Hamptons Wellness Week Jan 12 to 17 – Discount Workouts And Healthy Life coaching
January 7, 2014 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

If you need a little help with your New Years Resolution to get fit and healthy, Hamptons Wellness week January 12 – 17  is your jump start.

Hamptons Wellness Week consists of $5 fitness classes at over 15 premiere fitness studios between Montauk and Westhampton, evening lectures and learning, coaching and connecting, and, of course, celebrating. Kiley Sabatino of One Healthy Hamptons seeks to celebrate wellness and make health more accessible throughout the community.  This is your chance to try all sorts of …

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Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival: Top Palm Beach Restaurants To Try This Season
January 8, 2014 – 4:13 pm | One Comment

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival

By Heather Buchanan

Photos by LILA PHOTO

They say that too many chefs in the kitchen is a bad thing but at the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival that proved quite untrue.  When it’s Daniel Boulud, David Burke, and Todd English all you can say is “I’m in.”  Taste buds were percolating in anticipation and promises of pilates and green juicing quickly went out the window in favor of a foie gras hotdog and baba with rum gelée and vanilla Chantilly.

For snowbirds heading south take note that the event serves as a preview for what’s in store for the culinary season in Palm Beach at some of the most picturesque settings.

Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud

At the opening Daniel & Friends presented by Regions Private Wealth Management guests were surprised and delighted to see Daniel Boulud himself preparing delectable nibbles at Cafe Boulud.  The courtyard of the Brazilian Court Hotel with its signature fountain set a definite Garden of Eden tone and if original sin involves fine wine and oysters, guests were ready to listen to the snake. Read the full story »

Top Palm Beach Hotels: The Brazilian Court
December 18, 2013 – 8:35 am | No Comment
Top Palm Beach Hotels: The Brazilian Court

A few reasons to take a trip south:  it’s dark in the middle of the day; Uggs are the new stilettos; you’ve watched every episode of Homeland (twice); your cat is giving you a dirty look because you’ve used all the kitty litter to melt the snow in the driveway.

Luckily a glamorous retreat awaits you in a lush tropical setting, The Brazilian Court Hotel in the heart of Palm Beach. Built in 1926, the classic Spanish-Mediterranean style hotel holds a …

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East Hampton House and Garden Tour Nov. 29, 30 2013
November 22, 2013 – 8:02 am | No Comment
East Hampton House and Garden Tour Nov. 29, 30 2013

The East Hampton Historical Society is proud to announce their 2013 House & Garden Tour, showcasing some of the finest examples of historic and modern architecture in the Hamptons.  This year’s tour – comprised of five unique homes – is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
A kick-off Cocktail Party on the evening of Friday, November 29, welcomes in this year’s highly anticipated House Tour. This annual event, now in its 29th year, is traditionally held over Thanksgiving weekend, …

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Hamptons International Film Festival: A Conversation With Plot For Peace Subject Jean Yves Ollivier
October 19, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Hamptons International Film Festival: A Conversation With Plot For Peace Subject Jean Yves Ollivier

By Heather Buchanan
At the Hamptons International Film Festival you never know what fascinating world figures you will encounter.  I had the chance to sit down with the subject of the film Plot For Peace, Jean Yves Ollivier to get an inside view of his ace diplomatic negotiation skills
In this fascinating portrait of underground diplomatic negotiations one mysterious French business man emerges as an unsung hero.  Jean-Ives Ollivier, a native of Algeria, single handedly and at his own expense brings together disparate factions …

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Hamptons International Film Festival 2013: Films You Should Discover
October 8, 2013 – 6:15 am | No Comment
Hamptons International Film Festival 2013: Films You Should Discover

By Heather Buchanan
While the Hamptons International Film Festival is known for its uncanny ability to predict academy award winners and preview those films at the festival there are also a host of other wonderful movies to discover.  Artistic Director David Nugent and his talented programming team have combed the globe for some gems.  Here are a few HipHamptons favorites to put on your radar.

Plot For Peace
Director: Carlos Agullo
In this fascinating portrait of underground diplomatic negotiations one mysterious French business man emerges as …

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Topping Rose House Autumn Orchard Festival Oct. 5,6
October 1, 2013 – 4:10 am | No Comment
Topping Rose House Autumn Orchard Festival Oct. 5,6

This Saturday/Oct 5 and Sunday/Oct 6, Topping Rose House will host an Autumn Orchard Festival, celebrating the start of the fall season.
Topping Rose House welcomes adults and kids to partake in the festivities at Topping Rose House’s orchard. Family-friendly activities include pumpkin decorating, making caramel apples, farm tours and activities. Mulled cider, local beer, cider doughnuts and grilled sausages and veggies will be served.
The Autumn Orchard Festival takes place both Sat/Oct 5 and Sun/Oct 6 from 12pm to 3pm. Admission is all-inclusive, $35 for adults, and $15 …

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Designer Kitty Clay – Opens Her First Signature Store in Southampton Village
September 18, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment
Designer Kitty Clay – Opens Her First Signature Store in Southampton Village

Designer Kitty Clay shares her personal picks from the international world of décor in her chic, new eponymous boutique in Southampton Village at 27 West Main Street.
Part renaissance woman, part rebel, Kitty has a vast curatorial experience in design that spans the globe, appreciating European masters, yet thrilling in the discovery of grass roots artisans.  Looking at her impressive résumé you might expect a grande dame but instead are greeting by a vibrant, yoga loving lady who thinks nothing of putting her …

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Travel: Anguilla is Perfect For Lovers
September 3, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment
Travel: Anguilla is Perfect For Lovers

By Coral King
Photos By Mark Sherman
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Anguilla for our summer vacation.  I first heard about the pristine island with the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches at the Bridgehampton Polo Challenge, so we ventured on a four day weekend departing New York early on Friday.  As we arrived in St. Marteen, we took a semi private boat with six other tourists over to Anguilla.  We were then greeted by a representative of our hotel, Cap Juluca, and …

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Hamptons Healers: Aimee Raupp Acupuncture and Fertility Treatments
August 29, 2013 – 8:39 am | No Comment
Hamptons Healers: Aimee Raupp Acupuncture and Fertility Treatments

In the modern, stressed, toxic, “there’s no time for me” world we live in, women (and men) are facing health challenges.  Your secret of success for feeling and looking well is Hamptons healer Aimee Raupp author of Chill Out & Get Healthy.  And if your hormones are amok or you’re looking to increase your fertility now or for the future or deal with decreasing hormones she is the expert.
A licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and book author Aimee Raupp is a woman’s health and …

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Hamptons Seaside Bling – Adornia Jewelry Pop-Up Sail
August 20, 2013 – 9:16 am | No Comment
Hamptons Seaside Bling – Adornia Jewelry Pop-Up Sail

ADORNIA jewelry took high fashion to the high seas in Montauk with their pop-up sail aboard the SS Adornia, a vintage luxury catamaran to preview their latest collection The Palms on models clad in swimsuits by 6 Shore Road.
You know your jewelry is a hot commodity when a man on a neighboring boat jumps overboard to swim with his VISA to your pop up store on a yacht to make a purchase.  The soggy gentleman figured if he could swim while holding …

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Watchcase Condos Premiere with Posh Parties
August 19, 2013 – 7:02 am | No Comment
Watchcase Condos Premiere with Posh Parties

All eyes have been on the Watchcase condominium development in Sag Harbor and getting an invitation to one of their events is a way to act as if you are already one of the lucky owners.
Jay McInerney, noted author and wine authority, hosted a small gathering at Cape Advisors’s Watchcase to do a tasting of rosés and read from his book The Juice.
Jay conducted a blind tasting of four different rosé wines, Provence vs. Long Island. Guests tasted two wines from Long Island …

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Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink Saturday August 17th
August 14, 2013 – 6:38 am | No Comment
Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink Saturday August 17th

This Saturday August 17th three of our favorite things come together – Pink, Paddle Boarding, and Posh Parties.  Raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the 2nd Annual Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink features special guests Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton and is Co-Chaired by Maria and Larry Baum and Lisa and Richard Perry.
The day starts with a paddle board race at 8am at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.  A very special sunset fundraising party will be held at the …

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Think Pink: Ellen Hermanson Foundation Fundraising Weekend
August 13, 2013 – 5:20 am | No Comment
Think Pink: Ellen Hermanson Foundation Fundraising Weekend

It’s a whole weekend of PINK.  The Ellen Hermanson Foundation which created a legacy to support women with breast cancer and established a center at Southampton Hospital will get you walking, running, dancing and even eating to help the cause.
The Pink Apron event on Saturday August 17th features delectable from celebrity chefs then on Sunday August 18th there is the 5K run/walk Ellen’s Run starting at 9am.  For more information and tickets. www.ellensrun.org.

