June 25, 2012 | Style & Beauty
When designing my men’s 2012 summer collection, the first question I asked myself was: what do I love to wear during in the summer? A season of relaxing moments with my family and friends should be outfitted accordingly, with bold, well-tailored basics to take you from a day at the beach to an intimate dinner party. Here are my three tips and accompanying pieces for mastering this season’s style.
June 25, 2012 | At Home
When renowned L’Oréal Paris consulting dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner isn’t practicing in NYC, she’s summering in Southampton—with a healthy dose of sunscreen, of course! Below, Dr. Gerstner shares her local favorites, as well as a special look at her beloved beauty and wellness spots.
Favorite Restaurant – I’m a fan of Organic Avenue (28 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 283-2600)—the green coco juice is my favorite. I would never be able to juice for more than a half day, but almost daily, I add one to my lunch so I can skip salad and get my veggie boost for beautiful skin by just drinking my veggies. My favorite quick picnic lunch is Organic Avenue’s green coco juice with ANY lobster roll (for example, from Cantena’s market), and my favorite dessert from Tate’s Bakery (43 North Sea Road, Southampton, 283-9830)—vanilla petit fours!
Favorite Nightlife Spot – When hosting out-of-town guests, I like to take them to relax by The Capri (281 County Road, 39A Rte. 27, Southampton, 504-6575) pool and then for dinner at Nobu (281 County Road, 39A, Southampton, 488-4248). Since we usually hit the pool during the day, I never forget my sunscreen—L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Collection is my go-to, and thankfully, they are this summer’s official sun sponsor at The Capri!
Favorite Event of the Summer – For ogling the best eye candy, I like to watch Nacho Figueras play polo in Bridgehampton. I also like to get into the summer festive/relaxation mood with Veuve Clicquot. Go Black Watch!
Favorite Best-Kept Secret – To unwind (and ward off stress-induced wrinkles!), I like to meditate at Dune Church in Southampton, right by Cooper's Beach. I also love Namaste, a home massage service (212-535-5535). Owners Julie and Michael Wald offer a concierge of wellness and will send a masseuse, Pilates, or yoga expert to your Hamptons home. I personally do massages, even though I should be adding more Pilates now that it’s bikini season!
Favorite Beauty Fix – For a mani/pedi, I go to Style Bar (1 Bay St., Sag Harbor 725-6730), or when I’m in a hurry, I head to Hana Nails & Spa (18 Windmill Lane, Southampton, 204-9200). I’m especially loving the new L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Wishful Pinking.
When it comes to hair, I’m partial to my beachy blonde from Brad Johns at Saks Salon in NYC, but out East, I get a blowout at 27 Hampton (27 Hampton Road, Southampton, 377-3107). To save my hair from the damage that all-day swimming sessions causes (my kids are in the pool all day), I love L’Oréal EverStrong Deep Conditioning Treatment. The salon also offers a fabulous airbrush tan, which L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel is great at maintaining in between sessions.
—DR. GERVAISE GERSTNER
June 25, 2012 | Real Estate
Real estate trend-spotter Denise Rosko.
After more than 15 years in the East End real estate business, Denise Rosko founded Hamptons Realty Associates, which is now in its second year. The industry veteran has noticed a shift in how readily buyers are purchasing homes that need significant renovations this season—homes in need of remodeling have recently languished on the market because the increase in available, well-valued homes has opened up more options for this season’s buyer. “The prices have been adjusted for the marketplace out here,” says Rosko. “Everything was overpriced, and now prices are coming to where they should be, so people are seeing the values.”
Beyond the increased amount of well-priced homes this season, a larger inventory of newly remodeled homes also provides buyers with more choices. As properties sat on the market over the past few years, many sellers made renovations to increase the appeal of their properties, Rosko says. Today’s buyer is open to “painting, changing carpets, and finishing floors, but that’s about it,” she says. “If you can get a house that is all done and you are just going to pay $50,000 more versus a house that you have to renovate—because you have a choice now—you are going to spend a little more.” 528 County Road 39, Southampton, 283-7400
June 25, 2012 | Style & Beauty
A brand known to never shy away from bright colors, Lacoste has created footwear fit for an afternoon at Mecox Beach. Available in seven candy-colored options, the Lovina flip-flops ($40 each) were designed to top off any beach look while offering an unrivaled measure of comfort. Tapping into the label’s archives, Lacoste reinvented its classic sole known as the Rene Plimsoll to bring us a new warm-weather staple. As if this weren’t enough to make everyone excited for the summer, with each purchase of the Lovina flip-flop, Lacoste will gift a matching nail polish. Blue 1, 124 Main St., Westhampton Beach, 288-5830
June 24, 2012 | Style & Beauty
French company Celsius X VI II, which specializes in luxury mobile devices that combine 21st-century technology with centuries-old Swiss timekeeping, has recently released a limited-edition phone for $312,000.
Designed to last a lifetime, the company’s first model, LeDIX Origine, is already on the verge of selling out. Luckily, their latest creation, the LeDIX Furtif, will be available at the end of June for those looking to give their mobile device a luxury upgrade.
The first mobile phone with a carbon fiber structure, the highlight of the LeDIX Furtif is still the tourbillon timepiece. Using 330 of the phone’s 700 mechanical parts, the LeDIX Furtif features the world’s most off-centered flying tourbillon. Framed with six golden wings and protected by shock absorbers, the tourbillon engine is showcased through a sapphire crystal breastplate.
Celsius X VI II has eliminated any magnetic effects on the LeDIX Furtif for the highest possible accuracy. They have also developed the Remontage Papillon, a patented system engulfed in the hinge of the phone. The Remontage Papillon supplies the watch movement with an added three hours of power reserve each time the phone is opened.
Co-founder and co-CEO of Celsius X VI II, Edouard Maylan, cites the company’s goal as designing a technically superior phone with eternal value. Formed in 2006, the company started “with the dream of creating a completely micro-mechanical mobile phone, where every function of the mobile would operate mechanically through the sole human energy.” Maylan describes each device as “a piece of art taking six months [and] 35 craftsmen, watchmakers, and engineers to produce.”
The Furtif comes in three eight-piece limited editions, offered in a choice of pink gold, platinum, or black inserts. With the Furtif retailing for $315,000, Celsius is on their way to redefining the luxury phone market.