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03 Apr 15:18

Enter for a Chance to Win Pack of 16 ‘March Magic’ Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort T-shirts

by Thomas Smith
Kristen

hmmm...maybe I should enter to win this.

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If you’ve been following our “March Magic Challenge,” you know final four voting begins this weekend. And even if your favorite team is out of the running for the title of ultimate Disney Parks attraction, you can still show your Disney Side and enter for a chance to win a pack of 16 shirts featuring teams inspired by Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort attractions.

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Beginning today, April 3, 2015 through 2 p.m. on April 6, 2015, you have the opportunity to win a pack of 16 “March Magic Challenge” T-shirts. There will be two winners: One winner will receive T-shirts featuring the 16 Disneyland Resort attraction teams and the other winner will receive T-shirts featuring the 16 Walt Disney World Resort attraction teams.

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To enter for a chance to win one pack of 16 “March Magic Challenge” T-shirts inspired by attractions at the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, email us a “March Magic Challenge” message of no more than 50 characters in length (which could be a simple “Hi” or “Celebrating March Magic” message) to WDWSweepstakes@gmail.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email.

Once the potential winners are determined on April 7, 2015, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and are legal residents of, and physically located within the 50 United States and D.C. Sweepstakes starts 11:00 AM (ET) on 4/3/15 and ends 2:00 PM (ET) on 4/6/15. See Official Rules for details.

Enter for a Chance to Win Pack of 16 ‘March Magic’ Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort T-shirts by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

09 Jul 17:00

A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

by Erin Glover
Kristen

RIP Trontown :(

ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

It’s been more than 30 years since Walt Disney Pictures released “TRON,” but it wasn’t that long ago that Disney California Adventure park guests stepped into the Grid themselves during the nighttime dance party, ElecTRONica. Let’s take a look back at this guest favorite.

ElecTRONica Event at Disney California Adventure Park

Video, projections and lasers welcomed Programs (or guests, if you’re not familiar with Grid lingo) through the portal and into the world of “TRON: LEGACY.”

LASERMAN at ElecTRONica

Remember LASERMAN? He was there, with his stunning performance that combined music, lights and lasers.

End of Line Club

End of Line Club was a popular spot for Programs to recharge, serving a variety of themed beverages.

Flynn's Arcade at Disney California Adventure Park

And of course there was my favorite part of ElecTRONica, Flynn’s Arcade, which featured classic ‘80s arcade games.

What was your favorite part of ElecTRONica? Rez in and share yours in the comments.

A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

19 Jul 18:45

Check Out Baz Luhrman's Wallpaper Game in Just Listed Sydney Home — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
Kristen

$16 million!

Wallpaper fanatics, pack your bags: Director Baz Luhrman has listed his Sydney, Australia estate for $16 million, and his pattern game is strong.

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09 Jul 16:20

Blind Items Revealed #2

by Enty
Kristen

homegirl is 45. I think perhaps that ship had sailed a while ago.

bh

July 1, 2015

This former A list mostly television actor from a hit cable show that just ended has walked out on his significant other because she keeps talking about having kids and our actor does not want any. Apparently he has been stringing her along for years that they would.

Jon Hamm/Jennifer Westfeldt 

10 Jul 13:00

Christian Audigier Has Died

by Enty
Kristen

I guess I missed this. Do people even still wear ed hardy?

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Christian Audigier, a designer who is most famous for his work as the creator of Von Dutch and Ed Hardy, has died at the age of 57.

10 Jul 18:12

Silicon Beach is a Thing: 280-Square-Foot Venice Cottage With No Kitchen Asking $1.3M

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

Do enough people who work for snapchat or hulu (or a startup) make enough money to afford million dollar shacks and then put in another million to live in it? I honestly have no idea. After renovations the payments could be close to $8,000/month.

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Real estate in Venice in the last year or so has been a swiftly escalating exercise in topping itself in ridiculousness. Let's see: there was a falling-apart shack that sold for $1.44 million, then a one-bedroom stucco hut asking $2.2 million and featuring actual fingers in the listing photos (in more than one photo!!). Now let's meet this actually charming-seeming 1926 cottage near Windward Circle (and thus the beach), which nevertheless is still tiny, a total mess, and asking more than a million dollars.

