Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Ready Or Not" Exhibit at the Newark Museum

I recently enjoyed a private press tour of Ready Or Not, a new exhibition at the Newark Museum that features the works of 40 NJ-based artists at different points in their careers, varying in practice and style. The curator and organizer of the show, Schlomit Dror, explained the complexities and inspiration behind some of the individual pieces during the tour, as well as gave us an idea of what is coming ahead. Fantastic performances, such as the one of opening night that took place in the 1784 Old stone School House found in the museum's backyard garden. And the upcoming jazz concert happening on July 10th from 3-4:30pm that fuses digital and instrumental sounds for an unique visual experience.
Every Thursday from now through August 7th has a related performance, which are all FREE with the suggested museum admission.
On the final night of the exhibit, September 6th, The NEWARK issue of HYCIDE will launch there, which is super exciting. I almost never miss the HYCIDE launch parties.

Besides all of the fab events surrounding the exhibit, the exhibit itself is really dope! Everything from sculpture to murals to paintings and performances and on-site installations are all included; making it an audio/visual multilevel experience like none I've ever experienced there. 












Get the full calendar of Ready or Not events at Newarkmuseum.org.

So You Wanna Date A Model?



Meet P. 
She's a NJ-based professional model, not an Instagram "model" or a "video vixen" but an employed professional who has been on the cover of best-selling books, in ads throughout Essence and Ebony Magazines and most recently, you can find this hard-working young lady in an episode of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. Due to her busy career, she could use a little help meeting a good guy. 

P:  "I wear many hats. Working on many projects at once keeps me motivated.  For example during the course of the week, I may jump from designing quilts, doing makeup for a photo shoot, writing short stories or publishing beauty articles, auditioning for a commercial, teaching S.A.T. strategies to high school students for a nonprofit organization, appearing on QVC as a model, developing a marketing strategy, writing chapters of my novel, or going to one of my graduate school classes."

Recently I wrote an article for PrincessDominique.com about the rumored dying art of courtship titled "Terina Nicole's Favorite Date Ideas" because dating is alive and well in my life. My friend "P" commented that she has never really had positive dating experiences so I decided to do something about this travesty! 

P isn't looking for perfection. But she would prefer a guy taller than her, with his own mode of transportation, and for him to be well-mannered, polite, and confident in every way. She wants a man who stands by what he believes to be true and maintains his personal values. She says she wants a man that keeps his word, says what he means, and always keeps promises. He’s the kind of guy that brings flowers ("my favorite are orange tiger lilies") and "compliments me on my dress or hair".  This man isn’t overly forward, he takes the time to get to know me, what I like, what makes me smile. He treasures the art of courtship.

If going out for an evening of casual fun on July 24th, 2014 that will cost you nothing (sponsored by The Lifestyles of The Authentic & Creative and The Crop Shop) with a 5'9" 30-something from NJ with no children who is creative, educated and single as a dollar bill sounds good to you, we'd love to hear from you. Email jypsealeathergoods AT gmail dot com with a photo and a description of yourself in 100 words or less for your opportunity to snag your Mrs. Right, or at the minimum just have a fun-filled date with an amazing, young woman.
Due date: July 20th, 2014.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Music: Young Paris

I didn't think I like electronic music, especially not with hip-hop but this track is certified DOPE.


Young Paris, aka Milandou Badila, comes into the music industry like a breath of fresh air. The artist chosen by Arcade Fire’s Kanpe team to perform at their annual fundraising event, is getting coverage for his unique blend of electronic rap with African beats. Raised by a Congolese Father and Afro/American Mother, YP mixes his traditional African background with a swing on contemporary music perfected throughout his upbringing in NY. Milandou Badila and his 9 brothers and sisters come from a family of performing and visual artists. From childhood till present, they continue their tradition in drum & dance ballet “Diata Diata” touring schools and cultural festivals. Father, Le Grande Elombe Badila, was co-founder of the First National Ballet of the Congo, which brought peace to many villages and united them in dance. This unity played an important role in Congo’s independence in the 1960’s. Mother, Pamela Badila, Dancer Emeritus with “Les Grands ballets d’ Afrique Noirs”, joined his father’s company in Paris after touring the Ivory coast with world famous ‘Rose Marie Guiraud’.
A mix of EDM production, Congolese rhythms, and modern hip-hop, Young Paris makes music to unite people through dance. 

