January 10, 2017

Strawberry Heart Mojitos

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It may seem a bit early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, but we at LMP are always prepared and ready for the next reason to celebrate! And how do we best celebrate? With cocktails, of course! This strawberry heart mojito is sure to get you feelin’ festive.

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Here’s what you need:
-white rum
-bottle of prosecco or rosé sparkling wine
-fresh strawberries
-sugar
-fresh mint leaves
-fresh limes
-pitcher
-muddler

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Here’s what to do:

1) In your pitcher, combine 2 tbsp. of sugar, the juice of 2 limes and the rinds, 15 mint leaves, 6 halved strawberries, and 3 oz. of rum.

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2) Using your muddler, crush the strawberries, mint and limes to muddle with sugar and rum.

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3) Pour bottle of prossecco into pitcher with muddled mixture, and once entire bottle has been added, use a spoon or cocktail stirrer to gently combine ingredients.

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4) Pour your drinks into each of your cocktail glasses, allowing some of the muddled strawberries and mint into each glass.

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5) Add one lime wedge and a few heart-shaped strawberries for garnish (see below for instruction).  I also added some fabulous metallic pink straws for some easy sipping!

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How to make heart-shaped strawberries:
1) Once you have thoroughly washed your strawberries, cut off the stem and leaves, leaving only the red body of the strawberry.

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2) Cut into halves along the narrowest part of the strawberry, so the widest sides of the strawberry are intact.

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3) At the top of the strawberry, cut a V-shaped wedge and remove. Then, cut the bottom sides to make straight edges that lead to the bottom point of the heart.

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How cute are these guys??

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Enjoy your long weekend… Until next week!

xx, Abby
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  1. Beth Davidson

    These look delicious! But, I’m currently pregnant so I’d have to make mine a faux-jito. I think it’d be easy to substitute the sparkling wine with ginger ale or white grape juice, but do you think it’d taste fine without any rum substitute?

  2. Abby

    Hi Beth! Using ginger ale or white grape juice would work well, definitely! You could also always use a strawberry soda, or seltzer with lime and still muddle the mint and strawberries. No rum substitute necessary :)

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January 9, 2017

Abby’s Epic Twenty Sixth Birthday

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Confession: I LOVE birthdays. Like, over the top love.  And not just my own… I look forward to the birthdays of all of my close friends and take advantage of any opportunity to go over the top.

So… for my 26th birthday, the universe aligned and I leapt at the opportunity to throw an LMP-style bash! You see, my birthday is December 30th… the day before New Years Eve.  Seri just happened to be away for the Holidays, and the LMP studio was open and available.

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I spread the word. A little but earlier than necessary… October 19th to be exact. But I wanted to be able to give friends PLENTY of time to plan on coming. And it worked! Friends came from far and wide… Denver, Boston, San Diego, Philly… and Brooklyn.

I knew that I wanted the decor to be very glam and sparkly, using mostly metallics with touches of black and pink.  I reused the silver fringe wall from our friends at Decorative Novelty that we featured in our Top Tips for a Rockin’ New Years Eve Party post.

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For balloons, I went to our local party store and found these amazing, obnoxious 40″ letter balloons in a shiny, coppery-gold and spelled out my name.  I positioned these beauties right in front of our studio windows, so the first thing my guests saw when they walked in was giant ABBY balloons. I also used some black and gold ‘Cheers’ balloons that were leftover from our 2016 New Years Eve Party in a Box, and purchased some additional 36″ jumbo magenta balloons and 12″ gold balloons. I attached clusters of these guys to our bar cart and food table.

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I also checked the LMP balloon stock and found that we had a bunch of pink ‘2016’ number balloons leftover from last years New Years Eve Box, so I took a few sets, removed the ‘0’ and ‘1’, and voila! 26!

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I stocked the bar cart with the essentials – a pineapple-shaped ice bucket from CB2 (a birthday gift from my bestie, Sarah), star swizzle sticks and black and gold cocktail napkins leftover from one of our Holiday parties in a box, carafes filled with champagne and raspberries, and plenty of confetti.

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On the food table, I used more items leftover from our past parties in a box, including gold and black star food toppers by All That Glitters Party Shoppe, gold foil and white dessert dessert plates, metallic gold and magenta paper straws, and black chevron stamped food picks.

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I served some snacks – charcuterie, chips, salsa, hummus, pretzels, and cupcakes. I provided beer and wine for my guests and asked them to bring their own if they wanted any specific liquor. I chilled the white wine and champagne in Seri’s gorgeous gold champagne bucket. To top off the table details, I added our favorite gold and white deer bust, our pink letter board, and of course, plenty of confetti.

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We had a little extra of the silver fringe, so I lined one of the walls in our office to set up a photo booth station, which my friends and I had way to much fun posing in front of.

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Even disco pig got some love in the photo booth!

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The best part? Maggie work sneakily with my friends Steph and Christina to make me the most perfect Snapchat geofilter for the party… showcasing my love of Beyoncé.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate.. it was truly the best birthday ever!

xx, Abby
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  1. Laura P

    This is AWESOME!!!! I’m glad you had such an awesome happy birthday Abby!!

  2. Abby

    Thank you, Laura!!

