Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Go! St. Louis Half Marathon Weekend Part 1

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending the weekend and running the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon with Ash of Work Out To Wineglass.  Ash and I met on Twitter about a year ago and we've been great friends since then, not only on the net but we text often.  A couple of months ago Ash let me know she was running the Go! St. Louis Half and I decided to join her.
Happy to have finished.

Friday afternoon my family and I drove up to St. Louis to meet up with Ash.  We arrived close to dinner time and checked into our hotel.  We stayed at the Hilton St. Louis Ballpark, which I really enjoyed.  The staff is very friendly and there are plenty of amenities at the hotel (starbucks and froyo in the building is a win-win).  I recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the St. Louis downtown area.

 View of the ball park from our room.

 Nice bathroom with Peter Thomas Roth bath products, which I loved.

Standard double bed room.

After checking in and getting all our things in our room, we headed to the lobby to meet Ash and head out to dinner.


We decided to grab dinner at PF Chang's.  When in the city we never miss an opportunity to eat there.  Ash and I hit it off right away and I knew then that I have made a life-long friend.  We talked, life, running, marriage and blogging of course.  I wasn't the only one loving Ash, Izzy absolutely adored her and her blonde locks.  She kept saying that Ash had golden hair like Elsa from Frozen.

After dinner and she was already holding hands with Ash, that was very special because Izzy is very particular about who she likes.

Tummies full, and with everyone tired from traveling, we called it a night.  The next morning we met up at the hotel cafe for breakfast.  I stayed in my usual comfy attire of yoga pants and soft workout top.


Breakfast at the hotel was unexpectedly delightful.  I usually don't mind hotel breakfast, it does the job, but I never call it yummy.  Everything was just scrumptious, especially the croissants and oatmeal. They also had all sorts of fresh fruit and berries which was a plus.

After breakfast, we took the hotel shuttle and headed over to the expo which, IMO, fell subpar.  It was easy to get our bibs but the merchant areas were on the floor of a small arena.  The floor was accessed by steep, child-unfriendly stairs from an upper level.  Once at the bottom, all of the booths seemed too close together. The small floor space meant vendors were limited and it was packed with so many people you could barely look at anything.  I left without a single purchase, which (if you know me) is a super-rare occurrence.  





Troy and Izzy had lots of fun playing outside the convention center.  Troy unknowingly walked too close to a goose nest.  Ash and I watched as, what I assume was "daddy goose" flying towards and chasing Troy away.  Thank goodness James was there to save him, lol.  It was the craziest thing ever.  James always says,  that if you become the aggressor towards the goose they usually back down and he was right.  Of course, James was tormented and scarred as a kid by his grandfather's goose named Bobo (who was in love with granddad's wheelbarrow), so he's had practice with geese. After the scare we all had a good laugh.  I'm sure Troy will never forget it.  Everyone walked away unscathed, lesson learned.  The goose learned he can't bluff everyone and Troy learned to keep his eyes peeled for irate fowl!

After the expo we headed to Plaza Frontenac for a little shopping.  Of course if you read my blog you know that I never miss going to a Lululemon or Athleta.  

 At Athleta I discovered that I love Chi Tops, they must be made from the softest and most comfy material ever.  If you are a fan of rulu material by Lululemon, Athleta's is even softer but not quite as thick.


That afternoon, I picked up an Athleta chi top in Coral Sizzle, from Lululemon I got the Rad Plaid Speed Shorts, my first Bang Buster Headband and two long sleeve swiftly's in clear mint and lullaby.

After shopping we had a carb loaded lunch/dinner at Macaroni Grill.  I had the traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs.


Stuffed and happy, we headed back to the hotel for some rest and to get ready for race day.  Stay tuned for Part II of the race recap.


Have you ever met up with someone you met online for a race and spent the whole weekend with them, not just meet them race morning?  How did it go?

What's your go to carb loading meal?

Do you love/hate expo's?

Have you ever been attacked by a goose?  What did you do?

xoxo,
Adriana



Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Feature Profile: Meet Blogger Marcia of Too Cute Runner

I'd like to introduce you to the sweetest and kindest blogger on the net, meet Marcia of Too Cute Runner.  You will never see Marcia without her signature smile, it's infectious and you can't help but feel happy when you see her smiling in her pictures. 

Name: Marcia  

Years running: Almost 2 years!
Hometown: Mansfield, Texas

A little about yourself: Hi everyone! I am a born/raised Texas currently displaced in Central Illinois. I am a 20-something wife and dog-mom working in higher education. I have been married for almost 2 years to the awesome B! We love to travel, watch Ranger Baseball and spend massive amounts of time watching movies. I started running consistently in 2012 to try to lose weight and haven't stopped since. While I still struggle with my weight, I love everything about running. I am a foodie but you won't always find me in the kitchen.  

1.  When and why did you start running? 
  • I started running the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2012. After visiting my in-laws in NYC, I realized how uncomfortable I was in my clothing. The entire time I felt constricted in a 20W pair of pants. When we arrived home, I put on all the layers I owned (I didn't own any have running gear) and headed out for my first mile run (since high school) in 19 degree weather. I followed the same routine for about 40 days, running to the same mailbox on my street marking a half mile. I then began a training regimen with a local running coach.

2.  What has been your longest run? 
  • To date my longest run has been a half marathon. Since I have big plans this year and my first marathon next year, I am looking forward to that 22 mile long run!

3.  What is your dream race (other than Boston)? 
  • My dream race would be the New York City Marathon (domestic) and the Great Wall of China Marathon (international). I don't think there is a race you couldn't sell me on. I love visiting new places and running in scenic areas. 

4.  What has been you favorite race so far and why? 
  • I absolutely loved Indianapolis Monumental! It was my first half marathon and in a new city. My mom, B, best friend from Texas, and my dog Bear all came to support me! I had great training under my belt and saw some lovely sights! I would recommend it to anyone because it is flat and fast!

5.  If you could run with anyone (alive or passed on) who would it be? 
  • It would have to be Samantha Gash! Here is her website http://www.samanthagash.net/! She is an Ultra runner from Austraila who has conquered some amazing feats. Currently she is the youngest female to have completed all 4 deserts in the Racing The Planet Ultra Marathon Series. She is a beast! I mean who else runs the Atacam Desert, Gobi Desert, Sahara Desert and Antartica and still have a smile on their face?

6.  What are your goals in terms of running? 
  • My big goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2020 and run in 2021. It is a long way off but each training session is one step closer! As for 2014, I have a goal to run 16 half marathons and 2 Ragnar Relays without injury. This fall I will begin training for my first marathon in 2015!

7.  Name 3 running essentials that you can't live without. 
My big 3 are:
  •  my RoadID, 
  • my Garmin and 
  • a hat! 


8. Top 3 songs on your running playlist. 
The playlist I run with now includes 3 of my absolute favorites: 
  • People Like Us - Kelly Clarkson
  • It's Time - Imagine Dragons
  • Goodbye, Goodbye - Tegan & Sara

9. And last but not least....what is your favorite quote? "The real purpose of running isn't to win a race, it's to test the limits of the human heart." - Bill Bowerman

Thank you Marcia for sharing a little bit about yourself and your running goals with us.  I can't wait to follow your journey to your first marathon.  You're a rock star!

xoxo,
Adriana

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lishy Bands Review and Giveaway


My favorite tech blogger is DC Rainmaker, I never buy any sort of running gadget until I read what he thinks about it first.  A little over a year ago I stumbled on a list his wife makes of her favorite running gear and she listed Lishy Bands as her favorite headband, so I decided to give them a try.  Lishy Bands was the first velvet backed headband I ever bought so I didn't have anything to compare it to.  All the other headbands I've tried were elastic and never stayed put so I really didn't think these would actually work better.  I was so happy to be wrong! Since then, I've tried a lot of different velvet backed headbands and Lishy Bands remains my favorite.

Why I love Lishy Headbands:
  • Beautiful color combinations that come in thick and thin widths.
  • Velvet backing keeps it in place, even when doing high impact training.
  • They don't give me headaches.
  • Top notch craftsmanship.
  • You can get two for the price of what you typically pay for those "name brand" headbands.
  • Plus, since Lishy Bands is a small business it's unlikely you'll see anyone else wearing your headband.