The house is just 280 square feet with no kitchen and only half a bathroom, and it is in need of "a serious rehab." It's being used as an architect's office right now and the property is zoned for commercial use, but in such a way that will probably allow for residential redevelopment. (That said, the lot is pretty little: 1,912 square feet.) Either way, there's gated parking for two to four cars, which might be worth the asking price alone. That asking price is $1.275 million.
· 205 Venice Way, Venice, CA [Estately]
· Everything's Fine! Silicon Beach Shack Sells For Just $1.44M [Curbed LA]
· This One-Bedroom Stucco Hut in Venice is Asking $2.2 Million [Curbed LA]

12 Jul 23:16

weekend open house: Mid-Century Modern by Kurt Meyer-Radon in Glendale's Verdugo Woodlands Asking $1.1 Million

by Pauline O'Connor
Kristen

lettuce live here.


Open House: Sunday, July 12 between 2 PM - 5 PM

1641 Fernbrook Pl, Glendale

Price: $1,097,000
Beds, Baths: 3 BR, 2 BA
Floor Area: 2,040 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Ultra stylish mid century modern circa 1952 is the classic example of California living. Designed by Kurt Meyer-Radon, (whom Hearst commissioned to purchase items for San Simeon), located in the lush Verdugo woodlands of Glendale on beautifully landscaped 7800 sq. ft grounds. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths + 2 offices and/or den. Original details abound including walls of glass, polished concrete floors w/ radiant heat, extensive original built ins, period recessed lighting, mason cut corner fireplace w/ clock. Bordered by a brook, adjacent duck pond and century trees. Beautiful front & back flat grassy grounds w/ incredible privacy surround the master suite w/ ribbed glass windows, terrazzo floors, angled soaking tub, floating toilet & seamless glass. Enclosed lanai, office, lovely laundry area, smashing St. Charles kitchen w/ stone & marble detail. All Viking appliances are just some of the details in this masterpiece home."

Born in Germany in 1885, architect/artist Kurt Meyer-Radon emigrated to the US in 1923, eventually settling with his family in Eagle Rock. Among his most notable projects are Santa Monica's Sovereign Hotel/Apartments and Glendale's Seeley Studios building.

1641 Fernbrook Pl [Official site]

06 Jul 18:09

Fireblogging: A Collection of Apocalyptic Fourth of July Palm Tree Fires

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

worth a click through for sure

A video posted by Kayla Rogers (@kayloveey) on


We don't know what kind of people you are, but we're the kind of people who get back from the Fourth of July holiday and immediately start searching for pics and videos of palm trees that were set on fire by fireworks. The icon of Los Angeles paradise set apocalyptically ablaze? We'll take a million. Well, here are five, but they're really good.

Ohh no pic.twitter.com/EC5yYylrr1

— Sam The Supreme (@samanthughhh) July 5, 2015

"@ddeeeayy: Palm tree on fire by Top Value @EASTLA_NEWS pic.twitter.com/uSjMgPKyYu" #eastla

— East L.A. News (@EASTLA_NEWS) July 3, 2015
· Six Photos of Los Angeles Palm Trees Set on Fire by Fireworks [Curbed LA]
05 Jun 19:53

O.C. Kids Sick After Drinking Fancy, Unpasteurized Raw Goat Milk

by Jean Trinh
Kristen

Shocking!

O.C. Kids Sick After Drinking Fancy, Unpasteurized Raw Goat Milk Three Orange County kids got really sick after drinking some high-end, unpasteurized goat milk that came from a farm near the Central Coast. [ more › ]






07 Jul 14:00

How To Reduce Bathroom Noises? — Good Questions

by Tess Wilson
Kristen

this is the worst apartment on earth and is probably not up to code.

Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a funky older apartment. The only bathroom is right in the middle of the apartment, is narrow with very high ceilings, is echoey, and, most importantly, contains a large window that opens out to the kitchen (this is its ventilation). The window is warped and can't be closed. As a result, any bathroom activity is extremely audible throughout the whole apartment...

