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

Witchy, Creepy Martinis…BUT TOTALLY GUILT-FREE.

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How witchy are these black martinis?!

First off, whenever I see black plastic spiders at the grocery store, I get literal goosebumps because they represent the best time of year: pumpkin season!

Secondly, I love, love, love hosting Halloween parties. I’m seriously Tori Spelling on crack when it comes to anything festive so it’s no surprise that during Halloween season “The Monster Mash” is playing, I have a full on cauldron ( you know one of those black plastic finds ) with dry ice witch’s brew brewing, AND I even have carved white pumpkins sitting in the windows. Full-blown holiday psycho.


Especially on Halloween cocktails.

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This recipe is specifically my favorite BECAUSE it’s sooooo low cal. In all honesty, October is one of those months where summer is a memory & pumpkin bread is in full force, so I’m not exactly feeling my June-bikini best. That’s why October calls for skinny, clean, & fresh cocktails, you know? No need for extra calories with all the extra FESTIVE CARBS.

Because of this, any cocktail I make has to be skinny style, so I use Skinnygirl® Vodka ( but guys, for this recipe I used the TANGERINE with natural flavors, aka going along with that orange-ish theme for fall ). Yum!

This recipe is one that I made up last Halloween & it really does just have all components:

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The Skinny Confidential BLACK WIDOW MARTINI

2 ounces of Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
1/3 pomegranate juice
1/2 lemon, juiced
1-2 drops of black food coloring
Frozen cranberries
Red sugar 

Directions: add everything but frozen cranberries and red sugar to a martini shaker. Shake & pour over chilled glass with red sugar rim (use lemon to line rim before you dip in sugar). Add frozen cranberries ( perfect to use as ice too! ) & throw a couple of black plastic spiders in the martini for a fun, spooky touch.

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While drinking this I like to wear black lipstick so I feel extra Elvira. Also, any leftover plastic spiders end up in Michael’s beard/hair while he’s sleeping. Duh.

Cheers to fall!

lauryn x
{ PC }

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New York, Paris, Milan STYLE…SO MUCH YES.

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As you guys know I just returned home from three of my favorite cities: NEW YORK, PARIS, & MILAN.

I got a snap mail ( is that what Snapchat mail is called? Snap mail? BTW, my username is ‘laurynevarts’ ) asking about what the hell to wear in these specific cities.

If you know me,T you know I’m a HUGE believer in dressing for my environment. If I’m in Paris, you better believe I want to feel Parisian-chic to the max. If I’m in LA, I’m more grunge. And if I’m in Cabo, I will dress to the occasion in flowy skirts, neon bikinis, & off the shoulder dresses.

So anyway, it’s no surprise that I researched each place I was going before we went to make sure I was dressing for the place.

Paris was & is my favorite styled city ( fully shocking, I know ). I love, love, LOVE IT. Like I want to throw out my whole closet after spending time there.

I wore sassy French booties the whole time, scarfs ( specifically like this ), & red nails. Exhibit A.):

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I wish California had more seasons. It sucks that it’s like sunny here when it’s October, you know? That sounds like I’m complaining over perfect weather but perfect weather to me involves heavy seasons.

Ok, so now that we’ve got that covered, let’s talk about New York City.

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3 things: 1.) I’m obsessed with white shoes, you get it. 2.) Dying over a comfy Heather grey tee lately. 3.) these bad-ass over the knee boots are ON SALE.

New York City is a total showoff really. The styles are always on point & there are four seasons…which means you can get really creative in what you’re wearing.

Here’s one of my favorite get-ups in NYC:

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At night I wore a bunch of white or black lace, which I loved because I could take lace all the way through the trip to Milan & Paris. I feel like if you do lace right, it works VERY WELL. Of course, lace can also be done wrong. Some examples of this would be too much lace, hooker-ish lace, & lace on accessories ( this would have to be done in a very specific way to feel chic ). Lace is sort of like leopard. You know, there’s FABULOUS leopard & then not so fabulous leopard styles.

Ok, on to Milan!

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When we were in Milan it was rainy so naturally a black, trench raincoat was perfect for the weather. I’m also all about a quality rain boot that goes right under the knee ( they’re super flattering ). Another thing I noticed immediately about Milan fashion was that every girl was rocking a really amazing black wide legged pant. You kind of can’t go wrong with a great palazzo pant & a tight fitted black long sleeve top. Very chic, right.

Again, another white shoe because I just really love them. Supposedly you’re not supposed to wear white sneakers in Paris & Milan but a bunch of local girls were wearing them soooooo…I wore a lot of my white shoes still. Tra-la!


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Anyway, as you can see all my picks will not break the bank ( actually most of them are under $100 ).

You do not have to spend a billion dollars to look chic. Keep it simple, invest in staples, & always add a tiny pop of color.

Hope these looks have inspired you!

Chat soon, lauryn x

+ Lake Como post to come!

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quote2b YES. YES. YES.

The other day I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram & I came across a quote by businessman, KILLER Gary Vee ( who is just fucking awesome, by the way ). The quote said: STOP DOING SHIT YOU HATE.

So obvious. So simple. BUT SO TYPICAL.

Seriously though. People wake up everyday for 40 years straight going to jobs they hate, working for people they hate, doing tasks they hate.


Ok so, today you’ve caught me in a specific mood. I mean things around here are getting HYPER ORGANIZED. After traveling & getting life-changing surgery, I’ve come to the realization that there are things I want to change, business-wise. SO I’m making proactive changes.

