Ruth Bashinsky


Summer Staples: A Classic,Chic Look

Patty and Katie McInerny may not be French but the identical twin sisters embrace and embody the French aesthetic of looking effortlessly chic with confidence and ease.

Their company name: SECLAT, is a combination of two French words they loved, explains Patty: Subtil means subtle and Eclat means panache.

“French words define our company because we identify with French women’s simple but chic look. They never look like they are trying too hard, but always look amazing,” says Katie.

For summer 2018, their eyelet beach tunic with leather tie and three-quarter split sleeve, raffia wristlet and Moroccan tote is making waves on and off the beach. Patty, who worked as an editor and writer for many women’s fashion magazines in New York City for more than a decade, has high style standards. Her sister, Katie, whose background is in finance, joined forces to launch Seclat New York, a boutique accessories/apparel brand that focuses on smart, busy and chic women.

“We do well in these areas because we have a very resort summer vibe,” says Patty. “The quality and materials we can offer to customers at a lower price due to our small business structure and direct sales approach.”

Deciding to enter the beachwear market was easy, explains the duo.Since the brand launched four years ago, it’s drawn attention from Miami to Martha’s Vineyard.

“We noticed the current beachwear was either too preppy or too sexy. It was hard for us to find cover-ups that were sophisticated, modern and had a more ‘Hamptons vibe,’” says Katie.

Their beachwear had a soft social media launch during winter. Resort wear launches in a few weeks.

“People like the airy fabric,” says Patty. “You see the outline of your bathing suit without feeling too exposed. It also serves as a day dress, so it’s cute enough that you can leave the beach or the pool and go run errands.”

“Our tunics are cotton,” she adds. “Most out there are rayon; we really wanted a soft, natural fiber. It’s lightweight and the eyelet keeps them breezy.”

Their handwoven Moroccan beach totes with vivid colored tassels are popular, along with their natural raffia wristlets that are ideal for easy transport. They can be worn with a bracelet or a detachable cross body strap.

“They sold out last year and were the biggest seller at The Ritz Carlton boutiques,” Patty says. “People like them because they are small yet they can hold keys.”

Their floral raffia foldover clutch with fringed edges will debut soon. The sisters enjoy what they do and are grateful to be working together.

“As twins, we have a unique ability to anticipate and understand each other,” says Patty. “We both share a unified vision. We collaborate on all designs and materials bringing a unique dynamic to our business.”

They spent a year looking for unique materials before starting their business. During a European textile show in Manhattan, their creativity kicked into full gear. They discovered embossed cork clutches that looked “skin-like” and were new, unique, and environmentally friendly.

“Our embossed cork designs give you the luxury of exotic skins without the guilt,” says Patty.

With several designs manufactured in Italy they also worked closely with European and New York artisans.

Working in an industry some feel is saturated does not dissuade them. Their access to materials that many high-end fashion designers use, they say, makes them stand out. And, they limit production runs and don’t sell in major department stores, so their products feel unique.

“We are a small company and able to get products out quickly, often a year ahead of the larger companies,” Katie says. “Last year, Jimmy Choo used the same fleurette raffia in his wedges that we had used the prior summer.”

Another perk to the consumer is personal service.

“We sell directly, unlike bigger companies, so we listen to our customers and are responsive to our designs,” Katie says. “If we hear that a cross-body strap is too long or a style didn’t work, it’s gone from the next run.”

Prices range from $75 to $225. Look for new arrivals at

5 Products for a Cooler Beach Season

Lock up your valuables in the AquaVault FlexSafe Portable Travel Safe. Made of slash- and water-resistant fabric, the vault attaches easily to a beach chair, baby stroller and more. A portion of the proceeds go es to Make-A-Wish Foundation, $49.99. Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, 401 South Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, 516-932-7648,

The Stargaze Woven Sea Grass Tote with embroidered stars is just what a girl needs to complete her stylish beach look, $99 at Nordstrom, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-746-0011;

Relax on this Member’s Mark Crab Beach Towel. Made of a durable absorbent cotton and velour for extra softness, the towel is machine washable and dryer friendly, $9.98 at Sam’s Club, 2950 Horse Block Rd., Medford, 631-447-0227;

The Emily & Merritt Sun Shade Tent is a water-resistant lounger perfect for long days spent at the beach, $69-$99 (each sold separately) at PBTeen, 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, 631-271-1486 or

The YETI Hopper Flip™ 12 is a leakproof, tough-as-nails, soft cooler that is just the right size for toting snacks and drinks around, $249.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-247-6400,

Turning Your Backyard Into The Elevated Outdoors

Outdoor living spaces complete with pizza ovens and fireplaces may take the lead in outdoor living today, but such spaces come in all shapes and sizes.

