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Jingle Ball 2012: An UNREAL Night with Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Her Campus

J Biebs, Ne-Yo, T-Swift. No, we’re not just rattling off our guy (and girl) crushes. We’re going through our iPhones trying to relive our epically UNREAL Friday night!!

Want to know how you pack so much talent and unfathomably good looks into one evening? I’ll give you a hint: it takes a mammoth space (think Madison Square Garden) and our besties at UNREAL candy. With a lineup of epic proportions, including the aforementioned and our personal favorite, Fun., Z100’s Jingle Ball was an incredible  jam-packed day and night!!

Early Friday morning, Taylor and I flew out to JFK where we were whisked away by a private driver (see the Campus Cutie below)  to The Dream Downtown (aka one of the swankiest hotels – ever). At check in we grabbed our bag of all-natural UNREAL candy from the front desk and rushed to our rooms to touch up and refuel before the unreal day officially commenced.

After eating an embarrassing amount of UNREAL candy (think delish peanut butter cups made with real peanut butter and real cocoa beans) we hopped on the shuttle to the Hammerstein Ballroom to check out the Coca-Cola All-Access Lounge where we posed for some hilarious photos (see Exhibit A with our favorite UNREAL morph man and B, a delightfully awkward family photo, both below).

Cut to Jingle Ball. We arrived early trying to beat the crowd and, as you’ll see below, we weren’t the only ones with the same high hopes!! It was tight with everyone pushing through but the excitement was UNREAL ;-). Eventually we made it to our seats, made friends with fans of all ages from 8 to 38, and counted down until One Direction took the stage. Equal parts sweet and foreign (those accents!), they set the tone for what was an amazing evening.

The rest of the night was just like a who’s who of top 40 with amazing performances from collegiette-approved artists including B.O.B., Cher Lloyd, Ed Sheeran, Fun., Jason Mraz, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Olly Murs, One Direction, Taylor Swift and The Wanted. Quite an UNREAL lineup!!

Sad you couldn’t be there? Follow UNREAL on Twitter and Instagram (@getunreal), and like them on Facebook to find out more about their mission to unjunk the world and provide UNREAL experiences for all!


As President and Co-Founder of Her Campus Media, Windsor is in charge of all revenue and monetization strategies. Under her watch, Her Campus has done state of the art college marketing programs for clients including Under Armour, Aussie Haircare, Neutrogena, Coke with Coffee, Bed Bath & Beyond, Hallmark, VS Pink, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, H&R Block, The Home Depot, WeWork, Grubhub and more.  Windsor is a 2010 honors graduate of Harvard College. She has also been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, BusinessWeek's 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. magazine's 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine's 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe's 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters. Follow Windsor on Instagram: @windsorwestern  
As the Senior Designer, Kelsey is responsible for the conceptualization and design of solutions that support and strengthen Her Campus on all levels. While managing junior designers, Kelsey manages and oversees the creative needs of Her Campus’s 260+ chapters nationwide and abroad. Passionate about campaign ideation and finding innovative design solutions for brands, Kelsey works closely with the client services team to develop integrated marketing and native advertising campaigns for Her Campus clients such as Macy’s, UGG, Merck, Amtrak, Intel, TRESemmé and more. A 2012 college graduate, Kelsey passionately pursued English Literature, Creative Writing and Studio Art at Skidmore College. Born in and native to Massachusetts, Kelsey supplements creative jewelry design and metal smithing with a passion for fitness and Boston Bruins hockey. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_thornFollow her on Instagram: @kelsey_thorn