Daily Fitness: The ‘V’ Life

This article was first published in the February 21, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper   Are you living “The V Life?” By V, I mean Veridatta—an honest skincare line created by East Hampton native, Rebecca Underdown. Upon meeting Underdown over the holidays, I immediately noticed her complexion. Aside from being a bicoastal resident, between…

Sweet Treats: Crumb Get Some

This article first appeared in the February 21, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper   Calverton’s Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Co. is, as the name suggests, a company that produces scrumptious crumb cakes. The mother-son team Susan and James Walsh have taken an old-fashioned, family recipe from the good ol’ days of Brooklyn and brought…

Daily Fitness: What Matters to You?

In 2018, I turned over a new philosophy as a fitness columnist: don’t want to be me, want to be around me. It is never my goal to be someone’s envy, but rather be a person to inspire those around me. Each one of us is unique, and that includes the genetics we’re dealt. I’ve…

Hampton Coffee’s Altruistic Recognition

This article originally appeared in the February 14, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper   The Ellen Hermanson Foundation will host its annual Denim & Diamonds event on Saturday, March 10, from 6:30 to 10 PM at 230 Elm Street in Southampton. Proceeds will benefit The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton and…

Sweet Treats: Bees’ Needs

This article originally appeared in the February 14, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper   Mary Woltz is in a very sweet “bees-ness.” Her company, Bees’ Needs, is an artisan honey company based in Sag Harbor, producing only raw, unheated, and unfiltered honey. Woltz’s apiary consists of 13 separate bee yards, primarily located on farms….

Sweet Treats: Blossom Meadow Farm

This article first appeared in the February 7, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper   Bee keeper Laura Klahre has been creating a buzz with her two-acre organic farm in Southold. She has more than 20 years of experience in the unique profession. Blossom Meadow Farm originally began harvesting honey. There are 100 hives throughout…

Daily Fitness: Fitness Photo Shoot

What makes you feel empowered? Growing up I idolized the fictional characters of Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie), Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) — which were reflected several times in my Halloween costumes — and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher Dottie Hinson, a character who was played by Geena Davis in A League of Their Own. Their…

2018 Bridal Trends: Ask The Experts

This article first appeared in the February 7, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper   Are you heading down the aisle with your true love this year? I asked bridal experts what the trends are for 2018, from dresses to décor. In dresses, bridal designers are trading old traditions for something new, according to bridal…

North Fork Candles Get Lit

This article first appeared in the January 31, 2018  issue of The Independent Newspaper   Sip the wine, savor the local produce, and inhale the signature scents of the North Fork by candlelight. More than any other of the senses, our olfactory senses are the strongest at triggering emotions and memories. Suddenly a candle is…

Daily Fitness: Super Bowl Hacks

This article first appeared in the January 31, 2018 issue of The Independent Newspaper    Sunday marks the second largest food consumption day in America, behind Thanksgiving. Huddle around, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. From the wings to the beer, here are some (not so) skinny statistics. In 2015, according to Statista, the caloric intake of New York State…