Fall at Your Fingertips #Nailedit

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While down at the beach with the family I have been catching up on the fashion magazines. Of all the Fall trend predictions the one that offers real excitement is nails. Have a look at what’s new for Fall 2017.

Color Me Fall

Plum purple, Ever-Green and Burgundy as well as neutrals ranging from chestnut to gunmetal gray

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Relearning French

Soft pink nails with neutral trim give way to asymmetrical dots, lines and embellishments. Pale white trim is changing to deeper colors and special attention is being paid to the cuticle area


Layering for Fall in a New Way

Painting gloss over matte, metal over flat color or dry-brushing one color over another makes for a lot more interest at your fingertips

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All Fingers Are Not Created Equal

Sometimes a girl gets bored with just one nail color- alternating colors or changing just one finger color (or painting just one as a accent) is on trend

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Embellish Your Varnish

Texture, pattern and design go from subtle to in-your-face this year with patterned gloss on matte, intricate design and dangly charms

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Get Cute with Cuticles

The base of your nails gets special attention this year with designs moving to the base of the nail and in some cases onto the finger using temporary cuticle “tattoos”!

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Helping Kids Get Back to School

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backpacksGoing back to school brings back memories of fresh notebooks and pens and shoes that needed breaking in. For many children in our area going back to school is a challenge because their families are struggling to provide the basics.Several Hudson County organizations are holding back-to-school drives for young students whose families may not be able to afford the much-needed supplies.

The Hoboken Family Alliance is Holding its 7th annual school supply drive from now until September 16th.  Their backpack and school supply donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: In Jesus Names Charities, Division of Youth Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project. Two options are available:  1) Pay Pal Donations or 2) Drop off Donations If you choose to drop off donations, they have a drop box at Big Fun Toys who will be selling backpacks and some school supplies as well.

The York Street Project, which benefits economically disadvantaged women and children, is accepting donations for its Back to School Drive until Aug. 25. Supplies needed include backpacks, binders, scissors, crayons, calculators, USB drives and hand sanitizer.

Supplies will be distributed evenly throughout all of the York Street Project’s programs. Those receiving the supplies include toddlers and kindergartners, high school students, and adults attending school. Donations can be dropped off at 89 York St. in Jersey City.

Call Shabree Henry at 201-451-8225 for a complete list of needed supplies.

The National Association of Professional Women’s Hudson County chapter is collecting items for its third annual Back to School Backpack Drive.

In addition to backpacks, the group is also asking for donations of any other school supplies. Donations will be accepted until mid-September and can be dropped off at 493 Jersey Ave. in Jersey City. Before making a drop-off, call Dolores Daniels at 201-839-6799.

WomenRising of Jersey City is holding a personalized backpack drive for Hudson County students until Aug. 25. The non-profit agency is asking for donations of backpacks for specific children, and it will match the backpacks with those children.

Backpacks for the drive are mainly donated by local organizations, but anyone can contribute. On Wednesday United Water gave 20 backpacks. Other participating businesses and organizations include Brown Brothers Harriman, TD Bank, Goddard School of Old Bridge and 2 Cute Mini Spa.

Last year 118 backpacks were collected. The drop-off location is 270 Fairmount Ave. in Jersey City. For information on what types of backpacks to donate, call 201-333-5700.

H.I.G.H.W.A.Y.S. will hold its annual Backpacks for Bayonne Kids Aug. 25-29. Anyone can donate backpacks and supplies to Bayonne children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The organization is asking for those interested to sign up before Aug. 25 and so far, 125 people have agreed to participate.

Those wishing to contribute may drop the items off at H.I.G.H.W.A.Y.S. Thrift Store or Bayonne Community Bank. For more information, call 201-471-2635.

New Restaurants: Eating Cool in JC

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Cool JC Eats

Delights to come from the soon to open Pinwheel Garden Dumpling and Noodle House

With room to grow and slightly lower start-up costs new and established foodies are opening exciting new eateries in Jersey City at about one a week! Here’s a list of new places either just opened or soon to open, offering a wide range of yummy foods and cool atmosphere for eating cool in JC. Mini road trip anyone?

Beat Street is a hip hop homage to the 80’s movie “Beat Street” (“you can never let the street beat you!”) features elevated street snacks like trash can tater tots and sous vide lobster mac and cheese. Located in the refurbished Powerhouse District at Bay & Provost Sts.

Hooked JC located in a mostly converted dive bar in Bergen Lafayette this restaurant features awesome seafood including the creamiest oysters this side of NOLA. Worth the trip for great Po’ Boys and delicious salads. Word to the wise- portions are generous!

Pinwheel Garden  also in Bergen Lafayette located at 318 Communipaw Ave is a brother-run restaurant offering up a variety of hand-made Dumplings, Udon, Ramen, Multigrain Rice and even a Broccoli-Cauliflower “Rice” for those allergic to gluten. I spoke with one of the partners and opening is scheduled for this weekend 8/26!

Hudson Hall is a different kind of smoke house offering smoked meats like house-made pastrami, but additionally feature smashed chicken, fermented veggies, and smoked fish dishes. The restaurant will also be smoking their own cheeses and offer in-house pickling. Executive chef Daniel Hoose — a five-year pit master vet at New York’s famed Dinosaur Bar-B-Que — will head up the kitchen. (opening date mid-August)

Slurp. Sip. Repeat. Ani Ramen at 318 Newark Avenue worked closely with the Sun Noodle company to tested hundreds of combinations of noodles, broth and select ingredients to define the six variations available at their location. Fall will be an excellent time to get your ramen on!

Juice Basin support the shore with Asbury Park based Juice Basin and their line of delicious artisan organic cold-press juices, blended nut mylks, rich smoothies, raw foods and gourmet superfoods. Juice Basin also specializes in Ayurvedic and Athletic juice cleanses. With locations in Asbury Park and Montclair, Jersey City is their next home at 336 Second street. (opening soon) Keep an eye on their Facebook page for opening day.

Just opened July 17th Gringos at 12 Coles Street offers house made corn tortilla tacos stuffed with all natural meats, poultry and seafood that are sustainably raised without hormones or antibiotics.A fun festive atmosphere and on tap cocktails guarantee a fun evening.

Can’t decide what to eat? Lutze Eats is the answer to your weekend brunch prayers. A weekly pop-up featuring 13+ artisanal food purveyors that will run every weekend through October 28th. Located at 3 Second Street, right outside the biergarten on the boardwalk, the market features a variety of vendors including: Chavas – Empanadas  Enfes – Turkish delights Kati Rolls by Canteen – Indian kati rolls meat and veg versions,  Kimchi Grill– Korean Barbecue,  Maroon Sausage -Caribbean-inspired chicken sausages, MozzArepa– Arepas stuffed with cheese and fillings, Raw MKT – poke bowls, Sisig City – Filipino food and for dessert Glazed and Confused mini donuts

Eating Cool in JC