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quote2b YES. YES. YES.

The other day I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram & I came across a quote by businessman, KILLER Gary Vee ( who is just fucking awesome, by the way ). The quote said: STOP DOING SHIT YOU HATE.

So obvious. So simple. BUT SO TYPICAL.

Seriously though. People wake up everyday for 40 years straight going to jobs they hate, working for people they hate, doing tasks they hate.


Ok so, today you’ve caught me in a specific mood. I mean things around here are getting HYPER ORGANIZED. After traveling & getting life-changing surgery, I’ve come to the realization that there are things I want to change, business-wise. SO I’m making proactive changes.

AKA instead of just continuing doing certain things I hate, I’m getting out of my comfort zone to make changes. It sucks, it’s hard at first, but it’s worth it. Better than looking back in 20 years & realizing I did things I didn’t like & became compliance.

The point of this post is to encourage you to do the same. Keeping this general: if you are in a situation that you HATE or if you have a habit you hate, change it.

Really, I can assure you there’s no fairy Godmother that’s going to appear from the sky & fix it, you know?

The only person you can count on to make these positive changes is YOU.

I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from women who want to launch their own business because they’re working in a negative environment & want to branch out on their own.

My advice? Just do it. Pull the trigger.

Because if you don’t do it now, you’re wasting time and energy on things you hate.


It’s really surprisingly simple. Just put an end to it OR make moves towards getting yourself out of the negative situation.

Now this message may not apply to work or business at all; maybe this applies to an ongoing coffee date with someone you don’t really like. Maybe this applies to a specific workout ( AKA I hate long distance running, sorry— hate it ). Or maybe it’s more about something bigger than all of this.

What a waste of life to do things you hate, right?

To further the point, Gary breaks it down quickly in this YouTube video: “stop doing shit you hate, you have all the opportunity to crush it. There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to kill it and that is what I want to talk to you about today. I really want to talk about PP, patience and passion. There are way too many people in this room right now that are doing stuff that they hate. Please stop doing stuff that you hate! There is no reason in 2014 to do shit you hate! Promise me you won’t, because you can lose just as much money being happy as hell.

Anyway, I sincerely hope that if you’re doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable that you take steps to fix it & remove the issue from your life. YOU ARE WORTH IT.

So! Ask yourself: if you’re doing shit you hate today…how are you making proactive strides to get yourself out of these negative situations? AND of course, if you have any advice on the topic, WEIGH IN! I swear you guys always have such positive tips/tricks/advice.

Chat tomorrow!

– lauryn x

Mini DeLites: MILAN, ITALY

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ strawberry basil gelato…way too addictive }

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ a grainy picture of me & Michael at Roberto Cavalli x DISARONNO }

4:02 AM on Tuesday.

& surprise, surprise jet lag has me by the balls.

Went to bed at 5 PM last night, woke up at 2 AM today, you get the drift. And now we’ve been up watching MR. ROBOT ( << so gnarly, watch it ), eating Cheez-It’s & now I’ve decided to do a blog post. Because blogging at 4 AM is entirely normal.

Jet lag is so bizarre, I just feel straight up antsy!


Milan, Italy was stunning. Small charming streets, fruit-filled gelato on every corner, crazy shopping, & beautiful architecture.

It’s definitely a place everyone should experience, so if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Italy any time soon, definitely make a stop in Milan ( I’d recommend 3 days ). Side note: I’ll do a Paris/Milan itinerary x outfit recommendations, if you guys want?

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ ate wayyyy too much pizza! }

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ Duomo Cathedral…so crazy beautiful, so dramatic }

On to more specifics of the trip— we stayed in Milan for one day until Michael decided ( very spontaneously, I should add ) that we travel to Lake Como for 2 days, which turned out to be really unbelievable. Lake Como is just probably the most magical place I’ve ever been. Stay tuned for more details next week but basically it’s this stunning lake with tiny restaurants & boutique hotels. The lake is surrounded by intense greenery, mountains, & Italian-style homes.

After Lake Como we went back to Milan because FINALLY I was feeling less swollen. The whole swollen thing really ruined the whole Fashion Week thing for us. Like I said, we booked this trip months & months ago, planning to attend NY & Milan Fashion Week but I simply felt out of sorts & too swollen to really do anything.

Ultimately, I’m not too bummed because instead we had a romantic vacation. So things worked out.

