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TSC HIM & HER PODCAST | Episode 7

April 25, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Quick little hello on a Sunday to let you know: our latest episode of The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER PODCAST is live!

EPISODE 7 is all about delegation, maintaining your independence in a relationship, SEXXXXxxxXX, & MORE. Getting feisty.

Listen, let us know any feedback, & PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!

Here’s the cool thing about podcasts:

You can listen to a podcast when you’re at the gym, commuting to work, in bed ( yes I’ve put ear phones in before my nightly cup of CALM tea kicks in ) &/or while you’re cleaning the kitchen.

I’m actually guilty of doing all four of these things while listening to iTunes podcasts…everyday. Kind of having a huge podcast moment. They’re really the perfect medium. You can get shit done while you take in some info.

There are all kinds: business, comedy, Real Housewives, tax tips, TED Talks, & OURS— of course:

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See? If you’re not into podcasting yet— you’re missing out! Really, I’m FULLY, very addicted.

Along with TSC Weekly Newsletter, we’re also sending out a Podcast Newsletter. Simply subscribe here if you’re interested.

To make it easy for all you computer lovers: you can listen to EPISODE 7 right now:

THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST | episode 7:

April 17, 2016
Episode 7


Him & Her Podcast
The Skinny confidential
Expanding your team and delegating, maintaining independence, jealousy, your friends and your Snapchat, Sex on the first date? #askhimandher

Sticking with the whole podcast theme here: recently we were invited on Cristina Q’s podcast: Refashion. Basically it’s all about the fashion world…meeting the tech world. Fabulous idea, right.

Cristina had us on the show, fed us vodka ( gluten-free, hold the olives please ), & made us LAUGH…a lot. We talked about a bunch of random-ness…including branding, how long it took to break into the blogging world, & why it’s important to keep at it.

She also featured me & Michael on her blog. Check it out; I’m talking the magic of consistency, Snapchat, & all about the hustle. Michael’s talking about the importance of embracing social media:

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Cristina is a fucking hustler & an absolute doll. A total go-getter. My kinda girl.

We had a ball going on someone else’s podcast…especially because there was chilled Tito’s. HA!.

Subscribe to her podcast & listen to our episode on reFashion. Again, if you’re on a comp, here ya go.

THE REFASHION PODCAST BY CRISTINA Q.

OK LASTLY, little GIVEAWAY that will make you SWEAT:

if you guys review The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Podcast, screenshot your reviews & send them to asklauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com…we’ll send you back a FREE whole week of TSC Bombshell Body Guide. YESSSS, then you can listen to podcasts while you squat! So easy.

…& even if you hate us & think we’re dreadful, send us your review. We love feedback.

SUBSCRIBE here for all our latest updates…& leave any topics you want to see below with your Instagram/Snapchat username so we can feature your question on the next episode. We’re filming tomorrow night, so ask away.

Ok, ok, off to bed to watch the new season of Game Of Thrones ( OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG, so excited ).

See you tomorrow, lauryn x

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The Business Of Blogging, Snapchat, How To Brand Yourself

April 17, 2016
by
LAURYN

the business of blogging

Hi, hi, quick Sunday hello because we’re super excited about this video we did with Video Influencers on YouTube.

We talked all about our new podcast ( have you listened to Episode 6?! ), Snapchat, branding, blogging, really just the works.

It’s been super fun to start really diving into the whole business of blogging. I feel like a lot of bloggers don’t talk about it?

Right though? It feels like an unknown to a lot of people.

Regardless, Michael & I are getting the conversation going because blogging is MOST definitely a business if executed properly.

