It’s Official: Taylor Swift to Perform at VS Fashion Show

It’s official, guys! Taylor Swift will be performing at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, according to Taylor’s Facebook. 1395446_10151806579465369_1450545433_n

You  must understand my joy. This combines two of my absolute favorite things in the world–Victoria’s Secret and Taylor Swift. Therefore, you should expect there was a loud gasp when I learned of the news.

Taylor posted the following image on her Facebook, and shortly thereafter most social mediums were blowing up: Twitter, Instagram, you name it.

In honor of Taylor performing at the VS Fashion Show, which will film tomorrow and air Dec. 10 on CBS, I leave you with the wise words of the Red singer.

1. “Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”enhanced-buzz-822-1383882898-5

2. “Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”enhanced-buzz-24155-1383974463-0

Be fearless and be kind to people. Walk on, angels. Walk on.

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Soundtrack of My Life: May 2

Love — it’s the theme of this playlist. An unknown love. A  first love. A love for life. A love for anything. So let’s get started.

1. “I Wish” by One Direction: I’ve finally jumped on the latest British boy band invasion. Recently, I downloaded Spotify in an attempt to save money rather than purchasing every song I like on iTunes (Yes, it saves money but you can’t put them on CD), and I kept listening to this song over and over again, which is why I have included it here. The song is about a boy who is in love with a girl and, of course, she’s with another guy. Maybe it’s the love triangle but this story line always tears at my heart. It’s “tearing me apart because you don’t see.”

2. “Gold Forever” by The Wanted: Make moments that you can love forever. Make each day stay “gold forever.” Yes, this is another British band (I just can’t resist them!) but the message is clear — don’t take a moment for granted — realize and accept what you’re fortunate enough to have in front of you.

3. “Both of Us” by B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift: Dear iTunes, you should automatically download anything with Taylor Swift into my library upon release. Plain and simple. Thanks. I’m going to buy it, much like I did when John Mayer released “Half of my Heart” featuring Taylor and then, of course, she was barely in the song (Clever marketing, Mr. Mayer. Well played.). What do I love most about this song? Taylor doesn’t let labels keep her from collaborating with people outside of the country music genre — The Civil Wars — and now B.o.B. Love. Can’t stop playing this song.

4. “Stronger” by Ed Sheeran: You’ve probably already heard this song but didn’t realize it — It’s featured in the latest Victoria’s Secret commercial. That commercial captures the essence of this song. The sun shining. The palm trees blowing in the wind. Two people on a beach. The combination of his voice and the music is bliss — almost whimsical.

5. “Distance” by Christina Perri: The simplicity of the lyrics speaks volumes. I’d classify this as the female point of view in regard to the One Direction listed above. If you love this song, then you should also listen to “Arms.” Love Christina Perri and the honesty of her music.

What do you love? Who ever it is or whatever it is, tell them you love them or just get out and do what you love most.

I love love.

Happy Wednesday!

Soundtrack of My Life: March 22

We’re hours away from the premiere of the highly anticipated movie “The Hunger Games.” I can barely contain my excitement, so I will channel that energy into a post.

These are the songs I can’t stop playing this week. They capture the essence of the warm temperatures sweeping across the Midwest mixed with the gloomy drizzle.

Here it goes.

1. “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift: The Hunger Games soundtrack was released on March 20, and with its release came another song by Taylor Swift. This song is different than the first song released from the soundtrack, “Safe & Sound,” and her normal sound — It’s slightly more rock. “Everybody’s watching. Everybody’s waiting for you to break down.”

2. “Feels Good At First” by Train: I’m still not over “Drive By.” This is the first single from Train’s album titled “California 37,” which can be pre-ordered on iTunes. It will be released on April 17.

3. “Gypsy” by Shakira: This song was introduced to me in Zumba class for our cool down dance routine. I immediately fell in love with it. Any description I write of this song wouldn’t do it justice. Have a listen for yourself.

4. “Stars and Boulevards” by Augustana: Spring makes me reminiscent of the past and the person I am today. A few years ago, I was obsessed with Augustana’s “All The Stars and Boulevards” CD, which is why I have started listening to this song again. Enjoy!

5. “Starships” by Nicki Minaj: Every time Nicki releases or is featured on a song I can’t help but love it. Starships is no exception. It’s perfect for rollerblading down the sidewalk as the sun shines. Enough said.

What songs do you have on repeat?

Happy Hunger Games!

Book of the Week: Mockingjay

All great stories must come to an end and, unfortunately, I am two chapters away from the end. Thankfully, Katniss and her fellow tributes will light up the big screen in 31 days, as The Hunger Games movie is released.

Will the girl on fire survive? If so, will she choose Peeta or Gale? But before we jump into the romance, I should ask whether or not both Peeta and Gale will survive?

