My recent travels in the States took me for a flying visit to the Hamptons for a de Mamiel Cleansing Masterclass at Goop’s pop up store in Sag Harbour. We were lucky enough to do the class on the store’s beautiful shaded terrace. Of course, being in Sag Harbor, I took the opportunity to explore all that this gorgeous seaside village has to offer. If you find yourself in New York or the Hamptons, do try and visit this little gem of a place.
Here are a few of my recommendations for the area… Ax
Grindstone Coffee, Sag Harbor
I always start my day with a freshly brewed black coffee and sometimes find myself in need of a quick fix during the day. Grindstone’s espresso definitely did the job. I did manage to resist their lemon, poppy and cinnamon sugar donuts though!
7 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Le Bibloquet, Sag Harbor
The dreamy terrace at this French bistro is somewhere to while away several hours watching the comings and goings of the busy harbour, enjoying a classic Nicoise salad.
1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Goop Pop Up Store, Sag Harbor
Goop have taken a traditional cottage and turned it into the world’s chicest general store. You can even pick up supplies for a beachside picnic in the garden section. This is where I was lucky enough to hold my masterclass in the late afternoon sunshine.
4 Bay Street, Sag Harbor
Tutto Il Giorno Sag Harbor
I love the story of how the founder of this restaurant felt Sag Harbor was the American parallel of the small fishing village of Naples in his home country. Be careful - a late breakfast can easily turn into a long lunch!
16 Main Street, Sag Harbor
If you can’t get to the Hamptons this summer, you can bring a little of it home by making this rose ice. I loved this idea and am planning on making it for my next summer get together.
We were sat having a team catch up the other day when we got slightly side tracked and started talking about book recommendations for the Summer holidays. As I started scribbling down all the authors and titles that were being talked about it occurred to me that you may well enjoy having them shared with you too. I absolutely love that it is such a diverse list of titles – there really is something for everyone here. Please do share your essential Summer reads with us too! A x
Annee: Renegades Write the Rules by Amy Jo Martin
I loved this book about owning your own voice, speaking up and how to use social media. There are some incredible case studies and it is a fun way to learn! I also just love the title!!
Michelle (Laboratory): The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies
Set in 1935 Ceylon, Louisa is the daughter of an English gem trader who, with her husband Elliot, seems to have a perfect life. After her thrill seeker husband dies in an accident she discovers his secret life. The story is of her struggle to build a new life with all the trials that follow. Beautiful writing, romance and intrigue in an exotic location make this a perfect holiday read.
Chris (Stableboy): Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The story of the beginning of Nike, in 1962, before launching a startup was near normal behaviour for twenty-somethings. Phil Knight launched what has become one of the worlds best known brands on $50 borrowed from his Dad
Sarah M (Purchasing): The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This is the amazing story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. I’m not going to lie, you will cry, but it is a story which is full of hope, made all the more poignant by the fact that large parts were based on interviews by the author with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov.
Georgia (Logistics): The Life of PT Barnum by PT Barnum
Not only am I a fanatical musical fan, I just adore the Greatest Showman.I was fascinated by the imagination of PT Barnum, his visionary outlook and how he rose from nothing to create a spectacle. If you love musicals it is a wonderful read, although a little dark in areas
Sarah B (Purchasing): A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
My surroundings, when reading this book, may have influenced my choice as I was sitting under a tree for shade in extreme heat, by a pool drinking Pina Coladas whilst on holiday in Egypt! Set in Kabul it tells the story of two young girls growing up having completely contrasting lives and then how their lives gradually become intertwined over the years. The book is both very sad but also uplifting. Rated **** by me!
Gemma (Logistics): Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher
This family story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster and leaves you with goosebumps. It is about coming of age and coming to terms with love and sadness.
Sarah D (Marketing): Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I loved this story of unintentionally funny Eleanor whose routine led and rather dull life is put into disarray by a work colleague, who tries to break down the barriers of this social outcast. It is ultimately a reminder that small acts of kindness can make a huge difference to everyone’s lives.
Jules (Training): Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
A real romp through New York history in the 18 th century with the Revolution round the corner, through the eyes of a Brit who had just landed in the States with a mystery story behind him. Funny, super intelligent, unexpectedly good and written by someone who had written only
Alex (Marketing): Killer Intent by Tony Kent
I love a book with short chapters that end with a cliffhanger on each one and this does that throughout. It’s a first novel from a British author who moonlights as a barrister by day.
I love the freshness of this salad for warm, summer days and the vibrant colours that it brings to the table. The fact that it is so easy to put together is an added bonus.