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Penelope Lagos

Penelope Lagos of “I Miss My Best Friend”

In honor of #WorldBookDay, #HipNJ‘s resident author Lisa Marie Latino chatted with fellow scribe Penelope Lagos about her debut book, I Miss My Best Friend.

I Miss My Best Friend is a heart-warming story for children that will help them learn how to deal with the loss of a pet. Penelope also offers ten helpful steps parents can use to help their children cope with grief.

The poignant story and detailed illustrations were inspired by the death of Cassius “The Legend” Lagos, who was Penelope’s beloved best friend for 16 years.

“Losing Cassius was like losing a child to me,” Penelope explained. “You never get over the death, but the book has helped me heal.

“It’s been therapeutic.”

Her love for four-legged creatures goes beyond Cassius. She is a huge animal advocate and strongly believes in being “a voice for the voiceless.” She holds a certification in Canine Fitness and Conditioning as well as Advanced Pet CPR/First Aid.

“Author” and “Animal Ambassador” are only two of the many hats Penelope wears. She is a New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate who has acted in numerous indie films and commercials as well as volunteering at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Penelope was the recipient of an achievement award honoring critical funds raised for LLS.

For more on Penelope and to purchase her book, visit PenelopeLagos.com.

Lisa Marie Latino’s wardrobe provided by Privée by Priya. Lisa Marie’s Makeup and hair provided by Blush Brides NJ. Order her debut novel “Ten Years Later” on Amazon

fashionistas

Watch #HipNJ’s Top Fashionistas on HometowneTV

Throughout April, Hip New Jersey can be seen on HomeTowne Television®, a local cable station that reaches over half a million homes in the Garden State! You can watch #HipNJ every Tuesday at 9pm, every Wednesday at 11am and every Friday at 5pm.

Hosted from Trade by Gina La Morte in Montclair, this month’s episode features some of the Garden State’s top fashionistas. Guests include:

#HipNJ co-founders Maria Falzo and Lisa Marie Latino serve as the episode’s hosts.

HTTV is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit cable access station that broadcasts on Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33. It serves as a hyper-local media outlet (broadcast and web) for immediate and surrounding communities. HTTV’s broadcast signal reaches parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Union County— a total of 32 towns with a population of over a half a million.

Specific towns include: Berkeley Heights, Millburn/Short Hills, New Providence, Springfield, Summit, Bernards Twp, Chatham Boro, Chatham Twp, Cranford, East Hanover, Florham Park, Harding, Hillside, Kenilworth, Livingston, Long Hill Twp, Madison, Maplewood, Mendham, Mendham Twp, Morris Plains, Morristown, Mountainside, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, South Orange, Warren, Westfield, West Orange and Union Twp.

For more information, visit HometowneTV.org.

Lisa Marie Latino and Aspiring Beauty Blogger Carissa Abraham

Lisa Marie Latino had 1010 WINS radio traffic reporter and aspiring beauty blogger Carissa Abraham in the #HipNJ studio to talk about her incredible radio career and newly realized love of everything skincare. Carissa dishes out the reality check everyone needs to hear about keeping skin healthy and maintaining a youthful glow!

Before Carissa began her passionate skincare journey, she first cultivated her successful radio career. She started out as a DJ during her undergrad years at Seton Hall where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting. She went on to land a job with the iHeartMedia, Inc. subsidiary Total Traffic & Weather Network. Her connections here helped her land a job as a substitute traffic reporter and an eventual full-time spot at Z100, New York’s #1 Hit Music Station.

Carissa’s impressive professional career is just one aspect of her resume. She is using her personal love of skincare to start a beauty blog focusing on maintenance and makeup. Her passion began when she noticed her own skin in need of some TLC. She used home remedies and facial mask treatments at first but eventually sought the help of a licensed aesthetician.

After receiving microdermabrasion treatments, Carissa realized how important it is to devote funds to treating bad skin. “Your skin is an investment” she says, “and it’s probably the best investment I’ve ever made!”. Carissa endorses starting treatments early and using quality makeup, like vegan and cruelty-free brands, to maintain fresh results.

See Carissa demo her homemade hair mask made from shea butter and coconut oil. The mask will keep your hair healthy through the dry, unforgiving winter months. It’s so important that you keep your hair clean and toxin-free any time of the year!

You can find Carissa on Instagram (@radiocarissa) and on SnapChat (@radiobellezza) where she posts cool beauty tips daily. Keep up to date so you don’t miss the premiere of her personal beauty blog and updates on her exciting radio career!