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YSL – SAINT LAURENT 2020 LUXURY “IT” LIST

Happy New Years Eve,

We are almost in 2020 gang ad this has me scoping what else I should add to my classic closet and YSL – Saint Laurent is on the list for sure.   Below is some of my favorites you know I love Dior because you can do the whole thing and the same goes with YSL.  Makeup, bags, shoes, clothes and that iconic Opium perfume.  Ahhhhhhhh, love it.  What luxury items are on your list?  I love to mix my lux with let’s say a tee-shirt from Target or Madewell ( their jeans are the bomb BTW…. link here http://www.madewell  paired with a great bag, shoes or designer blazer = #bossbabe vibes for sure.  Sidenote I went to the VMA in Richmond, VA last year and saw the YSL exhibit.  Stunning even more appreciation for the designer than I already had.  You can search that post at the bottom right on the page there is a search bar  ……

 

I am so looking forward to 2020 the farm, working on my health goals along with Mike, building our dream home, more school, more time with family and friends and I hope you all are too!  Here is to all of you thank you for the great comments, support, and friendships I have made.  Be on the lookout for some Blank Slate Beauty products to launch along with my youtube channel.  Whoa!!!!

Have fun tonight – be safe and I’ll see you next year!

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2019

Hi Guys,

Well, we are literally 11 days until Christmas being this is December 15th if you include today.  I have a great Christmas gift guide for 2019 some high some low for all your giving needs.  Some tech, a good amount of beauty ( of course ) and a little luxe if you and Santa feel the urge.  Let’s get right into it.  Keep in mind a lot of my purchases I do online in combo with Saks Fifth Ave. and Rakuten.  To earn points, gift cards, and cash back!  Here is my Rakuten link that if you sign up here I earn a bit you earn a bit and then I can buy more things to share and be the ginny pig for you all!  Lori’s Rakuten aka Ebates Link for Cashback!   For other purchases, I like to shop local one place is my at my salon Artisnal Hair Co. located on Market St. here in Frederick, MD  https://arthairco.com/  they have several gift boxes of great organic products for all types of hair.  I am in love with everything Kevin Murphy so go check them out and if you’re not here in Frederick support your salon.  Below is just a few of the products I recently purchased.  They also have minis which are great stocking stuffers or for secret Santa gifts that won’t break the bank.

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Next local is RELISH DECOR DOWNTOWN FREDERICK, MD I’m crazy for this shop all this home glassware, books, bar cart items, area rugs, wedding gifts and registry, greeting cards stationery, cookware, linens…. you name it Relish has it.  I am so getting these pale pink semi handmade stoneware dishes they come in pale white and gray too!  I think a set of 4 plates is about $65

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Relish also carries exquisite linens and pillow like the one I purchased for my upstairs office by RIFLE PAPER CO.  (under $100) Goes just perfect with my blush velvet chair from HomeGoods only $199 #homegoodsscore – LOL

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When shopping out of my hometown I love to give and receive little gifts from iconic stores that maybe you wouldn’t necessarily shop in regularly.  Like these lovely china coffee/tea cups made to look like paper to-go cups by Tiffany! When you purchase online they come in the iconic blue box with white ribbon and are simply a show stopper.  The price is reasonable too at $110 for the pair.  This is definitely for that someone who loves their labels!

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Another nice gift you wouldn’t normally buy yourself is a lovely leather portfolio.  I love these types of gifts so great for someone just entering the workforce, for the junior exec, college students or even the creative.  With all the side pockets for notes, cards, pens, post-it’s whatever you may need.  Add a handsome pen and your all set.  leather desk set, portfolio, mens gifts, blank slate blog, stoneware dishes, relish decor, frederick md, shopping local, semi handmade, Loriannmd, urablankslate, shopping nyc, luxury gifts, chirstmaas 2019

Both products above and below are from Leatherology – I am really liking this travel kit for Mike aka a men’s DOPP kit that can be monogrammed if you want that extra special touch.  However,  you need to order by the 17th in time for Xmas if you want to monogram so don’t wait too long!  mens gift guide, christmas 2019, blank slate blog, stoneware dishes, relish decor, frederick md, shopping local, semi handmade, Loriannmd, urablankslate, shopping nyc, mdbloggers, dmv shopping,

 

Another gift I got from Saks 5th ave. was this advent tea calendar I dropped off to my mother in law.

