Lifestyle: Spotlights

Hampton Habitues

By Dawn Watson - April 6, 2018

Congratulations to Water Mill’s Katie Lee, who got engaged this past month. It happened in Paris, the City of Love, while the host of “The Kitchen” and “Beach Bites with Katie Lee” was on a romantic vacation with her longtime love Ryan Biegel, an actor and television producer. One imagines the two met when Katie hosted the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” way back in 2006, as Ryan is credited with working on the king of foodie reality shows during that time. Since, he’s appeared on “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town” and “Enlisted.” Coincidentally (not really), he’s served as producer on “Beach Bites.” Meanwhile, she’s appeared on a number of  TV cooking shows, as well as one of our top picks, Darren Star’s “Younger.”

Connecting the dots from Star, who created and produced “Sex and the City,” to Sag Harbor resident Candace Bushnell is a quick leap. As we all know, that particular anthology put the former New York Observer columnist on the worldwide map and spawned a huge television show and two movies. And now, we hear that the author of “Lipstick Jungle” and “The Carrie Diaries” is working on a new book. We should have the details by next month but for now, mum’s the word on the title and subject matter. Can’t wait to find out more about this one!

Other huge happenings that we’re just too, too excited about include a “Sopranos” movie prequel apparently in the works. The working title is “The Many Saints of Newark,” penned by creator David Chase and writer Lawrence Konner. Let’s all keep all of our fingers crossed that Bridgehampton’s Lorraine Bracco—most recently on “Blue Bloods”—and fellow Edie Falco—whose “The Land of Steady Habits” we can’t wait to see—get at least a nod in it. Probably not, but let’s dare to dream.

Speaking of happy wishes, cheers are also in order for North Haven’s favorite fitness guru, who has lots of wonderful things to be excited about. Tracy Anderson got engaged in February to Scottish banker Nick Riley.  And come May the entrepreneur and author will receive The Spirit of Life Award at City of Hope’s annual spring luncheon at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

We’ve got more good news galore for the gals of the Hamptons this go-round. Ensemble reality show “Real Housewives of New York City” star, Luann de Lesseps, has a few solo turns coming up at Feinstein’s 54 Below in Manhattan in May. Known as “The Countess” she returns with her nightclub act, #CountessAndFriends, to the legendary venue. The show will include songs and lots of insider fodder about her glamorous life in front of the cameras and probably a few juicy tidbits too about what happens when they are turned off.

It only seems appropriate to finish off this month with another tale of girl power, and hashtags. So, hats off to Southampton’s Tory Burch, who is continuing her global #EmbraceAmbition campaign. The fashion designer and businesswoman, who was named the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2015, is taking that title seriously. Last year, the philanthropic designer and Tory Burch Foundation founder launched the Embrace Ambition movement in the hopes of empowering female entrepreneurs.

This year, she announced the inaugural Embrace Ambition Summit, which is happening this month. The event will be held at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 24. Featuring actress, model and activist Yara Shahidi; “A Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood; and a powerful handful of other inspiring speakers; including Burch herself. The topics will focus on themes such as Confronting Stereotypes and Creating New Norms. Alas, the event is invite only but the good news is that there is a free live stream signup on the foundation’s website. Yay!

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