I went to Taylor Swift’s House. No really. I did.
Umm something happened this weekend that I never ever in my life EVER thought would ever happen.
Guys. There’s only 2 music celebrities in the world that I have ever really impacted my life and helped me either achieve something great or helped me make it through hard relationships.
I never had the chance to meet the first one before he passed. Michael Jackson was a huge influence in my high school years, and this was way after the peak in his career. I actually “discovered” him after watching a 20/20 episode that was doing an investigation on his charges. I know. Super weird. It wasn’t supposed to positively promote him AT ALL…but I became so obsessively intrigued with his dance skills and his voice that I became the biggest MJ fangirl. I taught myself how to moonwalk. I dressed up as MJ for Halloween. Yeah. It was like THAT 🙂
The second person though, is Taylor Swift.
Well guys. Guess what. Ok you can’t. I’ll just tell you. THIS happened.
Yup. That’s my sister Jackelyn, Taylor Swift and me standing in her living room at her LA house.
Yea. That’s basically what I said when her publicist Tree called me and asked me to attend a secret event on Saturday where they would have to take away my phone, where I would have to sign contracts, and where I would have to drive to an unknown location up in the hills where there’d be no phone service. Then she proceeded to basically tell me nothing about what was going happen, but that it had something to do with Taylor Swift and that it would be amazing. She told me that I MUST NOT say anything.
Honestly guys, I don’t think I would have done ANY of that for anyone else (well, maybe except my family and the president or something) but I took a chance and said okay.
I also asked if my sister Jackelyn could come. I knew that the chances were slim (wasn’t sure how private or secret this event was) but I asked anyway. I mean, the worst they could say is no. Jackelyn and I have been fans of Taylor since “Teardrops on my guitar” and she was the one who introduced me to Taylor’s songs.
Friday afternoon when I got the email that said “Yes, she can come,” I immediately flew my sister down from San Francisco to experience this craziness with me.
What ended up happening was beyond incredible. Can I share my story with you? Ok here we go 🙂
First I came to a house tucked somewhere in the hills of LA. I knocked on the door and out came a gorgeous, friendly lady who also happened to be Taylor’s publicist, Tree – the one I talked to on the phone. She invited me inside. Much to my surprise, when I got in I also saw my friend Meredith! She’s Stilababe09 for those of you who may be familiar with her beauty/fashion videos on YouTube. We were both like…ummm what!?? Another man who writes for major publications like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone etc. was also there with his young daughter. Together all of us sat in major confusion. Next, Tree asked for all of our phones. We handed them to her. Then we all walked out of the house as the sun started to set. We probably took less than 200 steps and arrived at a metal gate. When the black doors opened, there were security and cameras inside filming us walking in. We all got wanded down to make sure we weren’t carrying anything crazy. Once we passed that, they gave is a wrist band and we kept walking deeper and deeper into the property.
It looked like a country house in the hills of LA. I looked at Tree and asked her where we were. She said, “We’re at Taylor Swift’s house,” with a smirk.
Meredith, Jackelyn, and I were DYING.
We walked into her backyard and saw the cutest outdoor furniture ever. Wooden teal chairs and tables, a pink and mint rickshaw, roses, peonies, and sunflowers in vintage vases decorating the patio. It was everything you would think Taylor Swift’s backyard would look like.
As our little group was walking around exploring, we heard the back door open. Wavy blonde hair and crimson lips, out came Taylor Swift looking PERFECTLY like Taylor Swift.
I might have just died for a second. My sister and I started tearing up. (So weird. This has never happened before for people we don’t know.) Taylor walked up to me and said, “Hi! I’m Taylor,” and we hugged. I still couldn’t process what was happening and probably said “OMG” waaaaay too many times.
Taylor said that she found my videos and Meredith’s videos on YouTube and started watching them a while ago! We both couldn’t even handle it. Like what, really?! So that’s why she wanted to invite us to her house for a secret listening session to hear for the first time, all the songs from “1989” – her album that will drop in October.
Then she said she needed to get ready so she left briefly. At this time about 30-40 other girls came through the gates looking super confused too. Then we were all lead into the house where we sat in Taylor’s actual living room. I spotted her MTV music award, her Grammy, her American Music Award etc. It was actually really cool to see that her awards placed right next to normal people things like candles, books, and picture frames. Her house was very quaint and pretty. It wasn’t massive and it embodied everything Anthropologie.
Next, I heard some of the girls start to shriek. Then the whole living room went bozonkers…to the moon!! Taylor walked in.
It was so precious to see these girls crying, not being able to breathe, and basically LOSING IT because they never ever thought this moment could ever happen. And it was HAPPENING right here, right now, in Taylor’s house. All of these girls and a few boys were chosen from twitter for their support of Taylor. They were some of her HUGEST fans.
