October 18, 2016

Cinnamon and Orange Infused Spiked Iced Tea


Fall is in the air! I’ve been loving indulging in pumpkin-flavored everything and watching Hocus Pocus every night. I’ve also enjoyed coming up with some new, seasonal cocktail recipes for the coming cold months!


One that Seri suggested to me is this delicious Orange and Cinnamon Infused Iced Tea, which can be enjoyed with or without the alcohol added. I of course added the alcohol to this recipe, but it is just as good without!


Here’s what you need:
-orange-flavored vodka
-iced tea
-fresh oranges
-cinnamon sticks

Here’s what to do:
1) Combine 1/2 gallon of iced tea into a pitcher with ice and 1/2 cup of orange-flavored vodka.
2) Squeeze the juice of 1 orange into the pitcher and stir.  Add some fresh orange slices to pitcher without juicing them.
3) Add 4 cinnamon sticks to pitcher.
4) Cover pitcher and refrigerate for at least one hour.  When it is done refrigerating, uncover and add some more ice cubes. Serve, and enjoy!


This iced tea is an awesome cocktail option to enjoy leading up to the fall holidays, expecially when you have been having flip-floppy weather, like we have in NYC.  It can be enjoyed in the cooler weather or the heat!


What is your favorite fall cocktail? Let me know and I will make it!

See ya next week :)

xx, Abby
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October 11, 2016

Pear Mimosas


Wow, what a weekend! I hope you all had a fabulous Columbus Day weekend, filled with R&R.

We at LMP did a bit of traveling this weekend, which I’m sure you saw if you follow us on social media! While Seri was on an epic food tour of Chicago with Gavin and Ali, I was in New Orleans with my Dad for a weekend of food, music and booze.


I’ll be making some NOLA-inspired cocktails in weeks to come, but for now… while I was away, Seri graciously took the reins on styling and shooting one of my cocktail ideas while I was off galavating through the French Quarter.  Introducing… the Pear Mimosa!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-your favorite sparkling white wine (Seri used prosecco)
-pear juice (you can buy or make your own!)
-fresh pears
-cinnamon sticks

Here’s what to do:

1) Pour some prosecco into your cocktail glasses, filling about 3/4 of the way.

2) Pour pear juice on top of prosecco, filling the glass the rest of the way.
3) Use your cinnamon stick to gently stir prosecco and pear juice together. Garnish your glass with a slice of fresh pear… and enjoy!


Seri styled this beauty in one of our favorite – this ‘Drink Up Buttercup’ glass, and served with the perfect spread of fruit, cheese and crackers.



This twist on a mimosa is still a great option to serve at a brunch of breakfast party! People love their mimosas, and it’s always fun to surprise them with an unexpected, yet not too exotic flavor.



Until next week!

xx, Abby
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October 6, 2016

Beauty with Brittany Lo: The Perfect Ombré Lip


Hey guys! I’m back for another Beauty with Brittany Lo post with my favorite ladies from Little Miss Party Planner! This time around, Natasha of Beautini and I headed over to the LMP studio in Greenwich Village to glam Seri and Abby up for a very special event they were styling – the launch party for Mommy Shorts’ new book!

The spotlight for todays post will be on Abby’s lip look. The ladies of LMP recently styled an event for Maybelline cosmetics in the Hamptons, and left with a TON of awesome product to play with. They let me dig through their stash of product to decide what I would be playing with, and let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy store.


Abby typically likes to rock a bold lip, so I decided to try out a style that I have seen becoming more and more popular recently: the Ombré Lip.

To achieve this effect, I used Maybelline’s Color Blur Cream Matte Lip Pencil in ‘I’m Blushing!’ for the outer color, and Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Pencil in 705 Pink Parfait for the inner color.


1) Line your lip with the darker color that you would like to wear. In our case, it was the Color Blue Cream Lip color. For this look, feel free to slightly exaggerate your lips to give a fuller effect, this about this as contouring your lips!


