March 23, 2017

A Simple Cat Eye

On this weeks Beauty with Brittany Lo post, I’ll be teaching you how to create a simple, clean cat eye, a look that you can rock for everyday or dress up for a party or night out on the town!

My cousin, Maggie was in town and working with LMP on a shoot to promote the new Fifty Shades Darker movie, and she was looking to to a simple cat eye because she loves the way it looks, but feels like she can never achieve the look in a way that she likes when attempting to do it on her own.  I was so excited to show her how easy it can be!

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1) Apply makeup to the rest of your face first to set your base.

Step 2) Apply an eyeshadow primer to your eyelids.  I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.

Step 3) Apply some medium brown shadow to the outer crease of your eyelid.

Step 4) Use a black eyeliner pencil to apply a thin line of liner to the outer part of your lash line on your upper eyelid.  Use a smudger or a Q-tip to lightly smudge toward the inner corner of your lash line.

Step 5) Use a liquid eyeliner (I used Stila’s All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black) to draw a thin line along the lash line on your top eyelid, on top of the eye pencil.  You can add thickness depending on how dramatic you want it to look.

Step 6) Apply mascara, and you are good to go!

What do you think of Maggie’s cat eye look?

Until next time!

Xo,

B.Lo
@brittany.lo

xx, Abby
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March 20, 2017

Flower Power

Today is about using fresh flowers to make pretty crowns just in time for spring…which is TODAY! Happy Spring everyone.

We recently brought a new team member on board, the most fantastic intern, Natalie who has been a great asset to our team. Her greatest skill in the LMP Office: flower arranging. Could she fit in any better?

She lead a flower crown making workshop for us and we of course turned it into a party. What a fun way to spend a morning with friends, huh?! We served a simple breakfast with fresh pastries, croissants and a enormous sweet brioche that we found at our local bakery. Abby brewed a pot of coffee and of course we toasted with pink bubbly.

If you plan to host a flower crown making party, ask your friends to dress for the season and no doubt they will pull out some pretty fabulous pops of color…

Here’s how you can make these flowers crowns with a few materials (easily found on Amazon) and a lotta flowers (if you live in warm climate then check your backyard first!).

Supplies:
Floral Wire
Floral tape
Good scissors
Leafy florals (ie. Italian ruscus, babies breath, spray roses)

1. Take your floral wire and fit it around your head so that you know how long it needs to be.

2. Shape the floral wire into a circle and then twist the end in order to keep it in place at the length you need. (For added security, make the length even longer and wrap the extra around the crown to make it thicker).

3. Take your floral tape and begin wrapping it around the entire crown (Make sure you are gently pulling the tape as your wrap, so that the tape becomes sticky).

4. Begin making small bouquets with your flowers and greenery. Then wrap the ends with the floral tape.

5. Take a long piece of greenery and twist it around the crown, then secure with floral tape.

6. Add in the small bouquets and secure with floral tape, add or subtract to your liking.

7. Take some pictures and have fun!

Photos by Gillian Stippa

xx, Seri
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March 15, 2017

The hunt for the perfect eyeliner

For those of you who have been following along on the LMP Snapchat over the past month, you’re knee deep in my eyeliner saga. For those who were not in the loop from the start of all this….let me catch you up to speed.

Last month after the infamous interview where Matt Lauer was grilling Kellyanne Conway I noticed her eye make up was schmeared on her face and she looked like a hot mess. I ran to the mirror and realized oh for the love. MY EYE MAKE UP LOOKS THE SAME!

You see…I’m not a make up person. You know those people? Like me? Who have NO clue how to apply make up and just don’t care to learn? Might be due to my lack of patience, or lack of time in the morning to get ready. Whatever it is, I just slap on some eyeliner and walk out the door.

Well thanks to Kellyanne, the hunt for the perfect eyeliner began and I shared it with you all on Snapchat and never have I received such a strong response from you all. Apparently I’m not the only one with this eyeliner issue!

Since this saga has carried on for one month now I thought it would be fun to round up some of the incredible suggestions I received. Thank you so much to all those who offered to help me out!

Yes that’s right. A Sharpie. That was suggested by my Aunt Debi. Not far behind many of you who suggested I get the ducts of my eyes tattooed which I totally considered.

But it wasn’t until….a few of you spotted the brand called Thrive in an ad on Instagram. After purchasing 6 new eyeliners in the short span of one month, I was ready to throw in the towel. But I thought…let’s give it one last shot so I placed an order. GUESS WHAT? TODAY…it worked! It lasted all day! Not counting my sobbing through the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen but from 10am until 5pm it was PERFECTLY in tact, in my ducts, no gunky build up in the corner of my eyes….YAY!

