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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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 is Hoboken Girl’s Managing Editor. 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. When not working in cosmetic design and marketing, Michele can be found eating her way around the Mile Square and JC, so it’s a good thing she's also a marathoner and soccer player. Aside from adding to her already extensive collection of throw pillows, Michele enjoys a good beer, a chai tea latte, and chillin’ with her kitties, Bo and Samson.

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Will

Will

Will Ferman is a Hoboken dog walker as well an aspiring photographer and writer. After attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for two years, Will decided to pursue his true passion of working with animals. He truly enjoys caring for dogs and has been a dog walker in Hoboken for over six years. In addition, Will is a photographer who specializes in dog portraits, combining his love for animals and the arts. Will is honored to be able to contribute to HobokenGirl.com and excited to tell the stories of Hoboken's furry friends.

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Erin

Erin

Erin is a proud Hobokenite who moved to Hoboken three years ago from Central NJ with her now husband. When she’s not teaching English to middle schoolers in New York City, she can be found running GrandeGifts (www.etsy.com/shop/grandegifts), writing, shopping on Washington, at the barre’ or binging on Bravo. Still basking in that newlywed glow, Erin also adores everything having to do with weddings, Broadway, and Disney (shamelessly).

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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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Kelly

Kelly

A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).

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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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Sara

Sara

Sara Khosrowjerdi is a licensed acupuncturist at the Acupuncture Atelier in Hoboken. She received her Master's of Acupuncture with honors at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in NYC. Being Reiki Level 1 & 2 Certified, she also has a vast understanding of the Chakra system and the role it can play in the healing process. At Acupuncture Atelier, her primary practice focuses on the unique treatment styles of Kiiko Matsumoto, with whom she studied for three years. Using KM Acupuncture as a base, Sara always integrates and supports, using Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Reiki, and essential oils. She is the healthy living expert in our column, “Sara Says,” offering tips on staying zen, healthy, and happy in our fast-paced lives. When not working full time as an acupuncturist, Sara enjoys yoga, cooking and free style dancing.

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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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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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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a middle and high school English teacher for special education and gifted students in downtown Manhattan. Prior to teaching, Elizabeth received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from William Paterson University along with her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. She recently returned to Hoboken after a short-lived — but refreshing — hiatus in Jersey City. When she's not teaching, tutoring, or nannying through the summer, you can find her breaking a sweat at a variety of fitness studios in Hoboken and JC courtesy of an unrelenting addition to ClassPass or, naturally, overindulging at her favorite local bars and restaurants, with Onieal's and Southouse topping the list. She, like many other basic b's in the area, can never turn down a good eyebrow threading or a perfectly chilled glass of rosé.

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Liya

Liya

Liya originally hails from Minneapolis, MN (but don't hold that accent against her) and has been a NY/NJ transplant since 2004, when she moved east to attend Hofstra University. Even though she doesn't pronounce coffee like you, she has a passion for some of the best food, culture and lifestyle that this side of the Hudson has to offer. As a new resident of Jersey City Heights {with her husband Scott and their dog Nala}, she's excited to explore her new neighborhood and share her findings with you.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jaclyn

Jaclyn

Though originally from the NJ shore, Jaclyn lived in NYC for about eight years before bouncing back to this side of the Hudson in Hoboken. Jaclyn now lives in Jersey City {mostly in search of good ramen} and is super excited to be eating and drinking her way through the neighborhood. During the week, you can find her working in downtown Manhattan at XO Group Inc. In her spare time, you'll spot her out and about with her pup Riley, at barre class, playing soccer, or seeking the next Insta-worthy adventure.

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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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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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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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