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The Ultimate Whiskey and Beer Pairing Is Coming to a City Near You!

January 26, 2017

Angelenos recently took advantage of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey‘s D.E.W. and a Brew Tour when it launched earlier this month, but in case you don’t live here, you may still be able to join in on the TimeOut-sponsored fun!

Seeking out 26 of the best breweries in the country, the spirit brand is on a 68-day mission to have people who enjoy drinking, experience the fun of pairing beer and whiskey.

I had a chance to experience the pairing for myself recently when the whole tour kicked off at Santa Monica Brew Works (monstrous tour bus and all!). Met with a live band and noshes galore, the pairing experience was definitely an enjoyable one—and something quite new to me, as I do love beer, but I’m not much of a whiskey drinker.

Some of the not-yet-visited cities included on the tour—which comes to an end on March 15 in Chicago—are Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Nashville.

For the entire list of participating cities, click HERE.

Beauty Featured

Sole Society: Online Shoe Retailer Opens Doors to First Brick-and-Mortar Boutique with V.I.P. Celebration!

September 3, 2015

Photo credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society

Sole Society took a huge step in the right direction!

The affordable, on-trend shoe and accessory brand, which launched in 2011, has branched out of just an online presence and launched its debut brick-and-mortar shop at Santa Monica Place, taking over SwimSpot’s space on the second floor.

Photo credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society

Photo credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society

Stocked with scarves, handbags, clutches, jewelry – and of course – their extensive signature footwear, the chic boutique is complete with fall-ready colors and styles.

The store opened its doors to the public yesterday, but hosted a V.I.P. preview event just one evening prior, featuring tray-passed bites, along with sounds by DJ Michelle Pesce.

SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Handbags on display during the opening of Sole Society on September 1, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society)

Photo credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society

Guests invited to the champagne-filled fete were asked to select the shoe of their choice from the website beforehand, and they were personally delivered in time to wear to the party. I opted for these beauties in black, while my good friend Sydne Summer (pictured) of the blog Sydne Style dressed up her denim look with strappy magenta heels.

Photo credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society

Photo credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Sole Society

The showering of goodies didn’t end there. Upon entry, guests received hand-painted, personalized clutches (mine has a dainty high heel on the front with my initials on the back), and we were sent on our way with adorably patterned scarves!

In case you missed Monday night’s grand affair, the celebratory festivities are extending to the public through all of this weekend, with music, refreshments, sweet treats and exclusive giveaways during store hours.

If you’re bound to the bubble of West Hollywood like me, you’ll find that this in one shop that makes the trek to Santa Monica worthwhile!

Beauty Featured

Tonya Hawkes Wants You to Get a ‘Little Bit Out Of Your Comfort Zone’ with Her One-of-a-Kind Statement Clutches

May 21, 2015

Photo credit: Laura Layera

In the competitive world of fashion and accessories, it’s a typical designer’s goal to do something groundbreaking and outside of the box. Well, Furla‘s former creative director Tonya Hawkes has gone above and beyond to do just that with her signature namesake collection of three-dimensional statement clutches.

The mind-blowing pieces of colorful art were on full display at last week’s Bri Holloway Presents: Tonya Hawkes Press Preview and Trunk Show, held at the picturesque Santa Monica home of BJ Dockweiler.


Photo credit: Laura Layera

The event, which presented Hawkes’ SS15 collection, celebrated the exciting addition of the designer’s products to luxury e-commerce site

“When I first saw Tonya’s bags, I thought, I have to have these,” Holloway tells skyelyfe. “Bri Holloway is all highly curated, head-turning, high-end luxury goods, but all emerging brands around the world. The reason my company was founded was because I come from Barneys, and one thing I’ve noticed over the course of the last few years is that the market is really saturated with the same products everywhere. You go to Nordstrom, you can buy a Givenchy bag. You go to Barneys, you can buy the same Givenchy bag you can buy at Neiman Marcus. So, where’s the differentiation online?”

Only into her second season, Holloway is proud to also showcase Sarah’s Bag, with Second Day and Utzon coming on shortly.

