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Britney Spears! In Concert!

by Meghann on July 21, 2011

It’s Britney, bitch!

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(p.s. How badass is it that Britney was able to coin the phrase ‘It’s Britney, bitch’? I’ve tried ‘It’s Meghann, bitch’ but it doesn’t haven quite the same punch. You have to have some powerful mojo to pull that line off.)

The concert last night was AWESOME. Lots of great dancing. Lots of great singing lip-syncing. And just an all around great show. Totally worth the $36 Groupon deal. πŸ™‚

I left Tampa around 3:00 yesterday with the basic road trip essentials: an ipod loaded with a kick ass Britney inspired playlist, a cup of highly caffeinated iced tea, and a bag of freshly popped popcorn to munch on along the way.

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Popcorn makes the best road food – minus the greasy hands on the steering wheel.

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A quick stop at the mall resulted in the perfect Britney Spears outfit.

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Check out the shoes! Forever 21 all the way!!

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I was dressed very tame compared to some girls. Apparently Britney Spears is the perfect excuse for everyone’s inner ‘hoochie mama’ to come out. There were lots of tight dresses, lots of glitter, and lots of short skirts. I wasn’t sure if I was at a concert or at a club. It definitely made people watching and entertaining experience. πŸ™‚

This concert was my first excuse to check out the brand new Amway Center that was completed last year.

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Very impressive! it was so clean and shiny inside, I felt like I was at a really nice airport instead of a typical stuffy arena. The best part was all the WINDOWS. There were beautiful views of downtown everywhere and all the natural light really opened the place up and made everything feel so airy and light. I was a fan.

The new Amway Center was also really organized. They had a special window for Groupon ticket holders and, even though I was picking up my tickets thirty or so minutes before the event, there were no lines and it took just a couple of minutes of scanning the barcode on my Groupon app for retrieval.

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I found Katy and Rachel and killed time with them before the event. Britney lovers unite!

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Dinner was very random. I didn’t feel like paying $$$ for a meal, so I packed random snacks to munch on through the night.

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First there were the carrots and almond butter I ate in the car right after I parked.

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Then there was the pretzels I partially ate while walking to the Amway Center and partially while watching the opening acts.

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And the peach I had right before Britney came on stage.

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Is that a peach in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? πŸ˜‰

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We had some time to kill before the show and decided to check out the booths a few of the local radio stations had set up.

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If you listen to Mix 105.1 and you randomly hear someone shouting into the microphone ‘My name is Meghann from Titusville, Florida and I love the great music on Mix 105.1.’ <– that’s me! πŸ˜‰

Mix 105.1 was also doing free makeovers!

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Can you believe there wasn’t a line?!?

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I rarely ever wear make up. I meant to put some on before going to the show, but forgot. The nice artist had a blank canvas to work with and did a fabulous job making me look like I belonged back with the land of the living.

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I want to put her in my pocket and bring her out every morning for a little touch up.

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With jut a few minutes left until showtime my lovely friend Christie arrived to claim my extra ticket. I’ve known Christie since elementary school and every time we get a chance to hang out it’s a big treat!

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Christie and i had seats way in the back of a really odd section. Luckily, after a few texts with Katy we realized her section was in a better location and had empty seats in the front. We snuck over and scored prime seats in the front row! We were still pretty high, but had a direct shot of everything.

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Awesome.

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Nicki Minaj was the opening act and can you believe I had never heard of her before I saw her name printed on the tickets under Britney’s?

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Once the show started I did recognize a few of her songs from Dance Trance, but there’s no way I could’ve ever picked her out in a crowd. I will say she was an awesome performer and the girl can dance!

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After Nicki, the countdown for Britney officially began.

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Wrong time to hit the bathroom…

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Which Britney are you?!?

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Almost time!

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BRITNEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY SPPPEEAAARRSSSSSS

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Amazing. Simply Amazing.

The Femme Fatale Tour has a double agent, almost James Bond like vibe to it. Britney plays an assassin who is captured in the opening number. She escapes, but continues to lead multiple lives as she travels the world undercover. This was the first pop concert I’ve been to – that wasn’t just a band performing – and it was fun to see the story play out through the music.

