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Talking Post-Baby Bods With My Hottie Best Friend & Her Amazing Mother in Law

Jackie Becerra talks diet, fitness, and health while being a new mom.The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

Ok, guys I’m not going to lie…

I have a special love for this post because it’s all about my best, best friend & her mother in law. They’re both the kindest, most beautiful people plus they both happen to be be mommies.

Little background: Jackie and I met when we were in junior high & went on to the same high school ( we were kinda rivals…ahh high school, how I hate you ). Anyway, we ended up becoming roommates during college…& man, those were the days!!!

We sort of had a pink princess palace ( << thank God I got that phase out of the way ) where we hosted mini parties ( we’re both OCD so no one could ever sit on the couch ) & did all the things 19 year olds do. And ever since living together we’ve stayed best friends- she helps me run the day to day of The Skinny Confidential & seriously sparkles when she walks in a room.

Ok so, Erica, is her mother in law— & lemme tell ya, Erica’s bod is smoking! Like, she’s had three kids & she looks like she’s in her twenties. Jackie & I always harass her to spill her secrets. So today I did a lil double interview; check it out:

+ Introduce yourself.

Jackie Becerra: Hiii!! My name is Jackie Becerra and I’m twenty six years old. I’m from South Carolina but grew up in sunny San Diego! I’ve been happily married for three years to Felipe Becerra and we have the CUTEST three year old boy, Ford. We live in Clairemont, CA. and own two successful barbershops called Lefty’s Barbershop down in Pacific Beach. Also, a fun fact: I’ve known Lauryn since we were thirteen & she was my roommate throughout college.

Oh! and we have the fattest, most adorable bulldog ever, Archy. Can’t forget Archy!

+ Ok Becerra, spill it: what’s your quick skinny trick?

JB: A quick skinny trick that works for me is EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. I use to be a little piggy and stuff my face with a big breakfast, lunch, & dinner. BIG no-no. I started to notice that I was always tired & was lacking energy ( & having a toddler you need all the energy you can get, trust me ).

I now eat small meals throughout the day and small snacks in between. This helps keep my metabolism going all the time!! Also, eating clean is important…especially if you want to set a good example for your kiddos & hubby.

+ How has having a baby changed your body ( because you still look damn fine!! )?

JB: Having Ford was the BEST thing that’s ever happened to me but my body did change in some interesting ways: my hips got wider & I lost a lot of hair afterwards. But that’s because your body is trying to change revert back to your pre-baby bod so it’s going through a shit ton of hormones. It can be super hard in the beginning but it def mellows down and gets better.

My skin would also go through gnarly phases of acne. I know that sounds super gross but my skin would look flawless one day and the next look like a pizza face! After a year my body started to get back to normal. Everyone’s different in their own ways & people go through different things after having a baby.

Overall I love my body and embrace my curves! : )

+ Weekly workout schedule?

JB: I try to change it up as much as possible. Now that Ford’s in school four days a week I have some time in the morning to get a good work out in— which is so nice.

I love to run a few miles two or three times a week. When I’m not running, I like to do Pure Barre in Pacific Beach &/or go on hikes at Torrey Pines. On the weekends I love to go stand up paddling down at the Shores in La Jolla. It’s the BEST workout for your body!!!! Ahhh, try it!

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

+ Go-to healthy food?

JB: When I’m on the go and I haven’t had time to make myself something to eat I love to grab a couple tangerines & some mixed wasabi nuts. I also love to eat half of an avocado with a little Himalayan salt & some lemon! Oh, & lots & lots of water! Or a fresh pressed juice.

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

JB: My son and my husband. It’s so SO crucial to have a healthy mentality & lifestyle so I can set great examples for my family and friends. I don’t want my kid growing up around lazy parents who are unmotivated to exercise and eat right.

I know exercise isn’t for everyone and eating clean can be very difficult, but ultimately it’s a lifestyle that you should constantly be striving to attain. No one can do it for you.

+ Favorite beauty product ( << Jackie literally sparkles 24/7 )?

JB: I’m OBSESSED with Shiseido foundation!!! It literally makes your skin shine and will hide any blemishes. It’s a sun protection liquid foundation so I use it everyday. It’s very water resistant ( plus it’s SPF 42 ). So it’s a win/win: protection + makeup.

+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?

JB: I know this is going to sound nasty as F & I usually wouldn’t ever share this with anyone except my close GF’s but…I only wash my hair ONCE a week ( << hmmm. Me too. Best friend secrets! LOL ).

