Monday, September 29, 2014

Have You Ever Been "Glamping"

Helloooooooo Everyone,

I was asked the other day if I like the outdoors?  Well of course I do!  I love the beach, my bike rides, walks in the park & a little bit of hiking, deep sea fishing & skiing.  I think that should answer the question with a resounding "YES"!  Than we went on to talk about camping...... Ahhhhhhh that kind of "outdoors"..... Ummmm NO!  That is not quite my idea of fun.  I have been a couple times - years ago and it was not good.  We didn't have the right gear (camping can be pricey people).  It got cold - I slept in the back of a friends pickup truck with sleeping bag all the while thinking a bear was going to get me.  I got bitten by bugs - food was bad - no real bathrooms and most everyone sat around and drank because not much elso to do.  Needless to say this is not a good impression of camping.  So I wondered If I could ever come around - than it hit me.  "GLAMPING" glamours camping people.    Did you know there is such a thing?

Here is what I found - feel free to share if you've done this, plan to or want to.  The first place is in Montana & called - PAWS UP reminds me of the movie Out of Africa . I would go here for sure. I wonder if they have a Robert Redford type to wash my hair........ ?
That's a tent!

Pillows and warm blankets.....

I mean look at that bath tub - that's a little piece of Heaven

Than there is Fireside In Jackson hole - Tents as well as adorable Mini Ski Cabins.

The Ski Cabin reminds me of The Crib an "enviresponsible shelter located close to my home on the grounds of the Stathmore Rockville, Maryland - I went by there today ironically below are my photos but check out their site.

BTW - I started a design 20 some years ago of a one big open space home - 2 sided fireplace in the middle as a divider - I'll post my drawings later....  Now I'm thinking not only a 2 sided fireplace but make it 2 stories high so the loft bedroom would have a fire place too..... Hmmmm if you think it - it can be done!

Thanks for stopping by,
Here are some of the things I'd pack for my little adventure "Glamping"


Red wall art / Happy Jackson A6 Great Ideas Notebook, $11 / Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Camera with EF-S 18-55mm... / Rails green top / Boots / The Travel Book A Journey through Every Country in the World / : Schwinn Women's High Timber Mountain Bike, Silver, Small... / : Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Scoop Sleeping Bag... / Coleman Oversize Quad Chair with Cooler Red / Cutter Skinsations 6 Oz Insect Repellent Pump Spray 7% Deet 54010 / Rubbermaid 10-Quart Personal Ice Chest Cooler, Red:... / : Cricket 5-minute no match Firestarter 20 count : Patio,... / : Duraflame 00987 Stax 3 Count Crackling Fire Logs : Fire... / Life Gear LG447 3 in 1 Glow LED Lantern 8:Amazon:Home Improvement

P.S.  Day 9 of my #30dayworkoutchallenge rode my bike 5miles 
This was my view at the end of my ride - when you stop and look around It's amazing at all the beauty you find!  

Sunday, September 28, 2014


A little inspiration to kick off the week.  I saw this outfit from J. Crew's site  a while ago and have been saving it as a “re-create” file for fall dressing (been doing this since I was pre-teen - I'm sure many of you do this too). It’s nothing fancy  but be honest, when you work from home - I need something to inspire me.  Besides I made a "Proclamation" earlier this month, NO MORE YOGA PANTS AS DAILY "UNIFORM"  I told my husband too and he cracked up.  Mike was like "I'm so glad you said that" - he complimented my body but went on to say "yeah - the whole workout wear everyday not great!"  OUCH - painful but true and I knew it.  I have all these clothes, shoes, accessories and I was stuck in this rut.  It was so easy - kindda like being able to wear your P.J.'s out of the house. The really embarrassing part was that I was not even working out!  HAHA.  

So I have changed both of those things. Today is DAY 9 -  of my #30dayworkoutchallenge and I only wear "workout clothes" when exercising - allowed an hour before and after - that's it!  I encourage you to join me!!!! I am headed to the container store today to grab a garnet rack & clothing steamer.  So I will play with my clothes and create new looks each day!  Can you say....."INSTAGRAM"  
I really like this outfit - put together but not over the top.  It’s the perfect outfit for errands  - lunch with friends or strolling down Market St. / new IPHONE by my side! 

How was everyone’s weekend?  I had such a wonderful time planning and celebrating my mother in-laws 75 surprise b-day party.  I ate way too much, am exhausted - so worth it to see her expression!  
Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Work It Baby!

So I have begun this personal #30dayworkoutchallenge.  It is not hosted by a company or anything like that - It's just my own idea.  As I mentioned in past posts - I purchased a Nordic-Track Treadmill and really love it.  Yet like most of the time I was all "gung-ho" than lost my mojo.  I also really was brutal in editing my closet and refuse to hold onto things that don't really fit me anymore.  Yet I knew I wanted to get new "classic" pieces so I should get in better shape to really look good in them.

I by no means have lots of weight to lose - if any.  Just tone up - get my cardio back on track - ya know take care of myself.  I am blessed enough to be turning 45 in Nov. and have not had the full stress tests etc. done.  I have always been told I am healthy - blood pressure, weight ya know all the norms but I wanted to really get in shape for ME.  While scheduling my full workup of tests.  If there happen to be any positive side effects I'm all for it.

This is day 6 and I just completed 45 min of cardio and a small arm workout (need big help in that dept. - can you say "flapping in the wind"?).  It is making me feel great!  I also am a gal who needs some sort of incentive - hence the fancy shoes I will buy myself after the 30 days are up and I have succeed.  I have been saving up for these for quite sometime.  I encourage you to join me if you want and share your photo's, stories, recipes, music playlists.....everything with me!  It will be fun.

I am not really dieting either - however I find when I really start to workout my eating habits become a bit more healthy as well.  Don't get me wrong I don't sacrifice, If I want some dessert Im gonna have it.  Just maybe only 2 bites.  #moderation - #whatwouldlennydo (right Michele?)  this is how I am trying to live.  Im not perfect but each day I get to start over and try again.  I'll post more healthy meal ideas too.  You know I love my soups! 

Here Is A Small Sample Of My Playlist 
Britney Spears - Work Work
JLO - Let's get loud
Village People - YMCA
INXS - Suicide Blonde
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
ELO - Hold on tight
Aliicia Bridges - I love the nightlife
The Romantics - What I like about you
Activator - Let the bodies hit the floor (my son picked this one - hard core - but I love the beat!)
Will Smith - Getting' Jiggy wit it
Michael Jackson - Shake your body

If you have any others please share!  Have a great Thursday!  Also gonna do a juice cleanse next week.  My friend Melissa suggested jus by Will give you my review!  #cheers


Sunday, September 21, 2014

All Over The Place These Days.......

Hi Everyone,

Missed ya lots - I got your messages and my apologies it has been a while since my last post.  I am OK it's just been hectic and my ADD really kicked in!  Boy I didn't realize how much I miss sharing everything with you all.  Thank you all for your concern etc... I have been working on a lot of great posts - videos - etc.  Getting some great education at a few seminars and attending my BOD meetings (gearing up for Xmas busy for Non-profits ) one of which is the The Women's Giving Circle Of Frederick.  We just had our bi-monthly luncheon.  Below myself with Hermine Bernstein of Blessings In A Backpack.  Such a great project - $100 feeds a child for I think 1 years worth of backpack snack foods!!!  Something to that effect - so check it out  it's a no brainier.  I am trying to see how I can possibly help out more.  It was such a pleasure to be at the lunch.

