The height of the wedding season is already upon us! Around this time of year, many of you are deciding on the perfect gift to present to the bride and groom for their new home. This August, it will be five years since my husband and I got married on the North Fork at Vineyard Caterers. All of the gifts we received we still utilize on a regular basis and each item holds a special meaning in our hearts.
To make your gift even sweeter, I recently discovered a company called Picnic Time founded by Mario Tagliati and Gustavo Cosaro (partners are Danny Corbucci and Paul Cosaro). Picnic Time sells a wide variety of unique household items from barware and picnic baskets to BBQ tools and cooler totes. I guarantee you will find the perfect wedding gift among their products! I had the pleasure of being sent the following choice gifts for review: the Bristol Picnic Basket, Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set, and the Symphony Appetizer Serving Set.
Harbor Bistro is the restaurant everyone should be dining at this summer. Why? Their eclectic seafood-focused menu with an Asian, South American and Mediterranean influence has a plate in mind for everyone, the service is top notch, your dining experience is paired with an unforgettable of the marina and sunset, and their 3-course prix fixe for $29 is very reasonable for the Hamptons. You can easily bike ride here from the Village, as the location is three miles north of the Village’s North Main Street.
My husband and I frequent their sister restaurant, Harbor Grill, on a regular basis all year round. Our favorite dish their is the calamari appetizer, that is also available to order at Harbor Bistro. I also highly recommend Harbor Bistro for its spectacular al fresco dining, happy hour, and raw bar.
Last week, my daughter and I visited The Apron Cafe at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton for the first time. The Apron Cafe has been in business for two years come this July. This just-like-home eatery has some of the most exceptional waitstaff and management I have been served by in a very long time. Each member of the staff is so kind, friendly and genuine. I felt very at ease dining and watching the planes land and take off. It was an enriching experience for my daughter, as we pointed to each of the planes we saw, stating the type of aircraft and color.
I loved the detail of the airplanes hanging on the wall; it reminded me of my grandpa who made wooden model airplanes and had an impressive collection of handmade planes. As I looked over the extensive menu, I particularly love the phrase: “Please be patient and rest assured, your meal is being prepared with the utmost love and respect. So please put down your phone and talk to the people you came here with.” We are all found guilty of this bad habit. It is okay to admit that we check our phones constantly. I think this is a very positive reminder to enjoy life in the now and make the most of your time with family and friends.
Just in time for the summer revelry on the East End, one of my favorite restaurants on Shelter Island, Red Maple at The Chequit Inn, is now serving lunch on Saturdays and Brunch on Sundays. Red Maple’s lunch and brunch service showcases seasonally-inspired menus to be enjoyed inside the spacious, yet intimate dining room or on the charming patio al fresco. Red Maple’s home, The Chequit, is a stylish retreat that is open year round and within walking distance to many boutiques, historic sites, and the North Ferry.
Last Saturday was cool and calm. It was so lovely to see the cheerful pieces of furniture out on the front porch as well as the dining chairs outside. The Chequit is so stylish and full of life, and yet it is also a peaceful spot to escape the city and the hoards of crowds you find on the Hamptons’ main streets.
I started to become more aware of my personal style when I graduated from NYU in 2012. Before that time, I could be spotted walking through Manhattan in dark jeans, UGG boots, a chunky oversized sweater, and a knitted beanie cap. I wore mostly neutral colors and I never liked my clothes to stand out. I remember when I began attending briefings at the United Nations, my friends were always so stylish with their stilettos, chiffon floral blouses, pencil skirts, and I would arrive in khakis and an Oxford shirt.
I broke the mold and created my own refined, laid-back style once I settled in the Hamptons full time. My favorites are nautical prints, bright pink tops, skirts and dresses, as well as Breton tops, fitted dresses, and first and foremost, pieces that are comfortable and breathable. Below I have picked out six examples of my typical summer outfits. I intend to do this post once a month to showcase even more style ideas for your Hamptons season.