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4 Pre-Summer Beauty Services We Love


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1. REJUVENATING FACIAL

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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2. INTELLISHADE MATTE ANTI-AGING TINTED MOISTURIZER

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

3. SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT

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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4. EYELASH EXTENSIONS

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.

Courtesy of Dovetail Vintage Rentals

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.

All photos courtesy of the manufacturers.

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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 onekingslane.com.

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

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

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 calicocorners.com.

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


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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 frontgate.com.

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

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

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

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


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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 konmari.com.


WHERE TO DONATE

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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At Madison Boutique, Handbag Heaven Awaits


A myriad of new and gently used investment-worthy designer handbags are available at Opulent Habits’ charming appointment-only showroom. Photo courtesy of Richard Tracy



One step inside Opulent Habits’ 2,000-square-foot showroom in Madison will make any luxury-bag lover weak in the knees. Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci boldly line the pristine glass shelves. More Birkins and Boy Bags than you’ll find anywhere else surround you. This is where barely or never-used designer handbags come in search of new homes. New pieces arrive daily from all over the country.

Springfield resident Darcy Ginsberg Parnes launched this elegant consignment boutique in 2013. A new mother at the time, she was looking for a flexible business to run. After a year, she realized the concept was worthy of a full-time endeavor. “My own purse passion was the inspiration for Opulent Habits, and still is,” she says.

Opulent Habits has grown to an impressive 60,000-plus followers on Instagram (@opulenthabits), where you can stalk your latest obsession through daily posts. In the by-appointment-only showroom, clients receive uninterrupted, one-on-one service. It’s a hands-on experience with the opportunity to inspect and try out the bags—something you can’t do with the national online consignment sites.

Photo courtesy of Richard Tracy

Selection is another benefit. “The iconic Birkin bag that you see on celebrities worldwide is almost impossible to buy unless you are a regular Hermès customer,” says Ginsberg Parnes. “Even then, there can be a yearlong wait, with some of the most popular colors unavailable. For us, we always have multiple options—in various colors and sizes—on display with zero wait time.”

Not sure which Chanel should be your first? No worries. Ginsberg Parnes will help you choose the right design, leather and color for your lifestyle—and educate you on which purses are the best investments.

Opulent Habits can also track down almost any bag you’ve been dreaming of, thanks to Ginsberg Parnes’s network of collectors and connoisseurs.

“One of the most requested personal-shopping pieces is the Chanel So Black Jumbo Classic Flap Bag with matte-black hardware,” she says.

Best of all, if you have your eye on a bag, you can clean out your own closet and consign for money or a handbag upgrade to help finance your new gem. Now that’s a win-win.

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At Umbrella Home Decor, Chic Style Reigns


Umbrella Home Decor Photo courtesy of Umbrella Decor



If you’re on the hunt for 19th-century English, Hollywood Regency or mid-century modern furnishings, you may find what you are looking for at Umbrella Home Decor. The creation of sisters-in-law Fay Sciarra of Lawrenceville and Linda Sciarra of Sergeantsville, Umbrella is a mecca for vintage furniture, art and unusual home accessories.

“We like to mix in offbeat curiosities and love to hear customers tell us that they never know what they’ll find at Umbrella,” Fay says. “Our ever-changing selection is staged to entertain and offer design inspiration.” Fans of flea markets and antique stores, the duo opened their Mercer County retail business in 2009.

Fay, an accomplished assemblage artist, optimized her connections with seasoned antiques dealers after years of buying vintage elements for her artwork. Linda and Fay teamed up with dealers to co-create a home-decor collection and chose the name “Umbrella” because their dealers are committed to the umbrella concept of infusing a showroom with cool, abundant inventory that is not mass-produced.

“We represent the best antiques dealers within 100 miles, and each of our hand-picked dealers has a history of selling antiques for at least 25 years,” adds Linda. “They have diverse expertise and tastes.” With their well-guarded sources and connections, the Umbrella partners consistently offer an eclectic collection of inspired furnishings.

