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Get energized with these easy-to-follow tips from a Feng Shui expert.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Whenever I’m feeling rushed in the morning, my house is left in shambles. Clothes are strewn across the bedroom floor, dishes remain on the counter, and the bed stays unmade. Our living space is often a direct reflection of how we’re feeling, and similarly, our surroundings can effect how we feel. This is one of the principles of Feng Shui, a Chinese system of laws for positioning objects in a way that attracts fluidity and harmony in a home. While it is not a quick fix for a chaotic day, a Feng Shui home sets the stage for a calmer and happier you. more

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Personal stylist Erica Ball shares her tips on how to tackle your closet.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

It’s that time of year where people are switching out their summer clothes for their fall and winter essentials. That means clean-out time. Deciding what stays and what goes can be an overwhelming task, so we enlisted the help of Erica Ball, a personal stylist working in New Jersey and New York. If anyone knows the importance of a well-equipped closet, it’s Erica. Before transplanting to Westfield, New Jersey, she worked in Los Angeles styling actors for Pepsi, Nike, and Victoria Secret commercials, along with feature films. Erica has also styled celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Tim Burton, and Michelle Monaghan. more

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Facial hair is sexy, but facial hair for a cause is even sexier.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October brought swarms of pink and female unity, but now that it’s November, things are about to get hairy. This week starts a month-long campaign for both cancer awareness and men’s health by encouraging people to put down the razor. more

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By Anne Levin 

In a video that is part of a series on the New York City Ballet, dancers are asked to name their favorite foods.

“I want grease, and, like, salt,” says corps de ballet member Gretchen Smith, who munches on a chip. “I’ve gotta go with fried chicken, mac and cheese, and curry,” enthuses principal dancer Amar Ramasar. “Cookies, sugar, chocolate,” announces petite principal dancer Megan Fairchild. Retired dancer Jenifer Ringer, who documented her struggles with weight in her autobiography Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, confesses in the video to her passion for ice cream with peanut butter. more

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By Ellen Gilbert 

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it” 

— HILLARY CLINTON TOLD SUPPORTERS WHEN SHE DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, THOUGH, THAT OTHER WOMEN WERE STIRRING THINGS UP QUITE A LONG TIME AGO.

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Perhaps nothing is more representative of  interior designers than their homes and studios.  

Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

In addition to being a personal haven, it acts as a blank canvas for creativity. For our interior  designer photo series, Urban Agenda Magazine got the opportunity to peek inside the homes of some of the areas most respected interior designers. Here, they share their design aesthetic, personal mottos, career highlights, and more. more

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Male-Friendly Spas in Northern NJ & NYC

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Spa days shouldn’t be a female-only experience. Treatments like facials and pedicures often fall into the “female sphere,” but men deserve to be primped and primed just as much as women. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make men feel more comfortable about entering a spa that’s likely to be full of women and decidedly feminine in its décor and amenities. There are, however, spas that are taking the industry into a unisex arena with male-focused services. Below, we highlight salons and spas that are making massages macho and are putting the “man” in manicure. more

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By Stuart Mitchner 

Edmund De Waal’s The Pot Book is the most recent in a long marriage’s succession of birthday, Christmas, and anniversary gifts inspired by my wife’s fondness for all things Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Arts and Crafts, with ceramics at the top of the list. Another book I’ve got my eye on is related to the recent Princeton University Art Museum exhibit Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, which my wife  enthused about after a visit a few months back.  more

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North Jersey and NYC’s K9 companions preview their looks for Halloween

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

You might have seen our post, “Halloween Pet Parades in NJ.” To ensure your pooches are looking extra sharp for the festivities, we enlisted the help of northern NJ and NYC’s most fashionable four-legged companions. Aside from their uncanny ability to sleep all day, eat anything (edible or inedible), and receive endless belly rubs, these dogs know how to work it on Halloween. Although their loyal Instagram followings show that they’re adorable on a daily basis, when these dogs are dressed up…We’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Here, we preview the Halloween costumes for the fierce and fabulous dogs of NJ and NYC.

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In addition to being a registered dietician, exercise psychologist, author of Skinny Living in Fat Genes, and former host of TLC’s Honey We’re Killing the Kids, Dr. Felicia Stoler is a mom. Like the rest of us, she’s often bombarded with tips, tricks, warnings, and advice on how to keep her children healthy. However, unlike most of us, she’s had years of experience providing individual counseling and consulting in nutrition, and continues to do so from her private practice in New Jersey. As both a mother and a health professional, Dr. Stoler has learned to detect what’s worthy of a worry. Below, she makes sure parents aren’t tricked into futile concerns this Halloween.

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What’s cuter than a puppy? A puppy dressed as a pumpkin.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Many pet owners dress their canine companions in sweaters, tutus, and jackets on a regular basis, but Halloween is the time to take it to the next level. Trick-or-treaters shouldn’t be the only ones appreciating your Chihuahua Princess Leia or your Great Dane Harry Potter. This year, show your pet’s costumes off to the masses at one of New Jersey’s Halloween pet parades and other spooky events. more

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Spooky can also be pretty. 

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Functional can be fashion-forward.

Bathrooms may be tiny, but they can make a big impression. As one of the few spaces used everyday by everyone, it should represent a home’s overall aesthetic. Ditch the rules and gussy-up these utilitarian spaces with some bathroom inspiration provided below.

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Crisp fall days match perfectly with plaid prints. 

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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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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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Have your cake, and eat it too…

 

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The retro bomber jacket has been revamped for Fall 2016 with luxurious fabrics and rich autumn tones. 

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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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It’s fall, and with the changing colors and cooler temps comes a change in wardrobe! 

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

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Staircases are often viewed as a purely functional part of a home, but with a little inspiration, they can become its central design element. Companies like Glen Rock Stair Corporation in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey can translate client’s ideas into structurally sound works of art. For over 60 years, Glen Rock’s team of skilled carpenters has been building staircases for commercial and home properties throughout the Tri-state area.  more

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Save up to 60% when you take an extra 20% off a great selection of sale and clearance items.  Total savings: 40-60%. Offer and selection may vary in store.

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Today marks day four of the US Open, where big-name celebrities and tennis fans alike flood to Queens, NY to watch some serious tennis before summer’s close. Here, we outline some interesting facts and figures about the highly anticipated USTA event.

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

As of June 2016, Instagram reached 500 million users. That’s 500 million

iPhone photographers, also known as “iPhoneographers,” sharing their images with the world. In response to these numbers, companies have created photo-editing apps that allow you to manipulate photos in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking to remove a blemish from a selfie or turn your image into a work of art, these apps allow users to separate their photos from the masses. more