Category Archives: Jersey Luxe

Hip New Jersey holds the key to unlock the best-kept secrets in local luxe living. Featuring magnificent real estate and extravagant home décor, we’ll take you inside the most luxurious homes and introduce you to the highest-quality fashion, beauty and wellness.

#HipNJ Women in Small Business: Augusta Mae

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon recently visited Augusta Mae boutique and fine consignment, located in downtown Cranford.  For a fashionista like Kelly, Augusta Mae was a trip to discount couture heaven!

Co-owners Kim Capece and Clara Nunziato take pride in offering customers a vast selection of fine clothing, jewelry, shoes, skin care and even home decor! They offer A-list designers such as GucciTori Burch, FendiLouis Vuitton and a host of others.

Kim and Clara also love giving back, and are very involved in the community.  They are proud to team with brands that have the same initiative, such as local designer Chavez for Charity and The Giving Keys.

The homey storefront- named after Kim and Clara’s grandmothers- plays host to various events and truck shows.  Augusta Mae is like being in a family member’s closet…only #Hip-per!

If you have a love for fashion and want the thrill of finding a bargain, Augusta Mae is sure to inspire you.  For more information, please visit their website.

HudsonMOD Anniversary Party

HudsonMOD recently celebrated its second year anniversary with an exclusive, lavish event at Maritime Parc in Jersey City, and #HipNJ has your inside scoop!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino attended this extravagant cocktail party, and chatted with representatives from luxe Garden State companies, such as Bacardi, Benzel-Busch, Ecru Lifestyle Beauty, Landarama, Inc., and of course, the brains behind HudsonMOD!

HudsonMOD publisher Shannon Steitz explained that: “Being born and raised in New Jersey, it never made any sense to me why some of the most affluent counties in the entire nation weren’t served by a true lifestyle publication of this caliber.”  Her mission is to give #HipNJ a magazine we deserve!

Guests noshed on a delicious display of imported cheeses, shrimp cocktail, and pulled pork; dessert was The Stuffed Cupcakes‘ new Tres Leche treat.  Open-bar cocktails were compliments of Bacardi, and specialty drinks included the “Melon Royal” (made with the new Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda) and “Mango Fused” (made with Bacardi Mango Fushion with orange juice).  Bacardi’s field marketing manager, Andrea Lokshin, explained that getting her brand involved was a “no brainer”, because the clientele of Bacardi matches with HudsonMOD.

Attendees had the opportunity to sample amazing products from HudsonMOD’s sponsors.  JR Cigars brought a few of their favorite items, and Chanel gave the girls a makeup re-touch.

Lisa Marie’s fav exhibit was the Ecru Lifestyle Beauty “Express Bar”.  She spoke with the owner, Mark DePasquale, about his phenomenal hair care products while getting a mini-mane makeover!  She also loved the cool rides parked out front, including the 2014 Audi RS 7.

One attendee summed the night up best: “Beautiful weather, beautiful people, wonderful party!”

To learn more about HudsonMOD, visit them on the web.

ShopRite of Greater Morristown’s Village Food Garden Wellness Center

Typically when you get your groceries, you run in, and run right out.  But at ShopRite of Greater Morristown, it’s not a chore; it’s a healthy community to shop, eat and play.

Village Super Market’s Wellness Center puts a premium on the well-being of its shoppers.  On-site amenities include a fitness center, dietitian services, culinary center, pharmacy and learning center.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino toured this one-of-a-kind food haven, and spoke with some of the key players who help enrich the shopper’s experience.

Susan Rellah is a super-energized, licensed Zumba instructor who brings her passion for fitness to Village Food Garden’s fitness center, where  all ages and all fitness levels are welcome to participate.  Susan, along with some of her loyal students, talk about why a VFG membership is ultra fulfilling.

Jessica Guarnieri is VFG’s resident dietitianwhose services are complimentary to all guests.  Jessica runs down the different features her office provides, including consultations, healthy products, “meal of the week”, cut vegetable program, and other delicious prepared food stations.   You can find lots of recipes from Village Super Market’s dietitians on the Village Super Market YouTube channel.

Finally, we spoke to certified chef Danny Arturo in VFG’s impeccable indoor/outdoor dining patio,  which includes lounge-like seating, televisions, and fire pit.  Chef Danny filled us in on his fun private parties and culinary classes, for foodies of any generation.  

What are you waiting for?  Watch our segment, then indulge yourself in the new “hip” way to stock up your fridge and pantry!