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Harvest East End August 24th – Start Your Tastebuds
August 6, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment
Harvest East End August 24th – Start Your Tastebuds

4th ANNUAL HARVEST EAST END
PRESENTED BY WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Celebrates 40 Years of Winemaking in Long Island Wine Country

Moves to the North Fork
Evening to Honor Long Island’s Louisa Hargrave & John Ross

Joshua Wesson to Emcee

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Discover The Watermill Center – Open House Sun August 11
August 6, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment
Discover The Watermill Center – Open House Sun August 11

If you haven’t been to the Watermill Center you are missing one of the amazing artistic treasures of the Hamptons.  International artists use the center as a creative retreat to pursue their crafts and audiences are invited for performances and works in progress.  On Sunday August 11, 2013 from 3 – 6pm you are invited to their annual open house with free admission to the public.  Open your mind and get ready for an experience.

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East Hampton Author’s Night – Literary Stars Shine Saturday August 10th
August 4, 2013 – 6:40 am | No Comment
East Hampton Author’s Night – Literary Stars Shine Saturday August 10th

On Saturday, August 10, 2013, the East Hampton Library will present its 9th Annual Authors Night benefit event.
As a library card carrying enthusiast – I can attest this is a wonderful literary event.  OMG. Put down your smart phone.  Turn off reality TV.  Tune into really great books and great authors.  By the end of the evening you might even be using three syllable words and full sentences!  Come for the cocktail portion or better yet sign up for an intimate literary …

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GAME ON! BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO CLUB OPENS ITS 2013 SEASON
August 3, 2013 – 6:49 am | One Comment
GAME ON!  BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO CLUB OPENS ITS 2013 SEASON

Summer winds ushered in the 17th annual season opener of Bridgehampton Polo at Two Trees Farms in Bridgehampton, New York on Saturday July 20thwhere Peter Brant’s team White Birch emerged victorious over Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas with a score of 11 to 5.  Peter Brant who is the Co-Founder of the Bridgehampton Polo Club commented, “Once again we have drawn a group of first rate high-goal teams made up of some of the top players from all over the world.  We invite …

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Topping Rose House – Wine and Oyster specials
August 1, 2013 – 1:21 pm | One Comment
Topping Rose House – Wine and Oyster specials

Insider news at the Topping Rose House :

Today marks the debut of the Raw Bar at Topping Rose House, serving a variety of East Coast oysters from the nearby Blue Island Oyster Company.
Guests at the restaurant at Topping Rose House can watch as fresh oysters are shucked on the back porch of the restored Bridgehampton mansion, while enjoying views of the lush property with a cocktail or glass of wine.  A complimentary glass of Topping Rose House Rosé from Lieb Cellars (we are …

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Best Hamptons Spas – La Don Spa Opens in Wainscott
July 30, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment
Best Hamptons Spas – La Don Spa Opens in Wainscott

If you’re looking for one of the hidden best Hamptons spas, you can head to Wainscott and feel like you are walking into an exotic spa right out of Indochine.  La Don was created by Thuyen Nguyen to feel like a beautifully decorated Far East meets East End oasis.  Nguyen wanted to raise the bar on Hamptons spas for his clients who enjoy the intimacy and exclusivity of the private setting.  “I wanted to avoid a retail setting that felt cold or …

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James Beard Foundation Chefs and Champagne® New York 2013 – In a Word – Yumm
July 23, 2013 – 7:08 am | No Comment
James Beard Foundation Chefs and Champagne® New York 2013 – In a Word – Yumm

The James Beard Foundation Chefs and Champagne® New York 2013 held Saturday at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack has become a destination like Woodstock for foodies but with much better behaved attendees.  It’s an all-star lineup of 35 of the top chefs of New York, the East End and beyond, and for the devoted tasters they wish it would go on for days.
Libations included Champagne Charles de Cazanova Brut NV, Wolffer Estate Vineyard Wines, and beers at the Taste of Belgium Café …

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The Best of Art Hamptons 2013 – Artists To Watch
July 19, 2013 – 3:30 pm | 97 Comments
The Best of Art Hamptons 2013 – Artists To Watch

