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Looking for the best places to watch Super Bowl 50 in Northern NJ? Urban Agenda knows the winning spots.

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Friday, February 5

ALL DAY Commit this month to an unparalleled fitness experience at Equinox in Paramus and your initiation fee goes to Cycle for Survival, the national movement to beat rare cancers. Contact www.equinox.com for more information.

ALL DAY Flywheel has planted a seed in the Garden State with a studio in Millburn. Located in the heart of downtown, the state of the art studio features high tech bikes, stadium-style seating, and proprietary TorqBoard. Call (973) 232-6476 for class information. more

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Karla Booth’s Snowflake Photography gives us a rare look at the micro world

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Most of us our grabbing our hats or shovel during a snowfall, but Karla Booth of Grand Lake, Colorado is grabbing her camera. Since December 2006, when she was introduced to the world of macro photography, Booth has been photographing the ethereal snowflake. While it’s hard enough to catch a glimpse of a snowflake, Booth has mastered the complex art of photographing them, resulting in her very own snowflake photography company. more

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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy The Musical

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy The Musical – Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1PM and 4PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.

This world premiere musical will buzz into your heart, as Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination and promote a sense of adventure and exploration of the world around you. more

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Valentine’s Day is often associated with flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears; however, this year, Urban Agenda Magazine is offering up a few new options. These gifts are suitable for all ages, male and female, young and old. To purchase, simply click each product image.

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Roses? Chocolates? How about a hot air balloon ride this V-Day?

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Couples who are madly in love are often “flying high,” but Tom Baldwin, owner of In Flight Balloon Adventures, LLC, can turn the idiom into a reality on Valentine’s Day. Since 1987, Baldwin and his team of seven pilots have been taking people on unforgettable hot air balloon rides over the sprawling farmland, reservoirs, and small towns that make up Hunterdon County, NJ. While this experience is one to remember any day of the year, Baldwin’s balloon rides can make for a particularly memorable date this Valentine’s Day. more

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Make your day a little “butter” with these mouth-watering Instagram shots of our favorite French pastry

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By Taylor Smith 

Are you ready to work miracles?

Author and public speaker Gabrielle Bernstein thinks she can help. With May Cause Miracles, Bernstein offers a 40-day guide to creating subtle shifts in one’s life. Bernstein tackles roadblocks like self-image, compassion, fear, forgiveness, and risk taking. Her approach is youthful and fresh. She cites her corresponding iTunes app and web videos, as an additional resource.

Named “a next generation thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey, Bernstein is a New York Times bestselling author and regularly appears on The Dr. Oz Show. She is also the founder of HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower, and connect. more

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Meet Tata Harper

Tata Harper is the scientist and visionary behind the coveted Tata Harper skincare and beauty line. Originally from Columbia, Harper now resides on a large farm in Vermont with her husband (business partner Henry Harper) and their three children. Her interest in all natural skincare began when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer. During his treatment, Harper was determined to find products that were free of synthetic-chemical ingredients. She searched at Whole Foods and other stores, but could not find exactly what she was looking for. more

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New Jersey’s First Pressed Juicery

Fresh, cold pressed juices will now be available at a mall near you thanks to Pressed Juicery. The company offers over 7 varieties of green juice, along with root vegetable, citrus, fruit, coconut water, and coffee based drinks. Addicted, yet? Pressed Juicery will deliver right to your home for a flat monthly fee. They can also recommend customizable cleanses that will suit your specific goals and caloric needs. more

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Send the one you love something sweet for Valentine’s Day! From the perfect cup of coffee to a festive box of Cadbury chocolates, these gourmet delights and comforting gifts are sure to warm the heart. Simply click on each product image to purchase. more

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According to the weather report, this weekend may very well be the debut snowstorm of 2016, and Urban Agenda wants to make sure you make the most of it. Below, we put together a list of some of the best sledding hills in Bergen, Essex, Morris and Union counties. So this weekend, swap your Netflix account for your Toboggan and enjoy some good, old-fashioned snow day fun. more

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Rose Quartz & Serenity are about to become your new favorite colors

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Rose Quartz and Serenity might be delicate colors, but they’re taking the fashion and design industry by storm thanks to their new title as the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year. Pantone made the unprecedented decision to blend two shades to create this year’s hue. Rose Quartz’s soft pale pink fused with Serenity’s tranquil baby blue makes for an airy color that goes beyond color. According to Pantone, the decision to blend the colors usually associated with gender stereotypes reflects recent societal movements towards gender equality and fluidity. As the name suggests, Rose Quartz and Serenity is a soothing color that’s needed in a world that’s often filled with stress and anxiety. So take a break to enjoy these Instagram images that feature the playful pastels. more

