I was so excited when Kim Cassar, Vice President of Bayonne‘s Beetology, joined me in the #HipNJ studio. We are both Montclair State University alum, and I always love to meet inspiring people from a school I love so much. While developing this functional craft beet beverage, Cassar traveled the world to find beets of the highest quality. She even worked with locals in Turkey and Spain, where she formulated […]

What a fabulous time I had at BooksNJ, one of the state’s largest celebrations of reading and writing! In addition to conducting Facebook Live interviews with various Garden State authors and literary leaders for HipNewJersey.com, I also served as a panelist in the festival’s Labeling Fiction tent. The coolest part about speaking to over a dozen authors from all different genres and walks of life is discovering how much we actually have in common. […]

#HipNJ‘s co-founder Maria Falzo and I sat down with Joanna Gagis on Life and Living to discuss the inspiration for our site. “This is a full circle moment for me,” I said. I got my start with Caucus, so being there to talk about Hip New Jersey was so exciting. It was a moment I’ll never forget. If you want to check it out for yourself, click here.

Cara Di Falco is one of my heroes. She left a cushy television gig to follow her passion for all things food and it’s paying off in dividends! Learn all about her online media platform Cara’s Cucina (a foodie’s dream!) and how she transitioned into the wonderfully wacky and ever-changing world of media entrepreneurship, only on HipNewJersey.com! PS – The day after we filmed this, I visited Cara in the Cucina and we whipped up a Ten […]

I have been admiring the work of Jen Tripucka from HobokenGirl.com for quite a while, so it was cool to finally meet this social media all-star in person! Like most entrepreneurs, the idea to pave her own way in the digital world came from a time of transition and reflection. In Jen’s case, her “light bulb” moment came on a less-than-stellar New Year’s Eve. Watch and learn about Jen’s journey […]

A post shared by Lisa Marie Latino (@lisamarielatino) on Jun 3, 2017 at 11:28am PDT Listen up, authors. When I tell you that Book Expo is a must-attend event, take it as complete gospel. All of the top people in the publishing game (except Amazon, for obvious reasons) assemble inside the country’s most magical pop-up library for a stimulating few days of reading, learning and networking. In an industry that is […]

I stopped by Cranford High School to check out their 2017 Senior Fashion Show. I spoke to the students, checked out the fashion, and sold copies of my debut novel, Ten Years Later. With dresses from stores including Lord & Taylor and David’s Bridal, the students were dressed to impress. To learn more about Cranford High School, click here, and check out our Hip New Jersey segment here.

You haven’t been to a party until you’ve been to an Avison Young party! I went to Horseshoe Tavern in Morristown to commemorate 20 years of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with the commercial real estate powerhouse. There was food, music and great company. What else could you ask for? To learn more about Avison Young, click here, and watch the Hip New Jersey segment here.  

Author Joan Ramirez met with me at the #HipNJ studio to discuss two of her books, Let It Go, Let It Flow Leadership and Jamie Is Autistic: Learning In a Special Way! I always love meeting with fellow authors and discussing our writing habits and preferences. Ramirez writes in a way that is inspirational and motivating, and I highly recommend picking up a copy of one of her books! Check […]

One of my favorite comedians, Vic DiBitetto, visited me in the #HipNJ studio to discuss his rise to comedic success. I will say that he is just as hysterical off-camera as he is on stage! Vic’s claim to fame may be his viral “Bread & Milk” video, but I absolutely live for his New York Giants “locker room” segments. (I watch them to get fired up before our actual New York […]