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Also from Jo Malone London are room atomizers and an Iconic candle.   I chose one of each one to give and one to keep.  They come in a stunning wrapped black box and perfect ribbon tied gift bag.  The candle was just under $70 and the atomizer was $120 and should last a good long while.  (instruction cards came with both – I learned a few things about how to use room atomizers that will really prolong the scent).

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Below is at the DC City Center store that is just lovely and the staff so helpful and really takes the extra time to help you have the best experience for all your home scent needs.

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The next is a little piece of luxe – but not at a luxe price.  The new Victoria Beckham Beauty lip collection.  This is 01 lip liner and just-bitten lip tint great for all skin tones with cognac undertones to the liner and tint.  You can fit these in an evening bag.  With just a few other things and #Goodtog.

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My arm swatch above no filter natural morning light.

 

 

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Now, how cute is the one below?  Combo gifts at just under $100.  ($83 plus tax to be exact) I don’t know about you but I haven’t had an evening bag in forever I found out sadly in NYC ( thank you Armani beauty at Saks for the GWP blush makeup bag that doubled as my evening bag that night) I’m not willing to spend big bucks on a designer one.  Yes, for real people!  This bag came from Off broadway shoes for $24.99 and the two go great together considering evening bags can only hold lipstick, powder, and some cash and cards.  You will see the stunning card case in just a few can you say DIOR!  We always have our phones out anyway so they don’t have to fit in the bag.  But I love this the ring strap is a nod to my chole bags that I adore for $1700 more!

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This is such a great gift combo and you can put in cute Holiday bag or wrap in craft paper or better yet plain white paper and black bow maybe add a little ornament from Walmart on the tag to make it #EXTRA

So I mentioned DIOR and a card case that would be perfect in the evening bag.  I have needed a new one and fell in love with the new Dior Print in Green and black and it was a B-Day #treatyoself gift… I shop at City Center DC and work with Kat.  She is so great to work with – understands my wishlist and that a girl can dream and try-on but maybe not buy all the time.  This is one the luxury side of the Gift guide at $400.  For me, it’s worth it.  100% Its like wearable art to me and a great addition to my collection – plus I needed one my wallet is busting at the seams.  They wrap it in a stunning gift bag with ribbon tissue and the box with a sticker inside its just such a treat to open something from that shop and you will be getting some major points from this one!

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Another luxury item for the fashion-forward guy or gal is the all-important LOGO belt.  I acquired a reversible ( almost all are these days Ferragamo belt last year).  This one is a traditional width black and pale pink to match my Ferragamo loafers.  Some belts are quite wide – which really accentuates the waist good for dresses, oversized sweater menswear oxford white shirt or how I wore it with my denim overalls – really makes it too cool.  It is Black on one side Valentino Red on the other.  I can’t wait to put it with my oxford dress this spring.  Look at my new baby from Valentino (no I DID NOT WANT THE GUCCI ONE – everyone has it).  It is pricy and I was on a waitlist but with combo or 12% cashback from Rakuten (sign up above people) and Saks points and GC, I earned It was well worth it for me!  It’s like I earned money while shopping – yeah – you do the math!  LOL Valentino, Saks fifth ave, Tysons Galleria, city Center DC, victoria beckham beauty, lip liner, liptint,london beauty, nyc shopping, VB beauty, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slte blog, urablankslate, dc bloggers,

Now back to reality – I love to give books as gifts and Amazon is my go-to for ordering.  I miss going to book stores but they rarely have what I want on the shelf and can order but then why wouldn’t I order from Amazon and with my prime membership get it in a day or so.  Your welcome Mr. Besos….. also my son Vinny works for them so keep it coming folks.  I love health books, cookbooks, marketing books, how-to books, tech books ( that dummy series is fantastic… Canon 80D for dummies has helped me so much).  Coffee table books like my Tom Ford book or Valentino books are stunning gifts and come in a slider book cover very elegant and look so luxe when you give as a gift.  Below are just a few ( really only a few that I have ordered recently ).  After I am done with a book or not what I want to keep in my library forever I donate to Faith House to add to their Family Zone.  victoria beckham beauty, lip liner, liptint,london beauty, nyc shopping, VB beauty, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slte blog, urablankslate, dc bloggers, Tom Ford, Amazon, S is for South, Homebody, Joanna gaines, target,

Finally, gift cards are always a super gift.  My goto’s are http://www.blackhogbbq.com, CB2, Amazon, Apple Store, Amex, Saks, Starbucks, Wegmans, Relish Decor, Autozone, Artisanal Hair Co., Local Nail Spa, just to name a few.

Don’t forget monthly subscriptions too.  Plus I still love to get magazines in the mail – that will never go out of fashion with me.

 

I hope this helps and remember you can earn cashback ( signup using my code – I need more cashback to keep on shopping – LOL ) and you still have time! 

Planning Our First Ski Trip of 2019 Season New Clothes & Lake Tahoe????

Hi Gang Happy Columbas Day!

So the official start of fall is here  – we survived the summer and I can’t wait for the cooler weather!  This has me planning our first ski trip of the 2019 Season and of course, looking for new ski clothes.  Mike and I usually take the kids (any and all of our who can come) on a family ski trip been going the past 6 years now I think.  This year Mike promised me (the beginner skier of the group) that we’d go more often and a few times just he and I.  So I am searching where to go for a few days.  We have been to Montana a couple of times, Park City 2 times, Colorado a couple now I am thinking Lake Tahoe or Jackson Hole????

I am open to suggestions from you all.  I really enjoyed Park City for a few reasons…….the cute town itself, the direct flight from DC (key), the great lessons I took there, the ski in ski out condo.  The shopping and food were great and pretty close to the airport too.

 

 

A few other items on my list ….. cuz I love Rakuten and 12%cash back days (not always 12 % but when it is….. #womenbeshopping)!

obviously these things are pricey and a WISHLIST but I will get some with my Saks card earn points and when Rakuten formerly EBATES is over 10% cashback is how i do it – so if you plan you can find good deals and get some great classic designer pieces.
Ciao for the day – going outside to play with Abe do chores and enjoy this perfect day!  I hope you do as well.

FALL WISH LIST – NYFW 2019 GOALS

HAPPY SEPTEMBER EVERYONE,

I have been glued to YouTube for the past few weeks watching all the fashion shows – the good bad and the ugly.  Below is a small snippet of a few items I bought – the Versace shoes you can see on my I

Instagram Lori Tauraso Insta HERE  – so new they weren’t online yet so the version below is kitten heel.  They are dreamy sexy classics and not the Versace over the top version.  My YSL sandals are to die for and looked at these for 6 months before pulling the trigger.  The rest of the items I either have or wish to…  “If you put it out there the universe will grab it”….. – ME.  Share with me by commenting on your wishes for new closet updates fall fashion loves and hates.  Click on any item to get more information and FYI Saks and Neimans both are having 10% cashback yesterday and today last time I checked when using Rakuten aka Ebates

Looking forward to Fall – The New Farm ( Dry Run Ranch ) Choosing our Builder,  The new Black Hog Middletown and getting together with good friends and family.  So many wonderful things happening I am trying to take it all in and enjoy the moment with calm and extreme gratitude as well.

BRINGING YOU UP TO SPEED WHAT A BUSY SUMMER

Hi Gang,

Boy summer is flying by cant believe July is almost over!  Things have been a whirlwind here for me at Blank Slate so I thought I’d do a little recap to keep you in the loop and share what’s going on and what’s to come.

The Farm update – we named it “DRY RUN RANCH”  there is a creek on the farm called dry run but someone has Dry Run Farm Honey Co. nearby so we just went with Ranch.  Why not right?  Mike likes it and that makes me happy.  All the outbuildings have been taken down and grading has begun.  The main house will come down when construction begins – sometimes at years end, I believe.  Here are some before and as we cleared and beautified the property.

Just Chillin in The General

Abe loving the farm so much!

This is the last of the buildings that were taken down – we saved the bank barn and the dairy building the rest were in such ill repair that they could not be saved – boards and timbers and doors were set aside when possible for later use.  We are working with Bill Ellison of Caddworks here in Frederick, MD he is a good friend, easy to work with surrounded by a great team and this will be the 4th or 5th project we have worked with him.  It is really important to me to have someone I can be myself with, share my thoughts and “gets me”.

