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TSC Series: The Best Damn Almond Milk W/O Sicko Carrageenan!!

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

Currently: feeling bad.

Why?

Welllllll, I FEEL SO BAD WHEN I’m not fully informed on a subject I blog about.

( AKA that one time I blogged about sugar-free whipped cream— OUCH ! ).

Even though I feel crappy when I realize ‘oh shit, I didn’t know about THAT in (insert food/drink)!’, I know that’s part of life & obviously I don’t know it all.

So. Almond milk.

I just recently posted about Pure Almond Milk ( remember the DIY Frappacinos? ). WELLLL, I won’t be ever drinking Pure Almond Milk again.

Here’s why: there’s this nasty-ass ingredient called ‘carrageenan’ in it:

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

Hold up. We all know I’m super fussy with ingredients…so let’s dissect: this source says: “sometimes eating something natural isn’t good for you. A completely unnecessary ingredient derived from red seaweed hides out in a lot of your favorite foods, causing inflammation, gut irritation, and potentially, cancer. Many food manufacturers—even some makers of commercial organic foods—are adding carrageenan to foods like yogurt, chocolate, soy milk, and even ice cream to give the foods a thicker consistency and to make low-fat versions taste fuller. It’s often added to beverages to keep their ingredients from separating; you’ll find it in many nutritional shakes, milk products, and milk replacements. The ingredient even crops up in certain frozen dinners, soups, and commercial broth products.”

According to another source: “carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community.”

There’s been A LOT ( like, A LOT, A LOT ) of studies that show that sick-o carrageenan gives people gut issues too.

Hmmmm…

BT dubs, “the concern over food-grade carrageenan isn’t new. Beginning in the 1960s, researchers started linking the ingredient to gastrointestinal disease in lab animals, including ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer.”

Like, no thanks! Pass!

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

My advice? Well, really I can’t take all the credit; I watched a video featuring Food Babe ( love her! ) & she found a brand from Whole Foods called 365 that doesn’t have the fishy additive. So point: drink 365 if possible!

Let’s be real…I wish I could like, oh ya, I totally churn my own almond milk on the reg! But that’s just not practical with my active, busy lifestyle. It’s just a reality I’ve recently had to come to terms with. So when in doubt, I reach for the Whole Food’s brand 365.

I love almond milk in green smoothies, raw cereal, tea, & my AM cinnamon coffee ( as shown ).

All in all: you do you. If you don’t care about drinking almond milk with carrageenan, then by all means DRINK IT!

I mean, there’s definitely things I compromise on. For instance, I love In & Out milk shakes every once in a while ( the half chocolate, half vanilla though ) but when it comes to something I drink daily & the taste isn’t compromised, you better bet your ass I’m reaching for the lesser of two evils.

What’s your stance? Would love to know!

TATA, x Lauryn

{ straws found here }

The Skinny Confidential talks almond milk.

Yummm…A Halloween Candy Bar Cart

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

Ok, so this was SUCH a fun post to set up.

Sometimes when I have an idea it never quite pans out the way it’s supposed to…AKA the pumpkin pie pancakes I attempted to create a week ago.

But this candy bar? I’m very much feeling it.

And I had to share because it’s SO EASY TO RECREATE IT’S STUPIDDDDD.

First things first, here’s an up close view of the top & bottom:

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

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This project started out while I was roaming the aisles of Home Goods ( this happens a lot: ideas at Home Goods…anyone else? ). Basically I grabbed a bunch of vases/glass dishes, some candles ( blacks, whites, golds ), two black display stands, & a packet of black plastic, creepy-ass spiders.

I went home, emptied my bar cart, & set up for Halloween.

Make sure you have different heights going on when you set-up your own cart. One height is very vanilla, & you definitely want to sexy it up a bit.

To finish the bar cart up, simply light candles, add creepy crawlers in random places, & cue The Monster Mash. TA-DA. Fun for adults & kids!

For empty spots that need a little extra love, add fake candles.

( …truthfully I find fake candles highlllyyyy irritating ( they’re kind of half-assed ) but I used a couple because I didn’t want to have 32578923 candles around the candy ).

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

Ok before I go I have to tell you guys about ‘the black licorice fiasco.’ Last week, I was INTENTLY working. Totally in my zone— a little Brazilian Lounge on Spotify, a lot of e-mails, working on a post, & balancing my checkbook ( which IS NOT my strong suit ). So. I out of my peripheral I see BLACK X 10.

And there sits T.Boone Pickens…he had individually dragged half of the black licorice twists ( one by one, I might add ) across the floor from the lower bar cart area. There he sat, in his white plush bed, casually sucking on a long piece of licorice.

And naturally measly pieces of black licorice were stuck between each tooth. Let’s just say I immediately pulled out the ‘doggie toothbrush’ & a Swiffer.

Regardless…it still looks semi presentable, right? Some of the pictured licorice is definitely post-naughty Boone. He’s a wily little one. By the way, Pixy was sitting perfect in her teepee, clearly annoyed.

Anyway, I’m off to eat room service at 12:37 AM at night…late night, casual dinner of scrambled eggs & berries. Whoops.

Talk soon, Lauryn

+ P.S. if you’re looking for a gold bar cart, Target has the MOST BADASS one. It’s TO-DIE!

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

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Mini DeLites: TSC Takes Miami

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

{ pomegranate seeds in champagne= delicious ( I like to freeze mine at home! ) }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ candy striped umbrellas }

Hellllooooo from Miami!

I flew here Friday for a little work…& a little play.

Definitely been to Florida before but never been to Miami so it’s been interesting to say the least.

