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atric Association has referred to as the “next antibiotic,” who is about to receive the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (a high-level award given to a civilian for impacting the nation) for her work helping to reduce suicide. She writes the first essay in this issue—an eye-opening message of hope in the face of a preventable depression—providing a few simple questions that empower communities to save lives and connect people to the help they need, while undoing the myths and misunderstandings around the stigma. “The single largest contributor to global disability in the world is not cancer, AIDS or heart disease. It’s depression.” And, she emphasizes, it’s a treatable medical illness. The Dalai Lama says the most simple and ineffable truth—being happy is being there for others: “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life.”

The adage goes, “wherever you go, there you are,” and yet so many of us are always searching for ways, methods, guides and means of finding ourselves—our true selves. We read and travel and seek, all in an effort to do what ultimately should require the least effort, if you think about it. For me, I am happiest near or in the ocean—the womb of all existence—which is the closest we get to being part of what we are made of: water. It gives me balance—my sea legs—and reminds me of the importance of resetting, pausing, checking in with myself and the people in my life. Capturing that peace can be found in other ways that are almost as magical. The practice of meditation that transcendental master Bob Roth taught me literally mentored my mind into a calmer, more productive state. Bob has a gift—to enlighten, inspire, strengthen the best in us, and show us how to find it ourselves. It’s also the best gift you can give someone else, too (so thank you, Kelly Sugarman, for inviting me for the week-long training five years ago). Read more of Roth’s truths in his interview with megastar Katy Perry in this issue; she attributes much of her focus and success to meditation. Of course, science shows that it reduces cortisol levels that cause stress and anxiety, and when our surroundings are laced with triggers to stress, depression and anxiety, it is a welcoming and free relief. We need this more than ever now with a recent rash of celebrity suicides revealing a troubling trend, an existential risk to us, as we are literally killing ourselves. How to approach the issue? I enlisted my dear friend Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, the lead scientist of the Columbia Protocol that the head of the American Psychi-

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 136 WELL, WELL, ELLE Model and founder of WelleCo Elle Macpherson talks plant-based elixirs, absorbable nutrition, staying fit, food vices and favorites. 144 WIDE AWAKE Meditation teacher Bob Roth shares insights with pop star Katy Perry. 148 A MONTAUK MARVEL Walking through Dick Cavett’s home, the historic Tick Hall, which hosted Guild Hall’s launch party for their Guitar Masters series.





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34 HOPE FOR TODAY: PREVENTING TRAGEDIES Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, director and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, opens up a vital dialogue on depression.

An American classic: Tick Hall on the Montauk shoreline.

60 SLEEP ON IT Donna D’Cruz enhances sleep with meditation. 62 CLEAN SLEEP Mattresses: out with chemicals, in with organic


38 VISION QUEST Optic protection through EyeJust

66 CATCH THE RAYS Tesla goes beyond cars with solar roofing.

40 BREAKING THE MOLD Rick LaPierre of the National Association for Moisture Management explains how to conquer mold.

68 POWER TO THE PEOPLE South Fork Peak Savers save energy and money. 70 PURE PROPERTY Hamptons real estate report

42 BATTLE OF THE BUG The latest in Lyme disease awareness

72 PURE PICKS Designer Alex Papachristidis’s top eco-friendly interiors; RJD Gallery curator Mago selects pieces from the collection.

44 CHAMPION OF CREATIVITY Striking an artistic chord with Questlove

50 ISAAC MIZRAHI’S NEW ACT The fashion designer swings into Sag Harbor with a new “alt-cabaret” show.

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82 PURE PICKS Summer must-haves from founder Gregg Renfrew and Dria Murphy of Alise Collective.

52 GUITAR MAN Legendary player G.E. Smith on his collection of axes

86 THE ROOT OF HEALTH Dr. Gerry Curatola returns to East Hampton with Rejuvenation Health.

AIR 56 CLEARING THE AIR How to take control of pollutants invading your home 58 SWEET SLUMBER Five tips for the best sleep of your life

80 IMMACULATE COMPLEXION Madonna expresses herself beautifully with MDNA Skin.

88 GOOD HAIR DAYS Nontoxic new ’dos. Blossoming yellow mushrooms at Open Minded Organics farm.

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90 FRENCH BEAUTY RULES Clémence von Mueffling shares family tips on aging.

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48 CENTRAL HEALING Health services for the mind and body from three East End wellness centers

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94 DREAM WORLD Rebecca Hessel Cohen enchants Sag Harbor with LoveShackFancy. 98 AN ELEGANT MAN Alina Cho talks cashmere and compassionate leadership with designer Brunello Cucinelli.

120 FATAL FARMS Pesticide glyphosate takes the heat. 122 LIFE IN THE FAST LANE Benefits of intermittent fasting 124 BUBBLY IN BLOOM A new Champagne garden at Topping Rose House

102 PURE PICKS Summer selects from author Micaela Erlanger, INTERMIX’s Silvia Merati and WISHI’s Clea O’hana.

126 FOOD LAB Red Bar’s Kirk Basnight shares his seasonal favorites.


128 FIELD OF DREAMS Feel-good crops to harvest from three Hamptons farms

110 THE FOOD OF THE GODS Every meal is a celebration at Greek eatery Elaia Estiatorio. 112 SEA SEASONED Sustainable dining and catering by Salt Drift Farm 114 FROM FARM TO YOUR TABLE The best in Hamptons Community Supported Agriculture 118 LIFTING SPIRITS Nutrition coach Adam Rosante

130 GUEST CHEFS The Culinistas travel out East to whip up in-home cooking. 132 FOOD BLOGGING Cool as cukes

158 EASTERN EXPOSURE Mind-body-soul excursions by GroundSea Fitness 160 COACHES Three mentors in the wellness world 162 HAMPTON COURTS Where to perfect your tennis swing this season 164 THE BARN SoulCycle’s Bridgehampton studio gets a makeover. 166 TOUGH GLOVE A new boxing program helps locals with Parkinson’s Disease. 168 AT A GLANCE July calendar of must-do wellness and cultural events 170 BEACH BODIES Fitness news; plus Purist’s top outdoor classes 178 NUMEROLOGY A by-the-numbers look at film icon Steven Spielberg

PLAY 156 SEA OF LUXE Sail away with private yacht outings and ultimate fishing expeditions. 28

182 PURE LOVE Jennifer Esposito on embracing life’s simple pleasures.

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CO N T R I B U TO R S WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HEALTHY MEAL TO MAKE DURING SUMMER? “Fresh-picked tomatoes and herbs from the garden with some watermelon, made into a salad. And summer-ripe fruit made into a tart!”

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? “I’ve been fortunate over the years to have traveled to incredible places, and to find inspiration from being in a totally different environment, sometimes a totally different culture.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? “Raising awareness and tearing down the walls of stigma and shame that prevent people from talking about mental health and getting the help they deserve.”

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One of the most experienced meditation teachers in America, Bob Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation to thousands of people and authored the New York Times best-seller Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. He currently serves as CEO of the David Lynch Foundation; directs the Center for Leadership Performance; and hosts the SiriusXM radio show Success Without Stress.

Award-winning actress, New York Times best-selling author and holistic-health advocate Jennifer Esposito is behind the beloved gluten-free, vegan and allergen-free Jennifer’s Way Bakery in NYC. She studied holistic health at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and recently published the cookbook Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life.

Simon Upton formerly enjoyed a stellar sporting career. He represented the Australian national swimming team from 1984 to 1992. On retirement, Upton pursued another full-time passion: photography. This new vocation led him to become one of Australia’s most in-demand fashion and portrait photographers, and he continues work with leading magazines and advertising agencies. 30

who wrote about suicide prevention Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber’s advocacy with the Columbia Lighthouse Project has changed local, national and international policy. She is about to receive The Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and her work has been noted in a keynote speech at the White House. Her work has also been included in the compendium of the most important research in the history of the study of suicide.

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Steve Garbarino is a writer and editor based in Manhattan and New Orleans. The author of A Fitzgerald Companion (Thornwillow Press), Garbarino is a regular contributor at The Wall Street Journal. Over his career, he has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair; editor-in-chief of BlackBook and executive editor of Maxim. He is the owner of Claw & Order, an East Coast seafood caterer in New Orleans.

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preventable cause of death. This is the good news, but we have lots of work to do as a society. There are many deeply entrenched barriers that have been built up over generations; our very first imperative is tearing down the walls of stigma and misunderstanding. One of the most insidious problems is that we don’t think of depression as a treatable medical illness like we think of diabetes or cancer. You never hear the word “choice” when it comes to cancer. This common misperception— that suicide is somehow a choice, a rational choice with “13 Reasons Why” that make it understandable (or that it has no reasons at all)—is pervasive and deadly. “Depression? That’s not a real illness.” “I can snap out of it.” “Real men don’t get depressed.” “Someone will think I am weak if I ask for help.” “There’s no hope for me.” Since modern antidepressants, the suicide rate has dropped dramatically across the world and across age groups. Yet 50 to 75 percent of those in need do not receive the treatment they need. Why? A societal misperception that doesn’t view depression like any other illness, but as something shameful, prevents people from seeking help and even from letting others know they are suffering. Autopsies invariably show us that suicide is connected to a lack of treatment—not treating depression is what kills.

The single largest contributor to global disability in the world is not cancer, AIDS or heart disease. It’s depression. Success, financial stability and resources do not grant immunity. And depression, this medical illness, is the main cause of suicide. Suicide is the word that stops us in our tracks, filled with incomprehensible suffering, fear, anger, shame and anguish—a tragic paradox that takes more lives than car accidents, more U.S. soldiers than combat, more firefighters than fire, more police officers than crime. It is the No. 1 cause of death in older adolescent girls across the globe and the second leading cause of death in young people in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; nearly 10 percent of high schoolers say they’ve tried to take their own life in the past year. Suicide and depression do not discriminate: celebrity or high school student, black or white, rich or poor. When a person dies by suicide, 135 people are significantly affected and these effects linger across generations because of the silence that often follows. When beloved celebrities like Robin Williams, Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain die by suicide, the effects on our nation are magnified and we are all left reeling, trying to understand why. What we suicide-prevention experts know is that suicide is our most 34

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MINDFUL that just asking a few questions can get people the help they need before it’s too late—and thereby help prevent violence before it begins. I recently presented this to the Senate Forum on School Safety and partnered with Ryan Petty, the father of one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims. “We [have] found another big piece of the school shooting puzzle…an ‘antibiotic’ for suicide [that] could fundamentally change the game for early identification and intervention,” he said, referring to the Columbia Protocol, one of our most effective prevention methods. These few simple questions can used by everyone, and offer a solution that cuts across the aisle. Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge— among the only 1 percent who have survived. He wanted to be saved; he says if just one person had asked him if he was OK, he wouldn’t have done it. He needed someone to

Someone with asthma wouldn’t think twice about using an inhaler; a diabetic would take insulin. In the past 50 years, we have managed to drastically reduce mortality from some of the most pernicious diseases, like leukemia and AIDs. Not suicide. But we can begin to reverse this devastation. And it is not complicated. Imagine if we were all as concerned with mental health as we are about physical health: pediatricians, school nurses, ob/gyns would all be asking about emotional well-being alongside physical checkups and integrating mental health alongside physical education in schools. What would change? For one, we would have a higher chance of preventing the scariest and most tragic forms of violence—suicide and homicide. This is not hyperbole: 50 percent of people who die by suicide see their primary care doctor during the month before they die, so medical

“A misperception about suicide is that asking a person about suicide will make them suicidal. This is a myth born out of shame, fear and misunderstanding—it actually is liberating for those who are suffering to talk about their pain.” save him—and we need a culture where no one is afraid to ask. As he jumped, he realized that all of the problems in his life were fixable except the fact that he just jumped. The man who goes up to the gun counter does not want to die but does not know there’s help. Simply asking carries an enormous positive power. When we ask a student, an elder, a partner, it signals that someone cares about them; that no matter how scary their thoughts, they are not alone. Asking shrinks distances that separate us, normalizes the conversation about emotionally difficult, stigmatized topics and lessens suffering. Asking promotes connectedness—a powerful shield against suicide and other problems. This common language makes this connectedness unstoppable. And the power of social networks is on our side to propagate a method with a message that fights loneliness and hopelessness, and builds understanding and resilience across generations. At one point in history, learning how to properly wash our hands began saving lives. Learning to just ask can help us save lives now. Generations of stigma and misunderstanding have taken far too many lives—this is the history we can stop from repeating. Since Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade took their own lives, as with other celebrity suicides before them, there has been a dramatic increase in calls to crisis lines. The more we reach out, understand that depression is treatable, suicide is preventable and that we can all be part of the solution, the more lives we will save.

professionals need to ask about people’s mental health, just like we monitor for blood pressure, or we will not find the people who are suffering in silence. We actually know that people in pain don’t often have the will to ask for help and too often they will not. Asking about emotional well-being should be as routine as vision checkups. But even that is not enough. We must go beyond the “medical model.” Everyone must be, and can be, part of the solution. Friend, coach, teacher, spouse: All can play a vital role in connecting people to the help they need, before they ever get to (if they ever get to) a health professional. We need to find them where they are and where they live, and loved ones should be empowered and not be left feeling powerless. We have seen the incredible results of empowering the whole community. In the hands of everyone from legal assistants to clergy, the Columbia Protocol—a series of questions designed to act as a prevention tool—helped the Marines reduce suicide by 22 percent and the state of Utah reverse their suicide rate for the first time in a decade. Another misperception about suicide is that asking a person about suicide will make them suicidal. This is a myth born out of shame, fear and misunderstanding—it actually is liberating for those who are suffering to talk about their pain. People want to be asked and need to be asked. This simple yet potent premise can also aid in one of our country’s other most urgent public health crises. The nation has grappled with the tragedies of Parkland, FL, and Santa Fe, TX, as well as more than 1,000 other mass shootings since Sandy Hook. At least 80 percent of attackers in school-related violence, including the Santa Fe shooter, have suicidal issues prior to their attacks. We recognize

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night, so we don’t reap the full benefits of a good night’s sleep, but over time, blue light can damage our vision, too, contributing to eye strain and early macular degeneration. Blue light affects the skin as well, says Loretta Ciraldo, MD, a dermatologist and co-founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare. Research has shown an increase in redness and swelling as well as more hyperpigmentation and aging in front of the ears and on the sides of the face. “Smartphones weren’t designed for us to be staring at them from a foot away, 8 hours a day, every day,” says Mortimer. “It’s the cumulative effect that’s damaging.” All the more reason why she is excited about an idea in the incubator stage that will inspire people to put down their phones and connect with nature. She cites The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by journalist Florence Williams, who chronicles what happens to our bodies and brains when we experience nature and, say, step into a pine forest or head to the beach in the Hamptons. Mortimer represents a new kind of tech entrepreneur who is aligned with nature: In August, she hosts Celebration of Our Bays 2018, an event at her family’s Southampton house for Peconic Baykeeper, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting Long Island’s drinkable, swimmable and fishable waters.

Some five years ago, Gigi Mortimer noticed her youngest son, Nick, seemed to be tired in the morning. “One night, I went in to check on him around midnight, and he was awake, staring at his phone. He said, ‘Mom, I can’t go to sleep!’” says Mortimer. Right around that time, she read an article in Harvard Health Letter entitled “Blue Light Has a Dark Side,” which described how the blue light from electronics can interfere with a person’s circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion, throwing off the body’s biological clock. She experienced the proverbial light-bulb moment: “Being in the fashion business for over 20 years, I was always thinking about the future, and what someone will want next year,” says Mortimer, the director of design inspiration at Tory Burch. “I thought, ‘I need protection from my phone.’” Two years in the making, EyeJust, a blue-light-blocking screen protector with a UV cut similar to what’s in sunglasses, entered the marketplace. The product and her new company were named after the entrepreneur’s favorite phrase: “I always say, ‘I just have to….’” notes Mortimer. “I just had to do this.” As the screen protector was being developed, more information surfaced about the harmful health effects of blue light. Not only does it mess with our REM cycle at


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Surrounded by water and fields, and prone to storms and floods, Long Island is a haven for toxic mold and mycotoxins, which can trigger allergies, respiratory illnesses and serious infections. Rick LaPierre, president of the National Association for Moisture Management, explains the most effective—and safest—way to get rid of it.

FERNANDA NIVEN: What is the best way to protect a house from mold? RICK LAPIERRE: First of all, mold is not our enemy. If mold were eradicated from the planet, we’d all be dead. You just don’t want the mold [levels] to elevate indoors. What most people don’t realize is that you can have a house that looks phenomenally clean, and the owners are sicker than a person who lives somewhere with mold all over the wall. Why? Because the mold isn’t really making you sick—it’s the levels of mycotoxins [toxic substances produced by molds]. And that’s going to be the problem. And if you have Lyme disease or an [autoimmune] illness and you’re in a mold environment, my hat goes off to you—it’s like getting knocked out by Muhammad Ali. FN: Can you explain what is different about the kind of remediation you do? RL: There are two types of remediation. Traditional remediation, which is 95 percent of the remediation work in the U.S., does not work—it can actually make the problem worse, plus it doesn’t get rid of the mold completely, so you’re going to have regrowth. Bioremediation, which is what I do, uses an enzyme wash to get rid of those toxins. Our wash, TM-100, is a proprietary blend of enzymes that are on the FDA’s “generally recognized as safe” list. It is an organic-based product that remediates toxic molds growing on surfaces and in the air. Basically, I’m using nature against nature. It “digests” everything—mold, mycotoxins, bacteria and odors. FN: Can bleach get rid of mold? RL: No. bleach is 90 percent water, so you’re just giving the mold a way to grow. FN: What’s the best thing to do if you if you have an ongoing health issue or suspect that your house might have mold? RL: You need to find someone who can take the time to find out the source of the mold. If you have had a water incident of any kind that went on for more than two or three days, you will have an elevated mycotoxin issue and an elevated bacteria [problem]. That’s because when someone asks, “Did you have a flood?” people think “No,” not realizing that a leak can be just as big a problem. Also, get your air conditioners serviced annually, and create airflow in your house. I also would recommend getting a fan and an air purifier. For more information on TM-100 enzyme wash, go to


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Armed with America’s most tick-savvy medical resources, the East End is Lyme awareness central. BY JULIA SZABO and bring it to your homeopath, who will use it to create a custom, homeopathic remedy called a nosode.” France is a pioneer of like-cures-like homeopathy, so it’s no surprise that a French biotech company, Valneva, has successfully completed the world’s first-ever human trial of an exciting new weapon in the war against ticks: a Lyme vaccine that, reports indicate, is between 71.4 and 96.4 percent effective against the disease, and may be administered to adults and children age 2 or older. Ticks bite, but money talks: Valneva is investing some $350 million in the vaccine’s development, with the goal of manufacturing it at a “reasonably low” price and making it available in the U.S. and U.K. In the meantime, for those already coping with the disease, a study at the University of New Haven has shown that a liquid extract of stevia leaf—yes, the herbal sweetener that’s 200 times sweeter than sugar—actually kills Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen that causes Lyme disease, and does so more effectively than any of the antibiotics commonly prescribed to combat Lyme (including Doxycycline).


