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NEW YEAR – NEW YOU – SOME HIGH PRICE SOME LOW PRICE – THINGS I HAVE NEED OR WANT

Hey Gang,
Below are things I either have or will be getting and wanted to share with you.  I will start from top to bottom and give you my review and why I love it.
The foot soak – this is a great way to detox and deodorize your tired winter feet.  I give Mike a foot soak or detox bath (a whole post on those later – so ck back) at least one time a week and for myself as well.  While that is going on I will put on sheet maks and the one by SKII knocks it outta the park so does the skin-ceuticals.  Great before a night out or while on long flights – I’ll be using mine on the plane ride to Montana (5 hrs +) along with the sheet masks I use the SK-II essence.  It doesn’t seem like much but trust me – use it for a month and your skin will be brighter and all the better for it!  I put a small amount (a tablespoon or so) in my palm splash on my face and tap tap tap it in all over for 1 – 2 minutes down your neck and decolletage as well.
Next, Armani makeup – the eyeliner is one of the best – hands down – to do a “tight line”, cat eye you cant go wrong.  I have used the foundation off and on for years – never fails med. coverage won’t cause breakouts and the color matching is perfetto!  I mentioned the Bobbi brown eye cream a few weeks ago and loving it.  really absorbs doesn’t travel into your eye and perfect for tired winter eyes.  Also BB the travel brushes – usually not a fan but these babies are great quality and perfect for travel and downsizing what you bring.  I have used her blush for so long for myself and clients – one of my favorite pinks is…… #29 Nude Pink – great for all skin tones and buildable color.
The work out gear listed I just want it – need to up my gym look game.
   
The Express Jeans are so great this year – great styles of all types – have some stretch to them ( thank you) and many fits…… price pretty darn good too.  Sometimes by 2 get 3rd 1/2 off!  Yeah, baby!
The last three items are on the ‘WANT” list.  I mean the LV agenda – right #bosslady along with the FAB D&G glasses and pale powder blue stretch knit D&G ladylike dress.  I know would fit my body and style like a dream and Mike would go gaga over me in it.  He like me with my hair back in blue a little sexy but very lady like – you know the old saying…… be a lady on the street and a (bleep) in the bedroom.  Words to live by ladies.  It has worked out well for me – LOL
Ok off to the gym and video edits – starting some new video posts on my youtube channel – going to review my COOL SCULPTING results, talk with Dr. Kathleen Moe, meet with owner Rebecca of #mavenbeautybar here in Frederick, MD so gotta plan my outlines and get my list ready for IKEA.  Whoa – you cant go in there without a plan or you will be toast!
Ciao,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! IT’S BEEN BUSY COUPLE WEEKS TIME FOR FRESH STARTS

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL THAT JAZZ,

I hope you all are doing well.  Are happy, healthy, safe and warm.  The holiday season was a blur at times and not always that beautiful fireside snuggle time with hot cocoa next to a beautiful tree.  Sometimes its hectic depressing and the more we try and fit the mold the more stressful it can become.  I think most of you know if have been with me for a while that I come from a very small family – being an only child and losing my mom over 10 years ago Christmas can be bittersweet.  I am very lucky to have healthy happy children and some family but the icing on my cake this year is the great lovely friends I am lucky enough to have in my life.  Who at times are more like family and very close to me….. Family can be trying to say the least – What is that saying ” You can pick your friends, you can’t pick your relatives!  So “thank you”, dear friends, all my hugs, and kisses I could not do it without you.  Thankful to share our ups and downs and be cheerleaders, sounding boards, shoulders, and a place to just laugh and “BE”.  I couldn’t have gotten through this season without you!  Enough said.  Those who get it – get it!

Now moving on let’s talk about some of my favorite things I am loving and are a great way to start 2018.  Did I mention I am so happy to be in 2018 – “see ya 2017 – blaaaahhhhhh“.

This time of year I think we all naturally become reflective, set goals, make plans, thinks about the good the bad and the ugly.  Sometimes we need to make changes or adjustments to keep growing in this beautiful life we are given.  I am no different!  I like to get a couple journals in January and this year I bought 3 black plain journals (3 for $10 at Costco) one will be for personal goals and reflections, the next for health and food and the third I will keep as my daily grab and go which ends up holding, inspirational quotes, magazine tear-outs, grocery lists coupons, lighting bolt moments etc a sort of catch-all if you will.JOURNALS, NEW YEAR, shopping, loriannmd, frederick md, <span class='hiddenSpellError wpgc-spelling' style='background: inherit;'>Nouvelle</span>, candle, home decor, makup, tom ford, spring 2018, fashion, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts, begining, summer, laura mercier, garnier, skin peel,

 

 

Next,  is a new facial peel I am just gaga over.  I adore Korean beauty I have for years since I first stumbled upon SPA WORLD in Centerville, VA, and my HMART  has a beauty section!  They have these fantastic gel peels.  Only $10 -$15! ( whaaat ) you put on dry or damp skin let sit for a minute and then rub – your skin will pill up and slough off.  You rinse with warm water and washcloth.  YOUR WELCOME – cuz you will be like where have you been my whole life.  Your skin will be soft as a baby’s bottom and ready for all your great serums lotions etc.  Your makeup will glide on as well.  I like to do them 2 -3 times a week.  Try it on your had first – I swear it is the bomb!  Order online if you don’t have an Asian market or Korean spa near you.korean skincare, peels, face, <span class='hiddenSpellError wpgc-spelling' style='background: inherit;'>Nouvelle</span>, candle, home decor, makup, tom ford, spring 2018, fashion, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts, begining, summer, laura mercier, farnier, skin peel,

 

I love candles and found the Nouvelle Candle Co. They have 2 sizes.  I chose the smaller version to sample a new scent.  “Sea Salted Lemons”.  It is so fresh and clean – perfect for the new year and cleaning out refreshing the house.  I buy my locally at Creme de la Creme  located on North Market St. Frederick, MD

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This store is simply one of my favorites – it’s not cheap but you get quality housewares that not everyone else will have.  Leaning a bit towards french flair!  Magnifique!  Make sure to stop by the downtown Frederick, MD store or the first location in the beautiful town of Middleburg, VA (horse country).

