Semi-permanent Beauty Treatments Make Your Morning Routine Hassle-Free


Looking put together without spending tons of time getting ready in the morning isn’t easy, and semi-permanent beauty can be your secret weapon. The newest techniques look incredibly natural and last anywhere from a few weeks to several years. These are some
to consider.

Lash Extensions
Falsies used to look tacky and overdone, but the latest extensions are less Kardashian and more subtle. During the up-to-two-hour process, each natural lash is isolated one at a time, and a polysynthetic fiber extension is attached to the natural lash—not your skin—with an adhesive (some salons may use synthetic or authentic mink). The dramatic-but-realistic result? Lengthened, thickened lashes, and best of all, no need to apply mascara. “Every person sheds their lashes at different rates,” says Gisele Tyler, owner of LashBrow Center. “It can depend on genetics, health, medication and lifestyle.”
Cost: $150-$350
Results last: Approximately three weeks
Where to get it done: LashBrow Center, Wilton, CT; The Lash Resort and Brow Studio, Westport, CT

Semi-Permanent Eyeliner
To get precise eyeliner that’s always on point, specialists use a digital micropigmentation pen to create the perfect liner or fill in gaps at your lash line, which gives the appearance of fuller lashes and a more defined eye. The iron oxide-based pigments won’t change color over time and unlike traditional tattooing, they are placed close to the surface of the skin, which penetrates the dermal layer. You’ll have an extensive consultation beforehand, and your lids will receive numbing cream to prevent discomfort. The process takes two sessions, each about two hours.
Cost: $515
Results last: Three to five years
Where to get it done: EverTrue Microblading Salon, New York, NY

Eyelash Tinting
This treatment is one of the most affordable, quick and painless ways to highlight your eyes. How it works: A collagen pad is placed under the lashes to protect the skin and a vegetable-based dye (in dark brown, black or blue black) is painted on the lashes and left for 20 minutes. Afterward, your lashes are a uniform, eye-brightening shade. “It saves you time in the morning because there’s no need to apply mascara, and it makes the eyes pop,” says Amanda Campiolo, manager at The Waxing Spot. “Plus, it’s great for vacations when you may be swimming a lot.”
Cost: $40 ($55 if you tint your eyebrows as well)
Results last: About one month
Where to get it done: The Waxing Spot, Greenwich, CT

Lip Definition
This procedure rejuvenates the color of lips which may have faded with age; it gives the illusion of a fuller, more defined appearance, and it can fix lip asymmetry or discoloration, says Marie Saade, owner of Versailles Medical Spa. Adding lip color or liner involves numbing the lips, and then an organic vegetable dye is implanted, similar to a tattoo, but less deep in the skin. The entire procedure lasts two to three hours. For the most natural look, try an “ombred lip,” which involves a subtle liner and then a hint of color, which is blended and lightened towards the inner edge.
Cost: $500-$1,000
Results last: 12 to 18 months
Where to get it done: Versailles Medical Spa, Darien, CT

If you’ve gotten overly aggressive with your tweezers or your brows have always been a little sparse or asymmetrical, microblading might be your solution. It’s a type of tattooing where pigment is implanted under your skin to create your ideal brow shape. First, a specialist will draw each strand of your brows by hand—taking into account your facial structure, current brow shape, and your brow goals—before settling on your mixed-to-match hue. After a brief numbing period, the skin is scratched with a special tool in strokes that mimic individual hairs, and dye is deposited into the stroke. “The discomfort is minimal to none and the results are very natural-looking and can totally transform your face,” says Santiago Garay, senior stylist at Browhaus NYC.
Cost: $725-$1,600
Results last: About two years
Where to get it done: Browhaus NYC, New York, NY

Scar Camouflage
If you have a beauty imperfection you could live without—whether it’s from a cut, acne scar, breast scar, C-section incision or something else entirely—beauty experts, including many dermatologists, are now able to use what’s known as paramedical micropigmentation to blend and conceal scars. “It works just as if you’d put a more permanent foundation on the skin,” says Saade. Scar camouflage involves inserting flesh tone pigment into the damaged area to mimic and match the appearance of surrounding unblemished skin.
Cost: Varies
Results last: Approximately one to five years
Where to get it done:
Abadir Associates, Rye Brook, NY

