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The Meditation Diaries With Annie

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

As you guys know I adore Annie Lawless of Suja Juice & BLAWNDE so it’s no surprise that when she posted about meditation, I was intrigued. Definitely ended up sending her questions ( with way too many Emojis ) via text.

So after talking we decided to do a post collab. Today I’m sharing my beauty tips on BLAWNDE & Annie’s sharing about her experience with meditation.

Here’s the deal though: I have a MAJOR problem sitting still. Like a serious problem. It makes me anxious. So meditation is…well, scary. Annie & I both have super busy lifestyles so I figured if Annie finds mediation soothing & productive, then it’s definitely something I should look in to.

ANYWAY enjoy this interview. I’m super excited about it because I’m REALLY, REALLY going to try to incorporate the practice in to my daily routine. Here ya go:

Ok, ok so what’s meditation?

Annie Lawless: Meditation is a state of being. When you’re in meditation, you’re not doing it, you’re being in it. One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that it’s an action or a something you put effort into. It’s really a deep state of inner peace that you enter when the mind is free of thoughts.

How should someone who’s never meditated start off?

AL: Start small! It will feel awkward and maybe even uncomfortable when you start meditating because it’s surprisingly hard/unusual for us to be still and surrender to peace and calm. We are so over stimulated and wound up these days with the fast pace of modern life, that sitting in silence to do nothing just seems odd. But, if you try for 5 minutes or so and gradually increase that time as you are able to sink into it and get a good feeling from it, you will understand the purpose and actually look forward to it! Also, try some of the tips below if you have trouble silencing your mind. This is definitely not something that comes easily in the beginning, but will be natural with time.

Describe your daily experience:

AL: I wake up and meditate every. single. morning. I do this for 30 minutes, minimum. I ask my boyfriend every night what time he needs to wake up and I automatically set my alarm for 30 minutes prior. I need to be alone in my special quiet space without distraction or noise. I like the morning stillness before anyone else is up and I can just be. This is usually around 5:30 or 6 and I like to go into the exercise room because we have a window that looks out to the ocean. I sit indian style, close my eyes, and place my hands on my knees. I probably look like a typical meditator or maybe just a weirdo, but I really don’t care because nobody is around – its my time. When I hear my boyfriend rustle around and turn off his alarm, I slowly come back into my body and bring my awareness to the feeling I’ve just created and make the intention to carry it with me the rest of the day.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

Benefits of meditation?

AL: There are SOOOOO many!! Meditation is like yoga. When people say, “what is yoga good for?” I don’t even know where to start! Here are a few powerful perks of engaging in a regular meditation practice:

STRESS RELIEF: Research has shown, meditation may be one of the most effective forms of reducing stress. Neurologists have found those who meditate have less of the stress hormone cortisol compared with non-meditators.

IMMUNITY: Meditators have shown reduced anxiety and stronger immune function after just 2 months of meditation. Some produced twenty five more antibodies in response to the flu virus.

DEPRESSION: Depressed people treated with meditation are 50% less likely to relapse than people without meditation. Meditation helps retrain the mind to derail negative thinking patterns.

WEIGHT: Instead of eating mindlessly or dealing with stress and negative emotions using food, meditators are more mindful of their hunger and why they may be feeling the need to emotionally eat.

ANTI-AGING: Meditation prevents and reverses the effects of aging on the brain. Those who meditation regularly are shown to have thicker pre-frontal cortexes than those who do not. The pre-frontal cortex is responsible for attention and sensory perception.

What happens if your brain starts thinking too much while you’re meditating?? I’m so anxious, any tips? Also, describe what goes through your brain while meditating.

AL: This WILL happen. Don’t be discouraged or overanalyze it. It’s just the name of the game. When you’re truly in meditation, nothing is going through your brain. When you have trouble getting there, here are some things I do that really help me out when I have monkey mind:

LET YOUR THOUGHTS DRIFT AWAY. When my mind starts firing up with thoughts of what I need to do that day, what’s bothering me, what I should eat for breakfast, my workout, etc. I pretend those thoughts are monkey bars that I am swinging on and I simply leave that bar and swing forward. I don’t let myself hang on those thoughts. When beginning a meditation practice, you WILL have all sorts of thoughts come up and that’s 100% normal and ok. The key is letting them pass and not take over your mind.

USE A SOUND OR MANTRA. If you have trouble focusing your attention on stillness without something more specific to focus on, use a phrase or sound that you repeat to yourself and give purpose to your focus. I like to think of something I need that day like “awareness “, “gratitude”, or “patience” and I repeat that word to myself. When I focus on that word and that word only, my mind does not have the capacity to wander.

BREATHE. This is one of my favorite meditation tips because it is a big part of practicing yoga, which is a moving meditation. Breathing deeply and focusing on that breath is a great way to let everything else in your mind drift away. I like to follow my breath with my mind in through my nose, down the back of my throat, into my lungs and belly, and exhaling back up and feel each step in my body.

RELAX YOUR MUSCLES. A great way to allow your meditation permeate your body is by starting at your toes and relaxing each muscle all the way up through your body one at a time. To do this, focus on your toes and fully relax them, then the balls of your feet and fully relax them, then the arches, the heels, the ankles, the calves, and so on until you reach the crown of your head. By the end, you will have relaxed every muscle in your body while focusing your attention on that relaxation and nothing else. When you open your eyes, you will feel incredible.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

I hope these tips help you start a meditation practice of your own! It is one of the most special and meaningful parts of my day and I know it will be for you too. If you have any questions, check out this post or email me at Annie@Blawnde.com!

