite, flocks of supporters and committee members took to the beachfront estate of Lisa and James Cohen in East Hampton. Lisa, the founder and editorial director of Galerie magazine, and James, the owner of Hudson News, graciously hosted over 300 guests for cocktails and 100 VIPs for dinner to support the 20th anniversary of the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) School’s Out fundraiser, supporting LGBTQ youth. The youth benefiting from H.M.I.’s services are greeted not only with a safe space, but also with educational tools, health-care support, and many other essential offerings. This year marks the fourth year in a row that Lisa and James have hosted the bash. Martha Stewart graciously designed all tablescapes and floral arrangements. “It’s such an important institution and really unites a welcoming, open-minded, and supportive group,” says Lisa. “It’s an honor to be able to offer our space for such a notable

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cause, and I know that the lasting effects of these celebrations resonate so permanently in the lives of others.” Among the luminaries, Tracy Anderson, a fitness guru to the stars, wowed in a daffodil yellow dress and gave numerous insightful interviews on both her profession and her support of School’s Out. As guests sipped on Wölffer Estate Vineyard wines, Kettle One vodka, and Don Julio tequila, the scene shifted from social catch-up to sit-down dinner. Each of the three long tables was layered with clean, traditional Martha Stewart arrangements of light and dark greens, lush plantings, and crisp white linens, which paired well with colorful crudités and polished silverware. Generous offerings from Håndværk, Mini Cooper, Galerie, and Cambria, among other donations, contributed to this event’s success. For more information about the Hetrick-Martin Institute, connect to hmi.org Social Life




The Wölffer Estate Vineyard The Wölffer Estate Vineyard is such a great place to meet up with friends to start off the weekend. “Sunset Fridays” is where everyone gathers on the grounds — literally! You will see all age groups enjoying live music with family, and friends — kicking back and sitting on the grass in comfortable clothing. This to me is an authentic Hamptons experience. Nobody is pretentious, and people actually interact. You’ll look awkward sitting on your phone, so leave your cell in the car!

Hamptons Coffee Hamptons Coffee is the best place to get some breakfast or a cup of Joe before working out because many exercise classes are nearby, such as Soul Cycle and Barry’s. The outside area has a cute garden that overlooks fields of greenery free of construction sites — a rarity these days out East. This is also a kid-friendly spot. Highchairs are available and no one complains or gives a dirty look when a baby is loud.

The Beacon The Beacon in Sag Harbor has the best bar scene. It overlooks the water and is my most favorite spot to watch the sun set. The Beacon also serves food, but it’s fun to go there for cocktails before dinner, then head elsewhere. For example, Dopo La Spiaggia is a sixminute walk. This restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so you might want to leave your name before going to grab drinks.

The Crow’s Nest The Crow’s Nest restaurant is a must for those in Montauk! Since I’m in Southampton, it’s a summer spot I don’t get to often, but I’d go there daily if I could. The food and ambiance has made this a local favorite. I think this restaurant is summer’s perfect date spot. Your best bet is to go super early — around 5 pm on a Sunday or Monday — when it’s not as crazy busy as on the weekends. Its American menu offers seasonal and organic food as well as great desserts. I’ll keep my favorite a secret. SocialLifeMagazine.com

Rachel Heller, Photography by Rob Rich

Create your own “meet up” Create your own “meet up.” Select your favorite secluded spot, stop at a farm stand for freshly grown Hamptons produce, pick up some tasty Tate cookies, and choose a bottle of local wine from Channing Daughters Winery. Throw a quilt on a patch of grass under the summer sky and propose a toast to the “sweet life in the Hamptons.”















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22ND ANNUAL HAMPTONS HEART BALL June 23, 2018 1. Asia Lee John Dooley 2. Jill Kandell David Kandell 3. Debbie Saunders Dr. Mitchell Saunders 4. Lisa Hayim Dr. Evan Shlofmitz 5. Robert Zimmerman 6. Stephanie Meyers Trista Sordillo 7. Dee Gates Kevin Gates 8. Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos Yianna Tassiopoulos 9. Camille Rosenfeld Charlie Poliwoda Ken Poliwoda







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THE NATURE CONSERVANCY 2018 GALA June 21, 2018 1. Steve Denning 2. Keith Banks 3. Mark Tercek Alison Tercek 4. Bill Ulfelder Dr. Stephanie Wear Daniel Chung Fazena Bacchus 5. Joseph Gleberman Gerald McNamara 6. Giulio Boccaletti Andrea Mattiello 7. Craig McCaw Susan McCaw 8. John Gilliam Zach Taylor 9. Daniel Chung Alexandra Alger 10. Kathryn Wylde All images thanks to Patrick McMullan




 PLAY FOR P.I.N.K . GOLF FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION June 21, 2018 1. Arlene Mark Gail Perl Mona Sterling Helaine Strauss 2. Amy Lemle Shelly Parker Roz Goldstein Suzanne Friedman 3. Marilyn Stamm Elyse Lasher Linda Zaro Shirley Vituli 4. Irene Casey Connie Parise Pam Glazer 5. Play for P.I.N.K. 6. Pam Praetorius Donna Leto Suzanne Breinlinger Karen Strom 7. Mindy Zakarin Dawn Leistner Sharon Weinreb Andrea Cohen 8. Judy Beil Carolyn Koslow Lisa Goldstein Andrea Newburger









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IRENE MICHAELS HAVEN ROOFTOP OPENS ISABEL BSCHER ART BASEL IN SWITZERLAND ANDREADIS TALENT AGENCY HORSES WITHOUT HUMANS The gallerist Isabelle Bscher presented Wilfredo Lam: Nouveau Nouveau Monde, a retrospective of Lam’s work, at her Gallerie Gmurzynska, in Zurich, Switzerland, during Art Basel. The iconic French actress Catherine Denevue, the former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, and Eskil Lam, Wifredo Lam’s son, attended the opening. gmurzynska.com

Stars from Billions, Law & Order, The Blacklist, and The Deuce joined Orange Is the New Black’s Hunter Emery and Rebecca Knox and Grand Hotel’s Justina Adorno to celebrate Michele Peacock’s 35th anniversary of her Andreadis Talent Agency, at Brandon and Hank Freid’s Haven Rooftop in the sanctuary Hotel. sanctuaryhotelnyc.com

The animal lover and beauty expert Irene Michaels (ionthescene.com) hosted a benefit for Horses without Humans with Alise Carrico. Funds raised went to support the rescuing of horses from slaughter by providing them with training in preparation for adoption, health care, and rehabilitation. Guests included the producer Arny Granat and Walter Jacobson. horseswithouthumans.org












NIGHTLIFE By Joe Alexander with Photography by Patrick McMullan

Ocean’s 8: Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Rihanna should sue their agents for casting them in the epic flop Ocean’s 8. The all-female cast sounded good, but in the end you’re looking for George Clooney and Brad Pitt to pop up and save the day. Bullock, who masterminds the film’s jewelry heist said, “I’d like to think that instead of it being a woman’s film or a man’s film, it is just a great story.” Rihanna makes an unimpressive big screen debut, and she said, “I am crazy and I don’t pretend to be anything else.” Sadly, none of that craziness is captured on film. The real star of the movie is the Met Gala, but even that falls flat compared to the real thing.

Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson @ Ocean’s 8

Diplo @ HQ2 in Atlantic City

Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds stars as the edgy and witty Deadpool.  The movie is an unqualified hit, funny, fast-paced, and action packed. Hunky Reynolds said, “I’m not one of those actors who romanticizes his trials working out and brags that he can bench press a panda now.” His co-star Josh Brolin, who has made a string of art films, said, “Suddenly, I’m in movies that people are excited about, and that is a nice change.”

Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin @ Deadpool 2

Mark Wahlberg opens Wahlburgers in Atlantic City

Nancy Chemtob and Michael Kubin celebrate their engagement

Diplo & Kaskade @ HQ2 Nightclub

Club King Joey Morrissey roared back into nightlife with the opening of his new, $150 million beachclub and nightclub HQ2 at Ocean Resort Casino, in Atlantic City. Morrissey booked the hottest dance acts to open the clubs, including Diplo, Kaskade, Jermaine Dupri, Sunnery James, and Ryan Marciano. The summer lineup is equally stellar. HQ2 was packed with 1,500 ravers a night, while the beach club attracted over 4,000 revelers. Mark Wahlberg is a partner in the $3-billion resort and cut the ribbon to open the resort along with majority shareholders Nancy and Bruce Deifik. Wahlberg also opened a branch of his restaurant Wahlburgers in the resort with his brothers Donnie and Paul. The spectacular property features 16 restaurants, including Mark Forgione’s American Cut and Jose Garces’s AMADA. theoceanac.com

Hard Rock Cafe

Things are heating up in Atlantic City this summer. Michael Jackson’s Swarovski crystal glove, Rihanna’s

Joey Morrissey, Marcus Schenkenberg @ HQ2 in Atlantic City Michael Jackson and his white glove

Dr. Sherrell Aston, Muffie Potter Aston @ American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala

Dr. Gina Sam @ her office opening

Noble Black and Marc Rozic celebrated their wedding

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Peter Thomas Roth, Deborah Norville @ Hearst Castle

Mandela Bellamy, Chef Saul Montiel, Ashly Jordyn @ Cantina Rooftop

white dress from the cover of her album Good Girl Gone Bad, and Prince’s Lovesexy outfit are just a few of the iconic pieces being displayed at the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Other priceless items headed to the hotel are a guitar used by Jimi Hendrix, Imagine’s original handwritten lyrics by John Lennon, and outfits worn by Bruce Springsteen during the “Born in the U.S.A.” tour. The items were flown under guard in a private jet to AC from the hotel’s “rock vault” at Universal’s Orlando resort, where over 80,000 pieces of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia are stored until they are sent to one of the Hard Rock’s locations around the world. hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com

Hope for Depression

Dr. Chris Calapai and Sonja Morgan in the Hamptons

Elyse Fox, Em Odesser, Audrey Gruss @ Paley Center

Millennial TV stars from top shows supported Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s symposium “Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health,” hosted  at the Paley Center. The talk addressed hot-button topics from suicide to sexting and drew questions from James Franco’s The Deuce star Alyssa Kempinski, Iron Fist ’s  Robert  Manzell, Gotham’s Matt Flynn, and Justina Adorno from Eva Longoria’s show Grand Hotel, who all attended with their agent Michele Peacock. Others in the audience included Dr. Christopher Calapai and Dr. Kenneth Mar​k. “Walk of Hope + 5K Run,” which raises funds and awareness for the need for depression research, will take place on August 5 in the Village of Southampton. hopefordepression.org

Ariana Grande & Dr. Ehsan Ali

Ariana Grande

Dr. Ehsan Ali

Ariana Grande fans freaked out when they spotted the Beverly Hills physician Dr. Ehsan Ali rushing across a Beverly Hills street to greet the pop star in a parking lot as she handed over her keys to a valet. Luckily, the fans’ fears were for naught. The singer was just getting the VIP treatment from Dr. Ali, whose other patients include Justin Bieber, Rita Ora, and Liam Hemsworth. The doctor, who is famous for his rejuvenating vitamin drips, was just there to greet the singer and usher her through the throng of paparazzi who follows her everywhere she goes.  beverlyhillsconciergedoctor.com

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, & Alex Donner

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex in London


Alex Donner, Jean Shafiroff @ Southampton Animal Shelter

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials were toasted by The Anglosphere Society at the Colony Club. Society band leader Alex Donner, who has performed for five presidents, sang songs by British bands, including The Kinks’ famous track Victoria. The song is about Queen Elizabeth’s greatgreat-grandmother. Queen Elizabeth has just surpassed Victoria as longest reigning monarch, with 66 years on the throne. alexdonner.com









“As we continue to expand our team — Hamptons Luxury Agents — into new markets it’s essential that we align ourselves with brokers who share our principles, integrity, trust, and passion for real estate. Both Mike and Billy are extremely successful and charismatic brokers, and we are thrilled to be associated with them,” says Mark Baron.


s we ease into the time of year when the Hamptons are the hottest — both literally and figuratively — we have been keeping close tabs on the happenings of two real estate standouts: Jane Babcook and Mark Baron. Riding the tailwinds of Brown Harris Stevens, the pair recently became invitation-only members of Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest global network of premier, locally-branded companies dominated by many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages (including Brown Harris Stevens). In a world where only those who are the most “connected” truly thrive, Baron and Babcook have taken teamwork to a whole new level with this new designation and have made some very important friends in the business. We thought it would be interesting to get a take on what their collaborators think of Babcook and Baron, and how working together is the new modus operandi for an exceptional customer experience.

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Mike Lubin Introducing Mike Lubin, a licensed associate real estate broker at Brown Harris Stevens, New York City: Before entering real estate, Mike Lubin spent fifteen years working as a talent and literary agent in film, television, and theatre in Los Angeles and New York, mostly at the renowned William Morris Agency. He honed his skills in creative artist management and representation, something he says has contributed to his exceptional aptitude for real estate. Tell us about your collaboration with Mark and Jane and why it’s important to you? I believe the three of us are very committed to the idea of creating a strategic alliance, with very successful seasoned professionals in different markets, serving international and domestic clients, and, ultimately, connecting people. Meeting Mark at the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World convention in Las Vegas, in January, was kismet for all of us because we discovered that we share a sensibility. A very organic collaboration has evolved, and I couldn’t be happier. This type of collaboration and teamwork is quite different from what people had come to expect in the Hamptons. In the past, it seems to have been every man or woman for themselves in a dog-eat-dog business. SocialLifeMagazine.com

Ryan Aussem, Mark J. Baron, Jane Babcook, Mike Lubin

Why is this the new way of working in the industry? People want and deserve white glove service. This is something that we feel very strongly about — that there is a community of clients, whether in Florida, the Hamptons, Aspen, New York, Los Angeles, or London; whether they are younger buyers who are suddenly becoming established in their communities or are individuals who are divesting themselves of properties. Buyers and sellers want real estate professionals in the know, who are well connected, take care of their interests, and who are tapped into all these markets. Is this common among your New York peers? I don’t know if there are as many brokers who are aligning themselves in New York City as in the Hamptons. Certainly people are sharing business, but from a strategic standpoint, there isn’t the same focus that we’re emphasizing. What’s trending right now? What are people looking for? It’s all about quality now. Buyers are smarter about their investments than ever before. It’s about being priced correctly and perfect marketing. So the million-dollar question: what do you think of Mark and Jane? When you meet people in life with whom you have immediate chemistry, you feel it. I felt like the second I met them, I wanted to be in their company. When I find that in life, I pursue it.



