August 24, 2016

We are officially inspired to write a book….

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A few months back we met some really love ladies who started a company called Tweed Wolf. They came in to our office to explain what they do and our eyes immediately lit up. These gals craft beautiful photo books. The best part is…you don’t have to choose the photos. They will do it for you!

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Remember back in the day when you had FILM? We had to snail mail it in to get photos printed. Then buy photo albums with sleeves and stick the photos in there. Yeah, well, I have about 40000 photo albums from when I was a kid…up until about my first born was one. Now…I have NOTHING!  It’s all online, totally unorganized and all over the place.

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So when Tweed Wolf came over and said “We’ll take all of the beautiful photos you have from the years of work you have done and we’ll cull them down into a photo album for you…” we were like, yes please!

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Before sending the photos we did however come up with a concept for this book. A way to showcase the photos so they make sense to other people who may flip through our photo book.

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After receiving this album from our friends at Tweed Wolf we have decided to keep this concept hush for the moment….because this book is so fabulous it has quite literally inspired us to get writing! And hopefully one day have a Little Miss Party book that we can share with the world.

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And you know what else? This may just have to be my new go to gift for milestone birthdays. This weekend my niece is turning one. I hired a photographer for the event….guess what I’ll be doing with the photos?!

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Huge huge huge thanks to Tweed Wolf for the work and effort they put into creating such a beautiful album for us. We will cherish this forever.

Tweed Wolf albums can now be purchased through the Little Miss Party in a Box website.

xx, Seri
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August 23, 2016

Fig & Bourbon Summer Smash

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Fun fact about me: I LOVE figs! It’s kind of a weird thing to love to eat, but any chance I get to have them I do.  Fresh, dried, you name it! I also think that they are beautiful, so I’ve been looking for the right way to use them in a cocktail.

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I perused Pinterest and found a recipe for a Fig & Bourbon Summer Smash, which uses figs, honey, bourbon and limes.  Sounds like a winning combo to me!

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Here’s what you need:

-your favorite Bourbon (I used Blanton’s based on Adams recommendation)
-honey
-water
-lime juice
-fresh limes
-fresh figs
-fresh mint
-ice

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Here’s what to do:
1) Place 4 of your figs in a mason jar or other vessel. Use overripe figs if possible! Add 1 cup of bourbon to the mason jar over the figs, and muddle the figs.

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2) Add 1/4 cup of honey to fig & bourbon mixture and use a cocktail stirrer to stir mixture. Cover vessel with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 2 hours.
3) After the 2 hours have passed, uncover your mixture and pour 1/4 cup of mixture into each of your cocktail glasses.

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4) Add 1/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp. of lime juice to each glass.
5) Add ice and a few mint leaves and fresh figs to garnish each glass.

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How stunning is this?? It was pretty damn delicious too.

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Make this one and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next week….

xx, Abby
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August 18, 2016

Beauty with Brittany Lo

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I’m so excited to be back and writing my second post for LMP! The response that I received after the first post was incredible, and I want to thank you all for being so welcoming.

After my first post, I received some questions and requests for me to write about certain topics, which is exactly what I wanted! Please keep those questions coming.

One reader asked if I had any tips from a quick and easy way to transition your hair and makeup from day to night, after a long day at the office. And the answer is YES! This is a transition that I have gotten down pretty well… after living in the city for a while, you learn to pack for your whole day in the morning when you are getting ready for work. Most of us work at least a train ride away from where we live, and don’t have the time to head home to change or freshen up before heading to an evening event. That’s why a lot of native New Yorkers look like pack mules with this full change of clothes and such when you see us walking around during the day!

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I decided to share with you guys my go-to quick and easy routine for getting after-work event ready! LMP team member and my new blog manager, Abby was coming over to the Beautini offices, and she agreed to be my model. Abby had been running around the city all morning prepping for an LMP event, and was coming over to get ready for a networking event that we were both going to. We had about 30 minutes before we had to leave, which was plenty of time! Abby made us a quick cocktail and I got to work!

