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 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 19, 2016

GIVEAWAY ALERT: LMP Sips with Splash Mixers

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Cocktail mixers are extremely convenient when making drinks for a crowd of people or when you need to move quickly.  But the downside of these popular mixers are that most of them are filled with a lot of artificial ingredients and sugar.  Which makes them not only taste not that great, but really, really bad for you! Especially when you have more than one.. which.. I mean.. c’mon! It’s no fun to have just one.

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Thankfully, our friends at Splash just launched a fabulous new line of all-natural drink mixers.  In addition to being all-natural, these mixers are absolutely DELICIOUS and low calorie, so you can sip without the guilt.

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Another great thing about these mixers is that they are non-alcoholic, so they are perfect to serve up at a baby shower! Just this past weekend, Seri took a bottle of one of the mixers as a hostess gift for a friend who is pregnant, and she was so excited! She mixed Splash’s Bay St. Ginger mix with some club soda for a little mocktail and was a big fan.

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Splash sent us a few bottles to try out, including their signature Bay St. Ginger mix, and I decided to whip up a simple, yet flavorful cocktail combining it with prosecco, grapefruit juice and mint.  And I’ll tell ya.. it was one of the easiest cocktails I’ve made to date!

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Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 large bottle os Splash’s Bay St. Ginger mixer
-1 bottle of prosecco
-grapefruit juice (fresh or store bought)
-fresh grapefruit cut into wedges
-fresh pear cut into spears
-fresh mint leaves for garnish
-ice

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Here’s what to do:
1) Add ice to each of your glasses. Pour about 2 oz of the Splash Bay St. Ginger mixer on top of ice.
2) Add 2 oz of grapefruit juice to each glass.
3) Top off each glass with prosecco.
4) Use a straw or stir stick to gently combine ingredients.
5) Add a pear spear to each glass.
6) Garnish the rim of each glass with a grapefruit wedge, and add a few mint leaves to the top of each drink.

Pretty gorgeous, right? They were even more delicious than they look! And that’s not even the best part!

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We are excited to announce that we will be giving away one Everyday Soirée Party in a Box to two lucky winners with a multi pack of mini sampler of Splash Mixers in a variety of flavors! Total Retail value of $125.

To enter, you must:
Post a photo of the cocktail you are sipping on this summer to the Little Miss Party Facebook page with the hashtag #LMPsipswithsplash and tag a friend! We will choose our favorite cocktail on Friday July 22nd @ 7pm to announce the winner. If you tagged a friend and you win, we will choose one of your tagged friends at random to win the same prize.

Good luck and Cheers!

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Photos by Maggie Antalek.
Modeling by Brittany Lo of Beautini and Maggie Antalek.
Music by Mike Hokanson.

xx, Abby
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July 15, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

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My favorite event leading up to a friend’s wedding is the bachelorette party. I have so many insanely inappropriate and amazing memories of these nights out growing up as my friends were getting married.

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Now…I get to throw these parties and come up with creative ways to celebrate the bride’s big day.

Here’s how you throw a bachelorette party that your friends will never forget…

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First of all, come up with a budget. For a bachelorette party there is no rules to who hosts. What I like to do with my friends is nominate one or two people to coordinate the details and collect money from each guest to contribute towards a really fun evening. Start small in someone’s home for cocktails and appetizers and then have a plan to go out. Options that make for a fun night are dancing, karaoke or a lounge-y type bar are just a few suggestions.

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Use the season to determine your theme and menu. Here we’ve got an East Coast Surfside Bachelorette. Featured here today is a beach-y east coast surf side soiree.

To avoid running around to several different stores collecting the items you need to throw a cocktail party, get yourself a Little Miss Party in a Box – shower edition – for the most fabulous decor (including a set of glass bud vases for flowers) and tableware. With a mix of gold, white and silver you have a neutral palette that you can add any theme to.

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Seasonal foods are the best. We head to the farmer’s markets and butcher for fresh fruit, veggies, meats and cheeses. Then look for creative items around your house to use for serving the food. We have a wood surfboard in one of the bedrooms at my house and used that as our platter for a massive charcuterie.

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We enlisted our friend Maggie to get creative with seashells for the food cards on the surfboard. She spray painted the shells gold and then hand wrote the name of each cheese and meat that we set out.

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Make sure you have plenty of wine (we love rose for a summer party) on hand. Ice, water and glass bottles of pop gives you a good assortment of beverages.

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Music is KEY. We love top 40 pop hits mixed with old school Madonna. Try GirlTalk on Spotify for a great mix of old and new songs. He won’t disappoint.

Since everyone is chipping in for the party, set aside a budget for an activity. After a recent trip to Walgreens for some birthday cards I was inspired. So for this bachelorette party we chose some of the gorgeous Signature line of Hallmark Cards for each guest to sign a love note on to the bride and groom. With all of the signed cards at the end of the night, we collected them to save and turn into a scrapbook as a gift for the happy couple.

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Nothing feels better than making your bestie feel special, so let’s celebrate in style! 

Photos by Maggie Antalek
Model is Brittany Lo, founder of Beautini

This post was sponsored by Hallmark however all thoughts and party ideas are our own.

xx, Seri
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  1. Vanessa Hodge

    I’m impressed with the creativity you did to celebrate the bride’s bid day. Arrangement is grabbing all my attention because I always prefer to have outdoor events or ceremony. I might try something like this for my friend’s bridal shower. Thanks for the idea:)

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July 12, 2016

Watermelon Gin Fizz

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It’s summertime. You’re looking for a refreshing, healthy snack. You take a trip to the grocery store and you see it… watermelon! It’s perfect! You take it home, cut it up, and realize…. holy moly… this is a LOT of watermelon… how am I going to eat all of this??

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Sure, you’re family will help you, but they will probably get sick of it after a few days, and there will inevitably be a ton left over. This is what happened at Luke’s 4th birthday Pirate Pool Party… we had a TON of watermelon leftover, just sitting in the fridge for days! So, I decided to use it before it all went bad… and make a cocktail out of it!

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I decided to whip up a Watermelon Gin Fizz, using the leftover fruit and turning it into a purée… genius! A new, exciting and adult-friendly way to enjoy a classic summer staple.

Here’s what you need:

-about 10 watermelon slices
-2 oz. your favorite gin
-ginger ale
-fresh basil leaves
-ice

Here’s what to do:

1) Cut the rind off of your watermelon slices.  Cut the red fruit into cubes, and put into a blender.  Set your blender to the “purée” function.  Purée for about 30 seconds, until super smooth and all chunks have been puréed. Set aside.

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2) Add ice to both of your glasses. Pour 1 oz. of gin into each glass on top of ice.

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3) Pour one half of can of ginger ale into each glass.  Add watermelon purée on top and fill glass the rest of the way.  Use spoon or straw to stir and mix all ingredients.

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4) Add fresh basil leaf for garnish, and your straw.

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So simple! This concoction is the definition of refreshing, and the perfect way to get rid of all of that leftover watermelon.  I guarantee that you will love it!

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See ya next week!

xx, Abby
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