By James McPhillips/JayMcPhillips.com

Princeton Reunions is next week, so today we’re tipping our hat to Old Nassau.

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Surprise the college graduate in your life with something fabulous and functional. 

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Photo Credit: Audrey Blake Breheney

“The Parkslope of New Jersey”

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

On the east side of the Watchung Mountains sits Montclair, New Jersey, an unhurried, charming town in Essex County that’s lined with thousand-year-old trees and architecturally significant homes. It boasts six historic districts and 43 locations on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Charles Shultz House, known as the Evergreens. A three-story Victorian mansion built by a respected New York architect in 1896, the home provides unobstructed views of the city skyline, marking the close connection between the suburb and New York City. Many Montclair residents commute to and from Penn Station for work, and with them come metropolitan influences. The small town is home to 39,000 people, seven train stations, two cinemas, a theatre, an art museum, and an endless array of cultural experiences. more

Photo Credit: Pratima Skincare

Elevate your self-care routine with these lovingly made soaps. 

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Fresh and athletic, the slip-on sneaker is the must-have shoe for summer. 

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Meet NJ-Based Cheese Sommelier, Nadine Ryan of Common Lot Restaurant

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

When it comes to selecting cheese, I have two options: extra cheese or extra, extra cheese. As sophisticated as my process sounds, it’s evident that my affinity for cheese clouds my decision-making skills. Fortunately, there are individuals whose job is to guide people like me through the over 650 varieties of cheese, and Nadine Ryan is one of them. more

Photo Credit: @crystalspringsresort

From cruises to 5Ks, Urban Agenda outlines a myriad of events in New Jersey to celebrate Mom.

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Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

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Crocheted Wall Street bull, pic by Olek, NYC, 2010.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Leather, move over.

Furs and leathers are surrounded by controversy for their use of animal skins. They represent the exotic, the risqué, and the fierce. Yarn, on the other hand, comes from goat farms and often suggests homespun domesticity and grandmothers. However, the typically unsexy material is undergoing a revival. Thanks to women who are using the medium in unconventional ways, yarn is becoming a means of personal expression. more

Lisa Moran of Bilancia Designs reminds us that first impressions are everything.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Lisa Moran has mastered the art of a first impression. Through her northern New Jersey event design company, Bilancia Designs, she creates visually impactful decorative pieces that shape a celebration. In addition to crafting topiaries made of jewels or favor boxes adorned with seashells, Moran designs wedding invitations for “the oh so different bride.”  more

Get your glam on at this evening of pampering, food, and entertainment

Calling all ladies! Downtown Somerville is rolling out the red carpet for an evening of entertainment, pampering, shopping and dining at its second annual “Girls’ Night Out” event on Thursday, May 11 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. more

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Get ready for a sun-fueled summer at the Jersey Shore with these fun and stylish products. 

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In honor of Earth Day on April 22, shop these green gifts, which are globally-minded in perspective. 

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The cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. have reached their peak around the Tidal Basin, so why not plan a weekend getaway?

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If you can customize everything from sneakers to candies, why wouldn’t you be able to customize cosmetics?

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

It’s no secret that the millennial generation is obsessed with individualism, and brands have taken notice. With NikeiD, you can customize your kicks, with My M&M’S, you can customize your candy, and with certain beauty brands, you can customize your cosmetics. The cosmetic industry has officially jumped onto the customization bandwagon and we’re not complaining about it. Almost every woman has spent time and money swatching her hand for the foundation or lipstick that matches her complexion. More importantly, almost every woman loves to look and feel unique. Below, Urban Agenda Magazine outlines companies that offer beauty products that are distinctively you. more

Photo Credit: @laurasykora in K-DEER leggings.

Friday, March 31

10:30 to 11 a.m.: Wee Ones Laptime at Westwood Library in Westwood, NJ. Perfect for babies – age 2. Free to attend.

11 a.m.: Yoga class at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ.

7 p.m.: Book signing with Andrew McCarthy at Books & Greetings in Northvale, NJ. McCarthy is an actor, director, and travel writer.  more

Photo Credit: @kendrascott

Oh the possibilities!

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Meet us at the bar – The Kendra Scott Color Bar™, that is. We’ve all spent hours looking for that piece of jewelry we “had in mind,” but with Color Bar, we can get it out of our heads and into our hands. At Kendra Scott, you can build your own necklaces, earrings, rings, or bracelets either online or in store. Play jewelry designer as you select the style, stone, and metal from an array of options. Among the 18 colorful stones are of-the-moment gems like rose quartz and gold and platinum drusy. more

Wines from Bordeaux come to Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit. 

“A wine without a soul is just a beverage.”  Why not take a wine taster’s virtual tour of France, with a special stop in Bordeaux, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Put the ‘Pub’ in Public Garden Wine Tasting? more

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New spring looks and fashion trends from Bloomingdale’s.

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Northern New Jersey Interior and Landscape Designers Share Their Tips on Incorporating Greenery into Your Home.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

The design world is going green. If you haven’t heard, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery. The bright, bold, and earthy hue is in stark contrast to the airy pastels of 2016’s choice(s): Serenity and Rose Quartz. The new color, described by Pantone as a “zesty yellow-green,” is reminiscent of nature, regrowth, and trends in sustainable living. more

“UNTITLED”: This photograph is from Ricardo Barros’s exhibit “Figuring Space.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton on Monday April 3. The event is free and open to the public.

By Doug Wallack

In his most recent work, noted photographer Ricardo Barros tackles the inexpressible — the abstraction that is space itself. Barros will be giving a lecture on his portfolio “Figuring Space” on Monday, April 3 for the Princeton Photography Club at the D&R Greenway. more