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Styling A Bedside Table <3

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The next installment of how to style is up on the Design Network!!

Super nervous for this one because I’m pretty private about my bedroom…sometimes you gotta show bits & pieces I guess though. EEK! Social media, man.

So bedside table!

We have two white marble ( shocker! ) tables on each bed side. Michael’s is a triangle & mine’s a square. Today I’m sharing my must-haves on my side.

Firstly, if you are rolling your eyes at this post saying “OMG what a weirdo, who styles their bedside table?!”

…awkward silence…

I do. And I always have. Since I was little.

There are actually a lot of different themes for a bedside table.

I mean you could be a real reader & go for primary books, or maybe you love video games & they’re an important way for you to unwind. Or maybe you have kids & like to have pictures next to you.

Basically I think of the bedside table as a sanctuary. It should be a space that makes you happy. Peaceful, serene, & special.

For me, I’m surrounded by my special things: an oil diffuser, tall candles, favorite books, & a tiny picture I love. I also have a cutie eye mask to promote sleep, lavender spray, & a coaster since I’m big on eating/drinking in bed ( who cares about crumbs!! ).

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

Another necessity on my bedside table is my little ring dish. I freaking HATE SLEEPING WITH JEWELRY ON. Anyone with me? It’s soooo annoying. So the little dish keeps me organized when I’m like half falling asleep, trying to put my retainer in, you know? I just throw my dainty necklaces & engagement ring in the dish, & I’m good to go!

Watch the full video on how to style a bedside table here.

What’s your bedside look like? Tell, tell.

– lauryn

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The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.


It’s My Birthday!!! & Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

Since it’s my b-day ( HEY FELLOW GEMINIS!!! ) I figured I’d compile a little list of some of the most important things I’ve learned thus far.

(Here’s the thing: blogging is fun because I always imagine my kids growing up & being able to see an online scrapbook of my life. So if anything, this could potentially be a cool post for my future kid(s) to read? Kind of like “oh Mom is talking about something other than organic tampons, cool!” Let’s hope they don’t see my posts on vagina steaming, camel toes, &/or Kegels but that’s neither here nor there…).

So here’s what I got:

1.) YOU ARE GOING TO GET criticized NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, SO DO YOUR THANG.

Honestly, this is number one for a reason. No matter where I’ve been in life, people have criticized me. If I had listened to every piece of negative feedback, I’d be like sitting in a dark cellar counting flies on the wall, drooling. We’ve all been criticized at one time or another. You gotta do what you gotta do, & either way someone, somewhere will have something to say. If you don’t want to be criticized, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

2.) START WITH A SMALL IDEA, ZONE IN ON IT, & BECOME REALLY, REALLY GOOD AT THAT IDEA…TO LEAD TO BIGGER OPPORTUNITIES.

Instead of thinking big/BIG/BIGGGG, think small & grow outward like an upside down triangle. Remember the Chinese proverb I posted on Instagram? “If you chase two rabbits, you won’t catch either one.” I always try to focus in on the niche & expand outward. Having 6 million ideas ( AHEM SONJA MORGAN…I mean WOW ) is scattered & doesn’t allow you to be a full-on PROFESSIONAL at one thing. I’d rather be a fucking genius in one area, than average in twenty.

3.) BEING AN ASSHOLE GETS YOU NOWHERE. BE NICE.

We’ve all been there. I had a moment where I was in the Post Office a few months back. I was grumpy, irritable, & annoyed at something going on at work. When I got to the counter, I snapped at the man working because he was taking a long time. Immediately I regretted it and guilt consumed my whole body…so I apoligized sincerely. I still go to that Post Office & now we’ve become friendly.

Being a bitch is nasty.

Smile, be gracious, be kind, & be humble.

4.) YOU NEVER KNOW…

Oh geez. Don’t judge until you’ve walked in someone’s shoes. People assume they know everything about me because a lot of my life is documented through social media. They don’t. In fact, they don’t know 80% of my past or my life. I have had MANY bumps in the road. MANY. No one has seen my struggles, & that’s ok with me but to judge without knowing isn’t logical. Life online looks flawless, #blessed, & glamourous. Don’t judge a book by its cover because you never know. No one likes a Judge Judy anyway.

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

5.) DOGS ARE LITTLE BITS OF HEAVEN.

Honestly guys I had to add this to my list. My dogs are SO important to me. I have a special connection ( as we all do with our dogs ) with my fur babies. They bring so, so, so much joy into Michael’s & my life. We’re so lucky to have such amazing, beautiful creatures. They’ve taught me so many lessons in loyality, companionship, & love.

6.) YOU CANNOT CHANGE PEOPLE.

This is PROBABLY THE HARDEST THING EVER FOR ME. For years I would try to control the outcome of family drama, friendships, work, etc. This year I’ve realized that ‘it is, what it is’. Me trying to control the situation & change people into something they’re not is counterproductive & fucking pointless. It’s a waste of breath. People are who they are. This year I’ve become more accepting…especially because you never know the whole story. People are set in their ways for their own reasons.

