It’s been one of those long and busy weeks…we were in Las Vegas supporting WPPI and the fabulous Airplanes and Blazers Party…which means that it’s almost a requirement to indulge in a cocktail today. And why not stick with a classic, since (after all) Wednesday was National Margarita Day. But today we’re also celebrating the winner of our 3 month of wedding and event concierge retainer services giveaway…Rebecca!

So, in honor of our new client and our new “favorite holiday”: It’s Cocktail Time…Happy Friday! ~Life:Styled

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 oz. 100% agave silver (blanco) [Recommended:  El Tesoro, Sauza Hornitos, or El Milagro]
  • 1 ox. Cointreau [you can use Gran Marnier if you happen to have some, but stear clear of Triple Sec]
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 oz. agave nectar (optional)
  • Kosher salt


1. Begin by squeezing the lime juice with a juicer or citrus reamer. Use the spent lime half to rim a 4-5 oz. martini glass or a rocks glass, and dip into the salt. (If you like them less salty, only rim half of the glass.) Place in the freezer or fill with ice cubes and water to chill.

2. Pour the lime juice into a shaker, and add the orange liqueur and tequila, and the agave nectar (if that’s what you’re using). Fill the shaker with ice, and shake until your hands get cold, then shake some more. It’s essential that it’s very well mixed and diluted just so with the melted ice, and that comes from shaking. Don’t skimp here; you’re hard work will be rewarded.

3. Retrieve your glass, and fill with ice if using a rocks glass. Strain your shaken cocktail into the glass, and enjoy!


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It’s Cocktail Time…Happy Friday! ~Cheers, Life:Styled

Cocktail Ingredients:

• 1½ Ounces Vodka
• ½ Ounce Patrón Citronge Orange Liqueur
• 1 Ounce Fresh Blackberry Juice
• Splash of Fresh Orange Juice
• Granulated Sugar
• Lemon Slice for Garnish


1. Moisten the rim of the glass with blackberry juice. Gently coat the rim with sugar.

2. Combine the vodka, orange liqueur, blackberry juice and orange juice in a shaker with ice.

3. Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with lemon slice, and toast!


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 ”Paradise is always where love dwells” ~Jean Paul Richter

Famous Heart Reef, Location: Great Barrier Reef Airlie Beach, Queensland


Bonus: Staying in this Valentines Day? Be sure to check out our friend Kristin Banta on Bravo in her new special, ”The Ring Leader”, tonight at 7pm…Bravo’s first venture into weddings! No doubt, it will be unlike any other wedding show on TV, so you won’t want to miss it. For a special sneak peek at tonight’s Kristin Banta / “The Ring Leader” wedding-goodness, see below:

For more information on “The Ring Leader”, visit CONGRATS, KRISTIN!


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Yes, it’s tomorrow and yes…there’s still time to grab that perfect gift for your significant other, best friend, boss, mom, dad or dog. Valentines Day 2012 is here, and as is par for the course during any major holiday, Life:Styled clients come to us for suggestions and advice on the perfect V-day gifts for the loves in their lives (even if, that means we have less than 24 hours to scour the perfect gift). To show our love and appreciation for you, our loyal readers, we’ve rounded-up the best in last minute Valentines Day gifts sure to surprise and dazzle those closest to your heart. Happy Valentines Day!


Top 5 V-Day Gifts for The Men In Your Life

1. poker – the ultimate gift by francois montmirel, $35

2. Voluspa ‘Maison Noir – Vervaine Olive Leaf’ Scented Candle, $27

3. swaine adeney brigg leather briefcase, $1230.00

4. nixon ‘the 51-30′ men’s bracelet watch via nordstrom, $425

5. john varvatos eau toilette spray via sephora, $60-80


Top 5 V-Day Gifts for The Women In Your Life

1. jenny packham lace and silk robe, $2015.00

2. francis coppola winery sofia blanc de blancs via bevmo, $16

3. smythson leather photo pouch, $475

4. laura mercier nail polish-luscious + burke williams spa pedicure gift certificate, $18 + $50

5. diamond in the rough valentines day 10 under 10 champagne bubbles stud earrings, $5,500




#1 Valentines Treats for ALL The Loves In Your Life: DeLuscious Cookies + Milk and Tic-Tock Couture Valentines Day Floral Arrangements! 


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Let Life:Styled Send You and Your Loved One On The Perfect Valentines Date Night in Los Olivos, CA!

Stay: Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa

Meet the cutest little boutique hotel since…well, since heaven! Located in the middle of the small quaint town of Los Olivos, the Fess Parker Inn is the perfect romantic backdrop to your Valentines day weekend. Individually decorated rooms, stellar service, and the best accommodations location in town…it’s a must stay!


Eat: Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern

Experience fine dining and charm at Brothers Restaurant in Mattei’s Tavern, former stopping grounds of  traveling cowboys and the Wells Fargo Express. Known for using the best in local, farm-raised meats and produce, and served within a warm & cozy dining atmosphere, your sweetie is sure to be impressed.


See: Saarloos & Sons

This four generation, family run winery is more than just your average wine experience…this wine and tasting room are the rock ‘n’ roll of wine country excursions. The wine itself is 100% estate grown and only available via wine club or in Los Olivos at their lovingly restored tasting room “HOUSE” built in 1886. While you’re there, pair the best of Saarloos & Sons varietals with the best in couture cupcakes from Enjoy (located right inside the tasting room). Just to show you how cool this wine spot really is, check out this video of the tasting room, below:


Contact us for more information or to book your own Valentines Day Wine Country Experience, today!


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