Sunday, November 29, 2009

FASHION FINDER: Eyewear Lady Gaga Would Approve Of

I went to the opening show of Lady Gaga's new "Monster Ball" tour in Montreal this past weekend, and I made sure to wear my pair of Stevie Boi sunglasses. Started by designer Steven Strawder, SB shades are the perfect holiday gift for the creative, fashion-forward girl or boy in your life who seems to have everything. Ranging in price from $15 to $200, the sunglasses are unlike any you've seen before.

If you happen to run into Lady Gaga on the street, she would probably ask to borrow your shades. Check out to view the entire collection.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Website We Love: Offbeat Bride

Do you feel different because you don't want the traditional white dress, cookie-cutter wedding? Well, there are other cool chicks out there like you, and they're all checking out! Based on the book Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides by Ariel Meadow Stallings, comes a website brimming with attitude, humor, and a serious dose of creativity. Featuring advice you can actually use (including "how to tell family you're keeping your name" and "how to get your groom involved" to "how to plan a theatrical wedding"), real wedding photos and stories, and resources for the big day, Offbeat Bride is about celebrating your love and embracing your creativity within a very supportive community. Don't forget to order a copy of the book while you're there. All the mamas out there should also check out their sister site, Offbeat Mamas, with more advice and fun for moms and moms-to-be.

Photo courtesy of Offbeat Bride.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BOOK WE LOVE: The Sartorialist

The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman (Penguin Books).

Based on Schuman's hit blog, "The Sartorialist," comes an excellent collection of photos showcasing an eclectic array of styles from the streets around the world. More than a book about fashion, this is a celebration of self-expression; an exhibit about the image we portray to the world from the clothes we wear. Some of his models are elegantly classic in pencil skirts, others wear tight, ripped jeans and sport pink hair. Yet in this anthology, each and every one of Schuman's subjects supports the notion that one's personal sartorial taste is truly unique, and it is indeed a good thing we don't all wear what we see on the pages of a mainstream magazine.

Friday, October 23, 2009


How to Stock Your Pantry

I recently spoke to a literary agent about “Cooking in High Heels,” the cookbook I have been writing for the past year. During our conversation, we talked about creating dishes with ingredients accessible to the cook. “What’s a meal that you can make any night of the week and what meals needs a little planning?" One of the most important parts of a productive kitchen is having a well-stocked pantry; it makes all the difference, no matter how experienced and resourceful the cook is! When stocking your pantry, my suggestion is to pull out some of your favorite cookbooks and pick out recipes that you like. Look at the spices, condiments and dry ingredients that are in those recipes and make that your list. There are hundreds of spices and you don’t need to have them all; focus on the ones you will use the most! I love my lavender curry cauliflower, so I will most likely always have curry and lavender on hand. Someone else might only prepare such a dish on a special occasion and buy the spices as they need them. If you create any of your own spices/rubs (as I do), make them in large batches so that you can have plenty left over. The last thing you want is to be making tiny batches of “Herbs de Fleur” every time you need it. Depending on the spices, condiments etc. that you have picked out, you may need to order them. There are many sites that make specialty ingredients available to the general public. You can order direct from Sid Wainer, a purveyor that supplies food to the highest caliber restaurants. There is a site where you can order 8 different types of vanilla at, a site for dried lavender. My salads and some of my marinades call for an aged balsamic vinegar(8+ years). You can get a great bottle at William Sonoma or try a local Italian market. If you want the convenience of ordering on-line, try They have an amazing product (it’s the one I use). Then, there are the dry spices of which there are many. But there are a few core essentials you should always have on hand.

Kosher Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Garlic Powder

Canola Oil

The basic seasoning for anything is salt and a nice cracked black pepper. It is important to use Kosher salt, and not iodized salt, when cooking. Kosher salt has not gone through a battery of chemical alterations and is, therefore healtier; it also has a cleaner, more well-rounded taste. I choose to add garlic powder when seasoning meats. I also use canola oil for most of my cooking because it is light and holds no distinct flavor of its own, which makes it exceptionally versatile. I always have a nice olive oil on hand but that is reserved for salads and tomatoes. Most often, I tell people not to cook with olive oil because it has a tendency to burn.

