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10 Introspective Albums to Listen to While You Light Your Pumpkin Spice Candles

October 17, 2020

Isn’t it funny how we can go from blasting Cardi B and The Chainsmokers (JK on the latter) on Labor Day weekend to suddenly going solemn three weeks later? Yeah, Invasion of Privacy isn’t exactly up there with albums that feel like fall.

But anyway, when the leaves are turning and the sun’s no longer burning, music just feels different. While pool parties and backyard BBQs full of bass are surely a good time, nothing compares to cozying up with hot coffee in sweats to the sounds of moody music and the scents of pumpkin spice.

If you’re on the hunt for songs that will elicit your emotions during this time of year, keep reading for 10 introspective albums that feel like fall.

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1. Strange Tales – Lord Huron

Strange Tales is here for all your dreamy folk desires. On the 14-song album, dark topics, including death, are intertwined with breathtaking melodies, making this melancholy collection slightly easier to digest.

2. Thank You for Today – Death Cab for Cutie

Everything about Death Cab epitomizes fall vibes, but since Plans’ iconic 2005 release, none of the band’s albums spoke to the magic of the season until 2018’s Thank You for Today. It most closely resembles the aforementioned—after all, there’s even a song called Autumn Love. Need we say more?

3. Strange Pleasures – Still Corners

If you’re going for a dreamy, ethereal vibe, this album will speak to you. Light and luminous, it’s the perfect background music for your next pumpkin carving picnic or fall-themed dinner party.

4. Nocturne – Wild Nothing

This is without question one of the best indie albums of all time. Each song is filled with beautiful, serene melodies without tearing us apart. It’s hopeful, light and timeless—and while we most classify it with fall, it’s truly suitable year-round.

5. Goddess (Deluxe) – Banks

We’re not quite sure what happened to Banks after releasing her insanely promising debut—but either way, Goddess disrupted what we considered pop norms. Her music began to define the new “alternative,” and the melodies from this album are dark as a crisp fall night.

6. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

If you want to transport your mind to an enchanted forest in the middle of nowhere, one listen to anything on this 10-track album will do just the trick. The cohesive selection of songs flow effortlessly, taking you on a spiritual journey from start to finish. And once you’re done, you can step back a few years and listen to 2008’s For Emma, Forever Ago, which, thankfully sounds every bit the same as the aforementioned.

7. Cruel Intentions Original Soundtrack – Various Artists

Much like the provocative, dark ’90s film, its alluring soundtrack still holds up today, and each track evokes curiosity and mystique. To this day, not a film or accompanying soundtrack has done what Cruel Intentions has. Both beautiful and melancholy, every song from start to finish will make you feel something.

8. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – Sarah McLachlan

If you’re a child of the ’90s you know the massive impact Sarah McLachlan had on music. The Lilith Fair cofounder was a pioneer of making thoughtful albums that, yes, feel like fall. Her 1997 album Surfacing garnered huge mainstream success, but 1993’s lesser known Fumbling Towards Ecstasy resonates with us in a deeper way.

9. Shore – Fleet Foxes

Don’t let the title of Fleet Foxes’ new album fool you—there are no beachy vibes to found on this 15-song selection of folk-rock melodies. But that doesn’t mean they’re not uplifting. If you’re looking for a serene album with a light tone, this is your best bet.

10. Badlands (Deluxe) – Halsey

Halsey has always maintained her disposition as an angsty, brooding artist. But just on the brink of mainstream fame, she released Badlands, a raw, organic look into past relationships and mental health struggles. With no collaborations or buzzy production credits, this melancholic selection of thought-provoking tracks is not only the singer at her finest, but the closest thing to fall-sounding pop out there.

 

Now that you have plenty of albums that feel like fall, mix things up with THIS playlist of best songs from artists at Coachella 2017!