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27 Jun 23:18

weekend open house: Cantilevered 1960s Modern in Silver Lake by Raul Garduno Asking $899K

by Pauline O'Connor
Kristen

terrifying


Open House: Sunday, June 28 between 2 PM - 5 PM

1954 Lucile Ave, Silver Lake

Price: $899,000
Beds, Baths: 2 beds, 2 baths
Floor Area: 1,395 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Designed by architect Raul F. Garduno in 1960-1962, this Silver Lake open-air, steel, glass, post and beam home is irreplaceable! Stunning views of the hillsides and vistas of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. Published in the LA Times "Home" section & in Art and Architecture 1961 edt, this mid-century is perched hillside with 500 square feet of deck surrounding the home. Acacia and pine trees and lush landscaping give shade to the back. Walls of glass surround the LR, FR & open floorplan w/ kit in the center. Original freestanding fireplace to enrich the winter evenings. Designed with the views and NW breezes in mind. There's even an atrium perfect for an outdoor Zen/yoga retreat. Bring back the master bath to its architectural significance w/ sunken tub and new fixtures. Asian style sliding closet doors throughout. Original walnut cabinetry, cooktop, dbl-oven, and built-in bbq. Bring your Eames chair and Barcelona table and move right in, or restore it back to its original glory."

Trained at USC, Raul Garduno began his architectural career in the firm of the fascinating Ragnar Qvale, and was known for specializing in challenging hillside-lot properties. Of the two dozen or so residential projects Garduno designed in Southern California, the Franks House in Crestwood Hills is the most recognized.

1954 Lucile Ave [Official site]
1954 Lucile Ave [Redfin]

23 Jun 19:00

The Wartime Biscuits You'll Actually Want to Eat

by What To Cook
Kristen

is this recipe even accurate?

It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: Sophie Thompson of What to Cook introduces us to a wartime biscuit with timeless appeal. 

ANZAC is short for the "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps" who fought in World War I, particularly those who landed at Gallipoli, where a battle against the then-Ottoman Empire took place on April 25, 1915. Anzac Day was inaugurated one year later to commemorate the first anniversary of the landing of the Anzac troops at Gallipoli. Today, the soldiers are memorialized through the ubiquitous Anzac biscuit.

Anzac Biscuits originated from the wives, mothers, and girlfriends who were concerned about the nutritional value of the food supplied to their men in Gallipoli. Because the ships took so long to get from Australia and New Zealand all the way over to Turkey, most of the food they shipped would go rancid on-board. So women at home came up with a solution using the spoil-proof ingredients that were readily available to them: oats, sugar, flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, baking soda, and water.

One-hundred years later, Anzac biscuits are still sold at supermarkets and bakeries all throughout the year in Australia and New Zealand. Store-bought versions, however, having nothing on homemade biscuits, which are so easy to make. Traditionally, Anzac biscuits are very crunchy, but I prefer the chewy version so I shortened the baking time to just 9 to 11 minutes. If you want to make the crunchy version, just bake them for approximately 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Chewy Anzac Biscuits

Makes 20 biscuits

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup finely desiccated coconut
125 grams butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  

Preheat the oven to 320° F (285° F for convection ovens). Line a baking tray with parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, sugar, and coconut. Set aside. 

     

Place the butter, syrup, and cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir it for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the butter has melted, and then add the baking soda and mix into well combined.

     

Add the butter and syrup mixture to the oat mixture and combine well. Fill a tablespoon with cookie dough, level it off, and then form the scoops into balls. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart, using the back of a spoon to flatten each slightly.

  

Place the pan on a low rack of your oven and bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly golden. (If you prefer the traditional crunchier biscuit, bake them for 14 to 15 minutes.) Remove them from the oven and transfer the biscuits to a wire rack. Let them stand for 5 minutes to cool completely, then serve.

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Are you a chewy or crispy fan? Tell us in the comments below! 

Photos by Sophie Thompson

22 Jun 16:44

Take Olympic: Whoa, LA Could Be Back in the Running For the 2024 Olympics

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

Texas has ruined everything for us!

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In January, the US Olympic Committee knocked Los Angeles out of the running for the 2024 Olympics and instead chose Boston as the US contender for the games (Boston??). That was weird, but kind of understandable—Boston apparently had a whole plan for close-knit, walkable clusters of Olympic action that the USOC loved. But now that plan is getting redrawn and Olympic officials are starting to get impatient with the new plans (the New York Times says it's in part because many proposed venues in the bid "had not been vetted with some of the landlords or the public." Oops.) And that's making Los Angeles look pretty good again—maybe even good enough for the USOC to drop Boston, says Olympics-focused website 3WireSports.

