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TGIF Everyone,

I like to make lists – dont you?  Big or small, notebooks, post-it’s, mini journals, on my phone note app, whatever you choose to write on.  It makes me feel efficient.  I start out the day so optimistic.  Today my list took up two pages.  Hmmmm that could be an issue.  This photo above was shot at 6:30 am.  It’s now 2:40 as I begin to write and only half of the list is done.  I’m getting tired, its Friday and ugggggg they are calling for rain so that means no car wash (whew) Besides I could really use a nap.  Naps are just the best!

So I’m rethinking my moring list practice and figure I will to go back to my old ways of making my lists.  I need to start by writing a weekly if not a monthly list than a realistic daily list.  I like to win big or small things and each little check mark is its own little victory.  Is that weird of me?

As I said I got more than 1/2 done.  So not to bad and as usual the important one checked off first.  I met Amanda and ordered new uniform samples for TR  http://www.trrestaurant.com and decided on a light fixture film to address the horrible LED light situaition over the bar.  (Thanks Amanda for holding them up for me to get a better view).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, todo list, journaling , plan for the day,We got our new patio table put together, (when I say we I mean I supervised as Mike did it) I did some photo editing, (so need new external hard drive now Best Buy on list for tomorrow) kitchen cabinets are clean etc….  but now I need to quiet my mind.  Some days start out great and then a certain something just swoops in and suddenly your whole mood and day are on a different path.  The wind knocked outta your sails.  Today thats jsut what happened to me.  None of it in my control but affected me greatly just the same.  So my list while not complete will have to carry over till Monday.  I will get the bike ride in however that’s my “zone out” space.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, todo list, journaling , plan for the day,I try not to beat myself up too much – I have done that a lot in the past.  Like I felt the need to look just so, act just right, house clean at a moment’s notice, relationships all working good or I get in my head – like I failed or what’s wrong with me or what did I do wrong.  Thank goodness that negative mind chatter has become less and less so to I am deciding while writing this post that today is done – work wise and a nap is fully approved!  You should take one too!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, todo list, journaling , plan for the day,

Enjoy your weekend everyone – make your lists but remember first and foremost on the very top it should read “self-love and acceptance”  Look for my next post review on the Quirk Hotel Richmond, VA

Mike reminds me to “give myself a break” most days – life is good!  I’m reminding you all to do the same.  Feel free to comment I’d love to hear how you stay organized and motovated in your life and how you handle not being quite on your game all the time.

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NON DAIRY SNACK FOR BREAKFAST OR DESSERT CHIA PUDDING

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CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

A healthy non-dairy pudding that's great for breakfast or dessert!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Lori Tauraso - URABLANKSLATE

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetend Plain Almond Milk I prefer Almond Breeze Brand
  • 3/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder I love the VEGA Vegan brand

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to blender or vita mix and start on low - so things mix well easily so all the seeds dont fly to the top and sides.  Than increase to high for 40 - 60 seconds it will thicken up.  This is where you can eye things - want it pourable but not drinkable.  More like a gravy 

  2. I like to portion into small mason jars 1/2 way full cover and chill covered for 1 hr - or overnight.  

  3. Before serving or while chilling I add sliced banana's, blueberries or any berry, smashed almonds, and than I top w/toasted coconut.  

  4. Enjoy - if you want to "fancy it up"  before serving place on tray with small teaspoons,cute cocktail napkin and close your eyes you can almost believe this is a healthy banana split

Play with the recipe if you dont like chocolate ( your crazy ) add another protein and if dairy isnt an issue – top with a bit of whip cream and do your happy dance!  This little baby is helping me to creep Mike away from Haagen-Dazs ice cream sometimes.  

I’d love to hear from you and see what you come up with – share your Chia pudding and post your comments below!  Remeber I love to do giveaways and share new products / things I come across so check back.

My Outfit Dupe Must Or Lust Classic Everyday Chic Look For A Stylish Closet

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I found this on My Theresa.com and fell in love as seen above and also my #girlcrush Olivia Palermo below and had to add it to my closet with this clean classic everyday chic look but without the price!  loriannmd, Blank Slate, urablankslate, frederick, md, dmv, baltimore, blogger, style, classic wardrobe, closet, dupe, nyc, shopping, lori tauraso, loriannmd, ootd, Olivia Palermo, style, dupe, must have look, So as I’ve been consolidating my wardrobe and types of items in it I am leaning much more towards classic pieces this lead me to recreate this look for MUCH LESS.

The white asymmetrical top from My Theresa was $1190 alone – jeans by 3XI are $298 and the hot pink mule shoes are a cool $550 = OUCH! That is $2100 and change.  Ok so lets see what I can do……

Here Is The Breakdown

Need: White Top, Red/Hot Pink Shoes, Frayed Jeans, Minimal Accessories…….

The Classic White Top  OK now this one is pretty simple I have a few in my closet I really like that were under $30 great “goto” places are  ZARA, 
FOREVER 21, and some from CMEO and Nordstrom $75 range.  This great dupe is from POSHMARK only $60.00 pretty close to the origianl one right?

