Moxie Mist

Today I arrived home to my package of MoxieMist, a natural and plant based facial and body mist line created by husband-wife duo Ashley and Joel in Jersey City.

MoxieMist tones, hydrates and refreshes like other facial mists, but it’s better for your skin, being chemical-free and made with ingredients nature intended you to use. Think organic, Ecocert and straight-up natural: Alcohol-free witch hazel, aloe vera juice, soy protein, cucumber water, rose water and pomegranate extract.

The MoxieMist line began with Ashley, who as a teenager struggled so much with acne that she started creating home-made formulas to remedy the situation. This led to her studying chemistry and launching a career in cosmetic chemistry. Ashley combined her passion and her knowledge to found the 100% natural multi-benefit mists with husband Joel.

I tried the rose, pomegranate and cucumber mists, and now misting has become part of my daily routine – it just feels so good! And it doesn’t hurt that MoxieMist is great for your skin, especially on some of these harsher-weather days. Toning and hydrating your skin is that simple.

“Beauty means feeling like the best version of yourself ready to face whatever lies ahead,” says Ashley. “Our definition of beauty inspired our brand name, since moxie means to have force of character, determination, or nerve. We want to inspire women to face their days with moxie.”

Check out MoxieMist and purchase online here.

To natural, refreshing beauty,
JCG

UberEATS

UberEATS has arrived in Jersey City, partnering with Hudson County and over 100 of the best local restaurants to get your food to you faster.

It’s as easy as Uber: Download the app UberEATS on your smartphone (or go online to ubereats.com), order from your favorite local restaurants, and get excited as you track your delivery in real time. Use the app to explore other local restaurants you have yet to try and discover something new.

Some of my faves made the list, like The Hamilton Inn, Just BeClaws, Iron Monkey, Ayame Hibachi & Sushi and Elysian Cafe.

Dan Richer, owner of Jersey City’s Razza Pizza Artiginale, uses UberEATS exclusively for delivery: “Uber has logistics down to a science and I am super confident in their ability to provide the same level of care in delivering our food as we provide our guests in-house,” he says.

Give it a try and report back with your thoughts.

 

To being lazy,
JCG

Jersey City Whiskey Fest

There was Jersey City Beer Fest, then Wine Fest and now…Whiskey Fest.

On Friday, March 24th, Whiskey lovers are encouraged to go to Harborside Atrium (34 Exchange Pl.; entrance on 210 Hudson St.) from 7-10pm and enjoy 100 different styles of the fine spirit while viewing the Manhattan Skyline.

Meet distillers, master blenders and other whiskey connoisseurs while tasting single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies. High-end rum, cognac, and other spirits will also be available.

You’ll get a 5-oz. sample cup upon arrival. Tastings are unlimited, so I’m interjecting to say that this is far more dangerous than Beer or Wine Fest events. Please choose your tastings wisely and be careful!

There will be live music and food stands at the Atrium, plus vendors selling their cool, unique goods. Almost all are small, local businesses. Please always support local talent and shop it small in JC.

Tickets: $60. Buy here and use code jerseycitygal to get $15 off.

 

Distill my heart,
JCG

Dulce de Leche Bakery

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Dulce de Leche in the Heights (376 Central Ave.) is my new favorite hangout spot in Jersey City and here’s why:

Awesome espresso and coffee is just the beginning.
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The space is big and bright, thanks to the high ceilings and lighting, and is perfectly upscale while still being welcoming of the mixed clientele. The staff is a bit flummoxed, as they are still figuring it out, but so are the customers, who are still figuring out where they now live or figuring out the changing landscape of where they have always lived.

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Super Bowl LI in Jersey City!!


Super Bowl LI takes over America this year on Sunday, February 5th at 6:30pm ET. The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will face off at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.

The ultimate sporting event calls upon us to attend viewing parties everywhere. If you are hosting one, here are some of my game-day recipes, as well as tips for etiquette.

If you’d rather take it to commercial real estate in Jersey City, here is a list of venues hosting the big game, courtesy of haveanight.com.

Facts about Super Bowl 51:

Teams’ stats this season: New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons

Network: FOX (coverage begins at 1pm ET)

Hosts: Joe Buck will be doing play-by-play and Troy Aikman will be doing analysis. Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will be reporting form the sidelines.

Half-Time Show: Lady Gaga

Commercials: $5,02 million for a 30-second spot, an increase of 500% since this gal was a commercial actress

Remember 2014? #throwback

Root for your team (or just against one playing), have fun, stay safe and enjoy.

Do not keep calm; just game on,
JCG

Hudson Restaurant Week Winter 2017

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It is that wintry time of year again where restaurants beg for our patronage post-New Year’s and pre-Valentine’s Day: Hudson Restaurant WeekHudson County’s begins when New York City’s ends, so as not to compete for capital.

From January 23rd to February 7th, attend restaurants (that may be outside of your budget) to sample each menu at a set price.

Here are participating Jersey City restaurants:

Amelia’s Bistro

Battello

Bistro at Grove Square

Bistro La Source

Edward’s Steakhouse

Fire & Oak

GP’s Hamilton Park

The Hamilton Inn

Hamilton Pork

The Hutton

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Laico’s (pick up a hard copy of The Jersey City Independent for my lengthy review; this is not one to miss!)

