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The Limited Turns 50 & Giveaway!



The Limited is turning 50 and is celebrating it's Golden Anniversary by helping women succeed! The Limited is supporting Dress for Success, a nonprofit that offers professional clothing to help support women who are entering or re-entering the work force.

To help raise funds for this organization, The Limited is inviting women to share their success stories and words of wisdom (both personal and professional) online at www.thelimited.com/50th. The Limited will donate $1 to Dress for Success for every entry, up to $50,000. The Limited will also be donating 30% of proceeds from a limited edition clutch and a commemorative bracelet that will debut this fall. Be sure to enter to help meet their goal!

But that's not the end of the festivities. The Limited will also launch a social media campaign in August that will allow consumers to select the ultimate celebration dress design they would like to see in stores. They are full of surprises for their 50th Anniversary...including....a gift card giveaway on Lipgloss Break!


***Giveaway***
Enter to win a $50 gift card to The Limited!

Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, August 16th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Kettlebell Love

Tomorrow is a big day. I'm taking a full day kettlebell certification class through the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation (IKFF). It only took 28 years to find a sport I am passionate about. These iron bells have pushed me past what I thought was my limit and have made me a mentally and physically stronger woman!

Here are my essentials for a kick butt kettlebell workout:
 - A kettlebell! Start off light if you're new. I originally started with an 18lb bell, then 2 years later competed with a 12kg (26lbs) bell, and now I'm competing with a 16kg (35lb) bell. Took me 3 years to work up to the 16kg.
 - My Lululemon headband does a great job keeping my hair off of my face, especially during kettlebell swings.
 - Ellie.com is not only quality and functional workout gear, but also super cute. I just ordered the shorts below. And every time I wear my Ellie Peek a Boo top people go crazy over it!
 - Wristbands provide cushion for your wrists. Helps when you clean and jerk the bell!
 - I love my Under Armour shoes for lifting.

Once I have my certification I will be posting more kettlebell workouts here. Stay tuned and please let me know if you've ever used kettlebells before!

Kettlebell workout



RocksBox Review


I have fabulous new monthly subscription service to share with you all. You may be thinking, 'not another subscription service...,' but this one is different! RocksBox is a membership-based jewelry styling service. As a member, you pay a flat rate of $19/month to trial unlimited designer jewelry, sent to you 3 pieces at a time.

You start by taking a style profile. This is how RocksBox learns your style and puts together jewelry selections they think are a good fit. You can also put in special jewelry requests. You'll receive 3 pieces that are tailored to your style. You can wear them and show them off to your friends, and then do one of two things: 1) Send them back for new pieces to accessorize with or 2) Buy them! If you fall in love with one of the pieces you have the option to buy it at a discounted RocksBox price.

I think the best part about RocksBox is that you get to try out new jewelry that you may not have picked out for yourself on a regular shopping trip. In my first RocksBox, 2 out of the 3 items I would not have picked out for myself, but after pairing them with dresses during my weekend in New Orleans, I fell in love!

Here's what I got in my first box...

There was something about this bracelet by David Aubrey that reminded me of the time I spent in India. Maybe the jade and gold pairing? At any rate, I loved it. I wore this around New Orleans while we were exploring and out at night. The 5 strands of jade make it look like you are wearing several different bracelets. 

This is not a necklace I would normally pick out for myself, which is the point of RocksBox. It gets you to try new, edgy styles that you normally wouldn't dare to wear. The House of Harlow Fringe Pedant got me many compliments! I LOVED this necklace. It hung pretty low, down to my belly button, and was super edgy. I wore it with a black dress the few times I wore it, but would have also went well with a solid color top or dress or a neutral color. 

This CC Skye Pave Dome Ring screams cocktail party or black tie affair. I wish I could have kept it for my holiday party in December! I love pave settings. This picture does not do it justice. It sparkled beautifully. It could also be dressed down with jeans and blank tank. 


After you receive your items and wear them out you can then log into your account and give feedback on each item. This will help RockBox select the next set of items you receive. I can't wait to see what I get in my next RocksBox shipment. I love the idea of having new accessories to keep my outfits fresh. Sometimes a single accessory can change an entire outfit. 

Have you heard of RocksBox or received a box yet? If so, what do you think so far? Leave a comment or tweet at me with @MyRocksBox #RocksBoxiFabbo

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Be My Valentine?

I'm not a huge fan of red, so I'll be wearing pink and nude this Valentine's Day. No plans set, just hoping to spend time with my hubby. But if we did go out, this is totally something I would wear for a Valentine's Day date night! This outfit can be dressed up or down depending on what type of jacket you pair with it. I recently bought a light pink moto jacket from Forever 21 that could dress this outfit down for a fun bar night.

