When we were teenagers everything had to be tie dyed or we simply refused to wear it! We affiliate it with all of the happiest times in our life, at camp and in the backyard at our beach house. It is a summer staple and Little O has brought it back into our life for our babies! The designer, a mama of almost three, started making each piece by hand in her home. She shares our same affinity for liberty prints and shibori, and created a beautiful collection of rompers, dresses, jackets, hats and scarves, that are best described as dreamy! Every mama we know will be searching for these this summer, so here you go! Happy shopping!Read More
CAPELLI SALON : 2491 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY, (631) 537-9545
When I became a Mama and started living out east full-time in the summer with my children, I realized I needed to find a great waxing salon for all of the grooming we need during bikini season! I tried many places all over the Hamptons, but had some bad experiences. Finally, I came across Judy! She saved me and my sex life! Judy works out of Capelli Salon in Bridgehampton town. She is painless and detail oriented, leaving no hair behind. She is also the greatest facialist out here and the go-to woman for spraying tanning, for those who avoid sun exposure.
SYLVESTER & CO. 103 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY, ph. (631) 725-5012
Every time I'm invited to a friend's house for dinner or a house-warming, I never know what to bring. A bottle of wine is so easy and appreciated, but I like to give something that really suits their home when I'm graciously invited. Sylvester & Co. carries the best selection of gifts and home goods, from beautiful and unusual dishes to the prettiest backgammon or dart set. I could spend hours examining all of the fun odds and ends this shop provides. If you travel to the back, you will find the goodies! They have the best coffee/tea bar in the Hamptons, and next to it they offer everything you can imagine covered in chocolate! We never leave without a few chocolate graham crackers, a chocolate covered rice krispies treat, and chocolate s'mores. Take your kiddies along when you go shop because they will be in heaven from all of the treats!Read More
What are your favorite kids clothing designers?
I have too many favorites! But to name just a few, from the day Sky was born I have loved Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Stella McCartney.
What are your favorite Hamptons activities with your kids?
We love spending a full day at the beach and having a bonfire with our friends and all the kids. We also love watching Nacho Figueras and team play polo and the kids love The Children's Museum of the East End. One of my favorite traditions is a Friday night at Wolffer vineyard while we relax, listen to music and watch the sunset.
What are you favorite Hamptons beaches?
My favorite beaches are Georgica, Maidstone, Sagg Main, Gibson, and Peter's Pond.
What are your favorite restaurants out east?
Moby's, Tutto Il Giorno, Nick and Toni's, The Palm, Crows Nest, The Beacon and Topping Rose.
How have your two boys influenced your personal style and new clothing line?
My boys influence me in everything I do because they are always at the forefront of my mind. As a mother, my personal style has become more relaxed and practical—I wear things that can last all day, that aren't too precious or wrinkle too easily.
As a designer I'm always thinking about the working mom or the multi-hyphenate woman who wants to look and feel her best. My goal is for women to achieve that everyday, effortless take on glamour.
What has been your most memorable and special collaboration to date?
One of my most recent and exciting collaborations is my exclusive summer capsule collection with Net a Porter. It's been a dream come true for me as a designer!
What is the mantra you live by?
I live by so many mantras both personally and professionally. The one that remains constant is to always be kind, honest and loyal. That doesn't mean you should expect that in return sadly, especially in business. I believe that you can succeed without stepping on people to get where you want to be.
I also believe in teaching my children empathy at a very young age, that feeling of compassion will go a long way as they build character and become their own person.
Lastly, I believe in always giving back. Philanthropy, primarily advocating for children, has become another full-time job for me and by far the most rewarding. I feel as though I can never do enough, and that motivates me to do more, and get more involved on a deeper level.
How do you carve out time for yourself being a full-time mom and career woman? How do you like to spend this time?
