Firefly Music Festival 2014: An Overview

I just returned home from the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. I attended 2 out of the 4 days of the festival and it was a blast! Here’s my Firefly 2014 rundown =

Who I Saw:

| My favorite performer of the weekend was, without question, the Arctic Monkeys. They have been my favorite band for as long as I can remember and yet again they put on an insane show. I pushed my way up to the front during Iron & Wine, so I was nice and close when Alex Turner took the stage at 6:45pm. They played all my favorites, old hits and a lot of songs off their latest album, AM. It was magical.

| If anyone ever offers you tickets to a Girl Talk concert, don’t hesitate and TAKE THEM. Initially, I was pretty indifferent about seeing them, but from the moment Girl Talk took the stage at 12:15am I never wanted to leave. The whole crowd was a party. There were blow up animals crowd-surfing through the crowd, and giant machines blowing toilet paper into the pit. He blended mashup on top of mashup for a totally fun environment. The crowd was just there to have a good time and to get down and dance!

| Imagine Dragons put on a great show. I was standing pretty far back, but had a really good view of the area. They ended with “Radioactive,” and brought the Cage The Elephant’s lead singer on stage to help out with the chorus.

| Foo Fighters were awesome! No one else was performing at the same time as them, so the whole festival turned up for the show.

The Food:

The food at the festival was surprisingly great. There was so much variety in choices; they had everything from kale smoothies and salads, to burrito bowls and stir fry noodles.

Things To Pass The Time:

| Firefly had one of the coolest Silent Disco’s i’ve ever seen. Silent Disco’s have been at nearly every music festival I’ve ever been to, but this one was different. It was in the middle of the woods, pretty secluded from all of the stages. So many people were rocking out in silence; it was crazy!

| The Hammock Hangout: I spent a solid 2 hours one day rocking back and forth on hammocks at the festival. They have a giant area that is filled with hundreds of hammocks. It is so peaceful and a wonderful addition to the festival.

Overall, Firefly was great and I can’t wait to return in the future!

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James Franco // Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a series of short stories by James Franco about his growing up as a teenager in his hometown. Recently, he combined with newcomer Gia Coppola to turn the book into a film. I got to go to a screening of the movie the other night, where following the film, James Franco himself did a Q&A.

The movie started at 9:50 and was playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Around 11:45, James Franco came in and answered some of the audiences questions. He covered questions ranging from “How did you hometown of Palo Alto help to shape your life,” to “Why did you choose Gia to direct the film?” With each question, James gave a nice lengthy answer that made it very clear he loves to hear himself talk. Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 12.50.23 AM Overall, the movie was pretty good. The movie’s plot seemed a tad forced, which was understandable since it was based off of short stories that then had to come together to make 1 cohesive film. The shots were nice, but the plot was pretty average; There were the rebels that don’t fit in, the creepy teachers, the weak girls, the asshole guys. Palo Alto is a movie about high school kids stumbling into their own adulthood and all the mistakes they make along the way.
Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 12.50.11 AMTo find a theatre playing Palo Alto near you, click here.

 

The 1975 at Terminal 5

One of the biggest perks of living in NYC is getting to go to concerts on school nights. On Thursday night, I saw that my friend was selling two tickets to The 1975 concert on Facebook and knew that I had to snatch them up quick. I had been trying to get my hands on tickets for weeks, since the show had been sold out for the longest time and there were only 22 tickets on Stubhub going for 170$. This was my opportunity.

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We got to the concert during the warmup band (around 9pm) and got great spots towards the side. The great thing about Terminal 5 is that the entrance to the venue is on the side, so when you first walk in you are immediately pretty close to the stage.

At 10pm, The 1975 came on stage. First of all, I am OBSESSED with the lead singer, Matt Healy. He is beautiful. His voice is great, his moves are great, and most importantly, his hair is great. The band as a whole was totally awesome and put on such a great show. It was much more intimate than when I saw them at Coachella and the crowd was filled with fans who were there solely to see them.

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This was their first time doing a tour in the USA, even though they’ve been together as a band for ten years. They jumped right in and played all their hits- The City, Settle Down, Girls, Chocolate, Sex- and some of their lesser known songs like Menswear, An Encounter, M.O.N.E.Y, You. There was never a dull moment. If you missed seeing them this go around, don’t fret! They’ll be back for GovBall Day 1!

And if you aren’t familiar with The 1975’s music, check out some of their videos below.

