God Bless America & God Bless Sangria!
Happy 4th of July from your team at Life:Styled!  Cheers XO!


Red, White & Blue Sangria:

  • Strawberries, Sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple, Cut Into Star Shapes
  • 2 Bottles Dry White Wine
  • 1 Cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup Berry-Flavored Vodka
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Simple Syrup


1. Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir.
2. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

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While our clients are busily preparing for some incredible summer vacations, we here at Life:Styled are just going to have to settle for this very yummy island-inspired Honey Citrus Cocktail!  Cheers!!


Honey Citrus Cocktail:

  • 4 Ounces Skyy Infused Dragon Fruit Vodka
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey
  • 4 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Sugar Rim


1. Add the honey, vodka, grapefruit juice and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and set aside.
2. Wet the rim of the goblet with an orange or grapefruit wedge. Dip the glass, upside down, in a plate of sugar to coat the entire rim evenly.
3. Pour the cocktail into the goblet and add ice.
4. Garnish with a fresh flower and enjoy!

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SBE knows how to do restaurants, and Restaurant Michael Schwartz is, as expected, no exception. The location itself is spectacular; on the Raleigh Hotel’s gorgeous pool deck and upper lobby, the charm of the surroundings would be enough, but then you taste the food! MS_OutdoorBar

The menu at this swanky and unique new dining experience is comprised of dishes inspired by the colorful history and charm of the hotel itself. We recommend you start your evening off with the restaurant’s signature Steel Cup Mint Julep cocktail – probably the best we have ever had – before moving onto one of chef Michael Schwartz’s mouth watering dishes.


Labeled small (loved the Steak Tartare), medium (the Grilled Chicken Wings), large (Grilled Rib Eye, wow!) and extra large (The Fish Stew, not normally something we would order, but SO glad we did!). The Cuban Coffee Pots de Crème dessert was also to DIE for. Menus are updated daily giving guests new and exciting options each time they visit!



The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and also offers poolside and bar service, boxed beach lunches, and in room dining as well. So you will NOT be missing out regardless!


Contact us for more information on Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel and to make your reservation today!

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To all the tequila lovers out there, get creative this weekend and whip up a batch of these fancy Palomas!  They are a super fun alternative to the standard margarita and a great way to spice up any party! Enjoy!


Perfect Paloma Cocktail

The Perfect Paloma Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 Shots of Tequila
  • Juice of Half of a Ruby Grape Fruit
  • 1/2 Shot of Agave Syrup or Sugar Syrup
  • About 75ml Club Soda
  • A Squirt of Fresh Lime Juice


1. Mix the grapefruit juice, tequila and sugar.
2. Pour over a tall glass with ice and top it with soda water.

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Summer is almost upon us, (yay!) I love this time of year for the golden tans and low maintenance makeup.

Since the sun is especially strong in the summer months, remember to always wear sun protection. Shield your face and neck with a hypoallergenic SPF. I’ve been a fan of Clinique City Block for years.

To get that all over, perfect, been–on-vacation-for-weeks glow, use St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. It’s easy to apply and long lasting. Be sure to prep the skin first; exfoliate well and moisturize around knees, ankles and elbows.I love the look of a bare face in the summer.

Let your skin glow with Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint. This oil-free, lightweight coverage foundation evens out imperfections and fades the appearance of fine lines.

Apply Armani Sheer Bronzer on your cheekbones, temples and bridge of your nose for the look of healthy sun kissed skin. It’s a sheer powder with honey highlights – looks beautiful on all skin tones.

A swipe of Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara and a dab of Armani Flash Lacquer Lip Gloss and you’re ready for fun in the sun!


  1. Clinique City Block – Clinique - $21
  2. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse – St Tropez - $42
  3. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint – Jouer - $38
  4. Armani Sheer Bronzer Powder – Armani - $49
  5. Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara – Lancome – $27
  6. Armani Flash Lacquer Lip Gloss – Armani - $29

Nicole Walmsley has worked with many of Hollywood’s familiar faces; getting them ready for red carpets, photoshoots, events and on-camera appearances. She has an easy going yet detailed approach and the unique ability to create a flawless look while simultaneously letting ones natural beauty shine through.

More travel beauty advice from Nicole coming monthly; connect with her via the links below!


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