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Tove Lo’s ‘Disco Tits’ (Literally) Steal the Show at Private Performance in DTLA

September 24, 2018

While Tove Lo‘s lead single “Disco Tits” from her third studio album Blue Lips has plenty of provocative lyrics to gain any audience’s attention, it was her actual umm, disco tits, that stole the show during an intimate performance on Thursday night.

After regretfully missing the Swedish sensation’s performance at L.A. Pride this year, I was beyond thrilled when Urbanears invited me to check out a short—but very sweet and satisfying—four-song set by the singer (who is the headphone brand’s Listen to Yourself campaign ambassador) at La Cita in DTLA. While the singer went on an hour late, it proved to be worth it, as I not only stood at the closest spot to the stage, but she didn’t slack in captivating an audience.

After assuring the excited crowd of approximately 150 people that she’d “come down and party with all of you” after her performance, she kicked things off with “Cool Girl.” But it wasn’t until two songs later with “Talking Body” that she began to tease the audience with some playful tugging at her midriff top, only to turn her back to the crowd, then turn back around and gave the audience a good glimpse of her aforementioned “disco tits.”

Body parts aside, Urbanears made sure there was something for everyone at the event. The bar’s entrance offered a take-as-you-please candy station, accompanied by a list of specialty cocktails themed around the artist. Once you stepped further into the event, there were two photo booth activations, a glittery display of the newest headphones, and a taco and quesadilla stand for the hungry. Oh, and let’s not forget about the amazing DJ and additional performance by Icona Pop that followed Tove’s.

Food Featured

This Is the L.A. Restaurant You Should Eat at, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

May 15, 2018

Photo Credit: unsplash.com / @brookelark

Deciding where and what to eat in L.A. is tough, especially because there’s a plethora of unique restaurants to check out, with new ones opening up every single day.

We don’t know about you, but we always find it difficult to keep up. With so many options in such a wonderful city, we can’t help but turn to the stars (literal ones, not celebs) for constant guidance regarding all of our major and minor life decisions—food included!

After careful consideration, we’ve found the perfect L.A.-based joint for you, based on your zodiac sign. Dive in and whet your appetite below!

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Eataly

You live the most fast-paced lifestyle, Aries. You always have a million and one things to do, so you’re always on the go. Rarely will you ever be seen doing nothing of importance, which is why you spend what little free time you have wisely. As far as restaurants go, you need something quick. You generally always order your same, go-to dish, because you know what you want. For you, Eataly is the place to be. This Italian-themed food hall offers up everything from pizza and pasta to gelato and coffee. You can load up on carbs and caffeine, which are pretty much the only things someone like you needs.

Instagram / @eatalyla

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): La Boucherie

Oh, you fancy, huh, Taurus? Your life is basically bad and boujee without the bad. You treat yourself whenever you can, because you work ridiculously hard to support your lavish lifestyle. You do you! Obviously, you need to visit a restaurant that lives up to your high standards. That would be none other than five-star steakhouse La Boucherie. You’ll have a grand ol’ time feasting like royalty on steak, seafood or whatever lavish dish your little heart desires. Just be sure to save room for dessert.

Instagram / @drvahe

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Rose Cafe

Curious and adaptable Gemini, you’re always ready to accept all life has to offer. You know there’s so much out there, which is why you’re always exploring and have a long list of things you love. The same goes for food. While you’re willing to try new things, you’ve got a laundry list of favorite dishes that instantly come to mind. A place like Rose Cafe is perfect for you. It has quite the extensive menu with a variety of items to choose from. You’ll want to try one of everything, but always remember that you can visit as many times as you’d like. Not to mention, the scenery is more than perfect for someone as creative as you.

Instagram / @therosevenice

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): HomeState

Comfort is what you crave most in life, Cancer. Though you have a tough exterior, you’re more sensitive than you’d like to admit. At any given moment, there’s always something that’s bothering you. This is why you seek solace in things that make you feel at ease. Comfort foods is just one of those things, so HomeState is right up your alley. A Texas-style kitchen in L.A., you’ll feel right at home with the Tex-Mex menu. Be sure to wear your stretchiest sweats on your visit.

