It was a celebrity-spotting, star-filled weekend for the girl’s of nowYOUknow. Thursday and Friday at the Sear’s Centre in Hoffman Estates we attended live tapings of the X Factor with judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. We watched as contestants vied for their golden ticket to Hollywood by singing their hearts out. What makes X Factor different from other reality competition shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent? There is no age limit and contestants can try-out solo or with a group. At the tapings, we watched people of all ages try to win over Simon and Paula and the two other judges (Sheryl Cole and LA Reid) and the audience, of course. It was just like you see on television… you have some people who can actually sing and some who can sing very well and then you have those people who think they can sing but have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. When those people hit the stage it was pure torture and I can easily say that I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for Simon. Simon is not mean or cruel but rather he is honest; and although brutally honest at times, some people need to hear the blunt truth. I really don’t understand how Simon and the judges have so much patience because if I were sitting in their seats I think I would be a lot more curt and straight to the point than even Simon. I only had to sit through the torture for a couple hours. The judges on reality tv have to do that for several hours and days. Nevertheless, there were some very talented individuals and groups and in the end we all truly enjoyed the experience. And we were able to snap a couple photos of Simon and Paula. Now we will wait for the try-outs to air on television and be able to say, “Hey, we got to see him/her perform live” and maybe… just maybe you will hear one of us yelling in the background because believe me when I say we made our presence known!
Our celebrity spotting continued at Self’s annual Workout in the Park at Grant Park. Every year Self Magazine hits a few key cities – San Francisco, New York, and Chicago to bring thousands of women together for a full day empowering workouts, beauty bests, gourmet goodies, fit fashions, and unbound energy. From 11-3 mass groups of women were working out in the park with several class options such as PIlates, Yoga, Cardio Tai Box, Masala Bhangra, and more. The energy level of the instructors and class participants was unbelievable. Everyone was having a great time and NYK was there to snap photos of all the action. And in both San Francisco and Chicago, event attendees were treated to a special guest appearance by the host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet, Alison Sweeney who showed-up in her work-out gear and jumped in the crowd to do some Cardio Tai Box. She blended right into the group and stayed focused on her workout even when there were dozens of cameras in her face… mine included. She was so sweet and humble smiling as one flash after another went off. When she finished her workout she hung out at the media event briefly taking a few photos with guest. I was lucky enough to get a photo with her right before she left.
After getting a lot of photos at the Self Magazine event I headed over to Macy’s on State Street to meet one of my favorite designers, Rachel Roy who was making an appearance for Girl’s Night Out Weekend. I arrived right on time to meet her and chat with her briefly about her amazing designs. Of course, we talked about shoes! I had to tell her how much I loved all of her designs, especially her shoes. And she asked me if I thought they were too high… Could a heal or a wedge really be too high??? Of course not! We also chatted briefly about nowYOUknow and finding each other on twitter to connect. She was so incredibly personable and had such a lovely personality and she is absolutely gorgeous. There were several people who came out to see her and she took her time talking with each of them. Macy’s is carrying her full line of clothes, shoes, and jewelry. Pieces from her clothing line were being modeled during the event and there were so many pieces I wanted to purchase. I bought a couple things including a really cute pin strip skirt and a top with added jewelry but I will definitely be back to buy more. I eyed a couple of dresses, a pair of shorts, and some rings that I absolutely loved. I purposely steered clear of the shoe department because I knew I couldn’t walk away without buying a pair and the only thing that kept me away was that I was on my bike and knew I couldn’t ride my bike home with too many extra purchases. I got some great photos of Rachel and her designs and again I was fortunate enough to get a photo of the two of us together. If you are not familiar with Rachel Roy I suggest you head over to Macy’s immediately and see what you have been missing out on. You will quickly fall in love with her designs!
After a star-studded weekend I had a couple more events to attend. We (NYK) hosted our first event to introduce Kayoua’s upcoming gallery which should be opening in August so keep your eyes out for an invite. I also attended Taste of New Zealand at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where I was able to sample delicious delicacies native to New Zealand including meats, seafood, desserts, and wine. It was a huge turnout and I met some really great people while enjoying all of the delicious treats and walked away with some gifts, too, including a very nice corkscrew.
I can easily say that I enjoyed my weekend from start to finish and wish it weren’t over but as always there is more fun to look forward to as we kick of this week leading to Memorial Day Weekend. So be sure to check out our Weekly Rewind feature. To view fill photo albums of all events LIKE nowYOUknow on Facebook. For those times when you’re away from your computer, be sure to subscribe to our email list or RSS Feed. And for all our Kindle owners check us out at Now You Know Chicago. There’s never a reason to not be In The Know!