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Create & Cultivate Conference…COME!!! ♡

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

The Skinny Confidential takes Chicago.

GUYSSSSSS.

I’m coming to Chicago!

Super excited/flattered that I was asked to speak at Create & Cultivate: Chicago, which is a conference for women entrepreneurs in the digital space, to connect.

I’ll let the Create & Cultivate team explain it further:

This is a 365 day conversation around entrepreneurship and being a woman in the modern digital world. We gather the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs and girl bosses to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about from influencer marketing and brand building to raising money.  

At Create & Cultivate you are destined to meet other talented, like-minded creatives, all while learning tips and tricks from some of the best in the business. Attendees get access to a highly curated, impactful one-day program of workshops, mentor sessions, and panels, as well as delicious cocktails, food, pop-up shops, photo booths, gift bags, and more.

Our attendees come to feel inspired, enhance their business, drink killer cocktails and cultivate new friendships in an amazing and beautiful environment!  Create & Cultivate has taken place in Brooklyn, Montauk, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Portland, and continues three times a year, nationwide.

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

Past speakers include:

Emily Weiss, Aimee Song, Chriselle Lim, Jen Gotch, Orlando Soria, Geri Hirsch, Peter Rojas, Amanda de Cadenet, Julianne Hough, Whitney Port, Soraya Darabi, Studio DIY and many more.”

SO. If you’re a brand new blogger or a brand, you have to check out Create & Cultivate. Especially if you’re in the Chicago area.

Dates: Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th.

In all honestly ( & this is NO BULLSHIT ), when I was starting out 4 years ago, I would have figured out a way to go to this conference. It’s all blogging/branding questions answered in one space so it makes it so much easier for someone who’s new-ish to navigate the web space. This isn’t one of those conferences that you go to & realize three days later that you learned NOTHING. This is a conference with resources, amazing influencers, & answers to questions that are weird to ask ( AKA how do bloggers/vloggers make money ). Essentially with this conference, you’re investing in yourself. I’m very excited to be part of it.

If you’re interested, check out the schedule.

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.
The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

I’ll be speaking on branding, content, blogging, & commerce. So COME!

Some other influencers at the conference this year? Rachel Parcell ( Pink Peonies ), Amber Fillerup Clark ( Barefoot Blonde ), Gaby Dalkin ( What’s Gabi Cooking ), Whitney Port ( The Hills ), the founders of The Everyday Girl, Jenny Bernheim ( Margo & Me ), Erica Domesek ( P.S. I Made This… ), Emily Jackson ( The Ivory Lane ), Courtney Wartman ( Head of partnerships at ShopStyle ), Claire Thomas ( Kitchy Kitchen ), Joshua Zad ( owner of Alfred’s Coffee ), My Nguyen ( My Healthy Dish ), & MANY MORE!

FUN RIGHT!!!

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

WHAT DOES MY TICKET GET ME?

Everything you get is outlined in our ticket center, but let’s put it this way– the opportunity of a lifetime! You get to mix and mingle with the best in the business all while sipping cocktails, shopping and rubbing shoulders with other creatives!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

We suggest comfortable shoes as you are going to be out for the day (or pack a pair of heels in your bag). Beyond that, dress as you would to attend a stylish conference! There will be plenty of photo ops!

WHERE DO I FLY INTO?

Chicago O’Hare airport is the closest airport to the conference.

WHO DO I CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS?

If you have any other questions please contact: hello@thereisnosubject.com and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTEND?

We are making C+C even bigger and better. We are expecting around 350 attendees, but you will be a part of a “track” of smaller crews.

WHY ARE THEY DIFFERENT PRICES?

Each C+C price is dependent on the cost of the venue and location. We try to keep prices as low as possible wherever we can!

I’M INTERESTED IN SPONSORING!

E-mail: hello@thereisnosubject.com.
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If you’re in the Chicago area, I would love restaurant/sight/must-go recommendations. Leave them below!! Oh, & I’ll probably still be Nutty Professor-swollen, but what can I do, ya know? I’m icing my face religiously, pounding turmeric, & drinking green juice so let’s hope I look slightly more presentable in a month. Fingers crossed.

