There is definitely something about summer, the beautiful weather or the change of schedules that allows us to cherish the time we have. There is more to life than sitting in the office all day, how much money one makes and the list of things that must get done that day. The freedom that summer brings us is something that we often overlook during the academic year: the ability to embrace life. There is something about the vastness of the sea, a nice tan and a day spent with loved ones that remind us what truly matters. I am by no means saying that shopping must be included in this path to embracing life, but it is the state of mind in which Shecky's Girl's Day Out in the Hamptons has given to numerous women that makes this event worth writing about.
As I walked around the mobs of flowing dresses, bright red signature bags and smiling girls, I saw something much more than meets the eye. I saw women coming together with their moms and sisters, their girlfriends, and the occasional commendable guy aka 'shopping bag holder,' to spend an afternoon together. There was no tension, there was no hurry and there was no drama. It was an event filled with people who came together to not only shop their hearts out, but also embrace life.
One Life Jewelry's simple and inspiring jewelry held our attention. (Photo: Emily Jackowicz)
Shecky's had a vendor for every attendee heart's desire. There were tents of local food businesses; the cupcake vendors creating the longest lines! Honest Tea and Vitamin Water were giving out free samples to cool the gals off on the steamy summer day, and cocktails were being sold and even taught how to be made! The most popular off all were the jewelry designers. One Life Jewelry designer, Arlyne D'Andrea had a full crowd for most of my visit. Her style depicted summer perfectly: chic, pure and simple. She had an array of fresh gold and silver necklaces and bracelets, many with gentle touches of colored gems and stones. One of the most popular aspects of her designs was the personalization: let it be a monogram or a complete individual design of hand-picked pendants and charms. To order online, go to onelifejewelry.com.
Another trending vendor were salon businesses. There were booths set up where you could have your make-up done, and salons such as, Studio in East Hampton, that gave each customer time to accept the perfect sample for every unique skin. If jewelry, salon care and drinks weren't enough for you, you could also find Votre Vu selling their cosmetics, and many ethnic vendors selling endless bags and clothes. But by far the most intriguing clothes being sold were those that embraced life all on their own. Tara Amelchenko was selling painted garments that were worn while she and 19 other workers created large-scale murals in N.Y.C. These shirts were each uniquely, without pressure or deadline
, made and worn multiple times, exposing them to the creation of several murals. The individual paint splatter designs were a huge hit. Visit Artfx.com for more.
To embrace life, you don't let a little sweat deter you from doing what you want. That is what this event showed: when life gets to that overwhelming point, it is then when you must sit back, with a friend and a cocktail if that's what you prefer, and remember to appreciate the good stuff. You can always return the negative things, but if you leave the special ones behind, there is no guarantee that they will be there to purchase at another time.