July 28, 2016

Introducing… Beauty by Brittany Lo

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We are excited to introduce our newest blog series… Beauty by Brittany Lo! Meet Brittany, Founder and CEO of Beautini.  Brittany will now be sharing her beauty secrets and tips on a weekly basis so if you have any questions that you’d like answered don’t hesitate to ask. You can leave your beauty inquiries in the comment section on our blog, Instagram or Snapchat. Brittany will answer these each week within her post. Without further ado…here’s Brittany!

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There are so many things that I love about being an entrepreneur and running my own business.  One of my favorite parts is being able to collaborate and commiserate with other girl bosses. So when an opportunity to work with the gals at Little Miss Party Planner presented itself, I instantly said yes!

My cousin (and Beautini’s Graphic Designer), Maggie, works with LMP as their resident DIY expert/ party stylist/ photographer.  She intro’ed me to Seri, Michelle and Abby, and over the past few months we have been working together whenever possible.  Most recently, I modeled for a photo shoot in the Hamptons to feature their Shower Party in a Box.  Needless to say, it was a ton of fun, and we decided to establish a more permanent working relationship, which is why I am excited to introduce the newest series on the LMP Blog… Beauty by Brittany Lo!

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Every other Thursday, I will be dishing out hair and makeup tips specific to parties and events on the Little Miss Party Blog, and on my personal blog as well. Whether you need tips on getting ready for a girls night out or a wedding, I am your go-to beauty girl! If you have a specific event coming up and would like beauty advice for it, send me a note and I will do my best to cater one of the posts around your occasion.

A bit about me… As the Founder and CEO of Beautini, I’ve always seen the power that beauty has to empower women from the inside out. Prior to starting Beautini, I had a career in marketing working for brands including L’OREAL USA, Redken 5th Ave, and Sony Music Entertainment. With my B.S. degree from Babson College, I fused my business and beauty expertise to develop the unique concept of making makeovers fun. Today, Beautini does just that by providing women with beauty services and bubbly so they can sip and enjoy themselves, making for the ultimate beauty experience. Beautini has since received numerous awards including The Knot 2016 Best of Weddings Vendor, Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award, and the 2016 Weddi Award for “Most Effective Branding.”

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I currently operate Beautini’s Headquarters out of Manhattan and am a contestant on Fox Network’s new dating show, CoupledWhen I’m is not with my Beautini stylists, you can find me teaching brand marketing workshops, speaking at different universities, and at Sephora discovering the latest beauty products.

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Now… back to business! For the recent shoot in the Hamptons, I did Seri’s and my own hair and makeup, and Maggie made a little film throughout the process.  Take a look!

Our Hamptons bachelorette shoot took place during the day on a hot summer day. With this said it’s important to not go too dark with the eye and keep the coverage light. Seri doesn’t wear a ton of makeup nor does she need to so we kept her coverage light and airy. For those her are like her and hate the feeling of foundation but want to look flawless, try spot concealing blemishes, under the eyes and around the nose to conceal darkness and redness. If you desire more coverage then you can opt for foundation after that. Often times that is the perfect amount for a very natural look.

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I’m so excited to be getting to know you all! If you have any questions or beauty-related topics you would like me to write about, please comment! Until next time…

xo, Brittany Lo
@brittany.lo

xx, Abby
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July 27, 2016

DIY with LMP: Seashell Flower Pot

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If you’re anything like us ladies at LMP, you’re constantly thinking about sunny beach days. This week, we were inspired to make a new table centerpiece based on our love for The Hamptons. We’re sure you’ll love it too!

You’ll need:

terracotta pot
gold spray paint
hot glue
flowers

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Step 1: Spray your seashells and pot. Give them each a clean, even coat and lay out to dry.

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Step 2: Heat up your hot glue gun, and place a dot of hot glue on the edge of a shell.

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Step 3: Place the shell against the pot, holding it there until the glue hardens.

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Step 4: Continue covering the pot with shells using the hot glue. Fill in all the gaps by turning the shells to fit the spaces.

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Step 5: Add your choice of flowers to the pot.

And that’s it! Such an easy, beautiful centerpiece for any summer table.

xx, Maggie
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July 26, 2016

Lavender Blackberry Mojito

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I’m constantly searching for new inspiration for cocktails to make you guys every week, in an effort to keep things new and exciting.  Thankfully, we have plenty of magazines at LMP summer headquarters.