If you’re unable to come to the conference, definitely check out this book & this editorial planner. They’re awesome resources for bloggers.

Ok!! Hope to meet some of you there ; ). xx, lauryn

+ Purchase tickets here.

{ TSC pics | C & C pics }

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.

The Skinny Confidential talks Create & Cultivate.
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A Pathetic Attempt At a Wedding Update

The Skinny Confidential talks weddings.

WELL HELLO!!!

So I’ve decided if there was an award for worst bride to be ever, I would win.

It’s not intentional ( I tried to get excited over a Pinterest board, really I tried ). The whole wedding planning thing is just something I have yet to get excited about. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET LIKE THIS? PLEASE?

Realness alert: getting engaged was so special to me. It fit like a shoe. Also, it was done away from social media ( we kept it a secret for like a month & half ). And well, I like being engaged. You know, just being. I don’t see the rush in planning a wedding. I’m happy with where I’m at now. Also, I’m busy. Full-time blogging may seem like you write a couple paragraphs & post a picture, but it’s A LOT more in depth than that…at least that’s been my experience. It’s a ’round the clock’ job that’s taken a lot of energy & time. I’m not complaining; I just don’t have time to add ‘wedding plan’ to my list of 3895719013475 other things right now. Anyway, the past couple weeks have given me time to think a bit & I’m starting to come around to the idea of wedding planning. SLOWLYYYYY THOUGH.

I’m not one of those girls that’s overly excited about her wedding. I’ve tried to get giddy but I’m just not. I’ve never dreamed of my wedding when I was little. And now at my age, I dream about my chihuahuas running through fields (LOL) & building my own business. And I’ve come to except THAT’S OK. I’m ok with not being the girl that knows exactly what/where/when/how/why wedding details.

NOW, should I tell you the semi-progress I’ve made since being knocked down on my ass?

Ok, let’s begin, shall we?

♡ Location, location, location:

I want a destination wedding. Small, intimate, not too many people. Kind of a no pressure thing, like if we invite someone & they can’t come, no big deal. Reason being: when I had TSC Book launch party there were a lot of people. Which was AWESOME, but I feel like I didn’t get to enjoy the whole experience fully because I was busy saying hello to everyone. I missed out on eating, mingling, & soaking in the whole night.

When I get married I want it to be about the man I’m marrying. Not saying hellos & making rounds, you know? So very small, very intimate.

My friend, Emily reminded me about something I said: “our wedding is on the moon…everyone’s invited.” Ha, aka no pressure. If people can come, great, if not, no worries.

♡ OMG, the dress:

Cinderella moment is out. More effortless, non princess-ish is in. I’m not into the Barbie look for me. It works so well for so many women, but at this point in my life I’d prefer an effortless, shoulder showing/backless look. In high school, I did the hot pink, Paris Hilton look & I feel like it’s something I’d never go back to. Especially when I’m getting married.

Also, I don’t want to spend a billion dollars on the dress because I’ll wear it once. So for my dress: simple, chic, relaxed, effortless. Don’t want to show a lot of tit either. HA. Classier the better for this day. I haven’t done any real dress shopping. Besides on Instagram ( do screenshots count? ). Tips?

* Dress above is from 5 seconds of trying on wedding dresses at a cute, little shop under my house. It was more for fun.

♡ Hair…can I be real though?:

Michael fell in love with me when my hair was down, unwashed ( I know weird, unwashed…lol ). When I get married, it will most likely be down, unwashed. Personally, I’m not one for up-do’s because I look like a 5th grader in braces & a training bra, but again, that’s just me. There are a ton of things that work for other people, but not for me. If an up-do looks good on you, LUCKYYYY.

I won’t highlight my hair before I get married because I like a little highlight growth. If you know what I’m talking about, you’re my spirit animal. Having dye on the root looks weird on me.

♡ Food…keeping it simple:

Here’s the thing: people think they’re feeding Rose’s mom in Titanic at weddings. I’m not a fan of this method. Generally it seems people are pretty simple when it comes to food. You know: simple staples. I’m more of a street taco and chips & spicy guac girl myself. Like dover sole with caviar & truffle potatoes is way too intense, in my opinion.

Also, I’d love a good old In & Out truck for later in the night. For our food, it’s going to be food we love that’s simple & just DAMN GOOD.

& no 6 million dollar, lace adorned, overly sweet cake  ( who even eats the cake anyway?? In & Out sounds better to me ). I’d be perfectly happy with a Funfetti cupcake.

♡ Drinks— because YES:

CHAMPAGNE IS A NECESSITY. And of course, Michael & I love craft cocktails so hopefully we can get someone who’s a boss at shaking a real deal, old school drink. Think: ginger margaritas, stirred Old Fashion’s, & lemon/cucumber gin sours. MMMmm. Being real, I’d also love a keg of Stella. Gotta keep it classy.

♡ Getting into decor:

Decor is the same as the dress. I don’t want princess vibes. I want more of a neutral vibe. Again, relaxed/simple with my own personal twist. Haven’t planned much here so there’s not much to report. Need to get on it. Soon. LOL.

So literally I just made my full-on list of what I’ve done so far. On my blog. To all of you. Is this pathetic?

I think I wanted to do this post so I could show myself just how far behind I am at planning this wedding. Because if you really look at the list, I haven’t ACTUALLY planned a thing, ya know. There’s just an idea in my head of how I want it to go. Got to remind myself that The Skinny Confidential started the same way. An idea. That I sat on. And kind of cultivated. So let’s hope my wedding thoughts keep coming…by the way, this is a very real post so please don’t judge.

Perhaps it could be worse? I could be a raging Bridezilla & talk Michael’s ear off every second about napkin colors?

On that note, I’m trying to look at the whole wedding thing from a logical business standpoint too. Personally I’d rather invest money into our businesses & not go bankrupt over one day. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Besides the honeymoon is what really tickles my fancy.

( I know, I’m THAT bad. I’m more excited for the honeymoon, than the wedding ).

OH! & another reason I did this post is FOR ADVICE! I know a bunch of you are engaged or married: what’s your take on the whole situation? What has your experience been like? If you’re not engaged or married, what’s your ultimate vision?

Ok, I am off to watch Grey’s Anatomy, ice my face, & drink 100 bottles of Perrier.

– lauryn x

P.S. don’t even get me started on bridesmaid showers, penis straw bachelorette parties, & gift registries, etc. Nothing against them, I just want to keep it melllllowwww. Imagine me as Zen Bride.


A Supermodel’s Best Kept Secret

The Skinny Confidential talks gelatin capsules.

{ gelatin capsules }

When I went to Miami I hung out with an amazingly beautiful top model. Like, she was GORGEOUS. Not only was she a stunner, she was reallllll in to health & wellness.

And of course ( because duh ) I asked her: what’s your best kept secret??

The model went on to tell me about something I had nooooo clue about: GELATIN CAPSULES.

You know how everyone tells you biotin is OH-SO-AMAZING FOR HAIR & NAIL GROWTH?

Well, according to this babe & all her model friends gelatin, gelatin is a million times better. She said that she’s modeled all over the world & all the top models take it daily. She talked about gelatin for literally ten minutes straight listing the benefits, as my jaw hung on the table like WTF/OMG. And then she went on to say it’s a total secret & all her beautiful, perfect-looking model friends SWEAR by this magic capsule.

So naturally I rushed home & sped to the closet health food store to buy my own supply #sosueme.

How did I not know about gelatin for all these years?! What the hell? I’ve interview hundreds of top models & none of them have shared this secret?

Before I tested it out though, I did my own research & shit…she wasn’t lying. Check it out:

NO WRINKLES?

You guys know I’m allllll about prevention so when I see the words ‘reduces wrinkles,’ I get giddy. There’s A LOT OF STUDIES ( like tons ) say “You know those $50+ wrinkle reducer miracle creams that don’t work? Save a lot of money by just taking gelatin internally each day and using coconut oil for skin care! Gelatin is essentially cooked, powdered collagen ( that ingredient they charge you an arm and a leg for that doesn’t even work well externally… ). Taking gelatin internally provides the body the building blocks to build great skin, hair and nails from the inside out and helps reduce wrinkles.”

