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Social Life June 2019
Publisher JUSTIN MITCHELL Editor-in-Chief DEVORAH ROSE Managing Editor
Advertising and Senior Editor Christine Montanti Wine and Spirits Editor Sharon Roth Travel Editor R. Couri Hay Charity Editor MJ Pedone Mom Editor Lyss Stern Home and Design Editor Sarah Parker Young Book Editor Gina Mason Local Hamptons Editor Karen Berliner Executive Editor Anthony Giampetruzzi Men’s Fasion Editor MJ Pedone Editor Suzanne Delay Features Editor Inna DeSilva Social Editor Jean Shafiroff Social Editor Missy Hargraves Social Editor Rachel Heller Social Editor Chanel Korby Editor Somers Farkas Wedding Director Joanna Daidone
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS AND WRITERS Blaire Bass, Daniel Berkowitz, Brad Boles, Carolina Cohen, Cecilia Dawn, Alyssa Goldman, Rose Hartman, Cristina Hilsenrath, Helaina Hovitz, Jennifer Liedke, Amanda McElroy, Monica Navia, Isaiah Negron, Kitty Pilgrim, Krista Norris PHOTOGRAPHERS Patrick McMullan, Rob Rich, Cassidy Sparrow Laura Mircik-Sellers, Vital Agibalow, Jerritt Clark, Joe Corrigan, Harry Heuts, Robert Linton, Olga Goworek, Gail Tobias
Art Editor Eve Xanthopoulos Art Writer Deliah Flores
FASHION / BEAUTY
Fashion Editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. Beauty Director Jeanette M. Zinno Jewelry Editor Jonathan Valdez
Cover Kyle Richards Executive Producer & Creative Director Christine Montanti
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June in the Hamptons is a great time. It gives you a chance to enjoy yourself before the big summer rush in July and August. Some New Yorkers shun the Hamptons during June, thinking it’s too cold, but I think they’re missing out. June weather is just fine, with many beautiful days to spend at the beach and pursue the outdoor activities available here. Getting away each weekend makes your summer longer, giving you extra weeks to refresh and do the things you enjoy the most. The most exciting social happening in June and July is Polo Hamptons, happening on June 29 and July 6. On Saturday, June 29, Christie Brinkley will kickoff 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 go to polohamptons.com In addition to Polo, a full array of events will occur throughout the month. Because summer weekends are limited, and there’s so much to do, it’s important to plan your time so that you really get to enjoy each day you spend out East. My advice is to limit your weekend time in the digital world. Look at your phone only twice per day over the weekend, and disconnect from social media and texting. Make your plan for the weekend and stick to it! With July Fourth approaching fast, put the brakes on your busy life and spend some long weekends in the Hamptons . . . before summer is over! Justin Mitchell
Devorah Rose, Nomi Ellenson Photography
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
I wish that I could bottle summer like a wine — but as with many entrancing things, these sun-filled days that instill in us a feeling of fearlessness and possibility, are fleeting. As Ferris Bueller says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” But what does it mean to pause and take it all in? Personally I think it means taking silent moments to stop and think. Reflection is important. I think the real allure of this idyllic place is the opportunity it offers us to take a break from the daily grind of routine. During these pauses we are freed to soak everything in — surroundings, others, ourselves — and truly reflect. Many times, the physical act of going for a long walk allows me to roam to the depths of my mind. And I think that’s the secret . . . taking the time to stay centered as a means of recharging. It’s not the place that recharges us; we recharge ourselves. But the place — this place — is so uniquely perfect at creating the right set of circumstances to do so. The freedom to leisurely muse is a necessary component to reenergizing. Everyone has a need for rejuvenation — whether through reaching momentary inner peace within a hectic life or soulsearching. It’s creating an internal balance, your own brand of silence and self- knowledge. Balance is present when what you feel and avow to be true corresponds to what you do. It’s a throughline between your head, heart, and actions. Sometimes routine, the conflicting messages of a society obsessed with pop culture, or the stereotypes ingrained in our subconscious can disrupt that balance or even make it difficult to obtain in the first place. And that’s why it’s so important to travel to places that allow us to journey within and replenish the waters of our souls. Enjoy this weekend. Wishing you peace and happiness. With love,
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This issue features the beautiful and vibrant film and television star, Kyle Richards. With a career in Hollywood which spans over four decades, the American actress has unparalleled staying power and timeless beauty. Her signature look and elegant style, showcased on the pages of June’s cover feature, can be emulated by shopping at many of the luxurious fashion boutiques in the historic villages of the East End. The chic Hamptons’ wardrobe consists of trendy and colorful daytime wear and sophisticated evening attire. Aside from the cutting-edge fashion boutiques and luxury brand flagship stores, there are many couture fashion destinations that pop-up during the summer which are the go-to shops for exclusive styles. The charming town of Southampton is a quintessential place to shop luxury brands. From Intermix, the destination for exclusive emerging designers to Tenet, the beach store with eclectic statement pieces, sophisticated fashions can be found at many of the boutiques that are nestled on Main Street and Jobs Lane. A wide variety of chic apparel can be also be found on the manicured streets of the affluent village of East Hampton. From flagship stores and national brands such as at Ralph Lauren and Elie Tahari to intimate boutiques such as Milly and Blue & Cream, elegant styles can be selected that won’t disappoint. Don’t forget to shop the quieter charming towns of Sag Harbor and Montauk where modish boutiques like the LoveShackFancy and Cynthia Rowley line the streets of these adored picturesque villages. With so many couture fashion boutiques to choose from on the East End, the elegant styles will undoubtedly enable you to acquire the beautiful and glamorous looks of June’s iconic cover model Kyle Richards.
Kyle Richards, Photography by Mike Ruiz
Christine Montanti, Photography by Don Fitzgibbon
HAMPTONS LUXURY FASHION BOUTIQUES
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WA T C H E S By Jonathan Valdez
Timepieces that are silver in color are a sleek way to add a finishing touch to your summer ensembles. They reflect the sky, ocean, and summer sun and remind you that it’s time to slow down and enjoy.
CARTIER Panthère de Cartier Stainless Steel with Diamonds $8,9500 Cartier 653 Fifth Avenue 613.318.6145
18k White Gold with Diamonds $48,300 Harry Winston 701 Fifth Avenue 212.399.1000
Stainless Steel with Diamonds $13,600 Cellini Jewelers 430 Park Avenue 212.888.0505
CARL F. BUCHERER Stainless Steel $7,400 London Jewelers 744 Fifth Avenue 212.869.9284
J E W E L RY By Jonathan Valdez
Fabulous earrings put the fun in summer! Get into the swing of things with these gorgeous pieces of ear candy!
de GRISOGONO Tubetto Drop Earrings 18k Pink Gold with Fuchsia Sapphires and Pink Opals Price: $32,800 de Grisogono 700 Madison Avenue 212.439.4220
CHANEL 18k White Gold with Diamonds $14,700 Chanel 737 Madison Avenue 212.535.5505
18k Rose Gold with Diamonds $8,530 London Jewelers 2 Main Street, East Hampton 631.329.3939
18k Yellow Gold with Diamonds $16,000 Buccellati 714 Madison Avenue 212.308.2900
S O C I A L L I F E E D I T O R’ S FAV O R I T E S U M M E R A C C E S S O R I E S
ANNA BECK DESIGNS HANDCRAFTED WITH BALINESE LOVE By Blaire Bass
Becky Hosmer in Bali workshop
e searched high and low for our favorite summer accessories and fell head-overheels in love with Anna Beck Designs. Simply gorgeous rings, necklaces, and bracelets — both elegant and innovative — our recommended must-have adornments of the season. The Anna Beck design philosophy began out of love and deep appreciation for Bali, experienced by Anna Beck’s founder and designer, Becky Hosmer. One-of-a-kind jewelry always feels special, but Anna Beck takes this concept to a new level. The unique designs are 100 percent handcrafted in Bali, where traditional Balinese jewelry techniques are used by skilled artisans who create each piece by hand, sometimes taking up to three days to make. In the spirit of local tradition, each piece is blessed with a Balinese offering of love and gratitude. This is Anna Beck’s gift to you, and your gift to yourself and others. We just love this! Anna Beck inspires each person wearing something from the collections to feel the essence of Bali, which is all about balance, love, and connection. Anna Beck Designs is available at annabeck.com. This summer a special curated collection can be found at the Pigment Collective at 38 Main Street in Southampton.
CREATIVE GENIUS Born with a heart to wander, Becky Hosmer, the founder and CEO of Anna Beck, discovered Bali on her travels and immediately fell in love. From a young age, Becky always had a creative eye, a kind heart, and an evolving passion for travel and culture. Upon graduating from Boston University, Becky traveled to Bali, Indonesia, where she discovered a local artisan who was making beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Not only was she captivated by SocialLifeMagazine.com
Indonesian culture and traditions, but she also was surrounded by skilled artisans and creative energy. Working with local smiths and using centuries-old techniques, she began designing jewelry for friends and family. Upon returning home, Becky shared her jewelry with those around her, offering them a little piece of Balinese culture. Through her love of travel and commitment to service, Becky has organically forged partnerships with organizations and individuals that are making an impact. From the Bumi Sehat Foundation in Indonesia to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan Project in Kenya to Project Soar in Morocco, she seeks to bring things full circle and build bridges for people from all walks of life. With the release of its charity collections, Anna Beck supports and empowers foundations around the globe, with 30% of sales benefiting each charity from which the designs were inspired.
NIGORA TABAYER A WATCHFUL EYE
Nigora Tabayer, founder and designer
By Sloane Pierson
Her label will always blend wearable ultraluxury with deep and personal sentiments.
Milla Jovovich in a custom Nigora Tabayer ‘M’ pendant necklace at the Chanel x Vanity Fair dinner during Cannes Film Festival. The pendant, set in 18k white gold and adorned with emeralds and 187 round VS+ diamonds, is priced at $120,000.
ore than ever before, our lives are marked by seeking the things that are the most unique. From clothing for our kids to our wedding dresses to the features of our cars to the houses where we choose to live, we want to be intentional and statement-driven. This is nothing new with jewelry — but, finding something that is reflective of our personality is often elusive. “My mother was very concerned about my safety, as mothers are” says emerging designer Nigora Tabayer, who has become known for her luxurious and unique Eye Collection. “But even later in life, I think about this, the meaning of jewelry and what we put on. If I am going somewhere, a wedding, or on a trip, even out to dinner, I decided: why not design something that combines luxury with important meaning?” Tabayer, who was raised in a dynamic and artistic household, says that the wildly sought-after Collection, which is inspired by the “eye,” represents a powerful symbol of protection. To fête the premiere of the Eye Collection, the designer introduced her limited-edition collection in March at the
Elsa Hosk wearing a unique Nigora Tabayer bracelet during Cannes this year — worth $300,000, the bracelet is set in 18k white gold and adorned with nearly 3 carats emeralds and 10 carats of VS+ diamonds.
Hôtel de Crillon during Paris Fashion Week. The first capsule featured hybridizations of letters and eye amulets. Debuting a collection with these heartfelt charms was the first step in showcasing Tabayer’s mantra: her label will always blend wearable ultra-luxury with deep and personal sentiments. To say that the collection is hot is to misread its temperature: it’s scorching, which is evidenced by the number of celebrities and otherwise well-heeled women who are adopting the protective eye for their own wardrobes: Halima Aden, Coco Rocha, Shanina Shaik, Caroline Vreeland, Rebel Wilson, and Jessica Kahawaty are just a few. The collection includes pendants, bracelets, and more. All Nigora Tabayer pieces are made to order; pricing is available upon request and starts at $20,000 and up.
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KNOCKOUT BEAUTY This sleek beauty shop is reopening Out East this summer. It offers personally curated beauty items and treatments. Expect to find your favorite makeup brands here, and ask for a consultation about what you need for a radiant glow. 2400 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton
OCHIE SWIM The Caribbean-inspired resort brand will be in Southampton this summer. If you’re looking for a bikini upgrade, this is the place to go. 38 Main Street Southampton
SABAH In 2013, Mickey Ashmore created a magical pair of leather shoes with a family of craftsmen in southeast Turkey. He called them Sabahs, an original shoe based on a traditional shoemaking method. Now the Turkish shoe brand will be popping up in Amagansett this summer. The shop will also have wine tastings and live music throughout the season. 127 Main Street Amagansett Social Life
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n June we celebrate Father’s Day, graduations, and weddings. These items make the perfect gift for any man in your life, whatever the occasion.
CAYENNE CATALPA CHINO SHORTS Super soft Italian-twill chino shorts that are washed for a broken-in finish. Stylish and comfortable for day or night fun. $128, nordstrom.com
NORDSTROM CRUZ SLIP-ON 1901 A breathable mesh upper means cool comfort in a stylish slip-on. One of the summer favorites. $79.95, nordstrom.com
GIORGIO ARMANI SUNGLASSES These stylish shades will go perfectly with all of your summer fashions. $300, armani.com
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA COTTON POLO SHIRT The Zegna polo shirt is made of pure cotton and is available in a variety of colors. $325, zegna.us
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA LINEN BELT This Zegna belt is made of braided linen and comes with a square, silver metal buckle. A stylish finish for shorts or pants. $375, zegna.us
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THE HOT LYSST By Lyss Stern
Lyss Stern, the CEO and founder of DivaMoms.com — New York’s premier socializing network for moms and moms-to-be — shares her picks for Hamptons moms this month. Instagram @diva_moms
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SENSIBLE SUITS Looking for the perfect bathing suit to be comfortable in all day long? Look no further — Mugsy Jeans launched a swimwear line with removal netting and 4-way stretch. They don’t call them “the most comfortable men’s denim and chinos” for no reason. While you’re lying by the pool, you’ll beat the heat and look fashionable at the same time. $58, mugsyjeans.com ON THE GO The loaded canvas travel bag has padded pockets that can fit and protect your toiletries, along with zipper compartments. There’s even room in the main compartment to fit your brushes, deodorant, and more, so you won’t ever need to carry an extra toiletry bag with you again. The leather is a nice touch. $84.99, badassbeardcare.com COMFY CLOTHES The men who founded this jean company worked at Under Armour for a decade, so the pants are sure to be comfortable. Revtown created a performance denim that is half the cost of luxury brands like AG and Joe’s. So, what’s the secret? Decade denim — super soft, super strong, and made in Italy. It’s also easy to shop with digital tailor: you can size yourself in just four clicks and it’s 96 percent accurate. $79, revtownusa.com
SIP IN STYLE A freezable beer glass is the only way to keep your beer cold until the very last drop. Glasses for cocktails are also available. Set of two: $35, rabbitwine.com COOL FOR THE SUMMER Commuter Polo is the way to go during those 90+ degree-days — this brand-new polo shirt will keep you cool and fresh. It’s great for a walk outside or on a weekend getaway and is quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, and comes in a few colors. $92, rhone.com A CUT ABOVE THE REST An absolute must on my Father’s Day gift list is a day of grooming at SPIFF for Men. From haircuts to shaves, manicures, and facials, they have it all covered. SPIFF also offers a relaxing facial, hot towel and scalp treatment. Plus, your guy can catch the latest in business news, market updates, or sports highlights with a TV at each station and enjoy a complimentary beverage. SPIFF also offers three-month, six- month, and one-year memberships. u For the month of June, use the code “DivaDads” when booking and receive 10% off services.
FOR KIDS PERFECT PATTERNS This swimsuit line was inspired by New England and made in New York. The patterns are adorable and picture perfect. From lobsters to sailboats to plain colors, everyone will notice. Pearl Street Swim created unique, hand-illustrated prints that are UPF 50, chlorine- and sunscreenresistant, and made for active children. Not only will parents enjoy these fun colors, but also the kids will not want to take them off! $28, pearlstreetswim.com KICKING IT Get ready for a better shoe from Sperry! Introducing Sperry x BIONIC, which is the brand’s new sustainability platform, where kids shoes now incorporate BIONIC material — plastic recovered from marine and coastal areas. The classic boat shoe, the captain’s CVO, and more still have a fresh look to them, and the boxes are made from ecofriendly packaging. Now, your kiddo will “Look Good, Do Good,” which is Sperry’s appropriate slogan. $70–$100, sperry.com
inspiration from Pantone. Choose between majestic royal blue or lime green. $299.99, electrabike.com SLEEPING BEAUTIES Can’t get your kids to bed? Well, problem solved! SNURK (Dutch for snore) is a children’s bedding brand that wants to make bedtime super-soft fun for everyone. Choose from a dinosaur, princess, or astronaut set, to name a few. From now on, your tot will never want to get out of bed. $119–$149, snurkliving.com MOLD IT YOUR WAY This all-natural, plant-based dough for playing (a.k.a. play dough) is a safe and fun way to keep your kids busy for hours. The Dough Project is a NYC-based start-up. There are DIY kits (pre-measured food-grade ingredients) or ready-made jars that you can customize. Makes a great gift. DYI kit is $22 and ready-made jars in sets 3 ($18) 6 ($30) and 9 ($45). thedoughproject.com FAB FASHIONISTA OR SWIMMING IN STYLE Frills and bows galore! Wetsuit Club from Baby Starters has the most adorable and colorful swimsuits for stylish little girls. Unique 3D elements and bright colors will make your babe stand out among the rest. The suit also protects against the sun. Pick from pineapples, flamingos, mermaids, and more — there’s too many to choose from! $18, dillards.com
CRUISIN’ These bikes from Electra are great for a beach vacation or a casual ride around the block. The colors are vibrant and better than ever since they got their
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Don’t forget to check out Bridgehampton Inn and Restaurant. The matriarch and owner, Sybille van Kempen, just launched her Look + Cook Book. Make sure to nosh on some fresh fish or some buttermilk biscuits.
Loews Regency New York Hotel is partnering with Topping Rose House to offer an exclusive experience for travelers to enjoy the best of New York City and the best of the East End with one seamless booking experience.
Get your workout on by visiting Barry’s Bootcamp at one of three locations in the Hamptons. You can get in a full-body sweat session to keep that beach body in shape.
R U N WAY By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
Bubble Gum This summer go pink! On Wednesdays we wear pink. Look beyond pastel pink and go for a grown-up rosy look as seen on the runways during spring and summer 2019 fashion weeks. Look to brands like Marc Jacobs, Brandon Maxwell, and Moschino for a punch of powerful pink inspiration.
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ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
Go GREEN! Go green this summer! While you’re saving the environment, why not jump in on the green trend for yourself. Green was sprouting on the runways for 2019 spring and summer fashion. Add a bold pop of neon or emerald green to your look. Opt for Balenciaga glossy loop earrings or MISBHV green Pandora slicer mules. Green is the new black!
Gentle Monster Silver and Green Cobalt Sunglasses $280 Balenciaga Green Glossy Loop Earrings $395 MISBHV Green Pandora Slicer Mules $525
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BEHIND THE SCENES CHRISTIE BRINKLEY’S SOCIAL LIFE JULY COVER SHOOT with photographer Gian Andrea di Stefano featuring SAUNDERS & ASSOCIATES, BCBGMAXAZRIA SUNGLASSES, NIGORA TABAYER, AND HANIA NEW YORK
ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.
Dolce & Gabbana White Crystal Lily Earrings $525 Gucci Green Velvet Small GG Marmont 2.0 Bag $1,650 Balenciaga Green Satin Knife Mules $650
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BEST BRANDS: HANIA NEW YORK ULTRA LUXE MEETS EXTREME COMFORT IN CASHMERE By Cecilia Bloom
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ANIA New York cashmere hand knits knitter leaves a signature sewn into an interior, “All a woman needs to be chic make me want to snuggle-up and strut hidden seam of the garment she knits. around at the same time. Ultra luxe meets exI tested a few of the pieces, and I felt like a is a raincoat, two suits, a pair treme comfort. When we think of cashmere, queen walking on air. Light and soft, the pieces of trousers and a we think of the ultimate luxury yarn. Despite have incredible drape and a relaxed silhouette. cashmere sweater.” its humble origins dating back centuries to Inspired by Anya’s background as a classically HUBERT DE GIVENCHY caves in Mongolia, cashmere became the crown trained ballet dancer, the designs embody ease jewel of fabrics in 19th-century Europe, reof movement, creativity, and individuality. I vered then and now by designers, fashionistas, and royalty across just love them! Oh, and they can be machine washed and dried. the globe. HANIA New York knits are literally made for you. You can visit But what makes one cashmere brand better than another? Social the studio on 56th Street by appointment to meet the designer, Life set out on a journey to find the best in cashmere knits. We choose yarn, be measured, explain what you like, and, voila, within discovered, hands down, the most breathtaking brand with unpar10 days to three weeks you have your coveted piece. What a wonalleled quality: HANIA New York. derful experience as a buyer and fashion lover who insists on true A luxury knitwear collection founded by Anya Cole in 2012, luxury. And if anything happens to it, don’t fret, you’re covered by HANIA New York pieces are born using the highest quality Scota lifetime repair guarantee. tish and Italian cashmeres from the finest mills in the world. Each piece is individually hand knit by a highly-skilled craftswoman — right in New York City. The combination of outstanding yarns and HANIA New York artisanship is rare in this time of mass manufacturing and look-ahanianewyork.com like fabrics. Empowering women is at the heart of the brand’s mis212.302.3550 sion. And as the buyer, we benefit from these art pieces — as each 16 West 56th Street, 4th floor SocialLifeMagazine.com
THE MALE BAG By Anthony Michael
s it just me, or have the online influencers of the world completely conquered us and our wallets? These days, it doesn’t even take a half bottle of wine for me to pull out my credit card every time Instagram or Facebook tells me that the cut
is revolutionary, the fabric is one-of-a-kind, and the wear will make me feel like a million. Well, after what must be close to a million dollars later, herewith is indeed the best of the best for your dear old dad.
Bread and Boxers breadandboxersusa.com Remember the days when buying luxury men’s underwear only meant popping into Saks for a Calvin Klein trunk? What’s that you say? Back to basics? That’s Bread & Boxers. This Swedish line of men’s underwear and other togs focuses on simplicity, comfort, and functionality. Break bread with Bread and Boxers with a classic boxer brief ($18) and long sleeve crew ($35).
OK, by now you’ve been inundated with brands claiming their trousers are so versatile they are as appropriate for the boardroom as they are for a long-haul flight. Yeah, right. My skepticism has been proven wrong by Olivers’ Passage Pant ($158). Yes, I was mesmerized by the claims that they are “more durable than denim and as comfortable as your favorite sweatpants.” Well, I bit . . . and, what’s more, I did wear them to work. The result? Oohs and ahs. ($149)
Mizzen + Main mizzenandmain.com This brand is among those on heavy rotation for me, and for good reason. Of all the outfits claiming to innovate performancefabric menswear, Mizzen and Main is often outperforming. As any Hamptonite worth his salt knows, the namesake of the brand is the mast of a sailboat, something sturdy and designed for motion. Well played. Acquaint the guy in your life with M+M and a shirt from the Leeward Collection. With a crisp traditional look, stretchy, lightweight fabric that flexes as you do, and superior quick-dry properties, this is the perfect option for the beach or the boardroom. ($125)
Fourlaps Pride Tee fourlaps.com It’s June, so that means that most social media is awash in WorldPride and this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. A tip of the hat to one of our faves, Fourlaps, and its give-back Pride tee, benefitting The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. Available online at fourlaps. com, urbanoutfitters.com, and in-store and online at San Francisco’s Unionmade. ($48) Social Life
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BEAUTY By Jeanette Zinno
Hydrate! It’s no secret that long bouts in the sun can lead to wrinkles and sunspots, so in addition to your sunscreen application, keep your skin well hydrated. These luxe creams, lotions, and potions will keep your skin plump and full of H2O.
GOLDEN HOUR La Prairie’s Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold softens the effect of harsh lighting and active ingredients help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve elasticity. The raspberry extract offers antioxidants and soothing benefits, while sodium hyaluronate hydrates and helps retain moisture. Bloomingdale’s, $575 BATTLE DRYNESS The perfect multi-tasking product for your summer travel. The Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleansing Balm can be used as a cleanser, facial mask, or deep treatment. Enriched with hydrating vitamins as well as rose hip and camellia oils, it will leave you with glowing baby-soft skin. Nordstrom, $60 WATER-BURST Deliver a burst of water to your face with this light-as-a-feather cream. The Water Cream by Tatcha provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration without leaving skin sticky or greasy. You’re left with poreless-looking skin ready for a summer soiree. Sephora, $68 COOL DOWN Keep a bottle of face mist in your summer bag so you can mist whenever, wherever, for a dewy, revitalized complexion. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray is infused with cucumber, green tea, and peppermint to deliver an invigorating boost to dry skin. Sephora, $12
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Summer Skincare Rules
ou may welcome blazing sun after a New York winter, but, remember, with the sun comes humidity, damaging UV rays, skin problems, and more. I sat down with Dr. Gerald Imber, an internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon and the director of NYC’s Youth Corridor Clinic, to get his summer skincare rules and must-follow tips. What is the most important skincare tip you can give our readers? Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock. SPF 30 blocks 96% of the damaging rays, while SPF 50 blocks 97% of the damaging rays. Formulating higher SPF often detracts from the elegance of the preparation, and hence less pleasant to use. Find a SPF 30 that you like and apply it every half hour while in the sun. Jeanette’s Beauty Tip: Antioxidants are key to your summer skincare routine; so rotating and layering the serums you use for day and night, and weekly, is a good idea. The Fresh Crème Ancienne Supreme Face Serum is packed with nine exotic root and botanical extracts that are handmade in a monastery to preserve these precious ingredients. Sephora, $245 How should we change our skincare regimen in the summer? Summer means humidity; therefore, less moisturizer is necessary. If you are using a heavy moisturizer, switch to a lighter formula. Start the day with a vitamin C serum and sunblock for protection. Vitamin C serum improves sun damage and it also protects skin from further sun damage and should be the first product applied in the morning. Our Youth Corridor Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum (net-a-porter.com, $195) is one of the best. A good moisturizer and SPF 30 should follow this. SocialLifeMagazine.com
In the evening, you need to double cleanse your skin to remove debris, SPF, and any other build-up from the day. Follow with a retinoid product. Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A and have been proven to encourage skin cell turnover, making them perfect for the treatment of aging skin. Retinol is typically irritating and sun sensitive, but the Youth Corridor Retinultimate Transforming Gel, (net-a-porter.com, $450) is unique in that it is a form of vitamin A, yet non-irritating. Follow with moisturizer. Which treatments do you recommend to start post summer? Summer is really about maintenance treatments and fall is about correction. Initially, I’d recommend microneedling in combination with platelet-rich plasma or radio frequency. These treatments disrupt the skin’s superficial damage while also encouraging skin-cell renewal on a deeper level within the dermis. These are comprehensive treatments that target most areas of concern, like fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, skin texture.
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GET YOUR GORGEOUS SUMMER YOU! WITH STEPHEN T. GREENBERG, M.D., F.A.C.S. By Blaire Bass
r. Stephen T. Greenberg’s perfected Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation System utilizes sophisticated mini-incision techniques to provide patients with a true 24-hour experience. Using 3D computer imaging, Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., helps each patient select the appropriate implant size for her unique physique. Patients experience minimal pain, swelling, and bruising, coupled with a notably decreased recovery time and remarkably natural outcomes, resulting in proven patient satisfaction. With this ultra-modern approach to breast augmentation surgery, more than 95 percent of Dr. Greenberg’s patients can raise their arms above their head immediately following surgery and can
resume normal activities such as driving and going to work within 24 hours. He is proud to offer his 24-Hour Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation surgery at both his Manhattan and Woodbury surgical centers, which have met the stringent criteria for AAAASF accreditation. Thanks to the advanced techniques Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg has mastered, the benefits of breast augmentation can be experienced faster and more comfortably than ever before. Learn more at Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg’s Brunch & Learn Friday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Spur, 280 Elm Street, Southampton RSVP 631.287.4999 Dr. Greenberg also invites you for a complimentary consultation at his office in Southampton (631.287.4999), Manhattan (212.319.4999), or Woodbury (516.364.4200). greenbergcosmeticsurgery.com
LIVE SOBER, LOVE SOBER By Inna DeSilva
OOSID is a comprehensive digital platform for anyone who wants to have sober fun with sober friends and partners. Love is definitely an option. LOOSID’s founder and CEO, MJ Gotlieb, had his own struggles with sobriety until he realized that sobriety could be fun as long as life offered fun things to do with other sober people. LOOSID is not only for people who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Lots of people join LOOSID because they prefer being with people who don’t drink or use recreational drugs. LOOSID makes it easy to find new friends and even new
love, to find fun sober events and destinations, and to find groups in your community and beyond that promote sober living. LOOSID wants to make a real social impact. It provides an entire free suite of recovery tools for its members who are fighting to maintain their sobriety. In addition, a portion of the in-app purchases is donated to local and national recovery programs and charities that work to combat addiction. You can see more at loosidapp.com. The website has a blog, personal stories, and a call for LOOSID ambassadors. You can download the app from iTunes and Google Play and have all that LOOSID has to offer at the touch of a button. Fun fact: MJ Gotlieb’s book, How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying, tells aspiring entrepreneurs about what not to do if they want to succeed. Shark Tank’s Daymond John wrote the foreword. LOOSID loosidapp.com Social Life
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OPTIMAL HEALTH IS THE BEST INSURANCE By L. A. Dawson
L.A. Dawson is the author of articles, self-help books, and novels. She is also an inspirational speaker and resides in New Jersey with four happy canine friends. @authorladawson | authorladawson.com
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or most people, health insurance entails deductibles (sometimes quite high) and co-pays. Then there is the common problem of having to fight to get a procedure, treatment, or drug covered. With catastrophic illnesses, these payments can ruin lives. People sometimes seek out alternative care to try to reclaim their health, which adds to their growing debt. Therefore, the key to optimal health is ongoing preventive care. There is a myriad of conflicting information that either favors or denies the benefits of every diet, vitamin, or health craze. Doctors and nutritionists argue impressively about both sides. Many of us have tried various paths to find optimal health. My response to this debate is to share what I have learned on my personal journey to health. Writing wellness articles from research and experience has led to my current studies in health and life coaching. The hope, and hidden gem, is that health and life coaching can help fill the gap in clients’ health journeys.
Eating well can often negate the need to spend time fighting insurance companies. A health coach can guide you away from unhealthy habits. Small steps can reap big results. And when we’re feeling successful we want to continue to achieve positive results. Health is forever and is a mind, body, and spirit connection. If we tell our body to get in line with what our brain tells it, i.e. “Body you are perfectly healthy,” studies show this has a positive impact on health. For my personal path, I choose life and health with a preventive mindset. I am pleased to announce Live and Heal Health and Life Coaching. Please join me on my odyssey of accountability to self, replacing bad habits with good ones, and taking small steps that successfully address health and life challenges. u Follow my journey (Instagram @authorladawson, FB @AuthorLADawson, and on liveandheal.com) to learn, motivate, and help one another be accountable to claiming our optimal health! Social Life
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BEST IN FITNESS — EPULSE A 90-MINUTE WORKOUT IN 20 MINUTES, YES, PLEASE! By Cecilia Bloom
t all started when a world-renowned opera singer was appearing in a premiere of Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten, at London’s largest theater. And he found out he had to be . . . completely naked! We kid you not. He had only six weeks to get into the best shape of his life — the kind of shape where you’d be OK with 20,000 people seeing you naked. No one he knew could steer him to a trainer who could help him achieve his goals that fast . . . simply put: he was desperate. That’s when he discovered EMS — electronic muscle stimulation, a new fitness technology that’s taken Europe by storm, but has barely made an appearance in the U.S. until now. Doing just two, 20-minute sessions per week, our opera singer was shocked at how much better he looked and felt, and at how much fun the workout was. After just six weeks, his body was transformed: stronger, more defined, with less fat, and noticeably tighter skin where before it had sagged. He had the confidence and physique to strut his now-fine nude self onto that stage, break stereotypes about opera singers, and blow the audience away. He was amazed, he was hooked, and he didn’t want to be without EMS ever again. An entrepreneur was born. After several years of asking questions, learning everything, researching technology, technique, and top practitioners, he formed a partnership with the renowned trainer, Mario Kaspers, and they put in place an expert team. SocialLifeMagazine.com
EPULSE FITNESS was born. Now we know that sending an electric current through your muscles while you work out might sound scary, but in fact, there’s no shock, no sting, and no pain. EMS has been used in this country for years in rehabilitative physical therapy. It’s completely safe. FDA-cleared, it’s effective, and it’s so fun for toning. We can’t even tell you how fun. The EPULSE method simply incorporates EMS into a dynamic and efficient workout. Because the electricity amplifies the impact of every move you make, 20 minutes of this workout equals 90 minutes at the gym. It can be used for weight loss, toning, building muscle, and the electricity even has the ability to firm skin (bye, cellulite!). The best part? It costs less than many personal trainers. A recent article in the New York Post called it a workout for billionaires and royals. Check it out! EPULSE FITNESS epulsefitness.com
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DR . ANTHONY MAFFEI WHEN OPTIMAL IS BEST By Jacob Puck
hen you ask Dr. Anthony Maffei for his thoughts on the gym, are lean and eat mass-marketed, quick-fix procedures to lose weight or clean, but just can’t get re-contour a body, he sadly shakes his head. He has the same the six-pack they desire,” response for over-the-counter pills that promise arousal and says Dr. Maffei. ‘The proZeus-like stamina for days on end. cedure, SmartLipo, targets “There’s lots of misinformation on the internet and in social fat between the ab creases, media platforms about nutrition, exercise, snake-oil muscleremoves the fat, and then boosting agents, and shady body-contouring devices — many treats the skin so that it esof which have little good scientific evidence to back them up,” sentially shrink wraps into says Dr. Maffei. the creases.” SmartLipo reDr. Maffei and his team at Advanced Surgeons in Westsults in less downtime and chester offer a variety of services: nutritional counseling and quicker recovery than othmanaged weight loss for those who simply need a collaboraer liposuction techniques tive approach for their goals; unique body-contouring to help and is an ideal choice for achieve chiseled/washboard abs; age-management and hormany body parts, including mone treatment therapies for anyone who wants to feel and the thighs and neck. perform better; and surgical strategies for those who want to And then there are achieve more significant weight loss. more significant weight loss In a recent conversation with Dr. Maffei, he acknowledged strategies for people in excess that’s a lot to capture in a short interview — after all, his exof 80 pounds over their ideal perience and expertise could fill books. He body weight. says it’s important for potential patients to “We offer a comprehensive, scientific Pioneers in the keep in mind the synergy of combined ther- approach to mitigate the effects of field of weight apies, either in the short- or long-term. aging by providing a personalized loss surgery, Dr. MafHe should know, as he’s benefited from diet/exercise/hormone plan to make fei and his team perform a variety of bariatric some of these therapies firsthand. “After procedures. The most popular is the sleeve gasyou feel young again on many levels: starting program therapies, I quickly realized trectomy, which can shrink a stomach the size of improved muscle mass, sexual the benefits when I went from 33 percent football to that of a banana. The procedure is vitality, and mental acuity.” to 13 percent body fat, gained lean muscle performed through key-hole size incisions and DR. ANTHONY MAFFEI mass, lowered my cholesterol, and reduced takes roughly 90 minutes, resulting in less pain my diabetes-risk profile.” and quicker recovery than other gastric surgeries. Take hormone treatment therapy: Dr. Maffei specializes in “Not only does it help you lose a significant amount of your hormone optimization, not just hormone balance. “It’s like the excess body weight, but it’s also very effective at putting obesitydifference between driving a Honda versus a Ferrari. You can related medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, operate at normal, but you excel at optimal,” he says. “We ofand sleep apnea, into remission,” says Dr. Maffei. fer a comprehensive, scientific approach to mitigate the effects Stay tuned for a deeper dive into Dr. Maffei’s practice in a fuof aging by providing a personalized diet/exercise/hormone ture issue of Social Life. plan to make you feel young again on many levels: improved muscle mass, sexual vitality, and mental acuity.” Anthony Maffei, M.D., F.A.C.S. Dr. Maffei’s practice is synonymous with optimization in Advanced Surgeons other ways, too. One of Advanced Surgeons’ popular services Westchester is a type of body-contouring referred to as “ab-etching.” nygetfit.com “Ideal candidates are those who are relatively fit, excel at 914. 347.0162 Social Life
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WORKING OUT IN THE HAMPTONS By Stacey Griffith Founding instructor of Soul Cycle, Best-Selling Author and Podcast Co-Host of THE WAY
here may be a chance that this summer you are searching for a new routine, a new pattern, a new you. Your kids may have decided to go to camp after all, or they are grown and aren’t even home all summer because they just graduated from college and are backpacking or working already. Or, this may be your first summer in the Hamptons ever, and you don’t even know where to begin. Let’s just first start with your intention. Yeah, that’s right, your intention. What do you want for yourself from this summer in the Hamptons? I think the summer brings out the best in all of us as it’s the season of healthier eating, local farmer bliss, outdoor meals, and the best part, I think, is longer days. I have to say, after spending fifteen summers here in a row, I think I have it down, but then again, I may be the wrong person to ask about the best nightlife, the best place to eat, or the best babysitter to hire. However, I do know the fitness scene quite well and all of the political dynamics that go with it. If you want to make the most of the Hamptons on a physical level, I have some great suggestions for where to start. This has to be a politically correct article, so as to not offend the community of my fitness industry, I’ll go light on some things. Just know that it is always my suggestion for people to try everything that interests them and blend the things that make them happy. If someone tells you, “Don’t train anywhere else but [fill in the blank],” I worry that you might choose a place that may not be right for you, and potentially rob you of your best self. If there is something in fitness you want to add to your weekly routine because it makes your head clear, I say do it. Just understand that a lot of times you can unwind the work a trainer/instructor is doing for your body by training on another machine that will change the outcome of the way you look. If you aren’t trying to be a professional something or other, and you simply just want to feel amazing, then you should do the things that make you feel amazing. The Hamptons offers so many variations of workouts, as well as strengthen and lengthen studios like LYMBR inside of SoulCycle Bridgehampton. There are boxing studios, pilates studios, hot yoga, and if you want to hire a trainer to get in some one-on-one strength time, local gyms in Southampton, Sag Harbor, and Wainscott offer summertime memberships! Walking fast on SocialLifeMagazine.com
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the beach early mornings (in sneakers) and buying or renting a bike at Sag Harbor Cycle and going on rides with family and friends are hidden workouts waiting to happen, too. Whatever you do, have fun doing it, because at the end of the day, you’ll stay committed to something if you are having fun. Remember, no devices measure serotonin or dopamine levels (yet), and those two chemicals, my friends, are your secret weapons of exercise.
