Below is our Hampton's Guide which kept you in the loop on a number of items that was on our radar this summer season. Our guide closed yesterday but this is still a good list to refer to as these brands are ones that we enjoy from season to season! Check back as our Holiday Gift Guide will launch on Nov 15th and run through Jan 15th and is sponsored than none other than ! In addition, if you're interested in being apart of one of our most successful guides, feel free to click on this link to find out how you can!
Forget about the cold weather and think summer! The Hamptons Guide is all about the best of what summer has to bring from beauty products, fashion, places to eat and things to do. We say it's the Hamptons Guide but we actually think of the Hamptons as a theme in general which is all about heading to the beach and having a fun time whether it's the Hamptons, SoBe, or wherever you go when you want to feel the summer's rays! We are so excited that the Hamptons Guide is being sponsored by APART which is all about ensuring that you look amazing no matter where you go! With so many designs that are available, shopping online makes it super easy. Enjoy shopping with them throughout this month by using the code: KittenJune which will allow you to enjoy 10% off your purchases. In addition to them being a sponsor, they have also included a fab tunic that you can find a lot more about as we launch our Hamptons Tote Giveaway! Just in time for summer, we gave away 4 tote bags that have a number of items in them that will ensure you're summer ready. We selected 4 winners on May 21st so that their bags would arrive just in time for Memorial Weekend, the unofficial kickoff to the summer. Although this giveaway is closed, we have a number of surprises throughout the summer for you so stay tuned!
Throughout the guide below, you'll see a number of items that participated within the giveaway such as Stephanie Johnson, Veet, Victoria's Secret PINK Beauty, Natori and so much more! In addition, we brought our theme online into reality on May 13th here in NYC with our Hamptons Splashion Soiree where attendees shopped from APART and Cynthia Rybakoff's accessory collection while they sipped Figenza Vodka and Skinny Water cocktails and enjoyed nibbles. I enjoyed co-hosting this event so that friends, stylists, and popstars were able to hang out and enjoy kicking off the summer in a glam way!
The best part of the summer is the unexpected! Whether it's after work, you're playing hooky, it's a half day Fri etc you want to enjoy the weather and still catch up with friends. Here in NYC, one of my favorite places in Midtown is Ayza Wine and Chocolates Bar. It's a perfect place to enjoy drinks outside from the day until well after the sun has gone down and they also have a fab space inside to enjoy as well. The menu can be described as a combination of French, Mediterranean, and Italian. French for the savory cheeses and Jacques Torres chocolate truffles, Mediterranean for the unique combination of salads, paninis, small plates, and entrees, and Italian for the huge wine and cocktail selection. Of course they also boast having more than 90 wines to choose from! Ayza is the ultimate in flavor & style attracting romantic dates and couples as well as singles all week long. If you're thinking of hosting a private party, they have an amazing room upstairs that will definitely take your event to the next level!
Participant in Kitten Lounge's Hamptons Giveaway on 05.20.10 Victoria's Secret's PINK - Life is Pink Goodies In - Kitten Lounge's Hamptons Tote Bags Giveaway Item
I'm a huge fan of Victoria's Secret in general from maxi dresses, bikinis and my intimates; however, the PINK collection is one that I live in, travel and eat in! On top of my love for wearing PINK, I also enjoy their fragrance and the Love is PINK Wish Collection is fabulous! 4 lucky winners will have an amazing Hamptons Tote that is filled with all of these PINK beauty products in addition to all the other goodies we have jammed in there! The Life is Pink Wish PINK collection includes the Body Lotion, Eau de Parfum, Rollerball and Sheer Fragrance Mist. In addition to the Life is Pink Collection, you can also check out Life is Pink Live and the Life is Pink Hope collection as well.
When you think of the summer, you instantly think of the fact that drinks and this season go together perfectly! Our guide contains a number of items but with Skyy's Infused Vodka with Ginger is amazing. Here at Kitten Lounge, this is our favorite bevvie whether it's for brunch, sipping on roofdecks or wherever the summer takes you. Martinis and a Hamptons state of mind are pretty synonymous! Here is the recipe that will make your gatherings a hit as Alex Straus, a mixologist, serves this up at Suite 700 at the Hotel Shangri-La in LA!
