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2 \ September 2022 \ Spotlight Contents Vol. 1, No. 4 Spotlight SEPTEMBER 2022 ON THE HAMPTONS 32 6 CONTRIBUTORS We’ve got a new Spotter on the Spotlight team. Welcome her and all our in-the-know columnists. 7 EDITOR’S LETTER Time flies when you’re having fun. Editor-in-chief Sydney Sadick muses on this year’s whirlwind. 10 HOT IN HAMPTONSTHE Your guide to what’s trending now in food, nightlife, and fun! 16 SPOTTED See who was seen at various events around town, including those given by American Express Business Platinum, Pinko, Peserico, Nordstrom, and others. 22 KEEPING THE DATING MOMENTUM GOING Expert Lindsey Metselaar tells us why right now is the best time to find your perfect match! 24 SMOKING-HOTSCENEMAKERS

Photographer Sophie Elgort presents four ways to snap the best possible shot.

Entertaining maven Stephanie Nass offers her best advice for transitioning into a festive new season. THE PERFECT FAMILY PORTRAIT



Spotlight \ September 2022 \ 3 36 31 PODCAST PICKS Wondering what beauty trends to follow as the seasons change? These shows will illuminate all. 32 SHOP NEUTRALS These updated fall classics burn bright in warm beiges and earth tones. Check out new designer boots, jeans, blazers, and more! 34 A SHINING STAR Model and entrepreneur Pritika Swarup has a beauty brand of her own. Meet Prakti Beauty! 36 IT’S AN ISAAC BOOTS WORLD We’re just working out in it! The fitness star and Torch’d founder has a way of touching simply everyone, online and IRL. See what makes him run. 40 DE BEERS’ BUTTERFLY EFFECT Learn all about the brand’s stunning new Portraits of Nature collection. 41 THE PARTY PLANNING MASTER Ilysa Steinberg is known for her fab food, amazing décor, and incredible activations. Here’s how she does it! 42 BACK TO THE CITY? We got you covered with the best in special events and services returning this fall. 44 NEXTGEN STYLISTS Celebrity stylist duo Danielle O’Connell and Alix Gropper are behind the looks of some of today’s hottest names. 45 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CAMERON SILVER





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48 NAME THAT PUP! Guess what famous East End locals these furry cuties—as drawn by NYC-based fashion illustration artist Deanna First—belong to.


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STEPHANIE NASS @CHEFANIENASS Stephanie Nass is the founder of Chefanie, as well as a caterer, culinary influencer, entertaining expert, and designer. Her eye-catching designs have been featured on the Today show, in The New York Times, and more. She’s the ultimate talent to look to for inspiration on bringing people together over food and art.

6 \ September 2022 \ Spotlight COURTESYIMAGESALL Our regular Spotters are back, and we welcome a new contributor to the magazine! THE SPOTTERS Isaac Boots, photographed by Hannah Turner-Harts for Spotlight magazine. Prada polo shirt and shorts. Gucci sneakers. Spotlight on the Hamptons magazine, copyright © 2022. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Printed in USA. ON THE HAMPTONS SYDNEY SADICK Editor in PublisherChief JEFFREY SAKS Art Director AMY KAMIN Staff Writer GABBYYARDANASCARAMUCCIZUELLER Editorial Assistants MORGAN WEBER Editorial Intern HANNAH TURNER-HARTS Cover Photographer MARK GROCHOWSKI Photography Assistant For all editorial and advertising inquires, Spotlight Vol. 1, No. 4 LINDSEY METSELAAR @WEMETATACME

@PETERDAVISNYC Peter Davis was senior editor and a columnist for Paper magazine before becoming features director of The Daily Front Row and then editor in chief of Avenue. He was the founder and editor in chief of Observer Media Group’s Scene magazine. Davis also created 57 Newspaper, and most recently he was editor in chief of L’Officiel before founding Culture Counsel, a marketing and media agency.

Lindsey Metselaar is the host of We Met At Acme, one of the leading sex and dating podcasts in the lifestyle space. In addition to the podcast, she is the CEO of Lindsey’s Lunchbox, a social media food/ restaurant consultancy. Given her passion for she started her own Instagram handle, better known as @DontExpectSalads, where find almost anything but…salads!



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@SOPHIEELGORT Sophie Elgort is a photographer, director, and storyteller based in New York City. Her work has been featured internationally in publications including Vogue Thailand, Teen Vogue, L’Officiel USA, Elle, Rolling Stone, Paper magazine, and The Financial Times. She has also created images and films for brands like De Beers, MercedesBenz, Victoria’s Secret, Alice + Olivia, and Maybelline New York. Elgort is known especially for her portraiture, having worked with celebrities such as Rosario Dawson, Daveed Diggs, Brooke Shields, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Cuba Gooding Jr., and more.

@WHITNEYTINGLE Whitney Tingle is co-founder and coCEO of Sakara Life, best-selling author of the brand’s debut cookbook, Eat Clean Play Dirty, and co-host of The Sakara Life Podcast. As a holistic health coach, nutritionist, and certified yoga teacher, Tingle practices beauty from the inside out and believes in targeting the root cause of health issues to create true vitality.

Spotlight \ September 2022 \ 7 (2)TURNER-HARTSHANNAH Editor’s Letter FUN ummer flies by every year, but this season in particular, it really felt like a whirlwind! There were more parties than ever; more fashion brands opening their doors for the first time; and an energy of fun and celebration that had been missing the past few summers during the pandemic. It truly feels like the Hamptons is at its absolute best! For our Labor Day issue, it was important for me to pick a cover star who brings pure happiness to our pages, and celebrity fitness star Isaac Boots was just the right choice! Isaac is the ultimate cheerleader for women and men in the Hamptons and beyond, helping people reach their fitness goals, but also just bringing a sense of encouragement to day-to-day life. His energy is contagious, and when you get a glimpse of Isaac on his Instagram Live Torch’d workouts or just bump into him around town, there’s a wave of positivity that’s truly special. Make sure to read our exclusive interview on page 36. Also in this issue! See if you made it onto our party pages, recapping some of the best events throughout August. Get the latest from our resident Spotters, plus a fresh face, Whitney Tingle of Sakara Life. We have the best in fall fashion for you, as well as your favorite horoscope and illustration features. Plus, take our quiz to test how well you were paying attention to what was trending this summer! I can’t believe we’ve already printed our four issues of Spotlight for the season!


