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The Best Damn…Moisturizer For Dry Skin

The Skinny Confidential x Curel Lotion.

The Skinny Confidential x Curel Lotion.

During this time of year my skin’s soooo dry.

Like so, so dry. Especiallyyyyy during the wintertime.

Recently I tried Curél’s Rough Skin Rescue (BTW, a total drugstore $8 dollar find).

& lemme tell ya, this product really nips dry, flaky elbows/skin in the bud. Let’s put it this way: my elbows don’t look like a wrinkled elephant trunk anymore.

Basically my lifestyle’s go, go, go— so honestly there’s nothing better than a hot, hot shower & smothering my post-shower bod with hydration. Especially since this one has all natural ingredients that relieve rough, itchy – and even sensitive skin.

Point: my skin feels super yummy & 14 year old-ish after using this moisturizer.

The Skinny Confidential x Curel Lotion.

Did I mention I’m a HUGE FAN of moisturizing…because 1.) Everything looks better hydrated; 2.) It’s so good for you; & 3.) I’m absolutely obsessed with preventative measures.

Ok so that’s my lotion spiel— what’s your favorite way to get rid of flaky skin? Tell, tell.

- Lauryn

Pics: Teresa Fae

The Skinny Confidential x Curel Lotion.

The Skinny Confidential x Curel Lotion.

Mini DeLites: Thanksgiving Recap

Mini DeLites: Thanksgiving Recap by The Skinny Confidential.

{ napkin holders details }

Mini DeLites: Thanksgiving Recap

{ cutie Thanksgiving cutlery by For Such A Time Designs }

Is it just me or can Thanksgiving be kind of stressful?

I’m being honest here so bear with me.

Sometimes it feels like each year there’s more added pressures, an extra house to stop, more food to cook, etc. Does this happen when you get older or is this just total norm for 2014? Thoughts?

Don’t get me wrong, I loveeeee Thanksgiving but man, oh, man…we went to two houses, I baked three pumpkin rolls/pie ( < recipe coming soon )/Brussels sprouts, I had to get fully ready ( like hair/makeup/the works ), & we brought both of the dogs around…while MOVING.

So ya, I’d say it was kind of stressful.

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{ fall bouquet centerpiece }

Our Thanksgiving was beautiful BUT next year I kind of want to sit on my couch & watch the parade, makeup free in my flannel pajamas, ya know?

Anyway moving update: we are moved in but we don’t have a lot of furniture— Michael sold a lot of his bachelor pad-ish furniture & I didn’t have enough furniture to furnish our new place so now we’re looking around for some statement/classic pieces. Do you guys have any secret furniture spots?? At this rate, I can’t wait to share our place when it’s done with you guys in like six million years!!  HA!

Hope you all had a fun Thanksgiving…stay tuned for my skinny pie recipe.

- Lauryn

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Mini DeLites: Thanksgiving Recap

{ drink station…yum! }

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{ ok, this is real life: CINNAMON, apple cranberry sauce…def my favorite part of TG }

Mini DeLites: Thanksgiving Recap

 { table decor by Michael’s mom ( my family’s table here ) }

Mini DeLites + The BIG Move

The Skinny Confidential talks moving.

{ Event at DASH…outfit details below || MU&H by: BeGlammed (<< obsessed with their at home services) }


Life’s been a windwhril lately, or is whirlwind? Regardless, it’s been F-ing CRAZY.

Let me update you: Michael & I found a new place together in downtown San Diego but we’re also moving to LA half time for work…so ya. I’m definitely going to miss my old place but ultimately I’m soooo glad I lived by myself for a while before moving with him. I highly recommend living alone before moving in with a guy. ( & BTW: we found ‘our space’ so I didn’t have to move in to his space…THANK God ). Will keep you updated on how that whole deal goes.

Anyway this weekend we went to LA to celebrate the JNB trunk show & we were going to stay at our new place BUT we forgot to get SDG&E set up. Soooo we ended up at a hotel called Palihouse which was super cute. But shit, wish we would have turned on the electricity, lol.

The Skinny Confidential talks moving.
{ festive vibes }



Especially when you’re juggling two dogs ( if you have kids during a move, serious props ), two different households, two different cities, work, the holidays, & I’m helping my grandma move too. I mean? SOS?

And just for the record merging two households is no joke…now I guess it’s time for us to start wedding planning? HA. I’m literally crying AND laughing out loud now.

The Skinny Confidential talks moving.
{ too early for holiday lights? }

Does anyone have ANY moving tips? Only because I feel like I’m drowning. HELP!

& of course, happy Monday!

Chat tomorrow, x Lauryn

+ last photo

The Skinny Confidential talks moving.

{ my Pilates/spin studio is having a CORE40 Sebastien Lagree Event on Dec. 6th— stop by & check out the Megaformer…it’s only my favorite workout ever }

The Skinny Confidential talks moving.

