Archive for November 2020

Holiday-themed food drive-thru, Christmas Tree Lights and more things to do this week in LA

November 30th, 2020

With the holidays just around the corner, our community is brimming with festivities, seasonal insights, and plenty of cheer. Read on for everything you should do this month and to discover lifestyle tips curated just for you.

Real Estate in the News

Compass expands to Hawaii

Compass has announced its expansion to the State of Hawaii. Top agents from O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and the Big Island have joined the firm. “Compass agents across the country have been asking us to come to Hawaii for some time. We’re excited to be able to deliver for our customers by connecting them to this incredible group of agents with a deep understanding of Hawaii real estate,” said Compass Founder and CEO, Robert Reffkin.

Read the full article here by Real Estate Weekly

 

Local Events

Find out where to see Christmas lights in L.A. this year

Don’t miss out on the festive holiday lights and decorations this year! Simplify your search for Christmas lights in Los Angeles with these must-see neighborhoods and landmarks.

Click here for more info

There’s a holiday-themed food drive-thru headed to L.A., complete with hot cocoa and a snowball fight

In December, things are about to get even more festive because The Bite LA is returning, and this time, it’s transforming Whittier Narrows’ Legg Lake into a winter wonderland with sweets and activities all available from the comfort of your car—including a faux-snowball fight with snowmen.

Click here for more info

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

48 Beautiful Holiday Decoration Ideas

Nothing welcomes the holiday season quite like a well-decorated, festive home. Whether you prefer traditional red-and-green decor or favor more a more subtle use of gold and white, you can infuse every room in your home with the holiday spirit. Take decorating inspiration from VERANDA.

The 40 Best Subscription Boxes to Gift

Not only will the personalized boxed gifts show your loved ones that you’re thinking about them, but they’re sure to last well beyond the holiday season. Harper’s Bazaar has the perfect subscription boxes to choose from, from fashion and beauty, to food and fitness. Creating gifting opportunities for your family, friends, and beyond.

14 Winter Vacation Ideas in the U.S.

A winter vacation is a great cure after the holidays. Where to go is the question, with so many options and destinations. Here are Travel + Leisure’s top 14 winter vacation ideas for destinations around the United States. Whether flying or driving, there’s sure to be wintery fun within your reach!

 

A New Bar Opens in Hollywood, Where To Drink Wine Outside In LA and more to know this week

November 23rd, 2020

As we welcome cooler weather and enjoy the rich, changing colors of the fall leaves, we turn our calendars to November and anticipate the start of the holiday season. Read on for everything you need to know this month and discover lifestyle tips and tricks curated just for you!

Real Estate in the News

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Luxury Homes in Los Angeles Saw a Banner Third Quarter

The big-ticket single-family home market across Los Angeles’s Downtown and Westside, areas that encompass ultra-high-end neighborhoods such as Bel Air, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills, recorded a banner third quarter characterized by jumping prices and soaring sales, according to a report Thursday from Douglas Elliman. Read the story here.

Local Events & Happenings

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The Spare Room Opens at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Recently named “Best American Hotel Bar” by the Spirited Awards (Tales of the Cocktail), The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt, has re-opened to offer an al fresco cocktail experience, The Spare Room…Somewhere Else. With help from their friends at Campari USA, The Spare Room…Somewhere Else is tucked behind the hotel’s famous David Hockney painted pool for a safely spaced spot for cocktails and playing bocce.

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18 Grocery Stores To Check Out When You’re Sick Of Ralph

A guide to 18 of Infatuation’s favorite Los Angeles grocery stores and markets, from Indian spice shops to the “Costco of Thai food.” And again, no offense to Ralphs – we proudly carry our Rewards card everywhere we go. Check out the list here.

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Where To Drink Wine Outside In LA

Though LA bars remain closed, we’re not completely out of options when it comes to drinking in public – particularly when you’re in the mood for wine. From a Downtown French bistro with a daily Happy Hour to a sprawling wine garden in Malibu, here are 15 spots around town with great wine – and even better outdoor spaces to drink it on. Check out the list here.

Lifestyle Tips and Tricks

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Allergens, Pet Dander, and Dust Are No Match for These A+ Air Purifiers

Do you find yourself sniffling and sneezing when lounging around your house? Or maybe there’s always a lingering food odor floating around your kitchen? If so, it sounds like you need an air purifier! Check out the list here.

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Upgrade Your Tablescape With These Stunning Dinnerware Sets

Get inspired for your Thanksgiving tablescape with these new dinnerware sets. Check out the list here.

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38 Great Thanksgiving Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Fewer

Even if you’re hosting a smaller, low-key Thanksgiving this year, when you add up all the staple dishes—bird, vegetables, stuffing, desserts—the grocery list slowly, surely, steadily piles up. Few-ingredient recipes to the rescue! Making a couple—or a few, or, why not, all—minimalist dishes means chiller planning, chiller shopping, chiller prepping, chiller holiday-ing, period. You deserve that, especially this year. Get the recipes here.

The Rise of the So Cal Housing Market, Art Exhibits on View, and more to know this week

November 16th, 2020

As we welcome cooler weather and enjoy the rich, changing colors of the fall leaves, we turn our calendars to November and anticipate the start of the holiday season. Read on for everything you need to know this month and discover lifestyle tips and tricks curated just for you!

Real Estate in the News

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Southern California median home price up 15% in September, sales jump as well

Southern California home sales and prices surged in September, the latest evidence of a hot housing market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The six-county region’s median price rose 15.3% from a year earlier to a record $612,750 last month, according to data released Wednesday by DQNews. Read the story here.

Local Events & Happenings

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Nasty Women at Gavlak Gallery

Situated between two historical moments, Nasty Women commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification, guaranteeing women’s suffrage, and also coincides with the 2020 presidential election. Gavlak Gallery, 1700 S. Santa Fe, downtown; October 31 – December 12, by appointment; gavlakgallery.com.

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Travis Louie: Curious Beasts at KP Projects

Louie has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their existence. KP Projects, 633 N. La Brea; Hollywood; opening reception: Saturday, October 31, 1-6pm; kpprojects.net

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Rise Up L.A. — A Century of Votes for Women, online at Natural History Museum

Even after the passage of the 19th Amendment gave women — well, white women — the right to vote, the struggle for true equality in law and society continued, as it does to this day. nhm.org/rise-la-century-votes-women

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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20 Stylish Media Rooms That Are a Far Cry From a Dingy Basement

No matter how much square footage you’re working with, whether you’re buying or renting, or if you currently have a show you’re binging on Netflix or not, a media room is a must in any home. By definition, it’s a multipurpose space, outfitted with a TV and surrounded by cozy seating. Get the inspo here.

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Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning Hardwood Floors

There’s no question that hardwood floors can make a home look beautiful and classic. While they can definitely be easier to keep clean than carpet, that doesn’t mean they don’t require a bit of upkeep to stay clean and shiny. Keeping your hardwood floors clean not only looks great, but can also extend the life of your wood and reduce scuffs and scratches that may be impossible to remove. Get the cleaning tips here.

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11 Thoughtful Self-Care Gifts That’ll Encourage Your Recipient (Or You!) to Relax

With all the turmoil in the world, it’s more important now than ever to take a moment to check in with loved ones. Whether work has been extra stressful, the news has had them on edge, or they could just use a break from the monotony of being stuck indoors, everyone deserves to indulge in some me-time to recalibrate, refocus, and, quite frankly, just relax. Click here for a list of gift ideas.