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The Sleep Bun…( Plus Why Alligator Clips Are Everything )

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Well, well, well…look what we have here…

A full post dedicated to uh, clips?

Yesssss.

That’s right, alligator clips.

Like, you know, for your hair.

But mostly…for your sleep bun.

Say what?

First and foremost before I share, can I ask a serious question? You know those types of girls who don’t want to share their realllll, realllll secrets. Like, they’ll tell you their rocking body is natural & that they totally chow down on In & Out everyday…when they actually eat meticulously portioned salads, run ten miles daily, & completely avoid sugar like it’s poison.

Or if questioned, they won’t tell you the name of the lipstick color they’re wearing? Or what about this one:

Me: “OMG!” I love your shirt it’s so cute!! Where’d you find it?

Liar Girl: “oh, uh, err, this old thing ( note: it’s visibility new, not an ‘old thing’ at all )? Uh, it was a gift from a friend a long time ago. I don’t know where she found it.”

AWKWARD SILENCE…because she knows exactly where the top is from.

Me: well, gee it’s super cute!

Because really? Stop being a bitch & be honest about your damn shirt. I mean, it’s a shirt. Get over it.

On that note, I’m going to be dead honest & tell you guys one of my personal best kept secrets: THE SLEEP BUN.

Maybe you know all about ‘TSB’ already…but if ya don’t, read on:

A sleep bun changes the hair game.

Seriously though, if I didn’t wear my nightly sleep bun, my hair sucks. The sleep bun’s a top knot bun that you wear on top of the head with a big-ass alligator clip. It has to be at the very, very top of the head, like so:

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The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

Let’s get real too: I have a guilty pleasure & it’s called The Dry Bar.

(( Side: Drybar is not affiliated with TSC in anyway, I genuinely/sincerely love Drybar )).

So basically my idea of heaven: Drybar with wifi, champagne, & my computer. Sometimes I joke it’s my other office. Honestly though, it makes total sense: I’m totally Multitasking Barbie at Drybar. My hair washed gets washed ( for the week— you guys know I’m not a big ‘hair-washer’— I honestly wash it once a week ), curled ( for my sleep bun ), and I finish up at least an hour & half of work.

So I mean………

Heaven.

Pre-sleep bun, I go to Drybar & get super curly, overly curled locks ( in my opinion, way too curly, bridal locks aren’t my fav ) or I’ll wash & over-curl my hair myself. This typically happens on a Thursday because I want my hair sex kitten-esque for Friday. Example of overly curled, Shirley Temple pre-sleep bun hair:

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When I get home, I leave my hair down attempting to avoid mirrors at all costs. Sorry I’m not sorry that I’m not a fan of overly curled hair. I’m just not. Then around 11 pm, I grab MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD AKA my cute little, yellow alligator clip & shake my head downward towards the ground ( remember that George Washington game you’d play in the pool back in the day? Where you took your hair over your head & rolled it like old George’s powered wig? Whelp, that’s the motion you want to make… ). Whip your hair downward and grab your cute alligator clip. Twist the sleep bun on the top of your head & add your clip while your hair is spilling towards the ground ( make sure every inch of hair is secured ). Result: you should have a super high top knot on the very top of your head.

AND thennnnn go to bed. ZZZZzzzzzz. Wake up & remove the clip ( honestly I could not live without these yellow alligator clips…they’re all over my house/car/purse– you’ll even find them clipped to my clothes throughout the day ). Then shake your hair out slightly & add a dime size amount of this oil to ONLY *I repeat only* the bottom of the hair. I also add a spray of hair spray ( only one or two, this isn’t 1950, you want your hair to actually have some movement ) & one spray of hair sunscreen ( yes, that’s right, hair sunscreen ). Then I brush only the top of my hair ( think to your ears ) with The Wet Brush ( if you don’t have The Wet Brush…you’re missing out!! ).

Ok so what does the sleep bun actually do? Well this of course:

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It softens.

Softens the feel.

Softens the hair.

Softens the look.

The sleep bun creates that hippie, effortless, not too overdone look.

I put in the sleep bun every night until the next hair wash because it keeps those soft curls for dayyyys & dayyyysss. To maintain the hair for 3 to 5 days, use dry shampoo on your luscious locks. Just don’t forget to use your cute alligator:

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Hope I didn’t bore you guys about buns & clips too much ; ). I just want to actually share my secrets, instead of hide them, LOL…k, now your turn: what’s your best kept beauty secret?

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xo, The Sleep Bun Gangster

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Lately I’ve Been Eyeing…

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black tank || rose gold ring || pinstripe top || white handbag || BLK DMN perfume || chambray top

Today I wanted to share a couple of pieces I’ve been eyeing…

I’m especially obsessed with pinstripes so this hottie top from The Dreslyn needs to get in my closet…like ASAP. And how cute does it look ( above ) with that black fedora?!