Back when the USOC took their vote, Boston was not chosen in a landslide; there was, in fact, "a spirited discussion and more than one round of voting." And flash forward to a recent meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, where officials were openly contemptuous of the Boston Bid—one official reportedly remarked "They had their opportunity. They fucked it around."—but showed some not-terrible feelings for Los Angeles.

At this point, Olympics officials seem to feel the same way many of the people of Massachusetts feel. A statewide poll showed that only 39 percent of residents were in favor of Boston hosting the Games, says the NY Times. More people (49 percent) were outright against the city hosting.

Okay, so Boston's not looking so hot, but why should Los Angeles get excited? For starters, though San Francisco and Washington, DC were also competing in the last round for the bid, neither of them was seen as a "plausible" candidate for the Olympics, 3WireSports says. And one senior IOC member straight-up proclaimed, "Los Angeles is better than Boston." (Duh.) This is what LA's bid looked like.

But just because LA is selected as the USOC's American city of choice for the 2024 Games, doesn't at all mean it'll get the Olympics. For one thing, the IOC doesn't love the idea of sending a bunch of international tourists into a country known for its mass shootings and love of guns. 3WireSports says:

One [IOC] member, reflecting on the imminent signing of a Texas law allowing the open carrying of handguns in public and of concealed handguns on state university campuses — the governor would sign it last weekend — said that measure alone ought to spell the end of the Boston bid. Or, for that matter, Los Angeles, if it came to that.

· Big decision but not difficult — kill Boston 2024 [3WireSports]
· Boston Revises Bid in Effort to Host 2024 Olympics [NYT]
· Los Angeles is Out of the Running For the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]
· Here Are LA's Huge Plans for the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]
· Here's Los Angeles's Plan For Winning the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]

23 Jun 15:30

Alice, Seat Saving: Okay or No Way? — Ask Alice: Advice for Life at Home

by Ask Alice
Kristen

We went to Jurassic World this weekend and the theater has assigned seating. A group of maybe 6 people showed up to the theater and someone was sitting in their assigned seats. The people who took their seats refused to move even when the manager showed up. I don't even know what goes through your head when you refuse to move in that situation. At the end of the movie there were security guards and managers waiting for the rude people at the exit.

Dear Alice,

I am of the opinion that it is incredibly rude to save seats or to ask others already seated to move for a group. It's one thing to hold a seat for a friend who's running to the bathroom or grabbing a drink, but to show up early for an event with limited seating and save ten seats or more? To save a row of seats on an airplane or several deck chairs at the pool by placing items on them? I was recently at a high school graduation event and a woman was saving an entire table of about a dozen seats. As the event was starting, three people had shown up to join her and she still didn't want to share the table, even though a lot of other people had nowhere to sit! Is there some way to put a stop to this craziness? Or am I the rude one? I have never asked someone to move or tried to save seats when meeting a group! I get us all there early, or split up and sit separately.

Thanks for the advice,

Sage Sitter

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19 Jun 00:42

On the Market: Here is a Bright White Circular 1970s Mansion in Rancho Mirage That's Cool as Heck

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

let's move there.


Rancho Mirage's Thunderbird Heights neighborhood is so hoity-toity that rumors that the president is moving in actually seem plausible (but ultimately are untrue). It's in that ultrawealthy corner of RM that this effortlessly hip spaceship house is located. The circular house includes a circular patio surrounded by a circular pool. (Wait, is there a theme here?) The interior feels kind of like it could be the outside, thanks to large expanses of curved, floor-to-ceiling windows that afford views of the 1.17-acre property. Minimal white decor and terrazzo floors run throughout the house, which has a 90-foot diameter and four bedrooms; the sleek kitchen has what appear to be marble countertops and an island with bar-style seating. Last sold in 2004 for $1.7 million, it's now listed for $4.5 million.

· 41915 Tonopah Road [Official site]
· No Way the Obamas Are Buying This House in Rancho Mirage [Curbed LA]

15 Jun 23:55

12 Passengers From Fiji Get Sick On Flight To LAX

by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Kristen

when you get food poisoning so bad it makes the local news

12 Passengers From Fiji Get Sick On Flight To LAX The dozen passengers who fell ill had all stayed at the same hotel. [ more › ]






16 Jun 13:30

Alice, My Neighbors Are Constantly Fighting — Ask Alice: Advice for Life at Home

by Ask Alice
Kristen

I swear I didn't write this.

