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Teacher’s Appreciation at SoJo Spa Club!

Its #TeacherTuesday and SoJo Spa Club has a great deal for teachers going on!

SoJo Spa Club is a Korean Day Spa, drawing inspiration from spa cultures around the world. It is 140,000 square feet full of modern amenities and traditional services spread across multiple floors of indoor and fully winterized outdoor facilities. Their many offerings include a stunning rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Hudson river and Manhattan skyline, seven sauna rooms each with their own benefits (wet, dry, salt, red clay, white clay, charcoal, far‐infrared), nine specialty outdoor pools and baths (170-foot long foot massage path, hydrotherapy pool, and hinoki, carbon‐rich and silk baths), treatments rooms from around the world including halotherapy, ice and ganbanyoku (Japanese hot stone), additional a la carte services from both Korean bathhouse culture (shiatsu, reflexology, Korean body scrubs) and American spas (manicure/pedicure, facials, etc.), an adjacent restaurant and hotel.

 Throughout October and November, SoJo Spa Club is having their Teacher’s Appreciation  fall promotion! SoJo is offering all teachers 10% off Daily Admission. This includes unlimited access for the day to all their pools, baths, and saunas. To redeem, teachers must show valid school ID. Teachers work extremely hard, shaping the minds of our future leaders. Creating lesson plans, grading, mapping out assignments, etc; it gets tough. Teachers deserve deals like this, to help them relax and get away for a bit. 

To all our #HipNJ teachers, make sure you catch this deal while you can! 

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Hoboken Historical Museum’s Annual Masked Ball and Auction

Hey #HipNJ! The Hoboken Historical Museum is hosting a special Masked Ball and Auction on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. This year, the event will be hosted at the W Hoboken with emcee Marci Rubin of News 12 New Jersey.

Guests will enjoy dinner, an open bar, a variety of auction items from Hoboken businesses and an evening of dancing with a live DJ.
Proceeds from the Gala will support the Museum’s exhibitions, education programs, preservation of collections and research, as well as its next exhibit, “Hudson County Then & Now,” which opens January 27, 2019. The interactive exhibit, using a custom augmented reality app designed by Stevens Institute of Technology, will feature hundreds of historical images on postcards from the early 1900s to the 1960s of Hoboken and surrounding towns. With the use of AR technology, visitors will have a unique glimpse into the art, architecture, and development of each city over the last 60 years. There are also educational programs and student lessons plans being developed for each community.

Continuing on the “Then & Now” theme, at the Oct. 26 Gala, the Museum will present a Hoboken Hero Award to an individual who has made a difference in Hoboken community. The Museum will also recognize former trustees of the Museum, honoring those who have helped preserve Hoboken’s vast history through their support of the Museum.

A highlight of the evening will be restauranteur and auctioneer extraordinaire Eugene Flinn hosting our popular Live Auction, featuring coveted experiences, including:
-A summer pass to the Shipyard pool with a view
-One week stay in San Miguel Allende, Mexico
-One week stay at White Face Lodge in Lake Placid, NY
-A year of indoor parking in uptown Hoboken
-A special themed dinner for a party of 10 at Anthony David’s, with wine pairings
-And an overnight stay with dinner at the W Hoboken or Standard Hotel in New York

Expanded Silent Auction
An expanded silent auction this year will include dozens of tempting packages, artworks and gift certificates for local businesses, including tickets to see Tony Award winning “The Band’s Visit” at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway, tickets to a taping of the hit morning talk show “Live with Kelly & Ryan,” and a Hoboken Memorial Day Parade ride for kids on a fire truck.

Smart-phone bidding will make it easy for everyone to compete for these and other donated packages from Prime Cycle, Hudson Table, Cellar 335, Pier 13/NY Harbor Jet Ski, Liberty Science Center, a stay at the Tropicana Atlantic City, a framed print by local artist Ricardo Roig, vintage Hoboken images on canvas…and much more!

Tickets to the Masked Ball Gala are $150 per person.

The event is made possible through the generous support of sponsors including: BCB Community Bank, Bijou Properties, Halstead Properties NJ, Haven Savings Bank, Provident Bank, Strategic Insurance Partners, LA Photo Party and Rhythm in Motion, as well as supporters Cindy Cray, the Schmalzbauer Family, Nancy Lynch and Chris Falkner, and Jim Magenheimer and Terry Pranses.

About the Hoboken Historical Museum
Founded 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.

#HipNJ Interviews Christine Fowler Phillips

#HipNJ recently had the pleasure of interviewing Christine Fowler Phillips about her motivational self-help book.  She details specific suggestions to creating a winning image, along with the importance of having the right attitude and branding yourself.

Christine is a corporate image consultant, public speaker and author.  She is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International, President and Founder of Discover Your Best Self, LLC and was a top sales professional in the pharmaceutical industry for over two decades.

“Branding is simple- it’s who you want to be recognized as or the perception of how others receive you.  It may be a signature, a greeting or something you wear,” Christine said.  “And keep in mind, it’s the good, the bad and the indifferent.  I had a good corporate experience, so it prepared me to be my best self.  You never want to lose yourself within the company, but it’s important to align yourself with them.”

The idea behind the book is to remind executives about the importance of not overlooking corporate etiquette, manners and appropriate business attire.  It’s also a way for college graduates to maximize their potential as they navigate their careers.

“As a business, Discover Your Best Self is a consulting company that hosts workshops, which are based on inward and outward image.  Clients are typically college students through junior executives,” Christine shared.  “We discuss topics including dressing for the job you want, emotional intelligence and bringing your A game every day, inwardly and outwardly.”

The workshops that are offered are beneficial to both men and women.  However, for women, a lot of life becomes consumed with family.  They put themselves on the back burner even though they should be putting themselves first.

“It’s important to take a moment to be self-reflecting because sometimes you need to recalculate so that you can be your best self,” Christine said.  “You have to take time for yourself because it helps build inner confidence, which is not to be confused with arrogance – confidence shines through.”

When going through these discoveries, it’s not always easy to stick with the changes to be your best self.  We asked Christine what her most helpful tip is, and here’s what she had to say:

“If you believe in your brand and that what you’re doing is the best for you, then you have to stick with it.  It’s never too late to change if you believe that’s what you need to do.  You will brand yourself accordingly if you believe in it.”

For more information, please visit Discover Your Best Self.  Christine’s book is available now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.