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Plan a trip to see these North Jersey exhibits before they close.

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Tickets are on sale for this family-friendly Halloween event.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Halloween, a time for costumes, candy, and paying to get the wits scared out of you.

We can get behind the costumes and candy, but it’s harder to understand the mass desire to visit haunted houses, fright fests, or the like come Halloween. There’s a good chance that Mike Pollock, executive producer of RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns, is right there with us. His company works year-round to create a family-friendly Halloween show that allows people to ditch the ditch ax-murderers and the headless horseman for 5,000 real pumpkins carved into intricate designs. more

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Friday, October 7

10:30 a.m.: “Fly Guy and Other Stories” at the Shea Center for Performing Arts at William Patterson University in Wayne. This sensory-friendly, new musical revue is a compilation of popular children’s books and open only to classes and families with children with autism.

6:30 p.m.: Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at NJPAC in Newark. Monsters make music? Yes, they do, and in wonderful ways, too. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! more

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Before the ‘fest ends on October 3, make sure you get your chance to yell, “Prost!” at a local brewery

Saturday, September 17 marked the beginning of Oktoberfest, where millions of people flock to Munich, Germany to consume just about a million liters of beer. As the world’s largest festival of its kind, Oktoberfest is something to experience. While we can’t fund your ticket to Europe, we can provide you a list of seasonal brews in NJ ready to be consumed. Here, North Jersey brewers share their seasonal beers for this fall. more

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Friday, September 30

6-10PM Nightmare on River Road in New Milford, NJ. A very scary indoor attraction – if you dare (through Sunday, October 2)!

8PM Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia, NJ. Walk the park by lantern and search for escaped dinosaurs (through October 29). more

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Starting tomorrow, the 8th Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival will be screening 33 fascinating films from around the world.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The 8th Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, September 28 at Cinépolis Chelsea in NYC. Over the course of five days, 33 films from eight countries will screen at the festival along with a series of panel discussions, speakers, and director Q&As. Tickets are available online at www.adfilmfest.com. Here, we outlined a few of the fascinating films screening this year.  more

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October calls for a different mood, entirely.

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Meet Marc Evan and Chris Soria, creators of museum-worthy pumpkin carvings

 By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Maniac Pumpkin Carver’s annual Halloween pumpkin carving.  more

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These gorgeous books are full of style and substance.

 

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North Jersey foodies Anne Constance & Natalie Lewis share their tips for taking a savory snapshot

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

In the age of Instagram, people are sharing “foodstagrams” with their social media networks in unprecedented numbers. Perfectly plated veggie dishes and artfully designed acai bowls seem to be taking over the Internet, and we’re not complaining about it. This is particularly true when a photo from Fish.Eye Design (@fisheyedesign) pops-up on our Instagram newsfeed. more

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Artist Heather Ujiie’s upcoming exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum may be called Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures, but the issues behind it are very human.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

“I’m very interested in the idea of a narrative having a symbolic allegory or story that resonates with some kind of mass human consciousness,” explains Ujiie, an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. “Fairytales, Greek mythology, and many of the world’s religions are all versions of these narratives that are embedded in each culture to unfold and communicate the psychological conflicts we all face. Whether it’s good and evil, a power struggle in politics, or coming to terms with subordinate and dominant issues with a mother and father.” more

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Your morning coffee will taste even sweeter in one of these fun mugs. 

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The on-demand fabric producer now offers DIY home décor products through Roostery.com

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

 “But I can see it in my head!”

It’s the line we use when that interior design project, outfit selection, or decorating effort doesn’t lead to the vision in mind. We can think up endless prints, colors, and patterns for our projects, but the problem occurs when we can’t find exactly what we imagine. Spoonflower understands that retail stores aren’t always as well stocked as our brains. more

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Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.

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Throughout one of the hottest summers in history, a highly pregnant Jennifer Poe was hard at work in her Newtown, Pennsylvania interior design store, Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor. Merely weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Poe is back at it, heading some of the most sought-after interior design projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.

This type of work ethic is nothing new for the recent mother of four. Since the age of 19, she has had a hand in the purchasing, gutting, and renovating of homes, quickly establishing her visionary talent. After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Poe founded Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor, a full-service boutique firm with cosmopolitan sensibilities. Her storefront may be located in Newtown, but her clientele spans from Philadelphia’s most discerning neighborhoods to Bergen County. more

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Move to the head of the class with these stylish products.