Tapp Francke developed a highly potent, topical tick-deterrent she calls “Hit the Road Bugs”; its ingredients are essential oils of eucalyptus—“shown to be as effective as DEET, without the toxic chemicals”—plus tea tree and geranium roseum oils in a grapeseed oil base. It’s part of her comprehensive tick prevention and treatment kit, including: “No See ‘Em” bug spray for dogs; cistus tea (an antimicrobial that’s repulsive to ticks, yet safe for dogs and people to drink); two different kinds of tick remover (a “tick key” for larger ticks and a “tick twister” for smaller ones); ledum palustre; and four tinctures recommended by renowned herbalist Stephen Buhner (samento, banderol, cryptolepis and houttinya). The kit retails for $287 at 42

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If you get a tick bite—and odds are you will, no matter how many precautions you take—there’s no better place to be than the Hamptons. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center (, now in its fifth year, is a treasury of vital information on the ectoparasitic menace. The hospital also dispenses recommendations at (631) 726-TICK, where last year Rebecca Young, RN, BSN, MS, fielded more than 900 frantic calls. If a tick has embedded itself in your skin, Young explains, “you have the option of taking a prophylactic, one-time dose of the antibiotic Doxycycline up to 72 hours from the time you remove the tick.” Happily for tick victims with (and without) antibiotic allergies, the Hamptons’ holistic healers offer complementary options. East Hampton homeopath Eric Pettigrew ( recommends adding three homeopathic single medicines to your first aid kit (all available overthe-counter, at health food stores, or online). Immediately after removing the tick, take ledum palustre 30c, indicated for insect bites. When removing a tick, everyone knows it’s critical to remove the entire parasite; however, if part of the tick remains, take silicea terra 30c. “Silicea stimulates the body to push the object out,” Pettigrew says.“It may take one or two days.” One more homeopathic remedy and you’re golden: Aurum arsenicosum 200c (gold arsenate) “could prevent the bacteria in the tick from going deeper into your nervous system.” After removing the parasite, Pettigrew advises, “don’t throw it away; put it in a small jar of alcohol, such as vodka,

Tapp Francke, holistic nutritionist and founder of STANDwellness in Water Mill, recommends some of the medicines Pettigrew uses, plus cinnamon oil, samento, banderol, cryptolepis and houttinya, as well as the immune-boosting probiotic supplement monolaurin, which is also antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal (it’s derived from the lauric acid found in coconut oil) for six weeks consistently post-tick-bite. Lyme sufferers schedule regular infrared sauna sessions at Francke’s healing center “to raise the internal body temperature, which helps the body to detoxify and fight off any kind of infection.” But STANDwellness’ biggest draw is PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy. “It helps to optimize the body’s cells,” Francke says. “PEMF was originally developed by NASA for astronauts returning from space; it gives the body back the natural pulse it needs to function and expedite its own natural healing processes. It takes injured, flat red blood cells and makes them round and happy again, so they’re able to uptake oxygen. Depending on the person’s condition,” continues Francke, ”PEMF will make changes on a cellular level—they’re going to feel more energy, and less pain and inflammation; they will sleep better, they’ll have improved muscle tone, bone density and mood. And these things can happen right away. I do it on myself as often as I can.”

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Q: I mean, we came there under very different circumstances. He spent his childhood mostly in the West, open skies and lawns, and came to Philly when he was a young adult to study painting. The urban setting was culture shock for him, the decay and the poverty and the grayness, and he had to figure out how to get his head around it, how to make it make sense against that perfect childhood. I was born in Philly and didn’t know anything else. For me, I searched for my identity within my family, within the music that my father played and sang and loved. SG: Can creativity be found organically, or does it have to be from life history, hard or soft knocks? Q: Well, that’s a trick question. Some creativity can be found organically, but the person who is finding it might not know that he or she has found it. Kids stumble into amazing ideas. As you go through life, as you experience failures, you start to see the ways that your creativity grows out of your life experience, the way that failure teaches you, the way that one idea builds upon others. SG: The Roots have long been hailed as a conscious rap group. How has the movement of conscious hip-hop inspired or sparked your creativity throughout your career? Q: At the very beginning of our careers, we were very into the Native Tongues rappers: De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers. We imagined ourselves in that world (and then later, in some ways, really joined that world by working with some of them). When we began to move away from that, either in reaction to, or in line with, more developments in hip-hop, we kept that in our minds. We can do straight party hip-hop. We can do freestyle

STEVE GARBARINO: According to your recent book, Creative Quest, there are two types of “creative” books, or instructionals: those telling you how to make it, in screenplays, etc.; and those that act as a balm, to help you create to feel better, generally. How do you think this book brings the two together? QUESTLOVE: It was both for me, at different times. Some days, I approached the book as if it was a how-to guide, though not a heavily programmatic one. Other days, I approached it from the self-help or therapeutic angle. I think that every creative act starts in one lane, though they can and should cross over to the other. And to truly weave creativity into the tapestry of your life (fancy metaphor alert), you need to think about both of them, both the nuts and bolts and the higher spirit. SG: What is the ultimate thing you want readers to learn about the creative process? How can it help them? Q: I don’t know if I have one ultimate thing I want readers to learn, but I want them to be readers, and to learn. I want people to understand both what to do and what not to do. I want them to learn both what to hope for and what to fear, and what to fear hoping for. I want them to be armed against failure, but also about success. It’s important to realize that practice makes perfect, but also that perfection is unattainable—but that doesn’t mean you should ever stop practicing. SG: You say that David Lynch, a longtime Philadelphian, inspired you even though he has often called it a horrible town. Yet, he also says it spurred his creativity more than anywhere else. Does that resonate with you? 44

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itation. That’s hard with as many jobs as I have, as many places as I have to be. But it’s important. SG: Is there one place in the Hamptons you love going to—for dinner, to see live music or a beach? Q: I feel weird about recommending destinations, because part of the process is that people find their own. But I’ll make one recommendation: Eleven Madison Park has a pop-up in the Hamptons called EMP Summer House. Daniel Humm is one of the most creative chefs I know, and this spot is no exception. SG: How has working on The Tonight Show strengthened or stretched your creative muscles? Q: Strengthened, definitely. I have had to play with so many different kinds of bands, and I have also developed comedy chops. Plus, the regularity of it is an amazing antidote to any self-destructive obsession. You make a show,

about anything. We can be abstract and jazzy or we can be playful. But somewhere in there, there’s always a sense that we are trying to be visible in the world, and make the world visible to us. Different albums do it differently. SG: Why is conscious hip-hop vital right now? Q: It’s more a matter of conscious thought, and of people who have the brains and the talent keeping their eyes open when they see the world falling down. And it’s not just hip-hop. Any version of soul music, of music that has soul, has healing properties. There have always been many different ways to approach it. There have always been multiple routes in hip-hop and hip-hop-adjacent musics, through time: Public Enemy on the one hand, Arrested Development on the other, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Kendrick [Lamar], Solange, Janelle [Monáe]. Pick your anti-poison.

“It’s important to realize that practice makes perfect, but also that perfection is unattainable—but that doesn’t mean you should ever stop practicing.” you air it, you move on. SG: Who has inspired you creatively than anybody else in your life? Q: It’s such a tough question, but I think the answer has to be my father. He was a creator. He had his share of successes and failures. He didn’t always pass wisdom along to me in a direct way, by lecturing. Sometimes I had to observe him. But that’s the most complete experience. SG: Where is the single location, room, space, hideaway that you find that perfect marriage of creativity and wellness—of tranquility? Q: Recently I’ve been experimenting with spaces away from technology. It’s not easy for me, but I need those moments where I can step back and meditate, where I can hear my own thoughts—or non-thoughts. SG: If you were any creature but human in another life, what would you be, and why? Q: I’d be a movie camera on the original Soul Train set: WCIU, Chicago. Is a camera a creature? Maybe a fly on the wall. SG: Do you have any surprises planned for your Guild Hall appearances this summer? What can people expect from this series of dates? Q: Since the creativity book came out, I have been doing a series of events where I talk to other creatives: Ava DuVernay, Sanford Biggers, Theaster Gates, Hank Willis Thomas. Guild Hall will continue that trend. Details to come, but expect a spirited and free-flowing conversation, more jazz than pop. Midsummer Night Conversations on Creativity with Questlove and special guests, July 29 and August 12, 7PM, Guild Hall,

SG: What was the single most important learning experience you came away with after talking with some of the great chefs for your previous book, Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs? Cooking and eating seems to be therapeutic and inspirational to you. How so? Q: The most important learning experience was the one that provided the seed for the book: going to Jiro Sushi in Tokyo. I had seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I had promised myself that I would make it to his restaurant. I went there as a birthday present, and I learned how serious he was as a creator, how much the meal was a narrative. I went into the book with those ideas hovering over me, and passed them on to the various chefs, who either took ownership of them or sold them back to me under a different form. That book, and the experiences around it, helped me to realize that food is a creative wellspring. It’s a survival tool, too. We need to eat to live. But it’s the human way to take the things that are necessary and extract order, beauty and meaning from them. SG: What artists, musicians, creative types of note would you want to sit and have dinner with, living or dead? Q: I’ve been asked this before, many times, since the food book, and it hasn’t gotten any easier. I have come to a standard answer, at least for the living: [Dave] Chappelle, Tania Bruguera, Shep Gordon, Jimmy Jam, Mathew Knowles, Beth Stelling, Jessica Williams, Phonte Coleman and Gavin Turek. Maybe they could each bring someone. The dead list is too hard. Michael Jackson? James Baldwin? The guy who invented the drum? SG: What is a perfect state of “wellness” for you? Q: Increasingly, it’s about balance and peace, and med46




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the amount of oxygen in the blood plasma by over 1,800 percent,” Sherr says, the treatment reduces inflammation, increases stem cells, stimulates growth of new blood vessels and more. “Cancer is mostly anaerobic—it hates oxygen,” adds Sherr, who oversees Hyperbaric Medical Solutions, with offices in Woodbury and Medford on Long Island, and in Manhattan. Dr. Sherr tells the story of a patient whose cancer returned as stage 4. Sherr presented her with many treatment options, but the patient chose only oxygen therapy. “She’s still alive,” says Sherr, “six years later.”

Water Mill’s STANDwellness (formerly the Aegle Healing Center) founder Tapp Francke arrived in the wellness world via a five-year battle with Lyme disease, which entailed two years of taking antibiotics and feeling even worse. “I don’t believe in antibiotics for anything chronic,” says Francke, who adds that antibiotics do have their place when it comes to acute conditions. “I dedicated my time from that point forward to building my body’s natural defenses,” says Francke, now a clinical nutritionist and student of naturopathy. “Lyme is a weak organism. It’s stealthy, but slow-moving and growing: Your immune system should be able to kill it.” Francke successfully treated herself the way she now treats clients: through diet, supplements, infrared sauna and PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic fields), a general rejuvenation therapy that reduces inflammation, increases microcirculation, and allows the body to receive oxygen. Besides Lyme, Francke addresses digestive issues, microbial imbalance, chronic disease, inflammation and general fatigue. “We give people tools,” she says, “to help their bodies help themselves.”

Like many integrative practitioners, naturopath Mychael Seubert once suffered from a condition that evaded conventional medicine—depression—but was successfully treated by changing sleep, exercise and diet habits (going gluten-free) and taking herbal medicines to support adrenal function and mood (such as rhodiola rosea). While undergoing treatment, Seubert came to the realization that his job in finance was “soul-sucking,” and that his next stage in life would be dedicated to helping people with their health. At the Naturopathic Wellness Center in Riverhead, Seubert is joined by two other naturopaths and a doctor of osteopathy. “Our general philosophy,” says Seubert, “is that the body does a fantastic job of healing itself, if you give it what it needs and remove obstacles.” The Center treats many diabetics. “I love working with type 2 patients who are motivated,” says Seubert, whose challenge is getting diabetics off carbs (he feels that many have been misled by medical doctors who allow for much higher blood sugar levels) and exercising. “Lyme is one of most tricky conditions to treat,” Seubert says. He uses herbs like Siberian ginseng, rhodiola rosea and Chinese cats claw, among others, to support the adrenals and destroy the bacteria’s inflammatory pathways and mucosal biofilms, which make it difficult for even antibiotics to penetrate. For gastrointestinal issues, Seubert kills bad bacteria with herbs such as uva ursi; he adds aloe vera to soothe discomfort.


Though licensed as a chiropractor for 38 years, Alan Sherr, DC, has never practiced traditional chiropractic. Instead, he acts as a primary health care provider who uses the modality as one of his many tools. Sherr, founder and director of the Northport Wellness Center, says his mandate is to “magnify the health of my patients.” Likening our bodies to swimming pools, Sherr says, “The more junk you put in, the filter must work harder and symptoms become more evident.” Part of our problem, he adds, is that “we don’t drink enough water, get enough sleep or fresh air” to clear the filter. At Sherr’s three-story facility nestled among trees on Fort Salonga Road, practitioners employ an assortment of complementary healing arts to manage the filter. Services include acupuncture, spine and joint recovery, homeopathy, 3-D spinal decompression and trigger-point therapy to relieve muscular pain. One modality Sherr is especially keen on is hyperbaric therapy. Using pressurized oxygen, which “increases


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Always the wittiest designer on Seventh Avenue, Isaac Mizrahi is now channeling his inner Elaine Stritch with a new “alt-cabaret” show at Bay Street Theater, while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. BY RAY ROGERS

Isaac Mizrahi’s wellness secrets: yoga, swimming and puppy love.

RR: Do you have a favorite quote or motto? IM: Ingrid Bergman said the secret to a happy life is “good digestion and a bad memory.” I’ve amended that to, “good digestion, a bad memory and realistic expectations.” You’ll have a better life if you let yourself enjoy the things that you’re accomplishing instead of constantly comparing them to what you could be achieving. Especially if you digest your food and can’t

remember anything. RR: In Unzipped you said that “everything is frustrating except for designing clothes. That’s liberating and beautiful.” In what way is performance also liberating for you? IM: I work more as a designer in a different capacity now; it’s very logical and I make these clothes that are wonderful and a great value. It’s a cashmere sweater at a really good price, and I go on the air at QVC and sell them. So now the artist in me is living for the performance thing. There’s something so incredibly liberating about it. I have such stage fright and it’s so debilitating beforehand, but then the minute you make it on stage it becomes this crazy kind of opening up. No matter how times I do it or how much applause I’m greeted by, it’s still not easy. It’s still this kind of crazy fear. Overcoming that every night is really great. RR: What’s most important to you these days? IM: My dogs. I know that’s a really dumb answer, but when I’m not with them they’re all I think about, and when I’m with them I’m very very happy. RR: Who would play you in your film biography? IM: Oh gosh, it would have to be someone gorgeous, obviously. Just kidding. Maybe Glenda Jackson. Someone who could definitely plumb the depths. Isaac Mizrahi performs at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, on August 6 at 8PM; 50

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RAY ROGERS: Your new show is called Moderate to Severe—is that a reference to life in the Trump era? ISAAC MIZRAHI: My first show, Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?, happened right after Trump was elected. Now we’re way into his presidency and it’s gone from moderately insane to severely insane. You have to discuss it with a great deal of humor or you’ll lose your mind. RR: Speaking of that last show, how has being surrounded by models for so many years affected your view of wellness? IM: A big part of the show was talking about my body dysmorphia, which is no longer body dysmorphia because now I’m just fat! But even when I was underweight and had a bit of an eating disorder in my 30s, I felt like the biggest person in the room, because I was always surrounded by models. Now I don’t care what I look like as long as I feel well. RR: What advice would you give your younger self? IM: Have nude photographs taken! Because no one would ever believe how cute my body was when I was young. I have one Polaroid somewhere I’m going to dig up. RR: What’s your wellness regimen? IM: I do yoga—I love it so much. And I’ve been swimming since I was 20 years old. Any time I tell my doctor or chiropractor I swim, they are so happy because they all say it’s literally the best thing I could do. RR: What do you love about your life in Bridgehampton? IM: The beach. Even on a not-so-beautiful day, a good walk on the beach is just everything. Also the ions from the sea are fantastic because they bring on sleep. I sleep a lot better in the Hamptons than in the city. RR: What’s your favorite way to get out of a bad mood? IM: Unfortunately, to eat. You can’t be sad when you’re eating mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Having a blast in Amagansett, with his G.E. Smith signature Fender Telecaster.

A Tibetan Buddhist teacher had once finished a lecture when an audience member raised his hand and said, “I would like to become a follower, but I drive a Rolls-Royce—is that a problem?” The teacher replied, “It’s not a problem if you drive a Rolls-Royce, sir. The problem is if the Rolls-Royce drives you.” On some level, we all face the same issue: Our possessions begin to possess us. For G.E. Smith—a guitar collector whose resume includes 10 years leading the Saturday Night Live Band—the idea of guitars as collectibles too precious to play is anathema. Smith, whose collection of stringed instruments once topped 700, has pared down to a more manageable 100 in recent years. “I still remember almost every guitar I ever owned,” he says. “But the ones I have now are the ones I really love.” Most of his collection is housed in Amagansett, where he now lives when not on the road. On a typical day, Smith, who has also worked with Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan and Buddy Guy, will play only a small percentage of his collection—four or five. Although he has paid as much as $10,000 for a single guitar, the most priceless instrument he owns is the Fender Telecaster his mother bought him for his 11th birthday. “I’ve had that guitar for 55 years,” says Smith. “I was born in January 1952 and it turned out the guitar was made in January ’52.” (In January 2007, Fender issued the G.E. Smith signature Telecaster in honor of Smith’s reputation as a modern master of the Telecaster.) Smith’s love affair with the six-string began when he was four years old, growing up in rural Pennsylvania. “It’s all I ever did,” he says. “In high school, I didn’t play sports, I didn’t have girlfriends, I played guitar, I worked on guitars, and I love fixing them. It’s all I know.” There’s a scene in Spinal Tap where Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) is showing off his guitars to an interviewer, and when asked about one particularly valuable instrument that still has the price tag on it, replies, “Don’t even point at this one. It can’t be played.” It’s a joke that Smith understands, but can’t relate to. “There are a lot of wealthy people who collect guitars just for the status of having that instrument. But to me, I never had a guitar I wouldn’t take out and play.” But unlike B.B. King, who famously named his guitars Lucille, Smith never went that far. But he admits that his wife, the singer-songwriter Taylor Barton, may have occasionally gotten slightly jealous. “She may have thought I was paying more attention to the guitar than anything else,” he says with a laugh. “And she was probably right.” G.E. Smith performs with Richard and Teddy Thompson July 6 at 8PM at Guild Hall.


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plant allergens, such as tree, grass or weed pollen, can also make their way indoors. But there are ways to insure your house is a healthy home—here’s how: Hoover it. “A vacuum with a HEPA filter is ideal,” says Dr. McGintee. “A double bag— often marketed as a vacuum bag for allergies—is a good alternative. Bagless vacuums are not a good option, as they will trap dirt but not allergens.” Run a dehumidifier. “Dust mites tend to thrive in warm, humid environments (as does mold),” she explains. A dehumidifier will help keep humidity levels in the EPA’s recommended range of 30 to 60 percent. Invest in dust-mite-proof mattress and pillow protectors, she suggests. Also, wash your sheets once a week in hot water (and all your bedding once a month). Take off your shoes inside. “This will help minimize the amount of outdoor allergens that are brought into the home,” says McGintee. If you’re allergic to pollen, she recommends putting all your clothes in the laundry as soon as you come inside and immediately taking a shower. Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan while cooking or taking a shower. Make your house a no-smoking zone—for so many reasons. Invest in an air-purifying fan. The Dyson Pure Cool has a fully-sealed HEPA filter, says says Le Dinh. It traps many indoor pollutants, including mold, smoke, fumes from household products and cooking, as well as allergens.

“The Hamptons” conjures up images of fresh air and healthy sea breezes. But inside your home, it may be a different story. Indoor air pollution can cause everything from an itchy nose and watery eyes to asthma, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. In the long term, it can be responsible for more serious and even fatal ailments, including cancer and lung and heart disease, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The East End is prone to specific indoor air pollution issues. “Molds tend to be a big issue here, due to our proximity to the water,” says Erin McGintee, M.D., an allergist with ENT and Allergy Associates in Southampton. Ozone levels in the Hamptons are also high, points out Jessica Le Dinh, a design engineer for Dyson. In fact, the American Lung Association gives the area an “F” for its high ozone levels. Ozone can decrease lung function, aggravate asthma and cause shortness of breath and coughing. Cigarette smoke is another major source of indoor air pollution, as are wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, says Dr. McGintee. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—which are found in many household products including aerosol sprays, building materials like composite woods, adhesives, carpets, carpet padding and paints—are another common contributor. Other contaminants in the home can trigger allergic reactions. “Pet dander and dust mites are ubiquitous indoor allergens,” says Dr. McGintee. Like all outdoor pollutants, 56

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A cool, quiet space leads to better quality sleep.


Five easy, actionable steps to get the best sleep of your life. “When we shrink our whole reality down to pending projects, when our life becomes our endless to-do list, it’s difficult to put them aside each night and let ourselves fall asleep and connect with something deeper,” notes Arianna Huffington in her best seller, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. A good night’s sleep can be elusive for many overachievers, but it is an imperative for sustained well-being. To get the best sleep of your life, Ed Curry, president of Duxiana North America, and the team at Duxiana, suggest a five-pronged approach to put you in the right frame of mind. (Of course, it also helps to have a DUX bed, as researchers at the Karolinska Institute have found. The medical university that awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine discovered those who slept on a DUX bed fell asleep faster, and remained in deep sleep longer.)

