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Mini DeLites: BOOKS

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{ kind of jumped on the Kylie Jenner lip train** }

Since I’ve had some major downtime this month, I’ve been able to sort of kick back and do one of my favorite things ever: READ.

Every time I’ve had anything bad happen in my life I turn to books.

I find that they suck me into a different world where I can turn my brain off. Take a moment. And reflect subconsciously.

I guess reading has always been extremely therapeutic for me.

( I always joke with Michael that I knew I wanted to marry him when I found out he was a big reader. No matter how busy he is with work/life, he ALWAYS makes time to read everyday. To me, thats a very attractive trait in a man or woman ).

As my business has grown, I noticed I wasn’t making time to read…SCREW THAT.

& what a BULL SHIT EXCUSE, there’s always time if you make time, right?

SO I’ve changed my thought process. I’ve made time to kick back & just read. It doesn’t have to be some gnarly, intense book, it could be something light & girly, but I believe that making the effort to read everyday is good for your soul, good for your brain, & good for your sanity.

Do I sound crazy or are we on the same page here ( lol )?

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{ a rad illustration drawn by a TSC reader }

Anyway, I decided to compile a little list of what I’ve been loving this month…

1.} The Cartel by Don Winslow: I just started this last night & I’m almost half way through. IT’S SOOOOO GOOD. If you’re looking for an amazing read, START THIS BOOK. Again, I haven’t finished it but so far it’s been ADDICTIVE.

2.} Down The Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison: DON’T LAUGH because this was awesome. I loved it! Holly tells it how it is. She shares an inside look into life behind the Playboy gates & a peek inside Hugh Hefner’s crazy world. This is the perfect book for someone who just underwent intense surgery because it’s light & really takes your mind off anything negative. Highly recommend this juicy autobiography.

3.} Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? ( And Other Concerns ) by Mindy Kaling: very funny, cute, & a quick read. Mindy makes you LOL. Again, a perfect post-surgery book.

4.} The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers: HILARIOUS. My girlfriend, Gillian, recommended this to me & it did not disappoint. Firstly, Joan was my spirit animal. Her daughter, Melissa, does an eloquent job of remembering her mother in a witty, seriously funny way. And obviously Joan was a fucking spit fire. Highly recommend this one for a good laugh. Next up: want to read all of Joan’s books ( she has like 4! ). She laughed through her adversity…& looked fab at the same time.

5.} In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon: Tamara is a balls to the walls business babe. She is the co-founder of Jimmy Choo & super inspiring. This book really resonated because Tamara kind of started from the bottom & created a massive empire.

6.} Suja Juice Solution by my girlfriend, Annie Lawless & Jeff Church: I really, really loved this book. It’s full of awesome recipes, easy tips, & clean ideas. There was so much thought that went into this book & I use it all the time when I’m cooking. I love this breakfast recipe & this is kind of a spin on one of their drink recipes!

7.} Blogging For Creatives by Robin Houghton: this book is awesome if you’re in the blogging world. It’s a quick read with insightful tips. I would recommend this to someone who is new-ish to the blogging community.

8.} 10 Pounds in 10 Days by Jackie Warner: this was research for The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide. I love reading about other fitness gurus tricks & tips. This book has AN AWESOME list of foods to eat & foods to avoid if you’re looking or optimal weight loss. Jackie is sassy pants & a total wellness inspiration.

9.} Confessions of a Catholic Cop by Thomas Fitzsimmons: I love this author because he always writes about real deal New York City Bronx crime. He was a former cop who actually has seen the worst of the worst. And shocker, I love reading about cops, gangs, jails, etc. & this writer gets it.

10.} A bunch of James Patterson books because they’re quick & light reads. After a while you start to see the way he writes & it’s gets a bit repeatitive. But the first couple of books are fun if you want something kind of mindless.

Also, I started the autobiography Finding Me by Michelle Knight ( the woman who was held captive for 11 years & found in Cleveland ) & couldn’t finish it. It was WAY too sad. She is amazing but I had to put it down halfway through. I will try to finish it when I’m feeling better, health-wise.

Here’s my list for the next month: Shogan by James Clavell ( << Michael’s recommendation ), I, Justine ( << she’s a top YouTube vlogger ), Primates of Park Avenue ( MEOW! Should be interesting… ), & Girl on the Train ( << a reader’s recommendation ).

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{ easy post workout smoothie: 1/2 banana, handful of berries, kale, bee pollen, chia seeds, & turmeric }

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{ gold lamé x a leather moto }

So ya, there’s my list. Like I said, sometimes it’s fun to just read a light girly book & sometimes it’s nice to dig a little deeper. Hell, sometimes I love to even listen to books on tape ( currently: Diane Keaton’s autobiographies ). Oh, can you tell I like autobiographies??!