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By about 4PM, your morning makeup has probably smeared a bit so it’s important to start with a clean face, or around the eyes at the very least. I cleaned up Abby’s eye makeup and began with her eye shadow makeup as she wanted a quick smokey eye. My rule is that if you are doing a simple eye look you can do foundation first but if you’re putting more shadow on then it’s best to do that before applying the foundation to ensure you can wipe away any shadow that falls onto the face when applying. The Urban Decay basics palette has great neutral colors and is compact so it can fit well in your makeup bag! I used ‘Foxy’ as the base with ‘Faint’ and a touch of ‘Crave’ in the corners.
Next I used Stila’s Liquid Liner to create a small cat eye on Abby.

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This liner is my absolute favorite because it’s easy to apply the liner and the liner does not come out too thick. After that apply some mascara on the top and bottom for added drama. If you are going to a night time event then feel free to also add pencil liner to your bottom as well. For Abby I smudged her bottom liner with a MAC 263 Small Angle Brush to give a slightly softer look.

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Once the eyes are completed, clean under the eyes with a makeup remover wipe and add your foundation and concealer. For Abby we used Make Up Forever’s HD Foundation and their cream palette concealer. Both products provide full coverage but are lightweight so they do not give the “cakey” look when applied.

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Next we added some warmth to her face and I used my FAVORITE bronzer from Too Faced. Oh, did I mention that it’s made with cocoa powder? Yes your face will smell like chocolate as you are applying this! I added some blush along Abby’s cheekbones to add a tint of color to her face as well.

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Lastly we used a NARS lip pencil in Rikugien (after she sipped on her cocktail of course!) and she was all set for the event! To complete the look, I threw Abby’s hair up into a low messy bun.

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Super easy, right? This whole look took me about 15 minutes to finish, with frequent breaks for sipping on my French 75 and to snap some pictures. What do you think of Abby’s look?

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Have any requests for a makeup look you’d like me to write about? Just leave a comment.

Until next week!
XO, B.Lo
@brittany.lo
brittanylo.com

xx, Abby
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    HOW DID YOU GUYS GET SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MODEL!?

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August 16, 2016

Rum Punch for #NationalRumDay

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There are so many national social media holidays I can hardly keep track! Seri was perusing a magazine this past weekend, and frantically snapchatted me when she saw that today is #NationalRumDay.

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I knew that I had to take advantage and make a cocktail using the liquor being celebrated, so I settled on some rum punch. It was super easy to make, and I was able to supplement with some yummy items we had leftover in the fridge.

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Here’s what you need:
– your favorite white rum (I used Bacardi)
– orange juice
– cranberry juice
– grenadine
– pineapple juice
– lime juice
– sliced oranges, limes and plums
– fresh mint leaves for garnish
– ice

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Here’s what to do:

1) Combine 1.5 cups light rum, 2 cups orange juice, 2 tablespoons cranberry juice, 2 cups pineapple juice and 3 tablespoons of lime juice to your pitcher.
2) Add in 2 tablespoons of grenadine and mix all together.
3) Add in your sliced fruit and ice and stir lightly.
4) Pour mixture into each glass and add some sliced fruit for garnish and a few mint leaves.

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That’s it! You can add more of any type of the juices for more flavor, but the combo that I had above was just perfect for me.

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I hope this beauty helps you celebrate #NationalRumDay the right way!

See ya next week :)

xx, Abby
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August 10, 2016

An Epic Bachelorette Party

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One of my favorite memories from the time I was preparing to get married was my bachelorette party. There is something to be said about your best girlfriends making a huge effort to celebrate such a special time in your life.

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Recently we planned a bachelorette party with a Little Miss Party in a Box. We planned for a backyard cocktail party including a huge surf board charcuterie.

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We gave the task of setting up our box to one of our friends as a challenge to prove just how simple it is to do. She nailed the set up and created a stunning tablescape for our surfboard snacks.

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We toasted to the bride while sharing tons of memories and laughs. It was nothing short of a fabulous evening.

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Thanks to Brittany Lo of Beautini for turning our Little Miss Party in a Box into an epic bachelorette party. And to Maggie Antalek for the gorgeous photos and this incredible video of our set up…

Take the stress out of planning your next party with a Little Miss Party in a Box. You can shop the box here.

xx, Seri
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  1. Vanessa Hodge

    Bachelorette parties are always rocking and is the best time to spend together with all your friends. I would surely suggest my friend to have her bachelorette party with little miss party planner.

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