2. Eat right to sleep tight. Your diet, as well as your exercise routine, can have an impact on your ability to sleep well. Avoid foods that can be stimulating, like caffeinated foods or beverages, and opt instead for foods that can promote sleep, like hazelnuts, cherries and salmon.

1. Keep your room cool, dark and quiet. Experts agree that a bedroom should be slightly cool, dark and without lighted screens, clocks or stimulating light, and free of interruptive sounds. A blackout shade can prove useful if you have street lights making their presence known. Additionally, a small fan can work double-duty in providing a calming lull while also cooling your space.

5. Practice the 3 R’s. Keep a routine. Regular sleep patterns strengthen your inner clock and help you function better. Remove objects and activities that distract or overstimulate the mind just before bedtime. Relax—for some people it’s bubble baths and for others it’s reading before bedtime, but whatever winding down means to you, be sure it’s part of your routine at night.

3. Cultivate your circadian rhythm. Being exposed to blue wavelength lights—the kind emitted by computers, TVs and smartphones—can interfere with sleep patterns. Limit the use of electronics near bedtime.


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4. Lay your stress to rest—in another room. Seventy percent of adults in America say they are affected daily by stress or anxiety, often leading to difficulty sleeping. Consciously clear your mind of clutter, journal or write down worries, and prioritize tasks for the next day to leave your mind at ease.

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in three of us has sought professional Explorations in meditation have attention, and an unknown number brought me to the power of sleep. are self-medicating and shamed by Getting great, balanced deep sleep our struggles with sleep. improves blood pressure, the brain, Everyone tells me they want to skin, immune system, growth hormone meditate, but most are production, creativity, too busy to commit to digestion, memory, a regular meditation mood, concentration, practice. Each indiproductivity, relationvidual, however, has a ships, athletic perfor—DALAI LAMA regular sleep practice. mance and happiness. Here’s how to make it Better sleep can help better: Ritualize your sleep using the slow the aging process and reduce basic rules needed to balance your stress, appetite, inflammation circadian rhythm—the body’s internal and pain. clock. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Not get- • Create a sacred sanctuary in your bedroom; a consistent bedtime, in ting enough sleep is linked with many a quiet, dark, relaxing space with comchronic diseases and conditions, such fortable temperature. as diabetes, heart disease, obesity • No screens at least 30 minutes before and depression.” your sleep time. We are increasingly time-starved, • No alcohol at least 3 hours prior to device-dependent, overworked, sleep. overmedicated, overstimulated and • No caffeine after lunch. sleep-deprived. We are currently in a world sleep crisis. In the U.S., 30 percent • Listen to the “Sleep Beditations” of the population has sleep issues. One playlist while you sleep.

“Sleep is the best meditation.”


Created with ancient wisdom, modern techniques and powerful healing frequencies, the Sleep Beditations list combines sleep and meditation, and is designed to be played all night. It has been programmed to help you get to sleep faster, stay asleep, and access the deepest states of rest beyond the REM cycle. On my journey into consciousness and music, it has been my joy to collaborate with Australian aboriginals, spirit-walkers, rishis, shamans and dog-whisperers. As a music lover, record label owner, DJ/artist and consciousness activist, I share “DIP INTO BLISS” meditations globally. The “Sleep Beditations” are free and easy to use ( sleepbeditation). I invite you to take the 21 Night challenge: commit to 21 consecutive evenings of making your sleep a priority, and watch what changes in your life. Sleep well. “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. The next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” —Mahatma Gandi.

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[a human carcinogen], antimony [a poisonous chemical similar to arsenic], synthetic latex and pesticides, traditional mattresses just aren’t worth the risk to your hormonal and overall health,” says wellness expert Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of Ancient Nutrition and As with food, determining what constitutes “organic” can be tricky: Some mattress manufacturers use the designation, even though not all components meet government standards. Indeed, there’s no such thing as a 100 percent organic mattress. That said, any mattress that is made of at least 95 percent organic materials (pesticide- and synthetic-free) and is not processed with potentially harmful chemicals earns the USDA Organic seal. Those mattresses that pass the most stringent tests are certified as meeting the Global Organic Textile Standards, for non-latex mattresses, or the Global Organic Latex Standard for latex mattresses. Axe’s pick? “An organic mattress made from wool is one of the simplest swaps you can make to detox your home and body; plus, wool is naturally flame-retardant,” he says. Other top options: The Avocado green mattress, which combines wool and natural latex, and the PlushBeds organic latex mattress. As for crib mattresses, the Naturepedic No-Compromise organic cotton cushion contains natural fire-retardants and no wool or latex—potential allergens for little ones. And they won’t be the only ones who sleep tight, knowing what’s not hiding in the bed.

Since a third of our lives are spent in bed, healthy-living advocates invest considerable resources in their search for the ideal mattress. You can’t boot up your computer or turn on your television without seeing ads for memory foam mattresses, adjustable mattresses, continuous spring coil mattresses. But just how safe are all these options for you and your children? Turns out, not as safe as you may think, due to the potentially dangerous toxins many contain. And even some of those bearing the organic label are not all they claim to be. But with some careful shopping, you can rest assured that the brand you purchase is a safe bed. First, a little background. Back in the ’70s, when more people smoked cigarettes in bed, state laws requiring that mattresses be flame-retardant became commonplace. And while there are natural, nontoxic materials that are flame retardant, the cheap and easy solution is to douse mattress fibers with chemicals, including those that have been shown to cause cancer, disrupt brain development and alter hormone function in animals. Children—given how much time they spend in cribs and beds and because they breathe in more air volume per body weight than adults, and their organs are still developing—are potentially at greater risk. And these chemicals aren’t the only ones found lurking in many mattresses. “Between the presence of flame retardants, boric acid [to deter bedbugs], formaldehyde 62

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an outage, essentially turning it into a personal utility. The Powerwall detects any disconnect from the grid so quickly you won’t even notice a light flicker during a brownout. Meaning you and your house guests can rest assured the rosé in the fridge will stay chilled, and the water in the pool will stay heated. Tesla’s solar roof calculator lets you estimate the cost of buying and installing the tiles—which average about $22/ square foot of active tile, based on a roof that’s 35% solar tiles and 65% non-solar—as well as the value of the energy they can generate for your home. The calculator is based on factors like roof size, the average local price of electricity, and how much sunlight your neighborhood receives on average throughout the year. And while the upfront cost may be higher than that of other roofing materials, including traditional solar panels, once you factor in federal tax credits and the value of the energy generated, the roof will not only pay for itself, but earn you money in the long run. Says Raacke, “Typically, within six to eight years of installing a (conventional) solar roof, you pretty much get electricity for free for the rest of your life.” The tiles are currently available in four finishes—slate, terracotta, smooth asphalt and textured asphalt, and Musk is betting you’ll be impressed. As he said at the product launch, “You’re gonna want to call your neighbors over and say, ‘Check out the sweet roof.’”

No doubt you know Tesla as the maker of plug-in cars that’s headed by Twitter-happy visionary and billionaire Elon Musk. What you may not know is that, in keeping with their eco-aesthetic, the company recently debuted a line of solar roofing tiles that belies the old adage there’s nothing new under the sun. A Tesla representative tells Purist: “They’re made from tempered glass, they’re more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, yet half the weight, and they don’t degrade over time like asphalt or concrete.” In fact, the solar roofing tiles are guaranteed for the lifetime of your house. “Because the solar components are hidden within each tile,” the Tesla representative explains, “it’s indistinguishable from a non-solar tile.” Says Gordian Raacke, the executive director of the East Hampton-based nonprofit Renewable Energy Long Island and a renewable-energy advocate for more than two decades: “There are a lot of people who would go solar, but don’t like look of conventional solar panels. This fills that niche.” But it’s what the tiles do that’s the real attraction for anyone who wants to save money, the planet, and themselves the headache of relying solely on the grid. Here’s how it works: Clean energy is harvested from the tile cells with almost no loss of efficiency and stored in an integrated Powerwall—a battery that provides uninterrupted juice to run your home (and electric car) even if there’s 66

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Behind This Door You’ll Find Sag Harbor’s Most Exciting Opportunity Ann Ciardullo and Keith Green Proudl resent 286 Main Street Sag Harbor Village The stately Main Street facade is the first hint of the enormity of this incredible Sag Harbor opportunity, ideally situated at the head of Glover Street, now recognized as the Village’s new Gold Coast. On any given day, you’ll choose between waking into town via Main Street, or down Glover toward the water and then over to the pier. Either route affords you the freedom to walk back in time, as you stroll past restoration after restoration……each seemingly more perfect than the last. People say this is Sag Harbor’s moment. And it may be. But it is also time for this home to be brought up to the standards we live by today. Much of the heavy lifting has already been done. The wonderfully landscaped yard now envelops a 40 ft. gunite pool and perfectly scaled bluestone surround. The screened porch has been expanded to assure plenty of room for morning coffee, lazy afternoon naps, or candle-lit dinner parties lasting long into the night. The front parlor is one of those sun filled rooms that novelists write about; oh the stories it could tell. Six bedrooms as it sits today, or take the whole back of the second floor and create a new 500 sf. master suite with spa-like bath and, amazingly enough, water views.

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An innovative program gets Hamptons’ homeowners to conserve resources and save money.

For small businesses, Peak Savers offers free LED upgrades and free smart thermostats; for homeowners they provide smart thermostats and large rebates to replace older single-stage pool pumps with variable-speed models that save energy. Local residents are signing up and noticing the benefits. “It’s a win-win,” says Sheila Rogers, who took advantage of the program both at her own home and the East Hampton Health Center, which she runs. “Let’s face it. We’re all power junkies, but we have to conserve where we can. Peak Savers came in and did this, and we never paid a nickel.” Rogers is particularly fond of Nest thermostats. “They’re easy to control, easy to understand,” says Rogers, “and I can operate them from an app on my phone when I’m on the other side of the world.” Bob Chaloner, chief administrative officer at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, is also one of almost a thousand people who have signed up. “I think that Peak Savers is a very worthwhile effort for all of our communities. The hospital is working with the group to identify ways we can be more energy efficient, and I am personally participating in this program with my home and would recommend it to anyone living in Southampton or East Hampton.” Think of it as a “hive-mind” for energy conservation— working together to preserve and protect our precious resources.

Energy use is growing twice as fast in the Hamptons as on the rest of Long Island. Add to that a surge during busy months (think long summer weekends) and you’re looking at a potential crisis. Heavy, concentrated energy use, known as “peak” usage, can cause blackouts. To combat this, a unique program called South Fork Peak Savers offers incentives to residents and business owners to conserve at peak times, promoting sustainability while saving consumers money. “We wanted to get people involved in this issue, and understand how we can reduce our energy rates longterm by avoiding the building of additional infrastructure [which would cost billions, and change the landscape of the Hamptons] when we’re mostly using the energy at peak times,” says Bruce Humenik, executive vice president of Applied Energy Group, an industry consultancy that specializes in efficiency and renewable energy solutions, including South Fork Peak Savers. During critical peak-usage periods, participants use smart thermostats, and voluntarily allow South Fork Peak Savers to adjust them, with a barely discernable difference in quality of life. The homeowner is always in control. They are even offered free smart thermostats and significant monetary incentives to participate in the Peak Savers program, Humenik says, and with smart thermostats, consumers save on their bills immediately. 68

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From an ocean hideaway to a village charmer and a chef’s kitted-out lair, Hamptons real estate delivers a personality-packed blockbuster this summer. BY NANCY KANE In Montauk, 180 feet of ocean frontage

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and fountain; French doors open out to a heated gunite pool. A glass breezeway leads to a pool house and wine cellar. Listed for $6.95 million with Sotheby’s. On Further Lane in East Hampton, a refurbished 9-bedroom estate (asking just under $15 million with Christopher Stewart at Douglas Elliman) offers 1.8 acres of grounds, including formal gardens, a heated pool, and the most coveted amenity of all: deeded ocean access. Speaking of the sea, a $21 million, 3-bedroom, 3-bath beauty along the pristine Montauk shoreline sits on nearly an acre and a half, with 180 feet of Atlantic frontage. The ultimate hideaway features a 2-story great room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and 30-foot-high stone fireplace. Designed by renowned architect Thierry Despont, every room overlooks gardens, ocean and a freeform gunite pool. With Gary DePersia at The Corcoran Group. Rachael Ray’s home—and the vacant lot next door—located on Tuckahoe Road in Southampton is on the market with Sotheby’s, asking $4.5 million (the two properties are also for sale separately). Situated on 6 bucolic acres, the 3-bedroom house opens to pretty, pergola-filled patios and an over-sized pool. Two gourmet kitchens (one in the pool house) make for easy entertaining. Yum-o!

Charm is what buyers seek in Sag Harbor, and 39 Suffolk Street has charm to spare. The recently renovated 19th century home with four fireplaces and wide-plank original flooring also has a professional-grade kitchen, media room and a soaking tub—features our ancestors couldn’t have dreamed of. A separate cottage, lush garden with heated saltwater pool, hammocks and hydrangeas complete the enchanting picture. The home is three blocks from The American Hotel, not that you’ll want to leave. Asking $4.5 million with Rylan Jacka at Sotheby’s. Seeking turnkey condo living in Sag Harbor? The historical Watchcase Factory offers the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Built in 1881, the building is the gold standard of restoration, with a pair of Ascher Davis designed apartments combined into one 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom beauty with three-sided exposure, soaring beamed ceilings, two terraces and a balcony. Building perks include a private garage, heated saltwater pool and club room, gym, yoga studio and sauna. With Corcoran’s Gary DePersia, for $3.495 million. Fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo’s chic Mecox Bay 5-bedroom, 6-bath home is a one-of-a-kind 3-story traditional with its own dock. Lush gardens frame a koi pond 70

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Interior decorator Alex Papachristidis shares a few of his favorite ways to establish a more eco-friendly home.

“Many of our clients want to make their homes as eco-friendly as possible. Decorating using organic materials used to be very limiting, but we are starting to see more options for organic fabrics, and more vendors using natural and sustainable materials. This practice hasn’t become as widespread in furniture manufacturing, but if a client can afford custom, they won’t be limited by going green. It’s easy to incorporate eco-friendly furniture into a home, with the added benefit of using materials that are safer for the environment.”

“Studio Four NYC is one of our favorite go-to vendors when it comes to choosing green materials for upholstery. They carry a wide variety of organic fabric lines from designers around the world who strive to make their products as natural and chemical-free as possible, while minimizing waste.” LuRu Home Honeycomb in indigo, sold by the yard, price upon request, available at Studio Four NYC,

“Vintage pieces can be one of the greenest furniture options, because they don’t require additional resources to produce and can be refinished in a natural way by using finishes that do not contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds).” Piece used in a Papachristidis project in Aspen. 72

“Our clients with babies or young children are often concerned about their kids experiencing off-gassing from furniture and fabrics. On the rare occasions we buy ready-made furniture for a project, it’s usually when we are looking for pieces for nurseries or children’s bedrooms. It is important for us to ensure that the children are living and sleeping in a harm-free environment.” Oeuf natural unfinished Sparrow crib, $720, oeufnyc. com; Sprout Modern kids desk with storage, $125.95,

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“The shell of a house is one of the most important aspects of home design, and we work closely with clients on choosing paints and finishes for their spaces. We like using Benjamin Moore Natura Paint Line for interiors, as it is durable yet certified asthma- and allergy-friendly, and contains no VOCs.” Benjamin Moore Natura paint, pricing varies,

“Beauvais Carpets is one of our most trusted sources for custom carpeting. They have many options produced with eco-friendly, all-natural, 100 percent handwoven wool.”A Papachristidis-designed bedroom in Aspen with Beauvais Carpets, pricing varies,


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Now in its eighth year, the Market Art + Design fair returns to the East End on July 5 to 8 at the Bridgehampton Museum with an extensive list of contemporary art exhibitors. Included is the RJD Gallery (Booth #309), also located in Bridgehampton, and home to multiple galleries in its 3,500-square-foot space, with a focus on magic realism and emergent to mid-career artists. Here, RJD’s curator, Mago, selects some of his favorite pieces from the gallery’s collection of master painters. (, “Ansell is a British figurative portraitist who crafts a unique emotional release for the viewer through her enchanting, dramatic and expressive vision.” Hope and Reckoning, Mary Jane Ansell, 2018; oil on aluminum panel, 28 x 40 inches “Heir to the Brandywine tradition of art, Wyeth depicts rural Pennsylvania. He explores bold colors, contrast, tactile surfaces, elusiveness and humor.” Me and My Vulture, Jamie Wyeth, 1994–2005; oil on board, 28 x 31 inches

“Midwestern master painter Kowch brings together feminine strength, and celebrates introspection in her magical realist paintings inspired by Wyeth, Hopper and Benton.” Reunion, Andrea Kowch, 2018; acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

“A Portuguese master of surrealism, Santos utilizes technical abilities to create emotionally expressive compositions that release the body and mind from reality.” Dry Lake Sirens, Jorge Santos, 2017; oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches

“Emotional bursts of light overlay Garland’s static urban landscapes with a dappled beauty, while his portraiture is imbued with fateful poses and inspiring natural beauty.” The Old Chair, Rick Garland, 2018; acrylic on canvas, 46 x 38 inches

“Rosales is an innovative American painter whose works embrace the identity and power provided by black femininity, and empower a formerly repressed soul.” The Abduction, Harmonia Rosales, 2017; oil on linen, 80 x 106 inches 74

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Madonna’s MDNA Skin adds a new state-of-the-art Mask Remover to its beauty arsenal.



IMMACULATE COMPLEXION Masks off: Madonna debuts the MDNA Skin Mask Remover.

The waters of Montecatini have a history of being restorative. This fabled Italian town, set in the lush green center of Tuscany near Lucca, is the site of healing hot springs first noted some 600 years ago, when a physician-scholar named Ugolino Simoni praised their beneficial effects on local peasants suffering from creaky back pains. Fast forward to the 1950s and ’60s, when the elegant Terme di Montecatini spa attracted guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, as well as Hollywood royals like Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy,

Leslie Caron and Marcello Mastroianni, who went there to “take the cure” of rest and rejuvenation. Decades later, Princess Marcella Borghese founded a skin-care institute on-site and developed a treatment line based on its miraculous mud. Today, the grounds still draw tourists willing to pay the six euro entrance fee to marvel at its mosaic murals, or stay for a costlier three-day beauty detox. Now another big name has been added to the roster of Montecatini mavens: Madonna. When the pop icon’s MDNA Skin luxury treatment line launched last fall, she responded to 80

questions about why she was embarking on this new venture by saying, “I want baby-soft, smooth, creamy, pale skin for the rest of my life.” Her message was empowering: “The aging process doesn’t have to be negative…it’s about getting the best and most out of ourselves for as long as possible.” This year, MDNA Skin builds on its success with the Mask Remover, a new beauty device that works in tandem with its unisex Chrome Clay Mask. The mask, made with clay from Montecatini’s volcanic ash, has a blend of the area’s thermal waters, says Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist and global skin-care consultant who worked with the singer and MTG, the Japanese company behind the line. “Madonna has been a patient of mine for three to four years, and having her input and influence had a huge impact on the products,” says Dr. Frank, whose practice is based in New York City. “They are sourced from nature, built on technology and made for everybody.” So how does it work? First, you smooth the dark Chrome Clay Mask formula ($120; all over the neck and face; after slipping a plastic sheath over the Mask Remover ($80;, you hover the tool over your skin and its magnetic head eerily lifts the clay particles—which are doubly wrapped in iron oxide and an absorptive floss that attracts the impurities—to cleanly remove them. “What’s left is a dewy serum on the skin,” says Dr. Frank, one that contributes to a firmer, smoother and more even-looking texture. “It’s important to me that the ingredients are not only pure, but that they work,” says Madonna. That’s a desired effect worth singing about.

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Gregg Renfrew, founder and CEO of Beautycounter, stresses the need for clean products in our bodies and environment both in her life and business. Here, she shares some items for keeping mindful—and radiant—in the summertime.