2. Fill in your lips fully with this liner. Another option is to use a solid matte lipstick for this step.


3. Take the lighter, shimmery lip color and do it only on the inner parts of the lips so it fades from light to dark. This is the color you will use for touch ups. Once you have created the ombré effect, you are all done!


What do you think of this lip effect?


Keep an eye out for my next post for LMP for all the details on how Natasha styled Abby’s hair… Until next time!

B. Lo

xx, Abby
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October 4, 2016

Bourbon Apple Cider Sour


I’ve been DYING to make a drink with my favorite food of all time… apples! Now that the weather has changed and we are all wearing boots and sweaters in New York, I decided that it was finally appropriate.


In addition to apples, this weeks cocktail also uses fresh apple cider, another delicious fall staple.  Are you ready for it?

Introducing… the Bourbon Apple Cider Sour.  Also known as… fall in a cup.


Here’s what you need:

-your favorite bourbon
-apple cider (fresh, local is best… see if you can find at your local farmers market!)
-orange juice
-sugar cubes
-fresh apples

Here’s what to do:

1) Add ice to each of your cocktail glasses. Pour 2 oz. of bourbon over ice into each glass.

2) Add 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/2 a cup of apple cider to each glass.

3) Add 2 sugar cubes, or 1/8 cup of sugar to each glass.  Use a straw or spoon to stir lightly.
4) Add a slice of apple to each glass as garnish.


Voila! Take a break from sipping your pumpkin spice latté to enjoy this beauty, which will be sure to warm you up and get you in the fall spirit! If you find yours not sweet enough, feel free to add more sugar cubes.



What is your favorite fall drink? Tell me in the comments and I’d be happy to make it for my next cocktail!


See ya next week!

xx, Abby
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September 29, 2016

The Mommy Shorts Remarkably ABOVE Average Book Party


I’ll never forget when I first met Ilana. It was almost 6 years ago, when our kids were in the same preschool class that we met. We hadn’t said one word to each other for the first 5 months of our kids first school year. We’d both drop the kids at school and run off to work. It wasn’t until this big gala that the school held where we started chatting over cocktails and hors d’ouerves. It was the usual conversation…you know…so what do you do? When she told me that she used to work in advertising, got let go after having Mazzy and then started a mom blog…I thought a mom blog? Hmph. I wasn’t overly impressed. She told me the name of her site and I ran to the bathroom to check her out.


Turned out…she was way more than a mom blogger. She was a hilarious, sarcastic, marketing genius. I think she probably thought I fell into the toilet because I was immediately addicted to reading her blog and spent quite some time checking her out before heading back into the party.


We became fast friends. Not only her and I, but our husbands as well.  We even got pregnant with our second children at the same time. Over the years we’ve been come so close, I consider these guys a part of our family.


When Ilana told me she was going to write a book I thought GOOD FOR YOU! Her writing is so brilliant it would be a shame not to write a book. I of course told her I would throw her a kick ass party as soon as the book launches.


And here we are today….

Ilana’s book is now available in all of the major book stores and I couldn’t be more proud of her. It’s not every day you can say my friend wrote a book!


Naturally I wanted her party to be extra special. First, we needed a venue. I remembered my cousin Daniella once telling me about this fantastic coffee shop in Toronto called Maman. She said she’s friends with the owner and that she has a couple of locations in NYC! I always kept this information on file and pulled it out for Ilana’s party thinking it would be a great spot. Well…it WAS. It was perfect.


This Maman was located in Tribeca. Elisa, the owner could not be more lovely. I adore her. The space is rustic, has exposed brick walls and TONS of book shelves. Could this have been a better fit?  I don’t think so.




Ilana loved it and when we had our discussion on the menu we decided to go with a kids menu that had an adults twist to it. Things like grilled cheese, mini pizzas, chicken and waffles, milk n cookies and a huge table of cheese and charcuterie were served.



My favorite part? Elisa told me she has an ice cream cart in the shop! How perfect?  Not only do Mazzy and Harlow love ice cream…But Mazzy has always dreamt of having her own ice cream store!





How about Harlow’s love of waffles? Elisa suggested a waffle station for dessert! AH! Could not have been more perfect even if we tried.