Next, on the list is the newest Black Hog BBQ located in Middletown, MD.  Construction, the landlord and a bunch of things out of our control pushed this back 6 months but we are rolling now and its gonna be FANTASTIC.  You can follow along on Instagram for the hog HERE.  I introduced yellow to the color scheme and even custom designed a paint with our mustard sauce at our local Sherwin Willams store.  When you come in you will see it and bright yellow mustard sauce color sprinkled around the new hog.  The dark mustard paint will go down the back hall and bright mustard on the booths and bar stools.  So excited and don’t forget to look up.  I created a cool sign on the ceiling.  Just love this.  Then I will go back to the other locations and spruce them up this year esp. Urbana needs some loving too and I will bring some of the new colors schemes there.  It’s a fine line between updating and looking to modernize without getting away from our brand.  BHB Middletown plans – you see Imm old school I like to color things in and below that farm plans and color scheme thoughts as well. 

Site plans, paint ideas from Farrow and Ball working on vision board too

My PR business is growing and I have had the opportunity to work with some great people in DC.  Most recently Ferro Salon DC  I am building their brand, taking photos, helping with social media and it is tons of fun!  They are so great and some of the best colorists I’ve ever met.  Cutting Edge – no pun intended – LOL The foilayage technique, hair painting, balayage, baby lights, precision cuts they have it all!  Along with a full-service salon. Ferro Salon DC, Erin Clott, Marco Ferrari, Hair, DC Spa, Urablankslate, DC Magazine, Balayage, Wella Hair, M St DC, Washington DC, Lori Tauraso, Blank Slate, Instagram Hair, DC Salons, Capital File Magazine Above Marco & Erin website photo I took.

So It has been so much fun hitting the DC scene 2x’s a month.  I also met a lovely powerhouse of a gal – the editor or Capital File Mag, DC Magazine and Modern Luxury Mag (all under the same roof)  Jessica Powers. Capital File Magazine, DC, DMV, Summer Luxe, Jessica Powers, lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, blogger, instagram style, maryland blogger, the dc bloggers, dc city center, She is so great lots of fun and we are working together to share all the brands I represent. BTW –  Stay tuned for my Instastories end of the month I’ll be attending their summer soiree at DC’s new Wharf.  Its gonna be held at 12storiesdc I cant wait to see the space, the views and try the food!!!!!!  What to wear????  If you have thoughts send them my way!

Skincare and Antiaging updates:

I got another Cool Sculpting treatment for love handles and lower tummy with Dr. Sarah Mess http://www.drsarahmess.com I have found that cool sculpting really works on those stubborn areas it is not a quick fix takes 3 months to see full results but worth the money for sure!  I try and exercise and eat well in conjunction because it’s not a magic machine you have to help.  Doing sauna and sweating working out your lymph systems increases the results as well.  Call her office – great summer deal in conjunction with Brillant Distinctions.  coolsculpting, dc, dr sarah mess, blank slate, lori tauraso, urablankslate, frederick md, the dc bloggers, bloguettes, tsgbaltimore annapolis, scouted dc, capital file magazine, sass magazine, instagram, anti aging, weight loss, fat loss, summer body, bikini, nyc, shopping, neiman marcus, saks fifth avenue, tysons corner galleria,

Tomorrow 7-25-19 I am getting Micro-needling w/PRP where they draw your blood put it in a centrifuge and use the plasma overtop of the “injured skin” to help it heal faster and increase collagen production.  This I am having done locally at Cosmetic Skin Surgery Center Dr. Michael Warners office (love them).  I am gonna be really red tomorrow like a bad sunburn and able to use makeup Friday so stay with me – will do instastories of the procedure and then make a short youtube video as well – showing the complete process and healing too.

