The Skinny Confidential || A Lifestyle Blog. by: Lauryn Evarts

How To Make Someone Fall In Love With You Cranberry Scones ♡

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Kind of a triple V-Day threat for ya today BECAUSE UMMM there’s a chocolate shake, candied rim margaritas, AND these cranberry scones.

One of these three will rock your Valentine hunny-do’s world. For the chocolate lover, check out this chocolate shake. And then if you’re looking to get buzzed for V-Day, check out What’s Gaby Cooking because she whipped up my candied margaritas on her blog.

Backstory: Gaby is a friend of mine & an INSANE cook ( HELLO Slutty Brownies!!! )— really guys, she is one of the best food bloggers EVER. Anyway we teamed up to collaborate on another recipe: SCONES.

Who doesn’t like scones? I mean personally I am constantly envisioning myself in England, eating scones, sipping peppermint tea with my pink erect…but that’s maybe just me?

Scones are just chic. And PERFECT for Valentine’s…or any day really.

These in particular were SO easy to make & most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry. If you’re out of dried cranberries, throw in strawberries, blueberries, or even pink sprinkles. Get creative with it.

Enjoy them warm & thank us later.

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HOW TO MAKE SOMEONE FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU CRANBERRY SCONES ♡

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup dried cranberries

+ Directions: combine the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Next add the heavy cream. Fold everything together being careful not to overwork the dough. Fold in the dried cranberries. Form large mounds out of the dough. The size can vary depending on if you want to stretch the recipe to make more. Make them the size of a golf ball. Arrange them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 16-20 minutes, or until the top just barely turned golden brown.

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By the way, last minute but I totally whipped up coconut milk whipped cream to add to these. The recipe can be found here & it paired REALLY well the melt in your mouth scones. You could also do a little side of TSC 5 Second Jam. How amazing does that sound? I’m literally drooling on the keyboard as we speak…

OK SO get ready because Gaby & I have a bunch of more fun collaborations up our sleeve that you guys will LOVE…

THINK FOOD & COCKTAILS!

In other news, be sure to follow along on Snapchat for updates ( username is laurynevarts ) ANDDDD if you want to see the “dinner” I cooked Michael for Valentine’s, follow him: @michaelbosstick. Let me know what you guys think of our homemade “dinner.” It took me all day. HA!

& again, happy Valentine’s Day to all of you LOVELY readers.

Sleep in tomorrow, eat some scones, & don’t forget the coconut oil, lauryn x

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Hottie, Healthy-ish Valentine’s Shake

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Valentine’s!

This one’s for the taken chicks. Last week we talked single girls, so this week we’re getting kind of mushy gushy with a shake to make on the go. Perfect to make your man when he’s on the go too.

Plus you can make yourself one with NO guilt.

Super, super festive right.

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Michael was my taste-tester for this & he 100% approved so I’m confident that your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife will too.

This is one of those ‘shakes’ that you can make when you’re on the go & want something healthy, delicious & easy. Make it for your hunny before the gym or even before work. Get creative.

It also happens to scream LOVEEEE.

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Ok, let’s talk specifics:

TSC CHOCOLATE, OH-SO ROMANTIC SHAKE:

2 Chobani Simply 100® Crunch Strawberry Chocolate Truffle
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 banana
A handful of raspberries
1 to 2 ( to 3, if you’re naughty ) scoops of cacao powder
1 handful of ice
A sprinkle of chocolate covered chia seeds or a sprinkle of cacao nibs

+ Directions: blend everything together. Add a cute touch like a pixy straw or a heart shaped toothpick.

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Choobani Simply 100® Crunch is non-GMO, filled with probiotics, & made with REAL berries. This one also happens to contain tons of protein which is super FILLING. I’m VERY much into yogurt that isn’t topped off with artificial ingredients.

You can also indulge in their two other flavors – Blueberry Cookie Crumble and Mango Cone Crisp if Strawberry Chocolate Truffle isn’t your jam.

And then of course, you got your bananas & raspberries AND cacao nibs which contain a ton of benefits ( a total superfood & packed with antioxidants ).

So ya guys, this is technically a healthy shake that tastes damnnnnnn good. Your hunny will love, love, love.

In the real spirit of love, I’ll be surprising Michael all weekend with these.

Ok, happy Valentine’s Day guys!

Sending lots lovey-dovey vibes your way, xo lauryn

+ this post is in collaboration with Chobani.

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ARM PITS, Shaving & Post-Shave

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HI.

Weird topic today but what’s new with that?

SHAVING.

Specifically your arm pits.

For some reason this is a topic of discussion. Seriously though, Snapchat holds a real discussion about arm pits, this may sound odd but people are wondering about…arm pits.

So I figured, let’s open the gates on this one. Especially since it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday— I mean shit, we all gotta have smooth pits on V-Day right.

I’m no expert but I figured this is entirely a team effort: you help, I help, we help someone…you know, with ARM PITS.

My first arm pit tip is easy: a razor, but a MEN’S razor.

