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

Hottie, Healthy-ish Valentine’s Shake

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Valentine’s!

This one’s for the taken chicks. Last week we talked single girls, so this week we’re getting kind of mushy gushy with a shake to make on the go. Perfect to make your man when he’s on the go.

Plus you can make yourself one with NO guilt.

Super, super festive right.

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Michael was my taste-tester for this & he 100% approved so I’m confident that your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife will too.

This is one of those ‘shakes’ that you can make when you’re on the go & want something healthy, delicious, & easy. Make it for your hunny before the gym or even before work, get creative.

It also happens to scream LOVEEEE.

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Ok, let’s talk specifics:

TSC CHOCOLATE, OH-SO ROMANTIC SHAKE:

2 Chobani Simply 100® Crunch Strawberry Chocolate Truffle
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 banana
A handful of raspberries
1 to 2 ( to 3, if you’re naughty ) scoops of cacao powder
1 handful of ice
A sprinkle of chocolate covered chia seeds or a sprinkle of cacao nibs

+ Directions: blend everything together. Add a cute touch like a pixy straw or a heart shaped toothpick.

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Choobani Simply 100® Crunch is non-GMO, filled with probiotics, & made with REAL berries. This one also happens to contain tons of protein which is super FILLING. And VERY much in to yogurt that isn’t topped off with artificial ingredients. You can also indulge in their two other flavors – Blueberry Cookie Crumble and Mango Cone Crisp if flavor too if Strawberry Chocolate Truffle isn’t your jam.

And then of course, you got your bananas & raspberries AND cacao nibs which contain a ton of benefits ( a total superfood & packed with antioxidants ).

So ya guys, this is technically a healthy shake! That tastes damnnnnnn good. Your hunny will love, love, love.

In the real spirit of love, I’ll be surprising Michael all weekend with these.

Ok, happy Valentine’s Day guys! Sending lots lovey-dovey vibes your way, xo lauryn

+ this post is in collaboration with Chobani.

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ARM PITS, Shaving & Post-Shave

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HI.

Weird topic today but what’s new with that?

SHAVING.

Specifically your arm pits.

For some reason this is a topic of discussion. Seriously though, Snapchat holds a real discussion about arm pits, this may sound odd but people are wondering about…arm pits.

So I figured, let’s open the gates on this one. Especially since it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday— I mean shit, we all gotta have smooth pits on V-Day right.

I’m no expert but I figured this is entirely a team effort: you help, I help, we help someone…you know, with ARM PITS.

My first arm pit tip is easy: a razor, but a MEN’S razor.

I ALWAYS use a men’s razor on my arm pits.

This is weird but I’m telling you, it’s a closer shave. Like a close, CLOSE shave. It gets the hair real good.

Also, this is bizarre too, but I’m a big fan of shaving with oils.

Like avocado oil. Just a few drops ( extra virgin olive oil works too. It’s a natural lubricant so it protects the skin from nicks & cuts ). 

Forget shaving cream because there are so many chemicals in it, & there’s too many other options.

Keep it simple, stupid. With oils. It’s faster, cleaner, & leaves your skin baby smooth. I swear, a real game changer.

After the shower, I rub raw coconut oil on my arm pits ( make sure it’s post-shower ). You know, like deodorant. Because of its antibacterial properties it’s great for a pre sort of deodorant. Then after a few minutes, I apply my actual deodorant. 

( …By the way, I have YET to find a deodorant that I like AND works. Anyone? )

Here’s the thing: this all provides a much closer shave WITHOUT razor burn.

Also I shave in one direction always & avoid travel-ish razors at all costs.

If you still get razor burn after this, you gotta try Tend Skin. It literally takes away razor burn. No one is telling me to say this, I’ve used this since 8th grade ( LOL ) for razor burn. It just works. A real miracle worker.

I’ve recommended it to a lot of my friends who get razor burn down there…if ya know what I mean.

And of course, if you’re prone to ingrown hairs or pimples, try tea tree oil. FAVORITE. If that still isn’t working speak with a laser specialist because they ALWAYS know what to do. Especially if you feel like nothing else is working.

