Give your bookshelf a face lift with these gorgeous editions of your favorite literary classics.



Thinking about laser hair removal? UA gets all the hairy details about this trendy procedure

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

According to Rebecca Herzig’s 2015 book, Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, “99% of American women have tried laser hair removal, and at least 85% regularly remove hair from their faces, armpits, legs, and bikini lines” (goodreads.com). Additionally, IBISWorld recently reported that hair removal businesses are part of an $11 billion industry. With such staggering numbers, Urban Agenda decided to take a closer look at why so many people are going under the laser instead of the razor. more


Protect your new phone and look stylish with these iPhone cases and accessories. 



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This Spring, fashion designers have a love for nature. Patterns inspired by jeweled insects are streaming down the runway. The best part - all of these looks are completely ready to wear! Simply click on each product image to purchase. more


Svetlana Rabey Untitled #51, 2015 Watercolor on paper 22 in x 30 in $1,500 Courtesy of Sugarlift (Brooklyn, NY)

Where you’ll love the art and the price tags

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Buying art can be among the most intimating shopping experiences. This is especially true for young people who are looking to start-up their own art collection, but aren’t looking to go broke in the process. Luckily, Affordable Art Fair NYC (AAFNYC) is once again making extraordinary pieces of contemporary art accessible to all in their 21st edition of the Fair. Today until April 3, 2016 the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, will house one of NYC’s biggest, and most convivial, art events. more


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Get a final look at the exhibit spotlighting the dynamic trio that changed fashion editorial forever

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Since March 1, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Graduate Studies, together with The Museum at FIT, has been illuminating the 22-year collaboration between Harper Bazaar’s editor-in-chief Carmel Snow, fashion editor Diana Vreeland, and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. more

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“Celebrate” by Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad visits Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. to read from and signs copies of her new book, Celebrate.

From lifestyle and fashion icon Lauren Conrad—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Style and Lauren Conrad Beauty—comes her dazzling and essential guide to entertaining, filled with an inspiring array of lifestyle tips and personal stories. more


Now that spring has arrived, there is no excuse not to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Whether you're running, walking, biking or surfing, exercising outdoors is a great stress reliever. These products will help to track your workouts and progress, allowing you to keep a helpful record and to stay accountable of your daily fitness. Simply click on each product image to purchase.  more

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The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage

Author and illustrator Eric Carle has delighted three generations of readers with his iconic and colorful collage style art. Now, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show" has come to the 47th Street Theatre in New York City for a very special 60-minute performance that is perfect for families and kids of all ages. more


Dress-up your spring wardrobe with dark florals from adidas and L.K. Bennett London. 

Simply click on each product image to purchase! more


The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time

On Thursday, April 7, Bookends Bookstore and The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood welcome actress and bestselling author Cameron Diaz for a discussion of her latest work, The Longevity Book. For $35 per ticket, guests will get to know Diaz through an intimate meet and greet and will also receive a pre-signed hard copy of her book. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the talk begins at noon. Refreshments will be available along with a cash-only bar. The event will take place at 215 West Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. more


This St. Patrick’s Day, let the luck of the Irish influence your fashion and decor selections. Simply click on the images seen below to purchase. 


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The co-owners of Mommybites tell us the things that make them tick as both business women and moms. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Mommybites is the mecca for everything mom-related. Whether you’re looking for a prenatal yoga class in your neighborhood, a tofu veggie bowl recipe, or a sleep solution for your toddler, Mommybites has you covered. In addition to an online community for moms, Mommybites offers free tele-classes, e-articles, one-on-one phone or Skype sessions with parenting experts, a nanny directory, coupon codes, giveaways, and more. (We weren’t exaggerating about the whole mommy mecca thing.) more


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From home decor to clothing, shop the hottest accessories for that special guy in your life. more


The architectural designs of Amale Andraos embrace nature

By Ilene Dube

Getting kids to eat, and like, their vegetables isn’t usually the work of an architect, but for Amale Andraos, who is working on her second design for the Edible Schoolyard Project in New York, there is a connection between designing buildings and “the artistic and aesthetic dimensions of food.” Teaching the next generation about both is a big part of what she does. Named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, Amale Andraos, 42, the new dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, has taught architecture at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and American University in Beirut. more


By Ellen Gilbert

Illustrations by Maira Kalman

That is so not me,” emphatically says writer/illustrator Maira Kalman after being asked if she would please consider being nominated to serve as the next Librarian of Congress.  With the recent retirement of James Billington, who dutifully filled the post for nearly 30 years, one could only hope that someone with some joie de vivre—someone capable of exclaiming, as Kalman once did, “hallelujah for the knowledge and for the honor of Language and Ideas and books”—would come on board. In retrospect it probably was an unfair question. Kalman, whose work will be familiar to many from her regularly featured New Yorker covers, thrives on disorder, randomness, serendipity and lightning flashes of intense pleasure during the course of everyday life; promoting digitization and literacy in a nine-to-five job would probably do her in. more

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Interviews by Lynn Adams Smith

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade and has pledged to gradually increase rates in the future. We invited a group of senior banking executives to answer the same six questions concerning how rate hikes will impact consumers, savers, corporations, and local economic growth. more


Urban Agenda Magazine is continuing the Oscar celebration with a selection of dazzling gold products.

