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Mini DeLites

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{ Ok, so quick story: my friend, Erica & I always say WWOD to each other when we’re in a pinch for fashion. What’s it mean? Well, obviously: ‘What Would Olsen’s Do.’ You know, like MK & Ashley Olsen. So a typical convo would be “should I wear these houndstooth jacket with these snakeskin boots?” & she’ll say “WWOD.” Are we weird? LOL. Anyway, on my birthday she gave me the sweetest, most special gift: she handmade this embroidered cloth with our little saying. It currently hangs in the closet next to vintage Barbie. It’s so cute, right?! }

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{ A lil Monday ‘mocktail’ }

Lately I’ve been allllllllll about ‘mocktails.’

Mocktails look like a cocktail, kinda taste like a cocktail, & require a little garnish like a cocktail…

…but they have no alcohol…that’s right: zero, zilch, zip, nada, nothing. Hence why they’re called “MOCK-tails.”

Get it?

Clever, right…( but kinda not really ).

This skinny mocktail contained: two big splashes of guava kombucha ( but use whatever flavor your little heart desires ), one cup of sparkling water, one tablespoon of chia seeds, & tons of Meyer lemon over ice. Garnish with a lemon slice ( if you guys are interested in more of my mocktail recipes, let me know below— I have a bunch! ).

Ever since I came back from our Palm Springs getaway, I’ve felt a strong need to clean out my system.

I like to check myself before I wreck myself & practice super strict discipline every once in a while.

So basically this month there will be no frisky cocktails nights or vino girl nights.

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{ Lately: over perfectly curled hair, I’m all about the bed head/air dried look }

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{ Summer reusable ice cubes…& hey, they don’t dilute wine— genius, right?! }

And honestly with no alc, I feel amazing! I’ve lost some weight, my skin is clearer, & I literally hop out of bed like Jack in the Box.

Even though I love a little wine every now & then, cleaning out my bod a couple of times a year is a good reset.

Ya know?

Anyway, this month I’ll be staying in a lot & doing some major reading. Some of the books on my list: anything Bret Eastern Ellis, The Goldfinch, The Book Thief, & Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Story.

Does anyone else have any amazing, must-reads?? Please share— I literally LOVE book recommendations! ( I’m specifically a huge fan of non-fiction & autobiographies- #TSCbookclub ).

Happy Monday! x.

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{ I cannot tell you guys how obsessed I am with acrylic storage…the obsession is beyond scary …they’re just so perfect for organization! }

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{ Pixy’s endless summer }

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Date Night…With a Stern Curfew

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a hot, sexy date night with my man.

Call us boring but typically we’re kind of grandparent-ish & go to dinner around 7 pm. Occasionally we’ll rebel on the weekend & go out later.

On this particular night we decided to go out earlier rather than later because we had Princess Pixy at home, waiting ever-so patiently ( but not really ).

Pixy ( our chihuahua ) is sort of like an overly strict mom who frantically waits up at night because her teenagers are constantly breaking their curfew.

And she means business.

If we leave for an hour, it’s as if we’ve left her in the desert for centuries deprived of food/water/air.

I mean…I can’t even run to the car for ( literally ) thirty seconds to the garage to grab my sunglasses without her howling with anxiety.

Let’s just say she has a case of separation anxiety.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

Anyway, this was one of those nights where Goddess of the House AKA Parental Pixy was impatiently tapping her watch with her dewclaw. ( She’s serious, guys. She guards the door like she’s a British Foot Guard in a full fur, black cap uniform— I’d typically say this is creepy, but she’s been doing it for so long that I’m kinda used it ).

So.

On this date night, Michael & I had about an hour & half, give or take. We ate at Banker’s Hill ( a must-try if you’re in San Diego ) grabbed a little Pinot Gris, two summer peach/ricotta salads, & split the burger with skinny, truffle fries…then we sped home like Cruella de Vil to adhere to Pixy’s strict curfew.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

Naturally she was anxiously waiting at the door, staring at us with her huge brown eyes…& clearly annoyed.

To appease her, we ended the date night in bed ( her in the middle ) watching “The Killing.”

Oh, & duh, the outfit!! LOL. I wore a black long maxi with a flannel tied around my waist to keep it casual. And the SHOES! But seriously the shoesssss. They’re kind of everything, right? Not only are these chic but they’re super comfy too. Plus there’s nothing like wearing a pop of leopard for a romantic night.

So does anyone else have a pet that instills a demanding curfew? Do tell.

x l

{ Photos }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, health, & fashion.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY || #OOTD

SHOES : Sole Society ( I also like the red version )

DRESS: Nasty Gal, no longer avail ( similar here )

FLANNEL: O’Neill

RINGS: Gorjana

LIPSTICK: MAC’s ‘Russian Red’

Mini DeLites

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{ Saturday’s lavender lemonade ( again…I can’t stop!! ) at Cafe Chloe }

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{ This hand painted pillow kinda makes my life }

Ahhhhhh, OMG is anyone else in la-la-love with their local Farmer’s Market?

Anyone??

Because I.just.cannot.get.enough.

I feel like we’re there every weekend because each Sunday holds so many tiny treasures ( plus Pixy loves a good walk ).

This weekend’s small finds: a bundle of the freshest lavender, homemade Kombucha, spicy sea salt, & kale kimchi.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the little things. After a long, hectic, psycho work week something like a Farmer’s Market is almost therapeutic…aimlessly strolling through the street with my head in the clouds is kinda fun.

& obviously, it’s really special to see so many people so passionate about their product! Inspiring, right?!

Anyone else shop at their local Farmer’s Market? If so, what’s your favorite tiny treasure you’ve found?

xx lde

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{ A Saturday spa day…take me back! }

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{ Pixy’s perfect, gorgeous foot }

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{ Julie recently passed down this family heirloom…so special! }

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{ My idea of a perfect Sunday }

So This is Love, La, La, La…& All That Mushy-Gushy Crap

The Skinny Confidential talks relationships, diet, and fitness.

A lot of you guys have e-mailed me about relationship advice…& to be honest, it’s tough to go ‘there’ because everyone’s different. Especially when it comes to relationships.

Maybe you’re perfectly single or in a relationship where it’s all butterflies & rainbows or dating a jealous/insecure douche or maybe you’re even happily married. I guess whatever your relationship status stands, advice on the topic varies from person to person.

If I had to give one general tip though?

Whelp, first off let me preface the advice: obviously I can be…opinionated.

I mean, HA! Shocker, right? If you guys read TSC, you know this…no surprise there.

On that note, I’ll share my opinion which is simple: DON’T SETTLE.

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DON’T SETTLE for some loser who doesn’t treat you right, a person who’s mean to your dog, someone who doesn’t think you’re the best thing to hit the planet, a person with no ambition, someone who’s going to hold you back from your deepest passion, and/or a 24/7 grump.

Michael encourages my best self. He challenges me ( which can be pretty annoying sometimes ) & supports my passions. He holds my door open & in general, makes me feel special. He likes to lay in bed while watching “Orange is the New Black” with Pixy & me on a Friday night. His integrity is inspiring & his wit makes me laugh. These qualities are very, very important to me.

Like I said, to me.

Those qualities may not be important to you.

In fact, maybe they’re boring to you.

And that’s ok because we’re all different humans, but whatever those important relationship qualities are, make sure you stick to your damn guns. Like I said, don’t settle for less & don’t compromise especially if it’s an unhealthy situation.

Maybe you want a guy ( or girl— (Guys: listen up, this is for you too) ) who has impeccable manners, knows how to cook a mean steak, likes to party hardy and dance to house music, or is super affectionate/touchy-feely.

WTF it is that floats your boat, don’t stop until you find the person who keeps you inspired.

There’s a funny-ass quote that says, “I’m very easily satisfied, I’m always content with the best.” Basically, it’s my mantra in relationships. If you’re not in a relationship that’s the BEST for YOU, then get out.

Like ‘N Sync said “bye bye bye.” But seriously, buh-byeeeeee! If a guy/girl sucks AKA they’re negative/mean/rude/cruel/abusive/ignorant, don’t put up with it. At the end of the day by staying with that person, you’re technically enabling bad behavior.

Also, by the way— I’ve been there. I’ve definitely been with guys who were less than stellar. Trust me. One was angry every second of everyday ( yawn, bye ) & another one was a total mooch/user ( there’s been others too ). Pretty much, I made a very conscious decision to leave each relationship because those qualities didn’t fly with me. Besides settling in those unhealthy relationships wouldn’t have worked ultimately.

Point: simply don’t settle for anything less than you believe you deserve. At the end of the day, your partner is a reflection of YOU. They’re on YOUR team. And you’re on THEIR team.

Choose wisely.

P.S. I know a lot of you are happily married ( congrats! ) & I’d to know: what makes your marriage unique? And a step further: what advice can you recommend to single girls or to someone in a negative relationship?

Spillllllllll.

xx lauryn

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Mini DeLites

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{ Drybar makes the best “office”: wifi, blowout, & champagne…I mean, what more do ya need? }

The deeper into my twenties, the stronger the epiphanies.

Lately it seems I’ve had an epiphany every other week. I mean, seriously I’ll get that feeling of “aha!” during the strangest times.

Whether it’s eliminating a toxic friendship, realizing a certain trend doesn’t work for me ( hello bandeau dresses! Ouch! ) finding ways to manage my time better, &/or recognizing the importance of appreciating the small/tiny/little things.

Emphasis on: seeing the importance of appreciating the small things.

Some of the small things I’ve been really enjoying? The sound of my garden fountain while making breakfast, doing something nice for someone else, stretching, a cold/refreshing drink, listening to Brazilian music throughout the day, using my new popcorn machine, watching Mad Men in bed, cooking, clean sheets, lighting lavender candles around the house to promote zen vibes, sleeping in on a Sunday ( delicious, right?! ), spending more quality time with inspiring people, cinnamon in my daily espresso shot, &/or walking Pixy mid workday.

Basically taking it down a freaking notch.

Life will grab you by the balls if you don’t sit back & take it all in once in a while, ya know?

Naturally I’m a very OCD, type-A kinda girl, so taking it down a peg does my body good.

Because WTF is life about if you don’t appreciate the lil things? We tend to get so caught up in picking an Instagram filter, working, &/or what’s happening tomorrow, next week, or next month.

I want to focus on today.

On that note, what are some small things you take time to appreciate?

Tell, tell.

xx. L

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ Pixy seriously won’t come out of this arrow print blanket }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ This Home Goods find was too good not share }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.{ All natural popcorn kernels…for my new popcorn machine, duh! }

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