Other tips: stay out of the sun ( I feel like it makes any razor burn worse- sun spots suck anyway ), dry brush ( fabulous for the skin’s stimulation ), & always moisturize head to toe ( I use basic coconut oil but what else is new there ).

So on that note, how do you keep your arm pits super soft & smooth? Anything I’m missing?

Share your tips, tricks, weird-ass advice too. I think by this point we’re all game!

Next up: bikini line. HA!

x lauryn

Really Just My Ideal Valentine’s Dress ( & SHOES )

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Boy oh boy, there’s nothing more I love than contrast.

LIKE NOTHING THOUGH.

Especially when it comes to home decor, hair color, & FASHION.

So it’s absolutely NO surprise that this Valentine’s Day you can find me contrasting feminine prints with tennis shoes.

Yes, that’s right, TENNIS shoes. YOU KNOW, like sneakers.

Because heels are predictable & boring for V-Day.

Yawn, yawn, yawn. Trust me, add a tennis shoe with your flirty maxi & you’re good to go.

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So side story here: we were eating at Sugarfish ( have you guys been? It’s really the best fucking sushi ever. Think like perfectly warm rice with the best cut of raw fish, a cold beer, & just melt in your mouth goodness ).

AND SUDDENLY I SPOTTED THESE SHOES.

When I looked up to see who was rocking them, it was Hailey Baldwin. AKA Justin Beiber’s latest hook-up, you know the one with the rad braids? Friends with Kendall & Kylie? If you don’t know who I’m talking about, stalk her Instagram & you will get it.

She’s so on point, style-wise. I LOVE.

Anyway, she was rocking these Adidas kicks with a black long sleeve tight dress. So naturally I immediately bought both, the dress AND the shoes, HA! Really though, it looked SOOOO cute on her ( if you’re wondering, here’s the exact one I bought because it looked JUST like the one she was wearing ).

And now I just can’t take these white sneakers off.

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( Guys, I have real deal love for these white beauties. Not sponsored, just realness ).

Really, I’ve been wearing them EVERYWHERE.

How 7th grade-chic are they? So TBT in the best way possible. If Michael steps on these ones, I’ll stab him. I KID, I KID.

I mean we already know I have sick, peculiar obsession with white shoes. White Oxfords, white Converse, white pumps, JUST WHITE OUT. So I’m sure you’re not surprised here?

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SO changing directions: how fun is this flirty dress?! For Valentine’s? It blows in the wind perfectly, weird, but it does. THE SLEEVES are beyonddddd. Anyway, you certainly can count on me wearing this get up for Michael on Sunday.

& maybe if he’s lucky I’ll even provide coconut oil ; ).

– lauryn x

SHOP IT: flirty dress ( I got a size small ) | sneakers ( about the black & white ones too ) | sunglasses | nail polish
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The CUTEST Pajamas For A Valentine’s Day Night In

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 ‘Babes’ Tank & Legging Pajama Set Polka Dot Cat PJ Set Heart Print PJ Set Black Gisele Sleepshirt | Friendzone Pajama Set Lauren Cotton Pajama Pants Valentines Heart Ruffle Romper PJ LUXE Houndstooth Socks

Staying in on Valentine’s Day might be the most UNDER-rated thing ever.

Cute pajamas, a bottle of rosé all to yourself, a good book or maybe an epic chick flick, sounds PERFECT.

If you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day, snag one of these pajama sets to keep you cute & cozy all night.

X

Mini DeLites: Create & Cultivate

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A lot of you guys have asked about Create & Cultivate!

Last week I told you allllllll about Michael’s jorts incident in Dallas, so today I figured we’d do sort of a part 2 Dallas…& talk about the conference ( especially for anyone who was unable to attend ).

By they way, it’s such a bummer if you wanted to attend & couldn’t make it. I know some of you guys live super far away OR you wanted to come but it was sold out ( Crazy!!! This conference always sells out because it’s THAT good ). Regardless, I hope this gives you a peek into the whole experience.

Alright let’s break it down, shall we?

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The night before the conference, all of the speakers had dinner together. The food was awesome & the vibe was spot on. It was really nice to meet other women in the digital space ( I think Michael was the only guy there? HA ).

