A DAY IN THE LIFE: A Halloween Soirée, TSC Style

The Skinny Confidential x Halloween.

Oh what the hell, let’s get fancy on Halloween.

Mmkay?

First of all, I LOVE HALLOWEEN. Who doesn’t though? Right?

You get to dress up & let your freak flag fly ( hey, alter egos! ). And well, candy is just so damn pretty to decorate with…that let’s just say I get carried away on this spooky holiday.

Believe me when I say I’m the bitch roaming the Home Good aisles, dying to get creative in any way. I’m very pro Home Goods. Pro pixy straws, cooper plates, lucite candle holders, & cute doorstep rugs, if you haven’t noticed?

Anyway when I found out we’d be in Florida for Halloween I was a teensy bit PISSED OFF because BOO!! I wanted to get real in to the festivities at home. Since I knew I’d be missing out, I invited my friend, Jacqueline over & we had a little Halloween soirée with copious amounts of chilled champagne, Euro cheese, & sour Skittles.

Here’s a peak inside our night:

Ok, let’s talk must-haves. Please note that the black faux fur is included because it’s the perfect non-costume for Halloween. It kind of reminds me of that movie “The Birds” for some odd reason which was totally eerie & creepy. I mean, can you imagine 35982734 birds flying around you? OUCH.

And another thing: how fun is it to use creepy-ass plastic spiders as wine charms?? Just make sure you buy different colors so you can tell each person’s glass apart. Throwing plastic eyeballs in to cocktails is funny too. Sometimes I make Michael dinner when it’s not Halloween & add plastic eyeballs to his pesto spaghetti squash…MUHAHAHA. I can’t help it, guys— it’s too easy.

The Skinny Confidential x Halloween.

Rock candy is the BEST champagne garnish because it’s super long & kind of looks like a stirrer. Make sure to use black cups, plates, details for a spooky effect & you’re good to go!

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go search for a plastic, kiddo Halloween mask in Miami. Wish me luck— Lauryn

…& of course I had to share a throwback from last Halloween too:

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TSC Series: The Best Damn Almond Milk W/O Sicko Carrageenan!!

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

Currently: feeling bad.

Why?

Welllllll, I FEEL SO BAD WHEN I’m not fully informed on a subject I blog about.

( AKA that one time I blogged about sugar-free whipped cream— OUCH ! ).

Even though I feel crappy when I realize ‘oh shit, I didn’t know about THAT in (insert food/drink)!’, I know that’s part of life & obviously I don’t know it all.

So. Almond milk.

I just recently posted about Pure Almond Milk ( remember the DIY Frappacinos? ). WELLLL, I won’t be ever drinking Pure Almond Milk again.

Here’s why: there’s this nasty-ass ingredient called ‘carrageenan’ in it:

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

Hold up. We all know I’m super fussy with ingredients…so let’s dissect: this source says: “sometimes eating something natural isn’t good for you. A completely unnecessary ingredient derived from red seaweed hides out in a lot of your favorite foods, causing inflammation, gut irritation, and potentially, cancer. Many food manufacturers—even some makers of commercial organic foods—are adding carrageenan to foods like yogurt, chocolate, soy milk, and even ice cream to give the foods a thicker consistency and to make low-fat versions taste fuller. It’s often added to beverages to keep their ingredients from separating; you’ll find it in many nutritional shakes, milk products, and milk replacements. The ingredient even crops up in certain frozen dinners, soups, and commercial broth products.”

According to another source: “carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community.”

There’s been A LOT ( like, A LOT, A LOT ) of studies that show that sick-o carrageenan gives people gut issues too.

Hmmmm…

BT dubs, “the concern over food-grade carrageenan isn’t new. Beginning in the 1960s, researchers started linking the ingredient to gastrointestinal disease in lab animals, including ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer.”

Like, no thanks! Pass!

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

My advice? Well, really I can’t take all the credit; I watched a video featuring Food Babe ( love her! ) & she found a brand from Whole Foods called 365 that doesn’t have the fishy additive. So point: drink 365 if possible!

Let’s be real…I wish I could like, oh ya, I totally churn my own almond milk on the reg! But that’s just not practical with my active, busy lifestyle. It’s just a reality I’ve recently had to come to terms with. So when in doubt, I reach for the Whole Food’s brand 365.

I love almond milk in green smoothies, raw cereal, tea, & my AM cinnamon coffee ( as shown ).

All in all: you do you. If you don’t care about drinking almond milk with carrageenan, then by all means DRINK IT!

I mean, there’s definitely things I compromise on. For instance, I love In & Out milk shakes every once in a while ( the half chocolate, half vanilla though ) but when it comes to something I drink daily & the taste isn’t compromised, you better bet your ass I’m reaching for the lesser of two evils.

What’s your stance? Would love to know!

TATA, x Lauryn

{ straws found here }

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

Yummm…A Halloween Candy Bar Cart

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

Ok, so this was SUCH a fun post to set up.

Sometimes when I have an idea it never quite pans out the way it’s supposed to…AKA the pumpkin pie pancakes I attempted to create a week ago.

But this candy bar? I’m very much feeling it.

And I had to share because it’s SO EASY TO RECREATE IT’S STUPIDDDDD.

First things first, here’s an up close view of the top & bottom:

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

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This project started out while I was roaming the aisles of Home Goods ( this happens a lot: ideas at Home Goods…anyone else? ). Basically I grabbed a bunch of vases/glass dishes, some candles ( blacks, whites, golds ), two black display stands, & a packet of black plastic, creepy-ass spiders.