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S GOES BY WHEN HAVING you so, so much to my incredible advertisers, contributors, staff, cover stars, and everyone else who’s made it possible to bring my vision for this magazine to life. Missing Spotlight already? Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait until next summer to get your hands on our content! We’re expanding to South Florida this winter, so get ready, Palm Beach, and some other areas around there, too! Make sure to keep tagging us with your Isaac cover and follow along @spotlight.hamptons for more updates on where you can get Spotlight this winter.

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Continue to show your colors this fall with these beaded beauties from Dauplaise Jewelry. We’re loving this on-trend necklace and bracelet set, which is made of vintage glass beads, fresh water pearls, and semi-precious beads.

What’s your design aesthetic? My goal is to create spaces that feel authentic and effortlessly curated. I prefer to not follow trends but rather merge a variety of design genres resulting in spaces that have a sense of unexpected cohesiveness. What are your top tips for millennials decorating their new Hamptons home? To be true to what inspires them and to avoid following trends. Your home is an extension of your own personal style! Tell us about your product line with your daughter, Reven! House of NeveRland has been a wonderful way for us to strengthen our bond and challenge each other. I love watching her creativity. The innocent ambition of a 10 year old is such a beautiful thing to experience. Purvi Padia Romaine Gordon

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Established in 1950, Wolford is a high-quality bodywear, legwear, ready-to-wear, and athleisure brand. With a renowned history of creating long-lasting exquisite fabrics and technical innovations, the brand meets the highest environmental and sustainability standards in the textile industry. With the introduction of Wolford’s athleisure line, The W— as well as The W Lab, a division dedicated to exclusive capsule collections with internationally acclaimed designers—Wolford harmoniously bridges aesthetics and values with high-performance pieces. Designed using the same iconic knitting techniques as the mainline Wolford collection, The W is Wolford’s answer to the way women are dressing today. The W collection includes matching sets, technical leggings, separates—including performance outerwear—and, of course, the jumpsuit, an iconic silhouette to the Wolford brand. Styles are executed within the Wolford aesthetic of body-skimming silhouettes perfectly fit to enhance the wearer’s figure. Many styles feature sporty net patterns reminiscent of the brand’s tights offering, and are finished with The W logo waistband.

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Nantucket is such a special place, and the Hamptons reminds me of home in so many ways—the beautiful beaches, farmstands, horses, and the influx of interesting people from around the world. But unlike Nantucket, the East End offers the luxury of being able to get on Route 27 or the LIE and get yourself to pretty much anywhere you want to go. What does the Hamptons real estate market look like after Labor Day? The real estate market typically picks up after Labor Day. I think most people tend to be distracted with all the fun in the sun that summer in the Hamptons brings. There’s just too much going on to focus on real estate. After Labor Day, the inventory increases, and everyone gets a bit more serious. The fall and winter months are typically busier than summertime. What are you most excited for this fall Out East? Fall is magical here on the East End. There’s an energy in the air; it’s hard to put into words, but it’s definitely there. Fall feels like new beginnings and excitement for what the future holds. Summer is behind us, but the wheels are already in motion to start preparing for the next. And who doesn’t love sweater weather?




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Real estate developer Lisa Stone has created her Sag Harbor Dinner party series, “Lisa’s Famous Supper Parties,” which debuted with three events in July and August. The Supper Parties included intimate cooking lessons with hands-on demonstrations, cocktails, and a complimentary recipe book that featured Stone’s favorite summer dishes. When you sit at her table, you learn how to bring together beautiful fresh ingredients while being inspired to cook for family and friends in the natural beauty of your home. For more on Stone and to stay up to date on her fall dinner series in NYC, follow along on Instagram @LisaStone12.

The Bridge Car Show is launching a garden party brunch and classic car exhibition on the grounds of Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. Host Chef Jean-Georges will present farm-to-table style cuisine with ingredients grown on the property’s one-acre farm and locally sourced produce. Guests can expect an extraordinary culinary experience. While the car show itself on September 17th is by invite-only, the brunch is open to the public, with limited tickets available. September 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Check out some of the finest East End decorator talents, including Elsa Soyars, at 120 Edge of Woods Road in Southampton. Runs through September 25 HOT WHEELS!



The 30th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival is marking its 30th year and will celebrate by honoring Emmy Award–winning Law & Order: SVU star and activist Mariska Hargitay with the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award. October 7–16

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria will offer 375 condominium residences, represented exclusively by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Please visit, follow the building’s Instagram @ WaldorfNYC, or call 212-872-1271 for a private appointment at the onsite residential gallery.

Residents within The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria will be greeted 24/7 by an extensive residential and hotel staff who have prepared their future home to perfection, whether the stay is for the season or just for a few days to conduct business. Designed by acclaimed Paris-based designer Jean-Louis Deniot for the global sophisticate and international traveller, the residences feel like the world’s most luxurious hotel suite with all the privacy of home.

After Dark event. Join the Southampton Arts Center and hosts Alexander Hankin, Andrew Warren, Danielle Naftali, and Makenzie Moon Phelan for an evening of dancing and glamour! Tickets available at

TOWNPUMPKINTIME Hank’s Pumpkin Town in Water Mill returns! Enjoy the best fall destination for apple-picking, wagon rides, baked goods, and more. Visit the Corn Shed for the yummy roasted corn, too! Starting September 10 LOOKING AHEAD… Mark your calendars!

Priced from $1.8 million, with accommodating rental terms and built-in management services, a home at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria is without a doubt the world’s most glamorous choice for a pied-à-terre.


Summer might be coming to a close, but the fun is still in full swing!

With a world-renowned reputation for legendary service, the Waldorf Astoria has long been the only choice for jetsetting elite, glamorous celebrities, and world leaders during their stopovers in NYC. And now, as many wealthy global citizens seek out privacy and a high level of service in a residence with a trusted reputation, owning a pied-à-terre in the center of the world’s most exciting city has never been more appealing.

