Giving Back During The Holidays With BeautyKind…( AKA Your Shopping= Charity )

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During the holidays it’s so important to give back…especially if you’re fortunate.

Typically my favorite way to give back is through dog charities ( I’m kind of dog-sessed ). But this year on top of Rancho Coastal Humane Society, I wanted to do something else.

Something with people.

It was superrrr important for the cause to be one that meant a lot to me.

And obviously after this interview with the creators of The Kind Campaign ( Lauren & Molly rock! ), I decided it would be the perfect charity to stand behind.

The Kind Campaign is all about spreading kindness while addressing the issue of girl on girl bullying.

There’s so much bullying going on these days between women ( on social media AND in real life ) that I figured it would be fun to stand behind a cause that encourages kindness between women AKA The Kind Campaign.

Women should support, inspire, & uplift each other. I’d rather collaborate any day, then compete. I mean, right?

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Here’s where BeautyKind comes in…it’s really the most brilliant thing ever: the site gives back 5% of every beauty purchase to a cause of the customer’s choice.

Ok…this is HUGE. I love purchasing beauty products online & knowing that 5% is going to back to a cause of MY choice?!!

Too good to be true!!

If you’re interested, just head over to BeautyKind & choose which cause you want to support ( would love to know what cause you’re passionate about below! ). And if you’re super passionate about a cause that’s not featured on their site you can apply to have it added to their list.

LOVE!!!

After you’re signed up, just simply…SHOP. That’s all.

Caution: knowing that your shopping habit is actually doing something GOOD is pretty dangerous ( in all the right ways!! LOL ).

Happy shopping!

- Lauryn xx

{ when you sign up here, you will get 20% off your whole order ; ) !! }

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A Holiday Coconut/Cacao Cocktail <3

The Skinny Confidential shares a Bailey's cocktail.

The Skinny Confidential shares a Bailey's cocktail.

The other day on Instagram I posted a pic of coconut/cacao hot chocolate…( SO freaking yummy ) and you guys asked me for a recipe.

Annnnnd today I’m sharing it…BUT I added Bailey’s ( so sue me ).

First off, I had a full on love affair with this little recipe because it’s that good. I fully just sat alone in my house with Spotify’s Christmas Jazz station on repeat pretending like I was in the depths of winter in Alaska with a blazing fire.

When in reality it’s like, 70 to 75 degrees in San Diego.

The Skinny Confidential shares a Bailey's cocktail.

You should see people here though; they’re in full blown UGG’s with wool scarves, leg warmers, jackets, & North Face vests, acting as if they’re experiencing unlivable conditions like ‘Beyond The Wall’ in “Game of Thrones” exclaiming “can’t you believe this weather? It’s bone-chilling!” All while checking out at the grocery store buying logs & heated blankets.

This is real life in SD right now.

Before we get all dramatic, A.) it’s not cold at all ( I just got back from NYC so I’m feeling pretttttty savvy to what’s cold ) & B.) I’m jealous of places that are cold in winter because I want to drink warm drinks by the fire.

…but I mightttttt be wearing a vest & scarf right now too? So I guess I’m just as guilty?

Ok let’s get to the hot chocolate…with a spin though: cacao nibs & coconut flakes!!  Here’s a quick video tutorial of how to DIY.

Soooo good it hurts. The recipe is seriously the easiest thing in the world:

+ 1 cup coffee

+ 1/2 cup almond milk ( make sure it doesn’t contain this nasty-ass, sicky ingredient )

+ 1 ( or 2 ) shots of Bailey’s

+ Sprinkle coconut flakes or add a few drops of coconut sugar ( it’s a liquid )

+ Sprinkle cacao chips ( sometimes I melt them before I add them )

+ Add a couple of marshmallows because DUH! 

( Option: dash of pumpkin pie spice to get super festive-y )

Directions: on a stove heat up coffee and almond milk. Add to a holiday mug. Add Bailey’s. Sprinkle coconut flakes or add coconut sugar. Sprinkle cacao nibs or heat them up for an added touch. Dash on pumpkin pie spice or marshmallows. Cheers! x

The Skinny Confidential shares a Bailey's cocktail.

Also, I HAVE TO KNOW! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL?

Any that I have to try?

Lately I’ve also been love this apple cider whiskey drink; I may or may not be wrapping presents with it this weekend.

Don’t forget to check out TSC: Holiday/NYE Lookbook for last minute gifts.

Enjoy the weekend, Lauryn xx

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++ black top || plaid mug.

Video: Chris Tran Media

The Skinny Confidential shares a Bailey's cocktail.


Why I’m Playing For Team Spanx ( BUH-BYE Holiday Muffin Top!! )

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

 The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

When I went to NYC it was FREEZING.

Not just like, oh brrr it’s cold, sniff, sniff.

Like: OMG what is going on, my hands are falling off & I may die of hypothermia, beanie hat Emjoi-kinda freezing.

And let’s be real: who wants to get ALL dressed up when it’s THAT cold?

Unfortunately for me, this was my New York situation. I was on the go THE ENTIRE TIME SOOOO this meant dressier, tighter fitting outfits despite the cold weather AND extra, extra NYC calories ( but really, the food in New York is on a whole different level!!! ).