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All of her dances were incredible. A lot of the times I wasn’t sure where to look because so much was going on onstage and I wanted to make sure to keep up. The girl still has some great moves and who ever is in charge of casting her dance crew did a fabulous job.

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The outfits were equally as tantalizing and amazing. I loved that Britney was up there in pretty much an itty bitty leotard the whole time. I think there were maybe 6 or 7 costume changes in total?

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And – of course – it wouldn’t be Britney with out some bare midriff action. 15 years and 2 kids later and she still has abs. Flaunt it girl!

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My inner 13 year old is now happy and content. Just one more thing to check off my lifelong bucket list. Britney Spears concert? Check!

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Unfortunately traffic leaving the concert was AWFUL. It took me an hour just to get out of downtown and I still had an hour and a half drive back to Tampa.

I made a pit stop at a 24 hr Starbucks (the ‘Find a Stabucks’ app on the droid ROCKS!) for a little iced coffee and pumpkin bread pick me up.

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The drive home was painful, but when I did finally crash in my own bed just after 2:00am it made every thing worth it. Being able to sleep in and not worrying around driving home today made it even better.

Of course someone needs to teach Maddie that when Mama comes home late she wants to sleep in and not take her out to potty at 7:00am.

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She learned a long time ago not to wake Derek up. Not fair. I’m such a softy compared to him (who went to bed 2 hours before me and got up an hour after me). Next time I’m just dropping her on top of him and saying ‘it’s your turn.’ Practice makes perfect, right? πŸ˜‰

I made a bowl of cannoli cereal for breakfast.

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  • 1/2 cup Erewhon Chocolate Brown Rice Crispies
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crisp
  • Ricotta
  • Blackberry Jam
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate Chips

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Let’s see if I can make it through the day without a nap. Fingers crossed!

1 Cait's Plate July 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

HAHA! You look SO happy and excited in these pictures, I love it. I’ve heard such good things about her concerts. Glad you had such a fun time!
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2 Halley (Blunder Construction) July 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

You got awesome pictures! Even from great seats, I always get blurry rainbow-brite pictures at concerts. What’s your trick? Looks like SO MUCH FUN
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3 Meghann July 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

I have an awesome camera. The Canon s95! LOVE!

4 Halley (Blunder Construction) July 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

Ah ha, and the perfect size to smuggle in stuffed into a bra. I will try with my new Canon but I would cry forever if it was confiscated!
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5 Meghann July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

They didn’t care about point and shoots – they were just turning people away with DSLRs. Everything else was fair game!

6 michelle July 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

Nice pics of the concert. Looks like it was a ton of fun. I have only been to a handful of concerts because I just get killer headaches because it’s so loud.
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7 Katy (The Singing Runner) July 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Looks like a blast! I LOVE Britney Spears! Her Baby One More Time… CD was the first CD I EVER got. You know, when CD’s were the cool thing. πŸ˜‰

I just found out that she will be in Jacksonville on Saturday, but I have yet to scrounge up enough money for it.
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8 Meghann July 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

That was one of the first CDs I owned. I remember I lost it on a cruise ship and had to buy another one, but was sad the new one didn’t have the bonus tracks from my original. Total bummer!

9 Lauren July 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

You look so cute!

Thanks for the recap – sounded like a really fun show! I love Nicki Minaj and I can get behind Britney’s new music. πŸ™‚ They both look like amazing performers. Glad you got to experience Britney!
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10 Alicia @ Aligirl Cooks July 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

Now I’m more excited than ever to go to the Britney show next Saturday in Philly! Looks like you had a great time!
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11 Stacy @ Every Little Thing July 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

I saw her Circus tour and it was awesome! I don’t generally do pop concerts (but have seen 100+ band shows…) but hers was definitely worth it – so entertaining!
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12 Kelly July 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

That girl did a great job with your makeup! So pretty! You are always welcome to stay the night here! No need to drive home so late sister.
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13 Dori July 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

Your makeup looks so pretty! I never knew there were 24-hour Starbucks — great to know.
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14 Bee Goes Bananas July 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

SUCH a great idea to take microwave popcorn on the road! Why haven’t I thought of that?!