“It’s an instinct for me,” she says of selecting merchandise to sell. “You just know it. It’s a feeling. It’s like, I have to have this. I’ve never seen anything like it in the world. I need to know more about this brand.”


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When it comes to the inspiration behind Hawkes’ work, it is isn’t fellow designers from whom she gets her visions – but rather the environment in which she is surrounded.

“I love architecture and I love art,” Hawkes, who made a rare trip to Los Angeles from her home in Italy, explains to skyelyfe. “I love art history and quality products – things that are made at the turn of the century. I have visual references and I’m inspired by quality and longevity – timelessness, purity, pure form, something that’s classic but it’s a renewed classic. It’s something that’s familiar, but takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone.”

Adds Hawkes, “I’m very inspired by nature. It’s like a backbone for me – animals, plants. They’re sort of a divine creation. Everything is perfection when it comes to looking at a plant or animal. It gives me a sense of serenity.”


Photo credit: Laura Layera

But that’s certainly not to say she doesn’t admire other designers and their work.

“If you look at my closet, I have everything from Prada and Miu Miu, to Versace, to Dries Van Noten,” Hawkes says. “I’m a big Margiela fan. I’m wearing Christopher Kane today. I think when I look at something anyone else does, it has to ring true to me. When I buy other designers’ clothing or furniture or lamps, it inspires my life as a whole. But the inspiration is not direct, it’s digested and then goes through a process of elimination. It always feeds off and bounces through my internal compass to find what works for me with regards to the other things that are more stable in my life and my viewpoint.”

So, what’s her favorite thing about the bags?


Photo credit: Laura Layera

“I love that they bring people together,” she says with a smile of the luxury pieces, which have been featured in ElleHarper’s Bazaar and Vogue Italia – and retail on average for a little more than $1,000. “Every time I wear [one of my bags], people stop me and ask me about them. It becomes a conversation. I’m really a shy person, so having somebody ask me about something opens me up. I feel like it gives you a voice. It gives you something to talk to somebody about without being too brash or too forward. You give that person kind of the green light to come to you if they are the right person.”


Beauty Featured

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


  • 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.  


340 S. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036


  • 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.


740 South Olive St. Ste. 106

Los Angeles, CA 90014


Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation


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


1106 N. La Cienega Ste. 203

West Hollywood, CA 90069


  • 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.


8906 Melrose Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90069


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


6464 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 150

Hollywood, CA 90028




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


1431 2nd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401


  • 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.


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.


1541 Ocean Ave., Ste. 105

Santa Monica, CA 90401



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.


12401 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 101

Los Angeles, CA 90025


  •  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.


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


Beauty Food

St. Patrick’s Day Is Over, But Here Are 4 Fun Ways to Continue Incorporating Green Into Your Agenda!

March 17, 2015

With this year’s St. Patrick’s Day in the past, there’s no need to worry about being pinched for not wearing green, but the festive shade certainly brings a fun flare to life all through spring. So for those who want to take the color the extra mile, here are some fun ways to incorporate green into your day!


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The Chalkboard was so on point with their lengthy list of avocado toast variations to try. From a quinoa-edamame combo, to bee pollen with shredded carrots, the combinations are seemingly limitless! Avocado combined with anything is a 365-day-a-year delight!


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Juicing is the quickest way to get your necessary nutrients intake for the day, but being springtime and all, this is the perfect opportunity to make sure you don’t skip those greens! In case you need some added encouragement, Clover Juice launched a new flavor, Green Citrus, that was previously unnamed until St. Patty’s Day. The latest addition consists of spinach, kale, ginger, orange, fennel, pineapple, lemon and even dandelion!

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Green eggs & ham: not a typical dish we think about regularly, but hey, this season may be an opportunity to try the Dr. Seuss favorite. According to LA Weekly, Santa Monica’s Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe is one mean green eggs and ham-making machine! And it sounds like the folks on Foursquare agree! Bon appetit!