Mike and I were trying to get out of town for a bit before Middletown Black Hog but it doesn’t look like its gonna happen……. oh well maybe the end of Septemeber NYC or Pheonix AZ.  I think I have enough to keep me busy.  Definitely gonna hit Richmond to see JOJO and his new place with his girlfriend Oliva and stay at my favorite hotel there QUIRK HOTEL RICHMOND, VA.   Two words… Pink Lobby!  Quirk hotel, RVA, lori tauraso, urablankslate, blank slate, summer, destination hotels, dmv, the dc bloggers, maryland blogger, the tasting room, tauraso food group, shopping, summer 2019, decor, boutique hotels,

Well gang, gotta run off to job site at the Hog – going over paint schedule – #DETAILS!  I can’t wait to share the interior with you all end of August.

Ciao Bella’s

IF YOU BUY IT…….IT WILL COME

Dresses, Dresses, Dresses……

Have you ever fallen in love with a dress and had no occasion to wear it now or in near future but had to have it…… that happens to me sometimes.

That happened to me recently with a lovely classic nude/pink dress from Dior. You see I don’t own a Dior dress – they are pricy but I love to have classic pieces in my closet….. Max Mara camel coat, Dolce & Gabbana LBD, Self portrait summer frock.  Sometimes you just love something because you love it!

I didn’t get the Dior Dress – maybe next season but here are some favorites of mine that gosh buy the dress and the event will follow.


So I say GO FOR IT!  We only go around once – besides if nothing else I will throw my own party to pull out that dress!

BEST DRUGSTORE MAKEUP BY MAYBELLINE NY

OK GUYS,

You all know I love my high-end makeup but it’s not always what I reach for…. sorry Tom.  I have to share my favorite products by Maybelline NY that I have been using the past month day in day out and getting tons of compliments.  I adore the dark eyeliner and putting on the upper and lower waterline ala – 80’s makeup (my HS days) it looks sexy, punk, strong and I FLIPPIN LOVE IT!  Look below and click on the link to see the products – the matte lip colors I use are #55 and a little dab of #90 the lip pencil is #105 you better stock up cuz I’m getting them all….. LOL and I’ll show you how the mini eye palette is used on my eyes and NOSE as contour this week on my new youtube channel.  I’ll instastories it when it’s up.

So run don’t walk to CVS, Target, Walgreens or Walmart to stock up!  Get yours and we can do a mini makeup look together when my video goes live!  Thanks for all the support and positive comments you all are so great and makes me happy you enjoy my content and sharing.
Hugs – Happy Sunday!

SUMMER MUST HAVE’S JUNE 2019

HiEveryone,

These are some fantastic classic pieces and products I have to have this summer.  A few I already own a few things I am ordering this week!  What’s on your list for summer 2019?

 

Share with me your go-to summer look – mine the white jeans and a white shirt – I’ll dress it up or down with sneakers or heeled shoes and a great bag.  Add a splash of red lip color and some big shades and I’m ready to go.
Don’t forget your sunscreen ladies and gents.  All day all year and its not only anti-aging, its skin saving and melanoma prevention.  
Later this week I’ll share my new obsessions on hair and skin care products.

WHAT TO GET DAD

Fathers Day is just around the corner but its not too late to get Dad what he wants.  I remember one year I was like 5 I gave my Dad a painted rock………… enough said.

Going to lunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant is always a good choice and if I may be so bold and a shameless plug we have 2 of the best restaurants around that would fit the bill http://www.blackhogbb.com 

and then we have on the other end of the spectrum the Best Restaurant In town Best Bar, Best Steak etc….. http://www.trrestaurant.com  

 

both are great choices and gift cards available!

Where am I taking my Dad Ron and my husband Mike Sunday for fathers day?  Only the to the best Peking Duck House I’ve ever been to and NEVER disappoints and I mention ofter.  http://www.pekinggourmetinn.comI eat so much I get dizzy – LOL.  It is Mike’s and my favorite spot year after year!  peking gourmet inn, va, dmv food, foodie, dmv blogger, lori tauraso, urablankslate, dinner, fathers day, dc magazine,

Go here on my Instagram and see the pure joy of me eating!  https://www.instagram.com/p/BqTU5L2FjO8/LOL  Ahhhhhh this is a gift for me too – but don’t tell.  I am picking up the check though.  When you go make reservations – it crowded load ask for mgr Bobby and tell him Lori sent you!

Now for THINGS!  I love my hometown of Frederick and there is no shortage of choices for great gift ideas.

