Archive for January 2021

The Best Wine Shops in LA, Decorate your bathroom on a budget and more to know this week

January 17th, 2021

Real Estate in the News

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Mortgage Interest Rates Stay Near Record Lows Heading Into 2021

Real estate dominated the headlines this year with foreclosure moratoriums, forbearance programs and the seemingly endless decrease of mortgage interest rates. Now, on the last day of the year, the latest report from Freddie Mac shows mortgage interest rates increased just barely to 2.67%, only one basis point up from last week when they were at the lowest they have ever been. One year ago rates were 3.72% for a 30-year, fixed rate loan so they have fallen more than one full percentage point in just 12 months.

Local Events & Happenings

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Infatuation’s Favorite LA Wine Shops

Sure, you can walk into any Trader Joe’s and get a decent bottle of wine. But nothing compares to the depth of selection and knowledge of the staff at a local wine shop, where you can tell an employee, “Hm, I don’t know, I like steak?” and they’ll present you with the perfect bottle of beaujolais, like they’re some mystical wine matchmaker. So we put together this list of a dozen Los Angeles wine shops – and a couple restaurants that act like wine shops – where you can get a bottle of red, a bottle of white, perhaps a bottle of rosé, or, you know, a bottle of orange (sorry, Billy Joel).

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The Best Takeout & Delivery In Santa Monica

You can debate whether Santa Monica is the unofficial capital of the Westside, but there’s one thing you can’t deny: There are a lot of restaurants offering takeout in the beachside town. Sorting out the great spots from the merely good can be tough, especially when all you have to go on is a generic menu on a delivery app. So to help you out, we’ve picked 18 Santa Monica spots that have taken their takeout and delivery game to the next level.

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LA’s New Restaurant Openings

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Los Angeles, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential – although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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Barbecue Carrots With Slow-Cooked White Beans

The finger-licking barbecue carrots in this dish are a standout on their own, but their interplay with the beans is outstanding. I suggest adding vinegary pikliz to brighten each bite, but you can add any number of pickled vegetables for this purpose. Serve this with a thick, toasted slice of country bread for mopping up the saucy elements of the dish and balancing the intensely-flavored carrots and beans.

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Under-$30 Bathroom Upgrades That Are Sleek, Stylish & Functional

Refresh your bathroom with a few sleek, modern upgrades that would make it feel like a more relaxing, inviting space (think: minimalist candles, gold-accented shelves, and geometric organizing trays). And with a limited budget, each piece on this list costs $30 or less.

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10 Flowers to Look Forward to Planting This Spring

Some flowers, such as daffodils and tulips, need to be sown in the fall if they’re going to bloom in the spring, but even if you missed the boat on those, there are plenty of other beautiful blooms that can be planted in March, April, or May. If you’re planning for warmer months ahead, here are some of our favorites.

4 Real Estate Trends for 2021, The Best Restaurant in LA and more to know this week

January 12th, 2021

Real Estate in the News

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Four Trends In The Real Estate And Lending Industries

Covid-19 unleashed unprecedented changes across the business landscape, and the real estate and mortgage industries were no exception. The pandemic accelerated the shift to modernize both the home shopping and home mortgage experience. This prompted lenders and realtors alike to reimagine legacy processes from the ground up and provide consumers with a more digital-focused experience.

Local Events and Happenings

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The 29 best restaurants in Los Angeles you need to try

Despite the ups and downs of our city’s dining regulations, L.A. is still home to one of the most exciting restaurant scenes in the country: a collection of restaurants and pop-ups and vendors with a reputation built on incredible food trucks and off-the-beaten-path tacos just as much as tasting menus and farmers’ market produce.

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Here’s where to order to-go nonalcoholic drinks for Dry January (and beyond)

Whether you’re always on the hunt for great booze-free drinks or you’re simply giving your liver a break after a year of drinking heavily—2020 was tough on all of us, no judgment—some of L.A.’s best bars are making it easy to have a dry January.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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The Piece of Decor Your Kitchen Is Calling For

Whether you style a sculpture alongside your favorite dishware on open shelving, or hang a vintage oil painting atop the hood of the stove, the result is the same: a cohesive, collected feel that brings an additional element of “hominess” to your space. Here’s how to make it work.

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15 Nifty Valentine’s Day Gifts for Those You Love (Yes, Including Yourself)

This Valentine’s Day, say ‘I love you!’ in whatever way works for you. And let these neat gifts (all things that we’d happily—and lovingly—give ourselves!) be the icing on the cake.

The Most Expensive Home in Beverly Hills, The Best Takeout in LA and more to know this week

January 4th, 2021

With 2020 behind us, it’s time to refresh, renew, and ring in the new year with style. Here’s to a wonderful year ahead! Read on for everything you should do this month and discover the lifestyle tips curated just for you.

Real Estate in the News

The Nation’s Most Expensive Home Is Headed To Auction

Get your bids ready. After two years on the market, America’s most expensive home, Villa Firenze, will be going to auction on January 26 with no reserve and no minimum bid. Read the story here.

Local Events and Happenings

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The 43 best takeout and delivery restaurants in L.A.

You’ve eaten through two bags of beans, six cans of chickpeas and all of L.A.’s delivery-only virtual restaurants. Now what? You leave it to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, who are making ordering from home as painless as possible, that’s what.

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LA’s Most Anticipated 2021 Restaurant Openings and Comebacks, According to Industry Experts

2020 will be the year that upended the restaurant industry. It’s difficult to talk about the year in review when everything changed, when people and businesses suffered during the pandemic. In light of the challenging year for everyone in Los Angeles, we asked food writers and industry folks which restaurants they are hoping will open or make a comeback in 2021.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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Everything Coming to Netflix in January 2021

Luckily, there’s a whole lineup of new content coming in January, so you’re sure to find something new to watch in the new year. If you’re interested in planning a virtual girls’ night, download Netflix Party and stream Sex and the City: The Movie, followed by Sex and the City 2. Starting January 13, true crime fans can stream An Imperfect Murder and Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer. Better Homes & Gardens has got the full lineup here.

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The Best and Worst Diets to Follow in 2021, According to Experts

New diets pop up all the time, claiming to solve all our problems and help us get healthy, fast! But after a rollercoaster of a year that might have included more comfort foods than usual, you may be looking for the best diets to stay on track as your New Year’s goal. Check them out here.

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The 12 Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online, According to Sleep Experts

The type of mattress you choose can make a world of difference when it comes to sleep quality. Thankfully, finding your dream bed doesn’t have to be a major hassle — in fact, all that’s required is a few clicks of your mouse.  Check out the list here.