Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Why I’m Playing For Team Spanx ( BUH-BYE Holiday Muffin Top!! )

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

 The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

When I went to NYC it was FREEZING.

Not just like, oh brrr it’s cold, sniff, sniff.

Like: OMG what is going on, my hands are falling off & I may die of hypothermia, beanie hat Emjoi-kinda freezing.

And let’s be real: who wants to get ALL dressed up when it’s THAT cold?

Unfortunately for me, this was my New York situation. I was on the go THE ENTIRE TIME SOOOO this meant dressier, tighter fitting outfits despite the cold weather AND extra, extra NYC calories ( but really, the food in New York is on a whole different level!!! ).

SO this is where Spanx came in.

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

Thank Goddddd for Spanx. I’ve been wearing them for years but they really, really came in handy in NYC…so I figured: ding, ding!!! Blog post idea!!

NO LIE THOUGH, I’m playing for Team Spanx.

Especially when it’s freezing (!!!) because they give ya an extra layer WITHOUT adding an extra layer, if ya know what I mean? In fact, they very much so take off a layer.

A layer of Katz’ Deli turkey sandwiches/lox & bagels/potato pancakes with apple sauce/sour cream type of layer, if we’re being specific ( I’m always undoubtedly drawn to those damn potato pancakes ).

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

Anyway these pics were shot before a nighttime meeting— hence the white blouse & pleather skirt  & I even ended up unbuttoning the top button to show off a little, sex kitten pop of nude. For the meeting, I actually wore the black underwear with the cami for extra, extra support.  Pleather also has a tendency to scrunch up a little, so while it looks great- so important to have a smooth fabric underneath to keep everything from bunching (great trick, ladies!)

When picking out Spanx, you can’t go wrong with the nude cami because 1.) it’s nude ( a total classic- duh ), 2.) you can wear it with practically anything ( any time, any day ), & 3.) every girl should invest in one pair during the holidays ( especially because of the overload of bubbly x finger food x sugar cookies ). Adding the black undies is an added bonus too- don’t even get me started on that insanely powerful microfiber that literally SUCKS you in!

Also, for the record: thank God you can walk everywhere in New York. Because #potatopancakes.

How do you keep it tight during the holidays? Share!!

Lauryn xx

Pics: Jeff Thibodeau

+ white blouse, leather skirt, gold bracelet, necklacemesh purse, & striped sweater ( << on sale ).

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

The Skinny Confidential x Spanx.

In My Kitchen <3

The Skinny Confidential talks cleaning the kitchen.

The Skinny Confidential talks cleaning the kitchen.

Let’s talk about cleanliness.

A lot of you guys have e-mailed me asking what products I use for cleaning so I figured today I’d share how I add a little sparkly-sparkle to my kitchen.

Frankly I’m EXTREMELY particular when it comes to cleaning the kitch. I have a whole routine & always make sure to use natural products, well at least as natural as possible ( um like baking soda because it DOES

The Skinny Confidential talks cleaning the kitchen.

Like a lot of you: when I clean, I CLEAN. I get down & dirty. Think: full blown mop on my knees perspiring, surrounded by lots ( & lots! ) of pretty sponges with smooth jazz playing on Spotify.

Some all-natural options I use for cleaning? Lemons ( removes dirt & rust stains…I use it allll the time! ), white vinegar ( works like a charm for mopping floors ), orange/cinnamon/nutmeg ( natural air freshener ), baking soda ( hello best toilet cleaner! ), hydrogen peroxide ( rids urine stains ), & lastly, natural salt ( great for cleaning granite with a baking soda).

The Skinny Confidential talks cleaning the kitchen.

Anyway can we talk about these cutie sponges?! They’re so fun!! Not only do they totally add a little sparkle to the kitchen, they also make me feel cute while cleaning. So cute in fact that I teamed up with ocelo brand to promote the launch of their new Sparkle Chain campaign which they’re giving twelve of you guys the opportunity to add a lil sparkle to YOUR kitchen! To get the party started, they sent me my own sparkle item-these pretty, gold accented dishes for my sponges to live in. Totally necessary because no one should ever set their sponge down on the counter, right?!

Here’s a fun, little video too:

What’s in your kitchen that sparkles? Anything cute?!

If you have something pretty to share, ocelo brand is throwing a rad, little contest. All you have to do is upload a photo via Instagram, & use #sparklechain #sweeps and tag @ocelobrand and @theskinnyconfidential. The photo should show off a sparkle you have in your own kitchen, which can be any pretty twist on an everyday item. Twelve readers will win a sparkly package from ocelo brand complete with surprise goodies and a sparkle item of your own selected by yours truly! Click here for more details and the official rules.