The Met Gala 2014

I never exercise, period. I’m waaaay too lazy to get off my couch or to stop eating, so I always just put off the “working out” until another day. Yesterday, however, was a day unlike any other. I was feeling especially motivated and decided I would go for a nice jog with two friends around the Central Park reservoir. I have truly never been so happy that I decided to run… here’s why… After my first jog of 2014 (I promise, I’m not kidding), I was drenched in blood, sweat, and tears. My friends decided I was too much baggage to run with, so we decided to stop and get off at the 87th street exit of the park to make a small detour. The Met Gala was happening and we knew that since we were in the area we had to go check it out. After walking the 2 blocks over to the Met, we were greeted with a couple hundred people waiting on the east side of the street, as big black Escalades pulled up to the tent on the west. We quickly spotted an empty pole and all clung to it for dear life. I had a whole new viewpoint from up there. Is this how tall people normally feel? Anyway, as the sun began to set, more and more people started to show up and the hype began to build. Who would wear what designer? Who would be the best dressed? These were all questions I hoped that I could answer myself by the end of the night.

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my view

At this point I reeked of metal and BO, but I knew it would eventually pay off… and at this very moment Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got out of a car 10 feet in front of my eyes. BOOM. I knew the exercising was worth it. Within a matter of minutes, I saw Lupita gracefully float into the tent, Cara Delevingne take a selfie with Reese Witherspoon, and A$AP Rocky flash his grillz. I witnessed Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield get out of their car on 83rd and walk hand-in-hand up to the tent’s entrance on 84th. I saw Tom and Giselle, David and Victoria, Taylor Swift, and Karlie Kloss. I must’ve been dreaming. It was all too good to be true. Probably the best part of the night was being able to see some of the gowns in real life. It’s awesome seeing them in pictures and on TV, but nothing can compare to watching a dress sway, twist, and dance in real-time. As for the Best Dressed of the night, I narrowed it down to my 4 favorite photos below.

Coachella 2014

Coachella was everything I had imagined it would be and more: The giant astronaut, the overalls, the flower crowns, and the watermelons. It was unlike any festival I had ever been to. The people were far less grimy and the crowd was way more into the music. The food was amazing. I had everything from mac & cheese grilled cheese to salted caramel ice cream. There was a giant ferris wheel, over 8 stages, and 5 huge art installations. On top of all this, the music was freaking incredible. Lorde and Lana del Rey floated across the stage like angels, while the 1975, Arcade Fire, and Bastille killed it. Words can’t even begin to sum up the weekend I had, so I will try and let photos do some of the talking.

2 Ways to Rock Overalls at Coachella

Coachella weekend 2 is only 3 days away and I am SO pumped to be going. I have had a countdown on my phone for the past 2 months and I have been waiting for this weekend for the longest time.
Probably the biggest struggle of going to Coachella is figuring out what to wear. I want something that screams “look I’m a chill gal,” but also gives off the impression that this is just another normal day in normal clothes for me.
Recently, I have been drawn to overalls. This is an article of clothing I would’ve never wanted to be caught dead in 2 years ago, but not anymore! Overalls have made a comeback and I actually think they are pretty groovy! Outkast’s Andre 3000 sported a pair at the festival on Friday, during his band’s headlining performance. He wore them with a tie-dyed T-shirt and a sweatshirt that was repping his son’s high school. Well, that’s pretty cool if you ask me. 
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic
Although I still don’t know what I’ll be wearing this weekend, overalls are definitely an option I want to explore. Check out two ways you can rock them on the streets of NYC or at the festival! coachella overalls

 

Look 1: Overalls: Topshop. Shoes: Loeffler Randall. Bracelet: Sam Edelman, Mulberry. Backpack: Want Les Essentiels de la Vie. Shirt: Forever New. Camera: Vintage Pentax.
Look 2: Overalls: Topshop. Bandeau: Aerie. Crown: Lydia. Necklace: Valentino. Socks: Topshop. Water bottle: Fab. Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell. Camera: Fujifilm Instax

A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.


The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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The Perfect Oscar Party

The Oscars are this Sunday, March 2nd at 7pm and for the first time ever you can stream them live on your computer! Ellen DeGeneres is hosting, who promises to put on a funny, light-hearted, energetic show, so there is absolutely no excuse why you shouldn’t be watching.
Whether you’re going to a friend’s house, or throwing a little get-together of your own, I’ve compiled a list of some must-have items that are key for any Oscar party!
  1. Balloons and candles. Decorate the house a little; It is Hollywood’s biggest night.
  2. Champagne. Treat yourself and your guests to some bubbly, It lifts tension.
  3. 2014 Oscar Ballot. It is nice to have a pile of ballots printed out and a few pens by the couch so that when people arrive, they’re encouraged to place their bets on the winners right away.
  4. Prize Jar. As an additional incentive, a Prize Jar is a great way to encourage some friendly rivalry for those who wish to place bets on the winners. People can play for money or fun gift cards!
  5. Popcorn & Movie Snacks. No TV-watching activity would be complete without candy. Movie theatre snacks are a must for Oscar parties!
I watch the Oscars for two reasons. 1. I love seeing what people wear on the Red Carpet and 2. Like the Grammy’s, I can relate to this awards show, because I have seen so many of the movies. This year’s best picture nominees are all really amazing movies. Probably my favorite from the list would be American Hustle. What’s yours? Let me know in the comments section!
Best Picture Nominees:
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave