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The holistic nature of wellness is tapping into one’s passions. When I was 8 years old I created a scrapbook—literally a compilation of magazine cut-outs with captions I had written, like “President Jimmy does something good” under a New Yorker illustration of Jimmy Carter wearing angel wings. A chronicler practically at birth, I guess I always enjoyed storytelling. That too is the mission of Purist. Thank you to Purist’s tribe of storytellers—actress/singer Melissa Errico, whom i met on the set of Darren Star’s Central Park West 20 years ago, has always kept me in stitches. I forced her to share her wit, wisdom and motherly neuroses on paper—and now she’s a New York Times published writer. Special thanks to those who created Purist’s map to wellness—our Health Editor, Tapp Francke of the Aegle Healing Center in Water Mill; Wellness Editor, Fernanda Niven, whose battle with Lyme disease sent me down her path to healing and understanding; Bob Roth, my Transcendental Meditation master; and Dr. Jeffrey Morrison of the Morrison Center, whose knowledge knows no limits. Extra special thanks to Ray Rogers, our Executive Editor, who makes all
TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 167 COVER STORY Riding high with Carolyn Murphy: The supermodel and wellness advocate shares tales from the frontlines of fashion and motherhood.
176 CONNECT FOUR Visiononaries in technology, education, politics, wellness and environmentalism gather in support of the inaugural Purist Ideas Conference. 186 SURF DIARIES The world is a surfer’s paradise for photographers Mikey DeTemple and Morgan Maassen. 194 CREATIVE OASIS Artist Conrad de Kwiatkowski finds inspiration by the sea. 200 FICTIONIST An excerpt from playwright Heather Harpham’s memoir, HAPPINESS: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After 204 ON THE WATERFRONT Brazilian model Sofia Resing keeps the summer vibes going with printed silks and easy-breezy dresses.
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50 OZONE THERAPY Strengthening the immune system with ozone steam
78 READING ROOM Nonfiction picks for fall
52 COLD THERAPY Discover cryotherapy.
54 MEDITATION Dr. Tony Nader on the happy-brain concept
82 INTERIOR DESIGN Mabley Handler Interior Design’s nature-inspired line
56 HAPPINESS Denmark’s cozy therapy 58 ACUPUNCTURE Explore the healing powers of an ancient practice.
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60 ENVIRONMENT Advice on tick protection
68 THE GOOD LIFE Arianna Huffington maps out the road to fulfillment.
86 RESPITE Don Lemon’s love affair with Sag Harbor
92 HEALING STONES The Cristalline 94 HEALTHY HOME Detoxify your home
96 HEALTHY HOMES Building techniques that promote wellness
Bertha González Nieves at home
98 MODERN BARN Preserving the aesthetic of East End farming hamlets 100 ARCHITECTURE Robert Wilson and Roger Ferris collaborate at The Watermill Center.
70 HIGHS & LOWS How to identify depression 72 HEALTH A look inside Ellen Hermanson Breast Center
104 INTERIOR DESIGN Amy Hill’s natural instincts
74 BEING THERE The importance of staying present
106 FENG SHUI Reiko Design masters the art of feng shui.
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66 PURE ENTERPRISE Carolyn Rafaelian designs from the heart.
84 COLLECTORS John Varvatos’ rocking vinyl
88 GREEN DESIGN Eco-friendly homes by Laura Michaels
62 ICON Julie Andrews on her relaxed Hamptons life 64 MENTORING Alec Baldwin praises an influential acting coach.
76 FACETIME Sheryl Sandberg dives in with swimmer Diana Nyad.
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110 GALLERY Sculpture by Neil Hamamoto; texting with Yung Jake
162 WELLNESS TONICS The latest nutritious elixirs 164 FOOD BLOGGING Soup’s on!
114 EASY LIVING Bertha González Nieves raises the bar.
OUTDOORS Couture Outdoor’s chic European yard furnishings
120 PURE PROPERTY The buzz in real estate
WEEKEND 123 WEEKEND Find the perfect scarves. 124 PURE PICKS Must-haves from Lisa Jackson, One King’s Lane and Julia Grayson 130 PURE GEMS The dynamic duo behind Glenn Bradford Fine Jewelry 132 HOTEL LIFE The latest news in Montauk and East Hampton lodging 134 SHOPPING Must-hit boutiques
152 140 SKIN Organic skin products, aromatherapy home cleaners 142 AT A GLANCE Wellness events for ending summer and welcoming fall 144 YOUTH CRUSADERS Back-to-school stylings
FOOD IS MEDICINE 148 SUGAR FREE One man surrenders his sweet tooth. 150 FOOD LAB Meet Crow’s Nest executive chef John Yashinowsky. 152 TEA TIME Plain-T’s healthy cups 154 RECIPES Golden turmeric chicken
214 PLAY Grain Surfboards brings sustainability to market swells. 216 WANDERLUST Rylan Jacka hunts for perfect homes and waves. 218 BEACH CLUB The new Dune Deck Beach Club wellness retreat 220 ADVENTURE Wellness resort Nihiwatu 222 PURE DRIVE Test driving plug-in hybrid Porche and BMW SUVs 224 FIT FUN Good Day New York’s Greg Kelly trims down. 226 COACHES Michael Strahan pays tribute to his father. 228 COACHES Getting healthy with topnotch life consultants
136 CONSCIOUS CLOTHING Collections from Copious Row Beach and PureThread
156 ORGANIC FARMING Amber Waves’ rich harvest
230 NUMEROLOGY Revolutionary pop icon Madonna, by the numbers
138 BEAUTY Onda Beauty reveals Naomi Watts’ picks.
158 EATING LOCAL Your guide to ethnic cuisine on the East End
232 PURE LOVE Melissa Errico meets her match.
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C O N T R I B U TO R S How do you maintain a healthy home? “For me, a healthy home is cozy and charming. I make sure to optimize ventilation, air/water quality, lighting and thermal health, as well as reduce moisture, noise, dust and pests.”
“I maintain a healthy home by filling it with good food, good friends, good books and good conversations.”
“I’ve been a bookworm all my life, so for me, a healthy home is one where books surround me, but don’t overwhelm the space. For each book coming in, one has to go out.”
“I live two minutes from Whole Foods in and I spend all my time there. I keep my pantry stocked with healthy food, no junk. My personal hashtag is #LiveLongerLookBetter.”
“I maintain a healthy home by staying insanely organized— everything has its place.”
Dr. Samantha Boardman,
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Peter Davis, who writes about going sugar-free
Mikey DeTemple, who photographed our fashion feature and Surf Diaries story
Danish-born, New York-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Mickey Beyer-Clausen founded the Happiness Foundation in 2002. Mickey is the co-founder and CEO of Mental Workout and Timeshifter, and previously co-founded Trunk Archive. He serves on the advisory board of HealthCorps and has been involved in several initiatives promoting Denmark.
A Positive Psychiatrist with a private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Samantha Boardman is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. She’s been published in respected industry journals including The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. She created a website and e-newsletter, Positive Prescription, and is a contributor to Psychology Today.
A native Manhattanite, Peter Davis is the former editor-in-chief of Avenue and founder of Scene magazine. He is now the editorial director of Express and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Paper, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. He currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Mikey DeTemple is a filmmaker, photographer and pro surfer, who grew up on Long Island. At 18, he joined the World Longboard Tour, circling the globe for seven years. He directed Picaresque, his first film, in 2009 and Sight Sound in 2010. Mikey has directed films for commercial clients including Olympus, Tommy Hilfiger, Jack Spade, Finlandia Vodka and Surfrider Foundation.
who writes about two East End abodes in Interiors and Home Story Donna Bulseco has been an editor and journalist in New York for the past 25 years at The Wall Street Journal, WWD, W, Self, Good Housekeeping and InStyle, and has written for The New York Times. She is also editor of Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine and is a consultant for the Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.
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C O N T R I B U TO R S How do you maintain a healthy home? “With three kids and a busy husband, I keep a balance between physical order and a sense of freedom. It’s important to know where things are, but not necessarily in perfect tidiness.”
“One hundred percent of the food, cleaning and personal products I have are free from chemicals, pesticides and GMOs. Health is my business, so everything has to be clean!“
“Chemicals, toxins and pollutants exist in our water, air, and food. By purifying your living environment with simple, meaningful changes, you’ll pave the way for optimal health.”
“I maintain a healthy home by using safer cosmetics, household cleaners and other personal care products. I also eat local and organic as much as possible.”
“Turn off A/C and open windows for fresh air; don’t use flea and tick collars on your pets; invest in a good water filtration system (like Tensui); and stop drinking from plastic.”
Melissa Errico, who writes about being a “Tennis Wife” in Pure Love
Tapp Francke, Purist health editor, who writes about trying cryotherapy in Cold Therapy
Dr. Jeffrey Morrison,
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Melissa Errico has starred in seven Broadway musicals and released several solo CDs. Her digital release More Lullabies and Wildflowers debuted in 2015 to benefit her charity, The Bowery Babes. Errico has starred in TV’s Central Park West, The Knick and Billions. She also played Clara in the 2013 revival of Passion, for which she earned a sixth Drama Desk Award nomination.
Tapp Francke Ingolia is a nutrition and wellness counselor. She owns Aegle Healing Center in Water Mill, and recently opened STAND Wellness with her business partner, Sharon Cardel. STAND Wellness is a curated retail shop that sells chemical-free personal products. She lives in Sag Harbor with her husband, Lawrence, and their two boys, George and Sam.
An award-winning medical doctor, as well as a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine and a champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison opened The Morrison Center in 2004. Here, he used his successful integrative medicine approach for patients with many medical conditions. Dr. Morrison is the author of Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind.
Fernanda Niven is a native New Yorker with a passion for health, wellness, education and food. Her background is at the intersection of fashion, business and wellness, having previously worked as creative director at Parasol and as a contributing editor to Town & Country. She is a board member of Edible Schoolyard NYC and spends every possible moment on Long Island.
Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina von Gal creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin and Richard Meier. Her book Fresh Cuts won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998.
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Ozone Alchemy: Super-oxygenated, ozone steam could be the immune system superhero your body has been waiting for. BY SHARON CARDEL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
Ozone therapy fights viruses and boosts healthy red blood cells.
neck to keep the ozone in, and your head extended out into the ambient air (very Lucille Ball). In the cabinet, which has its own steam maker, hyperthermia creates the perfect conduit for the ozone to be absorbed and toxins released. This treatment can be done at home, tackling several jobs at once. The heat opens up your pores, allowing for transdermal absorption of the ozone to happen readily. You work your way up to staying in the steam cabinet for about 20 minutes, several times a week. Dr. Frank Shallenberger, an expert in the medical use of ozone, explains that as the ozone is absorbed, it converts into peroxide molecules called ozonides. These ozonides set off many positive chain reactions in the body. The ozone is effective against viruses, bacteria, fungal infections, yeast and protozoa. It aids in disrupting the cell envelope of pathogens, all while boosting white blood cell production and assisting many immune system functions. It also gives a boost to healthy red blood cells. This method is soothing to my muscles; I can feel and see toxins being released. My immune system has made great strides. I intend on using ozone steam to support my health for the rest of my life.
Most of us are in a constant state of mild anoxia, or oxygen deprivation—that is, not breathing enough oxygen to sustain a healthy body. On my journey back to health from chronic Lyme disease, I have investigated and implemented many supplemental oxygen therapies to advance my healing; they are supportive of the immune system and aid in clearing toxins. An optimal way of utilizing this power is by harnessing the O3, or ozone molecules formed from three oxygen atoms bound together. In addition to its supportive actions, it can aid in deactivating pathogens. The method I have found consistently helpful is ozone steam, a relatively inexpensive treatment created by taking O2 into an ozone generator, breaking up the atoms and reforming them as O3. This is a highly energized form of oxygen that scavenges free radicals, damages the integrity of bacterial cells, disrupts the reproductive cycle of viruses, and goes after any anaerobic microbe, all the while boosting the healthy aerobic cells of your body. This amazing complementary treatment partners well with conventional medical treatments, and boosts traditional therapies. The ozone gas is fed through a tube into a personal steam cabinet where you sit with a towel wrapped around your 50
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A cryotherapy session is said to burn up to 800 calories, reduce inflammation and ease pain, but is it really possible to freeze your way to better health? BY TAPP FRANCKE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
A super-cold shock creates a release of feel-good endorphins.
the cell-signaling molecules that direct the immune cells toward sites of inflammation and infection. Cold is also supposed to make you happy. Not me, I thought. I was wrong. The super-cold shock to the body creates a flight-or-fight response that causes the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones. It worked—afterward, I felt happy, refreshed and energetic. Cold even increases our metabolism. According to the cryo industry, a single cryo session can burn between 500 to 800 calories—the equivalent of a 45-minute SoulCycle class. Not bad. I thought for sure that I would feel chilled to the bone afterward, but it was quite the opposite. I warmed up very quickly and noticed the pain from a pulled muscle in my thigh was completely gone. Just as you don’t get full benefits from one situp or a single leaf of kale, the more you do cold therapy, the greater the benefits. Cryotherapy sessions not your thing? You can practice cold therapy in other ways: Try jumping in the ocean, turning your shower to cold for the last few minutes or dunking yourself in an ice bath. Though my happy place is still anywhere warm, I am now willing to get cryo-cold for the health of it.
My happy place is a warm bath. Or a tropical beach. I was born a lover of warmth—heat, even. So when I walked into the newly opened Cool Zone Cryo in Water Mill for a three-minute session in a capsule where the temperature reaches -250 degrees Fahrenheit, I wondered, why would anyone willingly do this to themselves? Health reasons, of course! I mean, that’s why we eat kale, right? It turns out, people have been using cold therapy for hundreds of years—the ancient Indian term for it is Ishnaan. So I overrode my cold-objections and stepped inside the Cool Zone Cryo capsule. Once inside, I was instructed to remove my robe and put on mittens. (I was already wearing the fuzzy pink slippers they provide to protect clients’ feet.) Thankfully, three minutes went by quickly. Have you ever noticed the rush of energy you get from jumping into a cold ocean? That’s the effect the shock of cold has on your body—it pulls blood away from your extremities and directs it to your organs in order to protect them. That rush of oxygen-rich blood is both nourishing for your organs and revitalizing for your body. Extreme cold exposure might also fight inflammation, a culprit in many diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and arthritis. It also causes the body to produce cytokines, 52
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Neuroscientist Dr. Tony Nader, a leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement, weighs in on the brain science of happiness. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
“True happiness comes when we are in true communication with the self,” writes Nader.
Based on our alertness or state of our consciousness we choose what to eat, whether to exercise, among others. The work we do and how well we do it, how we conduct ourselves in our relationships—all these behaviors determine whether we are happy or not so happy, vibrantly healthy or just getting by. That said, true happiness is more than just transitory satisfaction or contentment. It is a state of lasting fulfillment of desire on a higher level than the immediate needs of food and drink and material goods. It is based on the achievement of basic goals in life and of our role in life, but also feeling that we are growing in the direction of greater awareness and understanding. True happiness comes when we are in true communication with the self. We know and accept our self, and see our self as growing rather than stagnating or confused. Scientific research on Transcendental Meditation shows that this simple technique develops creativity and intelligence, improves health and behavior, and expands individual consciousness. It gives us the ability to fulfill our outer desires while being anchored in the stable, peaceful, inner self. Even when there are limitations and restrictions to freedom on the outside, we can still be free, fulfilled and happy by developing our full potential and by realizing that what we are doing is the best we possibly can do.
Can the brain explain all our behavior? Are we just hundreds of billions of atoms and molecules structured in patterns that give us our hopes and beliefs, our dreams and disappointments, our pains and moments of joy, happiness and ecstasy? In the front left side of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, resides the Interpreter. The Interpreter assesses the past, including events and decisions, and then puts it in the context of time, space, belief, expectations etc. This part of the brain tries to paint our actions in the best possible light. It wants us to feel that we genuinely make sense in everything we do. The Interpreter puts forth the logic to justify our actions, whether supported by facts or not. The right front side is more accurate in facing facts and in doing reality checks. People with more dominance in one side of the brain will have more or less tendency to work with facts, get depressed, confabulate, or be an eternal optimist or pessimist. Brain structures, particularly the reward center—a small area called the nucleus accumbens—motivate us to seek food by giving pleasure in eating or to maintain and propagate the human species through the reproduction of our DNA. This is why we have pleasure in sex and partially the reason we cherish the otherwise tasking responsibility of making and raising children. 54
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Denmark is ranked as the happiest country on the planet. So what can the Danish obsession with coziness teach us? BY MICKEY BEYER- CLAUSEN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER CLARKE
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‘a nook.’ It is the place in the room where you love to snuggle up in a blanket, with a book and a cup of tea. Second, bring in nature. Danes feel the need to bring the entire forest inside. Any piece of nature you might find is likely to get the hygge greenlight. Leaves, nuts, twigs, animal skins. Basically, you want to think: How would a Viking squirrel furnish a living room? And third: Think tactile. A hyggelig interior is not just about how things look, it is just as much about how things feel. Letting your fingers run across a wooden table, a warm ceramic cup or through the hairs of the skin of a reindeer is a distinctly different feeling from being in contact with something made from steel, glass or plastic. How is hygge different from other wellness trends? Hygge is about being kind to yourself—loving yourself and others—and cherishing relationships and togetherness. Hygge, in many ways, feels like the antithesis of the clean eating books that have been hugely successful recently. It’s about embracing the simple, small pleasures that make life great—like enjoying cake and not checking emails all weekend—and not denying yourself anything. Hygge doesn’t demand anything from you—it’s generous and loving! Plus, eating hyggeligt is about eating proper, hearty food (think meat and potatoes). What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered during all your research? Perhaps it is how alike we actually are across the globe when it comes to happiness. I think we overestimate our differences. We may be from Denmark, the U.S., the U.K., China or India—but we are first and foremost humans. What makes you personally most happy? I think I am very average. Having a healthy and loving family, a circle of good friends, a lot of personal freedom, and being passionate about what you spend most of your waking hours doing is a good foundation for a happy life. Don’t you think?
Among the finalists for Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 “word of the year” was “hygge,” a Danish term defined as a quality of coziness and cheerfulness that cultivates a feeling of contentment or well-being. Pronounced “hew-guh,” the word has no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close. Meik Wiking—the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, a research associate at the World Database of Happiness, and the author of The Little Book of Hygge—explains the word that’s leading a movement. What does hygge mean to you? Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy” to “coziness of the soul” to “cocoa by candlelight,” and some of the key ingredients are togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence and comfort. The true essence of hygge is the pursuit of everyday happiness and it’s basically like a hug, just without the physical touch. Candles, good-quality chocolate, tea, your favorite book, jam, a good pair of woolen socks, a notebook, a sweater and a nice blanket can all enhance hygge. Perhaps Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasure that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.” Why are the Danes so good at hygge? The Danes are exceptionally good at decoupling wealth and well-being. After our basic needs are met, we have realized that more money doesn’t lead to happiness and, instead, we focus on what brings us a better quality of life. What are three ways to optimize hygge in the home? The Danes are obsessed with interior design, as our home is the hygge headquarters. Whereas other countries have a culture of socializing in bars, restaurants and cafes, home is central to social life in Denmark. The key elements of hygge are atmosphere, presence, pleasure, equality, gratitude, harmony, comfort, truce, togetherness and shelter. The first way is to create a hyggekrog, which roughly translates as 56
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The increased focus on wellness has elevated acupuncture from a holistic indulgence to a vital part of a well-rounded health regimen. Here are some crucial ways you can use the ancient practice to deal with the woes of modern life. BY JAMIE BUFALINO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
STRESS RELIEF “When I first started doing acupuncture, people came into my office only because they were in physical pain,” says Amagansett-based acupuncturist Sandra Geehreng Foster, who’s seen a shift in recent years. “Now you don’t necessarily need a physical ailment—it could just be that life throws you a couple of curveballs and you need help with the stress.” In fact, Geehreng Foster can help you cope with everything from heartbreak to office politics. “If someone is coming out of a long-term relationship, that relates directly to the heart, so you would tend to use needles on the inside of the wrist,” she says. “If someone’s coming in because of work stress, there are some great points down by the ankles that we could focus on.” The goal is to get the body back into energetic balance so that it’s able to overcome any emotional setbacks. sgfacupuncture.com
HELPING YOUR KIDS DEVELOP COPING SKILLS As part of his Sag Harbor acupuncture practice, Kevin Menard treats many local teachers, who kept sharing their concerns about the well-being of their students. “All you hear is that our kids are really anxious and no one knows why,” says Menard. “Is it bullying, is it social media, is it performance anxiety?” Menard also became close with
local mom Jennifer Butts, who lost her teen son to suicide in 2016. “She and her family started coming in for treatments to deal with the trauma,” says Menard. Looking to provide a way to help teens cope with the perils of modern adolescence, Menard and Butts teamed up to launch a weekly Tuesday afternoon free clinic at Menard’s office. “Our goal was to give kids a break from all their negative thought patterns,” says Menard. “We give them 20 minutes of chilling out with acupuncture and binaural music,” which is a music technology that balances the hemispheres of the brain. “It’s really calming,” he says. “And once they get a break from the negative stuff running through their heads, they can think more optimistically about their day and their future.” menardacupuncture.com
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE “One key component in developing a successful exercise program is getting a holistic view of the client,” says Julie Von, an acupuncturist who works in tandem with Erika Bloom Pilates to help people maximize their wellness goals. One of the reasons acupuncture and Pilates complement each other so well is that “Pilates gives you immediate feedback on what is tight, blocked, or not engaged,” says Von, and acupuncture can not only help get the energy moving but also zero
in on what’s missing. “If you have an underlying deficiency—like exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, thyroid malfunction— you will not achieve the same results as someone whose body is more in balance.” With her acupuncture treatments, Von tends to focus on a client’s kidneys since that’s where the adrenal glands—which regulate the body’s response to stress—are located. “I look at the kidney energy, which for most New Yorkers—who burn the candle at both ends—is weak,” says Von. erikabloompilates.com
DIGESTIVE ISSUES As a routine part of a session, an acupuncturist will take a look at the color, thickness and overall appearance of a client’s tongue. “Tongue diagnosis provides a reflection of your digestive system,” says Bridgehampton-based acupuncturist Dori Fortunato. “We can tell how you’re processing foods and fluids and what else is happening in your abdominal organs.” By getting energy unstuck and allowing the gut to heal (often with the aid of herbal supplements), Fortunato’s been able to help clients battle gastritis, bloating and other digestive disorders. “I’ve even had clients who’ve been able to reintroduce gluten into their diet,” she says. “Not in big quantities, but if they go out with their friends for pizza they can have a piece and they’re going to be okay.” dorifortunato.com
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To spray or not to spray, that is the question. For the founder of The Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit that advocates toxin-free lawn care and landscaping, the answer is the latter. Get informed and decide for yourself. BY EDWINA VON GAL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
“Tick sprays have serious unintended consequences,” says von Gal.
(ick!) snuggle into tight, dark, moist places. A great local maker of repellent is Dr. Fedorenko True Organic Bug Stick (drfedorenko.com), which smells great and is good for the skin. Repellents that contain cedar and/or rose geranium oil seem to work best. You can buy them ready-made, or buy the oil from your local health food store, such as Provisions in Sag Harbor, and add to body oil or moisturizer. 2. Use Tick Tubes, such as those from Damminix or Thermacell, which use permethrin-treated cotton and will control ticks on mice. The tubes do contain small amounts of a chemical pesticide, but it is highly targeted and presents an extremely low environmental risk. They can be found online or at your local garden center. 3. Put cedar chips around the places where you play. Cedar granules are available online. 4. Use neem oil (not toxic to bees) in areas where you might encounter ticks, like the wilder corners of your flower and vegetable gardens. 5. If you are giving a party and are freaked out about the risk, have your property sprayed with garlic oil (such as Mosquito Barrier or SunJoe), and do it early in the morning, before the pollinators come out. 6. Most of all: Check yourself and your loved ones. Every single day. Protect your family and save the planet.
Spraying your property for ticks, a bad idea?...Really? I’ve had a serious bout with tick-borne disease, so why in the world would I suggest that spraying a property for ticks is a bad idea? Am I nuts? Nope, I am safe. How does that work? I spray myself and check myself constantly. When gardening or walking in tick-infested places, I wear pants; I spray my pants and tuck them into socks or boots. OK, but why don’t I spray my property too? Well, if I did, I would not be so careful about spraying and checking myself. No matter how much a property is sprayed, it is impossible to kill every tick or prevent them from returning. And we do not stay home all the time. Property spraying provides a false sense of security. It is not altogether protecting you. Another reason I don’t spray my property: Tick sprays have serious unintended consequences. They kill good bugs (bees, butterflies, fireflies!) and aquatics (fish and frogs!), and can be harmful to our pets, children and us. Organic property sprays, I’m sad to say, may not harm us, but they are not tick-specific—they kill beneficial insects, too.
WHAT TO DO? 1. Protect yourself! Apply tick repellent to your body every day, more than once—the same as you would sunblock, but focus on the places the sun doesn’t go. Ticks like to 60
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Beloved, brilliant Julie Andrews talks with Purist about her favorite things on the East End, preparedness for superstardom, and her Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented on October 7 at the Hamptons International Film Festival. BY CRISTINA CUOMO
CRISTINA CUOMO: How did you first discover the Hamptons? JULIE ANDREWS: When I did Victor, Victoria on Broadway, and it came time to find a place to get away and recover from the ordeal of eight shows a week, Emma, my daughter said, “Well, Mom, it’s got to be the Hamptons. I’ll find you a place to rent.” That’s exactly what she did. We packed dogs, children, food and ourselves into the SUV and drove out every weekend. It’s lovely being here. I’m not a social lady, I don’t do all the parties, but I do enjoy staying private, having people visit me, and all the lovely things that happen in the summer here. CC: What do you enjoy most about the Hamptons? JA: Just about anything. I’ve lived on the West Coast for many years because of film work, so I love the seasons. People are genuine, and try to keep, particularly in the Sag Harbor area, the village flavor and not become too commercial. CC: That’s true. And what has been your experience with the Hamptons International Film Festival? JA: Blake [Edwards] was honored once quite a long time ago, which was very flattering. I am very honored to be honored this year. I was thrilled when they wanted to run the movie [Victor/Victoria] and chat a bit. CC: What has been your favorite role? JA: I loved making Victor/Victoria because it was such a breakthrough at the time. I loved making S.O.B., a very dark comedy that my husband also wrote and directed, and a little film he made called That’s Life!. An early film I made about the war, The Americanization of Emily, was written by Paddy Chayefsky and shot in black and white.
Andrews is busy writing the sequel to her memoir, Home.
But obviously, you can’t not include The Sound of Music. Thoroughly Modern Millie was wacky and adorable to make. CC: You have a quote on your site: “The amateur works until they get something right—the professional works until they can’t go wrong.” JA: It was something that was taught to me by my singing teachers many years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it. CC: Is that a motto to live by? JA: It’s certainly something to aim for if you want to be a part of this wonderful thing called show biz. Opportunities will come to you when you least expect them, so do your homework. If you want to be good, then keep working at it, and be ready. CC: How do you feel about
being a legend? JA: I don’t think about it. Truly, I don’t. I’m a mum most and foremost. I have five kids, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and that keeps me busy. I just feel fortunate. I’m a lucky lady, with a lot of hard work thrown in. CC: “My Favorite Things” is one of my favorite songs. What are some of your favorite things? JA: Oh, easy. Believe it or not, pruning my roses in my garden, my lovely two dogs that keep me company and take care of me, my family. Not in any order. Being at home this summer, busy writing the second part of my memoir with Emma. Music of all kinds—I love classical probably most of all, but I love jazz and I love my own songs, anything with Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim. CC: You have a rose named after you. JA: It’s a small, very English rose and it doesn’t do well in America, sadly—the climate is not suitable, or something. Thank God that didn’t apply to me. 62
Amagansett resident Alec Baldwin—co-chair of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which kicks off its 25th anniversary season on Oct. 5—praises an acting coach who pushed him past his comfort zone, inspiring greatness. The essay appears in Mentoring USA founder Matilda Cuomo’s reissued book, The Person Who Changed My Life. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN JAY
The actor hails the teacher who inspired him with confidence and passion.
