Jen

Jen

Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.

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Kate

Kate

Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.

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Tamara

Tamara

By day, Tamara is an editor at a women's magazine, but in her free time, she runs her own fashion blog and helps out with Hoboken Girl. Otherwise, you can catch her ‘gramming like it's her job, checking out the cutest spots to eat and drink and redeeming herself at spin class later. Oh, and if you’re curious about Kylie Lip Kits, she’ll happily show you her collection.

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Briana

Briana

Briana, a born and raised Hoboken girl, has a strong passion for the town she knows and loves so much. She’s seen many changes and embraces both the old and new aspects of Hoboken. When she’s not working at Hoboken Girl as an Editorial Assistant, she’s most likely in her pjs shopping online, eating her way through the Mile Square with her fellow foodie boyfriend, or planning her next cruise or Disney vacation.

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Genna

Genna

Genna moved to Hoboken upon graduating from the University of Tennessee to start her Marketing career at HGTV, and is most currently at The Knot in downtown Manhattan. To Genna, there's nothing better than cheering on UT football, soaking in warm sunny weather on her balcony, and watching starry-skied movies on Pier 13. You may have spotted Genna as a customer associate at Anthropologie ...that is, when she's not doing Hot Yoga or punching bags at CKO! Most days, you can find Genna circling the Mile Square on an early morning run or attempting to justify her shopping habits along Washington Street.

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Michele

Michele

Michele mostly writes about her two favorite things - people and food. Though she’s been a Jersey girl since her mother danced on a chair at a Bruce Springsteen concert while 8-months pregnant, Michele’s life is anything but basic. During the day, she's a payroll specialist for small + local businesses, but on the nights and weekends, she's trying new places to write about and stopping for snacks along the way {so it's a good thing she's a marathoner and soccer player}. Aside from adding to her already extensive collection of throw pillows, Michele enjoys a good beer, nachos, and chillin’ with her kitties, Bo and Samson.

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Nicole

Nicole

Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.

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Lauren

Lauren

Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.

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Jen

Jen

Jen Gonzalez is the owner/founder of Doody Free Girl, a colon hydrotherapy practice in downtown Jersey City. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jen graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a degree in business — but after discovering a passion for health and alternative wellness while working at her family's business, she realized how easy it is to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in today's corporate environment. Now, she works as a colon hydrotherapist and certified nutritional consultant. On Hoboken Girl, she'll be sharing all of the cool vegan/veggie/healthy options there are to discover in Jersey City.

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Jordan and Joelle

Jordan and Joelle

Jordan and Joelle are true Jersey Girls. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, the girls made their "rite of passage" move to Hoboken a few short years after graduating with degrees in Communications from Loyola University. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found walking their yorkie-poo Chica, working out at the best hot yoga studios, or trying out the best restaurants in town. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!

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Stephanie

Stephanie

Steph Osmanski is a freelance blogger and brand consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared on Life & Style, In Touch, Seventeen, Parents, and more. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.

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Gabriella Auriemma

Gabriella Auriemma

Gabriella is Jersey born-and-raised and would not want to change it for the world. She is a student at Montclair State University and loves everything that involves fashion. This summer you can catch her interning at Hoboken Girl during the week, while also enjoying all that the town has to offer on the weekends with friends. Traveling and all things related to art have her heart as well as her obsession with cats. She is super excited to be a part of the team and is ready to make this a summer to remember!

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Janine Repka

Janine Repka

After graduating from Fordham back in 2010, Janine moved to Hoboken with her best friends “just for a year”. Five apartments and almost a decade later, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She’s worked in fundraising and events for nonprofits in healthcare, the arts, and higher education and is excited to bring her passion for giving back to the community to Hoboken Girl Helps. Janine loves a good dance class or run along the Hudson (does the view ever get old?!) but reserves equal if not more space in her heart for Biancamano’s sandwiches, brunch at Elysian, and iced coffee from Bwè. She never says no to a Target run or beach day. When she’s not out and about in the Mile Square, Janine enjoys hosting dinner parties with friends, True Crime podcasts, and prosecco – sometimes all at the same time!

