When it comes to infertility, the CCRM clinic in NYC is where you want to be. Best-friend duo, Jaime Knopman and Sheeva Talebian, have helped numerous close friends of mine get pregnant, and their bed-side manner is what every woman hopes for. Most fertility clinics are more like factories, where you go and sit in a big room staring at a lot of strangers before being seen. At CCRM you get the personalized attention and privacy you want when it comes to struggling with infertility. Their labs are the most high-tech in the country, with innovations that most other clinics do not have. Dr. Knopman and Dr. Talebian discuss all of their patients together as a team, to come up with the most successful plan for each individual.Read More
Not all things are created equal. That is true, even for my skin. On any given day, I can be tackling up to six issues at once. Dry patches, blemishes, wrinkles, dark circles, pores dehydration, sun spots, dullness, shine, the list goes on. Recently I did 5 face masks in one night, yup five. I don’t know what was going on with my skin, but it needed a lot of attention for all different reasons. I was frustrated when having to decide if I should banish the blemishes, or tighten my skin. While I obviously did both, and more, I couldn’t help but feel like the first mask was going to be the most effective, and there was this nagging noise in my head asking if these products should be used one after another.
I ignored that noise, and hoped for the best. I didn’t get the best, but I didn’t get the worst either. Basically, nothing happened, my skin went into hiding and didn’t seem to take in any of the benefits of masking. I never liked the saying “less is more,” less is less! But for once I saw the point and had to agree. While my skin was taking a big time-out from me, I had lots of time to reflect on my bad behavior. Heavy creams are not to go on shiny spots, don’t exfoliate around the eyes, don’t mix retinol with vitamin C. I know all of this already, but how many labels can I read before I give up and slather them all on to my face and pass out. Sometime it’s just too much work, even for me. No wonder everyone is talking about Wander.
Wander Beauty is by two wonderful women, leading busy lives, one entrepreneurial mother of two, and the other a busy supermodel always on the go. While their day-to-day might not look the same, they had one very important thing in common, beauty, and the lack of time they had for it.
Much like my masking dilemmas, they too, didn’t have enough time in their days to use all the products needed to look and feel best. I’m sure most of you can relate to those rushed moments of frantically digging through a giant makeup bag or over-filled product drawers to find the mascara as your dinner date is texting, child is screaming, or Uber driver is calling.
Knowing what real life looks like, this dynamic duo created a beauty line focused on making their products dual-purposed. Two for the price of one! Wander Beauty is now well-known for many of their popular products like the On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator Stick, and my all-time favorite, Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara, but it’s their most recent products that have me eagerly washing my face.
The Multi-Masking Duo by Wander Beauty is the answer to all-time saving skin problems since there are not 25 hours in a day. These magical mates purify, brighten and hydrate. Knowing that skin can be as temperamental as my 8-year-old daughter, these two masks can be used simultaneously in separate areas or one after the other. Divide and conquer.
Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask is to be used first, either all over, or on the t-zone and around the nose only. Not only does this peel-off mask satisfy my need to pick at tiny imperfections, and is in my most flattering shade of pink, but it is also chalked full of ingredients that work wonders to reduce dark spots, wrinkles, acne and pores. It’s also not just a taker, it gives back with hydration and collagen. So thoughtful.
Extended Stay Hydrating Mask comes next and can also be applied all over or alongside the peel-off mask in the areas it was not placed. This mask is so soothing and gentle, it can also be worn overnight for a deep hydration, and a smaller amount into your morning and evening routine, like a lotion. That is some bag of tricks they have packed into one bottle. This soothing mask has many of the same benefits as it’s counterpart, complementing and accelerating the effects while locking it all down.
Partners in crime is nothing new to this world. Thelma and Louise, Batman and Robin, Bonnie and Clyde, Wander Beauty Masking Duo. I sleep better at night now that I use this killer combo, not only because I’m no longer worrying about the science experiment I was layering on my face but mostly because I have more time to relax and rest!
