Labor Days Must-Haves…PLUS THE BEST LD SALES EVER!!

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.


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1.} Floppy hat: I’m all about hats lately. This black one would go with just about anything.

2.} Tortoise shell sunnies: these are cute & inexpensive. Plus they’re slightly cat eyed, which I love.

3.} White sandals: if you’re doing the whole BBQ thing on Labor Day, sandals are a must. These Sam Edelman’s are super cute.

4.} Cate McNabb lip gloss: ahhh. I am OBSESSED with their lip glosses. They last for hours & they come in the cutest colors. I’m all about a little pop of color for holidays so this peachy red would work really well with just about anything. I’m especially in love with Cate McNabb’s products because they use shea butter & jojoba oil in their ingreds.

5.} Lotion: don’t be flaky. Flaky skin is never in— make sure your legs are moisturized…ESP if you’re wearing shorts or a lil bikini.

6.} Hottie bikini: this bikini makes the girls look fab. It has a little extra oomph…if ya know what I mean. A little padding never hurt a flea. Plus these colors are cute & fun for summer. The black bottoms are found here.

7.} Lil cover-up: if you’re rocking a bikini, grab a cover-up. They’re easy to throw in an oversized handbag & perfect to throw on later in the day.

8.} SPF 30: duh. Just duh. You guys already know my opinion on sunscreen…so lather up!

9.} Cutie oxfords: seriously though, oxfords are everything. I wear them ALL the time. They’re so cute & sexy in an understated kinda way ; ).

Happy Labor Day baes!

Oh, & FML…of course Labor Day means amazing sales at the best online shops…so naturally I’m sharing my wish list ( my favorite sale item though is def this dress ( << 20% off! ) I wore here ):

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♡ Anthropologie // Extra 20% OFF sale items // DATE: August 29th – Sept. 1st

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♡ Nasty Gal // Extra 30% to 60% off select items // DATE: August 29th – Sept. 1st

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♡ Nordstrom // Extra 40% OFF select items // DATE: August 29th – Sept. 7th

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♡ The Trend Boutique // Extra 20% OFF ALL (!!!) items + free shipping // DATE: August 29th – Sept. 1 // CODE: TAKE20

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The Look Like A Hottie Naked Smoothie

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

Tell me one person who doesn’t want to look hot naked?…

…crickets…

But right?!

I’m a huge fan of looking hot naked. Not just for my fiancé…but for myself!

And obviously, I’m also a fan of eating clean, clean, clean.

Whelp, this smoothie covers both bases: it’s a real ass tightener plus it’s full of minerals, vitamins, & greens.

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

Before I get in to the ingredients, let me tell you about my smoothie cupboard.

I, Lauryn, have a cupboard dedicated to smoothies.

Not because I’m a pillar of health though.

Nah, I’m not that cool.

It’s because of my wee little problem: I’m always running late. Late to dinner, late to meetings, late to bed, late to…well, err, everything. Hey, like I’ve said, I’m a work in progress. Honestly though— I’m truly working on ditching Larry Lateness & becoming Prompt Peter.

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The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

But becoming Prompt Peter takes work. And this is where my smoothie cupboard comes in to play. Because when everything’s organized & ready to rock, it’s way easier to grab ingredients & throw them in to a blender…( note: smoothie cupboards are especially helpful for people who are perpetually late… ).

The smoothie cupboard includes: all different kinds of oils, veggies, raw almond butter, fruits, powdered greens, E3Live, plant based protein powder, liquid B-12, omega-3 oil, flaxseed oil, chlorella, mushroom powder, MCT oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca, etc. ( sneak peek here ).

It’s all facing out ( #OCD ) & ready to grab. Super easy…because life seems to always get in the way of breakfast.

One of these days, I’ll Instagram TSC psycho-ass smoothie cupboard. Promise.

Anyway here’s the ingredients to my AM green drink ( I always make sure there’s a green, a good fat, & a protein ):

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

There’s always leftovers ( you know when you can’t fit the whole smoothie in your cup? ) so make sure to give ‘em to your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife/neighbor. Share the love.

Bottoms up! x Lauryn

P.S. the curls are a total product of ‘The Sleep Bun..’ Just saying ; ).

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The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY || #OOTD

DRESS: Pitusa Clothing

RINGS: Child of Wild

LIP GLOSS: Lip Venom 

NAIL POLISH: Essie’s ‘Fiji’

SMOOTHIE GLASS: made by my brother, Myles

 

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Meet My Crush: Raw Almond Butter

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I have a major, serious crush…on almond butter.

For reals though.

It’s so perfectly creamy & full of protein. And on Granny Smith apples with cinnamon?

Nom.

But wait, wait, wait…let’s inspect.

When I see regular, old almond butter on the shelves of every health food stores, I silently shed a tear.

For years I believed I was being all healthy & cool eating my Justin’s almond butter cutie packets….

…& then, well, I did some research.

Research can be a funny thing, ya know? Ignorance is certainly not bliss but sometimes you kinda, really don’t want to know the real actual truth.

P.S. ask my friends & they’ll tell you I’m always using the word “delusional”…( I would call a house fly delusional given the opportunity— I just love the damn word so much ). & in my pre-research almond butter days, I was totally delusional.

Do you blame me though? My Justin’s almond butter packets were just so cute…they were literally the perfect size to throw in any white leather clutch.

Anyway I eventually discovered the packets contained roasted almond butter.

Boo.

So I went on a mission…I get fixated on certain brands, ingredients, colors, etc & this particular day I was obsessed ( like, Swimfan-stalker-obsessed ) with finding RAW, organic almond butter.

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So I headed to our local Whole Foods to purchase some raw goodness…& was shocked: it was $18 dollars.

For a tub of almond butter?!

Why? Well:

This source states, “roasted nut butters are, as their name suggests, made with roasted nuts. Roasted nuts are treated with heat to bring out a toasty flavor. Raw nut butters are made from nuts that have not been heated. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help your heart without raising your cholesterol levels. Raw foodists say that the heating process destroys certain enzymes and makes the nuts, & their corresponding nut butters, less healthful — but these claims have not been adequately studied. Roasted nut butters are more subject to rancidity than raw butters. The roasting process may alter the polyunsaturated fats in the nuts, making them more vulnerable to oxidation. Butters are particularly susceptible to rancidity because all of the nut’s surface is exposed to air.”

If you’re not convinced, make your own almond butter at home! Also, you can read more here & raw, organic almond is avail here.

My raw almond butter is added to: apples with chia seeds, baby carrots, PB & J on an open faced sandwich, celery, banana slices, smoothies, oatmeal, a piece of dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, TSC two ingredient pancakes, &/or any baking recipes. Add cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg for added flavor.

Anyone else an almond butter fanatic? Do tell.

x. Lauryn

The Sleep Bun…( Plus Why Alligator Clips Are Everything )

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The Skinny Confidential talks hair.
Well, well, well…look what we have here…

A full post dedicated to uh, clips?

Yesssss.

That’s right, alligator clips.

Like, you know, for your hair.

But mostly…for your sleep bun.

Say what?

First and foremost before I share, can I ask a serious question? You know those types of girls who don’t want to share their realllll, realllll secrets. Like, they’ll tell you their rocking body is natural & that they totally chow down on In & Out everyday…when they actually eat meticulously portioned salads, run ten miles daily, & completely avoid sugar like it’s poison.

Or if questioned, they won’t tell you the name of the lipstick color they’re wearing? Or what about this one:

Me: “OMG!” I love your shirt it’s so cute!! Where’d you find it?

Liar Girl: “oh, uh, err, this old thing ( note: it’s visibility new, not an ‘old thing’ at all )? Uh, it was a gift from a friend a long time ago. I don’t know where she found it.”

AWKWARD SILENCE…because she knows exactly where the top is from.

Me: well, gee it’s super cute!

Because really? Stop being a bitch & be honest about your damn shirt. I mean, it’s a shirt. Get over it.

On that note, I’m going to be dead honest & tell you guys one of my personal best kept secrets: THE SLEEP BUN.

Maybe you know all about ‘TSB’ already…but if ya don’t, read on:

A sleep bun changes the hair game.

Seriously though, if I didn’t wear my nightly sleep bun, my hair sucks. The sleep bun’s a top knot bun that you wear on top of the head with a big-ass alligator clip. It has to be at the very, very top of the head, like so:

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

Let’s get real too: I have a guilty pleasure & it’s called The Dry Bar.

(( Side: Drybar is not affiliated with TSC in anyway, I genuinely/sincerely love Drybar )).

So basically my idea of heaven: Drybar with wifi, champagne, & my computer. Sometimes I joke it’s my other office. Honestly though, it makes total sense: I’m totally Multitasking Barbie at Drybar. My hair washed gets washed ( for the week— you guys know I’m not a big ‘hair-washer’— I honestly wash it once a week ), curled ( for my sleep bun ), and I finish up at least an hour & half of work.

So I mean………

Heaven.

Pre-sleep bun, I go to Drybar & get super curly, overly curled locks ( in my opinion, way too curly, bridal locks aren’t my fav ) or I’ll wash & over-curl my hair myself. This typically happens on a Thursday because I want my hair sex kitten-esque for Friday. Example of overly curled, Shirley Temple pre-sleep bun hair:

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When I get home, I leave my hair down attempting to avoid mirrors at all costs. Sorry I’m not sorry that I’m not a fan of overly curled hair. I’m just not. Then around 11 pm, I grab MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD AKA my cute little, yellow alligator clip & shake my head downward towards the ground ( remember that George Washington game you’d play in the pool back in the day? Where you took your hair over your head & rolled it like old George’s powered wig? Whelp, that’s the motion you want to make… ). Whip your hair downward and grab your cute alligator clip. Twist the sleep bun on the top of your head & add your clip while your hair is spilling towards the ground ( make sure every inch of hair is secured ). Result: you should have a super high top knot on the very top of your head.

AND thennnnn go to bed. ZZZZzzzzzz. Wake up & remove the clip ( honestly I could not live without these yellow alligator clips…they’re all over my house/car/purse– you’ll even find them clipped to my clothes throughout the day ). Then shake your hair out slightly & add a dime size amount of this oil to ONLY *I repeat only* the bottom of the hair. I also add a spray of hair spray ( only one or two, this isn’t 1950, you want your hair to actually have some movement ) & one spray of hair sunscreen ( yes, that’s right, hair sunscreen ). Then I brush only the top of my hair ( think to your ears ) with The Wet Brush ( if you don’t have The Wet Brush…you’re missing out!! ).

Ok so what does the sleep bun actually do? Well this of course:

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It softens.

Softens the feel.

Softens the hair.

Softens the look.

The sleep bun creates that hippie, effortless, not too overdone look.

I put in the sleep bun every night until the next hair wash because it keeps those soft curls for dayyyys & dayyyysss. To maintain the hair for 3 to 5 days, use dry shampoo on your luscious locks. Just don’t forget to use your cute alligator:

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

Hope I didn’t bore you guys about buns & clips too much ; ). I just want to actually share my secrets, instead of hide them, LOL…k, now your turn: what’s your best kept beauty secret?

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xo, The Sleep Bun Gangster

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