By Heather Buchanan
In its sixth year Art Hamptons was a rousing success with over 14,000 viewers taking in sumptuous works at the 78 galleries from 11 countries held at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton.
Rick Friedman Executive Director and Founder of Art Hamptons stated, “We had the perfect mix of art and activities that offered both the art buyer and those seeking a fun day something to enjoy.  ArtPolo, Tesla test drives, the 35th anniversary Hamptons Magazine Party, and the fun Hamptons Tea Dance …

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James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne® New York Saturday July 20th, 2013
July 18, 2013 – 2:02 pm | No Comment
James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne® New York Saturday July 20th, 2013

Goodness knows there’s a lot of commitment phobia going around the Hamptons this summer.  Well there is one event where you are encouraged to play the field, explore different options, and spread the love.  When there are thirty five top chefs in the house, this is no time for monogamy.
The James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne® New York will be held at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack this Saturday July 20th with a VIP Experience starting at 5pm and the main event …

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A Victory Dance For Hamptons Tea Dance 2013
July 16, 2013 – 6:06 am | No Comment
A Victory Dance For Hamptons Tea Dance 2013

Not even the threat of rain could affect the size of the crowd or DJ Lady Bunny’s hair at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Hamptons Tea Dance.
There was a lot to celebrate this year with two victories in the Supreme Court, including the defeat of DOMA.   The plaintiff in that case, Edie Windsor, put in an appearance at the event was a huge crowd favorite.

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Hamptons Fireworks 2013
July 4, 2013 – 9:40 am | No Comment
Hamptons Fireworks 2013

The key to enjoying these displays is to arrive at your destination early to get parking and a prime viewing spot.  Bring blankets and beach chairs.  If you know anyone with a boat, now is the time to start buttering them up for a potential seaside seat.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3rd
North Sea Fire Department – 9 pm at Fireman’s Field
THURSDAY, JULY 4th
Westhampton Beach – 9pm
Can be seen throughout the Village!
Montauk Chamber of Commerce – 9pm – 10pm
Umbrella Beach – Best viewed from any Ocean …

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Vered Gallery – Hamptons Independence Day Silent Auction
June 28, 2013 – 2:13 pm | No Comment
Vered Gallery – Hamptons Independence Day Silent Auction

For the art lover there are is a special silent auction which ends July 7th at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton that allows you not just to look but to buy.
Vered is celebrating the 15thst Annual Independence Day Silent Auction which continues thru July 7th.  Vered’s Auction closes at the Last Bid Closing Party Sunday, July 7th 3-5pm. This year the auction will benefit The Chabads of East Hampton and of Southampton.

There are a vast array of items to choose from.
The 2013 silent …

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Wolffer Wine Stand Welcomes Tango Conspiracy June 22
June 19, 2013 – 1:20 pm | One Comment
Wolffer Wine Stand Welcomes Tango Conspiracy June 22

Jimena Fama brings her tango with a twist music to Wolffer Vineyard for Sunset Saturday on June 22 from 5 to sunset.  What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than a great Latin groove with Tango Conspiracy.  Check out the Wolffer Wine Stand on the Montauk Highway in Sagaponack for live music every Friday and Saturday at sunset and at the main vineyard on Thursday evening.
Jimena has an impressive resume for one so young. Let’s just say she’s super cool.

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Hamptons New Restaurants – FRESH Leads The Way
May 20, 2013 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Hamptons New Restaurants – FRESH Leads The Way

Executive Chef Todd Jacobs has created one of the best new Hamptons restaurants of 2013, living up to its name FRESH in many ways.  Fresh offers an innovative menu sure to please any vegans, vegetarians, or gluten free dieters with plenty to satisfy carnivores and gastronomical gluttons.  Jacobs invites you to enjoy the great flavor and energy packed into the menu.

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Hamptons Benefit Season 2013 Kicks Off With Planned Parenthood May 26
May 14, 2013 – 8:58 am | No Comment
Hamptons Benefit Season 2013 Kicks Off With Planned Parenthood May 26

In a season of glamorous Hamptons fundraisers some stand out.  Because it’s personal.   For women of many different generations their first love stories involved a trip to Planned Parenthood.  At the Planned Parenthood benefits many successful women recount how the organization is still near and dear to their hearts.  For many women the only the health insurance they can afford is high doses of Vitamin C.  It is essential to support organizations such as Planned Parenthood which serves so many in this …

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Hamptons Holidays 2012 – Finding the Bright Light
December 19, 2012 – 1:46 pm | One Comment
Hamptons Holidays 2012 – Finding the Bright Light

I have been sitting on Santa’s lap for decades now whispering my desires in his ear.  Sometimes my wishes are noble like helping a friend’s talented daughter get a scholarship to art school and other times completely frivolous (you haven’t lived until you’ve gotten a faux mink car ice scraper.)  For  those of us in the Hamptons we have many reasons to count our blessings.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to light up the Hamptons holiday season.