Tracy Wheelock with guest, Joan Jacobs, Jane Babcook, Billy Nash

Billy Nash Introducing Billy Nash, a licensed real estate professional at Nash Luxury, Florida: Billy Nash is a seasoned professional who has spent 23 years working with and advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families. Drawing on a background in finance, Nash founded Nash Luxury, a member of the Keyes Company, which in turn is a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 premier real estate firms, encompassing 4,000 offices and over 120,000 sales associates in 40+ countries around the world. From your perspective, how are the markets in south Florida and the Hamptons similar? We cater to the same clientele who may be working in Manhattan running a hedge fund or is a C-suite executive, someone who summers in the Hamptons to get out of the city, but then wants to bring golf clubs to Florida when there’s a blizzard! It’s actually a bit of a conveyor belt, so we know the importance of working together to meet the need of what are essentially the same clients.

It seems like the concept of collaboration is pretty simple, yet it’s not very common. How are you, Mark and Jane filling a void? It’s interesting because I think we all come from the same mold. We appreciate teamwork. We appreciate each other’s expertise. I may not be an expert on the Hamptons, and Mark and Jane may not be experts on Palm Beach, but we all understand luxury products and our clients’ needs. This is a valueadd for everyone involved. Ultra-high-net-worth individuals appreciate that. What’s hot in south Florida these days except for the sun? It’s a very interesting market, and particularly attractive because we don’t have a state income tax. High-net-worth individuals like the fact that they can become residents of this area without giving up a large portion of their income. Palm Beach County is a strong market for luxury real estate and very attractive for people who want to golf, who want to fish, go diving — it’s a wonderful lifestyle. What do you love about the Hamptons? Well, Mark and Jane, of course! Besides that, the lifestyle can’t be beat. The beaches, the restaurants, the people, the golf courses . . . the quality of the luxury market there is superb relative to other markets, and it’s just an amazing place to escape to! Social Life






1. 22 Renwick, Soho | $2,595,000 | 2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 5 Rooms | Contact Mike Lubin 2. 494 Mariner Drive, Admirals Cove, Jupiter Florida | $14,000,000 | 7 Bedrooms | 11 Baths | 494marinerdrive.com | Contact Billy Nash 3. The Nathan P. Howell House, Sag Harbor Village | $14,750,000 | Built 1833 | 1.1± Acres | 10,000± sf on 4 Levels | 7 Bedrooms | 8.5 Baths | Elevator | 9 Fireplaces | Widow’s Walk with 360º Views | Detached 4-Bay Garage + Artist’s Studio | Extensive Gardens | Heated Pool | 238mainstreet.com | Contact Mark J. Baron & Jane Babcook, Hamptons Luxury Agents Mark J. Baron Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker mbaron@bhshamptons.com o/ 631.537.4333 c/ 631.800.1125 SocialLifeMagazine.com

Jane Babcook Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker jbabcook@bhshamptons.com o/ 631.537.4346 c/ 631.680.1001

Mike Lubin Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker mlubin@bhsusa.com o/ 212.317.3672 c/ 917.371.6723

Billy Nash Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker billynash@keyes.com o/ 561.713.2438 c/ 732.998.6377



1. New in Bridgehampton

$3,995,000 | 2.3± Acres | Built in 2017 5,600± sf | 6 Bedrooms | 6.5 Baths | Open Floor Plan Finished Lower Level | Manicured Grounds | Heated Pool | WEB# 11695

2. Luxurious New Construction | Water Mill South

$9,995,000 | 1.32± Acres | Built in 2018 | Near to the Ocean 8,880± sf | 6 Bedrooms | 7.5 Baths | Sprawling and Beautifully Designed Interior Spaces Manicured Grounds | Heated Pool | Tennis | WEB# 100974

3. Perfection in East Hampton South

$3,995,000 | 0.46± Acre | Built in 2016 4,275± sf | 5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths | Immaculate Design Finished Lower Level | Manicured Grounds | Heated Pool | WEB# 42176

4. Slated for Completion in 2018 | Water Mill

$9,995,000 | 1.0± Acre | To be Built in 2018 6,400± sf | 8 Bedrooms | 8.5 Baths | Highest Quality Finishes Finished Lower Level | Manicured Grounds | Heated Pool | Deeded Boat Slip

5. Beach Cottage | Amagansett

$6,495,000 | 0.48± Acre | Built in 2017 | Oceanview 5,820± sf | 6 Bedrooms | 6.5 Baths | Open Floor Plan Finished Lower Level | Manicured Grounds | Heated Pool | WEB# 39976

Mark J. Baron 631.537.4333 mbaron@bhshamptons.com

Jane Babcook 631.537.4346 jbabcook@bhshamptons.com

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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 $2 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 22 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.” Consistently ranked among the top producers in the Hamptons, and a year-on-year member of The Corcoran Group President’s Council, Gary has qualified as a national list name since 2007.

In 2008, he was Corcoran’s top broker on the East End by sales volume and rental units, and ranked as the nation’s No. 4 top broker. In the 2017 REAL Trends and the Wall Street Journal list of America’s top real estate professionals, he was designated No. 26 nationally, No. 4 in the Hamptons, and No. 3 at Corcoran overall by volume, with nearly $200 million of transactions for the past year. Gary realized early on the importance of deep local knowledge and the benefits of expert marketing, which other brokers have come to emulate. Knowing each buyer or renter has his or her own idea of what defines a personal Hamptons experience, he is well versed on the inventory of each village and hamlet on the East End. To whet your appetite, take a look at two of his exquisite listings.

ON THE WATERFRONT WITH A DOCK 57 LAKE DRIVE, SOUTHAMPTON This inviting two-bedroom, two-bath retreat with a dock, poised on 1.3 acres along 300 feet of Peconic Bay, was completely renovated several years ago. The 2,000-square-foot traditional on two floors of living space features a sensible floor plan with water views from every room. The home is centered around the large living room with fireplace and doors that lead to the expansive deck overlooking the water. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners are prepared in the updated, fully equipped, eatin kitchen with adjacent laundry room. A separate den/media room leads to the new master bedroom suite on the far end of the house. A separate guest bedroom with adjacent sleep loft accessed by its own staircase is serviced by a separate full

bath. Outside water vistas abound from an expansive deck furnished with both an umbrella-covered table and comfortable lounging chairs. Verdant lawn runs down to the completely rebuilt dock (equipped with water and electricity), which will provide safe haven for a boat up to almost 30 feet. Head over to Sunset Beach on Shelter Island for Sunday cocktails or to Sag Harbor 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 North Fork somewhere into Long Island Sound, leaving the horizon a purplish haze. Priced to sell at $2,395,000. Social Life



OCEANFRONT EXCELLENCE 168 DUNE ROAD A whole new price informs oceanfront excellence along Quogue’s coveted Dune Road, which is available for one fortunate buyer. This superb traditional on 3.25 acres offers tennis and a dock on the bay. Custom built in 2010 for exacting owners, the sprawling 13,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom seaside residence has been professionally decorated, providing for seamless entertaining. The grand two-story paneled entry leads to the stunning formal living room as well as the professional, fully equipped eat-in kitchen with adjacent family room. A unique, glass-front, temperature controlled wine room is accessed from the formal dining room, offering a beautiful aesthetic during meals. A sumptuous wood-paneled office with fireplace and wet bar provides a quiet space to get some work done in between tennis matches played on the full-sized, all-weather north/south tennis court. Upstairs the master wing offers a sumptuous sleeping chamber with fireplace, his and her baths and closets, sitting room, and an expansive private deck with fireplace that looks out at both the ocean and bay. Eight additional bedroom suites, including two on the first floor, await lucky weekend guests. Covered and SocialLifeMagazine.com

uncovered patios look out to the 60-foot heated Gunite pool with spa, and is serviced by cabana with fireplace. An outdoor summer kitchen with brick oven and ample patio space provide the perfect venue for al fresco dining. The state-of-the-art home is Crestron controlled, offering automatic shades and a whole house generator. A private walkway leads to the pristine ocean beach, past a sea of manicured lawn, while a gated entry and extensive landscaping by Edmund D. Hollander Design ensures privacy. Surf the ocean in the morning when the waves beckon, kite board in the afternoon when the southwest thermals prevail or just relax at your own private beach with nearby lifeguard facilities. A dedicated dock across the street can accommodate up to five boats. Sunrises and sunsets along with an endless summer of beach and boating can be yours each and every day with this incredible seaside estate. Now priced at $19,995,000. Gary DePersia is a licensed associate real estate broker at the Corcoran Group. Call 516.380.0538  or email dp@corcoran.com


Egypt Close Gary R. DePersia Licensed A s sociate Real E s t ate Broker m 516.38 0.0538 | gdp@corcoran.com

East Hampton Village. At the end of a quiet East Hampton lane, south of the highway, moments to village shopping, chic restaurants and the broad ocean beaches that straddle either side of the Maidstone Club, a stunning white clapboard traditional behind a gated entry anticipates its next chapter. Sprawling across a beautifully landscaped acre, this 5 bedroom residence was handsomely renovated and enlarged in 2005 to accommodate an expanding clan. A center hall entry welcomes all into warm interiors that fan out to find a living room with fireplace as well as the generous, totally up to date eat-in kitchen flanked by the formal dining room and the great room warmed by its own fireplace. The expansive master wing with sitting area and fireplace is joined by an additional bedroom suite completing the first floor. Upstairs a guest master suite and two additional bedrooms make weekend entertaining effortless. A partially finished lower level offers recreational space and bathroom as well as more areas to finish and for storage. A professionally installed audio system provides multiple zones of music throughout the house as well as outside while lounging on the patio or around the 20’ X 40’ heated Gunite pool serviced by its own bath and framed by a sea of verdant lawn. Established landscaping with colorful shrubs, specimen trees, and tall perimeter plantings ensuring privacy is further enhanced by an extensive lighting package. A portico leading to a detached two car garage and basketball half court completes this new offering. Close to village, close to beaches, close to everything that makes East Hampton a world class resort destination and at a brand new price...Egypt Close awaits. For the full story check out myhamptonhomes.com/10581 Exclusive. $6.195M WEB# 10581

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Oceanfront Transformation Gary R. DePersia Licensed A s sociate Real E s t ate Broker m 516.38 0.0538 | gdp@corcoran.com

Joan E. Hegner Licensed A s sociate Real E s t ate Broker m 631.697.573 0 | jhegner @corcoran.com

Montauk. Poised on nearly 1.5 acres, along 180 feet of shoreline, a stunning estate, masterfully transformed from the ground up through the vision of world renowned architect and designer Thierry Despont, offers an unapparelled beachfront experience in a private setting. The great room under a barrel-vaulted ceiling centers around its dramatic 30 ft high stone fireplace. With floor to ceiling windows framing the vast liquid backdrop, this beautifully appointed room, will at night, be the focal point of all your entertaining made possible by the state of the art kitchen. Upstairs, the master suite features a 25’ wide sleeping chamber that looks out to the ocean through doors to a private deck. The luxurious master bath, with heated Travertine floors and Onyx surfaces, offers a spa like shower, dual water closets and a separate outdoor shower. Two first floor guest suites have their own entry to the grounds. The home features a whole house Crestron controlled environment that incorporates HVAC, audio, lighting, automatic shades and radiantly heated floors. Both covered and uncovered porches provide ample room for dining and relaxation overlooking a new free form Gunite pool with nearby cabana that was set within the deck to enjoy the views of sea and sky. A short stone path leads to the white sandy beach that stretches endlessly in each direction. With a position on the beach which could not be duplicated today and with the exquisite furnishings available separately, this magnificent oceanfront retreat demands your attention today. Exclusive. $21M WEB#103000

Real estate agents affiliated with The Corcoran Group are independent contractors and are not employees of The Corcoran Group. Equal Housing Opportunity. The Corcoran Group is a licensed real estate broker located at 660 Madison Ave, NY, NY 10065. All listing phone numbers indicate listing agent direct line unless otherwise noted. All information furnished regarding property for sale or rent or regarding financing is from sources deemed reliable, but Corcoran makes no warranty or representation as to the accuracy thereof. All property information is presented subject to errors, omissions, price changes, changed property conditions, and withdrawal of the property from the market, without notice. All dimensions provided are approximate. To obtain exact dimensions, Corcoran advises you to hire a qualified architect or engineer.




