November 14, 2016

Gavin’s Great Birthday Adventure

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Don’t ask me why…but for some reason I went a bit overboard with Gavin’s 7th birthday party. I was totally inspired by a story that involves our friend’s lake house.

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Our friends throw a big post-summer party at their lake house every September. We had a blast this year and when the party was wrapping up we decided to grab dinner before heading home. They told us about this Hibachi restaurant down the road called Mount Fuji. We were in. We pulled into the driveway, and we drove up and up and up through the mountains till we got to this incredibly cool looking venue. We walked inside excited as ever and were told the wait would be 2 hours. I almost fainted.

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I was determined to get there and decided to plan Gavin’s birthday around going back. Strange, but true.

So here’s what I did…

I used this incredible service called Skedaddle. These guys have a website that allows you to book transportation for your events using high quality buses, professional drivers and an app that allows you to customize your route.

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I sent an invite that was a parents dream. Drop your kids off with me and I will be taking them just outside the city for an incredible afternoon. PARTY! Said the parents.

As each child boarded the bus I noticed a touch of fear and a lot of excitement in the parents eyes. I sent group texts throughout the day so everyone was well aware that their children were doing just fine.

On the bus I gave each child a travel snack pack that I put together including water and snacks.

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We took the kids to Bounce U in Nanuet for an hour of jumping around in bouncey houses, including a glow in the dark room. We put Gavin (AND Mike, Mr. Mommy Shorts, who shares the same birthday) in a chair and crowned them Kings. Then back on the bus to Mount Fuji for an early dinner.

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The kids were AMAZING. I was shocked and so proud by how well behaved this group was in the restaurant.

Gavin had the most incredible day of his life and I was so happy to be a part of it. Now I just have to accept that my baby is growing up. Seven years old? Sigh.

xx, Seri
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October 17, 2016

Little Miss Party Favors in a Box

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My friend Pam recently had a birthday party. She booked a dinner reservation at one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city – La Esquina. I knew a fun evening was in store…

She told me that 8 people would be at dinner and I really really wanted to surprise her by doing something special that night….but what…hmmm.

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I came up with the idea of doing a little favor gift box for each guest. I wnted to build these boxes with festive items that Pam would appreciate and know I put thought into. So I got to building…

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We found the perfect size black boxes and pink ribbon to package these favors in. I wanted confetti of course, so included a mini party cracker in each that said HOORAY! The best part about these was everyone opened theirs at the table and read the joke and wore the crown.

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Everyone loves coffee so we included a $5 gift card to Starbucks. And who doesn’t love gummy bears and champagne? Well thanks to Sugarfina we found adorable clear boxes of champagne gummy bears in each box!

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Pam’s alcohol of choice is tequila so we put mini bottles of Patrone into each box. The perfect addition. And last but not least…an itty bitty cupcake from Baked by Melissa for something extra sweet.

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What do you think? Pretty cute right?! The girls LOVED these and were blown away when they sat down to a gift placed at each of their seats.

Like what you see? Order your custom Little Miss Party Favors in a Box by getting in touch with us here.

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xx, Seri
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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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March 3, 2016

A Romantic Wedding in the East Village

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Last summer I got a call from an old friend, who was also my first roommate when I moved to New York City. She told me that she was getting married and was looking for some help to jazz up the party with special touches.

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We don’t do weddings…but how could I say no? Especially after she told me it was going to be a small, intimate dinner party, with a low key ceremony lead by their close friend. Now that’s my speed. I was IN!

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Dara asked that I take charge with all of the decor and coordination. Nothing makes me happier then a client who sits back and lets us do our job. Everything was seamless. Dara & Michael chose Il Buco Alimentari E Vineria which is the most perfect spot located in the east village for an intimate dinner party. There were 50 people and the party was held in the private space upstairs where the walls are all exposed brick and there are several farm tables to sit at.

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I proposed soft, romantic, stunning decor. We styled peonies in milk glass bud vases all over the wood tables mixed with candles in antique gold holders that we found at the Hatch Prop Shop.

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My favorite part of the set up was the placemats. We asked our friends over at Paperfinger to source burgundy paper and customize with every guest’s name in calligraphy as the place setting. So. So. Stunning. We especially loved our play on the bride and groom: wifey and hubby.

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As always we had custom menus printed by Minted. And we worked with our favorite cake designers at Empire Cake to create a two tiered red velvet cake with a brush gold painted effect. We added fresh blooms and boom. STUNNING right?!

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Dara, Michael and their family were staying at the Bowery Hotel the weekend of the wedding. The room where Dara was getting ready was so perfect for kicking off her photos.

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For Dara’s bouquet we worked with Designs by Ahn who nailed the arrangement that I had been dreaming up in my head. Not only were the flowers gorgeous but the bouquet worked so perfectly with Dara’s dress.

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The couple strolled through the streets of the East Village with Dave Robbins for photos prior to meeting their family at Gemma (where Dara and Michael had their first date). They later walked into the venue to see the set up and tears started flowing, including my own. Seeing their reactions to how the room was transformed was thrilling.

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The night went off without a hitch and there was nothing but happiness, good food and love in the room. A success all around.

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Huge hearty Mazel Tov to my friend Dara and thank you for letting me play such an important role in your big day. I wish you and Michael a long life full of good health and happiness.

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Photos by Dave Robbins Photography
Also find this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty

xx, Seri
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February 11, 2016

Feeling the Love

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The other day my friend Ilana wrote a heart felt blog post about our relationship as friends, work wives and fellow Mothers. Her words brought a tear to my eye as I was reminded how lucky I am for the friends I have made while living in New York for the past 16 years.

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Valentine’s Day is the ultimate excuse to show your love. And obviously you know that we will use any excuse to have a random brunch, party or gathering.

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So….

When Ilana asked if I could style a brunch for her to host for her “work wife” friends…I was like, um, yes. Yes yes I would love to.

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I’m addicted to black, white, pink and gold. Throw some copper in. I can’t help it.

Totally obsessed with these marble plates from CB2. And of course we have the most fabulous menus printed by Minted for every setting.

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For the seating cards, Ilana wrote a “love note” to each guest.

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Hershey’s was behind the idea of this gathering and provided chocolates upon chocolates for us to play with and gift.

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We adore Chef Sue Park and brought her in to make a delicious breakfast for us. Smoked salmon heart shaped toasts – oh my yum! Sausages in a blanket, heart shaped frittatas, kale salad with roasted acorn squash and heart shaped pie pops filled with brie and jam. YUM!!

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This brunch was such a fabulous excuse to have a delicious meal, cocktails and laughs with best friends, new friends and work friends. Needless to say…this brunch also made for some great photos….

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Thank you Ilana for always making me part of the fun. And damn our hair looks great.

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To all my friends and family, I Love you.  And let the Valentine’s Day weekend begin!

Loving credits go to:

Photographs: Dave Robbins Photography
Catering: Chef Sue Park
Hair and Make up (on Seri, Ilana and Abby): GlamSquad
Tableware (Plates, copper utensils, napkins and pink champagne flutes): CB2
Red cake stands: Fish’s Eddy
Custom menus: Minted
All Chocolate Kisses: Hershey’s

xx, Seri
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