Cocktail Spotlight: Hot Caramel Buttered Rum

Keep warm and dry this weekend! Cheers and happy Friday! xxoo Life:Styled.

Hot Caramel Buttered Rum

  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • .5 tsp Ground cloves
  • .5 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 3 oz Ron Abuelo Añejo Rum
  • 1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
  • 1 cup Hot water, plus more if desired

Garnish: Cinnamon stick

Glass: Mug

In a mug, stir together the butter, brown sugar, honey and spices until they’ve formed a batter. Add the remaining ingredients and stir vigorously until the batter is fully dissolved. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.




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Hotel Spotlight: The Epic Miami

Downtown Miami has made a lot of changes in the last 10 years, and one of them was putting in a stellar, and aptly named, new hotel.

The Epic Miami, a Kimpton Property, shares a luxury highrise with Epic residences, and overlooks Biscayne Bay, the Miami River and the entire city skyline. Each room boasts a gorgeous view from the over-sized balcony, and bathrooms with soaking tubs and extra large steam showers.

London’s famed Zuma sits along the Miami River on the first floor, and the hotel’s own restaurant, Area 31, is perched on the 16th floor with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the entire city. So, whether you want Japanese, or cocktails and small bites by the pool, you have options…

If you are there for relaxation, try the Exhale Spa for a specialty massage. Not in the mood for the spa? Try a cabana by the pool on the 16th floor with unparalleled views. Considering all that is within this property, you really do not have to leave. But, it IS Miami, so when you do feel like you need to get out, just walk out the door and you are in the heart of it all.


For more information or to book The Epic Hotel, contact LIFE:Styled.



Cocktail Spotlight: Green Thumb

With all these illnesses floating around, we thought a refreshing and healthy(ish) cocktail could be a cure…or at least ease the pain. Cheers and Happy Friday. xo Life:Styled.

Green Thumb (serves 1):

  • 1 oz Hendricks Gin
  • 1 oz St. Germaine (elderflower liqueur)
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup (1/2 sugar, 1/2 water)
  • 4 slices of cucumber
  • Ice

Combine everything in shaker with ice and shake hard for 20 seconds. Double strain it into a glass with ice cubes then add the cucumber slices to the finished drink. Garnish with cucumber wheel and lemon twist…and feel healthier with each sip…or happier…



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Resort Spotlight: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

Its the new year, and one of the biggest resolutions people usually make it better health in the coming year than in the last.  We are here to inform you that better health doesn’t have to be tasteless, depressing, or boring!

Enter Cal a Vie Health Spa Resort, in the hills north of San Diego.  Tucked away among golf courses and avocado orchards, this definitely isn’t the type of place you will just happen upon.  Once the gate opens however, you are on your way to a weekend (or more) of rest, relaxation, exercise, awesome activities, and amazing food, all set among French Provincial style bungalows, villas, and lavender fields.  It’s truly a slice of heaven.

Upon arrival you will meet with your very own health counselor, who will set a program tailored to your goals and needs specifically.  You will then be led to absolutely breathtaking accommodations, where if there wasn’t so much beauty right outside, you would probably want to stay in all week!

Activities range from hiking to cooking classes, tennis, swimming, an absolutely outstanding spa and salon for top notch massages, facials, scrubs and more…and the food!  We couldn’t end this without mentioning Chef Jason Graham’s delectable fare, with all seasonal and regional produce, utilizing whole grains and lean proteins, proving that healthy can still be delicious! The resort under Chef Graham has received top honors including Best Spa Cuisine by Luxury SpaFinder, Favorite Spa for Cuisine by Spa Magazine, and Best Cooking Class by SpaFinder, among many others.

With awesome fitness classes, from yoga to Zumba to pilates and everything in between, you will leave feeling revitalized, in shape, and ready to face the coming year…and wanting to go back as often as possible!

In addition to a relaxing place to spend some time unplugged and recharging, this property would be absolutely amazing for an event weekend.  Buy outs are available, with completely customizable menus, beverage programs, activities, and event spaces!

Contact LifeStyled today for more information or to book your stay!


Cocktail Spotlight: French Martini

While we love our dirty martinis with blue cheese olives as much as the next (awesome) person, a change-up can’t hurt once in a while! Cheers and Happy Friday!

French Martini (serves 1):

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
  • Ice
  • Champagne

Add vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with champagne.



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Spotlight on Awards Season

It’s that time of year again…awards season! Between now and the end of February, there are a ton of events, award shows and after-parties to attend. So whether you live in LA, or are planning a visit, here are the highlights of the must-go-to’s for the season.

  • Wednesday January 9 – People’s Choice Awards
  • Thursday January 10: Critics Choice Awards
  • Saturday January 12: BAFTA Awards Tea Party
  • Sunday January 13: Golden Globe Awards
  • Thursday January 17 – Sun Jan 27: Sundance Film Festival
  • Monday January 21: Inauguration
  • Sunday January 27: SAG Awards
  • Sunday February 2: Super Bowl
  • Thursday February 7 – Thurs Feb 14: New York Fashion Week
  • Sunday February 10: Grammy Awards Weekend
  • Sunday February 17: NBA All Star Game
  • Sunday February 24: Academy Awards Weekend

Contact us at LIFE:Styled for access to shows and after parties, other event information and recommendations… We would love to help!


Cocktail Spotlight: Bloody Mary

After a few weeks of celebrations, bowl games, parties and family functions, a slight twist on a good ‘ole classic just seems appropriate for this Friday. Cheers and Happy New Year! – Life:Styled.

Wade’s Bloody Mary

  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
  • 1 teaspoon green olive brine
  • Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
  • Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
  • Your favorite vodka
  • (makes 1qt. of mix)

Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled Bloody Mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!


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Spotlight on Luxury: Holiday 2012

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Cocktail Spotlight: Christmas Campfire Martini

All you really need this weekend is this cocktail, a warm fire, and good company.  Cheers and Happy Friday! xxoo, LIFE:Styled.

Christmas Campfire Martini
Prep time: 5 Minutes – Serves: 2

  • 2 ounces Fluffed Marshmallow vodka
  • 2 ounces Tres Leches liqueur
  • 1 ounce White Chocolate Godiva liqueur
  • 1 ounce half and half

Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled half-way with ice. Shake for 10-15 seconds and served into martini glass

Notes: Garnish with a large marshmallow dipped in white chocolate which has been allowed to harden then lightly toasted over a low flame.


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Hotel Spotlight: One and Only Palmilla

It’s winter here in the states.  It is chilly most places you will visit here other than maybe Miami… however, now is the perfect weather in Mexico, and for us west coasters, the flight to Cabo San Lucas is just a quick jaunt, a shorter flight than most east coast destinations.

So if you have a loved one you just can’t think of a present for, or a family that is going stir crazy in the rain or snow, pack your bags and call us immediately, because we really want you to experience the luxury and impeccable service that is the One and Only Palmilla.
Just picture getting picked up at the airport in a chauffeured Hummer direct from the resort.  From there, you are in their hands for the entirety of your stay.  Every single room and suite has ocean views, so don’t worry about getting stuck in a room with a parking lot view.  You won’t even see a parking lot.

Think, the only luxury resort in Cabo that is actually situated on a sand beach, instead of a rocky one.  Think 5-star dining, floating beds, plunge pools on suite decks, 24 butler service with every room, a spectacular spa that has been rated ‘Best International Resort Spa’ multiple years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course rated in the top 100 in the world, and SO much more.  Phew!

We just can’t say enough good things about this exquisite resort in one short post, so please message us directly for more details!!  For those of you that DO want to bring the kids, they have a great kids program, kids pool, and so many activities, you barely have to see the kids if you don’t want to…haha!

If this doesn’t say Fa la la la la, la la la la…. We don’t know what does!  Call us to book today with special perks!