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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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Make your Thanksgiving gathering even more memorable with these special gifts. 

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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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Sebastian Clarke is a favorite appraiser on TV’s Antiques Roadshow, giving people the good, or bad, news about their treasures.

Sebastian Clarke is the Affable Auctioneer

By Anne Levin

If you attended a charity auction to benefit McCarter Theatre, Trinity Counseling Service, Princeton Charter School, or any number of other organizations in town last spring, you probably encountered Sebastian Clarke. He’s the lanky, personable guy who runs the show, rattling off the numbers and “filler words” to coax bidders higher and higher—but always with a light touch. more

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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”  — George Eliot

By Ellen Gilbert 

Reader advisory:  This article will not provide the last word in what to wear, cook, or how to decorate your house this fall.  It. turns out that there are many, many opinions about what is au courant for every aspect of our lives (all year round, actually).  This may be a disappointment for those needing guidance, but free spirits may consider this conclusion a boon. more

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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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Gift your favorite geek these delightfully nerdy products from Uncommon Goods. Now please excuse us while we purchase that Bubble Wrap Calendar for all of our friends…

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Stay cozy this autumn with these colorful socks. 

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Sterling Silver Mask Ring by Anthony Lent Fine Jewelry

Learn the design inspirations behind the rings in this upcoming exhibit in Lambertville, NJ.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Rings are conversation pieces. Some tell the story of a wedding engagement or a family heirloom, while others tell of a person’s passions, heritage, or sense of style. The pieces in the “Nothing But Rings” exhibit at the Diana Vincent Jewelry Gallery in Lambertville tell a story of design excellence. The exhibition showcases rings created by visionary jewelry designers from Canada to California. Their stunning creations will be on display and available for purchase at the Diana Vincent Contemporary Fine Jewelry Gallery located at 12 North Union Street in Lambertville, New Jersey until December 9.  more

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You’re never too old for a good bath.

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Solar System Bath Bombs Set | Uncommon Goods – $48

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The final frontier in bath bombs, this nine-piece set—eight planets plus the sun—will take earthlings to a galaxy far, far away from the gravity of daily life. Indulge in the effervescence of natural ingredients, including mica, orchids, sandalwood, saffron, and honey — or gift the set to your favorite stargazer. Handmade by Mazzi and Erez Peled in Texas.

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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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Fashion that’s out of this world. 

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Shop the latest trends in Halloween costumes and decorations.

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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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These gorgeous books are full of style and substance.

 

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