Life:Styled’s Onsite Event Concierge Services: Piaget 2015

As you may have noticed on our social media pages, Life:Styled had the opportunity to work as the event concierge for Piaget during their travels for the Independent Spirit Awards (They sponsor the awards). This was our fourth year in a row working with them and we are so happy they keep coming back :) Plus, it never hurts to work on site in beautiful Santa Monica! This year, we were set up at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, which was accommodating, convenient and easy to work with. Here’s the breakdown of what we did onsite for them:

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Piaget is an international luxury watch and jewelry company, with absolutely beautiful creations that adorn the necks, wrists and fingers of many celebrities throughout the awards season. They bring Life:Styled on to be the travel concierge for their staff and guests from all over the world that will be in town attending the Spirit Awards and other events. We handle all of their airport transfers, car service requests, ceremony red carpet arrivals and departures, and any type of reservations that they might need (restaurants, stylists, spa treatments, and more). We are also set up on site during the high arrival dates, as well as the event day to make ourselves even more readily available to the group. This allows us to make sure everything runs smoothly, especially with the transporting everyone to the red carpet and back on the day of the event. We have partnered every year with Wilshire Limousine for all car service needs and their services are always impeccable.

Huntley Hotel View

Car Lineup

Life:Styled has been on site for many different types of events in the past, from awards to destination weddings, reunions and more.  If you would like to learn more about this service for an event you have coming up, please contact us!  concierge@lifestyledgroup.com

Destination Spotlight: Puerto Rico

Hi all! It’s Jamie, Life:Styled’s lovely intern here. I recently had the awesome opportunity to take a week away from reality and spend some time on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Horrible, right?! ;) I had a great time soaking up the sun and exploring during my week away. SO, today I am sharing my experience on the island with you so that you can have just as much fun as I did when travelling to this slice of Caribbean paradise.

Now, we all know that Southern California has some great weather and is pretty tame during the winter season, but I was definitely ready to leave this 50 degree weather (yes, I do think that constitutes as almost freezing ;)) to go someplace much warmer and tropical…Puerto Rico! When Puerto Rico comes to mind, thoughts of tropical beaches and lush plants tend to appear. And let me just say, this place did not disappoint! The soft sand, clear turquoise water, 80 degree weather, and beach bars just steps away from the water, I’m sure you can understand why I did not want to leave.

The first stop of our trip was to the Ritz Carlton in San Juan.

Ritz Carlton Decor

Ritz Carlton Pool

Ritz Carlton Beach This hotel is just beautiful! The crystal chandeliers and tropical floral arrangements that are placed throughout the hotel give a very romantic setting.  Once you walk outside, you are greeted by a large pool surrounded by palm trees that give the perfect amount of shade. Walk a little further and you are right on the beach! Should you get thirsty for a yummy rum cocktail (who wouldn’t!?) or need some food to refuel, there is a great bar and restaurant right next to the pool.

Our next stop sort of happened by chance.

El San Juan Stairs

El San Juan Lobby Bar On our very important mission to find a Starbucks, we stumbled into an absolutely gorgeous hotel called El San Juan Resort & Casino. Not only does it have a Starbucks (!), but it also has a large pool and beach area that you will never want to leave. As a plus for those night owls who are adapting to the time change, there is a nightclub on property that offers room for dancing along with a more laidback upstairs lounge. This hotel has such a regal air to it that you will walk around feeling like royalty here.

Throughout the trip we of course spent time to lounge at several different beaches.

Crash Boat Pier View Crash Boat in Aguadilla: This beach is full of life with tourists, locals, food trucks/carts, and a beach bar. Perfect for lounging on the sand and swimming. I recommend that you also take a walk down the narrow pier, where locals like to jump off of, to take in the gorgeous view.

Jobo's Beach Jobo’s Beach in Isabela: This is now my favorite beach in the world! The calm waters near the shore make it perfect for hanging out waist deep in the water on little sand bars. Head out a little further from the shore and surfers can catch waves of all sorts of sizes. Sticking out into the ocean is a rocky jetty where waves sprout up from. This makes for such a cool effect! For the slightly adventurous people, I recommend walking along the jetty for a spectacular, up close view of surfers riding the waves. For those who do, you will want hard sole shoes because the jetty is made of super sharp rocks!

Step's Underwater Steps Beach in Rincon: This beach is made for snorkeling! We heard of people catching glimpses of seahorses, rays, coral, and lots of different types of fish. Thanks to our GoPro we managed to capture a picture of some of the colorful fish you can find here.

Sandy Beach from Tamboo Sandy Beach in Rincon: On the other side of Rincon (which happens to be my favorite area of the island), we found this great swimming, surfing, and body-boarding beach. This seemed to be a good place for beginners wanting to surf. Perfectly located near popular hotels and restaurants in the area, this beach is a must!