Each time I try and sit somewhere else.  A table where I know no one.  Really getting me out of my comfort zone. It's amazing the women I meet!  Hermine is about 15 years my senior but our lives have such similarities and she was telling me all she did at my age... all the things I want to do at this new "stage" in life.  School being one of them.  She also modeled for specific sports wear lines back in her day (until motherhood put a stop to that - hard to model tennis fashions while being pregnant!)  She really helped me in our short talk about possible paths I'd like to pursue.  I look forward to getting to know her more and sponsoring a backpack or two.  Look at the link above and consider a donation - she is really making a difference to children one backpack at a time!
I also have been busy with out newest location of Black Hog BBQ.  Having our 6 month home inspection blah blah blah.... & we are just finishing up with our last full weekend of summer today!  Although its 75+ degrees by noon my head is not here at all & into fall - Big Time!  So this leads me to...... Taaa Daaa NYFW!

Fashion Week 2014
I know I'm mentioned it several times but I am still editing my closet - doing mini fashion shows - if it doesn't fit or have not had it on in 1 year - "out it goes"... but now with Fall I am adding things.... YIPPIE LORI - those great classic pieces I have discussed that everyone should have.  NYFW was so exciting (to watch on youtube - LOL)  A few shows that are accessible to us mere mortals that I really liked were DVF - I have nothing from Diane Von Furstenberg and its a must for a classic closet.  This fall her collection Rocks!  It is modern, edgy, fun all while being "age appropriate" -classics (not that I always follow that - one should NEVER follow "exact rules" for fashion - makeup - or life for that matter its just a guide.....) See below a little video of the show.

The other show that never fails for me is the Michael Kors Show - had small pops of fur on this collection - which is on my list this year ( yes I love fur and want a coat but I guess baby steps )  Check out the video below.
Really great colors - pieces that I feel will last for several fall seasons to come....

Now switching gears - Fall foods 
I am still "mad" for Mediterranean and Indian foods.  I will be sharing things Mike and I make at home this fall.  Below is a little something I concocted to curb that potato addiction.  I took butternut squash and cubed it - Mike did for me.  It's a hard veggie and almost like pumpkin and he was afraid I'd cut myself - I can be a little clumsy in the kitchen at times.  FYI you can it buy pre-cut in the veggie section for not much more.  So I add olive oil, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, pepper and paprika.  Toss and lay on baking sheet.  Roast @450 for 30 min or so - until crispy and really well caramelized and Voila - a yummy healthy tricking yourself it's a potatoes snack - side whatever.  So fall looking and really fills you up - good fiber in it too (Ummm Yes please)

Here it is below the day after for my lunch - along with a side of tuna salad & my famous chickpea salad....... #cheers
So try it for yourself and let me know.  Roasting root veggies is so simple abut I think we forget about them.  

Gonna hit the treadmill - on day two of my #30daychallange.  Ck out my FB - Instagram.  If I exercise for 30 days straight aka something for 30 min. each day - I am treating myself to a pair Manolo Blahnik's - I've been saving up and this has got to be the season I get my classic pair!  Help root me on - it's also going to coincide with a birthday in Nov.  the big 45.... Whatttttt

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, August 29, 2014


Hello Out There,

Fall is just around the corner and so is NYFW ( New York Fashion Week )!  So I always get excited - beyond excited really .  It is like "back to school shopping"  from back in the day - I get such a rush!  And don't even get me started on my obsession of all the 5lb magazines that are out - for Septmeber!
I buy at least 8 ( don't judge me - I recycle for research, give to friends & my mother in-law who works at the local Hospital - she takes some there!) Back to school it was always Gina - (my bestie from HS) and I talking endlessly - going over all the details "ok what are you gonna wear"? - modeling our outfits - w/shoes - hair the whole nine yards.... LOVED IT SO.  Ya know, some of us happily stumble upon our passion's early in life.  I know I sure did! ( fashion - decor - food - makeup - travel ) Anyway, this leads me to go back to the series of What's My Style?

Here are a few pieces I am adding to my wardrobe this fall....... classic but of course some fun little numbers as well!

Some kind of Fur
I would love a fur coat so I am working up to it.  This little addition will have to do right now
Rabbit & Fox Fur Boa....

Maybe add a "faux fur jacket" for play ASOS-Vintage-Faux-Fur-Coat

A Classic Camel Coat
I've no idea if the camel coat is a current trend or not....but I don't care - I guess that's what makes it a classic in my's timeless, can be worn by anyone of any age, it can be dressed up or down, it simply looks very elegant. And pretty cool too.  I think it's one of those items that every wardrobe should have.  I used to have a beautifully tailored jacket in camel which came from Bloomingdale's - however my coat was put in the wrong bag during one of my moves and given to Purple Heart..... wahhhhhhh.  Oh well here are some of my favorites - My recent order should be here today!  Will share when it arrives!

Style Tip: Even an everyday style can have instant wow factor if the fit is perfect. Keep your eye on the tailoring, and look for pieces that are detail-driven.  I posted last year re: alterations and the importance of fit - ck it out.

In Love with +HUDSON JEANS  fit, style - adore!  I need a new denim pencil skirt and they have one to DIE for....
also ck out this link for tons of other options ( prices run the gamet ) =denim+pencil+skirt+stretch

Over the Knee Boot

Im only 5"3 but I love this look - with skinny jeans or leggings maybe even mini and tights! Over The Knee

Finally - driving gloves - I want White Leather & or Camel color

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Great Things On Line This Week

Found these while "surfing" did a lot of traveling so had some MAJOR time on my hands..... check them out people.....

Need a piece for my family room empty wall - pictured below.  About 5ft behind those two chairs to the wall.
Maybe a bar-cart or console table?  I like the mix of materials on this table to break up the wood & concrete I already have.... I could put flowers - modern large scale canvas print over head - glassware etc...

As always looking at new makeup and these two seem to be great for the Perfect Nude Lip Armani-smooth-silk-lip-pencil

Found this little throw back - thinking would make a great Xmas gift for a certain someone I know and love - fujifilm-instax-mini-8-instant-camera-white

ex-boyfriend-flask or could be Ex- husband  - been a long - busy - hard summer - LOL

Travel Games could've used these on my two 6 hour card rides in UTAH.... plus the 5 hr. each way flight and delay at the gate..... ugggg - next time for sure - or check out these suggestions from 

Old School Turntable  miss that old sound of real records - place on Market St. Frederick, MD sells them too as well as albums - maybe JOJO would like one for his new apt. in Richmond. - thinking of navy blue as go to shoe casual jeans day shoe...

Badgley Mischka "Colette-leather-colorblock-clutch - still need everyday black cross body bad - my little coach bag not doing the job anymore..... this is a nice little number -  Oui?

Need to get my fix at my local favorite shop -
BTW I am calling it now.... I think Navy or Indigo or some dark blue will be the "color of the year 2015"  you heard it here first folks!

I am so in love with Navy Bue right now - it goes with so much - My base color through out the main parts of the house are Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray SW 7017 with hints of navy accessories.  Now I can bring in all sort of pops of color...... to change with the seasons and my moods...
Stay tuned for video tour of first floor of my home! 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello All,
OK - It's August and it's HOT.  So I have a list for you what foods can cool you off, while helping your skin, too!  What a "BONUS"!  Here are nine, many of which might already be in your fridge.  What you eat is more important than what you put on your skin a lot of times.... If you eat these, I promise, you’re going to glow.
1. Peppermint
While mint is very uplifting, it’s also relaxing to the body.  Whenever you’re relaxed, that’s going to help reduce your stress hormones, which in turn is kinder to your skin.  Stress is a trigger for acne and for premature aging. Mint also may help reduce androgen's, which can cause oil production and acne. 
2. Red grapes
Grapes are only cooling if they are sweet. Green grapes, for example, won’t do the trick. Sour, salty, and pungent foods are more heating, you want grapes that aren’t sour.
3. Cucumber
These refreshing slices are way more than a facial accessory.  Cucumbers are similar to watermelon in that they’re hydrating foods. I really like cucumbers because the silica in them also has anti-aging qualities. I mean, who can argue with a two-for-one?
4. Turmeric
This root is super anti-inflammatory, which means it helps with flareups of all kinds over time, whether it’s an acne breakout or sore knees and joints following your long runs.  I have been adding it to almost all of my "Indian" cooking.  It also is know the help reduce Type 2 diabetes.  (Mike suffers from this - so always looking for natural remedies for him).
watermelon_we heart it

5. Watermelon
The summertime favorite, I call “medicine” will definitely bring your temperature down It’s not just cooling. It’s cold.  I try not to eat it until summer,” abiding the Ayurvedic seasonal eating philosophy.  I recommend that you don’t eat it with other foods, but instead wait to snack on it about an hour after your meal.
6. Coconut water
The buzzed-about beverage got its rep for a reason - it’s very cooling, balancing, and has a lot of electrolytes, which we lose when we sweat in the summer. Coconut water is God’s gift!
7. Cilantro
I love this garnish - Mike (my husband) really introduced me to it.  Love it because it’s flavorful and has culinary uses, yet it’s detoxifying and cooling, which makes it your skin’s friend in summer.
8. Fennel
Many spices naturally bring ‘warmth’ to your body, but fennel brings ‘cool’ to your body.  Thinly slice raw fennel over a salad and enjoy the cabbage-like crunch and better digestion, which helps promote clear and glowing skin.  My husbands family passes it around the table after dinner to clean your pallet as well as aid in digestion ( apparently very Italian) - I am learning to "like" it - honestly not my favorite but this women will do ALOT for the sake of BEAUTY!  
9. Chrysanthemum tea
Tea in the summer? It might not sound refreshing, but it’ll cool you off.   The tea reduces heat—and even counteracts the heat from eating a little too much spicy foods.

Dont forget ......
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Sunday, August 10, 2014


Hello Out There In Blogger Land.....

Ok - quick post - just wanted to share with you all....  A few weeks ago I purchased CELLFOOD & CELLFOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS  from the The Common Market - Frederick, MD.  There is a gym next door and I always noticed very fit women buying the stuff - so I asked one young women and she said "it is fantastic"..... so being the women that I am - I said great and grabbed a bottle!  I started with the weightloss formula - you take it at night and in the few weeks of taking it - I am sleeping like a baby.  I add it to glass of water I keep next to me as I take my nightly hot bath w/Epsom Salts & Baking Powder.  ( great detox BTW - post on detox bath's next week )

I started to notice my tummy was getting flatter and not craving sugar as much....... that's HUGE for me people!!!  I have always been a sugar junkie.  I mean straight up Pixie sticks - chased w/ a coke!  LOL Anyway, I went 10 days ago and picked up the original formula as well.  You take that during the day up to 3x's I am doing just 2 right now - LOVE IT!  Not quite sure how its all works but lets just say - I feel lighter - clothes are fitting better - my digestion is improved ( I am taking a probiotic from vitamin shoppe too) - so you be the judge - but I am liking it that's for sure!  It's also starting that PMS time for me and not nearly the bloating etc a little but not much..... JUST SAYING.....

So if you have any thoughts or comments I'd love to hear them. 

Hope your weekend is going great - get out there people and get your grove on!  #cheers #ilovefrederickmaryland #feelingblessed #feelinghappy

Thanks for stopping by,

side note - trying to get rid of "CAPTCHA" from my blog and having a difficult time - Uggg but working on it - don't give up on me..... really want to hear your comments!  XOXO

Monday, August 4, 2014

Express - Express - Express.......

Hello Sunshine,
I hope this wonderful first part of Aug. finds you enjoying your summer.  I know mine has been extremely busy.  New home - construction of new restaurant - photography classes - learning ivideo (not so easy as they say) make-up jobs etc... Oh yeah family stuff and trying to keep & "get my healthy on".  Along with some quick little trips here and there.  Don't get me wrong not complaining.  Yes, it has been a bit hectic but I am extremely grateful!  I am still trying to learn how to not let life take me over and how to take control of my life..... or at very least stop and smell the roses.

So this parlays into my need to have some quick express "things" in my life to carry me from day to day - yes I still try new stuff but these are some basic things I can always count on.
  • Skincare routine
  • Makeup
  • Food
  • Hair
Lori's everyday skincare
My basic skincare routine has not changed for years - It is my Clinique 3 step - (Clinique special going on right now - click here  )  Of course I will try supplemental serums and eye creams, etc. - but this is my staple and you can not beat the price.  Yet never fear - if it's new I'm trying it out Baby!   Anyway, this is my MUST HAVE!  I have travel versions - in my gym bag - travel bag - guest room ......all over the place.
I have also mentioned before about my love of the these fabulous cleansing cloths - they take eye makeup off like no body's business and don't break me out nor dry my skin out - "perfection"
As far as makeup goes - when I am in a hurry I use my Garnier Skin Renew Perfector BB Cream in light & a dash of my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - together this is a fast light coverage for days when your in a hurry or just want a hint of makeup.  Than top with some bronzer - mascara and gloss or a "RED" lip ( always works! Always)
Now onto Food 
I love to cook and cook healthy.  Right now I am having a love affair with Indian Food, Mediterranean Food & Homemade Soups.....  The spices & marinades for the Indian food are so yummy - the Mediterranean foods are all so fresh & tasty and don't upset my tummy.  BTW - most are on the elimination diet recommended by Dr. Junger of  the  click this next link for a shopping list from the Dr. (very handy right?...)  clean program shopping list.  
We also just got this great cook book and it's like the Indian Food Bible - You can make some of the spice mixtures ahead of time - the dry ones keep for quite sometime if stored properly - I like it "hot" so many of the recipe's fall right in line.  It doesn't hurt that I am married to a chef/restaurateur so if I get stuck on something I have my fall back man.  Actually he has been feeding my craving for these foods at least once a week - when I get frustrated & confused by the recipe's and maybe need some TLC.

So for the express part - you will see my chickpea salad above - super simple - healthy & cheap!  I keep some on hand almost always - I love to have it with tuna salad and some of my favorite almond crackers - it has protein, good on my digestion, it is quite fast - travels well etc.  Love love love it!  I also make a soup at least once a week.  Red Lentils (new FAV. cook so fast and gentle for my stomach - do you see the "easy on my stomach" see that trend here?........I used to be able to eat anything - Oh well  "C'est la vie".....)  White bean soup or Escarole soup.  I eat soup all year round - even for breakfast sometimes.  I will post another segment later this week with details - recipes -  some photos - maybe a video - along with a printable shopping list.  

My Hair - Ugggg - Love Hate Relationship 
I have naturally curly hair (my mom loved it ) I never did so much - and I remember days @the beach I'd fall asleep and awake to see my shadow.... my gosh man I  looked like a "BUSHMAN"  LOL.  I have since fallen in love with Keratin Treatments - not the harsh kind but the gentle "Brazilian" type.  I have a stylist Denise whom does my color, cut and treatment all in the same day!  My hair is always more healthy when she is done!

(Love You Denise - will be calling this week - way overdue)!  However you will find me most days with my hair back - a headband or a Ponytail of some sort - maybe a messy Updo.  They are the fastest & just the easiest to do, and the most chic for the summer season ..... right?  Add some red or orange lipstick and voila!  There are a lot of ways to style your hair in this way, you can do simple messy bun or very smooth and glamorous Updo or a High Pony.   Which way you will prefer depends on your style & event.  Do you like elegant and classy looks, or more wild and free? Check out the photo's below and see which of my selections you would choose.  Maybe try one today...... if you do please share - with a comment or on my FB page!  

However today I use simple messy low ponytail like picture one - while twisting and pinning some front pieces, because I am working out this a.m. - I took hot bath last night and today I am feeling a wee bit lazy....... LOL

Time for me to run - cheers all - enjoy your day - make the most of it!!!!!