Hamptons Fashion Week

Hamptons Fashion Week 2019 took place on main street in Bridgehampton, Sunday July 21st in the afternoon at the Bridgehampton Museum. The event showcased fashion, fashion designers, beauty products, entertainment, food and drinks. The designers showcased new brands and trends, some of which have never been seen before. Guests were greeted with music, white tents, colorful booths, and beach balls.

The booths represented Pura Vida Vitamins, Get Buzzn, BeautyPearlSkincare, Hampton Coffee, and Fedora Lounge. There were also complimentary vegan manicures from GHL Nails. Pura Vida Vitamins gave out free vitamin bags, and there were many booths with snacks and drinks for all of the guests to enjoy.

As the event went on, models showcased designer pieces for all to see. Some of the designers were Cesar Galinda, Hanh Merriman, Karnit Ahaoni, and Ellender. Some pieces were colorful and unique, and others were more casual and relaxed. The models stood next to a Ferrari and Maserati while showing off the designer pieces, both being auctioned off for the event.

Fashionistas sipped, strolled and shopped a plethora of luxe brands such as Get Buzzn, Michelle May New York, Dottie Bean Bags, Pura Vida Vitamins KVO Collection, J.Hilburn, Neelah Cashmere Scarves, Bobby Roache Eyewear, Crescala Showroom Guests will then Shop the Runway in exclusive pop up boutiques from KVO Collection, JHilburn, Neelah Cashmere Scarves, Venture Mom Handbags, Bobby Roache Eyewear, and Crescala Showroom.

An industry meet and greet with The Life’s a Beach Collection was a LIVE installation with Celebrity Designer Cesar Galindo including Kimora Lee Collection with runway models from Social-New York surrounding sleek white Ferrari’s at 3pm hosted by DCG Media Group which featured an array of colorful, flowy resort wear.

Sponsors included Pura Vida Vitamins, The Experience Auto Group, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Fedora Lounge, New York Beach House Catering Events, Poppin Patties, Beauty Pearl Care , Blow Bar and other lifestyle brands.

Images courtesy of Hamptons Fashion Week and Sarah Jannazzo

The fashion show was very enjoyable to watch and gave guests a look at the newest fashion trends. Proceeds went to The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which supports breast cancer healthcare and those affected by breast cancer on the East End of Long Island.


8th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala

On Saturday, July 20th, Charlotte McKinney hosted the 8th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala presented by Social Life and Escada. The sparkling event took place at the Bridgehampton Historical Museum, and a portion of the proceeds benefitted the museum.

Over 700 guests gathered and enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, champagne and specialty cocktails by Lessings. Revelers danced the night away to the upbeat sounds of DJ Lee Kalt, and perused and bid on the exciting items in the Go Charity silent auction. The venue was beautifully set up, under white tents with couches and tables as well as artwork on display. As it got darker, the gala also had colorful lights beneath the tent, creating a fun environment.

Escada Models

Attendees included Dr. Stephen Greenberg, Dr. Shawn Sadri, Martin Pepa and his wife Paige, Nicole Noonan, Tatum Peacock, and Janel Tanna.

At the St. Barth Hamptons Gala, there was an open bar with champagne and special cocktails, along with hors d’oeuvres for everyone to enjoy. All of the guests were socializing, taking photos, and dancing the night away. The music was perfect for the event, the venue was breathtaking, and the atmosphere was unbeatable. It was such an energetic crowd, making the gala more enjoyable. Everyone was a huge fan of the open bar, and many gathered there to hang out and chat throughout the night. The hors d’oeurves were delicious, especially the dessert!

Devorah Rose and Charlotte McKinney // Photo Credit: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

The event was presented by Escada who showcased their newest collection on models who were elevated on risers throughout the event. It was sponsored by Social Life, Diageo, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, Kimimi Swimwear, Crown of Light, and Go Charity.

Coming of age in the era of social media and reality TV, Charlotte McKinney is among a generation known for their chameleonic ability to adapt and reinvent to remain relevant and cutting-edge. In her cover story, Charlotte talks with Social Life about her love of the Hamptons, her favorite beauty treatments, modeling versus acting, her philanthropic passions, and more.

Polo Hamptons Match and Cocktail Party

The ‘Polo Hamptons Match and Cocktail Party’ was one for the books this year. The event was hosted by Christie Brinkley, an American model and face of July’s Social Life Magazine. The event took place in Bridgehampton, on Saturday, June 29th from 4-7:30pm in Bridgehampton. There were over 500 guests, an open bar, the polo match, hors ‘d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs, upbeat music, and preferred seating. It was a very warm sunny day, which made it perfect weather for the party.

The ‘Polo Hamptons Match and Cocktail Party’ took place under tents which were beautifully decorated underneath. Everyone was dressed beautifully, showcasing bright colors and patterns. We all gathered to watch the match, whether we knew the game or not. Everyone was enjoying themselves, laughing, drinking, taking photos, and soaking in the beautiful venue. Christie Brinkley was showcasing her Bellissima Prosecco; an organic, vegan sparkling wine as well, which many seemed to enjoy. 

