I’m sort of simplifying things here a bit, but here’s the gist: Taylor Swift bought a massive house in Watch Hill, Rhode Island and has been doing construction on the property, especially outside – she’s attempting to make the house more private by moving boulders along the coast (the house is along the water) to build a wall. The problem is, they don’t have a permit and apparently the moving of the boulders might eventually affect the coastline. Uh oh!
Here’s a photo of the house for reference:
And here’s a bit that appeared in Connecticut’s The Day newspaper, which is a bit snarky:
One giant machine, part crane, was lifting big appliance-size boulders up out of the ocean with its mechanical claw and moving them.
“That’s completely illegal,” said a young man standing next to me, some distance away from the Swift beachfront, on a public promontory.
Looking distraught, he added that he is a surfer and is sure the changes to the ocean bottom will impact the quality of surfing there.
If not illegal, I thought, the work sure must require a boatload of permits, rearranging the rocky coastline and all.
Imagine my surprise when I soon discovered that Swift has not obtained one single permit from the town for the cliff work, which could well be among the largest construction projects in Westerly right now.
The wall they’ve built is so big you could practically see it from Block Island on a clear day. (OK, maybe not. But it is big.)
Of course, it seems to have been a misunderstanding of sorts, as Laura Dwyer, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council talked to the Providence Journal about the whole thing:
“The larger boulders were historically there. We have photograph evidence from previous property owners that they were there, but they were covered with sand. When the applicant came in with plans, they were proposing to leave those rocks way out in the water. We were the ones who asked them to get those boulders as close to the seaward side of that concrete wall as possible.”
Well, that clears that up, I guess?
January 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Jennifer
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez have been best friends for a long while now, but it wasn’t so long ago that Demi Lovato was saying how much she missed her friendship with Selena. Well, have no fear, the trio are all back together now and everyone is happy and FaceTime fun abounds!
Selena posed the above photo on her Instagram account on Sunday night, with the following caption: “Taylor’s tea, Demi’s laugh. Honestly, can’t complain.”
It’s a shame Demi couldn’t be there in person to partake in the fun, but gotta love modern technology. I’m actually on Skype was we speak! Not with Selena Gomez, of course… OR AM I? (I’m not.)
December 31, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Plenty of celebrities are generous when it comes to money donated to charity – some more than others, of course – but just who gave the most in 2013? The answer might surprise you, actually. DoSomething.org compiled a list of the top givers this year (via The Hollywood Reporter), and who should top the list but Taylor Swift? Right behind her is One Direction, as well. Huh, who’da thunk it?
Here’s the full list of celeb givers. It’s not clear just how much each of them gave, but Taylor donated $100,000 JUST to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, so it’s fair to say she probably gave close to a million, if not more, given the amount of campaigns she’s been involved in. Of course, celebrities SHOULD give back. They have more money than they know what to do with, so why not give to those less fortunate?
1. Taylor Swift
2. One Direction
4. Paul Walker
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
6. Sandra Bullock
7. Kerry Washington
8. Ian Somerhalder
9. Ryan Seacrest
10. Carrie Underwood
11. Jennifer Lawrence
12. Alicia Keys
13. Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul
14. Miley Cyrus
15. Demi Lovato
16. Blake Shelton
17. Mindy Kaling
18. Kevin Durant
19. Kendrick Lamar
20. Justin Bieber
Are you surprised by anyone on this list? I sorta am by Kendrick Lamar, who I love but admittedly don’t know much about other than his music. Good to see Macklemore doing his thing on that list, as well. Oh, and LOL to Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul being one entry.
December 27, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Hang on to your hats, Taylor Swift fans, because she’s preparing her new album and it’s going to be way different than her last one! Of course, that would be the assumption for most artists: as time passes, you grow personally and professionally and your sound will evolve to reflect that. That’s what’s happening with TSwift – the biggest pop star in the world, in case you forgot – as she collaborates with other writers to put together her next string of hits.
“I’m really loving collaboration right now. I see it as a bit of an apprenticeship. I want to be around people who love writing songs and have done it for years.
“Every time I’m in a studio I’m learning, like how to build a drum track, and getting a new perspective on things. It’s so thrilling to keep learning on your fifth album.
“As soon as [an album] comes out, I’m figuring out what the next one will be. It’s gotten to the point where each one is a reinvention, which is what I like best. I like it when it sounds new and people don’t know where you’re going to go next.”
I’ll be interested to see what the next album is like, to be honest. I really liked Red – it had some jams on it. If it’s in the same vein, this one will be a winner, too.
December 23, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Taylor Swift was voted biggest pop star in the world by you guys, so on her 24th birthday, I thought I’d give her the gift of a birthday post. I’m sure she’s touched. Let’s take a look at the highlights (and lowlights) of her year.
- Partied with Bon Jovi and Prince William.
- Landed the cover of New York Magazine for being “the biggest pop star in the world” (which you guys agreed with.)
- Got dissed by Victoria’s Secret.
- Plucked a role in The Giver movie.
- Opened her own music school.
- Won her 6th songwriting award.
- Made Ed Sheeran some jam with a Kanye reference.
- Chipped a tooth while performing.
- Canceled a special concert for a fan after that fan turned out to be a 4Chan creep.
- Got made fun of by Abercrombie and Fitch.
- Expressed disdain for Justin Bieber.
- May have gotten breast implants.
- Bought a mansion for $17 million.
- Was voted one of Hollywood’s most hated celebs.
- Thought she might be single forever.
- Guest-starred on New Girl.
- Was called “hot” by Steven Tyler
- Thew her fan mail in the trash.
- Didn’t sell magazines very well (at least Cosmo).
- Invited all her exes to write songs about her.
- Looked stunning at the Grammys (and won for “Best Song Written For Visual Media” whatever that really means.)
What a year! What was your favorite Taylor Swift moment? Or least?
December 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
So, boys, are you intimidated by Taylor Swift‘s prowess? I could see why you might be – she’s been a worldwide megastar since she was barely a teenager and her list of former boyfriends is longer than my arm. To add to it, she’s not shy about putting relationships gone awry into her music, so if you take one wrong step, you could become the subject of her next hit single.
Whether or not men are a bit shy around her, or even put off by her power, she doesn’t know and tries not to think about it, as she told Hello magazine. After all, she’s a traditional girl and any guy who wants a chance with her would probably have to start talking to her first (thereby negating the whole ‘indimidation’ thing, I suppose):
“I suppose it might [be intimidating]. It’s not like I would look at a guy and say, ‘Hey, are you intimidated by me?’ I think that would be highly uncool on my part! I tend not to be the one to start conversations with guys, anyway. I’m a little more old-fashioned than that.
“I assume that if someone is interested in me they will come up and talk to me – and if they want to call me up afterwards, then they will. I try not to wishfully think my way into relationships – or maybe I should say I’m trying not to do that anymore.”
I think that’s all fair enough, but I have to say, I find it SO bizarre and vaguely disgusting how incestual the celebrity dating pool is. Taylor used to date John Mayer, who we all know is now dating Katy Perry, but Taylor and Katy are good friends and have been for years. I know that kinda shit happens – friends date their friends’ exes quite often, I suppose? – but I just think it’s weird and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Anyway, I do love me some TaySwift. I think she’s great! And sometimes, you know, she helps you through the hard times. Isn’t that right, Jess?