MODEL CITIZEN: STEPHANIE SALOMONSEN

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For 23-year-old Stephanie Salomonsen of Middletown, personal style is contingent in part on what kind of music she’s listening to.

“Come the fall, I love to listen to bluegrass,” she tells Model Citizen. “It’s comfortable, feel-good music, and I will definitely be dressing that way.”

Today, except for berry-colored lipstick, Stephanie’s face is makeup- free. Her large, black-framed eyeglasses give her a nerdy chic touch that compliments her face. The blue beanie hanging low on her head reveals a touch of unkempt hair, which she says is the look she was going for.

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RED BANK: BOOTS ON BROAD STREET

MODEL-CITIZEN_06AIt was one of those boring rainy days in downtown Red Bank when everyone seems to stay put in the office or at home.

But it didn’t stop Tracy Stamer from strolling Broad Street with her two girls, with whom she was shopping. When you have a pair of chic army green and brown rain boots, why not take advantage?

As soon as your Model Citizen correspondent started taking photographs, though, the rain ceased and the sun came out. Tracy appeared visibly disappointed.

“So much for wearing rain boots,” said the 50-year-old Rumson homemaker.

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RED BANK: STYLE WITH A DASH OF ‘STACHE

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Brian Salvatore, 24, spent his childhood hanging out “on the corner with all the punk kids” on Broad Street in Red Bank, he says.

That’s where Model Citizen found the 24-year-old Middletown resident one recent afternoon, his face decorated with a classic beard-and-handlebar-mustache combo that even the humidity couldn’t wilt.

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RED BANK: FROM THE ’70S, A FRESH BREEZE

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MODEL-CITIZEN_04BIt was an unsettled afternoon in downtown Red Bank. A series of pouting, petulant young men and women were hanging out on the corner of Broad and West Front streets, getting on your Model Citizen correspondent’s nerves.

Crossing Broad to escape the negativity, we were immediately distracted by Brandi Coleman’s laid-back look. In cutoff shorts with a white lace throw waving behind her as she strode, she was a breath of fresh air amid the crop tops and t-shirts. Her bag hung freely on her shoulder, its long fringes almost grazing the sidewalk.

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RED BANK: ARTFUL TOUCHES

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MODEL-CITIZEN_03BIt was smoldering summer day, much as it’s been here this week, and Broad Street in Red Bank was swarming with people downing iced coffees, ice cream – anything to keep them cool as they plowed through the thick, humid air.

Sitting on the bench outside Urban Outfitters was Mallory Morgan, 24, lighting her cigarette with such grace – not that we’re endorsing it! – her red lipstick perfectly in place, and wearing a tan and black hat that waved with each sultry breeze.

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NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES, RIGHT HERE…

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Welcome to redbankgreen 3.0.

The newest version of this seven-year-old authentically local news and information site comes with changes both cosmetic – as you’ve probably already noticed – and substantive.

The cosmetic is self-evident. The substance is hinted at above: PieHole and All Good are the names of new pages that we hope will satisfy particular needs in your life. And there’s some new fun stuff, too.

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STREET STYLE: WALKING TALL ON BROAD

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MODEL-CITIZEN_02With this article, redbankgreen debuts a new regular feature: Model Citizen, in which we track down individuals on the streets of the Green for impromptu interviews about what they’re wearing – and why.

In a perfect world, we could all power-walk through our days in six-inch Christian Louboutins. But with so much to do and so little tolerance for pain, it’s hard for even a woman of daring style not to settle for a pair of comfortable sneakers or flats.

For Kelly Karagias, though, it’s still more important to be bold in her choice of footwear.

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