Ok, so what’s the verdict: will you try meditation or do you already practice it?

x. Lauryn

++ Read about my favorite beauty tips on Annie’s blog here.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.


Mini DeLites: Through My iPhone

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

Ok so I totally left my camera at home this weekend because I wanted to kick back with my friends!

But here’s a peak into my phone’s pics…hope you enjoy!

We drove up with my girlfriend, Jacqueline which was an interesting/hilarious car ride ( to say the least ). It also involved a lot of Kombucha, made-up/weird-ass games, & good music.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

And then we enjoyed the sunshine, our hotel’s lemonade/vodka stand ( kinda genius ), & the overall vibe of Palm Springs.

The colors in Palm Springs are so dynamic. I know that sounds weird but everything is so bright & vintage looking. So much fun! I literally couldn’t get enough of the colors so it’s no surprise my phone’s pictures were full of color.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

On a more serious note, my friend, Annie wrote a blog post that REALLY resonated today. You guys have to check it out— it’s such a fabulous reminder. Also, after hearing the very sad news about actor/activist Robin Williams, her post could not have come at a better time. I hope you all like the post as much as I did. It was refreshing to start the week with her message. Basically she kind of says everyone has their shit & just because someone’s life looks perfect on the Internet, doesn’t mean they don’t have issues.

Ok, on that note, I hope you all had a fabulous, amazing Monday!!

xx lde

{ Most of these photos can also be found on TSC Instagram account too! }

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.The Skinny Confidential takes Palm Springs.

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Need A Quick Tea On-the-Go? I Gotcha Covered.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

Let me set the scene: it’s a typical Monday morning & I’m ready to kick my ass into gear. I wake up, shower, oil pull ( sometimes ), have a little espresso shot, drink a green smoothie, return some e-mails…you know, the usual. And before beginning the work day, I’m usually dying for a Starbucks green iced tea. So I’ll go to Starbucks grab an iced green tea, no water, no sweetener, maybe add a splash of passion fruit tea, if I’m feeling crazy.

BUT {!!!} no more Starbucks for me.

Why?

Because Suja just came out with the most amazing selection of tea ( perf for a girl on the go ). Some of their new flavors include: Honeybush Peach, Unsweetened Biodynamic Black, Jasmine Pomegranate, & Chunmee Tropical. & let’s face it: I’m kinda indecisive in general ( GEMINIS!!! ) so when it comes to tea, I never can pick just one. Naturally, having a couple options to stock my fridge with is sort of like, the most amazing thing ever.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

As you guys know I’ve been always been a die hard Suja fan. I’m always running around like a psycho doing too many things at once so typically I prefer anything easy/accessible/quick. Don’t get me wrong, I love my juicer more than life itself but throwing a pre-made green juice in my oversized handbag, makes life 10 x easier.

Anyway Suja’s teas are the same concept: they’re quick & perfect for busy people. One less trip to Starbucks, right?!! Plus their non-GMO, organic ingredients are the freshest, purest, & cleanest on the market so I’m not constantly questioning WTF’s in my drink. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

My favorite flava flav is the Biodynamic Black. I’m so obsessed with black tea & this one over ice with a little drop of honey does not disappoint.

Oh, & if you’re looking to de-bloat before your bikini debut ( hello summer! ) then make this lil recipe, & instead of using green tea, use Suja’s black tea. Sooooo good it hurts.

What’s your favorite tea? Spill. x l

{ Pictured TSC book here }

{{ P.S. check out the Suja sponsored party below ( Suja cocktails…yes, cocktails will be flowing! ); it’s an opening day after party, for all you Del Mar racetrack fans, at Rancho Valencia in SD…so fun! x. }}

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential talks Suja tea.

Top Blogger Reviews on TSC Book

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The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.Hi!

There’s been a lot of e-mails regarding the book, so I wanted to just share some real deal/organic/authentic TSC book reviews with you guys.

Enjoy!!

So.

The first review was from The Fashion Bite ( << how cute is she in black & white above?? ). Katie’s a close friend and she works for Blog-Doo, so I was thrilled when she positively reviewed the book here.

My girlfriend, Annie Lawless from Suja Juice & the blog, BLAWNDE also showcased the book here & her pic is seriously the cutest thing ever…right?!

Lisa from The Skinny On Health wrote about the book too in a fun, pretty way here. Love her brunette lock— so pretty!

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.Ok, so obviously my best friend, Erica read the book but she was surprised to discover a couple of new tips/tricks she didn’t know— see more here.

San Briego attended the book launch & rated her party experience here.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.Sara Montazami is like, babetown x 10. I die over her. She’s a blogger from Sweden that was apart of my workout group & has a rocking bod & personality. Her book review can be found here.

My stepmom shared a skinny recipe from the book on her blog, Burlap & Crystal; I literally crave anything and everything she cooks/bakes/makes.

And lastly, Jenni Raincloud talks a lot about the fitness section of the book and Taylor shares a video book review— enjoy!

Basically I wanted to share all the book reviews for anyone who’s asked via e-mail or Twitter/Instagram. I hope this helps! You can find more book reviews here.

Happy Thursday! X L

{ Check out more book deets here // here // here }}.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

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.

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