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The Hip List: Baby Bag Buys

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo gives you her baby bag essentials every mommy needs!

1. Aiden + Anais Swaddle Bankets + Bibs

Aden +Anais swaddle blankets are made of a breathable fabric, which helps reduce the risk of overheating with a variety of stylish prints. The swaddle blankets come in a set of 4 and are 100% cotton muslin. The baby bibs are also 100% cotton muslin and come in packs of 3. These baby bibs have 3 snaps in the front to ensure easy fastening and a perfect fit. The snap bibs are also adjustable so they grow with your baby and make the perfect toddler bib as well!  Check out Aden + Anais for a variety of colors/styles.

2. Chewbeads

Chewbeads are the perfect gift for a new mommy! This 100% silicone ring with rattle is both safe and fun for a teething baby. They come in 4 different colors and it’s looped shape can easily be tied to a stroller or worn on the wrist so your hands are free!  $14.50, Chewbeads

3. Neckerchew by Cheeky Chompers

These dribble bibs stand out from the rest in that they have a little teething triangle in the corner of the bib! Neckerchew is built to last wash after wash and is completely safe to chew on, being 100% free of phthalates and BPA.  $23.50, Cheeky Chompers

4. Babyganics Baby-Safe World Essentials Kit

This kit has it all. From baby safe, organic shampoo to lotion to dish soap and more, your baby will grow safe and healthy! Babyganic products are created with the most natural plant-based ingredients and have a non-allergenic formula that is naturally gentle on skin and tear free The perfect gift for a new mommy or mommy-to-be! $27.99, Target

5. The Mother Load Collection
The Mother Load Collection includes a set of 5 durable and stylish baby bags labeled with pictures to help mothers stay organized. Each bag is color coded by use and have a stretchy see-through mesh back to accommodate as much as you could possibly need! Even better, the bags are water proof and machine-washable.  $65, Mother Load


The Hip List: Men Merch

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is back with #TheHipList, sharing the perfect gifts for the Garden State’s manly men!

1. Olive & Cocoa Gift Sets

Olive & Cocoa creates unique and well-made gift sets suitable for a variety of interests! From golf to grilling, Olive & Cocoa has something special for your man for any ocassion that will be sure to make his day.  Check out for a variety of prices/sets to choose from!

2. Tat Jacket Daily Maintenance Kit

Have a tattooed man in your life? Get them keeping their tattoos fresh and sharp with the Tat Jacket Daily Maintenance Kit. It contains four 100 ml bottles of products that are cruelty free and vegan and will protect tattoos colors and keep them looking great! $29.99, Tat Jacket

3. O WakaWaka Power+

The WakaWaka Power+ is a durable, lightweight, and compact solar power charger that can charge type of smartphone or small electronic device and can provide up to 150 hours of safe, sustainable light. The WakaWaka can completely charge a smartphone in about 2 hours. $79, O WakaWaka

4. Soft Goat Scruff and Goatee Softener

Perfect for any stylish, scruffy man! The Soft Goat provides a cure to scratchy facial hair that doesn’t involve shaving. These hypoallergenic pads dull sharp edges that trimming and shaving can leave behind. 1 box includes 3 pads, which last up to 2 months each. $11.99, Soft Goat

5. Mission Belt

These belts are not only functional and trendy—but they give back! These leather belts can be worn day to night and are made to be easily customized to create the perfect fit. They also come in a variety of colors and styles, and even have a collegiate and professional sports lines for your man’s favorite team! With every belt purchase a dollar goes to fight hunger and poverty worldwide.Check out for a variety of styles/prices!

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.