The Best Damn…White Oxfords

The Skinny Confidential talks oxfords.

If you know me you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE white oxfords ( but I guess I’m a sucker for white shoes in general, but silver is cute too ).

I mean, not only are they flattering ( << real leg slimmers, man ), they’re super cute!! In my opinion, every girl should own a pair.

Not to mention they’re cool as shit.

Now there’s a lot of versions that are EXPENSIVE. And I mean real expensive. Think: like, thanks but no thanks $845 kind of expensive.

YIKES. So I searched high and low and found this pair for $129. Not super inexpensive but I wear mine probably everyday so I figured it’s smart investment ( wink, wink ).

The reason I’m so white oxford-sessed is because they’re classic, a total staple, and sort of go with everything. Some of my favorite ways to wear oxfords: with a baggy sweater & black skinny jeans, with a black maxi skirt & a crop, with little shorts, with jeans & an vintage tee.

By the way, if you’re scared to invest in white shoes, don’t be. I keep mine clean with a white shoe polish so it’s no big deal. Except for that one time T.Boone Pickens peed on my white heels. FML.

What’s your favorite, must-have shoe? Tell, tell.

- Lauryn

P.S. these are the pair pictured. Black & white version here…also this is not sponsored, just realness. Happy shopping!!

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Don’t Listen To Negative Nancy & Debbie Downer…

Quotes by The Skinny Confidential.

First off, I LOVE THIS QUOTE.

I heard this quote a while ago from Michael’s dad, Gary AKA Gar-Bear ( my name for him ). There I was complaining about someone who was talking shit about me & he simply stated:

“Lauryn, the coyotes howl, but the caravan keeps moving.”

I had a minor heart attack. The quote is just goosebumps good.

So what’s mean exactly? Ok well, where should I start?

Let’s start with social media. The other day I was browsing a celeb’s Instagram. I went to look at her comments & I kid you not, 90% of them were people bashing the celebrity.

These negative naysayers are the coyotes.

The celebrity ignored the trolls & posted another positive Instagram a few hours later…AKA her caravan kept moving.

Sorry, coyotes!!

Point: life goes on, even if some will try to stop or talk against progress.

Make sense?

So as I’m reading these negative, rude, cruel comments, I started to reflect. In life everyone has an opinion about what you should do in your relationship or how you should wear your hair or why you should stick it out in a job that’s not for you or in general, just has negative things to say about your life.

My opinion? Do you. Do what works for you. Not someone else.

Let’s take this to a more serious place, shall we? This quote reminds me of when I was a bartender a couple years ago. There I was polishing glasses, making people drinks, carrying boxes, busting ass, etc. Basically doing everything I could so I could focus on building The Skinny Confidential during the day.

While tending bar I made some great friends…but I also had some…hmmm, interesting customers.

They would ask “what do you want to do with your life?” I’d say “I’m a blogger half time, but I hope to make it my full time career.” They’d then look at me as if I had ten heads & I was an alien from outer space attempting to abduct their children.

“What, HA are you crazy? You can’t make good money off that? What about working in an office setting? Working at home can be tough. How do you even make that a professional? I’d recommend having other options, Lauryn.”

Or they would laugh. Like, laugh & laugh & laugh. As if it was the funniest thing ever.

I’d simply smile & think “keep going.”

So I kept going & going & going…& years later, I blog full-time.

In all honestly, there was never any plan B. I set out to do something with TSC & I never had a back-up plan. This was always the goal. I kept my caravan moving, despite what these people had to say.

FYI, if I listened to what everyone said about blogging, I’d be bartending still. Sorry for the honestly, but I’m just trying- to keep it real, raw, & unfiltered.

( ALSO, I have to mention: when someone looks at you like an creepy alien, you’re doing something right…because honestly if everyone was doing it, it wouldn’t be as lucrative or ahead of the curve.

Keep going.

In any case, coyotes are noise. Keep your caravan moving.

Later Negative Nancy & Debbie Downer! Vroom, vroom.

x, Lauryn

Meow! Sexy Leopard & Mesh Fitness Wear

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

Oh meow!!! This mesh top x these leopard leggings are a sassy AND fun combo, right?

Quite honestly, I get so bored with workout clothes so excuse me if I’m way too excited when something spicy comes along.

Lately I’ve been super into barre class & this get-up is literally PERFECT for barre.

I’ll do a whole post on my barre experience, but in the meantime just know that if you try barre it’s important to wear pants that are stretchy and comfortable…& well, these leopard ones are super stretchy and even though they’re print, they’re slimming.

