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Garden State Rollergirls’ Fancy Nasty

Bouts. Pivots. Blockers. Jammers.

If these terms ring a bell for you, then you’re probably familiar with the Roller Derby. If not, then get ready to meet your new favorite sport and one of its fancier players: Fancy Nasty.

Fancy Nasty is a part of the Garden State Rollergirls, New Jersey’s premier all-women flat track roller derby league, consisting of about 40 skaters on five teams: two traveling teams (Ironbound Maidens and Brick City Bruisers) and three home teams (Northern Nightmares, Jersey City Bridge and Pummel, and Gateway Grim Reapers).

One of the most well-known and most fun aspects of the Roller Derby is the player’s names. They are often pun-y and always tough. Fancy Nasty, tells #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino that she was inspired by her off-track life as an author to choose a children’s literature inspired name. She went with a derivative of the Fancy Nancy series and became, Fancy Nasty.

Now that you’ve been familiarized with the league and the names, it’s time to brush up on the rules of play. Games, or bouts, are divided into 30-minute periods. Periods consist of jams, which last up to two minutes, where five players from each team battle to earn points: One pivot, one jammer and three blockers.

Jammers score a point for every skater from the opposing team that they can pass two or more times. The Pivot and the Blockers try to make it difficult for the opposing team’s Jammer, while trying to help their own Jammer score.

Of course, this sport has a reputation for being tough and aggressive, but it’s not wholly without rules and regulations. On the contrary, there are very strict rules about the kind of contact that can be made between players.

All of this add up to an hour of non-stop action and family- friendly entertainment! In fact, many of the women of Garden State Rollergirls are moms, themselves.

For their next home game, Saturday May 11, the Ironbound Maidens invite families to come and celebrate Mother’s Day, by watching these empowering women take on the DC Rollergirls. Aside from watching this showdown on wheels, kids will have a change to design some Mother’s Day cards with the women of Garden State Rollergirls.

This all-star face-off takes place at 7:15pm at the Inline Skating Club of America in North Arlington. You can get tickets at the door for $15, but advance tickets are available for $10 at

Be sure to follow these amazing ladies on social media!

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Our April Skater of the Month is truly a wonder woman! With the colorful flowing hair of a mermaid and a serious flare for the fabulous, Fancy Nasty is jamming her way into everyone's hearts this season. Fancy always brings so much to this league, and we don't just mean her dog FLOTUS, our unofficial GSR mascot! She's an excellent listener who always makes those around her feel heard and valued, is generous with her time on and off the track, and genuinely wants to see everyone succeed. She is a great teacher, teammate and friend who'll support anyone at any level. We're so lucky to have her serving off the track as our league's VP and on the track both as this year's Bruisers captain and as a swing skater for the Maidens. Head over to our Facebook page for her FULL Q&A! Name: Fancy Nasty How did you start playing roller derby? I just googled "Roller Derby NJ" and I found Garden State Rollergirls. I was a member of their very first Fresh Meat class!! What’s your favorite thing to do off the track? I am an author of YA fantasy (Mermaids!) so I love all things that inspire my creativity: Reading, painting, movies, crafting and of course, wearing a mermaid tail! #gardenstaterollergirls #skaterofthemonth

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denim days

Denim Days is Back in 2019!

Denim Days, the festival produced by denim industry insiders to connect denim professionals, designers and brands directly to denim consumers, has announced the dates of their three upcoming denim festivals in New York (June 8/9), Nashville (October 5/6) and Amsterdam (October 21-27).

New York Denim Days kicks off the festival calendar with a two-day event at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) on June 8 and 9. As in past seasons, attendees will find a selection of brands, designers, artisans and vintage vendors as well as new activations and interactive installations from denim supply chain members, artists and more. A one-day outdoor vintage denim market on June 9 will shut down 18th street and feature live entertainment, food and activities for the whole family. TENCEL™ branded fibers by Lenzing return as the title sponsor of New York Denim Days.

Nashville Denim Days debuted to much acclaim in 2018 and returns to Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton Street) on October 5 and 6. The festival celebrates not only denim’s heritage and authenticity but also Nashville’s vibrant music scene, which quite literally took center stage at the inaugural Nashville Denim Days. Attendees at the upcoming edition will find a vibrant mix of denim and independent brands, vintage vendors and artisans as well as musical performances by local Nashville musicians and food from a selection of local eateries.