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15 TIPS FOR AVOIDING BEACH BLOAT By Kristy Rao digestive process. Diet sodas are a double-whammy because they are also highly carbonated. These beverages can cause a buildup of air that moves down the digestive tract and into the colon, causing bloating and gas.
Stay clear of packaged and processed foods. They are difficult to digest and contain all types of sneaky ingredients that interfere with digestion.
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Avoid snacking, especially late at night.
Stick with lean protein and non-starchy veggies for dinner. You’ll thank me in the morning.
ummer is in full swing, and we all want to look our best at the beach. Unfortunately, bloat can hide even the most chiseled abs. But bloat can be prevented by what we eat and how we eat. Here are my top tips to prevent beach bloat:
Avoid salty foods. This is especially important late at night or in the morning before you hit the beach! Salt causes some major water retention that leads to bloating.
Take a probiotic supplement. They can help improve the bacterial environment in the gut, which also helps reduce symptoms of gas and bloating.
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Pop a digestive enzyme. A good time is before bedtime and before a big meal. Drink lemon water first thing in the morning. It will kickstart the digestive system.
Start your day off with the right breakfast. Lay off the bread. It will give you a “food baby.” Instead, have a vegan smoothie, Greek yogurt, vegetable omelet, or chia-seed pudding.
Skip the sugar-free gum and sodas. They include artificial sweeteners, which are not fully absorbable during the
Slow down your eating. Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself before you eat, and you will notice a big difference in your digestion. Focusing on the act of eating allows your body to release stomach acid and digestive enzymes, which are the first hit of chemical digestion. If you’re distracted or stressed, your body doesn’t totally clue in to the fact that you’re eating, so the chemicals required for digestion won’t be released in time. Inefficiently digested foods are a major trigger for bloating.
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Drink plenty of water. Add one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it for improved digestion. Save the beans and legumes for a day sans the beach.
Eat enough fiber. Constipation causes bloat. Choose vegetables, gluten-free grains, and berries over any cereal or packaged product.
Exercise portion control. What good is eating the right food if you eat too much of it? Walk it off. Physical activity helps air bubbles pass through your digestive tract quicker.
These tips will help you combat bloat this summer, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Use them year-round to optimize digestion. Kristy Rao kristyraohealth.com Social Life
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DR . MICHELLE ZWEIFLER MAKING CONNECTIONS By Jacob Puck r. Michelle Zweifler does it all when it comes to making both men and women feel beautiful . . . or, in some cases, whole again. She notes that where she gets true satisfaction as a preeminent Manhattan plastic surgeon is breast augmentation and various other body procedures. In terms of the former, she is regaled as one of the best. “Performing breast augmentation represents instant gratification for many of my clients, and in many cases, that’s why they come to me. They want enhancement, and my job is to deliver it,” she says, with the caveat that, although she loves bodywork, she also derives gratification from the expert procedures she does from the neck up. “I also love working on face-lifts, helping get people to a place where they once were or always wanted to be,” she says. “People come to me and say that they want to look like themselves, not like their aging mother! I think that’s a reasonable expectation, and my job is to help them get as close to their goal as possible.” Dr. Zweifler is a standout in her field. She has a prominent presence in the media and the medical community and has published professional papers in leading scientific journals including Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Surgical Endoscopy. In recent years, Dr. Zweifler has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, New York Post, CNN, Fox News, Eyewitness News 7, WB11, CNN Headline News, and NY1. Dr. Zweifler is included in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors and Castle Connolly’s America’s Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists. Dr. Zweifler’s skill as a plastic surgeon is matched by her warmth and sense of humor. “I think it’s important for my patients to really get to know my practice and me,” says Dr. Zweifler. She points to her frequently updated social media sites as a peek into what patients can expect from her. “My plastic surgery videos educate patients about procedures and they get a sense of my personality.” While she’s not one to disparage any of her peers, she does think that being a woman (in what is definitely a man’s world), gives her a unique perspective on the surgeries she performs. “I think a lot of clients “Performing breast augmenta- know that I can identify with them. I look pretty tion represents instant gratificanatural, kind of that girl tion for many of my clients, and next door. I actually had in many cases, that’s why they plastic surgery when I was come to me. They want enhance- in high school. That expement, and my job is to deliver it,” rience made me decide on DR. MICHELLE ZWEIFLER plastic surgery as a career,”
says Dr. Zweifler. “So, I can relate to the population who wants to look good. I go to the gym five days a week, I eat healthy, and I try to keep my body and my face in shape — with a little procedure here and there.” Dr. Michelle Zweifler drmichellezweifler.com 800-A Fifth Avenue, Suite 302 212.355.0500 Social Life
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KYLE RICHARDS FOREVER HOLLYWOOD By Christine Montanti Photography By Mike Ruiz
From the moment you meet Kyle Richards, you are captivated by her presence. Her glamorous Hollywood beauty, radiant personality and sensational career in film and television is so extraordinary, it’s not surprising viewers are enamored with this chic and dynamic star. As an accredited child actress, Kyle’s career exploded at the age of four when she made her debut in Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain followed by the role of Alicia Sanderson Edwards in the classic family television show, Little House on the Prairie, and later she starred alongside the iconic Betty Davis in the feature film, The Watcher in the Woods. Success for the star of Bravo’s unscripted reality series, Real House Wives of Beverly Hills is not only limited to her acting abilities as she has appeared in over 100 TV shows and films, but is also due to her other unprecedented accomplishments: executive producer, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. With several other creative projects in the works, the fan favorite of RHOBH currently stars in the 9th Season of the hit TV show vigorously balancing career and family, demonstrating she is a passionately driven woman controlling her own destiny. The American actress was the first television personality to be cast on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the reality show about affluent women enjoying lavish lifestyles. On the 9th season of the unscripted series, Kyle Richards explosive argument with Lisa Vanderpump, referred to as the PuppyGate scandal has
proven to be one of the biggest friendship-ending fights on reality television. The rift between the co-stars stems from an accusation made by other cast members who accused Lisa of leaking a negative story to the press. The damaging tabloid story came out after Dorit Kemsley, fellow co-star, adopted a dog from Vanderpump Dogs and the dog was returned to a kill shelter. No need to worry RHOBH fans, the drama doesn’t seem to be slowing the California native down; her career is rapidly evolving as she uses her innovative ability to develop scripted entertainment. In 2018, Richards stepped behind the camera to create and co-executive produce the television series, American Woman starring an incredible line up of talent: Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, and Jennifer Bartles. The Paramount Network drama is a period piece inspired by Kyle’s life growing up in the 70’s and centers on Kyle’s strong single mother raising her daughters in Los Angeles. With the addition of her mother’s friends, the show sends an authentic message about issues women faced in that era concerning relationships, their struggle to be independent, and the desire to have a stronger presence in the workplace. The emerging network producer currently has two additional projects in development at both ABC and Bravo leaving audiences and peers fascinated and eagerly waiting to see what’s happening next for this talented actress. Aunt to Paris and Nicky Hilton, Kyle was accustomed to being
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in the limelight and was raised by her ambitious mother Kathleen Richards, a stage mom and manager for Kyle and her two sisters, Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton. Kathleen managed her three daughters’ acting and modeling careers full time after she divorced Kyle’s father, Ken Richards. Kyle had a very unconventional upbringing in Los Angeles and admits that acting was not something she wanted to do as a young girl, but rather something her mother ushered her into to overcome her shyness. “It was definitely not something that I wanted to do at that age.” Kyle confesses. “I so badly just wanted to be a normal child that when I wasn’t filming and we were on hiatus, I would borrow my friend’s school uniform and I would wear it on weekends because I really just wanted to be in a normal school, and that was my way of feeling normal.” Today the Real House Wife of Beverly Hills efficiently manages to juggle the demands of motherhood, marriage and her dynamic career, demonstrating that her capabilities are limitless. Kyle is a devoted mother to four beautiful and aspiring daughters spanning two decades in age from 11-31; She had her first daughter Farrah at the age of 19 from a previous marriage. Four years after her divorce, the actress met her second husband, Mauricio Umansky, a real estate mogul and CEO of The Agency. Kyle and Mauricio have three daughters together, Alexia, Sophia, and Portia, and the mom of four is also the proud mommy to five adorable dogs. As to how the reality star’s family feels about filming RHOBH, Kyle reveals, “When I first started the show it was a family discussion to see if they wanted to do this little adventure and everybody said sure! Portia was not even two years old yet, and I had her two year old birthday on the first season. My husband doesn’t mind filming the show. Sometimes the kids will show up and be on camera, but they really aren’t into it. I am actually shy. I am actually an introvert who is living an extrovert life. Now I am so used to filming the show that I don’t even think about it. I am a very open person. You can tell me your darkest secret and I would never tell a soul, but if it’s about me, I can’t keep a secret about myself.” When asked about the challenges balancing both career and family Kyle confesses, “Sometimes I am extremely overwhelmed, but I do well under pressure. I can get more stuff done at 9 in the morning then you could ever imagine. I like being active and you will never see me lying on the sofa watching TV or a movie even if I am sick; it is just not my personality. There is truth to the expression, If you want to get something done give it to someone busy. I have so many balls in the air and I work well like that, but with that said, sometimes it is a lot!” The day of Kyle’s cover shoot is a beautiful spring morning in Beverly Hills. I am seated across from the stunning actress inside the luxurious Beverly Suite of the Sofitel Los Angeles. The view of the world’s most exciting city is remarkable from the urban
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resort’s 10th floor suite which has now been converted into our production set. Dressed in a structured, detailed white blouse and high waisted blue slacks, the vibrant producer’s style is sophisticated and chic. The abundant sunlight cascades through the ceiling-high windows creating a soft dreamy light on Kyle’s face as she describes what her childhood was like growing up on the set of Little House on the Praire. “We would wake up at four in the morning when it was pitch black out, and my mom would dress me while I was asleep in the middle of the night. She would carry me to the car and put me in the back seat with a pillow and a blanket; in those days there were no seatbelts. We would arrive in Simi Valley to film as the sun was rising, and when we would reach the set, there were kids and horses; we would catch guppies in the stream and have little picnics outside. Michael Landon and Victor French were like fathers to me. It was all a very positive experience!” When we return back to the modish Melrose conference room that is being used as our green room located on the 2nd floor of the Beverly Hills luxury hotel, Kyle reveals to me that it’s strange she is still not speaking to her longtime friend, the only other remaining original housewife on the show. “If Lisa does something wrong, it is very hard for her to own her behavior because she is a perfectionist and wants to be perceived as being perfect all the time.” Kyle’s friendship ended with her costar the moment she was kicked out of the Vanderpump’s home by Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd. When asked if she regrets going to Lisa’s home the day of the epic dispute, Kyle responds, “I don’t regret going there because when the other ladies and I had this conversation, I felt so bad because Lisa wasn’t there. I had to be honest about what was going on, and if I didn’t say anything to Lisa, she would have seen the show in six months and thought everyone was Social Life
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talking about her behind her back. So I went to her house to give her the heads up and tell her that this is how everyone felt, but then it all blew up.” As we conclude our photo shoot on the Sofitel’s extraordinary helipad which features breathtaking views of the Santa Ana Mountains and the iconic Hollywood sign, Kyle reveals how the issues her mother faced impacted her growing up. “My mother was just trying to do the best she could. She made mistakes as we all do. When we were growing up, my mom said to me, “I didn’t know anything. Your dad handled everything, and then when I got divorced, I had never written a check, I never paid taxes, and I don’t want you girls to ever be like that. I want you girls to take charge of your own lives.” Kyle begins to laugh as she recalls, “When I was on hiatus we would get unemployment checks and my mom would let us keep our checks and put them into our checking accounts and I would have to balance the checks myself! My mother wanted to teach me about balancing and budgeting and being independent.” “My mom pushed me into acting to overcome my shyness. So honestly when I did anything, for example when I would pull into SocialLifeMagazine.com
Warner Brothers to film American Woman the guard would wave to me, and as I would drive through, I would think, “Thanks Mom.” Because I know that everything that she did has led me to where I am now — Housewives, producing American Woman and these other projects are all because of my mom!”
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JAMES C. METZGER Thoughts on ACCOUNTING FOR PERSONALITY & NEW YORK HOSPITALITY By Patrick Shannon
The New York businessman James “Jim” Metzger, chairman/CEO and founder of Whitmore, makes it a practice to support his clients’ businesses and philanthropic interests whenever possible. One of the lines in which his insurance company specializes is the hospitality and restaurant market. Really understanding the businesses and their owners, for every market Whitmore services, is a key to his company’s success. “We Promise to Make Insurance Personal” is a cornerstone philosophy for Jim and his employees. Jim manifests this commitment by visiting and buying meals in at least one of his hospitality client’s restaurants almost every day. Working with many of the best fine-dining establishments in the New York metropolitan area, Jim knows and appreciates the great food and exceptional service they provide. Each of these places provides an experience that is individually unique, having what Jim says are “things I look forward to time and again.” Jim describes this uniqueness as “personality.” On the following pages are three steakhouses, two with strong Italian influences, that have their own standout personalities to differentiate their businesses and make them successes.