Other variations of the core ingredients are also very good to have on-hand. There are many different salts available. Some are for cooking and some are “Finishing Salts;" they either add a little extra to the seasoning or they enhance the finished plate. These are salts such as:

Fleur de Sel

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Black Sea Salt

Red Hawaiian Sea Salt

Sel Gris, and others many of these can be found at Whole Foods or William Sonoma. If you are interested in learning more about the different salts and their flavor compounds, check out this website (it’s the one I use).

For a variety in your pepper repetoire try:

Pink Pepper Corns

Red Pepper Flakes

White Pepper, and others. Depending on what you are cooking, you may not desire black pepper specks in your dish.

Another ingredient that I love to have at hand is a variety of Vanilla products.
Whole Vanilla Beans have become readily available at most markets(see above for more info).

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Paste

Vanilla Powder

The list of spices could go on and on. Mustard Seed, Cayenne Pepper, Juniper Berries, Brown Sugar, Bay Leaves, Sage, Thyme, Herb’s de Provence are all accessible. Even Saffron is in stock at most supermarkets.

I make a Brown Sugar rub with Brown Sugar, Red Pepper flakes, Red Hawaiian Sea Salt and Garlic powder.

Another spice that I make is my Herbs de Fleur, which consists of many different dried flowers: Roses, Candied Lilacs, Lavender, Saffron, Calendula, Jasmine tea, Juniper Berries, Pink Pepper Corns, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and any other edible flower that you want to dry and add to the mix.

A few other condiments that are helpful to have on-hand are things like a good Dijon Mustard, Tomato Paste, Flour, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and a nice Teriyaki sauce.

All of these ingredients may sound a little bit overwhelming but you will be amazed that just cooking dinner every night will grow your pantry without your even trying. “Cooking in High Heels” encourages the cook to experiment with their ingredients and spices. Don’t be afraid to use your spices to tweak one of the recipes you pulled from one of those cookbooks you love!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Break Free from Routine...

If you need to laugh this Saturday afternoon, here's a video for you. It features Babeland, a great women-run adult shop of which HCZ is an affiliate. What a wonderful way to break free of your daily routine-- sex toy purchases on the way to work. Watch it...

Monday, October 5, 2009

FASHION FINDER: Victorian Legwarmers

We absolutely LOVE these "Ivory Lacy Lady Victorian Legwarmers" by Mademoiselle Mermaid (Etsy). Double crochet (available in four colors) with white lace and a pearl button make them romantic and unique. Pair them with Fall's new booties for a sophisticated, Old-World European look. To order your pair(s), click here. While you're there, take a look at the beautiful crochet jewelry, which will nicely complement your new legwarmers.

HCZ is Accepting Advertising!

Do you run a website, small business, or are you an independent craftster? Don't have the budget to spend lots of moolah on advertising? Welcome to Hip Chick Zine's ad space, where the prices are designed just for you! Our rates start at $20 (for two whole months!), and you'll be reaching thousands of smart, independent, stylish, and artsy women on a daily basis. Think about advertising with Hip Chick Zine, and you'll also be supporting a completely women-run website.

Still can't afford $20? If you'd be interested in sponsoring a contest instead, we can also arrange that. We look forward to working with you!

For more info, click here.

Joanna @ HCZ

Sunday, October 4, 2009

FASHION FINDER: Suede Peep Toe Booties

Looking for the perfect shoes to wear to ring in the Fall? Charlotte Ronson Renata suede peep toe booties on a wooden platform with a back tie may be a bit of a splurge ($184), but they're well-made and worth it. They're comfortable enough to wear while walking to work, and are perfect with dark, slim jeans for an evening out. Edgy, yet elegant. Visit ShopBop to order them!


Bad Sex: We Did It, So You Won't Have To by (Chronicle Books).