Old San Juan

San Sebastian Festival Stilts To end the trip we went back to the area we began our trip in and walked along the charming cobblestone streets in Old San Juan. We came just in time to experience the city setting up for their San Sebastian Festival (the annual festival that celebrates the feast day of San Sebastian). This festival has also been called the Puerto Rican version of Mardi Gras, so for those party animals this would be a fun experience! We opted out of the craziness that the festival can bring to the city, but had a great time roaming the streets before it all really started.

Espiritu Boricua There is no denying that Puerto Rico is an island full of beautiful scenery and warm, tropical weather. I suggest visiting during the winter when the temperatures are a perfect high of 80 and low of 70’s. Also, if you want to explore a large part of the island like we did, renting a car is a must! Just know that the driving is very different from in the states. Also, don’t forget to brush up on basic Spanish. While the majority of the locals are bilingual in English, Spanish is the native language there. Finally (and huge pluses for U.S. travelers!), you do not need a passport or currency exchanged in order to travel here since this island is U.S. territory.

If you want to experience the Caribbean in Puerto Rico, give us a call or send us an email and we will help you plan your tropical vacation!

Where to Travel in 2015

Happy New Year!! We hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season! We definitely enjoyed our time spent with family, but we are excited and ready to start booking your travels for 2015. In light of the new year (and because we love the magazine), we decided that we would share a few destinations mentioned in Travel & Leisure’s “Best Places to Travel in 2015” article.  And to make it even better, we’re also sharing some of our lovely partnered hotels to stay in while traveling to these destinations.  Enjoy!

Fez, Morocco:

Riad Fes

Riad Fes – Terrace

Morocco’s third largest city is full of traditional culture and yummy, spiced food. With an updated airport unveiling in 2015, you’ll want to see what this city has to offer before the word spreads too much! We recommend staying at Riad Fes, a Relais & Chateaux property. This sophisticated hotel offers a panoramic view of the city that you do not want to miss out on. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the cooking classes (such a cool experience!) and wine tasting that the hotel offers!

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic:

Casa Colonial

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa – Pool View

Located on the northern shore, Puerto Plata is a nice change of pace from the more congested side of the Dominican Republic. We suggest staying at Casa Colonial Beach & Spa, a Virtuoso property, because why stay anywhere that’s not right on the shore when in the Caribbean?! This is such a great place to get away from it all and just relax. Take some time to get pampered at their spa and then have dinner at their Caribbean fusion restaurant, Lucia. You can thank us later ;)

Milan, Italy:

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Park Hyatt Milan – Entrance

Due to the city hosting Expo 2015, Milan is sure to be a top destination this year. Even if you do not wish to attend this particular event, we highly recommend visiting this beautiful city! We love the Park Hyatt Milan because it is located just steps away from the main attractions of the city, such as Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II (hello amazing shopping!) and Teatro alla Scala. The Park Hyatt Milan is also a 5 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant on the property, so you are sure to be taken care of here!

Keep in mind that we are partnered with the hotels we shared with you today, which means that Life:Styled clients can experience special perks at these hotels! So, give us a call or send us an email to start planning your travels for 2015!

Happiest Holiday Wishes!

Us Life:Styled girls want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope that you enjoy what is most important in life; your precious time with family and friends   It has been a great year and we cannot wait to see what the next year brings.  We truly appreciate your friendship, business and support over the year!  Lots of love, Natalie, Rebecca, Nicole and Jamie

 

Life:Styled’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Hooray for the BEST month of the year!!  If you’re still looking for the perfect gifts for the people on your list, we’ve got you covered! Each of us Life:Styled ladies added a few of our favorite products to this list to help you along with your holiday shopping.  Enjoy!

Natalie’s Picks

Valleybrink Road box

 Valleybrink Road Gift Box -

Great for corporate clients OR friends.  You can pick from all different “themes” (baby, home, sweets, etc) and sizes of boxes, and if you are doing LA delivery, they are hand delivered by a lovely member of the VBR team, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers included.  They can ship as well, it just won’t include the flowers.

Gray Malin Cefalu Yellow Umbrellas

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For the travel lovers on your list, these photographs are an amazing addition to any wall – and you are sure to find a location that the person you are gifting for has been to, which would make it even more special.  (depending on your budget there are multiple sizes; our favorites are the diptychs/triptychs which are a series of 2 or 3 photos in a row)

Restoration Hardware Gramophone

Restoration Hardware Gramophone -

A modern take on an old favorite.  We just LOVE this awesome newly released product which would make such a fabulous gift for the nostalgic techy in your life.

Wildfox Winter Diet Sweater

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What’s not to love?!

