Shop ’til You Drop: Fall for Early Fall Shopping Sprees

La Maisonette Antiques. Photo credit: Stacy Dermont

There’s no better season on the East End than early fall. The morning air is crisp and invigorating, my 15-minute commute to work is back to actually being 15 minutes and the sky is a bright, clear blue—quite different from the August haze. It’s a time of simple pleasures—sipping a hot coffee on a bench in town, taking a bite into a crisp apple and picking up that big, fat fall fashion issue of Vogue.

This past Friday, I took pleasure in sneaking into Calypso during my lunch break; delighting in the rich, warm colors and the soft textures of their cashmere wraps. The fall palette of burgundy, pale pink, navy blue, white, grays and black makes everything easy to mix and match. The collection is simply stunning, from the Marie Cowl Neck Sweater Dress to the Georgette Snakeprint Maxi Dress. In dire need of “play clothes,” I left with a pair of AG jeans and a cozy Regine Thermal grey sweater short in front, long in the back, kinda my go-to wardrobe. One can never have too many grey sweaters. I’ve got my eyes set on the Embu Sequin Encrusted Sweater for next time. Calypso St. Barth, 24 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-4321,

Another perk to fall is the ability to use lusciously rich skin cream without sweating it all off. For an easy at-home-facial, start off with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, like Karin Herzog’s Finest Chocolate Cleansing. Made with premium organic chocolate, nourishing sesame oil and pure essential oils, the gel cleanser unclogs pores, dissolves impurities and removes eye makeup leaving skin soft and supple. It goes on like a rich oil and smells like chocolate! Karin Herzog products are Swiss-made, so indulge your craving for Swiss chocolate without the calories. Available at Next, brush off any dead skin with an exfoliant. I recently tried First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish, a gentle, daily brightening polish enriched with shea nut shell powder and willow bark extract that work together to lightly buff and refine the skin, and loved it. Free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants, it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. After delicately massaging and rinsing with warm water, pat dry and then apply the Facial Radiance Serum. Formulated with licorice root, “chromabright,” vitamin C and a ton of antioxidants, the super-charged serum corrects uneven skin and dark spots. Bye-bye sun damage! First Aid Beauty is available at Sephora at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, all over Manhattan, and at

The absolute best part of fall fashion, even for a lover of couture, is that it’s HOODIE SEASON! Steal your boyfriend’s or buy your own, whatever it takes to be able to end the work-day cozied up in a hoodie. My favorite places for hoodie shopping have always been your typical teenage-boy skate shops. Out East, make that surf shops. When in Southampton, stop by Flying Point Surf and Sport, 69 Main Street. They’re also located at 34 Main Street in Sag Harbor and 2400 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Call them at 631-287-0075 or look online at Closer to East Hampton? Try Espo’s Surf & Sport, located at 2101 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Call them at 631-267-7873. If you’re in Westhampton, you’ve got to hit up Jetties. Aside from hoodies, bathing suits, and accessories they have tons of wetsuits so you can still go in the water when the temperatures drop. Visit the shop at 109 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. Call them at 631-288-0488 or cruise

The editorial staff of Dan’s Papers toasted the end of summer with a lightly chilled bottle of Egalite from Cremant De Bourgogne, a sparkling white wine. That’s right it’s from France and, though it’s not champagne, it’s bubbly and delightful. You’ll love its touches of peach of honey and the delicious fact that a portion of the proceeds from its sale is donated to organizations that support LGBTQ youth.

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