So, some people are visual, some auditory, but, my personal sensory guide, is smell! I’ve always been one to take in an experience based on scent. Oddly, I even wrote my college essay on that topic alone! That being said, my keen sense of smell has always deterred me from wearing perfumes or scented oils, simply because I could not stand any one smell for too long. Olfactory NYC is changing the game when it comes to fragrances, as they aim to make more mild, natural scents, and personalize each one, enabling you to be interactive in the blending and bottling process. It’s DIY for fragrance, and the process can be shared with your children, as they are a family-friendly shop, and want to make more of a fun experience than just your average fragrance store. If you visit, ask them to sample the Mama & Tata which I concocted myself!Read More
Describe yourself in 3 words…
Create a community about family and friends, creative, nurturing.
How have your children inspired you in your career?
My mom inspired me to realize that I wanted to create an environment for others, and so I, as a mother, wanted to create a space for our family and friends to come together.
How did you decide to open Tutto il Giorno?
Tutto il Giorno was born of a love story. While I was on a decor assignment in southern Italy, I met my husband Gianpaolo. We fell in love, married, and settled in my hometown New York City, and the Hamptons. Gianpaolo loved Sag Harbor, which reminded him of his fishing village back home, and all that was missing was his mother's home-style Italian cooking. So while biking one day with his good friend David Mayer, they imagined a Hamptons restaurant that served Nona Carolina's fresh food under the open sky. They vowed to make this dream happen, and in 2007 we opened our first location.
The restaurant business can be very difficult, however you seem to have a lot of success with your spaces. What is your secret recipe for success?
We wanted to create an environment that is chic and intimate. A space that married art with culture. It's secret sauce is it's great staff and their passion for the restaurant. In every great business, the people that support you, are the ones that make your dreams come true.
Pay it forward and name a few of the other favorite restaurants you typically go to with your family.
Same restaurants we have been going for years: Bar Pitti, Indochine, and the kids love Nobu.
What is your favorite family vacation to date?
Our favorite vacations are our holidays in Turks and Caicos, our second home. Spending our days on long walks, swimming, biking, boating, and cooking with our family and friends.
What are your favorite activities to do with your children in the Hamptons?
Both my children are so different, so we share with them different special moments. For Stefania, I love hanging at the barn with her watching her ride, and watching her with her friends. With Sebastian, I love hanging at home and cooking. He makes the best desserts, and always makes us laugh.
What values do you hope to instill in your children?
Compassion, caring, and giving. As my mom taught me, it's not about the "me" but about the "we."
Where can our readers learn more about your restaurant?
By far, the longest relationship I’ve ever had is with my cuticle cutters. From the day we met, we have had an unbreakable bond. We both love to Netflix and chill, we travel together, have made drunken mistakes together, and never go to bed without saying good night.
It’s sad to have to announce, that at this time, my cuticle cutters and I have decided to take a break. This is not a decision I take lightly, for fear that my beloved cuticle cutters will become unhinged, but it had to happen, for I have fallen in love with another. Meet Sundays.Read More
I think it’s so important to maintain a steady diet that is both nutritious, and satisfying. One of the hardest struggles with regards to pregnancy, and the postpartum phase for women, is body image and weight gain. I’ve met many dietitians and nutritionists out there, all wonderful, but none specifically focusing on women preconception, with infertility issues. Sarah Rueven, has a great way about her, always fully committed and available to her clients.
