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babbleboxx holiday preview

BabbleBoxx Holiday Preview

BabbleBoxx, founded by South Orange‘s Sherri Langburt, is a group of seasoned professionals who service a very important niche in the fast changing, constantly emerging field of social media marketing. They provide boxes that are a competition-free, theme-based sampling program that places product in the hands of social media influencers who are guaranteed to post, pin, snap, tweet and share!

#HipNJ recently attended BabbleBoxx’s Holiday Preview at Midtown Loft + Terrace to get a sneak peak at the season’s hottest items! Here are the #HipList‘s top picks:

Bluestone Lane Coffee
Instagram: @bluestonelanecoffee

This holiday season, cuddle by the fire with a hot cup of Bluestone Lane coffee. Bluestone Lane offers a refined product proposition dedicated to producing the highest quality coffee and complementary foods, delivered in an engaging way. They are focused on creating environments where customers are immersed in the experience and leave feeling like a local. Bluestone Lane Coffee is influenced from the renowned coffee culture hub of Melbourne Australia, where premium coffee is a way of life. BlueStoneLane.com

QYK Sonic
Instagram: @qyksonic

Update your beauty regimen in 2019! ZOE by QYK Sonic is the first and only 3-in-1 anti-aging Sonic Beauty Device that effectively Cleanses, Massages, and Applies your skincare products. Choose your favorite color ZOE and get it shipped in an eco-friendly box. QYKsonic.com

Deepa Gurnani
Instagram: @deepagurnani

More dazzling than a Christmas tree display is the glam of Deepa Gurnani, a luxury brand that’s focused on limited edition trend-led capsule collections. The husband and wife partnership of Deepa and Jay Lakhani pride themselves on their handmade craftsmanship, accessorized with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones. DeepaGurnani.com

Chick-fil-A Catering
Instagram: @chickfila

Keep your weight in check this holiday season with Chick-fil-A! Their catering menu offers many healthy options for you and your guests. Among their freshly prepared options are grilled chicken platters, fruit trays, a variety of salads and more. With their newly improved Chick-fil-A app, you can earn points with every purchase. Chick-il-A.com/Catering

Instagram: @splashmixers

SPLASH Mixers are natural, low-calorie, low-sugar, low-carbohydrate, non- alcoholic, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher certified and vegan cocktail mixers. From Michelin star chefs to celebrity mixologists, SPLASH Mixers get rave reviews because they taste great. They are available in five delicious flavors – Margarita, Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Mojito and Ginger Pear – and are sure to be the hit of your holiday happy hour! SplashMixers.com

Eternal Fleur
Instagram: @eternalfleur

Hope springs eternal, and so does Eternal Fleur! Their mission is simple: to create amazing quality preserved rose box arrangements for customers to enjoy for four seasons or longer. Each floral arrangement is hand crafted with one-of-a kind boxes and responsibly sourced preserved roses with Rainforest Alliance Certification. EternalFleur.com

VIP Survivor
Instagram: @VIP_Survivor

Accessory Designer Leigh Ann Barnes created VIP Unlimited Bands, which features exclusive designer remnants of Italian leather, lambskin, snakeskin, embossed patent leather and artisan original hand-painted leather. The small leather cuff that converts into a ponytail tie carries an important message: they are assembled by Very Important People (VIP’s), survivors of domestic violence. Women from all over the United States residing in transitional housing have the opportunity to earn money while in a safe, healing environment. They are trained by Barnes and are paid to make the product. This puts “gift giving” on a whole new level. VIPUnlimitedBands.com

Tura Inc.
Instagram: @turainc

The pursuit of exquisite craftsmanship and a passion for design has centered Tura as a fashion eyewear leader for over 80 years. The Tura Inc. brand portfolio includes: Tura, Kate Young for Tura, Ted Baker, L.A.M.B., gx by Gwen Stefani, Lulu Guinness, Brendel, Geoffrey Beene, Humphrey’s and TITANflex. Designed in studios in New York City and Nuremberg, Germany, their frames are manufactured all over the globe and maintain the highest level of quality assurance in the industry. Tura.com

International Day of the Girl: Girls Helping Girls and Unstoppable Girls!

Children are like blank canvases. We, the people around them, are responsible for who they become. Like sponges, they soak up what they see and hear, and those things are embedded into their memories. There’s a difference though, between little girls and little boys. Little girls are faced with issues and hardship before they even understand it, but they see it, they hear it, and the older they get, the more apparent it becomes. There are issues like gender roles, male privilege, rape culture, just to name a few, that little girls cannot escape.

#DayoftheGirl was created to bring awareness and put an end to this dilemma. It’s mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership, and reach their full potential”. Since 2011, The United Nations has dedicated October 11th to fighting for rights and opportunities for all girls everywhere. 

“October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement. A worldwide revolution.” 

In light of International Day of the Girl,  #HipNJ would like to highlight two phenomenal programs created by two different generations of “girls”. These programs are the embodiment of the meaning behind #DayoftheGirl. Their missions revolve around ensuring that girls have the proper tools to be the best that they can be, despite the trials brought on by society. 

The first program is “Girls Helping Girls. Period.”, based right in South Orange, NJ. This program was founded by 17 year old Emma Joy and 13 year old Quinn Joy, teenage sisters who wanted to provide women and girls in need with feminine hygiene products. Because these products are not covered by food stamps, some females are forced to miss work or school because they can’t afford the proper items. Emma and Quinn could not believe this and therefore started this non-profit organization. Today, they donate a year’s supply of products to every client they help.  

“At Girls Helping Girls. Period. we believe feminine hygiene is a matter of basic health. And human dignity. We’re dedicated to educating people on the need, and collecting/distributing products. We give our clients a full year’s supply of products.”

“This problem needs recognition from anyone. It’s not just about girls helping girls, it’s everyone helping each other.” -Quinn Joy

The next program is “Unstoppable Girls Foundation“, founded by Caryl R Lucas, located in Clifton, NJ. In addition to being the founder of Unstoppable Girls, Caryl is also a girl’s activist and motivational speaker. This non-profit organization is dedicated to bully prevention and the health and wellness girls. She founded the Unstoppable Girls Empowerment Summer Retreat in 2013 to provide girls, ages 11-21 with workshops that touch on cyber safety, body image, bully prevention, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and social media. Today, the mission is the same. Unstoppable Girls offers workshops, events, and the summer retreat, in an attempt to produce confident female leaders. 

“The core of our work is affirming that our girls are smart, unique respectful, creative, beautiful, fearless and comfortable in their own skin. When girls are inspired & educated, they are Unstoppable!”

On this year’s #InternationalDayoftheGirl, #HipNJ just wanted to shed some light on a few New Jersey based #GirlHeroes who are working towards the ultimate goal of this international holiday. With girls and women being the underdogs of society, we all need to stick together to ensure that no female gets lost in this image. Because I am a woman myself, this day is very special to me. Today we celebrate us, girls EVERYWHERE. We speak up. We help one another. We take control. 

Happy #DayoftheGirl! 


Minette's Angels

Garden State Partners Come Together for Minette’s Angels

It truly takes a village to put together a great event, and no one knows and appreciates that fact like our staff here at #HipNJ. In anticipation of tonight’s Minette’s Angels “Celebration of Angels” gala at The Park Savoy, we want to spotlight some kind-hearted Garden State brands and organizations that helped bring the silent auction prizes and gala swag bags to the next level.

Bella Cape by Katherine Mahony Designs

#HipNJ Silent Auction Partners

  • State Theatre New Jersey & The Heldrich (New Brunswick)
  • MPAC Performing Arts Center & Mille’s Meatballs (Morristown)
  • Papermill Playhouse and Peter’s (Millburn)
  • SOPAC and The Reservior (South Orange)
  • Katherine Mahony Designs 
  • Gotham Steel
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Lisa Battaglia 
  • Virginia Wolf NYC
  • Tervis
  • Extravagonzo 
  • Hamptons Salt Company 

Goody Bags Aren’t Just for Kids

Attendees will cap off their fun night by taking home a bag full of swag, including copies of New Jersey Family Magazine and Kind Bars!

Follow tonight’s festivities on Facebook, as we go LIVE from the Minette’s Angels red carpet!