Towards the last 2 days of the trip, I finally started to feel a bit better so I ended the trip with a little work- we went to a dinner for Roberto Cavalli & DISARONNO and met up with other influencers. Still though, I feel like I’m wearing a mask. Feeling swollen 24/7 is weird.

Also, Michael & I went to Duomo Cathedral, did some shopping, ate, walked, ate, drank Campari sodas, ate, & explored. I also had a collagen facial that was INSANE. And collagen facials are my favorite thing…ever? Basically it pumps the skin in all the right places ( & it also helped with my swelling A LOT ). It’s crazy because you can see a huge difference after just one. Will be on the hunt for a collagen facialist in California after this trip.

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ the most charming little streets }

Anyway, I have more to share but I feel like I should try to sleep for 2 more hours, ya?

This month’s theme is ORGANIZATION.

I am coming back from this trip completely re-inspired in blogging & in life. After my surgery I needed a minute to step outside. This trip did just the trick. I’m really feeling, I don’t know, re-motivated ( is that a word? )! I have a really clear vision of the next steps for my business, so October…it’s time to execute. It’s amazing how stepping away from things can bring so much perspective.

Ok! If you are toying around with the idea of going to Milan– let me know any questions below, happy to help!

Happy Monday ( or is it Tuesday? ), lauryn

milan, italy | the skinny confidential

{ favorite way to start a meal: Campari sodas }


candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

I AM VERY (!!!), VERY, VERY EXCITED to share this recipe with you guys.



That’s right, a Skinnygirl® Sweet ‘N Tart Margarita, specifically.

I imagine myself poolside with a huge brimmed hat, casually sipping a colorful margarita that matches perfectly with my watermelon & flamingo pool floaties while ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ softly plays in the background.

Ahhhh, #instagramgoals.

Oh! You want to end summer the same way?…Perfect. Just watch how easy this candied Skinnygirl® Margarita is to whip up:


(insert Emoji pink nails here).

Not only is this a super princess-y cocktail, it’s also EASY. And you know how I love EASY.

All ya do is:

Skinnygirl® SWEET ‘N TART Margarita

1/2 cup of sparkling water
1/2 grapefruit, juiced or squeezed
5 blackberries, muddled
A sprig of basil
Sweet and tart flavored candies, crushed

Directions: crush up sweet and tart flavored candies in a bowl with a mallet. Make sure they’re different colors to add some flair. Muddle about 5 to 8 blackberries, boysenberries, or blueberries (your choice). Grab a small cocktail glass, add ice, Skinnygirl® SWEET ‘N TART GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA, & top with sparkling water. Leave a little space in the glass to squeeze half an organic grapefruit on top of mix. Add muddle berries & mix with a stirrer. Garnish with a fresh leaf of basil. YUM!

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

This cocktail is 1.) super light. 2.) only slightly sweetened from the crushed candies and 3.) low in calories/sugar ( thanks Skinnygirl®! ).


Little backstory on Skinnygirl® Cocktails: I flew to NYC a few months ago to meet with Bethenny Frankel & her team to learn about the product. Firstly, they don’t add chemicals & secondly, their products are ideal for women who live a balanced lifestyle. Think: the woman who works her ass off but likes a glass of wine at night.


Anyway, meeting with Skinnygirl® Cocktails was so amazing because not only did I learn about the products, but I was also able to taste test & pick out my favorite flavors to share with you guys! They have so many different cocktails/snacks, so it was obviously tough but it’s certainly no surprise that the Sweet N’ Tart flavor was one of my favorites.


candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

( And of course, hearing Bethenny speak about her career was pretty damn cool too. She really is a dynamic, inspiring, amazing woman…no wonder I’m so obsessed with her products! )

Oh, & by the way, this margarita might be the cutest thing on earth for: baby showers ( can you drink at baby showers? Sure hope so! ), bridal parties, bachelorette soirees, &/or a Tuesday night viewing of The Real Housewives of New York City (super fitting because Ms. Skinnygirl® Cocktails herself is the star ).

Cheers kittens!

– lauryn, x

+ subscribe to TSC YouTube channel | more healthy cocktails recipes available in TSC Book.

++ also, check out the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers program.

