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Episode 8 of Hip New Jersey

 
Hey #HipNJ! Episode 8 of Hip New Jersey features celebrity designers, goat yoga, a behavioral health fundraiser, and a tour of The Gathering Shops!
 
Lisa Marie Latino was delighted to speak with Christian Siriano who has had the pleasure of working with celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Lisa Marie’s favorite singer, Kelly Clarkson! They spoke together at #TheGatheringShops which is a collection of designer brands, curated by Anna Maria Sandegran. Brands featured at #TheGatheringShops include the following:
 
Fun Socks: a trendy sock brand made for all styles including leisure, business, parties and anything in between!
Digmi: A dream-chasing, confident, lifestyle brand founded by Ray “Digmi” Navarrete, a New-Jersey raised, former professional baseball player.
Nina Jarebrink: “a favorite among top stylists and edgy celebrities who all love the tailored elegance and demure sexiness of her clothes and accessories.”
 
Lisa Marie also interviewed Aisha from Aisha RTW in the #HipNJ studio. They discussed her ‘ready-to-wear’ brand which is “about celebrating life and inviting people to take part in this celebration of life and all it offers.” The Aisha brand features women’s ready-to-wear dresses, capes, coats, handbags and scarves.
 
Lisa Marie spoke with Kristin Broek and Taryn Lagonigro, owners of Iris Mind and Body in Cedar Grove, about their company and the latest craze hitting the fitness industry…goat yoga! Their quirky goat yoga activity was started as a way to make yoga fun and exciting for newcomers. This activity sounds like a great a way to unload some stress and venture out of your comfort zone! 
 
#HipNJ also was in attendance for the Trinitas Health Foundation’s #PeaceOfMind event, which benefitted renovations to the Behavioral Health Facility at Trinitas Medical Center. The evening featured Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Journalist Jack Ford as guest speakers. It was very nice to be a part of such a great cause!
 
You’ll be able to watch on HomeTowne TV, NJ on AIR or on HipNewJersey.com.
 
Happy Holidays!
jennifer olawski

Reason for the Season Fundraiser

Hey #HipNJ, we hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving yesterday! Recently, I had the chance to speak with Jennifer Olawski, Founder of the Reason for the Season Fundraiser!
 
This fundraiser was started two years ago in Paterson where Jennifer was an elementary school teacher. She was talking to one of her first-graders and asked if she was excited for the holidays. Her student told her that she wasn’t because she has never received a gift on Christmas. Jennifer was crushed to hear this. To make it up to her student, she started this fund to give all 500 students a gift for Christmas.
 
Her first year was a success as she raised $3000 and was able to give each student an arts and crafts set. Her second year she raised $6000 and was able to gift each child a winter hat, gloves, and either an arts and crafts set or a slime kit!
 
Now entering her third year at a new location at Lincoln Elementary in New Brunswick, Jennifer is continuing the tradition and is doing better than ever! As of today, she has raised $8,830!! With this much raised, she is aiming to give her students winter accessories and a toy! 
 
This fund was started because of the little girl who was sad about the upcoming holiday. Jennifer hopes that this fund shows her students and the rest of the world that acts of kindness still exist. She also hopes that people will pay it forward and continue to treat others with generosity!
 
To learn more about the fundraiser and how to donate, click here!

Blow Outs for Boobies Fundraiser!

Three years ago, my daughter came home asking for a pink extension in her hair. She wanted the extension since all of her friends had one. Since I’m not one to follow the mainstream, I agreed to let her get the pink extension with a caveat. She had to figure out a way to raise money to donate. My ex mother in law had a mastectomy, and I’ve had friends diagnosed with breast cancer. For these reasons, this is a cause that is near to my heart.

We took to Google to find a salon that put in extensions. We came across Dolce Hair Design in Lyndhurst. After research, on pricing, etc we found the salon was hosting a Blow Outs for Boobies fundraiser. We stopped in the salon, and after getting her pink extension my daughter made her pitch to owner Nicole Scott. She asked Nicole if she (with moms help) could make and sell cupcakes the day of the event. We would take our proceeds and add them to what the salon raised. Nicole immediately said yes, and there began our tradition of participating in this yearly event.

Blow Outs for Boobies stemmed as a partnership with the Lyndhurst Police Departments Pink Patch Project, which started in 2015. Nicole, and her sister Michele, wanted to get involved because they personally know many women, inclusive of some clients, who have been affected by breast cancer. Not being women to sit on the sidelines, they rallied their amazing staff and got involved in 2016. This is their third year partnering with the LPD and to date have raised over $5000!

The Lyndhurst Police Department is one of the Pink Patch partners, and it’s spearheaded by Sergeant Rick Pizzutti.  Sgt. Pizzutti uses this as a platform to bring awareness to the disease, while raising money for the John Theurer Cancer Center, in Hackensack.  The LPD raises money, and awareness, not just by supporting Blow Outs for Boobies, but also by selling pink patches and tee shirts all throughout the month of October. All proceeds donated to the John Theurer Cancer Center.

This year’s event is on Sunday October 28th, from 11am-3pm.  Blowouts are $25, and everyone who participates will be entered into an iPad raffle. There will be music, other giveaways and of course pink frosted cupcakes and pink lemonade. Please stop by and get a fabulous blowout, cupcake and enjoy some great music. As always, 100% of the proceeds will be donated.