Meet World Traveler Veronica Tracy

The Skinny Confidential x Veronica Tracy.

The Skinny Confidential x Veronica Tracy.

There’s no argument here: Veronica Tracy is a total BABE.

But she’s not just any babe, she’s a MAJOR world traveler.

Her body also happens to be RIDICULOUS & she’s probably the nicest, sweetest girl I’ve ever interviewed.

So get ready to see some rad-ass pictures from around the world & meet Miss Veronica:

+ Tell us about yourself:

Veronica Tracy: I’m Veronica, I’m 24, & currently live in Laguna Beach, CA. As a born and raised Southern California girl, I get anxiety if I’m away from the ocean for too long, but that doesn’t mean I won’t jump at any opportunity to go someplace exotic. I pretty much spend all my money on traveling and good food, and to support this lifestyle I work in property development and management. As a side project, my mom and I are fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a luxury boutique hotel. Although it’s still in it’s infancy stages, I’m beyond excited to be able to incorporate all the knowledge I’ve gained while traveling and translate it into the perfect hotel experience for others.

Aside from that, I ride horses competitively and I’m seriously in love with all my animals- to the point where I know my boyfriend’s a little jealous. In a nutshell, I love bikinis, travel, culture, vintage clothes, studying world religions, wellness and doing humanitarian work.

+ Ok so clearly you’re a world traveler— spill!

VT: Hi, my name is Veronica & I’m a travelaholic. No but really, I can only keep my sanity if I have at least one trip in the works to look forward to. But up until college I hadn’t been anywhere except Cabo ( I seriously miss spring break ), so the summer of my junior year I decided to put my International Relations major and Arabic studies to good use and signed up for Semester at Sea. SAS is a life-changing program and any student reading this who has the opportunity should 100% do it!!! After travelling to eight different countries across the Mediterranean and meeting friends from around the world, its safe to say I hadn’t just been bitten by the travel bug, I had been ravenously attacked.

Traveling exposes you to different cultures and ways of life, teaching you to be more humble, tolerant, and appreciative. I love the saying, “travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”. It’s not just the experiences and memories, but the knowledge you gain about yourself that is truly priceless. Travel as much as you can, as far as you can- you will seriously be a stronger, more independent, and well-rounded person for it.

With that being said, my favorite trip I’ve done would have to be the two months I took following graduation in which I drove basically the entire coast of Portugal before heading to Africa. Portugal is so laid back and reminds me of what I would imagine California to be like 60 years ago. Lisbon, the Algarve, the Douro Valley ( WINE HEAVEN ), and the town of Sintra are all definite musts while in Portugal. In Africa, I trekked after Gorillas in Rwanda, avoided hippos and crocodiles down the Zambezi River in Zambia, and had gin and tonics instead of taking my malaria pills ( got seriously sick on those ) while watching the sunset over the plains in Botswana. I dream about this trip on a daily basis and can’t wait to go back.

I fall more and more in love with Morocco every time I go. It’s a total culture shock and sensory overload, but in the best way possible. The last time I went, I was lucky enough to do a girls’ trip with a girlfriend and my mom and we went ALL out, driving through the country for two weeks with stops in Casablanca, Fez, Rissani, Ourzazte, the Dades Valley, the Atlas Mountains and Marrakech. My most memorable experience and a definite must for anyone going to Morocco was a camel ride into the Sahara Desert. We spent the evening cracking up with our hilarious guide Mohammed, despite his broken English, and slept under the stars in sheets full of sand. It was seriously magical and goes to show how humor can transcend cultural and language barriers and bring anyone together.

While in Marrakech, make sure to stay in a riad within the Medina ( old city ) walls. I love the Riad El Fenn, but there are so many cute riads to choose from at any budget. The Atlas Mountains are about an hour drive outside Marrakech and definitely worth the trek. They are the tallest mountain range in northern Africa and at the very top there is a hotel called the Kasbah De Toubkal that I adore. You literally have to hire a donkey to take you and your bags up to your room- it’s so remote and has a very Shangri-La feel to it.

Istanbul is one of the most interesting and dynamic cities I’ve ever been too. There is so much history and culture, plus the food is bomb and the shopping is even better. If you are in Turkey though, the coast is must. The water is strikingly blue and the coastal cities are so charming. Hot air ballooning over Cappadocia should also be on everyone’s bucket list.