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As the expression goes, “new year, new you,” but when we think of somehow improving ourselves in 2016, thoughts of bland diets, expensive gym memberships, or time-consuming journaling come to mind. Not that we don’t appreciate some healthy lifestyle changes and self-reflection this year, but Urban Agenda figured it was time to make 2016’s resolutions a little more exciting. In order to find simple and effective ways to feel renewed this year, we turned to the experts at Muah Makeup & Lash Bar in Westwood, New Jersey. Through their intimate one-on-one makeup services and lessons, the Muah Makeup & Lash Bar team empowers the everyday woman to look and feel beautiful. more

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For this month’s Urban Insider, we are celebrating the act of getting outside and being physical in spite of the winter weather. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in Princeton, be it at the D&R Canal or the grounds of Battlefield State Park. Here, we have hand selected our top picks for looking stylish (and feeling great) all winter long. Simply click on each product image to purchase! more

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Meet the Astro Twins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut are professional astrologers whose uncanny predictions have reached millions worldwide. Through their website, AstroStyle.com, Ophira and Tali “bring the stars down to earth” with daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly horoscopes. Their unique style emphasizes a lifestyle-based approach to astrology. The sisters also have many celebrity clients and have appeared on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of New Jerseymore

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Learn how this Hollywood royalty created her own line of expressive wines

By Taylor Smith

Drew Barrymore might be described as a “life enthusiast.” The famous actress balances being a wife, mother of two, filmmaker, author, bosswoman (in the best sense of the word), and beauty mogul with her new passion – wine. As she puts it, “memories are made around the table.”

A fan of fruity white wines, Drew has entered into a collaboration with Carmel Road, a family-owned company that has deep roots in California. Carmel Road focuses on expressive wines with unique personalities, and they bring that same spirit to Barrymore Pinot Grigio. Carmel Road Winemaker Kris Kato worked closely with Drew to create a unique flavor profile that is winning rave reviews amongst wine enthusiasts. The 2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio is bright and crisp with flavors of lemon drop, Asian pear, and honeydew melon. The wine pairs well with a multitude of food, from gnocchi to Caprese salad. more

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The Eugenia Kim Sample Sale kicked off in a sunny showroom on 347 West 36th Street. All styles are well-stocked, and the sales staff is very helpful with finding a flattering hat silhouette. The sale runs from December 16 through December 18 from 10AM-7PM daily.

The sale includes feathered headbands and fedoras, along with Kim’s signature fur poms and knitwear. Most of the knit items are priced at $35, with headbands going for $15 and fedoras around $45. Limited quantities of heels, flats, and boots are available in a back room.  more

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By Taylor Smith

Peloton Cycle is bringing the boutique indoor cycling experience into the comfort of your own home. For the cost of the bike ($1,995) and a monthly subscription ($39), users are able to stream an unlimited number of live classes to their living room. These classes are filmed and broadcast from Peloton’s New York studio in Chelsea. From the seat of your bike, you will see the instructor, hear the music, and pedal along to the rhythm of your fellow classmates. And don’t worry about timing; you can live stream any of the classes catalogued on the Peloton server (past and present) at anytime of day. more

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Friday, December 11

3:30PM Reindeer Crafts at Lyndhurst Library in Lyndhurst, NJ. http://www.lyndhurstlibrary.org

7PM Kids Decorating Class: Holiday Gingerbread Houses at Chef Central in Paramus, NJ. http://bit.ly/1TDr81O

7PM NJ Devils vs. the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. www.prucenter.com

7PM Champagne & Candlelight at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. http://thehermitage.org

8PM Molly Ringwald Visits the Club at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. http://www.njpac.org more

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Urban Agenda Magazine has hand-picked a selection of stocking stuffers to suit everyone in your family. From delicious chocolates to gifts for the outdoorsman, simply click each product image to browse and buy. Be sure to place orders as soon as possible for Christmas delivery!

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Baker webLori Sims of Woodland Bakery in Chatham, New Jersey makes sure you stay merry and bright during holiday baking this year

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but when it comes time to turn out the holiday baked goods, even the jolliest of bakers can turn into the Grinch. Between the gift giving, hectic schedules, and endless expenses that come with the holidays, the fun can quickly be sucked out of baking. This likely results in lopsided cakes, failed pies, and sad-looking sugar cookies. That is until massage therapist turned professional baker Lori Sims swoops in to save you – and your cookies – from the stresses of holiday baking.

