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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stella Mccartney’s gang
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.
Frozen yogurt is one of my favorite sweet treats. Check out three of my favorite spots to get it in NYC below.
1. Forty Carrots: Located inside Bloomingdale’s on 59th street.
Conveniently located, Forty Carrots serves rich, creamy piles of fro-yo on the 7th floor of Bloomingdale’s. You can sit down with you’re frozen treat, or take it to go, as they smoosh the toppings in between two globs of frozen yogurt. Serving up 4-6 flavors daily, like coffee, chocolate, and, of course, original, the fro-yo is so decadent on its own you might not even need toppings!
2. Culture: An American Yogurt Company. Located on 60th West 8th Street.
I saw a photo from Culture on Instagram a few weeks ago of salted caramel popcorn on top of their frozen yogurt and I knew that I had to go try it out for myself. Since then, Culture has been my favorite yogurt place. They make fresh and frozen yogurt by combining yogurt cultures with milk. All the ingredients are local, and the yogurt is made in-house! Each time I have been there, the flavors have ranged anywhere from banana to cookies and cream. My favorite is their original. They also have a boatload of toppings to choose from; The mochi is AMAZING! Culture is definitely my favorite yogurt spot in NYC!
3. Yogurtland. Located all throughout NYC.
I have never been a fan of 16 Handles, and I find that Pinkberry never gives enough Fro-yo… and then I found Yogurtland! It has 3 locations in NYC and is all self-serve. It is run like a 16 Handles, but has the quality fro-yo of a Pinkberry. They have so many flavors and toppings to choose from that the possibilities really are endless!
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.
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!
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 few weeks ago I stumbled across a plate of “red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting” on Instagram and was intrigued as to how I could get my hands on them. I found out that the photo was posted from a place called Green Eggs Cafe in Philadelphia and that the restaurant has 3 locations. A few weeks later, I found myself in Philly and knew that I had to check this place out.
My family and I woke up one Friday morning at 10:00am and went over to their “Midtown Village” location. There was already a line out the door, so I knew that the restaurant had to be good. It was only a 15 minute wait until the 4 of us were seated.
On our wooden table, there was a small plant and 4 menus awaiting us. They had local eggs, breakfast burritos, and Benedicts, but then I caught eye of the “sweet section” and (in Drake’s words) “nothing was the same.” Tiramisu, apple pie, & birthday cake french toast/ red velvet pancakes galore… I was in heaven.
After a solid half hour of flip flopping between what to get, I ended up ordering the Créme Brulee french toast and it was sooo tasty!
Green Eggs Café is a must-try when in Philadelphia!
The Mac + Cheese at The Smith is the best mac I have ever had. It is one of my favorite dishes in the whole world. I could eat it in the morning for breakfast, or as a late afternoon snack; I have done both these things before. It is served in a burning hot skillet and comes straight from the oven to the table. Made from fontina, parmigiano, gruyere, and chedder, these cheeses bubble and sizzle to perfection. No words can describe how good this dish is, so I guess you’ll have to go to The Smith and try it out for yourself!;)
The Smith’s Mac + Cheese at home recipe- click here.