Hoboken Business: Stowaway Collection

I was pregnant in the winter of 2016/2017 and although I actually enjoyed that time, I remember that finding clothes that made me feel like ME was really hard. I refused to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes because I thought “how long am I even going to be able to wear this?” Everything on the market was a shirt that said some maternity joke on it or just wasn’t my style in another way. Late in the pregnancy I finally stumbled upon a brand called Stowaway Collection, but at that point I had my few pieces and didn’t want to spend more money on “temporary clothing”. Boy was that a mistake. 

Here’s what you don’t think about when buying maternity clothing— when that baby comes out, you’re not instantly back to your old size. In fact it took me about 8 months to finally fit into my old jeans. So once I was in the “keep a newborn alive” portion of motherhood, I then had to buy a whole new batch of temporary clothing, some of which were for nursing purposes and some were just to feel presentable and a little like myself. I was really regretting my decision to not buy the Stowaway pieces. 


Fast forward to this past August. I had already launched HudsonCounty60, and Stowaway’s publicist had reached out to me. As she was pitching the line the little light bulb went off. I knew the brand already and was so excited to learn that they were actually based in my own backyard. 

Stowaway Collection is owned and operated by mother daughter duo Debbie and Stephanie. Not only are they all your mother/daughter goals (I’m already trying to figure out how my mom and I can go into business together), but they’re pretty incredible business women. When pregnant with her first child, Stephanie realized there was a real lack in the market for maternity clothing that didn’t “make you look like a tent”, and also allowed you to feel put together. Stephanie has a bit of a background in fashion, but they’ve essentially learned on the job and developed this amazing fashion brand. 

The line is full of beautiful pieces that celebrate your new, beautiful shape and bump, but take you to nursing and beyond. The pieces are made of materials that last and everything is made in USA. A full collection of clothing, Stowaway is made with the modern pregnant woman in mind, so pieces are not only fashionable but also work appropriate.

One of the most important things I wanted to film with Stowaway Collection were the pieces that Stephanie thinks are absolutely essential for every pregnant women. In our second video, Stephanie and Debbie shared what they thought you must get. What made the list? A simple, yet stylish off the shoulder top with a zipper for easy nursing access in beautiful vivid color, a gorgeous form fitting dress with faux leather accents and strategically placed splits on the shoulder, and a pair of beautiful slacks that have a seem down the front of leg and elastic waist, so they easily transition to the postpartum period. 

It’s also important to mention that they always offer free shipping and returns, which I think most pregnant woman can attest is an absolute life saver. For more information on Stowaway Collection check out their Instagram here, and to shop, check out their website here

See you soon, friends!


Hoboken Business: Margo


I’ve been waiting for a store like Margo to open in Hoboken for YEARSSSS. It’s the kind of beautiful little shop you’d find in Brooklyn or the Village, and wish was accessible in your own neighborhood. It’s tiny, beautiful, perfectly curated, and looks like it's owned by that Instagram Influencer whose style you love so much you want it to be your everyday life-- the visual image you aspire to have. However, in this instance -- lucky you -- you actually can make it a part of your life.

Owner Maggie Emma opened up the “lifestyle concept store” just a couple of months ago. With a background in fashion and interior design, Maggie wanted her boutique to sell “handmade and ethically made goods” to aid in moving the industry towards slow fashion. And it does just that. You won't see anything for sale in the shop that isn't made by artists. 

There are hand poured candles by Candlefolk in Jersey City, Berlin Skin, a small batch skin care line from San Diego, beautifully handmade pottery from We Are Clay Studios in Oak Ridge, NJ, and the list goes on. Every product is made ethically or by hand, meaning that every hand that touched the product did so while being paid a fair wage, and the clothes won't be thrown away to sit in a landfill, which just makes the store even more beautiful.


Fitting in everything from plants, to skincare, to housewares, to clothing and accessories, it’s incredible what Maggie fits into this small space. Her expertise clearly shows. She says that shopping is shifting towards being an "experience" for the customer, which is exactly what being in Margo is like. You feel something visceral when you're in there. 

Making the shopping experience even more about the customer, Margo is closed to walk-ins on Mondays, instead keeping the day for personal shopping appointments. Whether you need some assistance with your Holiday Shopping (you can even start an in-store wishlist), aspire to have a home that reflects the Margo aesthetic, or you find that buying your clothes in outfits is easier, Maggie reserves 1 hour slots throughout the day for the complimentary sessions. 

Make sure to check the shop out at 1102 Washington Street, as well as the website here and the Instagram here.