First on my list is TREATY GENERAL STORE  I suggest some of their Grooming Products grab a few of those may be a matching masculine candle and voila the gift that keeps giving! He looks better and smells better too – LOL 

Next would be a GC to a real men’s Barber Shop!  ALL ABOUT MENS BARBER SHOP I can vouch for them – Mike’s been going for years along with several great friends ask for Joey or Josh.  You can relax in a cool comfortable environment grab a cold one and chew the fat!  

 

If your FANCY then go directly here – well hello Sir!  Colonial Jewelers you can’t go wrong.  Best of the best!  They are located right on main corner of town on Market & Patrick St. I am lucky enough to have my STUNNING wedding rings from this local store and diamond experts, as well as a few other great pieces!  I have bought Mike things here in the past as well.  The service is top notch and personal.  Ask for Sarah, Jeff or Patti they are the owners and have been in Frederick for ages and aren’t going anywhere.  I love just popping in browsing sometimes and adding to my wish list!  Dear Santa, …… LOL Sarah is good at keeping up on my wish list!

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Because I’m thinking of Mike and the farm so maybe he can save his truck battery when he’s “working the fields” But I’m sure the Dad in your life would like this.  How about a cordless radio Dewalt cordless radio

This NEVER goes out of style and actually one of my favorites – I can cook on it too!  Old School Weber Original Kettle Charcol Grill WALMART WEBER GRILL

If all else fails you can always tell Dad you love him and paint him a rock as I did oh so long ago!  It’s a paperweight people…………  whatever you do for that special guy I’m sure he will love it!  

Cheers to you Dad & Mike!  Can’t wait for the duck!  You can leave your wallets at home!

BIG NEWS THE NEXT CHAPTER – DECOR TRENDS 2019 SHARING THE LOVE WITH “TSG” THE SCOUT GUIDE

Happy Monday Y’all

Things are so great but busy lately.  Mike and I bought a farm just outside of our hometown and gonna move out to the country!  Mike, Abe and I picturef below walking the property.  Of course, I’d dress the part – did you really doubt that………. the scout guide, scouted, baltimroe, crab season, dry run farm, tauraso food group, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, frederick md, maryland blogger, dmv, shopping, anit aging, blue zone diet, next chapter, wordpress, pinterest farm, blank slate, urablankslate, real reviews, life on a farm, pbs, maryland farms, bbq, tasting room, black hog bbq, Que “Green Acre’s” music.  I’m gonna bring you along with me on the whole crazy process.the scout guide, scouted, baltimroe, crab season, dry run farm, tauraso food group, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, frederick md, maryland blogger, dmv, shopping, anit aging, blue zone diet, next chapter, wordpress, pinterest farm, blank slate, urablankslate, real reviews, life on a farm, pbs, maryland farms, bbq, tasting room, black hog bbq, the general, Polaris, Polaris General, sidebyside, motorsports, green acres, zsa zsa gabor, farm fresh, lori ann tauraso, lori ann jarboe, lori ann wakefield, downtown frederick partnership, detox food, plant based, sugerfree, clean program  Today we have a phone meeting with potential design builders Eisenbrandt Design Build so we can talk house plans, site plans and getting a cohesive plan moving forward.  It is 52 acres – has a creek running through it and will have chickens, flowers, cow, and hogs.  Mike and I got  2 sides by sides by Polaris they are the best.  here is mine – THE GENERAL!  the scout guide, scouted, baltimroe, crab season, dry run farm, tauraso food group, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, frederick md, maryland blogger, dmv, shopping, anit aging, blue zone diet, next chapter, wordpress, pinterest farm, blank slate, urablankslate, real reviews, life on a farm, pbs, maryland farms, bbq, tasting room, black hog bbq, the general, Polaris, Polaris General, sidebyside, motorsports, Mike got the Ranger both in camo and mine with get up to 60 mph and go through over 2ft of water!