1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Ginger
1.5 oz. Lychee Puree
4 Mint Leaves
0.5 oz. Lime Juice (fresh)
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They're our sponsor and lucky winners will have one of the Desert Island Dresses in their tote bags. This is perfect for a day at the beach, a night out and more. Check out why I am such a fan of this clothing line from online retailer, APART and then use the promotion code, KittenMay to get 10% off of your total order. This is your new go to place!
Participant in Kitten Lounge's Hamptons Giveaway on 05.20.10 Cynthia Rybakoff's - Rock Candy Ribbon Necklaces Goodies In - Kitten Lounge's Hamptons Tote Bags Giveaway Item -
Summer is not summer until you have an amazing maxi dress, great bikinis, super cute shorts, tunics and more! When it comes to accessorizing, these rock candy necklaces by Cynthia Rybakoff that are tied with satin ribbon is the perfect way to add pop into your outfit! Don't ask me to decide which color is my favorite but each bag is packed with one fun color so you'll have to say if you love the vibrant colors of blue, orange, fuchsia and green! In addition to these fab necklaces she has an entire collection that is not only drool worthy but will make you the belle of beach babes!
I have to say that I enjoy Pret a Manger year around here in NYC! But when it comes to the summer, I'm obsessed with their fresh made sandwiches, their popcorn and their detox soda! This is perfect when you're about to go to Central Park to enjoy lunch with your friends or to take with you when you're heading out of town to head out to the airport, the Hamptons or simply to enjoy a half day Friday. If you're in NYC, you know that this is a great alternative to have all over the city and being based in UK and available in other US cities, this is a must to enjoy everyday!
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Regardless of what you're up to and where you're heading, you know that people will be snapping away all summer whether you're at work, hanging out or planning that weekend beach trip! That means a white smile is essential. Within our fab giveaway, we have an amazing pack from IntelliWhite which includes bumpers, an easy to use whitener, a tool that includes a polish to use throughout the day as well as a gloss for your pout which makes your teeth look amazing! This is a must year around!
Nothing says brunch like a little champagne and thankfully, Liquid Architecture, Kim Haasarud has created a yummie and beverage that takes bubbly to an entirely other level with a great mixture of Moet Chandon as well as citrus! Nothing is better than a bit of fruit and lots of fab bubbles - make this as apart of your summer concoctions that everyone will ask for when they come over!
1 scoop of guava sorbet (or 2 oz guava nectar), or in a pinch use orange sherbet and add a little guava nectar to it.
0.5 oz orange liqueur
Moët & Chandon (Impérial or Rosé ) champagne
Combine the sorbet (and/or nectar) with the orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute. Top with Moët & Chandon champagne.
Whether you pop in for brunch, lunch or dinner, Tournesol is a French Bistro in Long Island City, NYC that's known for its menu and a great atmosphere to catch up with friends! Of course, a great meal has to have an amazing wine list which Tournesol does! This summer, pop in and check out the area shops as well while you're in the area.
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We have to stay hydrated and there are times that simple water just won't do! How about Skinny Water which keeps you looking great and can also be used within your favorite alcoholic beverages. With a variety of yummie flavors, this is a great drink that you'll want to know more about and we'll be glad to have in your tote bag if you're one of the winners!
You can't even embrace the summer until you have a fab bikini, tankini or whatever you prefer when it comes to hitting the beach and laying out! Casa Bikini has a number of bikinis that will get you through the summer and much like an accessory it's the ultimate component of what you'll need to look amazing. Take some time to check out the site and to find your perfect suit that really sets your entire look!
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Summer is all about great skin that glows and begs to be touched so make sure that you fit those requirements by making sure you have your supply of Schick Quattro Disposable Razors. They're an absolute must and quick and easy to use!