All of the other pieces can be found on The Dreslyn. I’ve talked about the site before because it’s my go-to when it comes to staple pieces that will last forever. Some of my favorite brands they carry are Carven, BLK DNM, & Opening Ceremony.

When it comes to fashion I’m obsessed with mixing highs & lows  ( this is obvious from my latest home post ), but if I’m buying a higher end item it needs to be a staple. Basically…I avoid trends like the plague.

What’s your favorite, absolutely have to have staple?

Happy weekend! x.

Five Occasions, Five Rad Looks

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I can be a realllll picky bitch.

ESP when it comes to clothes.

Again, I’m a total Gemini ( << they like hot water, but they also like cold water, they like rain, but they also like sun, they’re homebodies, but they’re also super social…ya get my drift ).

On one hand, I love black/white/nude but on the other hand I love stripes.

I’m also obsessed with huge-ass sunglasses, chunky leather, the perfect/yummy skinny jean, cross body bags, & white shoes. Like, if I could marry white shoes, I would. I seriously love them more than life itself.

Anyway, today I’ve teamed up with top-dog stylist, Sara from StyleStructure ( Instagram: @sara_stylestructure ) & she styled outfits according to my taste.

Ta-da:

❤ ♡ ❤ The Skinny Confidential’s Dream Looks:

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The Everyday Look

Shirt – Mango

Jacket – Urban Outfitters

Jeans – J BRAND

Shoes – Sol Sana

Backpack – ASOS

Watch – Nixon

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Fitness Time

Hooded Top – Adidas by Stella McCartney

Leggings – Nike

Sport Bra – NELLY

Shoes – Nike

Water Bottle – CamelBak

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Dressed To Kill

Top – Topshop

Pants – Topshop

Shoes – Prada ( less expensive version here )

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban ( less expensive version here )

Bag – Prada

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Date night chic:

Dress – Dorothy Perkins ( similar here )

Jacket – IRO ( less expensive version here )

Shoes – Forever 21

Clutch – ASOS

Bracelet – Jeweliq

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Par-tay

Top – Topshop

Jeans – 7 For All Mankind

Shoes – ASOS

Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Watch – MICHAEL KORS / Forever21 ( << OBSESSED w/ this )

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A girl can dream, right?!!

Ok, so what’s your favorite style? Tell, tell.

++ {{ Follow Sara on Instagram here }}. xx L

Meet Bombshell Amanda Griffith ( Her Raw Pasta Recipe Kinda Kicks Ass Too )

The Skinny Confidential x Amanda Griffith.

The Skinny Confidential x Amanda Griffith.

Uhhhh, is Amanda Griffith a stunner or what??

Geez, Louise!!

I mean…she’s seriously one smokin’ babe!

Lucky for us she also has some insane tips/tricks/magic up her sleeve. You will lovvvveee her. BTW: I’m so making her salmon pasta on Sunday night.

Happy weekend reading:

| Tell us about yourself |

Amanda Griffith: I’m an Australian model currently living in…well as I am writing this I am actually sitting on the plane moving to New York! I’ve been living in LA for the past three months & now I’m off on my next adventure. I grew up in a small town on the east coast of Australia, very close by to where I would say is one of the most beautiful towns in the world, Byron Bay. I’m definitely an ocean/nature girl at heart & become very unsettled when I haven’t spent some time in either for a while! I’m half way through studying interior & spatial design at University back in Sydney however have put that on hold whilst I make the most of traveling the world for work.

| Any fitness tricks/tips? |

AG: I feel there are too many fad-diets on how to lose weight that we are becoming overly obsessive with food and weight loss and are looking at the foods around us in a completely different and un-natural way. There is no quick fix to being skinny, the key is to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Some of my tips:

♡ Don’t place un-realistic restrictions on foods

♡ Eat organic, whole foods that are closest to their natural-raw state

♡ make sure you have healthy options available so you don’t make wrong choices

♡ Drink plenty of water

♡ Exercise regularly

♡ Eat at least 2-3 hours before bed

♡ Allow yourself to have treats

♡ And lastly, spend good quality time with family, friends and nature

I would love to go back to the days when an apple was seen as a simple treat from nature not overlooked as too high in fructose or marked with a label stating how many calories it contains. If you just listen to your body & what it’s asking for or rejecting, you’ll be in the best shape for your body (( <<< love this girl! )).