SOURCE OF PROTEIN?

It’s not the most amazing source of protein but it gets the job done because it’s filled with amino acids!! Actually to be exact there’s half of the 18 essential amino acids. And anything with amino acids? I’m in.

ENCOURAGES ( LIKE, BIG TIME ENCOURAGES ) NAIL/SKIN/HAIR GROWTH?

Here’s the deal: you can ingest gelatin & it really, really will help your hair/nails grow. Literally no joke, my friend Sophie from the blog Angel Food Style, texted me other day saying “I accidentally lit my hair on fire what should do ( laugh/cry Emoji x 400 )?” I said: “GELATIN!!” So take gelatin if you want to grow longer hair & longer nails ( I’m assuming this is 99 percent of the female population? ).

If you want to use it as a hair mask, I found this tip on Pinterest: “To make, stir one tablespoon of gelatin powder in to 1/2 cup of cool water until mixed. Add 1/2 cup warm/hot water, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and one teaspoon of honey to create a thick gel/liquid. Pour into hair and massage through hair and scalp. Leave on for at least five minutes and rinse with hot water. Shampoo as normal.”

HOROMONE HELP?

YES. Hormones are funny, remember? According to this source: “too much estrogen in the body (which can be caused by all sorts of reasons including hormonal imbalances, over exposure to phytoestrogens like those found in soy, and xenoestrogens found in plastics) can cause inflammation, infertility and promote accelerated aging. The wonderful, and seemingly endless benefits of gelatin have anti-estrogenic effects which can help offset the effects of excess estrogen in the body.”

WEIGHT LOSS?

Apparently a lot of people in the fitness & model industry consume one tablespoon of gelatin before bed in green or chamomile tea. Gelatin boosts the metabolism & human growth hormone production. Oh & it totally helps heal the digestive track ( so, so good for you! ) & helps improve the appearance of cellulite.

If you’re not in to pill popping ( hey, some people hate swallowing pills ), try gelatin gummies!

Wait what?

Yessss. According to this source: “gummies made from grass fed gelatin ( you can find quality gelatin here ) and sweetened with raw honey ( instead of refined sugar or chemical sweeteners ) are one of the healthiest treats you can have ( some recipes here: lemon gummiesorange gummies and strawberry lemonade gummies )! And they are also something that the entire family can agree on. They’ll think they’re eating candy and you know that you’re feeding them bone-building blocks and a gut-healing superfood ( store-bought version here ).”

I mean, geez. I’ve certainly been missing out. A WHOLE NEW WORLD, RIGHT?!

And obviously when I heard about this model-esque secret I had to let you guys in…

The best way to get your gelatin in is to EAT it!! You can add it to oatmeal, meats, seafoods, smoothies, &/or salads or soups ( SEE BELOW : ) ). It helps with the absorption of nutrients too. This brand is the best, in my opinion!

BUT. I also went out and bought the capsules because sometimes I don’t have enough time…LOL.

Ok so, there you have it! Gelatin is kind of FREAKING AMAZING.

My recommendation ( as always ): do your own research before you ingest anything. I’m just sharing what works for ME! Do what works for YOU.

Oh & by the way, THE ABSOLUTE BEST WAY TO CONSUME GELATIN? Bone broth AKA ‘The Botox Substitute ‘ creates gelatin in your body too. The breakdown of the collagen in bone broths is what produces gelatin, so drink up!

Do you take gelatin? Have you heard of it? Anyone?

Happy Tuesday! Until next time, Lauryn

{ don’t forget to check out my latest YouTube tutorial! }

* list of antioxidants I take can be found here.

** these products are NOT vegan or vegetarian; they contain traces of meat.


Apartment Therapy Home Tour

The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

You know those stand out moments in life that kind of make you sit back & remember why you’re doing what you’re doing?

Well. Having my home featured on Apartment Therapy was one of those pivotal moments because Apartment Therapy is probably my FAVORITE site on the planet.

