Sonja Morgan Loves the Hamptons
August 23, 2011 | Our Favorites
Sonja Morgan at a Danskin charity event in Southampton
The reality of The Real Housewives of New York City is that it has a fun-loving scene-stealer in Sonja Morgan, who makes no apologies for using her humor and charm to offset some very heated moments. But the series is only one facet of her life, and in the name of summer who better to talk with about all things fun, fabulous and Hamptons-oriented? During our chat one of the favorites on “Team Blonde” held nothing back, hosting graciously as we navigated the terrain.
You have a wonderful sense of self. How did you come to fit so nicely into your skin and what advice would you give to those who are still feeling a little awkward?
Sonja Morgan: I came to New York City to study at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Maybe my skirts were a bit too short and my socks a bit too high, but no one cared, no one commented and most importantly whatever they did say was loving and supportive. The moral of this story? Be yourself, be your best and surround yourself with people who accept and enjoy you.
You spend a great deal of time in the Hamptons. What is the allure?
SM: I have traveled the globe and the Hamptons have some of the most remarkable beaches. I also enjoy the parties. Out here there is a unique sense of style. People dress with a casual elegance that is not about being pretentious, but rather speaks to the essence of summer, fun. Not to mention I can go from the beach to a business meeting in under two hours.
It wouldn’t be summer without the beach. What do you need in your beach bag?
SM: Some people walk softly and carry a big stick. I walk proudly and carry a huge beach bag. Inside… the New York Post, Hamptons magazine, reading glasses, sunglasses (Prada and Porsche), sunscreen, MAC lip gloss, iced green tea I make myself, hair clips and a headband.
Any secret hideaways that you are willing to share?
SM: Without sounding “difficult,” no. The reason they are a secret is because I don’t tell anyone about them. I may be Team Blonde, but my momma didn’t raise a fool.
What are your guilty summer pleasures?
SM: I don’t feel guilty! But I do enjoy a little sun, a lot of dancing and more than a few good books: the Kabbalah; AstroTwins' Love Zodiac; and The Younger (Thinner) You Diet.
What’s next for Sonja Morgan?
SM: The world is changing, the economy is changing and I feel I owe it to my fans to offer recipes, entertaining, style tips and most importantly how to do so in the name of affordable luxury.
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