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TONIGHT’S CASUAL TOPIC: Vagina Steaming

The Skinny Confidential talks vagina steaming.

YOUUUUU GUYS. HAS ANYONE HEARD OF VAGINA STEAMING? IF SO, CAN WE TALK ABOUT IT? Like, ASAP.

I heard about it through my friend, Gwyneth.

You know Gwyneth Paltrow.

She tells me about the latest & greatest holistic trends via Letterman.

And her latest UH-BUH-SESS-SION is vagina steaming.

Before you like, exit off my site & call me bat shit crazy, hear me out.

( side: I know Gwenie can be a little out of touch with reality but she may really be on to something with this vagina steaming thing ).

Here’s what Gwyneth said about the V-Steam:

“You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”

I don’t know if you guys know a lot about regular douching but I’m so not a fan.

Douching ( with a Rite-Aid, store bought kind of douche ) basically sucks bacteria out of your vag-jay. Now this sounds awesome & all BUT it also sucks the good bacteria out too. SO NO thanks. YOU need good bacteria. It’s good for ya.

This though, this vag steaming is different.

It’s all-natural & holistic. Check out its benefits:

♥ Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with monthly cycles
♥ Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses
♥ Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles
♥ Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage
♥ Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
♥ Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
♥ Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids
♥ Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odor
♥  Relieve symptoms of menopause

Supposedly it’s reallllly known to help with cramps & fertility. More here.

As this women says ( & I SO AGREE ): “Often, I think some take the care of their vaginal/perianal area a little too lightly. It is the core of who and what we are as women; it brings forth life, love, pleasure, etc. We must learn to take care, treat and respect our vagina and womb.”

Ok so, here’s a bit of background for all of you who are still reading ( with your mouths hanging open, hiding the screen from your bf/boss ): “the V-steam is the Americanized version of a centuries-old Korean tradition called chai-yok, during which women hover over a piping hot cauldron of Wormwood and Mugwort to be thoroughly cleansed from the inside out. Wormwood and Mugwort, which sounds like a class Neville Longbottom would excel in at Hogwarts, are actually herbs that have alleged antibiotic and antifungal properties, as well as healing powers. Basically, it’s sorcery for your vagina. The average chai-yok session promises to reduce stress, fight infections, regulate your menstrual cycle, alleviate hemorrhoids, promote circulation, correct digestive disorders and clear up hormonal acne. Yes, vaginal steaming is the secret to world peace. Or, you know, a bunch of hooey. Either way.”

Ok so sorcery for MY VAGINA?

Sounds cool, right.

You know it does guys. Don’t lie.

I can’t be the only woman on the planet who’s intrigued? I mean? Eer, maybe?

Now as much as I’d love to say I’m currently vagina steaming while writing this post, unfortunately I’m not. I’m not that good at multi-tasking.

But I’m so totally planning on giving it a little whirly-whirl this weekend.

( Don’t be jealous of my Sunday activities, guys ).

Maybe I’ll Snapchat it.

I kid, I kid.

& MAYBE, JUST MAYBE Michael will do it with me because apparently there’s something called A-STEAMING…for men’s butts. MEOW.

The Skinny Confidential talks vagina steaming.

Obviously I played around on Google & found someone’s intense, serious in detail interview ( THE MORE THE BETTER!! ).

Here’s this women’s personal V-Steam story:

Entering the vagina steaming room ( I just don’t know what else to call it ), I’m faced with what looks like a Victorian police cell toilet situated over a steaming pot of Grandma’s Chai Spice Vagina tea. I hover over the hole in the seat just so and then settle down so that the steam may rise into That Which Is Most Sacred. I cannot tell a lie: At first, it feels incredibly weird to have hot wet air wafting into my cooch. My entire body tenses as I actively clench my vaginal muscles to protect myself from the invading shower of scorching steam. It would feel exactly like the poison fog from the Hunger Games arena, I think. First a burning heat and then convulsion after convulsion of electric pain!

No, no. I have to stop this! I didn’t pay $50 to sit here and push hot air out of my vagina. I paid $50 to become more like Gwyneth and Gwyneth relaxes into things; she consciously uncouples, like, all the time. She allows herself to engage in humiliating white girl rapping. She rides motorcycles around Spain with her best friend, Mario Batali. Respect.

I force myself to take deep breaths and visualize my vagina opening like a freshly painted Georgia O’Keefe, inviting the warm breath of life inside my uterus. Welcome, I said. And as I say this, I begin to ease into it. It feels foreign, but not bad; like visiting a new country that you weren’t sure would be safe for women travelers and then stumbling upon a lesbian bookstore collective. And you know what? I like it. I zen out as my vagina sucks up steam and drips out whatever; I fantasize about getting a really good spa-style exfoliating scrub beatdown afterwards. I want to feel as clean on the outside as I feel on the inside. Which is to say, very clean. Squeaky clean. Just me and my squeaky clean vagina.