She takes a very personal approach to her practice, making sure her clients feel comfortable and supported throughout the process, as if she were a friend. She leads by example, living a very healthy lifestyle herself through nutrition and fitness, and has helped many women get pregnant through her holistic methods. We had fun going through her pantry together, learning about healthy snacks and alternatives to typical cravings. I wish I’d known about her when I was having children, as I know she would’ve been incredibly helpful to me during some tough hormonal times. Luckily, she’s available now to all of you!Read More
When dressing my girls, I tend to search for clothing similar to my own. I have daughters, so naturally we like to dress up and look pretty, particularly for special occasions and holidays. The best one-stop-shop for all children’s ready-to-wear is Posh boutique in Brooklyn, just over the Bridge. I go there before a vacation, and select an entire wardrobe for both of my girls, that I know we will all love. They carry all of the most unique designers from around the world, particularly European collections you cannot find any place else. Posh also provides personal shopping and will send out pieces on consignment if you are too busy to visit the store.Read More
I always like to be well-informed on the residential real estate market in NYC, as my husband works in the industry. This project called Waterline Square came to my attention, as 3 very impressive architects took on the project as a team, and worked on a set of 3 large towers that complemented one another, with a 3 acre shared park in the center. Overlooking the Hudson River, this property was a neighborhood in and of itself. Cipriani took the largest commercial space in the complex, creating their most unique restaurant, lounge and Italian market, with outdoor seating in the park. Not only did GID create an outdoor sanctuary, beneath the park lies a regulation size tennis court and basketball court, with a full spa, play center, art rooms, gym, and recreation area. I was floored by the land they’d acquired and the way they created this hotel-like experience, with luxury amenities that trump many other buildings in the city. It’s also conveniently located next to the new Collegiate School and Heschel School, so you really do not have to leave the 5 acre radius!Read More
Meeting Marisa Hochberg, head of wellness for the Surf Lodge, was inspirational. She began her health and wellness journey with her own weight-loss battle. She lost 75 pounds through her exercise and nutrition plan and has kept it off ever since. Marisa has created a wellness retreat for the local and visiting community in Montauk. She has recently partnered with ABCV for the nutritional component of the retreat going on this Fall in the Hamptons. Additionally, she has partnered with Camp Soul Grow for family night’s every Wednesday which include kid-friendly healthy meals, live music, and crafts activities for the children in the community.Read More
For a long time, I struggled with finding great rainy day activities in the Hamptons. In the past, I've always either come up with fun arts and crafts projects from the penny store, or visited some of the galleries and museums, but those aren’t full day activities. But now, just in time for the Fall/Winter season out east, The Rubenstein family has opened up the most incredible game center in East Hampton next to the airport, and it’s called the Clubhouse. They have a bowling alley, indoor/outdoor sports bar, incredible arcade, and mini golf. My girls and I had the best time playing all of the games! I’m excited to have this clubhouse around all winter long, as it’s great for family fun when you want to escape the cold.Read More
For a long time, I thought the only public gardens out east were at the Longhouse Reserve. I did some research, and found a beautiful, zen spot even closer in Sagaponack, at the Madoo Conservancy. Madoo feels very private, intimate, and special. There are many sweet little nooks and crannies carved out, with colorful flowers on vines, and mini ponds where my girls liked to stand and make wishes. There are shaded areas to go and read a book for some down time, or possibly stroll through for a romantic evening at sunset. This hidden gem is a must-see as the seasons and leafs begin to change.Read More
I love a good farm stand, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve shopped at the Ludlow’s family farm. They have owned the land for the longest time, and split it between the potato/corn farm and the dairy farm. My girls love going to visit the cows every morning, and feeding the chickens after camp. Recently they opened up a shop on the property of Mecox Bay where they sell all of their artisanal cheeses, milks, and fresh eggs. Going there all summer to stock our house is a real treat, that I will miss as the seasons change. If you get a chance, ask Pete Ludlow to visit the baby cows in the back of the farm where they offer kisses, and bring your camera to capture the special moment!Read More
There are many fun activities for rainy days in the Hamptons, however most of them are under the radar, and therefore underutilized. Many times we make art projects, or go to crafts classes, perhaps visit the children’s museum, Parrish Art Museum, or the library. However, there are some other interesting options like the Dan Flavin Institute located in the town of Bridgehampton.Read More
Describe yourself in 3 words...
Brave, hardworking, loyal, caring.
How did you get started? Explain the process of starting your own apparel and accessory brand.
I started my brand in 2001. After launching a capsule collection that landed me on “The Tonight Show,” my bags became an overnight success. In 2005, my “Morning After Bag” ignited my career as a handbag designer. In 2009, I introduced my first ready-to-wear collection. Today, I design not only handbags and accessories, but also footwear, jewelry, watches, as well as a men’s clothing under the Uri Minkoff label.