I honestly don't take time for myself...almost never. Im either working or with my children. Any free time that I have, is quality time I spend with Skyler and Kaius -- it isn't necessarily relaxing but always perfect and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
TENET: 91 Main Street, Southampton, NY, ph. (631) 377-3981, (2nd pop-up location 51 Newton Lane, East Hampton) ,
This shop is the most well-curated shop for men and women in the Hamptons and recently expanded to a second pop-up location in East Hampton. I started helping Jesse Warren, the store's owner, with buying when he first came up with the idea to enter the women's fashion world. He originally only sold men's apparel, but thought it best to have a place where a husband and wife could shop together. I couldn't agree more!
Since Tenet opened I have been consulting for him and assisting in the women's buying as an overall tastemaker for the shop, and it's grown to include all of my top picks for fashion brands-- he sells everything from Golden Goose and Isabel Marant, to Cushnie Et Ochs and Johanna Ortiz. There are super affordable pieces alongside some very high-end merchandise, a perfect mix, so there is something for everyone! We will be adding children's clothing to the East Hampton store, which will be curated by yours truly, so get excited as it can now be a full family shopping experience!
Farmer Frank makes farming fun. His farm stand is very bright and beach chic! It has that east end surf-style vibe that we all crave in the summertime. His farm is one of two organic farms in the Hamptons, and the best news is that they deliver in the Hamptons, NYC and Brooklyn year-round. For all of you busy, multi-tasking mamas, Frank may be your new best friend! He loves when his customers visit the farm to pick their produce themselves and encourages parents to bring their kiddies to take part in the process. We had a great time eating his lettuces and broccoli straight out of the ground. It would be a smart move to sign up for his deliveries, as it's a delicious and healthy choice for you and your little ones.
MELET MERCANTILE : Crow's Nest, 4 Old West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY
If ever in Montauk, especially with your family, the best place to eat, relax, and watch the sunset is Crow's Nest, bar none! What's even better, is that after you eat, drink, and relax, there is a little outpost of Bob Melet's appointment-only boutique, Melet Mercantile, where you can find the most beautiful vintage pieces around. The jewelry is one-of-a-kind, old coin necklaces, chunky turquoise and silver chokers, and beautiful coral beaded bracelets. If you need an activity with your kids, head over to the DIY necklace station where you pick your own beads and string them to make fun necklaces and bracelets. My kids have made pieces they wear with pride on a daily basis! My new favorite find at Melet Mercantile are the Lingua Franca vintage cashmere sweaters with embroidered phrases. Go grab one if you can as they sell out fast! If clothing isn't your thing, browse their awesome vintage book collection. A little something for everyone...
GREEN THUMB: 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY, ph. (631) 726-1900
For organic fresh fruit and veggies, we go to the Green Thumb farm stand in Water Mill. I think we stop in at least three times per week because our family lives on natural candy! Our favorite picks are their tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines, peaches, and blackberries. The Halsey family also selects the best snacks and pies to stock at their stand, so my kids always want to come along when we shop. I always grab their fresh raspberry jams and local raw honey for my sweet tooth and they never disappoint in the Fall for pumpkin season!Read More
CYNTHIA ROWLEY: 696 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY, ph. (631) 668-8077
My favorite Hamptons activity and ab workout is paddle boarding in Mecox Bay. The Cynthia Rowley boutique in Montauk is my go-to shop for fashionable and feminine wetsuits! Her prints are inspiring, bright, happy, and clearly influenced by her children. The wet suits fit like a glove and make me feel beautiful while I paddle away. Let's be honest, it always feels good to work out in something that makes you look and feel great! Cynthia's store is beachy and beautiful, and completely represents her personal aesthetic. The cherry on top is the coffee/snack bar attached and the new La Ligne pop-up in the back. It's a unique shopping experience!Read More
How has your child affected your budding fashion career and involvement in the vineyard?
I have become so much better at time management. I have much less time so I want to make sure the time I am away from Nell is used efficiently. I also feel even more inspired because I work harder to being an example for her as well as give her a similar childhood I was so fortunate to have.
How has your baby inspired your creativity and how is this reflected in the pieces you select for your shop?