I asked Maggie to design signs for Mazzy’s Ice Cream cart and Harlow’s waffle bar and gosh did she ever do a stellar job. So on brand with the Mommy Shorts blog!


Moving along…let’s talk about all of the stunning little details here.

First off, I took great advantage of all of the vintage pieces Elisa has in the restaurant. Ladders, a high chair, a scale, the bakery counter…I covered it ALL with books, flowers and Ilana’s favorite Instagram shots from her @MommyShorts account which we printed from Artifact Uprising.







When doing a party like this it’s always important to me to stay on brand. Ilana has these yellow chairs in her house out east that she used to take the photo of her burnt toast for the cover of her book on. Well guess what? I found chairs that look almost identical for rent from RentQuest. I brought in a few to spice up the table where guests could sit.


When you walk into the restaurant Elisa has these awesome, deep couches making for really comfy spots to sit. They were decked in royal blue pillows. I love royal blue, but not for Ilana’s party. So I reached out to Elisa’s designer Tania Kovalenko Ltd. and she made me custom white covers to brighten up the couches for the party. I added colorful pillows in Ilana’s brand colors and boom.  I love love love how this turned out.



When the guests arrived, I wanted them to have that WOW, Celebrity type feeling with Ilana. I worked with Manhattan Neon to create a huge backdrop of Ilana’s book cover created. Abby and I climbed up onto stools and pinned balloons all over the top to create a fun, festive look. It was exactly how I dreamt it. PERFECTION and everyone stopped to take a photo!




Ilana had so many friends, family and special guests at the party. One in particular, her new friend Sarah Bennett. One of the most amazing things about Ilana’s work is how she is able to connect with her readers by integrating them into her site to share their stories. Sarah’s story is not only courageous but one that will make you think twice the next time you complain about a chipped nail. I was happy to see her having such a wonderful time at Ilana’s party.


To create a fun, happy vibe, we brought a DJ from our fave entertainment company, Generation Events. Tony C was spinning the top hits all night. At one point I found myself dancing with Ilana’s mom. We had the best time.




Ilana said a few words to thank her girls for all the inspiration that they provided for the book and her career. It was so sweet.


Then Mike got up and surprised Ilana with the sweetest speech. More tissues please!



Last but not least, was the book signing. All authors do a book signing at their party, right? Well this party was a celebration for Ilana and I didn’t want her sitting at a desk all night! So I created a book signing station TO Ilana. The guests all signed one book to Ilana to congratulate her on her successes. It was so sweet, especially when Abby took Mazzy over to the book to sign the sweetest note to her Mom.





To send everyone off at the end of the night, we had the most fantastic Mommy Shorts bags made. Thanks Imagination Branding for working with us to create these gorgeous bags. I bring mine everywhere now! These bags were filled with awesome goodies from all of Ilana’s sponsors making an awesome swag bag.



Now it’s time to take a moment to relish over the photos from the party. I knew that I had to bring in the best to take photos at Ilana’s party because Ilana is absolutely obsessed with quality pictures. It’s her thing! So who did I call? That’s right. Dave Robbins of Dave Robbins Photography. Dave: I cannot thank you enough for ALWAYS making time for me when I ask you. For showing up with that charming smile and doing whatever I ask of you. Photograph THIS! Photograph THAT! Come over here and shoot Abby and I! Go over there and shoot Ilana and the girls! You’re one of a kind and your photos are above and beyond the best I have ever seen. Truly. Thank you a million times over. THANK YOU!







Want to be part of the action? You can purchase a copy of Ilana’s book here. Want to have your own party? We suggest buying our Little Miss Party in a Box that is perfectly branded in Ilana’s colors, which you can do by clicking here. CHEERS!

Mazel Tov Ilana. Love you.

xx, Seri
Party conversation
  1. Gloria Barreto

    You did an amazing job. Watching your snaps was so much fun. I almost felt like I was there.

  2. Marissa

    What an awesome party! Congratulations to Ilana on her book! I totally would want you to plan and orchestrate any party that I wanted to host!!!!!

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