At the end of my 30 minutes, I stand up and have a distinct feeling of emptiness. Not in a scary way but in a calming way. I feel good. I imagine this is how Gwyneth Paltrow feels all the time; empty and just a little bit better than other people. It’s almost like I can hear her voice whispering into my vagina. And Gwyneth is saying “You are living your best life, Laura.” Or maybe that’s Oprah.

WOW.

This woman must be my spirit animal or something.

I feel like we need to go to the vagina spa together.

Regardless, I think I’m gonna go DIY on this one. If you’re just dying to try this at home, read the oh-so-cute instructions here. I’M NOT GOING TO LIE, I WATCHED THE WHOLE YOUTUBE DIY, AT HOME TUTORIAL TOO ( maybe I’ll do a tutorial on this too…lol! ).

SO. There I’ll be on Sunday, creating my own vagina spa at Casa De Lauryn. Anyone wanna R.S.V.P.?

x, lauryn

(P.S. IF YOU’VE V-STEAMED BEFORE YOU HAVE TO SHARE YOUR STORY. SO NOT FAIR IF YOU DON’T SHARE!!)

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Date Night Hair | Part 1

The Skinny Confidential x Wella.

The Skinny Confidential x Wella.

Call me weird but date night is an important part of my life.

It’s an opportunity for me & Michael to go out and talk ( without our phones ) or any other distractions. We typically order a nice bottle of red wine and split an appetizer. Usually we try ( keyword: ‘try’ ) to avoid any convo about work too.

But let’s talk about pre-date night.

Like, you know, how to prepare.

If you know me, you know my middle name is procrastination so prepping isn’t exactly my strong spot? LOL?

That’s why I need to find a quick ( I MEAN QUICK! ) way to look hot. BASICALLY I’M ALWAYS RUNNING LATE SO I’M LUCKY IF I GET A HALF AN HOUR TO PREP FOR DATE NIGHT.

Top three priorities:

HAIR
LIPSTICK
HIGH HEELS

AKA: duh, duh, & DUH.

Those three things can change your look and don’t require 5 million hours of prep.

Let’s start with hair.

I get a lot of questions on hair so I figured a visual would be the best way to explain. For date night, I utilize the five minute to fab rule. All I do is spray my hair with a little oil ( lately I’ve been loving the Wella Professionals LuxeOil Leave-In Conditioning Spray ). I like to put the oil towards my ends so it seals in/repairs any serious split ends and leaves my hair smelling great ( AND gives Michael a reason to lean in a little closer ).

If you’re afraid of oil on your hair, DON’T BE. It makes such a difference if you’re using the correct kind. And it also matters where on the hair you place it. Obviously you don’t want to rub oil on your roots. Keep it towards the ends of your hair & you’ll be a very, VERY happy camper.

After the oil I put my hair in to a low Sleep Bun.

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The low Sleep Bun allows me to keep my hair off my face while I slab on some quick makeup. Also it primes the hair for exactly the look I’m going for.THENNNN I go in for makeup. Think: quick Laura Mercier foundation, a little brow powder, my prime/curl/prime/mascara method, & last but CERTAINLY not least a bold lip. A bold lip looks like I put a million hours into the look when really I’ve had 20 to 30 minutes to get ready, on a lucky day.

After my makeup is done I’ll throw on a baggy, chic blouse, some tight jeans, and PUMPS!! Pumps are quick to throw on & they add some height which scream sex appeal.

ALMOST READY!!

Now it’s time to undo my hair. As you can see from the photos I take out my Sleep Bun clip, shake out my hair, & add the magic ingredient: the Wella Professionals LuxeOil Light Oil Shine Spray. It’s paraben free & absolutely perfect for adding shine to the Sleep Bun wave.

The Skinny Confidential x Wella.

The Sleep Bun wave is the perfect, effortless hair do for date night. I can’t wait to show you guys the final look…

Stay tuned for date night, part two later next week!!

What are your sexy, sassy date night prep tips?

x, Lauryn

P.S. Speaking of date night, Wella is partnering with Match.com to encourage woman to show off their date night hair! Submit your date night look when the contest kicks off next week & follow @WellaHairUSA for more deets!

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How To Sex Up Your AM Coffee

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew.

YOU GUYS—!!!

ALMOND MILK ICE CUBES.

I MEAN.

Pretty much, my coffee is a total loser without almond milk ice cubes.

It just like sits there sad & pathetic without my almond milk ice cubes. Cinnamon is great & all, but almond milk ice cubes add a whole different element.

And fully knowing my extremist tendencies, AKA everything has to be fucking freezing, below zero, arctic style or so hot that my skin is literally falling off from the hottest shower in the world, the freezing almond milk thing adds a perfect touch.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

 

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

AND.

Today I tried my coffee cubes with coconut milk ( on such a coconut milk kick after Thailand ).

All you do is…

Simply freeze your favorite milk ( coconut or almond for the win ) in a silicon ice cube tray. Make regular coffee or use cold brew ( remember I’m a cold brew coffee whore? ), add milky cubes, top with pumpkin pie spice, & a lil drizzle of GINGER SYRUP ( yes I know, this exists & it’s die ). Coffee on CRACK! Cheers!

P.S. Why I don’t like hot coffee: because I like straws, duh. Firstly, using a straw to preserve the whiteness of my teeth is fully worth it. So. If I drink hot coffee, it makes me wonder if BPA is melting in to my coffee, slowly poisoning me? I usually use paper straws, but who the hell knows what’s in Starbucks/random coffee shop straws.

…this is the kind of shit I think about when I can’t sleep at night…

Uhmmm, perhaps it’s time for me to get another hobby? Or pick up knitting? Or maybe I’m just a full blown weirdo?

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

Anyway.

I am very happy it’s Friday ( JAZZ HANDS!! ). You can find me cruising down the freeway, casually screaming singing the lyrics to Dirty Dancing’s “Hungry Eyes” with an iced coffee full of coconut milk ice cubes, on my way to get a blowout because I haven’t washed my hair in a week & half.

It’s time, right…I mean, I think there’s a decent sized family of crickets living in there, #relatable.

Ok, happy Friday! xx, Lauryn

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The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

The Skinny Confidential talks cold brew coffee.

 


TSC BOMBSHELL BODY GUIDE IS HERE!

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

WELLLLLLLLL.

Are you excited?

GOD KNOWS I AM!!

FIN-A-FING-LLY.

It’s here: THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL BOMBSHELL BODY GUIDE.

I mean, GEEZ. If I had know how gnarly it was to create a full fledged nutrition/fitness plan for you guys, I would have booked a casual trip to the moon instead.

Here’s the deal: I’ve been working with celebrity trainer, Jamie McFaden ( an interview to come on Miss Jamie!! She worked with Jillian Michaels’ for years & knows her shit when it comes to wellness ) for the past seven months to bring you all my favorite fitness moves/foods in one bundle. ALSO!! NBD, she was named one of the 50 hottest trainers in America by Shape Magazine (!!!).

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

There will be an online community that comes with TSC Bombshell Body plan where I’m like your virtual trainer connecting with you via a TSC chat room. You can ask any questions, share opinions, or even exchange recipes tips/tricks with other members. Basically a Skinny Confidential community, fun right?!

♡ For the workout section:

These are 27 minute workouts, three days a week, that are quick & will tone you up FAST. They’re all workouts that can be done at home or in a hotel. My life is go, go, go so I totally get not having time to go to a gym. You need 5 pound weights ( I found these on Amazon for $16 bucks ) & a bench or some kind of chair. I also share my favorite stretches ( it’s sooooo important to stretch! ). You can see me do each move via pictures so it’s clear & easy to understand. Videos to come!

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

♡ For the nutrition section:

This section will be my favorite recipes ( including TONS I haven’t shared on the blog or in TSC Book ). These are everyday recipes that don’t require a ton of time or expensive ingredients. No one has time to casually whip up dover sole with a side of leeks, beets, & broccolini. This part of the plan will provide you with a quick guideline that makes eating fun & easy. Also, I shared my boozy tips & a couple of my favorite cocktail recipes. I know, weird. But hey, I’m all about balance so if you’re going to have a cocktail at least drink smart.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.

( Mmmmmm…these pancakes are totally on the plan, by the way! )

Ok so explain THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL BOMBSHELL BODY GUIDE in a quick, efficient way, I made a little video for you guys:

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What’s going on behind the scenes? Wellllllll, Jaime & I are currently working on building another element to the guide: a full month’s plan of EXACTLY what I eat/drink. I feel like a lot of you have asked for specifics so I have been recording exactly what I eat for the last three months. Also, there’s an app to come too.

This part should be out within the next three months, so stay tuned.

