Hamptons Summer Issue 2016
I have a gift certificate for an amazing body treatment and facial still sitting on my dresser from one of my dearest pals. That is how much I don’t dive into beauty treatments. I should – I just have a hard time (like many working moms) giving myself that extra something. This reason made me want to find the best and bring the best into my studio locations starting with East Hampton. I really believe in people shining their light as bright as possible, and if you have the time and the budget I recommend you see the genius Dr. Bernstein! I have personally never had a laser treatment, but I can’t wait to try and am so incredibly honored to have his brilliance accessible to all of you this summer!
We are expanding our studio offerings with a residency by Dr. Eric Bernstein, M.D., M.S.E. at our East Hampton location to help clients take better care of their skin. Dr. Bernstein and his team of skin care professionals will offer clients and Hamptons residents with a curated menu of skin treatments throughout the summer including skin cancer screenings, laser hair removals, skin rejuvenation services and facials.
AS PEOPLE AGE I FEEL LIKE IT’S A LOT LIKE FITNESS, WHERE IF YOU DON’T TAKE GREAT CARE OF YOURSELF, OVER TIME YOU, ALL OF A SUDDEN, DESPERATELY WANT QUICK FIXES THAT MAY LEAVE YOU WISHING YOU HAD BACK THE “BEFORE THE PROCEDURE” YOU. TELL ME WHY PEOPLE SHOULD CONSIDER LASER WORK BEFORE INJECTIONS OR GOING UNDER THE KNIFE?
Aging is of course, something we cannot avoid; however, most people do not realize that the great majority of changes we associate with an aged appearance are actually a result of sun-exposure (and smoking for those who smoked). This is easily seen when looking at the skin on our bottoms, and comparing it to the skin on our faces-both are obviously the same age, but our facial skin has had to bear the insult of constant sun-exposure. I believe that we should do whatever we can to feel better about ourselves or improve our appearance, as long as it’s low-risk. Why not? To me, this means being conservative (I’m that way by my nature), and slowly walking up the ladder from mild to aggressive, if necessary. Many mild treatments are the most effective, by the way. Just because a treatment is harsh, or has some down time, it isn’t necessarily more effective than treatments with no downtime-in fact often the opposite is the case-the key is knowing which treatment to offer, AND having all the options at one’s disposal. I’ve been very lucky in that regard, as I have every possible laser (or energy-based device that’s not a laser) I could want. This comes from working with the leading laser companies from the beginning of this relatively young field of medicine. Many of the lasers I have in my office, I was lucky enough to be the first one in the world or the U.S. to use and develop treatment parameters for (see www.dermguy.com under my bio for a list). I would put toxins, like Botox or Dysport, in the category of mild treatments with lasers, and many fillers as well. Surgery, of course, can be the solution for a number of problems, but I always believe we should start with mild treatments and work our way up (or not).
This, by the way, includes topical treatments, which in the context of fighting skin aging, has been a passion of mine since my early years in this field. I have consulted for numerous skincare companies, and finally at the urging of patients and colleagues started one of my own. Because topicals are used every day, they are the bedrock of any skincare regimen.
Well Tracy, I have seen you, and you are a perfect example of how life can be unfair. Super light-skinned people like me (I’m a red-head who has gone brown-check my eyebrows) are super susceptible to sun-damage, and thus show the 5 KEY SIGNS OF SKIN AGING: fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, sagging skin, brown spots and redness, much more easily than genetically-superior people like you who have the ability to tan. Tanning protects our skin tremendously from the aging effects of the sun, and you are a lucky example of that.The first thing to do is something you already mentioned, and that is to visit your dermatologist on a yearly basis for a full skin exam. I only practice laser surgery now, and have done so for many years, but we try to make sure every patient that sees us visits a dermatologist on a yearly basis (or more) for a skin exam-and we help them schedule on the way out with one of our many outstanding referring docs.
The first line of defense is my simple triple-threat of sun protection (see my videos on sun-protection at www.dermguy.com …there are a LOT) which is: an SPF 30 or above every single day, clear UV-blocking window film for one’s car (this is a soap box issue for me) to block UVA when we’re in the car (sadly the biggest UV exposure for most of us-we should get out more), and sunglasses with BROWN lenses.
The next move is to use topicals every day to rejuvenate and protect our skin (yes, I’ve developed my own because nobody was doing it exactly the way I wanted it done www.laseresults.com).
Finally, we turn to laser treatments, injectables like Botox or fillers, and sometimes surgery. Again, I prefer starting with treatments with little risk or down time, and only going up as needed. This reflects my conservative nature and the way I think laser surgery should be used. The justification for this approach is in the results, and my patients can speak to that. I always tell laser companies, that if they want to know how well
This question will illustrate how there’s never a short answer to anything you ask me, but I’ll do my best.My favorite things about my work are first and foremost the people I get to interact with. They include my patients, my staff, laser engineers and executives, and my colleagues. With business, science, academia or just plain recreation-for me it’s always about people. Having said that, I also love the science behind laser surgery-this includes not only the physics of the lasers themselves, but the biology of the laser interactions in skin. I have studied these effects for many years, and despite administering many millions of laser pulses, I am amazed and in awe every single day by skin reactions I have literally seen thousands to millions of times. I always tell patients when I get excited by a vein disappearing before my eyes or a tattoo vaporizing right in front of me as I’ve seen thousands of times (you can see this too at www.dermguy.com), it either means I’m not too bright, or I found the right job, or both J.
