Celebrities from all walks of entertainment joined in the celebration for the 20th anniversary of 13th annual Love Heals at Luna Farm event Saturday evening on July 9, 2012. The event brought out stars like designer Rebecca Minkoff, pianist Chloe Flower, news anchor Chris Wragge and Kelli Delaney, to name a few. While munching on Southern BBQ and sipping on summer cocktails by Patron, celebs also danced all night long with tunes from DJ Kiss.
All through the night, hosts Hilary Rhoda, Charlotte Ronson, Andrew Saffir, and Daniel Benedict mixed with co-founder Dini von Mueffling, Niche Media’s Samantha Yanks, as well as friends for a spectacular night.
And all was for a good cause as The Alison Gertz Foundation raised over $300,000 with the help of its 650 guests. Founded in 1992 to carry on the memory of late AIDS activist Alison Gertz, the organization aims to empower and encourage youth advocacy against HIV/AIDS with proper educational tools and community outreach.
Love Heals birthday bash was a success with the help of Patron Birthday Splash, Luna Farm Refresher, and Healing Touch and all the wonderful celebs who contributed to such a noteworthy cause.
As Editor in Chief of Gotham and Hamptons Magazines, Samantha Yanks is the authority for what’s hot and new in the Hamptons. If you’re heading out East this weekend or any time this summer, check out her fab picks for what to do, see and eat. Be sure to bookmark this one! xxMelissa
8 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights
Marie’s simple designs have complex meaning. The best-selling Jackie shirt was inspired by the plight of sex trafficking slaves. A portion of the sale of each shirt is donated to the Katie Ford organization to combat sex trafficking.
Everything But Water
66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
Boardwalk floors and cabana fitting rooms make you feel like you’re already at the beach. Browse through racks of swim and resortwear by Lisa Curran, Eberjay and Shoshanna in a “laid-back yet lux” environment.
5 Main Street, Southampton
Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, this pop-up will be more than just a store. There will be ice cream socials every Saturday afternoon and live DJs and dance parties every Saturday and Sunday.
Ruby and Jenna
78 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Young shoppers will find reasonably priced clothes in a high-end environment. New merchandise arrives daily, so they’re always stocked with the newest trends, from colored denim to high low dresses.
James B. Fairchild
619 Hampton Road, Southampton
The store’s stunning décor is only the beginning of the unique finds this store has to offer. Everything they sell is one-of-a-kind, like the fabulous vintage Hermes and Chanel accessories.
The one-day only pop-up party is back! Topshop is headed back to Montauk after the success of last summer’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pop-up store. The shopping extravaganza will be held on July 28th at Ruschmeyer’s.
38 Main Street, East Hampton
The new store, opening Memorial Day weekend, aims to be a little piece of TriBeCa in the Hamptons. We hear they are planning special summer items that will be more colorful than the neutral palette Nili is known for.
46 Jobs Lane, Southampton
The high-end home furnishing pop-up will feature pieces by international artisans, rotating until Labor weekend. Products from their exclusive collection, Be:Sotted, will be on display, and as the name suggests, all are fully customizable.
Melissa Meyers: What hot Hamptons restaurants should we all be trying this summer?
Almond’s move to the former One Ocean Road location comes as delightful news to me: it’s one of my favorite spots to have steamed mussels with shallots and white wine, and is now steps away from my home. Eric Lemonides and Chef Jason Weiner always deliver delicious French bistro fare using local produce and products, and their bouillabaisse is divine.
Tutto Il Giorno
After the enormous success of Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor, Southamptonites are now blessed with a Tutto to call their own. With fresh grilled fish set in the most serene environment, the second location from Gabby Karan and Maurizio Marfoglia will be seeing me quite a bit this season. The rustic Italian fare is outstanding and the house made papardelle is a personal favorite.
Richie Notar has finally found an East End home for Nobu at the newly renovated Capri Hotel in Southampton. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley was enlisted to add her chic perspective to the interiors, as well as an expansive poolside and event area called The Bathing Club and her new on-site boutique. The best part, you ask? Oodles of Nobu catering at fabulous events this summer.
Page at 63 Main
Natural, local organic ingredients are the focus of all the dishes at Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor. Try the Soba noodles and Asian steamed buns. They also have a fabulous quick-service cafe and juice bar – Back Page Café – located in back serving healthy, organic juices, smoothies, coffees, pastries, hot entrées, picnic lunches and other pre-packaged fare.
New to Montauk is Ruschmeyer’s and its farm fresh restaurant courtesy of the boys behind Manhattan’s Fat Radish. With an emphasis on local ingredients, the menu focuses on clams, mussels and other seafood fresh from the ocean.
La Maison Blanche
As if you needed another reason to visit Shelter Island. The restaurant at this new 8-room boutique hotel near Crescent Beach features a solid French brasserie helmed by Charles le Tous (of L’Absinthe fame) and thoughtfully designed wine and cocktail menus.
Red Bar Brasserie is opening a sister spot, Little Red, near Agawam Park. A more casual dining option, the menu promises delicious American fare and an extensive wine list
A favorite that opened last year is Todd Mitgang’s South Eddison, located by the sandy shores of Montauk, with its extensive raw bar, the all-important lobster roll, and other summertime classics.
MM: What gift do you like to bring when visiting friends in the Hamptons?
SY: Two great books to bring if you’re a houseguest this summer: Hamptons Gardens by Jack deLashmet offers a sneak peak into the East End’s most exciting private gardens, handpicked for this visually stunning tome; Savoring the Hamptons by Water Mill resident Silvia Lehrer is a culinary celebration, divided by season and comprising more than 250 recipes as well as stories and photos of local wineries, farmers, fisherman, artisans, and restaurateurs.
MM: What’s your favorite beach read this summer?