And one does not need rolling acres of land and a majestic landscape to possess a little slice of paradise. Even a small yard, a large terrace, or even a roof deck can have the same relaxing effect.

“Folks are not using their backyards on Memorial Day and Labor Day anymore,” says Charles Gamarekian, founder of Cambridge Pavers, Inc. “It is an outdoor space for all four seasons. In the wintertime, they are sitting around their fire pits and during the holiday time or during a cocktail party in the home they have the fireplace roaring outside.”

Gamarekian adds that the outdoor living trend has been elevated over the last few years with homeowners wanting to create that perfect staycation in their own backyard.

“There is outdoor living available for every budget,” he says.

So kick off the flip-flops or keep on the snow boots and take in these year-round outdoor living space designs that will inspire grilling s’mores in any season.

The homeowner in this waterfront home in Oceanside wanted an outdoor living space offering a European flair. Marty Bevilacqua, owner of Oceanville Mason Supply, provided all the materials and landscape and mason contractors designed the space and did the installation, transforming the area into an alfresco-dining-party space.

Cambridge Pavers and Bellmore-based Harborwood Construction transformed the yard of this split-level Massapequa home into a spacious outdoor living area that gives it that resort feel complete with all the amenities that the homeowners wanted.

“What made this property different was that it was narrow, and we were still able to accomplish what the homeowners wanted, which was different areas for entertaining and also privacy,” says Charles Gamarekian, who collaborated on the project with Haborwood Construction.

Harborwood worked closely with the homeowners, creating a three-dimensional design in every inch of the space within the client’s budget, using Cambridge Pavingstones, wall stones and an outdoor living kit.

“We can customize any kits, depending on your budget, from starter to sky’s the limit,” he says. “We also do hardscaping and projects in different phases, where one year you may put in a fire pit and the next year an indoor kitchen. As the homeowner’s budget grows, we grow with them.

For this project, the homeowners hope to extend the patio and add another seating area with a fireplace or install a pizza oven for their next addition.”

Fathers Day Gift Guide: Cool Finds For Dad

C by GE Sol

Give dad the gift of a better night’s rest with the C by GE Sol. This LED lamp is designed to reinforce the body’s natural rhythm and melatonin production. It’s even integrated with Alexa, $134.99 at Best Buy, 148 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, 631-427-5161 or bestbuy.comFOR THE FORGETFUL DAD
The Hidrate Spark Smart Bottle links to an app so dad gets reminders when it’s time to take a sip, $54.99 at T-Mobile, 505 Great Neck Rd, Great Neck, 516-829-2973 at t-mobile.comFOR THE DAD WHO COOKS
The Wicked Healthy Cookbook: Free. From. Animals, by Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno and David Joachim, offers tons of plant-based recipes that’ll make the most diehard meat eaters happy, $23.38 at Barnes & Noble, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-741-9850 at barnesandnoble.comFOR THE DAD ON THE RUN
The SPIbelt® is the only accessory dad needs on his next marathon. The belt holds a phone, ID, cash, headphones and can easily be worn under or over clothing. Fits up to a 47-inch waist, $19.99 at Runner’s Edge, 242 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-420-7963 at runnersedgeny.comFOR THE GAMER DAD
Dads that love gaming will enjoy The Vertex by Gunnar Optiks. The eyewear is engineered to eliminate digital eye strain and block artificial blue light. Tons of styles to choose from, $49.99 at Game Stop, 2200 Sunrise Hwy., Merrick, 516-771-0933 at Helping Divorcees Help Themselves

When the happily ever after doesn’t always work out, there is

The online auction house for pre-owned diamonds and estate jewelry helps divorced women get a fresh start in a safe, transparent environment , through the sale of their unwanted jewelry. Earlier this year, Worthy teamed up with the CDC® community with the goal of empowering women on Long Island and nationwide to move toward financial independence post-divorce.

“Worthy is about helping women achieve their best, to be in control, make their own decisions and know their true worth,” says Judy Herbst, Worthy Director of PR & Partnerships. “It seemed natural to reach out to this amazing group of certified divorce coaches and work with these women across the country who are helping others.”

Angela Ianuale Shanerman, of East Northport, went through her own lengthy divorce. Like many women, she left her well-paying job years ago to raise her family and was financially dependent on her spouse. Once divorce struck, she had to start all over again.

“It took six years to get divorced,” says the mother of three. “It was emotional, fear-based and deeply personal.”

In 2015, after her divorce became final, Shanerman got her groove back. She is now a certified divorce coach  with her own practice,  helping women gain confidence and the clarity they need to move forward.

“I want to impact change,” she says. “If someone is stuck in that quicksand I can grab their hand and pull them out,  giving them the support they need.”

In a recent survey Worthy conducted, 64 percent of divorced women do not realize that their diamond ring is an asset, explains Herbst.

“Rather than feeling humiliated walking ‘the street,’ sellers can view their live auctions on their mobile phones from the privacy of their own home,  seeing multiple competitive bids come in,” Herbst says. “We are a global marketplace and our business community is made up of diamond buyers, independent retailers, and designers.  The sellers are women looking for a smart, easy and safe place to sell their engagement ring.

“Like our tagline says, ‘You don’t need a diamond to shine,’” she adds. “It truly resonates and is a mantra we all support.”

Christine Smith, of Dix Hills, attended the Rebooting Your Career workshop  in April led by Shanerman. Smith, separated  since 2016 and currently in divorce mediation, has been working part-time as a professional musician and music teacher, trying  to figure it all out.

“My income is not very much , even though I love it,” Smith says. “I get down about how hard it is. The reality of the workplace and starting at my age (53). Angela had helpful ideas. She suggested that we find a way to combine all my skills and talents.”

Pegotty Cooper, author of the recently released Divorce: Taking the High Road:  Simple Strategies for Creating a Healthy Divorce, co-founded CDC Certified Divorce Coach Training® and Certification program.

“We [Worthy and CDC] both serve the same clients in different but meaningful ways, and we can leverage each other’s unique offerings to enrich the lives of women going through a divorce,” Cooper says.

To help women jumpstart their career,  Worthy has created the Worthy Women’s Professional Studies Scholarship  targeted to women 30 years and older. Eligible candidates do not need to be divorced, only attending an accredited program.

To become a Certified Divorce Coach, visit or contact Peggoty Cooper at 813-884-9511.

The next FREE “Rebooting Your Career,”  workshop will be held at the Elwood Public Library in East Northport, 1929 Jericho Tpke., East Northport,  7:30-8:30 p.m. June 12. For more information visit or

Billy Crystal: Long Beach’s City Slicker

Billy Crystal ruffs on LI, Hollywood and life. Photo by Steve Schofield.

Despite four decades in showbiz, Billy Crystal, one of America’s favorite comedians, still looks “Mahvelous,” as he famously said in his 1985 Saturday Night Live impersonation of Latin actor/director Fernando Lamas.

Crystal, a Long Island native, is best known for playing zany yet lovable characters such as Psychiatrist Ben Sobel in Analyze This, Harry Burns in When Harry Met Sally and Mitch Robbins in City Slickers. He is so adored that he was asked to host the Academy Awards nine times. But he is more than just funny. He is smart, accomplished and at 70, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Earlier this year, he completed a 30-city North American stand-up tour and in 2016 he wrapped a 13-day tour in six cities in Australia and New Zealand. The Tony® and Emmy® Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director spoke to the Press from his West Coast home, sharing a glimpse of his world as a young boy growing up in Long Beach, his unconditional love for the City by the Sea, his late father and their family’s connection to the New York jazz scene, his career, and his plans for Father’s Day that are sure to include another passion: baseball.

Billy Crystal is still making fans laugh four decades after his comedy debut.

When did you move to Long Beach? I was born in Manhattan at Doctors Hospital, which was across the street from Gracie Mansion. We lived in the Bronx and moved out to Long Beach in 1951. It was an idyllic place to grow up, a small great community: 8,000 people in the winter and six million people in the summer. It just had this beautiful simplicity about it. It was in the ’50s and it was kind of perfect living around the corner from my elementary school and my synagogue.

What was it like sitting at the seder table with your grandmother and Louis Armstrong or going to the movies with Billie Holiday? I was so fortunate to be raised in this incredibly vibrant cultural, culturally interesting family and the extended family we had. A lot of that was in Long Beach and I am grateful for that. My father’s friends were black jazz musicians — a lot of them. And they were guests and also jammed at my bar mitzvah and my brothers’ bar mitzvahs. Zutty Singelton, a great jazz drummer, named me “Face” because I could imitate him. That is also the name of my production company. I even played some jazz riffs on the clarinet with them. In the family with Eastern European, a lot of Russians, and immigrants, the household was joyous with an emphasis on music and comedy. It was a place to perform and the beginning of where I am today.

How were your father and your Uncle Milt great visionaries? My dad and my family were Civil Rights pioneers and my dad produced jazz concerts with African American artists in the late ’40s, when that wasn’t happening a lot. He was known to a lot of musicians as the Branch Rickey of jazz. Branch Rickey was the man who helped Jackie Robinson break the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was revered for that, so that was the legacy. There was a little record store my grandfather owned on 42nd Street. My Uncle Milt [Gabler] became a great jazz record producer and produced the legendary song, “Strange Fruit,” [recorded] by Billie Holiday in 1939, which is a song about the lynching of black people. Time magazine called it the record of the century. The fact that our family was responsible for the bold move of getting that record out to the world was an amazing legacy.

Billy Crystal and his wife, Janice, are celebrating their 48th anniversary in June.

The sudden loss of your father when you were only 15 must have been quite traumatic for you and your family. Did you ever get closure? After losing our dad so early our mother was the great heroine in my life. Her dream with my dad was to make sure we were college graduates and she made that happen. Tragedy is a test for some people. That is what [my solo play] 700 Sundays was about for me. At the age of 15, I was like: “Alright, this is a test. There is going to be a big loss the rest of your life.” It took a long time to work through. The finishing part of working through it was doing 700 Sundays all those years later with the strength of my mother and my brothers. That is one of the things I will always feel bad about. I wish he could have seen our kids, our wives, our successes for all of us. It would have made him so proud, but I think when you carry that spirit in your heart it is a way of them knowing it, if that makes any sense.

Can you tell us a little bit about your dad? He was a simple man. He did concerts on the Lower East Side at Central Plaza in the big ballroom for 15 years until his death. With the rise of swing, and the modern jazz of Miles, Monk, Dizzy and Coltrane, the Central Plaza was one of the only places these original Dixieland artists could come and jam. That building is now part of New York University’s Dance Theater. Two years ago, the dean of the Tisch School of the Arts and my family  renamed it The Jack Crystal Theater. That was really an emotional day for us.

Do you still have family and friends in Long Beach? My brothers live there. My nieces and nephews are there. My great nieces and nephews are there.

Can you tell us about your contributions to Long Beach after Sandy? My brother had four feet of water in his house and my nephew had to evacuate. [My  wife] Janice and I dedicated ourselves to helping rebuild the city. We raised a lot of money. We worked with [U.S. Sen.] Chuck Schumer in replacing trees in the city that were destroyed by the seawater. There were 2,500 trees we planted and we raised well over a million dollars. We have been very proud to be able to get Long Beach back on its feet. I love the city. I love the people there. With the help of Nancy Lieberman, a Hall of Fame basketball star and Olympian, we dedicated these two basketball courts that bear my name and Janice’s. It is a great feeling to be able to give back all that you can in a town that gave me so much.