It’s also my career. A career that a lot of people don’t really understand so it’s fun to do videos/posts on the whole business of blogging:

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TIMESTAMPS:

00:52 – How did The Skinny Confidential start?
01:41 – When did Michael come into the picture and what is it like working together?
02:27 – Advice for couples working together
03:48 – Should I get my partner involved in my projects?
04:33 – The BIGGEST obstacle Lauryn Evarts had to overcome building The Skinny Confidential
05:31 – Should your blog and YouTube channel be focused or general?
07:06 – How to create a successful blog
09:53 – How to create a great brand that stands out
11:28 – One POWERFUL thing you can do today to improve your brand
13:34 – How to make money with YouTube and blogging and turn your creativity into a career
17:41 – Lighting Round (Fast series of funny questions)
20:57 – Books every influencers should read
21:59 – Why Lauryn and Michael are going ALL-IN on Snapchat
22:47 – Is Snapchat right for you? (A few things to consider first)
23:42 – How to grow your Snapchat using growth hacking
26:15 – New projects and things to check out from The Skinny Confidential
28:40 – Final tips from Lauryn and Michael on how to build your influence and make a great impact

♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Huge thanks to the Video Influencers team ( Sean was an awesome host! ). Be sure to check them out. Their YouTube channel has some BADASS tips especially if you’re in the influencer’s space.

Do you guys like when we talk shop? If so, we’d love to answer your questions on our next podcast. Leave your Instagram or Snapchat handle below with a question & we’ll totally shout you out. Questions can range from one night stands to blogging to relationship realness to business. Get feisty.

Also, if this kind of post is your jam: the new site has an added ‘business’ category.

Ok, I’m getting into bed with a new book, watermelon jerky, & some peppermint tea.

Hope you all had a very relaxing Sunday ( unless of course you went to Coachella! ). See you tomorrow.

– lauryn x

+ WATCH the VIDEO HERE | PC.

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PART I: COME HANG OUT IN OUR HOME

April 12, 2016
by
LAURYN

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ living room }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ kitchen }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential

{ morning light + Mick in the entry way }

YES, YES, YES it’s true.

If I could ‘be’ something other than a blogger, I’d for sure be an interior designer.

There’s something so satisfying about having a finished home. Although it’s really never finished is it?

Do you guys remember my home in this post? I lived alone ( YES, sans Michael ) & loved every second of decorating MY OWN place on MY OWN terms ( also featured on Apartment Therapy here! ). It was really fun, even liberating.

…so it’s no surprise that SHIT, moving in with someone HAS PROVEN TO BE QUITE THE CHALLENGE.

At first I thought I may stab him in his sleep…………I kid, I kid but let me put the fucking white tufted couch where I want the fucking white tufted couch, k babe. THX— LOVE YOU.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ TSC office }
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ office vibes | lipstick stand }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ living room art }

& GUYS, since I have SO many pictures to share with you, I broke it up into two posts. Part II coming next week.

Ok, let’s get started with tips for YOU.

Here’s the thing: if you’re decorating your home on a budget but still want to be chic as shit, I feel you HUNNNNAY. Trust me, when I lived alone my budget was as TIGHT as RHONY Ramona’s facelift. But I still made some home styling happen because A.) it’s your HOME, it needs to be YOUR sanctuary, B.) having a pretty home is a happy home, ambience is key, & 3.) YES, YOU CAN DECORATE YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET.

Home styling is easy, peasy. You can make something look pretty in minutes. It just needs a little TLC.

Ok so let’s get started, shall we?

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ bedroom details }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ Michael’s man cave }
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential
{ kitchen }

5 MAJOR KEY TIPS FOR HOME STYLING:

♡ HEIGHTS/DIMENSIONS/TEXTURES:

I won’t bore you with this one for too long BUT just want reiterate the importance of difference heights, dimensions, & textures. Really…it makes ALL the difference. I learned this early on from my step mom, Julie ( Julie was a HUGE help in this home so she knows her shit! ). The more heights & textures the better. Opt for tall candles, flat books, medium stick diffusers, & HUGE flower displays. For textures go for anything your heart desires.

I prefer velvet, marble, steel, gold, & a little faux fur. HAVE FUN WITH IT!

♡ BOOKS/CANDLES/RANDOM DECOR/FAKE FLOWERS…AKA HOME GOODS:

You guys already know how I am about ambience. Basically a psycho. Ambience brings me peace. I play my Bossanova music, light candles, & burn tangerine oils on a diffuser. I find candles at T.J. MAXX all the time. Seriously, there are so many good ones.

If you’re looking for something a little more high-end, check out Voluspa. There’s this one French looking candle that’s so yummy. The scent is pretty, it’s white/chic, & has the perfect scalloped edge. We keep a couple of those around the house. Also, I love a masculine + feminine vibe so it’s no surprise I have a couple of Whiskey & Cola candles around the house for Mr. Bosstick. Lucky him, he can get buzzed off candles.

Also, adding tiny things like books, fake flowers, & a couple of stick diffusers MAKE A SHITLOAD of difference. If you put a little thought into it, you won’t believe what happens.

When I was on a MAJOR budget I shopped at Home Goods all the time…in fact, I still do shop at Home Goods all the time. No one is paying me to say this: HOME GOODS MAKES ME HAPPY. To roam the aisles & find special tiny trinkets for the right price calms my soul. #THERAPY, OK. Look for fake plants, crystals, candles, fake flowers, pretty pillows, chaise lounge chairs, you name it— freaking Home Goods has it. GET CREATIVE, it’s your home, your sanctuary, your mood.

♡ ART ON ETSY:

If you’re on a budget, head over to Etsy. The black & white art is insane. Or hire a young artist who’s just starting out on Instagram ( I actually have a story about this, but that’s for next week ).

I love a good foil print too. This one is in my office now. Also, I LOVE my ‘Hustle’ print. Definitely a favorite.

Biggest framing tip: USE AARON BROTHERS. When I was dead broke I would do their ‘penny sale’ all the time. Buy one frame, get the other frame for a penny. Can’t beat that.

♡ FEISTY WALLPAPER:

Wallpaper is making a comeback, people & I’m there to embrace it with open arms. Wallpaper is COOL. Get wild. I’m a fan of just doing ONE wall, not all four.

We did a HUGE wallpaper picture of Kate Moss butt naked in our guest bathroom. Julie, my stepmom, decided to hang a gold round mirror ( from Target, I believe ) above the sink to reflect the wallpaper. Just so smart right? She’s very talented!

If wallpaper is out of your budget, you HAVE to check out decals. They’re VERY affordable & will cover an entire wall. This Kate Moss one is fab.

♡ A BAR CART…BECAUSE YES:

Maybe it’s basic but every girl in the world needs a roll-y, vintage gold bar cart. I was shopping online today & came across this one, it looks just like the one I have. Sex it up with all your favorite liquors ( remember: the cuter the bottles, the better ) & keep the colors synchronized, you know? I like to have light blues ( gin ), light pinks ( rosé ), & clear/whites ( vodka ). Add a classy bowl of fake lemons & some rose gold coasters and you’re good to go.

Don’t drink alcohol? No prob. Stock the bar with grapefruit Perriers, kombucha, &/or fake herbs. 

…OR turn it into a bathroom vanity.

♡ DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:

Things like a lipstick stand aren’t going to cost you a million dollars & they’re cute as hell. Plus they add a personal touch…who doesn’t love a personal touch. There are so many tiny details you can find at Home Goods. For instance: last year for Michael’s birthday I found him the most BEAUTIFUL silhouette of a naked woman ( seems to be the theme in our house, huh? There are A LOT of naked women. Lucky Michael ). Anyway, the silhouette was black, simple, big, & perfect. It was also $12.99. Get creative.

Where to SPLURGE:

BAR CART
COUCH/CHAIRS/ETC.
PAINTINGS YOU LOVE
TABLES
ELECTRONICS
MIRRORS

Where to SAVE:

LIGHTS/LAMPS
BLACK  & WHITE ART
TINY DETAILS
BEDDING
THE BATHROOMS
FRAMES

My OVERALL point: just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s cool. Honestly, I could care less how much something is, I EITHER LOVE IT OR I DON’T. Mix & match highs & lows for the perfect home.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ Kate Moss wallpaper reflects in our guest bathroom mirror }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ tiniest peek into our bedroom ; ) }
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ bar cart…in my office, YES PLZ }

HOW OUR VIBE CAME TOGETHER:

Well, well, well isn’t this the question of the year. Moving in with someone is NO JOKE. I don’t care how tight your relationship is, if you don’t have a couple of fights over moving in together…who are you? Where do you come from? Send in tips?

Moving in with Michael was difficult at first because WELL, we both are VERY picky & VERY type-A. Especially when it comes to our style.

How did we figure it out? We combined the right balance of masculinity & femininity.

There’s nothing & I mean nothing I love more than contrast. Just look at the new site, it’s BLACK and PINK. I love contrast. In fashion, homes, in people, even in hair, you get the drift. So our home is one big contrast.

Michael has his man cave which is EXTREMELY masculine. Think smokey whiskey bar with  electronics ( sorry babe, I hate all your dreadful cords ). While TSC office is VERY feminine. Softer. Pale teal with hints of pink & gold. A bit of baby blue. AND WHITE. I didn’t want to push Michael out. I wanted him to WANT to bring his friends over for pepperoni pizza & a beer…and gently tuck them away in his man cave……..

JOKES.

Julie & Courtland ( an interior designer & friend in LA ) really helped Michael & I merge our styles. Their contact info is below. They both are INSANE.

…& kept us SANE when styling our home together.

 A tippity-tip: if you’re moving in with someone make sure you have an area that’s your own. I don’t care if it’s a minuscule corner of the room. Make it your own. You know?

Nothing worse than not having your own space. NOTHING.

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the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential

{ Michael’s man cave + TSC office }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ artsy | this is a piece by a woman who is fighting breast cancer }

Michael is very much into art.

He chose a lot of the art in our home…& he really does have fantastic taste…in art. HA.

For the record, I have like 20 stories about the art but I’ll leave those for next week because I’m sure at this point, I’m a tad overwhelming?

Before I wrap it up…

A few things I always look for when picking the ‘right place’:

+ natural light ( I can’t live in a dreary house, it’s gotta be LIGHT, BRIGHT, & HAPPY ).
+ a place to walk the dogs, thank God for the park next to us!
+ the right coloring, I go for whites/lights over darks. Everyone has their own opinion on this, do what works for you.
+ the less carpet, the better.
+ a space for time out for the guy ( man cave…or even a big corner would do ).
+ the more windows, the better.
+ screw the closet, how’s the fridge?
+ lastly, a place that feels homey…you just know when you know on this one.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ black & white wall }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential

{ kitchen vibes }

HERE’S HOW TO GET THE LOOK:


+ gold bar cart
+ lipstick holder
+ tall gold lamps
+ yummy candles ( also love the more masculine ones too )
+ coffee table books ( Kate Moss, Tom Ford, Chanel, & TSC Book ; ) )
+ black & white stick diffusers
+ gold cutlery ( what up TARGET )
+ white frames
+ furry pillows ( gotta love texture at $14.99! )
+ Bev Hills Hotel palm print pillow
+ gold wishbone
+ lace dog tipi, SO fun
+ faux fur throw

Note: I’ll break down in the next post where we found a lot of furniture & art, so stay tuned.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential

{ bedside + bathroom vanity }

Quick video too for you guys. I figured what better way than to actually give you a tour?

Before I show the video though, I was thinking of filming a TSC CRIBS…thoughts? Suggestions? Requests?

Regardless, here’s a sneak peek at home, ENJOY:

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OH, speaking of moving in together, have you listened to EPISODE 6 of THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST? It’s all about passion, boob jobs, & MOVING IN TOGETHER. Fitting with today’s blog post.

Listen, subscribe, & Snap us any feedback.

PHEW, that was a long one, I know.

