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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

{ my AM/PM supplement holder found here || my anxiety story here }

The Skinny Confidential x the herb doctor.


Makeup Tips/Tricks/Favorites

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

I know I shared my whole makeup routine in The Skinny Confidential book but today I’m showcasing some products that are game changers. In the book, I talk application. Today I’m talking specific products plus a couple of other tippity tips.

Here’s my deal with product: I like companies who have been around a long time. Companies who have a proven formula & specialize in women’s needs. Some of my needs?

Hold, lemme pull out my scroll.

Ok, ahem…

♡ A flawless finish— this is muy importante. ESP with foundation.

Foundation that gives a dewy look, none of that flakey/cake-face/ clown crap for me, thanks! Also, a good brush makes a world of difference.

♡ Pigmented lipsticks…seriously though. If a color’s called Purply Purple, then I want it purple (!!!). For bright red, I want a striking, sultry red, not light reddish-pink. The more pigmented, the better.

♡ A damn good highlighter that makes enhances certain features AKA makes my cheekbones appear higher.

{{ Note: I’m also big on anti-aging anything, obvi }}.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Honestly I feel like I’m not asking for much…but apparently there’s a lot of companies who just don’t ‘get it.’

Elizabeth Arden totally gets it.

Their product came into my life a la recommendation by my stepmom, Julie AKA Burlap & Crystal. She introduced me to the products & said she’s been using them forever. She looks fab so naturally I ran out & bought their anti-aging products/makeup. & lemme tell ya: no wonder the company has been around for a while. They understand women’s needs.

First off, I fel in love with their lipsticks because they’re all striking colors. Check out some of my favorites:

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.I’m LOVING a berry lip for Summer 2014. It’s fresh & different without being too overwhelming.

Next topic: foundation. A good foundation is key.

It evens out skin tones & gives you that red carpet, sexy look.

I like to mix foundation with a dime size of moisturizer ( << one that includes sunscreen is ideal ).

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

P.S. putting on foundation without a brush makes absolute no sense. Why? Glad you asked:

1.) Dirty hands/bacteria on your face= pimples.

2.) The brush gives you a clean finish.

3.) No brush= uneven finish.

So invest in a good brush ( & don’t forget brush cleaner!! ).

This foundation is literally perf. It’s not too heavy but gives great coverage & it lasts. No one wants to reapply ever hour. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, I’m not too into powder so I need a foundation that has an amazing finish.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Drumroll please…my number one makeup trick?

Highlighter.

A highlighter stick is probably like, the best thing ever.

Ever, ever.

If you’re not using a good highlighter, you’re missing out BIG time. I also like this highlighting pen for when I’m on the go.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Some of highlighter’s benefits? It can shrink the nose, immediately lift cheekbones, give off the appearance of the perfect brow, &/or pout anyone’s lips so they look all Angelina-ish.

º To shrink your nose: put it on the bone of the nose.

º To lift cheekbones: add a stripe of highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones.

º To perfect your brows: add a bit to the bone under your brow.

To pout lips: put a little highlighter in the dip above your lip ( << seriously though this is the BEST tip ever, you won’t believe what a game changer this is ).

{{ Also, FYI: Kim Kardashian lives for highlighter!! }}

So. This a ride or die product. Thank me later.

Also, in the next couple of months I’ll do a YouTube video of makeup application so it’s easier to visualize.

Now spill: what’s your biggest makeup tip? Would love to hear!

xx. lde

{ Shop my outfit: white sweater & black jeans }

{{ Photo cred: Samuel Montfleur }}

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.



How To Style a Summer Patio

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

My summer patio has been my project lately.

I wanted it to evoke a super calming atmosphere where I could work in the shade ( UMBRELLA!!! ) with Pixy near my side…but also transition into an nighttime area where I could throw together some spaghetti squash for friends.

Side: basically Pixy has turned the patio into Pixy’s Princess Palace because she’s a sun worshiper love child that loves laying outside. I may or may not have just purchased her a dog sun protective shirt ( a la recommendation of a lovely reader ). So throughout the day I have to move her white/teal fluffy bed according to where the sun’s positioned. She’s obviously high maintenance. But that’s ok because she is the most gorgeous girl in the world.

Anyway. Back to the patio.

On the main patio, I have a white & gold table set that my stepmom, Julie AKA Burlap & Crystal hand painted. She found the set for $300 at a consignment store & made it look absolutely perfect. We added a hanging umbrella so it evolved that charming kind of vibe.

BTW, my grandma AKA ‘The Nanz’ & I are known for Rosé Wednesdays…& this table is perfect for our lil ritual.

Some other fun finds: a teal sun lounger, a tiny white garden table ( perfect for adding candles/fake flowers/etc. ), a gold bamboo vanity table ( which subs great for an outside side table ), these tiny jars for candles, this cocktail dispenser, & a couple of sexy succulents.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

When I started Project Patio I wanted to make sure that my house transitioned into the patio. Does that make sense?