Now is drugstore product I think is super and have bought over and over again.  I love Garnier I have used their BB cream for years great for no makeup days with tint moisture and SPF but this night time peel is simply one of the best.  I keep it ion my nightstand and 3-4 times week apply after my bath and my Clinique 3step.  All over my face, neck, and decolletage.  It’s not drying, non-irritating to me and sloughs off dead clogged skin to reveal fresh smooth face neck in the morning.  Great price and always have it with me.  makup, tom ford, spring 2018, fashion, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts, begining, summer, laura mercier, garnier, skin peel,

Now some new makeup – we have been traveling more and more these days and I’m always looking for ways to downsize how many products I bring with me.  This one is killer!  Laura Mercier – one of my all-time favorites she just put out a holiday eyeshadow kit ( Mine is sold out but here is an even better one – Master Class Essentials ) one side matte the other a little shimmer.  You can your eyeliner brush ( dampened a little ) and the matte colors at your lash line make fantastic liner or “tightline” if going more subtle.  Than coordinating shades with a hint of shimmer.  The colors are perfect neutrals and deep navy – all you would need for a week-long vacation.  It is called the MASTER CLASS COLOUR ESSENTIALS COLLECTION This is coming in my makeup bag for sure and saving tons of space!  makup, tom ford, spring 2018, fashion, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts, begining, summer, laura mercier,

This “Glow Kit” perfect for travel as well &  is in my shopping cart just waiting for good Ebates deal to buy it  Laura Mercier Luxury Glow Kitmakup, tom ford, spring 2018, fashion, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts, begining, summer, laura mercier,

Finally one of my favorite luxury makeup brands…………. TOM FORD BEAUTY I treated my self to 2 lipsticks and lip liner/gloss combo – nude pinky shades which he featured on the SS 2018 Runway – colors from L – R  FLYNN 17  – LIP CONTOUR DUO “09 – AW16” AND LIP COLOR MATTE IN “HEAVENLY CREATURE” makup, tom ford, spring 2018, fashion, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts, begining, summer,Ck out these outfits from the show – SS2018 TOM FORD

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I’ve gotta get the pink shoes with white tip and the nude pants with a bathing suit – “to die for” just the epitome of chic cool TF am I, right? Until then I will have to settle for the lipsticks…….  I am on the list for the bodysuit and shoes though folks – yup that’s right baby!

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Well, folks gotta run – today is our employee holiday party for all 3 of our Black Hog BBQ”s and The Tasting Room – gonna do the Korean peel, color hair and then put on my dancing shoes!  We have simply the best employees and it’s so much fun to celebrate all the hard work of the year especially after a grueling holiday season!

CHEERS & HAPPY NEW YEAR,

 

CAULIFLOWER & WHITE BEAN SOUP WILL WARM YOU UP

 

It’s about 12 degrees out so yeah soup is in order for sure – you asked so here is the recipe I just posted on Instagram.  All veggies but you won’t miss the meat I promise.frederick, md, dmv, common market, beans, one pot meals, soup, healthy eating, food, resolutions, veggies, vegetarian, dinner, home sweet home, cooking, easy dinner , loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, dmv, neiman marcus, saks fith avenue, nyc, new year, fresh starts

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Cauliflower & White Bean Soup


Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Lori Tauraso

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower core removed and rough chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 med sweet onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery washed sliced / chopped
  • 2 carrots washed sliced/ chopped fine
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes ( optional )
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 handfulls spinach fresh cleaned stems removed
  • 2 cans great white northern beans or white kidney beans
  • 1 box vegetable stock ( mccormick kitchen basics - unsalted)
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese top just before serving
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Water add purified water after stock bring to boil than simmer water should be about 2 -3 inches from the top of your pot

Instructions

  1. Coat stock pot with olive oil and butter - over medium heat - saute onions, celery, carrots until tender ( stirring often so as not to burn ) add your cauliflower.  Stir and brown slightly - keeping eye on the pan not to burn - add more oil if needed.  Add crushed red pepper flakes.  When tender add drained beans and continue to stir.  Add 1/2 cup of the veggie stock and continue to cook until veggies tender.  Now add the chopped garlic and salt & pepper. Cook low med heat 7-10 minutes than add the rest of the stock and purified water until about 2 -3 inches from top of pot.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Turn down med. low cover and cook for 20 minutes more.  Taste for S&P add as desired.  Sometimes I add a veggie or chicken bouillon instead of more salt for flavor.  5 minutes before serving add your spinach - more or less its ups to you.  

    Serve and top with grated Parmesan - Italian bread or croutons.  

    You can also top it with cooked toasted quinoa for added protein and some crunch.  

    Enjoy!  

This is simple, delicious and good for you.  Try it out and comment to let me know how it turns out for you.  Like I said you can top with quinoa, croutons and/or serve with crusty bread.  All your veggies for the day in one bowl.

Stay warm!  Cuddle Up and Be Good To Yourself

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