{ PC/VC }

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

candy margaritas | by the skinny confidential

* This post is brought to you in collaboration with Skinnygirl® Cocktails. Skinnygirl®  is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. (“Beam”) and is used with permission. The information, comments and ideas expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Beam, its affiliated companies or any of their directors or employees. Beam does not sponsor, authorize or otherwise endorse this website. ©2015 Skinnygirl Cocktails, Deerfield, IL; Sweet ‘N Tart Grapefruit Margarita (per 1.5 oz.): Calories 35.5, Carbs 2.2g.


beautyblender | by the skinny confidential

I CANNOT LIVE without a Beautyblender.

A couple of years ago I started to recognize that my skin was sort of, well, dry when I applied powder or foundation. Kind of BLEH, MEH.

I swiftly fixed this by adding a couple drops of moisturizer to any concealers or foundations that touched my face.

Then my absolute fixation with dewy skin came in to play.

First & foremost, if we meet in person ( which I really hope we do someday ), you’ll immediately see that I prefer a glowy, dewy face to a matte, powdered look. Just my preference.

As of recently, I learned a super rad trick from a professional makeup artist: ADD A DROP OF OIL TO YOUR FOUNDATION ( totally will do a video tutorial on this too ). Seriously the best trick of life. So lately I’ve skipped the whole moisturizer in the foundation & added oil instead.

If you’ve never put oil on your skin because you’re scared of well, oily skin, YOU NEED TO GIVE it a try.

Really though, I slather my skin in oil ( in a Britney Spears-I’m a slave for you, shiny way ).

I’m like a full on witch doctor with my oils. At home, I prefer coconut oil but I’m also a huge fan of Vitamin E oil, almond oil, & jojoba oil. These are all 100% natural raw oils that I find on Amazon. Unbelievably simple.

Anyway so yes, a drop of oil to my foundation before application- ALWAYS. This creates that dewy glow & keeps the skin hydrated with a post-sex glow.

( Coconut oil does not work as good for this makeup trick. Use Vitamin E or almond oil for best results ).

Ok so, when I’m traveling I will LITERALLY call down to room service & ask for a side of real olive oil. This sounds absolutely fucking crazy, but I assure you it’s not.

Room service brings up a bowl of oil & I use it the whole trip.

Makeup remover, lotion, foundation mixer, you name it, I use it. This happens every time we travel anywhere, swear.

Ok, ok but we’re getting off track here— let’s talk about the reason for this post: blending oils & foundations for a flawless finish.


I’ve tried brushes, my finger, compact blenders but nothing is as GOOD as a Beautyblender.

To be completely transparent, I’ve tried to cut corners & use fake beauty blenders from Forever21 ( they’re cheap & don’t work well— they’re super hard too. Weird. ). And nothing is as good as the real deal Beautyblender.

Yesterday I realized that I’ve used this little pink sucker the entire trip— at least 3 times a day. Obviously a blog post lightbulb went off.

( PAUSE: by the way, totally NOT a sponsored post ).

I use it to apply sunscreen— because no one wants white flakes hanging off their face like Kris Kringle.

I use it to apply my foundation x oil mixture.

I use it to blend powder.

I use it to blend contour ( << note: for contouring I also like to use makeup brushes, more here ).

The difference between a Beautyblender & everything else in the world?

Well there are a few things. The BB…

♡ creates a dewy, Jessica Alba look
♡ does some crazy voo-doo shit where it sort of ( chemically?? ) blends the makeup together making your face look like skin instead of alligator scales.

♡ doesn’t give you that orange line where your face looks different than your neck.

♡ is the best travel companion because it’s small AND HIGHLY efficient.

♡ can take ABUSE. This is creepy & weird: the more I use mine without washing it, the better my BB works because it absorbs the oils of the skin.

& before you think I’m nasty, remember J.Lo’s makeup artist famously said that “mixing oils of the skin together creates a way better finish.” I feel like the Beautyblender does just that: mix the oils of the skin together for the ideal finish.

I was online trying to figure out why the hell I like it so much ( it’s kind of indescribable ) & I found the perfect word for it: the blotting sponge is BOUNCY. It bounces off your skin in the perfect way.

This beauty blogger said:

I dot foundation all over my face, like usual, then use the slightly dampened sponge to kind of “bounce” over the areas and blend the foundation into my skin.The sponge very easily melts the product into your skin without having those annoying drag marks you sometimes get with a brush. You can use the smaller pointy end for harder to reach areas such as around your nose and between the eyes.

Obviously many of you guys have heard of a Beautyblender, but if you don’t use it daily, you’re missing out. Basically I’d rather not apply makeup without it.

SO! Your turn: share your ride or die beauty product below.

In other news, we’re off to Milan right now ( actually mid-air to be precise ). Very excited because PIZZAAAAAAA. Follow along on Snapchat ( UN: laurynevarts ). Any Italian recommendations? Your recommendations for Paris were on point.

Happy Tuesday. L

+ favorite Beautyblender here | the natural brush cleaner I like here.

++ my makeup video tutorials here.


Mini DeLites: Paris! OUI, OUI, OUI

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ 1 PM happy hour }

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ hanging flowers at The George V }

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ fountain at Versailles }

IT’S UNBELIEVABLE that I have not gained one pound from this trip.

Especially considering we’ve been eating our way through Paris. Pasta, bread, cookies, hot chocolate, cheese, YOU NAME IT.

Dreadful- trust me, I know.

But really worth every bite because HELL, IT’S PARIS.

SO typical to say but very much true, no? I can’t not eat a chocolate stuffed croissant for breakfast. Especially when they’re sitting in front of me every morning.

And for the record, my jeans still fit. In fact, not only do they fit, they’re slightly baggy.

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ sparkling rosé & peppermint tea at our hotel }

WAIT WHAT. Why baggy? I’m confused too but I’ve been investigating this like Inspector Gadget because it’s absolutely intriguing…

♡ Portions:

Everything, food-wise, is much tinier here. For instance, if you order pasta it’s not like Cheesecake Factory-style. It’s more like an appetizer size ( which I love ). It also helps that when I order pasta, I always only eat half. It’s a habit! Also, the desserts are smaller so we’ve been indulging in a treat at EVERY meal. YES.

♡ WALKING. Every Second: 

Or running. Because literally Michael runs. He somehow thinks his ‘walk’ is a walk. But it’s a swift, VERY intense run. Like panting & stuff. I don’t get it but that’s a whole different story.

Anyway, we’re walking everywhere. I’ve never walked so much. And I love it. If I could walk everywhere in LA and SD, I’d be happy as a clam. We’ve barely taken cars here. We walk ( RUN ) before dinner AND after dinner which gets the system moving so I don’t feel like a huge whale after stuffing my face with cheese.

The whole walking concept is really just genius.

♡ TSC Bombshell Body Guide:

I’ve been using TSC Bombshell Body Guide a BUNCH during this trip. It’s 27 minutes so it’s really ideal for travel.

What I do is: I pull it up on my iPad, & while Michael is showering/getting ready, do a quick workout. I turn on YouTube videos ( loving a good makeup tutorial lately ) & watch the videos while I work out.

In no time I’m done & all set for the day. I’ve done this 4 times in Paris which is not too bad since we’ve been here for a week.

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ SPICY pasta at L’Avenue }

♡ Actual real food:

Yes. Real food. Now a days it’s impossible to find real food. The food in Paris is fresh & from what I’ve experienced: REAL. 100% olive oil ( eating tons of fresh olive oil which is an awesome healthy fat ), handmade pasta, fresh baked bread, & all different slices of meat. I believe ( correct me if I’m wrong? ) that GMO’s are banned here. And by the way, the butter here IS SO GOOD.

ANYWAY, ON TO OTHER UPDATES: the style here is so on point it’s absurd. It’s almost safe to say, I’ve picked up so many styling/fashion tips here that I literally have a full on list in my iPhone notes. When I come home I’m going to go through my entire closet & donate a bunch of my clothes to charity. Let’s just say Paris has inspired a total closet clean out. Would you guys be interested in a Paris fashion post?

Also, I miss Boone & Pixy MORE THAN LIFE. Thankfully my Godparents ( who are watching them ), have Snapchat. So I can see the dogs sleeping, eating, & whining for food. LOL. It’s like a baby monitor, but not really? Obsessed much?

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ Parisian streets }

That’s about all I’ve got for now!!

Today we’re off to see Jim Morrison’s grave & have some dinner at Monsieur Bleu! I can’t wait!

Will do a TSC Paris Guide soon too.

Au revoir! – lauryn x

* BY THE WAY: I am obsessed with this black turtleneck. Been wearing it the whole trip! x

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ carmel popcorn at Ralph Lauren }

traveling to Paris | by the skinny confidential

{ the stunning Eiffel Tower }


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