If you are tired of reading cutesy how-to guides and books about good sex, and would like to read about hilarious, dirty deeds, then this is the book for you. Opening its pages is like peeking into someone else's bedroom. Divided into sections like "College Days," "Bodily Fluids," "Porn, Sex, Drugs, Rock'n'Roll, Etc.," and "Self-Love," the essays delve into many distinct, less-than-sexy aspects of sex and sexuality. is known for its provocative essays and photos about sex, and this 216-page read will not disappoint!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The September Issue PREVIEW

Vogue. Anna Wintour. The September issue. You've seen The Devil Wears Prada, but how about seeing the real glitz, glamour, and fear? The September Issue is the long-awaited documentary about the most important issue in the fashion magazine world, and the person who has the final say.

Friday, August 21, 2009

NEW CONTEST: ENTER TO WIN! (And a Special Discount Code Just for HCZ Readers)



What can I say? It's raining today!
Rain isn't very much fun when you have a busy day ahead of you, but these "Raindrops on Roses" boots from Modcloth will have you singing (and skipping) in the rain in no time! They're so classy, you can even wear them to work. $114.99 at

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

BOOK WE LOVE: Fresh From the Farmers' Market

Fresh From the Farmers' Market: Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop by Janet Fletcher (Chronicle Books).

The farmers' market has become a vital social activity for many. It's a meeting place and community-strengthening tradition. The market is a wonderful place to buy the highest quality, freshest, local produce, free-range eggs and meat, and scrumptious baked goods.

Fresh from the Farmers' Market is a celebration of this important market. Fletcher shares what is available seasonally, and includes recipes for delectable dishes such as a blackberry macaroon torte, sweet pea and green garlic soup, turkey soup with root vegetables, and fresh fig galettes. Part market guidebook, part cookbook, it also includes food selection and storage tips, and spectacular photography. These recipes are generally quick and easy, and star vegetables and fruits (less of a focus on meat makes it great for vegetarians). A gem for anyone who wants to eat more fresh, local produce, but perhaps needs a little guidance while hopping on the locavore bandwagon.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fashion Finder: The Perfect Trench Coat for Fall

A black trench is a fashion staple. Classy, elegant, and easily paired with everything, no hip chick should be without. How do you find "the one" though? HCZ discovered this convertible trench coat on (we love this site!), marked down from $595. By Elizabeth and James, now $297.50. This is a 3-in-1 steal: the sleeves come off so it becomes a sleeveless trench dress, or wear the sleeves as a chic bolero on their own. This is a seriously stylish investment that you will be able to wear for many years to come!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

BABE BABBLE: Michelle Obama on Staying True to Yourself

Michelle Obama:
"One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am."

Source: Marie Claire magazine interview

Thursday, August 13, 2009

BOOK WE LOVE: The Girls' Guide to Rocking

The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom by Jessica Hopper (Workman Publishing).

We know you want to be a rock star, so put down the hairbrush and pick up a guitar! In this chick-friendly guide to the world of rock'n'roll, Hopper narrows in on everything you'll need to know to make it in the music world. She offers advice on picking an instrument (or using what you already play), writing lyrics, soundproofing, booking your first gig, recording demos, and how to develop a stage presence. Other useful information includes descriptions of the different types of microphones, promotion advice, and how to build personal connections. Hopper even touches on how to prevent interband bickering and conflicts. The book is geared towards teenage girls, but women of all ages can profit from the author's expertise, and the further reading suggestions, listening lists, and inspiring quotes from successful musicians she includes. There's also an additional, full-color, glossy pull-out timeline of "A Superstar Century in the Sisterhood of Rock'n'Roll." Read this book and start rocking! Even the seasoned musician will find this to be an enjoyable read.

