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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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Tickets are on sale for this family-friendly Halloween event.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Halloween, a time for costumes, candy, and paying to get the wits scared out of you.

We can get behind the costumes and candy, but it’s harder to understand the mass desire to visit haunted houses, fright fests, or the like come Halloween. There’s a good chance that Mike Pollock, executive producer of RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns, is right there with us. His company works year-round to create a family-friendly Halloween show that allows people to ditch the ditch ax-murderers and the headless horseman for 5,000 real pumpkins carved into intricate designs. more

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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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Friday, October 7

10:30 a.m.: “Fly Guy and Other Stories” at the Shea Center for Performing Arts at William Patterson University in Wayne. This sensory-friendly, new musical revue is a compilation of popular children’s books and open only to classes and families with children with autism.

6:30 p.m.: Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at NJPAC in Newark. Monsters make music? Yes, they do, and in wonderful ways, too. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! more

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Shop the latest trends in Halloween costumes and decorations.

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Before the ‘fest ends on October 3, make sure you get your chance to yell, “Prost!” at a local brewery

Saturday, September 17 marked the beginning of Oktoberfest, where millions of people flock to Munich, Germany to consume just about a million liters of beer. As the world’s largest festival of its kind, Oktoberfest is something to experience. While we can’t fund your ticket to Europe, we can provide you a list of seasonal brews in NJ ready to be consumed. Here, North Jersey brewers share their seasonal beers for this fall. more

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Crisp fall days match perfectly with plaid prints. 

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Friday, September 30

6-10PM Nightmare on River Road in New Milford, NJ. A very scary indoor attraction – if you dare (through Sunday, October 2)!

8PM Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia, NJ. Walk the park by lantern and search for escaped dinosaurs (through October 29). more

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Whether you’re a zombie baby or a zombie grandpa, you’re wanted this weekend for Asbury Park’s annual Zombie Walk.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Warning: The 8th Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk is this Saturday, October 1. I say warning, not because the zombies are dangerous. In fact, they’re full of ghoul-gusto and are quite friendly. I say it because last year, I neglected to remember the date of the walk and ended up on a dinner date in Asbury amongst the living dead. However, if you’re feeling corpse-like, get your fake blood ready for this weekend. more

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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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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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Artist Heather Ujiie’s upcoming exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum may be called Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures, but the issues behind it are very human.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

“I’m very interested in the idea of a narrative having a symbolic allegory or story that resonates with some kind of mass human consciousness,” explains Ujiie, an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. “Fairytales, Greek mythology, and many of the world’s religions are all versions of these narratives that are embedded in each culture to unfold and communicate the psychological conflicts we all face. Whether it’s good and evil, a power struggle in politics, or coming to terms with subordinate and dominant issues with a mother and father.” 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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Reserve a table at this celebrated Montclair restaurant

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Modern American restaurant and gastro-lounge Pig & Prince takes the term “Jersey Fresh” to a whole other level. Co-owner and chef, Michael Carrino hails from Nutley and his Montclair restaurant features locally grown ingredients and humanely raised animals from Andover’s Pittenger Farm.  more

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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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It is now easier than ever to learn a new skill through e-learning tools, such as online programming and education. These courses have the ability to improve your lifestyle, health, wellness, and overall quality of life. Sign up today and perhaps you will be fluent in French by this time next year!

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Registered nutritionist and dietician Jane Schwartz eases you into school-lunch-packing season with her nutrition tips for parents and their kids

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

How many times have you looked into your child’s lunch bag to find a piece of fruit left behind? Most kids have no problem finishing their Dunkaroos or fruit snacks, but when it comes to eating health foods, they often transform into picky eaters.  more