When I performed in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, there was a detached sexuality and languid masculinity in the character of Stanley Kowalski that we both agreed was a direction I should go. Now, I don’t know how sexually cool and languidly masculine I appeared, but Elaine’s work with me on that character, on the simple truth that Stanley had doubts about who he was and what he wanted in this world, led me to one of the most pleasurable experiences of my career. Elaine Aiken gave me the greatest gift one can give to a friend: love and support. And she gave me the greatest gift that a teacher can give to a student: confidence and passion. Without my friendship with Elaine, I do not believe that I would have enjoyed my work as much as I have these past 30 years.
Elaine Aiken was my acting coach and friend for nearly 20 years before she died of cancer in 1998. I first met Elaine at the Lee Strasburg Theatre & Film Institute where she taught acting classes. Although not a student of hers back in 1979, I began studying with her privately a few years after I left school. Elaine was an intelligent, fiercely opinionated, loving and confident woman, someone who took acting quite seriously, but not so much as to be paralyzed by its inherent self-consciousness and self-delusions. Acting is an art form that, above all, requires courage, and Elaine Aiken instilled in her students the valuable lesson that renewal of that courage is essential for creativity to thrive. She asked her students to consider their limitations, or at least their perceived limitations, and to wonder if they might overcome them with simple and focused effort. 64
CC: Women supporting women: That’s what Alex and Ani is about, right? What women have inspired you? CR: My impressionable years were in the ’70s, when I was watching Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman Carolyn Rafaelian, Forbes’ billionaire and Isis—all these wonderbusinesswoman. ful shows where women were more empowered than any normal human on Earth. That was in my DNA. My imagination was bigger than life, and that kind of stuck with me. CC: You’re an amazing purveyor of positivity, which has an incredible effect on the client when they’re buying your jewelry. CR: I make my decisions based on: Is what I’m going to say right now unifying or dividing? Is this something that is going to push the needle in a positive direction, or am I pulling back? Good, bad or indifferent, you create the outcome that you truly desire by your own means. And that could be just with words or a facial expression—or sometimes for me, it’s just a giggle. CC: What made you couple this passion for spirituality with jewelry?
Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian became a household name after landing on the cover of Forbes’ prestigious The Richest Self-Made Women issue this June—not that the Rhode Island- based designer, who grew a $1.2 billion business from humble beginnings in her father’s factory basement, ever defined success by gender. “My three sisters, brother and I were never raised as if your gender meant anything different,” she says. “So when I think of my own daughters—and I have three—I don’t even want to think in those limitations.” She may have had nothing to prove, but her statement pieces of imaginatively crafted, eco-friendly jewelry—think armfuls of bangles and loads of rings, all with charms and cards explaining their symbolism—have generated revenue jumps from $5 million in 2010 to more than $500 million in 2016, according to Forbes. Savvy partnerships with Disney and Wonder Woman have given Rafaelian the goahead to open stores nationwide. “I’m in this great flow, and puzzle pieces are coming together,” says the visionary leader. “I’m just paying attention.” –Abby Tegnelia 66
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Following her muse and keeping her heart and imagination aligned with her free-spirited audience has allowed Carolyn Rafaelian, founder of the Alex and Ani jewelry and lifestyle brand, to score big and give back generously. BY CRISTINA CUOMO
little expectation, and I remember jumping CR: When we get into what happened in the car with five rings I had just made that with me and the jewelry and the symbols, I loved. I called a bunch of showrooms— it was a lifetime of being born into an God knows why I ended up with a meeting Armenian family, of having a really solid with Barneys. Next thing you know, they childhood, and my father. The year I was realized here’s a girl who has a whole factory born, he opened up the jewelry factory, so behind her that’s still intact. I was born and I was in the business, I was in the industry. raised here and I feel a certain amount of CC: Your dad’s jewelry was from a difpride and responsibility, and I’m thrilled to ferent time, and was very different than Alex and Ani’s Butterfly Ring Wrap do it. Our light fixtures are made from recyyours. Did he have any spiritual messagcled metal, because we wanted to support ing in his? an American company. I’m responsible for the economy CR: Can you believe he did mood rings back then? He was around me, and if I can support my neighbors here of a pioneer. I actually found an old catalogue on eBay from course I’m going to do that. [his company] Cinerama, circa 1970-something, and it said, CC: License deals with some huge companies have “jewelry with meaning.” I almost died when I saw it. helped propel your business to the next level. CC: It’s in your blood. CR: When I started doing these partnerships, it was very CR: I watched this beautiful industry flourish as a child and Americana-themed: what we do as our national pastime, then over the years, I watched it diminish. I watched beauwhat we do for fun, where we enjoy life with family and tiful factories and companies go out of business here and friends. Disney became a huge partner for us, because it’s move overseas, and I was fortunate enough that my father a simple, easy product to wear. had no desire to do any of that. He was very true to his manCC: Tell us about the evolution of your groundbreaking ufacturing roots here—money was never his driving force. Me, I wanted to put tons of people to work, but not just work: philanthropy arm, Charity by Design, which donates a percentage of certain items to charity. I wanted them to be in a beautiful environment. All of our CR: The more you have, the more you have to give. It desks are beautiful artisan tables that I had a local Providence guy make, there’s music pumping, there’s a cafeteria started five, six years ago, and it just kept evolving. Because
“We made a butterfly we knew was going to sell. I gave that butterfly to an organization that works with addicts. A million dollars went to the charity.” Charity by Design happened as organically as it did, it became our blueprint, and also a new model of doing business. I would always reference that a major percentage of proceeds would benefit a certain charity, and everybody went along with it. We started hitting numbers like 10 million, 20 million, then 30 million dollars. You [multiply] that by 50 other national organizations and foundations who are doing exactly what they need to do to move the needle and all of a sudden, you’ve got this new model of doing business. That is not anybody writing a check, but supporting something they would anyway. For instance, we made a butterfly that we knew was going to sell like crazy. I decided to give that butterfly to a very small organization that works with addicts. Lo and behold, a million dollars went to the charity. CC: The only present my daughter has ever bought me was an Alex and Ani bracelet on Mother’s Day, and the impression that your brand made on her at 10 years old was really important. CR: That’s the best thing we can teach our children: to have a mind that’s creative enough, and a heart that’s fulfilled enough.
that’s farm to table. We get to use our minds and artistic abilities, and we converse, and we see the outcome. Those are the things that you can’t put a measure on. CC: You have a third daughter, who was born after you named your company for your eldest two daughters. CR: It’s funny, because I’m opening up a restaurant in Newport. She doesn’t know it yet, but everybody wants to name it Alivia, so I gave it the OK the other day. It’s very cool, right in the heart of Newport on Main Street, an old bank building that was built back in 1880, I think. It’s just gorgeous. CC: The town must love you for all these renovations and improvements. CR: Rhode Island is a treasure. We call it the jewel of New England because it’s rich with so much history. CC: How important has the idea of everything being made in America been to you? Your father had his factory here. CR: My parents were very big into having a strong work ethic, so we all went to work at the factory, although we hated it when we were kids. When I walked back into the factory [as an adult], it wasn’t as robust as it could’ve been. I started doing my own little thing there with very 67
THE GOOD LIFE
Arianna Huffington, founder of the wellness initiative Thrive Global, shares the lessons she’s learned about leading a richly fulfilling life. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDRA SALAND
of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. More and more scientific studies and health statistics are showing that the way we’ve been leading our lives—what we prioritize and what we value—is not working. And growing numbers of women—and men—are refusing to join the list of casualties. I was one of those casualties, having learned the hard way—by collapsing from exhaustion in 2007—to step back from being so caught up in my busy life that life’s mysteries would pass me by. There’s a collective longing to stop living in the shallows, to stop hurting our health and our relationships by striving so relentlessly for success as the world defines it—and instead tap into the riches, joys and amazing possibilities that our lives embody. It doesn’t matter what your entry point is or what form your wake-up call takes. It could be burnout, sickness, addiction, the loss of a loved one, the ending of a relationship, a line of poetry that stirs something ineffable in you, sleep, meditation or mindfulness that speaks to you. Whatever your entry point is—embrace it. You will find you have the wind at your back because that’s what our times are calling for.
“What is a good life?” has been a question asked by philosophers going back to the ancient Greeks. But somewhere along the line we abandoned the question and shifted our attention to how much money we can make, how big a house we can buy, and how high we can climb up the career ladder. Those are legitimate questions, particularly at a time when women are still attempting to gain an equal seat at the table. But as I painfully discovered, these are far from the only questions that matter in creating a successful life. Over time our society’s notion of success has been reduced to money and power. In fact, at this point, success, money, and power have practically become synonymous in the minds of many. This idea of success can work—or at least appear to work—in the short term. But over the long term, money and power by themselves are like a two-legged stool—you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over. And more and more people—very successful people—are toppling over. The way we’ve defined success is not enough. And it’s no longer sustainable, for human beings or for societies. To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric, a new measure 68
HIGHS & LOWS
Audrey Gruss, founder of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), explains how to spot the signs that a loved one might be struggling with the disease. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
Depression is still misunderstood and under-researched.
of suicide. Men also express symptoms of depression via behavior changes like acting out sexually, excessive gambling or drinking and increased belligerence. Experts believe that when these symptoms are taken into account, just as many men suffer from depression as women. If you notice any of these symptoms in someone close to you, talk to them gently without judgment. Tell them you’ve noticed behaviors that seem out of character. Offer to accompany them to an internist or psychiatrist. Despite its prevalence, depression is still misunderstood, underfunded and under-researched. I started the Hope for Depression Research Foundation 11 years ago to accelerate discovery. Today, our Depression Task Force of top brain scientists is conducting the most advanced depression research in the country, including developing clinical trials for a new category of medication that the field has been seeking for more than 30 years. Whether you suffer from depression or not, there are three recommendations that every health professional will tell you are key to maintaining mental and physical well-being: Make sure you get enough sleep, eat properly and exercise.
Last October, the World Health Organization announced that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. This means that, every day, millions of people can’t get to work because they can’t function. In the US alone, more than 20 million adults struggle with depression annually, and their lost work days cost society $23 billion in productivity each year. Whether we ourselves suffer, or have a parent, spouse, child, friend or co-worker who does, we all need to become familiar with the signs of depression, because—when left untreated—depression is the leading cause of suicide. There are 10 signs—expressed either through mood shifts, physical symptoms or sudden lifestyle changes—that can indicate depression if they are present nearly every day for at least two weeks. The mood warning signs include prolonged sadness and bursts of unexpected crying, being anxious or irritable, a sustained loss in the ability to feel interest or pleasure, and a sense of feeling either hopeless or helpless. Physical and lifestyle manifestations include a loss of appetite or weight gain, sleeping too much or too little, becoming low-energy and frequently fatigued, having body aches or pains with no clear causes, having difficulty concentrating, and talking of increased thoughts 70
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State-of-the-art healthcare with a heart: Inside Southampton Hospital’s Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. BY DEBRA SCOTT • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
The Center “encourages you to thrive,” says founder Julie Ratner.
Locals shouldn’t “think they have to go to Manhattan for the best machines,” adds one of the center’s radiologists, Dr. Brad Gluck. The facility also offers support and counseling programs—like the Chicks with Sticks knitting group/therapy session—that “focus on what will encourage you to thrive; it’s not enough to just survive,” says Ratner. One thing that the center does not have is a chemotherapy unit. But that is about to change. The ground has already been broken for the Phillips Family Cancer Center—expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019—an adjunct to the hospital that will treat all forms of cancer. “A facility offering everything from treatments to support in one convenient location has never been more crucial,” Kevin Unruh, the hospital’s vice president of imaging and cancer services, has said. The new cancer center will seek to provide the same care and sense of community that the Ellen Hermanson center has been delivering for the past 8 years. Ratner has a deep understanding of the vital role that institutions like these can play in the lives of East End cancer patients and their families. “As Ellen said,” says Ratner. “I belong to a sisterhood that I didn’t want to be part of, but it’s my rock.”
Overheard at a cocktail party: “Why would someone with breast cancer go to a hospital whose main job is fixing broken arms?” asked an uninformed Hamptonite, referring to Southampton Hospital. While the hospital does tend to plenty of broken bones, it’s also home to the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. “You don’t have to go to New York City for diagnosis and treatment,” says founder Julie Ratner, whose sister—the namesake for the facility as well as its annual Ellen’s Run fundraising event—succumbed to the disease in 1995. The liaison between Ratner and the hospital is Susan Barry Roden, the president of the Coalition for Women’s Cancer, whom one patient refers to as “the heart and soul of the center.” Roden, who works on both community outreach and patient services, is a two-time breast cancer survivor herself. Ratner and Roden take pride in the center’s full-scale caregiving capabilities. There are two surgeons and two radiologists dedicated to the center, which features an array of state-of-the-art equipment including a stereotactic biopsy machine, high-resolution ultrasound, and two 3-D mammography imaging systems, which, says Ratner, are considered the “next generation” in cancer screening. 72
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Studies suggest that nature washes away everyday stress.
In the study, participants were asked to eat one chocolate at the same time as another person and a second chocolate while the other person looked at a book. They were told that the chocolates were different, but the samples were actually taken from the same bar. The chocolate eaten simultaneously with the other person was rated as tasting much better than the other one. We often assume that simply being with others is enough but being present is what really counts. “We text friends while at a party, check our Twitter feed while out to dinner, and play Sudoku while watching TV with family,” Erica Boothby, Ph.D., the lead researcher on the study, told the Association for Psychological Science. “Without meaning to, we are ‘unsharing’ experiences with the people around us.” Don’t be the one to unshare a beautiful moment. Make the most of the end of summer by spending time outdoors with friends and family. Leave your phone in your pocket or, better yet, at home. Let your memories be of real moments, not Instagram ones. Samantha Boardman, MD, is the founder of the wellness site positiveprescription.com.
What’s your favorite summer memory? I love asking people this question because when they think back on summers gone by, their eyes light up and a smile sweeps across their face. “Fishing with my dad in the bay,” said one friend. “Biking to town with my friends,” said another. While the details are unique, the memories almost always share two common features: being outside and being with loved ones. No one’s most cherished summer memory was sitting alone inside on a sofa checking email. It’s no surprise that spending time outdoors comes up over and over again. Studies suggest that nature washes away the residue of everyday stress and makes us happier and calmer. It does what no medication can do—it gets us out of our own heads. In a Yale University study, researchers found that the act of sharing a beautiful or happy experience makes it even better. S’mores always taste good, but they’re even more delicious when eaten in the company of others. A bike ride is more fun when with a friend. But for the “sharing effect” to kick in, everyone involved needs to be present—not just physically, but emotionally—and engaged in the same activity. 74
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg interviews long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad about powering through life’s obstacles, defying expectations and tackling her next big challenge.
stung by venomous box jellyfish and had to end your swim. You threw away all your swim gear on a Monday, the trash was scheduled for collection on Friday and on Thursday night you fished it out and said, “I’m going to try again.” What made you keep going? And wasn’t it great the garbage was taken on a Friday? DN: [laughs] It was. I would’ve had to get all new gear. My expedition leader and best friend Bonnie said to me, “I almost saw you die out there.” No hyperbole, from the box jellyfish. I would rather face a 15-foot-long shark than the little box jellyfish. SS: I’d rather face neither. DN: Well if you had to have a choice, you’d take the shark— you could at least punch it in the nose. The box are going to take you down, paralyze your spinal cord, you go into deep anaphylactic shock. I do believe I lived that night on will. When we came out of that third time Bonnie said, “I almost saw you die and I felt helpless. If anyone could have done this swim it would have been you. I just don’t think it can be done.” And I said, “Bonnie, you’ve seen me this past year, I’ve had that Teddy Roosevelt quote on my desk, which say—and I’m paraphrasing—“I’d rather be the guy who fails and at least gives it everything, I want to dare greatly.” Bonnie calls me 24 hours later and says, “Lets go freaking dare
SHERYL SANDBERG: Diana Nyad is the definition of strength and of resilience. In 2013, she became the first person to swim the shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida with no cage. She started chasing this dream when she was 28 and made it when she was 64. One of the first things she said when she got out of the water was,“Never ever give up.” Let me start with this question—how do you lean in? DIANA NYAD: We heard from 25 million people when the swim was over and they don’t care about swimming or records; what they care about is the human spirit and all of us—whether you’re fighting cancer of if you’ve been through a tragedy—if you just don’t quit, you will get to your other shore. I was a living example of that. So that’s how I lean in. SS: It took five tries, over four decades for you to complete the swim. Your first attempt was in 1978; you said you were glad you didn’t succeed then. Why? DN: Because the life lessons become bigger. The level of awe of this life we get to lead builds and builds because you can hear the ticking of the clock, you feel the pressure of it. And so it meant so much more. How much sweeter was that triumph of walking onto that beach because it’s not about making it, it’s about not giving up on it and that wouldn’t have been true if I had made it at the age of 28. SS: You said your third try was your darkest hour—you were 76
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Diana Nyad swam 53 hours without stopping.
DN: Yes, but it’s not me to fake anything. But I never felt being gay has been a big struggle. SS: Well, your openness has helped a lot of people and that’s something to be commended for. So you have a new goal: You are going to walk across America with a million people. DN: Bonnie and I have started a movement. We have a largely sedentary society, so before we walk across America, Bonnie and I, our goal is to get a million people up and walking. It’s called EverWalk. SS: Just for health. DN: Just for health and empowerment. We just walked from LA to San Diego with a bunch of people who are never going to be Iron Men, but they look back and think, “Did I really just walk 145 miles?” This coming September it will be Boston to New York City. Then, after four years of doing all these beautiful corners of America, we will do a national walk where we hope to get a million people participating. We are called EverWalk Nation so I want you to join the tribe and commit right now. SS: I will. I can’t do one lap in a pool, but I can walk. Okay, lightning round, very short answers. Last time time you swam?
greatly.” And we did. SS: During your final swim to Florida you were in the water 53 hours without sleeping or stopping. You’ve said you went through the words to John Lennon’s “Imagine” in your head 2,000 times to pass the time. What role does music, or that form of concentration, play during those swims? DN: It’s all about concentration. Picture that you’ve got this tight cap over your head. You’re submersed in a liquid 15 degrees colder than your body temperature so you’re shivering. You’ve got fogged-over goggles on your eyes and you’re turning your head 60 times a minute. And—unlike a climber or a runner or a cyclist—you are in a state of deep sensory deprivation, so I would use songs like Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done,” sing the entire song and if I sing 1,000 versions of that song, 11 hours and seven minutes have gone by. It’s a discipline thing; it’s not so much that it’s inspiring me, but it’s engaging me. SS: Like a mantra. DN: Yes. People ask me do you meditate? And I say, “When you swim 53 hours breath after breath, you’re in a pretty profound meditation.” SS: So describe that moment for us when you see the shore of Key West and know you’re going to make it.
“The level of awe of this life we get to lead builds and builds because you can hear the ticking of the clock, you feel the pressure of it.” DN: Two days ago. SS: Another athlete you admire? DN: Kareem Abdul Jabbar—activist, humanist, has his heart in the right place, no ego. Beautiful man. SS: Your personal motto? DN: Find a way, no matter how many times you get knocked down find your way, you’ll get there. SS: So you were on Dancing With the Stars—what was your favorite dance? DN: The rhumba is one sexy way to spend an hour. SS: Sounds good, can I do that instead of walking? DN: No, you’re going to have to walk. Rhumba on your own time. SS: Okay, one tip for people who want to build their resilience. DN: Don’t let anyone else define you. Don’t let anyone else tell you your limitations—this is what your boss says, this is what your definition is as a woman, as a person of a certain age. You look in the mirror and say, “Who am I? I’m going to define myself and knock everyone else out of the way.” This is an edited version of a Q&A Sheryl Sandberg did Diana Nyad as part of the Lean In Live series.
DN: I was two hours from shore, bright blue skies, palm trees on the shore, and I asked Bonnie to bring our team around. It was an expedition of 44 people—even though it looked like there were only two arms coming up, left arm-right arm for 53 hours—that team sacrificed all the time because they wanted that history as well. So I asked Bonnie to bring the team around and I said, “I guess I’m going to stumble upon shore pretty soon and someone is going to take my picture, but never could I have made it here without you. We made history together.” I remember that, I remember the training, 14 hours one day, 16 hours the next, never sleeping in. That’s the stuff of life more than the triumph on the beach itself. SS: When you came out as gay, there were far fewer openly gay athletes—you were one of the first. Do you think that played into being able to face this challenge? DN: I don’t. I think I’ve grown as a person and have found a worldview of being an atheist, being a Democrat, being a pacifist, being an animal lover, being gay. I’m all those things. I never felt any big resistance—although when I was at ABC Sports I was told I might make it a little further if I showed up with a good-looking man on my arm. SS: Wow, you were told that? 77
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of 100-year-olds to unlock the mystery … Viewers eager for insights on how to live a more present life have found direction in Oprah Winfrey’s TV program Super Soul Sunday, and now they can go deeper still with her The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights From Super Soul Conversations (Flatiron Books), featuring insights from thought leaders ranging from Eckhart Tolle to Tony Robbins.
We assume that it’s nature and nurture that forms us, but the question deepens in Who Are You, Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality, by Brian Little (Simon & Schuster). Aside from what scientists define as first and second nature— genes and culture—this psychological inquiry reveals that our personalities have a third factor that defines us: the pursuit of personal projects, idealistic dreams … In Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (St. Martin’s Press), author Manoush Zomorodi gathers cutting-edge research and real-life anecdotes to make the case that being bored is crucial for making our lives happier, more productive and more creative … Making a similar case for restorative recharging, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker (Scribner), the director of University of California Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab not only tells us the why, but how, we can tap into the past 20 years of exciting new research to harness the powerful health benefits of quality sleep … We’ve all skimmed those stories on people who live to 100 and wonder what their secret is, and in Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles (Penguin), we might found out. The authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s highest percentage
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A new line of furniture from the East End dynamos behind Mabley Handler Interior Design captures the essence of the Hamptons—and makes an appearance at the biggest showhouse in town. BY SUZANNE GANNON • PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYAN DOWNEY Interior designers Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler showcase their new line.
on it, and it’s being produced by home-furnishings giant Kravet. “We had been Kravet customers for a long time,” says Handler. “We loved their fabrics and furniture. But most of their wood finishes were better suited to other, more inland, markets. We were craving more organic, coastal finishes.” The designers utilized a cohesive combination of materials, details and finishes including quarter-sawn white oak, solid brass and nickel hardware, and grasscloth, as well as Chippendale patterns, geometric trellis motifs and X-bases on stools and benches. These are, says Handler, “representative of the firm’s current Hamptons design aesthetic, but also referential to the Hamptons era gone by.” As with their interiors projects, which, locally speaking, stretch from Quogue to Montauk, the collection has received enthusiastic interest from the hamlets of Cape Cod to the shore regions of the South, like Charleston. The designers hope their products will fill a gap in the market. “There is a real and practical need for our furniture,” says Handler. “The feedback we received at our launch bolstered that. We had many designers thank us for creating a lifestyle collection that had a more organic feel to it, while still maintaining a sophisticated level of style.”
This year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse, which runs through September 4 at The Fields on Rosko Lane in Southampton, offers some new things from old friends. Mabley Handler Interior Design, founded by Water Mill residents Jennifer Mabley and her husband Austin Handler, will debut a line of furniture that embodies their refined but naturalistic Hamptons style. The designers, who’ve exhibited at several events over the past decade, were assigned a family room with eating and seating in mind. Most of the pieces on display in their vignette (and in their overall collection) are named for an East End hallmark, such as the tailored but casual Flying Point sofa and club chairs framed in oak, the dainty Privet coffee table with criss-crossed legs, and the Maidstone dining table—oak with a brushed brass or satin-silver stretcher. Cerused oak gets a new dimension of definition with a vivid grain, while many other items have the look of smooth driftwood the color of Gin Lane dust. “The Hampton Designer Showhouse is such a wonderful venue in which to present our Hamptons design point of view and we are honored to participate,” says Handler. Called simply Mabley Handler, the furniture collection arrives after the couple spent years of pillow talk ruminating 82
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John Varvatos talks about his lifelong passion—building a kick-ass collection of vinyl albums from his favorite bands. BY MATT DIEHL The designer at home with his impressive collection of vinyl. The John Varvatos pop-up shop at the Montauk Beach House, with art curated by wife Joyce Varvatos, is open through August.
rock ’n’ roll from his Motown hometown. (Indeed, he may be the only major fashion designer able to namecheck underground Detroit garage bands like The Gories, Lovemasters, and Jack White’s early group the Hentchmen, as well as obscure rockers like The Hellacopters and Gluecifer.) Varvatos splits his collection of some 15,000 albums between a lake house in upstate New York and his residence in Sag Harbor. In the latter, he’s created a spectacular space as a kind of museum showcase for his vinyl treasures—in fact, it’s designed around them. A 60-foot linear row of records creates a funky modernist architectural statement, heightened by the presence of a luminous Lucite platter spinning on an ultra-audiophile McIntosh MT10 turntable that serves as the room’s sublime mod centerpiece. “People walk into that room and just say, ‘Wow,” Varvatos notes. There, he pores over his greatest scores like the early copy of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album featuring an obscenely tumescent canine that was airbrushed out in later editions; and a Rolling Stones live album of which only 200 were printed. He also has the first two Led Zeppelin albums signed by all the members, as well as gold and platinum albums personally issued to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page—the latter a friend with whom he now exchanges new rare finds. “Music to me is about discovery,” Varvatos says. “It’s exciting for me to see college kids going through the records at our stores. We do it for the socio-cultural aspect. I get a kick out sharing it; it’s like an energy force. When I look back, I see how music saved me—and I’m still searching and digging for it.”