Instagram / @homestate

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Yami Yaki

Being the center of attention isn’t for everyone, but it certainly suits you quite nicely, Leo. The second you waltz into a room, everyone’s eyes drift in your direction. It’s safe to say you know a thing or two about being popular. But when you don’t get your way, you’re not the happiest camper. Control is something you so desperately need in your life, and you’ll do anything to have it. You like things a certain way, and naturally, the same goes with your food choices. This is why you should check out Yami Yaki. You’ll have all the control you want, when it comes to throwing together your teriyaki bowl, that is. Pick your meat, veggies and more, then the kind employees will mix it all together for you and serve it to you on a silver platter. No, they won’t, but you get it.

Instagram / @cookwithcourt

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Matsuhisa

Simplicity is your middle name, Virgo. While some may shake their tail feathers for anyone who’s willing to watch, you prefer to stay secluded in the background. You don’t need attention or praise to live a happy life, because you know better than anyone that there’s excess in moderation. Sushi is a food you tend to opt for more often than not, so Matsuhisa is perfect for you. Though the restaurant is innovative and sleek, the chefs let their food do the talking. While they tend to get creative, they also stick with what they know. You’re bound to find a new hand roll to love at this classy establishment.

Instagram / @matsuhisabeverlyhills

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Ramen Hood

You’re what many would refer to as a “people-pleaser,” Libra. Some are quick to scoff at your ways, but there’s really no harm in you wanting to be a friend to all. You’re simply doing your part to make the world a better place, so disregard those haters. With your food choices, you also like things to appease not only you, but whoever you’re with. Ramen is one of those dishes everyone likes, including yourself. Vegan spot Ramen Hood is the next joint you should hit up. Both your vegan and non-vegan friends will find something to devour on the menu, giving you the ability to make sure everyone gets what they want.

Instagram / @ramenhood

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Howlin’ Ray’s

You’re a tough one to figure out, but you sure as heck enjoy leaving people guessing. It’s more than thrilling watching others try to uncover all that lies beneath you, mysterious Scorpio. To say you’re fiery would be an understatement. That’s probably why you’re a fan of spicy foods, and Howlin’ Ray’s makes for your best restaurant. This Nashville-style hot chicken joint speaks to your soul. There are some pretty spicy meats on their menu, but someone like you is sure to enjoy the heat without so much as breaking a sweat.

Instagram / @howlinrays

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): E.P. & L.P.

The most adventurous spirit in the zodiac, you always have your passport and a packed overnight bag ready to go. If one of your friends wants to go on an adventure, you’re more than ready to leave at a moment’s notice. You constantly need to feel like you’re traveling somewhere new, even when you’re not actually leaving the comfort of your own home. For you, E.P. & L.P. is right up your alley. A restaurant and rooftop bar, you’ll be transported to Asia with their blend of Chinese, Fijian and Vietnamese food. And you can take in the stunning sites of West Hollywood from their scenic rooftop. The best of both worlds!

Instagram / @eplosangeles

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Pirolo’s Panino

You’re hardworking as they come, never letting anything or anyone get in the way of achieving the mountain of goals you’ve set for yourself. Fun has its place in your life, but it’s very minimal. What you’re more concerned with is convenience—same goes for food. You’re a busy person with a lot on your plate… metaphorically, of course. You’re a huge fan of sandwiches for this reason. Clearly, sub shop Priolo’s Panino was made for you. With a menu full of delicious and savory sammies, you’re sure to find something you like.

Instagram / @pirolos

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Scratch Bar & Kitchen

There’s no one else out there quite like you, Aquarius. You march to the beat of a far different drum than everyone else, always standing out loud and proud from the crowd. Try saying that three times fast. Your uniqueness translates to the foods you eat, as well. Scratch Bar & Kitchen is the only restaurant that can provide such a fun and different dining experience for someone as eclectic as yourself. Everything on their menu is made from, well, scratch. No two dishes are ever the same.

Instagram / @scratchbarkitchen

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Firefly

You’re someone who simply loves love. Everything about it leaves you feeling all sorts of giddy inside and out, so it’s no surprise that you’re known as the hopeless romantic of the zodiac. When it comes to your dining experience, you want things to be as amorous as possible. It’s not about the food, so much as it’s about the atmosphere. Firefly’s intimate location will provide you with the perfect backdrop for all of your date nights to come. Book your reservation now.

