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Michelle Foti’s Boutique Faves

As you open the door and step inside, you enter a state of euphoria. You kindly dismiss the employee working the floor as you head over to rack one before you glide over to the next, hearts shining in your eyes the entire time. For the shopping experience that makes you feel like Gisele Bündchen cascading down the catwalk, the black belt shopper knows to ditch the mall and head for local Jersey boutiques!

Unlike any franchise store like Forever Twenty-One or H&M, boutiques cater to a particular style. Once you identify the boutique that vibes with your fashionista instincts, it will be a match made in fashion heaven.

Here are some of my favorite Jersey boutiques:

Once Upon A Skirt
850 Route 3
Clifton, NJ

Once Upon A Skirt is the one stop shop for the ultimate Jersey girl! With daring and bold picks lining the racks, this boutique will allow for a fairytale shopping experience. High leg slits, plunging necklines, and open-back garments are just a sneak peek to what they have to offer.

That Little Black Dress
179 Glenridge Ave
Montclair, NJ

“Romantically edgy,” is the mantra of That Little Black Dress. As you may have guessed little black dresses are among the many bold prints and patterns they merchandize. From flare skirts to two piece sets to the palazzo pant ThatLBD is the place to go! And their accessories are fabulous!

Gypsy Warrior
125 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ

If your style is fearless and flirty with a dominant edge, you are most definitely a Gypsy Warrior! This trend haven has a dark color scheme and a grunge vibe with looks that are totally feminine. Patterned skirts and shorts, awesome graphic tees, and turquoise jewels…you should probably head over to their location like now!

Island Gypsy
504 Grand Central Ave
Lavallette, NJ

If you’re a gypsy at heart and your heart belongs to the sea, Island Gypsy is your boutique match. An Island Gypsy wardrobe will make you feel like life is a beach and you’re just styling in it. For looks that look effortless, fresh, and nautical shop Island Gypsy!

D. Monaco Designs
640 Arnold Ave
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

The style compass now points north down the beach to Point Pleasant Beach, it’s D. Monaco Designs. With lasting nautical feels, they showcase softer hues with cutesy and conservative cuts for elegant garments. D. Monaco screams sweet!

Happy shopping, boutique beauties!

boutiqueMichelle Foti is a junior journalism major at Seton Hall University where she is also the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the university newspaper “The Setonian.” Michelle has appeared on SHU’s TV station as a Pirate News anchor and as the host of SHUdent Style Watch, a show she created. She also writes for Seton Hall’s chapter of Her Campus. Michelle is a fashion enthusiast and an aspiring broadcast journalist.


The Hip List: Travel Essentials

The summer equals lots of travel! Check out #HipNJ’s Maria Falzo’s vacay essentials here:

1. Neck & Back Cradle
A must have for comfort on the go! The Neck & Back Cradle by creates infinitely adjustable comfort from firm, medium, to ultra soft and is naturally contoured to perfectly match your body shape. It’s compact and completely washable and dryer friendly so it can be brought from a plane to a beach! $24.95, Amazon

2. Foot Cardigan
Treat your guy to a sock delivery each month! These unique socks are perfect to spice up any outfit at the office and guarantee an instant conversation starter. With crazy prints and patterns, your guy will definitely appreciate a foot cardigan delivery. Don’t forget to subscribe your kids too! $9/month, Foot Cardigan

3. Go Sleep Mask
Take one of the hottest trends in LA to the garden state! The GoSleep mask is 100% made in America and is durable, lightweight, comfortable, and washable. This GoSleep mask can withstand plenty of trips and makes sleeping while traveling a breeze. $38, AviatorUSA


The Hip List: Mommy Must Haves

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo gives mommies some tips and tricks to feeling your best before, during, and after pregnancy! Check out her “Mommy Must Haves” here:

Cake Lingerie- Set of Four Panties
These ultra-soft cotton panties are both comfortable and sexy for any mommy-to-be! They are cut to sit slightly below the tummy but provide full coverage and narrow lace leg for discretion under clothing. They come in sets of four in neutrals and bright colors! $39,

Cake Lingerie Seamless Maternity Nursing Bra
This nursing bra is functional for any mommy before, during, or after nursing. It has a razor back for full support and comfort and contains a side sling for discreet feeding and shape. In addition to nude, it also comes in a variety of colors and also has a matching panty available! $53,

Premama provides drinkable prenatal vitamins for complete maternity wellness. Premama contains 14 essential vitamins and minerals for a mommy-to-be during pregnancy and is perfect for mixing with a morning smoothie! Premama is gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and also is known to calm nausea and morning sickness. $28.55, Amazon

Hourglass Angel Waist Cincher
The Hourglass Angel Waist Cincher by Amia is exactly what you need to get your body back in shape post-pregnancy. It’s made of power latex and flexi-boning for firm compression with flexibility and comfort and uses hook-and-eye closures for precision fit. In addition, it’s guaranteed to visible decreases your waist 1-4 inches for a more firmed and flattened midsection! $54, Hourglass Angel