I'm really excited that Lish over at Lishy Bands has teamed up with me to do a giveaway.  Two lucky winners will be selected randomly by rafflecopter and win three headbands each.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Feature Profile: Meet Runner (and my little brother) Mark

I want to introduce my baby brother whom I lovingly refer to as "Babuth."  He is the sweetest little brother a girl could have.  I can honestly say that I can't remember him ever hitting me when we were kids lol.  I do remember him telling me once that he wouldn't hit me because I was girl, but he would tickle torture me until I couldn't breathe, something he still likes to do.  I am so proud of my little brother who is not only a great Police Officer ( he's been named with Police Officer Of The Year) but a great father.  I really love that about my brothers, they are not only great husbands, but fathers as well.  My little brother also has some pretty impressive stats on his running record: holds the record for 8K in 26:12 at A&M International University where he ran Cross Country and a 1:12 Half Marathon where he placed 9th at the Austin Half.  His 10K PR is 32:48, 5K PR 15:51 and fastest mile is 4:44.  Pretty impressive huh...I want to know why the fast gene skipped me?  lol.


Name:  Mark Vela

Years running: 21 years

 Hometown: Laredo,Tx

A little about yourself: 
First and foremost, I am a proud father of two beautiful and amazing girls(Anissa 8 years old and Madison 2 months old). I am Husband to a dedicated Mother/Wife/Nurse and I myself am a Local Police Officer who loves to run,weight train, fish, cook-out and enjoy anything that involves being outdoors. 



1. When and why did you start running? 
  • I started running in the 7th grade(1993) because I grew up watching my older brothers and sister run in high school track and cross country. I didn't choose distance, distance picked me....basically because I was too slow for sprints, too short for hurdles and not strong enough for field events.


 2. What has been your longest run? 
  • 18 miles


 3. What is your dream race (other than Boston)? 
  • I've always wanted to run the New York City Half-Marathon.


4. What has been you favorite race so far and why? 
  • Without a doubt my favorite race has always been the Austin Half Marathon because of the running environment that is Austin,Texas. You can't beat their atmosphere and their crowd support.


5. If you could run with anyone (alive or passed on) who would it be? 
  • It would have to be Steve "Pre" Prefontaine.


 6. What are your goals in terms of running? 
  • To get back up to half marathon running. I've been plagued by running injuries over and over again for the last year and a half, and would love nothing more that to be able to run more than three miles without having my calf pop.


7. Name 3 running essentials that you can't live without. 
  • Nike Tom-Tom GPS watch, 
  • Apple i-pod and 
  • my Mizunos.


 8. Top 3 songs on your running playlist.
  • Murphy's Ridge by Explosions in the sky (Lone Survivor Soundtrack)
  • Where the streets have no name by U2 (Without Limits Soundtrack)
  • Going the distance by Bill Conti (Rocky Soundtrack)


9. And last but not least....what is your favorite quote? 
  • "There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." -Coach Bill Bowerman

Thanks for letting me share this bro, I love you and I hope you get to do the NYC Half someday.  Hell, maybe we can do it together.  Love you!!

xoxo,
Adriana

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Feature Profile: Meet Runner, Ironman and Blogger Michele Gonzalez (NYC Running Mama)

Everyone has someone they look up to, a person who inspires them.  If you ask most female runners who they look up to, you would probably get answers like Kara Goucher, Lauren Fleshmen and Shalane Flanagan.  All are women I look up to as well, but, if someone asked me what woman inspires me everyday my answer would be Michele Gonzalez.  Michele is an amazing woman who not only shares the good days of training but also the days when she's not really feeling it. She is former Military and I hold a very special place in my heart for men and women who choose to serve our great nation.  Michele, I thank you for not only being such a great example for runners but for mom athlete's everywhere as well.  You are truly an inspiration to us all. 

Name:  Michele Gonzalez

Years running: 11 

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two little boys, an ultra runner (prefer the marathon and half marathon distance right now), Ironman and running coach. I am also a former Army Captain and 3x Iraqi veteran. 

1.  When and why did you start running?
  •   I grew up running as a way to stay in shape for the other sports I played (basketball and softball). I played basketball through my freshmen year of college. When I stopped playing, I started going to the gym and running, recreationally, on my own to stay in shape.  At the start of my senior year, I decided to challenge myself and signed up for my first race - the 2002 Philadelphia Marathon, despite never running more than 7 miles. I trained myself over the next few months and ran a 3:54 at Philly.


2.  What has been your longest run? 
  • I ran the Knickerbocker 60k (37.2 miles)in Nov 2011 - it was my first official ultra race and I loved it! 


