Archives for 2017

FRONT ROW BEAUTY @SAKS TYSONS CORNER

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,If you have not stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue lately you’re missing out.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the first beauty event Saks Tysons Corner ever had.  Yes, it started at 8:30 am but for true junkies, smart women/men that’s perfectly fine.  I found something calming about being in the mall and the gorgeous store before it opened.  Like “I was with my people”!

This event was to showcase Fall Beauty Trends right on the heels of NYFW and they did not disappoint!   They had beauty experts there, yummy treats, red carpet, live models, Giveaways Galore and you got to see and try things first hand before all the masses did.  I came away with brand/logo tee shirts, water bottles, samples from all the prestigious lines, new mascara, full-size products and …..wait for it………..a 2 hours Master Class appointment with DIOR national makeup artist Ricky Wilson!  I get to be the model up front! Whaaaaat – can he work his magic on me and make me look like Sharon Stone?  Be sure to check my Instagram/ Instastories for live updates on Friday!  lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons, va, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,

lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons, va, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,There are some fantastic new products out there I was like a kid in the candy store.  Yes, I sat “Front Row”  yes, I rose my hand to all the questions for prizes I was that girl!  The teachers pet so to speak I had to tone it down so others could answer – LOL.  At one point it was like an awards show with winners being picked and they pan to you and you have to look happy for the other winner.  Smiling all the while you’re like “darn I really wanted to win”! A woman actually won a spa day (they have a private spa room if you did not know) for her self and 5 of her friends!!!!!!! I mean I wanted that big time.  Can I say that?  loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, , fall trends,Chanel came out with its first new perfume in over 15 years “GABRIELLE CHANEL” – Gabrielle was CoCo Chanel’s birth name.  How clever right?  The bottle is stunning a little gem for your counter on its own and the floral scent is composed of orange blossom, Ylang-Ylang, Grasse tuberose, and jasmine.   I really liked it and I am super picky with my scents.  The Chanel counter manager there was fantastic – she came with tons of energy, stunning makeup and mascara samples along with info sheet.  I am so excited to get my hands on the Le Lift Sleep Mask.  If I wake with her skin – I’m in!  This little baby is coming with me to use on the plane ride to Italy.  It stimulates the production of youth proteins (um yes tell me more……), melts into the skin plumping, smoothing and you wake with a luminous glow!  Face, neck and decollete.  #travelmust

Kiehl’s came to the table with some great new face masques ( ya know I had to get one).   I also grabbed the iconic lip balm – I keep one everywhere folks.  In my car, purse, desk etc.  It works great on the cuticle as well or even on rough elbows in a pinch and when my kids were babies as a nice safe balm on chapped winter cheeks. loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends,

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer,

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer, lori tauraso

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer, lori tauraso

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer, lori tauraso

loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer, lori taurasoSisley Paris has a fantastic new eye/lip cream and a lymph product tool I have to have – only there for a limited time.  It is made with surgical steel and really helps their premier serums go even deeper for better results.  The 3 in 1 brow gel is perfect for my makeup bag.  I love the multi-purpose product.  Brow gel, arch pencil and brow color and highlighter!  Stop by their counter for more info.

Dior has the new Super Booster One Serum that we all were lucky enough to get lovely samples of and I won a Dior Addict Lip Maximizer (cult fave)!  YES!    I also got to see first-hand the new 12-hour wear lip matte – It last ladies – I sampled some and it stayed on perfectly for my day with lots of eating, drinking, talking and it was still put before my shower!  The shades are to die for too – not drying but a soft matte lip.loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, blankslate, lori tauraso, blank slate, saks fifth avenue, saks beauty, saks front row beauty, saks tysons corner, va, chanel beauty, fall nyfw, nyfw, cosmetics, front row, dmv, beauty event, blogger, dior, ysl, laura mercer, shopping, nyc, fall trends, dior, sisley, sisley paris usa, ysl, le mer, lori tauraso

You only have a few more days of their Beauty Event and if you use your Saks Card (I got one for these type of events especially) the more you spend the more you save in points and real gift cards to use anywhere in the store.   A Little thing I have learned with these upscale department stores is that their store credit cards are really worth having.  They come with lots of real perks.  Shopping days, VIP events, free samples, free shipping and the points add up.  So I like to use them for luxury purchases because when does that stuff go on sale?  I just make sure to pay off at the end of the month.

I know they will be having a Holiday Trend Event as well so be on the lookout for that!  Holiday gift sets are the best every year I will post on Social Media so watch for and follow #saksfrontrow #saksbeauty #urablankslate #loriannmd and If you want an invite to attend or updates let me know #getonthelist

Well gotta run – I get to meet Ricky Wilson of Dior today than date night with my big guy.  Go to Ricky’s Instagram @rickywilsonbeauty to see his work and be on the lookout for photos, vlogs, blog posts and what I learned from the “Master Class”.

NEW IN MY CLOSET & WHATS COMING TO ITALY

Fall is Just about here so It has been out with the old and in with the new for my closet,

I have been tough on closet updates – getting rid of things and donating a lot.  I mean piles of clothes.  Piles! What do I do with my things…….I am really fond of Woman to Woman Mentoring is located here in my hometown and I really believe in the whole program.  I’d love for you to check out their site and if you have things to donate consider their program.  I really am a big advocate for women and women getting the chance to make life improvements, helping mothers, young and single especially and I have donated so many things to this cause.  Restaurant gift cards, tee shirts, wine books as well as a much loved FENDI black patent handbag to their main fundraiser “clutch for a cause” a coach bag, workwear attire and shoes.  Some with tags on, never worn or worn only one time.  Sweaters, skirts, dresses you name it – it went.  The other spot that has my things would be Plato’s Closet.  You get a quick turnaround of cash in hand – not the best return on investment but quickly done outta closet on to the next task.  Geared more towards younger generation so only a few of my things were accepted.  My never worn Loft Jacket and White House Black Market stuff outta age range. (ouch)

With this type of clean, comes some fun.  Below you will see what I purchased for my wardrobe.  I aspire to have a more organized approach with complete office/dinner/and date looks.   I work from home most days – yoga wear is the norm.  (that’s a whole different blog post, right?) so I am focusing on neutrals and will be using these things on our trip to ITALY in less than a month.  So stuff needs to travel well, be comfy, warm and cooooooool!  This is the beginning of what is coming with me!

The dress you see above is in black and the check top in Navy (my color the past for years for clothes and home decor) My inspo was this look here as you see below.  I can wear the pieces together as she did so well below yet will also be great as separates for a date night of white truffles in Alba and the check button up with jeans for sight seeing.  loriannmd, urablankslate, blankslate, frederik, dmv, nyfw, what to pack, italy trip, travel, blogger, blogger, tumi, nordstrom, shop style collective, I love the red but felt I’d get more wear from the dark one and have my black booties as well.  I think a good dupe!  I recently saved and treated myself to luxury Dior booties and with a more budget friendly version for this trip I bought the ones above more of that “sock boot” everyone is wearing this fall.  Next is this inspo pic white shirt and jeans…..easy right?  I will trade out the tie laces in the shirt above(BTW – for a fantastic price) that I got with some black silk ribbon or maybe even my DIOR ribbon that came in my boot box if it fits!  The green moss boots are so nice and a great change of pace.  This is an easy outfit to take from day to night anywhere.  I am also getting the black backpack for this trip.  I can put my smaller Gucci inside maybe or just have something a bit easier than lugging a tote for my camera, snack, note pads, bandaids etc. Topping with the black trench coat.  I will have layers for weather changes along the way.  It’s classic and a no brainer and Need a new one B – A – D – bad.
  loriannmd, nordstrom , shop style collective, blank slate, urablankslate, nyfw, shopping, italy, travel, style, packing, suitcase, trends,
I think I am making good progress will have my black FREDDY Leggin’s (best in the world for your butt!  I swear) and of course and a faux wet look black leggings that I can dress up or down mostly I’m sure I will be walking around in the new black NIKE Air Max tennis shoes.  The leggings will go with most of the tops I’m bringing along so that makes it easy.
I’m off today to get a few more mini travel sizes pieces of my favorite makeup & skin care samples also to get Abe’s dog sitter finalized.  Call me crazy but I WILL BE FACE TIMING my pup!  Take some more photos at the restaurant for new hometown publication and enjoying this great fall weather.  Maybe get on that bike of mine again – need my 10k steps too.  Didn’t make it yesterday only 8500. Ugggggggg
Comment below and let me know what you think I need to pack for this first lifetime trip to Northern Italy!  I’d love to get some more advice.  I want to have it all finalized middle of next week.  I think I’ll take photos of have I can mix and match outfits and bring along so I don’t get overwhelmed – doing the same for Mike as well.

DO YOU HAVE PUFFY EYES? A SKIN QUIZ FOR YOU – FOCUS IS ON THE EYE AREA

Question:  Do you have puffy eyes?  Dark circles, itchy watery eyes, redness, wrinkles, sagging?  Well keep reading my dear.

lori tauraso, loriannmd, blankslate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, md, blogger, mike tauraso, the tasting room, restaurant, travel, makeup artist, They say the eyes are the windows to the soul; well this statement rings pretty ture.  It comes from a more medical standpoint however – because the eyes are literally the window to what is going on inside the body at all times.  If you are blessed with youth and spectacular health you are, I’m sure, bright eyed, bushy tailed  and the skin aournd your eyes are toned and even colored with a twinkle in those peepers.  However, for most of us the above is no longer the case.

Everything affects your eye area!  All of your internal organs are reflected in them……  Do you have any of these issues/sysmptoms?

Liver problems = yellow eyes

Lymph drainage system = puffy, dark circles

General mild illness = dull/lack luster

On medicine esp anitbiotics or being overly medicated = discoloured, puiffy, dull, hehydrated

Smoker = dehydrated and grey

Lack of sleep or too much = puffy, dark circles grey “tired eyes”

Poor diet, too much salt caffeine and alcohol – puffy, dak circles and dehydrated

Sun damage/ageing = wrinkles and dehydrated.  

So bascially if you are unhealthy interanlly, any topical cream would have to be magic to fix the above issues.  If you have any of these issues and they have come on suddenly and don’t go away I would also think of getting a full lab work up from your doctor if it has been awhile just to make sure nothing serious is going on.  That being said……when looking for cosmetic solution NO cream is a permanent ‘fix’.

As far as products go I like use gel moisturizer all over even the orbital area and a separate eye cream for a number of reasons but mainly because I am extremely prone to puffy eyelids and really dark circles.  Both of these issues are genetic, both nothing I can do anything about (excluding surgery for the lids) which maybe in a few years will be on the table.  Now I do know some things make it much worse and heavier formulations found in most moisturizers are a big one. I like thin serums and dedicated products for eyes for that reason.

  • Do NOT use mineral oil around your eye area – don’t use it anywhere – but especially the eye area – you’ll be puffy like never before – it basically suffocates the skin
  • Don’t be tempted to use more than the advised amount – its unnecessary, could cause irritation and waste your money
  • If you have eczema or psoriasis in the eye area – which is very common – you can use thicker creams on the lids as you’ll need them – depending on the severity of your condition they should probably be prescribed by your doctor – although you may find a nice organic balm somewhere – no beauty house should claim to treat those problems
  • Do use only the lightest of serums on the eyelids for the same reason as the mineral oil – puffiness
  • Keep it simple – too much fragrance in a product can really irritate the eye area – your eye cream does not need to smell – of anything
  • Most allergies to eye products and eyeshadows/mineral makeup are caused by an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride. It is used to give the shimmer/light reflective ‘glow’ and is one of the biggest allergens I have witnessed in the industry. If you’ve previously never been able to use a particular eye cream or eyeshadow and had it blamed on ‘your eyes’ by a brand – check their ingrediant list. You’ll probably see it on there. If you can’t use mineral makeup because it itches – you need to use a brand that openly says ‘no bismuth oxychloride’ when they are talking to you.