What is your favorite book lately & why? I would love recommendations. Obviously I’m home, resting, & trying my best to heal so literally any book you guys suggest is a real lifesaver to pass the time.

Hope you all had a fun, chill weekend!

– lauryn, xx

** Kylie Jenner lip train note: I have to admit I had a weak moment a few months ago & purchased this weird contraption called Candy Lipz. Since I’m a blogger, I’m always trying to test out new things…this one was a REAL FAIL. Basically you put it around your lips & er, uh it’s a lip plumper device designed to shape, contour, & enhance the lips naturally and instantly. AKA sucks the blood to your lips making them look bigger. I thought I’d share it with you guys because for as many awesome products, there’s always a few losers. This one was a real LOL. Do yourself a favor & use lip liner instead ; ).

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Mini DeLites: On Boredom

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Currently: in bed, watching Damages, blogging ON MY IPHONE. I can’t find my computer charger anywhereeee so oh well, I’ll update you guys through my phone. Please forgive any typos. This was quite literally ‘sent from my iPhone.’ Sound fun?

I have a bunch of thoughts on this post & don’t know where to begin, so I guess I’ll start with this: as you know I’ve been down on my ass for a month straight. The surgery I had has been a super intense recovery because it was bone surgery. On my face. I’m healing…but it’s certainly a process. 

Quite honestly when I booked the surgery my ego was involved. I thought “oh I’ll heal faster than this 8 week recovery timeline, I’ll juice & take arnica & exercise & just kill it…” 

Well. That’s cute but the body heals how the body wants to heal & let’s just say it’s taking time. It’s taking patience. And it’s not going as quick as I anticipated.

But!!! That’s ok. 

Because I’m looking at this fun-filled summer of healing as a lesson. Lesson 1? PATIENCE.

I’ll keep you updated along the way…because there’s about 3727261 more lessons to be learned from this experience. 

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On another note, let’s talk about boredom! A bunch of amazing friends have texted me & said “are you SO bored?”

No.

I’m not bored.

In fact, what inspired this post is I’ve never been bored. I can’t remember the last time I even said “I’m bored.”

The feelings I’ve felt through this experience are far from boredom. Some being depressed, annoyed, anxious, calm, frustrated, weak, tired, shocked, relieved, inspired, fragile, motivated, upset.

No boredom though.

Even though I’m on my ass, there’s so much to do still: read, write, cook, clean, plan, email, talk, hang out with my dogs, etc.

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I guess the point of this post is: are you bored?

If so, why?

What’s boring you?

Also, from your perspective: should I be bored? Is it weird I’m not bored being locked in my house, having so much downtime? Maybe feeling bored is good for you?

The whole feeling of being bored just confuses me. There’s so much to do! So much to read! So much to talk about!

Being bored…is boring.

Thoughts?

Hope you guys enjoyed my iPhone rant.

Off to eat strawberry ice cream ( this is totally acceptable at 11 pm when your mouth is banded shut, k ). X


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Sunscreen Isn’t Just For The Beach— So Important To Wear It Daily!

The Skinny Confidential talks sunscreen.
The Skinny Confidential talks sunscreen.

Obviously you guys already know what a sunscreen devotee I am soooooo it’s REALLY no surprise that when I went to Cabo, I brought a gallon of the stuff.

I’m literally that girl who’s like in a visor (don’t judge, I’m bringing the whole visor thing back), with a huge umbrella wearing hand sunscreen & a cover-up.

I’m big on balance in life so when it comes to being outdoors, I won’t deprive myself from basking in the sun but ensure that I will always be protected against any overexposure.

So this is where my handy dandy sunscreen comes in.

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Recently I was introduced to Hawaiian Tropic’s Island Sport sunscreen so I figured I’d give it a whirl on vacay. Both Michael & I really liked it for two reasons: 1.) the spray sunscreen makes life so much easier. With a fresh manicure the last thing I want to do is rub a ton of thick white cream everywhere, lol. The spraytakes like 5 seconds. It also has water protection (muy importante because I was in & out of the pool). 2.) BUT on that note, I also tried the regular, oil-free sunscreen lotion & it was light with sweat resistant sport protection. The more protection the better. Also, my skin felt pretty & not sticky.

So I liked them both.

Basically I used the spray for my bod & the thicker lotion for my face, neck, chest, & hands (by the way, the first way to spot aging is on the hands/chest/neck so protect yourself accordingly).

So here’s the deal, I’m a believer in wearing sunscreen every single day. If I’m riding my bike, walking the dogs, working on the patio, or even just doing outdoor chores— I wear my freaking sunscreen. And just because you’re not on vacation doesn’t mean every day can’t be a little escape.

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Wear sunscreen when you’re having a daily escape moment, you know?

For instance, if you’re taking a zen moment to go for a run to grab a green drink, throw on some sunscreen. I know this sounds weird but sometimes I like to drink my green juice & turn off my phone & take ten minutes out of my day to relax AND breathe. The perfect escape!

Or if you’re meeting a friend for a hike, throw on sunscreen & a hat. Hiking is a way for me to reset my whole day. If I hike with a friend it feels like a little vacay away from my everyday work, stress, etc. Plus if you plan your escapes in the morning it literally can set the tone for the whole day.

If you’re throwing a poolside BBQ, pass around the sunscreen. There’s nothing I love more than lying by the pool with Michael, friends, & my Chihuahuas. Summer Sundays are a way for me to feel like I’m kind of having a mini vacation, you know?

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My point: when you’re active outdoors, incidentally, daily sun exposure adds up. So when you’re outside, taking time for yourself on your own mini vacation be sure to SLATHER UP GUYS!

Are you a sunscreen devotee like me? AND how do you utilize the outdoors to create a break in your day? : )

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+ this post is in collaboration with Hawaiian Tropic— as always all opinions are my own. Tag your own #escapeday on Twitter with the hashtag #HawaiianTropic!


Mini DeLites: Weekend Recap


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Hi, hi, hi,

How you guys doing?

I hope your weekend was amazing!

Mine started with my little sister, Mimi’s graduation. We celebrated her big day with friends & family. She was just the cutest little thing ever. Very proud of her.

Then on Saturday I woke up & did TSC Bombshell Body Guide & walked the dogs to grab a green juice ( so wild, lol ). Afterwards we met some friends for brunch at this cute spot called Claire’s in Del Mar. If you’re ever in the area get their lemon ricotta pancakes & BE PREPARED TO DIE HAPPY. I also had this egg scramble that I made up: 3 eggs, jalapeños, bell peppers, white onion, & goat cheese. Lately I’ve been serioussssssly into goat cheese. It’s so good for you ( will do a post soon ) & it really goes with anything. I may or may not have added a little to my lemon ricotta pancakes.

And then for our main part of the weekend…SANGRIA:

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Ok so we went to an event at The Del Mar Fair hosted by Eppa Sangria. It was so perfect because the sun was shining, the iced sangria was flowing ( huge fan of red sangria over ice! ), & the whole shindig was in a super cute room ( leaves, white, pops of color ). They also had a Pix Photo Booth which I made Michael test out. I swear photo booths now-a-days have like the best lighting/features/etc ( babe: feel free to install one in my room, thx ).

Eppa Sangria also had hand massages, samples of organic beauty products, & the most delicious sangria. I’m already planning a summer sangria party with red sangria & white sangria/berry filled ice cubes.

Also, I’m super excited because they are holding a Summer of Sangria Tour. All the tour dates can be found here. I can already imagine myself sipping chilled fruit Eppa Sangria now…yum!

Here’s a sneak peak of the photo booth fun:

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After the sassy sangria event we headed to my cousin’s Mexican birthday fiesta with my family. Phew! Lots of celebration.

Anyways, Sunday was full of errands, work, a lot of dog walks, & house cleaning. Is it just me or is Sunday a total reset day?

Ok I’m off to watch Orange is the New Black ( SO GOOD ). X

*  This post was sponsored on behalf of Eppa Sangria via One2One Network. As always, all opinions stated are my own.

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Hey LA: Come Hang Out With Me!!

 

Hi guys!!

Wanted to let you guys know I’ll be in Los Angeles this Friday for the Adidas Santa Monica store opening! I’ll be covering the event with SELF Magazine so come say hi to us if you’re in the LA area!! The event is going to be realllllll fun. Basically it’s an in-store Bar Method workout ( LOVEEE barre! ) which will be followed by a post-workout celebration. There will be hair/makeup by Scott Barnes’ artists, fresh juices & snacks from Moon Juice, & Adidas swag bags for all of you! So great vibes, great music, great people, sounds fun right?

Moon Juice & barre class?!! YES PLEASE!!

Ok so here are the details:

what: COMMIT TO MORE | in-store Barre Method workshop

date: Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

where: Six:02 Santa Monica, 1329 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. 90401

music: noodles

click to rsvp

Let me know if you guys have any questions below. Would LOVE to meet you guys there! I’ll be bringing some TSC books & handing out 5 TSC Bombshell Body Guides to the first 5 people who come say hi!

If you’re unable to make the event follow @selfmagazine and @adidaswomen on Instagram because I’ll be doing an event Insta takeover!

xx lauryn

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