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Chris Brown, A-Trak, Zhu, Erik Hassle & 17 More Artists: New Music Monday!

September 21, 2015

chris-brown-zero-skyelyfeI have already proudly proclaimed my love for Chris Brown‘s latest track “Zero,” an upbeat, empowering breakup jam that has such a catchy beat, I can’t help but dance in the car. But if for some reason you still haven’t heard it, be sure to check it out in the playlist of 21 new songs at the bottom of this post.

Also making the list is “Love Left,” by 16 Bit Lolitas, fresh off the newly released Anjunadeep 07 compilation. Everything about anything Anjunadeep just screams fall and it puts me in the best mood. Also good for the new season is Erik Hassle‘s sexy R&B electro track “Natural Born Lovers.” But much more on fall-esque tunes later this week when I post my fall 2015 playlist.

For today, though, there seems to be more lively music than chill. A-Trak‘s “We Fall Down,” featuring Jamie Lidell is the perfect party starter. Ty Dolla $ign and Fetty Wap‘s “When I See Ya” will give you your hip-hop fix. And Ellie Goulding‘s “On My Mind” is ever the perfect electro-pop tune.

Click below for the complete list of new music, which also includes Yacht, Zhu featuring AlunaGeorge, Skylar Spence, Timeflies, tyDi and my buddies The Ruse:

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Beauty Music

Fans of Amy Winehouse & The Ramones: Here Are Your New Dream Accessories!

August 10, 2015

chilli-beans-rock-fellas-ramones-divulgac3a7c3a3o-3Amy Winehouse‘s life is already being celebrated with the recent release of the critically acclaimed documentary Amy – and now fans of the late British musician can continue living out her legacy with the launch of Chilli Beans‘ limited edition Rock Fellas collection, which also includes products inspired by The Ramones.

The capsule collection, which is made up of sunglasses and watches, debuted today at the Brazilian accessory retailer’s eight U.S. locations and on its website.

“We’re honored to be the first to bring accessories collections for both of these revolutionary rock icons,” Chilli Beans founder Caito Maia said in a press release. “Rock ‘n’ roll style is as classic as the Ramones’ great album Too Tough to Die.”Chilli-Beans-Coleção-Rock-Fellas-Amy-Winehouse..-800x533

This isn’t the first music/style collaboration for the brand. They also have a partnership with electropop group Yacht and a Punk Glam collection, just to name a couple.

Music Angelenos

Grammys 2015: Inside the Parties and the Backstage Official Gift Lounge

February 9, 2015

The MusiCares and Clive Davis pre-Grammy parties are annually the events most bustling with stars leading up to music’s biggest night – but that doesn’t mean they are the only fun happenings.

From hearing live performances by The Weeknd and Childish Gambino, to catching a DJ set by HAIM, there was plenty to see, do (and hear) this weekend, before everyone said cheers to last night’s big winner Sam Smith with specialty cocktails by Ciroc, the official toast of the Grammys!

My festivities kicked off on Thursday at the El Rey Theatre in L.A., where Rolling Stone and Google Play joined forces to put on a primarily hip-hop filled night with a killer DJ set by Samantha Ronson (who spun mostly throwback classics, ranging from Aaliyah and Mya, to Nelly and Jermaine Dupri), followed by live performances by The Weeknd and Childish Gambino. As guests – including Emma Roberts, French Montana and Leona Lewis – sipped on cocktails and munched on tray-passed finger foods, they could view some of the magazine’s most iconic covers, which continuously scrolled on the upper walls (including my favorite, which featured Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley).

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Friday was an evening to remember at downtown L.A.’s picturesque Spanish Mediterranean Hotel Figueroa, where guests, including Calvin Harris, Madeon, Yacht, Local Natives and Twin Shadow hung poolside, taking in the sounds of a live performance by Niia, a DJ set by Alana and Este Haim and a DJ set by Childish Gambino for Opening Ceremony and The dFm‘s pre-Grammy celebration. From the very beginning to the end, the party was packed with some of the city’s most stylish music lovers and industry elite.