My 7 Favorite Date Ideas

Feeling totally dismayed by the fact that dating is dying, according to Glamour magazine, and being a bit of a date fanatic myself, I found it necessary to do my part to inspire others to see the value in dating as a foundation for building strong relationships.
Thanks PrincessDominique.com for inviting me to guest blog! See my post here: http://princessdominique.com/terina-nicoles-7-favorite-date-ideas

What has been YOUR favorite date?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Dear White People..." Hits Theaters on October 7th



Dear White People Concept Trailer from Justin Simien on Vimeo.

A satire about being a Black face in a white place.

Remember when Black movies didn't necessarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn...
Well, believe it or not there was a time when movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn't before. The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE long to bring those days back.
The Sundance hit  has been called..."exploding with thought-provoking questions that are also funny!"
by Vanity Fair and is opening around the country on October 17th.
More info: http://www.dearwhitepeoplemovie.com/

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sick of Men Telling You Smile?

Street harassment lead to artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh to create this video and series of posters called, "Stop Telling Women To Smile." Tatyana is touring the country in 2014, creating new pieces along the way and leading local group discussions about street harassment. Check out the STWTS blog for tour dates.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jypsea Leathergoods at JC Fridays PLUS Etsy Craft Party 2014!

Join us on JC Fridays, a quarterly city-wide celebration of the arts in Jersey City, as the latest work from designer/artist Terina Nicole, founder of Jypsea Leathergoods is presented at Ed's Salvage Co.
Participate in a fab design DIY project and goodie bag giveaway! (while supplies last) in conjunction with Etsy 2014 Craft Party!
Free and open to the public.

June 6th, 6:30-8:30pm at 672 Bergen St., Jersey City

Terina Nicole is a New Jersey City University graduate student, Fashion Institute of Technology alumni and creator of Jypsea – a home & body luxe line of leather goods. The collection’s focus is jewelry, handbags, small leather objects and furnishings. Materials used includes exotic skins, up-cycled finds, wood and metal; with all, she provides an infusion of soul.

See the full art crawl line-up at http://jcfridays.com/


Also, now until midnight on Friday, all of Jypsea Leathergoods earrings are 20% off at the Etsy Shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JypseaOUTLETShop

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fashion Trucks

Joey Wolffer is photographed in the back of her fashion truck, the Styleliner.
Approximately 2 years ago, when a friend was researching starting a gourmet food truck, I proclaimed rather enthusiastically, "Wouldn't be AMAZING to have a Jypsea BOUTIQUE on a food truck?" I truly thought I was on to something new...like uncharted territory. My own little INVENTION...the mobile boutique! So imagine my shock while hanging with a friend in the Meatpacking district last year when I saw the Styliner gracing the streets of NYC. Come to find out, the mobile boutique concept is a booming trend. Who knew? Clearly, there is nothing new under the sun. It's an amazing way to reach new markets, literally moving to where the customers are while cutting down on the overhead costs of renting a store. Brilliant!
Major new outlets have covered this business trend as well, such as CNN and CNBC.
So enjoy the best days of the year (Spring and Summer) while shopping the fashion trucks in your 'hoods.


Emily Benson’s The Fashion Truck
Here are a few haute picks: The Styliner: https://thestyleliner.com/
The Fashion Truck:
http://www.fashiontruck.com
Sneakerbox: http://www.sneakerboxtruck.com/
The YAPA Fashion Truck:
https://www.facebook.com/YAPAFashionTruck
Celebrities Mobile Boutique:
http://www.celebritiesboutiques.com/
Boston-based Sneakerbox

The YAPA Fashion Truck
Harlem-based designer, Nneka Green-Ingram started a accessory fashion line out of a former snack truck.