Jason Wilhoite, Justin Fisher, David Hornung, Photography by Geir Magnussan

“The Hamptons.” These two words conjure up images of successful people living in spectacular homes on beautiful beaches. The allure for all things on the East End of Long Island never seems to fade. In fact, the rate at which new homes in the Hamptons have been built each year has grown exponentially. Naturally, with the increase in new homes, the demand for interior designers has intensified. There are so many design firms to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start when selecting the right firm to outfit your haute but comfortable Hamptons home. Social Life went on the hunt to find our readers an outstanding interior and landscape design team on the East End. We had certain criteria in mind. We looked for a sophisticated yet cutting-edge approach to design that struck a perfect balance between functionality and imagination. Through

research and outreach to the Hamptons building community, we discovered the boutique firm D+J Concepts. This firm’s designs are impeccable, artfully transforming ordinary spaces into classic modern styles. The designers marry understated and luxe in a way that stands apart, even among known firms out East. And, they custom design the furniture from scratch (all made in the U.S.). You tell them what you want, and, voila, they create it. Because the pieces don’t bear designer brand names, the prices can’t be beat. It seriously doesn’t get better than this. You may have heard of, or even seen, some of the work by D+J Concepts. They scored the exclusive staging contract with Farrell Building, the luxury home builders based in the Hamptons. So far they’ve staged approximately 30 homes across the East End — from Westhampton to Montauk. Social Life



“An interior is the natural projection of the soul.” — Coco Chanel




David Hornung, the president of D+J Concepts explains, “One of the most rewarding experiences of my career has been working alongside Joe and Kristen Farrell, staging all their homes for the past two and a half years. They have taught us to balance elegance, quality, and customer satisfaction, all while staying within budget.” Hornung describes his signature design as a “modern transitional style that incorporates antiques and modern elements for an unexpected edge.” Bingo! Exactly what we’re looking for. D+J’s process is thorough and personalized. It kicks off with a comprehensive consultation on your proposed project. Your lifestyle, design style, desires, and budget are captured in a master plan that maps out options, timelines, and costs. “Only until you’re thrilled with the design package we deliver will we move on to the next phase,” explains Hornung.

Even after completing a project, D+J will continue to work on your behalf to insure moving into your new space is seamless and comfortable. Now that’s customer service. It’s no surprise that D+J Concepts is active in posh locales like the Hamptons, Palm Beach, and New York.

D+J Concepts 425 County Rd 39A, Southampton dandjconcepts.com info@dandjconcepts.com 631.353.3900 Social Life









Sotheby’s International Realty power brokers Frank and My wife, Dawn, and I act as a team and have a passion for by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Real estate agents affiliated with Dawn Operated Bodenchak have taken their knowledge of development design and ideas that uniquely benefit all our high-end clients. Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. and real estate and translated it into phenomenal brokerage results. The numbers speak for themselves — over the past year, What sort of benefits do you mean? they sold 20 properties in a market that hasn't been easy. More Frank Bodenchak: Most of our buyers hire us for our knowlimpressively, many of their listings sold in under four months edge of land, construction, and design. It helps buyers evaluate and set records in their areas, including a recent $11.5MM+ land and house options and make more calculated, informed Frank and Dawn offer their clientele tremendous experience in investing, development, design, north-of-the-highway transaction. decisions. For developers, our knowledge of high-end custombuilding and sales. Social Life sat down with Frank and Dawn Bodenchak to find ers and what is selling helps them optimize their product durout what drives them to be so successful: design. Foradd end-users, often can tailor a house to their Having conducted or advised on over $400 million ofing deals, they uniqueweinsights and value-needsorinwith cost-effective making a house work for them whether working with the most experienced developers first-timeways, buyers or sellers. What unique experience do you bring to the table in dealwhen it might not have worked without our help. pride themselves on their work ethic and going “the extra mile” for each and very client. ing in They the high-end market? We are unlike any other brokerage team because we also own Perhaps as important, we often know of land and housing ina design and development company focused on cutting-edge, ventory before anyone else does. Over the past several years, high-design homes. I designed and built my first waterfront nine of our land sales have been deals that were not adverglass home 22 years ago and am currently designing and tised on Realnet. Two of our latest house sales were designs building three 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot custom homes. of 12,000 to 14,000 square feet that never hit the market.


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And we are currently advising on a number of projects that are not currently advertised, but we know will come available over the next six months. And then there is the connection to Sotheby’s International Realty, known for its exclusive high-end clientele. Dawn Bodenchak: Most definitely. We are associated with two of the highest producing real estate offices in the country: Sotheby’s International Real Estate in Bridgehampton and Southampton. The information flow in our morning meetings — with an army of high-end Hamptons agents — is incredibly helpful in our ability to add unique value for our clients. Plus, the association with Sotheby’s auction house has been helpful in co-promoting high-end listings. And having 900 offices worldwide, all targeting high-end buyers, is something no other brokerage house can offer its listers. You have also become intimately associated with selling Hamptons Designer Showhouses. DB: Yes, we’ve been involved in five so far. We built and sold three ourselves, and we introduced the showhouse to two other developers whose homes we’ve listed. In August, we will be listing the 2018 Hampton Designer Showhouse, a 7,500-squarefoot home on two acres with a tennis court, for $4,795,000. How has that helped your practice? DB: We’ve worked intimately with over 100 interior designers, SocialLifeMagazine.com

refining our knowledge of high-end design. The exposure to so many different designers has uniquely enhanced our own design practice and our ability to service clients with ideas way beyond what a typical agent can offer. Any other experience that makes you particularly suited to work with high-net-worth individuals? FB: Both Dawn and I had worked in sales-related positions with high-net-worth clients for 15 years before moving to the Hamptons full time. As a top ranked managing director at Morgan Stanley, I was accustomed to dealing directly with over 100 chairmen, CEOs, and CFOs in the media and entertainment industries, and thousands of institutional investors. The experience and rolodex were priceless and continue to have a positive impact on our expanding Hamptons practice. Dawn Bodenchak Licensed Salesperson sothebyhomes.com/hamptons/agents/dawn.bodenchack dawn.bodenchak@sothebyshomes.com 646.382.4055 Frank Bodenchak Licensed Salesperson sothebyhomes.com/hamptons/agents/frank.bodenchack frank.bodenchak@sothebyshomes.com 917.968.9020





erry Cohen joined Saunders & Associates as one of its first agents and since then she has participated in real estate sales exceeding $1 billion. Ranked in the top 1% of agents nationwide by the Wall Street Journal, Terry knows that buyers are smarter than ever, and to best serve their needs, Terry believes it’s essential to respect the buyer’s knowledge, to understand each client’s unique needs, and to thoroughly understand the properties she represents. Her integrity and loyalty have earned her repeat customers and personal relationships that endure well beyond the closing of the sale. An Ohio native who studied chemical engineering at Ohio State University and the University of Arizona, Terry worked for a chemical company, where she ultimately handled marketing and sales in its Washington, D.C., office. She later moved to Manhattan to work for her family’s thriving business in the Garment District. After a while she thought transitioning into real estate was a natural fit, having excelled at customer service and marketing over the years. Terry moved to the Hamptons in 2000. She is a mother of two and an avid sports enthusiast. Take a peek at one of her featured properties. It’s a wow-za!

SAGAPONACK VILLAGE NEW CONSTRUCTION 324 HEDGES LANE, SAGAPONACK On the premier lane in Sagaponack South, this impeccably crafted new estate is from Michael Davis, a Hamptons master builder for 30 years. This home expresses Davis’s English country-style sensibility perfectly blended with modern finishings. The unique location is surrounded by views of farm field reserves on three sides and ocean views from both first and second floors, enabling a sense of indoor and outdoor space, with the quintessential serene feeling of Sagaponack. Complemented by a thoughtful landscape

plan, the elegant lines of the home draw the eye. Open light-filled interiors in a palette of muted grays, blues, and soft whites have a restful vibe, with fine precision millwork and expanses of glass doors and windows merging indoor and outdoor living spaces. Enter from the foyer to the great room with living room and fireplace, then flow to the family room with fireplace, dining area with custom wine wall, and chef ’s kitchen that features custom-paneled cabinetry, oversized island, and professional grade appliances. The first floor includes a junior master suite with ocean views. The eight bedroom suites include the breathtaking master, featuring a generous bedroom with fireplace, private ocean view terrace, sitting room, and his-and-hers closets and baths. In addition, the rear deck off the master overlooks 43 acres of protected agricultural reserve and faces west for sunset views. Three additional bedroom suites complete the second floor. The finished lower level has three more bedroom suites, a media room, bar, additional bath, laundry room (served by a laundry chute and with double washers and dryers), a second mudroom, and storage space. An elevator serves all three levels. Outdoors, enjoy living on the covered porch with TV and fireplace. Amenities include a heated 20’ x 50’ saltwater gunite pool and 8’ x 8’ spa with automatic cover, pool house with living area or gym, pergola, sunken all-weather Deco Turf II tennis court, and extensive bluestone terraces with a built-in barbecue. Home automation and Lutron low-voltage lighting is throughout. Priced at $18,950,000. Terry Cohen Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Saunders & Associates 2287 Montauk Highwy, Bridgehampton o/ 631.537.5454 c/ 631.804.6100 tcohen@saunders.com Social Life

THE HAMPTONS POOL AN EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL OASIS “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 Stuart Andrews, the owner of Shinnecock Pools.

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Wainscott | $6,395,000 | 5-BR, 4.5-BA Web# H102952 | Erica Grossman

Sag Harbor | $4,495,000 | 4-BR, 5-BA Web# H55673 | Erica Grossman

Southampton | $4,495,000 | 4-BR, 4-BA | Tennis Web# H54722 | Michaela Keszler

Southampton Village | $4,195,000 | 6-BR, 7.5-BA Web# H49519 | Erica Grossman

Sag Harbor – Waterfront Community | $3,995,000 | 4-BR, 6.5-BA Web# H26677 | Michaela Keszler

Southampton Village | $1,495,000 | 4-BR, 4.5-BA Web# H48133 | Michaela Keszler



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MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM DESIGN INSIDE AND OUT Water Mill | $14,750,000 | 7-BR, 8-BA, 2-Half BA | This perfectly decorated 7-bedroom en suite estate with den, movie theater, exercise room, high-end gourmet kitchen, pool house, and double garages is perfect for the most discerning buyer. Originally designed and built by James Michael Howard, the current owners have decorated to their own bespoke taste. Most of the furnishings will be included with the purchase. Web# H101070

H A N D S O M E LY D E TA I L E D A N D E X Q U I S I T E LY F U R N I S H E D Water Mill | $10,495,000 | 6-BR, 8-BA, 2-Half BA | This approximately 10,000sf traditional sprawls across 2 private acres and is a short distance to Mecox Bay and ocean beaches. Wind your way up to the roof deck and enjoy the views out toward Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A large covered porch and attached pool cabana overlook the landscaped grounds, heated gunite pool and full size Har-Tru tennis court. Web# H103764

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475 David Whites Lane, Southampton | $5,975,000 | Set on 1.65 acres with breathtaking open land views, this approximately 7,000sf custom home has 8 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. Smart-home technology, a gourmet kitchen and a guest suite with a private stairway entrance. A fitness center and media room on the lower level. Outdoor amenities include a heated gunite pool, sunken tennis court, bluestone patios and pool house. Web# H25567



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485 David Whites Lane, Southampton | $5,295,000 | Custom-built 7-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home on 1.6 idyllic acres minutes from the village and beaches. Step into this beautifully constructed home with two fireplaces, finished basement, smart-home technology, heated gunite pool, and a pool/guest house with unobstructed agricultural reserve views and breathtaking sunsets. Web# H25569






ccording to John Annunziata, a sales associate at  Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, the company may be well known for its eponymous name, but it is also well known for something near and dear to Hamptons residents: floor sanding and refinishing. “From February to the end of July, the sanding and refinishing aspect of our business is just insanely busy, but we’re thrilled to be there for all our customers,” said Annunziata. He explained that the three primary reasons for the rush are home owners refreshing their houses for themselves; getting ready for renters; and new construction, which is huge right now. We were interested in how a company known for carpets has also become the go-to for floor refinishing (and why home owners or builders should never try to refinish a floor on their own. What’s hot right now in the world of sanding and refinishing? Custom stains! Many people want something new, something fresh, to either spruce up their floors, match them with other  customized  furnishings, or  just achieve  a contemporary look. It can be whatever people want. Gray stains, yellow stains, or mixing colors together to get something unique and perfect for the home. It’s all about being one-of-a-kind. What’s the process? We sand the wood down first and then put the stain on. It’s as simple as that. Of course, we do samples first. That sounds pretty simple, so why should customers call you to do the job? You really don’t want to mess this up because there are only so many times you can stain and refinish a floor. Our experts know exactly how to use the machines, and there are actually several meticulous steps to the sanding process. We also use a dustless system. It’s more than 70% dust free, so it’s not bad for the kids, the pets, your allergies, and there’s very minimal clean up. Additionally, people want any number of different gloss levels these days, and that’s another piece of the puzzle. How disruptive is the process? It depends on the size of the job. Let assume it’s 1,000 square feet, which is usually the minimum job. It takes about two days to sand, one day to stain, and usually two days for poly. So, if there’s furniture involved, it takes from five to seven days.

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Are there any situations that you caution against using hardwood flooring? You can put hardwood in any room, but I always caution against bathrooms because of the moisture.   There are others out there who do staining and refinishing. Why should customers choose you? We’re licensed and insured. We’ve been around for 30 years. We’re not going anywhere. We always show up (and that’s not always the case!). And we always do a beautiful job.   Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home carpetone.com 675 N Sea Road, Southampton 631.876.1035 Social Life

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Tracey and Bonita have traveled to many beautiful places in the world, but are happy to call the Hamptons home. With over 40 years combined experience in real estate, both are savvy in all aspects of buying, selling and renting residential and commercial properties. This summer, let Bonita and Tracey help find the place where you’ll make memories that last a lifetime.

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FEMININE FORMS This selection of pieces for the interior and outdoor spaces of the home herald a return to pretty. The lighting, furniture, and accessories feature curves and rounded sculptural elements that hint at the beauty of a woman’s body. The neutral palette, enhanced with gold accents or in the case of the bench, white fur, creates a soothing ambiance for a beach house.

