Shop ’til You Drop: Pamper Yourself this Holiday Season

Calypso St. Barth
Calypso St. Barth. Photo credit: Stephanie de Troy

This time of year, it’s easy to find yourself in a whirlwind of activity. Don’t forget to take time out for yourself.

“When you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the tasks you have to do and by the idea that you will soon have to spend time entertaining your large, extended family, create some personal time to relax. Make time in your schedule to do whatever it is that makes you happy, whether it’s a day at the spa, snuggling under the covers and reading a good book, or enjoying a glass of wine before bed. Some solitary time is important and it’s good to indulge every once in a while,” says positive living speaker, author and life coach Diane Lang.

For me, this came in the form of Night Skin Creams from Bioelements. The process of applying Sleepwear for Eyes and Oil Control Sleepwear just before bedtime has become a good winding-down ritual. According to Teresa Stenzel, Director of Education at Bioelements, our skin function changes during sleep. Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) increases, which causes the skin’s protective barrier to weaken and allow for better penetration of active ingredients. Blood flow and antioxidant levels increase, causing the skin to surge with healing lipids and allow for cell turnover to peak during the night.Stress hormones decrease, allowing skin to better repair itself, and oil production is two times lower. As these biological processes happen, Bioelements Sleepwear creams perform at their best. When you apply them, you are giving the skin a regular dose of active ingredients, including retinol, calcium and cranberry seed oil, designed to replenish, strengthen and help the skin repair itself. Click to get yours at

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, it’s time to take out those pots and pans and make sure there’s one big enough for a giant bird. No luck? Then hurry over to Williams-Sonoma at the Bridgehampton Commons and check out the wide range of roasters from both All-Clad and Williams Sonoma’s own brand. Stock up on accessories like timers, thermometers, bakeware, cutlery and even seasonings like Turkey Brining Blend. Our local Williams-Sonoma is located in the Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton. Give a ring, 631-537-3040, or visit

Shop for a cause! On November 22, Calypso St. Barth in Sag Harbor is hosting a special shopping event to benefit Katy’s Courage. From 4 to 6 p.m. guests will receive a special VIP discount and 10% of sales will be donated to Katy’s Courage (, a not-for-profit organization created in memory of Katy Stewart. Main Street, Sag Harbor. RSVP to 631-725-1711. To sneak a peak at Calypso’s luxurious fashions, visit

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) announced last week that the 10th anniversary edition of the 2015 ARF Pet Calendar is now available for sale. Charming photographs of pets and pet owners are featured in the desk calendar, which makes a great holiday gift. Funds raised from the calendar go directly to the support of cats and dogs at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott, where more than 150 cats, kittens, puppies and dogs await adoption. Several Adoption Center residents are also featured in the calendar. This year’s cover artist is internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor Eric Fischl. The ARF Pet Calendar is available for sale online at, at the Adoption Center at 90 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott, the ARF Thrift Shop at 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack, as well as at other retail shops throughout the Hamptons.

New Kids on the Block

There’s a new bookstore opening in Sag Harbor! Harbor Books will be located at 20 Main Street. Just in time for your holiday shopping and for your own wintertime reading.

What better way to give a gift than in a personalized tote bag! Hampton Totes are cute enough to be the gift itself, too. This new local company offers totes, towels, golf towels, hats, monograms and logos. Call 631-599-8571 or visit for more information.

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