We were more than a little spoiled this autumn with all those warm days leading well into October, but now that cooler weather is officially upon us, it seems natural to begin seeking out ways to keep warm—at home and on the go.
It’s the perfect time of year for ginger tea, a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg in your latte and hale and hearty soups. East Enders rejoice, said soups are available at the Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe, at 11 Main Street in Southampton. 631-283-6969, villagecheeseshoppe.com.
At home, a new way of keeping from having to turn on the heat is by baking. It heats up the whole house to the point of peeling off layers and, added bonus, dinner is cooked with minimal interference, thus leaving the chef ample time to write. For a particularly fragrant home, might I suggest baking butternut squash and root veggies. You’ll feel very inspired to bake after a visit to Williams-Sonoma in Bridgehampton. Impress your Thanksgiving guests or hosts by making your best pumpkin pie yet with novelties like the pie crust shield or ruffled pie dish. How about an acorn cakelette pan for individual bite-sized desserts? Turkey salad and soup plates are currently on sale on the website, as is the Abrax immersion blender, which is an absolute essential for winter soups! Located in Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Hwy. Call 631-537-3040 or visit williams-sonoma.com.
If you live on the East End, unlike New York City where steam-heated apartments keep a sweltering 80 degrees throughout the winter, you positively need a pair of warm and fuzzy slippers. I found mine at Jildor Shoes, among a collection of the coziest options from Ugg Australia, while my friends visiting for the weekend stocked up on low boots from Fiorentini + Baker and Steve Madden. Jildor is located at 30 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Call 631-283-2450 or visit jildorshoes.com.
You may also want to invest in a wrap of sorts, like the lusciously soft cashmere ones at Christopher Fischer. Have you seen the Landry Boyfriend Donegal Cardigan? You’re going to love it. And just wait till you try it on. Goes straight from work to home, whereby pants are replaced with leggings.
For a really chilly day, curl up next to the fireplace in the wonderfully oversize Luna Navajo hand-knit cardigan.
Men won’t have to sacrifice comfort for style with the men’s full zip hoodie. Girls, you can steal this one, too. Just sayin’.
Christopher Fischer is located in Southampton at 52 Jobs Lane and in East Hampton at 67 Main Street. Call 631-907-0900 or visit christopherfischer.com.
With special occasions just around the bend, now’s a great time to visit Robert’s Jewelers in Southold. If you haven’t been, Southold is a lovely place with a charming Americana main street where you can have lunch or just take a stroll. Thinking of tying the knot? Robert’s Jewelers collection of platinum engagement rings will have your heart thumping. How about a pair of green amethyst earrings for your holiday fêtes? In 14k white gold with diamonds looping around a center of green, they’d be the perfect complement to a black dress. Robert’s Jewelers is located at 53345 Main Rd, Southold. Call 631-765-1061 or visit robertsjewelers.com.
Another wonderful gift, and way to keep warm, is with the recently launched Prince of Scots World Peace Tartan.
Created to promote a global message of peace, the light blue represents the presence and hope of the United Nations, while Scotland is represented by the green of its national flower, the thistle. The Dalai Lama was presented with the first ever World Peace Tartan Scarf in Edinburgh in June 2012, and others have been presented to Nobel Peace Prize winners. Best of all, revenues generated from the sales will fund the World Peace Foundation. The Foundation will invest in educational initiatives that build a culture of peace and nonviolence and address child poverty. The lambswool/Angora scarf is available in stores and online. Stop in, prepared to be swept away, at 700 Montauk Highway in Water Mil. Call 631-604-1392 or visit princeofscots.com.