La Femme Baignoire Sculpture Dish Mecox Gardens $260

Amagansett Zig Side Table Serena & Lily $248

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1950s Italian Ceiling Lamp with Glass Globes from MONC XIII $10,500

Gold Iron Bench John-Richard $939

Chinoiserie Style Cabinet Mecox Gardens $5,685

Zana Brown’s Set It Free John-Richard $1,649

Scalloped Hide Rug Serena & Lily $498 to $4,298 Shopping Guide John-Richard johnrichard.com 662.453.5809 Mecox Gardens 257 County Road 39A, Southampton 631.287.5015

Ibiza Lounge Chair Restoration Hardware $1,365 to $2,280 SocialLifeMagazine.com

MONC XIII 40 Madison Street, Sag Harbor 631.808.3333

Restoration Hardware 69 Main Street, East Hampton 631.907.1300 Serena & Lily 332 Montauk Highway, Wainscott 631.537.5544

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L A N D A ND N EW CO NSTRUCTIO N SPE C IA L ISTS Frank and Dawn offer their clientele tremendous experience in investing, development, design, building and sales. Having conducted or advised on over $400 million of deals, they add unique insights and value-whether working with the most experienced developers or with first-time buyers or sellers. They pride themselves on their work ethic and going “the extra mile” for each and very client.

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amara Magel, an award-winning international designer based in the Hamptons, creates luxurious, contemporary interiors that are enhanced by organic and whimsical elements. Her portfolio includes vast coastal residences, chic urban apartments as well as more traditional country residences. As described by the designer, many of her projects “evoke the enduring character of a fine European country manor.” In 2000, Tamara opened her first interior design studio in Washington D.C. after having worked successfully as a consultant. Her luxe custom furnishings, paint, and bedding are showcased in a showroom she launched in 2011 in Soho. Tamara is one of a new wave of talented designers sought after by both homeowners and the press. Her exquisite spaces have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and the New York Times, among others. We recently talked to Tamara about the exquisite house she designed on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton. You have incorporated the most stunning lighting fixtures; can you tell us a little about the chandeliers in this project? Sure, they are from Apparatus Studio. Lighting in a big house is very important as there are a lot of empty upward spaces. Each light was carefully chosen to add volume. The entry foyer and dining fixtures are in silver finish with glass balls made in NYC.

How does beach living inform your design? I find I use more natural materials and more comfortable seating, and durability is a concern due to lots of guests and sand! How do you choose artwork or photography for your projects? I don’t choose art to go with an interior; instead I just choose art I love. I like a little whimsy and color in my art since my interiors are very classic. I love using art consultants so that the art is also of value in the future and it’s a win for the interiors and for the client.  The wooden coffee table in the master bedroom is a lovely organic touch, are you drawn to natural elements? Absolutely! They have a calming effect on us. I try to only use natural materials. Are there designers from the past and present who have inspired you? Yes, Christian Liaigre, Joseph Dirand, and Axel Vervoordt. Do you have a favorite room in the house? The living room! I love the mix of textures, the custom fireplace I designed, the amazing horsehair sconces, and the way all the elements play off one another.  Social Life

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How would you describe your design style? Classic, chic, and organic. How do you enhance the interior by connecting to the outdoors and the landscape? I use colors that complement rather than fight the outdoors, such as natural blues, greys, and greens.  What are your favorite places to eat, shop, and play in the Hamptons? I love MONC XIII as the owner is constantly curating beautiful vintage furniture as well as finding new vendors, usually from Europe, before anyone else. It makes my job easier and her taste is exquisite. I buy vintage furniture as well as the best ceramics and accessories there. Cove Hollow is a gem. The food is exceptional, and it’s small and quaint with a very down to earth vibe. You can have a summer dinner without it being as hectic as other places out East. The Beacon we go to for the view besides the food. Every night is an amazing sunset, great for early evening cocktails and dinner on the water in Sag Harbor. Tamara Magel tamaramagel.com  SocialLifeMagazine.com





s we’ve seen in recent years, bathroom vanities have not only become important for necessary function and storage, but have grown into a focal point or signature piece for the bathroom. Bathrooms convey a clear message about the owner’s lifestyle and taste, giving a glimpse into what makes them tick. Modular, floating, built-in: what’s your preference? Social Life sat down with Leslie Eastwood, the marketing manager for James Martin Vanities, to learn tips on how to find the perfect vanity that reflects the character of your own inner diva. What can you tell us about the differences in designing a guest bath, powder room, or master bath? Powder rooms are often small half baths, so there is no need to store items like bath towels, shampoos, and other toiletries. If you install a medicine cabinet, you may be fine with a pedestal sink; however, that will typically be the only storage in the space. In a guest or hall bathroom that might be used by guests, the vanity should be large enough to contain clutter and hold daily bathing essentials, but not have so much storage that everything gets thrown in and misplaced. Drawers instead of cabinets are suggested to contain and organize toiletries. The master bathroom should be a tranquil oasis and allow you to retreat and relax from your busy day. Many homeowners want to create a spa-like environment to unwind. The style of the vanity should complement the furnishings in the bedroom, but it doesn’t have to match.

Talk to us about standard or wall mounting. Free-standing is your best option for maximum storage space. This style of vanity is most often a furniture-style that gives you the opportunity to show your own flair and taste. Vanities made from composite wood just are not cutting it anymore. What’s in demand now are vanities made from real wood and other durable materials that will stand the test of time. Most wall-mounted vanities hang or float on the wall. This style looks more contemporary and can open up a small bathroom, but still allow for ample storage. Wall-mounted vanities have been popular in Europe for many years and are now gaining popularity in the U.S. How can someone customize a vanity? Vanity bases come in a variety of materials, including glass, metal, and wood (the most common option). The style you choose will need to coordinate with your base. Glass and metal are typically seen as modern and contemporary, while wood can be used in a variety of styles. If you really want to show off your unique style and flair, you can customize your top. The most popular materials are marble, granite, quartz, quartzite, and solid-surface, but more rustic and industrial looks are in as well. Keep in mind that polished stone finishes are durable and easy to clean. Most important, try to achieve a clean look in your bathroom and keep it simple. There are so many new vanity trends out there these days. You want to choose a vanity that shows your charm and elegance, but will also last through the ages. James Martin Vanities jamesmartinvanities.com Social Life





A HAMPTONS STUNNER By Ryan Moore Social Life Magazine recently shot a fashion feature where the backdrop was an East Hampton home on 4.8 acres. All involved in the shoot felt the home was so special and sexy that it deserved its own feature.

24 EDWARDS HOLE ROAD, EAST HAMPTON This stunning home is the result of a collaborative design effort between the architect Sam Coleman and the developer Alex Tahsili. The super hip home boasts every amenity imaginable. It has five bedrooms, and six baths, and a room for tennis. The upstairs floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors disappear into the framework to create a perfect transition that allows the home to become one with the surrounding nature. A sensitivity to nature plays a prominent role elsewhere in the home. The 20-foot entry with a floating staircase features a live plant wall, imported from France, that is covered in mosses, ferns, and grasses that extract moisture from the air, negating the need for watering. The master shower has a disappearing glass wall that allows for indoor-outdoor showers. The technological attributes include a monitored security system, cameras, garage door, pool and landscape lighting, 3 Zone NEST system, and LED mood lights at the entry.

The 14-foot high great room boasts 10-foot tall bi-fold glass doors that lead to an expansive bluestone patio. This is a home designed for entertainment. It has a built-in-propane BBQ, two fire pits, an indoor-outdoor sound system with five Sonos zones and 22 integrated speakers, and two home theaters as well as CAT6 and Coax throughout the home. Kitchens on both levels are equipped with Miele appliances. Bathroom details include curved tile, two free-standing tubs, hidden shower drains, and a 16-inch shower head in every bathroom. Additionally, a 50- by 16-foot infinity edged pool features a waterfall with LED lighting and an electric cover. There is also a 16- by 10-foot built-in Jacuzzi. Nestled within a wooded lot halfway between Sag Harbor and East Hampton, this home is accessible to all Hamptons villages. This contemporary work of art is a must-see and priced smartly. A two-car garage completes this offering. Priced at $3,490,000.

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n award-winning real estate agent, Jade Mills got her start when a retired policeman turned real estate broker told her she would make a great agent. Three-decades later, she has become the No.1 most successful real estate agent at Coldwell Banker in Los Angeles. She handles luxurious multi-million dollar homes in some of America’s most desirable zip codes. “What I love the most about selling real estate in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Pacific Palisades, and the Hollywood Hills is that I deal with some of the most intelligent, interesting, influential, eccentric, and wild and crazy people in the world,” said Mills. “The sale of the iconic Playboy Mansion was a highlight of my career. Representing the buyer was a privilege. Timing, focus, and strategy are important in every deal, but especially in this one. For me, seeing the mansion as a 21-year-old and then returning to sell it years later was something I never could have imagined,” said Mills. Her signature approach is being honest, loyal, communicative, and always available. Mills attributes her strong work ethic to her father, who worked from 5 am to 7 pm as a dairy farmer. “My parents always told me that I could achieve anything I put my mind to. I have told all four of my children not to settle for a job they don’t love,” Mills said. Three of her children have grown up to become real estate agents. She has offered them sage advice as they followed in her footsteps. “At the end of the day, hard work is what gives you

fulfillment. Everything is urgent; don’t let anything wait until the next day! Answer all of your emails and all of your calls the same day you receive them,” Mills said. When Mills finds a free night in her hectic schedule, she enjoys spending it with her family and driving to their beach house in Malibu. Her other favorite places in Los Angeles include the Peninsula Spa, the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Broad Art Museum. Currently, one of Mills’ exclusive listings includes 1038 Palisades Beach Road in Santa Monica. The magnificent property is on the market for the first time in 40 years. “It is an exceptional oceanfront resort estate on the historic mile of Santa Monica Beach that was the original Gold Coast where Hollywood royalty lived and played,” said Mills. Originally built in 1929 for the silent film star Norma Talmadge, by architect Paul R. Crawley, the French Normandy-style estate has been the residence of notable celebrities, including Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Barbara Hutton, Irving Berlin, Howard Hughes, Sharon Tate, and Grace Kelly.

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Joe Alexander is the travel editor and society columnist for Social Life Magazine. He focuses on culture, theater, movies, and food. Joe was born in New York City, and currently resides in Manhattan and Southampton.



Our imaginations were on fire as we sailed out of Sydney Harbour, Australia, bound for New Zealand on the incomparable Queen Mary 2. Captain Peter Philpott slowly steered the ship out to sea with the help of three tiny red tug boats as golden rays of the setting sun bounced off the white tiles of the iconic Sydney Opera House. This is one of the most memorable visual experiences you will ever witness.

Our glamorous stateroom was as ritzy as the Ritz. We were in the Grill Suites, which was limited to 192 passengers of the 2,620 on board. Our butler, who was on call 24/7, greeted us in our suite that included a sitting area, bar, bedroom, and a walk-in closet. The pièce de résistance was the generous expanse of windows and our private balcony that gave us a sea view from everywhere but the bathtub. It was all terribly POSH, which translates to Port Out Starboard Home, assuring that our cabin was always sunny.

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ROYALTY & LUMINARIES An extensive roster of royalty and luminaries have traveled on Samuel Cunard’s ships since he founded his legendary fleet in 1840, from Princess Diana of Wales, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to King Hussein of Jordan, Queen Marie of Romania, and the Shah of Persia. Princess Grace of Monaco and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis also strolled Cunard’s hallowed passageways. Hollywood luminaries, including Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Joan Crawford, and Elizabeth Taylor (who spent four of her eight honeymoons on the high seas, two with Richard Burton) were also Cunarders. Silver screen goddess Marlene Dietrich was a frequent passenger, famous for never being seen at breakfast and rarely at lunch, but never failing to make a dramatic entrance at dinner.

CUNARDERS Cary Grant called the original Queen Mary “the eighth wonder of the world” and met one of his five wives at one of the ship’s black tie dinner dances. My favorite anecdotes are about the cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein, who tossed her 20-carat diamond earrings out of the porthole of her cabin because she forgot she had hidden them in the tissue box that she was discarding. Screen queen Greta Garbo, who crisscrossed the Atlantic regularly during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, insisted on traveling incognito. She not only sailed under an alias, but she also disembarked disguised as a stewardess.

AT SEA ON QUEEN MARY 2 Our first day at sea comprised a postcard-perfect vista of endless blue skies, deep azure seas, and rolling whitecaps, which helped set the romantic mood for the adventures that lay beyond the horizon in New Zealand. Spending a lazy morning lounging on a deckchair with a cup of tea or booking SocialLifeMagazine.com

Greta Garbo on the Queen Mary 2

a yoga class followed by a Canyon Ranch spa stone-massage is only a taste of the literally dozens of experiences offered on the QM2’s Daily Programme. There are five to seven different choices of things to do every hour from 6 am to midnight — lectures, concerts, dance, fencing, wine and art classes. There is golf, bingo, and all kinds of card games, art gallery docent talks, and a class in fruit and vegetable carving. At night you can take in a full-scale theatrical show in the Royal Court Theatre like Broadway Rocks, Desperado or The Eagles show. Illuminations is the ship’s full-scale movie house that plays first-run feature films. We saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Thor: Ragnarok. You may want to go to the largest planetarium on the high seas  and see “Stars Over the Atlantic.” You can attend church services, gamble at the casino — or both. Additionally, Friends of Bill and LGBT pals meet daily.   


