Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Blue Parrot - The Hamptons' Favourite Local Joint Returns

The Blue Parrot - The Hamptons' Favourite Local Joint Returns
In 1981 a disheveled crew of surfers, scoundrels and a lone cook turned a hidden corner of an East Hampton parking lot into a meeting place for artists, anglers, bonackers, bankers, weekenders and wayfarers that would one day become The Blue Parrot. The East Hampton eatery that was once described by Forbes Magazine as “the East End Elaine’s” makes a much-anticipated return this summer. Having closed shop in 2006, The Blue Parrot returns to a town eager for its go-to “quirky, laid-back Tex-Mex bar and restaurant.” As the town’s favorite dive bar, meeting place and local joint, The Blue Parrot brings together local residents and summertime visitors, offering a refreshing, casual and pretense-free alternative to New York and East End dining and nightlife. Seating for The Blue Parrot’s bar and restaurant offers guests a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere where they have the choice to drink and dine alongside the bar, within the restaurant or atop the outdoor garden patio. Reservations are unnecessary at the Blue Parrot, as seating is based upon a strict first come, first served policy. In any attire, walk into this quirky hole-in-the-wall locale and you are sure to spot just about anyone, as everyone is welcome.

Paying homage to the original East Hampton eatery in its new incarnation, the walls of The Blue Parrot are adorned in the same eclectic fashion, bringing together such decorative details as vintage Mexican postcards and stocks and bonds (albeit from 1800s Mexico). The interior features gritty details, such as rough hewn wood, slowly revolving factory fans, and distressed paint in rich, exuberant colors evocative of Mexico City cantinas. The combination of these elements summon the excitement of a Dia de los Muertos celebration, while maintaining the laid-back, welcoming style that patrons appreciated in the original Blue Parrot. In an ode to the original Blue Parrot, an idea which stemmed from a group of East End surfers, The Blue Parrot will screen classic surfer films including The Endless Summer (1966), Big Wednesday (1978) and Ride the Wild Surf (1964), as well as spaghetti Westerns and the occasional sporting event.

The Blue Parrot will again feature a Tex-Mex and regional Mexican menu of common fare prepared uncommonly well, including quesadillas, burritos and nachos. There will be a strong emphasis on ‘fresh and local’ produce, fish, poultry, cheese and wine. The late-night menu (available after 10 PM) offers Classic Guacamole and Chicken Flautas, sure to satisfy nighttime guests who have few alternatives. The menu revives the original Blue Parrot Margarita, served in a mason jar, as well as sangria, premium and super premium tequilas and Mexican beers.

In keeping with its local-friendly efforts, The Blue Parrot will hire locally and plans to support local charities, such as The Peconic Land Trust and the Pikes Farm Stand Project, and hopes to sponsor a local East Hampton sports team. Additionally, Tuesday evenings at The Blue Parrot will be host to Dirty Bird Tuesdays— a night of drink and food specials for local East Hamptonites. Dirty Bird Tuesdays will also be the only available night for patrons interested in purchasing an official Blue Parrot t-shirt, subject only to local residents (must be verified by a local driver’s license).

The Blue Parrot
33A Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 329-BLUE (2583)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Next stop: Fashion Capital of the World - La Mode Revient, Traveling Atelier

Next stop: Fashion Capital of the World - La Mode Revient, Traveling Atelier
May 10, 2009
Make way for style-on-the-move: La Mode Revient, Traveling Atelier, founded by Sonya Rolin (of Sonya Rolin Atelier) and Irene Zelinksy (of Rolling Stonz Designs) has revolutionized the way women approach fashion and shopping. La Mode Revient—translation: The Fashion Returns—premieres in New York City on May 1st from Noon to 8 PM with an exclusive afternoon of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Hosted at the Vanessa Noel Boutique and featuring the designs of special guest, fashion designer Rubin Singer, the trunk show conveniently brings the latest in chic designs to its clients, allowing them to browse and purchase items while mingling with other trend setters and the designers themselves in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. In such a couture-like setting, clients are given unparalleled personal attention as they are styled from head-to-toe. Additionally, a number of pieces featured at La Mode Revient will be one-of-a-kind designs, while several other items will be available as made-to-order for custom fits. In addition, 10% of all proceeds from the afternoon will be donated in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Co-Founder Sonya Rolin will debut her full, demi-couture collection of evening gowns, coats, and other stylish pieces at La Mode Revient, building on the exciting accessories created by her design company Sonya Rolin Atelier, founded in 2000. Inspired by her family’s couturier in Europe, Sonya brings a sense of Old World artisanship to the 21st Century Renaissance woman with designs that possess a timeless elegance, fitting the style of her exclusive, fashion-savvy international clientele. It’s Zsa Zsa Gabor meets Audrey Hepburn, as Sonya’s designs marry a sense of luxury with chic sophistication.

