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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.

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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.

Date Night: Part II (AKA A 20 Minute Look)

The Skinny Confidential talks date night.The Skinny Confidential talks date night. The Skinny Confidential talks date night.

So, you guys already read up on ‘Date Night: Part I‘…& well, didn’t want to leave ya hanging so here’s Part II:

Ok, these pictures were shot right after I got ready ( AKA the 20 minute, pull your ass together ASAP for a hot date night kind of ready ). We’ll talk more on that in a sec though.

Michael & I have been walking to nearby restaurants instead of driving because it’s fun, flirty, & sort of romantic don’t ya think? And pre-date night photo opps are always fun ( so casual/normal, lol! )…especially because we were able to steal a few pictures with our babies, Boone & Pixy.

The Skinny Confidential talks date night.

Anyway, here’s the finishing touch details on my date night look:

The hair. After I took out my low Sleep Bun, I added Wella’s paraben-free hair oil ( DO NOT BE AFRAID OF OIL ON YOUR HAIR, I SWEAR- IT’S A GAME CHANGER!! ) to the tips of my locks & a tinnnnnny bit of hairspray to the bottom.

I’m a fan of Wella’s hairspray because it still makes my hair look bouncy & gives it a little shiny-shine. The hairspray helps to hold the low Sleep Bun ‘curl.’ Also, make sure when you’re adding the hairspray you don’t go above your ears, I find the lower on my head the better, extra large ‘curls’ appear.

If you even want to call it a ‘curl?’ I feel like it’s more of a big, soft wave. Basically instead of doing it like super straight you get that effortless look. Does this make sense?

The Skinny Confidential talks date night.

Obviously we already talked about my favorite lipsticks & heels, but in these shots I’m wearing a very specific lipstick color that was recommended to me by my really good friend, Kylie Jenner.

eer, ::crickets::

But really Kylie did a post somewhere that says she swears by this lipstick & this lipliner ( + these ones are flattering shades for teeth ) & I’ve been rocking it out A LOT. It’s the same color as my lips so I do an overline to make them extra kissable for Michael ( nudge, nudge babe ). Next time if I want to look like Kylie, I’ll overline my entire face ( her lips are HUGE! ).

The Skinny Confidential talks date night.

The blue dress was found at Van De Vort & you can also find it here. It’s super flow-y & Marilyn Monroe ( but if she lived in the 80’s ). Kind of obsessed with how it blows in the wind— so perfect for a casual walk to the restaurant. Nude shoes are Ryan Haber mules.

One thing I love about these pics is I’m dressed up & Michael’s dressed down. I loveeeeee when he dresses down, I like the contrast to my flowy dress. Am I weird?

So! That’s a date night look from start to finish— what’s your favorite 20 minute way to prep for a hot, steamy night out?

lauryn, xx

P.S. Wella is hosting an Instagram contest! Find the rules here & check out their makeover video here.

The Skinny Confidential talks date night.


I Hate When My White Shoes Get Dirty…Except For These Cuties

The Skinny Confidential talks white shoes.

The Skinny Confidential talks white shoes.

If you guys know me you know I HAVE A STRANGE, UNHEALTHY obsession with white shoes.

Like open my closet & there’s WHITE, WHITE, white pumps, white penny loafers, white oxfords ( < fav ), white Converse, & white flip flops ( strictly for the house, to be real I’m not an outside flip flop wearer unless I’m lounging poolside in Cabo with a fruity umbrella drink ).

I’d probably die without white shoes ( you know this already though if you follow me on Snaphat ), I swear I dream of them.

AKA my Visa hates me.

The Skinny Confidential talks white shoes.

Let’s get specific about white kicks: I HATE when they get dirty.

In fact, I’ve literally gotten in too many fights with Michael because he ‘accidentally’ steps on my white shoes…& well, I go into full blown meltdown mode.

Can he EVER look where he’s going?! I MEAN.

There’s one exception to this story: my white Converse.

The Skinny Confidential talks white shoes.

{ white tee | skirt | sunglasses (similar) | shoes | white nail polish }

Every girl on the planet should own a pair of Converse. I got mine from Nordstrom…AKA my favorite department store because they carry the best brands, the music is so Girl From Ipanema/therapeutic, & there’s a full-on men’s section which is so perfect for distracting men while you shop till you drop ( *cough, cough* on their AMEX ). Anyway, Nordstrom is Converse heaven with every color/style ( think turquoise, red, grey, high top, low top ).

Because maybe you’re a dolphin grey or poolside teal kinda girl ( but clearly I’m Team White ).

