Jennifer’s Spring 2019 Trend Report

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Spring 2019 Trend Report

I was fortunate once again to be present for my dear friend Sonia Minetti’s trend report for Spring at Neiman Marcus in Paramus. Coming on the heels of NY Fashion week the show gave us a glimpse at all the hottest trends for the coming months.  

These are the looks to wear in the months to come:

  • Crochet is hot- as an entire garment a or a bit of trim or décor 
  • As predicted by the early Pantone reports the colors for 2019 are Princess Blue- a deep cerulean blue, and Marigold yellow 
  • The 80’s called and the fanny pack or belt bag is making a big return! 
  • Whether it’s silky threads or ropy macrame- fringe is now the edge to choose 
  • Travel in style with cargo pants and other pocket-accented garments 
  • Purses just keep getting bigger and this year the oversized tote carries it all 
  • The slip dress comes back just in time for spring – be sure to embrace the lace as trim or inset
  • Summer boots rock any outfit from skirts and dresses to trousers and shorts- Or choose stunning strappy footwear by Gianvito Rossi 
  • Warm browns like cinnamon and burnt sienna along with any green you choose- earthy Moroccan tones are in 
  • Ruffles and romance- a layering of textures, patterns and fabrics, especially scarves, in many of the outfits indicate the Bohemian look is still with us 
  • Matching suits, white jeans and white shoes (each worn on their own) add sparkle well before Memorial Day 
  • Pant legs continue to be narrow (bootleg or thinner), choose and baring one-shoulder is on-trend for 2019 
  • Pair feminine looks with leather biker jackets or embellished jackets. 
  • The anorak takes over as the lightweight topper of the season 
  • Slides and mules and fun sneakers are all must-haves as the weather warms 
  • Beach style and lounge-type dressing makes poolside and apres-sun activities even more fun  
  • Keep your bling on- Sequins continue to be strong 

What trends will you embrace? 

If you are interested in working Sonia reach out to her at (201) 417-3067‬. What I love about Sonia, apart from her great style and enthusiasm, is the way she can push you gently beyond your comfort zone with regards to your wardrobe choices and the outcome is always very pleasing.

Family Craft: Chinese New Year Dumplings

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Chinese New YearChinese New Year or the Spring Festival begins February 5th and lasts for 10 days. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a craft project that results in dinner! Chinese dumplings are easy to make and are fun for little hands!

For dumplings:
½ lb ground pork, chicken or turkey (for veggie dumplings substitute 2 cups coleslaw mix from the salad section or 1/2 lb chopped shrimp for seafood dumplings)
2 scallions finely sliced
1½ tsp soy sauce
¼ tsp white pepper
½ tsp sesame oil (optional)
1 egg beaten
Package of store-bought square wonton wrappers (usually available next to tofu in most grocery stores)

For dipping sauce:
2 tsp soy sauce
¼ tsp sugar
½ tsp rice wine vinegar (optional)

1. Mix the minced meat with the scallions, soy sauce, white pepper, sesame oil and half of the beaten egg. Reserve the rest of the egg for sealing the dumplings
2. Combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce
3. Arrange several wonton wrappers with corners facing you and place ½ a tablespoon worth of meat mixture in the center of each wrapper. Use a pastry brush or your fingers to brush the edges with the beaten egg. Fold the wrapper in half and form little triangular parcels. Repeat till meat mixture is used up.
4. Steam for 5-6 minutes (do not forget to grease the steamer basket with cooking oil if using a metal steamer). Alternatively, you can cook the dumplings in boiling water which is easier and takes about 3 minutes. If you want more crunch, pan fry the cooked dumplings in a little oil, 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve warm with dipping sauce and watch them disappear

Hidden Romance- Light Up Your Valentine’s Day Close to Home

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Valentine’s Day Dining in Hoboken and JC

Valentine’s Day is a bit far off but I wanted to put together a group of “hidden” places you might not think of for celebrating with your loved one. These are mainly small, intimate spaces, many are BYOB and all of them will take a reservation so what are you waiting for?

Bora is a cozy brick-lined space below stairs on Grove Street offering Portuguese specialties ranging from succulent seafood, well-cooked meats, and perfectly spiced rice, to delectable desserts, and mouthwatering vegetables. There’s no printed menu so be sure to have a look at the chalkboard as you walk in. BYOB

The Oak on Pine is in a little pocket of Jersey City near Liberty Park that is making a name for itself for great eats. Enjoy the Southern-inspired menu, especially anything featuring their transcendent buttermilk fried chicken and hope that someone comes along to play standards on the upright piano. Save room for their house-made desserts- these are big enough to share. BYOB.

Otto Strada in Hoboken will give you the best of old-school Italian with homemade pastas, as well as marinara and carbonara but also try the delicious pizzas and burrata. Huge portions encourage romantic sharing and lips meeting a la Lady and the Tramp over a plate of spaghetti.

Rasoi, located in Little Bombay close to Journal Square is easily the best Indian food to be had in the area. The potato samosas and chicken lollypops (in a wonderful sticky Asian bbq sauce) are great starters. For main courses, any one of your Indian favorites here is sure to please- Saag Paneer, Chicken Tikka Masala and others- all cooked to your preferred level of spice. Full bar available.

If a Carribean vacation is out of reach, head to Harry’s Daughter for a meal that will have you hearing steel drums! Delicious homestyle peri-peri shrimp, oxtail stew and pumpkin rice to name a few. If you like spicy, try the jerk chicken! The charming space offers indoor swings for your Instagram Valentine moment. Full bar available.

On the Zen side try Honshu in the Paulus Hook section of Jersey City- located on the second floor at 95 Greene Street this restaurant offers a wide selection of fresh fish (including sea bream) and unique appetizers like fried baby octopus. Full bar available.

Chef Tan has just opened this month in Jersey City at 558 Washington Boulevard in Newport! If the cold has you craving something with a bit of heat you’ll find a mix of Hunan and Sichuan style dishes here as well as more “Americanized” Chinese dishes. Sichuan dishes — known for their spice and heat — including Szechuan Spicy Tofu, Duck Blood & Stripes in Spicy Sauce, and Fried Chicken in Chongqing Style. While a full bar was incomplete when we visited you should ask when you reserve before bringing your own bottle.

Rumba Cubana in the Pavonia section of Jersey City offers Latin heat home-style with satisfying traditional Cuban cuisine. This family-owned establishment is great for soul-satisfying dishes like Lanchita De Regla (fried sweet plantain stuffed with ground beef and melted cheese) and the Cuban appetizer platter which includes croquetas and empanadas. Full bar available.


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