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N&P presents your guide to surviving the Palm Beach social season … THE SCENE STAPLES: The clubby atmosphere at Michael McCarty’s packs in the preps for alfresco G&Ts while they scope the valet scene. Opened just a few seasons ago, Buccan gave the island’s scene a shot in the arm with Clay Conley’s inventive American menu (shortrib empanadas and mushroom pizza, anyone?). Still the toughest table in town, locals can’t get enough of the Palm Beach Grill‘s fresh seafood and steakhouse dishes. For an off-island treat, hit up Rocco’s Tacos in West Palm for yummy Mexican cuisine and a pitcher of Ranch Water. // THE NEWCOMERS: Amici Market now has a full service juice bar, perfect for balancing out the egg BLTs at Green’s Pharmacy next door. Dan Ponton, who runs scene-y supper club Club Colette, will open greasy spoon SurfSide Diner (née Pickles) later this month in the old Hamburger Heaven space. Grand dame hotel The Breakers debuted its homage to Mad Men-era cocktailing with HMF, named for Henry Morrison Flagler. // THE SHOPPING: Find new and vintage home pieces at the well-curated Mecox on Dixie Highway, West Palm’s fabled antiques row. Pick up swim separates and casualwear at Island Company, which has expanded to a larger location on Worth Avenue. For vintage scores, try The Church Mouse or Groovy Palm Beach Vintage, both stocked with Gucci, Pucci, and Pulitzer. // ESSENTIAL READING: In The Spirit of Palm Beach; Madness Under the Royal Palms; Palm Beach Entertaining

LAUREN’S LOOK • TUNIC: Alexander McQueen // JEANS: J Brand // CLUTCH: Bottega Veneta // SANDALS: Jack Rogers

VAN’S LOOK • BLAZER: Thom Browne #Holiday24 // POLO: Ralph Lauren // TRUNKS: Orlebar Brown // SHOES: Stubbs & Wootton