I feel more daring and even more inspired to bring unique pieces into my store. Nothing is more intimidating and life changing as childbirth so everything else in life just feels easier now!
What has been your most useful purchase for yourself or your baby?
The BOB running stroller. We love going running and exploring together as a family!
What do you find most effective in sleep training your baby?
I think its so hard to listen to your baby cry but I remind myself that as long as she is not sick, she is fine and this will just help her in the future. Temper tantrums aren't productive!
How do you carve out “me” time? And how do you like to spend this time?
My me time is on my horse. It's the only time I ever feel i can focus on myself. It is so rewarding and necessary even if its just an hour!
What are your favorite farms to shop for baby's food? Any favorite baby food recipes?
I love Serene Green off of Noyac Road in Sag Harbor. They are so helpful with recipes and are always there to guide you to what is in season. I am still in the experimenting with food stage with Nell. She is just 1 so its hard to force her to eat certain things, but I am trying my hardest to make her an adventurous eater. She Loves cilantro which is great because we have a plethora in our garden!
Favorite activities to do out east with your little girl?
We love CMEE and feel so lucky to have it so close to us. We also just started music classes at the Winestand with the group SHINE from NYC for kids two and under. I also love taking Nell to our barn Wolffer Estate Stables. She was given a mini horse called Dolly and we go visit her all the time.
What is your favorite kid-friendly vacation destination?
Well, this is NOT a close destination but we recently took Nell to Bali and had a blast with her. It was such an adventure to share as a family.
What are your favorite kids clothing shops?
Stella and Ruby in Sag Harbor, Girls on Greenwich Consignment(online), Smallable.com, Fancy Kids London and Makie!
Favorite children’s books?
The entire Babar series, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, Corduroy, Unlovable (the sweetest book ever)
Favorite kid-friendly restaurants?
Wolffer Kitchen (of course), Estia, Sen, and LT Burger
BABINSKI'S FARM STAND: 160 Newlight Lane, Water Mill, NY
As a Mama, it's very difficult to find fresh boneless fish to feed my children. After a long search out east, I found Babinski's Farm Stand, where they have a fresh catch from Thursday- Sunday. The fresh lobsters are perfect for at-home lobster rolls since they chop up on site and jar for us. Their fish is so clean and delicious, we have it cooking in our home almost every night, and all it needs is a pinch of sea salt and touch of olive oil! It makes healthy eating easy! If you're in the mood to splurge, they also have the most spectacular cheeses, fresh coffee crumb cakes, and chocolate chip banana bread! The kiddies can go ride on a the big red tractor out front, pick beautiful wild flowers, or feed the chickens out back! Family fun for all!
LONGHOUSE RESERVE: 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY, ph. (631) 329-3568
Recently, Tata, Kenz and I decided to take a little adventure to Longhouse Reserve, and we found ourselves in a true treasure of serenity! I had heard about friends' weddings and events there, but was overwhelmed by the beauty of the property in person. There are 16 acres of secret gardens filled with massive beautiful sculptures and little hidden treasures. This was the best outdoor museum we had ever experienced; it felt magical walking around and stumbling upon the next set of beautiful sculptures amidst lush greenery, flowers, apple trees, and ponds. We kept wanting to go further into this reserve and get lost in its breathtaking beauty. I know I will be spending more time there, as the scenery changes with each season. I highly suggest you go visit either with your children for an educational and memorable experience or even for a romantic afternoon walk with your partner.Read More
MONTAUK SALT CAVE: 552 W. Lake Dr., Montauk, NY, ph: (631) 668-7258
The Montauk Salt Cave is the ultimate healing experience. When I initially told my daughter we were going into a cave, she was naturally a bit frightened and timid. When we got inside, and she saw the pink glow, and dug her feet in the pink salt crystal floor, she was in pink heaven! The minute you walk into the cave, the air you breathe in feels different and your nose and lungs are more clear. It feels refreshing and invigorating, even just for a 30/40 minute session. You can lay down directly in the salt crystals or sit on a lounge chair, and just by inhaling, you will reap the benefits. This cave helps tremendously with seasonal allergies and asthma to open up the passage ways and make it easier on the respiratory system. Every day they have a children's hour at 4pm, so it is a great time to go enjoy this natural medicine with your family.
