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How To Sex Up Your AM Coffee

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew.

YOU GUYS—!!!

ALMOND MILK ICE CUBES.

I MEAN.

Pretty much, my coffee is a total loser without almond milk ice cubes.

It just like sits there sad & pathetic without my almond milk ice cubes. Cinnamon is great & all, but almond milk ice cubes add a whole different element.

And fully knowing my extremist tendencies, AKA everything has to be fucking freezing, below zero, arctic style or so hot that my skin is literally falling off from the hottest shower in the world, the freezing almond milk thing adds a perfect touch.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

 

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

AND.

Today I tried my coffee cubes with coconut milk ( on such a coconut milk kick after Thailand ).

All you do is…

Simply freeze your favorite milk ( coconut or almond for the win ) in a silicon ice cube tray. Make regular coffee or use cold brew ( remember I’m a cold brew coffee whore? ), add milky cubes, top with pumpkin pie spice, & a lil drizzle of GINGER SYRUP ( yes I know, this exists & it’s die ). Coffee on CRACK! Cheers!

P.S. Why I don’t like hot coffee: because I like straws, duh. Firstly, using a straw to preserve the whiteness of my teeth is fully worth it. So. If I drink hot coffee, it makes me wonder if BPA is melting in to my coffee, slowly poisoning me? I usually use paper straws, but who the hell knows what’s in Starbucks/random coffee shop straws.

…this is the kind of shit I think about when I can’t sleep at night…

Uhmmm, perhaps it’s time for me to get another hobby? Or pick up knitting? Or maybe I’m just a full blown weirdo?

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

Anyway.

I am very happy it’s Friday ( JAZZ HANDS!! ). You can find me cruising down the freeway, casually screaming singing the lyrics to Dirty Dancing’s “Hungry Eyes” with an iced coffee full of coconut milk ice cubes, on my way to get a blowout because I haven’t washed my hair in a week & half.

It’s time, right…I mean, I think there’s a decent sized family of crickets living in there, #relatable.

Ok, happy Friday! xx, Lauryn

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The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

 


COMPLETELY PSYCHOTIC OVER THESE LEGGINGS

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

Ok, FOR THE RECORD?!!

I LOVEEEEE, LAHHHH, LOVVVEE ZELLA.

If I had to describe my PERFECT workout wear it would 100% be Zella.

Oh yes, & I have serious reasons for my Zella obsession:

1. it fits my body better than any other activewear line ( they’re true to size ).
2. it’s priced right.
3. it’s cute without being douchy ( sorry to a lot of brands: some of your workout wear is well, douchey…I don’t want to look like Zoolander sweating, thanks ).
4. their leggings having lasted me two years & are still in great condition ( plus they wash well ). They aren’t see through AND they’re reversible!!

Specifically I want to touch on Zella’s ‘Live In’ leggings: if you read my blog you know I’ve talked about these exact black leggings three million times. BUT. I really, truthfully believe they are the IT LEGGING.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks Zella.

When I’m having a fat, fluffy day ( we all have them ), I throw on my Zella black leggings and INSTANTLY feel better. They hold ya in in all the right places & well, they’re SO DAMN SLIMMING, MAN. Plus during the colder seasons they really hold in my winter coat ( aka that cute layer of too much pumpkin roll ).

Oh ya, & they’re $52 dollars.

So there’s that.

They’re comfortable too, guys. I can do the splits- Kyle Richard’s style, organize my closet, go for a walk, practice yoga, ice skate, clean the kitchen, work on the computer, &/or run a F-ing, casual marathon run with these babies.

Serious realness: if you ever get one thing out of TSC, get Zellas.

Bible, they’re THAT good.

Ok, ok so the top. Recently I found this baby pink top that’s totally to dieeee for. It’s off the shoulder ( you know how I do ), lightweight, & again, slimming in all the right places ( p.s. I bought a size up because I like it baggy, homeless chic ).

I paired it with this bright patterned bra ( << cutest bra of my life ) for a pop of color…AND can we talk about these hot purple kicks?!!

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

Ahhh. So damn fun for summer.

