Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at The Lifestylist Brands. May your holidays be bright and beautiful, and 2014 be a year of love, laughter and compassion.

Happy Thanksgiving

All of us at The Lifestylist Brands would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. May it be filled with family, friends, love and great food!

The Martha Stewart Made in America Contest


It's so hard to find companies that only make American Made products these days, but what's even rarer than that is a woman owned company that is over 20 years old and only sells American Made products.

Babette Holland was making beautiful furniture, vases, mirrors, and accessories in her Tribeca NY studio when the World Trade Center was hit only blocks from her. She has always been an advocate for animals and was a huge influence before and after for getting animals off the streets and into loving homes.

Shortly after that she was diagnosed with MS, but was worried about what the effect would be on her business if her clients and others knew she was struggling with this disease. She shared in her own words on our Lifestylist page what she has been going through, and how she has decided it is time for her to come forward and educate people about MS.

She has been honored by having her company included in the Martha Stewart American Made contest, and is close to winning but needs everyone's help to help her over the finish line.

Please visit the Martha Stewart page, enroll then you can vote up to 6 times a day until Sept. 22nd.

Someone like Babette never asks for help, so I'm thrilled for a change I can be the one to help her dreams come true!

The Wyndham Deerfield Hotel and Resort

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As a Lifestylist, location is everything when I go on vacation. If I am going to a mountain destination I like to stay in the mountains, and if I am going to a beach location I want to be as close to the water as possible. Part of the experience is hearing the waves break and waking up to the sun rising over the water. A lot of times I have to pay a premium for these vacations, but to me it's worth it.

When my son was getting married in Boca Raton 5 years ago I asked for hotel suggestions and he recommended The Howard Johnson. The price was great, it was right on the beach and I could get ocean views for less than what I would have spent at an inland hotel. We had a great time so when we were heading back for a family reunion and my grandson's christening I thought we'd stay there again.

I knew it was too good to be true the first time -it was now remodeled and had become the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort but the price was still reasonable so we decided to give it a go.

Calling this hotel a resort is a stretch - there is a small pool, a bar / cafe, restaurant and a fitness center but that's it. The beach is a public beach and you have to pay for umbrellas, chaises and chairs. Parking is available for $12.00 / day, but there is free wifi.

We ate the first night at Cafe Med which has a great patio looking out at the ocean and pier. The food and staff were mediocre - our caprese salad had mealy tomatoes and a lack of flavor and basil. The rigatoni was supposed to be made with house made pasta but was very disappointing.

The rooms are small but cozy, and I love the fact that they had wood floors - we constantly were tracking in water and sand from the beach. The beds are divine, complete with feather pillows. the rooms had full glass walls facing the ocean and pier which made for great people watching.

We are already planning a return trip - the location and price make this one of the best values in the West Palm Beach / Boca Raton area.

African Orphans Send Message fo Hope to Tornado Victims

My sister and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma and are one of the lucky families that have a storm shelter. Tornadoes touched down near them last weekend but what happened to them was nothing like what happened to the residents of Moore, Oklahoma.

Last Summer they had an unbelievable experience - they packed up trunks and suitcases full of shoes, clothes, blankets, and other needed items and headed to Maisha International Orphanage - an amazing labor of love in Kisumu, Kenya. The stories and images they brought back are life changing, and it's a great reminder of how a small donation or offering can be life changing to these kids.

The beautiful souls at Maisha wanted to do something for their friends in Oklahoma City and Moore, and made this video as a way of showing their love and support. What a great reminder this Memorial Day weekend how precious life is and we all need to live ours to the fullest.

Women Owned Business Club Features Lifestylist Brands in New Magazine

WOBCMay2013COVER1We are honored to be on the cover of the inaugural issue of Women Owned Business Magazine this month! The Lifestylist Brands are a women owned and operated business and we love sharing our ideas and inspirations with others. Be sure to take a look at this great magazine that's available at no charge online and let us know what you think!

Delta Airlines Duality

I am always amazed how one or two people can ruin the reputation of an entire company. Last week was exciting – I was on my way to Huntington Beach to meet with the very talented Thermador team, and I woke up to a snow and sleet storm in Dallas! I made it to the airport safely and on time, but our flight ended up leaving 1 1/2 hours late. When I got to Salt Lake City and ran for my connection there was no gate attendant in sight – she was out on the bridge chatting with the crew. When she finally did come back she said the gate was closed and I couldn’t get on the plane. Come to find out that the plane had to come back and 2 hours later there I sat,on that plane. They let us off while they try to fix the plane, and this young girl who was flying alone and didn’t have a cell phone was asking the gate agent if she could call her parents to tell them she was going to be late.She was crying, and Kahl the agent informed her they could just look online and turned away. I took her aside and let her use my phone and she was able to get in touch with her parents.

So many customer service crisis’ could have been averted that day, but the Salt Lake City Delta employees – Kahl, Ronald R and Andrea B chose to just “do their jobs” and not go the extra mile. Instead of stepping up and treating those customers like they would treat their own family members they turned it into a customer service nightmare. I arrived late, missed my first meeting and to add insult to injury they lost my luggage!

Here I am today on another flight heading to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show. On Delta. Trust me, if I could have changed to a different airline I would have. When they asked would I would like to drink, I asked for coffee and they said they didn’t have any made. I was fine with that, but then a few minutes later the flight attendant came back with a cup just for me. Later he came through the cabin asking if anyone was a doctor – apparently there was a medical emergency onboard. I started watching him -  he was calm, efficient and made me feel like everything was under control. When I asked for his name when I left (Ashante) I think he was surprised, and I told him he was a rock star and he was! I’ll fly with him anytime, anywhere.

Delta, like so many companies needs to balance the good and the bad. Every employee can’t be an Ashante, but I will never forget or forgive how Kahl treated that young girl. I’m sure that it will be a long time before she chooses to fly again. A simple I’m sorry or some compassion could have made a difference in any of these circumstances. For me, I’ll remember it as a very valuable lesson for my own company reminding me how important it is to treat people kindly..

Welcome to 2013!

Another year is almost behind us, and I think most of us are looking forward to a fresh start in 2013.

Last year made it clearer than ever that nothing is more important than relationships. I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend time with my cousins I hadn't seen in years, had some great sister time and what was most important, got to spend a lot of quality time with my kids and grandkids.

Being around the grandkids reminded me how wonderful it is to always be looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunities it brings. The amazement of what a fantastic job my kids are doing as parents, and how talented their Jr Lifestylists are keeps reminding me how important it is to spend time with family.

Here's hoping that 2013 is filled with hope for all of us, and we remember what brings us joy.