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Kristina

Kristina

Kristina made Hoboken home four years ago after falling in love with its charm, liveliness, and great restaurants and bars. She decided to turn her passion for this city into her full-time career by becoming a real estate partner at Prime Real Estate Group. In her free time, Kristina is involved in the rescue dog community, volunteering for our local animal shelter, Liberty Humane Society, as well as being the Adoption/Foster Coordinator for Wise Animal Rescue. Her mission is to find properties for people and pets because every dog should have a home and every home should have a dog! If you see Kristina out walking her dogs around the Mile Square, stop her to chat about her two favorite things: real estate and rescues!

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Cait

Cait

Cait lived in Weehawken for three years before moving to Jersey City a year ago. Coming from a family of restaurateurs and chefs, Cait loves everything food-related. Her passion lies in connecting and learning about people through food, whether it’s cooking, eating at a local hole-in-the-wall, or serving a meal at a homeless shelter. During the day, Cait is an inventory planner at Macys. At night, you can find her at a new art opening, immersive theater, improv comedy show, or a live music venue.

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Daria

Daria

Daria moved to Hoboken with two of her best friends and considers it to be the best decision she’s ever made. As a total foodie, Daria has made it her mission to try every restaurant in Hoboken, and beyond. Having a Dad as a chef, (imagine three-course meals every night) she says that her love for food is basically in her DNA. At this point, anyone who knows her already understands that they automatically have to offer her a bite (or two) of whatever they’re eating. When she’s not eating or researching the menus of new restaurants, you can find her either running along the waterfront, taking a stroll along Washington St. or working in the city as a publicist.

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Alexandra

Alexandra

Alexandra is no stranger to accessories, as she wears many hats. Currently she is the manager of social media & content for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and previously she has worked as a freelance makeup artist, beauty and lifestyle contributor for Bustle.com, and also has her own website, glowandjoy.com, dedicated to - you guessed it - beauty! A Hoboken resident, she loves taking advantage of the many local perks (read: dogs EVERYWHERE) and proximity to Manhattan. Her idea of relaxing is perusing the aisles of Sephora trying to find the most blinding highlighter, proofreading copy, and stalking pictures of Jon Hamm on Instagram.

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Dr. Meika

Dr. Meika

Meika {or rather Dr. Meika} is an emergency medicine physician turned administrator. She is currently the chief medical officer at CarePoint Health in Hoboken and she loves her job and the patients. When she's not at CarePoint, she dedicates her time and career to help against rape and human trafficking. Though originally from Boston, Meika lives in Hoboken with her husband and their dog Brooklyn. You may see her around town walking the dog, jogging or cycling through the streets, or just walking to work. If she hadn’t become a doctor she would have become a photojournalist with a camera and a backpack traveling to barely seen areas of the world {like Sean Penn in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty}.

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Arielle

Arielle

Arielle, a lifelong Jersey girl, has been “the crafty friend” for as long as anyone can remember. She is always working on something, whether it be a knitting project, a homemade card, or a delicious dinner - because why buy when you can DIY? When she’s not creating something new, Arielle can be found down the shore with her husband, laughing way too hard at her own jokes, reading whatever historical books she can get her hands on, or enjoying a beer or a bourbon with friends!

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Ashley D'Onofrio

Ashley D'Onofrio

Ashley is a thoroughbred Jersey girl who has lived in Hoboken for 7 years. After graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Journalism and Psychology, she pursued a career in the AdTech space. (think banner ads and website analytics) Although hard to say goodbye, she can now be found focusing on full time mom business and contributing to multiple blogs. She is always on the lookout for the next family fun event or mommy & me class. She is hoping her investigative nature will help other #hobokenmoms find fun things to do!

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Michelle

Michelle

Michelle enjoys every minute of calling Hoboken home. You've probably seen her running along the waterfront, guzzling an iced chai at Empire Coffee, or shamelessly indulging in a chicken bacon ranch slice from Napoli's. As an artist, Michelle is always looking for new subjects to draw {follow her latest art projects at www.behance.net/MichelleLupoArtist or on IG @michellelupo}. She has a passion for running marathons and fundraising through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. Michelle will happily chat you up about red wine, weird runner habits, or delicious recipes from her Italian family collection.

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Lauren

Lauren

Lauren, a New Jersey native, is proud to call Hoboken home. An English educator by day, in her free time, you’ll find her stocking up at Hoboken’s farmer’s markets, taking a restorative yoga class, or writing at the Hoboken Library. She loves to eat the season, buying and cooking food that’s fresh and delicious, sharing tasty and unfamiliar options like sorrel, persimmons, and sunchokes with her friends and family.

