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Watch Out for This Sneaky Type of Skin Cancer

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“When patients ask me what to look for in skin cancer, I tell them that pink is the new black because so many harmless-looking pink lesions ultimately turn out to be melanomas,” says Dr. Lauren Cooper of Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Morristown, Mt. Arlington and Bridgewater. “Sometimes we biopsy skin-colored moles and freckles, and even we dermatologists are surprised that they are early skin cancers.”

It’s known as amelanotic melanoma, a serious and often difficult to diagnose type of skin cancer in which the cells do not make melanin or pigment. Because of this lack of color, diagnosis is tricky and is often delayed until the lesion becomes more prominent in an advanced stage.

“We try to identify these types of skin-colored melanomas early. Just as a baby doesn’t look like an adult, an early-stage, pink melanoma doesn’t always fit the typical description of an advanced melanoma,” says Cooper.

So what should skincare-savvy folks be looking for? “Skin cancer can form anywhere, especially on the face,” she says. “We worry about the ugly ducklings—moles, lesions and freckles that are larger than a pencil eraser head and look different than anything else you already have.”

Often these sneaky melanomas can remain flat for a year, unlike the large, ominous melanomas some might expect. Some forms of skin cancer even appear as a subtle smudge, and could be pink, red, brown, black or a combination of colors. But they will typically look unusual and will appear as a new spot on the skin, Cooper adds.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends scheduling an exam with a board-certified skin doc who will examine you from head to toe. An easy way to keep track of your annual appointment is to schedule a review of your birthday suit each year during your birthday month.


  • Apply a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen, at least 50 SPF—on cloudy days, too!
  • Reapply sunscreen when perspiring and when coming out of the water.
  • Wear sunglasses and protective clothing. The bigger the hat, the better.
  • Avoid tanning beds—ultraviolet light can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.

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This Lavallette Shop is Brimming with Laid-Back, Stylish Offerings

House of Lucky owner Patty Sabey fills her shop with boho-inspired apparel, handbags, jewelry and shoes. A sister store featuring gift items opens this summer. Photo by Marla Cohen

Patty Sabey makes no bones about it: She’s lucky. The Toms River native was fortunate enough to grow up spending many summer hours on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. But it wasn’t to eat funnel cake and play Skee Ball. She worked at Lucky Leo’s, the pinball and video arcade her grandfather opened in 1953.

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During college, while on break from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Sabey took a leap of faith. “I got the idea to bring some things from the city and sell them on the boardwalk,” she says. On a whim, she rented a 10-by-10 stand and sold jewelry and purses she’d found in her travels around Manhattan. “I had fun, and it was really well received,” Sabey says. That was 2005. She named her booth Lucky Lady and returned summer after summer, eventually moving to a bigger space. When Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, she had only minor damage, but took some time off. Then, in 2014, Sabey decided to enter the brick-and-mortar world, opening House of Lucky on Grand Central Avenue in Lavallette.

The bright, airy space features beach-inspired clothing, shoes and jewelry, all with a bit of bohemian style. “I provide products that are attainable, stylish, and complement our customers’ easygoing lifestyle,” Sabey says. While House of Lucky offers some popular names like Kendra Scott jewelry, Sabey tends to focus on lesser-known lines. “I’ve really tried to curate a unique selection of boutique brands that you can’t find at the mall or search for online,” she says. A great example is Los Angeles-based Saltwater Luxe, a line that includes carefree dresses, kimonos, rompers and more. “I love West Coast style and am inspired by the down-to-earth vibe that, in a way, echoes life at the Jersey Shore,” Sabey says.

Jewelry is also a mainstay at the shop, “and ours is not expensive,” she says. Gift items such as notecards and candles round out the inventory.

Sabey, who lives in Island Heights with her husband and two young children, certainly lucked out when she found her niche. Now she is expanding to a second, adjacent store at the end of June. The new shop, Salt House, is “more gift-centric and celebrates the good life on the Jersey Shore,” she says. And that’s lucky for the entire Shore.

