Category Archives: #HipNJ Weddings

#HipNJ Weddings profiles the top vendors and venues unique to the Garden State, and dishes on the latest trends the #HipNJ bride must know while planning The Big Day!

Ateliers 113 Salon

Sure, we’d all love to travel the world and get pampered by beauty masters from all over. Ateliers 113 in Summit, NJ is bringing a little piece of that dream to life in their gorgeous Salon!

#HipNJ’s Alex Lee welcomes Ateliers 113 owner, Michelle Azouz and Master Designer, Ruben Torres to the studio to talk all about what it takes to be successful in today’s beauty industry.

This full-service salon focuses mainly on hair design – the true passion of owner Michelle. And with this multiple award-winning professional at the helm, this salon isn’t following the trends, they are setting them! Her 20-plus years of experience include training and traveling through the United States, Europe and North Africa.

Michelle and Ruben are seeing more and more fun color requests coming through their door. So whether you want to keep it natural looking, or are “dye”ing to know how you’d look like with full on rose gold tresses, Ateliers 113 has the knowledge to elevate your look.

Ateliers 113’s extensive menu includes precision cuts for men and women, perms and special event styling. With Prom and Wedding season upon us, this is definitely where you want to get your hair-glam on!

They are also strong believers in maintaining healthy hair through a healthy scalp, offering scalp treatments and massages for that extra level of pampering.

As a Master stylist, Ruben brings the perfect blend of passion and technicality. While he remembers being inspired as a young boy by his own mother’s post-pampering joy, he knew the importance of a vast education. “It’s nice to be artistic, but at some point you need to make sense of what you’re doing…so there’s a technical side to it as well.”

To learn more about Ateliers 113, visit and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Beauty by Blair

HipNJ’s Alex Lee spoke with New Jersey based make-up artist Blair Collier, of BLO Lounge in Livingston, NJ to learn how she turned her passion for beauty, into her career.

When it comes to make-up artistry, Blair’s talent knows no bounds. Whether you need full glam for a wedding or Bat Mitzvah, or just to get camera ready for an engagement or maternity shoot, Blair will make sure you put your best face forward.

Where others might feel overwhelmed, Blair thrives on high energy situations, loving the hustle and bustle of a Bridal Suite Make-up Session.

Blair’s talent and dedication have been years in the making. She recalls that even from a young age, she was intrigued by her mother’s make-up routine. Recently, with the support of her family, she took her love of make-up artistry to the next level, getting certified at Artist and Makeup Academy (AMA) in Hoboken, NJ. “Finally, I did something for me…I love it and I wouldn’t turn back!”

When asked what the future holds, Blair is motivated and optimistic. She sees herself growing, with more clients and social media followers.

If you have a special event and want to look and feel your best, Blair can be found on Instagram at @BeautyByBlair_BBB.

Edgewood Country Club

Newly Engaged? Visit Edgewood Country Club!

Did you become a newly engaged #HipNJ couple this holiday season? You’re not alone – according to, 40% of all engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. This, coupled with the fact that engagement periods are getting shorter than in generations past, means the competition is fierce for your dream date and venue.

#HipNJ suggests you make an appointment sooner rather than later to visit one of the Garden State’s premier wedding spots: Edgewood Country Club in River Vale!

Candice Timmerman, event coordinator of Edgewood Country Club, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to chat with our Lisa Marie Latino about the club’s brand-new modern amenities.

Edgewood Country Club, founded in 1956 on the grounds of two former pre-Revolutionary War farmsteads that were later converted into a country manor estate, offers distinctive facilities in a warm, but sophisticated, setting. The club’s jewel is an impeccably-maintained, 27-hole golf course, staffed by PGA-certified golf professionals. It also boasts one of New Jersey’s largest heated swimming pools, a cardio and strength training fitness facility, and a newly decorated clubhouse for both member and non-member dining and special events.

The clubhouse, which offers fine dining and gracious service, is host to many events such as weddings, golf outings, banquets, bar/bat mitzvahs and other parties for up to 400 guests.

In 2017, Edgewood Country Club completed a full-scale renovation and enhancement project, which only added to the property’s beauty and charm.

“I think Edgewood encompasses a lot of what today’s young couples are looking for,” explained Candice. “As it is very modern but elegant. A lot of couple tells me it very much reminds them of the color schemes of their own apartments…so it’s very much the right feel for the engaged today.”

Candice also explains how couples can truly make their special day their own- no “cookie cutter” packages here!

For information on events, call Candice Timmerman at 201-666-1200, extension 218 or visit