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Tiffany

Tiffany

Tiffany Piñero is a NJ/NYC-based stylist and author — with a passion that not only revolves around making her clients and brands that she works with look good, but also for style, all things shiny and out her budget, a good dance off, and of course, Beyoncé. She specializes in bringing out the elements that define an aesthetic through personal wardrobe styling, editorial, and business clients. Tiffany aims to open the eyes of her clients to the true beauty that was always there, but just needed professional polishing. Find out more about her at www.TiffanyPineroStyle.com.

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Hoboken Girl Team

Hoboken Girl Team

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Shawn Engel

Shawn Engel

Shawn Engel is an Eclectic Witch and Energy Expert. As a spiritual mentor, entrepreneur, and Tarot reader, it is her life’s purpose to help others with the strength of her intuition and ability to attract open doors. Primarily she works with entrepreneurs to help them in their business, but she continues to work as a life coach, helping women find their spirituality and build a firm foundation on which to build gratitude and abundance. Together, she shifts her client's routine to achieve what success really means to them!She has worked with thousands of women online by performing Tarot readings, leading spell work and manifestation lessons, teaching rituals, and providing business strategies and mindset work. She has been featured in multiple spiritual publications including Spirit Guides magazine and Sabat magazine.

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Jennifer

Jennifer

Ohio born and raised (go Bucks!), Jen moved to Hoboken in 2012 and has been in love with the Mile Square ever since. She enjoys how young and lively it is but absolutely adores its old-school, Italian charm that you have to live here awhile to really appreciate. Market researcher by {work}day and foodie by night, Jen loves all things food: cooking, scoping out new restaurants, trying new cooking classes, finding hidden gems for date night or GNO… you name it! She loves advising her friends and followers where to go and what to cook for any type of occasion. {Follow her on Instagram: @EatUpHoboken!} When she’s not working long hours or crafting her next EatUpHoboken post, Jen can be found at home uptown with her fiancé watching SVU, Netflix, or the Food Network, out in Hoboken, JC, or the West Village, or at the barre.

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Joy Piazza

Joy Piazza

Joy is a proud North Hudson County-ite. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Joy lives in West New York with her husband and her cat, Wrigley, and loves to find great bargains, excellent fitness and wellness options, transit hacks, and, of course, great coffee shops and restaurants in the 'hood. But Joy has a soft spot for Hoboken, since that's where she met her now-husband, at a house party on St. Patrick's Day, and she takes the light rail to the Mile Square as much as she can! Joy also loves listening to disco while running along the Port Imperial waterfront, binge-watching British baking shows and documentaries on the Royal family, singing with her choir in Greenwich Village, or taking a yoga or spinning class.

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Vanessa Checchio

Vanessa Checchio

Vanessa is a fitness gypsy by trade, a writer by degree, a PitBull mama by choice, and a lover of all things coffee just because. She first fell in love with Hoboken when she started teaching Zumba at Work it Out at the Willow location 5 years ago. Fast forward to now and you can find her often traveling from gym to gym ready to teach class at Work it Out, Intrepid gym, or train private clients for her business bachata & barbells, petting any and every dog on the street, or getting hopped up on caffeine at the newest coffee shop in town. When she's not in the gym, she's doing what she can to spread PitBull awareness (she's the co-creator of Pitness in the Park), eating at as many restaurants as she can in Jersey City with her food obsessed fiance, or binge watching SyFy or The Hallmark Channel (depending on the season).

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AshleyC

AshleyC

As a corporate event planner, Ashley's job takes her all over the globe, allowing her the opportunity to incorporate her love of travel into her professional life. She was a Hoboken resident for 8 years before she took a quick 1.5 year intermission to pursue her dream of living in Hawaii and working at a luxury resort. In addition to trying to perfect her shaka, Ashley is usually hanging with her French bulldog Beau (he goes by Beauregard when he's feeling fancy), meeting friends out for a glass of wine, dragging herself out for a run, or working on her travel blog, The Wandering Ash.

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Danielle De Lucia

Danielle De Lucia

Hoboken homeowner and lover of all things local, Danielle made her home in the Mile Square City nearly four years ago. Danielle is a second grade teacher by day; after hours, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a a new recipe or grabbing a bite to eat with her husband and friends. Danielle is the try-er and buyer of all things beauty and loves finding a good deal. Shopping on Washington, interior decorating, and riding her Peloton are just a few of Danielle's favorite things. Oh, and did we mention her undying love for the New York Yankees?

