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Beauty by Blair

HipNJ’s Alex Lee spoke with New Jersey based make-up artist Blair Collier, of BLO Lounge in Livingston, NJ to learn how she turned her passion for beauty, into her career.

When it comes to make-up artistry, Blair’s talent knows no bounds. Whether you need full glam for a wedding or Bat Mitzvah, or just to get camera ready for an engagement or maternity shoot, Blair will make sure you put your best face forward.

Where others might feel overwhelmed, Blair thrives on high energy situations, loving the hustle and bustle of a Bridal Suite Make-up Session.

Blair’s talent and dedication have been years in the making. She recalls that even from a young age, she was intrigued by her mother’s make-up routine. Recently, with the support of her family, she took her love of make-up artistry to the next level, getting certified at Artist and Makeup Academy (AMA) in Hoboken, NJ. “Finally, I did something for me…I love it and I wouldn’t turn back!”

When asked what the future holds, Blair is motivated and optimistic. She sees herself growing, with more clients and social media followers.

If you have a special event and want to look and feel your best, Blair can be found on Instagram at @BeautyByBlair_BBB.

Modern Farmhouse Design

Modern Farmhouse Design

If you have been hearing buzz about “modern farmhouse” or perhaps Chip & Joanna Gaines‘ makes your jaw drop, I am here to break it down for you!

This trend takes super clean palettes and layers on warm wood, texture, greenery and the result is utter simplicity. You may be a modern farmhouse devotee if you:

*Love to pop vintage finds against clean white walls;

*Have a thing for reclaimed wood;

*Think some over-sized lanterns would make great pendants over your kitchen island.

Some key elements to pull it off:

*Keep it simple. Remember relaxed elements and the contrast of the textures – think knotty wood and some wrought iron.

*If you want to pull off window treatments in this style think old shutters or even handkerchief linen. 

*What about rugs? How about some estate sale finds, worn with age?

*Then there are the elements of barn doors and ship lap paneling which I would use sparingly – unless of course you are on a real farm.

Photo Credit: KEN LINSTEADT ARCHITECTS

Business in New Jersey

Four Industries to Consider Launching a New Business in New Jersey

The “Crossroads of the East”, New Jersey is a fantastic state in which to start a new business in 2019. With over 15,000 factories and over one-sixth of the country’s pharmaceuticals manufactured here, healthcare is an especially good industry to get your start in, if you have the experience. However, New Jersey has a lot more to offer than just drugs. If you live in the state and want to start a new enterprise, keep reading for some ideas that are sure to make you money.

1. Pharmaceuticals
As mentioned above, New Jersey is where over one-sixth of the country’s pharmaceuticals are manufactured. While the state is host to some large companies like Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Healthcare, this doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for new entrepreneurs. New Jersey’s pharmaceutical growth has been increasing at a dramatic rate since 2011, and research institutions and teaching hospitals are both needed. If you have experience in this industry, it is definitely worth considering.

2. CBD
CBD is one of the largest growing industries throughout the country, in part due to its versatility to treat a variety of ailments. And, what’s more, the legal hemp market is expected to grow to $1.8 billion by the year 2020. Because of this, it can be a great industry to consider getting started in. Whether you are interested in distributing or just supplying CBD products, it’s wise to find a supplier you can trust. Bulk CBD hemp seeds can be purchased online from a company like Cope CBD; this is a good option as you can rest assured they meet the legal guidelines of the country.

3. Finance
Due to New Jersey’s closeness to New York City, it’s an attractive place to launch a financial services company. Chubb and Prudential both have their headquarters in the state, but even smaller firms can start up here for a much lower price than in neighboring New York. Whether you want to start a wealth management company, an advisory service, an insurance and banking brand, or a brokerage, there are plenty of opportunities to get started here, and plenty of clients and customers who would be willing to give you a try.

4. Information Technology
Finally, one last industry that is definitely worth considering is the information technology industry. Over 360,000 people currently work in this industry in New Jersey, and there are lots of options for startup companies, especially if you choose to create an information technology startup that could help serve the manufacturing industry. From computer systems design to software publishing, communications equipment manufacturing to data services, there are lots of different options available to those who want to launch in the state.
Due to its proximity to New York, and the amount of businesses who already have headquarters in the state, New Jersey is a fantastic place to launch a business. Choose an industry that matches your qualifications and jump in. What have you got to lose?