Get Inspiration from Artist Shantell Martin

The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial art and the everyday experience — conversations, objects and places.

Using her simple trademark – black ink and white surfaces, Martin’s illustrations transform everything from walls, found objects, ceramics, luxury goods, sneakers, and even faces into a visual narrative. Martin’s diverse portfolio illustrates her gift of navigating many worlds. Her commissions at Asia’s ultra-high end department store Lane Crawford and Y&R’s global headquarters were met with the same amount of fanfare as her live talks and drawing demonstrations.

Martin has been featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and her hand-illustrated bedroom walls graced the cover of the New York Times home section in May 2012. Her work has appeared in Creative Review Magazine, and she is still honored to have been named French Glamour’s New York’s “coolest it girl” in 2011. Her latest fashion collaboration with fashion brand Suno was featured in Vogue in August 2013.
ARE YOU YOU, curated by Isissa Komada-John, is a site-specific installation exploring change, flow and identity. This is Shantell Martin’s first solo museum exhibition. (MoCADA)

Check her FRESH here and meet her in person during her stay at MoCADA. She'll even draw on you, if you're nice. :)


Monday, February 24, 2014

Nyah Beauty

Last Thursday, I had he surprise pleasure of dropping into the work studio of La Shonda Tyree's of Nyah Beauty, located in Paterson, New Jersey. La Shonda and I have been online friends for almost a decade but had never met in person. it was so wonderful to finally do so. She was such a warm, generous presence. Plus, my senses got their fill thanks to the scents and visual power of her natural, skin-loving cleasing bars of goodness! What I already knew about Nyah Beauty is that it is a luxurious, artisan soap brand that's been going strong for almost 15 years following the tradition of soapmaking in La Shonda's family. Nyah Beauty has goodies for men, women, children, and pets. Owner, La Shonda Tyree, also offers soapmaking classes.


What I learned since meeting her, is that she is dedicates 10% of her sales to ending the industry of child brides and has done more than talk the talk, she helped with the purchase of equipment needed for the organization to create their own soaps to sell in area hotels so that it could provide the finances needed to save young girls from a dreadful fate, some as young as 7 years of age.

If you need more reason to fall in love with the Nyah Beauty brand, just try any bar. While at her studio, I was chatting with a fashion photographer who has a studio down the hall fromLaShonda's and that brother made it plain. "It changed my life," Stefan said (www.kingboyett.tumblr.com) refering to the Wake Up Call bar.  http://nyahbeauty.com/shop/wake-up-call-natural-soap/

 I grabbed one of those for my own man. Gotta love a serious testimonial! Also, I got the Oatmeal facial bar to switch up my facial cleansing routine. I never, ever, ever use bar soap on my body, let alone my precious ;) face. But,  when I say its super gentle and nourishing, it really is. My face is pleased. Find out for yourself by shopping the Nyah Beauty website or find a retail location near you.
Inside the Nyah Beauty studio

Inside the Nyah Beauty studio
Nyah Beauty signage


http://nyahbeauty.com/

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Style Social in Philadephia



Annually in Philadelphia, the Style Social brings international fashion to buyers, press and consumers in a local market to present collections that might not otherwise be seen.   
Each Style Social also draws fashion, art and design talent from the community to offer local artist and designers an opportunity to present their work alongside international fashion designers.  This year's Style Social and Launch Party, happened on Wed, Faeb 12, 2014 and featured Macy's Fashion Incubator as wwell as fashion designers from Italy, Hungary, Colombia and Franc. It occurred to celebrate the success of the Incubator designers as they launch their collections in the international fashion market.
In a unique setting combining art, fashion, design, with an emphasis on sustainability, the event was hosted by The Transfer Station, an ambitious entrepreneurial project imagined to revitalize the Manayunk neighborhood, with local businesses and restaurants supporting the event with their signature offerings.
The Style Social and Launch Party was a collaboration between Macy’s Fashion Incubator, which is a one-year intensive designers-in-residence business training and ongoing mentorship for selected Philadelphian fashion designers to provide all of the resources they need to launch or grow their companies in the city of Philadelphia; and international showrooms Bel Espirit and Showroom International.  These two Philadelphia-based showrooms carry international ethical fashion designers and well as highlight and support each brand’s ethical principles and global ethical initiatives such as Andes Made, a line of premium alpaca scarves, socks and accessories for me and women .
Andes Made