But let’s get to the event: I spoke on a panel called ‘Brand Vibes: How To Create A Brand That Lives Beyond The Blog Bubble’.

This panel could not have been more perfect for me because when I launched The Skinny Confidential, I launched the blog as a foundation for the brand.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a true blue blogger & always will be, BUT I wanted to start small, THINK BIG. Hence the brand.

The panel was moderated by Vanessa Flaherty of Digital Brand Architects. The other panelists included Camille Styles of Camille Styles, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, Mary Seng of Happily Grey, & Sophia Rivka Rossi of Hello Giggles…& of course, me.

It was super cool to be amongst such a powerful group of women. Each of us is very different but we all had/have one goal in common: BUILDING A BRAND THAT LIVES BEYOND THE BLOG.

( Also, for the record each panelists was LOVELY. Every one of the girls was humble, down to earth, & very sweet ).

SOOOoo, we shared our experiences with the audience.

And obviously this included me talking about coconut oil as lube & butthole enemas…because, HEY- I gotta stay true to my roots.

Let’s put it this way: I definitely didn’t hold back.

We each introduced ourselves ( I think you guys know me well enough now so we’ll skip that whole bit ) & then everyone went on to share their story of blog to brand.

I spoke about supporting myself as a bartender, teaching Pure Barre & Pilates while attaining my degree at SDSU ( more here ) and planning TSC. Honestly I looked out into the amazing crowd of women ( YOU ) & could tell there were many girls who were busting their asses while launching their blogs…so that was COOL to let those women know “Hey I get it, hang in there. KEEP GOING.

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create & cultivate recap | by the skinny confidential

Anyway, I spoke about how while yes, I was busting ass, I was also building TSC…in a Trapper Keeper at night.

Slowly, strategically, & carefully.

After about a year of planning, The Skinny Confidential was born…& the rest was history!

We were also asked “how did we strategically grow our brands?”

This was my favorite question BECAUSE I feel like strategy is SO very important. If you’re interested in that whole explanation, check out this post on my Upside Down Triangle theory.

Then we were asked about balance & how to find private time…this one is interesting because it is certainly a juggling act…but I try VERY hard to maintain private aspects of life.

Although it may seem like more ( or less? ) I share about 60% percent of my life. The other 40% is kept for family, friends, Michael, & myself! BUT on the same note, I LOVE to talk about taboo shit.

Well shit, no surprises there.

Vanessa then went on to ask about growing pains ( UM, YES ), brand collaborations ( ONLY IF THEY FIT WELL WITH MY AESTHETIC AND READERSHIP! ), & next steps in the business ( STAY TUNED ).

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Lastly we were asked about our biggest moment as influencers.

…This question was funny for me.

My book release and launch was amazing & definitely a big moment BUT there’s been no like AH-HA! OMG I MADE IT! moment.

I chip away everyday, slow & steady, carefully, with strong focus. So no, there’s never this HUGE jump. No epiphany. None of that.

& that’s how I believe something bigger than yourself happens— it’s like an hourglass. Slow. Steady. One piece of sand at a time.

When the hourglass fills up, you turn it over again & keep chipping away.

Nothing happens overnight.

NOTHING.

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After we spoke I taught a ‘Flat Lay Instagram Tutorial’ with Bar III Clothing in another area which was fun & light hearted, and just really the perfect end to the day. Maybe I’ll recap this part too on the blog if you guys want?

SO. That was Create & Cultivate! I definitely wanted to bring you guys along via TSC if you weren’t able to attend, so TA-DA.

Other highlights in Dallas: TSC Bombshell Body Guide…in my hotel room, Hotel Zaza’s bar/restaurant, & the decor at Create + Cultivate ( it was to die )…cactus macaroons scream Pinterest in every which way though, no?

If you have ANY questions on the below or C & C, leave them below!

Hope to meet some of you at the next conference.

Until tomorrow, lauryn x

P.S. if you’re in a Valentine’s mood, SUBSCRIBE to TSC Newsletter!! Tomorrow is going to be fun. Just comment your e-mail on my latest Instagram. xx

SHOP MY C & C OUTFIT: black V-neck bodysuit ( << $20!! ) | black slacks | shoes ( similar ) | sunglasses
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