92nd Street Y: http://www.92y.org/
All Souls School: https://www.allsoulsschoolnyc.org/
Bank Street: https://www.bankstreet.edu/school-children/
Central Synagogue: http://www.centralsynagogue.org/learning/early_childhood_center
Epiphany Community Nursery School: https://www.ecns.org/
Fifth Avenue Synagogue: http://www.5as.org/index.php/pre-school
First Friends Pre-School: http://www.ffpreschoolnyc.com/
Garden House School: http://www.gardenhouseschool.com/new-york.html
Gillen Brewer School: http://www.gillenbrewer.com/
Horace Mann Preschool: http://www.horacemann.org/page.cfm?p=150
Park Avenue Synagogue: https://pasyn.org/lifelong-learning/early-childhood-center
Resurrection Episcopal Day School: http://www.redsny.org/
Rudolf Steiner School: http://steiner.edu/nursery/
St. Jean Baptiste Toddler Play Group: http://stjeanbaptisteny.org/toddler-play-group/
Temple Emanu-El: http://www.emanuelnyc.org/simple.php/ed_nursery
Temple Israel Early Childhood Learning Center: http://www.templeisraelnyc.org/learning/early-childhood/eclc
Temple Shaaray Tefila Nursery School: https://shaaraytefilanyc.org/nursery-school
The Brick Church School: http://www.brickchurchschool.org/RelId/33637/ISvars/default/Home.htm
The Dwight School: https://www.dwight.edu/preschool-kindergarten
The Episcopal School: http://www.episcopalschool.org/page
The Goddard School: http://www.goddardschool.com/
West Side Montessori School: http://wsmsnyc.org/home/
York Avenue Preschool: http://www.yorkavenuepreschool.org/
Avenues School: http://www.avenues.org/en/nyc/apply-early-learning-center/
Barrow Street: http://www.greenwichhouse.org/nursery_school/index
Buckle My Shoe Nursery School: http://www.bucklemyshoe.org/welcomehome#welcome
Chelsea Day School: http://chelseadayschool.org/
City and Country: http://www.cityandcountry.org/page
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School: http://www.lemanmanhattan.org/
First Presbyterian: http://www.fpcns.org/welcome/
Jack and Jill School: http://www.thejackandjillschool.org/
Montessori Flatiron: http://www.themontessorischools.org/
Montessori of Manhattan Beach Street: http://www.montessorimanhattan.com/page
Montessori of Manhattan Gold Street: http://www.montessorimanhattan.com/Page/Programs/Toddler
Montessori Soho: http://www.themontessorischools.org/
Reade Street Prep: http://www.rsprep.com/
The Blue School: http://www.blueschool.org/
The Washington Market School: http://washingtonmarketschool.org/
Tribeca Community School: http://www.tribecacommunityschool.com/
Village Preschool Center: https://www.villagepreschoolcenter.com/wp/
West Village Nursery School: https://www.westvillagenurseryschool.org/
JENNI KAYNE: 2 Main Street, Southampton, NY, ph. (631) 268-2144
Every time I visited L.A., I found myself running over to the Brentwood Country Mart for a shop at Jenni Kayne. Her flats were always my favorite, especially the leopard or suede, as they were easy to slip on, comfortable to walk around in, and made every outfit chic and complete. I could never find a vast collection of her line anywhere in New York, so this shop was a real treat. When doing the buying for Tenet, I found their clothing line of cozy cashmere sweaters and linen shirt dresses all to die for! I particularly love their long sweater jackets to throw over any white t-shirt and jeans. They are a staple in my closet. It was a delightful surprise to find their newest pop-up shop located on a charming corner of Southampton town. They now carry the best line of high waisted skinny jeans that are a must-have. Definitely drop in for their collection of sweaters, jeans and flats to start curating your fall wardrobe!Read More
WATER MILL PILATES: 58 Deerfield Rd, Water Mill, NY, (631) 835-2281
I've searched high and low for an amazing pilates studio in the city because I have been spoiled by the lovely Elizabeth Falkowski, founder of Water Mill Pilates. I found Elizabeth about 10 years ago, and fell in love with her private instruction and her personality. She really tailors the instruction to each individual client, ensures that you are doing the positions safely and correctly, and for me, she amps it up with heavy resistance since I love an intense workout. The stretching complements all of the heavy impact workouts I do at Tracy Anderson. Elizabeth holds both privates and small classes at her studio in Core Dynamics. She is by far the best pilates instructor I have ever had, and she is a beautiful person inside and out. Elizabeth books up well in advance so call quickly to get an appointment this summer!Read More
How have your children impacted your designs and inspired you?
