June 26, 2017

Abby Does Bonnaroo

The month of June has been a whirlwind for everyone at LMP, full of events, the end of school, trips, and music festivals!

In addition to working at LMP, I freelance for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival as an assistant to their lodging coordinator.  We basically manage all hotel reservations for the artists, staff, guests and crew that come to the festival.  I used to intern for the company that puts on the festival, and have stayed in touch with them and continue to go down to Tennessee every year

This year, Bonnaroo’s lineup boasted headliners like U2, The Weeknd, Lorde, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer and Flume.

Thursday, Day One:

On the first day of the festival, there weren’t that many bands that I was super excited to see, so in between working, I took some walks into Centeroo to explore and see what the artwork and installations looked like.  Every year, the people at Bonnaroo commission different artists to paint the fountain ad walls within the festival, so Centeroo always looks different from year to year!

This year, the fountain was painted with neon, glow-in-the-dark animals and skulls… SO COOL!

Among my other favorite things in Centeroo were Hamageddon (a giant pig roaster that is also shaped like a pig), and these cool tents that provide shade for Bonnaroo-goers to eat under.

I did see one band on Friday… The Orwells.  They put on quite a show… smashing a guitar and jumping into the crowd… You cold tell that they were excited to be there!

Friday, Day Two:

I hit the ground running on the second day, seeing the Strumbellas, Francis & the Lights, Cold War Kids (a personal favorite), Tove Lo, the XX… and rounding it all out at the end of the night was U2.

U2 was absolutely incredible… I will admit that I have never been a big U2 fan, often thinking that they are overrated.  But after seeing them at Bonnaroo, I am a fan.  They put on an epic show and it’s no wonder that they are so legendary!

In addition to all of the music I saw on Friday, my friend Jules and I also spent some time at the Soap & Glory activation, sampling their product and taking photos in their garage beauty salon.  It was so cool! Probably my favorite brand activation at the festival… and i’ve found my new favorite body butter thanks to their tent.

Saturday, Day Three:

Saturday just happened to be #NationalRoséDay, and Dark Horse Wines had a rooftop bar setup in the middle of Centeroo, so Jules and I started the day off with grabbing a glass of rosé!

That day, I saw Jon Bellion, Chance the Rapper, The Head and The Heart, Cage the Elephant, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flume, and the Soul Superjam.

The Superjam is a Bonnaroo tradition, for which a bunch of artists from different bands get together for a once in a lifetime performance.  This years Superjam featured Chance the Rapper, Jon Batiste, members of the Head and the Heart, Lacrae, Nicole Atkins, & more.  They covered TLC’s “Waterfalls”, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, Pharrell’s “Happy”, and closed the set with “Hey Ya” by Outkast.  It was AMAZING.

Sunday, Day Four:

The last day of the festival, always the most exhausting and saddest.  Jules and I decided to check a Bonnaroo must off the list that we hadn’t done in our many years going to the festival – ride the ferris wheel!

It was so incredible to get a birds eye view of Centeroo and the campground, and see how many people there are at Bonnaroo.

We went over to the Jeep Sponsorship activation (which Jules worked on this year) and took some dash cam photos in one of the Jeeps.

That afternoon, the set that I had been looking forward to most was happening – Royal Blood on the Main Stage.  I watched from all over – the pit, the soundboard, and the side of the stage.  My Bonnaroo boss, Brynn, even got a photo of me on the risers on the side of the stage watching the set.

That night I saw Lorde and The Weeknd, and we all celebrated the end of another fabulous weekend with a crawfish boil in the artist hospitality area.

Bonnaroo is a very special place, full of wonderful music and incredible people.  To anyone who doesn’t mind a trip to Tennessee and getting a little dirty with amazing people for a few days… you have GOT TO GO!

Happy Bonnaroo…. Until next year!

xx, Abby
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June 22, 2017

Taking a Tea Break with Harney & Sons

I have a slight obsession with tea.  It started in my teens, when I decided that I thought coffee was disgusting, but still needed a little jolt to get me going in the morning.  So I opted for green tea.  I now love coffee, but the obsession with tea has prevailed.


Photo via @cityfoodie

I have also been a huge fan of Harney & Sons as a brand AND for their tea flavors for many years.  Even before I moved to NYC, I would make a trip to the Harney & Sons showroom in Soho, and their store and restaurant in Millerton, NY.  That’s why, when Harney & Sons reached out to team LMP about participating in a Tea Party video shoot for their #ThisIsTea campaign, I was quick to jump at the opportunity.

On the day of the shoot, I trekked to Brooklyn to the cutest little house called “The Love Shack”, and after hair & makeup, spent the whole day shooting a video all about our epic tea party.  I met some other incredible influencers from NYC, and got to sample some pretty delicious tea and tea party snacks in the process.

The people from Harney & Sons interviewed me about what tea means to me, and I explained that when I studied abroad in England, it was a favorite activity of mine to go to this cute little tea room in Camden Town to sample the tea and read, for hours.  Every time I drink some delicious tea I think back to studying abroad and how I had the time of my life! You can see my whole interview here:

Thanks to Harney & Sons for inviting us to participate in this campaign! You can snag your own tea here… my favorite is the Chinese Flower!

xx, Abby
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  1. pirate show magaluf

    A little break makes us fresh minded. If these are tea break then we can be passing our time totally awesome. Really impressed by this article.

  2. Jennifer Essad

    Harney & Sons offers the most creative blends too. I love the seasonal blends and enjoy changing it up when I can

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June 21, 2017

Maggie’s Florence Adventure

I know what you’re thinking; those LMP girls must REALLY love Italy. I know Abby just took a trip to Italy this spring and you’ve already heard all about it, but I promise I have a unique experience to share too!

When my friend Colleen said she was thinking about going to Florence in June, I knew I had to nudge my way onto her trip. Colleen and I studied abroad in Florence 5 years ago, so although it’s a city I know well from living there for 4 months, I couldn’t help but think “this trip is exactly what I need right now.” No exhausting lines with other tourists. No pressure to see the sights. All I had to do was focus on eating, drinking, and getting inspired.

If you haven’t heard yet, I’ve recently been hired full time (yay!) with Little Miss Party. For the past 2.5 years I’ve worked remotely with the team from Boston, where I’ve lived for 7 years. I traveled intermittently to NYC, which is when you may have seen me on Seri’s Snapchat or Instagram. We were finally ready to make a big transition, so I will officially be moving to NYC on July 1st! It’s been quite the journey for me over this past year, but I knew in my heart that working with LMP was my dream come true. You can learn more about my journey and all the reasons I was ready to leave Boston on my personal blog.

Needless to say, it’s been a crazy couple months for me, and knowing I would soon be VERY busy with the move to NYC, I knew that I had to take the opportunity to travel now before life gets in the way. Because so much of my life revolves around creativity, I planned this trip knowing my main focus was to take in the beauty, photograph my experiences and EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT.

Let’s start with sights:

The Darling details of Italy

Gorgeous cars, posed perfectly against the traditional architecture of Florence.

Every building has rooftop & porch gardens. It brings beautiful new life to this old city.

Bicycles EVERYWHERE! And more plants!

Archways over narrow streets, casting the most beautiful light. Your eyes will never be disappointed on a casual walk through this city.

Sights for Sore Eyes

The Duomo is easily the most famous building in all of Florence. This feat of architectural beauty creates a “wow” factor for any passerby. Although I recommend seeing the views of Florence from the top of the Duomo Bell tower, the lines during tourist season are INSANE and walking around the outside of this building is impressive in itself.

The Arno is the river that divides Florence, and while in town, walking across its many bridges is necessary. Lined with many restaurants and hotels, this river is a beautiful sight, especially at sunset. Be sure to walk across the Ponte Vecchio but the better views are from the bridges surrounding it.

For the best views of Florence AND the surrounding Tuscan countryside, I would suggest walking up to Forte di Belvedere. All the tourists go to Piazzale Michaelangelo, and although it’s beautiful up there, it’s always packed. This location is much quieter and offers a grander view of the area. We only knew about this spot because we spent the whole week with our wonderful local friend who shared the secret with us!

Next, let’s discuss food and drinks:

Pasta

One of our favorite pasta stops was Trattoria Sant’Agostino which of course, we stumbled upon after a couple hours of walking and feeling famished. We purposely sought out locations off the beaten path, in small alleyways where we could tell everyone inside was speaking Italian. We wanted the authentic experience, and this place did not disappoint.

Pizza

If you’re looking for a freshly made pizza, Gusta Pizza is a must-go. Although a tourist attraction and always busy, this spot makes your pizza to order in their own brick oven so it comes out piping hot and delicious.

truffle everything

Truffle is in season in Italy, and you see it very frequently at the local restaurants. One night in search of a late dinner, we found Trattoria Napaleone which had a menu with a section of pasta that included truffle in every dish. So, we ordered truffle carbonara, truffle ravioli, and truffle gnocchi. No regrets. this place was beyond amazing with a true Florentine atmosphere.

Coccoli, prosciutto and stracchino

This is a famous appetizer in Florence, which is essentially fried bread, soft cheese, and prosciutto. It was simply delicious everywhere we tried it.

wine

We cannot forget one of the most important parts of going to Italy. THE WINE. It flows like water, and boy, did we drink it like it was.

We were lucky enough to go with our local friend, Angelica, outside of Florence about 45 minutes via public bus to Marchesi Antinori, a famous winery of Tuscany. The region is famous for Chianti Classico, an esteemed red wine that has been made there for hundreds of years.

Although we all tasted the Chianti Classico with lunch it was a HOT day. After learning about the winery and walking the grounds, we cooled off with their equally delicious rosé.

Finally, let’s focus on the things that made this trip inspiring:

The entire time we were there, Colleen and I had our cameras out and ready to capture the things that caught our eyes. Colleen is an amazing artist, designer, and photographer and I am so lucky to call her my friend. We fueled each other during our week back in Florence to capture the beautiful moments.

Colleen and I planned this trip so we could work on one of her (many) amazing side projects, Wanderwise. She is hoping to bring change the tourist industry of Florence with these creative workshops, and I’m so lucky I was there to help her brainstorm.

This trip was very nostalgic for us. This is us in front of the apartment we lived in 5 years ago. It was this place that developed our friendship and made us into the artists we are today.

Florence is a city filled with tradition. We were there during one of the famous city-wide rugby matches and were able to watch a parade to celebrate the big game. This procession lasted about 45 minutes with hundreds of men in traditional, colorful, and heavy garb.

Our wonderful Italian friend, Angelica is the daughter of one of our professors from studying in Florence. She was kind enough to show us around her city, help us order the best food, and provide a warm welcome for our entire stay.

The beautiful, old architecture of Italy is always so entwined with nature. I was so happy to walk around and see greenery and flowers every way I turned.

I came home from this trip feeling full, happy, and READY to move! I hope you enjoyed seeing pieces of my trip. Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@maggieantalek) to see my future travels, daily BTS at Little Miss Party, and my new adventures in NYC. Watch out New York, I’m coming for you next!

xx, Maggie
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June 20, 2017

Rosé Sangria for National Pink Day

As you know, we are all about rosé here at LMP, and pink is our absolute favorite color. National Pink Day is coming up this Friday, and it felt like a very natural choice to create a perfectly pink cocktail to celebrate.

We also have 3 big events happening this week, so I decided to keep it simple and whip up some Rosé Sangria, using raspberries, strawberries and mint, with some blueberries for a hint of green and blue. This recipe is super simple and a refreshing way to kick off summer!

Here’s what you need:
-Rosé wine
-sparkling water or club soda
-sugar
-fresh strawberries
-fresh raspberries
-fresh blueberries
-fresh mint
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, combine 1 bottle rosé wine, 1 cup each of sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and 2 tbsp. sugar. Stir to combine ingredients, and leave to refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2) After you have let sit, top with 1.5 cups seltzer, a cup of ice and a handful of ripped mint leaves.
3) Stir gently to combine, and serve, garnishing with a fresh mint leaf!

Boom! Super easy, right? This sangria is fresh and not too sweet – the perfect sip to cool down on these hot summer days.

Cheers, and happy #NationalPinkDay!

Until next week…

xx, Abby
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June 19, 2017

Chef Luke makes hummus & pita chips

As the school year is winding down, after school activities are also coming to an end. So the boys have had a lot of free time lately. Since Tuesdays opened up for Gavin he’s been asking to cook with Luke!

Luke loves hummus and we’ve been talking about making it so there you have it. We found the easiest recipe on our friend’s site, Weelicious. We added baked pita chips into the mix so the boys would have something good to dip when the hummus was ready!

The best part of this recipe? It’s healthy. Ugh. I love when that happens!

We set out a plate of veggies for the boys to eat while they were cooking (because they are always hungry) and they also dipped these into their hummus.

Want to see how it all went down? Watch it here.

xx, Seri
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