It is a pleasure to introduce my readers to Elements Fitness, a boutique barre and dance fusion studio located in the Village of East Hampton steps away from the Village’s shopping and dining scene. I have been taking classes at Elements Fitness for the past month and am so thrilled with the method, class format, and energy that Founder and Director Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger brings to class. She is so personable and friendly with each client, greeting them before class, and bidding them farewell at the finish. During class, she is encouraging and upbeat, keeping each one of us focused and striving for our best output.
If you have never taken barre before or if you are a master at the barre, you must come to Elements Fitness. In all my four years of taking barre classes, I have never experienced an hour fly by so quickly as I have when taking Andrea’s classes. Her expertise and positive spirit are what make her classes so unique and so worthwhile. Below, read my exclusive interview with Andrea where we discuss her approach to teaching, the apparatuses of a barre class, and what are her refrigerator essentials pre and post-workout.
I am so thrilled to introduce you to one of my favorite jewelry brands, Idalia Baudo Jewelry. Each stunning piece in the collection is handmade in Tuscany, and has unique design patterns and textures of woven couture silver and gold mesh. Pieces are crafted from sterling silver, gold vermeil and rose gold. Best of all, each exquisite statement piece is affordable, with prices ranging from $80-$400. Each is so lightweight, feminine, and so soft to the touch.
Each signature design embodies contemporary chic with an edge of sexy and daring, ideal for wearing out to dinner, the theater, out with the girls, or that special event. The beautiful gift wrap even rivals that of world-renowned jewelry stores that line 5th and Madison Avenues. Below, read my exclusive interview with the Founder, Idalia Baudo. We discuss how the brand was founded, the inspiration behind her unique craftsmanship, and about her experience at Jill Zarin’s Lux Lunch.
It is a pleasure to introduce my readers to Nordic Beach, a company based in Southern California that has created a cozy, super-soft wrap jacket that can be worn year round. Their jackets currently come in three colors: Fluffy Gray, Fluffy Black, and Fluffy Frappe. These are perfect to wear everywhere: shopping, sporting events, yoga, work, a ski trip, the mountains, or anywhere you want to be comfy and cozy!
I love my Nordic Beach jacket so much! I will be wearing mine to the Hamptons International Film Festival this autumn, out to the park with my children, to the beach, and out shopping. The jacket is especially ideal for postpartum moms. When my son is born, the jacket will help protect him from the wind and the elements as I will be ‘wearing him’ as I am out and about.
I discovered CoFi Leathers just before I attended Jill Zarin’s 5th Annual Lux Luncheon in Southampton this summer. This refined and affordable genuine leather company, based out of Denver, sells an extensive collection of beautiful and unique clutches, cross-body bags, totes, wristlets, boots, shoes, and more. The name CoFi was created based off of the names of Founder Stephanie McTigue’s sons: “Co”lson and “Fi”nn. Each product created is named after family members or good friends.
To help launch the business and set the standards for impeccable quality, McTigue’s father, Clive, is a leather consultant and has been in the leather business for over 45 years. ‘He actively shares his extensive knowledge of leather manufacturing and product construction with McTigue to ensure that the CoFi brand not only represents style and individuality, but also upholds the highest quality.’ That notion became apparent to me right away as I was introduced to the company. I am in love with their chic and stylish collection that promotes a sense of individuality and confidence. For example, I own the Mollie Cross-Body Convertible Clutch in Rose Gold White and have received dozens of compliments ever since I started using it on a regular basis in July.
When I was a graduate student, commuting through and working in Manhattan, I unfortunately destroyed several pairs of flats while trudging through the city streets in all sorts of weather conditions, rain, sleet and snow. I could never predict the weather and always failed to wear my waterproof boots on the correct days. However, walking about the city in rubber boots and carrying a change of shoes was also quite difficult as I had my work and school materials with me at all times. Five years after I graduated and moved permanently to the East End, I was introduced to the most comfortable and stylish flats that are so ideal for travel, work, and leisure.
I discovered Ja-Vie’s stylish jelly flats at this year’s OCRFA Super Saturday, held in Watermill in July. Their booth was packed with customers and while I was visiting, I was able to find two styles that I loved. This was Ja-Vie’s second OCRFA Super Saturday. “We love the idea of helping the OCRFA and spreading the word about our shoes. We donated over 200 pairs!” says Ja-Vie Owner Kyra Kelly. “We will be back next year as well. It is an amazing event!”