Also diet changes can be your great remedy or medicine.  Stop smoking if you do, cut back on coffee/tea/sodas (sugar is such a skin killer-aging magnet).  Sleep with your head elevated.  Be gentle with your eye skin area its thin and delicate no tugging.  Wear sunglasses big dark glasses a’la Jackie O’.  If possible, tint your car windows as dark as legally possible.  This will help prevent glare, age spots and squinting as much.  Sometimes you can get a note from your doctor.  Next drink lots of water.  If you can invest in clarasonic OPAL.lori tauraso, loriannmd, mike tauraso, frederick, dmv, blogger, wordpress, makeup artist, anti aging, healthy living, spa, travel writer, real reviews, reviews, downtown frederick, ultra, nyc, nyfw, dcfw, nordstrom marriott, I have been using it for years around my eyes and mouth.  Helps with removing fluid and will get your skin ready for product.  As you may know I recently started using the NUFACE with eye / lip prong tool as well.  So far so good.  The opal is where I would start and the price point a lot better as well.  However on recent searches it is sold out?????? Some saying discontinued I wonder if they are coming out with newer version?  I have had mine for over 10 years. So if you see one in the stores GRAB IT!  If you cant these two little things can help and the price is next to nothing.  loriannmd, lymph system, drainage massage, facial, eyes, makeup, blank slate, urablankslate, anti aging, again market , amazon, diy, home, dmv, frederick, visit frederick , nordstrom, beauty, asain beauty, beauty hack

What are they?  The top is a glass globe I purchased on Amazon and keep in the freezer (in plastic bin- so they wont break learned the hard waythey come in a pair but….) and massage across my face, eyes, neck much like my frozen spoons that I have used for years just ask my kids.   The bottom item is a typical Asain soup spoon.  You can grab at any international market.  It works in the same principal.  You can chill it or not apply your serum and use the back side to massage in.  These items are also great for lymph massage to give yourself or friend and really defines the jaw line.  Many youtube videos on how to do this type of facail massge which will decrease some puffiness and show off that stunning face of yours.  Doing these things few will help I promise.

Here’s looking at you kid!

Comment below if you want me to show you how I use these things to de-puff your peepers!  Give yourself a lymp massage as well.

PARSLEY – EAT PRETTY – FEEL GREAT – GIVEAWAY

parsley, loriannmd, blanks late, urablankslate, dmv, blogger, frederick, anti aging, health, common market coop, food is medicine, shopping, diet, weight loss, bloating, juice, smoothies

Happy Saturday Everyone,

I hope you had a good week.  Myself it has been lots of up’s and downs.  We have been so crazy busy both in some good and some bad ways that stress has just been really difficult to keep at bay.  So I really try and watch my diet during these times.  I want to keep on track and use my food as medicine not just to fill me up or fill a void.  I used to reach for big sugary carbs, cocktails, heavy cream based foods, fried foods, pasta, sodas.  Those all said comfort to me and a quick fix.  I’d feel good for a few minutes than usually feel guilty, bloated and terrible in the morning.  This week’s stress came from all sides both personal and business.  Life happens right.  I was careful to not run for the sugar instead I have eaten mostly plant based, increased my water and kept caffeine at a minimum no alcohol either.

I have been adding one or two beauty foods a day and really noticing how my energy, mood and digestion has stayed level if not gotten better.

Today I wanted to shared how I have added PARSLEY to the roundup, why and some of the benefits it gives.  If you’re lucky enough you have some in your summer garden.  We don’t but Wegmans is nearby!  I love their produce don’t you?  One thing I have been paying attention to are anti-inflammatory foods.  (INFLAMMATORY FOODS AGE YOU FOLKS) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY=ANTI-AGING!  

Parsley in an anti-inflammatory detoxifying herb that freshens breath (thanks to the chlorophyll and antibacterial properties), reduces water retention, supports liver and kidney health, and aids in blood sugar and hormone balance.  Hello lover boy – now your talking – that’s a super food to me!

Parsley, like many other fresh herbs, promotes healthy digestion by warding off bad bacteria in the gut.  (see leaky gut, clean program etc...) It stimulates the production of anti-aging glutathione in the body, protecting the mitochondria and oxygenating the blood.  Nutritionally, parsley is great source of iron, high in vitamin K1 which strengthens healthy blood vessels.  I like to add a hand full, stems and all, to my green smoothies, soups and juices for fresh, bright flavor with mega beauty perks!  So, say “I DO” to parsley and thank me later!

Make sure to comment – I am doing a giveaway!
I have a beautiful journal to give.  Similar to mine where I am starting to keep track of my food, drinks, exercise and mood.  Follow and comment on the blog for your chance to enter and win!  (US residents only for now)
parsley, loriannmd, blanks late, urablankslate, dmv, blogger, frederick, anti aging, health, common market coop, food is medicine, shopping, diet, weight loss, bloating, juice, smoothies, food journal, new year, journaling, diet, giveaway,

 

Smooches until later,

EVERYDAY SKINCARE – LENGTHS I GO FOR “GOODFACE”

HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE,

This is post one in a series of posts my everyday skincare and the lengths I will go for a goodface!  I think it will be basics, face masks, scrubs, and than makeup.  I often get asked what do I do and or what I use on my skin.  I love skincare and taking care of the skin on my face is border line obsessive.  The best compliment I have gotten other than from dermatologists and Asain women (whom I think have some of the most glorious skin in the world) at my Korean spa or even young people was from my husband Mike.  Recently when he said “WOW now I understand why you do all this stuff, the time, the products, the energy you put into it because your skin really does look beautiful”.   Awe nice – he appreciates my efforts!  So I guess all the hard work is paying off.  I will preface this with some facts about me.