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The Towers residents will have access to 50,000 square feet of private residential amenity spaces, where they can seamlessly hire a trainer in the fitness center overlooking the Starlight Pool, convene important meetings in the Empire Club business suite, or host a gala in the Grand Salon, all with the touch of a button to the residential concierge. Residents can also order a cocktail at one of the four private residential bars with special services from the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York hotel.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is galloping back! This annual weeklong social event, in which top equestrians from around the world compete for more than $1 million in prize money, is the perfect way to close out the summer season.

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Spotlight fam, what a summer it’s been! I’m coming off the heels of multiple weddings, a necessary getaway with my husband, hosting an adult camp, lots of warm family hangs, and much more. There is never, ever enough time in the summer. The silver lining, however, is that now is by far the perfect time to be back in New York City. Many people don’t realize this, but September is actually the best month to date. Let’s break down five reasons why! BY LINDSEY METSELAAR



The weather is amazing! Summer is the ultimate perfect weather month. I’m willing to fight someone on this statement, and I swear I’m not just saying this because I’m a September baby. The humidity has finally dissipated, but sun is still shining, and the city and the Hamptons are very much alive. You may no longer be able to wear white, but that’s fine because everything looks good on you right now (see item # 1).

Everyone is finally staying put. Not gonna lie, it was hard to pin people down this summer. Between all the COVID weddings that finally happened, everyone and their mother going to Italy, traveling for work, and you know, life! Now that September has hit, you can finally take a deep breath and meet up with that Hinge date that you’ve been onoff texting with all summer.

Step Brothers, there is “so much space for activities!” The couples options are endless— apple picking, Storm King, hiking, pumpkin picking, you name it. Don’t forget your matching flannels. So there you have it! Five great reasons why we all should be looking forward to it being fall. Not to mention We Met At Acme also has a ton of fun dating-related events coming up! Head to for more information, and hope to meet you Spotlighters in person soon.


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“Cuffing season” is around the corner. Don’t know what that is? Well, I’m here to tell you! Cuffing season is a period of the year where single people begin looking for partnerships (whether they’re short- or longterm) to pass the colder months. Hot girl summer walked so ice queen winter could run. If it was tough to get someone to commit this summer, prepare to watch them grovel for your affection very soon.

You’re refreshed from the summer. You’ve worked on your tan, you have hopefully gotten some necessary R&R into your system, and it shows. You took some great thirst trap photos, made some new friends, and even convinced your boss you were working when you were on a beach. Lean into how good you feel right now and use it to your advantage.


After a seated dinner, fashion favorite Caroline Vreeland and musical duo Acute Inflections performed for the crowd. We spotted: Sasha and Oli Benz, SNL’s Heidi Gardner, designer Waris Ahluwalia, nightlife guru Tommy Saleh, model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, Hamptonite Jack Brinkley-Cook, and writer Elise Taylor, to name a few. An artist getting attention

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Where to begin! One of the hautest Hamptons soirées happened when Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin took over a private estate in Bridgehampton to throw a weekend of events to celebrate its new Anatomy of Beauty campaign.

Surf Lodge’s Jayma Cardoso hosted a fourcourse dinner on Friday night and the Hamps hipsters were out in full force. “The evening was so well produced,” Cardoso says. “I just walked in and greeted my guests. What a change for me as I’m used to always doing everything at a party myself.” Liev Schreiber, dapper in a navy blue suit, used a magnifying glass to examine VC’s new luxury timepieces.


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It was truly a summer of the best of the best! Here’s who made a splash on the East End this year.

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BY PETER DAVIS Out East is Linjie Deng, whose show “Double Sided” was the buzz at the third-annual Hamptons Fine Art Fair. At 30, Deng, who was born in China and studied traditional Chinese calligraphy at age 6, was the youngest and only Asian artist to be featured at the fair. After getting an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, Deng rented a studio in Manhattan and hasn’t stopped working. “Art saved my life,” he confesses. “If I didn’t have art, I wouldn’t know how to express myself.”

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Versace and Balenciaga. “While the world has come to rely on Chinese products, Western fashion goods have become hot commodities in China. I wanted to build on Speakingthat.”ofstar scene makers, Surf Lodge’s longtime doorman Jonny Lennon is quite the busy guy this summer. A main partner in Soho hot spot Goldbar, Lennon is opening the second Goldbar in Chicago’s trendy Fulton Market by New Year’s, and he just launched his own high-end cannabis brand called Lennon’s Reserve, in California. “Lennon’s Reserve came out of my quest to find amazing marijuana,” he explains. Think of it as the Supreme of cannabis with timed drops and small batches that sell out fast. “I’ve been sourcing weed all over the country, from Florida to Colorado to California, which is the best,” Lennon continues. “The surfers in Santa Cruz live for the plant. I believe this is going to be the biggest industry in the country, and my brand is going to be on top.” When not sourcing and smoking cannabis (“I could live out in the Hamptons and just grow pot,” he says. “I’d be so happy.”), Lennon is Surf Lodge’s gatekeeper, which is no easy task. “Before I go to work, I swim and meditate,” he tells Spotlight. “When you have 600 people staring at you, you have no choice but to giggle and stay calm. It’s challenging, but I’ve been at Surf Lodge for 15 years. I’m used to it.” After he works the door, Lennon avoids the busy streets of trendy Montauk. “I do my job as nicely as possible. But at the end of the day, I don’t want to run into 550 people who I told they couldn’t come in. I don’t want to walk around Montauk. I go straight home.”