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7 Foolproof Father’s Day Gifts

1. Cool nights at the Jersey Shore deserve the cottony Baja hoodie sweater; $298 at

2. Dads who are fans of cocktails and cooking will enjoy these hardcover hits; $24.99–$29.99 at

3. Protect his eyes with shades that sport English oak-style frames and vintage blue lenses; $95 at Warby Parker stores in Paramus, Westfield and Hoboken and

4. Designed for swimmers and surfers, Sharkbanz uses patented magnetic technology developed by marine biologists to deter predatory shark species; $84 at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Ship Bottom and

5. Treat the big guy to Dolce & Gabbana’s new summer fragrance, Light Blue Sun Pour Homme; $88 at Macy’s and

6. Adidas Terrex running shoe looks sharp on or off the trail. Other colors available; $100 at

7. Sporty father/son boardshorts are made from recycled fabric. Men’s trunks; $70/kids’ trunks; $45. Men’s shirt; $64/ kids’ shirt; $45 at

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3 Waterside Ensembles to Wear All Summer Long


1. Under the Brim Cheyenne woven fedora by Scala in earthy coral with turquoise and natural wooden beads; $52 at

2. Eye Catcher Subtly squared tortoiseshell sunglasses by Celine; $400 at

3. See Worthy The Cabana Double V swimsuit evokes the ocean with a wavy, ruffled top in a coral-and-turquoise print; $159 at

4. Jean Therapy Simply styled mini-cuff denim shorts are a go-to all season; $29.90 at

5. Better With a Bow Topped off with an ultra-feminine touch, these flat, suede slides elevate any look; $49.99 at


6. Comfortable & Chic Strapless, belted culotte jumpsuit in a navy print; $59 at

7. No Hassle Tassels Add playful glamour with South Isle statement earrings; $49.50 at

8. Personal Shade Kalmia hat by Callanan has a generous visor for sun protection and style; $72 at

9. Bucket List Cowrie shell and chain bucket bag with a ?sturdy fabric lining; $59.90 at

10. Golden Girl Manolo Blahnik’s textured gold flats are day-to-evening ready; $795 at


11. Shoulder On Flirty, asymmetrical Flounce Island Sculpt one-piece swimsuit in sea-inspired teal; $179 at

12. Fall in Line Pair these tailored striped shorts with a dressy top or a simple tank, or throw over a swimsuit; $25.90 at

13. Festive Fringe The Tijeras straw fedora by Scala sports a colorful festoon of tassels; $40 at

14. Into the Blue Round, retro shades by Celine in transparent aqua blue; $430 at

15. Circle Back Playful post earrings with a shiny fringe of gold discs; $5.99 at

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4 Pre-Summer Beauty Services We Love

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For a healthy treatment that gives skin a radiant, natural look, consider a traditional European facial, available at DeAmour Salon in Millburn. Esthetician Renee Rudikh, formerly the lead esthetician at standard-setting Georgette Klinger, says, “An old-school facial, in the style of Helena Rubenstein, will add vibrance to the face, neck and decolletage. Everyone deserves nourishing skincare, especially when the seasons change.” This 90-minute treatment, which helps correct and maintain skin, includes exfoliation, steam, deep cleansing, mask and hydration to promote a clearer, younger-looking complexion.

DeAmour Salon & Spa; 973-379-8300

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Go sheer this summer! Outsmart the signs of aging with just a touch of moisturizing, healthy color. Contains three peptides and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

1.7 oz. tube; $75 at Radiance Med Spa in Verona and the Peer Group in Florham Park


Zap away those nasty little veins behind your knees during lunch hour. Sclerotherapy, a fancy name for this minimally invasive vein treatment, is a bit of medical magic. “Just a few injections can make spider veins vanish for up to a year or more,” says New Jersey Monthly top doctor Michael Ombrellino of the Vein Institute of New Jersey at the Cardiovascular Care Group. Although some experience almost immediate effects, it’s best to have this treatment several weeks before you plan to show off your beach-worthy gams.