Instagram / @fireflystudiocity

Music

L.A.’s Biggest Fetty Wap Fans Hit DTLA for Rapper’s Intimate Concert (PHOTOS)

February 12, 2018

Photo Credit: Instagram / @fettywap1738

The trap queens of Los Angeles hit up DTLA last weekend!

Fetty Wap—who hit it big in 2014 for rapping about his favorite type of lady—made his way through the City of Angels on Feb. 2 as part of his For My Fans (FMF) tour. The “Trap Queen” performer chose the historic Belasco Theater as his venue, where he gave his fans an intimate performance.

Attendees were greeted with “Fetty Wap”-branded merch as they filed into the theater’s cast stone walls. The concert took place amid a backdrop of Spanish Renaissance, moorish and gothic details that line the Belasco’s walls. The concert was opened by a handful of both male and female acts from RGF Productions’ lineup.

Fetty, who released his latest album For My Fans 3: The Final Chapter on Jan. 18, concludes his tour on Feb. 18 at The Ritz in North Carolina.

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Photo Credit: Instagram / @timcayem

Photo Credit: Instagram / @timcayem

Photo Credit: Instagram / @timcayem

Food Angelenos Featured

5 L.A. Gems a Tourist Wouldn’t Know

February 21, 2017

I love a good Nordstrom browse at The Grove, a trek up Runyon Canyon (yes, I am one of the few who actually considers it a legitimate “trek”) or a night of sipping unjustifiably overpriced cocktails at SLS–but one of the best parts about L.A. is the endless potential to find under-the-radar establishments.

Whether it’s a metaphysical shop in Highland Park or a renowned Mexican restaurant in Boyle Heights, there’s always more to be uncovered in the City of Angels.

Pop TV’s This Just In star Elizabeth Stanton is an L.A. native (Hollywood proper, to be exact), and she’s providing my readers with a list of some of her favorite lesser-known spots in town. And as someone who has lived in L.A. for 10 years, I can personally say she came up with some excellent out-of-the-box places to go (in fact, she even had me stumped on a couple).

“It’s been fun growing up here because I’ve felt like I’m always in the center of everything,” the 21-year-old—who was recently listed as one of Popstar! magazine’s top 10 actresses of the year—tells skyelyfe. “Now that I’m older, I basically live in the same area, and everything’s around me—all the new, happening spots. I feel like Hollywood is a happening area to be in right now. I can’t imagine living anywhere else but L.A. I especially love the weather [laughs]. Even if people don’t want to be around the main parts of Hollywood, there are always the beach areas and smaller communities people don’t really know about.”

And with that, I dug into five L.A. gems Liz insists you must encounter if you haven’t already:

1. For the Late-Night-Nosher: Crispy Pork Gang

Open until 4:00 a.m., this Thai Town eatery’s selling point may not be its overpacked strip mall parking lot, but it does give its visitors a mouthful (a good one, that is). And like the name suggests, the standout item here is indeed crispy pork. As Jonathan Gold pointed out back in 2011, there is no shortage of its usage on the menu.

A classic soup dish at Crispy Pork Gang in Thai Town

Photo Credit: @einna_sirisack

2. For the Gamer Who Likes to Drink: EightyTwo

Umm, hello childhood! This DTLA spot is a little throwback to the days of arcade games. And pinball lovers in particular, prepare to empty out your piggy banks, because your quarters are about to go to use! But rest assured this joint has you covered in the beverage department as well. With a full bar featuring craft cocktails and 10 draft beers, there will be no dry mouths in the building.

The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game at EightyTwo in DTLA

Photo Credit: @eightytwola

3. For the Outdoorsy Individual Who Wants to Avoid the ‘Scene’: L.A. Abandoned Zoo

Love to hike, but without the Runyon-esque mayhem? Los Feliz’ former home to wild animals is loaded with beautiful visuals and photo opps aplenty.

a group poses at the L.A. Abandoned Zoo

Photo Credit: @hoey_jeinen

4. For the Foodie Who Came Seriously Just for the Food: Papilles

There’s no fancy-schmancy shebang here. Chef Jordan Rosas brings the casual Paris-inspired bistronomique movement to a Hollywood strip mall. With a set course menu that changes daily (check their website for each day’s offerings), there’s no messing around at this spot.

