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Babes Behind The Brand: For Love & Lemons

The Skinny Confidential x For Love and Lemons.

The Skinny Confidential x For Love and Lemons.

Oy, I want everything For Love & Lemons.

Really though, the struggle is real.

& it will become super real for you too, when you see their collection ( their stuff is soooo good so beware— you’ve been warned ). You can shop the line online or on Nasty Gal, Revolve Clothing, Shopbop, & Urban Outfitters.

The girls behind the killer brand, Laura Hall & Gillian Rose Kern are best friends who had a lemonade stand when they were little & now design the line together ( hence the cute name: For Love & Lemons ). This interview kinda rocks because they share the whole evolution of their brand & how it came about. I love the realness.

Ok, ready?

Here ya go:

| Introduce yourselves & your brand |

Laura Hall: I’m originally from Minnesota & I moved to Wyoming at the age of twelve where I met my partner in crime, Gillian Rose Kern. Years later, I traveled off to college & obtained my business degree at the University Of Colorado Boulder. After college, I decided to head off to Australia. I ended up interning at One Teaspoon. After eight months of falling in love with Australia’s unique style, I decided it was time to pack up & head home. Ultimately I joined forces with my BFF & travel companion Gillian.

Gillian Rose Kern: I was born & raised in Wyoming and I always knew I was destined for the fashion industry. I made my first garment at the age of five & was voted ‘Most Unique Style’ in high school. I ended up getting my fashion design degree at FIDM. After completing college, I went to the land down under & interned for the popular brand Bec & Bridge.

After being completely inspired by Australian fashion, I packed up & headed to Los Angeles. From then on it was history in the making as For Love & Lemons was born…

Our collection is anything but conventional— it rebels against societal standards. The line taunts the customers by creating lustful intrigue. A clash of colors and patterns are evoked by chic separates and devious dresses.

For Love & Lemons is a brand to relate to, for that girl that doesn’t follow trends, she makes them.

The line is flirtatious, fun, and captivating.

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| How did For Love & Lemons come about? |

For Love & Lemons: After college and living in Sydney, Australia for a year ( doing fashion internships ), we moved back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming & got waitress jobs so we could save up money to start our line. We were making patterns and sewing samples after work. When we completed enough pieces throughout the season we had a ‘fashion show’ in the ski bar we worked at…which was mostly guys wearing their ski cloths, but we didn’t care cause we were showing something we worked so hard on.

Surprisingly some photos from that reached a couple buyers who inquired about carrying the collection ( we didn’t even pick the name FL&L by that time ). So it was a slow & steady evolution on how the whole collection became official and we knew it would become our future!

We used to have lemonade stands, so we’d joke that we have been in business since the lemon days, and we are best friends…so we also do it for the love!

| How do you stay healthy while running your own business? |

Laura: Well since Gillian is got married the whole office was on “The Wedding Diet.” All jokes aside I have always been an active person, so on the weekends I enjoy hikes and anything outdoors.

Gillian: I focus mainly on eating healthy, but recently we hired a yoga instructor to come to our office twice a week too.

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| Quick skinny healthy tip? |

Laura: Drinking a liter of so every morning is a great way to wake up. And most mornings I add lemon and cayenne pepper to my water. It also jump starts your metabolism, hydrates you, flushes our toxins in your body, gets your brain going, and my favorite benefit: it makes you less hungry.

| A tip for entrepreneur babes? |

For Love & Lemons: Be fearless and do you research!!

I’m wearing a For Love & Lemons ‘South of The Border’ dress here:

The Skinny Confidential x For Love & Lemons.

The Skinny Confidential x For Love and Lemons.

| Favorite pieces from the collection? |

1.} Noir Mini Dress
2.} Back To Basics Crop
3) Lacey Dreams Maxi
4) Love You Knot Bandage Bralette
5) Antigua Dress ( << I just bought this in black & it’s such a fun, flirty party dress )
6.) She’s a Knockout Bra

| What’s in your oversized handbag? |

Gillian: My dog, Killer’s lease, fabric swatches, Burt’s Bees chap stick, wallet, Raen sunglasses, & an agate crystal.

Laura: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, mirror, wallet, Trident gum, Jo Malone perfume, phone charger, pictures of my nieces and nephews, & two pairs of sunglasses.

| First thing you do when you wake up? |

Gillian: I do my morning yoga stretches & take my dog, Killer Bean out for a walk.

Laura: I try to drink my glass of water with lemon/cayenne every morning!

| Quick and easy recipe? |

For Love & Lemons: Our favorite is an arugula salad: two cups arugula, one half avocado, 1/4 cup pine nuts, tablespoon olive or grape seed oil, dash of salt & pepper, and a half lemon squeezed.

+ To follow For Love & Lemons on Instagram, click here.

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Later, Bloat!

The Skinny Confidential talks bloating tips.

Sometimes I have a lil love-handlie, muffin top that comes over my black skinny jeans ( thanks to my last New York City trip!! I mean, the calorie intake there is real ).

And sometimes I don’t.

And when I don’t it’s typically because I’m eating super clean, working out at least four to five times a week, drinking a boatload of water, getting enough sleep……AND practicing some key no-bloat tips. Meaning I have a real list ( weird ) of tips I utilize when I want to feel my absolute BEST.

Ultimately, I feel like my tips are relatively easy, but I guess you guys can decide.

And by the way, this is my stomach not bloated with a spray tan ( which quite honestly is one of the best skinny tips ever ). The bloated pic we’ll just leave to the imagination, ya? Post-bloat:

The Skinny Confidential talks bloating tips.

The Skinny Confidential’s Tips For Beating Bloat:

If there’s any kind of bikini holiday ( AKA Fourth of July ), I drink hot water with lemon every morning. It’s a natural diuretic ( << which is huge when it comes to de-bloating ).

Reach for berries & grapes instead of apples or melons. Berries & grapes are easier on the digestive system. For dessert lately, I’ve been snacking on frozen green grapes. SO yummy.

Forget about fake sweeteners/sugar alcohols/diet soda…they will all cause bloating. Use stevia for sweetener instead. Soda is F-ing nasty anyway, so no thanks, bye.

I LOVE sparkling water. Pelligrino & I are BEST BEST BEST friends. I drink it alllllll the time & it keeps me very full. BUT. It tends to cause bloat. If I’m in a bikini, I’ll drink vodka/water with lemon ( << natural diuretic! The lemon, not the vodka! ) instead of vodka/soda…and I’ll stay far away from Mr. Pelligrino.

Skip the salt. Salt= maj bloat. I use fresh herbs, lemon juice, or curry powder instead. Also, anything spicy can release stomach acid. So ( unfortunately ) stay away from spicy foods to prep for a bikini or crop top!

♡ I’m not a huge gum chew-er in general. But I really stay away from gum because it adds more gas in your GI tract. Imagine blowing up a balloon inside your tummy.

Stay away from alcohol, if possible. Oh yes, the above picture of me is after not drinking for a little bit. Alcohol causes bloat– so sorry, guys— say ‘no way, rosé ( BOO ).’

But the truth is I always go back to the basics: eat less pizza, more kale. Less sitting, more Pilates. TRUST ME, Pilates is just the shit. It tightens in all the right places. Oh! & a little spray tan never hurt a flea.

Ok, phew!

Now you guys, your turn: what’s your de-bloating tips? x

Shop TSC Closet x Some Bomb-Ass Columbus Day Sales

The Skinny Confidential shares her closet.

Time for a little fall cleaning: I’m back at it with Tradesy showcasing some pieces from my closet again!

I just added a bunch of new pieces, so I figured I’d share.

My favorites? Definitely this leopard maxi & white crop top ( super cute with a high-waisted skirt ).

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The Skinny Confidential shares her closet.

Speaking of clothes, I have to share because the Columbus Day weekend sales are just too good.

Basically I’ve been online shopping since Saturday morning. Whoops. Why?

Because:

1.) I’m obsessed with Forever 21 & they’re offering 30% off all sale items. In my shopping cart, currently: this red top for the holidays, these peep-toe booties, & this striped chiffon blouse ( solely based upon the fact that it will look super cute with red lipstick ). By the way, this little dealie-dealster ends 10/19/14. Use code TAKE30 at checkout.

2.) Topshop kind of kills it & the site is offering up to 20% off. I snagged this black, sexy dime which I might wear for Halloween.

3.) These black ripped jeans are ridiculous!!! They’re SOOOO cute & I’m super excited to wear them all through fall. Plus Madewell is offering 30% off with code OHFALL through tomorrow night ( 10/13/14 ).

These all end tomorrow night

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The Skinny Confidential Book Basket Giveaway

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

Remember that one time when TSC hosted that huge-ass book giveaway?

Whelp, it’s going down again.

…another huge-ass book giveaway.

This is definitely one of my favorite giveaways ( EVER!! ) because it’s a real mixture of goodies.

( like, I might enter myself— I kid, I kid ).

So let’s get down to business.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The lovely winners ( there’s two!!) will each receive a big, pink pretty basket with some major swag.

I hand picked everything in the basket especially for you guys & definitely included some of my beauty/office/kitchen must-haves( I’m OBSESSED with Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker…probably not the best ingredients, but you can’t win ‘em all ).

And obviously you’ll snag a personalized signed copy of The Skinny Confidential Book & much, much more:

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

Fun, right?

Kinda reminds me of Easter in October.

