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Bespoken: Jersey City Wedding Event [This Saturday]

Jersey City hosts its first indie wedding showcase – Bespoken – this Saturday, April 29th at Cathedral Hall (380 Montgomery St.) from 1-5pm.

Bespoken will feature unique, local independent retailers and industry experts that will help you craft your ideal, highly personalized big day.


* 50+ Retailers featuring one-of-a-kind accessories, jewelry pieces, gifts, vintage finds, floral design, event curation, and bespoke fabrication

* Interactive themed event sets with unexpected aesthetics

* Live music, DJ’s, and performance artists throughout the day

* Complimentary hair adornments, beard grooming, lash applications, and cosmetic consultations

* Suit measuring and custom shirt and tie consultations

* Sample eats and drinks from Jersey City’s best caterers

* Photo booths and opps galore

* A bounty of raffle prizes, including honeymoon trips and event photography

Buy tickets here (from $10-$25); or call (224) 444-9615


To creating a magical wedding,

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

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,

The Barrow Mansion: Wedding Edition

barrow mansion jersey city wedding

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,

Super Bowl 50 in Jersey City!

superbowl50Super Bowl 50 (the NFL is suspending Roman Numerals for this year’s big game) overtakes America this year on Sunday, February 7th at 6:30pm ET. The Carolina Panthers and The Denver Broncos  will face off at Levi’s Stadium (home of the San Francisco 49ers) in Santa Clara, California.

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

Facts about Super Bowl 50:

Network: CBS (coverage begins at 11am ET)

Hosts: Jim Nantz will be doing play-by-play; Phil Simms will be doing analysis

Half-Time Show: Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars

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

Teams’ stats this season: Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos (know a few things about them from volunteering in 2014)

Game day eats: My recipes

And Cam Newton is super hot beyond being a great quarterback, just sayin’

Do not keep calm; just game on,

Adult Pinatas!


Will Hench of Jersey City introduced me to the term “Nipyata,” an adult pinata filled with baby bottles of booze—”nips”—instead of candy.

The standard Nipyatas come with about 12 brands: Fireball, Svedka, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Dr. McGillicuddy’s, Peachtree, Captain Morgans, and more. Or, customers can tell creator Will Hench and his team their favorite brands to include.

Cutomized pinatas need approx 35 days lead time on the order – email For all regular orders, please visit their site

Jersey City-ans can pick up their Nipyatas at The Thirsty Quaker (495 Monmouth St.) or have it delivered to your house/party, and those further away can have them shipped for free, which usually takes 3-5 business days. Check their website to see if your state is eligible for shipping and “For best results, ship your Nipyata to a Business Address where someone 21 + can sign for it. If you ship it to your home, and nobody 21 + is present to sign, it will be returned to sender. Then your party will stink,” warns Hench.

“A good friend from home would do ‘home made’ Nipyatas for parties and they were always a huge hit. The wide variety of spirits in each Nipyata was always a blast and watching your friends try to break it open while blindfolded was always hilarious fun. So we wanted to see if we could create a Nipyata brand and sell them online to be delivered for parties or birthday gifts.”

Nipyatas range from $59.99 to $229.99: the smallest come with 12 nips and the largest has 60 nips. It also includes Blind Fold, Nipyata Stick and String to hang up the Nipyata.

“We love the Jersey City community and how the small businesses all help to support each other. It’s an amazing and exciting place to be right now to launch a new product or service,” says Hench.


Festively yours,

Wedding Season Is Upon Us!


Did he put a ring on it? Time to start planning.

When it comes to “the most important day of your life,” good photos are essential—and good makeup.

I spent a recent afternoon with wedding photographer Susan Shek and MAC makeup artist Maura Rivera to talk weddings weddings weddings and how to create and capture the most beautiful subject on the most beautiful day of your life—you.

Here is my day of makeup and photos with two awesome ladies who make weddings their business.

