Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Happy Veterans Day! Presenting the American Dream Wedding Scavenger Hunt

The town of Bernardsville recognizes the large sacrifice made by American men and women serving in the armed forces.

To show their appreciation, businesses banded together to sponsor The American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, an all-inclusive, all-expense paid wedding of a lifetime. The finalists competed in a scavenger hunt where the winner took all!

#HipNJ’s Julie Dedoussis was behind-the-scenes with the owner of Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers, Faina Shapiro, who tells #HipNJ that they donated engagement rings and wedding bands for The American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway. She had an idea to do something good for the veterans, which turned into this great event that brought the community together!

Nicole Russo, the winner of the scavenger hunt, has a military fiancé overseas right now and did the race for him. She says winning would be a great motivation for him to get home as soon as he can! Nicole had no words after this amazing win of a lifetime; she was so happy to have the opportunity for her family to all be together on her special day.  Without the generosity of all the participating vendors, she never would have been able to afford her dream.

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Carlos Mencia and the Hoboken Comedy Festival

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia was recently at Pilsner Haus to celebrate the Hoboken Comedy Festival.  Gina got to hang out with one of the most popular comedians of the night (and in the country!),  Carlos Mencia of Comedy Central!

Carlos came all the way from Texas for the same reason so many others were drawn to the event- to raise money and awareness for the Liberty Humane Society.  The Society gives  homeless cats and dogs a chance to be adopted into loving homes in the Jersey City area.

Besides sharing his love of charity, Carlos gave #HipNJ some insight into his pre-show routine.  Carlos is actually very relaxed in the hours leading up to his set…but when the clock hits five minutes until show time, his nerves kick into super- high gear.  See, stars are just like us when it comes to public speaking!

Comedian, writer, and producer Dan Frigolette gave us the history of the festival.  This marked the fifth anniversary of the event in Hoboken, and the mission of the festival is to celebrate the city’s entertainment independence! Hoboken has an amazing comedy scene, and the festival gives a #hip spotlight on the Garden State‘s funny bone!

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Bloomingdale’s Fall Fashion Show 2014

This week #HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon goes behind the scenes at Bloomingdales of The Shops at Riverside Mall‘s recent in-store fashion show.  It was a day full of style, fashion, and fun!

Kelly was able to speak with fashion expert and stylist Dawn Del Russo, host of this event, sponsored in part by HudsonMOD Magazine.

This year’s fashion show showed off the new fall collections of many international designers. They even showed how to wear, style, and put together different pieces to create fabulous fall looks!

Dawn shared with #HipNJ that this year’s fall collection is a little different. Some pastels will be introduced in many of the lines along with the normal deeper and darker fall colors! She says not to be afraid to wear the pastels this fall.

The amazing designs featured in this segment are only available at Bloomingdale’s. There are over 1,000 pieces made by these international designers.

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Get shopping #Hippers!