Shop ’til You Drop: Fall Flavors for the East End Fashionista

Earrings from Ten Thousand Villages
Earrings from Ten Thousand Villages. Photo credit: Barbara Lassen

Newly engaged for the fall? Atlantis Banquets and Events wedding specialists will be available to help guests navigate the treacherous waters of wedding planning at their next Bridal Showcase on October 21, held from 6–8:30 p.m. Brides and grooms, along with their families and friends, will tour the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and see how the team transforms the space into a wedding setting fit for a prince and princess. Live music and delectable delicacies will be available as prepared by the AB&E award-winning chef within the elegant, waterfront Sea Star Ballroom. Hotel tours at the Hyatt Place Long Island/East End and the Waterfront Suite will show all guests the overnight options available to them. Local and preferred vendors will also be on hand. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests will save $5 if they reserve their spot in advance by calling 631-574-8008, ext. 125.

Fall flavors are back in season now through Thanksgiving at Hampton Coffee Company (locations in Southampton, Water Mill and Westhampton; Their espresso bars and cafés are featuring Pumpkin Lattes made with organic pumpkin, pure cane sugar syrup, hand-roasted espresso and steamed milk. They’re topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. For something even sweeter, try the Pumpkin White Mocha, a Pumpkin Latte combined with white chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. (Just remember to sip while wearing stretchy pants!). Hot local apple cider and Pumpkin Pie coffee beans are also on deck.

For sweets with a side of family fun head to the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons (, which has been rescheduled to this weekend, October 17 and 18. The annual event will feature live entertainment, midway rides, fireworks and Italian delicacies.

Fall style? Check! I adore my new Ten Thousand Villages Arrow’s End earrings. The design is great—both the “flashy parts” and the ear wire. And, maybe best of all—though they are shiny and bright—they are made from old bomb casings, which are still found across Cambodia. There the Rajana Association trains young adults in handicrafts to rebuild some of the country’s cultural traditions that have been damaged by war. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer, which means that they make a point of paying a living wage at every level of production. To order and for more information, visit

If you have a large dog you already know that you need a B’Doggie Bidet to wash your pooch. It adjusts to service small dogs as well but, let’s face it, the bigger the breed, the bigger the daily smell. The B’Doggie Bidet can be hooked up to virtually any faucet or hose. Of course, Fido will prefer warm water. B’Doggie Bidet is electronically guided by satellite to always (gently) hit its target and it includes the patented “Poodle Puff” technology to just as gently dry your pet’s furry bits. Can be used on willing cats, not recommended for hens. For more info, visit

I just received the most gorgeous barrette in the mail from my mom. It features striking glass beads and wirework. She bought it from Mary’s Fused Glass Jewelry and More. No website yet, but Mary can be reached at For more info, email [email protected] or call 716-289-8686

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