Food

6 Crisp and Delicious Hard Ciders to Try This Fall

September 20, 2020

Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or you’re looking to expand your alcoholic palette, it’s time you go for a crisp and refreshing hard cider.

There’s also no better time than the present to embrace the brisk and delicious specialty flavors they come in for fall. Scroll through below for all our top seasonal picks below!

1. Foggy Ridge Handmade Cider: $10.99

Touted as a true artisan hard cider made from uncommon apples, this beverage is a cooler months must. It’s handmade and can be enjoyed with your favorite tomato bisque or harvest soup.

2. Wolffer Estate No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider: $15.99

I mean, do we ever leave rosé off the list? 💁🏽. This epic choice is white cider with a rosy and sweet twist. We also deeply appreciate that it comes in both a bottle and a can.

3. Virtue Cider Michigan Apple: $9.99

If you prefer a dry champagne, you’ll love the taste of Virtue Cider’s Michigan Apple. With a hint of oak, it’s your go-to for a sweet but slightly sour vibe. Luckily, it’s sold in packs, so stock TF up.

4. Original Sin Hard Cider: $11.99

The name of this brand alone makes it an instant buy. They have an overwhelming amount of options including their original and black widow flavor. If you don’t bust these out in October, you’re just doing everything wrong.

5. Woodchuck Amber Draft Cider: $8.49

Major shoutout to Vermont for making the elite of hard ciders. It’s fermented with champagne yeast for a little extra punch, which is completely unique to them. This is the only kind of mixing we’ll ever approve.

6. Austin Eastcider’s Blood Orange Cider: $9.99

We adore Austin Eastcider’s blood orange flavor for its zesty notes of citrus and the tartness of a variety of apples. It’s bittersweet but tastes divine with brunch or your after dinner dark chocolate. This is aimed at fans of sour beer for sure.

Now that you know what to buy, HERE’s how to caption your fall beverage photos.

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The Best Instagram Captions For All Your Fall Cocktails

September 17, 2020

Whether you’re warm and cozy by the fire with wine, or out on the porch with a crisp cider, we’ve pretty sure you want to capture the comforting moment on Instagram.

Scroll through below for all the cute, snappy captions you’ll need for your boozy autumn nights! 🍂✨

For when you’re mixing a new pumpkin-based cocktail that isn’t pumpkin spice:

“Stressed, blessed, pumpkin obsessed.”

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For an autumn-seasoned rum cider cocktail pic:

“Spice, spice baby.”

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For your warm and delicious mulled wine post:

“Warm drinks, warm heart.”

– Unknown

For the basic white wine photo with a blanket:

“The only thing getting lit this weekend are my fall scented candles.”

– Unknown

For your next glass of wine paired with your favorite gourd:

“Squash Goals.”

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For your ghastly Halloween delights:

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!”

– Unknown

For the shot of your refreshment with an autumn-themed garnish:

“If you don’t like fall, you can leaf me alone.”

– Unknown

Need some more fall cocktail content? HERE are the best autumn drink recipe videos we found on TikTok!

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Here’s How to Make the Best Fall Cocktails, According to TikTok

September 5, 2020

Ah, fall. It’s truly the most beautiful time of the year when breezy weather, apple picking, oversized sweaters and boots rule all. 

As you bust out the blankets and prepare for the holidays, you’ll obviously need a cocktail in hand every step of the way. Below, find all the best seasonal spirits and how to make them, according to TikTok.

1. Spiced Rum Caramel Coco

A drink and dessert all rolled into one? Sign us right up. This quick, easy hot chocolate is packed with spiced flavor and fall deliciousness. Adding caramel corn on top makes it the go-to guilty pleasure of the season.

2. Pear Drop Cocktail

We live for a refreshingly fruity, yet light cocktail. If that’s also your jam, try this lovely pear drop. It features banana liqueur and bitters, surprisingly—but it adds an unexpectedly enjoyable flavor you can’t find anywhere else.

