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Snapchat Q & A: BUILDING A FOLLOWING, KIDS, & CARBS

May 6, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Who’s on Snapchat???

Apparently it’s the place to be.

I love it because it’s a real peek BTS.

Pretty committed to the whole platform right now.

Anyway, if you follow along, you know a couple weeks ago I asked you guys to ‘Snap me’ any questions for a little Q & A.

So ta-da, I picked a couple to share on TSC YouTube channel— & well, here’s the video:

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AND CAN WE JUST TALK about how I’m getting the kid question a lot lately?

Here’s the thing: I’m not a girl, not yet a woman……..

…when it comes to kids. Probably going to do the whole marriage thing first & then we’ll play it by ear. Who knows.

Ok so if you guys like this Q & A, I’ll do them more often?

Alright well I’m STUFFED from lemon-y kale salad, mahi mahi tacos, too much avocado, & raspberries  X dark chocolate chips…so I think it’s time to shut down my computer & read.

Oh, & make sure to come hang out on Snapchat, it’s easy, fun, & unfiltered.

Plus I’ll be sharing A LOT of beauty hauls, makeup tutorials, easy recipes, workout tips, & a lot of behind the scenes LOL-ers. Username: @laurynevarts.
Leave your username below so I can stalk your Snap too. Fully curious.

See ya tomorrow, lauryn x

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WAIT, Douching? No Thanks- NOT A Fan.

May 4, 2016
by
LAURYN

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NO, no not DOUCHEBAGS…

But DOUCHING.

You know, like your vagina.

CASUAL.

If you’re scratching your head thinking: “HUH?” That’s totally fine, you’re not missing out.

WAIT, but WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS DOUCHING?

This source explains the whole thing very, VERY clearly: “it’s a rather old practice, and many younger women may not be aware of what it actually is.

Basically, it’s a bath for your vagina.

The vagina is always putting out something. During your period, it is obviously blood, but during your fertile time, you will also have discharge that is clear. It is designed to aid the sperm in making their way up the vaginal canal. Even on normal days, the vagina secretes small amounts of discharge. If you have an STD, this discharge may smell or look greenish. However, it is normal to have a small amount of vaginal discharge every day.

Douching is a way to essentially stop this discharge. You have a plastic bag full of fluid with a nozzle on the end. You sit on the toilet, insert the nozzle like a tampon, and squeeze the bag. The technical term for this is irrigating the vagina. Some douches are just water, but some have cleansing chemicals and deodorants that make the area smell nice and clean. It depends on your preference which one you use.

Although shooting water up your vajayjay may not sound like fun, many women swear by it as a method to control odor.”

Eer?

First off, here’s a couple of vintage ad’s I found online that showcase “internal cleansing.”

So proper, back in the day, right. I probably would’t have fit in very well…

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Let’s go deeper ( maybe deeper isn’t the right word for this post? ) though. Why do women feel the need to douche in the first place?

EASY: to clean out the vagina & prevent odor.

Innocent enough.

Side note: in my opinion ( again, this is my opinion— you do YOU ), you should look into consulting a gynecologist if there’s a very strong odor down there. And nothing to be embarrassed about. Gyno’s have seen it all. LITERALLY.

The reason being? The odor could be an infection. Get the infection nipped in the bud ( HA! ). Usually the doctor will prescribe some antibiotics & ODOR BE GONE.

So back to douching, is it BAD for you?

I’ve researched this subject A LOT…& from what I’ve found: YES. It’s dreadful, actually.

Firstly, it can cause infections in the vagina which makes the odor WORSE.

Think of it like this: you know how important ‘good’ bacteria is to your gut right? ( Remember this!! We’ve talked about the importance of probiotics. There’s good & bad bacteria ). You want good bacteria in your vagina like you want the good bacteria in your gut. & when you douche, it sort of sucks all the good/bad bacterial ( flora ) from the V-Jay. Removing all the bacteria is not healthy. According to this source, “the bacteria that resides there is good for you, and when you wash it away, the vagina is then susceptible to infections that the body would otherwise protect against.”

Many studies have even linked douching to cervical cancer. There’s still ongoing research on the discovery.

Lastly: don’t go the Summer’s Eve/Vagasil route either.

Listen, I did the whole Summer’s Eve dance in high school because well, I was in high school & didn’t do the proper research like the care-free, whatevs tenth grader in a Juicy velour tracksuit that I was ( for those of you who don’t know what SE is, it’s a body wash that supposedly freshens & cleans your vagina ).

Here’s the truth: Summer’s Eve “cleansing wash” is filled with bullshit like parabens, methylisothiazolinone ( ALLERGENS!!!), & preservatives…a real yeast infection waiting to happen.

Yah so, basically stuff you don’t want touching your sacred vagina with a ten foot pole, you know?

To be real, I clean my flower everyday, thank you…in the shower with a good, old bar of all-natural preservative-free soap. Also, anyone heard of vagina steaming? Don’t judge until you TRY! If you need a step-by-step on how to wash your vagina, check out this visual…lol— you know you love me?

& just for the record: douching does NOT ( NOT, not ) prevent STDs, pregnancy, or UTIs.

Ok, your turn: questions, suggestions, thoughts? I know you guys have opinions! SPILL. No need to blush here.

Keep it sparkly, lauryn x

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Keep Your Face Out Of The Sun With These Hats

by
LAURYN

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You guys know how PSYCHO I am about keeping my face out of the sun.

It’s one of the most important things I talk about. I’m not kidding, if you take ONE thing I say seriously, it’s this: PROTECT YOUR FACE FROM SUN DAMAGE.

You’ll thank yourself for doing so in 30 years, when you still look 30!

With summer creeping up, I hope you guys are stocking up on CC SPF cream, organic moisturizer with SPF, sunglasses, and TONS of hats. Hats are the first line of defense, plus they’re super chic if you choose the right ones.

SO, because I love you guys, let’s kick off this summer by snagging some super cute hats to protect your face from the sun.

Here are some of my favorites:

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ONE: Tan When In Rome by Free People
TWO: Stetson Signature Black Hat
THREE: Billabong Beach Bummin Trucker Hat
FOUR: UO Souvenir Babe Trucker Hat
FIVE: Reiss Wide Brim Floppy Hat
SIX: Stripe-Band Straw Boater Hat
SEVEN: rag & bone Straw Panama Hat

Which of these hats is your favorite?

Also, what are your tips for protecting your skin from the sun? I want to do as little damage as possible this summer!

Cheers!

X

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Yes, Plz…Mason Jar Lids With STRAWS: So You DON’T Have To Spill Shit All Over Your Car

by
LAURYN

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Well, shit.

If these aren’t the cutest things you’ve ever seen then…?

First off THESE ARE LIDS. With BPA-free straws. THAT FIT ON MASON JARS. LIFE MADE.

Backstory: the reason I even Googled these lids in the first place was because my daily green drink would spill ( no literally, SPILL ) in the car on the way to the office. ANNOYING. I can’t count how many times I’ve spilled iced cold brew or a green smoothie. Google delivered & led me to these cuties.

Clearly a lid prevents this whole situation. If I’m home, I’ll just use these silicone straws, but if I’m on the go? A lid, please.

Ok back to the greatest invention ever: these lids w/ lead-free straws.

Is there anyone else out there that is just freaking over these? Like these random $9 dollars lids are life-changing? Or I am off my rocker? HELLO? I don’t know, obviously I get excited about weird shit. So Martha Stewart-ish, my God.

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Anyway, you can find a bunch of different colors, brands, patterns, & tones ( there are GOLD ones, guys ) on sites like Amazon or Target or even at a local Home Goods. Just make sure they’re the right size for whatever mason jar you own.

Speaking of mason jars, I’m very much into the LARGEST ones available ( pictured in this post ); the 32 ounce ones just do it for me. Shocking, I go for the biggest size.

AND before you call me a basic bitch for being mason jar-obsessed ( it does feel kind of Pinterest, circa 2010 barnyard wedding, no? ), DON’T, because they’re very handy for things like smoothies, protein shakes, coffee, & TSC Pink Detox Drink. Shit you could even put oatmeal on-the-go in one of them. Just add the lid & you’re good to go. Get creative.

Ultimately it seems like no one ever has time so anything to make life easier…like these lids is VERY welcome in my life.

OH…also LOVING mason jar…martini shaker LIDS. It had to be said. Clever, right.

On that sassy note, EPISODE 9 of TSC HIM & HER PODCAST is liveeeee. Make sure you’re subscribed so you can listen to each podcast the second they hit iTunes! They’re especially fun while you’re working out.

Talk soon, enjoy the lids— you’ll never look back. Promise.

– lauryn x

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Mini DeLites: LA | Nick Jonas | Propel | ETC.

May 3, 2016
by
LAURYN

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11:42 PM, very much breaking our no computer in bed rule but per usual Monday kicked my ass in every which way HENCE the computer in bed.

Apparently it’s ok because Michael’s on his computer next to me…totally using this as leverage in the near future.

We had a lot going on work-wise Sunday & Monday. BASICALLY IT’S ALL THE BORING stuff no one wants to see: backend, taxes, accounting, blah, blah, blah. All the stuff I…HATE. Can I say hate? Because well…I hate it. I prefer the opposite of all of these things.

Anyways, tomorrow is hopefully going to be more fun-ish?

You know what was fun though…

Thursday night.

Propel Water kindly invited me to a FULL-ON workout class.

This was not your typical workout though guys. Basically it was yoga ( much-needed ), strength training, & DANCING all in one. Let’s just say I’m no Cheryl Burke. I mean sure I did ballet in 4th grade but didn’t we all? My moves were a bit…rusty. We were like fully doing hip hop. It was actually super therapeutic to just move around & DANCE it out.

Regardless it was so much fun & I really feel like we BURNED some major calories considering I couldn’t walk for like 3 days. I LOVE BEING SORE, ANYONE ELSE?

I should note that I did the workout with a bunch of amazing influencers ( shoutout to The Balanced Blonde & To Live & Diet in L.A. ). So post-workout, we were all casually glistening ( I’m putting this nicely, I was more like dripping in sweat ) & chit-chatting.

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Suddenly Nick Jonas busts out on stage & gives all of us a full-on concert. I have to admit he was QUITE dreamy. Michael was there but I asked for a Propel grape water at the perfect time so Nick & I could have our moment.

We may or may not have locked eyes for one point three seconds.

What can I say.

Although I was perspiring from the workout, at least my hair was curled ( << hey, hey Sex Pot Curls ) right? Full disclosure: Nick was most likely looking at the blogger behind me but whatever.

After the whole mini concert ( who saw it on Snapchat?! ) we headed up stairs for a little wine & some appetizers. Wine doesn’t count when you dance the way we danced.

As you can see: my kind of night— electrolyte water, a workout, happy hour, & a little Nick Jonas.

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{ workout get-up, all black w/ a pop of white }

So yes, LA was super fun. On Friday night we drove back to San Diego ( I made fun of Michael the whole way because the guy does not remove his headphones ), ate some sushi, hung out with dogs, & spent Saturday by the pool.

OK SO: what’s up with you guys? Any news? Do tell. Share the latest.

I’m off to drink some ginger lemongrass tea & read my latest book, The Miracle Morning. SO tired I could cry. Really though, cry.

Chat tomorrow,

x lauryn

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