What inspired you to create your own handbag and apparel business?
I decided if I was going to work this hard, then it better be me answering to myself at the end of the day.
You have grown rapidly, and now have a very established, well-known brand. What would you say attributes to brand longevity?
Persistence, not taking no for an answer, connecting with your customer and listening to her.
How have your children impacted your brand?
My children have made me become stronger and more focused. I hope I am a role model and an inspiration to my children. I want to set an example for them and inspire them to always follow their dreams. Having them also made me a hyper multitasker and also forced me to rely on my team for what they are there to do.
What is the greatest challenge of balancing mom life and work life? What tips can you provide our readers who struggle with this?
I don’t think the work/life balance is something you can magically achieve. I often say that balance is a term that was made up to make women feel inadequate for not achieving it. I think it’s about juggling and knowing what you’re comfortable with. And then knowing that once you figure that out, you don’t go beyond that. It’s about finding the ebbs and flows about how your life goes. Ultimately, balance is the goal, but not always realistic. For me, I want to walk my kid to school every morning. That means we don’t have meetings with me until 9:30 a.m. Or I won’t leave my kids for more than 5 days or they come with me. It’s those give and takes that are unique to each mother that she must explore for herself.
What are your favorite children’s clothing shops?
Monica and Andy, Sapling Child.
What are your favorite online sites for children?
Abcmouse for screen time and they learn as well.
What are your favorite Hamptons kid’s activities in the summer time?
- Hanging out in our backyard by the pool is the best.
- Going to the beach.
- We love to cook and bbq so a perfect day is the pool, bike ride to beach, following by a big family meal outside.
What values do you hope to instill in your children?
Courage, compassion, independence, hardworking, grateful, and kindness.
Everyone knows I love to workout. Getting dressed for Tracy Anderson every morning means I need a ton of workout gear, because let’s be honest, looking cute is half the battle! Over the years, I’ve realized that I tend to wear more swimwear to the gym, because it’s all made with spandex, and has a lot of give. Additionally, if any of you have seen the pool of sweat surrounding me after my workouts, you’d understand why swimsuits are my preferred attire! Perfect Moment is a swimwear line that is so sporty looking, I can easily pass it off as gym clothes. They have amazing one-pieces I can wear both in the ocean and on the dance floor. Their fit is perfect, and the quality of their fabrics makes the line truly unique. Now, my kids can match me in their new mini collection of rash guards, swimsuits and sweatsuits.Read More
Sunday funday was spent at the beach pit of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, where I hosted friends and family for a day of children’s activations and delicious mini bites. Monica & Andy put together a great roster of activities including DJ lessons, making customized hand painted jackets, building sand castles, and face painting. The kids snacked on mini lobster rolls, chicken fingers, crudités, mini grilled cheese, and fresh little spoon smoothies packed with healthy ingredients. Monica & Andy had a booth filled with the cutest printed onesies, dresses and pajama sets, my favorite being the banana leaf print! Everyone enjoyed mingling and the kids had a fun-filled day, which is really what Sundays are all about! A win win!Read More
Buying an evening gown, or any dress, for that matter, for a very special occasion, pains me, because I end up spending a fortune on a look I’ll only wear once, that then, retires to my closet. I hate to be wasteful, so thankfully Armarium, founded by Trisha Gregory and Alexandra Lind Rose, is a company that allows me to wear beautiful, current collections for a night, for a fraction of the price, to be returned the following day. Trisha has had relationships with all of the top designers, as she has worked in the industry for years, and has curated the best selection of designer pieces for her showroom. This summer, she spread her wings to the east end and has opened her first pop-up shop in Southampton, located at 28C Jobs Lane to make it accessible for all of us attending the numerous events and parties in the Hamptons.Read More
Having been in education the majority of my life, and teaching children with learning disabilities, I know the importance of various therapists to help young children find success. Many children I worked with struggled with speech in some form, and finding a great speech pathologist that goes above and beyond to connect with each child is a priority in fixing the issue. Luckily, Andie Schneider opened up her own speech pathology practice in New York called New York Speaks, and she has expanded her services to the Hamptons this summer. She works with both children and adults, and does home visits to make the session convenient for parents on the east end.Read More
WEBSITE: http://hamptonsaristocrat.com PHONE: 631.488.0581
The best catering in the Hamptons is hands down the lovely ladies at Hamptons Aristocrat. Lucky for us, this year, they have opened up their first restaurant located in Bridgehampton, and it’s my very favorite brunch on the east end. Everything they cook is all-natural and organic, from local farms, and they garnish with herbs and flowers from their own garden on the property. Their presentation is eco-friendly and absolutely beautiful, always with a pop of color and flavor. My favorite on the menu is their tuna tacos, garnished with avocado and herbs. Louisa and Lexi are two of the cutest best-friends I’ve ever met, and they are a damn good duo in the kitchen. They gave me the best lessons on which farms to shop for the best produce and dairy, and I could’ve stayed to hang with them all day because they are such a pleasure. If you want take-out for a picnic on the beach, or a day on the boat, they offer that as well behind the counter.Read More
Describe yourself in 3 words...