I went home, emptied my bar cart, & set up for Halloween.

Make sure you have different heights going on when you set-up your own cart. One height is very vanilla, & you definitely want to sexy it up a bit.

To finish the bar cart up, simply light candles, add creepy crawlers in random places, & cue The Monster Mash. TA-DA. Fun for adults & kids!

For empty spots that need a little extra love, add fake candles.

( …truthfully I find fake candles highlllyyyy irritating ( they’re kind of half-assed ) but I used a couple because I didn’t want to have 32578923 candles around the candy ).

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

Ok before I go I have to tell you guys about ‘the black licorice fiasco.’ Last week, I was INTENTLY working. Totally in my zone— a little Brazilian Lounge on Spotify, a lot of e-mails, working on a post, & balancing my checkbook ( which IS NOT my strong suit ). So. I out of my peripheral I see BLACK X 10.

And there sits T.Boone Pickens…he had individually dragged half of the black licorice twists ( one by one, I might add ) across the floor from the lower bar cart area. There he sat, in his white plush bed, casually sucking on a long piece of licorice.

And naturally measly pieces of black licorice were stuck between each tooth. Let’s just say I immediately pulled out the ‘doggie toothbrush’ & a Swiffer.

Regardless…it still looks semi presentable, right? Some of the pictured licorice is definitely post-naughty Boone. He’s a wily little one. By the way, Pixy was sitting perfect in her teepee, clearly annoyed.

Anyway, I’m off to eat room service at 12:37 AM at night…late night, casual dinner of scrambled eggs & berries. Whoops.

Talk soon, Lauryn

+ P.S. if you’re looking for a gold bar cart, Target has the MOST BADASS one. It’s TO-DIE!

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

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Mini DeLites: TSC Takes Miami

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{ pomegranate seeds in champagne= delicious ( I like to freeze mine at home! ) }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ candy striped umbrellas }

Hellllooooo from Miami!

I flew here Friday for a little work…& a little play.

Definitely been to Florida before but never been to Miami so it’s been interesting to say the least.

I’m loving the banana tree print for one. For two, the weather is gorgeous (!!!) although I’m told that during the summertime it’s humid as F. Anyone? & of course, the energy is amazing. I love it.

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{ the candid-ist of candid…really }

Yes, & also in South Beach the theme seems to be guys with their shirt off with a lot ( like, a lot, alot ) of gel in their hair ( not trying to sterotype here, I’m just pointing out what I’ve seen. Side: how is it possible to host that much gel in one’s hair? ). So far I’m loving the pool at The Standard, Zuma, Prime 112, The Broken Shaker, & The Bazaar. We’re moving around, hotel-wise. First we were at the SLS & now we’re in Bal Harbor at The St. Regis…& then we’re off to Clearwater near Tampa.

I asked some of you guys on Facebook where to go & you all shared the best recommendations…but if you have ANY other recommendations, please share below. I’m pretty much clueless when it comes to Florida & don’t want to miss out on a must-see.

And honestly, if an alligator magically made its way to our hotel, I’d be very happy. I’m fully obsessed with creatures like lizards, platypus, anteaters, etc. And I feel like Florida is known for it’s alligator population ( sterotype? ).

Ok, share any recommendations below— thanks guys! x

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ i need couch pillows with this banana leaf print ASAP }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.
{ lobster salad x watermelon mint juice }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.
{ today’s lunch ( Michael always looks away when I take photos!!! Ugh ) }

The Haunted

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

Recently TSC teamed up with Andrea Van Vort from the popular boutique, Van De Vort and Kaitlynn Carter from The Western Wild ( blog-doo designed her blog so def check it!! You will LOVE it ) to create a Halloween collab.

Basically we were three little gothic bunnies & WE HAD SO MUCH FUN, GUYS.

Also– you should know that I’m wearing For Love & Lemons because they were just featured on the blog & their stuff is kinda insane.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort

We shot at this super spooky house ( cue: “The Monster Mash” ) in San Diego. It seriously reminded me of American Horror Story: The Coven. Sooooo scary…but cool-ish-scary.

Both of these girls kick-ass in every way; they both run their own business & they’re seriously go-getters so look for further collabs between the three of us.

NOW ON THE COSTUME DEETS: if you’re lazy when it comes to Halloween costumes, then this is the lil get-up for you. Just grab a lace pair of bunny ears, a piece of fishnet fabric, a hottie white dress, & some dark-ass lipstick. I also love the choker look x a couple of other necklace. Voila! You’re a gothic bunny.

I don’t know, sometimes I just feel too overwhelmed to create some gnarly Halloween costume. Honestly this year I might just throw on a generic cat mask with whiskers & be a…cat. Maybe I’ll add red lipstick if I’m going wild.

Anywho, if you’re in Del Mar, def check out Van De Vort. Sorry in advance for recommending this spot…it’s so good it hurts. Our full collab can be found here.

Talk soon, x Lauryn

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

+ Follow: Kaitlynn on Instagram || Andrea on Instagram

++ Photos by: Andie Krat || makeup/hair by: Jax and King

Shop it:

Black bunny ears // black lace mask

Andrea: sold out— similar here ( << on sale for $27!! )

Kaitlynn: dress || lip gloss

Lauryn: bra || skirt || wine colored lipstick

All jewelry: 1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6 || 7

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

The Skinny Confidential x The Western Wild x Van De Vort.

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