“This sunscreen is formulated with non– nano zinc oxide and the antioxidant-rich California poppy. It doesn’t include octinoxate or oxybenzone, ingredients known to contribute to the collapse of coral reefs around the world, so it’s safer for people and our oceans. The mist sprays on like aerosol yet is actually air–powered, and I like that it sprays on white so I can see if I’ve missed a spot.” Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist, $36,

“I don’t wear much makeup in the summer, so for a night out, this is only thing I wear. I also dab some on my cheeks in a pinch.” Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Twig, $32

“We absorb materials through our skin as much as through our digestive system. I keep these bars stocked in my office, my bag and my car for an easy snack between meals.” Health Warrior Mango Chia Bars, $15.99 for 15,

“When we launched Beautycounter five years ago, I always envisioned seeing the brand come to life out East as an important part of the community, expanding our reach to get safer beauty and skin-care products into the hands of as many people as possible.”

“Côte is my go-to for the cleanest nail polish around. My signature color is a great red called No. 25. They even have mini travel-size bottles to stash in your purse if you need a quick fix while on the move.” côte nail polish, $18,

“This natural toothpaste is made with a focus on sustainability. I love anything that is good for me and for the environment.” Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste, $9.95, davids-usa. com

“The fewer plastics, the better. Replacing plastic water bottles is an easy way to be environmentally conscious and a step toward a healthier lifestyle.” Boxed Water, $35.74 for a 12-pack of one liter boxes,

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Dr. Gerry Curatola makes a return to East Hampton with Rejuvenation Health, a new full-service biologic dental, medical and wellness center. BY RAY ROGERS

medical and beauty experts all under one roof, making it the first center of its kind on the East End. “Similar to recognizing the need for a higher level of dental care in East Hampton over 20 years ago, when I first began my practice there, I see a great need for cutting-edge integrative healthcare with functional medicine and biologic dentistry, beauty and wellness.” “The mouth is both a mirror and gateway to disease in the whole body,” he adds. “Too many dentists behave like ‘mechanics of teeth’ with a ‘drill ’em, fill ’em, bill ’em’ mentality.” In Curatola’s view, dentists are “physicians of the mouth,” at the head of the line in helping patients live a longer, healthier life. Eighty-six percent of disease—everything from diabetes to leukemia—has signs or symptoms in the mouth, says Curatola. “Biologic dentists look at causal chains for treating disease, and identify the origin of problems rather than just treating the symptoms.” The center’s mission is to approach health by addressing the root causes of disease, both oral and systemic, by utilizing cutting-edge diagnostic tools, treatments and techniques. And for those just wanting a natural beauty boost, drop by for organic treatments for skin, hair, and body care, with the most current lasers and regenerative therapies. There’s even a RejuvDrip, a vitamin-boosting IV for recovery after summer soirées. 844-REJUVME;

Turning 60 this year was a milestone for longtime East Hampton resident and New York dentist, Dr. Gerry Curatola, who notes that in Chinese philosophy, it is the most important birthday in a person’s life, representing a transition from the yang to the yin cycle, when one starts to mentor. “This is the time when you try to leave a lasting legacy,” says Curatola, “when you focus on the bigger issues of how to make the world a better place.” Curatola has always made it his mission to give back: During his initial years of practicing in East Hampton, from the mid-’90s to 2012, he helped establish the Pediatric Dental Fund (PDF) of the Hamptons, and provided pro bono dental services for The Retreat, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, among others. After relocating his practice to Manhattan and focusing his energies on creating Revitin, an innovative, natural toothpaste packed with prebiotics, and authoring his new book, The MouthBody Connection, Curatola is returning to the very space he vacated six years ago. Only this time, his goal for holistic health in the community has expanded. “My vision is to see dentistry merge back to medicine,” says Curatola, who next month unveils Rejuvenation Health, at 56 The Circle, East Hampton, behind the Chase bank in town. The full-service wellness center is “not just another yoga studio,” he notes. Rather, the fully revamped space will house biologic (another term for holistic) dental, 86





Keeping hair sleek and shiny despite the East End’s notorious humidity—not to mention the damaging effects of saltwater and UV rays—has historically meant a barrage of heavy-duty chemicals. Meet the hairdressers who are now opting for nontoxic alternatives. BY BETH LANDMAN

A frizz-defying protein-based cream is the hottest treatment this season at this busy salon. “Super-straight hair is back in, and this is a quick, chemical-free process,” says salon owner Bianka Lefferts. “Your hair becomes impermeable to humidity and stays pin-straight for a week to 10 days.” Lefferts says clients can become addicted, but she warns, “It’s a heavy protein, and you should only use it once a month to be sure your hair doesn’t get too dry.” 4981 NY 27-27A, Southampton; 631.377.3107;

SALON XAVIER This chic salon on the water, which is celebrating its 11th anniversary, has introduced peroxide-free color made with herbs. “It covers 100 percent, the processing time is short, and it’s perfect for clients who are pregnant, immunocompromised or anyone very conscious about what they are putting on or in their bodies,” says owner Xavier Merat. The salon also carries a full line of René Furterer products, which are

formulated with plant extracts. “Furterer’s Solaire shampoo, oil and mask are perfect for summer; the spray oil is water-resistant and shields hair from the elements,” explains Merat, who also now offers organic manicures and pedicures. 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor; 631.725.6400;

VALERY JOSEPH Valery Joseph is all about extensions this season. “Extensions are big for summer,” he says. “They put more weight on the hair and make it easier to control.” For at-home care, Joseph recommends his Heal Mask for blondes or those with overprocessed hair, and his Nourish mask for clients with thick or coarse hair. “First, wet your hair with high-pH water, then apply the mask, braid your hair and secure it in a chignon,” he advises. “That guarantees your hair will be protected.” 2454 Main St., Bridgehampton; 631.537.8967;


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som extract from the sustainable Italian hair-care line, Davines. “If you mist through hair, you will create a barrier so that chemicals like chlorine won’t be absorbed,” she says. Revolve also offers five different clay treatments to detoxify and hydrate the hair, including a quick-fix hyaluronic acid and red clay procedure that takes only 10 minutes. 34 Hill St., Southampton; 631.377.3555;

THE SALON PROJECT BY JOEL WARREN “I like people to wear their hair curly and natural in the summer,” says Warren, who opened his newest place in the Huntington Saks this past March—a perfect place to stop off on your way out east from NYC. He uses the Seeds line. “It’s organic with biodegradable packaging,” he explains. For summer, he suggests the “Sealer” treatment, which takes only 15 minutes but lasts a month. “When hair feels dry and looks frizzy, the cuticle is open and this closes that cuticle.” 230 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station; 631.421.0002;

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When Clémence von Mueffling went away to summer camp as a kid, her mother packed perfume and a cream for stretch marks in her bag. Her grandmother would send von Mueffling and her sister dinner invitations that specified, “with some mascara.” In her new book, Ageless Beauty the French Way, von Mueffling weaves together three generations of beauty wisdom, as well as her expertise as a Clarins and Dior alum. She tailors her advice to three age groups: Jeunesse (aka “young” women aged 20 to 35); Plénitude (“fullness,” i.e. women ages 35 to 55), and Maturité (women d’un certain age, 55 and up). But looking younger is not the sole goal; von Mueffling emphasizes that French women always try to look best for their age, and embrace wherever they are in life. She notes that French beauty rituals are kinder and gentler than American ones. Here are some keys: CLEANSE, RINSE AND REPEAT. The secret to great skin is double cleansing, she says. Round one gets rid of impurities, pollution and makeup. The second one cleanses the skin’s topmost layer, the stratum corneum, to optimize the skin’s ability to regenerate, which takes place primarily at night. Then apply your favorite toner with a cotton pad. Instead of rinsing, give your skin a boost of hydration by spritzing on some thermal spring water, such as Avène or Evian, and blot off or wipe off gently with a tissue. NEVER OVER-EXFOLIATE; instead, treat your skin like your favorite silk blouse. Don’t over-scrub, exfoliate or overuse peels, especially if you’re going to be outdoors, as it makes skin more sensitive to the sun and prone to UV damage. To protect skin, von Mueffling swears by Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion SPF 50 ($82, MASSAGE YOUR FACE REGULARLY. She says that people vastly underestimate the power of massage, and that it can tone the skin, improve circulation and minimize lines—for free! Massage will also improve the appearance of the skin on your legs, feet and décolletage. TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF YOUR SKIN WHEN YOU FLY. She recommends skipping the makeup and instead making sure skin is well hydrated, as airplane air is very drying. After landing, use a good moisturizing mask like Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask ($195, For beauty emergencies in flight, Von Mueffling relies on a kit that includes a travel-size hand sanitizer and moisturizer; a nail file; lip balm; some herbal teas; and some healthy snacks such as almonds. Von Mueffling also wears compression stockings, which she says help improve the circulation and are excellent for cellulite and varicose veins. Ageless Beauty the French Way: Secrets from Three Generations of French Beauty Editors is available on


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Caught up in the magic of mom’s boutique: Scarlett, 5, and Stella, 2, daughters of LoveShackFancy owner Rebecca Hessel Cohen.



“Our collections are made for all ages,” says Rebecca Hessel Cohen, pictured here with her daughters in the family’s apple orchard.


A former fashion and beauty editor at Cosmopolitan magazine from to 2005 to 2012, Hessel first started designing bridesmaid dresses for her own wedding, in 2010. She and a pattern maker from Manhattan’s Design District created long, halter-style chiffon gowns (the bride wore a tulle Monique Lhuillier), and the single-layer dress prompted questions from friends about designing the piece as a skirt with a matching top. After that, Hessel Cohen began playing around with her creations, which she eventually launched as a full-fledged line in 2013. “The idea was to keep it super-simple—everything you could twist and knot into a ball and throw in your suitcase,” says Hessel Cohen. “I had this little side business doing trunk shows out in the Hamptons, and then the dresses started selling really well. It kept evolving very organically.”

Is there anything more promising than the perfect summer dress? Come spring, finding one is often a seasonal ritual for many women, a quest that offers a glimpse into what the upcoming months could look like. There is the prospect of a floral-printed ruffle for an alfresco dinner LoveShackFancy is party, linen for beachside located in a landmark clambakes, a flirty number 1700s house. for an August getaway. The promise of a summer dress—in all its bare-legged, sandal-clad glory—is also, in essence, the promise of a summer well-lived. For the past few summers, Rebecca Hessel Cohen has provided many of those dresses with her ready-to-wear line LoveShackFancy. And this summer, she’s expanding the brand’s dreamy, romantic world with her first boutique, LoveShackFancy, in Sag Harbor. 94

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Rebecca Hessel Cohen creates a magical garden of fashion delights at her romantic new flower-strewn shop, LoveShackFancy in Sag Harbor. BY SHANNON ADDUCCI



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An enchanting table sets the mood for summer entertaining.

Flowers and floral patterns abound in the boutique.

The decision to open a shop in the Hamptons was a natural one for the editor turned designer. After all, she had held her aforementioned wedding there, in the apple orchards of her family’s Bridgehampton home—the same backyard location where she handdyed her bridesmaid dresses. Her first trunk show was in Sag Harbor, back in 2012 at the WellNEST (which is now Buddhaberry) on Main Street. And she and her husband, Todd, also now have a home in Sagaponack, her “happy place,” where they spend weekends and summers with their daughters Scarlett, 5, and Stella, 2. The 800-square-foot shop is also located on Sag Harbor’s bustling Main Street, in a landmark 1700s house that Hessel Cohen learned was originally a fabric store where women would hand-knit sweaters. “A local woman shared this story with me,” she says. “We both ended up in tears thinking about bringing the space back to its roots.” Working with Mike Moser and her mother, Nancy Hessel Weber (a former creative director of Seventeen magazine), Hessel Cohen has kept that space raw, preserving its original brick walls, fireplaces and exposed beams and filling in the brick floor with a soft sand finish to mimic nearby beaches. “It’s intimate, cozy, and essentially, our ideal little love shack,” says Hessel Cohen. “The location is really serendipitous to the founding of the company.” The result

is indeed dreamy, with equal nods to romantic Victoriana, Provence and the ’90s Shabby Chic movement. The shop, which will be open year-round, holds LoveShackFancy’s current season collection in addition to its Heritage line of core pieces—usually Victorian- and Edwardian-inspired—that carry over through each season with slight updates. “Our collections are made for all ages, from babies to grandmothers,” says Hessel Cohen, who also launched a girls line. The boutique will also feature a curation of one-of-a-kind pieces that Hessel Cohen has hunted down, like actual antique Victorian dresses and laces, antiques and home linens. She also tapped vintage jewelry dealer Jill Heller (among other jewelers) for a collection of baubles, which will be on offer next to vintage Indian saris, Liberty print slippers, hair clips and flower crowns from Paris. But perhaps the biggest first impression the Love Shack makes is in its flowers. They are everywhere, with bouquets in giant urns and tin buckets, in garlands that line the shelves. “We wanted to create a whimsical, enchanting escape for the woman charmed by history and vintage style,” says Hessel Cohen, who worked with multiple Sag Harbor florists to achieve the floral fantasy. Shoppers can expect the blooms to be refreshed regularly, and can also purchase cut flowers and arrangements. “It’s all about soft colors, beautiful music, flowers, more flowers,” she says, “and a space that soothes.” 96





to work in order to foster human and moral dignity. This has always been the great dream of my life. Cashmere is at the core of our collection. The timeless quality of this elegant yarn is what I have always been attracted to. It embodies a simple luxury that you never discard; it is cherished eternally in one’s wardrobe. I see our collection as timeless, wearable beauty that is forever a part of one’s life. You never want to part ways with a cashmere item from your wardrobe. It creates an emotional connection with the person wearing it. AC: When I think of Brunello Cucinelli, I always think of the most luxurious everyday clothes. People will be fascinated to learn that you started your company in 1978 with just $550. What was your idea back then, and how has the company evolved? BC: In 1978, with a bank loan of only half a million lire, I found a knitwear factory willing to manufacture my sweaters. The success was instant, and to meet the growing number of orders, I was forced to make people believe I had 72 employees. In fact I was a one-man band, packing and dispatching the sweaters myself. Often I would answer the telephone using voices of nonexistent secretaries and factory workers. Back then, cashmere was worn only by men and in dark colors, so I decided to introduce pastel-colored cashmere to the women’s market, which turned out to be my big break. AC: You’re known as the “King of Cashmere” and Brunello Cucinelli is now a massive public company, but you were extremely cautious about how you grew it. Most designers in business want to be as big as possible and get there as fast as they can. Why not you? BC: I think the key to creating a collection that comple-

ALINA CHO: You’ve had a boutique on Newtown Lane in East Hampton for as long as I can remember. What initially drew you to the Hamptons? BRUNELLO CUCINELLI: The Hamptons reminds me of the village life I’ve always loved. It is easy to admire its sophistication, artistic roots, pristine land and long stretches of beach. The communal spirit, charm and serene beauty are all reminiscent of the close-knit community in Solomeo [his hometown in Perugia, Italy]. I feel in line with the locals as well as the visitors who want to respect and preserve the land and culture in the hopes of leaving it more beautiful than they found it. The aesthetic of Brunello Cucinelli is best described as casual luxury, which East Hampton most certainly embodies, Brunello making the two a perfect fit. Cucinelli is Our clothing truly allows one to committed to wellness and look and feel put together, even giving back. in more relaxed moments. AC: You grew up in rural Italy in a home with no electricity and no running water; now you’re personally worth more than a billion dollars. What do you remember about your childhood and how on earth did you first get interested in fashion, especially cashmere? BC: Until I was 15 years old, we were very needy. My family, we were farmers. We worked the land using animals, not machinery. We had no electricity. There was a lot of silence, quiet. But we lived a very serene life. We were joyful. I still hold beautiful memories of those years. And when we actually moved to the city, my father took a job at a factory and was subject to humiliation. He was demeaned. I couldn’t understand why something like this would happen. That was the beginning of my perspective on how people should be treated. I said to myself, I don’t know what will happen to me or what I will do with my life, but one thing is for sure: I want 98

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ments a very particular lifestyle without rivaling the work of any other designer goes back to Solomeo. Even though my design team is constantly scouring the globe for great new movements in fashion, architecture, art and design, our village, removed from the hustle of bigger cities, allows us to focus on our craft and not lose sight of our mission. We stay true to our craft and aren’t distracted by what other brands are doing. AC: You pay your emThe brand ployees 20 percent more embodies the than the industry averHampton’s casual luxury. age. What’s behind that thinking? BC: When you take care of your employees by giving them a nicer work environment, better offices, and a work-life balance that allows them to be with their families, these additions will ultimately make them more creative, productive and committed. As a result of this philosophy, we have been able to create a beautiful, Italian-made product that is not only luxurious and with high craftsmanship, but also maintains integrity. My company is only as strong as the people behind it. AC: I love how committed you are to giving back: You give away 20 percent of your profits to your foundation, the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation. BC: The idea of extending my efforts outside of fashion came from the passion of wanting to make a positive difference and impact on others. My vision is to continue a brand experience beyond clothing, to give back to the community, and to ultimately create a better quality of life for all the people around our company and town. Today, we have created a youth center, a school of arts and crafts, a theater, a hospital and a library. It brings me serenity and pleasure to create change beyond what the brand is doing in fashion. The focus of the Foundation has been embracing and preserving humanity. We are very inspired by nurturing our culture, country and family values, and continually keeping ourselves open to new ideas and opportunities to give back. AC: Since this is a magazine about wellness, what is your secret to looking like you age backward? I read that you practice yoga. BC: I believe that there are three things in life that you must absolutely do for yourself, because nobody else can do it

in your place: keeping fit, following a diet and accumulating culture. Before I turned 45, I would spend half an hour a day working out. Then, between 45 and, let’s say, 50, I started working out for an hour and a half a day. Now that I’m 65, I’ve gone up to two hours because I want to stay fit. I start with an hour of swimming every morning. After swimming, I do about 20 minutes of a series of exercises called the Five Tibetan Rites, which is an ancient form of yoga. Both men’s About 15 years ago, I and women’s was going through my lines are ideal for travel. library and rediscovered this book on Tibetan yoga, Tibetan Secrets, that a martial arts teacher had given me. I have done it ever since, and have given the book to all my friends. Many people note health benefits, such as hair growing back. Four years ago, I couldn’t read my mobile phone display without my glasses and now I can, so there must be some truth in it. I think it is essential to also devote some time to oneself through reading and reflecting. I have always maintained that the quality of our products is the result of the inner quality we all have. AC: You’ve said that you have a uniform, of sorts. I’m the same—it’s one fewer thing to think about. Is that part of it, to eliminate some of the decision-making in your life? BC: I believe for a man who is often traveling and has a semi-public life, it’s important to have essential pieces in the wardrobe that make it feel effortless to be organized every day. I still manage to have fun and try combinations of outfits on myself, especially as we prepare for the men’s fairs, since it’s a time of great creativity for us on the designs of the collection. I have staples in my wardrobe, like white cotton buttons-downs, a navy travel blazer, cargo corduroy pants and my favorite Western-style leather belt. AC: You married your hometown sweetheart. What’s the secret to staying together all these years? BC: I think we have always respected each other, and we still find time to laugh and have fun with friends, even after so many years together. We still give each other compliments, and I make sure she feels special and important. We go on walks together and talk, plus we make family holidays an important tradition, even as the kids age. 100



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Top fashion finds by Micaela Erlanger, celebrity stylist, who this year published her first book, How to Accessorize: A Perfect Finish to Every Outfit.

