Inaugural Edmiston Charity Chukka In The Hamptons with Polo Icon Nacho Figueras

On Saturday, August 17th, Edmiston Yachts and polo icon Nacho Figueras hosted the first annual Edmiston Charity Chukka, presented by luxury destination Amaala, at the Ashkenazy family estate in Water Mill. Supported by Feadship, NetJets, Hublot, de Grisogono, Overfinch, Berkeley Travel, Zang Toi, and other venerable partners, benefitting Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Continue reading

St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons 2019

The fifth annual St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons event was held on Saturday, July 13th at the outstanding horse training and boarding facility known as Pinnacle Farm in Water Mill. This year’s Honorary Chair was none other than Georgina Bloomberg, the equestrian and philanthropist who was thankful to all the supporters that came out to attend the exciting yet important event.  The evening raised over $393,620 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other diseases.   

This year, the benefit gala featured a world-class horse jumping competition as the sun slowly lowered over the course during the cocktail hour.  Over 500 guests were served champagne and rosé wine as they watched the puissance and six bar jumping contest.  Later, under a beautifully decorated tent everyone enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner featuring grilled salmon, roasted chicken, steak and salads. Many guests danced to a live band anda live auction was led by auctioneer Pat Tully.  There was also a silent auction that included beautiful items from Tiffany jewelry to an Hermés scarf, a Diane von Furstenberg dress, a custom-fitted men’s suit by Knot Standard, and a J. McLaughlin Annie leather tote — one of my favorites.

Lexey Hall, credit: Lexey Hall Photography

Laura Bowery, a Hampton’s professional rider and trainer, served as the event chair, and the evening’s master of ceremonies was Jimmy Torano.  The committee members included Cindy Barshop, Ike and Sarah Birdsal, Barbara Borg, Jay Cardiello, Steve Clarke, Christine Clemens, Jo Ann Comfort, Mollie Duggal, Jessica von Hagn, Aleksandra Kardwell, Debra and Neil Rego, Elisabeth Santana and Pat Sliwenski.  Among the Six Bar competition riders were Peter Leone, Jonathan Corrigan, Laura Bowery, Lucy Deslauriers, Germaine Dougherty and Adam Cramer. 

The event was created by Water Mill’s Dave and Sue Birdsall. Their grandson, Drew, was just two years old when he was found to have acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Drew was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and underwent two and a half years of chemotherapy treatments. 

Since the first St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons in 2015, generous donors have raised more than $1.6 million. Thanks to events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. 

St. Jude’s purpose is: Finding cures. Saving children.®  It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Generous sponsors included The Borg Family, People’s United Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hampton Pool Company, Grounded World, Duggal Visual Solutions, and David and Sybil Yurman who were among the guests.  The beautiful floral arrangements were designed by ES Blooms. Guests received a fabulous lip color gift from Lancôme Paris to take home – I can’t wait for next year!

To join the St. Jude mission or to make a donation visit http://www.stjude.org

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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Best Fall Drinks on the East End

The East End is home to many local coffee shops where you can indulge in your fall cravings with deliciously decorated autumn inspired classics as well as several creative renditions with a dash of local flavor and personality.

Here’s a round up of the best beverages throughout the East End that’ll fulfill all of your fall fantasies—think apple, cinnamon, maple and of course, pumpkin.

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10 Best Things I Ate in 2017

2017 was very generous when it came to how many sensational, memorable plates I enjoyed. It was quite tough to narrow it down to just ten but there is no doubt you will enjoy these as well. From a wood fired pizza I came back for at least five times to a homemade autumn-inspired lasagna, here are my ten Best Things I Ate in 2017.

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OCRFA Super Saturday 2017

The 20th annual OCRFA Super Saturday was such a success! The famous ‘shop till you drop’ event took place this past Saturday, July 29th from 12-6pm in Watermill at Nova’s Ark. The VIP hour was from 12-1pm; general admission commenced at 1pm. This year’s event was hosted by Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan, Gabby Karan de Felice, Molly Sims, and Rachel Zoe, and presented by QVC. Over 2,000 people attended including supporters and their families, designers, celebrities, editors, media, and fashion lovers. Super Saturday raised over $3 million for OCRFA’s ovarian cancer research and support programs! I am honored to once again attend this stunning event and help contribute and spread the word about such an important cause. Donna Karan and Liz Tilberis, the late and beloved Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and President of OCRF created the event in 1998. Donna Karan has sponsored and hosted the event since its founding, and Kelly Ripa has been a co-host since 2004.

This all-day event is one of the most organized Hamptons summer events. The event was very well-attended despite the crisp bite in the air and anticipation of rain. Thankfully, the wind did not last long and we did not receive any rain during the event. It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day during the last three hours. I arrived promptly just in time for the 12pm VIP entrance. There were already at least two hundred people on line eager and ready to get in and start shopping. Once we all entered, I first stopped by the Conair Beauty Bar, grabbed a refreshment, and then headed in to the big tent for some shopping.

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St. Jude’s Hope in the Hamptons 2017

St. Jude’s third annual Hope in the Hamptons took place this past Saturday, July 15th in Watermill at the home of Sue and Dave Birdsall. The Birdsall Family honored their family member, Drew, who was diagnosed with leukemia in June of 2013. After three and a half years of treatment at St. Jude, Drew is cancer free and back to being a kid again. “We know that St. Jude could not continue without the wonderful people [here tonight]. We cannot express how much this means to all of us.” -The Birdsall Family. Before St. Jude opened in 1962, the survival rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were 4%. Today, the survival rate is 94%.

The event brought together over 500 guests to celebrate and support the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hamptons Haute once again beautifully catered the event, serving delectable passed hor d’oeuvres, wine, cocktails, and dinner. Continue reading

Drink It Tuesday: Tickle Water

Cheers to the upcoming summer! I am thrilled to reintroduce my readers to one of my favorite child-friendly beverage companies, Tickle Water. My favorite characteristic of Tickle Water is that it is perfect for small hands, meaning that it will be ideal for my daughter to bring with her to school and activities. Her favorite is the watermelon and green apple. She calls the Watermelon flavored water “owl bubbles.” It is so cute when she laughs after each sip. We enjoy Tickle Water together during the afternoon while at our pool. The size is also compact and lightweight for bringing to the beach. The tickly taste is so refreshing!

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Third Annual St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons

It is my pleasure, on behalf of St. Jude, to my invite all of my readers to the 3rd Annual St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons, celebrating the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will be held on Deerfield Road in Watermill on Saturday, July 15th from 6-10:30pm. Guests will enjoy cocktails, farm fresh fare, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment. Wear country chic attire with comfortable shoes for plenty of dancing.
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Super Saturday 2016

The 19th annual Hamptons Super Saturday to benefit OCRFA: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance took place this past Saturday, July 30th at Nova’s ARK Project in Watermill. This was my third Super Saturday event, and since 2014, have considered it to be my favorite event of the summer. Everything is all in one place: great food, games, children’s activities, an open bar, the best gift bag for VIPs, beauty bars, contests, rides, and of course lots and lots of shopping for designer duds at deeply discounted prices. My favorite aspect of the event is Camp Divalysscious curated by Lyss Stern, where my family and I spent our most time.

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My Five Favorite Hamptons Fitness Classes

One of, if not the most frequently asked question I am presented with is how do I eat what I eat and stay in shape? First and foremost, I take great care with the portions I consume during each meal. Most of the time I have leftovers from dining out that I have for lunch and or dinner the next day, and I keep myself hydrated by drinking at least ten to twelve glasses of water a day. Much of my energy level and figure is attributed to my vigorous fitness regiment. I exercise six days a week for three to four hours a day: everything from running, walking with resistance, stretching, and weight training.

I will give you a sneak peek into my weekly exercise routine by highlighting my five favorite fitness boutiques and classes in the Hamptons.
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Drink It Tuesday: Mi-Sook’s Ginger Tea

A simple, down-to-earth, and healthy local beverage is just what the Hamptons needed. Local East Hampton resident and friend, Mi-Sook Dickinson, created Mi-Sook’s Ginger Tea. The chilled ginger and honey can be enjoyed every single day and is made by hand in small batches. Her daughter, Jacqueline Dickinson, assists in crafting the tea and make over 100 bottles weekly.

The concept for creating the business began in 2000 when Mi-Sook worked at the Ross School. Staff at the school would occasionally catch colds and would approach Dickinson for her help. She then extending her skill outside her home and began making the ginger tea for colleagues and friends. A few days after enjoying a bottle of her tea, they would express how well and rejuvenated they felt. Each sip perks you up and gives your immune system a “pep talk.” Continue reading

White Fences Inn

With its prime location just off of Montauk highway in Watermill, White Fences Inn has quickly become the sought after bed and breakfast destination. Set in the heart of the Hamptons, White Fences Inn boasts five luxurious rooms: three guest rooms and two suites. Owned by Eric and Liz Brodar along with their adorable puppy dog, Bailey, they first opened White Fences in July of 2015. After the finishing touches on the historic home’s addition were complete on September 15th 2015, the three additional guest rooms were ready for guests (Little Cobb, Mecox, and Halsey Suite). Each room offers a modern gas fireplace, private bathroom with a shower, soaking tubs in all but one bathroom, heated floor, flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi, high end Malin & Goetz toiletries, Frette & Matouk linens, robes and slippers, hairdryer, and central air conditioning with individual controls. The inn is within walking distance to the Watermill Hampton Jitney stop, the beaches, museums, fitness studios, and boutique shops.

“We knew we wanted to come to New York and be by the water,” explains Liz Brodar. “We grew up here and our family grew up in New York, and we knew we wanted to offer something more upscale in the sense of style [as] most inns are older and traditional.”

The property and house where White Fences Inn is now located was originally for sale during the recession in 2010. The Brodars went to Maine and bought an existing bed and breakfast in the Kennebunks and completed a full restoration. The price had dropped on the Watermill location, and they made the purchase and relocated to the East End.
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10 Best Things I Ate in 2015

This past year, I had the incredible honor this year of discovering dozens of new culinary artisans, restaurants, farm stands, boutique bed and breakfasts, and so much more. I had the opportunity to sit down at over three dozen new restaurants that I had never before dined at, and partook in over two dozen benefits, galas, and functions, and a special cheers to the most thrilling summer in the Hamptons and North Fork.

East End Taste in 2015 was an immense success, and 2016 will be even better! I am looking forward to sharing new tastings from my gastronomic journey across the East End and beyond. From comfort classics to homemade creations, below are my top ten “Best Things I Ate in 2015.”

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