Photo by Irina Bg/

Architect Joeb Moore Shares His Unique Perspective on Home Design

Joeb Moore

Joeb Moore delights in spaces that leave room for interpretation and structures that transcend the present and every day. He believes a house is a journey through time and culture that should deepen our human experience. His firm’s projects are modern in both style and concept. Home Editor Stephanie Horton recently spoke with Moore about his work.

Joeb Moore Family Room
A view of the modern addition at dusk shows off the family room and kitchen. A large Moooi chandelier lights the breakfast area.

Stephanie Horton: Please tell us a little about your background.
Joeb Moore: I’m trained in traditional and classical architecture and theory, but over the course of 25 years, my design methodology has led me to contemporary design. I have built traditional, classic homes in the past, but that is not at all what people come to me for now. I’m not interested in building Colonial McMansions, and I’ve become sensitive about what level of work my firm accepts and promotes. The shift happened about 25 years ago, right when I started teaching.

SH: You also teach at the Yale School of Architecture and the Barnard/Columbia Undergraduate Architecture Department; how does this enhance your work?
JM: I’m both an academic and a practitioner. The two are complementary, but I wouldn’t want just one or the other. As an educator, I get a much broader, wider understanding and awareness of what’s going on around the world. It allows me to think about my own design process, because I have to help my students learn and come up with concepts and a thesis. However, academia alone can be a little isolating. Practicing keeps me skilled at collaborating with clients, and I believe you have to be deeply attuned to the client and the site. The cornerstone of good design is compassion and empathy; you have to understand how your clients want to live. For me, a house is a framework for life.

Joeb Moore Stairwell
A floating staircase encased in glass keeps the floor plan and sight lines open.

SH: Your work has been highly recognized and you’ve received a long list of design awards— what are you most proud of?
JM: Personally, I was just elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and there were only 30 this year. As for designs, our “Spiral House” in Old Greenwich (which Serendipity featured in a previous issue) has won more awards than any other work of ours. We have four houses in that same vein coming up in the Binney area of Old Greenwich—houses that were previously destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.

SH: Tell us about your recent Scarsdale, NY, project.
JM: This was a 1929 Tudor-style house that underwent a gut renovation to the existing interior spaces and an addition that is a modern complement. We wanted to honor, respect and preserve the original homestead manor house but also enhance it. Tudor homes typically have dark, small rooms, so we sought to open them up. The addition is a single story on the back of the house, but it redistributes area and light. It not only adds living space on the ground floor, but also allows light to penetrate further into the home and becomes a viewing box to the back of the property.

Joeb Moore Bathroom
The highlight of the master bath is the Kenya Black marble used for the integrated countertop sink, shower and shelving. The fixtures are by Dornbracht.

SH: What type of client has the vision for a project like this?
JM: A very engaged client with a willingness to suspend belief. For this Scarsdale project, the clients were very aware of what style they wanted. The wife, Hadley Lehrman, is an art consultant who works with the Weber Fine Art gallery in Greenwich, CT. She’s very inspired and interested in the relationship between art, architecture and landscape. The clients embraced the process of differentiation and creating a study in contrasts. They were open to minimalism—a modernism that has a softer ethnographic tone to it (for example using woods instead of metal).

SH: What team was assembled for this project and how long did it take?
JM: The minimum amount of time one of our projects takes is two and a half to three years, and some take five to six years, because it’s a collaborative effort between the architecture, landscape and decoration teams. The Scarsdale project took five years. Associate Principal & Project Manager Thalassa Curtis and I worked with Doyle Herman Design Associates of Greenwich, CT, for the landscape architecture, and Monica Fried Interior Design of Scarsdale, NY. Paul Fontana of Cum Laude Group in White Plains, NY, was the builder.

Joeb Moore Dining Room
Interior designer Monica Fried used a Joseph Carini checkerboard rug that echoes the metal Tudor windows, which were completely restored from the original house. The vintage milk glass disc lighting pendants are from Wyeth NYC, and the dining chairs are from Comerford Collection in Bridgehampton, NY.

SH: What’s harder—new builds or renovations?
JM: Renovations provide you with more existing constraints, and the best design comes from restraint. It gives you fixed limits, parameters and a framework from which to start.

SH: Who are your biggest influences?
JM: I have three main inspirational architects: Adolf Loos, whose most profound lesson is about the space between things; Louis Kahn who was a master of light and shadow; and the Harvard Five, a group of architects that settled in
New Canaan, CT, in the 1940s: John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip
Johnson and Eliot Noyes. The Harvard Five expanded modernism away from being just an industrial design; they were acutely aware of personal experience.

Joeb Moore Roof
The addition has a sedum roof, which provides green views from the second floor bedrooms and is highly water retentive—it can absorb an inch of rain.

SH: I know you focus on sustainable design and utilize green building strategies in your work. Can you give us some examples of these?
JM: Yes, I do historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and am deeply involved with environmentally aware and ecologically sensitive design. Our firm has several homes underway that meet the qualification of “passive house,” which is a certification beyond LEED. These are high-performing houses with a net zero energy efficiency, meaning they consume and use less energy than they actually produce.

SH: What are you currently working on? What’s up next for Joeb Moore & Partners?
JM: There are several current projects that I’m excited about. First of all, our T(EA) House sited in Greenwich, CT, is a truly passive house on a long, linear lot that reaches out towards views of the Long Island Sound. Three stories are linked by a sculptural staircase, and the middle volume pivots 90 degrees to produce a T-shaped form. Secondly, our Meadow Pavilion, located an hour northeast of NYC capitalizes on views of the Hudson Valley to the north. It features numerous outbuildings, gardens and meadows linked by a series of paths back to the main house, and uses digital technology to interact with sound and light, creating an expanded atmosphere of sensory effects. Lastly, Stone Acres Farm in Stonington, CT, is a farm-to-table campus on a historic New England farm on which we’re collaborating with landscape architect Reed/Hilderbrand.

Photos by David Sundberg / Esto

Cooking at Home with Alex Guarnaschelli


With the release of The Home Cook, Alex Guarnaschelli, Food Network star and executive chef and owner of Butter in Manhattan, is inviting readers to sit down at her kitchen table and watch her cook her favorite off-duty meals. The follow up to her popular first book, Old School-Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook, isn’t full of the intricate recipes she creates and serves to discerning diners and food critics at her NYC hotspot, Butter. Instead, they’re the recipes she cooks for her family, that were woven into the fabric of her own past, says Guarnaschelli: “It really is the repertoire of recipes my mom cooked my whole childhood mixed with other recipes I collected along the way.”

What are the first recipes you learned by heart?  That would be corn bread and coffee cake—the quick breads. I am honestly a pastry chef at heart. I learned them from books; I learned them from watching my mother cook from books.

Alex Guarnaschelli Osso Buco The Home Cook
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What was your greatest challenge while writing this book? The sheer endeavor of writing a book is like opening a restaurant. Once you decide what’s what, you have to live with it (for the most part)! Those choices come from passion and personal feelings about food. The challenge is balancing those feelings with a book people can cook from, use and relate to.

What makes a recipe right for home cooking versus restaurant cooking? When cooking at home, you don’t want a sink full of dishes for just making some sliced tomatoes. In a professional kitchen it’s built for wear and tear much more so than at home. I think you can delve deeply into a dish without making a complete mess of the kitchen and spending more time cleaning up then you do cooking. Some of the recipes are more elaborate when you’re in that kind of mood, and some are simpler.

How do you find time to have such a full and varied career and have a family? Any tips? I try to roll them all in one and make my work always as genuine as possible. My daughter lives with my great qualities and my flaws. So do my colleagues. Tips? Take little naps. Eighteen minutes of snoozing can change your whole day.

How do cooking and eating bring together family and friends? When you have someone cook for you it’s an act of love. It’s like loyalty. And I like that idea. My father always said to me growing up, “the world will look far better after dinner.”

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What is the biggest mistake you see beginner cooks make? When a novice cook creates a menu that is too big and ambitious and they wind up cooking the whole time rather than enjoying their guests! I’ve made this mistake, too.

What do you want people to get out of your book? I hope this is not just about the people who look through to enjoy the pictures. I know I do that with a lot of cookbooks that I look at. I want this book to be user-friendly. I want to see drips of olive oil or a slight smear of chocolate on the pages to show how the book has yielded delicious results. Like an eating yearbook.

Photographs by Johnny Miller

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Favorite Brunch Drink

Alex Guarnaschelli The Home Cook

“This is my absolute favoritebrunch drink, and, quite honestly, hangover drink. I love the salt and pepper against the bitter grapefruit.”

Salty Greyhound

1 cup sugar
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1 medium pink grapefruit, sectioned
8 ounces grapefruit vodka, preferably Belvedere or Absolut
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon Maldon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Make the simple syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine ⅓ cup water with the sugar. Bring to a boil, stir until the sugar dissolves, and then remove from the heat. Transfer the syrup to a bowl to cool, and then refrigerate until cold.

2. Mix the cocktails: In a medium bowl, combine half of the cucumber slices with the grapefruit segments. Muddle them by pressing down on them with a whisk to extract the juices and lightly crush the cucumbers. Add the syrup, vodka, lime juice, and 1 cup lightly crushed ice. Pour the mixture into four rocks glasses, and sprinkle the salt and pepper to taste over the top. (Alternatively, serve in a pitcher and add the seasoning as you pour individual drinks.) Garnish with additional cucumber slices.

Alex Guarnaschelli The Home CookRecipe The Home Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli. For more, click here.

Upgrade Your Denim

madewell jeans fashion

Looking to expand your jeans collection for fall? Heed the advice below from Joyce Lee (head designer for Madewell), touching on everything from essential pieces to mixing denims. Then, consider attending Madewell’s “Make Your Jeans Dreams Come True” event, September, 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. in their Greenwich, Westport and White Plains stores. Shop their fall collection, including the two-tone Cruiser Straight jeans ($145, pictured on Bedford resident Kate Mara), available for one-night only.

What would you pair with the Cruiser Straights for the best look? The Cruiser Straight jeans are so versatile. I love pairing them with just a tee shirt or an easy top that’s half tucked in for a more relaxed look. They are also a great layering base for under a tunic or a dress, paired back to an ankle boot—a great weekend or work look, for those who can wear jeans to the office!

Which style jeans should every woman have in her closet? I make sure to always have a few key styles of cuts and colors in my closet to play around with. A few of my favorites I keep handy are a high rise skinny, a wide leg crop, and a great vintage inspired pair, like the perfect summer straight leg.

If you’re ready to try a new cut/fit, which is the most on-trend this season? I’ve been living in the Retro cropped Bootleg and Demi boot.

What’s the biggest mistake people make when trying to mix denim? I think it’s easy to get hung up on the idea that you need to match them, but playing with different levels of denim shades makes it look more intentional, interesting and less like you’re trying too hard.

Which denim items do you have that go from day to night best? Black is usually my go-to denim when transitioning from day to night, and I will swap my accessories to make it feel more dressed up for the evening.

Fall Dessert Idea: Carrot Cake Bites from Abigail Kirsch

Carrot Cake

When it comes to cake, sometimes chocolate or vanilla just doesn’t cut it. And when those occasions arise, we have the perfect solution. Renowned cater, Abigail Kirsch (of event venue Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock in Stamford), shares their recipe for their ultra-moist, ultra-delicious Carrot Cake Bites!

(makes one 9” x 13” pan, approximately 50 1.5” squares)

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
¾ cup oil
1 ¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded carrots

1.5 cups (340g) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9”x13” baking pan.
2. In mixer with a paddle attachment, mix eggs and sugar until they become fluffy in texture.
3. Add in oil and mix to combine.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
5. Gradually add dry flour mixture into the eggs and sugar until combined, scraping sides of bowl several times.
6. Fold in shredded carrots. Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top.
7. Bake the carrot cake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool completely.
8. To make the frosting, use a stand mixer or hand mixer to mix all of the cream cheese frosting ingredients together until the frosting forms soft peaks.
9. Once the cake is cool, invert onto a clean surface.
10. Spread frosting on top of carrot cake evenly. You may have extra frosting which can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
11. Cut frosted carrot cake into 1.5” square pieces and serve.


Brought to you by  Abigail Kirsch

Mario Batali: Philanthropy & the 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

Mario Batali

Mario Batali, superstar chef, cookbook author and television star will be appearing at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival on September 22 and 23! This year, the Festival’s primary beneficiary is a cause near and dear to Batali’s heart—the Mario Batali Foundation (MBF), which aims to make sure all children are “well read, well fed and well cared for.” In our October issue, he talks about why he thinks giving back should be compulsory for those who can. To support the MBF, buy your tickets to the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival and bid on auction items from luxury trips to exclusive dining experiences. And to learn more about the MBF and Batali’s latest projects, pick up the October/November issue of Serendipity, on stands soon. Here’s a sneak peek at Batali’s interview.

What inspired you to start the Mario Batali Foundation?
I’m completely fulfilled when I’m making a difference in someone else’s life, and especially a child’s, so founding MBF in 2008 made complete sense to me. When it comes to food and the food community, giving back is second nature. As a chef, that’s what you do—you nurture and serve. Yes, it’s important but really, it should be a requisite. Not only for celebrities, but for anyone fortunate to have enough to give back.

Do you have any highlights that stand out for you in terms of the foundation?
Visiting our Mario Batali Foundation funded Books for Kids libraries—and observing how proper resources can completely uplift a child’s spirit (and teachers and parents for that matter)—is perhaps my favorite part. I have the tradition of reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham at every library grand opening and being surrounded by smiling kids brings me immeasurable joy. That is why I do it.

What do you hope the future of your foundation is?
My hope is that MBF continues to help children become the absolute best they can be. The future of our generation depends on our children, who at the very least, need to be empowered, healthy and properly fueled.

What are you looking forward to about the Greenwich Food + Wine Festival?
I’m particularly excited about the recipe I’m demoing at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. I’ll keep it a surprise, but will hint that it’s a pasta dish I learned from my mother, Marilyn. It really focuses on the human touch, which I believe to be our greatest gift, and of course could not be a more harmonious tie-in to a conversation about philanthropy. Life is most delicious when I can meld the art of cooking with the act of helping others. Wheeeeeeee!

For more information about the 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, including a schedule of events, and to buy tickets, go to

by Holly Parmelee

Chic Beach Décor


These nautically-inspired pieces of furniture and décor will make your home into an elegant yet relaxed retreat


1. Birch Lane

birch lane sailboat shakers

Sailboat salt and pepper shakers, $26,

2. Hayneedle

hayneedle cape code adirondak chair

Cape Cod foldable red Adirondack chair, $110,

3. Phillip Jeffries

phillip jeffries wallcoverings

Fade sea spray on white manila hemp wallcovering, to the trade,

4. Maine Cottage

maine cottage high tide bed

High Tide bed, from $2195,

5. Serena & Lily

serena and lily juniper pillow

Juniper pillow cover in light cornflower, $78,

6. Domani

domani cubist table

Cubist Cool Table, to the trade,

7. Design Within Reach

dusen towels

Dusen Dusen towel, $80, available at Design Within Reach Studios or

8. Sunny Life

sunny life bbq

Portable BBQ in navy and white, $55,

9. Alexa Hampton

circa alexa hampton lamp

Brewster table lamp, $840,

Newport: A Charming Seaside Destination


Set on Aquidneck Island, Newport is a quintessential New England town, known for its yacht-filled harbor. For many years it was the host of the America’s Cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta. Visitors flock to the beautiful Gilded Age mansions up and down Bellevue Avenue. One of the most famous is The Breakers, an 1895 property patterned after a Renaissance palace and the former summer cottage of the Vanderbilt family. Outdoorsy tourists and locals alike love the cliff way around the shoreline, and shoppers won’t want to miss Thames Street—home to favorite shops like Thames Glass and Newport Fudgery.

Summer is the perfect time to explore local vineyards—farmland and a moderate micro-climate allow for a long growing season that produces complex flavors, making Rhode Island into a mini Napa in New England. Adventure travelers should take a hot air balloon ride over the coastal city for unsurpassed views, and there’s also plenty to do for history buffs, like exploring Fort Adams State Park, a historic military compound previously used to defend Newport’s harbor. Today the fortress is a historic landmark, and you can walk through the forts’ underground tunnels and take in the harbor views.

The iconic Castle Hill Inn, a historic Relais & Châteaux waterfront property, is a luxury base for exploring Newport. Set on a 40-acre peninsula overlooking Naragansett Bay, the property combines the elegance of a boutique hotel with the comforts of a coastal inn. There are seven rooms and suites in the original 19th-century Agassiz Mansion, and 26 private waterfront accommodations in the Harbor Houses, Chalet, Beach Houses and Beach Cottages. One of the highlights is The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics—the property’s oceanfront spa suites. Seafood aficionados will love The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, which has some of the best views in New England.

Guests can relax on the inn’s private yacht, the custom-designed Hinckley, while nibbling on bites from the inn’s culinary team. The Castle Hill Inn’s water taxi, M/V Mistress, is a great way to get to Newport Harbor, and allows you to skip tourist traffic. Yogis can start Saturday mornings in July and August by taking part in the one-hour yoga class set on the inn’s 40-acre waterfront.

One of the most popular New England experiences is the clambake and the inn hosts this
tradition throughout the summer.  Watch the cooking process led by Executive Chef Rossi, sip artisan cocktails in Adirondack chairs, or play bocce and croquet against the backdrop ofNewport Harbor until it’s time to gather for a local feast. On Sunday evenings, July through September, the property hosts its popular Beach Bonfires, Stargazing & S’mores events. A local astronomer leads everyone through a fireside astronomical experience while indulging on delicious homemade treats—a sweet finish to a perfect Newport weekend.

Photos by Onne Van Der Wal 

On The Market: South Salem, NY

South Salem

South Salem, NY
Address: 1125 Route 35
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Square feet: 4,222
Price: $6,950,000

Rural flavor
This 32-acre farm provides one of the loveliest vistas along the Route 35 corridor in Lewisboro, NY. A working professional equestrian facility with open meadows and a picturesque pond, it’s a classic gentleman’s estate located next to the peaceful woods of Pound Ridge Reservation and in the heart of the hamlet of South Salem.

Horse CompoundThe horse compound includes more than 25 stalls, four large pastures, an eight-acre riding field, all-weather paddocks and grooms’ apartments with private bedrooms and kitchens.

Living RoomCustom built in 1981, “the house has a warm, comfortable country feeling,” said Ghylaine Manning, real estate agent with Vincent & Whittemore Real Estate. French doors in the sunroom lead to a bluestone terrace and gunite pool. The country kitchen has a breakfast nook with another stone fireplace. In the dining room, a hand-painted fox hunting scene and a chandelier made of antlers add a rustic touch. Upstairs, the master bedroom features another fireplace and an en suite bath. Slate floors, pine plank ceilings and fieldstone fireplaces are a few of the natural elements that give this country retreat a relaxed yet elegant aesthetic.

Ghylaine Manning
Vincent & Whittemore, Bedford, NY
914-234-3642, ext 200,

Photos by Anthony Acocella