The event was a combination of a runway fashion show with a complementary display of fine art, accessories, home décor and furniture; much of which was available for sale through the Transfer Station. As an innovation resource center for entrepreneurs located on Main Street in Manayunk, the Transfer Station provides a retail market space, co-working spaces, artist studios, creative labs and tailor-fit solutions to work, create, sell and collaborate with like-minded individuals.

Some of the works of the fashion designers were proudly displayed on the handcrafted furniture from one of the area's finest emerging makers: Don Yacovell. 

"...(my) designs are simple. They are meant to highlight the natural look of the wood, not fancy moldings. I mostly work with local domestic hardwoods such as cherry ,black walnut or maple.I look for wood with "character" cracks ,knots ,holes, and color variation. I like to highlight any marks left behind by the original craftsman when I work with salvaged lumber. Seeing the history in an old piece of lumber just enhances this style of furniture."
Don Yacovella has work for sale at The Transfer Station in Manayunk.
Learn more about Don Yacavella here.


Stay in the loop of what's happening on Philly's style scene by following Bel Esprit showroom in Twitter @bel_esprit.

Monday, February 10, 2014

BLACK DRESS Exhibition Dedicated to Contemporary Black Fashion Designers at PRATT

Tracy Reese
The groundbreaking work of 10 contemporary New York-based black fashion designers, both established and up-and-coming, will be celebrated in Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers, an unprecedented exhibition that recognizes creativity and entrepreneurship in the field. Organized by Pratt Institute Fashion Professor Adrienne Jones, and timed to coincide with Black History Month and New York Fashion Week, the exhibition will include designs by international fashion superstars Tracy Reese, Byron Lars, Omar Salam and Pratt Institute alumnus Jeffrey Banks as well as a fashion-forward video created specifically for the exhibition by renowned artist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems.

Presented by Pratt Manhattan Gallery, located at 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, the free exhibition runs February 7 to April 26, 2014. It will be celebrated with a public opening reception on February 6 from 6–8 PM.

Black Dress opens at a time when black designers, despite their growing influence and success, remain largely underrepresented in the fashion world. In response, the exhibition was envisioned by curator Jones to create broader awareness of the triumphs and accomplishments that contemporary black designers have achieved in the industry. To illustrate this new emergence, the exhibition space at Pratt Manhattan Gallery will be transformed into a series of Madison-Avenue-style store windows that give each designer a distinct spotlight for their work.


LaQuan Smith
Each store window features bold visions from designers who have influenced contemporary fashion around the world – those who have worked and thrived in the industry for decades, and young designers who are coming to the attention of runway audiences, fashion editors, and consumers. Exhibitor Reese is a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and her distinctive designs can be found in both her Tracy Reese and Plenty by Tracy Reese lines. Lars, a pioneering designer and founder of Byron Lars Beauty Mark, was named “Rookie of the Year” by Women’s Wear Daily for his edgy takes on classic American design. Salam is a designer and entrepreneur who founded the Sukeina Fashion House, known for its vivid colors and elegant fabrics. Banks was a protégée of Ralph Lauren and now runs a brand that encompasses menswear, accessories, and home décor.
Stephen Burrows

Byron Lars
Other featured designers are Pratt graduate and former “Project Runway” contestant Samantha Black (Sammy B); celebrated fashion innovator Stephen Burrows; Harlem-based visual artist, designer, and entrepreneur Donna Dove; self-taught Brooklyn designer and former “Project Runway” contestant Epperson; environmentally-conscious designer Michael Jerome Francis; and Queens-based celebrity go-to designer LaQuan Smith.

Ann Lowe

The designers featured in the show draw on a long history of black fashion design in America, which dates back at least as far as the 1860s when Elizabeth Keckley became sole dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln. According to Jones, today’s designs are steeped in the cultural legacies passed down by Keckley and Ann Lowe—who designed Jacqueline Bouvier’s 1953 wedding dress for her marriage to John F. Kennedy—as well as by the tailors and dressmakers who designed and sewed for other politicians, slaveholders, and members of high society in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Jones says the industry’s narrative in America has not included many black names, despite significant contributions on the runways and behind-the-scenes.
“Black designers are emerging on the scene with greater visibility than ever,” said Jones. “Black Dress will highlight the correlation between entrepreneurship, creativity, and locality. These factors work together to create opportunities for designers and their communities to become new destinations where fashion excellence and achievement are measured,” she added.


In conjunction with the exhibition, a panel discussion on the contributions of black designers will be held on March 5 from 6–8 PM in Room 213 at Pratt’s Manhattan campus at 144 West 14th Street. Panelists include Michaela Angela Davis, a former executive fashion, beauty and culture editor at Essence, founding fashion director at Vibe, and advocate for women's and human rights causes; Constance White, who penned the book Style Noir and has been editor in chief at Essence, fashion editor at Elle, and style director at eBay; Harriette Cole, author and former editor of Ebony, Essence, and Uptown magazines; Elaine Welteroth, beauty and health director at Teen Vogue; and Pratt Institute Fashion professor Adrienne Jones. Fashion guru Walter Greene, fashion editorial director of Profiles98 and consultant to Black Dress, will moderate.
(Excerpt from http://www.pratt.edu/calendar/view/black_dress_exhibition_dedicated_to_contemporary_black_fashion_designers_op/)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Art Smith, Premier Modernist African-American Jewelry Designer

Art Smith, born in Cuba in 1917 to Jamaican parents in Cuba. His family settled in Brooklyn in 1920 and Smith showed artistic talent at an early age. Encouraged to apply to art school, he received a scholarship to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. There he was one of only a handful of black students, and his advisors tried to steer him towards architecture, suggesting he might readily find a job in the civil sector of that profession. His lack of proclivity for mathematics eventually forced him to abandon this path, however, and he turned to commercial art and a major in sculpture, training that would prove invaluable.



Trained at Cooper Union, Art Smith opened his first shop on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village in 1946. One of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century, Smith was also an active supporter of black and gay civil rights, an avid jazz enthusiast, and a supporter of early black modern dance groups.
He also took a night course in jewelry making at New York University. That and the friendship with Winifred Mason, a black jewelry designer who became his mentor, set him on the course of his adult artistic life. 
Mason had a small jewelry studio and store in Greenwich Village, and Smith became her full time assistant. He subsequently moved from Brooklyn to the Village’s Bank Street. In 1946 Smith opened his own studio and shop on Cornelia Street in the villag. But after suffering racial violence in this Italian neighborhood, he soon moved to 140 West Fourth Street just 1/2 block from Washington Square Park, the heart of Greenwich Village where as an openly gay black artist he felt more at home. The new store was better located business-wise and socially, and Smith’s career began to take off.