3. Apple Gin Garden

If apples are more your thing, you have to try this Apple Gin Garden with elderflower, apple juice and gin, of course. Adding floral notes to the mix gives it a rich and elegant flavor. This one’s for enjoying that fall breeze on your balcony or porch in the evening.

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4. Apple Cider Cocktail

What’s a fall cocktail roundup without at least one apple cider refreshment? Crisp cider combined with orange slices and vodka equals instant autumn delight.

5. Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

We’ve all grown wary of the over-advertised pumpkin spice flavor, but hear us out on this one. This sweet little cocktail also has Irish cream, vanilla ice cream and a cinnamon stick for extra punch. And let’s be honest, adding alcohol to any classic flavor will always makes it worth your time.

6. Frosé

We don’t know about you, but rosé is a must for us to kick off the season. Why not dial it up by blending it with fresh strawberries, ice and a touch of vodka? It gives this classic sweet wine a little zest that’s perfect for fall get togethers.

Music

Embrace Magical Fall Months with Blissful New Music by Astrid S, Tove Lo and 15 More Artists

October 16, 2019

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Whether you unabashedly gulp down PSLs like they’re water, you live for Halloween, or cooler temps are totally your thing, there’s no denying fall has something for everyone.

Even if we disagree on the best part of this cozy season, I think we can all say it isn’t complete without just the right music to set the tone.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of fresh new tunes just waiting to be on your fall playlist rotation. While summer 2019 brought on some dance party anthems, we’re switching gears with some mellow music that’ll help you ease effortlessly into the slower-paced weeks ahead.

Embrace magical fall months with blissful new music by 17 artists, including Astrid S, Tove Lo, Lane 8, Adventure Club and The Knocks!

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Kick off the Best Season of the Year With New Music by Wild Nothing, Allie X and 29 More Artists

September 6, 2018

Two things of major importance here: Fall officially starts on Sat., Sept. 22, and every day this week has felt like the season is already in full swing.

This never happens in L.A. I mean, last year it was 90-degrees in mid-December. So, anyway, yeah, I’m super excited. And what better way to welcome the best season of the year than with some amazing music? Lots of chill stuff here for your ears to consume.

Let’s start with Wild Nothing‘s fourth album Indigo, released last week. The 11-track, mellow dream pop playlist somewhat resembles their second album Nocturne, which is pure music to my ears—and perfect for setting the fall mood.

Another album standout is Death Cab for Cutie‘s Thank You for Today, their best full-length release since 2005’s Plans. Though Plans is pretty untoppable, this album is pretty amazing, not to mention there’s a song called “Autumn Love” (come on now!).

For all of this and much more (including new music by Emma Blackery, Allie X, Seven Lions, Troye Sivan, Bassnectar, and A R I Z O N A), scroll through the 32-song playlist below:

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Fall into October With Fresh Tracks by PVRIS, DJ Snake, Illenium, Tove Lo + 64 More Artists

October 3, 2017

October is officially upon us, and this just so happens to be the month that I’ve found the best songs of 2017 so far.

Sadly, though October is arguably one of the most favored months, this year’s is already an incredibly somber one, and we’ve barely just begun. With the unfathomable tragedy in Las Vegas, combined with the death of legendary Tom Petty, it’s been a slight breath of fresh fall air to stumble upon these 68 new musical gems.

I’m giving an extra special shoutout to PVRIS (and their track “Anyone Else” off their incredible new album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell), because I recently saw them and Lights (also on this playlist) at the Novo downtown on the first night of fall, so they hold a special little place in my heart.

Also, there are a handful of releases from artists I’ve interviewed, so I’ve got to give them shoutouts, too (SomeKindaWonderful, JOEY, Little Good Bad‘s Rachel B, and Logan Henderson).

In addition, loving DJ Snake‘s newest track “A Different Way,” and I can’t get enough of Illenium‘s new album or ODESZA‘s. Also, Tove Lo recently released “Disco Tits,” and it kind of got swept under the rug (probably because of its non-radio-friendly nature), but it’s unique and fun, so I definitely recommend giving it a listen!

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, bundle yourself up in your coziest fall getup and check out the playlist—which also features Ty Dolla $ign, Trina, DJ Dan, Above and Beyond, The War on Drugs and Gorgon City—below!

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Fall Fitness: Trainers Give Skyelyfe the Lowdown on the Season’s Hottest Women’s Activewear Trends, From Vests to Peekaboo Tops

September 30, 2015

With the exception of at a party, work or a fancy dinner, activewear seemingly dominates the bodies of L.A. residents – especially women.

From wild-colored printed leggings, to solid black two-piece Lululemon ensembles, these typically Lycra-based items have surely taken day-to-day precedence over what used to be skinny jeans.

With fall underway, I reached out to some of my favorite trainers and fitness experts to get the scoop on the hottest trends of the season. Read below for what they have to say, and where you can swoop up your very own of the recommendations.

Activewear_trends_Onzie_skyelyfe“I enjoy capri leggings with a print – nothing too loud, but enough to make a statement.  They are something that provide coverage but also feel like you aren’t suffocating your legs in.  I love something that adds a little peekaboo element to it, weather it be something that shows off the collar bones, a little shoulder or an open back.  Of course sports bras should be functional but adding some uniqueness to them is always encouraged.  Especially when you have a top you can throw on after class that still shows it off a bit! The inspiration from this response comes from Onzie look pictured here.” – Heather DorakPilates Platinum owner

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 activewear_koral_moto_legging_skyelyfe“My favorite trend for fall is faux-leather paneling. It’s so fashion-forward and gives athletic wear a very sleek, hip look. Although you’d think leather would be too hot to workout in, most of the designs out there are lightweight and/or include some mesh to add breathability. Koral activewear has several adorable pieces, including bicycle shorts for your next spin class, a strappy sports bra to let peek out of your muscle tank and ‘moto leggings,’ which can totally double as chic club/concert wear.” – Whitney English, trainer and To Live & Diet in L.A. editor-in-chief

BUY BICYCLE SHORTS HERE

BUY STRAPPY SPORTS BRA HERE 

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 activewear_vimmia_bra_skyelyfe“One of my favorite spots bras is by Vimmia activewear. It almost falls into the category of crop top. Needless to say, for a girl who’s only 5’4, I’m big on wearing things land on the body. The difference of an inch can really elongate or shrink the body. This crop is absolutely amazing! It fits beautifully with its little bit of mesh sexiness – yes please – and perfect hold. I like to wear mine under a tank or T-shirt, usually by Kain as they are soft, sheer, sexy and perfect for taking it to the street right after, especially when you add that vintage leather on top.”

Also, mesh isn’t going anywhere and the animal print is still in full effect. They both are simply amazing. One of my absolute favorite lines is HPE: Human Performance Engineered. Their pants fit incredibly! They even give a little booty lift and have the waistband we all love, which just seems to land perfectly on the body.” – Kodi Kitchen, Founder, Best U Studio 

BUY SPORTS BRA HERE

Activewear_nike_vest_skyelyfe“My favorite workout wear piece this fall is a vest. The Nike Women’s tech vest is my go to for layering and the draped hood is the best part.” – Abby Lauren, trainer, co-owner of Juice on the Loose 

BUY VEST HERE

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From The Shins to Death Cab for Cutie, Here’s a Chill 31-Song Playlist for the Fall Lover In You

September 22, 2015

autumn_music_playlist_skyelyfeThe wind is blowing, the sun is bothering me less and my mood is increasingly heightening. Hmm, must be fall!

Although my most beloved season doesn’t technically begin until tomorrow, I will be busy then in Yom Kippur services atoning for my wrongdoings, so I figure today is the best time to post a little ode to my pumpkin-filled time of joy.

If you attended my annual fall party last year, you heard my 50-song playlist perfectly fitting for the mellow mood of this time of year. Well, I’ve put together a completely different one for 2015. Click below to hear this year’s chill fall playlist, featuring 31 songs by artists including The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Milo Greene, Amason, George Maple, Chelsea Lankes and many more.

Happy fall frolicking!

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Want to Throw a Magical Fall Fete? Read What Went Into Planning My Own

October 22, 2014

It’s funny … When I sent out my yearly fall party invite, there were of course those excited to celebrate the season, but from a few others, I got responses ranging from “I’ll be there, happy birthday!” to “What is a fall party?” Yes, to some it may not make complete sense – but upon entry into my apartment, which morphed into a pumpkin wonderland, any guest could see right away just how it was possible to celebrate what I consider the best season (and not just for the sake of it being attached to Halloween). What isn’t there to embrace about the kick-off to much-needed overcast weather, the falling of the leaves and finally being able to sleep without the air conditioner?

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The night before the festivities (this is my 6th year celebrating), my good friend Natalie came over and designed a photo booth in the corner of the apartment. Covered in fake leaves and other autumn-esque decor, this was the first step in the apartment’s perfect seasonal transformation, as demonstrated below with her boyfriend Omeed.

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Meanwhile, my roommate and some of her friends carved pumpkins in various sizes. Some ended up decorated in paint and others in nail polish (glitter shades, too!). There was no lack of color on these otherwise all-orange gourds.

The following day was spent cleaning, rearranging, adding more decoration and finalizing details with our bartender (yes, we even had signature drink options). One thing we were already set on was our array of aroma, thanks to my massive Yankee Candle purchase a month prior. There’s nothing like getting in the spirit a little early!

The decor, combined with my fall party playlist felt just right when guests (probably around 50 in total throughout the whole night) began to arrive at 8pm. As people walked in, we handed them each a little paper square with a raffle number and the hashtag #fallfrolic2014. Then midway through the party, we drew numbers and gave away gift cards, beauty products and other items to our four winners.

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To anyone who wasn’t able to make an appearance, we can’t bare to take down all of our hard work just yet, so if you end up at the apartment at some point within the next month, you can get a fally feel for what we did!

Music

Need the Perfect Fall Party Playlist? Here Are 50 Songs That Will Be Playing at Mine!

October 18, 2014

A fall party playlist is nothing to be taken lightly! Next to the obligatory carved pumpkins and generous supply of booze, the perfect selection of songs is top priority. As with any gathering, there is a certain vibe to achieve, so for this little fete (I’m excitedly hosting my annual one this evening), the rap and dance will be brushed to the side for slow (Banks, Washed Out, Miike Snow) and sexy (Crazy P, , Lane 8). But a host must remember two things: It’s not winter just yet (so no Bon Iver unfortunately) and you don’t want your guests to fall asleep, so the music still has to be somewhat upbeat.

Below is the full list of what I will be playing tonight. I’m always open to fun suggestions, so feel free to chime in!

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Food

QVC’s Resident Foodie David Venable Dishes to Skyelyfe About Perfect Fall Party Appetizers & Why He Thinks Vegan Cooking Would Be an ‘Interesting Challenge’

October 15, 2014

DavidVenableIt’s never a good idea to start writing about decadent food dishes right before bed, but I am trying to keep delicious mental pictures out of my mind as I share my excitement about the recent release of David Venable‘s second cookbook, Back Around the Table.

Featuring 100 brand new recipes based on traditional comfort food favorites, one can only imagine how my mouth began to water as I listened to QVC‘s resident foodie go on and on about mac ‘n’ cheese bites and French onion soup dumplings.

David dished (pun intended) to skyelyfe all about appetizers perfectly fitting for a fall party, why he thinks vegan cooking would be an “interesting challenge,” and why “comfort food” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “unhealthy.” Read on to see what he had to say…

SL: How does your first book differ from the current?

DV: My first cookbook was a celebration of classic comfort foods. I’ve enjoyed not only growing up in the South, but traveling all over the country. I’m a firm believer that comfort food is not something that is any one region of the country. I began to think about what book two would be about. I realized there were still more comfort food stories to tell. This new collection of recipes is still in the comfort food category, but with a creative spin that I think people will find interesting.

SL: I love fall and I love hosting an annual fall party, but I am no gourmet chef. Any easy recommendations?

DV: Comfort food is so synonymous with fall. We think about the cooler weather moving in and having something bubbling on top of the stove. It makes it lots and lots of fun. I have wonderful mac ‘n’ cheese bites that are easy to make because they require no baking. You make up the mixture and it’s a wonderful blend of three cheeses and ham and you press it into a casserole dish and refrigerate it, and once it sets up, you form it into little balls and you fry it for a couple of minutes in a deep fryer or a skillet or a Dutch oven. Then you’ve got creamy, wonderful, punchy mac ‘n’ cheese bites.

There’s another appetizer I love to do that’s in the book. And these are French onion soup dumplings. We love that on a cold and crisp day outside. I take wontons that you buy in the grocery store and do a mixture of these wonderful kitchen soup spices and combine them with cream cheese, and make little pouches that are then flash-fried and finished in the oven, topped with gruyere cheese.

SL: I’m not vegan, but I do enjoy vegan bites. And going back to mac ‘n’ cheese, I know that’s one of your favorite items. So is there any kind of vegan version you recommend of the dish? Or do you believe it really needs to be eaten like true mac ‘n’ cheese?

DV: I think everyone has an experience with mac ‘n’ cheese and you really need to stay true to what really speaks to you in terms of that dish. I have never personally made a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese dish, but I have researched them and I think it will be an interesting challenge for me because obviously I’m not using any kind of animal products. I’ve looked at some recipes online and have found ingredients that really look and sound creamy and lovely, but it’s going to take some experimenting in the kitchen. I’m anxious to give it a go.

SL: Is that something you’d really be open to trying?

DV: That’s what’s so much fun about being a home cook. I really feel like I can experiment in the kitchen and I’m not afraid to fail. I think some of the best dishes are made when you are experimenting. I think something like [trying to cook vegan] would be a whole lot of fun. It would be interesting to see if I could make it and have the texture be good.

SL: Obviously “comfort food” isn’t synonymous with “healthy eating.” Is there anything in the book that would be for the semi-health conscious?

DV: Absolutely! There are 10 chapters in the book, and I love that one of them is a lighter fare chapter. It’s called “Light and Bright,” and there are lots of different recipes in that chapter that still maintain that wonderful comforting feeling, but at the same time, aren’t as high in fat and calories and salt. There’s a wonderful angel food cake recipe in that chapter. It’s got raspberries and blueberries and a little raspberry-blueberry sauce on the top. It really ends up tasting like a more decadent dessert, but it’s much, much lighter. And then when you infuse it with the natural sweetness of berries, then you’re not adding any additional sugar.

SL: When it comes to dealing with other famous chefs, do you guys share recipes and ideas or do you tend to keep things to yourself?

DV: Everyone kind of has a protective sense of recipes they’ve developed and they love, but when you share them, I think recipes are kind of open game for people to kind of take and interpret as their own. I have the great pleasure of working with a lot of celebrity chefs on QVC, and I find that more than just trading recipes, we tend to trade ideas when we have a chance to chat. We talk about things that we make that are similar or how we might make it an even more interesting dish. I think when you get together with other people who love to cook, you love to talk about these recipes and you encourage each other to really up your game, which is always lots of fun in the kitchen.

SL: What would you say is the biggest misconception about chefs?

DV: I think most of us assume that a chef only makes very fancy food and doesn’t really relate so much to a home cook. The chefs I’ve worked with are very, very home cook-friendly. They have a chance to share their formal training through a common and shared love of food. Chefs I’ve worked with haven’t come in with a very sophisticated or highbrow heir about them. They come in with a true passion for food. When you get together with a group who shares that passion, there’s just a great celebration at the dinner table.

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Are You a Poor Thanksgiving Planner? Eat, Drink & Listen Last Minute with These Helpful Tools!

October 10, 2014

With Thanksgiving only a day away, the stress to throw together the perfect gathering for loved ones can easily pile up. Luckily for me, I’ve got my bases covered this year, spending a week under the care of my family in Massachusetts.

But I think I speak for everyone when I say we’ve all spent a holiday in our lives scrambling for something to do. That said, I’ve come up with some easy ways to make the most of the special day without much time and without breaking the bank.

EAT

For a mere $49 per person (only $25 for children under 12), an L.A. resident (or visitor, for that matter) can save themselves preparatory hassles and indulge in a decadent buffet at Andaz West Hollywood‘s Riot House restaurant. Complete with fresh eggs, farmer’s market fruit, Belgian waffles, pastries with house-made marmalade, coffee and more, the feasting can kick off as early as 8:00 a.m. and last until 1:00 p.m. And if the brunch calls for an added kick, bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys are only an additional $13.

DRINK

Any time I host guests, I always have ideas of creating grandiose specialty cocktails, but after all is said and done, there are always way too many ingredients involved, too much time and the process is too much of a mess. Luckily for skyelyfe readers, the folks at Stillhouse Original Moonshine have provided two (relatively) easy recipes that will add the perfect thematic touch to the day!

THANKSGIVING TURKEY

2 oz Stillhouse Original Moonshine

2 oz Fresh Juiced Squash

3/4 oz Browned Butter

3/4 oz Sage simple syrup

Method: Shake & fine strain. Serve down.

Garnish: Whole cinnamon stick

Glass: Rocks Glass

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STILLHOUSE’S WINTER DREAM

2 oz juniper-infused Stillhouse Original Moonshine

1 oz pasteurized organic egg white

2 oz Fresh squeezed orange

¾ oz fresh lime juice

¾ oz rosemary simple syrup

Garnish: Brush the Fresh Rosemary sprig across the side of the glass briskly to activate aromatics.

Method: Shake & strain

Glass: Coupe Glass

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LISTEN

I’ve already provided the perfect playlist to host a fall fete – and don’t get me wrong, the songs on that list are amazing – but I think an intimate Thanksgiving gathering calls for more of an adult contemporary sound. And with everything else that needs preparation, putting together a playlist is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind (except maybe mine). So, I’ve done the work for you and provided below a list of 10 songs to keep your spirits high in the kitchen or add a little finesse to your dinner table experience (think the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Adele and Norah Jones).

I hope everyone has a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Be sure to check back on Sunday where I will provide tips for kicking that case of the post-holiday blues. In the meantime, be grateful for what you have and avoid dwelling on what you wish was different!

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Goblins & Ghouls! Pre-Halloween Fright Night at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

October 7, 2014

Weeks before the start of the Haunted Hayride, Knotts Scary Farm and Halloween Horror Nights, the Queen Mary‘s 31-day Dark Harbor event kicked off the month of fright festivities. My friend Natalie and I made our way to Long Beach on Thursday for opening night, and as VIPs, we were treated to a live performance by the “haunted” crew band and quite arguably the most delicious chicken kabobs I’ve ever had. We arrived pretty early, perfectly timed to avoid waiting in line for the swing ride, which was taken from Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch. Once dusk set in, goblins and ghouls were in full force, chasing people around. To sneak away (Natalie is frightened incredibly easily), we hung out in the private VIP area and in the hookah lounge in between frolicking from bar to bar (I sipped on my first alcoholic beverage in a whopping 31 days!). Overall, it was a night of doom in the most delightful way!

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