Jumpstart 2016!

#Hippers, get your mind, body and style correct in 2016,  thanks to a trio of #hip local entrepreneurs!

Elaine Yu of Simply Chic Styling is thrilled to announce Jumpstart 2016, a 28-day mind, body and style transformation program. The program, which launches January 18, consists of four weekly personal training sessions with Personal Trainer Allison Kalsched; four weekly nutrition coaching sessions with Holistic Health Coach Claudia Petrilli; and, one two and one half hour closet styling session with personal stylist Elaine. In addition, each participant receives weekly fitness, nutrition and styling tips via email and support, motivation and community in a private Facebook group.

The inspiration for Jumpstart 2016 came from “my love of style and fitness,” states Summit based-Elaine. “As an active person, I thought it would be great to find a way to combine my two passions. This program will give women the motivation they need to start 2016 healthy, and after 28 days, they will feel healthy, fit and energized and ready to jumpstart their style!”

Upon registration, each participant will schedule four weekly 45-minute training sessions with Allison. The training sessions will take place at the Millburn-Short Hills Athletic Club, a private training facility conveniently located across from the Millburn train station. These sessions will be tailored to each participant’s fitness level, abilities and goals.

Maplewood-based Allison states, “Teaming up with my friend Elaine for this project is exciting. This program treats each participant as an individual, and is not one size fits all. Fitness is more than just strength of body, and I believe that this is the perfect program to show others how taking care of mind, body and spirit can lead to feeling strong and happy.”

Health Coach Claudia Petrilli, a resident of Clark, will provide four weekly 30-minute Skype or phone sessions with each participant. Participants will receive private, individual nutrition coaching to guide them in making their best individual food choices. In addition, she will provide a suggested weekly meal plan with easy-to-make recipes, and a stress-free grocery list. Claudia embraced this program because, as she states, “With all the dieting options available to women, it can be overwhelming and confusing. I am happy to work on a program that is aligned with my beliefs: eating real food and making sustainable changes. Once you learn the simple diet and lifestyle changes, you’ll be able to continue them past the 28-day program.”

When the 28 day program is completed on February 17, participants will schedule a two and one half hour session with Elaine, where she will provide an in-home private closet styling session. During this time she will learn about the individual participant’s style needs, discuss what shapes look great on her, then analyze their wardrobe and accessories. Outdated and ill-fitting pieces will be removed and donated to Goodwill. Luxury items that are no longer being worn will be dropped off for consignment. After 28 days of clean eating and working out, each participant will feel energized and ready to tackle their personal style!

Jumpstart 2016 launches on January 18. To register or for more information, the public can contact Elaine Yu at 917.912.5376 or elaine@simplychicstyling.com. The cost for the entire program is $990.

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California Closets’ Warm Soles

By Lisa Marie Latino

California Closets is about more than curating beautifully designed custom spaces; they believe in transforming lives through spirited philanthropic efforts.

Enter their unique partnership with Dress for Success, a national organization that empowers women to chase their dreams.  They offer a myriad of tools to help accomplish ultimate achievement, including professional attire.

California Closets’ North Jersey location recently wrapped up their “Warm Soles” promotion that benefitted Dress for Success’ Jersey City chapter.  They offered an incentive of up to 10% off new sales with the donation of professional women’s shoes.

We spoke to Melanie Statlander, marketing manager for CC North Jersey, about the “success” of this charitable venture.

LML: Congratulations on a great campaign! How did the idea come about?

MS: Thank you! Our corporate office started a nationwide program with Dress For Success. Typically, Dress For Success takes suits and other clothing for women who don’t have the means to purchase a professional-looking wardrobe for interviews and new jobs. However, the Jersey City chapter was in desperate need of some shoes to match! So in November and December, we collected new or gently-used professional shoes. To reward new clients with their participation, we offered a discount for every pair donated.

Over the course of the campaign, our designers collected over 900 pairs of shoes, which is amazing! They’re actually still trickling in as people clean out their closets for the new year.

LML: What types of shoes did people donate?

MS: It’s all over the map. We had people donate everything from Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik to brand new shoes from Payless. We got some really pretty heels, flats, boots, and fancy shoes that these women can wear for things other than work!

LML: Is this partnership with Dress For Success going to continue?

MS: The plan is to have our national partnership with Dress For Success to be an ongoing collaboration.  Some of the franchises are going to test a program for clothing donations from their clients, but that’s not ready to launch nationally yet.

LML: How was it like to personally participate in this campaign?

MS: I physically packaged 925 pairs of shoes. I still have a pile in my office that I have to box up today! It warmed my heart to see people going above and beyond to make this successful. It’s a fantastic charity all about women helping women, and I really like that.

California Closets North Jersey has showroom locations in Fairfield, Bernardsville and Ridgewood. For more information, visit CaliforniaClosets.com.

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Golden Globes Fashion Recap

The 73rd Golden Globes had an abundance of flashy moments, but the most glamourous occasions happened before the show even started!

The Globes’ red carpet did not disappoint our resident fashionista, #HipNJ Lifestyle Correspondent Maria Falzo.  Here are her picks of the night’s best dressed:

1. Jennifer Lopez


J.Lo stunned (doesn’t she always!?) in a marigold-caped Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown with a ruched waist and high-slit.  She also donned 200 carats of Harry Winston diamonds, sparkly silver Jimmy Choo heels and a Judith Leiber clutch.

2. Alicia Vikander


Hollywood’s newest It Girl kept it all Louis Vuitton, right down to her jewelry. She wore a simple apron-front dress with ruffles and shimmering piping.

3. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


Gold was one of the hottest colors of the evening, and no one else pulled it off like the Victoria’s Secret model in Saint Laurent Couture.

During the pre-show extravaganza, #HipNJ live blogged the festivities.  Based on your responses, YOUR best dressed was Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga in custom Versace!  (She also won best accessory with her smoking hot fiancé, Taylor Kinney!)

The most glam couple on the #redcarpet hands-down is #LadyGaga and @TaylorKinney ? #GoldenGlobes #Bravo #Versace

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