And call me weird but I like my Chucks to look a little vintage. Kinda rugged.

So I scuff them up. I like when Michael steps on these ones. I’m like, ‘step on my shoes babe!!!’ LOL.

Anyway, I wore this outfit to a girl’s night out ( sushi & saki!! ) and it was a perfect look because it was relaxed with a touch of chic ( heyyy long, tight maxi with a slit!! ).

I swear though, you can rock white shoes with everything, every season, every second.

– lauryn, xx

{ pics via }

 The Skinny Confidential talks white shoes.


Fake It Until You Make It: Tomato Soup

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There’s absolutely nothing better than a bowl of extra hot tomato soup.

I meannnnnnn? Right?

Like I’m so in to the whole grilled cheese on spelt bread with a delicious bowl of tomato soup.

Problem is it’s difficult to find time to make homemade soup.

So when I found a non-GMO, no added MSG ( EWWW MSG ), no artificial flavor boxed soup with NO chemicals or preservatives, I was over the moon.

Why?

Because I can trick Michael, duh.

Imagine Foods x The Skinny Confidential.Imagine Foods x The Skinny Confidential.

Imagine Foods x The Skinny Confidential.Imagine Foods x The Skinny Confidential.

So here’s what I did: I heated up Imagine’s organic creamy tomato soup, stove-top style. Chopped up some raw garlic ( << YUM ), grabbed some fresh rosemary, a bunch of Meyer lemon, Parmesan cheese, and my secret ingredient: TRUFFLE SALT…and made “homemade soup.”

Yes. I lied to my fiancé ( let’s hope he’s not reading this little posty-post ).

He came home from work, hungry & hypo-glycemic ( << what’s new? Typical male ).

And there I was: standing barefoot in the kitchen, wearing a hot pink apron, carefully stirring my soup. I had grilled cheese sandwiches on spelt bread sliced in ‘soldiers‘ & my homemade rosemary tomato soup that “I spent allllllll day cooking.”

Of course he was obsessed with my hard work & the amazing soup.

Healthy, delicious, AND EASY!!!

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Imagine Foods x The Skinny Confidential.Imagine Foods x The Skinny Confidential.

So thanks to Imagine’s organic creamy tomato soup, I may or may not be ‘making my homemade tomato soup’ on a weekly basis.

Sorry I’m not sorry.

What’s your favorite fake ‘homemade trick?’ I need some more ideas. LOL.

– Lauryn, xx

P.S. check out Kroger’s site to download a $1 off coupon on Imagine soups!! Not a Kroger shopper? No prob! Visit imaginefoods.com to check out all 20 creamy delicious flavors, as well as a $1 off coupon.

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Mini DeLites: Through My iPhone

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.{ eek! tried on a wedding dress! }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

{ metallic flats }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

{ the fam <3 | top/sunglasses }

I’ve gotten REALLLLLLLL into Snapchat lately.

It’s a way to connect with you guys in real time & it’s so raw and unedited.

I LOVE IT.

Is anyone with me on this?

Literally. I can’t stop snapping. My little sister who’s 17 tells me ‘I’m funny on it,’ which is clearly code for ‘you’re not doing it like the high school cool kids.’

Whatever, lol.

( by the way, add me! haha…username is laurynevarts )

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

{ this weekend’s eats/drinks }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

{ our bar is set up! | top/sunglasses }

Anywayyyysss, this weekend was spent in LA. We moved the last of our stuff into our new place & brought the dogs up for a little visit. They were charming as ever & barked the entire time ( our neighbors already love us! ).

Highlights of the weekend: my parents came up to see our place, Michael & I set up our bar ( & enjoyed Campari sodas!, & we may or may not have ‘Postmated’ In & Out…at 11 pm.

If you haven’t checked out Postmates you’re missing out on life ( this isn’t sponsored, I am just obsessed ). It’s basically an Uber but for food. ANYTHING, ANY TIME, you want to EAT? Someone will deliver it straight to your door.

So ya, an In & Out burger ( protein style with onions & animal sauce ) was necessary.

Also, the picture in the wedding dress was my lousy attempt to try on dresses for like ten seconds. Will keep you updated on the whole wedding thing but I still haven’t really started!!

Any tips for wedding dress shopping?

I’m kind of Clueless Connie on the subject if we’re being completely honest.

Happy Monday guys!

– Lauryn, xx

{ photos found on my Instagram too }

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{ spicy margarita }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

{ shooting more youtube tutorials today! | palm print top }



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