Billy Crystal has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

What are some career highlights? The HBO show, Midnight Train to Moscow. I was the first American comedian to perform in the Soviet Union. The show was about finding my roots and reuniting my family. We found 30 relatives there, which we didn’t know, and that was profound for me. They looked like my relatives from the living room. It was just by chance that they didn’t get out but, my grandmother got out. So here I was 12,000 miles away in Moscow in this beautiful theater and I had all these relatives in the audience. So, in some ways, it was like I was back in the living room and the feeling was joyous for me, because I didn’t even know they were alive until I got there and we found them. It was an incredible experience.

Do you still hear “You Look Mahvelous” after all these years? Yes. It still happens. I flew back from New York a couple of days ago and the flight attendant said, “You look mahvelous.” It is still out there. With YouTube and everything streaming you can still find it. I loved Fernando because it was improvised, nothing was written, so I did not know where the conversation would go. It was spontaneous and dangerous to do on live television.

Does it seem more challenging to be a comic then it used to be? Everyone is a little touchy and with the levels of political correctness the lines are getting blurred for me. I think the level of characters that I sadly could not do today, like Sammy Davis Jr. or any person of color, is terrible. Why not? They are character pieces to me. These are people I grew up loving and knowing, so if it is real, why does it make people so angry? You say something, and someone throws out the word “racist!” That is sad to me on a comedy landscape. I think all comics feel that way.

What are your plans for Father’s Day? My sons-in-law and I try and get to a Dodgers game or some type of baseball something. It is always a joy to spend it with these boys and my daughters. It is a day everyone comes over. For me the perfect day is being happy with my kids and grandchildren and looking around and going, “You know, we did pretty good.”

A Supremely Serene Modern Coastal Design

Modern coastal design has evolved from the more traditional beach-inspired style where vibrant hues of blue, the beauty of the ocean, and natural organic elements reign.

Designers Amanda Moore, owner of Wolf & Wing Interior Design, and her partner, Keri Venti, pulled the look off in this 3,000-square-foot Long Beach home transforming the space into a light, bright, and airy retreat that is so serene one may never want to leave.

“The homeowner wanted a cohesive coastal modern style down to every last detail,” says Moore. “The homeowner had chosen a lot of lovely elements but needed help making them all work together.”

Both designers sought inspiration from their surroundings — the ocean hues, the sun bleached white, the natural light — and incorporated natural materials and fabrics into the decor along with nautical vintage finds that were paramount for the look they wanted to achieve.“In the past, most beach houses had more literal decor like sand dollars and starfish,” Moore says. “Our approach for this house was to use a palette of colors drawn from nature with pops of nautical colors, like the deeper blue and yellow in the TV room. Textures like woven pillows or the grasscloth in an upstairs den reinforce the connection to nature. Sea-derived decor that is less literal and more modern — such as a boat propeller and driftwood — round out the coastal theme.”

This design project was particularly special for both designers since the home was devastated by Superstorm Sandy and had to be rebuilt.

“The homeowner wanted to take the lemons of the storm and make lemonade: Her family’s dream forever home,” says Moore.

Beachside Living in a Cozy Summer Rental

For those looking for a kid-and pet-friendly summer rental for a fun beach getaway, this two-story Colonial on Forester Street in Long Beach’s East End is the perfect staycation destination.

The four-bedroom newly renovated house has 1.5 bathrooms, an open layout, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, central air conditioning, private parking spot, outdoor area and boat slip that can fit up to a 40-footer. It sits right on the canal and only a half a mile  from the beach — 10 minutes on foot and five minutes by bicycle.

“The house is comfortable and cozy and has everything you need,” says Robin Amato, a realtor with Realty Connect USA who is representing the property. “The area is great for families and boaters. We are very close to Roosevelt playground and Pacific Beach has a playground and concession stand.”

She adds, “It’s a little quieter and not as busy as the West End.”

The seaside community known as the “City by the Sea,” is close to all that Long Beach has to offer — the boardwalk, the juice bars, coffee houses, farmers market, and all sorts of cuisine — so there is always something to do. There are also activities including  surf lessons, beach yoga, beach volleyball and even trapezing on the beach.

“We have our summer film festival on the beach and two craft fairs during the months of July and August that are fun for the entire family,” Amato says.