15 Faith @ lovelyascharged July 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

Don’t get me wrong, I live for music so going to concerts for the band is always a blast, but I get such a kick out of people watching/the spectacle they put on for the show that it’s almost more worth it to go for the visuals!
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16 Diana July 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

Sooooo jealous!! My daughter and I would have loved that concert but I was afraid it would be too graphic for a 12 year old!? Was it?

17 Meghann July 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

Not at all! Ok, that’s a lie. Nicki’s opening act was a little graphic – but Britney’s was fine. I would say skip Nicki and just see Britney. I was actually surprised there weren’t more 12 year olds in attendance – it was mainly women in their 20s and 30s living out their youth πŸ™‚

18 Cat @ On the Brink of 30 July 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

I love it! I went to a Britney Spears concert two years ago, and we died watching it. At one point, my friend turned to me and said, “I think I’m a little turned on right now”. HAHA. Glad you had fun!
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19 karin July 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

Wow!! How fun! That’s awesome…
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20 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups July 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

Sounds like an awesome show!! I love Britney!
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21 katie July 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

so glad you had fun at the concert!! U girls looked beautiful!

Im glad you had fun at the concert! Love Britney!
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22 BethT July 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

“It’s Meghann, bitch” doesn’t work because there’s no alliteration. How about “It’s Meghann, motherf****r?”

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23 Meghann July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

hahaha clearly i wasn’t thinking correctly. ‘It’s Meghann, motherf*****’ is where it’s at!

24 emily July 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

Like! And Meghann, if you put that up as your blog tagline you will officially rule the internet.

25 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas July 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

You guys look so great in your pictures! Great score on the shoes at Forever 21!
PS. Nicki Minaj is such good running music! She has the best beat. She’s featured in a billion songs right now. Loooove her!
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26 Courtney July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

You’ve never heard of Nicki Minaj?! Crazy! I <3 Nicki Minaj. I'm glad you enjoyed the show. πŸ™‚
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27 Meghann July 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

I think I had never heard of her because the station that I listen to in Tampa ‘Plays all of today’s hit music without the rap’ Clearly that means I’m missing out on good stuff.

28 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I am so jealous!
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29 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

Wow, that picture of those girls and those outfits! Jeez, that made me feel old! Glad you got to check off a bucket list to-do!
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30 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oh MY! That looks really fun πŸ™‚

That pic of all the ‘Britney’ girls is hilarious!
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31 Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) July 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

HOW FUN!!! I’m not really a ‘Brittany Fan’, but her music is catchy and for $35 bucks I totally would’ve gone too (Can’t believe you got that on Groupon!!)–> If nothing else, just for the people watching!!

Glad you had a good time!
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32 Katie G. July 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

great pictures! wow…when you said 15 years, I was shocked, can’t believe that much time has gone by!
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33 Alexa @ Simple Eats July 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

I’m so jealous, this concert looked awesome! You looked so pretty before and after your makeover! Love the shoes!
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34 Lindsey July 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

I am jealous! And for $36 a ticket?! Score! I want to see Britney in concert for sure, I know she would put on an awesome show. I love when concerts are more than just singing and her’s would be. I also really like Nicki Minaj right now!

35 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

I am super jealous — it looks like you had a great time!

36 Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal July 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

oh my goodness…If I had know Nicki was the opening act I would have gone just for that. She is wonderfully nasty! Glad you had a good time.
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37 Heather July 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

Glad you had a great time! My bff and I are going to the NKOTB concert on Sunday in Columbus. I feel the same way about them that you did about Britney-relieving your youth! My office has been making fun of me for being so excited but I don’t care.

