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Guess what?!

I, Lauryn Evarts, am really actually, seriously/seriously trying to go to bed earlier.

STRIDESSSSSSssss.

If I’m being honest I’m a creative kinda night owl.

The kind that stays up super late & works into the night.

As you guys know Michael’s not a fan of late nights on the comp.

SO.

I’m trying to get better about it.

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Really I am.

Last night I went to bed at midnight which is LIKE A BIG-ASS DEAL.

The night before I went to bed at 12:30 AM.

This is much better than my previous 2 AM bedtime, guys.

Much, much better.

And I know optimal sleep hours are around 10 PM so I’m a horrible example for everyone.

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Anyway, this weekend we’re going to LA to move more stuff into our home…oh & MOVING FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS HAS BEEN SOOO FUN.

::sarcasm::

To say I’m happy the whole moving in together thing is almost over, is an understatement of the year/my life.

Some of you have asked me about my living situation: we’re living half time in Los Angeles & half time in San Diego, which will be crazy but hopefully fun? I’m excited because during the whole process I’ve been filming a bunch of videos on “how to move in with a man ( but really, I’ve learned it’s an art )” AKA mix masculine with feminine.

Let’s hope I can move this weekend’s bedtime to 11:30 am? Doable? I think so!

What’s your bedtime AND WHY? WHY/WHY/WHY? I know that sounds weird but why is that particular time your bedtime? I know, I’m nosey.

Happy Monday! – Lauryn, xx

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My Grocery List

The Skinny Confidential talks groceries.

You guys have asked for a healthy grocery list soooooo TA-DA!! It’s here!

Keep in mind this is what I buy when I’m trying to eat VERY HEALTHY.

Don’t get all Judge Judy on me here & say it’s all healthy foods & I need to live a little BECAUSE I do live a little ( the In & Out burger, protein style with a small fries last week is an example ).

When it comes to stocking my fridge, I like to only keep healthy foods on hand.

If I have a craving for something that’s not so good, I will order something ( like a Cali burrito, Postmates style ) or go grab chips/salsa/guac/margs from the local Mexican restaurant.

I find when I keep crap in my house, I eat crap.

For instance, I bought a bunch of dark chocolate M&M’s for Halloween and ended up eating way too many.

For me having fresh foods on hand that are healthy, keep me eating healthy.

Watch the video for more details:

Here’s my quick list to use as a reference too ( obviously I don’t buy all this at once, this is just a general guide ):

The Skinny Confidential Grocery List


Annie’s Mac & Cheese
Ezekiel cereal
Ezekiel toast
Rudi’s English muffins ( FAV!! )
Plain spelt rice cakes
Kombucha ( mint is my favorite flavor )


Suja Juice
Sparkling water ( I love Pellegrino )
Prosciutto
Chicken
Cage free eggs
Chia seeds
Hemp seeds
Flax seeds
Bee pollen
Cacao
Fresh Parmesan cheese
Organic cottage cheese
Organic 0% Greek yogurt
Oatmeal ( real oats or Holy Crap oatmeal!! )


Almond milk or hemp milk
Cold brew coffee
Green grapes
Blueberries
Watermelon chucks
Raspberries ( FAVORITE! )
Apple slices
Nut butters ( real, raw nut butter )


Almonds or cashews ( raw )
Kerry Gold unsalted butter
Ghee
Wild salmon ( I like the lox kind )
Turkey ( no added sodium )
Cornichons
Capers
Hot House cucumbers
Jalapeños


Ginger root
Romaine lettuce
LEMON ( BECAUSE DUH!! ESPECIALLY MEYER )
Avocados
Spinach
Celery
Spicy carrots
Kale
Lime
Red onion
Lentils
Turmeric
Cinnamon ( ground & sticks )
Fresh herbs ( favorites: mint, basil, cilantro, &/or rosemary )
Real hummus
Country mustard
Himalayan pink salt


Chile flakes
Cayenne powder
Coconut oil
Red wine vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, raw & unfiltered
Extra virgin olive oil


Kimchi
Rao’s spicy pasta sauce
Brown rice pasta
Quinoa
Green mint tea
This rice pea protein powder
Champagne…dryyyyy champagne…because shit, sometimes you gotta celebrate


Anything I’m missing? Weigh in!

- Lauryn, xx

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My Valentine’s Look

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

Heyyyyyyy guys!

Last Valentine’s post, I promise!!

But I wanted to show you what I wore for V-Day!! These pictures were taken in LA but I ended up packing this exact outfit & rocking it in Sedona, Arizona.

I’m ESPECIALLY in love with these nude pumps because they seriously look JUST like super expensive ( think $700 Jimmy Choo’s ) shoes but they’re Charles David and under $100:

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

By the way, if you’re looking for the shoes I’m wearing, check out these babies for A REAL steal.

