When did you start coming to the Hamptons and how has it changed since then?
I have been coming to Southampton since I was born. My parents got their house in the ’70s. I'd say the way it has changed is that now it's more trendy, both the stores and restaurants that are in the towns. It used to be more mom and pop—and also the people who go out there; it's now more of a scene than it used to be.
What’s your best, worst, or most hilarious Hamptons memory?
An old friend of mine, Molly Howard, was staying with me for the weekend back when we were about 12-years-old. My parents had recently renovated our house, so we still had an Airstream trailer in the backyard of the boathouse next door. Molly and I were dying to sleep in the trailer. We had rented movies to watch, gotten snacks to eat, etc.—and then we locked ourselves out with all of our sleepover supplies inside. Instead of telling my parents, we climbed up to the roof of the Airstream to the air vent, which had been left open. We cut out the screen and then decided that Molly, who was smaller than me, should try to fit through the tiny opening—divided to be even tinier by a metal bar in the middle—so that she could unlock the door from the inside. She stripped down to her underwear to make herself even smaller, but got stuck halfway. So I had to get my parents to come up and my mom sawed off the metal bar to get her out. My dad took pictures the whole time.
Do you have an inner circle or group of friends that you hang out with most often when you’re here?
Not one group, but a lot of regulars who we see all the time when we're out there. Mostly it's a big group of family friends who we spend a lot of time with as a family—my mom, my dad, and my two brothers, Ansel and Warren—like the Michaelchecks, who have been good friends since my mom met Pam [Michaelcheck] at one of the kids’ birthday parties when I was 4-years-old. Since then we have been at each other's houses numerous times a week during the summers.
Another staple are the Houtenbos': Marianne, Christiaan, and their kids, Piet and Henk, who we grew up with. They have been close friends of my dad's since before I was born. Marianne is my dad's longtime agent, and Christiaan and my dad have worked together on countless shoots since the beginning of their careers.
Then there are Jackie and Jenny Carter, now Jenny Fleiss, who have lived in the house across the street my whole life. We grew up practically living at each other's houses every weekend and are all still great friends.
Another regular for me is Sarah Istel, in Wainscott, who has been one of my closest friends, both in the city and Hamptons, since we were 14. Before we had our driver's licenses, our parents didn't want to get stuck in traffic driving us to each other's houses, so I would bike all the way to the Carvel on Montauk Highway and Sarah's parents would pick me up there.
Do you have any East End traditions?
My mom and I used to do a girls trip to Block Island every summer with the Carters—our friends across the street—but that stopped once we got older and our schedules got harder to coordinate. But I'd like to start it up again, it was such a great tradition. Another tradition is blackberry picking in our driveway, and baking homemade blackberry pies and cobblers from our findings.
Who throws the best parties?
We do! No, but seriously, although we do throw great parties, the Michaelchecks, the Houtenbos’ and the Blacks, who also live across the street, are a three-way tie for second best.
Where do you go for a drink and what’s your usual?
My back porch. And the drink of choice is usually wine, or Champagne—if my mom has anything to do with it.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the Hamptons?
Suki Zuki’s miso black cod is my all-time favorite. I also love the Fudge Company non-fat chocolate peanut butter ice cream or, in the off-season, the weekend buffet at the Southampton Bath & Tennis Club.
Where do you go to totally unplug?
I lay out by our pool with music, or go on a drive in the convertible to Tate's for an iced coffee.
What’s your summer anthem?
Anything off the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits album. Probably "American Girl" or "Runnin' Down a Dream."
What’s the last thing you bought in the Hamptons?
Probably yet another caftan from Calypso in Southampton.
Last night of the summer, where can we find you and what are you doing?
At the house, having a long candlelit dinner party with lots of family, friends, good food, music, and wine.
What’s the difference between a true Hamptonite and a weekender?
I would say true Hamptonites like to stay at their homes and both entertain and unwind, or visit other friends at their homes, rather than go out to restaurants, clubs, and bars all the time.