3.  What is your dream race ?
  •  I have lots of dream races - some are my long-term than others. I would love to do Badwater one day (135 mile ultra race) but likely won't get into high mileage like that until the boys are a bit older. I also want to focus more on triathlons and would love to qualify for and compete at Kona (Ironman World Championships) one day (another longer term goal!).


4.  What has been you favorite race so far and why? 
  • This is a tough one. Honestly,so many races hold special memories for me...but I think I would have to say that the 2011 NYC Marathon was my favorite because of the entire experience. I was selected to represent my hometown for the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge and competed against four other runners. We got to start the marathon before the elites and rest of runners, ran the first 13.1 miles together and then literally raced to the finish. And the best part was that my husband and son were waiting at the finish line for me to cross! 


5.  If you could run with anyone (alive or passed on) who would it be? 
  • Definitely Chrissie Wellington. She is one of the most amazing, talented, positive athletes! 


6.  What are your goals in terms of running? 
  • I have so many short and long term goals here but my biggest goal is to always challenge and enjoy myself - sometimes these two seem to be at odds so it's a struggle to keep them in balance! But right now, my short term goal is to PR at the LA Marathon in a few weeks (would love a 3:15). 


7.  Name 3 running essentials that you can't live without. 
  • Sparkly Soul Headbands
  • Garmin watch
  • iPod 


8. Top 3 songs on your running playlist. 
I'm always changing the music on my playlist - I just added a bunch of new songs including: 
  • Timber
  •  Best Day of My Life
  • Hey Brother


9. And last but not least....what is your favorite quote? 
  • "Believe in the Dream". I have some pretty big goals and sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed with the idea of them...but this quote just reminds me to keep believing in myself and my dream and work one day at a time to get there. 

Thank you Michele for taking the time to answer my questions.  I'm crossing my fingers and saying some prayers that your PR for LA Marathon comes to fruition.  

Love ya girl!

xoxo,
Adriana

Monday, February 24, 2014

Two Steps Back...Not Necessarily A Bad Thing.

My training has been pretty chaotic lately.  It seems like just when I have a breakthrough, something happens to knock me from my stride.  You know what they say:  one step forward, two steps back.
Several weeks ago I was having some issues with my Soleus muscle and my coach referred me to a doctor who is a long distance runner, to have Active Release Technique (ART) done. Active Release Technique is a soft tissue treatment technique used for the treatment of scar tissue in the body. The body uses scar tissue to repair injured or damaged tissues. When a tissue in the body is overused, micro-injuries occur which results in the body laying down scar tissue. If this scar tissue is allowed to remain in the body and more micro-injuries occur, the end result will be restricted motion, dysfunction, and/or pain. Active Release Technique is a system of treatment protocols used to break up the scar tissue and assist the body in laying down normal tissue which will eliminate the restricted motion, dysfunction, and pain. One treatment and the pain was gone, then the next week just as I was so excited to have no pain I felt a twinge on the side of my leg in the upper quad area but to the side and had another treatment done. While the treatment helped the pain is still there, though it's subsiding every day. So while I'm not considering this an injury, just pain, it could lead to one if I'm not careful.  With a half-marathon on my calendar in April with my friend Ash and another in May with my niece, getting injured is not on my agenda! On top of this is the fear of taking time to rest the aches without ruining my fitness.


Yesterday,  my family and I drove down to the city and my husband could tell something was wrong with me.  He asked me to talk about it because he wanted to help.  I told him how frustrated I was that I keep getting these pains.  I said I'm wearing the right shoes, I haven't been increasing my mileage more than 10%, I've been strength training and working on my core, so on and so on.  And then he said, "I think I know what it is, but I don't think you want to hear it."  I told him to just tell me.  I could take it, right?   He said, "I don't think you built a good base before you started training for these half marathons.  I think you went from recovery from your last injury straight into a training plan."  That was a slap in the face to me.  


I immediately took offense because I couldn't handle it.  "What's that supposed to mean?" I asked.  "I've been running since I got cleared from injury.  I've been doing it for almost 7 months straight!"  He said, "I know you've been running but you just keep adding more and more without getting used to running a certain distance first."  I thought he was crazy, "After all," I thought angrily, "he isn't even a runner!" Yes, I was angry.  I was angry at him for saying that because I think I wanted him to just say, "It's okay honey, it will get better."  But I was really angry because, deep down, I thought he could be right.  Surely I couldn't be so foolish! 
It's the kind of denial that all people are guilty of in one form or another.  It's denial that is born from accomplishment and passing years.  If you've been running for 20+ years like me and then take breaks to have babies recover from injury or maybe just fall off the running wagon for a while, sometimes we just assume we can come back and start right back where we left off....WRONG!!! 