7.) DIETS SUCK. A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS WHERE IT’S AT.

Yesssss, yesssss, yesssss. A diet is like a stupid ex-boyfriend that you don’t want to text when you’re drunk. You text him & then regret it afterwards. Diets give you that empty feeling once they stop working. It’s a quick fix & high with short term results. Sticking to healthy living, wellness remedies, green juice, weekly workouts, water, oils, herbs, clean foods, & good vibes is a long term, sustainable goal. Balance is key!

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

8.) NO ONE IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.

If you want something to happen, get off your ass & make it happen. Ok if we’re being honest, I asked Michael to add one of his life tips, so this was his addition. A fairy godmother isn’t going to come create a dream career for you because you went to an amazing college… Life is what you make of it. If you want to be a real estate agent, go for it. It’s not going to fall into your lap. If you want to be in a better relationship, work on yours or get out & say BYE. If you want to do good in the world, then do good. Opportunities don’t just fall from the sky, you gotta make it happen.

9.) WORRYING IS LIKE A ROCKING CHAIR, IT GETS YOU NOWHERE.

I MEAN IF SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME THIS AT 20, I WOULD HAVE HAD SO MUCH LESS STRESS THROUGHOUT MY LIFE SO FAR. Worrying is pointless. Pointless. What’s the point of worrying? Whenever I start worrying about something I cannot control, I shift my focus. Life is going to flow how it flows.

And lastly,

10.) THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FAIR OR UNFAIR.

Things are what they are. I keep the words ‘fair’ and ‘unfair’ out of my vocabulary. You make your own life, your own destiny, & your own future. You can get what you can get, or you don’t. Life isn’t fair or unfair, unless you cultivate that— focus on moving forward & don’t worry about what other people are doing…remember as Bethenny Frankel said “stay in your own lane!”

Obviously this is a list of things that I need to work on daily because I’m not perfect by any means & need daily reminders. Really, it just kind of helps to write these reminders down! I’m not preaching, just sharing…again, do what works for you!

What would you add to this?

Off to celebrate!! Have some chilled champagne for me guys, k? lauryn x

ps. thank you guys so much for all the thoughtful Snapchat birthday messages ; ) you made my day!

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

Tropical Mouth Party

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

When we went to Thailand, we had THE BEST DAMN smoothies.

I attribute this to their wide selection of fruits & delicious coconut milk.

So when I came back from Asia, I was kind of searching for a smoothie with a bit more of an OOMPH. I mean, I love a good strawberry, banana, almond milk smoothie any day, but if we’re being honest it’s kind of a basic smoothie…so duh, no surprise I had to whip up something new & fresh. Introducing this new TSC-approved, tasty smoothie BOWL.

Firstly, this little number is filled with superfoods. LIKE FILLEDDDD.

Think: mango, strawberries, coconut milk, chia seeds, a little chocolate, AND these badass little smoothie packs, made by ALOHA, that I recently discovered ( << get excited ).

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

This one is the berry packet & it includes: blueberries, pear, peas, raspberries, spinach, mooring, spiralina, king trumpet mushrooms, Himalayan pink salt, lemon, Hawaiian yellow ginger…aka two to three serving of fruits/vegetables.

These are perfect for a little smoothie kick, especially for people who are busy. Plus you can throw these little adorable ALOHA packets in your handbag & add them to water/smoothies/juices when you’re on the go. YESSSssss.

Ok so recipe time:

1 handful of mango
1 handful of strawberries
1 cup of coconut milk ( << my fav!)
2 scoops of chia seeds
1 packet of ALOHA’s berry superfood
3 sprinkles of turmeric (<< endless benefits!)
1 handful of ice
Garnish: superfood chocolate shreds & fresh mint

Directions: blend everything besides chocolate shreds together. Pour everything into a bowl. Top with mint & grated chocolate ( I use a mini cheese grater for this ). Eat with a spoon.

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

I feel like this smoothie bowl just brings me back to Thailand & I’m basically sitting on the beach, with limited Internet thinking about the day’s pressing decisions: should I go kayaking? Does the jacuzzi or the pool sound more relaxing? Coconut water or mojito? What time should I schedule tomorrow’s deep tissue? Mango smoothie or mango sticky rice?

Super, super pressing decisions.

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

Anyway, for now I’ll have to just drink my tropical mouth party & close my eyes.

MMMMmmmmm.

Ok, so what is your favorite smoothie addition that’s kind of weird & different? Share something that’s super outside the norm? Please!! The more ideas, the better.

lauryn, x

+ more recipes like this can be found in The Skinny Confidential Bomshell Body Guide

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.

The Skinny Confidential's smoothie bowl.


Getting All Lovey-Dovey With A Little Picnic ( PLUS A GIVEAWAY! )

The Skinny Confidential goes on a picnic.

The Skinny Confidential goes on a picnic.

The other day Michael & I grabbed a blanket, the dogs, some snacks, & a chilled bottle of pinto Grigio & headed to the park for a picnic.

