And The Grammy Goes To…

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 7Radio.com worked with bartender Francesca day to design special cocktails for each

 of the 2015 5 Record of the Year nominees.

 

Sweets For Your Sweet

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 2Sarah Sarno shared a list of 12 romantic Valentine’s Day desserts on her blog this week.  The graham crackers are too cute.

 

Game Day Good Eats

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 4Who says everything you eat during tomorrow’s big game has to be unhealthy?  Women's Health magazine put together some slim down snacks that are still full of flavor.

 

It’s Only Rock & Roll But….

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 12Mario Batali has an online video show called Feedback Kitchen.  It combines great food with music.  Guests range from Josh Groban to The Edge The Edge and everyone in-between.   

 

Remote Control Solutions

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 9Does your room design require you to locate your cable box behind a closed cabinet, door or even around the corner?  If you answered yes you might be interested in Logitech's new smart control thanks to RF technology.

 

Philly Brotherly Love In Pizza Slices

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 8We can’t get enough of stories like this.  A young Pizza entrepreneur set up a program where customers can buy a slice of pizza for a person in need for $1.00.  Way to go Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philly!  If you hear of a place in Southern California that does this please let us know we would love to support them.

 

Magic Duvet Way

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 1This is an amazingly easy way to insert a duvet in its cover (even for a California king).  No idea how it works, but it does. 

 

Uncorked Long Weekend

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 5Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncorked event in May is one of the largest food and wine events in the USA bringing in top chefs from around the world.  Tickets are on sale now.

 

Butt I Want To Say Hi

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 6Goats greet each other with by head-butting.  This cute video is of a  baby goat desperately wanting to say hi to a new friend the only way she knows how with a head-butt.

 

Teaching The Value Of Fun          

CM In The City DTLA Life LA Athletic Club Interior Design 3Most of you might have seen a clip of this on your local news or Ellen, but if you have not watch the watched the full video of a teacher and ALL of his students dancing to Uptown Funk it is worth a watch.

 






 

Cheers For Super Bowl Beers

CM In The CitySuper Bowl means beer and Epicurious.com has us covered with this list of top beers for super bowl. They also included some great food pairings to go with them.

 

Super Bowl Party Planning….

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior DesignFat Wallet curated a list of fun cocktails for Super Bowl as well as a as a few great snacks.  We are not claiming any of these are healthy, but it is the Super Bowl after all.

 

Farm Fresh Now

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior Design 1Bon Appetit’s test kitchen answers the question with this blog post.  They included some recipes as well.  The Grapefruit Brûlée looks wonderful.

 

Garlic Goodness

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior DesignA friend recently shared this recipe with us.  The photo looked divine, and the title, Creamy Garlic Pasta, sealed the deal:  We had to try it.  Happy to say it did not disappoint.   It was wonderful paired with grilled shrimp and a chardonnay from Cake Bread.

 

Gorgeous Gotham

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior Design 3Film maker, photographer, etc. Vincent LaForet shared his recent photos above New York City at night.  

 

Happiness Happens

163357166JK010_The_Paley_CeActress Mindy Kaling from The Office and The Mindy Project recently shared her secrets to happiness with Good Housekeeping magazine.   Her thoughts on living well are spot on.  Simple things can make a world of difference.

 

Organized And Beautiful  

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior Design 6Dering Hall online curated a diverse collection of home office designs.  They did a great job showing offices of all sizes.

 

Police Officer Shaking It Off

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior Design 4At 25 million views it seems everyone has seen this video of a Dover Delaware deputy lip-syncing to Taylor Swifts “Shake It Off”.  On the chance you have not seen this hilarious video yet we wanted to share. 

 

More Hilarity          

CM In The City Weekend Musings DTLA Interior Design 5The YouTube Channel The Kloons has a series they did called Sisters Episodes.  They tape recorded their Mom and her sister, and then acted it out what they said.  The lip-syncing had us laughing out loud.

 






Cheers!!

CM In The City WeekendThe Guardian’s lifestyle section publishes a monthly cocktail calendar.   Typically the calendar includes fun and unique cocktails, but often they will add in a few classics or classics with a twist. This January's was no exception.

 

A Little Wine With Your Cold??

CM In The City Weekend musings  11It seems the flu is everywhere this winter, which means it must be chicken soup season.    We thought it was genius of Food and Wine to put together a wine pairings for different types of chicken soup. 

