Oceana's First Splash In The Hamptons


Lois Robbins and Andrew Zaro opened their Mecox Bay home in support of Oceana with guests David and Sue Cohn Rockerfeller, Vera Wang, Senator Frank Lautenberg, John Varvatos, Sam Waterston, Caroline Hirsch, Jackson Browne more. For more visit Hamptons.com.

Russell Simmon's Art For Life 2010


Russell Simmons threw open his East Hampton estate for a 'night of wonder' with a score of celebrity friends including Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, John Legend, Donna Karan, Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Richie Akiva, Anthony Anderson, and Deepak Chopra to benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. For more visit Hamptons.com.

11th Annual Box Art Auction To Benefit East End Hospice



Over 80 artists donated their time and talents to create inspired pieces for the 11th Annual Box Art Auction held on July 17 at the Ross School Center For Well Being, to benefit East End Hospice. For more visit Hamptons.com.

Hamptons Golf Classic



New York Giant football star Justin Tuck recently hosted the 6th Annual Hamptons Golf Classic at the Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club. The event founded by Zev Norotsky featured a day on the green with stars including actor Kyle MacLachlan, Knicks legend John Starks, "Real Housewives of New York City" star Jill Zarin, ESPN's Jay Williams, and Giants linebacker Gerris Wilkinson.

Heart Of The Hamptons Gala

Hundreds gathered once again in Bridgehampton to celebrate the efforts of the American Heart Association. Host Dr. Max Gomez cheered on the work of honoree Dr. Karl Krieger as the band played well into the night. For more visit Hamptons.com.

Royal Pains Star Mark Feuerstein On Main Street Series



Who's shooting a series in the Hamptons this summer? Actor Mark Feuerstein and cast, that now includes legend Henry Winkler, jumped at the chance to enjoy the beaches between shoots for the hot summer series "Royal Pains" on USA, now in its second season. Nicole B. Brewer hosts. For more visit Hamptons.com.

Toast To Summer

A gad-fly group of social butterflies gathered together Saturday night to officially ring in the season as Hamptons.com and international real estate firm Engel & Völkers held a "Toast To Summer" soiree in a hidden garden on Main Street in Southampton just before sunset.

Old friends mixed and mingled with new and there was even a little scandal in the form of author Coerte Felske's latest novel "Scandalocity." Felske gladly signed copies of the book for party-goers flanked by his lovely daughter Bodecia Felske and the models who grace his various covers, including Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Irina Shayk and American model and actress Jessica White. The leggy ladies caused quite a stir to say the least in micro-mini cocktail frocks, especially when they donned the authors La Dolce Vita Press tee-shirts. Many wondered about the title and Felske, who has been dating "The Real Housewives of New York City" reality star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, explained, "Scandalocity is defined as the speed of which scandal measured in velocity can turn you into a star."

Making their way to the libations table with offerings from Lieb Cellars Family Winery and Star Vodka were President and CEO of Rand Luxury Bradford Rand, Executive Director of Guild Hall of East Hampton Ruth Appelhoff, vivacious musician Judy Carmichael, artist Joe Strand, Maria Sarro, realtors Pat and Fred Kohllopp, Katherine and Gary Andreassen, Manus and Estella Gass, Lisa and Brittany Lerner, Michael Wudyka of Enclave Inn and Wainscott Studios, Nancy Lerner, Denise Bornschein, Don Mahoney, and Charles Miller. What's a sip of wine or splash of vodka without a little nibble? The Village Cheese Shop, also from Main Street in Southampton, brought a vast array of specialty cheeses that Charles Ferri, founder and CEO of Star Vodka, along with "The Iceman" Bill Berkoski of Berkoski Ice, Russian Supermodel Eugenia Kuzmina, Raphael Mazzucco, Eleanor Raltim, and Claas Abraham were spotted sampling during the party. Also in the mix was Blake Fulmer from Main Street jewelery shop Tamara Comolli who was generous enough to bedeck me in high style for the evening.

The staff of both Hamptons.com and Engel & Völkers turned out in style for the sunny late afternoon fete including Hamptons.com's Managing Partner Joseph Kazickas, Managing Editor Eileen Casey, the Sales Team of Vanessa Leggard, Michele Steudte, and Lindsay Brown, Senior Arts & Entertainment Reporter Douglas Harrington, and numerous contributors, including Ann Liguori, John A. Viteritti, Rich Ficara, Paul Jablonski with wife Candy, Sean MFK Bruns, Jasmin Rosemberg, Edward Callaghan, John Wegorzewski, and Tony Vargas. Jonathan B. Lerner, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers, welcomed the gathering during the official toast alongside Southampton Office Manager Amadeus Ehrhardt as agents Angela Worts, Kenny Landbau, Cliff Packingham, and many more raised their glasses.

As smiling guests left the party, headed to other events that would last until dawn, they toted a swag bag filled with goodies from not only Hamptons.com and Engel & Völkers, but chocolates from The Village Cheese Shop, gift certificates for spin classes at Soul Cycle, and Serenity Zen Beverage.


For more photos visit http://www.hamptons.com/Gallery/Out-And-About/1276/Toast-To-Summer.html

Getting Personal: Cancer Knocking At My Door

WRITER'S NOTE: This was first written in October 2007 and after months of worry I was cleared and cancer-free. I republished this essay just prior to my participation in Relay For Life in June 2010.

Over the course of this month I had planned to do a number of features throughout Hamptons.com raising awareness of breast cancer in the Hamptons and across the East End. These features would include stories of survivors, resources for support and treatment, and words of encouragement. Never did I think that I'd be telling my own story. But here I am, scared to death, pondering the past and reticent about the future.

Recently I had begun to notice a bit of tenderness across my chest. For weeks I tossed it aside as stress related or hormonal changes that all women notice from time to time. The pain only got worse unfortunately. After spending the day playing with my two young daughters I decided that avoiding the inevitable would be a disservice to them and something more unforgivable for my husband if my fears came to light.

You see, my mother died at the age of 35 from breast cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease and informed that she was pregnant on virtually the same day. She chose to continue with her pregnancy and begin treatments right after delivery. Shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby boy, my youngest brother Karl, she had a double mastectomy.

Always concerned for the feeling of others around her, she worried how I, her only daughter, would feel about her after her surgery. It was a day I clearly remember, she was applying the dressings to her chest in the bathroom and I asked her if I could help. Only seven years old at the time, I was hardly afraid and not at all disgusted as she had feared. From then on, I would help her and we'd talk, usually about my day at school or other things family related. I helped her find the humor in each day. I didn't realize at the time that she was deflecting the subject, keeping herself focused on the important things in life. For her, that was her family.

After a year of treatment that included chemo and radiation she had a brief remission and then she was lost. We said our final farewells on Christmas Day amidst wrapping paper and new toys. She died two days later.

Over the years my brothers and I participated in numerous support programs at the cancer center where she had been treated. I remember finding that humor was my outlet for the pain and fear I felt. I use humor daily in tense situations, even as I gave birth to my daughters I dryly joked with the doctors to ease my fears and pains. Privately I have never cared about my age, looking forward to celebrating my 36th birthday, some sort of pinnacle moment for me where I will get over the hump of my fears about breast cancer. I have always felt that if I could just hit 36 I'd be fine.

Now at the age of 33, I am at the same place she was - a young-ish mother with two children, a loving husband, and some serious decisions to make.

My journey began when I visited with my physician and we ran some preliminary tests. It is not always a good sign when you hear that you're perfectly healthy but you are still in pain. After a full exam and breast exam the doctor noticed a few irregularities. Perhaps a cyst, perhaps something hormonal, perhaps cancer? I won't know for sure until the coming days, a few weeks maybe, after a full diagnostic bilateral sonogram and mammogram. That all sounds like a line from ER or some other medical drama, not something I typically utter in reference to myself.

I've decided to take you on this journey with me if you care to go. Maybe you are sitting there at home feeling "not quite right" and wondering if you should get checked for something. Maybe you are too afraid to take the first step. Perhaps you feel that you are too young to think that breast cancer might be on your horizon. I can honestly say that I know exactly how you feel.

My next step is a full range of tests at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. We'll see, pardon the pun, what develops after the Radiology Department does their full diagnostic bilateral sonogram and mammogram. It will hardly be a fun hour but will hopefully lead to a few answers. I am just a woman - a mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and in-law - just like anyone else living on the East End hoping that all of this is "nothing". I can spare the hour, can you?

Golden Globe Glamour

Leading ladies took the plunge including Mariah Carey, Olivia Wilde, Halle Berry, and Carrie Ann Inaba. Photos by PatrickMcMullan.com and HFPA

Anyone watching the 67th Golden Globe Awards couldn't help but notice all of the fabulous frocks making their way down a very wet red carpet. What were the trends that we'll all be following in the next few months, and especially this summer in the Hamptons?

Take The Plunge

Plunging necklines are nothing new in Hollywood. Of recent note, Jennifer Lopez's infamous green chiffon Versace gown proved there are always one or two leading ladies that show just how low they can go. But, with few exceptions, the ladies may have gone a bit too far this year. Fashion expert Leon Hall once told me that when daring to bare it is wise to use the 'pencil test' before you go in front of a camera. Simply put, if you're well blessed with a heaving bosom make sure the girls aren't sagging, it just ends up looking cheap and tacky.

Mariah Carey all but started a stampede when she walked the paparazzi pit with hubby Nick Cannon in tow toting an umbrella and keeping an eye on the Chopard jewels. During her interview with Ryan Seacrest it was all he could do to keep eye contact with the statuesque songstress. Her cups, they well, almost ran over more than once in her skintight Herve Leger bandage dress and she ended up looking a little desperate.

On the flip side, Presenter Halle Berry dazzled the audience when she stepped on stage in a Kaufman Franco silk bias cut gown with lace inserts. The result simply put, very sexy. Also on the mark, Olivia Wilde in liquid metallic Calvin Klein and Carrie Ann Inaba of "Dancing With The Stars" in glittering black and nude.

Pink, red, and wow. Colorful statements by Lauren Graham, Ginnifer Goodwin, Diane Kruger, and Maria Menounos.

Bold And Bright

I love color, especially when it really pops on the red carpet and the stars that gave bold looks a chance were right on target with red, violet, fuchsia, and electric blue. The key to bright colors is to remember a little color on the face or stars, no matter how bright, end up looking tired and washed out. Best bet is a great red lip but beware of being to matchy, matchy - not cute.

From her starring role in "Gilmore Girls" to Steve Carell's wife in "Evan Almighty," and even a stint on Broadway, Lauren Graham of the upcoming "Parenthood" was simply stunning in a hot pink satin ball gown with a mermaid bottom and interesting top. With her dark hair piled high and her blue eyes glittering, she pulled it off. Also in pink and not to be outdone, "Inglourious Basterds" star Diane Kruger wowed the masses with her Christian Lacroix gown. True, many were left wondering about the intricate bodice with all the overdone ruffles but the tight waist and straight skirt saved the day.

Red, always popular at these red carpet fetes, made the rounds on the likes of Amy Pohler of "Parks and Recreation" who played it sleek and straight and TV talking head Maria Menounos who went a little cha cha with a wide skirt.

Electric slide, no, electric blue looked fab on Ginnifer Goodwin of "Big Love" who showed off her gams and pixie-ish hair. Rose McGowan, who usually makes an entrance looked a little prim in blue as she made her way to the Warner Brothers and InStyle after party.

Golden Glamazons! Jillian Michaels, Kelly Kruger, Toni Collette, and Jennifer Garner all glittered.

Sparkle And Shine

Water cooler talk at Hamptons.com this morning was all about the Golden Globes and topic number one was an actress who is fab on screen but usually not on the Best Dressed lists, Aussie actress Toni Collette, who should be renamed Miss Golden Globe after she strutted her very tan stuff down the carpet. Toni won for Best Actress Comedy for her role in "United States of Tara" but she stole the show, at least part of it, in her golden bejeweled gown.

Jennifer Garner was solo in silver while "The Biggest Loser" head trainer Jillian Michaels left her dumbbells at home and donned a golden champagne strapless mini. Kelly Kruger of "Entourage" hit the HBO after party scene in a silver disco dress. Anna Paquin of "True Blood" in gold with cap sleeves was all about the glam but may have gone too far with the front slit on her gown, and the black heels, well, let's just not go there. Wrapping up the glitter was Lake Bell of "It's Complicated," also at the HBO after party, who proved that horizontal stripes can be figure friendly.

Too small, too big, way too many ruffles. Fashion victoms Christina Hendricks, Chloe Sevigny, Rachel Zoe, and January Jones.

Train Wrecks And Sideshows

They can't all be images of perfection, though it was tough to find mistakes on the red carpet with so many stars listening to their stylists. The first mistake of the night was Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" in an over-ruffled creation by "Project Runway" breakout couturier Christian Siriano. The always fierce Cristian missed his mark this time as Christina was simply too much for this pale peach satin confection. While the waist is beyond fabulous the top is too skimpy for her figure and the ruffles on the front were just too much for the sake of being too much.

Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Miniseries, Chloe Sevigny of HBO's "Big Love," was washed out in pale lilac Valentino and overwhelmed by ruffles, and more ruffles. Perhaps the usher who helped her to the stage to accept her award was trying to do her a favor when he stepped on her gown. We'll never know but she did change into a short black party dress before hitting the big HBO after party.

"90210" actress Anna Lynne McCord showed up to the Warner Brothers and InStyle after party in a white Grecian-inspired gown with a very odd bodice detail. Not sure if it was meant to evoke doves, a heart, or grasping hands but no matter how you slice it, it was just plain wrong.

Other notable fashion victims included Ashley Tisdale in a black and white flapper flop, Lindsay Lohan in a hooded silver mini, everybody's favorite Greek actress Nia Vardalos, January Jones of "Mad Men" who was attacked by another stray ruffle on the way to the show, and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe who looked like she was stuck in the 1920s in a dress 10 times too big for her petite frame.

So many good ideas here but it all went so wrong for Anna Lynne McCord, Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, and Nia Vardalos. Sorry ladies, better luck next year!

It's A Wrap

Cheers to the evening's winner and even bigger cheers to the ladies who stole the show and brought on the fashion! Can't wait to see what to wear at the Oscars!