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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


NeriumAD at The Cutting Edge

#HipNJ‘s Maria Falzo hosted a fabulous NeriumAD event at #JerseyLuxe salon, The Cutting Edge in Fairfield.

This beauty event was the perfect stop to make before the weekend. With $15 blow outs, 30% off clothing and accessories, and a look at the latest skin care technology, you were sure to leave looking glamorous!

The real star of the event was NeriumAD, a new skin care regimen that fights the seven signs of aging: loose skin, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, pore shrinkage, and tone and texture. As an avid user, Maria has seen improvement in her own skin, including a decrease in fine lines around her eyes, laugh lines, and forehead.

NeriumAD is a not only fabulous for your skin, it is also all natural! It is free of gluten, parabens, propylene glycol, sulfates, synthetic colors, and phthalates. You can feel confident knowing you are not putting harsh chemicals on your skin; you can get a younger, healthier glow by using a simple day and night cream.

NeriumAD is a backed by real science that showcases real results. The Cutting Edge was dazzled by the before and afters of NeriumAD, and everyone was anxious to try it! You can see some of the incredible photos in our #HipNJ segment.

The Cutting Edge is a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs. Not only will you receive top-notch professional treatments, it’s also a fun, friendly environment!

For more information on NeriumAD, please visit

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