 

Roasted Goodness

gochujang-and-sesame-roasted-winter-squash-620x440We are big fans of “most” any roasted vegetable (Cathi is not a beet fan).  Winter vegetables are perfect for roasting.  Here are some fun roasted veggie recipes from Bon Appétit. 

 

Barefoot Book Blog

CM In The City Weeknd MusingsTake an Ina Garten recommendation; add an Los Angeles connection and our interest is peaked.  Check out her latest blog about a cookbook Huckleberry by the owners of famed Santa Monica bakery by the same name.

 

Gunning For Style

CM IN The CityTim Gunn that is!  Recently on Marlo Thomas’ Monday AOL broadcast Tim Gunn share his 7 fashion must haves.  The little black dress we all know about, but we forget about things like a classic trench coat.  A useful refresher especially if you are trying to pack light for a vacation.

 

Measure Twice Cut Once

CM In The City Weeknd Musings 8Dering Hall asked a few designers to share their tips about kitchen cabinets and storage.  All are good, but we especially liked the tips that highlighted the need for deeper cabinets, using different furniture to make a custom island and thinking about how a paint color can appear throughout the changes in light throughout the day.

 

Uberific        

CM In The City Weeknd Musings 7A great thing about Uber is that you can read reviews of the drivers, we laughed when we saw this site where Uber drivers review passengers.

 

Sometimes A Tweet Is Not So Sweet

CM In The City Weeknd Musings 5Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets" are pretty funny and his College Football Playoffs edition did not disappoint.  Be warned there are a few bad language bleeps.

 

Wanna Fight?          

CM In The City Weeknd Musings 6Adorable puppy tries to antagonize a large Doberman pincher.

 






Beer Beer Everywhere      

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLAWith all the football games this weekend it feels like beer is the only choice available.  If you would like to “juzz it up” check out these cocktail recipes made with beer. 

 

Ooey Gooey Yumm 

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLA 2Bon Appétit put together a list of 25 hot sandwiches to keep you warm during these dark days of winter. 

 

We Never Stop Growing

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLA 1Why mark up a wall to have a family growth chart or feel forced to have a pastel or frog covered growth chart when you could have a charming and vintage inspired growth chart you would be proud to put in any room of your house?

 

Travel Intel

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLA 6Conde Nast Traveler put together a list of the five things all travelers should do in January.  For the planner in all of us this list gets the year started right.

 

Custom Made Connections

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLAA wonderful benefit of the Design Industry is all the great artisans we meet and work with.  Custommade.com is a brilliant new website that connects talented craftsman with specific projects.  You can also buy furniture, etc. directly on site.

 

The Jetson’s Had It Right  

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLA 10CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world.  PC Magazine put together a list of the top items demonstrated for the home at this years CES.

 

Bone Chilling Fun

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLA 3With most of the country freezing it seemed like the perfect time to share this funny video of people getting hit with snowballs in slow motion.

 

Puppy Love  

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Desing DTLA 4Sweet video of rescued puppies.  The puppy chilling during his bath made our day.

 

 






To Start Or End The Day   

Weekend Musings From Cathi and Mary Alice 5We enjoy a great healthy juice drink.  There is a local spot in DTLA where we pick up delicious and healthy juices of all kinds, but if we can’t grab them here are some recipes from Mind and body that we enjoy.

 

Winter Wonderful

Weekend Musings From Cathi and Mary Alice 7Winter brings with it a plethora of vegetables.  There is the yummy spaghetti squash, a wide variety of mushrooms and many more.  A favorite thing to do in the winter is make soup.  Check out this list of soups from Food Network.  They are as easy to make, as they are healthy.

 

New Year, New Outlook

 

We are not big fans of the New Years resolutions, however we are always believers in trying to eat a bit healthier.  The proof is out there that inflammation is never good.   Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory food pyramid is a good reminder of how and what to eat.

 

First Things First

Weekend Musings From Cathi and Mary Alice 9Did you get a new iPhone 6 for the holidays?  If yes, be sure to review this post first to ensure you set it up right.

 

Best Apps of 2014

Weekend Musings From CAthi and Mary Alice 10Mashable.com put together a list of the top iPhone and Android apps for 2014. Android Apps suggestions iPhone apps suggestions.

 

A Place For Everything     

Weekend Musings From Cathi and Mary Alice 4If organizing is on your list for 2015, here are a few tips from Domino.com you might find useful.

 

A Bridge To Somewhere  

Weekend Musings From Cathi and Mary Alice 3Designboom.com put together this great list of new bridges built or opened in 2014 from around the world.

