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Styling A Simple, Bad-Ass Thanksgiving Table With Burlap & Crystal

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The Skinny Confidential x Burlap & Crystal table decor.

Well, well, well, look what we have here: just a seriously simple, bad-ass Thanksgiving set-up.

First let’s be clear: I’ve never thrown Thanksgiving dinner at my place. For those of you that have: HOLY HELL IT SEEMS DIFFICULT ( BUT REWARDING? I THINK? IF YOU CAN HAVE CHAMPAGNE ON TAP? ).

My step-mom, Julie of Burlap & Crystal is like super amazing x 5 million when it comes any type of holiday get together.

She’s one of those Martha Stewart-ish types who literally throws together the perfect, most amazing event in a few hours, cooks for 230948 people, cleans the kitchen until it sparkles, AND looks hot, cute, sexy, & charming while making the whole thing seem like a total breeze.

( >> As opposed to me, who’s running around like a bat-shit psycho buying my boyfriend a Brussels sprouts salad from the restaurant across the street pretending like I just casually whipped the meal up for a sexy date night ).

Anyway Julie actually DOES EVERYTHING & makes it look simple/effortless/chic. NBD. Ya, I know, my dad’s a real lucky one.

So obviously I called Julie to teach me how to set-up a simple Thanksgiving table, duh:

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The Skinny Confidential x Burlap & Crystal table decor.

The reason I’m sharing this with you guys is BECAUSE maybe, just maybe you’re running around like a psycho like me & need a lil help? Anyone?

This table didn’t take long & we had so much fun doing it. The pears with gold foil kind of made my week, you know with the horrid move & all. I just die for the cutie pears.

And of course I had to share the whole experience with you guys, so ta-da— more video ( you like?! ):

Julie’s words to share how to set it up? Here ya go: “We both have the same desire when it comes to style and entertaining. Keep it simple and be ready to enjoy the party. That means have everything ready ahead of time, so you can chill out with family and friends. I printed the place cards as soon as I knew who and how many were coming. Here is the place card in case you want to do the same. I’m not a huge fan of a big centerpiece, unless its low profile, so everyone can see across the table without a giant daisy in front of someone’s face. Know one wants to talk to a daisy…that makes you look CRAZY. We simply scattered magnolia leaves in purple & natural across the table, added the rose gold fruit ( diy found here ), candles, & ribbon.” For any table questions, e-mail Julie at Julie@burlapandcrystal.com.

Anyone have any fun/exciting, non-moving Thanksgiving plans? Please share!!

- Lauryn

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++ Video outfit: beanie, black top, black jeans, & lipstick

Photos: B & C || Video: Chris Tran Media

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The Skinny Confidential x Burlap & Crystal table decor.

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Apartment Therapy Home Tour

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The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

You know those stand out moments in life that kind of make you sit back & remember why you’re doing what you’re doing?

Well. Having my home featured on Apartment Therapy was one of those pivotal moments because Apartment Therapy is probably my FAVORITE site on the planet.

I wanted to share my favorite parts of the interview with you guys & if you want to read the full feature, click here.

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Anyway here’s a peek inside the Apartment Therapy interview:

Name: Lauryn Evarts & two chihuahuas, Pixy Bean and T.Boone Pickens
Location: Del Mar, San Diego, California
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bath
Years lived in: 2 years

Lauryn Evarts is the blogger behind The Skinny Confidential, a lifestyle site about fitness, wellness, health, relationships, fashion, beauty, and everything in between. Today we’re taking a peek inside her San Diego home, whose glam-meets-bohemian vibe is sure to put a smile on your face.

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My Style: My style is kind of rocker and bohemian with a bit of glam (at least that’s how my interior designer, Julie of Burlap & Crystal, describes it. Specifically, she says: “if I had to put a label on Lauryn’s style, I’d say it’s a multi-dimensional combination of glam meets bohemian with an occasional visit from a rocker”).

I feel like I’m clean and simple but I like little detail. Also, I’m a total Gemini so my house represents that yin/yang vibe. The majority of my home is white with splashes of teal and a bit of gold.

Inspiration: I find inspiration everywhere. We added a lot of vintage pieces (Julie found this badass camera from the 60s that we added to the bar cart wall) but we mixed them with items from Marshall’s, Homegoods, or Target.

Favorite Element: Julie and I really wanted to create an experience with each space. So for the office area, we really made it into its own room. Even though it’s in the middle of the living room, you feel like you’re in a blogger’s office.

For the bar area, there are black and white photos hanging over the gold cart for a total bar experience ( also in the living room ). Then we created the kitchen experience and the living room experience. Instead of feeling like you’re in one big room, you feel like there’s little rooms within the one room.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge were the two patios. Ultimately we decided to again, create an ‘experience.’ One patio is sort of a zen-like space with a fountain, comfortable couches, a tiny cafe table, and candles. The other patio has more of a summer-esque vibe going on. Think: lounge chairs, bar cart ( hey…summertime skinny margaritas!! ), a dog teepee, and a full set of table and chairs ( hand painted by Julie ). I’m super happy with how they turned out despite the challenge because I can enjoy each patio depending on my mood!

Finding time was also a challenge — I’m always running out the door so carving out time to decorate proved to be difficult.

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The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

What Friends Say: My friends love to come over because I provide chilled rosé, Brazilian jazz, coconut milk candles, and the sound of the fountain. It’s a peaceful spot and I wanted the vibe to be a super zen and sexy.

Biggest Embarrassment: Definitely all my glass objects. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had friends over where something breaks. It’s all glamorous until you’re crouched on the floor with a dustpan, cleaning up glass from a broken candlestick. Yikes!

Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is my white peacock chair. I can’t take all the credit, though — I had major help from Natalie of Halfway to Harmony. She found this gem of a chair in Palm Springs and we painted it white with added gold touches. I shared the whole tutorial on The Skinny Confidential. We even added teal/gold garland. Super easy, super fun!

Biggest Indulgence: This has to be my bar area. I fully committed to the bar area. I mean… a girl’s gotta have a cocktail once in a while. Julie found me a couple of vintage pieces to incorporate with my bar cart, and we decorated the walls with black and white sultry prints from Society Social.

A little behind scenes video of my home tour:

Best Advice: I’m a big fan of pieces that are different heights. For instance, there’s a super tall candle holder on my living room table. But then I added a bunch of shorter candles, a medium sized diffuser, and stacked books that were lower to the table. Different dimensions make all the difference when styling the home!

Also, living by myself has been SO much fun! I highly recommend it.

Dream Sources: I am obsessed with One Kings Lane, Jayson Home, DWR, Society Social, Westin Mitchell Design Group, and Waterleaf.

You can see the rest of the photos & the full interview here || another full home post here.

Photos: Katherine Rose || Video: Christopher Tran || big thanks to Ali of Be Social PR

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Styling The Home

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The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

Ahhh!! Prepare for picture overload.

Since the cat’s outta the bag that Michael & I don’t live together, today I figured I’d share a peek inside my home.

Obviously it’s feminine because before moving in with my man, I wanted to live…well, pretty.

Little backstory: my stepmom, Julie has a blog called Burlap & Crystal. She specializes in home design. The second I moved into my place I called Julie. We were so excited to work on this home project together. I feel like the whole time we were on the same wavelength. Our goal: for each space in the house to tell a story. So each nick of the house is essentially a different experience i.e. the bar cart, desk area, patio. Julie said:

“if I had to put a label on Lauryn’s style, I’d say it is a multi-dimensional combination of glam meets bohemian with an occasional visit from a rocker.”

She also went on to say: “we really worked together to accomplish the ultimate goal…a home where Lauryn walks in the door and feels…completely at HOME.”

You can read about Julie’s experience here

First off, we did a lot of bargain shopping. I’m kind of obsessed with mixing high end & low end pieces. I mean…let’s just say I’ve never met a Home Goods, Marshall’s, or Target I didn’t like. I swear all three of those stores always have the best finds.

So when we first started styling my home we decided to add a lot of pieces you won’t really expect as home decor. Such as? Whelp, white gum balls, shoes ( yes, shoes ), purses, & lipsticks:

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Some of my favorite finds:

♡ ] Lipstick holder

♡ ] Coffee table books ( Chanel // The Skinny Confidential Book }

♡ ] A gold bar cart ( << on SALE! )

♡ ] Pretty candles

♡ ] Diffusers

♡ ] Rose gold cutlery

Another big piece of the home decor puzzle was the desk.

Since I’m constantly on the computer ( like, it’s actually embarrassing the amount of time I spend hooked to screen ), I wanted a very zen, white space. White is calming. So we choose pieces such as my grandma’s vintage monkeys, a Brigitte Bardot piece, & tiny healing crystals to style the desk:

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The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential's patio.
It was really important to me that the house didn’t feel clutters. So we kept things simple but also made sure that there were little interesting trinkets everywhere. & of course, each trinket tells a story.

One of my favorite pieces in the house is this tiny, teal unicorn. It’s so simple but so cute. Michael & I found him in New York City ( similar avail here ). He sits on my desk & watches me blog:

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The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

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Julie painted me the above patio set—she’s seriously so talented! She found the chairs & table at a consignment store for $300 bucks & really gave them a personal touch.

Also, call me weird but I wanted a fully styled closet.

So now my closet has shoes displayed, vintage Barbie pictures hanging on the walls, & little gold necklace holders. Shocking but the closet is my favorite area in any house…

…besides the kitchen. I love the kitchen too. We went for a minimal look using ‘contain, keep, crush’ kitchenware, a giant white tea kettle, & a big round ‘lazy Susan’ which holds a couple pale teal bowls & rose gold cutlery.

Around the house are gold touches but I tried to avoid gaudy gold. I especially love the gold bar cart & this little foil print that I found on Etsy:

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Ok, so I’m a big fan of pieces that are different heights in the home.

If you look closely, everything is different heights.

For instance, there’s a super tall candle holder on my living room table. But then I had shorter candles, a medium sized diffuser, & stacked books that were lower to the table. Mixing up dimensions make all the difference when styling a room.

Kate Moss was kinda a theme in my house too. Her style is so spot on that I wanted to have a couple black & white photos of her in her high fashion days.. I also love a woman’s body ( << the body is a beautiful thing!! ), so you’ll find a lot of feminine ( sometimes nude! ) figures/watercolors around my house too.

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As far as the bedroom, I decided not to share because ya gotta keep some stuff private ; ). Putting my bedroom on the Internet just didn’t feel right.

Oh! And case in anyone’s wondering…Pixy resides in her printed tipi where she conducts some serious monkey business:

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The Skinny Confidential's home.

The Skinny Confidential's home.

The Skinny Confidential's patio.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my home tour. Special thanks to Julie— she’s truly freaking amazing. 

Don’t forget to check out my styled patio // living room // bar cart // garden/outdoor bar cart // blogger’s desk too! The DIY of the peacock chair can be found here.

x Lauryn

++ If you’re looking to style a home, e-mail Julie@BurlapandCrystal.com.

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The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.


A Peachy Keen Summer Dish

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.
Oh meeee oh my myyyy.

PEACHESSSS are in season.

If you don’t like peaches, please comment below & help me understand why. I need to know.

Because peaches and summertime go together like peanut butter/jelly, ketchup/mustard, or Pixy/her teepee.

It just kinda works, ya know?

But wait, this recipe has a little back story: the Nanz ( my BFF AKA my grandma ) & I get love to get ‘recipe inspired.

We’ll always talk about how it’s so annoying when we go to restaurants & they use wayyyyy too many flavors. We prefer simple, fresh ingredients that make sense together. Also, we both have a severe hatred toward Bleu cheese ( but really, what the hell is the point to Bleu cheese? ). We like to substitute old Bleu with Gruyère from Switzerland.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic ( weird ).

Last week’s get together included lots of: prosciutto, spicy nuts, summer water AKA rosé, peaches & cornichons, among other things. BTW: if you’ve never had a conishon, you’re seriously missing out on life. Do yourself a huge favor & eat a couple of cornichons AKA gherkins with a little cheese + grapes ( you’ll die. Just die ) )).

What else to add to our summer get together?

Uhhh, duh: Gruyère!! 

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Pretty much, this is the perfect, easy summer snack/meal. All you do is:

Grill about four peaches ( slice in half ), add a little olive oil, & grill them for about 5 to 10 minutes. While your peaches are grilling, slice some Gruyère cheese. When peaches are done add a slice of cheese, wrap a piece of prosciutto around each peach, add a dabble of arugula, & a squeeze of lemon. Add a side of spicy nuts & tiny pickles for a little flair.

This recipe is seriously my favorite.com.

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

After our meal was ready, we went out to my balcony, turned on Marvin Gaye, & gossiped with Pixy.

Ultimately, my memories with my grandma are are my absolute favorite so this recipe is super special! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. The flavors are mouth explosion.

Also, we definitely agreed that it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty with Bleu cheese. Just saying.

x LE

{ Below table by Burlap & Crystal // more patio here }

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Top Blogger Reviews on TSC Book

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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!

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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

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The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

The Skinny Confidential talks book reviews.

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