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Taylor Swift At Lincoln Financial Field

By Lisa Marie Latino

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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.

#HipNJ’s Best Of 2017

What a year it has been for #HipNJ! Let’s take a strip down memory lane as we look back at our Instagram Best 9

Each of the photos seen above bring back 2017 memories. This year has been full of excitement, and these are just a few examples of the experiences and moments we will cherish.

 

A stormy #HipNJ Saturday gave way to a flawless, fall-like evening. 🌙

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This photo, taken at Liberty State Park, serves as a reminder that New Jersey is a beautiful state. It offers scenic views and tranquility, whether it be July or October. 

This was a #HipNJ moment to remember! Our own Lisa Marie Latino and Maria Falzo were featured on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis. The duo discussed their inspiration for the site. Check out the segment here.

This is a photo from  Komen’s Race for the Cure! Komen North Jersey put on this inspiring event, featuring survivors, fighters, supporters, volunteers and friends. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful cause, and #HipNJ was proud to be there.

This is a snap from CareOne’s 200 Wishes fundraiser at the Prudential Center. CareOne and Make-A-Wish turned the Prudential Center into a life-size Candy Land for a day full of family fun.

Newark welcomed  Ono Grinds Poké to the neighborhood, one of the many reasons this is a #HipNJ city to watch in 2018. Newark is experiencing an influx of hip spots, and this Hawaiian-inspired poké bowl shop is no exception.

Garden State fashion expert Dawn Del Russo stopped by the #HipNJ studio to model three looks. She was one of the many notable guests that made their way to our studio this year, including Danielle Forte of 828 Clothing and Vic DiBitetto.

The W. Cary Edwards Education Foundation‘s  annual Touchdown on Education was at MetLife Stadium. The day of family fun and football raised $100,000.

Boo! This was a very #HipHalloween, as we featured Halloween experts from around the Garden State. For this picture, our very own Kelly was turned into a creepy clown thanks to Dena Ziemba.

Last but not least, we shared this quote about giving. #HipNJ Cares is a huge part of what we do, as we work with various charities to support some phenomenal causes. For example, this year we partnered with The Connie Dwyer Breast CenterTrinitas Regional Medical Center, CareOne and more.

This was quite a year, and we cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. 

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Review: Hoboken’s Porter Collins

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Private room at Porter Collins

#HipNJ visited new Hoboken hot spot Porter Collins, and it’s THE place to see and be seen! The restaurant’s eye-catching decor, while a mix of comfort and luxury, rivals any Manhattan or South Beach establishment!

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The Classic Caesar Salad – Traditional Tableside Preparation – Organic Baby Romaine, Croutons, Parmesan

After we were whisked to Porter Collins’ beautifully designed private room, we started the night by ordering their Crispy Oysters with saffron remoulade and dill pickles. We were also treated to their Classic Caesar salad with traditional table side preparation!

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The Porter Burger

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Pan Roasted Black Bass

For dinner, we had their juicy Porter Burger with grilled onions, gruyère, brioch bun, hand-cut fries and Porter sauce. We also feasted on the deliciously-fresh Pan Roasted Black Bass with peas, favas, shiitake mushrooms, tarragon and Gremolata.

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Flour-less chocolate cake

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Apple tart

When visiting PC, definitely leave room for dessert! Their Apple Tart and Flour-less Chocolate Cake were sinfully divine!

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Now that the weather is nicer, pencil in a trip to Hoboken and Porter Collins! For more information or to make a reservation, visit PorterCollinsRestaurant.com.