It’s a little secret of mine that keeps my hair super shiny. It also happens to create the perfect beach waves. Honestly, washing my hair takes forever but once it’s dried & straightened, I curl the ends & wrap my hair up in a bun to sleep on!

My hair the next few days is perfect. Also, contrary to popular belief, t’s not good to wash your hair everyday. It is good for hair to develop its own natural oils ; ).

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

+ WTF’s in your purse?

JB: Since I’m always carrying around Ford’s backpack, it’s turned into my purse! Haha. I always carry my Kate Spade wallet, car keys, some snacks, water bottle, MAC ‘Snob’ lipstick, my Skinny Confidential chapstick ( << the best flavor ever! ), and my Crap Eyewear sunglasses.

+ As a mom I’m sure it can be hard to find time to take care of yourself— any tips?

It’s so important for us moms to catch a break whenever we can. Having kids is the best gift God can give us but man oh man it can be exhausting. My tip: whenever your kids are at school, a friend’s house, &/or grandma and grandpa’s— take advantage & go do something for yourself. WE DESERVE IT. Get your nails done, get a facial, go on a walk, DO something!

+ Quick, easy recipe:

My tomato, mozzarella, avocado & basil salad is MY ABSOLUTE favorite!!! Felipe loves it when I make this recipe and it’s super easy & healthy. Andddddd absolutely NO dressing is needed.

+ 5 medium size tomatoes

+ 4 medium size avocados

+ 1/2 a log of fresh mozzarella cheese

+ 10 big basil leaves

+ Himalayan salt

+ 1 lemon

Take all five tomatoes and gut out the insides. Dice them into little cubes. Take the avocados and dice them up as well. Take the half log of mozzarella & also dice up into small cubes. Grab about ten big basil leaves & chop them up into small, minced pieces. Add everything together into a bowl and mix at once. Sprinkle a little salt & squeeze a lemon in the mixture. Toss all together again until everything looks evenly mixed. Again, no dressing needed. The avocado & other ingredients make up their own dressing when mixed. ENJOY : )!

+ Click here to follow Jackie on Instagram

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

Ok, now get ready to meet Jackie’s beautiful, badass mother in law. She’s the kindest, sweetest lady— so stoked to have Erica on the blog:

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

+ Introduce yourself.

Erica Becerra: Hi! I’m Erica Becerra, wife of the greatest husband ever, mom of three amazing boys with wonderful wives &/or girlfriends, & grandmom of one beautiful three year old boy ( see Ford below )!

+ Is it more difficult to lose weight as you grew older; if so, why?

EB: I was overweight when I was younger so I’ve always been really weight conscious but your metabolism definitely slows down as you get older & yes, it’s definitely a lot harder to stay thin!

+ Quick skinny tip?

EB: Carbs earlier in the day…for example brown rice, quinoa, or pasta at lunchtime & then protein and greens for dinner. Eating more during the day and less at night allows me to sleep better too!

+ For someone who’s looking to lose weight, what’s your number one trick?

EB: Count calories, even if it is just for one week— it’s the biggest eye-opener ever. Portion size is the key. Information is everything! We thought we were eating so well until we started counting calories…now we can add things we want ( like a glass of wine ) & then eat more salad so we keep our calories in tact.

That way we enjoy what we eat while not feeling deprived. No diet- it’s a lifestyle now.

+ Favorite healthy, snack?

EB: Carrots/celery with hummus or cottage cheese.

+ How do you maintain your weight?

EB: Watching what I eat & exercising. I love to stand up paddle or surf every day…( exercise is so important!! ). I treat myself to things I want but not all at once, so dessert on occasion. But the dessert must be great— make those calories count : ).

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

+ Cocktail of choice?

EB: Love my wine…Chardonnay or Cabernet. And occasionally a scotch & water!

+ Recommendations for women who have trouble keeping weight off?

EB: My husband & I have been using a calorie counting website to keep track of everything we eat daily and it’s truly kept us on track. We set a goal, say 1400-1600 calories & really stick to it, that way any exercise above and beyond that will be calories burned.

It’s hard in the beginning but on the site you can set up favorites/groupings so the foods you regularly eat are automatically inputted so you don’t have to add everything every time. It makes you think every time you’re about to snack.

It also taught me that I can eat one meal with high calories & control the rest of the day, that way I can maintain my weight.

+ Weekly workout schedule?

EB: I have been stand up paddling every morning for about a hour to an hour & a half. I surf and run too!

+ Quick, healthy recipe:

EB: Great breakfast that fills you up: Scramble three to four egg whites with tiny bit of butter, warm up 1/2 cup black beans warmed from a can, 1/4 avocado sliced, & add ‘Margarita’s Salsa.’

‘Margarita’s Salsa’: boil five Italian tomatoes and five serrano chiles for fifteen minutes. Put them in the blender with salt…& that’s it! ‘Margarita’s Salsa’ has almost no calories and you can eat it with wheat thins or pita chips for a snack ( << making this ASAP!! ).

+ Click here to follow Erica on Instagram

The Skinny Confidential talks to moms, Jackie and Erica Becerra about diet, fitness, and health.

Mega Babe Sydney Wheeler On Squats, Modeling, & Coconut Oil

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.

Sydney Wheeler is a total hottie with a body.

I mean…right?!

She’s seriously stunning!!

Those eyes! Babe x 100.

Anyway Sydney’s a top model in San Diego, Los Angeles, & Milan…who also starred in the CBS television show, Survivor!

Here she talks modeling tips, squats, & coconut oil ( << P.S. it seems like every damn girl in the world is obsessed with coconut oil!! Because seriously, it’s that goodddddd ; ) ):

+ Tell us about yourself.

Sydney Wheeler: I love life. This is a beautiful, crazy world with so many amazing people to be inspired by. I’ve lived in Southern California for about ten years but I’m originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. I graduated from the Art Institute of Claifornia-San Diego with a degree in Interior Design. I love all types of art and design.

Once I graduated, I was asked to be CBS’ Survivor, which ended up being an amazing experience. We shot it in Brazil and I went eighteen days in very harsh conditions. I lost thirteen pounds over those eighteen days & was very happy to have a burger once I was got voted off!

Today, I live in the OC with my photographer husband & our little angel baby.

+ Quick skinny tips or tricks ( << totally need to know!! )?

SW: Always take the stairs! Do squats while brushing your teeth or calf raises while cooking!! Strap two pound weights to your legs while your doing chores around the house!

+ Ok spill, WTH is your weekly workout schedule? I mean…that bod!!

SW: I ideally like to workout, gym or outside my house, about four times/week. What saves me those other days are the small workouts I do right before bed. Squats, lunges, balance ball sit-ups, & other core workouts without much sweating.

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.+ Favorite go-to healthy food?

SW: I love Luna Bars for a quick snack in the car. They’re geared towards women’s nutrition & delicious.

+ Can’t-live-without beauty product?

SW: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in black. Best drugstore mascara ever ( << need to try this ASAP! ).

+ Secret model tip?

SW: Fake it till you make it, but keep it natural looking. I just worked on a skincare company’s print campaign and the other model had eyelash extensions. She didn’t tell the client & no one could even tell. Point: they looked totally natural and beautiful!

+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?

SW: A coconut oil hair soak, once a week.

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.

+ When I wake up I…

SW: Drink a cup of warm lemon water. Starts my digestion and somehow seriously helps me eat less.

+ WTF’s in your purse?

SW: A baby book, nail file, wallet, receipt holder, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, gum, earphones, & almonds. Always gotta have a snack!

+ My naughty indulgence is…

SW: Anything gooey & deliciously chocolatey!!

+ Quick, easy (healthy) recipe?

SW: Cubed avocado, ripe cherry tomato halves, ripped basil, toasted pine nuts, a small pour of EVOO & a smaller pour of balsamic. So yummy!!

+ To follow Sydney on Instagram, click here.

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.

Lauryn Evarts talks to top model Sydney Wheeler about fitness and diet.

Model Rachel Barnes Horowitz on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber

Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential.Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential. Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential.

Oh yah, ya know, Rachel Barnes Horowitz was just in the ‘Boyfriend’ music video with Justin Bieber…

Umm…NBD.

I know, die, right?!

Not to mention, this San Diego native’s also a college grad who’s all about eating right, living a healthy lifestyle, & killing it in the modeling world. Between hanging with the Biebs, being the face of Planet Blue ( << my favorite online shopping…ever ), & keeping up with her gnarly Insta following, Rachel sat down to talk diet & fitness with me…oh, & if ya like her makeup- click here ( yes, you heard correctly- someone did a MU tutorial on how to look like her! ).

Enjoy ; ):

+ Tell us about yourself.