 

Auld Lang Syne       

Weekend Musings From Cathi and Mary Alice 8Reuters has a great slideshow on New Years celebrations from around the world.  It might make you want to add “More Travel” to the list for 2015. 






 

Punch Up Your Party         

2335101_IBHTo_013Southern Living curated this list of party punches.  There is a festive punch for all tastes and non-alcoholic choices as well.

 

Easy Apps (the kind you eat)

Weekend Musings Dec 20th7Domaine.com shared a few yummy and easy to make appetizers for your holiday parties.  We are especially excited to try the caramelized onion and goat cheese tart.   

 

Beauty and Salad 

Weekend Musings Dec 20th 1Looking for a perfect salad to balance a rich holiday meal?  Give this winter pear salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette salad a try. 

 

Go Fish

CM In The City Weekend Musings Dec 20thBon Appétit’s great guide to preparing and serving the Feast of the SEVEN fishes, a Christmas Eve classic.

 

 

Made Us Ahhhhhh

Weekend Musings Dec 20th 9A very creative guy put together this touching gift for his lady.   Such a sweet idea!!

 

Pinterest Predictions        

CM In The cityThe Pinterest 100 is a list of the trends for 2015 as seen by them through the pinners and their pins on Pinterest.

 

Young Yet Perfect UPS       

CM In The City MusingsAs we are all appreciating the Fed Ex and UPS delivery crews more than ever, we loved this video of a little guy getting his shot at being a UPS driver.

 

Picture Perfect        

Weekend Musings Dec 20th 5The National Geographic The National Geographic annual photo contest is sometimes inspiring, often beautiful and always interesting.

 

Mesmerizing Split Second

Weekend Musings Dec 20th 4While we are talking about photos check out this list of 48 mesmerizing photos curated by Business Insider on line.

 

 






 

40 Cocktails & Counting   

M In The City's Weekend musings Holiday editionWhether you are hosting a party or looking for a fun cocktail to enjoy by the fire this holiday season you will find great options in this list of cocktails curated by The Food Network.  

 

The Feast Is On

CM In The City's Weekend  musings Holiday edition 4Bon Appétit’s holiday survival guide is a great go to resource for everything from food ideas to music and holiday movies and gifts. 

 

A Little Vegan Love

CM In The City's Weekend musings Holiday edition 6More and more we find we have a Vegan or two attending a party we are hosting.  Being ever-gracious hosts :) we of course want everyone to have something yummy to enjoy.  Which is why we loved this recipe from Love and Lemons for a vegan artichoke dip.

 

For The Love Of Latkes

CM In The City Weekend Musings Holiday EditionThese holiday favorites we actually enjoy any time of the year are potato latkes.  Here is Bon Appétit’s guide to the perfect crispy latkes.

 

Designing A List Of Books

M In The City's Weekend musings Holiday edition 9Remodelista has curated a list of great design books for the design enthusiast.  If you are still looking for a gift for a stylish friend, you are sure to find a book they will enjoy on this list.

 

Gift Guide 4 Design

M In The City's Weekend musings Holiday edition 7Dwell has curated a list of last minute design gifts.  Most can be ordered today and received by Christmas.

 

Check Out Those Cheeks  

CM In The City's Weekend  musings Holiday editionPrince William’s new photos in his holiday jumper (sweater).  Adorable!

 

Oh Christmas Tree O…      

CM In The City's Weekend  musings Holiday edition 2How fun is Pinterest?  Looking for a new way to have a Christmas tree? Pinterest is a great place to get inspired (for just about anything).

 

A Little Happy To Share    

A labradoddle comforts another dog having a bad dream. 

CM In The City's Weekend  musings Holiday edition 3Funny or Die brings Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman back (in a Breaking Bad kind of way) 

Here are a few more song parody videos from the Holderness family that made us laugh. 

Parody of Frozen Do you want to build a snowman?, Do you want to have some broccoli?, the video that started it all when they were stuck in traffic and their original Christmas Jammies video from last year.

 






 

Raising The Bar    

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Design 7Entertaining for the holidays?  You might find Martha Stewart’s guide to set up and stock a bar very helpful.  

 

The Feast Is On

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Design 2Sara Sarna shared a yummy make ahead breakfast muffin for the holidays.  These easy to make Cranberry Orange muffins are as easy as they are pretty.  We also thought her choice of muffin cups was perfect.

