emily hsu designs

Emily Hsu Designs

Working out never looked so good!

#HipNJ’s Kendall Zoppa stopped by Flow Yoga Studio in Ho-Ho-Kus to chat with up-and-coming fashion designer Emily Hsu.

Emily is an accomplished dancer, singer and actress who has appeared on television, film and Broadway.  The yoga enthusiast has parlayed that success into a #hip athletic wear company, Emily Hsu Designs, that is flattering and stylish!

“I wanted something fun to wear for my workouts, but I wasn’t finding anything in the market that I liked,” explained Emily.  “So I started to make leggings for myself!”

That entrepreneurial spirit got the attention of her fellow Yogis.

“People had a good response to it and would ask, ‘Hey, can you make me something?’ and it blossomed from there.”

Emily keeps affordability and comfort in mind when creating her colorful product line, which includes shorts, sports bras, capris, shorts and headbands.  Emily hopes to expand into t-shirts and more!

The biggest challenge she has faced are people’s apprehension to wearing loud colors and bold designs, but she’s quick to squash that stereotype.

“First time customers don’t realize that [the prints] are more flattering than solid color, and are pleasantly surprised by how they look.”  Who knew?!

For more information on Emily Hsu Designs and to place an order, log onto EmilyHsuDesigns.com.


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Halloween Glam at José Eber Salon

Glitter was in the Halloween air at José Eber!

The chic Millburn salon was a hotbed of ghoulish glam activity, where makeup artists unleashed their wizardry on their celebratory clientele. The results were nothing short of SPOOK-tacular!

#HipNJ ran an exclusive José Eber Salon contest through The Hip List’s Hip Halloween sweepstakes, where a lucky Garden State winner was treated to a complimentary Halloween makeup session.  Over 100 people entered to win, but we could only pick one winner- Meg from Denville!

“I’ve never been to a salon like this in my entire life!” Meg gushed, who documented her excitement on Instagram.

Meg mapped out her look with JE makeup artist Alyssa, and wanted to have a sexy-scary look to go with her body-hugging skeleton costume.  Alyssa got to work right away on Meg’s vision.

The stunning result was met with sheer joy and amazement, as evident by Meg seeing her reflection for the first time!  (Check out the video below): 

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was also the recipient of Alyssa’s magic. Her fab half-faced sugar skull was complimented with a curly/straight blowout to accentuate the “split personality” of her costume!

To book an appointment at Jose Eber Salon, call 973.671.1007 or visit JoseEberNJ.com.

Meet the Namesake of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Opened in 2005, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Further, the Center stresses prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to know the inspiring namesake of the Center, Connie Dwyer, and how she turned her unfortunate diagnosis into something remarkable.

In 1999, Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had both breasts removed and underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy. While in treatment, she became aware of the financial and emotional anguish patients have to endure on top of all their physical changes.

“The Breast Center has given me a wonderful opportunity to give back to others,” Connie said. “It has also given me a platform to teach my [12!] grandchildren by example in what to do in life.”

Reflecting back on the past ten years, Connie had no idea the Center would grow the way it did.

“I thought we would help a handful of women around Newark, yet today we’re doing 20,000 procedures a year for women all around the state.”

Since the Center’s inception, they have managed to raise over eight million dollars to ensure patients are treated with the best care and latest technology.

“The generosity of our donors is overwhelming to me. It makes me so proud that people are so giving to those they don’t even know, year after year.”

For more on The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, log onto SMMCNJ.org/Services/Breast.

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