OF COURSE, I’ll be back for round II next week. Also, we’ll be sharing a peek inside our LA condo soon too, which is VERY masculine with a hint of sex appeal. Stay tuned.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ bedroom, lots of black & white }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ wide view of TSC office }

If you could pick your BEST home decor tip, what would it be? What’s your home-style-vibe? Do you have one?

Off to bed to finish up my latest book, When Breath Becomes Air ( << highly recommend ).

Chat tomorrow, lauryn x

+ huge thanks to my stepmom, Julie Evarts & our friend, Courtland Bascon who helped us every step of the way. If you’re interested in using Julie & Courtland for your own home ( they do phone & online consultations ), e-mail me at lauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com.

{ photos | video }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ wall paper in our guest bathroom }
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ dining room }

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hot spots in New York City | by the skinny confidential

TSC ITINERARY: THE REAL WAY TO DO NEW YORK CITY

April 7, 2016
by
LAURYN

the skinny confidential in New York City | by the skinny confidentialIt’s rather fitting to have Susan ( Michael ) back on The Skinny Confidential discussing what he knows best: TRAVEL ITINERARIES.

As promise with the new site launch: more travel vlogs & itineraries, so VOILA. Your wish is my command.

There’s NO one better to be talking itineraries. Literally I’ve never seen someone so involved in laying out travel like Michael. He’s like a travel scientist.

…But you know that if you watch him panicked & ABSOLUTELY OUT OF HIS MIND on Snapchat. SO, let’s let Panicky Susan do his thing, shall we?:

Hey guys!

Michael again, back for some more fiery content!

This time we are talking travel, and not just travel but travel itineraries. If any of you have seen Lauryn’s Snapchat you already know that I don’t fuck around when it comes to the travel game.

I like to plan plan plan and knock out as much as I can in the smartest way possible. I mean why go somewhere and not get as much out of it as possible? For you spontaneous people, yea I get it you don’t like to plan, you like to be spontaneous. What if being spontaneous means you end up at a terrible place, after waiting in line, only to be disappointed by the people in the place? It’s just something I can’t risk!

The key is to be spontaneous but also have some cards up your sleeve.

Most of the time I won’t even tell Lauryn what we are doing and then bang! Amazing place and atmosphere! To me, this is a much more impressive approach than standing around with your hands in your pockets waiting 45 minutes for a shitty table at a trendy place.

Anyways… we just got back from NYC ( my favorite city in the world, yes the whole world ) and because NYC is so big I didn’t put together a traditional itinerary. I just compiled a list of all my favorite places. I did not include things like museums and central park. Guides on that stuff can be found all over the web. I also didn’t include which hotels to stay at because again, big place and lots of options.

When we go to NYC we either work work work or…eat, eat, eat & drink, drink, drink…& shop…So maybe think about bookmarking this page for the next time you are in NYC as a reference and hit up these spots when you have time!

+ Here’s one major tip I would add: when going to NYC, pack light, pack the essentials. NYC is one of the shopping capitals of the World. If you are going there it’s a good idea to save up before and get some good shopping done while you are there. The emptier the suitcase the better!

Ok so let’s get into it, there is no particular order to this:hot spots in New York City | by the skinny confidential

NEW YORK CITY ♡♡♡ BOOZY BRUNCH/LUNCH:

*Cipriani – Midtown: this may be Lauryn and I’s favorite lunch spot. The food is A+, the people watching is great, I could eat lunch here every day.

*Rubirosa – SoHo: best vodka pizza in the game. Go in the day for a pie and some drinks.

*PizzArte – Midtown: one of our favorite pizza places. We stop in here in the middle of the day for a Campari soda and a pie.

*Balthazar – SoHo: French food, good for brunch or a late lunch.

*The Smile -NoHo: I love this place for breakfast or brunch, they have good drinks as well

*Minetta Tavern – Greenwich Village: get the black label burger, trust me.

*Bar Pitti – West Village: great patio scene, place to “see or be seen”. Go in the day.