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Best Hamptons Dermatologist: Dr. Elliot T. Weiss Is Your Best Defense Against Skin Cancer
November 28, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment
Best Hamptons Dermatologist:  Dr. Elliot T. Weiss Is Your Best Defense Against Skin Cancer

By Heather Buchanan
Okay, so maybe you weren’t the girl slathered in baby oil with the foil face sun reflector but that doesn’t mean you are not at risk for skin cancer.  According to a 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of women under age 40 diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma has more than doubled in 30 years while cases of squamous cell carcinoma among women under 40 increased almost 700 percent.  And that’s when global warming …

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Hamptons Thanksgiving 2013 – Best Ways to Enjoy and Escape Your Family
November 21, 2012 – 10:47 am | No Comment
Hamptons Thanksgiving 2013 – Best Ways to Enjoy and Escape Your Family

By Heather Buchanan
For a happy Hamptons Thanksgiving we have a few HipHamptons Do’s & Don’ts as well as a list of great activities for the weekend.
Don’t mess with the stuffing –
Let’s face it – It’s not really about the turkey, it’s about what’s inside.  The family wants the old fashioned stuffing served every year.  Don’t go all crazy on it with truffles, dates, and cognac.  Your family will be upset… for a while.
Don’t play with the turkey parts –
Yes it seems super …

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Turning Twenty: The 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival
September 27, 2012 – 6:47 am | No Comment
Turning Twenty: The 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival

By Heather Buchanan
There’s a lot of buzz around the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival running from Oct. 4th to 8th.  What was once perceived as a serious bunch dressed in black has turned into one of the chicest international crowds.  Now in its twentieth year the festival has reached a maturity and has honed its eye.  Academy Award winning films like Slumdog Millionaire, Black Swan, The King’s Speech and The Artist have all previewed here as well as many of the winners …

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Harvest East End – Your Guide to the Best Hamptons Restaurants and Vineyards
August 28, 2012 – 10:55 am | No Comment
Harvest East End – Your Guide to the Best Hamptons Restaurants and Vineyards

By Heather Buchanan
Greetings at the third annual Harvest East End Food and Wine Classic went something like this:
“Orlmmm, yermm, hold on a sec and let me get a napkin.”  With so many delectable edibles and fine wines, it was literally hard to get a word in edgewise. Organized by Merliance and the Long Island Wine Council and presented by Wine Spectator, Harvest East End was the epicurean destination, held this year at the regal Hampton Classic show grounds.

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Bridgehampton Polo Finale – Saving The Best For Last
August 28, 2012 – 7:49 am | No Comment
Bridgehampton Polo Finale – Saving The Best For Last

by Heather Buchanan
Photos Rob Rich www.societyallure.com
Bridgehampton Polo celebrated the grand finale of its 16th season on Saturday August 25th with a fabulous field-side flourish.  Team CIRCA emerged victorious over White Birch by a score of 11 to 10 in the Vertu Hamptons Cup.
The members of CIRCA and their ponies fought valiantly for the win in a close match which went down to the wire.  The Official Timekeeper of Bridgehampton Piaget had crucial importance.

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The Best of the Hamptons for the end of August: Your Bucket List
August 23, 2012 – 12:47 pm | One Comment
The Best of the Hamptons for the end of August:  Your Bucket List

What’s Your Hamptons Summer Bucket List?  Here’s some not to miss moments.

