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What Alexandra Knight products are essential in the Hamptons and why?

The French Market tote with alligator handles (I'm personally partial to the white). I'm always dashing from events, to the beach and then to lunch and it's the perfect tote for all of the above. Plus, everyone always asks where it is from so you know it is special!

The Alligator covered Birkenstocks - I cannot tell you how fabulous I think these are. To be able to send your lovable Birkenstocks directly to be custom alligator covered is beyond chic!

The Python Cosmetic Case is the ideal case to store in my tote to keep me organized and doubles as a little clutch if I am running to dinner. I just throw a credit card and my iPhone into it and I am good to go!

What are your 12 to do's in the Hamptons? 

 

Enjoy a sunset cocktail at Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor 

Spend at least an afternoon each in the public gardens at artist Robert Dash's Madoo Conservancy, the sprawling spaces at Bridge Gardens which is part of Picnic Land Trust and in the outdoor sculpture garden at Longhouse Reserve founded by Jack Lenor Larson. All are endlessly inspiring!

Visit the Farmer's Market from 3-6 in Bridgehampton at the Hayground School. Aside from having all of the fresh local fare, Pierpont Farms sells bunches of fresh peonies, hydrangeas and dahlias every week at a really good price. 

Shop at Heidi Klein. This British import opened the cutest resort wear shop in Southampton with caftans and biking I covet. 

Take a Blade helicopter. From East Hampton to Manhattan in under 30 minutes. It's a game changer, let me tell you. Plus the view is gorgeous. 

Burn a lot of calories with Jaime Morales aka @JaimeFit.com. Apparently I am going to look like Carolyn Murphy when he is finished with me!

Indulge in ice cream at home with locally made Old School Favorites Chocolate Sauce.

Start your day with a cup of Left Hand Coffee who just opened up their shop in Montauk. 

Must get in my last outing to Sunset Beach for french fare and a game of Petanque. 

One last dinner at Moby's in East Hampton. I love the vibe, dining at a picnic table and a solid selection of wine. The house-made wood-fired pizzas are simply divine. 

Grab some cheese and wine and relax in the tiny garden behind Cavaniola's in Sag Harbor. 

After dark enjoy a bonfire on Scott Cameron or Atlantic Beach. You cannot find a more exquisite way to enjoy the Hamptons! 

Who is Samantha Yanks and why do we love her?

After spending my second summer in Southampton, my family and I have fallen head over heels in love with Long Island. After a 10 year hiatus, I was thrilled to learn that a dear friend from my days at Vogue was the Editor in Chief of the super chic Hamptons Magazine. No surprise there! She has her finger on the pulse of everything there and so her picks  recommendations on what to do are golden. If only I had this list in June.....If you are heading out East this last weekend of summer check out her recommendations. If you really want to enjoy the Hamptons......go after Labor Day in September when the  weather is glorious and less traffic! Follow her on instagram at SamanthaYanks or SPYLUXE for fantasticly chic ideas and information. 

Samantha Yanks, Editor in Chief of Hamptons magazine, Editor at Large of Gotham Magazine and Executive Fashion Director of Niche Media's 11 title portfolio including Aspen Peak, Austin Way, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, Ocean Drive, Philadelphia Style and Vegas.

She is an extraordinary talent in the publishing business with over a decade of experience in the fashion, lifestyle and publishing fields focusing on the best the globe has to offer in the worlds of entertaining, interior design, beauty, business, travel, culture, dining, fashion, and real estate. As a fashion and interiors tastemaker, Yanks launched SPYLUXE in 2013 at  SamanthaYanks.com which is a lens into her curated world of food, fashion and interior finds. The content tagged #SPYLUXE centers on creativity in entertaining and interior design. Yanks's own initials SPY inspired #SPYLUXE.  In 2016 SamanthaYanks.com launches retail.

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