A perfectly arranged dish from Papilles French restaurant in Hollywood

Photo Credit: @papillesbistro

5. For the Artsy, Avid Reader: The Last Bookstore

This DTLA dwelling has come a long way since launching in a loft in 2005. It is now the largest new and used bookstore in all of California. They also sell a slew of vintage records, they host various events and even get celebs (hi, BJ Novak) to come in to speak (or read).

couple poses at The Last Bookstore in DTLA

Photo Credit: @dom_gy

Beauty Angelenos

4 Things Every Health-Conscious Consumer Will Wish They Experienced at Do Good. Be Green’s L.A. Convention

November 15, 2016

The vegan, health-conscious and eco-friendly community was in for a recent treat at the DO GOOD. BE GREEN convention inside Downtown L.A.’s The Collection.

From morning to late-afternoon, guests were treated to pampering, snacks, libations, product-testing and motivational panel discussions.

In case you missed the event (hosted by Katie Bogue Miller and Justine Lassoff, founders of Love Goodly‘s non-toxic, vegan subscription boxes), skyelyfe is here to round up its highlights!

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

1. Vendors Galore

This convention had rooms full of makeup, beauty and wellness vendors from all over the country. I had a blast chatting with Paige Padgett, celebrity makeup artist and author of The Green Beauty RulesI also learned a lot about Zen Yoga Straps, which are three-loop straps designed to help you stretch longer and more comfortably than traditional yoga straps. The Den Meditation was also on hand to talk about healing and easing the mind. You also had Hipsters for Sisters, an environmentally conscious hands-free handbag line with the sole purpose to “liberate women from their baggage.” Lippy Girl, Blissoma and Rawxies (which allowed guests to fill plastic bags with customized heapings of their healthy snacks) were also among the lengthy list of brands to come on board for the event and share their products.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

2. Motivational Guest Speakers

It was truly inspiring listening to the journey these exceptional women speakers have taken to start their own company and build their own products or brand. From the two hosting ladies themselves, to model-activist Angela Lindvall, to My Beauty Bunny‘s Jen Mathews and Reformation clothing’s VP of design, the day was filled with more than a dozen successful, independent female panelists.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

3. Pampering and Wellness

Not a finger was left without a dainty touch, having nail technicians from LVX polish and L.A.’s Can Can Parleur on hand to provide manicure services. I opted for an LVX mani, with the Crimson shade as my main, with a line of Oasis down the middle of each nail. In between manis, guests had the opportunity to take in a mini-yoga session, courtesy of YAS Fitness.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

4. Gift Bags

Now let’s get to the obvious best part of the extravaganza: the hefty reusable gift bag chock full of approximately $150-worth of beauty and wellness goodies from each of the sponsors, along with the latest edition of the Love Goodly box. Needless to say, I left with my hands full!

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Music

Cloud Cult’s Craig Minowa Talks Unique ‘Philosophical Orchestral Indie Rock’ Sound & Connecting with ‘Higher Forces’

April 13, 2016

Cloud_Cult_skyelyfeCloud Cult‘s multi-member indie rock band is making its way to the City of Angels (a far cry from their chilly Duluth, MN, dwellings!) on April 19th.

A few days ahead of their Teragram Ballroom show in DTLA, the group’s lead singer Craig Minowa took a few moments to chat with skyelyfe about his group’s special sound (scroll to the very bottom to check out their latest album The Seeker), using music to connect with a higher power and why it’s “empowering” to visit L.A.

skyelyfe: You’ve been described as everything from “cinematic,” to “environmental art rockers.” How would you try to describe your sound and image/message? How did your unique signature sound come to be? 

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: We are philosophical orchestral indie rock. I had a classical upbringing, so I’ve always enjoyed adding orchestration to the music. As for the lyrics, I’m a firm believer in the power of music as a tool for connecting to higher forces, so that has always been our approach to not only the songwriting but also the performance – a sort of ritual for getting in touch with those mysterious invisible things both on the inside and on the outside of the self.

SL: When it comes to the music you listen to for fun, who, collectively, do you guys particularly enjoy? Anyone who would come as a surprise?

CC: I listen to big band, ’20s, ’30s and ’40s music for most of my leisure choices. It’s so far removed from what we do, it helps me relax and just enjoy the music for what it is, rather than overanalyzing it, which is what I do when I listen to music in our genre.

