Maroon5 Madness @ Madison Square Garden

Maroon5 concertMy (slight ;)) obsession with Maroon5 and then of course Adam Levine started a few months ago. I had definitely heard their songs before but for some reason, they never clung to me. It may have been their songs playing incessantly on the radio or maybe one particular song that had me hooked. Then, of course I started spotting him everywhere – on the Voice (I never watch that show) and then Saturday Night Live. On a separate note, the SNL show with Adam Levine was pretty entertaining – Jerry Seinfeld and Cameron Diaz also made an appearance.

So anyway, when I heard about their tour I really, really wanted to go. I started asking friends and although some were fans, most couldn’t go on the said dates for various reasons — having a baby (ok, really can’t get away from that), not going to be in town or you know, the reasons one has when you are not that interested. I had almost given up going when I randomly asked a neighbor who is also a friend if she would like to go. Thankfully, she said yes and tickets were promptly bought!

After at least 2 months of waiting and counting, the day finally arrived and we were excited to make the 2 hour trip in to NYC to attend the concert. We arrived in the city almost in time to get dinner before the show. Now, the thing about NYC is that unless you are in The Village or some such area, it is actually pretty hard to find a decent place to eat. Yes, that is hard to believe for a place like NYC but true to my experience when wandering in streets around Times Square or Madison Square Garden or the Rockefeller Center.

We turned a corner near Madison Square Garden and found ourselves in even shadier surroundings. We were running out of time, so quickly chose a place where the cuisine didn’t stand out but looked like a nice place for a meal.

With dinner out of the way, we were now pretty excited to be heading in to see the concert. We had both never been to Madison Square Garden before and had high expectations from the venue, having heard so much about it. After figuring out that were standing at the end of a very long but wrong line, we finally made our way in.

I was wondering what kind of age group would be attending this concert. We had gone to an Usher concert a few years prior and we found ourselves surrounded by teenyboppers clad in club like clothing. The audience here looked like a fair mix of 20s, 30s and then some 40s and beyond. So we fit right in 😉 The funny thing was that we were seated next to a bunch of 5 kids below the age of 12. I’m only about 30 myself and not very conservative, but a pre-teen girl singing ‘One More Night’ doesn’t quite sound right to me. There was also this lady who must have been near the age of 70 we spotted going absolutely gaga over Levine and we couldn’t stop laughing (sorry lady in pink sweater!).

Although our seats were at the rear side, front row of the second level (best I could find, given the lateness of booking them. We were lucky to actually have seats together at this point!), we both agreed that the view was not half bad. Especially when Adam Levine, decided to face our way and sing. The other alternative would have been to have seats way in the back, where you would only be staring at the screen to get a look.

So..on to the actual concert..

The show was to be opened by Neon Trees, followed by Owl City and then Maroon5. It started a good hour late, we expected it to be at least a half hour but oh well. Neon Trees performed well, and I thought that they are so good and have made it so far but had they got stuck in an American Idol kind of rut they wouldn’t have made it at all.

Owl City was to appear next, but after 45 minutes of glancing at our watches, it didn’t look like that was going to happen. I had heard before about how some singers kept crowds waiting for hours or didn’t make an appearance at all. I didn’t mind missing Owl City too much, but it would be good to know. Well, the good thing was that we got a big surprise when Maroon5 came on stage!

And oh my– they did not disappoint. So much energy and charisma, most people were standing through the concert. I envied all those people standing at touching distance to the M-shaped stage, but considering how much they must have paid for their tickets, I enjoyed the show from my seat.

Adam Levine animated the entire audience, pulled them into singing with him. I also had no idea that he could play the guitar like that. The group sang most of their popular songs. Near the end of the concert, a bridge came down to connect the main stage to a smaller stage closer to the middle of the stadium. We both thought the singing was awesome, of course, apart from Adam Levine himself.

Madison Square Garden was not as spectacular as it’s name. It is basically a venue that’s been around for ages and many famous artists have played there. Maroon5 themselves were humbled to be playing to a full audience here. They recalled the times they played to empty bars, only bartenders, audiences of 5 and now to a sold out Madison Square Garden — what a journey!

Sad goodbye to Gossip Girl XOXO

“The only thing lamer than dating Dan Humphrey…is mourning Dan Humphrey”

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Ha..Blair, that’s why we love you! Only you could say something like that with a slight bob of your head and that expression.

I, for one am really sad to bid goodbye to Gossip Girl. I didn’t watch it for 6 whole years or grow up with them or anything.

I was hooked on it for the fashion to begin with, the plot was usually going nowhere, but the characters slowly became endearing and it usually had tons of action packed in each episode to keep things interesting.

Blair and Serena – best friends? Not so much all the time. Saw them take plenty of stabs at each other, privately and publicly. But, they did always find their way back to each other. Maybe, that’s what best friends are about.

Dan – a character with many shades, a true chameleon of a person. He made his way into the Upper East Side crowd persistently, got some personal benefit out of it too with his book,  mostly his methods were quite questionable but I guess he found true love in the end.

Chuck Bass – where do you go with those drunk eyes 24/7. Although, he seemed like a dark person, he was probably the one with the straightest intentions.

And Nate, the cute face.

30 Rock also ended after 7 years, and I did enjoy watching that show – it gave me a ton of laughs. But, for some reason I don’t feel like I will miss it as much, watching re-runs of their episodes will suffice. Maybe, it’s because it wasn’t a saga of characters in continuity that pulled you in to their lives while you were watching.

Manicure – overrated..umm..really?

newsprint-manicureSo you read in magazines or online sometimes, that a manicure is overrated as a salon service and is something one could easily do at home.

Excuse me please, but I do beg to differ.

Let’s start with the warm bowl of water that you dip your hands into, right — no big deal. I can get over that part. Then there’s the rubbing of a few different lotions and things to soften your hands and cuticles. I would not a) know all of these things to use b) own them c) remember the sequence to use them in

And then, the main part — the cuticle clipping. Lady, if you can do that to yourself — I imagine you as a more menacing version of Wonder Woman and if you can do it with precision and come out with no bleeds, you are a force to reckon with!

There is no way I am holding a pair of cuticle scissors and going at it myself.

My sweet Vietnamese lady then gets this warm towel to hold my hands in, and you do need another pair of hands to accomplish that.

Then comes choosing from the rows and rows of OPIs and Essies. Does anyone, anyone out there own even half that many colors. Yes, there are mostly shades of reds and pinks when you step back and take a look at the wall, but if you look hard enough, you will also find that exclusive plum, olive or burgundy (yes, the different one!) hiding in there.

It is the one that you don’t have, the one you’ve been looking for forever and are so glad to have on your nails for a week.

And I have never ever applied nail paint that comes out looking like it does after a salon manicure.

Now, I know that a bottle of nail paint is $8-$14 compared to a manicure at a salon and will last much longer. But really, how can you outweigh a manicure with one bottle of nail paint. Maybe, it’s just that feeling of slight luxury, of being there and having someone take care of your hands and nails.

For $12 (for a basic mani, gels are more but also last longer) I’m not complaining!

Google Now – Wow!

Have you seen Google Now? I saw it pop-up on my phone today and as with most Google offerings, I thought I would give it a whirl. 
 
So it’s not the smartest thing they could have ever come out with — technically. But, bringing it all together — its like 20 apps in one. And it was all right there — that’s the beauty of it. It’s email on fire. 
 
There’s traffic information for your daily commute — gleaned from google maps. Not amazed yet? 
 
Alright, I’m going to keep going. 
 
There’s one that will show you shipping alerts from all the online shopping you’ve been doing. I like!. Another that shows me upcoming concerts from my favorite artists. I want to see if I hear it first on the radio or Google Now!
 
Travel –  hotels, flight bookings. That’s nice – can be made much more useful by adding  information like flight status, terminal information  and suggesting restaurants (Zagat rated!) around my hotel. 
 
Want to be my PA? I’ll tell you how ;)
 
Events, restaurant booking — decent enough. Show me where to park and good parking deals when I get there. Suggest a restaurant if I’m going for a theater show. 
 
Public transport schedules when I’m near a public transport stop. Anywhere in the world? Even when I’m traveling? Sounds good! 
 
I am looking for more, much much more. But, it sounds like a great starting point. 
 
I am hoping e this one will not be a Buzz or Plus but pure magic, the Google Way :D

The much awaited Neiman Marcus + Target collaboration collection

Is it just me or was the much touted Neiman Marcus + Target collaboration the most overrated thing to come out this year?

There were great expectations from all around —  people couldn’t stop talking about it – ads , magazines and oh – the fashion blogs. drooling all over it.  24 top designers  Neiman Marcus style releasing a special line of ‘limited’ products to Target — what’s not to like?
My first disappointment was that all the TV ads, magazine coverage articles that I read about it looked like previews. But no. that was it, the whole entire collection. 60 pieces, that’s it.
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And mind you, not 60 each of clothes, accessories, shoes, home ware, children’s clothes. 60 in all.
I’m sorry but when you divvy that up into all these categories, it doesn’t leave much out there. I’m not going to be happy to choose from 1 of each!
But none the less, most items were sold out before mid-day, obviously to be found on eBay later. No, I haven’t looked, but I’m sure they are there. just like the items form other Target designer collaborations.
Secondly, of course the actual items. Tory Burch lunch box..really? Who thinks that’s fashionable. The next time I consider buying a lunch box, I will consider myself a little designer anyway, thank you very much.
There were probably like 2 tops to choose from, one similar to a top I’ve bought over 4 years go. (Sorry, Leila Rowe). The Rag + Bone shot glasses and Altuzarra fancy glasses weren’t half bad but I don’t know that I would pay that much for them, and oh the packing paper.
Well, I could go on..but you get my drift — Not Impressed!