After everyone pulled it together (it took a good 5-10 min), Taylor said she wanted to play her whole album for us and explain one by one what each song was about and what/who it was inspired by. To me, this was awesome because I’ve always wondered…who really were the boys she was pining over? What did she really mean by this lyric? I respect Taylor a lot because she actually writes her own music unlike some other pop stars and she started her career at 14. It is incredible to listen to her thought processes and her creative mind-flow.
1989 is an all pop album. No country songs. I was a little afraid because I love the country Taylor. Her transformation from country pop to pure pop is a bold move, but let me tell you – girl pulled it off and she pulled it off well!
Taylor sings about everything from moving to new places to her portrayal in the media to certain famous ex boyfriends of course.
There was one song and story that stood out to me in particular. That evening, she told us that at one point she had really looked up to this older pop star and tried to be her friend. The other girl would be nice to her when the cameras were on but once they turned off, she’d insult her immediately. Taylor said that she didn’t know whether to laugh or fight back because the other girl just made her feel so small, afraid, and unsure of herself. Eventually the girl did something that sabotaged their relationship for good, and it wasn’t even over a boy. It was business related. So Taylor cut all ties. This song is a way to stand up to her.
The reason why I am telling you this is not because I want to share gossip with you, but rather because I had a similar experience when I first moved here to LA. I vividly remember other fitness people wanting to bring me down. Honestly, I don’t even understand why someone would do this to anyone else. I was nice to everyone! Not because I’m trying to be, I just am. Sometimes I’m too nice. They tried to steer me in the wrong direction ON PURPOSE, they accused me of something I didn’t do (more than once), and then made me feel like the tiniest, dumbest person ever when I knew I did nothing wrong.
It was horrible. I distanced myself away from them and unfollowed them on all accounts, making sure that I could keep me real life and my online life as positive and happy as possible. You know how I tell you to delete negative people from your life? I tell you that because that is exactly what I did to heal from that terrible experience.
During the secret listening session, Taylor brought out baked scones and chocolate chip cookies for us all. Afterwards we all took polaroids with her from a real polaroid cam from literally 1989. Her are some pics!
I asked the photographer to take a crazy pic of us on the count of 3. But she snapped on 1.
We tried again. MUCH BETTER!
Her parents were there too! There’s me, Meredith, Jackelyn, and her mom!
My sis and I will never forget this experience!!
Even got a keychain to remember it forever. We def feel special 🙂
So basically that was my Taylor Swift secret listening session experience! I feel so lucky and thrilled to have been chosen to come. So in honor of it, here is a Taylor Swift workout I did 2 years ago. Enjoy!
Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday! Sorry your new video is delayed. I am having major editing issues right now. So will let you know when its up. I think you’re going to love it! It’s called “Train Insane HIIT”! And you will indeed, train insane 🙂
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Omg Cassie!!! Hi!!! My friend Jen and I have been LOVING your workout videos (especially during quarantine, just starting the 100 day ab challenge!) I just came across this post, I never knew you were a big TS fan!!! I went to one of Taylor’s reputation secret sessions in Rhode Island a couple years ago and am also a huge fan. I loved reading your story because it reminded me so much of my own (best day ever)!! Looking forward to the challenge, just wanted to say hi to a fellow swiftie!
You’re amazing! Already following your blog, kiss. Alex C
CASSEY!!!! It’s been months since this happened but you were the first person from whom I heard about the Secret Sessions. I distinctly remember reading this and thinking how lucky you are and I wish something like this would happen to me…WELL GUESS WHAT….IT DID!!!!!!!!! I went to the Secret Session in Nashville!!! I couldn’t believe it! When I got invited my Twitter was nearly inactive and I had less than 100 followers…I honestly dont know how they found me but I am so grateful!!! I thought of you when I got the message way back in September…anyway I hope you see this, just wanted to share. MUCH LOVE <3
Congrats! This sounds like a blast! You and Taylor are both such positive and inspiring people in the spotlight.
Hmm.. I wonder what happened that made Cassey delete what she remembered of the songs!
I’ve been a fan since tear drops on my guitar too. Wow! what an amazing experience. what i would give to have experienced that…I know what you mean about tearing up. I saw her perform in 2012 and my mom was giggling at my wet cheeks. I also teared up (man I am a cry baby) reading this, thinking of how much Taylor was pretty much the soundtrack of my life from age 13 and how she still is now that I am 21. She just gets it. She inspired you, Meredith, and so many others including myself. How AWESOME IS SHE???? PRETTY FREAKING COOL!
So I’m a complete mess when she comes on stage!! All of her concerts I’m just cray bawling singing the entire time!! Like the completely ugly cry. I completely get it!! And then when enchanted comes on every time since I remember being in the concert and bawl too. It’s pretty embarrassing especially when I’m driving and have to pull over! So don’t feel embarrassed it could always be worse. Especially when you drown in your tears like moi 🙂
Thank you for sharing your story about going to Taylor’s house…how incredible!! I am a model (The Block Agency) living in Nashville, TN and I do your workouts ALL THE TIME! I was the lead girl in the Florida Georgia Line “Cruise” music video and I actually met Taylor at one of Florida Georgia Line’s CMT Award after party last summer (May 2013)!! She was as adorable and endearing as she seems and in fact she had seen me in the video and asked me what kind of workouts I do and I told her about your videos on YouTube! Not sure if she found after that night or when but I am a HUGE fan of you and her and so glad two of my faves got to meet 🙂 Thanks for all you do and your amaze workouts!! Xo~Holly
You are so lucky and very blessed! Happy for you!
thank you for sharing. You and you’re sister are so lucky to have had this experience.
She is gorgeous!
So happy for you Cassey !! When I think about Taylor Swift, I think about Never Getting Back Together and all the upper body exercises haha 🙂
OMG. I just heard about that on the radio yesterday and was wondering, “Wow…I wonder how people were picked for this special listening engagement?” And ta da….my fitness motivator…YOU! That’s awesome. What a special day!!!
I am so happy for you Cassie! 🙂
i am so happy for you you cassy
So cool! Love Taylor’s new pop music!!
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Haha I’m not sure why, but this made me start crying. Like that’s so freaking cool that she was inspired by you and you’ve always been inspired by her and then you guys got to sit and talk about boys and eat cookies. Which has honestly probably been my dream since I was 5 and Taylor’s first album came out. So I guess reading it happen to somebody so awesome who I feel like I workout with every day was close enough to it happening to me and I’m just really glad that you and mere and Jackelyn got to experience that cause it couldn’t have happened to more deserving people 🙂
Comgrats so much. I am also big fan of her
Oh My Congrats!! 😀
You are sooo lucky!
Taylor is one of my role models!!!
OMG!!!!!!! I’m Sooo happy for you, I’m glad you had an awesome time. I really like Taylor Swift and her music, I would love to meet her one day. It would be soooo awesome.
Can we get another workout video with Taylor swift music!?!?! Would love that. Maybe a “shake it off” cardio routine!
So happy for you Cassey! i’m also a massive Swiftie 10 years running now so this makes me extra happy. Can you PLEASE PLEASE do a Shake it Off workout? every time that song comes on I just wanna move!
Really inspiring to hear this story from Cassey and Taylor about how people who we look up to in our business try to sabotage those of us entering and moving up, and bring us down. I relate so much to this (music business in my case)! I have been made to feel useless, and helpless. What I have realised is that these people see talent and skills, and they don’t want to be overshadowed, they feel threatened (which they shouldn’t! We all have our strengths, weaknesses and unique visions!). We can take this as a compliment! But I have been frustrated, upset and lost hope in the way I have been treated. To hear these stories helps me to continue to push back and work toward my vision. Thank you Cassey!
I couldn’t even finish this article ’cause I felt like crying because Taylor Swift means so much to me, as well.
I am SUPER HAPPY FOR YOU THOUGH!!! 😀
Wow!! What an amazing experience!!
I’ve also been a Taylor Swift fan since her country days. I respect her so much and love her music. (We’re the same age so dorky 16 year old me totally thought I’d meet her and she’d realize how much we had in common and want to be best friends. haha) While that didn’t happen, I’m really glad I had her music to listen and relate to growing up.
Oh my god. I hate you ._. hahahaha you’re so luckyyyy *O* She’s wonderful <3
You so deserve all this joy. I love your positive spirit and heart throughout your workouts even though I dying….like seriously …. dying.
Soooo fun!! Thanks for sharing and being so down to earth and real
YOU’RE SO LUCKY AND I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL TIME!!!!! ignore dem haters they’re just jealous !!
I have enjoyed working out with you on youtube and I am so happy for your success! It is so great that you and your sister got to hang out with Taylor! I am so happy for you!
Hi Cassey! What a great experience you were able to live! Thank you for sharing this with all of us! 🙂
Soooo jealous, but soooooo happy for you! I know how much you love Taylor.
Yesterday my friends and I made a music video to shake it off. It was awesome. I’m so glad for you. One of my dreams is to meet her.
I saw that article about it on Buzzfeed, but i didn’t even realize it at the time that it was you… I’m so incredibly jealous!!
Wow! What an incredible story! You certainly deserved to be there, we all know how much you love Taylor 😉 and how sweet of her to invite her fans into her home for an exclusive sneak peek at her album.
What I really want to know is….did you get to meet her incredibly cute cat???? 😀
That is amazing! How cool of Taylor to do that. She’s amazing. Looks like you had an amazing time. Congrats!!!
HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!!
This is so awesome Cassey! That’s so cool you got to do this and it probably made it even more fun that you had no idea what to expect.
Wow!!! It is awesome!!! Taylor seems so sweet! You and your sister Jackelyn deserve all the success you have!! Congratulations! And thank you very much for sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience with us!
So happy for you! I am not a fan of hers but have always respected the fact that she actually writes her own music – a true artist in every sense of the word. And what a wonderful genuinely kind person she is, I loved reading about your experience!
Hi cassey …m so very happy for u ..in my life one of my idols is u. U make a huge impact in my life, ur words in ur videos help me to maintain positivity nd also helps me to fight with my discomforts in life. I want to meet u in person bt may be it can never happen 🙁
That is awesome! That would be amazing to meet her in person. 🙂 Actually, I think she’s lucky to have met you! I love all your workout videos and your bubbly personality. Glad you were chosen to participate.
omg ur SO lucky u got to go there! I’m a huuuuggggeee swiftie and when i posts about this on tumblr i just about died. i’d do anything to meet taylor and thank her for EVERYTHING. I’m supa dupa jealous but i’m also really glad some swifties got to meet her 🙂 there’s a lot of people like me who have been waiting years and years and i’m so happy some of their dreams came true. And Cassey, you’ve helped me so much and ur videos really show that you’re a true fan so I’m really happy you got to meet taylor. You deserved it! 🙂
Living vicariously through you Cassey!! Sounds like such an amazing experience omgggggg :D!!! The photos are super cute! Thanks for sharing your story with us! <333
Cassey, this is amazing! I know how it feels like to meet and interact with your favorite celebrities, but being invited personally… that’s a whole ‘nother story! I bet you and your sister were super excited!!
Wow! You are one lucky girl! You deserve it. I am sure this will be a story you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Thats amazing! 🙂 So happy for you. You deserve it 🙂
OMG Cassey! That is so exciting! I’m so glad you got to meet one of your idols! You totally deserve it! 🙂
OMG! That is wonderful
I’m so happy for you cassey.. i hope, i can meet you too in person!
That’s amaaaazinggg I’m so happy for you not even envying you one bit!! Just because it seems like you deserve it :)) and I was wondering if you could check out freeleethebananagirl’ last youtube video because she talks about your diet etc.. If you could watch the video and tell us how you feel it would be great xx
so so so so so soooo happy for you Cassey (and for your sister too)
Um WHAT! you lucky girl! these photos are hilarious!
Aw this was so nice to read! I liked Taylor Swift’s songs before, but after I began following blogilates and you shared your love for her, I really began to love her too! 🙂
Reading this, and seeing the picture for the first time made me so happy for you! I remember watching a video you did where you basically had your own ‘listening party’ and went through all the songs in her album 🙂
Nicely written experience piece, and I’m so happy this happened TO YOU, you deserve it. <3
SO jealous and SO happy for you.
Wow that’s really cool, Im so happy for you! The whole time reading this I was picturing you doing one of your Taylor Swift dances. So cute <3
Wow! That’s so amazing! Congratulations! I can’t even imagine what that would be like, and I’m not even one of Taylor’s biggest fans. Trying to imagine what it would be like if it was me with one of my favorite celebrities is too hard to even attempt. Haha.
omg cassey im so happy for you !! taylor seems so nice 😀 cant wait for her album!!!!!!!
That is freakin awesome!!! I’m so jealous lol. I adore Taylor Swift!
Oh and I never liked Katy Perry. I think she’s annoying so now you’ve given me a reason to dislike her even more lol.
I feel the same way towards MJ, there’s no bigger MJ fangirl than me! If I ever meet you cassey, we can bond over that 😀
I’m so jealous and happy for you!! I also became a fan of Taylor since Teardrops on my Guitar…still my favorite taylor song ever. Well, tied for love story, but whatever. Reading this is simply amazing
I am so happy for you Cassey!!! 😀 😀 😀 You deserve this sososo much!
So happy for you Cassey! I know you’ve loved her music for such a long time!
Oh my goodness! This is incredible. I met Taylor Swift last year at her in Club Red after her concert and it was such a special experience because Taylor is so sweet and friendly. I think you two have a lot in common. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Reading your post is like talking to my best friend; I love it! I’ve always been a fan off Taylor and this makes me like her even more!
I read every single word in this post and I can’t beliveit happened! I feel just as excited as you are about this and I cant wait until the new album comes out. Wish I could see what taylors house looks like. I bet it’s wonderful.
This is AWESOME, Cassey! So happy you had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thank you for sharing it with us! 🙂
What an utterly surreal yet completely wonderful experience that must have been! A great blog (and ah those polaroids are adorable.)
What an incredible experience. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
you are such an awesome sister to see if you sis could go too!
was the guy from London Harry? anyways, so exciting, I am SO HAPPY for you!