Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Meeting David Beckham

If you follow me on Instagram (Hi, I’m alexalovesbooks on there. Let’s be friends!), you’ll already know the highlight of last Saturday. But for those who do not, and for people who do want to hear a little bit more about the event, consider this my way of sharing the Beckham experience with you all.

Yes, I got the opportunity to meet DAVID BECKHAM, soccer superstar. Sure, he’s retired, and perhaps I’m not the biggest football fan out there. But he’s still such a legend! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’s just such a beautiful, beautiful specimen of a man either.
The Wait

Mel, Jaymee and I were up and getting ready at 4AM. In my case, this involved stuffing my face with cereal, dressing warm and drinking coffee to stay awake after only 30 minutes of sleep! Once we were on board the subway, we were all lulled into a half-awake state. It didn’t take long for us to reach Grand Central, where we got off and proceeded to walk all the way down 42nd St. to the H&M Times Square flagship store.

me, Jaymee & Mel

There were already at least 25 people in line, so we just immediately hopped on behind them. It was still dark and quite cold, and without any hesitation, we all sat down on the cold, hard ground (and yes, that’s a Taylor Swift reference!). We’d brought along a blanket to share, as well as various forms of entertainment (Jaymee listened to music, Mel watched a movie and I finished reading Grave Mercy). Plus, we’d also stockpiled a bunch of snacks in case we got hungry!

As the sky started getting lighter, security came out and arranged the lines a little bit better. Jaymee snuck out of line to grab us all tea from Starbucks because it was so.darn.cold. We were getting antsy by this time, and finally found the right solution: a party hard dance party! Mel had a splitter in her bag, so we all listened to some party music and started dancing. We might have struck the other people as odd, but at least we were warm!

The Meet and Greet

The event was scheduled to start at 11:30 AM, so we all waited impatiently for time to tick by. At around 10:30 AM, there was a David Beckham spotting! He was being interviewed inside the store, but from our spot in line, you could see him. It helped rekindle our excitement, which had waned from standing in the cold.

11:30 came and went, and everyone was getting impatient. Turns out it took so long because H&M had concocted this entrance for him involving a car (British model), and driving up to the H&M doors. The crowds in the street made the going really slow, but eventually, the car parked, David got out and entered the store after waving to the crowd.

Within minutes, the doors had been opened and the line trickled in. Mel, Jaymee and I made a beeline for the clothes, grabbed the tank top we wanted and went to pay. Once that was done, we headed over to line up to meet David! It moved along pretty quick, and before we knew it, it was our turn.

Now, I had been trying to figure out what to say to David when we were face to face. But I basically lost everything that I’d been practicing in my head when I walked up to meet him! He was dressed simply in a bright orange shirt, but it was his wonderful smile that caught me off guard. I can’t even remember what I said to him, if I’m being honest. He chatted in that amazing accent while he signed the shirt and then we posed for a photo together.

DAVID BECKHAM

Walking away from the table, I seriously felt like it had all been a dream. Even when we’d left the store, clutching our signed shirts and talking about lunch, it was still so SURREAL. I had been close enough to touch David (which I did, by the way, when I shook his hand)! Even now, three days later, I still can’t believe it.

It was definitely a highlight of my year, and a great way to start this month! Plus, I got to cross off two items on my 2014 bingo bucket board – meet a celebrity AND get 100 likes on either Facebook/Instagram (which I couldn’t have done without you all).

If you want to hear my sister’s take on the event, you can check out her post! Stay tuned to the blog for further adventures, bookish and otherwise.

22 comments:

  1. I *still* can't believe you got to meet David Beckam ... how lucky are you? Actually, I feel that way whenever I read most of your life experience posts. You really have had such wonderful experiences! J.K Rowling and the Vampire Diaries set come to mind. Keep doing whatever you're doing! :)

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  2. He is just so HANDSOME! I think its hilarious that people on instagram were asking if he was signing underwear. I think it would have been appropriate ;). Awesome way to start the new year! I need to move to NYC!

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  3. This is beyond awesome!! It makes me wish I lived in an awesome city like New York. Hardly anyone visits us in Salt Lake City.

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  4. I always get so nervous and shy at meet and greets! So bad! I wish I had more to say to them, haha. So cool you got to meet him. He's so handsome!

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  5. Glad you were able to meet David Beckham. It sounds like you had a great time. :-)

    As a side note, I'm currently reading Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers & am loving it so far! I'm 150 pages into this novel and am looking forward to finishing it.

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  6. Thanks for sharing!! Amazing! I would have camped out too. He's such a handsome and talented man but his ability to be such a proud dad is what's sexy to me.

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  7. He's so attractive! Super jealous that you got to meet him and touch his hand. Never wash your hand again, hahaha. What a way to start the new year!

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  8. ALEXA. I totally SQUEALED when I saw this pic on Instagram because OMG! He's BEAUTIFUL. *sigh* That picture is totally worth your 30 mins of sleep. :D

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  9. Wow, that sounds like a blast! I love your picture as well. He is such a stunning man :)

    -Mari

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  10. I love that picture!! You look so cute! And seriously David...*swoon* So freaking hot. You're so lucky you got to meet him! Glad you had a great time!

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  11. So jealous!! He's so gorgeous, I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to focus on anything besides his dreamy accent either! Haha

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  12. That's so cool! And you got a great picture out of it! One of my friend saw him at Balthazar once, she knew he was in there by the huge crowd of paparazzi outside. I just can't imagine living your life being followed like that.

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  13. How awesome! He is indeed quite a beautiful specimen! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. That's what I call a dedicated fan! Gorgeous picture :)

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  15. That is amazing Alexa! I am SO jealous! For SO many reasons!

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  16. Already stalk you on instagram (heartontheline) and I'm SO SO SO glad you got to go and have fun. It looks like you had a complete blast.

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  17. Wow, he definitely has quite a presence, doesn't he? Fantastic smile!

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  18. Aah so jealous you got to meet David Beckham! I'm a big soccer fan, so I could say I'm jealous because of him being a soccer superstar, but who am I kidding? I am jealous because he is so gorgeous!

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  19. AHHHHHHH. Your face is THIS close to his face! That is SO awesome you got to meet him!!

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  20. There are no words other than... Amazing. <3 Gosh what a beautiful man. Ah.

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  21. !!!!!!!!!

    Hello, gorgeous. (And David Beckham.)

    No seriously, this is so amazing! He is beautiful. You are lucky.

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