August 08, 2012 | East End Eats
Mary Os at Mary's Marvelous
Two crisp chocolate cookies, crunchy around the edges and slightly chewy in the center, sandwiched with vanilla frosting; this is the Mary O. A cult favorite at Mary’s Marvelous in Amagansett, Mary Os are like Oreos, but a dozen times better. The chocolate is dark and intense, while the frosting is butter smooth and not too sweet.
What other sweets await at Mary’s? Focus your attention on the confection table in the center of the shop—the one clustered with glass jars, each housing fresh-baked treats. Our favorites include the doubly peanut-y peanut butter sandwiches (with peanut butter in the cookie and filling), pistachio biscotti, melt-in-your mouth Russian teacakes, and elegant sandy shortbread cookies, better known as sablés. For something slightly more healthful, try Mary’s famous granola. The subtle hint of maple syrup is addictive.
Look for Mary’s to open a second location in on Newtown Lane in East Hampton over Labor Day weekend. There you’ll find all of her classic treats, both sweet and savory, but with an expanded salad and smoothie menu. We can’t wait to try the new Hulk smoothie, made with green tea, avocado, spinach, and ginger. Sounds like it’d work wonders on curing a Labor Day party hangover. 207 Main St., Amagansett, 267-8796
—KATHY YL CHAN
August 08, 2012 | At Home
Nestrest, Dedon (from $12,180).
Part tree swing, part luxury sofa, Dedon’s Nestrest makes for one interesting statement piece to transform a Hamptons yard, garden, or pool area with a bit of whimsy. The cocoon-like creation was designed by Dedon’s Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety out of a light aluminum frame and a special outdoor-friendly Dedon fabric. Austin Handler of Water Mill’s Mabley Handler Interior Design says that the Nestrest’s unusual teardrop shape and unique hanging feature draw people to it. “It is certainly not your grandmother’s wicker furniture,” says Handler. “It is eye-catching, so people are going to naturally gravitate toward it; they will be drawn to sit in it, which is the perfect thing for a piece of furniture to do—make you want to use it.”
Handler recommends hanging the Nestrest poolside, where it would be most functional while retaining its aesthetic appeal. “I would put this under a pergola by the pool—someplace where you can view it from far away so you can appreciate the architecture behind it,” the designer explains, adding, you can “sit there, cozy up, and still be able to have a view of your pool. Hildreth’s Patio, 15 W. Main St., Southampton, 259-8888.
August 08, 2012 | Style & Beauty
David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker.
Brother and sister duo Louis Marra and Allison Julius always seek out the most exciting items to carry in their Maison 24 stores, which stock an eclectic mix of furniture, clothing, and accessories, often partnering with designers on exclusive collections. With an eye for design and taste for quality, they decided to stock Warby Parker eyewear as well as Parke & Ronen menswear in their Bridgehampton store. Warby Parker has been gaining a following for its vintage-inspired frames, and its buy-one- give-one charity has made the business a financial and philanthropic success; Marra and Julius’s Maison 24 is the first retailer on the East End to carry Warby Parker.
Parke & Ronen will have its own shop-in-shop this summer. Known for its refined leisurely style, the luxury brand is an obvious choice for the Hamptons male customer. Shoes, bags, belts, shorts, totes, and swimwear will be stocked and available throughout the summer and into the fall. 2424 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-2488
August 07, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Hamptons celebrated with cover star Ricky Lauren on Friday in East Hampton
With the August heat blasting, the thought is to crank up the air conditioning or stay in the shade. On Wednesday of last week, Cameron Diaz joined friends for lunch under the umbrellas at Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton. They shared New England clam chowder and steamers. Diaz tucked into a lobster roll as a main course. Later that same night, famed chef Bobby Flay stopped by the bar at Bostwick's for a solo dinner.
On Friday, Hamptons magazine celebrated cover star and newly minted cookbook author Ricky Lauren. Held at Ralph Lauren’s East Hampton boutique, the power book party drew guests like Andy Cohen, Bruce Weber, Lauren Bush Lauren, and nearly every last Lauren, including woman-of-the-hour Ricky and her recently married daughter, Dylan Lauren, whose candy shop is just across Main Street.
Also in East Hampton on Friday, modernist fabric designer and manufacturer Jack Lenor Larsen turned 85. Birthday party guests gave a hats off to Larsen while getting a preview of Yue Minjun’s bronze army of Chinese soldiers in the LongHouse Reserve sculpture garden.
And Dispatches even caught the Springs Invitational art show at Agawash Hall that night—special shout out to the intensity of Eunice Golden’s fiery red abstract print.
James Fairchild celebrated the launch of Fairchild Baldwin handbags on Saturday
At Bridgehampton Polo on Saturday afternoon, the streak of bad weather continued. After the previous two games had been rained out, play resumed despite brutal temperatures. And not only was one mallet accidentally thrown sky-high, causing gasps, but also, sadly, one of the $100,000 horses playing for team Circa had a heart attack on the field. The player miraculously jumped free, but the death of the horse was sobering for both players and viewers.
That evening, James Fairchild, the stylish scion of the famed publishing family, hosted cocktails at his new boutique in Southampton for his sister Jill’s tony leather bag collection, Fairchild Baldwin. Harking back to another age, James' sons, who look just like him, served hors d'oeuvres on silver trays. The store is chockablock with antiques: a turn-of-the-century bike, an antique fire truck toy with brass trim.
Also Saturday, at the Southampton Hospital’s 54th Annual Summer Party, I ran into J.C. Burdine, who recently directed a documentary about a former servant at the old Grey Gardens estate. I also met Madame Mayhem, a rocker who is playing at The Stephen Talkhouse next weekend. She was dressed in all black and had big spikes on her gloves, so the society babes who were introduced to her weren't exactly leaning in to air-smooch.
Jean Shafiroff with photographer Bill Cunningham at the Southampton Hospital Summer Benefit
Brutal heat had socials, such as Somers Farkas and Jean Shafiroff, standing outside the 100-degree cocktail tent. And the face of one female guest, on the arm of former Nepalese diplomat Shail Upadhya, (known for his many Day-Glo suits) went blank before she tumbled down onto the grass. An ambulance rushed her the two blocks to the hospital.
Sunday morning, Bridget Moynahan and her son attended the annual Wild, Wild West carnival benefiting the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at The Ross School on Butter Lane. Elizabeth Gillies of Nickelodeon’s Victorious sang a carnival-stopping rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”
Sunday night, Dispatches spotted a mini Sopranos reunion that included Aida Turturro and Edie Falco and kids at the toy store near Gosman’s in Montauk.
I also caught DJ Cassidy at Sotto Sopra and Star Jones digging the mussels at Muse (not literally). FYI, the police need to oversee the young hoodlums that terrorize the last few cars of the LIRR from Hampton Bays to Speonk on Sunday evenings. And, just perhaps, East Hampton town supervisor William J. Wilkinson ought to consider enforcing capacity limits at burgeoning Montauk nightclubs, so these day partiers with stickers on their faces don't migrate further East.
August 07, 2012 | Style & Beauty
According to recent events in the Hamptons, an easy and stylish way to give any outfit a little pop is by letting your accessories steal the show. In honor of the trend, Filipa Fino compiled her favorite event pictures, and a shoppable list available on HavetoHave.com. See her finds, and create your own list of Hamptons must-haves on HavetoHave.com. Filipa says:
"I love that in the summer, all you need to wear is a statement piece of jewelry to feel dressed up."
—FILIPA FINO FOR HAVE TO HAVE