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“When your towel becomes an accessory!” Louis Vuitton monogram classic beach towel in freesia, $590,

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“A perfect summer basket. It’s feminine and classic—the ultimate accessory.” Mark Cross Benchley rattan, $2,595,

“Summer is about relaxed femininity and the ease of dressing. I think the easiest way to pull an outfit together is with your accessories. I’m always looking for new ideas and products, and dream of summer style all year round.” “Styling is about empowerment and confidence, and I wanted to share my knowledge. This is a fun read that shows people how to finish any outfit. It’s great for flipping through at the beach.” How to Accessorize: A Perfect Finish to Every Outfit by Micaela Erlanger, $12.57, at Barnes & Noble, 102

“This is the best sundress or cover-up, perfect for layering over a swimsuit, or pairing with espadrilles to wear around town.” Vita Kin long-sleeve tie-front embroidered linen maxi dress, $2,645, at Bergdorf Goodman,

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“Zimmermann is so dreamy. I love the flirty floral print of this dress.” Zimmermann Sunny smocked bodice and skirt, $350 to rent, $2,290 to purchase, at Armarium,


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“Tibi, Tibi, Tibi! I can’t get enough. Throw this skirt on with a tee and some sneakers for a day of running around out East.” Tibi denim midi skirt, $375

“At INTERMIX, we style in an unexpected way. This is a great feminine top to pair with some unfinished RE/DONE denim.” Nightcap Clothing Eliza eyelet floral top, $275

“Cat’s-eye sunglasses are the shape for summer. Try them in white or a bold color for a bit of playfulness.” Le Specs x Adam Selman The Last Lolita sunglasses, $118

“I love to wear neutrals and pastels in the summer. I’m from Italy, and summer reminds me of the warm colors in Portofino and Positano. This season, I’m excited to mix romantic items with more minimal pieces, and to have fun with accessories.” “This dress is my daytime romantic moment. Add fun sunglasses and flats to complete the look.” Zimmermann Iris smocked bodice maxi dress, $615

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“This necklace can be mixed and matched with anything—a T-shirt or even a bathing suit. It adds a coolness to any outfit, and I’ve always loved touareg patterns.” Hermès Isthme Touareg pendant, $960,

“I love this swimsuit, because it’s so flattering and covers just where you need it to. It also looks great worn as a bodysuit with wide-legged pants or denim shorts.” Alix Shelborne swimsuit, $265,

“Ahlem is my new favorite eyewear brand. They have the perfect weight and shine, and don’t have mirror lenses, which I feel is a trend that has come and gone.” Ahlem Place de la Concorde sunglasses in Champagne, $470,

“I like neutral palettes, but also items that have an edge and are timeless. It’s important for clothes to look sophisticated yet stylish, cool and effortless.”

“An easy, chic outfit to wear day or night. It doesn’t look like a jumpsuit, but has the benefit of being one, so you don’t have to think about the top or bottom.” Sonia Rykiel textured silk jumpsuit, $720,

“This shoe goes with everything. Wear it with denim or a cropped pant—it always looks great.” Gianvito Rossi transparent panel mules, $597, available at Farfetch,


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FOOD IS MEDICINE Arni Kleftiko, a signature dish

Fresh flowers from @sagharborflorist adorn each table.

Greek baklava Marouli salad, with dill, scallions, feta cheese and olives

Greek basil

Roasted yellow and red beet salad


SC: Any of our salads can be ordered without the dairy items. We also have a melitzanosalata (eggplant) spread, spanakorizo (rice pilaf with spinach) and gigantes plaki (giant beans in tomato sauce). CC: You are also an event designer and planner—how did you create a Mediterranean atmosphere? SC: From the moment you walk in, you are transported to Greece with Greek music, the aromas from the grill, the decor that includes pieces from my own collection, and lots of textures that feel earthy and warm. I wanted to add a modern, elegant twist as well, which I did with our beautifully curated china and serving bowls. CC: Greeks kind of invented wellness. What is your personal wellness regimen? SC: I make it a point to walk, eat well, sleep well and most importantly to gather a parea, which is Greek culture is a gathering of friends and loved ones for sharing good times, philosophies, ideas and loads of laughter. Elaia Estiatorio, 95 School Street, Bridgehampton,

CRISTINA CUOMO: What inspired you and Chris to open a Greek restaurant? SOFIA CROKOS: We are Greek, and for quite some time, friends have been telling us that we should open an authentic Greek restaurant since there wasn’t one out here. So finally we decided to go for it. CC: Greek food is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet, one of the world’s healthiest. What’s your menu like? SC: We stick to traditional, rustic food. Greek food is naturally healthy, delicious and simple. We use lots of Greek olive oil, but also free-range organic chicken, local fish, Greek oregano and honey from Crete. CC: What are your favorite dishes besides the ever-popular tiganita (crispy eggplant and zucchini slices with tzatziki sauce) and spanakopita (spinach pie)? SC: Our grilled octopus, the grilled fish with latholemono (a sauce made from olive oil, lemon and oregano); and arni kleftiko, a slow-cooked lamb shank wrapped in parchment paper and served with beautiful vegetables. CC: Are there any vegan options? 110


When event planner Sofia Crokos and her husband, hospitality veteran Chris Boudouris, decided to open a restaurant in Bridgehampton, they decided to “go Greek or go home!”

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SEA SEASONED Poetically named for its perch between the bay and the ocean, Salt Drift Farm, opened in May, brings locally sourced offerings like sweet potato tarts and shrimp corn dogs to Bridgehampton. The airy space, with exposed steel beams and reclaimed wood walls, represents the natural evolution of founders Lexi Ritsch and Louisa Young’s catering company, The Hamptons Aristocrat, launched in 2013 in a 1969 Aristocrat Caravan with a mission of providing sustainable food and bold seasonal flavors. The popularity of the caterers’ farm-to-fete concept, a service delivering vibrant, ready-to-eat spreads in wooden crates, demanded a more central location and a bigger commercial kitchen, so Ritsch and Young expanded their business to its current location, a 1950s cedar farmhouse on Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Salt Drift Farm serves a three-course prix fixe weekend brunch and what they call “Hamptons street food,” such as tuna tostadas with wasabi mousse, short rib nachos dressed with goat cheese fondue and farm pea pods served in shells, edamame-style. The ethos of bringing together friends and 112

A 1950s farmhouse is the eatery’s Bridgehampton home.

family over low-fuss meals shines with menu items designed for sharing: mini lobster rolls, corn and ramp (wild leek) pizza, and Baja fish tacos. With cocktail carafes and Champagne by the glass (and “hyper local” garnishes such as bright pink slices of watermelon radishes, or edible flowers grown onsite), every meal is a celebration. Beginning July 4, Ritsch and Young host an entertainment market, where shoppers can purchase everything from cheese boards and salads to hostess gifts and pies. Ritsch envisions kids picking tomatoes from the garden, while parents sip honey margaritas with bee pollen salt at one of the alfresco tables. “We want this to be a community space for everybody,” Ritsch says. “We want people to be able to drift in.” 203 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpke., 631.383.9617;

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At Salt Drift Farm, celebrated Hamptons caterers bring flavorful, sustainable food to casual restaurant dining. BY AMI KEALOHA

Hey Purists.

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FOOD IS MEDICINE Harvest time at Balsam Farms in Amagansett.


Eating local takes on special meaning with bountiful CSA share boxes from East End farms. Not only will you be eating healthier than ever, you’ll be supporting local agriculture. BY JOANNA POWELL Balsam Farms in Amagansett. “CSA members help cover some of those costs and in return save 30 to 50 percent off retail.” Other perks, like the camaraderie and superior food quality, are priceless. “CSAs provide a sense of community people are yearning for,” adds Chaskey. And they’re a great way to try vegetables you may not be familiar with. (Kohlrabi, anyone?) Here, Purist’s guide to some of the East End’s best shareholder baskets.

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Balsam is one of the Hamptons’ smaller CSA farms—which means members have a truly personal experience. Baskets are aesthetically styled—often touched off with sprigs of lavender or flowering chives. ORGANIC: Not certified, but follows organic growing standards. BEST KNOWN FOR: “World famous” sweet corn that’s offered fresh or grilled; over 75 varieties of tomatoes, including heirlooms, beefsteak and 114

assorted cherry tomatoes. SAMPLE BASKET: Mid-summer, expect several varieties of lettuce, herbs, radishes, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, potatoes and sweet corn. By late summer, tomatoes, onions, eggplant and peppers round out the mix. Extra portions are free when there’s an abundance. OTHER OFFERINGS: Balsam Farms’ pickles and strawberry jam; cut flowers; Carissa’s bread; and Villa Italian Specialties fresh mozzarella. PRICE PER SHARE: From $500 for 15 weeks to $860 for 26 weeks. PICKUP: Thursday, from 2 to 6, and Friday and Saturday, from 12 to 4 at Balsam Farms Farm Stand, 284 Town Lane, Amagansett DELIVERY: Available for an additional fee FOR MORE INFORMATION:


One of the South Fork’s original farms, Green Thumb has been family owned

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Nearly 30 years ago, Amagansett’s Quail Hill Farm became one of the first of its kind to unite farmers and neighbors in a movement called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). “We were founded by a group of 10 families who wanted to eat organically and get their hands in the soil,” says farm director Scott Chaskey. Today, CSAs are a booming trend, springing up throughout the East End, where rich growing lands sit shoulder to shoulder with beach houses, and residents value locavore eating and eco-friendly agriculture. Members of CSAs pay an upfront fee for a “share” of crops, which comes in the form of a basket packed with fresh-picked produce that is picked up weekly. Not only are you getting the freshest possible fruits and vegetables, you’re supporting small, local family farms. “For farmers, costs run high in early spring when they buy seeds and tractor fuel and pay planting labor while not really having anything to sell,” says Ian Calder-Piedmonte, co-owner of



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This newcomer is a CSF (Community Supported Fishery), not a CSA, but the concept is the same. Fish lovers buy in to support local fishermen and in return receive a weekly passel of fresh-from-the-boat catch, along with a seafood salad and two premade seafood dishes. “The selection changes every week depending on what is abundant in our waters,” says Captain Pete Haskell. BEST KNOWN FOR: Local, line-caught, sustainable seafood, such as tuna, scallops and swordfish, Haskell’s Yellowfin Tuna Salad (a big draw at local farm stands) and baked clams (served at the last month’s US Open). SAMPLE BOX: Each share box contains a filet of fish (or a shellfish like scallops); a prepared seafood salad (such as calamari or fluke ceviche), and a prepared frozen dish such as stuffed yellowtail flounder or crab cakes. PRICE PER SHARE: $60 per week (serves 2 people) or $120 per week (serves 4 people) through September

of summer squash. OTHER OFFERINGS: Eggs from on-site chickens; honey from Quail Hill’s beekeeper, Mary Woltz. PRICE PER SHARE: Box share for 20 weeks: $740 for a family, $375 for an individual; pick your own: $960 for a family, $485 for an individual. BOX SHARES PICKUP: Saturdays and Tuesdays, from 8 to 5:30 at 660 Old Stone Hwy., Amagansett; members are entitled to two visits per week. HARVEST-YOUR-OWN POINT: Deep Lane, Amagansett DELIVERY: No FOR MORE INFORMATION:; 631.283.3195

Red scallions at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

Green Thumb Organic Farm grows a rainbow of cauliflower.

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Members at Quail Hill Farm can choose between box shares and harvesting their own, wandering the lush property in what one enthusiast calls a “moving meditation.” The farm emphasizes community spirit with long-table dinners, pot lucks, tomato tastings and educational events. ORGANIC: Not certified, but follows organic standards. BEST KNOWN FOR: Over 500 varieties of produce, including 20 types of potatoes and 50 different peppers, both sweet and hot. WHAT TO EXPECT: Loads of mixed greens and herbs, bok choy, radishes, tomatoes, rhubarb and a huge variety 116


Members at this storied 243-acre former plantation also get a hit of culture when they come to collect their weekly bounty. Tours of the historic 1735 home and Shakespeare on the lawn top the list of extracurriculars. Volunteers who commit to a certain number of hours receive discounts on their shares. ORGANIC: Not certified, but follows organic standards. WHAT TO EXPECT: Instead of premade boxes, members fill bags with specified amounts of fresh-picked produce. July marks a transition from leafy greens to carrots, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes. In August look for peppers, eggplant, onions and garlic. September brings sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli and kale. OTHER OFFERINGS: Pick-your-own flowers, beans and cherry tomatoes. PRICE PER SHARE: $1,005 for a full share, $531 for a partial share for 21 weeks. PICKUP: On Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Sylvester Manor Farm Stand, 21 Manwaring Rd., Shelter Island. DELIVERY: No FOR MORE INFORMATION:; 631.749.0626

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and operated since 1644, and has been farmed organically since the 1970s. The Halsey family grows 15 varieties of lettuce and 15 different herbs. ORGANIC: Yes BEST KNOWN FOR: Cantaloupe, watermelon, carrots, fennel, leeks and tomatoes, and exotic fare such as bitter melons (medicinal) and loofahs (they’re plants in the squash family!). SAMPLE BOX: Rather than a prepared box, club members select $18 worth of produce, flowers or plants every week. OTHER OFFERINGS: Honey from Bees’ Needs and cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy and Catapano Dairy Farm. PRICE PER SHARE: $500 cash, $525 credit for 27 weeks PICKUP: Daily from 8 to 5:30 at the Green Thumb Farm Stand, 829 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill FOR MORE INFORMATION:; 631.726.1900

Tick Myths! [Debunked]

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The only tick disease you need to worry about is Lyme disease.

One tick can carry multiple pathogens. It is entirely possible to be infected with more than one of these diseases all from the same tick bite! And, it’s important to know that not all of these diseases are treated with the same antibiotic.



You will develop a rash if you’ve been infected by a tick.

The best way to remove a tick is with Vaseline and a lit match.

The best way to remove a tick is to grab it as close to the head as possible, with very pointy tweezers, and pull up with a slow and steady motion. Even if part of the head stays embedded in the skin, that’s okay, it will eventually work its way out.


You don’t have to worry about ticks after the first hard frost. Ticks are still active in the winter! Even if they freeze they are not dead. They become active again when the temperature is above 32ºF and there is no snow to insulate them.

Less than half of people who’ve been infected with Lyme Disease show the bull’seye rash. You could also be infected with a different tick borne disease that does not result in a rash.


When I come in from outdoors I throw my clothes into the washing machine to kill the ticks. Actually, put your clothes in the dryer first, on high heat for about 15 minutes. Ticks can survive in the washing machine, and in the hamper. High heat causes ticks to dry up and that’s the best way to kill them.

Get the facts about ticks! So you know how to protect yourself.

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FOOD IS MEDICINE Good Eats provides healthy weekend meals for kids in need.


DAVID SOKOLIN: What’s your secret for getting celebs and athletes in such amazing shape? ADAM ROSANTE: Metabolic strength training, whole foods and a little pixie dust. I’m kidding about the pixie dust. There’s really no secret. I just take a science-backed, real world-tested approach to designing programs that actually work. DS: Do you ever get pushback from female clients who don’t want to lift weights? AR: All the time. But once they see the results and, even more profoundly, feel what it’s like to be truly strong in their bodies, they become addicted. It’s the greatest thing. DS: You’re a certified nutritionist as well. How does diet factor into the equation? AR: You can’t out-train a bad diet. Exercise and nutrition are two sides of the same coin. But prioritizing nutrient-dense foods optimizes your life and to me, that’s the real underlying goal. The lean body is just a side

effect. DS: I’ve heard that your clients have you on speed text. Does that ever get to be too much? AR: Never. I love what I do, and could talk about it for hours. DS: Can you talk a little about Good Eats? AR: A friend who does a lot of community work in Harlem told me about this elementary school on 136th Street where the kids eat all of their meals during the week at the school, through federally subsidized programs. So I asked him, what do they do on the weekends? And he said, they don’t eat. I said, you mean to tell me that while I was running around enjoying a carefree weekend, there were dozens of little kids a few miles from my apartment who were literally starving? And he said, no man. Thousands. DS: It’s heartbreaking. But you created Good Eats to do something about it. Tell us how your idea works. AR: Every weekend, volunteers go 118

to the school and pack backpacks with breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks for Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, the kids pick up their backpacks, which are unmarked so there’s no stigma attached to the program, and they go home to a weekend of healthy eating. On Monday, they bring the backpacks back and we do it, again. DS: Amazing. Do you create the meal plans? AR: Yup. Then my team and I order the food each week from our wholesalers. Each meal is nutrient-dense, prioritizing vegetables, healthy fats and protein. We’re actually looking for new wholesale partners now to help drop costs. The less we pay for food, the more kids we can feed. DS: It’s incredible how simple this solution is that you’ve come up with. AR: That’s why it works. This is a very real problem and we have the power to fix it, right now. You just have to ask yourself, what are you going to do about it?


When megawatt celebrities and athletes need to get in shape to dominate the screen or field, they call strength and nutrition coach Adam Rosante. But recently, Adam answered a new call: feeding hungry kids, every weekend. Artist, entrepreneur and Good Eats supporter David Sokolin meets the soul provider.



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could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic...but has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products’ liability actions.” Also this year, Food and Drug Administration scientists stated that traces of glyphosate can be found in nearly every food sold commercially in the United States. Certain breakfast cereals and snack foods such as Oreo cookies and Doritos contain the most glyphosate, health advocacy groups charge. And yet, farmers across America continue to spray it on crops, from corn to wheat to soybeans. One concern is that plants are growing resistant to glyphosate, and so farmers are spraying it in higher concentrations. “Glyphosate is a toxic, toxic chemical that gets into food and gets into people’s bodies,” says Dr. Edward F. Group, founder of Global Healing Center, in a YouTube video explaining the dangers of this substance. “There are 40 different studies that show glyphosate is linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” To be safe, health advocates advise people to eat local and organic, since glyphosate is found in most commercially prepared food, and cannot be removed by washing or boiling.

The controversy over the pesticide glyphosate is heating up this year, with a pivotal lawsuit lodged against chemical giant Monsanto by a California man dying of cancer, and more questions raised about whether eating food containing the chemical is harmful to humans. What is glyphosate? It’s a weed killer, bearing the commercial name Roundup, and one of the most widely used herbicides in the country. Developed in 1970 by Monsanto, its use on farms across America has since increased 300-fold. Closer to home, just about every Home Depot in Long Island, and many garden stores in the Hamptons, sell Roundup. There are some who are vigorously opposed to the use of glyphosate, in Roundup or in anything else: “Roundup is a dirty word here,” says Debbie Lehman, who has worked behind the counter at the Green Thumb Organic Farm stand on Montauk Highway in Water Mill for more than 40 years. “We do not use chemicals at all,” Lehman adds. California school groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson, 46, who is dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is the first person to take Monsanto to trial over an allegation that the chemical company knowingly produced a pesticide that is harmful to humans. Judge Curtis Karnow, as reported in The Guardian, made a crucial ruling in his favor in May, saying, “The internal correspondence noted by Johnson 120

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but isn’t as hard-core or difficult to stick to. The concept, which he outlines in his new book, The Longevity Diet (Avery/ Penguin Books), is that by eating certain combinations of nutrient-dense foods, you trick the body into thinking it’s fasting. “A fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) triggers the same responses,” he says. “It lowers levels of the hormone IGF-1 and glucose, which are linked to cancer and diabetes, and it increases ketone bodies, molecules used as energy during times of starvation.” For healthy adults, FMD cycles are meant to be done only three or four times a year by healthy people (and up to 12 times a year if you’re obese), for just five days at a time. This allows you to avoid the misery of long starvation diets while reaping their waist-trimming benefits. Longo’s plan is rich in plant-based foods and healthy fats, and low in protein and sugars. On day one, you’ll take in 1,100 calories; after that, the tally drops to 800. A typical day might include tea and a handful of nuts for breakfast, olives as a snack and vegetable soup for both lunch and dinner. The rest of the year, maintain your weight by following Longo’s simple, sensible pescatarian plan, eating just two meals a day (and an optional snack) within a 12-hour span. If this dieting equivalent of cramming for an exam appeals to you and you’ve been given the green light from your doctor, give it a try (but pull back on social commitments first). Not only will you drop pounds, but it will allow you to get back in touch with the body’s hunger signals, a key for long-term weight maintenance.

It wasn’t long ago that skipping meals was a big, fat no-no for dieters. But in recent years, going without food for 12, 16 or even 24 hours has become a popular way to shed excess pounds. Intermittent fasting plans like the 16:8 diet (fast for 16 hours a day) and the 5:2 diet (feast for 5 days, fast for 2) count Silicon Valley techies among their fans, as well as celebs like Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé. While fasting is having a moment, it’s no fad, according to Valter Longo, PhD, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California: “People have been fasting for religious reasons for thousands of years, but now they’re doing it for their health,” he says. A growing body of research suggests that intermittent fasting can lower body fat; reduce risk factors for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer; and improve markers for aging. “It gives cells a break to rest and rebuild themselves as the body shifts from storing fat to burning it,” Longo explains. In turn, the theory goes, they can become stronger and more resistant to various diseases. If even the thought of fasting makes you hangry, Longo would have to agree. After spending decades studying the effects of extreme calorie restriction on bacteria, yeast cells, lab mice and humans, he deemed fasting too difficult for people to adhere to—and dangerous outside of a clinical setting. Aside from the psychic toll of going hungry for long periods, pushing your body to the limit can raise the risk for gallstones and other problems. So Longo came up with a new plan that mimics fasting, 122

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The stately Topping Rose House.