Mwah, Lauryn

+ Floral top found here.

pics: Teresa Fae || video: Chris Tran Media

The Skinny Confidential talks cleaning the kitchen.

The Skinny Confidential talks cleaning the kitchen.


The Skinny Confidential talks sales.

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Dude. These sales.

For reals though—- aren’t they are just amazing in every way?

I just bought the wrap around blouse ( number 10 ) because it’s FREAKING 30% off ( code: TGIBF ) & is going to look sooooo damn chic with black skinny jeans & these boots.

Also, I HAD TO BUY THIS VARSITY JACKET because it looks JUST like the YSL one…but it’s $37.80, not $1900. Check it out ( it’s perfect for the holidays, right? Now it just needs to cool down in San Diego… ):

The Skinny Confidential talks sales.

The Best Damn Sales…

ASOS: 30% off. Code: TGIBF

Gap: 50% off everything! Code: BLKFRIDAY

Forever 21: additional 30% off sale items x free shipping.

Neiman Marcus: up to 50% off select styles.

Nordstrom: additional 20% off select items.

Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase. Code: GIFTON

Missguided ( << my fav! ): 30% off EVERYTHANNNG. Code: Cyber30

ShopBop: Up to 25% off your entire order. Code: GOBIG14

What’s your favorite Black Friday item? TGIBF! x

+ last photo

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The Best Damn…White Oxfords

The Skinny Confidential talks oxfords.

If you know me you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE white oxfords ( but I guess I’m a sucker for white shoes in general, but silver is cute too ).

I mean, not only are they flattering ( << real leg slimmers, man ), they’re super cute!! In my opinion, every girl should own a pair.

Not to mention they’re cool as shit.

Now there’s a lot of versions that are EXPENSIVE. And I mean real expensive. Think: like, thanks but no thanks $845 kind of expensive.

YIKES. So I searched high and low and found this pair for $129. Not super inexpensive but I wear mine probably everyday so I figured it’s smart investment ( wink, wink ).

The reason I’m so white oxford-sessed is because they’re classic, a total staple, and sort of go with everything. Some of my favorite ways to wear oxfords: with a baggy sweater & black skinny jeans, with a black maxi skirt & a crop, with little shorts, with jeans & an vintage tee.

By the way, if you’re scared to invest in white shoes, don’t be. I keep mine clean with a white shoe polish so it’s no big deal. Except for that one time T.Boone Pickens peed on my white heels. FML.

What’s your favorite, must-have shoe? Tell, tell.

- Lauryn

P.S. these are the pair pictured. Black & white version here…also this is not sponsored, just realness. Happy shopping!!

|| Cutie Oxfords ||

Meow! Sexy Leopard & Mesh Fitness Wear

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

Oh meow!!! This mesh top x these leopard leggings are a sassy AND fun combo, right?

Quite honestly, I get so bored with workout clothes so excuse me if I’m way too excited when something spicy comes along.

Lately I’ve been super into barre class & this get-up is literally PERFECT for barre.

I’ll do a whole post on my barre experience, but in the meantime just know that if you try barre it’s important to wear pants that are stretchy and comfortable…& well, these leopard ones are super stretchy and even though they’re print, they’re slimming.

As we all know sometimes print isn’t very slimming…so thank God for these leopard babies that suck it in ( big time!! ).

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

Anyway I’m huge fan of Carbon38’s workout clothes in general but I’m especially a huge fan of all the mesh they showcase ( remember this post? ).  I like how you can kind of see-through the material but it’s still sort of a mystery. Options to wear under mesh: a hot pink sports bra, a lace bandeau ( contrast is fun! ), a white sports bra, &/or little spaghetti strap.

Ultimately when I take a barre class I’m typically running errands afterwards, so this workout outfit is ideal for errand situc. I don’t look like I’m homeless AKA too lazy to change my scrubs after a workout. EVEN THOUGH THAT’S TOTALLY THE CASE. HA! I actually look pulled together in this baby.

What’s your favorite spicy workout outfit? Do tell.

Happy Tuesday! x Lauryn

Photos by: Teresa Fae

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.

The Skinny Confidential talks fitness wear.


SHOES : White Nikes

TOP: Carbon38 Mesh Top

PANTS: Carbon38 Leopard Leggings


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