“I didn’t start as a collector,” John Varvatos recalls of his nascent obsession with vinyl albums. “I started as a fan.” Varvatos, of course, is not just a successful fashion designer: He’s the rock ’n’ roll designer—his edgy yet classic menswear is worn by the musicians he worshipped in his youth, from Jimmy Page and Keith Richards to Varvatos’ idol, Iggy Pop. Pop’s first group, The Stooges, in fact, is Varvatos’ favorite band from when he was a schoolkid growing up in Detroit during the ’70s. He had a paper route, which gave him enough cash to buy an album a week from the local record emporium, Sam’s Jams, and maybe the latest issue of Creem, each of which he’d obsess over for days. “It’s my one junkie habit I still have,” he says with a laugh. “I’ve been addicted all my life! I’d scour flea markets in London, Tokyo and Paris to find mint, sealed first pressings— but when e-commerce came along, it took my collecting to another level.” Varvatos’ passion for music infuses every aspect of his brand. He personally selects the vintage vinyl on sale at the various John Varvatos brick-and-mortar stores; they’re as much a part of the ambience as his signature sleek suits and artfully distressed leathers. He authored John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, an authoritative visual journey into rock-style cool, and he even has a music label, John Varvatos Records, which is launching a major new partnership with music-biz wizard Scott Borchetta, the founder of Big Machine Records who discoved Taylor Swift. The revived imprint will feature new bands like Badflower as well as Michigan Rocks, a retrospective collection of unsung, gritty 84
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Don Lemon, host of CNN Tonight, shares stories from the news trenches and details of his strategically sleepy life in Sag Harbor. BY ALEX MATTHIESSEN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN DOWNEY
as a journalist. So I owe a debt of gratitude to my professor for making me want to prove him wrong. AM: Who was your role model as you were coming up in the business? DL: Bryant Gumbel was my inspiration. In recent years, Jeff Zucker at CNN has been a mentor. Early on, he told me: “I have you “There’s something here to be yourself. spiritual about Sag Harbor,” says Lemon. Just relax, be smart, and be you.” AM: What do you like most and least about your job? DL: I love that my job is in real time. What the country and the world is engaged in is what I spend my day talking about. I like being able to answer people’s questions, to help educate people on current events. What I hate most is the ideology around politics today. I don’t like dealing in left versus right. The truth is the truth. We should be operating around the truth, not around ideology. AM: Do you have one interview as an anchor on CNN that was particularly memorable? DL: The school shooting in Newtown was the most heart-wrenching event I’ve ever covered and the moment where I thought we would actually do something to stop the senseless violence. And nothing happened. But I was very proud of my reporting because I was tasked with dealing with the families, the communities and the mourning. Everybody else got to cover the nuts and bolts of what happened, but I got to cover the heart of the story. AM: If you weren’t a news anchor and TV personality, what would you be? DL: I’d be a designer or an actor. Or a supermodel.
Alex Matthiessen: Where did you grow up? Don Lemon: In a little place called Port Allen, Louisiana, west of Baton Rouge. AM: Do you get back to Louisiana often? DL: I try to. But now I have this great place in Sag Harbor that I love going to. Every day I have off, I’m out there. I feel like I sleep in the city but I live in Sag Harbor. AM: So you’re a real local now? DL: I’m a local, yeah! Don’t you think? Can you remember Sag Harbor without me? AM: Scarcely. How did you end up in Sag Harbor? DL: I think there’s something spiritual about it. I loved it before I even went there. AM: What are your favorite things to do on the East End? DL: Besides sleeping? Going to the beach, paddleboarding, jumping on somebody else’s boat—it’s the best kind of boat to have. But mostly, I just like hanging around the village. Going to the hardware store, three to four times a day, to the harbor, to my neighbors’, to a restaurant. I just love hanging out in Sag Harbor. AM: When did you know that you wanted to be a journalist or get into television? DL: I always knew that I was sort of meant for this. I wasn’t sure if it was gonna be journalism, or if I was gonna be an actor or some sort of entertainer or performer. And I was a news junkie early on, as a kid. I always wanted to be like Peter Jennings or Max Robinson. The funny thing is that later, at LSU, my journalism professor told me I wouldn’t make it 86
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Natural Habitats: Laura Michaels creates homes that make a big impression, with minimal environmental impact. BY HILARY STERNE
A mix of white and Lucite gives this tiny cottage an airy feel.
before signing on to re-do the whole place. She eventually started working part-time in Montauk in 2009. In 2014, divorced and with her only child off to college, she finally moved there permanently. Soon, she was buying, renovating and selling nearby properties, and today her eponymous company specializes in ground-up residential design projects, for which she collaborates with architects, contractors, energy consultants and landscape designers. “I’m there to set a vision with the client and pull it all together,” she says. “And then to work with the team to make it all happen.” The common thread: homes (many with water access) given a clean, modern look with design elements that are environmentally friendly, including such recycled and
When you spend a lot of time on the remote end of an island, you can’t help but become attuned to the all-surrounding beauty of the sea and sky. It’s that sensibility that informs the work of Montauk-based home designer Laura Michaels. Michaels was born in the New York City, but spent summer weekends as a child on the East End, going out with her grandfather on his fishing boat. Over the years, she came to love what she calls “the magical sunrises and sunsets, the calm and rage of the sea.” Michaels—who has a background in jewelry and interior design and has also worked in digital marketing—returned as a second-home owner in 1999. While renovating her new digs, she stayed in a vintage motel on Old Montauk Highway, where she was hired to freshen up one of the cottages 88
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This deck of Brazilian ipe wood overlooks a nature preserve.
Vintage wrought-iron table and chairs sit beneath a pear tree on Fort Pond. A modern take on cedar siding at a surfer’s home in Ditch Plains.
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sustainable materials as reclaimed flooring and cellulose insulation. Geothermal heating, solar panels and other green technologies are also typically employed. “Modern design isn’t just a visual aesthetic,” Michaels says. “It’s a state of mind. It’s being able to embrace technology in order to create simplicity and to tread lightly on the environment.” Her work includes a 812-square-foot former navy barrack that was moved from the original town of Montauk to nearby Fort Pond and reimagined as an airy waterfront haven; a modern-yet-cozy renovated 1960s cottage, also on Fort Pond; and a two-story, form-meets-function surfers’ home near Ditch Plains that makes the most of its restricted lot. All of them have distinct personalities, but they share Michaels’s twin goals of both showcasing nature and protecting it. When Michaels tore down all but one wall of the barracks to its foundation, for example, she kept the original footprint but added plenty of windows to let in the outdoors and give a more open vibe. She often uses reclaimed floor planks in differing widths to lend a textural element as well as for environmental reasons. “I think the first thing people see in a home is the floors,” she explains. And she loves seasonal cutting gardens that let clients decorate with flowers from May through September. “So that you can just go outside and clip a hydrangea or a peony and bring it back inside.” That said, balancing indoors with out can sometimes be tricky. The kitchen of the ’60s cottage, with its 16-foot sliders, needed light fixtures that wouldn’t clank in the brisk winds so common to Montauk. Michaels’ solution? White rubber Muuto pendants. Such choices can result in something that is effortlessly beautiful as well as functional. When choosing a light fixture for the barracks-turned-beachhouse, she settled on a crystal Cellula chandelier that casts fiery rainbows on the walls when the sun sets beyond west-facing windows. It’s a perfect metaphor for how Michaels is able to capture the pure essence of nature and bend it in ways that dazzle. “The way to live in nature,” she says, “is to let nature live in you, reflecting its presence.”
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Good vibes only: The Cristalline interior design firm takes domestic bliss to a new level. A smudge of sage and basic feng shui rules are often applied to a new home to rid a space of old and negative vibes. But what about the energy you bring to it? The energetic lifestyle and interior design firm The Cristalline considers both when creating a new space or renovating an existing one. “Your home is the foundation for your wellness. It can support you and support the things that you do in your life,” says cofounder Rashia Bell. “It’s about that mindfulness within your home.” A former fashion consultant who discovered the energies of rough stones while working with jewelry brands like Monique Péan and Mikimoto, Bell and her cofounder, interior designer Elizabeth Kohn, first meet with clients by conducting an individual crystal healing. Bell—who is certified with the Crystal Academy of Advanced Healing Arts—places crystals on the client’s chakra points, and through guided meditation and visualization, identifies his or her spiritual qualities, changing the crystal placement and stones as needed to discern what energies are present and what may be stagnant. Following the crystal session, which is usually done in the client’s home and, as Bell points out, “opens up the subconscious,” the designers do a walk-through of the space to analyze not just the structure, but items belonging to the clients. They then prescribe adjustments to the floor plan, hard surfaces and colors that need to be changed, and identify any new furnishings that should be brought in. After the design transformation is complete, crystals are placed in strategic locations to maintain the harmonies of the new space and address personal needs (such as promoting peaceful sleep in the bedroom or encouraging growth for young children in a living room). Crystal placement can be subtle, utilizing plants, decorative objects and even putting specimens under the floorboards for a grounding effect (which is what the duo did at the Tribeca workout studio that’s home to The Class by Taryn Toomey). “It doesn’t have to look like a rock shop,” says Bell. Home consultations, from $500; thecristalline.com.
Clients of The Cristalline interior design firm are healed by crystals, and then so are their homes.
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Is your house toxic? Common household products can have a negative impact on your health—find out which ones you should toss. BY JEFFERY A. MORRISON, M.D. • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
For indoor air that’s beachfresh, get rid of common household toxins.
You buy organic produce, avoid conventionally raised meat, but did you know your living environment can also have a tremendous impact on your health? Here’s how to limit your exposure to the toxins frequently found in everyday items. We’ve also provided some safer, healthier alternatives for you and your family. 1. Plastics Chemicals like BPA and phthalates are found in plastic bottles, bags, food containers and the lining of cans. These chemicals are considered “endocrine disruptors,” meaning they disrupt normal hormone function. They can leach into food and drinks when heated, agitated or stored for long periods of time. Healthy Solutions: • Never pour hot liquids into, or microwave anything, in a plastic container, even if it says it’s “microwave-safe.” • Choose glass and ceramic food-storage containers instead of plastic. • Prevent food from coming into direct contact with plastic.
2. Teflon pans Another type of endocrine disruptor, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are used in nonstick surfaces, like Teflon. Heating them releases them into the air, where they are inhaled. Healthy Solutions: • Choose cookware made from stainless steel (All-Clad, Calphalon, Cuisinart MultiClad); ceramic enamel (Xtrema, Cuisinart Elements, GreenPan); ceramic titanium (Anolon, Scanpan); cast iron (Le Creuset, Staub) or oven-safe glass (Pyrex, Anchor Hocking). 3. Air fresheners and scented candles You may think that these “cleanse” the air, but they’re actually pollutants. Burning paraffin produces harmful chemicals like toluene, which when inhaled over time may contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, asthma and allergies. Healthy Solutions: • Open windows to allow fresh air to ventilate rooms. • Use fresh or dried lavender or eucalyptus to scent the air naturally. 94
4. Dry-cleaned clothes Dry cleaning uses a cancer-causing chemical called perchloroethylene, aka “perc.” Perc lingers on drycleaned fabrics, including wool, cotton and polyester (but not silk) for up to a week. It is gradually released into the air, where it can be inhaled. Healthy Solutions: • Choose clothing that’s washable. • Look for dry cleaners that use the new “wet cleaning” method. • Let your dry cleaning air out outdoors. 5. Fabric softener and dryer sheets These work by coating your clothes in chemicals, such as quaternary ammonium compounds, which are known to cause asthma and allergies. Healthy Solutions: Don’t use them; instead add half a cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle, which softens fabrics naturally. Jeffrey Morrison, M.D., is the founder of The Morrison Center (morrisonhealth. com) in New York City. To get the free e-book, Green Your Space, go to go.dailybenefit.com.
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Local builders are breaking new ground by creating houses specifically constructed for wellness. BY ALEX COHEN
With water quality a concern for many on the East End, Frank Murphy, the developer of 14 Seaponack Drive, a 10,000-square-foot waterfront home under construction in North Haven, installed two whole-house water filtration systems covering showers and bathtubs as well as bathroom and kitchen faucets. These filatration systems reduce particles, contaminants, chlorine and imbalances in the home’s water supply. “At 14 Seaponack, we emphasize wellness not only with exterior features like a saltwater pool and spa, but with an energy-recovery ventilation system that continually brings in fresh air and has a germicidal processing feature to eliminate common allergens, mold and pet residue,“ says Murphy. Like many new homes, 14 Seaponack incorporates a solar roof to generate electricity. But while other builders install emergency generators that depend on burning fossil fuels, Murphy mounted batteries designed by Tesla in the garage to store power. “We only have a small liquid propane gas tank for hot water systems,” adds Murphy. The developer is proud of how he’s integrating modern technology on the project. “14 Seaponack’s peninsula setting with water on three sides is serene and offers an almost meditative intimacy with nature. But I’m just as proud of how we have used the latest technology to ensure the future occupants’ well-being.”
Though green homes that are environmentally safe and energy-efficient have become the norm, a newer approach in residential design features elements devised to promote the wellness of homeowners. For Paramount Custom Homes, which is developing The Fields on 35 acres west of Southampton Village, a focus on health begins with each house’s foundation, for which a synthetic moisture-proof membrane is applied to prevent mold by creating a dampness barrier between the outside soil and the concrete. “While it is more costly, we incorporate materials and technologies that will minimize the risk of mildew and ensure better interior air quality,” say Paramount’s Managing Director Bill Locantro. “Also, instead of typical sheathing, we install a hard plastic membrane that acts as a waterproof barrier and makes a tighter and drier house before the exterior siding is fitted.” To further improve air quality, Locantro uses hydronic (water-circulating) heating rather than forced air; the air conditioning systems include both a dehumidifying process to maintain a healthier moisture content and HEPA filters to minimize dust particles. And since some granite creates toxins that can emulate radon—the radioactive colorless gas that can cause lung cancer—Paramount avoids using the material. 96
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Emma Garner discovered Plum Builders. She hired Giaquinto to renovate her circa-1970 traditional saltbox, transforming it into a Modern Barn. “I like how they use so much glass, and it’s modern yet not sterile or super contemporary,” Garner says. “It feels very open and airy, but still has a lot of character.” In the words of another client, a collector of contemporary paintings in East Hampton whose Modern Barn features glass sliding doors measuring 9 feet tall and 9 feet wide: “These two windows are the most beautiful pieces of art I have. Every day, I see something new, and each season it changes completely.” A striking horizontal effect defines a Modern Barn in Water Mill, which features a pair of triple sliding pocket doors, each 12 feet wide and 9 feet tall. The sliders overlap onto a third panel, yielding the impression of a 24-foot, crystal-clear portal to the sun deck, swimming pool and landscaping beyond. When pocketed, they disappear into the walls—design technology at its coolest. (Not surprisingly, Giaquinto’s personal architecture heroes are Philip Johnson and I.M. Pei, master builders known for their bold use of glass.) A futuristic update on the traditional Hamptons barn that suits any part of the East End, Modern Barn also manages to achieve a unique form of historic preservation. “People come out to the Hamptons to relax, recreate, reconnect, revitalize and reunite,” Giaquinto says. “Our barn accommodates all of those activities very well.”
Drawn to the post-and-beam outbuildings that have been part of historic Hamptons farms for decades, today’s homesteaders crave a new breed of barn, one inspired by Modern Barn tradition but homes provide a connection with the modern to nature. amenities of an urban luxury loft. Currently the most popular type of new construction on the East End, the Modern Barn style was pioneered and trademarked by East Hampton resident Alfonso “Al” Giaquinto, president of Plum Builders. “A Modern Barn is not modern in the clinical, hard, cold sense. It’s modern in a healthy way, with a deep connection to nature,” Giaquinto says. “State-of-the-art is not only what we put in and on our bodies, but also where we live.” Giaquinto attributes his barns’ life-enhancing qualities to carefully chosen materials like old-growth ash planks, Connecticut granite and Indiana limestone. Industrial-strength floating staircases are made of locally sourced oak and are finished to look like metal, he says, so that “when you touch the banister, instead of something cold, you feel the warmth of wood.” Leafing through Giaquinto’s newly published coffee table book, The Modern Barn (available at plumbuilders.com and, starting Labor Day, at East Hampton Books and Harbor Books in Sag Harbor), is like taking a driving tour of the East End: You’ll find Modern Barns in East Hampton, Southampton, Water Mill, Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton. Plans are underway to begin building in Montauk and Amagansett, as well. Driving around the Hamptons is how Water Mill resident 98
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Down-home, high-tech, modern, bucolic and inspirational, the Modern Barn by Plum Builders delivers a bushel of design pleasures to the Hamptons. BY JULIA SZABO
When avant-garde director Robert Wilson needed an architect to design new structures for The Watermill Center, his interdisciplinary performance laboratory, he called upon Roger Ferris. Here, the duo talk about their long-running creative partnership. BY JIM SERVIN
Jim Servin: How did you come to work together on new structures for The Watermill Center? Robert Wilson: I first saw the main building of the Center in 1989. It was a laboratory for scientists experimenting in telecommunications, a building that had been vacant for 30 years, and it was a ruin. Probably we should have destroyed the building, but I kept pretty much the same footprint that had been left behind. The building is rather cold and metallic in its appearance, with many windows and an industrial feel. I liked very much the work Roger had done, especially his barn-like structure in Connecticut (Red Barn). We were thinking of about a residence that would be a counterpoint to the main building—we didn’t want to build a traditional barn. That would be fake. We’re in the 21st century, but we can still look back to the barn structure of the 17th century and be inspired. Roger Ferris: Because Bob is so artistic, every time you think you have a good idea, there is another one around the corner with him. The Watermill Center has a number of design projects that are on our master plan. In addition to the artist’s residence—I prefer to call it Bob’s House, because it is his house when he is in residence—the other structures are an underground library, a black box performance space,
and other above-ground pieces. The artist’s residence will be completed by the end of the year. Its north and south exteriors are wrapped in white cedar shingle, which will turn silvery-gray. The east and west facades are all glass. The inside is open and loft-like, with posts and beams clad in recycled barn wood. Depending upon fundraising, the rest of the structures should be built within five years. The library consists of books and 40,000 artifacts, ranging from primal fertility dolls to all kinds of tokens, prehistoric art and contemporary art. It’s everything Bob has assembled throughout his travels. He’s a nomad. The only time he really settles down is the eight weeks that he’s here in the Hamptons, in July and August. If you understand all that Bob Wilson is, all that he’s done, how prolific he’s been in so many respects, and all the collections he has, all the artifacts, it would fill museums. JS: What drew each of you to Long Island? RW: I first went to Long Island in the late 1960s; my main attraction to it was the light, the incredible light, because it is this long island out in the ocean, and all seasons it’s beautiful, especially in the winter. I think that I was very fortunate as a freshman student at Pratt to hear a lecture by [architect] Louis Kahn. He said, Start with light, and that had an impact 100
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on my entire thinking. People sometimes find it strange when I say, in directing an opera or play, the first thing I do is to light it, because light will create the space, and without light there’s no space. Greece is wonderful and special because of the light, and Belgium is very special because of the light. As a student, I was in Belgium, at evening, in twilight—oh my God, it was that Greek light! San Francisco has a special light. Long Island also has a unique light. Someone told me once that it’s in the air, it’s in the ions, but I think it’s also because it’s in the middle of this ocean. That’s why so many artists have worked and lived on Long Island—that light. Paris has a beautiful light. RF: I’ve been going out to the Hamptons for close to 20 years; I’ve lived in Wainscott, Water Mill and Bridgehampton. It was nearly 10 years before I did any work out here, because I used to come out to relax, and I was reluctant to contaminate the experience. When I think about the landscape of the Hamptons, it’s not just the ocean. The villages are interesting. The scale of the towns, whether it’s Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton or Southampton, has a kind of coherence. I’m inspired by the history that has taken place, artists like Jackson Pollock who had studios here, and artists like Eric Fischl who live here today. I’m inspired by The Watermill Center. How unusual, this laboratory of creativity, art, dance, performance and sculpture. JS: What is the secret of your successful teamwork? RF: The common thread between the two of us is that we look at design inclusively and not exclusively; one thing informs another. I’m inspired by productions that Bob does, his art installations, dance, music, sculpture. All that stuff is inclusive, and enormous inspiration to the architecture we do. Because of Bob’s background in architecture, I see architecture in everything he does.
RW: Roger has a great collection of art. He and I share a similar aesthetic. It’s easy for us to talk—I also think in terms of space and time, lines, structures. There is something physical in Roger’s architecture, there’s a thing that comes out of his body: his sense of materials, his sense of light, his sense of color, of line, his precision. JS: Any ideas in the planning stages? RW: I sent Roger a drawing yesterday about something I’ve been thinking about for The Watermill Center, a different kind of space, and that is an elevator that’s soundproof and dark. It would go above ground and below ground, and between descent and ascent take maybe a half an hour, or an hour each way. RF: It will be in the woods. You’d get in it, and you’d journey in this black box surrounded by sound. It won’t be a quick descent, it will be subtle. It’s a great idea. RW: It’s a different kind of space, you know? A different way of seeing. There is no such thing as complete darkness. If you’re directing King Lear, Shakespeare’s great tragedy, it will never be a great tragedy until you put light in the darkness. I think there are all different kinds of spaces—spaces that are flooded with light, spaces that are darker. The dark space makes you appreciate the light. JS: As friends, how do you have fun in the Hamptons—do you see movies together, or go on field trips for inspiration? RF: We like to work together. It’s always work, but the work is, in a sense, a kind of artistic pleasure. RW: You won’t believe this, but I’ve seen about 10 movies in my entire life. Twenty years ago, I went to a movie. I like them when I see them, but I’m working all the time. RF: Even when we’re having dinner together, we’re talking. It’s a constant exchange of creative thoughts. The first time we had dinner was on the porch at the American Hotel. I think we got there at dusk, and we closed the place.
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Southampton-based interior designer Amy Hill creates soothing spaces that embrace the outdoors and offer a welcoming spirit. BY DONNA BULSECO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIZ GLASGOW “We wanted an organic texture that didn’t look heavy,” says Amy Hill, about this trio of lights.
A living room in East Hampton exemplifies Hill’s “casual elegance.”
Serene, calm, safe: Creating a sanctuary in your home, where one feels coddled and comfortable, ranks high on most people’s wish list. But for interior designer Ann Hill, that safe space doesn’t have to be confined to a pristine-and-serene all-white bedroom or spa-like master bath with trickling waterfall effects. “I want people to feel as if their home is their favorite destination, a sanctuary or an oasis where they can relax, recharge and spend quality time with their friends and family,” says Hill, the daughter of a minister, who spent her childhood in Mount Pleasant, a small town in Michigan. “Growing up, we had a lot of people over all the time, which to me was rejuvenating.” For her, sanctuary simply means being with those she loves, whether it’s cooking in a sunlit kitchen or lazing by the pool. The rooms she designs reflect that warmth, conviviality and welcoming spirit, especially in the Hamptons, where people want to spend as much time as possible outside. “We put a great deal of thought into “blurring the lines” and making the transition between inside and outside seamless,” says Hill. Based in Southampton, Hill delivers a look that’s both livable and luxurious. People come to her for “a place where it’s bright and energizing but also peaceful and calm,” says the designer, who uses color and texture to achieve that feeling. “We are all affected by color or its absence, and I vary shades of white in a space to create a softness that al-
lows us to see the possibilities each new day brings.” Her favorite paint choices reflect her sensitivity to the way a simple wall color can induce an emotional response: Super White by Benjamin Moore is “brilliant and crisp for living spaces or as a backdrop for art,” while Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth has “a warm undertone” for a space that “is inviting and more relaxed.” Even more soothing is Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball: “With its undertone of gray, it’s really pretty and looks a bit like smooth plaster,” she says. Hill is also a master of mix-and-match in fabrics, layering, say, burlap, nubby wools, cottons, linens and chenille to give a room a refined “beach chic that ultimately is comfortable, comforting and breezy” for her well-traveled clients. Her secret: luxury performance textiles from Perennials or Crypton (“You can pour anything on it and it beads right up!”) that withstand the wear-and-tear of vacation fun. While summer is a busy season for Hill, she often stops to appreciate her surroundings. “There is a reason living in the Hamptons is so desirable: the dunes, the sprawling beaches, the quaint towns. I am inspired daily by all the natural beauty that surrounds us,” says Hill. When the self-described homebody goes out, it’s to Red Bar Brasserie in Southampton or Osteria Salina in Wainscott, places that “welcome you with open arms and treat you like they’ve known you forever.” For Amy Hill, that’s like a sanctuary among strangers, her home away from home. 104
“The purpose of any space should be to improve health, prosperity, relationships and overall happiness,” says Reiko, founder of Reiko Design, a Hamptons-based interiors firm that uses the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui as its foundation. Reiko employs the three Es—environment, emotions and energy—to guide the business she runs with COO, project manager and husband Peter Kaplan. A balanced environment promotes wellness and peace. Reiko uses precise mathematical combinations in her feng shui analysis to determine the energy pattern of a space, based on the exact compass direction of the building and year built. An energetic blueprint is created to lay over the existing floor plan. Similar to a traditional floor plan, it reveals where the strongest and weakest areas lie. “Remedies are then designed to strengthen weaker rooms and enhance stronger ones,” Reiko says. Each person has a unique feng shui element, depending on the Chinese zodiac that correlates with their birth year—a wood dragon (feng shui element: wood), for example, benefits from flowers and other plants infusing living and working spaces with supportive energy. The emotional makeup of a client plays a crucial role as well. Consider the case of the 9/11 first responder dealing with trauma, for whom Reiko created a healing space. He was having trouble sleeping, so she introduced water elements to promote calm, including an aquarium, art with water imagery and a bowl of fresh water with floating flowers. (He has reported tremendously improved health.)
Central to the feng shui equation is one’s energy, and for commercial clients, having the right balance is key to the success of their business. A young New York lawyer landed a number of highnet-worth clients within weeks of Reiko redesigning his dingy space. “The entry needed water, an element that’s key to life and brings more abundance from the get-go, so I placed a fountain there,” says the designer. Replacing a sharp, angular conference room desk with an oval table enhanced a sense of collaboration. A graduate of Parsons, Reiko became a certified feng shui specialist after studying at the American Feng Shui Institute. In 2000, she and Kaplan founded their The foyer of a home company, eventually custom-designed moving to Amagansett. from the ground up “As exciting as the city is, by Reiko Design. the longer I practice feng shui design, the more I appreciate the power of nature,” Reiko says. Living in the dunes and the vibe of the East End made leaving Manhattan easy. Finding the right house wasn’t. A feng shui analysis determined that the home they chose had many strengths and a few weaknesses. In the master bedroom, a door shifted to a new location allowed for placement of the bed against an optimal higher wall. Other rooms were rearranged, too, such as home offices placed next to each other, allowing separate but strong energy. “Business really boomed after that,” Reiko says. “To us, the Hamptons are heaven on Earth, nothing less. This magical paradise heals and restores the mind, body and spirit.” 106
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Creating balanced interiors with impeccable energetic flow is the feng shui–based mission of Reiko Design. BY CINDI COOK
Purl Jam: Nancy Winarick creates elegant hand-knit rugs inspired by the natural beauty of her homes in Shelter Island and Mexico. BY LIZ LOGAN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER CLARKE
Winarick, at work on a geometric-patterned floor covering.
her husband, musician Richie Siegler, opted to spend more time out east. “We rented our house in Sag Harbor and moved into our Shelter Island studio space—upstairs is a one-bedroom apartment—and we never looked back.” In 2009, the couple purchased 7 acres of oceanfront land in a small fishing village near Troncones, Mexico, and constructed a four-building compound (a villa and three guest casitas), where they live six months a year, and which they also rent out. In Mexico, Winarick’s knitting quickly evolved from fashion to floor coverings. “We needed to take sand off our feet before we got into bed, so the rugs were born out of necessity,” she says. The rugs are so finely executed, the idea of stepping on them seems sacrilegious. “Sometimes the fiber is too beautiful, you don’t want to walk on it,” she admits. “I’m working on how to put them on walls.” Winarick knits in white, gray, black and jute, a palette she finds “totally calming,” and one she prefers for her wardrobe, with a notable exception: “I’ll sometimes wear a yellow skirt when I listen to my husband play samba on the beach, every Monday in Sagaponack.”
“Knitting has always been my sanctuary. It always fixes me up, it cures me; it’s a meditation,” says Nancy Winarick, from her rolling 10-acre Shelter Island property called Happy Acres, complete with its own pond, vegetable garden and thriving perennial flower bed. Hand-knit and crocheted in Italian yarns, cottons and Peruvian alpaca and cotton cording, Winarick’s rugs are inspired by Victorian needlework and the geometry of nature—a shell’s spiral, a starfish pentagon, a snowflake’s crystalline configuration all find their way into her mesmerizing, soulful creations. “In my life, when I felt lost, or was wondering what I was going to do with myself, I’d chant, ‘Keep knitting, the yarn will take care of me,’ and it did,” says Winarick, who for 25 years worked as a knitwear designer for Vera Wang, The Row, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi and Diane von Furstenberg, among others. “I call it ‘being in the army,’” she says. “You’re working around the clock. It’s very all-consuming. I love knitting—love it. If I have a minute, that’s what I’m going to be doing.” After a five-year gig with Mizrahi ended, Winarick and 108
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Conceptual artist Neil Hamamoto has grand plans for his sculptures and the art world. BY DAVID GRAVER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN JACKSON
Neil Hamamoto in his Tribeca studio.
