Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quick Post Re: Goodwill Fashion Show

HI All,
Boy what a busy time I've had past couple of weeks  - little delay in this post but I just got some pictures and wanted to share information on event that I was part of the other Friday night for Goodwill of Monocacy Valley Maryland +Goodwill Industries International, Inc. 


SECOND RUNWAY - It featured a red carpet entrance, an on-site Goodwill boutique, a chance to bid on fabulous auction items, gourmet food and spirits from local businesses.  A big shout out to my very own Black Hog Bbq for food donation as well as great auction basket.  There was music, and a high energy runway fashion show, including models with “familiar” faces from the community.  That's were I came in..... I used the term community model very loosely people.  HA
Guests were encouraged to bring a donation for Goodwill and be entered to win a prize.
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All proceeds benefited Goodwill’s Youth Program 
which supports students with developmental disabilities to explore future career possibilities through vocational assessments, job tours, job shadows, and placement into employment in their area of interest.

Tickets just but all sold out for the event and while it was a great cause - boy was it hard for me.  I get so nervous doing things like this.  People who know me understand how clumsy I am and the runway not an easy gig for those of us who are not used to it for sure.  But "YEAH LORI" - I didn't fall!  We had a record night and the gift basket and food we donated were a huge success.  So ok I was happy to "take one for the team" .

The hair and makeup team were fantastic - thanks to you all from Jordan K Winn out of Urbana Maryland for some lovely Texas worthy curls!  It was FABULOUS DAHHHLING!

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I found the dress at Goodwill and the jacket, tights and ankle boots were my own.  The dress was a little on the young side for me - but tried to make it work.  Reminded me of the Kate Spade number that was out last year.  Again it was my pleasure and honor to be a part of this event.  Lots of money was raised for the youth program!

Ok just touching base and playing catch up on events this past month!
CHEERS,
XOXO LORI







Trying Something New For Dinner

Hello,
Whew - home sweet home!  I always enjoy a quick getaway and adore nice hotels.  Four Seasons in Baltimore is no exception! 
After my birthday food extravaganza in Baltimore ..... my body went into shock.  I do not usually eat such rich foods or have so many rich items in such a short amount of time.  Seriously - Delicious Peking Duck Sunday night - Monday off to the Four Seasons for grilled bread with mascarpone cheese with ricotta & honey butter.  Than tuna tartare - dinner at chef Cindy Wolfe's Charleston's in Baltimore - amuse bouche of cauliflower soup.  Followed by steak tartare, snails on bed of grits with green butter sauce, foie gras and piece of birthday cake!  We are not done yet.... followed by the next morning of room service of Eggs Benedict and ending with lunch at Tio Peppi's bread & butter and there famous snails in green butter and garlic, spicy camaron's (shrimp).  By the time we were almost home I was as green as the snails.  Literelly so I am scaling back - doing my chinese herbal teas, smoothies and lots of veggies.  My body is not meant to eat like that - I don't know anyone's who's is except for Mike's.  He was fine - no problems there.  So he is not cleansing LOL.  I found this and thought it's a happy medium. It's a veggie entrée and thought it would be great this week as I wean off butter bread cheese and raw meat!  
TAAAH  DAAAAAHHHH! - more healthy foods and snacks to follow this week.  
Roasted cauliflower? Been there, done that. But roasting a whole head of cauliflower?  Now you have my attention Sir.  This recipe has me slathering cauliflower in a spicy yogurt marinade and roasting it at a high temperature. They say the result is an amazingly delicious dish that’s as dramatic in presentation as it is easy in preparation. Maybe I can serve it with a big green salad (lime juice and olive oil for the dressing) for an easy healthy supper or your next “Oh my - the vegetarians are coming to dinner".

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 head cauliflower
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chile powder 
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.
4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. (Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with meat, fish or other veggies.)
5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big green salad.

BTW here is my birthday surprise from the hubby!  Can't believe it - adore how great it looks in the house.  It's something I'd never splurge and buy myself - so thanks baby!


GIVE IT A TRY AND LET ME KNOW!  
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI




Sunday, November 16, 2014

SUNDAY BRUNCH

WHAT'S ON YOUR AGENDA TODAY.....
SUNDAY BRUCH

Vero Moda long sleeve shirt, $37 / Checkered top / Frame Denim blue jeans, $320 / Christian Louboutin heels & pumps / Brunello Cucinelli scarve, $400 / Flower pot / Diptyque scented candle / Let's Do Brunch Cookbook

THINK I AM GONNA WORKOUT HAVE A LIGHT BRUNCH - THAN HIT "SPA WORLD" OR THE SAUNA @ THE GYM - NEED TO RECOVER FROM A BUSY LONG DAY FRIDAY & SAT. ( THE HUBBY UP IN MOUNTAINS EARLY BUT DID MENTION BIRTHDAY SHOPPING FOR YOURS TRULY TODAY MAY BE IN CARDS....)

I WAS HONORED TO DO THE MAKEUP FOR MY DEAR FRIEND SONYA ( SHE - LOOKED STUNNING) & ATTEND HER WEDDING - BUSINESS STUFF - SENDING OUT INVITES FOR MIKE'S PARTY AND ARRANGING THE WhoWhatWear HOLIDAY DECOR FOR TR & BLACK HOG -  ENJOY YOUR DAY ALL - MAKE THE MOST OF IT!  CHEERS!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gearing Up For Mike's 50th B-day Party

GOOD MONDAY MORNING,
So I have a little over 3 weeks before Mike tuns 50 and I was able to finally lock him down (only took a year) as to what we would do.  (BTW - my bday, my daughters bday and thanksgiving all before this event.....)  We are going to have about 30 people here at the house for hors d'oeurve's - cocktails - mocktails - possibly with some kind of "Roast".  Than later that weekend - small family party at his mom's house - than topping it off with a fishing trip for Mike and his buddies - not too shabby MR.T!

For the party I am going to go with subtle 70's theme.
He loves the music from the 70's and we will be dressing with a little nod to that era.  ( just a little) I am looking online now for a velour track suit for him to wear in Navy or dark brown.  That says 70's Italian right?  "Forget about it!" We are trying to locate his white gold necklace I bought years ago a little snug now & expand it.  Thinking I will try and add links to top the look off.  Ooooo Pinky ring - will hit pawn shop for that little gem.

However it's been a little hectic planning this with our people due to the time of year, but it will all come together Im sure.

So on my agenda today
1.  emailing/txt/calling with save the date info.
2.  Working on the invitations (handmade by yours truly) from things I purchased at +Paper Source
3.  Arranging the hanging & installation of new light fixture + dimmers everywhere
4.  Talking to staff for that night  (Julie and our Exec. Chef Daniel from TR)
5.  Tee Shirts Made up for Staff
5.  Creating music playlist
6.  Hunting for accessories for the house (vases, side tables hanging some pictures).
7.  Getting the Bar set up.
8.  Starting video birthday journal for Mike - shhhhhhhhhhh (using my new +GoPro )
So I thought this would be a good time to share these great things I have stubbled across.....

How To: Style A Vintage Bar
I can't hide my love for a good bar setup: we go absolutely nuts for good, old fashioned, vintage-inspired bar carts and barware–and love pairing them with a well thought-out cocktail menu. Your place need not be a Draper-style penthouse to host a classy bar: a simple bar cart doesn’t take up much space and is an essential for any festive home or apartment. Here I bring you our 3 easy steps to outfitting your bar, and a recipe or two to celebrate the finished look with! 
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Remember different cocktails and beverages call for different glasses: stock your setup with the right kid of glassware for the drinks you specialize in serving. I hit +HomeGoods on a regular basis and my favorite local stop +Relish Decor to get perfect glassware.  If you have a good relationship with the store talk to them about your plans and wish list.  If you don't have one - get one!  Remember have FUN with this - IT'S A PARTY!
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A good bar isn’t complete without the proper accoutrements: ice buckets, cocktail stirrers, and tea towels and of course add some flowers.  These are all fun and functional accessories to complement your cart. 
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I am trying to come up with a signature cocktail for the party - any thoughts send them my way.  
This should keep me busy don't ya think.....
Oh yeah - throw a work out, shopping, computer class, update social media platforms for business I take care of + creating new business cards....

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thai Salad - "Xixy" aka Delicious - alittle piece of heaven

 This is what you will need for the dressing:
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Mix the lime juice of 1 1/2 limes - add tsp chili paste, ( add's sodium) 1Tb vinegar, 1tea garlic pwdr, 1/2 tea ginger pwdr, 1/2 tea soy, (go light on soy always you add more later)1small Tb of Sriracha, 1lg tsp of honey, 10 grinds black pepper, 1 1/2 Tb of sesame seeds and 8-10 dashes of fish sauce (go sparingly add more to taste - this is a key ingredient really gives that great flavor). 1 tea + of sesame oil.

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Whisk together and voila - perfect Thai dressing!  You can add grilled steak or chicken - or have just veggies - this time its steak!  
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Enjoy & let me know what you think.  BTW the dressing will last several days covered in the fridge!  #cheers  #eatathome

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Second Round Of A #30dayworkoutchallenge - getting off to slow start.......

Ok - So it's Novemeber 4th and I am on day 3 of my 2nd round of a #30dayworkoutchallenge.  Trying to "amp it up" this time.  Yet I don't have the same "mojo" as before.  Maybe I should've really bought myself those shoes after I completed the first one but I felt like it was sooo much.  I couldn't pull the trigger on $1K for shoes.  Anyway, I digress..... here are some of the talks I have with myself when getting up and trying to make myself workout.  It is a constant battle.   Here is a  peak inside & the battle in my mind......
In my dark, quiet bedroom my iPhone alarm disturbs the peace.  I fumble for phone and squint in disbelief at the time.
1. Seriously? I swear I just went to bed.
2. Five more minutes. Okay, 10. I’ll get dressed fast…
Hits snooze. Cue snoring. Jump 10 minutes into the future.
3. Shut UP, Phone!  I have GOT to change my alarm sound.  I want Antonio Banderas voice waking me up from now on.....
Turns over lost in covers
4. Maybe I can skip today. I went yesterday.
5. You’ll regret it. Just get up.
6. But I went yesterday…
7. Yeah, you should sleep. Sleep makes you skinny. 

I Defiantly snuggle deeper under the covers.
9. When did my bed get so comfortable?  
10. When else are you going to do it Lori?
11. Ugh, fine. I’m up. There’s no falling back to sleep now anyway.
Cue alarm
12. Damn it, Phone! I said I’m getting up.
I Finally get out of bed.
13. The SUN isn’t even out yet.
14. Coffee… must get coffee…
I Fumble through closet.
15. Does this even match? Whatever, at least I’m going. 

16. Thank GOD for caffeine.
Still half outta it from melatonin, workout begins.
17. This sucks. Why am I doing this?
18. Okay, just go slow. Better than nothing! (this is my catch phase...like it?)
Halfway through the workout
19. Ah, yes, finally: Endorphins!
20. This song rocks—totally going to Spotify it.
Workout ends
21. I’m awesome!
22. Life is great!
23. I love everyone!
24. So glad I didn’t stay in bed!
25.Oh Man … did I really wear that?

So gang - this is my daily conversation in my head - if you see me out and about talking to no one don't be scared I'm fine - just probably trying to talk myself into or out of something.....
CHEERS & THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI  


Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Weekend Style

Hi All,
Brrrrrrrr........It's officially here - the cool weather.  We had almost 80 degrees last week now freeze warnings at night and I LOVE IT!  One of my favorite things about this part of the country is the changing seasons.  I change the decor - change my closet out - and cook tons of comfort food!  Here is a few items that I feel represent Fall.  Some I have and some I wish for......

My Fall Weekend Style

Friday, October 31, 2014

Did Someone Say "NAP TIME"

I have been off my game this week - not sure why.  I have exercised each day - but not like I was during my challenge - we did travel a lot last weekend (driving to Ashville, NC and back) but still....I hate not having any energy.  Too much to do.  I have been on the go from morning until eve. for quit awhile now I know,  yet usually this doenst effect me.

How do you stay energized?
I eat fairly well.  Giving into my sugar cravings only a little - LOL
 
 try and go to sleep at decent times each night 10:30 or so but today its barely 1:30 in the afternoon and I am gonna take a nap!  Maybe listen to a motivation/ relaxation tape on my iPad - yeah - back in a while folks..... lets hope this works.  Below are the Bella Notte Linens that cover my comfy cozy bed - the same dark cool relaxing colors.

What the.....WOW - my body was tired I didn't take a nap, I was down.  I slept for almost two hours.  I felt like Rip Van Winkle.  LOL  Sometimes I guess you have to just do what your body wants and mine wanted so sleep.  Hmmm not sure what to do it's 3:45 pm and I was supposed to film a steak video and take pictures downtown - ummm guess that's not happening.

