Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day with Happy Hour at Dieci Uomo!

April 17, 2014 by  
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Dieci Uomo is celebrating sustainability and Earth Day with Happy Hour on Thursday, April 24, 2014 the first and only sustainable salon in NJ, Dieci Uomo, will be hosting a Happy Hour from 5-8pm! Dieci Uomo is a salon exclusively for men just 5 miles from the women’s location in Livingston and is the ONLY salon in NJ certified by The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating program developed by U.S. Green Building Council.

Happy Hour attendees will enjoy a Signature Shave for $35, regularly $50, and complimentary Express Manicure, Shoe Shine and Chair Massage. The ultimate experience is provided with a selection of cigars from Fume Cigar and delicacies from Calabria Restaurant to accompany live music and complimentary drinks available throughout! A rooftop discussion and demo on Botox will also be held by Dr. Allen D. Rosen & PA Stephanie Rosen.

Gala Season: The Most Charitable Time of the Year.

April 9, 2014 by  
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The spring season brings the world many gifts. Yes we’re talking about the perfect warm weather after a blistering cold winter, sunshine, flowers, new fashion trends, and more; but there is something more important we have on our minds.

Right now we are in the midst of Gala Season, the time of the year where all types of people have the opportunity of getting dressed in their bests for a night out in order to celebrate a unique aspect of their community and support a great cause. What is so amazing about specific Gala events are that they bring out the best in so many people. This just happens to be the most charitable time of the year and New Jersey is home of some of the most fun and charitable events of the season. It’s really hard to resist the idea of getting dressed up in a beautiful gown or breaking out the tuxedo for a night of fun and the warm feeling of knowing you made a positive difference in someone’s life.

So you’re probably sitting there right now just about ready to type “local galas coming up” in your Google bar. Well no need for that! We are about to give you the inside scoop of the most popular Gala’s happening in our area and how you can get involved.

 

April 9: Montclair Art Museum host Decades: A Century of Fashion

We have been buzzing about this event for months now and we are so excited that the day is almost here. Although this is not your typical night out on the town, gown/tuxedo-wearing Gala, it is still a fun-filled afternoon of glitz and glam, with celebrity guest speaker, Cameron Silver. Silver is a world-renowned designer, red carpet trendsetter and owner of Decades; a couture vintage boutique that brought a new standard to everyday dress in Hollywood. The museum welcome’s Silver all the way from his L.A. hometown on April 9, 2014 from 11am to 3pm for a luncheon, lecture and vintage trunk show of his rare couture finds.

East coast residents can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Silver and shop his collection in-person during this specially-curated event. Cameron Silver will take each guest though a century of fashion, which will include; his inspiration on choosing the right garments for his celebrity clients, his red carpet commentary and his most recent place in Hollywood as a Bravo hit reality television star on,  “The Duke of Melrose”. After listening to Silver’s inspirational journey in fashion and the arts, partake in a luxury basket raffle from chic contributors throughout our area.  Items include special packages donated from Steve Madden, Bangz Salon and Spa, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and shopping sprees from Montclair boutiques such as Stella and Dot, Dot Reeder, Barbara Eclectic and much more. Tickets start at $150 per person and are available at http://www.montclairartmuseum.org/.

 

April 26: The Montclair Art Museum Salutes a Century with a Grand Celebration

The Montclair Art Museum is a notable-community based institution with an international reputation and it is located in our home state. So to really celebrate 100 years upon opening their doors to the public, The Montclair Art Museum has put together a Centennial Ball followed by a Fashionably Late Dance Party. Guests are invited to partake in the fun by dressing from their favorite decade, as the mannequins will be in vintage clothing for a chic soirée to celebrate art and fashion through the century. Cocktails will be held in Leir Hall at 6:30pm inside the Museum followed by dinner in the Grand Tent at 8:00pm on the front lawn. The gala will celebrate MAM’s past presidents and founders William T. Evans and Florence Rand Lang as well as leaders who have helped transform the museum galleries through the decades.  Guests will enjoy sounds from a capella group “Unaccompanied Minors” and a solo from 16 year-old Montclair Kimberley Academy student Kimani Freeman showcasing 20th century favorites with the Hank Lane Band. A silent and live auction will also be held in celebration of art and the future it holds at the museum with luxury gifts from H. Stern, Marchesa and many more. The night is then all tied together with a fashionably late dance party, giving everyone the perfect excuse to get dressed up and dance the night away.

MAM is hosting the party you don’t want to miss. The Fashionably Late Dance Party portion of the night will include lounge style seating, music by New York City Celebrity DJ, Gabriel Levy, and bites of comfort food delicacies from NYC eatery The Melt Shop as well as street car eats from Applegate Farms. There are even private coach busses bound for Montclair on the night of the event so that city dwellers can attend. Tickets to the Centennial Ball start at $500 per person and $75 per person for the Fashionably Late Dance Party and can be purchased at www.montclairartmuseum.org.

 

May 2: Paper Mill Play House the Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala

Most of us know that The Paper Mill Play House is New Jersey’s famous home for the art of American Musical Theater, bringing “Broadway to Our Own Backyard.” Not only do they give back to the community by providing quality entertainment for all to see, but they also host and annual fundraising gala that ensures a bright future for non-for-profit art organizations.  On May 2, Paper Mill Playhouse will hold its most important fundraiser of the year, the Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills.

This black tie evening will include dinner, dancing, notable auctions, and Broadway entertainment like you have never seen it before. The Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala will also feature performances from The Eddie Bruce Band and students from Paper Mill’s Education programs. And this wouldn’t be a proper Gala event if it didn’t honor those who contribute to making Musical Theater what it is today.

Television, screen and stage icon, Tony Danza, will accept the Frank Carrington Excellence in the Arts Award during the Gala. Danza has recently made his Paper Mill Play House debut in the world premier musical Honeymoon in Vegas in a critically acclaimed performance as Tommy Korman. Paper Mill will also be honoring Linda Bowden, New Jersey Regional President at PNC Bank, who will receive the Byrne/Kean Arts Advocate Award.  Linda and PNC are playing an important leadership role in keeping Paper Mill and the theater arts so vibrant in our state.

Last year’s gala was an extraordinary event and sold out very quickly, if you are interested they encourage you to act as quickly as possible. For more information, you can contact Leigh Schaedel via email or call (973) 315-1663.

 

May 31: South Orange Preforming Arts Center’s Gala Celebration with Barbra Cook

New Jersey continues to honor the world of arts and entertainment at the South Orange Preforming Arts Center’s Gala Celebration. On May 31, SOPAC hosts an evening with Barbra Cook, who is considered “Broadway’s favorite ingénue” for the successful reputation she gained during her prime on the Broadway Musical scene. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence continue to delight audiences around the world. After taking a bit of a hiatus from Broadway, Cook returned to the stage in 2011 and was then nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Sondheim on Sondheim.

May 31 is your chance to experience Barbara Cook’s graceful presence and musical talents first hand with SOPAC. Join them for this intimate concert, which will be the culmination of the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Gala Celebration. Orchestra seating at the $325 and $225 levels include a formal dinner in the loft at 7pm. Other sponsorship packages are available by contacting the Development Department at 973-382-1033.

 

There’s no better way to enjoy a night of entertainment and celebration than by celebrating the world of Art’s and Entertainment. Now that you know the when, where, why, and how’s of the hottest Gala events in our area this season, it’s time to start planning out your outfits. Remember, when it comes to a Celebratory Gala Event, the more glitz and glam the better!

The Montclair Art Museum Salutes a Century with a Grand Celebration!

April 1, 2014 by  
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The Montclair Art Museum is a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation. They are the home of a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present. Also, The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

On January 15, 1914, the Montclair Art Museum opened its doors for the first time to the public. In celebration of their 100th year, all throughout 2014 the Museum has been and continues to celebrate that moment with a wide variety of events and activities. So far MAM has put together various art exhibitions and showcasing events for the public and there are still many events to look forward to as their 100th year celebrations continue. Events such as a Celebrity featured Luncheon and the highly anticipated Centennial Ball are still yet to come in the month of April.

With that, the Montclair Art Museum invites YOU to the party of the century! On April 26th, The Montclair Art Museum will host their self-titled Centennial Ball, celebrating art through the decades. To go along with the celebratory theme of the night, guests are invited to partake in the fun by dressing from their favorite decade for a chic soirée to better capture the essence of celebrating art and fashion through the century. Use “The Great Gatsby” as a source of inspiration for the hottest 1920’s look and get your men looking as dapper as Mr. DiCaprio. Once you’ve got the perfect look, cocktails will be held in Leir Hall at 6:30pm inside the Museum followed by dinner in the Grand Tent at 8:00pm on the front lawn.

The evening will celebrate MAM past presidents, founders William T. Evans and Florence Rand Lang and the leaders who have helped transform the Museum galleries over the past century. A silent and live auction will also be held in celebration of art and the future it holds at the museum with luxury gifts from H. Stern, Marchesa and many more. The night is then all tied together with a fashionably late dance party, giving everyone the perfect excuse to get dressed up and dance the night away.

MAM is hosting the party you don’t want to miss. The Fashionably Late Dance Party portion of the night will include lounge style seating, music by New York City Celebrity DJ, Gabriel Levy, and bites of comfort food delicacies from NYC eatery The Melt Shop as well as street car eats from Applegate Farms. There are even private coach busses bound for Montclair on the night of the event so that city dwellers can attend.

Help the Montclair Art Museum blow out one hundred candles and celebrate 100 years of fashion and art at their Centennial Ball and a Fashionably Late Dance Party. It’s a party no from any decade or generation is going to want to miss! For more information on the event, please contact Valerie Bendish at valerie@thehipevent.com or by phone at (973) 975-3236.

Happy Hour with Dieci Uomo

March 15, 2014 by  
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It wasn’t too long ago that we gave you the inside scoop about how exclusivity is changing the male grooming industry. In today’s society, there is more pressure than ever for a male to look good. That is why Dieci Uomo Salon for Men of Livingston, NJ is having a special discount event for all male business professionals.

On Thursday, March 27th, join Dieci Uomo from 5pm to 8pm for the ULTIMATE happy hour. This may not be what you consider your typical happy hour, but it’s BETTER! Indulge yourself with a luxe pampering session that is guaranteed to relieve some of that stress from work and make you feel great. Every professional deserves to look the part and having the right style is only half the battle. So take advantage of the fact that Dieci Uomo is offering a special discounted haircut for only $35.

 

Not only will you be getting a stylish haircut, but this offer also includes a complimentary express manicure, shoeshine, and chair massage. Free food and drinks will also be provided during the duration of the event, which is more than enough of a reason to take advantage of this opportunity. What man wouldn’t want to look great, feel fresh, and just completely indulge himself after a long work day?

 

You work hard and you deserve a clean cut and professional look. A beauty treatment may not be a man’s initial ideal way of indulging himself, but Dieci Uomo has done everything possible in order to create an environmentally sound building as well as giving it the ambiance of a private club. After the treatment you will receive, you will never feel more masculine.

 

So ladies, if you’re reading this, pass this information on to the men in your life. If he feels great, you know you will too! To attend this event, please call 973.535.1400 or visit their website. Hope to see you there!

 

Vintage Never Goes Out of Style

March 10, 2014 by  
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If we wanted to be literal, the term “vintage” is used to describe clothing between 20 and 100 years old. Vintage clothing is a representative of the era in which it was produced, just like what you wear represents who you are. Vintage is also exemplified as a style, dressed up in a way that usually consists of a classic design and is accessorized in such a way that it hints at specific period of fashion. Also, every era of fashion had a different way of flattering the body, so virtually anyone could adapt to a vintage style and pull it off. For example, the 40’s were a time that was great for a more curvy shape because the tailoring was more defined at the waist.

Now we want to emphasize the fact is that there are limited amounts of vintage clothing; therefore you really need to know where to shop for it. The best local resources are always thrift shops, Salvation Army stores, and possibly charity shops in wealthy neighborhoods. Etsy is also a great resource for fabulous vintage finds. Many people love vintage clothing, but not everyone loves the fact that you have to go to secondhand stores to grab some of the best finds. There are many designers and boutiques out there that offer clothing that tailor to those who have a more vintage taste. One of those people happens to be Cameron Silver, world-renowned designer, red carpet trendsetter and owner of Decades; a couture vintage boutique that brought a new standard to everyday dress in Hollywood.

Silver’s boutique is the world’s leader in vintage and modern pre-loved luxury clothing and accessories. Decades is known for finding beautiful, timeless vintage and modern pieces like no one else. With his expert knowledge of the fashion industry, Silver has been able to obtain pristine and luxurious pieces from Alaia, Hermes and Dior vintage glamour. Most recently, he’s collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger, for whom he curated a capsule collection containing vintage pieces. Nine West also recently enlisted him to design a (wildly successful) capsule collection.

Now get this. Cameron Silver is coming to our area and bringing some prime pieces from his collection with him. On Wednesday, April 9th, the Montclair Arts Museum rings in their 100th Birthday with an afternoon of glitz and glam with special guest speaker none other than, Cameron Silver. The museum welcome’s Silver all the way from his L.A. hometown for a luncheon, lecture and vintage trunk show of his rare couture finds.  East coast residents can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Silver and shop his collection in-person during this specially-curated event. Silver will take each guest though a century of fashion, which will include; his inspiration on choosing the right garments for his celebrity clients, his red carpet commentary and his most recent place in Hollywood as a Bravo hit reality television star on,  “The Duke of Melrose”.  If you have the chance to make it to the event, I wouldn’t miss out. For more information about that, you can visit www.montclairartmuseum.org and reserve a spot today!

A Look Back at 10 Years of Flawless Oscar Fashion

February 28, 2014 by  
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The star-studded 2014 award season is coming to an end with the Oscars coming up this Sunday. Sure we love the movies, the actors, and the speeches. What we really love the most though is the glitz, the glam, and the fashion. The Oscars are known to be one of the best nights of Red Carpet Fashion of the year, where the men look dapper and the women look absolutely classy and fabulous. Being nominated for an Academy Award is the highest honor an actor could ever dream of receiving. The event in itself brings out the best in the entertainment industry, so there are no questions as to why everyone who attends will be looking their best.

In honor of the Oscars, we decided to take a look back at some of the best-dressed winners from the past 10 years.

 

In 2004, Charlize Theron looked absolutely flawless in her sparkly Gucci gown upon receiving the award for her role in Monster. The neutral color goes perfectly with her skin tone and the train was the perfect length to strut down the carpet in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2005, Hilary Swank snagged the award for best actress in Million Dollar Baby, wearing Guy Laroche. Not many people can pull off the high neckline, but with the complimentary open back she had heads turning and people talking for days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2006, Reese Witherspoon nailed it with her Vintage Dior gown. Not only did she “Walk the Line,” but she also walked her way onto every best-dressed list for that night. In our opinion, vintage never goes out of style, especially for an event like the Oscars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007, Helen Mirren kept it classy and fabulous in her Christian Lacroix gown.  The pale, gold-beaded, custom-made piece fit her body like a glove. The neckline was able to enhance her beautiful smile as she claimed the award for her role in The Queen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008, Marion Cotillard looked like a beautiful modern-day mermaid in her Jean Paul Gaultier gown. White is a hard color to compliment, but the outlined fishtail fabric made it pop like no other dress before. Looking fabulous added to the amazing feeling of winning the award for her role in La Vie En Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2009, Kate Winslet leaves everyone speechless in Atelier Yves Saint Laurent. Normally when it comes to these huge award shows, we prefer it when actresses don’t wear black, but this one shoulder satin-layered gown has us thinking otherwise. All we can say about this is, WOW. She won the best actress award for her role in the The Reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2010, Sandra Bullock won the esteemed best actress award for her role in The Blind Side wearing Marchesa. What better way to win an Oscar than looking like an Oscar itself? She looked absolutely beautiful with her straight hair, bold red lipstick, and minimal jewelry, all of which complimented the vintage beading on the dress. This quite possibly may be our favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011, Natalie Portman did not let pregnancy hold her back from looking stunning in Rodarte. The color choice was bold, but she pulled it off amazingly. The V neckline was able to shape her baby bump in all the right ways. She confidently walked down the carpet and then onto the stage to grab her award for her role in Black Swan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2012, Meryl Streep was finally able to win an Academy Award for her role in The Iron Lady, where she wore a shiny gold gown by Lanvin. Remember how we said there was no better way to win an Oscar than looking like an Oscar itself? Well, we think Streep may have taken that notion a little too far with this one. The color of the dress does go well against her skin tone and she does look flawless, but this dress is not really one of our favorites. Iron Lady? More like the Goldmember!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To round things up, last year in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence not only won the award for best actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, but also the award for winning at life itself. She looked unbelievably breathtaking in the blush pink strapless Christian Dior gown. Although the large and heavy bottom may have caused her to take a tumble trying to claim her award, it didn’t matter because everyone was so taken back by how beautiful she looked. Her hair was pulled back perfectly to compliment the strapless nature of the dress and her makeup was flawless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone notice a trend in all the winner’s dresses? Aside from a few select standouts (Hilary Swank’s navy blue and Natalie Portman’s fuchsia) almost all of the winners wore a soft, neutral, often shimmery hue. Should this year’s nominees be taking note of this?! Whoever wins this year, I’m sure she will look absolutely stunning. Until then, we just really can’t wait to see what the Oscars will have in store for this wonderful night of Red Carpet fashion.

Top Burger Joints Around

February 21, 2014 by  
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Philadelphia’s own PYT, today’s top burger innovators, have recently announced that they will be expanding their burger franchise. You heard it right. The inventors of some of today’s craziest and most fantastic burgers will be beginning their expansion by opening their doors in New York and DC. After over five months of negotiation, they decided to finally make a deal with Fransmart, the company responsible for franchising fan favorites such as Five Guys, Elevation Burger, and more.

Tommy Up, the mastermind behind PYT, has gained national attention for his outrageous burger creations. He has gone as far as making buns out of fried rice noodle cakes (Pho Burger), fired lasagna (The Lasanga Burger), and the all time favorite: The Bacon Shell Burger (exactly how it sounds). I don’t think any one could really expect anything less from a burger joint whose name stands for “Pick Your Topping.” They take the concept of the customer choosing whatever they feel necessary to go on their burger and reinvent then it by already having the craziest ideas already out there to choose from. As crazy as all the burgers sound though, they taste even that much better! PYT is Zagat rated and leaves customers who come from all over satisfied in the fact that they lived up to the hype and delivered a burger unlike any other.

So in honor of PYT Philly announcing that they are franchising, we decided to take the time out and give all of our “HIPsters” some of our thoughts on the best burger joints in our area.

