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NJ Celebrities: Throwback Thursday #SMDay

By Kenneth Barilari

In honor of Social Media Day, #HipNJ has searched Instagram to find #ThrowbackThursday posts from your favorite #NJCelebs!

Nick Jonas (Wyckoff)

#tbt When you’re 13… hanging with your first crush and you’re trying to play it cool. #wheresmydeodorant

A photo posted by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on

Lea Michele (Tenafly)

Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch)

Queen Latifah (Newark)

Laura Pepron (Watchung)

Charlie Puth (Rumson)


A photo posted by Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) on

Joe Jonas (Wyckoff)

#TBT trying to catch a football. #keepingmydayjob

A photo posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on

Kelly Ripa (Stratford)

Ashley Tisdale (Monmouth County)

#tbt to me and my dad! Who thought this was a good camera angle?!!? Probably my mom ???

A photo posted by Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) on

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Florham Park)

Shaquille O’Neal (Newark)


A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

Be sure to “follow” #HipNJ on Instagram, and post your own #tbt today!

Muckfest MS: A Run To Remember

By Kenneth Barilari

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to take part in MuckFestMS, a mud run full of obstacles on a 5K course. It was an experience that I will never forget.

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. The effects are often different for everyone who has the disease. Some people have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment, while others will have trouble getting around and doing daily tasks.

The course began with the “Triple Pits,” which got you covered in mud the second you started. Then, it was time for the “Big Balls.” Other runners pushed the balls out of their way to make it through the obstacle, causing them to hit you. I struggled to keep my balance and made it through without slipping.
Next was “Muck Off,” a platform above an eight foot deep pit of muddy water. I closed my eyes and stepped off the ledge, submerging myself into the murky pit. I came out feeling surprisingly refreshed.

The running portion of this event came as a surprise to me. I thought that it was all about the obstacles. However, in order to get to those obstacles, we had to do a lot of running. This was no walk in the park.

The zip line was my favorite. I held on tight and zipped across a 35-foot-zip line, only to end up having to let go, fall into water, and swim my way back to land.

All of the obstacles were fun, but I could have done without one or two. “Skid Mark” would be one of those. For this obstacle, we had to lay down on our backs and pull ourselves through sludge with a rope. This didn’t have the same fun aspect as obstacles like “Swing Set,” but it definitely added to the experience.

I went through the course with my girlfriend, Ryan, and her family. We completed the run and took a celebratory photo at the finish to celebrate. I had a blast and really commend MuckFest MS for designing such an entertaining course for such a great cause.

MuckFest MS is on a mission to support people living with multiple sclerosis and to bring us closer to a world free of MS. 100% of  the fundraising dollars from the MuckFest go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To learn more, head over to their website.

Summer 2016 Sunglasses Trends #NationalSunglassesDay

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #NationalSunglassesDay, and #HipNJ wants to let you in on the hottest shades of the season. Summer 2016 is here, and you need that the perfect pair of sunglasses. Below are some of the hottest trends in sunglasses right now!

1. Round Frames



Round frames pay homage to the styles of the 60’s and 70’s. They are back in a big way. If you are heading to a music festival, round frames are the way to go.


2. Kaleidoscope


The rainbow infused glass lenses will make your eyes perform optical aerobics while you swim through a galaxy of poly-chromatic color. Add a blast of color to your dull surroundings and let your eyes erupt into rainbows like never before.


3. Heart Shaped

wilfIf you are feeling cute, pick up a pair of these heart shaped shades. They can be pricey, but with the help of Google, they can be found at more affordable prices.

4. Cat-Eye


Another retro style making a huge comeback. They were mainly popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s among fashionable women and are usually associated with the Beehive hairstyle, but now they are here for us all.


5. Chunky Frames



Go big or go home, right? If you want to be bold, pick up a pair of chunky sunglasses in the color of your choice.


6. Oversized


The bigger the better. Pull a Kardashian and get a pair of sunglasses that make you wonder whether or not they are too big. (They’re not.)


7. Clubmaster


This classic frame is super popular right now. If you want to stand out in a classic way, this is the way to go.


8. Mirror Lenses


While dark frames do hide our eyes, they also seem to cast a shadow on our look. Mirrored lenses provide a little camouflage with more eye-catching, brightening effects that put your outfit in the spotlight.


9. Aviators


Another classic that never goes out of style.  Aviators were notoriously present in Cobra and Top Gun, leading to a 40% rise in sales in 1986.

We hope this helps you next time you’re searching for sunglasses! Share a photo on Instagram wearing your favorite sunglasses using the hashtag #SunglassSelfie!