How have your children inspired you to launch your own brand?
Having children changes your perspective on virtually everything. I felt this change the minute I was pregnant with my first. My business partner Danilo Giordano and I have been talking for years about launching a footwear brand together. I thought to myself: why am I working for others when I can build something for my children? Something I’m passionate about, something I believe in. Something they can be proud of one day. I hope to be a role model and an inspiration to by children, setting an example to always go after their dreams.
What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date?
My patience. At first, I had a hard time accepting that when spending time with my daughter, I can’t do anything else. Which is hard when you are launching a business because your brain is constantly working! I know that she could feel my disconnection. What I learned is that even when you are overwhelmed with several things, the key is to focus on one thing at a time. You can’t multitask when spending time with your children. Now when I spend time with them – I do it actively and consciously. Quality over quantity.
What are your favorite new baby products to hit the market?
A French children’s skincare line called MINOIS. I am completely obsessed with the texture, quality and smell of their products.
Pay it forward and tell us a few of your favorite shoe designers?
Of course, my favorite shoe designer is my business partner and Creative Director Danilo Giordano! His designs are so feminine and emotional – they just make you feel special when you wear them.
I love Gianvito Rossi for a simple and elegant look. Golden Goose sneakers to run around on weekends.
And Malone Souliers. They have a strong identity and make beautiful shoes with a twist.
What is your favorite shoe brand for children?
Elephantito for shoes and sandals; Superga for sneakers.
What is your favorite family vacation destination?
The South of France. My husband is French as his parents live there so we spend some time there every summer with my brothers- and sisters-in-law and their 11 children. The air, the light, the colors, the smell – it’s such a special place!
What are your go-to activities with your children in the Hamptons this summer? Any favorite classes?
Can’t beat the beach and a pool filled with floaties! When we want to take them for a walk we love the Walking Dunes trail in Amagansett and LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. And of course, the Children’s Museum in Bridgehampton, when it rains. I also love to take the kids to the sunset Fridays and Saturdays at Wölffer Estate.
How did you find the process of setting up a new business? What advice would you give to women who are looking to become entrepreneurs?
I was completely clueless at the beginning. As confident as I was in regards to our vision and my knowledge of the industry – setting up a business was a whole other animal. I worked in corporate for very large companies my entire career – setting up a business was far from anything I had learned.
Do we opt for an LLC or a corporation? Where and how do I register the business? The legal aspect, trademarks, accounting, IT, logistics – you name it! I knew nothing about these things! My husband helped us write the business plan and I asked a lot of my entrepreneurial friends how they started their businesses. I asked them for recommendations and guidance. And somehow it just all fell into place. Listen to your gut and believe in yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. It’s a lot of work, but unbelievably rewarding. After all, it’s YOURS.
What is your mantra?
Don’t dream your life. Live your dream.
What values do you hope to instill in your children?
To be grateful, open-minded, curious, confident, kind, determined, considerate, just and honest.