Meaning I wanted to have a little patio table in the house that represented the patio’s entrance. I ordered this really pretty white marble garden table with gold bamboo legs ( that’s so sexy I could cry ) & added tall white flowers, a Mermaid candle, and my highest white stiletto. I’m a huge fan of different heights & dimensions on a flat surface. See here:

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

My place AKA The Kitty Den has two patios. One that’s a big, sun lit patio ( with an umbrella, naturally ) & another one that’s Pixy’s patio with her bed, Mexican print blanket, zen fountain, & a little table ( which she firmly believes is her’s ). This little table was painted by my friend’s mom ( if you’re interested e-mail me at Lauryn@TheSkinnyConfidential.com ). She hand painted the table to fit with my decor & I couldn’t be more obsessed….check it:

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential talks patio.Lastly, I knew I had to have a rug. This rug by Lulu And Georgia is literally the perfect patio rug. It’s sturdy without being too overwhelming. Pixy is loving her rug on ‘her patio’ because she doesn’t like to get her paws dirty; #patioprincess. Pixy’s patio is blocked from the rain so a rug was the natural choice to bring the whole place together. I also added this rad rug to the front of my doorstep outside.

More little touches: my sister bought me this gold wind chime for Christmas that sounds so calming & therapeutic! Also, when I have friend’s over it’s always fun to put Marvin Gaye tunes on outside on a JamBox. & lastly, you can never go wrong with fake flowers!

Stay tuned because I just ordered a hand painted garden margarita cart to match the small patio table & I can’t wait to showcase it on the blog!

What’s your summer patio essential?

x le

{ P.S. Lulu And Georgia ( << which has my favorite outdoor online shopping! ) is offering all TSC readers 20% off with code: SKINNY20 at checkout through Monday, 6/30/14 }

{ Photos: Sam Montfleur || Julie Evarts }

The Skinny Confidential's patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.


Favorite Staple Pieces: Black, White, & A Lil Navy

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

 

I am not a fan of spending a ton of money on fashion. I feel like there’s a ton of ways to get around spending half your paycheck on clothes ( hello Forever21! ). I mean, let’s face it: some fashion bloggers showcase some expensive-ass items. Like, no I don’t have 2k to drop on linen pants. TSC is about balance & spending a fortune on clothing isn’t exactly balanced.

That being said, sometimes beautiful, quality pieces AKA staples are a total neccesity. Certain items to splurge on: a plain white vest, an amazing bag, or a pair of timeless white pumps. And when I found the site THE DRESLYN, I died.

I died because OMG, it’s so damn cute, but I also died because discovering a one stop, quality online shop for staples is rare.

Anyway, these are the clothing investments I’ve made in the last year:

One.) Striped Linen Shirt: my favorite!! I wear this over bikinis for summer. It’s so cute with black skinnies & white oxfords.

Two.) Crispy White Dress: this dress is timeless & basically looks cute for a night out with pumps or a day at the beach with flip flops.

Three.) Black Silk Pants: everyone should own an amazing pair of pants. I wore these for a night out with the girls with a black silk top & black lips.

Four.) White Pumps: if you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with white shoes. ESP these pumps:

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

Five.) Black Sling Bag: I believe every babe should own one rad, black bag. This one is my latest fav.

Six.) Black Leggings: leggings really suck it all in, so these are perfect when you’re feeling bloated. I wear these when Aunt Flow’s in town.

Seven.) A Staple White Tee: my closet is 75% white tees. This is my latest fav.

Eight.) White Vest: vests make every outfit better. I love a long one that’s sort of fitted. Rag & Bone is just the best brand…ever!

Nine.) A Pair of Black Flats: these are perfect for day to day & they’re super comfortable.

P.S. this bag I got for my birthday is my new boyfriend & such an insane, forever staple:

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.



TSC x Sara Montazami: Child of Wild Giveaway

The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.

The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.

My girlfriend/top European blogger, Sara Montazami & I have teamed up with Eileen from Child of Wild ( again! ).

Remember Sara and Eileen? Whelp, they’re both hot, sweet, & rad. A while back, I interview Sara here & for more info on Eileen, click here. Sara is the brunette babe who’s rocking a hot COW necklace below & Eileen is the gorgeous blonde below who’s the face behind Child of Wild. They’re both inspiring because they kick ass at being women entrepreneurs. Nothing better than teaming up with these hotties:

The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.

The Skinny Confidential x Child of Wild.

Anyway today we’re giving away the seriously insane Liberation Indian Armband & Vishnus Love Belt that I’m wearing. AND— get excited because on Sara’s blog we’re giving away the jewels she’s rocking TOO! Sara’s wearing the Hmong Healing Spirit Tribe Necklace & the Liberation Indian Armband.

Cool, right?

The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.
The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.

What I love about Child of Wild is that it pays attention to cultures— each piece of Eileen’s jewelry has a story & there’s depth behind it. So when you’re wearing her jewelry, it’s special. Eileen pays attention to detail like no other business owner. Her Instagram is perfect example of how she brands her beautiful pieces in the most creative way possible. She’s one of the most passionate people I know.

Ok, so let’s talk about the contest. Here are the super easy requirements:

The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.

So. Here’s how you enter to win the arm band // belt:

To win, make sure you: 

 Follow @saramontazami & @theskinnyconfidential on Instagram

  Post the picture below with the #wildbabes and @saramontazami @theskinnyconfidential & @child_of_wild

  Leave a comment below telling us how you’ll wear your dope jewels

 Picture to Instagram:

The Skinny Confidential hosts a giveaway with Child of Wild.

You can find Sara’s giveaway here ( <<—— to double your chances of winning, duh! ).

x L

{ Black dress found here }

{{ Photos by: Katherine Rose }}

The Skinny Confidential and Sara Montazami host a giveaway with Child of Wild.

* Giveaway winner will be announced next Monday, June 9, 2014 // everyone eligible to enter.


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