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Seri brought back some really fun magazines from a recent trip to Toronto, and I found this weeks cocktail in one of my favorites, Food and Drink.  This Lavender Blackberry Mojito gives a fun, purple twist to a summer time favorite.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rum (we used Bacardi)
-club soda
-blackberry liqueur
-lavender sprigs
-fresh limes
-lime juice
-fresh mint
-fresh blackberries
-white sugar
-water
-ice
-cocktail shaker

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Here’s what to do:

1) First, you’ll need to make the blackberry simple syrup! Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and stir.  Reduce to a simmer and add 1/2 cup of fresh blackberries to mixture.  Muddle berries and add a few sprigs of lavender.  Let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain blackberries and lavender sprigs from mixture using a fine mesh strainer.  Let simple syrup mixture cool in fridge for at least 20 minutes.
2) Now that your simple syrup is cooling, you can start the rest of your drink! Add ice to each of your glasses and your cocktail shaker.
3) Add 3 oz of rum, 2 oz of blackberry liqueur, 2 oz of lime juice and 2 oz of blackberry simple syrup to cocktail shaker on top of ice.  Close cocktail shaker and shake lightly.
4) Add club soda to cocktail shaker to fill it up and shake gently.
5) Pour mixture into each glass to fill. Add fresh blackberry, lime wedge, lavender sprig and fresh mint for garnish.

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VOILA! This cocktail is especially beautiful, light and refreshing.  The slight lavender flavor makes it unique, but it still tastes like the traditional mojito that we all know and love.  Serve this up at your next girls night with some cheese and crackers and we promise that everyone will love!

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Cheers, see you next week!

xx, Abby
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July 25, 2016

How I manage Summer Mondays

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Weekends, specifically in the summer, are really hard to come off of. Getting back into the swing of work on Mondays is my least favorite part of the week.

I spend the summers out on Eastern Long Island. It’s really fun being out here because we have a plethora of supplies from parties over the years. It’s always inspiring to spruce up dinner, lunch, any meal really. I often…style meals when no one is home….and then eat it all by myself. Gulp.

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We take on an unrealistic amount of work and it’s hard to find time to get it all done. Being the OCD, Type A, workaholic that I am, I demand organization in my life. I make lists, notes and I use any and all apps that help to make my life easier.

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Monday mornings require getting back into work AND keeping the household up to speed. Groceries. Laundry. Do we need more sunblock? We’re out of orange juice. I need a manicure.

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When making note of all the items I need to shop for, I pull up the My Walgreens mobile app to check out what coupons are available in the Weekly Ad. I always take advantage and clip coupons for my favorite brands, such as Essie nail polish (you can never have too many, right?) and sunblock to refill the kids camp bags.

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Going back to work doesn’t feel half as bad when you plan it out beforehand. That’s what Sunday nights, tv and popcorn are for. What’s even better is it leaves me more time to enjoy my family when the week day is over.

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Thanks to Walgreens for introducing us to their incredibly helpful #MyWalgreensApp and sponsoring this post. You can download the My Walgreens mobile app here

xx, Seri
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July 21, 2016

DIY with LMP: Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones

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Calling all chocolate lovers! This week’s DIY with LMP is a sweet one. We’re showing you how to make the best summer treat in a few easy steps. Here’s what you’ll need:

sugar cones
semi-sweet chocolate chips
sprinkles, M&Ms, and other toppings of your choice
ice cream

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Step 1: Set out all your ingredients on plates and trays for easy access. Make sure your chocolate and toppings are on flat, wide trays. You will want everything to be within an arms reach one you get going.

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Step 2: Melt down your chocolate chips. Dip your first cone by rolling the top edge through the chocolate, and use a spatula to smooth it out as needed.

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Step 3: Choose a topping and roll your freshly dipped cone over it. Fill in the gaps by sprinkling the same topping over the exposed chocolate.

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Step 4: Set the cone back into the tray, and repeat with all cones using as many toppings as you’d like. Once the cones are finished, make space in your freezer to allow the chocolate to harden.

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Voila! Your cones are ready to be served with the ice cream of your choice. We chose Haagen Dazs, because it’s our favorite here at LMP (You can read all about why we love it, here!)

I gave Seri the first cone, because she was just dying to try it. Enjoy them before they melt!!!

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xx, Maggie
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