I’m also a big fan of SALES! So when I saw this floral blouse I’d been eyeing on sale, I snagged it immediately.

Lately I’ve been so in to black, nudes, greys, & whites that I realized I was neglecting color. So I went on Forever 21 & bought this floral top & the one I’m wearing.

Scoreeeeeee.

Ok, let’s talk about this white bag (!!!) I MEAN!!! It’s from Forever 21 & again…in person looks full-on designer. This white bag is different & super fun, right?

I’m a total fan of buying trendier pieces at places like Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, &/or Urban Outfitters.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

Ok so lastly, these BLACK JEANS ARE MY FAVORITE! And they’re under $50 bucks. They fit me like a glove & just really go well with everything. Remember I talked about them here? I’m strangely obsessed with them. Like if you saw my obsession with these jeans, you’d think I was weird.

If you want to check out how I ended up doing my hair & makeup, click here.

In other news- I really hope you guys all had a badass Valentine’s/Galentine’s. Sending good vibes from Sedona!!

- Lauryn, xx

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Setting Up A Sexy Valentine’s Table

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Later this week I’ll be sharing a girlfriend V-day par-tay, BUT TONIGHT I’M TALKING ROMANTIC, MUSHY GUSHY STUFF…

So ta-da: how I set up a quick ( AKA I DON’T HAVE TIME ), sexy ( shit, I need to buy more lingerie ) Valentine’s for my sweet lover, Michael.

We’re going to be out of town for V-day so we had a little date night last week & I had to think FAST.

Real talk: the actual date night began when the cameras left & I put away my camera ( SHOCKING! ). But this is what I ACTUALLY set up for him ( I know, isn’t he lucky?! I kid, I kid ).

Here’s a quick visual:

Quick, easy Valentine’s date night tips:

♡ Have cookies on hand. I found cute ones at Whole Foods. Next time I’ll go to my nearest bakery because I have a hunch they’re cheaper ( can Whole Foods get anymore expensive? GEESH. ). Or, if you’re a babe on a budget, check out my 2 Minute Flower Cake!

♡ Set the mood with music. As you guys know I LOVVVVVEEEE Brazilian music. I always have it playing around our house so it makes perfect sense for a little Sergio Mendes to be playing on V-Day.

♡ Champagne. Duh. If you don’t drink, then add Kombucha to a wine glass with a little ice & lemon. YUM.

♡ Look HOT! Put some effort into it. This one is hard for me because I’m either in workout clothes or I’m working or…you get it. BUT if you’re hosting a date night, add a little red lip, throw on a dress ( mine usually has wrinkles ), & add a couple curls to your hair.

♡ A little gift never hurt a flea. Nudge, nudge, winky-winky, babe! But really, something cute ( last year I made Michael a scrapbook ) is always fun. Each year he also gets one ( yes, one only ) Conversation Heart that describes him. This year he got ‘WICKED COOL.’ LOL. Last year he got ‘SWEET CHEEKS.’ HA. For some reason this tradition makes me happy.

♡ Candles, lighting, diffusers…the usual suspects around my home. Keep it festive.

♡ Lastly, don’t forget the spicy lingerie. Forever 21 has some INSANE pieces now for under $10 bucks. MEOW!

♡ And of course, don’t let your dog steal chocolate from the table & barf all over the house. Trust me, I know from experience.

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What’s your Valentine’s Day plan? xx

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A Story.

The Skinny Confidential x the herb doctor.

The Skinny Confidential x the herb doctor.

Ok so, I’m not going to lie: I’ve been having some anxiety about writing this post.

You guys have asked me on Instagram when I’m going to recap my herb doctor appointment, that I oh-so-boldly talked about a week ago…

And well, honestly, the experience ended up being A LOT more intense than I initially anticipated. LIKE IT WAS NOT EVEN CLOSE to what I anticipated.

Really though, it’s taken me a few days to muster the courage to write this post…

Ok, soooo.

I went to the Tibetan healing doctor expecting…I don’t know? Herbs for stronger nails? Something to make my hair shinier? Maybe even a little something, something to fight fatigue ( lately I’ve been working a lotttt, so anything to give me a little energy kick, right? Besides crack, of course LOL )?

Anyway, I entered the facility & it was quaint, sweet, & simple. Lately, I’ve been really in to energy & the space had GREAT energy. ( I can’t explain why. It just did ).

I looked around, curious why the other people were there. One man was on a medical ventilator for breathing, another woman was very overweight, & another girl was with a friend and her young child. So, all different kinds of people, basically.

