Crocheted tank, Helmut Lang ($210). Intermix, 64 Main St., Southampton; intermixonline.com. Jeans, DL1961 ($148). Norah’s, 46 Jobs Lane, Southampton; dl1961.com. Glamazon bangles, Ippolita ($750 each). London Jewelers, 2 Main St., East Hampton; londonjewelers.com. Ring, Sandy Leong ($4,300). sandyleong.com

 
 
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Button-down shirt, Nili Lotan ($235). Edit Summer, 28A Jobs Lane; editnewyork.com. Jeans, J Brand ($218). Intermix, 64 Main St., Southampton; intermixonline.com. Bracelet, Susie Fox ($3,600). London Jewelers, Americana Manhasset, 2046 Northern Blvd.; londonjewelers.com

   

Trying to track down Chelsea Handler is no easy task. Not because she’s reclusive or overly private—far from it, in fact—but because she’s that busy. Her nightly talk show, Chelsea Lately, continues to be a ratings monster for the E! Network, which just picked up season two of her scripted comedy series After Lately. This past April, she appeared in the number one movie, Hop, alongside Russell Brand and James Marsden, and can be seen this winter as Reese Witherspoon’s best friend in This Means War. On the heels of her successful book and comedy tour, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, she’s about to hit the road on yet another tour, this time called Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me—though, she insists, “this tour is only eight weeks, and I’m not adding second shows because I just don’t care. I’m spending more time in New York, and I’ll definitely be out in the Hamptons this summer.”

While today the Livingston, New Jersey, native may spend her summer sipping vodka martinis on the East End or sailing on a yacht she’s renting with friends in Croatia, growing up her parents would spend the season in Martha’s Vineyard. “My parents have a summer house there,” says Handler. “This will be my first experience with the Hamptons.”

Hamptons, be forewarned.

Honing the Handler Empire
I manage to get Handler on the phone one morning and ask where in the world she might be. You never know with her. Earlier in the year, she took her late-night show down to Australia for a week, and last year she did just shy of 80 stand-up dates across the US. While I’m expecting her to be on the move, she simply states, “I’m just sitting here, trying to act like an adult.” I explain to her what the interview is for, to which she replies, “Oh—I thought this was for Esquire. I’m so stupid.”

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