A Controversial Toy Hits the Shelves

People have quite conflicting views regarding breast-feeding. Personally, I think it is a wonderful, natural thing that makes for healthier babies (sorry, Facebook). It's what breasts are intended for! However, is a toy for little girls (or boys) crossing the line? Bebe Gloton is a Spanish doll that actually "nurses." The girl wears the daisy top, and when the baby gets near the daisy, it starts making sucking noises. When she takes it away from the daisy (nipple), it starts to cry until she burps it. Some individuals think that it will help make people a little more comfortable with the oddly controversial issue of breast-feeding. Others have argued that it will encourage girls to get pregnant earlier, although mommies have noted that girls already mimic their breast-feeding and don't need a toy when they have their imagination. Strange or acceptable? Would you buy the doll for a little one in your life? What do you think?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BABE BABBLE: Wise Words From Women

To start off this new section of HCZ's blog, we've decided to feature the words of Margaret Mead (1901-1978), a very well-known American anthropologist.

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~Margaret Mead

BOOK WE LOVE: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci (Grand Central Publishing) is a memoir that blends mouth-watering recipes with tales of doomed love affairs. Giulia tells her experiences from over twenty years of dating in New York City with humor, sarcasm and disappointment. She writes, "For me, a new boyfriend is a tantalizing opportunity to show off the thing I'm most confident about: my cooking." The author shares her remembrances of dating an affectionate alcoholic and novelists with Peter Pan complexes, sprinkled with heavenly recipes inspired by her mother and the men in her life (or lack thereof, hence "No Nookie Gnocchi"). Turns out that the recipes are what made the greatest impression! Any reader who has spent a period of time in the complicated dating world will feel an affinity with Giulia's character. At times, she is overly needy, or just downright depressing, yet there is a true sense of hope and romanticism as she searches for the right man. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti demonstrates that love and food are inextricably linked, and with both, a recipe comes in handy.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hip Chick Zine is Back from "Vacation"

Alright, so it was a working vacation, but we're back to the real world after not having internet access for over a month and a half. I was working at a music school for the summer, and it was fantastic. Look for more updates starting this coming week, including lots more book reviews, the latest news in health and fashion, travel notes and way more from HCZ!

As always, please send in your work!
Joanna @ HCZ

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BOOKS WE LOVE: Skinny Bitch Style!

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (Running Press) is a cheeky cookbook with "Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)." The two skinny chicks who brought you Skinny Bitch are back with a vengeance with their latest New York Times Bestseller, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch. The skinny bitches share their cooking knowledge with readers, with sections like "Bitchin' Breakfasts," "PMS (Pissy Mood Snacks)," and "Happy Endings (Desserts)." With a spunky writing style, the ladies cook, vegan-style, and bring you tasty alternatives to classic dishes like "Pad Thai," "Falafel," and "Mac n'Cheese." They will have you substituting coconut oil for olive oil, and cutting how much dairy and meat you consume in no time. So go on and whip up some homemade "Granola Yogurt Parfait" made with soy yogurt and "Potato and Pumpkin Curry with Brown Basmati Rice" today. This isn't your typical cookbook, but it's lots of fun! It's also a compact, 192-page book, which means you can easily toss it in your purse for ideas while away from home. Make notes of your favorite recipes and health ideas with their journal, Skinny Bitchin', and you'll be well on your way to a healthier, happier you!

Their other books include Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven and their book for the boys, Skinny Bastard. For more information, visit their website.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Techie Chick: chicBuds

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, "chicBuds" enters the scene. These decorative, retractable earphones will definitely spice up your listening experience. Say good-bye to tangled earphones! By pulling both sides of the device evenly, the cord comes out, and easily slips back in. Available in many different Swarovski crystal colors, as well as a new designer style. This ingenious, chic invention is very helpful while traveling! Our favorite Swarovski crystal earphones are $49.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Secret Wonder: FOLATE (Folic Acid)

Common fact: folate (folic acid) is vital to take if you're pregnant. What you may not know, however, are the other perks of this B vitamin. Folic acid is necessary to take to have healthy DNA. Women who have higher levels of folic acid in their diet, have a much lower risk of getting breast cancer than women who don't eat enough foods rich in folate. You'll especially want to take the supplement if you drink alcohol on a fairly regular basis, since it has been proven that alcohol actually BLOCKS folic acid from helping DNA.

Folate can also help with depression, because it helps to balance mood-balancing dopamine and serotonin. In fact, people with a history of depression often have a lower level of folic acid in their blood. Make sure to take the supplements for a year.

