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A Park Avenue wife falls from grace

Published by Wednesday Martin
You don’t want to have what she’s having….
You don’t want to have what she’s having….

Woody Allen is channeling Edith Wharton, and it is delicious. For his latest project, Blue Jasmine, he places the beautiful, pampered Manhattan wife of a successful hedge fund manager under his lens. They are a rich and powerful couple — for a time. Then comes an indictment, a prison sentence, a separation and a fall from grace for Jasmine, brought to life, a Birkin on her wrist, by Cate Blanchett. Jasmine, a modern day Lily Bart, unravels like a threadbare Chanel jacket. Here's the New York Times review.


Royal baby: How will Camilla navigate being a step-grandmother?

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The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken out about what a brilliant grandfather Prince Charles will be. But how will her role as step-grandmother to the future king work out?
The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken out about what a brilliant grandfather Prince Charles will be. But how will her role as step-grandmother to the future king work out?

All of England seems to have a stake and an interest in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s newborn son. After all, who can resist a baby - especially a royal one? For centuries, babies have had an incredible ability to knit together families, communities and even nations. 


So funny it hurts....

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My friends are passed along an animated send-up of a couple discussing their summer in the Hamptons. From sex segregation to fitness rituals to rites of conspicuous consumption like jewelry trunk sales and handbag auctions (not to mention the bottle of wine she's clutching) it hits all the right notes and reveals some of the oddest practices that define this funny, foreign and fascinating tribe.


Summer in the Hamptons — Events

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Like reciprocal grooming among female  papio cynocephalus (savannah baboons), attending events is an affiliative behavior that promotes group and dyadic cohesion
Like reciprocal grooming among female papio cynocephalus (savannah baboons), attending events is an affiliative behavior that promotes group and dyadic cohesion

In the Hamptons in the summer, there are plenty of "events." Charity luncheons, charity dinners, auctions for a good cause, shopping for a good cause, or just "girls nights out" (we like to go out together without our husbands or our kids sometimes!) — you can be as busy as you like. When we go to these events, we affirm our tribal affiliation, just by being there--it shows that we care about the same things — and by connecting with one another.


It's too darn hot — style in a Manhattan heatwave

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Tribal adornment, Upper East Side
Tribal adornment, Upper East Side

In my tribe, going without a pedicure in the summer is almost like walking out of your apartment naked. You just wouldn't do it. And if you did, you wouldn't feel right about it.  Pedicures are an important part of our summer uniform. This form of ritualized adornment and self-display says, "I took the time to do this." We believe it makes us more attractive to men....or do we do it for each other?


Local flora in summer migratory setting

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Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton
Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton

It's been rainy but these hydrangea are beautiful in any weather. They are everywhere on the East End of Long Island, aka the Hamptons, where my tribe migrates for the summer season. This particular road takes me to Physique 57, where I do the world's most punitive ballet barre workout a few times per week with loads of other Manhattan moms. But that's for another post....


Primates of Park Avenue Sold!

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Primates of Park Avenue has a new home….
Primates of Park Avenue has a new home….

The press release just went out: Primates of Park Avenue will be published by Simon & Schuster. I am thrilled with the book's new home. The description in industry newsletter Publishers Marketplace reads....


Mothers Who Drink — the New Normal

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Plenty of mommies drink. Some of us drink an endless “glass of wine” starting at 5 pm….
Plenty of mommies drink. Some of us drink an endless “glass of wine” starting at 5 pm….

A girlfriend with kids the same age as mine texted me the other day. "Call me so we can have a drink," she suggested. She meant, call me so we can chat on the phone while we have a glass of wine. Because it was 5:30 and because like most of the women with children we know, we're mothers who drink.