From her envy-inducing East Hampton home to her effortless dinner parties to her #couplegoals relationship with Jeffrey, Ina Garten is the Hamptonite we all wish we could be. Here, six little ways to get one step closer to Ina’s life.

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Walk the Beach

Sure, you could sweat through a workout sesh at the gym, but you’re in one of the most gorgeous places on earth—why not get your cardio with a long morning stroll on the beach, à la the Barefoot Contessa?

Pamper Yourself

Rumor has it Ina keeps her signature bob looking sharp with blowouts at Harbor Salon in Sag Harbor, and gets her hands ready for chopping close-ups with manicures at Fay Teller Salon in Bridgehampton. Alternately, you can refresh your look at a salon inside a refurbished mobile Airstream.

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Add More Greenery to Your Life

Ina’s magical garden is legendary, with its lush flowerbeds, winding paths and homegrown kale. But even if you’re not gifted with a green thumb (or ample yard space), you can still reap some of the benefits by incorporating more plants and flowers into your life—even if they’re fake.

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Outsource It

In our dream life, we’re constantly throwing the type of intimate gatherings Ina loves to have, effortlessly greeting guests with cocktails before treating them to a gorgeous meal. In our real life, however, we need a little help pulling it off. Thank you, Ina, for giving us permission to take a few shortcuts, and thank you, Hamptons delivery services, for making us look like the best hostess ever.


OK, we don’t actually know if she binge-watches on the level that we do, but Ina Garten is a big fan of serial dramas and loves to watch Homeland. Consider this your excuse for a night in.

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Savor the Moments

“The most important thing for a party is that the hostess is having fun.” Yet another famous Ina quote, and we’re going to go out on a limb and say this extends to more than just a party. While you’re running from brunch to the beach to the vineyard, make sure you take a moment to enjoy the summer—it’ll be over all too soon

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