George Brescia

Red Carpet Party with George Brescia

#HipNJ attended the third annual Red Carpet Party at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park to benefit Family and Children’s Services.

The Red Carpet Party was a hot affair, with over 200 guests in attendance from all around New Jersey. The evening started off with dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction. The auction had everything from jewelry, to handbags, to a day of styling with known fashion stylist, George Brescia.

The funds raised benefited Family and Children’s Services, an amazing organization that has been helping vulnerable, at risk children and disadvantaged families for over 120 years!

“It keeps our society stronger, it keeps families stronger, it keeps kids safe,” said William Webb, executive director of Family and Children’s Services.

The night was topped off with a glamorous fashion show, which included red carpet fashions by Cynthia Rowley, Guillermo Couture, JS Collections, Theia, Dressed by Lori, and Elizabeth Johns. #HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon even got to strut her stuff on the runway in two looks by Dressed by Lori!

Featured designer Guillermo Molina said, “I like to make women look and feel beautiful. I don’t do a collection, I do it by measurement, so each item is made specifically to the body where I can hide the negatives and bring out the positives.”

Guests even enjoyed some fashion advice from prominent image consultant and author, George Brescia. George shared his inside knowledge of working on the red carpet, giving helpful tips on how to look and feel like a red carpet star! His book, “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life,” promotes positive dressing and unveils the secrets to your wardrobe.

For up-and-coming fashionistas, this is must-see segment for you! Get inspired to ramp up your wardrobe and feel good, inside and out.

For more information on Family and Children’s Services, please visit

runway of dreams

Runway of Dreams

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon visited Bloomingdales at the Mall at Short Hills to attend the Runway of Dreams Spring 2015 fashion show.

Prominent #NJ fashion stylist Engie Hassan was celebrating her five-year anniversary for her company, EngieStyle, and decided to host this fabulous event to benefit Runway of Dreams. Engie gave us insight on the upcoming styles for Spring. Hint: you might want brighten that wardrobe with vivid colors and invest in some crop tops!

“I came across Runway of Dreams through a friend and I loved their mission statement!” said Engie.

Runway of Dreams is an organization that collaborates with fashion industry brands to modify and adapt clothing lines for differently-abled children and teens.

“One in twenty kids in the United States alone have a disability,” said Runway of Dream’s founder Mindy Scheier. “Runway of Dreams mission is to be able to inspire and motivate the fashion industry to make adaptive versions of their mainstream clothes.”

Mindy Scheier was inspired by her son, Oliver, who has muscular dystrophy. Clothes just weren’t fitting him correctly which sparked Mindy’s mission to revamp the fashion industry so all kids could feel comfortable and stylish.

Bloomingdales got on board with the organization and featured adapted clothes for the first wheelchair runway model, Jillian Mercado. Now a proud brand ambassador for Runway of Dreams, Jillian acts as an inspiration and fashion icon for disabled children and teens.

Bloomingdales generously donated 10% of all sales from the event to Runway of Dreams.

For more information on Runway of Dreams, please visit

everybody loves hazel

Everybody Loves Hazel

New author Carla Komar is promoting positivity and friendship in her release of children’s book, “Everybody Loves Hazel”.

This New Jersey native encourages happiness and the joy of helping others to young children through a lovable chick named Hazel. She sat down and chatted with #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino about her book and unique home design.

Carla’s daughter Charlie, along with some of her friends, kicked off the segment with a very important question, “What does love mean to you?” Charlie gave the very special response of, “When my mom comes home from work, I give her a big hug!” Clearly positive vibes run in this family.

Carla’s cute chick Hazel believes in happiness, hope, peace, trust, friends, and love. The story focuses on Hazel’s trip into town to pick up her pink birthday cake, where she meets some friends along the way. As readers follow Hazel’s journey, they learn that helping others makes every day a brighter, happier one!

The character of Hazel stemmed from a children’s accessory line created by Carla. The six meanings of Hazel are represented by different fun, colorful bracelets. Not only are these bracelets cute and fashionable, they are a reminder that a little kindness goes a long way.

Carla’s home is just as colorful as her book and bracelets. Carla’s background in children’s apparel brought her all around the world, and she has brought a piece from each journey into her home. This eclectic home décor speaks to the creativity that blossoms in the Komar household!

Whether you’re an up-and-coming author or just need a little dose of positivity, this is a must-see segment!

For more information on Carla Komar or to purchase “Everybody Loves Hazel,” please visit

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