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5 Fashion Trends for Risk-Takers

Spring has sprung in Jersey City, yet it’s been cold, gray and rainy almost daily for the past month — which only makes all of us more anxious to break out a new look. So while you stay in hibernation and continue spring cleaning, consider the new pieces you’d like to add to your wardrobe. Suzy Walsh, style blogger at The House Of Elegance Fashionoffers bold trends to try (and please add some color to yours, for my sake:)

5  Fashion Trends for Risk-Takers
Fashion is not always about wearing a summery dress or pairing some graphic T-shirt with jeans. The evolution of fashion is rapid, and youngsters have some of the quirkiest styles. You just never know what turns into a trend overnight — one day you wake up and every woman is sporting it. Here are the 5 most radical styles at the moment that only risk-takers can pull off.

1. The Corset Craze

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Corsets have been a part of history, and the return has been shocking. Women were initially wearing tight corsets around their waist to shed some pounds, and now they are seen sporting it above clothes as a trend. The trend is seriously getting out of hand as women are pressurizing their waistline to fit into one. If you are comfortable wearing it, go ahead and give it a try. Pair with knee-high boots if you are donning it with a shirt or any of your favorite dresses. Get the look in Jersey City: Naughty and Nice Lingerie

2. Velvet Meets Leather and Faux Fur

Sounds confusing right? Well, we were taken aback when we had seen unique fashionista Rihanna sporting this trend, but somehow it made sense. This is a perfect mixed-weather date night outfit if you want to keep it sexy yet casual. If you have a sleeveless deep necked velvet dress, wear it with your leather faux fur jacket. If the date doesn’t go well, you can always hit the club with this attire! Mix materials without fear: Graffiti and Gold

3. Glam Jammies

Did you ever think that your pajamas could be a fashion statement? Guess what, they are! You can totally wear a pajama jumpsuit with a lapel or trench coat, along with a statement choker and slicked-back hair. Add your pumps that best complement the attire to complete the look. This may be an unusual style, but it is super comfy and something anyone can take a risk with. Another Man’s Treasure usually has “glammies” in stock.

4. Stockings Over Shoes

Do you have a gorgeous strapless thigh-high gown for prom or an upcoming event? Have you considered trying the stocking trend? Yes, Bella Hadid wore stockings with her custom-made gown on the red carpet. Surprisingly, the stockings were worn over her shoes, which made for a a super cool look. It’s a trend everyone can easily try, especially the risk-takers who love experimenting. Get your stockings at Tia’s Place.

5. Lace-up Pants

Lace-up pants in denim and leather have become extremely famous, thanks to the #squad supermodels. If you love the look in leather, take the risk down a notch. Be clashy and pair them with a plaid shirt like Kim Kardashian, or be clean and choose a neutral, basic cotton top (no patterns, no more leather) so that the pants take the spotlight. Head to F21 at the Newport Mall to snag a pair of leather lace-up pants.

Bottom line: Play around with the bold trends of 2017 to see if you can incorporate them into your own personal style.

Suzy Walsh is an expert and style blogger at The House Of Elegance Fashion. Her different approach towards fashion is fresh and fun.

Spring Cleaning

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Spring Clean your Jersey City Home! The best tactic when taking on a gargantuan project is to tackle it one area at a time over a series of sessions — no need to overwhelm yourself. Whether the area is as big as one room or as small as one drawer or cabinet, break up the task into achievable 10-minute segments, and conquer each 10 minutes when ready. If you are not hiring out, here are some useful tips for each section of your home life.

 

CLUTTER

I have a place for everything so I don’t have to look for things. Umbrellas and keys hang by the door, takeout menus have their own upright file box, makeup and jewelry items are organized by casual/edgy/fancy. And my roomie and I have a huge box of items designated “the party box,” full of plates, plasticwear and decorations for every occassion that resides in our storage unit in the basement for other things we don’t need year-round, like beach chairs, skis, and yearbooks.

Takeaway: Have a place for everything, and especially for those things you need in everyday life. At the very least, group like things with like things in each designated area. Looking for necessities saps your time. And time is the most valuable commodity.

 

KITCHEN

♦ Check expiration dates and toss all expired food items along with non-perishables that you will never eat. Save all fun, outdated holiday cards, announcements, and children’s artwork from your refrigerator in a memory box (or toss) to make room for new news.

♦ Rearrange items in cabinets so the ones you use most are at the forefront.

♦ Go through all pots, utensils, and appliances. Remove what you don’t use regularly for donation.

♦ Scrub the oven, stove, and microwave, and wipe down the fridge once you’ve rid the dead items. Oh the power of mistolin.

 

UPHOLSTORY/ RUG STAINS
Rugs and furniture unfortunately collide with pets, babies and accidents. Several people in my life cannot be controlled in tiny spaces with their grand, gestural movements (hello, #happyhands) and therefore, stains are inevitable. Here is a quick guide to treating every household stain. And there’s always club soda and vodka.

 

BATHROOM
I stick to the basics: Clorox bleach and Lysol. But the winner with tough bathroom grit is Bar Keepers Friend. It made my tub shiny new with 1/20th of the scrubbing effort I was doing with a traditional brush and formulas. I mean, I think it erodes surfaces via intense chemical exfoliation that is probably extremely unhealthy BUT, there is nothing like looking at a blindingly sparkling white tub.

