Ready for a little spring cleaning? There’s a good reason for the name—and no time like the present to get your yard and home ready for a new season.
I don’t know about your outdoor furniture, but mine, after a couple winters, is more than ready for replacement. Todd Hase Furniture on 848 North Sea Road in Southampton now carries a new French patio line. The designs are by the original French taste-maker Madeleine Castaing and are exclusive to Todd Hase in the United States. Todd Hase also offers interior design, upholstery, antiques and elegant home furnishings. Call 631-488-4800 or visit toddhase.com.
Speaking of spring cleaning, I’ve recently fallen in love with Goldfaden MD’s Pure Start: Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser. It’s a clear gel that softly cleanses, removing makeup and dirt without any tightness or residue. Followed by Sun Visor: Ultra-Light Oil Free SPF 30 Mist, my skin feels fresh and shielded from the sun. It’s truly the perfect skincare duo for anyone who likes being active in the outdoors. Utilizing active plant cells and antioxidant-rich botanicals, Goldfaden MD eliminates harsh ingredients that cause irritation to gentle, sensitive skin. The products feature essential natural and organic ingredients, including organic red tea extract, seaweed extract, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid and ruby crystals, leaving the skin flawlessly and naturally beautiful. Available at Space NK stores and online at goldfadenmd.com.
From Italy to the Hamptons…if you need chocolate for the Easter holiday, invest in Baci chocolate from Perugina. Perugina’s colorfully wrapped giant chocolate Easter eggs are easily spotted in storefronts throughout Italy in the weeks leading up to the holiday. The hollow chocolate eggs are 18 inches high, and each is filled with a special surprise: Baci, Perugina’s iconic chocolate kisses or mini chocolate eggs. Gifting giant eggs to friends and family at Easter time has long been an Italian tradition and one that is still practiced today. The Dan’s Papers office received two of the oversized chocolate eggs—one dark chocolate, one white chocolate—each filled with Baci’s signature morsels. The eggs were made from Perugina’s creamy chocolate, and the morsels exhibited the best that Italy has to offer—silky dark chocolate coats a core of chocolate and hazelnut cream, and additional chopped hazelnuts are sprinkled within the entire bite-sized concoction, which is crowned with one whole, chocolate-encased hazelnut. Let loose a little and replace the above description with all white chocolate. If your mouth is watering just thinking about it, book your tickets now to the biggest chocolate festival in Europe—The Eurochocolate Festival of Perugia, where Perugina is based, in October.
Mark you calendar:
Join Margaret and Bruce McDonough, founders of Talk Treats To Me, at the Riverhead Farmers Market Saturdays from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. They’ll have beef, chicken and beef liver pet treats for sale with demos. To RSVP, visit talktreatstome.com. The Riverhead Farmers Market is located at 117 East Main St., Riverhead.
Saturday, April 19–Friday, April 25 is the Spring Antique Wicker Sales Event at the ARF Thrift Shop, 17 Montauk Hwy in Sagaponack. On Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m., join Lauren Copen, owner of Lauren Copen Antiques, for a lecture on collecting and caring for antique wicker. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information call the shop at 631-537-3682.
New Kids on the Block:
Les Toiles Du Soleil, a famous French fabric and accessories retailer known for quality, durability and a contemporary look, is opening a store in East Hampton at 78 Park Place, the alley tucked behind Starbucks. Once you see the array of beautiful patterns, you’ll feel inspired to brighten up your Hamptons home! The company was founded 150 years ago in the Catalan part of France called Saint Laurent de Cerdans. Aside from fabric by the yard, the boutique also carries a wide variety of accessories and sun-stain and water-resistant Sunbrella fabrics, perfectly suited for the outdoors. Call 212-229-4730 or visit lestoilesdusoleilnyc.com.
Tired of the strenuous chore of washing your dog in your beautiful bathroom tub? Well, struggle no more! Hampton Bays Pet Supply has installed a state-of-the-art self-service dog wash solely for your convenience. All you need to do is bring your dog. Either make an appointment, or try their walk-in availability. A towel, the use of tub and a glorious warm water massage are all supplied. Purchase a specialty shampoo that you can use for each visit, or bring your own. Remember, there’s no clean-up for you! Hampton Bays Pet Supply is located in the Wild by Nature Shopping Center, 266 W. Montauk Hwy. Hampton Bays. Call 631-723-3800 or visit the Facebook page, Hampton Bays Pet Supply.