Anyway, I’m very happy about this outfit, seriously though, I’ll probably live in ( you see what I did there? They’re called the Live In Legging, GET IT?! HA ) these for the next five days.

Let’s hope no one will notice…?

Anyone else have black legging recommendations that they live & die for?

( By the way, this get-up was worn during/after my 27 minute TSC Bombshell Body Guide workout. Since doing the workout plan I’ve lost inches & have TONS more energy— I’ve been doing them religiously for about 13-ish weeks ).

x, Lauryn

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* photos: Jade Park

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings. 


Date Night Get-Up

The Skinny Confidential talks skirts and shoes.

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Lately I’ve been allllll about contrasting prints.

Think: leopard on stripes, palm prints on bright blues, or florals on gold. So it’s no surprise that I loved this sequin on stripes look for last week’s sushi date night.

I paired it with white heels ( weird, me in white shoes? lol ), oversized sunglasses, & a little light blue clutch.

The Skinny Confidential talks skirts and shoes.

The Skinny Confidential talks skirts and shoes.

The sequin skirt is from Mindy Mae Market ( p.s. they’re offering 20% off, for a week with the code skinny20 ) was a hit because it hangs to the perfect spot on the leg. Sometimes skirts will hit the wrong spot of the leg AKA an unflattering area ( which doesn’t do anyone any favors ). This skirt fell to my ankles & made me look taller/longer/leaner and paired with a high shoe, I felt like Gisele.

Well not really Gisele.

But you know, you get my drift. I just felt taller.

What I loved about the striped top is that it was a crop, but not a crop so when I tucked it into the skirt I didn’t get that muffin top look. Does that make sense? Basically there was no extra fabric.

The Skinny Confidential talks skirts and shoes.

Anyway, the date night…We went to Sugarfish in LA which seriously, honest to God has the best damn sushi ever. If you ever go, get the ‘Trust Me.’ The chef will just automatically send you out tuna, sashimi, edamames, & to-die-for rolls. The fish is fresh, the rice is warm ( like melt in your mouth kind of warm ), & the saki is delicious. We LOVE it. Totally craving it, every second of every day.

Ok, I’m off- happy Tuesday! Talk soon, Lauryn

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The Skinny Confidential talks skirts and shoes.


Little Update!! Plus Workout Moves!!!

GUYYYYYSSSSS.

The Skinny Confidential Fitness/Nutrition Plan is ALMOST here! I”m so, so excited because I’ve been pouring myself into this project & I can’t wait to share!!

So today I’m doing a little teasie-poo. These are some of my favourite workouts from the plan for very specific reasons, which I’ll explain in a sec.

All of these workouts are focused on giving you an extra energy boost & stimulating circulation…because who doesn’t like ENERGY? If you’re anything like me, you need your energy like you need your air. These 3 workouts will boost & lift your mood, your energy, and your ass.

Winnnnnn.

Ok, so here are the reasons why I like each of these exercises:

Tricep Dips: yes they’re easy & simple BUTTTTTT I swear by them for the backs of my arms. True Story: I used to have bat wings. You know that stuff that flaps in the wind when you wave goodbye? Ya. Anyway, tricep dips tighten those wings RIGHT UP. Thank god. This is my go-to when I want a quick energy boost.

Side Lunges: again guys, I’m old fashioned. None of this hanging from the ceiling with a band kind of shit. Side unless are INSANE for the sides of your legs/butt. You know those inward curves we all want on our butt? Those are from side lunges. Obsessed with good, ole side lunges.

Front Lunges: I guess I’m a lunge fan in general? I don’t know, I just like what lunging does to my legs I guess. I notice that they give me muscles in all the right places without looking too bulky. Lunges are a great, quick way to tighten up & give you a quick kick in the ass AKA energy boost.

Other ways to boost your energy? Walk the dog, dry brush (!!!!!), drink tea ( I’ve been OBSESSED with tea since I’ve been in Asia…especially peppermint ), ride a bike, take care of your skin ( I’ve been loving Garnier’s Miracle Lift because it tightens my skin & give it life ), read a positive book ( loving this one ), go for a lymphatic drainage massage ( more on this later ), or have a glass of champagne ( I kid, I kid ).

