Wednesday, July 9, 2014


So lucky to live close to such great places in our beautiful country.  I have our Nations Capitol 45min away- the great port city of Baltimore, MD 45min - Alexandria, VA 45min away Gettysburg, PA1hr and very close to one of if not my favorite town - Frederick, Maryland!  I cannot say enough about Frederick, Maryland.  It is so charming - it has history - architecture - great dining options - The Tasting Room & Black Hog BBQ my favorites.....both have won "best of" in Frederick Magazine several years in a row (too many to count) Lucky Corner for Thai - The Orchard & Juice Plate for getting your healthy on...... but the shopping downtown is great (don't talk to me about shopping malls in Frederick - because to me there aren't any - period - done - end of story).. but downtown IS JUST FABULOUS! 

HERE ARE MY NOT TO MISS SHOPS - on Patrick St. (say "HI" to owner Hallie +Relish Decor ) on Patrick St. (@jenniferkonev +Silk Burlap knows her stuff) on Market St. (just met the owner 2day used to design for Restoration Hardware - interview/video coming soon) Patrick St. (carry Farrow&Ball paints and wallpapers and Lydia the owner is a Doll - very helpful and knows her way around design) (April started this store years and ago and has been fun to watch it grow and all the visual merchandising awards she has won and carry some pretty "hip" stuff

Below are picture of my visit today to Smokestack Studios and I was sooooo happy I bought two bolster pillows for my new family room and a little ottoman made of linen (photos of that at the end of post)

There are more shops - than I can mention - these are just a few of MY favorites..... contact the chamber or the historical society and go for a visit - you will not be disappointed .  I travel often and to many great places in our nation yet I have to say.... Frederick, your the top's!!!! #ilovefrederickmaryland #shoplocal

Thanks for stopping by & your support and feedback mean a lot - Thank You Again! Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014



Elisabeth Weinstock United States Crossbody
$1,975 via Elisabeth Weinstock

Everyone in New York City takes the subway, even Sarah Jessica Parker.

And for heavy lifting, LC reaches for her Chanel Caviar Jumbo XL Weekender Tote, which looks like it could hold everything I own.

Lauren’s other constant travel companion? Her Balenciaga Weekender BagHave a weekender of your own for $1,845 via Neiman Marcus.

Givenchy hits the spot with the spacious interior and durable construction of this ANTIGONA TOTE BAG - Neiman Marcus

Herschel Supply Co.  "little america" backpack in steel blue from only $100 bucks

This one is perfect for travel - OUI??? Kate Spade

I don't have a white bag if you can believe it.......... eyeing this one for sure by Coach
Or maybe this little number - DKNY Multi wear clutch

Ok enough for me today - this is just the tip of the iceberg people and you know it - I could do handbags and shoes all day long - gotta move on - finish laundry and get ready for trip to #canyonranchmiami for some #healthandfitness - look for posts from Miami and some new videos!  Could be great or epic fail - LOL


Monday, July 7, 2014

I Love Avocados - Never used "tempeh" but gonna give it go!

Vegan Guacamole Burgers 
For this open-faced "burger" recipe, a Portobello mushroom is your "bun" and the "meat" is tempeh. Makes 4 burgers.

3 ripe avocados
1/2 cup cilantro
Juice of 2 lemons or limes
2 Tbsp organic olive oil
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 diced tomato
1 garlic clove (or red onion)
Salt and pepper to taste

Mash the avocados, add garlic (crushed or minced), lemon, olive oil, chopped cilantro,
and remaining ingredients.

1 block of organic tempeh (sliced in half and then in thirds—you want to slice it in
squares like a piece of bread)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 Tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
1/2 tsp chili flakes
Pinch of salt

Marinate tempeh on a plate with all ingredients on top for 10—15 minutes. Grill on high for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.

4 Portobello mushrooms (1 per burger, served open-faced)

Grill on high for 10-15 minutes or until cooked.Place grilled tempeh onto Portobello "bun", add guacamole, and garnish with cilantro.

Recipe from well + GOOD

Friday, July 4, 2014


Have you ever worn pink eye makeup? I own lipsticks, glosses, blushes and nail polishes in every shade of pink going, but rarely has the color reached my eyes. I have used burgundy or rust colors and love the look - makes my blue/green eyes really stand out.  Day-to-day I favour neutral eyeshadow, black liner and if I’m going out or have a meeting I will do more of the "cat-eye liner" look
Last week the DIOR Cosmestics Counter invited me into their Beauty Boutique to sample the new Addict It-Lash collection. And, who am I to say no to an invitation to any beauty event - espically DIOR.  I decided it was the perfect time to try the new hot pink eye makeup.
These latest additions to the Dior Addict collection are It-Lash, an extreme volume mascara, and It-Line, a long-lasting gel eyeliner. They both come in four shades: It-Black, It-Blue, It-Purple and It-Pink. So it's official I am not in love.  So I say...."give it a go!" - line with the pink and then use the black at the lash line for definition and finish with a dark black mascara.  
As you know fashion - food & beauty are my main love's and since I started blogging in 2013 I’ve been lucky enough to meet some incredible makeup artists, learn new tricks and sample the latest product launches.  So although I’m in no way an expert, I have always feed my inner beauty junkie. And if I learned one thing along the way it’s this: some beauty products really are worth the extra spend.
Now, obviously I am not saying you need to spend a fortune to look great.  And you should never let the fashion or beauty industries make you feel like you do. But if you’re going to invest in a few luxury beauty buys how do you know what’s actually worth the extra spend? I went through my beauty stash over the  July 4th holiday and these are some of the products I spend money on without fail…

Foundation: This is probably a no-brainer. I’ve never been able to find a drugstore foundation or tinted moisturiser that I love. I’ve come close a few times, but I think it’s impossible to find “the one” unless you visit a proper department store counter and spend a little extra. If you’re thinking of investing in your first luxury base I’d suggest trying Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Ultra-Light or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
Lip Gloss: I used to despise lip gloss. But that was because I’d only experienced cheap formulas or those horrible glue-like freebies from 17 and Bliss magazine, so I was judging it unfairly. It was only when I discovered the lip gloss offering at AERIN that my mind was changed. A good gloss doesn’t feel sticky or gooey, and should be comfortable enough to wear all day long. YSL  and Chanel also have great offerings.
Top Coat: A good top coat will give your at-home mani/pedi extra millage and also create a professional-looking gloss. Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat is my personal favourite.
Fake Tan: There’s a reason a bottle of St. Tropez self tan costs more than whatever’s on special offer at your local drugstore. Premium fake tans simply do a much better job (in my experience) than the bargain buys. My favourites are the St.Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Clinique Body Tinted Lotion.
Eye Shadow Palettes: An Urban Decay Naked palette is a very smart beauty investment, as it will last for ages and you can create an endless supply of looks. If you’re not a fan of shimmer try the Naked Basics selection instead, which features six wear-anywhere shades. Charlotte Tilbury’s colour-coded quads are also really impressive and make great gifts.
Well all - I am gonna run and try to catch the fireworks tonight - or make my own!!!!!!!! Wink Wink - I hope your July 4th is wonderful - because I think you all are!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July Fashion


Well, it's officially summer! Happy July 4th to you and your family! I hope this fun time of the year creates lifelong memories, fun in the sun, and some days of rest and relaxation. After all, we work too hard during the year not to take time off to sit back and enjoy what life is about. Wherever this summer takes you, I hope it's wonderful & fabulous - Like You!  

See below some travel - tips/tools - beauty ideas - BBQ entertaing ideas!  #cheers #ilovefrederickmaryland

All-American Nail Art

We all love the classic stars and stripes motif, but I decided to try out a more modern version of the Americana theme for this Independence Day. I used three shades of Illamasqua nail varnish,RuthlessScorch, and Noble. The only other tool you'll need is a striping brush, which you can pick up at any beauty supply store. 


