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 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

Music Mania 7 / Silver & Gold Holiday Music

MUSIC MANIA 7 / SILVER & GOLD HOLIDAY MUSIC The holidays have hit at Castle Berrini and this time we have stockings up on the mantle thanks to Lovely Indeed's Chelsea and her wonderful West Elm workshop. In order to infuse the house with holiday cheer, I have been blasting the following music nonstop until the neighborhood grinch's heart grows 10 times bigger. Lately I've been listening to Sirius Radio's Seriously Sinatra station on repeat and had to compile some 40s tunes worthy of ol' blue eyes himself and some old school faves like Dolly Parton. I even struck gold with a tune from my favorite Cabot Cove lady,Angela Lansbury. Who knew she could belt out one hell of a little christmas? Oh why I did because I grew up watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Yes, my love for her runs deep. While you bake your sugar sticks and gingy houses, blast these Christmas songs and I guarantee you'll be singin' We're A Couple of Misfits in no time. But don't fret, you still have plenty of time left for some last minute yule. By the way, what does that even mean?

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS / MUSIC MANIA 7 / SILVER & GOLD HOLIDAY MUSIC More behind the music here: Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Dolly Parton, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jackson 5, Eartha Kitt, Burl Ives, Herbert Rehbein, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Billie Richards, Paul Soles, B. Swanson Quartet, Owen Bradley, Maury Laws

Have some favorite Christmas music that didn't make the list? Share your favorites below and we'll add them to the cue.

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