Before you slip into your favorite maxi, gauchos or whatever your summer theme of choice is, you have to start with a great foundation. Affinitas is the perfect lingerie brand to start out with. As a former lingerie model, I can attest to the importance of having something that feels great on you to give your whole outfit a boost of confidence that no one can quite pinpoint. Regardless of your tastes, Affinitas has you in mind so definitely check them out and make sure they're in your weekender when you head out!
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If you thought that Natori had the market cornered in lingerie, then you only know a fragment of her empire! As you guys know, I had the pleasure of hanging out in her home and hearing about her daywear collection and I've been rocking her perfume and body cream for about a week. In addition, she has bedding and of course eyewear. Of course, 4 winners will have a Tortoiseshell pair included within their bag but you should definitely check out her entire collection which has timeless pieces that make everyone feel that they just embraced their inner Audrey!
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I take summer skin care seriously and when the weather rises, you'll notice that I not only have my trusty lotion of the day, but I also have SPF in my bag. You never know when a few errands turn into an afternoon at an outdoor garden for drinks and there's no reason why your skin should pay the price! Think and be sun smart no matter what to ensure that you're skin is just as happy as you are. You saw Dermadoctor on HSN and you know I've been writing about them a lot on the site so make sure that you check out their Bodyguard and of course, 4 of our winners will be able to tell you first hand about it!
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Kitten Lounge is all about being thoughtful! For those that win the Goodie Totes you'll find tons of things that will test whether you're all about "Sharing is Caring". Many times the guys feel like we have no love for this which just isn't true. In your totes you will find Axe's Twist Packs that come in a fab case that's perfect for carrying around his toiletries when you're off to the beach! We've all seen the funny Axe promos and we're so excited to support our guys in their hygiene by including them within this giveaway!
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With all the trips you'll be heading out o n visiting friends, enjoying the weather, etc you need a good book. Dorian Smith, author of Mind Games has created a book incorporating her favorite place, Japan with some of her fave topics - fashion and intrigue! Available on Kindle, Dorian will be giving 4 away and for those that don't get one, you can purchase this book for under $8 and whether you have the Kindle or gadgets that run the software, I can say this this is a great read!
As many of you know, I have a jewelry line Kitten Couture which includes a small collection of accessories for your everyday. This year with all the focus on the Hamptons and easy peasy fashion, I created the Whitney which is a super long necklace that you can wrap around your neck 2 to 3 times depending on what mood you're in. For under $100, this is the perfect gift for the summer and beyond! In fact, the neutral tones, wood, shell and natural stone are always on trend. These handmade necklaces are a perfect way to make your look pop!
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We have to take care of our lingerie and what better way to do this then getting a Berry Perry of your very own! What I love about this is that you can place your bra within the ball so that it maintains its shape. Then there is a little ball that ensures that your bras will not only be clean but that they will not lose all the elements that make this your bra. When it comes to your other unmentionables such as your undies, they can be washed in the little bag so that they are also secure! I love that this is the perfect way to wash them and that they come in fun colors. In addition, it's super easy to use as you put the designated items in then you drop it in the washing machine.
Kitten Lounge is co-hosting an amazing event that I hope you can make it out to if you are in NYC. Splashion Soiree is on May 13th and ensures that you will be ready for the beach season - if you want to know more and of course you can look above for the quick details! No fashion experience would be complete without having amazing jewelry to style. I'm so excited that Cynthia Rybakoff will also include her pieces within the event as well as making an appearance as well!
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We're going to be running all over the place this summer and we want to make sure that you're confident and totally natural. Each tote bag will be filled with all 3 Degree Nature Effects Deodorant scents as well as their matching body mists! This is a great way to stay fresh, share with friends and to slip into your bag before you head out the door!
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When we put together our Hamptons Giveaway Guide, we knew that we wanted fun items as well as those that ensure that you're summer ready. One of the most important things that you need for this summer, regardless of the activity is smooth skin! Make sure that your legs are super soft with Skintimate! 4 lucky ducks will be included within our fun tote bags.
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I'm obsessed with super cute bags that can be worn to a number of places. This bag is perfect for the beach, is quite large and ensures that you won't have to leave anything out when you hit the road. I love the pops of color and all of the goodies that we are giving away in a few weeks will be packed within this bag! Yak Pak is a fun bag company that has been in a number of celebrity gifting suites! Now you get your opportunity right here. With a number of styles and colors this is the perfect thing to include within your summer plans!