*Jack’s Wife Freda – SoHo  ( another one opened recently too ): trendy brunch scene but the food is great.

*Katz’s Deli – Lower East Side – do yourself a favor and go get a pastrami sandwich and let me know if you ever find one better in the world. Get the pickles. Don’t forget your ticket!!

*The Spotted Pig – West Village: go for brunch or lunch, great food and cool scene. I also think Jay-Z owns the building or did?hot spots in New York City | by the skinny confidential

NEW YORK CITY ♡♡♡ BEST DAMN DINNER: 

*Blue Ribbon Brasserie – SoHo : date night. Great late night food.

*L’Artusi – West Village : Italian food, groups, the bar scene, get the olive oil cake for dessert, you wont be sorry.

*Gramercy Tavern – Gramercy: American cuisine, fine dining establishment.

*Peter Luger Steak House – Brooklyn/Williamsburg: steaks…best in the world steaks. Place has been around for 120 years which means they have learned a thing or two. Cash only! That’s right cash only.

*Scalinatella – Upper East Side: some of the best Italian you will have in NYC if not the best.

*Campagnola – Upper East Side: old school Italian joint. Lauryn & I went here and had one of the best dinners and night’s we have ever had in NYC. Highly Rec.

*Perla – Greenwich Village: really good Italian food, great for a date night. Lauryn and I love this place.

*Il Buco – NoHo: Italian, date night, really good.

*Locanda Verde – Tribeca: see & be seen again. A lot of action at the bar, good place to meet people.

*Babbo – Greenwich Village: fine dining Italian.

*ABC Kitchen – Flatiron: place is ok ( Lauryn likes it more than me ).

*Acme – NoHo: food is ok, great for a night out. Go downstairs after ( speak-easy down there ).

*Blue Ribbon Sushi – SoHo: must try, it lives up to the hype.

*The Standard Grill – Meatpacking: go on Friday or Saturday night, the food is meh but it is always packed and fun. Good pre-game place. Then go upstairs the roof for some drinks.hot spots in New York City | by the skinny confidential

NEW YORK CITY ♡♡♡ FRESH, DELICIOUS COCKTAILS:

*Bathtub Gin- Meatpacking: speak-easy bar, a lot of fun!

*Employee’s only -West Village: this bar won an award for best bar or something but I want to tell you, I went in here and had the worst old fashioned ever! I was pissed because I was so hyped and it was a big let down. Still maybe check it out.

*The Standard Beer Garden – Meatpacking: go here on Sunday, it’s a lot of fun.

*The Mercer Hotel -SoHo: fun bar scene downstairs, the restaurant is also really good.

*The Bowery Hotel Bar – Lower East Side: rad place to grab an old fashioned and people watch.

*The Nomad Hotel: all around good vibes.

*Maison Premiere – Williamsburg: get some oysters as well if that’s your thing.

*Barrio Chino – Lower East Side: love this place! Really cool.

*Berlin – Lower East Side: go downstairs but be careful, it’s a scene.

*The Clocktower Bar in the ONE hotel – Midtown: drinks are amazing but do not do dinner there! Whatever you do! I felt like a prisoner for an hour and a half.

*Library Bar at Hudson – Hell’s Kitchen: this place is cool.

*The Jane Hotel – West Village: Lauryn likes this place. Their decor is rad & drinks are flowing.

I hope you guys find this itinerary useful. It is definitely not your typical trendy hot spot list but I swear by all of these places.

Every place on this list is somewhere we have been and would go back to multiple times.

Have fun and enjoy the best city in the WORLD!

– Michael

NEW YORK CITY STYLE:

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Mini DeLites: iPhone-Style

April 5, 2016
by
LAURYN

mini delites 3 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential

{ this weekend’s hair, icy & cool }

mini delites 2 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential

{ a fun guest appearance on REFASHION’s podcast }

Here is the issue: While my fiancé is very structured, I am VERY easy going.

Especially on the weekends, sans work. Saturdays if we’re getting precise.

