Archives for June 2020

My Drugstore Favorites

Hello Ladies,

I am following up with you with my list from the video live chat  HERE  I did with She’s Determined To Rise founders Jennifer Gularson & Laura Hardnett last week.  I shared some of my drugstore favorites that you can easily get from any drugstore or off Amazon.  So here you go:

  • Sally Hansen airbrush for legs ( several shades )
  • Jergens foam self-tanner
  • Maybelline NY lash discovery mascara in black ( thin wand)
  • Loreal voluminous mascara in black
  • Maybelline “the falsies” lash lift in black ( MY NEW FAVORITE).
  • Maybelline Liner Master Kajal Liner in Black ( upper water line or smokey eye)
  • Maybelline The city mini palette in 540 Diamond District (great neutral shadows and using for contour the gray taupe shade – lmk if you want a video on that).
  • All of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink ( I love the nude color line – but they all are great).
  • NYX That’s the point artistry liner black ( great stay put liner super for aging eyes doesn’t smudge and can do a cat-eye). See photo here all of this makeup used. maybelline nyc, maybelline mascara, maybelline makeup, cvs beauty, nyx liner, nyx makeup, lori tauraso, shes determined to rise, urablankslate, dry run ranch, tom ford beauty, saks fifth ave, neiman marcus, dc city center, kkw lip liner, kkw beauty, kuwtk, maybelline falsies mascara,
  • NYX Angel Veil – perfecting primer
  • Maybelline brow pencil in med brown for brows, eyeliner, lip liner ( a MUST).
  • KKW beauty lip liner, lipstick, blush pallets

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A few other things I mentioned in the video that are not drugstore:

Nurse Jamie face roller, spoons in freezer to de-puff, Westmore beauty body camo, Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer in #2

I hope you try a few of these products and tell me what you think – would love to hear and see your results – tag me on insta @loriannmd

XOXO

First Impressions : Front Doors & All The Trimmings

Let’s Talk Front Doors,

We are finally at that stage where I am finalizing some parts of our new home and right now it’s millwork and doors.  I find myself paying close attention to the details and the “bones” of the house.  Particularly doors trim and windows.  First impressions like the front doors and trim will be very impactful.  I will have two double doors when you enter the home.  Mike and I drew the house plans out ourselves last year and took to our friend Bill Ellison of Caddworks to CAD out an engineer for us.  Along the way, I found I made the home very traditional – very European so to speak.  I call it “French Euro Country”.  I have tons of windows and love the look with a nice size pediment at the front.  The question now is…….glass doors to bring light to the foyer?  Or an old-world lot of millwork solid wood door?  Stained white French oak?

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The look of something old – just brings me so much joy and the front door really can set the tone to your house.  There will be a courtyard that you walk through and a small porch.  I will have a french door at the mudroom entrance it is at the far end of the front elevation see here:elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, lori ann tauraso, mike tauraso visit frederick,

So the question is what kind of statement do I want to make?  The front door sets the tone really is the first impression to your guests, family, and friends.  I already think about how I will decorate it for the holidays.  Our builders (North Market Construction – Frederick, MD) Sent us to TW Perry in Germantown, MD to get siding, windows, doors, and trim.  I gave them a few pics from my Pinterest board here are some favorites:

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This one below is my inspo and envision a big double entry door:  This is my favorite look by far.

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So today after our meeting we decided to go with the solid wood custom door!  It will draw inspiration from the door pictured right above.  I am so over the moon!  It will be stunning and give that rustic old world touch I have been dreaming of from the beginning.  I mean look at the hardware – just imagine it being a matte brass look!  Ahhhhhhhhh

Next, we moved on to trim and I had in my mind to do a really large baseboard from the start.  It is important to note that because it can change the placement of the windows and the types of casing you choose as well.  Mine is a whopping 7 inches high!  YES!  That says solid and European.  If you don’t do this in the planning stages if can be a really costly fix.  We will have some picture frame type molding going up the stairs like this :

You can see all I have used as inspo on my Pinterest Board HERE

My interior doors are similar to these very simple but grand at 8ft tall!

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For my fixtures I am going to do mixed metals but leaning more towards matte brass or satin finish – Rome & Emtek make lovely hardware and thinking to do some door handles like this: elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, elle decor, emtek, rome hardware, elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, AD Magazine, decor, emtek, rome hardware,

 

 

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I am also looking at marble for the large island ( 5ft x 12ft) thick edge no waterfall here and as much marble as I can afford for the master bath.  I am loving the Calcutta viola marble with strong veins and white background.elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, elle decor, emtek, rome hardware, emtek, calacutta viola,

I can hardly stand it – it is so elegant and strong and sexy – just what I want in my bath.  Luxury at its best.  Everything else will be white with matte brass fixtures.  I posted what I fell in love with on my instastories

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Well, a few of the items are finalized but some are still in planning sessions.  I will bring you with me to the local stone yard and we can see slabs in person.

Ciao Bella Until Next Time – xoxo

GO NUDE………The Nudist Guide

Go Nude,

The Nudist Guide to dressing.  I am so in love with Nude in fashion, decor, and makeup.  I am sharing my top picks that you may want to check out for yourself and come on over to the Nude Side of the street.

Shoes are one of my favorite things period.  Nude shoes even more of a thing for me.  They go with everything (great for travel packing), elongate your legs and just look classy and elegant.  Stuart Weitzman does it well.  And I mean very well.  See some of my favorite examples below.  The Nude Collection from SW

They even come in a few shades of Nude to give you the perfect look.  These are a MUST for any closet!

The next one is very pale, not nude per se but called ‘AIR” I love that name – Side note  I’m gonna customize a paint with that name – stay tuned…. for the farm anyone remembers The Tasting Room when I did a remodel its called used to paint outside ( still up today even under new ownership)  “Nip & tuck”  dark almost black with a hint of red!  Sherwin Williams, you can get it too.   

Anywho they are a bit more white but I really like the accessible /walkable heel.

The list would not be complete without the iconic Christian Louboutin – Pigalle Nude red bottom shoes.  They kill your feet but darn look so good.  I had a pair that were too small to start gave them away may get new open toe version.  Cuz I love some red bottom shoes!

so darn pretty…… here are another pair by CL – So classic elegant and I just love them – these are a must in my closet.

 

Below are a pair of my favorite “dad sneakers”  I don’t have them but when they come in my sized again I sure will!

 

One of my all-time best are Mules.  They are easy to walk in – don’t pinch my heel look classic and just plain easy.  Run don’t walk to get yours.

 

Now for some simple nude dresses & clothes easy to mix and match every so KKW…… 

Naked Wardrobe for your basics, dress, swim, bodysuit, etc. Great price point too  click here nude, go nude, tom ford, kkw, naked wardrobe,

 

 

Some classic designer nude, camel, sand color Max Mara does it best for me – hand down.  I was so happy I got my iconic Manuela Icon coat in camel – its the perfect mix of classy, elegant and luxury See it here

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It is by far one of my favorite things Mike ever bought me.  This was always a must for me in my closet!

Now for my favorite Nude lip colors……… Maybelline, KKW, and Tom Ford are my fav’s for this.

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Now Go Get Naked!  Some things are good for Spring Summer but that coat – pre-order yours now!  You will thank me later!

XOXO – TAKE A DEEP BREATH & LOVE YOURSELF – IT’S BEEN ROUGH OUT THERE. 

 

 

 

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