{ I kinda can’t stop with spiced candles… }

The Skinny Confidential talks moving.
{ ok so I AM IN LOVE with these all natural product- they’re perfect for dry weather ( I use the balm all over my body ). Check out this promo code if you’re looking for a holiday gift! }

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Mini DeLites…Plus A Question For You

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ currently…into dark purple-everything }

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.
{ this weekend’s mimosa theme }

Hiiiiii guys!!

Have I mentioned I was once a totally broke college student?

I guess I won’t hop right in to the whole damn story now because, let’s get real: that’s a long-ass post.


Kind of felt compelled to share today when someone tweeted me this on Twitter ( << tongue twister, geez ):

 12h 12 hours ago:

do you have any posts about staying healthy when you’re broke? Lol.”

Yessss, yes I do. A lot of posts on TSC are three ingredient recipes that don’t break the bank. Like thisthis, & this.

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{ gummi bears on my desk }

BUTTTTT, I feel like I want to do one huge-ass post for all you guys who are still in college &/or on a tight budget.

Look, it’s very important to me to be able to create recipes/showcase fashion/share beauty tips that are affordable & easy. That’s always been my goal with The Skinny Confidential. I just like Forever21 too much to shift the focus to $900 shoes & a $350 tee-shirt.

So trust when I say: I know what it feels like to be a broke college student who eats Top Ramen & wears their boyfriend’s jeans to 8:30 AM history class. Again, I’ll save those stories for another post…ok so, here’s my question to you:

What types of ideas/recipes do you want to see that are budget-friendly?

I love a good bang for the buck, so I’ll definitely share some inexpensive/quick ideas I do on a day to day basis on this post too.

Actually I’m even thinking of doing a whole series that focuses primarily on affordable items in every area. Think: fashion, beauty, health, food, exercise.


Ok, share below & let me know!! I would LOVE to help anyone on tight budget.


Ok, chat soon. – Lauryn

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{ latest smoothie addition…tons of omegas! }

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ the Twinkles at Dirty Dogs charity event this weekend }

The Skinny Confidential talks health, fitness, and fashion.

{ a total Home Goods steal for Pixy’s water }

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Mini DeLites ( + Miami Sips/Eats )

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ sharing some bites & drinks from Miami…frozen grapes }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.
{ morning grapefruit…not pictured: chia seeds & rye toast }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ crack…but not crack. It’s just really GNARLY coffee that’s like crack, lol }

Can we talk about text message etiquette?

Like, there’s such a thing right? Apparently I may need a little lesson-y, lesson.

You know those articles that are titled “What’s your Love Language?” And there’s a mini, pointless quiz at the end that displays the magical answer?

Ok so, I need this quiz.

But for texting.

But really, everyone has a different texting language. For instance there’s the person who can’t F-ing spell. They’re typically the ones who seriously spell everything wrong. Half the time you don’t understand what the hell they’re saying. AKA “di, Laurin, dhat r uou doin tonight? I eally iss you.”

Uhhhhh…I iss you tuo?

Then there’s the ‘are you kidding me, is this real life’ text messager ( << hi Dad!! This is totally you! ) who will literally text you a 327234089234 paragraphs. Honestly though, my dad has texted me more than we’ve talked face to face.

Kidding, kinda.

I kindly tell him to get to the point…I mean, ten page isn’t necessary when you’re asking for a black coffee at Starbucks. “Can I get a black coffee?” would do just fine.

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{ smoothie: strawberries, pineapple, oranges, & coconut water }

Another annoying texter is the ‘dot, dot, dot’ texter.

When someone writes “…” It sounds likes they’re mad. Example: “hi, how are you…” or “I guess…”


Then we have the ‘Emoji-obsessed texter.’ This one’s ok with me because sometimes reverting to an Emoji-filled conversation is just necessary ( my Emoji preferences: the laugh/cry Emoji, the ant ( because!! the!! ant!! ), & the check mark ).

And then there’s me: the ‘lagging texter.’

Who clearly, after this weekend, needs maybe texting school?

People get mad at me because I take too long to return texts’. No, no, no not because I think I’m too cool for school. It’s just because I try to shift my focus off text message or I become too distracted. IS ANYONE WITH ME?? PLEASE!! Texting sometimes feels counter-productive, no?

Don’t get me wrong I like texting, but over-texting is kind of a waste of time.

Anyway this weekend I got kind of, sort of yelled at via text by a ‘dot dot dot texter’ who thought I was ignoring her.

But I wasn’t!! I was just trying to focus on work and the weekend…& well, the people I was actually physically hanging out with.

Also, let’s just agree that overusing LOL, texting back too quickly, & TEXTING IN ALL CAPS is annoying as shit too.

What’s your texting style? Tell, tell.

Happy Monday! – Lauryn

{ P.S. we’ve extended this bomb-ass giveaway until Thursday; don’t forget to enter. x }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.
{ two of my fav cocktails: rosé & vodka w/ squeezed oranges }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ poolside watermelon & cottage cheese w/ the cutest flower }

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