There are celebrity experts speaking on myriad topics. We enjoyed a fascinating talk on “presentation, power, and politics” by Nick Pisani, who had been an advisor to David Cameron when he was the prime minister of England. On another day Jonathan Haslam, who had been a counselor to Prime Minister John Major, spoke about the inner workings of 10 Downing Street.  


Walking three laps around the deck of the QM2 is just over a mile. There is a lot of really good food on the QM2, and you can literally eat around the clock, so you might want to try to work off some of those delicious meals in a leisurely way by walking around the deck while enjoying the view of the sea. You can also do something more strenuous, like take a spin class. A state-of-the-art gym has spectacular views in all directions and private trainers on call.



Milford Sound

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, TEA, AND DINNER The breakfast menu is a long yummy list of everything from fresh fruit and French toast to waffles, pancakes, omelets, and eggs all ways. There is also a spa menu from Canyon Ranch for those wanting lighter fare.

NEW ZEALAND — THE ADVENTURE BEGINS THE ASTOUNDING FJORDS Dawn was breaking when we sailed into New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, the country’s largest natural wilderness. I watched from our balcony as the sun rose, sending swaths of gold and pink light over the fjords, flooded valleys carved by glaciers over 100,000 years ago. Rudyard Kipling described it as the eighth Wonder of the World, and rare species of birds once thought extinct have been discovered in the mountains. In 1990, Fiordland was designated a United Nations World Heritage Area and given the name Te Wahipounamu, which means “the place of greenstone,” a mineral resource abundant in the area.

MILFORD SOUND The entry to Milford Sound is so narrow you wonder how this massive ship, one of the world’s largest passenger ships, can possibly pass through. The geography is such that the rocks descend to the bottom of the ocean, as deep as 1,700 feet. Freshwater waterfalls cascade down the cliffs into the sea. This spectacular landscape is one of only three such natural formations in the world. This is peaceful, scenic cruising at its very best, with nature as the ultimate wonder. Relaxing on a deckchair, the sunlight bouncing off the water as a light breeze ruffles your hair, a glass of Champagne in your hand, watching nature drift by is a gift from the gods. As the day ended, it was like waking from a dream as the ship headed out to the open sea, leaving the fjords behind and moving on to our first port of call in New Zealand, Dunedin.

THE ROYAL ALBATROSS We cruised into the port of Dunedin, past Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony for the royal albatross, the largest seabirds in existence. They normally breed on remote islands well away from human view, and the Royal Social Life



Albatross Centre is the only place where you can observe the giant birds as they court, breed, lay eggs, and raise their chicks. We saw dozens of these majestic birds perched on the rocks, some taking flight in a spontaneous air show. Lower on the cliffs were the breeding grounds with hundreds of babies. The rising sun bounced off the water revealing the green hills on either side of the channel.


The city of Dunedin was settled by Scots in the 1800s, flourished during a gold rush, and is home to the country’s oldest university. There is a lot to see and do in one day, but thanks to the Daily Programme, choices are listed menu-style. Once you’ve chosen your activities, your tour director and concierge will arrange all the sightseeing, transportation, and meals. Every possible detail is taken care of whenever you choose to leave the ship. Life made easy. You can take an all-day train ride via Dunedin Railways, with spectacular scenery and a crossing over the dramatic Taieri Gorge Railway, a bridge suspended high over a rushing river.

For a stylish tour of the region, Classic Jaguar Limousines provides a variety of guided excursions in elegant vintage Jaguar sedans. They offer tours of the Edwardian architecture and all the major sites, including the spectacular Dunedin Railway Station, which is the most photographed building in New Zealand. The steepest street in the world is not in San Francisco; it’s Baldwin Street in Dunedin. Our Jag barely made it up and down. Larnach Castle with its ghost, gossip tower, and unparalleled views was my favorite spot. Patriarch William Larnach, a banker and member of Parliament, led a colorful private life. His first wife died at 38 and he promptly married her younger, prettier sister. She also died at 38, of blood poisoning, and William eventually married yet again. Wife number three had an affair with William’s son, and when he found out, he killed himself in the Chambers of Parliament, in 1898. The castle’s ghost is said to be the first wife, perpetually upset about her husband’s betrayal with her own sister. She has been spotted opening and closing doors and floating around the castle. Sadly, not while I was there.   


Some of the best sightseeing on the QM2 can be done from your own balcony, or from any of the ship’s many decks. The port of Akaroa is a perfect example as you pull into its charming harbor and see the quaint fishing village that looks like it could be on the coast of Maine. Its year-round population is 567. The name akaroa is Maori for “long harbor,” and

Larnach Castle

Dunedin Railway Station




Maori Tribe

the port is surrounded by craggy volcanic hills lushly carpeted in greenery. The cliff-side drive to Christchurch through picturesque countryside dotted with grazing cows offers stunning views. Suddenly, the town below comes into view. There is a lovely botanical garden here, adjacent to the Canterbury museum, renowned for its natural history and anthropological collections.

WELLINGTON Our next port of call was Wellington, New Zealand’s capital and largest city. Once again our tour director offered multiple choices and arranged everything flawlessly. We opted for an excursion to Zealandia, the world’s first urban eco-sanctuary, which aims to restore the land as closely as possible to its prehuman state. The groundbreaking project has reintroduced many species of native wildlife to the area, some of which had disappeared from mainland New Zealand more than 100 years ago. The program has laid out a 500-year plan to fully restore the habitat.   


One of the most memorable parts of each stop is the “sail away.” The sun was setting as the red pilot boat eased us out to sea, and suddenly a school of dolphins, a hundred strong, materialized beside the ship, diving in and out of the sparkling, sundrenched water like synchronized swimmers. It made our day.  


The Hobbit movie set, where significant parts of The Lord of the Rings films were shot, has become a must-see attraction in New Zealand. The Shire, known as “Hobbiton,” is a village of Hobbit holes dug into a hillside, surrounded by gardens, orchards, and pastures with grazing livestock. The site is actually located on a real working farm run by the Alexander family.

The director Peter Jackson first spotted the site from the air and decided it was perfect for the magical setting of the Hobbit movies. The set took two years to build, and the level of detail is astonishing. Up to 200 plants surround each of the 44 Hobbit holes, the “party tree” is over 250 feet tall, five miles of road were built, and the Green Dragon Inn brews traditional ales, cider, and ginger beer exclusively for Hobbiton. This was a fun and unexpected land day.

PORT OF TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND BAY OF PLENTY Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth largest city, but when it first comes into view, with emerald green hills rising above turquoise waters, you’d think you were arriving at an uninhabited island. Settled by Maori in the 13th century, and later by Europeans, Tauranga boasts historic buildings, including the 1847 Elms Mission Station, a Georgian house built of logs. Mount Maunganui is a beach town with hot salt water pools and an inactive volcano you can see via winding walking paths. Gysers shoot up columns of water and steam as high as 100 feet and erupt as many as 20 times a day. You can take boat and helicopter tours to a nearby active volcano on White Island.  


Bay of Islands, a maritime park with 144 islands, is New Zealand’s most popular boating and fishing attraction, renowned worldwide for its big game fishing. Captain Cook named the area when he first visited in 1769. We booked a high-speed catamaran to explore eight of the islands, and the excursion proved to be a highlight of our trip. Piercy Island is a mountainous formation with a natural hole through it — literally pierced from thousands of years of sea pounding on its soft rock. Our speed boat zipped through the hole with a dramatic flourish. Another island has a historic lighthouse, and we sailed past a large rock on which several dozen seals basked in the sun. We saw others frolicking in the water and catching fish for their dinner. Social Life



We passed secluded coves, some empty, others with a single sailboat moored, and rock columns in the sea caused by earthquakes, a sort of Stonehenge in the ocean. This was easily my favorite day off the ship. As the QM2 pulled out of the bay, dozens of dolphins playfully chased the boat, diving in and out for almost an hour. For nature lovers it simply doesn’t get any better than this.   


That evening the captain hosted a cocktail party and there was a black-and-white masquerade ball with a big band. This was the last of our four formal nights onboard, followed by a delightful day at sea, before arriving back in Sydney.

DISEMBARKING WITH EASE AND SPEED Even with more than 2,600 passengers, disembarking from the Queen Mary 2 is a breeze, especially if you are in the Grill Suites. Our designated concierge, Beverly, guided about 30 of us off the ship to our luggage, color-coded in aqua and easily identified. Porters whisked the bags to our car and we headed to the airport for the flight to New York. It was a flawlessly synchronized departure that took precisely ten minutes; a delight compared to the hassle at the airport. cunard.com 800.728. 6273

Queen’s Grill Stateroom on the Queen Mary 2

Bay of Islands






hese days, savvy travelers are onto the fact that exotic and exclusive destinations are not only found in the deepest of jungles, the most remote mountain tops, or on isolated and longdeserted (except for that solitary five-star resort) islands. More and more, adventure is found in more urban destinations, particularly those that bring with them a new sense of safety and sanity, the absence of which for many decades made them a no-go. Bisected by the Danube River, Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is so rich in history (much of it we’d like to forget, but shouldn’t), architecture, art, fashion, cuisine, nightlife, and shopping, it’s no wonder that it has become known as the “Paris of the East.” Pest, to the east of the Danube, bustles with action and the trappings of more recent history, while Buda, on the other side of the of the river, is punctuated by Buda Castle, a European icon, particularly at night, when it — and the rest of the city — is breathtakingly illuminated. Save for a few hours fighting tourists in Buda, you’ll want to dive into Pest. Not unlike other cities in the former Eastern Bloc, Budapest remembers unfortunate happenings of bygone eras with memorials and blunt reminders. The Shoes on the Danube is a haunting memorial to victims of the Holocaust. Similarly, the House of Terror Museum is a chilling representation of the horrors of two terror regimes that came to an end less than 30 years ago. They are both must-sees.

The Budapest baths are another major draw. Szechenyi Bath is the biggest and most popular, and is one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe. If soaking with a hundred or so other people trips your trigger, these warm medicinal waters will be manna. Even if communal bathing isn’t your thing, these pools of history are worth a look for their artistic flourishes. If you’re a savant of the bar scene, you’ve no doubt heard of the city’s famous “ruin bars,” which are still the rage more than a decade after rocking the indie scene. Built in Budapest’s old District VII neighborhood, the old Jewish Quarter, the ruins are actually abandoned buildings, stores, and other structures that have been become a mecca for imbibers. There’s not much else that’s ruinous about Budapest and, in fact, it has become impossibly chic over the past few years, with iconic brands smoothing some of the edges. Ritz Carlton has taken the lead in this category. Located in the heart of the city, the five-star hotel is not unlike other city structures in that it brims with history. Constructed in 1914 as the headquarters of an Italian insurance company, the building has seen many incarnations, including having been the former home of the city police. As you might imagine, the dry stoicism of insurance and law enforcement have left their architectural mark on this building, and the Ritz Carlton has succeeded in blending the best of the past with exceptional embellishments. Luxury is the Social Life



The Ritz-Carlton

Deák St. Kitchen

property’s top note now, and the space blends traditional elegance with bold, contemporary design. The location is superb, with most of the 200 or so guest rooms and suites offering spacious, residential-inspired layouts and spectacular views of the city’s picturesque landmarks. As can be expected with any Ritz-Carlton property, the luxury bedding will make you think twice about ending your night’s slumber. When you do, however, you’ll be pleased to find that your walking tours can be easily begun within minutes from the hotel: iconic attractions including the Danube, St. Stephen’s Basilica, shopping on Andrássy Street, and the spectacular Parliament building are blocks away. Here’s a pro tip: you must book your tour of Parliament on-line and days in advance. You’ll be disappointed if you miss this jewel of the city. One of the best dining options in Budapest is located on the hotel’s ground floor: Deák St. Kitchen. Here, you should commit to a Hungarian-inspired dish crafted from local ingredients. SocialLifeMagazine.com

The Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room

The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Kupola Lounge, set beneath an awe-inspiring stained-glass cupola, serves a typically delicious European breakfast and cocktails later in the day. While considering your poison, be sure to check out the local wines. Hungarian wine is exceptional, inexpensive, and pretty hard to come by outside the region. Even your room’s honor bar selection (at less than $20 per bottle!) is irresistible. Inspired by the local baths, the Ritz-Carlton Spa, with treatments and products from the renowned ESPA, a 24-hour fitness center, and a striking indoor pool set beneath a glass roof, is predictably more formal and private than the group plunges elsewhere in the city. Now with accommodations that match the centuries-old grandeur of Budapest, this once overlooked and hard-to-visit city is rocking the world of travel. Get a first class seat now and relish the opportunity to discover anew.





