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    Fashionably Newark

    Woman in a colorful dress with shoes and other shopping merchandise

    Savvy travelers know to leave a little room in their suitcase when packing for a trip out of town. Why? Because shopping and travel go together like frosting on a cake! Visiting a new city can provide a fresh perspective on culture and style, all you have to do is look around and get inspired! Best of all? Your new fashion finds will always remind you of that particular place in the world. There’s truly nothing like the feeling of travel nostalgia!

    So what’s the shopping scene like here in Newark? You’re in luck! Not only is Newark the home to some seriously stylish people, but its proximity to New York City makes the shopping second to none. Our city features both an enticing urban shopping district and one of the nation’s largest outlet malls just minutes from the airport. It’s truly the best of both worlds! What’s more, clothing purchases made in New Jersey are tax-free. So go ahead and splurge, there’s a little more room in your budget for that one-of-a-kind find (we won’t tell anyone).

    Now ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to score some fab souvenirs, haute style and amazing discount buys? Grab your credit card and let’s get shopping! Here’s the Glambassador’s Guide to Shop Fashionably Newark.

    Off the Hanger/A Girl & Guy Thing, 12 Linden St. - This well-appointed boutique offers the latest in luxe clothing and footwear for both men and women. With an eye for trends and affordable accessories, Off the Hanger even boasts an interiors department with bespoke and one-of-a-kind furniture designs for every room in your home. Score!

    Ron Tomson, 116 Halsey St. - Why should women have all the fashion fun? Style-inclined gentleman should head to Ron Tomson for an upscale experience and on-trend clothing for every occasion. This Los Angeles brand has chosen Newark as its East Coast home, fitting in perfectly with the downtown vibe of the Halsey St. district.Off the Hanger merchandise

    Closet Savvy Consignment, 37 Maiden Ln. - Like stepping into your very own walk-in closet, Closet Savvy is a hidden gem tucked away in Teacher’s Village. This boutique specializes in previously-loved vintage pieces and haute custom jean shorts. Take a seat in the fabulous indoor swing and take a pic for Instagram!

    MH302 Marco Hall Boutique, 29 Halsey St. - Fashion designer to the stars, Marco Hall, creates his amazing couture out of this Halsey Street staple. Head there to scan the red carpet-worthy pieces that dot the racks, or get fit and draped for your very own Marco Hall design. Say hello to Kenya, Marco’s sweet pup that never leaves his side!

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    Ancient African Formula, 109 Halsey St. - Enter this space on Halsey and you’ll be greeted first by the smell of shea butter and then a smiling face! It’s stocked with authentic African clothing, jewelry, and home goods, but the shea butter products are truly dreamy. Wonderful prices and culture-laden pieces make this store a must-visit.

    SHE Boutique, 83 Halsey St. - Looking for chic shopping at an affordable price? SHE boutique offers the well-dressed woman the latest fashion and accessory without breaking the bank. Located downtown in the Halsey shopping district, SHE has a trendy fashion collection with sizes up to 24.

    The Mills at Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth - More of a mall shopper? Head to New Jersey's largest outlet mall, Jersey Gardens, which boasts over 200 stores under one roof! The mall is a shopper's paradise and a great day-trip away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Newark.

    Dr. Jays, 138 Market St. - This urban institution offers the latest in streetwear and hip-hop style. Racks of on-trend jeans, sneakers, boots, and hoodies make this the perfect stopping point for your kids and teens. You can’t beat these prices!

    Kali Kouture Boutique, 13 Warren St. -  You can drape yourself in the ultimate trends for every occasion at Kali Kouture! Specializing in accessories and custom designs for special events, this boutique will treat you like the star you are.

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    Nike Factory Store, 697 Broad St. - Great selection and great service. That’s what you’ll find at this downtown Newark Nike store. The perfect spot to grab workout apparel, athleisure and running shoes, the quality clearance selection along the wall offers amazing deals. Bonus: they offer military discounts!

    Underground Skate Shop, 145 Halsey St. - Skate culture is alive in Newark! Underground Skate Shop has a fresh sneaker, hat and hoodie selection and carries all the major brands in skateboarding. With over 200 decks in stock at all times, stop here to peruse their endless supply of trucks and wheels.

    Lauren Craig, also known as InaWordFab, is the Glambassador of all things fashion, art and entertainment in Newark. When she isn't busy practicing law or watching reality television, Lauren is devoted to inspiring others to live their most fab and fulfilling life...and world peace. Visit inawordfab.com for more and be sure to follow her life in the fab lane @inawordfab on Twitter and Instagram.