Ms. Madison Styles Your Weekend: October 21st

It’s Friday which means it’s time for our second installation of Ms. Madison Styles your Weekend. We hope you enjoyed the first post last week and if you attended any of the events, let us know in the comments.

The weather has been reminiscent of Summer with weekend promises of around 80 degrees, so stay cool friends and have a wonderful weekend.

Here’s what’s going on this October 21st weekend in our beautiful city of Pasadena (and beyond):

Art Night Pasadena Friday October 22, 6pm-10pm

Art Night Pasadena

Enjoy an entire roster of art filled fun during Art Night Pasadena this Friday evening, from 6-10pm. There will be live music and performances, and of course, art. Free shuttles will be available to escort you to any of the 18 different cultural institutions participating tonight, ranging from The Armory to Art Center and many more. See the full list of events here.

Digital Nature: Techno-Botanical Art in the Garden at the Arcadia Arboretum Friday and Saturday Oct 21-22, 6pm


Watch the Arcadia Arboretum transform into a modern art installation featuring digital and video work by Natural Discourse, a group of artists curated by local artist and landscaper Shirley Watts who’s goal is to merge art, science, and nature in order to explore the relationship between technology and the natural world. 12 artists will be using the Arboretum as their canvas to weave video and interactive art installations throughout the Arboretum. There will also be live music, food trucks, beer and wine to round out the evening. It sounds like a very special event not to be missed.

New Restaurant Opening: Lost At Sea, Pasadena

Butter-poached lobster with a sweet corn velouté from Lost at Sea, Pasadena.

For the food lovers in Pasadena (especially all of us here at On Madison), get excited because there are a handful of restaurants opening up in the area that have sparked our interest. One of the most buzzed about that’s now open is Lost at Sea over on Holly street. Started by local chefs Tim Carey from Arcadia and Santos Uy from La Cañada, Lost at Sea specializes in none other than fresh, seasonal seafood and an impressive wine list worth mentioning as well. The octopus molé with strawberry and a sesame tuile sounds heavenly, as does the butter poached lobster pictured above. (Photo by Jenni Hwang)

57 Holly St., Pasadena. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30-10pm.

Last but not least, we had to mention Modernism Week in Palm Springs this weekend, Oct 21-23modernism week palm springs

It’s not exactly local, but it’s a favorite weekend trip of ours here at On Madison. Less than 2 hours from L.A. you can be transported into a midcentury heaven. Showcasing 40+ national and international dealers in art, vintage furniture, textiles, clothing, prints, and much more, there are an endless variety of goodies to oogle as you daydream about how you would deck out your Palm Springs pad. See the complete list of exhibitors and events here.








Ms. Madison Styles Your Weekend: October 14th

To liven things up for Fall and upcoming holidays we’re ushering in a new segment on the blog, Ms. Madison Styles Your Weekend, where every Friday we introduce you to special events and happenings in and around Pasadena and Los Angeles. Whether you’re into food, music, culture, fashion or art, we’ll be sure to find the cream of the crop to share with you. Here’s our very first post on how you should be styling your weekend. Have a beautiful one, from all of us at On Madison.

States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945-1960 Opening night at the Norton Simon Museum Friday October 14 until Feb 13, 2017


Pulling from the Norton Simon’s vast collection of over 700 Picasso prints (one of the largest collections in the world) States of Mind follows Picasso’s exploration of the malleable nature of lithographs and the print-making process. You’ll be able to catch this show until February, but watch for special lectures and drawing events based on the show as well.

Alton Brown: Everyday Cook book signing at Vroman’s Pasadena Friday October 14, 2016


Meet the Alton Brown of Iron Chef America and Food Network Fame at Vroman’s Pasadena as he discusses his new book featuring his unique blend of science, food, and humor for the every day cook. Sure to be a staple in your kitchen, Alton says: “This is the food I cook and eat on a day-to-day basis, from morning to late at night and everywhere in-between.” Featured favorites include lacquered bacon, the Bad-Day Bitter Martini, savory Greek yogurt dip, open sesame noodles, and 100 other recipes.

Pasadena Octoberfest Saturday October 15, 2016


Hosted by Motley Brews and Sam Adams, Pasadena’s Octoberfest is a great way to spend Saturday for all the craft beer lovers out there. Featuring over 50 of the country’s top breweries (including 30 incredibly rare Sam Adams brews), live music, and food trucks with craft beer inspired pairings. Proceeds benefit the Cancer for College Foundation. Tickets here.

PMCA Block Printing Workshop Saturday October 15, 2016


Join local lino cut artist Dave Lefner for a relief-making workshop at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and go home with your very own single-color print at the end of the day. See Dave’s incredible work and his art process in this feature from KCET. Photos via Skidmore Contemporary Art and Probably Prints.

The Treehouse Music and Film Festival Saturday October 15, 2016


12pm-12am this Saturday join a list of artists, vendors, and film-makers for 12 hours of music, movies, art and interactive displays at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. See the full lineup and events on

1st Annual Dessert Weekend in Pershing Square Downtown Los Angeles, Saturday October 15, 2016 14333210_1658837437739490_6119676552436512070_n

Got a sweet tooth? Then the 1st Annual Dessert Week LA is calling your name. Sample from over 25 of the best local dessert vendors in LA. Includes a beer garden, champagne, dessert wines, live music, games, and even a retro-throwback: the good old pie-eating contest. See updates of all the activities via Facebook.

Looking forward to sharing many more events in this new segment! Tag us #msmadisonstyles #madisonmodernblog in all of your adventures around the city or to alert us of what’s hip and happening in your hood.








Mountain Chic

I have to come clean. So many of our blogposts are inspired by real life design situations. If we happen to be looking for lighting for a project, then we’re inspired to do a post about cool lighting. The inspiration for this particular blogpost comes from the house my husband and I just purchased near Aspen, Colorado.

Growing up in Denver, it’s been my husband’s dream to have a place in Aspen, and after being two 30-year overnight successes, we finally achieved that dream. Of course, my mind is racing thinking about how to furnish and decorate our new getaway. No cutesy reindeer pillows, vintage snowshoes, or trophy trout for me! The goal is to create a modern, sophisticated, yet comfortable, home that defies all clichés about what a mountain home should be.

On Madison has put together a pictorial of images that exemplify what our idea of mountain chic is all about. We’re dreaming about après ski already!


All image credits can be found on the Madison Modern Blog Pinterest.




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