I launched the Baby Girl swim line and my new little boys swim line (yet to be named) for my children, so yes, you could say that! My whole design philosophy is inspired by my life and lifestyle. I always design for a woman who wears many hats and still wants to look beautiful and feel confident!
What is the age difference among your children and how has Sienna helped in raising your twins?
Sienna is 11 and the twins are three. There is a full 7 and a half year age difference between them. It was certainly not my plan, but it’s actually quite lovely. Sienna has always felt the babies are hers. There is very little competitiveness between them. I’m still able to spend a lot of time with all of them, since they are on such different schedules.
Which classes do you consider the most beneficial in NYC for all of your children, both educationally and recreationally?
I think the little maestros class is a great one. It’s a nice open space, and not overly constricted. I was never a huge fan of all the childhood classes. I would rather take the kids to central park and scavenger, or kick a ball with them...
Where do your children attend camp?
My children attend Hampton Country Day and Ross.
What are your favorite kids clothing shops?
I have to say, I honestly do most of my shopping for the kids online. I am crazy about the children website www.little-circus.com. Crewcuts is pretty cute for all three of my children.
What is your most memorable family vacation?
We recently went to the Viceroy in Anguilla. It was fantastic. Great for my three year olds and my 11 year old, and mommy had fun too!
What is the best advice you have ever received in terms of managing your family life and business?
I think just watching my parents, especially my father, who also ran his own business. My parents made life fun and happy, and I knew, no matter what, my parents were always there to catch me if I needed them. That gave me the confidence to take great leaps and risks. I hope I do the same for my babies.
KNOCKOUT BEAUTY: 2400 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
This brand new gem located on a cute corner in Bridgehampton town has been a life saver! In all of my years spending summers out east, I was always baffled by the lack of beauty and makeup shops that existed. There was not a single spot to get any solid beauty product, other than Saks, which closed up shop years ago. Did people in the Hamptons not wear makeup!?! Finally, we have this perfectly curated store that provides knowledge and beauty! Cayli Cavaco is a beauty connoisseur with a great eye for talent. She has stocked up on products from all of the best NYC facialists, hair stylists and dermatologists to help us stay beautiful all summer long. Her shop is more of a personalized beauty experience as she listens to her customers about their skin issues, and then finds them the perfect match.
SURF BAZAAR: at The Surf Lodge, 123 Edgemere Street, ph: (631) 668-1035
I must admit when walking into Surf Bazaar, a very small, colorful shop connected to the Surf Lodge, I thought I'd be in and out in a few minutes! As I began looking around, and examining the selection, I was all wrong. You can spend hours there trying on every Mikoh, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and La Maree bikini, studying all of the beautiful linen and tie-dye beach covers, melting over the coziest t-shirts and sweatshirts they design themselves. This was the most well-curated beach shack shop I have ever been to, and I have surveyed many! I not only wanted everything for myself, I wanted everything from their chic and unique kids collection for my daughters. I was so excited to have twinning beach outfits for my mini! Bethany, who also co-owns Botanica Bazaar, has an exceptional eye and the best taste, so when in Montauk, you must stop in. This shop needs to be added to your "to do" list!