Spiraling skyward steps from the Montauk bluffs, artist Neil Hamamoto’s staircase-like sculpture pairs black wood planks in opposition to others painted bright blue. The latter seems to bridge the divide between the sky above and the waves rolling just below. The work, which Hamamoto refers to as the “monolith,” reflects the artist’s appetite for creating large-scale sculptural works with broad appeal. “This design is not overly complex or intricate,” says Hamamoto, 24. “It’s sophisticated enough for adults to want to stop their children from touching, but it also has a fun enough presence to invoke climbing by the kids. And climbing is encouraged!”
His wooden sculpture on the bluffs of Montauk.
Prior to its unveiling in Montauk—at a waterfront property overlooking the lighthouse—it had been assembled in two other locations, but this presentation was special. Not only was it the first time the sculpture was situated between sea and sky, but it marked an East End homecoming of sorts for Hamamoto, who was born and raised in New York City and who spent summers tubing in Lake Montauk and stopping for burgers at John’s Drive-In. During his years at Stanford University—from which he received a mechanical engineering degree—Hamamoto split his time studying, developing a tech-driven education company and shuttling back east to do summer internships 110
Since Hamamoto’s primary medium is woodworking, the studio features table saws, routers, jigs, but also canvases, paint and a darkroom. Although he refers to the collective’s ambience as “circus-like,” he also considers it a serious developmental hub. In California, he says, “I was in the heart of the incubator/venture capital world and saw how helpful the model can be for getting young talent to the next step.” There was nothing like this for the New York art world, so he set up worthless “to provide something similar to people on my level—young artists navigating the ambiguity of their journey.” It’s an entrepreneurial endeavor every bit as monumental as Hamamoto’s artistic vision.
for artists Jeff Koons and Tom Sachs. But it’s his engineering background that provides the spark for his art pieces. As Hamamoto explains, “I’m very much in a mindset of ‘Let’s think up something crazy and then figure out how we can actually make it.’” Hamamoto’s workspace is a 2,000-square-foot expanse in Tribeca, which he uses as the home base for a collective known as worthless studios, which styles its name in lower case letters. “I think we fit somewhere between art gallery, shared artist studio, creative agency and incubator,” he says. “It provides work space, materials, tools and gallery space for partners to show their work.”
At work at worthless studios; above, two of Hamamoto’s drawings made on the go with only his finger and iPhone.
Various art world folks texted with Los Angeles-based rapper and visual artist Yung Jake about his latest exhibit, Emoji Portraits, held at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton. The show featured a diverse mix of faces—mainly celebrity—comprised solely of emoji characters.
KB: Who are your favorite artists or major influences? Do you like Archibald? Gustav Klimt? Or Elizabeth Peyton? YJ: It’s impossible to name all of my influences, because everything I’ve ever interacted with has influenced me to some degree. Here are some Bridgehampton High School alum Yung Jake’s Emoji Portraits of well-known influences Quincy Davis and David Bowie, that I find important: at the Tripoli Gallery. Louis CK, Kanye West, Avatar: The Last AirYung Jake. It opened a mental door bender, [Carl] Jung, [John] Baldessari, for me to create however I wanted to. [Cy] Twombly, Richard Long, Chris BurKB: How does living in L.A. influence den, Chief Keef, Lil B, Pendleton Ward, Rocket Power, Hey Arnold!, South Park, your art? YJ: Living in L.A. has made me work Doug, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, without the underlying pressure of art 2 Chainz, Paul Thomas Anderson, needing to be sold, or in competition [Alfonso] Cuarón, [Alejandro] Iñárritu. I with other artists. That is how I felt in am especially inspired by people who New York. create in a variety of ways and share KB: Can you make your art anywhere their gifts however they feel. if there is a computer? KB: Are your works inkjet on canvas or YJ: Yes, I make art anywhere. metal or paper? KB: Did you make a drawing app? YJ: The works are UV-cured ink on YJ: My business partner Vince McKeldibond. [Gallery owner] Tripoli Pattervie created the app Emoji Ink, which son and I chose this technique based allows users to paint with emojis. It was on quality and archival properties. his concept. I just happened to be Since the works are created digitally, good at it. it is important that we use high-qualKB: What are you working on next? ity techniques available to produce YJ: Aside from commercial/client work I these unique works. do with my company Tight Corp., I am KB: Did going to CalArts influence working on a clothing line, a store and your way of making art? How? a couple things for TV. YJ: CalArts was very influential. It was there where I departed from traditionAlicia G. Longwell, Chief Curator of the al oil painting to a career in interdisParrish Art Museum ciplinary digital art under the name 112
AL: Saw your terrific Emoji Portraits show today and thought about the first time I saw your work at the Fireplace Project a few years back—also portraits. Struck by the similarities although certainly different approaches to the genre. How do you see the work evolving? YJ: I think this series will continue as is until I get bored of it. I have plans to start doing the portraits while the subject is present, and maybe have a more controlled studio setting to get a consistent look for source imagery. AL: …instead of from photos. Interesting! Look forward to seeing those. David Rimanelli, writer/Artforum contributor DR: Congrats on your current show. What is the motivation behind your choice of subjects? YJ: Thx David. They’re mainly celebrity. In this series I look to create iconic imagery so general fame helps this. Some of the more esoteric subjects are iconic in a whole other way people will feel connected to, because they feel part of a singled-out crowd. Mary Heilmann, NYC-based contemporary artist MH: Hi Jake. Mary here. Just wondering: Do you have a paintbrush? YG: Hi Mary. No, I don’t own a paintbrush.
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Tequila Sunrise: Casa Dragones’ founder and CEO Bertha González Nieves and partner Mishele Wells renovated their East Hampton cottage to bring an easy flow to their spirited entertaining. BY DONNA BULSECO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARILI FORASTIERI
New French doors allow for lots of light in the living room. RH Modern sofa; Herman Miller Eames lounge chair; art by Pablo Vargas Lugo; below, González Nieves with Figaro and Nola.
the pool and enjoy a glass or two of tequila. I love to surprise them with different drinks,” says González Nieves, who mixes and serves the concoctions using vintage barware and glasses from Baccarat and others she collects, sometimes adding a tiny edible flower from a nearby farm stand to make each one special. That attention to detail is telling: González Nieves’ desire and drive to do something unique also contributed to the originality evident in the renovation of her East Hampton abode. When she bought the traditional New England-style saltbox a few years back, she envisioned opening up the interiors to create a relaxed, easy flow from front to back, with fewer structured rooms and more spaces for entertaining. Specifically, she wanted a bar area that was in the center of it all, rather than set off to the side, so guests felt comfortable to help themselves when she’s playing grillmeister. “The grill and the bar are my
Most imbibers know the word sommelier, but only true connoisseurs of spirits recognize maestra tequilera, a designation awarded Bertha González Nieves, CEO and co-founder of Casa Dragones tequila. As the first woman to be certified as a “Maestra Tequilera” or Master Distiller by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), González Nieves has done much to elevate tequila’s stature as a drink to sip and savor, not simply knock back with a lick of salt and squirt of lime. Her breakout limited edition 2009 Casa Dragones Joven style was praised for its meticulous blend of 100% Blue Agave Silver and extra-aged tequila; in 2015, the company added Casa Dragones Blanco, which goes down easy on the rocks or in a cocktail, especially on a lazy afternoon when friends stop by the newly renovated cottage in the Springs that she shares with her partner, Mishele Wells. “Sometimes our parties are very informal—people just show up and come to 114
“Pure and simple” is what the couple wanted in the bedroom with its sleek Vella bed designed by Michele di Fonzo and vintage Saarinen walnut table. Custom Roman shades by Judith Cole.
territories,” she says, laughing. Like many successful entrepreneurs, González Nieves is an ace collaborator, according to David Frazier of NYC’s David Frazier Designs (although he began the project while he was at Meyer Davis), who served as architect, interior designer and manager on the project. “Bertha wanted to maintain the beauty of the house but make it ‘friendlier,’” he says. That meant immediately knocking down a few walls. “We kept a lot of the traditional elements in the millwork, but there were intentional moves to modernize it, more from a livability standpoint than an aesthetic one,” says Frazier. He reconfigured the 2500-square-foot interior, but first added a large deck and arbor on the front lawn as one of the places for guests to gather. More doors were added—French doors that open up and let the sun and a nice breeze in. “There’s an ease to designing in the Hamptons; it doesn’t have to be so formal and rigid so you can have a little bit more fun. It’s about how you live on the weekend, how you entertain and how you host, rather than having to be pragmatic,” Frazier says. So it was no big deal to sacrifice one of the bedrooms in order to create González Nieves’ dream bar/dining room. While the house is painted in varying tones of white, giving it a light-filled lift, Frazier devised a backdrop for the tequila bar that showcased the crisp, intense blues used in company’s bottles and boxes: a marble bar wrapped in an elegantly textured grasscloth with clear floating shelves that don’t detract from what’s on them. “We sourced a beautiful white marble with a silver-gray veining and found a silvery grasscloth,” says Frazier. “The combination of the two is subtle and lets the graphics shine through.” González Nieves and Wells couldn’t be happier with
An antelope icon and Hadley Hudson photo are paired over the tub. A Noguchi ceiling pendant lamp rises above Carrara marble kitchen counters.
“We have a different headspace when we’re in the Hamptons—life is more informal and relaxed.” the final result. “We wanted the feeling of it to be homey, a place that looked beautiful and was comfortable,” says González Nieves. For fun, the pair like to paddleboard in nearby Accabonac Harbor or take long walks with their two miniature Australian shepherds, Figaro and Nola (named after Scarlett Johansson’s character in Match Point). But most weekends, they’re content to be homebodies and hosts. “When the doors are open, it feels like an inside-outside house,” says the maestra tequilera—in short, a naturally intoxicating place. 115
Digging deep: For landscape genius Roxine Brown, gardens are about more than pretty flowers. They are places to heal and rejuvenate both body and soul. BY HILARY STERNE
Soothing, free-flowing plantings are Roxine Brown’s specialty.
organically they fit in with the surroundings. A Harmonia garden “feels very much like it just came from nature,” Brown says, “not that it was put there by a human being.” And when conceiving of outdoor spaces for clients, she chooses specimens and palettes that both echo the natural backdrop and help set just the right mood. For a client looking to resurrect a Japanese-style shade garden, restful green ferns and evergreens were the perfect choice. On a walkway to a tennis court on another client’s property, red dahlias and pink and orange zinnias convey a sense of energy. It’s not just colors in nature that she believes can affect us profoundly. “There are definitely benefits from even the oxygen around us from plant materials. It affects us physically,” she says. Indeed, recent studies indicate that essential oils emitted by trees seem to lower blood pressure. “Just even the smell of the air” can work wonders, says Brown. “I remember the first five years we had a home out here, we commuted every weekend. On the way in, I’d reach a point just prior to the pine barrens on Route 27 where everything smelled different. And that’s when I felt everything let go. The stress just dropped off.” A book Brown often gives as a gift, Behaving As If The God in All Life Mattered, posits that the bond between humans and the natural world is deep and resonant. “There is an extraordinary intelligence inherent in all forms of nature...All we have to do is decide we want to hear it,” writes author Machaelle Small Wright. Brown not only hears that restorative message loud and clear, she creates serene spaces that let others tune into it as well.
Long before the Japanese practice of “forest bathing” started trending on Twitter, Roxine Brown was discovering the restorative benefits of taking a walk in the woods. “It was always my place to go when I needed to think things through,” says Brown of her days as a child spent hiking the nature trails of San Francisco’s East Bay. Brown, who comes from a long line of serious gardeners, at age 31 moved to New York, where she worked in the fashion industry for such labels as Liz Claiborne, Halston and The Limited, designing women’s clothing. But she yearned to reconnect with the outdoors, and eventually she and her husband bought a shingled two-story house in East Hampton, nestled in a towering white pine forest. She designed the home to be “as if the outdoors were brought into the indoor living space”—white on white, with lots of windows and vaulted ceilings that allow for a lovely interplay of light. Outdoors, she planted a bamboo grove beyond the lower deck, soothing blue hydrangea and Japanese maples in the upper pool area, vivid lavender rhododendron along the outskirts of the property and white Annabelle and Oakleaf hydrangea throughout. A magnificent, 25’-tall Weeping Beech provides a restful green wall between the front of her property and the back, which features a Koi pond, a pool, and Japanese maples. Brown took on a couple of freelance gardening projects during her stays out east and before long, she realized she’d found her vocation. She launched her landscape design business, Harmonia, Inc., in 2003. What distinguishes her lush, free-flowing designs is how 116
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Couture Outdoor brings European design coast to coast from their East End showroom. BY ABBY TEGNELIA
Heincke’s store features everything from lounge chairs to tabletop decor.
provides the crème de la crème of automatic pool covers worldwide, earning over 80 design awards. “Torsten’s discerning clients began asking us to find them unique European furniture that no one else had,” says Heincke, explaining how the idea for Couture Outdoor emerged. “I had spent 15 years traveling Europe developing retail for The Breakers Hotel and my own boutiques, Touché Couture, where I designed sportswear, shoes, handbags and custom ballgowns, so it was an instinctive transition to resource the best in European outdoor furniture. I curated the top, most exclusive showroom, with items you can’t find anywhere else and opened the Couture Outdoor Showroom last summer.” Couture Outdoor projects—including ones with multimillion-dollar budgets—are extensive, but revel in the small touches as well. Accessories of colored hoses and pop-art decor apples are one of their best sellers. “I want people to have fun,” Heincke says. “It makes my heart patter.” 18 Windmill Lane, Southampton; coutureoutdoor.com
In today’s era of gadget-mania and touch-screen everything, we all want a peaceful space to unwind. With her store Couture Outdoor—featuring a collection of exclusive European lounge chairs and sofas, daybeds, firepits and even pool floats—Christine Heincke is sure to turn your outdoor space into that Zen oasis. In fact, the Couture Outdoor showroom—a sweeping indoor/outdoor space right in the heart of Southampton Village—is an escape in itself. Approaching outside, you are captivated by a towering display of luxurious, stateof-the-art umbrellas, colorful beach chairs and smooth inviting lounge music luring you in. Inside you’re met by a magnificent dining table with interchangeable champagne buckets and trays for oysters, shrimp cocktail or caviar. As you wander the showroom you’ll find sleek solar showers that connect to a garden house, illuminating and self-watering deco flower pots, outdoor pillows made of designer fabrics from Missoni, Maria Flora and Sunbrella Euro Collection. Heincke’s husband, Torsten, owns Covertech, which 118
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While historic homes abound on the East End, many homeowners seek out modern builds— finding comfort in the serenity of clean lines and open space. Renowned architect Andre Kikoski has created that kind of extraordinary oceanfront home in Bridgehampton and it’s on This Bridgehampton the market for just listing features a under $45 million. waterfall-infinity pool. Located at 97 Mid Ocean Drive, the home has deeded beach access and floor-to-ceiling glass walls providing sea views from nearly every room in the house, not to mention panoramic ocean and bay views from the rooftop. The property features a custom waterfall-infinity pool, an eight-person sauna, an outdoor terrace with fire pit and—to complete this picture-perfect millennial abode—a private walkway to the beach. Celebrity chef and Food Network host Katie Lee has put her Water Mill home up for sale. Asking $5.5 million, (down a million from when she took it to market in 2015), the 7 bedroom home’s interiors were designed by Nate Berkus and comes complete with a home theater, bar and rec room. A professional cook’s kitchen (naturally) opens onto a breakfast room and there is an additional outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, barbecue and refrigerator. A fire pit, covered terrace and pool make the space even more perfect for entertaining. Quogue has become a hip Hampton once again, due in part to homes like 212 Dune Road. On the market for just under $25 million, the modern oceanfront home perched on 3.8 elevated acres also gives you unobstructed views of Penniman Creek and Shinnecock Bay. The grounds boast a large pool and spa, a reflecting pool, tennis court and private boardwalk to the beach. Interior designer Andrew Sheinman worked with feng shui expert David Cho to make sure the environment was harmonized. In Wainscott, 27 West Gate Road is a perfect 1927 cottage expanded to three bedrooms and three baths with a separate studio/cabana. Beautifully landscaped and surrounded by a verdant privet hedge, the home—listed 120
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“These Japanese-designed sunnies in rose gold are great for day or night.” Sunglasses, $830, by Masahiro Maruyama, similar styles available at otticaargurio.it
“Be bold in black. Just throw on diamonds.” Eres Les Essentiels Vedette bikini top and Gredin bikini bottom, $402, at Eres, 55 Main St., East Hampton, eresparis.com
“A Negroni is the perfect shade of pale and the perfect tonic for post-paddleboarding.” Negroni Americano, $17, at Sant Ambroeus, 30 N. Main St., Southampton, santambroeus.com
“I like to go incognito and bring my own shade wherever I go, so I never leave home without this hat.” Coconut hat, $250, by Lola, at Bloom, 43 Madison St., Sag Harbor, lolahats.com
“I think Victor Hugo said it best: ‘Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.’” “It’s all about fur with sparkles in the summer. I love these for a long summer stroll.” Princetown leather with bow slippers, $1,890, gucci.com
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“I’m a big collector of baskets; this one, with its oversize braided handles, is perfect for towels poolside.” Large jute floor basket, $199
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Glenn and Sharyn Bradford bring their passions for jewelry, spirituality, art and heirlooms to Southampton. BY SHANNON ADDUCCI • PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER CLARKE
jewelry and watches, For Glenn and Sharyn including signed pieces Bradford, the husbandfrom Van Cleef & Arpels, and-wife duo behind Cartier, Rolex and Patek Glenn Bradford Fine Philippe, as well as an Jewelry, the allure of eclectic mix of the gemstones and precious Bradfords’ own collecmetals is just the starttions, which include ing point of an inspired green gold, white gold, collaboration between and sterling-and-diajeweler and client. mond Buddha charms, “At heart, we are stothe World Gold Council rytellers, creating jewelry award-winning Diamond with deeper meaning,” Dust collection (feasays Glenn Bradford, turing a dash of rough who has worked with natural diamonds enSharyn, a visual artist, cased in locket-shaped since the duo met in the pendants of 18kt green ’90s, when Glenn was or white gold, or anti-tarrunning his own watch nish sterling silver), and brand, selling to Saks, one-of-a-kind cocktail Bergdorf Goodman and The Bradfords rings with emeralds, Neiman Marcus (which pose in their artful Southampton shop. diamonds, ruby and commissioned his first sapphires, among other line of jewelry) and gems. “We have stones that have such a Sharyn worked as a still-life stylist in the city. unique personality we carved sculptural de“When Sharyn and I got engaged, I signs around them,” says Glenn, designed her ring, called the Sharyn,” says The same finely attuned attention to soulful Glenn of the custom 18K white-gold stunner, details is given to clients who bring Glenn col“and two years later we launched our enlections of heirlooms and their own long-ungagement and bridal collections. I’m a lifeworn pieces to be refreshed, or reimagined inspired designer.” into new designs. One client, Rene, inherited Since 2001, the Bradfords have been a 10-carat marquise-shaped diamond and a running their award-winning jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels necklace with 65 sections out of their Long Island shop (part jewelry broken (and over 600 missing and loose diasalon, part art gallery), located first in Roslyn Award-winning 18-carat white monds). Bradford reimagined the diamond and then in Port Washington. They added gold Diamond Dust detachable and performed microsurgery on the necklace a second year-round shop last summer on charm, with rough white to restore it to its original condition. Jobs Lane in Southampton, a location that diamond brilliants and pavé white diamond brilliants on a “I often times will cry with a client,” Glenn recalls their own history: “We met at a share platinum diamond briolette says. “It can be emotional, but it’s uplifting.” house in Southampton,” explains Sharyn. necklace, with 18-carat white (Emblematic of this transformational process, The couple, who have returned to the gold pavé diamond lotus flower and Budda of the butterfly B is the Bradfords’ logo, created Hamptons every summer, designed the Wisdom detachable charms. by Sharyn and signifying renewal.) “We can Southampton space, with hand-painted spend hours just looking at the pieces and measuring the blue-and-white striped walls decorated with Sharyn’s stones. The process can take months,” explains Glenn. “I color-rich paintings. “Her canvases give off an energy, a can’t design for someone without their input; it’s a givecreative vibe,” says Glenn. “It’s integral to my own work.” and-take with each client, organic and authentic.” Both boutiques contain a curated collection of estate 130
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In Montauk, two hotels offer more proof of the town’s transformation from a laid-back destination to a high-octane resort town; in East Hampton, Baker House evokes Downton Abbey…with a healthy vibe. BY BETH LANDMAN
Montauk’s Hero Beach Club was made for lounging.
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One of the first buildings you see as you drive into Montauk is the Hero Beach Club, which just reopened this year. The original 1950s-era motel on Umbrella Beach has been transformed, its 34 rooms outfitted with chic Balinese furnishings. In the lobby bar, coffee and light bites, along with Hero’s private label rosé on The outdoor fire pit at Solé East. tap, are served. The bucolic private lawn here is strewn with (free!) white daybeds for relaxing, or take a dip in the lap-length pool to cool off. 626 Montauk Highway, Montauk, herobeachclub.com.
Elegance in East Hampton The intimate Baker House has a completely different sensibility. Though you can stroll to the ocean, this historic house feels more estate than beach. Rooms overlook the East Hampton green or the garden and the grounds are worthy of an English manor house. Complimentary Pilates mat classes are offered on the lush lawn on Saturdays during August; for those who want to venture farther afield, the hotel offers passes to the East Hampton Gym or the beach, or will arrange for bicycles to be delivered. There are two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and a spa with treatments such as hot stone massages and body polishes. In addition to tea and snacks, Baker House offers a full breakfast. Don’t miss huevos rancheros with seven-grain avocado toast with cilantro from the hotel’s herb garden. 181 Main St., East Hampton; bakerhouse1650.com.
Movie nights and BBQ in Montauk Solé East is offering a mix of healthy pursuits (outdoor yoga every weekend and in-room massages) and fun: Every Sunday through Labor Day, it will host movie nights, with barbecue dinners available for $30 per person, including a beer or soft drink (kids’ meals are half price). On Tuesdays through Sundays, local bands will provide live music, while deejays spin on weekends. This hotel, which has 61 bungalow-style rooms, also has a great but slightly under-the-radar restaurant called Backyard, serving Mediterranean- and South American-influenced cuisine featuring local fish (diver scallops and wild 132
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A number of East End hotels and restaurants have stocked boutiques with products that reflect their brand of holistic style, leisure and wellness. BY SHANNON ADDUCCI THE STAND MERCANTILE, next door to Shelter Island eatery SALT at the Island Boatyard, opened Memorial Day, stocking gifty items like Kerri Rosenthal throw pillows, Lola straw hats and Tatine’s aptly named candles (“One Rainy Wish” is a Stand favorite). But it’s also well versed in the practical, like the Fireworks Survival Bag, which includes a palm-print Swell water bottle, Las Bayadas beach blanket and, of course, a SALT logo hoodie. 63 Menantic Rd., Shelter Island; 917.971.1119 SUNSET BEACH BOUTIQUE is laden with items perfect for forgetful guests: sunglasses from Oliver Peoples, Eres bikinis and Orlebar Brown swim trunks (though one might argue the ideal souvenir is one of the resort’s yellow-and-white-striped beach balls). This month, milliner Gigi Burris and Greek women’s designer Elena Makri will make their own pop-up appearances. 35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island; sunsetbeachboutique.com To call MELET MERCANTILE at the Crow’s Nest a “gift shop” would be an injustice to the expert curation of Bob Melet. The longtime purveyor of vintage and antique collectibles just packed up his Manhattan showroom to head to the West Coast, making the Crow’s Nest space and his own Montauk shop his only remaining East Coast outposts. The
The trendsetter: Surf Bazaar at Surf Lodge
rough-hewn space includes Melet’s vintage bead bar (shark teeth and ancient trading beads abound) and a color-coordinated wall of vintage art books, both of which live well with the hotel’s own salvaged decor and Robshaw hand-blocked linens. 4 Old West Lake Dr., Montauk; meletmercantile.com The influence of the East End boutique that started the trend, SURF BAZAAR at Surf Lodge, has grown so much in its seven years that it launched its own e-commerce site last year. But it’s still best to see this covetable collection of swimwear and sportswear in person. This summer, there’s also a capsule collaboration of bra tops, tanks and hoodies from Alala. 183 Edgemere St., Montauk; thesurfbazaar.com
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Another summer, another crop of pop-ups: The perennially striped set should head to the newly opened One Kings Lane for La Ligne, where the most coveted item is not a sailor shirt but rather a pair of navy pajamas with a red stripe at the bottom. (11 Jobs Lane, Southhampton; lalignenyc.com) Stock up on vacation-ready dresses at the Reformation Beach House, where the L.A. eco-brand is selling its own debut line of swimwear. (45 Main St., East Hampton; thereformation.com) After trying out its first pop-up in Manhattan, highbrow denim brand AYR has decamped to its own beach house in Sag Harbor. (25 Madison St., Sag Harbor; ayr.com)
6 SHORE ROAD AT GURNEY’S is technically a pop-up for Pooja Kharbanda’s swimwear (it’s also at the Gurney’s outpost in Newport). Shelter Island was an inspiration for this line of feminine but sultry pieces, which range from sleek halter bikinis to gingham surfsuits. In keeping with the brand’s tagline, “from beach to bar,” it also outfitted the Gurney’s staff in its Navy yard floral print, with trunks for men and maillots for women. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk; gurneysmontauk.com
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Two specialty retailers featuring highly curated collections mean more sophisticated shopping options on the East End. BY SHANNON ADDUCCI Jill Heller takes a holistic approach to fashion and wellness.
COPIOUS ROW BEACH David Chines recently moved the East End outpost of his womenswear concept store, which he opened in 2015, from Sag Harbor to Southampton. “This is where our core customer lives and shops,” Chines explains. “I loved our Sag Harbor store, but we wanted to be closer to our best clients to better serve them.” The common thread of the store’s collection? A designer roster that includes many unique styles (many exclusive to Copious Row, whose flagship is in Greenwich, Connecticut) from the likes of Brock Collection, Maison Mayle and Rosetta Getty. Unexpected statement separates—like coordinating polka dots from Monse, or a diaphanous textured jacket by Delpozo—mingle with sculptural rhodium-and-diamond earrings from newcomer Neha Dani and scarab-decorated bangles from cult jeweler Bibi van der Velden. Everything in the palm-frond-wallpapered space (open through the summer season) is curated with a summer party in mind, including playful Judith Leiber clutches in shapes like ice cream cones and conch shells as well as beach-friendly items, like a durable camo tote from Tomas Maier. 28C Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631.4884555; copiousrow.com
PURETHREAD Jill Heller was mixing wellness and fashion long before it was, well, in fashion. The stylist and founder of eco-conscious styling firm PureThread once owned fashion boutiques in both Manhattan and Mount Kisco, where she was also a Pilates instructor. Since then, she has found a way to marry her two passions, offering private Pilates sessions as well as one-on-one consultations that run the gamut from traditional personal styling to assisting in home-renovation projects. She enjoys introducing her clients to sustainable, eco-friendly and artisan-produced labels like the knitwear-focused Wehve, Brooklyn-based Suzanne Rae and Japanese newcomer Mame Kurogouchi. PureThread’s fall showcase runs from August 25 to September 9; as part of the showcase, she will introduce a capsule collection with jewelry designer Gabrielle Sanchez on August 25. Heller works out of her cozy, Hygge-friendly home in Sag Harbor. She also holds court as a stylist in Amagansett Square at Communitie East, an outpost of designer John Patrick’s globally sourced Marfa, Texas, boutique. Heller also offers private yoga and Pilates sessions in her home studio. By appointment only; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a private consultation; purethread.com 136
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Naomi Watts shares her favorite natural products from Onda Beauty. BY LARISSA THOMSON
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I have known Naomi Watts for over 10 years now. The epitome of natural beauty in every way, inside and out, she is both a friend and an inspiration. She has been one of the biggest supporters of the company I founded, Onda Beauty. Here, I share a few of her favorite products. THE CLEANSER: I recommended African Botanics Baobab Oxygenating Cleanser ($60 for 3.4 ounces) for Naomi because it unclogs pores and reduces the effects of urban pollutants without irritation. It contains baobab fruit powder, which is rich in vitamin C, to nourish the skin. Sandalwood and cedarwood essential oils soothe and rejuvenate, while jasmine helps stimulate cellular renewal and fade scar tissue. Bonus: It also helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
THE ANTIAGING TREATMENT: Forty years of studies have demonstrated the extraordinary ability of retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, to speed cell renewal and fight the signs of aging. Marie Veronique Gentle Night Retinol Serum ($110 for 1 ounce) contains an all-natural version of retinol, which is less irritating to the skin. Other active ingredients include antioxidants Vitamins C and E, which work together with Vitamin A to support collagen-building for a younger-looking complexion.
THE EXFOLIATOR: Immunocologie Exfoliating Lotion ($150 for 3.4 ounces) is not your average exfoliator. It has glycolic acid, which lifts away dead skin cells without stripping or irritating the skin, and lactic acid, which promotes cellular regeneration and nourishment. Used daily, this serum will help clear up surface blemishes, reduce discoloration and promote a fresher, more uniform, glowing complexion. If you have sensitive skin, start out slowly and see how your skin responds. 138
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Monasterio. He developed new techniques in both aesthetics and craniofacial surgery early in his career. He followed his fellowship spending individualized time with the worlds masters in Western Europe, Central and South America before returning home to Miami to develop what has become his brand: individualized, aesthetically tuned and artful interventions. When asked why there are so many of these strange faces around, Dr. Maercks replies “its all about the money.” “Most practitioners rely on marketing and social networking to develop a name and try to run a business. They may or may not be well trained but most practitioners out there have never really taken time to reflect on or understand aesthetics.”
Plastic Surgery, About Face! In a time when we see the most disastrous looking faces and bodies on celebrities, the wealthy and social elite, a new direction and art is being forged by one of the newest faces of excellence in Miami. Glance through the social photography in society magazines of Miami, Los Angeles and New York or just turn on the television and you may find unnatural distorted and age indeterminate faces and bodies. Well, about face, the polar opposite is being artfully delivered at one of the most elite plastic surgery practices in America.
Dr. Maercks’ interventions are incredibly disparate from mainstream procedures. He has basically created a new language with which to communicate with patients. ‘Aesthetic Facial Balancing’ is what Maercks calls his technique for volumetric restoration of the face. This means that with either hyaluronic acid or the body’s own natural fat, Dr. Maercks uses his artistic insights to create shapes and patterns that are immediately recognized by the perceiver’s brain as beautiful, young and happy. Do not go to the Maercks Institute and ask for a naso-labial fold fill or a lip plump up unless you want to hear a deconstruction of aesthetics and current concepts and an education on facial subunits and the psychophysiology of perception. No joke, this fine artist turned philosopher turned plastic surgeon is proud of both his concepts and results, rightfully so. Patients who receive Maercks’ Aesthetic Facial Balancing look untouched and completely natural, sometimes spouses are left wondering why their partner has such a glow and appears well rested and happy. What is the secret? “Observation, judgement, aesthetic understanding and respect for nuance, even the tiniest” Maercks replies.
At The Maercks Institute, Dr. Maercks provides full spectrum face breast and body care from noninvasive energy “Patients who receive Maercks’ interventions to facelifts breast lift and augmentation. He Aesthetic Facial Balancing is also becoming the go to name for revising unaesthetic look untouched and completely breast augmentations with his devastatingly beautiful ColdSubfascial™ breast augmentations and revisions that often natural, sometimes spouses are appear more natural than the patients original untouched left wondering why their partner form. What’s missing at the Maercks Institute? That’s easy- there is no marketing of heavily advertised products has such a glow and appears or devices, most of which Dr. Maercks will explain should well rested and happy.” be avoided at all cost. There is no nurse consultant guiding you through surgical options and no para-practitioners delivering care. With Dr. Maercks patients simply get the undivided attention Dr. Maercks had the distinguished honor of being the last fellow to receive of an incredible physician with both the talent and dedication to make his mentorship from the great and now late, Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio. Dr. patients shine. Ortiz-Monasterio was one of the fathers of modern craniofacial surgery and aesthetics. The thoughts and ideals of the great FOM, as he is affectionately Dr. Rian A. Maercks offers limited private consultations at The Maercks Institute, 4500 called, are carried on in the art that Dr. Maercks has developed. Maercks’ Biscayne Boulevard Suite 104, in Miami’s beautiful Design District by appointment hunger for elite skills and training began long before his time with Ortiz- only. For scheduling contact (305) 328-8256 or Dr.Rian@RianMaercksMD.com. Dr. Rian A. Maercks, the founder and sole practitioner of The Maercks Institute Miami, is turning things around for those lucky enough to know about his work. Maercks, a Miami native, sought out the best experience and training internationally and stateside to return with a novel concept of plastic surgery that is foreign to most interventions and practices today. “From the instant I opened my first office I knew the practice would be about the individual patient and everything had to be art.” Unfortunately the role of aesthetics, artistry and a doctorly role have little place in todays “fast-food plastic surgery” world.
Dr. Maercks conducts exclusive private consultations at The Maercks Institute located just outside of Miami’s bustling Design District. Scheduling can be arranged by contacting through www.RianMaercksMD.com or calling (305) 328-8256.
Two woman-owned beauty brands may convert even beauty-product cynics to starry-eyed acolytes; plus an alternative to chemical home cleaners. BY AMELY GREEVEN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN For some time, I’ve been hoping that my trusty bottle of organic jojoba oil—purchased from a groovy, desert-dwelling farmer named Larry—would allow me sidestep the fabulous but confusing world of high-end natural skincare. Then I discovered Uma, a brand of organic and therapeutic beauty oils grown and extracted on a heritage estate in India that takes farm-to-skin beauty to a whole new level. The products are based on formulations that the ancestors of Uma’s founder, Shrankhla Holecek, crafted for Indian royalty. I am smitten. Uma’s Absolute Anti-Aging Face Oil ($175 for 1 ounce) blends nine precious essential oils including frankincense, sandalwood and rose in a base of collagen-boosting pomegranate oil. Designed to work on all skin types, it offers a sublime beauty ritual that is as restorative to my senses as it is to my fatigued skin. And the saffron-infused Ultimate Brightening Face Mask ($70 for 1.7 ounces) leaves my dulled complexion feeling flower-petal soft and lifts my tired spirits, too. There’s an irresistible feminine grace permeating these products, which are based on authentic Ayurvedic traditions. (The company was named after Holecek’s aunt.) They’re my new treat to myself when I want to feel like a queen. Available at umaoils.com and beauty-heroes.com. CUTTING-EDGE NATURAL BEAUTY Ayuna is a high-tech game changer in the natural-beauty scene. Created by two of the industry’s master formulators, Begoña Sanjuan and Isabel Ramos—both BIT Beauty Intelligence veterans—Ayuna products deploy proprietary ingredients from plant cells in nontoxic formulations. The company has a smart (and woman-friendly) concept of “well aging” and a minimalist philosophy of giving skin only what it needs to restore balance and kick-start its own regeneration. One encounter with Ayuna’s Essence ($145 for 2.7 ounces), a protein-based exfoliant that gently rubs off under your fingers, taking dead skin cells along with it, shatters all my resistance to luxury beauty products. (Think of it as a safe chemical peel.) I look like a million dollars, and dare I say it, am literally glowing. Sorry, jojoba oil. I think this is what natural skincare looks like. Available at beauty-heroes. com and ayuna.co. AROMATHERAPY-BASED HOME CLEANER Sag Harbor-based Pure & Peaceful’s All Purpose Cleaner Spray ($16 for 36 ounces) is my new hero product for the home. The safe, nontoxic formula, which contains lemongrass, peppermint and rosemary essential oils, gets the job done while boosting my energy as I spritz—and pepping up everyone who walks in the door. pureandpeaceful.com 140
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AUGUST 17 Hamptons International Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SummerDoc Watch the Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me with Alec Baldwin, the SummerDocs host and HIFF Co-Chair. Tickets from $40. UA Southampton, 43 Hill St., Southampton; hamptonsfilmfest.org
AUGUST 23 Lunchtime Guided Meditation Take a midday break from the summer sun with a meditative adventure from 12:15-12:45 PM. Free. Kadampa Meditation Center, 720C Montauk Highway, Water Mill; hamptonsmeditation.org
AUGUST 18-20 Fitness Pool Instructor Training Gain experience as a pool-based fitness instructor. Includes a two-night free stay in a cottage that sleeps 3-4. Cost of training from $500. Bridgehampton; breathezenyoga.com
AUGUST 24 Pool Nights at Southampton Youth Service for Kids Grades 5-12 Grab a bathing suit and towel for a fun night of swimming and playing sports, video games, air hockey and more, from 5-8 PM. 1370A Majors Path, Southampton; southamptontownny.gov
AUGUST 20 Yoga on the Lawn With Mary Angela Buffo Ease into Sunday morning with this weekly hour of relaxing outdoor yoga at 11:30AM. Tickets from $10. Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton; southamptonartscenter.org
AUGUST 25 Adventure Paddle With Gina Bradley Experienced paddlers will gain new skills while looking out at the sublime landscape during a two and a half hour tour from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. Tickets from $150. 219 Three Mile Harbor HC Rd., East Hampton; paddlediva.com
AUGUST 22 Core Yoga With Sarah Build strength and increase flexibility with a dynamic series of poses at 10:30AM. Tickets from $7. Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays; hamptonbayslibrary.org
AUGUST 26 Vinyasa in the Vines at Diliberto Winery Enjoy a yoga session followed by a wine tasting on the North Fork. Tickets from $20. Diliberto Winery, 250 Manor Lane, Jamesport; dilibertowinery.com 142
SEPTEMBER 1 Tennis @Ross From youth to adult programs, Tennis @Ross offers game arranging, court rentals, private lessons and training with top coaches. Not to mention, first-time enrollees receive a 20 percent discount. Tennis @Ross, 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton; ross.org
AUGUST 27 Sunday Morning Buddhist Meditation Class Begin your week with a class that integrates Buddha’s teachings from 10:30 AM-12 PM. Tickets from $15. Kadampa Meditation Center, 720C Montauk Highway, Water Mill; hamptonsmeditation.org AUGUST 27 Kids Yoga Class Introduce your kids to the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga at 11:30 AM. Tickets from $25. Mandala Yoga Center for Healing Arts, 10 Amagansett Square Drive, Amagansett; mandalayoga.com
SEPTEMBER 8 Manna Restaurant Hamptons After dropping the kids off at school, head to lunch at Manna. The restaurant only serves its lunch menu on Fridays and SaturJoin the Paddle days, with dishes Diva crew for an starting at $18. Adventure Paddle Manna, on August 25. 670 Montauk Highway, Water Mill; mannahamptons. com
AUGUST 27SEPTEMBER 3 42nd Hampton Classic Horse Show Located on a 60acre expanse in Bridgehampton, this historic event features an equestrian show-jumping competition. Tickets from $10. 240 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton; hamptonclassic.com
SEPTEMBER 14 25th Annual Katz Institute for Women’s Health Luncheon and Fashion Show The Americana Manhasset shopping center presents a stunning fashion show featuring the elegant designs of Salvatore Ferragamo. The show honors Iris and Saul B. Katz and supports the Katz Institute for Women’s Health at 11:00 AM. Tickets from $325. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury; support.northwell.edu/FashionForKatz
AUGUST 27 Yoga Cruise: Namaste on the Bay All levels are welcome on a cruise that takes you to a quiet cove to practice yoga with “The Mermaid Yogi,” Meg Camanzo. Tickets from $50. Peconic Cruise Line, 103 3rd St., Railroad Dock, Greenport; peconiccruiseline.com AUGUST 30 Paddle on Old Ice Pond Kayak peacefully through Old Ice Pond for 90 minutes with your family while you learn about the local wildlife and history of the area from 10:00-11:30 AM. Tickets from $30. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue; quoguewildliferefuge.org
SEPTEMBER 16 Boot Camp Against Bullying Work out while raising funds to help support anti-bullying workshops on the East End at 10 AM. LGBT Network, Home of Mr. Steven Barnes and Dr. Robert Moraru, Private Residence, East Hampton; lgbtnetwork.org
AUGUST 31 Urban Zen Restorative Yoga No yoga experience necessary for this hourlong Thursday evening class from 5:15-6:15 PM. Yoga Shanti, 132-6 Main St., Westhampton; yogashanti.com
SEPTEMBER 30 Live Music at Pindar Vineyards Finish your month with a relaxing afternoon sipping wine and listening to a live band from 1-5 PM. Pindar Vineyards, 37645 Main Rd. (Route 25), Peconic; pindar.net 143
As summer winds down, here’s how to send your little ones back to school in style. BY LIANE NELSON AND TAYLER BRADFORD
PINK CHICKEN The fall collection at Pink Chicken features floral and animal prints, tartan, gingham and more designs that girls will love. As for the boys—the store’s Blue Rooster line includes stylish duds like camouflage pants and a safari-themed T-shirt. 14 Amagansett Square, Amagansett, pinkchicken.com –Liane Nelson
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East End mother-of-five Anastasia Gavalas launched the Wing It Project to help kids feel empowered. The organization—which encourages parents to host a Wing It event at their homes—teaches kids how to create their own unique pair of fabric wings that they can use during playtime. “It’s a very symbolic way to recognize their ability,” Gavalas explains. Donations to the nonprofit are applied to educational programs for children across the world. anastasiagavalas.com –LN 144
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I went cold turkey (cue the soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream). I 86-ed every last grain of sugar from my apartment. No more Lucky Charms to start the day with a sweet buzz. Byebye, extra-large bags of Haribo everything. I read labels on food religiously and carefully. I bought tons of fresh fruit at Whole Foods. I read that dark chocolate—in moderation—is OK. And fancy, artisanal dark chocolate is a big thing right now. I carried Hu, Mast Brothers and Compartes bars with me everywhere. Small nibs of dark chocolate became my methadone. Dark chocolate does have some sugar, but not nearly the amount of say, a Twinkie. I didn’t have a single headache. Ever. No nightmares. No painful urges to wolf down three bags of Sour Patch Kids in a row at midnight. I’m truly a new person. Everything feels better. Fitness is more fun because I have more energy and the results— weight loss, toned muscles—happen faster. I sleep soundly and my internal clock has been reset so I am not rifling through drawers at 3AM looking for a sugar fix. Even my brain feels sharper. It astonishes me how much sugar racked my mind and body. I used to jolt awake at weird hours when I was in the throes of my sugar addiction. I’d shuffle halfasleep into my kitchen at 5AM to eat gummy bears. I have more consistent energy than I’ve ever had in my life. My body is morphing. Within days, my mug—once puffed-out from pounds of sugar—looks more chiseled. Friends comment on how amazing I look. “What are you doing?” they demand. The more compliments I receive, the easier it is to stay clear of The Fudge Company and 7-Eleven’s massive candy selection. Vanity is a great motivator.
Hi, my name is Peter and I’m a sugar addict. I know that sounds très AA, but it’s true. Ever since I could chew food, I’ve been hooked on candy. I crave all foodstuffs fully loaded with sugar: Haribo gummy bears, Hershey’s bars, Pez (I don’t need the cute canisters, just the sugar bricks), bubble gum (Bazooka, Bubble Yum, Bubblicious), Ben & Jerry’s, Giving up sugar meant and any dessert, from switching from candy to the pricey soufflé at healthy desserts. La Grenouille to those glistening glazed doughnuts sold for a buck from metal carts on every Manhattan street corner from 6-10AM. Buying a birthday cake to keep in the fridge, as snack food, seemed normal to me. Then one morning—wham!—I decided to never, ever eat sugar again. I was sick of sleeping badly, looking bloated and spending thousands of dollars a year in the candy aisles of Duane Reade. But I was scared. Sugar and its evil cousin, high-fructose corn syrup, are everywhere, from mustard to chicken stock to bacon. A pal told me kicking sugar was equivalent to battling a heroin habit. Gary Taubes’ The Case Against Sugar is filled with frightening facts. Did you know that sugar contributes to Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and of course obesity? I had to quit. But would I have withdrawals? Pounding headaches? Night sweats? The shakes? How would I survive? A stint at Betty Ford for bubble gum dependency seemed dramatic. I ordered Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It on my Amazon Prime app, then cancelled the order. I needed to knock this habit on my own. If I was able to quit smoking without Nicorette, acupuncture or a NicoDerm patch, I could give up sugar, too. 148
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One man wages war with sugar—and kicks the habit. BY PETER DAVIS
Montauk local and executive chef at The Crow’s Nest, John Yashinowsky, gives Purist the scoop on food, fishing and farm life in his beloved hamlet. BY CRISTINA CUOMO
The inviting bar at The Crow’s Nest; below, a selecetion of the chef’s dishes.
BALSAM FARMS CORN “Make a corn relish or salad by seasoning some peeled ears with ZOE olive oil, Amagansett sea salt and ground cumin. Grill the ears, cut the kernels off and serve with fish, scallops, lobster—or on its own. You can add other grilled veggies, cilantro and lime. If you’re an adventurous cook, make a stock with the corn cobs, strain it and add some grilled kernels back, purée in a blender with a pinch of cumin and turmeric and you have corn sauce.” AMAGANSETT HEIRLOOM BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES “Buy at a local farm, slice, sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground pepper and some thinly sliced basil.” DAVIS PEACH FARM PEACHES “Brush halved peaches with butter, top with a streusel crumb, bake in the oven for 15 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream.” AMBER WAVES ORGANIC WHEAT BERRIES “Forget about gluten allergies—this is a special local product. Boil like rice—one cup wheat berries to 2 1/2 cups water. Cook until tender and drain the extra water. Cool in a shallow pan in the fridge. Sprinkle on salads or mix with lentils and fresh herbs for a tabbouleh.” LOCAL FLUKE AND SEA BASS “I like catching, serving and eating these great local fish (you can ‘catch’ yours at Gosman’s fish market). Try a ceviche: dice fish to dime-size pieces, then marinate in lemon, lime and orange juices with sea salt, hot chilies, red onion and cilantro.” 150
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How long have you been at The Crow’s Nest in Montauk? I am in my third season at The Crow’s Nest, but that doesn’t count the summers I spent there as a dishwasher and cook in the late ’70s, when it was an all-you-can-eat buffet—my first restaurant job. You’ve worked all over since then, from years as a private chef and estate manager to owning your own restaurants in Montauk. Did you ever go to culinary school? My only school training was some classes at the Culinary Institute, where I studied pastries, chocolate and bread-baking. Working in hotels and in small restaurants with master chef owners was time better spent. We like to say, “Burn and learn.” In my 30s, I worked for free in several NYC restaurants: Daniel, Le Bernardin, Chanterelle, La Côte Basque and Bouley. The best thing about being a chef is that you never stop learning. What has been your ultimate chef experience? Thirty-nine years later, I am back at The Crow’s Nest running the busiest, most popular restaurant kitchen of my career, serving food that is local and organic, and guests are enjoying it. During my eight years away from the restaurant business, I was able to look at food with a fresh perspective, and here at Crow’s Nest I put those lessons into play. I get to specially source every single menu item, from our Meyer natural beef and ZOE olive oil to our custom burrata from a natural dairy in Vermont. I take the simple Chez Panisse approach and let quality products stand out, not being overly creative. I guess this would be the dream of most chefs and I get to do it a mile from my home.
Meet the Southampton couple behind Plain-T, a line of teas packed with health benefits and a natural tick repellent. BY MICHELE SHAPIRO boasts that her family has been tick-free since they started drinking the Cistus -infused teas two years ago. “And the kids didn’t catch one cold this past winter.” The key, she adds, is consistency: “You have to drink at least one cup every day.” The next phase of the business is e-commerce. A Plain-T website (plain-t.com) offering both orthodox teas ($14-$40 for a 2-ounce bag) and a new line of Wellness & Detox teas ($15-$20 for a 2-ounce bag), including those with Cistus, launched in late July. While the site’s launch has kept the entrepreneurial couple even busier than usual this summer, they do take time for an occasional day at Cryder Beach in Southampton. Thanks to their teas, their whole family has been enjoying it in good health.
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Whether your goal is to ward off certain cancers, reduce stroke risk or simply clear up your skin, there’s a tea for that. Tathiana Teixeira, a former professional ballet dancer, first experienced the benefits of tea early on in her 15-year career. “Many dancers aren’t healthy. They smoke, drink lots of coffee and don’t eat nutritious foods,” admits the 43-yearold, who—more than a decade ago—started the boutique tea brand Plain-T with her husband, Alessandro, a former pro tennis player. “I was having trouble with my veins because I had poor circulation, and the doctors wanted to operate when I was 23.” To avoid having to go under the knife, Tathiana stopped drinking coffee for six months and instead drank only green tea, which studies have found helps unclog arteries. “It improved my blood flow,” she recalls, “and I no longer needed surgery.” The couple, both of whom were born and raised in Brazil, have since devoted their lives to educating others about what Alessandro, 47, who goes by Alex, calls the secret truth about tea. “There are a lot of misconceptions out there. People think tea is just Lipton or Twinings. They don’t understand the potential health benefits.” After two and a half years of researching, studying the tea plant industry and enlisting a European tea master to help them source the purest teas from family-owned gardens around the world (“we’re in tune with the environment and the labor practices at the gardens from which we source,” says Alex), the couple launched Plain-T in New York City, where they lived at the time, when Tathiana was pregnant with their daughter Maya, now 12. “The first sale of what I call our 100-percent orthodox teas was to Sant Ambroeus in Southampton,” says Alex. “We felt the Hamptons would be an amazing test market for us, because the customer base is picky.” His instincts were right: In the decade since, a host of local venues—including Pierre’s, Tutto Il Giorno, Duryea’s Lobster Deck, Le Bilboquet and Provisions—have added Plain-T to their menus, and Tate’s Bake Shop is the exclusive seller of the company’s line of small-batch iced tea, which is both sugar and preservative-free. By the time the couple’s second child, Luma, now 7, was born, they’d moved themselves and their business to the Hamptons. The couple had the East End in mind when they began adding Cistus, a natural tick repellent sourced from Greece, to several of their Wellness & Detox teas. “Cistus doesn’t only repel ticks—it helps boost the immune system,” says Tathiana. She
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Late summer is the perfect time to balance your diet. Monte Farber and Amy Zerner offer a healthy idea from their Signs & Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook to help pave the way. for the Autumnal Equinox, the equality of day and night.
Toward the end of August, with summer at the peak of her bounty, the tide turns. The Sun is noticeably lower and it’s getting dark earlier. There’s a fragrant coolness in the evenings. Our focus and our mood shift from the lazy days of summer to the prospect of moving back indoors, going back to school, back to work. Messages of caution come from within, too. We feel a need to purify ourselves of Leo’s excesses and atone for his overbearing pride. Virgo, the Maiden, cool, clear, and dry as a September day, is the embodiment of purity and grace; she is the soul of diplomacy, control, discrimination and intellect. Like Taurus and Capricorn, astrology’s other two Earth signs, the Maiden is grounded, practical and realistic. Mercury’s influence, however, lightens her mind and makes it more flexible than her fellow Earth signs. Once again, there is synthesis in the Cycle of Life. The Maiden is mercurial. The hermaphroditic offspring of the silver Moon and the golden Sun, she is the Quicksilver One, changeable, with both masculine and feminine tendencies. Back in the house, the Maiden simplifies, organizes, sorts, disposes of clutter, attending to details and little things. Back to school, pens are full of ink, pencils are sharpened, and the pages of the notebooks are blank, virgin. Back to work, meeting demands and high standards, putting in long hours, mastering one’s field bring satisfaction to the meticulous Maiden. As in dreams there is a punning reality to waking life. The fruits of late summer are ripe and ready to pick. Virgo has the reputation for being picky. The end of summer is the natural time for self-criticism, self-reflection and purification. There are days of atonement and service to others. It is a nostalgic time, a time to think about past Septembers, a time to think about health. The harvest must be protected from insects and disease, all human and workers, too, must be prepared for the hard work ahead. In the back of their minds all know winter is coming. For some this may mean eating lightly. For others, it may mean spending time in the kitchen, learning new things, developing technique, and serving others the results. Though Libra is the sign of the Scales, Virgo is the time to balance our diets, to balance ourselves, in preparation
Serves 4 (makes 8 skewers) Turmeric is the ground root of the curcuma plant. It imparts a deep orange-gold color to food seasoned with it, and has both the bittersweet bite of ginger and the heat of hot pepper. Traditionally it had a place in rituals of purification. Studies show that it does indeed have significant anti-inflammatory properties.
½ cup olive oil, divided ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. turmeric ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch squares 1 large fennel bulb, well-trimmed, cut into 1-inch squares 1 large red bell pepper, trimmed, seeds and ribs removed, cut into 1-inch squares
1. Whisk together ¼ cup of the olive oil, the lemon and orange juices, the cumin, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper in bowl large enough to accommodate the chicken cubes. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 2. Prepare a hot grill. When ready to grill, add the onion, fennel and pepper squares to the marinating chicken and toss to coat. 3. Thread each skewer with two rounds of onion-chicken-fennel-chicken-pepper-chicken. 4. Grill the kebabs over medium-high heat, brushing with the remaining marinade, until the chicken meat is thoroughly cooked through (to 165 degrees) and the vegetables have softened, 8 to 10 minutes. 154
From Signs & Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook. Copyright © 2017 by Monte Farber and Amy Zerner, with Chef John Okas. Reprinted with permission by HarperElixir, a line of HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
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The founding farmers of Amagansett’s Amber Waves, Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow, are celebrating one busy, abundant year. BY JIM SERVIN
Amber Waves now grows over 300 varieties of heirloom and modern vegetables, which go out to 150 CSA members packed in handcrafted 12-by-18-by-6-inch wooden boxes. What crops are thriving this summer? “Lettuce and kale are pretty happy right now,” says Merrow, “and it looks like we’re about to have the best garlic crop ever.” To maintain equilibrium while their business and personal lives expand, Baldwin and Merrow put wheat farming on hold this year, a first in the history of Amber Waves, and have limited the number of restaurants and caterers they supply. The core group that remains includes Almond in Bridgehampton, 1770 House and Carissa in East Hampton, the Crow’s Nest in Montauk, and Hamptons Aristocrat in Southampton. “We didn’t want to spread ourselves, and our produce, too thin,” says Baldwin. Even with their pared-down schedule, Baldwin and Merrow are still prime specimens of productivity. What’s the secret behind their stamina? “Drinking beer helps,” says Merrow. “The social camaraderie at the end of a day with a few other farmers is so important,” explains Baldwin. “As for food, we’re trying to eat what we grow, as much as we can: greens, rice, beans and eggs. Clean, simple eating.”
