Archives for July 2014

BRIGHT SUMMER FOODS

HELLO OUT THERE MY PEEPS
I Just Adore sumer foods – so bright and colorful that I wanted to share this recipe with you!



Tangelo’s are a hybrid fruit of an orange, mandarin and grapefruit. They have a wonderful aroma and sharp sweet flavour- if you can’t find them at your local grocer oranges or grapefruit would work just as well as a substitute. Tangelo’s are rich in dietary fiber, essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, B6  and C. They are also high in flavanoids which assist with inflammation related diseases such as asthma and arthritis. Incorporating citrus into your diet during this time of the year will be nothing but positive!

This recipe serves 2, you’ll need-

INGREDIENTS
For the salad-
1 large tangelo, skin removed and segments sliced

100g buffalo mozzarella, approx. 1 large ball, roughly torn
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbs cooked quinoa (I like to use white for this), plus olive oil for frying
Handful basil
Freshly cracked pepper and sea salt, to taste

For the dressing-
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs olive oil

HOW IT’S DONE
Heat a small frypan on high heat, add 2 tbs of olive oil and let the oil heat through for 1 minute. Add the cooked quinoa and stir continuously for 3 minutes or until the quinoa has turned golden and is crisp. Spoon the quinoa out of the fry pan and let drain on paper towel, set aside.

Place the sliced tangelo, mozzarella and tomatoes on a serving platter, top with the crispy quinoa and basil leaves. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a pinch of salt and cracked pepper to taste.
Perfect for a summer party!!!!!!!
Bon Appetit  

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY
XOXO LORI

SHOPPING LOCAL & LOVING IT!

So lucky to live close to such great places in our beautiful country.  I have our Nations Capitol 45min away- the great port city of Baltimore, MD 45min – Alexandria, VA 45min away Gettysburg, PA1hr and very close to one of if not my favorite town – Frederick, Maryland!  I cannot say enough about Frederick, Maryland.  It is so charming – it has history – architecture – great dining options – The Tasting Room & Black Hog BBQ my favorites…..both have won “best of” in Frederick Magazine several years in a row (too many to count) Lucky Corner for Thai – The Orchard & Juice Plate for getting your healthy on…… but the shopping downtown is great (don’t talk to me about shopping malls in Frederick – because to me there aren’t any – period – done – end of story).. but downtown IS JUST FABULOUS! 
HERE ARE MY NOT TO MISS SHOPS – 
www.relishdecor.com on Patrick St. (say “HI” to owner Hallie +Relish Decor )
www.silkandburlap.com on Patrick St. (@jenniferkonev +Silk Burlap knows her stuff)
http://www.smokestackstudios.net/home-1.html on Market St. (just met the owner 2day used to design for Restoration Hardware – interview/video coming soon)
http://patrickstreetinteriors.com Patrick St. (carry Farrow&Ball paints and wallpapers and Lydia the owner is a Doll – very helpful and knows her way around design)
http://www.velvetloungeboutique.com (April started this store years and ago and has been fun to watch it grow and all the visual merchandising awards she has won and carry some pretty “hip” stuff
Below are picture of my visit today to Smokestack Studios and I was sooooo happy I bought two bolster pillows for my new family room and a little ottoman made of linen (photos of that at the end of post)


There are more shops – than I can mention – these are just a few of MY favorites….. contact the chamber or the historical society and go for a visit – you will not be disappointed .  I travel often and to many great places in our nation yet I have to say…. Frederick, your the top’s!!!! #ilovefrederickmaryland #shoplocal

Thanks for stopping by & your support and feedback mean a lot – Thank You Again! Enjoy your Wednesday!
XOXO LORI


BAGS, PURSES, SATCHEL, CLUTCH – WHATEVER YOU CALL THEM – IM IN LOVE!!! CHANEL IS NOT PART OF MY COLLECTION YET…… -BUT MAYBE ONE DAY…… I HOPE – A GIRL CAN DREAM, RIGHT?



BELOW ARE SOME STARS & BAGS I ADORE!  SOME ATTAINABLE SOME……ONLY A DREAM – I THINK MOST ARE GOOD FOR ALL SEASONS AND A FEW ARE GREAT FOR TRAVEL…..  LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR FAVORITE BAGS IS – ONE YOU OWN – OR DREAM OF OWNING…….

Elisabeth Weinstock United States Crossbody
$1,975 via Elisabeth Weinstock

Everyone in New York City takes the subway, even Sarah Jessica Parker.

And for heavy lifting, LC reaches for her Chanel Caviar Jumbo XL Weekender Tote, which looks like it could hold everything I own.

Lauren’s other constant travel companion? Her Balenciaga Weekender BagHave a weekender of your own for $1,845 via Neiman Marcus.

Givenchy hits the spot with the spacious interior and durable construction of this ANTIGONA TOTE BAG – Neiman Marcus

Herschel Supply Co.  “little america” backpack in steel blue from gifts.com only $100 bucks


This one is perfect for travel – OUI???www.lordandtaylor.com Kate Spade

I don’t have a white bag if you can believe it………. eyeing this one for sure by Coach www.lordandtaylor.com

Or maybe this little number – DKNY Multi wear clutch

Ok enough for me today – this is just the tip of the iceberg people and you know it – I could do handbags and shoes all day long – gotta move on – finish laundry and get ready for trip to #canyonranchmiami for some #healthandfitness – look for posts from Miami and some new videos!  Could be great or epic fail – LOL
HUGS,
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI

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I Love Avocados – Never used “tempeh” but gonna give it go!



Vegan Guacamole Burgers 
For this open-faced “burger” recipe, a Portobello mushroom is your “bun” and the “meat” is tempeh. Makes 4 burgers.


Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
1/2 cup cilantro
Juice of 2 lemons or limes
2 Tbsp organic olive oil
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 diced tomato
1 garlic clove (or red onion)
Salt and pepper to taste


Mash the avocados, add garlic (crushed or minced), lemon, olive oil, chopped cilantro,
and remaining ingredients.


Burger
1 block of organic tempeh (sliced in half and then in thirds—you want to slice it in
squares like a piece of bread)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 Tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
1/2 tsp chili flakes
Pinch of salt


Marinate tempeh on a plate with all ingredients on top for 10—15 minutes. Grill on high for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.


Bun
4 Portobello mushrooms (1 per burger, served open-faced)


Grill on high for 10-15 minutes or until cooked.Place grilled tempeh onto Portobello “bun”, add guacamole, and garnish with cilantro.


Recipe from well + GOOD

Enjoy!!!!!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO
LORI

PINK EYES – YES PLEASE!!!!!

Have you ever worn pink eye makeup? I own lipsticks, glosses, blushes and nail polishes in every shade of pink going, but rarely has the color reached my eyes. I have used burgundy or rust colors and love the look – makes my blue/green eyes really stand out.  Day-to-day I favour neutral eyeshadow, black liner and if I’m going out or have a meeting I will do more of the “cat-eye liner” look
Last week the DIOR Cosmestics Counter invited me into their Beauty Boutique to sample the new Addict It-Lash collection. And, who am I to say no to an invitation to any beauty event – espically DIOR.  I decided it was the perfect time to try the new hot pink eye makeup.
These latest additions to the Dior Addict collection are It-Lash, an extreme volume mascara, and It-Line, a long-lasting gel eyeliner. They both come in four shades: It-Black, It-Blue, It-Purple and It-Pink. So it’s official I am not in love.  So I say….”give it a go!” – line with the pink and then use the black at the lash line for definition and finish with a dark black mascara.  
As you know fashion – food & beauty are my main love’s and since I started blogging in 2013 I’ve been lucky enough to meet some incredible makeup artists, learn new tricks and sample the latest product launches.  So although I’m in no way an expert, I have always feed my inner beauty junkie. And if I learned one thing along the way it’s this: some beauty products really are worth the extra spend.
Now, obviously I am not saying you need to spend a fortune to look great.  And you should never let the fashion or beauty industries make you feel like you do. But if you’re going to invest in a few luxury beauty buys how do you know what’s actually worth the extra spend? I went through my beauty stash over the  July 4th holiday and these are some of the products I spend money on without fail…

Foundation: This is probably a no-brainer. I’ve never been able to find a drugstore foundation or tinted moisturiser that I love. I’ve come close a few times, but I think it’s impossible to find “the one” unless you visit a proper department store counter and spend a little extra. If you’re thinking of investing in your first luxury base I’d suggest trying Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Ultra-Light or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
Lip Gloss: I used to despise lip gloss. But that was because I’d only experienced cheap formulas or those horrible glue-like freebies from 17 and Bliss magazine, so I was judging it unfairly. It was only when I discovered the lip gloss offering at AERIN that my mind was changed. A good gloss doesn’t feel sticky or gooey, and should be comfortable enough to wear all day long. YSL  and Chanel also have great offerings.
Top Coat: A good top coat will give your at-home mani/pedi extra millage and also create a professional-looking gloss. Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat is my personal favourite.
Fake Tan: There’s a reason a bottle of St. Tropez self tan costs more than whatever’s on special offer at your local drugstore. Premium fake tans simply do a much better job (in my experience) than the bargain buys. My favourites are the St.Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Clinique Body Tinted Lotion.
Eye Shadow Palettes: An Urban Decay Naked palette is a very smart beauty investment, as it will last for ages and you can create an endless supply of looks. If you’re not a fan of shimmer try the Naked Basics selection instead, which features six wear-anywhere shades. Charlotte Tilbury’s colour-coded quads are also really impressive and make great gifts.
Well all – I am gonna run and try to catch the fireworks tonight – or make my own!!!!!!!! Wink Wink – I hope your July 4th is wonderful – because I think you all are!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI

4th of July Fashion


HI ALL,


Well, it’s officially summer! Happy July 4th to you and your family! I hope this fun time of the year creates lifelong memories, fun in the sun, and some days of rest and relaxation. After all, we work too hard during the year not to take time off to sit back and enjoy what life is about. Wherever this summer takes you, I hope it’s wonderful & fabulous – Like You!  

See below some travel – tips/tools – beauty ideas – BBQ entertaing ideas!  #cheers #ilovefrederickmaryland


All-American Nail Art

We all love the classic stars and stripes motif, but I decided to try out a more modern version of the Americana theme for this Independence Day. I used three shades of Illamasqua nail varnish,RuthlessScorch, and Noble. The only other tool you’ll need is a striping brush, which you can pick up at any beauty supply store. 

TRAVELING ??????

I started using packing cubes recently and whoaaaaa, what a difference in how organized I feel! Sorting items by category into cubes while traveling makes packing, unpacking, and getting dressed so much easier and faster. Not to mention, they are total space savers in the suitcase. There is nothing like feeling efficient when you travel!

If you are traveling with documents (folders, print-outs, books, magazines, passport, checks), this is the best way to store them while on the move! This is a weather-proof (won’t get wet or melt!) and indestructible poly-envelope that’s made from vinyl and perfect for all types of documents! The zipper is extra-smooth, the outside can be labeled, the material is smooth (not “sticky” like other vinyl), it comes in two-sizes, AND it’s foldable when not in use! 

ENTERTAINING……

Show your patriotic spirit with red, white and blue dessert recipes perfect for July 4th potlucks, picnics and parties. 
Recipes click link www.tasteofhome.com

Forth Fashion’s – They don’t have to be boring……..

4th of July Fashion

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