The venue was tastefully decorated, with plants, artwork, and flowers beneath the tent. There was plenty of space to mingle, dance, and enjoy the match. The music was fantastic and made the vibe more relaxed. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, which made it even more enjoyable. The weather was warm and sunny, making it a perfect day to spend in the Hamptons. Overall, the ‘Polo Hamptons Match and Cocktail Party’ by Social Life Magazine was one to remember. 

The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening Benefitting Waxman Cancer

The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) took place this past Saturday, July 15th from 6:30-10pm at the Residence of Maria and Kenneth Fishel in Bridgehampton. Produced by Elissa Held, Hamptons Happening is always one of the much-anticipated summer social events, which this year honored luminaries in the world of cuisine, business, and fashion who are supporting the groundbreaking research of the SWCRF. Honorees were Chef Lidia Bastianich, Restaurateur (Owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Cantina, and Union Burger Bar) Ian Duke, Fashion Designer Nicole Miller, and Owner of The Baker House 1650, Antonella Bertello.  

More than 350 guests booked their “first class tickets” to the event’s Tour de Cuisine, enjoying food, wine, and spirit tastings representing some of their favorite culinary destinations from around the world including France, India, Italy, and more. “We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers, and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible,” said Samuel Waxman, MD, Founder and CEO of SWCRF.

“As a chef, I wish to be present, round the troops if you will, and rally the people and bring consciousness to the cause,” said Lidia Bastianich. “We need to conquer the cure for cancer. I originally met Dr. Waxman at one of my restaurants, and committed as an honoree a year ago. What makes Dr. Waxman so special is that he reaches out and he has different doctors [in specialized fields] collaborate on finding the cure for cancer. He is such a genuine individual and has the gift of God.”

Image and Header courtesy of Rossa Cole for Rob Rich

Guests enjoyed tastings from restaurant, food, and beverage purveyors including Backyard Brine, Bastianich, Becco, Calissa, City Chefs Catering, Five Senses Catering, Harmless Harvest, Candied Anchor, Maribelle, Owl’s Brew, Snackadabra, South Fork Bakery, Super Coffee, and many more. As guests entered, the first tent had a selection of passed hor d’oeuvres, wine, and spirits.  At the entertainment and auction station, complimentary Owls Brew beverages were laced on each of the guets’s chairs and inside the next tent where all of the food stations could be found, there was a full open bar.

Some of my favorite stations included the Nutella brownies and cookies, cookies by Grace Farms, and Campfire Crumbkins by Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Co., cuisine by Union Bar Burger, Lidia Bastianich, The Baker House 1650, and Saaz’s Indian food station. My favorite wine was Out East Rosé and Grieve Sauvignon Blanc. 

The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening is one of many events to attend throughout the year in support of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit their website below.


A Room At The Beach Bridgehampton

Just at the edge of the Village of Bridgehampton is A Room At The Beach, a new boutique hotel located within two miles of some of the Hamptons’ most beautiful beaches. The whimsical property is home to ten rooms, each meticulously designed by owner Lucy Swift Weber.

Founders Lucy Swift Weber and Charles Lemonides, a couple with a deep love of travel, have recreated each of the guest rooms to have their own personalities with furniture and decor that reflect the serenity of the Hamptons and evoke a sense of warmth and comfort.  Continue reading

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton

Set in the heart of Bridgehampton on Ocean Road and within walking distance to the Hampton Jitney stop and many local businesses is Almond Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is a longtime favorite of locals and visitors alike for many reasons. With a focus on a farm-to-table menu, a strong wine list, a genuinely friendly and knowledgeable staff, and lively conversations all evening long make for an excellent evening out.

Almond’s New American menu with a distinctive French influence showcases a colorful array of land and sea fare with notables including the famous Le Grande Macaroni and Cheese that is so creamy and aromatic (perfect for sharing amongst the table).

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Four Hamptons Restaurants Perfect for Singles

Roses may be red and violets may be blue, but February isn’t just for couples—it’s for singles, too! Whether you’re looking for a good night out or a good mate, these Hamptons restaurants are the perfect destination for anyone who is single and loving it or single and ready to mingle.

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Hamptons Valentine’s Day Dining

Deciding where to go for Valentine’s Day dinner can be harder than deciding on a life partner. Whether you wish to embrace a casual evening or do something a little fancy, here are our favorite Hamptons and North Fork restaurants that you and your partner are sure to love.

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Winter Wine Recommendations on the East End

‘Tis the season to drink and be merry, and there is nothing that pairs better with endless trays of tasty appetizers and nights spent curled up by the fire than the perfect bottle of wine. Set the milk and cookies aside this holiday and try one of these delicious vineyard favorites from around the North and South Forks.

