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The Best of…2014

the best of 2014

2014 was not bad whatsoever. In fact, it was the first year in a long time that I felt was kind to us. Not fantabulously flawless, but it certainly did not deliver the sucker punches like previous years. This is the first year I’m not trying to “own” the new year. Start fresh. I’m just going to purge a bit here and there, change a few things and hope that 2014 sorta just blends seamlessly into 2015. 

As I began to tear sheets out of magazines for this year’s annual vision board, I became reminiscent of everything I enjoyed in 2014. I thought it would be a great “time-capsule” type of blog post that would document our year-in-review. This was a big year for The JetSet Family. We continuously set goals, raised the bar and broke records. And it was all made possible thanks to our partners, sponsors, contributors, web guru, and YOU!

Best hotel bed: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Best resort: The Grand del Mar
Best spa: Montage Beverly Hills
Best glamping: Villa del Palomar Islands of Loreto
Best staycation: Balboa Bay Resort
Best breakfast: Babette’s Newport Beach
Best brunch: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Best happy hour: FIG & OLIVE
Best cocktail: Black Orchid at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills
Best TV show: Parenthood
Best Reality TV: Master Chef 
Best series: The Layover: Anthony Bourdain (Los Angeles episode)
Best celebrity sighting: Meeting Drew Barrymore + Adam Sandler
Best concerts: Private Foo Fighters at The Roxy, Private Coldplay show (tie)
Best nail polish: SPARitual in Ballet
Best social media channel: Instagram
Best celebration: Our 10 year wedding anniversary
Best red carpet look: Lupita Nyong’o  
Best personal moment: Taking JetSet Tot to her first concert
Best selfie: Ellen’s Oscar selfie
Best TV moment: Adele Dazeem
Best rock and roll moment: Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
Best reconciliation: Dave Grohl + Courtney Love (praying for that Islands in the Stream duet.)
Best music video: Taylor Swift’s Blank Space

The worst part? The losses of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers + most of all, our special friend, Kelly. Sleep in heavenly peace. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a kind 2015. 

What are your favorites from 2014?

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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8 COMMENTS
  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 31, 2014

    It sounds like you had a great year. I don’t even remember much from the first half of my year LOL.

  • Heather December 31, 2014

    Sad about Robin Williams, agree about the music video! What a wonderful year you had!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All December 31, 2014

    You sure did get to some lovely places! And I’m still totally jelly that you saw Foo live!

  • katrina g January 2, 2015

    looks like you had an amazing year!! right on! I hope 2015 will be an even better year.

  • Mistee Dawn January 3, 2015

    2014 was a great year! My fave TV show was The Walking Dead. There were so many other great moments that it is hard to choose!

  • Carlee C January 3, 2015

    2014 I think was one of the busiest years yet for me. I went on 3 blogging trips, both my older kids had winter performances for piano and ballet, and hubby and I started doing Ebay sales together. I’m sure 2015 will be even busier.

  • Scott January 3, 2015

    The death of Robin Williams touched me closely. There have been few actors that I’ve felt this way about, and he was one of the few.

  • Coralie January 3, 2015

    This year has been full of amazing things and a few heart wrenching ones. I love your list – I know some of them and it made me laugh.

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