Bloomingdale’s Fall Fashion Show 2014

This week #HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon goes behind the scenes at Bloomingdales of The Shops at Riverside Mall‘s recent in-store fashion show.  It was a day full of style, fashion, and fun!

Kelly was able to speak with fashion expert and stylist Dawn Del Russo, host of this event, sponsored in part by HudsonMOD Magazine.

This year’s fashion show showed off the new fall collections of many international designers. They even showed how to wear, style, and put together different pieces to create fabulous fall looks!

Dawn shared with #HipNJ that this year’s fall collection is a little different. Some pastels will be introduced in many of the lines along with the normal deeper and darker fall colors! She says not to be afraid to wear the pastels this fall.

The amazing designs featured in this segment are only available at Bloomingdale’s. There are over 1,000 pieces made by these international designers.

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Get shopping #Hippers!

Choose New Jersey’s Growing the Garden State “Rocking Reception”

On October 9th, #HipNJ‘s business, labor, academia, nonprofit and government elite gathered at Choose New Jersey‘s inaugural Growing the Garden State “Rocking Reception”.  Over 320 packed Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster for great food, cocktails, entertainment by The Infernos, and high-level networking with New Jersey’s “business rockstars”.

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with many of the party’s VIPs on the red carpet, including Tracye McDaniel, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey; Ed Walsh, managing partner of Avison Young and the event’s chair; Randal Pinkett, president and CEO of BCT Partners (and Season 4 winner of “The Apprentice“!); former New York Giants great and senior VP of Avison Young, Bart Oates; Linda Bowden, New Jersey president of PNC Bank; Poonam Khubani, VP of Telebrands; and CEO of Siel America Glauco Pensini,  who moved his business to the Garden State, thanks to Choose New Jersey.

“The only two [New Jersey rockstars] who aren’t here are [Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen],” quipped Bernie Flynn, president and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers.

The “rocking reception” featured Steve Adubato as emcee and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno as the keynote speaker.

“You all know as well as I do that it’s a very competitive world, and companies have a choice.  We have to thank Choose New Jersey because we’re now in the game,” proclaimed Guadagno.

Choose New Jersey is a privately funded nonprofit dedicated to lead generation, business attraction and marketing that encourages investment in New Jersey, with a focus on helping the state’s most distressed cities become engines for economic growth.  More than $320,000 was raised at the “rocking reception” to help fuel Choose New Jersey’s mission.

Steve Kalafer, Chairman of Flemington Car & Truck Country of Dealerships and the Somerset Patriots, summed up the night- and the cause- best:

“Choose New Jersey because there’s a return on investment.  Choose New Jersey because it’s the most educated workforce in the United States.  Choose New Jersey because we’re at the cutting edge of technology.  Choose New Jersey because it’s right…and it’s hip!”

#HipNJ couldn’t agree more- we live in the best state to live, work and play!

For more on Choose New Jersey, visit

HipNJ: #TBT: Prelude to a Cure

This Thursday we’re throwing it back to the Prelude to a Cure Cancer Event at the Mount Holleran Towne Tavern in Parsippany-Troy Hills where #HipNJ’s very own Gina Cerniglia went behind the scenes to speak with none other than founder Claire Mattern along with actors Vincent Pastore and Louis Vanaria!

Claire tells #HipNJ The Prelude to a Cure Cancer event is to benefit lung cancer and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She says it was wonderful to start such an amazing event for such a good cause. Claire’s sister, Linda, died of lung cancer at the age of 28. She tells #HipNJ there are not enough research dollars for lung cancer and Claire really wants to make a difference. There is a stigma attached to lung cancer that if you have the disease it’s because you chose to smoke and caused it yourself; this is not necessarily true.

#HipNJ was also given the honor to speak with actor Vincent Pastore, Bug Pussy” of The Sopranos. He says he is here to support the cause and to make people more aware of what it’s all about. He also shared with us that people do still call him “Big Pussy” to this day!

Actor “Crazy Mario” of A Bronx Tale, Louis Vanaria, also allowed us to speak with him at this event. He is here in support of Claire’s sister as well and his friends invited him to come along to the event. Louis tells #HipNJ that he will be reoccurring on CBS’s hit television series Person’s of Interest!

One woman at the event tells us “people have come out to lend a helping hand and are doing it because its a good thing to do”. It’s really great to see #HipNJ supporting such a great cause! For more information on this event visit!

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