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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.

CandyStax by Lucia

Lucia Pitti on CandyStax by Lucia

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Lucia Pitti, creator and designer of CandyStax by Lucia, about her signature jewelry.

I was shopping at Neiman Marcus one day and came across these gorgeous colorful beaded bracelets in a glass display,” Pitti says. She checked the price tag, and could not believe how expensive they were. “I decided to look into making my own at a much more reasonable price,” she says. She did some research, formed relationships with vendors, and started creating her own pieces. 

“People quickly noticed my arm candy and asked if they could buy them, so that’s how I started my little company,” Pitti says. She came up with this name because the colorful stacked gemstones reminded her of candy, “and who doesn’t love candy?”

Pitti started her company five months after her wedding. “I had dedicated so much time to meticulously planning every detail of my wedding, that when it was over, I knew I wanted to start on another creative project,” she says. She crafts every single piece by hand and makes them exclusively.

CandyStax by Lucia has just launched an online store, which Pitti is extremely excited about. She has received requests to start an online store before, but never had the motivation to actually do it. Now, the popularity of her company has grown so it was the perfect time to launch.

To celebrate the launch, customers can currently receive 15% off site-wide, ending March 19th, as well as free shipping if your order is $200 or more. “I am releasing the Spring 2017 Collection on the first day of spring, March 20th, so there will be a new promotion at that time,” Pitti says.

Prices range anywhere from $39 to $78. “I always love a good bargain, so buyers will almost never pay retail,” Pitti says.

Pitti’s current favorite item, or her current “candy-crush,” is the Rose Gold Hammered bracelet. “Rose gold has become such a big trend and it adds a pop of flair to any stack,” she says.

To learn more about CandyStax by Lucia and to check out their merchandise, click here.

Bungalow

So, what does your dream closet look like? Picture it, then watch the video above…we’re sure the resemblance is keen.

Bungalow is an exclusive boutique located in downtown Millburn, NJ that is filled with fabulous fashion finds that are guaranteed to fit your style.  HipNJ’s Gina La Morte visited the boutique, where she spoke with the store’s owner, Eve Rosenzweig-Golden, to gleam more insight into her chic inspiration.

Since its inception in 2008, Bungalow has quickly become the go-to style destination.  Due to Eve’s extensive background in the industry (where she worked as a fashion editor and stylist), every piece in Bungalow’s collection is personally picked through a careful eye.  Day, night, work, or casual wear, Bungalow provides it all and in great taste.

Not only is Bungalow a fashionista’s dream closet, but they ship too!  Their online store rounds up the best fashion items every season & offer them in limited quantities for an exclusive online boutique experience. This allows them to offer fresh merchandise on a continuous basis.

In order to tap into your full style potential, visit Bungalow on their website and begin your #HipNJ shopping spree today.