I don’t want to discuss the plot and spoil any secrets for those of you who haven’t read Mockingjay yet. Instead, I’ll discuss secrets of The Hunger Games film, which comes out March 23, courtesy of Glamour Magazine‘s March issue with Amanda Seyfried on the cover.

And here are some secrets from the film:

1. Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in the four-time Oscar nominated film, “Winter’s Bone,” beat out Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts and Hailee Steinfeld for the role of Katniss Everdeen.

2. Lawrence trained with Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig to perfect her archery technique for the film — she shot about 100 arrows a day.

3. Let’s take a trip down memory lane — Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, also wrote the Nickelodeon favorite TV show, “Clarissa Explains it All.” According to the magazine, Collins developed the concept for the book “while channel surfing between reality TV and actual war coverage.”

4. The movie required 35 full-time makeup artists, and more than 450 wigs were used to create the look for the movie. But Katniss’ look was much more low maintenance and only required 20 minutes to recreate her signature braid, as chronicled in the book.

5. Taylor Swift, one of my personal favorites, recently released the music video for “Safe & Sound,” which is featured on the movie’s soundtrack. As a person who is biased in regard to Taylor, I must admit this song is completely different sound  for her and truly showcases her vocal range. Don’t take my word for it, watch it below.

The soundtrack, which will be released on March 20, will feature songs from Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Kid Cudi and Glen Hansard, among many other artists, according to The Hollywood Gossip.

Only one month until The Hunger Games — what to do until then?

The Hunger Games in the media:

The Hunger Games Beauty: Where Can we Get a Full Body Polish? Courtesy of Allure Magazine.

The Hunger Games’ stroke of marketing genius: Capitol Couture, an alternate reality fashion magazine via CultureMap — Houston

Jennifer Lawrence “Remarkable” in “The Hunger Games” — “Once in a generation, you find this kind of talent,” director Gary Ross says via MTV News

The Hunger Games: Theatrical Trailer #2 via The Hunger Games Movie official website

Source: Glamour Magazine

Valentine’s Day: Make Me Melt Playlist

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Love is an intense feeling of deep affection, according to New Oxford American Dictionary.

So let me start by saying that I love love. I really love love.

While language, religion, culture and location may separate us, love runs through all of us. Love binds us together — whether it be your first love, a lasting love or love for life — it’s evident in all of us. So let’s celebrate love.

And let’s not forget, the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day, is one week away, which is why I have compiled a list of songs to get the so-called “party” started.

Here the winners are:

1. “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift: How can you deny the wonderstruck image evoked by this song? You can’t, plain and simple. And don’t forget it’s featured in the trailer for The Vow.

2. “Arms” by Christina Perri: The lyrical vulnerability and musical simplicity are truly magical.

3. “Anchor” by Mindy Gledhill: “When all the world is spinning round like a red balloon way up in the clouds and my feet will not stay on the ground, you anchor me back down.”

4. “Helium Hearts” by Jason Reeves: You will feel like you’re floating on cloud nine after listening to this song. “We’re falling skyward.”

5. “You Know It’s True” by Jules Larson: “I’ll put your locket in my heart, keeping you close no matter where you are.”

Now you have a playlist that will surely make you melt, so don’t forget to celebrate all of those people you love.

Make someone’s day special and tell them you love them.

Speak Now: Long Live the Walls We Crashed Through

Taylor Swift performing "Speak Now" Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

If you were one of the lucky few who were able to catch Taylor Swift on her St. Paul Speak Now tour stop, then you know that this show was phenomenal. The set was reminiscent of Broadway. The sassiness of a true Cover Girl.

Swift sang few songs from her first two albums, Fearless and the self-titled Taylor Swift, which got me thinking about the true superiority of Speak Now.

It’s an album that you can truly listen to from start to finish. And you cannot say that about many albums today. With this in mind, I’ve given myself the task of picking my top five songs from Speak Now, in case you haven’t jumped on the Taylor bandwagon. You might want to after listening to these songs.

1. Enchanted: with the vivid imagery and melody of this song, how could you not feel “Enchanted”?

2. Never Grow Up: in a world where more importance is placed on beauty than intelligence, Taylor reminds us of the important things in life, which are often the things we take most for granted.

3. Dear John: The sassiness of this song is conveyed within seconds of the first guitar strum, which is very John Mayer-ish. But it’s not your typical breakup song. She conveys vulnerability, while being able to move on and analyze what went wrong. Don’t take my word though. You just need to listen to it.

4. Long Live: It’s about the fans. Where would Taylor be without them? Where would the fans be without Taylor in their lives? It’s a relationship that Taylor does not take for granted.

5. Mean: It’s all about the message of this song. Plain and simple. Plus, the catchy lyrics make it extremely difficult to get out of your head. “Why you gotta be so mean?”

 

If you haven’t had enough Taylor yet, then check out a video I made to remember Taylor’s tour stop in St. Paul. Phenomenal. Period.