Dear Alice,

I live in an apartment building with pretty thin walls and thus I can hear the couple next door fighting...a lot. It's not physically violent (as far as I can tell) but it's certainly unnerving to hear these two yelling at each other all the time. At this point, it's gotten to be that they have a fight at least twice-a-week (and at least once every weekend). It's super awkward to see them in the hall because it's none of my business that their relationship is falling apart, yet I still know every detail of their problems with each other and I can't take the stress. Should I tell them to shut it down? Should I suggest a good therapist? Help!

Sincerely,

Neighbor Brawl

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12 May 02:55

firecannotkillafitblr:Oh my gosh, it’s from our first date…I...

Kristen

true love



firecannotkillafitblr:

Oh my gosh, it’s from our first date…I found it in my copy of House of Leaves. #husband #aww

your husband took you to see Paul Blart Mall Cop as a first date and you still married him?

01 Jun 14:15

Blind Items Revealed #1

by Enty
Kristen

welp.

also a possible hannibal blind in there, although I wouldn't consider it a "very hit show."

bh

April 7, 2015

Production scouts have been tasked with one very important chore. It is going to be the summer and they want to be on the water. The house has to be big enough for the kids and ideally needs to have a boat dock and have a huge back yard. The wish list also includes a trampoline, a pool and hot tub and a minimum of three bedrooms for the employees of the occupants. This will be the first time this couple has publicly lived together. The couple, consisting of an actor and actress have had some ups and downs and as of late there have been more downs than ups. As is his custom he has been having sex with any woman that smiles in his direction. She had a hot and torrid fling with one of the co-stars on her very hit show. One of the reasons they signed on to do this project was to spend this time together. They wanted to see if they were put into an environment where they are forced to live and work together with their kids by their side whether their relationship will flourish or end. They have been talking about doing this for a long time. They have tried living together before but one or both of them was always working or out of the country or had other commitments. Oh, the budget for their rental house is $25K a week so I’m pretty sure they will be able to find something.

David Duchovny/Gillian Anderson

04 Jun 23:11

Rent vs. Buy: The Rent/Buy Breakeven Point For Every Los Angeles Neighborhood

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

nice to know that we won't be throwing money out the window on rent for another few years. also, the way this post is written just confirms my belief that everyone at curbed must be seriously underpaid and live in a hell hole.

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Image via Jeremy Jozwik

To buy a house you'd need a lot of money all at once (you'd need a down payment and to be making enough money to qualify for a loan or enough to just pay for the place outright). But let's say you had that money and just didn't feeeeel like moving out of your rental. How long would it be before that turned into a very bad financial decision? It'd actually be a while in a lot of Los Angeles—the metro has the highest "breakeven horizon" of any US city, as Zillow calculates it, considering all costs, including rental prices, mortgage payments, closing costs, insurances, taxes, utilities, etc. etc. etc.

In LA as a whole, it takes 5.1 years of renting before it makes more financial sense to buy. But of course that varies a lot by neighborhood. So down below is a spreadsheet with nearly 200 LA metro neighborhoods, their breakeven length in years, and their April 2015 media rent (gauged by the Zillow Rent Index, which takes into account all rentals in the market). It's nice information to have, in case you ever land that giant chunk of cash.

· Renters Week 2015 [Curbed LA]

04 Jun 19:20

Tsunamis Could Hit The California Coast: Should We Call The Rock?

by Danny Jensen
Kristen

YES

Tsunamis Could Hit The California Coast: Should We Call The Rock? We had a good laugh when The Rock insisted that everything in the movie San Andreas could actually happen, but maybe we shouldn't laugh so loudly at the guy. [ more › ]






24 May 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

Today's main dish is dry foods of the chicken taste (as usual).


まるの誕生日にたくさんのお祝いコメント、メッセージをありがとうございます。
Thank you for many comments and messages for Maru's birthday.


さあまるさん、お誕生日のスペシャルサラダをどうぞ。
この日のために、丹精込めて育てました。
Hey Maru, this is special salad for birthdays.
For this day, I grew this affectionately.