Valentine's Day Date Night



Stay Motivated in the New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and healthy holiday.

New Year Resolutions have been set and I'm sure like previous years, one of the top trending resolutions is to get in shape. One of the main challenges with this goal is staying motivated. It's easy to buy a gym membership, but staying motivated and actually using that membership is a whole other challenge. Here are some of my tips and strategies to staying motivated and dedicated to working out....

Pump Up the Volume
Music is very important. A solid playlist and up beat music can really affect your mood and workout. I use to struggle with ear buds that fit my small ears, but finally found a set that stay in while I bounce around with my workouts (Sol Republic Amp In-Ear Headphones, below). And you don't need a fancy iPod to get you through a workout. Download the Pandora app to your phone (it's free!) to get rocking tunes to get you through a workout. This is also a great way to discover new songs.

Set Milestone Goals
Whether it's the first 5lbs lost or mastering a pull up (this is one of my goals!), set goals and 'rewards' along the way. I like to treat myself to pedicures or a massage when I meet one of my goals. It also helps to stick to these goals when you write them down. Get a cute notebook (I like the mini Moleskin, below) that you can carry with you in your purse or workout bag so you can jot down your progress.

Fit Fashionista
Treat yourself to some new workout clothes! Since this is such a popular time for people to get active, Marshall's and TJMaxx has a TON of gym gear on display. Name brand pieces at great prices. Invest in coordinating tops, bottoms, sports bras and headbands. If you feel good going to the gym, you'll have an even better workout. 

What's your New Year's Resolution? Please share how you plan on sticking to your goals!

Stay Motivated in the New Year
UnderArmour Shoes and Crop Pants / Sol Republic Amps HD In-Ear Headphones / Girls Gone Sporty "Sweat Sexy" Fitness Tank from ViewSport / Moleskin notebook


What's Your Favorite Piece of Clothing?

My favorite piece of clothing is also my staple piece: my black Tinley Road blazer from Piperlime. It transitions well from work to night, with jeans or over a dress. It's a staple in my suitcase for every trip I go on. I especially love the cut of this particular blazer: cropped in the back and lifted shoulders is flattering to my figure.

What's your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe right now? Please share below!



J'adore Paris

October 24th marked my 4 year wedding anniversary. Time flies when you are having fun!

Our wedding adventures started when Mike proposed under the Eiffel Tower (Viva Las Vegas style), and since then, it seems like our relationship has had a Paris theme. Shortly after we got married we took a spontaneous trip to Paris, where Mike proposed again, under the real Eiffel Tower.

The Parisian theme has also expanded to our house, with Eiffel Tower decor and paintings we bought on the cobblestone roads of Montmarte hanging on our walls. Below are some of my favorite French designers and pictures from Paris.

Please comment below and share with me some of your favorite 'French' things! 


My Louis. One of the most thoughtful gifts I have received from my husband. He knew I always wanted one and surprised me with this on a big birthday.
It was really cold and rainy the day we went to see the Eiffel Tower. I was bummed at first, but looking back at how these pictures came out, it was very enchanting.

Another view of the Tower.
Who doesn't want a pair of purple Christian Louboutins?

Michael Kors isn't French, but his new limited edition watch is. Beautiful etching on the back includes the Eiffel Tower. J'adore this...
I Do!


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SXE Fitness debuts The Sammi Sweetheart Collection


If you’ve ever watched an episode of MTV’s Jersey Shore, you’ll know who Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola is. She’s the sweet one of the bunch, and the girlfriend to Ronnie (my 2nd favorite gorilla juice head!). I was intrigued when I found out that Sammi was teaming up with SXE Fitness to create a line of fitness wear, and that intrigue turned to excitement when I got an invite to attend the debut of the line during New York Fashion Week!

I know that Sammi played soccer in college so it didn't surprise me that she went the fitness line route. The line she designed is sporty, chic and very girly. The line includes all the gym bag necessities, including sports bras, jackets, pants, capris and tops. I liked the different cuts and styles of the sports bras, she had a ton of variation. The pants had pops of colors on the pockets that were super cute. I also have my eye on a camo print jacket. 