Hoboken Businesses: HudsonCounty60 All Star Holiday Party


I've known I wanted to do a Shop Local Gift Guide when I started HudsonCounty60, but I didn't know how to kick it all off. But what better than a little party? For me, the Holiday's are synonymous with parties and get-togethers. There are the Holiday basics for the Christians of America-- Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years-- but what about all the celebrations for all the other religions and groups of people that make up our great community? There's Diwali, Channukah, and Kawanza. I knew I needed to keep the Holiday vague, in hopes of throwing a party viewers would want to throw themselves, and I also wanted to do something that would include HudCo60 All Stars like Jen Choi of Sugarsuckle, and Casey Repetti of Casey2Cook. Booze was obviously another requirement. 


In September, maybe even August, I started reaching out and beginning the planning process. Both ladies would help me prepare something for the party. Jen decided on Linzer Cookies, which were perfectly light and delicious, and still maintained that holiday spice we all know and love. Casey decided on the perfect party appetizer; sausage, pepper & onion bites. These are not only delicious, but they can be made significantly in advance and frozen, and are INCREDIBLY economical-- one recipe yields 46 bites, and I think we all can agree parties get expensive.

Lastly, I approached the fairly new Wine Dad's in Hoboken about alcohol. I assumed they would suggest some local breweries, but did me one even better-- The Bibo, which may be the perfect little machine for a party. Have you ever thrown a party with a specialty cocktail, only to have to keep making pitchers and pitchers all night long? With Bibo, you essentially have an at home bartender that everyone can work on their own. The machine is as simple as can be-- open the top, put one alcohol packet and one cocktail mix packet in, press the 'mix' button and in less than 30 seconds you have a cocktail! Add a little ice and garnish of choice and voila!

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But what makes the Bibo truly perfect for the HudsonCounty60 Shop Local holiday gift guide is that the company is based in Clinton, NJ. And the alcohol pouches? All made by Claremont Distillery in Fairfield, making it New Jersey's largest craft distillery— their Spirits are all produced in the “Garden State” using the finest locally sourced ingredients. So how does Wine Dad's come in? They're the only place in Hudson County that's your one stop shop for the Bibo machine, and alcohol pouches. And a little holiday tip for you— not only are we giving away one machine (valued at $199) to a lucky follower, but during Black Friday you can score one of your very own for only $99 at Wine Dads... wink, wink. 

All that was left to do was enjoy! Luckily for me, the party was small and entirely manageable. Between Casey, Jen, Gretchen from Wine Dads and Cait Kolibas from Bum Pilates, we had a great group of ladies! To throw a Holiday Party like ours on your own, I've included Jen and Casey's recipes below. Don't forget to follow all of our friends and vendors on Instagram (links at the bottom) for their Holiday tips!

Happy Holidays, Hudson County xo

Jen’s Linzer Cookies

✨1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

✨1 1/2 cups ground almond flour (or hazelnut flour)

✨1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

✨1/4 teaspoon salt

✨hint of clove

✨114g butter (or 1 stick of butter)

✨1/2 cup sugar

✨1 egg

✨2 teaspoons water

✨Jam or preserves of your choice

1. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl (other than the mixing bowl for the stand mixer).

2. In the stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down to sides of the bowl to make sure butter and sugar are completely combined.

3. Mix egg and water in a separate bowl.  Slowly add to your butter-sugar mixture while the mixer is on a low speed.

4. Once the egg/water and butter/sugar are completed incorporated, turn off your mixer and add all of the dry ingredients.  Turn the mixer on a low speed to combine.  Once the dough comes together, stop the mixer.  Divide the dough in half and wrap each section in plastic wrap.  Chill the dough 1 hour before rolling out. 

5. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inches thick between parchment paper to prevent sticking.  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on a cookie sheet or sheet pan lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. 

6. Bake at 350 until the edges are golden.  Allow cookies to cool completely before adding preserves/jam.

This recipe yields approximately 25 sandwich cookies. Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Casey’s Sausage Pepper and Onion Bites

✨1 lb of Italian sausage

✨1/2 cup of small diced bell pepper (I used red)

✨1/2 cup of small diced sweet onion

✨1 teaspoon salt

✨1/2 teaspoon black pepper

✨1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

✨1 egg

✨1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed

✨1 tablespoon of butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. In a medium bowl, remove the sausage from the casing.. combine the sausage (I used hot) salt, pepper, garlic and egg with your hands until blended.

2. Remove one sheet off puff pastry and unfold it. It is usually folded like a letter, in three. Use the natural bends to cut the 1 sheet into 3 sheets. Roll out each one to about double in size.

3. Divide the sausage mixture into 3 even amounts. Fill each piece of puff pastry and roll into a long log. Use water on your fingertips to seal the puff pastry. Roll in parchment and freeze for at least 1 hour.

4. Remove from the freezer, slice into 1/2inch rounds. Brush the outside with melted butter.

5. Place them at least a half-inch apart on an oven safe tray lined with parchment and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

This recipe will make 3 dozen bites!




Wine Dad’s


Claremont Distillery

Bum Pilates