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 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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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

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Jersey City’s Summer Reading Picks

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Real summer in Jersey City is right around the corner of the week, when the rest of school-lites are set free. But for those of us adults who do not have summer reading requirements, here are recommendations from residents of Jersey City.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins –Jim

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning –Stacie

Sleeping Giant: How The New Working Class Will Transform America by Tamara Draut –Paige

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen –Paige (x2)

Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future by John Scalzi –Erin D.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers –Kathleen

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg –Michael L.

Mayumi and The Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng –Suzi

Back To Blood by Tom Wolfe –A.G.

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn –Beth

The Girls by Emma Cline –Ned

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford –Kathleen

The Wisdom of Your Face by Jean Haner –Jennifer

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldenhagen –Sarah

The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe –James

(Please write your rec in the comments section if you’d like me to add it to the list.)


Happy Reading!

JCG

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Zeppelin Hall’s Summer Bacon Festival 8/14-8/24

Summer Bacon Festival Flyer

Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Drive) is hosting a Summer Bacon Festival, which starts today and carries on through August 24th. Enjoy bacon thirteen ways—seriously.

ZH recommends the Bacon Lobster Taco Thermidor, a taco shell made entirely of bacon stuffed with green cabbage/sautéed lobster/applewood smoked bacon/pepper jack. Or try their sampler of the big B with the Bacon Sausages Trio: cracked black pepper bacon sausage/hickory bacon sausage/aged cheddar bacon sausage served with arugula salad and a choice of bacon potato salad or bacon French fries with spicy bacon mayo.

Also on the menu is the Bacon Encrusted Pork Rib Eye SteakBacon Wrapped Buffalo Frankfurter and many more creative bacon dishes all offered under $17. Free bacon strips are available at the bar from 4pm-7pm during the festival.

Too much? Not enough?

If you want sweet, opt to “dessert” your bacon: Chocolate Covered Bacon and Bacon Cotton Candy are available.


Bring home the bacon,

JCG

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Last Summer Hurrah

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I’m not sure about you, but I don’t feel like I got enough of summer. It started out cold and rainy, then there was a crazy heat wave, and then I got so busy I didn’t have time to vacate or even stay-cate…until the last two weeks of August. Breath of air, if I do say so myself.

Now, I’m itching for more. Even though the calendar says it’s September and Labor Day has past, it’s still (sometimes) nice out. For those of you who think summer was a bit too short and want to get out one last hurrah, let’s enjoy the sunshine upon us and still-decent daylight hours.

What better way to stretch the summer than to sit on the beach at Surf City this weekend?

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