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Emmy Awards 2015: From Beauty Treatments to Bashes, Here’s How L.A. Prepped for TV’s Biggest Night!

September 19, 2015

The middle of September is a busy time in Tinseltown!

With the Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, TVs biggest stars started getting into high gear days before for their most important night.

But awards shows prove to be exciting for more than just celebrities. Tastemakers, bloggers and other media bask in the fun of the gifting suites and lavish parties that lead up to these big nights.

As I pointed out during the time of the Golden Globes, Audi hosts two top-tier fetes at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood each year, including one for the Emmys. This year’s bash brought out a slew of stars, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cat Deeley, Joel McHale, Tony Goldwyn, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ashley Madekwe, Kat Graham and Karina Smirnoff.

Photo credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Audi)

Photo credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Audi)

Photo credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Audi

Photo credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Audi

Guests and I sipped wine and took in tunes by Mr. Best, while sneaking a peek at the luxury car brand’s new A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid.

Photo credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Audi

Photo credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Audi

Earlier in the week, L.A. Confidential hosted Pretty for the Party, an Emmys-week beauty suite at Sofitel Los Angeles‘ Riviera 31.

Guests sipped on specialty Midori cocktails and KeVita health drinks, while making their way through treatment after treatment.

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Attendees (mostly women) like myself received massages, manicures by Jessica nails and hair stylings by my favorite folks at Sally Hershberger salon. Guests also left with complimentary nail polish, hair products, skincare products and Yoke holistic fragrances.

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Best of luck to all the nominees!

Food

3 Cocktails (and Accompanying Bites) You Must Try in L.A. This Summer

July 22, 2015

I usually stray from specialty cocktails and opt for wine or vodka-soda because of the headache-causing overload of syrup and sugar in many drinks. But, at three incredible L.A. restaurants, I recently had the pleasure of trying several different beverages that were refreshing and flavorful, without weighing me down.

After much thought, here are the three cocktails (paired with equally delicious bites) that I insist you must try this summer:

TheSpringsCocktail1. The Strawberry Sake-Tini at The Springs in downtown L.A. is one of the most refreshing beverages I have had in a while. Made from natural ingredients, this sake cocktail tastes everything like the most delicious vodka-based libation. If you recall, I first tried the wellness oasis’ sake cocktails back in April – and with the change of season, they are still nailing their concoctions.  The vegan restaurant just launched its new summer menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Michael Falso. And my beverage of choice went delightfully alongside the samosas, which tasted straight out of my favorite Indian restaurant, sans the grease and heavy taste. Other highlights from the summer menu include, squash blossoms, “cheese” plate and beet tartare.

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The Springs

608 Mateo St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

213.223.6226

DistrictCocktail2. The Hot Asian at The District by Hannah An has the perfect kick of spice and dash of sweetness without being overbearing on either end. This satisfying sip is made from lemongrass-infused Loft and Bear vodka, organic Vietnamese chili agave and fresh squeezed lime juice, garnished with lime zest and Vietnamese chili. I enjoyed my beverage with a chicken satay starter (the accompanying peanut sauce is out of this world!), a side of flavorful Chinese broccoli and a main course of District Wok Lobster. The upscale Vietnamese eatery serves portions that are every bit as filling as they are delicious!

The District by Hannah An

8722 W. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

310.278.2345

Esterel_Cocktail_Skyelyfe3. The Myrtille Smash at Sofitel Los Angeles hotel’s Esterel is my favorite beverage to sip on outside in the beautiful garden terrace of the newly renovated restaurant. Made with Bulleit Rye whiskey, blueberry jam, lemon, simple syrup and black walnut bitters, this unique concoction by mixologist Ferrari Watts pairs wonderfully with the menu’s highly touted zucchini beignets, grass-fed ribeye with summer vegetable succotash and Anson Mills grits.

Esterel at Sofitel L.A.

8555 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

310.358.3979

Beauty Angelenos Featured

Denim Darling Hayley Kiyoko Gives Skyelyfe Her Tips on Mastering the Trend Year-Round!

July 1, 2015
Photo credit: Michael Simon/ StarTraksPhoto.com

Photo credit: Michael Simon/ StarTraksPhoto.com

Hayley Kiyoko has been quite the busy young lady since I last caught up with her in November.

As if her music, TV and film career hasn’t been skyrocketing, she can add yet another skill to her growing resume. The upcoming Jem and the Holograms starlet, 24, hosted the premiere of Popular TV‘s Denim Hunters alongside Popular magazine’s founders Marvin Scott Jarrett and Jaclynn Jarrett.

“We did a four-part series where we interviewed creators of denim and photographers,” Kiyoko explained to skyelyfe at the show’s Svedka-hosted premiere party, which took place at the Sofitel Los Angeles‘s Riviera 31. “There are so many artists in the denim world, and you just have no idea the passion that goes behind each thread and each tone. It’s a whole ‘nother world! I learned a lot from the episodes and I feel like people are going to get a nice insight into that world. Young people, punks, classy people – they all wear denim. We’re all connected.”

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Photo credit: Michael Simon/ StarTraksPhoto.com

Naturally, it only made sense to get the style lowdown from the denim darling, herself. Read on for three things to know about how Kiyoko rocks this trend year round! (and scroll to the bottom to check out her just-released music video for “Girls Like Girls”)

1) Must-have denim

“I always go to Madewell for my jeans,” Kiyoko says. “They have the best boyfriend, ripped jeans. They’re so cozy. I used to fit into J Brand, but now they don’t fit. That’s like a time when you’re 16 to 18 and when you hit 18, you’re like, what the fuck was I thinking [trying to fit these on]?”

2) Pointers to making denim look great

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Photo credit: Michael Simon/ StarTraksPhoto.com

“You need to feel comfortable and confident,” the CSI: Cyber star says with a smile. “And if you don’t, it doesn’t matter how much makeup you wear, you’re not going to look good.”

3) Difficult denim to deal with

“I won’t wear really skinny jeans where it’s skinny on the calf,” Kiyoko says. “It just makes you look like a pear. I don’t even have a butt, but it makes me look like I have a butt, so maybe I should start wearing them. I just can’t even get my legs through them. If I have to struggle to get in them, I just don’t want to go in them. I stick to the boyfriend jeans.”

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Beauty Food

20th Century Art Inspires Menu at Sofitel’s Riviera 31 Lounge Thru End of Month

June 23, 2015

Riviera31-skyelyfe-2There’s about a week left to get a taste of Riviera 31‘s Revealed, Collection D’Art menu at the Sofitel Los Angeles hotel – a three-part dining experience inspired by 20th Century art.

The limited time opportunity kicked off in the middle of April with Cubism, followed by Surrealism, which ended earlier this month. Fauvism is the final of the three art movements explored, and its menu, created by Executive Chef Victor Boroda, is available through June 30. Bruschetta, tuna carpaccio and a unique spring garden salad are included courses, and they are paired with a rum and fresh raspberry cocktail named after the famous Dutch painter Kees von Dongen.

Riviera31-skyelyfe-1I was fortunate enough to reward my taste buds with nibbles from Surrealism, so I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this last option.

The menu coincides with an actual exhibit taking place in the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lobby – curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, Pablo Picasso‘s grandson – demonstrating the work of famous painters whose intimacy and daily life are, indeed, revealed.

Riviera 31

8555 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

(310) 278-5444