Lora Condon, celebrity esthetician, makeup artist, and author of “Spa Wars,” sat with me to discuss Jersey Boutique Spa in Westfield. “It’s a beautiful space in downtown Westfield,” Condon says of Jersey Boutique Spa. The space is equipped with a party room, airbrush tanning, massages, free parking, and Lora’s signature Beauty Buster Facial. The Beauty Buster Facial uses oxygen and enzymes to rebuild the skin from within to give a longer-lasting result. “It is everything that […]

Tonight was one for the record books! I covered the book launch event for one of my favorite human beings on the planet, Kelly Clarkson. After her (wildly entertaining) Q&A, she signed copies of her debut book, River Rose And The Magical Lullaby. She didn’t do press interviews, but we had the opportunity to meet her. I felt silly standing in line with a bunch of little kids and their mommies, so […]

I went to Bloomingdale’s Short Hills to shop for my book release party, taking place October 8th. Marlie Massena, PR Manager of Bloomingdale’s Short Hills, helped style me for the big event. First, I tried a black Dress The Population sheath dress, paired with 100% Bloomingdale’s Sarah Jessica Parker pink heels. Next, a black French Connection lace dress with panel detailing and mini cutouts. I loved this dress. The next dress was a little out of my comfort zone. I usually don’t do floral, […]

Let’s #Flashback to when I spoke with Lauren Pizza, author of “Meant to Be: The Lives and Loves of a Jersey Girl.” The story behind this book might shock you! A few years back, Lauren went to a palm reader who told her she needed to start developing her writing. The reading confused Lauren because she had never really written before, but when Lauren got home, she started writing. “Long […]

Promoting my debut novel, Ten Years Later, I had the opportunity to speak at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women-to-Women event at the JCC of Central New Jersey. I discussed my writing process, and spoke to attending female business professionals throughout the Garden State. “I loved hearing Lisa Marie speak. I loved hearing her story. She’s dynamic, and I’m so looking forward to her book release in the fall,” said Maria Fuentes, VP and […]

Ready, set, network! I sat down with L’Oréal Drayton, founder of The Black Brunch NJ. The Black Brunch NJ is a monthly networking brunch put on in order to allow New Jersey business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect and network with their professional peers. The event has an all-black dress code that allows for a mix of professionalism and elegance. Drayton is a fellow entrepreneur doing great things. I want to thank her […]

Carina Trenka, assistant director for Go4TheGoal, joined me in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the amazing foundation. Go4TheGoal is a pediatric cancer program started in 2006. Their mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Trenka urges us to get involved by spreading awareness. If everybody just pitched in a couple dollars, that […]

I couldn’t wait for Gina Royale, one of the Garden State’s rising stars on the music scene, to join me in the #HipNJ studio. Royale started her first EP, Heir, when she was a senior in high school. Then, she went to William Paterson and began work on her second EP titled Brain Waves, which was released June of 2016. Impressive, I know. “Battle Cry,” an anthemic song about a falling out with a friend, stands out […]

 New York Giants punter Brad Wing hosted a celebrity softball game at Dutchess Stadium, and I got to go! The game featured wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as other current and former Giants. I spoke with Wing about the inspiration for the game, as well as with Ahmad Bradshaw about his personal ties to the event. A portion of the proceeds went to the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation, as well as other childhood cancer charities. There’s […]

New Jersey author Allison E. Conway visited me in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her book, Friendshit. After graduating college, Conway decided it was time to start filtering through her friends. (Haven’t we all been there?) “I was discovering who my real friends were, what makes a great friend, and how to be a great friend,” the author said. Then, she decided to write a book about it. Like myself, Conway self-published. The biggest […]