I wanted to share my favorite parts of the interview with you guys & if you want to read the full feature, click here.

The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

Anyway here’s a peek inside the Apartment Therapy interview:

Name: Lauryn Evarts & two chihuahuas, Pixy Bean and T.Boone Pickens
Location: Del Mar, San Diego, California
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bath
Years lived in: 2 years

Lauryn Evarts is the blogger behind The Skinny Confidential, a lifestyle site about fitness, wellness, health, relationships, fashion, beauty, and everything in between. Today we’re taking a peek inside her San Diego home, whose glam-meets-bohemian vibe is sure to put a smile on your face.

++ Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My style is kind of rocker and bohemian with a bit of glam (at least that’s how my interior designer, Julie of Burlap & Crystal, describes it. Specifically, she says: “if I had to put a label on Lauryn’s style, I’d say it’s a multi-dimensional combination of glam meets bohemian with an occasional visit from a rocker”).

I feel like I’m clean and simple but I like little detail. Also, I’m a total Gemini so my house represents that yin/yang vibe. The majority of my home is white with splashes of teal and a bit of gold.

Inspiration: I find inspiration everywhere. We added a lot of vintage pieces (Julie found this badass camera from the 60s that we added to the bar cart wall) but we mixed them with items from Marshall’s, Homegoods, or Target.

Favorite Element: Julie and I really wanted to create an experience with each space. So for the office area, we really made it into its own room. Even though it’s in the middle of the living room, you feel like you’re in a blogger’s office.

For the bar area, there are black and white photos hanging over the gold cart for a total bar experience ( also in the living room ). Then we created the kitchen experience and the living room experience. Instead of feeling like you’re in one big room, you feel like there’s little rooms within the one room.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge were the two patios. Ultimately we decided to again, create an ‘experience.’ One patio is sort of a zen-like space with a fountain, comfortable couches, a tiny cafe table, and candles. The other patio has more of a summer-esque vibe going on. Think: lounge chairs, bar cart ( hey…summertime skinny margaritas!! ), a dog teepee, and a full set of table and chairs ( hand painted by Julie ). I’m super happy with how they turned out despite the challenge because I can enjoy each patio depending on my mood!

Finding time was also a challenge — I’m always running out the door so carving out time to decorate proved to be difficult.

The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

What Friends Say: My friends love to come over because I provide chilled rosé, Brazilian jazz, coconut milk candles, and the sound of the fountain. It’s a peaceful spot and I wanted the vibe to be a super zen and sexy.

Biggest Embarrassment: Definitely all my glass objects. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had friends over where something breaks. It’s all glamorous until you’re crouched on the floor with a dustpan, cleaning up glass from a broken candlestick. Yikes!

Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is my white peacock chair. I can’t take all the credit, though — I had major help from Natalie of Halfway to Harmony. She found this gem of a chair in Palm Springs and we painted it white with added gold touches. I shared the whole tutorial on The Skinny Confidential. We even added teal/gold garland. Super easy, super fun!

Biggest Indulgence: This has to be my bar area. I fully committed to the bar area. I mean… a girl’s gotta have a cocktail once in a while. Julie found me a couple of vintage pieces to incorporate with my bar cart, and we decorated the walls with black and white sultry prints from Society Social.

A little behind scenes video of my home tour:

Best Advice: I’m a big fan of pieces that are different heights. For instance, there’s a super tall candle holder on my living room table. But then I added a bunch of shorter candles, a medium sized diffuser, and stacked books that were lower to the table. Different dimensions make all the difference when styling the home!

Also, living by myself has been SO much fun! I highly recommend it.

Dream Sources: I am obsessed with One Kings Lane, Jayson Home, DWR, Society Social, Westin Mitchell Design Group, and Waterleaf.

You can see the rest of the photos & the full interview here || another full home post here.

Photos: Katherine Rose || Video: Christopher Tran || big thanks to Ali of Be Social PR

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The Skinny Confidential with Apartment Therapy Home Tour.

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Lately I’ve Been Eyeing…

The Skinny Confidential talks fashion.

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.


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