Here is where the importance of keeping a running journal comes into play.  My husbands comments were still bothering me today so I went back and studied exactly what I did these past 7 months.  And guess what, he was right!  I just started back up like nothing had been wrong, like I hadn't been injured!


I choked down my pride and called him at work and told him he was right.  Yes, it was painful to say it, but, I know he loves me and I love him, so, it wasn't like he was going to say I told you so.   

So, what now?  I can keep trucking on and probably turn my ache into an injury or I can do the unthinkable (yes, I'm dramatic) and backtrack a little and decrease my mileage.  I'm picking the smart way, I'm decreasing my training mileage and the half-marathons I'm registered for will be run or run/walk very slowly.  It's hard for me, because my 37 year old mind wants my 29 year-old speedster body but my 37 year-old body is trying to deliver a message my mind won't accept! 

Humble Pie SUCKS!!!! I rank it right up there with getting a probing exam from a gynecologist and sandpapering an alligators butt in a phone booth.  I'm always nagging my son to eat what's on his plate. Now it's my turn. Sometimes taking two steps back is the right thing to do.  

Ps.  I really have to thank Ash for not dumping me after I told her of my pain.  She assured me she would stick with me the whole way...now that's what I call a real friend!  I love you Ash!!!


Have you ever messed up your training by doing too much too soon after coming back from an injury?
  
When was the last time you got a reality check you didn't like? Tell me about it.

xoxo,
Adriana




Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Apera Bags Performance Duffel in Pearl: Photos and Thoughts

 A couple of weeks ago while shopping on the internet for a new bag, I came across the Apera website.  I watched every video they have on their website and I decided to contact Apera and ask if I could test their performance duffel.  Fortunately for me, they agreed and I am so excited they did. The bags come in four colors; black, blue, pink and pearl. I chose pearl.  With Apera, I found what I think most runners would consider a dream bag.  What is a dream bag you ask?  One that you can not only use as a gym bag but it also is perfect for race weekend.  I'm positive that when I travel for a race, this will be the only bag I need.  If you don't believe me, keep reading and I think you'll see why.

Here is Apera's description of their bag:

The Apera Performance Duffel does not look like your ordinary gym duffel bag. Its refined look was designed with a purpose – to carry an abundance of your gear in a stylish and organized manner.
Like every Apera bag, it includes antimicrobial product protection inside and outside. Ventilated compartments, a water resistant base and wipeable linings keep your bag clean, dry and healthy.
It supports a variety of uses, too – for the gym, activities, or as a weekend travel bag (that fits smoothly in overhead bins or under the seat). Just to name a few.
Pack a pair of shoes (up to a men’s 11 1/2 size) in each of the two side shoe/storage compartments. And these pockets are intelligently separated from the interior storage area.
Marvel at the deep, spacious interior of the Performance Du ffel. You can carry an unbelievable amount of clothes and gear in this bag. And with light-colored linings, you’ll find anything and everything quickly.


Let's get to the pictures and the reason why I'll never travel without this bag.




Reason 1:  Shoulder strap is sewn in as part of the strap so there is no shifting while carrying the bag.  The pad is not just stitched to one continuous nylon strap that runs from one end of the bag to the other.  Instead, the straps at each end of the bag use reinforced stitching to connect to a separate soft, breathable pad that grips the shoulder and spreads out the weight.
I also appreciate that it's vented so if you carry it on a sweaty shoulder it won't stay that way for long.  Have I mentioned it's made of antimicrobial material?  Yeah, the whole bag. 

Reason 2: Length adjustment buckles so the strap can be altered to suit your needs.  Plus the hardware is beautiful.  


Reason 3:  The zippers and pull tabs are made of excellent quality.  While it may not seem important or something that people may overlook, the quality of zipper in a high priced item is really important to me.  Nothing irritates me more than bad zippers.  On this bag Apera uses high quality YKK zippers which means you don't have to worry about your zippers giving out.  The pull tabs are also designed so they comfortably fit in your finger grip.  