Pop goes the new Champagne Garden at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. BY JULIA SZABO

Rumor has it Queen Elizabeth II concludes each day with a glass of Champagne. Like all spirited bubbly drinkers, Her Majesty knows that Champagne is dreamy, and it needn’t be limited to weddings and ceremonial ship launchings. Bridgehampton’s Topping Rose House appreciates pop and circumstance, having just christened its chic Champagne Garden. Lushly fragranced by the property’s signature roses, with picnic tables shaded from the sun by vibrant orange umbrellas (or, in the evening, illuminated by candlelight), the atmosphere is a Manet painting come to life. Guests attired to the casually elegant nines make selections at the Veuve Bar, stocked with Clicquot of every type, from Brut to rosé. In fact, this year marks the 200th anniversary of Veuve’s sparkling rosé, and to celebrate, the Champagne Garden offers a new cocktail creation called the Hamptons 75: Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, plus house-made rose syrup, topped off with Veuve rosé and garnished with a floating rose petal.

This Veuve venture is a fitting tribute to history’s merriest widow: Madame Clicquot, née Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who became the first woman to control a Maison de Champagne upon the death of her husband Philippe in 1805 (she was 27 at the time). La Veuve would doubtless take pleasure in her iconic Champagnes being paired with exquisite items from the Topping Rose House Picnic Menu, created by chef/ proprietor Jean-Georges Vongerichten. With rosé, Executive Chef Drew Hiatt recommends the Maine lobster roll with yuzu aioli, pickled chiles and celery leaves, its citrusy spiciness a sublime contrast to the Champagne’s sweetness. Meanwhile, the menu’s quintessentially French offerings—Alsatian potato salad and pan bagnat (tuna, tomatoes, eggs and Niçoise olives on a toasted baguette)—also go nicely with grand, Gallic Champagne. Stay tuned as Champagne soon makes its presence felt throughout the Topping Rose House menu, from brunch treats to dinner entrées, desserts to cocktails-as-confectionery: a 124

scrumptious strawberry Champagne drink is currently in development, which will make use of the fresh fraises blooming in Topping Rose’s garden. “We’ll be doing a Champagne-and-caviar dinner in July,” Hiatt promises, “and some new Champagne-inspired dishes will absolutely come out of that.” Champagne is delightfully decadent, yet scientific research indicates that it’s more than just an intoxicating treat. Studies at Reading University in the U.K. have shown that bubbly drinkers enjoy health benefits, thanks to Champagne’s antioxidant polyphenols, which include improved cognitive function and reduced risk of stroke and heart disease; applied directly to the face (as winning Formula One drivers exuberantly do), Champagne’s antioxidants even out skin tone and combat breakouts in oily skin—all of which gives profound new meaning to the traditional toast “À votre santé”: To your health! Follow @toppingrosehouse on Instagram for updates, including General Manager Joseph Montaug’s expert demo of sabrage, the dramatic, time-honored technique (first devised by Napoleon’s cavaliers) of using a knife blade to uncork Champagne, resulting in a neatly beheaded bottle.

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The serene pool.





Clean, simple and flavorful: Restaurateur Kirk Basnight of Red Bar and Little Red in Southampton shares his favorite seasonal ingredients and dishes for a midsummer feast. Kirk Basnight snips fresh herbs from his garden for crowd-pleasing dishes.

Homegrown fragrant roses adorn his outdoor table.


“The berries out here are exceptional,” he says.

I like to do my favorite dishes, incorporating things I grow in my garden, for my friends and family on Sundays, when we gather around the pool or are out on the boat. I have a few staples that I always use, one of which is the fresh mozzarella from Red Horse Market in East Hampton. They spin it fresh for me on Sunday morning. I dress it with basil—all the spices I use come from my own garden in the back; I also have rosemary and cilantro. I layer the mozzarella with fresh local red tomatoes from North Sea Farms/King’s Farm Stand, and they’re extraordinary, like candy. The farm is about 3 miles from my house, and that’s where I get all my local chickens, bacon, milk.

a little more butter, sear it a little bit more, throw it in with pancetta, and drizzle a little more butter on top.


When I’m entertaining at home, I’ll get local lobster and poach it with lemongrass and coconut oil. At Little Red, one of my new favorites is lobster and avocado toast. It’s simple and clean: just-pulled lobster, and avocado on lightly buttered and toasted sourdough. Avocado and lobster are a good marriage. Throw some local tomatoes in, and you’re good to go.

In the summer, our farm in Virginia had strawberries. So, one of my favorite things to serve at the end of a meal is Sip ’N Soda’s ice cream with fresh berries. The owner of Sip ’N Soda gets them ready for me every weekend. The peach flavor just came out, and it is unbelievable. Because I came from a big strawberry farm, I always do strawberries, blueberries and blackberries over the ice cream. The blueberries and blackberries come straight from my garden out back. The strawberries I get from King’s Farm Stand. Then I add whipped cream I’ve made at home, and powdered sugar. The color is great, and the taste is even better; the berries out here are exceptional.;


When we get to corn season at the end of July and early August, we want to make sure we’re eating it. I grew up on a farm down in Virginia, and my family’s corn is really good. But the corn out here is extraordinary, bar none the best I’ve ever had. So, in season I will take the corn and add that to a pancetta and mozzarella salad. If I have time, I like to grill it on the grill top. I take it out of the husk and butter it, adding a spice blend I love from Cavianola’s Gourmet cheese shop in Sag Harbor. Then I’ll throw it in tinfoil on the grill top and sear it as much as I can, take the corn off the cob, toss it with 126

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Three local farms offer a bounty of feel-good harvests. BY DEBRA SCOTT On a recent afternoon in Bridgehampton, farmer David Falkowski drives a tractor while a worker in back stuffs young transplants of cannabis sativa into the earth. A couple thousand of these industrial hemp plants grow on Falkowski’s 6-acre property as part of a New York State program allowing farmers to assist in hemp research.

One of 50 farmers chosen for production of CBD (or cannabidiol), Falkowski has added CBD oil to his offerings at his Butter Lane farm, Open Minded Organics. He began growing organic mushrooms 15 years ago “as a conduit to create wellness.” Known as Mushroom Man, Falkowski cloned a variety of the fungus superfood Lion’s Mane, which has since been named after him. Falkowski is proud to point out that CBD is one of the two main components of cannabis sativa along with THC, the chemical compound which induces a high. (Hemp is defined as containing .3% or less of THC by dry weight.) Open Minded Organics’ concentrated bottle ($165) contains 1800 milligrams of CBD along with 300 milligrams of other cannabinoids, plus terpenes (aromatic hydrocarbons ). Medicinally, CBD oil is used for everything from reducing anxiety to promoting sleep. Falkowski, who says he takes 15 to 20 milligrams of CBD

oil every morning “to put me in the right direction,” tells stories about the profound changes the product has brought to many of his clients, including one man with bad knees who reaped the oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits, “and was able to walk a golf course for the first time in years.”

LAVENDER BY THE BAY, EAST MARION The stirring herbaceous scent wafting off the 17 acres of lavender fields feels like healing unto itself. “That’s what makes our farm so special—the intoxicating fragrance, even when it’s not in bloom,” says Chanan Rozenbaum, second generation proprietor of the North Fork’s Lavender by the Bay. “As soon as people step out of the cars, they feel relaxed.” A stroll through the fields with their 80,000 plants, he says, “is incredibly soothing to the mind and soul.” The family makes plenty of products—from eye masks and essential oils to hydrosols (a flower-water spray

benefitting the skin that can also be used to calm pets) so that the visitor can take the experience home, and enjoy benefits that include sleep aid and headache relief. The fields typically bloom from late June to mid-July. 128

MECOX BAY DAIRY After a century of harvesting potatoes at Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton, the current generation of farmers return to their roots by way of two dozen golden-hued, raw-milk- producing Jersey cows grazing its 30 acres. Neither pasteurized nor homogenized, raw milk not only creates more flavorful cheeses, it is also considered a healthy alternative to processed milk. Known for being more easily digested, and for retaining all its probiotics, natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, raw milk’s benefits include reduced allergies, improved skin health, and a strengthened immune system. “Raw milk is truly one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, with a nutritional profile unlike any other food,” says wellness expert Dr. Josh Axe. Favorites of the nine cheeses produced at Mecox Bay Dairy include Atlantic Mist (a cross between a brie and a Camembert), the pungent Mecox Sunrise, and a fresh ricotta. Also available are pork products culled from the farm’s 30 or so pastured pigs, which are fed on the whey left over from the cheese-making process.“It’s just like the way make prosciutto di Parma,” says Peter Ludlow, Mecox Bay Dairy’s fifth-generation farmer.

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The Culinistas, a New York City-based in-home chef service, expands to the Hamptons this summer. BY NATASHA WOLFF

FARM FRESH Here’s where Culinista chefs source healthy, local ingredients this summer:

BABINSKI FARM “It’s the perfect stop-off for goat cheese that they bring over from Catapano Farm on the North Fork,” says Tenet. 160 Newlight Lane, Water Mill BHUMI FARMS “One of the few fully certified organic farms on the East End, Bhumi holds itself to even higher standards than the United States Department of Agriculture regulations. We tailor our menus to our clients’ diets and lifestyles. For so many, that

East Hampton.” 513 Deerfield Rd., Water Mill MECOX BAY DAIRY “Their fresh milks, creams and cheeses are made from happy, healthy 100 percent grass-fed cows. Atlantic Mist cheese, similar to brie, is a favorite. They’re also a great source for heritage breed pork and grass-fed beef.” 855 Mecox Rd., Bridgehampton NICK & TONI’S FARMERS MARKET ON FRIDAYS “This is where we get our chickens from Browder’s on the North Fork.” 136 North Main St., East Hampton OPEN MINDED ORGANICS AT THE SAG HARBOR FARMERS MARKET “They grow the most incredible oyster mushrooms imaginable.”

includes eating 100 percent organic or biodynamic.” 131 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton DAYTON FARMS AT HARDSCRABBLE “They have great produce here, and they also make their own local honey.” Located at the corner of Stephen Hands Path and Route 114, East Hampton. HALSEY FARM & NURSERY “Halsey only sells produce they grow themselves, so it’s a bit of a slow start in early June, but by July and August it’s absolutely bursting with incredible produce, particularly giant heads of the most amazing lettuces you’ve ever seen. They also stock Red Horse Market mozzarella, if you can’t drive to


Bay St., Sag Harbor RED HORSE MARKET “Get there early for the fresh, still-warm mozzarella every Friday.” 74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton SERENE GREEN FARM STAND “The best thing about this farm stand is it’s also a convenient source for super-fresh seafood. Three giant coolers around the side of the farmhouse store are stocked with fresh-off-the-boat fish and shellfish like sea scallops, local striped bass, tuna and shrimp.” 3980 Noyack Rd., Sag Harbor STUART’S SEAFOOD MARKET “This is our favorite seafood market for the freshest catch.” 41 Oak Lane, Amagansett

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to those who purchase packages or sign up for a full summer membership. “Our pricing is very transparent,” explains Donenfeld. “In the Hamptons, clients hire a chef either for a half-day or full day, and we help determine the time and team required based on specific situations. While it’s a luxury service, we want people to feel they can host their family and friends on a weekly basis.” In addition to the company’s popular dishes—like meatballs made with kale, zucchini and lentils for a healthy kick—Culinistas will showcase healthful summer menu items such as lobster salad, panzanella, cioppino and a marinated shrimp salad. For dessert, in addition to the classics like berry crisps and fudge brownies, they offer satisfying fruit salads like spiced grapes with almonds, raisins and allspice, as well as apples and apricots with lemon, pistachio, rose water and sumac. “So many meal-solution companies are about bringing the experience of food to the foreground,” says Donenfeld. “For us, it’s more about fitting quietly into the backgrounds of our clients’ lives, deepening their connection to mealtimes, and focusing on the important things like spending time around the table with family.”

In 2017, with backgrounds in the finance and culinary industries, respectively, entrepreneurs Tiana Tenet and Jill Donenfeld launched The Culinistas, a service providing private chefs for weekly cooking needs and special occasions for residents of New York City. Assisting busy clients like actress Lucy Liu and brands such as Tenoverten and Mama & Tata (as well as 200 households that have signed up for the service so far) with planning and menu development, the team then personally assigns one of their 45 chefs to a project for shopping, cooking, serving and cleanup. “Our recipes are borderless and veg-forward,” says Donenfeld. “We work with our clients’ likes and needs, and also develop dishes that will satisfy our chefs’ skills and creativity.” This summer, the Culinistas expand their service to the Hamptons. “We’re solving the Hamptons’ scarcity of culinary talent by housing our highly skilled chefs out East,” says Tenet, “and providing transportation so they are readily accessible for any pre-planned or last-minute culinary needs, whether it’s an extra set of hands at a barbecue or a great team for a family reunion.” Culinista’s Hamptons-based chefs will only be available


COOL AS CUKES The cucumber is a nutrient-, fiber- and water-rich low-calorie fruit with plant compounds and antioxidants that lower blood sugar levels and prevent illness and chronic disease, while increasing physical performance and metabolism.

Paired with mint for sorbet or a chilled soup, with watercress for sandwiches, with radishes and raspberries for salad, or with water (a spa favorite), cucumbers—pickled, too—lend freshness and flavor to simply everything. —CRISTINA CUOMO


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The Orchard at Topping Rose House has been redesigned to celebrate the outdoors as we have launched TOPPING ROSÉ GARDEN. The Garden is now an extension of the Jean Georges dining room with an outdoor menu created by JG himself for a perfect afternoon and evening of outdoors dining in the Hamptons. In addition to the daily food menu, a variety of rosés are celebrated in the garden to fulfill a summer of what the Hamptons does best. The add day dining menu is accompanied by live bands or DJs on the weekend and will host a variety of events this summer including a 4th of July picnic and pool party along with Monte Carlo casino night in early August.



F E ATURES “A holistic approach to my health is key for me—feeling and seeing optimum benefits, inside and out.” —Elle Macpherson

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ELLE A formidable career as a model was just the beginning. At age 54, Elle Macpherson is living each day as clean, green and active as possible while building an empire with WelleCo, creating products that nourish the body on a cellular level, and opening a new store in NYC this summer.



CRISTINA CUOMO: At what point did wellness become a priority for you? How has your perspective on wellness shifted over the years? ELLE MACPHERSON: When I was younger, I saw a clear correlation between youth and beauty—as I matured, I noticed the correlation between wellness and beauty, and I realized I could no longer rely on genetics alone, and needed to make some changes in my lifestyle and diet. My nutritionist, Dr. Simone Laubscher Ph.D., introduced me to an alkalizing, green, all-natural, plant-based vitamin, mineral, probiotic, prebiotic—a one-stop powder that turned my health around— and this philosophy later became the basis of WelleCo Super Elixir Greens, our hero product. CUOMO: What compelled you to start a wellness business? MACPHERSON: As big believers in the overarching benefits of good gut health, the concept that plant-based ingestibles were the future of health and beauty was exciting to my co-founder Andrea Horwood and me. It was clear wellness and beauty were merging into one, so we founded WelleCo in 2014 to bridge the two concepts. Our mission was to pioneer and explore new ingredients and formulations with real integrity. We have done this at WelleCo from the very start, and continue to as we expand. Since launching, the industry has gained momentum, especially at the premium end. We were the first to take a natural ingestible onto the beauty floor at Selfridges three years ago. Plant-based supplements remain central to our business. We are proud to have spearheaded this change in the wellness market. CUOMO: What does “absorbable nutrition” mean? MACPHERSON: At WelleCo, we believe that a plant-based alkalizing daily diet is important for optimum health. When the body is nourished effectively at a cellular level, it shows on the outside. I take two heaping teaspoons of Super Elixir Greens daily in filtered water. It is formulated with 45 plant-based, whole food ingredients that the body recognizes and absorbs at xxx

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cellular level. I combine this with organic whole foods— vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Plus, lots of water. Dr. Laubscher explained to me that nourishment and maintaining a healthy pH balance assists with lowering acidity in the body that can lead to inflammation, low energy, weight gain and accelerated aging of the cells. It has transformed the way I feel, and made me realize what a profound impact good nutrition can have on the way I feel, and how this can show on the outside. CUOMO: Tell us about the Super Elixir—what are its benefits? MACPHERSON: It’s a careful balance of plant-based nutrients. The nutrients work together to help maintain a healthy pH range, which I have learned is the best way to nourish the body right down to the mitochondria. When Dr. Laubscher was formulating the Super Elixir Greens, she looked at the average imbalances of an adult, and thought about what specific ingredients she could include to support gut health and balance the body’s 11 systems. We chose horsetail and omega-3 for healthy hair, skin and nails; probiotics and prebiotics to support digestion, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, which, when combined, are great for the immune system. This considered approach has made WelleCo Super Elixir Greens the ultimate multivitamin. CUOMO: What made you decide to bring WelleCo to NYC with a retail store? MACPHERSON: We found a loyal and growing customer base in the U.S. through our site—more than half the company’s global sales come direct from the U.S.—before really touching that brick and mortar market. The WelleCo flagship NYC store (at the corner of Broome and Crosby Streets) will provide a tangible experience for our customers who are looking for science-backed, plant-based supplements to improve the way they feel, and add to their lifestyle. We have designed a unique wellness space that will include consultation areas, in-house events and smoothie-blending counters. Each aspect of the in-store experience demonstrates WelleCo’s value of customer connection, so they walk away feeling empowered and informed. CUOMO: How do you stay fit? MACPHERSON: I don’t have a set regimen—these days, enjoyment is my motivator. I love to spend my daily hour of movement outdoors, and try to mix it up. One day could be bike riding, surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding, and the next might be yoga or walking the dogs. A holistic approach to my health is key for me—feeling and seeing optimum benefits, inside and out. CUOMO: What do you do every day to maintain your 142

a yoga pose to help induce sleep. It involves lying on the bed with my legs up the wall. Afterwards, I will brew a pot of Sleep Welle Calming Tea. It is passion flower-scented and enriched with skullcap, valerian root and hops to help relieve nerves and anxiety. My aim is continuous sleep, full of dreams. CUOMO: Favorite foods? MACPHERSON: I try and stick to a vegan wheat- and grain-free diet. It’s not a chore; I just love to eat this way. So many great recipes with veg, nuts and seeds. I don’t have dessert every day, but when I do, I love vegan ice cream—it’s hard to stop at one bowl. CUOMO: Why was it important to you to create a product that your kids would love? MACPHERSON: When we moved to America, my son Cy started eating lunch from the school canteen instead of the home-packed lunch he used to have in the U.K. He would choose empty carbs at school, and come home starving. To fill the gap between after school and dinner, he craved sugary snacks, and as a result, felt grumpy. I decided he needed a nourishing alternative that was good for him but still tasted delicious. So, we formulated the delicious and seriously healthy Super Kids Nourishing Protein, without all the additives, animal by-products, and sugar. It’s a light, plant-based protein that is a great alternative for after-school snacks, sports or added to breakfast smoothies. Cy was on the tasting panel, and is always whipping up interesting concoctions in the kitchen. CUOMO: What’s most important to you these days? MACPHERSON: Parenting—it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Someone once said the best thing you can give your kids is time, and this really resonated with me, so I live by it. I’m also a big believer in what you do in the now creates your future, so put your energy into what’s in front of you. WelleCo is where I put my energy, because I’m passionate about the overarching benefits from wellness, and beauty from the inside out. CUOMO: What advice would you give your younger self? MACPHERSON: I would tell her, being healthy boosts confidence and self-esteem, which in turn makes us stronger. It’s something I have only learned to value as I’ve gotten older, and something I share with the women around me. CUOMO: What flaw do you appreciate in yourself? MACPHERSON: Flaws?! [laughs] I’m probably oversensitive at times, but am learning not to take things so personally. I believe everything is in front of me for learning—there’s no mistakes if we learn from them.

health and well-being? MACPHERSON: For me, it is about living every day as clean, green and active as I can. I’m vegan at the moment, and follow an alkaline diet of organic, seasonal whole foods. Because different greens provide a range of benefits, I make sure to eat a wide variety. If I am well nourished, fit and well rested, I feel healthy. It works for me. Lots of water and laughter go a long way to looking and feeling great. CUOMO: What are your favorite plant-based ingredients, and why? MACPHERSON: Super greens like barley grass, spirulina and acai for their alkalizing and antioxidant properties, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and chlorophyll con-

“I try to stick to a vegan wheatand-grain-free diet. It’s not a chore. I just love to eat this way.” tent. Dandelion for liver support, maitake and shiitake mushrooms that, when combined, help maintain the immune system, and amazing horsetail for supporting healthy and strong connective tissue. CUOMO: What’s your guilty indulgence? MACPHERSON: There is no guilt—I love dark chocolate. CUOMO: How would your kids describe you? MACPHERSON: Hmmm, I’m not even going to try to imagine what goes on in a teenager’s mind! CUOMO: What’s the most inspiring thing anyone has ever done for you? MACPHERSON: I believe the best gift anyone can give is to inspire you to think differently. CUOMO: What’s your favorite quote or motto? MACPHERSON: Einstein’s quote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is: “Let your heart decide what to do, and your head decide how to do it.” CUOMO: What’s your favorite way to get out of a bad mood? MACPHERSON: Laugh! Laugh at yourself, the situation, just laugh—it opens the heart. CUOMO: What is one thing you do every day to maintain sanity? MACPHERSON: Starting and ending the day calm works for me, and helps to organize my mind and time. I wake at 5.30AM and lie in bed for about 20 minutes, in meditation, before getting up and ready. At night, I do 143

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With sales of 40 million albums and 125 million tracks worldwide earning her four places in the Guinness World Records, pop firecracker and American Idol judge Katy Perry knows well the pressures of the spotlight. Here, the ever-evolving music icon raises her voice about quieting the mind with Transcendental Meditation. In a conversation with her TM teacher, Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, Perry shares her enthusiasm for the benefits of her practice, while delivering a message of empowerment and hope for young people.