“I had a baby in June—Beatrice Anne Michels—yet another lady farmer,” announces Katie Baldwin, who, with Amanda Merrow, brings first-class cultivation skills and stylish girl-power grit to the Hamptons as co-founders of Amber Waves farm, now in its ninth year in Amagansett. The newborn isn’t the team’s only big news. Last December, Baldwin, 36, and Merrow, 31, became proprietors of the land they’ve been putting so much muscle into for nearly a decade. “Becoming landowners gives us a guaranteed permanence within the farming community,” says Merrow. “It’s more difficult in Eastern Long Island than almost anywhere else in the country to compete with land prices that are targeted toward development, and not agriculture.” The duo purchased a 9-acre parcel on Main Street—their original 5-acre field, plus the Amagansett Farmers Market, allowing Amber Waves to sell their freshly harvested produce, along with baked goods and dairy, while hosting workshops for DIY activities like gutting fish, making herbal hand salves and arranging flowers. “The idea is to showcase the vegetables, flowers and eggs that we produce ourselves,” says Merrow, “and to showcase the products of our farmers friends, like Balsam Farms and Quail Hill Farm, as well as neighboring Amagansett farmers.” 156
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Amanda Merrow, left, and Katie Baldwin, at their farm stand.
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Give your palate a trip around the world with this guide to some of the best places to get ethnic food on the East End. BY JAMIE BUFALINO
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that are serving up creative takes on global food. “We designed Union Cantina to encompass both the classic and modern flavors of Mexican cuisine,” says chef Scott Kampf (who also oversees the menu at Southampton Social Club). “The dish I created—deconstructed enchiladas—offers a mixture of textures, colors and flavors.” “With our farm-to-table approach, we are serving the freshest local ingredients available,” says Ian Duke, owner of Union Cantina and Southampton Social Club (256 Elm St., Southampton; 631.287.1400). The latter’s menu has gotten a bit of a Japanese makeover. “This year we decided that sushi would be a great addition,” says Kampf, who also offers a seared wasabi pea-crusted tuna as an entree. If you’re in the mood for a taste of Thai, Michaels’ (28 Maidstone Park Rd., East Hampton; 631.324.0725) has a South East Asia steamed mussels dish that is packed with traditional Thai flavors like lemongrass, ginger, chili peppers and coconut milk. And the Highway Restaurant & Bar (290 Montauk Highway, East Hampton; 631-527-5372) offers Thai yellow curry made with striped bass and kafir lime. And if you’re heading back to the city and suddenly develop a yen for Caribbean food, make a pit stop at Rumba (43 Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays; 631.594.3544), which offers shrimp tacos with a dash of island flair thanks to passion fruit aioli, mangos, sriracha and eel sauce.
Given its proximity to New York City’s dizzying array of ethnic foods, the Hamptons restaurant scene can—at first blush—seem gastronomically one-note. But the truth is, there’s a world of global fare on the East End, and the selection keeps getting larger. This summer marked the long-awaited arrival of Le Bilboquet—an outpost of the Upper East Side French bistro—to B. Smith’s former spot in Sag Harbor. With entrees like Scallops a la Plancha served with a sauce vierge—made with olive oil, lemon juice, tomato and basil—Le Bilboquet (1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor; 631.808.3767) takes local produce and seafood and gives them a Gallic twist. “The oysters and catch of the day, and our other healthy options, are as pure and delicious as the Sag Harbor setting,” says owner Philippe Delgrange. “It’s like being in St. Tropez, only closer.” Meanwhile in Bridgehampton, the new restaurant Elaia Estiatorio (95 School St., Bridgehampton; 631.613.6469) is serving up classic Greek fare. “I have vivid memories of the Greek seaside fish tavernas that were part of my family’s weekend rituals,” says chef Cosmas Bisticas. “Freshly caught fish grilled in a simple, unpretentious fashion. These are the memories that influence our kitchen at Elaia.” There are also plenty of established restaurants—like Southampton’s Union Cantina (40 Bowden Square, Southampton; 631.377.3500) and the Southampton Social Club— 158
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The theme was “the art of food and cooking,” the dinner table conversation spirited and the design delightful—and all for a great cause. BY RAY ROGERS
Martha Stewart mans the supersize paella pan.
“Everything in life can be done artfully—even how you set a table,” says Galerie magazine founder Lisa Cohen. At her annual School’s Out fete benefiting LGBTQ students at Hetrick-Martin Institute, that meant light green hydrangeas and a subdued color scheme to the table linens so the Majorelle blue glasses (“a color that always makes me happy”) could stand out. For a showstopping entrée, she had a superstar assist from her Lily Pond Lane next-door neighbor, Martha Stewart, who brought along her personal chef and even helped cook the evening’s meal herself. “Paella’s perfect for large groups outdoors,” Stewart tells Purist. “It’s easy to make. You can cook the entire dish in less than 25 minutes, and it’s fun and theatrical.” Mini Cooper provided transportation for event co-chairs (from left) Ward Williams, Malcolm James Kutner, Benjamin Dixon, HMI CEO Thomas Krever and James Cohen.
The back deck, with ocean views, made for a serene setting.
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6 lobsters, 4 whole chickens, 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil, 4 tablespoons paprika, 6 tablespoons coarse salt, 4 pounds boneless pork loin, 3 pounds chorizo, 2 cups diced onion, 1 cup minced garlic, 4 pounds squid, 4 pounds medium shrimp, 3 pounds sea scallops, muscles trimmed, 6 green bell peppers, 2 pounds asparagus, 4 cups fresh peas, 4 cups chopped tomatoes, 3 dozen small mussels, 10 to 12 cups homemade chicken stock, 10 cups long-grain rice, 2 cups cognac, 2 tablespoons Spanish saffron threads, freshly ground pepper, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice See the full recipe at thepuristonline.com.
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Supermodel Carolyn Murphy learned the ways of wellness from her hippie mother, flirted with bad habits on the Paris runways, retreated to Costa Rica to rejuvenate, then established herself as the face of Estée Lauder, East End equestrian and intrepid explorer of all things mind,body and spirit. Murphy shares tales and tips from her new home in Sag Harbor. BY CRISTINA CUOMO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS STYLING BY GRETCHEN GUNLOCKE FENTON
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living? What was your routine like there? CM: My ex-husband and I would get up and surf at 5 in the morning and go fishing, or on packing trips with the horses, or up to the turtles in Ostional. Everything was based on the natural environment. The intention for the restaurant and hotel I bought was to turn it into a yoga-surf retreat and do really fresh food and everything local, but then it was just easier to have kind of a surf hut where everybody would want a cold beer and fish tacos. CC: Which are healthy. CM: Which are, ya know, still healthy. CC: When was your first Vogue cover? CM: I had a few Vogue covers at the beginning of my career—early ’90s, I did a lot of French Vogue covers, but my first American Vogue cover was ’95. CC: Have you noticed your body’s needs change from then to now? CM: Forty is a different story. Hormones—I think that’s the conversation that starts happening in your 40s, adrenal fatigue, cortisol and just keeping your body nourished through diet and having some help with supplements. Sleep and exercise are super important. CC: How do you maintain balance in your life? CM: I make a lot of lists: 7AM wake up, 7:20 meditate…my intentions are always to strike a balance, but I just kinda go with the flow now at this point. Whatever feels right. Normally I have a little battery-operated alarm. I don’t have anything electric in the room. With the recent move, I’ve had to have my cell phone to wake up until I get a little clock, a big no-no, but it’s across the room and at least it’s set to Led Zeppelin “Going to California.” CC: Good song. Since you’re the face of beauty for a lot of women, do you feel pressure to maintain the most natural beauty habits? CM: I don’t feel the pressure. It just is who I am. It’s what I love talking about. I love relating to women, sharing stories and learning.
CRISTINA CUOMO: Living clean is something you have done for a very long time. When did you first start on the path to wellness? CAROLYN MURPHY: I was raised with a mom who was very health-conscious. We went to iridologists, and were cooking from the hippie cookbooks. But then there I was traveling to Paris in the early ’90s, doing [fashion] shows. Valentino and all these other designers start feeding you Champagne and ham sandwiches. I kept wondering why I wasn’t feeling well and sleeping well. That’s when I learned that maybe smoking and drinking probably weren’t the best ideas. So I went back to N.Y. and met Sally Kravich. CC: The nutritionist. I went to her, too. CM: I love Sally. So I met Sally in 1994 and then I started researching—this is pre-Internet—reading tons of books and finding out about biodynamic farming and genetically modified foods. It just went from there, and it became a lifestyle choice. CC: Did you grow up on a farm? CM: My family’s farm, yeah, in Virginia. Between there, the panhandle of Florida, and my parents’ hometown of D.C., I had the best of all worlds—beach, farm and city. CC: Did you surf in Florida? CM: I didn’t start surfing until I was a teenager. I was terrified of sharks, but my brother had put me on a 10-foot Hutson longboard, and I was hooked. I really started surfing in ’97, when I went to Costa Rica. CC: You lived there for a while, just as your modeling career skyrocketed. You just disappeared to Costa Rica. CM: I was feeling a bit empty, even with all of the success, and needed to find something else outside that felt real. I was attracted to the simplicity of life there, and needed nature to recharge. The industry kind of glorified the move because they thought it was out of character and a contradiction to my Grace Kelly persona, but that shows how much people project, and how little they know me! CC: How did life in Costa Rica pave the way for healthy
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“I don’t have a strict regimen. It’s whatever feels good to the body, even if that’s ice cream. At BuddhaBerry last night, it was like, make sure you get me the cookie dough.” that’s a half pint of ice cream. At BuddhaBerry last night, it was like, “Make sure you get me the cookie dough. Please make sure you get me the cookie dough”—as I put down my Modelo Especial after I had three tacos from La Fondita. I don’t want to be too strict on anything, because it’s not realistic. CC: So when you’re balancing on the side of health, what does that look like? CM: We have a heavy plant-based diet and Dylan loves cooking. We’ve always had gardens, chickens and support local farmers wherever we live. Avocados, salmon, that’s pretty much what we eat everyday. You will love Bragg’s Amino Acids. It’s made in Santa Barbara. It’s not tainted. You can spray it, you can douse it. It’ll be your new best friend. That’s another thing you have to be careful of: where you’re getting your olive oil from. CC: How did you find Sag Harbor? CM: I was living in California, and looking for a rental. I was longing for that East Coast history, which I felt like I was missing on the West Coast. That was eight years ago, and I’ve tried other places. Anywhere out here is so beautiful, but there’s just something with Sag Harbor—the quaintness and the history— that resonates with me on a deeper level. And the arts, the writing and the painting. There’s just a real community. CC: What advice would you give your younger self? CM: It would be a very long list. Patience is the first thing that comes to mind, but I would say to love yourself more. That’s truly where, in the times of decision-making, if you’re coming from that place, you’re gonna make better decisions. I would probably tell myself to stay true to myself because I didn’t do that a lot of the times. There were times where I couldn’t differentiate between who I was supposed to be and who I really was. Modeling is what I do, it’s not who I am, but it’s taken me over 20 years to figure that out. CC: What are your biggest challenges as a mother? CM: My friend Stephanie says, “I have to take care of myself first, and then my husband and my kids.” That sounds so weird to me. It sounds really foreign, but then I thought if I tried to implement that in my life, if I get up 20 or 30 minutes early and go for a run, I’ll be a much nicer person, which I didn’t do today. CC: [Laughing] We’re going to take you to the ocean. That should help. CM: It’s going to be worth it because it’s going to be fun. The salt water heals anything and everything!
CC: Did you get a chance to meet Estée Lauder herself? CM: Unfortunately, I didn’t meet her in person. [Her granddaughter] Aerin had prompted me to visit her at the townhouse on several occasions, but [Estée] was not well and I was living in California still. I really would’ve loved to have spent time with her. I feel blessed to have been her last choice as a spokesmodel, along with Aerin. And her legacy—to continue that is a true honor. CC: What is the best advice you were ever given? CM: It’s from my nana: “Beauty is as beauty does.” CC: How has technology changed the way you live? CM: That’s a constant battle, because I don’t want to give in entirely to it, but on a positive note, I’m in touch with a lot more people and my calendar is organized. However, I find myself going down the rabbit hole of Instagram when I should be reading, painting or doing something creative. I go through phases and tell people “I’m consistent at being inconsistent” with emails or texts. CC: I hear you. I just watched my daughter and her friend furiously texting. CM: I was fighting it two hours ago. “Put your phone down!” “Read a book!” A cellphone bucket—that’s what I have at my house. I put the cellphone bucket by the door, so when Dylan comes in the house or her friends come over, I check. They go in the cellphone bucket. CC: I’m going to do that! I noticed that you’re really good about getting to bed early no matter the activity. Where does that discipline come from? CM: My father, because he is military, so he likes to be in bed early. Early to bed, early to rise. He’s the most consistent person I know. The coffee pot is on at 5AM. You just get to enjoy so much more of the day, but I need at least eight hours of sleep. CC: What about eating habits, and how does nutrition factor in for you? CM: Well, I mean your car’s not gonna run unless you put gasoline in it. You are what you eat. CC: How about when you’re traveling? CM: All those little snack packs—the bulk aisle at the health food store, LifeThyme in the city. I just stock up on nuts, dried fruit or look up local markets and health food stores. If I’m in Paris, I might give into steak-frites and a glass of wine, but for the most part, I don’t have a strict regimen. It’s just whatever feels good to the body, because I think it tells you, even if 175
Kicking off Purist’s inaugural Ideas Festival, an eclectic gathering of distinguished academics and creatives in the fields of new technology, education, politics, wellness and environmentalism, bring their combined wisdom and experience to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on August 29-30. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTOPHER CLARKE
Spiritualist Father Edward L. Beck, C.P. is a presider at The Sunday Mass and the on-air Faith and Religion Commentator for CNN. He is the author of three books, God Underneath, Unlikely Way Home, and Soul Provider, and of the play, Sweetened Water. Father Beck is also a chaplain to the incarcerated in both state and federal prison. Governor Andrew Cuomo served four years as New York’s Attorney General prior to his election. He first practiced law as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and briefly worked at a law firm before founding Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP), a not-for-profit organization designed to combat homelessness in NYC. In 1997, Cuomo was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Throughout his time as Governor, he has been working to make communities across the state stronger and safer for all New Yorkers. Motivationalist Donna D’Cruz was born in South India and grew up in Australia before settling in NYC. Her signature Dip Into Bliss meditations have been shared at Facebook, Columbia University Women in Business, Soho House, NeueHouse, the Standard Hotel and more. D’Cruz speaks globally and is the co-producer of the bestselling Soul of Healing Meditation and Soul of Healing Chakra Balancing series. She is the lead meditation instructor at Phoenix House, America’s oldest Drug and Alcohol Recovery Institution. Actress, author and nutrition expert Jennifer Esposito, launched her career withdebit, an appearance on Law Hedoluptasi cuptate & Order in the ’90s and went on to mquaspitet es aut quas as here. star on the hit TV series, Spin City, and
later in Blue Bloods. Following the discovery of her celiac disease, Esposito opened the beloved gluten-free Jennifer’s Way Bakery in NYC. She also wrote Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease—What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again in 2014 and this year came out with Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life. Columbia University’s Thought Leader Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is the founder and Principal Investigator of the Columbia Lighthouse Project and a member of the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Named one of New York Magazine’s “Most Influential” people, Dr. Posner continues to work with the FDA, CDC, NIMH, U.S. Department of Education, military health care and other agencies on suicide assessment and surveillance. In 2007, Dr. Posner was recognized as the most Distinguished Alumna in the past 50 years of her graduate school at Yeshiva University. In 2013, she received the New York State Suicide Prevention Award. Best-selling author, finance and cyber expert, Adam K. Levin, is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years experience in personal finance, privacy, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, he is Chairman and Founder of CyberScout and Co-Founder of Credit.com. He is President of the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, which has been a strong supporter of financial literacy, higher education and the arts. Levin was also nominated twice to run for the U.S. House of Representatives from his home state of New Jersey. Dr. Frank Lipman is a pioneer in both xxx 177
integrative and functional medicine. He is the founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC, a New York Times best-selling author and the creator of Be Well, which offers premium supplements, cleanse programs and personalized health coaching to help people achieve genuine and sustainable life changes. Environmentalist and seasoned campaign strategist, Alex Matthiessen, has spent the past 25 years leading large-scale environmental stewardship initiatives including building New York’s leading clean water nonprofit, Riverkeeper, into an advocacy powerhouse. He has served as advisor to New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer’s transition team, directed grassroots programming at the Rainforest Action Network and served as a politically appointed special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Matthiessen developed Green Energy Parks, for which he received a White House Presidential Award and is currently President of Blue Marble Project. For this issue, Matthiessen interviewed his neighbor in Sag Harbor, CNN’s Don Lemon. Author and scientist Carl Safina’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard and George Rabb medals. Safina has a PhD in ecology and is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he cochairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He is also founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center.
PROTECTING OUR SEAS
In his essay for Purist, Governor Andrew Cuomo updates readers on his ongoing initiatives to restore optimum health to waterways in the Hamptons.
strides to reverse the effects of brown tide on Long Island and restore the area’s shellfish population. In 2015, New York State appropriated $5 million to develop the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, which represents one of the most significant environmental initiatives on Long Island since the preservation of the Pine Barrens. This multiyear initiative will help reduce nitrogen in Long Island’s waters, which will further reduce the harm caused by brown tides and help return the area’s shellfish population to historic levels. This past June, I committed $2.05 million in funding to support the New York Sea Grant program, which advances an array of research to improve the health of our oceans. The new funding comes at a time when the federal government is proposing to defund Sea Grant nationwide and the vital work that the program provides. With funding from New York State, Sea Grant will be able to expand its research across Long Island, and help us better understand how we can best increase the shellfish population and improve water quality on Long Island.
The waters surrounding Long Island were once home to some of the country’s most fertile shellfish beds, creating a valuable ecosystem for the region. Shellfish, including oysters and clams, filtered the water, creating a welcoming habitat for other marine species and a boon to the local economy. Over the past 40 years, Long Island’s shellfish population has significantly declined, mainly due to overharvesting in the 1970s and early 1980s. Compounding the problem, the growing occurrence of harmful algae blooms known as brown tide wreaks havoc on Long Island waters. Fueled by elevated levels of nitrogen, brown tide harms aquatic ecosystems and interferes with the ability of shellfish to eat, grow and reproduce. The absence of shellfish, which naturally absorb toxins in the water, has had a multiplier effect, impairing removal of excess nitrogen, and creating conditions for more intense algae blooms. Improved water quality offers a more stable environment for additional shellfish growth and the growth of the local shellfish economy. Throughout my tenure as governor, I have made great 178
Actress and soon-to-be full-time East Hampton resident Jennifer Esposito— who starred in Showtime’s The Affair—talks about living with celiac disease and how she’s committed to helping people eat and feel better. BY CRISTINA CUOMO
CC: Celiac disease is something you still have to cope with on a daily basis, how has it affected your eating habits? JE: You don’t have to be a drill sergeant and not enjoy your life. I make everything from pasta Bolognese to pizza, but it’s in a different way. Like pizza with a cauliflower crust. You just have to think differently about the way you eat. It’s almost like solving a puzzle. You can totally still make cookies, bread and pasta, and make it fun, but still gluten-free. You think, what do you want the end result to be and how do you get there without gluten, which will make you bloated and break out with pimples and feel
Cristina Cuomo: After you spent decades dealing with unexplained health issues, a doctor finally diagnosed you with celiac disease. How has your life changed since that diagnosis? Jennifer Esposito: I was almost dead with this disease and no one knew what was going on, and thankfully I figured out a road through it, so I’ve become such an advocate. Informing people about celiac disease and becoming gluten-free is something I believe in. You can change your life based on what what you’re eating. I know it because I’ve lived it. CC: And you’ve said that you’ve also learned to trust your own instincts about your health, right? JE: Yes, I truly believe that you know your body more than any doctor is going to, so you need to speak up and demand answers. I would have been in so much trouble if I didn’t speak up. Last year, I had breast cancer—It was found very early and now I’ve gotten the all-clear—but that cancer was only found because I was so in tune with what was happening in my body. CC: Thank God you caught it so early. JE: Thankfully, I kept persisting. I went to my doctor and he said, “Jenn, I checked everything and nothing’s wrong.” But I knew something was up and sure enough they found cancer cells in my right breast. Whether it’s celiac disease, whether it’s breast cancer, if you feel there is something wrong stop and get an answer.
disgusting? CC: And now you’ve got a cookbook to help people make great gluten-free dishes. JE: Yes, It’s all gluten-free recipes focused on how you can still eat and enjoy yourself. I found that it’s really about reducing not only gluten, but grains. Getting rid of grains in a way that you can still have fiber, still get what you need, but do it in a way that keeps inflammation to a minimum. It runs along the same lines as the Autoimmune Protocol Diet, which has helped so many people reset their immune systems. It can be pretty strict, but you’re still having pizza made of cauliflower. You’re still having great pudding made out of avocado. You’re having French toast. I’m not telling you to only have salads and a carrot. So it’s a way of showing you how to eat great and be gluten-free. 179
A PLEA FOR SCIENCE
Author Carl Safina weighs in on the origins of Trump’s anti-science playbook.
of Science awardees, and 9,000 other scientists eventually signed a statement that said, “The administration has often manipulated the process through which science enters into its decisions… by placing people who are professionally unqualified or who have clear conflicts of interest in official posts and on scientific advisory committees; by disbanding existing advisory committees; by censoring and suppressing reports by the government’s own scientists; and by simply not seeking independent scientific advice.” Other administrations have done some of this, the statement said, “but not so systematically.” Chris Mooney summed up the Bush inquisition in The Republican War on Science. The year Barack Obama was elected, the scientific journal Nature Immunology ran an editorial, “Politicizing Science No More.” which began, “The United States has suffered years of anti-science policy under the Bush regime.” The anti-science skills of the early ’00s under Bush have become the playbook for Trump’s appalling appointments. The United States is abandoning global scientific leadership for political and business expediencies resulting in shortsighted—and simply bad—policies that hurt the health of people and our environment. Of course, not only politicians distort science. Anti-vaxers, for instance, hold views that put children at risk. But when the White House sides against public health and our environment, it’s a different deal. It’s a breakdown of “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It’s anti-American. And that’s the America we have, until we make it great again.
When I was a boy, I wanted to learn about the world, what was in it and how it worked. Pretty early I found something that did just that. It was called science. Science is about what exists whether you believe it or not. It is a guide around preconceptions. The great power of science is this: When we know what is real, we can intelligently debate what to do about it. Not knowing what’s real means we can’t make good decisions. So science is very special. Religion, philosophy or law can’t tell us about how plants grow, or what the atmosphere is made of, or whether smoking causes cancer. Science is the thing that tries to get that information for you. Science is the only thing that immediately adjusts its beliefs to new information. But what if you don’t want people to know? In the early 2000s, science was documenting accelerating climate changes. Coal and oil bring us climate change. They also bring lots of cash to politicians. The fossil fuel people needed a way to stop science. George W. Bush was the way. Soon after he took office, I started hearing phrases like, “Science is just another special interest.” That was the trick: politicize science. George W. Bush got to work, hiring scores of lobbyists and industry lawyers and corporate spokespeople into positions that were supposed to protect the public interest. In 2004, the Union of Concerned Scientists noted, “the current Bush administration has suppressed or distorted the scientific analyses,” noting that “irregularities in the appointment of scientific advisors and advisory panels are threatening to upset the legally mandated balance.” That year, 52 Nobel Laureates, more than 60 National Medal 180
For Father Edward L. Beck, the goal of the spiritual life is to detach from the “three Ps”—power, prestige and possessions—to pursue those eternal truths that have stood the test of time.
diocrity, or even worse, in abject poverty. The experience of many spiritual seekers begs to differ. The parable of the rich young man in the Gospel of Matthew (19:16-30) is revelatory of the goals and pitfalls of the spiritual seeker. The rich young man’s question to Jesus is a straightforward one: “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Is that not the primary question of us all? What must we do to possess happiness that cannot be taken away? After reiterating the teachings of the Judaic tradition, Jesus delivers his round-ending left punch: “If you wish to be perfect [happy], go, sell what you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” The Gospel writer tells us that the man walked away sad because he had many possessions. This parable is not about wealth or possessions. It is about an inordinate attachment to them. The point is that inordinate attachment to the ephemeral—whatever it is—will always end in disappointment and sadness. Buddhism is clear in its teaching that the root of all suffering is attachment. The Buddha says suffering is “the attachment to the desire to have (craving) and the desire not to have (aversion).” The task of the spiritual life is to detach from that which fails to satisfy and to spend time cultivating our desire for “the more,” believing that its pursuit is not only noble but life-giving. If you want to be happy, then seek that which can afford you that state of being. Clear and simple. Religious traditions aid in this pursuit by connecting us back to eternal truths that have withstood the test of time. The very word religion is from the Latin word religare, “to be tied back to, to bind.” To be religious is therefore not in opposition with (or even in juxtaposition to) being spiritual. They go together like hand and glove, both aiding us in keeping all of our worthwhile options open.
One of the most common phrases that I hear from people is, I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual. Usually it means: I don’t go to church, temple or mosque, but I believe in a higher power and in an ineffable dimension to life that goes beyond the physical. Often it also means: I want to keep all of my options open. Spirituality is an amorphous topic. It taps into a nebulous feeling that there is more to reality than our five senses can ascertain. It is about our intuition that the most significant aspects of life are about the “more,” that which has nothing to do with the narrow parameters of the physical world. Beauty, wonder, desire, imagination, love—these exist in the realm of the spiritual world. These are what, deep down, we long to give our lives. There are, however, many obstacles to the pursuit of the spiritual, beginning with the “three Ps”: power, prestige and possessions. Egocentric forces in our natural world labor to convince us that true happiness resides in the accumulation of these instead. Advertisements, pedagogical priorities in schools, job qualifications, and even parental admonitions send the not-so-subtle message that our most significant goals and accomplishments lie in control, status and wealth. We are what we do, and how well we do it. Spiritual traditions suggest, however, that this is all a ruse. They maintain that what is most true about us has nothing to do with any of those misguided priorities. We are created for love and intended for “the more.” Our life goal should be to lean into these truths while resisting the gravitational pull of that which fails to satisfy. Some would say this is an unrealistic goal given the current state of our acquisitive society. If you take your eye off the “three Ps,” then you will be left behind to wallow in me181
In a digital world riddled with hacking and identity theft, CyberScout Chairman Adam Levin provides critical care. BY DIMITRI EHRLICH
cal high-net-worth individual—who is more at risk for identity theft—might employ experts for everything from financial management to personal training, there’s still a blind spot when it comes to hiring someone to help them erect digital safeguards. In an era of Wi-Fi enabled cars, smartphone apps that allow you to control your thermostat remotely, and Bluetooth refrigerators that text you a photo to remind you you’re running low on milk, hackers now have a broad array of targets. For someone who owns several homes filled with high-tech gear belonging to the category known as “the Internet of things,” the risk of cyber theft grows exponentially. Indeed, from alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election data to breaches at corporate giants including Verizon and Yahoo, we’re bombarded daily with the threat of cyber attacks. “We are living in a world where breaches are inevitable in life,” says Levin. “The only reason every one of us hasn’t been a victim yet is there is so much out there the bad guys haven’t gotten to us yet.” So what can be done to protect yourself? One simple solution is to change the default password of every Internet gadget you own—make all your passwords long and strong. Always shred sensitive documents and never click on suspicious links. Levin also recommends people use two-factor authentication when logging onto a website. Because credit card theft is the lowest hanging fruit, you should check your financial accounts on a daily basis, and set up a transaction monitoring alert. Never use public Wi-Fi for online banking. And one handy way to guard against cyber theft? Lie. “Because there is so much info about us on social network sites, you should lie when you supply personal information as a security question,” Levin says. “If the site asks for your mother’s maiden name, don’t answer truthfully. But don’t answer so creatively that you can’t remember your lie.”