Since 2014, Sims has owned and operated Woodland Bakery in Chatham, New Jersey. A self-taught baker, Sims learned everything she could about running a commercial bakery before rolling up her sleeves and diving right in – into the holiday season no less. We figured that if Sims managed to take over an entire bakery in the thick of the holiday season, then she’d be an expert on getting the average baker through it too. Below, Sims shares five secrets for seamless baking this the holiday season. more

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Consult these design tips from the experts at Belle Maison Interior Design to bring beauty into your home this holiday season

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Belle Maison Interior Design principals, Mitchell and Catherine Engelmeyer, are the husband and wife design duo behind stunning interiors across the United States. Despite being headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey the Engelmeyer’s have been hired by clients from the Tri-State area to Texas and Florida. That’s because between Mitchell’s business savvy and Catherine’s 30 years of interior design experience, they’re at the helm of the design world, masterfully mixing textures, paints, and fabrics to create high-style interiors. Below, the Belle Maison Interior Design team shares their expert decorating tips so you can revamp your home just in time for the holiday season. more

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Our windows reflect the soul of our collective abc odyssey.Peeking in through the abc eye, one captures a mobile moment of our essence…as transient as a sand mandala.”
—Paulette Cole, CEO & Creative Director, abc carpet & home

Interview by Lynn Adams Smith

Photography by Joe Garrad

abc carpet & home has been described as the magic carpet store. The flagship store windows are pure theater and act as the magnet that pulls shoppers in, for a full sensory experience. Once inside, the exploration begins, and be prepared for an inspirational visit.

There are six cavernous floors with a rustic warehouse atmosphere, filled with home furnishings, decor, chandeliers, pillows, jewelry, rugs, and much more. As you meander through the store and admire the creative selection of products, you will be immersed into the textures, colors, drama, and love of it all. Manena Frazier is the abc Visual Director and has shared insight into their aesthetic and vision. more

Newborn and infant photographers to the stars, Keri Meyers and Jennifer Blakeley share their tricks on effortlessly handling newborn babies (and their celebrity parents) while capturing them in stunning portraits

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Being able to capture photographs of your child’s milestones is like a parental duty, yet it’s often next to impossible. There’s the infamous photo of children hysterically crying on the Easter Bunny’s lap. There’s the attempt to get little one’s eyes open for the annual holiday card, and we can’t forget the oft-missed documentation of the first day of school because the bus came early. Luckily, there are two women who are professionals at child portraiture – literally. Keri Meyers and Jennifer Blakeley are co-owners of the esteemed newborn and child photography company, Keri & Jen.

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You may not speak Portuguese, but with a single taste of Samba Montclair’s Moqueca de Peixi, you’ll fully understand the richness of Brazilian cuisine. The entrée features mahi mahi and shrimp with fresh herbs, coconut milk, cilantro, tomatoes, and “Dende” palm oil served with yucca flour puree. The plate is complete with a delicious, but somewhat mystifying cheese known as requeijao, a light, creamy cow-milk derived cheese popular in Brazil. In English-speaking countries the cheese is also referred to as requeson, the Spanish word for ricotta. Finish the Moqueca de Peixi off with Samba’s Bolo de Chocolate or Brazilian chocolate cake with coconut ice cream for a night of culinary excellence. more

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Mallika Malhotra, the energetic photographer of mikifoto, shares her tips for capturing quality photos this holiday season

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

In today’s digital age, we are constantly bombarded by images, so when a picture stands out, you know there’s something special about it. That was the case when I came across photographer Mallika Malhotra’s website, mikifoto.

All of her photographs had energy to them, a certain exuberance that made me feel, well, happy. One look at Malhotra’s beaming white smile and you’ll understand from where that liveliness originates. Malhotra seems to transmit her fun-loving spirit through her camera and into each of her photographs, so that she not only captures a moment, but celebrates it too. more

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Thanksgiving is upon us and that means it’s time to celebrate with decadent pies, cakes, and baked goods. These New York and New Jersey bakeries offer traditional and non-traditional options that will be sure to please. From mile-high apple pies to chocolate babka, there’s something here to make Grandma proud.

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Feature 1Thanks to Helaine Knapp, founder and CEO of CityRow, New Yorkers can get the benefits of rowing without enduring the elements, getting their shorts wet, or traveling to a body of water. In fact, they just have to make it to 5th Avenue, home of the CtiyRow studio, in order to experience the feeling of rowing on water. Using the innovative WaterRower row machines, CityRow’s clients work against the resistance of the water inside of the machine. The result of their rowing efforts is a high-intensity, low-impact total body workout that provides full body cardio. Moreover, CityRow offers various classes that combine rowing with signature yoga and pilates movements. For example, the Row and Flow class offers intense rowing intervals followed by 30 minutes of yoga, while the Row and Core class alternates between rowing and pilates. Between the spirited (and insanely fit) teachers and the on-point playlist, CityRow is bound to make newbies rethink their old workout routines. For this month only, CityRow is also offering Saturday workouts in Montauk, so check them out before it’s too late!

To learn more about this high-concept fitness trend, we turned to CityRow’s founder and CEO, Helaine Knapp. more

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For this year’s Holiday Chef Series, Urban Agenda Magazine wanted to spotlight the 
Executive Chefs from some of New Jersey’s best-known country clubs and golf clubs. Synonymous with fine dining and a rich heritage of championship golf, these chefs are used to cooking for weddings, special events, and momentous holiday 
occasions.

Each chef has provided a sample of the holiday menu offerings at a particular club. Thoughtfully prepared and perfected for the season, these menus are cause for celebration.

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