SY: For a fun beach read, check out Katie Lee’s Groundswell¸ a sentimental tale about the healing powers of surfing. It even inspired a Stila makeup palette called Stunning in Sayulita ($14), available at Flying Point Surf & Sport in Southampton, featuring casual hues perfect for warm days on your long board.
Buy Now, Hamptons Gardens by Jack deLashmet, $94.50
Buy Now, Savoring the Hamptons by Silvia Lehrer, $19.73
Buy Now, Groundswell by Katie Lee, $15.67
Buy Now, Stila makeup palette: Stunning in Sayulita, $14
MM: Where are the trendy places to get polished and pampered?
Paul Labrecque Hamptons Traveling Salon & Spa
Paul Labrecque and his team of expert beauty professionals are now making house calls in the Hamptons. Clients will find the same range of services they can get at any of Paul’s three NYC salons – cuts, colors, spray tans, facials, nails, waxing – either in the comfort of their own home or, if applicable, on their boat.
27 Hampton Salon
This summer sees Bianka Leffert debut an expanded 27 Hampton Salon in Southampton that includes a private VIP room to cater to higher-profile clientele. Of course she still carries lines I love like Oribe, Trish McEvoy and Kerastase, and the complete Ouidad line for curly hair.
Bond No. 9
Bond No.9 opens its first Hamptons outpost, sweetly nestled inside The American Hotel in Sag Harbor. Decked out with a deep-sea-blue chandelier and mirrored accents, the stores carries all 45 scents, including Long Island-inspired eaux like Hamptons and Andy Warhol Montauk. Scented candles, soaps, body cream, body lotion, and other little luxuries are also on hand and a Sag Harbor fragrance is even in the works.
MM: What are some of the chic boutiques and stores we should check out?
Artisan Workshop Beach Bohemia Luxury
Amongst the reptilian skin-clad beach bags from handbag designer Carlos Falchi lies the ultimate luxury – a python surfboard. And yes, I want it.
38 Main St, East Hampton, 631-324-5859.
I love Eres for its lingerie and now the East Hampton outpost is spoiling us with chic swim separates.
55 Main St, East Hampton, 631-604-5544; eresparis.com.
There’s more to Lacoste than classic polos in a rainbow of hues; the new store offers jewelry, accessories, beach towels and fragrance.
48 Main St, East Hampton; lacoste.com.
My one-stop-shop for wedges and sandals this season. Also stocking an array of patterned espadrilles from Theodora & Callum, the great new label by Desiree Gruber and Stefani Greenfield.
53 The Circle, East Hampton; theodoraandcallum.com.
Still looking for Father’s Day goodies? This swimwear boutique from St. Barth’s specializes in men’s beachwear, with swim trunks from the likes of Orlebar Brown and Sundek.
53 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-873-4121.
I love the huge Cut25 selection, Yigal’s secondary line of baby blankets and T-shirts made from the excess fabrics of his RTW collections.
2415 Main St, Bridgehampton; yigal-azrouel.com.
Maison 24 Beach Couture
I have always loved Louis and Allison’s modern approach to Hamptons’ homes and knew their fantastic Beach Couture shop would be stocked with great finds.
2424 Main St, Bridgehampton, 631-537-2488; maison24.com.
| SAMANTHA YANKS
Editor In Chief, Gotham Magazine, Hamptons Magazines
Samantha Yanks, Editor in Chief of Niche Media’s Gotham and Hamptons magazines, is an extraordinary talent in the publishing business with 10 years experience in the fashion and publishing fields. As Editor in Chief, Yanks is responsible for overseeing the editorial pages and securing and managing the magazines’ high-profile contributors and covers. She generates content that focuses on New York and Hamptons-based personalities, establishments and the best that the city has to offer in the worlds of beauty, business, culture and dining, entertainment, fashion, interior design, and real estate. Prior to her current position, Yanks was Fashion & Accessories Director for Niche Media where she scoured the country for fashion in every city filling her pages in Aspen Peak, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, and Philadelphia Style with the hottest trends around. Before that, Yanks was Senior Accessories Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine where she oversaw the department and assisted Oprah Winfrey in compiling her monthly “O List”. Yanks nurtured and honed her talents at Vogue Magazine in the Fashion and Accessories department where her career quickly blossomed from Associate Accessories Editor to Accessories Editor in her five years at the magazine.Most recently Yanks has become an on-air expert on numerous television segments discussing fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She has appeared on News 12, NBC’s “The Today Show”, “Nightly News” and LX TV, and is regularly featured on Taxi TV.
Samantha Yanks graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelors degree. Today she lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and daughter.
Editor-in-Chief, Gotham and Hamptons
Samantha Yanks, Editor-in-Chief of Niche Media’s Gotham and Hamptons magazines, has over 10 years experience in the fashion and publishing fields. As Editor-in-Chief, Yanks oversees the editorial pages and secures and manages the magazines’ high-profile contributors and covers. She generates content that focuses on New York- and Hamptons-based personalities, establishments, and the best that the city and beach communities have to offer in the worlds of beauty, business, culture and dining, entertainment, fashion, interior design, and real estate.
Prior to her current position, Yanks was Fashion & Accessories Director for Niche Media where she scoured the country for fashion in every city, filling her pages in Aspen Peak, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, and Philadelphia Style with the hottest trends. Prior to Niche Media, Yanks was at O, The Oprah Magazine, as Senior Accessories Editor, and Vogue, in the fashion and accessories department, going from Associate Accessories Editor to Accessories Editor in her five years at the magazine.
Most recently Yanks has become an on-air expert on numerous television segments discussing fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She has appeared on The Today Show, Nightly News, and LXTV, as well has having a regular segment on Plum TV in the Hamptons.
Samantha Yanks graduated from Tulane University. Today, she lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and daughter.