The Skinny Confidential x Amanda Griffith.

| Weekly workout schedule? |

AG: I usually to do some form of cardio four-five times a week such as running, spin class, or hiking and then alternate with yoga, hot yoga, or pilates every other day. I like to have at least one or two days off from exercise per week to allow my body to rest & relax. When I’m by the beach I love going for long swims & I also like to surf when I get the chance!

| Favorite go-to healthy food? |

AG: Every morning I make a green smoothie. I love it because it is so satisfying & filling and allows me to add in a good dose of veges, fiber, protein, and nutrients first thing in the morning. My go-to ingredients are: frozen banana, kale, spinach, cucumber, chia seeds, cacao, goji berries, maca powder, raw, vita-green protein powder, & either coconut water, hemp or almond milk.

As my quick go-to healthy snacks I always have a mixture of raw, sprouted nuts & seeds on me. I also love to chop up fresh veges like carrots, celery, cucumber, & have them with hummus. Nori sheets topped with avocado or any healthy toppings also make a great, healthy snack!

| Cocktail of choice? |

AG: I’m not a big drinker, but when I do splurge on a drink it will usually be something fresh with cucumber & lemon or a glass of red wine. When I go out I’m usually really drinking soda water and lime with no alcohol, and most of the time no one can even tell the difference ( …great there goes my secret!! ).

| Number one beauty product? |

AG: YSL’s ‘Touche Eclat Highlighter’ goes with me everywhere it’s great to use as a concealer or to highlight areas of the face. I like to use it to touch up during the day too. I don’t like to wear foundation everyday so usually this will do the trick. Less is definitely more when it comes to beauty products!

| Secret model tip? |

AG: Never compare yourself to anybody else. Love yourself & make sure you immerse yourself in other interests, hobbies, & goals to ensure your whole world isn’t solely focused on the industry. It’s also important to remember that a lot of beauty shines out through your personality, so don’t take it all too seriously & be yourself, because no matter how much competition there is, there is only one you.

The Skinny Confidential x Amanda Griffith.

The Skinny Confidential x Amanda Griffith.

| Natural beauty remedy? |

AG: I always tone and refresh my skin with rosewater spray, my favorite is by Jurlique. It really hydrates & makes your skin glow instantly. I also use coconut oil all over as a moisturizer & leave-in hair conditioner.

| When I wake up I…|

AG: I’ve recently started to set aside at least half an hour each morning to sit & meditate to start my day, I’ve found my mind has been running three steps in front of me lately & this is a great way to remain present and slow things down at the beginning of your day. It can totally change your day from being one of frantic stress to a clear, focused, & joyful day.

And then I usually have a nice big mug of fresh lemon, ginger, and hot water to set your digestion on the right track for the day, followed by breakfast. And I always like to get my work out done first thing in the morning as it always puts me in a better mood for the day.

| WTF’s in your purse? |

AG: I’m that girl that has everything you might possibly need in compact amounts for those ‘just in case moments’ which come up everyday despite my friends laughing at me every time I say ‘yes’ to having something they wouldn’t expect. But someone has to save the day!

I’m always running around & never know where I will be one hour to the next so I don’t like to be stuck. I will always have a big bottle of water, healthy snacks, diary, hand sanitizer, charger, make-up wipes, pawpaw cream, concealer, book, & then we get into the my life saving purse…Bandaids, eye drops, tissues, vitamins, q-tips, floss, & the list goes on…haha, I’m the mum of the group!

| What are you dying over, fashion-wise? |

I’m absolutely in love with wearing my Stone Cold Fox Majismo pants. I always feel so good wearing these pants and they’re light and breezy and they go well with any of the SCF crops too. Also, I may or may not be the one modeling the clothes on the website but I am not being biased I swear!!!

For summer, I’m loving the perfect fedora hat by Rag & Bone!

And lastly, I always find the perfect bikini from Tigerlily, Australian based label. They always have the best prints & they also fit perfectly. At the moment their season is heading into winter but they’re always worth remembering for a good bikini!

| Healthy recipe you’re loving? |

AG: A friend & I whipped up this quick, fresh, healthy recipe for dinner recently and I’ve been loving it ever since. It is so satisfying and perfect for lunch or dinner. Plus who doesn’t love to think they’re eating pasta when it’s really a bowl of vegetables?!

Raw Zucchini and Salmon ‘Pasta’:

1 zucchini, sliced/peeled into strips

1/2 bunch fresh coriander

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

1/2 a lemon, juiced

1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 long red chilli

1 teaspoon ginger

1 garlic glove

100g smoked salmon

1 full lemon

* Note: you can add as many vegetables as you like, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, sprouts and capsicum go well too)

Directions: in a bowl combine the zucchini, coriander, salt, pepper, & lemon juice. In a separate bowl mix the oil, chili, ginger, & garlic and then mix it in with the zucchini. Tear apart the salmon and toss it through. Serve & drizzle with lemon. Delicious!

The Skinny Confidential x Amanda Griffith.

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.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

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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