Another bonus: Folate has been known to aid one's memory and brain function in postmenopausal women. Plan on taking folic acid daily for life, because its benefits are great!

How much: Take a minimum of 400mcg of folic acid, but no more than 1,000mcg.
What has it: A 3/4c. serving of Total cereal meets the daily requirement! It's also in spinach, broccoli, asparagus, orange juice, black-eyed peas, and fortified grain products and breads. A supplement is usually a good idea in addition to these foods, as you probably won't eat enough of one (besides Total!) to get enough. Definitely take a supplement if you're expecting to get pregnant soon.

Be sure to visit our health column for more tips on healthy foods to eat.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


BABYCAKES: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery by Erin McKenna (Clarkson Potter Publishers) came out this month. Attention those with food allergies: here's proof that you can bake your cupcake and eat it too. BabyCakes, the Lower East Side's beloved gluten-free, vegan bakery that opened in 2005, presents their famous, tried-and-true recipes for making scrumptious, healthy treats. Now, those who don't live right in Manhattan can enjoy these special, delightful concoctions, and you don't have to have allergies or be a vegan to enjoy them. Many people imagine baked goods made without eggs, wheat or dairy to be lacking moisture, texture and flavor. BabyCakes NYC (and now West Hollywood!) will force you to re-evaluate your previous notions of alternative baking. The cookbook features full-color photographs and recipes for biscuits, scones, teacakes, cupcakes & frostings, cakes, crumbles, pies, cobblers and drinks, and is sprinkled with celebrity fanmail about the bakery. I am not a vegan, nor do I have food allergies, but I adore these recipes, and BabyCakes' goodies will win over the pickiest of eaters. In case you're still skeptical: McKenna received the very prestigious "Best Cupcake" award in 2006 from New York magazine. Log onto BabyCake's website for more information.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BOOK WE LOVE: Fast Beauty

Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes by Rona Berg (Workman Publishing), is the beauty guide you've been searching for, even if you didn't know you were! How do you get rid of your dark circles? How do you camouflage spider veins? What type of yoga is good for pregnant women? Why do you get breakouts on your scalp? Does an apple really make your breath smell better? Berg is a former beauty editor of The New York Times Magazine, and has also written for Vogue, InStyle and Cosmopolitan, so she's definitely picked up some tips and tricks. This 294-page manual is indexed by problem, and is packed with information and ideas. The author breaks down getting ready in the morning to the "five-minute," "two minute," and "30-second" face. Berg includes a whole chapter on "Hormonal Hang-ups," and covers topics like "The Natural Beauty Pantry," "stretching your products," "stress and medications," time-saving products," and "when to save, when to splurge." Discover new ways to use Elmer's glue, honey, coffee and lemons! Instead of buying magazines hoping that they will enlighten you as to why your lip gloss never stays on, check out this ultimate guide. Fast Beauty is probably the most useful beauty book I've ever seen, and its compact, 5" by 7" size makes it perfect to toss in the beach bag this vacation. There's helpful information for women of all ages and stages in life! To order this book, click here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Short on Cash? We Have Your Night Covered!

What's a fun-loving, social, recesssionista fashionista to do on a Friday or Saturday night? If you're attempting to save a few pennies, try a couple of these great ideas for evenings at home with your friends. :)

What you need:
-Large TV or a film projector and screen (or white wall)
-Lots of comfy seats and fluffy pillows
-Popcorn, wine, and maybe some homemade pizzas

You can start your own film club. Choose foreign films, comedies, or any assortment you like. Try making membership cards, and you can even punch holes in them to make it more "official."

What you need:
-A well-equipped kitchen (or just tell guests to bring certain items)
-Ingredients for your recipes
-A couple photocopies of some of your best recipes

You can make it into a "cook-off party" and provide kitchen-oriented prizes for the winners, but we just like getting together and making tasty goodies with friends. Switch around the houses for different taste adventures. The best part? At the end of the cooking fun, you get to eat delicious food. Provide good wine and beer, or fancy cocktails (check out our list on the website).