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Friday, September 2

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Dino Dig at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City. Dig for dinos at this special, limited-engagement event.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY. Partake in 16th century rides, games, arts, crafts, food, music, and dance (through October 2). more

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Show your school spirit with Jack Rogers’ new Spirit Sandals collection! Perfect for cheering on your favorite school team or club, each pair features their iconic whipstitching and rondelles.

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See how French photographer Sophie Gamand is helping animals through photography

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

New York based award-winning photographer Sophie Gamand knows dogs. In fact, she’s made a living photographing them. Through close-up portraits of man’s best friend, Gamand has made herself a name in the industry while simultaneously giving a good name to shelter animals through her charity, Striking Paws.

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Sean Allen is a financial analyst by day and an up-and-coming spray paint artist by night. A master hustler, he can even be found doing spray paint demos outside popular happy hour locations in Philadelphia while still in his business suit. Although Allen assured me that he’s careful not to stain his outfit, it’s clear that this money-savvy artist has a hard time staying away from his paints. more

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Actor James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)

August 19th celebrates the passion for photography in our communities. So grab your cameras and capture a moment in time. You never know, your photo might become iconic one day!

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Friday, August 19

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Dino Dig at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City. Families will experience a paleontological expedition, working alongside LSC’s Dino Dig Guide Team to discover replica fossils of prehistoric creatures from the late Cretaceous period, buried in 35 tons of sand (through the month of August)!

Saturday, August 20

9:15 a.m.: Back to School Bash at Athleta’s at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Join Sukha Arts for a hip hop class, get your hair braided, try some hair chalk, and more. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Summer bears it all, including your nails. As your permanent accessory, nails can up your beach day fashion and highlight your summer tan with little effort. Take your manicure to the next level with a trendy minimalist design like those featured in these “nailstagrams.” more

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August 15 marks India Independence Day, and this stunning art book captures the country’s rich culture and creativity through fashion.

Sporting silk beaded capes, intricately patterned gowns, and dazzling dresses, the models in India Fantastique Fashion by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosia look like couture mermaids sunbathing by the sea. Indeed, the creations of famed Indian designers Jani and Khosia seem otherworldly. more

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…because we could all use a little more cuteness in our newsfeed

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The Morris Animal Inn is a pooch (and kitty) palace, and its residents are treated like royalty. The family owned and operated business is an internationally recognized boarding, daycare, training, and grooming facility for cats and dogs. In addition to offering amenities suitable for a five-star human hotel, the Inn provides a daily dose of adorability via their @morrisanimalinn Instagram page. Below are photos of their irresistible boarders living the good life at the pet resort. more

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Short Hills resident Leslie Hsu enters the world of fashion-technology with her latest accessory line.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Leslie Hsu knows accessories. The former fabric research and developer for Calvin Klein has had a hand in designing handbags and accessories for the likes of UGG Australia, True Religion Brand Jeans, Jonathan Adler, Zappos.com, and Barnes and Noble Nook, as well as her own eponymous handbag brand. more

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Rosé – fabulous to wear, even more fabulous to drink. Shop one of this season’s hottest colors.

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Friday, August 5

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The Dinosaurs are back at Field Station Dinosaurs, located at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia (now through September 5).

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Summer Sidewalk Sale Days in downtown Ridgewood (also on Saturday, August 6). more

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The fashion-forward plant shop reveals the perfect plant for the green-thumbed, the chronic plant-killer, and everyone in between.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The Sill is a plant design, delivery, and maintenance shop based out of New York City, but you might know them as the place that made houseplants cool. Once a staple for an older generation, the houseplant has evolved into a trendy home accessory. This is due impart to the popularity of plants like succulents, cacti, and air plants that are not only small and easy to care for, but also stylish.  more

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Friday, July 29

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Englewood Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale in downtown Englewood (also on Saturday, July 30).

Saturday, July 30

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park, located at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza in Lyndhurst. Enjoy butterfly walks and kids activities.

11 a.m.: Kiddie Academy Northvale’s Storytime LIVE where live characters jump off the page. Also, families will have the opportunity to meet Curious George! Kiddie Academy is located at 271 Livingston Street in Northvale. more