The line is engineered with Supplex technology to help you feel dry, make you look slimmer and hide flaws. The line also contains SXE's special Booty-Lift technology in the pants for added support. It also doesn't wrinkle or shrink. 
One can tell from her onscreen time on the Jersey Shore that Sammi always like to look good, even at the gym. She was motivated by one simple question when creating this line: "Why not feel good and look good while working out?" Her goal: "design a fitness-wear line that spoke to how women want to feel when working out: stylish, sexy, comfortable and confident." I'm guilty of putting on lipgloss at the gym, so I can relate! Sammi finished her show by walking the runway herself. Nice work Sammi! 
Sammi & Ronnie from The Jersey Shore cast
Photos from Krupp NYC






How I Wear My Michael Kors Watch


Michael Kors is releasing their  new Limited Edition Runway Watch for fall. The Paris themed watch is going to debut on October 15, and is the second in a series of destination inspried watches, following the New York version. 

This watch is BEAUTIFUL. The intricate design of the Eiffel Tower on the backside is amazing. Paris holds a special place in my heart since my husband proposed under the Eiffel Tower in Vegas. When we went to Paris after we were married, he reenacted his proposal under the real Eiffel Tower - J'adore Paris!


To celebrate the debut of this new watch, Michael Kors kicked off its #MKTimeless social campaign. Fans can post photos of their Michael Kors watches to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #MKTimeless for entries to win a watch of the own.

In case you are wondering, below is how I would rock my Michael Kors Paris Limited Edition Runway Watch. This watch is perfect for going from day to night. I would rock it with a blazer during the day, and then slip off my blazer to leave a black dress and ankle boots for night. 

Love your Michael Kors watch? Show them how you wear it! Share your photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #MKTimeless for a chance to win the Paris Limited Edition Runway watch.


Michael Kors is also rewarding the top 3 bloggers who drive the most social interaction a watch for keeps and a watch to giveaway to a lucky reader! So please tweet, share on FB and leave a comment below! 


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Anna Dello Russo for H&M

H&M is launching its Anna Dello Russo collection in stores this Thursday, October 4th! I love when stores partner with designers like this. Such a refreshing change to the normal. I'm especially excited for the zebra bracelet (priced at $34.95).





Are the 80s Coming Back?

After taking this picture my husband asked 'are the 80s coming back?' Yes, Mike. Yes they are. Colored jeans, bright tops and high tops can be found flooding the NYC streets. I haven't given into the high tops yet, but gave in to buy my first pair of colored skinny jeans, which I love.

Get out your hairspray cans ladies...big hair may be coming back!


Purple skinny jeans: Ann Taylor Loft
Color splatter top: H&M
Black flats: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren







MUR Spring/Summer 2013

Chateau Cherbulieze in Chelsea hosted the MUR Spring/Summer 2013 fashion week show. It was a very intimate show, which was a nice change from the craziness of the larger shows at Lincoln Center. Eclectic hors d'oeuvres, burlesque dancers and Forever Young Wine helped to set the scene. MUR designer, the beautiful Anastasia Fokina, mingled with guests and kicked off her runway show.

This collection was titled 'FUEL.' High necks, feathers and red designs were all incorporated into this accessory line. These are the types of scarves that make an entire outfit. My favorite was the one Anastasia was wearing herself.


Anastasia Fokina started her accessories line in 2012. Props to this new designer. Excited to see what she does next!


Taste of Fall - NYC style

I've been really missing Michigan's Fall season. University of Michigan football games, the weather change and of course, all of the apple orchards...donuts and hot cider..yum!

To get a little taste of fall, tomorrow we are visiting apple orchards and vineyards in Long Island. Our friends Julie and Chris are taking us and we extremely excited for the day trip! We're taking the train to Long Island and they are picking us up from there.

Now here's the tough question...what to wear? Since it's going to be in the 80s tomorrow, I'm going to definitely wear a dress. I have to get use out of my dresses while I still can! Topping it off with a jean jacket will give it a Fall feel. And you can't forget the apple necklace...

Fall apple orchard and vineyards



Alice + Olivia pleated chiffon dress / Madewell jean jacket / Call it SPRING suede shoes, $27 / Rebecca Minkoff black leather clutch / Gold bangle / Kenneth Jay Lane


Top 5 Beauty & Shopping Finds in NYC


Yesterday a very lost looking tourist family asked me for directions on the subway. I helped them, obviously, but then was surprised how easily I was able to answer their questions. For only being in the city for 3 1/2 months, I think my husband and I have covered more ground than those who have lived here for years. I'm comfortable with the subway system (as long as I have a map to reference) and I know where all the good finds are...specifically, the beauty and fashion shopping spots! 

Here are my top 5 beauty & fashion finds in the city:

1. A trip to NYC is not complete without visiting Bloomingdales. If you're from out of town, Bloomingdales offers you an out of town discount. For the entire day, you can get 10%! It doesn't apply to cosmetics but I was able to use it for a new designer purse I had been wanting.