Irene Zelinsky, founder of Rolling Stonz, is an established jewelry designer who has been creating one-of-a-kind pieces since 2002. Irene finds inspiration in the unique stones and jewels discovered at estate sales and vintage shops. Building upon those pieces, Irene’s designs blend classic design with modern style, resulting in chic charms representing special moments in time.

La Mode Revient, Traveling Atelier brings a sense of refinement and elegance to the world of retail. For recession-conscious shoppers, La Mode Revient offers clients the opportunity to shop privately and discreetly. Watch for La Mode Revient to pass through your area. At each stop, Sonya Rolin and Irene Zelinsky will introduce unique accessory designers, according to location and season.

After New York City, La Mode Revient will visit Los Angeles May 18-19, 2009, Greenwich, CT on May 30, 2009, and Toronto, Canada on June 4, 2009. Look out for additional dates and locations, to be announced.

La Mode Revient, Traveling Atelier

Friday, May 1, 2009

grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen Present What’s Hot for Summer 2009

grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen Present What’s Hot for Summer 2009
May 1, 2009

Where do celebrities go to get the hottest eyewear around? Martin Scorsese, Kate Moss, Lauren Hutton, Carlos Santana, Dustin Hoffman, Diana Ross, Regis Philbin, Madonna, Alec Baldwin, and Elton John—to name a few—depend on grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen in New York for the finest in designer eyewear.

Gear up for sunnier days! For the trend-seekers and fashionistas out there, grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen have picked out what’s hot for this summer 2009 season. For a classy Jackie O-like glamour, they’ve selected a timeless, oversized frame from Chanel’s Collection Perle. For the most rugged of gentlemen, there is the Cartier Santos Sport Platinum, a classic aviator shape with fashion-forward leather and wood detailing—think Top Gun meets the runway. For true glitz n’ glam, grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen offer Oliver People’s Harlot Storm frames, bringing together an iconic silhouette with a bold, modern print.

Need another reason to visit grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen? Celebrate Eye Health Month as grueneyes and OPTYX by gruen are exclusively offering 30% off prescription lenses and complimentary vision screenings from May 11, 2009 to June 10, 2009. Selected frames within their exclusive eyewear collection include, but are not limited to, Cartier, Chanel, Bvlgari, Tom Ford, Persol, Ray Ban, Tag Heuer, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Michael Kors, Coach, Oliver Peoples, John Varvatos, Vera Wang, Maui Jim, Karl Lagerfeld & Prada.

grueneyes & OPTYX by gruen pride themselves in offering the most fashionable frames and providing comprehensive eye examinations, routine diagnostic eye care and contact lens fittings by professional and personable doctors of optometry. President and CEO, Jon Gruen, has truly redefined the retail optical experience.

grueneyes & OPTYX by gruen are also pleased to announce that they are accepting copayment for the following insurance programs: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, EyeMed, Health Net, Multiplan, Oxford, United Health Care.

Biba Boutique — The Hamptons Shopaholic’s Dream at a New Location

Biba Boutique — The Hamptons Shopaholic’s Dream at a New Location
May 1, 2009

Shopping in the Hamptons will never be the same with the new updated Biba Boutique, at a brand new location. The sexy boutique has been a favorite of celebrity shoppers including Paris and Nicky Hilton, Christie Brinkley, Felicity Huffman, Kim Porter, Susan Lucci, and Beth Ostrosky. Owner Barbara Blatt handpicks all of Biba’s lines featuring hot new designers which change weekly. Some of the fab favorites are Sky tops and dresses, Minnie Rose Cashmeres, the hottest brands of designer denim, shoes, and unique, one-of-a-kind items. This summer Biba promises to provide a one-stop shopping experience, with everything the stylish Hampton’s woman needs to achieve the summertime chic look for 2009.

Barbara also specializes in putting together a hand-picked wardrobe for any event and offers a special Biba goody box sent directly to your door.

During the off-season, Barbara takes her fashion show on the road. This upscale, newly renovated boutique will be loading up their stylish clothing, shoes, and accessories, and coming to a location near you. Sip on champagne and wine while you shop at the unique Biba “Wardrobe on Wheels”.

Most recently, Barbara opened a Palm Beach location that is open year round. So for those Hamptonites that miss Biba in the off-season, Palm Beach is only a short plane ride away…

Biba Southampton
40 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968 Tel: (631) 377-3647

Biba Palm Beach
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Dr. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Tel: (561) 799-7795