n 1989, Jim founded an insurance brokerage business that would make a difference. His idea for Whitmore was to pick his spots to get noticed and grow by carving out niche markets he could own. Today Whitmore is positioned as one of the top 10 in the region. He started with the funeral service industry. Of the roughly 800 funeral homes in metro-New York, Whitmore writes the policies for 80% of them. Jim hired accomplished specialists and methodically made acquisitions in targeted industries, building his practice to cover real estate, financial services, construction, and transportation, in addition to hospitality. Whitmore offers its clients a full range of insurances: commercial, personal, health, liability, and life. For his Whitmore Hospitality division, he wanted to go beyond traditional insurance offerings. Jim says, “You can get a general business insurance policy for your restaurant from any broker/carrier. Restaurateurs deserve better.” Jim developed an industry-specific
risk management offering that makes an important difference in terms of helping restaurant owners run their businesses better and more profitably over the long run. Jim helps restaurateurs create great places to work for their employees and excellent places to dine for their customers. With select insurance carriers, mezzanine brokers, and data specialists, Jim has created a “Restaurant Plus” product-line to fit the unique needs of each individual hospitality client. Driven by historical and predictive data and technology, these policies help owners develop protocols and procedures that influence and affect the human experience of everyone connected to a restaurant — from every staff member to every customer. He is dedicated to servicing his hospitality clients with the best menu of risk management options available in the marketplace today. whitmoregroup.com Social Life
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SOTTO SOPRA Sotto Sopra is as complex as it is elegant. Start with the entrance. Choose to enter from Amagansett’s Main Street and you’ll pass under a friendly, yellow canopy through the front of the restaurant that is invitingly wide open. Enter from the side of this special eatery via a runway red carpet and you’ll find a deceivingly large, modern space with both inside and outdoor dining options. That is just the start of understanding and appreciating the personality and character of this Mediterranean and classic steakhouse-inspired restaurant run by Joseph Smith, the owner of nine Bobby Van’s in Bridgehampton, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The interior of the restaurant is warm and open, accented by cedar-paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the building that open to the outdoor patio. Inside, is a remarkable wood-burning oven whose wafting aromas contribute to the unique character of one of Mr. Smith’s newest creations. Joining him for management, day-to-day operations, and the task of delighting customers are his managing partners, Rose Evangelista and Paul Mortimer, first class, longtime pros. The menu simply delivers fine dining that is consistent, fulfilling, and pleasing to the most discerning palates. From antipasto featuring baked clams oreganata, salumi, tuna tartare, shrimp, and lobster cocktails to tri-colore, Caesar, bistecca and caprese insalate, opening courses are bright and indicative of what is to follow. All their pizzas are gourmet, and prepared in the wood-burning oven, as are all their freshly made breads. Among the pasta plates you’d SocialLifeMagazine.com
expect to see, look for spaghettini a la Greco, a favorite, with shrimp, spinach, and spicy arrabbiata sauce. The fish, includJoseph Smith ing some roasted whole in the woodand Jim Metzger burning oven, include Chilean sea bass, lobster, salmon, branzino, and fluke. The Italian carne recipes and classic grill cuts are all to Bobby Van’s highest standards, from USDA Prime grade to preparation and service. As one would expect, the wine list is extensive. Like the nearby ocean tides, this Hamptons dining hotspot has its own, welcoming ebb and flow. Families fill the restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m. for family-style suppers; couples take their spots from 7 to 9 p.m.; and singles file in to close, enjoying the company and a diverse, signature cocktail menu that satisfies the most curious. As for celebrities: yes, many seek Sotto Sopra’s relaxed vibe, personal service, and world-class fare, including Alec Baldwin, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts, Mike Myers, John Slattery, Michael Kors, David Yurman, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. For a complex personality, Sotto Sopra is actually pretty easy to understand. Buon appetito. Sotto Sopra restaurantsottosopra.com 231 Main Street Amagansett 631.267.3695
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what will capture you. First, If West Islip needed a lighthouse today, there’s a good chance the the Primi Steakhouse promise Primi Italian Steakhouse would be nominated. Everything about to go the extra mile to make your the building, the land, and its curb appeal is big, bright, and weldining experience perfect. Second, Frank Bono coming, just as a lighthouse should be. If you believe that you bethe menu features steaks that are USDA gin to taste your food with your eyes, well then, your experience at Prime and dry-aged for 28 days or more. Rounding out the ofPrimi begins on Montauk Highway. ferings are chicken, veal, lamb, and fish — salmon, tuna, lobster, Near the shoreline of Long Island’s Great South Bay, Primi shrimp, and branzino. Of course, there is a full menu of classic stands alone at 999 Montauk Highway (Route 27A) in West Islip. Italian-heritage appetizers, pastas, and full courses. You won’t need It’s an unofficial landmark for the approach to a menu for that. Order what you like, and both the Robert Moses State Park and Jones Since 2014, the restaurateur Frank they’ll make if for you. Beach. It’s also a great stop along a scenic pas- Bono has built a house that is grand Finally, Frank is very hands-on. He will sage to the East End. want to meet you and get to know you. You, as well as warm and inviting. Light Drawing from communities all along the your family and friends are important to him ing, inside and out, is deliberate and South Shore, from Seaford to Sayville and beand the Primi team. Over the last five years, yond, Primi is a dinner place and a place for striking, yet tasteful. The bar area Primi has had the pleasure of serving great special dinners. Since 2014, the restaurateur sits near a warm and comforting meals and staging events, and Frank has supFrank Bono has built a house that is grand as fireplace, under a 28-foot vaulted ported surrounding communities and charities well as warm and inviting. Lighting, inside and ceiling. Primi also has a second cozy with more than $100,000 in restaurant gift cerout, is deliberate and striking, yet tasteful. The fireplace and three dining rooms. tificates, food, and contributions. Team Primi bar area sits near a warm and comforting firewants to be a light to help along the way. place, under a 28-foot vaulted ceiling. Primi also has a second cozy fireplace and three dining rooms. For the most intimate dinner for Primi Italian Steakhouse two to a family reunion, wedding, or company celebration for 100 primiitalian.com or more, look for Primi’s bright lights. 999 Montauk Highway, West Islip While the restaurant’s décor and ambience will attract you, here’s 631.526.9779 Social Life
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BOBBY VAN’S — 230 PARK AVENUE 230 Park Avenue is on the southeast corner of 46th and Park, a busy and often noisy intersection. Metro-North trains rumble into and out of Grand Central 21 hours a day, carrying almost 300,000 daily riders. Thousands of cars and trucks exit the GCT elevated roadway, thumping metal grates as they hit Park Avenue under the Helmsley Building heading north. Traveling east on 46th Street, thousands more vehicles pass 230 Park, looking for passage south on Lexington, north on Third, or other options as they steer toward the FDR and the East River. Yes, many a conversation has been interrupted outside 230 Park with infamous NYC hustle and bustle. Tucked into this corner under the Helmsley Building is the home of Bobby Van’s 230. When you step inside, you’ve entered a special place with its own sound, vibe, and personality. Under the watchful eye of the restaurateur Ricky Passarelli, everyone in the front of the house moves in concert in a fashion you’ll quickly appreciate and will look forward to every time at 230. At the maître d’ stand you’ll likely find Phil, a native New Yorker, with Bobby Van’s 230 for 22 years. At the coat check-room, there is always the warmest of welcomes from Martha. A Manhattanite, she too has been at Bobby Van’s for a quarter of a century. If a drink at the bar before or after your meal is on the schedule, you’ll find some of New York’s finest veteran bartenders: Dennis Fitzgerald and Tony Brennan, whose combined service is 40 years. Enjoy a great drink, glass of wine, or ice-cold beer — a story and a laugh, no extra charge. SocialLifeMagazine.com
Into the dining room and now center stage. The hum, rhythm, and flow of waiters and servers are precise and comfortRicky Passarelli ing. Regulars often don’t ask for menus. The recital of specials makes you smile and the wine list impresses. Taking a menu is always fun but can be confusing because the thought of ordering one of each item passes through your mind. Is the food good? No. It’s great, it’s classic. From appetizers such as lump crabmeat cocktail, beef carpaccio, and baked clams oreganata to salad favorites such as steakhouse wedges, fresh mozzarella and tomato, and the Harry salad; and what you really come for, the best USDA Prime-grade and aged steaks, lamb, pork, and veal . . . and seafood main courses, including three-pound Maine lobsters, broiled scallops, and Chilean sea bass. There’s more. When you leave Bobby Van’s 230, take a few steps toward Grand Central and on your left you’ll see Lea Wine Bar. Here you’ll find Lenny, Harry, or John at the door, all pros from BV’s. This place has all its own moves: chic, casual, and serving tapas, sushi, wine, and cocktails. A great evening scene too. There’s a lot to make noise about at 230 Park. Check it out.
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THE SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE By Jean Shafiroff Photography by Daniel Gonzalez JEAN SHAFIROFF INTERVIEWS CHRISTOPHER EPLEY, CHIEF OF SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE, ABOUT THE BUILDING OF ITS NEW HEADQUARTERS
Why do we need a new ambulance building? About 15 years ago, the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance operated two ambulances with twenty volunteer members who responded to approximately 400 calls per year. Today, we have three advanced life support (ALS)-equipped ambulances, 66 volunteer members, including ALS first responders, and four part-time paramedics. We are on call 24 hours a day. In 2018, we received 800 emergency calls and this year we expect a similar number. We also have a large-scale incident/rehabilitation trailer, multiple first-response vehicles, and a beach-rescue utility vehicle. The old ambulance building on Meeting House Lane is not only showing signs of age, but it no longer provides enough space to sufficiently house all of the equipment, volunteer members, and paid staff. What is your favorite aspect of the new headquarters? I am most excited about the training room. As a firm believer in practice makes perfect, I know that having a space for hands-on training will be extremely beneficial to everyone,
Chief, Christopher Epley
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he Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance (SVVA) provides 24-hour emergency care and transport of sick and injured people in the Village of Southampton. These services are also provided beyond the village boundaries at the request of town, county, state, or federal agencies. In addition to providing emergency care, the SVVA also offers a community CPR program. The SVVA is now building a much-needed new headquarters on Windmill Lane in Southampton.
The SVVA new HQ planning committee, going over plans: (L to R) Cheyne Finocchiaro, 1st Assistant Chief; Richard Fowler, Ex-Chief; Kyle McGuinness, 2nd Assistant Chief; and Christopher Epley, Chief.
including our future patients. In addition, the increased size of the headquarters will enable us to host several community classes. It will provide enough space for all of our volunteer members to attend our monthly meetings. What do you think the volunteer members will enjoy most? Our volunteer members are most in need of a bunk room and an on-call room. Every night we have between two to four volunteers sleeping on pleather coaches for their overnight duty. The volunteers must be ready to respond at a moment’s notice and so a proper place to sleep would certainly be of help. Our members also stay at the headquarters while they study and train for the job. A proper on-call room would create an ideal space for strong team bonding. Most of our emergency medical services relies on teamwork. Tell us about your members. What kind of people are they? The members of the SVVA are all volunteers. They are a diverse group of individuals who come from all different backgrounds. We have high school and college students, engineers, writers, landscapers, electricians, nurses, police officers, teachers, and retired individuals, all with a common bond for the love of this community and a strong will to help people. When do you expect to move into the new building? What else needs to be done? We are hoping to move at the end of 2019. Since breaking SocialLifeMagazine.com
Site of the new SVVA building on Windmill Lane in Southampton Village.
ground, the construction has progressed smoothly, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. We are also currently fundraising to supply furnishings such as desks, tables, shelves, storage lockers, and other necessary items. Are you holding any fundraising events in the future? How can people donate? We are hosting a cocktail party on September 27th at the Southampton Arts Center. However, we hope to have the majority of the fundraising work done before the event. We are asking local businesses and members of our community to donate via our web site: villageems.org/newhq or contact us at 631.287.0558.
The current SVVA building on Meeting House Lane with emergency responder vehicles and (L to R) Cheyne Finocchiaro, 1st Assistant Chief; Christopher Epley, Chief; Richard Fowler, Ex-Chief; and Kyle McGuinness, 2nd Assistant Chief.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER EPLEY Christopher Epley, a lifelong Southampton Village resident, has been a volunteer with the SVVA since 2011. He received his certification as a NYS EMT-B in 2012. He was elected as secretary in 2013, second assistant chief in 2014, the first assistant chief in 2017, and chief in 2019. Christopher is married to Amanda Epley. He holds a BS from St. Joseph’s College. 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 seven charities: 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. She will be joining the board of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital in July 2019. In addition, Jean is an ambassador for the American Humane Society and the ambassador for the Southampton Shelter. Jean and her family reside in Manhattan and Southampton.
A look inside the current SVVA building on Meeting House Lane.
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July 27 — If you go out only once this summer, head to the 26th Watermill Center benefit and auction, under the direction of the avant-garde theater director and artist Robert Wilson. watermillcenter.org This year’s theme is tabula rasa, inspired by the philosopher John Locke’s theory that all humans are born as blank slates. This ultimate Happening mixes art, performance, music, theater, design, and fashion by 100 artists from around the world who are part of the center’s artist-in-residency program. This is always a star-studded party; past guests have included Lady Gaga and Marina Abramovic. Here is a list of other benefits that you should go to. See you there! Lady Gaga and Robert Wilson
Southampton Animal Shelter June 20 — The Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional Love gala is chaired by Jean Shafiroff with Jr. Chair Kate McEntee. The party will showcase a group of adoptable dogs. southamptonanimalshelter.com
Parrish Art Museum July 13 — the Parrish Art Museum’s midsummer gala will honor the artist Maya Lin and museum patrons Louise and Leonard Riggio. parrishart.org
LongHouse Reserve July 20 — The founder Jack Lerner Larson will honor Donna Karan and Julian Schnabel at the LongHouse Reserve gala. The dinner will take place in the organization’s world-class garden that features art by Yoko Ono, Buckminster Fuller, and Willem de Kooning. longhouse.org
East Hampton TV Festival July 22 & 23 — The East Hampton TV Festival will feature independent television, film, and documentaries, including Olympia, about Olympia Dukakis, produced by fellow actress Anthoula Katsimatides; The Second Act of Elliot Murphy, a music documentary with Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen; In Money We Trust, about Steve Forbes; Art Bastard, about the painter Robert Cenedella; Portrait of America, about the artist David Datuna; Depicting the Invisible, about veterans with PTSD by the painter/photographer Susan Barron; and Intervention, a film about the opioid crisis, starring Janel Tanna. ehtvf.com
SoFo Gala July 13 — The South Fork Natural History Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary gala. Chairs include Liev Schreiber,
Carole Crist, Susan and David Rockefeller, April Gornik and Eric Fischl, and the museum’s founder, Andy Sabin. The dinner will be created by the celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, whose Elegant Affairs has also catered parties for Kevin Costner and Mariah Carey. sofo.org
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August 3 — The SouthampSusan Barron, Robert Cenedella and Caroline Johnson ton Hospital Annual Summer Party will celebrate its 61st year. Georgina Bloomberg is among the chairs. The night will honor Jean and Martin Shafiroff. southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu Jean Shafiroff and Georgina Bloomberg
Guild Hall August 9 & August 18 — Guild Hall will celebrate the artist Ugo Rondinone and his exhibition Sunny Days, at its summer gala on the 9th, and Works for Piano, by Philip Glass, on the 18th. guildhall.org
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The Broadway legend Patti LuPone was the guest artist at the starstudded NY Philharmonic spring gala after an eight-year absence. The Tony winner, who just turned 70, quipped, “I’m celebrating my birthday but also I’ve got to work.” The enthralling concert was a musical retrospective of her greatest hits, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from GypTHE TWO BEST ACTION MOVIES sy, “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company and “The Worst Pies in London” from Sweeny Todd. Andy Cohen, Rachel Bloom, Victor Garber, and Michael Urie led the apAvengers: Endgame plause for the Grammy and Olivier awards–winning The final installment of Avengers is the action movie to beat, with singer. Patti cracked wise about the Great White Way, ticket sales at $1.66 billion. The ending holds an unexpected joking: “Broadway made my career and supported surprise that tugs at your heartstrings as you say goodbye to Jay McInerney, Audrey Gruss me, but it’s also been mean to me and I’ve been the greatest collection of comic book heroes ever assemmean right back.” The audience howled. Patti bled. Captain America heartthrob Chris Evans confessed, “I was probably referring to losing the movam single and not looking to be in a relationship.” His coie adaptations for roles she originated star, newly engaged Scarlett Johansson said, “I don’t on Broadway, including Evita to Mado damsel in distress very well. It’s hard for me to donna and Sunset Boulevard to Glenn play a victim.” Robert Downey Jr. delivers a stellar Close. Comedian and singer Bridget Elsa Pataky and performance, but explained, “I know very little Patti LuPone Chris Hemsworth Everett and Michael McElroy and the about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.” Broadway Inspirational Voices joined Hamptonite Gwyneth Paltrow, who is leaving LuPone for a moving performance the Marvel cinematic universe said, “I’m a bit of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over old to be in a suit, but I feel very lucky that I Troubled Water.” “In these strange and difdid it.” Chris Hemsworth, who plays against type ficult times,” LuPone said from the stage, and goes fat said, “I wore a prosthetic latex suit “What I think about most is the world that weighed 70 pounds. I felt like Santa Claus.” Scarlett Johansson we’re leaving our children. They are demanding change and I can’t help but feel John Wick: Chapter 3 — we are letting them down. This song is Parabellum dedicated to them — our promise Keanu Reeves wowed his critics with of support, to hear them, to never a compelling tour de force in John forsake them.” Patti did several Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the encores and received multiple best of the series. Although you standing ovations. The can’t compare the production chairman, Oscar Schavalues to Avengers, it’s clear the fer, toasted Mary Wallach, producers spent big bucks a board member, for her Susan Downey and Keanu Reeves and on locations and sets. commitment to the Phil. Robert Downey Jr. Halle Berry This high-speed, martial The night raked in over arts movie hits all the more $1 million for the right notes. Keanu beloved orchestra. said, “I’m 54 years old nyphil.org and still getting thrown through glass, but I’m 54 August 4 — Audrey Gruss, the founder of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, will lead the 5K Race of Hope. The day begins at the Southampton Cultural Center. The event is sponsored by Hope Fragrances. hopefordepression.org
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Michael Bloomberg was honored at the Whitney Museum’s gala and studio party for his lifetime support of the arts. The former mayor was thanked for his boundless generosity by guests, including Michael Kors and Roni Willett, a committee member and young collector. Also in the mix were Neil Patrick Harris, Vanessa Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Diane Kruger. The night raised $5.2 million. whitney.org
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Brooke Shields, Helena Christensen, and N.Y. Academy of Art’s president, David Kratz, helped host the opening of Nick Korniloff ’s Art New York. Works by Andy Warhol, Basquiat, and Picasso were on display, as was a never-before-seen photo of David Bowie by the photographer Markus Klinko, in the booth of the LICHT FELD Gallery. artnyfair.com
Hudson Yards Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss, Martha Stewart, and Katie Holmes attended a party at Hudson Yards. “I grew up across the street,” confided Whoopi Goldberg. The interiors of the new luxury condominiums at 35 Hudson Yards were created by AD100 designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, who have also designed the homes of Howard Stern, Kim Cattrall, and Jack Welch. “Hudson Yards is integrated into a spectacular urban setting while being connected to the High Line with water views. With a combination of innovative architecture, impeccable quality finishes and amenities, this is a totally integrated luxury experience for mind, body, and soul,” said Ingrao. ingraoinc.com Janna Bullock and Eugenia Bulllock
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SAFARI ROUND UP Jon Bon Jovi & Peter Thomas Roth Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. When his name was announced, the 2,500 students started singing “Livin’ on a Prayer.” During the weekend reunion, John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and the skin care mogul Peter Thomas Roth and his son Ryan Thomas Roth were on hand. This year’s graduating class included Eugenia Bullock, who is off to law school in the fall.