For most of human history, the mythological heroic defender was a muscular man armed with a sword, a shield and maybe some mystical powers. Today, as the threat of hacking becomes as pervasive and ominous as physical assault once was, it’s time to update our notion of what a superhero looks like. Call it the revenge of the nerds: The guy you want on your team these days is someone who knows how to keep you safe from cyber and identity theft. Someone who can leap through hard drives in a single bound, outwit hackers, and build an impenetrable digital moat around your most valuable assets. That guy is Adam Levin. Levin, who runs a white-glove digital security firm called CyberScout, has spent three decades staying one step ahead of hackers. His field is crowded these days, but what sets him apart is his ability to foresee complex threats and to explain them in language we can all understand. The best evidence of that is his new book, Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, in which he outlines what he calls the “three Ms” of cyber defense: minimizing risk of exposure; monitoring bank and credit card accounts; and managing the damage. The first step, says Levin, is recognizing the threats. Levin’s book details the differences between four kinds of scams: phishing, spear phishing, vishing and smishing (the second is when an email is written to your name; the last two are hackers using phone and text messages to dupe you). He also identifies four types of hackers: state-sponsored, those motivated for profit, those driven by a cause, and lone wolves (the proverbial 400-pound guys in their basements). “The damage done to you by any of these can be great,” says Levin. Levin says over-sharing of personal information on social media means many people have become unwitting co-conspirators in their own identity theft. And while a typi182
Wellness Advocate Donna D’Cruz guides Purist readers to let go of mental static and clear the way for big, bold thinking.
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things—that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”—Steve Jobs
alarming rate. To combat this problem, Thinley suggested replacing the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) measurement with a new and universal unit of measurement, one that factors happiness into the equation, along with incentives for sustainable production. Thinley’s ideas are incredibly bold because he is challenging a belief that most people have incorporated into their lives. I agree that our way of looking at economic growth needs to change—doing so would lead to a happier and more equitable society. On a global scale, nothing will be changed overnight, so I think we should all start incorporating this change into our everyday lives at an individual level. We can all practice producing and consuming less, and spreading kindness to ourselves, the people around us, and the environment. Let this sit with you for a moment. Stop and let your mind ponder what you’ve just read. What do you make of this bold way of thinking? Does it inspire something within you? Here’s a space for you to think on and write your big. bold and wild ideas. After writing out your ideas, cut them out and place them on your intention board or fridge—anywhere that you will look at them and be reminded of how limitless your ideas are. Memorialize your intention. Own it. Manifest. Let go. 1. 2. 3.
We all get stuck—for fresh ideas, new pathways, new relationships, innovative solutions, a person’s name. You know the feeling, right? Our usual response— left-brain, Cartesian—is to push, push, push: seek the solution, lean hard into the desire to resolve or to find clarity through the muddiness of cluttered thinking. Rather than muscle our way through, I suggest another route to inspiration. Here are a few quick, hugely efficacious hacks to undamming your creative juices. Ready? 1. Breathe. 2. Inhale to the count of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 3. Exhale to the count of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 4. Repeat twice, or however many times you need until you feel less cluttered 5. Then, close your eyes and try it again 6. Get playful 7. Look away from all screens and tablets 8. Invite new ideas In 2012, Bhutan’s Prime Minister, Jigmi Thinley, delivered a speech to the United Nations that is full of amazing, innovative, bold thinking. I love it so deeply that I feel compelled to share it with you, holding the intention that it seeds wild ideas within you. His speech was centered around the idea that economic growth is mistakenly equated to happiness and well-being. The global economic system, is, he said, “based on the premise of limitless growth on a finite planet.” In reality, growth is not limitless, and the world we live in will inevitably face both environmental and financial collapse. Additionally, humans are not doing anything to slow down the inevitable collapse; people are producing and consuming at an 183
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Dr. Frank Lipman busts the myth that cholesterol is bad for you.
central preoccupation of mainstream preventive medicine. But in fact, your body needs cholesterol to do things like support brain and nerve function, build up cell walls, make key hormones, and synthesize vitamin D. Drugging the numbers down usually makes for lousy medicine and a laundry list of potentially dangerous side effects. Muscles achy? Feeling spaced out? Worried about memory slips? It may be connected to your valiant efforts to cut cholesterol with statin drugs. Here’s how to navigate a “high cholesterol” diagnosis: •Ask your doctor to dig deeper, especially if you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors. Look at hs-C-reactive protein, particle sizes of the LDL cholesterol (sometimes called NMR Lipoprofile), Lipoprotein (a) and serum fibrinogen. These measurable physical clues will help fill in a few more pieces of the puzzle, and enable you and your doctor to develop a more customized program to help manage your risk, with or without cholesterol drugs. If your doc’s not interested in looking under the medical hood, then it may be time to switch to a new mechanic. •Commit to a low-carb diet—perhaps the most important action you can take. As you transition to this way of eating, be sure to clear all sugar (including most fruits) from your diet, eat lots of leafy green and cruciferous vegetables (not starchy or root vegetables), eat healthy fats, and avoid low-fat processed foods. •Exercise daily. •Prioritize sleep. • Add these supplements: Krill oil: 2-3 grams per day CoQ10: 200mg per day Magnesium: 300-500mg per day • Meditate daily to help lower inflammation (by reducing cortisol).
For decades, doctors warned patients, especially those at risk for heart problems, to lay off foods that were high in cholesterol, most notably egg yolks and shellfish. Well, this thinking is so outdated that even the government this year took dietary cholesterol off the no-fly list. Turns out, cholesterol in your food doesn’t significantly raise the levels of cholesterol in your blood, which is what the doctors were worried about in the first place. (And eggs and non-farmed shellfish are a great source of disease-fighting vitamins and minerals.) But more fundamentally, doctors not wedded to the old orthodoxy have come to realize that high cholesterol levels were never the public health threat they were made out to be and that the mania for lowering those levels was misguided. The research shows that most people having a first heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. Thirty years’ worth of Framingham Heart Study data shows that in most age groups, high cholesterol wasn’t associated with more deaths. The old thinking went this way: Cholesterol gets into your arteries, it builds up there as plaque, and then it’s a hopskip to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. This picture is based largely on an influential but flawed 1960s study that concluded that men who ate a lot of meat and dairy had high levels of cholesterol and heart disease. Hence, the prevailing wisdom of the last 40-plus years: Lay off saturated fats, and your cholesterol levels and heart-disease risk will drop. In practice, this gave rise to the creation of low-fat/nofat Frankenfoods (SnackWells, anyone?) that traded fats for far more damaging sugar—and launched the cholesterol-lowering-drug business bonanza. Instead of making people healthier, we’ve wound up with an obesity and diabetes epidemic that’s helping drive up rates of heart disease. This skewed view has affected what we eat, what we worry about, and what drugs we take, and it’s still the 184
THE POWER OF ASKING
Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, PhD, Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, on solving the greatest public health crisis of our time: suicide and depression.
be everywhere). However, our society does not view depression the same as, for example, cancer, where you wouldn’t hear the word “choice.” Since we’ve developed modern antidepressants like Prozac, suicide rates have dropped dramatically across the world. Treatment saves lives, but unfortunately most people who need treatment don’t get it. We don’t have this problem with other medicines like antibiotics or insulin. Another barrier: lack of screening for suicidal thoughts. Nearly 50 percent of suicides see their primary care doctor in the month before they die, and most adolescents who have tried to end their own lives present to the ER for non-psychiatric reasons. We need to screen and monitor like we do for blood pressure, hearing or vision. People want to be asked. My friend Kevin Hines survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and said if just one person had asked him if he was OK, he wouldn’t have done it. The person buying the gun at the gun shop does not want to die but does not know there is hope and help available. These are exactly the reasons why we have seen the remarkable power of asking; putting the right questions in everyone’s hands has actually helped lower the suicide rate. We must go into communities to break down the walls of stigma and misunderstanding, because when a community comes together there is hope. Now parents are asking their children, and millions of people around the world know that it is OK to ask. That is helping us to save lives.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide. According to a 2010 study, suicide has claimed more lives worldwide each year than war, homicide and natural disasters combined, and kills more people in the U.S. than car crashes. It is the No. 1 killer of teenage girls in Europe and Southeast Asia and the second-leading cause of death in all people aged 15-34 in the U.S. Eight percent of your average adolescents report making a suicide attempt each year and two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides. The CDC recently reported that life expectancy in the US has dropped, making us the only developed nation in the world with a downward trend and suicide is a significant contributor. Suicide and its greatest cause, depression, do not discriminate—they touch everyone. It is often the No. 1 cause of death among police and in an average 100,000-employee corporation, every six days an employee or family member will die from suicide. Depression is the No. 1 cause of work-related absence. These numbers only echo the devastating ripple effects suicide has on families, communities and the economy: 135 people are affected for every person who dies by suicide and these effects linger across generations because of the silence that often follows. We don’t have a cure for cancer but we do know how to prevent suicide. One of the greatest barriers to saving lives is people failing to view mental health like physical health. The biggest cause of suicide is depression, a heritable biological medical illness, and the most debilitating disease in high- and middle-income countries (and soon to 185
SURF DIARIES Wave after wave, the world is a surferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise for pros like Kelly Slater, John John Florence and novices alike. Photographers Mikey DeTemple and Morgan Maassen capture the majestic moments. xxx 186
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“I was lucky—a lot of people get addicted to pills, but I got addicted to surfing. Both are escapes. And now I equate my feelings about surfing with a certain kind of relationship, one where you’ve been abused and a girl comes along and heals the scars and puts you back on your feet. And suddenly you wake up and think, ‘Do I really love this person who healed me? Why am I even with her?’ Surfing is like that girl, and now I want to see if I even like her.” –Kelly Slater, 11x World Surf League Champion
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JOHN JOHN FLORENCE “I see surfing changing a lot with bigger waves. A lot more paddling into bigger waves, and then going to the air a lot more, with bigger flips and more spins. It’s where the progression has been going for a pretty long time now. Everyone’s taking things from snowboarding and skating and trying them out on surfing. Snowboarding’s a really good thing to look at, because of the way they twist, flip and spin. We’ll never be able to go as high, or as far as they do on some of the big jumps, but you can definitely take a page out of their book and apply it to your surfing.” –John John Florence, World Surf League Men’s Champion xxx
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ARTIST CONRAD DE KWIATKOWSKI FINDS A BLUEPRINT FOR BLISS IN THE ELEGANTLY SPARE FORMER HOME OF ARCHITECT NORMAN JAFFE. BY S U Z A N N E G A N N O N A New York City native who grew up summering in Westhampton Beach, mixed-media artist and former gallery owner Conrad de Kwiatkowski, whose work is currently represented by Jeff Lincoln in Southampton, had bought property in SoHo and Williamsburg over the years. They yielded sizable returns, but they were more like investments in places he knew he would not remain in forever. In 2015, the artist turned into a Bridgehampton driveway overgrown with privet to a concealed oasis designed by architect Norman Jaffe for his wife and himself in 1980. (The popular contemporary architect, known for highly detailed office towers like 565 Fifth Avenue, lived there until his death in 1993.) VoilĂ , the artist searching for a dream house finally found his prize.
“I fell in love with this place the first time I saw it,” says de Kwiatkowski, who didn’t know the home’s provenance at the time, yet noted the property’s stripped-down elegance, which was typical of Jaffe in his later years, when his habitable sculptures became more spiritual. Now he, his wife, Noemi, and their two young daughters reside in the shingled house—otherwise known as Jaffe’s Sea Farm—year-round except for a quiet summer month or two on a lake in Switzerland. It sits on a 1-acre flag lot that he says feels more like 100 because it’s surrounded by farms and vineyards as well as by land protected by the Peconic Land Trust. “It’s a pleasure to live in,” de Kwiatkowski says. “There are nuances to this place. The buildings seem to hover above the ground.” Consisting of three buildings with sharp angles and peaked roof lines that not only refer to Katsura Imperial Villa in Japan that so captivated Jaffe, but also recall the elaborately geometric Jewish Center of the Hamptons the architect designed in East Hampton in 1988, the property includes a 4,000-square-foot main house, a pool, and two studios—his own and the one used by his writer wife. Red cedar is abundant inside and out; interior walls are few and far between; glass is plentiful in strategic locations; and ceilings reach heavenward with skylights and exposed beams that lend definition. Because its summer residents had allowed the home to develop an aura of abandonment strangled in wisteria, the artist embarked on a restorative update with a light touch: a planting of the family’s roots, he calls it. “It was important to keep the innate integrity that drew me to buy it,” de Kwiatkowski says. He leveled out the floors, which
(clockwise from top left) The artist with his wife, Noemi, and kids; A look inside the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;minimalist decor accented with stunning artworks; the de Kwiatkowskis bought the teak Royal Botania outdoor table at the Elks Southampton design show last year; a simple tableau makes an impact against the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white walls.
A 1928 Steinway commands the art studio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I record music with that piano,â&#x20AC;? de Kwiatkowski says. xxx
On the grounds, blocks of granite symbolize de Kwiatkowski’s commitment to his wife and Sea Farm.
interiors, he’s a self-proclaimed minimalist who searches for objects that are rare. His experiments include unusually colored sea glass and stones he finds during walks on the beach and later documents in monolithic mixes of sculpture and photography. And there is the Kennedy half-dollar he once placed on a railroad track—where it was flattened by a oncoming train, leaving only the image of the slain president and the word “GOD.” He wears it around his neck. “I like my work to carry me, so I do exactly what I’m good at,” he says. “When you keep it that simple, magical things occur.” “How we ended up here, in Norman Jaffe’s last home, is nothing but serendipitous,” says the artist, who adds that the Polish heritage he shares with the architect makes them look like distant relatives. “[Jaffe] created inspiring spaces and now I feel it’s up to me to keep his creative spirit alive, at least in our humble home at Sea Farm.”
had included steps to various platforms. He finished the living room walls and ceiling in a Venetian plaster, which is dappled for much of the day with sunlight reflecting off the pool, aided by the large windows he installed. He and his wife took the lead in enhancing landscaping with Jaffe’s beloved Japanese tea house in mind, supplementing Dawn redwoods and gingkos with Japanese maples, hinoki cypresses, Norway spruces, beeches, bamboo, junipers, holly and roses. They elongated the pool and finished it in a deep blue gunite reminiscent of the Mediterranean. The addition to the property that holds the most meaning for him, though, may be the 14-ton granite stone he purchased for his wife to mark their eighth wedding anniversary. Lowered by crane onto a spot in the front yard under a cut-leaf maple near the pool, it’s a symbol, he says, of the fact that he’s not going anywhere. De Kwiatkowski’s new homestead makes a flattering gallery for his art. As in his approach to architecture and 199
An excerpt from playwright Heather Harpham’s new memoir about finding pure love and joy after giving birth. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN My first child, my girl, was born just before seven on a spring night, perfect. She was compact and fully formed, a little over five pounds. She smelled like sliced apple and salted pretzels, like the innocent recent arrival from a saline world that she was. But the midwife was worried. “She’s small for gestational age,” she kept saying. “Any problems or issues during pregnancy?” I wanted to ask her if heartbreak
counted. If sharing a bed with a good-hearted dog, rather than the baby’s father, might do it. “Also,” the midwife said, “she looks a little jaundiced.” “That’s just the Greek side,” my mom cut in, “we’re all yellow.” The midwife finally handed her over, a waxy, pinched little thing. Gory and unkempt. Not serenely smiling like the dolls of my youth. But a real baby, mine.
Excerpted from HAPPINESS: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham, published by HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY. Copyright © 2017 by Heather Harpham. All rights reserved.
When I breathed her in, a straight, bright synaptic path lit up the center of my brain. Every neuron said to its neighbor, yes, yes, yes, yes, this is the one, yes. This reaction is hardwired. Animals identify their offspring by scent. But to me, it felt like magic. Smelling her elicited euphoria akin, I imagined, to the unadulterated delight of smoking crack cocaine for the first time. After a few hours of life outside the womb, she began to smell less like
apples and more like an element, tin or iron. Something practical, a garden tool or an old coin, sprung from dark soil and delivered into the palm of my hand. After months of waiting to see who this child would be, after fending off the broad hints of a sonographer who was dying to give away the mystery of her gender, after sleeping alone in a thicket of unhappiness, after praying to skip over incubation to active motherhood—here she was. A little football of a person, tucked into the oval between my arm and torso, breathing on her own, making minor noises. Preoccupied with the job of being alive. Under a fringe of downy hair, at the base of her still soft skull, I found a pale pink birthmark, strawberry shaped. For the next ten hours I lay awake, breathing her in, stunned to find a small human body nestled against mine. I couldn’t figure out where on earth she came from. The biology I understood; I knew about the genome, the dim lights, the Richard Buckner music, the curved helix of DNA. But none of that could account for her. Her birth was both an utterly quotidian event (245 new children are born into every minute) and a jaw-dropping miracle to rival loaves and fishes. There was no one. And then, poof—her. I didn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep; I didn’t want to miss anything. What if she sighed or pursed her lips or splayed her fingers or jerked her arms upward? I was still awake, a little before 3 a.m., when a gentle-faced nurse came in. He didn’t seem surprised to find me up, smelling the baby. Typical new-parent behavior. He said, casually, that they’d like to take her to the nursery for a few tests. The oddity of routine tests at three in the morning didn’t register. It was obvious that my child was totally healthy; what harm could tests do? Healthy babies were all I knew. The array of placid
baby dolls I’d spent hours clucking over as a girl had smelled faintly of vanilla. They had coy smiles and carefully molded plastic hair. I tucked them in. I burped them. I crooned into their plastic ears. None of them ever ran a fever or broke out in hives. Even baby Jesus (the biggest celebrity baby of all time) was a robust little soul. Holy infant so tender and mild. The nurse promised to bring her right back. Without her, I was at a loss. I motored the bed up and down, edgy, unfocused, waiting for my fix. An hour later the nurse came back empty-handed. “Where’s my baby?” I said, sounding, even to myself, absurdly panicked. He gave me a pointed look, half sympathy, half crowd control, and said, “We’d like to run a few more tests.” At the door he added, “The doctor will be in to talk with you in a few minutes.” I didn’t know anything about hospitals yet; I didn’t know enough to be terrified that an actual doctor would appear bedside before daybreak. When I had imagined threats to my future children, they’d been external. Strangers hovering at the edge of playgrounds in loose, gray sweatshirts; rotting rope swings fraying over jagged rocks; cars, everywhere, callous, steely-eyed killer-cars. These were possibilities I could conceive of. Illness had never slunk across the screen of my anxieties, with its curved spine and sallow cheeks. I probably wouldn’t have recognized it even if it did. Serious illness, life-threatening illness, was outside the realm of my imagination. If pushed to consider the question, I might have responded that I was protected from the possibility by the mere fact that it had never occurred to me. I might have said, “If I can’t imagine it, how can it happen?” *** On my first date with the father of this five-pound girl we went to an intimate place on the corner of Jane Street in 201
Greenwich Village. The kind of place where, to reach your table, you’re obliged to wedge sideways and apologize to strangers whom you’ve brushed with your hips. Seated, we leaned over the small table to breathe the same air and figure each other out. He said he’d read recently that everyone has a personal “happiness quotient,” that your happiness in life is essentially set, regardless of circumstances. He reckoned his was low, and guessed mine was high. I’d never heard of a happiness quotient. I’d never stopped to consider happiness as anything other than an assumed default state, a place to return to after the occasional thick fog. If, as a kid, I had been asked to state the one thing I believed to be true about my future, I’d have said, “I’ll have a happy life.” Not that I’d had a blindingly happy childhood. I hadn’t. I’d had a childhood of being profoundly loved amid serial chaos. I grew up as the only child of a warmhearted, fleet-footed single mom who was always exploring her options, in men, jobs, lifestyles. It was California in the 1970s. For a while I attended school in a geodesic dome on a hilltop. A herd of goats grazed on long, golden grass outside the open door. Sometimes we ran among them without shirts, boys and girls alike. One of the male teachers enjoyed watching, too much. Everything in my world moved fast, and my job was to hang on. Still, I’d emerged with the idea that my own adult life would be happy and essentially free of adversity. The optimism of youth, which I’d somehow hung on to until thirty, thirty-one even. A happy life, at the time of that Jane Street first date, did not include, from my point of view, being the mother of a child who required extensive neonatal medical care. Or spending a pregnancy alone, heartsick. Those possibilities weren’t visible from the corner of Jane Street; all I saw was the man before me in a pressed blue dress shirt, delivering literary jokes with
a shy, sly humor. The amused look in his eye when I chirped with surprise at the arrival of our salads. “Do you always greet your food so enthusiastically?” he asked. “Not always,” I said. “Only sometimes.” Only now. ••• The 4 a.m. doctor was short and bespectacled with a round, soft face. A pleasant-looking bearer of bad news; he seemed personally pained by what he was about to say. He started by explaining the baby had high levels of something I didn’t catch, emphasizing the need to transfer “the patient” to a larger hospital. “Right,” I said, trying to muster a little dignity in my flapping nightshirt. “But what is actually wrong with her?” “Your baby is at risk of brain damage or”—he paused and glanced around the room as though looking for something he’d mislaid—“death.” I felt embarrassed for him; clearly he was in the wrong room. He’d confused my baby with another baby. I tried to break it gently, “This is the baby born at seven p.m., the five-pound, five-ounce girl, with a strawberry on the back of her neck.” “Yes,” he said. “I know.” Still, I refused to apply these words— death or brain damage—to my swaddled and fabulous-smelling daughter. Death was ludicrous. And brain damage was out of the question. Way, way, way out of the question. In fact, the question and brain damage didn’t even know each other. The question was: when can I take her home? Still, the doctor was in earnest. I decided to play along. “OK,” I said. “OK, right. OK. Then what do we do?” He explained that her red cells lacked stability and were breaking apart in the bloodstream. The iron inside each cell was spilling into the blood and floating freely throughout her body, at risk of lodging into the soft tissue of her brain. “So you are saying what, exactly?” I said. “She’s at risk for rust head?” He looked at me, apprais-
ing. A long silent moment went by. “That’s humor,” he said finally, “common coping mechanism.” At the door he added, “We need to clean her blood immediately. We’re transferring you to UCSF Med Center. The ambulance is waiting.” University of California San Francisco Medical Center, the place I’d elected not to give birth. The big-city hospital. The tall, silver fortress on top of the hill, across the Golden Gate. The last place on earth a brand-new baby wants to go. ••• On our second date, we ate at a bright, loud diner along Seventh Avenue. If harshly lit Formica can feel romantic, I told myself, then this is foreordained. He asked me to list my “diner worries,” those anxieties so slight they could be jotted onto the waxy parchment of a placemat. I have no idea what I said. I likely made things up, things to make me seem Frenchly philosophical or politically courageous or, failing all this, mysterious. I was young, I owned an apartment in New York City, had a good university job, and was on the cusp of what might be a relationship with a serious, kind man. Diner worries were in short supply. But I loved that he asked, that he wanted to etch a record of my preoccupations onto a placemat. Later I would learn that he often took notes about things his students said, their goals, their literary heroes—to keep them straight, to accumulate an understanding of what they hoped for. At first this seemed excessive. But later it struck me as intrinsic to his way of being. He wanted to know, understand, remember who people were. How they were. And the best, truest way he knew to burrow toward the truth was to write things down. On the page he could add up a girl’s diner worries and see what they amounted to. ••• The ambulance driver told me to ride 202
up front. “What about the baby?” I asked. “She’ll ride in back, with the paramedics,” he said. “The paramedics are great,” I said, “but they don’t really know her.” “We’re just going over the bridge,” the driver said, “she’ll be fine.” At this point I became what was probably noted in the trip log as combative mom. Logically, I knew the driver was not responsible for my girl’s precipitous need to be transferred, at less than twenty hours old, to a neonatal intensive care unit—but neither did he grasp how my entire world was encased in the plastic box that was her incubator. My job was to stick with the plastic box, no matter what. “Actually, I’m going to ride with her,” I said, trying to make it sound as if, after weighing his various options, I’d settled on this. Somehow, that worked. In the back of the ambulance were four people: two paramedics, me, and her. It was just beginning to get light as we crossed the Golden Gate, leaving Marin County and entering San Francisco. In between the black mass of the bay and a gray bank of clouds, a pale, thin line of pink wavered. Daylight. I relaxed a little. Surely nothing catastrophic could happen during business hours. My mother’s car was trailing the ambulance. I knew she was filled with worry. Worry was undeniably called for given the situation: ambulance, dawn, newborn, bad blood. But the baby sleeping peacefully under my hand defied worry. She had a rosebud mouth and delicately veined eyelids. She didn’t stir, not even when the driver turned on the siren to speed through red lights. I stroked her forehead and tried to get my mind around our situation. Inside this tiny person, microscopic red blood cells were falling apart. She was a stressed creature, straining to deliver sufficient oxygen to the outposts of her body. How could she appear so serene? The repertoire of reptilian brain func-
tion—fight, flight, denial, play dead—is great for emergencies. It wedges space between the event and the self. I had been swinging between denial and fight (my two personal favorites) from the moment the round-faced doctor said ambulance. Now, sitting with the baby, I felt the unwelcome return of higher reasoning. I began to pump the paramedics for information: What would happen when we arrived at the hospital? Would I be allowed to stay with the baby? How long would it take to clean her blood? What were the odds for babies in this situation? One of them explained that the method for cleaning her blood was called an exchange transfusion. An ex-
that she would follow us anywhere, no matter how fast, no matter how far. When I had called my mom, only an hour ago, she’d been asleep. “What do you mean rusty blood?” she’d said. “Is this about the baby?” “Drive here,” I’d said. “We need you.” She’d arrived in time to catch the ambulance’s wake. For her, I was the girl, and this whole ambulance was the plastic box. ••• After our third date, we went back to his apartment. He was a studio dweller on the Upper West Side, twenty-sixth floor, a view of the George Washing-
schools with kids all over the city as an “actor-teacher” with the Creative Arts Team at NYU. Afternoons, when I should have been doing my own schoolwork (I was a grad student) or rehearsing a new solo piece, I would instead lollygag about town. If I did rush home, it was to watch General Hospital and eat ice cream. If a friend called to say let’s go to Battery Park and check out the river, I was game. Even if I had a pile of more pressing things. Around 11 p.m., when the hourly studio rates fell, I would go rehearse. If I had a performance coming, I’d focus. Otherwise, I was a creative malingerer. But Brian knew how to work. His life was ordered, boundaried to the
“I had been swinging between denial and fight (my two personal favorites) from the moment the round-faced doctor said ambulance.” change transfusion works, she said, by removing all the blood from the body, passing it through a device that extracts excess iron, warming the blood back up, and returning it to circulation. Are you insane? I wanted to ask. Bloodletting? So cliché. So over. So Middle Ages. Consider your reputation, if not the baby. I sat there in silence, trying to visualize what a blood cleaning/warming machine might look like and how they would attach it to her. It dawned on me that the next few hours mattered, really mattered, and that even babies who smelled just right might drift off. I looked down at my girl, sleeping, gathering air, converting it into oxygen. “All the blood? Out of her body? At the same time? “ I asked. “Is that prudent?” The paramedic touched my shoulder and said, “She’ll be OK. They’re much stronger than they look.” Through the small window at back of the ambulance, I could see a steady streak of green. My mom’s Volvo sedan, behind us. I had the sense
ton Bridge, which he revered. A wall of windows and little else. He had a single pot and stacks of books. Against the barrenness, he’d waged the smallest possible stand—a decorative postage stamp. Joe Louis. That is how I began to fall in love with Brian, all that emptiness, and then, suddenly, a black-and-white postcard of Paris or Beckett; the hidden trapdoor to something more. The art in my apartment was as big as I could afford it to be, giant posters from foreign museums, hand-carried on the plane ride home, trying always not to dent them, destined for cheap oversized Ikea frames. My favorite was by the Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo; it showed a figure, sitting facedown at a table, the circumference of his head dominating the space in pinks, yellows, violets. Man Radiating Happiness. In contrast to Brian’s, my daily life was erratic, unorganized, and subject to an appetite for salty snacks, phone chats, trashy magazines, generalized rose-sniffing. My mornings were spent teaching drama in public 203
extreme. A man who, by his own admission, ate broccoli with brown rice and garlic sauce every night for dinner. A man who pruned back the trivial decisions, who wore French Blue dress shirts and black pants every day of the week, for consistency’s sake. A man with an embedded internal clock, which told him to sit and write at the same hour, day after day. A man with a gift, and the dense garden of habit grown around it for protection. We were a study in opposites; hopelessly attracted. We floated about from dinners to concerts to parties with friends. Holding hands, touching each other’s clothes. When we walked through the Village, along Sixth Avenue, shoulder to shoulder, I had a liquid sense of well-being. We were in the throes of infatuation, soft-minded and easily persuaded of our rightness for each other by sexual thrill. But there was a bedrock quality beneath the giddiness, something I hadn’t felt before. Being with him gave me the unfamiliar feeling of being what I was—a grown woman.