 

You Had Us At Salted Butter 

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Design 3We loved this recipe for Salted Butter Apple Galette from Bon Appétit.  It could be perfect for dessert or as a breakfast treat, and Bon Appétit’s has made it super easy to prepare with their step-by-step instructions.

 

Finding The Perfect Something For That Special Someone

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Design 4Domaine Home online magazine curated a large gift buying guide to help you find that perfect unique gift.   One of our fav’s are these soap stone tray’s pictured above.

 

Design, Dining & More (digital too)

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interor Design 1Lonny Magazine is one of our favorites.  The November issue is their Entertaining and Food issue.  The issue includes trends, 10 tips on New England design style, gift guides and more.

 

A Little Happy & Hope To Share 

CM In The City Weekend Musings Interior Design 6Here are a few of the videos that made us cry happy tears or laugh out loud this week.

Wonderful police officers deliver the Christmas spirit to a family in need.

Text Me Merry Christmas from Straight No Chaser featuring Kristen Bell is sure to become a holiday classic.

The Holderness family has done it again with another great video.

Fantastic timely song sure to be a holiday classic.... Text Me Merry Christmas

Junior the French Bulldog sings with his owners.

 






 

Morning Cheers      

Weekend Musings CM In The CityFood and Wine put together a great list of classic brunch cocktails.  Perfect for any holiday gathering.

 

Breakfast Winners

Weekend Musings CM In The City.4If you are entertaining over the holiday’s you might want to check out some of these great breakfast menu options from Sussle.org.

 

Cinnamon, Chocolate & Banana’s Oh My

Weekend Musings CM In The City.10Cathi found this recipe for an easy and unique coffee cake for the holidays.

 

A Proper Prank

Weekend Musings CM In The City.9You might remember the heartwarming pay it forward prank from last year where a waitress had a dream day.  This year Prank It FWD topped their selves with this amazing day of surprises for a deserving Mom of 3.

 

Shake Up Holiday Basics  

Weekend Musings CM In The City.Instead of a traditional sweet potato dish how about trying this recipe for sweet potato crème brulle?

 

Prep Planning

Weekend Musings CM In The City.6From planning a basic Thanksgiving to spatchcocking a turkey Bon Appetite has you covered.  Here is their timeline for Thanksgiving prep.

 

Slip Knot 

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 9.11.51 AMDo you crochet or knit?  If you are considering learning how to crochet or would like to learn new techniques: A Beautiful Mess website is a great resource. 

 

36 Hours

 

Weekend Musings CM In The City.2We have been fans of the New York Times 36 Hours travel series for a while, but with their recent addition of videos it has become a trip planning resource must.

 

What To Do

Weekend Musings CM In The City.7From purples to pumpkins and everything in-between HGTV has put together an inspiring list of Thanksgiving table settings.

 

Hosting Holiday Guests?

Weekend Musings CM In The City.11We wrote an article for DTLA Life, A Digital Magazine on Designing Great Guest Spaces.  It begins on page 38. 

 

 






 

Turkey Wine Parings         

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 5Food and Wine put together a slideshow on wine parings for Thanksgiving 2014.   We are not sure which we like more.  The great wines under $15 or the fabulous recipes they shared…..

 

The Feast Is On

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 1Bon Appétit’s put together a Thanksgiving Feast for 2014 

 

Basic Brilliance 

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 8Ina Garten is the best at sharing the perfect recipe for classic dishes.  Here is her pumpkin pie recipe.

 

Promo Code Love

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 4Blogger Sarah Sarna shared some shopping tips including promo codes for great sales today, November 16th.  It seems from the news reports that the best deals are before black Friday.

 

Space Matters

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 2Being loft design specialists we love sharing smart storage ideas like this blog from Domainhome.com

 

Forks On The Left…           

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 3

Do you enjoy designing and setting your holiday table like we do?  From casual farm table to formal skirted tables we love them all.  Emilypost.com is the ideal reference if you are helping the next generation learn where to put the salad fork vs. the dessert fork. 

 

 

 A Good Chuckle

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 11One of Cathi’s favorite videos this week.

 

Pie Pie Pie 

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 8 9Time Out put together a list of great places to pick up a pie or two for Thanksgiving dinner.  We want to try all of them.

What To Do

CM In The City Weekend Musings on Thanksgiving recipes wine design 10We have not made this Pumpkin Butter yet but hope to for holiday breakfast gatherings this year.  It looks yummy.

 








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