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Still Having Coachella 2016 Withdrawals? Revisit Weekend One Once More With Pics & Details from Skyelyfe’s Favorite Parties!

April 20, 2016
Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Between the heat, the tedious driving and the endless flow of activity, Coachella is guaranteed to wear a person out. But we wouldn’t have it any other way, right?

Whether it’s running into an old high school pal in the Ferris Wheel line at Neon Carnival or dancing to your favorite musical acts with your festival crew at the Empire Polo Fields, there’s never any shortage of excitement during weekend one of the 3-4 day music celebration.

Although I still feel slightly (understatement) sleep deprived with barely a single clean, wearable clothing article to my name, I had such a blast this past weekend being in the mix of some of the desert’s best bashes and liveliest crowds. Although frolicking around the festival was indeed amazing (check out my Coachella 2016 playlist here!), I certainly put a solid amount of time into the parties. Scroll below for details and photos from some of the hottest (literally and figuratively) events that accompanied the festival during weekend one!

The Music Lounge Presented by Las Vegas and #WHHSH

Guests were given the ultimate Las Vegas-like experience by way of Palm Springs in the company of G-Eazy, DNCE, Balthazar Getty and DJ Equal, who each took a hand behind the turntables over the course of the two-day event. Celebrity guests, which also included Kat Graham, Kellan Lutz and Amber Rose, swooped up a generous selection of swag, including colorful kicks by Diadora (my new purple ones are so much fun!) and matching men’s sock and underwear sets from Related GarmentsARIA Resort & Casino‘s mixologist was also on hand to provide specialty #WHHSH beer cocktails.

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Neon Carnival

In typical yearly fashion, Neon Carnival was the most packed party of this weekend. A slew of celebrities and tastemakers came out in droves to the coveted nighttime event, presented by Re/Done Levi’s and hosted by Tequila Don Julio. Guests at the hotly hyped bash – which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, Jared Leto, Joe Jonas, Scott Eastwood, The Weeknd, Derek Hough, Aaron Paul and Brody Jenner, to name a few – hopped on a variety of theme park rides, won game prizes and took in the sounds of DJ Rukus, DJ Politik and DJ Equal, while partying until 5:00 a.m.!







REVOLVE Desert House

There was no lack of pretty faces and swag-filled bags at Revolve clothing’s picturesque desert house, which had been the home to Lacoste‘s former years-long Coachella celebration. Joico was on hand to spray guests’ hair with its popular new temporary Insta Tint colors; Ciroc and Baileys made sure no hand was left empty in the scorching sun, while Bai provided vodka mixers; ColourPop cosmetics provided a slew of colorful take home “lippie sticks” (my favorite snag of the day!); and Cult Gaia provided gorgeous custom flower crowns for the stylish soiree, which hosted Shay Mitchell, Emma Roberts, Alessandra Ambrosio, Warren G. and A$AP Rocky, Peyton List and Zoe Kravitz, among other bold-faced names.

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC


Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC


Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Calvin Klein‘s packed CK Desert Sessions on Friday night was another fun hit of the weekend. Held in the middle of a Cathedral City strip mall warehouse, the celeb-heavy, beer-filled fete featured a set by Alesso, among other DJs. Meanwhile, one of Saturday afternoon’s biggest musts included Bootsy Bellows‘ Pool Party Presented by McDonalds, where Kendall and Kylie Jenner and their hot Hollywood crew (Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, The Weeknd, Cody Simpson and even the sisters’ step bro Brody) were all in tow, where some of them munched on bites from the Mickey D’s food truck while lounging around. The lady Jenners and their party posse didn’t skip a beat all weekend. A day earlier, the gang made their way to the 1OAK and Up&Down-hosted pop-up event that included a DJ set by the Pizza Boys and an impromptu performance by Post Malone. Kendall and her friends passed out pizzas on the dance floor, while guests also munched on tacos, sipped on Budweiser and swooped up sunnies from Smoke x Mirrors and clothing from Aussie brand nANA jUDY.

Photo credit: Rick Williams

Photo credit: Rick Williams



Chelsea Lately’s Fortune Feimster Joins the Venetian Las Vegas’ Lipshtick Comedy Crew, and Talks to Skyelyfe About Tina Fey, Famously Mocking Khloe Kardashian and Loving Those Classy Vegas Buffets!

March 3, 2015

FortuneFeimsterYou may recognize Fortune Feimster from Chelsea Lately, and you’re about to see a lot more of her!

The comedienne not only landed a stand-up comedy gig at The Venetian Las Vegas, but she also just shot a Tina Fey-produced ABC pilot based on her own life, called Family Fortune.

Fortune chatted with skyelyfe about her exciting new gigs, and also dished on insulting Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s “Mama” June Shannon, famously mocking Khloe Kardashian and learning firsthand that Tina is pretty much the most awesome woman on the planet (you don’t say!).

Read on to learn more about Fortune, who will hit the stage on April 25 for the second season of Lipshtick‘s all-female comedy show, which also features acts by fellow funny ladies Garfunkel & Oates and Cameron Esposito:

skyelyfe: Fortune is actually part of your real name, right? 

Fortune Feimster: Yes, it’s my middle name and it is also my grandmother’s maiden name. She wanted me to actually be named Fortune and my mom thought it was too big of a name, and so I grew up as Emily. When I started doing comedy after college, I was like, “I have this super cool middle name and no one else is named that.” I thought it would be a good name to use for comedy, but also, my grandmother had died a few years before that. She had such a huge influence on me, so it was kind of a way of paying homage to her. She saw something in me at a young age before everybody else, so I thought using her name was a great way to remember her.

