#SCBDFavorite: Get an ‘exquisite’ color & cut at Xquisite in Hoboken!

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I love living in Bergen County and will be sad when I move back to the Jersey Shore in a few short weeks. Not only am I extremely close to NYC but I’m a quick drive or train ride away from Hoboken. Because of that, I am fortunate to have a salon there that I am loyal to  and only get my haircut there while I’ve lived it up here. It’s Xquisite Color & Cuts located right near the train station on 1st Street.

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The first time I went was actually right before Sandy hit but because it hit I couldn’t exactly write about it right away. Last month I went to the ‘BYOM’ aka Bring Your Own Makeup event they had where I was taught how to do my makeup by one of their makeup artists. I really learned a lot (see picture below) and my makeup looked great! I love that everytime I go there, I have the same hair stylist, Chelly. She does a great job cutting and styling my hair and is also fun to talk to. She also cuts it exactly how I want it, not too long, not too short!

Patricia and I after she showed me how to do my makeup!

Patricia and I after she showed me how to do my makeup!

I’m also happy to announce that Xquisite Color & Cuts will have flyers so you can check it out yourself in our swag bags at the party and of course, will be doing my hair for the night! I can’t wait to surprise you guys with what Chelly does! Xquisite Color & Cuts is open Tuesday-Friday 11AM-8PM and  Saturday from 9AM-7PM!! Make sure you check it out, it’s worth the trip!

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Cheers!

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#SCBDExclusive: Highlights down the #Shore at The Style Room!

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So almost two months ago, I went to get my complimentary hair colored at The Style Room in Brielle, NJ. My hair was colored by one of my former co-worker, who is training to be a colorist there, Nina. I decided to change my usual gold highlights up and get gold and blonde highlights. It was great experience and I’d definitely go back for future haircuts when I’m home. The staff at the salon was so friendly and it was great to meet the owner who was training Nina.

This was also my first experience as a hair model and I’d definitely do it again!

The finished product

The finished product

I also have a salon that I’m loyal to in Hoboken so look out for my post!

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Fraternizing at Fratello’s- Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week (JSRW), where to go, where to go? For those of you not familiar with Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, they have it fall and spring. This past fall event was cancelled due to Sandy’s arrival. Living in Monmouth County, so hard hit by Sandy, I’m always trying to help our local businesses and Restore the Shore. As a writer for Small Chick, Big Deals, I just HAVE to love the offers of $20.13 and $30.13 for 3 course lunches and dinners and the fact that many restaurants and/or chefs choose this time to ‘show off’ a little something special.

Our first choice this year was Fratello’s, 810 The Plaza, Sea Girt, NJ. Since it was JSRW we knew it was a good idea to go early. On a Sunday we got there about 5:45 and there were already 2 tables filled in the front dining/bar area. There is also a back dining room, but I like to see the bartenders in action. We were greeted at the door by a hostess who gave us a choice of seating. We chose a booth on the side. The busboy came and poured water in small goblets and the waitress came shortly after and asked if we wanted something else to drink aside from the water. I asked about their house white wines and she was very knowledgeable. She went through every house white and a little description. I knew then we were in for a fine evening. I chose a Pinot and my companion chose an unsweetened iced tea. She also asked if we were familiar with JSRW, as there is a separate menu. We said we were and had chosen Fratello’s because of its larger selection than many of the other JSRW restaurants. She smiled and agreed.

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While she went to get our drinks, the bus boy appeared and gave us a plate of brushetta. It was yummy, not over garlicky so it set the tone for the food to come. Shortly after, the busboy stopped by again with warm Italian bread and butter, in a covered basket. We ordered our appetizers and entrée at the same time. The waitress said she would ask us for our dessert choices later. (Some JSRW venues ask for your entire meal choices at once). Our appetizers were shrimp angels, which were butterflied shrimp covered with angel hair pasta and a very complementary horseradish and dill sauce, was that cognac in there? The other appetizer was mushrooms stuffed with sausage and fontina cheese and a hearty brown sauce. It is clear they know what they are doing in this kitchen!
In between appetizer and entrée we were asked if we wanted another drink. My companion asked for a 2nd unsweetened iced tea. We were surprised to a charge for refills on our bill. Not many places charge for that today.

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Our appetizers were cleared and our entrees arrived. My companion ordered the Seafood Della Casa. And man, they were not kidding about that fish. Shrimp, scallops and what seemed like unending pieces of lobster. All this served with angel hair pasta and asparagus in another delicious sauce. I had ordered something a little out of my usual choices. It was a veal chop and shrimp dish called Veal Chop and Shrimp Scapreciatta. I was just amazed that a veal chop could be as tender as a veal scallop. And let me tell you it was huge, this was a no skimpy chop and again, rich brown gravy covered it. The shrimp were tender and seasoned well and it was accompanied by seasonal veggies, carrots, zucchini and mashed potatoes. What a wonderful meal!

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Of course, since it’s JSRW there is a dessert to be had. My companion picked the apple cobbler and I chose the chocolate chip cheesecake. Both of these were apparently made on premises. The apple cobbler came warm and was more of an apple cake with a crumb topping. It got a very positive reception from my companion. And I have to say, my chocolate chip cheesecake had to be one of the best cheesecakes I’ve eaten. It came with chocolate syrup and just enough whipped cream.
While there are so many choices during restaurant week, we just might go back to Fratello’s once more before it’s over.

#SCBDExclusive: Spring Trends Luncheon with DailyFashionista.com CEO, Dana Prigge’

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I never thought I’d say this but I’m really getting into fashion lately! This past Saturday, Dana Prigge’, Editor in Chief of Dailyfashionista.com and popular
columnist at Joonbug shared her must-have Spring pieces at Neiman
Marcus in Garden State Plaza and I had the honor of attending.

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Dana at Neiman Marcus

Some of the trends that Dana highlighted were: Florals, Arm
Candy, Flirty Footwear, Colorful Clutches, Retro-sunglasses and
Bowties.

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Dana showing the spring trends

.I learned that pastels are a huge trend for this spring, which is something I am already on top of! Also, high top sneakers are making a come back. Some of my
favorite looks were the DVF wrap-dress, McQueen mirror sunglasses, Rachel Zoe lucite
jewelry, Pop of orange Zanotti cut-out heels, Lavendar Rebecca Minkoff
cross body bag with grommet details, Balenciaga purple purse,Alice and Olivia moto jacket, Ash wedge sneaker, and the AG distressed denim jeans. I definitely plan on purchasing wedges similar to the Ash wedges Dana showed us.

My favorite wedges

My favorite wedges

After eating our delicious salads provided by Neiman Marcus, the luncheon ended with a delicious dessert, banana pudding & cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. We also received a beautiful Neiman Marcus bag filled with perfumes and chocolate by Bellina Chocolate for the event.

If you haven’t heard of Dana, here’s a bit of information about her:

Dana Prigge’, Editor in Chief of Dailyfashionista.com  comes from a family of journalist. Dana is emerging as a resource for various respected media entities and has been quoted in The New York Post, many popular online fashion & media sites, along with being featured as the Style Editor of Swimspot.com, popular Lifestyle Columnist at JoonbugNY and can be found interviewing celebs on the red carpet.She attends some of the most exciting NYC events, sits at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, interviews celebrities & socialites, reports on the hottest trends and attends exclusive charity functions. Ever the enthusiast, Dana created Dailyfashionista.com as a positive web site that celebrates the inherent beauty that is within all of us. Looked to for her daily dose of fashion inspiration, Dana provides inner power and confidence to people everywhere.

Look out for more of my favorite fashion and beauty products!

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Think Spring! Cups Froyo opening in Rockaway, NJ this Thursday!

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One of my favorite froyo companies– CUPS Frozen Yogurt – That’s Hot™, the beach-themed self-serve fro-yo concept, will open its first franchise location at 7 pm on Thursday, March 28 at Rockaway Townsquare, 301 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

From March 28 to March 31, the Rockaway CUPS will donate 15 percent of sales to the Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Also, during the grand opening week, each Rockaway customer will be given a “scratch off” card, which contains prizes such as wristbands, beach balls, water bottles, beach towels and  CUPS coupons. One lucky winner will receive free fro-yo for a year. Susan Witham, the Rockaway CUPS franchisee, is a successful businesswoman and long-time supporter of the Rockaway community.

Since opening the first CUPS in Clifton, New Jersey in 2010, CUPS has taken the Tri-State area by storm, becoming the local hot spot for teenagers and adults alike who make their own fro-yo concoctions choosing from 24 yogurt flavors and over 50 different toppings and three sauces.

The Rockaway CUPS will be open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday and from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, call 973-328-1730 or visit their site, here.

Here’s to more froyo weather!! 😀

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#SCBDFavorite: Quality Italian at Cafe Luna in Old Bridge, NJ!

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As I mentioned in my 10th Ave Burrito piece earlier, I’ve been taking a few short & long trips home this month. On one of my short trips home when I was there for basically a day, my mom decided to take me and her boyfriend out to a late lunch. I was craving a tartare (I still am) and really wanted to go to a nice, restaurant that wasn’t a typical bar. Nick, my mom’s boyfriend suggested we go to Cafe Luna in Old Bridge, since he heard tons of great things about it. I checked out the menu, which looked amazing so we did.

Cafe Luna has a great location and is right off Route 9 North, the dining room is spacious and seats were comfortable.Our waiter greeted us and took our drink order. I ordered the sangria, which was good and had tons of flavor. Since we were hungry we decided to order appetizers, we ordered the bruschetta and calamari (on bottom of pic below).

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The calamari (pictured above) was delicious, not as crispy as I’d prefer but it still had good  flavor and breading. The bruschetta was delicious: fresh tomatoes and onions on big pieces of crostini, it hit the spot. For an entree I got the Filetto di Pomodoro (middle), my mom, Arlene got the Anneletti (left), and her boyfriend Nick got the Linguine Nere (right). We all enjoyed our meals and had some leftovers, but they were pretty filling. I really like that Cafe Luna makes their own pasta, which is a rare find in restaurants in that area.

16510_10151263599230588_586002293_nOf course, our meal would not be complete without dessert. We decided to try their homemade tiramisu which was delicious. It had just enough alcohol flavor in it, and it was so light, one of the lightest I’ve had. Heck, I’d go back just for that with cappucino.

Next, time your in the Monmouth County area and looking for homemade Italian I highly recommend Cafe Luna in Old Bridge, NJ!

Buon Apetito!

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