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BRAZILIAN BEAUTY Things are heating up for model Sofia Resing, who made her Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue debut in 2016. Here, she discusses her flourishing career and love of the ocean. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO
What is your go-to fitness routine? I like a variety to keep it interesting. When in New York, I usually go for a run twice a week and work out with weights two or three times a week.
from Brazil at a very young age to become the incontestably best-paid model in the world. And her constant advocacy for environmental issues is not just extremely necessary, but inspirational.
How do you maintain a healthy mind and spirit? Yoga and meditation are essential when you live in a fast-paced city like New York. But my favorite mental escape is bodyboarding. In Portuguese, we say, “I washed my soul” when you just surfed great waves.
What kind of role model would you want to be for other women or young girls who see your photos? I want girls to know that no matter what body type they are born with, having healthy habits is what matters most. You’ve got to find your passion, what you love to do that gives you butterflies.
What’s your must-have accessory? My rings! I don’t even take them off to sleep. They are mostly from Catbird.
You have a real passion for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and the water in general. What is it about surfing and the ocean that speaks to you? When I am in the water, I feel at home. I feel like every atom around me is exchanging energy with my body. I feel ionized and energized like I am in perfect tune with the Earth.
Which fall trend are you most looking forward to? I can’t wait to get in some velvets! You were discovered by chance at a Halloween party in Miami. Had you considered modeling before? What did you dream of becoming as a child? That was how I was invited to sign with a New York agency, but I was already modeling in Brazil and Europe. When I was a child, I wrote poems and lyrics and wanted to be a singer. I grew up with my dad playing acoustic guitar and singing to me—he was my inspiration. Who are your role models? Gisele [Bündchen]. She fought her way
What are your favorite spots to visit in the Hamptons? I love to hang at The Surf Lodge and surf at Ditch Plains in Montauk. What do you love about spending time out east? It’s the perfect escape for a recharging weekend. The air and food are fresher, the landscape is beautiful and I get to paddle or surf with my friends!
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Shaping the future of surfing: Environmentally-conscious Grain Surfboards pioneers sustainable boards while staying connected to the sport’s roots. BY DEBRA ROSE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK LAVECCHIA The surfing experience is a powerful way to connect with nature, but the explosion in popularity of the sport has brought the production of surfboards that are anything but environmentally friendly. The mission of Maine- and Amagansett-based Grain Surfboards is to counteract that trend. The company was founded by Mike LaVecchia—a skateboarder, snowboarder and surfer who worked for Burton snowboards before becoming a boat captain. La Vecchia channeled his vast experience with boat construction into playing around with creating surfboards that lessen surfing’s impact on the environment. “We use Entropy Resin on our boards, which is a bio-based, tree-sap epoxy,” says Brian Schopfer, 42, a principal at Grain New York. “It has zero VOCs [volatile organic compounds], which makes it safe to use without a respirator—unlike polyester resins, which are full of chemicals.” Grain primarily offers workshops for customers eager to learn how to handcraft their own boards. “I love seeing the sense of pride and accomplishment in people as they finish their boards,” says Schopfer. “It’s great to see people out in the water riding waves on the boards that they built.” Even the way Grain runs its workshop showcases the company’s commitment to eco-consciousness. “We recycle and reuse everything in the shop,” says Schopfer. The leftover wood shavings from the surfboards are recycled as fire-starters or given to friends who use it to line their chicken coops. “We are down to one bag of garbage from the shop per week, and I think we could do better,” he says. The company also sells more than 18 shapes of surfboards—all made from sustainably forested Northern white cedar from Maine. While each one could be considered a one-of-a-kind work of art, “these boards are not meant to be wall-hangers,” says Schopfer. “They are meant to be surfed. I suggest hanging it on the wall—but make sure it’s easy to take down to get in the water.” The workshop costs $2,225, which includes all materials, instruction, sales tax and meals. Grain kit to shape a board at home includes everything for $650 to $900. grainsurfboards.com xxx 214
“We bring an appreciation of craftsmanship to the community. It’s great to see people riding waves on the boards they built,” says Grain’s Brian Schopfer.
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destinations that have inherent beauty and good waves.” This year, that included trips to The Playgrounds Surf Camp in Nicaragua and the spectacular Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, where he stayed with good friends and ate farm to table when not hitting the surf. “On the peninsula, there were no restaurants, no touristy villages with shops—it was just people who had fallen in love with this spot,” he recalls. “All the food was grown from the farm attached to the house. They farmed all the food and made meals from scratch.” Another thing that motivates Jacka in his aptitude for travel is the worldliness of his clients. He’s the lucky recipient of frequent invites to see, for instance, the home a client built in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, or another client’s house for sale in St Bart’s. Right now, Jacka has September on his mind—and the comforts of home. “In the fall out here, we have this magical window when storms kick off the west coast of Africa and come up the Atlantic and give us world-class waves. And the temperature in the ocean is in the 70s.”
When most people are hitting the beach, realtor Rylan Jacka is showing houses. “Summer is nonstop and my business is all-consuming while the East End heaves with real estate shoppers,” he says from his East Hampton office. “I look forward to the fall and winter when the surf turns on at home, and after January when I have time for surgical surf strikes with friends in remote destinations.” A passionate outdoorsman who has lived on the East End full time for the past 20 years, Jacka grew up in San Francisco and went to college in Santa Barbara. He has always been drawn to beautiful waterside places. After visiting friends in Sag Harbor 20 years ago, he decided to make a move to the East End. At the same time he met someone who needed his help in real estate. “My father was an architect and I had worked on a lot of houses in my early 20s. I was drawn to the business; it was a natural for me.” So is surfing. “I love to find uncrowded surf, either by hiking to remote East End spots or boating to neighboring islands. When I have time to travel, I’m drawn to secluded 216
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wasn’t the only one who didn’t like wearing a collared shirt on the golf course,” he says. At Silo Ridge, the club’s “Outdoor Pursuits” include rugged activities like archery, fly-fishing, hiking, and horseback riding in addition to a Tom Fazio golf course. Says Meldman, “My boys really grew up as true outdoorsmen and we love all the options at both Silo Ridge and the Mike Meldman— Dune Deck.” with Monica Gambee At Dune Deck, the and their son Max— options for Outdoor created a place for family “quality time. “ Pursuits—including surf fishing and surfing— make the most of its oceanfront locale. “My son Hunter is an avid surfer and the great break right in front of the club allows us to spend a lot of time in the water,” says Meldman. “My 4-year-old son, Max, also loves to do anything in the water with his big brothers.” The club also has an in-house restaurant preparing farmto-table fare, plus there’s an onsite fitness expert and facilities for personal training, physical therapy and nutrition counseling. “When I started Discovery, I was a divorced father and I was busy building my business while trying to juggle spending quality time with my boys,” says Meldman. “I wanted to make sure the time people have together was spent enjoying sunique experiences that would create memories to last a lifetime.”
As late afternoon light hits the expansive beachfront of Westhampton’s Dune Deck Beach Club, a young child—under the guidance of an instructor—stands up on a surfboard for the first time. All over the globe, similar tutorials are taking place at other Discovery Land Company residential communities—such as Silo Ridge in the Hudson Valley and Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Bahamas—where activities and wellness are woven into everyday life. Founder and CEO Mike Meldman wouldn’t have it any other way. “Wellness is a true balance between physical activity, eating healthy, doing what you love, and most importantly, spending quality time with family and friends,” he says. As with all Discovery Land properties, Dune Deck Beach Club is members-only and offers luxury residential lodging (33 luxury suites) with a full-service concierge. Previously, New Yorkers have had to travel quite a distance to get to a Discovery Land property. But that changed last year with the opening of Silo Ridge and this summer’s unveiling of the Dune Deck. “I did away with some of the rules and regulations associated with golf and country clubs and focused on creating an environment that was fun,” says Meldman. For example, “I found that I 218
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Meet the most popular, powerful and well-appointed plug-in hybrid SUVs. BY HARRY HURT
There is nothing like barreling down Route 27 in a BMW X5 Hybrid, the reigning popularity champ, or a Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the premier power-packer, resting assured that you are doing some environmental good in the neighborhood while blowing the doors off competing brands of SUVs. Both the BMW and the Porsche are the products of venerable German automakers. The electric batteries of both SUVS can be charged to a standard 110-volt outlet, and they can recharge themselves on the road to roughly 60 percent capacity through normal braking activity. Both SUVs boast acceleration, handling and fuel economy superior to their gasoline-only counterparts. But there are significant differences to consider when choosing between the two. One reason for the popularity of the BMW X5 Hybrid is its (relatively) reasonable price tag: The model I test drove was listed at $63,200, compared to $79,900 for a similarly appointed Porsche. The BMW’s impressive bang for the buck comes from a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 240 horsepower and seamlessly combines with a 111horsepower electric motor. It gets an estimated 56 miles per gallon when using both the electric and gasoline motors, and 24 miles per gallon when going gasoline only. The Sensa Tec upholstery, the poplar wood trim, the panoramic
dashboard camera views, and the hologram-like instrument display on the windshield make the interior feel like a state-of-the-art film screening room. If the BMW X5 Hybrid is surprisingly sporty for an SUV, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is as close as an SUV can come to being a true sports car. The Porsche has a 3.O liter V-6 engine that combines with its electric motor to deliver 416 horsepower. It bolts from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, a full second faster than the BMW, and it tops out at 151 mph. When you let off the accelerator, you hear a “woop-woop” eight-speed automatic transmission downshifting sound reminiscent of the hybrid Porsche 919 that won this year’s 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans. Proudly sporting ecogreen highlighted badges, the Porsche claims a respectable fuel economy rating of 47 miles per gallon on gasoline and electric combined; on gasoline only it gets 22 miles per gallon. Deciding on whether to buy a BMW X5 or a Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is one of the rare occasions in life when one has a choice between equals. If you want a sports car that doubles as an SUV and delivers more bang for more bucks, choose the peppy Cayenne. If you want a sporty SUV that delivers a lot of bang for the buck, go with the dreamer Beamer. 222
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The BMW X5 Hybrid, left, and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid boasts superior fuel economy.
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Good Day New York co-host Greg Kelly reveals how he finally got motivated to lose weight. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYAN DOWNEY Someone once said the camera adds 10 pounds. But the 20 on top of that was all on me. As host of Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto, I am constantly around delicious food from all over the city. But my real weakness, and what really layered me up, was candy. Have you ever wondered who’s actually buying the jelly beans from CVS in February? Or Sour Patch Kids from the newsstand? Mike and Ike and Swedish Fish at the airport? Grown-ups like me, often egged on by the optimistic labeling, “A Fat Free Candy!” Of course, I knew that it wasn’t good for me. Especially that 5-pound gummy bear from Dylan’s Candy Bar, the one Rosanna gave me for Valentine’s Day. But I had the perfect solution to my candy infatuation: sporadic, fad dieting. Plus, I’d keep my suit jacket on, squint while looking in the mirror, and suck in my cheeks Blue Steel-style. That way I could fool myself that I wasn’t a bloated 225 pounds on a 5-foot-10 frame. At least I was working out, I thought to myself. Lots of pull-ups and weightlifting, because for me that was far easier than doing cardio. It also was part of the illusion—a Kelly takes his bigger upper body distracted, someslimmed-down what, from my burgeoning belly. physique to the beach. My situation wasn’t healthy or cute, and 2017 started with a renewed attempt to finally get serious about weight loss—unfortunately, with the same mixed results. That is, until a special guest appeared on Good Day: Dave Asprey. Dave is a 44-year-old entrepreneur and bio-hacker from Canada. He was promoting his book, Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan To Activate Untapped Brain Energy To Work Smarter And Think Faster—In Just Two Weeks. One of his goals is to live to 180 years old and, he believes, managing energy and cellular health is key to making that happen. None of it was particularly captivating to me, especially the part about wearing special glasses before bed to reduce certain light rays to somehow sleep better. It seemed too weird, too impractical. I sensed the interview was getting stale, convoluted. It was time to mix things up. The back-and-forth between us then went something like this: ME: You know what would help me sleep better? Not waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
ROSANNA: Try adult diapers. ME: Oh that’s a nice, pleasant suggestion, Rosanna. But Dave, have you figured out a way to not have that happen? He actually had...and the answer changed my life. Dave said he never woke up at night to go to the bathroom unless he had eaten something toxic—that toxins from food in your body awaken you even if your bladder isn’t full. But, more importantly, he added, eliminating toxic foods would help me lose weight, and fast. There was something about Dave I really liked. He was genuine and earnest. He was hosting an event that evening and I decided to drop by. The place was full of fans—great people. I met an ex-NFL player turned financier who had lost 30 pounds. He gave me the lowdown and I started delving deeper into the book. Lots of vegetables, protein— and stop with artificial stuff. Alcohol was very much discouraged. I had heard some of it before, but not like this, not as powerfully. The key was mitochondrial health. I knew just enough about mitochondria to pass the 10th grade biology Regents test: “the powerhouse of the cell.” Reading Dave’s description about how they worked, how intricate and sensitive they are, and how taking care of them could revive not only our minds but our bodies, was inspiring. He emphasized how bad food—especially sugar—can really mess up mitochondria. It didn’t take much more that that. It made such perfect sense. I lost my physical craving for sugar pretty much instantaneously. And 25 pounds just seemed to fall away. There’s a lot more to Asprey’s approach, but for me that was the key—a reminder of just how miraculous our bodies are, and that they should be treated with far more care than I had ever bothered to show mine. I also kicked things up several notches with my trainer, a guy named Anthony Cimitile. I always kind of looked down on people with trainers, like, can’t you figure out how to do this on your own? But Anthony got me to do things I didn’t want to do. And when you leave one comfort zone, you can find yourself in a far better one. Like chilling on Egypt Beach in purple skinny jeans. 224
My father was a major in the army, and in 1981 we moved to Germany. I never played organized sports in Germany, but my father always kept me active, taking me to work out in the gym or to go fishing. He always stressed self-sufficiency and hard work. “You get out of life what you put into it,” he’d tell me. We’d work out, and often it was the last thing I wanted to do. I’d rather have been playing with my friends. “Keep working,” my dad would say. “Someday this will all pay off.” It’s almost as if my dad had a crystal ball, that he knew I would play professional sports. In the beginning of my senior year in high school, Dad wanted me to return to the US and try to get a football scholarship to a university. I thought he was crazy. I hadn’t played football since I was 8 years old. My father was encouraging and made me feel that I was a better player than I actually was. So I returned to the States and moved in with my dad’s brother. I started playing football for Westbury High School and eventually did get a scholarship to Texas Southern University. I wanted to quit during my first semester. I went back to Germany for Christmas and brought everything from my dorm room with me. I even took my alarm clock. When it was time for me to return to school, I told my dad I wasn’t going back. I said that I wanted to stay in Germany and work with him and his transport company. (He had since left the army and started his own business.) After a slight pause, he made it very clear that working at his company was not an option. So I went back to school. Back at college, I realized it was time for me to take all these lessons of self-sufficiency and hard work and put them to use. Three years later, after my senior year, I was drafted by the New York Giants. The biggest influence for me in football was my first professional coach, Earl Leggett. Going into the game, I really didn’t know all that much
about football. In Germany, I watched games with my dad and read the sports magazines. I knew that—from the viewpoint of the defense—a quarterback sack was a good thing, and in high school that’s all I tried to do. I was big enough, fast enough and naturally gifted enough to play football in college, but I had no technique, no sense of the strategy. Thank God for Earl Leggett. Coach Leggett taught me technique and showed me how the repetition of drills slowly became instinct. He showed me how to think like my opponents, how to anticipate their moves and adjust my game accord“You go a lot further ingly. He explained the science of realizing people are the game. here to help,” writes Strahan. You have to be willing to learn, no matter how old you are. You have to get your ego out of the way, and being in the big leagues, you deal with a lot of egos. There are guys who feel they are too big to listen to anyone. Everything becomes a conflict for them. It’s sad. The coaches are only trying to make their team—our team—the best it can be, but to them it’s ainsult because they aren’t willing to admit that there are others who know more than they do. You go a lot further realizing people are here to help you not to hurt you. This applies to so many areas, not just football. In business, in school, in relationships, you’ve got to realize that you don’t have the final answers, that you need other people to help you out. And if you are open to that help, you’ll be a lot happier and more successful. Three last bits of advice my father taught me: One, the best way to break a bad habit like drugs or alcohol is to never start it; two, never ask someone to give you anything—always earn it first; three, if being successful were easy, everybody would do it, so you have to work hard for success. This is an edited version of an essay that appears in Mentoring USA founder Matilda Cuomo’s reissued book, The Person Who Changed My Life (Rodale).
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Hamptons resident Michael Strahan—the Good Morning America anchor, $100,000 Pyramid host, Fox NFL Sunday analyst, and Pro Football Hall of Famer—pays tribute to his father, an army major who raised the bar on excellence, and also his football coach who trained young Strahan in the techniques of being a winner.
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STEFANIE SACKS: FOOD GURU
KRISTIN GLOSSERMAN: POSITIVE PROJECTOR
SARAH WRAGGE: GREEN GO-GETTER
Culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, author of the best-selling What the Fork Are You Eating? (Tarcher/Perigee) advocates “Edible Education”: decoding ingredient labels, debunking bogus package claims, rehabbing refrigerators, healing America one plate at a time. “This,” she says, “is my religion.” Available for one-on-one consults, virtual or in person, the empowering food evangelist with fans who include Donna Karan and Dr. Oz preaches “food choice for optimum wellness.” For proof that good-for-you grub can be mouthwatering, check out the video Sacks made for a recent TEDxManhattan Talk, in which her young sons assist her in the family’s Montauk kitchen, squeezing fresh lemons for lemonade, slicing spuds, then frying them in grapeseed oil for from-scratch potato chips. Hungry for a bag of store-bought snacks? No worries, with a caveat: “When buying packaged foods, always read the ingredient list—if it’s long, or you can’t pronounce something, don’t buy it. I stick with any brand with just potatoes or corn, oil and salt.” reboot-food.com
“Your best version” is life coach Kristen Glosserman’s goal for her clients. Coaches lead by example, and Glosserman’s 13-year career is exemplary: “I began coaching on Wall Street, on the actual floor of the Stock Exchange, where most of my clients were executives,” she says. After surviving a divorce, she “psyched (herself] up” to find true love: a firm believer that “when you believe something is possible, you make it possible,” she visualized and chanted her way to domestic bliss; “I repeated, I’m gonna meet him and he’s gonna be awesome. Then my life changed: I married a wonderful husband [Hill Country Barbecue Market founder Marc Glosserman], an entrepreneur whom I’ve coached through the opening of five restaurants.” The couple’s four children have improved their mom’s coaching acumen. “A great coach,” she says,”reminds you how to use your gift out in the world.” So does a great parent— which is why Glosserman broadened the scope of her practice, becoming certified as a Positive Discipline parent educator. kristenglosserman.com
You know you’re in good hands when your wellness coach looks in the mirror and sees a compelling success story. In her teens and 20s, Sarah Wragge battled chronic health issues, including acid reflux. Today, her mirror reflects what followers of her Instagram feed (@WraggeMamma) clearly see: the radiant mother of a smiling infant son. She’s inflammation-free thanks to a holistic balance of exercise (AKT In Motion and The Class by Taryn Toomey) and giving her juicer a daily workout. “You should move your body and eat greens every day,” Wragge says. “Vegetables oxygenate your system to sweep away toxins; sweating does the same thing.” Baby Christian (dad is CBS2 anchor Chris Wragge) was the first beneficiary of Sarah’s cleansing regimen: “He’s only known organic foods, breast milk and purified water.” Now, his mama mothers a growing list of protégés, motivating them to ditch sugar and dine out on veggies. “Next time you go out to dinner,” Wragge says, “start with a salad—but don’t order an entrée, order three or four side vegetables instead.” wraggemamma.com
Photos: Sacks by Geir Magnusson; Glosserman by Kevin Sturman; Wragge by Krista Grace
Oracles of wisdom with inspired game plans, these dedicated wellness mentors will motivate you to achieve your personal best. BY JULIA SZABO
A by-the-numbers look at Bridgehampton resident Madonna, whose much-anticipated cosmetics line, MDNA Skin—which launched in Japan in 2014—is finally hitting the U.S. market.
Number of Madonna's children — Lourdes, 20, Rocco, 17, David, 11, Mercy, 11, Stelle, 4, and Estere, 4. The latter four were adopted and all hail from Malawi, Africa.
1996 Year Madonna began practicing Ashtanga yoga. She still incorporates yoga into her regular fitness routine.
Number of children’s books Madonna has written for her series, The English Roses
Number of Grammy awards Madonna has won. She has also received 1 Golden Globe and 20 MTV Video Music Awards including the 1986 Video Vanguard Award.
HOROSCOPE: Aug. 16, 1958—What a stellar chart! Three planets, including her Sun, are in Leo making her the star. Four planets are in Virgo, including the Moon, making her reserved in her personal life, a perfectionist and a wisdom seeker. During her birthday month she is ruled by two gods: Uranus urging her to zoom forward, make dramatic changes and purge her past, and Neptune, who wants her to pull back, be lazy and dreamy, and delve into artistic, cosmic pursuits. She will need to find a balance (as we all do). In love, she will seek a partner who is spiritual and very unconventional. —Horoscope by Karen Thorne
$��� 14 MILLION Estimated value of Madonna’s art collection, which includes works by Salvador Dalí, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso
Property size—in acres—of Madonna’s Bridgehampton home and horse farm
Age Madonna began studying dance. Later, after graduating from high school a semester early, she studied dance at the University of Michigan for two years before moving to NYC to pursue a scholarship waith the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Number of Instagrammers following Raising Malawi, Madonna’s nonprofit organization dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi
��5� The year Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born on August 16 in Bay City, Michigan, to Silvio and Madonna Ciccone.
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Madonna’s age when her 30-year-old mother died of breast cancer
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” —Madonna
Number of times Madonna has been married, first to actor Sean Penn (from 1985-1989) and then to British director Guy Ritchie (from 2000-2008).
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In her personal essay “Tennis Wife,” Melissa Errico finds that touring is winning—and the unsung heroes of tennis are the ones who just keep playing. plenty of tanned male players from France, Spain and Eastern Europe, and their girlfriends sitting in the players’ lounge before the matches with hair blown out straight, nice jeans, and usually very nice legs. I possess curly hair, shapely legs and often wore bohemian dresses and large hats, as if I was still somewhat attached to my Broadway persona, Eliza Doolittle. I watched TV often enough to know that the AMW script was to be the face that the camera cuts to during key points, cheering when the beau is winning and grimacing when he is down a break. During Patrick’s match with Carlos Moya, Patrick won a few points and I thought that my melodically vocalized cheering could win him the match and in front of 25,000 people, my dear husband-to-be turned to Miss Doolittle in her widebrimmed blue straw hat over Victorian curls and hurled a strong “SHHH” looking straight into my eyes, finding my eyeline within the crowd in a split second. I was sure at that moment that he would break up with me, never mind marry me a year later. I was also sure I was on television as a too-exuberant AMW. No matter. I’m still here. Tennis is poetic. It’s a seemingly repetitive sport with no repetition in it. I have loved being in it and finding my spot as one of the three Mrs. McEnroes of this generation, honored for the slightest titular relation to the truly great matriarch. There are plenty of tennis stars and you all know their names, but I have also spent a lot of my time with names you don’t know. Men and women who play that game day in and day out, who win and lose day in and day out, who pack bags and move onto the next town. I’m a tennis mom now too, with one kid who has the fever to compete and play with honor. I’m not the only gal out there who has many hats to wear—there’s whatever one that gets put on our heads by virtue of being a wife and then the parent hat. For me, there’s Eliza’s hat, and whatever else I will look to be in the future. I got something from the game and from the many sportsmen that have been loved and followed, as I have loved and followed Patrick. ATP boys love the game, they play point by point, they don’t all win. But the endgame is to tour. I learned that home can be a kind of motion.
Melissa Errico holds court.
Photo: courtesy of Melissa Errico
It was green with white lines from the very beginning. Just over 20 years ago, I set foot in the world of professional tennis. I was 25 years old and had been set up to meet Patrick McEnroe, a boy I had grown up with and had known since I was 4. From the evening we met as adults, we were a couple; the chemistry was instant. He had been my older brother’s best friend in grade school, and his mother (the majestic Kay McEnroe) had seen me starring on Broadway in My Fair Lady and had been telling Patrick, who was on the ATP tour, to look me up on his sojourns in New York City. She said, “Patrick, you should look up the Erricos—the Melissa daughter is an actress, went to Yale, she’s always in the paper, you never know…” and so I have often told Kay that this is ‘an arranged marriage’ and she still shoots back with a confident (and, luckily, unhesitatingly happy) “Yes!” What drew us together was neither the fancy stuff of Broadway or tennis fame, nor was it necessarily some kind of quaint Norman Rockwellian small-town familiarity and coziness. It was a harmony in the “opposites attract” zone, as well as a shared understanding of the highs and lows of our hobbies turned jobs. We understood each other and had fun straight out of the gate. The first time I went on the tour with him was the Australian Open, and I was about to star in a Broadway flop called High Society. He was about to meet an unknown named Carlos Moya. I made friends with Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, spent time with Brooke Shields and other actresses, rode the occasional private plane and had plenty of dinners. Over time, I met many more tennis girlfriends and wives from different countries, and I mildly cringed when I heard the term “AMW” applied to us all—that is, “actress, model, whatever.” This is by no means an official ATP term, mind you, but there was a sassy, frosty-haired guy who said it and it stuck in my head. Brooke was no whatever and neither was any other gal I met, but I watched the scenes play out. Traveling men, women who juggled home and this life on the road. Winning and losing, setting up camp in a new country and possibly leaving in the morning after a tough first-round loss. I saw