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

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Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

On Saturday, up-and-coming rapper Bryce Vine used his charismatic stage presence, upbeat music style and adorable boyish looks to win over the intimate crowd at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood during a private show. Guests at the event, which featured additional on-the-rise musical talents, sipped on hosted cocktails made with new soda beverage Caffeinated Club, a mixer with zero calories, no sugars and no artificial sweeteners.

After Sunday’s show, I started off at Create nightclub in Hollywood, where the King of Crunk himself, Lil Jon, took over the turntables for an approximate 90-minute DJ set, playing everything from his own hits to Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself.” Attendess at the party, hosted by Pandora radio and T-Mobile, munched on an endless supply of tray-passed bites, including lobster ceviche and pork belly tacos.

Following that event, I made my way downtown to the Continental Club, a chic loungey spot that featured a lengthy live performance by best R&B album nominee Bernhoft, who hails from Norway. I wasn’t really familiar with his music before, but his sexy soul-pop vibe has me newly smitten. The event, which also celebrated the launch of Keurig 2.0, provided all kinds of coffee-mixed specialty cocktails, a slew of various deserts (donuts and cake pops galore) and lite bites.

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Throughout the weekend, in between show rehearsals and other various things going on at Staples Center, where the big event took place, celebrities (including Usher, Common, LL Cool JBastille and Maddie Ziegler) made their way backstage to the official Grammy gift lounge presented by MTG. They snagged all kinds of goodies, ranging from New Era caps and Gibson guitars, to robotic toys by WowWee, crystal pendants from SIS by Simone I. Smith and a plethora of other gadgets and fine items.

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 1

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 1

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

What was your favorite Grammy event this weekend? And what did you think of the show itself? Shoutout in the comments below!

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Beauty Music

Skyelyfe’s Easy, Fab & Affordable Gift Guide for the Last-Minute Shopper in You!

November 15, 2014
If you’re anything like me this year, you’ve totally waited until the last minute to do holiday shopping and you’re on a serious budget. I wanted to assemble a gift guide of items I’d consider giving to others, but also, of things realistic, affordable and easy to purchase on a whim. From sexy undergarments to loud, pocket-sized sound speakers, you won’t find anything on this diverse list for more than $70.00!
  • YACHT-Inspired Sunnies by Chilli Beans 
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Like YACHT‘s music? Live their vibe all year round with the fashionable shades they designed exclusively for Chilli Beans. With an extra thick frame and keyhole nose bridge, I’m especially a fan of the Mini Grouchos. At only $65.00, these glasses adorably feature YACHT’s signature smile on the temples. Act now for 20% off your first purchase!
TO BUY: http://chillibeans.com/collections/yacht/make-your-face-smile.html
  • Rdio Gift Cards
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After your YACHT-inspired sunglass purchase, keep the music theme going with a gift of unlimited digital listening on Rdio! The 30 million-song app offers cards for any value, starting at $10 for an entire month of tunes.
TO BUY: http://www.rdio.com/gift/
  • Sol Republic’s PUNK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Now that you’ve purchased the music, why not top it off with a sleek speaker for listening to the songs? Sol Republic‘s PUNK wireless bluetooth speaker comes in seven fun colors, it has an eight-hour battery life, it’s water resistant — and best of all, it’s tiny! But don’t be fooled by the size. The little contraption produces a lot of sound. These speakers are $69.00 + FREE shipping!

TO BUY: http://solrepublic.com/shop/punk-wireless-bluetooth-speaker.html

  • Holiday Packaged Tabanero Hot Sauce Bottles


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Keep things hot in the cold with festive Tabanero hot sauce bottles, adorably packaged with little Santa boots! This all-natural condiment comes in two options for the holidays: two bottles for $9.99 + $5.00 shipping OR 12 5 oz. bottles for $59.99 + FREE shipping!