here are few places in the U.S. where the simplicity of the landscape collides with luxury so bold that its legendary status is never compromised. Newport, Rhode Island, is at the top of the list. Ground zero for the Gilded Age, it’s still known today for European-style mansions, polo, yachting, the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Rockefellers. Until now, it has not been known for upscale lodging, but that all changed last year when Gurney’s Montauk expanded to New England, and Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina established itself as the area’s only true luxe destination for travelers. Situated on Goat Island and surrounded by Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is secluded (but bridge-accessible) on a private island that’s a short jaunt from the shops and eateries of downtown Newport. With 257 guestrooms and more event space than any other property in Newport, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is a popular destination for upscale business and social gatherings as well as truly memorable weddings. Expansive grounds offer 360-degree water views overlooking Newport Harbor and spectacular sunsets behind the Newport Bridge. A sizable outdoor saltwater pool and ample options for food and drink mark the expansive lounging options outside. For dining on-site, Scarpetta is where Downtown Manhattan meets Newport. The menu includes signature classics as well as seasonal dishes, fresh seafood selections sourced locally, and a world-class wine list. Whether inside or seaside next to Gurney’s private marina, this is one of the best restaurant experiences Newport has to offer. Be sure to relax at the Seawater Spa. With floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding sea, Seawater Spa is imbued with the healing power of water. The spa’s amenities are designed to cleanse, calm, beautify,

and enhance overall well-being. Before or after a treatment, enjoy a dry eucalyptus sauna, fitness center, outdoor salt water pool, heated indoor pool, coed relaxation area, or salon. One important tip: don’t skimp on your room. The smaller options are indeed small; but all “suites” will delight, although we recommend a water view to enhance your overall experience. Standard amenities abound. A unique bonus at Gurney’s is a state-of-the-art marina featuring 22 slips to accommodate boats from small tenders to 125 feet. The marina is fully operational for transient dockage, with the average depth of the water at 20 feet. Marina guests also receive full resort privileges, including access to the Seawater Spa, fitness center, pools, and the Pineapple Club. You can also order room service onboard. Launch service to town is fully operational and offered daily, with departures to town at the top of every hour and retrieval from town at the bottom of every hour. No trip to Newport is complete without visiting The Breakers or others in a group of opulent mansions, known as “cottages,” that the new-money New York elite flaunted during the Gilded Age. The manses, most run by the Newport Preservation Society, will take your breath away and remind you about what not to do when establishing your clean lines. Gurney’s Resorts gurneysresorts.com Gurney’s Resorts has also added The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina as the brand’s second property in the Hamptons. Known as Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club & Resort moving forward, this is the third property for the Gurney’s brand, which expands its footprint in Montauk and is steadily expanding and becoming synonymous with classic coastal destinations. Social Life



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BRIDGEHAMPTON & WATER MILL 2018 By Karen Holly Berliner


ridgehampton features world-class restaurants helmed by talented chefs, upscale boutiques and venues, top notch wineries, and some of the most beautiful horse farms in the region. This is a great destination for all, no matter where your interests or desires lie. The second annual Polo Hamptons will be Saturday, June 30, from 4 to 7 pm. The celebrity fashion mogul Rachel Zoe is hosting this polo match and outdoor party at a gorgeous private estate on Lumber Lane. The seventh annual St. Barth Hamptons will be on Saturday, July 21, from 6 to 10 pm. The iconic Christie Brinkley is hosting this event on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum. For both events, tickets include drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, DJ music, step & repeat, and the chance to meet and greet sponsors — a really fun time. See polohamptons.com and stbarthhamptons.com for tickets. On this visit we head out to the Hamptons on a Thursday and stop by Wölffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack enroute to Bridgehampton and right on time for its Twilight Thursdays event in the main winery. The event includes live music, wines by the glass or bottle, and delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, and we note that Wölffer also hosts Sunset Weekends at the estate’s Wine Stand. For these events, Wölffer invites visitors to bring a blanket and enjoy great wine and food, including wrap sandwiches for purchase. A beautiful vineyard view at sunset is thanks to Mother Nature. The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 35th season with a series of five, free pop-up concerts at cultural venues in Southampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Water Mill. The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has become known for presenting a broad range of music performed by some of the best musicians in the country, in one of the most beautiful seaside settings in the world. The celebrated actor Alan Alda returns to launch the season, hosting a musical portrait of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. The main series of 13 concerts, July 22 to August 19, has the theme “Destination America,” exploring the important impact that this country has had on composers and musicians and vice versa. Music will be by composers who came to this country to free oppression or explore new opportunities. And some compositions are by the children of immigrants.

After our wine and jazz evening, we head over to The Bridgehampton Inn, which is within walking distance to Bridgehampton’s boutiques, art galleries, and cafés. This inn, circa 1795, is a charming clapboard house, featuring six lovely rooms and an on-site cooking school, allowing for a great opportunity to brush up on skills in the kitchen. The following day, we enjoy a delightful English breakfast, served on the veranda. Then we head over to Mecox Beach, which has a volleyball set-up and dedicated court, ample facilities, and food stands. It is a glorious morning of fun, sun, and sand.

The Bridgehampton Inn

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

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Lemongrass Cosmo and Steamed Mussels at Almond

For lunch we visit Almond, featuring contemporary French bistro fare served in a historic space. It has antique tin ceilings and a hand-carved bar, wood-topped tables, and dark wood wainscoting. We dine on delicious chicken and mussels paired with a cool and refreshing lemongrass Cosmo. For dessert we take a ride over to the famous Candy Kitchen. This nostalgic luncheonette and soda fountain conjures up a simpler time by offering friendly service and basic and classic menu items. This is the perfect spot for a scoop of homemade ice cream and a smooth cup of hot coffee. We learn that the seventh annual Great Food Truck Derby is returning to Bridgehampton this season on August 10, when a caravan of New York City and Long Island food trucks park at the Hayground School. Featuring ethnic fare, the event will benefit the Hayground schoolyard projects, which provide culinary arts training for local kids. Some vendors include Billie Jean’s Grill, Blondie’s Bake Shop, Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks, and more. Look out for The Long Island Shucking Truck, ready to satisfy your raw bar cravings on the fly. Live music will be provided by The Shockwaves. All of this dining begs a great workout. Bridgehampton Pilates is great for those new to Pilates as well as seasoned Pilates enthusiasts. Personal one-on-one training is offered at the studio or in your home. The owner, Lukie Bernstein, has danced and choreographed for over 40 years and has practiced Pilates for close to two decades. She is also a certified reflexologist. SocialLifeMagazine.com

Lukie Bernstein, Bridgehampton Pilates



Calissa, Chef Dominic Rice

For dinner, we choose Calissa in Water Mill, one of the newest restaurants in the Hamptons and inspired by the aesthetic and cuisine of the Greek island of Mykonos. The executive chef Dominic Rice crafts an extraordinary menu of shareable plates of Long Island seafood, local seasonal vegetables, and other Grecian specialties. Highlights include traditional Greek dishes like salt-baked striped bass or lamb, as well as modern interpretations of Greek standards such as corn croquettes with spicy feta, chilies, and cilantro yogurt. Calissa also has the largest selection of large-format bottles on Long Island, the most by-the-glass options, and plenty of rosés. Calissa features weekly winemaker dinners throughout the summer months. New this year is Sunday brunch service for the summer; an aperol spritz bar; and Agora, an outdoor marketplace that will run through the season. Participating vendors include Pared Eyewear, Stephanie Gottlieb, and Tai Jewelry, among others. Calissa will continue to offer live music and hot DJs to pair live entertainment with great food.


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Bistro Eté, Chef Arie

Another fabulous dining spot is Bistro Eté, featuring Chef Arie, whose preparations reflect his Cypriot heritage, formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and his years working under the Michelin-starred chef Philippe Da Silva in Provence. This dining spot offers classics such as escargot and striped bass with champagne truffle sauce along with signature dishes such as wild-caught Spanish octopus with cherry tomato or duck wings confit with curry coleslaw, house BBQ jerk, and roasted local Brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds and tahini. Chef Arie’s vegan and vegetarian dishes are tasty options as well. For seafood cravers, Hudson Blue Crab House features interesting seafood, including an array of crab-centric dishes such as Alaskan red king crab legs, Dungeness crab, snow crab, and Florida stone crab claws; East and West Coast oysters, including Kuma moto oysters; and dishes made with fresh local seafood. The bar menu includes 70 tequilas and 20 beers on draft, and a great selection of cocktails. On our way home Saturday, we stop at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill to enjoy al fresco dining, which is available in both the courtyard terrace. On Sundays, Manna presents “Under the Stars,” live music for diners. This restaurant’s celebrated chef, Marco Barrila, creates a multi-regional array of traditional, rustic dishes that change seasonally and focus on local farm-to-table as well as imported Italian products. The menu includes signature dishes such as the char-grilled octopus with chimichurri, truffled veal chops, and lobster risotto. What a perfect restaurant to end the weekend with! SocialLifeMagazine.com

Manna Restaurant, Chef Marco Barrila


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Let me inspire you! BY ANDREA CORREALE When it comes to heavy hors d’ oeuvres, there’s nothing more ubiquitous than the “slider.” There are a few good reasons for that. First and foremost, they are delicious. Second, they are easy to prepare and serve. And, finally, they are filling and a perfect option if you’re serving alcohol— these little guys are a great counterweight to a delicious cocktail, a pint of craft beer, or a vintage red. All that said, as the perfect host, your job is to innovate those apps, and my advice for a super slider is to mix up the middle. One of the hottest, most flavorful proteins of the season is lamb. Savory and delicious, lamb is an exceptional alternative to ground beef, and it affords you the opportunity to experiment with some amazing flavors. It’s also exotic, and a perfect center piece for a full menu of delicious Mediterranean delights. ANDREA CORREALE, ENTERTAINING EXPERT, FOUNDER & CEO OF ELEGANT AFFAIRS

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Greek Lamb Sliders INGREDIENTS: 1 lb ground lamb 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (finely chopped) 10 fresh mint leaves (finely chopped) 6 fresh basil leaves (finely chopped) 4 garlic cloves chopped 1 lemon 1 cup feta cheese crumbles CONDIMENTS & GARNISHES 1 cup tzatziki sauce (store bought or homemade) Thin sliced cucumbers watercress leaves 14 slider buns INSTRUCTIONS In a medium-sized bowl mix all the ingredients above with the ground lamb. Shape them into mini patties. Prep the grill to around 450 degrees and cook on each side for 3 minutes. Place on top of slider buns and top with a bit of tzatziki sauce, cucumber, and watercress.

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LIGHTLY TOASTED By Sharon Roth East End summer days have more than ample opportunities for delightful liquid concoctions, starting with brunch rosé champagne, flowing vino throughout the afternoon on land and sea, après beach cocktails . . . and only then do our evening events commence. And so it goes on and on. How does one stay trim and healthy through this onslaught? The first rule is simple — Count Your Drinks. Keep in mind that no amount of yoga or spinning will make a real dent against round-the-clock imbibing. If weekends are your higher intake time, practice some restraint during the week, so a few drinks daily on your weekends won’t prove overly detrimental. Then, lighten up! Start by choosing a more intelligent sweetener. Many cocktails call for simple syrup, crafted to high-calorie perfection by combining equal parts sugar and water. Instead, consider making your own calorie-free simple syrup using all-natural stevia. It’s easy: simply dissolve one part stevia in Low-calorie recipes are often celebrated for what they manage to cut out, but here’s a tempting libation packed with antioxidants:

Grapefruit Basil Martini 2 basil leaves 1 ounce grapefruit juice  1 ounce Da Vinci’s sugar-free sweetener syrup 1¾ ounces gin  Splash of sparkling wine Muddle basil and syrup in a shaker. Add syrup and gin and shake hard with ice for 20 seconds. Strain ingredients into a martini glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Of course, there is always the staple of Tito’s vodka and club soda — or with unsweetened pomegranate juice for added cachet and flavor. And serving prosecco with cut strawberries looks pretty in your party pics and delivers just 80 calories a glass to your guests, which isn’t too bad at all.

four parts boiling water, cool, and use as you would regular simple syrup. Also, make it a habit to use freshly squeezed juice whenever possible to avoid the added sugars, colors, and preservatives found in many store-bought varieties. Little tip? Squeezing fruit close to cocktail time preserves more of the nutrients, which makes us feel a just little bit better and healthier. Also consider the nutritional boon of electrolyte-packed coconut water, which at just six calories an ounce is a fabulous, hangover-preventing option. Forgo sugary sodas in your mixes, and opt for organic, sugar-free sodas such as Q-drinks that use agave, or Zevia, a line of sodas naturally sweetened by stevia. Finally, embark on the new soju trend. With a neutral flavor and clear color similar to vodka — and packing less than 70 calories per shot (vodka’s almost 100) — soju is a worth a shot, or several. Just for fun, let’s consider two very lo-cal, party-friendly cocktail options below: A refreshing summer surprise with a bubbly accent:

Blueberry Lemon Breeze 10 blueberries ¾ ounce light agave nectar (such as Wholesome Sweeteners, available at Whole Foods) 1½ ounces gin  ¾ ounce lemon juice  Splash of Champagne (about 1 ounce) Muddle together blueberries and agave in a shaker. Add the gin and lemon juice, then shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain contents of shaker into a martini glass, then top with champagne. Garnish with 3 blueberries on a cocktail stick.

Here’s to your health this summer. Raise a glass of your favorite lo-cal libation to a safe, happy, low-in-sugar Fourth!