Being a major worrier by nature (my classic course at laser meetings is “Avoiding Complications and Maximizing Results for Laser Surgery”), if I had a laser like that, I’d be wearing it incorporated into a hat on my head, 24/7. I’m working on it and will keep you posted.
Well, first of all, if you’re calling me a genius then you must have spoken to my mother. She may be the only one who would refer to me as one. As always in my life, I am most looking most forward to meeting new people, making new friends and combining fun, exercise, R and R, with a sprinkling of intellectual stimulation, science, and, of course, music. My friends in Spain always talk about how we over here often “live to work, instead of working to live”. I admit that I suffer from this problem as well. From my first trip to Hamptons I have met wonderful people who make me smile, and who have embraced the pace and values of a life that reflects the spectacular surroundings. The guy who built our house, Thomas Muse, did so as such a labor of love that he’s still there working with us many months after closing and still seems to have veto power over any design decisions. He and his wife Nancy Atlas are musicians whose music I love, so I am excited to hear them play whenever I am in the Hamptons.As to why I agreed to come to the Hamptons and open at your East Hampton location, that’s the easiest question you have asked me. From the second my good friend Shelly Brown invited me to visit your East Hampton location, I was struck by the passion, enthusiasm, and sheer joy of every single person coming to work out, finishing up, or simply visiting. Your philosophy of uncompromisingly offering the BEST experience one can offer, with the absolute highest standards, all in a warm and welcoming environment is how we strive to practice every single day. I believe that it’s much more fun and rewarding to work (or play) together with like-minded people, and you and your staff are all that and more. I am super excited to get to know all of you, and make many more friends in the Hamptons, and I have no doubt that associating with you, Tracy Anderson, will be great for my outlook on health and on life. I only hope to provide the same opportunities for you and your team, by bringing my crew up to you.
Lastly, I’m looking forward to relaxing dinners at Dopo La Spiaggia just like I had this winter, with Maria and a host of friends from the Hamptons and back home.
Montauk Boardriders is a great place to get lessons. I would definitely recommend taking a lesson first. The summer out here gets pretty crowded especially in the water so taking a lesson is a safest for everyone!
I knew surfing is what I enjoyed doing most and when I realized I could travel and make that lifestyle a job, It wasn’t even a question! I got sponsored at age 12 by Volcom and since then I have been so fortunate to travel to amazing surf destinations.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BEACH WEAR ITEMS? Volcom bikini, a loose cover up with some big shades.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO EMBRACE THE HAMPTONS AS PART OF YOUR HOME IN LIFE?
It’s just one of the most beautiful places to live. It’s so close to the city, yet it feels like a true getaway. The nature of my job means
LAST YEAR YOU PUT A DESIGNER HAT ON AND DESIGNED MY FAVORITE SWIMSUITS OF THE SEASON. WILL YOU BE DOING MORE OF THAT?
I love Tenet in Southampton to shop. I get cravings for the chicken teriyaki salad from Suki Zuki in Water Mill, I call that in for take-out a lot. Round Swamp Farm in Bridgehampton is one of my favorite farmer’s markets to shop.In the summertime, there is nothing I love more than a nice big salad, and I ‘m weirdly specific about the way I make it, so I have to say that the place I frequent the most has to be Citarella for their salad bar! I do a mesclun mix with red onion, peas, corn, wild rice, tomatoes, cauliflower, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds, with balsamic vinaigrette and a squeeze of lemon on top. It sounds like a lot of toppings but I only put small amounts of each on it (like one big cauliflower floret for example, but I chop it up so it goes a long way) so it’s super flavorful and delicious!
NO DOUBT OF ALL OF MY FRIENDS YOU HAVE, LITERALLY, THE COOLEST TASTE IN EVERYTHING! INSTEAD OF DESIGNING A CLOTHING LINE WHAT DREW YOU TO WANT TO DESIGN HOMES?
I love fashion and design and devour every magazine I can get my hands on. I never considered designing a clothing line, preferring to leave that to the experts. What I am really good at is shopping !!! I can shop for anything – so the transition from fashion to home came pretty naturally. Putting a room together is very much like putting an outfit together. Mixing high and low and making sure you can live in it is key 🙂
I will shop anywhere, anytime for clothing! I love J Crew for basics which is a little too handy in East Hampton !! I always try to sneak in a Barneys or Bergdorfs trip while in the city. A’Marees in Newport Beach is a spectacularly well edited store. FAVORITE PLACE TO GRAB A DRINK?