The shop, located 10 minutes from Princeton, features iconic designer pieces by tastemakers such as Tony Duquette, Verner Panton, Mies van der Rohe, Paul Evans, Kelvin LaVerne, Ray Eames and Milo Baughman. Other showroom staples are handcrafted farm tables, as well as tabletops and legs in a variety of styles, sizes and finishes.

Umbrella’s 4,000-square-foot showroom occupies the second floor of Hopewell’s historic Tomato Factory Antiques and Design Center. (Another 20 independent dealers are located on the first floor.) Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Umbrella also sells online at 1stdibs.com and chairish.com, marketplaces for design lovers.

Fay Sciarra and Linda Sciarra Photo courtesy of Umbrella Decor

5 Dealer Tips for Shopping Vintage

Get the best stuff at the best price with these tips from Fay:

1. The most interesting, eclectic interiors mix furnishings of different styles and periods. Before you shop, get ideas from your favorite magazines. 

2. For a home with character, avoid mass-produced items and choose one-of-a-kind and vintage furniture, art, mirrors and found objects. These pieces will elevate everything else in your space, and you might even save money.

3. When buying antiques or mid-century modern furniture, it’s okay to ask for a best price. You can usually get at least 10 percent off any item above $100. 

4. Antiques dealers are used to haggling, so make an offer, but don’t be insulting. (Offering 50 percent of the tag price would be a no-no.)

5. Too busy to drive to a brick-and-mortar shop? Peruse your favorite antiques or vintage dealers online if they sell on 1stdibs.com or chairish.com.

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It’s Personal: Scents With Your Signature





Created by D.S. & Durga, the small-batch perfumery of hip Brooklynites David Seth Moltz and Kavi Ahuja Moltz (a Bergen County native), the aroma of I Don’t Know What is as original as its name. Classified as a fragrance enhancer, this eau de parfum can be layered with any scent to add depth and longevity. Alone, it has an ethereal softness that heightens and enhances your body’s natural aroma, creating an air of je ne sais quoi—hence its name. From $175 at dsanddurga.com.

Molecule 01’s take on scent backpedals from traditional perfumes by allowing Iso E Super, a common base chemical from which many fragrances are built, to stand on its own. This unisex fragrance is characterized by its light, woody notes and pheromone-like qualities as it blends with the wearer’s body chemistry. A whiff from the bottle yields little fragrance, as the eau de toilette is fully realized only when it meets skin. Produced by innovative Berlin perfumer Geza Schoen,  Molecule 01 is a mysterious, enchanting and sensual fragrance, an intimate departure from traditional scents that maintain a predictable profile.  $135 at bloomingdales.com.

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Of Blooms & Bliss: Colly Flowers in Morristown





Photo by Laura Baer

Kori Gervasio, 31, has always had a knack for putting together reflective and personal social events. “I’ve always loved weddings and parties, any kind of celebration,” she says. As early as 12 years old, Gervasio, a Randolph native, could be found poring over Martha Stewart publications. Eventually, she became a graphic designer and ventured into an event-planning business with a friend. “[My partner] did all the planning; I did all the creative things. I found myself directing the florists on arrangements,” she says.

Orchestrating the pretty details was Gervasio’s natural bent, and she wanted to do it in a more hands-on way. Always keen on flowers, though not a gardener, she decided to follow the scent anyway. After a short course at the Flower School of New York, she launched Colly Flowers in November 2017.

The jewel-box shop is filled with fresh florals in imaginative palettes that change weekly. Cut flowers, potted plants, and surprisingly simple yet stunning wreaths that incorporate branches, berries and blooms are among the growing inventory. Just as charming are the gift items.

Photo by Laura Baer

Gervasio handpicks the store’s fanciful trays, delicate jewelry, quirky kitchenware, books, baby items, soaps and candles. “When I travel, I walk through lots of shops. I knew the brands I wanted to carry. I love and use and believe in all of the products I stock,” Gervasio says. All of her goods are American made—and many are by women, she notes.

Running the business is a ton of work, she says, but it was expected. “I did this as a side hustle for so long, it is good to focus on. I love doing so many different things.”

And the shop name? After searching for a moniker that resonated, Gervasio opened a book of vintage prints and saw a vegetable sketch labeled colly flower. It spoke to her, and she followed her instinct.

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