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 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
-fresh strawberries
-fresh raspberries
-fresh blueberries
-fresh mint

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 14, 2017

Last Minute Wedding Planning Tips

We most recently had the honor and challenge of pulling of a beautiful, earth day inspired wedding in less than 6 weeks.

When the first email came through, our bride, Isabel, sounded hopeless. Like no one could pull off a wedding in such a short amount of time. I said huh? Us? We strive under pressure and tight timelines. I said Bring.It.On.

Isabel knew what she wanted. She had a clear vision, she just needed someone to execute it. That’s where we stepped in. And here’s how we accomplished one of the most beautiful events to date…

Venue: The big popular venues book up months, even years in advance. However there are always options as long as you’re willing to be flexible. Isabel was lucky enough to be able to hold her wedding in her fiancé’s parent’s  apartment. We made the space work by setting up chairs that we rented for the ceremony, set up a satellite bar for cocktail hour in the hallway (one neighbor, and she was cool with it!) and flipped the room for dinner.

Officiant: Isabel had this all lined up with a best friend who prepared a beautiful ceremony led with passion and love.

Marriage license: You will need to have this arranged ASAP to have in time for your ceremony. You can find all the details and paperwork to apply with a simple search online.

Attire: The best site for last minute, quality, well priced wedding dresses is BHLDNThey offer a huge variety of styles in the latest fashions and are ready to ship so you can receive quickly and with enough time to take to your local seamstress to alter if necessary. Isabel was on this and already had her dress when she got in touch.

Photographer: The most important vendor at your wedding. We booked Dave Robbins Photography for Isabel’s wedding and she told us after receiving the photos, it was the best decision she made.

Look & Feel of the wedding: The wedding date was set for April 22nd, Earth Day. Isabel wanted decor to give an eco-feel to her party with tons of lush greenery and pops of fuchsia. She had inspiration photos for us to review including a photo of a stunning flower crown that she wanted us to make for her to wear for the day.

The team over at Paperfinger took care of sourcing these brooklyn light bulbs for our table cards and wrote in stunning calligraphy, the name of each guest. For the menu, we used recycled sparkling water bottles and affixed the menu.

Hair & Make up: For wedding beauty we love to refer our clients to Beautini. They show up with a team of artists who work their magic and leave you looking gorgeous and ready for photos.

Food:  Fresh, seasonal ingredients are a little last minute themselves. So the food is the easy part. Check out your local caterer, tell them what you love, or leave it to them. We love Poppy’s Catering for their creative, delicious, gorgeous meal for Isabel’s wedding. They also baked a cake to perfection. We decorated the simple, buttercream frosting with greenery and Isabel placed it with a meaningful cake topper.

Flowers:  Flowers  can add up quickly at a wedding. If you’re on a budget you can find flowers at your local farmer’s market or flower shop and if you tell them they are for your wedding the vendor should be willing to negotiate. Use household items such as recycled wine bottles, glass jars or pretty water glasses as vases. Prep the flowers the night before and keep them in a cool, dark spot until you are ready to use them.  For Isabel’s wedding we arranged a huge runner of greens and fuchsia peonies to line the dinner tables. It was a dramatic look but low enough that everyone could see the person they were sitting across from.

Guest Book: It’s so nice to have something when it’s all said and done, to remember your wedding day. Of course, the photos are #1. But we love coming up with a creative way to have a guest book.  For Isabel’s wedding we took a page from my Sister’s wedding and set up a Jenga game with markers so each guest could sign a block. After the wedding and for years to follow, Isabel & Sean will always be able to look back at their guest’s notes and remember their special day.

All photos by Dave Robbins Photography

xx, Seri
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  1. Homes & Weddings

    I LOVE love that bridal crown. So beautiful,

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June 13, 2017

Peach and Raspberry Martini

National Martini Day is coming up next week on Monday, and you know I needed to whip up something delicious to celebrate! Natalie helped me do some brainstorming and she found the idea for a peach martini on Pinterest, and I decided to incorporate my favorite fruit into the mix – raspberries! So, introducing… my Peach Raspberry Gin Martini.

Here’s what you need:
-fresh peaches
-fresh raspberries
-cranberry juice
-fresh mint

Here’s what to do:
1) Combine 3 oz. of gin, 2 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced, 2 oz. cranberry juice, and ice in blender.  Blend until you reach smoothie consistency.
2) Pour mixture into each cocktail glass.  Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint!

Hope you enjoy this refreshing, fruity cocktail and that it gets you in the spirit for National Martini Day… Cheers!

Until next time…

xx, Abby
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