Rebecca’s Picks

100% Pure Hydration

What with all the eating and drinking that comes with the festive season, we need to ensure that our skin is keeping up with the scene. 100% Pure is a healthy, pure line of nourishing skincare made with the highest quality ingredients, free of any harmful toxins. Not only are they healthy, but their corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy, the company is 100% electric and their pure, biodegradable formulas are packaged with post-consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non-toxic vegetable ink. 100% Pure also loves animals – they are completely cruelty free and charitable towards animal welfare. So go ahead and indulge while your skincare does all the work.

CB Pizza Grilling Stone

For the guy (or gal) who grills: Crate&Barrel Pizza Grilling Stone –

Heat resistant to 800 degrees, this reversible ceramic stone is a natural for grilling or baking crispy pizza or tortillas. There is even a ribbed side for burgers and steaks.

GoPro Hero 4

For the Techie:  The GoPro Hero4 Black-

The best GoPro out there lets you capture 4K video and 12 megapixel photos at 30 fps, and it’s even waterproof up to 131 feet. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can control the camera with your smartphone.

Hello Kitty Kids Headphone

For Kids: Beats by Dre Hello Kitty Headphones – cute AND great quality!

Nicole’s Picks

Wildfox Pajamas

Wildfox Need Coffee Cami and Pant Pajama Set -

The coziest pajamas with the truest statement. We always need our coffee!

Deluscious Cookies

Deluscious Cookies and Milk -

Some of the best cookies you will ever taste! From regular chocolate chip to a melt in your mouth chocolate mint, you can’t go wrong with these amazing goodies! Deluscious will package your order in a beautiful Holiday box and ship anywhere you need. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, they will even hand deliver the cutest bottle of milk to pair with the cookies to complete this perfect gift!

Swell Bottle

S’well Bottles -

For all anyone on the go. I LOVE these! These bottles will keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and that much needed coffee hot for 12!

 Mia2_Green

Clarisonic Mia 2 -

Keep your skin glowing while at home and traveling! Comes with a travel case so you can easily pack with you during the Holiday hustle and bustle.

Jamie’s Picks

Bespoke Post Gift Boxes

Bespoke Post Subscription Box-

This subscription box is perfect for the man in your life! Each month, Bespoke Post releases a box that is filled with high-quality products that are theme-driven. Some months they even release multiple boxes, which the recipient gets to choose from. They also have a shop where you can purchase single products. You can gift a physical or digital gift card, or even better, a box and a gift card.

Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet

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I love this gift for the fitness conscious and travel-loving girls. It is tough to make sure you move enough throughout the day on a regular schedule, let alone while traveling. This Tory Burch for Fitbit bracelet transforms a Fitbit Flex tracker into a super cute accessory. If they already have a Fitbit Flex, great! But if not, I’m sure they won’t mind two gifts in one ;)

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Michael Tompsett Watercolor City Skylines -

I am obsessed with this wall art by Michael Tompsett! These watercolor city skylines are great for anyone in your life. Plus, there are so many cities and styles to choose from. Find one in the person’s hometown or a city that they fell in love with while traveling. I guarantee they will want to show it off right away.

Camelback All Clear Camelback All Clear Purification Bottle -

This gift is perfect for the adventurer who likes to explore off the beaten path, and for the international traveler. The Camelback All Clear Bottle purifies water in just 60 seconds with the help of its built in UV technology. As long as there is tap or clear natural water nearby, this bottle will filter it and ensure safe drinking water.

We hope you had fun looking at each of our picks because we had a great time gathering them for you! If you still need to book your holiday travels, it’s not too late.  Just give us a call or send us an email and we will take care of all of your travel needs.

Winter Travel Essentials

The malls have officially started playing Christmas music, Winter Dream Tea is back at Coffee Bean, and Target looks like the inside of Santa’s workshop… which can only mean one thing!!  The holidays are upon us and we couldn’t be happier.  It MAY even drop out of the 80’s this week in So Cal which is promising as well :)  What we also know is that many of you are prepping for your holiday travels, and we thought that it would be a fitting time to share this year’s Life:Styled list of winter travel essentials with you, our lovely readers.  As always, we are sharing our favorite products that will help keep you healthy, gorgeous, and warm on the go.  Enjoy and safe travels!!

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Herban Essentials – Essential Oil Towelette

Everyone knows that as the air starts to get colder, the chances of catching a cold or the flu heightens. This is especially not fun to deal with while you’re traveling by plane. In order to help you fight off those nasty germs, we suggest bringing these antibacterial towelettes from Herban Essentials. We absolutely love these wipes, because not only do they kills germs, but they smell and feel amazing on your skin due to the essential oils that they are made with. Our personal faves are the Eucalyptus oil towelettes.