~ CLOTHING SWAP (or even try this as a CD or BOOK swap too)
We don't have as much money as we once did, but we're still bombarded by beautiful clothes. What's a girl who wants a little change in her wardrobe to do? HOST A CLOTHING SWAP!

What you need:
-Old clothing, jewelry and shoes you no longer wear but are still in good shape
-Smoothies & finger food (or you provide the drinks and ask others to bring a dish)

Have a girly evening and tell your friends to bring all the clothing, scarves, handbags, jewelry and shoes they don't want. Set up shelves and hangers (or just drape across the sofa!), and display the clothing so your friends can see each others' selections. Swap that blue shirt you wore twice for a "new" sun dress. Make strawberry banana smoothies, blueberry blackberry smoothies, and lay out an assortment of fancy finger food (homemade hummus with veggies, scallops wrapped in bacon, mini quiches, etc.). MMMM!

Do you play an instrument? If so, host a fiesta filled with good, lively music!

What you need:
- An instrument
- Outlets for instruments that need to be plugged in
- Friends and neighbors who play good music

Get together and play some music! This can last anywhere from an hour to four hours. Or, make flyers and post them around your neighborhood, inviting other musicians to attend. This also works well as an outdoor party in the summer. Provide some beer, and ask others to bring some beer and snacks too.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beauty Buzz: HCZ Loves BECCA Cosmetics!

I usually prefer lip gloss or balm over lipstick, but all that changed with the arrival of BECCA Sheer Tint Lip Colour. These emollient, antioxidant-rich lipsticks marry the moisturizing qualities of lip balm with the bold color of lipstick. The paraben-free shades provide subtle shine in a flattering variety of seven nude tones. Our favorites are Laelia, a peachy nude that's perfect for low-maintenance summer days, and sheer, rosy Vendela. Sheer Tint Lip Colour contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Honey and Vitamin E, making it go on so smoothly that you don't have to apply a balm underneath to keep it looking fresh, unlike other lipsticks. These lipsticks also smell good enough to eat with their natural vanilla caramel scent and come in sophisticated metal tubes!
For more information/to purchase, check out their website here. We also love their Silky Hydrating Primer, which is so creamy, it can even double as a moisturizer (perfect for summer).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tasty Goodies From Etsy: Mydecrepitvalentine

"My Delicious Decrepit Valentine Eats Goody Shop" on Etsy provides some of the tastiest baked goods available on the website. My Decrepit Valentine is a creative, artsy girl who makes treats to eat, and art to look at (maybe simultaneously!). Our favorites include the tasty, moist cinnamon bun and the pecan caramel sandwich cookies (bring those back!). Of course, you can't go wrong with the "Luscious White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Cookies" either! The packaging is adorable, and she always includes some extras in the box. Make sure to pair these treats with a tall glass of milk and some of your best girlfriends. While you're visiting her Bake Shop, check out her artwork store too. Click here to view the cookies, cakes and candies, oh my!

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to Make the Perfect Mimosa for Spring/Summer

I love the fruity bubbles of Mimosas. Since you'll want to drink this on the beach, we made them a little lighter, but equally bubbly, with the addition of club soda (so you can have more of them over a longer period of time). These are great for those ladies watching their weight too!

Rub a Champagne glass with a slice of fresh orange peel, then throw the peel into the glass. Blend together roughly four ounces of Champagne (or any sparkling white wine), with one ounce each of fresh orange juice and club soda.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hip Chick Zine Launches "Anti-Plastic Bag Project"

Hip Chick Zine is excited to announce the launch of our "Anti-Plastic Bag Project." We have always been strong environmentalists, and we are excited to present our educational project to bring awareness to the problems with plastic (and paper) bags. We will be selling ChicoBags, which are hip, reusable shopping bags. The best part is that they come in a pouch that easily fits into your purse (or even pocket!). Prices of the three styles range from $5-$9. E-mail us for more information/to purchase the bags (1/2 the money will go to support HCZ and our future projects!).

Some Quick Notes on Why You Should Bring Bags With You to the Store:
* One million plastic bags PER MINUTE are used worldwide.
* 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used annually in the USA alone. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are required to make that many plastic bags. (estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)
* Hundreds of sea turtles, whales and other sea creatures die EVERY YEAR from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.
* The AVERAGE FAMILY accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
* 500 plastic bags: The AVERAGE number of plastic bags ONE PERSON uses each year in the U.S.

Are these numbers shocking? Bringing your own bags to the supermarket (and other stores) is ONE SIMPLE WAY you can help the environment, with minimal impact on your everyday life.

Monday, April 20, 2009 is now Advertising in BUST!

BUST magazine, which recently received Folio's award, "2009 Grand FAME Winner/Best Special Event Gold Winner," is a celebrated and stellar magazine that is truly different from others. For this reason, HCZ has decided to advertise in their June/July issue. The J/J magazine will be available May 26th. Look for our online ad too!

We're also advertising on, another wonderful website for women.

If you wish to advertise on, please click here for more info.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

BOOK WE LOVE: style, naturally

Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty by Summer Rayne Oakes (Chronicle Books) is a permanent fixture on my desk (and let me tell you, that's a competitive spot). Summer Rayne Oakes, fashion model, eco advocate, and resident expert on and the Discovery Network's Planet Green, shares her fresh, fun and authentic take on eco-fashion, proving it's not an oxymoron. Breaking the book into sections such as "Bags," "Denim," and "Face," while including columns like "Designer Profile" and "Eco-Stylephile," the author makes it simple to find exactly what you're looking for. Summer Rayne introduces her reader to up-and-coming designers, and presents innovative, environmentally-friendly steps being taken by more established brands. With the immense popularity of the green movement, this book was published at the right time, but it proves that sustainable fashion and beauty is not just a fad; it's here to stay!
For more information, check out

Monday, April 6, 2009


THIS IS WHO I AM by Rosanne Olson (Artisan Publishing) is a very powerful hardcover book that celebrates women's unique bodies and beauty. At first glance, THIS IS WHO I AM looks like a photo book of women of all shapes and sizes. However, after reading just one of the stories, you realize how incredible this book really is. Each woman writes candidly about her body, and the pain and struggle of overcoming disease, obesity, or sexual abuse. Olson's project runs deeper than just taking a picture and pairing it with a shallow caption. The words from the women who beautifully grace the pages share their true feelings; their true selves. Such beauty and inspiring, and sometimes heart-breaking, words can easily bring the most stoic reader to tears.

THIS IS WHO I AM will challenge how you view your own body, and the bodies of others. It is a celebration of real women, real bodies, and the unshakable strength and beauty of womankind! Hip Chick Zine gives this book 5 stars!

To buy this book, click here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Fashionable Evening Out: Event

FASHION SHOW/FUN FESTIVITIES @ The Village Green Gallery in Weston, VT. Sunday, April 26th, 2009 @ 4PM.

A fashion show with an up-and-coming designer (from across the globe!) soon to be available in the U.S. + clothes and accessories from hip, local shops, food, tons of freebies & product samples, and fun for everyone. FEEL FREE TO DRESS UP (or down). Tell your friends of all ages and hope to see you there.

Guys are certainly welcome too!

$10 suggested donation (or give what you can), covers food at the show, and goes towards future HCZ events and marketing endeavors!

Many thanks to The Village Green Gallery ( for letting us hold this event in their beautiful space!

If you think you can attend, RSVP via Facebook at or just send us an e-mail!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Meet Lexi Taub, Founder of

Lexi Taub, 15, started to raise money for cancer research. Cancer has touched her life personally. Both her best friend's mother and her Aunt Sandy died from breast cancer. Lexi has seen the effects on her best friend, Sloan, from losing her mother. She says, "Both women have shaped my life. I understand the importance of family and support, and recognize how lucky I am. I also know how important it is to have people researching treatments for this horrible disease."

