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Mini DeLites: One & Only Palmilla

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ Flight over }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ Grapefruit wedges }

Ahhhh. Vacation feels good.

Like, realllll good.

Michael & I have been definitely celebrating but we’ve also been working out every.single.day to compensate for the extra food intake ( I mean…can anyone pass up popcorn soufflé?! I’m doing extra lunges for that deliciousness any day ). And let’s face it, spending time away from phone has been nice but I gotta throw in an Instagram here & there. I’ll be blogging the whole time I’m here through Insta too.

Anyway I feel like everyday life gets super crazy & sometimes you forget to really, seriously enjoy each other.

So. That’s what we’re doing. Enjoying each other. That means: making fun of Michael because he really does not know how to apply sunscreen ( like, is it necessary to leave globs of white shit everywhere? OUCH. ), talking about the future, sleeping in the afternoon, bubble baths, chill music, chips & salsa, laying around like slobs, & def sipping some wine. FYI: we’re staying at the One & Only Palmilla ( << which I highly recommend ) and then going to another hotel later today.

Like I said vacation feels good…but naturally, I miss Pixy. She’s in San Diego having a sleepover party with two chihuahuas & a mini poodle…#spoiled.

Will keep you guys updated throughout the trip! xx. L

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ A room with a view }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ Post-sun essentials }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ The prettiest bed }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ Favorites ( 1 // 2 // 3 }

A Skinny Smoothie Tippity-Tip: Use Water & Ice As The Base

The Skinny Confidential talks about diet, fitness, & food.

The Skinny Confidential talks about diet, fitness, & food.

Ok, so yah, duh this is a smoothie post BUT…

It’s soooooo much more than that.

Like, so, so much more.

It’s a lil tippity-tip that I follow almost 99% of the time…try to always use water & ice as a base for a smoothie.

Ta-da.

Easy, right?

Ehhh, not so much.

Lemme set it up for ya: the other day I’m at this high end juice/smoothie bar & I order a ‘Skinny Bitch’ ( DER! ). It’s this yummy, delicious kale-lemon-spinach-romaine-grapefruit-apple-goodness.

Until it wasn’t.

I ask super sweetly in this annoying, but cute high pitched voice ( naturally, I use it when I want my way ): “what’s the liquid you’re pouring in my Skinny B?”

The fifteen year old behind the counter who’s, BTW clearly stoned out of his mind, says “it’s apple juice” & rolls his eyes & sighs.

So I’m like, “ohhh…err, well, like you mean, cold press apple juice?” ( At this point, I’m visibly shaking & my upper lip is perspiring because I feel like my favorite smoothie bar is quickly losing its integrity ).

He says, “just, uh, like, this brand.”

&.he.holds.up.Tree.Top.Apple.Juice.

GASP.

( Inside my head: “EWWW! OMFG, GMO-sugar-filled fake apple juice?! Sick! ).

I mean, here’s the thing: I’m a total food snob.

Shocker, right?

I’m soooo annoying with my restaurant orders, grocery store ingredient inspections, & constant food questions that ultimately, I just don’t want Tree Top Apple Juice in my AM smoothie.

Call me psycho…

So, anyway back to the point…my tip: use water & ice as the base. Check it:

The Skinny Confidential talks about diet, fitness, & food.

Why?

Because:

1.) If you’re dealing with a similar juice bar situation, it makes everyone’s life easier.

The stoner making the smoothie even appreciates how easy it is to pour water instead of juice in the mixture.

Here’s my order now: “I’ll have the veggie/fruit smoothie with no juice sub water & ice.”

Quick. Easy. Painless.

2.) If you’re at home, it’s easier for YOU. But feel free to use cold pressed juice as the base, if it’s avail. And if you’re anything like me ( a late maniac who’s constantly rushing out the door carrying ten bags ), you’ll love this easy dime:

The Skinny Confidential talks about diet, fitness, & food.

& honestly? Water & ice make the smoothie taste just as delicious as anything. Plus you’re cutting the calories, sugar, & fake shit out.

Other smoothie extras: coconut oil, avocado, cacao, maca powder, watermelon, & kale/spinach/romaine.

Ok, what’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

Tell, tell, because you guys always have the best tips ; ).

x LE

P.S. using these portion-controlled bowls to measure out smoothie ingreds, is super helpful.

The Skinny Confidential talks about diet, fitness, & food.

Mini DeLites x Book Launch Party Recap

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch party.

Hey, hey, hey.

Today I’ve got a long post ( plus a lil video & a rad giveaway!!! ).

Ahhh, ok so I’m so excited to share the deets of the book launch party.

I get total goosebumps when I think about it because it was such a sparkly, special night. I mean…how could it not be with croquet AND cocktails?!

Here’s a sneak peak of the party:

From flowing Suja Juice + Bon Affair champagne, to gorgeous people ( << inside & out!! ), to the most amazing venue, to the live band, Ottopilot— the night was a hit!

To everyone who came out to say hey & purchase the book: THANK you. I’m forever grateful. You all made the night perfect.

The Skinny Confidential book party deets.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch party.

Since some of you missed this giveaway, I’ve teamed up with my amazing friend, Annie of the blog BLAWNDE ( & co-founder of Suja Juice ) to bring you a second giveaway. And I mean…not gonna lie, I kinda want to win this one…check it:

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.Oh, NBD…you’ll just win a night’s stay at the party’s venue AKA the most beautiful resort on earthRancho Valencia. Plus a three day juice cleanse & a personally signed copy of TSC book. So you can basically read the book while lounging by the pool all day drinking skinny margarita(s). And then the week after you can cleanse your bod with the best cleanse everrrrrr.

To participate the full giveaway, click here, complete the requirements, & fill out the form on Annie’s blog.

Also, make sure you follow @babygenius23 ( Annie ), @ranchovalencia, @lovesuja, & @theskinnyconfidential on Instagram for eligibility.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

Lastly a big shout-out to Ali Grant & her team at Be Social PR— they killed it. & of course, to all the sponsors.

But.

The biggest thanks in the world goes to my insane readers— you guys!! Love you long time.

X L

{ Another recap of the party can be found here & here }.

{{ Dress by: Stone Cold Fox // flower crown by: Natalie from Halfway to Harmony // lipstick: MAC }}

{{{ Photo cred: Carlo Alberto Orecchia // video cred: Travis Varga }}}

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.
The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential book launch at Rancho Valencia.

A Lil St. Patrick’s Day Recap

The Skinny Confidential x Splits 59.

The Skinny Confidential x Splits 59.

So I get reallllll into holidays.

I sort of channel my inner Clark Griswold. Like, if it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ll turn on Frank Sinatra, light heart shaped candles, & put out bowls of conversation hearts & rose petals throughout the house.

Don’t believe my holiday spirit? Check out some psycho holiday posts here, here, & here.

Anyway so obviously Monday was St. Patrick’s Day & my to-do list kinda went like this:

♡ Shower/brush teeth/brush hair ( kidding, when do I ever brush my hair? )
♡ Gym
♡ 200 errands ( post office, bank, market, dry cleaners, Staples, back to the post office, coffee, etc. )
♡ Blog // e-mails
♡ Meet a friend for a grilled fish taco & a beer. Butttttt it had to be a green beer because I absolutely had to keep the holiday spirit going.

The Skinny Confidential x Splits 59.

The Skinny Confidential x Splits 59.

Ok, so when I have a crazy-ass day like this, I’m not able to go home & change.

WTF’s a girl to do?

Welp lately when I don’t have time to change I live in lifestyle wear. This is where Splits59 comes in.

First off, can we talk about this kelly green top? Like how perfect is this for St. Pats?!

So good right?

I wore their pants too because they’re comfortable & not see-through ( ahem, cough, cough…other brands who will remain nameless ).

Anyway it’s hard to find a brand that transitions from gym to the post office to a green beer…but this lil number was perf for my busy day. They just launched a more fashion forward line called Sport Couture— I’m obsessed with the new line because it’s perfect for everyday wear AND I can workout in it. 

Love, love, love.

Oh & lucky you guys: Splits59 has offered a rad-ass deal! Use code SKINNY15 for 15% off site wide for this weekend only ( EXP. 3/24/14 ).

X L

{ Kelly green top || black pants || teal bra || boots || floral hat || sunglasses || nail polish }

{{ More on why I love Splits59 here }}

The Skinny Confidential x Splits 59.

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