 

Now for the Jeans – google search lead me right to Bloomingdale.COM and they have some great one’s about $100 – $150loriannmd, Blank Slate, urablankslate, frederick, md, dmv, baltimore, blogger, style, classic wardrobe, closet, dupe, nyc, shopping, lori tauraso, loriannmd, ootd, bloomingdales, nordstrom,

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DIY to try – I have taken some jeans from AE and ZARA and used my MARTHA STEWART FREY SCISSORS or even better the  WALMART SHREDDER SCISSORS only $9.95 and make my own!  It takes some practice and patience but works great – maybe even use an old pair or get cheap ones at ROSS first to try it out!  (Try on Scrap piece of denim first) .walmart, diy, loriannmd, blogger, style, dupe, classic closet, dmv, frederick, blankslate, urablankslate, Blank Slate, photograph , shopping, dc city center, tysons corner, my theresa.com,

Now for the shoes.…… I am happy and so grateful that I have a adorable pair of GUCCI MULES – that I got after a 30day detox / cleanse I did and it was my prize for completion so lucky me!  These are a definate sprulge but “I love great shoes and handbags – the rest is smoke and mirrors”! You can treat yourself too and get the same pair at

 GUCCI – HERE

However, normaly I shop more wallet friendly versions and these are great looking choices  STEVE MADDEN @NORDSTROMS $62.99!

Or these beauties which come in black and red from TARGET  at a cool $34.99

I have my handbags all set so my outfit will look like this but you can buy the look for $200! WHAT A SCORE!  Shoot I could even look for a white purse too – I dont have one of those.!  Below are my choices and what I’m wearing to Bethesda, MD tomorrow for some meetings and alittle window shopping.   I will top it off with big black shades, a red lip and ooodles style – LOL.  #EUROCHIC “Like look at me I dont even have to try” say it out loud in Italian accent.  LOL

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This look is going to Europe with me for sure in September – I hope you like it and this post share your thoughts below – The outfit goes live this week so check my instagram feed!  BTW – hitting Bloomingdales tomorrow to grab those jeans baby!

CIAO BELLAS,

Lori

HMART FREDERICK MARYLAND LUNCH SHOPPING HEALTHY EATING

We fianlly went to check out the recently opened H MART FREDERICK here near me to do a litte shopping and maybe some healthy eating as well.  We ended up going Sunday and Monday!  The food court looked fantastic – the produce is abundant and fresh.  I am used to HMART in VA near my dearly loved SPA WORLD the authentic Korean Bath House where I escape to cleanse, detox, and reboot myself.  So I am familar and was really excited since the Gmart was such a bad flop.  Not as big as it’s VA chains but it is busy with cross section of ethntensities which is now making our Frederick, MD a great melting pot!  The food court was clean but confusiong, many stalls to choose from – Ramen House, Koren (my fav) with Bibimbap veggie is the way I go but you can choose chicken, pork beef .  Definition: Bibimbap .  You can choose fried chicken, sushi, bakery items, even some Koren cosmetics – leaves a little to be desired if your already familar to them – + side note  they did have snail serum and that stuff rocks!   Check out this book – The Little Book of Skin Care Korean Beauty I was already acustomed to the benefits from the ladies at SPA WORLD but his book is a great read and perfect for the novie Asain Beauty Culture guru.  loriannmd, Charlotte Cho, korean beauty, books, health, dmv, frederick md,washington dc, va, spa world, blankslate, blank slate, urablankslate, Day one food great – is was bustling and we decided on Ramen and Bibimbap was delish – day two we got sushi salmon, tuna and tempura roll.  The roll was good and fresh I couldnt eat the tuna (maguro) I dont even try and swallow funky sushi – Right?  So this left me a bit hungry going towards the door so we grabbed fresh produce, cabbage, fruit – see those cheeries and Chinese vinegar to take home and add to my slaw.  We will be back but not as often as I had though.  I am picky about where I may eat I think I’ll sitck to Korean stall and need to head to SPA WORLD/VA soon!  HMART is trying and has a nice selection and good prices but I wont forget my 7th St. Asain Market for the best teas, frozen veggie dumplings, scallions, tofu and perfect nappa cabbage!

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Make sure to try it out nice to see our area widing its horizons.  I think the more the merrier!  Below is a cross section of pictures I took of the large market.

SEAFOOD DEPT. IS CLEAN AND HAS THE FRESHEST FISH I’VE SEEN IN AGES – LOOK A THE COLOR OF THAT MACKERAL!  OCEAN BLUE!

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It went on for miles and miles.

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Some cute Chinese soda – the one above is fun you push in lid to make bubbles and there is a glass marble in the top – its like drinking from a baby bottle

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This is the biggest Jack Fruit we have ever seen – what in the world do you use it for the Chef asks???????

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My goto Veggie Bibimbap – sides of kimchi and miso soup – now thats healthy in a bowl right.

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I hope you give it a whril and let me know your thoguhts what you eat, get and make with all the new exotic goodies.

Lori XOXO

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