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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
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Another Man’s Treasure
Republic of Pigtails
Take care of your clothing

 

Be well & happy,
JCG

Andy Cohen @ WORD in Jersey City

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Meet Andy Cohen and get a signed copy of his new book “Superficial” at WORD Bookstore (123 Newark Ave.) in Jersey City on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm.

The Bravo TV host and executive producer of the “Real Housewives” franchise (and pretty much the mastermind behind everything awesome that I binge-watch) will be in house at WORD. Andy Cohen will be signing books (personalized) and taking photos in celebration of “Superficial.” The book details Andy’s personal and professional experiences, as well as Andy’s accounts of behind-the-scenes drama, antics and adventures—peppered with his own unfiltered thoughts. #nojudgment 😉

All attendees must purchase a ticket. Each ticket guarantees a spot in the signing line and 1 copy of Superficial signed by Andy Cohen. Buy your tickets here.

See you there,
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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Stephen King at Jersey City’s Landmark Loew’s Theatre 6/7

WORD Bookstore and the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre (54 Journal Square Plaza) are hosting Stephen King for the inaugural event of his END OF WATCH tour Tuesday, June 7th at 7:30PM.

Tickets are $32 each and you must buy a ticket online in advance to attend. Official ticketing guidelines:

  • Due to capacity limits, each person is allowed to purchase a maximum of 2 tickets. If you purchase more than 2 tickets on our website, your order will be adjusted down to 2 when we process it. Please be nice to the WORD employees who are processing these orders and purchase no more than 2 tickets per person!

  • All tickets are non-transferable. No exceptions. At the date of the event you will be required to show a valid ID to enter. If you purchased more than one ticket, your plus one must arrive and enter with you.

  • Purchasing a ticket guarantees entry to the event as well as a hardcover edition of END OF WATCH. As a special bonus, we’ve been told that a limited number of attendees will randomly receive signed copies, so we wish you luck!

  • Seating will be assigned. The first people who purchase tickets will be assigned front row seating and we will continue to fill the rows in the order that the tickets were purchased. While we will try our absolute best to accommodate groups of 2 next to each other, there is a possibility that you and your plus one will be seated in different rows (though likely close together, directly in front/behind each other).

There are no refunds. To learn more about End of Watch, click here.

Get your read on,
JCG

Poetry Reading: Saturday 11/16/13

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The Red Wheelbarrow poets are all reading from their latest book, “The Red Wheelbarrow Volume #6,” this Saturday, November 16th at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave. by Monmouth Ave.) at 4pm. Literature lovers, you won’t want to miss this event.

The Red Wheelbarrow group meets for writing workshops in Rutherford, the hometown of William Carlos Williams (author of “The Red Wheelbarrow”), and periodically publish an anthology of their collective work. After the poetry reading, there will be a book signing and open-mic session.

“Tachair,” Jersey City’s only independent bookstore, derived its name from a Scottish-Gaelic word meaning “to meet.” The family-owned business uses their space to encourage education and community gatherings over conversation, creativity and the arts. They sell not only new and used books, as well as art from local artists. Tachair also has a cafe to promote the connectivity among people of all ages and walks of life that co-exist in our diverse city.

FB info here.

 

Read, live and learn locally,
JCG

Riverview Flea: Saturday 9/7/13

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It’s that time of year where we welcome the most amazing annual flea market ever, that of Jersey City’s Riverview-Fisk Park. This year already boasts over 100 vendors (including me). 

Free zumba? 10:15 am
Free yoga? 11am
Children’s activities? ?

Additionally, there will be live music from Payaso Triste, GMJ Groove, Crash Gordan & Debra Dynamite, Sea of Otters and the Martin Maretto Duo.

Tables are still available if you’re interested in vending. Click here to sign up.

Stop, shop and roll anytime between 10am and 5pm. FB info.

Cheers,
JCG

Tachair Bookshoppe Hosts Exemplary: A Night of Fan Fiction Writing and Art Tonight 8/3/13

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 Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave.) is hosting EXEMPLARY: A night of fan fiction writing and art from 6-9pm this evening with the help of INSTAGATORZINE.

Stop by and show your support of Jersey City’s only independent bookshoppe. Learn more about this local small business by watching this video.

 

Jersey City Free Books

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This place is such a cool gem in the heights (397 Griffith Street). I originally discovered it in the yellow pages (yes the original book of pages, not online) listed under computer repair. My pink minibook needed to come back from the dead, and “Grave Robber Computer Repair” sounded like it was worth a try.

Read about that entertaining experience here. Wild.

It was only upon that visit that I learned about the free books. And yes, everything is free.

Here’s a link to their facebook page.

Get your read on!

JCG