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Take this weekend to new heights at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From female human cannonballs to 115-foot-tall balloons, the 34th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is going to be a sight to see. The three-day event will paint the Hunterdon County skies with 100 hot air balloons from around the world, including the UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand. more

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It’s time to roar! Be the leader of the pack in these leo-inspired fashions.

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Ed Jarrett might just be the real life Sandman.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

On a recent trip to the beach with my ten-month old nephew, I found myself dumbfounded by the art of sandcastles. It’s just sand and water packed into a mold, right? Wrong. Somehow between the ages of six and 24, I completely lost my sandcastle-savvy. I even had to consult with a three-year-old on the proper building techniques. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From Barkboxes to Broboxes, there seems to be a subscription box for just about anything or anyone. While we appreciate the thrill of receiving any package with our name on it, the staff at Urban Agenda Magazine has a proclivity for our Birchboxes. Not only do they give us the chance to try new products, but they also make it feel like it’s our birthday every. single. month. Whether or not you’re ready to gift yourself with this monthly indulgence, Birchbox offers full-sized versions of all their samples online. Here, we outline some of our favorite products from Birchbox. more

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Photo Credit: @baublebar

Modern rings for a modern woman.  

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Because guys deserve to be pampered too.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Spa days shouldn’t be a female-only experience. While treatments like facials and pedicures typically fall into the “female sphere,” men deserve to be primped and primed just as much as the ladies. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make men feel more comfortable about entering a spa that’s likely full of women (and decidedly feminine in its décor or services). Luckily, there are spas that are breaking the barrier with male-friendly treatments. Below, we highlight spas that are making massages macho and putting the “man” in manicure. more

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These iPhone cases have attitude and sass. 

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By Anne Levin

One of the most breathtaking views of Manhattan can be had during a four-minute ride across the East River. In a red capsule suspended 250 feet above the water, a conveyance known as the tram transports passengers from the noise and congestion of the Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island, a surprisingly peaceful expanse less than a mile away. more

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By Anne Levin 

A sleepy swath of the Staten Island waterfront is being targeted to become a major tourist attraction. If planners, investors, and local officials have their way, a 630-foot, state-of-the-art Ferris wheel will soon be looming above the harbor in St. George, luring tourists and locals looking for a new kind of visitor experience. more

Saturday, July 16

A Day Out With Thomas & Friends in Phillipsburg, NJ. Enjoy a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hat, music, jugglers, and more (also on July 17).

Tuesday, July 19

New York’s Public Theatre presents Troilus and Cressida as part of the free Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park (through August 14).

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Become a tourist in your own hometown with these staycation accessories. 

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Outfit your backyard for the perfect 4th of July celebration with these fun products!

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Sport and style come together at this classic British event.

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It’s summertime and the living is easy. 

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Who says ice cubes have to be made of water? Check out these gussied-up cubes that will take your beverage to the next level.

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Add these pastel hues and sherbet shades to your summer wardrobe. 

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Image Credit: Courtesy Thames & Hudson; Art Direction and Design: Alan Aboud & Jo Woolhead, at ABOUD + ABOUD Spread design © 2016 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London

The famed fashion designer swaps suits for cycling in his new book with Thames & Hudson

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Paul Smith is known as the UK’s premiere fashion designer, even getting knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 for his services to British fashion. But in his new book with Thames & Hudson, Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook, you’ll see that Smith’s interests are just as multidimensional as his designs. more

Andre Veloux’s art supports powerful women in society

Pop artist Andre Veloux’s portrait work is on show from June 15 through July 15 at the Bank of Princeton’s Community Gallery in Lambertville. The exhibition titled “Building Blocks of Change” is a gender equality project that explores the way women are viewed by the media and society’s expectations of them. The opening reception is Friday, June 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 10 Bridge Street in Lambertville. more

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Treat Dad with these family events and activities in Northern New Jersey

 12th Annual Washington Borough Car Show

Saturday, June 18, 9am-2pm

44 Washington Avenue (Route 57) Washington (Warren County)

This family-friendly annual event features antique trucks, farm equipment, and classic cars. Aside from the 100+ cars featured at the event, there will be a live DJ, a weekly farmer’s market, and tons of open downtown shops. Tickets are $20 advanced and $25 day of show. more

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Taking industrial design by storm 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Photos Courtesy of Richard Clarkson Studios

Nothing is better than snuggling into your own bed during a thunderstorm: the distant rumbles and flashes of light bring peace and calm when you know you’re safe and sound. Perhaps no one appreciates this feeling more than industrial designer Richard Clarkson, founder of Richard Clarkson Studios and creator of the Cloud, a $3,360 smart lamp that brings thunderstorms into your home.  more

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Brooklyn-based textile designer Elodie Blanchard shares her whimsical work with Urban Agenda Magazine. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Grenoble, France native and innovative designer Elodie Blanchard found her artistic niche in New York City thanks to young love, a visionary eye, and well…curtains. more

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Mana Contemporary Offers Alternate Ways of Viewing Art

By Ilene Dube

Jersey City—sometimes called New York’s sixth borough, or the new Brooklyn—has become a highly desirable place to live, and among its cultural draws is Mana Contemporary, a 35-acre collaborative community bringing together dance, art and music in a sprawling red brick complex that once housed a tobacco warehouse. more

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The pocket square is making a comeback.

This elegant accessory is often worn in bright, contrasting colors to a men’s tie. Urban Agenda Magazine has selected our top pocket square patterns below, which make the perfect gift for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19. more

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Friday, June 3

ALL DAY A Taste of Greece 46th Annual Greek Festival at St. John the Theologian, 353 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly. http://stjohntenafly.org

6-10PM Norwood Carnival, 200 Summit St., Norwood, NJ.

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The perfect set to help little one’s express their creative side, this pack of six finger paints from Djeco come in bright rainbow shades. The non-toxic paints will provide endless fun, ideal for rainy days indoors. more

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Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Report from Rockport, 1940. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection, bequest of Edith Abrahamson Lowenthal, 1991. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

June 10 – September 25, 2016

The Whitney celebrates the forefather of the pop art movement in their upcoming exhibit, “In Full Swing.”

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Get your tickets for this doggone good performance at bergenPAC

This Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. the tickets for Mutts Gone Nuts: Canine Cabaret at bergenPAC will go on sale.   Deemed “A Must See” by the Washington Post, this canine comedy show features athletic, acrobatic, and adorable pooches that went from the shelter to the stage. This energetic performance will be showing at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. more

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The workout program that is full of babes

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

It’s 5 a.m., and you’re five months postpartum, but today is the day you’re going to return to your morning boot camp class. Your fellow a.m. gym goers miss you and your core muscles aren’t getting any stronger sitting on the couch folding onesies. You throw on your sneaks, grab your keys, and… more

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Photo Credit: John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

In honor of John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday anniversary, Urban Agenda Magazine remembers the former President and New Englander’s classic summer style. From white oxford shirts to trainers and aviators, JFK’s impact on men’s fashion continues to endure.

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Welcome summer with these Jersey Shore Instagram accounts

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

It might be a little dreary outside, but that’s not preventing the Jersey Shore from embracing the unofficial start of summer. This weekend, most of our beaches will open and fearless New Jerysians will dive into the Atlantic. Other, less adventurous beach-goers will set up camp along the boardwalk or indulge in some Jersey burgers and beer. No matter how you’re celebrating Memorial Day weekend, these Instagram accounts will surely get you pysched for summer. more