Express – Express – Express…….

Hello Sunshine,
I hope this wonderful first part of Aug. finds you enjoying your summer.  I know mine has been extremely busy.  New home – construction of new restaurant – photography classes – learning ivideo (not so easy as they say) make-up jobs etc… Oh yeah family stuff and trying to keep & “get my healthy on”.  Along with some quick little trips here and there.  Don’t get me wrong not complaining.  Yes, it has been a bit hectic but I am extremely grateful!  I am still trying to learn how to not let life take me over and how to take control of my life….. or at very least stop and smell the roses.

So this parlays into my need to have some quick express “things” in my life to carry me from day to day – yes I still try new stuff but these are some basic things I can always count on.

  • Skincare routine
  • Makeup
  • Food
  • Hair
Lori’s everyday skincare
My basic skincare routine has not changed for years – It is my Clinique 3 step – (Clinique special going on right now – click here  )  Of course I will try supplemental serums and eye creams, etc. – but this is my staple and you can not beat the price.  Yet never fear – if it’s new I’m trying it out Baby!   Anyway, this is my MUST HAVE!  I have travel versions – in my gym bag – travel bag – guest room ……all over the place.

I have also mentioned before about my love of the these fabulous cleansing cloths – they take eye makeup off like no body’s business and don’t break me out nor dry my skin out – “perfection”
As far as makeup goes – when I am in a hurry I use my Garnier Skin Renew Perfector BB Cream in light & a dash of my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – together this is a fast light coverage for days when your in a hurry or just want a hint of makeup.  Than top with some bronzer – mascara and gloss or a “RED” lip ( always works! Always)
Now onto Food 
I love to cook and cook healthy.  Right now I am having a love affair with Indian Food, Mediterranean Food & Homemade Soups…..  The spices & marinades for the Indian food are so yummy – the Mediterranean foods are all so fresh & tasty and don’t upset my tummy.  BTW – most are on the elimination diet recommended by Dr. Junger of  the  click this next link for a shopping list from the Dr. (very handy right?…)  clean program shopping list.  

We also just got this great cook book and it’s like the Indian Food Bible – You can make some of the spice mixtures ahead of time – the dry ones keep for quite sometime if stored properly – I like it “hot” – so many of the recipe’s fall right in line.  It doesn’t hurt that I am married to a chef/restaurateur so if I get stuck on something I have my fall back man.  Actually he has been feeding my craving for these foods at least once a week – when I get frustrated & confused by the recipe’s and maybe need some TLC.

So for the express part – you will see my chickpea salad above – super simple – healthy & cheap!  I keep some on hand almost always – I love to have it with tuna salad and some of my favorite almond crackers – it has protein, good on my digestion, it is quite fast – travels well etc.  Love love love it!  I also make a soup at least once a week.  Red Lentils (new FAV. cook so fast and gentle for my stomach – do you see the “easy on my stomach” see that trend here?……..I used to be able to eat anything – Oh well  “C’est la vie”…..)  White bean soup or Escarole soup.  I eat soup all year round – even for breakfast sometimes.  I will post another segment later this week with details – recipes –  some photos – maybe a video – along with a printable shopping list.  
My Hair – Ugggg – Love Hate Relationship 
I have naturally curly hair (my mom loved it ) I never did so much – and I remember days @the beach I’d fall asleep and awake to see my shadow…. my gosh man I  looked like a “BUSHMAN”  LOL.  I have since fallen in love with Keratin Treatments – not the harsh kind but the gentle “Brazilian” type.  I have a stylist Denise whom does my color, cut and treatment all in the same day!  My hair is always more healthy when she is done!

(Love You Denise – will be calling this week – way overdue)!  However you will find me most days with my hair back – a headband or a Ponytail of some sort – maybe a messy Updo.  They are the fastest & just the easiest to do, and the most chic for the summer season ….. right?  Add some red or orange lipstick and voila!  There are a lot of ways to style your hair in this way, you can do simple messy bun or very smooth and glamorous Updo or a High Pony.   Which way you will prefer depends on your style & event.  Do you like elegant and classy looks, or more wild and free? Check out the photo’s below and see which of my selections you would choose.  Maybe try one today…… if you do please share – with a comment or on my FB page!  

However today I use simple messy low ponytail like picture one – while twisting and pinning some front pieces, because I am working out this a.m. – I took hot bath last night and today I am feeling a wee bit lazy……. LOL

Time for me to run – cheers all – enjoy your day – make the most of it!!!!!


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