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Ambience: A Specialty Boutique

Sometimes the name of a place really says it all. Ambience Boutique, located in Edgewater, New Jersey, is no exception. From the moment you walk in, this specialty store has a vibe and a spirit all its own, offering chic colorful fashions rivaled only by beautiful artwork adorning the walls, set in a warm, yet industrial environment.

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo recently spoke to Dorothy Regan, co-owner of Ambience Boutique to learn about all the amazing things they are doing to empower women in their community. 

Ambience Boutique was started by Dorothy Regan and Grace Guido. They share a common vision to enhance and transform women’s sense of self through fashion. Regan describe the store as “a fun, community place” and we definitely agree! 

The store provides a positive place of empowerment for women by allowing local artists to showcase their work on the walls and hosting events to celebrate local women.

When it comes to fashion, Dorothy focuses more on how you FEEL in the clothes than how they look on you. “We mix it up! What we love, what we feel that you’re going to come in to the store and say ‘If I put this on, I’m going to feel fantastic wherever I go.’”

Soon, Ambience Boutique will be offering a premium home try-on service for women living in Manhattan, which Dorothy compared to having a “fitting room in your own home.” Which is great for women on the go who don’t necessarily have the time to go out and shop. 

To learn more about Ambience Boutique and what they have to offer you can check them out on their website www.shopambience.com.

Gwenn Seemel: Her Art and Her Message

The only thing more colorful than Gwenn Seemel’s paintings is her vibrant personality. #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently sat down with this French-American artist to discuss her unique painting style and her powerful messaging.

Gwenn’s unmistakable style has been crafted for years, having been inspired at an early age to pursue a career in art when she received positive feedback from her brother. From there, with a push from her family, she attended art classes and her career has blossomed ever since.

Gwenn specializes in portrait work, as well as conceptual pieces, like the work she did for her book Crime Against Nature: a more accurate telling of what’s natural. The book seeks to shatter gender and social norms through evidence found in nature as well as Gwenn’s paintings of the corresponding species that shatters the existing concept.

While Gwenn’s paintings have been shown all over the United States – and even in some photo filters – she recently made headlines for something that happened right in New Jersey. During the opening day of the Love and Fear Exhibition at the Montclair Public Library, one of Gwen’s six pieces, featuring imagery of President Trump, was removed during the first 30 minutes. The library originally cited ‘profanity’ as the cause for the removal but has since issued a statement and rehung the painting.  

Lucky for us, Gwenn brought in some of her paintings to show off. They included a sunset modeled after where she lives in Surf City, two portraits, and a dinosaur image with bunny ears. Together, Gwenn and Lisa Marie discussed the meaning behind each of the paintings and the inspiration behind their creation.  

Gwenn’s paintings are so striking that they command your attention, however seeing them in person is absolutely hypnotizing. Our studio found itself much like a traffic jam, everyone gathering around to stare, mouths open, at Gwenn’s work. The attention to detail is apparent in every deliberate stroke; all seeming independent from the other, but all adding up to tell one story and paint one picture. Everyone had a differing opinion in which piece was their favorite and why.  Everyone found something that spoke to them, directly. 

You can see Gwenn’s work in person during her three current shows: “Love and Fear” at the Montclair Public Library, “Empathetic Magic” at Lyceum Hall in Burlington, NJ and “Crime Against Nature” at the FIAF in Montclair, NJ. 

For more information on Gwenn, visit https://www.gwennseemel.com/ and be sure to visit one of Gwenn’s three current exhibitions:

Crime Against Nature
Open: through May 8th
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 6 PM, Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM
FIAF Montclair
7 North Willow Street, Suite 7
Montclair, NJ 07042

Empathetic Magic
Open: through 29th by appointment
Lyceum Hall
432 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
609-239-0029

Love and Fear
Open: through April 29th
Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 1 to 6 PM
Montclair Public Library Gallery
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Diane Henderiks: Fresh to Frozen and Back

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo was joined in the studio by Diane Henderiks; Chef, Nutritionist and Host of “Fresh to Frozen and Back.” This show teaches viewers how to properly prepare meals, freeze them and then bring them back to life later. The result is flavor-packed food that hits the table quickly, saving time and money – a winning recipe in our book!

In this segment Diane discusses one of her secret weapons for infusing flavor: marinades! They are super easy to prepare and freeze. Together, Diane and Maria put together a Curry Yogurt marinade and a Citrus Lime marinade – is your mouth watering, too?Both recipes come together in under three minutes and they go great with any protein. We envision these recipes being a hit at your first summer barbeque, whether as a sandwich, on a salad or just on their own.

Aside from being amazingly simple, these recipes taste great and encourage re-using left overs instead of letting them go to waste. Our favorite part is that you can prepare the meals on your own time, whenever it works best for your schedule!

To learn more about Diane and “Fresh to Frozen and Back” go to www.dianehenderiks.com or check out her show on Roku TV! Be on the lookout for Season Two, which will also be on Amazon Prime and iTunes.