  • I will be 48 in a few months
  • I used to be a lifegurad and used baby oil and even tin foil under my chin to tan my face!  WTF
  • I didnt like veggies until mid 30’s or eating healthy never was of any importance my juicing consisted of Fanta Orange soda!
  • I didnt pay attention to skin on my neck and chest until few years ago (would so go back to change that if I could my hands too for that matter)
  • I use sunscreen everyday rain or shine
  • I adore glycolic acids or peels – hate popping pimples
  • I had to be on acutane for two series after my daughter was born for cistic acne some 21 years ago (controversial drug – but worked for me!)
  • I love and believe in the health and beauty benefits of sauna and steam.  I have true sauna in the house working on that steam shower next!
  • I try and eat “clean” when I can and crazy for Dr. Junger of the http://www.cleanprogram.com
  • I just got my first in a series of “coolsculpting” treatment in the tummy area that has been a real concern of mine no maatter what I did was not budgging and that was new to me – aging and skin elsticity loss etc… no cheap but really seeing results (been almost one month since first treatment) full blog post on my expeience at the end of 3 months – before and after photos too (ahhhhhh maybe)

I started working in cosmetics at 16 years old Woodward & Lothrop @Wheaton Plazza Mall.  I have been hooked on makeup since birth practically.  Being neice of Lennea Tinker a former Redskinette and model perfect 70’s / 80’s “it girl” and cousin to Linda Potter/Swago who was Miss Maryland and in the top two for Miss USA.  Cant find photo of Linda but here is Lennea in her cheerleading outfit and with my mom – both are gone now.  My mom for more than 10 years and Aunt Lennea this past January….. fond memories for sure!  I miss my mom all the time *tell you people how you feel – tell them you love them – do little things for friends and family, stop and take the time with others…….we are not promised tomorrow.  blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd , lori tauraso, frederick md, dmv, blogger, carole ann geagley, lenta tinker, family, makeup skincare, through back Thursday Lennea Tinker, redskins, cheerleader, 1970's , urablankslte, blank slate, lori tauraso, loriannmd, family, makeup, hair,
I played with makeup always but quickly learned that if you dont have a good base aka BLANK SLATE meaning healthy skin the makeup wont look right.  I wont bore you with too many trial and errors cuz there were tons! But sunscreen came into my everyday life when I was about 27 or so.  I would keep my face outta the sun and even got teased because the skin on face and neck were several shades different.  Fly forward to turning 40 when better late than never full face neck and decolletage sunscreen applied EVERYDAY!  So USE SUNSCREEN PEOPLE NOW!

After working for Clinique I in my late 30’s I began using their 3 step morning and night and havent stopped since.  It’s my base – my holy grail.  Than anything else will work and look better.  I get it everywhere – its fantastic, afordable skincre/cosmetic line.  They really do all the testing that they say and I began using the 3step and never looked back – I grab one everytime I see a GWP or esp. the holiday boxed sets you usually get travel minis in there too!    Clinique, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslte, frederick md, dmv, blogger, shopping, anti aging, skincare, peels,

Morning and night I use the 3 Step – It comes in 1, 2, 3 & 4 from dry to oily skin.  The 3 works for me becauses I like major exfoliation! If I have makeup on I use the foaming rinse off cleanser first and/or take off the day makeup remover balm!  Now this isnt to say that other products dont come in the mix.  A faborite scrub either is using baking soda w/ the cleanser – it works like a dream and I go right under my eyes and all over lips and neck.  I did receive Dr. Brandt’s microdermabraison and LOVE this.  Such fine milled scrubbing granules and the smell….. not mint but something like it!  Adore.  I recently began using @frederick dermatology’s retional eye cream, verdict still out on that one.  Eyecream is something Iam always on the hunt for.  I may be getting the IPL treatment soona and they can go right under you eye area to hoepfully help with dry aging skin around there.  Skin Ceutical retexturing activator is a really good clear gel like product taht I smooth on last all over face next to exfoliate at night. (I use under eyes too even though not apporved for that- so do with warning).  Then when my skin is dry or under heavy foundation I always reach for my M Steves Rose Hip Oil  perfect face oil and I love the whole philosophy of Mally’s products.  I mean just look at her skin -um yes I’ll have what she’s having!  Check out her site and how she came to create this beautiful line of products.mally steves, rose hip oil, loriannmd, lori tauraso, frederick md, dmv, blogger, urablanksalte, blank slate, antiaging, beauty, skincare, clean program

I like to try new serums, products etc…  and recetnly received the Nuface Trinity micro current tool!  In a nutshell it is supposed to be exercise for your face.  It has gotten pretty good reviews and I understand the process of microcurrents and radio frequency working uder the skin to lift from below.  I will try it for the recommended 60 days and let you know.  It doesnt hurt one (except maybe your wallet hence waiting for good sale) and I want to use something other than the gel they provided as the vehicle to glide it on so we will see.  I’m thinking my DDMG (dramatically different moitsure getl) should do the trick.   mynuface, nuface, microcurrent, anti aging, urablankslate, blank slate, frederick md, shopping, nyc, fashion week, nyfw, facelift, frederick dermatology, cool sculpt , miami edition hotel, marriott, spa, review, travel writer, blogger,

You will see on my instagram and past posts I use coffee grinds, baking soda, any all peels out there.  I get botox about 3 times a year just a touch here and there.  Not too much but if you prevent the wrinkles from forming your ahead of the game.  I try and sleep on my back yeat alway roll to my side.  Drink lots of water, green juicesm herbal teas, cut way back on diary exercise moderatley everyday ( meaning just move your body for 30 min a day) amp up when your can.  Take some vitimins, laugh as much as possible.  Basically I just do what makes me feel good, take care of myself and be as good to others as I can.  That’s really what make someone beautiful right.  The rest is smoke and mirrors.

Later I’ll show you my current makup favorites.  Hugs enjoy hump day and check out FB, Insta Twitter for everyday updates.