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Robert D’Alessandro


or Robert D’Alessandro, the owner and creative director of Invision, every event should be textural — a multi-layered mosaic of sound, sight, scent, and taste. Obviously, a veritable who’s who agree. Clients range from HBO (such as lavish premiere parties for Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones) to the most selective social clientele. Robert works closely with each client transforming their dreams into a vision beyond expectation. D’Alessandro’s passion to make his mark in the event industry has been inspired by the natural world of flowers, entertainment, fashion, and design trends mixed with a strong interest in interior design and food. “Each Invision event becomes an opportunity to imagine a unique atmosphere for life’s celebrations or just to celebrate life,” enthuses D’Alessandro, who recently found a few extra minutes in an otherwise hectic season of pulling off some luxe events to answer a few questions for Social Life. I have to admit, I haven’t been fortunate enough to attend an Invision event, but I’ve certainly heard about them. From your perspective, what would I experience? Of course, that depends on the event. The common thread is that we try to create a multi-layered atmosphere. It’s not any one thing, and people don’t remember any one thing. It’s how it all plays together and blends to create an energy. It’s not like the old days. It’s a complete sensory experience . . . it’s drama . . . it’s someplace you’ve never been before. What is the scope of what you can pull off ? We are involved with a variety of events. They range from premiere parties and corporate galas to personal events, such as weddings, mitzvahs, and lavish birthdays, to intimate dinner parties and floral SocialLifeMagazine.com

installations. We also really love getting strategic and helping corporations engage and evolve their brands. What’s an example of what really sets an Invision event apart? A great example was our Game of Thrones premiere party. All the tablecloths simulated chainmail. I worked with hardwoods, velvets, iron, tapestries, deer antlers —you name it — and then modernized it. I didn’t want a typical medieval knight party that’s just about the Dark Ages. I wanted to have something much more elevated. It’s all about taking things to the next level. How have things changed since you started in the business? Leaps and bounds. It used to be much simpler, like what’s on your tabletop and a few pretty things to look at. Now, it’s an experience: we’re changing and transforming spaces completely. Technology has helped elevate these events, too, with video mapping, lighting, you name it. Food is always important. It definitely is, and I have a background in it having gone to culinary school. It’s just one more way to create an experience. What do you think truly differentiates Invision? Our celebrations are personal. I am a hands-on owner, and I love to get involved. I love my clients, and enjoy being part of their life celebrations. It’s all about relationships, and I value being part of other people’s lives, creating beauty and joy. Invision invisionevents.com 516.844.0410




Zach Erdem


estaurateur Zach Erdem’s 75 Main continues to reinvent itThe 75 Main lunch menu offers even more delicious dishes, self year after year. As the center of the Southampton social such as the jumbo shrimp martini served with a horseradish rescene, it is no surprise Zach Erdem caters to a devoted clientele moulade sauce. Opt for the chicken fettuccini with grilled chicken, and celebrity following, which has included Joe Biden, LA Reid, Kalamata olives, sundried tomato sautéed with garlic and olive Barbara Walters, Alex Rodriquez, and many more. oil, or the delectable sesame-crusted tuna served over green paRecognized as one of Long Island’s best brunch spots by USA paya slaw with wasabi creme fraiche, and pickled ginger. Peruse Today Travel’s 10best.com, 75 Main has been a favorite Souththe dinner menu for choices such as the grilled filet mignon with ampton eatery for more than 70 years. The present brandy green peppercorn sauce, mashed potato owner, Zach Erdem, has transformed the HampAfter dinner, guests can and grilled asparagus; pan seared Chilean sea bass tons summer dining staple into a year-round resserved with fingerling potatoes, zucchini, squash, enjoy 75 Main’s exclusive taurant and lounge with an expertly crafted menu, and sundried tomato in a light fumet; or the butter nightlife scene, as the sophisticated décor, and the addition of post-dinpoached lobster served over fricassee of cremini ner entertainment, maintaining the perfect balance restaurant converts into and shitake mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and between the classic style of the Hamptons and the one of the hottest loung- asparagus finished with buttery lobster broth. This es on the East End. allure of New York City nightlife. season, 75 Main has introduced a delicious sushi 75 Main heats up the delicious menu with its menu and sake cocktails. expertly-crafted Mediterranean-meets-American cuisine. Satisfy After dinner, guests can enjoy 75 Main’s exclusive nightlife scene, your late morning appetite with brunch options such as Belgian as the restaurant converts into one of the hottest lounges on the waffles topped with warm berry compote and whipped cream. For East End, featuring well-known DJs, live bands, and drink specials. a hearty meal, try the Calabrese panini with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, red roasted peppers with pesto sauce, or the marinated 75 Main Street, Southampton portobello and vegetable salad served with mixed greens and a bal75main.com samic vinaigrette. FB: 75MainSouthampton | T: @75MainOfficial | I: @75Main Social Life




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Eve Xanthopoulos always had a passion for art and completed a coveted internship at the Marian Goodman Gallery. From voraciously learning about the artists and their work to curating homes of art lovers, she proceeded to create her own company, The Xanth Group, where she privately advises and curates art for her clientele. Aside from working closely as a business manager for the legendary artist Chuck Close, Eve spends her time as an author, philanthropist, art advisor, and entrepreneur. Her range of interests extend across continents and issues, including health, the arts, the environment, and children.

KEITH SONNIER Interview By Krista Norris Feature Produced By Eve Xanthopoulos


eith Sonnier is a world-renowned artist known in the art world for redefining the parameters of sculpture. Sonnier, who is based in Bridgehampton, has two exhibitions on the East End. At the Parrish Art Museum is Keith Sonnier: Until Today, a survey of Sonnier’s five-decade long career. More than 30 pieces are on display, including sculpture, installations, and sound works — many created in Bridgehampton. The Parrish’s guest curator Jeffrey Grove and its director, Terrie Sultan, designed this exhibition to highlight Sonnier’s pieces that were inspired by his travels and his study of natural materials, in addition to his well-known light installations. Also featured is a site-specific neon installation in the museum’s central corridor as well as work rarely shown in the U.S. This show runs until January 27, 2019. Sonnier says the focus on his more natural pieces stems from a renewed interest in areas of his art he has ignored, and is a way of exploring how he sustains his creative energy as an artist. The exhibition will also be the setting for the museum’s annual Midsummer Party on July 14, which will honor Sonnier alongside the museum’s trustee Chad Leat. At the Dia Art Foundation’s Dan Flavin Institute is Dis-Play II (1970), an environmental installation of foam rubber, fluorescent powder, strobe light, black light, neon, plywood, and glass. Also on view is a selection of Sonnier’s films and videos made between 1968 and 1977. This show runs until May 26, 2019. The Parrish Art Museum 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill The Dan Flavin Institute 23 Corwith Avenue, Bridgehampton

Keith Sonnier, Catahoula (Tidewater Series ), 1994. Found objects, neon tubing, electrical wire, and transformer, 56 in. x 29 in. x 24 in.

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Keith Sonnier, USA: War of the Worlds (Sagaponack Blatt Series ), 2004. Neon tubing, transformer, and found objects, 48 in. x 48 in. x 28 in.

Keith Sonnier, Deux Pattes, 1981. Extruded aluminum, enamel, neon tubing, electrical wire, and transformer, 91 in. x 74 in. x 48 in.




Figurafiti, 2000, Silk, 34 in. x 46 in.


usie Gach Peelle has been making art for over 65 years. Her prolific works include genre works, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, and she works in various media, including painting, ceramics, photography, and mosaics. In 1995, as a Christmas gift, Peelle received a kit for painting on silk scarves. Unfamiliar with the medium, a curiosity was sparked that led to a new advancement within the artist’s career, resulting in over 65 pieces created over the past 23 years. In this interview, Peelle explains the process behind painting on silk, and reveals the freedom and inspiration that this support initiated. Throughout the 65 pieces that you’ve completed so far, it appears that you draw upon a number of styles. Some are bursting with color, others are more subdued and intimate. What inspires your choices? Inspiration is everywhere and the source of the outcome of the piece. Subject matter dictates style, as does the support, ultimately to create a mood. Please explain the process behind the creation of each piece. Is it something you think of beforehand, or is it spontaneous? The concept precedes the execution. The execution is spontaneous without extensive deliberation, an instinctual process of

Reef Residents, 1966, Silk, 46 in. x 77 in.

design and color. I developed the designs on the spot and would take a break upon tiring, then continue the off-the-cuff concept upon returning. What unique experience do you gain from painting on silk versus other supports? Learning the personality of a support is key. The handling of it and learning how to incorporate it into your style is an exciting journey. I’ve figured out how to hang them on dowels, because I feel that the movement of the silk is very essential: it has a softness. Also, working with silk is incredibly freeing: you are not hindered by any kind of preconstruction, such as the mapping out required for a portrait, for instance. I consider the silk series a unique chapter in my art evolution. Having an expansive career, what are you most excited about currently as an artist? I’ve been drawing for 65 years and painting for 61. It is still exciting. The process, from the concept to the final stroke, is both pacifying and invigorating, with a solid feeling of accomplishment. It is a discipline which very much defines an important part of my existence. Susie Gach Peelle susiegpeelle@aol.com

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Lee Kalt, Malinda Carlton


ee Kalt is a little bit like MasterCard: he’s everywhere you want him to be. For instance, if you’re looking for the absolute best music at the hottest parties on the East End, this jock is sure to be at the decks. And, if you’re in the market for an impressive manse in Westchester, Lee, who has been minting himself as a go-to real estate agent, is your guy. Yep, this “jock” of all trades, known for producing the music for Elon Musk’s iconic Tesla brand, dove last year into the world of real estate under Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. On top of all that, he’s a devoted dad . . . which may have something to do with his newly found balancing act of only taking on the hottest parties to free up home time with family and face-time with clients. But don’t jump to any conclusions — all the downtime (yeah, right!) isn’t making Lee a dull boy. In fact, this summer he’ll be providing music at The Spur, a members-only club, event and work space in Southampton. “Think SoHo house in the Hamptons,” says Kalt, adding that the

new hotspot is located next to the Southampton train station, but only temporarily while awaiting the construction of an official location at the corner of 27 Montauk Highway and Flying Point Road. We think that the clandestine location only adds to the exclusivity! How does he do it all and stay motivated? Social Life caught up with Kalt to find out. So, Lee, we’re obviously a little biased. After all you’ve been tapped to DJ all our events this summer: Polo Hamptons, St. Barth Hamptons, Healthy Guru. What makes you jump at these opportunities? They are unbelievable gigs and a DJ’s dream. They are chock full of celebrities and at the most exclusive locations. Which is your favorite event? Well, that’s easy. I like Polo Hamptons for its mellow vibe. St. Barth for its exciting vibe. Healthy Guru for its energy vibe. All are can’tmiss events. Social Life



It sounds like you’ve settled into doing only the gigs you want to do. I think that’s where every DJ wants to be professionally. You need to love your work, and when you love your work, you’re better at what you do. Being able to choose my gigs rather than financially having to take everything that comes my way, allows me to do what I want to do to the very best of my ability. Crowds appreciate it more, too. What are you playing these days? I definitely lean towards sexy and down-tempo, definitely not what you’d expect at 3 a.m. in a nightclub. And, that’s what people want. Especially in the Hamptons, it’s about exclusive parties with various age groups, so the music has to be more sophisticated, with many genres and styles. Most people aren’t into ragers anymore. That said, you’re planning to tear it up at The Spur. Well, it’s going to be hot. However, it’s like a private club as opposed to a nightclub, and it will definitely be more like a SoHo House vibe. Changing direction a bit, in terms of the real estate, what’s motivating you? Honestly, I love helping families relocate out of Brooklyn and Manhattan into Westchester, where the lifestyle is better suited to family life. Most people probably don’t know that this business is actually in your blood. That’s true. The Kalt Team has been helping families relocate to Westchester for over 30 years. And, having grown up in the area, I have a unique ability to offer our clients an inside perspective about what the future may hold for them in Westchester. For instance, the schools are amazing and the way of life is just so superior to being cramped in the city. What’s your wheel house? The Hamptons-style mega-manse or the funky mid-century ranch? Everything . . . and everything in between. The Kalt Team offers many exclusive listings in every price range, and we are well focused on helping as many people as possible. To do that, we work in every town in Westchester. What are people looking for when they move to Westchester? What’s hot right now are the river towns where you can find top restaurants like X2O and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Central Westchester towns with their impressive public schools. Harbor towns where activities like paddle-boarding and sailing reign supreme and northern Westchester’s spectacular country setting. SocialLifeMagazine.com

What makes you stand out? A lot of people who come to us for help are not only looking to purchase a property but they also need to sell a property in order to make the move. This type of deal is most easily achieved by choosing a broker who not only knows the area well, but also concludes upward to 100 transactions a year. This foresight is vital in such deals being conducted successfully. What about new construction? Easy. If you want to start from scratch and build your dream home, we work with trusted builders in the area who are ready to assist in realizing the goals you’ve set for your family moving to Westchester. Lee Kalt Licensed Real Estate Salesperson leekalt@bhhswestchester.com o/ 917.991.6230 c/ 914.777.2567

Lee Kalt is available for events, public, private and charitable. For bookings, contact Malinda Carlton malinda@housemusictv.com 917.703.7463. w To

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“As a photographer I had grown somehow tired of shooting in blank studios, missing character and inspiration from the spaces itself. In our first owned studio space in East Williamsburg, we wanted to create opportunities to spark imagination and give impulses for photographers to create their own sets from a selection of furniture, props, and characteristic spaces,” said Samira Hermenau, the co-founder of Monaliza Studios, a NYC-based photo and set design company. Monaliza Studios quickly grew in popularity, receiving frequent requests to shoot in all corners of its warehouse building. Artists were drawn to the studio’s authentic flair and its nooks and crannies inhabited by unique props. The upholstery room became the most popular space with its actual machines and huge corner windows. “The first Editorial Night event came out of the idea to offer fellow photographers the opportunity to shoot flexibly with all props and in all spaces, while at the same time collaborating with models, designers, and industry professionals. As a big live photo shoot, it challenges all attendees to communicate, connect, and create artistic fashion photography in a new way,” said Hermenau.

The event was so well-received that Hermenau, along with her partner, Kyra Ross, decided to produce the event on a regular basis. “We strive to offer something different each time, pushing limits, collaborating with artists, and creating a new photography playground every month as an editorial challenge with beautiful outcomes.” One of Hermenau’s favorite sets at an Editorial Night featured several half-finished wooden chair-frames stacked up. The structure showcased the process of furniture production, while simultaneously providing an innovative backdrop for editorial-style photography. Monaliza Studios works closely with Glassbook Magazine as well as the progressive model agency Zandwagon, supporting LGBTQ gender equality and body-positivity content. Hermenau said, “The Editorial Nights are especially fulfilling to me and the Monaliza collective of artists in offering so many new opportunities for creatives to collaborate, gain experience, and produce valuable content in the art and fashion scene.” Monaliza Studios monaliza.studio Social Life





ach summer among the throng of visitors and residents who mingle in the Hamptons are some unique characters you need to meet. Here are four individuals who not only enjoy the Hamptons but also bring something unique to it.





