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Live From Florence: TSC Him & Her Podcast

May 26, 2016
by
LAURYN

Recorded in Florence

Ciao from the plane!

Currently flying over Venice, on our way to New York City, & then it’s back to LA. This trip has been a whirlwind— will definitely do a full blog recap.

In the meantime, there’s some newness for you on iTunes. That’s right, we lugged our recording equipment all the way to Italy to record Episode 12 in Florence.

…& to be real we were kind of buzzed off champagne. Basically we turned the room into a studio with cheese, wine, & a microphone. Very fun for us! When in Florence right…

Wanted to give a quick shout out for the insane recommendations. Michael & I used a ton of them ( the pizza recommendations in Florence were especially UP MY ALLEY ).

Anyway, let me break down Episode 12 for ya.

Firstly if you have an Android, no worries BECAUSE PodOmatic! Heard of it? Basically anyone from anywhere can listen to podcasts regardless of what phone you have. Listen here, Android users.

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In this episode we’re talking: travel tips & tricks, the surprise trip Michael planned, keeping the fire alive in any relationship…AND COCONUT OIL.

If you have any questions for next week’s episode, please let me know below & include your Snapchat or Instagram handle too so we can shout you OUT!

Oh, & let’s discuss the $2500 beauty x wellness giveaway, shall we? I am going to pick the winner(s) at random Friday morning so please, please, please be sure to enter because it’s literally the easiest thing on the planet.

The giveaway is based around the podcast, keeping with the theme of this post. Enter here.

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Ok, falling asleep at the keyboard. I swear those damn airplane peanuts have tryptophan in them. Plus airplane food grosses me out. Anyone else? It smells weird & looks like it’s been run over by a train. Kind of like hospital food, do you know what I mean?

Alright! Thanks again for all your Italian recommendations. So much fun bringing you guys along on Snapchat.

Will be back to regular posting Friday =).

Addio!

– lauryn

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Kristin Cavallari’s Almond Butter Sugar Cookies

May 18, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Kristin Cavallari is mom bod goals.

Wait shit, Kristin Cavallari is JUST plain bod goals.

Really, how the hell does she look SO insane after 3 kids? Crazy. Wellllll after reading her book, I found out.

That’s right, she shares all her favorite meals, recipes, workouts, secrets ( hint: she eats CLEAN, unprocessed foods— shocking! ) in her new book Balancing In Heels.

To be real, I may or may not have read the entire thing in one sitting…in the dark on my iPhone from 1 AM to 4 AM like a creep. Clearly it was difficult to put the book down because A LOT OF RECIPES stood out.

I ESPECIALLY FELL IN LOVE with her mouth-watering almond butter sugar cookies.

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If the thought of these don’t make you drool then I don’t know what will? The ingredients are so pure & clean that when you have one bite you will just get it.

Recently we made them for friends & honestly everyone was shocked at the ingredients because they legit taste like Mrs. Field’s Cookies…but unprocessed.

The whole recipe was so simple that I actually plan on making them once a week to have on hand when I’m craving something sweet. EASY is my thing guys.

( …Even Mr. Chip’s Ahoy ( Michael ) shoved ten down his throat ).

For the record, I was very pleased at my homemaking attempt here- so much so, that I feel like I deserve a gold star. Nothing better than having fresh, clean cookies coming out of the oven at 6 PM. CALL ME June Cleaver.

Let’s get right down to the recipe, k?

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Kristin Cavallari’s Almond Butter Sugar Cookies

1 stick unsalted grass-fed butter, softened
1 cup raw coconut sugar
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups oat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

+ Directions: preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, & almond butter until fluffy. Add the egg & mix to combine. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, & salt with a spoon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients & mix well. Spoon tablespoon-size balls onto the prepared baking sheets, keeping a little distance between each ball. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies are thin, so keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. Makes 24 cookies.

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These are IDEAL in any situation really. Like the cure of the century.

On your period? ALMOND BUTTER SUGAR COOKIES.

Sick of overly sweet, fake bullshit? ALMOND BUTTER SUGAR COOKIES.

Looking for a smart dessert? ALMOND BUTTER SUGAR COOKIES.

Tired of your boyfriend? ALMOND BUTTER SUGAR COOKIES.

Thanks to Kristin for making all my dreams come true in one cookie.

If any of you have a dessert like this that you’re hiding up your sleeve, SHARE PLEASE. The easier, the better really. Specifically something with dark chocolate. Feel free to keep the ingredients at a minimum too. I do love trying your recipes.

Ok, off to BED. It’s late, late, late & time for some hot ginger tea.

– lauryn x

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Mini DeLites: I LOVE MONDAY CLUB

May 17, 2016
by
LAURYN

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{ pink elephant cookie & Lucky Charms chocolate bars, OMMMGG }

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{ the best housewarming gift: a grapefruit-scented diffuser }

How weird is it when you reach a point where you actually like a good Monday?

Like who am I? What is happening to me? Really, we need a strong moment of silence……..

This is something that’s been actively happening & it’s really weirding me out. I mean I was never an “I HATE MONDAY, SCREW MONDAY” kind of person but as of late I’ve grown to…well…like Mondays.

There are multiple reasons for this. The first being that it feels fresh. I know it’s cliché, but Mondays are kind of a new start. Plus it forces you to go get shit done. & personally I feel a lot better when shit is done. Nothing better than falling into bed after a day of giving your absolute 100%. Another reason is tomorrow is Tuesday, which means the release of all my favorite podcasts. Now you should know I’ve really fallen in love with podcast. Unfortunately there are too many to name so I’ll just do a full post breakdown on my favorites, if you’re game?

Off on a tangent but podcasts just make everything better. Here’s the deal, I’m a kill two birds with one stone kind of gal. If I’m doing something that requires NO brain cells ( CLEANING ) I want to be learning. There are so many podcasts out there that provide a shit ton of knowledge. So ya, scrub & listen, fold & listen, Windex ( not really, I would never use Windex ) & listen, ETC.

A little sparkle, a little knowledge.

Anyway, back to Mondays… I’m also a fan of Mondays because I believe you can set the tone of the week with a positive start. Say you had a shit week the week before, Monday is a way to change your tune, you know?

Maybe the reason I love Mondays so much is because I’m a retired person. You know this if you follow along on Snapchat: I like peppermint tea, quietness, a good book, some Bossanova, & a freezing cold lemon martini…at 6:30 PM. Mondays are very much for retired people.

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{ SO excited to dig into The Career Code }

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{ meditation flow: ginger tea, natural rose water, & soothing candles }

Regardless I feel like if you don’t hate Mondays, they won’t hate you back.

Try it, it’s refreshing. Different. Against the grain. You get my drift.

Thoughts on Monday? Love or hate?

This thought has been occupying my head a lot lately so I figured it was necessary to do an ‘I LOVE MONDAY’ post. Maybe I’ll even make t-shirts. Stay tuned.

In other news, this weekend was eventful. We were in LA for work/play & just really enjoyed ourselves with some friends.

…However we missed our chihuahuas dearly ( retirement home moments ). Back in San Diego now & getting excited because it’s my birthday week! Who’s a Gemini too ; )?

10:02 PM & I am actually off to the gym right now. Sadly I didn’t have enough time to squeeze a cardio sesh in earlier today so there’s that. Gotta end this Monday strong though!

See ya tomorrow, lauryn x

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THREE EASY SKINCARE SECRETS I JUST CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

May 15, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Today I want to discuss a very, VERY important part of all our lives I’m sure: SKIN.

That’s right, skin is so important that it’s almost NUTS that anyone would avoid taking care of their skin.

Here’s the thing: people go to the gym, they work their ass off, & they keep their homes clean but then they neglect their skin? I DON’T GET IT.

The weird thing is, it doesn’t have to be a difficult task.

In fact, my whole skin regime is rather simple. Embarrassingly so…?

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Sometimes life gets so overwhelmingly crazy that skincare is the last thing on anyone’s mind. So I’m going to share 3 easy, simple skincare tips that MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE in the world. Really, give me two weeks with these three tips & you won’t believe the changes in your skin.

Oh yah it’s true, I have to be honest here: I haven’t had a pimple in months…I take care of my skin ( the largest organ in the body ) with simple tips that really take 5 seconds. Not trying to brag here because trust me I’ve had my fair share of pimples, just trying to share what’s worked for me!

Here’s my top secret sauce:

1.) Get an ice roller.

Yes, you just read a post on this but I can’t STRESS the importance of an ice roller for every single person on the planet. There’s no downside. None. If you don’t have an ice roller & want to get right into it. Grab some ice & throw it on your face in the morning. This may sound intense but I prefer INTENSE, INSANE temperatures, you know? Really the colder, the hotter the better. Every morning I wake up & use an ice roller. EVERY morning. It sort of sets my skin. I use it even before I go to bed. Plus, it provides lymphatic drainage. You really can’t lose with an ice roller.

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2.) OIL it UP.

I’ve been preaching oils for YEARS. They’re my MAIN, RIDE OR DIE skincare go-to. Recently Burt’s Bees sent me their 100% natural Cleansing Oil with coconut & argan oils and I was hooked. I’ve been using it to take my makeup off, oil cleanse, & even post-shower. Basically it’s oil that cleanses the skin without the nasty residue. Think of this step as nutrition for the skin. I put this oil on in the morning to set my foundation & at night to remove my makeup AND after my makeup is off. It’s super versatile, you know. Oils work for all skin-types. Watch the video for more info. Plus, it smells divine, YUM.

3.) Gelatin, gelatin, gelatin.

Firstly, it promotes collagen ( GOODBYE WRINKLES, K ). Supermodels everywhere swear by it. Make sure you’re getting a gelatin pill that doesn’t have extra added shit. I recommend this one. I take 1 to 2 a day with my trusty probiotic. Gelatin gives you that plump, moisturized look we all love…well at least that’s the look I LOVE. You know that very fresh, young look. I swear it’s a game-changer.

So yes, it’s just really that simple.

Very random tips, but that’s what you come here for, random tips. These tips work, trust me. I’ve tried them all myself.

This subject is SO very important that I even went & created a little video for you guys:

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So the truth is it’s 2016 & no one has time. The whole Korean skincare thing was too gnarly for me because it took forty-five minutes. Like who has an extra forty-five minutes? Not I, said the fly.

Life is too difficult & too busy to be worried about your skin. Just literally set 3 minutes in the AM & 3 minutes in the PM for your skin and you’re golden.

And PLEASEEEEEEE, take your makeup off before you go to bed. No excuses on this one. There’s nothing worse…I mean nothing…than waking up with fake eyelashes stuck to your cheek or mascara running down your face. Plus, using oils to remove makeup takes legit 5 seconds so there’s really no excuse.

Not to sound like your mom here, but PLEASE take off your makeup!

Last tip: if you get a zit? Grab some tea tree oil. Put it on with a Q-Tip before you go to bed. Peace out, zits.

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& the obvious: I always find when I’m working out, getting enough sleep, & drinking enough water…it shows in my skin. I know, ground-breaking, but I had to share it at least.

What’s your easy ( keep it easy! ) skincare tips? Anything that’s new & noteworthy? I’m also about vintage, back in the day tips too. Get crazy.

Off to bed, taking off my makeup first though…

– lauryn, x

+ more skincare tips can be found in The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Book.
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  • this post is in collaboration with Burt’s Bees, as always ALL opinions are my own.

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OMG OMG OMG…THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL APP REVAMP

May 12, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Not going to lie, pretty excited today is well, TODAY.

Sure it’s 1:24 AM BUT I’ve been working closely with TSC App Team on the relaunch of THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL APP. There’s so much newness & fresh features that I think you guys are going to LOVE. At least I hope.

About a year & half ago I launched the first baby version of TSC App.

As the brand grows, it’s important to keep the app up to date so for the past six months we’ve been brainstorming how to bring you guys the BEST, seamless experience EVER, on an App.

Like I can’t do any of that ugly colored, crashing bullshit. It has to function in the most amazing way possible for you guys or I’ll give up & die.

SO although I may or may not have micro-managed the App Team to death ( but literally to death— hopefully they return my e-mails tomorrow? To be entirely honest after this week I’M SICK OF MY OWN E-MAILS. Is that possible? ), I did it because I just want you guys to LOVE the app.

On that note, every feature on the NEW TSC APP is an experience. How so? Well…

THE APP REVAMP INCLUDES:

+ FRESH LAYOUT: that’s right: FRESH. Think clean, concise, & simple.

+ EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: for $2.99 a month you will be able to access EXTRA TSC content. These will be posts by me & Michael geared towards the reader’s specific requests. Fresh photos, fresh content. Basically EXCLUSIVE CONTENT that you won’t find on any of my other platforms.

+ PODCAST SECTION: yes please. You can listen to TSC HIM & HER PODCAST right on THE APP. Super easy.

+ DISCUSSION FORUM: guyssssss, I am SOOOOO excited for this because it’s an open discussion forum where we can discuss whatever it is we want to discuss. This is amazing because I kind of feel like I’m already friends with some of you via Snapchat messages so a forum to TALK openly? UGH, I just love this.

+ YOUTUBE: forget logging on to YouTube because UM, you can watch the videos right on the app.

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Wait, but let’s talk about the EXCLUSIVE section.

Here’s the deal— and I’m going to be real honest here: if you haven’t noticed I removed ALL, yes ALL advertisements from The Skinny Confidential.

Now there’s just not a lot of blogs on the web have NO advertisements. It’s rare & that’s entirely ok with me.

You know if everyone is doing something one way, I tend to go the other way. It’s in my nature honestly. Doesn’t always work in my favor— HA!

Ok but the reason I have no ads is very, VERY simple actually: this website is about an experience.

It doesn’t suit the site to have advertisements everywhere. Too many ads are gross.

Basically when you sign on to The Skinny Confidential I want YOU to feel inspired, energized, & really ready to fucking conquer whatever the fuck it is you need to conquer, you know?

Advertisements are just not what it’s about.

It takes away from the whimsical, pretty community.

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I’m not saying I’ll never advertise. I’m just saying right now I have not found an organic fit ( not even close actually )…& at the end of the day I’m really not willing to compromise…no matter the price.

On that note, in place of advertisements I’ve created a section on TSC App called “EXCLUSIVE.” THAT’S RIGHT, where YOU, the viewer, can CHOOSE what you WANT to do.

For $2.99 a month you will get ‘The Skinny Exclusive.’ This will include specific questions you guys ask me. Think of it as geared posts towards EXACTLY what you want.

Of course, the content on the blog will remain exactly the same.

The app was FREE for the first two years & it still is free. But if you want more than what’s available, Michael & I will be posting in the EXCLUSIVE section. For the first two years, it was important that you guys had an idea of the quality of content I plan on providing. This app is an extension of The Skinny Confidential brand that I’m personally writing for you.

AGAIN, the app along with the site will have NO ads ANYWHERE, AT ALL. BECAUSE EW. I wanted a clean, real experience for you guys.

Keeping up with an app requires time, money, & a lot of work so the option for EXCLUSIVE is just available if you want it. The $2.99 is because it will be run by me & I’ll be writing more posts than normal. The EXCLUSIVE will just be extra TSC written for those who want to connect even deeper & hang out in the discussion community.

Basically the EXCLUSIVE content will just be icing on the cake, k?

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THE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR MAY— NOW AVAILABLE:

The Truth About Your OJ: It’s Disgusting, Really | by lauryn

Badass, IN DEPTH Tips for Bloggers | by lauryn

3 Ways To Win After A Bad Breakup | by michael

My Food Diary | by lauryn

Relationship 101: 3 Tips That Make All The Difference To Men | by michael

The Power of Delegation | by lauryn

Things They Don’t Tell You About Moving In Together | by michael

5 Things I Can’t Live Without…Everyday | by lauryn

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…& so much MORE to come!

Again, I’ll be sharing IN DEPTH exclusive content that you won’t find on ANY of my other platforms. From food tips to relationship advice to blogger tips and so much more!

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With the recently re-designed site & now the new app launch, I wanted to share a breakdown of everything you guys can expect via video:

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If you have any feedback, as always leave it below. Anxious to hear your thoughts/recommendations/etc.

Comment anything you want to specifically see in the EXCLUSIVE section. I willlll call you out ; ) if you want to be?

Ok, I’m so tired I’m legit about to pass out at the computer. Really though, it’s happened before. Going to sleep after a long ( but well worth it! ) day.

Hope you all love The Skinny Confidential App, LOVE YOU GUYS!

love, lauryn xx

+ & we did not forget about all you Android users: exclusive content will be live for you in a week or two!

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