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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.

Puppy Costume Parade + Family Fall Festival!

As you all know, halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than attending the Long Branch Fall Festival and Pooch Parade! This is an event for the WHOLE family to enjoy, puppies included! It will take place at Pier Village, along the oceanfront boardwalk on Saturday, October 27th

Although the costumed puppies will definitely be the highlight of the event, there will be activities for the rest of the family to enjoy as well! The Festival will include bouncy rides, a costumed puppy parade, arts and crafts, touch a truck, craft vendors, a kids costume parade, Fresh Farmers and Makers Market, shopping, food and drink specials at local restaurants, and more!  A DJ will be present as well, along with costumed characters!

You will also be able to take the kiddies trick or treating throughout the shops of Pier Village and their Chamber of Commerce trailer and the Bungalow Hotel! They’ll love the idea of early trick or treating! The Pooch Parade will begin at 12pm, with the line-up happening at 11:30am. The Kids Costume Parade will begin at 2pm. The entire festival will go on from 11am-4pm

This is a cute and fun event for families or even groups of friends. Pier Village is looking to break last year’s 400-person record, and we know they can with #HipNj‘s help! 

See you there!