Maura Rivera, a freelance makeup-artist for MAC, arrived with (literally) a suitcase of beauty products. She just completed stints doing runway makeup for both NYC and Jersey City fashion weeks.

As Maura applied my makeup, Susan began to take pictures.


Susan is a wedding photographer with a very strategic approach. “I meet with clients and share my portfolio, which spans eight years in the business. People ask me what makes me different from other photographers and I tell them ‘Because it’s not a job. I do it because it’s my passion. I love it.’ If I wasn’t doing wedding photography, I would be doing wedding planning.”

Susan also wants the bride-to-be to have the least stress as possible going into the wedding. “I always have a specific plan. I give the bride and groom an organized list of how the day will play out photo-wise, shot by shot.”

Here is one of the shots Susan took of me outside the day after a big snowstorm, dashing through the wintry white in the cold. (For others, check out in the near future). She has a great eye for picking good backgrounds, even when options are limited and the air is thick with fog—both of which could have caused problems on this particular day.


When it comes to Jersey, both women are enthused. Susan says, “I like working in Jersey the best because there’re more venues, more space. I would love to shoot at Liberty House. I love that Jersey City is still close to Manhattan, and it’s a diverse and close community of ex-New Yorkers.”

“People in Jersey are crazy about weddings,” chimes in Maura. “I like weddings because I love pretty makeup and being part of a woman’s special day. A lot of women don’t even know how to do their own basic makeup [JCG interjection: Myself included!], and it’s the best feeling when they look in the mirror and gasp and say, ‘Thank you. I’m so beautiful!'”

As an old-school gal, Maura doesn’t rely on social media for her business; it has been purely word-of-mouth (still in style!) amongst Manhattan’s elite and her MAC customers. She has plenty of regulars for eyelash extensions and daily makeup (I’m thinking rich housewives). She also does party makeup: Club nights, the prom, sweet sixteen celebrations, Halloween faces, fantasy makeup, etc.

Susan’s photography business is booked for most of 2014, as she likes to start planning a year in advance and prefers space between weddings to really focus on each one. She also does the editing, photo-retouching, the layout, and chooses what photos make the cut. Check out her website here.

Both ladies travel to their clients and do not have set price lists. Rather, they individualize packages according to the customer’s needs.

Later in the day, Susan said, “I can’t see myself planning my own wedding because I’m too controlling and obsessive. I’d want everything to be perfect.” Maura and I laughed, because despite the fact that all three of us have long-term boyfriends and love weddings, we feel the same way.

Be pretty, Pretty Princess,

Magic: Meet Your Local Magician




I stopped by the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery (435 Newark Ave.) a few weeks ago for a concert. Yes. A Midsummer Night’s Scream Music Festival was an all-day affair on one of the the hottest days of the year, with many bands performing to raise money for the cemetery, which is not affiliated with any place of worship. But besides the live music, there were other types of entertainment. Here’s where I met Wesley of Wesley’s Magic. Wesley is an independent magician, willing to travel anywhere in New York and New Jersey to entertain guests at your event.

Wesley does strolling magic, also known as “walk around magic,” where the magician roams a room or at an event and performs for groups of spectators. He approached me and my puppy in the sweltering heat to show off some tricks. I was quite impressed. He got me over and over; I could not figure out his methods. What really impressed me though was that Wesley started his business from the ground up with no capital…he is a free agent like so many JC residents, myself included. If I were to host an event, which I don’t plan on doing anytime soon, I would totally hire him. His rates are bargain, starting at $200 for the hour, for the quality of his magicianry (is that a word?). Soon, he’ll be doing children’s shows, too. Disclaimer: I’m writing this because I want to—Wesley’s show was paid for by the Cemetery. Here’s to supporting local! Check out Wesley’s website here and his FB page here.


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For cuteness purposes, my puppy really dug  the show, too (and thankfully didn’t dig up any of the buried bones).