Shop ’til You Drop: Autumn Leaves Make for Shopping Sprees!

Hildreth's Department Store
Hildreth's Department Store. Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly

It’s hard to believe October is upon us. Just a short while ago, it seemed almost ridiculous to be planting mums in the garden and now here we are, in the very height of mum season, where you can find them sold in threes and buy-one-get-one-frees.

Here on the East End, it’s a magical month. A bit behind New England in fall foliage, our leaves are just starting to turn golden yellow. It’s the perfect time for hiking on one of the SoFo trails. Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum are offering tons of cultural activities, and let’s not forget the Hamptons International Film Festival, happening this week!

For me, the season continues to be all about change. I’ve taken to rearranging the furniture in the living room, a daunting project to say the least, and now with my writing desk looking out toward a window, I’m letting nature fuel creativity. I suggest everyone do the same—new energy feels great. My first stop this week is Hildreth’s. Today, it’s a mission for insulating curtains (an energy-saver) and curtain rods, but I couldn’t help stopping to look at the Yves Delorme linens. If you have twin beds, be sure to check out the clearance section for John Robshaw hand-block printed quilts and sheets. Hildreth’s seriously has it all, from nifty kitchen utensils to Crabtree & Evelyn soaps. The kinds of things that make a person want guest rooms, just to style each one uniquely. Hildreth’s Home Goods is located at 51 Main Street in Southampton. Visit or call 631-283-2300.

As much as October is an energizing month, it’s also a good time to start unwinding and slowing down—falling into a routine that’ll get you through the cooler months. Tea helps. So does getting a facial. In all seriousness, the right facial can prep your skin for your fall skincare products (which may include richer, more moisturizing ingredients).

They’re also incredibly relaxing. According to expert Geomare Avilés, apart from helping to cleanse, hydrate, detoxify, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin, facials help to improve better penetration of anti-aging skincare products. They help maintain the oil-moisture balance of the skin, along with the acid-alkali balance. For a wonderful, transformative
facial experience, schedule yourself a treatment at Geomare Wellness Center at 80 White Street in Southampton. Call 631-287-9352 and visit

Give your hair a little post-summer TLC with a deep conditioning at-home mask like Burt’s Bees Hair Repair or go a step further and indulge in a treatment from Revolve Hair Salon. Owner Alicia Cook offers a few therapeutic options: The Well/Chlorinated-Water Detox Treatment will remove harmful buildup, a perfect post-summer solution, while the Restorative Repair Treatment uses a protein-rich complex infused with hydrating Aragon Oil to increase elasticity, build strength and repair damage. This is also a great time of year for a haircut, or even just a trim, to get rid of split ends and give a polished look for entering the new season head-on. Revolve Hair, 34 Hill Street in Southampton. Call 631-377-3555 or visit

One way or another, commit to treating yourself well and enjoying all the season has to offer. Take time for sipping chai, stretching, reading and getting plenty of outdoor time. When I’m not outdoors, I like to have little reminders of it around me—a piece of driftwood on my desk, or a rock, or a shell. Designs by the Sea jewelry is a beautiful way of keeping a piece of the beach or of nature on you at all times. Designed by Carol O’Connor and made with beach glass, beads, silver, rope, leather and metals, each piece is unique and stunningly gorgeous. Design by the Sea bracelets and charms are available at Flying Point Surf in Southampton or inside the new Ananda Yoga Studio at 39-41 Windmill Lane, above La Carezza. For more information on Designs by the Sea, call 631-275-7405 or visit their Facebook page.

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