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Holiday Decor Shopping in the Hamptons

If your home isn’t decked out in festive decor, is it really the holidays? Here are the best Hamptons shops to hit up for festive, fun and unique holiday decorations.

As soon as you enter The Garden Shop at Marders in Bridgehampton, you know you’re in a magical place. Bursting at the seams with elaborate decor and displays, your imagination will run wild in this holiday wonderland. From gorgeous table decor to wreaths (you can even design your own custom wreath), candle votives to ornaments, you’re sure to find everything you need to decorate your home this holiday season.

If you’re looking for ornaments that break the mold, Roller Rabbit (locations in both East Hampton and Southampton) is your place. With a variety of quirky ornaments (think green dancing monkeys, adorably festive elephants and charming top-hatted polar bears), you’re tree is sure to be a fun and unique showstopper. An added bonus? Their one-of-a-kind ornament designs all come in pajamas that the whole family can lounge in all season long.

Hosting a holiday dinner this year? Then a visit to Clic in East Hampton is a must. Opened by former stylist and Calypso founder, Christiane Celle, not only is every item in Clic expertly curated, but every item is more special than the next. Between the gorgeous table textiles, handblown glassware and handmade pottery items, your eyes and hands will be dancing with joy—when you shop at Clic, there’s no way your holiday table won’t be the center of attention.

For holiday linens and pillows that’ll make you and your guests smile (and want to snuggle up in front of a fireplace), check out the Lexington Company Concept Store in East Hampton. Here, you’ll find adorably festive linens (napkins, tablecloths and hand towels), cozy holiday mohair throws and charming sham pillows with holiday images and sayings. With the quirky holiday decor choices from here, your home will be as chic and jolly as Santa’s Workshop.

Although the Gift Shop at Charlie & Son’s in Amagansett is a go-to place for decor year-round, its holiday decor selection makes it a must-visit during the holiday season. Not only does this family owned business offer a spectacular Christmas tree selection and gorgeous, custom floral arrangements that will make for jaw-dropping centerpieces, but the carefully selected decor items in their Gift Shop will have everything you need to get your home ready for the holidays.

Topping Rose House: Long Island Restaurant Week 2018

Long Island Restaurant Week is happening this week from Sunday to Sunday November 4th to 11th. One of our first dining destinations was Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton this past Wednesday evening. Restaurant Week features eight days of deals, with prix-fixe dinners across Long Island for $29.95.

Topping Rose House is a regular dining destination of ours. The service, quality of ingredients, and dishes are consistent and always very memorable. We started with Raspberry Prosecco Bellinis, one of my go-to signature cocktails that I find refreshing anytime of year.

We chose the following two appetizers: Crispy Salmon Sushi: Chipotle Mayonnaise, Soy-Honey Glaze; and Truffle Butternut Risotto: Apple Chips. It was a popular night! We arrived at 7:15pm for our 7:30 reservation, and the house was packed, even more so than some evenings during the summer season. Therefore, I recommend making your reservations now for this weekend.

Both were excellent choices. The Sushi pairs beautifully with the Bellini and I just love the soft, crispy texture. Almost each time I visit Topping Rose House I order this dish. My ideal evening would be this dish with a glass of white wine.

Photo by Satin Sky Photo

For our entrees, we had the Smoked Lamb Ragu: Goat Cheese Gnudi, Crispy Garlic; and Peconic Bay Scallops (Supplement $12): Meyer Lemon Cauliflower, Caper Soffrito. We tried each other’s dishes and were very impressed. The Ragu is the perfect dish for this chilly weather we have upon us this weekend. The Peconic Bay Scallops of course were succulent and sweet. When you come out east, you must order this dish. Peconic Bay Scallops are considered “the prize” of the East End and it is as local as local gets.

Our desserts also included two of my favorites: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Caramelized Oats and Blood Orange, and Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. We finished with chocolate truffles and miniature cookies, complements of the kitchen.

On Saturdays, please note that the reservations must be made by 7pm, until when Restaurant Week has to be offered.

Five Favorite Activities on Long Island this November

As we approach Thanksgiving where cuffing season is in full swing and families join around the fireplace to share stories and pumpkin pie, Long Island is where to be. Below we’ve culled our five favorite activities you and your loved ones can do together this November.

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Visit the East End on a Budget

When you head to the East End—whether it’s for a day, weekend or week-long visit—you know you’ll be splurging on luxe food, top-notch drinks and many different activities; the price of which all add up quickly. Not looking to spend your whole paycheck on all of the above? Here are the best ways to save on money without sacrificing East End fun.

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RAND Luxury Brunch with Ferrari & Maserati 2018

RAND Luxury’s private Hamptons charity brunch in collaboration with Ferrari and Maserati of Long Island took place this past Saturday, August 18th from 11am-3pm. The exclusive, invitation-only brunch took place at the Bridgehampton estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel and benefited The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation which is dedicated to finding cures for cancer.

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