Five Guys

Being known as America’s favorite burger chain, it should go without saying that Five Guys is one of the most popular burger franchises in the nation and for a good reason. If you are ever just craving a delicious burger, but don’t feel like going to a fancy restaurant or slumming to McDonalds, Five Guys is guaranteed to satisfy. With over 1,000 locations in 47 states you are sure to find one close by.  We would love to recommend our favorite off the menu, but everything is just fabulous. What we do recommend though is always adding a side of fries. Five Guys gets their potatoes imported from a new location daily and they are always fresh, clean cut, and delicious. Oh, and don’t forget about the complimentary peanuts they supply. Who doesn’t love it?

Smashburger

Smashburger started off by asking themselves, “shouldn’t there be a place that burger lovers could call their own and feel pride in recommending to their friends and family?” Well that is exactly what this burger joint does for their loyal customers and the community as a whole. All of their handcrafted burgers are smashed, seared and seasoned to order. Whether you choose our Classic Smashburger or decide to create-your-own, you can always expect the great taste of that juicy burger you have been craving. They also offer a plethora of additional side order options and other meal deals. Our favorite burger from them happens to be the original Smashburger added with their fried onions, which are basically prepared to crispy perfection. And don’t be afraid to add a milkshake at the end of your order. We promise you will not regret it.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack started off as a lone hot-dog cart in Madison Square Park of Manhattan and is now one of the most talked about burger places out there. That fact alone should speak for how amazing their food is. They have since expanded and have various locations in the New York City as wells as Philly, DC, and more. If you are ever in the city for a day trip or whatever the reason may be, it should definitely be the eatery of choice. Their whole menu will have your mouth watering at first glimpse, but everyone knows that the first time you go you must have a burger. Select any one out of their wide variety of options and top it with whatever your heart desires. We have yet to hear one bad review about the all time favorite burger joint therefore, they must be doing it right. There is really something special about this place and the food is just that added value.

Well now that our mouth is watering and our stomachs are left grumbling, it’s time to go out and visit one of these locations. We are so excited about PYT coming to the tri-state area and we will be the first ones in line when they open their doors in NYC. Now if only In-N-Out Burger could do the same and make its way to the east coast!

 

NYC Spring Fashion Week Round Up

February 14, 2014 by  
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Although there is still snow on the ground and the temperatures are below the degrees of COLD, fashion forecasters only had spring on the mind. Fashion Week went by in a flash, but started off with a bang thanks to ready-to-wear designers and major shows from Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, and – celebrating her 30th anniversary on top in the fashion business – Donna Karan. Just as we forecasted, we saw all the latest spring 2014 trends we told you to look out for. What we did not anticipate though was how HOT the white-collar trend was going to be.

Every designer you could possibly think of at the top of your head sent their models down the runway in what seems to be this coming seasons must have: The White Collar. Tory Burch, Phillip Lim, Carolina Herrera, BCBG Max Azria, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and that’s only naming a few. Everyone who is anyone put out the white-collar look in his or her collection and for good reason. People are raving, especially all of us here at The Hip Event. Every designer obviously had his or her own take on this seasons hottest trend. One style that really stood out to us was Ralph Lauren’s business in the 60’s look. It is very retro-esk yet still modern and hot. A simple black knitted dress with a pop of white at the collar. This black mini is sure to be seen all over the place once the line launches in stores.

 

Other fun and inventive looks that took the runway by storm this past week were the metallic and 3D designs. Marc Jacobs added a dark dazzle to his line with a shiny knee length dress. The blue sequin stripes over a black lace really had heads turning and jaws dropping. Another eye-popping look was sent down the runway at the Altuzarra show. The idea of the dress is a more laid-back evening look draped with liquid gold and silver separates. This look really sent the metallic trend into full swing this season.

 

One more trend that seems to be sticking around another year is the floral print. With designers like Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger revamping the look to keep up with this seasons hottest trends, it’s no wonder the look hasn’t faded away. The look is all easy, breezy, and fun if you ask us and it is also definitely something keeping our minds on the fact that spring is just around the corner.

 

We hope you enjoyed Fashion Week as much as we did. Always remember ladies, keep calm and style on!

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