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When it comes to amazing coverage for your skin, I have been hooked on Yes to Carrots for years! So it was a no brainer when I reached out to them to include them in our giveaway! Winners will receive their rich body butter which doesn't leave a greasy feeling on your skin and gives you that glow that you have always wanted! This line is all about the earth, what's good for it and although it's great to eat your veggies, it's the veggies that make you look amazing whether it's carrots, tomatoes and/or cucumbers. Definitely check out the entire line and find out what type of veggie is your thing - I'm carrots all the way although I love their cooling cucumber gel!
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I have been a fan of Stephanie Johnson for a number of years. It's the perfect travel companion and it ensures that even when you carry the kitchen sink, it still looks super chic and organized! Well for 4 winners, you will receive the large zippered case as well as the smaller one! There's no way that you would every want to head out on a trip without these pieces!
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I have been a fan of Purple Lab cosmetics since last late summer/early fall! It's always in my makeup bag and I feel it makes my overall look - complete! For 4 lucky winners, they will receive Huge Lips Skinny Hips the amazing lip gloss that plumps up your lips. The shade Worship Kate is phenom and you have to check out the site to not only find out more about the product but about the Creatrix herself, Karen Robinovitz. Find out what's going on with the team, when she is heading back to HSN and more. This is perfect year around but is definitely a must for this summer!
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We have to keep our skin looking fabulous! It needs to be protected from the sun, hydrated and easy to bring along, Our lucky winners will receive the SPF 25 Hydrating Moisturizer which will be their new BFF this season!
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OMG smooth skin is super important! If you have noticed the theme throughout many of the products included within our tote bags, you'll notice it's all about amazing skin. Just in case you feel you may want to try yet another fab product, we have included Veet which has a great scent that will not only make it fun to use but will make you feel amazingly fresh! Take some time to check out!
Now you guys know that I have talked about Sugar Cookies before! They're the super cute lingerie store in Chelsea that makes you want to shop there just so that you can take a second to drink in the true boudoir feeling. They are hosting an amazing shopping event with Vitamin A Swimwear where you can get 20% off of their collection! Enjoy bevvies and nibbles while you get your swimwear together from 6 - 8pm on May 13th.
Ever since I could remember, I never embraced a watch. I thought they were a fab accessory but I couldn't connect with it. Then I had the best day at AMPR Showroom and fell in love with Vabene! This is an amazing luxury collection of watches that are in various styles that are a must! I fell in love so fast that instantly, I started telling my clients about it and as a personal shopper, it's always good to be in the know and to share this fab news with others. Whether you're in the cabana, boarding a plane or thinking about brunch - think about these fabulous watches that will let others know that you're the definitive statement in chic and if you're interested in getting one, I definitely can connect you in a day of shopping to find your new love!
In addition to finding amazing products within the Hamptons Guide, as promised we will also look at great restaurants as well whether it's in the Hamptons, in Manhattan or just a few stops outside of the city! In addition, we will also check out amazing spots in other cities throughout the country. To that end, a subway stop or two outside of the city is a great way to spend the night and to check out something new. If you're looking for a fun night with a little wine, some nibbles and live entertainment at 9pm, then you should look no further than Domaine Wine Bar in Long Island City, NY! When you want to hang out in a great space, enjoy a selection of fine wines and eat cheese and other great snacks, this is definitely a great pick. Whether you're coming from the boroughs or looking for a place within your own neighborhood, nothing says summer (or any other season) like a night of amazing vino!
I have been obsessed with Ciao Bella for a number of years and now they have an amazing amount of items that have launched just in time for this summer! I have fallen for Blood Orange Sorbet pops as I love this fruit and can't get enough. If you'd rather have your traditional gelato, then you can also enjoy Green Tea (Matcha) which is phenom and get a new twist with Peach Ginger! This is a must have for gatherings or for watching movies and since gelato is seasonless, make sure that you have some on hand no matter what time of year it is!