As we all know sometimes print isn’t very slimming…so thank God for these leopard babies that suck it in ( big time!! ).

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

Anyway I’m huge fan of Carbon38′s workout clothes in general but I’m especially a huge fan of all the mesh they showcase ( remember this post? ).  I like how you can kind of see-through the material but it’s still sort of a mystery. Options to wear under mesh: a hot pink sports bra, a lace bandeau ( contrast is fun! ), a white sports bra, &/or little spaghetti strap.

Ultimately when I take a barre class I’m typically running errands afterwards, so this workout outfit is ideal for errand situc. I don’t look like I’m homeless AKA too lazy to change my scrubs after a workout. EVEN THOUGH THAT’S TOTALLY THE CASE. HA! I actually look pulled together in this baby.

What’s your favorite spicy workout outfit? Do tell.

Happy Tuesday! x Lauryn

Photos by: Teresa Fae

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY || #OOTD

SHOES : White Nikes

TOP: Carbon38 Mesh Top

PANTS: Carbon38 Leopard Leggings

JEWELRY: JNB Jewelry

Mini DeLites…Plus A Question For You

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ currently…into dark purple-everything }

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.
{ this weekend’s mimosa theme }

Hiiiiii guys!!

Have I mentioned I was once a totally broke college student?

I guess I won’t hop right in to the whole damn story now because, let’s get real: that’s a long-ass post.

BUT YES. I WAS. I’VE BEEN THERE.

Kind of felt compelled to share today when someone tweeted me this on Twitter ( << tongue twister, geez ):

 12h 12 hours ago:

do you have any posts about staying healthy when you’re broke? Lol.”

Yessss, yes I do. A lot of posts on TSC are three ingredient recipes that don’t break the bank. Like thisthis, & this.

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ gummi bears on my desk }

BUTTTTT, I feel like I want to do one huge-ass post for all you guys who are still in college &/or on a tight budget.

Look, it’s very important to me to be able to create recipes/showcase fashion/share beauty tips that are affordable & easy. That’s always been my goal with The Skinny Confidential. I just like Forever21 too much to shift the focus to $900 shoes & a $350 tee-shirt.

So trust when I say: I know what it feels like to be a broke college student who eats Top Ramen & wears their boyfriend’s jeans to 8:30 AM history class. Again, I’ll save those stories for another post…ok so, here’s my question to you:

What types of ideas/recipes do you want to see that are budget-friendly?

I love a good bang for the buck, so I’ll definitely share some inexpensive/quick ideas I do on a day to day basis on this post too.

Actually I’m even thinking of doing a whole series that focuses primarily on affordable items in every area. Think: fashion, beauty, health, food, exercise.

Thoughts?

Ok, share below & let me know!! I would LOVE to help anyone on tight budget.

And honestly? WHEN IT COMES TO LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, THERE’S SO MANY WAYS TO GET CREATIVE!!

Ok, chat soon. – Lauryn

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ latest smoothie addition…tons of omegas! }

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ the Twinkles at Dirty Dogs charity event this weekend }

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ a total Home Goods steal for Pixy’s water }

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Holiday Giveaway!! SOOO Good

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blue dress || camera || lip gloss || black dress

HELLLLLLOOOOOO BEST GIVEAWAY ON THE PLANET.

The holidays are coming & let’s get real: who the hell has an extra chuck of change lying around for 24394753 gifts?

This giveaway is the best giveaway on the planet for two reasons. 1. Giftry will purchase the gifts off of three winners giftry lists up a value of $1000 ( 1st place ), $250 ( 2nd place ), & $100 ( 3rd place ) and 2. your gift lists can consist of as many gifts as you want.

So say you created a list for your whole family…& you were the lucky winner, Giftry would buy your family’s gifts.

I know, RAD.

I just feel like this giveaway is a win/win in every way because even if you don’t win you can organize all your gift lists on the computer.

Because online shopping is wayyyy easier than braving the malls anyway.

SPEAKING OF WHICH…who does their shopping at malls anymore? Online’s where it’s at! Like no thanks I don’t want to sit on fake Santa’s lap, push people out of the way for the last black v-neck in my size, &/or stand in line longer than life for Hot Dog on a Stick.

Anyway to learn more about Giftry, click here & happy shopping! x L

Note: all entries will be run through Giftry and will require a sign-up or login to enter the giveaway. After you sign-up/login, you’ll be able to enter the giveaway and receive more entries through social sharing options. All the giveaway details & entry options will be laid out on giveaway page. Start Date: November 10 || end Date: December 1.

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