Some of my others faves are definitely Croatia, the Amalfi Coast in Italy, St. Lucia, Mykonos, and Barcelona. Ibiza is crazy and the most fun I have had partying. Ever. But I would have to say my favorite place I’ve ever been so far is South Africa. I don’t even know how to describe the different levels of amazing that is South Africa so you are just going to have to trust me and go!!!

Some of my all time favorite hotels include the Areias do Seixo in Portugal, Jack’s Camp in Botswana, the Ushuaia in Ibiza, D-Hotel Maris in Turkey, Soho House in London, Singita Lebombo in South Africa, the Riad El Fenn and Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco ( pricey but worth it! ), the New Hotel in Athens, and for something more local I LOVE the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs.

If I have to pick a least favorite I guess I would say Vegas? I may stand alone on this but I think Vegas is kindaaaa overrated. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and place for Vegas but generally I would rather save my money for something a bit more off the beaten path. And maybe somewhere where the pools don’t pose a public health risk…

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The Skinny Confidential x Veronica Tracy.

+ How do you keep your bod tight if you’re always traveling?

VT: Not going to lie, when I’m on a trip all bets are off. You only live once right? While I’m absorbing a new culture and have the opportunity to eat some amazing dish I’ve never heard of before, I am absolutely going to try it out. My rule is moderation- you can have that fried arancini ball while in Sicily, just don’t have four ( this rule doesn’t apply to wine- drink as much amazing and inexpensive house wine as you can while in Italy ). Just take the long route home; turning down streets you normally wouldn’t so you can discover all the nooks and crannies while burning off that arancini ball at the same time.

+ Quick skinny tips or tricks?

VT: Cut out the processed crap and eat clean! I feel and look my best when I’m following an overall healthy lifestyle. It takes work and CONTROL but it’s worth it in the end. Also, water water and more water!!! I recently read a study that said something like 40% of people mistake thirst for hunger. If you drink at least three liters of water a day you flush toxins and curb cravings. Plus your skin will glow : ).

+ Weekly workout schedule?

VT: I ride horses and it’s seriously the best workout, you use muscles you never knew existed. In between that, I try and do Pilates and hot yoga at least four to five times a week with an occasional barre class and a run on the beach/hike whenever I get the chance. I try and switch it up and keep it interesting, running on the treadmill is such a bore.

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+ Favorite go-to healthy food?

VT: Definitely a green juice or a smoothie! I try and drink one or the other every day. I pack my smoothies full of veggies and super foods like goji, acai, cacao, maca, spirulina, & chia. I also try my best to buy local, organic, and unprocessed foods so lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, & grass-fed meat.

+ Cocktail of choice?

VT: My go to is a wine spritzer- ice, white wine, a little sparkling water, a splash of St. Germaine & some berries. But anything with St. Germaine is good by me.

I am also really into this fresh lemonade cocktail I made for Easter. I pre-make a simple syrup infused with fresh rosemary ( lavender is really yummy too, basil or mint work as well ) and do one part fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice to three parts sparkling water. Add a splash of the simple syrup with some Prosecco or vodka to top it off & you have the most refreshing summer cocktail.

+ Can’t-live-without beauty product?

VT: I can’t lie I’m product obsessed, but lately I’ve been trying my best to use all natural and organic products. So, the obvious answer is coconut oil- I, too, am obsessed and use it for almost everything. Other than that, I’m really loving the entire RMS Beauty line. The Living Luminizer gives the healthiest most natural looking glow and the “Un” cover-up concealer is magic. It’s a completely organic and clean makeup line that actually works really well and apparently is a favorite of Miranda Kerr and Giselle. If it’s good by them, it’s definitely good by me…

+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?

VT: The oil cleansing method to wash my face! With this method, you massage natural oils ( no more nasty chemical-ridden products! ) into your skin and use a hot washcloth to rinse it off. It might seem counterintuitive to lather your face with oil, but just like hair, when your skin is stripped of its oil it produces more to compensate. Oil dissolves oil, making it a really effective and gentle method for balancing the skin. I’ve always struggled with breakouts and this has really worked for me. The blend of oils you should use depends on your skin type, but I use equal parts castor, sweet almond, and jojoba. I throw in a Manuka honey mask a few times a week and I’m good to go. (( ** << I’ll do a post on this to share my experience with this soon ; ) )).

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+ When I wake up I…

VT: I oil pull with coconut oil thanks to your post about it! While I’m doing this I make my warm water/lemon tea and dry brush before showering. I also always try and throw in a quick meditation to get my day started.

+ WTF’s in your purse?

VT: A cluttered purse drives me crazy so I like to just keep the essentials- wallet, gum, sunnies, Suntegrity sunscreen, Malin and Goetz lip balm, Kora Organics Rose Mist ( crucial during a flight ), Green Body natural deodorant ( this shit really works ), Tom Ford Noir de Noir perfume, and almonds or some sort of snack.

+ Quick, easy recipe?

VT: Baked banana with dark chocolate- my boyfriend came up with this one night when there wasn’t much in the fridge, and it’s the easiest most decadent dessert I honestly can’t get enough. You split the naner down the middle, leaving the peel on, and stuff it with broken up bits of good dark chocolate. Wrap it in a tin foil tent and stick it in the oven at 350 degrees or approx. ten minutes or until the chocolate is melted and the skin of the banana has started to blacken. You can enjoy like this, or if you are really going for it, add a scoop of vanilla coconut milk ice cream.

+ Five summer pieces of clothing you’re loving:

VT: Anything and everything Stone Cold Fox but especially loving this sweet little dress for summer:

Reformation is one of my all time favorite brands, they always have the perfect summer dress, crop top, and two piece.

The perfect jean shorts are a must.

I live for rompers and this one by Diane Von F is a dream.

I love that you can transition this Ani Bikini top from the beach to happy hour by pairing it with some high-waisted pants or a flowy skirt.

+ Follow more of Veronica’s travels on Instagram: @veronica_tracy.

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Mini DeLites: Los Angeles

Things that make me happy. By: The Skinny Confidential

{ Adult snow cones ; ) }

Things that make me happy. By: The Skinny Confidential

{ Using Uber…in traffic, naturally || black crop & faux fur bag }

Hi guys!

This week I’m blogging from LA— Michael & I are up here for work…and we’re also house hunting.

We’ve decided we’re going to spend half the time in San Diego & the other half in Los Angeles. Totally new chapter! We wanted to mix it up a bit but without leaving SD permanently.

Over the weekend we explored LA & went to Gracias Madre ( all local/organic/vegan food + boozy snow cones ) and The Magic Castle ( it’s a showplace for magicians from around the word— really interesting ) with some friends. We also tried Earthbar…it’s SO insane. It’s a ‘bar’ with vitamin shots, cleanses, herbs, hangover remedies, protein smoothies, kombucha, aloe shots, liquid supplements, & kale-everything. So basically it’s my version of heaven. YUM. My picks:

Things that make me happy. By: The Skinny Confidential

{ Hoping that these shots would helps with my allergies }

And today it was hi-ho-hi-ho-off-to-work, but of course we had to have dinner at SUGARFISH.

If you’re ever in LA you have to ( have to, have to ) try SUGARFISH. It’s literally the best sushi…EVER. I know I’ve talked about it before but it’s THAT good. It’s a real, serious party in the mouth. If you’ve eaten there, you get it ( anyone?! ).

Things that make me happy. By: The Skinny Confidential
{ At a friend’s beautiful wedding on Friday night || mesh toppencil skirt, white pumps }

Sooooo the real question of the day is for all you L.A. residents: how in the hell do you manage the traffic? I’m honestly scared for my little ‘lateness issue’ with this gnarly traffic. Tips? This traffic is CRAZY.

Anyway, happy Monday! xx lauryn

{{ note: there’s two more days to enter TSC book giveaway!! }}

Things that make me happy. By: The Skinny Confidential

{ House hunting!! || aviatorsKate Moss shirt }

Things that make me happy. By: The Skinny Confidential

{ SUGARFISH kills it…every time }

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How I Manage My Online Shopping Habit

The Skinny Confidential x Giftry.

I’m totally that girl that has 34572398420 shopping tabs open on my laptop.

Some are items I’m dreaming about…some are items that are gift ideas…& some are just cute-ass trinkets that I ( think I ) need to have ASAP.

And since in my everyday life is so annoyingly organized ( like crazy, psycho, control freak-organized ), there’s something kind of dangerous about leaving all my computer’s tabs open.

Secret rebel style…

That is, until my computer crashes & all the tabs close out & I can’t freaking remember what was open & FML.

You been there too?

Well, have no fear because the greatest website ever just launched. It’s called Giftry ( P.S. I totally had a ‘why didn’t I think of that idea’ moment when I heard about Giftry ).

Basically it’s all the items I’m lusting over in one place. I can clearly separate my lists— in the most organized way possible. This is perfect for an organized psycho because now everything feels less overwhelming/manageable & there’s not a million tabs open cluttering my cute ‘Hustle’ desktop.

So on Giftry, all I do is carefully categorize my wants/needs/maybes/gifts into separate lists. Easyyyyy, right?

I mean clearly, for me this concept is kind of a no brainer because you guys know how I love my lists…!! #understatementoftheyear

Anyway I’m super excited to be a Giftry influencer— if you’re interested in following my favorite online shopping, sign up here.

Happy Sunday & enjoy! x. L
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TSC Bad-Ass Guide To New York City

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

{{ Well looky here, I’m wearing the jeans I talked about yesterday ^^^ ; ) }}

Perhaps you guys remember my promise to do a TSC guide to New York City a couple of months ago? 

Well, either way—ta-da— here it is: 

Why now? Uh, honestly I’m currently battling the insane desire to go BACK.

I miss NYC. 

The city is just so posh, timeless, & classic…with so much character. 

Pretty much I’m a Gemini & lemme tell ya, us Geminis love stimulation. New York is freaking stimulating man. 

Like Bob Dylan said:

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“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”

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So true, so interesting, so different, so into it.

Anywho- let’s get down to TSC sparkly, colorful NYC itinerary:

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

Picking a hotel in NY can be about as overwhelming as picking an Essie nail polish color.

There’s so many options!!

We stayed at:

Andaz 5th Avenueour experience with Andaz 5th Ave was fab. When we arrived we were greeted with cutie little bowls of berries & flutes of chilled champagne ( the perfect combo right?! ). Our view was insane. The hotel room looked straight at The New York Public Library AKA where Batman was filmed (!!!). One of my favorite parts was the hotel’s charming coffee shop ( best iced tea ever! ) & the craft cocktail underground bar. Basically, this is a rad hotel with a lot of energy…so I’d definitely recommend this spot to anyone who likes to have a good time!

Ok so before I dive into the cocktail/restaurant/places to go stuff, let me talk about Michael & his itineraries.

Hmmm. How do I broach this little subjecty-subject?

Let’s just say the guy LOVES his itineraries.

Personally, I’m totally not Mr. Itinerary. My life is so planned/organized at home so when I travel, I like to be a gypsy, wonderlust, moon child explorer without plans.

But……every trip is the same story: Michael types out a three page ( minimum ) to ten page ( yes, ten…maximum ) schedule. Like I said, he LOVVVVESSS his damn itinerary. So as much as I would love to take credit for the following, I can’t. It’s all Michael’s research found on the pages of his beloved itnerary ( I feel like I should make a super nostaglic itinerary scrapbook for our kids- kidding, but kind of not really ).

Ok so here we go:

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

Cocktails! Woo-hoo! NYC has a realllllll insane cocktail scene.

You have to try:

ACME NYC: amazing wine//amazing food! Trust me.

Death + Company: amazing craft cocktails with some of the best bartenders in the US.

Milk & Honey: so much fun! A must-try. They’re also located in London.

Perla: in my favorite area of NYC: Greenwich Village. Try the cinnamon-infused bourbon & thank me later.

Please Don’t Tell: SERIOUSLY go!! It’s the BEST. This place looks like a typical NYC hot dog shop but don’t be fooled! You go into the little joint, pick up the telephone in the little phone booth, & hit the buzzer once. After a couple minutes someone will come into the phone booth & escort you into a little tiny speak easy. It’s so underground & so cute. My personal favorite bar in NYC. Plus East Village is fun. Remember to make reservations before you go.

The Dead Rabbit: super rad spot for cocktails. Some of the best bartenders & it’s won tons of cocktail spirited awards.

The Standard Grill: insane ambience // fun to people watch // make resos way in advance because it’s hard to get in. Side: their oysters are delish!!

The Smile for cocktails & brunch: the cocktail above is from The Smile & it’s a gin/mint/cucumber/soda concoction.

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

Some rad areas?