SO this is where Spanx came in.

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

Thank Goddddd for Spanx. I’ve been wearing them for years but they really, really came in handy in NYC…so I figured: ding, ding!!! Blog post idea!!

NO LIE THOUGH, I’m playing for Team Spanx.

Especially when it’s freezing (!!!) because they give ya an extra layer WITHOUT adding an extra layer, if ya know what I mean? In fact, they very much so take off a layer.

A layer of Katz’ Deli turkey sandwiches/lox & bagels/potato pancakes with apple sauce/sour cream type of layer, if we’re being specific ( I’m always undoubtedly drawn to those damn potato pancakes ).

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

Anyway these pics were shot before a nighttime meeting— hence the white blouse & pleather skirt  & I even ended up unbuttoning the top button to show off a little, sex kitten pop of nude. For the meeting, I actually wore the black underwear with the cami for extra, extra support.  Pleather also has a tendency to scrunch up a little, so while it looks great- so important to have a smooth fabric underneath to keep everything from bunching (great trick, ladies!)

When picking out Spanx, you can’t go wrong with the nude cami because 1.) it’s nude ( a total classic- duh ), 2.) you can wear it with practically anything ( any time, any day ), & 3.) every girl should invest in one pair during the holidays ( especially because of the overload of bubbly x finger food x sugar cookies ). Adding the black undies is an added bonus too- don’t even get me started on that insanely powerful microfiber that literally SUCKS you in!

Also, for the record: thank God you can walk everywhere in New York. Because #potatopancakes.

How do you keep it tight during the holidays? Share!!

Lauryn xx

Pics: Jeff Thibodeau

+ white blouse, leather skirt, gold bracelet, necklacemesh purse, & striped sweater ( << on sale ).

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.


My Holiday Wish List x TSC Lookbook

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Ok so obviously I am relieved ( as shit ) that The Skinny Confidential Gift Guide/Lookbook has launched.

It’s kind of a his/her lookbook so definitely check it out if you’re looking for your BF or husband. The full magazine format can be found here.

Since it’s a yearly tradition to showcase my holiday wish list on the blog, I couldn’t not not post this post!

So ta-da.

Here’s what I’m dying for during the holidays ( each piece is found throughout the lookbook too ).

Is there anything I’m missing? Would love to know! What’s on your wish list?

x Lauryn

( Dear Michael: I NEED the navy blue dress pictured…; ) )

|| Shop The Wish List ||


THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HOLIDAY/NYE GIFT GUIDE & LOOKBOOK

The Skinny Confidential lookbook.

The Skinny Confidential lookbook.

Not going to lie, I’m VERY VERY VERY excited about this one…

For the last six months I’ve been keeping a journal.

A journal of GIFTS & NYE outfits.

No, no not for me ( well maybe one list is )…for unique PRESENTS for other people!

Everything, like everything-everything I thought was cute/fun/thoughtful/pretty, I added to my journal until it was a full blown TSC magazine.

SO VOILA!

The Skinny Confidential Lookbook for The Holidays & NYE has launched!!!

I’m sooooo excited because not only is this project a lookbook, it’s also an online magazine ( press ‘download PDF’ to get the whole experience on this page ) …AND when you click the picture of the gift it takes you straight to the source.

You guys have been asking me for specific gift guides for specific people lately a lot, so now it’s all in one spot. Easyyyyyyy right?

Plus 99% of the guide is under $250. #YES

The Skinny Confidential gift guide.

The Skinny Confidential lookbook.

Since I wanted to guide to feel holiday-esque, I went to New York City to have the pictures done to make them feel super festive-y.

It was F-ING FREEZINGGGGGGG but beauty is pain, so I sucked it up to get this lookbook to you guys in time for the holidays/NYE.

Some of pages you’ll find? Here’s a couple of options:

♡ Shopping for the jet setter/black lover/fashionista 

♡ The boyfriend guide ( Michael totally weighed in )

♡ What to get the parents

♡ Presents for the fur baby ( << the tipi is to die )

♡ Beauty gifts

♡ WTF to get a blogger

♡ My Christmas list ( hint, hint babe )

♡ Stocking stuffers under $25

♡ What to buy a foodie

♡ Full New Year’s Eve gift guide

…& tons more!!

& lucky you, MOST RETAILERS ARE OFFERING FREE SHIPPING FROM DECEMBER 18TH TO DECEMBER 20TH!! : ))) Also, there’s about a week to ship before Christmas. If you know me I’m the ultimate procrastinator, so nothing new here!

The Skinny Confidential lookbook.

The Skinny Confidential gift guide.

I’ve literally poured myself in to this project soooooo I really hope you like the online magazine!! Any suggestions are welcome!!

I think I’m going to go shower/crash/die now because I’m not looking so hot…I’ve probably gotten about three hours of sleep & I really, seriously fell asleep at the computer the last couple nights ( like, at the actual desktop though…so chic ).

Let’s just say, if you saw me currently, you’d see a strong resemblance to Sloth from “The Goonies.”

Ok, enjoy & SHOP your little heart out!

- Lauryn xx

+ Full outfit details in TSC Holiday & NYE Guide/Lookbook.

Pictures by: Jeff Thibodeau || Makeup by: Ariel Tejada

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