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Photograph by © Nuno Lopes | Location: Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon, Portugal; January 17, 2014

Catch a glimpse of the Supermoon tonight, or you’ll have to wait 86 years to see it again.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Most of us have heard of – and hopefully seen – the Supermoon that’s been illuminating the night sky. A Supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. This usually happens every 14 months, but this month, the moon is the closest its been since 1948, making for a particularly spectacular sight. If you missed it this morning, you’ll still be able to see the awesome happening tonight and tomorrow morning, so keep your eyes to the skies! more

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Delicious additions to any holiday gathering. 

 

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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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“A place where your child can be a small part of something big, and a big part of something small, all at the same time.” – Far Brook School, Short Hills, NJ

On nine acres of wooded property sits the Far Brook School in Short Hills, NJ. For close to thirty years, this small, child-centered community has been providing students with a quality, arts-infused education from preschool through the eighth grade. Fostering intelligence and creativity in its diverse student body, the Far Brook School has prepared its recent graduates for some of the most esteemed private high schools and universities in the nation. 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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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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“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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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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By Taylor Smith 

Many people forgo regular dental checkups due to fear and anxiety. However, Dr. Jerry Strauss of Aesthetic Dental Care in Totowa, NJ specializes in caring for and treating patients with extreme dental anxiety using oral conscious and IV sedation. Aesthetic Dental Care also welcomes patients with special needs, including Alzheimer’s. Whatever the case, the staff at Aesthetic Dental Care is always willing to listen in order to live up to their claim of pain-free dentistry. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

“What grows together goes together.” This adage guides wine rookies and sommeliers alike through the complex art of food and wine pairing. It’s true that foods from a certain area often complement wines from a similar place, but what happens on Thanksgiving when your menu includes edibles from practically everywhere? The rules of food and wine pairing mean nothing when it comes to the eclectic flavors of this holiday feast. To help with this annual conundrum, some of the leading voices from northern New Jersey’s wine scene share their wine selections for this Thanksgiving.

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We’ll admit that any candy beats pencils or scarier yet, apples.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Trick-or-treating is the best, but there are certain candies that can make it the worst. It’s almost guaranteed that items like NECCO Wafers and Good & Plentys end up in the “go to Dad” pile, while Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Starburst are placed in the “hide from Dad” pile. This year, we decided to go Top Chef and find recipes that use unwanted Halloween candy in alternative ways.
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Plan a trip to see these North Jersey exhibits before they close.

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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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Themerrythought.com for the win with this black painted pumpkin and fresh flowers moon.

Put down the knife. These no-carve pumpkins are outshining the Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween.

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Stay cozy this autumn with these colorful socks. 

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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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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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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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You’re never too old for a good bath.

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