The Hunter Mountain Film Festival The Oscar winner Melissa Leo presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Betty Aberlin at The Hunter Mountain Film Festival. The night also honored Orange Is the New Black’s Hunter Avery. The festival was founded by Andreadis Talent Agency’s Michele Peacock and her model daughter Tatum Peacock. Juicy Liu and andreadistalentagency.com Anthoula Katsimatides
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Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, were among those honoring Lana Turner and former Mayor David Dinkins during the Harlem
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Eat Up! Luminary Dinner at Ginny’s Supper Club. The fun food-festival, which is supported by Bill Clinton, Mayor de Blasio, and the country’s top chefs, celebrated its fifth anniversary this year. It was founded by chef Marcus Samuelsson and event marketer Herb Karlitz. karlitz.com
Acclaimed chef Saul Montiel kicked off the season of Hell’s Kitchen’s most expansive and exciting Mexican rooftop by creating the Big Ass Taco. The Mexican whopper serves eight people. Cantina Rooftop, and its sister venue, Stage 48, has played host to Sarah Jessica Parker, Keith Urban, Bianca Del Rio, and Fabolous. cantinarooftop.com
Just Salad kicked off Pride Month with a party in Soho that celebrated the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Guests, including Chicago Fire’s Jeff Lima, Anthoula Katsimatides, and drag performer Juicy Liu, sampled the colorful Just Proud Salad. Founder Nick Kenner said that $1 from every Just Proud Salad sold at all locations will benefit local LGBTQIA+ organizations in NY, NJ, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Florida throughout Pride Month, which ends on June 30. justsalad.com Jeff Lima
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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY The Rockettes dazzled while Tony Award-winners Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen hosted the annual Chita Rivera Awards. This year’s honored Cher and George C. Wolfe, among others. The gala celebrates outstanding members of the dance and choreography worlds. Proceeds from the evening at The Skirball Center benefited The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Fund. The co-executive producer of the Chita Rivera Awards, Patricia Watt, said the highlight of the evening was “the resounding affirmation by all about how theater is all about collaboration.”
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EMPOWERING AFRICA Krista Krieger and Kim Charlton were among the hosts at Empower Africa’s annual gala at the Explorers Club. The gala honored Dr. Carlos Drews, the executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute and Annette Lanjouw, the co-executive director of the Arcus Foundation. The organization auctioned off several safaris, raising over $200,000 for its many conservation programs. Trustees Nina Griscom and Mary MacElree attended as did Richard Wiese, the president of The Explorers Club.
Dance The Night Away: Christopher Duggan Empowering Africa: Patrick McMullan Missy: Lisa Houlgrave
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THE SCENE By Chanel Korby
Chanel Korby was born and raised in New York City on the Upper West Side, the West Village, and the Upper East Side. She is a sales and marketing professional who has worked in Fortune 500 companies. She appeared on NBC’s Open House and in national/ international publications such as The Real Deal, Real Estate Weekly, and Epoch Times. She volunteers for New York Cares and Health Advocates for Older People (HAFOP). Follow The Scene on Instagram #thescenenyc — New York Network for Philanthropy
PAWS NY 2019 ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT Over 175 people came together at PAWS NY’s 2019 annual spring benefit on April 2 to celebrate and raise funds and awareness for people and pets in need. Approximately $50,000 was raised through ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. PAWS NY raised funds for programs to continue helping low-income seniors and individuals struggling with an illness or disability to keep their pets, which are often their sole companions, and provide muchneeded comfort. Thanks to the generosity of the community, partners, volunteers, and sponsors, PAWS NY will be able to continue protecting these special bonds in 2019 and beyond. 2019 IRISH EYES GALA The Kelly Cares Foundation honored Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and the Silver Shield Foundation at its annual Irish Eyes gala on May 20 at The Pierre. Established by Notre Dame’s head football coach, Brian Kelly, and his wife, Paqui, the foundation raised more than $1 million to support health, education, and community-building initiatives at local, national, and international levels. More than 450 guests attended the Irish Eyes gala, the foundation’s signature event, which celebrates game changers, that is, people and organizations that have demonstrated a dedication to improving the lives of others, and, in turn, inspire hope to all they encounter along the way. Since its founding in 2008, the Kelly Cares Foundation has donated over $5 million world-wide. The Kelly Cares Foundation fulfills its mission through medical research, educational programming, and community outreach.
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merican Ballet Theatre’s annual spring gala in New York City at Lincoln Center, May 20, celebrated the tenth anniversary of Alexei Ratmansky as artist-in-residence and presented his new ballet, The Seasons. ABT also honored Andrew F. Barth. The gala chairs were Emily and Len Blavatnik, Pamela and David Ford, Sutton Stracke, and Elizabeth Segerstrom. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California is ABT’s winter home. Harry Winston was the presenting sponsor. All images thanks to PMC/BFA/Annie Watt Elizabeth Segerstrom, Charles Fabius
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The 27th Annual Southampton Fresh Air Home’s Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala
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The iconic fashion designer Dennis Basso presented an exclusive fashion show to a sold-out crowd at the 6th annual Collaborating for a Cure Ladies Luncheon, which raised $40,000 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Besides Basso, notable guests included Don Lemon, Tim Malone, Lauren Lawrence, Pamela Morgan, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Maria Fishel, Susan Gutfreund, William T. Sullivan, and Maribel Lieberman.
The iconic Decoration & Design Building (DDB) in New York City hosted its biannual Spring Market 2019, Design Confidential presented by Vanguards & Visionaries. The event featured top editorial voices, dozens of design influencers, leading industry trade organizations, and nearly 3,000 attendees. Keynote speakers included Robert Stilin, Whitney Robinson, Jeff Andrews, Genevieve Gorder, Mary Fox Linton, Sophia Salaman, Nina Campbell, Hatta Byng, David Harber, and Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill.
The award-winning Southampton Inn invited Hamptons locals and visitors to celebrate the kick-off to the Hamptons summer season at its annual Memorial Day weekend barbeque. Guests enjoyed a buffet of signature burgers, fresh salads, and tasty treats prepared by the on-site eatery Claude’s Restaurant. Notable guests included Dede Gotthelf, Jean Shafiroff, Kenneth and Maria Fishel, Pamela Morgan, Leesa Rowland, Jane Rothchild, Jane Pontarelli, and Greg D’Elia.
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Governor Cuomo sent a proclamation to mark the opening of Stride Arts, an exciting new gallery and educational center that specializes in Chinese and American artists at 1110 2nd Ave and 58th St. Founder Angel Zhang and Xiangdong Chen welcomed Keith Powers and Ben Kallos, Lucia Wong Gordon, and Jean Shafiroff. stridearts.com
Bentley Meeker celebrated the opening of Exploring Light, a critically acclaimed show of illuminated sculptural works, presented by the Garvey|Simon gallery. In the mix: Fern Mallis, Janna Bullock, Zoe Remmel, Dr. Kenneth Mark and artist Susan J. Barron. Meeker also had a museum show at the Penticton Art Gallery in Canada. bentleymeeker.com
Mark Wahlberg, 50 Cent, Jamie Foxx, Floyd Mayweather, club king Joey Morrissey all rave about the culinary skills of Robert Steakhouse’s master chef, Will Savarese. Kendall Jenner’s ex-lover Ben Simmons made it rain after dinner at Scores, the wildly popular gentleman’s club also in the Hard Rock hotel in Atlantic City. scoresac.com
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NYC FILM FESTIVAL THE WINNERS
Gallerist Isabelle Bscher opened a fine art photography exhibition by the late Karl Lagerfeld in her Galerie Gmurzynska at 39 East 78th Street. Bscher and her gallery have represented the designer for 25 years both in NY and Switzerland. Guests included Chanel Iman, Audrey Gruss, Jeremy Fragrance, Jamee and Peter Gregory, and the artist Bentley Meeker. gmurzynska.com
Martha Stewart, Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss, and Dr. Kenneth Mark were among the first to see the elegant interiors of the residences of 35 Hudson Yards created by AD100 Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper. “Hudson Yards is a totally integrated luxury experience for mind, body, and soul,” said Ingrao. ingraoinc.com
Chicago Fire’s Jeff Lima hosted The NYC International Film Festival; R. Couri Hay was the jury president. Winners included two documentaries: Art Bastard about the artist Robert Cenedella and Susan Barron’s Depicting the Invisible about veterans’ PTSD. Deborah Kuhn won for her Monarch Butterfly. Janel Tanna took home the Best Actress award and Renée Willett received the Rising Star award. nyciff.com
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RACHEL’S RADAR ST. BARTH By Rachel Heller
here’s a reason why celebrities, models and It girls consistently escape to the tropical island of St. Barth. It has the sophistication of St.-Tropez with the laissez-fare Caribbean laid-back lifestyle — which means it’s exclusive and high end yet totally unpretentious. You can go to the beach and then straight to a beach club in sunglasses and a wrap. The capital, Gustavia, encircles a yacht-filled harbor, where you might see a private helicopter landing on one of the many yachts in sight. Luxury retailers like Hermès, Bulgari, and Cartier are here too. You can also enjoy fabulous creperies. The first time I went to the island I was in shock. It is breathtaking and has such a vibe. The beaches are picturesque. There are 16 and each has a distinct personality. At Saline Beach you’ll find topless women frolicking in the translucent water and yards of soft, white sand that feels like powdered sugar between your toes. What you won’t find: tourist traps hawking sugary cocktails. Saline, like most other beaches on St. Barth, is rather bare bones — no bars, no shops, no restaurants — so be sure to pack your own water and food/snacks.
If you go to St. Barth and don’t experience Le Ti St-Barth, you’re doing it totally wrong. The most memorable night for me was dressing up and dancing at this great late-night spot. Waiters whisk you into a secret room in the back of the restaurant, dress you up like you’re going to an exotic party, and send you off to the main room totally transformed. If I were to recommend a lodging, I would say stay in a villa. The Eden Rock was damaged during the storm, but honestly the best place to stay in St. Barth is close to the port. You want to be in the action and rhythm of the village and experience its energy. St. Barth has events all year long. Many French holidays and a handful of Swedish ones are celebrated locally; larger international events include annual music festivals in January and August, and the Caribbean Film Festival in April. St. Barth residents have an avid passion for volleyball, and the Volleyball Cup Tournament in July draws big crowds. Instagram: @rachelhellerxo Social Life
ART National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore
Exhibition presented by Southampton Arts Center and the International Center of Photography
JUNE 27-SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 Public Opening Reception:
FRIDAY, JUNE 28 · 6-8 PM Sponsored by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell Photo Ark is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society A federally threatened koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, with her babies at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.
OUTDOOR CONCERTS & EVENTS
Free Outdoor Films Every Friday at 8:30 PM
Free Outdoor Concerts on Saturdays at 7 PM
Presented with Hamptons International Film Festival
7/5: Star Wars IV (PG | 135 min.) 7/12: Finding Nemo (G | 100 min.) and Jennifer Mahoney 7/19: Singin’ in the Rain (G | 103 min.) Licensed Associate RE Broker Mary Slattery 7/26: Get Out (R | 104 min.) Licensed Associate RE Broker 8/2: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG | 100 min.) 8/9: Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13 | 121 min.) 8/16: Black Panther (PG-13 | 135 min.) 8/23: Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13 | 133 min.) 8/30: Annual Screening of JAWS (PG | 130 min.)
6/29: Winston Irie & the Selective Security Band (Reggae) 7/13: ECO the Musical by Jenna Mate (Staged reading/performance) 7/20: Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (The Bowie Show) 8/3: Mitch Frohman and the Bronx Horns (Latin) 8/10: Silent Disco Party Quiet outdoor dance party with headphones featuring 2 DJ’s! 8/31: West End Blend (70’s/80’s/90’s)
Public funding for Film provided by Suffolk County.
Refreshments will be available for purchase at all outdoor programs, including full picnic meals from the Thyme Truck and bar service by Southampton Publick House.
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BEST BROKERS IN THE HAMPTONS SIMPLE SUMMER STYLE: AMAGANSETT OCEANFRONT By Blaire Bass
ith 15 years of experience selling real estate in the Hamptons, Ed Bruehl brings a fresh perspective to buying, selling, and investing on the East End of Long Island. As a top producer at Saunders & Associates in the East Hampton office, Ed’s sharp intelligence and friendly demeanor, plus local connections, make him indispensable for closing real estate deals. Ed has a keen knowledge of all things Hamptons and is great at sharing smart real estate ideas and opportunities.
OCEANFRONT CO-OP 379 BLUFF ROAD, AMAGANSETT | $1.25 M Listen to the surf and feel the sea breeze in this newly renovated two-bedroom, two-bath oceanfront co-op apartment in the Ocean Dunes. This 900+/- sq. ft. meticulous unit spares no detail, with an open floor-plan design presenting direct ocean views from the great room with a lofted 18-foot ceiling; the well-appointed chef ’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, European appliances and Silestone countertops; and a sun-drenched dining area. Additional amenities include custom-designed and generous closets, five remote controlled Velux skylights, a private 32-foot ocean view porch, and two parking spots. The community is set amid the forever unspoiled Double Dunes Preserve and includes landscaped grounds with a 50-foot heated Gunite pool, poolside chaises and umbrellas. A boardwalk to the ocean leads to where beach lounges and umbrellas await, along with towel service and an outdoor shower. Take advantage of the many perks Ocean Dunes offers, including a full-service live-in superintendent, low annual maintenance, and a great rental history, all of which make for an attractive investment opportunity. Add in its ideal location — close proximity to Indian Wells and Atlantic beaches, Amagansett Square, and both the Jitney and train station — and you have a truly compelling offering.
BAYBERRY COTTAGE 92 OCEAN AVENUE, EAST HAMPTON | $1.35M A cottage in a little-known private enclave just feet from East Hampton’s world famous Main Beach. This small, gated co-op community comprises just ten cottages on a manicured two-and-ahalf-acre property, tucked away behind the dunes, with a full-time caretaker. The homes in this secluded hideaway are each unique and absolutely charming. Cottage 3 has one bedroom with a large bay window and window seat, and a spacious bathroom. Recently refreshed, the home now features bright, white walls and ceilings, wood floors and multiple skylights. The living room with a fireplace is bright and inviting, and the kitchen opens to a private back patio. Enjoy the community’s beautiful grounds or get to the beach in just a few seconds. Saunders & Associates Ed Bruehl Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker 26 Montauk Highway, East Hampton firstname.lastname@example.org c/ 646.752.1233 o/ 631.405.3659 Social Life
NEW ULTRA MODERN WITH OCEAN VIEWS 8 Bedrooms | 9.5 Baths | 7,630+/- sq. ft. | .92 Acre New modern construction, close to ocean beach, heated gunite pool, roof deck with spa, gym, pool house, three car garage Bridgehampton South | Exclusive $13,900,000 | 65SandpiperLane.com
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HOMEAND GARDEN DESIGN By Sarah Parker Young
THE GREAT OUTDOORS “But I love to be outdoors. I prefer being outdoors to, you know, being inside.” KEITH CARRADINE The summer season is when we entertain, play, and relax outdoors. Furniture, rugs, and decorative items have classic influences with some enhanced by a touch of modern whimsy. Clean, tailored lines are paired with fresh fabrics to create an elevated outdoor space design. An animal farm tent, bold color ottomans and a faux grass bench bring an element of fun to the beach home patio and backyard. The Coyote Outdoor Living Grill Island Price upon request
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HAMPTONS BEST BROKERS: JAMES GIUGLIANO BELOVED LANDMARK PROPERTY IN SAG HARBOR By Blaire Bass
earching for a new home or selling your current home can be a complicated and exhausting experience. It is absolutely essential to find a real estate agent who is deeply involved in the business and loves what they do. Meet Next Seekers International’s rising star. Born and raised in Southampton, James Giugliano understands firsthand the value, people, and spirit of the community in the Hamptons. It takes an experienced hometown resident to navigate the landscape of the ever-changing housing market. James’s experience in business-planning, marketing, and negotiation will help make your buying and selling experience stress-free. His goal is to minimize your aggravation while delivering your expectations. Whether you’re a prospective buyer or seller, James will listen to your needs to ensure a successful outcome. His intimate knowledge of the market will save you, the homeowner or potential homeowner, time and money. Sales is really about relationships. Understanding each client’s goals and dreams is the best way to connect a client with the perfect property. No question you have will go unanswered. James is ready and willing to help with all of your needs and looks forward to working hand in hand with you through a successful and happy experience.
“There is no substitute for hard work.” THOMAS EDISON
CHECK OUT ONE OF JAMES’S ELEGANT LISTINGS: 6 UNION STREET, SAG HARBOR THE CAPTAIN JOHN HULBERT HOUSE, CIRCA 1760 | $7.395 M This historic jewel, located in the Sag Harbor Village National Register Historic District is a rare landmark property. It has been entirely restored and renovated with immaculate attention to detail to cater to the modern and sophisticated lifestyle. The design still maintains its spectacular period detail within this Italian Revival 6,000-square-foot architectural masterpiece.
The Captain John Hulbert House’s custom millwork, exquisite carvings of period trim artifacts, will wow you as you approach the property. The 10-foot plastered walls and ceilings provide a grand entrance to the masterwork of interior detail. A four-story home with five en-suite bedrooms plus five full and two half bathrooms also includes an elevator in addition to main
and secondary staircases. The home has a custom cabinet kitchen, original 18th century exposed beams, eight masonry fireplaces, original moldings and trim. It comes with a Control4 sound and automation system, a 600-square-foot outdoor roof deck with fireplace, full bar and lounge area on the third floor, butler’s pantry with wine storage, security integration with video retrieval, and CAT5 communications wiring. Calyx Landscape Architects designed the landscape that marries the modern with the original foundation stone. And the 16' X 36' heated Gunite pool will keep you cool, calm, and collected as you host summer soirées at your historic home or simply enjoy some peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings. Nest Seekers International James Giugliano Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 20 Main Street, Southampton o/ 631.287.9260, ext. 4381 c/ 631.456.3567 SocialLifeMagazine.com
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MICHELLE MADONNA DESIGN By Blair Bass
ichelle Madonna established her own landscape-design business in the Hamptons three years ago, giving her a total of 10 years’ experience in landscape architecture in the Hamptons. She started her own business to enhance her creative freedom and she believes “in initiatives that support women-owned business and empower women entrepreneurs.” Her designs are innovative, marrying modern and classic styles, and combining wild and formal plantings to give powerful contrast to a garden. She explains how she adores “monochromatic gardens like an all-green garden or an all-white garden. They are classy and sophisticated, calming but simply beautiful. With everything I design, I have strong creative reasoning behind it. I want my gardens to be restorative and inspirational spaces for my clients.” As you can see in her designs, Michelle’s creative influencers include Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of landscape architecture who designed Central Park. “Being in a park that was designed but feels natural is one of the reasons I admire him.” Central Park was designed in the pastoral style of landscape architecture that uses nature as restoration for your spirit. “I believe all landscapes should be restorative,” she says. Another of her key influences is Maya Lin, the renowned designer, architect, and artist. Lin has created earth works known as wave fields, where the grassed landscape has been sculpted into waves, creating a work of art. “This inspires me to see landscape in different forms. The landscape is a canvas for art.” When asked about her favorite gardens, she shared with us that the 5oo acres of landscape art at Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley, which has one of Lin’s wave fields, is stunning and imaginative. A great place for inspiration. And, she explained that the “Japanese gardens of Kyoto are spectacular. I love and admire all styles of Japanese gardens, especially when the focus is on meditation and
contemplation. I believe a successful garden moves your mind and calms your soul. It brings peace to the modern and hectic, crazy world we live in.” Married in Bermuda last summer to a Wall Street portfolio manager, Michelle loves the Caribbean. “The tropical vegetation and color of the ocean are also sources of inspiration in my work.” Michelle Madonna Design madonnadesign.com Michelle Madonna Design is a certified M/WBE WomenOwned company offering residential and commercial landscape architecture. Michelle Madonna, the founder, has more than 10 years of experience delivering classic and modern landscapes informed by her leadership in horticulture, intimate garden design, and native ecology.
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THE HAMPTONS POOL AN EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL OASIS By Thomas Day Lee
Sweet dreams are made of this: Stuart Andrews recommends pools as balms for the soul, such as the serene, secluded garden pool above.
he quintessential Hamptons summer lifestyle for many is outdoor living with a focus on poolside living. The pool and the area around it are used as “outdoor rooms,” the seamless flow between interior and exterior. If you’re considering designing and building a pool or renovating an older existing pool, you’ve got a daunting project ahead. With that in mind, Social Life sought out an expert to bring us up to speed on what’s involved in creating a special pool. We asked Stuart Andrews, the owner of Shinnecock Pools in Southampton, for his take on what makes a great pool and what he sees as his client’s chief concerns. Andrews — who has been building and caring for luxury pools in the Hamptons for more than 20 years — was forthright and even philosophical. “For many of my clients, building an amazing pool is often how they want to proclaim their success. If you’re a corporate CEO, work on Wall Street, or are in charge of a hedge fund,
you spend your days creating something that’s invisible and intangible to most people, and no one can see what you’ve made,” says Andrews. “For many successful people, creating an amazing pool is a metaphor for what they’ve achieved. And they truly are works of art. A lot of people choose to express themselves through the artistry of a pool.” Andrews, who has built and maintains some of the most dazzling pools on the East End, humbly offers that he is more of a facilitator than anything else. “My job is to listen and listen carefully to their ideas and hopes and then bring my client’s vision to reality. And that reality reveals their personal passions intensely. No two of my pools are the same; they’re like snowflakes!” he added. Even though he’s built pools costing seven figures, he prefers to focus on the intangible when discussing them. “I like to quote the author Joan Didion, who wrote: ‘A pool... is a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over Social Life
the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful and is, as such, infinitely soothing...’ Isn’t that wonderfully put? Think about it. Water is the essence of life. Your pool offers so much. Quality time with your kids. Or imagine that skinny-dipping moment when you’re alone with your partner, late at night. It’s connecting your soul and body in a basic element, water. When immersed at the perfect temperature, with low-level lighting on a starry night, you achieve a Zen state of mind,” says Andrews. “Having a pool can be critical to your well-being,” he insists. “It’s not always about getting into your pool but knowing that it’s there for you at any time, that you can look forward to that moment after a hard day at work, to have time to yourself to be at peace, surrounded by the liquid perfection that exists in your backyard. It’s a source of calm, comfort, and belonging,” he adds. That’s never more true than on a Friday afternoon SocialLifeMagazine.com
when harried New Yorkers are chomping at the bit to get out of the city, away from their office and out to the Hamptons. “Many times the very first thing they do when they get to their house is to get out of their clothes and into their pool,” says Andrews. “And my job is to ensure that their experience, that split second of relief, is absolutely perfect. However, for people to drift into a meditative state when they get into their pool, everything must be flawless. The tile must be immaculate. The water condition must be just right. The temperature must be perfect,” he cautions. “That’s where I come in. That’s my job and frankly, my passion,” he emphasizes. Stuart Andrews is indeed the caretaker of the oasis.
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Seaponack Point Exceptional New Construction Sag Harbor. Heroic water views, unparalleled privacy and a singular residence to enjoy it all are just the prologue to the story that describes this masterfully constructed waterfront estate offering panoramic sunset vistas in a privileged setting. Meander along a scenic shoreline and through 2 secluded landscaped acres, embraced by an additional 40 acres of contiguous waterfront property preserved for all eternity. Watch ships set sail from a 62â€™ saltwater heated Gunite pool with oversized spa framed by 2,500 SF+/- of broad stone patios and lush landscaping. Navigate its 10,000 SF+/- of modern state of the art living space exquisitely detailed that includes double height entry over beautifully finished rift cut white oak floors that fan out to find the formal living room, magnificent kitchen, formal dining room, ingenious indoor/ outdoor family room that serves as both a media room and pool house. A guest master suite, a pair of powder rooms and laundry room complete the first floor. Upstairs the expansive multi-room master suite with fireplace reigns over four guest suites. The lower level offers a wine cellar, gym with steam and sauna, billiards room, bar and home theater as well as 2 ensuite bedrooms. An elevator connects all 3 floors. A Control 4 system, 2-car heated garage with hydraulic lift and a generator complete the amenities. Two community tennis courts are just a short walk away. A magnificent estate providing a true resort experience demands your preview today. For the full story visit myhamptonhomes.com/112152 Exclusive. $13.9M WEB# 112152
Montauk Colony A Pair of One Acre Oceanfront Parcels Montauk. An extraordinary opportunity has emerged at the edge of the ocean on two one-acre parcels, each sprawling along nearly 100’ of shoreline offering 180° views to the Atlantic over Montauk’s fabled Ditch Plains. With permits pending for a stunning 4,700 SF+/- modern residence on Lot 1, a savvy buyer could begin construction months earlier than on comparable beachfront while being millions below the cost of current new oceanfront offerings. Award winning architect Boris Baranovich has designed a brilliant plan for a four- bedroom, one level, multi-layered beach house sitting high above the ocean that offers epic views while sitting at your pool and spa. The fortunate new owner could embrace this vision or create something of their own design up to 5,700 SF+/-. And if more property is needed to complete your Montauk vision, you’ll be happy to know that the adjacent 1+ acre Lot 2 oceanfront parcel is also available for that coveted guest house or family compound. With Montauk experiencing a renaissance, this property is close to chic restaurants, nightlife, marinas, the Robert Trent Jones designed Downs and even a private airport just a short drive away. With all this, plus world-class surfing beckoning at the other end of your own beach side staircase, your dream of that perfect summer awaits at the Montauk Colony. Exclusive. Lot 1 - 40 Deforest Road $6.995M WEB# 113405 Lot 2 - 42 Deforest Road $7.995M WEB# 113490
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his is wedding season, and the transition from single to married includes life-changing moments and extensive planning. This celebration of love
has sparked Social Life Magazine to create our exclusive Wedding Hamptons section. With a direct focus on wedding editorial, wedding photos, and wedding advertising. We hope our Wedding Section will help future brides and grooms and their families as they plan for that special day and honeymoon. Congratulations to engaged couples. May you have a beautiful and memorable wedding day and a lifetime of happiness.
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WEDDING “WOWS” IN 2019 By Jacob Puck
o say that Lessing’s Hospitality Group is a caterer would be a gross understatement, yet, that’s the frame of reference most well-heeled Hamptonites have of this institution in business for more than 129 years. It’s no wonder: the toniest fêtes on the East End bear the trademark of Lessing’s, the premier luxury caterer of the region. That said, Lessing’s is so much more. “We’ve been expanding rapidly in the past year, and our portfolio makes it possible for our customers to truly experience one-stop shopping — we’ve really got it all,” says Jennifer Cantin, Lessing’s director of marketing and development. “Our claim to fame is that we deliver remarkable hospitality all the time, and provide each guest with unique, personalized experiences. Founded in 1890, Lessing’s Hospitality Group is a sixth-generation, family-owned company comprising over 120 locations throughout the Northeast and Florida. Lessing’s operates 17 wedding and catering venues, 10 full-service restaurants, over 80 corporate and academic dining centers, nine Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza franchises, and a historic inn. With wedding and event season in full swing, Social Life Magazine asked Cantin to reveal what’s hot —and what’s not — in 2019. What’s trending in wedding planning this summer? Without a doubt, sustainable celebrations. More and more, Hamptonites are focused on ensuring their events are environmentally friendly, and that’s great for us because it’s completely aligned with our mission. From reusable straws to bamboo tableware to — believe it or not — eco-friendly gowns, the world is changing. As the company grows, we feel that we need to continue to do our part to ensure that the planet is here for the future. Is it a tough sell? Not at all. In fact, sustainability and a focus on local sourcing is at the top of the list of priorities for every event. People are very motivated to support every facet of the local community. Nowadays, it’s unheard of not to integrate a local artisan into your party. From the food you serve to party favors, it’s all local. Where are you finding the greatest focus and biggest spend at weddings this season? Cocktail hours and after parties, where everything is craft or hyper local. Wow factors like pretzel walls and interactive s’mores stations. We are also seeing a decline in passed hors d’oeuvres and a concentration on upgraded food-stations focused on local purveyors, like the bakery around the corner or the local cheese maker. All these things serve a triple purpose: they are unique and pop with a wow SocialLifeMagazine.com
factor; they promote local businesses; and they make for great photos. By the way, neon signs with hashtags are quite a thing. You are an expert, so tell us: Is it gauche for guests to post photos of a wedding before the bride chooses her photos? Well, one of the biggest trends I’ve seen is Instagram hashtags on everything from signs to napkins to balloons to invitations. I think it’s the opposite: party-throwers are begging you to promote them! So that begs the question: Is there anything that’s over the top? Nope! I was at a wedding recently that featured a Bubbly Bus that served four local sparkling wines. If you can think of it, it can actually happen. You may need a little help from Lessing’s, but no request is outside the realm of possibility. Lessing’s Hospitality Group lessings.com
EVENTS LIKE NO OTHER WITH 4PM EVENTS WANT TO WOW YOUR GUESTS? MEET TATIANA By Cecilia Bloom
t’s 4PM. Do you know where your event planner is? If it’s Tatiana Byron Marx, then she is wherever you are anywhere over the globe, making sure your event is like no other. Tatiana’s roster of clients includes some of the biggest blockbuster names. Known as the “arbiter of great style and entrepreneurial prowess,” Tatiana takes Lionel Richie and Tatiana Byron Marx event planning to the highest level in creativity and quality, with a major splash of “wow” factor. Social Life sat down with Tatiana to discover her secrets to success. What was your big break into the world of celebrity events? I was hired to do a series of events for Roc-A-Fella Records at the Cannes Film Festival. For two weeks, I produced multiple events for Damon Dash and Jay-Z that were co-hosted by celebrities like Penelope Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Those high-profile parties introduced me and 4PM Events to some of the biggest names in the industry and helped legitimize my fledgling brand. What would you say was the most out-of-the-box event you’ve planned? The most incredible event was a dinner party at Versailles. We transported our guests back to the 17th century at the height of Louis XIV’s extravagance, influence, and power. If you’re going to
go big, Versailles is your place! Guests arrived by horse and carriage and were greeted at the entrance of the palace by acrobats, fire eaters, and a slew of circus performers. After cocktails in Versailles’ remarkable gardens, we escorted our guests into the Hall of Mirrors, where we had designed and built a 220-foot long rectangular table. If you stood at the head of the table, it looked endless! We hired actors and musicians to wear period costumes and created parties within a party throughout the course of the evening, which ended with breathtaking fireworks . . . and a ton of clean-up. What is the most interesting wedding fantasy you’ve made come alive? A few years ago, we worked with clients who did a three-day buyout of Amanyara Resort in Turks & Caicos. The bride envisioned being married atop the pool overlooking the ocean. We designed and built a translucent structure over the infinity pool to support the canopy and act as an aisle for the bride, groom, and officiant. Framed by the sunset’s reflection on the ocean, the bride and groom looked like they were gliding on water as they walked to the altar. When the guests went inside for cocktails, we transitioned the space into a DJ booth and dance floor. Can you share your number one tip or tool for party planning? Lighting, lighting, and lighting. People underestimate its huge effect on the overall look and feel of a party. 4PM Events 4PMevents.com Social Life
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ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS HEAVEN IN JAMAICA By R. Couri Hay Round Hill Hotel and Villas
HONEYMOON DESTINATION Round Hill Hotel and Villas is one of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious honeymoon destinations. This is where John and Jacqueline Kennedy spent their honeymoon. From its beginning and continuing to today, this resort has been a magnet for celebrities.
THE PINEAPPLE HOUSE Ralph Lauren designed the 36 luxurious ocean-view guest rooms at The Pineapple House, the main hotel at Round Hill, but this was no mere interior design gig; it was a labor of love. “The greenness of Jamaica is gorgeous,” pronounced the designer. “It feels like a paradise. There’s a naturalness and ease of living.” Lauren and his wife, Ricky, own two of the 27 villas on the lush 110-acre property, the only two that are not available for rent.
ULTIMATE HOSPITALITY You can fly to Montego Bay from LGA, JFK, and Newark airports, including some non-stop flights. Round Hill has its own concierge at Montego Bay’s airport, ready to assist you and arrange private transportation to the resort, about 20 minutes away.
PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE In March 2017, Prince Harry brought along his then girlfriend, Meghan Markle, for the wedding of his best friend and
former wingman, Tom “Skippy” Inskip. They stayed at Cottage 16, where the author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, once stayed. The glamorous, ultra-private villa has six bedrooms, two pools, and stunning views of the Caribbean, with décor by Ralph Lauren. All the villas come fully staffed with a designated chef, housekeeper, and gardener. You really don’t have to lift a finger at this resort, except to raise a flute of champagne to your lips.
COTTAGE 15 For the perfect honeymoon setting, I highly recommend Cottage 15, perched high on a hill with views of both Round Hill Bay and Montego Bay. This charming, secluded villa boasts three en-suite bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and expansive terraces with breathtaking views. We had our own large pool set in a lush green garden, plus a smaller plunge pool off one bedroom. Our villa included a daily New York Times, full use of the fitness center with instructor, non-motorized water sports, and a shuttle to the Tryall Golf Club.
IN-VILLA DINING While there are several dining options, the cook in your villa will pamper you. You literally do not need to leave your villa. You can eat all your meals there, in total privacy. On Mondays, the longtime general manager Josef Forstmayr hosts beach barbeque Social Life
parties. This tradition continues in signature Round Hill luxury style. This means tables with red tablecloths, candles, and fine silverware are set on the beach and buffet tables with various cuisines are placed under trees.
THE GRILL The Grill is Round Hill’s rooftop dining spot, where you can enjoy the balmy ocean breezes while taking in the panoramic views. The food here is modern Caribbean, much of it locally sourced, including snapper, grouper, and lobster straight from the sea. Ingredients are organic and sustainably grown. The menu here highlights the clean Caribbean cuisine prepared by the James Beard Award-winning chef Martin Maginley.
BAREFOOT ELEGANCE The stone terrace overlooking the sea serves lunch as well as themed meals, including a Caribbean curry night on Wednesdays and authentic Jamaican food on Fridays. There are also terrific vegetarian options. Desserts are homemade, SocialLifeMagazine.com
and there’s a flambé station with Jamaican rum. Tip: the à la carte menu is always available, so if the day’s cuisine is not to your taste, you won’t go hungry. The draw here is informal for lunch and dinner, but with elegant touches like candlelight and tablecloths. “Barefoot elegance” best describes the ambience.
TEA TIME Round Hill’s ultimate experience is daily tea time at 4 p.m. in the lounge, perfect for a break from the sun. The traditional tea fare includes perfect cucumber sandwiches, pastries, and fresh fruits. Check out the black-and-white photographs of famous guests from the past dotting the walls of the Round Hill’s cocktail bar, the perfect place for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, with sunset views and a musician tickling the ivories. Heaven.
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BERLIN, GERMANY EUROPE’S EDGIEST CITY By R. Couri Hay
R. Couri Hay is the travel editor and society columnist for this magazine. Couri began his career at Andy Warhol’s Interview and he wrote for Town & Country and People. Couri also appears on CNN, PBS, FOX and VH1 commenting on Hollywood. He lives in NYC and Southampton and is the CEO of his own PR firm.
THE RITZ-CARLTON Flying to Berlin from New York takes eight hours, so be sure to find a direct flight with a flatbed to make the time change easier. Waiting for me at the Brandenburg Airport was my new best friend, the driver with my name on an iPad. Twenty minutes later, I pulled up to the Ritz-Carlton Berlin and was met by Ugur, the doorman, who greeted me with, “Welcome to your home in Berlin.” Once inside, I was dazzled by the sweeping, grand marble staircase that leads to an upper floor of reception rooms. “For those who know the difference between a Bentley and a bicycle,” is one of the Ritz-Carlton’s tag lines, and it fits. The 5-star hotel is sumptuous, elegant, and understated. Located in the dynamic Potsdamer Platz Quarter, it’s perfectly situated, overlooking the Tiergarten, the city’s famous park, and close to attractions like the Berlin Wall, Museum Island, other historic landmarks, and shopping.
WHAT’S DOING IN BERLIN The novelist Christopher Isherwood famously wrote about the debauchery of early 1930s Weimar Berlin in his book The Berlin Stories, which was later adapted into the musical Cabaret. I’ve kept a diary of my 2019 visit to Berlin, which I will recount here. While my experiences in this lively city were nowhere near as racy as Isherwood’s, you’ll find that some of that decadent nightlife still exists today. Read on.
DIAL C FOR SCANDAL Berlin has been attracting artists and musicians from the U.S. and around the world for years, and the city is bursting with creative types, like my pal Colette Lumiere, who is better known simply as Colette. A French-born, American multimedia artist, Colette is renowned for her groundbreaking work exploring gender roles in performance art,
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street art, and photography. An artist-in-residence at the Löwenpalais in Berlin for the past three years, Colette knows her way around, and she showed me the city’s cutting-edge venues and important historical sites.
RITZ-CARLTON PENTHOUSE But before hitting the town, I needed a nap and shower. The Ritz’s grandest suite is the 3,100-square-foot penthouse, for $17,000 a night. Mine was a more modest, yet still chic, corner suite complete with a foyer, dressing area with extravagant closet space, and luxurious gold marble bathroom with a heated floor. The generously proportioned living room in shades of green with splashes of deep purple had a comfortable seating area and two expansive windows with sweeping city views. Electronic curtains made it easy to shut out the daylight for a little rest before going out.
THE ART OF COCKTAILS AND PERFUMERY Berlin’s Ritz-Carlton is known for its Curtain Club, a classic, woodlined cocktail lounge hidden away from the bustling city on an upper floor, and The Lounge, renowned for high tea (tea varieties change each season). But without doubt, Fragrances, its bar where cocktails are combined with perfumes, is unique.“The Art of Cocktails and Perfumery” is its motto. SocialLifeMagazine.com
Arnd Henning Heissen, the hotel’s bar manager, has created cocktails that correspond to particular scents. A bar patron gets to whiff samples of 15 different expensive perfumes from Guerlain, Armani, and Bulgari. After the guest reveals the favorite scent, the bartender serves one of 15 signature cocktails that pair with that exact scent. The concept also makes for terrific conversation if you go with friends. There is literally nothing like it.
BRING THE KIDS As swanky as the Ritz-Carlton is, the helpful staff goes to great lengths to welcome even the youngest of travelers. Little ones re-
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ceive special check-in gifts, drawing kits, and pint-sized bathrobes and slippers. Parents will appreciate the fleet of luxury strollers, cribs, and car seats available to guests.
ART GALLERY CRAWL I arrived on a Friday, and we kicked off the evening gallery-hopping and checking out Berlin’s vibrant art scene. First stop was the Konig Galerie to see the work of Jeremy Shaw. One of Berlin’s major galleries, Konig is housed in a former church, a wildly impressive structure dominated by a cathedral-height room, where we saw an avant-garde video piece. Our next stop was the Sprüth Magers gallery, where we saw works by Thomas Demand, and a terrific installation by John Bock. This artist had created a series of African-inspired forms and huts around the triple-height space. Bock himself, covered in tribal tattoos, hovered stories above us, peering down and working on miniature artworks. There were two other exhibitions in the gallery but Bock dominated the night. Berlin is a young town and the galleries were filled with attractive people in sophisticated fashion.
SEVEN STAR GALLERY We continued our gallery expedition at Seven Star Gallery, an edgy spot that is literally half underground. Earlier, there had been an avantgarde musical performance by Bob Rutman at a venue upstairs, and the gallery invited him to play afterward. His instruments, fashioned from string and sheets of tin, made mysterious, eerie sounds that filled the cavernous, candle-lit underground space. The gallery doubles as a bar, and a lively group gathered, talking art, music, and design.
THE KITKAT CLUB We popped across the street to a charming local place, and fortified ourselves with a goulash dinner before hitting the KitKat Club. Cue the aforementioned reference to Berlin’s decadent nightlife: the KitKat is renowned for its techno and trance music, and its, uh, uninhibited party atmosphere. To clarify: guests are permitted to engage in sex acts openly at this venue. And they do, but not me; I’m a voyeur to the core. The KitKat Club opened in 1994 by Austrian pornographic filmmaker Simon Thaur and his partner, Kirsten Kruger. There is a strict dress code: patrons must wear fetish, leather, latex, kinky, or just look glamorous to gain admittance. Pro tip: if you show up in regular clothing, try removing your shirt. This place is named after the Kit Kat Club burlesque theater in Cabaret.
THE BUNKER On Saturday, we hit the Bunker, an art gallery in a former Nazi bunker that has also been home to an S&M club. Founded in 2002 by Christian and Karen Boros, the Bunker showcases their contemporary art holdings, the Boros collection. While searching for the space, the Boroses considered all kinds of abandoned buildings, including schools, hospitals, and even swimming pools, but were so smitten when they found what they call “surely the ugliest building in Berlin” that they moved in. They now reside in a 5,900-square-foot glasswalled apartment above the gallery. You need an appointment to visit the gallery, whose exhibition changes every four years. Among the artists currently on display are Social Life
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Martin Boyce, Andreas Eriksson, Guan Xiao, Pamela Rosenkranz, Avery Singer, and Michel Majerus. The tour, led by an extremely knowledgeable young guide, takes 90 minutes and is definitely worth it. I got to participate in creating a work by sticking black tape from a large pile onto a mural, and later, made an artwork of a knife by stamping a paper with a wood block, an instant memento of Berlin and the Bunker. sammlung-boros.de
THE CLÄRCHENS BALLROOM We were starving by now and went to Clärchens Ballroom for goulash and duck. The Clärchens is an institution in Berlin, where concerts are held. The music ranges widely from Gypsy music to classical, and locals of all ages dance everything from the tango to the cha-cha. Built in 1913, it was rescued from demolition in 2005 by its current owners, who left it artfully faded, complete with chipped paint and cracked mirrors. Definitely check out the pièce de résistance, the mirrored ballroom upstairs. After we left, we took a short walk down Bodestrasse, peering in the windows of a dozen galleries. This is Berlin’s SoHo.
MUSEUM ISLAND I had been looking forward to going to Museum Island, and it did not disappoint. Archaeologically monumental, the island holds five museums with a sixth due to open later in 2019. Some of these buildings that suffered damage in the bombing of Berlin during World War II only re-opened as recently as 2009. The entire complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site. SocialLifeMagazine.com
The most interesting was the Pergamon Museum. Its divisions include an antiquity collection, Middle East museum, and museum of Islamic art. One of Germany’s most popular museums, you’ll find monumental buildings here. Also here are an enormous altar that was likely part of a temple and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, built by King Nebuchadnezzar in 575 BCE. Dedicated to the goddess Ishtar, the gate was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and was reconstructed here in 1930, using original bricks. After immersing ourselves in artifacts from ancient Babylon, we went on to the Neues Museum, where we found more ancient relics, this time from Egypt, including the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti from 1345 BCE. It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt, making Nefertiti one of the most famous women of the ancient world. (And yes, it’s the subject of a longstanding dispute. Egypt wants it back). Across the street from the museum is the huge Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a landmark in Berlin. Hit by bombing during the war, the damaged spire remains, and the ground floor is now a memorial hall.
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE On the way back to my hotel, I stopped at Checkpoint Charlie, the most-trafficked crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. After German reunification, Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction, and is now located in the Allied Museum. We walked a few blocks to see what’s left of the original Berlin Wall. That was pretty grim, but the tales of the ingenious ways that people escaped were impressive. My favorite was the girl who fit into two adjoining suitcases and entered West Berlin via train. Checkpoint Charlie
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SOHO HOUSE BERLIN
Once changed into my de rigueur all-black outfit, we went to SoHo House Berlin, an imposing building that was originally a department store. In 1933, the store’s Jewish owners were pushed out, and the space became the headquarters of the Reich Youth Leadership organization. Today, Soho House members can enjoy various dining options and a rooftop bar, screening room, fitness facility, spa, and pool. It’s also a hotel, offering 65 rooms, 20 apartments, and four spacious lofts. A favorite of celebrities, the legendary Soho House discretion applies in Berlin: lips (and camera phones) are sealed while on the premises. The club floors are warm and cozy, and we shared a roast chicken, French fries, and a bottle of Dom Ruinart.
On Sunday, we went to the heartbreaking Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, better known as the Holocaust Memorial. This monumental and gut-wrenching installation consists of more than 2,700 concrete slabs laid in a grid pattern on a sloping field. As you walk among the slabs resembling coffins, you feel immersed in a maze, a forest of stone. It is a profoundly moving experience. The memorial opened on May 10, 2005, 60 years after the end of WW II. An underground Place of Information, bears the names of 3 million Holocaust victims.
BERGHAIN, THE WORLD’S TOP CLUB Once the clock struck 2 a.m., we headed to Berghain, the top nightclub in the world, with a brutal door policy. Getting in was as hard as trying to get into Studio 54 and The Saint at the pinacle of their fame. But Colette’s glamorous friend Sasha, in a black velvet opera cape, walked us past two thousand freezing people who were waiting patiently to get in, right to the sternest, most difficult doorman on the planet, and, voila, we were in. This is no exaggeration: This dance club is the most exclusive in the world and the skinhead door gods aren’t even bribable. The Telegraph even assigned a reporter to write about the experience of trying to get in. Not the club itself, just getting in. (The reporter didn’t make the grade after waiting ages in the cold. When the door crew told him he couldn’t go in, he asked why, and they said, “Because we decided”).
CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE The fabulously lavish Charlottenburg Palace is worth a visit. Dating from the 17th century, its baroque and rococo interiors are stunning, as are its formal gardens. The largest palace in Berlin, it suffered damage during the war, but has been restored and is one of the city’s top attractions.
SANSSOUCI PALACE If you have an afternoon free, take a 45-minute drive to see Sanssouci Palace, the summer home of Frederick the Great, built in 1745. Its beauty makes it the German rival of Versailles. The palace, with its extensive gardens, was located well outside the city as a respite to the royal pomp, a place where the king could relax in private.
BERLINISCHER GALERIE Not all of the museums are closed on Mondays, but it’s best to check ahead so you won’t be disappointed. Colette took me to the Martin Gropius Bau, a museum of contemporary art in a Social Life
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The artist Colette with her work @ Lowen Palais
historic building, to see the Ming Wong exhibition. Later, we checked out the Berlinischer Galerie, which also shows contemporary art in a spectacular, modern building. Berlin art spaces surprise you with their variety of styles, from small and intimate to gargantuan galleries that house both oversize works and those suspended overhead. This place has an elaborate floating double staircase that’s a work of art in itself.
BRANDENBURG GATE & REICHSTAG BUILDING Be sure to have your concierge book you a visit to the Reichstag, Berlin’s parliament, to see the Norman Foster-designed dome. This glass space reminded me of the Guggenheim because of its spiral walkway, which, in Berlin, overlooks the city’s skyline and monuments. The building was heavily damaged during World War II, and was closed off by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War years. The artists Christo and Jean-Claude wrapped the Reichstag in 1995, before reconstruction began, drawing millions of visitors. Nearby is the Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most important sites, and a must-see. Built in 1791 by the Prussian King Frederick William II, the Brandenburg Gate has throughout its history been home to historical events in Germany, and became a symbol of the post-war divided Germany when the gate was closed off by the Berlin Wall. Later, the gate became a symbol of the country’s reunification, in 1990.
THE PARIS BAR, CAFÉ EINSTEIN One of the city’s artsy hot spots, this cozy boîte is as trendy as it SocialLifeMagazine.com
looks, from the neon sign outside to the art and mural-splashed interior. A hub for art, music, and film, the Paris has attracted stars like David Bowie, Madonna, and Iggy Pop over the years. Try the lamb chops or the bouillabaisse. Another landmark is Café Einstein, one of the most beloved coffee houses in Berlin, housed in a building that miraculously survived the bombing that leveled the surrounding area. The food is great, and the strudel is out of this world.
THE LÖWENPALAIS, STARKE FOUNDATION EXHIBITIONS The Löwenpalais, a magnificent manor house built for the royal sommelier in 1903, has a storied history, and in 1930 was divided into flats for well-known actors and scientists of the era. Flash forward to 1987, when Jörg Peter Starke inherited the estate. He founded the Starke Foundation and invited artists to use the apartments as studios. The foundation began mounting exhibitions, and the Löwenpalais quickly became a popular venue for art lovers. My friend and Berlin tour guide, Colette, has had an artist residency here for the past several years. In her art-strewn studio, she has created one of her famous boudoir interiors. This magical space, draped in pale pink fabrics and tulle, houses sculpture and paintings, including new works based on her recent safari in Africa. See her website to make an appointment for a visit to her studio. colettetheartist.com
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PRAGUE THE CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES By Anthony Giampetruzzi Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa
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ew cities can boast an objective comparison to Paris, the grand dame of Europe. Buenos Aires tries to get away with it. Quebec City, a true Canadian jewel, indeed passes the straight-face test . . . albeit on a miniscule scale. But, when it comes to having a true Old World experience, one steeped in authenticity, history, and luxury, nothing comes close to Prague. The City of a Hundred Spires is among a handful of European cities that weren’t all but destroyed during World War II, or eviscerated by subsequent years of neglect. To the contrary, Prague, and much of the Czech Republic, has retained its grandeur and continues to age gracefully and has now enjoyed 30 years of democracy. While there is no short list when it comes to Prague, there are some must-sees. The Charles Bridge. Perhaps one of the most photographed sites in Europe, this pedestrian bridge over the Vltava River is notable for its sensational views of the city, its collection of somber statues of Catholic saints, and as the primo spot for wedding photos.
The Jewish Quarter. Prepare to be overwhelmed. This neighborhood survived the Nazi occupation during World War II and today serves as a stark reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. The Prague Castle. Serving as an enormous sentry over the city, this ninth-century complex and its environs encapsulate hundreds of years of rich history. Look for the giant stained glass window of the country’s patron saint, St. Wenceslaus, designed by Alphone Mucha in the St. Vitus Cathedral. Mucha, an Art Nouveau master, may as well be the city’s patron saint. Speaking of Mucha, brush up on your Art Nouveau history – each turn of every corner reveals a restored edifice, statue, or other flourish of this style. It’s just one — but important — element of what makes Prague unique. With its growing popularity, Prague has done exceptionally well in its offerings for the luxury traveler. At the top of a short list is the remarkable Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa. Situated in Prague’s Lesser Town, just below the Prague Castle and literally next door to the U.S. Embassy, the Alchymist, while in walking distance of
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anything of note, is tucked away. This is important, mainly because since Prague has become popular, Old Town and commercial areas can be quite congested. Here, you’ll find some much-needed peace and quiet after your explorations. For those who prefer grand over boutique, the Alchymist wows. Housed in a structure more than 500 years old, this true five-star exudes a beautiful baroque style and a refined ambience. While the hotel is, by most measures, aged, it in no way feels old. On site, Aquarius Restaurant spoils guests with local cuisine (think duck and other game), homemade Italian pasta, and exquisite wines. Ecsotica Spa, located in the ancient cellar, offers perfect relaxation after a day on your feet. The rooms are everything you’d expect from a grand European hotel. Spacious, with dramatic vertical and horizontal orientations, these are places to spread out. Modern amenities abound, yet the Alchymist has taken special care to remind guests that this building is a piece of history. Drapes and bedding are heavy. There is gilt galore. And the bathrooms feature the exquisite exposed plumbing of a bygone era. In town for nuptials or just want as much room as possible to feather the nest? Go all in with the 900-square-foot Alchymist Suite. This one-bedroom stunner features remarkable Gothic ceilings throughout, a four-poster king-size bed, and an Italian balcony SocialLifeMagazine.com
with pleasant views of an inner courtyard. However, the main feature of this suite is the uniquely enormous marble bathroom with a centrally placed bathtub, separate shower, and luxury amenities. Prague is regarded as one of Europe’s most charming, colorful, and beautiful cities. Hotels such the Alchymist are in no small way contributing to the magic. Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa alchymisthotel.com
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AWASI IGUAZÚ FALL INTO LUXURY ADVENTURE By Anthony Giampetruzzi
henever you venture deep into the natural world, you expect some element of roughing it. It simply comes with the territory. Truth be told, a little coarseness translates to an authenticity that better grounds you in your milieu anyway. You can expect some of this type of wildness at the intersection of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Those in the know are familiar with the region, and its raison d’etre, the sensational Iguazú Falls. Let’s just stop right here for a second. The Iguazú Falls, an exquisite environmental marvel of 275 individual drops, has inspired awe among tourists and indigenous inhabitants. It’s a sight of unfathomable beauty. With the distinction of being the world’s largest waterfall system, it is arguably grand by nearly every measure. Just exploring the various angles of the falls, which involves treks through lush rainforests, is worth the trip. This area is manna for bird watchers, and there is an abundance of wildlife to behold. If you’re lucky, you’ll get close to a toucan or spot a jaguar from afar. And then there are the flutters of butterflies. A highlight of any trip to the region is seeing thousands of these magnificent blue, yellow, and white creatures. Set your iPhone to slow-mo to capture a video that will make your friends beyond envious. Most people who visit the area can enjoy these attractions regardless of where they stay, but for the luxury adventurer, one op-
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tion elevates the experience to something out of a storybook. Awasi Iguazú, a Relais & Chateaux property in Argentina’s Misiones Province, is the epitome of simple luxury — it’s anything but rough. Located only 20 minutes from the falls, the new compound of 14 villas and a lodge is situated on the banks of the Iguazú River. The property is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest, and the resort staff is totally committed to immersing guests in extreme comfort. Getting here is relatively simple. It’s a short and picturesque flight from a nearby hub, most often Buenos Aires. Expect to be met at the airport by a personal guide who handles every detail of your visit for the duration of your trip. All guides are required to have an intimate knowledge of the area as well as the ecological and anthropological aspects that make it unique. After a short drive to the lodge, during which you receive an introduction to the region and a preview of the excursions available during your stay, you arrive at the breathtaking collection of structures that make up Awasi. The central building is the massive open-air lodge that provides plenty of room for lounging, eating, and even shopping. It’s usual for Awasi to invite local indigenous artisans to show their jewelry, carved pieces, and other art. These artists’ works also decorate the lodge and villas. Upon arrival, you will enjoy your first foray into an epicurean adventure unlike any other. While relishing a lunch or late Social Life
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afternoon snack, you look around and realize that you’ve left the rest of the world behind. Surrounded by rainforest and its magical sounds, you will feel transported to a different realm. Next up: an overview of your private villa. While the ambient sounds of the rainforest remind you that you’re indeed isolated and smack in the jungle, the villa provides a safe and civilized oasis. The villas are spotless, well appointed, and environmentally appropriate. The open-concept villas are spacious. A villa’s living room area contains an overstuffed couch and chairs; its sleeping area has a dreamy bed dressed in sumptuous linens. The villas are decorated with plenty of indigenous art to admire. A separate bathroom features everything you’d expect from a five-star property, including exceptional bath amenities. The pièce d’résistance is the private deck and plunge pool where you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature without seeing or hearing other guests. Throughout your stay, the staff is attentive and intuitive. Don’t be surprised to return from dinner to find your villa glowing with candles, a bottle of wine on a table, and exotic petals scattered across your bed. Eventually, you’ll want to get some sleep because your days will be full of adventure. Curated excursions, which you carefully plan with your private guide, are at the heart of the Awasi experience. The Misiones Province is a melting pot of contrasts and diversity. The area is rich in SocialLifeMagazine.com
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history, archeology, anthropology, and nature, and your guide will perfectly align excursions with your interests. Our guide, Carlos, was just as passionate about our experience as he was about the land and people of his region . . . it made all the difference. It’s typical to spend two or more days exploring the falls. However, an abundance of other excursions away from the falls, including boat trips, hikes, and archeological explorations can keep you well occupied. Expect to have an appetite by day’s end. The cuisine can only be described as unrivaled. From the experimentation that goes into crafting meals from locally sourced flora and fauna to mindblowing presentation, the arrival of each dish is a new culinary adventure. The chef Aarón Castillo Tellería, his staff, and bartenders are up to any challenge, and they were adroit at handling oddball requests and diet restrictions. In all, it doesn’t take the crew long to catch on to any individual peccadilloes, and their intuition grows as the days go on . . . in short, the staff is on their game. With luxury adventure growing in popularity across South America, sorting through options can take some time. Or not. Relais & Chateaux has an impeccable reputation and choosing from its growing portfolio of Awasi properties in South America can significantly reduce the time you spend on vacation decision-making. awasiiguazu.com relaischateaux.com Social Life
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TURKS AND CAICOS VILLAS EXTREME COMFORT AND EXTREME PRIVACY By Jacob Puck Wymara Resort & Villas
ore and more, travelers to the Atlantic’s most exclusive islands are discovering that Turks and Caicos is the premier luxury destination for privacy. While the small British territory just southeast of the Bahamas consists of 40 different islands, only eight are inhabited, and of these, visitors have their choice of exquisite resorts and smaller boutique properties. Increasingly, villas are available for something a little more special. Nowadays, the discriminating traveler who seeks extreme comfort also desires extreme privacy. Yes, there are exceptional resorts across the region, but what could be more intimate than your own villa. “Turks and Caicos villas are the perfect way to enjoy a private, convenient and luxurious holiday on our islands,” says Pamela Ewing, the regional marketing manager for the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. “In fact, there’s truly something for everyone, with a wide range of villas and beach rentals that feature everything from panoramic views of our pristine waters to magical sunsets and, in most cases, both!” Turks and Caicos villa rentals range in size from two to six or more bedrooms, which ensures a lot of flexibility when planning a romantic getaway for two or a jaunt for the entire family. A selection of villas within close proximity to a number of amenities is a perfect option when hosting or attending a wedding or other special event. “Most Turks and Caicos villas offer amenities such as private SocialLifeMagazine.com
pools, hot tubs, large outdoor living areas, and secluded beaches as well as top-of-the-line furnishings and appliances and conveniences,” says Ewing. “They are all designed with your wants and needs in mind.” For instance, gourmet kitchens are typically available, making it possible to hire an on-island private chef, something that is easily arranged. With no shortage of styles and sizes to choose from, Ewing says there is something for every taste and every size family. “Many of the villas are even perfect for entertaining, with all sorts of techy amenities to keep you and your family and friends as connected to the outside world as you wish,” says Ewing. From marvelous oceanfront homes that offer unforgettable views of shimmering turquoise waters to beautiful natural gardens — or both — Turks villas can fulfill every preference. “What’s more, Turks and Caicos rental-management firms can take care of your every need, from airport transfers and local ground transportation to stocking your kitchen with just what you need even before you arrive to daily cleaning services,” says Ewing. “A rental of a villa is an ideal way for a family or group to spend quality time on a vacation in paradise . . . and just let go!” Check out turksandcaicostourism.com for a full slate of available properties and discover the most ideal way for a family or group to spend quality time in paradise.
A SOUTH FORK IN THE ROAD SOCIAL LIFE WINES, DINES, AND SLUMBERS IN EAST HAMPTON AND BEYOND By Karen Holly Berliner The Mill House Inn
he eastward approach to Main Street in East Hampton begins with the picturesque Town Pond and an assortment of historical inns, each with its own patina of elegance. Boutiques, top notch restaurants, and a landmark windmill or two add vibrancy. Continue on Main Street for about a mile, then bear left onto North Main and you’ll arrive at the Mill House Inn. This boutique destination inn is open year round. Enter and be immediately engaged by the welcoming staff who are poised to pamper you. The inn has 10 rooms and suites, each beautifully, yet individually designed. Some include a fireplace. Prepare to soak in a claw-footed tub and listen to the faint occasional sound of a train passing through, indeed an unexpected retro lullaby. Mornings here are about breakfast, as the menu offers a variety of tasty and inventive choices. A signature dish is blueberry pancakes, fluffy and dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon. The coffees and teas are offered with great pride and expertise. You can enjoy anything from an English Breakfast tea to an extra strong and rich cup of Death Wish coffee, brewed in a way that is unique to the inn.
The Mill House Inn’s ’Nack bar is chock-full of complimentary treats: Cheeses, charcuterie, popcorn, chips, humus, ice-cream, and homemade cookies are just some of the snacks available to guests. Another sublime lodging spot in East Hampton is The Baker House. Dating back to the earliest settlers of the Village of East Hampton, this makes for a particularly charming locale seasoned with hundreds of years of history. But no worries — this boutique hotel is stocked to the brim with the luxe and contemporary enhancements you desire. Amenities include flatscreen TVs, Bose stereos with iPod docks, minibars, and Wi-Fi, L’Occitane toiletries and Frette towels and robes, twoperson Jacuzzi tubs and antique claw-footed tubs. Most bedrooms have warm and cozy wood-burning fireplaces. The inn has a luxurious living room with a large fireplace, a great place for socializing. There is also a fireplace in the dining room, and a well-stocked library lends books, magazines, and DVDs. Enjoy a full breakfast each morning, either in the charming breakfast room with wooden beams or outside in the pretty English garden. Feel like sleeping in? Continental breakfast Social Life
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can be had in your room, delivered with your choice of morning paper. Near the garden is an infinity-edge swimming pool surrounded by teak chaise lounges. Drinks are served from a well-stocked bar, including a selection of wines by the glass, bottle, and half-bottle. The onsite Baker Spa has a Jacuzzi, steam shower, and sauna and offers everything from facials to a variety of massages. Guests receive passes to an in-town gym. They also receive a parking permit for the East Hampton Village ocean beach, beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas. The Baker Carriage House, located directly behind the main house, is an additional sprawling lodging space. For a special treat in casual dining, Smokin’ Wolf BBQ serves up fabulous Southwest-style barbeque dishes with all of the fixings. This casual spot features such mouthwatering goodies as BBQ pulled duck with sautéed mushrooms and Asian sauce or for a more American classic choice, smoked BBQ ribs or half of an all-natural BBQ chicken. For a big appetite, the combination BBQ meat platter with two sides and corn bread is perfect. The platter includes pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage, pulled chicken, turkey, a quarter-sized SocialLifeMagazine.com
chicken and makes for a feast. Craving a sweet? Have some more homemade cornbread or maybe a scoop of ice cream to go. Smokin’ Wolf also offers complete catering services. Indian Wells Tavern features American menus created by its executive chef, Chris Eggert, including lunch like California BLT served with crisp bacon, sliced avocado, ripe tomatoes, lettuce, and basil aioli on toasted ciabatta bread with tavern fries, or a prime rib sandwich served on toasted garlic bread with melted provolone cheese, grilled onions, and horseradish sauce. The dinner menu includes selections like fresh mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, butter and a touch of cream and mustard, and onion soup au gratin with loads of sweet onions in a rich broth with a toasted sourdough crouton and melted Swiss cheese. Fish & chips — fried cod fish served with tartar sauce, lemon and Tavern fries — is a signature hit. Dessert selections include a scrumptious banana taco: a crisp tortilla cup filled with vanilla bean ice-cream, caramelized sliced banana, pecan brittle, and whipped cream. Slam dunk. For a more formal dining option, choose The Palm restaurant at The Huntting Inn, another historic landmark nestled in
the heart of Main Street. Here you are greeted by the tempting aromas of top-quality fare in the making as well as friendly staff, eager to please and make your experience special and completely custom. Lobster bisque made with fresh lobster meat, cream, and sherry bathes the palate with sweet velvety richness while the sweet and juicy baked clams conjure authentic Italian cooking. A hearty portion of crab legs pair beautifully with chilled Chardonnay. Filet mignon or prime New York strip is offered in two sizes. Pair your steak with a half lobster grilled to perfection, and treat yourself to a classic
surf-and-turf meal. Afterward, enjoy a cocktail or two at the bar before you retire for the night. Another sublime experience awaits at Il Mulino, which reopened for its second season in the Hamptons (in Wainscott). The restaurant debuts outdoor dining this time around and is known for its authentic Abruzzo-inspired cuisine. This Il Mulino design likens to a charming villa, and it overlooks Georgica Pond. Interior accents reflect its seaside locale, with light and airy elements and natural materials. An entrance bar area opens to four separate dining spaces, including one with a
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large fireplace and one in an enclosed porch with a view of the pond. Here you’ll find an extensive wine list, signature cocktails, and impeccable service. The menu offers Mediterranean and signature Italian dishes such as cavatelli rapini salsiccia and chicken scarpariello. Influenced by the Hamptons vibe, a new menu item this year is vongole locali with a choice of clams on the half shell, oreganata, posillipo, or casino. Cocktails named after East End landmarks are featured as well. New York City’s acclaimed Japanese omakase and kaiseki restaurant Shuko returns to East Hampton as a pop-up inside Highway Restaurant & Bar. Omakase and al la carte offerings are available in the dining room and on the outdoor patio. Helmed by chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau (aka Sushi Jimmy), Shuko Beach offers a 15-piece, seasonal omakase main meal and granita for dessert — a choice worth making. A selection of hand rolls, as well as Shuko’s famous house-made milk bread with caviar Russe and uni promises to be a favorite. SOTO sake, wines, and champagne specials, along with signature cocktails like the matcha lada (white rum, matcha tea, coconut milk, and agave) provide ample pairings. Also noteworthy is that Shuko Beach offers items to-go via UberEats. Can you beat that? For Mexican-food cravings, the team behind Nick & Toni’s, La Fondita, Towline BBQ, Rowdy Hall, and Honest Catering have opened Coche Comedor Amagansett in the space once known as the Honest Diner, adjacent to La Fondita. This year-round restaurant features regional Mexican cuisine inspired by local products, using a wood-burning grill and rotisserie, all paired delightfully with house made tortillas. SocialLifeMagazine.com
An extensive menu here offers diverse and tasty choices. The lively bar serves a great selection of tequilas and mezcals, with an emphasis on margaritas. For wine fans, there will be sangria on tap, rotating with the seasons — red, white, or rosé. Inventive, creative and a smash hit! The Lobster Roll in Amagansett is a great choice for on-thefly dining and lingering. Start with the signature buttery lobster roll and iced cold beer. If a chill is in the air, perhaps the homemade Manhattan seafood chowder loaded to the brim with clams, shrimp, scallops, and cod will hit the spot. Worth noting, the Lobster Roll’s co-owner Andrea Anthony has her own cooking show, Eat, Drink, and Bake with Andrea. Her show airs the third week in June on Optimum Altice, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and YouTube. Andrea was discovered through her cookbook and her longstanding restaurant on the Napeague stretch, lovingly nicknamed “Lunch.” Andrea shops at Citarella, IGA in Amagansett, Red Horse Market, and Stuart’s Seafood Market for all of her ingredients, keeping things locally sourced. We extend a grateful nod to her for sharing her secrets beyond the Lobster Roll. While Bostwick’s will remain and continue serving lunch and dinner, its owners, Kevin Boles and Chris Eggert, have planned a seafood-centric menu at Bostwick’s on the Harbor. Look for raw bar selections, inventive appetizers such as mussels and ale, and burrata and peach salad, steamed lobsters, lobster roll, crab cakes, and more. A selection of wines by the glass and the bottle will be offered as well as a creative cocktail menu and beers on draft. Cheers!
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1. First and foremost, use farm fresh fruits and other muddled ingredients such as herbs to give the drink dimension and complexity. And don’t forget to hang onto some fruit slices or herb sprigs for garnish. 2. Kill it with the cubes! You can easily find ice cube trays that represent fun shapes, fill them with colorful juices, or even add pieces of fruit or edible flowers. Plan ahead for this. 3. If just a teensy bit of alcohol is fine with your guests, consider bitters which is potent combo of liquid herbs. These days, they are the essence of “craft” and are often locally made. Have a couple varieties on hand. Of course, the best advice is to lean into the types of ingredients that truly refresh, and, for me, there’s nothing like watermelon. It’s a perfect summer staple that’s available for the entire season, always easy, and incredibly refreshing. WATERMELON SPRITZERS Ingredients: 2-½ pounds fresh watermelon, cut into cubes, 3 lemons, juiced, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 cups seltzer, Mint leaves Instructions: Place the watermelon, lemon juice and honey into a blender. Mix until it becomes a smooth liquid. Strain the mixture into a large bowl, pressing the juice out of any seeds or pulp that remains in the strainer. Pour the juice into a pitcher then add your choice of seltzer and lemon. Serve over craft ice of your choice with a watermelon wedge garnish.
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SUMMER 2019 LITTLE BLACK BOOK By Lillian Langtry
ach summer among the throng of visitors and residents who mingle in the Hamptons are the personalities you need to meet who help make the Hamptons the special place it is and bring something unique to it.
MARIA VAN VLODROP
ARTS PATRON & PHILANTHROPIST
FOUNDER & CEO, MVVO ART (CREATOR OF AD ART SHOW)
Maria Fishel and her husband and company CEO, Kenneth Fishel, run Renaissance Properties, a family-run New York-based real estate organization. This luxury real estate agency has distinguished itself as one of New York’s premier family-owned real estate firms for over a half a century. Maria is a prominent socialite, arts patron, and philanthropist who works to positively impact the lives of others. Maria and Kenneth are dedicated to charitable giving through numerous arts, animal rights, health-related, and civic-improvement causes. Since 2009, the Fishels have been strong supporters of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, where they have been instrumental in raising funds to help minimize and eradicate the effects of cancer. renaissancepropertiesny.com
Maria van Vlodrop has built businesses and brands in the U.S. and Europe. She blends blue-chip marketing expertise with cutting-edge technology experience, and entrepreneurial flair and has a successful track record of working with creative talents worldwide. She founded MvVO ART to create opportunities for emerging artists to gain exposure to art professionals, collectors, and the general public. She recently championed artists working in advertising/design with AD ART SHOW, which just finished a successful show on the monumental digital screens at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center last month and all over New York via LinkNYC during Frieze Art Week. mvvoart.com
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The lifestyle and entertaining expert Pamela Morgan is the founder and CEO of Flirting with Flavors, a special events and culinary company serving both New York City and the Hamptons. She has planned and produced events for non-profit charity galas, private gatherings, and exclusive events, and is known for her one-of-a-kind private parties, wedding celebrations, and special events for loyal clientele and their distinguished guests. Her undisputed eye for design brings to life the vivid ideas she presents to her clients. Pamela has also performed in her own successful one-woman cabaret shows. flirtingwithflavors.com
Named a New York super lawyer in consecutive years from 2011 through 2019, Randy Zelin has over 30 years of experience defending celebrities, business executives, and corporate clients in both state and federal courts across the United States. Randy is most proud of his many cases that never come to light because the problem is solved before charges are filed, the high-profile client’s problems get no publicity, and the client never sees the inside of a courtroom. He is a highly sought-after legal analyst for CNN, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg, and Dan Abrams’ Law & Crime Network. randyzelinlaw.com Social Life
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TAKE MY HAND Travis Guenther, who has worked with Celine Dion, Pink, and Gloria Estefan, is a founding member of Jullian Records. Travis is launching Take My Hand, a new division focused on management and producing musical artists. His first acts are Vocally Aligned and the singing duo Monica and Nick.
VOCALLY ALIGNED Singers Ashley Ryan, Nicholas Leigh, Pedro Coppeti, and Nazarria Workman make up Vocally Aligned, a group performing jazz and cabaret classics. They will debut at 54 Below on June 18 and then open a residency at the Algonquin Hotel, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary at the end of June. “The four of them together are amazing,” says Travis. 54below.com
MONICA & NICK Classical musicians and singers Monica Lu and Nicholas Simpson met while performing on a cruise ship. Nick is a tenor and Monica sings and plays piano. They work across genres, mixing Broadway, the American songbook, opera, and classical songs. “I always find the musical conversations I have with Monica to be entertaining,” says Nick. “Nicholas and I have this amazing chemistry,” said Monica. Travis is helping the duo to bridge the gap between land and sea by booking them in NYC.
THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY David Datuna’s artwork Portrait of America, a 12-foot American flag, was the first public installation to incorporate Google Glass, and it was a sensation when it was shown at the Smithsonian Institution. “It was their biggest show in the last 36 years,” Datuna says. In the piece, he layered of 2,000 eyeglass lenses across portraits of the country’s greatest innovators. Using Google Glass, viewers see video as they hear audio clips of important moments in American history. “I connected together art and lifelike technology through Google Glass,” says the artist who immigrated to the U.S. from Soviet Georgia.
FLAG MAN Much of Datuna’s work involves flags and eyeglass lenses. People call him “flag man.” “Flags, for me, are living organisms. It’s not just the banner of the country; it’s a living organism, because, we all together make the living organism.” The lenses, he says, became his medium because he worked for many years in an optical store. “It’s like our view. It could be positive or negative; it’s all different perspective.”
Travis’s Christmas show at the Algonquin was a hit, so they asked him to explore the American songbook with both acts. “I wanted to take Broadway to a more accessible level than a show where the tickets are priced so high that nobody can go. If you love the American songbook, you can see both acts in NYC this summer, at a price you can afford,” says Travis.
In June, Datuna, created a 12-hour Happening in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park. The artist unveiled a two-part installation of a perfect circle, representing the ancient symbol of eternity and a skull representing life titled Cloning Eternity. This is on display, along with other new work, at Datuna’ s new gallery/studio in Long Island City at 43-05 Vernon Boulevard. Everyone is invited to drop in and meet the artist.
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