 

PICKLING BEETS AND GARDEN VEGETABLES

As promised on the previous Jet Fuel Post – the Beet pickling recipe,

I am huge fan of pickling and health benefits of fermentation.  Several books and places for information HERE ,HERE and HERE.  We grew beets this year in our garden among a few other little beauties and besides roasting them I wanted to pickle them.  We harvested (LOL) our beautiful beets, cleaned and washed them, removing the stems and peeling.  There is such a satifaction of planting seeds – watching them grow tending and than eating what you made!  Crazy – I then pulled out my mandolin aka Mr. Danger please be careful when using this kitcehn tool  I sliced them very thin as to absorb the pickling liquid even better.  Plus they look so darn pretty that way.  Any slicing method you choose will do, maybe even thin matchstick slices that would be a good crunch.  For the pickling liquid use the recipe below.  I prefer a more vinegar, low salt version but try it out and make it you own.

***Side note:  I will even drink this after it sits for a while it becomes a “gut shot” I buy the Farmhouse:  Beet Ginger Gut Shot so this will be my DIY version.

4 from 1 vote
Print

Generic Pickling Liquid

This is a low salt, low sugar version so the health benefits shine through.  Not your typical dill pickle method.  

Course Snack
Author Lori & Mike Tauraso

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Apple Cider vinegar or White vinegar
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic - smashed and peeled
  • 1-2 Fresh Thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Bring all your ingrediants to a boil - except the Garlic & Thyme....

    Let cool for 15 min pour over jarred vegetables adding the fresh Thyme before pouring 

loriannmd, lori tauraso , blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick md, baltimore, married to a chef, chef driven, garden, pickling, beets, red, dye, diy, fermentation, gut health, diet , weightless, anti aging, dc, blogger, writer, author, photographer, shopping, common market,

 

pickling,loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, frederick, dmv, blogger, fermentation, cooking, garden, summer, canning, pickles, beets, chef driven, dc, nyc, cooking, decor, diy, lori tauraso

loriannmd, lori tauraso , blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick md, baltimore, married to a chef, chef driven, garden, pickling, beets, red, dye, diy, fermentation, gut health, diet , weightless, anti aging, dc, blogger, writer, author, photographer, shopping, common market,

loriannmd, lori tauraso , blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick md, baltimore, married to a chef, chef driven, garden, pickling, beets, red, dye, diy, fermentation, gut health, diet , weightless, anti aging, dc, blogger, writer, author, photographer, shopping, common market,

Proof of a hard days work!  I close the lids tightly and refriderate since we didnt “can’ them and steilize the whole thing but this will last indefinetely – I hope your like this – share with me what you do with all your garden bounty!  This pickling liquid can be a base for what ever veggie you want to add, carrots, ginger you name it.

Of to the races all – it’s a busy Monday around here for me.  Restaurant stuff, new uniforms, light fixture, paint touch up, make sure to have a proper workout, prepare for small dinner party tomorrow night – I am going Mediterranean in my theme.  Plus will be posting on my skincare products and everyday makeup.  Working on some videos as well.   I am taking an online class for photos and videos!  Yeah!

FOUR SEASONS SPA MENU CIRCA 1985 “JET FUEL” SALAD DRESSING

Happy Weekend,

I wanted to share this little gem with you – especially during the end of summer when veggies are everywhere!  Some of you may know that my husband is a classically trained Chef/Restauranteur.  We own a few restaurnts in the suburbs of Maryland outside of DC.  Mike graduated in 1984  from the well renowned Johnson & Wales Culinary College.  One of his early jobs out of culinary school was at the prestigious Four Season Hotel in Georgetown, DC!  “Auxchamps ” Kitchen.  Where he worked under Chef Douglas McNeill so Mike is full of recipes that I pull out from him now and again.  As we move forward on our healthy food journey I am loving the grain bowls.  He actually added one to our fine dining restaurant lunch menu at  The Tasting Room.  We try and eat veggie heavy meals when we can and this is so great to do in the summer.  I was bored with my salad dressings.  During a recent talk in the kitchen I was whining that I’m bored of my salads . He was like “Hey babe – I’ll make you “JET FUEL”  “What is JET FUEL”?  He explained that in the late 80’s the Four Seasons Hotel started a spa menu for their elite guests.  The dressing used in the kitchen was called Jet Fuel.  Um yes dont hold out on me babe.spa, diet, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, four seasons, spa menu, foodie, jet fuel, recipe, dinner, diet, anti aging, cooking, weight loss, instagram, chef, mason jar, meal prep, He made some up and I was in love!  I keep a jar of it handy.  It lasts for a week or more covered in the fridge.  You can tweak it a bit here and there but the premise is that you want it to be very fresh, flavorful, very little oil, and no salt.  It highlights fresh veggies and garden lettuces without overpowering them.  It is low in fat, delicious and simply good for you!

5 from 1 vote
Print

Jet Fuel

Spa Menu salad dressing circa 1985 from the famous Four Seasons Hotel 

Author Mike Tauraso - Exec Chef / Restauranteur

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Shallot minced
  • 1/4 cup White wine vinegar champagne can be substituted
  • 1 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Grape seed Oil (any light non flavored oil) plus 1 tbsp if needed
  • 1 tsp Apricot preserves substitute 1/2 tsp honey
  • 20 grinds Black pepper
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • 2 springs Thyme - fresh

Instructions

  1. Wish toghether in mixing bowl adding fresh thyme or any fresh herbs on hand.

  2. Tranfer to mason jar - shake - label and enjoy

  3. Keep refridgerated for a week or so - shaking each time before use

      

Below is my homemade version of a grain bowl with cooked Quinoa, (almost always on hand) summer corn, chickpeas, cucumbers (from Andrea’s – Mike sisiter garden), our heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, sauteed squash, romaine and red onion.  The piece to resistance is our fresh garden pickled beets.  I add them at the end sometime with the pickling juice (recipe tomorrow). !

Rinse all your veggies, slice, peel, and prepare your bowl.grain bowl, summer, salad, grain bowl, just fuel dressing, four seasons hotel, spa menu, diet, loriannmd, blanks late, urablankslate, frederick, dinner, lunch, tasting room, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, dmv, blogger, chef, Washington dc, garden, anti aging, heal thing eating

With Mike’s help mine looks like this!  Yeah!  So pretty right?  Dont you feel healthier just looking at this?  Top with Jet Fuel, some the beets and enjoy.  grain bowl, summer, salad, grain bowl, just fuel dressing, four seasons hotel, spa menu, diet, loriannmd, blanks late, urablankslate, frederick, dinner, lunch, tasting room, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, dmv, blogger, chef, Washington dc, garden, anti aging, heal thing eatingTry out the Jet Fuel and let me know your thoughts.  Like I said use what you have around or that is readily available.  Try it and use as a dressing or even a veggie dip.  Would be cute to pack for lunch or serve at a girlfriends spa night!

Now onto the weekend and an anti health day for us – a trip to Peking Gormet Inn – I may not post about it officially and just enjoy this bit of heaven on earth.  We will see how hungry I am and if I can hold off and snap a pic or two – maybe on instagram/instastories so check in.

Ciao,

 

DATE NIGHT – WASHINGTON DC “SHAW DISTRICT” RESTAURANT REVIEW – NOT WHAT WE THOUGHT

Good Morning

Mike and I had another date night in DC the other day.  I have  been holding him to the mothly date night ventures to DC or Baltimore – we started this last year and was epic fail – meaning that after big promises of “date nights” by the husband we only we went two times in six motnhs!  So after a bit of “explaining the importance to me” we are back on course.  Anywho, where’d we go?  After reading one of my issues of Washingtonian Magazine we decided on the Shaw District.

Alittle info on Shaw District – DC – Shaw technically includes the sub-neighborhoods of Logan Circle, Truxton Circle, and the U Street Corridor. It is bounded by 15th St NW, Florida Ave (formerly Boundary St), North Capitol St, and M St NW.

Although it has a diverse population, Shaw is distinctive from the adjacent areas due to its African-American heritage. It is popular due to its jazz clubs, bars, high-end bars and lounges, and for the marvelous food, including Little Ethiopia.

The neighborhood, named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, was first developed starting in 1865 when the end of the Civil War led to a huge increase in demand for new housing in Washington, D.C. The extension of streetcar lines in the early 1900’s up 7th St and 14th St also spurred additional development.

Because Shaw was not affected by covenants that prohibited property sales to African Americans, Shaw became the center of African-American culture in Washington and was home to many black-owned businesses, entertainment venues, and other institutions. It was the birthplace of jazz great Duke Ellington, who lived on the 1200 block of T St. It was the center of Washington’s music scene and includes the historic Howard Theater (opened in 1910), Lincoln Theatre (opened in 1921), and Bohemian Caverns jazz club (opened in 1926).

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, riots broke out at the intersection of 14th St & U St. The riots resulted in significant damage to 1,200 buildings and resulted in thousands of permanent job losses. With the introduction of crack cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s and the subsequent flight of residents and businesses from the area, Shaw succumbed to urban blight. The entire neighborhood was considered to be unsafe due to rampant prostitution and drug use.

However, beginning in the early 1990s, a wave of gentrification restored the area. In 1986, the Reeves Center, a 500,000 square foot municipal office building, opened at the intersection of 14th St and U St, bringing thousands of jobs to the area. The Shaw-Howard University Metro Station opened in 1991. In 2000, a Whole Foods supermarket opened at the intersection of 14th & P Street and quickly became one of the retailer’s highest grossing stores. Between 2000 and 2002, Harrison Square, the first large scale residential development in the area in a long time, was constructed. Since then, dozens of upscale businesses have opened and thousands of apartments have been constructed. Houses at Harrison Square, which originally cost $200,000 in 2000-2002, are now selling for $900,000.

It took us about an hour to get into town – we had the first reservations at HAZEL 5:30 (yes the early bird).  Before dinner we walked around and I fell in love with Glen’s Garden Market a upscale corner market with the best staff and almost anything you could want for dinner, lunch or snacks.  Glens Garden Market DC, dmv, dinner, shaw district, blogger, travel, review, local shop, dinner,

Glens Garden Market DC, dmv, dinner, shaw district, blogger, travel, review, local shop, dinner,

Glens Garden Market DC, dmv, dinner, shaw district, blogger, travel, review, local shop, dinner,

Than we came across READ WALL – AMERICAN MENS TAILORING custom mens suits, shirts and shoes all AMERICAN MADE! Now that I can get into.  Thank you Conor Siegel for the great welcome, explainations and information on this lovely bespoke mens store!  We will be back!  “Chirstmas is coming” SHAW district, blank slate, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, read wall, tailor, mens shop, dmv,

 

SHAW district, blank slate, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, read wall, tailor, mens shop, dmv,

We also found this shop  CHERRY BLOSSOM – It must have been only 300 sq ft but I could have stayed in there for an hour or more!

Cherry Blossom, Shaw district, loriannmd, lori ann tauraso, blogger, dmv socialite, invitations, Washington post, foodie, food writer, instagram Cherry Blossom, Shaw district, loriannmd, lori ann tauraso, blogger, dmv socialite, invitations, Washington post, foodie, food writer, instagram It’s a small fantastic paper/pen/writing shop where Mike treated me to a few little trinkets.  The art of writing is coming back if I have anything to do about it.  Coming from a women who can’t spell her way out of a box and is terribly dyslexic but ya love what you love, right?  Below the few items I got – pens, pencils, mini notepad and acrylic pen holder with built in sharpener. Shaw District, shopping, cherry blossom, Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, cheers, cocktails, mock tail, loveNow off to dinenr @HAZEL restaurant………..Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review,

This post is hard to write because I was really looking forward to the meal.  It started out…… just ok the hostess couldnt really be bothered and literelly just tossed the drink / app menu on the table since we couldnt be sat until exactly 5:30 she said.  OK – the cocktail waitress was lovely however – very upbeat – quick and thanked us for coming in.  Got Mike a lovely Rose and myself a custom “mocktail” ginger and lemon strong – my favorite and served in a champange flute.  I love any of my drinks in a “fancy” glass.  Mike “yeah my baby loves her stemware”!  Truewords! Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review,Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen,You could see the kitchen from the patio – very cool and they had a the best instagramable wall in the back with patio string lights and fire pits – must be great for HH and weekend dinner, brunch.  Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen,The bar inside was nice – loved the flooring throughout.  The dining decor  and large art on back wall – didnt do it for me- to each his own I guess.  The staff is dressed in urban chic – a favorite of mine – so its a hip and fun atmosphere.Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, cheers, cocktails, mock tail, loveNow onto the meal – our server navigated the menu and sugggested we pick 3 items each to share and they will course them out according to flavors – Ok on board – started out ok with the Kanpachi Crudo.  This plate was very good.  The flavors all worked and the Kanpachi was really well seasoned.  The jalapeno added a bit of kick and the crunchy veggies worked in this dish.  Bravo Hazel!Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decorHowever went down hill after that – very sad to say.  I dont like to blast people and places but this was so surprising.  The steak tartare had so much going on I could not eat more than two bites – salty – way to much sauce and I’m glad we didnt take the advice to mash all togther and eat – we used the tater tots as a crustini of sorts. Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, serrano, tater tots, tartare, You simply couldnt taste the tartare.  Next was the star of the show “Grandma Hazel’s zucchini bread” The bread was fantatic (this item is also on the dessert menu folks) but the foie gras really lacked flavor and did not really go with this fantastic bread…… I would however buy a loaf of the bread in a heartbeat.Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, zucchini bread, foie gras mousse, Next came the grilled fairy tale eggplant – was bitter and the presentation was very “dark” not what you want to eat in summer espically Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decorThan the stragest thing I tasted on the menu was the BBQ carrots – the flavors were such a mash up – the flavoring was a reminder of bbq chips and so much sauce, salt and I just didnt get it.  Would not order that again.Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, bbq wagyu short ribs, bad review, candy,

kimchi, pork raga, gnocchi Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

The BBQ wagyu shrot ribs were like candy and the “Gnocchi Bokki” just was odd – kimchi pork ragu with italian flavors mixed in?  I don’t know people but I think grandma Hazel was drinking in the kitchen that night.  Teasing……..I have heard bruch is good but with all the choices we have in DC I dont think we will be back anytime soon.  I will say that I was very surprised by the server as the plates were cleared you could see we didnt finish much never they never asked if it was all going ok?  Maybe just a off night for the Hazel kitchen, you decide.

The company however was lovely, date night ended great we held hands, kissed, laughed and just enjoyed each others company.  That’s all I wanted.  kissing, date night, marriage, love, dc, dmv, blogger, urablankslate, blank slate, loriannmd, Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, cheers, cocktails, mock tail, love

Gotta run busy week here and I am already behind.  Check back for update on http://www.FrederickDermatology.com and my fist Cool sculpting experience. Restaurants on the list soon are:  Peking Gormet Inn,VA and Mirabelle DC! 

Sauteed Scallops Perfect Summer Dinner

Hi,

As promised after a few requests on my Instagram etc here as promised is my sauteed scallops recipe.  It’s a perfect summer dinner in my opinion not complicated and just look at these babies,….. perfection.  I am lucky enough to shop the restaurant walkin but when going to the market I look for dry packed sea scallops.  I do 4 per person and thats more than enough for me.  Honestly I eat 3 and give Mike the extra so its a win win in our house.lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,

5 from 1 vote
Print

Sauteed Sea Scallops

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Lori Tauraso - Urablankslate

Ingredients

  • 8 large Dry Packed Sea Scallops
  • Flour enough for dusting
  • 1 tsp pepper add to flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika add to flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil - eye this more or less depending on your pan size
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine you know the rule what ever you would drink or serve

Instructions

  1. Put flour in a shallow bowl add pepper and paprika and dust both sides. I omit salt because the scallops have their own so that is to your taste.  Get your pan / oil / butter hot and sear scallops maybe in two batches.  Again depending on your pan.  You dont want to over crowd them.  Brown on both sides and baste see photo this is a key step people often skip but so worth it for even cooking and browning.  Plus cherish that melted butter.  At the late 1 minute add your white wine to the pan and deglaze it - you can even remove your scallops if your worried they will over cook than add the wine and pour the jus over the scallops for resting phase and when plating

    When they are done cooking place on a plate to rest for 2 - 3 minutes so juices cool a bit and remain in the scallop.

  2. I like to serve them on a bed of something, mashed potatoes as I did here or brown rice or even a quinoa and than have crunchy salad or slaw.  Voila dinner is served and if your feeling fancy take time with plating and garnish with lemon wedge, parsley etc 

lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,

lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,

lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,

lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,

lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,Now look at this yummy little dish – where is this taken?  The new Bistro in town?  Nope Home Sweet Home! Try it out and let me know how they turn out for you or if you do yours a different way please share.

Have a great week!

RICHMOND IN 2 DAYS @ THE SWANKY QUIRK HOTEL & YSL EXHIBIT

Hi

Back from quick trip to Richmond, VA to visit my oldest son JOJO.  Even though I was only gone 2 1/2 days it took a lot out of me.  We did tons of walking, eating, sightseeing and timed it perfect to even visit the YSL exhibit at the VMFA.   Also staying at the swankiest place in town THE QUIRK HOTEL I had been watching the Quirk Hotel for 3 years proior to opening and fianlly had the chance to stay there.  The first of many visit to come I am sure.  Let me start by saying Quirk Hotel Richmond, VA is designed in my favorite colors White, Pink & Black.   Mixing modern with vintage, slick and shiny with rustic wood.   Epitome of Ying and Yang.  Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure,

Below is the hotel restaurant MAPLE & PINE – glass sheleves seperate the lobby reception desk area.  You can really apprecaite the architecture of the former department store.  The celiengs are almost church like with coves and coloms, the iron staircase is origianl to the building.  Again the raspberry pink (my favorite shade) is dabbled about.  Off the lobby is a PINK COUCH!  I need that in my life NOW! 

