Lauren Vena – High Lights Event Makeup Artist

Her mantra is to “make the world beautiful” and she’s doing so, with one swipe of eyeliner at a time. Lauren Vena is a professional make-up artist based out of Central NJ, who has been working in the industry for almost 20 years! She has worked for top industry brands, with her resume including MAC, Nars Cosmetics and Chanel.

Her specializations include special occasion make-up (ie. weddings, portraits, boudoir), editorial make-up, videography make-up for YouTube, as well as offering make-up consultations, lessons and how-to classes for beginners.


This wife and mama’s drive is to make everyone who sits in her chair feel beautiful, a goal which she consistently accomplishes!
Lauren will be one of the featured educators at the High Lights Event 2019!This event will be held on June 24 at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey.


She will be teaching seasoned make-up artists her favorite special occasion looks and products in the morning. Later in the day, she will present a demo of natural makeup to non-professional enthusiasts who want to learn the tricks of the industry!


You can find Lauren’s work on her social media here. Interested in attending the event and learning more about Lauren’s talents? Tickets for this amazing hair and make-up networking event are available here!

Jersey S’more Company

Founder of the Jersey S’more Company Jill Weiss stopped by the studio with some tasty treats. Our #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat  down to talk more about these delicious products. 

Weiss is a single mom who decided to follow her passion and create a gourmet s’mores company. Weiss explains the uniqueness of her company and how the handmade s’mores provide customized flavor and decorations for customers.

Jill brought in an assortment of different types of S’mores made with “Melty-gooey marshmallow in between 2 soft vanilla cookies, drenched in milk, dark or white chocolate, and sprinkled with yummy toppings”. There are also different sizes available. The large size is a S’monsters and a small is called  S’mini S’mores. How fun! People can customize decorations for different events or even as party favors! You can order online through their Facebook page The Jersey S’more Company and also now their website.

The Jersey S’more Company also received an award for The Best Gourmet S’mores and Other Treats in New Jersey by Best of NJ. Weiss explains how this is a major accomplishment to have her company be recognized as one of the best gourmet desserts in NJ.

Would you like to try New Jerseys best gourmet S’more? Go to The Jersey S’more Company Facebook Page or their website and try it for yourself!

“Tip Your Cap” to Ray Digmi’s Clothing Brand


Former professional baseball player turned entrepreneur, Ray “Digmi” Navarrete, stops by the #HipNJ studio to talk to our Lisa Marie Latino about his lifestyle clothing brand, Digmi.

Originally just handing out his prototypes to his
minor league baseball friends, Ray has now been able to get his clothing line into some of the nation’s largest retailers. He even has had massive support from MLB stars and celebrities alike!

Ray, born in Teaneck, has had connections to the tri-state area all of his life, and continues to operate his business in the area. A graduate from Seton Hall University, he eventually fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing professional baseball for the New York Mets!

The Digmi brand is built around the brand’s logo, “The Guy In The Tie“, who as Ray describes, is always tipping his cap to the dreamers and hard workers out there, looking to achieve their goals and ambitions. The brand features a collection of t shirts, sweatshirts, polos, hatsouterwear and accessories, that you can find at various retailers and online at!

Live Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard.