August 23, 2016

Fig & Bourbon Summer Smash

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Fun fact about me: I LOVE figs! It’s kind of a weird thing to love to eat, but any chance I get to have them I do.  Fresh, dried, you name it! I also think that they are beautiful, so I’ve been looking for the right way to use them in a cocktail.

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I perused Pinterest and found a recipe for a Fig & Bourbon Summer Smash, which uses figs, honey, bourbon and limes.  Sounds like a winning combo to me!

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Here’s what you need:

-your favorite Bourbon (I used Blanton’s based on Adams recommendation)
-honey
-water
-lime juice
-fresh limes
-fresh figs
-fresh mint
-ice

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Here’s what to do:
1) Place 4 of your figs in a mason jar or other vessel. Use overripe figs if possible! Add 1 cup of bourbon to the mason jar over the figs, and muddle the figs.

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2) Add 1/4 cup of honey to fig & bourbon mixture and use a cocktail stirrer to stir mixture. Cover vessel with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 2 hours.
3) After the 2 hours have passed, uncover your mixture and pour 1/4 cup of mixture into each of your cocktail glasses.

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4) Add 1/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp. of lime juice to each glass.
5) Add ice and a few mint leaves and fresh figs to garnish each glass.

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How stunning is this?? It was pretty damn delicious too.

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Make this one and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next week….

xx, Abby
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August 19, 2016

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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DK Publishing filed a missing persons report on me this past month. Yep. I haven’t had a chance to review their books since my mom’s fall but guess what? I’M SO HAPPY TO BE BACK!!

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They sent me a darling little book called CUPCAKES & MINI CAKES. It’s so adorbs it kinda reminds me of a book Barbie would buy to bake stuff for Ken. Right?

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And just look at the cover! It’s pink (my fave) and striped. Best of all, it’s loaded with over 100 recipes for little cakes, bars and cake pops.

I flipped through it and even though I was dying to make one of their cupcakes recipes, I opted for a muffin one instead. Most likely because over the past  month I have been baking cupcakes by the double dozen for the staff on the D3 Wing in the hospital. If I walked in empty handed (without sweets) they actually gave me a “stink eye”. Oh how I loved the day when I helped my mom escape from that place!

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Since I have been a bit tight for time lately, I chose one of the simplest recipes I could find in the book so that I could finally do this review.

Apple Muffins.

But wait.

Do these look like apple muffins to you?

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No.

Why?

It’s like this.

I had all the ingredients EXCEPT the apples.   Hang on a sec…..I think you know me by now. I love to improvise SO I threw in strawberries instead. Oh, and I also added some shredded coconut to the mix because why not? My mom always taught me that a “little of this” and a “little of that” makes the perfect recipe.

Then I thought to myself. SELF? Why not throw in some bran into the mix too. Bran is healthy and besides, if I’m going to fool around with the recipe why not add in a little extra fibre?

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So here you have it. The base of this recipe is on page 62 of the book. The rest came from my head. And lately my head has been full of so many things it’s a miracle these actually came out great.

Did you also notice I had to add in a cool butter recipe for these muffins? Well, ya. I made that up in my head too. Blueberry infused butter is a much needed accompaniment to take the yumminess of these muffins to a level 10. Oh ya.

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I know you are going to love this little cute pink book. There are so many recipes I still need to try. I’m specifically eyeing the granola bars.  This book is super easy to follow, beautifully written, tried and true.

CUPCAKES & MINI CAKES will not disappoint.

STRAWBERRY COCONUT BRAN MUFFINS WITH BLUEBERRY INFUSED BUTTER
-1 cup fresh strawberries, washed and chopped into chunks
-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
-¼ cup turbinado sugar
-1¼ cups all purpose flour
-¾ cup whole wheat flour
-¼ cup bran
-4 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp ground mixed spice
-½ tsp salt
-½ cup pecans, chopped
-¼ cup shredded coconut
-1 cup milk
-¼ cup oil, I used avocado
-1 egg, beaten
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1) Preheat oven to 400F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups and set aside.
2) Place strawberries in a bowl, add the lemon juice and toss. Add ¼ cup of the sugar and set aside.
3) Sift the flours, baking powder, spice, and salt into the large bowl. Add in bran. Stir in remaining sugar, coconut and pecans, then make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
4) Beat together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla then add in the strawberries. Add the wet ingredients into the centre of the dry ingredients, and mix together lightly to make a lumpy batter. Try not to overmix, you want LUMPS.

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5) Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin cups about ¾ full. Optional to top each muffin with a slice of strawberry and an additional sprinkle of sugar and coconut. That’s what I did and they did turn out pretty darn stunning dontcha think?
6) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are nice and brown. Test with toothpick for doneness. Cool on wire rack, serve warm or cooled.

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BLUEBERRY INFUSED BUTTER
-1 stick softened butter
-¼ cup blueberry jam or preserves

1) Blend the softened butter well with the blueberry jam. Roll in plastic wrap and chill until firm.
2) Serve with muffins while they are still warm.
3) This is the only way to live. Not joking.

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See you next week!

debi, @simplybeautifuleating
simplybeautifuleating.com

xx, Debi
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August 18, 2016

Beauty with Brittany Lo

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I’m so excited to be back and writing my second post for LMP! The response that I received after the first post was incredible, and I want to thank you all for being so welcoming.

After my first post, I received some questions and requests for me to write about certain topics, which is exactly what I wanted! Please keep those questions coming.