TO BUY: http://www.tabanero.com

  •  RadioShack’s 4000mAH Super Slim Portable Power Bank
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If there’s one thing everyone can relate to, it’s always running low on cell phone power. RadioShack has the perfect solution: the 4000mAh Super Slim Portable Power Bank, which offers back-up power for up to 13 hours. Its auto-off feature conserves power when not in use. The item pictured is $59.99, but there is a slightly bigger model that holds a little less power for $24.99.
TO BUY: in RadioShack stores or http://www.radioshack.com/radioshack-4000mah-super-slim-portable-power-bank/2302423.html
  • Naked Princess’ Single Panty Gift Box
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Sexy underwear is the perfect gift for a man to give and for a woman to receive! Naked Princess‘ upscale West Hollywood lingerie boutique offers a silk thong panty in a chic gift box for $24.00. The one-size-fits-most undergarment comes in three different color options.
TO BUY: http://www.nakedprincess.com/collections/gifts/products/single-panty-gift-box
  • Nissa’s Limited Edition “Cheers” Necklace

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Talk about festive! Nothing expresses spirit of the season quite like Nissa‘s gold limited edition “Cheers” necklace. Perfect for the holidays — and of course NYE — this fun piece is on sale right now for $62.00.

TO BUY: http://www.nissajewelry.com/cheers-necklace-limited-edition/

  • Isola’s Brown Sugar Body Scrub Holiday Collection

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Give off a whiff of the season with Isola‘s three-piece brown sugar body scrub collection. These all-natural detoxifiers come in caramel apple, candied fig and sweet cinnamon pumpkin. The trifecta of treats is $48.00.

TO BUY: http://www.isolabody.com/category_s/1846.htm

  • Malibu Beach House Candles

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There’s no wrong time of year to have the aroma of Malibu in the air, and newly opened boutique Malibu Beach House offers a selection of eight delicious, ocean-themed candle scents, including Point Dume, Zuma and 90265. The soy-based candles burn for approximately 60 hours and can be purchased for $45.00 each.

TO BUY: At Malibu Beach House (30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Building R, Suite 3, Malibu) or over the phone (310.457.5600)

  • Nourage Hair Vitamins

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With all of the color treatments and crazy things women do to their hair, it often calls for some serious replenishment. Nourage assures that its vitamins can reduce hair loss by 30%, improve strength by 12 %, and noticeably improve hair shine over 90 days. As an added benefit, the hair vitamin also reduces nail breakage in 87% of people who use it and improves skin moisture by over 30%. Who doesn’t want to kick off 2015 with healthier locks? Get your 30-day supply for $59.95.

TO BUY: http://www.nourage.com

  • On Your Radar for 2015:

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Imagine a shaving utility designed for the on-the-go woman – a handheld 3-in-1 gadget that includes razors, a refillable water component and ultra moisturizing lotion, so that a busy lady can run to the restroom on a whim and take care of any hairy situations without a fuss. That’s why Sphynx was designed. The hefty tool is currently in the crowd-funding phase on Kickstarter. As a female with rare opportunities to take long, luxuriating baths, my fingers are crossed that this crafty creation comes to full fruition.

TO DONATE TO THE FUND OR LEARN MORE:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1372731673/1911804027?token=325e079c

Music

RAC! Empire of the Sun! Goldroom! Ghost Beach! Here’s a Playlist to Honor This Past Weekend’s TBD Fest

October 2, 2014

This past weekend’s TBD Fest in Sacramento was one 2014 music event I was so sad to miss. I’ve had my sights set on this since it was officially announced at the beginning of the summer. From RACEmpire of the Sun and Goldroom, to Teen Daze, Ghost Beach, Keys N Krates and many, many more, I seriously cannot imagine a better lineup. I’m super bummed that I couldn’t make it, but either way, I still gave this extravaganza its much deserved recognition by putting a 30-song playlist together so that I could feel like I was there in spirit and share the talents of such great artists with my readers.

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