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heather zwain

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.

Zak DeOssie

NY Giants Captain Zak DeOssie & the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

By: Lisa Marie Latino

As far as #HipNJ men go, New York Giants captain Zak DeOssie is the complete package!

We recently chatted with the Summit resident about his involvement with The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, a non-profit charity whose mission is to BE THERE for families battling childhood cancer with financial, emotional and practical support.  The two-time Super Bowl champion recently participated in a heart-warming hospital visit, and we got to speak with him about that day, his love for charity work and living in the Garden State!

HipNJ: Hi Zak! It’s a pleasure to speak with you and thank you for all the great memories you have given Giants fans around the tri-state area for the past decade. Let’s talk a little bit about your newest memory you have given a very special group of people.

Zak DeOssie: Thank you for the kind words. I was so honored to have spent part of my Valentine’s Day at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to help spread some holiday cheer to children who are unfortunately dealing with cancer. It was two hours of fun, games and treats. It was great to “be there” and give these families a break from all the heavy stuff.

HipNJ: Was there a particular moment of your visit that stood out for you?

ZD: There was a three-year-old who was absolutely inconsolable at first, but it felt really great to have calmed him down enough so he could enjoy the day. Having a toddler at home, I’ve become a bit of a pro at that!

Zak DeOssie

Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

HipNJ: Talk about your overall work with the Jay Fund.

ZD: When Coach (Tom Coughlin) calls, you pick up the phone. He has shaped me into the man that I am today, and I speak for thousands of others when I say that. He’s a true coach, a true mentor, and anything he and the organization needs I am there.

HipNJ: Why is it so important to lend your celebrity to causes such as the Jay Fund?

ZD: ::laughs:: I don’t know if I consider myself a “celebrity”! But anytime you are in the public eye, it is so incredibly important to give back. I feel so blessed to be in the position I am, and I want to make sure I use my responsibility as a professional football player for great causes.

In addition to the Jay Fund, I sit on the board of America Needs You, an organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. I also participate in the Newark Mentoring Movement golf tournament every year.

HipNJ: You are from Massachusetts but married a “Jersey Girl” and are now raising your family here. What was that transition like from New England to the Garden State?

ZD: ::laughs:: I waited until the very last second to change my driver’s license! But I started out in Hoboken and I got bit by the Jersey bug long and hard. I absolutely love it here. The people are great. The passion in the state, especially during football season, is infectious. I have totally embraced living in New Jersey!

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

BELLA Magazine New York

BELLA New York Magazine Holiday Party with Celebrity Guests

By: Jaclyn Natoli #HipNJ kicked off the holiday season in a marvelous way! We had a blast at the BELLA New York Magazine holiday party at Arlo Hudson Square featuring NBC personalities Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The room was well-decorated in Christmas décor, festive music played in the background, while scrumptious food and drinks were served all night. Outside vendors had tables of their products including: jewelry, wine, skin care products, lavish clothes, organic foot peel, and luxury car services and a Bahamas vacation giveaway for four nights and three days! The hit of the party, unsurprisingly, were the featured celebrity guests. While I was walking around the room looking at the different products, I saw people rushing towards the door. Kathie Lee and Hoda had just walked into the room and everyone wanted to get a picture with them. They patiently stood by the red carpet taking pictures and answering questions that anyone may have. I got a chance to talk to them and I realized that Kathie Lee and Hoda are genuine and cordial people, who take the time to get to know everyone. Even though I didn’t walk away with a Ferrari or a trip to the Bahamas, I still had a great time at the BELLA New York Magazine holiday party!  The event was definitely worth the bus ride into the city, and I’m already counting down to next year!