Live music was made to happen in the summer, on late nights spent singing along with your favorite bands with your best friends. I’ve met some of my favorite people attending concerts, and watching a great live performer is my favorite way to spend a warm summer night.
This year’s music festival line-ups and album releases have us more excited than ever for our favorite touring performers. In anticipation of those shows, I’ve rounded up the top ten summer concert tours you’ll want to keep an eye on.
1. Kendrick Lamar
He won Coachella, and now he has a nearly sold out summer tour. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have scored a ticket, you’re likely seeing the hottest concert of the season.
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
These ’90s legends never fail to put on some of the most energetic and honest live shows you’ll ever experience!
3. Hans Zimmer
The most surprising act at Coachella this year is taking it on the road, and if you’re a movie score fan, you will love hearing your film soundtracks come alive. This show is perfect for a summer date night!
4. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is just a good time overall. Gather your girlfriends and dance and sing the night away with Bruno as he performs hit after hit.
5. New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, & Paula Abdul
If you’re “old” enough (like me!), this show will be nostalgic perfection.
Another show that should not, could not, will not be missed this summer! If you love live music and energetic performers, be sure not to miss Future on tour.
7. Jason Aldean
I know not everyone is a country music fan, but if you are, you’re probably planning on going to at least one of Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated live shows.
8. Britney Spears
Not technically a tour, but the last year of Britney’s Vegas residency is sure to be one of the hottest shows that you can attend this summer.
9. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
These two should never tour without each other! Enrique and Pitbull put on one of the hottest shows, and you can be sure there will be guest performers making appearances left and right!
10. John Mayer
John Mayer has been out of the spotlight for quite some time, and I expect nothing but good surprises to come from his new music.
Having fashion show access, professional stylists, and seemingly unlimited bank accounts, celebrities and fashion “it” girls are able to rock the latest looks and set trends season after season. Take a look at some of Hollywood’s current favorite fashion trends!
A reoccurring trend seen on the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the bomber jacket made a huge comeback in 2016 and is definitely competing for trend of the year in 2017.
Much like loafers and slides, embellished slippers are a style our feet are so glad we have embraced. Recently seen on Dakota Johnson and Olivia Palermo, embellished slippers are the new ‘cool girl’ shoe of the season.
Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner frequently rock newsboy caps, and for a good reason! Top off your outfit with one for that instantly chic celebrity street style look.
They may not hold much, but they’ll hold your essentials and be your coolest accessory this season.
You’ll be seeing lace-up tops everywhere this year; it’s a way to show some skin without being as overtly sexy as a classic plunge.
It’s that time of year again: the holidays are upon us, and the next thing we know, 2016 will be gone and we’ll have a clean slate to begin again. Instead of letting the holidays sneak up on you this year, take the time to enjoy the little joys of the season. Whether you’ve been listening to holiday music since Halloween or are slower to get into the festive spirit, check out a few of my favorite holiday activities below for enjoying the season to the fullest this year.
1. Listen to Holiday Music
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy the Elf wasn’t wrong! Sing along to some classic holiday songs to spread a little cheer to the people you love. My personal favorite? Mariah Carey’s classic album Merry Christmas.
Whether you’re into traditional or unconventional holiday décor, decorating will surely put a smile on your face and give you those warm fuzzy feelings inside!
3. Pace Your Shopping
Don’t wait until the very last minute to get all your shopping done. Create a list and take your time shopping, whether online or in-store. Shopping and spending money can be the biggest source of stress during the holidays. You may be surprised at how much more you will enjoy the holidays with a little planning and time management!
4. Do Unto Others
The holidays are ultimately about spreading love, and the best way to do that is to help people who are less fortunate than you. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, participate in a toy drive, and donate what you can, whether that be your time or money.
5. Plan a Gift Exchange
Plan a gift exchange with some of your closest friends. I love White Elephant and Secret Santa gift exchanges during the holidays to put everyone in a joyful mood. Plus, who can say no to a holiday party? Dress it up with a formal dinner, or dress it down with an ugly Christmas sweater or pajama party!
6. Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
I started this tradition with my husband last year, complete with cinnamon rolls in the morning, pajamas all day, and hot chocolate. Cozying up on the couch with a loved one or a best friend while watching all the cheesy holiday movies that you pretend you don’t love is a great way to spend quality time together.
7. Take a Day Trip
I love taking a day or overnight trip up to the mountains to play in the snow during the holiday season. Living in LA, the weather leaves a lot to be desired during the winter months, so I always make sure and take time out to go somewhere close that will cure those sunny winter blues. If you already live where it snows, take the time to go outside and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just walk in the snow. I end these trips with a drive around town looking at all the holiday lights. Use this Light Finder to find the best places near you!
The number of literary to big screen adaptations seems to grow each year. As controversial as book to movie adaptations can be for literary fans, with the right studio, a well-written book can come alive and turn into a great film. Check out my recommendations for the best literary to big screen adaptations of this year, cozy up with a good book, and look forward to its film.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train is on track to be the best psychological thriller of the year, both in book and movie form.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
An undead twist on a classic, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy with—if it wasn’t obvious already—zombies!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
One of the most anticipated films of the year is also one of the last to come out. Miss Peregrine is scheduled for release on Christmas day. If you’re into creepy, edge-of-your-seat stories, this is the one for you.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Mike and Dave Stangle
Not all literary adaptations have to be masterpieces! Mike and Dave is a fun, lighthearted story and worth your time if you’re in need of a laugh.
Running behind on Halloween preparations this year? No worries—we all get busy! This year, consider taking a detour from your usual costumes and have a bit of fun with a pop culture-inspired costume. From iconic movie characters to digital sensations, check out my list of last minute pop culture Halloween costumes that anyone can put together in a matter of a couple of hours—without going over budget!
Sandy from Grease
A classic, this sexy costume is easy to replicate with clothes already in your closet and a little bit of thrifting know-how.
Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family
I bet you’ve pulled this look off on a normal weekday without even trying! A schoolgirl-ish dress with some knee-high socks and a touch of white powder will give you an instant costume.
Carrie White, Carrie
Slip dresses happen to be trending, making this costume all the easier. Add a tiara and fake blood and you’ll be instantly recognizable as Carrie!
Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
And now for a completely different Carrie, but one that’s still a classic pop culture icon: a Carrie Bradshaw costume will have you feeling fun and flirty!
Phyllis Nefler, Troop Beverly Hills
This was my favorite movie as a child. If you have access to a vintage Girl Scout uniform, you’ll have the best throwback costume at the party!
Alex Owens, Flashdance
This will possibly be the most comfortable costume you will ever wear. Throw on an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, a leotard, and some leg warmers, and you’ll be right at home on the dance floor.
Eleven, Stranger Things
One of TV’s most mysterious characters is also one of the simplest costumes to put together for Halloween. Grab a pink dress, a blue track jacket and of course, don’t forget the Eggo waffles!
Rosie The Riveter
Representing strong, hardworking women in America, a Rosie the Riveter costume requires just a denim jumpsuit, a bandana, and a fierce attitude!
We’ve moved on from emojis to Snapchat filters, and I think they are both more fun and easier to pull off!
Simply using a square cardboard cutout, paint a caption on the bottom (don’t forget all the likes!), and you’re transformed into a live Instagram photo.