However Sonya the beautiful bride that I have the pleasure of doing a 2nd run through with tomorrow will be happy I am rested and ready to go.  Plus I have a lot to prepare for Halloween.  I am fortunate enough to put things on the back burner sometimes..... except dinner.  Below is a fast dinner I want to share!  Cheers!


INA'S SIMPLE HERBED SALMON

Here at BLANK SLATE I love the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, so I am sharing her recipe of simple herbed salmon. Serve with basmati rice, salad & you have yourself filling, healthy yummy meal!
You'll Need:
- ½ cup minced parsley
- ½ cup of dill
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- 1.5 pounds of salmon
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- S + P
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Place salmon in a roasting dish and generously add salt and pepper to each side
3. Add lemon juice and drizzle olive oil
4. Let sit for 15 minutes
5. Dress both sides with herbs
6. Add dry white wine, then roast for 10-12 minutes
7. Cover tightly with foil, let sit for 10 minutes
8. Enjoy!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY & SEE YOU LATER WITH ALL THE HALLOWEEN FUN!
XOXO LORI

Monday, October 27, 2014

Some ideas for Halloween - the first one is my favorite!
A BABY BIRKIN..... WHAAAATTTT - I can't afford a real Birkin - but this version is even better!

I already showed you on my post from the 16th of Oct. my sugar skull makeup that I am doing but here is another wonderful idea from +Kandee Johnson (love her) she is transformed into +Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games - see the video
Now some glam additions to any costume...... all sorts of lashes my dears!

Or how about a cool and sexy eye mask?  (not just for Halloween, right?)

I found some at local Theater Shop - +Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores - +Charming charlie and +Topshop or you can make your own - Oh yeah +Party City had a great assortment!

What are you giving out this year?  In giving full size candy bars maybe some Hershey bars and mini +Coca-Cola !  Yeah baby "go big or go home!" LOL  I am gonna hit up my local +CVS/pharmacy with these coupons - Hershey's-coupons also may reach out to the company directly for $$$$ 

Gonna run - Monday and tons to do this week.  Really helping me staying organized with linking my Gmail calendar to my phone etc... for reminders - check out FB later today to see the winner I choose this past Friday the 24th of the "SELFIE SNAP"  giveaway! 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Loving Right Now

Came across these sites, people, photo's etc and am in love - and mad crushing over!  Thanks to all of you who inspire me everyday!  Ok here are a few things on my radar.

WENDY CONCANNON: Here photography and these ACRYLIC FRAMES - so many choices need something for home and @trrestaurant

Next we have the wonderful blogger who's photography tips just made my day - just ordered the manifesto tripod you will see below and info on the link HERE +Pizzazzerie . Such clear information - really appreciate it and the pictures and DIY are great!


Now Courtney's blog took me to - +Bridget Edwards new book and I will be using this for Mike's big 50th B-day this December!


Bridget Edwards shares her cookie decorating and baking expertise on her blog, Bake at 350, which was named one of the top five baking blogs by Better Homes and Gardens in 2014 and receives more than 350,000 visitors per month.  In addition to Bake at 350, Bridget runs a blog called University of Cookie that features video tutorials on cookie decorating.  Bridget’s cookies have been featured on MarthaStewart.comPioneer WomanBonAppetitit.comCake Spy, and in Woman’s Worldmagazine. Follow her on twitter at @bakeat350tweets  - see all this inspiration!  Truly wonderful!

Next on my list is:  Kate Sommervile - 
I attend the +Neiman Marcus beauty trend show this past weekend.  (Lots of fun) and I was happily re-introduced to a good ol'friend of mine - EXFOLIKATE - BY KATE SOMERVILLE - if you haven't tried this you are missing out.  It's truly a wonder and don't know why I didn't replace mine sooner.  She also has expanded her line of products to include several anti aging creams & a oxygen serum - which I need ASAP!  I didn't win the gift basket (never lucky that way) by my new friend Arienne did.  It was filled with all the new goodies Kate's line is offering.  Be sure to stop by a counter and get your sample.  You can thank me later!  Will come in handy as we roll into the Holiday Season.
Also here are some of my absolute favorites as far as makeup goes....
Urban Decay Eyeshadow/liner Primer - game changer
YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Is A Dream
Loreal True Match used for contouring 
Well gang this is all for now - remember to comment on my posts and all social media platforms - I will be picking a "Selfie Snap" winner this Friday!  Good Luck to you and thanks for all the support and follows - It's been really fun and rewarding meeting so many great people!


THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI