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


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.

pre and post workout tips | by the skinny confidential


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.

pre and post workout tips | by the skinny confidential

pre and post workout tips | by the skinny confidential

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.

pre and post workout tips | by the skinny confidential


Locale Magazine | by the skinny confidential

Locale Magazine | by the skinny confidential

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

Locale Magazine | by the skinny confidential

Locale Magazine | by the skinny confidential

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

Locale Magazine | by the skinny confidential

Locale Magazine | by the skinny confidential


Mini DeLites: MILAN, ITALY

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{ strawberry basil gelato…way too addictive }

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ a grainy picture of me & Michael at Roberto Cavalli x DISARONNO }

4:02 AM on Tuesday.

& surprise, surprise jet lag has me by the balls.

Went to bed at 5 PM last night, woke up at 2 AM today, you get the drift. And now we’ve been up watching MR. ROBOT ( << so gnarly, watch it ), eating Cheez-It’s & now I’ve decided to do a blog post. Because blogging at 4 AM is entirely normal.

Jet lag is so bizarre, I just feel straight up antsy!


Milan, Italy was stunning. Small charming streets, fruit-filled gelato on every corner, crazy shopping, & beautiful architecture.

It’s definitely a place everyone should experience, so if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Italy any time soon, definitely make a stop in Milan ( I’d recommend 3 days ). Side note: I’ll do a Paris/Milan itinerary x outfit recommendations, if you guys want?

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{ ate wayyyy too much pizza! }

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{ Duomo Cathedral…so crazy beautiful, so dramatic }

On to more specifics of the trip— we stayed in Milan for one day until Michael decided ( very spontaneously, I should add ) that we travel to Lake Como for 2 days, which turned out to be really unbelievable. Lake Como is just probably the most magical place I’ve ever been. Stay tuned for more details next week but basically it’s this stunning lake with tiny restaurants & boutique hotels. The lake is surrounded by intense greenery, mountains, & Italian-style homes.

After Lake Como we went back to Milan because FINALLY I was feeling less swollen. The whole swollen thing really ruined the whole Fashion Week thing for us. Like I said, we booked this trip months & months ago, planning to attend NY & Milan Fashion Week but I simply felt out of sorts & too swollen to really do anything.

Ultimately, I’m not too bummed because instead we had a romantic vacation. So things worked out.

Towards the last 2 days of the trip, I finally started to feel a bit better so I ended the trip with a little work- we went to a dinner for Roberto Cavalli & DISARONNO and met up with other influencers. Still though, I feel like I’m wearing a mask. Feeling swollen 24/7 is weird.

Also, Michael & I went to Duomo Cathedral, did some shopping, ate, walked, ate, drank Campari sodas, ate, & explored. I also had a collagen facial that was INSANE. And collagen facials are my favorite thing…ever? Basically it pumps the skin in all the right places ( & it also helped with my swelling A LOT ). It’s crazy because you can see a huge difference after just one. Will be on the hunt for a collagen facialist in California after this trip.

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ the most charming little streets }

Anyway, I have more to share but I feel like I should try to sleep for 2 more hours, ya?

This month’s theme is ORGANIZATION.

I am coming back from this trip completely re-inspired in blogging & in life. After my surgery I needed a minute to step outside. This trip did just the trick. I’m really feeling, I don’t know, re-motivated ( is that a word? )! I have a really clear vision of the next steps for my business, so October…it’s time to execute. It’s amazing how stepping away from things can bring so much perspective.

Ok! If you are toying around with the idea of going to Milan– let me know any questions below, happy to help!

Happy Monday ( or is it Tuesday? ), lauryn

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{ favorite way to start a meal: Campari sodas }


candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

I AM VERY (!!!), VERY, VERY EXCITED to share this recipe with you guys.



That’s right, a Skinnygirl® Sweet ‘N Tart Margarita, specifically.

I imagine myself poolside with a huge brimmed hat, casually sipping a colorful margarita that matches perfectly with my watermelon & flamingo pool floaties while ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ softly plays in the background.

Ahhhh, #instagramgoals.

Oh! You want to end summer the same way?…Perfect. Just watch how easy this candied Skinnygirl® Margarita is to whip up:


(insert Emoji pink nails here).

Not only is this a super princess-y cocktail, it’s also EASY. And you know how I love EASY.

All ya do is:

Skinnygirl® SWEET ‘N TART Margarita

1/2 cup of sparkling water
1/2 grapefruit, juiced or squeezed
5 blackberries, muddled
A sprig of basil
Sweet and tart flavored candies, crushed

Directions: crush up sweet and tart flavored candies in a bowl with a mallet. Make sure they’re different colors to add some flair. Muddle about 5 to 8 blackberries, boysenberries, or blueberries (your choice). Grab a small cocktail glass, add ice, Skinnygirl® SWEET ‘N TART GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA, & top with sparkling water. Leave a little space in the glass to squeeze half an organic grapefruit on top of mix. Add muddle berries & mix with a stirrer. Garnish with a fresh leaf of basil. YUM!

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

This cocktail is 1.) super light. 2.) only slightly sweetened from the crushed candies and 3.) low in calories/sugar ( thanks Skinnygirl®! ).


Little backstory on Skinnygirl® Cocktails: I flew to NYC a few months ago to meet with Bethenny Frankel & her team to learn about the product. Firstly, they don’t add chemicals & secondly, their products are ideal for women who live a balanced lifestyle. Think: the woman who works her ass off but likes a glass of wine at night.


Anyway, meeting with Skinnygirl® Cocktails was so amazing because not only did I learn about the products, but I was also able to taste test & pick out my favorite flavors to share with you guys! They have so many different cocktails/snacks, so it was obviously tough but it’s certainly no surprise that the Sweet N’ Tart flavor was one of my favorites.


candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

( And of course, hearing Bethenny speak about her career was pretty damn cool too. She really is a dynamic, inspiring, amazing woman…no wonder I’m so obsessed with her products! )

Oh, & by the way, this margarita might be the cutest thing on earth for: baby showers ( can you drink at baby showers? Sure hope so! ), bridal parties, bachelorette soirees, &/or a Tuesday night viewing of The Real Housewives of New York City (super fitting because Ms. Skinnygirl® Cocktails herself is the star ).

Cheers kittens!

– lauryn, x

+ subscribe to TSC YouTube channel | more healthy cocktails recipes available in TSC Book.

++ also, check out the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers program.

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candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

* This post is brought to you in collaboration with Skinnygirl® Cocktails. Skinnygirl®  is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. (“Beam”) and is used with permission. The information, comments and ideas expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Beam, its affiliated companies or any of their directors or employees. Beam does not sponsor, authorize or otherwise endorse this website. ©2015 Skinnygirl Cocktails, Deerfield, IL; Sweet ‘N Tart Grapefruit Margarita (per 1.5 oz.): Calories 35.5, Carbs 2.2g.

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