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Josie Maran – 100% Argan Oil

Skin has a rough time keeping hydrated around this time of year due to the dryness that the cold air brings. In order to keep our skin glowing we love using this moisturizing oil from Josie Maran. We know how scary the thought of rubbing oil on your face can be, but we promise, this oil is perfect! Use it on its own or add a drop into your daily moisturizer.

Alpaca Cape

Cuyana – Alpaca Long Classic Cape

If you are looking for the perfect piece to keep you comfortable on a chilly plane, we’ve got you covered!  This gorgeous cape is so comfy, soft, versatile, and great for layering!  We love it over a long sleeved shirt or dress.  However you wear it, this Cuyana Cape is sure to keep you warm and cozy.  Choose from their three great neutral colors: black, grey, or camel.

Quilted Jacket

Lauren Ralph Lauren – Faux-Fur-Trim Quilted Jacket

If you are bound for the North and/or East parts of the country,  what is better than a down jacket that offers you the warmth you need to face the inclement weather?!  If you are trying to stay warm AND stylish (and who isn’t!), we love this quilted jacket by Lauren Ralph Lauren.  It also offers a vented back hem so your body doesn’t feel suffocated.

Trench Coat

Calvin Klein – Double Breasted Trench Coat

If you’re just in need of a light coat for those locales that have mild winter seasons (thank you, Southern California), we recommend this Calvin Klein Double Breasted Trench Coat. It has a detachable hood and zip-out flannel lining, which makes it perfect for multiple seasons, or longer trips where weather can change.  We love this jacket in khaki because it is so versatile and can be dressed up or down, which is of course handy while traveling.

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Tory Burch – Teresa Riding Boot

Tory Burch’s “Teresa” Riding Boots are classic and just flat out gorgeous! They keep your feet comfortable while on the move, but like the jacket above, are versatile enough to hit the the town in as well. Huge plus…these boots are ON SALE on the Tory Burch website right now!!

MK Cori Moccasins

Michael Kors -Cori Suede and Shearling Moccasin

It’s always nice to have a pair of slippers handy during travel.  Let’s be honest, most hotel slippers aren’t all that glorious. These Michael Kors moccasin slippers are perfect for those times that you are not quite ready to leave the house/hotel… Can you picture yourself now, cozied up to a fire in Jackson Hole with the snow falling outside and a cocktail in hand?  We can.  They will keep your feet feeling SO cozy that there is no need to leave the house!

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ASOS – Oversized Square Scarf in Check

Scarves are one of the all-time greatest winter accessories, don’t you agree?  They not only keep you warm and cozy, but they come in so many different colors, patterns, textures, and sizes that they truly go with everything, in any occasion.  On a plane, out to dinner, around town, and anywhere and everywhere in between.  We think that this ASOS scarf is perfect with its darling plaid print and large size. This scarf is sure to be a staple in your winter essentials, like it is ours.

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Restoration Hardware – Roll-Up Travel Charger

Don’t be the guy sitting on the floor of the airport in a corner just to reach the closest plugs, and then take them all up because after all, how can you pick between what to charge first, laptop or iPhone?  Ok fine, we have been there too, but luckily, we now have this handy roll-up travel charger from Restoration Hardware. It allows you to charge up to 4 devices at once with its USB sockets, all while using just one wall outlet. This has definitely come in handy for us and we think that you will love it while you are out and about.

Clare V. Messenger

Clare Vivier – Messenger

We just flat out love this Messenger bag from Clare V. to use as the perfect travel purse. In fact we love everything from Clare Vivier, but that is maybe a slight problem for another long conversation. This bag is one of our faves, made from the softest leather EVER, that comes in so many great colors and it fits a lot more than it looks like. The long strap is perfect for slinging across body, leaving hands and arms free for everything else you are trying to schlep.  And to make it even better, these bags can be monogrammed with lovely lettering that is a Clare V. signature and icing on the cake!

We had a great time putting this list together for you and hope that you find it helpful.  Still need to book your holiday travel?  Call or email Life:Styled today to get the ball rolling stat!

Cocktail Spotlight: Cauldron Punch

Halloween is right around the corner, so what better way to get into the spirit than to share a recipe using spirits (see what we did there ;)). Whether you’re hosting a party, attending a party, or just staying home to pass out candy, this easy to make “Cauldron Punch” is sure to quench your thirst!  Cheers!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Rooibos tea, brewed
  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 1 tbsp. agave (or sweetener of choice)
  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & blackberries

Directions:

Brew two teaspoons of tea (or two tea bags) in 6-8 ounces of water for four minutes and flash-chill. Combine 3 oz. of brewed tea with 1 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and sweeten with agave or sweetener of choice. Muddle in fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with blackberries. Optional Halloween garnish: Purée raspberries to “bleed” down the side of glass. Makes 1 serving.

Source: Country Living