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GIVEAWAY…& Let’s Talk Fitness Playlists


As you guys know I am a HUGE fan of sharing playlists with you guys!!

Ever since I created The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide, I’ve been adding walking & running to my off days. If you follow me on Snapchat you already know this though.

Pretty much, I make it my mission to hop on the Treadmill at least 4 times a week.

My walking/running routine goes like this:

30 minutes of intervals. I walk 2 minutes at 3.5 on 3.0 incline & then run 1 minute at 6.0 on 3.0 incline.

And then sometimes I just walk at a brisk 3.5 on 3.0 incline if I have too many e-mails to return. Returning e-mails on the Treadmill is my favorite thing in the WORLD, by the way. I feel so productive. I absolutely love it. Sometimes if I’m overwhelmed with a flooded inbox, I’ll walk for an hour & just return a bunch of e-mails. HEAVEN. I get off feeling like a weight is lifted off my shoulders: a sweat & a million e-mails!

So anyway, I’m either doing intervals or doing a quick walk.

BUT. I CANNOT do walk/run/fly/glide without my playlist. Like, don’t even think about me getting near a Treadmill without a playlist, k?

You guys know you can access my favorite fitness playlists via Spotify so when I heard they recently launched ‘Spotify Running,’ I nearly died.

Basically you can choose music from a wide range of genres. Some playlist examples include country, throwbacks, rap music, and so many more ( I admittedly love smooth jazz, lol ). The feature will match the music tempo to your running pace. Every beat matches every step.

Here’s why I’m obsessed: if I’m doing intervals the music goes perfectly and if I want to just walk & e-mail, the music goes perfectly.

Music can make or break a workout. The worst thing ever is if you’re sweating at the gym & some totally off country song starts to play, you know? No thanks.

On that note, Spotify & I are hosting a giveaway for YOU GUYS to inspire you to run, run, run, we’ll be giving away:

One year Premium subscription to Spotify

One pair of Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones

One $75 Nike Gift Card

Healthy Gourmet Snacks

One signed copy of The Skinny Confidential Book


To enter, follow & comment on my latest Instagram post naming your favorite Spotify Running playlist or genre & mention why you absolutely HAVE to win.

For extra credit follow @theskinnyconfidential on Bloglovin’ & comment below sharing why you have to win!

Good luck! The winner will be picked later next week. Must be 18 or older & a USA resident to be eligible to enter.

Basically this whole package is a REAL fitness game changer AKA a swift kick in the ass. ARE YOU READY TO RUN? Let’s do this!

Next up? I’m thinking of sharing my favorite Brazilian lounge/Bossa Nova playlist— thoughts?

Good luck guys!

Chat soon, lauryn

+ In partnership with Spotify; all opinions are my own.The prize ( Spotify Premium Subscription, Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones, $75 Nike Gift card, healthy gourmet snacks ) was provided by Spotify, but Spotify and its agents and representatives are not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway.

Mini DeLites: Puerto Rico

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{ on the beach | dress is sold out but similar here }

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{ morning vibe }

So Puerto Rico was fun!

Have any of you ever been? It was a totally new thing for me. First off, the frogs make this amazing sound that’s extremely therapeutic at night. A lot of the guys we were with thought they were annoying, but I was OBSESSED. Super relaxing in a weird way.

Also, one of my girlfriends who lives in PR took me to workout every single day…which was GREAT. We did gnarly Pilates and strength training. STILL SORE.

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{ the usual suspects: chips, salsa, & guac }

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{ the coolest, little pool }

OK, also I should note, in the humid weather not only do you gain like 23948 pounds ( WATER WEIGHT! ), you also get swollen.

Now the last thing in the world I need is to become more swollen so ugggghhh.

But really, other than the humidity ( & mosquitos…the little shit heads ), Puerto Rico was awesome. We rode bikes, worked out, read, & ate a lot of awesome food.

Anyway, now we’re in New York City for The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! Super excited.

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{ beach vibes }

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{ swimming in the rain }

If you guys subscribe to TSC newsletter you know that today I’ll be backstage with the Angels for the VS Fashion Show. You can find me Snapchatting the whole experience ( peppered in with some Instagrams too! ).