I’m loving the banana tree print for one. For two, the weather is gorgeous (!!!) although I’m told that during the summertime it’s humid as F. Anyone? & of course, the energy is amazing. I love it.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ the candid-ist of candid…really }

Yes, & also in South Beach the theme seems to be guys with their shirt off with a lot ( like, a lot, alot ) of gel in their hair ( not trying to sterotype here, I’m just pointing out what I’ve seen. Side: how is it possible to host that much gel in one’s hair? ). So far I’m loving the pool at The Standard, Zuma, Prime 112, The Broken Shaker, & The Bazaar. We’re moving around, hotel-wise. First we were at the SLS & now we’re in Bal Harbor at The St. Regis…& then we’re off to Clearwater near Tampa.

I asked some of you guys on Facebook where to go & you all shared the best recommendations…but if you have ANY other recommendations, please share below. I’m pretty much clueless when it comes to Florida & don’t want to miss out on a must-see.

And honestly, if an alligator magically made its way to our hotel, I’d be very happy. I’m fully obsessed with creatures like lizards, platypus, anteaters, etc. And I feel like Florida is known for it’s alligator population ( sterotype? ).

Ok, share any recommendations below— thanks guys! x

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ i need couch pillows with this banana leaf print ASAP }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.
{ lobster salad x watermelon mint juice }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.
{ today’s lunch ( Michael always looks away when I take photos!!! Ugh ) }

Bras & Boobs

The Skinny Confidential x Nordstrom bra selection.

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Since the theme of the week seems to be boobies ( I mean, Nippies & the ‘I LOVE BOOBIE socks’ sort of set the boob-ish tone, right? ), So on that note, I figured I’d share some hottie bralettes that I’m seriously lusting after.

Totally ended up buying this lacy, sex kitten Honeydew number from Nordstrom the other day…GUILTY! It was too cute ( if you follow TSC on Instagram, this is old news ).

The Skinny Confidential x Nordstrom bra selection.

But really, Nordstrom gets me every time…I’m such a sucker.

Anyway for every bra purchased online ( from the above collage’s participating brands ) Nordstrom will donate $2 to the Young Survival Coalition, a non-profit supporting young women with breast cancer. LOVE it.

So shop away! Shopping for a good cause is always fun : ). What’s your fav? xx

{ Necklace are by JNB Style }

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A Touch of Glammmmm

The Skinny Confidential x Urban Decay Cosmetics.

The Skinny Confidential x Urban Decay.The Skinny Confidential x Urban Decay Cosmetics.

Last month I found out Urban Decay launched a makeup line for Nordstrom.

But before I share ANYTHING on TSC, I HAVE to try it out first.

So I did a little testy-test for a date two weekends ago…& YOU GUYS, it’s good.

Especially the contour kit.

I’m about contouring. A little contouring never hurt a flea.

And of course, a pop of red is always fun…

The Skinny Confidential x Urban Decay Cosmetics.

The Skinny Confidential talks makeup.

Anyway if you want to chisel those cheekbones & really pump up your assets, contouring works like a dream ( also known as Kim K’s best makeup tip ).

Debating on whether or not I should do a tutorial on this? Might be fun.

On this particular night, I was wearing this turtleneck dress ( turtlenecks > anything ) & these black pumps. Also, I definitely enjoyed a little champagne ( in the shower before I got ready? Party hardy. HA )…

Urban Decay x The Skinny Confidential.

But honestly, I stayed in with this look.

We had a date night at home with the BEST Brussels sprout salad EVER…going off on a tangent real quick because the Brussels sprout salad I get from the restaurant across the street is killer. I need to re-create it like, yesterday.

Here’s what I do for Michael when I’m in a pinch & dressed up with no freaking time ( SHHHHHH though!! ): grab two Brussels sprout salads ( the one I like has fresh Parm, basil, & lemon!!! ), a bottle of champagne ( pre-chilled ) from Ralph’s, & a thin-crusted pizza with EXTRA fresh basil & lemon ( from the same little restaurant across the street ).

Then I RUN MY ASS home, turn on sexy music, light candles, add the salad to a big bowl, put the pizza on a pizza plate, chill glasses, dim the lights, pour two glasses of Pellegrino, slice lemons, add a sprinkle of chili flakes on the salad/pizza, throw anything on the floor in the laundry room ( hide shit, it works! ), & ACT TOTALLY CASUAL when he walks in, fully like “hey babe, what’s up, oh this old set-up? PSST, just threw it together— no big deal” ( GEEZ, my God, the lengths we women must go to…we should get a damn trophy ).

& then I apply a little more lipstick & pretend to look effortless while he eats a slice of restaurant-bought AKA ‘homemade’ pizza ( #fakeituntilyoumakeit ):

The Skinny Confidential x Urban Decay Cosmetics.

So ultimately this new makeup look kinda kicked ass for my at-home date night…& so did the Brussels sprout salad.

Definitely recommend both.

Anyone else throw together a fake-ass quick date night? Gotta do a video on this too. Share your secrets below. I won’t tell.

x Lauryn

{ P.S. I have a STERN curfew, if you didn’t know, so staying at home makes things much easier for everyone involved. x }

+ Photos by: Teresa Fae

The Skinny Confidential x Urban Decay Cosmetics.

Makeup I’m Wearing: 

Eyeshadow: ‘Naked Basics’ Palette
Contour Kit: ‘Naked Flushed’ Bronzer, Highlight, & Blush Palette
Foundation: ‘Naked Skin’ Weightless Definition Liquid
Bronzer: ‘Naked Skin’ Bronzer w/ SPF 20 ( << BRONZER x SPF!! )

Lip gloss: ‘Walk of Shame’
Lipstick: ‘Bang’

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