I love Fred at the Maidstone Hotel bar ! He makes fantastic cocktails and the vibe in there is great. Especially in the dead of winter next to the fireplace 🙂 In the summer there’s not much better than a sip of Rose on a beach somewhere !
From the look of Zach and Cody you may overlook their business savvy for a Calvin Klein add because they are two of the best looking brothers on the planet but make no mistake they are super smart and know real estate like I know chocolate so basically they are the best in the business out here!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN REAL ESTATE AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO OWN YOUR OWN COMPANY?
BEING A SAG HARBOR LOCAL MYSELF, I KNOW IT’S A VERY SPECIFIC CHOICE TO LIVE HERE YEAR ROUND AND ON TOP OF THAT, TO HAVE A BUSINESS HERE. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PLACE AS HOME?
Since we were teenagers, working together and starting this business was always a part of our “grand-plan”. Long before Bespoke, it was Zach that moved to the Hamptons full-time first. He saw it as a landscape that offered not only a balanced lifestyle, but also a unique area in which we could make our lifelong dream a reality. It wasn’t long (and didn’t take too much convincing) before I decided to join him and take the leap of faith to leave my prior career and focus on our vision. We found that the Hamptons fulfilled us on many levels – it is a great place to raise a family and enjoy nature but it is also a vibrant and unique real estate market. We enjoy the sense of community that the Hamptons offers, and couldn’t imagine our lives any where else.
YOU REPRESENT A COLLECTION OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOMES TO PURCHASE IN THE HAMPTONS, PLUS YOU HAVE A FULL STAFF OF VERY SMART AND SAVY AGENTS, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY HELPED ME FIND MY HAPPY PLACE IN SAG HARBOR. WHILE YOU ARE THE SMARTEST CHOICE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING TO BUY, MANY FAMILIES LOOK TO RENT IN THE HAMPTONS DURING THE SUMMER SEASON, FROM A WEEK, TO A MONTH OR EVEN THE ENTIRE SUMMER. ANY ADVICE FOR THESE ”TEMPORARY HOME” SEEKERS?
We are fortunate to have exceptional people who add value to Bespoke’s growth on a daily basis. Collectively, we strive for a culture that encourages positivity and the entrepreneurial spirit. We like to know that we can be fully supportive to our clients’ dynamic needs whether that be purchasing or selling a home, arranging a helicopter for an impromptu weekend trip to the Hamptons, or obtaining a beach pass, our goal is to make their Hamptons experience seamless. Our advice on the rental front is to make sure you plan in advance! There are so many amazing properties that get snatched up quickly by seasoned veterans of the Hamptons Summer; the further out you can plan your getaway, the more options you will have. Secondly, make sure your broker sets realistic expectations with a potential landlord. This helps to avoid any potential hiccups that come with renting a home for any duration of time. Lastly, learn the backroads! Time in the Hamptons is valuable, and should be spent on the activities you love.
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ANY OF YOUR IDEAL VACATION SPOTS TO OWN OR RENT HOMES? The Hamptons offers a wide array of of locations that each have a distinctive feeling. Although the “Hamptons” are often grouped together, each hamlet brings something special to the table. Outside of the Hamptons, South Florida and ski destinations, we are seeing a significant increase of travel for both purchasers and renters to exclusive high-end resorts in the Caribbean and South America. For example, we work alongside Amanera in Dominican Republic – it is the only Golf integrated AMAN resort. It is stretches miles along one of the most beautiful coastlines and offers privacy and an abundance of activities for everyone. Several of our clients have purchased and rented here.
Move more towards a plant-based diet. Summer and spring vibrant with an abundance of fresh local veggies. Initially, in the early months we see bitter greens and asparagus, perfect for cleansing. Throughout the summer we thrive on fruits and vegetables in the natural order of which they arrive. We must remember to follow the seasons’ harvest throughout the rest of the year. (For example, in the winter months we enjoy the comfort of sweet potatoes and leeks).Lower your intake of processed sugar. Alternately, you can switch to natural sweeteners such as yacon and date syrups, raw honey and coconut sugars. Natural whole sugars provide the body with calm and sustained energy and yield far less calories.
Choose healthy fats. Cold pressed oils such as olive and sunflower oils are anti-inflammatory and can help reduce LDL cholesterol. Avocados are abundant in vitamins and minerals and ghee provides vitamin K and selenium amongst other antioxidants.
ALTHOUGH WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL NEEDS, SUPPLEMENTS ARE A HUGE ISLE OF CONFUSION FOR SO MANY. WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A HEALTHY SUPPLEMENT REGIMEN?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NATURAL REMEDY FOR THE SUMMER COLD THAT SEEMS SO UNFAIR TO CATCH?
Tracy Anderson will be opening of a pop-up studio in Montauk, NY for 8 weeks beginning Friday, July, 1. For the first time, Hamptons residents on the far east end will have access to the unprecedented fitness content that a Tracy Anderson Method class delivers with a daily schedule of muscular structure and TA VA dance cardio classes, specialized men’s classes, and more. Class reservations and more information will be made available at www.tracya.wpengine.com in the coming weeks!
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