SL: Gearing up for your performance at Teragram Ballroom, what is your take on Los Angeles? What are your favorite places to hang out/eat/shop when given the opportunity? How does it feel to visit LA, being from Minnesota, which is obviously a lot different?  

CC: Every time we’ve come to L.A., our schedule has been booked solid, so we’ve never had a chance to just go out and enjoy the area. If there’s a chance to get to a beach, that would always be my first choice. Being from the Midwest, which has now been frozen for the better part of six months, it’s absolutely empowering to come to L.A. and suck up that sun. Given how much entertainment is in that city, we always feel honored when folks choose to attend our show over all of the other incredible things going on at that same time.

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Music Angelenos

Indie New Wave Band Pompeya Announces L.A. Residency, Tells Skyelyfe About ‘Love’ for City of Angels

March 1, 2016

Pompeya_promo_skyelyfeFans of Moscow-based band Pompeya are in for a big treat!

The indie new wave act just announced its five-stop L.A. residency, kicking off its selection of entirely free shows on Mon., March 7 at Hi Hat in Highland Park. See the flier below for a list of the remaining shows, which also includes a secret Sofar Sounds performance.

Pompeya_residency_skyelyfe“This is first time we have done any kind of residency in our career,” the group tells skyelyfe. “We love L.A. and are really excited to play these shows. We decided to not lock ourselves inside one venue, but booked all different venues instead. We called it L.A. Residency and the shows will take parts in all the hippest LA locations: DTLA, Highland Park, Echo Park, Silverlake.”

The foursome, who are still promoting their latest LP Real, say show attendees can “expect to hear the new songs,” but also a “number of good songs from 2013’s Tropical LP, such as “90” and “YAHTBMF.”

In case you still haven’t had a chance to hear the magic that is Pompeya (seriously, their sound is truly awesome), check out “Slow,” my favorite track by them, below:

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Music Angelenos

PHOTOS: Sofar Sounds Celebrates Five-Year L.A. Anniversary with Extra Special Show in Chinatown Warehouse

January 19, 2016
Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Since launching sessions in Los Angeles, Sofar Sounds‘ waiting list, donation-only experiences have boasted some of the first live performances by once-unknown radio acts including Saint Motel, Family of the Year and Meg Myers – along with a couple of personal favorites Gardens & Villa and Pompeya.

Just last week, the music organization (which stands for Songs from a Room, and originally launched in London in 2009) embarked on its five-year L.A. anniversary with an extra special four-act celebratory show in a spacious, colorful warehouse in Downtown’s Chinatown, where photographer Elli Lauren was on hand to capture the magic of the intimate evening.

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

With walls covered in colorful promotional posters from shows past, beer and wine-sipping guests took in the diverse sounds of four different acts: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Lime Orchard, Pell, (whose voice resembles John Legend) and Jake McMullen (whose melody resembles that of Bon Iver‘s music).

To learn more about Sofar Sounds and to sign up for a hopeful shot at attending one of their exclusive sessions, click here!

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Photo credit: Elli Lauren

Music

ICYMI: The 1975 Make Colorful Return to L.A. Stage

December 21, 2015

IMG_9692The lights shined bright as alt-rock group The 1975 took the stage last week at L.A. Live‘s Club Nokia in downtown to the sounds of thunderous cheering and applause.

Opening the show with their latest hit single “Love Me,” the band’s new stage aesthetic burst into life. What was once black, white and boxy had transformed into shades of pinks and purples.

The band broke into some of their greatest hits including “Heart Out,” “So Far It’s Alright,” “The City,” and later fan favorites “Chocolate” and “Sex.”

Not only did they crush the stage with those, but they also gave us a preview of some new material, including infectious pop anthems “She’s American” and “Somebody Else.”

The band’s next album drops in February titled (brace yourself) I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. If you happened to miss out on the group’s new aesthetic, Matthew Healy’s dance moves and their incredible live sound, you’ll have another opportunity this spring when the band tours once again for their new album! Gone are the dark days of black and white, they’re now in screaming Technicolor.

Featured

Escape Room LA’s Latest Brain Teaser Attraction Will Have You Trapped in a Haunted Theatre!

November 10, 2015

Theatre_skyelyfeIf you haven’t yet experienced one of Escape Room LA‘s hour-long attractions, they are a definite must for anyone who enjoys a good brain-teaser, following clues and working together as a team.

Launched last year as a division of John Hennessy‘s Race/LA, Escape Room LA allows guests to enter a themed space (ie. The Detective and The Cavern) in groups of 6-8, with the responsibility of combining communication and quick thinking to find the secret that unlocks the door to safety, in a matter of under 60 minutes.

The latest in the series is The Theatre, which launched just before Halloween. Set with a ghostly storyline, the goal was to use brains – not eat brains – leading up to this year’s fright night. The attraction is still going strong, and I tried it on Sunday. Its completion took a good amount of paying attention to small detail, a little bit of theatre knowledge, and messing around with lights, ropes, sounds and other props – but the group I was in luckily made it out in time! Phew!

Up next for Escape Room LA (which has been visited by a number of celebrities, including Emma Stone, Neil Patrick HarrisHillary Duff and Rosario Dawson) is The Alchemist theme, which kicks off on Dec. 13.

Escape Room LA is located at 120 E. 8th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Games are held on Tuesdays through Friday evenings (every 30 minutes from 6pm to 9:30pm) and Saturday/Sunday afternoons and evenings (every 30 minutes from 11:30am to 9:30pm). Tickets are $30 Tuesday – Friday and $35 Saturday/Sunday. For Bookings and additional Information visit www.escaperoomla.com or call 213.689.3229.

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Music

Classixx, Touch Sensitive, Cyril Hahn Among Artists Who Appeared at Rhonda’s Future Classic Night in Downtown L.A.

October 26, 2015

Rhonda_skyelyfe_2Rhonda is always one of the most lively and engaging music events, and this past Friday was no exception.

Classixx (my favorite), Touch Sensitive, Cyril Hahn, Basenji and Sophie were among the handful of fantastic acts from Australia’s popular Future Classic label to hit up the famed disco party as part of the FC x USA Tour.

Held at the spacious Belasco Theater in Downtown L.A. for hundreds of partygoers, three full rooms were devoted to playing some of the most well-mixed house music I have heard in a while.Rhonda_skyelyfe_3

Missed these folks at their L.A. stop? They have upcoming shows in New York and San Francisco as well. And if you haven’t had the pleasure of making it out to experience one of Rhonda’s incredible nights, Oct. 30th is your chance in L.A. at the newly renovated Globe Theatre for Death Becomes Her night, featuring a DJ set by another favorite, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, among many others. If you’re in SF, Mezzanine is hosting the same event, but on Halloween night.

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Angelenos

Creep LA: Get Spooked at Downtown’s Eerie Pre-Halloween Haunted House Attraction

October 15, 2015

Creep_LA_skyelyfe_1‘Tis the season to be spooked!

With so many Halloween-themed attractions, I found Creep LA to be particularly appealing because of its interactivity.

The approximately hour-long experience takes place in a real-life haunted warehouse built in 1904 in Downtown L.A.‘s Arts District. Groups of six roam through mazes, pitch black hallways and dark, compacted rooms, where they are accosted by creepy characters and shaken up with loud shrieks heard all throughout the space. Bloody Mary and Hide-N-Seek games are the norm during these nights of fright.

Creep_la_skyelyfe_2The attraction launched on Oct. 2, with a VIP party located inside a separate warehouse right next door to the main event, for haunted house-goers like myself to sip on beer and cocktails while awaiting our frightening fate. Celebrity guests, including Joey Fatone and Brittany Snow were among the first to take a stroll through the terrifying area.

Tickets to Creep LA are $20 each, and available through Halloween between the days of Thurs-Sun. Don’t snooze and miss the terrifying boos!

Music

PHOTOS: Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony & More Hit Center Stage for Pandora’s Summer Crush Experience

August 18, 2015

It’s already almost the end of summer, but musical acts – including Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony – kept the heat turned up with on-fire performances over the weekend at Pandora‘s Summer Crush event.

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

The experience, which took place at L.A. Live in downtown L.A., also featured Who Is Fancy, Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly – and a closing DJ set by Steve Aoki.

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

In addition, Chevron was on hand with water stands and branded bottles for guests to stay hydrated. And after filming a short (and somewhat laughable) mini-music video at a L’Oreal booth (I think it’s safe to say my “dance” moves didn’t quite match up with those of Derulo’s), I walked away with mascara and lip color.  Other sponsors on hand with custom activation booths included ASICS, Acuvue, Dell, Mentos and Starbucks.