Vein Institute of New Jersey; 973-539-6900

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A 60- to 90-minute visit to the new BLVD salon at Neiman Marcus Short Hills can yield a fun, fresh summertime look. Whether you treat yourself to flirty cat-eye lashes, oh-so-subtle eyelash extensions, or something in between, the experts at Pucker can adhere between 80 and 100 synthetic lashes to each eyelid to give you more dazzling peepers. “We take pride in using only the highest quality lashes from Sugarlash,” says beauty technician Erika Gerner. “And to keep your lash extensions lustrous, we recommend having them refilled every two to three weeks.” Pucker also offers top-of-the-line makeup services.

BLVD, Neiman Marcus, Short Hills; 973-847-2583

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An Easy Way to Rent Eclectic Pieces from the Past

Dovetail Vintage owner Nicole Oppelt’s collection of vintage furniture ranges from Queen Anne sofas to weather-worn chests, antique signage and portable bars. Courtesy of Dovetail Vintage Rentals

Nicole Oppelt was already a successful event planner when she bought Dovetail Vintage Rentals last March. “I rented from Dovetail all the time,” she says. When the business was up for sale, Oppelt swooped in.

Owning Dovetail “just felt right,” she says. Red Bank-based Dovetail delivers to most of New Jersey and even hipster-haven Brooklyn, where Oppelt was surprised to find a swarm of eager clients. “New York has rental companies, but they don’t have the exact pieces we have.”

That’s what makes Dovetail work and why Oppelt decided to run a second company rather than let it go under. “The idea of repurposing vintage furniture is really special to me.” But also it’s a serious opportunity for Oppelt and her event clients: Vintage furniture builds next-level character for creative at-home entertaining.

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And while Dovetail does plenty of large-format business (i.e. weddings), their pricing is conducive to smaller-scale rentals. The minimum rental price is $150—enough to cover the cost of a scene-setting peach chaise lounge. Small, theme-reinforcing accents abound at Dovetail, where vintage tea tins are $5, vintage 45s and books come by the stack, and a faded, sea-blue Castaway Trunk is just $50. (Delivery minimum is $500.)

Variety is a strength of Oppelt’s inventory. “We do everything under the sun,” she says. Recent gigs include a Gatsby-syle, speakeasy-themed New Year’s Eve party; farm tables for a Google corporate event; and a travel-themed dinner party that used “a bunch of suitcases” to set the mood.

When Oppelt hits estate sales to expand her inventory (currently 268 unique items and counting), she looks for authentic vintage pieces in decent shape. “Everything has to be in sturdy condition. If the bones of a chair are good, I’ll give it a modern update,” as in the trendy, black-and-white buffalo-check pattern she recently used to reupholster a mango-wood sofa. “That has been really popular,” Oppelt says.

Oppelt anticpates customers’ interest in adding the character of vintage elements to continue. “Vintage makes it more personal, not so cookie-cutter,” she says. “We’re looking into getting a little more eclectic. There’s definitely a market for that.”

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150 Years of One-of-a-Kind Treasures

It’s fitting for a 150-year-old family jewelry business to find its niche buying, selling and repurposing jewelry that is sometimes just as old. “We are the largest estate jewelry dealer in New Jersey,” says Walter Bauman, whose great-great-grandfather started the company as a watchmaker in 1868. Bauman’s estate collection is composed of vintage jewelry as well as modern designs.

“People love the estate section. The quality is fantastic, the pieces are unique, and it’s like a tareasure hunt,” Bauman says. “We sell three times more estate jewelry than new.” These offerings often include pieces from popular designers such as Cartier, David Yurman, Patek Philippe and Van Cleef & Arpels, at discounted prices because they are preowned.

Bauman—who briefly forayed out of the family business to work for Tiffany & Co. as a gemologist “for the experience”—has run the operation with his brother, Russell, since his father’s retirement in 2012. The 40 employees across three stores (West Orange, Boonton and Fairfield) include a stable of five gemologists.