So I can you blame me for patting myself on the back after tricking him into a full day of involuntary spontaneity?

One wouldn’t describe Michael as spontaneous so there’s really nothing I love more than putting him in situations where he’s forced to be spontaneous.

Every time it gets me, man. Every time.

And just when I think I’m out of options & can’t put him in more spontaneous situations, I realize I can. & I seize these opportunities quicker than I eat 6 chilled oysters with lemon.

mini delites 3 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential
{ always my favorite appetizer }

For the record, it’s a very difficult task to get more & more creative each time, what can I say.

So that’s why I was aggressively high-fiving myself when I got him buzzed off ONE skinny margarita ( ok, maybe one & a half ) on Saturday night. Firstly, I had our friend, Mike, group text us ( entirely unrelated note: I can’t tell whether I want to kiss or stab the person who invented group text? ) inviting us to a Sunday morning beach workout.

Now if you asked Sober Sally Michael on a Thursday night, he would make a lame excuse that no one believes or text back three hours too late.

PLOT TWIST.

Because of his sorority-esque skinny margarita consumption, HE AGREED. Immediately agreed, actually.

Rare. Real rare.

Right away, I was straight up grinning like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas…but even MORE THAN THAT because it was ALSO like I stole Halloween & Thanksgiving too.

Yes guys. That how enormous this grin was. The ear to ear, shit eating kind of grin.

BECAUSE? BECAUSE it provided me with the ideal opportunity to place him unwillingly into a spontaneous situation.

Life goals coming true, one by one.

mini delites 6 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential
{ mirror pic | wearing this tee }

mini delites 5 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential

{ last week’s turmeric latte, remind me of turmeric milk }

That Sunday morning we woke up & I carefully shook Michael as gently as the wife in Gone Girl nudges Ben in the first scene, reminding him of the beach workout he committed to.

Naturally he was confused because of the Saturday skinny marg situation.

Wheels were spinning as I force-fed him an overly browned, old banana & made him get in MY car. Little did he know, NO this was MOST FUCKING DEFINITELY not just a casual beach workout, this was a balls deep all day thing.

& no he could not go anywhere. Just a full day of MY plans. Trapped. No excuses.

Apparently the Gone Girl theme was resonating that day, #VIBEZ.

After the 2 hour beach workout that was supposed to be an hour, my friend & I tricked him into renting bikes. We forced him into about 10 restaurants along the boardwalk. First was a mimosa, then an oyster stop, then I pretended to have to go to the bathroom only to discover I needed Italian Ice, then I HAD to see the Bay so we had to bike about 6 extra miles, & then a TSC reader ( shoutout to Lauren! ) invited us to a beer stop via Snapchat.

& then I got lost. No really, I got lost all for the sake of shaking it up. In reality, I had to post an Instagram & Michael was speeding off into the distance. That whole situation took an extra hour.

My friend & I also became heavily involved in a game of CLUE at our 65th bar stop, so Michael had to play along as Professor Plum in the Study. ( Remember always give your un-spontaneous partner tasks that they can’t get out of ). Lastly, I decided he needed ( NEEDED ) a Puka shell necklace. I love making him wear things that are so out of style in every way shape & form that they’re almost cool. I found the Pukas four stores later. It took some digging to find those Pukas, let me tell ya.

mini delites 4 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential

Around 5 pm ( about 6 hours later ), he realized his hour beach workout turned into a full day. My plan really came full circle. Still grinning at my craftiness.

& let’s just say come Saturday night, he looked like Lala from Vanderpump, Reunion-style. Obviously I did something right. Needless to say, he was ready for his predictable sourdough toast, book, & bed routine at about 8 PM.

If you’re wondering, I am currently scheming up our next impulsive activity. Any suggestions leave them below. Let’s get creative here. The trickier the better, you know. Changing it up is key. Get very weird.

Happy Monday! lauryn x

mini delites 1 through my iPhone | by the skinny confidential

{ our condo in LA’s wall art }

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