EVENTS:

Harvest East End – Saturday August 25th 6p to 9p
Here is the food version of speed dating. No need to commit because you have so many delicious options of local food and wine from top chefs and vintners. Benefitting the Group For The East End, Peconic Land Trust, and East End Hospice this epicurean festival is a true delight. Be sure to check out …

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Awesome August Afternoons Under the VIP Tent at Bridgehampton Polo
August 14, 2012 – 10:21 am | No Comment
Awesome August Afternoons Under the VIP Tent at Bridgehampton Polo

By Heather Buchanan
Photos by Rob Rich www.societyallure.com
Safety first is the motto of Bridgehampton Polo so with the rain-slicked fields the match was cancelled to ensure safety of player and his trusted mount.  Both ponies and players enjoyed a day off with some of polo’s top stars stopping by the VIP tent to enjoy the afternoon reception including Mariano Aguerre, one of the few players to reach the perfect 10 goal handicap.

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Special Sunset Beach Soiree through Gilt City for August 19th
August 14, 2012 – 6:27 am | One Comment
Special Sunset Beach Soiree through Gilt City for August 19th

Listen up fans of Sunset Beach.  Attention s’il vous plait.  Gilt City has a special offer right now for a three course dinner at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island hosted by Lee Schrager, the impresario behind the Food Network South Beach and the New York City Food and Wine Festivals.

On Sunday August 19th you’ll get not only the gorgeous sunset views with their very female flattering hues but Mark Zeitouni, the Executive Chef from Miami’s The Standard Spa to walk you …

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Tales From Under The Tent: East Hampton Library Author’s Night 2012
August 12, 2012 – 9:32 am | No Comment
Tales From Under The Tent:  East Hampton Library Author’s Night 2012

By Heather Buchanan
If you ventured under the tent for the East Hampton Library Author’s Night 2012 on Saturday you were treated to a vast array of literary talent.  You simply felt smarter.  With so many accomplished authors in one place you had to do a bit of speed dating, or perhaps more aptly speed reading.  Each of the 120 writers had a tale to tell ranging from novels to biographies, memoirs, cooking, decorating, self help and children’s books.  The event which was …

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Game On! Week Three of Bridgehampton Polo Puts High Goal Back In The Game August 4th
August 7, 2012 – 10:15 am | No Comment
Game On!  Week Three of Bridgehampton Polo Puts High Goal Back In The Game August 4th

By Heather Buchanan
photos by Rob Rich www.societyallure.com

The third time is the charm for Bridgehampton Polo where the weather gods cooperated to allow match play on August 4th.  Larry Boland, President of Piaget N.A. the Official Timekeeper of Bridgehampton Polo commented, “Rain or shine, Bridgehampton Polo is a great fit for Piaget…though we prefer sunshine! We’re looking forward to welcoming our clients out this weekend to enjoy the festivities and hopefully, another exciting match.”

It was a heroic effort for both teams in …

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Watermill Center’s Big Bang Delivers a Magical Mystery Tour
August 3, 2012 – 2:34 pm | No Comment
Watermill Center’s Big Bang Delivers a Magical Mystery Tour

By Heather Buchanan
If you’ve never descended down the rabbit hole to Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center’s annual gala, you have missed one of most coveted experiences in Hamptons fundraising.  This year’s Big Bang proved that the creative spirit is alive, well and being nurtured, raising over $1.5 million for the Watermill Center’s year round artist residency and education programs.  With input from all these creative minds this was no business-as-usual benefit under the big top.

There was na’er a plastic glass of cheap wine …

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Bridgehampton Polo 2012: It’s Raining Rolls-Royces
August 1, 2012 – 9:02 am | One Comment
Bridgehampton Polo 2012:  It’s Raining Rolls-Royces

By Heather Buchanan
Photos by Rob Rich www.societyallure.com

Although rain cancelled the polo match, the exclusive party in the VIP tent at Bridgehampton Polo continued on Saturday July 28th.  Designer Nicole Miller didn’t get the chance for the opening coin toss, but still displayed her signature style.  Many a fashionable Hamptons woman was checking the weather on her iPhone with its special Nicole Miller designed case.

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Jimena Fama and Tango Conspiracy Heat Up The Hamptons
July 27, 2012 – 1:10 pm | One Comment
Jimena Fama and Tango Conspiracy Heat Up The Hamptons

If you look at the list of accomplishments of Jimena Fama you might be expect someone far older than this young Argentinean beauty who has taken the musical world by storm with Tango Conspiracy.  “Normally you meet someone who really knows tango or really knows electronic music,” notes Jimena, “It’s rare to find someone who understands both.” She explains that traditional tango can be intimidating and she is finding a way with her compositions to translate tango to the next generation.  “This …

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A Sweet Farewell: The Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Gala
July 26, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment
A Sweet Farewell:  The Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Gala

Your first clue was the number of Rolls Royces parked out front that there was a veritable who’s who of the art, design, and Hamptons social set at the Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Gala.  This year celebrated the “creative spirit of the East End” on July 14th by honoring director/choreographer Patricia Birch, visual artist Chuck Close, author/historian Barbara Goldsmith, interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, musician G.E. Smith, and choreographer Paul Taylor.