Amsterdam Denim Days – the one that started it all – will celebrate all things indigo with seven days of events, trade shows, activations and parties all over the city. The week-long Amsterdam Denim Days includes industry-only events such as the Kingpins Show Amsterdam, an invitation-only denim sourcing show and Kingpins Transformers, a day-long event promoting sustainability and corporate responsibility in denim, as well as a “City Center” program of in-store sales and parties at participating retailers. Denim Days Amsterdam culminates with the Denim Days Festival set for the last weekend of October.

Denim Days Festival will feature the best denim brands, seminars, installations, vintage treasure hunting, music, food and drinks, workshops and many more to explore.

To purchase tickets go to Denim Days Tickets.

“We have found that the Denim Days concept is the perfect vehicle to celebrate jeans and connect the industry to consumers in a vital and engaging manner,” said Andrew Olah, one of the Denim Days organizers and founder of Kingpins Show. “The idea of creating a space where brands, designers and industry insiders come together to commune, engage in discourse and inspire denim lovers is endlessly interesting to us. Denim Days is platform where consumers can buy a pair of jeans directly from the designer, attend a seminar about sustainability by an industry expert, experience a fun, interactive installation and then get their hands blue indigo dyeing a garment.”

Denim Days Global Schedule:

New York Denim Days
June 8-9: Denim Days Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
Tickets: $7 Pre-sale // $10 door
Students: Free with valid ID

June 9: Denim Days New York – Street Fair,
West 18th Street – between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave.
Free Admission

Nashville Denim Days
October 5-6: Denim Days Nashville
Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton Street
Tickets: $7 Pre-sale // $10 door
Students: Free with valid ID

Amsterdam Denim Days
October 21-27: City Center Program
October 26-27: Denim Days Festival

About Denim Days Festival:
New York Denim Days and Nashville Denim Days are based on Amsterdam Denim Days. The new editions will act as a spotlight on the global denim scene from completely New York and Nashville perspectives – uniting the denim community and consumers, the addicts and aficionados, the brands and buyers, to celebrate its unique denim passion. New York Denim Days and Nashville Denim Days are initiated by House of Denim and organized by Modefabriek in collaboration with Kingpins Show. For more information, visit

New Jersey’s Top Five Cheese Places

Are you ready to melt and go to cheese heaven? If you want cheese you will get cheese when coming to the Grilled Cheese at the Melt Factory in Morristown. When here, you can add cheese to everything! Whether you’re craving a classic grilled cheese or one of their most popular Jersey specials with Taylor ham and American cheese they will be sure to exceed your grilled cheese expectations. Don’t see anything of your flavor? No need to worry, The Melt Factory gives you the freedom to mix and match your favorite cheeses and toppings. Indulge a little and embrace the cheese!

No matter the age we will always love the comfort of a homemade grilled cheese. No need to leave the good times in the past, come and join in on all the cheesy fun at The Heights Bar and Grill in Hasbrouck Heights. You will be greeted with a menu offering you only the best of the best choices of eight different grilled cheeses, two of which include the infamous avocado. When biting down into one of their Bacon Avocado or Pear and Goat cheese grilled cheeses you will feel right at home, with the lights dimmed low, comfortably seated in front of the TV watching the game. To sweeten this deal a little more, they have nightly events hosting half off mixed drinks, three-dollar beers and bring your own mug night!

Famous for being seen on one of the most popular food TV show, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives, The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co. is promised to never disappoint when serving one of their nationally acknowledged grilled cheeses. This hidden gem rests in Sommers Point, New Jersey where the sun shines, water shimmers and cheese oozes when biting into Guy Fieri’s favorite pork belly grilled cheeses. The cheese doesn’t stop there! Sit down and enjoy a traditional or buffalo styled cheese steak. Don’t forget to order a side of fries!

Cheese! Cheese! Cheese! And more cheese! Spending this Sunday with the family or maybe even having a girl’s night? Share a beautiful platter of finely selected and aged cheeses from The Cheese Cave. This Red Bank based store brings you artisan and specialty cheeses from countries famous for their scrumptious, creamy bits of art. Pair these world class cheeses with domestic cured meats, brick oven breads, assorted olives and Vermont crafted jams. These cheese platters are the perfect start to a fun filled night!

Want comfort food but not sure what to order? Check out the Cheezen Truck, they deliver! You will not believe the creativity behind these cheesy delights. Your eyes will widen as you read through their overwhelming combinations of grilled cheeses, giving you options of any cheese, bread, meat, spices, toppings and sauces you can imagine. Feeling stuck in your grilled cheese ways? Create your own grilled cheese and pair it with some of their creamy tomato soup that will leave you cheezen for days. Just go to their website, choose what you want and from there you just simply click “order” and this New Brunswick local truck will deliver to any surrounding area!