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tract, easing bloat, constipation, and improving absorption of nutrients. Get your greens. On one day of Sakara you get six cups of leafy greens (!) and I recommend that you set the same goal. Maybe it won’t happen every day, but it’s an easy thing to set your mind to. Toss some spinach into a smoothie in the morning. Add greens to your sandwich at lunch. And if you haven’t gotten to your six cups by dinner, go ahead and make yourself a big green salad with lots of vegetables in it. With this one tip alone, you could start to see a huge shift in your body and skin. The key is to make it part of your lifestyle, something you incorporate daily. Eat the rainbow. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients (nutrients you can only get from plants) and powerful antioxidants that help to combat free radicals, boost radiance and inhibit unnecessary aging. Shoot to get at least five different colors on your plate! Know you’re beautiful. What you think affects the microbes in your gut. If you’re stressed, they’re stressed. And looking at imperfections in the mirror can be stressful. A simple ritual of saying positive affirmations to yourself every time you look in the mirror can change you on a physical level. Try “You change.createself-loveFeelingcompliment.youritbeautiful.”areSayandreceiveownthatcanmajor

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For more than a decade of my life I struggled with terrible cystic acne. Big, red, painful bumps covering my face. It affected everything from my self-confidence, to my career, to my dating life. I saw all the fancy dermatologists I read about in the magazines and they all gave me the same solution: another mega round of antibiotics or a prescription for Accutane. Again. I had taken all the pills, I had tried all the creams, the lights, the lasers, and everything in between. I had seen acupuncturists, shamans, healers, and even a rabbi. I eliminated dairy and chocolate and became a vegan. But none of it seemed to work. It wasn’t until I discovered I didn’t have a skin problem, I had a gut problem, that my skin finally changed. These discoveries transformed the health and look of my skin, which is now completely clear from acne and fueled my mission to create Sakara Life, a food and nutrition company that gives you the tools to transform your own health and life. Here are my top tips from our proprietary Sakara Pillars of Nutrition that helped to transform my gut microbiome for ultimate skin clarity and glow. Eat your water! Seek out fruits and vegetables like romaine lettuce, melons, and cucumbers, all of which have more than 90 percent water content, which helps to not only hydrate your body on a cellular level, but also to move food through your digestive Some lessons, tips, and tricks from the co-founder of Sakara Life!

Return to routine. It’s easy to get caught up in a busy schedule of meals,indulgentcocktail parties, and too many late nights out in a row. Find a system that makes balance easy for you. The Sakara Nutrition Program is my nonnegotiable. It’s three less decisions I have to make each day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and keeps me feeling great and my skin glowing! Whatever that thing is for you that keeps you in balance, set it up, put it in your calendar, whatever you have to do to make it easier on yourself in the moment. You deserve to look and feel amazing!


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The end of the summer is the most pleasant time to cook and, therefore, host. Produce is abundant, and the moderate weather makes dining en plein air heavenly. Assembling ingredients is just as acceptable as slow braising them. The crowds head back to the city, creating the opportunity for quality time with fewer special guests. As you reach for your jean jacket, you might ask yourself, “What is the jean jacket of meals?” A versatile accessory that matches with anything—delicata squash is beautiful sliced and roasted with cinnamon; a chilled farro salad with fresh mint and dried fruits; Sungold tomatoes with basil and bocconcini; Spaghetti alla Nerano with local zucchini; corn off the cob, just kissed with heat and butter. For dessert, it’s a new season of pies—apple, sweet potato, and pumpkin. For your table, anticipate a temperature drop at night with warm throw blankets at each guest’s seat. Boll & Branch has lovely options, and I’m always partial to blue. Moreover, the sun sets earlier, so fill the table with candles; they will bring everyone inward and create intimacy. Take inspiration from the evolving natural color palette as the leaves turn. Decorate with dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, or hydrangeas that have dried on the vine. The colors in our Ikat tablecloth are inspired by this moment exactly. Assign seats with Dear Annabelle’s engraved Tasty placeDresscards.yourself to match. This yellow floral set from Something Navy matches the mood (and food). Layer a jacket, denim or otherwise.

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It’s time to bid adieu to summer and welcome fall with open arms! Our resident entertaining expert shares her best advice for transitioning into the new season.

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DITCH THE STATIC POSES Move around and have fun with it! Your photographer should be directing you what to do (run! jump! dance!), but if he or she doesn’t, take it upon yourself to create some fun. Modeling is harder work than it looks. Do something unexpected! There are no bad ideas, and now with most people shooting digital, if something turns out terribly, it can be deleted, never to be seen again. What you want is that perfectly imperfect candid shot, and you can only get that by living those candid moments.


Bring a change of clothes. Why not get in a few outfits and/or different locations while you’re at it? You don’t need too long in each one. And make each look classic, so the pictures are timeless. Try capturing different groupings within the family, too—just the kids, just the parents! Make sure everyone gets their own close-up, too. This doesn’t have to take long; just have the photographer come in on one person if they’re doing something great and there you have your new profile pic. T

DON’T LOOK TOO PERFECT There’s something beautiful about that undone look, especially in the summer. Also if you’re on a beach, the wind is going to mess up your hair anyway and it’s better just to go


It’s that time of year again—everyone and their mom (literally) is looking to get family portraits done, for holiday cards (already!?) or maybe just their Instagram feed. Either way, I’ve seen great ones and also some not so great. Here are my tips on how to get the best possible shot. BY SOPHIE ELGORTSophie Elgort with it than to fight it, trust me. And don’t try to make your kids look too perfect either; they’re kids so they’ll look gorgeous no matter what, and it’s more charming for them to look like the kids they are.


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To hit that good light, aim for either early in the morning (9 a.m.) or end of day (depending when the sun is setting). If you have children, early in the day might work better for you so your kids aren’t completely exhausted by the time golden hour rolls around. You can tell it’s a good time when the sun isn’t directly overhead; of course, if it’s a cloudy day, which diffuses the sun so there’s not such harsh shadows, you have more leeway.

NAKED BEAUTY Naked Beauty host Brooke DeVard is the creative marketing manager at Instagram and has previously worked with legacy companies like Viacom, Ralph Lauren, and Nokia. She wanted to create her own platform to build a community of women who have sincere conversations about beauty and self-care. It’s all about “real talk” with the goal of inspiring, motivating, and getting her audience to think deeper. Naked Beauty goes outside the box with hot topics and guests like Gabrielle Union, Hannah Bronfman, Desirée Rogers, and others.

Our fascination with beauty products never ceases. We’re always questioning what and what not to use. Do we continue with our tried-and-true favorites, or do we change it up with the latest products?