Immediately I checked in, filled out some quick Q & A’s, & got on my phone to text/Instagram/e-mail/etc. in the waiting room. ( And really, who doesn’t do this while waiting for the doctor? )

My name was called & ta-da, I met Mr. Healer ( << his name wasn’t really Mr. Healer, but you get my drift ). I immediately liked him.

Like IMMEDIATELY.

Not to brag, but I guess I will? He told me I had a ‘good spirit.’ This made my week year coming from him.

Ok so, after his spirit remark I started blabbing about hair, nails, skin, beauty benefits of herbs, blah, blah, blah…I’m sure you can imagine.

He stopped me.

He said “give me your arms” & proceeded to take my pulse on both arms. For about 20 minutes straight.

Now to sit for 20 minutes without my cell phone/computer/etc. is RARE ( I’m trying to get better, guys. Really, I am ).

So, I took the time to try to sit still & actually practice sitting still ( HARD ).

Ok…Here’s the difficult part to share on TSC. I’ve thought long and hard on whether or not to share this, & I’ve decided I’m going to GO FOR IT because there’s a POINT. If there wasn’t a point, I wouldn’t normally share something so personal…

When he was done, he looked at me and said “you have very, very bad anxiety. It’s affecting you emotionally, very deep inside.”

::crickets::

…OUT OF NOWHERE: I burst out crying.

It was like a projectile cry out of my mouth. The craziest cry I’ve ever cried. The weirdest cry I’ve ever cried. And it came from DEEP within me.

Here’s the thing guys: I couldn’t believe that I cried like this ( totally, totally unexpected…I’m not a crier unless something is VERY wrong ) AND I didn’t write anything about my anxiety on the Q & A form.

Point: the experience was emotional because, here I was, going to an herb doctor for superficial, vain-ish reasons: hair, nails, skin, etc.

I mean it never occurred to me to talk about anxiety…ever.

Also, I should note: I don’t really talk about anxiety. It can be crippling at times— like I’m anxious but you wouldn’t know it by speaking to me in person. I’m anxious inwardly, I guess.

It’s internal. I’m in my head. A LOT.

And to have someone acknowledge my inward-type of anxiety? LIFE CHANGING. A lot of people would tell me to take a hike, go to church, get outside. I’m so used to suppressing the anxiousness in me that it was pure relief to have someone tell me it’s ok & it’s real.

You know how you feel when you’re on a plane & your ears need to pop? And you try to un-pop them & you just can’t? You know how you do that? And then they un-pop & it’s pure relief?

That’s how I felt. Like my ears had un-popped.

So the unexpected, deep cry was relief that someone acknowledged my anxiousness just by feeling my pulse.

The healer was not shocked at all.

He asked me why I was anxious & we talked about things that contribute to my anxiety— past, present, & future. But that’s between me, Mr. Healer, & his goldfish…BUT YA it was an unbelievable experience.

He told me all about how the Tibetan culture works ( << they’re very zen & not as stressed as Americans apparently ). And then we talked about what I should do to heal the anxiousness deep inside me.

Mr. Healer said that in my case ( remember: this is MY case, everyone is different ):

I need more unsalted real butter in my diet…I’m not mad about this. Today I woke up & ate a huge chunk of butter on my oatmeal. YUM. The butter will help balance out my hormones & nerves, he said.

I need more red meat in my diet…interesting because I’m not a red meat fan. This past week, I’ve eaten grass-fed red meat & my energy levels have DRASTICALLY improved. The meat will help my fatigue & hormones, he said.

He gave me herbs to take in the morning 1/2 hour before breakfast with a glass of water. You chew them ( they’re not available online ) & they taste very herb-ish. Also, they’re specific to each person. He told me these herbs would help my nerves & hormones. They’re also full of amino acids. Also, these were $30 for two months, so it’s not like he was trying to rip me off. Reasonable right? Supposedly, they’ll take effect in about a week.

Lastly, he told me to buy this powder & put one scoop in my daily oatmeal or smoothie. I didn’t buy this through him, I bought it on Amazon. So again, no cons. This product is full of rice/pea protein, amino acids, nutrients, & contains highly bioavailable grape seed phytosome for added antioxidant/vascular support.

This was MY experience. Maybe yours would be different. Maybe you’ve gone to an herb doctor & you thought it was BS.

I don’t know.

BUT me? I loved it. I will go back 100%.

If you’re in San Diego & want his info, here ya go ( the visit was under $100 ). He has no idea I’m a blogger, so no, no one is paying me to say this.

What’s your opinion? Thoughts?

By the way, this post made me feel weirdly vulnerable…so I think it’s time for me to go to bed & watch DVR Celebrity Apprentice ( can he fire Brandi already? ) with mint tea & ice cream. Or maybe a cookie. A dark chocolate chip with almond cookie to be exact.

Chat soon, Lauryn xx

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