SL: How did you end up coming on board at The Venetian?

FF: Some of my friends had done the show and recommended me and told me it was super fun. [The Venetian] reached out and I did a show a couple months ago for them. It was awesome. The crowd was fun. When they invited me back, I was like, “Heck yeah!”

SL: What can we expect from your act?

FF: I’m a storyteller, so I talk a lot about my family and growing up in the South and being gay and dating and being an adult. It’s stuff pretty much anyone can relate to. It’ll be silly and fun.

SL: Do you think you’ll be offensive at all?

FF: I’d say I’m more on the lighter side. I’m not a shock comic by any means.

SL: What’s the dynamic like between you and other the other females taking the stage? And what’s the dynamic like among female comedians in general?

FF: If there is cattiness and all that stuff, I don’t experience it. I think you kind of get that how you treat people is what you get back. I have a philosophy of just being nice to people and being a good person. Maybe it was how I was raised or where I’m from. I just try to be friendly and I feel like as a result, people are pretty friendly with me. The people I know are so supportive of each other and genuinely get thrilled when anybody accomplishes something. There’s enough out there for everybody.

SL: Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in Vegas, where would you say are some of your favorite places to go?

FF: I’m kind of boring. I’m not a big gambler, so I don’t do that. Last time, I went to the Divas drag show and that was super fun. I’m a big fan of the eating, so the buffets. I just wander into hotels. I’m not sophisticated enough to know the names of the different buffets. And of course I [enjoy] the Hooters hotel every now and then.

SL: What’s your advice for fellow comediennes or women trying to break into comedy?

FF: It takes time for anybody. I’ve been in L.A. for 12 years and everybody thinks I just kind of came out of nowhere a few years ago when I got on Chelsea. But I’d been plugging away at it for years and years just training and trying to get better. You work really hard at it and do a lot of shows for free and spend money taking classes so that when the opportunity does come, you’re prepared for it and you’ve done everything you can to make the most of it. It’s about perseverance and hard work. If you say that you’re doing a lot, you’re not doing enough.

SL: You were known for some of your impersonations on Chelsea. Which one was your favorite and which got the most acknowledgement?

FF: Definitely Honey Boo Boo got the most attention because we were the first people to really do that with them. We hit it before SNL and other people. Khloe [Kardashian] was a fun one just because I don’t look anything like Khloe and I totally did my own take on her where I just yelled at everyone, which is not her at all. But it was super fun and I still have people coming up to me, yelling, “Get in the basement!” So that makes me smile. The one I got the most feedback on was this original character Earl Tidwell, who was this conservative preacher. It was kind of our take on Pat Robertson, where I just said the most awful, offensive things about every person imaginable, and everyone loves it still.

SL: Are you going to be taking any of those signature impersonations to the Venetian with you?

FF: Probably not. It’s weird because I started in sketch comedy and then started standup a few years after that, and I’ve never really joined the two. I have so many characters that I do, but I guess because my standup is so much based on real life, it’s weird to just all-of-a-sudden just do this fake person. I haven’t quite figured out how to intertwine the two, but maybe one day I’ll do a one-woman show or something.

SL: Did you ever receive feedback from Khloe or Honey Boo Boo’s family?

FF: [laughs] Well, I do know that about a month after those sketches, I found out [Honey Boo Boo and her family] were in town promoting stuff and we had invited them to be on the show and they declined because they did not appreciate my impression of Honey Boo Boo’s mom. They did not care for that, but that’s fine, I understand. And for Khloe, I never heard if she watched it or not. I imagine somebody told her, because our E! worlds were very similar. A couple of months after that aired, the Kardashians ended up hosting our show and being on the panels together, so we had all of them in the writers’ room and it was hard for me to make eye contact with Khloe. I was nervous. But she’s actually super cool. Of all of them, she was the one who was the most carefree and fun, and genuinely funny. She didn’t take herself too seriously.

SL: Let’s talk about Family Fortune. It’s semi-autobiographical, right?

FF: It is. It’s based on my family life. I have an interesting family and I came out late in life and I grew up in the South and my parents are divorced. So I thought, there’s got to be something here. So I pitched this idea to Matt [Hubbard] and he loved it and really took to it and then we pitched it to Tina [Fey] and she was like, “Yeah, I love it, let’s do it!” They have been so amazing ever since. Tina is super involved, she gives amazing notes and she’s not just putting her name on this project. She’s on every casting call and notes call. I’m in the best hands possible. Matt and I wrote some scripts and he made it genius. It’s authentic and funny and I’m proud of it. I just hope and pray that ABC gives us the opportunity to do more with it.

SL: What’s the biggest thing you’ve taken away from working with Tina?

FF: She truly is one of the hardest working women I’ve ever seen. She is at a place in her career where she’s already proven herself ten times over. She never stops. She’s constantly working on projects and she gives them her 100 percent. She’s so responsible. It’s almost like she’s a robot, but in a good way. She can do like one hundred things at one time and do them well. I’m in awe of that. She’s also a mom and a wife and we’ll have calls and her kids will be playing in the background and she just laughs and then gives notes and takes it all in stride. I’m like, “How do you do that?” I would be pulling my hair out. In this business, you tend to meet people you look up to and they don’t live up to that idea that you have of them. She’s everything you’d want her to be.

Haven’t had the pleasure of watching Fortune in action? Check out some of her Chelsea Lately highlights here: