June 5, 2017

The Golden Years

It’s funny when you have kids, people offer up all kinds of advice and say super cliché things like “enjoy every moment they grow up so fast”. Or “enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts” – when the baby is born. Or “just wait for when they are old enough to entertain each other, those are the golden years”.

All those clichés? Well obviously they are true.

YES they grow up too fast.

YES the first few months of life was 100% the honeymoon. Omg the thought of my babies lying on my chest. Those memories take my breath away.

YES…we just reached the golden years.

Sounds so glamorous doesn’t it? Well I don’t mean it to be. Kids are HARD no matter what age. BUT I’ll tell you, this stage that we just reached certainly is a nice change from watching their every move. Always worried they will choke. Or fall and crack their skull open.

We’ve reached that stage where we can sit up on the deck…while they play on the swing set and dare I say…they don’t need us.  It’s pretty lovely.

I’m also starting to notice Gavin maturing. He shows empathy and true concern for his family and friends in a way I never knew he could pick up. Last week when we went to Paris, before leaving he said, Mom, I’d like to bring the extra “Aviator” book (a booklet from American Airlines that he gets the pilots to sign every time he flies) to Mazzy so she doesn’t feel left out. I was so touched by this thought. Something I would have asked him to do if I remembered but he did all on his own.

Same goes for how he treats his brother. He’s so thoughtful and caring when it comes to protecting his baby bro and making sure he’s safe, especially when he’s in charge while I’m off making dinner for example.

Now I know damn well these special years are going to FLY by so I’m savoring every moment of my boys taking care of each other, playing together, with friends and our family. Soon enough they’ll be beating each other up and rolling through the teenager years. You guys, I’ve never been so terrified for something in my life. TEENS! NO! Please stay this age of 4 and 7 FOREVER!

HUGE thanks to Patricia BurmickyPhotographer & Founder of PhotoUno Photography School who I met at the most lovely Crepes party that my friend Jennifer Crêpes à la Maison for these fantastic photos of my little men. And a few that I snagged with my baby Luke.

xx, Seri
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March 27, 2017

For the Host Gift Box

Though it’s freezing cold on the east coast, it’s officially spring. We cannot wait to break out our open toed shoes and put on a flow-y dress but until then we are making all our spring party plans!

What’s on tap for us? Easter and Passover. I host Passover dinner which always involves a great deal of cooking, setting the table and then cleaning it all up. When a guest recognizes this by showing up at the door with a hostess gift, it makes me feel extra special and really happy.

It’s not always easy coming up with a gift for the host though. Sure you can pick up a bottle of wine or flowers but doesn’t it feel good to put a little thought behind a gift like this?

We are now offering the Host Gift Box filled with the cutest items that any host will love! You can buy this box and when it arrives on your doorstep it’s ready to be gifted. OR you can send it direct to your host if you want him or her to receive it in advance of the event.

Inside the box we’ve included a small, gorgeous bottle of rosé, pretty paper straws that your host can stick directly into that bottle of rosé, festive napkins and dessert plates, party blowers and a stunning wine tote from Nashchic.

Did we not just make your life SO EASY? You’re welcome.

Shop the Box here and Have a hoppy Spring!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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March 20, 2017

Flower Power

Today is about using fresh flowers to make pretty crowns just in time for spring…which is TODAY! Happy Spring everyone.

We recently brought a new team member on board, the most fantastic intern, Natalie who has been a great asset to our team. Her greatest skill in the LMP Office: flower arranging. Could she fit in any better?

She lead a flower crown making workshop for us and we of course turned it into a party. What a fun way to spend a morning with friends, huh?! We served a simple breakfast with fresh pastries, croissants and a enormous sweet brioche that we found at our local bakery. Abby brewed a pot of coffee and of course we toasted with pink bubbly.

If you plan to host a flower crown making party, ask your friends to dress for the season and no doubt they will pull out some pretty fabulous pops of color…

Here’s how you can make these flowers crowns with a few materials (easily found on Amazon) and a lotta flowers (if you live in warm climate then check your backyard first!).

Supplies:
Floral Wire
Floral tape
Good scissors
Leafy florals (ie. Italian ruscus, babies breath, spray roses)

1. Take your floral wire and fit it around your head so that you know how long it needs to be.

2. Shape the floral wire into a circle and then twist the end in order to keep it in place at the length you need. (For added security, make the length even longer and wrap the extra around the crown to make it thicker).

3. Take your floral tape and begin wrapping it around the entire crown (Make sure you are gently pulling the tape as your wrap, so that the tape becomes sticky).

4. Begin making small bouquets with your flowers and greenery. Then wrap the ends with the floral tape.

5. Take a long piece of greenery and twist it around the crown, then secure with floral tape.

6. Add in the small bouquets and secure with floral tape, add or subtract to your liking.

7. Take some pictures and have fun!

Photos by Gillian Stippa

xx, Seri
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December 12, 2016

Ho Ho Holiday Cards

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Every year December feels like it creeps up on me super fast. My biggest responsibility at the end of the year is the holiday cards. Ever since I moved to New York 17 years ago, sending mail to my family has been a major priority for me. I print them photos of the kids and pop them in the mail, we always write thank you notes when they send gifts and most importantly is our holiday card.

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The holiday card doesn’t just go to my family though, we send to everyone in my husbands office and then of course we print cards from the LMP team to send to all of our clients and vendors. Needless to say…I usually start this timely process as early as possible.

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The fun part about sending these cards…starts with the photos. Every year it’s my reminder to take professional family photos. I cherish these photos with all my heart.

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I asked Sasithon Photography (Sas) to take our photos this year and thought it would be most enjoyable if we were doing something we love…as a family. So I suggested we grab some dim sum and take a few photos around the area before we eat. It was perfection. We ate, we laughed and Sas got some of the most fabulous photos of us to date.

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For our company photo this year, we tested out a new service called Covred. These guys are like the “uber” of photography sending a photographer over to shoot your family or company photos on demand. We tossed a lot of confetti and popped a whole lot of bubbly for this shoot staying on point with the LMP brand.

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Once I narrowed down the photos and chose my favorites, I log onto our account with Minted and start leafing through all of the amazing designs. They have the most fantastic selection of cards for the holidays making it nearly impossible to choose because I want every single one, but incredibly easy to navigate once you find the perfect design!

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I go the extra steps to make my life easier and choose the option that Minted offers to have all of my envelopes pre-addressed so that when I receive my order I can write a little note on the card, pop it in the envelope and drop it in the mail!

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This year I chose cards that reflect our photos with complimentary colors and style. I think I  may have to frame each one because I love them so much!

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Now….off to gift wrapping!

xx, Seri
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December 1, 2016

LMP Gift Guide Twenty Sixteen

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We absolutely love gift giving here at LMP. Nothing puts a smile on our faces like selecting the perfect present for our family and friends. But yes, it can be difficult and stressful and time-consuming and did we mention stressful? Especially for the people in your lives who “have everything.” So to help out, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites for Her, for Him, for the littles and even the perfect hostess gifts.

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Gifts include 1) The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, 2) Miansai Cuff Bracelet, 3) Cosabella Never Say Never Thong set, 4) Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, 5) Ramblerose Santa Fe Stacker Statement Necklace, 6) Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish, 7) Digital Detox Bath, 8) Marc Fisher Alinda Over the Knee Boots, and the 9) Lively Geo Lace Bralette.

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Gifts include: 1) Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged Running Shoes, 2) Series 2 Apple Watch Nike+, 3) Tall Bartending Glasses, 4) Skybuds wireless headphones, 5) Plume self-optimizing WIFI network, 6) Away Travel – The Perfect Carry-on, and the 7) Mouth Monthly Pickle Subscription Box.

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Gifts include: 1) The Bamboo Balance Bike, 2) Shark Blankie Tail Sleeping Bag, 3) Balloon Giraffe Money Bank, 4) Darth Vader Boombox, 5) Rhythm & Roll Percussion Plane, 6) My Little Pony Crystal Empire Castle, 7) Peppermint Snow Tube, and the 8) Portable Sports Training Goal.

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Gifts include: 1) Rosanna Booze Decanter, 2) 80’s Flair Chocolate Box, 3) Bubble Bath Gift Box, 4) In the Company of Women, 5) Metallic Wine Glass Markers; 6) Pure Brass Horn Coasters, 7) Soy Blend Pine Tree Candle, 8) Little Miss Party’s New Years Eve Bash in a Box,  9) Sunnylife Tropical Cocktail Kit, and the 10) Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Subscription.

Happy Holidays to you all, and Happy Shopping!

xx, Michelle
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