If you're in NYC you have the ability to enjoy the services that are found at Completely Bare which ensures that you are hair free with their laser technology and waxes. In addition, you can enjoy facials as well as tanning there as well. Whether you're not here or you're away, you can also enjoy their products and when it comes to the summer you'll find a number of items that are fab! Whether you're looking for a sunless tanner, making sure that you don't have to deal with nasty ingrown hairs or that your hair stops growing - Completely Bare has you covered. Check them out and if you're in the city stop in!
Never again feel bad about wearing your back up or your "works whenever you don't have the shoe that you love"! Plattoes ensures that your footwear is always fabulous as you choose your style of lowers (sandals, wedge or flip flop) and then you choose your uppers which come in an array of satin ribbon! We all have that style of shoe that we love and we find that sometimes it doesn't match our outfit. For under $100 you can get a pair of shoes of your choice, lace it up securely within the double locks and have a look that leaves you smiling since you customized it AND since it's totally affordable! Your only limited by your imagination and with so many color and designs available, you'll find that picking up an extra hue here and there is very easy on the pocketbook! This is fabulous for your events, hanging out with friends and more! Take some time to check this out to bring fab excitement into your look!
Complete happiness is when I'm not in my heels and am able to run around the city in sandals. Yes, I'm a huge fan of my Havaianas but there is something to be said for having a gorgeous pair of sandals when you're running around in maxis, heading out to traval and more. Enter House of Wahlia who creates Chappals a leather shoe that has a single strip that is between the toes. In addition these shoes have high end stones. This footwear is definitely one that we should all keep on our radar and they're also available via Twitter as well in case you want to know what other items they will continue to have as their product line increases!
As an Accessories Expert, I'm all about ensuring that people look as amazing as possible wherever they end up heading out! This same effort that we do for ourselves should also extend itself into our pets as well! I love the face that Bon Christiani has handmade collars, semiprecious stones and cast bronze which will look amazing on our four legged friends! In addition to making dogs look fabulous as they are out and about for their walks, Bon Christiani is also apart of providing collars for the winners of America's Top Dog Model which definitely shows how sophisticated this line is! Get your own custom collar for your dog and then you can also get a Celtic matching piece of jewelry for yourself!
Yes it's bikini season and we're all running around to whatever beach we can find to not only hang out with friends but to also get in a little Vitamin D! With all the ways to accessorize your beach look, TummyToys ensures that you can change your look of your belly piercing without a lot of fuss. With such clients as Victoria Secret's model Adriana Lima, you're able to change your jewelry with a flick of the finger. The clasp is in an all in one hinged closure, the post slides through the body piercing and closes securely with a snap and you no longer have to fumble with tiny barbell threaded balls. It's just simple to use and now you'll want to change between a number of looks with no hassles to worry about! Check out their collection as its quite extensive and will definitely give others something to look at while you're at the beach!
It's all about making sure that everyone enjoys the summer. Your four legged baby needs to have new items to get him/her ready for the season as well. Whether there's a cute party where a polo is the perfect way to sport a fun summer look or super cute leashes and collars that will make your pup the talk of the puppy parks, Sugar Chic Couture has a number of items from carriers, beds, treats and so much more! They make sure that your pups life stays just as luxurious as yours! Take some time to check out this site as we have been a fan for quite awhile!
Now it's all about looking vibrant and amazing and Yagolicious Cosmetics makes sure that you look fabulous in such a vibrant way! In addition to having an amazing collection they have a phenomenal event that those of us in NYC must attend without a doubt! On September 16th, you'll be able to see the launch of "Royal Jewel" Collection which contains hues for eyes, cheeks and lips! They also have an Infused Almond Custom Blend Foundation, powder and bronzer. Jessica Styles will host the Yagolicious Beauty Affair and is the Professional Coach and founder of the FAB Network. You'll enjoy complimentary makeovers, manis, massages and sushi! It's a night full of treats, nibbles, bevies and of course being able to sample this line as well as being able to purchase it. Make sure that you get your ticket by RSVPing to be apart of this event.