The Oscar gold was spread around last night with Spotlight winning Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay; Leonardo DiCaprio taking home Best Actor for The Revenant; Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander were named best supporting actor and actress, respectively, she for The Danish Girl; and Brie Larson took the best actress prize for Room.

Shop Gold! Simply click on each product image to purchase.  more


The 88th Annual Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, February 28, 2016. The awards ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries. This year's ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre is Los Angeles and is hosted by comedian Chris Rock. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname, Oscar.

As an ode to the prestigious ceremony, Urban Agenda Magazine has selected a series of unique products inspired by the nominees. To purchase, click on each product image.

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There’s a new show on sale this week at bergenPAC: Boz Scaggs-Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8PM; The Rides: Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg-Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11AM at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.

“Lowdown”, “Lido Shuffle”, “Jojo” – these are just a few of the classic hits that have made Boz Scaggs a household name. Fans who have followed his remarkable career dating back to the late 60s with the Steve Miller Band; his solo triumphs with such classic albums as Silk Degrees and Middle Man; and the splendid assurance of late-period high points like Some Change and Dig, instantly recognize Scaggs’ characteristically deft touch as a singer – something that is immediately evident on his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care.  more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Yente’s got nothing on Julianne Cantarella, President and CEO of New Jersey’s Matchmaker.

In addition to her current career as a matchmaker and dating coach, Cantarella is a former social worker that worked with hospice patients dying of cancer or infectious disease prior to working for 12 years as a licensed therapist for those with severe mental illness. Thus, it comes as no surprise that someone with such a big heart has a knack for connecting the hearts of others.

After Cantarella’s three children were born, she had an itch to take her talents in a new direction, and her husband persuaded her to go on a rather spontaneous interview for a matchmaking company. Fast forward to 2016, and Cantarella is making her mark as one of the leading matchmakers in the tri-state area through her service, New Jersey’s Matchmaker, established in 2009. more

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Meet Tata Harper

Tata Harper is the scientist and visionary behind the coveted Tata Harper skincare and beauty line. Originally from Columbia, Harper now resides on a large farm in Vermont with her husband (business partner Henry Harper) and their three children. Her interest in all natural skincare began when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer. During his treatment, Harper was determined to find products that were free of synthetic-chemical ingredients. She searched at Whole Foods and other stores, but could not find exactly what she was looking for. more


Celebrate man's best friend. 

Urban Agenda Magazine has hand-selected our favorite gifts for dog lovers. Check out the many Scottish terrier, French bulldog, and Labrador Retriever motifs in the form of clothing, accessories, and home decor. Simply click on each product image to purchase!


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Valentine’s Day is often associated with flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears; however, this year, Urban Agenda Magazine is offering up a few new options. These gifts are suitable for all ages, male and female, young and old. To purchase, simply click each product image.


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By Taylor Smith 

Are you ready to work miracles?

Author and public speaker Gabrielle Bernstein thinks she can help. With May Cause Miracles, Bernstein offers a 40-day guide to creating subtle shifts in one’s life. Bernstein tackles roadblocks like self-image, compassion, fear, forgiveness, and risk taking. Her approach is youthful and fresh. She cites her corresponding iTunes app and web videos, as an additional resource.

Named “a next generation thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey, Bernstein is a New York Times bestselling author and regularly appears on The Dr. Oz Show. She is also the founder of HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower, and connect. more


Snowed in?

Send the one you love something sweet for Valentine’s Day! From the perfect cup of coffee to a festive box of Cadbury chocolates, these gourmet delights and comforting gifts are sure to warm the heart. Simply click on each product image to purchase. more

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As the expression goes, “new year, new you,” but when we think of somehow improving ourselves in 2016, thoughts of bland diets, expensive gym memberships, or time-consuming journaling come to mind. Not that we don’t appreciate some healthy lifestyle changes and self-reflection this year, but Urban Agenda figured it was time to make 2016’s resolutions a little more exciting. In order to find simple and effective ways to feel renewed this year, we turned to the experts at Muah Makeup & Lash Bar in Westwood, New Jersey. Through their intimate one-on-one makeup services and lessons, the Muah Makeup & Lash Bar team empowers the everyday woman to look and feel beautiful. more

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Meet the Astro Twins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut are professional astrologers whose uncanny predictions have reached millions worldwide. Through their website, AstroStyle.com, Ophira and Tali “bring the stars down to earth” with daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly horoscopes. Their unique style emphasizes a lifestyle-based approach to astrology. The sisters also have many celebrity clients and have appeared on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of New Jerseymore


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Learn how this Hollywood royalty created her own line of expressive wines

By Taylor Smith

Drew Barrymore might be described as a “life enthusiast.” The famous actress balances being a wife, mother of two, filmmaker, author, bosswoman (in the best sense of the word), and beauty mogul with her new passion - wine. As she puts it, “memories are made around the table.”

A fan of fruity white wines, Drew has entered into a collaboration with Carmel Road, a family-owned company that has deep roots in California. Carmel Road focuses on expressive wines with unique personalities, and they bring that same spirit to Barrymore Pinot Grigio. Carmel Road Winemaker Kris Kato worked closely with Drew to create a unique flavor profile that is winning rave reviews amongst wine enthusiasts. The 2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio is bright and crisp with flavors of lemon drop, Asian pear, and honeydew melon. The wine pairs well with a multitude of food, from gnocchi to Caprese salad. more