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Tatiana

Tatiana

Tatiana is a born-and-raised Jersey Girl originally from Bergen County, but Hoboken now has her heart. After falling in love with the Mile Square while bartending in town, it was only a matter of time before she called Hoboken home. By day, Tatiana works in sales in NYC and also as a part time real estate agent in both Hoboken and NY. In her spare time she loves petting every single dog that passes by on Washington Street and has become a travel bug, enjoying exploring the amazing cultures and decor found around the world. Starting @HobokenHomes was an idea Tatiana developed recently, and now she finds it allows her to meet so many amazing residents in town and share the hard work they've put into their homes.

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Sabrina

Sabrina

Sabrina Sarabella, M.S. is a clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and fitness instructor in Hoboken. She loves to talk about health and wellness, bake healthy protein treats and help others to be their healthiest self. When she’s not working or working out, you can find her enjoying the beach or grabbing a cocktail and a bite with friends in Hoboken. Sabrina believes that you can be fit and healthy while still enjoying an exciting social life. Health and happiness are her motto.

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Christina G

Christina G

Christina is a born and raised Jersey girl who can never sit still. An event planner with a passion for all things fitness, you can find her taking a spin class or running everything from 5k’s to half marathons. Her love of staying fit and active inspired her to pursue certifications in both Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. When she’s not working, she volunteers with the non-profit organization, Party With Purpose, helping to raise money for numerous children’s organizations in need in the Hoboken and Jersey City area. A lover of the outdoors, she never misses out on a sunny park or beach day and loves planning fun trips and unique things to do with friends and family. She’s a major sweet tooth with an addiction to wine, dark chocolate, shopping, and Bravo reality shows.

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Kate Cummings

Kate Cummings

Kate Cummings of Freestyle Restyle is a local interior designer specializing in affordable design therapy and decorative solutions for home and office, a history nerd, and rescue dog mama to Special Jonesy Brown. When not at her studio in town or walking from end-to-end checking out favorite buildings, you can find her hiking the mountains and howling at the moon in the Catskills region of the Hudson Valley.

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Melissa

Melissa

Melissa Ben-Ishay is a mom, baker, Hoboken resident, and the founder of Baked by Melissa, the New York City-based brand famous for its signature, bite-size cupcakes and treats. Passionate about baking since childhood and with the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a post-dessert guilt trip, she decided to do what she loved and launched Baked by Melissa in 2008 after being fired from her job in advertising. Today, the company operates 14 stores and ships nationwide. Ben-Ishay currently serves as the company’s President and Chief Product Officer. Her first cookbook, Cakes by Melissa, was released in October. She lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter and will be sharing about #momlife in the mile square.

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Jillian

Jillian

Jillian is Hoboken Girl's Social Media Assistant. She's a proud Maryland transplant now feeling at home in Hoboken and soaking up all that the "Garden State" has to offer. Since she was young, she dreamt of working in the big apple, but after making the move discovered that the little square mile of Hoboken was the perfect balance of city living with a small, hometown vibe. Her days are spent completely immersed in social media, be it focusing on the latest HG meme or 'gramming pics of her cat. If anyone has a spare Shar Pei puppy, she will happily take it off your hands.

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John Pagano

John Pagano

John is a Michigan transplant who moved to Hoboken two years ago to work as a Registered Dietitian at a local university. John joined Hoboken Girl to provide evidence based nutrition education and offer a male perspective on the Hoboken and Jersey City locale. Passionate about all things food, John likes to explore what’s up and coming in the Hudson County food scene along with regular visits to the timeless staples. John can be seen with his puppy, Dawson, making his way downtown humming Vanessa Carlton.

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Hoboken Girl Team

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Maggie Joest

Maggie Joest

Maggie, a born-and-raised Jersey girl, is a marketing professional and travel guru with an obsession for finding the best restaurant in town. After graduating from Elon University, Maggie visited Hoboken for the first time…and promptly moved in three months later. When she’s not working with or writing about local people + places, you can find Maggie seeking out the nearest live music, enjoying a cold beer with friends, or hanging out with her nephew, Finn.

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