OSO executive chef Bryan Naylor, whose culinary creations have been termed “pure food ecstasy” was kept busy churning out pizzettes and tapas for the hungry crowd refueling after a night of club hopping. Belqaid and Derringer, both East End club scene veterans, plan to run the brunch blast throughout the summer. And why shouldn't they, with 5-acres of very private space, a great pool, free parking, fab cocktails and a South of the Highway location, OSO is poised to take over the daytime action for the young and fabulous.
Hart arrived fashionably late, as all good cover girls should, and charmed the room including Social Life Magazine publisher Justin Mitchell and editor Devorah Rose. Eggold was spotted quietly sneaking out of the party, catching a cab alone, while Jay Lyon of “The City” made a late arrival, showing up as the event ended. The party was also host to an exclusive jewelry trunk show that showcased the designs of Tara & Sons, which guests browsed while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails.
This Saturday more hot young celebs are headed to the Hamptons. Over at Lily Pond in East Hampton, Absolut Mango and Perrier Jouet with hotel heiress and fashion designer Nicky Hilton, will host the second annual Malibu soiree at Lily Pond in East Hampton. Table reservations are a must for this bash which is sure to last until sunrise.
More than 400 well heeled guests headed to the Hayground School for the 13th Annual Heart of the Hampton Ball that was deliciously catered by none other than Starr Boggs. Notable guests included Rudy and Judy Giuliani and fashion forward stars of “The Real Housewives of New York City” Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen.
“This year’s Heart of the Hamptons Ball was truly enjoyed by all. The committee did an amazing job to help ensure the events success” said Stephen Adler, 2009 Heart of the Hamptons Event Chair. The fun and elegant event focused on raising funds for the mission of the American Heart Association.
Just how fabulous can the guest list at a new low-key Tex Mex joint with only 55 seats you might be wondering? Well, I hear that the Queen of All Media, Martha Stewart, was sipping the signature ‘Dirty Bird Margaritas’ while fashionista and stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe spent time with her handsome hubby Roger Berman over a relaxed dinner for two on the same night. Other ladies enjoying the menu included mother and daughter pair Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel who popped in after Alexa’s recent show at the Stephen Talkhouse with close friends.
This dive bar is the typical hole-in-the-wall relaxed place you’d find in the Caribbean – quaint, over-bright, mellow, and a spot where attitudes are checked at the door. A source reported that when it comes to the menu, “So far, the must-try favorites are the smoky Chipotle Guacamole (Hass avocado, tomato, onion, smoked chipotle chile, cilantro leaves, and homemade tortilla chips, $12) and Meatballs al Chipotle (Tender meatballs – Albondigas – in a roasted tomato and chipotle chile sauce, chayote julienne, and fresh cilantro served with white rice, $17).” That all sounds scrumptious to me!
Moving on to cocktails, my source said further, “The menu also features the ‘Dirty Bird Margarita,’ a revival of the original made famous at the restaurant, served in a Mason jar on the rocks with Old Time blend of Tequila and fresh juices; in addition to premium and super premium tequilas and Mexican beers.”
The Blue Parrot (33A Main Street, East Hampton, 631-329-BLUE) screens classic surfer films including “The Endless Summer” (1966), “Big Wednesday” (1978), and “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964), as well as spaghetti Westerns and sporting events. So go in for a bite or a drink, relax, and stay for a flick – tell them SprintingInHighHeels.com sent you.
Hosted by designer Charlotte Ronson, twin sister of DJ Samantha Ronson who makes headlines with ex-gal pal Lindsay Lohan, and generously underwritten by ad man Donny Deutsch and Claiborne the event was a splashing success. DJ Kiss lent her sexy spinning style to the southern-style barbeque by DeForest Gibbs as hot lifeguards kept a watchful eye on the ‘dressed-to-impress’ masses.
Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer season because of the fun people, abundant silent auction deals, and party atmosphere this years’ event did not disappoint and raised over $300,000. Featured auction items such as an internship with Diane von Furstenberg went for $2,000 and a tour of the “Gossip Girl” set went for $5,250.
In the mix sipping SKYY Vodka and Red Bull cocktails while munching on PopChips, CRUMBS cupcakes, and Nathan’s Hot Dogs were designer John Bartlett, Dini von Mueffling, Victoria Leacock Hoffman, Jennifer Miller, Michael Lewittes, Mark Simon, Richard Johnson, Sessa von Richthofen, Stefani Greenfield, Anait Bain, Liza Sandler, Alison Brod, and Ramona Singer to name but a few.
For me, my father is the scent of Old Spice and cigars, a laugh that fills the room, conversations that span the globe, that extra snack late at night, and a bear hug that erases any worries in the space of a few seconds. He is the larger-than-life man who helped me take my first wobbly steps, taught me how to walk in high heels, and cheered the loudest when I came down the aisle for my college graduation. Years later he held my hand as he proudly walked me down the aisle, reminding me to take it slow and to enjoy every moment on my wedding day. He is my ever-present voice of reason and my staunchest supporter.
For my two little girls, he is the smiling grandfather who sits patiently as they drip pancake syrup into his coffee and then enjoys a “make over” complete with a bright orange wig and lipstick that he can’t seem to remove before the cameras snap. He is the cheerleader who eggs them or to drive their parents crazy. He is the one who just can’t seem to get enough extra hugs or kisses to hold him over to the next visit. He is the voice on the phone telling stories of how Mommy did something silly when she was little. He is the one who will teach them how to fish in the same spot he taught his little girl, me.
So on this Father’s Day across the miles I write this note to my Daddy – a little reminder of fleeting moments that will surely bring tears to his big brown eyes as they have brought to mine.
I love you Daddy! Happy Father's Day!
Start off with a stunning photo book – “Historic Photos of Long Island” by Joe Czachowski ($39.50 at local booksellers). For Dads from the Long Island, especially those Grandfathers who have been around the block a time or two, this photo essay has everything – planes, railroads, shops, and of course beaches. The images are timeless and charming, a lovely addition to any collection.
Clothes are a safe bet for the sporty Dad who likes boating, golf, and polo ponies. Over at Hampton & Co (60B Jobs Lane, Southampton, www.hamptonsandco.com) you’ll find a full line of the hottest polo-inspired shirts ($95 shown), silk ties, linen button-downs and blazers, and accessories like belts and weekender bags that will keep Dad looking sharp and stylish. And ladies, there are a few great finds for you at Hamptons & Co including a linen tunics perfect for the beach or casual cocktails, jewelry, and handbags recently featured on “Gossip Girl.”
For the well-groomed guy who likes to travel, start with a sturdy travel bag from ACE ($15.99 at drugstores) and fill it with shaving and hair essentials that he’d never buy for himself. I like the shave system from Black Opal packed with everything his sensitive skin needs ($19.95 at www.blackopalbeauty.com). The shave gel is great for the bikini line so get it for him and then snag it when he’s not looking.
Then focus on his hair – if he’s like my husband he’s constantly working on his mane and the right products will keep him picture perfect for the family photos. Start with a shampoo that will add thickness to thinning hair, try Densite by L’Oréal Professionnel ($16 at premiere salons nationwide). A crisp, clean scent is on the sporty side and the quick wash and rinse will add shine and manageability. Tame that mane with Structure’s Classic Gel by Profound Beauty ($23 at www.profoundbeauty.com) for flexible hold that he can transform into something a la Robert Pattinson.
Finish off with a spritz of sexy cologne. I like USHER ($65 at department stores nationwide) and there’s not much out there hotter than Usher ladies except for maybe this cologne. The sensual fragrance is a blend of amber wood, white pepper, and musk with a touch of verbena – it’s like a sexy cashmere sweater and you’ll want to snuggle.
Now that you’ve got him groomed, well read, and half dressed take him out to dinner, surprise him with Mets (or Yankees) tickets, or treat everyone to an exciting vacation. These are ‘icing on the cake’ gifts that kids can afford with a little help from an indulgent Mom.
Gigi is best known for her book “The Starter Wife” that became a summer hit starring Debra Messing on USA network last summer. Other great reads by the author include “Maneater,” which is now a mini-series on Lifetime starring the always funny Sarah Chalke of “Scrubs” fame, and “Rescue Me.”
In “Queen Takes King,” wit and sense of reality come through on each page as the reader is drawn into the lives of the conflicted New York City-based characters – a lonely wealthy wife who needs to find herself, a cheating billionaire husband, their surprising daughter, and a host of others that all play their parts to scintillating delight. You will not be able to read this one quickly enough! I could not put it down and when I finished I raised a toast to the author for a job well done. Pack it in your beach bag today and thank me later!
Just this weekend Gigi was honored with a book party hosted by her friend Rita Schrager in Southampton. The lovely fete drew big names including designers Nicole Miller and Elie Tahari, Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo, Fern Mallis of IMG Fashion, Richard Johnson of Page Six, and social luminaries Jamee and Peter Gregory, Andrew Rosen, Elena Cho, Helen and Tim Shifter, Lucy Sykes, Rory Tahari, Sue Devitt, and a few hundred more.
A quick stop for cocktails this was not as revelers stayed well past the end of the night to wish Vola well and get the scoop on the next issue, due out July 4th. In the mix were many familiar faces including LuAnn’s “Real Housewives of New York City” cast mate Ramona Singer and her jewelry-designing hubby Mario Singer and show regular Maximiliano Palacio.
Ladies you all remember Maximiliano – think back to the Halloween party, now recall the super sexy Latin lover that Kelly Killoren Bensimon sported around as arm candy dressed in a loincloth, he, ladies, is Maximiliano. Oh hello Max! Dressed in a simple black cashmere sweater his smile radiated throughout the room and his magnetic personality drew guests over all night for a chat about his career, Maximiliano is not only a model but an actor with a few interesting projects in the works, but about how he plans to enjoy the summer in the Hamptons. We will be seeing much more of Maximiliano on these pages, promise!
Publisher Aidan Vola and wife Jen sip a white wine from Jamesport Vineyard.The Countess held court, looking stunning in vintage lavender, with friends and was talking passionately about her book, “Class With The Countess,” and her summer plans which include spending time with her children. She promises to be a regular fixture on the benefit circuit with her signature flip hairstyle and glittering smile. As for her turn as cover girl, she remarked that it was a pleasure and that she was delighted to be part of their first issue of New York Hamptonite.
In the mix sipping cocktails by Hamptons Vodka, Pure Cool Water, wines by Jamesport Vineyard, and enjoying the musical vibes from DJ Cam Entertainment were the always sartorially resplendent Sir Ivan and Bunny Mina, host of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” James Lipton and his wife Kedakai Turner, jet-setter Caroline Lieberman, dentist to the stars Dr. Ancy Verdier, Judy and Michael McDowell, noted author and civil rights activist Bob Zellner, TV personality Jeff Smith, Richard and Donna Soloway, hotelier Michael Wudyka, the very social Sarah Herbert-Galloway, and scores more.
For city dwellers the two-hour long commute between Manhattan and the long stretches of beaches in the Hamptons is a route to relaxation and summer bliss. Those feelings were the inspiration for this ruggedly handsome timepiece. The Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway, with chocolate brown counters set against an off-white Méga Tapisserie guilloche pattern, reflects the aqua blue sky and sea in its numbers, seconds hand, counter pointers and tachymeter scale. Delighting in the special details, Audemars Piguet offers a brown “Hornback” crocodile strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp and aqua stitching on the strap, completing the visual harmony.
The Montauk Highway is not simply a pretty watch; it is built for function and adventure. A soft iron cage protects the movement against magnetism; while the black rubber seals on the crown and pushers ensure water resistance up to 100 meters so wear it on the beach or by the pool.
The Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway; exclusive to Audemars Piguet boutiques in New York City and Bal Harbour as well as London Jewelers on Long Island, is produced in a limited edition of 300 numbered pieces and retails for $20,500.
Sure that’s a hefty price, but for the man who holds your heartstrings nothing it too much.
Out this summer is a line of bags inspired by the Hamptons most hidden location, Wainscott. This small hamlet in the middle of the South Fork is home to some of the most amazing estates (billionaire Ron Perelman aka "Mr. Revlon" lives there), an bustling airport, a TV studio, and beautiful hidden beaches. The Wainscott line is filled with handsome bags in shades of white and blue with gold accents, a few pieces are available in bright orange and black.
The large blue leather satchel ($398) is quite roomy and the small shoulder bag ($198) will go from brunch to a club with stylish ease. With two generous front pockets you can keep your phone and keys organized when you're on the go.
These bags are sure to disappear from the shelves but you can pre-order the bags right now on the Michael Kors website. Happy Shopping!
Memorial Day came as a shock to the Jean Luc and his staff when doors were the padlocked and equiptment was held in a truck until a large check changed hands. The doors were opened, the weekend went by with mior issues, and then life went back to normal, right? Not so. Again, I hear from a very reliable source, trouble has come up to the tune of $700,000 for fines, inspections, and more. Another check was cut and investors are not happy.
But where is all the cash flowing after night after packed night? I'm sure the newshounds will do the digging, if not my sources tell me they will keep their ear to the ground.
In the meantime be sure to double check those reservations - the food is worth the wait.
Often imitated, never duplicated, and completely scrumptious - that about sums up the bustling food haven in Westhampton Beach known simply as Starr Boggs.
On a recent Saturday night trip to Westhampton Beach a friend and I were ready to have dinner so we dropped by a spot on Main Street that had plenty of open reservations, and let me tell you – the service was horrid, the cocktails were watered down, and the menu was sadly lacking – it was no wonder why they were so empty on a busy Hamptons weekend. In need of a Plan B we tried again to snag a table at Starr Boggs, where we had called earlier and sadly discovered they were filled, unexpectedly we were told that they had room at the bar so we rushed right over. The valet who parked the car set the tone – friendly, professional, and eager to please. The hostess suggested that we nab a bar table with a good view of the comings and goings near the door, we did and people watched over dinner and cocktails.
When you go to a restaurant you should feel welcomed and at ease, we were instantly right at home and ordered a few fun cocktails as we perused the extensive menu. There is truly something for everyone at Starr Boggs. Chicken, seafood, steaks, and chops all with perfect seasonal sides. To start I enjoyed a Butter Lettuce Salad with candied pecans, blue cheese, and tart green apples lightly tossed with a creamy dressing. My dear friend enjoyed the much acclaimed Crab Cake – fresh chunks of crab and perfectly seasoned. Each bite was a delight for the senses.
On to the main courses we couldn’t pass up the Flat Iron Steak, a favorite of all the staff, and the Almond Crusted Flounder. The steak was utterly succulent and the accompanying gratin potatoes and asparagus were full of flavor. The flounder was flaky and moist while the sweet potato puree added a hint of sweetness. My favorite part of every meal is the sweet ending and we were not disappointed as we sampled Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mousse and Mango Puree and the Profiteroles with Espresso Ice Cream. Throughout our meal we were joined by servers, hosts, and other staff member to check on our every need. Event Starr himself made the rounds to check on his well-pampered guests.
Here’s a tip: When you go to a restaurant for the first time ask your waiter what he and the other servers prefer from the menu. It most likely is not on the specials list and that’s fine, go for something known to be delicious. It’s your money and in these economic times spend it wisely on a proven winner.
Starr Boggs is located at 6 Parlato Drive, Westhampton, New York, 631-288-3500.