We’re going to develop eating plans for vegans/vegetarians/meat eaters/gluten-free babes too. So basically? I gotcha covered.

The cost for the plan is $89.99 for the full nutrition & fitness package ( if you want to purchase them individually, they’re $49.99 each ). & I’m offering TSC readers $10 off their first month because you guys kick ass. Just use the code TSCHEARTSYOU at checkout. Also, the first 20 people to sign up get a signed, personalized copy of The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide.

The Skinny Confidential talks Thrive Market.

Why am I charging? Because there’s a lotttt of out of pocket expenses to run the program behind the scenes…& honestly, I’m literally charging the bare minimum. I have to cover specific costs of running the separate web portal, hiring a team, video/photos/etc., graphic design, & time/labor. Plus, there’s been a team of people working on this for a full year & collectively we’ve spent like, six million hours ( or it feels like six million hours? ) on this project.

I am giving away 10 free plans to bloggers. If you’re a blogger, check out this post for details ( don’t forget to leave your e-mail & blog name in the comment section on the post too! ).

Quick note: I poured my heart & soul into this project so I really hope you like it!! It’s important to me that you guys LOVE it!! If you have any suggestions or things you want to see, please e-mail me at Lauryn@TheSkinnyConfidential.com.

Ok, so do you guys have questions? I’ll answer them all below, if so! GO!

You can check out the whole shebang here. Excited to create a virtual fitness/health community with you guys!! EEK!

Ok! So CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNITY.

– your virtual trainer, Lauryn xx

P.S. I’ll be posting all fitness/health/wellness updates for the guide on Instagram under the handle: @tscbombshellbody.

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet & fitness.


How To Style: A Sexy, Little Coffee Table

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

Hi guys, long time no talk!

I’m back to my normal posting schedule— this weekend I couldn’t compile a sentence, much less a blog post #jetlag. But my WI-FI & brain are back in action.

( We won’t even get into the fact that the jet lag struggle was so real that it felt like there were a pound of bricks on my head x my face exhibited abnormally swollen features…all weekend ).

Today I’m super excited to launch a new series that I’m filming with The Design Network. It’s called ‘How To Style…’ Each week we’ll bring you a new home section. Obviously this came at the perfect time because I just moved in with Michael.

Fun, right?

This week’s installment: HOW TO STYLE A COFFEE TABLE ( of course, Boone makes a cameo ). The full five minute tutorial can be found here. I’m super excited about this video so make sure to check it out!

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

I know that I showcased how to style a coffee table but since moving in with a man, things have changed.

Combining masculine & feminine pieces has proved to be a difficult but fun (??) challenge. Apparently Michael truly believes he’s like Kelly Wearstler in his past life. Since moving in with him, he’s suddenly realllll into interior design…hmmmm. LOL, kind of just wish he would leave all that up to me because let’s face it, I’m a total control freak.

Thank God he doesn’t love details because SHOCKER (!!!), I DO. In fact, I’m actually obsessed with details. So it’s my job to style small spaces around the house. First project: operation coffee table.

Am I forgetting any tips or tricks for styling a table? Anyone?

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

♡ Home products: 
 



Black candle

White candle
Diffuser
Clear tray
Marble tray


Kate Moss book
Tom Ford book
How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are
Metal dice
Gold wishbone


White coasters
Agate coasters
Bookends ( similar )
Fake flowers
Dog teepee

* if you’re interested in the coffee table, e-mail me!

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

Ummm can we talk about this navy blue chair?

Here’s the story behind it: we were in NYC, running around the city & spotted a velvet, navy chair that was small & dinky. All of sudden I realized that I would die if I didn’t have a navy, velvet chair so immediately I took a picture.

Michael was like ‘you don’t want that, that’s not cool.’

My brain had BIG PLANS THOUGH. And I needed, like NEEDED a navy, velvet chair.

The second we arrived home, I started planning my vision with a friend who does chair reupholstering ( my stepmom is amazing at this too, if you’re looking for someone e-mail me! ). Instead of a tiny chair, we went with regal & huge with a tufted back. And of course, the second the chair showed up at our house, Michael was in LOVE saying he loved the dinky NYC chair the whole time. HAHA.

I mean…

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

♡ Wearing:



Shirt
Skirt ( similar here )
Nail polish

Don’t forget to check out The Design Network which features TSC here.

By the way, I just found out ‘TSC contact form’ hasn’t been working for the last two months. If you’ve sent me something through that form, resend because I definitely did not receive it!! EEK. Blogger problems.

Tomorrow I will do a recap on Beijing x a fun giveaway, xx.

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and home decor.

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