I’ll be interviewing the Angels up close & personal while they’re in hair and makeup, so send me ANY questions you guys have for them! Comment below with your comments/questions for the VS Angels OR ask away on my latest Instagram picture. I’m really going to try to ask them about their diet, favorite beauty tips, & healthy/clean snack go-to. And I would LOVE to ask them your questions directly. Can’t wait to take you guys behind the scenes!

Ok, wish me luck after the 3 slices of Margarita pizza I just ate…FML. Why is NYC pizza SO good?!

& of course, I’ll be recapping the whole thing on the blog, so stay tuned!

XO from New York, lauryn x

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{ outdoor shower…I wanted to bring it home with me! }

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{ a peek inside our trip }

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{ PR nights, when the Coquí frogs came out to hang }

A Follow Up Post


Warning: I come with LOTS of questions!

On that note: How are you using today to cultivate a happy, healthy life? What situations or chores are you doing daily that don’t really serve you? And most importantly, how are you adjusting instead of staying stagnant?

Recently I wrote a post called “Stop Doing Shit You Hate.” And well, this is kind of a part 2.

Firstly, I’m not a full-blown expert on this subject, I’m just sharing what’s worked well ( & not so well… ) for me in hopes that maybe it inspires something in you. & for the record, don’t forget that you guys also have shared a TON of tips/advice & I’ve applied it to specific aspects of my life too. So I guess our relationship is a win/win, right?

When I read the above quote I immediately thought of the part 1 post I wrote about doing shit you hate. I thought to myself “I wonder how many people went back to doing shit they hated after reading the post.”

Is this a weird thought?

It’s certainly not because I think my words are holier than thou & should promote an immediate, swift change. It’s more having to do with the fact that I’m curious about what it takes to actually make a change.

What will it take for someone to quit that job they hate working for the boss they hate in the office they hate? What will it take for a writer to stop doing that 9 to 5 PR job to really pursue writing? What will it take that girl who’s stuck in an extremely toxic relationship to break up with that guy who treats her like crap? What will it take for someone to say NO to that person they really don’t want to grab a drink with?

I guess my question is when does enough become enough?

I have had points in my life where enough is enough & I’m done. Just done. I suppose I’m kind of black & white that way. I’m on or I’m off, like a switch. Total Gemini.

When I think back at those breaking points in my life where enough was enough I can remember one distinct thing I did every time: I made lists ( pro & cons, compared them, & adjusted them to make myself comfortable…because the distress was not worthy in my life ).

Anyway, a lot of you have e-mailed me about breaking away from specific jobs or lifestyles that aren’t serving you anymore. This post is for YOU.

You are in control of what happens in your life. No one but YOU.

So if you’re in a situation that doesn’t serve you anymore, I encourage you to do the work to remove yourself. It sounds weird that there’s ‘work.’ But to get uncomfortable & make a change, there is absolutely groundwork.

Today my question is for those of you who are unhappy with some aspect of you life: what ground work are you doing to remove yourself from the current stressful situation? Do you have a pros & cons list? Have you let yourself think of the process of removal & uncomfortable outcome?

Or are you simply just putting your head down, every day, showing up, huffing and puffing while putting limitations on yourself?
Ultimately I think a lot of people are not actually acknowledging the situation they’re in which makes it impossible to change. Change is work. Change is weird. And change is fucking uncomfortable.

Here’s the thing: it’s difficult to adjust accordingly, because change & adjustments are difficult in general.

But anything worth it in life is usually uncomfortable at first.

Those are my two cents.

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while because this quote is so simple but so spot on.

At the end of the day it takes a conscious working effort to adjust accordingly. And it’s work to keep tabs on yourself daily to make sure you’re living life on your own damn terms.

Food for thought! Ok, I’m done.

Until next time, lauryn x

* quote via.

Meet The Founder of Create & Cultivate

Create & Cultivate Founder  Jaclyn Johnson on The Skinny Confidential

Ok so I was unable to speak at Create & Cultivate in August which was a total bummer. But when you’re swollen as hell, what’s a girl to do?!

Anyway, I’m super excited because this January in Dallas I’ll be speaking on the panel about “Brand Vibes: How to create a brand that lives beyond the blog bubble.” Come say hi! I Would LOVE to meet you guys. Check me out on the Create & Cultivate blog here.

On that note, let me introduce you to the creator of Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn Johnson, who’s one badass boss babe:

| Introduce yourself: |

Jaclyn Johnson: Hi! I am Jaclyn Johnson — Founder of ( No Subject ), creator of Create & Cultivate, pup mom to Noah, wine enthusiast.

| Tell us ALL about the conference Create & Cultivate |

JJ: It’s an online platform and offline conference for female entrepreneurs in the digital space— which can be anyone from an up and coming blogger to someone launching a clothing line to someone at their current digital marketing job!

| Ok, so you’re KILLING it in the social media world. How did the idea of C & C happen? Give us the details! |

JJ: Create and Cultivate happened really naturally— it began as a much smaller retreat for women and has now grown into a full on movement! Women are a force to be reckoned with on all fronts: business, home, life and friendship! C&C is a place to hone that energy, grow your network and build your business.

| Best advice for women who are looking to break into the influencer space? |

JJ: Find and angle! Don’t do what everyone else does- get outside the box!

Create & Cultivate Founder  Jaclyn Johnson on The Skinny Confidential

| What’s some advice you’ve received from an influencer at C & C that was game changing? |

JJ: I loved what Erica from PS I MADE THIS said at Chicago — she chatted about starting a “company” vs a “business” and someone telling her you can start a company or build a business which will make you money every day while you sleep, so she said yep that’s what I want.

| What can an attendee expect from the conference in Dallas? |

JJ: Expect to have your notepad/iPad etc. out taking notes, expect to meet incredible women, expect to mix and mingle with top influencers in an intimate environment, expect to leave with your hands full of goodies!

| What makes an influencer stand out? |

JJ: Point of view— having a unique point of view is everything. People want to relate to you and feel like they are part of something, provide them with that opportunity.

Create & Cultivate Founder  Jaclyn Johnson on The Skinny Confidential

| Since you’re a total girl boss & always on the go, how do you manage to stay healthy? |

JJ: It’s definitely not easy especially when I am traveling but I subscribe to Sakara Life when I’m home to get me healthy and fresh meals during the day, I do SoulCycle aka my therapy at least 3 times a week and hike with friends to catch up!

| What makes C & C different from any other influencer conference? |

JJ: We don’t mess around.

We are here to give women the tools they need which means a bootcamp education in digital business and blogging, awesome healthy food, cocktails and some retail therapy : ) we’re a one stop shop for the millennial & beyond female.

| Where is the industry headed? Where do you see it in the next 5 to 10 years? |

JJ: Influencers * the celebrity world will continue to grow closer and closer— I think traditional mediums are going to start subsiding and we will see micro movements like micro TV shows on platforms like Vine and Snapchat, these social media worlds will start to morph onto traditional platforms.

| Top three sites you check daily? |

JJ: Pinterest ( for inspirations! ), Instagram ( for photos ), & CNN ( to keep up! ).

+ tickets available here | follow C & C on Instagram.


Create & Cultivate Founder  Jaclyn Johnson on The Skinny Confidential

TSC Fizzy Orange Soda (PERFECT For Halloween!)

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orange fizzy soda | by the skinny confidential

When I was little I was obsesseddddd with orange soda…but who wasn’t?

There was something about the fizzy drink that was so alluring because my parents never kept it in the house.

So naturally, the second I went to a friend’s house I’d immediately ask for an orange soda. Total rebel, right? Little did I know, orange soda has like six million nasty ingredients, including Red 40.

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In honor of my orange soda obsession, I decided to create a healthier version for my 10-year-old self:

TSC Fizzy Orange Soda:

1 bottle of sparkling water
1 orange, juiced
1/2 grapefruit, juiced
1 packet of Zicam Total Immune Crystals
3 drops of real maple syrup

Directions: mix ingredients ( I like to shake them up in a martini shaker first, without the sparkling water ), top with bubbly water, & serve over ice.

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This drink has turned into a total favorite. I’ve had to get really, really creative with my diet because of my recent double jaw surgery, so any added flair to my drink choices helps. Since the surgery, I’ve incorporated probiotics EVERYWHERE to support my immune system. I discovered Zicam’s Total Immune Crystals ( they have pre AND probiotics! ) so I added it to help feel better faster.

Plus it’s orange & so Halloween-ish.

Anyway, how good does this skinny version of orange soda sound with a slice of pizza? Heaven.

And with no Red 40? YES.

lauryn xx

+ if you’re looking for another orange-y recipe, check this baby out! 

++ this post is in collaboration with SELF Magazine.

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