Jersey City Fashion Week 2016

 

Fashion Week 2016 is here, Jersey City! Yes, Our Fashion Week.

Jersey City celebrates fashion, entertainment and community for its 5th Annual Fashion Week (end). All access tickets are available, or you can purchase by individual events. Full schedule below.

Opening Night // Thursday 9/22:

Fashion in The Park VIP Exclusive Event
(5:30-9:30 pm; Maritime Park, 84 Audrey Zapp Drive)

*International and Couture Designers: Nadu Lawson, Sadia Hussain, Michele Walden McPhee, Hope Wade, Tyrone Chablis, Leontine Abdullah

*Fashion Show Host: Midori Amae!!

*JCFW People of Influence Awards: Senator Cory Booker, Senator Brian Stack, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Countries and The Fashion Art Exchange

*DJ: C-Lo The Heavey Hitter; performance by Musical Artist Eric G

*Gift Bags Sponsored by Clearport Events

Buy Tickets Here

Click below to read the full Jersey City Fashion Week schedule…

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All About Downtown Street Fair 2016

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Jersey City: Saturday, September 17th is the annual and all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.

Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-6pm.

There will be over 100 local vendors and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.

FB info here.

Shop local. Support local.
JCG

9/11 from Jersey City

I came across this looking for what events were happening in Jersey City this year. At that time, I was on the other side of the river.

My view was looking directly down 5th Ave., where it meets Washington Square Park. Cell phones didn’t have a video option then. In fact, cell phones did not work in NYC.

My story is here. I am forever haunted and freak out every time I take the WTC PATH. Even 8 years after it happened, the PATH would rail you through the ruins…you could see it all like a mobile museum. So stomach-churning. Now, 15 years later, it’s like Westfield! Capitalism! Looking at the newness, I still get sick. PTSD is real.

Our everyday lives as Americans have been forever compromised because of 9/11.

Never Forget.

The cost of freedom was supposed to be priceless.

America.

Jersey City: It’s a JC Friday Tonight! 9/9/16

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The quarterly culmination of extraordinary Jersey City art and music is back! JC FRIDAYS, hosted by Art House Productions, is a full day, city-wide free arts festival here in Chilltown.

Local businesses collaborate with artists in a celebration of culture. Events include art openings and exhibits, live music, film/video screenings and performances.

Below is a short list of happenings for Friday, 9/9/16:

JC Fridays 2016

Heights

Events

Map

To the Arts!
JCG

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest 10/15/2016

 

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Jersey City is hosting its first Harborside Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Try over 150 craft beers from local breweries while overlooking the New York City skyline and listening to live music on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway at the Harborside Plaza Atrium (34 Exchange Place).

It’s Jersey City’s own celebration of Oktoberfest. Find your new favorite brew from the eclectic offering of local beers and ciders, and have the chance to speak with brewery representatives.

And to soak up the beer, there will be plenty of food vendors on site.

Choose between two sessions: 12-4pm & 5:30-9:30pm.

TICKETS

*General Admission $60, which includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass

*(Non-drinking) Designated Driver $15

*Tickets can be purchased online at jcbrewfest.com

*DISCOUNT WITH JERSEY CITY GAL PROMO CODE: jerseycitygal

*Early Bird Pricing available (check site for details)

*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region

NOTES

*Adults 21+ Only: No kids. No Dogs.

*Smoking allowed but only in designated area.

*Once you leave the premises, you cannot return.

For more information, click here.

 

Taste & Enjoy,
JCG

The Ultimate Summer Packing List: Ladies Now Let’s Get (on) VACATE-TION

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It’s time for our last summer hurrahs Jersey City. If you’re like me and have chosen air-conditioning and money-making over humidity so you could be a baller during September/October and tail it everywhere when most people go back to work…oh wait, you’re not me.

Anyway, now that I’m planning for two months of adventure, I thought it high time to share my quick checklist of packing needs for most of you who are last-minute shove-in-the-suitcase peeps. These are my summer necessities, but the list is adaptable.

If you leave your house, it’s “phone, wallet, keys.” But traveling for a weekend or a week requires more preparation.

The Gal’s Guide to Traveling Light:

In your purse/carry-on tote (Besides phone, wallet WITH CASH, keys):

*ID/Passport

*WaterWipes. The “world’s purest baby wipes” will save your life at the airport, on a boat, at the pool, on the beach and taking your makeup off at night. I always carry these in my purse, but they are especially essential during travel. Most hand sanitizers and wipes have a lot of alcohol and other harsh chemicals that ruin my skin. WaterWipes are 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. So gentle.

*Lotion that works for face and hands because…dryness. I like Aveeno.

*Light makeup: Your basics. I like to keep blush & a brush to quickly freshen my pale look.

