• White Roses

    White Roses

    Oh how I love a gorgeous arrangement of blooms. I’m always recommending my favorite florists across the globe to my friends. But,
    if you’re in a pinch for time and need a dose of simple elegance in your home or office nothing is as lovely as crisp white roses.

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  • Soludos

    Soludos

    It’s undeniable that the chill of winter has set in. But, there’s no reason not to look toward summer and start shopping. My go-to espadrilles company Soludos takes the traditional canvas flat and kicks them up with kitschy prints and creative colors. www.soludos.com

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  • Champagne Charlie’s

    Champagne Charlie’s

    The High Line Hotel’s decor is to-die-for and full of gorgeous vignettes and collectible nicknacks perfectly positioned in the historic lobby. It’s boîte to imbibe in is the sweetly named Champagne Charlie’s which has bits and bites that are perfect for snacking and quite a good good wine list, in addition to the obvious champagne. www.thehighlinehotel.com

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  • Toms Roasting Co.

    Toms Roasting Co.

    TOMS one-for-one shoe program is revolutionary in the world of philanthropy. Giving a child in need a pair of shoes for every pair you buy is my idea of a perfect match. Set to change the world even further TOMS has launched their Roasting Co. For every bag of coffee purchased a week of clean water is given to a person in need. Bravo! www.toms.com

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  • MZ Wallace

    MZ Wallace

    Provisions by Food 52 has partnered with accessories brand MZ Wallace on a farmers market tote. It’s chic, totally functional and $50 of every purchase is donated to Edible Schoolyard Project and the Founding Edible Schoolyards. It holds up to 70 lbs of market produce and has six exterior pockets for wine and flowers. www.mzwallace.com

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  • Ramp Fest

    Ramp Fest

    Mark your calendars, May 2rd 12-4 at 110 Front Street in Hudson New York. If you adore ramps, nearly as much as I do, gear up for the big day by following their Twitter handle @RampFestHudson. The day celebrates the amazingly talented chefs from NYC and the Hudson Valley who each make a dish that features ramps. A standout from last year, these custard cuties, from @Gallowgreen.

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  • Polo Bar

    Polo Bar

    Fashion’s new canteen has hit New York. The long-awaited Polo Bar from classic American designer Ralph Lauren has opened its doors. After attending a VIP preview opening I have three words, designed to perfection. The wood paneled walls, tartan throw pillows and Polo emblazoned dishes are perfectly turned out. The menu filled with American classics such as steak and fries and cheeseburgers is super satisfying. They also know their customer, i.e. the fashion set, so light salads and all vegetable options abound.

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  • Homer Design

    Homer Design

    Richard Mishaan is an interior designer extraordinaire and his new shop on University Place in New York City has just expanded to display more of his wares. My latest obsession are his signature ceramics from chargers to vases. On my wish list at the moment are pieces from his trio deco collection. They have just the right amount of #spyluxe glam. www.homerdesign.com

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  • Jason Wu

    Jason Wu

    For Winter it may be the overall lack of overpowering sun or it might very well be the perfect hue to sum up how we’re feeling in the cold. It’s undeniable though … grey is gorgeous right now. Jason Wu’s layered textures for fall are spot on as is the shape of his Christy bag. www.jasonwustudio.com

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  • Gallow Green

    Gallow Green

    Atop the McKittrick Hotel is one of New York’s most glorious green spaces. The best part is that it is a rooftop bar serving craft cocktails. I promise, this is truly an unearthed gem, by most, until now. www.mckittrickhotel.com/#McKittrick

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  • Good Eggs

    Good Eggs

    As much as I miss the summer months and my daily visits to the farm stands on the East End I’ve just discovered a blissful replacement in Good Eggs in Brooklyn Market. They deliver, straight to your NYC doorstep, fresh produce, dairy and locally curated sweet and savory goodies. Check out the yumminess here www.goodeggs.com.

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  • ABC Kitchen

    ABC Kitchen

    I’m often asked for my favorite #spyluxe restaurant list in NYC and
    high atop it is ABC Kitchen located inside the Mecca of chic interiors
    ABC Carpet and Home. Known for his use of uber fresh organic
    ingredients Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a classic, respectful
    approach to food. The prime example of their excellence is the always
    gorgeous produce display in the center of the most coveted tables.
    212-475-5829

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  • Loma

    Loma

    British knitwear company Loma is my new #spyluxe discovery. The cashmeres are beautiful and their cuts are fresher than your typical sweater company. They make beautiful basics like these black and ivory v-necks and I also love their heather grey jersey sweaters. https://www.facebook.com/LOMA.UKp

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  • Summer Soup

    Summer Soup

    The super light quality of gazpacho, perfectly chilled, makes it the ideal summer soup and it’s best made at the height of the glorious tomato season which is right now. Many make a great one and but the under the radar spot Harbor Bistro in the Hamptons makes one of my favorites.

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  • The Beauty of Beets

    The Beauty of Beets

    I’ll admit it … being at a cocktail party with me, particularly one in gorgeous weather using homegrown ingredients, has it’s drawbacks. I’m always taking photos. This one, a rainbow of East End beets, I snapped at a party at The Hayground School. Thin toasts with a simple goat cheese spread, pistachios and beets was the ideal hors d’oeuvre.

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  • The Dock House

    The Dock House

    There certainly isn’t a lack of local fresh fish in the Hamptons. There are great restaurants near Montauk and the fisherman sell their catch all over town at great spots like the Seafood Shop in Wainscott if you are cooking. But the best spot have a causal seafood meal is the Dock House, right at the start of the Wharf in Sag Harbor. They have a huge bathtub filled with lobsters and the best fried clam strips around.

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  • Alvin Valley

    Alvin Valley

    There’s nothing quite as #spyluxe as at-home same-day designer delivery services. This summer (starting July 7th) Alvin Valley is offering this service to his Hamptons clients and it comes with personalized tailoring services to boot. See something in the morning, order it and wear it to an event that evening. Perfect. www.alvinvalley.com

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  • Honor

    Honor

    When I recently went to a lunch at Julie Macklowe’s Sagaponack home for Giovanna Randall and her line Honor I was taken aback by the treasures she creates. Every garment is hand made in NYC and one, more exquisite than the next. Her silhouettes are flattering and the attention to detail with her one-of-a-kind prints, laser cutting, and beading is sublime. www.honornyc.com

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  • Club Monaco

    Club Monaco

    The new Club Monaco in Southampton is quite honestly breathtaking. The clothing for men and women is 100% beach appropriate with a fresh crisp white palette for the gals and slightly nautical for the guys. The best part though is their careful curation of interior finds from across the globe. Many of the items are one-of-a-kind antiques and others are found designers that they’ve collaborated with on capsule collections. Pop in and I promise you will want literally everything. www.clubmonaco.com

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  • Roberta Freyman

    Roberta Freyman

    Leave it to Hamptonite Roberta Freyman to go beyond her essential summer prints (think perfect pajamas for kids, divine bedding and quintessential caftans) and into something a but more special and luxe this year. Her “Les Hamptons” exclusive straw tote is the ideal addition to my #spyluxe summer wardrobe and perfect for trips to the florist and farmer’s market.

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  • Cacio e Pepe

    Cacio e Pepe

    One of New York’s best bets for a business breakfast downtown is Danny Meyer’s Maialino. He makes the ultimate cacio e pepe eggs served in a big ramekin. I crave it nonstop so I finally perfected my interpretation of it. I scramble eggs with a bit of olive oil and then as soon as I take them off the stove I sprinkle Parmesan flakes on top of them with a bit of fresh cracked pepper. It really is the perfect protein rich breakfast.

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  • Serena & Lily Beachmarket

    Serena & Lily Beachmarket

    I’ve long been a fan of the site Serena & Lily for their supremely beautiful selection of interiors items. First I found gorgeous items for my daughters room (they make the cutest kids’ bedding), then great throw pillows and blankets for our apartment and now oodles of things for our beach house. They are in their second season of their first ever brick and mortar shop which is in Wainscott and the store is so beautifully merchandised.

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  • Wölffer Cider

    Wölffer Cider

    As a Hamptonite it’s hard to believe a summer without Wölffers fly-off-the-shelves basic rosé. This summer the Sagaponack vineyard has added four packs of their 139 cider to the mix. There’s a dry white or rosé and the mini bottles are perfect for popping into an ice bucket to serve outside at a party. www.Wölffer.com

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  • Chloe Alberry

    Chloe Alberry

    Portobello Road in London is known for its tightly packed antique shops on a road that winds you right into Notting Hill. It’s the premier to place to find silver from tea pots and service items to place settings and I’ve bought plenty of it but I also love a very special shop called Chloe Alberry which sells the most beautifully hand carved knobs. www.ChloeAlberry.com

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  • Montauk Brewing Company

    Montauk Brewing Company

    Originally the Montauk based brewing company, run by three guys, was destined to change the Hamptons beer market launching their locally made brew in bottles. This summer they introduce 6 packs of cans sold not only at their Montauk spot, which is of course worth a trip, but also at fine food shops. The driftwood ale in the nautical lemon packaging is the one to try. It’s perfect to serve at summer parties. www.montaukbrewingco.com

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  • My Surroundings

    My Surroundings

    For all of us who have busy schedules, high pressure jobs and hectic lives it’s so important to come home to a serene environment flooded with natural light and filled with beautiful objets. Flowers, sunshine and, for me, gorgeous chinoiserie lift my mood.

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  • Byron at the Surf Lodge

    Byron at the Surf Lodge

    Readying for summer means a few things and if you’re Hamptons bound one of those is making some great reservations. Our friend Brian McGrory is the owner of Byron which sits right on the water in Montauk at the Surf Lodge. Aside from the gorgeous tiki covered roof and locally designed dishes there’s a private dining room that seats about ten and is down on the beach. Book it and let the mini lobster rolls be served! www.thesurflodge.com/Byron

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  • Seashells by the Seashore

    Seashells by the Seashore

    Southampton is home to some amazing antique stores and none more stellar than English Country Antiques. Their 3 story floor runs the gamut of products from bright hued throw pillows designed in house to centuries old antiquities. Each nook of the shop has its own styled vignette. Nothing makes you feel like being at the beach more than pretty items curated and inspired by the sea. www.ecantiques.com

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  • Morandi

    Morandi

    I never like to play favorites but my family is partial to Keith McNally’s empire of restaurants in New York and tops amongst our list is Morandi. They’re wonderful to our family (having recently hosted our daughter’s birthday brunch there), the rustic Italian food is true to its roots and it’s one of those rare restaurants where I have business breakfasts and lunches and would still go for dinner with my husband and brunch with my family. The vegetable frittata with toasted bread and a little drizzle of olive oil is wonderful. www.morandiny.com

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  • Doors

    Doors

    Nothing sets the stage for your home or business more than the front door (and door knobs). I’m always snapping photos of my favorites to stow away for our weekend house renovation project. This hue of blue and the ornate silver knocker are a super chic pairing.

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  • Macarons

    Macarons

    For our daughter Sadie’s seventh birthday I monogrammed everything from macarons to menus. By Woops worked with me to create a custom logo that would work on Sadie’s favorite pink and white macarons filled with strawberry jelly. They did two per box tied up in a pink satin ribbon that made for the perfect party favors. www.ByWoops.com

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  • Foragers

    Foragers

    For me a trip over the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO always starts with a visit to Foragers City Grocer. They are purveyors of the best meats and cheeses, have a stellar and very diverse butcher and have their own product line. I always buy their vine-ripened tomato sauce with a bottle cap top and their cold press olive oil to have in the house to toss with pasta. Visit their shop for a bounty of fresh vegetables too. www.ForagersCityGrocer.com

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  • Pink Barn

    Pink Barn

    Just outside of New Preston, Connecticut is this perfectly lovely pink barn. Set on a somewhat dilapidated piece of property it wouldn’t feel as right as it does if were pristine. The editor in me always wants to orchestrate a glorious photo shoot here. Rust color barns are traditional but it’s the unexpected sweet side here that I love so much.

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  • Freshmade NYC

    Freshmade NYC

    Little chefs, my daughter being one of them, truly enjoy getting acquainted with ingredients in a kid friendly environment which is something Freshmade NYC offers. Their team serves up the best healthy cooking and catering classes in a way our wee ones can easily digest. Plus they do catering and events. www.FreshmadeNYC.com

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  • Eskandar

    Eskandar

    The 4,000 square foot New York shop of London-based designer Eskandar is the ultimate lifestyle boutique. In a city filled with endless shops it’s rare to discover one this grand that is hyper curated. The designers clothes are, of course, for sale there along with jewelry, candles, blown glass and pottery. The shop on 10th street is one of my absolute favorites and now there’s one on Melrose in West Hollywood and Walton Street in Chicago as well. www.eskandar.com

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  • Coral Cutie

    Coral Cutie

    I was walking around Southampton one sunny summer afternoon and spotted this vintage coral cutie. The picnic cloth fringed roof and monogrammed seats made me want to transform my entire world and go super retro preppy. It’s not my look, in the end, but you must admit this car is adorable!

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  • Steak a la Oscars

    Steak a la Oscars

    It’s true that summer grilling is a beautiful, au natural way to cook but I love that our household master chef (aka David Yanks) pulls off the same stellar taste on the stovetop. Using a grill pan, seared for 6.5 minutes a side David’s London Broil is marinated five hours in Makers Mark bourbon, Balsamic Vinegar and Soy Sauce. It’s the ultimate #Oscars2014 #spyluxebite

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  • Morning Toppings

    Morning Toppings

    At a spa breakfast in Arizona I spotted these adorable signs denoting healthy morning toppings such as flax seeds and granola. Its rustic vibe had me thinking … this would be a grand idea to recreate this summer in the Hamptons for my house guests. I may not go overboard with this many options but a custom version of this may be part of my hosting hallmark.

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  • Stages

    Stages

    Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre has just announced their Stages Spring workshop with two programs for children, one for 6-10 year olds and the other for 8-18 year olds. Both have full scale musical performances on the stage of the Bay Street Theatre when the programs conclude. www.StagesWorkshop.org

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  • Fig

    Fig

    Where we lay our head at night should subside any stress we have and I adore shopping for bedding. One of the leading stores I have found in my travels is Fig in Westport, Connecticut. They have Matouk, Sferra and Yves Delorme, three of the best, and it’s the perfect spot to find all of those finishing touch details such as soaps and table linens. www.figlinens.com

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White Hart

White Hart

New England is filled with many a lovely bed and breakfast. White Hart, a charming 16-room inn in Salisbury, CT.has recently been restored and on its walls hang works from local artists such as Jasper Johns and Frank Stella who donated pieces for the common spaces. British chef Annie Wayte’s restaurant opens this February with a daily-changing menu filled with seasonal ingredients sourced from the nearby farms. www.whitehartinn.com

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Salmon and Eggs

Salmon and Eggs

While I love the combination of salmon and eggs I prefer this version to the traditional. My how-to: make whipped scrambled eggs and then place cold smoked salmon atop with Crème fraiche and a healthy snip of fresh dill. A gorgeous tablecloth always amps up brunch.

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Petrossian

Petrossian

The essence of luxury is exquisite product and also an ease in receiving it. Petrossian has a new concierge service that delivers caviar right to your door. Need I say more? Utterly #spyluxe www.Petrossian.com

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Mali B

Mali B

There’s something expected about floral blooms in savory dishes these days but it’s less obvious with confections. No one does it quite as well as Mali B Sweets. She also makes darling locally Hamptons inspired candy bars called Sagaponack and Bridgehampton. www.malibsweets.com

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Lovely Bride

Lovely Bride

Alas I am approaching my 12th wedding anniversary and am not in the market for a gown but I could not help myself from going into Lovely Bride on Duane Street in Tribeca. The white washed brick walls, the delicate dresses and all of the traditional bridal fixings were so poignantly displayed in stunning vignettes. I’ve recommended this shop to every bride-to-be that I know. www.lovelybride.com

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