CLEAN BEAUTY SCHOOL Host Alexandra Engler, beauty director of mindbodygreen, has written for Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Cosmopolitan, and others. She focuses on the latest trends in clean and natural beauty, and her podcast presents these topics through the lens of well being. Engler has doctors, beauty experts, and cosmetic formulators as guests. Some recent episodes have covered “What’s the deal with millennials and beauty?” “The connection between anger and wrinkles,” and “How to look younger for longer.” New episodes drop every Monday, and dive into the complexities of beauty’s most pressing topics.

BREAKING BEAUTY Breaking Beauty is five years old, which is a long time in this business. Co-hosts Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins are longtime beauty editors who know all about the beauty space. Their podcast covers the breakthrough people, products, and moments in beauty. They were inspired to start their podcast when they realized that beauty isn’t just a fun passion but a powerful global industry. They upload a new show each Wednesday; most often with company founders as guests. T

LIPSTICK ON THE RIM Lipstick on the Rim is hosted by fashion model and actress Molly Sims and her BFF Emese Gormley, who is a PR maven with her own firm. These two besties are obsessed with beauty and bring on their favorite health experts, industry insiders, and friends to ask all the questions we want the answers to. Episodes have included topics such as supplements and smoothies, hair loss and thinning, celebrity estheticians, lymphatic draining, and how to go from supermodel to super momma.


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Sometimes skin has different requirements due to stress, hormones, or weather. As the seasons change, those summer color palettes don’t look quite right. These beauty podcasts cover everything from product reviews, treatment suggestions, and old-fashioned guidance. They also aid in our search for how to keep our skin in shape.

FAT MASCARA Started in February 2016, Fat Mascara is one of the first beauty podcasts, and it’s still producing great episodes that are not to be missed. Co-host Jessica Matlin was the beauty director at Harper’s Bazaar and now for Moda Operandi. Co-host Jennifer G. Sullivan is a seasoned beauty reporter for Elle, Allure, and The Cut. Together, they have done more than 200 episodes; guests have included Charlotte Tilbury, Christian Louboutin, Victoria Beckham, Glossier’s Emily Weiss, and many others. Their fun biweekly podcast stays ontrend with the latest industry news and chatty interviews.


Gloss Angeles is an entertaining podcast that covers everything beauty, including brands in the headlines that intersect with L.A. celebrity and pop culture. Co-host Kirbie Johnson was a brand consultant and a reporter for Pop Sugar. Co-host Sara Tan is with Refinery 29. Podcast topics have included “How to keep your makeup from creasing,” “Three pillars of how the face ages,” and “Can perfume repel mosquitoes?”

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Beauty Banter Model and entrepreneur Pritika Swarup is one of the fashion industry’s rising stars. While she’s fronted campaigns for M.A.C Cosmetics, Clinique, and Fenty Beauty in the past, she now has a beauty brand of her own, Prakti Beauty.


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FALL NAIL PICKS! PLUS, A LITTLE HISTORY BY AMY KAMIN ESSIE Essie has been the leader in award-winning nail polish color for 35 years. From the start, Essie Weingarten forecasted color trends with witty names to match. The Fall 2022 colors are based on nature but are elevated to the ultimate level of chicness. Top picks include Transcend the Trend, Off the Grid, and Hike It Up.

OPI OPI has a surprising history, starting as an L.A. dental-supply company. Entrepreneur George Schaeffer purchased the business, and it evolved into OPI, the innovative nail polish company. Today, Schaeffer and wife Irina are well-known philanthropists. Look for OPI’s vibrant Fall Wonders Collection.

ZOYA Zoya and Michael Reyzis founded the company in 1986, starting with a nail salon/spa that has now evolved into a major manufacturer. Fun fact: They also developed the first fastdrying topcoat! Our favorite of the six colors featured in the Café Creams collection for autumn is the luminous rose gold Bonnie. Pritika Swarup

DEBORAH LIPPMAN Since 1999, Deborah Lippman has been a trendsetter in nail polish and has created custom colors for celebrities like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Fall 2022 offers a collection of earthy colors that are velvety smooth with added shimmer. The limited-edition Chocolate Cravings set will have you hungry for more!

Why did you decide to create Prakti Beauty? I wanted to bring Indian beauty to the forefront of the industry and into the hands of all women. Through my exposure to the beauty industry and representing many cosmetic companies, I couldn’t understand why there had never been an India-inspired brand to truly reach global scale. That’s when I identified a white space in the market between tomanyandAyurvedictraditionalIndianbrandsWesternones.WhileIndianbeautybrandsdatehavebeenprimarily traditional, lacking product innovation, and seemingly targeted exclusively to an Indian audience, Prakti from the outset was meant to resonate on a global level. What inspired your products? Prakti’s inspiration comes from many of my personal experiences; it’s an extension of who I am. To start, I’ve always felt nurtured by every part of my identity, comfortable and proud of my cultural duality; I was born and raised in America of Indian heritage. I’ve never felt caught between these two identities. That’s how Prakti’s hybrid concept came about. Our global approach combines the cultural richness and spirituality of India and assimilates it with the energy and technologies of the West. This philosophy is encompassed in every part of the brand, from the visual imagery to the product formulations, as it’s meant to represent my generation of multidimensional modern women. Describe your line! Prakti is clean, cruelty-free, vegan, and glutenfree. Modern, indulgent, high-performance products for all women. They combine the PRITIKA SWARUP

most effective Ayurvedic ingredients with sciencebacked innovation to amplify the results of these time-tested remedies. We have three products available now—PritiPolish Instant Glow Exfoliator, DeviDetox Purifying Face Cleanser, and MahaMask Pampering Moisture Treatment. My goal with each product was to create a theexperiencesensorialthatnourishesskinandsoul.