ARE YOU GUYS excited for more TSC workouts/stretches/food tips?? I hope so!! I promise it’s ALMOST here!!! More meets to come.

Also, I’ll be giving ten bloggers a full, free plan to test out for a blog review. If you’re interested, leave your name & blog below & I’ll randomly pick ten blogger babes :-).

love, Lauryn x

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China’s Best Kept Weight Loss Secret: Pu’erh Tea

 

HHHHHEYYYY GUYS!

I’m coming at cha from Tokyo, Japan.

Currently: in an airport lounge, eating Japanese noodles, drinking roasted green tea, & listening to elevator music, BUT HEY I HAVE FUCKING WIFI SO LIFE IS GOOD. For me, life without wifi is like life without sun.

When I went to China I knew the wifi sitch would be kind of annoying BUT I didn’t know I’d be locked out of American sites.

Ya. That happened.

It was so weird. We were accessing normal American sites & then BAM!! One day they just didn’t work.

So. I actually COULDN’T work. It was a total first for me. I’m used to returning about 400 emails a day, engaging on social media, blogging, & researching so it was an odd feeling to just disconnect.

I know I said I wasn’t going to work too much in Asia, but I lied. Ha! I did work throughout the Hong Kong/Thailand part. But maybe ending our trip with literally no Internet was good for me?

Who knows.

I’m back though!

Ok so I know, I know another post about tea? How much tea can one drink? I mean? I fully understand that you’re tea-ed out but THIS TEA I’M ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT IS UNREAL, so bear with me, mkay?

PU’ERH TEA.

I wouldn’t have done a full dedicated blog post to this specific tea unless it was THAT good. And it is.

So here’s the story: Michael & I went tea tasting.

You know, like wine tasting? But tea tasting. Apparently this is very common in China.

( If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw a peek inside the experience ).

Anyway, at the tea tasting we sampled TONS of Chinese teas. The Chinese freaking know their tea. Tea is a full blown HUGE deal & I was loving it. TEA, TEA, TEA, & MORE TEA.

The girl who helped us told us about Pu’erh tea. Her eyes lit up when she talked about this particular tea.

She told me all her girlfriends drank the tea twice a day, after meals to stay slim. The girl went on & on about this tea and how everyone in China drinks it for it’s weight loss properties.

I was excited to share because obviously it’s an all-natural way to keep weight off. AND the tea tastes phenomenal ( I like weird tastes though ).

So what’d I do? Became a lab rat for the rest of the trip, der.

I drank the tea, twice a day.

Just taking one for the team, guys.

AND LET’S JUST SAY: it keep things VERY regular. I would describe Pu’erh tea as chia seeds on steroids/crack. AKA don’t drink the tea before a hot date night. And since I finally got a damn Internet connection, I was able to research. Here are the details:

According to this source, “Pu-erh tea ( also spelled Pu’er ) is a kind of healthy beverage, which not only has a long history of Chinese tea, but can help us reduce fat and lose weight. The cooked tea can keep the stomach fit and warm it, while the fresh tea has a better effect on weight loss than the cooked tea, on account of its strong taste.

Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor. Drinking Pu-erh tea at the correct times will help you shed unwanted pounds by helping your body to metabolize fat. If you drink Pu-erh at the wrong times, it is said that it will actually cause you to gain weight instead. The best time to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea for weight loss goals is one hour after a meal, so that the Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats. However if you drink Pu-erh half an hour or so before you eat a meal, it will cause the opposite effect and can cause you to gain weight instead because when you drink Pu-erh tea before a meal it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more.

Ideally, to lose the most weight using Pu-erh tea, you should drink Pu-erh tea without adding any other Chinese tea or drinks to your diet besides Pu-erh tea. If you do this the weight loss effects will be the most noticeable.”

Read all about how to brew it & check out all benefits here.

The best part? I found REAL Pu-erh tea online. So that’s how I’ll be buying my Pu’erh in the States.

By the way, I love the idea of someone calling me & being like “what are you doing?” And me casually being all “oh nothing, just drinking my Pu’erh” with a fully erect pinky. It’s kind of chic, right?

Ok, now it’s time to conquer my email inbox (FML)…talk soon, Lauryn xx


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