Now, if we are being real, this picnic was spur of the moment kinda thing so I didn’t like have time to whip up casual cucumber sandwiches or slice Brie cheese BUTTTT I did have time to grab some healthy, quick packaged snacks.

And the wine, of course duh.

We bundled the dogs up & made sure their leashes were SUPER secure because we had a little scare with T.Boone Pickens ( he got off his leash for 5.5 seconds 3 weeks ago & it sent us into a full blown, hyperventilating panic ).

The Skinny Confidential goes on a picnic.

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Anyway, I naturally had to dress the part in picnic attire…think a wide brimmed hat, a blue and white tablecloth-ish dress, & white shoes ( bet ya already knew that though ). I feel like Michael could have risen to the occasion a bit more ( I mean, babe come on a white tee & jeans? Really? More effort next time ).

So for the healthy snacks: there’s this rad company called NatureBox that’s kind of like a Skinny Confidential reader’s dream. Basically every month you get a box of healthy, delish snacks free from high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial flavors, colors, & sweeteners. This month I choose the dried pineapple, trail mix, little oatmeal packets (heyyyyy on-the-go breakfast), white truffle popcorn, & dried apple slices ( there’s 100 options to choose from ). The picnic idea came about when my box arrived. I feel like this concept is insane because it’s healthy options right to my door that are QUICK, accessible, & damn good. If you want a free trial, click here ( this includes a selection of the top favorite snacks ). Michael was literally stuffing the white truffle popcorn down his throat like a hog. Lol.

The Skinny Confidential goes on a picnic.

Other picnic details: don’t forget to bring a wine opener because that’s the worst thing ever when you have chilled wine with no opener. Add some music on your iPhone ( Brazilian Lounge for me, duh ). And bring some flowers because it evokes that whole 50’s picnic feel. Lastly, pick a grassy spot that’s private ( a little romance never hurt a flea ).

Fun right? The perfect weekend activity. And for the record, T.Boone didn’t try to pull a fast one.

– lauryn

P.S. TWO lucky winners will each win a free 6-month subscription to NatureBox, TSC Bombshell Body Guide, & The Skinny Confidential Book/signed, sealed & delivered. Click here to pick your 2 favorite snacks & then comment on this post sharing what snack you like. This is open to US and Canada readers only. Must have a US or Canadian shipping address. Contest is open for a week!

* this post is in collaboration with NatureBox, as always ALL my opinions/thoughts are my own.

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The Skinny Confidential goes on a picnic.

The Skinny Confidential goes on a picnic.


Mini DeLites: TSC Takes DC

The Skinny Confidential takes Dallas.

The Skinny Confidential takes Dallas.

The Skinny Confidential takes D.C.

GEEZ. I feel like I haven’t had a moment to breath. Lately it’s been go, go, go non-stop.

I’m not complaining, just ready for a weekend that’s filled with doing nothing but reading, watching TV ( very much into Curb Your Enthusiasm lately ), & spooning my chihuahuas, ya know?

Firstly, we went to DC a week & half ago and loved it! What a spectacular city!!

Whenever Michael & I travel we try to find charm everywhere. So we want like the most charming coffee spot, or a pizza joint that is the least tourist-y spot ever or even a craft cocktail bar that makes insane drinks!

The Skinny Confidential takes Dallas.

The Skinny Confidential takes DC.

Even though we avoid touristy spots ( or at least try to ) we still like to see the cultural aspect of each city, so of course we went to some Monuments & Memorials, The Capital, The White House, etc.

…We even went to The Spy Museum & stopped at Shake Shack for a burger & those tasty little crinkle fries ( just for the record: In-N-Out is WAYYYYYY better, no competition ).

The Skinny Confidential takes D.C.

Some of the charming spots we found: Le Diplomate ( bomb brunch ), Barcelona ( spicyyyy mussels x Brunello & I’m good to go ), JRINK ( GET READY TO DIE: ACTIVATED CHARCOAL LEMONADE…HELLO HANGOVER CURE!! ), and il Canale ( amazing pizza x ice cold Peronis!! ).

We took a lot of you guys’ recommendations from Instagram & Snapchat too!! I even met some of you while walking through Georgetown which was fucking cool. The Internet makes life feel like a small world sometimes, huh?

My event with Palm Breeze was Monday night & it was so cool to meet everyone who came out!! I cannot tell you how much it means to me to connect with women around the country! I LOVE it.

& just for shits and giggles: Michael was sitting on his iPad because he didn’t know what to do with a bunch of women who were drinking pink umbrella drinks, getting a blowout. LOL.

Anyway! DC was a success! We’ll be hosting a party in Dallas & Austin in two weeks, so if you live there COME SAY HEY, K? Blowouts, babes, bubbly…you know how I do.

Also, does anyone have any charming, non-tourist-ish spots to check out in Texas?!

mwah! lauryn x

The Skinny Confidential takes Dallas.

The Skinny Confidential takes Dallas.


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