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Taylor Swift At Lincoln Financial Field

By Lisa Marie Latino

Edit note: The following outlets have picked up this story: Cosmopolitan,  People Magazine, Billboard, E! News, Perez Hilton, GlamourBuzzfeed, Bustle, Elite Daily, Time, and countless others!

Still high from my special Bruce Springsteen experience only a few days ago, my sights turned south…as in South Jersey and into Philadelphia, for Taylor Swift’s next stop on her Reputation Tour.

Reputation, her multi-platinum album that introduced Taylor as a pop star badass, was easily my favorite in 2017 (and in a year that also saw Kelly Clarkson release an album, that says something). So when my cousin, Melissa, put a group together to go see her on July 14th at Lincoln Financial Field, I was an immediate “yes.” Little did I know that this particular concert would be the most unique stop on her 36 city itinerary.

The weather for the concert was a summer’s dream, so much so that we extended our tailgate through the two opening acts, Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. As it neared Taylor’s scheduled start of 8:45 PM, we cleaned up and headed inside (where this New York Giants fan tried her best to ignore all of the looming Super Bowl LII Champion Eagles signs). We received our synchronized light-up bracelets, and took our seats just in time for Taylor’s first song of the night, “…Ready for It?”

— Hip New Jersey (@HipNewJersey) July 16, 2018

One thing that was evident throughout the night was Taylor’s gratitude for the beautiful life and opportunity that she has been blessed with. She recalled how she would dream of performing to packed audiences as an 8-year-old girl growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and how tonight was “more beautiful than I ever imagined it.” She also spoke nostalgically about her summers growing up at the Jersey Shore, specifically in Stone Harbor. Despite some of the hate she has attracted for this “earnestness” from pop star peers and press alike, I would like to think that every time she thanked her crew members, or law enforcement officials, or gaggles of fans, it was genuine.

Taylor continued to breeze through her setlist like the pro that she is, dazzling the sold-out crowd with “I Did Something Bad”, a mashup of her hits “Style,” “Love Story,” and “You Belong With Me” and the delicious revenge anthem, “Look What You Made Me Do.” However, the song that made the biggest splash was “Delicate”, and not because it’s one of my favorite songs ever, by any artist…

Halfway through the song, while suspended in mid air, Taylor commented that she was…stuck. The big, beautiful ball of light that was meant to tranport her to the other side of the stadium couldn’t move. While the crew got her down safely, she was left to improvise for the anxious crowd as producers backstage scrambled to figure out the next move.

Like the showwoman she is, she put to doubts any lip syncing suspicions and launched into acapella versions of “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams”.

Once the crew figured out that a mechanical snake could get her to at least one side of the stadium, the show went on as scheduled with, appropriately, “Shake It Off.”

Yes, production problems are a nightmare (this EP’s heart and stomach went out to everyone backstage!) but it made an already-memorable show even more special. Fans got two bonus songs, and Taylor handled the situation like the pro that she is.

Tickets are still available for Taylor’s shows at MetLife Stadium on July 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Grab your girlfriends or your kids and treat yourself. I can’t promise that these shows will be as wild as mine, but it will still be wildly entertaining.

Marcy Benner on Virginia Wolf

Marcy Benner, co-founder of Virginia Wolf, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the women’s contemporary line.

Benner started Virginia Wolf along with her sister in 2014 to be sold on ShopMaluka.com. Then, it started taking off. “It’s a pretty cool line,” Benner says.

Latino says that the products inspire her to hit the Jersey Shore. Benner did not come empty handed, showing off a piece that would make a perfect beach bag.

Next, she shows a piece from the new knitwear collection. This piece makes for a beautiful scarf or blanket, perfect for the cold NJ winter months.

Most pieces feature inspirational words, such as LOVE and PEACE. Some are even done to support various charities, such as the HOPE collection, with 100% of proceeds going to charity.

To learn more, click here.

SuitableYou.com

Gillian Brown on SuitableYou.com

SuitableYou.com co-founder Gillian Brown joined Maria Falzo in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her women’s work-wear personal style box service.

“I started SuitableYou because I found that it was really hard to find stylish and affordable work-wear,” says Brown, a resident of Hoboken. She noticed that many of her friends were encountering the same issue after graduating college, so she figured a lot of other women must also have this problem. “I wanted to really start something that would empower women in the workplace.”

SuitableYou asks you to take a questionnaire so they could learn about you. They use this information to personally select items that match your style and body type. After you complete this questionnaire, they pull together five pieces that meet your style, fit, career, and budget. Then, you will get your box! You have the option to keep only what you love and return the rest for free.

“You will also get a stylist guide,” Brown states. This is a note from your stylist telling you how to wear the five pieces in your box. “We’re all about building wardrobes, not just sending individual pieces.”

Falzo and Brown check out some fashionable and work-friendly looks in the video above. Be sure to check it out, and sign up to get your own box here.

Styling By: SuitableYou.com
Hair and Makeup By: Blush Brides NJ