I ALWAYS use a men’s razor on my arm pits.

This is weird but I’m telling you, it’s a closer shave. Like a close, CLOSE shave. It gets the hair real good.

Also, this is bizarre too, but I’m a big fan of shaving with oils.

Like avocado oil. Just a few drops ( extra virgin olive oil works too. It’s a natural lubricant so it protects the skin from nicks & cuts ). 

Forget shaving cream because there are so many chemicals in it, & there’s too many other options.

Keep it simple, stupid. With oils. It’s faster, cleaner, & leaves your skin baby smooth. I swear, a real game changer.

After the shower, I rub raw coconut oil on my arm pits ( make sure it’s post-shower ). You know, like deodorant. Because of its antibacterial properties it’s great for a pre sort of deodorant. Then after a few minutes, I apply my actual deodorant. 

( …By the way, I have YET to find a deodorant that I like AND works. Anyone? )

Here’s the thing: this all provides a much closer shave WITHOUT razor burn.

Also I shave in one direction always & avoid travel-ish razors at all costs.

If you still get razor burn after this, you gotta try Tend Skin. It literally takes away razor burn. No one is telling me to say this, I’ve used this since 8th grade ( LOL ) for razor burn. It just works. A real miracle worker.

I’ve recommended it to a lot of my friends who get razor burn down there…if ya know what I mean.

And of course, if you’re prone to ingrown hairs or pimples, try tea tree oil. FAVORITE. If that still isn’t working speak with a laser specialist because they ALWAYS know what to do. Especially if you feel like nothing else is working.

Other tips: stay out of the sun ( I feel like it makes any razor burn worse- sun spots suck anyway ), dry brush ( fabulous for the skin’s stimulation ), & always moisturize head to toe ( I use basic coconut oil but what else is new there ).

So on that note, how do you keep your arm pits super soft & smooth? Anything I’m missing?

Share your tips, tricks, weird-ass advice too. I think by this point we’re all game!

Next up: bikini line. HA!

x lauryn

Really Just My Ideal Valentine’s Dress ( & SHOES )

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Boy oh boy, there’s nothing more I love than contrast.

LIKE NOTHING THOUGH.

Especially when it comes to home decor, hair color, & FASHION.

So it’s absolutely NO surprise that this Valentine’s Day you can find me contrasting feminine prints with tennis shoes.

Yes, that’s right, TENNIS shoes. YOU KNOW, like sneakers.

Because heels are predictable & boring for V-Day.

Yawn, yawn, yawn. Trust me, add a tennis shoe with your flirty maxi & you’re good to go.

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So side story here: we were eating at Sugarfish ( have you guys been? It’s really the best fucking sushi ever. Think like perfectly warm rice with the best cut of raw fish, a cold beer, & just melt in your mouth goodness ).

AND SUDDENLY I SPOTTED THESE SHOES.

When I looked up to see who was rocking them, it was Hailey Baldwin. AKA Justin Beiber’s latest hook-up, you know the one with the rad braids? Friends with Kendall & Kylie? If you don’t know who I’m talking about, stalk her Instagram & you will get it.

She’s so on point, style-wise. I LOVE.

Anyway, she was rocking these Adidas kicks with a black long sleeve tight dress. So naturally I immediately bought both, the dress AND the shoes, HA! Really though, it looked SOOOO cute on her ( if you’re wondering, here’s the exact one I bought because it looked JUST like the one she was wearing ).

And now I just can’t take these white sneakers off.

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( Guys, I have real deal love for these white beauties. Not sponsored, just realness ).

Really, I’ve been wearing them EVERYWHERE.

How 7th grade-chic are they? So TBT in the best way possible. If Michael steps on these ones, I’ll stab him. I KID, I KID.

I mean we already know I have sick, peculiar obsession with white shoes. White Oxfords, white Converse, white pumps, JUST WHITE OUT. So I’m sure you’re not surprised here?

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SO changing directions: how fun is this flirty dress?! For Valentine’s? It blows in the wind perfectly, weird, but it does. THE SLEEVES are beyonddddd. Anyway, you certainly can count on me wearing this get up for Michael on Sunday.

& maybe if he’s lucky I’ll even provide coconut oil ; ).

– lauryn x

SHOP IT: flirty dress ( I got a size small ) | sneakers ( about the black & white ones too ) | sunglasses | nail polish
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The CUTEST Pajamas For A Valentine’s Day Night In

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 ‘Babes’ Tank & Legging Pajama Set Polka Dot Cat PJ Set Heart Print PJ Set Black Gisele Sleepshirt | Friendzone Pajama Set Lauren Cotton Pajama Pants Valentines Heart Ruffle Romper PJ LUXE Houndstooth Socks

Staying in on Valentine’s Day might be the most UNDER-rated thing ever.

Cute pajamas, a bottle of rosé all to yourself, a good book or maybe an epic chick flick, sounds PERFECT.

If you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day, snag one of these pajama sets to keep you cute & cozy all night.

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