38 Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Oh dear G-d, I am so jeals. I love Britney. Hard.
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39 Hayley @ Hayley Daily July 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Looks like a great concert…I’m so excited to see it in a few weeks! πŸ™‚ And if you think people were dressed slutty there, girl you need to get to a Gaga concert. HOLY land of the freaks. My sister and I went right from work, so we were in our dress slacks and sweaters (I live in Michigan, and it was winter)…we were so, SO out of place it wasn’t even funny!
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40 Lauren July 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

How fun! I bet Brittany is so energizing to see in concert. Sounds like such a great night (despite the ride back).
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41 Maria July 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Just came across your blog on the healthy living summit πŸ™‚ I saw Britney when she was in Chicago a few years back and her Circus show was awesome! She’s such a fantastic entertainer.

42 Hope July 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

What an awesome concert! I saw Britney on her Circus tour and it was the first time I ever saw her. I had been wanting to see her for so many years. It was totally worth it! Glad you had fun! Love your dress and shoes! πŸ™‚
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43 Jessica July 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Oh my gosh, my dog does the same thing with me! When my husband is gone she wakes me up at the crack of dawn no matter what time we go to bed. When I’m gone she doesn’t get up with the hub until about 10am. What the heck?!
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44 Mary July 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Looks like you had an awesome Time! I love me some B-spears!
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45 Erica July 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

SO fun! I love teeny bopper concerts! I have been to nsync and 98 degrees! Never brit though! The makeup looks fab (although I don’t think you need it ;)). Hope you get a nice nap in today
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46 Jane @ Broccolini & Cheese July 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I loved your outfit! Perfect choice. Just because you can be a hoochie mama doesn’t mean you have to be! Looks like y’all really had a fun time!
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47 Dani July 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Looks like so much fun! I love your outfit (romper?) and the shoes – I was going to ask where you got the shoes at, so thanks for posting that! I’ll be checking out F21 tonight!!

48 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Those shoes are fierce as HELL! Real talk, girl, way to rock em!

The only real “pop” show I’ve ever been to was Lady Gaga and… well…. talk about crazy costumes!! I dressed as a zebra, complete w/ birds in my hair. When in Rome, yeah?
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49 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes July 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I’m kind of jealous of your Britney Spears adventure. I have never seen her in concert and although I don’t love, love, love her music I’m sure it was awesome.
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50 River July 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Glad you enjoyed the concert! Looks like a good show. πŸ™‚
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51 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Looks like you had a blast!!! I love all of those girls dressed up like different Britney personas. Hilarious!
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52 Fancy July 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I am SO. JEALOUS. I loovvvvve Britney! I did see her in concert a few years ago and it was AWESOME! I’m so glad you had fun, I want to go back!

53 Jordan July 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

oh my GOSH this is awesome!! what a fun night. your outfit is adorable too!

54 MarathonSweetheart July 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I hadn’t heard yet that she has a theme to her concert! Sweet! Glad you had a blast πŸ™‚
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55 Ashley July 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I loooove Nicki Minaj! I can’t believe you hadn’t heard of her!! I saw her in concert in April with Lil Wayne and was amazed at how great in concert she is
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56 Shayla @ The Good Life July 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Wow that is so awesome!! And from what I can see in the pics she still looks amazing and absolutely hot! Love your outfit too! πŸ™‚
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57 Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Haha, that picture of the different Britney’s is hilarious. Glad you had fun!
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58 Ali @ Ali Runs July 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

It sounds like you had an amazing time!! I loved your outfit, it was perfect for the concert! πŸ™‚
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59 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run July 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Glad you guys had a good time! I was one of the hoochies dressed up. After going to Lady Gaga and feeling underdressed, I decided to whore it up. LOL Only time a 35 year old can get away with it…so I’m gonna do it!
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60 Tracy @ Commit To Fit July 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I am probably way to too old, but I heart Britney πŸ™‚ Sounds like the concert was a blast!
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61 sara@runninginpinkproject July 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Hi! I met you really really briefly at HLS last year. I just became a regular reader of your blog because I am moving to Tampa in a few months and I was told I should start checking out your blog. I <3 Britney Spears and Im seeing her in DC next week. This post has me super pumped about it!! πŸ™‚

62 Andrea of Care to Eat July 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

She’s been around for 15 years?! I was in college when she came out – and not a Freshman either! I feel old now. Glad you had a good time – I’ve been to two Britney concerts and they were awesome.
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