Are you ready for Valentine’s Day 2017? Well get ready! Because 2017 has already started off to a “HUGE” bang…and we aren't too sure if that’s going to be a great bang or a just so-so bang. For right now, we are still pretty hopeful there could be some shreds of hope for a pretty bright year in spite of our country's political uncertainty. Valentine’s Day is always a time that uncoupled or rebellious folk like to say that this holiday is just purely a Hallmark holiday created for us to just spend, spend, spend. Well, I for one, only cry that curse when I am un- happily single. When I find myself in a relationship, I am more than happy to be treated to gifts on any day of the year, including but not especially February 14th. So this year is a pretty special one for me. I have been with my sweetheart for over a year. This will be our second Valentine’s Day together. Last year, we were still in a bit of ga-ga goo goo land with each other. He would have bought me a unicorn if I would've asked. But not this year. A year into our relationship and the pretty pink cloud we were sitting on last year when our relationship was as fresh as spring air after the rain…is more like a regular day, doing regular things in a regular world without any fluffy pink clouds. We are firmly planted in our relationship reality now. We know each other a lot better and we aren't afraid of it. For now, we keep choosing to be together. And that is ideally, where I tell all of my clients to be- in a relationship where you keep choosing your ideal mate, everyday. My boyfriend isn't perfect, nor am I. I accept his faults and I try to help him along on his path of becoming my ideal mate. As much as I help him become my ideal mate, I have to accept that he will try to do the same for me. So along our path, in this way- we set out to give each other help to try to become the best ideal mate that we can both possibly be. This year, for Valentines Day- this might not cost a cent. Try making a list of things you want your ideal mate to be better at. Make sure to make the list kind and realistic. In other words, don't ask for him to be taller or to like tomatoes if he’s never going to be able to do that. Kindness, sometimes is hard, so make sure to make a list, read it over a few times, maybe even read it to a friend and get their opinion. See if what you are saying is sweet and uplifting. For example- if you want your mate to buy you flowers, say something like “I really love when my boyfriend/husband buys me flowers” and then ask how you can achieve that by saying something like “How can I make this a reality?” So format for this list is: state what you want and ask how you can support your mate to get it. Other things that you might ask for could be- getting outside and doing more active things together, like going hiking, or you might want to start going on big exotic trips once a year or dining out to fancy foodie spots, or staying home more often to binge watch your favorite shows, or getting them to wait on you hand and foot when you're sick, or giving you more massages or taking showers together to “save water”, or helping out with the kids more so that you can have more free time to hang with your friends or time to go get your nails done. Anything you want, you can ask for. This year, I will be asking my love of my life, for more unexpected gifts. I love receiving gifts and I especially love receiving gifts from him. So I'll say “Honey, I love getting unexpected gifts from you” and then “How can I help myself fill that fantasy?”. Now just a warning about this kind of list making…it’s kind of a bargaining tool. So your lover or you might respond to any of your requests with something that you might have to do to help you get what you want. So be ready and remember, this isn't just an ask and you’ll get it exercise. You have to be willing to put up some bargaining tools on the table to be able to get what you want.
Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day 2017!!
(Hollywood Love Coach)
We are so proud of our boss DJ Lady Sinclair for her big film premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out her live DJ session with drummer Danny Seraphine. where they play old Chicago hits.
Brand new tasting room and huge event space:
Finally, Boomtown Brewery has opened their doors and we are happy to celebrate alongside some amazing vendors for their first week of festivities. Check out the space for your next event.
Spring and summer are right around the corner and there is nothing we love more than outdoor entertaining. We asked the owner of Zero Waste CO, Sofia Ratcovich to share some tips on zero waste event planning.
Tip #1 : Keep it classy and USE REAL CUPS.
Encourage your friends to bring their own reusable cups and offer a prize to who has the coolest cup. If you go out to a party, Always Bring your own cup & don't get your drink confused with anybody else's. There is such a huge amount of landfill waste from cups alone.
Pro Tip: Make sure the dishwasher is empty before guests arrive, keep the sink clear of stuff in case you provide the cups and don't forget to leave out some soap and a sponge. If you follow these tips above, your friends will be more motivated to clean up after themselves and they might even help you clean up too.
Tip #2 : Skip the straw!
Whether you are at a party or your favorite restaurant, remember to tell your server "No Straw Please" EVERY TIME you order a drink. This may seem like an obnoxious request, but not really, considering the fact that Americans use 500 million straws a day. If you are one of those people that really wants to use a straw for every drink, then invest in a durable and reusable glass straw. This will help you avoid harmful BPA and other nasty chemicals found in conventional plastic straws.
Have you seen that video about the turtle & the plastic straw? Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw or don't. It's basically 8 minutes of torture for the poor animal and the folks watching the video. You might be thinking, how can my straw end up in the ocean if I'm not a litterbug? Well, trash cans on the sidewalk sometimes get full, then they overflow onto city streets and all the trash on the ground basically will end up in the storm drain which flows directly to the ocean. Just avoid the straw.
Tip #3 : While your at it, say no to plastic forks
The statistics on plastic forks is the same of not worse as the straw. I have three kids and have gotten used to packing these cute bamboo sets for our days out. As a family of five one outing could result in throwing away 10 plastic forks, 10 plastic knives, 10 plastic spoons and 20 straws. Now times that by how many days of the year we leave the house. That is a lot of waste.
Zero Waste Company helps companies and event coordinators to create a 100% zero waste environment.
Visit the website for more info
We are so excited about this review of our owners DJ Lady Sinclair & Aubrey Henderson's DJ set at the Seacrest Production event.
What Do You Meme?
