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Hip Holidays 2018: Fun Socks

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino is here to tell you about the latest Hip List gift picks for the holidays! 

FUN COMPANY is a lifestyle brand of exciting products, retail stores, and experiences that encourage people to have real fun with self-expression. With positivity and passion, we create everyday essentials in a colorful way that makes life more FUN!

Founded in 2017 by Isaac E. Ash, a Brooklyn-born, Manhattan-based entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience in the legwear, apparel and accessories businesses, FUN COMPANY launched first with FUN SOCKS, and followed up with accessories like hats, bags and scarves. FUN SOCKS, like all other things FUN COMPANY does, reflects the attitude and vibe of New York: fashion-forward yet classic, edgy, outspoken and most of all, FUN.

Their socks, which feature both a men’s and women’s collection, uses the finest yarns to create a breathable, resilient sock with comfort toe seam and added arch support.

For more information, visit FunSocks.com or visit them at The Gathering Shops at Westfield Garden State Plaza!

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Fall Fashion with Priya Virmani

Fall Fashion with Priya Virmani

#HipNewJersey’s own Lisa Marie Latino had the pleasure of shopping with Garden State fashion guru, Priya Virmani! Virmani and Lisa took a trip to Bloomingdale’s Short Hills Mall, where Lisa was styled in the latest fall fashion trends! 

Priya Virmani is the founder of Privée by Priya , which is her style studio, created to help you build your ideal wardrobe. They also help with styling for special occasions, like birthdays, holidays, corporate events, photo shoots, etc. 

Virmani is a proud NJ resident who has always had a passion for fashion! When she was younger, she’d save up all of her allowance just to buy new clothes, and when she couldn’t, she’d take her sisters and create different looks mixing the clothes she had.

For most of Priya’s life, fashion was just a hobby. She went to college, got an MBA, got married, and had two daughters. She worked at a large bank for over ten years and then spent a few more years working in NYC. She also spent five years in Paris, the #1 place for great fashion! Today, she has turned her fashion hobby into a business!

As Priya styled Lisa, she focused not only on trends, but comfort and affordability as well. This is what being a “mixmaster” means. Bloomingdale’s is running the Mixmasters Campaign, where you mix high end brands with low end brands, as well as feminine fashion with comfortable fashion, i.e, a dress and sneakers!

Priya had Lisa rocking snake print, the “chunky sneaker” or “dad sneaker“, plaid, the “midi dress” and the “belt bag” which are all “in” right now and perfect for the season. As you can see, Priya really has an eye for fashion! What I love about her is the fact that she feels “anything goes” when it comes to fashion. She says fashion has no rules!

Make sure you contact Privée by Priya for your next big event. You’ll be sure to turn heads!

Fabulous Females: Parker Sanchez

There’s a meme I see often – “Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns.” This month’s Fabulous Female very appropriately has a real crown! Parker Sanchez, from Hardwick, is the reigning Mrs. Universal. On top of that she’s a part time SAHM of two active toddlers and works part time at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Parker recently changed careers after teaching ballroom dancing for over a decade. Prior to teaching dance, Parker attended Fordham University, where she obtained a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in History. Beauty and brains!

Parker has been involved in pageantry for ten years, and once she entered her first pageant she was hooked. For her it was a way to network with incredibly passionate, driven women who were doing serious volunteerism and using their titles to promote causes dear to their hearts. Parker is an ambassador and advisor for The Unmentionables, a nonprofit organization that provides forcibly displaced individuals and communities around the world with safe and consistent access to sexual and reproductive health education, services, and protection and empowerment programs.

Parker manages to single handedly run a household with two toddlers and a husband who’s in law enforcement (with a crazy schedule), volunteer for The Unmentionables and use her title as a megaphone to promote other causes she cares about. It’s exhaustive, but she has the support of her husband Pablo, or as she calls him, “Mr. Universal.” She told me that Pablo isn’t the type of guy to ask “why?”, but instead says “why not?” to any crazy idea or plan she has. There’s nothing more empowering for a woman than a husband who’s supporting and understanding (oh yeah and he’s my cousin!).

When I asked Parker how she’s able to juggle everything, she said she multitasks like a boss! For her the drive is that she wants her children see a mom who’s passionate about bettering the world, and to demonstrate to them that you can do anything you set your mind to … and of course Starbucks helps!! Give me that red eye stat!