*Something to read. While we’re all connected to interesting soundbites of info via the Internet every day, vacation allows us the time to disconnect (please disconnect!) and get into a story, a journal, or a good magazine. So be prepared. Here are Jersey City’s Summer Reading Picks.

In Your Suitcase:

*Toiletrees: toothbrush, toothpaste, razor(s), shampoo, conditioner, detangling spray, hair pick (hello beach waves! and tangles!), soap, Advil, Neosporin, Visine, Aquaphor, Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Gel & Repel 100 for insects. The generic versions of most of these products are just as good.

*Sun care: Sunscreen!!! After surviving melanoma, I use Neutrogena SPF 70, but I also use Walgreens watermelon SPF 50. For some color on my legs, I use the best: Bain de Soleil Orange Gelèe SPF 4 and for my stomach, Hawaiian Tropic SPF 8. Do not forget UV 400+ sunglasses and a good hat (some have SPF material built in…like these beauts here).

*Bathing suits: Bring 3 for a quick weekend and 5 for a week-long stay. You can always mix & match! (Or buy a new one, yaaas!)

*3-5 Cover-ups that can be scarves, shirts, skirts or dresses.

*2 going out outfits, max. Because you’ve got the above to work with.

*Shorts/tees/tanks: PJs that can double as beach coverups/lounge wear and can triple as workout gear.

*A hoodie, zip-up or jacket because there are cold beach/ lake nights and/or blasting indoor ACs.

*Shoes: Flip flops, sneakers, going out shoes. I’ve found that shoes take up the most space. So if you are strictly going to a beachy or tropical place, only pack flip flops and fancy flip flops. If you’re attending a wedding, event, or a  chi-chi nightclub, you’ll need your strappy heels. If you plan on exercising or know you’ll be doing a lot of walking (especially on cobblestone streets or any rough terrain), bring your sneaks. Otherwise, save your suitcase space and just bring your flips. Great for getting through the airport security line quickly, too.

*Undies, bras, socks (<—-if you’re bringing sneaks or you like to sleep in foot-covers, like me).

*Hardware: Chargers, laptop (only if you need it; as a constant writer with multiple projects, I often do), “real” camera (if you want better than phone-quality photos).

*Accessories: earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, head scarves that can double as belts, all of which should coordinate with your shizzaz. Since most accessories don’t take up space, you should maximize here to minimize your outfits. Accessories change your look. Period. (Emphasis on punctuation here needed.)

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The Barrow Mansion: Wedding Edition

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Wedding season 2016 is still in full swing here in Jersey City, so I’m sharing a beautiful wedding inspiration shoot that took place in Jersey City’s very own Barrow Mansion.

Shot by Jen Chanyi of Cyrience Creative Studios for wedding inspiration, shared on Junebug Weddings.

It’s only making me plan for next year, when I have an entirely new slew of weddings to attend. That said, please check out the Barrow Mansion’s revamped website, where I did all of the writing!

X to the O,
JCG

Liberty Science Center: Dancing With Drones

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In what I can only call wild, Liberty Science Center presents its newest nighttime adventureDancing with Drones,” kicking off on August 18th and will continue as an ongoing event on the third Thursday of every month.  

Think: A 21+ crowd only
          Cocktails
          Food
          Music
          Entry to ALL general-admission exhibits
          An all-Prince laser show in the IMAX dome theater
          Drone races
          “Dronie” photos
          More themed activities (surprise!)
          Dancing (Yes! the only thing I need to hear to go anywhere!)

     ALL of the above for $15!

Brought to you by Lynn Hazan, perhaps better known as Chicpea JC, who has enlisted DJ Stadium Status (Transmission, Dullboy, Porta) for beats and Haytham Elgawly (owner of brand Eye Create and The Clearport boutique) as the MC.

 

Drone used to be such a dull word,
JCG

Groove on Grove. Because, Jersey City.

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Groove on Grove is that awesome live music event that happens every Wednesday during the warm season at Grove Street Plaza. Different bands and musical acts are featured each week.

I used to go religiously, but this year has been hyper busy. Anyway, a shout out for their event tonight (8/17):

The Lineup:
Walter Parks
The Bottomless Mimosas
Bible Gun

Beyond the music this Wednesday, the Artist & Maker Market is back!

Let’s just hope the rain is minimally invasive;)

Get your groove on Grove,
JCG

Surf City: Movies On The Beach

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As if the popularity of Jersey City didn’t expand our summer movies program enough, mega beach bar Surf City has started their own “Movies on the Beach” program to celebrate the last three weeks of the summer season. Enjoy these cult classics the next three Wednesdays!

August 17: Taxi Driver

August 24: Blade Runner

August 31: Men in Black

Get cozy in the sand!
JCG

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