Like most folks these days, I spend a fair portion of my time trolling social media. One of my favorite things about this time sucking activity is the comedy of the Meme. There are a ton of members I follow as a form of escape and a good laugh, and now one of them has brought it out of the internet and into our homes.
Welcome the game of Meme:
Take a new twist on your coffee experience and join the latest craze of adding bubbles. Start with your favorite ice brew or make your own. Put ice and your choice szelzzer in a glass then pour the cold brew on top. Yum
2. The Japanese Style
No time to make your cold press? Flash brew it! A flash brew is commonly made by the cup with some sort of pour-over apparatus like a Chemex. Just replace half of your brewing water with ice and pour.
3. Like Guinness
Tons of places are serving cold brew on tap and infusing it with nitrogen. It is kind of like a smooth and creamy glass of guinness. If you get a chance to have a barista serve you one whatch the bubbles cascade down the side as they pour. Swoon.
4. Japanese Style
Inspired by the Japanese method of making kori coffee, pour espresso or any other roast into an ice cube tray and freeze. Plunk a few into a glass and pour in a good amount of milk for a creamy treat that won't get watery as it melts.
Paper artists and interior beautifier, Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen, makes the most amazing paper creations we have ever see. First question, have you ever made paper flowers? My girlfriends and I got together with wine and cheese and made paper flower for a baby shower. Of the ten girls that spent hours making some pretty good paper flower nothing compares for Marianne's stunning and beautiful arrangments.
With no website and only an email address M.E.S.H. works by arrangements referrals or if you happen to stumble on her Instagram page.
For pricing and such email her: Instagram.firstname.lastname@example.org
10 ways to enjoy summer in your town
Most of us don't really have a summer break, but it is still summer and everyone you know will be feeling the vibe. So get out there and take summer by the balls and make it epic. You don't have to spend a ton of money or even travel anywhere to have amazing adventures. Check out this list inspired by Jullian Hough
1. Host a movie night under the stars.
2. Have an epic picnic.
3. Host a BBQ.
4. Hit up your neighborhood lemonade stand.
5. Go twenty-four hours screen free. Seriously!
6. Read a book in a hammock.
7. Go night swimming.
8. Start a water balloon fight with your besties.
9. Go camping - or glamping! Whichever suits you best.
10. Make a summer bucket list of things you want to do in your town.
Still planning that getaway?
Check out NIght Night Co. for a selection of some of the coolest and unique hotels you may never have found. They hand pick each hotel to create a titillating online experience while choosing where you will rest your head on your next trip. From Tulum to Amsterdam to Budapest, the Night Night Co as curated, "the coolest affordable hotels for a new generation of travelers that appreciate good design, creative vibes and want to stay at a hotel that provides more than just a bed for one night. All without breaking the bank." Ummmmm....sign me up.
Thank you to Smitten Magazine for the instagram love and reminding us about this amazing Paradise Cove wedding.
Not only is Paradise Cove and an amazing gem of Malibu, it also provides the most stunning and romantic backdrop for a California wedding. We had the pleasure of providing music and sound for the wedding now featured on Smitten Magazine blog. Click here to visit the full article and get inspired.
The Shelter Social Club does another solid for us Southern Californians who love to day trip. In the heart of Santa Barbara is a tasty little Indonesian kitchen serving dishes inspired by what the local farms have to offer. Just google search images of the food and cocktails and you might find yourself planning a trip to S.B. ASAP.
Get to know the menu : www.samasamakitchen.com
Also offering a quaint outdoor space for weddings and private events.
The Folds Event Rental Company probably has some of the most unique vintage and hand made items for rent. My most favorites being the 80's coke-a-cola machine and the interactive furniture art (Pictured below). They also host workshops and creative events in amoungst their collections in their space in downtoen Los Angeles.
Enter their world:
Here is a little something to pep up your Monday's. Our very own Aubrey Henderson has taken over the DJ slot for Harvard and Stone's 'Monday Ilegal Mezcal' party. Every Monday brings the BEST local, live music in town for FREE, plus good but, Ilegal Mezcal cocktails conjured up by your friendly bartenders.
May 2nd Acts: AS IF, THE GROMBLE, & DENNY WHITE
Check Aubrey's Instagram for the weekly line-up.
Come and join us for some Ilegal Mezcal!
Congratulations to Kelsey and Nick Gonzalez!! HMD played music selections for their wedding this weekend.
The Flash star married actress Kelsey Crane on Saturday in front of over 200 guests – includingHow to Get Away with Murder's Charlie Weber – at Los Angeles' Fig & Olive restaurant, PEOPLE can confirm.
"It has that Italian flair that's a big part of our love," Gonzalez, 40, tells PEOPLE exclusively of their wedding venue (the couple got engaged in Capri, Italy in 2015). "It was the perfect spot."
For the occasion – planned bySterling Social – Crane, 33, wore an ethereal gown by Liz Martinez and Gonzalez wore a classic black tuxedo by John Varvatos.
Guests arrived to the venue's outdoor Provence Courtyard to tray-passed Limoncello shots.
During the ceremony, Crane carried a bouquet of wild greenery and soft white blooms, and walked down an aisle layered with woven rugs and lined with potted herbs. The couple exchanged vows underneath a wood chandelier adorned with fresh lemons and soft greens.
The reception took place inside the restaurant, which had been transformed into an Italian villa with various linen furnishings, iron and marble accents, and soft collections of florals with glowing candlelight.
Gonzalez and Crane had their first dance to Angus & Julia Stone's version of "You're the One that I Want." Following the dance, the couple opted to forgo a sit-down dinner to achieve a more lounge-style feel for the evening.
"We knew we didn't want a big sit-down," says Gonzalez. "We wanted it to be a great party, where people would mix and get to know each other. We just have such fun friends and family."