The triangular shape of the pull tab fits perfectly into the crease of your finger leaving a nice flat surface for your thumb.  On that thumb surface is rubberized lettering that lets you really grip the zipper.  That's something you may appreciate when your hot and sweaty.  It's details like these that really set the Apera Performance Duffel apart from other well known brand offerings.  There are also heavy nylon finger loops located by every zipper so you don't have to hold on to the bag to zip it, you can just grab the loop and voila!  

Beautiful detailed pull tabs.

Reason 4: Pockets, pockets, pockets!  Apera thought of everything when they designed this bag.   There are two padded zippered pockets at the very top of the bag for things you need to get to right away, like your keys and phone for instance.  Since they are padded, your phone is protected and the location is perfect, because you don't have to dig through the bag to find those important things.  I think this is especially handy in cold weather.  I don't want to get to my car and have to dig for hours to find my keys (ditto for dark deserted parking garages).  

Large padded zippered front pocket to protect your iPad or electronic devices. 

Huge zippered back pocket.

I can even carry my favorite torture device with me.

Zippered pockets inside the bag.

Convenient hook inside to attach your keys.

Another large zippered pocket on the inside of the bag...look at all that space!!!  

Look you can even pack a toddler.  Just kidding, I would advise you never pack your toddler in any case or bag, etc...  As I was trying to take pics she just decided it looked roomy enough to jump in lol. 

Washable insert included in the bag.  

 Reason 6: Vented wipeable side pockets that you can store your shoes in.   This is perfect for the gym, you can keep your gym shoes on one side and your shower shoes on the other.

Reason 7:  Two large pockets for your water or whatever else you might want to carry.  I have my water and my lotion in mine.  

Other features I love:
  • Waterproof Base, so if you set your bag down on a wet surface you don't have to worry about your belongings getting wet.
  • So much space inside that I could easily fit 3 or 4 days worth of clothes for a weekend trip.
  • It's specifically sized so that you can use it as a carry-on for flying so your most prized running possessions stay right by you at all times.  I know when traveling my worst nightmare would be to lose my running gear.  

Have I convinced you that you need this bag?  I sure hope so.  I'm buying the hubby a bag because I know he wants to steal mine.  Also, now that the blue bags are 40% off it will make for a perfect Valentine's Day gift.  

Apera has graciously agreed to let me give one lucky reader a Sprint Pack (pictured below).  


Also, Apera will be holding thier own giveaway each month.  They will be giving away a free Apera bag to one winner. All you need to do is sign up for their email newsletter at the bottom of Apera's  website. Then, at the conclusion of each month, they will randomly draw a name from those subscribers in their email newsletter database to select a winner.  A free Yoga Tote is the bag that was selected for February.  Every month they will change the style.  So now, you have other ways to win a bag as well.  

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  • This sweepstakes is open to US residents 18yrs old who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws. 
  • Odds of winning are determined by number of entrants.
  • Entrants are responsible for knowing the applicable laws of their state or locale for receiving products resulting from random drawings.
  • Laced Up With Lipstick is not responsible for product claims made by manufacturers.
  • All entrants release Laced Up With Lipstick of any liability for medical issues stemming from the use of products contained in the giveaway. All entrants should consult their medical professional prior to using unfamiliar products.
  • All entrants agree to be bound by the official rules of this giveaway as result of entering or accepting the prize.
  • Laced Up With Lipstick does not acknowledge a cash value for products contained in this giveaway.
  • Laced Up With Lipstick reserves the right to substitute contents in case any portion becomes unavailable. 
  • Winner must provide a physical mailing address to receive the giveaway. 
  • Please allow four to six weeks for the giveaway to arrive. Laced Up With Lipstick will make every effort to get it to you faster than the estimated shipping times above. 
  • Entries will be accepted from Tuesday, February 11th and End Tuesday February 18th, 2014 at Midnight EST(Esentially when you go to sleep on Monday night and the clock strikes midnight into Tuesday the giveaway is over).
  • Eligible winner will be selected at random and have 48hrs to provide a mailing address. Failure to provide mailing address will result in forfeiture and a new winner will be selected.
  • To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget below. 
  • FYI all entries are being moderated and verified to make sure entries are valid.  For example,  if you entered that you are leaving a blog post I am verifying that you actually did.  If your name is drawn and you did not meet the prerequisite for your entry(ie...blog comment, facebook like, etc...) another name will be drawn and your entry discarded.  This makes it fair for those who entered and followed through. 
xoxo,
Adriana





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