Jersey Girls Rule!

Jersey Girls: The Fierce & The Fabulous (2011)

Nostalgic Garden State icons.

New Jersey natives Marie Moss and Barri Leiner Grant met as young working professionals in New York City in 1988. “When you meet another Jersey girl, it’s an instant connection,” Grant says. “You just grow up so similarly.”

The women quickly learned they had more in common than their home state. Their shared passions for decorating, collecting and nostalgia prompted them to pen Flea Market Fidos: The Dish on Dog Junk and Canine Collectibles (2002) and Flea Market Baby: The ABC’s of Decorating, Collecting & Gift Giving (2003), as well as launch M&B Vintage, an accessories company specializing in custom charm bracelets.

Their latest book, Jersey Girls: The Fierce & The Fabulous, celebrates growing up in the Garden State—from lazy days at the beach to late nights at the diner. “We help people make bracelets that bring back their memories of growing up, so it was just natural for us,” Moss says. “We’re celebrating the memories of growing up a Jersey girl.”

A mix of vintage and modern photographs, this coffee table book (in book stores May 30) boasts a glossary of Jersey girl pronunciations with kitschy definitions, exclusive interviews with famous Jersey residents and an education on state style. It comes at a time when Garden State gals could use a serious media facelift. “We’re not saying that as 22-year-olds we didn’t want to go down the Shore and go to a couple of clubs and find a cute guy on the boardwalk, because that is a rite of passage,” Moss says. “But it’s only part of the girl.”

“This is the real reality,” Grant adds.

Earthly Delights Blooms on May 21

Whether you’re a novice with a green thumb or an accomplished gardener, clear your calendar for the inaugural Earthly Delights horticultural event on May 21, rain or shine. The 35-acre, 19th-century estate and gardens of Andrea Filippone in Pottersville will be the backdrop for this special program.

Shop for rare plants and distinctive garden antiques from more than 30 premium vendors; attend demonstrations; and enjoy lectures ($10 each) by horticultural luminaries such as Lynden B. Miller, Eric T. Fleisher, Matt Urbanski, Patrick Cullina and Ken Druse. An à-la-carte lunch of artisanal and organic foods will be available.

Honorary chairs are patriarch of American interior design Albert Hadley and Nancy Buck Pyne. Principal sponsors include John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross of Dransfield & Ross.

Tickets for 8 am early buyer admittance (with complimentary breakfast by Laurence Craig Caterers) run $100. General admission hours are 9:30 am to 4 pm, and tickets are $35; $25 for students.

Earthly Delights will focus on education, horticulture and the many ways to increase awareness of gardening and public gardens in New Jersey. The event’s initial beneficiary, Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, is in need of funding to restore its unique natural water features that are in jeopardy after years of sedimentation.

For detailed program information or to become a sponsor, visit




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