AKA instead of just continuing doing certain things I hate, I’m getting out of my comfort zone to make changes. It sucks, it’s hard at first, but it’s worth it. Better than looking back in 20 years & realizing I did things I didn’t like & became compliance.

The point of this post is to encourage you to do the same. Keeping this general: if you are in a situation that you HATE or if you have a habit you hate, change it.

Really, I can assure you there’s no fairy Godmother that’s going to appear from the sky & fix it, you know?

The only person you can count on to make these positive changes is YOU.

I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from women who want to launch their own business because they’re working in a negative environment & want to branch out on their own.

My advice? Just do it. Pull the trigger.

Because if you don’t do it now, you’re wasting time and energy on things you hate.


It’s really surprisingly simple. Just put an end to it OR make moves towards getting yourself out of the negative situation.

Now this message may not apply to work or business at all; maybe this applies to an ongoing coffee date with someone you don’t really like. Maybe this applies to a specific workout ( AKA I hate long distance running, sorry— hate it ). Or maybe it’s more about something bigger than all of this.

What a waste of life to do things you hate, right?

To further the point, Gary breaks it down quickly in this YouTube video: “stop doing shit you hate, you have all the opportunity to crush it. There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to kill it and that is what I want to talk to you about today. I really want to talk about PP, patience and passion. There are way too many people in this room right now that are doing stuff that they hate. Please stop doing stuff that you hate! There is no reason in 2014 to do shit you hate! Promise me you won’t, because you can lose just as much money being happy as hell.

Anyway, I sincerely hope that if you’re doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable that you take steps to fix it & remove the issue from your life. YOU ARE WORTH IT.

So! Ask yourself: if you’re doing shit you hate today…how are you making proactive strides to get yourself out of these negative situations? AND of course, if you have any advice on the topic, WEIGH IN! I swear you guys always have such positive tips/tricks/advice.

Chat tomorrow!

– lauryn x

You Guys Asked! Pre-Workout Tips & Tricks

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Ever since The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide launched, I have received tons of questions about pre-workout tips. I decided to break it down in a couple of easy steps:

Drink water:

Before, during and after a workout. It’s totally been my thing lately. Before I workout, I add Zicam Total Immune Crystals to my water bottle for extra support of my immune system. Many people don’t realize this, but immunity function actually starts in the gut and these crystals have probiotics that are so important for your digestive health, so you can get a little bit more out of your water.

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I’m a big fan of stretching before a workout. Water and stretching are something that every nutritionist and trainer will recommend, so I try my best to do both. They both make a huge difference in the way I feel, look and perform during a workout.


I’ve been loving raw almond butter before I workout– I’m on a real kick. It sort of feeds my engine.

Not going to lie: I’ll sneak a couple of spoonfuls of almond butter ( typically after lunch ) for a little boost.


If I don’t have almond butter, I’ll go for something quick like Zicam’s Total Immune Melts. The amino acids & electrolytes in these tiny, delicious orange drops are awesome and paired with your favorite post-workout drink and make replenishing after a sweat session easy, peasy.

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Find a workout buddy:

A scheduled workout ( aka working out with a babe ) can be a game changer. I started making my workouts a meeting/priority on my calendar. And by inviting someone along, I’ve eliminated any excuse not to work out! It also helps that TSC Bombshell Body workouts are 27 minutes: quick & effective. And you can do them anywhere!


I am not one of those people that can push through a workout without sleep. Sleep is my number one beauty tip and without it my workout is just not the same. If I don’t get at least 7 hours, I won’t workout.

Jewel once said, “If it’s between sleep and the gym, I’ll choose sleep.”

YES. Me too.

Sleep is always my main priority. Especially between crazy workouts.

What’s your favorite energy-boosting workout tip?

x lauryn

+ this post is in collaboration with Self Magazine.

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Hi guys!

I wanted to share the cover story I just did with LOCALE Magazine! I’m super excited about it because 1.) the whole thing was super fun to shoot 2.) it answers a bunch of blogging questions, & 3.) THE CLOTHES!

We shot the 6 page feature at La Jolla Shores in California on a sunny day in front of the Murals of LA ( think gorgeous public artwork— bright, light, & fun! ). As for the interview part, it’s all about BLOGGING. Basically recommendations for new bloggers, how The Skinny Confidential ( & TSC Book ) came about, & where I see TSC in a few years. ALSO lots of tips & tricks for aspiring bloggers, so if you’re thinking of starting a blog, definitely check it out!

Anyway, I’ve received a bunch of e-mails asking outfit specifics, so I figured I’d do a little post ( these looks can also be found at Van De Vort in Del Mar, California ):

Ok so, here’s a breakdown of all three looks:

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LOOK #1: white lace dress | black pumps | red lipstick | curling iron

LOOK #2: black & white skirt ( similar ) | tank top | gold bracelet | coral lipstick

LOOK #3: blush dress | nude pumps | hat | sunglasses ( similar )

Jewelry: Brachelle Jewelry
Makeup: Kelsey Long
Hair: Shawn Knudsen
Photo credit: Blue Wesley Photography
+ special thx to Be Social PR

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If you’re interested in reading the whole feature, check it online, order a subscription, or find a magazine near you.

For those of you who have read the interview already, THANK YOU. You really do not understand how much your support means to me. I am SO, SO lucky to have such an amazing community of women. You guys kick ass.

Happy Tuesday!

Chat soon, lauryn x

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