What’s your approach to skincare? I believe in holistic beauty. The radiance of your skin comes from within. I have practiced Ayurveda my entire life and feel fortunate to have been brought up with this approach to beauty and wellness. My product philosophy is simple, clean, effective beauty. You seem busier than ever. What does a typical day look like for you? Every day is different for me, so I don’t have a typical schedule. It depends on whether I’m working on Prakti from home (Zoom calls, team meetings), shooting on set, attending events, or traveling for my work with Operation Smile. I wake up at 6 a.m. for early calls. I start my day with stretching, meditation, and setting my intention for the day. It’s important for me to have some time to myself in the morning because everything usually comes at me all at once when the clock strikes 7 a.m. I love taking time for my beauty and skincare regimen. If I have more time, I use either a detox or hydration mask and then I use a cold jade roller all around my face to stimulate blood flow and circulation. Then I’m ready to start the day! What’s next? A new product this fall. Stay tuned! T

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I’ve always said my first dance teacher was Madonna. I would watch her videos and concerts and I would learn every move, and that was the start of my dance career. I was determined to get to New York and dance on Broadway because to me it represented the pinnacle, the biggest stage in the world. I never expected to be where I am today, but I got here by taking risks and saying yes to things that scared me. I feel blessed to be able to say to my younger self that I did what we dreamed of. Your schedule is wild these days. How are you managing?







Lisa Rinna, Vanessa Hudgens, and Priyanka Chopra. What a list! You’ve made people feel so much more confident about themselves, even before their fitness goals might come to life. What do you attribute to this? I like results, so there’s nothing better than seeing results in any part of life. I think once you start to see shifts from hard work, that’s what gives you confidence. I’m also vocal about being a Scorpio, so I only give compliments if I mean it, and the people I work with feel that. I hope it inspires them to keep pushing for their goals. Growing up in Hawaii as Isaac Calpito, did you always know you wanted to build a fitness empire?

36 \ September 2022 \ Spotlight Isaac, you made a splash during the pandemic with your Instagram Live workouts. How did you manage to build such an incredible community during that time? I think it was showing up. It started as a one-off livestream because I was at home and I needed an outlet for my energy. After that first time, I saw more and more people tuning in every day, which inspired me to keep showing up. After about a week, we started raising money for No Kid Hungry, and I saw how incredible this community was. They got us to more than $1.5 million! It truly made working out so accessible at a time we all needed it. Your celebrity clientele ranges far and wide. Who were your initial clients? Brooke Shields asked me to choreograph her one-woman show at The Box and Feinstein’s, which got a rave in The New York Times. This led to me choreographing and training Ariana Grande. I would start rehearsal with Torch’d, and she saw a transformation in her body during the rehearsal process. From there, it was word of mouth; I started working with Kelly Ripa, Faye Dunaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lucy Liu, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, BY SYDNEY SADICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANNAH TURNER-HARTS

My day starts with my husband, Jeffrey, bringing me my vitamins and coffee while our dog, Davis, jumps on me to wake up. Then I have two or three virtual private sessions with some of my clients. After that I get a AS AN SENSATION HAS NOW BECOME AN IRL REAL LIFE) MEGA HIT, TOO. TORCH’D, THAT IS, THE HIS AT

Photography Assistant: Mark Grochowski Isaac’s Fashion: Loewe shirt

TLC booty short with a Terez black Burnout Star tank and my Prada boots. When was the first moment you really felt like you were in the SPOTLIGHT?

38 \ September 2022 \ Spotlight half-hour break to prepare for my livestream, which I do as often as I can at 11 a.m. EST for my Instagram subscribers, and about once a week I do it for all my followers. In the afternoons I’m training more clients and doing content for social and for some of my partners. I usually try to squeeze in a power nap in the late afternoon, so I’m ready for whatever event or dinner I may have. If I have a free night I will invite my group of Squirrel friends over for some laughs and maybe an old 1930s blackand-white movie or classic horror movie viewing. I end the day with my husband reading to me while I cuddle Davis. What does your personal workout routine consist of? I like to do some light cardio in the morning to get my steps in and definitely my Torch’d livestream every day. I even join in with some of my private clients, so I’m always moving throughout the day. Tell us about how you activated in the Hamptons this year! This summer I wanted to be mobile around the Hamptons. Many people who haven’t spent time here don’t realize it’s so big and there are so many different areas. I thought it would be exciting to change it up and make each class feel unique. So I did Southampton, East Hampton, Water Mill, Montauk, and so on. I always like it to be a fun experience and having brands I love and partner with activate to give away product, or samples, or even just a post-Torch’d refreshment is a thank you for the support I have received from the incredible Boots Babies community. What were you doing in Paris with Torch’d? I got invited to do a special private Torch’d event for a good friend of mine, and it was so fun and chic. We customized the Torch’d mats with the Eiffel Tower, and we did it at Le Bristol in Paris, which is one of my favorite hotels. I have more coming in Paris later on, too! Très chic! We have to talk about your adorable dogs who appeared for our shoot. Well, Davis is my son, and he is the center of everything my husband and I do. He goes everywhere with us, and he loves to be featured on my Torch’d livestream. We even got to have his image on my collaboration with Terez last summer, so he’s building his own brand. His younger brother, Fred, is actually my good friend Annelise’s dog. She loved Davis so much that she went to the same breeder and got his brother, who is a year younger than Davis. We actually co-parent him because he and Davis get along so well, and I love seeing them together because they each have their own personalities. Davis is so regal and a little prince, and Fred is a little clown. What are your passions outside of work? I’m a voracious reader. I try to read as much as I can every day, and when a book is good I cannot put it down. I’m currently discovering Gore Vidal’s catalog. Because we travel so much I also like to make sure I get into as many museums and sights as possible. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and we tried to do something new every day. Go-to workout outfit? It changes from time to time, but right now I’m obsessed with the Torch’d x Terez Zodiac

It’s surreal to say but during the pandemic, watching this global community grow all while working out and raising money for kids. I felt like I was in the spotlight but also putting the spotlight on a major issue, child food insecurity. The best spotlight you can have is one you share with something that is bigger than yourself. Highlights of this summer? I got to host my first retreat at the most incredible property in Tuscany. I had 20 people fly from all over the world to come get Torch’d twice a day, eat some of the most incredible Italian food, and make memories together we will all never forget. Any plans for this fall? I’m doing a fundraiser for Ian’s Friends Foundation in Atlanta that will raise money to help research pediatric brain tumors. Then September 24, I set sail with goop and Celebrity Cruises for the goop at Sea retreat from Barcelona to Rome. I have some exciting events to be announced in Paris, so stay tuned to my Instagram, and then doing a residency at The Maybourne Beverly Hills in November. I feel like there’s going to be a movie made about you one day. Who would you want to play you? Nicole Kidman. Kidding! [Laughs] I would say Oscar Isaac or Rami Malek. I think they’re insanely good. T Isaac’s BurberryFashion:sweater

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Ilysa, what a summer! You were working events every weekend. How did you and your team manage? The key to our success is “Nobody can do it alone,” and I stand by this! Time management has been crucial in order to give each of our clients the attention they deserve. Each week and weekend is planned accordingly with the right support in place. No, I don’t attend every event, but it will always have the Askilysa touch. You work a lot with our cover star, Isaac Boots. Tell us about how you collaborate on his live workouts? The exciting part is the natural relationship Isaac has with so many of our clients; it’s become seamless to work with his team. His husband and manager, Jeffrey O’Brecht, has brought an exciting new spin to our business, creating unique experiences for each class. The Askilysa team is extremely flexible with service, set up, and clean up, whether it’s in a backyard tent for activewear brand Terez or the center of the Southampton Arts Center. What’s amazing about your parties is that the food is actually delicious! We take this very seriously! It’s all about clean eating and creating savory moments. Our chefs shop at local farms and the docks—from Westhampton to Montauk—to get the freshest ingredients for our clients. The preparation for an outstanding delicious dinner starts way in advance. Our chefs give their heart and soul!

What are your top Labor Day entertaining tips?

It’s one thing to host a party, but it’s another to throw a really fabulous party with delicious food, amazing décor, and incredible activations from start to finish. Event planner Ilysa Steinberg is behind some of the best shindigs you’ve seen this summer. Here’s why she should totally be on your radar! BY SYDNEY SADICK

Labor Day is a time for family, fun, and back-to-school mode, which can be a difficult balance. I recommend simple, easy-toclean-up long lunches. Call Askilysa to make it easier! Your company is constantly growing. What makes you proud about your progress? When I step back and watch the team we have created. Our core group has alwaysclientourprofessionalism,dedication,andloveforclients.OurNo.1ruleisthecomesfirst.AndNo.2ishelpyourteammate!

Ask Ilysa, LLC is an event-planning and placement company that works on events, from small intimate dinner parties to backyard cocktails. EVENT PLANNER / NYC / PALM BEACH /



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While we might be bidding adieu to summer, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your summer glow and color. The solution: Celebrity spray tanner Anna Babakitis, who’s responsible for the tans of some of the most popular belles of the moment. Head to to book your appointment, and check out Anna’s Instagram @annaspraytanner. show at 8 p.m. And boy, is there a ton of newness in between!


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Mark’s Off Madison (M.O.M.) is the new restaurant from Chef Mark Strausman, best known as the creator and managing director of Fred’s at Barneys New York and the culmination of Strausman’s career, the place where he’s combining, in a quintessentially New York way, all the culinary strands of his career—the classical European and rustic Italian dishes of his training, along with the traditional Jewish foods of his childhood in Queens. You’ll find many of the “greatest hits” from his career on the menu, such as the entrée salads, Belgian fries, and Estelle’s chicken soup. M.O.M. is both a restaurant and a bakery, and bakes all its own breads and desserts. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the bagels being made, as a large window in the dining room overlooks the working bakery! This fall, M.O.M. will feature local seafood out of Montauk, as well as continue to bring in the best locally grown produce of the season from the Greenmarket. The restaurant provides home catering services, and will offer special menus for the Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving. 41 Madison Ave., NYC GAME, MATCHSET,POINT!

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The preliminary schedule features more than 109 designers, including returning brands such as Altuzarra, Brandon Maxwell, Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, Tory Burch, and many more. Firsttime additions to the schedule’s in-person activations include An Only Child, Ashlyn, Foo and Foo, MidnightLoveShackFancy,Studios,One/Of by Patricia Voto, and Tia Adeola.

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42 \ September 2022 \ Spotlight COURTESYIMAGESALL Fall Happenings ELECTRIC ZOO The annual electronic music festival held over Labor Day weekend in New York City on Randall’s Island returns. The lineup includes Cheat Codes, Diplo, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Surf Mesa, DJ Snake, and more. September 2–4 BACK TO THE CITY? WE GOT YOU The best in special events and some of our favorite services back in NYC this autumn. BY SYDNEY SADICK

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The 2022 U.S. Open kicks off August 29. This will be the 142nd edition of the event, and the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. It will be held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. Superstar players include Emma Raducanu (the women’s singles defending champion) and Daniil Medvedev (the men’s). Runs through September 11 COOL CONCERTS Coming up at Madison Square Garden in 2022 Harry Styles September 1–5 Billy Joel September 9 Pearl Jam September 11 Ben 27 30 1 YOUR TAN ON!

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Alix: fromrosterOurranges IllustratedSports stars, such as Olivia Kostek,CamilleBrooksPonton,Nader,andJasmine Sanders, to viral social celebrities like Paige Desorbo, Meredith Duxbury, Haley Kalil, and Ellie Zeiler. We take on each new project and client with an individualized approach to elevate a client’s existing How many issues of Spotlight have been published? 1 B) 2 C) 3 D) 4 Which organization had its annual gala in Water Mill this summer? The Parrish Art Museum The American Museum of Natural History The Southampton Arts Center Guild Hall Who was the cover star of Spotlight’s first issue? Bethenny Frankel Batsheva Haart Stephanie Gottlieb Kit Keenan What restaurant will be opening its doors in East Hampton this summer? The Lobster Roll (LUNCH) Fauna Dopo II Ponte Sant Ambroeus What iconic NYC hotel has started a collection of contemporary residences above its building? The Four Seasons The Mark Hotel The Waldorf Astoria The Ritz-Carlton What Hamptons restaurateur(s) have their own reality TV show? and David Hersh (The Rooted Hospitality Group) Zach Erdem Donna Lennard Marcus Hall and Alan Springate What game has its own Hamptons edition? UNO B) Settlers of Catan Monopoly Guess Who? What pop-ups have hit the Hamptons this season? Prada C) Valentino All of the above What brand invited influencers to Montauk for a surf trip? Cynthia Rowley Billabong LoveShackFancy Steve Madden What state is Spotlight hitting next? Massachusetts Florida Texas most of and What favorite







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I was introduced to the owner Chris Coffee through our mutual friend Dianne Burnett, and we wanted to create something super exclusive with things that could be found only at our “secret” pop-up. I also enjoyed collaborating with brands like Etro and St. John with extremely fresh and unexpected edits. This has been so successful that I think next year we may do the majority of the summer.