He began to also sell wholesale to boutiques around the country. Also, he became acquainted with some of the city’s leading black artists including writer James Baldwin, composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn, singers Lena Horne and Harry Belfonte, actor Brock Peters, and expressionist painter Charles Sebree. In the early 1960s, Smith received a commission from the NAACP in 19757 to design a brooch for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Inspired by surrealism, biomorphicism, and primitivism, Art Smith’s jewelry is dynamic in its size and form. Although sometimes massive in scale, his jewelry remains lightweight and wearable. 
Visit his long-term installation at the Brooklyn Museum; From The Village to Vogue.  Visit his website to learn more about this legendary artisan/designer.
Art Smith (American, born in Cuba, 1917-1982), fashioned modernist pieces from simple metals that achieved new expressions in shape and form.
Visual resonance can be detected between pieces of Smith’s and the works of artists associated with modernist abstraction,
- See more at: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/object-of-the-day/2014/02/03/art-metal-modernist-jewelry-greenwich-village%E2%80%99s-art-smith?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Cooper-hewittObjectOfTheDay+%28Cooper-Hewitt%27s+Object+of+the+Day%29#sthash.Bap2WqQG.dpuf
Art Smith (American, born in Cuba, 1917-1982), fashioned modernist pieces from simple metals that achieved new expressions in shape and form.
Visual resonance can be detected between pieces of Smith’s and the works of artists associated with modernist abstraction,
- See more at: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/object-of-the-day/2014/02/03/art-metal-modernist-jewelry-greenwich-village%E2%80%99s-art-smith?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Cooper-hewittObjectOfTheDay+%28Cooper-Hewitt%27s+Object+of+the+Day%29#sthash.Bap2WqQG.dpuf

Friday, January 10, 2014

Heidi Lee, Custom Hat Maker

Yesterday, design alchemist Heidi Lee hosted a hatmaking workshop at the Brooklyn Museum. It was a great opportunity to join her to fabricate a hat of your own, or even a fascinator inspired by the awe-inspiring designs of John Paul Gaultier, which are on view currently at the museum. The workshop was $25 and free for members. See the website for details. I'm excited to learn that Lee designed hats for the last Barat Foundation Art Parade, which I attended downtown Newark (my hometown). Nice!



Ambersand hat
Glass hat
Hats for the Art Parade
















Learn more about the work of Heidi Lee.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DIY: Studded Bucket Bag

You already know I design handbags but whenever I see a way to update a bag I already own, especially one of the many I have from thrift shops, I get so excited.
Here's a perfectly easy and fabulous update. Enjoy!

10 Beautifully Simple Ways to Go Greener in the New Year



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When decorating or building a home, don't forget about the walls.
Browse top designers interior portfolios, from high-quality cookware set and decorative dinnerware sets to ideas for remodeling bath and kitchen.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Art In Honor of Nelson Mandela

A man as great as Nelson Mandela inspires so many of us and all in different ways. Here are some of my favorite Nelson Mandela-inspired art and designs:

Table by Dokter & Misses
Portrait by Patrice Murdiano
Mandela-inspired clothing line 46664
Monument by Marco Cianfanelli
The Verster Table: Named after the prison where Mandela was detained.
Lithograph available at NelsonMadelaArt.com



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Mural by Mirky Stapleton
Find more furniture, paintings, and other pieces are art inspired by the late, great world leader at www.welovemandela.com

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Debut of The Brick City Design Market

Every Saturday, in conjunction with THE VINYL SWAP, come shop & mingle with the most talented indie fashion, accessory, and product designers in the tri-state area!
Vintage records spinning. Inspiring art exhibits. Food & libations abound in a chill atmosphere. Networking with the creative community. And SHOPPING the best designers around. Each & every Saturday at Seed Gallery.
Curated by me,  Meca McKinney of  

Jypsea ~Eclectic Handcrafted Leathergoods.

Brick City Design Market
12-6pm at SEED GALLERY
210 Market St. in Newark, NJ.
Free admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/659617510745878/

See you there! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Haute Hangouts on Halsey Street

Halsey Street, without equivocation, is the best street in the city of Newark, NJ. As the land of my birth, I kinda feel like I became an expert on the city since leaving there in the 90s, entering college then the corporate world. I spent years defending the place to outsiders who refused to believe I came from such a "bleak" place and, as a result, I learned more about Newark's rich history.
But I digress! Enough about the city...let's focus on my favorite street there: Halsey Street. Located downtown, it runs parallel to Broad St from Washington Park to Lincoln Park. The enterprises below are on the blocks between Central Avenue (one block in from Washington Park) and Commerce Street.
Halsey is literally around the corner from my favorite Newark gem--the Newark Museum--and has been ahead of the curve in creating a chic, cosmopolitan row of cafes, restaurants, salons and boutiques. One spot more fabulous then the next. And with a Whole Foods opening there soon, Halsey St. will surely see a massive increase of popularity soon.
 Here's the lowdown:

The Coffee Cave:
45 Halsey St.
My go-to place in the area for salmon wraps, Italian sodas and homemade soups. Also known for its house music parties. It keeps strange hours but is usually open in the middle of the day, Monday-Friday.
Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Coffee-Cave/155658297829808 

Elbow Room:
41 Halsey St.
The latest addition to the Halsey St eateries is the Elbow Room which originates from Brooklyn and serves hearty comfort food with macaroni and cheese being the central sticking point. From cheeseburger mac & cheese to lobster mac & cheese, you are bound to found something for any macaroni & cheese lover. And you'll linger playing board games over dessert. 
http://www.elbowroombrooklyn.com


Art Kitchen: 
61 Halsey St.
Known first as Newark Art Supply, which had been around since I was a child, this retailer used to sell art supplies. The Newark Art Supply then later merged with a cafe. Now, the art supplies are gone and the name has since changed to the Art Kitchen. It's has a hipster vibe, pretty decor and serves sweet treats.

www.newarkartkitchen.com
27 Mix:
27 Halsey St.
A cool Southwestern, Asian, and Italian fusion restaurant and bar with a downtown vibe. Exposed brick walls, intimate outdoor seating in the back and delicious bites with  fair prices makes this a MUST-GO Halsey St experience.
http://www.27mix.com/
Luxe Boutique:
83 Halsey St.

Sexy, body-hugging dresses with equally sexy strappy stilettos are what you'll find at Luxe Boutique. If you need a freak 'em dress, this is the place to be! The boutique caters to its clients with fun shopping parties, brunches and other fab events.


https://www.luxenewark.com


Blush Spa & Lounge:
32 Halsey St.
I've never had their services but I have been inside twice. Hip environment with a pretty staff and an impressive list of pampering services.  If you're into faux lashes, the word on the street is that they're the best for lash extensions.
Marco Hall Boutique:
29 Halsey St.
Originally Karma Boutique, which featured the designs of Newark's own internationally-known fashion designer, Marco Hall. On December 7th, 2014, it will re-launch as the Marco Hall Boutique. Marco Hall is a genius at what he does. I had the pleasure of meeting him and watching him drape a new design on a mannequin. In minutes, he had a piece SO BAD, I was astounded. Not only is he extremely talented, but also fast---which is an oxymoron in the design world. He is a prized Newark design star. Can't wait to see the new shop!



St. James & Co.
25 Halsey St.
Finally, something for the fellas! Hi-end eyewear (the owner of shop, Cabral Miller,  is also the co-owner of Newark optometry shop, Elegant Eyes), leather man bags, silk ties, skin care, candles, and all the cosmopolitan urbane man needs to distinguish himself. The vibe is luxurious yet unpretentious there, thanks to the friendliness of the crew.






Other places of interest-
Lenzy's Health Bar:
I never been in but if they have all the natural goodies stated in the signage, I need to make that my next stop. It's been there for ages so it must be doing something right. I've seen quite a few shops open and close on Halsey over the last few years due to lack of support from the locals but this one has stood the test of time.

The Weave Bar:
1212 Raymond Blvd
(973) 733-2881
No, it's not directly on Halsey but just a block away on Raymond Blvd. I'm a natural chick BUT if I ever choose to indulge myself with a weave, trust and believe, this would be where I would do so. The owner is super sweet, the location couldn't be more convenience and the setting is totally chic! 





Enjoy your Halsey St. visit!
Meca xo