East Village ( super fun to walk around )

Greenwich Village

Lower East Side

Soho

Upper East Side

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

ABC Kitchen: this place is Skinny Confidential-esque. I recommend every salad on the menu paired with their chilled rosé…so good. Definitely one of my favorites.

Blue Bottle Coffee: seriously the best coffee on the planet.

Jack’s Wife Frida: AMAZING brunch!

La Bodega Negra: such a fun crowd!! There were woman dancing on our table as we ate tacos & drank bomb-ass margaritas. They put on this rad show & have the most amazing dessert ( see more here ).

Per Se: this was the best meal I’ve ever had…seriously indescribable. The service, ambience, food…A plus. Thomas Keller is the chef & he just kills it in every way possible.

Red Farm: the.best.food.ever.

Rubirosa: PIZZA!!!

The Butcher’s Daughter: their salads are die. They also have the most delicious juices.

The Spotted Pig: for brunch…their bar snacks are just heaven & the crepes are life-changing.

( SIDENOTE: yes, I’m sure you’re wondering: I gained 5 pounds after this trip ).

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

Central Park ( I know touristy!! )

Chelsea Pier

Chelsea Market ( this is such a cool marketplace!! I found the most amazing finds. You’ll find everything from fresh fruits to handmade, vintage pins to beautiful coffee table books.

Juice Press: for everything healthy. I’m especially into their shots.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shopping…duhhhh!!

The Book of Mormon ( such a funny Broadway show by the creators of South Park!! I loved it! )

The Skinny Confidential x New York City.

My miscellaneous tips?

Walk, walk, walk. Breath in the city & enjoy the energy. It truly is contagious.

Try out random pizza places…you won’t be sorry. Their pizza is NO joke. My God.

Be careful of the cab drivers…they drive like Cruella de Vil on crack.

Prepare yourself to wait in line…everywhere!!

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“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” - Angela Carter

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Ok & obviously I’m not a total expert so any other NYC suggestions are welcome! Next time we go I’m dying to go to Brooklyn.

Did I mention I love New York City?

Chat soon. – L

{ Other NYC post: here & here }

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TSC Series: The Best Damn…

The Skinny Confidential talks jeans.
**Goosebumps** over these jeans.

They’re SO good.

Seriously though, I have three pairs & wear them ALL the time.

(( First things first, little disclaimer: as posted last week, this is a new series I’ve started to showcase my favorite…everything. These aren’t sponsored posts…just some real deal realness. If you want to know a specific product fav, let me know below & I’ll make it happen )).

Ok so back to biz: these jeans…are well, phenomenal.

They’re perfect for a day super profesh day at the office, a night out on the town, &/or lounging around the house.

These aren’t the type of jeans that you want to unbutton when you’re in the car because they’re so damn uncomfortable. No, no the material is like stretchy butter ( if that were a thing? ). So not only are these babies the most flattering jeans ever, they’re superrrrr comfortable. Literally so comfortable you could practically workout in them.

Uhhhhh…so do you blame me for buying three pairs? Plus they’re a measly $59 bucks ( not that $59 bucks is measly, but seriously in this day & age, for jeans it’s kinda a steal…right?! ). I’m not interested in owning a bunch of $300 dollar jeans— because honestly jean trends come & go.

& let’s be real: jeans are hard to find. So when I find a pair I love, I freak out gnarlier than Oprah’s audience during Christmastime.

Anyway I’ve worn these black dimes for three years (!!!). THREE.whole.years— same pair. These jeans have obviously seen some shit ( kind of like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but without the sisterhood stuff ). They’ve been everywhere!

Oh, & the best part? If you get these jeans & they don’t fit you like a freaking glove, have them altered. For some reason these particular black skinny jeans are a dream to alter!!! The material just melts to your bod.

Note: they’re kind of high waisted ( which I personally love ).

What’s your favorite pair of black skinnies? Do tell.

Here’s how I rocked these jeans for a business casual Monday:

The Skinny Confidential talks jeans.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY || #OOTD

THE BEST DAMN…BLACK SKINNY JEANS: BDG from Urban Outfitters

WHITE BUTTON-DOWN: Silence + Noise ( << on sale! )

FAUX FUR BAG: The Native Fox for eLuxe

WHITE PUMPS: Topshop

AVIATORS: ASOS

HUGE-ASS GOLD CUFF: BCBG

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