Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

Christina Scaglione of “Jersey Shore Massacre”

West Orange, New Jersey is known for their famous residents- Ian Ziering, Scott Wolf, and Mike Pitt, just to name a few.

Now you can add another name to the list- actress Christina Scaglione, star of the new movie “Jersey Shore Massacre“. Christina stopped by the #HipNJ Studios to talk with Lisa Marie Latino about her role and more!

“Jersey Shore Massacre” is horror comedy loosely based on the reality TV series “Jersey Shore”, and is executive-produced by one of the show’s stars, Jenni “JWoww” Farley.

After losing their Seaside Heights beach rental, “Teresa” and her girlfriends wind up in the Pine Barrens.   Unbeknownst to the group, a mentally deranged killer is out for their blood.  Christina plays “GiGi”, the innocent one of the group who “carries around a stuffed animal and is super-involved with her boyfriend.”

JSM is Christina’s first feature, and she enjoyed every aspect of the experience.  “Everything from the amazing crew to the red carpet experience was a dream come true.”

Christina isn’t the only talented Scaglione-  her brother, Dominic, played Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys!  

“Jersey Shore Massacre” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers.  You can also view on-demand: Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Direct TV, and Dish Network.  

Fashion Swain

If you are looking for the latest trends in fashion, the hot blog Fashion Swain is a must-visit!

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon chatted with the creator of Fashion Swain, Cara Zamorski.  They spoke about the world of blogging, her fashion idols, great shopping spots in New Jersey and more.

Cara explained how she came up with the catchy name of her website:  “I was thinking about how confident I feel when I have a great new outfit on, and it compares to the butterflies of dating someone new.  “Swain” means male lover, so it was a perfect fit for my blog- I feel like I’m having a fling with fashion!”

Fashion Swain’s “Outfit of the Day” posts have been among the sites’ most popular reads.  “Guest Flings”, where followers can submit their own photos of their favorite looks, is a huge hit as well.

Her fashion inspirations include the Kardashians and E! host Giuliana Rancic, just to name a few.

What are Cara’s favorite places to shop in #HipNJ?  “The boutiques are my favorite, and there are so many hidden gems across the state.  My favorite mall store is Express.”

For more on Cara’s takes on fashion, visit

New York Red Bulls

The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be over, but you can still catch some competitive, high-energy “fùtbol” action right here in #HipNJ!

Red Bull Arena in Harrison is home of the New York Red Bulls, one of Major League Soccer‘s premiere franchises.  Red Bull Arena has set the standard for other MLS venues across the country, and rivals as one of best around the world.

There isn’t a bad seat among the 25,000 that’s housed in this state-of-the-art facility. Red Bull Arena is also easily accessible for #HipNJ fans, via public transportation including the PATH Trains and NJ Transit to the Harrison Station

#HipNJ caught up with Melissa Brennan, Red Bulls Senior Director of Marketing Partnerships, and she talked about how the Red Bulls team with their sponsors- many of whom are major Garden State corporations- to give spectators an entertaining game-day experience.  

One of the Red Bulls’ key sponsors is Affinity Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Basking Ridge.  VP of Marketing & eCommerce, Jean-Albert Maisonneuve, spoke to #HipNJ about Affinity’s involvement in the Red Bull Fan Zone.  Affinity’s portion includes a fun photo booth, cool giveaways and an awesome virtual soccer game.  Other experiences in “The Zone” include a street team performing tricks, music and the Coors Light Cold Zone (a beer garden) for the older fans.  All of these elements provides an amazing atmosphere for fans of all ages.

For more on Affinity and to enter to win a VIP New York Red Bulls experience, visit their Facebook page.  Hurry, their contest ends July 18th!