July 20, 2015

My 1989 Experience

My most sincere apologies for delaying the joy of Taylor Swift! It was a busy weekend and this is a picture heavy post! I want to make sure you get the ‘full’ experience. Or at least as much of an experience as you can get from your computer or whatever electronic device you are using to view this.  This is going to be a long post, because of all of the pictures, but keep reading until the end. You won’t regret it, I promise!

Our day started off as any usual travel day. Mom, dad and I got in the car and headed to Washington, DC. Dad was meeting Jacob and they were going to head down to Charlottesville, VA for the Eagles Concert while mom and I were at Taylor Swift.  Dad dropped mom and me off at our hotel ~ the Mandarin Oriental ~ and that’s where it all began!

At check in, the front desk offered us jasmine green tea. So yummy! When we got to our room on the eighth floor (which has a private lounge for only the eighth floor guests...thank you for having a brother that works there!) we saw the incredible view of the Jefferson Memorial. It’s our favorite memorial in D.C.!
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Once we were checked in and ready to go we met up with the other ladies that were joining us at the show. A friend of mine works at the Mandarin and gave me a @MO_Washington selfie stick to take to the show, so of course I had to put it to use! Thanks Ash! We had the fabulous idea to get temporary tattoos and glowing bracelets. We got all dazzled up and headed out to Nationals Stadium.   
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Mom and I walked around a bit and I bought a tour book. It is awesome and was only $20!  I also got my pictures with “Taylor.”
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The crowd was amazing! The show was completely sold out – 45,000 people!

Taylor has some pretty good opening bands – Shawn Mendez, Vance Joy and HAIM.  I had never heard any of their music before, but really enjoyed it. Especially HAIM. They’re this rockin’ chick band. They look like they stepped out of the 70's, but sound like they’re from the 80's. Loved it!
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It started to sprinkle a little bit before the show started. Good thing we brought our rain jackets! Luckily we didn’t need them for long. The rain stopped and the sky was clear for the rest of the show.
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Here’s something that is REALLY cool.  As you entered the stadium and got your ticket scanned, each person was given a wristband.  THEY LIGHT UP & ARE SYNCED WITH TAYLOR’S SHOW!!!!!! They don’t start blinking until her set begins. She said, during the show, that the reason we all get one is so that she can see each and every person that’s out there.
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Once Taylor came on she was on point for the entire show! She is such a great performer! She sang all her songs from the 1989 album as well as some great ‘oldies’ that we all know and love. She updated the country songs to go along with her new pop sound, but you were still able to sing along. I loved that! When I saw Britney and Christina in concert I couldn't sing along to everything, because they changed the songs so much!
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Welcome to New York | New Romantics

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Blank Space | I Knew You Were Trouble | I Wish You Would
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I Know Places | All You Had To Do Was Stay

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*****LORDE*****
Lorde sang 'Royals' just for us! She flew 19 hours!!!!!

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You Are In Love | Clean | Love Story | Style | This Love

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I LOVE our wristbands! They lit up in so many different colors throughout the show – blue, green, red, pink purple! It was awesome!
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After the concert we were just completely exhausted! Mom and I walked back to the hotel from Nats Stadium (about 2 miles). When we got back to the room we had an amazing treat waiting for us! My brother’s friend also works at MO (it helps to know people…especially when you’re famished) and he sent us a cheese plate, chocolate covered strawberries and water.  As I was taking pictures throughout the night I was tagging the @MO_washington and #mandarinoriental, so the Marketing/PR department had a cupcake sent up with social media icons all over it. LOVE IT!
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Jon's note was pretty fantastic too ~ 
Dear Mrs. and Ms. Musyt,
I hope you enjoyed the concert and you two were like "Oh my, what a marvelous tune!!!" and that you felt like you were "made of starlight!!!"  If you are in need of anything during your stay, don't you worry, "I'll be your angel giving up her (his) wings if that's what you need!!!"
Kindest Regards, Jon
do you see what he did there? with the Taylor Swift lyrics? LOVE IT! Jon's the man!

It was a pretty amazing day! We ended our D.C. trip with breakfast the next morning. Dad and Jacob had a great time at the Eagles concert and were just as exhausted as we were. As we made our way home, traveling down I-66, little did we know that the day ahead of us would not quite go as planned. 
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To be continued…
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