Archive for January 2021

The Best Bike Trails in LA, A Mobile Bartending Service and more news to know this week in LA

January 25th, 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

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Seven Pervasive Myths About Real Estate Down Payments

There are several routes that potential homeowners can choose to get information about real estate purchases. However, some of these sources may give outdated information. For first-time buyers, this misinformation can create some strange misconceptions about the process of purchasing. Learn more here.

Local Events & Happenings

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The 20 Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

This is L.A., where the word “vegan” hasn’t raised eyebrows and prompted jokes about nut loaf for years, which means that there’s a smörgasbord of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in L.A. slinging slices of pizza piled high with veggies; upscale Mexican food; and even takes on the traditionally egg-laden Italian classic, carbonara. Here are the very best of the best, all 100-percent vegan.

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The Best Bike Trails in L.A.

When you’ve exhausted the best hikes in L.A. but a scenic drive seems too lazy, it’s time to hit the city’s best bike trails. The Los Angeles streetscape is slowly but surely becoming more friendly to cyclists, while the rugged wilderness surrounding the city presents endless mountain biking opportunities. But somewhere in the middle, you’ll find paved paths and designated trails that hug the beach and tour L.A.’s best parks. So get your helmet, pack a few snacks and start pedaling along these routes, the best bike trails in Los Angeles.

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Need a stiff drink? This new mobile bar cart mixes cocktails at your door, distanced and masked.

The Maybourne Beverly Hills is taking “to-go” on the go. While there are more bars and companies across L.A. delivering cocktails to your door than ever, the upscale hotel with sibling concepts in London just launched a new mobile mixology program that brings the bartender to you, too.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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5 Totally Doable Decor Swaps to Refresh Your Home

The advent of a new year often brings with it a desire—even enthusiasm—for a necessary refresh. While I think we can all acknowledge that it’s just a date on the calendar and improvement can come in many forms and during many months of the year, I can’t help but also be drawn to the idea of a refresh for 2021.

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Wait, We Need to Clean Our Rugs *How* Often?

Can’t remember the last time you called in the pros to shampoo your rugs? You’re certainly not alone, but basically any cleaning expert will tell you that simply vacuuming your rugs isn’t enough. As the months go by, grime and bacteria inevitably accumulates deep in rugs, and even the most powerful vacuum cleaner can’t get it all out.

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Looking Forward to Dinner Parties Again? Here’s Some Inspiration to Tide you Over

It’s been a long time since most of us have used our dining rooms for one of their intended purposes—hosting a good old-fashioned dinner party. At some point later this year, we hope, gatherings like this will be possible, but until they are, we know that you could use a little inspiration in the meantime. (And you can always “host” your own intimate gathering without inviting guests, right?) Here, we’ve gathered 15 of our absolute favorite dining rooms from the pages of ELLE Decor over the past year—each and every one is memorable in its own way and will leave you wanting more.

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.