• 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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  • Grisal

    Grisal

    Japan is known for the very best textiles so when I was on the hunt for the softest cashmere scarf I tracked down Grisal. With a frigid winter on the horizon and a considerable amount of travel on the schedule I needed something ultra soft and lightweight. Made on vintage machines no two are the same. Plus, how chic is the hat box packaging they come in. www.Grisalscarves.com

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  • Diptyque

    Diptyque

    Founded in 1961 Diptyque is a legendary French perfumer that makes the most glorious scented candles (Baies, which has hints of blackcurrant, is the one I love to burn) They’ve opened two new shops, one in New York City’s Nolita area and this one, in Westport, Connecticut. www.diptyqueparis.com

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  • Tulips

    Tulips

    There are countless reasons I love New York City and the oodles of tulips I can buy at my local deli is one of them. Exquisite florists abound, and I certainly use them, but nothing perks me up quite like a few bunches of these in a simple vase.

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  • Berries

    Berries

    The best alternative to sweet desserts is to serve fresh berries. Simply display them, en masse, like this on a beautiful platter with sensational silverware. They capture clean eating while all the while being the epitome of elegance.

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  • Plain T

    Plain T

    I love iced tea and always produce my own sun tea during the warmer months. I’m weary of bottled teas because they tend to be filled with sweeteners but Plain T is a boutique producer that is very connected to their suppliers. The quality from tea garden to their bottles brews are excellent. www.plain-t.com

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  • French Toast

    French Toast

    Our French toast recipe has been passed down from my mom, she makes the very best of the best. The family secret is to use a brioche bread dipped in a quick whip of egg yolks with a dash of vanilla and orange juice.

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  • Mint Tea

    Mint Tea

    The most calming sip for me is mint tea. Steeping fresh clipped sprigs from my kitchen in hot water is the purest way to enjoy it.

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  • Lafayette

    Lafayette

    If I could have my perfect lunch every day it would be a Niçoise salad with a glass of Sancerre at Lafeyette. The classic salad is composed traditionally of tuna, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, tomatoes and anchovies with a light vinaigrette. The variation of this at Lafayette has green beans, boiled potatoes, capers and a sprig of dill. It stays true to its roots but Andrew Carmellini adds his own touch and I love it! www.lafayetteny.com

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  • Manolo Blahnik

    Manolo Blahnik

    Making the most iconic pumps in the world Manolo Blahnik put on a stellar exhibit during New York Fashion Week. The stilettos, ankle boots and adorable flats were a mix of polka dots with grosgrain bows, multi color patchwork shoes and these beauties with bursts of pink and red silk. www.manoloblahnik.com

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  • Crayon Rocks

    Crayon Rocks

    Reinventing a classic like the Crayola crayon doesn’t happen that often so when I spotted these Crayon Rocks I thought they were really cool. They’re great for little hands and come in a slew of summer colors like violet and robin’s egg blue. www.CrayonRocks.net

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Sometimes the best part of living in Manhattan is the ability to escape it and visit extraordinary locals that are close by, like Blue Hill at Stone Barns. On a recent trip to their Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture my husband and I brought our daughter to run free with hundreds of well cordoned off wild turkeys, observe pigs in their muddy surroundings and watch produce grow in hothouses. Their on-property farm stand is just beautiful and well-appointed selling beans like these. www.bluehillfarm.com

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Every Hue

Every Hue

The gardening shop Terrain in Westport has eye-catching moments everywhere you look and sells any item you could think of when discussing gardening gadgets. Their packets of blooms to plant are gorgeous, their boots, tools and inspiration books are all practical but thoughtful and the shop is stocked with fun seasonal items at all times. Look how adorable these mini glass ornaments are and so adorably displayed. The restaurant is a must visit, or the cafe for a glass of wine.
www.shopterrain.com

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Antony Todd Inc.

Antony Todd Inc.

The part retail space, part showroom of interior designer Antony Todd
is so stunning. His 11th street shop is brimming with one-of-a-kind
finds. From fabrics, such as the black camouflage upholstered chairs
to urns and cabinet of curiosity items, everything is the epitome of
chic. www.AntonyTodd.com

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Gathering Greens

Gathering Greens

Often time, rather than one large bouquet it’s chic to take a few
greens such as herbs and plants and nestle them together to make an
arrangement. Ideally the look is perfected by varying the heights of
the plants and the shapes and materials of the vessels. Mix pottery,
porcelain and glass to achieve this #spyluxe look.

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Elizabeth Street Gardens

Elizabeth Street Gardens

Filled with extraordinary garden ornaments and fountains, Elizabeth Street Gardens is an in-the-know spot in Nolita. It’s currently blooming with an array of be stunning purple flowers and due to a grant they received all aflutter with butterflies. It’s the perfect surprise in the middle of an overly bustling retail neighborhood. www.elizabethstreetgarden.org

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