2. Want to score a designer bag or outfit for a deal? Visit Century 21. Not to be mistaken with the real estate company, Century 21 is a discount designer department store. There are two locations in Manhattan, the larger store being on Wall Street.

Make sure you set aside at least 2 hours for when you visit, there is a lot to see! Cosmetics, purses, clothes, accessories, and home goods, you name it, they have it, all on sale.

3. For most vacations, I would recommend getting a mani/pedi before you leave. But not when you come to NYC. There are several salons in each area that offer mani/pedi deals. I found them as cheap as $19.99 for both a manicure and pedicure! As soon as you step into the city visit a salon. Our favorite is Angel Nails on 85th and Amsterdam. They know us by name! 


4. Support local artists and business by shopping the jewelry vendors in Soho. I love these vendors for affordable, NYC authentic souvenirs.

5. Make sure to check out the local fashion blogs to find out if there are any designer sample sales going on while you are here. Designer sample sales are amazing. You can get items right off the runway at a discount. The one I frequent the most is in the Chelsea Market,


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Yuna Yang SS13 Collection

Bucket List item #26: Attend a NY Fashion Show...check!

My first show was Friday after work. Yuna Yang chose a very unique location, the NASDAQ Marketsite. The models strutted their stuff around the open glass middle while we overlooked Times Square.

For her SS13 Collection, Yuna drew inspiration from the musical layers and rhythm of the rock band, Civil Twilight. Her SS13 collection features a foundation of French chantelle lace with modern touches of Japanese polka dots.

Lots of pastels, a few red pieces, lace and dots. I love the lace overlay dress, especially in the baby blue she picked out. I'm also a fan of the long lace overlay over a shorter dress. Its an option for non-maxi dress wearers (like me) to try out the longer look. I'll take one of the laced back dresses for work, please!

Close Your Eyes and See the World











Mullet Dresses

I'm kind of obsessed with the 'mullet dress.' Short in the front, long in the back. I think it's fun and different. I've been seeing girls rock this style all around the city.

Shumaq dress, Tom's wedges
Soprano dress, Steve Madden flats, Louis Vuitton bag, Soho street  vendor gem necklace


Traveling East to West


Heading to San Francisco for the week! During the week is strictly business in Mountain View, but once Friday hits, me and the hubby are heading to the bay area. Staying at the Clift in Union Square, we're going to try and experience the city in a non-touristy way. You will definitely see us riding the BART!

Below is what 5% of my suitcase is filled with :) The last time I was in San Francisco I froze my butt off and had to buy an extra scarf to keep me warm. So I'm prepared this time with jackets, jeans and scarfs. I also tennis shoes for exploring.

I was excited to pack my new skinny jeans...they are so California! I also couldn't forget my workout journal and SF maps. Looking forward to getting exercise climbing the hills of the area. The only thing below that isn't in my suitcase is that adorable grey Rebecca Minkoff MAC mini clutch. Maybe I'll come across it in the city...

If you live in the area or are familiar with SF, please send us your suggestions on things to do and places to eat!


San Francisco trip 2012


Material Girl


Madonna and her daughter, Lola, to create the ultimate girly fashion line, Material Girl. Who better to create this than the original Material Girl, Madonna. I can't wait to check this line out as soon as it comes out at Macy's.

Do you think this new line will be a winner? Or a dud? Comment below with your thoughts!


Foot Petals Tip Toes Saved My Soles

All my high heels have one thing in common...they have Foot Petals!

Foot Petals Tip Toes are a 'sole' saver. They have saved my feet during a girls weekend in Vegas, NY Fashion Week and several weddings! They help to keep your foot from sliding forward, and provide a nice cushion for the ball of your foot. The protection and cushion they provide is unreal. They are thick enough to make a noticeable difference, but thin enough so they don't change the way your shoes fit.

They come in a variety of colors, so you can match the inside of your shoe. If you're feeling wild, you can also get them in animal prints. I've tried out a few other items from Foot Petals, including Heavenly Heelz, which helps to keep your heels from sliding out of your shoes. It seems that my shoes fit differently depending on the weather. When it's hot, my feet swell a bit and my shoes fit a bit more snug. In the winter, shoes tend to want to slide right off, but alas, Heavenly Heelz saves the day.It's not just me that loves 'em, Foot Petals won an Allure Best of Beauty award. My advice: if you are hesitant to wear heels because you are afraid that your feet will hurt for the night, give Foot Petals a try. Your soles will thank you :)