The Hamptons Jewelry Show is the brainchild of Rick Friedman, who created and has produced the popular ArtHamptons, and the Hamptons Contemporary Design and Décor Show. For the past 14 years, he has helped to pioneer art collecting and interior design in the Hamptons. Mr. Friedman has over 30 years’ experience producing live events around the world. He has produced and staged many of the premier cultural events in the Hamptons over the past 14 years. Now he says he’s turning his attention to making collecting jewelry “the new sport of the Hamptons.” hamptonsjewelryshow.com

Ian Duke has long been making a difference in Southampton’s social and culinary scene. He got his first taste of the hospitality industry as a 12-year-old dishwasher at a local restaurant. Over the next 30 years he has worked in nearly every position in the restaurant business, which in combination with his degree from New York University, has provided him with considerable experience in all aspects of the restaurant scene. Ian Duke currently owns and runs the Southampton hotspots Union Cantina and Southampton Social Club in addition to Prohibition (live music venue, lounge bar, and café on the Upper West Side) and two Lucky’s Famous Burgers (Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea).  With two new projects on the horizon, his passion is seemingly inexhaustible. unioncantina.net southamptonsocialclub.com





Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events brings unparalleled creativity and imagination to his signature special events. In 1989, he established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. Larry has a long undisclosed list of loyal A-list celebrity clients who keep rehiring him for his bespoke events and discreet and personable approach. Some of his high-profile clients include Michael Bolton, Judge Judy, Howard Stern, Vera Wang, and John Varvatos. Larry Scott also produces a number of charity events, including the Feinstein Summer Concert, Southampton Hospital’s Annual Summer Party, and The Michael Bolton Charities. lawrencescottevents.com SocialLifeMagazine.com

Drawing on musical influences from past and present legends such as Etta James, Chaka Khan, and Beyoncé, Houston-born singer Imaní Scott brings a unique voice and presence to her music. Says Imaní, “When you think of a quality sound and a lasting legacy, these are among the names that come to mind.” Imaní aims to bring happiness back to music with her bold and soulful vocals that mesh a little bit of R&B, pop, hip-hop, and funk. This talented singer-songwriter recently released her hot new single “Get Litty” ahead of the highly anticipated release of her debut LP The Introduction, produced entirely by the famous producer Isaac “Chill” Yowman. imaniscottmusic.com





Invasions on Hickory Road is a mystical yet insightfully comic story of the folks who live in a sunny suburban neighborhood. On Hickory Road all the houses are numbered, and all the people who live behind the numbers have stories. Some of their stories are hidden away in their hearts, in their closet, in bureau drawers, as secrets they can’t tell. They keep them only for themselves, only to ponder in the dark, behind their windows, inside curtains, in their memories, their wishing, their silence. But before there were numbers on these houses, before there were houses or roads at all, there were secrets in this place. Those secrets will still be here long after memories of the numbered houses are gone. There are things here that none of us can reach; they’re hidden inside realities we don’t yet know. You’ll meet the hilarious, unpredictable adults, children, and pets who live in the 33 houses along Hickory Road as Alicia Baker takes a walk up and down the cul-de-sac. She’ll tell you some things about them, and the author will tell you something Alicia doesn’t know. Many of these characters appear in subsequent chapters as they criss-cross in an out of one another’s lives in ways that are sometimes absurdly funny and sometimes heartwarming. After you read this book, you might start to think about the hidden realities of your own life and the world around you. Read the first chapter on Amazon. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jim Delay is an award-winning journalist. He has written a newspaper humor column; was a reporter, writer, and editor at Life magazine, covering the White House, Congress, the manned space program, and the civil rights movement. He was also the editorial director of CBS and ABC (though not simultaneously!). He is a funny man in print and in person.

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WIDE-RANGING AND FUNNY! Sheila Barrett, June 2, 2018, Format: Kindle Edition Jim Delay knows his craft; this book is well-written in a way that I have not seen in much modern fiction. Sentence structure, spelling, narrative thread, even, by gosh, clear evidence of editing...woohoo! Weaving in elements of his extensive travels and experience of other cultures, traditional folklore and fairy tales, touches of tragedy, a healthy slice of slapstick (can slapstick be written rather than performed? I don’t know, but I’ll bet Jim Delay does!) Well, there's another run-on sentence fragment for you, but the point is that this is a set of overlapping stories that somehow creates a cohesive whole. With quite a few laughs along the way. I will say that I think I would have preferred reading this in traditional book form, as it might have been easier for me to keep the many characters straight if I could easily page back. Of course, I could also have slowed my reading down to a sedate and deliberate pace. If only I hadn't really wanted to know what would happen next . . . Social Life





ummer is a hectic time for any parent, which is why companies like DivaLysscious Moms (divamoms.com) are increasingly popular for mothers looking for community, support, and humor during one of the kid-busiest seasons of the year. Begun by the New York entrepreneur Lyss Stern, the brand extends its reach across many platforms, including social media, online, television, publishing, events, and speaking engagements. And it continues to grow, adding thousands of followers every month. “Between summer breaks, camp, family vacations, and everyday chores and schedules, parents need a release this summer,” says Stern. “Through DivaLysscious Moms, I get to talk about and share my life and experiences with a huge audience who are dealing with similar situations. I have three kids with terrific personalities, but they’re still kids with needs, wants, feelings, and whims of their own. So right there, that’s a big part of my next few months,” the mother of three laughs. “Connecting to moms in a real, emotional, supportive way is cathartic for me. It’s my Prosecco at the end of a long day.” While summer is indeed busy, Stern sees it as an opportunity to complement her day-to-day work with long-range projects like books, TV development (stay tuned) and more. “Building a brand like this is fun, but it’s hard. I’m not only running a company, but I’m constantly thinking of the future and how I can expand the business to new platforms,” she says. The “mom-preneur” recently co-authored with Sheryl Berk Motherhood Is A B#TCH, 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness, and Inner Diva, and is also working with her husband and sister on a few other exciting projects. Lyss is super excited to be building out her successful Mom Moguls Breakfast series. At the most recent breakfast, with Randi Zuckerberg, attendees were the first recipients of Randi’s new book Pick Three:You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day). Lyss says, “Every mom should read this book.” Lyss believes using media to spread her message is key. It’s how she raises awareness for DivaLysscious Moms, which is not just a brand, it’s also a community. And it’s a business. “Marketers are finally realizing this is a huge, untapped part of the economy, and they want in. Moms are big business and my audience is built on trust, engagement, and reality.” She discovered this niche after the birth of her first son, Jackson, when there wasn’t a way to connect with moms to share her dramatic life change. She created DivaLysscious Moms as a way to talk to mothers who were going through the same things — experiencing the joys and stress of this part of their life and the desire to keep their pre-baby identity. SocialLifeMagazine.com

Lyss Stern, Randi Zuckerberg, Photography by Heidi Green Photography

Lyss has built an audience of followers who find meaning in what she’s doing. She’s creates a bond with her audience simply by being genuine. She shares advice, jokes, and product reviews as well as her own experiences and perspective. She responds to her followers with likes, shares, comments, and congratulation messages. “I try to be reasonable, empathetic, and authentic, which moms truly identify with. And I’m realistic: what I say, write, and post is real because I’m the one doing it: I don’t have a team following me all day to document my life.” You can find her this summer at Exhale, at The Golden Pear eating her favorite oatmeal, on the beach with her kids (she’ll be in a big hat and dark sunglasses). Lyss loves spending quality time with her family in the Hamptons each summer. Lyss Stern’s favorite pick of pick three: family. Lyss Stern divamoms.com Instagram @diva_moms Twitter @divamoms

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INSTITUTE OF WELLNESS Dr. Gina Sam is one of the country’s leading gastroenterologists. Dr. Sam has appeared on CBS News with Dr. Max Gomez and has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Refinery29, and Men’s Health. She is an expert in the specialized niche of gastrointestinal motility, which involves dysfunctions of the intestinal muscles.

MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL With more than ten years’ experience, Dr. Sam was the director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. In June she opened her own practice, The Institute of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders and Integrative Health, at 800 Second Avenue. Dr. Sam says, “In this niche in motility, much of the brain and gut is related. Your GI tract is actually all lined with neurotransmitters like serotonin receptors. So if you just had a death in the family, your stomach is going to feel it. I tell my patients: ‘I’m not treating your GI tract; I’m treating you as a person.’ My practice. is an institute of wellness.”

GASTROENTEROLOGY EXPLAINED In laymen’s terms, Dr. Sam offers the analogy of an auto mechanic who can see that there are no scratches on the Ferrari, no dents on the bumper, but knows there’s a problem within. “What I do is more like the mechanic gastroenterologist in that I open up the car and test the engine, to assess the function of the GI tract.” According to Dr. Sam, few physicians have the skills for this niche, because it requires specialized technology and it also requires a knowledge of diseases that are unusual and rare. She also treats more common conditions: acid reflux and IBS, and screens patients for colon cancer. In addition to receiving her medical degree from Tufts University, Dr. Sam also earned a master’s in public health with a concentration in community health. Dr. Gina Sam 800 Second Avenue drginasam.com 646.776.2667 SocialLifeMagazine.com

Peter Anton creates large-scale decadent food sculptures of things like pizza, donuts, and chocolate that have been featured in museums in the Netherlands; Greece; Portland, Oregon; and Kansas City, Missouri. He also participates in major art fairs like Art Basel Miami and TEFAF Maastricht. Known as “Candy Warhol,” Anton’s work is in the collections of Keith Richards, Bill Clinton, Dennis Hopper, Lord Norman Foster, the Jordanian royal family, and the former Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer.

MONUMENTAL INSTALLATIONS Last year, Anton presented Sugartarium, a monumental installation of hyper-realistic sculptures, including a giant ice cream sundae, macarons, and a cherry pie smashed and splattered all around the walls at Unix Gallery in New York, which Anton had transformed into an insane asylum. Another was Sugar & Gomorrah, which gave viewers a truly immersive experience at Art Basel Miami: it was a real roller coaster ride, with food sculptures displayed inside, along with live models.

WHY FOOD? Growing up, Anton’s mother always had friends over for meals, and he loved the way it brought people together. “When anything’s going on in life, people gather around food and talk or celebrate,” he says. “It’s a comfort zone. I noticed that very early, that it was a focal point of life.” He liked the different colors and shapes of foods, and as a child he played with food and began making sculptures from food packaging, egg cartons, macaroni boxes, and the like.


Anton is creating sculptures of the food sold at movie concession stands — think Gummy Bears, Sno-Caps and popcorn — that will be exhibited during the Toronto Film Festival, in September. Peter Anton peteranton.com



DON'T MISS THIS BEAT . . . By Jenny Lundmark

Born in the north of Sweden, Jenny moved to New York in her early twenties to study theater arts and work as a singer and songwriter. Now selling real estate in Manhattan, her passion for music and writing lyrics is a daily part of her life and her new band. Vinyl Act will be releasing its first album this year.


he Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer Max Weinberg is on his way to the Hamptons! Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s longtime drummer is bringing his Jukebox show to the island and playing at The Stephen Talkhouse on July 6. The Max Weinberg’s Jukebox is an intimate interactive experience where Weinberg invites the audience to create the set list he and his crack four-piece group will play that night. It’s a party! We look forward having you in the Hamptons! I’m so looking forward to playing at The Stephen Talkhouse — great venue, intimate, and our show is geared to having a party, not a concert. I’ve not played on the East End before, but I have several family members who have been residents in the community since the 1950s. Of all your jukebox songs, what are some of your personal favorites? Hard to pick favorites because they’re all my favorites! In many instances these are the songs I listened to over and over to learn how to play the drums; others are simply fun. But I’ll tell you, I love playing The Beatles tunes and fantasizing that I’m Ringo! What would you say makes a great drummer? The qualities in a drummer that I look for are steady time, drive, and personality. It also is key to help the band along wherever you can. Also a drummer must be in command of the band — the position is not for the faint-hearted. You’re back there kind of like a goalie. You can’t let anything slip through. Your son, Jay, is the drummer in the HM band Slipknot. Has sharing the same passion given you more time together? My son, Jay, was recently voted best drummer in metal music — and the drummers on the list he tops are all his heroes from when he was a kid. Music has been a great bonding experience

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for my wife and both children through the years. Nothing like having your eight-year-old daughter sing Bob Dylan’s “115th Dream” at the top of her lungs. And my son, too . . . he’d take the train to New York when he was a teenager and we’d both go to concerts in the city: Irving Plaza, the old Roseland — you name it. He and I went to see all of his favorite bands. I’m incredibly proud of both my children, who have followed their interests with independence, passion, and resilience. Social Life



My daughter, Ali, is a digital journalist with ABC-TV News in Washington, D.C., covering Capitol Hill. Tough job and she excels at it. How did you support and guide your children? My wife, Becky, and I raised our children to be lovers of nature, to dig down deep into their interests, never give up, and be independent. Easy to say, hard to do. But they did all of it with excellence to become formidable citizens. And they’re both sweet as can be! If you could relive one venue in your amazing career, which would you choose? Whew — hard question. Certainly playing a free concert in East Berlin in 1988 for several hundred thousand people ranks up there. Having Paul McCartney play with us in Hyde Park, London, in 2012, was, as Chris Farley would say, awesome! Our Super Bowl show in 2009 was pretty great, too! I could go on . . . SocialLifeMagazine.com

When you play for these intimate private venues, what should we expect? Fun, fun, fun — and lots of music you can dance to.

w For private bookings of Max Weinberg, contact:

Mark Stein at mark@kick10.com





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