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Interior Designer Blanche Garcia Shares Favorite NJ Projects

Blanche Garcia, Certified Interior Designer of B. Garcia Designs, sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss her favorite New Jersey design projects.

Based in Montclair, B. Garcia Designs has done some terrific projects here in New Jersey. One of which being the student housing at Rutgers University.

Garcia was asked to design one of the student housings, which she describes as “a really beautiful project.” The developer wanted higher end finishes, and allowed Garcia to be creative.

“We wanted to elevate the experience for the students,” she says. “As far as student housing goes, that’s a place that I would’ve loved to stay.” The project is complete with a two-sided fireplace and a lounge, giving the building a modern and unique touch.

Garcia can be seen on Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, on which she helps give struggling hotels in hopes of reviving their businesses a makeover.

To learn more about B. Garcia Designs, head over to their website.

Sea Level Aquarium

“Take it from us because darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter.” -The Little Mermaid

Sea Level Aquarium is more than just a fish and aquarium supply store located in Pine Brook, NJ; it is a haven for the dedicated hobbyist.  Sea Level’s dedication to the education, support, and ultimate success of their customers is evident in this #HipNJ segment with Sea Level’s Joe Taliercio.

In Joe’s interview with Chris LaForgia, we learned that Joe’s long-time interest in underwater sea life makes him one of the most knowledgeable in the Garden State, if not the entire aquatic industry.

The hobby itself is prided in creating a home-based underwater ecosystem for all types of sea creatures. It is a venture that is part science, part technology, and lots of creativity.  Sea Level’s goal is to make sure that every customer receives the right advice in order to successfully maintain a home or office aquarium.

With a superior selection of saltwater and freshwater fish, corals, and invertebrates from around the world, Sea Level Aquarium can help you construct a stunning display that will add wow! factor to any room.

If you are interested in learning more about life under the sea and possibly installing your very own in-home aquarium, visit their website today!

Future Fashionistas

When you were 5 years old, do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well, these determined youngsters know exactly what they want and Future Fashionistas is where their dreams are self-crafted towards becoming a reality!

Future Fashionistas of Livingston, NJ inspires and empowers their students every day to think creatively and express themselves through fashion. Hallie Dennis, fashion designer by trade and owner of Future Fashionistas, is utilizing over 20 years of experience and changing the world of fashion as we know it. HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino visited the studio, where she spoke with Hallie to gain more insight into what Future Fashionistas is and what they do.

Aside from giving youngsters ages 5 to 18 a place to let their creativity run free, Future Fashionistas provides its students with real experience in the fashion world. They provide three different class sessions from fall to spring, which all lead into their huge annual event in June, The Future Fashionistas Fashion Show. From the lights to the music, runways and more, original pieces from each student are strutted down the runway by the young designers themselves.  This is the most talked about and anticipated fashion event in the area!

“We put together the real fashion show production because it teaches them the real art of fashion design,” explains Hallie. “There is no other program like this that provides the same experience for those who want a head start in achieving their dream towards becoming a fashion designer.”

This year’s fashion show will be held on June 4th at the Wilshire Grand Hotel of West Orange, NJ, and class registration is now open! For more information about Future Fashionistas and all that they offer, visit their website today.