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

Packing Jersey City Gal

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  lot of walking (especially on cobblestone streets or any rough terrain), bring your sneakers. 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 them, 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 stuff. Since most accessories don’t take up space, you should maximize here to minimize your outfits. Accessories literally can change your look.

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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

Yoga Mondays

 

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Yogi Mondee Hadibroto holds a vinyasa yoga class every Monday night from 8-9pm at Nimbus Dance Works (209 3rd St.) in Jersey City.

The donation-based class was set up to support the Nepal Youth Foundation — they send 100% of all proceeds to help the organization. (Suggested donation is $10.)

All levels of yogis are welcome to the 60-minute vinyasa flow yoga class. And you don’t even need to bring a mat! They have them at the studio.

 

Clear your mind & help a great cause,
JCG

Hudson Restaurant Week Summer 2016


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Because this side of the river has increasingly become a place of destination, this summer’s Hudson County Restaurant Week (7/25-8/5) is particularly poignant. All of the quickly established new additions to our classic faves are creating crazy flocks of foodies.

Find the full list of participants and their menu selections here.

My personal reviews of participating restaurants previously published on my blog are… [use the upper right search bar and type].

Tweet me @jerseycitygia if you have any inquiries because it’s likely I a) have an unpublished review b) an update to an older review in the works or c) know a gem so well I’m not going to share with all, but maybe with you 😉

Try something new & let me know your experience,
JCG

Movies In The Park 2016

moviesintheparkjerseycityInhale the last month of hot summer air under the stars with lazy days…and nights of movies and theater in all your favorite parks. Below is the schedule from here (July 18th) on out.

Ignore those back-to-school-enthusiasts. Hello, commerce, we are still in full summer swing, thankyouverymuch.

SO, here’s what’s screening & showing from now through fall:

July 18: Goosebumps [Washington Park,Jersey City/Union City border]

July 20: Big Hero 6 [Lincoln Park, West Side Ave. entrance]

July 20: Zootopia [Van Vorst Park]

July 20: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Newport Green]

July 20: Brooklyn [Pier A Park in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 21: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Hamilton Park Gazebo, 7 pm]

July 21: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [Riverview Park]

July 25: Cars [Columbia Park]

July 25: Happy Feet [Audubon Park]

July 25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Mama Johnson Field, 4th Street between Jackson and Harrison Streets in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 27: Jurassic World [Pier A Park, 9 pm]

July 27: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl [Newport Green]

July 28: Hook [Hamilton Park]

July 28: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Van Vorst Park]

August 1: Planes: Fire & Rescue [Berry Lane Park]

August 3: Finding Vivian Maier [Van Vorst Park]

August 3: Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It [Newport Green, 6 pm]

August 3: Minions [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 4: The Wizard of Oz [Ercel Webb Park, 264 Van Horne Street]

August 8: Toy Story [Pershing Field]

August 10: The Peanuts Movie [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 10: The Lorax [Washington Park]

August 17: Audience Choice! Email filmsinvanvorst@aol.com to vote! [Van Vorst Park]

August 17: Inside Out [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 18: Shakespeare in the Park: Henry IV [Hamilton Park, 7 pm]

August 18: Planes [Arlington Park, situated in the triangle between Grand St., Arlington and Bramhall Aves]

August 18: Inside Out [Lincoln Park Soccer Field]

August 22: Finding Nemo [Hamilton Park]

August 25: Life of Pi [Hamilton Park]

August 25: ET [Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave.]

August 29: Big Hero 6 [Colombia Park]

August 31: Joy [Van Vorst Park]

September 1: Inside Out [Berry Lane Park]

September 7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Van Vorst Park]

September 8: Inside Out [Bayside Park]

September 12: Paddington [Pershing Field]

September 15: Jaws [J. Owen Grundy Pier]

September 23: Inside Out [Hamilton Park]

October 14: Wizard of Oz [Hamilton Park]

Other notes: Parks in the Jersey City and Hudson County area host these films and live performances thanks to The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, the Van Vorst Park AssociationJersey City Cultural Affairs, the City of Hoboken and the County of Hudson. All events begin at sundown, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to bring your own blankets and chairs!

Indulge Your Imagination,
JCG

Free Milk Sugar Love Minis July 10th!


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It’s going to be a party in Jersey City – an ice cream party! From 2-6pm on July 10th, the MSL Army (as the Milk Sugar Love group calls themselves) is hosting a dance party and ice cream social outside of their shop at 19 McWilliams Place.
See you at #MiniConeMadness!
JCG
 

Annual Newport Beach Party July 13th!

Newport Beach Party 2016Newport Beach’s Annual Beach Party will take place along the Hudson River’s waterfront Newport Green (700 Washington Blvd.) on July 13th from 5-8pm.

There will be  two live performances by native rock band The Fuzzy Lemons, and the nationally-famed The Benjamins. Local restaurants Bwe Café, Raaz, Loradella’s and Cosi will be selling food and bevvies.

Newport Beach, if you didn’t already know, is: 8,000 square feet of authentic, castle-building sand, dozens of Adirondack chairs and large colorful umbrellas. Take in picture-perfect views of the Manhattan skyline, from the Empire State building to the One World Trade Center.

Dig your feet in the sand,
JCG

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