One reader asked if I had any tips from a quick and easy way to transition your hair and makeup from day to night, after a long day at the office. And the answer is YES! This is a transition that I have gotten down pretty well… after living in the city for a while, you learn to pack for your whole day in the morning when you are getting ready for work. Most of us work at least a train ride away from where we live, and don’t have the time to head home to change or freshen up before heading to an evening event. That’s why a lot of native New Yorkers look like pack mules with this full change of clothes and such when you see us walking around during the day!

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I decided to share with you guys my go-to quick and easy routine for getting after-work event ready! LMP team member and my new blog manager, Abby was coming over to the Beautini offices, and she agreed to be my model. Abby had been running around the city all morning prepping for an LMP event, and was coming over to get ready for a networking event that we were both going to. We had about 30 minutes before we had to leave, which was plenty of time! Abby made us a quick cocktail and I got to work!

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By about 4PM, your morning makeup has probably smeared a bit so it’s important to start with a clean face, or around the eyes at the very least. I cleaned up Abby’s eye makeup and began with her eye shadow makeup as she wanted a quick smokey eye. My rule is that if you are doing a simple eye look you can do foundation first but if you’re putting more shadow on then it’s best to do that before applying the foundation to ensure you can wipe away any shadow that falls onto the face when applying. The Urban Decay basics palette has great neutral colors and is compact so it can fit well in your makeup bag! I used ‘Foxy’ as the base with ‘Faint’ and a touch of ‘Crave’ in the corners.
Next I used Stila’s Liquid Liner to create a small cat eye on Abby.

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This liner is my absolute favorite because it’s easy to apply the liner and the liner does not come out too thick. After that apply some mascara on the top and bottom for added drama. If you are going to a night time event then feel free to also add pencil liner to your bottom as well. For Abby I smudged her bottom liner with a MAC 263 Small Angle Brush to give a slightly softer look.

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Once the eyes are completed, clean under the eyes with a makeup remover wipe and add your foundation and concealer. For Abby we used Make Up Forever’s HD Foundation and their cream palette concealer. Both products provide full coverage but are lightweight so they do not give the “cakey” look when applied.

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Next we added some warmth to her face and I used my FAVORITE bronzer from Too Faced. Oh, did I mention that it’s made with cocoa powder? Yes your face will smell like chocolate as you are applying this! I added some blush along Abby’s cheekbones to add a tint of color to her face as well.

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Lastly we used a NARS lip pencil in Rikugien (after she sipped on her cocktail of course!) and she was all set for the event! To complete the look, I threw Abby’s hair up into a low messy bun.

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Super easy, right? This whole look took me about 15 minutes to finish, with frequent breaks for sipping on my French 75 and to snap some pictures. What do you think of Abby’s look?

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Have any requests for a makeup look you’d like me to write about? Just leave a comment.

Until next week!
XO, B.Lo
@brittany.lo
brittanylo.com

xx, Abby
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August 17, 2016

DIY with LMP: Ice Cream Balloon

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This week’s DIY is CRAZY easy, but something we just had to share. Because it’s way too cute not to. You all know how much we love ice cream and parties, so we decided to make something that could combine the two! We made a GIANT ice cream cone that will be the perfect centerpiece for your next ice cream social party.

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You will need:

one giant pink (or other “ice cream” color) balloon
one normal sized red balloon
multiple colors of washi tape
gold tin bucket (we spray painted ours gold!)

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Step 1: Blow up your balloons. Don’t get them done with helium, these balloons will need to stay weighed down!

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Step 2: Place rolled pieces of tape around the inside of the rim. Place the giant pink balloon on top, with the knot facing inwards so it is hidden. Make sure the balloon is really well placed and sticking to the tape. Once it is on, you won’t want to pull it off again to avoid popping.

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Step 3: Add tape to the bottom of the small red balloon and carefully attach it to the top of the pink balloon, doing your best to hide the knot by facing it backwards.

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Step 4: Peel off pieces of your washi tape, at about 2in long. Place them randomly all over the pink balloon, so they are spread out like sprinkles.

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And just like that, you have the PERFECT centerpiece. Now, where’s the real ice cream?!

xx, Maggie
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August 16, 2016

Rum Punch for #NationalRumDay

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There are so many national social media holidays I can hardly keep track! Seri was perusing a magazine this past weekend, and frantically snapchatted me when she saw that today is #NationalRumDay.

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I knew that I had to take advantage and make a cocktail using the liquor being celebrated, so I settled on some rum punch. It was super easy to make, and I was able to supplement with some yummy items we had leftover in the fridge.

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Here’s what you need:
– your favorite white rum (I used Bacardi)
– orange juice
– cranberry juice
– grenadine
– pineapple juice
– lime juice
– sliced oranges, limes and plums
– fresh mint leaves for garnish
– ice

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Here’s what to do:

1) Combine 1.5 cups light rum, 2 cups orange juice, 2 tablespoons cranberry juice, 2 cups pineapple juice and 3 tablespoons of lime juice to your pitcher.
2) Add in 2 tablespoons of grenadine and mix all together.
3) Add in your sliced fruit and ice and stir lightly.
4) Pour mixture into each glass and add some sliced fruit for garnish and a few mint leaves.

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That’s it! You can add more of any type of the juices for more flavor, but the combo that I had above was just perfect for me.

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I hope this beauty helps you celebrate #NationalRumDay the right way!

See ya next week :)

xx, Abby
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