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Kelly Dillon’s Perfect #HipNJ Hair Day

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Elegant and relaxed. Those are two words I would use to describe New Jersey’s newest blow dry bar. Lilly’s Blow Dry and Makeup Lounge in Oakland gives you the ultimate beauty experience with a sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere, a team of talented stylists, and luxurious amenities.

What makes Lilly’s so unique is that unlike most blow dry bars, there is no menu. Instead you and your stylist discuss the type of look you are going for and they customize and personalize your blowout based on your hair so each look is unique and one of a kind. Each blowout begins with a wash featuring deluxe Kevin Murphy products. Another special feature at the salon is their weightless hair drying system from Freestyle. The state of the art hair dryers hang from the ceiling so cords stay out of your way.

In addition to blowouts, Lilly’s offers hair treatments, updos, extensions, and makeup application. Owner Lauren Haber is an absolute sweetheart and her attention to detail and great customer service is evident the moment you walk in. Her team of stylists are all extremely skilled and aim to make you look and feel beautiful. And they did just that with my gorgeous blowout.

Lilly’s is the perfect salon to prep your tresses before a big event, a hot date, or even just a girls night out. You can visit them at 400 Ramapo Valley Road in Oakland, NJ or check them out at LillysBlowDryBar.com.

Kelly Dillon is an accomplished broadcaster and voice over artist with over 10 years of experience. She can be seen and heard in NYC and the rest of the tri-state area reporting the traffic and news. She is currently a fill in traffic reporter for Good Day NY on Fox 5. She has also served as the fill in traffic reporter for NBC Connecticut and WFSB in Hartford, CT. Kelly is the fashion and beauty correspondent for Hip New Jersey.  For more on Kelly, visit her website at KellyDillon.com.

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Stacy Mae Photography

A cupcake and a click: a sacred, sweet moment is captured.

In front of the camera, mothers share giggly, cuddly, silly seconds with their children .  Behind the camera, mother and photographer, Stacy Canzonieri of Stacy Mae Photography, clicks away.

#HipNJ headed over to Crowley Cupcakes in Madison for the “Cupcakes with Mom” event to take a look behind the lens.

“These are actually some of my favorite shoots, the shoots that we did today where it’s moms and their kids because moms are never in front of the camera. They’re usually the ones behind the camera taking pictures of their kids,” Stacy said.

It’s not just smiles she’s capturing, but the essence of the blissful relationship between a mother and her child. In her shots, Stacy doesn’t aim for the perfectly posed picture, but to see the connection and interaction between mothers and their children unfold and bloom.

Although Stacy has doubled as an entertainer and photographer when doing infant shoots, which sounds fun (yet tiring), family photography is her favorite. “Getting everybody together in the frame is really important,” Stacy said.

In business for nearly six years, her own children inspired her work behind the lens. Like most mothers, she wanted nice pictures of her children and like most mothers she would devote a lot of effort to get them.

We’re not talking doing the “Hokey Pokey” in the middle of the mall or bribing her kids with candy (yes, before dinner), but teaching herself the skills of a photographer.

Her photography spoke for itself as people started requesting her service, just as the photos captured at Crowley Cupcakes tell the stories of loving mothers and her children.

For more information, check out Stacy Mae’s new website, StacyMaePhotography.com.

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WFAN’s “True Blue” Celebrity Softball Game

Hip New Jersey attended WFAN’s Boomer and Carton’s True Blue charity softball game. Over 17,000 fans packed Yankee Stadium to help support the NYPD and the families of slain officers Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Lou, and Brian Moore.

With four games of three innings each, Boomer and Carton’s event was successful in raising over $100,000. The proceeds went toward the families, the Silver Shield Foundation, and the New York PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund. A roster of All-Star celebrities played the 1st, 84th, and 105th Precincts, and the Detective’s Endowment Association.

The emotional night began with the families of the slain officer’s throwing out the first pitch. Following, Jesse James Decker sung a moving National Anthem. Ten-year-old Texas native, Savannah Solis, also spoke about the importance of “thanking and loving” police officers.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino had an opportunity to talk a few of the celebrities who came out to support the important cause. In attendance was #HipNJ resident and comedian Artie Lange, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, gold medal Olympian Sarah Hughes, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, and many more.

“It’s a great cause. We are supporting the real heroes that are out there,” says Rex Ryan. 

Other celebrities and sports stars also present were New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, Giants punter Steve Weatherford, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and baseball legends Joe Torre and Bernie Williams.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton with the partnership of the New York Yankees organization were overwhelmed by the amount of support they received. Celebrities were lining up to participate and support the NYPD.

Esiason says of the event, “We are so moved and broken-hearted by the whole thing.  We felt like we had our own microphones, we had millions of listeners, and that maybe we can inspire a community to come out and support the NYPD.” 

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