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for PANDORA Media

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Beauty

‘Los Angeles Passport’: Your Guide to the City’s Bar Scene & Exclusive Deals All Summer Long!

June 3, 2015

LAPassportPromoAngelenos typically tend to stay stuck in their little L.A. bubbles when they go out – Afterall, getting anywhere around here is a schlep and Uber is always surge pricing – But with the help of a pocket-sized flip book called Los Angeles Passport, we not only have a guide to some of the coolest spots all over the city, but we have exclusive discounts at them.

“We really wanted an excuse to explore our local bar culture,” Casey Berry, the co-founder of the national program, tells skyelyfe. “There are so many awesome and creative places (both new and old), but it’s hard to navigate. So we created this little black book that not only serves as a field guide, but also has incentives with discounted beverages to give you that money-saving nudge to explore. We wanted a program that would get people checking out new venues that also benefits the bars so that the bartenders and drinks were fantastic, too. And they are!”

I scooped up my very own ‘Passport,’ and have excitedly been browsing through the list of more than 80 spots mostly in the areas of DTLA, West Hollywood, Hollywood and Silverlake. From the more common places like The Belmont, The Pikey and Spare Room – to venues I have yet to try, like The Golden Gopher, The Holloway and Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar – there is no shortage of options to explore and $$ to be saved (hallelujah!). LAPassportVenue

“Our rule is simple, we only invite venues that we would take a friend to,” Berry explains. “[And the way it works] is super straight forward. Get a passport, pick a venue, flash your passport, receive an awesome, discounted beverage, the bartender stamps [your passport]. Repeat at the next location.”

The program celebrated its 2015 kickoff with a party just before Memorial Day at Now Boarding, one of its West Hollywood venues. The idea is to explore as many spots as possible throughout the summer, so your book is only valid through Labor Day.

LAPassportDrinks“Every year the Passport Program grows,” Berry says of the concept, which also exists in Santa Barbara, SeattleBrooklyn, Washington, D.C., Columbia, MO, and various parts of Colorado. “More cities and more passports have sold out each time, which enables us to come in to new cities with exciting local bar cultures.”

For just $20, you can let your fun summer explorations begin. We can compare notes (and stamps) at the end!

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Sake Is the Sip of the Season at The Springs, DTLA’s Wellness Oasis & Raw Vegan Restaurant

April 21, 2015

Springs4Give your mind a break from the hustle, bustle and one-way street insanity you associate with Downtown L.A. and take in the calming, zen atmosphere of The Springs, a total detour from the DTLA stereotype.

The urban wellness oasis and raw vegan restaurant – located on 608 Mateo Street – just celebrated its six-month anniversary over the weekend, and I had the pleasure of being invited to come in for a first-nibble of chef Michael Falso‘s latest tasting menu, paired with an array of brand new sake-based cocktail recipes ranging from savory to sweet – all made with variations of The Springs’ popular pressed juices. I enjoyed my meal to the sounds of live music playing by a few-person band in a back corner just away from the dining area.

Springs2My personal pick of the appetizers and dishes were the rangoons, which were small, but flavorful and fulfilling beyond belief. Made with coconut wonton, “old bay” cream cheese, bell pepper, celery and sweet chili sauce, it was pretty clear off the bat that these bites would be worth savoring.

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Other noshes included a “Reuben” – which definitely got its point across with its Caraway “rye” bread, marinated mushrooms, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and dill pickles – along with a seaweed Caesar salad, a nacho salad, a cashew cheese plate and two desserts. That sweet pea cake and black chocolate cake with vanilla bean “ice cream” I absolutely could not put down.

The beverages (I still can’t believe sake was the only liquor ingredient in all of them!) were seemingly endless. And the variety was impressive! I tried everything from a pickled jalapeno-infused Desert Flower (my favorite) to a Smokey Mountain, which resembled a Manhattan.

Had I come in a little earlier, I would have taken advantage of one of the various forms of yoga the spot has to offer, or I would have relaxed with a massage or infrared sauna treatment. In fact, going back to a post I wrote a few weeks ago about wellness deals in L.A., The Springs offers free meditation once a day at 1:00 p.m. on weekdays, led by Gloria Baraquio.

