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 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

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