Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin Had Lunch With Guy Ritchie

Gwyneth really is just like us! Photo: Getty Images

Prior to his Christie Brinkley divorce trial last week, Peter Cook was allegedly overheard telling a Bridgehampton manicurist that his nails were "too shiny." A Christo lithograph and a Jimmy Buffett–decorated bird house are among the spoils available at a handful of art-auctions benefits coming up. Some Bridgehampton residents are complaining about the "noise, dust and traffic" generated by the upcoming fancy polo matches. Guy Ritchie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, and Robert Downey Jr. ate at Fresno in East Hampton last week … without Madonna.

Hamptons.com scribe Jaci Wilson-Reid went to a star-studded July 4 party at Ron Perelman's, but she can't tell you who was there because Ron's "a private man," and she also wants to be invited back. In her adorably uncopyedited advice column, Real Housewife Jill Zarin coldly tells a woman who awkwardly "locks eyes" with people at parties that she can't relate to her and that she should stop the habit immediately. County legislator and Montauk native Jay Scheiderman has left the Republican party. Dan Rattiner opposes a Southampton law saying people can only have one party a year of 50 people or more on their property; it'll interfere with benefits and fund-raising, he says.

East Hampton elders banned the Ralph Lauren store from making snow cones for kids and the Tiffany store from sending singers out into the street with patriotic Fourth of July songs. Lion's mane jellyfish are terrorizing swimmers in the Peconic Estuary, making their skin itch and feel like acid was poured on it. Nick of A-list restaurant Nick & Toni's has an incredibly boring financial conversation with some finance blogger.

Some people are skeptical that Southampton will ever actually build a downtown-style complex with housing, stores, a village green, and a main street. And after Christie Brinkley made out pretty well in her divorce trial last week, her pal Jill Rappaport, who testiifed on her behalf, showed up at Brinkley's place with dinner in tow. That's friendship.