 

BEDROOM
I recently developed bad allergies and my awesome allergist put me on a regimen that includes covering my mattress and pillows with dust-mite covers (from Kennedy’s), something I never had to think of before in the past. In addition to washing my stuff with All Free & Clear, the covers have really kept invisible dust out of the air—and out of my lungs.

 

WINDOWS
Power-wash away bad-weather grime; then Windex.

 

LIGHTS/LIGHTING
Simple soap and water is all you need to clean lights. Change the bulbs if necessary. This is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

CLOSET
Purge, purge, purge.

Clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags: Toss as much as you can to feel lighter. Basic rule: If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t. Sweaty, ratty stuff can be re-purposed as rags for your household cleaning portion of this segment. Outdated denim can be cut and reconstructed into a purse or a skirt or something it wasn’t. But for the most part, toss.

Specialty items (like personalized handmade knit sweaters, say, that have significant emotional value) should be kept in preserved storage or put on display. Same with family heirlooms. Other tips

 

DONATE

Schoola allows clothes to be donated to raise real dollars for your local school. Just request a bag (free), fill it with items, and leave for the postman. Schoola sells the clothes at a discounted rate, and the proceeds go directly to fund important programs in schools (22,000 schools involved so far)

Very and Another Man’s Treasure may be a new home for some of your cooler stuff.

♦ And then there’s Goodwill and Salvation Army

 

JUNK REMOVAL

Now, if you’re moving your home or your office, you will have a lot of ish to get rid of. That’s where the masterminds Junk-a-Holics come in. They come to you, pick up your stuff and donate, recycle, or re-purpose it accordingly. You do none of the work, but can still feel great being green.

 

ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE CLEANED

POLISH
Jewelry and silverware can simply be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide, whereas wood loves Murphy’s OilOrange Glo and Endust

LAUNDRY
2 Boys Laundromat is my fave, but we should all go to the one on our corner we like best. Support local businesses!

DRY CLEANING
Leon’s One-Hour Cleaners on Prospect & Webster St. is my go-to. They have re-lined my antique coats and made them prettier than the originals; transformed old whites to look newer than new whites, hemmed my jeans and pants with tighter, better seams. They are my fairy seamstresses (and inexpensive!)

 

Clean out & carry on,
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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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

Jersey City Fish Stand Turns 1 – And You Win!

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Jersey City Fish Stand is turning 1 this month!

And they are celebrating in a big way.

Starting this weekend, Jersey City Fish Stand is offering:

*New oven-ready meals like pinwheels, kabobs, and burgers

*Express prepared sides from their farmers market friends

*Extended in-store hours: Monday-Friday 11-7:30 & Saturday 10-5.

*Tastings of the menu (including that crab dip…)

Stop by the shop from 12/2-12/7 for free samples, 15% off all new prepared items, and a chance to win a gift card!

Swim it to win it,
JCG

Project Jersey City Holiday Market 12/3-12/4

Jersey City Project Market

The Jersey City Project hosts its fourth annual holiday Project: MARKET this year on December 3rd & 4th, 2016 from 11am-6pm. The heated outdoor market features a variety of local vendors and is located next to City Hall (280 Grove Street to be exact) in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City.

The kick-off event of Jersey City’s holiday shopping season highlights local businesses and food vendors, encouraging economic growth amongst small businesses. Eat, shop, drink, and be merry!

Keep it local JC!
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

Jersey City’s Midnight Market 11/4

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Tonight Jersey City hosts its first Midnight Market!

Imagine your favorite Jersey City outdoor markets, except this one is indoors (at Harborside Atrium) and at night—and for adults only 😉

Think: leisurely strolling, shopping, eating, drinking while listening to a DJ spinning and oh, just the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. The party starts at 6:30pm and ends at…? Yes, Cinderella time.

The DL #s on an “as each” basis:

Cover: $5
Yum Noms: $5
Adult Bevvies: $5
Parking if needed: $5

It is encouraged that you bring ca$h in increments < 20. ATMs will be available on site, because we’re prepared for you to be excited.

Oh, and my fave part is “Skip the line and Shine.” If you pre-purchase your entrance fee, you get to hop on through and get “glow” swag.

For all other info, here’s the FB link.

They call it a bazaar. I call it… ba-zha-zha-zoo…get your bumble bum over!

Shop local, support local, and have fun doing it,
JCG

Ground Connection

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I recently visited Jersey City’s newest coffee addition addiction, Ground Connection, located at Harborside Plaza 10.

Owner Scott Gillman (of Jercey City’s Markers Restaurant) and director of the coffee program, Alex Mastrando, who is the head chef, went to different places in the city New York City “to see what was working and what wasn’t” in the coffee industry, while the head barista and store manager, German Chabur, visited Seattle and Atlanta coffee conventions to do the same.

The result is awesome “third wave” coffee in a fast-casual environment [Ed. note: “first wave” is mom-and-pop shops, “second wave” is Stabucks, et al]. “Third wave coffee means we are bringing it back to basics using real espresso with real machines and actually weighing everything properly,” says Alex as he shows me their Italian espresso machine, which is one of few in the U.S. and uses technology that just came out last year.

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“You can go to a coffee chain, where the machine will weigh the coffee and the barista will push a button, but this machine can figure out the weight from the dry—it’s amazing technology,” says Alex. “The machine allows us to weigh exact grinds, program the weight, and create a ratio. So you give it the ratio, you give it the grind, and it automatically calibrates as it’s coming out. It gets that perfect ratio and its always going to be in balance. That allows us to keep our coffee consistent.”

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