I started using packing cubes recently and whoaaaaa, what a difference in how organized I feel! Sorting items by category into cubes while traveling makes packing, unpacking, and getting dressed so much easier and faster. Not to mention, they are total space savers in the suitcase. There is nothing like feeling efficient when you travel!

If you are traveling with documents (folders, print-outs, books, magazines, passport, checks), this is the best way to store them while on the move! This is a weather-proof (won't get wet or melt!) and indestructible poly-envelope that's made from vinyl and perfect for all types of documents! The zipper is extra-smooth, the outside can be labeled, the material is smooth (not "sticky" like other vinyl), it comes in two-sizes, AND it's foldable when not in use! 


Show your patriotic spirit with red, white and blue dessert recipes perfect for July 4th potlucks, picnics and parties. 
Recipes click link

Forth Fashion's - They don't have to be boring........

4th of July Fashion

Monday, June 23, 2014


Hello Dahhhlings,

There are a few people who I just watch to see what they wear..Victoria Beckham, Marion Cotillard (rarely seen in anything other than Dior) Yasmin Sewell Ciara.  Just to name a few However, I just adore Olivia Palermo's put together - yet looks so effortless.  It's what we all strive for right?  Oh...."this old thing?" "I just grabbed the first thing I could find."  Well at least I strive for that.   I hate to see or feel myself uncomfortable in what I wear.  It shows all over your composure  - in how you walk, talk, carry yourself all together....  Right?  You know it when you have seen that person - the outfit, bag, shoes are great but they look "OFF" like they don't wannna move in it - not comfortable in their own skin.  Nothing classic or sexy about that.

Well that is not Olivia's problem.  I can call her Olivia because I look at all her pictures so much and follow her style so we are on a first name basis.
Here are just a few recent styles I love.

  • PHOTO: Splash NewsWe love this dainty red paisley dress.
    Similar style: Diane Von Furstenberg Carpreena Mini Floral Stamp Dress ($425)

    Denim on Denim looking Fab....
    PHOTO: Splash News
    Add polish to a denim-on-denim look by tucking in your top.
    Similar style: J. Crew Denim Western Shirt ($88) in Pale Indigo; Current/Elliott The Perfect Cotton-Chambray Shirt ($200)

    Invest in a bold orange dress or top this summer.
    Similar style: Elizabeth and James Magdalena Flare Dress ($131) in Tangelo

    PHOTO: Tom Meinelt / Splash News
    Mix white and off-white in your next outfit for a day-in-the-city polished look.
    Similar style: Vince Button Down Blouse ($295) in Ivory; Paige Denim Jeans Skyline Ankle Peg Jeans ($152) in Optic White

    Also her makeup is flawless - the smokey eye, or simple red lip, often with hair back...... yes Miss Palermo you are doing it right - thank you for the inspiration! 


    BTW:  Received several of the Ben Nye Powders as well as"EYES TO KILL" mascara from Giorgio Armani - will let you know my thoughts....

    Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, June 16, 2014

Some of The Most Iconic Movie Sunglasses of All Time—and How to Get the Looks

Hope you all love the pics & info!  Who doesn't love a great pair of shades - they do more than protect from the sun... sometimes the hide a mulituted of sins (not that any of us have any).  Remember to take care of those peepers our yours!  Happy Sunning
Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix
Let’s stop a moment and give thanks for the fact that The Matrix was made well over a decade before Google Glass had invaded our consciousness: In this film’s version of dystopia, at least, you can still look good. As Keanu Reeves’s hacker counterpart, Carrie-Anne Moss was the ultimate sexy cyberpunk in Catwoman-sleek black leather and, of course, concealed behind the ubiquitous narrow dark frames that were armor in the matrix. After the film, Moss said, “I can’t wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognize me.”

Simone Rocha patent lace coat, $3,155

Marni oval sunglasses, $398

Oribe Rock Hard Gel, $38

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
A Givenchy LBD and an outrageously long cigarette holder are but two of the instruments of reinvention for escaped Southern girl Audrey Hepburn as she window-shops and scales the social ladder in New York City. For the penultimate disguise, just add Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses.

Kenneth Jay Lane rhodium-tone, faux pearl and crystal necklace, $190

Saint Laurent classic 23 sunglasses in matte black acetate with brown lenses, $350 

Balenciaga open-back crepe dress, $2,095

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan
Punk drifter Susan (Madonna) exists in multiple underground worlds, consorting with mobsters, musicians, magicians, clubbers, Aidan Quinn, and Richard Hell—all of whom recognize her by her trademark jacket with its giant embroidered pyramid that is, until it falls into the hands of Roberta (Rosanna Arquette). When you find you’ve lost your signature style—that single piece that truly defines you—perhaps the best way to preserve a sense of self is to go incognito instead in a pair of classic dark shades.

What Goes Around Comes Around vintage Chanel charm necklace, $3,850

3.1 Phillip Lim black acetate sunglasses, $295

Hood by Air HBA block tee, $240

Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger
When one is agelessly beautiful Catherine Deneuve playing an agelessly beautiful vampire (alongside David Bowie and Susan Sarandon), only a few sustaining essentials are required: blood, naturally, and a respite from the all-punishing sun, here in the form of perennially stylish silver-trimmed cat-eyes.

Eddie Borgo spiked urn gold-plated pendant necklace, $471

Adam Lippes chain-embellished silk-georgette gown, $1,470

Tom Ford Grace sunglasses, $425

Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise
Going fugitive, after all, should be a good time. Susan Sarandon’s oversize cat-eyes, and accompanying scarf, are as perfect for eluding the law as they are for joyriding cross-country in your Ford Thunderbird convertible with your best-friend sidekick (Geena Davis).

Laura Mercier lip colour shimmer in coral, $24

Barton Perreira Ronette cat-eye sunglasses, $525

Givenchy Madonna silk square scarf, $360

Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise in Top Gun
Reflect for a moment on the fact that 360,000 people were so moved by the sight of Tom Cruise lip-synching to Bob Seger in his underwear in Risky Business that they went out and bought Wayfarers. Thank God he met his match in Top Gun, and switched to the aviators that complement Kelly McGillis’s aviator pair: Sunglasses diffuse the tension simmering between the two in this hot-for-flight-school-teacher romance.

Foundwell two-tone women’s Rolex Oyster zephyr dial riveted bracelet, $4,850

Ray-Ban Caravan sunglasses, $130

Victoria Beckham Denim stretch-cotton t-shirt, $185

Jodie Foster and Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
The wedge sandals, cropped top, curled hair, short shorts, and floppy hat could’ve belonged to any suburban teenager in the mid-seventies, but add the protective factor a pair of giant sunglasses provides, and Jodie Foster’s Iris is ready to walk (yes, ahem, professionally) the grittiest streets of then-very-gritty Manhattan—from which the toughest cabbie of all time, his mirrored Ray-Ban Caravans shielding him from the world, tries to rescue her.

Seafarer Calypso mid-rise boot-cut jeans, $326

Linda Farrow circle sunglasses in yellow gold, $1,066

Rochas 140mm printed cotton pumps, $875

Jane Fonda in Klute
After being staked out by detective John Klute, high-dollar call girl Bree Daniel finds herself on the case as well, surreptitiously helping to solve the mystery of a colleague’s disappearance. How better to go undercover than in Jane Fonda’s superobvious oversize ’70s frames?

Proenza Schouler medium leather bag, $2,025

Marc Jacobs rimless sunglasses, $395

Missoni natural brown haircalf pencil skirt, $1,985

I loved looking through the vintage glasses, clothes and bags.......


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Patio lights -

Evening All,  

A quick little post I wanted to share.  I was sitting outside this evening  thinking how the design my back patio will go - not much space and the grading is horrible so will have to be cleaver with space planning.  For now it is still in my mind with some very basic sketches. Anyway, it got me thinking about decor and how I will entertain and I don't know about you but I just adore those Italian style string Patio Lights!  Oh so romantic - 

You most likely already have white twinkle lights on hand (and who among us doesn't have a giant ball of tangled twinkle lights in the garage/basement / attic - holiday decor box right now?)  this project will cost you very little...... 

I do have some of the rattan ball string lights from Target that I have never used and are still in the box for over 3 years - why? I don't know... anyway they are coming out this summer BUB.  However, they are a little on the pricey side for outdoor lights that I don't know how often I will use.  Also I need about 4 more strands out there for example, this was $27.95 from Target.  My solution "dahlings" ........ keep reading.

$27.95  SAY WHAT?..............

Your local discount store  should have them.  The Dollar Tree by me sells these grapevine balls by the bag. They come in two sizes. I used the larger size, which is about 3" in diameter, just because that would vary with the one's I already have.

They're cool inside or outside and the little spheres can be spray-painted any color you like before they're popped onto the twinkle lights. For the most part, the balls hold on just fine without any help, but you can apply a little hot glue to keep them more secure.

Happy DIYing everyone!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ok so I have a little problem.......
I am obsessed with Mango's & not just your regular Mango's - the Ataulfo (aht-ah-uhl-foe) Mango.  It only recently gained popularity in the United States. It has a smooth, creamy flesh, a small thin pit and holds the title of many people’s favorite variety of mango - mine included.
So when this seasonal fruit hits the stores, it’s mango madness. 4 for $5bucks +Wegmans.  So either try some soon or get out of my way and let me at em’!
Here are a few of my favorite tips, tricks and recipes to savor this magnificent mango.  My husband Mike Tauraso ( chef/restaurateur The Tasting Room & Black Hog BBQ) got me hooked on these a few years back and he cuts them like no body's business.  There is an art to slicing fruit and salad..... sounds funny but it's true!!!!! Honest (I don't just say that so he will cut all my fruit and make the salad's....or do I?) 
How To Pick A Mango Peak season for Ataulfo mango's is from March to June. When fully ripe, their skins turn from green to deep golden yellow and feel soft to the touch. (Tip: Pick up a case and get a discount. Once you taste one, buying a case seems like a very good idea!)
How To Cut A Mango
1. Slice off the two “cheeks” on either side of the flat oblong mango pit. 2. With a knife, gently cut a crisscross pattern into the cut sides of each “cheek,” taking care not to cut through the skin. Repeat with other side. 3. Turn both sides inside out and remove the inverted cubes of mango from the skin . . . or eat as-is!
Mango-licious Recipe Ideas Now that you can successfully pick the perfect mango and safely cut it, let’s cook! Here are some fuss-free ways to savor this wonderful little pieces of heaven.
Sweet and spicy fruit cups: Sprinkle mango, pineapple and jicama with chile-spiked salt and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve street-food style in a cup with a skewer for easy eating.
Beverages: The Ataulfo’s lack of stringy fibers make it easy to purée making mango drinks a breeze.
  • Smoothie: mango, yogurt and fruit juice plus more fruits and veggies
  • Agua Fresca: mango, water, lime juice and agave nectar (add your favorite spirit for a tropical cocktail)
  • Lassi: mango, milk, yogurt and dashes of sugar and cardamom
Salsa: Dice mangos, red peppers ( I skip due to allergies), jalapeños and onion. Add chopped cilantro and lime juice to serve with chips, tacos or grilled foods. Hint: add chopped cooked shrimp and chill for a delicious version of ceviche.
Desserts: Bake mangos into tarts, cobblers, tea breads and muffins or add diced or puréed mangos to sorbets, rice pudding and frozen pops.

So you see I am definitely Sweet on Mangos!!!!
Ck out this blog post by offbeat and inspired that I found.  Even more great recipes