Category Archives: Jersey Luxe

Hip New Jersey holds the key to unlock the best-kept secrets in local luxe living. Featuring magnificent real estate and extravagant home décor, we’ll take you inside the most luxurious homes and introduce you to the highest-quality fashion, beauty and wellness.

Master Phil Ross, “The Kettlebell King”

A “kettlebell” may not look like much, but it is a valuable key that unlocks your mind, body and soul’s optimal potential.

#HipNJ got a chance to have a personal workout session with one of only eight masters of kettlebell training in the world, Master Phil Ross

Master Ross has been training all walks of life for 38 years- from UFC fighters, NFL athletes and celebrities, to children, law enforcement officials and those who are looking to improve their health.

Personally, he is in a class all on his own; at almost 52 years old, he has the stamina and physique of a 25-year-old.  His bountiful passion and charming personality helps clients get through their grueling workouts at his studio in Ho Ho Kus.

Master Ross- who is also a Master RKC, bodyweight specialist and 8th Degree Black Belt- was introduced to kettlebells by former UFC champion Frank Shamrock.  He proceeded to learn everything he could about these unique objects.

He has turned his unparalleled kettlebell knowledge into a vast library.  The Kettlebell Workout Library is a culmination of more than 6 years of Kettlebell Based workouts designed by Master Ross. Strength, explosive power, balance, flexibility, durability, longevity and cardiovascular endurance are all addressed.  The 20-hour DVD Compilation consists of 104 Kettlebell-based workouts and a 140 page full color manual.  You can find more information here.  

To learn more about Master Phil Ross and to try using kettlebells yourself, visit Phil’s website.

#HipNJWeddings: Justin Alexander Bridal

Did you know that one of the top wedding dress designers is located right here in #HipNJ?  In our latest #HipNJWeddings segment, we visited the showroom of Justin Alexander Bridal in Pine Brook!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino (who will be rocking a JA Signature dress at her upcoming September nuptials!) sat with creative director Terry Hilferty to talk about what every bride needs to know while shopping for the most important dress she’ll ever wear.

The #HipNJ bride is “sophisticated,” explained Terry.  Justin Alexander has found that the New Jersey bride gravitates to the finer laces or some other type of special treatment. Trending now is a cap sleeve or pop-over jacket to transform the dress, creating two different looks. What the #HipNJ bride wants, she gets!

No matter your style or budget, there are many lines to choose from.  Justin is the core line, portraying a vintage and timeless look. Signature is the higher-end line off of Justin, having more intricate detailing.  Sincerity features a girl-next-door feel that is effortless to wear.  While the Sweetheart is the most affordable line, it still upholds the same romantic character as her counterparts.  Finally, their newest line Lillian West features gowns that are simplistic yet sexy.

A current concern of the wedding industry are counterfeit dresses. These dresses are manufactured and sold out of  Asia.  Crooks are stealing Justin Alexander’s copyrighted images and posting them on their websites.  Thinking they are getting a beautiful bargain, horrified brides are receiving dresses that don’t come close to the quality that Justin Alexander and other reputable designers provide.

To ensure that the #HipNJ bride is getting her authentic Justin Alexander dress, please visit I Do…I Do… in Morristown, Jay West in Haddonfield, or a #HipNJ location near you.

For more information, visit their website.

Star Dog

Do you give a “shirt?”

Star Dog certainly does.  What started out as a small charitable concept is now a booming business helping children in need!

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon sat with the founder and owner of Star Dog, Denise Riccotti, to learn more about this stylish organization.

The company was born out of a clothing donation Denise made to an orphanage in Mexico.  The children were ecstatic when they received the brand-new garments, and asked if they could have dogs printed on the shirts.  Thus, a brand was born!

Star Dog’s shirts are made from pre-shrunk, soft spun cotton, and are available in all sizes.  #HipNJ charities that SD is affiliated with include The Valerie Fund’s “Camp Happy Times”; Your Grandmother’s Cupboard; Father English Center and many, many more.

When you purchase a shirt from Star Dog, they in turn donate one back one of their charities.  To pay it forward in a fashionable way, or to learn more about Star Dog, please visit their website.