Rachel Barnes Horowitz: I am born and raised in Manhattan Beach. I went to College at SDSU and have been living in La Jolla with my husband Jeremy since we were married in 2011. I am currently a model with Ford LA, NoTies SD, & Elite Miami.

+ Ok, spill. Tell us alllll about Justin Bieber!

RBO: Working with Justin was a total whirlwind! I was cast for the video the day before, & the video was all shot in one 12 hour day! He was super fun on set and was teaching me about music in between takes. His talent is undeniable…

{ Watch more on that here }

Model Rachel Barnes with Justin BieberModel Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential. Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential.

+ Quick skinny tips or tricks?

RBO: In general I try to eat very clean with my husband. I cook dinner almost every night when I am home. I like knowing exactly what goes into what I eat, less sodium and oils, more fresh veggies, whole grains & lean protein.

Over the years Jeremy and I have both cut out foods that we find to slow us down instead of give us energy. We try our best to stay away from soda & processed foods. I find myself feeling the best when I am eating whole foods. Also, portion control is huge! I drink tons of water & always eat before your reach the frantic “hungry” stage…you’ll be more likely to make better decisions.

+ Weekly workout schedule?

RBO: I switch between spin, yoga, & long walks/hikes…I like to do at least three days a week of cardio & yoga in between. Also, TONS OF STRETCHING!!!

+ Favie go-to healthy food?

RBO: I love watermelon in the summertime, & also, jicama and lots of hummus; I eat a ton of hummus. I have a million different kinds I make at home in my Vita Mix!

Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential.

+ Cocktail of choice?

RBO: Sauvignon Blanc.

+ Can’t-live-without beauty product?

RBO: Sunscreen & chap stick. All day everyday.

+ Makes you laugh when…

RBO: I play cards against humanity with my usual suspects.

+ When I wake up I…

RBO: Check my Instagram (@rachhorowitz)…I’m addicted, & then coffee!

+ What’s in your purse?

RBO: Everything you can think of…I have a purse like Mary Poppins…Reusable shopping bags, lotion, a water bottle, toothbrush, Band-Aids, phone charger, chap stick, usually three pairs of sunglasses, wallet, earrings, nail polish, raw bars, &/or almonds.

Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential.

+ Naughty indulgence?

RBO: Sweets; I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like…!

+ Quick, easy recipe?

RBO: Because Jeremy & I are both cookie monsters, I found a recipe to make me not feel so guilty about eating them from 101 Cookbooks.

You can use unsweetened carob, or grain sweetened chocolate chips, or do what I did and chop up 2/3 of a bar of Scharffen berger 70%. I sort-of shaved half the bar with a knife and then cut the rest into bigger chip-sized chunks. You can make your own almond meal by pulsing almonds in a food processor until it is the texture of sand – don’t go too far or you’ll end up with almond butter. And lastly, the coconut oil works beautifully here, just be sure to warm it a bit – enough that it is no longer solid, which makes it easier to incorporate into the bananas. If you have gluten allergies, seek out GF oats.

Banana Cookies

+ Makes about three dozen bite-size cookies

3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed ( about 1 1/2 cups )
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, barely warm – so it isn’t solid ( or alternately, olive oil )
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded/unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
A handful of dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, & baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, don’t worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment ( or Silpat ) lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes. I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect – just shy of 15 minutes seems to be about right in my oven.

+ To follow Rachel on Instagram, click here.

Model Rachel Barnes on Diet, Fitness, & Justin Bieber with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential.

Just a Little YouTube Update…

Hiiii!

Instead of a ‘Mini DeLites’ post today, you guys have to check out the teaser of our up-and-coming YouTube channel {!!!). Jackie & I wanted to share some behind the scenes shots of us fn’ing around before February’s official launch. Hope you lol!

Anddddd to spread the word, we’re doing a lil giveaway for some sexy JNB arm candy ( three onyx bracelets; retail value: $350-avail here & all 7 for All Mankind locations ). All ya have to do is:

1.} Follow @TheStyleKittens on Instagram.

2.} Post our video on Facebook ( it can be from your fan page &/or personal page ) & tag ‘The Style Kittens.’

Meowwwww.

The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Subscribe to our channel ( ‘The Style Kittens‘ ) here. Stay tuned for tutorials on fitness, healthy eats, fashion, beauty, & tons of other girly shit.

Happy Monday sex kittens ; ).

Love.L

P.S. All of our clothes are from the amazing Blended Industries- their stuff is insane!

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