So y’all, the time has come. We will now need to obsess over something new. And I’m glad I recently asked because I got such a great response about what we should talk about next! Things like fashion in the LMP office, daily routine with kids in NYC, more on NYC (from those who live in small towns!) and the best suggestion I heard was how to make throwing parties easier. Keep watching and we will be tackling all of this SOON!

And again you guys…THANK YOU for following along, showing your interest and sharing your tips!  We love love love hearing from you and appreciate all the tips and feedback.

In case you’re not currently following LMP on Snapchat you can find us here.

xx, Seri
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March 6, 2017

The Bachelorette Bash in a Box

There’s nothing more fun than celebrating your best friends engagement especially when it comes to the bachelorette party. With that excitement in mind and knowing just how special a party like this should turn out we are so thrilled to present the Bachelorette Party in a Box now for sale in our shop!

There is so much amazingness in this party box. Starting off with the amazing price. We know how quickly a party can add up and cost so we made sure to create a box that was functional while also affordable costing only $17 bucks a head!

So what do you do now?

First:  Get your hands on this amazing box by clicking here to purchase.

Second:  Open the incredible blueprint that we have included in the box. You will find this booklet will guide you through the entire set up and prep for your party with to do lists, a cocktail recipe and so much more.

Last but certainly not least: Eat, Drink and be MERRY! Enjoy every last moment with your friend before you send her off to be married.

Photos by Janina Santillan

xx, Seri
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March 1, 2017

Erika’s Bookish Baby Shower

My best friend from college, Steph, and her mom were throwing a Baby Shower for Steph’s sister Erika.  Since this is Erika’s first child, they wanted the shower to be extra special, and they asked me to help with the decor to give it an LMP touch. The Sandberg’s are like family to me, so I jumped at the opportunity!

Steph and her mom had already thrown a smaller shower for Erika over the Holidays at their grandmothers house, and this shower was for the Dad’s side and also everyone from Erika’s hometown. At the first shower, they had done a book theme, and we were able to reuse some of the decor items from that, such as this adorable Golden Books banner and these BABY marquee letters.

Since Erika and her husband, John Paul, are not going to find out the sex of the baby before the birth, we kept the colors neutral – soft green, yellow, orange and white, with hints of metallic gold and silver.

I used the metallic confetti balloon with gold fringe from our Shower Party in a Box, and supplemented it with jumbo white and regular latex balloons on our chosen colors.

We kept the food simple with dishes that either Steph’s mom made, or the guests brought for a delicious lunch buffet.  We provided wine and beer, and a beautiful “Make Your Own Mimosa” Bar.  I set up champagne to chill in an ice bucket, with a carafe of OJ and cut up fruit in the pretty paper cups that come in our Shower in a Box.

For the gift station, I hung a “Welcome Baby Igoe” banner on the fireplace for people to put all of the gifts under, and we set up a gift opening station nearby for when Erika was ready to open everything.

Their mom had found a bunch of Erika’s blankets from when she was a baby, so we draped a nearby chair with a beautiful embroidered one for her to sit on when it was gift time!

For dessert, Erika and Steph are both gluten-free, so Steph had coordinated for the cake to be gluten-free, and for there to be a variety of gluten-free and regular cupcakes, which were color coded so the guests could choose their preference.  I topped the cake with a silver glitter “Oh Baby” cake topped from out favorite, All That Glitters Party Shoppe.

I topped the cupcakes with gold glitter animal cupcake toppers by Paper and Parties, and placed them in this super cool cupcake tree that Steph’s mom has!

Steph also made an incredible diaper cake for Erika out of a ton of clean diapers that she had rolled up, which acted as a perfect supplement to the dessert table.

Too add to the decor, I sprinkled silver confetti over the dessert table and bar, and placed fresh white flowers in bud vases around the room.

A few months before the shower, I had taken some maternity photos for Erika and John Paul in Central Park, which Erika had framed, so we placed those photos around the room, along with an ultra sound of the baby.

On the coffee table in the present opening area, Steph put out some baby shower games that she had printed, with markers for each guest to fill out as the shower went on.

In keeping with the book theme, Steph printed out pages from some of the most popular baby books, and we string them down white columns that are throughout the room.

Finally, we set up a favor station, which had soaps and “bookworms” – aka gummy worms, for guests to take home!

Thank you so much to the Sandberg & Igoe families for letting me be a part of this special day!

xx, Abby
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