It is Time to Start Spreading Kindness

Sunday, June 12, 2016

This post isn't about fashion, it's not about beauty, and doesn't fit into a lifestyle category either. Basically,  this topic has absolutely nothing to do with my blog, but I have an opinion and I want to get it out. Plus, I figured I would save everybody's Facebook feed from another long post about the Orlando events and just write about it here.

By now, I'm sure everyone has heard about the two shootings that have taken place in Orlando, Florida these past two days. This is absolutely crazy to me, I don't really know how to explain it. The first shooting resulted in the death of Christina Grimmie, a singer who was found on YouTube. In high school, I used to watch her covers on Youtube; she had such an incredible voice. It's insane to me that she was murdered, especially at such a young age. This all took place while she was meeting fans, which is even scarier. I just don't get it.

The second shooting took place at a nightclub, and to my surprise, is the biggest U.S massacre in history. I don't understand how someone can kill innocent people who have done nothing wrong. With all of the terrible events that have happened across the world over the past year, it's scary that these shooting are becoming the new "normal." We shouldn't have to live in a world where innocent people being killed is something we just brush off and accept. There has to be a change.

After hearing about these two events, I couldn't help but think about Selena Gomez's song, "Kill Em With Kindness." Everything about this song represents how people should be living. While it is a basic concept, it's something people need to start doing regularly. I don't understand what would make someone fire a gun at another person, it's hard to wrap my head around, but if everyone was just a little more kind, the world could be a better place. I know that sounds naive and it wouldn't solve the problem 100 percent, but it's a start that could make a difference.

This Is My Revival

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hey everyone! I'm so sorry I've been M.I.A on this blog basically all of May. Well, it's all because of that whole school/final's excuse. I did go to London, England last week with my school's fashion department, and blogging over there would've been difficult. Don't worry, I am 100 percent writing a whole post this week about my trip.

To get on with this post, it is all about Selena Gomez's Revival Tour! I was able to attend her show Sunday night in Cincinnati, Ohio and I could not be more grateful! As it turns out, there's a bit of a back story to this.

So, I was originally supposed to go to Selena's concert in Toronto, Ontario with two of my friends. It turned out that the concert had to be rescheduled and I couldn't go because it was during my trip to London *insert thousands of crying emojis*. I was devastated. Revival is my favorite album of Selena's, and has some of my favorite songs on it as well, so there was no way I was not going to go to this tour. Luckily, my friends and I were able to get a refund and buy tickets for her concert in Ohio--surprisingly with better seats! This was just the beginning of knowing things happen for a reason.

Fast forward to the actual concert: It was incredible! There is just no way to describe that feeling when you hear some of your favorite songs live that you have been jamming out to for months in your car. I danced, screamed and sang, but not one bit of me cared if I looked silly while doing so.

In a cloud of fog and roaring screams, Miss Gomez stepped out in a dazzling black crop top and high waisted shorts. No joke, she was literally sparkling. She started the show belting out her powerful song, "Revival" (go listen to it right now if you haven't heard it yet). Gomez continued the night playing hit after hit and giving the crowd a glimpse into her world for the next 90 minutes.

Maybe it was when Gomez unveiled a black voluminous high-low skirt, designed by the one and only Karl Lagerfeld, or when the entire crowd belted out "Who Says" at the top of their lungs. Oh, and I can't forget about the performance of "Me & My Girls." Giant, and I'm talking ENORMOUS roses lifted up from the stage. In addition to the skeleton face paint, this created a Day of the Dead vibe, which represented Gomez's Mexican heritage and inspired some of the tour merchandise. There was also her cover of "Transfiguration," which showcased Gomez's piano skills and soft voice to match. It's hard to pinpoint one specific time in the show that was my favorite. Either way, it's a tour you will not want to miss.

Gomez had a way of making this tour very personal. She took the audience through her revival, which made me feel like I actually knew her. She had a way of making the audience feel what she felt throughout the songs. I mean, it was pretty amazing. You could tell she truly cared about this tour. Plus, I don't think I've ever heard a singer say thank you to her fans as much as Selena did. When she says she loves he fans, that's definitely not a lie.


Now on to the best part of the entire day and night combined. If you follow Selena on Instagram, then I'm sure you have seen her infamous post-concert meet and greet pictures with fans outside the arena. I was lucky enough to get to meet her after the show! You could say I was happy x1000. I honestly have no idea how to describe it other than I was really, REALLY happy. We left the concert two songs early in order the have a chance to get to the front of the barricade, and let me tell you, it was 100 percent worth it. To be honest, I didn't think I'd get to take a selfie with Selena, or even get a spot up close. When my friends and I left the concert, we had no idea where we were supposed to go to meet her. Luckily for us, we followed after a group of girls who were running, which happened to lead us to the barricade!

When we got there, we ended up being in the second row, but thank goodness we had a nice mom in front of us! She said once Selena came out she'd give us her spot upfront. More and more people started crowding around and after a short 30 minutes, Selena came out. I ended up getting pushed to the front, which will probably be the only time I'm glad I got shoved like crazy. Anyway, I didn't even have to ask Selena for a picture. She saw my phone, took it, and we took a selfie! She actually ended up taking three because the first two came out blurry, so I guess third time's a charm.

Selena's songs, especially many of the one's off of her Revival album are super relatable. I'm so thankful I was able to go to this tour and even more thankful that I got to get a picture with her after six years of waiting. Right here is proof that things happen for a reason. Sure, I was extremely sad when her Toronto concert switched dates, but maybe that's because I wouldn't have met her there, or had as great of a time as I did. Life is crazy and things will eventually have a way of working out in your favor.
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