For weekly commuters, a direct Long Island Rail Road train links Long Beach to Penn Station and the Atlantic Terminal in just under an hour.

“Everything is within walking distance so for someone from Manhattan who may not have a car, it is easy to get around, and if you want to go further into town there is public transportation,” adds Amato.

The single-family home is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day for $35,000. For those who are interested in a monthly rental, the rates are $10,000 for June, $17,000 for July and $15,000 for August. As a little incentive, Amato is offering free beach passes to any new tenants.

For additional information on this property at 58 Forester St. in Long Beach, contact Robin Amato, Licensed Realtor at Realty Connect USA at 516-835-9676 or

Babylon Townhouse With Great South Bay Views Asks $629,000

Looking for a waterfront property that you can live in year round and have your boat nearby? Then this luxury waterfront townhome in the Bridgeview Development at Babylon Cove may be right for you.

Located on Salt Meadow Road off of Fire Island Avenue in Babylon, the two-story townhouse offers views of the Great South Bay and Robert Moses Bridge. The 2,200-square-foot unit with a semi-open floor plan boasts three bedrooms, two full baths and one-half bath, two fireplaces, two skylights, hardwood floors, formal dining room a deck and a master bedroom with Jacuzzi. The development is also pet-friendly.

Originally listed at $649,000 the price was recently reduced to $629,000.

“The builder left no stone unturned,” said Lisa Posillico-Magro, a realtor with Coach Realtors who not only represents the property but is also a resident. “Every unit has central air-conditioning, central vac, and a security system.”

One of the perks, adds Posillico-Magro, is that each home comes with a boat slip for a boat up to 30 feet.

“The best feature if you are a boater is the accessibility to the barrier beaches — Gilgo Beach and Cedar Beach — where you can dock your boat and go for dinner,” she said. “There is also Oak Island where you can anchor your boat. The proximity is amazing. You can be on Fire Island in 25 minutes.”

Built in 2004, the property is so structurally sound, explains Posillico-Magro, that it did not undergo any damage during Superstorm Sandy, who experienced the storm firsthand.

“We were not affected and had no water,” she said. “There is an elevation of eight feet, and we are in an X flood zone.”

The townhouse is walking distance from the downtown shopping, restaurants, the post office, train station and the private community pool and tennis courts. Some of the nearby parks include Argyle Park, a popular place in the community. There is also a lake for fishing.

The taxes that are $16,000 annually are affordable for what you get, explains Posillico-Magro. An additional fee of $450 per month covers any landscaping, dock maintenance, snow removal and any home improvement related work.

The listing agent is Lisa Posillico-Magro, Licensed Sales Associate with Coach Relators, 463 Montauk Hwy., West Islip; mobile 516-554-6719 and office 631-587-1700;

5 Products That Will Protect You from The Sun

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. These innovative products will give you the extra protection you need from the sun before beach season returns.

Randolph sunglasses were developed with aviation in mind using Randolph SkyTec™ lens technology. Infinity lenses, with their metallic lenses and matte chrome detail, offer Lite Lens™ technology with 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, $229 at
Golf in style with KINONA designer golf tunic top with V-neckline and three-quarter length sleeve ($109) and golf crop pant that features a full waistband design that gives you that smooth, flawless look ($129). Made from Italian fabric that offers UPF 50-plus protection at

Get full coverage with 100 percent mineral-based sunscreen by Luxury Organic that contains zinc and titanium and protects against UVA/UVB. It’s non-greasy and tinted formula that blends with all skin tones, $64 at

The Cabana Life Road Map Cover Up with butterfly sleeves and a drawstring waist is flattering for any figure. The UPF 50-plus sun protection garment is made of nylon/spandex. This month the company is teaming up with the American Academy of Dermatology to support their Spot Skin Cancer free screening program by offering $20 off on any purchase with the proceeds going to AAD’s Spot Skin Cancer to help someone get a free skin cancer screening, $100 at

The Submarine in White Sand swimsuit by Summer Salt, a company that celebrates women. Each designer suit is made from from fabric that is UPF 50 plus and recycled textiles, $95 at