This is a photo of the department store – you see the curved celing and the wrought iron stairs off to the left – still used today!

quirk hotel, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, travel , blogger, dmv, richmond, doing, decor, museum, sightseeing, dmv, road trip, frederick md, visit richmond, visit frederick,

This courtyard is just off the lobby and the Quirk Gallery great spot for tea, coffee and amazing Happy Hour Party or events for sure!  The all white back ground makes for a BLANK SLATE! 

Little details abound everywhere – I adore the postcards, clip boards and pen.  

In the stunning lobby doesnt this space just beg for a photo shoot and tons instagram worthy snapshots!  P.S. Did I mention I need this couch so crushing on this lobby – shoot the whole hotel.See you soon JOJO, Quirk & Richomond!

See you soon JOJO, Quirk & Richomond!

lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine,I will have more on the hotel and the rooms available on my next visit – please check out their website and make it part of your summer travel.  Richmond is so full of history, art, food and great people you dont want to miss out.

Next door to the hotel was Graffiato Italian restaurant – see link Graffiato VA  and since I have not been to the much smaller orignainl in DC had to give this a try.  The place is huge – dark, metal , industrail ready for the larger crowds to come.  lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine,

lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, bar,

The restaurnt itself was – a bit dirty – the front entrance had cobb webs galore and the staris and basement where the restrooms were – kindda scary.   Not what I’d expect from this chain…………..lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike IsabellaHowever the reputation and the desire I had for pizza persuaded me and I’m glad we went.   The service, apps and drinks DLISH, the Charred Octopus was done wonderfully – one word “YUM”! lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella,Look at my pizza really really good.  I adore a simple “Pizza Margherita”lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va,The YSL Exhibit was so wonderful and thirlled Mike agreed to go with me – museums are not his thing to say the least – below me trying my best model pose.the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts is one of the nicest museums I have had the chance to visit.  I make it a point to go each time I am in town,  The ground are just insane and they have some of the best unique current exhibits around.  https://vmfa.museum  please check it out.lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl

lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, yves saint laurent, VMFA, museum ,

On the ground of the VMFA a cool 3D large scale art for that changed as you walked around it – so cool!lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, ysl, VMFA, lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine

Here you see Quirk’s Rooftop Bar in the distance  – make sure to put it on your list – great atmosphere and views of the city plus the breeze up there fantastic during this summer heat!  lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl,

It is always too short of a trip visiting you JoJo but I’ll be back again soon to do a full story on Quirk, the histoy, the concept and the furture for this brand!  Also to take Joe to LEDBURY – Bespoke Mens Clothes  and get him a custom dress shirt , new sport jacket and maybe a few other things a young professional may need.  (that’s what mom’s do right – that and cook and orgnaize his apt. ) lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl, Ledbury, mens clothes,

lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl

lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl

See you soon JOJO, Quirk & Richomond!

IKEA PAX CLOSET COMING TOGETHER & GETTING AN ORGANIZED HOME

HI

My upstairs guest room / slash overflow “closet” is really coming together.  I spent this Saturday building my IKEA Pax closet system & getting an organized home seems like a reality not a dream.  I have a clear organizational plan.  I’ve been purging some things as well.  Selling, donating and throwing things that  either dont fit, dont like anymore and dont bring me joy.  This includes papers, clothes, shoes, skincare and makeup products in a word the CLUTTER it feels so flippin great.  If you’ve ever put IKEA stuff together than you know you have to be in the zone and ready.  Half harted or rushing to do it does not cut the mustard.  I was fortuate enought to have JoJo put the base frames and did the heavy lifting work for me on Mothers Day but I didnt end up finishing until now.  This space needs to function as a guest room, off season closet, product storage for review and tech/camera equipment also a studio of sorts.  Here are pics I used for inspiration.  The first one below is a dream but I like to shoot for the starts!  “White is my favorite color”!

lori tauraso, ikea, closet systemm, Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day, weekend diy, diy, home improvement
Below is IKEA showroom and I’m loving the idea of back to back dressers in the middle creating that island look and than ottomon or find a chair to make a seating area / bench.

lori tauraso, ikea, closet systemm, Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day, weekend diy, diy, home improvement

Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day,

 

Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day,

Now this is the current situation:  I am so happy it is really coming along. I still need to bolt them together and anchor to the wall when I’m done but really liking it!  I have to go get a few more shelves and take back wrong Komplent ones – somehow got the wrong size.  Usually I am so very careful to check and re check what I get but will work out for me since I want to get a few drawers like you see above with the glass front and a pull out tray for sunglasses and necklaces etc.  Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day,

One of the funniest things that is happening is that I”m so getting into the organization of things – getting a plan – streamlining my home.  Getting every little space clean and simplified.  Also making the mundane pretty.  Why not make everything you do special – use that fine china, glassware, linens today on yourself!  We arent promised tomorrow.  I believe a clean organized home = a clean organized life (mostly).   Organization has not always come easy to me dealing ADD and Dyslexia my whole life so this is a Big Big Coup!

I am learning somethings from a youtube channel I discoverd called LAClosetDesign“Million Dollar Closets”  it says to set up your space like a store – so you “shop your closet” I can get on boarad with that idea.  During this time I have gotten that Spring Cleaning Bug and have been making some new “chemical free” cleaning products along the way using very basic items and essential oils I love it!

I’m off to IKEA tomorrow & coming with me is another helpful pic and my newest list – I may hit the lighting section too but I have a plan!IKEA, Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day,You cant go into IKEA with no plan and aimlessly wonder around – you’d be Cra Cra baby!  Let me know how you organize your closet, home and office any advice is really appreciated!  I hope for final look by the weeks end – I’ll update my insta and the page than!

I hope you leave your comments and just remember we only have this one life – be good to yourself and kind to each other!

Latest from Instagram

Copyright © 2017 · Theme by 17th Avenue