So I am very grateful to you. Because of your words, 600,000 young kids have learned to meditate. Because of your words you have saved, no exaggeration, thousands and thousands of lives. KP: Words are very powerful. God created the world with words. BR: Yes. What do you say to someone when they say, ‘Well, this is a religion’? I mean, I’ve seen people wear slogans on their shirt that says ‘CrossFit is a religion.’ Anyone can make something a religion and label it. I think it’s about as religious as eating good foods or exercising for your body. KP: I was raised in a Christian household. My parents are both traveling ministers, so I was raised around the idea that our body is a temple. And I think if our body is truly a temple, we have to take care of the mind, body and soul. And this takes care of your mind. I noticed when I meditate that my whole brain kind of opens up; it feels like a halo is ignited around my head, and it’s like I’m clearing out the cobwebs of my neural pathways and finding new neural pathways to ignite. It’s some of the most incredible stillness. And I would also say it brings some of the best, most creative ideas to the surface for me, especially when I come out of it. But I believe that if it’s really just to take care of your temple, then sign me up.

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BOB ROTH: I want to hear from you why it would be that someone who is dynamic and has so many pressures, demands and desires in her life would take time out—20 minutes—to meditate. Why do you meditate? KATY PERRY: Great question. I meditate just like so many of us. We are busy with our personal lives, with our careers. And for me, I have always been an executive multitasker, even before I had the opportunity of having a great career. I was driving, eating a cheeseburger, putting on my lipstick, all at the same time. BR: To the great distress of the Los Angeles police. [laughs] Katy Perry with her KP: Yes I’ve always TM teacher, Bob Roth had a lot on my plate, and I noticed before I was medstill have very interesting breath. So itating I started to short circuit a you’ve got to get the plaque out! little bit, like an iPhone when it just BR: From my side, I want to say, one decides to stop and turn off on you, of the one of the reasons why I love and you’re like, ‘I was in the middle you so much is not just because of something!’ So I knew that I had to you’re here to talk about this, but take care of my mental health and because when you’re talking about my mind, which is the greatest asset meditation, TM, we’re talking about in my body besides my heart. I knew I something that costs next to nothhad to protect it. And you were able ing, and we need to let people to teach me meditation in India, and know. We need to break down some the stillness that I found is beyond of the boundaries, the misunderanything I’ve ever experienced. It’s standings about TM meditation, way different than napping. Everyand meditation in general. And this body is like, well, I’ll just nap for two being a nonprofit, there is no huge hours. And this is totally different than multibillion-dollar ad campaign. that. Napping is to brushing your It’s word of mouth, and a hundred teeth as flossing is to meditation. A million people really trust Katy Perry. lot of people brush their teeth, but

BR: A few years ago, the University of Chicago Crime Lab were very concerned about Chicago’s high rate of violent crime. Children were going to schools where they had to sleep in bathtubs because of the bullets that could come through the walls, and so they asked, ‘Does anybody have anything that we can do to reduce violence and arrests in the public schools?’ And 230 nonprofit organizations submitted proposals, and the crime lab accepted three. The David Lynch Foundation was one of those three. In the first year, they gave us $300,000 to do a program with a few schools and teach the kids what we called Quiet Time. Last year, they increased that to another $1 million. The results were so significant, this year the budget is for $2.6 million. The preliminary indications are a significant reduction in arrests among meditating school kids during the summer months. This is major, because it’s the old school-to-prison pipeline if a child is stressed and anxious. What we’re doing is just giving them a tool they can learn so easily—no philosophy. I’m a raging skeptic. And you can be 100 percent skeptical and do this. I remember one time a woman said to me, ‘Oh, my God, what is Transcendental Meditation—transcendental?’ First of all, it just means to transcend, which means to settle down, and she said, ‘How do you know when your 20 minutes are up?’ I said, ‘Look at your watch. We aren’t going anywhere, we’re just settling down.’ As a youngster I worked for Bobby Kennedy. I wanted to be a United States senator like Bobby Kennedy. I wanted to change the world. KP: You are! BR: I thought it was going to be through politics. But then I realized politics was never going to heal the soul of the nation. So I learned to meditate. My first experience after

“Meditation is the key to finding your true authentic self—and having the mental, physical and immune strength to take on this big world.”—Katy Perry learning this wasn’t, Oh I want to get enlightened; my first experience was, I want to bring this to inner-city schoolkids. That was June 28, 1969. And I have been very fulfilled in now getting to the point where you can talk about meditation. KP: I think it’s wonderful—the call that you heard, and then that you followed through. It’s very admirable to be so dedicated to something in service of others. For me, I love young people. Honestly if I didn’t know how old I was…I’d probably be, like, maybe 21. I was 13 for a really long time… BR: I was thinking 6. KP: 6? No, 7—I’m definitely conscious. And I just love people in general and I see them, I feel them. I’m a total empath and I see how stressed they are by their devices, by their keeping up with appearances, by wanting to emulate what they see online, on Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat. I wake up and I do this before I do anything, most of the time...and to have this [phone] in your hand for 12 to 13 hours out of the day, to always be continually on call. A lot of these kids don’t remember what it’s like to live a life without the internet, without posting. The 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-yearolds are like, we don’t know what CDs are. I never thought I would say that; I’m sounding like my mother. I 147

feel so much for them, and I know that meditation has been such an incredible tool to find, for me, that I want to disconnect to connect back with myself. And it’s really important to have that tool, to have that quiet time in these schools for these kids to be able to retain focus, which is at an all-time low. To be able to know themselves, to find their true authentic selves, which is being advertised to them in multitudes of ways, thousands of times a day. I really feel that they are... BR: Of not their authentic selves. KP: Of not their authentic selves. There’s a struggle, so anything we can do—and I find personally with my own experience, meditation is the key to really finding your true authentic self. Finding that stillness. Recharging, having the mental strength, the physical strength and immune strength, to be able to take on this big, technical, technological world. BR: You said something very interesting to me in regard to meditation—you said getting to the top was difficult, but staying at the top is really hard. And that meditation has helped you stay at the top. KP: Your problems don’t go away once you have the spotlight and the success; they’re just magnified under a very large microscope. I’m living my life and I’m so grateful for the opportunity I get, and the spotlight through which I am able to share it. But I’m just being human, because that’s all I can be. And so I do make mistakes in front of the public, and I do feel like sometimes the kids get to learn through me making my mistakes, through the different mess-ups, and I admit to them, especially when I do it to them. But I’m really grateful. It’s a lot of attention. But God won’t give me more than I can handle. BR: Your voice is very important. KP: I just want to be a messenger, and this is one of the greatest messages I was able to receive.


Tick Hall, designed by Stanford White’s firm McKim, Mead, and White in the 1880s, is the easternmost of the seven houses in the Montauk Association, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.



Views of the ocean can be seen from every vantage point.


leader Harrison Tweed in 1924. Six friends chipped in $2,000 each to summer there; the men were called “Ticks,” their wives “Tickesses,” and children “Tickettes.” Hoyt Cottage was once a restaurant, before becoming a private home to painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Fashion photographer Bruce Weber and Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss now also live in the cluster. Kitchens were minimal as the families met at a centrally located clubhouse for meals; more recent owners had to add indoor plumbing and facilities for cooking and dining. Talk show impresario Dick Cavett has resided in Tick Hall since 1966, restoring his historic home with its waterfront views to exacting original detail shingle by shingle after a fire in 1997—even down to the fireplace tiles from Shropshire, England, and including charming imperfections such as a creak in the stairs and slight sag in the porch. “It’s the only one of the Seven Sisters with oceanfront because in the 1920s, then-owner Harrison Tweed bought all the available land down to the ocean and some behind the house,” said Cavett, interviewed on the occasion of his putting the property up for sale for $62 million, the first

As the Hamptons moved forward, potato fields and seiners vestiges of a bygone era, Montauk was a last holdout for fishing boats, a decidedly un-Hampton. Today a resort and a desired location for the trendy, the final stop on the Long Island Railroad hasn’t lost its allure of privacy as it became a draw for the young wanting to party and surf. As legend has it, Long Island’s East End was a realization of high hopes: An early developer, Carl Fisher, had a vision of Montauk as the “Miami Beach of the North.” Even earlier—in the 1880s—Arthur Benson hired architects McKim, Mead & White to build the Seven Sister houses, with a site plan by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Prospect Park and Central Park. Collaborating with Charles Follen McKim and William Rutherford Mead, the legendary Stanford White contributed to the partnership his eye for refined details and dazzling arrangements of texture, color and objects. The houses, sometimes called the Montauk Association, were distinguished by their unique sawtooth shingle design, and their names. Originally built for businessman Alexander E. Orr, Tick Hall got its moniker after it became home to lawyer and civic 150

Builder James Dean hand-crafted the distinctive stairs.

A state-of-the art update of the original kitchen.

Tick Hall has 6,000 square feet of living space.

The oceanfront area has been dubbed “Cavett’s Cove.”

A freshwater pond adjoins the house.


A variety of hiking trails can be found on the property.

“It’s a simple country house,” said Cavett’s late wife, Carrie Nye.

time in its 135-year history it’s been offered for sale on the open market. “His friends thought he was mad to squander five dollars an acre, saying, ‘Who will ever come out this far on Long Island to this wild and inconvenient place to bother you?’” True then, Tweed’s smart move became the envy of the less visionary. The property is now nearly 20 acres, surrounded by conserved land. “When it was built, it was called ‘a summer cottage.’ But it struck me as majestic, romantic, a storybook house by the sea. It made me gasp,” Cavett recalled. Surely his guests over the years have felt the same: among them, Montauk neighbors Andy Warhol, Edward Albee and Percy Heath, and others from the worlds of theater and culture, such as Tennessee Williams, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Mary Tyler Moore, Dustin Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Javier Bardem, Christine Baranski, Robert Redford and Muhammad Ali. When Woody Allen, an unlikely admirer of such beauty in nature, visited, he said, “Cavett, this is a storybook setting.” One arrives at this exclusive, remote and stately house over a long gravel road past a trailer park (itself prime beachfront real estate). On a recent Sunday guests journeyed along Ditch Plains, taking the dirt path, for a celebration of Guild Hall’s new Guitar Masters series. Offered a house tour, guests could not resist the charm of Victorian-era rooms looking to sea vistas, Montauk’s historic lighthouse, and an expanse of lush green. Eva Iooss especially noted the attic alcoves, featuring small beds and a miniature seating area looking out at the sun’s silvery flecks on the water. In this idyllic spot for children, Cavett has recalled unfolding some cardboard pieces, and finding Diana Barrymore’s dollhouse. Guitarist G. E. Smith said he could while away the day on the wraparound porch, a listening perch for some. Others lazed on a grassy slope to hear Eric Clapton side man Doyle Bramhall II cover the Beatles’ “Two of Us,” and Muddy Waters; with Adam Minkoff, he performed his own “Mama Can’t Help You.” This was a picture of paradise.

Muhammad Ali and Mick Jagger have visited here.


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Dancers For Good is back for its third year at Guild Hall on July 20. This magical evening is filled with performances featuring the best dance companies in ballet, modern and Broadway. Join the two award-winning honorees, Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth, as they raise money for The Actors Fund, a charity dedicated to fostering economic stability for performing arts professionals over their lifespan. “Where else in the Hamptons can you see all of these amazing dance companies under one roof, and with Chita and Bebe!� says Dancers For Good co-producer Eric Gunhus. Tickets from $150; a limited number of tickets for students and seniors are $50. 158 Main St., East Hampton.




Finest Kind are all about boating for the people (or “casual luxury” as Peckham describes it), giving the non-aquatic among us the opportunity to find their sea legs, and host a supremely fun outing while doing so. But there’s nothing casual about the luxury experienced aboard Barton & Gray’s fleet of Hinckley yachts. The Mariner’s Club is, in essence, an upleveled ride-share where membership grants year-round access to these beauties in harbors from Palm Beach to Chicago—think mahogany and teakwood decking, hot-water showers, air conditioning, and jet drives. Not surprisingly, such privileges don’t come cheap. Membership is definitely pricey, but for those who require major relaxation to balance out stressful professional lives, it’s hard to put a price tag on a perfect day at sea. “This is not an inexpensive product—most members are working nonstop to be able to afford it,” says Doug Gray, co-founder. “They have limited free time, so when they need to unwind and get spiritually centered, we are one of those escapes for them. It is definitely a mood-altering experience to get out on the water—to watch the sunset, spot some whales, see your kids happily jumping into the water.”

There’s no denying that oysters go down extra easy when slurped from the comfort of a stylish boat. Enter the latest in private excursions—multisensory jaunts created by Will Peckham, one of the forces behind the boating excitement happening in the Hamptons right now. All but born on the sea, Peckham spent the first six years of his life cruising on a boat with his family from Maine to the Bahamas every winter. Peckham followed a traditional career route working as an investment banker, but when that left him decidedly landlocked, he abandoned desk life to get back to where he belonged. In 2016, he and a partner purchased an oyster grant and founded West Robins Oyster Company. “We buy seed oysters from oyster hatcheries, hold them in cages, and employ a husbandry process throughout their lifecycle,” he explains. The result? “We produce the highest quality aquaculture oyster.” Then, hoping to give people a deeper sense of the origin of the mollusks they’re enjoying—and to get them out onto his happy place—Peckham teamed with Greenpoint Fish & Lobster to offer excursions on Finest Kind (fvfinestkind. com), a retrofitted 26-foot Fortier fishing boat that can hold up to six passengers. “We want customers to experience the beauty of the bay on a boat,” he says. Peckham and 156


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who stay on a modern estate in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (“It looks like something you’d see on Dune Road in the Hamptons,” says Gaslow), or their newest destination, a quaint bed-and-breakfast in Amenia, New York. Every morning begins with a gentle wake-up at 6AM, the only time coffee, rarely available on similar West Coast retreats, is served, followed by meditation, yoga and a vegan breakfast—clean Vegan sushi fuel for a daily four-hour trek through the peaceful Berkshires. “It’s a huge part of the program,” says Levy. “The whole point of being there is to get fitness and health in these natural surroundings.” Hikers’ efforts are rewarded with lunch, more physical activity, like core classes, circuit training and a power walk, as well as a unique happy hour: Instead of cocktails, the drink selection consists of a seaweed or bone broth, the retreat’s only non-vegan offering. It’s all capped off with in-room massages, more yoga, dinner and a special evening activity: One night it could be acupuncture to promote deep sleep; on another, it may be aura readings or dream-interpretation sessions. “We’ve taken the best of what we’ve learned and incorporated it into one program,” says Levy of the restorative escapes. “We take care of this business as if it’s our baby. We’re constantly feeding and nurturing it.” In return, GroundSea Fitness guests get to grow right along with them.

New Yorkers like everything quick, convenient and with a shot of caffeine, but until GroundSea Fitness began offering bespoke wellness programs, there was a dearth of body, mind and soul-resetting West Coaststyle retreats tailored to East Coast culture. “We are still baffled that we’re virtually the only people doing this over here,” says Tracy Gaslow, who co-founded the upscale retreat program with her high school best friend and former college roommate, Hollie Levy. The seed for GroundSea was planted in the early 2000s, says Gaslow, after she and Levy, both living in New York, had started families and “weren’t feeling our finest.” They decided to head out west on a memorable first trip to The Ashram in Calabasas, California. “We were tortured while we were there,” Gaslow recalls, “but we realized it was a life-changing, incredible experience.” In 2016, after 13 years of trekking biannually across the country to learn and practice everything from touch healing and massage to meditation and eating healthfully, Levy says she and Gaslow finally felt like they could “tackle anything.” They assembled a dream team of experts closer to home to help run three- and four-day getaways tweaked for the East Coast mindset: for example, they allow Wi-Fi and the respectful use of cellphones and computers, a big nono on most retreats. Each of GroundSea’s adventures accepts up to 13 guests, 158

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Redefining retail therapy,, the online portal of Nicole Glassman, a holistic nutritionist, encourages visitors to “Shop by Chakra” for rose quartz crystals or red-lensed sunglasses. Face time with Glassman at her Columbus Circle HQ offers diagnostic tools from the gifted healer, such as electrodermal screening and detoxification treatments. Nobody, she says, is blessed with a perfectly clear spiritual-energy slate—chakra imbalances are learned, situational, even inherited—so Glassman will devise a custom prescription of supplements, flower essences and essential oils. At Glassman’s popular retreats, held at venues from the Hudson Valley to Tulum, participants are dosed with outdoor time and chakra-boosting mocktails. In Glassman’s playbook, healthy hydration is achieved through her electrolyte-enriched lemonade: “Combine a quarter glass of coconut water with the juice of one or two lemons, and add water. You get the benefits of potassium and vitamin C in a refreshing, alkalizing summer drink.” —Julia Szabo

Utilizing time-honored practices of South American Native medicine men and women, Anna Cléjan—healer, energy medicine practitioner and designer—centers her work on protecting the Earth. “I had a couple of experiences with different shamans,” Cléjan says, “and every single time it was incredible. I was pulled in that direction, and it made perfect sense once I completed the hands-on healing class. I thought, ‘I get this. I understand this.’ It’s my calling.” As one half of the architectural and design group Modern Net Zero, Cléjan practices several rituals to insure positive vibes in a house, including space clearing (to remove unwanted energies), crystal grids (to hold in good intentions) and a ceremony called Despacho—an Andean practice where a living mandala, comprised of flowers, seeds, candy, herbs and crystals, is infused with prayers and offered to Mother Earth. “We do it to give thanks,” says Cléjan, “and restore balance to the land, while setting intentions for the new home.” —Nancy Kane

Dr. Lila Wolfe’s chiropractic patients range from athletes to chronic pain sufferers, fashionistas to financiers: “amazing” is a word they frequently use to describe her. An expert musculoskeletal manipulator is more heaven-sent healer than healthcare provider—just ask the 34-weeks-pregnant woman pregnant with a breech baby who turned and righted himself in utero after two appointments. With her tattoos and bottle-blond ’do, this “year-round weekend warrior” and self-described “fledgling surfer” spends her summer treating patients at her Ditch Plains home and her new Montauk pop-up, The Boo-Hooray Summer Rental (downstairs from New York Pilates). A funny bone is the chiropractor’s secret weapon; Dr. Wolfe distracts with rib-tickling patter—then deals a death blow to pain. “Stretch that body through a full range of motion! Please!” she begs wave riders. “Risk an appearance on Kook of the Day’s Instagram by stretching on the beach first. If you get featured on @kook_of_the_day, let me know, and I’ll adjust you for free.” —JS


Wolfe photo by Veronica Ibarra

Three wellness warriors lead the way to optimal care for mind, body and spirit.