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With spring making its presence official on Friday, those new light green nail shades you’ve been holding out on because of last week’s rain will finally have some good use! Harper’s Bazaar calls Givenchy‘s Seafoam Green color one of its best nail polish shades for spring 2015. Meanwhile, Seventeen opts for mints and jewel tones, explaining, “Green feels fresh and fun, especially for warmer weather.” In particular, the mag suggests Ciate London‘s Pistach-Ooh-La-La, OPI‘s My Gecko Does Tricks and Butter London‘s Sloane Ranger.

Have a nifty St. Patty’s idea that wasn’t covered here? Let me know in the comments!

Beauty Music Food Angelenos

Three Completely Different Events – One Incredible Evening! From Santa Monica to East Hollywood, L.A. Had One Very Thirsty Thursday!

November 12, 2014

Hmm, maybe I’m still in recovery mode, which is why it has taken me almost a week to write about last Thursday. But nevertheless, I guess it was worth the wait, because for one of the first nights in a while, I made it to everything I wanted to go to – and all across town – and each was worth attending.

That said, I think I definitely need to acknowledge all three events on Oct. 6:

10 Years, 10 Cheers! – Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina Celebrated a Decade In Existence with Wine and Food Galore!

An Italian restaurant anniversary celebration probably isn’t the best place to start a night out. So much food, so much wine – how is a person expected to make it through the rest of the evening? Well, I managed … barely. Either way, I did have a blast at Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina. Located in Century City’s Westfield shopping area, you really don’t get that mall vibe at the intimate eatery. On this particular night, my guests and I had the luxury of noshing on everything from risotto gamberi e asparagi (shrimp, asparagus and Prosecco risotto) to freshly made burrata. I typically steer clear from dairy products, but at an Italian restaurant, you kind of have to indulge, right? In-between bites and seemingly endless wine sips, I enjoyed sitting on the restaurant’s patio, taking in the sexy electric guitar sounds of Patrick Abbatte. In honor of the spot’s monumental occasion, they launched a whole new menu, which I can’t wait to check out more closely on my next visit!




ASOS’ Colour Control Event Was the Stylish Spot of the Night! 

Anna Lunoe and ASOS brought music together with fashion at the next stop of the outing. No, the trek from Century City all the way to Mack Sennett Studios past East Hollywood wasn’t short, but it was absolutely worth it, when upon entry, I immediately spotted two of my favorite musical performers, Zoe and Adam from ASTR. As delightful in person as their music, it was quite the joyous run-in. And speaking of musical performers, I was beyond stoked to find that Anna Lunoe, of all people, was one of the DJs at this event. I did not know this beforehand, so it was a pleasant surprise. She is one of my favs! The gathering was in celebration of the launch of ASOS’ Colour Control, an interactive music video, featuring a visual presentation of five shades full of AW14 endless looks. Guests had a blast in the photo booth, mixing and matching colors and styles on the screen while sipping on vodka cocktails.

ASOS Colour Control produced by dFm - photographed by Steven Meiers, November 6 2014 at Mack Sennett Studios

Photo credit: Steven Meiers / Toasty Cakes

ASOS Colour Control produced by dFm - photographed by Steven Meiers, November 6 2014 at Mack Sennett Studios

Photo credit: Steven Meiers / Toasty Cakes

ASOS Colour Control produced by dFm - photographed by Steven Meiers, November 6 2014 at Mack Sennett Studios

Photo credit: Steven Meiers / Toasty Cakes


Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour Took Over Barker Hangar Airport

Whew, from Mack Sennett Studios all the way back to the westside – but this time much farther than Century City. The Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour took over Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar airport, and it definitely made use of the space. The place was totally packed with not only general eventgoers, but also a handful of musical performers and celebrities: Julianne Hough, Michael B. Jordan, Ricki Lake, Alabama Shakes, Young the Giant and DJ Ruckus. The indoor area was filled with music performances and the latest Mercedes models on full display. But I must say, the highlight for me, personally, was the slew of food options. We only caught the tail end of the event, which meant no more booze, but plenty to eat – which at this point in the evening, this was a huge plus. Inside you had buckets (literally) stacked and stacked with Popchips and Kind bars of all different flavors. Then outside you had a slew of food trucks and even a Keurig coffee stand. Amen!

Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour

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Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour

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Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour

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