A New Age (literally), What’s Next for Looking For Lili

Why hello there. It has been quite some time since you have heard from me. Over the past few months I have been crazy busy. I haven’t necessarily had the time to write, or even figured out what to write. This is part of the problem I have been having, not knowing what to write exactly. My 16th birthday just passed about two weeks ago. I actually intended this post to be posted on my birthday but, oops. But now that I have properly had the opportunity to sit down and write this post. I would now like to explain myself and figure out the future of this blog.

Where Have I Been?

You may be thinking to yourself: What could you have possibly been doing to not post? Well to be completely honest, many things. In fact, too many things to quite possibly name. I feel as though I have passed each day telling myself that I would write a blog post the next day. And I kept telling myself that day after day after day after day. Life just seemed to get me too wrapped up in it. There were things i wanted to discuss on this blog, but I didn’t really know how to discuss it. I spent most of my 15th year stuck and not knowing what to do. This is the main thing I want to change this year of me being 16. I want to actually initiate the change for myself and not just expect it to happen. So starting with this blog, and actually writing to you guys.

What is Next for Looking For Lili?
I have decided that I am not the best with schedules and creating one for myself. I feel that nothing ever really gets done. But, when I challenge myself I feel I do things more likely. So I have decided that I will not have an exact schedule for this blog, but I would like to challenge myself so that you won’t hear from me only once every three months you know? I am going to challenge myself to post at least once every two weeks. And hopefully get to the point where I am posting once a week. I know that there will be a lot of posts coming up soon with me heading to California next week for Coachella. It will be my brother’s first time in LA so we will be showing him the things to see in LA. Which is pretty much just Universal, Disney, The Grove, and Santa Monica. But they are still places and posts that I can write about.

I hope that you will stick with me as I truly figure out what I am doing. But the tis practically the point of this blog correct? The figure out me and to look for myself, hence the title of this blog. So don’t go anywhere, I’ll be right back 😉

 

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Norma”s | Food | Looking For Lili

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 Last week, 2.1.15, I went to Norma’s for brunch. And I also went to a restaurant called Blossom for dinner, which will be my next blog post. It is located in the Le Park Meridian on 56 between 6 & 7. It is in the perfect midtown location if you are visiting the city. It is a particularly smaller restaurants than other ones I’ve been to. This place is best known for it’s French toast, yet I didn’t know if I was going to order some because there was such a variety. No joke. Most of the things on the menu you would say to yourself, “That’s a thing?!”. I just wanted to order so many things. It was so hard to narrow it down but I finally chose something sweet yet savory. Cheesy French toast with caramelized onions and a broth dip. Crazy right? It was practically a deconstructed French onion soup.

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 As for my beverage I ordered a hot chocolate because it was a very very cold day here in Manhattan. When I was given my hot chocolate it was given to me in a cute little black mug and a bowl of hand whipped cream so that my sister, who also order hot chocolate, could control how much whipped cream would go in our hot chocolate. I personally restocked on my whipped cream practically every time I took a sip.

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As an overall review of this restaurant I would give an 8.5/10 because although the food and drinks were amazing. I felt a little squished and service was a tad bit slower to my liking. But this doesn’t distract the fact that this may possibly may be one of my new favorite breakfast spots in Manhattan. If you find yourself in the city and don’t know exactly where to go for brunch or breakfast, give Norma’s a try. You definitely won’t regret the decision.

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Live Music Pt. 1: Sam Smith

* all photos taken by me and on my iPhone *

Yesterday night,(January 15,2015) I got to go to one of my Christmas presents. A Sam Smith concert at Madison Square Garden right here in New York City.

When I opened the tickets on Christmas, words cannot describe how happy I felt. One, I will be seeing one of my idols live in concert and two, I would be going to MSG for the first time. I have heard so many things about the venue, so I was in awe myself knowing that I would be going to a concert there. I have been a fan of him since early 2013. When I got back to the city from the holidays, this concert was all I was looking forward to for the next two weeks.

I wanted to get to the venue as early as possible, but my mom and younger sister weren’t really into that. So we made a compromise and decided to show up at 4 o clock. But our day took an unexpected turn when we got our hair died before showing up to the venue, so we showed up at around 5 o clock. Thankfully when we got in line for general admission, I was about the 20th person in line. I sat there waiting for right around two hours. While waiting in line I became friends with the girls in front of me.

all of us along with my sister

all of us along with my sister

Meeting people is one of my favorite things about concerts. You meet people who have the same interests as you, and are both there to enjoy something you really love. And before you know it, you hit it off with people you just met. Ends up I stood with these girls at the concert. The girls I met were Amanda, Tiffany, Alana, Claire, Nicole, and Rebecca.

After two hours of waiting in the cold, they finally let us in. As soon as we got into the arena we practically ran for you lives to the front of the barricade. That feeling will always bring so much joy to me. Running so fast knowing u will be that up close and personal with the person you are seeing. We ended up being second row and I couldn’t be happier. I was little shaken up at first because Sam Smith was going to be right there in front of me. Another amazing feeling was being in an empty Madison Square Garden. They hadn’t let the seated people come in us so it was just us GA people. And that was a moment I will never forget.

MSG when we first got to enter

MSG when we first got to enter

We then continued to wait another hour until the concert started. While waited, ends up Claire and I totally bonded about watching skins which was pretty awesome. I also liked to watch people go to their seats and just watch the arena fill up before my eyes. I also had the coolest Asian guy standing next to me. He was soooo funny.

Before I knew it the lights dimmed and it was time for the opening act came on. I really enjoyed how on point they were on timing and getting started. The opener was George Ezra. I had never heard of him so I was excited to be introduced to a new artist. He is most well known for his song Budapest and once I heard it I knew I heard the song before. The drummer of his band wasn’t that bad looking either. Alana kept making eye contact with him and it was quite enjoyable.

George Ezra

George Ezra

By the time he was done with his seat the arena was full and it was amazing to look at. The anticipation was now killing me inside and I was not ready to see Sam Smith before my eyes. I could see the security and crew start to get ready for the beginning of the show and I was practically shaking at this point.

At exactly 9:00 the arena went black and I heard the Sam sings: “I’ve been sleeping with the lights on” acapella And I lost it. The whole arena lost it. He continued to sing the opening verse to Life Support until all of the band came in and the curtain dropped. There he was in all of his glory elevated in the air.

He then came down to the edge of the stage where I was standing and all I could do was smile. He was so engaging with the crowd and used the stage so well. Before each song, he would explain what that song was about and why he wrote it. While he did this, it made me feel so sad yet so happy for him.

Sam during "I'm Not the Only One"

Sam during “I’m Not the Only One”

Some of the highlights for me included the following:

-When he sang all of those beautiful riffs and I was left in awe with my life

-The dance party the entire arena had during Restart

Lay Me Down in general

– When he explained the meaning behind the songs I’ve Told You Now and Good Thing

-Make It To Me because that is my favorite song by him and the harmonies were so beautiful

-The audience singing Stay With Me to Sam

-When Sam sang to me twice

The last favorite of mine is a moment in my life I will remember forever. Unlike everyone else, Latch was not the first song I heard Sam from. But, Latch was my jam in Summer 2013. Yes, I am pulling the “I knew it before it was cool card”. But Latch is still one of my favorite songs of all time. It is a song that will never get old for me. So Sam is in the middle of singing an acoustic cover of Latch and all the sudden he stops. I had no idea what was happening, until he said, “I’m sorry guys. I just can’t play Madison Square Garden with out Disclosure.” And that is when I lost it because Disclosure is one of my favorite DJs. All of the sudden Disclosure is on stage and they start performing Latch. It was easily hands down one of the best moments of my life. I thought I would have to wait till later this year to see the live and I didn’t.

When the night ended I had to depressingly pull myself out of the venue and went home. As I layed in my bed before I went to bed, I just layed there and thought how amazing and how beautiful the night was. His music has gotten me through so much and kept me going. This man truly is my life support.

What is the best concert you have ever gone to? Let me know.

-Lili x

Claire, me, Rebecca, and the funny Asian guy

Claire, me, Rebecca, and the funny Asian guy

the audience during the beginning of latch

the audience during the beginning of latch

sam smith

sam smith

disclosure and sam smith after Latch

disclosure and sam smith after Latch

Looking for Lili

Why hello there. If you are reading this I would like to thank you in becoming a part of this journey with me. As a teen in this society I feel there is this image I have to put on for everyone. There is also an image I want to create for myself. I feel that in order to create this image that I seek in my mind, I must go through things to not only learn in general, but to learn things about myself. What better way to document my journey then on here. A blog. I have wanted to start a blog for ages now but have never really gotten the guts to do so. With 2015 meaning a new year, I thought what better way then to start this dream of mine now. Along with my youtube channel, I will be posting here on this blog as often as possible to document in my life and how I will grow as a person and start to know who I am. This blog will contain posts ranging from lifestyle, to health, to beauty. I want to show all aspects of me and what I do and love. There is no way in me forcing you to do so, but all I can do is hope that you will join me in this adventure that is life. Enjoy.

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-Lili x