“Our ability to repair and design jewelry sets us apart,” he says. Redesigning and repairing old jewelry and fashioning new designs to customers’ specifications are also significant segments of the business. “All of our jewelers have 20 to 30 years of experience,” Bauman says. “For custom work, customers share their ideas and we create digital 3-D images so they know how it will look. Any kid can sit down with a CAD (computer-aided design) program and design—it’s the execution that makes the difference. It’s about knowing the right questions to ask before you get started. Our guys know what will look good and wear well. It’s about the experience to know what works.”

Estate Tiffany & Co. sterling silver, open-heart necklace; $98.

Twisted gold ring from Gabriel & Co. with .89 carats; $2,925.

Estate Rolex Submariner watch 2006 series in 18K and stainless steel; $8,498.

Charles Garnier sterling silver mesh cuff with cubic zirconias and 18K rose gold finish; $175.

Gabriel & Co. 14K white gold band with 130 carats; $3,180.

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The Wingback Chair is Making a Comeback

1. CLOUD NINE: The Kira accent chair lifts the spirits in luscious lilac linen; $595 at

2. SPREAD YOUR WINGS: The nap-worthy Elba chair offers lots of fabric choices. Prices vary at Jonathan Adler in Short Hills.

3. FLIGHT OF FANCY: Felted floral accent chair brightens any corner; $698 at

4. UP, UP & AWAY: Classic Landon chair gets a bold color update. Choose your fabric at Calico stores in Ridgewood, East Hanover, Short Hills and Princeton or

5. SOFT LANDING: Scandinavian styling makes this Miles Redd customizable wingchair comfy and cozy. Prices vary at

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How to Get Organized: 5 Spring-Cleaning Essentials

1. SIGHT SAVER: The OYOBox Eyewear organizer lets you store all your specs in one secure place; $300 at

2. TREASURE KEEPER: Half-round jewel box in shiny lacquer has three levels of storage and sports a subtle Deco look; $99 at

3. HANG TIGHT: Étagère-style coat rack with wicker bins is slender enough for any entryway; $99 at

4. CLEAR FAVORITE: Spacious, multilevel makeup organizer in clear acrylic makes locating items a snap; $61.97 at

5. OPEN FOR ANYTHING: Versatile and attractive, this handmade catchall basket can be placed in any room; $27.99 at

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Marie Kondo’s Army of Organization Experts

If you’re a neatnik, you might already be a fan of the KonMari method of household tidying. This trend, which was introduced by Japanese home-organization expert Marie Kondo in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and recently sparked buzz on the new Netflix series, “Tidying Up,” has inspired countless pack rats to rid themselves of belongings that do not inspire joy. Bric-a-brac has no home here. (See below for donation resources.)

Around the world, Kondo’s army of certified KonMari consultants is helping the untidy among us to fold T-shirts into tiny squares and organize closet wardrobes by colors of the rainbow.

We caught up with New Jersey’s first bronze-level KonMari-certified consultant, Cassidy Nasello of Montclair, to get the scoop on this phenomenon. To achieve bronze status, Nasello oversaw more than 50 tidying sessions. She is well on her way to silver status, which requires 100 sessions.

“My word-of-mouth business has been very busy since the KonMari method debuted on Netflix in January,” Nasello says. “People naturally attach a lot of emotion to their things, and this makes letting go complicated. As a consultant and neutral person, I encourage clients to keep only things that make them truly happy. Then, looking at each space logically, with fresh eyes, I help clients put things back in a tidy, sustainable way.” KonMari consultants also encourage clients to transform their lives by replacing old shopping habits with healthy habits to achieve long-term goals.

To contact a KonMari tidying professional, visit


Market Street Mission accepts clothing, furniture, housewares, artwork and more.

Goodwill Stores accepts clothing, books, records, bedding and other household items. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters will pick up clothing, accessories, media equipment, housewares and toys.

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