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Introducing The Bergen County Bible by Heather Zwain

Home is love. Home is family, friends, memories and experiences. It’s a feeling. A moment or several moments. A lifestyle. And for Heather Zwain, home has always been Bergen County.

HEATHERZWAIN.COM was created out of a desire to provide the community with access, insider tips and truthful and relatable information that they have never had before.

“You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the professionals and personalities who make this a fabulous place to live, shop, work and dine,” says Creator and Editor-in-Chief Heather Zwain, who spent the last 13 years as the Fashion Editor, Stylist and on-camera personality for Bergen County. “You’ll be in-the-know about everything, trust me.”

Zwain, 34, built her career from scratch at a local magazine and created her brand as the go-to fashion guru for Bergen. She has the expertise, knowledge, experience and connections to provide the community with the best resource guide to celebrate the county, and a little beyond from time to time.

When asked why she chose now to launch a new website, she emphatically replied, “I was unexpectedly laid off from my job and chose to turn a negative into a positive. Starting my own website feels like the natural next step in this new chapter of my life. Bergen County is filled with exciting, sophisticated and fun-loving people who want to stay current on fashion and beauty trends, remain fit and know about the people and places who make this area so wonderful to live in. They want one, convenient source to find out where to eat, play, shop and enjoy their lives. HEATHERZWAIN.COM is that source.”

As part of her purpose, Zwain strives to help others feel confident and stylish. She is a fashion veteran and celebrity interviewer who has talked style and dressed some of the biggest names in the industry including: Tim Gunn, Terron Schaefer, Stacy London, Catherine Malandrino, Stuart Weitzman, Mary J. Blige, Odell Beckham Jr., Lil Kim, Rachel Roy, Ken Downing, Yansi Fugel, Marc Bouwer, David Meister, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Ivanka Trump, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, Eli Manning, Carl Banks, Derek Jeter, Curtis Grandson, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, CC and Amber Sabathia, Justin Tuck, Jeff Feagles, Tate Donovan, Daphne Oz, Johnny Damon, Emme, Kristine Johnson, Chris Wragge, Martha MacCallum, Tracy Wolfson, Lori Stokes, Geraldo and Erica Rivera, Bethenny Frankel, Giuliana Rancic, Elizabeth Gilbert, the RHONJ cast, the Jerseylicious cast, Jay Huguley, Malaak Compton-Rock, Ilya Kovalchuk, Leslie Greene, Guy Bedarida, and many more.

Zwain has enlisted the help of former colleagues and friends, whom she believes provide a wealth of knowledge of style and beauty, fitness and health, dining and entertaining and the culture and history of the county. “I want my site to really help other brands and professionals grow their personal businesses, while all coming together for one great purpose –– to celebrate the community we live in and love,” says Zwain. “There are so many amazing people in Bergen, it’s time to join forces and celebrate them.”

For more on Heather and The Bergen County Bible, visit HeatherZwain.com.

Bucket and Bay Craft Gelato

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco headed over to Jersey City to pay Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato a visit!

Bucket & Bay is a gelateria located on Bay Street known for its unique gelato.  Gelato, of course, is an Italian style of low-fat ice cream that is characterized by its more dense texture in comparison to other styles of ice cream.

Cara sat down with Jen Kavlakov, the owner and chief of the café, to talk about what goes on behind the scenes. Along with her husband, Boris, she opened up Bucket & Bay because it had long been a dream of theirs and they wanted to make their kids proud of them for following that dream.

Perhaps the most pivotal ingredient that contributes to their healthier (and tastier) gelato is the 100 percent grass fed milk. This type of milk has more nutrients than standard milk whereas cows that produce the milk produce it in small amounts.

What also sets Bucket & Bay apart from other gelaterias in New Jersey is that rather from starting from a premade base and adding flavor from there like others do, Jen and the rest of her crew start completely from scratch.

The café also only uses local ingredients acquired from a purveyor. One drawback is that they only use seasonal ingredients, so you won’t be able to get anything with strawberries in the dead of winter. But they work around this. Family is very important to Jen and Boris and the duo would never put an item on the menu that they wouldn’t serve to their loved ones.

Jen obviously was not going to let Cara leave without a sample! Cara was lucky enough to try one of the cafes classic items, a pressed gelato sandwich. Served on toasted babka, a type of croissant roll, this sandwich includes gelato and a house-made jam. Her sample was a classic combination of Bucket & Bay vanilla gelato and strawberry rhubarb jam.

Jen and Boris also strive to be active community participants beyond desert by selling their top-notch ingredients through a buyers club deal called Bucket Share. Membership is not required in order to purchase the ingredients, but a discount is offered. Rather than a come-and-go atmosphere, the café also features community space and visitors are encouraged to sit back and enjoy the gelato.

To learn more about Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato, go to BucketAndBay.com.

National Selfie Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

Say Cheese! Today is National Selfie Day! In honor of #SelfieDay, take a look at some of these famous #NJ celebrities and their selfies!

1. Tara Reid, Wyckoff

Bye bye Coachella! I will miss you! See you next year!?????❤️????

A photo posted by Tara Reid (@tarareid) on

2. Bruce Springsteen, Long Branch

#Repost from @officialrumbledoll ・・・ #SNL #rehersals. @nbcsnl

A photo posted by Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) on

3. Shaquille O’Neal, Newark

What up boy boy

A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

4. Queen Latifah, Newark

Thank you for all of the birthday well wishes you really know how to make gal feel good! ❤️❤️

A photo posted by Queen Latifah (@queenlatifah) on

5. Vera Farmiga, Clifton

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A photo posted by VERA FARMIGA (@verafarmigaofficial) on

6. Laura Prepon, Watchung

Current obsession @erinfetherston clutch. ????????

A photo posted by Laura Prepon (@lauraprepon) on

7. Meryl Streep, Summit

With Margo Martindale

A photo posted by Meryl Streep (@merylstreep) on

8. Christina Milian, Jersey City

Side Pony & Glow ✨✨✨ #FoxUpfronts

A photo posted by Christina Milian (@christinamilian) on

9. Kelly Ripa, Stratford

In a galaxy NOT so far away…………. #afteroscars

A photo posted by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on

10. Kevin Jonas, Teaneck

Thank you @anthonymichaelfitfood and. @anthonymichaelfit for feeding me ????

A photo posted by Kevin Jonas (@kevinjonas) on