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Who knew I would learn to love being outdoors.  Don’t worry you still won’t take the LV, Hermes & DIOR outta me – just now modern farmhouse chic!  You can see my vision and follow along on my Pinterest board called “THE FARM” HERE

Since we are in the design phase I wanted to share a 2019 kitchen bath trend post created by THE SCOUT GUIDE – which is where we found Fritz Eisenbrandt and his team by the way TSGbaltimoreandannapolis to be specific.  So come along for the adventure and hope you like this article – as I said it is from TSG all writing below and pics are theirs.  If you get a chance check them out.  I am in love with their publications.  I found them originally at QUIRK hotel in Richmond and immediately was like this is super pretty and helpful – my cup of tea.  DC, Alexandria and VA Hunt Country are in my back door along with TSGBalt/Annap

Here you go: full website link HERE

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There are pros and cons to the fact that there are so many ways to reimagine a kitchen or bathroom. On the one hand, it’s somewhat reassuring that you can give

new life to the spaces through small or subtle changes; on the other, there are seemingly endless choices for practically every element. To help those who might be considering an update narrow down the options, we asked four experts from across the country to discuss the current and rising trends in kitchen and bath spaces. From statement-making hardware to fresh takes on traditional tile, here’s what’s popular right now.

A departure from all-white. While the all-white kitchen is a classic, it’s ceding ground to more colorful iterations. “We’ve seen the color come back in paint and upholstery, and now it’s making the natural evolution to the kitchen and bath,” Katie Battaglia, design director at Nemo Tile in Red Bank, New Jersey, reports. “We’re even seeing bright pops of color in tile, either as an accent or as an entire backsplash. And these colors can really lend a soothing spa or Mediterranean feel to a bathroom.” Meanwhile, Rebecca Farris of Bottega Design Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas, reports that many of her clients are opting for blush pink tile in both the kitchen and bath. She’s also seeing an infusion of tone on tone color in geometric patterns.

A jump in jewel tones. While these hues may have been on the rise last year, they’re now mainstream. Katie Battaglia of Nemo Tile reports that deep greens and blues, as well as warmer tones of these shades, are appearing in tile and paint. Rebecca Farris at Bottega Design Galleryadds that even when sticking with a classic grey or white kitchen, rich blues and greens are serving as colorful accents, while Ginny Padula, owner, and designer at Town & Country Kitchen and Bath in Red Bank, New Jersey, adds that hunter green is hugely popular for kitchen cabinetry right now. “It adds that interesting contrast when you want something rich and dark, but not quite as dramatic as black.”

Mixing in matte black hardware. Those who gravitate toward hardware that’s a bit on the darker side are in luck. According to Jonathan Pilley, owner of Push Pull Hardware in Bethesda, Maryland, the recent influx of matte black is a game-changer. “With matte black as a finish, projects can incorporate hardware that is an absolute black, which plays well with just about any combination of cabinets, counters, and backsplashes,” he shares. “It’s chic and slick in its presentation, and works in modern and traditional spaces, but it’s also extremely practical, as it won’t show fingerprints, dirt, and water spots.”

Large-scale pattern in the powder room. Wallpaper continues to be a popular choice among people who wish to add a little drama or whimsy—particularly in private spaces. Ginny Padula of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath especially appreciates the powerful effect wallpaper can have in the powder room. “The large-scale wallpaper patterns really make a statement and leave a lasting impression.”

An evolution of subway tile. Subway tile has long been a go-to, but Katie Battaglia of Nemo Tile observes that lately, people are putting a twist on the timeless standby. “There’s still a desire to have that classic look, but now we’re seeing tiles with texture—wavy versus smooth—and a longer length,” she says. “There are also so many things you can do with the installation and shape. The herringbone pattern is one of the most popular right now.”

Knurling enters every day. Knurling, the process of impressing a pattern onto a surface to provide a better grip, is being embraced for aesthetic reasons. “Finding hardware with unique features can be a challenge at times, which is why knurled hardware is a great design style,” Jonathan Pilley of Push-Pull Hardware reports. “Many faucets incorporate knurling into their handles to bring in a more industrial look, and complementing cabinet hardware with some form of knurling continues that look throughout the kitchen.” The detailed patterns add interest to a room by bringing in another texture, and depending on the finish of the hardware, the visual impact of the knurling can be enhanced or downplayed, says Pilley.

Natural elements enter the kitchen. According to Ginny Padula of Town & Country Kitchen and Bath, natural elements like wood, both reclaimed and new, are working their way into kitchens. “The use of wood fosters a warm and welcoming feel,” she says of the material that’s increasingly being used in island countertops, island backs, and in support and decorative ceiling beams. “Its infusion into the kitchen creates a lighter, airier space.”