まる:「まさか誕生日のご馳走がこれだけってことはないですよね?」
Maru:[Is a feast for birthdays only this? I can't believe it.]



まる:「ああ、これはきっと前菜ですね。後でメインディッシュをよろしく。」
Maru:[I eat this as hors d'oeuvres. What is main dish?]


本日のメインディッシュはカリカリ・チキン味(いつもの)となっております。
どうぞお楽しみに!
Today's main dish is dry foods of the chicken taste (as usual).
Have a good time!


03 Jun 17:18

Shenanigans: The Most Illegal Megamansion in Bel Air Really Has to Tear Down Illegal Parts Now

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

This is the best. He has to tear out an IMAX theater!

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For nearly a year, prolific spec house developer Mohamed Hadid has known that he should not be building a 30,000-square-foot megamansion in Bel Air. His permits were revoked by the LA Department of Building and Safety last July; he kept building. He was told "no, really: stop" by the city last fall; he continued to work, hiding the progress "behind tarps, potted plants, paneled walls and taped-over doors," according to the LA Times. This past April, the city told him he had two weeks to tear down all the illegal stuff (a 70-seat IMAX theater, guest suites). He asked for more time. Yesterday, the city said no way. Meanwhile, it's June.

Attorneys for the owners of 901 Strada Vecchia asked for 60 days to bring the project into compliance by taking out all the stuff Hadid wasn't supposed to build but did anyway. The attorneys' rationale, says the Beverly Hills Courier, was that new contractors had been hired for the project and they hadn't had time to figure out what was what: "A representative from the site's new contractor, Gordon Gibson Construction, said Tuesday the new contractors wanted to do their 'due diligence rather than just start tearing it down.'"

But everyone's pretty tired of what a senior LADBS inspector called "a problem property from the very beginning." The city pointed out in a presentation at the hearing yesterday that "10 orders to comply had been issued to the site dating back to March 2011, just after celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid took ownership of the property"; that first order way back then was for unpermitted hilltop grading. (The property has changed hands five times since 2011, with Hadid continuing to work as the developer.)

Now that the city's denied Hadid's request for more time to comply with the demand to rip out all the illegal parts of his massive, partially-constructed mansion, he will theoretically have to do it. Will he this time? The city is handing the case over to the city attorney's office "for possible prosecution," says the Times.
· Developer denied extra time to bring Bel-Air mansion into compliance [LAT]
· LADBS Denies 901 Strada Vecchia's Appeal, Case Will Be Sent To L.A. City Attorney [BHC]
· Mohamed Hadid Will Not Stop Building the Most Illegal Megamansion in Bel Air [Curbed LA]
· City Puts a Stop to Enormous, Unfinished Bel Air Megamansion [Curbed LA]
· Permits Revoked For Notorious, Half-Built Bel Air Megamansion [Curbed LA]

28 May 02:39

Guardians of the Galaxy ~ Baby Groot Bento

by Anna Adden
Kristen

oh good.

Baby Groot inspired sandwich from Guardians of the Galaxy.  This bento was made as a mock up design for MomoCon 2015 bento workshop - making a hero.  I will be on the bento panel for both of the workshops this weekend.  We will be guiding the attendees through the process of making this fun themed bento box.  If you live in the Atlanta area, you should definitely stop by and say hi!  Can't wait to meet all the bento enthusiasts there this weekend.


In this bento:  Steamed broccoli, strawberries, Annie's fruit snacks (in the bottom of the pot), alfalfa sprouts, red grapes, and a ham & cheese sandwich on wheat bread.  Baby Groot's parts are made up of:  twisted crust trunk, crust arm branches, crust mouth, olive eyes, and some alfalfa sprout foliage on his head.  The crust arms are held up by a toothpick pushed into a strawberry.


Items used today:
01 Jun 23:24

Caitlyn Jenner's 'Vanity Fair' Bustier Is From LA's Trashy Lingerie

by Natalie Alcala
Kristen

BREAKING NEWS

In case you somehow missed it, Vanity Fair's highly-anticipated cover of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce) has officially been revealed. Shot by legendary fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz, the cover features Jenner sporting a retro-inspired satin corset. TMZ reports that the racy piece was purchased three weeks at none other than iconic underpinnings haven Trashy Lingerie.

Jenner's stylist apparently bought three corsets for the groundbreaking shoot, but "the satin nude Edy Corset won top honor, along with matching high-waisted panties ... in a size large. The cup size? A healthy 36B."

01 Jun 23:01

Fictional Rental Reports: What Would the Three's Company Apartment in Santa Monica Cost Today?

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

I do not believe this. highway robbery.

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Just look how many people fit in this living room comfortably. They're not even using half of the space! Photo via Getty Images.

The late-1970s sitcom Three's Company is a testament to the eternal wackiness of renting in Santa Monica. In case you somehow don't know, the show is about two young women (Janet and Chrissy) who need one more roommate to make their rent affordable, and the most readily available, decent roommate is a guy (Jack) who has to pretend he is gay in order to get the ok from the conservative landlords (the Ropers). The trio rents a large, groundfloor apartment near the beach. What would such a space cost now? We asked an expert on Santa Monica and Venice real estate.

The Three's Company pad was an incredible apartment. The opening credits, with all the footage of the roommates casually hanging out on the beach bike path and a brief shot looking down a street toward the beach, seem to suggest that it's relatively close to the ocean. (And the building that they used for the exterior shots is just a couple blocks away from the beach.)

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The kitchen is a separate room?!

Janet and Chrissy double up in one of the apartment's bedrooms, leaving Jack with his own. They all share the bathroom, but still—three people across two bedrooms isn't bad at all. The unit also has a spacious eat-in kitchen in a separate room, accessed through a swinging door.

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Downsides to the apartment are that it has no on-site laundry and is pet-unfriendly (as we learn in an episode where the three get and then frantically try to hide a puppy). The upside is that the total rent is just $300 (as we discover when they misplace the rent envelope in the season one finale "It's Only Money"). That $300 was probably a lot of money for a florist shop employee (Janet), an entry-level office worker (Chrissy), and a culinary student (Jack).

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It would be a shock to no one that the 2015 rent for a similar apartment would definitely be much, much more than $300. Curbed asked Pardee Properties Leasing Specialist Penny Muck to estimate the cost of the Three's Company apartment in 2015, and she says it would probably be at least $5,000 a month. Here's Muck's rationale for that painfully modern rent, assuming a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a step-down living room that's about as close to the beach as the Three's Company apartment was:

"There are a few apartments that fit this bill in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue in Northern Santa Monica in a 20 - 40 year old building. The going rate for this kind of unit in 2015 would be approximately $5,000 to $6,000 a month. In 2014, two units in a particular building that is similar to the specs of the Three's Company apartment leased for $4,400 and $4,500 per month. Both were approximately 1,400 square feet each. This estimate is based on the fact that residential rents in Santa Monica have risen by 15.1% from 2014 to 2015."
· Renters Week 2015 [Curbed LA]
26 May 17:40

Blockbusters: The New Biggest Mansion in Los Angeles Will Ask $500 Million

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

looool

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McLean Design

The biggest house in Los Angeles has swollen even larger in size and is getting a pretty big ego now too. Bloomberg reports that the finished project will measure more than 100,000 square feet, making it bigger than the infamously unfinished Versailles estate in Florida. The spread is being developed on spec, naturally, and will feature a 74,000-square-foot main residence with a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom, a 30-car garage, a "Monaco-style casino," and three smaller houses spread across four acres. "The house will have almost every amenity available in the world," prolific spec house developer Nile Niami says about his latest project. How much will every amenity available in the world cost? $500 million.

If all that doesn't seem ridiculous enough, don't worry: there will also be tons of wasted water. One pool is so chintzy; everyone who's anyone with $500 million has to have four pools these days, and so this place will of course, including one in the basement and another on the second level of the mansion, according to construction permits. As it stands, the landscaping will require "about 20,000 square feet of grass" in the middle of a devastating statewide drought that has provoked mandatory water cutbacks. The mansion's designer, Paul McClean, says "There a lot of things in the house that will help to preserve water. But those are things that correspond with luxury houses, and I can't tell you that it's a green and energy-efficient house." Originally, plans called for five pools, so maybe that's what passes for high-end conservation—one less pool than you actually want.

Does the $500-million asking price seem unreal? It is. The LA Business Journal estimated last year that this project would ask "in the $150 million-plus range." Jonathan Miller, president of appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. (and Curbed contributor), tells Bloomberg "I'm skeptical. My first reaction is laughter. But we're in this perpetual state of surprise as new thresholds are broken." If it sells for even half of that, though, it will still be the most expensive sale in the US: the current record holder, an East Hampton estate owned by a hedge fund guy, sold last year for $147 million. (Not too far away from Bel Air, in Beverly Hills, the tacky Palazzo di Amore is waiting patiently for someone to pay $195 million.)

Niami, also a movie producer, is a seasoned spec builder. Last year he sold a humble 30,000-square-foot estate with a dental office in the basement and a 17,000-square-foot mansion in Holmby Hills with an underwater tunnel (Diddy bought that one). Niami is currently "pouring concrete" on his Bel Air record-setter, and expects to be working for about 20 more months on the enormous compound.


· California Dreaming: Record $500 Million Tag on L.A. Home [Bloomberg] · The Biggest House in Los Angeles is Now Underway in Bel Air [Curbed LA]
25 May 22:44

This is Eve’s version of incognito. Sunglasses, pleather...

Kristen

hey everyone, I have started a tumblr of questionable fashion choices on days of our lives. I will update it more often than any of my other blogs/tumblrs because it is far less work to do so.



This is Eve’s version of incognito. Sunglasses, pleather detailed dress, broad daylight.

#days #eve
21 May 01:38

Flipping Out: $200k Spanish Revival Mess in Franklin Hills Remade Into $929k Showstopper

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

oh...my...god. click through for the awful before pictures.


Few things say California like a bright white Spanish-style house tucked into the winding hills of Los Feliz. This ground-up restoration piece (see the dire "before" photos below), via Take Sunset, contains "a considerable amount" of custom wood- and tile-work, like those vaguely Southwestern tiles in the kitchen and the Saltillo tile on the patio, the listing says. The living room has cathedral ceilings and dark wood floors that extend through the rest of the house; each of the bedrooms has an attached bathroom and connects via double doors to the residence's back patio. The house also has a detached two-car garage between the main building and the street. Last sold in 2014 for just $200,000, it's now asking $929,000.

· 1852 Deloz Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 [Tracy Do]
· 1852 Deloz Avenue in Los Feliz [Take Sunset]

21 May 22:00

Here's the Official Schedule For Next Month's Cat Lady Heaven, CatCon LA

by Natalie Alcala
Kristen

sadly, Choupette won't be there in person :(

Lest you forget, an epic cat lover's convention call CatCon LA will invade The Reef in DTLA next month. In addition to announcing an appearance by actress Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory and Blossom fame, the organizors have just released the official schedule of speakers!

See below for the rundown and get your tickets here. Adults are $25 for a day pass and $40 for the weekend, while kids (ages 5-12) can score a day pass for $15 and a weekend pass for $25. Ironically, cats are not allowed at the event.

Saturday, June 6th:
10:15 Cats, Cartoons and Life (Simon Tofield, Creator of "Simon's Cat)

11:45 PetSmart Charities Presents: Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth (Diane Lovejoy, author of "Cat Lady Chic" and Ashley Tschudin, creator of Choupette's Diary)

1:15 Cat Guys of Animal Planet
(Shaun Sears and Tom Otto, stars of Animal Planet's "Treetop Rescue")

2:30 Photographing Cats--It Looks Easy, But It's Not.
(Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat)

3:30 You Can Be a Cat Guy and Still Be Cool.
(Keith Bowers, Senior Editor, Catster)

4:40 My Cat's a Celebrity...and How I've Dealt With That.
(Scott Stulen, Cat Vid Fest creator, Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB,
Kady Lone and Pudge, & Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir)

Sunday, June 7th:
10:00 How Cats Have Changed the Internet & My Favorite Memes.
(Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, creator of the cat meme)

11:15 Cat Vid Fest Favorites (Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir;

Scott Stulen creator of the Internet Cat Video Festival)

12:45 Humor...with Cats.
(Francesco Marciuliano, author of "I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats;
Angie Bailey, author of "Texts from Mittens")

2:00 How Cats Have Shaped My Life As An Artist: A Short History.
(Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange and the
Bad Kitten Club)

4:00 Lil BUB's Big Show Live at CatConLA
(Lil BUB, Mike Bridavsky and Jack McBrayer)