Springs1For $59 a person, you can get your very own taste of The Springs. Chef’s tastings are subject to change daily, but the restaurant’s full menu offers a slew of breakfast options (served all day), desserts, snacks, salads, entrees, coffee beverages, you name it. Check out all of the options here.

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Don’t Sweat Your Bank Account – Here Are Some of the Best Fitness Deals in L.A. Right Now!

April 3, 2015

britney-dance-11Just a week away from Coachella (a.k.a. the most important annual weekend – or two – in the life of an Angeleno), there’s still time to pack a few more solid workouts in before hitting the road to body-baring desert festivities.

But whether you’re festival bound or simply rooftop pool party bound, there’s one commonality you share with everyone: the inability to escape summer (which has already felt present in L.A. for at least a month).

That said, after some serious investigating, I’ve compiled a list of the best fitness deals all over town so that you can sweat the toxins, but not the bank account in time for bikini season.

Before you scroll, just note that if you feel overwhelmed with workout options, there’s always ClassPass, a $99-a-month membership that gives you unlimited access to participating fitness studios limited to three classes a month per location, allowing you to basically try before you buy!

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

MIRACLE MILE/DOWNTOWN

  • MODO YOGA – This hot yoga studio offers classes that stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while helping to detoxify the body and calm the mind.  

INTRO PACKAGE: UNLIMITED MONTH = $40!

340 S. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.938.5000

  • PURE BARRE DOWNTOWN – In the same family as Cardio Barre, Pure Barre’s brand new DTLA location is partnering with Real Simple magazine to host a Beauty & Balance weekend April 18-19. Four specialized classes will be offered and swag, giveaways and prizes will be given all weekend long.

FREE CLASS FOR NEWBIES THE ABOVE WEEKEND ONLY (use REALSIMPLE code at checkout)!

740 South Olive St. Ste. 106

Los Angeles, CA 90014

323.305.7025

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

HOLLYWOOD/WEST HOLLYWOOD 

  • PINK IRON – Ladies-only boutique studio offering variations of crossfit, boot camp, yoga and lifting classes.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

1106 N. La Cienega Ste. 203

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310.360.PINK

  • RISE NATION – Studio offering 30-minute cardio-climb experiences in which guests use their arms and legs to move up and down a tall climbing device to the beat of music.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

8906 Melrose Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

424.245.4052

  • CARDIO BARRE HOLLYWOOD – Studio providing hour-long, high-energy/no impact classes that combine barre work and light weights with continual fat-burning motion.

INTRO PACKAGE: 10 CLASSES = $49

6464 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 150

Hollywood, CA 90028

323.462.6464

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SANTA MONICA/VENICE

  • ORANGE THEORY – Offers high-intensity heart rate-focused interval training (30 mins cardio, 30 mins strength-training); different workout each day.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

1431 2nd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.730.1399

  • BRYAN KEST’S POWER YOGA – Owned by longtime yoga veteran Bryan Kest (who teaches some of the classes), this studio offers yoga for all levels and beginner-level meditation classes.

INTRO PACKAGE: ONE WEEK OF UNLIMITED CLASSES FREE!

1410 2nd St., Fl. #1

Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • CYCLE (BEACH) HOUSE – This brand new Cycle House location offers spin classes and boasts “the most intense cardio workout in LA,” noting that anywhere from 500-1000 calories can be burned from just one session.

FOR EVERY PERSON YOU REFER, YOU GET TWO FREE CLASSES (APRIL ONLY)!

1541 Ocean Ave., Ste. 105

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.394.4800

ADDITIONAL WELLNESS BONUS DEALS

Keep the bettering of mind-body-spirit going with some post-workout meditation (at very little cost):

  • UNPLUG MEDITATION – A guided-meditation studio that offers 30 and 45-minute drop-in classes in a clean, modern and calming atmosphere.

INTRO PACKAGE: UNLIMITED MONTH = $40!

12401 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 101

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310.826.8899

  •  THE OAKWOOD HOUSE – Offers varying forms of individual and group yoga (hatha, nidra, prenatal, yin and therapeutic), reiki and intimate, powerful shaktipat meditation led by Uma Devi, who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Reiki and yoga sessions are ongoing and by appt. Group meditation is offered Monday nights at 8:30 p.m.

MEDITATION IS DONATION ONLY!

**located in Venice – call or email for specific location

TheOakwoodHouse@gmail.com

310.801.6261