Liberty House Restaurant

Liberty Prime Steakhouse

Light Horse Tavern

Raval Tapas Bar

Satis Bistro

South House

View the full list of Hudson County participating restaurants, prices and menus here.

Taste Jersey City Tastefully,
JCG

Andco Jersey City


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, the co-working space in the Charles&co. building (201 Montgomery St.) has become quite the happening spot in downtown Jersey City.

Created to be a hub for local artists and entrepreneurs, the space offers a full spectrum of office amenities and monthly events to inspire creativity and imagination, like photography exhibits, tech meetups, a movie series and wine tastings.

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The 20,000 sq. foot space is a mix of classic and modern furnishings. Chairs, clocks, cabinets and fire alarms salvaged from the Hamilton Square development (formerly St. Francis Hospital), adorn the rooms. Andco has Finnish lighting by Muuto, and a living green wall, meditation room, and a terrace.

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Of course, there are your typical offices, conference spaces, open desks and community tables, a kitchen, and all of the machines you would need to conduct business.

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There are several options for membership, ranging from $250-$800 per month, and some events are open to the public if you want to experience the Andco space.

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To killing work goals in 2017,

JCG

2017: New Year, Better You

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Happy New Year Jersey City!!

Whatever your goals are, my advice is to pick one thing and achieve that. You cannot do 10 things really well at once. But YOU CAN do one thing really well if you focus on that for life-improvement. Once you’ve mastered the first goal, tackle something else. Keep it simple.

There is room for improvement throughout the year. Here are some Jersey City spots to find your “A-ha” inspiration during every quarter of 2017.

Fitness:
Take up Zumba, Yoga or Martial Arts
Workout for free in JC
Ice Skate here or here
Learn belly dancing, yoga, or Latin dancing for free at Kennedy Dancers
Jersey City Ballroom Dancing
Jivamukti Yoga
Blink
Get Salsa Fever

Learn something new:
Computer Courses
Jersey City Arts School
Sticth ‘n’ Bitch
Casa Colombo
Cork & Canvas
Spanish Blackbelt

Read something that expands your mind:
Jersey City Free Books
Jersey City Bookmobile & Library
WORD Jersey City

Get more work done:
AndCoWork
IndieGrove
Editing Services
Website Consulting

Volunteer:
Jersey City Cares
Liberty Humane Society
Dress For Success

Meet JC Peeps:
JC Fab Lab
Nextdoor
Singles in Jersey City
Geeks Who Drink
Jersey City Young Professionals

Pamper:
Serenity Day Spa
European Wax Center
Zeel Massage
Nails and Nails
Hair and Hair and Hair and Hair
My DIY trix here

Treat yourself to a statement piece:
Noellery
Love, Liesel
Vivi Girl Shop
Tia’s Place
Very
Another Man’s Treasure
Republic of Pigtails
Take care of your clothing

 

Be well & happy,
JCG

Happy New Year!!! #HangoverTips

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Heaven forbid you have to suffer.

Sometimes—no—all of the time with age, we just can’t handle what we used to drink in handles.

SO, I choose to not over-do it at night because I hate ruining my next day.

But during my happy days at a (no liquor license) fancy coffee cafe last year, a guy asked me what else would cure his day-after disaster other than his coffee and big gourmet breakfast.

Let me tell you: Not much, so don’t party hardy in the first place unless you’re prepared to reap a day of shit. But that’s the older me speaking, and let’s be honest: Every older person parties and we still make the same mistakes. We think we’re good—but wake up and nah, we’re effin not so much.

I gave him a few quick tips, but I really thought about it later.

Because everyone can always use more advice on how to party and not suffer consequences, please add your tips in the comment section.

Here are mine:

*First, OD on water. It will flush your body of toxins and help things repair faster (like your liver). If this is the only thing you can do, it’s also the most important thing you can do.

*If you had a sleepover, morning sex helps by releasing endorphins (your natural painkiller), which kill the headache and help you sweat out the toxins.

*Take a shot of B-vitamins intravaneously like the stars! Or vape them. Or simply just take some orally. No judgment.

*Blue-green algae with tons of vitamins is amaze. Find it all in GT’s multi-green bottled kombacha tea. Tastes oh-so-nasty but so worth the swallow instead of feeling less than stellar. And it has trace amounts of alcohol so that may be the wise woman’s hair of the dog.

*Replenish your electrolytes with Pedialite, Gatorade, and even—someone just informed me—pickle juice.

*Two liquigel Advils or three of the regular kind work wonders.

*Alka-Seltzer, yes that old people stuff, can be amaze.

*Pizza seems to absorb and heal better than breakfast foods in my experience, but only treat yourself to the best, top quality-ingredient slice.

*Or don’t eat at all. Just drink all of your fluids, flush the poison out and sleep. Your system is already working hard enough. Assist it along and give it a break so it can break down your wild night.

Choose your own ending:

*Sleep as many hours as you can. Only get out of bed to heavily hydrate and use the loo.

*Move on with your day. Drink some coffee if you feel you need it. And carve out some time for a nap. 🙂

To a healthy 2017!
JCG

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