Ready to up your tennis game this summer? Whether you’re looking for serious tournament play, old-money clubs, or a fun camp for the kids, the Hamptons has a match for you. BY ABBY TEGNELIA TENNIS CLUB



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Owner (and former comedian) Neal Feinberg was the head pro at Yorkville Tennis Club and has coached numerous ranked USTA players.

No blue blood required—it’s open to the public.


Though they’re too discreet to name-drop, the Hamptons’ grandest grand dames fine-tune their backhands with the finest instructors.

Even being married to a member doesn’t guarantee admission.


Head pro Anett Ferenczi-Bako played tennis in college, and has extensive coaching experience, most recently at Wagner College.

Social, relaxed club, but with limited memberships.


Jonathan Klampe is a USPTA Elite Professional and a European Registry of Tennis Professionals National Master Pro Tennis Coach.

Lots of Social Register types, but it’s more open than Meadow Club.


It takes a 21-strong team, including Dennis Ferrando, youth program director, and Lisa Jones, adult clinic director, to teach all of EHIT’s programs.

EHIT has the widest variety of memberships for ages 4 and up.


Head Pro Damon Lopez-O’Dwyer has 20plus years of experience at top New York clubs and at England’s Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club.

Seasonal memberships, plus court rentals are open to nonmembers.

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After learning to play on NYC’s public courts, Executive Director John Graham has taught for more than 30 years, with a focus on the littles.

Three tiers of family, couple and individual membership options.





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Aside from the owner, it has the only all-female pro staff in the Hamptons.

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Its famed (what else?) Lobster Night

It is so elite that you have to be a member to even log onto their website. Brooke Shields made headlines last year just by daring to apply.

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Friday night margarita mixers

During the winter months, Buckskill offers public ice-skating, plus figure skating and hockey programs.

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The endof-season beachside party

This posh club is known for its delicious food, such as its famous whole-wheat pizza topped with figs.

6 Har-Tru indoor, 20 Har-Tru outdoor, 2 platform tennis

Anything at its new state-ofthe-art clubhouse

The brand-new clubhouse offers mini golf, a sports bar, bocce ball courts, fire pits and an arcade in addition to the much-hyped 10-lane bowling alley.

2 Har-Tru, 1 DecoTurf

Adult, junior and peewee clinics

Pro Ron Ristroph has the magic touch when it comes to celeb clients, who include Bill and Melinda Gates and The Police’s Andy Summers.

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RAISING THE BARN signed to facilitate muscle recovery, decrease inflammation in the fascia tissue and enhance flexibility. This summer, Cole is adding a new component to the class: The session will also include 10 to 15 minutes of rebounding (aka jumping on mini trampolines). “We are lucky enough to collaborate with the Rolls-Royce of rebounders out of Germany called BELLICON that are custom-made for SoulAnnex,” Cole reports. (Private sessions are also available.) Classes fill up fast, so Cole recommends signing up on Monday at noon (when online registration opens), or investing in a SuperSoul concierge package that allows you to book in advance of regular Monday sign-ups. Since hard work(outs) should be rewarded, a limited-edition collaboration with Sundry Clothing—think coastal casual meets French chic—will be for sale in the newly expanded retail space. (If you can’t make it to The Barn, items will also be available at all of SoulCycle’s locations in the Hamptons.) After class, students now can rehydrate and refuel with beverages from SoulCycle partner Juice Press. In other words, The Barn has been transformed from an indoor cycling mecca into a full-service wellness center. 264 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, 631.537.3630,

Given all of the cleat-clad foot traffic that The Barn, one of SoulCycle’s four Hamptons cycling studios, has seen in the past decade, the company felt that a little makeover for the Butter Lane location in Bridgehampton was in order. So during the off-season, the space underwent a complete renovation and is now ready for the die-hard fans of its indoor cycling classes. The front desk and retail area, which used to be located on the deck outside the main studio, have been moved indoors, and the transformed space boasts lofty white ceilings with wood beams. The best news for devotees: There are 10 new bikes in the main studio, bringing the total number to 78, the largest in SoulCycle’s portfolio (and making it just a little easier to snag a reservation for Stacey Griffith’s coveted 9:30AM Saturday class). In addition to the renovated cycling studio, there’s also a SoulAnnex adjacent to the main studio. Like the first SoulAnnex in the Flatiron District, this incubator space, which can accommodate up to 30 students, is reserved for classes that complement your cycling regimen. One to try: Laurie Cole’s popular The LINK. The class, which incorporates foam rollers and elastic bands, is de164

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her. She and Cohen work together to place boxers in one of two class options based on their functional levels, then Del Giorno tailors high intensity interval training (HIIT) courses to each group. Classes include a series of moves that simultaneously work the mind and body, from shadowboxing and counting out loud to working hand-eye coordination on a speed bag and passing a weighted ball. Del Giorno acknowledges that boxing may sound like a counterintuitive choice as therapy for Parkinson’s patients. But even if participants start out tentative or fearful, they end up feeling stronger and more optimistic, Del Giorno says. “Their confidence is one of the underlying things I notice. They’re lighter and happier. They have this camaraderie within the group. Everyone is working, sweating—we laugh and cry. There’s all types of emotions we see, plus there’s this bonding in the group.” Cohen agrees, claiming that “one of the biggest gifts of the program is that it has created the most incredible community,” which is so important in countering the apathy, depression and social withdrawal that some people with Parkinson’s experience. The class began in September with a group of five boxers and has grown to host almost forty in Sag Harbor, with the addition of an affiliate (as of January) in Hampton Bays. Both programs are sponsored by the hospital. And every yell, every punching combination and every glove hitting a bag is a symbol of someone battling this insidious disease, refusing to give up the fight. Muhammad Ali would definitely approve. For more information, contact: Stony Brook Southampton Hospital,; Epic Martial Arts,; or Rock Steady Boxing,

Muhammad Ali was the three-time World Heavyweight Champion, but even the man who dubbed himself “The Greatest” was no match for Parkinson’s disease. This terrible neurodegenerative disorder is responsible for tremors, stiffness, slowed movement, speech problems, facial masking, dizziness, hallucinations, depression, vision changes and more. Other celebrities who suffer from the disease include Michael J. Fox and Neil Diamond, who recently announced he was retiring from touring after he was diagnosed. Symptoms generally develop slowly over years, but it’s the 14th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though prescriptions meds, medical marijuana and surgery can improve symptoms, there’s no cure. But research has shown that exercise can help patients maintain mobility and balance, and significantly improve their quality of life. So Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease has developed a multifaceted wellness program that includes an array of classes in yoga, tai chi, dance and painting, as well as a therapeutic chorus. “I started this because there were no resources for people with Parkinson’s Disease,” explains Sarah Cohen, PT, DPT, a physical therapist and the Center’s program manager. She teamed up with Michelle Del Giorno, founder of the Epic Martial Arts studio in Sag Harbor, to start the Rock Steady Boxing affiliate program. Rocky Steady Boxing is a national organization that trains instructors to teach non-contact boxing classes specifically geared to Parkinson’s patients. “It really is, as far as I know, the first of its kind out here,” says Cohen. Sensei (a coach or teacher in martial arts) Del Giorno opened her Sag Harbor studio eight years ago, but the Rock Steady Boxing program is a whole new endeavor for 166


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BY SASHA LEVIN Guitar Masters Festival Treat your ears to a night of talent at this three-day gathering of exclusive short-film screenings and performances from Andy Summers of the Police, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Ralph Gibson, G.E. Smith, David Broza, Badi Assad and Brandon Ross. Special guests are expected to appear throughout. Tickets from $14. 158 Main St., East Hampton,

JULY 6 Alan Cumming at WBPAC Singer, writer, award-winning actor and star of CBS’s Instinct (a brilliant show of musical storytelling), Alan Cumming brings his new cabaret show Legal Immigrant Tour to the beach. Tickets from $145. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center,

gala, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is dedicated to finding our furry friends a loving home. Sip on cocktails, participate in the auction, enjoy live music and dance the night away at a beautiful waterfront estate. Be sure to shake paws with the honoree, Mason, a rescue pup trained by the shelter before becoming the first shelter dog in New York to be accepted into the K9s for Warriors program. Tickets from $300.

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JULY 6 Moran Studio Opening Celebration After a five-year restoration project, the Moran Studio is proud to finally open its doors to the public with a studio exhibition. Experience several interactive galleries using stateof-the-art museum wizardry as video, artifacts and artwork come to life. There will also be a small orientation theatre and touch-screen overviews, all within the Moran’s impressive two-story-high light-filled painting room. Tickets from $100. 101 Main St., East Hampton,

JULY 21 Sunset on the Harbor Enjoy the Sag Harbor sunset while supporting the LGBT Network’s Hamptons LGBT Center in Sag Harbor, which provides services and a safe space throughout the year for LGBT youth, adults, seniors,

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Facet: Hamptons Jewelry Designer Showcase Hosted by the New York Jewelry Design Institute, this fine jewelry showcase is an educational haven for budding designers and jewelry pros looking to enhance their skills. For students and trade hoping to sell their collections in the Hamptons, it’s a must-attend event. Free. Bridgehampton Community House, 2357 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton,

JULY 31-AUGUST 26 Evita at Bay Street Theater Bay Street takes on the revival of a revolutionary musical chronicling Eva Perón and her ascent to the top as first lady of Argentina. Arianna Rosario leads as the title character, while her stage husband is played by her soon-to-be husband, Omar Lopez-Cepero, and Trent Saunders slips into the role of Che Guevara. Tickets from $40. 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor,

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New York Pilates’ Montauk studio offers group Reformer classes.

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There’s no excuse for letting your fitness level slip this season, with so many great options, including boxing, Pilates, yoga and more yoga. Plus, the best outdoor sweat sessions. BY ANNE MARIE O’CONNOR



It’s like having ClassPass but without having to leave the hotel: The newly renovated Breakers Montauk is hosting weekly fitness program curated by Alise Collective all summer. Classes include Hit House (Muay Thai); Dance Body (a cardio and toning class from a Tracy Anderson alum); and yoga from bode NYC, Y7 Yoga and Brrrn Yoga. Classes are on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 on the lawn or beach. Breakers Montauk, 769 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; for schedule:; RSVP at

Can’t get enough Tracy at her studios or with her streaming classes? Sign up for her Vitality Weekend, which Anderson herself is hosting at her Water Mill studio from August 11 to 14. Each day consists of a two-hour workout and an hour-long lecture/Q+A. Can’t make it? Try one of her new classes, Stamina Band or Detail Band. “Both build a flexible muscular structure that is less prone to injury,” says Anderson. 903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 30 Park Place, East Hampton;

A FULL-SERVICE PILATES STUDIO After a pop-up at Gurney’s in 2016, cultfave teacher Heather Andersen, founder of New York Pilates, opened a stand-alone space in Montuak last season, which she’s expanding this summer. The contemporary studio offers group Reformer classes and private sessions on the Reformer, Chair and Tower in a separate space (it’s the only studio in Montauk offering private Pilates). Insider tip: The waitlist works! If you put your name on the list, it’s very likely you’ll make it in. 649 Montauk Hwy., Montauk;

MODEL-FAVE BOXING GYM Gotham Gym, which counts the Hadid sisters and Kendall Jenner as fans, opened its Hamptons location last summer. But unlike that cardio kickboxing class at your gym, you’ll make actual contact here. After a cardio warmup, you’ll do some shadowboxing, explains CEO Rob Piela. Then you’ll be paired off: you’ll take turns holding the blocking pads while your partner puts on boxing gloves and channels his or her inner Muhammad (or Laila) Ali—a surprisingly core-intensive workout. By the time you finish up with calisthenics and a killer ab series, you’ll be beat. 2405 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 170

SWEATING WITH A BREEZE Though it’s best known for its party scene, the recently renovated Ruschmeyer’s is offering yoga every Saturday and Sunday, starting in July, at 10AM. 161 2nd House Rd., Montauk; FULL-BODY SCULPTING Tribeca’s popular Bari Studio will offer its signature sculpting class every Saturday at 10AM on The Surf Lodge’s outdoor deck through Labor Day. 183 Edgemere St., Montauk;; RSVP to: SUP YOGA Locally owned Yoga Lila offers stand-up paddleboarding yoga (both private sessions and group classes). Classes are 90 minutes and include a warmup on dry land and a balance-challenging yoga session on the SUP. The beautiful setting will enhance yoga’s stress-relieving benefits. 12 S. Etna Ave., #B, Montauk; PLANKING IN THE VINEYARDS Come for the yoga, stay for a glass of wine! Two places are offering yoga among the grapes for #doublethewellness. Yoga in the Vines is an hour-long vinyasa class at Wölffer Estate. One Ocean Yoga, located at Channing Daughters Winery, calls itself “the most beautiful place to practice yoga in the Hamptons.” It offers a variety of classes, from beginner to advanced as well as restorative and Ashtanga. Yoga in the Vines at Wölffer Estate Vineyard,139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack; yoga-vines; One Ocean Yoga at Channing Daughters Winery, 1927 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton;

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Steven Spielberg, one of the most famous filmmakers in the world, was meant to be globally relevant, and for 43 years he has awed moviegoers with his iconic style and artistry. Sagittarians are known for being able to stretch the imagination, but it’s Spielberg’s moon in Gemini that has kept him not only current, but a media trendsetter. This year will be a time of tremendous creativity for him, while the planets are urging the maestro to step back from the mainstream and smell the gardenias. —by Karen Thorne,, @karenthornesastrologaie

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Ah, youth...what did I know? Years went by, and swing rides and those outfits were long gone. I’d exchanged them for more appropriate attire. I was now an adult, a woman. I had become a highly responsible, hard-working person who also fit into most of the ideals set out before me. My once-bold tomboy self struggled to be tamed. My curly dark hair was now straighter Jennifer Esposito and lighter, my thick eyesavors the joy of gardening. brows perfectly groomed, and my thick thighs still a work in progress. Frivolous fun was nonexistent; pushing myself to be better, work harder and do better overruled it all. There just wasn’t enough time. No time for wandering aimlessly or taking up silly hobbies, and even less time to take a moment to just swing on a swing. A few years ago, after an already long journey with my health (I was diagnosed with celiac disease, panic disorder and debilitating depression) and, well, life, I found myself waiting for the result of a biopsy to determine if calcifications on my breast were cancerous. Talk about no fun. I was racked with fear and anxiety. I had to wait five long days to get my results. Pure torture. In those five days, I dealt with every emotion. Fear, anger, disbelief. Cancer? Me? Especially after knowing so much about health because of my celiac disease. I wrote books on the subject, designed healthy food brand all around it, and yet I was possibly ill? I ate well, really well, exercised and did all the right things. I read every healthy living item, healthy food diet, and wellness regimen I could get my hands on, and it made me even more overwhelmed with all the “should dos.” Even wellness now was stressing me out, and making me feel like I wasn’t doing enough. I had to put everything down for a moment.

I lived up the block from a park when I was a child. It was Brooklyn, and the park consisted of a handball court, lots of concrete and some swings. That’s all I needed. It was one of my favorite things to do. My bold tomboy self with her thick thighs, dark, curly hair and bushy eyebrows would fly through the air so carelessly, frivolously, all day. I honestly had no doubt that one day I would swing so high I would be able to go right over the top. Simple freedom, simple joy—and I loved it. I remember a time when I was around 19, and my daily wardrobe consisted of combat boots and skirts or dresses. I was living on my own in NYC, waiting tables, putting myself through acting school. I felt so in charge of my life for the first time. The city was a place of freedom to me. There, people seemed to be allowed to just be as weird as they wanted to be, and it inspired me so. Back at home, there were so many limitations or rules set up for how I should be, and what I should expect as a young girl growing into a woman. It was that freedom without judgment that the city seem to offer that I loved. I would wander the streets of this magical city of such hope for what seemed like days into night, spending hours in vintage shops and flea markets to find dresses and skirts to wear with my Doc Martens. There was something about these old dresses paired with my dirty boots that made me feel on the outside as I did inside: just a bit off. A rebel. A rebel to the ideas of who or what I was supposed to be: pretty, cute, feminine, demure, skinny, sexy, a wife, a mother, etc. Imperfect, in a good way, is what the city felt like to me, and that felt like freedom. I walked proudly in my bold outfits and thought I knew about the world.

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Actress Jennifer Esposito shares with Purist how a series of health crises led her to reconnect with the wisdom, and wellness, of her free-spirited, youthful self.





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the top. My skirt took on the wind, which swept it up like Marilyn Monroe. My boots kicked through the air to make room for me in the sky. Freedom. Freedom from worry. Freedom from my mind. Freedom from the what, how and who I should be and how I should feel about it. Most of all, freedom from thinking about my upcoming biopsy results. Freedom from the pressures of the world that I had accepted. That I allowed and that had molded and scolded me for so many years. Yes, there were heavy situations in my life, and I needed to deal with all of them—but it was ultimately my decision how. I realized what little fun I allowed into my life, the rules I had set up for myself and what little space I had for what I wanted and needed. Days later, I did find out it was cancer, which was dealt with, and time moved on just as it does. At moments like this, you realize how short life actually is. You realize your choices, and wonder if they were ever even yours to begin with. You realize that time, your time, is precious, fleeting and how so many hours have been wasted. Overworking, endless trying to be, instead of simply just being, and being OK with who and what is left standing in front of you. That young girl who bounced around NYC, bold, carefree and loved her swings, actually knew something. She knew freedom, she knew no limitations, she was silly, smiled without hesitation, and she knew how to appreciate the little things and keep it simple. I have been there—illness, depression, great success and extreme failure—and what I’ve learned is the simpler you keep your life, your world, your food, your wellness and your heart, the easier it is to clearly see the joys, the health and the beauty that already exist, regardless of the size of your thighs or anything else for that matter. At the end of the day, true wellness, true health, true happiness all begins with your state of mind. Take time to smile, laugh, and go for a swing. Today!

For some reason, I felt the need to start cleaning out my closet while getting dressed to head to the gym. I had to go work on those thighs, of course. As I searched for a sports bra, items started to pile up in the getrid-of stack. It was almost like I was searching for some space in my brain in between all the worry, and eliminating things would somehow help achieve this. I needed space. Space to breathe. I stumbled upon an old pair of motorcycle boots and eyed a lace pouffy skirt that I had never worn, which now sat in a pile to be donated to the Red Cross. I grabbed them and threw them into a small bag I packed for a much-needed trip out to the Hamptons. The hard concrete joy of the magical, hopeful city had shown its true hard cold colors, and nature was what I craved. While out in the country, my brain continued on with worry, and the stress outweighed the beautiful peaceful surroundings. I needed air. I went to put some proper clothes on to take a walk, and found the boots and skirt I had shoved in my bag. I put them on in hopes of any diversion from the worry, any diversion from myself. The floppy, heavy boots felt odd, but reminded me immediately of a lighter time: those carefree days stomping along the NYC streets with such hope and lust for life. I started to walk. Even my walk became different. The frills and the bounce of the skirt mixed with the heavy boots made me feel like I was skipping almost, and that made me smile. I found myself near a park I’d strolled past a thousand times. I ventured in. Sitting there in the brisk winter air was a swingset—just waiting for someone to come and simply glide through the air for a moment of fun. Me, my boots and my skirt got on the swing and started to move. With each pump of my legs through the air, I went higher and higher, reigniting my childhood belief that with just a few more tries I could possibly go completely around 184


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Elle MacPherson- The Body. The Brains. The Beauty of Living your best life. Katy Perry on Transcendental Meditation. July in The Hamptons.

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