Spring is finally here. The sun is shining and even when the still-brisk wind is blowing there is warmth in the air. For those of us living on the East End, we have one full month left before things begin to kick into high gear. Already this past Friday, Southampton was buzzing with people out for the holiday weekend. Before you know it, it’ll be time for the beach, cookouts and, of course, parties! Aside from your own fetes, there will be non-stop invitations to various fundraisers, and you can only turn so many of them down. This means you’ll need to be prepared. For me, this involves some primping of the yard and at least two new frocks to have on hand for any last-minute soirées.
There are two shops in Southampton that sustain my fashion needs. The first one is Tenet. They have clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories and my favorite Malin + Goetz skincare products. The vetiver hand (+body) wash and b5 body moisturizer make a perfect host or hostess gift. In another life, my entire closet would be Tenet. For now, I’ll settle for an occasional pretty Petiole dress or rag + bone top. I’ve done some good shopping for my boyfriend there too. The Gitman Bros. shirts were a hit this past Christmas, and ladies we all know it’s not so easy shopping for men. Guys will love the vintage Wolverine boots and gals will drool over those edgy black Golden Goose biker boots. Don’t forget to grab a pair of Costalots sunglasses before you head out west for Coachella. 91 Main Street, Southampton, 631-377-3981.
My other go-to clothing shop in Southampton is Calypso St. Barth. Organized by color, it’s easy to find the outfit you are envisioning. Right now they’re carrying the AG Jegging in a springtime palette and a variety of loose-fitting tops. I have my eyes set on the Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress, which I think would be perfect for a glamorous summer evening party at an oceanfront home, so I can kick off my shoes and go barefoot in the sand. A summer in the Hamptons wouldn’t be complete without a Calypso open-front cardigan in beige or camel, which you can pair with white jeans and wear to get your morning cappuccino at Sant Ambroeus and then again in the evening for a lobster bake. Calypso St. Barth is located at 24 Jobs Lane, Southampton. 631-283-4321.
New Kid on the Block:
When all of the sudden your city friends (who, ahem, haven’t visited all winter) decide to pop in, you’ll want to have your yard looking nice and inviting. I’m convinced that this doesn’t have to involve hours of toil or hiring a team of landscapers. With basics like some lush grass, a few potted herbs and flowers, and maybe a new tree or bush, your yard will be looking lovely. Groundworks Landscaping is now in their new location with a renovated Outdoor Living and Garden Center. Their new grounds are on the historic site of Jos A. Hren Nurseries, founded by the grandfather of one of the current owners, Kim Hren. Along with Linda and Andy Silich, Kim is delighted to be honoring the legacy of her grandfather in the center’s name, “Groundworks @ Hrens.” Perhaps most exciting is that they will now be offering unique gifts, outdoor furniture, tropical plants, outdoor kitchens and, drum roll, fire pits! Groundworks @ Hrens, 530 Montauk Highway, East Hampton. Call 631-324-7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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