10 p.m. On Friday nights, Almond in Bridgehampton is the hot spot for the boys in town, but I always bring a babe! 6:30 p.m. Checking out the Christie’s party in Southampton with Chris Coffee. 11:30 p.m. Family first! Ending a fun Friday night with cousin Lacey Dorn from San Antonio. 8 a.m. First, coffee at Sage and Madison, which has a tasty dark roast that I drink with oat milk.


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It’s always the weekend in the Hamptons, but on a Friday I always have more friends visiting, so it’s extra social. Of course, that means more parties, more traffic, and reservation challenges! Tell us about your partnership with Sage and Madison!

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BY SYDNEY SADICK 10 a.m. This summer I had a monthlong “secret” pop-up at Sage and Madison filled with vintage couture from my L.A. boutique Decades, plus special guest brands!

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Fashion darling Cameron Silver of Decades made his way Out East this summer to host a “secret” popup with Sage and Madison in Sag Harbor. Here, he shares his photo diary with Spotlight.

Summer Fridays

Spotlight \ September 2022 \ 45

11:30 a.m. Shopping for my imaginary Hamptons mansion at The 1818 Collective. If you haven’t been to Kristin Fine and Taft-Gersten’sAnalissefantasticstore,you’reinforatreasureofexquisitelycuratedfurnishings. 1 p.m. Goldberg’s for the best carbs. I have a sorelationshiplove/hatehere.Thebagelsaregood,buttheydon’tbenefitmywaistline!Itrytogettheflat-stylebagels,buttheyselloutfast.


What’s it been like to live out here all summer and not just come on weekends? I love feeling like a local, and now everyone at Provisions knows my name. It’s never low-key in the Hamptons, but everything gets kicked up several notches during the weekend. I’ve enjoyed making new friends because there are so many wonderful people here. Most important, there’s such a commitment to philanthropy and the arts, which is really a testament to the community. Who would you say is part of your Hamptons crew? I’m with Sage and Madison’s Chris Coffee more or less 24/7, but I get to see some of my favorite people like Kara Ross, Nicole Miller, Candace Bushnell, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Jill and Darius Bikoff, plus my new favorite friend, Nicole Salmasi, and the amazing Ross Metzler. What are you excited for this fall? I’m doing a project with Marni on September 7 to kick off Fashion Week. I have some popups planned in Tennessee and Texas. However, my passion is theater, so I can’t wait for new shows to open on Broadway.

SeptemberLIBRA 23–October 22


Hard to leave your cozy summer rental? Maybe you can negotiate into the fall. After all, the autumn equinox on the 22nd speaks to beautifying a home. Perhaps you’re going to buy Out East or do a big redo at your place after you’ve had time to ponder a bit.

It’s okay to muse about that lobster roll you polished off in August. But the stars have a big career boost in store, so put away nostalgia and prepare. Uranus conjuncts the north node in Taurus, so: Welcome to transformation country!

46 \ September 2022 \ Spotlight Zodiac Thrillers

JulyLEO23–August 22 Are you wondering whether Carissa’s Bakery will deliver to the city once you’re back in urban life? You don’t have to fret—a relationship started in the summer may get serious, so your sweet tooth will be satisfied one way or another.

FebruaryPISCES 19–March 20 You’ve been swimming in two directions; now dry off as the new moon in Virgo wants you to be more grounded. Perhaps it’s time to let go of a stale relationship? Remember the full moon in your sign speaks of manifesting your dreamy ideas.

Beach days may be dwindling, but our resident astrologer is still shining through with forecasts for the coming fall!


OctoberSCORPIO23–November 21

You may have been moving fast in August, but September’s mercury in retrograde reminds you to take care and dot those i’s. Slowing up a bit won’t put a dent in your brilliance. You’re just gathering firewood until the bonfire—and then watch out!

Summer is waving ciao, bella, but sexy Scorpio is saying hello to newbies for the fall season. Relationships get interesting on the 10th, with some new ones moving in. By the full moon on September 20th, you’ll see a landslide of fresh possibilities.


You’re the rock, but this month, even stable you must accept changes. A relationship that never felt right is more wobbly as you pack up your sunscreen. Let it go so you can be there for yourself first. The full moon says you won’t be alone for long.

JanuaryAQUARIUS20–February 18

NovemberSAGITTARIUS22–December 21

You had a great summer showing off your high-minded thinking to big-eyed strangers. Now, the new moon on the 10th is pushing you to share that vision with a good cause. Join a climate-change action committee and see how much your autumn life flowers.

MarchARIES21–April 19

AprilTAURUS20–May 20

You may have had your share of summer flirting, but it’s time to stay loyal to those who are close at hand. They deserve it, and you’ll realize how much better it feels having consistency, especially with all the money and career success coming your way.

All that fire this summer isn’t over, it’s simply mutating. Perhaps you’ll take that August Tinder match to a new level. With Venus in Scorpio on the 10th, marriage is not unheard of, so don’t be shocked at yourself if you start thinking about rings.

See you in September, Virgo. With a new moon in your sign on the 6th, this is the moment to break old habits and incorporate spanking-new ones that will free you up. You can now build on those dreams you’ve been hatching all summer long.

AugustVIRGO23–September 22

DecemberCAPRICORN22–January 19


You’re trading in your swimsuits for cashmere, but no reason for tears. There’s a financial boost in store for you, and on the 22nd, a Mercury retrograde will have you healing the relationships that didn’t quite work so you can move into September ready.

MayGEMINI21–June 20

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