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Bridgehampton Polo 2012 Opens for Its Sweet Sixteenth Season
July 25, 2012 – 5:40 pm | No Comment
Bridgehampton Polo 2012 Opens for Its Sweet Sixteenth Season

By Heather Buchanan
Photos by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

Bridgehampton Polo 2012 opened its Sweet Sixteenth Season on Saturday July 21st, albeit with an exhibition match due to the slick rain-soaked field. Luckily the sun was shining on the who’s who of the Hamptons sophisticated social scene.  Guests under the VIP tent were happy to luxuriate in the lounge area with a crisp Bertaud Belieu Rosé or Grey Goose Vodka Hamptons Punch infused with fresh grapefruit and strawberries.

Beautiful picnic baskets from Gabby Karan De Felice’s Tutto …

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James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne® New York – Grilled, Chilled and Never Spilled
July 24, 2012 – 8:27 am | No Comment
James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne® New York  – Grilled, Chilled and Never Spilled

By Holly Buchanan
“I have but one regret in life, that I didn’t drink more champagne.” John Maynard Keynes
Well, that’s certainly a fate I don’t intend to share.
Giddy is the only appropriate word to describe what I felt walking into the James Beard Foundation’s 2012 Chefs & Champagne® New York at the bucolic Wolffer Estate Vineyard.  Ah, so many inspired, delicious dishes, fabulous champagne (and wine) and so little time.   It was like speed dating for foodies – a whirlwind tour of over …

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Hennessy Presents the Holidays Hamptons Style
July 24, 2012 – 6:58 am | No Comment
Hennessy Presents the Holidays Hamptons Style

There comes a point in a long, social summer where you just can’t look at another boring glass of chardonnay. Hennessy decided to spice things up, treating guests to the Holidays Hamptons-Style.  In this heat, you can’t beat a dose of a wintery wonderland filled with amazing cocktails with a gentle water mist blowing pool side.  While you may picture yourself sipping cognac by the fire in Aspen, you may be surprised that Hennessy V.S. is a go-to spirit for mixed …

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Bridgehampton Polo 2012: Luxury and Horse Sport Ride Onto the Field
July 20, 2012 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
Bridgehampton Polo 2012: Luxury and Horse Sport Ride Onto the Field

The spotlight is back on Bridgehampton Polo and this year firmly focused on the field. In its 16th Season Bridgehampton Polo 2012 returns to Two Trees Farm for six consecutive Saturdays from July 21st through August 25th.   The game itself is front and center this year with a more luxurious viewing experience.  Former years of “bigger is better” are being replaced with a “quality over quantity” approach.

Last season, the Bridgehampton Polo Club brought in veteran polo publicist and event organizer Shamin Abas …

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ArtMRKT Hamptons Opens: Collectors Start Your Engines
July 20, 2012 – 7:50 am | One Comment
ArtMRKT Hamptons Opens: Collectors Start Your Engines

ArtMRKT Hamptons running from July 19 – 22nd at the Bridgehampton Historical Society brings a fresh mix of contemporary and modern art from 40 leading galleries across the U.S. from local favorites like the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton to the Peter Mendenhall Gallery from Los Angeles.
For viewers of every taste, the array of media includes painting, sculpture, drawings, photography, video, and installation.  And for the buyer, numerous options at affordable prices.  Although one woman was heard telling her daughter on …

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Best Hamptons Boutiques: Pachute East Pops Up in Sag Harbor
July 18, 2012 – 12:58 pm | No Comment
Best Hamptons Boutiques: Pachute East Pops Up in Sag Harbor

A new boutique Pachute East has popped up in Sag Harbor for the best of the easy breezy Hamptons style with women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories.  Pachute which means “simple” in Hebrew is for the woman who wants a unique style all her own.  With heat and humidity ruling the Hamptons summer, women need to shed the Spanx and enjoy the breathable fabrics and flowy silhouettes.
Pachute has been opened by Sharone Komoroff, owner of the two year old women’s boutique on …

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