Ok, so what’s in the basket? Ahem:

♡ A lime scented candle that smells so damn yummy

♡ Some pretty, glittery pencils

♡ A teal notepad

♡ A little jelly Victoria’s Secret makeup bag

‘Tease’ perfume by Victoria’s Secret

‘Fearless’ perfume by Victoria’s Secret

♡ My favorite Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker

♡ Pixy straws

♡ The cutest teal file folder

♡ Two Beauty Rush lip glosses

Beauty Rush flavored lip scrub

Colourpop eye shadow

♡ An all-natural lemon lavender cookie from Kuba Kreations

Dry shampoo or body spray lotion

Gorjana long gold necklace

Victoria’s Secret tanning cream

♡ A personalized signed copy of The Skinny Confidential Book with a cutie bookmark

++ Each basket totals to= $500 dollars each (!!!)

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

To win, make sure you: 

+ Follow @theskinnyconfidential on Instagram

+ Follow The Skinny Confidential on Bloglovin’

+ Leave a comment below stating why you should absolutely, without a doubt have to win!

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

The Skinny Confidential book giveaway.

* { Giveaway winner will be announced Wednesday, October 1, 2014 // everyone & anyone is eligible to enter }.

The Foam Roller Diaries <3

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

Back in the day I was a serious foam-rolling-teenager.

I discovered this random blue foam roller at the local LA Fitness ( all of us high school girls would go after 5th period to flirt with older guys— we’d roll our cheerleader-esque, black tiny shorts up way too high & ‘pretend’ to sweat on the Elliptical while drinking lemon flavored Propel ). The foam roller would sadly sit in the corner, un-touched. One day I asked a trainer about it.

He answer was simple: it releases pain.

Wait, what?

Seriously? OMG, so needed. I always have had the worst neck pain.

Long story short Mr. Foam Roller & I became fast friends.

Fast forward to about a month ago: I had forgotten about my old high school crush/foam roller…that is until Kayla Itsines mentioned it on Instagram.

Let’s just say we picked up right where we left off: I now use my foam roller all day, every day.

Well, not really all day but you get my drift.

Basically I’m obsessed ( like, OBSESSED ) with how powerful this therapeutic tool can be when it comes to overall physical health.

When you foam roll, you use your own body weight to roll against specific muscle groups ( it kind of feels like a deep tissue massage…YUMMM, right?! ).

This article says that “when we experience physical health challenges like pain & stiffness around weight-bearing joints ( hips, knees, and spinal joints ), for many of us, the instinct is to get some sort of treatment – if not a conventional pain killer or some invasive surgical procedure, then at least some alternative therapy like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, laser, or electrical stimulation.

A less obvious and often times more effective approach is to work at improving blood circulation around the problematic area through deep pressure work and dedicating oneself to stretching the muscles and ligaments around the affected joints.”

Hmmmm…so basically: before popping a pill or trying a quick fix, address the issue & give it some TLC with soft tissue work & stretching. This is work you’ll have to do multiple times a day on.your.own.

A lot of people want pain to go away but they don’t want to put the work in…

Foam rolling requires a bit of daily dedication but comes with some amazing, life-changing results.

Before you roll on the sensitive area, roll on an indirect spot first & then roll on the direct spot of pain. Then you want to foam roll on the sensitive area for 20 to 30 seconds ( or until the muscle starts to relax ).

Sometimes it can be uncomfortable so experts say to use your breath.

Not only do foam rollers help with pain, apparently they also really, seriously works for reducing cellulite appearances. Fitness expert Kayla Itsines says: “cellulite does not only affect people who are overweight. In fact, these annoying fatty deposits also affect people who are underweight, or even people at a healthy weight. So what exactly is cellulite? It’s when fat cells congregate under the skin, thus creating the dimple-like appearance above the skin. One of the main causes is poor circulation. This can be caused by a high stress lifestyle, as well as poor nutrition and of course not enough time put into stretching and recovery after workouts. Foam rollings helps to improve cell recovery and circulation plus feels great. Around 10-15 minutes per day will really help. I recommend The Grid by Trigger Point Performance.”

Some other benefits? Dr. Ben Kim from Experience Your Best Health raves about foam rolling. He witnessed:

 Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, and even tendons, and ligaments where you can access them with a foam roller.

 Through improved blood circulation, more efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level, leading to better overall cellular function and inter-cellular communication.

 Lengthening of short ( tight ) muscles, tendons, & ligaments.

 Some muscles ( such as hip flexors) & ligaments are prone to shortening, and are difficult to effectively stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. But with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury.

♡ Promotion of optimal spinal range of motion. You can accomplish this by slowly rolling your spine against a foam roller and pausing whenever you feel restrictions to allow your joints and surrounding tissues to stretch.

I mean……………

Sheesh— is there anything foam rolling doesn’t do?!

Before you hop right in to FR, read this article on foam rolling mistakes to avoid ( AKA: don’t roll too fast, don’t roll too long, & NEVER use it on your lower back ). Listen: if you’re going to take time out of your schedule each day, make sure you’re doing it right! Don’t waste any time! Life’s busy enough already.

I spend a total of five minutes, twice a day foam rolling. Easy.

And remember…for foam rolling to show its sexy magic, you gotta show up & put in the work for best results. You get what you give!!

Have you tried foam rolling before? Thoughts? Do tell.

xx, L

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