An introduction of interesting forms and fillers. Joining traditional shapes in tile, like the hexagon, are additional forms that create a sense of interest and movement. “The fish scale, or fan look, is becoming really popular,” Katie Battaglia of Nemo Tile notes. “And arabesque, also known as lantern or teardrop, is being embraced not only because it’s different, but the fanciful shape is also more delicate.” Another fresh take on tile is the introduction of interesting grout, says Rebecca Farris of Bottega Design Gallery. “I have one client who is bringing back the classic 4×4 tile, but with neon pink grout,” she says. “Darker grout is, of course, easier to keep clean, but warmer greys can also bring in that subtle difference that makes the kitchen or bath feel fresh and modern.”

Above – shower Photography by Jason Kindig featuring a Bottega Design Gallery project.

 

Here is the farm at the start and now the clearing clean up and planning begins – we are calling it DRY RUN FARM!  Here’s to us and our next chapter in life!

Oh yeah, we are adding to the family too – getting another Newfie – Abe’s little sister stay tuned!

MY EVERYDAY BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Happy Monday,

Yes, it looks like we might be headed for Spring sometime soon.  They just announced the Cherry Blossom projected peak bloom times HERE in DC so that is a good sign.  I have never made it down to the tidal basin or enjoyed the parades I am really hoping to do so this year.  There is also a POP-UP BAR/RESTAURANT that is a photographer/ Instagramers dream I mean are you kidding me look here this was last years pop up bar.

Seriously this is last year via google search and I can’t wait.  That is giving me good ideas for The Tasting Room Spring floral corner display’s etc…….

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Anyway,

I have had a few of you asking what I use on my face –  I will do full skincare post but today is my “goto” make up for a normal day of running around to either school, work or errands where I may have to snap some FB or Instagram photos on the fly chat with people and I want to look put together. LIke outta my robe and sweat pants kinda put together – LOL  So things will be listed below – pretty straight forward with some links when I can.  I will also link some of the beauty counter sales people that I work with – they will almost always add some great samples etc. to your order.  (Mention me for a little more attention).  Ask for Michelle Weatherspoon Marc Jacobs Beauty Counter – Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria 

  • Primer – I am using at the moment Laura Mercier radiance primer and or the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer
  • Foundations – Luminous silk foundation (in 5 for winter and YSL All Hours foundation liquid or stick ( stick shown) in B45
  • Setting Powder MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Compact Powder In Light Plus (for Winter – Nice, and Matte) and Lg Fluffy Brush
  • Contour Palette Marc Jacobs 40 Mirage Filter (dark and light powders for best results ) with “The Shape” brush both Marc Jacobs.  ( don’t always do contouring but when I do this is it – even just minimal at the jawline for lift and definition.
  • Brows EcoBrow in Penelope ( Dk Brown) and the brow two in one tool
  • Blush I found this fantastic pallet by http://www.sennamakeup.com ( a little pricy but has all the colors you could ever need and cream turns to light powder with just the right amount of color. I love the retro pink in “uplift” on the set just perfect.
  • Eye Shadow – I will use this duo by Mac almost every day – great neutral and the darker great for defining the crease ever so slightly.  The duo comes with colors “m.a.cnificent me” & “Just Wing It”  ( use brush 237 by MAC perfect standard powder brush)
  • Lips ( changes daily but this is a great simple understated look great for almost everyone.  MAC lip pencil “Subculture” YSL #10 neutral brown/pink lipstick top with YSL  Volupte Plump-in-Color Lip Balm this color is “7 Furious Gold – champagne gold  I have that and “1 Mad Nude – universal warm nude” both great over lip color alone and to add moisture ( I don’t really see the plumping but love it just the same).
  • Mascara – my favorite right now ( for past 6months or longer ) is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Major Volume Mascara

I’ll set with MAC Prep & Prime Setting Spray or my cult favorite Evian Atomizer Mist Spray.

So there you have it – you can easily intensify your eyes with liner for after work HH, Mtg or Date or just cause.  Also because the lip is nude you can change color to pinks, corals or reds for the evening as well without a problem.

Remember its just makeup have fun!

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