Lexi began participating in breast cancer fundraisers when she was three, and by the time she was seven, she had set up raffle stands and sold candy at local ball fields. "Sloan and I have participated in the American Cancer Society walk since its inception at Purchase College. For the past four years, I have organized a raffle at a local charity luncheon, calling for jewelry designers to donate their work. In 2007, I founded and began selling charms. I want to help find a cure for this [awful] disease." 100% of all proceeds go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Kudos to Lexi for her dedication to the fight against breast cancer. HCZ suggests that you check out the necklaces, which range in price from $60-360.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Beauty Buzz: We love LUSH's Dream Cream and Dreamwash

We may have tried these two products at the best time; the end of winter, when we have Spring Fever, but it's still cold, and the ground is covered with snow. Our skin also can't make up it's mind what season it is. One day it's below freezing, the next it's 40 degrees and sunny. Then LUSH stepped in. Dreamwash, "The Shower Soap," pairs calming calamine and chamomile with soothing herbs for a luxurious, Vegan, shower experience. It's like slathering on delicious-smelling herbal Lavender lotion in the shower. Speaking of fresh, creamy lotion, Dream Cream may be our favorite lotion ever. It blends together oat milk, rose water, olive oil, cocoa butter and tea tree oil for a rich, creamy, but not greasy, emulsion. Dream Cream leaves our skin lightly scented with relaxing Lavender. It will smooth out any skin irritation and rough patches you have from Winter, and give you silky skin for Spring. We also love the mini-pint containers. It's a yummy pint of Ben and Jerry's goodness for the skin. To visit LUSH Cosmetics, Click Here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

HCZ is Reading boho: A New American Spirit

boho is "a green fashion lifestyle magazine centered around the freedom to express your own personal style and live the life you want to." We received our first issue the other day, and already adore this beautiful, artistic, truly one-of-a-kind magazine. The boho girl is fashionable, but also cares about the environment and making the world a better place. These values certainly align with Hip Chick Zine's, and it's nice to see a magazine like this on newsstands! boho is printed on 100% recycled, post-consumer waste paper and uses soy-based inks. It is completely UV-coating free. Check out this inspiring publication. Click Here

Tell us what alternative magazines you're reading.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

HCZ Has New Brochures. Plus: New Pages Up

Please request your FREE brochures today and spread the word! E-mail us and tell us how many you want. If you're in a book group, women's group, or have a special event, let us know and we'll mail them to you. You're welcome to just hand them out to friends too. :) Thanks for letting others know about HCZ.


Health: Sexual Health Q&A & Sex News- Why the Pill decreases your libido, how long to keep lube, reviews from the "Sexy Bookshelf" and Sex Toy Stats. Plus, check out our affiliate, Babeland!
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Activism: Top 10 Green Makeover Tips- LUSH Cosmetics Founder Challenges Financial Groups To Protect Green Entrepreneurs (A Special Report) Click Here

Plus, look for our chat with Erin Van Rheenen, the author of "Living Abroad in Costa Rica," and other exclusive interviews and news, coming in the next few days!

Friday, March 6, 2009

HCZ Welcomes the New Food Editor!

Hip Chick Zine would like to welcome the new HCZ Food Editor, Kate David-Hays. Kate says, "Hi, I'm 26 years old, and have a degree in Culinary Arts from New England Culinary Institute and a Restaurant Management degree from Johnson & Wales. I own my own catering company called 'Amuse Bouche Catering' and I am currently writing a cookbook featuring all my original fusion recipes, along with my own illustrations. When cooking, I focus on using everyday ingredients and using them in an unexpected way. I cook with a lot of flowers and make my own spices and cures." We're excited to have Kate on board, and be sure to look for her new column on the website soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Giveaway: Win This Book!

Hip Chick Zine added a new contest. You can win the book Glow: A Prescription for Radiant Health and Beauty by Christina Pirello. It's a $16.95 value! The contest ends May 1, 2009. For more information (and to enter), CLICK HERE.

HCZ Has a New Blog!

Welcome to Hip Chick Zine's new blog to update you on what's happening on the website. Check back often for information on new content, giveaways, special events and more. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page, which was added on March 2.