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January 5, 2017

How to Master a Simple Contour

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I hope you all had a fantastic time over the Holidays, and partied it up the LMP way for New Years Eve! I’m back with my newest Beauty with Brittany Lo post, and this week, I’ll be teaching you guys how to perfect the makeup trend that has taken everyone by storm over the last few years… contouring. While I did this on Abby for an upcoming shoot that the LMP had, it is very easy to do on yourself… you just need good lighting!

Before you get started, you must determine which type of contour kit you would like to use.  Typically for oily skin, you would want to use a powder based kit, while with dryer skin, a creme kit might be better. For Abby, I decided to use a powder based kit, like this awesome one from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

1) Perform your normal makeup routine and set your base with foundation, etc.  You can even get your eyes and lips all ready before you contour!

2) Take your contour brush, like this one from Sephora, and apply your darkest shade of powder to the areas of the face you would like to create shadow and definition.  This is typically the hollows of the cheeks, the neck, and the sides of the nose.  Abby has a rounder face, so i went dark on the shading in the hollows of the cheeks.

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3) Blend your darker shade into the skin to eliminate remaining lines.  Then, use a very light shade to highlight the highest parts of your face… the bridge of the nose, the top of the cheekbones, and the chin.

4) Using either your lightest shade of powder or a highlighting stick, create several lines on the forehead that meet to form a point at the middle of the eyebrows.  This will bring more light and focus to your eyes.

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5) Last but certainly not least….BLEND! Using your blending brush, like this Pro Featherweight complexion brush from Sephora, blend in all of your lines to make sure that they look natural.

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And there we are! You can go more dramatic or lighter on the contour, depending on what type of event you are attending.  The great thing about using a powder contour kit is that you can easily add or take away darker shades! What do you think of Abby’s contour look?

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Until next time!

Xo,
B.Lo
@brittany.lo

xx, Abby
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January 3, 2017

Hibiscus Par-Tea

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We are back in the office after an incredible Holiday season, and I’ll tell ya, as wonderful as the down time is, I’m glad to be back in action!

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We received some awesome Holiday gifts over here at LMP from our vendors, and I gotta say, my absolute favorite was an incredibly clever tea infuser from one of our favorite caterers, Pinch Food Design.

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Pinch always blows us away with their presentation and creativity, and this years Holiday gift was no exception.  They sent us some beautiful Tea infusers, with a recipe for a homemade tea cocktail! Of course, I had to try it out.

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And let me tell you, it was incredible… and you can easily make your own at home!

Here’s what you need:
– loose hibiscus tea
– spice mixture of cinnamon stick, dried orange peel, allspice berries and cloves
– spiced rum
– fresh orange
– fresh lemon
– honey

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Here’s what to do:
1) Boil up 2 cups of water in a tea kettle. Transfer to large mug or bowl.
2) Put your tea and spice mixture to an infuser or cheese cloth. Steep in the hot water, about 2-3 hours for full flavor.

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3) After tea has steeped, remove infuser.  Microwave tea for 2 minutes to reheat.
4) Measure 1 oz. of rum into each cocktail glass or mug.  Then, add your steeped tea to each glass, filling about 3/4 of the way.

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4) Add a little bit of honey for some sweetness, if you’d like.  Add a fresh orange wedge, a lemon rind, and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

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I’m gonna sip on this and pretend like it fits into my New Year detox plan, since, ya know, it IS a tea-based cocktail!

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Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! Until next week…

xx, Abby
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December 27, 2016

Bacon Bloody Mary

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I know I’ve been enjoying relaxing at my parents house and catching up on some much needed sleep. I am also in full prep mode for New Years Eve, since I’ll be hosting some friends in the city this weekend.

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In anticipation of the big partying days ahead and the fact that I will be entertaining some friends in from out of town, I thought it might be fun to perfect a brunch-friendly cocktail to nurse us back to health.  What better way to do so than with a Bloody Mary?! Seri helped me out and shot this beauty for me to have it ready for you guys in time!

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Here’s what you need:

-vodka
-tomato juice
-tabasco
-Worcestershire sauce
-prepared horseradish
-celery salt
-fresh ground black pepper
-salt
-bacon
-celery stalks
-lemons
-limes
-ice
-cocktail shaker

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Here’s what to do:

1) Start your bacon frying in a skillet.  Once fried to your desired crispiness,  stick onto a bamboo skewer and set aside for later use!

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2) Place mixture of celery salt, fresh ground black pepper and salt on a flat plate.  Take a lime wedge and wet the rim of your glasses. Place wetted rim in spice mixture on plate, coating the rim.

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3) Fill each newly rimmed glass with ice, about halfway. In cocktail shaker, add juice and rind of one lime wedge, one lemon wedge, 2 oz of vodka, 4 oz tomato juice, 2 tsp. horseradish, 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and one pinch each of celery salt, fresh ground black pepper and salt.
4) Also add ice to shaker, then cover and shake well, combining all ingredients.
5) Strain into each cocktail glass.  Should be enough for two bloodys, so mix again for more!

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6) Garnish each glass with a celery stalk, bacon, and a lemon or lime wedge.

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This beautiful, bacon-ey Bloody is the perfect hangover cure… and I will most certainly be serving it up to my friends on New Years Day after we party it up with the Ultimate New Years Eve Party in a Box. Today is the last day to order yours in time for your NYE Bash, so don’t miss out!

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Until next week… Happy New Year!

xx, Abby
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